DIANA ROWLAND | Genre Ennui

I read a blog post recently, written by a woman who was announcing that she was "quitting" Urban Fantasy. She stated that the genre was so ...

MARK TERRY | Doppelganger

These days I’m the author of a series of thriller novels featuring Dr. Derek Stillwater, a troubleshooter for Homeland Security. Derek’s ...

SUSAN MALLERY | Turns Out Size Matters After All!

I grew up in Los Angeles, one of the largest, loudest cities in the world. There’s a lot to love about living in a city. The sights, the ...

CAROL SNOW | FUTURE AUTHORS OF AMERICA

I don’t know whether accountants hear about children who dream of doing taxes or if parents brag to plumbers about kids gifted with a plunger ...

SAND SHILHANEK| HOW TO SPEND THE PRECIOUS BOOK BUDGET DOLLARS

This last week I read Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs. I picked this book because the DFW TeaReaders is having Ms. Childs as a ...

Jen’s Jewels | Interview with Holly LeCraw

Have you ever wondered what your parents were like as a newly married couple before they had kids?  Sure, we’ve all seen the photographs from ...

Susan Meier | What I Love About Reading and Writing

My birthday is April 22. The year I turned twenty-two, I was so impressed with the fact that I was turning twenty-two on the twenty-second that ...

Emery Lee | Mixing Fact and Fiction in THE HIGHEST STAKES

Fresh Pick | REMARKABLE CREATURES by Tracy Chevalier

January 2010On Sale: January 5, 2010Featuring: Elizabeth Philpot; Mary Anning320 pages ISBN: 0525951458EAN: ...

BONNIE HEARN HILL | BREAKING INTO FICTION

Although I had published nonfiction for many years and worked as an editor, I wanted to be a novelist. I made every mistake imaginable as I ...

Interview with Lucie Snodgrass

Jen's JewelsGet the lowdown on your favorite authors with Jennifer Vido.I have always been fascinated with the art of knitting. As a child, I ...

Fresh Pick | REVENGE WEARS RUBIES by Renee Bernard

Jaded Gentlemen #1March 2010On Sale: March 2, 2010Featuring: Haley Moreland; Galen Hawke336 pages ISBN: 0425233375EAN: ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | LAUGH OR CRY WHICH DO YOU PREFER

This week I got news I wasn't expecting and have spent a lot of time crying over it. I know that as the next few weeks and months go by I'm ...

Miranda Neville | I Wish I Were An Orphan

In the book I just finished writing, the heroine has two living parents who are loving and functional. Not that she doesn't have her issues with ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | Help With Category Recommendations

Every week when I sit down to write I try to think of what has caught my attention for the week that might catch yours as well. This week I’m ...

Fresh Pick | CORPSE ON THE COB by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Odelia Grey #5February 2010On Sale: February 1, 2010Featuring: Odelia Grey336 pages ISBN: 0738713511EAN: 9780738713519Paperback$14.95Mystery ...

Shanna Swendson | Chasing a Fad…You’ll Never Catch Up!

I emerged from my winter hibernation to attend ConDFW in a snowy Dallas the weekend of February 12 through 14. I didn't come across any ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | THE SEASONS OF READING

About a week ago I experienced winter in a way that I haven’t had to since we moved to Texas. Our area had a record snowfall of 12.5 inches, ...

Sara Reyes | Winter Musings

It has been nearly a decade since I had a snow day...one of those days made for curling up under a blanket with a good book, watching the big ...

JENNIFER BLAKE | REALISM AND FAIRY TALES

I saw it again this week: "Romance novels, like fairy tales, lack realism; they make young women believe a handsome prince is going to rescue ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | WHAT I READ FOR JANUARY

It’s the end of January and I thought I’d try something new this year-taking a day to recap some of what I read or listened to this ...

Fresh Pick | DYING SCREAM by Mary Burton

December 2009On Sale: December 1, 2009Featuring: Adrianna Barrington; Gage Hudson384 pages ISBN: 1420100289EAN: ...

Sandi Shilhanek | SERIOUS ABOUT SERIES

t’s time to reveal something you may or may not know about me. I am quite serious about series.For more years than I can count I’ve been ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | TECHNOLOGY MY NEW BEST FREIND

Last Sunday my husband and I went shopping. He has decided that we need to attend a dinner for long term employees of the company he works for ...

Behind the scenes: Book Entry…

Went to the west office of FreshFiction (VR) and worked on the books. We're still processing books from 1/4 and almost done so the arrival of ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | THE PERFECT DAY….DOES IT EXIST? I SAY MAYBE

On Saturday I had a nearly perfect day. I say nearly because is any day truly perfect? I woke to temps that were climbing, even though my ...

