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Gail Ingis | A Daring Red Dress and a Dancing Queen
Author Guest / November 17, 2017

I love to get dressed up and go out on the town. Even, now at my age (I just turned 82 years young!) I love to go out with my husband Tom. Just last weekend we went to a party at the ballroom dance studio where we practice our  fox-trot, waltz, salsa and so many more. Our talented instructors, Monika and Henry just celebrated their fourth-year anniversary of Dance Fairfield. Part of the Fred Astaire Dance Franchise. History has shown us that women have always loved to get dressed up. And yes, even be a little daring in their fashion choices. Being daring is different depending on the woman. For some women it means wearing a stunning gown with a deep décolletage or décolleté. Décolletage is the area of the neck, shoulders, back and upper chest exposed by the neckline of a woman’s clothing, low-cut necklines of ball gowns, evening gowns, leotards, lingerie and swimsuits, among other fashions. Even today, décolletage is seen as an expression of femininity, and in some parts of the world any décolletage is considered provocative and shocking. During the Victorian period, social attitudes required women to cover their bosom in public. For day dresses, high…

Meet R.C. Boldt
MatchMaker / November 16, 2017

AUTHOR READER MATCH WRITES: contemporary romance, including romantic comedy and military romance ABOUT AUTHOR: RC Boldt lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl. WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN MY IDEAL READER MATCH: A reader who loves sexy yet sweet butterflies-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach stories where love conquers all, with a touch of humor thrown in for good measure. WHAT TO EXPECT IF COMPATIBLE: Expect to be immersed into a multitude of stories which will have you swooning, sometimes have your heart aching, Follow RC: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Newsletter | Amazon | BookBub | Instagram HE LOVES ME … KNOT by R.C. Boldt Sometimes love needs a second chance… I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive,…

Vivien Jackson | A Primer on Autumn Celebration … in Texas
Author Guest / November 16, 2017

When I was a kid, my mother was paranoid. I mean, she’s still paranoid—she’s an expert in everyday items that will definitely kill me soon—but her hovering and persistent worry provided the clearest shape to my sense of How One Properly Celebrates Fall. Apparently once there was a dude who either poisoned Halloween candies or slipped razor blades into caramel apples or…I dunno what the real story was, but by the time Mom got done with it, pretty much every kid on the planet who dared go trick-or-treating was begging for a gruesome death. No way was I getting out of the house in my bed-sheet-and-eyeliner Cleopatra costume. So, since blackmailing my neighbors for candy was out and I was personally unchurched (read: the only heathen in a very Catholic neighborhood), my options for seasonal festivities were kind of limited. I could always have gone deer hunting with my dad and brother, but Bambi was still far too raw and relevant in my psyche (still is). Which left really only one thing. Football. In the late 70s and early 80s, football in Houston meant the Oilers. All the walls in my house were painted Columbia blue. Pictures exist of pre-gradeschool-me…

Favorite Character to write in To Marry a Texas Outlaw? Why?
Author Guest / November 15, 2017

I really love all the characters in this conclusion of my Men of Legend series but I have to say my favorite is Josie Morgan. She’s had a rough life but it’s given her the toughness she needs to survive. Josie grew up above her mother’s saloon so she’s seen the best and worst of humanity. Because of the various types of men who frequent the saloon, Josie’s mother taught her to shoot and she’s developed quite an aptitude for it. That comes in handy. I just love her ability to take what’s thrown at her and make the best of things. As the story opens, she has amnesia. Everything has been stripped from her. I often think of how scary it would be to wake up and not know who I was or where I lived. People in that state have no starting point or nothing to relate anything to. I can’t imagine. But Josie somehow keeps her sense of humor and stays optimistic for the most part. She trusts the outlaw Luke Legend and feels safe with him. As pieces of her life slowly start to emerge, she falls deeper in love with Luke. It’s at that point…

Heather Van Fleet | Characters: The biggest ache in a writer’s side.
Author Guest / November 15, 2017

You can’t control them. You can’t guide them. They simply birth their way onto the pages, pulling you in so many directions that you wind up going grey and gaining fifteen pounds by the time you’re done writing the book. (TRUE STORY, by the way.) BUT, every once in a while, these characters do something so freaking fantastic, so swoony, soooo hilarious, that you remember exactly why you wanted to write about them in the first place. This, to me, was my relationship with Maxwell Martinez—the hero in The Right Kind of Reckless. Let me start by saying that in Reckless Hearts, book one, Max was labeled (AND WORE THAT LABEL WELL) as a certifiable douchebag. He was a little chauvinistic, a whole lot degrading, and kind of annoying and immature, if I do say so myself. He’s flawed, bottom line. And I have no regrets writing him the way I did in that book. To me, though, Max is more than just those things I mentioned above. He’s a guy with a broken past. A guy with a whole lot of love to give for a woman he’s wanted for years, but can’t have. He’s goofy and playful and…

