Booktopia Romance Buzz
February 2013 | Edition Ten
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Welcome to the February Romance Buzz!
Kat MayoHello, my fellow book addicts!

It's that time of year again when romance takes centre stage - yes, I'm talking about Valentine's Day! And while the idea of a dozen long-stemmed roses is quite sweet, I'd rather be surprised with a fantastic book. Looking at the titles coming out this month, I don't think you'll have trouble finding one!

If you're a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, you'll want to check out the first two tie-in novellas by Shannon Curtis and Amy Andrews . Shannon is also our featured author this month - you may already know her from her romantic suspense novels - and if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in a book signing or ARRA event, I need to warn you: she's hilarious!

Speaking of ARRA, Booktopia is once again a very proud sponsor of the Australian Romance Readers Awards. Check out the list of finalists in this newsletter - a great way to try new titles and authors! The winners will be announced in Sydney on March 22, so make sure you reserve your spot at the awards dinner. You can find more details on the ARRA blog . (And if you do come along, please find me and my fellow Booktopians and say hi!)

What I just finished: The Girl In The Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill - rural romance just gets better every year!

What I'm reading now: Star Pirate's Justice by S. E. Gilchrist

What I can't wait for: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long, and The King by J. R. Ward

Until next month - happy reading, and may February be filled with romance, in fiction if not in real life!


Kat Mayo

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CHICK-LIT IS BACK...AND IT'S BACK WITH LURVE!
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by Zoë Foster


I'm predicting a resurgence of chick-lit with happy romantic endings, and Zoë Foster's upcoming book, The Wrong Girl, fits right into this category. First of all, I love balloon covers! (Is that weird?) And this book definitely delivers on that!

After a disastrous morning-after involving a severe hangover and a now ex-best guy friend, Lily makes a pact with her roommate to go on a man detox. Which is just as well, because Lily is producing a successful cooking show and she's up for a promotion - and must not get distracted by her extremely distracting celebrity chef, Jack.

This book has all the elements we love about chicklit - single women grabbing life by the mojitos - with a bit of romance on the side. You won't find any shoe shopping in this book, but you might salivate at Jack's delicious...concoctions!

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL TIE-INS
If you're a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful you will LOVE these tie-in novellas from Momentum. The show's executive producer has given these stories the seal of approval, and they explore the many different possible romances between characters you know and love. The line's launch titles are from Amy Andrews and Shannon Curtis , both of whom are ARRA award finalists, so you know your favourite characters are in good hands! If you're a fan of Bill Spencer, you have your pick of heroines for him this month!
FORBIDDEN AFFAIR
by Amy Andrews

COLLISION COURSE
by Shannon Curtis
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Steffy resigns from Forrester Creations and is surprised when Bill offers her a job at Eye on Fashion. To convince her to accept his offer, Bill volunteers at Daisy's...whereupon the earth moves and he and Steffy are trapped in the collapsed building! Steffy finds herself falling in love with the last man she should want - but can she trust the attraction between them?

You probably know Amy Andrews as a category romance author, so you can be sure she knows how to make the most out of a shorter story!

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Bill isn't coping in the aftermath of the plane crash - the memories plague him, and he's using alcohol to escape it all. When Taylor tricks him into therapy. Brooke is furious! Bill begins to realise how important Taylor is to his life, and Taylor has to decide if he's worth risking her heart.

As author Shannon Curtis puts it: Taylor. Bill. Brooke. In one room. Awesome. Scroll down to her Q&A at the end of this newsletter to see what else she has to say about this novella!

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GAME, SET AND LOVE
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by Juliet Madison

 
If you love beachside romances, check out Australian author Juliet Madison's February or Forever.

Chrissie Burns moves into a rundown beach house that she inherited, intending to renovate and sell. In the meantime, she's teaching yoga at the local health spa and finds herself giving private lessons to music celebrity Drew Williams. The longer Chrissie stays in Tarrin Bay, the harder it's becoming to leave. Both Chrissie and Drew have been shaped by events in their past, and living in Tarrin Bay - and finding each other - could be their chance to heal and open their hearts enough to trust again.

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FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIREMAN
by Jennifer Bernard

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
by Jennifer Dawson

EVENING STARS
by Susan Mallery
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JADED
by Anne Calhoun

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
by Jill Shalvis
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They can't hide from desire....

After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned-out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He's hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements-even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated, and most importantly leaving town soon. So why not have some fun?

Alana Wentworth comes from a larger-than-life political family, yet all she wanted was to be a librarian. Then after an embarrassing marriage proposal from Mr. Not-For-Her, she jumps at the chance to more...

