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A Party to Remember

BY KAT MARTIN

Since my hero in BEYOND DANGER, Beau Reese, is a mega rich playboy, a once-famous race car driver, I thought it might be fun to write about a mega-wealthy party I got invited to a few years back.  Well, more than a few, considering it was a millennium party celebrating the thousand year change in our calendar.

My husband and I wanted to do something really special for that night so I had been looking at different trips, hotels, and cruises.  We wanted to do something we would never forget. 

GEEK GOES MAINSTREAM

BY CATHY YARDLEY

I’ve been a geek since way back in the day. We had one of the first PC’s on the block (yeah, I’m dating myself here) and I knew how to code in BASIC before the fifth grade. I remember early bulletin boards.  I was into comic books, science fiction, fantasy; I watched anime with friends, enough to learn Japanese phrases; I played RPG (role playing game) based board games and video games. 

My Tribute to Heath

BY ANYA SUMMERS

One of the steps in my writing process has always been to use an actor or model as a frame of reference for my heroes and heroines. I’m a visual person and when I write, I tend to see the scenes play out as if I was viewing a movie in my head. To make my life infinitely easier, while also making the scene and imagery more tangible for me, I will ascribe an actor to the character as my point of reference for their physical appearance. Usually I will find pictures of the actor, which is not a hardship by any means, and will pull them up whenever I need a little nudge of writing inspiration.

Unsung Heroes

BY ANYA SUMMERS

When I was first approached about participating in the Hero Undercover Anthology, what stuck out for me was that this would be a chance for me to give back. You see each author involved is donating their royalties earned on this set to a charitable organization of their choosing. There is one that is near and dear to my heart. It’s a worthwhile cause that helps children.

Veterans Day and Military Romances

BY MARY ELLEN WOODS

Every year around the November 11th Veterans Day holiday, there are books with military themes and heroes on sale. If you love a hero in uniform as much as I do, it is an opportune time to get a bargain on a book in a genre you enjoy. I want to examine what constitutes the military trope and/or hero. In my experience, the books sold as military fall into a couple of different categories, active and former military.

I love sex, money, and power. But that’s not why I read and write romance

thedevilinsideBY GEORGIA CARTER MATHERS

I want to be able to make the rich hero pitch his tent. Why can’t I be a little bit playful? When he’s the man her soul needs, a good romp is fine with me! And while I’m on this subject, romances are often criticized for purple prose, and some of these same critics claim that romances are written for readers with low expectations.

I hear your outcry over that literary snobbery, but perhaps even worse, critics then claim that romances perpetuate clichés and patriarchal social norms with the power play evoked in the relationships between sex, money, and power.

The Grand Tour

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BY JENNA JAXON

Viewed as an indispensable part of a young Englishman’s education in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Grand Tour of Europe was undertaken by all young men whose families were of sufficient means to send them. The tour would provide the young man with experiences to broaden his views of the world at large, hasten his maturity in all ways, and a polish he would not get if he stayed in England. Undertaken usually at about the age of eighteen or nineteen, Grand Tours would last from one to five years and take in most of the accepted cultural centers of the age, particularly France and Italy.

An Interview with Delilah Gregory, heroine from Love Me, Master Me

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BY ANYA SUMMERS 

What is your name? Do you have a nickname

My name is Delilah, but my friends and some of the Doms of the Dungeon Fantasy Club call me Dee.

Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?

I would say the girlfriend I’m closest to is Amaya Taneka. Since we are both typically touring, we don’t get much facetime, but when we do we are typically at a BDSM club together.

Cart Before the Horse

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BY WENDI CHRISTNER

In the late 70s, early 80s I grew up in a very rural part of north Florida. People talked slow, time moved slower. About half a mile from my house, an old man named Mr. Bill lived with his mother. I don’t know how old either of them were, but Mr. Bill seemed much older than my grandparents. He had a slight build, a gentle soul, and the constant odor of alcohol and tobacco on his breath. Mr. Bill liked to get out and visit his neighbors. He didn’t own an automobile. Every morning he hitched his horse Dan up to a cart – imagine the open wagons you see in old Westerns but a little smaller. If any of us were outside when Mr. Bill got close to our house, he’d direct Dan onto our driveway and pull to a stop with an easy, “Whoa, now.”

Historical Sub-Plots

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BY ELLA QUINN

Thank you so much for having me back on your blog. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Not long ago I was discussing one of the sub-plots in my latest release When  Marquis Chooses a Bride with someone and they were surprised to hear that human trafficking had been going on for over two hundred years. They thought it was a modern problem. In fact, it’s been going on for over a millennium, but I will focus on the Regency.