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Carolyn Brown | Top 5 Comfort Foods From The Strawberry Hearts Diner
Author Guest / July 18, 2017

Good mornin’ to all y’all folks at Fresh Fiction and thank you so much for inviting me back to your site to talk about THE STRAWBERRY HEARTS DINER. I’d always wanted to set a book in a cozy little 50’s style diner somewhat like the character Leroy Jethro Gibbs visits in the television show, NCIS. So it was exciting to get the opportunity to get to spend time in the Strawberry Hearts Diner with Jancy, Vicky, Nettie and Emily. Jancy wasn’t planning on being in Pick, Texas any longer than it took for her to visit her grandmother’s grave and then drive away. But fate stepped in and she found herself sitting in the Strawberry Hearts Diner parking lot watching her car burning to a crisp. With very little money and a driver’s license that was only good for a few more months in her purse, she would’ve rather had a job somewhere else than the diner. But there she was, taking the HELP WANTED sign out of the window. Things could have been worse but even with room and board plus a salary and tips, she’d have rather been working anywhere else. After all the sweetheart of Pick would…

Callie Hutton | History Needs a HEA
Author Guest / July 18, 2017

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” Alexis de Tocqueville I love reading historical romance and have since I cracked open the cover of GONE WITH THE WIND as a teenager. Unlike my boring history classes, here was history worth reading. At first I skimmed over the battles, but then as I continued on with the book, I read more and more of the actual history contained in the story. This book was about people. Those who lost loved ones, those who waited at home for a letter, for some indication that their husband, brother, father or son was still alive. Fiction? Yes. GONE WITH THE WIND is a work of fiction, but what happened to Scarlett O’Hara, et al, was based on real life events. Babies were born during the height of battle. Plantations were burned to the ground, and thousands, both black and white, were left homeless, adrift in a world turned completely upside down. I closed that book with a sigh of pleasure, and then followed up with the story of Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr. That led me to read the stories of the other five wives….

Jodi Thomas | Digging out a Story
Author Guest / July 18, 2017

Sometimes a story sits in the back of a writer’s head, waiting its turn to come out. INDIGO LAKE was like that. The two main characters came from two different worlds. Blade had no family who cares about him and Dakota was sometimes smothered in her responsibilities. Both were looking for someone, the right person, to fill the longing, but neither would admit it. Blade Hamilton had inherited a house he cared nothing about. After driving all day to look at it, he’d decided to sell it all, land, house and heritage. He hadn’t known about his father and he didn’t need an old crippled house with wild roses growing almost to the roof. Dakota Davis had heard her grandmother’s dark stories about the Hamilton house all her life. When she turned off the county road heading toward home, she thought she was seeing a ghost standing knee-deep in Indigo Lake. As they get to know one another they begin to care and the love they share seems to cut their problems in half. I love writing stories about people who become so real to me that I wake up nights worrying about them. That’s how it was with Blade…

RITA® Finalists for Romantic Suspense!
Author Guest / July 17, 2017

Romantic Suspense ALL THE DEAD GIRLS by Rita Herron Montlake Publishing Alison Dasho, editor ALL THE DEAD GIRLS by Rita Herron Graveyard Falls #3 When a violent storm hits Graveyard Falls, it unearths the unimaginable: skeletons of teenage girls, each dressed in white and holding a candle. It’s clear to FBI agent Beth Fields that this is the work of a long-standing killer—but could it be the one she escaped years ago? She has no memory of the man who held her captive and murdered her friend. But even though someone was jailed for the crime, she’s always feared that the real killer is still out there…waiting and watching. Ian Kimball never believed his stepfather was guilty of Beth’s kidnapping or the slaying of two local girls. Now Graveyard Falls’s sheriff, he’s determined to catch the true perpetrator. And when more young women go missing, he realizes he needs Beth’s help. She is nothing like Ian expected, and everything he desires. But if they have any hope of finally ending the killer’s reign of terror, Beth and Ian will need to put everything aside, including their past, their mistrust, and their growing attraction… Romance Suspense [Montlake Romance, On Sale: November…

