Friday, June 19, 2015

FABULOUS FIRSTS: Liz Kelly



Hello dear readers!

I have been showcasing fellow authors from our upcoming boxed set, Summer on Main Street, which releases June 24 but is available now for pre-order. Today, I have a fun interview from Liz Kelly.

The first few lines of... GOOD COP

Brooks Bennett ran a hand through his short copper curls and blew out a long breath as he studied his surroundings. Their favorite college haunt seemed smaller and dingier, though the same stale smells of cooking grease and spilled beer lingered. They’d celebrated their College World Series win right here almost seven years ago. Seven years. Fucking A.

Part of the SUMMER on MAIN STREET boxed set
Available to pre-order now!


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FUN FIRST FACTS ABOUT LIZ

 Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote? What ever happened to it? 
Huge. Long. I’m re-reading it and it’s boring me to death. I had no sense of point of view, but I had an interesting twist that I’m hoping to reuse. We’ll see.

What was your first date with your significant other?
“Disco Dance” in college. It was a sorority event so I asked him.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d buy?
An Audi R-8 like Christian Grey drives. Hottest car on the road. Only mine would be red. I like sports cars and muscle cars. I’m saving right now for the newest model Corvette!

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MORE ABOUT LIZ: Liz Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling author of the Heroes of Henderson Series. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she splits her time between Chicago and Naples, Florida.

Find her online here: http://LizKellyBooks.com


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Tempting Vivi--Book 3.5 in the Heroes of Henderson series is available now


Graduating college and starting her dream job, Vivi DuVal’s confidence is severely shaken, sending her spinning right into the arms of heroic Lane Kettering. But their ultra romantic beach fling may turn into nothing but tabloid fodder when Lane’s secret is revealed, tossing Vivi into some very hot, tempting water.

Available now at  Amazon.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FABULOUS FIRSTS: Cerian Hebert




Hello dear readers!

I have been showcasing fellow authors from our upcoming boxed set, Summer on Main Street, which releases June 24 but is available now for pre-order. Today, I have a fun interview from Cerian Hebert.

The first few lines of... 
LIGHT THE WAY HOME

“What do you want me to do about it, Sally?” Ben Winslow rubbed hard at the bridge of his nose where a headache was forming. This conversation was the last thing he needed today.




Part of the SUMMER on MAIN STREET boxed set
Available to pre-order now!


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FUN FIRST FACTS ABOUT CERIAN

What was the first romance you ever read? The first real honest-to-God bodice ripper was Skye O’Malley. I fell in love with romance novels after that, and that was when I
decided to write romance. I soaked in Harlequins and any bodice-ripper I could find.

Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote? What ever happened to it? My best friend and I decided to co-write a horse-oriented romance about two perfect sisters and their perfect boyfriends (mine had an Australian accent) who own a perfect horse farm. I believe that I still have my portion of the story in a box somewhere (my friend moved to Louisiana so we had to snail mail the story back and forth to each other)


If you could restart your writing career, what’s the first thing you’d do differently?
 I would take it seriously. I would put everything into it, and not put it aside when I wasn’t interested in what I was working on. I’d do the research necessary to write the story. A lot of what I know now wasn’t possible back when I first started, since there was no internet. But I’d still write write write. 

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More about Cerian--Originally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and four children, working for a well-known children's magazine company. She's known she wanted to write since she was twelve and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she's been filling notebooks and flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams.


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Monday, May 25, 2015

Fabulous Firsts with... ALLIE BONIFACE




Hello dear readers!

I have been showcasing fellow authors from our upcoming boxed set, Summer on Main Street, which releases June 24 but is available now for pre-order. Today, I have a fun interview from Allie Boniface.

The first few lines of... 
The Promise of Paradise & After Paradise



“Is this it?” Jen craned her neck and stared at the street sign.


Ashton wiped one damp palm on her thigh and tried to will away the knots in her stomach. “I don’t know.” She pulled her Volkswagen to the curb and dug in her pocket for the email print-out with directions.


SUMMER on MAIN STREET
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Fun First Facts About Allie

What was the first Rated R movie you ever saw?
My best friend and I saw Nightmare on Elm Street when we were 14. Her mom gave the theater permission to let us in even though we were underage (this was before you had to show ID!), but needless to say, even though today it views as a pretty cheesy horror movie, we
were TERRIFIED by Freddy Kruger. We didn’t sleep a wink that night at my house, and my mom was so mad she had to get up at midnight and reassure us that a burned-up crazy man with knives for fingers was not hiding in our basement!


What was the first romance you ever read?
I actually don’t remember, but I do remember loving These Happy Golden Years from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House collection. That’s the book in which studly farmer Almanzo courts young schoolteacher Laura by riding his horse and sleigh over the prairie to bring her home every weekend. Sigh.


Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote? What ever happened to it?
Great story: it was a novel called Lost in Paradise, and I sold it to The Wild Rose Press back in 2007. Although I was thrilled to finally have published a book, it didn’t sell particularly well. When I was dabbling with the idea of trying out indie publishing back in 2012, I decided to get the rights back and try to re-brand and publish it on my own.