Sharon’s Cozy Corner | Curl up with a cozy in January…

After the flurry of the holidays, I had expected January to be a nice, quiet, slow month for books – boy, was I wrong! I have a plethora of ...

Fresh Pick | LARCENY AND LACE by Annette Blair

Vintage Magic Mystery #2August 2009On Sale: August 4, 2009Featuring: Madeira Cutler304 pages ISBN: 0425229114EAN: ...

Fresh Teen Takes | Start out the new year…

Fresh Takes from the Teen ShelvesAll the news, updates and gossip for the Young Adult -- books, authors, movies and more! Happy New Year!  ...

Fresh Pick | FROSTBITTEN by Kelley Armstrong

Women of the Otherworld #10October 2009On Sale: September 29, 2009Featuring: Elena Michaels; Clayton Danvers384 pages ISBN: 0553806629EAN: ...

Fresh Pick | RED HOT LIES by Laura Caldwell

Izzy McNeil #1June 2009On Sale: June 1, 2009Featuring: Izzy McNeil420 pages ISBN: 0778326500EAN: 9780778326502Mass Market ...

Daily Dose | Top Ten Vampire Romance Books

The Daily DoseSmattering of Romance, Paranormal, and General ObservationsJust because I don't read a lot of vampire fiction doesn't mean I don't ...

Sunday Snips and Clips: Kitty, Khristmas and Kibitzing

The Daily DoseSmattering of Romance, Paranormal, and General ObservationsHappy Sunday everyone! Sorry for no Smackdown yesterday, I was sucked ...

SARA EDMONDS | TAKING AN INEXPENSIVE VACATION TO AN EXOTIC LOCALE

With winter here, I have often wished to be in a nice tropical locale for a few weeks. I realized though that while I was reading Twenties Girl ...

Fresh Pick | DOG ON IT by Spencer Quinn

Chet And Bernie #1 February 2009 On Sale: February 10, 2009 320 pages ISBN: 1416585834EAN: 9781416585831Hardcover$25.00 Mystery Pet ...

Happy Holidays from Fresh Fiction!

Season's Greetings May your holidays and New Year be filled with happiness and great reads From your Fresh Fiction friendsand ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | HOW WILL YOU SPEND THE NEXT WEEK

As the holiday shopping season is ending I am wondering did you have to make a mad dash to the mall for one last gift? Did you order your ...

Fresh Pick | ETERNAL PLEASURE by Nina Bangs

Gods of the Night #1July 2008On Sale: July 1, 2008384 pages ISBN: 0843959533EAN: 9780843959536Mass Market Paperback$7.99Romance Paranormal, ...

AMANDA MCINTYRE | APPROACHING WINTER SOLSTICE

There are so many traditions we hold dear at this time of year. Many stem from our memories of growing up, or experiences that we incorporate ...

Sara Reyes | Celebrating the Holidays…with a tea!

Our book club has an annual Holiday tea. It's a great time and usually very memorable. Some of our members come to every activity and some come ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | BOOKING IT THROUGH TOWN

This weekend my friend Yvonne has arrived from England. Whenever she comes it means a bunch of shopping for various items to go home with her, ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | THE SURVEY SAYS PART TWO

Welcome to the survey says part two!This week I want to know do you have a genre preference? If you do does that mean you are or are not ...

Fresh Pick | ANGEL IN VEGAS by Norma Howe

November 2009On Sale: November 10, 2009Featuring: Noah Sark256 pages ISBN: 0763639850EAN: 9780763639853Hardcover$16.99Young Adult Paranormal ...

KAREN KENDALL | HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This year I thought I’d dispel some myths about me, even though I have spent hours in the kitchen today making ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | HOW DO YOU FIND COMFORT?

This weekend I find myself in need of comfort. A difficult decision was taken out of my hands, when my beloved pet, Sally passed away ...

Fresh Pick | THE WICKED DUKE TAKES A WIFE by Jillian Hunter

Boscastle Family #9November 2009On Sale: October 27, 2009Featuring: Lord Griffin Boscastle; Harriet Gardner336 pages ISBN: 0345503953EAN: ...

Snuggle up to a Cozy in November

Hey ya’ll, welcome to Sharon’s Cozy Corner, where cozy mysteries and their authors are the focus of reviews, interviews and news. I am ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | BEG, BORROW, OR BUY

This week Kindred in Death by J.D.Robb was released this past week. I was lucky and got to read an early copy, so I didn't need to make the ...

SANDRA BROWN | HOW TO QUICKLY MAKE A BOOK TRAILER

Once upon a time the only place you saw movie trailers was in your local theater, shortly before the movie started. These days, all you have to ...

JORDAN DANE | THE NEWS THROUGH JORDAN DANE’S ROSE COLORED GLASSES

Being an author of fiction, I suppose some people might find it hard to believe what I tell them at times. After all, I get paid to make things ...

