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20 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Unlikable Characters deserve a HEA too by Brookyln Wallace

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Unlikable Characters deserve a HEA too by Brookyln Wallace

  Hi! I’m messy. I don’t mean messy in the shit-stirring, Real Housewives sense. I mean messy in the “Oh, bless her heart” kind of way. I’m flaky, and awkward, and sometimes you have to remind me at least twice to do things before I actually do it, and even then it’s not a sure thing. A lot of that stems from my anxiety and depression, but some of it is just me being a disaster human. On my first date with my girlfriend I let her know about my disaster humanness. I had never been on a date before. It seemed necessary to preface my whole… thing. A warning of sorts, letting her know that romancing me, like being my friend, would require a little finessing. She, in turn, gleefully told me about her own state of being a disaster human. It was charming and exciting and made us feel all the more connected to one another. Thinking back on it I’m a little embarrassed to have thought I… Keep Reading »

18 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Lissa Linden talks steamy romance and introduces her debut

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Lissa Linden talks steamy romance and introduces her debut

I like my romance steamy. I like it when I’m there for every ragged breath. Every ache. Every squirm and gasp and moan. I like it when the characters lose themselves in each other in all the literal and figurative ways. But mostly, I like it when they, well, like each other. Sex scenes are great, but let’s be honest: there are only so many ways bodies fit together. When it comes down to it, sex is sex. It should be boring to read about the same body parts doing essentially the same things over and over again, but it’s not. Usually. The only time I get bored reading about characters and their sexy times is if I don’t understand why they’re doing it – and I don’t mean in any sort of mushy way. The characters could still be miles from having love-type feelings and I’ll still be fully invested in all the ways they’re feeling each other as long as I understand their desire. Not desire on the… Keep Reading »

17 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Fanfic and publishing by Rosalie Stanton (Including Excerpt & Giveaway)

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Fanfic and publishing by Rosalie Stanton (Including Excerpt & Giveaway)

  I have what you call an obsessive personality. I was never content to just watch or read something. I wanted to experience it for myself. I’d get books or movies stuck in my head as easily as songs, to the point where I had little choice but to watch or read the same thing over and over again until my brain hurt at the thought of just one more time. This inability to just enjoy media for what it was is more or less responsible for where I am today. See, if I had just sat back and accepted Buffy and Spike’s TV relationship, I never would have head-dived into fanfiction, where I spent nearly a decade breaking canon, rewriting episodes, and exploring an endless world of what-ifs. The experience fandom gave me is directly responsible for my being published today, and I will never forget it. Hell, I stopped actively writing fanfiction years ago, but last year decided to take it up again. I might not be cranking… Keep Reading »

16 May '18

Why Writing F/F Matters by Anne Gaston (Inc. giveaway)

Why Writing F/F Matters by Anne Gaston (Inc. giveaway)

First things first… big shoutout to Nix for opening her blog to a bunch of heathens who love to talk romance. When we read a good story, a story that makes us fangirl all over the story and author and surrounding universe, there’s usually a strong character arc somewhere in the mix. We watched an evolution or realized that we had a shared experience with this fictional person and it connected us to the story on a deeper level. Romance gave me my own character arc, IRL (in real life). 10 years ago, I wasn’t who I am today–and that’s a history I have to own, though I promise to do and be better. I was politically conservative and anti-LGBTQIA, among other things. But the more I read romance, the more I realized that love wasn’t limited to straight, white, Christian, cisgendered people. It belongs to all of us. Fast forward to 2014 when, as a writer, I hit a point in time where I didn’t think I could write… Keep Reading »

15 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : New and Debut Author Recommendations by Erin McLellan (Incl. Giveaway)

Celebrating Romance 2018 : New and Debut Author Recommendations by Erin McLellan (Incl. Giveaway)

  I’m thrilled to be here on Scorching Book Reviews today. Nix, thank you so much for hosting me! Today, I’m talking about discovering new authors! As a reader, I have a tendency to focus all of my buying and reading power on my favorite and familiar auto-buy authors. That’s not a bad thing at all, but I’ve found that I also miss out on new authors if I’m not actively seeking them out. New and debut authors have to work extra hard to make a dent in a romance market that’s so rich with new releases and established authors. This year I made it my goal to read more new and debut authors. There are some really great authors just now starting their careers, and these are some of my favorites! All of these authors had a debut come out in 2017 or 2018.   To Love a Scandalous Duke by Liana de la Rosa This m/f historical romance has everything—scandal, murder, fraud, secrets, betrayal, twins, a hidden diary,… Keep Reading »

