Interview | Jessie Lane

Ok so I just finished this awesome book called The Burning Star... my review will be up tomorrow...  in the mean time I have a little something for you from the author Jessie Lane!



First:  Here is a little info about the awesome book I finished yesterday.







Goodreads Description: 


Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?

The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.

Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.


You can get your copy of The Burning Star - which I totally recommend you pick up - at these awesome places!


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Second:  Here's a little bio on the amazing duo that makes up author Jessie Lane


Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sister-in-laws share a great love of breathtaking romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs)

When not losing themselves in a story, they remember they have real lives. Crystal lives in Kentucky with her husband and two little girls who plot daily the many ways they can drive their poor mother crazy. At the end of the day, Crystal calls Melissa and threatens to ship her two nieces to their favorite Aunt with lots of air holes punched through their box. Melissa answers Crystal’s crazed calls in Washington state where she lives with her husband and big furry baby of a Rottweiler named Yuffie, and reminds her that children are not shippable. 

This is their first novel, but they are all geared up and excited to be releasing other projects soon!

Now little kittens, come stalk around cyber space with me!





and now - my favorite part (today) - The Interview!!!!

here's a color code {just in case you get lost} 

random jendsmit Question

Jessie Lane (Crystal)'s Answer

random comments from me




I never remember to Thank the authors I interview while doing the interviewing... That is horrible but true!  I'm going to work on that!  But - for today - I would like to ask Crystal to please forgive my rudeness and to say Thank You So Much for answering all my questions & for stopping by today to talk with us and for sharing so much!!!

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for having me (being Crystal) and my co-author Melissa here today for an interview! Unfortunately, you’re stuck with half of the team that makes ‘Jessie Lane’ today because Melissa has been hard at work all week. But I assure everyone, as the politicians say around election time, everything is a “Melissa approved message”, lol.

Where do you find your inspiration for your stories?  Do you base your characters on people you know or do your characters just show up in your head?

The inspiration for my stories comes from many different sources. For instance, The Burning Star was inspired by a crazy dream I had a few years ago. However, the story ideas that I had for the two novels that we are currently writing came from ideas that randomly popped into my head. I’ve had a story idea pop into my head from just seeing my neighbors in their yards while walking down the street. See, totally random. As for my characters, sometimes they are based on individuals that I know. Kay, the main character in The Burning Star, is based on a combination of traits from my two daughters. Annabelle Smith, the heroine in my upcoming novel Secret Maneuvers, is based loosely on a friend of mine. However, many of my characters are entirely fictional, and pop into my head to demand my attention all on their own. They’re also often megalomaniacs, so they can be quite pushy.


Do you have a specific or special place that you write?

No special place per se, because I am currently confined to my desktop in my bedroom. However, one day my husband will surprise me with a laptop (hint, hint hubby), and then the members of my family will more than likely find me with it on the porch writing. I love sitting on my front porch. It’s ahhhhh-mazingly relaxing.

I love porches... is that weird?  I don't know - I live in the middle of nowhere... so I like the quiet and just hanging out on a porch - shoot me - I like it!  I wish I had a bigger porch and could fit like a couch or some giant chair out there - I would so do it!  I'll be the crazy old lady on the porch watching  everything my neighbors do ALL THE TIME - fair warning ;)  LOL!! 

While you write, do you listen to music?  Do you have playlists you play on repeat while you write?

Music is a HUGE inspiration for me. Depending on my characters or the scene, it’s about a 50/50 shot on whether I have music playing. Or what I’m playing. Certain books or characters can be inspired by a singer or a song and I often repeat it while writing. Mayday Parade was behind The Burning Star. They have a few songs such as, The Memory, The Silence, and Save Your Heart became anthems for the book. Taylor Swift’s song, Sparks Fly, is a main song behind the upcoming book Secret Maneuvers. Breaking Benjamin’s songs, Breath and I Will Not Bow have become repeats while I write on the also upcoming Big Bad Bite. I’m eclectic.While I can’t tell you what’s on Melissa’s playlists, I can tell you that music is a factor in her inspiration while writing, as well.

OMG - I think I just fell in love with you Crystal!  I looked up these Mayday Parade songs on Rhapsody.com and WOW - I love them!  I have just found a new fav band!  Yep!!  Also, side note, I love Breaking Benjamin - they are fantastic!!  Check them out! 


What’s on your current playlist?    

