Stiletto: The Male Perspective – What He’s REALLY thinking . . by columnist Grace Brighton
The Male Perspective: What He’s REALLY thinking . . by Brighton, with special guest Mitchell Forbes
Grace Brighton: Hi Stiletto readers! Welcome back to another week of sassy goodness. This week we have a special guest, and a rare breed around the Stiletto office . . . a man. We love good girl talk as much as the next woman, but every now and then we like to keep ourselves honest by hearing the male perspective.
Some of you likely know Mitchell Forbes as Julie’s man from AFTER THE KISS, but today, he’s just another handsome guy, here to give us an inside look about what makes men tick.
Mitchell: *gets up from his seat*
Grace: Hey, where are you going?
Mitchell: I’m out of here. Julie told me I was here to give some beginners’ pointers on investing . . . Read more
Winners chosen – New Release – Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae #Giveaway
Kelli Pinkins is a Friday Night Alibi. What is that? She is an excuse for others to see boys or girls that their parents don’t want them to see. Or an excuse for them to visit a club. She gets paid and she gets paid well. All is going well for Kelli until Chase comes into the picture, Chase doesn’t fit the Sundale image. Kelli has no idea what to do..does she say a Friday Night Alibi or give into something real?
This was a really cute read! Read more
Guest Post: Yes, Love and Romance Can be Yours–in 39 Simple Steps! by Juliet Rosetti
Behold the hero of my new Mazie Maguire adventure, revealed here in all his sculpted glory, the gorgeous Canadian ex hockey-player who swaggers through Crazy for You, my new Loveswept Romance. Due out in January, it takes up where Mazie and Ben left off in The Escape Diaries. Read more
Something to wet your whistle & bring in the New Year, Elise Sax . . .
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.
Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
“In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Elise Sax’s new novel is a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
“What a fun book! It will leave reader’s begging for more.”—Kim Gruenenfelder, author of There’s Cake in My Future
Guest Post from Juliet Rosetti, a Loveswept Debut! + Giveaway
Yes we’ve got them! THE ESCAPE DIARIES Net Galley preview is ready & we’d love to offer you a copy – comment below & 3 randomly chosen commenters will win – good luck!
You torch one kitchen and they never let you forget.
It was the Thanksgiving I made the yam casserole. The mini-marshmallow topping turned out blobby and pale, bearing no resemblance to the photo in the cookbook. A couple of minutes under the broiler ought to brown it up, I decided, popping the casserole back in and wandering off in search of chardonnay. Read more
Ruthie’s Reality – she’s sexy, sassy & witty, that’s Ruthie!
Ruthie Knox will regale you with thoughts about everything! She’ll inform you about what she’s reading, what she’s writing in that Ruthie Knox ‘tell it like it is’ style. Stop and meet Ruthie and see what she’s up to . . . . here’s a sneak peek!
Welcome to the reality of Ruthie Knox! I write witty, sexy romance novels for grownups. If you like your heroines sassy, your heroes tortured, and your endings happy, you’re in the right place.
I’m between releases now, but I’ve been writing writing writing, and I have a lot of exciting stuff in the pipeline.
In the meantime, About Last Night continues to win readers’ hearts. Or maybe that’s Nev doing it. Either way, my June 11 release has received a lot of love and rave reviews! It’s a top pick with five stars at The Romance Reviews, where reviewer Bridget said, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only reminds us why we love romances, but completely justifies that love. This book was heartfelt, honest and moving, and I love every moment of it, right up to the perfection of its final scene.” Thanks, Bridget!
RT Book Reviews gives About Last Night 4.5 stars and says, ”Knox creates beautifully flawed characters that are as charming as they are real. Readers will cheer for the cautious Cath and wish that they had a their own Nev — a proper English gentleman (who is not so proper in the bedroom) — waiting for them at home!”
Anyway – glad to be here & we’ll talk more Monday – See ya!
A Touch of Humor Makes the Medicine Go Down! by Jennifer Probst
Thanks Jennifer for this awesome post – I too am finding the need for more wit & fun in my reading – Happy Romance!
