Terry Spear | Realistic Urban Fantasies
Uncategorized / December 31, 2009

It seems that if a world is a fantasy, anything could go. It’s fantastical after all. But the fun in creating an urban fantasy for me is in making it seem real enough that readers will feel as though werewolves, or vampires, live among us. Just think, the hunky guy who lives in the apartment next door, who helped shovel snow out of your path, could be a werewolf. Or a vampire. He dances, and drinks, and eats, and acts just like a regular guy. With a few exceptions. In both cases, the hero has bite. Either as a wolf-my, what very big teeth you have… Or as a vampire-make my day. They’re both very adept at fighting the good fight and they stick with a woman in the long run. Both are extremely protective of their kind and of those who come under their protection, can be a bit possessive and bossy, but the heroines have enough starch to get what they want also. I’ve been asked which I prefer-a vampire or a werewolf. And the truth is I love both. To read more of REALISTIC URBAN FANTASIES please click here. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and…

Fresh Pick | THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Fresh Pick / December 31, 2009

September 2009On Sale: September 8, 2009528 pages ISBN: 0385736908EAN: 9780385736909Hardcover$17.99 Young Adult Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction read for 2009! The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore Can love last beyond the grave? Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship. Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand. Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?…

Sheila Rabe | Resolutions I’m Not Going To Keep
Uncategorized / December 30, 2009

Every year it’s the same old, same old. I resolve to eat less and exercise more, manage my time better, get organized, be a better wife, mother, friend, and person. Be noble, and never get grumpy or lose my temper. In short, be perfect. This year I got in touch with my inner Doctor Phil and asked myself, “How’s that workin’ for ya?” Well, in spite of my resolutions, my caboose has gotten big enough that every kid in the neighborhood could ride on it – at the same time. I’ve lost many an hour of productivity to Facebook and Twitter. (So why I still can’t figure out how to post pictures on my Facebook fan page or decipher half of the shorthand I read on Twitter is a mystery to me.) My daughter complains that she has to check my FB page to see what I’m doing and as for the better wife goal, let’s just say that it’s a good thing my poor husband Gerhardt is longsuffering. So, in light of all that, what are my resolutions for the New Year? 1. Buy bigger clothes. That way I can eat and not feel guilty. And I’ll remind my…

Fresh Pick | RED HOT LIES by Laura Caldwell
Guests / December 30, 2009

Izzy McNeil #1 June 2009On Sale: June 1, 2009Featuring: Izzy McNeil420 pages ISBN: 0778326500EAN: 9780778326502Mass Market Paperback$7.99 Romance Suspense, Mystery Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction read for 2009! Red Hot Lies by Laura Caldwell They say bad things happen in threes. When her fiancé, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting. But trouble keeps coming. Usually I pride myself on my intuition. I listen to that voice that says, “Something bad is happening…” or maybe “Get out. Now.” But on that Tuesday at the end of October, my psyche must have been protecting the one remaining day I still believed life was orderly and the universe liked me. Because I didn’t hear that voice. I never saw it coming. They say bad things happen in threes. When her fiancé, Sam, disappears on the same day her mentor and biggest client is killed, hotshot Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil starts counting. But trouble keeps coming. Sam is implicated in the client’s death, her apartment is broken into and it’s not just the authorities who are following her. Now, to find Sam and uncover her client’s murderer, Izzy will…

SARA EDMONDS | A FEW OF MY FAVORITES OF 2009
Uncategorized / December 29, 2009

Towards the end of the year, I inevitably look through the books I have read and remember my favorites. These are only a few that impressed me this year. Susan Elizabeth Phillips had another good hit with What I Did For Love. In case you missed this one Susan tells the story of Georgie and Bram- Georgie needs an image boost after her husband leaves her for a do-gooder actress and Bram needs any image at all. So they come together and pretend to be the perfect Hollywood married couple to help both their careers. Susan always does a great job of putting a twist on what could have been a cheesy story. Susan’s character’s always have layers to them that make you keep turning the pages. And of course you will laugh the whole way through. To read more of A FEW OF MY FAVORITES OF 2009 please click here. Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick | THE MATTERS AT MANSFIELD: OR, THE CRAWFORD AFFAIR by Carrie Bebris
Fresh Pick / December 29, 2009

