Pamela DuMond Presents, Royally Wed

Royally Wed book coverTitle: Royally Wed (Ladies-in-Waiting, #2) by Pamela DuMond
Publication date: October 13th 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Ring the wedding bells, pour the champagne, and get thee to the cathedral for Royally Wed, the LOL sequel to Part-time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting, #1)!

Lucy Trabbicio, former cocktail waitress, and down-to-earth American commoner is about to marry the man of her dreams, Prince Nicholas of Fredonia in the posh royal wedding of the year.

But something goes very wrong on the way to the altar. Now it’s up to Lucy, her party-hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting, and Nick’s opinionated Royal Nana to solve the debacle, and get her back into sexy Prince Nick’s arms in time to be Royally Wed, as well as royally bed.

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, laughter, and a whole lot of hanky-panky!

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PRAISE for Ladies-in-Waiting Romantic Comedy Series!

Five Stars Why can’t I be a Part-Time Princess?! Amazing, I loved this book!!” ~ London Dreaming

Five StarsAbsolutely Freaking Hi – lar – ri – ous!!!” ~ Avid Reader923

Four StarsThis is a flirty fun read.” ~ Karen’s Book Haven

Five StarsAHHHHH I LOVELOVELOVE this Book!” ~ Maryam Dinzly Continue reading

Interview with Natalie Bennett

In this edition of 10Q’s we welcome author Natalie Bennett.

Natalie Bennett authorIf you had a choice to live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I would have to say Hawaii, I think it’s gorgeous there and has a more community type atmosphere. I’m from Ohio and just recently moved to Florida, so the change wouldn’t bother me.

What is your writing process?

I’m a night-owl. I write much better at night than I do during the day. My stories usually aren’t plotted out on paper, occasionally I’ll do a rough outline but mostly, they stay in my head.

Describe your journey as an author so far.

When I first began writing I had no idea what I was going to do with my book. I’m a shy person by nature so publishing something I wrote wasn’t even fathomable at first. But, I have a great family and I decided to go for it. I have met some great writers and discovered new books because of this. Darling Dark is my debut so I haven’t been at this very long, but I only hope to learn more along the way.

How do you stay motivated?

Often I tell myself, the book isn’t going to write itself and set a daily goal for myself. 2k words a day is always my minimum.  I read a lot to; I believe reading and writing go hand and hand and it often motivates me to keep writing.

What has been your biggest obstacle while writing and how have you overcome it?

I would get halfway done with a story and self-doubt would set in. Like what if people hate this? Now I’ve come to the firm conclusion that not everyone likes every book and mine is no exception. Continue reading

War Town by Mitch Goth

War Town Mitch GothTitle: War Town by Mitch Goth
Genre: New Adult Thriller

Synopsis

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary. Continue reading

Katy Regnery presents, J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis (The Rousseaus, #3)

Katy Regnery romance novelTitle: J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis (The Rousseaus, #3) by Katy Regnery
Publication date: November 21st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork.

…so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants.

So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels. Continue reading

The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Chayanne Young novelTitle: The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 22nd, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.

Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.

With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong.

When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break-Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal.

Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.

In turn, Emory offers to help Isla get back on the dating scene by agreeing to be her fake date for the homecoming dance. Isla gladly accepts the ruse, because if anyone can make her into a desirable girlfriend, Emory can! There’s just one small problem.

Isla’s little crush on Emory might be exactly full blown. And a homecoming fake date with him could push her over the edge to possibly uttering the “L Word!”

Isla can’t afford another heartbreak so soon after the last one. She will have to resist his charms, refuse to look into those dreamy eyes, and above all else, not make the mistake of letting him kiss her.

If only she hadn’t let her guard down at the end of the night, under the light of her porch in a toe-curling kiss moment of weakness. And now, after months of Break-Up Support Group therapy, and with a heart fully on the mend, Isla has just handed it over to a guy who knows full well just how to break it. Continue reading

Harley Wylde shares her writing habits

Welcome, Harley to Plain Talk. Today Harley shares her writing habits with us. Enjoy!

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know that there was ever one clear moment when I decided I wanted to be a writer. In school, I always loved writing assignments and I started working on my first book in ninth grade. That story was never finished, and will definitely never see the light of day, but writing seemed to set me free. It was until my late twenties that I managed to finish writing a book.

Why do you write New Adult romance?

I discovered the New Adult genre before it was called that, and I always enjoyed reading the stories about younger heroines. It gave me a chance to relive my youth, I suppose, without the hassle of all those life lessons I had to learn the hard way. It wasn’t until this summer that I decided to try to write one. Before that, I wrote adult romances under another name, but they were much tamer than Grease Monkey and Cuffs & Kink. I worried that my readers wouldn’t appreciate my new style of writing, so Harley Wylde was created.

How often do you write?

