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Author Chat: Sidney Halston

Curious about how MMA and Romance go together? Ever wondered how a dog can be just as popular as a hero? This Q&A with Sidney Halston, author of AGAINST THE CAGE (Loveswept, 5/27/2014) answers all those questions and more… 1.    What made you decide to write a funny MMA romance – as opposed to any other romance or one with more angst? I don’t think it was really a decision. It just happened. I’ve tried to write stories that have more angst, but I just can’t seem to do it. I don’t know if I ever will. I love my characters, and can’t seem to torture them. In fact “the scene” in Against the Cage toward the end (I don’t [...]

Inside #RT14 – Catching up with Sara HJ, Harlequin Junkie

  I had the pleasure of catching up with Sara (known to her followers as the one and only Harlequin Junkie) earlier this week at RT. She’s been blogging for three years and this is her second convention! Where are you visiting from? Orange County, CA Who are you most looking forward to seeing at RT? Kesley Cole, Nalini Singh. Lisa Kleypas, too! What are some of the places that you want to check out while you’re in New Orleans?  We [Sara and her husband] got here a little bit earlier,so we did some sightseeing tours, like the swamp tour… checked the French Quarter, Jackson Square. We went to Cafe Du Monde and tried the coffee and the beignets [huge [...]

Talking to Carole Radziwill: THE WIDOW’S GUIDE TO SEX AND DATING

You might know her best as “the  voice of reason” on The Real Housewives of New York. But Carole Radziwill is first and foremost a writer. She spent more than a decade at ABC News, reporting from around the world, and earned three Emmys. Her first book, the memoir What Remains, spent over twenty weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Today, she talk to R@R about her newly published first novel, The Widows Guide to Sex and Dating. LB: Your first book, What Remains, is a beautiful memoir about your marriage and losing your young husband to cancer. Now, your debut novel opens with a New York Times obituary of the heroine’s husband. Two different very different books, both with a widow at [...]

Talking With Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU

Last week the fifth and final installment of Megan Hart’s super hot, erotic e-serial EVERY PART OF YOU published. I just started reading book number two, Every Part of You: Resists Me (review coming later this week) and I’m hooked. Today, Megan talks with us about her latest e-serial, her favorite book covers, and what we can look forward to next. LB: Is Every Part of You your first serialized novel? Did you approach the writing differently than writing a stand-alone? Do you prefer writing one way over the other?  MH: Every Part of You is not actually my first serialized novel. I first experimented with a serialized story in The Resurrected. I don’t actually approach the writing differently, other than [...]

Talking to Deborah Blumenthal about MAFIA GIRL

At her exclusive Manhattan high school, seventeen-year-old Gia is the most hated/loved girl in school. Why? Her father doesn’t have a boss. He is the boss–the capo di tutti cappi, boss of all bosses. Not that Gia cares. But life gets complicated when she meets a cop she calls “Officer Hottie” and feels a suprising chemistry. Then Vogue magazine wants to feature Gia in a fashion spread about real-life bad girls. On top of this, she’s running for class president. Can Gia step out from under her dad’s shadow and show everyone there’s more to her than “Mafia Girl? LB: You’re the rare author who publishes books for adult, teen, and young readers. Do you find it easier to write for [...]

Brenda Janowitz and a RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE

LB: Your first novel, Scot on the Rocks, published when – about eight years ago? And I read your latest novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, this past summer. How has your writing changed between those two books? And how has the experience of publishing a novel changed? BJ: My first two novels would be classified as “chick lit,” which is to say they’re smart, funny novels with heart about a single girl living in the city.  And that’s exactly what I was at the time.  But just as I’ve grown up, my writing has grown up, too. With RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE, I was looking to do something different.  Something more grown up.  Something deeper.  The idea for [...]

Talking to author Susan Gloss about VINTAGE

In a week full of great new releases, Susan Gloss’s debut novel Vintage is a standout. It’s been compared to The Friday Night Knitting Club, and centers around a Midwestern vintage clothing shop the way it connects a group of women who are all at turning points in their lives. Today, Susan is here to talk vintage clothes, juggling day jobs and writing, and some real-life inspiration behind this novel. LB: You’re an attorney, a mom, a blogger, and you run an online vintage shop. How did you find time to write your debut novel? SG: I put myself on a strict word count diet of 1000 words per day. Over months of doing that, the story came together in small increments. [...]

Alma Katsu: “I used to joke that The Taker trilogy was a Rorshach test for love.”

The Taker was one of my favorite reads of 2013, reminiscent of the best Anne Rice novels. Now, the trilogy that began with The Taker concludes with The Descent. And Alma is with us to answer a few questions about the love story that had all of us talking: LB: Out of the three love interests in Lanore’s life – Jonathan, Adair, and Luke, did you find yourself choosing favorites along the way? AK: It was hard to choose because I’m the kind of girl who falls for the bad boys. And because in the beginning I was writing this book for myself, it was about the kind of men I like to read about: a real heartbreaker (Jonathan), the absolutely [...]