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Winner: Jenna Bayley-Burke guest blog

Using List Randomizer at random.org, the winner of a download copy of Pride and Passion is:

Book Junkie!

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  2. Sherry S.
  3. Jane
  4. Joder
  5. Sue A.
  6. Mitzi H.
  7. Anna Shah Hoque
  8. Estella
  9. Amy Kathryn
  10. Ina
  11. Fedora
  12. Amanda
  13. Karin
  14. Carol L.
  15. Sophia Parkwood
  16. Miranda
  17. Lisa Freeman

Winner: Melissa Schroeder guest blog

Using List Randomizer at random.org, the winner of a download copy of Conquering India is:

Lisa Freeman!

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  1. Lisa Freeman
  2. Eva S
  3. Joder
  4. sara hurt
  5. Sherry S.
  6. Cathy M
  7. Donna
  8. Desi
  9. Sue A.
  10. Estella
  11. Maria D.
  12. rayna
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  14. Beth C.
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  20. Anna Shah Hoque
  21. Lynn R.
  22. Heather Long

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Winner: Kaki Warner guest blog

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Quilt Lady!

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  2. Jewel
  3. j.man
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  5. Estella
  6. Scorpio M.
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  8. Maria D.
  9. Cybercliper
  10. Martha Lawson

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Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke

Jenna, Thank-you for agreeing to an author interview today.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Can I make it up? I’m much more interesting when I play make-believe. By day I cook, clean, and carpool. When the kids are sleeping, I can do anything, at least on the page.

How long have you been writing?

Forever? I’ve always written, but I got serious about it in late 2004 following a health scare.

What is your writing process like?

Evolving. I sold my first book before I realized I didn’t know how to write. I can tell a great story and that carries me through (so far!), but being a good writer is another task entirely. So, I’ve been trying on different techniques to find what works for me.

Can you tell us about your newest release Pride and Passion?

I was watching Beauty and the Beast with my boys while cleaning out old college files. I couldn’t seem to let go of any of my notes and papers on Jane Austen and her stories — Elizabeth Bennett and her preconceived notions, Emma Woodhouse and her sheltered devotion to her father. The Beast roared from the television and the boys demanded it be turned off, and so while they turned their attentions to Hot Wheels, my mind spun a story that combined Beauty & the Beast, Emma and Pride & Prejudice…with a sexy spin.

Do you have any other books releasing this year?

Um…yeah. Pride & Passion was the last book I wrote pre-baby. I’m inching back in the game. So, not yet, but hopefully we’ll get one on the schedule soon. I just need to finish writing it.

What are you currently working on?

Shattered Expectations. It takes a bankrupt heiress and the corporate raider who ruined her family, and exposes all their dirty little secrets.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Anywhere…MSN.com had a headline about exploding toads and WHAM, they found their way into Par for the Course. Thank goodness there was a golf course with a few water hazards, or it might have been awkward. Good Morning America ran a piece about new exercise routines – aerobic striptease, couples yoga…and then The View had someone on talking about using Kama Sutra to reenergize your sex life. The two ideas blended together in my why-won’t-this-child-sleep-through-the-night haze and VOILA, Compromising Positions had a Sensational Sex yoga class — couples yoga to ease the more demanding postures from the Kama Sutra.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading?

Who are your auto-buy authors? Lori Foster, Lori Wilde, HelenKay Dinmon, Lucy Monroe, Jill Shalvis…I have a serious book addiction. I always need a Happily Ever After. Life is too short for me to be worrying about characters once I close the book.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

So…confession time! I have 3 bookshelves…and I um, don’t donate very many. If I like it, I’ll loan it out, but I want to keep it. I really need an ereader, just to cut down on the clutter! But then, I’d probably wind up buying old favorites like all the Brava Bad Boy collections.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

My grandmother had a subscription to Harlequin Romance. When there was nothing to read at her house one summer, she decided they were fine for my ten-year-old self. I’m glad she did…they set my standards for men far too high for adolescent boys and opened my world to places and careers I’d never dreamed of.

