Flirting With Romance Closing

It's with great sadness that I announce the closing of the Flirting with Romance blog beginning April 10, 2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

[Blog Tour] Consensual by Livia Jamerlan #giveaway #erotica #interview




Consensual by Livia Jamerlan 

(Consensual #1) 
Publication date: August 18th 2014 
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis:
Braelynn Wolf is focused on two things: work and law school.
That is how she survives.
That is how she’ll make a difference.

Until she meets HIM.
Peyton Haas is sexy, dangerous, and forbidden. The defense attorney on Braelynn’s first legal case is the only man who can cloud her judgment. Unable to stay away, she finds herself lying to everyone around her so she can spend time with the man who makes her feel things she never felt before—things she never dreamed possible.
With the legal case hanging on a thread, can Braelynn ignore the relationship she has built with Peyton?
Or will she succumb to the man who has the power to throw away her future?

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AUTHOR BIO

Livia Jamerlan is the author of Divided. She is also a hopeless romantic who is always looking for her next love story to pop in her head. Though Livia kept a journal throughout her early life, she never thought about pursuing a career in writing. She always used it as form of therapy, pouring her heart out into words. It wasn’t until a story developed in her head that she decided maybe she could write a book. At first it was just an escape from reality, but now she uses it as a power to put all her feelings, hopes, and fears on paper. Deciding it was time to tell her story, she began to write. With each passing day the story grew, characters were formed, and what seemed like a hobby at first has now become a passion for Livia.

She is a New Jersey Native who loves spending time with her husband and two dogs Buddy and Daisy. When she is not writing or hiding behind her Kindle, you can find her with outside, gardening, at a local shopping center enjoying some retail therapy, or enjoy a pepperoni pizza.

Author links:
https://twitter.com/LiviaJamerlan


What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer? I always had an active imagination. And when I was in college I joked that I wanted to write a story. It wasn't until I couldn’t shut the characters up in my head that I decided to write.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you? I would say Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself. I love pizza. Like LOVE! I am a first time mommy to a 6 month old baby boy. I was born in Brazil and came here at the age of 6. I believe Nutella can cure wounds.  I am obsessed with covers.

What is your writing environment. I have an office in my house that I consider my writing cave.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write? Yes, all before. And they are usually based off of people in my life.

One of your favorite quotes. “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing your dreams.”

Do you have a website recommendation for other writers? Writersdigest.com

Who is your perfect hero? And why? I need to say my mother. She is a strong woman, she worked her butt off to give me a better life and she is a phenomenal mother. I hope to be just like her. 

Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why? I am reading Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn and I love it. She is talented writer and the story is captivating.

What type of book have you always wanted to write? Paranormal I want to train my brain to create a world.

Who are your dream dinner party guests? Jay-z, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Oprah,

What’s the last movie you watched and loved? Fifty Shades of Grey ;)

Most _____________ in high school. (popular, nerdy, sporty…) Why? Popular. I was captain of the Cheerleading squad and dated the jock.

Top three things on your bucket list. Sky Diving,  Visiting Bora Bora, Visit the Seven Wonders of World

How did you get the idea for this particular novel? I got the idea from Consensual from a friend who was in law school and cleaning houses for extra cash. The story just started to flow.

What is your favorite scene in your new release? The engagement party scene.

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why? Kennedy. I think she is fun, smart and tells the truth.

Flirting Questions 
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on? This is a hard one. I can list five! Let’s do the book characters. Elec from Stepbrother Dearest. Casey from Bait. Mateo from Love, In English. 
Tristian from Bad Things.

What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex? Arms. I have a thing for nice arms.

What does love feel like? Consuming, over the top happiness. The constant butterflies that never stop flapping their wings.

Hey, baby! What’s your sign? Capricorn. Stubborn as they come :)

When was your last kiss? About 30 minutes ago.

What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship? Smoking.

How did you meet your significant other? We worked on a case together.

What’s your idea of a perfect date? Something active. Dinner and a movie is great but I love to get out and do something different. Go to a batting cage, mini golf, take a hike. It makes you sit there and have to talk to each other.

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be? I would love to visit Paris. There is something truly romantic about that city.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes. I fall in love with chocolate every time I see it. :) I wouldn’t say I believe in love at first sight I believe is a killer attraction at first sight. But I will say this. The first time my husband met me he said that he would marry me. So I guess he believes in it.

Flirting Quickies: 


Boxers or Briefs? Briefs

Facial hair or clean shaven? Facial hair for sure. A nice scruff

Alpha or Beta?  Alpha

Planner or Panster? Planner

White wine or red? Red

Coffee or tea? Coffee and a lot of it.

Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate

Sweet or salty? Sweet

Sleep in or get up early? Get up early

Laptop or desktop? Laptop
Beach or mountains? Beach bum all the way
Winter or summer? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog
Twilight or Fifty Shades? Fifty Shades
Spotlight or In the Shadows? In the shadows
City or Country? City
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Candlelight Dinner
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Backpacking
Morning or night person? Morning
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas
Optimist or pessimist? Optimist






Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

$25 Amazon gift card
One signed Consensual paperback
10 Consensual ebooks



Monday, April 6, 2015

[Book Tour] Dangerous Love by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford #Interview


Dangerous Love by Kara Leigh Miller and Jody Holford
Anaiah Romance



Blurb:
He’s fighting to forget his past while she struggles to remember hers...