My husband works from 7pm-7am on a rotating schedule, so I’ve had to adapt a bit. During the day, I’ve found there are too many distractions, and my kids are too active until bedtime (around 9pm). My writing is done on the nights my husband works, but after the kids are asleep. Some weeks that means I write only two nights a week, and other times that means I write as many as five nights a week. On rare occasions, he’ll take the kids out somewhere on his days off and I get a little extra writing time then.

Do you write full-time?

Yes. I had a full-time job until 2010. I had been out on medical leave and when I called to see about going back, I was told my services were no longer needed. There was some panic on my part, and I hunted for another job heavily until summer 2011, when my husband told me I already had a job – I was a writer. Not having a “day job” has cut my income a lot, but I think things have worked out for the best. I love being home with my family and while I still stress about bills, it’s not the same as the stress I had from my job. I love writing and hope I get to keep at it for years to come.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

Definitely. I get so frustrated when I want to write but the words just won’t come to me. Usually, I try watching a favorite movie, or maybe I’ll read a favorite book. At any given time, I have over a hundred unread books on my Kindle or Nook, so finding something new to read is always an option as well. I think my brain just needs to relax a little and once that happens, it’s like a switch is flipped and I’m able to write again.

Is there a particular snack or drink you have while writing?

I love white mochas from Starbucks, but generally, I have a cold Coke nearby. I don’t snack a lot while I’m writing, I usually reserve that for my reading or TV watching time. If I do nibble on something while I’m working, it’s usually chips or Chex Mix. I have cats though, and they think my food is their food, so it’s usually easier to eat when I can pay attention and not let them into the bag, because they always try to help themselves.

What are your ambitions with your writing career?

I guess like most authors, at some point in my career, I’d love to see my name on the USA Today bestseller list. But honestly, I’m just happy being able to write what I love. Writing is an emotional outlet for me, and thankfully it helps pay the bills. So, I guess my main ambition with writing is to write until I’m in my 70’s or 80’s because I can’t imagine anything more wonderful than getting to do something I love for such a long time. As long as there are people willing to read my stories, I’ll keep writing them. Continue reading

Folly And Forever by Kimberly Loth

Folly and Forever Kimberly LothTitle: Folly and Forever Omega Mu Alpha Brothers #3 by Kimberly Loth
Release date: November 16, 2016

Synopsis

Bethany McAlister loves that house more than life itself and will do anything to keep it. Even if she can’t begin to afford the taxes on it. When a notice arrives informing her that her house is about to go to auction she desperately takes on a roommate, but gets a surprise when the dead sexy Jamie Green shows up on her doorstep to take her spare room. Jamie brings not only much needed cash, but more problems than Bethany cares to take on. But then he presents a proposal that can fix both their problems—get married. Will she say yes and risk her heart or no and risk losing her home that means so much to her? Continue reading

Writing with Sandy Goldsworthy

Author Sandy GoldsworthyWhen did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have enjoyed writing since I was in high school. I dabbled in fiction back then and took a creative writing class—which I loved—but I didn’t take it up seriously until about five years ago.

What motivated you to start writing?

I enjoyed writing ever since high school when my teacher challenged me to be more descriptive. She didn’t want to read that the front door was red; she wanted to see the shade. It was very motivating to me, to slow things down a bit and detail the setting.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Initially, writing was just a hobby I did it in my spare time. But after a friend invited me to join his writing group, I began to take it more seriously and set writing goals. That really helped me stay on track knowing I had to finish a set word count, by a certain date. I also had a lot of support from my family and friends. They encouraged me to keep going any time I felt like giving up.

What was the inspiration for your story?

The concept of Ben Parker’s character came to me a few years ago. I had a very visual dream about a train derailing. Railcars tumbled off a ridge, landing on top of each other in a ravine. There was a young man on the train that was untouched by the accident. Once everything settled, he pulled victims from the crash site and escorted them to heaven. I ended up writing a short story about this, and eventually, Ben’s character came to life.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Great question!  I would highly recommend joining a writing group or a workshop. Getting feedback is critical to any author. I’d also suggest reading your story out loud. Trust me, it sounds completely different than what you think it says when you’re reading silently. Lastly, once you’ve reached the point of sending queries out to publishers or agents, be patient. You will get lots of rejections, so expect it and don’t take it personally. Don’t give up. When you get rejected, send out another query.

Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?

Honestly, I was a closet writer for years. Every time I read a good book, I thought, “I can do this.” So I guess other author’s stories influenced me. Once I told people I was writing, I had a great network of friends and family that encouraged me.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

To relax! Initially I plotted, but after a while, I found it difficult to write within the outline I created. It became unnatural and didn’t flow right. When I let loose and relax, the story takes on a life of its own.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When it comes to writing, I’m really a creature of habit. I work best if I’m in the same room, same place, and even the same day or time of day. I’ve tried switching it up a bit, but I’ve found I wasn’t as creative.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

It’s the ultimate love story that lasts more than one lifetime.

