Fresh FIction Box Not To Miss
Spotlight on Shana Galen
Author Spotlight / November 7, 2017

Shana Galen gives the background to THIRD SON’S A CHARM As an author, I get rejected more than you might think. Readers only see the published books, not all the proposals that didn’t make the cut. But what I’ve learned is that sometimes rejection is a blessing in disguise. If my original idea for a new book series hadn’t been rejected, Third Son’s a Charm would never have been written. The rejection certainly didn’t feel wonderful at the time, of course. I remember feeling pretty low when I returned to my hotel room at the writing conference where my proposal was turned down. Fortunately, my longtime friend and fellow author Sophie Jordan was rooming with me. When I told her what happened, she said, “What about The Dirty Dozen?” I told her I wasn’t in the mood to watch a movie, but she said, “No, as a premise for a new series!” And that was when the lightbulb went off! I would write a series about twelve former soldiers, men who had returned from the war against Napoleon, and who were trying to fit back into London society. These aren’t the heirs and the spares, but the younger brothers deemed…

RELENTLESS is here!
Author Spotlight / November 2, 2017

The fifth novella in D. B. Reynolds’s RT and EPIC award-winning Vampires in America series is here. Raphael, the most powerful vampire in North America, is heading for Europe, and he’s pissed! TREACHERY … An experience the powerful Vampire Lord Raphael has rarely had to withstand in his long life. RAGE … An emotion that left unchecked can burn like the fires of hell. REVENGE … A dish that philosophers claim is best served cold. It’s been months since the powerful French vampire Mathilde used Raphael’s arrogance against him and nearly succeeded in taking his life. His fury has grown stronger with every day since, fed by new bloody incursions onto North American soil by the Europeans, while vampire politicking has forced him to wait. But no longer. Someone has attacked his home, killing vampires, threatening Cyn. They’ve taken it one step too far, and Raphael’s tired of waiting. His enemies are about to discover that revenge can taste damn good when it’s hot, too. Buy RELENTLESS: Kindle | BN.com | iTunes/iBooks | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR Excerpt: Malibu, CA—present day LENNY PULLED the silicon plugs from his…

Spotlight on Laura Griffin / TOUCH OF RED
Author Spotlight / November 2, 2017

A Note from Laura Griffin Touch of Red is here! I’m so excited about the reviews coming in for the book. “An engrossing story full of twists, turns, and sexy interludes.” — Publishers Weekly Touch of Red features Brooke Porter and Sean Byrne, two favorite characters in my bestselling Tracers series. People ask me all the time if the Tracers books need to be read in order. Each book is about a different couple and has a stand-alone suspense plot, so you can pick up any book in the series and dive right in! To celebrate Touch of Red, I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card, so please drop by my contest page to enter: http://lauragriffin.com/contest/ Happy reading! Laura I would love to hear from you! 🙂 Reach me: www.Facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor www.lauragriffin.com laura@lauragriffin.com On Twitter @Laura_Griff From TOUCH OF RED… When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she’s made it her…

Spotlight on Eloisa James
Author Spotlight / November 1, 2017

“A reigning queen of romance.” – CBS Sunday Morning WILDE IN LOVE by Eloisa James Wildes of Lindow Castle #1 Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Fynche. Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper. Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle. But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces…

Spotlight on Laura Heffernan
Author Spotlight / October 23, 2017

Dear Reader, Have you ever found yourself in a rut? Felt trapped? Jen’s fresh out of college, expecting that the world is her oyster, only to find that oysters are pretty slimy. Life started out okay, but things fell apart quickly, leaving Jen unemployed, single, and on the verge of homelessness. To top it all off, she’s suffocating under medical bills it’ll take decades to pay off. Then Jen gets a call, letting her know she’s been chosen to appear on a reality show she barely remembers trying out for back. The show comes with a total break from real life, with a $250,000 grand prize to the winner. And it also comes with a very good-looking fellow contestant… When my best friend Stephanie emailed me several years ago, suggesting we try out for a new reality show together, I never dreamed we’d wind up here. My inner introvert won, and I didn’t try out that day, but she did. When she was cast, I threw myself into supporting her, helping her gain the votes needed to stay on the series each week. My lifetime love of reality shows finally had a purpose. When I decided it was high time…

Meet Cooper McKenzie at Readers & ‘ritas in November!
Author Spotlight / October 10, 2017

