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Mar
14

Author Guest Post + Awesome Giveaway: Lea Griffith (Flash of Fury)

Author Guest Post + Awesome Giveaway: Lea Griffith (Flash of Fury) Dear That’s What I’m Talking About readers… Do I have a special treat for you! One of my favorite people, Lea Griffith, is here today to share a bit about her new title, Flash of Fury (Sourcebooks, March 7, 2017), and talk about her new series and writing romantic suspense. Oh… and she’s celebrating with an awesome giveaway! So please help me welcome Leah to the blog… Thank you so much Jen for hosting me today. You know I think the world of you, your site and your reviews and I’m honored you’re letting me chat with your readers and give stuff away. I really love giving stuff away, lol! I also really love romantic suspense. I cut my teeth on some of the greats—Iris Johansen, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood—and began sneaking into my moms stash of romance novels when I was about thirteen (don’t tell her, ‘k?). From that point on I began creating stories in my head. Those stories followed me until I finally broke down about six years ago and started writing them down. And let me tell you that’s a long span of time, lol! From those stories in my head, all these years later, comes my brand new series, Endgame Ops. I’m a big fan of multi-layered series—the type of series that you uncover secrets one book at a time ultimately leading you to a conclusion that rocks your world and wraps everything up in nice, tight bow. Though each story has a satisfactory conclusion as far as the hero and heroine go, each story is also a piece of a much larger puzzle. A puzzle you think you have figured out until BAM, you’re turning another corner, riding the edge of another knife. These are the series I love and what I hope, I’m bringing you in Endgame Ops. You are first introduced to Endgame Ops in an anthology I was blessed enough to participate in with Suzanne Brockman, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Kate Serine, Tina Wainscott, M L Buchman, and Ann Elizabeth. All proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project. The first story, War Games, is a novella in this anthology. You meet Anthony “Rook” Granger and Vivi Benton and they take you on a wild ride that starts in a maximum security prison and ends with both of them locked in Endgame Ops and each other. My current release, Flash of Fury, is my first full-length offering in the Endgame Ops series....
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Feb
14

Author Guest Post: Tiffany Shand (Amaranthine Chronicles Boxed Set)

Author Guest Post: Tiffany Shand (Amaranthine Chronicles Boxed Set) Please welcome Tiffany Shand back to That’s What I’m Talking About. She’s here celebrating the release of her Amaranthine Chronicles Boxed Set with a special Valentine’s Day treat. Kaylan and Elijah’s Valentine’s Day Kaylan landed on the bridge. Elijah’s message had been urgent. She scanned the rest of the bridge but there was no sign of anything. No drone of transpos, no sign of any golden eyes shifters stalking about. She let out a breath, sheathed her knives and brushed her long red hair off her face. It’d been a long night already. Elijah, where are you? she asked in thought. Strange, she couldn’t sense him. Her heart started to be faster. What if he couldn’t hear her? What if one of the shifters had – no, she wouldn’t think about that. You’ll have to come and find me, he called back. She frowned. Why? It’s a secret. Elijah, now is not the night to play games, she warned. Come on, I just want to go home. Not that they had a real home right now. Kaylan cost her senses out but didn’t detect anything. He had to be somewhere. She swooped down, using her flying ability to land on the road. Something blew across the tarmac. She thought it was leaves but there were no trees on the great bridge. Kaylan looked up and saw whatever it was had fallen from the sky. Drawing her knife again and preparing for a possible attack, she bent down and saw it was petals. Rose petals. What the hell? She looked up and saw a silhouette standing on the pillar above. Elijah. She had no that’s strong muscular body anywhere. Kicking off the ground, she floated up to him. He grinned when he saw her. His short curly brown hair was slicked back and he wore a black shirt and jeans. A blanket was spread across the pillar with a bottle of wine and some sandwiches. “What are you doing?” Kaylan asked. “I thought you were in trouble!” Quick kiss. “I wanted it to be a surprise. Happy Valentine’s Day. I know it’s not much but…” “It’s everything.” She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him again. About the Books: Betrayed By Blood Blurb In a city of lies and deception, only one thing stands between chaos and justice. For centuries, a band of outlaws called the Amaranthine has kept the peace in Ormere and hidden in plain sight...
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Jan
10

