Romantic Collections

Guest Blogger-Audra North

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

AudraNorthI confess to not dealing very well with summer weather in the Northeast. Having grown up in a part of Texas where summers were so dry that my legs would be covered in dust after walking for just a few minutes outside, the muggy damp yuck of Boston still baffles me. It’s invariably so humid that all I want to do is build a blanket fort around the air conditioner, crawl inside, and refuse to come out until September. So it’s no surprise that I often find myself escaping to the beach almost daily during July and August. There are some gorgeous stretches of coastline along the Atlantic, with beaches ranging from tide-pool-strewn rocky to shining-white sandy.

The water is cool and the air is fresh along the shore, but the best part about going to the beach is that I have an opportunity to add to my Collection of Creepy Things. That’s what my husbeach-findsband calls it, anyway. I think my assortment of crab shells, bird bones, and polished rocks is actually pretty awesome! And my kids think it’s cool, too. We love picking up strange-looking items from the beach and taking them home to display on a special shelf. One time, we even found some fish teeth!

Right, so…at this point you’re probably either completely grossed out, or you’re just kind of wondering what this has to do with books. (Or both.) Well, another thing I like to do at the beach is read romance novels, of course! And this year, I’d love to get some recommendations for romances that feature characters who collect things. Maybe it’s shells, or rare coins, or beer bottles. Maybe it’s cats. Or even books (that person would be my instant BFF)!

But no matter what the collection entails—even if it’s creepy—I’d love to hear your suggestions for good romances in which a character is a collector of something. I’m looking forward to taking those books to the beach…maybe it’ll even inspire me to start a bookmark collection!

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 ABOUT AUDRA:

Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can’t resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“He ignored the temptation to reach out and touch her, to show her that his hands weren’t soft, but if she begged nicely, they could be gentle in just the right ways.”

~Excerpt from IN THE FAST LANE, upcoming release by Audra North

UPCOMING RELEASE:

INTHE FAST LANE coverIN THE FAST LANE:

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Racing cars is in Kerri Hart’s blood–literally, since it’s the family business. But Hart Racing is in dire financial straits, and as the only female rookie driver, Kerri’s sponsorship offers always tend to be of the unzipped racing-suit variety. It’s a message she’d rather not sell to her young fans. But how can she afford not to?

LOVE ON OVERDRIVE
Ranger Colt knows how to make a woman’s heart race. But when his voice pops up on Kerri’s headset–while she’s in mid-tailspin–she’s in no mood for his charms. Colt Hardware now has a significant stake in the Hart family business, and Kerri has no choice but to work with him. But when her ex-boyfriend makes a very public, tabloid-fodder scene that threatens to tarnish her image, it’s Ranger who comes to the rescue. Pretending to be engaged to generate some good publicity seems like a good plan. In fact, it works–all too well. What begins as a ruse is revving up to feel a whole lot like the real thing. Will Kerri and Ranger’s fake-lationship take a wild turn. . .and lead them toward the finish?

“The type of book that keeps you up late into the night, In the Fast Lane is utterly addictive and completely satisfying. Audra North has her finger on the pulse of contemporary romance-flawless writing, smart heroines, and sexy-as-sin heroes.”- Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author

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Big Tone’s odd present for Father’s Day this year

HFDHi all!  Happy Father’s Day!!!

I hope you all are having time to celebrate a father today – those dads are so important!  Although…is it just me, or is it all but impossible to find a father’s day gift usually?  Man.  Seriously.  Last year I bought Big Tone a bunch of new shorts for summer.  This year, he doesn’t need shorts.  Or another golf shirt.

The best present I ever found for him was right after we’d had Tackle.  We had just finished college, had student loans, had a new baby, and were broke.  Big Tone likes cars and always has, and he takes good care of his cars.  So that year, I gave him two rolls of quarters to make it easy to hit the car wash.

He was so thrilled.  Seriously.  It was the best present ever.  :)

But now, we’re older, we have our own businesses, and we have accounts at a car wash.cheesecake  So…no dice.

I was getting my hair cut by Niki at Shape salon last week, and Heather, who owns the awesome place, mentioned what she was getting her husband.  And it was freakin awesome, so I totally copied her.

Big Tone isn’t one for desserts, except for…cheesecake.  Plain cheesecake with no toppings.

cheesecake2And Heather told me about a monastery in Vermont where nuns create the best cheesecakes ever.  Yeah.  I know.  Nuns in Vermont and cheesecake.  LOL!  So I ordered Tony a cheesecake made by the nuns in Vermont.  Yes, the shipping cost as much as the cheesecake, but man, it looks good.

