Sarah Hilary | Five Tips for Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock drew a useful distinction between shock and suspense. Shock, he said, would be a bomb going off without warning at the family ...

Victoria Hamilton | Quirky Characters in the Cozy Mystery

One of my favorite mystery series of all time is Joan Hess’s Maggody series. She is the master of creating weird, wild, and yet lovable ...

Heather McCollum | Giving Birth to Characters

I’m thrilled to be here today on Fresh Fiction in honor of my newly released historical, paranormal romance, CRIMSON HEART! CRIMSON HEART is ...

Cindy Thomson | The Art of Storytelling

In my upcoming novel ANNIE'S STORIES, Annie is mourning the loss of her father, Marty Gallagher, who was a well-respected seanchaí. A seanchaí ...

Jennifer Beckstrand | Trials in Motherhood

I love being a mom, but I have to admit that motherhood involves many unpleasantries (which according to my spell check, is not a word). My two ...

Fresh Pick | THE SEDUCTION OF SARAH MARKS by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Fresh Pick for Thursday, June 26th, 2014 is THE SEDUCTION OF SARAH MARKS by Kathleen Bittner Rothwidth:200px; Entangled Scandalous June ...

Susan Mallery Discusses UNTIL WE TOUCH

1. In what ways do you think every woman can relate to Larissa Owens? Larissa is a sweetie. She’s not rich; she’s working as a personal ...

Katee Robert | When Horror Movies Inspire Sci-Fi Romance

Like so many other authors, most of the time I have some sort of playlist ready to go while I’m writing. Pandora is totally my BFF during ...

Jaime Lee Moyer | Haunted

Most of us love spooky stories. Everything from tales of haunted houses told around the campfire on summer nights, to tragic stories of ghosts ...

Sherri Browning | Edwardian Women

Like the first season of the popular TV show Downton Abbey, my new release THORNBROOK PARK is set in the Edwardian era, a time of great change ...

Emily Greenwood | 10 Fascinating Things about MISCHIEF BY MOONLIGHT

Thanks very much for having me here today to celebrate my new release, MISCHIEF BY MOONLIGHT. It’s the last in my Regency Mischief series, and ...

Jayne Fresina | How To Ruin A Dinner Party (And Scare Off The Wrong Man)…

In ONCE UPON A KISS, Justina (Jussy) Penny knows that the last sort of man she would ever fall in love with is anyone remotely like the ...

Christi Barth | Why You Should Always Skip The First Date

Who here likes the idea of a first date? A hot guy choosing you, the thrill of maybe a new outfit, flutters of anticipation… Okay, now who ...

Fresh Pick | THE GUNSLINGER by Lorraine Heath

Fresh Pick for Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 is THE GUNSLINGER by Lorraine Heath #WhatsNewTuesday Avon Impulse June 2014 On Sale: June 24, ...

Joan Johnston | The Challenges of Writing a Series

You might think that writing books in a series is easier than writing a book that stands on its own, but each type of novel has its challenges. ...

Liz Adams on ARIEL’S DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Liz Adams has released an erotic ebook with a Wonder Woman type of heroine. Many call ARIEL'S DANGEROUS LIAISONS an erotic version of Wonder ...

Michelle Sharp | Where the Story of DREAM HUNTRESS Began

My debut novel, DREAM HUNTRESS, releases on June 23 with Entangled Publishing—and wow—what a journey! I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, because ...

Avery Flynn | What’s Hotter Than a Tattooed Bad Boy?

So here, in no order except for how they occurred to me, are the top 10 things I learned while writing THIS YEAR'S BLACK. 7. Pineapples grow ...

Margo Bond Collins | The Best Reasons to Tame a Country Star

In TAMING THE COUNTRY STAR, Kylie Andrews is faced with coming to terms with country star Cole Grayson’s fame—particularly difficult because ...

Kate Scott | Accepting Excellence

The main character in my debut novel, COUNTING TO D, is dyslexic. I am also dyslexic, and I based Sam’s character largely on my own experience ...

Jolina Petersheim | An Untold Story

One week before THE MIDWIFE's book launch, I received an email from a woman who had been given up for adoption by a Mennonite with a last name ...

Kia Carrington-Russell | Happy Paranormal Thursday!

As a fantasy author who enjoys writing about attacks, draining, and bloody fight scenes, I must confess — I hate violence and fear the ...