If a book of yours was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Oh. This is fun! I use pictures to help me visualize characters. Pride & Passion was Carrie Underwood and Christian Bale.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I would love to sleep. How sad is that? I have three kids and one is awake on either side of midnight, so that’s my dream right now. I wish I could say I love to travel…someday it will be true. But not until one of my babes sleeps through the night!

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

Every year I attend the local Romance Readers Luncheon and get to ask all kinds of things! Usually, I ask what makes them buy a book. It’s the same things that pull me in – title, cover, blurb…all things the author has no control over. I know this, and yet I’m still a sucker for marketing!

Where can readers find you on the internet?

www.jennabayleyburke.com

***Leave a comment answering Jenna’s question for a chance to win a download copy of Pride and Passion. Good Luck :)

Q&A with Melissa Schroeder

Melissa, Thank-you for agreeing to an interview today.

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I am a military wife with two kids. I grew up in the military so it is really just old hat for me. Of course, with that background, I have lived all over the place from Ohio to Germany to Hawaii but right now, we are living in Virginia.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing in college, but mostly very melodramatic short stories. They were filled with angst. Then, I tried everything. Suspense, cozy mysteries, then I accidently picked up a romance in 1999, and that is when I started writing romance.

What is your writing process like?

It changes constantly. But for the most part, I am back to my old ways. I will sketch out a light plot, get my character studies down, then I write like a crazy person, putting out 4-5,000 words a day. It is very rough and usually ends up about 75% total when I finish the rough draft. I let it sit for a month, then I go back and do 3-4 edits of it.

Can you tell us about your newest release Conquering India: Texas Temptations #1?

This is my first full ménage. India came to me a year or so ago. She is a lot of fun, but a little lost. She has everything back on track in her life after splitting with her cheating ex, but her personal life. She hasn’t really dated since her divorce. When she is hired to cater a party for Marc and Wade’s security company, Wade gets it in his head that India is the one for them. It was fun to watch Wade trying to convince both India and Marc that it could work.

Is this beginning of a new series for you?

Yes, I have at least two more planned. The first one is Delilah’s Downfall. The second is as yet unnamed.

Do you have any other books releasing this year?

Yes. I have a rerelease in June from WCP, Hands On Training. I rewrote it and expanded it by about 30K.

Next I have two Samhain releases, A Little Harmless Obsession in August, and The Spy Who Loved Her (the sequel to Lessons in Seduction) due in December.

What are you currently working on?

That is always a loaded question. Because of my ADD I usually have several projects going. Right now, I am finishing up The Spy Who Loved Her, but I am also working on Delilah’s Downfall (plotting it), and I am working on two unsigned paranormals, The Cursed Clan and By Blood. Next up is A Little Harmless Addiction.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

OY, this is huge. Right now, I am huge into historical. It is my favorite genre to read and there is enough of it out there. My fave that I always buy is Liz Carlyle. I like Stephanie Laurens too, but Liz is my fave. I love Nora Robert’s suspenses, and I love, love, love Shayla Black’s erotics. I love her brethren too, but really, her contemporary erotics make my day.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Really? I have too many to name, seriously.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

First book, Linda Howard’s All the Queen’s Men. I actually thought it was just a suspense. I read it in ONE DAY. But, I have one book I always go back to and that is Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence. I just love the hero in the story and she really gets the setting right. Oh, and Howard’s After the Fire. Love that book.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Hmm, I think I would like Brad Pitt and Minnie Driver in A Little Harmless Sex. Of course Brad would have to bulk up a bit :)

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

MILA in Hunting Mila. That woman knows how to handle anything from tea parties to invading aliens. And she knows just how to get herself out of sticky situations.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I like to spend a lot of time with my kids and husband. For so many years, I had to write at night because the kids were young and I was too busy during the day. So, I like to spend a lot of my extra time with them.

