Burned out on lists? NPR agrees and has created a Concierge List of Bests
NPR realized their list of year-end book picks had gotten a little out of hand, with 20 lists in late 2012. “You love lists. We love lists. Everyone loves lists. And in the past five years, NPR has brought you more than 80 year-end book lists — the best book club books, the best cookbooks, the best gift books, the best guilty pleasures. We listed.
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Limited Time Only – .99 – Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe
What readers are saying about Crazy Thing Called Love:
“Irresistible and satisfying . . . addictive and sexy romance at its best.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery
“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
Deleted Scene (love them!) ~ Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe
I wrote a blog post at Smart Bitches Trashy Books about how women learn about sex and how we talk to girls about sex and the important role that romance novels play in that education. This was something I thought a lot about while writing Wild Child, about how sex creates women’s identities, how formative those “birds and bees” conversations can be not only for kids, but for adults having the conversation.
Originally, in Wild Child I was planning on Jackson’s sister Gwen, realizing she was gay. But there was already so much going on in the book, I backed off that idea because I knew I wouldn’t be able to give it the word count it needed. I did however write a scene between Jackson and Gwen in which he attempts to “have the talk.”
So this is a deleted scene from Wild Child. I hope you enjoy. Read more
Super Sampler Saturday with Wild Child by bestselling author Molly O’Keefe
Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.
Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful. Read more
Hot off the Press – Wild Child trailer rocks!
Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.
#CoverReveal, Never Been Kissed by Molly O’Keefe
Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s second novel in her exciting new series—The Boys of Bishop—features an irresistible romance and unforgettable characters in a page-turning story that delivers equal parts emotion and humor . . . with a little edge to boot.
On sale today – Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe (I just adore the title)
Wild Child is perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.
Book Review: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe – Review By Toni Linenberger
Brittle: that’s the best word I can use to describe Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child. Unfortunately that word doesn’t begin to illustrate the mastery of language necessary to create such vivid images and characters. The hero and heroine are brittle, fragile pieces of blown glass; a wrong word, look, or touch will send them shattering into thousands of pieces beyond repair. This book is so much more than the back cover copy indicates. Read more
WINNERS ANNOUNCED #WildChild Hop
Hi there hoppers, thanks for stopping by and checking out Molly O’Keefe’s release WILD CHILD – on sale 10/29. Make sure you visit all of the participating sites below to increase your chances to win! Each site may have something exclusive of their own so you definitely want to check them all out — Good luck! Read more
The Chained Dog Hero by Molly O’Keefe
I’ve just started watching Sons of Anarchy. I know, I’m late to all these parties. But my husband and I are just starting season three, so if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, beware – there will be spoilers.
I started watching because all the recommendations hit critical mass and because I could no longer resist the beautiful masculinity of Charlie Hunnam. Initially, my husband was not invested in my glom. And I understand why – these guys are misogynist thugs. And he figured the number of shallow graves just outside the city limits of Charming, California was just too outrageous to be realistic. Read more
#Wild Wednesday Snippet – Molly O’Keefe author of soon to be released Wild Child
In this week’s snippet – the last one!!! I am introducing one of my favorite characters in the book, Reba. Reba the Hairless Chinese Crested dog.
“Hold your horses,” she muttered, then went into the bathroom with the carrier. Carefully setting it down on the floor, she unzipped the side and waited for what had to be the most ridiculous-looking dog to ever walk the earth to come barreling out. But there was only a whim- per from inside the carrier.
She’s spoiled, Jenna had said. Temperamental and demanding. You two are made for each other. Read more
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of WILD CHILD!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe, a sizzling new romance that tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl”!
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#WildWednesday weekly snippet from Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child
Happy Hump Day! Nothing to help you get through the week like a snippet from favorite author Molly O’Keefe – enjoy!
So, there’s a scene in Wild Child that has already gotten some attention from reviewers for it’s heat. And while Wild Child is hotter than anything else I’ve written and I intended it to be – The Bathtub Scene managed to surprise even me. As I was writing it! So, for this #wildwednesday I give you the lead up to the THE BATHTUB SCENE… Jackson and Monica have had a big heart to heart and Monica had explained some of her baggage to him, all of her reasons for not being able to be in any kind of relationship with him and he responds by drawing her a bath. Read more
#WildWednesday with Molly O’Keefe
One of the things I enjoyed most about the relationship between Monica and Jackson is how they had to learn to be friends. Jackson is a man who is very good at superficial relationships. Looking at him, people assume he has lots of friends. But the truth is no one gets close. Monica on the other hand makes no bones about the fact that she doesn’t have friends. Doesn’t want them. Wouldn’t know what to do with them if she had them. So, creating the moments that the two of them were not just physically intimate but emotionally intimate was a real pleasure for me. This scene – I call it the muffin scene – totally highlights that. Read more
The Barbie Evolution . . . by Molly O’Keefe
MO: When my daughter was born two and a half years after my son, she was born into a world of robots and fire trucks. And because she was the second child and the second child is always slighted (I say this with authority as a second child who was slighted and as a mom who has slighted her second child) this didn’t change until she was three. Read more
#WildWednesday Snippet from Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe
DON’T MISS! Molly’s, WILD CHILD HOP with Free books starting soon — stop by for more details later this week!!
Another Wild Wednesday snippet! One of my favorite characters from Wild Child is Jackson’s teenage sister, Gwen. Their parents died in a car crash when Jackson was in college and Gwen was eleven. Jackson left school and the life he was beginning to create in order to take care of his sister but it hasn’t been easy. The entrance of Monica into their town and their lives make all the issues between them bubble to the surface. Read more
#WildWednesday – more from Molly O’Keefe #FREE Snippets from Wild Child
This week’s snippet is the first kiss between Monica and Jackson. I don’t think you need much set up for this. Monica has a very complicated history with men and sex and hasn’t had intimacy of any kind for years because of it. Jackson however, slips past her guard and she decides to trust him.
