New Release friday is back
Happy reading. I haven't done new release Friday in a while - life got crazy - but I have several author friends, some who I know online, some whom I've worked with in series and others I just like to read to share with you this week.
Rissa's Rebel Heart (The Sweethearts of Country Music Book 1)
When six musicians come together to form an all-girl country band, The Sweethearts of Country Music are born. But can they balance their musical worlds with their personal lives?
Rissa Walker dreams of making it big in country music, but after seven years in Music City—and with very little success to show for it—she’s beginning to lose hope. When she’s offered the chance to join an all-girl country band, Rissa finds herself surrounded by five of the most talented musicians in Nashville, a tough-talking manager with a heart of gold, and her manager's son. A son who happens to be a handsome single father whose kiss leaves her weak in the knees.
Jake McCann grew up in the business, so he knows a thing or two about country music. When he hears Rissa perform at a wedding reception, he thinks she’d be the perfect addition to the all-girl country band his mom hopes to bring to Nashville. What he doesn’t know is just how hard he’ll fall for the beautiful songwriter. And he really doesn’t know how he’s going to live without her when she and the band go on tour.
With a hectic tour schedule, and hundreds of miles of highway between them, can Rissa and Jake’s relationship stay in tune? Or, will Rissa have to choose between her music and her heart?
The Sweethearts of Country Music series includes six books by six different authors. Each novel features a member of the band as she struggles to balance music and love. get it here
Happily Ever Hers: A fake relationship/movie star/ex-military hero romantic comedy! (Movie Stars in Maryland Book 2
Juliet Manchester is America’s best-loved movie starlet. But when a nasty divorce and a sex-tape scandal threaten to tarnish her spotless good-girl reputation, she turns to co-star Ryan McDonnell to help distract the media with a passionate (and completely fake) new romance. The only problem? They’re both in love with other people.
Going home for Gran’s 90th in Maryland was something I normally would’ve been looking forward to. But the timing is terrible. My ex is dragging me through a media scandal (even though he’s the one who cheated. Spectacularly. On the kitchen island. With my personal chef), and if I had my way, I’d stay out of the spotlight entirely.
But America’s Sweetheart has to be okay, and my agent is positive the best way to convince America that I’m not in the midst of a breakdown is to date my latest co-star.
He’s hot. He’s sweet. And he’s willing.
But he’s not the man I’m in love with.
The former Marine bodyguard who’s been stationed inside my house by the private security firm I employ is nothing like a movie star. He’s rough around the edges, from the wrong side of the tracks… and one-hundred percent exactly my type.
But the two of us together? Could cost us both our jobs.
I just need to remember that Jace Morgan is here to protect me. Not to love me.
But when he comes along to Maryland? Lines get crossed, and I’m not talking about the Mason-Dixon, y’all.
Happily Ever Hers is a full-length laugh-out-loud romcom with narcoleptic pugs, cursing Grans who drink too many Manhattans, and a stoic ex-military hero who just might break your heart. (Standalone and no cliffhanger!) Get it here
Love in Charge: Powerful Women, Powerful Love Kindle Edition
When this woman steps into a room, heads turn and people listen. Whether she’s commanding a new business venture, coaching a collegiate football team, or diagnosing and healing people, she’s focused, influential, and passionate, and she’s not about to apologize for it.
But there is loneliness and fears that she can’t ignore, and questions soon follow. Is a second chance meant to be when the first was a disaster? Is her distrust of all men warranted when only one has truly ever hurt her? Can she set aside an age difference to find love?
Most of all… when a man who is everything she’s never realized she wanted is right in front of her, will she be ready for the biggest undertaking of her life?
Lose yourself in these three novellas of powerful women learning that sometimes love is the one in charge.
**All earnings from this anthology will be donated to the GLSEN Omaha chapter. GLSEN Omaha's mission is to "ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression." get it here
No More Bad Dates: A romantic comedy of love, friendship... and tea (High Tea Book 1) (Cozy Cottage Café 5)
Three friends form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones - weirdos and jerks need not apply.
Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy's career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to "do something important" with her life, and she's totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.
