New Release: Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by @TaliaHibbert

Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral…

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

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About the Author:

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people ofmarginalised identities need honest and positive representation. She also rambles intermittently about the romance genre over at Frolic Media. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia self-publishes via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.

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Behind Their Books with @annabellamicha1

Behind Their Books

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Here’s my interview with Contemporary Gay Romance author Annabella Michaels

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Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

I’m married with two grown children and I live near Cincinnati, Ohio. I’ve been writing for almost 4 years.

How are your books published? Are you self-published, traditionally published, a hybrid? What lead you to choose that path?

Self-pub. I love the freedom it gives me in choosing when and what I write.

Who are some of your favorite authors to read?

NR Walker, Nicky James, Jaclyn Osborn, Jaclyn Quinn, Tal Bauer.

What are some books and/or authors who’ve inspired your writing?

Riley Hart, Tal Bauer, NR Walker.

Is there a genre you would like to write in but haven’t or don’t feel that you’d be able to write?

Young adult, MF romance

What was the most challenging book you’ve written so far?

The Swap. The reason The Swap was so challenging for me was because it was the first book I wrote that took me out of my comfort zone, so to speak. Before that, I wrote mostly, sweet, funny, heartwarming stories and that was the first book I wrote that pushed some boundaries. It was also a concept many people had never heard of before, tossing your keys in a bowl and letting fate determine who you’d spend the evening with. Thankfully, people were very open to the idea and it turned out to be my best-selling book to date.

Would you ever want to co-write a book with someone else? And if so, who would you like to write with (alive or dead)?

Yes, I have several friends I’ve talked to about collabing. I’m currently working on a collab with Aimee Nicole Walker.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what do you normally listen to?

I can’t listen to anything with words or it distracts me. I prefer listening to thunderstorm sounds.

Do you write at a computer or do you still write by hand? With me, I write my poetry by hand, but mainly write prose on a computer.

I outline all my books by hand but write the books on a computer.

Is your reading mainly inside or outside of the genre you write?

Mostly within my genre, but sometimes in the mood for MF romance or a good mystery/thriller

For readers who haven’t read your work before, which book do you suggest they start with?

Feeding the Souls: Souls of Chicago series book 1

Do you feel that your genre as a whole is becoming more diverse or have you not noticed a lot of change in recent years?

We’re definitely becoming more diverse and readers have become much more accepting.

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New Release: Starbreaker, by @AuthorABouchet

 

 

Starbreaker

THEY NEVER WANTED TO BE HEROES

Captain Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan are still the galaxy’s Most Wanted, and with revolution in the wind and the universe on the brink of catastrophic war, the situation couldn’t be more desperate. Despite the Dark Watch scouring the known sectors for them, rebel leaders have handed the crew of the Endeavor a delicate and dangerous mission: break into Starbase 12 and free renowned scientist Reena Ahern. She’s the only one who stands a chance of tipping the odds in their favor for the first time in decades.

BUT PULLING OFF THE IMPOSSIBLE IS WHAT THEY DO BEST

The clock is ticking. But as their attraction builds and secrets are revealed, Tess and Shade must decide if they trust each other enough to execute this impossible prison break. They could change the course of history, but they’ll be risking everything… They’ll just have to tackle one crisis at a time.

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About the Author:

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance Writers of America chapter contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.

Amanda is a French master’s graduate and former English teacher. She lives in Paris, France with her two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

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Behind Their Books with @katewriteswords

Behind Their Books

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For the first official Behind Their Books interview, I’m interviewing LGBT Romance author Kate Hawthorne. Enjoy.

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Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

I’m born and raised in California, recently transplanted to Kentucky. I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life, and even though no one told me I could make a living telling stories, I’m doing it anyway. Now existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, I write stories about complicated men in love that are sometimes dirty, but always sweet. I enjoy crafting hard-fought and well deserved happy endings with just the right amount of angst and kink.

How are your books published? Are you self-published, traditionally published, a hybrid? What lead you to choose that path?

I’m self-published. Writing is something that I started pursuing seriously later in life, and I had friends who were self-published so I had their guidance and help navigating the inner workings of the whole thing. I’ve sometimes thought about trying to go hybrid, but I think I’m too much of a control freak 🙂

Who are some of your favorite authors to read?

