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Featured Paranormal Romance: My Wolf King by Rose Wynters


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Paranormal Romance/Shifter Romance/Werewolf Romance


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When plus-sized Carole Anne Boswick discovers an injured naked man in her yard, she knows she’s in trouble. Alexander is hot, cocky, and full of swagger. He’s a werewolf with the body of a sex god… and he’s determined to have her.

The last thing Alexander ever expected to find in the backwoods of rural Missouri was a mate. But he has, and she’s in danger. Mortal danger. She has something the panther shifters want, and they won’t stop until they get it.

Neither will he…

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The Series:
Book One – My Wolf King
Book Two – My Wolf Protector
Book Three – My Wolf Cowboy
Book Four – My Wolf Fighter

Each book in this series is a complete novel. This steamy series contains smoking hot alpha werewolves determined to claim their spunky mates.

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About the Author:

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I’m the author of several paranormal romance series including:
The Endurers (Dystopian Paranormal Romances)
Wolf Town Guardians (Werewolf Romances)
The Vampire’s House of Pleasure (Time Travel/Historical Romances)
Territory of the Dead (Young Adult Zombie/Science Fiction Romances)
Invitation From a Fairy (Paranormal Romances Varying from Sweet to Spicy)

When not writing, I like to travel and meet new people. I adore anything romance, be it movies, books, or places.

The Vampire’s House of Pleasure 3 is now live on Amazon!
When a new vampire arrives, Violet soon finds herself desired by two powerful immortals. Both are rich, titled, and preternaturally beautiful, and each one is hellbent on seduction. But little do the vampires know, Violet has an agenda of her own. She’s desperate to return to her own time, and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen–even if it means allowing herself to be seduced.

Left with little choice, Violet agrees to a temporary arrangement with Gabriel. She hopes to be gone before it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But when a dead body turns up in the courtyard, Violet wonders if an escape from 1797 is even possible. Even worse, in the torrid heat of Gabriel’s black eyes and the seductive fantasies stemming from Rylan’s dark gifts, she starts to question if she really wants to…

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Historical Romance Spotlight and Interview: Dissent by P. J. Dean @pjdeanwriter


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Historical Romance


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Love Vanquishes All Book 2

Second in a standalone series!

1571. France is in stasis. The peace struck after the latest War of Religion between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots) is fragile and desperately needs more support to sustain it. The monarchy proposes a royal wedding joining a Catholic princess to a Huguenot prince as the needed bulwark. Negotiations are set in motion. All is good. Or so it appears.
On another front, France has fallen far behind other European nations in its quest to expand its empire overseas. Expenditures from civil wars have sapped her coffers, her energy and have stunted her economic dreams.

Could another marriage remedy the problem by mixing religious unity with the possibility of increased commerce?

Enter Awa, the daughter of a visiting, Roman Catholic, Wolof diplomat from the elite ranks of the Jolof Kingdom in West Africa. She embodies the best of her land in her manner and in her education. She is dutiful, proud, and respectful of her family, but after living a portion of her formative years at the French court, she has become outspoken and a tad willful.

Enter Blaise, the nephew of the most powerful leader of the Huguenot faction in the country. An aristocrat. Learned. Traveled. Haunted. Ladies’ man. Rarely sees a sunrise, unless he is retiring at that hour. He abhors responsibility of any kind. And Roman Catholics.

Two persons of noble lineage. Strangers. Foes. Pawns. Allies? Lovers?

If Awa and Blaise can cease fighting long enough, could their marriage quell domestic unrest, bring riches and stability to France, but most importantly deliver true love to them before the realm implodes over religious matters again?

