Libby Fischer Hellmann | How To Create Believable Female Characters

The best plot in the world. The most thrilling story of the century. A tale so compelling it changes the lives of millions. None of them work if ...

A Strawberry Topped Interview with CC Dragon

I am of the mindset that there’s nothing better than having a ripe, juicy strawberry on top of my dessert, and I’m beginning to believe the ...

Fresh Pick | THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Brandy Purdy

Fresh Pick for Monday, February 29th, 2016 is THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Brandy Purdy #SuspenseMonday About THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE ...

K.C. Held | The MacGuffin

When I heard I’d be writing a guest post for Fresh Fiction on their weekly Suspense Day, I was immediately filled with, you guessed it, ...

Ani Keating | Meet Aiden Hale, hero of THIRTY NIGHTS

THIRTY NIGHTS is the story of Elisa Snow and Aiden Hale—two direct opposites with similar tortured pasts. She is an orphan who lost both her ...

Kathleen Fuller | A Very Special Auction

When I had the opportunity to write a novella for AN AMISH MARKET, I jumped at the chance. I live near Middlefield, OH and visit there often. ...

Fresh Pick | PLAIN DEAD by Emma Miller

Fresh Pick for Friday, February 26th, 2016 is PLAIN DEAD by Emma Miller #InspirationalFriday a touch of murder About PLAIN DEAD A (not ...

Yvonne Lehman | Surviving, or the tale of Rigel the Survivor

“You’ve got to come down here,” my granddaughter, Savannah, said over the phone. “We have the perfect dog for you.” “Who’s ...

Kelly Irvin | The secret to writing true romance

When I tell people I’m a novelist, the inevitable next question, is: “What do you write?” When I tell them I write romances, they ...

Colleen Halverson | The Magic of Ireland’s Western Shore

I feature many of my favorite places in Ireland in my novel THROUGH THE VEIL, but my favorite by far is Glencolmcille. Nestled in a tiny valley ...

Interview with Lynsay Sands

Our reviewer Monique Daoust is a big fan of Lynsay Sands novels especially the Argeneau Vampires series. She had the chance to ask Lynsay some ...

Beck Nicholas | 5 Options to Overcoming Obstacles

I’m so glad to be here today to celebrate the release of TEMPER, thanks for having me. This book was the first time I’ve ever written a ...

Allie Harrison | Haunted by Everlasting Love

In less than two weeks MONTGOMERY MANOR, The Haunted Book #2 will be released. Like HARGROVE HOUSE, The Haunted Book #1, which was released ...

Alyxandra Harvey | Top 5 Ways that Magic Makes Love Way More Complicated

In LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT, Ana is a swan maiden: she can control the weather, heal with herbs, make magic arrows with her hair, and sing songs to ...

Kate Meader | My Favorite Book Boyfriends

So many fictional boyfriends, so little time. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order (okay, I’d cut you to get with Hardy ...

Mary Wine | Historical Accuracy

My favorite scene from HIGHLAND SPITFIRE is this one, at the wedding feast. One of the challenges of writing historical is to remember that ...

Sharon Sala | Small Towns

I am a child of the country and grew up near a very small town, so that life was familiar to me. As for coming up with the town, I knew it had ...

Sarah Hegger | The Princess Factor

The books in the Willow Park Series are named NOBODY’S ANGEL, NOBODY’S FOOL and NOBODY’S PRINCESS—I’m guessing you’re seeing a ...

True Blue SEALs: Zak is here at last!

In November, I was fortunate to participate in a boxed set with ten other awesome romantic suspense authors, and feature the novella, True Navy ...

Janel Gradowski | Foodie Adventures and a Giveaway

I have often been asked if I am anything like the main character in my Culinary Competition mystery series, Amy Ridley. There are a few things, ...

Min Edwards | How Do You Like Your Romance?

Hi, ya’ll. I’m Romance author Min Edwards and I’m a misplaced Texan. I was raised in the Texas Panhandle in an oil refinery company ...

Katherine Fleet | The Night Twitter Exploded

Hi, everyone! I’m Katherine Fleet, and I’m so excited to be here on Fresh Fiction today. I’m the debut author of THE SECRET TO LETTING GO ...

Oscar Awards Panel at the Magnolia

Did your favorite movie of 2015 make the Academy's list for best picture? Are you still trying to figure out if THE REVENANT is relevant? Want ...

Monica Ferris | Alias and Murderous Skills

I sometimes jest that if ever I get arrested I’m sure to be thought a professional criminal because I have so many aliases: Mary P. Kuhfeld, ...