I love humor in my romance.
Not forced, contrived humor where I feel like the author tried too hard. Real deep in the bones, giggly funny that makes a scene come alive. Or that tiny surprise when a bit of dialogue fits in and the reader gets a glimpse of the hero’s sardonic wit, or the lighthearted perspective of the heroine.
Humor in romance does not have to be Three Stooges zany. Threading one line of fun within a scene can lighten up the angst and give the reader a breather. Read more
Release Countdown – Day 3 – Outtakes from author Ruthie Knox + Giveaway!
Brought to you by, author, RUTHIE KNOX – check out Ruthie’s site for her series of outtakes!
Release day for Ride with Me is only four days off, so I’ve decided to share a few outtakes from the book. Some of this stuff made it into the final version, some didn’t . . . but you’ll just have to wait and see what’s what! These little snippets should give you a good idea of Lexie’s and Tom’s personalities. Happy reading!
This is an early version of a scene that made the cut. It takes place at Salem Cycles, the Oregon bicycle shop where Tom works as a mechanic.
Tom wiped the grease off his hand and answered the shop phone.
“I found you somebody,” his sister said.
“What are you talking about?”
“For tomorrow. I found you somebody to ride across the country with.”
They’d had this argument months ago, when he’d first told her about his plan to do the TransAm this summer, and he’d thought they were done with it. He should’ve known she was merely engaged in a strategic retreat.
“Just hear me out. I found a guy through an Adventure Cycling ad who’s taking the same route you want to take, and he needs somebody to ride with him. You don’t even have to talk to him if you don’t want to. He cooks, and he’ll pay half on the camping fees and hotels. How bad could it be?”
It could be a nightmare. What Tom wanted was to spend a few months on the road alone, listening to the pavement under his tires and taking in the sights. He didn’t want a buddy. He didn’t do buddies.
“I don’t need a babysitter. I’m a grown man.”
“Please, Tom. You can’t ride your bicycle across the country alone. It’s insane. You’ll end up being slaughtered by a serial killer.”
“Taryn, I’m thirty-five years old, single, tattooed, and antisocial. I’m the serial killer.”
“Okay, point taken. But you could get hit by a car and bleed to death by the side of the road.”
“How would riding with another person prevent that?”
“It wouldn’t, but he could call me on his cell phone so you could tell me you loved me with your dying breath.”
Tom started pacing the small workspace, weaving around the bike stands with his head cradled in his free hand. He recognized Taryn’s tone of voice. There was something she wasn’t telling him, and whatever it was, he wasn’t going to like it. “I’ve toured alone before. There was the South America trip, Australia. The one in Death Valley last winter. Why worry about me now?”
“I always worry about you. Worrying about you is my job. But for those trips, you didn’t give me enough notice to do anything about it. You just called me from the road to say, ‘Ta-ta, Taryn! I’m off to pedal across the Outback like a crazy person! Try not to lie awake at night imagining dingoes eating my corpse!’”
Tom winced. It was true, he’d deliberately left the country before telling Taryn of his plan to ride the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, but it had been for her own good. He’d spared her months of fretting about him—and saved himself a lot of nagging. He’d have done the same thing this time, too, only she’d caught him studying the TransAm maps at his kitchen table one afternoon and wormed the intelligence out of him.
“Ground Control to Major Tom,” she said. “We’re having a conversation here, remember?”
Want more? Tune in again tomorrow for another mini-outtake from Ride with Me—or preorder the book to get it delivered to your e-reader on February 13 (just $2.99)!
Comment & be eligible to win a FREE print copy of RIDE WITH ME – only ONE winner will be randomly chosen from Ruthie’s five posts that lead up to her release date of 2/13/2012 – Good Luck! Winner will be announced on 2/14/2012 – how, apropos!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Lisa Hutson (commenter #12 on post #3) has won a free paper copy of RIDE WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your snail mail address and the subject line RIDE WITH ME WINNER.
Thanks everyone for joining in for the outtakes! It was fun to count down to release day with you all.