 My oldest is a freshman and I know we only have a few years left together like this. So, one of our favorite things to do is watch shows that I missed the beginning of (because I used to write at night) and she was too young to watch. We made it through Bones, we are now on NCIS :)

My youngest is a writer. She is eight and has been writing books and reading them to the class. So, we put her books together. She writes and illustrates them, then we staple them together.

Other than that, I am learning Reiki healing. More for myself, really because it has helped me with my back problems.

If you could ask readers one question, what would it be?

If you could choose an erotic genre for the next Harmless book (after A Little Harmless Addiction) what would it be? Ménage, bdsm, straight contemp, etc?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

I am all over the place:

http://www.melissaschroeder.net/

I am one of the wicked writers:

http://www.thewickedwriters.com/

Also, I tweet on a regular basis:

www.Twitter.com/melschroeder

and facebook:

www.facebook.com/authormelissaschroeder

***Leave a comment answering Melissa’s question for a chance to win a download copy of Conquering India. Good Luck :)

Interview and Giveaway with Kaki Warner

Hi Kaki! Thank you for joining us today.

Thanks for inviting me, Lillie.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I’m the luckiest person you know.  And maybe the most boring.  Although I grew up in the Southwest and got my BA in English from the University of Texas, I’ve spent almost half my life in the congested Seattle area.  Now retired, I live in blissful solitude with my husband and coonhound on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain range.  Instead of traffic horns and sirens, we listen to coyotes and owls.  And instead of close-by neighbors, we have deer and bear and cougars for company.  There are also some drawbacks to living off the grid and eighty miles from the nearest mall, but it’s a nice place to write.

How long have you been writing?

About twenty-five years.  When we moved to the rainy Northwest from the sunny Southwest, I read constantly to combat the gloom and homesickness.  After reading a terrible book, I decided to see if I could do better, and wrote the first draft of what has evolved into Pieces of Sky.  It was pretty terrible, too.  So I put it aside and went back to living life, until I came across the manuscript again about four years ago in storage.  I decided to give it another try, and here I am.  An instant twenty-five year overnight success.

What is your writing process like?

It’s pretty compulsive.  The first thing I do every morning is rush to the computer and get down all the thoughts that came to me overnight.  Then I start writing where I left off.  Usually I follow a rough outline, but occasionally if I feel blocked, I’ll jump ahead to a scene later in the book.  I don’t like to clutter my head with unresolved scenes or unfinished business, so I edit heavily as I write.  Not very efficient, but it frees my mind to move on to the next scene or chapter.  Over the last year, getting Books 2 and 3 of this trilogy completed, edited and ready, I’ve probably spent twelve hours a day at the computer.  It’s not an easy process.

Can you tell us about your newest release, Pieces of Sky?

It’s also my first release and Book 1 of the Blood Rose Trilogy.  Pieces of Sky is Brady’s story.  As the eldest of the three Wilkins brothers, he’s the man in charge of their ranch in the mountains of New Mexico Territory in 1869.  Already haunted by the violence of the past and now desperate to protect what family he has left from a crazed madman bent on revenge, the last thing he needs in his life is a rule-spouting English spinster—one who also happens to be pregnant and on the run.  Which is exactly what happens after their stagecoach falls over a cliff.  Forced to recover in the boisterous, male-dominated Wilkins household, Jessica Thornton begins to reevaluate all her carefully penned rules about proper social behavior.  He’s rough manners, a caustic wit and has twenty years of blood on his hands—she’s a thorny English tea rose hiding a shameful secret beneath her prim ways.  They don’t fit.  Yet as antipathy slowly becomes attraction, she learns that what’s “right” is not necessarily what’s “proper”, and rough manners are not always a fair guide to a man’s true character.  Against a backdrop of violence, vengeance and tragedy, these two wounded souls learn to trust again, and through laughter and courage confront their pasts to find redemption, forgiveness and love.

Do you have other books releasing this year?