After she's unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss's wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones--weirdos and jerks need not apply.
When Sophie's roommate Jason Christie--a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater--joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he's got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she's actually trying to date?
While desperately seeking her "happy for now," could Sophie stumble into her "happily ever after?"
High Tea is a spin-off of Kate O'Keeffe's bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series. Escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good chick lit series! Get it here
9/3/2019 0 Comments
et's meet Jacqui Greig the editor of the new magazine BLUSH, designed just for romance readers.
I was recently at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Melbourne where I met Jacqui at a cocktail party. She and her husband looked like glamorous super-models. I had a terrible cold and looked like death warmed up. Still lovely soul that she is we got chatting about all things romance , books and the media. It turns out we did the same degree at the same university - although I was more than a few years ahead of her.
Naturally I started following Blush on social media and reached out to ask her about the magazine for this blog. What could be more on theme for Writers on Wednesday than writing a blog about someone who writes about writers.
So here we go:
1. What made you decide to start a magazine in general?
My background is in journalism and I've worked on several different magazines - I actually published my own print women's lifestyle magazine for a couple of years! I was aware of some amazing platforms that allow you to host a digital magazine (no overheads!) and I'd always thought that if there were a magazine for romance readers, I would definitely read it! Plus, I kept reading romance novels and getting to The End and wanting MORE! I wanted to know about the author and their inspiration and their thoughts and, basically, what they had for breakfast. Blush gives me an opportunity to fangirl over authors without getting slapped with a restraining order. With so many amazing blogs already dedicated to the genre, I thought a digital magazine could be fun and different.
2. Why romance novels? What is it about them that excites you?
I pretty much exclusively read romance. Okay, I definitely exclusively read romance. There is no other genre of book that I could imagine dedicating a whole magazine to. 12 times a year. Nope. But romance? Where do I start?! There is so. much. to. talk. about. I adore the community of romance readers and writers and just want to revel in their awesomeness, which Blush allows me to do!
3. Who is Blush Magazine for?
Blush Magazine is for those many, many readers of romance who want more than ‘The End’.It is a digital magazine taking readers beyond the pages of their favourite books - to meet their favourite authors. This the first editorial-based magazine focused solely on the romance novel industry - interviewing authors, following trends, delving into tropes and the many intricacies specific to the romance genre.
Blush Magazine provides insightful, thought-provoking, and fun editorial content on a monthly basis. The September issue just released...and guess whose book happens to get a mention?!
You can learn more about Blush Magazine here.
And look here's Jacqui doing her editorial thing for the magazine and you can see Shut Up and Dance With Me right there!
Happy release day to me!
It's release day for Shut Up and Dance With Me, Oceanic Dreams Book 7 and I'm super excited to be sharing this sweet, fun read with you.
All the books take place during the same week on a cruise ship - it's a singles cruise but my characters are there for a wedding. Sandy and Danny are standing up for their friends who are remarrying and neither of them is exactly pleased to be there or to be seeing each other again.
This is an enemies to lovers story which isn't my usual jam but as this is my 25th book under my own name it was nice to shake things up. Speaking of shaking - there are lots of cocktails shaken and stirred just like the emotions in this book.
Blurb: Shut Up And Dance With Me
As they set sail for madness and mayhem aboard Oceanic Aphrodite as Sandy and Danny stand up as witnesses to their friends second marriage. The maid of honor and best man can only agree on two things - this wedding is a bad idea and they can't stand each other. A week on a cruise ship is a long time and hard though they try to avoid each other, the universe has other ideas. All aboard for a fun opposites-attract romance for lovers of cocktails, second chances and happily ever afters.
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Happy release day to Kirsty McManus author of I Thought It Was You, the latest release in the Oceanic Dreams series.
Every book in the series is named after a song title. Why did you choose this song for your book?
I actually started out by googling songs that were about mistaken identity, and I Thought It Was You by Herbie Hancock came up. I’d never heard it before, but instantly loved it. It seemed like it would suit a cheesy cruise, but it is also a very cool song for its time. I’ve heard people say Daft Punk must have used him for inspiration.
What song(s) are you currently listening to/loving and why?
