Contemporary

Alejandro by K. Victoria Chase

Michele Callahan - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Special Sneak Peak of Alejandro: The Santiago Brothers Book Two

     They began a staring match, neither one breaking line of sight. Audrey couldn’t understand the man’s antipathy to children. He had two younger brothers, and they were all close — or so they’d seemed to be while in school. Alejandro Santiago was an enigma. At times he was gentle, brushing tears from her cheeks — planting a body-melting kiss to her lips — and at other times he was brash, cold, unfeeling. Audrey continued her silent assessment of the man’s personality. He was more than overbearing, he was… distant.

     "What does Angel have to do with any of this? Is it because he’s Penny’s son?” Her breath hitched at the unthinkable. Ale had convinced Penny to help him in his investigation. “Penny agreed to go undercover for you. Did you force her to use Angel too?"

     He jerked forward so fast, she squeaked, convinced he was lunging for her. Yet, he was still in the chair, his massive hands gripping the leather armrests, the sounds of the crumpling material causing her to cringe as if she were hearing nails drawn across a chalkboard. “I would never. I didn’t even know Penny had a son, remember?” Read More

Bayou Born By Linda Joyce

Blog Diva - Monday, April 15, 2013

Kiss: Show and Feel - No Tell

One of the best things about romance is unquestionably The Kiss.

Ah, we all remember our first one, right? Not the experimenting, bumbling-around one after our hormones first kicked in. But the one where the anticipation of it made our skin tingle. We couldn’t sleep, barely ate, and we waited for the moment to happen, often holding our breath.

When the moment finally bloomed...we were never the same afterward. Somewhere in that press of lips together, we took a leap across the universe and landed in enchantment.  Read More

The Devil Has Dimples By Pepper Phillips

Blog Diva - Thursday, April 11, 2013

I started my novel ‘The Devil Has Dimples’ at a funeral. Why? I overhead a comment about preparing for a funeral, by freezing a small pig for a pig roast after the burial. I truly was at a loss of words when I heard that. In Louisiana people will have a pig roast…but after a funeral? My ‘what if’ brain started to work and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

Excerpt from The Devil Has Dimples

“Mackie, you ever been to a funeral on Halloween?”

He thought for a moment, most likely turning the decades over in his mind searching for an answer.

“Nope.  This is the first night funeral I’ve ever been at.  Makes me think it might be a good idea when my time comes.”

“Never for me either, although I did attend a Halloween wedding once.  It was a bit over the top,” said Grant.

Maudie’s casket was perched on a roller parked next to the grave hole. Read More

Carnival Temptress By Michelle Monkou

Blog Diva - Monday, April 08, 2013

When you think of the Caribbean, you can’t help but think of the white beaches and turquoise waters, sunny, tropical weather, coconut trees and rum punches.
One more tribute to the Caribbean is its Carnival, an annual celebration that most times coincides with the pre-Lenten calendar or with its celebration after the historical crop harvest. It’s not unusual, however, for islands to plan their carnivals off the religious calendar and to capitalize on tourist seasons. Nevertheless, each island has its unique style to mark the festivities that embraces all to participate in the revelry.

By the 18th century, Carnival had evolved in Trinidad and Tobago to resemble more of the modern celebration. Carnival’s history spans the French and Spanish occupation, along with an evolution of their customs, traditions, and Catholic religion.

“Farewell To The Flesh,” as some may call it, can be interpreted with religious overtones, as abstaining from red meat during the Lenten season or with more secular leanings to experience with wild abandon sin-laden fun before the solemn. With the latter interpretation providing a wonderful landscape for writer’s license, I wrote Carnival Temptress, the first of several digital-only novellas, under the Revelers series. Read More

Written On Her Heart By Julie Anne Lindsey

Blog Diva - Thursday, April 04, 2013

Scars tell the story: We survived

Many years ago, I had a surgery that devastated my self-esteem. I was young and vibrant and owned a closet full of crop tops, hip huggers and belly button rings. College was good times. When I learned I needed a surgery that would “ruin” the figure I worked diligently to maintain, I was devastated. If that girl could see what three C-sections and 2 dozen years would do to her figure, she’d stop worrying about a little scar, but that’s the thing about hindsight, she couldn’t possibly know. It took years for me to see the scar objectively. That scar was proof I lived. I survived. And I was tougher than what had ahold of me.