Current Partial Playlist for Big Bad Bite:Breaking Benjamin: Breath, I Will Not Bow, Give Me A Sign, Blow Me Away, FollowHalestorm: Love Bites, I Miss The Misery, Freak Like Me, Hello It’s Mz Hyde, 

Current Partial Playlist for Secret Maneuvers:Taylor Swift: Sparks Fly, The Story of Us, Back to December, Ella Mae Bowen: Holding Out For A Hero (Ex Ops Series Theme Song)Miranda Lambert: Over YouJason Aldean: She’s CountryJason Aldean: Kelly Clarkson – Don’t You Wanna Stay


Now I don't know about you kittens but WOW - I can't wait to read Big Bad Bite & that's souly because I love the bands on the playlist!
Secret maneuvers - I want to read - two reasons: 1.  I love the name, 2.  Hello?! Look at the playlist!!! 



What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Dreaming everything up! My imagination can be quite vivid, so picturing everything happening in my head is like watching a movie with short scenes. My second favorite part would have to be sharing my ideas with my co-author Melissa. We have so much fun bouncing ideas off each other. It’s one of the reasons we work so well together.

I think it would be so awesome to be part of a writing team - don't you?!

I absolutely love book covers, they tell so much about the book, the characters, everything!!  So I have to ask, how do you choose your book covers?  

Since I am an indie author, I design my own book covers. I love doing this! It lets my creative streak out, and it’s fun! So the first thing I do is to try and find a picture that represents the character accurately. With The Burning Star, I was extremely lucky because the picture ended up being a replica of how I imagined Kay’s appearance to be. Add some graphics and script and I was in cover lust with my own book cover! Is it wrong to lust after your own cover?


I love this cover - I love it so much more after I read the book =)  
and NO it is not wrong to lust after your own cover Crystal!!  So not wrong when it looks like yours!!  



Who are your favorite authors?  What are you reading right now that you love?

I just finished reading several books in the past few weeks: Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh, One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James, Breathe and Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley, Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell and Hell On Wheels by Julie Ann Walker. All of these books were enjoyable, and I would highly recommend them! As for my favorite authors, well I have many. Some of the authors I enjoy the most are Jill Shalvis, Shelly Laurenston/G.A.Aiken, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, Gena Showalter, Cassandra Clare, Melissa Marr, Stephanie Meyer, Lorelei James, Kristen Ashley and Patricia Briggs. That’s just a short list to start. Trust me when I say that I could go on forever!


a girl after my own heart - I will be checking out these books and authors - you should too!!




Now because I love you all so much & Crystal is awesome; I get to share an excerpt with you today!

Don't forget to go get your copy of The Burning Star!! **don't make me be mean to you**



I stood there frozen knowing that I would probably die because of this wretched creature when all of a sudden I saw the quick movement of an arm bringing down the point of the knife slicing down towards the large creature’s skull. The animal’s enraged screams ripped through the woods surrounding us. My brain tried to analyze what was happening before me as I stood as still as a statue and watched as the monster started to crumble away. That’s right, I said crumble. Like something that had been burnt from the inside out and then fell apart, it just was disintegrating into nothing.
This can’t be real.I looked up from the ashes into the face of an angel.
No, he’s not an angel, he’s just a guy. Right?He was staring at me as if he had just seen me sprout a second head. I was staring back at him like he was somehow related to those alien birds outside of my window. My mouth flapped open to scream again but before a sound could escape the world faded to black, and I fainted.
At least I didn’t scream again, right?When I opened my eyes, two ethereal blue eyes were staring back at me. My head was throbbing like the big drum in a marching band, and it felt like my head might split in two from the pounding headache.
“Are you okay?” His strong but sweet voice whispered.
Before I could stop my mouth from saying anything ridiculous I replied, “Are you an angel? Did I finally die and go to heaven?”
He bellowed a laugh while I blushed a shade that was more than likely lobster red.
I really just didn’t say that did I? Stupid, stupid, stupid Kay. I smacked myself in the forehead and tried to hide my face behind my hand. That’s a brilliant way to make a first impression to an extremely hot guy. Let’s just faint like an air headed girl, which I am not, and then wake up asking stupid questions. And then that’s when it hit me. The past few moments of events flooded my brain again and I started to panic.
“Wait, wait a minute! What was that thing and how in the world did it just, just…”“The dog? I’m sorry to tell you, but I had to cut it with my knife to scare it away. It wasn’t a mortal wound though. He took off through the woods to escape. Sorry if you’re one of those animal lovers, but I was afraid it might kill one of us.”I shook my head to try to clear it.
“No, no, no, no. That was no dog. Well I mean, it was at first, but then it became something else. It was black, and huge and had those red eyes…”
And before I finished my sentence I looked up at him to see complete shock and amazement on his face. I had never seen anyone look so bewildered. “Don’t look at me like that! I know what I saw! Now what was that thing and what happened to it at the end. It didn’t run off, I saw you kill it. And I would point to the body to prove it, but it; well it fell apart or something.”And in just a split second the shock had disappeared from his handsome face and was replaced by something more masked and calculating. “I’m sorry. You’re quite mistaken. I didn’t kill it. I only wounded it. And it was a dog.” “Are you sure you didn’t hit your head or something? I’m afraid you might be having some kind of hallucinations of some kind.” Somehow, when he said it, it didn’t seem as scary or grotesque as it did when I played what I thought I saw back in my head.