Doctor Josh Parker lives with guilt about his wife’s death every day.
He believes himself incapable of ever loving again, but when a
mysterious woman arrives in the Emergency Room, brutally beaten and
left for dead, he starts to feel something he hasn’t felt in far too long:
hope.

Alessandra Matthews has no memory of the events that led to her being
hospitalized. Worse, she has no idea who hurt her or why. Although she’s
uncertain of who she is, she is fully aware of one thing -- she’s falling
for her doctor.

Sometimes, what you don’t know can kill you...

As Josh and Alessa work to solve the mystery surrounding her past, she
soon realizes just how much danger she’s really in, but Josh refuses to
let her face the darkness of her memories alone. With each of them
struggling to put their pasts behind them, theirs is a DANGEROUS LOVE.


Release Date:
March 3, 2015


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What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?

JODY: I’ve always loved romance. When I was growing up, my mom used to always buy True Story magazine and I’d read them. It never occurred to me to become a romance writer until I started trying to submit my children’s books to agents. When I started actively seeking publication, ideas unfolded and the most natural fit felt like romance. I love happily ever after. I love that moment in a book that makes your stomach dip. When I started writing more, I wanted to write those moments.

KARA: Originally, my go-to genres were mysteries and horror -- Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, etc. So, naturally, when I started my own writing career, I aimed to emulate them. And I failed miserably. lol. No matter how hard I tried, my stories were always heavy on the romance. I took this as a sign and decided to try my hand at a romance novel. But first, I bought a LOT of them and read up in the genre. I’ve been hooked ever since. I couldn’t imagine writing anything else now.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

JODY: I don’t plan them all out. Characters tend to jump into my stories. I’ll know who the key players are, what they want, where they come from and what baggage they are bringing with them. But others sometimes find their way in as the story unfolds. Sometimes the characters that you never knew were going to appear steal the show.

KARA: I usually have a basic idea of who my characters are -- name, age, profession, physical description -- but beyond that, they develop as I write. I am so NOT a planner. At all. For anything. Except doctor’s appointments. I plan for those. But my characters? Nope. They totally rule the roost. I do as they say, when they say.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

JODY: One that matters. One that makes people smile and feel good. I think I’m writing the books I’ve always wanted to write. Between co-authoring and writing independently, I’m getting a chance to tell the stories that get stuck in my head.

KARA: I’ve always wanted to write a book that takes place around a cause near and dear to my heart: Pit bulls. I know. It sounds kind of corny. lol. But I own two pit bulls. They are so gentle and are so misunderstood. I’d love to write a romance centered around a couple who are as passionate for this breed of dog that I am. Maybe the hero and heroine could both be working at a rescue center or something.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?

JODY: Oh my goodness! I was just going to say I watched the Avengers not long ago and really liked it and then I glanced ahead and Kara wrote that too! But, I’m also going to add that I love sports movies. So, if the Blind Side, For Love of the Game, The Rookie, or Remember the Titans are on, I’m watching. And I should add, I play no sports whatsoever. Unless sleep is a sport.

KARA: Wow. This is a hard one. I’m a huge movie buff, and love just about everything I watch. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be The Avengers. There’s just so much to love about that movie, and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the second one coming out soon!

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

JODY: I’m really happy with our book. One scene that matters to me a lot though is when Josh and Alessa are on their date. Learning what is and isn’t okay in Christian romance was a learning curve for me but I think it made me stronger at getting emotions on the page. So, when they’re at the aquarium, it’s very sensual and sweet. They don’t actually kiss, but the romantic tension between them is very strong and genuine. I love that they have that much chemistry between them, that they’re learning the other person, and that they forget themselves now and again because they’re so focused on each other.

KARA: Another tough question! lol. I love every scene in this book, but there is one that really stands out in my mind. This specific scene was crystal clear to me very early on in the writing process. I could close my eyes and see it playing out. After Alessa is released from the hospital, she’s sitting outside on a bench, it’s pouring rain, and Josh approaches. It was so emotional, and I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because it’s the first time Josh truly puts himself out there since his wife’s death years prior. Both he and Alessa are taking a huge chance -- on each other and themselves. It’s very powerful.

Flirting Questions (Choose 5)

Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
JODY: Can I only have one? In a book, I’d say Levi from the book Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Actor? Hmm. I’m pretty crazy about Gabriel Macht right now. Suits is such a good show. And he looks really good in a suit.

KARA: I suppose I’m not allowed to chose a character from my own books, huh? lol. Okay, okay. Hmm… I’d have to say an actor I have a crush on would be Robert Downey, Jr. Not only is he really easy on the eyes, he’s overcome some really hard times in his life. He’s made poor choices, owned them, and worked hard to not repeat them. I think that alone makes him inspirational.