In the years prior to the and following the surgery, I’d accumulated lots of scars no one saw. Being young can be like that. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I realized how much I hurt and because of that, how much I hid. I was a peppy paper doll without depth because to reveal myself was to reveal my pain and I wasn’t ready.  Read More

Hidden Under Her Heart By Rachelle Ayala

Blog Diva - Monday, April 01, 2013

Who says a book on heavy subjects can’t be humorous?

Hidden Under Her Heart tackles some pretty heavy and controversial subjects. But underneath it all is a couple, a man with a quirky sense of humor who loves to pull pranks, and a compassionate woman who is a on the gullible side.

The story starts and ends with a prank, but in between Maryanne is taken on a tour of a haunted mansion completed with animatronic beings.

Here’s the excerpt from Chapter 29:

Maryanne looked in her e-mail for Melissa Bowers’ address. Her husband owned the largest gossip network on the Internet. The phone rang. It was Mrs. Bowers.

“Hi,” Maryanne answered. “I’m on my way.” Read More

The Bluest Eyes In Texas By Tori Scott

Blog Diva - Thursday, March 28, 2013

On my Facebook page, we've been talking about book reviews. Some people love to leave them, others feel intimidated by them. But unless you're a professional reviewer, leaving a book review
should be as easy as talking to a friend.

Book reviews are vitally important to authors. Reviews help other potential readers make that final decision on whether or not to purchase. Without reviews, the chances of a book selling more than a handful of copies are minimal. The more reviews, especially positive ones, the more copies the author will sell. And if you want an author to keep writing stories you enjoy, he/she needs to sell the ones already out there.

Some basics on writing an engaging review are below. But first--the what not to dos. Read More

Once Tempted By Laura Moore

Blog Diva - Monday, March 25, 2013

A Fish out of Water or, Meet My Heroine
By
Laura Moore

Hi, Everyone!

I’m so happy to be here today at RomCon and talking to you about my new release, Once Tempted, a contemporary western set in California on a three thousand acre working guest ranch. There are sheep, cattle, and horses galore on Silver Creek Ranch. There’s even a tribe of goats. Among all these four-legged creatures, there’s one sole fish, one that’s most definitely out of water.

Which brings me to the title of my blog...catchy, isn’t it?

Generally, unless we’re talking about the movie Splash or Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the words ‘fish’ and ‘heroine’ don’t mix especially well. But the idea for my latest heroine, Tess Casari, came to me in a radiant flash one summer afternoon and I knew immediately that this savvy, smart urbanite would have to give up everything she’d loved and known in order to be the fish out of water in my story. We writers can be so cruel.  Read More

Love On The Line By Kimberly Kincaid

Blog Diva - Monday, March 18, 2013

Put A Little Heat In The Kitchen: Love and Lasagna Rolls

Kimberly: I’m here with moody, broody Noah Blackwell, the detective hero from my latest novella release, Love On The Line. Hey, Noah! How’s it going?

Noah (crossing his arms over his chest): I’d like to state for the record that I’m mostly moody with you only because you shot me at the beginning of the story, Kincaid.

Kimberly: Are you still mad about that? Come on, Blackwell. You got the girl.

Noah: Yeah, speaking of which, I need your help. See, it’s Violet’s birthday, and I, um, promised I’d make dinner. Read More

Afterglow By Ute Carbone

Blog Diva - Monday, March 11, 2013

Two True Shoe Stories and a Single Idea.

As you might have surmised, given the fancy high heel with flowers on the cover of Afterglow, shoes figure as an important part of the story. Five thousand outdated singleton shoes are donated to the hero, Mitch, by an eccentric retired shoe manufacturing mogul because Mitch had saved his life.

Readers often wonder where a writer’s ideas come from. The shoe idea had two sources. I read in the paper where a woman had had bought five thousand pairs of shoes at next to nothing on Craig’s List. She hoped to sell the shoes for a profit. And the shoes would have sold like cold water in the desert had it been 1967. They were, in other words, very outdated. Which explained why they were being sold at such a ridiculously low price in the first place.  Read More