Friday, February 26, 2010

OUT OF BODY AND COURT OF ANGELS SPOTLIGHT - Stella Cameron

LAUNCHING MARCH 2010, COURT OF ANGELS
A SERIES OF PARANORMAL, ROMANTIC THRILLERS


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Out of Body - March 2, 2010


Forced to witness unspeakable horrors...

Born of an ancient family of clairvoyants, Marley Millet finds that her psychic gift is both unsettling and incredibly dangerous. She never wants to "travel" again—but the choice is not hers to make.

After glimpsing the fates of two missing New Orleans jazz singers, Marley knows she has no choice and must speak up before more women disappear. Flinty cop-turned-writer Gray Fisher, who interviewed both chanteuses before they vanished, takes a special interest in Marley's incredible story—and in Marley.

Scouring the wild clubs of the French Quarter, Marley and Gray make an unlikely and uneasy team. But their determination is matched only by the heat between them...and the evil they have uncovered.


Out of Mind – March 30, 2010


Willow Millet longs to deny her family’s exceptional gifts—paranormal talents known to few, shared by even fewer. Benedict Fortune is one such—a connection that should have strengthened the undeniable bond between him and Willow. But her self-doubt has driven them apart.

Married instead to her business, Willow’s concierge we-can-do-anything service is thriving until it is hit by a string of bizarre and fatal accidents—every victim a client. Now her livelihood depends on two enigmatic socialites and their notoriously decadent parties. In this anything-goes atmosphere, Willow and Ben are thrown together again and their need for each other is as strong as ever, but they are challenged at every turn…

For dark forces are staking Willow—coveting her gift as a means of cheating death…and ruling New Orleans forever.


Out of Sight – April 27, 2010


Psychic master talent Sykes Millet can vanish at will, read minds and control others with hypnosis. What Sykes cannot do is escape his destiny—an ancient curse foretelling the misery his dark beauty may bring to everyone he loves.

Poppy Fortune knows all too well the burden of having paranormal talent. The supernatural world has fractured her entire family—now it’s keeping at bay the one man she wants more than life.

Driven by hatred for the Millets, a killing force has attacked New Orleans. The evil Embran race has no conscience and intends to terrorize the city into submission. Sykes and Poppy must set aside old distrust and use their bonded talents to save their families, themselves…and New Orleans.

."A confident and compulsively readable paranormal romantic suspense series. ... . Cameron compellingly develops the sexy, bold protagonists and Marley’s charming family as she strikes the perfect balance of action, sassy dialogue, and steamy love scenes ... just enough to leave readers wanting more." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Author Stella Cameron Short Bio:

Stella Cameron is the award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post bestselling author of more than seventy novels and novellas. Stella has won the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense and the Romantic Times best Romantic Suspense of the Year Award. She has been a RITA finalist, and is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest literary community.


Romance Author Buzz will be giving away a copy of Out of Body with the contest ending March 31st. Let me know you’ve become a fan of Stella’s on Facebook .  Don't forget to leave your email so I can contact the winner.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HEART OF STONE - Jill Marie Landis and "Stitching a Series Together"

Join me in welcoming Jill Marie Landis where she talks about her March 2010 release of Heart and Stone and shares her writing experience.


Short Bio:
Jill Marie Landis is a seven time Romance Writers of America Finalist for the RITA Award in both Single Title Historical and Contemporary, she is a Golden Heart as well as a Rita Winner. In 2005, her hardcover novel, HEARTBREAK HOTEL, was chosen by the American Library Association’s Booklist Magazine as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2005, by Library Journal as one of the Top Five Best Romances of 2005, and by RWA as a Rita Finalist in the Single Title Contemporary.


Book Description:

Finally free to pursue her dreams, Laura Foster is trying hard not to fall in love. She knows that the Reverend Brand McCormick’s reputation would be shattered if her former life is discovered. But it’s not only Laura’s history that threatens to bring Brand down—it’s his own.

She had the darkest of pasts. And he had everything to lose by loving her. Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood, has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boarding house in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past. When Reverend Brand McCormick comes calling, Laura does all she can to discourage him as a suitor. She knows that if her past were discovered, Brand’s reputation would be ruined. But it’s not only Laura’s past that threatens to bring Brand down—it’s also his own. When a stranger in town threatens to reveal too many secrets, Laura is faced with a heartbreaking choice: Should she leave Glory forever and save Brand’s future? Or is it worth risking his name—and her heart—by telling him the truth?