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SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he more...

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BOLLYWOOD AND THE BEAST
by Suleikha Snyder

THE COWBOY'S MAIL ORDER BRIDE
by Carolyn Brown

CLOSE PURSUIT
by Cindy Dees
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(The Matchmaker, Book 3)
by Elise Sax

 
The Matchmaker series is perfect for Stephanie Plum fans looking for some additional hits of mystery, mayhem and sexy would-be heroes. Gladie Burger and her grandmother are faced with a rival for their matchmaking services, and Gladie is tasked with exposing her as a fraud. Simple, right?

If you're a fan of this series, you'll know to expect a madcap mystery, a dead body, and fabulous one-liners from characters who manage to be over-the-top without losing their charm. You'll also be torn - as is Gladie - between Gladie's mostly absent boyfriend Holden, Spencer the 'lip ninja', and hot new detective Remington Cumberbatch. A lot happens in this book outside the romance, but what happens towards the end definitely changes the dynamics between Gladie and her men. You'll be dying for the next book!


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New to The Matchmaker series? Start at the beginning with An Affair to Dismember!
COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER
by Bella Andre

THE CHANCE
by Robyn Carr
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Fame, fortune, and falling in love....

Movie star Smith Sullivan can't afford any distractions. He's staking his entire reputation on his new film...but he can't stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn't averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she's watched too many smart women fall for more...

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Share the joys, heartbreaks, challenges and triumphs of the people who inhabit the small Oregon town of Thunder Point with #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr.

With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing more...

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CATCHING HEAT
by Alison Packard

BOLTED
by Meg Benjamin

CONNECTED
by Kim Karr
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MILLS & BOON ANTHOLOGY BY NALINI SINGH
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by Nalini Singh

Did you know that before New Zealand author Nalini Singh rose to fame with her paranormal romance books, she wrote category romances for Harlequin? No? Well, then you need to check out this Mills and Boon anthology, featuring three books she wrote in the mid-2000s.

Awaken to Pleasure features a marriage of convenience between a virgin heroine and her sexy boss. Awaken the Senses is set in a vineyard, where the heroine meets the hero of her dreams...and then finds out that his seduction may have all been a lie. Craving Beauty sees a scarred hero and  a heroine who knows that true beauty is in the heart.

This one is a must-have for Nalini fans.


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ROMANCE FOR CYNICS
by Nicola Marsh

PRETENDER TO THE THRONE
by Maisey Yates

SHAMED IN THE SANDS
by Sharon Kendrick
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SEDUCTION NEVER LIES
by Sara Craven

TEMPTED BY DR. MORALES/ THE ACCIDENTAL ROMEO
by Carol Marinelli

ONCE UPON A VALENTINE/THE DOCTOR'S FORMER FIANCEE
by Allison Leigh, Caro Carson
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COVERS TO DROOL OVER
I know we sometimes like to complain about covers that are too romancey. How are we supposed to convince people to try romance?! But let's face it - sometimes a cover says a thousand words. Tell me, fellow readers - what do these covers say to you?
MELTING THE ICE
by Jaci Burton

DESERT HEAT
by Kat Martin

AS HOT AS IT GETS
by Elle Kennedy
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MEN, WOMEN & THE MANY WAYS THEY GET HOT UNDER THE SHEETS!
This month's erotic romance and erotica titles are super hot! We have anthologies, bindings (ha!), blindfolds and a lot of rule breaking!
BEST EROTIC  ROMANCE 2014
by Lauren Dane, Kristina Wright

BEST LESBIAN ROMANCE 2014
by Radclyffe

BEST GAY ROMANCE
2014
by Timothy J. Lambert, R. D. Cochrane
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RULE BREAKER
by Lora Leigh

BOUND
by Lorelei James

LETTING GO
by Maya Banks
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TWISTED
by Alison Tyler

BOUND TO BE DIRTY
by Savanna Fox

THE RELUCTANT BERSERKER
by Alex Beecroft
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MASTER OF THE OPERA, ACT 3
by Jeffe Kennedy

NO SUCH THING
by A. M. Arthur

HAVING HER
by Jackie Ashenden
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ALL THE BEST ALIENS ARE EQUIPPED FOR LOVE!
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by S. E. Gilchrist


Science fiction romance is still somewhat of a rare subgenre, but authors like S. E. Gilchrist are making sure that readers who love aliens and galaxies with their love stories aren't neglected.