Mr. And Mrs. Darcy Mysteries September 2008On Sale: September 2, 2008Featuring: Fitzwilliam Darcy; Elizabeth Darcy288 pages ISBN: 0765318474EAN: 9780765318473Hardcover$22.95 Mystery Historical Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction read for 2009! The Matters At Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris Jane Austen meets Anne Perry in a historical mystery series featuring the hero and heroine from Pride and Prejudice Following the birth of their first child, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are looking forward to enjoying life at Pemberley, but family commitments draw them away to Mansfield Park. While there, the Darcys get involved with marriage arrangements, star-crossed lovers, deceit, mistaken identity, and even murder. Once again the Darcys take center stage as the Regency era’s answer to The Thin Man‘s Nick and Nora in this delightful series by the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award-wining author of North by Northanger. Previous Picks Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Daily Dose | Top Ten Vampire Romance Books
Guests / December 28, 2009

The Daily DoseSmattering of Romance, Paranormal, and General Observations Just because I don’t read a lot of vampire fiction doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I have been reading about vampires since I read INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE decades ago. I have read Bram Stoker, the Vampire Diaries, TWILIGHT and many others in between. I remember when finding a book with vampires as main characters was hard to do – thus most that you did find were just really well done novels with engaging stories, great characterizations and worth involving yourself in. Read all about Heather’s top vampires Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.

Robin Kaye | Meet Rich and Becca Ronaldi…
Uncategorized / December 28, 2009

I walked into DiNicola’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, and stopped at the reception desk, the hostess was putting the daily specials inside each menu. “Hi, I’m Robin Kaye, I’m here to meet Rich and Becca Ronaldi.” When the woman turned around, I recognized her. She was Mona DiNicola’s cousin Rita. She pointed toward the bar. “They’re waitin’ for ya in the family dining room. I’ll tell Vinny you’re here.” “Thanks, Rita.” I turned and walked through the small bar toward the family dining room in the back. My stomach growled as the smell of good gravy made my mouth water. I’d driven from Maryland to Brooklyn without stopping so I was well past ready for lunch. When I walked in, I found Rich and Becca with their heads together, sitting next to each other at a table for four, holding hands. It’s nice to see they still only have eyes for each other, even after a year of marriage. “Am I interrupting?” Rich got up and gave me a hug and a kiss on both cheeks. “You? Never. How are you?” “Good, you two look happy.” Becca gave me a hug. “We are. Things are good. How are you?” Rich…

Fresh Pick | BLUE DIABLO by Ann Aguirre
Fresh Pick / December 28, 2009

Corine Solomon #1 April 2009On Sale: April 7, 2009Featuring: Corine Solomon336 pages ISBN: 0451462645EAN: 9780451462640Paperback$6.99 Fantasy Urban Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction favorite read for 2009. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre Right now, I’m a redhead. I’ve been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled color change usually means relocating in the middle of the night. So far, I’m doing well here. Nobody knows what I’m running from. And I’d like to keep it that way… Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border to Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover, and her “gift”. Corine, a handler, can touch something and know its history—and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—and that’s why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance… Chance, whose uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep, needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas, and the only hope of finding her is through Corine’s gift. But their search may prove dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic… Previous Picks Visit FreshFiction.com to…

Fresh Pick | SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo
Fresh Pick / December 27, 2009

Kate Burkholder #1 July 2009On Sale: June 23, 2009Featuring: Kate Burkholder336 pages ISBN: 0312374976EAN: 9780312374976Hardcover$24.95 Thriller Serial Killer, Thriller Police Procedural Buy at Amazon.com A Fresh Fiction read for 2009! Sworn To Silence by Linda Castillo Some secrets are too terrible to reveal . . . Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve . . . In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he…