What projects do you have up and coming?

I am currently working on book three in the Afterworld Saga.

Sandy Goldsworthy book coverTitle: Afterlife (The Afterworld Saga #2) by Sandy Goldsworthy
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Afterlife is the highly anticipated sequel to Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy. This exciting Young Adult mystery romance is a must-read.

Everything seems perfect for Emma Bennett—she has a new set of friends she adores and a boyfriend she is crazy about. But when Emma sees a picture of her hunky boyfriend kissing another girl, she begins to question if his love for her is real. As she searches for the truth, will Emma be exposed to the dangers of another world?

Ben Parker enjoys the role of high school student and boyfriend to the love of his existence. Juggling his social life with his job in the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation is supposed to be easy for the decorated undercover agent. But when some kid captures a photo of him in a precarious position, he’s faced with lying to his girlfriend or erasing her memory. Instead, Ben makes the worst decision of his career. Now, forced to face the consequences, he loses the only thing that matters to him—Emma.

When seemingly insurmountable obstacles separate the lovers, will the two soul mates be able find their way back to each other?

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About Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, blocks from the Author Sandy Goldsworthyrocky shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, she fantasized about becoming an author. She jotted story lines in spiral notebooks and drew images of characters that never came to life. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red and that character you want to get to know.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Sandy is the YA author of the paranormal romance series, The Afterworld Saga. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy. Learn more at www.sandygoldsworthy.com.

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Natasha Knight Presents, Dominic

Dominic book coverTitle: Dominic (Benedetti Brothers #2) by Natasha Knight
Publication date: November 11th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Dominic

I was the boy who would never be king. The monster who could never be loved.

Gia was just a job. Just another girl caught in a world of monsters.

It didn’t matter that I liked the look of her.
I didn’t care that she cringed when she saw my soul.
I liked it.
I liked her fear.
It called to the beast inside me and I wanted her.

Monsters didn’t get to live happily ever after though. And I neither forgave nor forgot. Old debts needed to be settled. Enemies punished.

It was past time I returned to the family business.

I’d been gone far too long.

Gia

All my life, I believed in fairy tales. Not the Disney kind. Never those. I always knew life was darker than that.

I was the daughter of a foot soldier. The sister of a snitch. A complete and utter nobody.

Monsters had been part of my life for as long as I could remember, but none as dark as Dominic Benedetti. None as cruel. None as broken.

I had no illusions about what he was. I had no desire to save his soul. And I couldn’t care about his bleeding heart.

But love wasn’t always beautiful. It wasn’t always kind or sweet. It could be a twisted, ugly bitch.

I’d always known this was the kind I’d find. The only kind that could touch me.

Because some of us, we belonged in the dark.
And Dominic and I belonged in the dark.

Author’s Note: Dominic is the second book of the Benedetti Brothers duet. It is a steamy standalone romance. To fully understand the motivations and history behind Dominic’s actions, I recommend reading the first book in the set, Salvatore.

This book is intended for mature readers. No cheating and no cliffhanger. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Deconstructing Daryl

Daryl Dixon short hair

We first met Daryl Dixon in Season 1 Episode 3 of The Walking Dead. I noticed that it took a couple more episodes in, that he became a series regular. By regular, I mean his name in the opening credits.

I have never read the comic books per se, but I did go to the website and read the synopsises hoping to pick up clues as to what happens to the characters. From what I know from reading many blogs dedicated to TWD, Daryl Dixon is an addition to the tv series but he does not exist in the comic world.

I think (and most fans of the show would agree with me) that Daryl Dixon is a welcome addition. He is Rick’s right-hand man and brother from another mother. Daryl’s character is not just a sidekick to leading man, Rick… the little glimpses that we know about his backstory is very interesting.

Early on we learned that Daryl came from an abusive home. His father did a number on him, we’ve seen the physical scars Daryl carries around on his back. His brother, Merle bullied him throughout his childhood and even as an adult.

Even with that, Daryl remained faithful to Merle. Heck Merle’s crap talk helped Daryl save his own life when he fell down a precipice and impaled himself with his own bow.

Daryl Dixon is the poster child for survivors. His strength is controlled, he doesn’t lash out unless provoked and he is the logical side to Rick. Even though he doesn’t always agree with Rick’s decisions, he doesn’t fight with him. He does his part and adjusts to suit.

The thing that touches us is that Daryl has such a big heart. He is calm and cool under pressure (except in season 7 where his reaction got Glenn killed). Daryl really showed us his heart in Season 1 when Sophia went missing. He tirelessly led the search party to find the little girl, and even with his excellent tracking skills the result was unsuccessful. Continue reading