Carly (I love this very Aussie sounding name!) has captured a wanted Darkon traitor and intends to use the bounty to pay for her sister's medical expenses back home. But Volkar, her prisoner, has plans of his own. He wants to clear his name and expose the traitor intent on bringing war to his people. But their simmering attraction brings unwanted complication, especially when it becomes increasingly clear that someone close is planning their destruction.

If you love space battles, alien intrigues and instant attraction that develops into something more, you need to check out this series. Star Pirate's Justice is straight SF romance, but some of the novellas that make up this series feature more erotic stories, so be prepared for some hot, out-of-this-world action!


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Can't read a series out of order? Make sure you grab the first book in the series, Legend Beyond Stars!
WILD WOLF
by Jennifer Ashley

SUN GOD SEEKS... SURROGATE?
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

THE CLOCKWORK WOLF
by Lynn Viehl
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FALLING LIGHT
by Thea Harrison

UP FROM THE GRAVE
by Jeaniene Frost

NIGHT'S PROMISE
by Amanda Ashley
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VAMPIRE MOST WANTED
by Lynsay Sands

THE UNDEAD POOL
by Kim Harrison

LABYRINTH OF STARS
by Marjorie M. Liu
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LOVE AND ADRENALINE DEFINITELY MIX!
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(Hard Ink, Book 2)
by Laura Kaye


I've talked about this series in a previous Buzz, and if you're a fan of Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series, I don't think you'll be disappointed with Shane's book. Hard As You Can intersects with events from the previous book, when the Nick and his team rescue Charlie from a strip bar owned by a notorious gang leader.

Crystal, the waitress who helped Shane, is the girlfriend of club manager Bruno - not by choice, but for survival. When Shane and his team realise that Bruno is involved in human trafficking, he knows Crystal is their best chance to catch the gang and rescue their prisoners. But putting Crystal in the line of fire becomes increasingly difficult when all Shane wants to do is to protect her at all costs.

Romantic suspense is usually about the alpha heroes who do all the grunt work to protect their heroines, but I have a soft spot for Crystal, who isn't physically strong but has the guts to do what it takes to keep herself and her sister safe, even if it means turning her back on love. This one is a real page-turner!


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This series has an overarching suspense plot, so it's best to start with Hard As It Gets!

SINISTER AND FATAL
by Jayne Castle

HIGH SEDUCTION
by Vivian Arend

PERFECT TOGETHER
by Carly Phillips
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DO OR DIE
by Suzanne Brockmann

SCREAM FOR ME
by Cynthia Eden

FATAL AFFAIR
by Marie Force
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BRIDES, BARBARIANS AND WICKED DUKES
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by Lorraine Heath


They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways...

This book has one of the best opening scenes with the hero and heroine - having just bedded his latest conquest, Henry, Duke of Lovingdon, opens the door (sans trousers) and comes face to face with Grace, much to his chagrin. Henry and Grace (Lorraine Heath fans might recognise them as children who featured in the author's previous books) are childhood friends, so when Grace asks him to help her weed out the fortune hunters in her quest to find true love. He refuses, of course.

As a girl, Grace had a crush on Henry, but she learned to stifle any feelings other than friendship when he married. When he lost his family, he changed from being a respectable gentleman to one concerned with nothing but the pleasures of life.

So. Rake. Virgin heroine. Unrequited childhood crush. The moment when Lovingdon's world changes and he sees Grace in a different light is thrilling to read. I also love the way Grace finally gets him to help her - over a game of cards! And that's only the first three chapters...


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THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR
by Julia London

THE RAIDER
by Monica McCarty

THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE
by Cathy Maxwell
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BARBARIAN BRIDE
by Eva Scott

TEMPTATION OF LAURA
by Rachel Brimble

LORD OF THE RAKES
by Darcie Wilde
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NEW ADULTS, NEW LOVES
That heady feeling of young love remains irresistible to romance readers. Check out this month's new adult titles!
TAKE A CHANCE
by Abbi Glines

BE WITH ME
by J. Lynn

THIS IS NOW
by Maggie Gilbert
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AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE ROMANCE TITLES
The finalists of the Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced early in January. Winners are voted on by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association, making this award like one big recommendation from readers. If you're looking for something new, something different, or just something more to read, this list is the place to start!
PARANORMAL
SCI-FI, FANTASY OR FUTURISTIC