Merry Farmer | Have Romance, Will Travel

Romance readers are often accused of giving in to escapism.  You’ve heard those critics, the ones you want to roll your eyes at.  They ...

Fresh Pick | UNTIL I SAW YOUR SMILE by J.J. Murray

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 is UNTIL I SAW YOUR SMILE by J.J. Murray #RomanceWednesday Kensington June 2014 On Sale: May ...

Ophelia London | Why I Can’t Stop Writing About the Beach

As a California native, I grew up on the beach. But not the typical beaches you might picture when you think of California. No palm trees, no ...

Young Adult Novels on the Big Screen

With a summer movie line-up that looks like the shelves of the young adult section in my favorite bookstore, I guess I’m not the only one who ...

Gina Danna | Reality of Historical Romance

As a historian, my historical romance novels have a firm grounding in reality. The settings, the events, the feel can be traced through research ...

Nancy W. Sindelar | Researching Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway exuded a brand of masculinity and a philosophy of life that has been a fascination to both men and women. Men admired his ...

Lecia Cornwall | The Hidden Secrets Behind ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND AUTUMN

It’s release day For ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND AUTUMN! It’s a pleasure to be here at Fresh Fiction to share this day with you. I also ...

Fresh Pick | THE MURDER FARM by Andrea Maria Schenkel

Fresh Pick for Monday, June 16th, 2014 is THE MURDER FARM by Andrea Maria Schenkel #SuspenseMonday Quercus June 2014 On Sale: June 3, ...

Elizabeth Crook| Songs of 1966 That Make Me Wish I Could Sing

All right, so I was only seven in 1966 -- not a child of the sixties, but a child in the sixties. And I wasn't one of those kids who knew about ...

Linda J. White | Mark My Words

My friend Sharon and I sat watching the televised news conference of a political candidate I liked. The man had been accused of having an ...

Fresh Pick | UNDETECTED by Dee Henderson

Fresh Pick for Sunday, June 15th, 2014 is UNDETECTED by Dee Henderson Sunday Suspense reading Bethany House Publishers May 2014 On Sale: ...

Fresh Pick | HANNAH’S COURTSHIP by Emma Miller

Fresh Pick for Friday, June 13th, 2014 is HANNAH'S COURTSHIP by Emma Miller #InspirationFriday Second Chance Love Hannah's Daughters ...

Fresh Pick | JAGUAR’S KISS by Vivi Andrews

Fresh Pick for Thursday, June 12th, 2014 is JAGUAR'S KISS by Vivi Andrews Supernaturally addictive Lone Pine Pride Samhain June 2014 On ...

Cynthia Ruchti | A Collector of Scenes

Most novelists walk through life collecting stories and scenes and breath-stealing words like black knit pants collect cat hair. We can’t walk ...

Cathy Gohlke | Crucial Cameo Characters

First painful rule of fiction:  Everything--dialogue, characters, plot, scenes--must move the story forward.  If it does not, cut with the ...

Elisabeth Staab | Ancient Vampires Make for Awesome Angst

I’ve loved all my characters. I’ve loved getting to know them and torturing them, getting to watch them fall in love, and seeing them ...

Terry Spear | 10 Ways to Seduce a Jaguar Shifter

You know you want an Alpha jaguar shifter, so I’ll make it really easy for you in case you’re just a little unsure as to how to seduce one ...

Michelle McLean | Top Ten Hunky Qualities in Heroes

A good romance has to have a hunky hero who gets the heroine’s heart pounding. I personally find a lot of different qualities attractive, but ...

Dawn Ryder | How I Began Writing Romance

It was more of a desire to ‘spin a yarn’. An old phrase for a story teller but one I feel fits me. When I was young, my family owned a motor ...

Marie Harte | The Troublemaker Next Door

I’ve been writing professionally for ten years, making a fulltime living at it for the past six. So why should I be so excited to have THE ...

Anita Clenney| Escape from the Writer’s Cave

All writers have a cave, that place where they get sucked into another world. One without dishes and dust and carpools, just characters trying ...

Amanda Usen | Let’s Hear It for the PLAYBOY!

Hi there! Thanks for coming to talk playboys with me today. Almost every book I write features a playboy, and my latest release, SEDUCING THE ...

M.Q. Barber | Obedience Reaps Rewards

Henry thundered into my life with one persistent demand: Tell the story of how he and his lover seduced their neighbor into a romantic ...

