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 . . .

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Close to You by B.M. Sandy

Close to you coverClose To You by B.M. Sandy
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Michele just wants to be set free.
Iain just might have the key.

Michele Coffey is on the run. After arriving in Brooklyn four months ago, she perfected the art of looking over her shoulder. Her only goal is to make it through another day without being discovered.

When Iain Sheppard unexpectedly walks into her life, Michele’s first instinct is to retreat. Falling in love is not in her plan, and after what she’s been through, she’s not ready to trust anyone yet. Maybe ever.

Iain is a rugged, sexy freelancer, born and raised in Brooklyn. After showing up at the bar she works at one night, he leaves a note, asking to show Michele the city. It goes against every rule she has set in place for herself. She wants to forget about him and his offer, but something about him draws her in. She can’t shake it, so she agrees.

What Michele doesn’t know is that Iain knows more about her than he’s letting on.

The clock is ticking. Michele knows that her time is running out, especially after a stunning reveal that draws her and Iain even closer.

As their attraction grows deeper, she can’t stop looking over her shoulder, waiting for inevitable disaster. And she can’t help but ask herself if she escaped one prison, only to lock herself into a new one of her own making.

Will she ever be set free? Continue reading

Future novels from Gina Ardito

Gina Ardito blog tourAuthor Gina Ardito shares a little about her upcoming novels.

With Lightning In A Bottle released into the world, here are a few other projects I’m working on for future release:

Book IV of my Calendar Girls series, Memories In December, is slated to be finished and released later this year. In this story, you’ll meet local photographer, Siobhan Bendlow, her meddling grandma, and three love stories in one book that will leave you sighing with delight!

Even Now, a sweet contemporary about a music star who comes back to the hometown girl he abandoned years earlier. She’s now the owner of the local animal shelter and has lots of good reasons to hate his guts. This story is currently sitting with the editor of a large publisher who seems very interested. Fingers crossed we can come to agreeable terms all around. Continue reading

Out of Character with Molly Zenk

Out of Character tourCan you tell us a little bit about the characters in Out of Character?

There are four main characters in the book which also means 4 points of view characters. They are:

*Harmony – a young actress. This is her first role ever beyond high school. She hasn’t even done any college productions. She sends in an audition tape and is plucked from obscurity. She feels like she’s in over her head and always worried she’s going to get fired.

*David – The ‘It’ boy from across the Pond. He’s a model/actor. He acts super confident and secure but that’s all a front for his inner insecurities. He’s kind of flashy with his faith which can get on the other characters’ nerves, even though they are on a faith-based family show.

*Elliot – he’s hoping for redemption and to get away from it all after his ex-girlfriend goes on a smear campaign against him on national TV. He and David are in a scripted love triangle with Harmony which goes off script into real life. He’s used to playing stalkers and serial killers so [he] is looking for a career/image makeover as well.

*Katie – She’s been acting a long time without a big break. She’s envious of Harmony or just being handed the lead role. How she handles that jealousy is questionable. She’s very ambitious. You’ll hate her one minute, and she’ll break your heart the next. Katie and Elliot are the two characters that surprised me the most while I was writing. Continue reading

Introducing Mary J Williams, author

Mary J Williams novelWhat is a typical day like for you?

I wish I could say an author’s life is filled with endless excitement. The truth? I spend most of my time alone with my characters. Not that I have anything to complain about. I love what I do. And because I hate to fly, I get to take trips on a whim, around the world, to exotic locations, all from the comfort of my own home.

What are you currently reading?

I don’t read as much as I did before I started writing. So I’m much pickier when I do sit down with a book. At the moment, I’m in the middle of Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb. I’ve read all the books in the series. Eve and Roarke are my favorite couple of all time. Who doesn’t love a kick-ass woman and a man who stands right beside her through thick and thin?

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of the first book in a new series. I like to do a series every year—three to five books. I’ve done athletes and billionaires and movie moguls and rock stars.

My new series, The Sisters Quartet, takes place in New York City. Four standalone books with a central villain the sisters have to take down. Four happy endings.

The first book, One of These Days, will be out in February. Two of A Kind in April. Three Wishes in June. And Four Simple Words in August. I like to do one standalone novel each year. And a Christmas novella. Continue reading

Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson

Heel Lead book coverTitle: Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis

Because life is one big ballroom – and all we can do is dance… Former UK dance champion Caroline Elliott has two burning passions in her life: her sexy, young Spanish lover Antonio, and the weekly Ballroom dance class she teaches to a diverse group of enthusiastic locals in the small English town of Castleham where she lives. But Caroline has a problem. The numbers attending her class have dwindled, and unless she can somehow breathe new life into it, she will have no choice but to close it down. A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display

A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display approaching, however, illness, affairs and relationship break-ups threaten to crush Caroline’s hopes.

