COVER REVEAL: “Mr. Hollywood”

So the first batch of releases from Little Red Hen Romance was a rip snorting success!  Every single title hit the FREE bestsellers lists for short romance!  I’d call that a win!  So over at The Coop, we’re already preparing for next month’s #newreleases!  First up, a cover reveal for a little contemporary we like to call “Mr. Hollywood.”

Stacie is a romance writer that no longer believes in romance.  Her agent sends her off on a working vacation to Bora Bora in an attempt to rekindle her creative fire and meet a pressing deadline.  It seems an impossible task until she’s saved from the clutches of disaster by a beautiful stranger.

COMING MAY 29TH!!

COMING MAY 29TH!!

“Mr. Hollywood” is the fifth release from Little Red Hen Romance, a publisher with a completely new concept in romance:  short, sexy, romantic stories that are never more than 99 cents!  Click the image for more!!

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Forgive Me Somehow, Danielle Steele

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In case there’s someone out there who didn’t know, my big sis, Lucy Blue, is a much better writer than me.  So much better that I’ve let her take over my blog today to talk about her new release, Alpha Romeo.  It’s a scintillating tell-all book written in the style of a Hollywood memoir.  Think about it this way– it’s the book about Angelina Jolie that you’ve always wanted to read.  Lucy herself describes the book as being  throwback to the old Danielle Steele/ Sidney Sheldon days.  Anyway, today she’s taking over to talk about how she came to write Alpha Romeo and why it’s such an important book for her. 

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When I was a teen-ager, my mother’s favorite writer was Danielle Steele.  It was one of the many things we fought about.  “Those books are just garbage,” I would tell her.  “They all have the same stupid, melodramatic plot.  The characters are paper dolls.  They read like the back of a cake mix.  You read Thomas Hardy for fun, for heaven’s sake.  How can you read that crap?”

                As I recall, her defense usually ran along the lines of different strokes for different folks.  But if I’d been particularly obnoxious, she might point out that she couldn’t understand how her beautiful daughter could enjoy “sickness” like Stephen King and Anne Rice, either, but she still loved me.

                As I got older and started writing fiction of my own, she read every word I wrote.  She was what that sicko Stephen King would call my “first reader,” and she praised it all, even the stuff outside her comfort zone, even the stuff I never finished.  She encouraged me every step of the way, and when I sold my first book, a horror opus about vampires, consumptive whores, and Shakespeare, no one could have been more proud.

                Mama’s health was never great, but about ten years ago, she took a definite turn for the worse.  I was in the midst of writing about medieval vampires for Pocket Books.  I actually made my first draft deadline for The Devil’s Knight during a two-week leave of absence I had taken from my day job to take care of her after her second open heart surgery.  I don’t remember ever having the conscious thought to write a “Mama book.”  I was very happy with my vamps.  But right around that same time, reading a tabloid account of a celebrity divorce, I got the idea for Scarlett Cross, a movie star who’s been haunted her whole life by the violent death of her mother.  I started writing about her in first person, a technique I hadn’t used for anything but short stories since college, because that was just how she came out of my head.

                There are no supernatural monsters in Scarlett’s world.  Maybe at that point in my life, the real world seemed a lot scarier than any horror I could think up.  Maybe I lost the knack for believing in fairies and witches and vamps for a while.  I know I made Scarlett a movie star to keep the fantasy, to keep that distance–the same reason, I suspect, that all of Danielle Steele’s heroines in those days were fashion models and lady business magnates and the daughters of Russian nobility.  Those women go through hell, but they look fabulous doing it, and they never have to worry about stuff like money or bad plumbing (at least not after the first fifty pages).  I know for me at that time, the story of an ordinary woman watching her mother waste away was beyond my talent and strength.  But I could write the outlandish trials and tribulations of Scarlett Cross at lightning speed, wallowing in her pain.  I wrote her made-up memoir right alongside my paranormals, hundreds and hundreds of pages of her voice telling the lurid story of her life while my own life as I had always known it fell apart.

