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Release Blitz: ‘Timber’ by Remy Blake

Title: Timber
Author: Remy Blake
Genre: Romantic Comedy
 Release Date: December 15, 2017

 

Blurb

All I wanted was some no-strings attached sex, where small talk wasn’t necessary. There’d be no reminders of laundry that needed to be done and my endless list of responsibilities could be forgotten.

Signing up for the Timber dating app was my answer. No wining or dining; just sex. Those were my rules. I never imagined I’d meet champion lumberjack Magnus Andersen, or that he’d be interested in me.

We’re from two different worlds. He lives a life of luxury, while I’m barely making ends meet. He’s prime rib and I’m mac and cheese.

But the more I get to know him the less those differences seem to matter. He thinks this could work and I just might be crazy enough to believe him.

 

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Remy Blake is the bestselling male and female author duo, Jacob Chance and Marley Valentine, who paired up to have some fun writing steamy, short reads, with insta love/lust and a guaranteed HEA.

You can expect double the debauchery in every novella they write.

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Release Blitz: ‘Christmas with the Billionaire’ by Lila Monroe

Title: Christmas with the Billionaire
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2017
Blurb

Spice up the holiday season with the hilarious new holiday novella from Lila Monroe.

Dressing up as a sexy elf to sing Christmas hits isn’t exactly the glittering Broadway career I had planned. The only thing more humiliating than my outfit is coming face-to-face with Oliver Gage, the sexy big-shot theatre producer who just crushed my dreams. He’s arrogant, infuriating… and did I mention how sexy he is?

I’ve sworn never to get comfy on the casting couch, but when we’re snowed in together upstate, it’s looking like a pretty good place to spend the night. Soon, sparks – and my panties – are flying.

Who said Christmas only had to come once a year?

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Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.

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Release Blitz: ‘Heartthrob’ by Katie McCoy

 

 

Title: Heartthrob
Author: Katie McCoy
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Blurb

Move over, Colin Firth – there’s a new Darcy in town!

Jax Hawthorne is Hollywood’s sexiest bad boy. I’m a glorified secretary who thinks color-coding my library is a wild Friday night. So when he shows up after all this time wanting to make good on our childhood deal to tie the knot, it’s not because he can’t resist my perfect credit score.

He needs a fake girlfriend to rehab his reckless image, and I’m the (safe, sensible) girl for the job. I would be insulted… if the proposal didn’t come with an all-expenses-paid trip to England while he shoots a new movie version of ’Pride & Prejudice.’

Goodbye, my dumpster fire of a dating life. Hello, steamy nights with a chiseled hunk who knows all the right moves.

Soon, I’m knee-deep in the English mud – and on-set drama. But all our fake-smoldering is getting my very real panties in a twist. It turns out, Jax is so much more than just a reckless playboy. He makes me want to forget our ‘arrangement’.. and break all the rules.

Can our pretend romance turn to something real? Or will scheming actresses, control-freak PR crews, and a pesky little thing called love ruin the best (fake) relationship of my life?

Find out in the hot, hilarious new romance from Katie McCoy!

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Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn’t writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.

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Author Interview: ‘The Dating Diet’ by Daralyse Lyons

About the Book:

What if you found yourself climbing out of a bedroom window, naked, in the middle of the afternoon, to avoid being caught in bed with your married lover? Would you have second thoughts about dating?

After Shayla Ross discovers that yet another potential “Mr. Right” is, in fact, incredibly wrong for her, she decides to go on a diet. No. She’s not going to forgo her much-loved, sinfully-delicious girl scout cookies or her (admittedly too frequent) trips to McDonalds. Shayla is going on a dating diet.

An incredibly hapless and infinitely loveable heroine, elementary school teacher Shayla Ross decides to take her summer vacation from teaching as a period of self-discovery. Much to the chagrin of her meddling mother, Shayla sets out to find herself and, in the process, bumbles into a series of successive funny and heartwarming interpersonal interactions that will have readers falling in love with her.

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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 5 years old.  Actually, I used to get in trouble for staying up late, under the covers, reading and writing well past my bedtime.  If my mom didn’t find me, and make me turn out the light, I’d fall asleep the next morning eating breakfast.  There’s a picture of me somewhere doing a nosedive into my Shredded Wheat.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Not too long ago, I joined a co-working space where I go almost every day to write.  I love it there.  It’s so much easier to focus than at home.  Plus, it’s not so lonely.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

A million places.  On the fiction side, I can be inspired by something I see or hear or a real life situation or emotion.  Sometimes, I’ll wake up from a dream with an idea.  On the nonfiction side, it’s easier to get an initial idea because I’m writing about real events and people.  What’s hard about that though is that, if it’s not all tying, neatly, together, I can’t just make stuff up to fill in the gaps.  So it’s all easy in some ways, challenging in others.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Oh, I’ve learned the hard way to plan.  When I don’t have a loose but flexible idea of where I’m going, I can write myself into dead ends and tangents like no one else.  I think having an outline is priceless.  That said, even now, I occasionally don’t follow my own advice, and I end up paying for it.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write across the spectrum – everything from adult literary fiction to chick lit, to mystery, to romance, to memoir.  I just love putting pen to paper.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Right now, I’m working on a memoir so that’d be really hard to cast.  Of course, I’d want someone amazing and iconic to play myself, but that’s just ego.  In reality, I think I’d be better off going with an unknown.  That way, she could be the perfect mix of train wreck and endearing with no celebrity gossip carnage trailing behind her.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I’m a voracious reader.  And I’m addicted to Audiobooks.  It’s hard to choose favorites because there are just so many exceptional authors out there, but I’m on a memoir-binge at the moment and have been completely engrossed by Kevin Hart, Dan Harris, and Anna Kendrick.  A book I reread every few years is Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Oops. I think I anticipated this question.  I’m still mid memoir-binge.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Summer Sisters because it reveals just how complicated love can be.  I’m working on a sequel to my first memoir right now and it deals with the intricacies of my relationship between me and my sister, Tyla.  I love her so much, and, yet, there’s envy there too at times.  I didn’t understand that it was possible to love someone and have them love you and break each other’s hearts until I read Blume’s book.  In many ways, it opened my eyes and is an inspiration for what I’m writing about now.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Don’t think.  Do.  I know it sounds simplistic, but the only person who can keep you from being a writer is yourself.  And the only thing that distinguishes a writer from a non-writer are words on the page (or screen, or tablet, or whatever).  I’ve learned that so much of writing is just getting my butt in a chair and doing the work.  Don’t worry about being good or who’s going to want to hear what you have to say.  And don’t try to edit and write at the same time.  Just come up with a plan you can stick to for devoting time to the craft and then make your writing time sacred.  It’s like having a date with creativity.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Thanks for asking! I’d love to connect with your readers.

All my books are available on my Amazon page www.amazon.com/Daralyse-Lyons

And my website is www.daralyonsauthor.com.

There are links to my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts there.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Dara-Lyons

Twitter: @daralyonsauthor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/daralyonsauthor

 

About the Author:

Writing isn’t so much what I do.  It’s who I am.  Ever since I was five years old, I knew I wanted to tell stories for a living.  I have a tendency to fall in love with characters and a somewhat (by which I mean extremely) fanatical need to put their lives down on paper.

I write Young Adult fiction because I am still seventeen at heart and because I remember what it felt like to pick up a book and see myself in its characters.  Some of the books which influenced me as a teenager include Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, and all the Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal.  I hope that my readers can see themselves in my characters and get lost in my fictional stories and the very real emotions that drive them.

A few fun facts about me…  I am an adrenaline junkie who loves skydiving, rollercoasters, and parasailing.  As a certified yoga instructor, I try to find peace in movement and I meditate (almost) every day.  I live in the quaint Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.  And at least once a week I do comedy improv (think Who’s Line is it Anyway?) and laugh at the utter ridiculousness of make believe.

Other books by Daralyse:

The Lost Daughter (Nov, 2008)

The Emotional Yoga Experience:Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind (June, 2014)

Confessions of a Straight Gay Woman (Sept, 2014)

Christmas Treasures (Nov, 2014)

Santa’s Answer (Nov, 2014)

Dunkin and Donuts (Feb, 2015)

The Lesbian Love Diaries (June, 2015)

Attorney’s Alibi (Nov, 2015)

Family Ties: Thicker than Water; Does it Hurt?; Like Mother, Like Daughter; My Forever Friend (June, 2016)

Yoga Cocaine (Nov, 2016)

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Author Interview: ‘Beautiful Mess’ by John Herrick

About the Book:

A fallen star. Four Los Angeles misfits. And the Marilyn Monroe you only thought you knew.

Del Corwyn is an aging relic. An actor who advanced from errand boy to Academy Award nominee, Del kept company with the elite of Hollywood’s golden era and shared a close friendship with Marilyn Monroe. Today, however, he faces bankruptcy.

Humiliated, Del is forced to downgrade his lifestyle, sell the home he’s long cherished, and fade into a history of forgotten legends—unless he can revive his career. All he needs is one last chance. While searching through memorabilia from his beloved past, Del rediscovers a mysterious envelope, dated 1962, containing an original screenplay by Marilyn Monroe—and proof that she named him its legal guardian.

Del surges to the top of Hollywood’s A-list overnight. But the opportunity to reclaim his fame and fortune brings a choice: Is Del willing to sacrifice newfound love, self-respect and his most cherished friendship to achieve his greatest dream?

A story of warmth, humor and honesty, Beautiful Mess follows one man’s journey toward love and relevance where he least expects it—and proves coming-of-age isn’t just for the young.

 

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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

Thanks for letting me stop by the Reading Nook! I have a strange background blend of IT work, marketing, project management, writing commercial copy for radio, and songwriting. But I wouldn’t trade any of them. Each of those experiences come into play for me as a writer.