Author Guest Post: Kathryn Hills (Haunting Highland House)

Author Guest Post: Kathryn Hills (Haunting Highland House) Kathryn Hills is here today to share a bit about her paranormal romance title, Haunting Highland House (Wild Rose Press, October 19, 2016). She’s brought along main character Samantha Merrill to tell us more. Please welcome Kathryn and Samantha! Hey there, Samantha Merrill here from Haunting Highland House, Kathryn Hills’ debut novel in the Time Traveler’s Journey series. I’m a time traveler on a mission, yet at first I was reluctant to go. More of an accidental time crasher, I feel like I’m driving without a license or catching the red-eye from LaGuardia to who knows where. Is anyone ready to travel if they don’t know when or where they’re going? Can I pack? Each new year has most of us dreaming of a fresh start. I walked away from the glitz of Manhattan, taking a less than stellar job as the property manager of Highland House. It seemed like a good idea, some much needed R&R at a beautiful historic estate. What could go wrong? It’s Cape Cod for heaven’s sake! But nobody warned me about the hunky ghost OR the time portal waiting to suck me back to 1883. Turns out, the ghost is a time traveler, too. Robert Pennington a.k.a. the love of my life. He’s the head of a rich and powerful family with an overbearing mother and a pushy girlfriend. My arrival on the scene caused serious commotion. Let’s just say, if a stranger from the future showed up in your mansion wearing sexy pajamas or crashed your sister’s birthday ball in a stolen museum gown… You get the point. I’m a “frequent flyer” now, so I pack for unexpected trips. Once I was that woman in the airport. Cart laden with suitcases, looking like I stepped from the pages of a magazine. Today I’m stuffing a backpack with essential no twenty-first-century woman would want to do without. Makeup, pain relievers, tampons… Honestly, you have no idea what those poor women endured back then! No more sky-high heels for this fashionista. I’ve traded in my wardrobe for a whalebone corset and a bustle. Did I mention Robert’s mother tried to kill me with a hideous green ballgown? It’s a difficult fit to squeeze into the stiff Victorian lifestyle, but I’m doing my best. Robert is worth every hard-earned minute I spend back then. You see, he’s got this killer smile…sort of tilted and subtle. And his dark hair is just a bit unruly, especially when he...
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Jan
4

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy Please help me welcome Jeffe Kennedy to That’s What I’m Talking About. She’s here today celebrating her newest release, The Edge of the Blade (The Uncharted Realms #2, Kensington Publishing, December 27, 2016). If you haven’t picked up her amazing fantasy romance books, I strongly urge you to right away! From Jeffe: Hi Jen and everyone! It’s always a treat to visit one of my favorite blogs and I particularly enjoy popping in to answer Jen’s questions. Today, as I’m talking about the just released THE EDGE OF THE BLADE, she asked me how my heroine Jepp, became a leading lady. Amusingly enough, in the same way she became a spy – totally by accident. When secondary characters emerge in my stories – which is usually by walking onto the page and starting to yak about something – I rarely ever think of them as becoming eventual heroes of their own stories. Indeed, some characters come and go, their lives glancing off the major players and then continuing off on their own paths again. Sometimes I think a new minor character might end up with a significant role, but they… just don’t. Other times a character might hang around in the periphery for a number of books, and then suddenly step forward. Jepp did the latter. I mean, she’s always been an amusing character to me, what with her mouth and her attitude. But it wasn’t until the final throes of THE TALON OF THE HAWK that I realized she might have her own tale in the future. In fact, my editor saw it before I did, stepping in to save Jepp from certain death at Uorsin’s hand at the very last moment. When I went to think about next books in the series, I knew that the librarian, Dafne, would have to be the heroine of the next story. Not only because so many readers wrote to me *asking* for her to be next. The story thread led naturally in that direction. Also, in an interesting, unplanned turn – where the initial trilogy was all about the three princesses, each more beautiful than the last – the next phase in the story of this world and era fell to the non-royals. Dafne and Jepp both are basically support staff to the princesses. They don’t expect to rule anything. Really they don’t expect much in the way of adventuring at all. Heroic tales are not for the likes of...
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Dec
28