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Blaise yanked her closer and spoke through a clenched jaw. “I am not finished with you. I have much I need to say. Your father came to this court as an envoy from another land. I would have thought that you’d have remained untainted by the goings-on around you simply because you were not of this place. But having been in this court these past five years, you might as well have been born into it. You’ve been tainted. Greatly. You are steeped in the stew of the dominant religion. Despite the blood of your country pulsing in your veins and written on your skin, you have soaked up the airs of those kissers of the Pope’s ring! Your actions and words are no different. You, therefore, are all I expected. Simply wrapped in a different package. Selfish. Spoiled. Self-centered. Enough of this nonsense. The matter is closed.” Blaise pushed her away. “You will be my bride in four months. Willingly or unwillingly. I did not choose you! It matters not to me.” Rushing for the door, he hurled it wide and bellowed, “Nurse! Nurse! Come now!”
Finding her balance before gracing the floor again, Awa ranted, “Be that as it may, men like you always find a way to overcome reservations about women they find troublesome. I shall perform my duty in what will be a dismal union. But know that I do not want you and I shall never love you.”
Blaise turned toward her, his tone suddenly sugar-coated and calm. “Have you not heard, wife-to-be, that neither friendship, or love, is required in a marriage contract. You will be mine in every way. I shall honor my uncle’s mad wish to save our brethren. One last thing. I have no reservations to overcome about women of any kind. I have found comfort in women who have wanted me. And they have most enthusiastically found it in me. If you believe nothing else about me, believe this, Awa. I come by my reputation honestly. A comely woman is a comely woman.”
“Swine! I should scratch your eyes out.” Awa jumped at him but Ngoné appeared in time to hold her back by the waist. “I’d sooner drink poison than succumb to you.”
“Awa. Vixen that you are,” he could barely get his jibe out past his smirk. “You really should not speak to me in that manner. It is like throwing down a gauntlet or waving a red flag. It excites me. And you wouldn’t want to do that. In any case, I have much to teach you. Take your mouth for example. In addition to making slanderous comments, it was created for pleasure too.” He winked.
“Base dog!” Awa cried, escaping Ngoné’s hold to snatch a perfume vial from the dressing table.
“Base dog? You wish me to be a base dog? The beautiful thing is, I can be whatever you want. Only you and I shall know,” Blaise said, strutting out the door, slamming it behind him in time just as his betrothed christened it with the vial, and him with another epithet.


About the Author:

P. J. Dean has always loved making up stories for as long as she can recall. Fiction book writing was a no-brainer. Scribbling stories since childhood, she put away the thought of becoming a published writer as she got older and as life’s responsibilities beckoned. Work, ill family members and other distractions of lesser urgency stayed her dream. But through it all she never stopped writing. Writing was her escape. It kept her dream alive. After a job loss and after the family illnesses ended, she concentrated on writing with an aim to be published. She finally did, at first on her own, then through an early e-pub and now with Extasy Books. She thanks Extasy for picking her up. The medium-sized publisher has given her the freedom to create what she wants without pigeon-holing her into writing in a certain way, as many traditional Big Five publishers would have expected her to do if they would have even considered what she had to offer at all.

She writes historical and paranormal romances with diverse characters. Her interest in history coupled with a B.A in French Civilization helped her write her first book, a historical romance set in late 16th century France with the court of Charles IX as the backdrop. The need to see people of color in more romance books, written by people of color, led her to create her own paranormal romance series with an interracial duo and lots of different people. In addition to the aliens.

Her “Felig Chronicles” series, in particular its 4th book, Paradox, has received a 2014 SFR Galaxy Award for the “Best Unpredictable Sci-fi Romance”series.

She hails from the mid-Atlantic USA and enjoys the change of seasons there. Sometimes. When heavy thunderstorms or 45-inch snowstorms or 100-degree summers with matching humidity hit, she dreams of Bermuda. Otherwise, the rest works for her.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? My journey began with reading. My mom read to me when I was a little kid every night until I was about six years old. Her action turned me into an avid reader which in turn made me want to write. I’d write things and then read them to her. I’ve been writing ever since then. The question was, “Was it any good?” Mom thought so and that was all that mattered. Books were a drug. I was fascinated by the way a person could gather their thoughts and assemble them on a page. So, I tried it and I liked it. My pursuit got sidetracked a lot as I got older. Work, life, etc. would pop up. But I persevered and made time for my passion no matter what. I was writing for pleasure and not for a living. I still don’t. Many times, writing was the only thing that helped smooth over life’s rough spots.