Book 2 about the middle brother, Hank, is titled Open Country and will be out June 1st.  Chasing the Sun, Jack’s story, will be out in January 2011.

What are you currently working on?

This blog tour, mostly.  Living as remotely as we do now, it’s a wonderful way to stay connected, and I’ve met an astounding number of readers and writers.  It’s very energizing.  I’m also working on a proposal for another trilogy, this one set in Colorado in the 1870s about four women who meet on a train and become stranded in a dying mining town.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I come up with the time and setting first.  Having grown up in the Southwest, I’m familiar with the climate and geography.  I’ve also raised horses and herded cattle and share a Westerner’s strong connection to the land, so it’s a natural starting point for me.  Once I have the precise setting, I come up with the characters, then finally, the plot.  To me, the characters are the key and the most interesting part of a good book.  If I don’t love them, I can’t write about them.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

It changes all the time, although I probably read more historicals than anything.  I also read Robert Parker, Dean Koontz, Nelson DeMille, Richard Cornwell, Sara Donati, Crichton, Patterson, Eloisa James, Jodi Thomas, the list goes on and on…

What books are on your keeper shelf?

The Husband (Koontz), Lion’s Game (DeMille), Twisted Creek (Thomas), Into The Wilderness (Donati), Lonesome Dove (McMurtry), Pillars of the Earth, (Follett), Agincourt (Cornwell), and others overflowing a dozen boxes in storage.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

I can’t remember that far back.  Like I say, there are stacks of boxes in storage.  I’m sure there are dozens in there that are “the one”.  For today, anyway.  Tomorrow it’ll be a different dozen.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which actors would you like to see as the lead characters?

I have no idea because I don’t see the faces of my characters.  I can see the individual features, but not all together on a face.  That way, the character can act naturally, rather than how I’ve seen this or that actor behave.  Does that make sense?  However, I’ve had a lot of suggestions and the closest so far for Brady is Jeffrey Dean Morgan because of his smile.  As for Jessica?  A younger Nicole Kidman?  Amy Adams?  I’ll leave it to my readers to decide.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be & why?

Switch lives and go back to 1870?  No indoor plumbing or electricity?  No computer?  No way.  Besides I could never pick just one character—like any good mother, I love them the same, only different.  I like Brady’s sense of humor and pragmatic, take-charge attitude.  I admire Hank’s intelligence and the way he manipulates his brothers without their knowing it.  Jack makes me laugh and shake my head, and I love Jessica’s loyalty and temper and class.  How could I choose just one?

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I haven’t had any in so long I almost forgot!  I’m an avid gardener, reader, hiker (when my knees allow it).  I love road trips and heading north into the wilds of British Columbia or along the Pacific Coast.  I love “ladies night out” and snowy evenings by the fire.  And world peace.  Let’s not forget World Peace.  Hey, I’m retired, remember?  I get to enjoy whatever I want, whenever I want.

If you could ask readers any question, what would it be?

What is it about Western Historical Romance that you like?  What turns you off?

Where can readers find you on the Internet?

www.kakiwarner.com.  I’d love to hear from ya’ll.  Being a new author, feedback (good or bad) from readers is always a thrill.  And thanks again for asking me to visit, Lillie.  It’s been fun!

***For a chance to win a copy of Pieces Of Sky, just leave a comment answering Kaki’s question. Good luck! :D

Q&A with Kelly Jamieson

Abby Finlay sticks to one simple rule: no commitment. Ever. She’s not a one-man woman—or even a one-woman woman. She likes sex, and she’s not afraid to experiment. The secret to her success is never sticking around long enough to let anyone get past her tough, cynical exterior.

And that’s what’s making her nervous right now. The Look. In other words, the expression on two-months-steady Eric’s face when he looks at her. It’s got “next level” written all over it—and Abby’s on alert to head for the door.

When Abby confesses to the sexual arousal she feels with his roommate, Jett, Eric can hardly believe his luck. He and Jett have been looking for that one perfect woman with whom to share their lives, and Abby is the missing piece who fits perfectly into the empty space.