I hardly get a chance to listen to my own music lately, because my boys hog Spotify at home and in the car. Thankfully, I don’t mind their taste. My eldest finds a lot of great experimental dance music (because he wants to be a DJ when he’s older) and my youngest loves rock and acoustic stuff (because he wants to be a rock star when he’s older!). One of my favourite songs at the moment is The Comedown by Ocean Alley. We all just saw them at Bluesfest in Byron Bay this year, and I love that a part of that song reminds me of the soundtrack in Labyrinth (my favourite movie as a kid).
Do you have a go to karaoke song?
Haha – yes! I lived in Japan for a year and went out to karaoke all the time with the English teachers I worked with. I always choose Just Lose It by Eminem. I’m not good at it, but it’s fun to pretend I can rap. For something a little more melodic, I sometimes choose All That She Wants by Ace of Base, or I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones. I don’t know about the lyrics, but it is a very cool song to strut around to!
Circle in the Sand is out now - download your copy today and don't forget to read the whole Oceanic Dreams series!
1. Every book in the series is named after a song title. Why did you choose this song for your book?
My book didn’t have a title. I hadn’t even considered one yet. One day while making dinner I had my Google Mini playing me an 80s playlist. “Circle in the Sand” by Belinda Carlisle came on. I had her cassette tape (yes, cassette tape) and loved that song. It just felt like the perfect title for my Oceanic Dreams book.
2. What song(s) are you currently listening to/loving and why?
I am always listening to James Arthur. I love his song “Say You Won’t Let Go” and his newest, “Falling Like the Stars” is like a follow up to it. I am also obsessed with “Dynasty” by MIIA and most songs by NF. I don’t usually listen to Ariana Grande but I really like her new one “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
3. Do you have a go to karaoke song?
Um, no. I don’t do karaoke. Well, I shouldn't say that. I would do karaoke in my parent’s basement with only a few people around. They have a big karaoke collection. I don’t have a specific song I sing, though.
4. If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
Right now I would have to say “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. I honestly have heard the song so much that I tend to change the channel now when it comes on. But I love the message and it’s very relatable.
In the second of our Musical Monday posts with authors of the Oceanic Dreams series let's chat with Holly Kerr, author of I Saw Him Standing There.
I'm currently loving the new Shawn Mendes song, If I Can't Have You and the Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber I Don't Care. But I keep going back to the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman - just love it!
Do you have a go to karaoke song?
I haven't done karaoke in a long time, but I think I'd go with ABBA or maybe Dolly Parton. I've been listening to a lot of Dolly lately and I think I could pull off Here You Come Again.
If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
Dancing by Myself. Because that's what I do! Give me an empty kitchen and some loud tunes, plus a glass of wine and I'll all set!
I Saw Him Standing There get your copy today
This stowaway sets sail for love!Small-time con artist Siggy needs to get out of town fast. When she’s offered tickets on the legendary Oceanic Aphrodite, Siggy jumps at the chance to get away. A week on a luxury cruise ship, with a suitcase full of clothes and all expenses paid? Yes, please! The only catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else.
No problem. Siggy has no intention of getting close enough anyone to discover her secrets.
But this is the Oceanic Aphrodite and love is in the air. When Siggy sees assistant cruise director Will taking tickets, Cupid’s arrow hits the target. Luckily, Will’s too busy smiling at her to check out her fake passport because he’ll toss Siggy off the ship if he finds out about the scam.
Onboard, dolphins and cameras and runaway ferrets bring Siggy and Will together. The more time they spend together, the more Siggy wants to tell him the truth.
Cupid’s arrow has struck deep but can Siggy stop running?This novella-length romantic comedy is the first book in the Oceanic Dreams series
Books in series:
I Saw Him Standing There by Holly Kerr
Time of My Life by Laura Heffernan
Circle in the Sand by Tracy Krimmer
I Thought it Was You by Kirsty McManus
I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Take a Chance on Me by Delancey Stewart
Shut Up and Dance With Me by Monique McDonell
The Best of You by Sophie-Leigh Robbins
Every Book in the new Oceanic Dreams series I'm a part of is named after a song - let's get to know Holly Tierney Bedford author of I Will Follow Him, Book 5 in the Series.