Now a little inside info for you | Jessie Lane is going to be giving away free ebook copies of The Burning Star through B&N, Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance/OMNI Lit starting tomorrow!  

This giveaway is effective 9/1/12 to 9/10/12.  So get your copy or wait until the 11th and pay the original price of $1.99.  **Which is a bargain if I do say so myself**






Either way {get it free between 9/1 and 9/10, or pay the 2 bucks} JUST GET A COPY!


bye,
@jendsmit





random music videos | Post #1 | The Maine

Here are some of my favorite The Maine music videos courtesy of YouTube!  Check 'em out =)

I <3 John, but hey they are all great - to each their own >:)

















my favorite song is on Pioneer & is featured in this trailer - check it out - then go check out The Maine and their music!! You'll thank me later ;)





bye, 
@jendsmit

Review | Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett


Review | Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett


Blurb:  

Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He's lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he'll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.
Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.
Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.


Edition Info:

eBook, 123 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Entangled Publishing: Covet
ISBN13 9781622669530

Source:  

Review copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In a nut shell:  

Laugh-Out-Loud Funny | Romantic | Good Fun

My Rating: 

4 stars


Details:  

I really enjoyed this book!  I was laughing out loud the entire time.  Annie is just hysterical – her witty dialogue had me from the very first word.  Eros – Ross – is exactly as I would have hoped.  He is fun, brooding, and sexy.  I love that this is set in modern NYC!  I love love love the Sex in the City 2 reference Annie pulls in the Office.  It was PERFECT!

This book is a Rom-Com that will totally play out in your head!  I loved it!  You definitely need to check it out.

I loved how Jenna was able to bring all these mythical gods and demi-gods into the world of today and make it work – serious – it totally worked!  I loved the play between them all – loved the back and forth between Dion and Ari.  Totally loved Brita missing the attention at the end and volunteering and helping with the plan.

I just really really liked it – I love the cover on this book too, btw!  =) as you know I am a self-proclaimed Cover Whore {verbiage stolen from Bookish Brunette} and I often judge before reading the blurbs on books…  just saying – stating a fact … sorry!

This cover – I love that Ross is shown with some scruff on his face and the look – SHIT – I love it!  Annie is perfect – I LOVE the red lips on the cover – and the chemistry shown on the cover is totally exactly what you feel in the book.

Ok that’s all I have for now – go get your copy RIGHT NOW!!


    


And in case you missed it – check out my interview with Jenna | click here |


Until Next Time,

@jendsmit



Interview | Jenna Bennett

Hi all!!  Today I have Jenna Bennett author of Tall, Dark & Divine talking with me!  Eep!!  So exciting - I love author interviews!!!! <3  I am reading this book now and IT'S GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

So before I start pestering Jenna with questions - here's a little about her and Tall, Dark, & Divine!


About this author (from Goodreads Author Page)

Jenna Bennett

 aka Jennie Bentley and Bente Gallagher

is New York Times bestselling author of the Do-It-Yourself Home Renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, featuring designer and amateur sleuth Avery Baker and her boyfriend, handyman Derek Ellis, who renovate houses in Waterfield, Maine. 

As Jenna Bennett, she writes and publishes the Cutthroat Business mysteries featuring Southern Belle and new-minted real estate agent Savannah Martin in Nashville, Tennessee.
Starting in the summer of 2012, she'll also be writing a series of futuristic romances for Entangled Publishing - high concept pitch: "Firefly with sex" - about the crew of a smuggling ship called the Good Fortune. Book 1, tentatively titled Fortune's Hero, is scheduled for release in August 2011.



website | twitter | facebook | goodreads

Goodreads Blurb:

Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He's lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he'll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.  
Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.   
Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.