Confronted with not just one man, but two who offer her the “C” word, Abby’s buried fears come roaring to the surface. There’s only one thing left to do. Run, before she hurts the two men who mean more to her than they should.

Hi Kelly! Thank you for joining us today.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?
I’m a very boring person.  I work full time as a manager at an insurance company. I’ve been married 25 years, to my best friend. He’s not the most romantic guy but he really is a wonderful husband, he’s very supportive of my writing, and he has a hot body. ;-) We have 2 teenage kids who really are the best kids in the world. Really.

How long have you been writing?
I spent a lot of time writing when I was a kid – does that count? When I started reading romances as a teenager, I knew I wanted to write romance, but I never actually did. Probably a little fear of failure combined with real life getting in the way. About three years ago I decided I was going to give it a serious shot – my kids were older and busy doing their own things and I was ready.

What is your writing process like?
My writing process is still evolving, I think! I spend much more time planning now that I did at first. I start with my characters because I believe all stories are ultimately character driven. I plan some major plot points, but not too many, because I’ve discovered that when I start writing, my characters take over and things happen that I never would have imagined. Then I write like crazy. I’m very fast. When I’m finished, I go back and do a lot of tweaking and editing, and then I put that baby away for at least a month. When I go back to it it’s more fresh and I can see problems I didn’t see before. Then I get my fabulous critique partner to look at it.

Can you tell us about your newest release, 2 Hot 2 Handle?
I’m pretty proud of this story, which was on the Top 10 bestseller list at My Bookstore and More for 4 weeks!!!  I think people like it. J It’s the third story in a sort of series (the stories aren’t really connected, just the characters). In the first 2 stories we meet Abby, who is always the third in a threesome, and that’s the way she likes it – fun sex, no commitment. Then she meets Eric and thing seem to be getting serious except she’s also kind of attracted to Eric’s room mate Jett…turns out they both want Abby!

Do you have other books releasing this year?
I have a novella coming out with Ellora’s Cave called Conference Call, no date yet. It’s a quick little story about the sexy things that can happen when you’re away at a conference. And coming in June, my  next Samhain release, Lost and Found, a very different story – yes, it’s still hot, as readers know me for, but intensely emotional and a different kind of romance.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m about two-thirds through a BDSM themed romance which I’m really enjoying! That’s unusual because at this point in my work-in-progress I usually hate it! I don’t have a title for it yet…I need a hot title.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Ideas come from all over – newspaper and magazine articles, TV shows, eavesdropping on people in restaurants!

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?
Well I am definitely a romance reader. I love love. I have many auto-buy authors – although the author who’s probably my top pick isn’t actually a romance author – Marian Keyes. But her books do have a love story. I love how she tackles such intense topics with so much humor. Also Jill Shalvis, Tara Janzen, Lora Leigh, Lorelei James, Lacey Alexander/Toni Blake, Megan Hart, Erin McCarthy, Shannon McKenna…and many more!

What books are on your keeper shelf?
Many by the authors I just listed! We were doing some cleaning a few weeks ago and I found a box of books I’d kept from years back – Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught, Jacqueline Susann (Valley of the Dolls!).

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?
I would say Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

If one your books was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?
Okay let’s face it, if most of my books were made into movies, they’d be X-rated. I don’t know who would star in them!

If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be & why?
Hmm. I just submitted a book to one of my editors and the hero is a hockey player. I have a big fondness for hockey players. Oh yeah. So it might be her…Remi in Breakaway. Here’s hoping you all get to read it some day!

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
Family time is the most important thing and I’m so lucky that my husband and I still have so much fun together after all these years, and also that my kids, despite being teenagers, still want to do things with their parents. I also like cooking (well, actually eating!), gardening and playing the piano.

If you could ask readers any question, what would it be?
‘Kay, I really thought about this – but I have no idea. I would just tell everyone who reads my books, I love you!