He’s at the lake right now, and I’ll give it to him later, but I’ll let you know what he thinks. 

Isn’t life fun?

For my dad…well, he doesn’t need another golf shirt, either.  (And I think that’s what Deb got him, anyway, so I can’t get that).  I found a couple of books for him, one about what dogs think.  LOL!  My dad and his dog, Sammy, are very close.  Sammy even goes to the office with him and also celebrates Cheeseburger Thursday way too often. So I think Dad will be amused.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a lovely day, wherever you are. 

WR-6-10Just a quick note that WICKED RIDE releases on Tuesday.  It’s the first book in the Realm Enforcers, which is a Dark Protector spinoff.  (Yes, you’ll see some Dark Protectors in there.)  I’m posting Chapter 1 early Tuesday morning.

Have a great week, and I hope you’re enjoying the guest posts we have going on here this summer.   XO  Rebecca

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Guest Room Nookie

Guest Blogger-Avery Flynn

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

AFlynnLoveGoggles

Hey all! *waves* I’m so excited to get to hang out with y’all today. When Rebecca said I could write about anything, my mind immediately went to two things: coffee and sex.Hey, I never said I was one of Rebecca’s classy friends.

But then my doctor lost her mind when I honestly answered how much coffee I drink (Note to self: Never tell your doctor the truth about coffee again.) so I ended up cutting back to only a few cups a week. Let’s have a moment of silence about that, shall we? *Silence. Thinks of hot dudes.*

Oh yeah, so that totally brings me to sex. *Insert dirty, dirty thoughts here.* But the e-mail about this guest post said it could be funny or sweet or heartwarming and well…sex didn’t seem like the right topic so I was banging my head trying to think about what to write about because unless you want to talk about the wonders of yoga pants, I’m kinda boring (Read: Very boring).

Then I read a post at Jezebel asking if it was okay to have sex when you’re an overnight guest at someone’s house. Now I’m not talking about getting it on in the closet during a New Year’s Eve party or getting some nookie while you’re sharing a guest room with other people beyond those you are nookie-ing it up with, this is straight up in a guest room with the door locked and somewhat quietly giving each other the special hug. (Note to self: Writing hot sex scenes has ruined me for talking about sex and not using THE WORDS.)

I couldn’t get over how many commenters at what I consider to be a pretty sex-positive website were adamant about a no sex in the guest room rule unless it is specifically okayed in advance by the home owner. I don’t get this. They change the sheets after they visit, right? I’m assuming the couple (or more) boning are not trying to set a scream-a-thon record. I’m assuming these are all consenting adults behind a closed door. I just don’t get it.

 ABOUT AVERY:

Avery Flynn is an award winning romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs. She’s all over social media talking about shoes, books and bizarre news stories. Contact her at avery@averyflynn.com. She’d love to hear from you!

LATEST RELEASE:

LoveDangerouslyThe Layton serIes by Avery Flynn Steamy Romance At Its Best! Three steamy stories full of Avery Flynn’s signature sass and heart-pounding action. What’s the danger in one little kiss? Clair Layton finds out in Dangerous Kiss. What’s so hot about his little sister’s best friend? Hank Layton finds out in Dangerous Flirt. Why is it always the quiet ones? Sam Layton finds out in Dangerous Tease.

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So what say you? Is sex in your guest room verboten or approved? Sound off in the comments (feel free to add in your own funny stories) and you’ll be entered to win a digital book of your choice from my backlist. But don’t read it if you’re staying in someone’s guest room. I don’t want to be held responsible for you getting in trouble. ;)

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Jenn Burke vs. Roller Coasters

Guest Blogger-Jenn Burke

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

JB_web_U_007Ah, summer—when the thoughts of at least a portion of the population turn to vacation and amusement parks. It’s hard not to be seduced by the thrill of rides when little fairs pop up all over the map on random weekends. Who doesn’t like the rush of riding roller coasters?

Me. Well, sort of. See, roller coasters and I have come to something of a truce in recent years. I’ve agreed to try them out occasionally and they’ve agreed not to kill me. So, you know.

My history with roller coasters goes way back, to when I was a toddler in Newfoundland, Canada. I don’t remember a whole lot about my time in Newfoundland—we moved when I was four—but I do clearly recall four events: learning the f-word, seeing an iceberg, getting a sunburn bad enough to require a trip to the hospital, and screaming so loudly on a kiddie roller coaster at a local fair that the operator stopped it in the middle of the ride, lifted me out, and gave me back to my parents.