As far as what got me into writing, I was 8 years old. I had finished a class assignment, looked over at the kid next to me, and saw her drawing pictures and writing underneath them. When I asked about it, she said she was writing a story. It looked like fun, so I tried it—and fell in love with it. I became a writer that day.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I’ve learned to adapt, as long as I establish a routine. Currently, my favorite, most productive time is early morning. I head to a nearby Starbucks and start my book work before sunrise, while the place is desolate. I get to watch the sunrise every day.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of my stories come from “What if” questions. Have you ever read a news story, then considered one detail and asked yourself, “What if X happened instead of Y?” or “What if that person had run 10 minutes earlier or later?” What seems like an insignificant detail might change the entire way that news story played out. I love to identify little things we take for granted, amplify them, and watch the consequences unfold.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Oh, I need a road map, for sure! In fact, it’s the key to my finishing a project. That’s where my IT work proved critical years ago. It forced me to develop self-discipline and to think ahead, anticipating and removing barriers before I start writing. In most cases, before writing the first draft, I’ll write a detailed sketch of the story. It ends up at 50-100 handwritten pages—I’m trying to shift to keyboard so I can copy and paste! So it’s a miniature version of the novel, but it gets my thinking out of the way. I’ll even lift some dialogue blocks from it verbatim. That sketch is where the creativity takes place for me. Then the first draft is less about creativity, and more like a series of putting it together at the keyboard, brick by brick, until it’s done. Sometimes I’ll develop a high-level outline before the sketch, sometimes not.

For anyone who wants to see some of the thinking behind it, you can check my website at www.johnherrick.net. You can also find a portion of my sketch as bonus material in the back of Beautiful Mess.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’ve thought a lot about that lately. Technically, my books are mainstream, commercial fiction, complete with plots and subplots. They tend to have crossover appeal to different genres. But they end up character-driven more than plot-driven, so I might classify some of my past work, such as Between These Walls, as literary fiction.

Beautiful Mess is a romantic comedy, pure commercial fiction. In film terms, I’d call it a cross between Love Actually and films by Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, etc.).

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I love when people ask that question! Here’s my Beautiful Mess dream cast:

  • Del – Craig T. Nelson (Hands down!)
  • Nora – Emma Stone
  • Tristan – Hunter Parrish or Dev Patel
  • Felicia – Jessica Lange
  • Marilyn Monroe – Hmmm… I’d almost pick an unknown actress and give her an “And Introducing…” tag.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Yes, I’m an avid reader. My favorite authors are John Grisham, Joseph Finder, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If I can count screenwriters as authors, I’d include Cameron Crowe and Nancy Meyers, because their work has influenced mine and makes me want to write. I read a range of genres, but my favorite is suspense (legal, political, corporate). I also read a lot of nonfiction—politics, biographies (politicians, actors/recording artists, media CEOs like Clive Davis), and American history (sorry, I’m biased there!).

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer by Scott Eyman. I’m also at different stages of:

  • The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson
  • The Trouble with Scarlett – Martin Turnbull
  • The Choice – Bob Woodward

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel. I read the book in school, but it’s hard to enjoy required reading when you’re under pressure to remember details for quizzes and tests. I rediscovered that book as an adult and still revisit it every so many years. For such a short novel, Fitzgerald filled it with layers. The characters, the symbolism…the book is so rich and complex. But I have to say, the Bible is my favorite book of all time—I always find something new in verses I’ve read countless times, and it changes my heart.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Never give up. Nothing goes to waste. Your experiences will come into play and help establish your approach and perspective.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Take your pick! Here’s the rundown:

Website: www.johnherrick.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnherrickbooks

Twitter: @johnherrick

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/2121201.John_Herrick

YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/johnherrick

Thanks again for the opportunity to chat!

About the Author:

When he decided to become a novelist, John Herrick did not expect to invest the next twenty years in what would seem a grueling, disconnected process.

A native of St. Louis, Herrick fell in love with writing fiction at eight years old, and by eleven, his goal shifted from short stories to a novel–and turning a hobby into a career. Challenged with a constant flow of fresh ideas and lack of patience to complete such long-term projects, he merged the written word with another love: music. Herrick spent fifteen years developing his songwriting and lent several songs to benefit recordings by nonprofit entities.

While he gained ghostwriting and voice-over experience for print, radio and the Internet, Herrick spent nearly a decade in the information technology arena. To his surprise, through technical work he acquired analytical and project-management skills that would help shape his personal writing process. His project work included software development and support for the media and fund-development arenas.

While he worked behind a desk at a nonprofit organization, Herrick struggled with the need to write. Armed with a concept that had burned within him for three years, he chipped away for an hour or two each evening until he completed the manuscript for his first novel, THE LANDING, which became a semifinalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. In response to reader requests, The Landing hit bookshelves in 2012.

Herrick’s other work includes FROM THE DEAD, BETWEEN THESE WALLS, HIT AND RUN, and BEAUTIFUL MESS. His nonfiction title 8 REASONS YOUR LIFE MATTERS became a #1 Amazon bestseller.

When he is not writing, he loves reading and long drives on the interstate. He is a sucker for 1990s music.

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