A Warlord's Lady by Nicola E. Sheridan
Fish Out of Water by Ros Baxter
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Iron Kin by MJ Scott
Kinked by Thea Harrison
Redemption by Erica Hayes
Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel
The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk
The S.E.R.A. Files Vol 1 by CT Green
Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Alien, Mine by Sandra Harris
Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin
Chaos Bound by Rebekah Turner
Demon Chained by Erica Hayes
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Hindsight by Sarah Belle
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
The Blood She Betrayed by Cheryse Durrant
White Christmas by Ros Baxter

HISTORICAL
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

A Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long
Letter From a Rake by Sasha Cottman
London's Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
The Border Laird's Bride by Allison Butler
The Greatest Lover Ever by Christina Brooke
The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody by Isabella Hargreaves
The Reluctant Bride by Beverley Eikli
Untamed by Anna Cowan

Burnt by Karly Lane
Calculated in Death by JD Robb
Darkening Skies by Bronwyn Parry
For Her Eyes Only
by Shannon Curtis
Half Moon Bay
by Helene Young
Lost in Kakadu
by Kendall Talbot
Outback Fear by Suzanne Brandyn Shadow Woman by Linda Howard Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
SHORT CATEGORY

A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli
Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen
Breathless by Dakota Harrison
Exhale by Dakota Harrison
Heartland by Cathryn Hein
Holding Out for a Hero by Amy Andrews
Lick by Kylie Scott
Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Driving Her Crazy by Amy Andrews
Imprisoned by a Vow by Annie West
Miracle in Bellaroo Creek by Barbara Hannay
The Love Deception by Jennifer St George
The One that Got Away by Kelly Hunter
The Pregnancy Plot by Paula Roe
What Love Sounds Like by Alissa Callen
EROTIC
FAVOURITE SERIES

Betrayed by Christina Phillips
Emily's Cowboy by Donna Gallagher
Her Savage Scot by Christina Phillips
Rhythm of My Heart by Jess Dee
Sarah's Soldier by Donna Gallagher
Skin by Kylie Scott
Tainted by Christina Phillips
The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley by Viveka Portman
The Yearning by Kate Belle
Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun

Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
Half-Light City series by MJ Scott
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
League of Love series by Donna Gallagher
London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster
Mercy's Angels series by Kirsty Dallas
Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh
Sons of Sin series by Anna Campbell
The Westruthers series by Christina Brooke
FAVOURITE COVER
SEXIEST HERO

Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin
Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh
Half Moon Bay by Helene Young
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Iron Kin by MJ Scott
Lick by Kylie Scott
Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot
My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

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Alex Kristidis from Mistaken Identity by Alyssa J Montgomery
Curran from Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Daniel 'Monty' Montgomery from Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
Gareth Andrews from Emily's Cowboy by Donna Gallagher
Jake Prince from Holding Out for a Hero by Amy Andrews
Logan Black from The One that Got Away by Kelly Hunter
Reyes Farrow from Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Sir Richard Harmsworth from A Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
Tait Cavanaugh from Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen
Will Carver from Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
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NINE NAUGHTY QUESTIONS WITH SHANNON CURTIS
Shannon Curtis This month's feature author is Australian author Shannon Curtis, best known for her romantic suspense series McCormack Security Agency. (Book 3 of the series, For Her Eyes Only, is an ARRA award finalist!) Shannon is one of the launch authors for a series of tie-in novellas with popular daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful. To find out more about Shannon, you can visit her website , like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter at @2BShannonCurtis . And now, on to Shannon's answers to our Nine Naughty Questions...

1. Headless washboard abs, a torrid embrace, the sprawling homestead, an elegantly dressed décolletage, or the vaguely kinky object against a dark background - what's your favourite type of romance cover and why?

Hmm, they all sound so fantastically 'romantic'. I would have to say, though, that washboard abs will always get my vote. Why? Probably because strength is always an attractive quality. I spend a lot of time looking at those headless washboard abs covers - mainly for research purposes, of course. I'm trying to think of a suitably profound response, but the simple truth is - I like them.

2. What is the secret life of a romance writer? What goes on between you and your keyboard (or quill) behind closed doors?

Oh, it's totes glamorous. Most of the time I barely remember to brush my hair, but fortunately those screens are blind (unless you're doing a Skype call with an editor, then it pays to remember your brush!) I spend a lot of my time plotting - I LOVE to plot, and then if I really need to cram for a deadline, I sit up in the spare bed (which happens to be in my office), Click here for details or to order nursing my laptop and wearing earphones. Half the time I forget to actually play my music, so I'm hoping they just make me look smarter. I'm also a mother to three young children, so there is the grocery shopping and school pickups in my uniform (code for anything that smells clean and looks halfway presentable). And there is so much research that goes into a book - particularly if you're writing for an international market, or if your characters are doing anything remotely technical. In my Bold and the Beautiful novella, Collision Course , I address PTSD, and I wanted to do more than just pay lip service to that very serious issue, so that research was intense. I spend a lot of time 'researching' - please refer to Question 1.