What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?

JODY: Dishonesty of any kind. Trust takes a long time to earn and no time to lose. If you’re sharing your life with someone, you have to be able to trust them.

KARA: Abuse. Physical, emotional, verbal… It doesn’t matter. If your significant other hurts you or makes you feel bad about yourself, get out! Run, don’t walk. My first marriage was emotionally and verbally abusive, and while some think this isn’t “equal” abuse or as bad as physical abuse, it is. The person you’re with should love you, despite all your faults. They should make your life better, not worse. And they should never, ever make you feel like you don’t matter.

How did you meet your significant other?

JODY: Well...he worked at a gas station by my house and I often walked up and bought him, and some of the other guys that worked there, slurpees. That was when I was about 17. When I was 21, we started working at the same pub. He was a bartender and I was a waitress. We were friends and co-workers and then we were more. 

KARA: College. We were both attending the same business college. I was attending day classes while he attended night classes. One of the girls I became friends with (Kari) was kinda seeing this guy (Luke) who happened to work with my significant other at the time. I was just out of my divorce and feeling pretty down, so they played matchmaker. Eleven years later, and here we are!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

JODY: Watching some of my favourite shows back to back, in pajamas, after my husband has brought home Greek food.

KARA: Dinner and a movie. I have a serious obsession with Ruby Tuesdays steak and salad bar. And our local theatre has the most comfortable seats ever! They’re RECLINERS! Like, serious, full-blown, leather recliners. They’re much nicer than my own chair at home. lol.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

JODY: I think you can feel an intense connection and bond immediately. Whether it’s love or just an awareness that this person is going to be in your life. That they matter. I love Ed Sheeran’s line “People fall in love in mysterious ways...maybe just the touch of a hand.” I believe that.

KARA: If you’d asked me this question years ago, my answer would’ve been no. But after meeting my husband, I’m a believer. I knew, hours after meeting him that he was different than anyone else, that he was truly my soul mate. God put him on earth just for me, and I’m grateful for him every single day.

Flirting Quickies: (Pick at least 10.)


Boxers or Briefs?
JODY: Boxers
KARA: Boxers

Planner or Panster?
JODY: Pantser
KARA: Pantser


Vanilla or chocolate?
JODY: Chocolate
KARA: Vanilla

Sweet or salty?
JODY: Sweet
KARA: Sweet

Sleep in or get up early?
JODY: Sleep in.
KARA: Sleep in

Cat or dog?
JODY: Penguin ← That’s not a choice, Jody! ;-P
KARA: Dog, specifically a Pit Bull
Twilight or Fifty Shades?
JODY: Twilight
KARA: Twilight
City or Country?
JODY: City
KARA: Country
Backpacking or luxury hotel?
JODY: LUXURY hotel
KARA: Luxury hotel
Christmas or Halloween?
JODY: Christmas

Author Bios:
Kara Leigh Miller: Kara lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not busy writing romance novels that leave readers swooning, she's spending time with her family or attending one of her many writers groups. An active member of The Romance Writers of America and the CNY Writers Haven, Kara is also Managing Editor for Anaiah Press' Surge and Romance Imprints. She absolutely loves to hear from her fans and fellow authors, so feel free to drop her a line anytime!


Jody Holford: Jody lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She is a fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and Rainbow Rowell. In reading and writing, she likes characters who are flawed, but driven toward the pursuit of love and happiness. In November 2013, she published A Not So Lonely Christmas with Foreward Literary. In December 2014, she published Forever Christmas through Kindle Direct.



Kara Leigh Miller


Jody Holford
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Friday, April 3, 2015

[Book Spotlight] Every Move She Makes by Jannine Gallant


New Release!
Every Move She Makes
Jannine Gallant

Blurb:

No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…



Excerpt:

Rachel was a decent swimmer, but she was no match for Kane. He passed her and was waiting when she reached the far shore.
“It looks like I won.” He pushed a strand of wet hair out of her eyes. “What’s my prize?”
“Your choice.”
Slowly he pulled her against him. The wet cotton bra wasn’t much of a barrier as she hooked her arms around his neck. Skin slid against skin before a searing kiss stole her breath.
“Want a rematch?” His breath came in a gasp.
“You’re on.”
Rachel flipped backward into the water and swam hard enough to reach the shore seconds before he did, then climbed out onto the warm granite.
He flopped down beside her, water running off him in streams. “You beat me. What’s your prize?”
Lying on her stomach, she glanced up and blinked fat droplets off her lashes. “I get to dry off on your shirt.”
He grabbed his shirt, but instead of handing it to her, ran the soft cotton over her back and down her legs. “How’s that?”
“Nice.” She closed her eyes, afraid to see the expression in his. Afraid the temptation to let him do more would destroy her control.
“Turn over.” The words were a whisper in her ear. When she rolled onto her back, he dried her arms and bare stomach. “Look at me, Rachel.”
Slowly, she lifted her lids.
“We can leave now, or we can stay. Your call.”

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About the Author:



Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website atjanninegallant.com.

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