Let's get this interview started!!


oh and so I don't confuse you here's a breakdown of my color coding!

random jendsmit Question

Jenna's Answer

random comment on Carmen's Answer





Where do you find your inspiration for your stories?  Do you base your characters on people you know or do your characters just show up in your head?

Mostly they just show up in my head. I definitely don’t base them on anyone I know. As for the inspiration for the stories, it comes from anywhere and everywhere. Something I hear or read. Something someone says. Someone else’s book. In the case of Tall, Dark and Divine, I was reading Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, when the idea of writing a light, funny paranormal romance about Greek gods fell into my head. Eros and his bevy of matchmaking minor and demi-goddesses was the result of that. I put the action in Astoria, Queens, since I used to live there in my twenties, and since it is – or used to be – the biggest Greek settlement in the world outside Greece. It seems a logical place for a bunch of Greek and Cretan gods and goddesses to hang out and deal with modern life.


author insights - I love them so much - I always learn a little something, don't you?!

Do you have a specific or special place that you write?

I work in my office, which is actually a big walk-in closet off my husband’s office. (He makes more money than I do, so he gets the bigger space.) I have a desktop computer with a full-size keyboard – I also have big hands – and a window looking out over a tree-lined yard and a winding road. I can write elsewhere if I have to, but being at home is my preference. I’m stuck in my ways, I guess.


LOL!!  sorry - off hand comments {he makes more money...he gets bigger space - hehehehe} just get me every time... love it!


While you write, do you listen to music?  Do you have playlists you play on repeat while you write?

No and no. I can listen to classical music, or instrumental music – something without lyrics – but once there are words, they interfere with the words in my head. So I keep it quiet.


author insights - I love them so much - I always learn a little something, don't you?!


What’s on your current playlist?  Who are your favorite artists?

I don’t really listen to music, sorry. I’m sure that makes me very boring. I like weird stuff like Irish folk music and Broadway show tunes and old  country and such, but I only listen to music when I’m not writing, and I’m writing almost all of the time.


not going to lie... my jaw hit the floor and I was catching flies!  Then I recovered once Jenna mentioned her love of Irish folk music and Broadway show tunes...  see she likes it, just doesn't listen all the time - I'm ok now - I promise ;)

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

First draft. I don’t like to edit at all, and I don’t really plan ahead – I’m a pretty dedicated pantser – so getting the story down in its truest form in the first draft is the most fun I have. Writing THE END is always nice, and I particularly enjoy writing dialogue.


"pantser" ....  LMAO .... I know what it means and yet I giggle like a dork every fricking time!

I absolutely love book covers, they tell so much about the book, the characters, everything!!  So I have to ask, how do you choose your book covers?

I’m sorry to say – for both of our sakes – that unless the book is self-published, the author has no say over the cover whatsoever. That’s something the publisher does, and most authors have what’s known as input – we get to suggest what we’d like, and point out anything we really dislike – but we have no real power over what the cover looks like. I’ve been lucky and had really gorgeous covers for all my books, for which I am abjectly grateful – there are some not so nice covers out there – but it’s no thanks to me at all; it’s all the publisher’s art department. I’m with you, I love book covers, but I can’t take credit for any of mine, other than the ones on my self-pubbed books.


I so didn't know that the publisher usually does the cover...  see I'm learning!!


Who are your favorite authors?  What are you reading right now that you love?

I have a ton of favorite authors in a wide variety of genres. I mentioned Gena Showalter earlier. Jennifer Crusie. Elizabeth Peters. Julia Spencer Fleming. Josh Lanyon. Lois McMaster Bujold. Linnea Sinclair. Misa Ramirez. Ngaio Marsh. Suzanne Brockmann. J.K. Rowling. I write in an incredible variety of genres, and my reading habits run that same gamut, from mysteries and romantic suspense to historical, contemporary and futuristic romance, science fiction and fantasy/paranormal. It’s easier to ask me what I don’t read.I read Misa Ramirez’s Deceiving the Witch Next Door last week, and really enjoyed it. Sweet and steamy at the same time. I’ve also been on a Stephanie Bond kick lately; she’s been re-releasing some of her out-of-print romantic mysteries, and I’m having fun reading my way through them all. The book at the top of the TBR pile at the moment is Heather Graham’s The Unholy.