Diane Vallere | Growing Up With Costumes

My parents gave me a long brown wig for my seventh birthday. It’s unclear how they knew that this would be an awesome present for a second ...

Sheila Connolly | Ireland’s Smugglers and Pirates

West Cork has long been considered one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, with its rolling hills, prehistoric monuments, herds of grazing ...

Fresh Pick | FIND HER by Lisa Gardner

Fresh Pick for Sunday, February 21st, 2016 is FIND HER by Lisa Gardner About FIND HER Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, ...

History ReFRESHed | The Romance of Italy

What could be more romantic than Italy? The hush of a gondola plying the waters of a Venetian canal, the painted beauty of the countryside ...

Sabrina Benulis | The Inspiration Behind The Books of Raziel

There are a lot of fiction books out there with angels. So how was I to stand out in the pack? Have you ever read a novel that claims to be ...

Amy Matayo | A Story of Her Heart Inspired by an Abandoned House

I write contemporary romances. To be exact, I write lighthearted contemporary romances with a humorous edge. Yes, there’s always a serious ...

Amy Clipston | How to Get Published

People often ask me what the secret is to getting published. I don’t believe there is a secret to getting published, but I do have a list of ...

Young Adult Musings: Connections Across Time

One of my favorite genres in YA is historical. With so many big historical figures being younger at the height of their fame and the rapid life ...

Vannetta Chapman | Seven Steps to Writing a Mystery

My recent release, Love In Store, appears in the collection AN AMISH MARKET. Like my other stories set in Indiana Amish communities, this is a ...

High Above Orlando

Design. A crucial element of architecture. On a recent visit to Orlando, I discovered the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The ...

Kathleen Flanagan Rollins | Neanderthals

Poor Neanderthals. No matter how many wonderful things we learn about them, they remain our lesser predecessors, dismissed as stupid and ...

Fresh Pick | CAROLINA DREAMING by Virginia Kantra

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 is CAROLINA DREAMING by Virginia Kantra #RomanceWednesday About CAROLINA DREAMING When it ...

Miranda Owen | The Antihero in Romance: The Most Unlikely Hero

I'm a comic book fan, and that's where I first heard of a character described as being an antihero – discussed at some length in the pages of ...

Christine Warner | How I Met My Husband

I love hearing “meet” stories. How other couples, well, went from one to two. I’ve heard some touching ones that have melted my heart, ...

Theresa Romain | Can Rain Be A Plot Point?

Recent blizzards and cold snaps got me thinking about weather and the role it can play in a story. Some of my favorite romances are when ...

DiAnn Mills | What is the Heart of Story?

Stories have souls that breathe immortality. An unforgettable story steps beyond “Once upon a time” to a kingdom that captures the ...

Spotlight on FADE INTO YOU by Tracy Wolff

“Be prepared to swoon, giggle, sigh, get hot and bothered, cry and have all the feels with this book. Shaken Dirty certainly go through a lot ...

Fresh Pick | BACK BLAST by Mark Greaney

Fresh Pick for Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 is BACK BLAST by Mark Greaney #WhatsNewTuesday the Gray Man returns About BACK BLAST From the ...

Lizbeth Selvig | The Top Five Animals from THE BRIDE WORE STARLIGHT: Not just story decorations

Hi Fresh Fiction fans! It’s so exciting to be here with a chance to talk about one of my favorite subjects: the animals in my books. I’m ...

Rachel Harris | Be Daring in 2016

I’m every woman… Admit it. You’re singing with me, aren’t you? Whitney Houston could sing the heck out of a song, and whenever I’m ...

Jill Steeples | Love at First Sight

Love at first sight. It’s a wonderfully romantic notion, but does such a thing actually exist? When I first met my husband many moons ago I ...

Susan Stroker | Top 5 Things Not to do around your Special Forces Soldier

“Surprise” parties. It’s just not a good idea to have a bunch of people hide in a dark room and when he walks in, jump out and shout ...

Tina Donahue | Deception, passion, danger, oh my…

If you’re like me, you enjoy historical romances with frequent twists, loads of action, bedroom scenes to die for, danger at every turn, and a ...

Victoria Vane | It Takes TWO TO WRANGLE in Vegas

Taking you away to Vegas and Hotel Rodeo with Victoria Vane in TWO TO WRANGLE. You know we like to tease our readers, so here's a bit to set the ...

Sally Orr | What Makes a Rake

Welcome. Let’s discuss one of our favorite types of heroes—the rake. The word rake came into use during the Restoration as a wealthy, ...

Lily Maxton | Be Our Guest…Will You Be “Smutted?”