Gail Ingis | Fancy A Cup Of Tea?
Author Guest / November 15, 2017

Many blue moons ago I had the great pleasure of having High Tea at the Helmsley Palace in New York City. Or so I thought! Much to my surprise, I was mistaken in my assumption that it was called High Tea. In fact, the proper name is: Afternoon Tea. Fascinated with the ritual of “tea time”, I explored the history and found that Afternoon Tea, aka High Tea, originated among the wealthy social classes in England in the 1840s. By the end of the nineteenth century, Afternoon Tea developed into its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes. Teatime for the working population was always much later in the day, usually after 6 pm, and accompanied by a pot of good, strong stimulating tea. At the Helmsley Palace, Afternoon Tea consisted of delicate savory cucumber or egg and cress sandwiches, bread and butter, scones with clotted cream and jam, and occasionally cakes and pastries along with a bracing pot of tea. Sandwiches always had the crusts removed, and were cut into small segments, either as triangles or fingers, aka tea sandwiches. The waiters dressed in formal attire, starched collars, black vests and black pressed trousers….

Heather Slade | Identical Twins have a Connection, but what is it?
Author Guest / November 14, 2017

“Are you really interested, or is it a show to get back at the ex-girlfriend?” Tucker asked his brother. “Her name is Irene. And yes, I’m interested.” “You’re sure?” “Did you see her? She’s magnificent.” Tucker agreed. She was magnificent. Her violet-hued eyes had sparkled when she met his gaze, stirring something in him that he hadn’t felt in a long while. He’d almost reached forward to run his fingers through her silky dark hair. “Can’t you feel it?” Tucker asked, but his brother turned away without answering. Sometimes he wondered if he could feel Jace more than his twin could feel him. Even if they were a thousand miles apart, Tucker felt his twin’s turmoil. This is only one example of the connection between the twin brothers, who also happen to be hotter-than-all-get-out cowboys, in KISS ME COWBOY. So, is there really such a thing as a psychological connection between identical twins? According to studies, as many as one in five identical twins claim to share a special psychic connection, but is it coincidence, or is it truly psychic powers? A connection wouldn’t necessarily have to be mysterious. Any two people who know each other very well and who…

Loreth Anne White | A Writer’s Obsession and A Detective’s Obsession
Author Guest / November 14, 2017

In THE DROWNED GIRLS, Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Now, in THE LULLABY GIRL, Angie is forced back into uniform and she’s been benched on a desk assignment for 12 months. This challenges Angie in every way—if she’s not a detective, who is she? Then a decades-old cold case washes ashore, and Angie is pulled into an investigation she recognizes as deeply, frighteningly, personal. Driven and desperate to solve her case in spite of her probation, Angie goes rogue, risking her relationship with Detective Maddocks, her career, and her very life in pursuit of the answers to her past. But she’ll learn that some truths might be too painful to bear, and some sacrifices include collateral damage. And she’ll have to make some hard choices. Thankfully, unlike Angie, I am not a work-a-holic. Angie has no pets, no plants. No time nor care goes into maintaing her apartment. Because solving cases is her life. Me? I have pets, and a marriage, and children, and an elderly parent … a life. However, a writer does need a certain kind of obstinance to be able to seat oneself in front…

Ally Mathews | Top Five Reasons for Adults to Read Young Adult Romance
Author Guest / November 14, 2017

I saw a statistic somewhere recently that said 55% of young adult book readers are adults. I’m not surprised, because I’m an adult who loves to read YA, and especially YA romance. In no particular order, these are my top five reasons adults should read YA: It will remind you of all of your firsts. Your first crush. Your first date. Your first kiss. Okay, I started early. My first crush was in second grade. His name was Tommy and I liked him so much I gave him my pencil sharpener. But after that auspicious beginning, my love life slowed to a crawl. I didn’t have my first real date until I was a junior in high school, and I didn’t have my first kiss until my freshman year of college. But I remember everything about all of those interactions, and whenever I read a YA romance, they all come shooting back to me as I wait for the hero and heroine of the story I’m reading to finally get together. You’ll Have All. The. Feels. When I read a YA romance, it plunges me right back into my middle and high school years, back when I could go through…

Christine Warren talks sexy shifters
Author Guest / November 14, 2017

Christine Warren, author of HARD BREAKER, chatted with Fresh Fiction about her latest book, where she sees the series going, and whether or not she plans to write more books in The Guardian series. Fresh Fiction: Now that the major battle between the Guardians and the demons has been fought, will you be continuing the story line and taking it a new direction? The Guardians series was always intended to have a fixed start and end point. I wanted to try something different after the Others and see if I could carry a single story thread across multiple books. With my previous work, stories were more loosely connected by characters. For me, the Guardians have done what they set out to do, and now they get to enjoy their retirement with their mates! Fresh Fiction: What was your inspiration for the Guardians and their wardens? Is it based on any folklore? It’s not really based on any one specific story or myth. I simply liked the idea of an epic Good vs. Evil struggle and the idea of heroes who look scarier than the things they’re saving the world from. That was enough to get my imagination firing. Fresh Fiction:…