Put A Little Heat In The Kitchen: Love and Lasagna Rolls
Kimberly: I’m here with moody, broody Noah Blackwell, the detective hero from my latest novella release, Love On The Line. Hey, Noah! How’s it going?
Noah (crossing his arms over his chest): I’d like to state for the record that I’m mostly moody with you only because you shot me at the beginning of the story, Kincaid.
Kimberly: Are you still mad about that? Come on, Blackwell. You got the girl.
Noah: Yeah, speaking of which, I need your help. See, it’s Violet’s birthday, and I, um, promised I’d make dinner. Read More
Put A Little Heat In The Kitchen: Love and Lasagna Rolls
Two True Shoe Stories and a Single Idea.
As you might have surmised, given the fancy high heel with flowers on the cover of Afterglow, shoes figure as an important part of the story. Five thousand outdated singleton shoes are donated to the hero, Mitch, by an eccentric retired shoe manufacturing mogul because Mitch had saved his life.
Readers often wonder where a writer’s ideas come from. The shoe idea had two sources. I read in the paper where a woman had had bought five thousand pairs of shoes at next to nothing on Craig’s List. She hoped to sell the shoes for a profit. And the shoes would have sold like cold water in the desert had it been 1967. They were, in other words, very outdated. Which explained why they were being sold at such a ridiculously low price in the first place. Read More
My new contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, begins as a classic revenge story. Exhibit A: the back cover blurb:
Daniel Hartmann and Emily Anderson have every reason to hate each other. Her father destroyed the lives of his parents and he in turn sent her father to jail. Now Daniel’s a successful billionaire and artsy Emily is his newest employee. Both of them intend to make the other pay for the sins of the past, but revenge has never been so sweet.
A romance reader for over 28 years, I’ve read a variety of revenge stories, from the medieval, your brother hurt my best friend’s cousin’s daughter so now I will storm the castle, hold you prisoner and seduce you, to the contemporary landscape of corporate espionage. This is the lineage that inspired Entry-Level Mistress and so it has some of those awesome, crazy elements. At the same time, it has a heroine that is intensely analytical and modern. I loved writing Emily because, at 21, she’s both naïve and self-aware, and her intelligence quickly conflicts with the outrageous plan she’s concocted. Read More
EX ON THE BEACH, and what is a serial…
Ex on the Beach - Andie Shayne is getting ready to host the wedding of the summer at her resort on Turtle Island. As the guests arrive she’s taken aback to learn that her ex--who left her at the altar--is the best man. What he did was unforgivable, and now he’s back with an agenda for her affection. – Only $1.99 at http://amzn.to/XTcxRd
There’s a new way to read a book these days, which is not only fun, but also cheap! What I’m talking about are Kindle Serials. They are full length books, for (usually) half the price you would normally pay for the electronic version of the book, only they get released by episodes. Kind of like those favorite TV shows you might be on the edge of your seat waiting for each week!
Each episode is 2-3 chapters, and new episodes arrive automatically (for free) every two weeks. And even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can read them with Amazon’s free Kindle apps. Read More
Standing in the downpour that inundated the coast, Dorothea Jai-Li Franklin watched another piece of her garden crash into the Pacific. A yew swayed at an angle over the cliff before it, too, descended in a mudslide to the roaring surf.
Once the house followed the yard, all trace of her mother would be gone. Until his helicopter disappeared, she'd had her brother to remind her of their heritage, but now Bo, too was lost to her. She wiped her tears with her sleeve and bit back a sob before carrying the last of her mother’s prized porcelains to the car.
She tucked the vases in with a few books, her laptop, and Toto, her aging cairn terrier, all she’d been able to rescue before the yard had begun crumbling. With every trace of her mother gone, she would be entirely her father's daughter. Perhaps the Universe was speaking to her. Perhaps it was time to submerge the dangerous gift she'd inherited from her mother and pretend she was the rational, businesslike daughter her father wanted. Read More
of the Inspirations for my Novel THE DECEPTION
It always fascinates me where ideas for my stories can come from. They can come from virtually anywhere. The genesis for my novel, The Deception, actually occurred back in 2006, when I was blog surfing one night and I happened upon a psychic’s blog. She worked on one of those on-line psychic websites, and her post was about the questions she was most often asked by her callers. One of the questions was, “When will he leave his wife for me?” Read More
After a near fatal car crash, a mother of four is trapped in a dream world, fighting to discover which life is her reality.
Kailey Jacobs wakes to find she is still married to the controlling man she thought she divorced. Memories of a fiancée in another life beckon to her. Confused and scared, Kailey is determined to discover whether the man she feels she belongs with truly exists, or is just a figment of her imagination. Read More
Have you ever seen or met a couple you just HAD to know their love story? You've seen them walking along the beach, or in the mall and they're holding hands and their love is very obvious to anyone who sees them. That's how Ryan and Morgan appeared to me.
I saw them at the end of their love story as they danced in the moonlight on the beach wrapped in each other.
I had to know their story. It wasn't an easy rode to learn their story either. For a while I had Morgan with the wrong person (can't say who yet as that would ruin the surprise in the book), then I had to get Ryan to talk to me. He was not a happy camper with me for quite a long time let me tell you. I'm still not sure why he was so mad at me.
Morgan was more willing to tell me her side of the story, but I think it's because she used me as a counselor as she sorted through her feelings for Ryan, and being a single mom. Read More
Evolution of a Reader
First off, thank you so much to RomCon® for having me!!
I started reading the romance genre when I was 15. Up until that time, my reading tastes ran along the lines of Sci-Fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Being the daughter of a scientist and a nurse, this was the genre I was introduced to first. Then one of my best friends gave me a Nora Roberts book to read and I discovered a whole other genre that I didn't know really existed. As I started reading more and more of the romance genre, I began to think of the stories as the adult version of Disney's One-Day-My-Prince-Will-Come and I loved them.
I’ve always been drawn to stories I could relate to on some level. A history geek, I quickly discovered historical romance and devoured nearly every book I could get my hands on in that sub-genre. Historical aspects aside, I loved historicals that featured heroines close to my age at the time (older teenagers).
Older now and having been with the same man for going on 11 years , I find myself more and more interested in stories involving estranged spouses and couples that had been broken up and thrust back together by circumstances. So when it came to writing my next story, I couldn't help going with an idea I had for a married couple possibly facing divorce. Read More
EVIE UNDERCOVER is a
romantic comedy, set partly in London and partly in Umbria, Italy.
This isn't the first novel that I've set in Umbria, and I'm sure that it won't be the last. I go regularly to the area and love it. It lies just north of the middle of Italy. I’m afraid geographical co-ordinates are not my strong point! I’ve changed some of the place names, but not the names of Perugia or of Todi. A few years ago, a US magazine voted Todi to be the most perfectly placed medieval hilltop town in Italy, and it well deserves that accolade. There are a number of small Roman towns in the area around Todi, and the fictional Massa Piccola is based on them. Massa means mountain, and piccola means small. Read More
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