Fresh Pick | AGAINST THE WILD by Kat Martin

Fresh Pick for Monday, June 9th, 2014 is AGAINST THE WILD by Kat Martin #SuspenseMonday The Brodies Zebra June 2014 On Sale: May 27, ...

Judi Culbertons | Familiarity Breeds Contentment

When Agatha Christie introduced an eager world to the Cozy Mystery, she knew how important settings were. She made readers feel the hot desert ...

Fresh Pick | THE WHITEHALL MANDARIN by Edward Wilson

Fresh Pick for Sunday, June 8th, 2014 is THE WHITEHALL MANDARIN by Edward Wilson #SpiesOnSunday Arcadia Books March 2014 On Sale: March 20, ...

Fresh Pick | DELICIOUS by Adrianne Lee

Fresh Pick for Saturday, June 7th, 2014 is DELICIOUS by Adrianne Lee We all agree on food and love! Big Sky Pies Forever July 2014 On ...

Luke Wordley | It’s 4:42 in the Morning

I’m sitting outside a conference hall somewhere in the middle of England. The birds are beginning their dawn chorus and a hint of light is ...

Paula Altenburg | Getting Sweaty Doing Things that You Love

I’ve been reading for what feels like forever. I love, love, love it. Love. And I love reading romance in particular because, no matter ...

Fresh Pick | GRIM SHADOWS by Jenn Bennett

Fresh Pick for Thursday, June 5th, 2014 is GRIM SHADOWS by Jenn Bennett #SupernaturalThursday the Roaring 20s Berkley June 2014 On Sale: ...

Michelle M. Pillow | Magick, Mischief & MacGregors

“Do not pay attention to my cousins. Every family needs a couple idiots and we keep them around for entertainment.” – Rory MacGregor, LOVE ...

Shona Husk | Mid-series Novellas

I love novellas as a reader and a writer. As a reader I don’t always have time, or the focus, to read a novel and yet I love dipping into ...

Fresh Pick | THE DARKEST JOY by Marata Eros

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 is THE DARKEST JOY by Marata Eros Gallery Books February 2014 On Sale: February 18, 2014 320 ...

Free Digital Romance Festival

This weekend HarperCollins will be running their first ever digital Romance Festival, in conjunction with some of the world’s best known ...

Zoe Archer | What’s Your Secret Dream?

WICKED TEMPTATION is the latest and final book in my Nemesis Unlimited series.  If you’re unfamiliar with Nemesis, I like to describe it as ...

Anna Sugden | Almost There!

I’m so excited! We’re less than a month away from the launch of the second book in my New Jersey Ice Cats series. Yes, the wait is nearly ...

Carol Rose | Romance Heroes We Love

It helps if they’re hot, let’s just be honest. Even the flawed heroes—the ones with physical or emotional scars—they need to be hot. If ...

Fresh Pick | THE GIVEN by Vicki Pettersson

Fresh Pick for Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 is THE GIVEN by Vicki Pettersson #WhatsNewTuesday Harper Voyager June 2014 On Sale: May 27, ...

Pink for Pamela Clare: How a Mammogram Saved My Life

Dear friends and readers — I wanted to share some important news with you in hopes that it will make a difference in your life or the lives ...

Jus Accardo | 5 Things I’ve Learned While Being on the Run by Mikayla Morgan

1. Double—and triple—check your overnight accommodations. I learned this the hard way. When the heat is low, crashing at some dive off the ...

Kristina Knight | Laura Ingalls, Sam Jellicoe: Why Spunk Makes the Heroine

I should probably sub-title this post 'My Favorite Heroine(s)', but then I might leave one off the list and she might leave the pages of her ...

Sally Clements | Would You Use an All-Female Garage?

I must admit, I sure would. I absolutely hate taking my car in for repair—I freely admit I’m not the most knowledgeable about what goes on ...

Amanda Cooper | Writing From Memory

Do you have moments that remain in your memory, and you’re not sure why? I’m not talking about the birth of your child, or wedding day, ...

Avery Flynn | Tequila and Men: What Could Go Wrong?

Who here knows a man like this? There were men Ryder had slept with and never thought much about again. Then, there was a handful whose ...

Spotlight on Kat Martin

"Romance and suspense are evenly matched in this powerful series launch from bestseller Martin."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Kat Martin is a fast gun ...

Fresh Pick | FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS by Susanna Calkins

Fresh Pick for Sunday, June 1st, 2014 is FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS by Susanna Calkins #ReviewersFavorite Minotaur Books May 2014 On ...