BEHIND THE BOOK/ JILL MARIE’S WRITING EXPERIENCE:

I love this part of a quilt - when all of the fabric selections, pattern decisions, cutting, making of blocks, laying out of the top, the borders, all of it, starts to come together as you begin to sew the blocks into a TOP. For me, it's one of the best parts.....seeing everything that you've thought about, and worked on, coming together...” Natalie Barnes, Beyond the Reef

So began a recent email from a dear friend and quilt designer, Natalie Barnes. Over twenty years ago, Nat inspired me to begin quilting again and I like to think I inspired her to start a fledgling quilt pattern company, Beyond the Reef, which has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.

As I read her email, I noticed that her thoughts on how a quilt comes together are not unlike the experience of writing a novel. A writer’s initial ideas about characters—deciding who will people the pages of a book and finding just the right setting for them—is much like choosing the pattern and fabrics for a quilt.

In the case of historical novels, choosing the right the time period is like deciding on a quilt’s background fabric. Background fabric, borders, and the individual pieces for the patchwork blocks each play an integral part.

So it is with writing. Designing, cutting and fitting patchwork pieces together is like weaving a plot by fitting together scenes and chapters. In writing, the real magic takes place after the rough draft is finished and inspiration continues during the editing process. Somehow the story comes together the way a quilt does during the final stitching and binding until, at long last, it’s finally whole.

Just as a quilter will often pause to rummage through her stash of fabric hunting for just the right piece to compliment her quilt, so too does a writer search through her reference library until just the right snippet of information catches her eye.

While I was working on HEART OF STONE, (release date March, 2010) that special, inspirational piece of information came in the form of two words: Irish Channel.

HEART OF STONE is the first book of the Irish Angels series. It’s about a fallen woman named Laura Foster and is set in the fictional town of Glory, Texas, in 1874. The historical romance follows Laura through her trials and tribulations as she seeks redemption from a life of shame and finds love along the way.

Though primarily set in Texas, I opened the book in New Orleans in 1853 to give the readers a glimpse into Laura’s childhood. Before I started hunting for the perfect details to texture the setting, I had preconceived notions of the characteristics of New Orleans that most people share. I pictured the French Quarter with its brick buildings and balconies sporting decorative iron grille work. I saw secret gardens behind stucco walls, could almost smell the cafĂ© ‘a lait, taste the Creole cooking, picture duels under the oaks at dawn.

I planned for Laura to have been orphaned when both her parents died. She was from an impoverished family living with their aunt and uncle in a run down house somewhere in New Orleans. While searching for an exact location, I came across the history of the Irish Channel neighborhood where emigrants escaping the famine settled near the docks. Most were so poor they had no money to go any farther. Many sought work at the wharf.

Before that time I was completely unaware that New Orleans had, from its very beginning, a large Irish population. In fact, in the mid-1800’s, there were more people of Irish ancestry than any other group, even French, in the city. I later learned that Irish brigades fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and that a wealthy Irishman donated the land for City Park where those duels under the oaks were fought.

From mostly rural backgrounds, impoverished Irish newcomers farmed themselves out as day laborers hired to dig canals around the city. It was work many slave owners refused to risk having their valuable “property” engage in. Too poor to escape the city when yellow fever hit in 1835, thousands of Irish died.

History and research provided the plot element that orphaned Laura Foster. When I added three sisters to her back story, HEART OF STONE suddenly became more than a tale of a fallen woman starting over in Texas. It was about a former Irish orphan from Louisiana searching for her long lost sisters.

I pictured where the girls had lived and the conditions they survived. Each of my Irish Angels would grow up to become determined, independent women who triumph over their very different upbringings and each definitely deserved a book of her own.

For me, that one small detail, the name of a neighborhood called the Irish Channel, stood out like a vibrant swatch of patchwork that repeats itself in a quilt. It was an unexpected find that echoes through four stories about four resilient women, the thread that ties the series together.

Jill Marie Landis is not only a quilter, but in her “spare time” she dances the hula, plays ukulele, raises orchids and tropical flowers in her Hawaiian garden and loves to read through research at the beach.
Thank you Jill Marie for spending time with us at Romance Author Buzz!

