Get to know Stephanie Salvatore

About Stephanie Salvatore

Photo of Stephanie SalvatoreStephanie Salvatore was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives, breathes, and drinks in fan-girling over her favorite celebs, her dog, and being a self-appointed social media snob. She’s got a wild imagination by nature, which drove her to write. Steph tries to stay true to the phrase, “Love Yourself First.” LYF is what inspired her to publish her first book. When she’s not slaving over creating words to form a story, you can find her feeding her caffeine addiction, traveling or spending time with her friends and family.

10 Qs

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about twenty years.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

I’m a plotter. So I develop my characters and their story lines before I write.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

Location, sceneries of the location. I’ll watch Youtube videos of the area and try to get a solid grasp on what it’s like. Vocational research for certain careers.

Do you see writing as a career?

I wish it could be my only career, but I do consider it my second full-time job because I put a ton of time into everything between plotting, writing, and marketing on social media.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I write one book at a time, but I also have a timeline of story line development for several novels after this one.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Harry Potter, because the imagination of JK Rowling is out of this world!

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Holiday of the Heart by Angel Wolfe

Angel Wolfe Holiday of the HeartCan you tell us a little bit about the characters in Holiday of the Heart?

Let’s see, Morgan is a writer.  She is very independent yet totally in love with Ricky in a hit or miss, long distance relationship.  Ricky is a married man who while in love with Morgan, has been unable to commit to her because he has been unable to cut ties with his wife.  Nick is a widower with a son that’s about to graduate high school.  He is the town handyman and an all-around nice guy.  And Jake, Jake is Nick’s son.  He is graduating high school and has worked for Morgan doing odd jobs to help her out.  Like his dad, he’s a wonderful guy.

How do you come up with names for your characters? 

I actually use baby name books or web-sites and just dive in.  I normally have an idea what kind of name I’m looking for but have totally changed my mind on occasion after seeing something I liked better.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

Researching Silverton.  I loved driving around town and making note of different places to use.  I actually went and ate at the restaurants that I used in the book too.  We have been going to some of them for 25 years or more.  Wisconsin was beautiful and park where I saw the swans was amazing.  The entire Wisconsin trip will always be a sad but wonderful memory.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

My first novel, Damaged Hearts originally started out as The Palomino Man, but I hated the title and once I really got into writing the book, the title no longer fit because it was my heroine that had the palomino; the hero actually had a paint, so I had to change the title.  Once I did, I couldn’t be happier about it because the nine other stories in my head that will make up the series all fit right in.  Breaking Hearts, Trusting Hearts, etc, etc.

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SA Brown Presents, Still Not Satisfied

Still Not Satisfied book coverStill Not Satisfied by S.A. Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Christian Goodman loves the ladies. When an old girlfriend calls, it’s game on until her game plan forces him to the sidelines. While there, his grandmother and best friend lose faith in him. With no one left, he finds Dr. Devin Rainey in her own struggle.

Christian enters her life only to serve as a reminder of what she is missing, thus, creating tension between the two. She fights to remain professional, but personal needs force her to leave Christian, too. Completely alone, he turns to an unlikely ally to assist him in his quest for satisfaction. Continue reading

Vi Carter Talks Saving Grace

Saving Grace iconWhat inspired you to write this book?

My life to be honest. All my books have a common thread and that is that they are inspired by my life events.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Saving Grace?

Grace is the main MC, and she’s private and hurting from a loss. Her way of coping is locking out the world. She only lets one person in who is Amber, she’s her best friend or like they call each other their soul sister. I loved writing Grace. She’s the type of person who’s funny with-out knowing it. She’s super kind and at times her own worst enemy. But when she meets Derek (Who is super-hot) she has to face her past.

Derek on the other hand is been blackmailed to take care of Grace, by her brother Emmett. Derek is tied to Grace’s past, but he takes the job without meeting her to clear a debt that his family owes to Emmett. Once he meets Grace things start to get complicated.
It’s a sad yet fun story that has some steamy sex scenes and in my opinion very laired characters.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Everyone of them are based of real people. Amber is my sister and the relationship she has with Grace, is the relationship me and my sister have. So, I could pull on personal experience with that. I always watch people and I might take a trait or their looks and use that in the story and then add in the rest. So each person is based [off] of a real person but they do have lots of add-ons or changes.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yes, I have a few more.
Claiming Amber Part Two in this series. It’s about Emmett and Amber and will release on the 22nd of November.