SARA ANGELINI | IMAGINING MYSELF IN A JANE AUSTEN NOVEL

I think Jane Austen wrote about me. No, I’m not off my meds, and yes, I realize that dear Jane has been dead for almost two hundred years ...

Fresh Pick | THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins

Prequel to THE LAST QUARRYOctober 2008On Sale: September 30, 2008Featuring: Quarry256 pages ISBN: 0843959657EAN: 9780843959659Mass Market ...

Fresh Pick | DEEP DISH by Mary Kay Andrews

March 2009On Sale: March 1, 2009416 pages ISBN: 0060837373EAN: 9780060837372Paperback (reprint)$14.99Women's Fiction Buy at Amazon.com Deep ...

Watch AUDREY’S DOOR Video and WIN!

Sarah LanganWin a copy of Sarah Langan's latest AUDREY'S DOOR. And don't miss the FREE e-edition of free e-edition of THE KEEPER up at ...

SAND SHILHANEK | HOUSEHOLD CHORES OR READING

When I sat down to write this blog I really had no idea what to write about! All I could think of was the zillion and one things I had on my to ...

Candy’s Inside Books | Don’t Miss The Magic…

Candy's Inside BooksA look at books, authors and movie eventsThere are so many of my friends and favorite authors with books out this month that ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Why Can’t I Dejunk My TBR Pile?

This weekend the weather has finally cooled in my neck of the woods. It’s the first day in a little over a week without rain, and why I did ...

KAREN WHITE-OWENS | ART IMITATING REAL LIFE

I’ve been a published author for approximately seven years. Since I started to write, I enjoy writing about subjects that intrigued, puzzled, ...

CLAIRE DELACROIX | TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF MAKING YOUR FIRST SALE

I know a lot of aspiring writers (and I’ll likely meet a lot more, during the writer-in-residence program at the Toronto Public Library this ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | SEPTEMBER…READ A NEW BOOK MONTH

A discussion in one of my yahoo groups brought up special holidays in September. I’m sure if we all took a moment and stopped we could think ...

ROSEMARY CLEMENT MOORE WARNING! READING COULD BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR DIET

I had cheesecake for breakfast this morning. Completely self-indulgent, right? Not on the diet at all, let alone for breakfast. Saturday morning ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | ONE LAST SUMMER HURRAH

If you live in the United States then this is perhaps a holiday weekend for you. It is for me, and I’ve been looking forward to it with much ...

INGRID WEAVER | VOICES IN YOUR HEAD, AND OTHER WRITING SIDE EFFECTS

One of my pet peeves are the drug commercials on TV that show happy, smiling people who seem totally oblivious to the Voice Of Doom in the ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | THE GREAT LITERARY DEBATE

This week I’m listening to The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews, and while listening one term really struck me. The term was empty literary ...

AMANDA MCYINTYRE

August 18, 2009Day fifteen of the blog tourTORTURED, erotic medieval, Harlequin Spice, Aug.'09-Amanda McIntyre)See the book trailer at: ...

Spotlight on Hank Phillippi Ryan

FAKING IT!Raise your hand—who loves designer purses? We all do. They’re gorgeous, glamorous and desirable—and they look like they cost a ...

JOEY W. HILL

Though I’m a devoted fan of the vampire tale, you wouldn’t know it by how few books I’ve read in the genre. That’s because I’m very ...

SANDI SHILHANEK | TRYING TO UNRAVEL THE KEEPING AND RE-READING PHENOMENON

I think it’s time to share a deep dark secret about me. I don’t as a general rule keep books, and I don’t re-read. I do have a fairly ...

Jeff Abbott | THE FIVE THINGS THEY NEVER TELL YOU WHEN YOUR BOOK IS ON THE SHELF

I’ve written eleven novels, and each one has been both joy and challenge. My latest thriller, Trust Me, was no different in that regard. I ...

SIMON BECKETT | THE PERFECT PUBLICITY PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Well, it's been an interesting week. Work on my new David Hunter novel was temporarily suspended for a sudden flurry of publicity. Which makes a ...

Julie Ann Long | SINCE THE SURRENDER… AN EXCERPT

Captain Chase Eversea and Rosalind March employ a street urchin, Liam Plum, to help with their search for Lucy, Rosalind’s missing ...

Sara Reyes | How I Attended a Sherrilyn Kenyon Signing Event…or New Friends, New Experiences

Books Included:This week I seemed to spend half my time buying books, getting a ticket for a book signing and then standing in line and waiting ...

Allyson Roy | COULD YOU WRITE A BOOK WITH YOUR SPOUSE? A QUIZ!