Gena Showalter - AWESOME
Misa Ramirez - I've got several of her books on my TBR
The rest I will most definitely be checking out ASAP




well kitties - that's what I have today for you ... check back for my review of Tall, Dark, & Divine - I promise it will not disappoint =)


bye,


Review | Blog Tour Stop | Take It Like A Vamp by Candace Havens





Adult Book | Adult Content | don’t say I didn’t warn you…


Take It Like A Vamp by Candace Havens


Blurb from Entangled Publishing: 

Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.

But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?



buy yours here:

  

 Edition Info:

eBook, 123 pages
Published July 21st 2012 by Entangled Publishing (first published July 20th 2012) 
Covet, an Entangled Publishing Imprint
 ISBN13  9781622669509


Source:  

Review copy given by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


In a nut shell:  

Hilarious | Sexy | Witty | Action-Packed


My Rating: 

4.5 stars

Details:  

Well, I can’t really say too much about this book for fear of spoiling it for you… but I had an idea before I started writing this review!  So we’re going to try a little something new for random, so just hang with me here folks…

First off, here are my GR Updates while reading this book – they are pretty amusing, in my opinion ;)

Please excuse the typo in the quote!  After finishing the book that quote is still one of my favorite quotes… here is it again in its entirety b/c I love it so much!


Now… what do I think Nick and Casey look like?  Well… here you go =)

Nick

Remove the cowboy hat and this is Nick! 
{ maybe, I kind of like the hat, but Candace has no mention of a hat LOL } 

Oh & in case you are not sure who this really is, I'll tell you, because he's hot and he can sing!
This is Dustin Lynch - he sings Cowboys & Angels - the video is showing below




photo source



this video is sourced from CMT.com


Casey


So here is what I think Casey looks like in my head... maybe a little fuller, but this is what I see - girl next door pretty - gorgeous by all accounts except her own!  
photo source
photo source
  Oh shit - I forgot to tell you who this is... sorry!!  This lovely women shown above as my Casey is actually Sara Paxton!

A little something new... This book has a song & I had to post it here for you... 

My choice of song for this book is Wanted by Hunter Hayes {the video is showing below}

Now... I don't usually voice my own opinions ... {calm down, I know I do, but I have something specific in mind here - zip it and sit down} ...  I don't usually voice my opinions on music for books, but this book I think has a song that fits so well!  This is the exact song I thought of when I read Nick's thoughts and feelings of Casey - sigh - 
Here's the video of this song, I found the video at CMT.com



so like I said earlier... I can't (not that I don't) say much about this book - I don't want to spill my brains and spoil it for you!  But I have a little about the awesome author of this book - so check this out!  Follow her around cyber space | you know I already am ;) join me | 





About this author (from Goodreads Author Page)

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. She has also written four books for Harlequin's Blaze line, including Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. Candace's work is also featured in Spirited, an anthology, and all its proceeds go to help literacy. Take It Like A Vamp, her latest work, launched a line of light paranormal romances for Entangled Publishing, called Covet. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Reader's Choice, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.





Did I tell you to go buy your copy yet?  

I know I did... You know I did... get to moving people!!

  

don't make me tell you again...

bye!


Bliss {an Entangled imprint} | Check It Out


Hi everyone!!  Check out the link above!  It's the newest imprint from Entangled - I just bought Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo & I'm excited to read it!  But anyway - here's a little from Stacy Abrams, Editorial Director of Bliss, about this new imprint =) read it and then go check out the link above!!





Dear Reader,
You’re busy.
I get it—I am, too! I barely look up from my computer long enough to hit “Start” on the microwave dinners I force my husband to eat most nights. The most quality time we spend together is catching up on Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix. Romance is dead.
Or is it?
We founded the Bliss short romance line at Entangled specifically for busy people like you and me: people who want to find their bliss on their lunch break, on their commute, on the delicate wash cycle, on a two a.m. feeding. People who want a fully developed, satisfying story in a 200-pages-or-less package.
I’m so excited to be imminently launching the Bliss line, not just because of the emotional, funny, spicy stories we’re telling and the talented authors we’re launching, but because of what I feel is a unique product the line is offering. These are contemporary, modern, fresh tales of women and men finding love, finding a sexual connection, finding their happily ever after in small towns or close-knit communities, with the support of their best friends, parents, children, or all of the above. On their lunch break or their commute, even! The books read like romantic comedy movies set to the page: Love, Actually for the romance reader. Though the focus lies on the characters’ emotional journey, at Bliss we like to say our heroes and heroines still jump in the sack…it just then fades to black.
And who knows, if I can get my husband to pause the Netflix long enough to read one, maybe romance isn’t dead after all!
Enjoy finding your bliss…
Stacy Cantor Abrams
Editorial Director
Bliss, an Entangled imprint


Interview | Carmen Falcone

So - I read and reviewed A Vengeful Affair 
{ in case you missed my review | click here | you bad little kittens }
And now for you I have a special treat!!  I get to talk with Carmen Falcone, the awesome author, IKR?!  It's exciting!!

FIRST - here's a little background and stalking info on Carmen =) 

You know I am already following her around cyberspace  ... you should join me!

About Carmen Falcone
Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She'd always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing - this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.






Blurb from Entangled Publishing:
Rich people get away with murder every day, but Vivian Foster intends to make billionaire Javier Rivera pay for what he did to her best friend—and how better to destroy a money-grubbing bastard than to sabotage the merger that means everything to him.  
Javier Rivera would never hurt a woman much less kill one. But when he catches a gorgeous corporate spy in his office, he knows he can’t let her go—not when even a hint of scandal could ruin his career. Until the merger is signed, he’ll keep her close, even if he has to shackle her to his wrist. Literally.  
But the closer Javier gets to Vivian, the more he wants her, and the more time she spends with him, the less she believes he could ever be a killer. Now Vivian and Javier have to discover the truth…and Vivian has to win the trust of her worst enemy.



oh and so I don't confuse you here's a breakdown of my color coding!

random jendsmit Question

Carmen's Answer
random comment on Carmen's Answer



Now let's get down to bus-i-ness!



Where do you find your inspiration for your stories?  Do you base your characters on people you know or do your characters just show up in your head? 

Everything starts with the characters. I think of a specific character and take it from there. And they aren’t based on people I know.  

 Do you have a specific or special place that you write? 

I usually write in my home office. Sometimes I go to Starbucks or something, but I prefer to write with a big screen in front of me. I really admire people who take their laptop everywhere in the house and can go for it. I like to think writing is my time, not just to write but to enjoy that quietude so I can’t do it if someone next to me is watching TV. Honestly, it’s just my luck every time I go to a coffee shop, I always sit next to the loudest patron :) 


LOL - that'd so be me you are next to... sorry ;) it's the caffeine! 


While you write, do you listen to music?  Do you have playlists you play on repeat while you write?  

Sorry, I’m not that cool. I can’t write and listen to music, otherwise pretty soon I’ll name my hero Frank Sinatra and my heroine Diana Krall. :)  

LOL That makes sense =)


What’s on your current playlist?  Who are your favorite artists?  

I like everything, really. I love Adele (of course!), Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Etta James, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Michael Bubble. When I’m working out, I listen to Rihanna, Katy Perry and Usher (there, I said it!). 

Now this is a lady after my own heart!!  I also love everything - it is so so hard to pull a few names out of the giant pot that holds all your favorites!  I appreciate that Carmen took the time to name just a few of her favorites!!


What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

Figuring things out. The most frustrating part is when I have ideas that aren’t connecting. The hero’s motivations are weak, or the heroine’s conflict isn’t believable. So my favorite thing is to tie everything together. 


dang - that sounds very very difficult - yet another reason I am not an author!!


I absolutely love book covers, they tell so much about the book, the characters, everything!!  So I have to ask, how do you choose your book covers?  

I also love book covers! Entangled has some of the best ones I’ve ever seen. So I trust the marketing team to make this decision. I can recognize a good cover when I see one, but I don’t know how to make one. I think the right cover has to capture the tone of the book and also be marketable. 

Totally agree, 100% 
side note | my thoughts on Carmen's cover

And a few comments on the cover, since I do love book covers and tend to judge them

**don’t judge me – everyone does it, they just don’t tell you about it**


1.  I really do like it, but it doesn't match the picture in my head…  I can’t find anything that does, so I can’t even show you =(  

2. I love the tension you can see and feel through this cover.
3. I love love love the look on the woman’s face!  To me this is so saying WTF – He is touching me and I’m pissed but don’t want to push him away!
4. The guy on here… really good looking and the look in his eyes and face – W-O-W! Javier to a fricking T!  Completely in control and has what he wants in his reach or in hand …




Who are your favorite authors?  What are you reading right now that you love? 

Lynn Raye Harris, Ruthie Knox, Sandra Marton, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the list goes on and on. I’ve just finished A Night of Southern Comfort by Robin Covington and I absolutely loved it. 


yay!  new authors to check out for me!!  
A Night of Southern Comfort - sigh - I loved it as well!!  
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Is Carmen not just awesome!?!!!!  

She is... you know it =)  

That's all I have for you today my little kittens!

bye,