That was probably a good hint that me and roller coasters just don’t mix.

When I was six, my parents and I went on a trip to California. Of course we had to visit Disneyland, where my mom and dad saw this really neat-looking ride called “Space Mountain”. Flying through space sounds like fun, right? I was a Star Wars–era kid! To this day, I don’t know how they missed it was a roller coaster. I looked around, wide-eyed, at all the pretty stars as the car went up…and up…and then suddenly it was screaming downwards and I was screaming too, just as loud as I possibly could, begging my dad to make the ride stop, please, let me off!

Then…silence. Dad has told me many times that he thought I’d passed out. No, I’d just needed to suck in more air so I could keep screaming.

Fast forward a couple of years. We were driving home from Calgary to Edmonton, Alberta, and we decided to stop in at an amusement park called Calaway Park. It was a hot day, gorgeous and sunny, and I really wanted to go on the log water ride. It wasn’t a roller coaster, right? I’d be fine, I told my parents. Besides, the ride had two hills—a small one was first, which would help me gear myself up for the larger one. I think my parents had some reservations by this point about me and anything even remotely resembling roller coasters, but I’m an only child and I can be really convincing. So we climbed into the log. Up and up we went. Down and down we went. And…yep, screaming ensued. I didn’t like it, I wanted off, let me off!

So, as we puttered along in the stream toward the next hill, Dad picked me up and tossed me out of the log onto the grass.

I stood there, stunned into silence. Oh my god, had I finally tipped Dad over the edge with my roller coaster aversion? Instead of putting up with my screaming, he’d just decided to get rid of me?

Then he hopped out of the log ride, too. Mom sat at the back of the log, looking about as shocked as I felt, then she clearly muttered to herself “screw this” and jumped out to join us.

For the record, getting off a ride halfway through has a tendency to panic park administrators. I don’t recommend it.

I finally conquered my dislike of roller coasters as a teenager, thanks to an overnight trip to Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto. I don’t know if it was because I was punch-drunk with fatigue at 2 a.m. or what, but my friends convinced me to try out the Vortex, an under-track roller coaster. I’m still not a fan of that initial drop, but otherwise it was like being in an airplane. Which, apparently, I can handle no problem. Go figure.

Since then, I’ve also experienced roller coasters with loop-de-loops (which are fun!) and coasters where you’re sitting on a seat under the track with your feet dangling in the open air (not so much fun). I refuse to go anywhere near drop-zone-type rides. Ever. But even though my truce with coasters seems to be holding, for summer vacation, point me at a quiet cottage and a beach—I’ll save the thrills and excitement for my books.

ABOUT JENN:

Jenn’s always been drawn to weird and wonderful stories, particularly those juxtaposed with our normal, boring world. Her love of the written word prompted her to get a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Ottawa, and she’s spent the years since working in corporate and web communications—and dreaming up weird and wonderful stories of her own. She currently lives outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and her writing helper, Alenko the husky.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

These were the best moments. The kisses that just happened—that could only happen with Zed, the only man he felt fully comfortable with. Kisses were intimate and personal. They were promises without words. And, really, who needed words? Felix’s tongue never got him into trouble when he was kissing.

~ Excerpt from Lonely Shore, book 2 of the Chaos Station series

UPCOMING RELEASE:

9781426899829_LONELY_SHORELONELY SHORE-the second book in the Chaos Station m/m sci-fi romance series:

All they can do is live day to day…

Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos‘s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.

When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos‘s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.

As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.

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Leave a comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. One winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the day Wednesday, June 17.

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Win Books and Goodies at a TWITTER PARTY happening right now…

twitterHi all!  We’re having a fun twitter party right now!  (4pm PST and 7pm EST) I’m answering questions, and we’re giving away Sin Brother books.  If you’d like to join in, just tweet something to me @RebeccaZanetti or to anybody, really…and make sure you use the hashtag:  #TotalSurrender

So, say you tweet to me – here’s an example:

@RebeccaZanetti Do you think Audrey has a boy or a girl? #TotalSurrender

TOTAL SURRENDER@RebeccaZanetti Will Chance get his own book? #TotalSurrender

Or if you tweet to somebody else:

@MomJones  Have you read Jory’s story yet? #TotalSurrender

@SisterFran Do you like super soldiers? #TotalSurrender

See?  It’s easy.  You can do it!

 

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