26 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Demisexuality in Romance by Antonia Aquilante (Includes recommendation & a giveaway)

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Demisexuality in Romance by Antonia Aquilante (Includes recommendation & a giveaway)

  Hi, everyone! I’m Antonia, and I write predominantly fantasy romance with LGBTQ characters. I want to thank Nix so much for running this celebration of romance and for letting me be a part of it. I’m excited to be here! I read my first romance novel at twelve, though even before then I always wanted a story where the characters lived happily ever after. My mom loaned the Nora Roberts book to me, telling me to skip the sex scenes…I didn’t. I’ve been a voracious romance reader ever since, and I still share books with my mom. Romance is where I go when I want to the comfort of that HEA, and the hope and happiness it brings. That’s what romance gives us. That’s why I write romance too—I want to write a little more hope and joy and love into the world for everyone. I think we all need it. I didn’t expect it, but in some ways, romance also taught me something more about who I am…. Keep Reading »

25 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Author interview from Vanessa North

Celebrating Romance 2018 : Author interview from Vanessa North

Why do you read Romance? I’ve always loved romance novels—for me, it’s the exploration of relationships that attracts me to the genre. Not just romantic love, but familial and also platonic relationships as well. In a romance novel, the character interactions take center stage. Other genres tend to be more plot driven, and that’s fine! It’s just not my jam. What was the first romance book you read? I believe it was Twice Loved by Lavyrle Spencer. I could be wrong though, it was a long, long time ago. Do you have a favourite trope? Probably enemies to lovers with some forced proximity sprinkled in. There’s something very delicious about the tension that particular combination creates and I looooove it. Why do you recommend romance? Because it’s fun, there’s a guaranteed happy ending, and there’s truly something for everyone. What would you love to see more of in romance? Bisexual characters who are allowed to be bisexual, who don’t have to “turn” gay. Identities aren’t tropes. I’d also love to… Keep Reading »

24 May '18

Celebrating Romance : I’m a Google Stalker by Lisa Emme (Includes Giveaway)

Celebrating Romance : I’m a Google Stalker by Lisa Emme (Includes Giveaway)

  Hi everyone! I’m Lisa Emme and I write urban fantasy and hot, steamy romance. Thanks to Nix for letting me be here to help celebrate Romance Month on Scorching Book Reviews. Today I have my romance writer hat on and I want to talk to you about one of the best tools a writer has…Google. We’ve all heard the joke, “don’t judge me by my browser history, I’m a writer not a serial killer”. Funny but true, as I discovered when I started writing more than five years ago. I’ve Googled an eclectic array of things – guns, knives, tequila, sex toys, demons, magic rituals, the human circulatory system – which because of Google’s search-based marketing, means the ads I get online are often just as varied. To this day, I still get ads on Facebook for chicken coops, all because I Googled them when writing my most recent romance, The Yacht Club. There’s no doubt that Google is a useful tool, but you can do more than just… Keep Reading »

22 May '18

Celebrating Romance 2018 : In Love with History by Sandra Schwab (Incl. giveaway)

Celebrating Romance 2018 : In Love with History by Sandra Schwab (Incl. giveaway)

  First of all, thank you so much for organizing this month-long Celebrating-Romance party, Nix! I’m delighted to be part of it! I grew up in a small town in the Black Forest, which was surrounded by wooded hills and overlooked not just by one, but two ruined castles. Is it any wonder then that I fell in love with history at a very young age? So imagine my delight when back in 1999 I discovered a whole genre of historical fiction with central love stories and happy endings guaranteed! (No exploding wax babies! No main characters dying on the last page! YAY!!!) Shortly thereafter, I started to write in English and, while I was at it, switched genres, too, and started to write romance. I began where you would expect: in Regency England with pretty country houses and all that. Oh, and garden follies. With stone pineapples on top. In short, I love the slightly weird bits of history, and I find it deeply satisfying to explore the lesser… Keep Reading »

21 May '18

Celebrating Romance : Tami Lund introduces Baby, I’m home and offers a giveaway

Celebrating Romance : Tami Lund introduces Baby, I’m home and offers a giveaway

  Hi, I’m Tami Lund and I write romance. Whenever I type that, I envision myself in a room with a bunch of other people and we’re all sitting around in a circle in those scoop-shaped (not remotely comfortable – who the hell ever thought those were a good idea and why do they still exist?) plastic chairs and we’re taking turns confessing some deep, dark secret. Don’t ask me why; I guess that overactive imagination is what compels me to write. Anyway, so I write romance, all sorts of romance. I write romantic suspense (my Tough Love series), and straight up sexy happily ever afters (the Sexy Bad series I co-write with Misti Murphy). I also write paranormal – a lot of paranormal. Shapeshifters and witches and gypsies and vampires. Later this year I’ll release my first dragon shifter book, and in December I’ll release a book involving demons and faeries. This blog post is about none of that. Yeah, sorry for that buildup (although if you’re really curious,… Keep Reading »

20 May '18

Top Romance Picks 20th-26th May 2018 : HEA’s from Cherise Sinclair, Jackie Lau & Laura Kaye

Top Romance Picks 20th-26th May 2018 : HEA’s from Cherise Sinclair, Jackie Lau & Laura Kaye

Image Copyright Protected from Pin Up Toons License details on the tab above Top Picks is a weekly meme that we do here at Scorching Book Reviews. In this post, we highlight the Romance books that we want to read that are released this week. They are books on our TR pile and only books we are interested in spending money on. This week’s Top Picks are… Status on TR list:PRE-ORDERED! I wanted Holts book so much – squeee!!! Josie doesn’t need any help raising her son. Pregnant at sixteen, Josie learned the hard way about men and their empty promises. She picked herself up and is raising her eleven-year-old son. By herself. And that’s the way she intends it to stay. Unfortunately, her impressionable boy becomes fascinated by the scruffy, intimidating biker who lives next door. The scars on Holt’s face are only the most visible of his wounds. Out of the hospital after being attacked in his own damn house, Holt is coming to terms with the fact… Keep Reading »

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 »