Author Guest Post: Deelylah Mullin (Distilled)

Author Guest Post: Deelylah Mullin (Distilled) Today, our very own Deelylah Mullin (aka Vampbard), is at That’s What I’m Talking About celebrating her new release, Distilled (A Love Brothers Anthology, December 15, 2016, BeerWench Enterprises, LLC). She’s brought a very special Christmas treat: an all-new, exclusive, slice-of-life short from her Distilled world! Please give Dee some big love! A Slice of Life: Distilled by Deelylah Mullin Exclusive for That’s What I’m Talking About Roni sat on the modern couch with newborn Alexa in her arms. As she gazed at the miracle she held, she reflected on the journey she’d taken with Kurtis to get there. So many little things—continuing her anorexia treatment, becoming healthy with Kurtis—worked out, against the odds, to create the most valuable Christmas gift. Bathed in the golden lights from the evergreen standing in the corner, she knew she was on the right path in her life, and she shared it with the one person that made her complete. “Hey. We almost ready for bed?” Kurtis whispered. Roni nodded. “I think so. She’s nursed again, and seems content.” “Let’s get you two upstairs, then. Maybe we can get her down for the night and Santa can visit.” He extended his hand, and Roni gripped it, pulling herself to standing. “You know she won’t remember this year, right?” She peered at him, taking in his playful expression. “I know. I’m also wondering whether someone else wants to find out whether she’s on the Naughty or Nice list.” He grabbed her ass firmly. Roni chuckled. “I see how you are. Let’s try to get her to sleep in her own room, first. Then, we can consider exploring lists.” “Excellent idea, Mrs. Clements.” Kurtis took Roni’s free hand and led her to the wrought iron, spiral staircase tucked in the corner of the condo, following behind her as they began their ascent. He said it was because the stairs were awkward with such precious cargo, but Roni was sure he just wanted to look at her ass. While they knew they needed more space before long, they were both content staying in town a while longer. By this time next year, Alexa will be crawling… or maybe walking. Their time there was drawing to a close, but was reluctant to broach the subject. They’d already weathered so many life-changing events. They entered the spare room they’d converted into a nursery and she shifted Alexa in her arms, preparing to put the two-month-old in the bassinet they’d...
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Dec
12

Author Guest Post: Kelly Siskind (Hooked on Trouble)

Author Guest Post: Kelly Siskind (Hooked on Trouble) Please help me welcome Kelly Siskind (author of one of my favorite series!) today at That’s What I’m Talking About. Celebrating her upcoming release, Hooked on Trouble (January 10, 2017, Forever Yours), she’s sharing Nico and Raven’s favorite Christmas movies with us. It’s no secret Raven and Nico from HOOKED ON TROUBLE have different tastes. He digs country music, while she loves her punk tunes loud and proud. Nico is a meat-and-potatoes guy, and Raven prefers exotic spices that challenge her palate. When it comes to the holidays, they don’t exactly agree on what to watch. They do, however, always spend the time together and compromise by alternating between each other’s movie choices. Nico is two hundred and seventy pounds of tattooed muscle, but he has a gooey center. He’s all about the romantic holiday movies and wanting to curl up on the couch with his girl. He also likes anything that gets him laughing. His top five favorites are: It’s a Wonderful Life—movie making magic at its finest. Love Actually—don’t you dare tell his friends. Elf—that darn movie cracks him up every time. Home Alone—no, YOU cried at the end. The Holiday—real men watch romantic comedies, but seriously…don’t tell his friends. Raven enjoys being scared, and her natural sarcasm also makes her a lover of dark humor. Her favorite holiday movies include anything twisted and creepy. Add some action—and a small couch where she can cuddle with her main man—and she’s a happy gal. Her top five holiday movie choices are: Die Hard—guns and shooting on Christmas Eve = perfection. Love Actually—don’t you dare tell her friends. Bad Santa—dark comedy genius. The Nightmare Before Christmas—the creepy, fantastical imagery is the bomb. Black Christmas—totally scary, totally bloody, totally awesome. About the Book: Reality bites. Hard. The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossibly sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day. Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself. She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister. Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, and the fact that he ditched her after their night together. Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right. What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister? But when the...
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Dec
6