Where can readers find you on the internet?
www.kellyjamieson.com Come visit, I have a beautiful new website!

Winner: Shelley Munro guest blog

Using List Randomizer at random.org, the winner of any digital book from Shelley Munro’s backlist at Ellora’s Cave or Cerridwen Press is:

Joder!

Please email me at lillie80 @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with the title of your choice and preferred format. Please include “Shelley Munro book winner” in the subject line. The winner will have three days to contact me or another winner will be drawn.

There were 16 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Joder
  2. Beth C.
  3. Kaye Manro
  4. Estella
  5. Mitzi H.
  6. Raonaid Luckwell
  7. Pamk
  8. Sherry S.
  9. Miranda
  10. Ilona
  11. AMANDA
  12. Sue Brandes
  13. Scorpio M.
  14. Tracey D
  15. Maria D.
  16. Fedora

Timestamp: 2010-03-07 23:33:54 UTC


Review: One Wilde Night by Rhonda Leah

Tara wanted one night, but now must choose between a wild ride and a hotrod.

It’s Tara Wilde’s birthday, and all she wants is a one-night man. Tucker Carson is just the ticket. But they have more in common than they realize, starting with a shared fetish for hot cars.When Tucker returns home, he can’t forget the woman who gave him a false name and toyed with his heart.

When chance brings Tucker back to Tara’s home town she thinks he’s there for a temporary visit, and makes up for lost time. But when he steals her car and gets it into a wreck, she finds out she cares more about the man who lied to her than her beloved vehicle.

