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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Inspirational Romance Author Henry McLaughlin

BY , MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we talk with male author Henry McLaughlin who has just released his inspirational historical romance, February’s Journey to Riverbend. This novel got an RT Top Pick! from Review Patsy Glans who praised McLaughlin’s multidimensional characters. Now McLaughlin answers our questions about what it’s like to be a man writing in what is classical considered “a woman’s genre”.

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What type of romance do you write? Western/historical

When did you first get published as a romance author? Journey to Riverbend is my first published novel.


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An Interview With The Horror-Writing Heroine Of Jana DeLeon's The Secret Of Cypriere Bayou

BY , MARCH 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

In the new series romance Jana DeLeon's The Secret of Cypriere Bayou, horror writer Olivia Markham is thrust into a real-life mystery when cop John Landry turns to her for help. Now we "interview" Olivia Markham about writing, her belief in the supernatural and what her fans can expect next! 

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Olivia, you have a unique writing style when crafting a horror novel. Tell us what you do and why?

Atmosphere is a big influence on my creativity. Creating the right tone and setting for a horror novel is equally as important as creating the right characters and plot. In order to get myself in the right mental mode for a book, I rent haunted houses and stay in them to write my current novel. Each house is selected based on location, look and feel and weighs heavily into the story I craft. The house may now be a bed & breakfast or it may be empty and remote, like laMalediction, the house where I came face-to-face with the evil I write about.


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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Science Fiction Romance Author Nico Rosso

BY , MARCH 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we host the second of this week’s four interviews with male authors who write romance. Author Nico Rosso made his debut this winter with e-book Taken to the Limit. The story got an RT rating of 4 1/2 stars from Reviewer Dawn Crowne who called the story “fantastic”. Today we get Nico Rosso's take on what it means to be a man who writes romance novels. 

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What type of romance do you write? Sci-fi romance

When did you first get published as a romance author? November of 2010

Do you write in any other genre(s)? I worked as a screenwriter for a few years, but found that the form wasn't the best outlet for my voice. I have written in the literary thriller genre, but haven't yet been published there.


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Men Writing Romance: A Chat With Historical Romance Author Leigh Greenwood

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week we chat with four male authors who are penning tales of love, lust and passion for romance fans. Author Leigh Greenwood has been delighting romance fans for years with historical romances and series romance tales. The author is a master of longing glances, stolen moments and love stories that touch the heart. But what some readers may not know is that the author behind these books is a man. Today get a special look into the mind of author Leigh Greenwood!

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What type of romance do you write? I write primarily western historical romances.

When did you first get published as a romance author? My first book came out in June of 1987. I’ve written over fifty books since then.

Do you write in any other genre(s)? Which genres were you first published in? I wrote four historicals which are not westerns. I also wrote seven contemporary romances.

How did you first start writing romance? I was trying to get my wife to write a book. Instead, she challenged me to write one. 


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Win A Signed Copy Of Karen Robards' Historical Romance Shameless!

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Karen Robards returned to her historical romance roots with April 2010's Shameless. That month it was an RT Top Pick! RT Senior Reviewer Kathe Robin said of the hardcover tale, "The wit, adventure and sensuality blend into a great plot, making this a standout." The story follows the adventure of Lady Elizabeth Banning who requests the aid of assassin Neil Severin to get out of a particularly sticky situation.

Now Shameless has been released in paperback and five lucky RT readers will win a signed copy of this lush Regency romance.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Five lucky readers will win a copy of Shameless. To enter leave a comment on this blog about something that you are (or would like to be) shameless about. Alternatively, you can email your comment and US mailing address here with the subject line “Karen Robards' Shameless Giveaway.” The winners will be announced on March 14th.


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Rachael Herron On The Role Of Knitting In How To Knit A Heart Back Home

BY , FEBRUARY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Rachael Herron chats about the role that knitting plays in her first two novels, How to Knit a Love Song and How to Knit a Heart Back Home. Learn how a personal connection to with knitting evolved into writing stories stitched together with love.


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Read It First: An Excerpt Of The April Romance Lovin' Blue By Zuri Day

BY , FEBRUARY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Contemporary romance author Zuri Day shares an RT-exclusive excerpt of her new novel Lovin’ Blue. Get a sneak peak at this tale of opposites attracting that RT Reviewer Jacqui McGugins calls, “ ... funny and bright with serious undertones and lessons big and small about the importance of accepting the past.”

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“You!” Eden spat, her ire part anger, part chagrin, but mostly relief. “What are you doing here?”

“Well now little sis,” Jansen responded, his voice soft but firm. “I could ask you the same question.” He assumed his favorite wide-legged stance, crossed arms across a massive chest, and noted Eden’s eyes were larger, and more almond-shaped than he remembered. And were her lips always so full, and luscious?


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Video Interview: Courtney Milan Chats With Dear Author Blogger Jane Litte

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Historical romance author Courtney Milan first made waves with her debut novel, Proof by Seduction in January 2010. The author has since published two more books, including this month's RT Top Pick! Unveiled, and is nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Now get to know the author better as Milan chats with Dear Author blogger Jane Litte in this RT-exclusive video. Learn what Milan thinks it takes to be a good writer, why she will never attempt a contemporary romance and which books are on her list of favorite reads.

Courtney Milan chats with blogger Jane Litte about writing >>

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Margo Maguire's The Rogue Prince Giveaway

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Margo Maguire’s new historical romance, Seducing the Governess, got an RT Top Pick! Today Maguire reveals her inspiration for this steamy new tale in an author message. You can also enjoy an RT exclusive excerpt of this new novel.

If you missed Margo Maguire’s previous novel, The Rogue Prince, then today is your lucky day! Three RT readers will win a copy of this May 2010 novel that RT Senior Reviewer Kate Robin called, “a love story that reaches the heart with its inherent tenderness and pure romance.” And if that doesn't sounds like a delicious way to beat back the winter blues, we don't know what is.


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Julianne MacLean Aka E.V. Mitchell Talks About The Color Of Heaven

BY , FEBRUARY 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Julianne MacLean is best known for her historical romances. Recently, writing under the pen name E.V. Mitchell,  MacLean moved in a different direction with her mainstream novel, The Color of HeavenThe story follows heroine Sophie who is struggling to stay positive during her daughter’s battle with leukemia. But when old secrets surface after a serious car accident, Sophie's world may never be the same. Now check out this author interview with Julianne MacLean about the process of creating her first novel as E.V. Mitchell.

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The main character in The Color of Heaven, Sophie, is a writer. How much of your own experiences as an author went into creating Sophie’s character?


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