Today we are lucky enough to have Joya Ryan join us here on the site for 10 Questions, my favorite author feature. In case you haven’t heard of Joya Ryan, she has a new book out, Tell Me You Need Me (which you can buy HERE), which I will be reviewing on the site in the next couple of days. But today she joins us to answer our 10 Questions as the hero from Tell Me You Need Me, Gage. So without further ado, let’s get to know Gage a little bit better! Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why. A: My knife. Because it is an endlessly useful item. Q: What is the number one item on your birthday wish list? A: Chloe. Mostly to get her to agree to go on a date with me. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Bad driving. Q: What’s your favorite book? A: Living Off The Land by Chris McNab Q: What’s your go to song to get your amped up? A: “Long Hot Summer Day” by Turnpike Troubadours Q: You walk into a pet store, what animal would you bring home and why? A: Anything that would make Chloe smile. So she’d probably like a sweet dog that keeps her company and goes after any man’s balls that tries to get too close to her. Q: If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go and why? A: Iceland. Exploring that country would be beautiful. Q: What […]
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Earlier today I reviewed Hidden Away, a super cute romance that I highly recommend you check out, and now I have the author Jennie Marts here with us to do one of my favorite features, 10 Questions! Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why. A: Chapstick and sunglasses. I sort of freak out if I don’t have either of those- like I might die of either sun stroke or chapped lips before I get home in an hour. But in my defense, the Colorado sunshine is brutal and the air is really dry. Q: What is the number one item on your birthday wish list? A: Usually it is jewelry of some sort. I LOVE jewelry- doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, some of my favorite stuff is matching earring and necklace sets from Kohl’s. I love to accessorize and my family all knows that they are safe getting me any kind of jewelry. I also love books. And this year, I am asking for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so I can work in Panera and not get distracted by eavesdropping on other patron’s conversations. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Mean people, I guess. Life’s too short to be mean. Q: What’s your favorite book? A: Really? That’s sooo hard! My top favorite books would be the Stephanie Plum series, all of the Harry Potters, the Outlander series, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Montana Sky by Nora Roberts. Q: What’s your go to song […]
So we are back with another installment of 10 Questions! Have I mentioned how much I love when authors participate in this? Anyway, we are joined today by Nina Croft, the author of His Fantasy Girl, which I reviewed about a week ago (see the review here). Nina awesomely picked a secondary character for this go round, which I love! It’s so much fun to get a glimpse of characters we don’t normally get a lot of background on. So without further ado, here is Rory, Logan and Declan’s dad! I’m Rory McCabe, and if you’ve read Taking Control and His Fantasy Girl, then you’ll have met my sons; Declan and Logan, and their partners; Jess and Abby. And whatever Jess tells you, I’m not all bad. Just mostly. And yeah, if my sons have had relationship issues then it’s probably fair to put at least part of the blame on me. But I love them and only want the best for them. So here’s a little bit about me… Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why. A: A gun. Ha – only kidding. I haven’t carried a gun since…well, that would be telling. These days, I always carry a picture of my granddaughter, Jenny. She’s ten, and I only just found out about her recently, so I’m making up for lost time. She looks a lot like her grandad – but then we McCabes have strong genes. Q: What is the number one […]
So today I am happy to be hosting E.J. Russell for our feature, 10 Questions. She has a book out called, Lost in Geeklandia, and if you want to read my review of the book you can click here to read it. Our questions today are being answered by Charlie Forrester, the heroine in Lost in Geeklandia, and a seriously awesome nerd. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit better, I know I did. Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why. A: I need a tether to the internet, so I always carry one with me, whether it’s a cell phone, tablet, or laptop. Or, you know, all three. Q: What is the number one item on your birthday wish list? A: This is going to sound weird, but either a goat or an irrigation pump. Not for me. But organizations like Heifer International allow you to donate items like animals, sustainable farming supplies, and basic needs equipment, to help developing communities. This has been sort of a focus for me since I was a kid. Last year, my roommates donated a beehive in my name. It was awesome. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Buggy software. There’s just no excuse. Q: What’s your favorite book? A: Ishmael by Barbara Hambly. It’s the ultimate data mashup between two television shows that she clearly loved as a kid – Star Trek: TOS (set in space in the 23rd century) and Here Come […]
We haven’t done one of these in a while, but I’m bringing it back, because it was one of my favorite features on H.L.B. Today we have Rosie Miles joining us and answering the 10 questions today is Maggie Sinclair from her book, Never Surrender, and you can read the review of the book here. So without further ado, here’s Maggie! Q: What is the one thing you never leave the house without and why. A: I never leave home without my “to do” list. I live such a busy life and it helps keep me on track. Q: What is the number one item on your birthday wish list? A: I love a good pamper. So, I’d say, a day at a health spa, you know, have a massage and a facial, and then for a special treatment, a pedicure. Absolute bliss. Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: When someone leaves a dribble of milk in the bottle rather than finish it then throw the empty into the rubbish. Q: What’s your favorite book? A: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. It’s the first book of a series. I love a series. Q: What’s your go to song to get you amped up? A: Superwoman, by Alicia Keys. The first time I heard that song, I cried. I was competing in a 10K run a couple of weeks back, there was about 1K to go and my legs were beginning to seize. I really thought I was going to stop, […]
Today I am hosting a spotlight on Jeffe Kennedy’s serial, Master of the Opera, which is now available from Books-a-Million (if you want to read it as a serial check it out here). I am a huge fan of Jeffe’s work, so if you are thinking about picking up one of her books I highly recommend it. And in the meantime, check out this excerpt for Master of the Opera!
