Opal Carew | Choices
Author Guest / April 30, 2011

It’s an exciting time in the publishing industry right now. With the availability of inexpensive eBook readers, the ability to read eBooks on devices like your cell phone or iPad, and the wide availability of eBooks, there are many more choices available for both readers and authors. Authors no longer have to write their books within the relatively limited areas that the large publishers require to stay profitable. Don’t get me wrong, big houses do take chances and they do offer a large variety of books, but to stay profitable, they only buy books they feel will sell enough copies to justify a reasonable print run. If they didn’t do that, they wouldn’t be able to stay in business. Now, however, authors can choose to write something a little different and sell their books to smaller publishers who specialize in eBooks, which allow those publishers to take a chance on niche books that the big publishers can’t afford to do. Also, in the past few months, self-publishing (or indie publishing as people have started to call it) is becoming a viable option. What does this mean for readers? Again, choice. You can buy traditional print books, you can buy those…

Fresh Pick | A MODERN FAIRY TALE by Jane Green
Fresh Pick / April 29, 2011

April 2011 On Sale: April 15, 2011 Featuring: William Windsor; Kate Middleton ISBN: 1614300364 EAN: 9781614300366 e-Book $7.99 Add to Wish List Non-Fiction Buy at Amazon.com for Kindle Buy at BN.com for Nook Perfect book for royal wedding watching… A Modern Fairy Tale by Jane Green William, Kate, and Three Generations of Royal Love Introducing “A Modern Fairy Tale: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love,” an original Hyperion/ABC ebook written by New York Times bestselling author Jane Green. This ebook tells the story of how Prince William and Kate Middleton grew up, fell in love, and got engaged. This unique storytelling experience offers details about a modern young prince and his captivating bride, and their upcoming wedding. The ebook also delves into the history of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, their love stories and their historic weddings. Try it now to experience the Royal Wedding – and three generations of royal love. Turning the page on storytelling. Previous Picks

Spotlight on Sable Grace
Author Spotlight / April 28, 2011

With her “different and unique perspective” (Romantic Times May 2011), debut author Sable Grace takes the paranormal/urban fantasy world by storm in ASCENSION. In the same vein as Jeaniene Frost, Grace delivers a fierce heroine who is called upon to save the world from an evil force. In ASCENSION, Dark Breeds war with mortals, a colossal battle rages between the gods, and two proud beings ache for each other. For two hundred years–since her nightmare days in a Sultan’s harem, Kyana has straddled two worlds. Mercifully “turned” by a stranger, she’s half-Vampyre, half-Lychen–the last of her kind–with no love for the mortal race that once imprisoned her. But the Order of the Ancients fears humanity’s annihilation is at hand, and entrusts Kyana with a mission: find the mythical key that will seal the realm of Hades for eternity…whatever the cost. Kyana is furious to learn her mission comes with an escort: Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motives and a god who seeks to destroy all others. As Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to…

Vanessa Kelly | Fascinated by a Handsome Doctor…
Author Guest / April 28, 2011

Pop Culture has always been in love with doctors, who figure prominently as heroes in movies like M*A*S*H, TV shows like House and Grey’s Anatomy, and in books like Eloisa James’s WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST and Jo Goodman’s MARRY ME. And no wonder. In many ways doctors are the ultimate alpha males since they hold the power of life and death in their manly hands. They’re also educated, smart, and exercise their skills with a calm precision that instils confidence in the rest of us lowly mortals. By those characteristics alone, what’s not to love in a guy like that? But unlike other alpha males—who often channel a wee bit too much aggression and usually need to be tamed by the heroine—doctors have a nurturing side that displays itself in the very nature of the profession. They are warriors of another kind. They don’t come on all strong and warlike by hacking their way through a line of marauding invaders, nor do they rush into a hail of bullets to save a hapless victim from a psychotic criminal. No. Doctors fight a quieter, more intense battle by caring for vulnerable people and doing it in an intimate, personal way….

Fresh Pick | WEDDING OF THE SEASON by Laura Lee Guhrke
Fresh Pick / April 26, 2011

Abandoned at the Altar #1 January 2011 On Sale: December 28, 2010 Featuring: Beatrix Danbury; William Mallory 384 pages ISBN: 0061963151 EAN: 9780061963155 Mass Market Paperback $7.99  Add to Wish List Romance Historical Buy at Amazon.com Hopefully nothing like this happens on Friday! Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke Being jilted. It’s awful for a girl. Especially if your fiancé was also your childhood sweetheart , your prince charming, and the handsome, rakish duke you’d built all your dreams around. Even more awful if he jilted you two weeks before your wedding and took off for Egypt. It would take a girl a long time to get over that sort of humiliation. But what if six years later, on the eve of your next wedding, he returns and he decides he wants you back? Too bad, you say? But what if he’s as hot, handsome, and rakishly charming as ever? What if his return stirs up all the old passions you thought you’d conquered? What if you find yourself longing for the past and questioning the future? What if you have to spend a whole month at the same house party with him and your new fiancé? Well,…