I adore Sierra Simone, E.M. Lindsey, E.M. Denning, Sheena Himes, Adrienne Wilder…there’s too many authors in my genre that I think are so talented and under appreciated.

What are some books and/or authors who’ve inspired your writing?

All of the above? I know I would not be writing if it was not for E.M. Denning, who was one of my first cheerleaders when I sat down at the keyboard. Aside from her, I am giant fans of Sierra Simone and E.M. Lindsey, and reading their books always pushes me to try and refine my craft.

I know you write LGBT Romance. Are there any subgenres that you would like to write in but haven’t or don’t feel that you’d be able to write?

I’m super happy writing the kinky, contemporary stories I tell. I have a paranormal universe that I have one published title in so far, but the readership is a little different so it doesn’t get much of a hold, but I love being able to create my own rules and then bend them.

Would you ever want to co-write a book with someone else? And if so, who would you like to write with (alive or dead)?

I have!! I have a series I’ve co-written with E.M. Denning, and I’ve written with two other author friends as well. I love the push and pull when I’m not the only one writing, even if we’ve taken our own characters. Co-writing is hard, but so rewarding.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what do you normally listen to?

I didn’t used to, but I’m a convert. I build playlists for all of my books now and blast those on repeat.

Do you have any playlists to go with your books?

Here’s my playlist for my upcoming book Heartless, book 2 in the Room for Love series. You can find playlists for other books there, as well.

Do you write at a computer or do you still write by hand? With me, I write my poetry by hand, but mainly write prose on a computer.

I write at a computer, but all of my character and story notes I keep by hand. I have a stack of notebooks (used and not) on my desk at all times.

Is your reading mainly inside or outside of the genre you write?

I read almost exclusively within the genre I write, but I don’t read the sub-genre that I’m currently writing. So if I’m writing a BDSM story, I won’t read books with BDSM content.

For readers who haven’t read your work before, which book do you suggest they start with?

I think it really depends!! The two books that I love the most are Unfettered and A Taste of Sin.

Do you feel that your genre as a whole is becoming more diverse or have you not noticed a lot of change in recent years?

I think the genre is becoming a lot more saturated, but I don’t think it’s become more diverse. I have only been writing for a handful of years, so I’m sure it’s better than it used to be, but I haven’t seen a change since I’ve been around. There are a lot more own voices authors, but I don’t see them getting the traction or the representation they should.

Who are some own voices authors you’d recommend checking out?

Off the top of my head, and not all of these are necessarily own voices as in, they are gay men writing gay men, but they are writing queer content, disability rep, etc…Noah Steele, Devon McCormack, Max Walker, Shane K. Morton, Michael Bailey, AM Arthur, EM Lindsey, Adrienne Wilder, Atom Yang, Daryl Banner,

How would you like to see the bookish community be more inclusive and diverse? What steps do you think could help this happen?

Absolutely! I think the first step is really listening to those diverse voices and giving them a platform. I have no doubt the writers are there, we just need to step aside and let them be heard.

How have you as an author helped the growth of diversity in the book world, whether in your own writing or actions in the community?

I’ve always done what I can to elevate authors who are better suited to tell the stories that the genre needs. If I’m telling a story of a diverse or marginalized character, I make sure to use sensitivity readers to make sure that I’m getting the story told in the best way I can, and also to make sure that I even have a right or the platform to tell the story. I think it’s important to listen to what the people around you are saying and not step on anyone’s toes.

Now to finish off with a fun, and often controversial questions: Book adaptations…is there one that you’d say was great? Or is there one that you just couldn’t stand?

I am super pleased seeing Outlander come to the screen. I think the casting is perfect and the storytelling is superb.

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New Release: Not That Kind of Guy, by @AuthorAndieJ

 

 

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An office attraction becomes something more when they’re off the clock in this delightful romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry.

State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother’s wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance featuring heat, humor, and dirty talking heroes that make readers sweat. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and drove an Alfa Romeo up a winding road to a minor royal’s estate in Spain. Andie lives in the Nation’s Capital with her French Bulldog, Gus, a stockpile of Campari, and way too many books.

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