Holiday Date Night: Magical. Or Is It?
Hi, all. I’m Ava Miles, a contemporary romance writer with a unique obsession for Gone With The Wind—rather like my hero’s mother in my new Christmas story called THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, part of my Dare Valley series. I’d like to thank RomCon for giving me the opportunity to share the fun behind my newest release.
I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but I think it has more fun dating venues than any other time of year. There are things to do like going ice skating.
And that’s what my hero, professional poker player Rhett Butler Blaylock cooks up for the woman he’s in love with. They live in the small town of Dare Valley, Colorado, which has a picturesque ice skating rink in the middle of their Norman Rockwell-like town square. Read More
Holiday Date Night: Magical. Or Is It?
You met them in Forget Me Not. Now, hear Jack’s story.
Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and sex.
When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.
Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle? Read More
I’m thrilled RomCon® asked me to talk about my debut novel, Command Performance, a red-hot entry in Harlequin Blaze’s Uniformly Hot! series! I recently asked my Facebook fans and the lovely audience at the Blaze Authors’ blog if they were interviewing a debut author, what would they want to know? Drawing from their questions, I’ve put together a little interview for you. Read More
Small Town Heroes
So, hi, I’m Ava Miles, and I was born in a small Midwest town, so it’s no surprise that I’m writing a small-town contemporary romance series called Dare Valley. I value the community spirit, the whole knowing-your-neighbors thing, and especially being able to drop by someone’s house for a visit and have a piece of pie. My favorite is lemon meringue, by the way.
In my new release, THE GRAND OPENING, I tell the story of the tough-as-nails single mom cop, Peggy McBride, whom readers first met in NORA ROBERTS LAND. Peggy has moved to Dare Valley, Colorado to be closer to her brother and to give her young son, Keith, a more family-oriented community since he has a dead-beat dad. Read More
Hi! Thanks for having me today!
So recently, I've learned that I LOVE series! I enjoy reading them...and I'm loving writing them! I just published my second book in the Love and Music in Texas series, and I'm already excited about book 3, which I'm not writing yet since I'm working on a Christmas book. Which, while it's not a series, it IS connected with my debut Christmas story.
Anyhow...jumping the shark a little :)
Never did I imagine how much I'd enjoy a series. But there's something about making new friends and visiting with some old ones that appeals to me. When I started the first in the series, I honestly had no idea who book 2 was going to be about yet. Yeah, total panster on my part. It wasn't until partway through Baby Stetson (Book one) that I knew who I was writing book two about. Well, at least, I had part of that. I knew I wanted more of Jameson and his story. I just didn't know who I'd pair him with yet.
I looked through my old files and story notes and found a perfect match for Jameson. I had Melody's story in mind for awhile, especially the beginning, and thought...”Hey, why not?” Read More
What is in a kiss?
Today I’m going to share first kiss excerpts from two books in my small-town contemporary series about a town called Wardham. In both cases, it’s not the first time the characters have kissed each other, but it is the first time in front of the reader.
Do you remember your first kiss? How about your first kiss with your current partner? In the second full-length novel in The Wardham Series, Where Their Hearts Collide, coming out in October, the readers will get to experience Karen and Paul’s first kiss right along with them. It’s interesting to reflect back on these two kisses, and see how different they are when loaded with history. Of course, a first kiss ever isn’t without weight, either: hope, promise, fear. A not insignificant amount of concern that the hottie might not know what to do with their tongue! But if they do, watch out. Because a kiss is just the start of something special.
Carrie and Ian, Between Then and Now Read More
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SEX & THE SINGLE WRITER
Middle school sex-ed never said there’d be days like this….
Cut-and-dried facts about birds and bees, what goes where, and how to protect yourself before it gets there, was just not enough for me. I had questions, ladies and gentlemen. I asked the tough ones that adults brushed off with flippant “You’ll figure it out when you’re older” type answers. Questions about consequences, emotions and expectations—oh, my! Unsatisfied but still determined, I sought out romance fiction, gym class gossip, even the Kama Sutra, because why the hell not? Anything that might prepare me to know what I wanted and how to get it. But you see, there’s something to be said about the best-laid plans. As a teenager I happened to fall—and when I say “fall,” I mean I fell hard—for the wrong guy. Not the school badass who smoked and wrote poems about orgasms. No, I had to lust after a man who was devoted to the church. (Okay, in attention-seeking frustration, I did an about-face right into the arms of the badass. But that’s a story for another time.) They were heaven and hell—making a spectacle of myself with “the badass” was heaven compared to the hell of wanting a man I could never have. I couldn’t change the truth that I wanted wild, crazy, dirty, ridiculous passion. I wanted him to belong with me. I came so close, but in the end I had to let go. Not because of the relentless The Scarlet Letter and The Thorn Birds jokes (still not funny, by the way), but because I wasn’t ready for all that I’d learned about—you guessed it—consequences, emotions and expectations to come into play. I could never be what he really wanted. He could never be what I wanted. So I moved on. “Dating” has since been more about advance and retreat, the thrill of the chase—nothing serious. I discovered that I don’t want serious, and I shouldn’t feel bad because of this. I learned through many bumps and bruises that it’s okay to be twenty-something and single. I know that when I’m thirty, forty, fifty, it’ll still be okay to be single. It’ll still be okay to be me. I’m simply not ready for the incredible kind of forever love, the kind of love I read and write about. I am not Valerie Jordan, the heroine in my debut, TEXAS REDEEMED, who bravely takes on the consequences of love and sex with Peyton Turner, the guy she’s wanted since childhood. Read More
Before I began writing fiction, I spent more than twenty years as a working reporter (mostly at the ABC television and radio affiliate in Los Angeles) and as a magazine journalist. As a result, my first instinct when I get an idea for an historical or contemporary novel is to go where the book is set.
With That Summer in Cornwall, a stand-alone contemporary sequel to my “time-slip” novel A Cottage by the Sea, the action takes place a good decade after the ending of the contemporary part of the novel. To my mind, there was no choice: I had to return to the area because the premise of the new book was: “What ever happened to that babe in arms in the first book…and what’s Cornwall, England like some ten years, plus, later?” Read More
Chihuahua Momma – A dog show romance:
Several people have asked what inspired me to write a romance with a dog show theme. I’ve given a myriad of witty answers—besides who doesn’t love dogs? But the honest truth is, after winning the State 4H championship, my daughter begged me to buy our first show quality Chihuahua. I did my research, drove to Michigan and bought the best dog I could afford…but then my daughter got her driver’s license, a job and a boyfriend. I ended up in showmanship classes and took the little guy into the ring myself. I earned AKC championships with him and a female, and thus emerged this story.
Back cover copy of Chihuahua Momma: Read More
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