One of my favorite things to read and write about in a historical romance is the ubiquitous house party. Back in the Regency, when it took a ...

Amanda Cooper (aka Victoria Hamilton) | Cozy Is As Cozy Does

I write what are called ‘cozy’ mysteries, and this time of year do I ever want to feel cozy! As I look out my office window, the snow is ...

Sofie Ryan | Thrift Store 101

In the Second Chance Cat mysteries Sarah Grayson owns a re-purpose shop, Second Chance. Sarah likes finding treasures for her store, sometimes ...

Introducing Delia James, and the Witch’s Cat Mysteries

Hello. My name is Delia James, and I write mysteries. Specifically, I write mysteries with magic and cats with plenty of attitude. This is no ...

Maia Chance | Researching a Mystery Novel, Family-Style

Researching my Fairy Tale Fatal mystery series means reading old travelogues and novels, studying antique fashion plates, poring over period ...

Valentines Recycled

Here’s some fun stuff about Valentine’s Day I thought you would enjoy. The trip to get a card for my sweetheart is as far as our old ...

Escape to Majorca with Anita Hughes

Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously ...

Fresh Pick | A VALENTINE FOR THE VETERINARIAN by Katie Meyer

Fresh Pick for Sunday, February 14th, 2016 is A VALENTINE FOR THE VETERINARIAN by Katie Meyer #ValentineLove #romance #pets Perfect! About A ...

Fresh Pick | THE HUNDRED GIFTS by Jennifer Scott

Fresh Pick for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 is THE HUNDRED GIFTS by Jennifer Scott About THE HUNDRED GIFTS The national bestselling ...

Teri Anne Stanley | Romantic Comedy at a Romance Conference

Thanks for inviting me to visit on my ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE WITH THE BIKER release tour. AiLwtB, besides being a big long title, is one of ...

Lynette Eason | Favorite Things, Travel and TV

I thought I’d talk about a few of my favorite things. Of course the song from The Sound of Music immediately popped in my head! You know, ...

Jaime Jo Wright | The Wildness of a Hero

Who doesn’t love a cowboy? I grew up with my very own, and Uncle Dave taught me much about being strong, in-your-face, feisty, and a teensy ...

Celeste Fletcher McHale | Our Love Affair With Hummingbird Cake

Let’s face it…Southerners love to eat. And it’s how we “fix” everything. Your football team lost? Here’s some mac and cheese. Your ...

Fresh Pick | KINGS RISING by C.S. Pacat

Fresh Pick for Thursday, February 11th, 2016 is KINGS RISING by C.S. Pacat #SupernaturalThursday #EPIC #FANTASY About KINGS RISING The ...

Jocelyn Adams | The Evolution of an Idea

I’ve always been fascinated by the stars. What’s out there? Are we alone? How did we get here? Several years ago, I decided to explore that ...

Q&A with Maia Chance – BEAUTY, BEAST, AND BELLADONNA

Ready to dash back to the Victorian Era and uncover who-done-it at a perfectly ghastly country party? Then sit back and enjoy our Q&A with ...

Support American Vets with SAVED BY A SEAL Purchase

Three New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors have joined forces to give back to the military veterans who have given so much to their ...

Fresh Pick | RUSTLER’S MOON by Jodi Thomas

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 is RUSTLER'S MOON by Jodi Thomas #RomanceWednesday #Texas About RUSTLER'S MOON On a dirt ...

Meet Molly McAdams

It's always an exciting time when Molly McAdams has a new book out, so we were very pleased to be able to talk with her about her latest book: ...

Tara Sue Me | My Journey So Far

THE MASTER is my tenth published book, so I thought it would be beneficial to stop and reflect on my journey so far. So here are a few things I ...

Sherilee Gray | Curvy Heroines

I’ve been reading romance for….some time now :-) My very first was a novella written by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and I was immediately hooked. I ...

Joanne Kennedy | Every Character Has a Story

While I was writing HOW TO WRANGLE A COWBOY, I found myself wishing I could start the story a generation or two early. I write ...

Kat Martin | Movies and Writing

Since Academy Awards night is one of my favorite evenings, I thought it might be fun to talk movies. Old favorites, new favorites, worst picks ...

Girls Don’t Want to Be Played — Cindi Madsen

Don’t miss the much-anticipated follow up to USA Today bestselling novel, GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN. ANATOMY OF A PLAYER by Cindi ...

Michele Callahan | If this book had a music playlist or soundtrack, what would it be and why?

Music is powerful. The melodies crash through our bloodstream and make us feel whatever it is that the musician/lyricist wanted us to feel: ...