Whenever people find out that Allyson Roy translates into a husband and wife team named Alice and Roy we get reactions from other couples as ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Did the economy change your library

This week one of my Yahoo groups was discussing the newest Suzanne Brockmann book, Hot Pursuit. One of the ladies in the group was planning on ...

Daniel Silva signing THE DEFECTOR

Daniel Silva signing THE DEFECTOROriginally uploaded by freshfictionPhoto collection from the Daniel Silva signing in Dallas. Check them out and ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Daydreaming…If I Were An Author I’d Have the Perfect Office!

This week while I was driving and trying to entertain myself I decided that if I were to be a writer I’d want to have a wonderful place to ...

I've been a reader for half a century. There you go, guys, you get to do the numbers and calculate my age, but it's true, I've been reading ...

Sandi Shilhanek | Does a Book Have To Be Perfect To Be Enjoyed?

This week I read a new to me author, Marie Bostwick. I read her book A Thread of Truth. When I started it I was warned that there might be ...

Debra Mullins | What Makes a Book a Keeper?

I recently asked this question on Twitter: “As a romance reader, what makes a book a keeper for you?”  Out of the replies that came my way, ...

Sara Reyes | Tripping Down Memory Lane

This has been an interesting week coming off a beautiful relaxing away-from-it-all vacation to business catch-up, a little family drama, death ...

Romance Readers mourn the loss of Edith Layton

Long-time and beloved romance author Edith Layton passed away this morning following a long bout with ovarian cancer.She leaves behind three ...

Sara Reyes | What’s in a Name?

I was passing time with a fellow reader this week, waiting for books to arrive for processing and our conversation wandered as most readers do ...

Sara Reyes | Books As A Solace

What a difference a week can make! Who knew! I guess everyone, but sometimes days go by without effort; work is done, food is made, eaten, ...

Sara Reyes | What I learned at SXSW

Broken Lizzard and GwenOriginally uploaded by freshfictionFirst off, SXSW to the uninitiated is South By Southwest, referred to as "SXSW" or ...

Sandi Shilhanek | To Keep or Not To Keep, that is MY Question!

Saturday afternoon, the DFW Tea readers celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special tea. A lot of people were in attendance, we maxed out the ...

Sara Reyes | Book Club Hang Over…

Linda Howard Book clubOriginally uploaded by freshfictionPat saw a tee shirt on wireless.com -- "Not so loud, I had book club last night." A ...

Sara Reyes | Book Club Night is …

Late as always ... it's laughingly (I hope) called "Reyes time" by our reading group and friends, but I blame trying to fit too much in a short ...

Sara Reyes | Book Signings … what’s the point?

Well, let's see...you get to meet other readers and talk about books,..and husbands, children, pets, ghosts, vampires and zombies. Uh, haven't ...

Sara Reyes | Texas Book Festival Musings

George DuranOriginally uploaded by freshfictionI went to the Texas Book Festival last weekend and as always it was fun to be in the company of ...

What a reader does in her spare time? Book signings, dine with authors, and read!

Rios Tex-MexOriginally uploaded by freshfictionGlad you asked...even if you didn't, you get to hear. HA! the power of the blog erupts! Anyway, ...

Summer Daze Reading Blockbusters and HP is in town!

Summer has settled in North Texas and along with the heat is a flurry of authors descending to talk up their books. Now, I'm not complaining, I ...

Why I Miss Harry Potter…

Wood Nymph and WitchOriginally uploaded by freshfictionLast year we were all agog at the idea of Harry Potter 7, coming soon, count downs to ...

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival — Win a hardcover copy of THE EX-DEBUTANTE by Linda Francis Lee

We're participating in the Bloggy Carnival where all you have to do is to post a comment on a blog to be included in the pool for winners for ...

Cover Cut Ups to California Cops to Knitting Clubs to Southern Crazy

January brought a slew of authors to Dallas and I had the opportunity to check them all out! First we began with the visit of Thomas Allen ...

Busy Busy Busy… stop and read a book?

As usual, I never had as much time as I expected to prepare for the holidays so it doesn't come as a HUGE surprise I'm still writing a holiday ...

Happy Thanksgiving Day… gobble gobble

Many families find the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, very stressful. But we've come up with our own way of de stressing the whole thing. ...

Lynda Hilburn | Ramblings From The Paranormal Edge

Every few years, a dance/theater production, “Theatre of the Vampires,” is staged in Boulder, Colorado (where I live), in a spooky, old ...

Jasmine Haynes | 10 Things Erotic Romance Writers Might Hear When the Word Gets Out

I started out writing romantic suspense, murders, serial killers, little things like that. Maybe I was watching too many forensics shows or ...

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly Originally uploaded by freshfiction Oh, shucks, we missed Harry Bosch! He couldn't come to the Texas Book Festival -- ...