How many books do you currently have published? I’ve written seven. Five in my on-going science fiction romance series, Two in my stand-alone historical romance series.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? I’m torn between the historical romance stand-alone series I write, and the science fiction romance series I write. You’ve put me on the spot. I can’t pick a favorite. I like writing them both for different reasons. My science fiction romance series allows me to create what I want. The frontiers in science fiction romance are truly limitless. Anything goes. I can combine elements of the present and spin them into a possible future. Plus, for my pleasure, my heroine in the series is African-American. She carries the series along with her hero. I pray no panel of experts pops up to set up official rules for science fiction romance like they’ve for other subgenres. Not that I’d follow them anyway.

I like writing my historical romance series because I enjoy giving agency to characters in time periods from lands mainstream authors don’t tackle. I only pen black heroines in this subgenre because there is a dearth of black heroines in historicals. Oh, there are some wonderful writers who pen moving portraits. However, there are some who…don’t. I do deep research. I don’t just whip up any old inaccurate plot line for the sake of sticking a non-White face in the story. The heroine must have a back story. And for me, that back story must be rooted in real, not alternate, history. So, I can’t narrow it down to one book. I like them all my books for varied reasons. .

Are you currently working on a book? I’m making notes for the book 6 in my science fiction series and promoting the object of this post, DISSENT, book 2 in my historical series, LOVE VANQUISHES ALL.

What do you enjoy most about writing? I enjoy the freedom of creating what I want, how I want. As a hybrid author, I’ve been blessed with a traditional mid-sized publisher who rolls with my style. eXtasy Books never told me “No one will read a main character who is black and carries the story.” In fact, eXtasy was the sole publisher who took my sci-fi series back in 2011 without questioning my choice in a black heroine. I got questioned about that choice more times than I care to remember when I was shopping it around. I’ll continue to publish my sci-fi through them but have branched out into self-publishing with my historical series.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I do get it. When I’m stuck, I’ll step away for a bit. Watch some shopping channels. Read an actual newspaper. Meditate. Then I come back to the manuscript feeling less tense and with fresh insight.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes. The character of Rozina, Kindred’s grandmother, from book 1 in my historical romance series. Rozina from KINDRED: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY was not supposed to survive beyond the prologue. But she wrote herself into a bigger, more expanded role and she is in the entire book.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? You’re killing me here. I love certain traits about certain characters. My heroines are not weepy pushovers but they are not harpies either. All my heroes are Betas. I do not write Alphas heroes. I do not like them. I find nothing attractive about the monosyllabic, misogynistic, grunting specimens who now rule a lot of romances. But, I do love to write Alpha villains, be they male or female. I must say, I write a damned good Alpha villain/villainess except mine happen to be witty and chatty in addition to being vile.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? In all my books, there is a scene where the heroine/hero has a confrontation with the villain/villainess. These scenes are always both amusing and harrowing, and the villain regrets facing off with the heroine/hero no matter how the scene ends.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? I’ve learned to stop listening to, and giving credence to, the experts and to people who have made it their life’s work to be unprofessional, or to remain stuck in a time warp, or to just be plain bitchy. Some folks are a combination of all three. Right out the gate, I knew that not everyone was going to like what I write. Nor do they have to. I just want one thing from reviewers/bloggers/readers: if they ever review any of my books, please have the review make sense. Also, as far as the romance writing business is concerned (and it is a business), I’ve learned it does not lead. It follows. It is not an innovator. It has no method of divination on what the next big thing is going to be. So, that means by the time the traditional side of the business decides it’s going to explore such-and-such because it sees such-and-such is selling in the indie world, such-and-such has been around a loooong time in the indie world. That’s why I loathe when a trend develops. It’s the death knell for whatever that fresh hook was that had readers excited.