Christy English | A Highland Tea

Lady Olivia, the matriarch of the Waters Highland clan, has sent her two youngest sons south to London with the task of marrying off their ...

“It was a dark and stormy night…” Using setting in story

by Beth Cornelison It was a dark and stormy night... Ah, yes. The trite opening line that even Snoopy, in his Great Writer persona, used ...

Meet Lisa Gardner

Our reviewer Sandra Wurman, wrote FIND HER "first and foremost I have to say I've never been more emotionally invested in a story. FIND HER ...

Fresh Pick | LIE IN WAIT by Eric Rickstad

Fresh Pick for Monday, February 8th, 2016 is LIE IN WAIT by Eric Rickstad #SuspenseMonday About LIE IN WAIT From the New York Times and ...

J.L. Hammer | Up Close and Personal With a U.S. Marshal

In the next Vegas Vixens novel, TATTOOED AS TROUBLE, from Entangled Publishing, Raegan Storm enters the Witness Protection Program after ...

Christine Wenger | From The Desk Of Trixie Matkowski

For the Sandy Harbor Lure newspaper: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS By Trixie Matkowski In this busy world, there are some traditions during the ...

Mary Ellen Hughes | Does Romance Belong In Mysteries?

My answer is it depends. Why? Because readers look for different things in different kinds of mysteries. Thrillers, police procedurals, ...

B.B. Haywood | For Better or For Worse

by Candy Holliday Blueberry Farmer and Amateur Detective as told to B.B. Haywood, author of TOWN IN A CINNAMON TOAST, available everywhere on ...

Avery Aames | Escape to beautiful Holmes County + find a new Book Giveaway below!

Have you ever visited Ohio? Some people think the entire state is flat. It’s not. Holmes County, which is situated above Columbus, consists of ...

The Sporting Life: Romances With a Kick by Miranda Owen

A friend of mine recently told me that she didn’t read sports-themed romance because she wasn’t that interested in sports. I can respect ...

Gail Ingis | The Crystal Palace

For those of you interested in history, here’s bits of 19th century architectural and structural happenings during the Industrial Revolution. ...

Irene Hannon | Favorite Things

When Fresh Fiction asked me to share some of my favorite things, I sat right down and started a list. Saturday mornings at Starbucks with my own ...

Mindy Obenhaus | Passion

What are you passionate about? Perhaps you love to cook, sew or paint. Maybe you’re passionate about your family. As an author, I’m ...

A Time for Romance and Chocolate

There are many components I love finding in a book: adventure of some sort, strong friendships, great writing, and, often, a super swoony ...

Favorite Scenes in Romance

With the quick approach of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to celebrate this holiday by sharing my all-time favorite scenes in Romance. After years ...

Magnolia Smith | Assassins And Wine: The Stuff Of Scandal

I have been a fan of ABC’s Scandal from day one. Why? Because it is one of the few books or films that combines swoon-worthy assassins and ...

Fresh Pick | LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY by Maya Rodale

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 is LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY by Maya Rodale #RomanceWednesday a delightful new series begins About ...

Enjoy Exclusive Excerpt from Samantha Chase’s LOVE WALKS IN

Can't wait until April? We can't either because it's when Samantha Chase's new book releases! You can pre-order LOVE WALKS IN now, which we ...

Susan Meier New DUET…or is it?

When I began the duet, The Princes of Xaviera, I thought I’d do something fun with two princes who are forced into marriages of convenience. ...

Jade Lee | My Favorite Winter Pick Me Up!

It’s cold where I live. There’s snow on the ground and my cat spends her days on my lap even when I have to reach over her back to type. Her ...

Stacy Finz | You never know who’ll steal the show

Dear Readers, I’m so excited to be on Fresh Fiction today celebrating my new release, BORROWING TROUBLE. Brady Benson, BORROWING ...

Jenny Holiday | The Four Best Jane Austen Adaptations You’ve Never Heard Of

We all know about Colin Firth emerging from the lake. (Right???? If not, here’s a little primer on “the scene that changed ...

Amanda Weaver | Costume Design and Romance

One of the first historical romance novels I ever read was LOVESONG by Valerie Sherwood, when I was about fifteen. There’s an early scene ...

Sharon Kimbra Walsh | Why I Had To Write ‘A FALLEN HERO’ A Sequel To ‘FOR THE LOVE OF A MARINE’

I confess I have no answer to that. My debut novel was birthed from blood, pain, tears and tantrums. Don't get me wrong. It’s all worth it. ...

Grace Burrowes | Top Five Things About Having a Dog

As I grew up, my family had any number of cats. I also had a horse, as did one of my brothers. The occasional hamster came along, a few ...