If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu

Monday, March 19, 2018

Billionaire Bad Boys Box Set / @W_I_Promo

Title: Billionaire Bad Boys: A Collection of Contemporary & Paranormal Bad Boys
Authors: Calinda B, S.E. Babin, Jude Ouvrard, LaVerne Thompson & Phoenix Daniels, Reana Malori, and Sharon Coady
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Falling From His Grace by Kristin Vayden / @KristinVayden @loveaffairwfict

Series & Title: Gentlemen of Temptation, Book 1: Falling From His Grace
Author: Kristin Vayden
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Publisher: Kensington Publishing: Lyrical Press
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Historical, Romance
Hosted by: Love Affair With Fiction

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Impact by Danielle Norman / @1DanielleNorman @givemebooksblog

Series & Title: The Iron Orchids, Book 3: Impact
Author: Danielle Norman
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Publisher: F Squared
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Guest Post: Q&A with LG O'Connor / @LGOConnor1 @TLCBookTours

Some never forget their first love. And sometimes they're given a chance to act on that love. Most stories I've read like this involve much younger couples, think twenties to thirties. Today's focus is on a couple much older who have loved from afar for years and might now have their chance.

Please welcome the lovely LG O'Connor, author of this fabulous seasoned romance, Surrender My Heart.

LG: Thank you for having me today!

WLR: I have to ask this because it’s rare that I willingly read a story with mature main characters. The take is usually May/December, older/ younger. So why “seasoned” characters?

LG: Ha! Funny you should ask. The first book in the series, Caught Up in RAINE, is a reverse May / December romance between a widowed romance writer in her early 40s and her cover model, a troubled young landscaper in his 20s who is working himself through college. Kitty and John’s story was originally a couple of chapters in that novel until one of my editors told me they deserved their own book. What started out as a standalone novel became a romantic women’s fiction trilogy about Jillian, Jenny, and Kitty—three women in the same family, but of different ages. All had stories tied to ghosts of the past and some element of redemption.

A note on the “seasoned” piece. Beside a crazy incident that happened to me (which became the first chapter of Caught Up in RAINE), as a woman over forty, I wanted to affirm that even as a women ages it doesn’t mean she becomes sexually unappealing or undeserving of love.

The same can be said for Kitty. Nothing can keep a good woman down. The sparks between Kitty and John sizzle with the same heat and intensity of a couple two decades younger, only better. They have a rich appreciation, deep emotional connection, and confidence that only comes with age. To me, that makes their reunion all the more poignant.

WLR: This is a second-chance story but also one of redemption. Which would say it is more of to you and why?

LG: In Kitty’s case, she can’t have a second chance with John without redemption. John let Kitty sidestep the truth the last time they reunited in their late twenties, and he’s unwilling to let her have another crack at his heart unless she comes clean. Though what Kitty did all those years before was out of love (“I made the best of the worst choices,”) the consequences of her actions could touch them both.

WLR: What inspired Kitty’s character?

LG: Kitty shows up on the very first page of the series in Caught Up in RAINE. She’s Jillian’s nurturing older sister. Jillian tells the reader, “What my older sister lacks in style, she makes up in heart.” From that first moment, there has always been more to Kitty than meets the eye beyond the kind teetotaler with the appalling “stuck in the 80s” wardrobe. It’s the “why” that inspired Kitty and her story. What no one expected was the wildcat—or wild Kat in her case—that she used to be before life happened and buried her in a mountain of secrets, not all her own.

Isn’t that true even in real life? That who we are now is a direct result of the life we’ve led and the choices we’ve made?

WLR: What inspired John’s character?

LG: Like Kitty, John shows up in the first book. He’s the one Jillian calls when Raine is attacked in her home. A close family friend, the hardboiled detective has a history with Kitty, which becomes clear the moment he asks shyly, “How’s Kitten?”

LOL, I think we all have one that got away—someone who might not appear to fit on the outside. Maybe it was our first love in high school, maybe it was someone else. I loved the contrast between Kitty, the sweet CPA, and John, the foul-mouthed detective. I wanted readers to discover how these two people could fit. I loved that under this big, gruff guy’s rough and tumble exterior, there was a skilled lover with a quick mind and an unwavering loyal heart to this one woman in particular.

WLR: The synopsis hints at secrets only Kitty knows and forgiveness she needs from John. Without giving it away, why did you include this layer into their story? Wouldn’t it have been easier to write their second chance only?

LG: Great question! Yes, I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier to write this as a straight second chance romance, and a whole lot shorter, LOL! It may have appealed to more readers that way, too, but when I set out to write this series, I wanted to write it for readers like me who hungered for something a little different and more complex. For this series, that meant heroines of different ages dealing with loss and finding love on their road to redemption. I want to fall in love every time I read, and I want the characters to stick with me long after I’ve closed the book. Honestly, that’s the best compliment I can receive in a review!

This series is a contemporary romance / women’s fiction hybrid, so that whole layer of growth was necessary for Kitty to achieve her objective. As much as I love straight contemporary romance, I didn’t feel that format alone would allow me breath the life into Kitty and John’s story that it deserved.

WLR: What do you hope readers walk away with when they reach “The End”?

LG: Hope. I want readers to walk away with that for every one of my stories. We have one life. May we always live our best lives and never give up hope 😊

One of the reasons I wrote Kitty & John’s story in a dual timeline format was to demonstrate how we become who we become, how our choices dictate the rest of our lives, and how true love can find a way. Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways, and timing can be everything.

WLR: Thank you for stopping by today. I enjoyed the story and now I have a deeper appreciation for it and the characters. Readers, you can find out more about this book below. I hope you find it as enticing as I did.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Shadows of Our Past by Tanya Jean Russell / @TanyaJRussell @cw1985

Title: Shadows of Our Past
Author: Tanya Jean Russell
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Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Military, Romance

Thursday, March 8, 2018

To The Fall by Prescott Lane / @prescottlane1 @jennw23

Title: To the Fall
Author: Prescott Lane
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Publisher: Prescott Lane
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bounty and Bait by Tiffany Allee / @TiffanyAllee @W_I_Promo

Series & Title: Bounty Hunters, Book 1: Bounty and Bait
Author: Tiffany Allee
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Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance