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Beyond The Page: “Falling for Her Fiance” by Cindi Madsen

Jan 31

FFHF coverWelcome to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews Cindi 😀

Cindi MadsenThanks so much! So thrilled to be here!

CABR: Congrats on the release of “Falling For Her Fiance” earlier this month. Tell us about the inspiration for this book.

CM: My editors were talking about their wish list for the Bliss line, something I’d talked with my editor about writing, and she said she loved the friends to lovers storyline.

Her editing assistant said she wanted a fake engagement. That night when I went to go to sleep, suddenly I was thinking about friends who fake an engagement.

I started thinking of how funny it’d be as they lied their way through it, and all the slip ups and forced proximity & faked kissing that had them start wondering how much was fake. I couldn’t fall asleep until I had the whole thing mostly outlined in my head. I knew I had to write it ASAP.

CABR: Don’t you just love when it ‘flows’ like that? 🙂 When done well, the best friends trope is takes the reader on a journey to love like no other. Is this why you chose to make Danielle and Wes best friends?

Cindi Madsen Bio PhotoCM: I love that storyline! I think so many times in life, romance isn’t just about the other person but also the timing.

Dani & Wes have always had this fun, challenge-each-other, joking relationship that they never wanted to mess up & being friends comes naturally.

They’ve been living in different states for a while, though, and part of their scheme is so that they can spend some time together. Only everything starts feeling different between them.

Then you get the push and pull of what they want, versus their fears of losing someone important if it doesn’t work out in the end. I think that’s what makes the best friends trope so popular. It’s a risk either way.

CABR: Did you listen to a particular album or song while writing “Falling For Her Fiance“?

CM: I always make playlists. The theme songs were “Shattered” by O.A.R. & “Running Back to You” by Matt Wertz, that both talk about always coming back to the same person, no matter what. The Fray’s “She Is”, I listened to Kelly Clarkson, for reasons mentioned in the book, and I’d just discovered the Lumineers. The entire playlist for the book is here: http://cindimadsen.com/Music.html

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stilettosCABR: I understand you’re a shoe fanatic 🙂 Stilettos or wedge heels?

CM: Stilettos!

CABR: Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee? If you’re a tea person, Lipton or Twinings?

CM: Funny enough, I don’t drink coffee or tea. I drink Mountain Dew. Lots & lots of Mountain Dew.

CABR: Interesting 🙂 ‘Pantser’ or plotter of books?

CM: Panster. I couldn’t sleep until I had the basic outline of this book, but it was more a scene here & there. Then I just start writing & see what happens with that in mind.

CABR: Have you ever freaked out when meeting a favourite author or have you had a fan moment like that?

CM: I totally fan-girl anytime Jeri Smith-Ready & Myra McEntire tweet with me. I’ve met Kelley Armstrong, Beth Kendrick, Maggie Stiefvater (so much fan girling there, especially since I had to have an actual convo with her) Marie Lu, and Gayle Foreman. And honestly, the team of authors at Entangled have become great friends & there will be freaking out & hugging when I meet them in person at RT this year.

FFHF coverCABR: We have got to link up at RT 2013! 🙂 Beach getaway or shopping trip?

CM: Beach getaway. I LOVE the beach. Miss it like crazy. Thanks for stopping by to chat about your book and letting us into your writing world. 🙂 Thanks so much for having me! Great questions!

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BUY Links for “Falling for Her Fiance“:

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Giveaway Winner: “Summer of the Moon Flower” by Annie Seaton

Jan 30

Summer of the Moon FlowerCongratulations to Cathy Vernon!

She’s WON an eBook copy of Annie Seaton‘s book “Summer of the Moon Flower“.

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days to claim your prize.

Buy link for “Summer of the Moon Flower”:http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Flower-Vargas-Family-ebook/dp/B00AR9AIQA

Website – http://www.annieseatonromance.com/

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Beyond The Page: “Yours at Midnight” by Robin Bielman

Jan 30

YAM coverI’m excited to chat with Quinn Sobel on CABR today. 🙂

He’s the hero from Robin Bielman‘s book “Yours at Midnight“, an Ever After novel from Entangled Publishing.

“Yours at Midnight: synopsis: Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel’s brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver’s life on New Year’s Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric’s bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.

Now Quinn’s back for another New Year’s Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret–one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he’s always wanted…or will he claim his New Year’s kiss and make her his at midnight?

Robin here ~ thanks so much for having Quinn visit today, Sasha! I’m just going to make myself comfortable over here on this lounge chair and take in the ocean. It’s so gorgeous! I may never leave. 😀

CABR: Isn’t it gorgeous! St Maarten has some amazing views. Hope you get to visit the island one day 😀

STEP UP 3Welcome to CABR Quinn.

Quinn: Thanks for inviting me, Sasha

CABR: 

  • Is this your first time visiting a book review blog?

Quinn: Lyric and I recently visited one. I’m sorry she couldn’t make it today, but I’m happy to be here. The view is amazing. (Lifts elbow up onto the back of his chair, leans to the side)

CABR: 

  • Do you feel your story was properly told by Robin Bielman?

Quinn: Robin did a great job. I’ve got to admit, a few of the details she coaxed out of me made me uncomfortable, but Lyric helped settle down my nerves.

CABR: Aww.

  • Who would you like to play you in a movie about your life?

Quinn: That’s flattering of you to ask. I’m not a big movie buff, but Lyric recently told me I resemble some guy named Rick Malambri (see photo), so I’ll go with him.

CABR: Handsome fella 😉 W

  • hat did you think of love and committed relationships before you became involved with Lyric Whetstone?

Quinn: I’ve always believed in it. Hell, my parents set a great example. But I didn’t know if it was in the cards for me. Wasn’t sure I could gamble with my heart like that. But the second I saw Lyric again, I knew I was screwed. I’d loved her my whole life and it was about time I did something about it.

YAM coverCABR: 

  • How did you deal with the grief of losing your brother, Oliver and then ‘hooking up’ with Lyric briefly four years ago?

Quinn: (Runs a hand through his hair) I didn’t deal at all. I pushed away my feelings and my family and friends. That was easier than talking. After I left, not a day went by that I didn’t think about Lyric, though.

CABR: 

  • What’s your favourite way to relax?

Quinn: I don’t think I can share that with you. *winks*

CABR: 🙂 

  • Are you a chocolate, fruits or veggies kind of guy?

Quinn: Strawberries dipped in chocolate and fed to Lyric. *smiles*

CABR: 

  • Do you have a special getaway that you like to take Lyric to?

Quinn: (Leans forward, whispers) Actually, I’m surprising her and taking her to Italy for Valentine’s Day. Rome, Venice, the Amalfi Coast. Between my parents and hers, I’ve got Max covered and I plan to… (straightens up) let’s just say I plan to indulge her every fantasy.

CABR: Wow. Lucky lady 🙂 

  • What can you tell us about Robin’s next book? Will it be about a friend or family member of yours?

Quinn: (Glances at Robin, Robin waves) I know she’s got a couple of stories in the works, but not with anyone I know. Never say never, though.

CABR: I had so much fun chatting with you Quinn. Robin, thanks for stopping as well. Glad you enjoyed the view 🙂

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “To Iraq and Back” by Jessica Scott

Jan 29

To IRaq and Back coverMilitary romances are a genre many of us enjoy, particularly when told with skill and knowledge.

Some authors, like today’s guest blogger and author, Jessica Scott, do so from their own personal experience on the frontlines.

Jessica has agreed to do an amazing SIX-book Giveaway; 3 per winner, so be sure to POST A COMMENT stating your preferences, then ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER to be eligible.

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JS: Thanks so much for having me here today!

I guess y’all are probably wondering what a nonfiction book is doing on a romance blog?

And you guessed it, I’m here to explain. I wrote the content for “To Iraq and Back” while it as deployed in 2009.

I was learning to be a writer. I was learning to be an officer and it was my first time deploying into a combat zone. I was learning to be a mom deployed away from my kids. I wrote. Writing was my ‘me time’ then and it’s my ‘me time’ now.

To Iraq and Back” is obviously very personal to me. It’s not a comment on the war, it’s a commentary on how I dealt with the war and all that went with it. In it, you can see early iterations of my current published books.

JS in uniformI spent a lot of time with Shane & Jen from “Because of You” and with Evan & Claire from “Until There Was You“, too.

So in a way, it’s a look back on things that shaped me as a woman, a writer, as a soldier.

Some good, some not good. But all learning points that I grew from.

What’s really cool – at least I think – is that you can look at “To Iraq and Back” and see the development of my characters Shane & Jen as well as Laura & Trent. Shane & Jen first appeared in “Because of You“, the book that launched Random House’s first digital imprint Loveswept. They have a short story coming out on February 4th, too. It’s really funny how certain characters stick with you, you know?

(GIVEAWAY) Anyway, I hope you’ll check them out! I’m giving away copies of both “To Iraq and Back” and “Because of You” today! I hope you’ll check it out!

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To IRaq and Back coverHere’s the blurb for “To Iraq and Back“:

My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a wife. I am a mother. there are many stories from the Iraq War but this one is mine. In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

It was a year of many firsts. This is the first person journey through a combat tour in Iraq, through being a woman in the army and learning to be an officer in the unforgiving environment of a brigade combat team.

This is the journey of a writer, learning to find her voice. This is the journey of a mother, confronting the emotions of leaving her children. This is the story of an inexperienced lieutenant, growing into a leader. This is the journey as it happened, without commentary.

This is her blog. There are many blogs from the Iraq war, but this one is hers.

Jessica Scott picAbout Jessica: Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote.

Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house. Oprah has called her. True story. Her debut novel “Because of You” launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood. Most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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BUY Links for “To Iraq and Back”:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-You-Loveswept-ebook/dp/B006E38HR0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359265266&sr=1-1&keywords=because+of+you+by+jessica+scott

Connect with Jessica Scott:

Website – http://www.jessicascott.net/Welcome.html

Twitter – www.twitter.com/JessicaScott09

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JessicaScottAuthor

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5131118.Jessica_Scott

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Beyond The Page: “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart” by Linda Morris

Jan 28

MTMH coverA snowstorm and a car accident lead to an unexpected meeting between a kindergarten teacher and the sexy stranger who rescues her from the cold in “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart“.

Linda Morris is on CABR today to tell us about her book, published under the Ever After line from Entangled Publishing. 😀

CABR: What inspired the story in “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart“?

LM: Thanks for having me, Sasha! It’s great to be here.                                        “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart” is basically a romantic comedy, but it has a serious backdrop.

The heroine, Kayla Johnston, is a teacher at a school for kids with special needs. My son has ADHD and does really well in a traditional public school, but I know lots of parents who aren’t so lucky. The story of a special school for special kids was inspired by the difficulty some parents have in finding a school where their kids can thrive.

CABR: Which scene was the most fun to write and which was the most difficult?

LM: The scene where the hero and hero, who are snowbound together on New Year’s Eve, are roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a fireplace was probably the most fun. They do a lot of sexy bantering back and forth, and that’s my favorite thing to write. My editor, Heather Howland at Entangled, said she bought the book because of all the funny banter between the leads, which sent me over the moon!

LM picThe most difficult scene was the ending. Ay yi yi! I kept changing it, even after it had been sold to Entangled and we were on like the second or third round of edits. Readers will have to let me know whether I finally nailed it–I can’t tell!

CABR: Will you be doing any signings or appearances for this or upcoming books?

LM: Probably not in-person signings, but I’ll be doing an extensive blog tour and you can always shout out to me on Twitter (@LMorrisWriter).

CABR: What’s next for you in 2013?

LM: I have a contemporary romance called “By Hook or By Crook” coming out from The Wild Rose Press in April, and I’m working on another contemporary romance that I’ll be shopping around shortly, so stay tuned!

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Mr Darcy

CABR: Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?

LM: Mr. Darcy, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Why would I like to get naked, er, sorry, “spend time” with him? Because repression is sexy, that’s why!

CABR: I love Colin Firth as Mr Darcy! So glad to see you do as well 😀                      Coffee or Tea?

LM: Coffee, coffee, and coffee.

CABR: Dogs or Cats?

LM: I’m so a dog person, but my son has been lobbying me for a cat, which probably won’t happen because my husband and I are violently allergic. Unfortunately, we’ll probably have neither for the foreseeable future. We do have fish and two hermit crabs though, so there’s that.

MTMH coverCABR: Dog-wise there are some breeds with fur that doesn’t ‘set off’ your allergies. Bo in the White House for example 🙂   Beach or spa vacation?

LM: I have to go with spa here. I’m about five shades paler than Robert Pattinson in full Twilight makeup, so a beach is really a waste of time for me. Plus, a massage is pretty much the most relaxing thing I can think of.

CABR: Thanks for spending time at Caribbean Accent Book Reviews Linda.

LM: Thank you! It was my pleasure!

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Connect with Linda Morris:

Website – http://lindamorrisbooks.com/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/LMorrisWriter

BUY Links for “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart”:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Melting-the-Millionaires-Heart-ebook/dp/B00AQ2960C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359257448&sr=1-1&keywords=melting+the+millionaire%27s+heart

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/melting-the-millionaire-s-heart?keyword=melting+the+millionaire%27s+heart&store=allproducts

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Giveaway Winner: “His Need, Her Desire” by Malia Mallory

Jan 26

His Need Her Desire coverThe lucky winner of Malia Mallory‘s book “His Need, Her Desire” is Andi Walker Brunett-Libecap ! 😀

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days.

Readers, here are the BUY LINKS:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/TuxwYE

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/Xlb48s

iTunes – http://bit.ly/WSbNAs

Smashwords – http://bit.ly/XlbpIz

All Romance – http://bit.ly/R3eQlO

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Connect with Malia Mallory

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/@MaliaMallory

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MaliaMallory

Blog – http://abcsoferotica.wordpress.com/

Web Page – http://www.maliamallory.com

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Giveaway Winner: “Beneath the Skin” by Lauren Dane

Jan 26
Beneath The Skin cover

It’s reveal the winner time at CABR 😀

Who won an eBook copy of Lauren Dane‘s book “Beneath the Skin“?

Congratulations Melissa Limoges! 😀

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days to collect your copy of the latest edition of de La Vega Cats series.

Want your own copy of BTS? Click on one of the

BUY Links below:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1609289331/

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beneath-the-skin-lauren-dane/1109129888?ean=9781609289331

The Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781609289331

CONNECT with Lauren Dane:

Website – http://www.laurendane.com/

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Giveaway Winner: “Wildly” by Debra Kayn

Jan 26

Wildly coverThe winner of Debra Kayn‘s book “WILDLY” has been chosen.

Congratulations to Mary La! 😀

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Missed out on this Giveaway?

You can buy “WILDLY” at the following book retailers:

BUY Links: 

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Wildly-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00AWWONCC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358825933&sr=1-1&keywords=wildly+by+debra+kayn

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wildly-debra-kayn/1114140322?ean=9781440564086&itm=1&usri=wildly+by+debra+kayn

All Romance – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wildly-1039392-237.html

Kobo – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Wildly/book-gIzpbAg0AUCFXHSFX0c4Hw/page1.html?s=PEtVGzfJhkuMMKAMUxjvrA&r=1

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Giveaway Winner: “The Reluctant Wife” by Bronwen Evans

Jan 25

The Reluctant Wife coverWhat a better way to end the work week than with a Giveaway winner post? 😀

Today’s winner is Michelle W.

An email has been sent to you.

Please reply within five days to collect your eBook copy of “The Reluctant Wife” by Bronwen Evans, published by Entangled Publishing.

 

                   

BUY Links for “The Reluctant Bride”:

Amazon http://amzn.to/VdnXzK

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Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com

You can keep up with her latest book news via her website www.bronwenevans.com

 

 

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Guest Blog Post: “Summer of the Moon Flower” by Annie Seaton

Jan 25

Summer of the Moon FlowerAnnie Seaton has been handed the reigns of CABR today, to tell us about the joys and pitfalls of writing historical romances set in Scotland.

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Have at it Annie… 😀

************************   Hi everyone. Let me begin with what I’m sure you’re all asking – What is Summer of the Moon Flower about?

Sofia de Vargas’ research into the Alpine Moon flower and its elixir of immortality will threaten the very existence of an ancient Scottish order. Dougal, the Earl of Rothmore must prove his loyalty to his masters, the Knights Templar, and bring her body back to Kilmarnock.
 Sofia is kidnapped and imprisoned on the isolated Isle of Rothmore. Is Dougal her sworn enemy…or her saviour?

More than half of the book takes place in Scotland which is one of my favourite places.

I have visited Scotland twice and done two intensive road trips. The first visit was in 1997 with my seventeen-year old daughter and two of her friends in the back seat of small hire car (It was small as we had an accident in the large one we had booked at Marble Arch in London…five minutes after picking it up.

Not at fault and we ended up with a tiny manual car…but we did 4000 kilometres in 4 weeks!) In one of the scariest experiences of my life I lost the three girls at a rock festival in Edinburgh! Now that was a pitfall! One of the joys of that visit was the wonderful Edinburgh police and taxi drivers!!

Not a lot of research was done as we travelled around the countryside and stayed in youth hostels. 
This was followed by a second more civilised visit in 2006 with my husband when we toured in a lovely car and stayed in nice hotels!

The joys of both visits?

Seeing the wonderful scenery, visiting Edinburgh castle and the Royal Mile. Discovering a delightful hotel called Balmaha Inn on the shores of Loch Lomond. Climbing a mountain and getting lost! Absorbing the history of little villages and seeing the wonderful scenery. Visiting a sword maker on the Isle of Skye… the Irish wolf hound there was the inspiration for Zeus, the wolfhound in Summer of the Moon Flower. Scotland is truly a magical place.

Annie (Scotland) Seaton picThe pitfalls…

There is only one and the photo of me above says it all. We visited in late spring and for an Aussie girl who lives on the beach in a temperate climate, the weather was …shall we say… different! It helped me describe the cold in several scenes in “Summer of the Moon Flower” from memory!

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Buy link for “Summer of the Moon Flower”: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Flower-Vargas-Family-ebook/dp/B00AR9AIQA

Website – http://www.annieseatonromance.com/

Bio:

Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. Recently retired from the world of full time work, she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing, and had instant success!

Summer of the Moon FlowerHer first two books were both published on the same day in March 2012 and “Holiday Affair” has been best seller lists ever since 
 She writes across genres: steampunk, (“Winter of the Passion Flower” and “Summer of the Moon Flower“) paranormal romance, (“Blind Lust” –June 2012) and romantic suspense but her favorite genre is contemporary romance.

Her publisher is Entangled Publishing and she is contracted for a romantic suspense (still to be titled) and an Indulgence contemporary romance (“Italian Affair“) to be released in 2013…with more in progress for Entangled. Her steampunk novellas are self published.

 Annie’s working life was spent in education from early childhood through to teaching trainee teachers at university.

Annie has worked as librarian, teacher, technology consultant and university tutor. She has now taken earl retirement and spends her days writing down all the stories in her head. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc in hand as the sun sets.

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