Hey guys, today I am so happy to announce we have guest post from Jeffe Kennedy. I love her writing style, and some of the scenes in her books just pull me in and never let me go! And she is here today talking about putting real life challenges in her erotic romances, I think this is an awesome topic, because I don’t know about you guys but if a character’s life is too easy and they don’t have some of the real life challenges that we all have (kids, dogs, family, health, crappy neighbors, the list goes on) they just stop being interesting. I think Jeffe does a fantastic job at bringing reality into her books and really bringing her characters to life, so without further ado, check out her guest post! Children in Kinky Romances NOT like that! But, it’s true that my newest contemporary BDSM erotic romance, UNDER CONTRACT, has two adolescent girls in it. NOT like that though! See, my heroine is raising her nieces in the wake of her twin sister’s tragic death. Tina’s nieces are also twins – and at twelve years old, not easy to handle under the best of circumstances. Compound that with their lingering grief over being orphaned and Tina’s truly disastrous financial straits, the twins add a crushing burden to her life. Then, when Tina begins a very kinky love affair with the absurdly wealthy and domineering Ryan Black, it becomes even more difficult for her to make sure she’s […]
H.L.B. is happy to host Cardeno C. today for a guest post. Make sure you check out Strange Bedfellows! Why I Write Gay Romance “The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed …because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events…by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.” – Leonard Bernstein, December 31, 1972 interview with the LA Times I started writing gay romance because saw so many movies and shows with gay characters who were killed or hurt or deeply miserable. After watching this over and over, I felt like it was a punishment, like these people weren’t allowed to be happy and healthy and strong and gay. And I’m talking about movies where the gay characters are the main characters, movies targeted toward a gay/welcoming audience. That artistic depiction of life doesn’t match what I see in the world around me. And it doesn’t match what I want to see in the world around me. Yes, there are tragedies and sadness and family trouble. Those things are real and true. But my life experience is that people as a whole are resilient and strong. I see people move past the hard times and make their own happy futures. I see people learn […]
So today we are welcoming Kristi Charish for a guest post, and I have to say I am very happy with the uniqueness of the post (hey I’m a gamer too, so I can totally appreicate her post). So without further ado, here is Kristi, and don’t forget to check out her book, Owl and the Japanese Circus. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of video games, particularly the RPG genre (I’ve now clocked almost 150 hours on Dragon Age Inquisition). So is the lead protagonist, Alix Hiboux, in my debut series, Owl and the Japanese Circus. As an ode to video games I’ve included Owl’s Character Sheet below. Enjoy! Name: Alix Hiboux (Aka: Owl) Class: Rogue. (Whatever you do, don’t call her a thief…at least not to her face.) Profession: Antiquities ‘procurer’ for hire (see above for use of the word thief in characters vicinity) Animal Companion: Captain, one (slightly) overweight Mau. Known for chewing his way out of cat carriers, helping himself to supposedly sealed bags of kibble, attacking vampires on sight, blatantly ignoring commands such as ‘Stop’, ‘Get back here’, and ‘Hey! Drop my lunch!’ Skills: ‘Removing’ and ‘re-appropriating’ items from high security facilities, disarming ancient booby traps, (not to mention finding said ancient booby traps), outwitting vampires, flying under the digital radar, and navigating ancient tombs and ruins. Expert at the MMORPG World Quest. Knowledge: Ancient history and cultures, archaeology/anthropology, supernatural creatures, antiquities. Game Statistics Strength: 10 (average). Hours spent playing video games are tempered with […]
I absolutely loved Sonya Loveday’s first book in this series, The Summer I Fell, so I am so happy to be hosting this cover reveal for the second book in the series, End Note. So without further delay, here is the cover for the new book in a great series, End Note.