As part of our countdown to Readers & ‘ritas 2017, our Meet the Author interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us inTexas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with Cooper McKenzie, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers &‘ritas! What book made you fall in love with the genre you write? I fell in love with the romance genre in 8th grade after reading THE IVORY KEY by Rita Estrada. I’ve read that book several times over the years and recently found a copy to keep in my own library. If a movie were made of your most recent book, who would you cast in the lead and why? If a movie was made of IRON LUST by my Keely Jakes pen name, I would Try very hard to talk the men who suggested I write a bodybuilder romance, and who are featured on the cover, Christian James and Daniel Treat. What was the first story you wrote? The first story I ever wrote was a teenage angst novel about a girl escaping into her dreams to keep from killing herself. It sucked and was destroyed about a year after…

Spotlight: Dani Pettrey: Researching a Thrill Ride
Author Spotlight / October 10, 2017

“A major thrill ride with some fascinating twists…” ~RT Book Reviews 4 Stars I’m super excited to share my latest release, Blind Spot, with you all. It’s the third book in my Chesapeake Valor series, which focuses on the lives of four boyhood friends who’ve all grown up and gone into law enforcement careers. Blind Spot is Federal Agent Declan Grey and crisis-counselor Tanner Shaw’s story as they face down one of the greatest terrorist threats to America since 9/11. Research for Blind Spot involved a wide array of topics—everything from motorcycle skills, to weapon choices, police procedure, bombs, and, most heartbreaking, the epidemic of human trafficking. I spent a lot of hands-on time researching their story and it was extremely helpful that the series is set in my own backyard, including the historic neighborhood where Declan lives. Baltimore’s Little Italy is an amazingly quaint Italian neighborhood in Baltimore City that has thrived for multiple generations. Its original immigrants from Italy emigrated between the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. By 1920, the entire neighborhood was 100% Italian. The neighborhood is comprised of century-old row homes, family-run restaurants, open-air movie nights and bocce courts. Little Italy is home to the Star-Spangled…

A Spotlight on Julia Kelly
Author Spotlight / October 3, 2017

THE LOOK OF LOVE by Julia Kelly Matchmaker of Edinburgh The ceremony passed in a blur. Reverend Macdonough spoke of fidelity and sacrifice. When he mentioned a wife’s obedience to her husband, Gavin shot her a significant, if teasing, look. She was tempted to tread on his shoe, but she doubted the reverend would find the humor in it. Finally, a small gold ring was presented and blessed, and the priest nodded to Gavin. All at once, her friend became solemn with the gravity of the moment. “And now the ring and the exchange of vows,” said Reverend Macdonough. Gavin picked up her hand and placed the ring on her fourth finger. He must have felt her tremble, because he brushed his thumb over the edge of her palm, soothing her. Slowly, repeating the phrases after Reverend Macdonough, Ina said, “In the presence of God and before these witnesses, I, Ina Duncan, give myself to you, Gavin Barrett, to be your wife, and take you now to be my husband. I promise to love you, to be faithful and loyal to you, for as long as we live.” Her throat was dry by the end of the vow, and she…

Meet Bridget Blackwood at Readers & ‘ritas in November!
Author Spotlight / October 3, 2017

As part of our countdown to Readers & ‘ritas 2017, our Meet theAuthor interview series helps you get to know the authors joining us in Texas on November 10-12. Read on to get acquainted with author Bridget Blackwood, and purchase your tickets to meet her in person at Readers &‘ritas! What book made you fall in love with the genre you write? Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was the first time I’d ever read a paranormal romance with such a large world building scope. It was amazing and I wanted more, easily devouring the next dozen Dark- Hunter books. If a movie were made of your most recent book, who would you cast in the lead and why? Dove Cameron would be a great Ianthe (from LOST IN PARADISE, the latest in my World in Shadows series). I’ve seen her play a variety of characters and she always nails the performance like she was born for it. I think she’d be able to portray Ianthe’s fierceness through her vulnerability she wears like armor. She’s very beautiful and younger looking, which lends credit to the deadly allure of Sirens. Sam Claflin is my pick for the male lead. Zander comes…

Birth of a Snarky Spy
Author Spotlight / October 2, 2017

A Note from Nancy Northcott WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | FACEBOOK Today I’m celebrating the release of a new book. It’s a new series with new characters, and that’s always exciting for me. The idea for The Deathbrew Affair came to me in a way I’d never experienced with a book concept. Usually, I get a flash of a scene, of people doing something important. Then I have to figure out who they are, why this is important, and what they ultimately want. In contrast, Casey Billings, the heroine of The Deathbrew Affair and the series it launches, popped into my head and started talking to me. Kind of like Athena bursting from the head of Zeus, but, luckily for me, not breaking my skull open. We were on a plane over the Smoky Mountains, heading west to visit family in Colorado, when she started talking in my head. She told me her name, where she was from, and what she liked. Then she clammed up and vanished. I had an AlphaSmart (remember those?) with me, so I pulled it out and wrote down everything she’d said—a long paragraph—and the snarky way she’d said it. I had a chance to print…