Do you have any tips for new writers? Yep. Stop listening to others. Stop copying others. Develop your own style. Write what is aching to come out of YOUR soul; not what is on some best seller’s list. But if you feel the need to produce what’s trending…Be my guest. Most importantly, never give up. Never. No matter how many times someone tells you your book is crap, or too weird, or too out there, or not what the reading public is accustomed to. Or worse, that there is no audience for it. You might not know it (and the naysayers surely don’t either), but your book could be the one to quench someone’s long-unfulfilled hunt for something different.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? I say start with one of my historical romances as each book is a complete story, and because I’d like the reader to see more black women in past eras who were educated, and who were not just chattel.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Unfortunately, no.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I do read romances but I LOVE reading history books and reference books. Yeah, I’m geek-ish. I was mesmerized by The Kushiel’s Dart series by Jacqueline Cary. Her imagination is riveting.

What about television shows? Movies? Lucifer. Empire. Power. Shades of Blue, Poldark (past and present). Comet TV and public television. Scifi movies and historical movies are my catnip.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? There have been a few: Anything by Octavia E. Butler, A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux, that time-travel romance series by Suzanne Frank that starts with Reflections in the Nile. Her creation of Cheftu and Chloe. Sigh. They rival Claire and Jamie. In any case, that’s the next series Starz needs to do after Outlander. They all had the ability to take me elsewhere for a spell.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? No. Conventions are costly and not in my present budget. I’d like to go someday to observe the scene. Book signings can be bad if no one shows. I avoid them like the plague.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? “Thank you, Mom, for making me read, question and dream.”

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? I love cats, organic gummy bears, animal crackers, black currant tea. And of course, writing.


Romantic Suspense Spotlight: Heartbreaker by Marcia Carrington @MarCarring


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Ethan Wainwright is a specialist in affairs of the heart – he has made a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and just when they believe they are in heaven, leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has a left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth, making him question his acts. The sister of one of his love victims seeks revenge for the wrongs Ethan committed upon her sister, but will this young woman extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to his irresistible charm?

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“You’re a very beautiful woman Cally, I’ve never met anyone so gorgeous before,” Ethan said, blue eyes full of life, smiling at Cally. Cally looked away from his intense gaze, bowing her head.
“Thank you, Ethan,” Cally said, face flush with happiness.
Ethan and Cally were at Edgar’s, the large roadhouse restaurant, each devouring a big, juicy hamburger. He took his burger back into his hands, eyes fixed upon Cally when a large slice of lettuce fell from the hamburger onto the plate, and Ethan laughed.
“See what you do to me – not even my burger can resist you,” Ethan said, as Cally giggled.
“I could say the same about you,” Cally said, as Ethan threw her a cheeky grin.
A waitress in a white uniform came around at this time, watching Ethan with grave reservations.
“Is there anything else you need?” she said, her blue eyes foisted coldly upon Ethan.
“Nah, it’s fine, I think. Want anything else Cally?” Ethan said, turning to her.
“No thanks, Ethan,” Cally said, enjoying the last piece of her burger, as did Ethan. The waitress had her arms folded in front of her, and glowered at Ethan. Ignoring her, Ethan grabbed the napkin, wiping his mouth, then cleaned his hands with the moist serviette. Opening his wallet, Ethan took out a crisp fifty dollar note.
“Keep the change,” Ethan said, as the woman took the note from his hands sharply, and moved away like a block of ice. Cally noticed her behavior towards Ethan, viewing her until she went to check on some other customers.
“Do you know her or something?” Cally asked.
Ethan shrugged his shoulders, and puffed his lips.
“Never seen her before in my life…must be a weirdo or something,” Ethan said, eyes shining brightly at Cally. Dipping his hand into his jacket pocket, Ethan took out his cell phone, and smiled at Cally. “Let’s take a photo of us here together,” Ethan said, placing his finger on the button. “Ready…set…cheese!” Ethan chuckled, pressing the button, and showed the screen to Cally as they checked out the image. “Great stuff, we look so good together.”
“I agree,” Cally said, as she presented her cell phone. “Let me take one of us too.”
“Sure thing sweetie pie,” Ethan said, as he played up to the camera, puckering his lips, as did Cally.
“Smile please,” Cally said, as she took a photo, the couple quickly inspecting her handiwork.
“Brilliant shot, we’re like two peas in a pod,” Ethan said, giving Cally a look of lust, to which she responded with a shy smile.
The waitress walked back behind the roadhouse kitchen, and observed Ethan, eyes frosty. She slammed her hands on the stainless steel serving table, as Edgar the cook came around close to her.
“What is it Lisa?”
Lisa grunted, looking in Ethan’s direction with contempt.
“He’s back again,” Lisa said.