                And out of that came my latest book, Alpha Romeo, the story of Scarlett’s first love.  Mama passed away in 2008, years before my notebooks full of Scarlett gelled into anything like an actual book, but sections of that manuscript were the last of my writing she ever read.  “I love this one,” she told me.  “This one is you.  This is the one.”  And while I know my vamps are as much me as Scarlett, and I still think Danielle Steele’s writing kind of sucks, I love this story in a way I’ve never loved anything else I’ve written.  Because I know she would love it, not because her daughter wrote it, but because it’s her kind of book. 

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Our poor mother always wondered how she ended up with two daughters who liked to hide in a fantasy world.  I think it’s safe to say that we are exactly what she made us. Here’s more about the book:

If the tabloids only knew.

Scarlett Cross is the classic Hollywood princess. Daddy is a movie star; Mama was a supermodel murdered when Scarlett was only four years old. Now she’s eighteen pretending to be younger for the sake of her father’s image and starting her own career as the muse of a famous European auteur. But bad boy actor Romeo Kidd is everything she’s ever wanted. He makes her feel safe and loved and wanted for the first time in her life, and she’ll do anything to keep from letting him go.

If Alpha sounds like your kind of book too, you can click the image above and zoom right over to buy it!  It’s also available from Purple Sword Publications and All Romance if you prefer a different format.  They also have nifty-neato excerpts so you can test drive first!! 

MUST READ: Long Haul by Louisa Bacio

LongHaulCoverI’d like to welcome to the blog today, for your Friday pleasure, authoress Louisa Bacio!  She’s here today talking about her first release from Ellora’s Cave, Long Haul.  Trust me, after reading her post, you’ll be adding this to your MUST READ list as well!  Without further ado….

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How fast do you go?

165 mph.

That’s how fast a car was going that I’ve been in. Let me tell you, it’s damn fast.

One of my former day jobs was working with automotive journalists. I photographed a few NASCAR Truck races, took a women’s defensive driving course and rose as a passenger in a supped-up Mustang, traveling the back roads of Nevada at 165.

Can you imagine how quickly the landmarks on the side of the road pass by at that speed? It’s whiplash speeds. Was it the smartest thing in the world to do? Probably not. But I was young, and fearless, and invincible, and – did I mention? – the driver was hot.

Fast cars. Fast men. A passion for life. Some of those items got infused in my first Ellora’s Cave Quickie, Long Haul.

Consider taking it for a spin, but make sure to wear your seat belt!

Long Haul

Between California and Arizona, there’s a sweet patch of highway that encourages a man’s mind to wander. Randy’s mind always ends up in the same place—traveling the smooth planes of Sallie Mae’s tanned legs and following the line of sweat that snakes down her neck and disappears between her breasts. It’s all too easy to imagine her naked in the seat beside him, flirting, stroking, even straddling his legs and daring him to find a better way to go than at eighty miles an hour with a hot blonde in his lap. The fantasy alone makes concentrating on the road a struggle. He doesn’t have a clue how he’s going to manage to drive Sallie Mae home from college while keeping his mind on the road and his hands to himself. Especially with Sallie Mae all too willing to flirt, stroke and blow the lid right off his fantasy.

Available now via Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and coming soon to other eRetailers!

Enjoy the Ride!

~Louisa Bacio

 

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Bio:

A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.

Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, hermit crabs and rolly pollies. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.

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Throbbing Thursday: An Interview with Jean Joachim

This Thursday I’ve decided to be a little different.  This week’s guest, Jean Joachim, is an absolute genius. We were discussing what she should do for her blog spot and my standard answer is always: Do whatever is best for you.  And she came up with this wonderful idea!  I’ve never had an interview up before, but I thought it sounded like big fun!

Jean is an author of contemporary romance that’s both sweet and spicy.  And apparently she has a gift for snippets that I don’t possess, as after reading just a tiny taste, I’m off to buy my own copy of Now and Forever: a Love Story.  See ya…

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1)      How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a writer?

By age seven I thought being a writer was better than being a doctor. But I didn’t think I
could do it until the ninth grade, when I made up a book and wrote a book report on it because I couldn’t find one the teacher wanted. She didn’t found out, I received a B-. That’s when I thought I could become a writer.

2)      What did you do for a living in your “previous” life?

I spent 20 years in the corporate world working for advertising agencies.

3)      Do you have a family?

Yes, I’m married and have two sons. We also have a rescued pug named Homer.

