Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Chicks Dig the Accent by Roxanne D. Howard @RoxanneDHoward


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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Comedy


chicks dig the accentCover Artist: Natasha Snow with Loose ID

Publisher: Loose ID

Release Date: 8/23/16

Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, she gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She’s desperate to shake things up–and find that sexy foreign man.

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her lbecome more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.

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Excerpt:

“So, you’re going through with it?”

“Going through with what?” They both looked into the living room, where a bemused Evan stood half-naked and barefoot in a pair of black pajama bottoms. Molly licked nectar off the peach on the end of her fork to save it from dropping to the floor. Evan’s jaw tightened, and his eyes gleamed as he zeroed in on her. He cleared his throat and lifted an empty half gallon of milk. “Sorry, you left the door cracked open. I came to borrow milk.”

“Jesus, Evan! Knock next time, or at least text. I’m in my panties!” Nell smacked him on the arm and tugged down her nightshirt as she ran past him into her bedroom.

“Sorry,” he said, but he seemed distracted as he strode toward Molly, eyes glued to her lips. She sucked the rest of her peach slice into her mouth and wiped at a little of the nectar at the corner of her lips. Her cheeks blazed at the hungry longing in his eyes. She turned away to open the fridge to get the milk. It wasn’t uncommon for them to borrow food from one another, and he always watched out for them. He had a comforting, protective nature she’d gotten used to.

She grew painfully aware of her night shorts, which had a tendency to ride up her butt and cut off at midthigh, and her thin white tank top. Could he see her nipples? And jeez, Louise, why did they have to harden every time he came near her?

She pushed hair out of her face and began to pour the milk into his empty half gallon. “Help yourself to the fruit in the bowl there. Nell had leftovers. How much milk do you want?”

“Enough for a bowl of cereal, please. I’ll get some at the store later.” She’d only heard his voice drop as low and husky during sex. She stopped after she poured enough milk, then gave him extra.

Evan reached over her to open a nearby drawer. He took out a fork. He inserted it into the flesh of a peach slice and brought it to his lips.

“Forbidden fruit, hmm?”

He teased the fruit around his lips with a wicked smirk. He winked at her and sank his teeth into half the peach as he watched her, licking it. Her mouth went dry. Oh, he knew what he was doing. He chewed, licked his bottom lip, and held out the fork.

“Want some?”

Before she could gain common sense and say no, she closed her eyes and parted her lips. He slid the remaining slice in. Molly closed her mouth around it. He withdrew the fork tines slowly from her closed lips, and his finger grazed her lower lip.

“You’ve got a bit on your…”

She opened her eyes and sharply inhaled. He’d moved closer, right there, and was about to kiss her. She turned away, burning.


Character Art:

molly chicks dig the accent

Artist: Bianca Duarte


About the Author:

roxanne howard

Roxanne D. Howard is an Army veteran who lived throughout Germany and England, where she met her British husband. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com. To find out more, please visit her website at www.roxannedhoward.com.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! How many books do you currently have published?

Thanks for having me! I’m excited about my new release. Right now, I have two books published. Chicks Dig the Accent is my second book. My first book is a long, contemporary erotic romance novel called At the Heart of the Stone, which came out in February 2016. It’s available at all online book retailers and iTunes.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

Oh, that’s a toughie. I enjoy every book I write. I think At the Heart of the Stone will always hold a special place in my heart, simply because it was my first. I had a lot of fun writing Chicks Dig the Accent, though. I think Evan is one of my favorite male characters I’ve written so far, and Jorge is an absolute hoot.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

Yes! I have a few books in the works. I’ve half-written an interracial contemporary romance, Finding a Pulse. I also have an upcoming release around Halloween with my new Costa Mesa series, currently contracted with Loose Id. It takes place over three holidays, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, and it’s about a sassy tabloid reporter from New York who falls hard for a Californian Whale Watching tour boat captain who she’s supposed to expose on her seedy show, but things don’t exactly go as planned. Stay tuned to my website and social media feed for details!

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Oh, the creativity! I love building worlds and relationships between people. There’s something magical that happens when you let your imagination loose, and it’s an interesting relationship both between the reader and the book. I feel like I’m simply the scribe for my characters. They pretty much take over.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

All the time. It comes and goes. The best thing to do is to mix it all up and change your routine. Sometimes I’ll forego the solitude of my home office and go to the library or the park with my laptop, and it can make a world of difference and get those creative juices flowing again, being in a different environment. Traveling also helps. I got inspired for my new series by going on a whale watching tour in California.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Oh, yes! Evan Castle was a barrel of surprises and constantly tripping me up as I wrote Chicks Dig the Accent. There’s one morning in the book where a side character, Nell, has sliced fresh peaches because she wants to make peach cobbler that night, and as she and Molly are chatting in the kitchen, Evan comes up to their apartment to borrow some milk. I never intended for things to get out of hand, but Nell went off to take a shower, and Evan proceeded to pull some sexy shenanigans with Molly. He was a bit of a naughty pup in that aspect, but he was a total joy to write.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

In this book, my favorite character is Molly. She is courageous and kind and doesn’t let anything get her down. She’s an immensely loyal friend, and loves very deeply. My least favorite was a guy named Sam, who comes in later in the book. He’s one of those keg-bearing loudmouths that often go into parties talking loudly and hitting on women.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

I really, really enjoyed writing the girl talk and Veg Fests between Nell and Molly. I love their awesome friendship, and they were so fun to write. They are definite BFFs.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

I’ve learned it’s about sticking to your guns and writing your head off. Even if you feel like what you’re writing is gobbledly-gook, just write it anyway and worry about editing later. The book isn’t going to write itself. So cast those inhibitions aside, and dive right in!

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

Either one! They both have different flavors. Chicks Dig the Accent is a fun, bright, breezy, sexy and very comedic novella, if you’re looking for a nice vacation poolside read or something to zip right through that’s enjoyable and hilarious. At the Heart of the Stone is a long and sensual, epic journey of self-discovery about daring yourself to believe in the beauty of your dreams and open your heart. It’s great for when you’re traveling on long flights, or to read in bed or in front of a fireplace. Both books do have very explicit love scenes, so just be aware of that if reading it in public! ;)

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?

I’ll say this: one person in Chicks Dig the Accent is a lot more than they appear and has a secret. You’ll have to read the book to find out! A mega-talented friend of mine commissioned two NSFW art pieces of Molly and Evan together. For those interested, they can be found on my website.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

Anything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, and I’ve really started getting into YA Dystopian novels, namely Suzanne Collins, Marie Lu, Daniel H. Wilson, and some newer ones. I love to read just about everything.

What about television shows? Movies?

I’m a bit Walking Dead fan, and Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars for me. I’m one of those people who dresses their kids up as Rey and has them take a picture with Kylo Ren. Yep. That’s how I roll.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

The Life of Pi. That book is not just a book; it’s an experience, and a journey. It’s amazing in that it ties together all faiths, all ethnicities, all nationalities, and it really does break down all barriers of thought and animosity that we have in the world. I love, love, love Life of Pi! It’s perfect.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

Hopefully in the future if things ever take off. For now, I am available on social media, my website, and I’m always willing to answer any questions or chat with readers via email.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Writing has taught me attitude can make a big difference.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Chicks Dig the Accent is a fun, sexy little ride. I hope you enjoy it! Reviews are love!


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