Author Guest Post: Abigail Owen (Don’t Open Until Christmas)

Author Guest Post: Abigail Owen (Don’t Open Until Christmas) Celebrating her new release Don’t Open Until Christmas, Abigail Owen is at the blog today with her heroine Ashley Hughes, who is sharing her favorite Christmas dessert… Ashley Hughes is heading home for the holidays. While she’s not too happy about the trip, she is excited to have her favorite Christmas dessert. A recipe passed down through the generations of her family. Easy to make, and way too easy to eat, given the calorie count. But worth every scrumptious bite! CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE ICE CREAM PIE Ingredients: ¾ cup + 2T chocolate syrup (your choice of brand) 1 cup heavy whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese 1 can sweetened condensed milk chocolate pie crust (crushed oreo) Instructions: Beat the chocolate syrup, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk together in a bowl. Whip the heavy whipping cream. Fold the whipping cream into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the pie shells. Freeze 12-24 hours until solid. About the Book: Ashley Hughes would love to cancel Christmas this year. Her holiday plans involve a wedding–her twin sister to her ex-boyfriend. To add to the holiday cheer, the big event is being held in the small Texas town where they all grew up together. Then rumor links her romantically with her high school tormentor, Ryan McAdams–when what she’d prefer to do is deck his halls–and things get complicated. But the more time they spend together, the more Ashley finds herself wishing Ryan was her present waiting under the tree Christmas morning. Don’t Open Until Christmas is 1 of 10 fantastic  novellas in the multi-author contemporary romance anthology, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Ten New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers have teamed up to bring a little heat to the winter holidays. Billionaires, Brother’s Best Friends, and Old Boyfriends abound in this treasure trove of contemporary romance tales, and whether these couples are snowbound or spending the holiday in the sun, there’s one thing they all agree on–there’s no place like home for the holidays. Purchase Links: Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Kobo Excerpt: “Ashley Hughes?” a female voice squealed from her right. Let the bullshit begin. “Mandy Walker!” Ashley could do the bubbly girl thing when required. “It’s been ages. How are you?” The blonde valedictorian of their senior class held up her left hand sporting an obnoxiously large diamond. “Married.” “Let me guess? Jason Hubbard?” The two had been high school sweethearts, so figuring that one out didn’t exactly require a PhD. Mandy...
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Nov
21

Author Guest Post: Katie Michaels (Feels Like Forever)

Author Guest Post: Katie Michaels (Feels Like Forever) Please help me welcome debut author Katie Michaels to the blog today… From Katie Michaels: Thank you so much, Jen, for having me on your blog today! I am beyond excited for the release of my new book, Feels Like Forever. It’s a romance involving two 18-year-old high school seniors who are trying to balance a new relationship with the friendships that define them. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce the heroine, Evelyn, and her friends as they celebrate the holiday together a little more than a year before the book begins. Ev hasn’t met her hero yet, but she and her friends have been like sisters for years. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with the family of your heart. Two minutes out. Merrin’s text flashed across my phone. I bussed around the table, putting the finishing touches on the dining room display. It was set up for our Thanksgiving feast with an array of food. Whipped sweet potatoes with candied pecans. Slow cooked green beans. Black eyed peas with hunks of bacon. Spinach Madeline, fresh from the oven, the hot white cheese still bubbling up through the buttery bread crumbs. And at the center of it all, a perfect golden brown turkey, with cornbread stuffing trailing from the bottom. Thanksgiving was usually a holiday reserved for family, but this year, my mom extended an invitation to my best friends and their parents to join us. Chloe’s family couldn’t make it, but Shelly and Merrin said they’d be here with bells on. I tucked a thick strand of brown hair behind my ear as I gave the table one last once over. It was perfect. “I’m here, girl. You can start the party now.” I turned to see Shelly holding a pecan pie. She sat it with the rest of the food. “You cut your hair!” Her once shoulder length blond locks were now in an ultra-short pixie cut. Her cheekbones looked sharp and sculpted. “It looks amazing!” Merrin walked in behind her. “I could never get away with a cut that short.” “Why would you want to? If I had gorgeous red hair like that, I’d never cut it.” Merrin flashed a dazzling smile and reached out to tousle Shelly’s bangs. “I love it.” Her stomach grumbled and she flushed. “I’m starving.” Shelly’s grin turned sly. “Well, I’m thirsty. I say we get a...
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Nov
16