Riptide by Vance Joy (what a great video!)
Motion Sickness by Phoebe Bridgers
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
lots of different songs by the Lumineers
lots of old songs by Stevie Nicks (I never get tired of her)
Do you have a go to karaoke song?
I've only sung karaoke a time or two as part of a group. I'm really better off being a spectator.
If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
That changes on an hourly basis, but right now I'll go with Live in the Moment by Portugal. The Man
I Will Follow Him there is available on pre-order be sure to get your copy here
It's release week for Laura Heffernan's Book Time of My Life, Book 2 in the Oceanic Dreams Series so the authors are running this giveaway. Be sure to enter
The week that was in the year of saying yes
First off I'm not going to lie- I didn't love 2018 from an author perspective. I set some lofty goals and I fell short. There were lots of reasons for this that include the fact that even I need to sleep and as much as I love my author life it's not worth missing out on real life to make it work. Still, I was bummed at the end of the year. 2017 was my best year in terms of sales and goals and I felt like I was gaining traction and it all slipped away in 2018.
Fast forward to 2019 and I set new ambitious goals that included launching a book a month - I haven't quite done that - but I will have published twelve times by the end of 2019 so we'll take it. In order to make that happen I said yes late last year to a lot of projects.
I said yes I'll try and get a on board with Sweet Promise Press when they launched last year which meant I had No Time For Temptation ready to roll in January.
I said yes to joining the Coffee Talk on the Board Walk multi-author series and yes to the Oceanic Dreams series as well. Originally that had me releasing my Oceanic Dreams book - Shut Up and Dance With Me in May and my Cinnamon Bay book with Coffee Talk in June. Then the Oceanic Dreams book got bumped to August and we added a novella to the Cinnamon Bay series.
So that meant that the novella Love on the Boardwalk, launched this week along with the first book in the Oceanic Dreams series. That was a lot of partying and promoting for both books.
You know what is awesome about being in a multi author series? Everyone has their own special talents that they bring to the table from graphic design, building websites, book formatting or book trailers. It's so nice to be part of a team and not figuring all that stuff out all on my own.
I'll be featuring all the amazing authors here on my blog and on my Facebook page so you can see how great they are for yourselves.
So that means we have two gorgeous book trailers which I will share over the next week. First Coffee talk on the Boardwalk and then Oceanic Dreams later this week.
Some of you may know I've set up a small business GetSocialWriteNow to help other authors on their path to publishing - I've learned a lot on my journey and I hate it when I see people struggling when there's no need. I've always been happy to help people and I know most authors are very generous with their time. Building an author platform takes quite a bit of know how so I started sharing mine,
Anyway, part of promoting this, and books as well is getting out there and talking about what I can do. As part of this strategy when I was asked to be on a panel at the WriteNow! Festival in Lake Macquarie I said yes. I had no idea it would end up being the same week that all of this was happening and I was a little overwhelmed mid-week thinking about it.
As it turned out it was the perfect way to spend the day - surrounded by authors and aspiring writers and librarians and books. It was actually a really fun and joyous experience I'm glad I said yes to.
So that's my week on review. If you want to support the projects I have said yes to you can see all my books here on Amazon.
"Delicious Disasters" by Isabella Louise Anderson
Blurb: When Tessa Markham’s bookstore gets bought out, she is forced to face an uncertain future. After her best friend challenges her to start baking, she accepts—even if the last time she baked wasn’t what she would call a delicious success.
After a small kitchen fire, Tessa’s life begins to change. She finds encouragement from a sexy fireman, agrees to a questionable ruse to help another business owner with a complicated situation, and needs to be there for her best friend now more than ever.
Can a delicious disaster lead to a new future and a successful baking career?
**Click HERE to add "Delicious Disasters" to your Goodreads list!
About the author: Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Indian and Mexican food, margaritas, and red and white wines. She loves spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Texas Rangers. When Isabella Louise isn’t working on her next release, her attention is also on her Scentsy business, where she’s a consultant.