Jill’s website where you can find out more about the book, appearances, her blog etc.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Jill Marie has offered to give away a copy of Heart of Stone. Please stop by her blog and post a comment about this interview and let me know you've posted. Also, remember to leave your email or we can't notify you if you've won. Contest ends March 31st.

OBS SPEAKS OUT: WHY WOMEN LOVE VAMPIRES

This OBS Speaks Out article was written by Anastasia Albom, a journalism student of OBS staff member Bertena.


Sasha Badreeva tells me, “Vampires are not real, but they are like a dream come true”. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but Vampires have got women, and fans like Sasha, in a frenzy. Despite these damned creatures of the night feasting on the blood of humans, many mortal women find them irresistible.

OBS SPEAKS OUT: WHY WOMEN LOVE VAMPIRES

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What It's Like to Write for Mills and Boon - Natalia Anderson

Natalie Anderson writes for Mills and Boon Modern and Harlequin Presents and recently made it on the USA Today Best Seller List.  She writes "steamy" romances.

Here is her interview on a morning talk show.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How to kiss: lessons by romance novel authors

This past week I saw a blog post about the last romantic movie you went to, was the kiss romantic?  Well most of the posts said no and that it's been a long time sense they seen a sensual kiss in a movie.  How about you?

This past week in the Examiner romance authors have shared their views.in an article posted below.


How to kiss: lessons by romance novel authors

Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 Reviewer Choice Award Winners

Cararomance announces its Reviewer Choice Award Winners for 2009.  Congratulations to all!

Avalon Romance EVERYTHING BUT A CHRISTMAS EVE Holly Jacobs


Harlequin American Romance THE SHERIFF OF HORSESHOE, TEXAS Linda Warren

Harlequin Blaze HOT-WIRED Jennifer LaBrecque

Harlequin Historical MOUNTAIN WILD Stacey Kayne

Harlequin Intrigue RENEGADE SOLDIER Pat White

Harlequin Presents THE MILLIONAIRE’S MISBEHAVING MISTRESS Kimberly Lang

Harlequin Presents THE FUTURE KING’S LOVE-CHILD Melanie Milburne

Harlequin Romance BACHELOR DAD ON HER DOORSTEP Michelle Douglas

Harlequin Superromance KIDS ON THE DOORSTEP Kimberly Van Meter

Harlequin Special Releases BANKING ON HOPE Maggie Price


M&B Historical IMPOVERISHED MISS, CONVENIENT WIFE Michelle Styles

M&B Medical CHRISTMAS EVE: DOORSTEP DELIVERY Sarah Morgan

M&B Medical THE MIDWIFE’S NEW FOUND FAMILY Fiona McArthur

M&B Modern Heat BOUGHT: DAMSEL IN DISTRESS Lucy King

M&B Modern Romance ARGENTINIAN PLAYBOY, UNEXPECTED LOVE-CHILD Chantelle Shaw

M&B Romance CINDERELLA’S WEDDING WISH Jessica Hart

M&B Special Releases MISTRESSES BY BLACKMAIL Kim Lawrence, Melanie Milburne


Silhouette Desire THE BILLIONAIRE’S FAKE ENGAGEMENT Robyn Grady

Silhouette Desire THE ILLEGITIMATE KING Olivia Gates

Silhouette Nocturne FURY CALLS Caridad Pineiro

Silhouette Nocturnal Bites DARKNESS OF THE WOLF Bonnie Vanak

Silhouette Romantic Suspense COLD CASE AFFAIR Loreth Anne White

Silhouette Special Edition THE TEXAS BODYGUARD’S PROPOSAL Karen Rose Smith


Steeple Hill Love Inspired PERFECT TARGET Stephanie Newton





CataNetwork’s Reviewer Choice Award Winners for 2009

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Romantic Fiction from a Virginia Intern

Cleavage and codpieces: A naughty book report

by Marge Weimer

In 2009, both USA Today and the New York Times mentioned the rising rates of readership and sales in the genre of Romance Fiction.


Chalk it up to the economic crises and the fact that losing yourself in a good, sexy book is way better than worrying about retirement. Or, perhaps this is a result of a shift in societal norms. Perhaps now, more than ever, women can outwardly express not only femininity and intelligence but confidence and sexuality as well.

Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the world’s largest romance novel publishers in the world, has been in the business of romance for 60 years.

“Since its inception, Harlequin has sold approximately 5.8 billion books,” stated the website.


Marge mentions Christie Ridgeway, Toni Blake, Kelley Armstrong and Sarah Wendell and Candy Tam/


More of the article here

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Mills and Boon/Haralequin Author Sabrina Philips - Writing a Love Letter for Valentines day



Open your heart in a love letter


Have you ever thought of expressing your love in a love letter.  Especially with Valentines Day just around the corner!  Here Harlequin Presents and Mills and Boon author Sabrina Philips writes an article for a UK paper, the Sun.


Artivcle from the Sun

Sabrina is a wonderful author, check out her website.

What's Next for Roxanne St.Claire? A new series




I'm such a fan of Rocki's....her Bullet Catchers and her Harlequin contemporary romances have been a joy to read.

Here's a recent post from Rocki's Yahoo Group:

I have a title for the first book in my new series: EDGE OF SIGHT, which will be out in November.The new series, called "The Guardian Angelinos" is a spin off from the Bullet Catchers, about a renegade family of crime fighters and investigators based in Boston. The first hero, Zach Angelino, is a scarred, wounded, smoking hot Army Ranger who is thrust into adventure when he has to protect his former lover who has witnesses a murder, and the killer captures her face on film.





Saturday, February 06, 2010

16 interesting photos from the New Delhi World Book Fair 2010

Written by Vikas Gupta (Topics: Photography, Socio-Political)

These are some interesting photos from the 19th New Delhi World Book Fair (Pragati Maidan). I was there from about 11:30 am to 4 pm on 4 February 2010. Please see the end of the post for links to many more photos of the Book fair and the Pragati Maidan. What I did not like was that this time there was no stationery fair ( I love stationery).

Article here

Thursday, February 04, 2010

2009 Romance Writer's of America - Romance Reader Study



Very interesting study.  Here's the pdf file showing the 2009 reader survey

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Why Mumbai’s Hot for Mills & Boon


For the complete article

As well as a taste for romance, India has other market conditions favorable to Mills and Boon. There’s the well-documented rise of English language speaking, and as well as globalized communications, but the publisher was finally convinced to open an office in Mumbai on seeing the growth of India’s modern retail trade. The chain bookstores and supermarket-style outlets that particularly suit Mills and Boon’s range have flourished in India’s metro centers and their newly-built shopping malls. The growth of the modern trade has encouraged another UK company into India too: look for the launch of BookScan India during 2010.

 

Monday, February 01, 2010

FEBRUARY CONTEST


Since February marks Valentine's Day, here at Romance Author Buzz I will be celebrating it and giving away a copy of the re-issue of Susan Mallery's The Sparkling One.  It's the first book her her Marcelli Family series and such an entertaining read.

To win a copy please share with us a favorite Valentines Day memory or your own personal love story.  Or share how you might celebrate this year.

Don't forget to leave your contact information so I can contact you.  This contest is international.


Book Description:

For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance!

A party planner extraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big, boisterous family -- even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie promises her the perfect wedding. There's only one hitch: the father of the groom, Zach Stryker, who is adamantly opposed to his son marrying so young. Now, despite her instant attraction to the handsome, arrogant attorney, Katie must approach with caution: Zach, who hired Katie for a major fund-raiser, holds the fate of her business in his hands -- and how can she trust a man who is willing to break her sister's heart? It will take a passionate battle of wills to determine if wedding bells will ring for a Marcelli bride, and to unlock the deepest desires -- for family, love, and home -- inside a strong-willed man's heart.

Meet the Marcelli family in a wonderful series that's warm, witty, and stunningly sensual. Look for The Sassy One, The Seductive One, and The Marcelli Bride, all available from Pocket Star Books!

Susan Mallery's Website

Become a Facebook Fan of Susan Mallery


Additional contests at Marilyn's Romance Reviews and Romancing the Desert

December and January Book Winners



December' winner is Cherry.....Robyn Grady's Devil in the Dark Blue suit.


January's winner is Crafty Patti...Debbie Macomber's Home for the Holidays.


Thanks to all for entering. Please send me your address to seattlesnoops at aol dot com and I'll mail your books this week.

 

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