Author Guest Post: Jessica Lauryn (A Passionate Play)

Author Guest Post: Jessica Lauryn (A Passionate Play) From the Author: When I was 20 years old, a college student having just signed up for my first creative writing class and excited at the prospect of recently having entered a new relationship, I noticed something among my boyfriend’s belongings, a music box containing a figurine with a black hat and cape which he’d set on a small, marble-topped stand.  It seemed an unusual item to be coming across in the apartment of a twenty-two year old man but there was something about it that was calling to me.  The box was urging me to learn about the play its icon represented, The Phantom of the Opera. A busy student on a limited budget, it wasn’t until the following year that I got an opportunity to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.  The experience changed my life!  Watching the play, I fell instantly in love with the lonely and mysterious Phantom and I was swept away by the music—I was singing it for weeks following and the lyrics were permanently embedded into my mind.  They play was a new fascination for me, one which brought my romantic side to a height it had never climbed to before. Fast forward to the present.  I’ve been writing romance for the last five years and after completing my debut series The Pinnacles of Power—which is a romantic suspense series in which five heroes and heroines find passion amidst the dangers of a criminal diamond enterprise—my mind returned to theater, something which, thanks to the enchantment of the Phantom of the Opera, has never been far from my thoughts.  I’ve always strived to make my heroes complicated souls, who oftentimes, must overcome mistakes that they’ve made that come back to haunt them in the present.  But unlike the mythical phantom, I always want my heroes to reform, to see the light just when all seems lost and after overcoming countless obstacles they’ll win the heart of the heroine they love.  In romance, we’re guaranteed a happily ever after.  I find comfort in this genre because I’m reading (and writing!) for that very such happily ever after! Though I’ve never worked in, or spent any great amount of time at a theater, I find the setting to be artistic and inspiring and in developing The Rabourn Theater Series I’m easily identifying with my characters, many of whom are struggling artists and all of whom have great passion for what they do,...
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Jul
19

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy

Author Guest Post: Jeffe Kennedy Today, I happy to host one of my favorite people here at That’s What I’m Talking About… Please welcome Jeffe Kennedy who is here celebrating the upcoming release of Lonen’s War, the first book in her new fantasy romance series. From Jeffe: I’m not much of an architect. By that I mean, so far as planning my books. That’s George R.R. Martin’s analogy. He says most writers fall in a spectrum, where the far end of architects have detailed blueprints planned ahead of time that are strictly followed, and at the other are the gardeners, who plant seeds and see what grows. I might have some trellises and nicely laid-out flower beds. I love how a good arbor looks. But mostly I wait for stuff to grow. When I set out to write Lonen’s War, I’d been saving those particular seeds for quite a while. I had an idea of my hero and heroine – the king and queen of enemy nations – who would come together in alliance. When I’d talk about it, my writer friends would inevitably ask things like “why are they at war?” and “what are they stopping by joining forces?” My answer? “I don’t know yet.” I started with my heroine’s point of view, because I felt a stronger sense of who Oria might be. By looking through her eyes, I began to see the landscape she lived in – and those answers started coming. Backing up a little, let me explain that the very first writing class I ever took was “Essays on Self and Place,” taught by a visiting writer to the university. It’s hard to say how serendipity works. That class happened to be available at a time (at night) when I could attend without impacting my graduate school coursework or related teaching, and coincided with my then brand new decision to try to become a writer. The subject didn’t matter so much – except that it totally clicked for me. I lived in Wyoming at the time, had gone to college for four years in the Midwest (St. Louis), and before that had grown up in Colorado. Viewing myself in terms of place and understanding how landscape shaped my thinking unlocked something huge in me. It could be I had so much writing energy stored up that anything would have unlocked it and sent it in that direction. It could be I hit exactly the right thing at the right time. At...
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