Eileen Dreyer | When Romance Isn’t Easy
Author Guest / April 26, 2011

At different times I’m looking for different romances. When I’m working hard, or hip-deep in the problems brought to an Irish matriarch (sounds awful, doesn’t it?), I want something light, frothy. Regency romances, drawing-room comedies.  Barbara Metzger, Julia Quinn and the like. When I finish a bad deadline and I don’t have any words left of my own, I love beautifully written, poetic romances that linger long on the tongue.  Laura Kinsale,  Sherry Thomas. Or I might want romantic adventure, a la Patricia Veryan and Marsha Canham. But there are quite a few times, when what I really want is a good emotional wallow. I want to not just laugh, but sob. I want my chest to hurt, knowing that it’s safe to feel devastated for the characters, since I know that in the end,end all will be well. As a romance author, I write books the same way. I’ve been lucky enough to write all manner of romance in my career: contemporary and historical, issue books and comedies, adventure and suspense. Well, when Grace Fairchild walked onto the pages of BARELY A LADY, I knew she had to have her own story. There was something very special about her…

Fresh Pick | HOW I PLANNED YOUR WEDDING by Susan Wiggs, Elizabeth Wiggs Maas
Fresh Pick / April 25, 2011

February 2011 On Sale: January 25, 2011 Featuring: Elizabeth Wiggs; Susan Wiggs 240 pages ISBN: 0373892276 EAN: 9780373892273 Hardcover $21.95  Add to Wish List Non-Fiction Memoir, Humor Buy at Amazon.com A mom, a daughter and the most important day of their lives… How I Planned Your Wedding by Susan Wiggs, Elizabeth Wiggs Maas The all-true story of a mother and daughter surviving the happiest day of their lives Bestselling author Susan Wiggs literally wrote the book on happily-ever-after love. But orchestrating her daughter Elizabeth’s real-world wedding turned into a different story altogether, and one that takes two to tell—the mother and the bride. Here is the all-too-true tale of a mother and daughter collaborating on life’s ultimate celebration—a dream wedding. Often poignant, sometimes irreverent and always hilarious, this charming book is also packed with useful advice from both ends of the cupcake-tasting table. Join mother and daughter as they wade through the trenches of flowers and favors, grueling gown decisions…and the cold, cruel realities of a budget. With luck, love and loads of patience, they come out on the other side, bloodied but unbowed, replete with life lessons—and closer than ever before. Excerpt I was born to be a bride….

Crista McHugh | Who Says Nice Guys Finish Last?
Author Guest / April 25, 2011

THE ALCHEMY OF DESIRE (originally titled, Once in a Coyote Moon) was my NaNo 2008 project. For those of you not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s where a bunch of writers get together in the month of November and try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in a month. It’s fun, it’s crazy, and it borders on insane at times. But it’s doable if you have a story that’s driving you forward. I use NaNo to “play” with different ideas. In the case of THE ALCHEMY OF DESIRE, I not only got to play with a new genre (Steampunk), but I also got to play with an atypical hero. That’s right, ladies and gentleman – Diah Reynolds is not your typical alpha male. He’s the good son, a gentleman, and — dare I imply it? — a virgin. Or at least he was in the original draft. My editor asked that I tone down Diah’s naivety in the bedroom, but I tried to keep the changes to a minimum. I know most romance novels feature an alpha male as the hero – or as I like to call them, “man whores”. And don’t get me wrong — I…

Stefanie Sloan | A Peek Behind the Curtain
Author Guest / April 23, 2011

As a debut author, with my first historical regency, THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE, coming out May 24, 2011, I’ve been thinking a lot about what an author can do for readers. In my opinion, one of the most valuable ways to provide access to all that’s going on in the author’s world is a monthly newsletter. It’s the perfect way for a writer to interact on a more personal level with her fans by sharing what she’s been working on, current happenings, and future publications and events that might be of interest. I’m very excited about what’s planned for my monthly newsletters. Each one will include an excerpt from the next book to be published—a sneak peek that will only be available to newsletter subscribers for a certain period of time before it’s posted on my site. A run-down on current contests will be featured with information on prizes and how to win—and let me tell you, I have some fabulous contests coming up with prizes including signed books from such luminaries as Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, and Stephanie Laurens just to name a few! I’ll also be featuring a unique piece of specialized content in each mailing that, like…

Tracy Wolff | Spring Is In The Air
Author Guest / April 22, 2011

I love spring, love everything about spring.  The warm, steady rain, the temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold (which in Texas is really saying something), the flowers that seem to pop up everywhere and the birds that sing outside my window while I work. I love taking my boys to the park and playing basketball or football or simply watching as they swing and climb and generally act like the sweet, funny, slightly insane children that they are.  I love the fresh fruit that has suddenly come back into season—and working in the kitchen with my boys to turn it into fun desserts.  I love walking in the rain with my youngest son and working in the garden (or what we hope will one day be a garden, LOL) with my husband. I love daylight savings time and the long, lingering afternoons where I can sit by the window and write or go for a long walk and admire the way everything is blooming, coming back to life after the long, dormant winter. And this spring, particularly, I love all the fun things that are happening to me career-wise—in April and May, I have three books out…