It has since been renamed The Promise of Paradise, and it currently has over 100 reviews on Amazon and has been downloaded (between sales and free download specials) over 100,000 times! For Summer on Main Street, I’m including this book along with a brand new novella that gives best friend Jen her very own story (it also introduces readers to Lindsey Point, which is where my Hometown Heroes series takes place). So even if you’ve read The Promise of Paradise, the novella After Paradise will be brand new to you on June 23rd. Pre-order your copy of Summer on Main Street now to make sure you have it!



More about Allie
Allie was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with small town life. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Rochester in New York and a M.A. in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1997, she has enjoyed life in the northern NYC suburbs, where she lives with her husband and teaches high school English. In her spare time, she and her husband love to travel. She is also a runner, a musician and an animal-lover.

Allie is a USA Today best-selling author of sensual contemporary romance. She reads in all genres and loves chatting with other readers and writers about any topic under the sun. You can find her around the Web, at writers' conferences, giving workshops and always swapping stories. Allie loves stories set in small towns and is a firm believer in the power of love and the emotions that connect us all!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for...WALK IT OUT

A to Z Blogging Challenge


Growing up, I hated any form of exercise, even leisurely walking, unless that leisurely walk took me to the ice cream store or bookstore. Or both.

I started walking when my kids were small because if I put them in the stroller and gave them a lollipop (I know—bad, bad mommy), they wouldn’t scream or otherwise make my
nerves go taught as a violin string for at least 20 minutes. I knew for at least 20 minutes every morning I would have peace and quiet, time to gather my frazzled thoughts. Soon, those walks became addictive. Sometimes, I went for two walks a day. Sometimes even three, depending on whether or not the Alien Toddlers felt like napping.

I soon learned another benefit of daily walking. It was a great way to work out the kinks in my WIP. Almost like magic, for the scene I was having so much trouble with, the one that had me staring at the blinking cursor until I could see it in my sleep, the solution would pop into my head. Oftentimes, my mind would be overflowing with so many great ideas, I’d extend the walk (with more lollipops) until I couldn’t wait to get home and onto the computer (after Alien Toddlers were napping, of course).

Creativity guru Julia Cameron urges all of us artsy fartsy types to take daily walks to restore our spirit and nourish our creativity. In her book, Walking in this World, she says, “The truth is that walking holds our solutions.” Before the walk, we’re stuck. After the walk, we’re miraculously unstuck.

Walking clears your head and focuses your thinking, it pulls your awareness away from relentless mind chatter to the gentle rhythm of the walk. The repetitiveness of each step after step gradually brings you into an almost meditative, deeper state. And this deeper state is where your creative mind is free to let go, to explore the possibilities and all the “what if’s.” This is when the magic happens.

It’s no secret that exercise and creativity go hand in hand. Stephen King is known to be an avid walker (unfortunately, he didn’t have eyes in the back of his head when he was hit by that car…). Henry David Thoreau wrote a book about it. And St. Augustine said, Solvitur ambulando—“it is solved by walking.” The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”

Great minds, great walkers.

I’m not telling you to go out there and walk as fast as you can until you’re all hot and sweaty and cursing my name. I’m talking slow and leisurely, people. Easy does it. Nourish that inner muse, don’t give it a heart attack.

Next time you’re stuck with your writing, instead of beating the tar out of your computer, calling your muse foul names, or scarfing a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, trying going for a walk instead. Your muse—not to mention your waistline—will thank you.

Rebecca J. Clark walks almost daily but swears her internal critic is following her. 


Friday, April 24, 2015

V is for VIDEO

A to Z Blogging Challenge

Today, V stands for Video. Because I couldn't think of anything to post on V-day other than Vacuum (boring!) I thought I'd post a funny video. This is some 80s style aerobics with Taylor Swift's recent release, Shake It Off dubbed over it. Good stuff. But OMG, did we really think those hair styles and outfits looked cool????


U is for... UP

A to Z Blogging Challenge

Today, U stands for UP, as in Legs Up the Wall Pose. It's a restorative yoga pose that feels SO good. It's great for your back. It's great for achy legs and feet. Great if you suffer from
varicose veins. It's super simple, too. Anyone can do it. 

Find a bare wall. Lie on the floor with your hips scooted right up to the place where the floor meets the wall. Your legs rest on the wall in front of you. Now, if your hamstrings are really tight, you might need to scoot your hips back away from the wall a bit to be more comfortable.

Once you're in position, just relax, breathe and enjoy! Spend at least five minutes a day in Legs Up the Wall Pose. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for... SUMMER ON MAIN STREET

A to Z Blogging Challenge

SUMMER ON MAIN STREET

I'm so excited to be a part of this new boxed set with these amazing authors. Several of the books (including mine) are
brand new, never released. 

The book I'm including is LEAD-OFF BRIDE, book 1 of my new Take Me Out to the Wedding series, about weddings and baseball. Of course.

Summer on Main Street is available now for pre-orders and releases June 23.



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Just 99 cents!