14 May '18

Celebrating Romance : Author Interview from Laura Huntsaker

Celebrating Romance : Author Interview from Laura Huntsaker

Laura Hunsaker is an award-winning writer who writes romance set in the Scottish Highlands, but with a twist. Somewhere in between Historical and Paranormal, she writes Scottish Time Travel Romance and Paranormal Romance. She’s hard at work right now, writing about protective men paired with strong women who knock them off their feet. She is a hybrid author being both traditionally published and self-published, as well as a member of Romance Writers of America® Cactus Rose Chapter and the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.       Why do you read Romance? You know, I want everyone to have a happy ending. It sounds silly, but I get annoyed when I read a non-Romance and there are characters who would make a perfectly nice couple who don’t wind up together. I enjoy the journey the two characters have, and the bumps and dips on the way. And who doesn’t want a good Happily Ever After? What was the first romance book you read? Oh man, I remember this so vividly. I… Keep Reading »

13 May '18

Celebrating Romance : A Guest Post from Jodie Griffin (Incl. Giveaway of Twice in a Lifetime)

Celebrating Romance : A Guest Post from Jodie Griffin (Incl. Giveaway of Twice in  a Lifetime)

  Hi, I’m Jodie Griffin and I write kinky erotic romance as well as contemporary romance with high heat levels. I jokingly say I don’t write NA, I write MA — Mature Adult. My latest book, TWICE INA LIFETIME, is a contemporary romance which features two women falling in love. They’re both about 50 years old—Eve just under, Talia just over. As a woman in my 50s, it was so much fun writing in my own age-lane, especially when it came to the way Eve and Talia speak, their idioms and their word choices and even their behavior.  No worries about “would they say this?” or “would they do this?” because I know they would—I do, and my friends do, and this is a book about us. And in spite of the fact that media and advertising try to tell us that women of a certain age are no longer sexual beings, I am here to call bullshit. Because women in their fifties are having sex…and they’re more comfortable than… Keep Reading »

12 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Why Women love to read sex, not watch it by Stacey Keith

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Why Women love to read sex, not watch it by Stacey Keith

  It’s no secret that most romance novels have fully described sex scenes. From the relatively tame (kissing, light petting) to the wildly exotic (ménage, BDSM), romance is redefining what the whole world is reading right now. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY catapulted romance into the same global stratosphere that Harry Potter occupies for YA. Why? Because it’s explicitly, unabashedly sexy. Bitches, we’ve arrived. And I say it’s high time. In this age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, women are saying no to sexual harassment, but not to sex. Romance is a celebration of sex. It’s not the rote mechanical rutting of men’s fiction (ever read a sex scene in a western? No, thanks.) The way women describe sex is completely different. More evolved. Hotter. And the reason sex in romance novels works so beautifully is because it’s a natural consequence of emotion. No sex, not even in the raunchiest erotic romance, is impersonal. It’s all personal. That’s the key element that most male writers miss, the ingredient that makes sex in… Keep Reading »

10 May '18

Celebrating Romance Event : Love of Books and Food by Lia Violet (Incl. Giveaway)

Celebrating Romance Event : Love of Books and Food by Lia Violet (Incl. Giveaway)

  Do you like Jello? Under my real name, I write a series of mysteries with recipes, based on my 1000+ vintage cookbook collection. I also give talks at libraries on food trends and history, including everything from Jello to WWII foods to favorite holiday cookies and candies.  Who knew so many people liked Spam? Of course, like all of you, I also love romance books. As a librarian and reviewer, it is my pleasure to read and help people find favorite authors all the time. Reading the previous posts here this month about all the delicious cowboys has only made me hungry for more books! When I started writing spicier books as Lia Violet, I found that my love of food followed. My writing partner Ginger Leone complained that in my first draft for Sweet Hearts I wrote more loving descriptions of the baked goods than the characters and passionate scenes!  Sweet Hearts is the first in our Hot Hearts Café series about an establishment run by faeries, in which… Keep Reading »

09 May '18

Celebrating Romance: So Much Love for Fake Relationships by Mia Sosa (Inc Gift Card Giveaway)

Celebrating Romance: So Much Love for Fake Relationships by Mia Sosa (Inc Gift Card Giveaway)

  I’m a big fan of the fake relationship trope in romance. There, I said it. Yes, we know fake relationships never remain just that. Yes, we know the couple in question will eventually fall in love and live happily ever after, but in the meantime, that pretend relationship fosters delicious tension, occasionally features shared beds (squee), and causes lots of internal angst. *sighs dreamily* In my latest release, PRETENDING HE’S MINE, by-the-books Hollywood agent Julian Hart falls for his best friend’s younger sister, Ashley, a free-spirited woman who enjoys ruffling Julian’s feathers. The real complication is that Julian’s best friend is also his most prominent client, and Julian doesn’t want to jeopardize his career. But when Julian agrees to pretend to be Ashley’s boyfriend for a hometown wedding, he struggles to remember their relationship isn’t real. It’s a bunch of tropey goodness: best friend’s sibling, forced proximity, and of course, a pretend relationship. I’ll tell you this: Expect shenanigans.   Here’s an excerpt:   **** Ashley bounds down the… Keep Reading »