Happy 2014 and welcome to the weekly segment, Monday Cute Meet. I’ve really enjoyed bringing this segment to you and appreciate your support of the wonderful guest authors and their books. In a romance novel, the “cute meet” is the first significant contact the hero and heroine have that sets them on their romantic journey and it’s one of my favorite story parts. Let’s see what today’s guest, contemporary romance author, Eileen Griffin, has to share from her latest, Dinner for Two, and her characters’ first meeting.
A big thank you to Carlene for hosting me on her blog today. I think my love of all things Italian had a major influence on my decision to make Tony, the male MC and head chef Italian and make the setting an Italian restaurant when I first began writing Dinner For Two. Tony Mancinni is the head chef of an Italian restaurant Sonia Davenport visits when she’s looking for the perfect place for her boss’ company dinner party. Tony rolls out the red carpet treatment for Sonia during their catering meetings for the upcoming party and Sonia quickly discovers that the restaurant is not the only thing she’s found that is perfect. I’m a firm believer that good food can make an evening enjoyable, and Tony and Sonia are brought together through their combined efforts to make a dish they create extra special in order to save the evening from disaster when a catering error threatens the entire dinner party.
You’re very welcome, Eileen. I’m happy to have you!
One of the things I’ll remember about a book long after I’ve read it is what the characters say to each other. I haven’t read Bedroom Bully yet, but it’s going on my Kindle. The adults only excerpt really caught my attention and I want to give major kudos to our guest spotlight author today, Avril Ashton. Please enjoy the snippet she’s brought to share from her newest title, part of Evernight Publishing’s Romance on the Go line.
Romance on the Go is a multi-author series unique to Evernight Publishing. Our readers have busy lives. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to engage in a novel but an escape into romance is still desired. We offer our readers a collection of short stories that can be read during work breaks, on the bus, in the waiting room, or before bed.
Sometimes a woman needs more than a gentle touch…
El Lively needs to be punished and after more than a few auditions, she’s found the perfect man for the job. Her body is up for grabs. Not her heart, and definitely not her secrets, but Jud has other ideas.
Jud Kincaid agrees to El’s more-than-indecent proposal, but he’s after more than the physical. He wants an explanation for her sexual kinks, and a way into her heart. El’s being stubborn, but lucky for Jud, he’s just signed on to be her own personal Bedroom Bully.
“What do you want, Jud?” Steel crept back into her tone. Continue Reading
When I read all the elements captured in C.R. Moss’s newest release, I went immediately to my happy book place. It’s contemporary, western, erotic, romance and it even has a touch of the supernatural. All that plus it’s set in Nevada and the hero is a rugged wrangler! And…it’s the third book in the Double D Ranch Tales series so there’s more to love! I loved getting to chat with the woman behind the magic so please enjoy♥
Carlene: What is your favorite thing about the desert? I grew up in Vegas and I loved the nighttime lights but also daytime places like Bonnie Springs, Mouse’s Tank and Old Las Vegas.
C.R.: The weather. I love that it’s sunny and warm more often than not and that the humidity stays low. Yeah, the heat can get a bit crazy at times but from mid-September to the end of November it’s absolutely beautiful. Plus, there are a variety of things to do ranging from outdoorsy kind of activities to shows to dining, etc.
Carlene: Do you have a secret, tip or advice for writing a short story? I once read another author’s tip of starting with two people who have history but left off with unfinished business the last time they met.
C.R.: I’ve done it both ways – where they didn’t know each other and as you mentioned. For shorter works, I’m starting to favor the characters having known each other once upon a time and reconnecting. Though, in ‘Promise’ Kent and Maggie didn’t know each other before, but they do state up front their intentions for the time they have together, which lends to this particular short story. The way I figure it, write the story the way it’s calling to be written.
Carlene: Are there any more books planned for your Double D Ranch Tales series?
C.R.: Oh yes! :) RM Sotera and I so far have two more long books in the works and two novellas. We’re also doing a special event at a conference here in Las Vegas and getting our fans in on the series too. There’ll be a lot more Double D goodness coming readers’ ways! (Yes, be sure and check out C.R.’s link and info about the event at the bottom of this post. Looks very cool.)
Carlene: My favorite part of a book is what the characters say to each other. What is your favorite exchange of dialogue in Wild West Promise and why do you love it?
C.R.: There are a handful of lines… I came up with three instances I wanted to share. In the beginning of the story Kent reminisces about penis cake. Then there’s a thought about Maggie climbing his body as if conquering Mount Everest. But I think I’ll go with the following cause it shows the humor RM is good about brining into the stories we write together & leads into the hot scene: Continue Reading
I would like to give a big thank you to Carlene for hosting me on her blog today! Thank you so much! I’m here today to show off my first ever Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go book entitled Board Stiff. It’s part of a three book series entitled Taking Advantage and it follows three men, who all sit as members on the board of directors of Advantage Insurance Company. All three guys are extremely good-looking (obviously), at the top of their game in their careers and single – each for their own reasons. Each man has his own book and love interest, but you will see John Dorsey, Greg Snow and Mark Olson in all three books… in some respect.
I get asked all the time where I come up with the ideas for my stories. And it’s funny because a lot of times, they just appear (which is why I carry around a notebook in my purse, so I can write them down before they just as quickly disappear). John and Elizabeth’s relationship came to me one day as I sat outside a boardroom preparing for a presentation to the board. Because my mind is always conjuring up a romantic story everywhere I go, it did not take me by surprise that I was all of sudden hearing these characters in my head. That’s just my life. (Even if the timing isn’t always ideal) I folded over the corner of my notes I was bringing into the presentation and jotted down the scene that came into my head… and there it was… John Dorsey and Elizabeth Wright’s story came to life. Hope you all enjoy it!
Jessica, thank you so much for sharing that part of your writing process with us. And you are very welcome! It’s my pleasure to be hostessing you and your first ROTG title which is also an Editor’s Pick! Congrats! Let’s give everyone a sneak peek…
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