Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Pippa Jay

Pippa Jay is one of the awesome authors of the SFR Brigade, and I'm excited to have her here today. :) (The Tales from the SFR Brigade anthology is a free read, and it's very cool. You want to read it. I discovered many new-to-me sci-fi romance authors thanks to it.) Pippa's new book Tethered is out now. Check out that gorgeous cover!

1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

For my latest release I'd say spicy space opera action adventure romance. Hmm, too many words?! Mostly I'd describe them as high action, character driven adventures, sometimes with romance.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Absolutely anywhere and from everything. But for Tethered it started off with a conversation on Twitter about under-represented mythological creatures. I had a vague idea for a succubus story, which I then put a scifi twist on.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Tracey Devlyn

I'm thrilled to have Tracey Devlyn as my guest today. Tracey is a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville along with Adrienne Giordano, who was interviewed here last week.

Tracey is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers, which as she puts it involve "a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending." (BFF Diana, take note, for this is your catnip.) Tracey's answer to question 3 is awesome. I think it's my new favorite answer. ;) I just started reading her book A Lady's Revenge.

1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Historical? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

I write sexy historical romantic suspense novels. My heroines tend to be unconventional for the Regency period – spy, underground informant/entrepreneur, apothecary-surgeon...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nancy Drew and The Mystery of the Future Romance Reader

As I mentioned in my TBT post, I've been cleaning out the attic and I discovered boxes of the books I read when I was a kid. I found my Little House books, my Anne of Green Gables books, a plethora of stories about horses, my Babysitter's Club books, and, of course, Nancy Drew.

Reading the Nancy Drew mysteries was the first literary connection I shared with my mom. She read them in the 60s, and she gave me her books. I became addicted to The Nancy Drew Files. I spent my allowance on new releases and combed through the library for titles I'd missed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Adrienne Giordano

Today's guest is USA Today best-selling author Adrienne Giordano. Adrienne founded the Naperville satellite of Lady Jane's Salon along with fellow author Tracey Devlyn. (Tracey will be an Author Thursday guest here soon!)

Adrienne is talking about the second book in her Justice Team series. I'm currently reading the first book, Stealing Justice, and it's good stuff. Fans of romantic suspense should definitely check it out. :)

1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Historical? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

My flavor would be spicy-light. I write romantic suspense and I’ve been told my books are steamy, but I honestly don’t think they’re that steamy. Maybe I shouldn’t be saying that! :)

I honestly believe my books are more about the sexual tension and the push-pull between the hero and the heroine and that creates the steam. I also like to include a bit of humor in my dialogue. Particularly with the men. On any given day, the conversations between men and their friends can be funny so I try to infuse that into my books.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Harlequin World's Best Romances from 1996

I've been cleaning out the attic lately, and I discovered these Harlequin's World's Best Romances magazines. (Also, I found the first romance novel I officially read!) (As opposed to the actual first romance I read, which I have no idea what the title, author, or plot was, other than it was contemporary 2-books-in-1 combo that I snuck out of my mom's nightstand.)

Behold, the awesome:

March/April 1996: Is she sleeping? Melting? I love her jeans. I think I owned those jeans. And guys, please to enjoy this bonus art from the back cover:

Him: My neckerchief, let me show you it. Her: *swoon*

Ain't nothin' sexier than a man in a bright yellow shirt with a green neckerchief. Amirite, ladies? Even that horse is checking him out.

May/June 1996: Is that the same guy from the last issue? Scandalous! :-o Look at his perfect hair. The giant dad wristwatch. The random man ring. The fabulous high-waist jeans. So much light denim. I'm guessing that her inner monologue is "I can see up your nose."

July/August 1996: OMG IS THAT THE HOFF??? Also, she looks like she's about to burst into song, doesn't she? "THE HILLS ARE ALIVE, WITH THE SOUND OF DENIM..." And neckerchiefs. Because reasons.

September/October 1996: Behold the 90s businesswoman's power suit. I'm pretty sure Scully wore this outfit on an episode of X-Files.

I also found an absolutely fabulous treasure trove of 90s Nancy Drews. Oh yes. The khaki shorts, people. THE WHITE SNEAKERS. I will share them at some point soon.