With lies and the ghosts of her past in the way, will Tara keep her heart safe, or be driven on the road to passion?

~~~~~~

When Tara meets Tucker at her sister’s birthday party, it may not have been love at first sight but it was definitely lust. After one extremely hot night, Tara leaves Tucker sleeping and expects life to go back to its normal lonely existence.

What she never expected was for Tucker to move to town a few months later and turn her life upside down. She may be falling in love with the sexy professor but she knows that it can’t go anywhere. Tara isn’t willing to put that kind of trust into anyone again.

If you are looking for a book with a “perfect” heroine, this one may not be for you. But if you are looking for emotional depth, characters willing to face their personal demons for love, and some seriously hot sex scenes, you need to read One Wilde Night. This is Rhonda Leah’s second book and I have loved both of them. She knows how to bring the heat and the heart. What more could I ask for? :)

You can find out more about Rhonda Leah and her books here.

Life in Small Towns by Shelley Munro

It’s not every day a girl inherits a condom company, and to say accountant Alice Beasley is astonished and out of her depth is putting it mildly. For an almost virgin, she needs a quick education in all things condom because her inheritance is in danger. Someone is intent on sabotage and playing nasty, trying to destroy her new company.

Alice is suddenly getting down and dirty with charismatic James, the factory manager, all in the name of business, testing new condom designs. The sex is hot. Mind-blowing. It’s a dark thrill and an erotic journey. Yeah, it’s a hard job, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s gotta do.

The testing turns personal. Alice wants James. She craves his talented touch and sultry kisses, she desires passion and physical pleasure on a permanent basis but first she must convince bad-boy James to give up his fancy-free ways…


Thanks so much for having me to visit again to tell you about Fancy Free.

Fancy Free takes place in a small fictional town called Sloan. In fact, those of you who have read any of the books in my Talking Dogs series might recognize the town. Although, rest assured, the world of Fancy Free is a contemporary one with not a single alien in sight.

I grew up in the country, a small community with close ties. To this day, I enjoy reading romances and watching movies etc that are set in small towns because it reminds me of my childhood–I can relate. The Gilmore Girls was recently on one of the channels down here in NZ. I never saw it the first time, but I enjoyed the quirky humor and the goings on in Stars Hollow very much.

In the book world I’m enjoying Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series about the life of a midwife and a pub owner and all their friends–the trials and tribulations and the special moments of love and laughter. Lauren Dane’s Chase Brothers series, set in a town called Petal is also a lot of fun and recently I’ve read Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl. This book chronicles the adventures of Molly Jennings and her relocation to Tumble Creek in Colorado. Kristan Higgins is also another favorite with her first person romances set in small towns.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to living in a small community, both of which can be used to great effect in romantic fiction or movies.

Advantages:

    People know each other and family histories.
    When times get tough, friends and neighbors step in and help.
    There’s generally less trouble in small towns and less need for tight personal security.
    Usually less graffiti and litter.
    Cheaper cost of living.
    Great place to bring up children.
    There are some great local traditions and celebrations.
    Plenty of parking spaces.

Disadvantages:

    People know each other and family histories.
    Some services are lacking, although the advent of the Internet counteracts this.
    Small town gossip – it’s hard to misbehave without everyone knowing.
    It’s hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right because the choices are limited.
    People never forget your mistakes or your parents’ mistakes.
    If you do something wrong or want to keep a secret, it will get back to the people you don’t want to hear. i.e. that sex toy you ordered via the Internet and the packaging broke – the postmistress will tell everyone!
    Sometimes it feels like living in a fishbowl because people are nosy!

In Fancy Free Alice, the heroine inherits a condom factory and in order to keep her inheritance she must move to the small town of Sloan where everyone has an opinion about her business. She finds small town life both trying and interesting. At first, Alice feels a bit like Alice in Wonderland because the town of Sloan is very strange and it feels like a strange and weird rabbit hole. But gradually things change and she starts to feel right at home.

What you think about living in a small community? If you live in a small town, do you like it? Do you have any advantages or disadvantages to add to my list? Is there a book or a movie set in a small town that you’d like to recommend?

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and writes contemporary and paranormal romance for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. You can visit Shelley at www.shelleymunro.com or check out her daily blog post at www.shelleymunro.com/blog.

Excerpt from Fancy Free

They were in the wrong place.

Alice Beasley stared around the crowded town hall feeling a little like her namesake Alice in Wonderland–lost and confused in a strange, foreign world. This bedlam reminded her of a storybook rabbit hole, not a small New Zealand country town called Sloan. She gaped at a woman dressed in a bright orange turban and a long, voluminous, hunter green gown. Another woman in a smart black suit teetered her way to the front of the hall, a small grubby boy in tow. His red, tear-stained face confirmed coercion and he looked just as uncomfortable as Alice felt. The fish-out-of-water sensation persisted while she perused the many colorful characters assembled in the town hall. Oh no! This certainly couldn’t be the reading of her godmother Alicia’s will.

Alice leaned over to rifle through the black leather handbag at her feet and pulled out the sheet of paper on which she’d written the date, time and address the lawyer had rattled off at the termination of a hurried phone call the previous evening. She scanned the details. Frowning, she stuffed the paper back inside her bag and straightened, her hands tucked demurely in her lap.

It was the right place.

A prickle of awareness jerked her upright. Alice glanced up from her folded hands, peeking through lowered lashes. A man. She hunched forward again so she didn’t appear so obvious but continued to spy on him. A gorgeous man surrounded by flirtatious females of all ages. Tall. A rangy build. Dark shaggy hair and bright blue eyes that focused on her and bore distinct interest. Alice wondered what it would be like to have a man like that at her side, touching her like a lover, then guilt assailed her and she glanced away.

Definitely not her sort.

He appeared too dashing, and his wicked grin indicated a man too daring for her. No, despite this man’s obvious attractions–her fascinated gaze darted back to scan his broad chest, his overlong hair and his…

Awareness pulled at Alice, her skin suddenly overly warm and her mind uneasy with her wayward thoughts. She squirmed on her wooden chair and tugged furtively at her white cotton cardigan. A quick jerk of her wrist pulled it away from her breasts but did little to cool the swelter of her body. She barely resisted fanning her face, smoothing the wayward strands of her hair away from her forehead instead. Oh my goodness. She’d stared right at his…

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