Caridad Pineiro Summer Fun!
Author Guest / July 14, 2017

Fireworks and Fun for you in July! My favorite time of year down the Jersey Shore is the 4th of July! I love seeing the parades and sitting on the beach watching the fireworks. It’s such a lovely time of year to be able to just hang out, enjoy the weather and friends, and of course, read a good book while sitting on the beach. Here’s a photo for you from this year as we all sit and wait to see the fireworks in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Good news! I am so excited that Publishers Weekly picked One Summer Night as a Top 10 Romance! One Summer Night is the first book in the At the Shore series which is very near and dear to my heart as I get to share one of my very favorite places – the Jersey Shore – and show you how it’s nothing like that show that shall not be named. LOL! If you’d like to get a sneak peek at One Summer Night and the At the Shore series, I’ve been doing some Behind the Scenes you can see by clicking here. Beach Bag Beach Read Contest Starting on July 14, please…

Theresa Romain | Secrets Revealed!
Author Guest / July 14, 2017

Thanks for hosting me on Fresh Fiction today! Describe SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER in 6 words. Friends to lovers, secrets, horse-racing, HEA. (I might have fudged those 6 words a little.) Favorite thing to munch on while you write? I always have a glass of water and usually have a big mug of coffee by me too. I’ve been known to eat lunch while I write—soup is quite an adventure while you’re typing—and if there’s candy around, it’ll find its way to my desk too. My favorites are Jelly Bellys and gummy candies. Tell us something interesting about Kate and Evan that we won’t find out in the book. I could see those two becoming lovingly competitive after the end of the book. Kate is a crack shot, Evan is resourceful, and they’re both excellent riders. They’d push each other to become better and tease each other a lot along the way. If you had to pick ONE line from SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER as your favorite, what would it be and why? “And beneath the blue sky, they banished the gray.” The hero of SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER, Evan Rhys, has depression—though since he lives in the 1810s, he only knows to…

Fresh Pick | THE INNKEEPER OF IVY HILL by Julie Klassen
Fresh Pick / July 14, 2017

Fresh Pick for Friday, July 14th, 2017 is THE INNKEEPER OF IVY HILL by Julie Klassen #BookClubSelection About THE INNKEEPER OF IVY HILL First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen! The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town’s livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora’s wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them–and her future–in a different light. With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And…

N.J. Walters | It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me
Author Guest / July 13, 2017

Some books are more personal than others, drawing bits and pieces of my life and interests into the story. That’s exactly what happened with DRAKON’S PLUNDER, book 3 in my Blood of the Drakon series. What’s in a name? Well, a lot. And for me it all started with the heroine. Sometimes I know right away what my character’s name will be. Sometimes it takes a while for me to discover it. This book is set off the coast of Maine and I knew it would involve salvaging a wreck from the 1800s. Even though the ship in my book went down in bad weather, it got me thinking about pirates. I did some online research and discovered Samuel Bellamy, also known as “Black Sam” Bellamy, the “Prince of Pirates.” He was an interesting character who lived large and died young. I thought it fitting my heroine be named Sam Bellamy, since her father wanted a son and claimed they could be related to the pirate, even though that is never substantiated. Which leads me to my own history. No, I’m not related to any pirates…that I know of. But I did grow up hearing about one named Peter Easton….

Fresh Pick | LUCIAN’S DELIGHT by N.J. Walters
Fresh Pick / July 13, 2017

Fresh Pick for Thursday, July 13th, 2017 is LUCIAN’S DELIGHT by N.J. Walters #SupernaturalThursday About LUCIAN’S DELIGHT Book Two in the sizzling Dalakis Passion vampire romance series! Fans of steamy romance will love this novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author N. J. Walters! For years Delight Deveraux suffered from a recurring nightmare of being savagely attacked and assaulted, until the night a mysterious stranger appears in her dream to rescue her. When the same scene plays itself out in real life just days later, with the same mesmerizing dream man coming to her rescue, Delight suddenly finds herself swirling in a haze of passion and confusion, between what’s real and what’s not. But Lucian Dalakis is real, and he intends not just to save her but to bind her to himself for all time. Lucian is a creature of the dark and must endure the same curse as all Dalakis men: they love only once in their lives, and may search for all eternity without ever finding their mate. When Delight shows up unexpectedly in Lucian’s life, he knows immediately that he has found his one true love. But her life is still in danger from…

Fresh Pick | SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER by Theresa Romain
Fresh Pick / July 12, 2017

Fresh Pick for Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 is SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER by Theresa Romain #RomanceWednesday #HistoricalReading About SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER Does love really heal all wounds? After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband’s debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband’s roguish friend-whom she hasn’t seen since the day of his lordship’s mysterious death. Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he’s always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart-and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires. Buy SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER: Amazon.com | Kindle | BN.com | iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Powell’s Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR About Theresa Romain Historical romance…