Also Taking Laura Part Three in this series. It’s about Craig and Laura and will release on the 13th of December.
I also have two more books written and they will be released in 2019. Continue reading

His Everything by Mia Echo

His Everything Mia EchoHis Everything by Mia Echo
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

When you’re the only girl growing up in a family full of soldiers, it’s hard to find a date, let alone true love. Either your family scares the guy off, or the dating pool is slim pickin’s because you know how a real man should act and won’t settle for less.

All I wanted was to find a man I could start a family of my own with, but I never imagined how quickly I’d fall in love or how quickly I could lose it all to be his everything. Continue reading

Roxanne D. Howard Presents, The Hotter They Come

Book cover Hotter they comeThe Hotter They Come Romancing the Seas #1 by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

When Piper’s job sends her undercover to spy on Jack – the beyond sexy hook-up she can’t stop thinking about – she is forced to decide if her job is more important than her happiness.

HAPPINESS HAS A PRICE

Captain Jack Spencer owns and runs a whale watching company, Ahoy, Matey. When his business takes off, a jealous rival wants him and his company gone. Jack has no idea the delectable Piper Goldhirsch is tasked with scuttling everything he’s worked for – he’s too caught up in their magnetic attraction and her web of lies.

​Piper Goldhirsch, head reporter for the tabloid TV show Business Buster, is all work and no play. When she and the all too tempting Jack Spencer have a one-night stand that turns out to be the greatest sex of her life, she is haunted by the powerful magic between them. Sent undercover to expose his whale watching business, she is torn between her assignment and the first man she has ever wanted. With her happiness on the line, Piper has only one choice. Continue reading

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Book cover Dr. Strange BeardDr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers Book 5) by Penny Reid
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series. Continue reading

Live, Love, Repeat Milestones Book 1 by JD Corbett

Live Love RepeatLive, Love, Repeat Milestones Book 1 by JD Corbett
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Over the last 25 years, Liz Banner’s life has grown stagnant. Not that she hasn’t loved being a stay-at-home wife and mother, but she didn’t mean to lose herself in the process. And after surviving the most challenging time in her life, Liz realizes that life is too short, and second chances don’t come around very often.

With a milestone birthday approaching, Liz is determined to live a little. And when her best friend, Anne, gifts her a ticket for a 10-day luxury cruise, Liz decides it’s the perfect excuse to experience new things, and just take some time to relax with some of her favorite women. But her idea of a relaxing vacation gets thrown overboard when a few surprise guests make an appearance and attempt to win their way back into Liz’s heart.

With a second chance at life…and love, turning 50 never felt better. Continue reading

Get to know Sandra Hurst

Sandra Hurst, in her own words

Sandra Hurst Peace outWhen I was little, we had a burgundy set of children’s encyclopedias and I would pick out stories and poems from them to put on performances in the living room, insisting that my family listen to the stories and legends that I had read. I grew up on the stories of Robin Hood, King Arthur, and the Fae. What else could I ever be?

I write because the words are my way of exploring a world I can’t see. I’m a myth-maker, there is nothing that gives me more creative juice than asking a question and then building a world to find the answer. Myths and fantasy give us the opportunity to look at ourselves in new and often unusual ways, to play a huge game of ‘what if’ and see where the answers will fall.

My mind isn’t healthy if I’m not writing, it really isn’t a choice for me.

I think that one of the hardest things to do as a newer author is to explain your writing style. It’s probably a question that would be more appropriately asked of someone who has read your work, and at the beginning, no one has. It’s hard to describe yourself without being either self-congratulatory or somewhat delusional. If I had to say something about my own style, I think I would call it lyrical. I was a poet long before I accepted the challenge of writing prose. I would compare my style to current writers I think I would say that it is somewhat like early work by Guy Gavriel Kay, although I think I smell the self-delusion rising on that one.

I now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I love dearly, and have put up for sale on e-bay when their behavior demanded it.  My day to day life is a balance between my outside life as a paralegal counselor and my inner life as an author/poet. In between writing projects, I work on improving my craft, write book reviews, try to keep my blog current, and study mythologies from around the world. Continue reading

Can’t Stand the Heat, Promo + Giveaway

Peggy Jaeger novelCan’t Stand the Heat Will Cook For Love #3 by Peggy Jaeger
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

In Peggy Jaeger’s delectable series, delicious food is just an appetizer for life’s main course: the kind of love that feeds your soul.

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .

Look for exclusive recipes in each book! Continue reading