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Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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Sports Romance Spotlight and Author Interview: Chasing Swells by A.L. Goulden @A_L_Goulden


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Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports Fiction


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Release Date: 6/21/2016

Dean “DeBaz” Bazner is a Professional Surfer, private about his past and quiet about his future. Like any famous professional athlete he’s got the talent and sponsors, but he hasn’t clinched a World Title since his rookie year. Now in his thirties, with a career clock ticking, he’s pushing his limits to get to number one again. When a travel writer named Azure Thomas is assigned to observe his journey between events, what seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there’s more missing from his life than another trophy.

She doesn’t know anything about surfing. She doesn’t drool over his celebrity. And she sure as hell doesn’t ask others to haul her crap around. Azure Thomas has been taking care of herself for most of her thirty years, and this is just another assignment in the changing world of freelance journalism. What she doesn’t expect is an athlete who relates to her profound loss and has sacrificed everything except his soul to get to the top of his sport. Dean is more than the hot surfer splashed across magazines and surfing is more than a hobby. Is it possible that what she can’t live without is chasing the next big swell?

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Azure
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It’s clear right away which of the four men on the porch in front of her is Dean. His confidence and physique are superb. Although the Latino man could easily pass as a competitor, Dean’s bleached hair in its slightly wavy shag fits the stereotype. She wasn’t expecting him to smolder though. His jaw is too chiseled, and his chest muscles are too thick. Sure, surfers are in great shape, but she thought they were lean, vegan types. This was a meat eater. A strong, tall, carved, carnivorous man. She can feel her pulse pounding when he stands to greet her. If she lacked all self-control, his cobalt eyes would’ve sold her the moon.

Dean
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Dean’s playing spades on his porch with the guys when he sees Lennox and Moses walking with a beautiful, tall brunette. Her long yellow sundress flows in the breeze like a flag waving for his attention. Even through all that fabric Dean can see her hips swaying naturally as the cotton clings to her body. Before he can survey her bare breasts underneath, she raises her eyes towards him. Even at a distance, they glow like the ocean, adding a spark to her perfect smile. It’s worse than he dreaded. He can handle pretty or attractive, but this woman is beautiful.
Moses stops to show her something, stealing those eyes away and Dean flinches. Not holding her attention stings a bit. He drops the cards in his hand, giving up. There’s no way he can deal with real distractions right now, in life or a card game.
The other guys turn and stare. The way she genuinely listens and reacts to everything is intoxicating to watch. She doesn’t carry herself like a beach bunny, but her skin is just as golden. Her long brown hair isn’t being twirled or tossed by a nervous hand, it just flows naturally, never shaking her poise. Most of the women in Dean’s past walked with a false confidence. Especially Abigail. She was always ready for a photo through a veil that sheltered her from the world’s honest eyes. This woman in yellow is different. She doesn’t need to be patronized or complimented, and her laugh is so unguarded and full.
Fuck. She’s gotta knows she’s beautiful. She wouldn’t have traveled in that if she didn’t. He stands as casually as he can manage wondering if she’s going to be a bitch. Part of him hopes she is so it’ll be easy to blow her off, but her laid back shoulders and relaxed smile hint that she’s pretty cool. He blurts out, “Welcome to Fiji,” wincing at the sound of his own voice. I sound like a fuckin’ idiot. He cracks his knuckles gently at his side until her cheeks flush a little.

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About the Author:

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A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.