She put a hand against his chest, over the pale blue shirt that made his eyes look like the sky on a hot August day. Beneath the cotton she felt the warmth of his skin, the tensile strength of his muscles, and beneath that, the heavy pounding of his heart. Read more
#WildWednesday with Molly O’Keefe & #Free Snippet for Wild Child
So, last week we met Monica through Jackson’s eyes and now we get Jackson through Monica’s eyes. Monica Appleby has come to Bishop Arkansas immediately after the funeral of her best friend. She is heart-sick, broke and very wary. The last thing she wants is to be attracted to the town’s Mayor.
#WildWednesday Free snippet of Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe
Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is. Read more
Guest Post: Molly O’Keefe on Celebrity Fantasies
I have a well-worn fantasy that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon come over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner. (Why THAT is my fantasy for those two men is clearly something I should worry about). For some reason their cars break down in front of my parent’s house (what they are doing with their families in the corn fields of Northern Illinois at Thanksgiving is irrelevant) and because of the holiday and despite their fame, they need to hang out until their cars are fixed.
So, of course they come in for Thanksgiving dinner. All eleven of them.
Things start off rough. My parent’s normally unshakeable Midwestern practicality gets all shaken up by the celebrity. I’m trying too hard to make them feel comfortable and not like strangers in a strange land. Read more
#CoverReveal – All I Want for Christmas Is You by Molly O’Keefe
In this touching eBook novella, a prequel to Molly O’Keefe’s Crazy Thing Called Love, a young woman swept up by first love is ready to say “I do”—until challenges arise during the holiday season. Read more
Ruthie’s Reality: Between the Sheets with Molly O’Keefe + #Giveaway
Welcome back to Ruthie’s Reality! Did you miss me? Of course you did.
I’ve been living the glamorous life of the romance writer, most recently in Iowa, where I attended a family pig roast (as one of two token vegetarians) and glamorously hobnobbed with my relatives. I got to hold a lot of babies, and I noticed that they were all more cheerful than my baby had ever been. What’s up with that? Read more
Cover Reveal, Molly O’Keefe’s WILD CHILD
The Book Nympho rates CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE as Awesome!
Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband. Read more
Book Trailer Premiere: Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe
Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.
Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.
Crazy Thing Called Love & Kris Allen’s marriage
Remember Kris Allen? He was the winner of the 8th season of American Idol. Kris did that amazing rendition of Kanye West’s Heartless. It was the same year that Adam Lambert was the runner-up, in an upset that I think surprised everyone.
January 2009, my daughter had just been born and if American Idol isn’t tailor made for weepy, breast-feeding women, I don’t know what is. Because watching that season I was obsessed with the fact that Kris Allen – 23 year old Kris Allen had JUST GOTTEN MARRIED. Yes, his age was mystifying to me (which is weird because I was 25 when I got married, but maybe it was just because he and his wife looked so young, so wide-eyed). But that he’d just gotten married to his long-time sweetheart no-less, and his life was about to radically change – worrying about them kept me up nights. Well, that and the newborn. But still, lots to think about as I rocked in a dark room.
Was this marriage going to work? Could it handle the sudden wild trajectory his life was going to take? Could it handle the highs and lows of this kind of career? Could she push aside the things she wanted to do in order to travel with him? What kind of compromise would this ask of her? Would he realize what she was giving up? How were they ever going to find balance or equality in this relationship? Read more
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE by Molly O’Keefe!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of CRAZY THING CALLED LOVE by Molly O’Keefe, a new contemporary romance that proves that lost loves don’t have to stay lost forever. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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Authors share their favorite Holiday movie, what’s yours?
My favorite holiday movie isn’t really a movie, but a “special” (that’s what they used to call such programs back in the day): A Charlie Brown Christmas. No matter how many times I see it, it brings a tear to my eye, and I’m not normally sentimental. I also love the music. I’m pretty sure I watched it the very first time it was broadcast and probably every year since. Now that you can watch it free online, I don’t have to worry that I’ll miss it.
—Kara Lennox, Loveswept author of Lana’s Lawman
My favorite holiday movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve been watching it since I was far too young to understand it, and every year that I see it, I seem to catch another layer to the story. For me, the essence of the movie’s message is that it’s often not easy to do the right thing — that it can, in fact, be both difficult and unrewarding. Making the world a better place takes love and patience and sacrifice — and it’s totally worth it. Such a beautiful Christmas message!
—Ruthie Knox, best-selling author of About Last Night
Naughty & Nice a bundle of delicious delight for the holidays
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About the book:
’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night. Read more
Celebrate – 12 Days of Christmas & FREE BOOKS
Ruthie’s Mistletoe Fantasies Through the Years:
1987 (age 10): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe. Where are my presents?
1990 (age 13): Daniel Day Lewis, dressed in his Leatherstocking outfit, sweeping me into his arms for a violent kiss.
1993 (age 16): I just want somebody to kiss me. Anybody. I’m not choosy. Hey! You over there!
1999 (age 22): Seriously. Anyone. Bueller?
2005 (age 28): Yay, husband! Yay, marriage! *frisky smooching sounds*
2012 (age 35): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe! Just wrap Kidlet’s presents and give me an hour to write. ~ Ruthie Knox, Bestselling Author of About Last Night Read more