As she battles to keep rehearsals on track and soothe her students’ rampant nerves, she must also conquer the demons of a long-ago tragedy in her own life.

Will she be able to let go of her fears and step into the spotlight once again? Heel Lead is an emotional, passionate and poignant story that entertains while it tugs at your heartstrings. In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us.

In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us. Continue reading

Excerpt from Dusk Until Dawn by Andie J Christopher

Dusk Until Dawn book coverTitle: Dusk Until Dawn by Andie J. Christopher
Pub date: 4/18/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

No boundaries.

Bartender and aspiring painter Maya Pascual loves turning up the heat. And dumping a vodka-and-karma chaser on the man who broke her heart is perfect Bronx girl payback. But how can she resist when Miami playboy prince Javier Hernandez begs to make it up to her. . .

 No regrets.

Between his disastrous personal life and his wealthy family’s meddling, Javi needs to get back on track. The only thing that’s certain is his passion for Maya. If she’ll just let him show her how sorry he is, maybe he can move on and start fresh. But one look in her gorgeous eyes and he knows letting her go will be easier said than done.

No rules.

Maya agrees to one dinner with Javi. But as their attraction threatens to combust, she wonders if a night of no strings, no repeats surrender is the only way burn off their desire once and for all…. Unless the light of day reveals it’s impossible to let go. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Puppy Love by Kelly Moran

Puppy Love coverTitle: Puppy Love by Kelly Moran
Published: 2/28/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.

Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn’t handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn’t have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn’t a mistake . . .

Click to read Kelly Moran’s inspiration behind her new novel Puppy Love.

About Kelly Moran About Kelly Moran

Bestselling author Kelly Moran says she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself, and no one is safe from becoming her next fictional character.

She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and earned one of the 10 Best Reads by USA Today’s HEA. She is also a Romance Writers of America member. Her interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well. She loves hearing from her readers.

Connect with Kelly: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

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Book Promo: The Art of Three

The Art of Three Erin McRaeThe Art of Three by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Menage (non-erotic)

Synopsis

Jamie Conway has a charmed life. At 24, he’s relocated from Dublin to London to star in his first feature film. Unfortunately, he also has one very big problem: He has a huge crush on his happily married costar.

British heartthrob to middle-aged women everywhere, Callum Griffith-Davies should have more sense than to flirt with his new-to-the-business colleague, but good judgment isn’t one of the qualities for which he’s known.

Nerea Espinosa de Los Monteros Nessim has better things to do than fret about her husband’s newest conquest. She’s busy planning her daughter’s wedding at the family’s farmhouse in rural Spain. Besides, she and Callum have been married and polyamorous for almost 30 years; she’s content to let him make his own bad choices.

But when Nerea flies to London after her artwork is selected for a high-profile museum show, she falls for Jamie too. Soon Callum, Jamie, and Nerea have bigger problems, and surprises, than international logistics. From ex-lovers and nosy neighbors to adult children with dramas of their own, The Art of Three is a contemporary romance that celebrates families, and farce, in all shapes and sizes. Continue reading

12 Questions with Lisa Hahn

I got the opportunity to interview author Lisa Hahn. Thank you, Lisa for visiting Plain Talk!

1.      If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be?

Cat (the heroine) and her best friend Abby are cool girls. When they hang out, they keep things quiet and low key. That’s what I like.

2.      What character in your book are you least likely to get along with and why?

Marcy is the resident mean girl in the Bretton Falls Ballet Company. I had little tolerance for girls like her when I was dancing.

3.      Tell us about your book cover and how it came about.

My sister-in-law designed the cover for me. I typically have a difficult time picturing what I’d like on the cover, so I give the artists I work with a fair amount of freedom.

4.      How do you choose the names of your characters?

I almost always consult a census to be sure the names are appropriate for the time period. Ultimately, I try to pick names that reflect the characters and the families they came from. After all, in the real world, their parents would likely be the people responsible for naming them.

5.      What book do you wish you could have written?

I’m finishing Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series right now, and I often find myself feeling envious of her beautiful prose.

 6.      If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Questions like this are always so difficult to answer because I know so little about pop culture and contemporary Hollywood. Milo Ventimiglia or Kit Harrington would be good candidates for Dmitri. I’m stuck on who would play Cat. The actress would have to be quite petite, as Cat is a waiflike woman who barely clears 5’0’’. I know Natalie Portman has already played a ballerina, but maybe she’d be interested in giving it another go. Continue reading