3. At the heart of a romantic story is the way in which the main characters reveal their true natures to each other. How much of yourself do you put into your characters, and have their stories been affected by your personal experiences?

Click here for details or to orderI put enough in there that hopefully won't come back and sue me. Seriously, though, I would hazard a guess that most authors leave a little DNA footprint in their characters, it's difficult not to. I recently wrote a romantic suspense novel, For Her Eyes Only , where the couple have to go undercover to a couples resort, and these characters had a real issue relating and communicating with each other. This was based on some friends and family members who were going through similar difficult times, and the one common thread was how challenging it was for people to actually communicate and listen effectively - and that something so simple as talking to your partner can be so loaded and volatile. Those issues inspired the novel.

4. I'm interested in how you differentiate between romance fiction, erotica and porn. Are romance readers getting naughtier?

I would say no, they're not getting naughtier - or perhaps they've always been this naughty...? For me, romance fiction is a story of two individuals who overcome the odds they face together and get their Happily Ever After. Erotica - well, sometimes it has a HEA, sometimes it has a Happy For Right Now - but there is always an element of respect, care and consideration for the partner, and for themselves - the love scenes are very graphic, but they are still love scenes of a sort. Porn, on the other hand, I see as being more for the satisfying ending for the reader, not so much for the characters...

Click here for details or to order5. Please tell us about your latest novel! Did you have a secret alternative title while you were writing it?

It's funny - I always put a working title on my novels - sometimes they stick, more often, though, the publisher smiles and says 'we need to change this' (which is code for 'you suck at titles, thank God you can write books').  For Collision Course, it was a working title that just seemed to jump right out at me, and the publishers (Pan Macmillan and Momentum Books), along with the B&B team, approved of it. I was so surprised, but then tried to act like it was a normal occurrence.

6. What's the most memorable reaction you've received after a friend or family member read one of your books?

I got an 'Actually, I was surprised - it read like a real book,' from a member of the family. Who may or may not have received socks the following Christmas. When I told my little darlings about The Bold and The Beautiful series (which I was quite dizzy over, as I'm a HUGE fan of the show), one was very happy that the story was finished. Another was thoroughly disappointed it wasn't about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or even Ben 10. And the third wanted to know if it was a book sold in space (apparently this is where ebooks are sold) or if it could be found in a 'real' store. I love my family - they keep me grounded.

7. Romance writers are sometimes denigrated and asked when they'll write 'real' books - what do you tell the haters?

Romance fiction deals with emotions - both with characters, and with readers. Because it strikes at the very heart, some people use denigration as a self-defence mechanism. It's easier to poke fun at something that makes you feel uncomfortable. To those people I simply say - you can't handle the romance. It's called popular fiction for a reason.

8. Romance readers love discovering new authors. Please tell us about five books you recently read and loved to bits.

I positively loved Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood - it has danger, humour, a sexy hero and a wonderful heroine, in the way only Ms Garwood can do.

Divergent by Veronica Roth - an amazing world-building experience, very imaginative, very enthralling.

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh - I think her Psy-Changeling series is AMAZING, can't get my hands on them fast enough. Oh, and do you notice the Headless Washboard Abs covers...?

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane. This book sucked me in immediately, it's a really tense read. Hats off to Ms. Kane.

Click here for details or to orderOhmigosh - this is going to sound like such a plug, but Forbidden Affair by Amy Andrews - we wrote our novels at the same time, and there was a lot of plotting and querying over the phone, but I didn't get to read Amy's Bold and Beautiful book until just before our books were released (I received a copy of her book along with mine) and I read hers, and I was completely blown away with how she presented characters whom I know and love and she did it absolutely awesomely. I kept saying 'wow' to my husband as I was reading it.

9. Please tell us your favourite scene from your latest book, and why it's particularly delicious!

Ooooh, well, without giving too much away, my totally favourite scene in the book is where Bill has a proposition for Taylor - which I loved writing - but then Bill has to use all of the weapons at his disposal to convince her to fall in with his plans when Brooke makes an appearance.

This was so juicy to write, particularly if you're a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, and you're aware of the past these three share, and the issues that still lurk unresolved beneath the surface. Taylor. Bill. Brooke. In one room. Awesome.
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