Contemporary

Far From Perfect By Barbara Longley

Blog Diva - Monday, December 24, 2012

Bio:
As a child, Barbara J. Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing. She currently writes contemporary and paranormal romance for Montlake Romance.  Read More

What A Texas Girl Needs By Kristina Knight

Blog Diva - Thursday, December 20, 2012

I have a new book releasing this week, my second in a planned trilogy about sisters in Texas. As I was going on to my husband about the process and the fun of editing (yes, the fun. Seriously.) a series and his eyes started to glaze over I realized that while I love writing and books and all things author-geek...he doesn't.
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So I don't kill the remaining 2 brain cells he has that are willing to listen to me, I'm sharing with y'all why I love what I do so much. And why I'm hoping you'll let me keep doing it for a long, long time.  Read More

My Nora By Holley Trent

Blog Diva - Monday, December 17, 2012

Hi, RomCon fans! I’m Holley Trent. I write sassy contemporary romances set in my home state of North Carolina. Today, Karen from my 11/26 Crimson Romance release My Nora is visiting with me. She’s agreed to answer some questions about her brother Matt (a.k.a. big hunky hero) and his sweetheart Manora (a.k.a. the reclusive artist). Stick around to the end for a chance to win a copy of the ebook!

Holley Trent: Hi, Karen. Thanks for playing along. I know you’re busy and would rather be doing other things.  Read More

A Slice Of Heaven By Carolyn Evans-Dean

Blog Diva - Thursday, December 13, 2012

Did you ever wonder if you had what it takes to write a novel?

I never doubted for a moment that I could write one until the day that I sat down to put pen to paper. Yep, it was so long ago, that I didn't actually have a computer! I wrote one chapter about people I'd never met, living in places I'd never been. Then writer's block set in. A week later, I couldn't even remember why I'd wanted to write about them in the first place. I walked away for 20 years, laboring under the assumption that I just couldn't do it.  Read More

I Do Or I Die By Donna Cummings

Blog Diva - Monday, December 10, 2012

Every bride wants her wedding day to be perfect. It's a showcase for her dreams of true love and a happily-ever-after.

But sometimes the perfect day has a few little glitches.

Many years ago I was the maid of honor in a wedding with a beautiful outdoor setting, and absolutely perfect weather. Just as the bride handed me her bouquet, so she could hold her groom's hands while repeating her vows, a bee flew up the back of her waist-length veil. Fortunately it didn't sting her! But it buzzed at the top of her veil throughout the rest of the ceremony. I tried to subtly lift the back of her veil to show the bee the only way out, but it wouldn't cooperate. I couldn't be more forceful about extracting it since the wedding was being videotaped, and I didn't want a permanent recording of their perfect day marred by me whipping her veil up and down to dislodge the bee.  Read More

The Green Eyed Doll by Jerrie Alexander

Blog Diva - Friday, December 07, 2012

How the longest drought and hottest summer on record influenced the story of THE GREEN-EYED DOLL

As I developed Catherine McCoy, the heroine in The Green Eyed Doll, Texas was having a record breaking year. Little did I know when the plot started taking shape that summer would be exactly as I was describing in the book. The weather and setting can provide an additional external conflict to heighten the tension and danger. Catherine had to survive the hottest summer and the longest drought on record. Almost broke, she took what work was available and still didn't have enough money to fix her car's air-conditioner when it went on the fritz! To test her determination, tenacity, and will to live, I created a serial killer who intended her to become his next doll. Read More

Reunited By Helen Hardt

Blog Diva - Monday, December 03, 2012

REUNITED…AND IT FEELS SO GOOD…

I can’t help but think of that Peaches and Herb song from the seventies when I write about my contemporary romance novella, Reunited. Originally written for an anthology called Love Notes, Reunited explores the second chance at love. The hero of the story, Brett, has carried a love letter he wrote to the heroine, Kathryn, in his wallet for the last twenty years.  Read More

Under Her Spell By Eliza Daly

Blog Diva - Monday, November 26, 2012

Deck the Halls with Stress Balls: How to Bring Inner Peace and Joy to Your Holidays (& Giveaway!)

The following advice column is brought to you courtesy of Monica Jackson, the heroine in my debut romantic comedy, Under Her Spell.

When you punch out an innocent snowman on the way home from work, it’s time to get a grip, especially if you have a history of panic attacks. I suffered my first attack several months ago when Reed, a divorce lawyer, opened his practice next door to my new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance. Reed eventually ended up being good for my stress and panic attacks. Then today, my soon-to-be divorced cousin and roomie Hope informed me that she’s spending Christmas on a two-week cruise. Who was going to play domestic elf--baking cookies, decorating, making Christmas dinner, etc.? Surprisingly, the holidays are a busier time for my company than Valentine’s Day. Everyone who has been naughty all year wants to play nice (or maybe a bit naughty) and romance their significant other. Unlike Hope, I don’t want to avoid the holidays. I love the holidays. So here are a few stress reducers I’ve come up with.  Read More

Marked By The Mob By K. Victoria Chase

Blog Diva - Friday, November 23, 2012

Marked by the Mob (Virginia Justice Book Two) Blurb
FBI Agent Sara Deckker returns to the home she abandoned more than ten years ago, at the request of her father -- a man she loathes. Dying of cancer, Jim Deckker is on the run from a criminal family who wants his testimony silenced. Knowing he has little time left, he wants to reconcile with the daughter he failed to protect, in hopes of being forgiven.  Read More

Into The Fire by Donna Alward

Blog Diva - Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crisp…and Hunky Firemen

Growing up in a small rural community, one of my greatest memories of fall were sales and bazaars that the various women’s groups held as fundraisers. Most times it would be at the community hall or at the church. There were always handicrafts, homemade gifts, and oh, the food. I remember my mom baking for the church bazaar and making bread, cakes, cookies, squares….we’re talking BOXES of baking. It was EPIC.  Read More