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Interview:

When did you start to have a love for books?
I was dyslexic, so initially I didn’t like to read because it made me feel slow. Then my dad signed me up for a Weekly Reader program that sent a new book every week. When I got The Green Slime choose your own adventure book, I was hooked. I had to work hard to improve my reading comprehension, but it was so much fun.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
As a kid it was The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Romana series by Beverly Cleary. The world run by children was my fantasy. As a teenager I loved classic English literature, but my love for film was already overpowering my attention span. Reading was too much work when there was a film version. I’d watch Pride and Prejudice or any other book turned into a movie over and over. I endured, “But the book is so much better,” and, “There’s so much left out of the movie,” with a full acceptance that they were right.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?
When I was nine my parents let me fly to Utah (from Oklahoma) to see my friend who had moved away. Something about that trip changed my view of the whole world and made me want to write. Maybe it was flying by myself to a place with mountains, which I’d never seen, or just seeing a life so different than what I’d known. When I returned, I sat down with a new composition notebook and filled it with a story about a group of young boys during a sleep over who encounter an escaped prisoner. I worked on it for a week. I erased and rewrote so much, but I was in love with writing. I wasn’t focused on “being” a writer at all. I just loved to put the world in my imagination on paper.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
In film school, my screenwriting instructor had us sit in a hotel lobby for twenty minutes to come up with a cast of characters based on people we observed, then weave them into a short treatment. It was something I’d already been doing since that trip when I was nine. I find people watching and traveling to be a huge trigger of inspiration for all kinds of stories. Even if you’re just going to a coffee shop or the mall, you can see inspiration all over.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
Chasing Swells has been my baby because I love surfing so much and these characters came to my mind so long ago. I’ve loved “traveling” with Dean and his crew to Fiji, Bali, and Tahiti. It’s been like a little vacation I can step in and out of.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
It’s so hard to pick one character when you spend so much time with them. I think the one I’ve had the deepest love for would be Quinn Matthews from my August Fog series. I think readers relate to the females I write, especially Monica Waters from the August Fog series. She’s a bit lost in life, but doesn’t realize she’s on the wrong path until she’s faced with a huge moral dilemma. I like characters with flaws, big ones, that you can still root for as they overcome life’s hurdles.

What can readers expect from you next?
I’m moving into a couple of novels that are in the mystery/psychological thriller genre. I’m excited to add some suspense to my writing.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
The August Fog series is for erotica fans, but Chasing Swells appeals to a broad range of readers. Even though it’s a contemporary romance, I’ve found that men who would never open the genre see it as a sports fiction and enjoy it too. I want to be able to have a range of genres that appeal to my own love of variety. A little, something for everyone, or every mood.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?
I read a big variety: true crime, mystery, thrillers, romance. I watch more films than television, probably due to the limited time I have. It’s ironic that those who make television often don’t watch much of it. As an Art Director and Production Designer in the industry, my hours are long. I do, of course, watch How To Get Away With Murder, and have since before I joined the show last season. My husband and I stick to Netflix or cable series that we can watch at will or binge on a holiday weekend. I love The Fall, The Americans, Peaky Blinders, Masters of Sex, Grace and Frankie, VEEP, and because I love politics we live by The Daily Show and This Week With John Oliver. As for movies, I love action, comedy and dramas.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?
That’s such an impossible question. I’d love to meet Jane Austen or E.M. Forester, or how about both, and talk about social hypocrisy and relationships beyond restrictions. The human connection both authors put into their stories was what kept me yearning for more in my life, and kept me forever addicted to their work.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
My life is muddy paws, funny kisses, and layered whiskey.

What is your favorite place to visit?
Maui (but any Polynesian destination is at the top of my list)

What words do you live by?
If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.


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Contemporary Erotic Romance Feature and Interview: Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard @roxannedhoward


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Contemporary Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial, New Adult


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Release Date: 4/25/17

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

ALWAYS FAITHFUL

Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.

Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.

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Excerpt:

It had grown dark, and the lampposts in the parking lot were lit. She had a little pep in her step as she walked to the ER doors, but she stopped and didn’t go in. He was there, hands on his duty belt as he talked with a patient near the security desk. Griffith emitted shock waves of sex appeal, even from where she stood.
Oh, hell no.
She’d never be able to walk past him after what she’d done the other night. She reddened. Not like he would even know about her stupid fantasies, but she would. She’d half forgotten he would be on graves with her, too wrapped up in the exhilaration of getting into medical school and…other activities.
Evasive maneuvering seemed the best way to go, so she sidestepped and made her way around to the back employee entrance leading into the ER. She smiled to herself over the minor victory, and pushed against the handle to go in, but it didn’t budge.
“You’ve uh, got to pull it.”
She turned around, and there he stood, dangling a black Maglite in his hand. She reigned in the growl that wanted to surface. “I’m sorry?”
“The door. You need to yank the handle toward you, not push it. There’s a sign.”
Sonnet froze, and eyed the PULL sticker she’d been oblivious to, right above said handle.
“Of course,” she murmured. “Figures.” Even though he must think her an imbecile, she raised her chin with defiance and muttered her thanks as she tugged on the door. It didn’t move.
“Use your badge,” he said. “It’s a security measure so no unauthorized personnel get in.” She glanced at him. He crossed his arms, and his lips fought a losing battle to twitch upward.
Sonnet shook her head, flustered, and rooted around her purse for her work badge. “Look, I realize you think I’m a total moron here, but it’s my first night on the floor, my car had trouble starting earlier, and my nerves are all shot to hell. So, I’d appreciate it if you, your ridiculously stacked chest, and all your muscles wouldn’t judge me, okay? I’m nervous enough as it is. We’re not all perfect.” She held her badge to the RFID reader. The second the green light went on, he beat her to the handle and held the door open for her.
She didn’t see a wedding ring on his left hand. Hmm.
He smirked. “Good to know you like my muscles.” He raised his eyebrows as she clipped past him.
“Shut it, Rambo.”


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Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.


Interview with the Author:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? You bet! I have been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started writing novels and getting serious about publishing them. It’s been a neat experience and I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people.

How many books do you currently have published? Six

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Sonnet Coupled, my new release. It expanded my normal boundaries in a way I hadn’t before, and I found myself loving the characters as if they were real. Sonnet and Griffith are both people I would want to be friends with.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have currently put my writing projects on hold until Sonnet Coupled comes out, but I do have a few books in the works.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The magic. I love what happens when I create something and then it essentially takes me over until it’s a book. I will always love to write.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Oh, all the time. The hard thing about life is that it crops up when we most need it to let us write, but during those times I just ride the wave, try to change my routine, and eventually the chips fall back into place.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes! I’m an outliner, and when I set out to write a novel I like to have it mapped out. In each of my books, the characters decided they were going to do what they wanted, and I almost always charter off course during their journeys and romances. I’ve learned to quit being a stickler to the outliner, and to listen to what they tell me.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I have a soft spot for Griffith. He’s a special, unique person and I poured a lot into his character. My least favorite is Janelle, she’s the catty woman at the office that drives everyone crazy.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? This is going to sound so weird, but the fight scene in Sonnet Coupled. When I began writing it, it was like Griffith grabbed the pen out of my hand, tossed it across the room, and said, “no, here’s how this is going to go.” It just sort of happened, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Considering all the love scenes I write in my books, I know that’s an odd answer, but it’s often the dynamics and dialogue between the characters that make the scenes great.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I’ve learned to believe in myself. Like everyone I struggle with self-doubt, but if you have a dream and you’re passionate about that dream, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Get what you want.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Each of my books offers something for everyone. I’d personally recommend Sonnet Coupled or At the Heart of the Stone, as I feel they are my two strongest.

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character? Gasp, you want me to ruin the surprises of Sonnet Coupled? Ha ha, not a chance. Read the book, and make sure you keep a fan handy!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love anything by Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Wladyslaw Szpilman, and I have been getting into YA dystopian novels lately. Basically, I read everything. If there are words on paper of any kind, I’ll read it.

What about television shows? Movies? I am a big Walking Dead, the 100, and Timeless fan. I also love, love, love Star Wars. I think Kylo Ren is one of the most well-written, interesting characters to date.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Intensity by Dean Koontz. Chyna Shephard is my spirit animal. I love Koontz’ imagery in his writing. That book is brilliantly written, and her character was so strong.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Very soon, yes! I will be doing book signings in the near future and I plan to attend a conference in 2018. Stay tuned to my website and social media for details!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve learned never ever to give up on your dreams.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Sonnet Coupled is out on April 25th! Check it out!