4)      What genre do you write?

I write contemporary romance and love to read that genre, too. I also like historicals but wouldn’t write them as they are a ton of work and I’m not fascinated enough with history to want to steep myself in it.

5)      Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I started as a pantser and quickly realized being a plotter meant less spinning of my writer wheels, less cutting away and a tighter plot that evolved organically. You can write yourself into a corner being a pantser.

6)      Do your characters ever take over when you’re writing?

Absolutely. They tell me what happened, what to say and sometimes how to say it! And I always listen. After all, it’s their story! LOL.

7)      Do you get inspiration from real people or places?

All my characters are fictional but I do get inspiration from places. Towns I fall in
love with have become the settings for most of my current books.

8)      Would you like to be any of your heroines?

I’d like to be all of my heroines if it meant I’d get to sleep with my hunky heroes!! Seriously, probably not as my heroines have survived harrowing times and suffered big losses in their lives. But maybe, just for one night with those guys…

9)      Would you marry any of your heroes?

With apologies to my husband, I’d marry all of my heroes! Of course that’s illegal,
but since they are fictional, what the heck.

10)  Do you do a lot of editing before you submit a manuscript?

Yes. I edit, edit and then edit some more. I edit the book until I can’t stand to look at it
anymore. Then I submit it.

Now some personal questions (please feel free to elaborate) :

1)      Chocolate or vanilla?    A little of both.

2)      Do you listen to music when you write? What do you listen to?

Absolutely. Music is part of my muse. I usually have a particular piece I listen to for
each book. For my current WIP that takes places partly in St. Thomas, I listen to “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys, constantly!

3)      Favorite color?  Pink (also red and purple – sorry, can’t give a simple answer, I’m a writer!)

4)      Black, white or gray? White or black and white together. Never gray.

5)      Favorite ice cream flavor?  Mint Chip

6)      Favorite line of description from one of your books. “He kissed her awake and made love to her while the day was just beginning and their love was so new.” From “Now and Forever 1, a Love Story.”

7)      Favorite dialogue from one of your books.

“Am I shacking up with your daughter? If you mean am I shacking up with my wife? You’re darn right I am.” From book about to be pubished, “April’s Kiss in the Moonlight.”

8)      Favorite minor character from your book.

I have several.  Jonesy from the Now and Forever series. She’s an older lady who runs the dean’s office at Kensington State University with an iron hand and a soft heart.

9)      Dog or cat? Dog (used to be cat, but I’m allergic)

10)  Country or city? Mostly country but city is nice in the winter.

11)  Beach or mountains? Used to be beach, now the mountains.  Things change.

12)  Skirts or pants? Pants. Too comfortable.

13)  Early morning or late night? Early morning, definitely!

14)  Cruise in the Caribbean or camping in Yellowstone National Park? Cruise. Like the ease of it and the bathroom!

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And now for a sexy lil snippet of Now and Forever: a Love Story… 

He pulled her to him, kissing her neck and unzipping her dress.  “I‘ve been itching to get at you all evening. Ever since you walked out looking like…like…I wanted to jump your bones right here in the living room. Watching those letches drool over you all night didn‘t make it any easier. They can drool all they want, I‘m the one who is going to make love to you tonight,” he said taking her in his arms, after her dress slipped to the floor.

Buy link:

http://secretcravingspublishing.mybigcommerce.com/now-and-forever-1-a-love-story/
(Free prequel, Now and Forever, Callie’s Story is available there, too)

“Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny” to be released on Nov. 2, 2011.

Hear what critics are saying about Jean Joachim:

From The Pen & Muse, Saturday, Sept. 24:

“Joachim brings in the romance we all know and love. A romance where love conquers all and can withstand just about anything. I lovedMac and Callie’s story about their hardship and their courage to continue. Iloved the interaction between Callie and Mac’s son. From start to finish youare rooting for these characters and don’t want to put the book down. Joachimalways writes great stories of love and passion. Stories like these teach usthat love is stronger than anything else. Those who love contemporary romance will love this book!”

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Well I dunno about you, but I’m totally sold!  So rush out and download Now and Forever so that you’ll be ready for Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny when it drops on Nov. 2, 2011.  See ya kittens!