CRAZY LITTLE THING is a fun and breezy story about Sadie Turner, a charmingly neurotic perfectionist who packs up her two kids and escapes to her eccentric aunt’s lake house after leaving her cheating husband. She thinks time away from men is what she needs to recharge and reboot what’s left of her life. But Aunt Dody has plans of her own and believes Sadie needs fun. Fun in the shape of sexy next-door neighbor Desmond. Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare: tall, tan, muscular, and worst of all – He’s great with her kids. As summer blazes on, the life that Sadie is trying so hard to simplify only gets more complicated. Job opportunities come up, ex-spouses reveal secret agendas, and casual affections deepen into something wickedly delicious, and suddenly Sadie wonders if maybe a little chaos is just what a girl needs to get her life back in order. Read More
I’m Meg Lacey, and I have a new series Million Dollar Men, with the first book, Million Dollar Mistake, coming October 23, 2012 from Samhain Publishing. I’m so excited to join the Samhain Family. I’ve previously written for Harlequin/Silhouette, and I also have a new paranormal romance release out, The Sparrow and The Hawk from Imajinn Books. Also, I’ve just signed a contract with Entangled Publishing. So I’m kind of busy. Not that being busy is anything new to any of us. Is it? I love being busy, because I just get in trouble when I’m bored. Read More
I’ve just completed a virtual book tour for my contemporary romance, The Hungry Heart. Almost every day for the past four weeks a blogger has either interviewed me and/or posted a review. I’m very pleased that the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. (Reviews really are a gamble, aren’t they?) Certainly there were some bloggers who had thoughtful, constructive criticisms, and I’m grateful for those because they will make my writing better. A couple had trouble relating to the heroine, and that’s fine, too. It would be a dull world if we all liked the same things. There was one review, however, that had me scratching my head. Her problem wasn’t with the plot or characters, it was with the formula of girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl and boy end up together. Read More
It’s not just the secret to writing a good romance story; it’s also the key to writing a thrilling suspense novel—which is where I’ve found my home over the last couple years.
At its core, every story is about a character who wants something but can’t get it. As soon as she gets it, the story is over. My specialty is penning crime and psychological suspense novels (although each of them has a strong romantic element as well!). Both romance and suspense stories deal with this unmet desire, and when they meet in the same novel, it can be very satisfying. Read More
Cowboys and Soldiers
Melissa Cutler here, and lately I've been thinking about what makes a man a Real Man. I know, as opposed to what…an Old Navy mannequin? The thing is, when you live and breathe romance novels, you spend a lot of time pondering rippling abs, cocky confidence, and that low-down rumbling laugh that turns me melty. You know what else a real man needs, at least a hero in my books? Tools. Read More
Where would I be without my readers?
Writers have the urge, passion or vocation to write. But if no one reads our work, what would that mean? Would we still have the incentive to write the romance, the mystery, the fantasy plot?
After I sold my first book in 1991, I didn't know much about marketing and sales. But I had been involved in retail in a department store, in a jewelry store, in Home Interiors and Gifts. Basically, I knew you built a customer base by one satisfied customer at a time. That's how I approached selling books. My first intention was to write an emotional book readers would want to put on their keeper shelves. But then what? Read More
When I began Dream a Little Dream
I had no idea that it was going to be so fascinating.
We use the word ‘dream’ to describe either sleeping dreams or our desires, and both drive my book.
Dreams can be affected by moods, which is why we get anxiety dreams, the kind where you find yourself half dressed on a train, and comfort dreams, when we dream our loved ones have come back from heaven to tell us they’re having a great time. Read More
For many years I was a historical writer. I loved to read contemporaries, but I was drawn to the past and well, I didn't want to live in the here and now. But eventually, I decided to try my chances with a short contemporary. Parent Trap was always one of my favorite movies so I decided I would write about a set of twins, and what would happen when one sister pretended to be the other. Read More
Colorado Springs, Colorado
“So this is hell? Very scenic.” Claire shivered and slouched over a steaming mug of coffee, wishing it were a bathtub she could crawl into. The lobby of the Evergreen Lodge was polished ski-lodge elegance and pretty much guaranteed to give the budget overlords coronaries. A huge stone fireplace in the middle radiated a welcoming heat from all four sides. Overstuffed chairs were intermixed with coffee tables and potted plants. Tiny white lights decorated the rafters and looked like diminutive stars against the dark oak. The dining room took up half the lobby, and dozens of windows let the wild mountain view in while keeping the cold out. Read More
Melissa Cutler here, and I'm so excited to be on RomCon® celebrating today's release of my debut book, The Trouble with Cowboys. The culinary world meets ranch country in this steamy contemporary when disgraced chef Amy returns to her hometown roots and butts heads with her new restaurant's key supplier, cattle rancher Kellan Reed. I love reality TV shows that feature experts in their field doing what they do best, such as So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, and Project Runway, and tapped those as inspiration for chef Amy and her story. Read More
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