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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks for showing up for us. We love that you’re here!!!!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Share one of your favorite reviews for one of your books.

This is a review from Amazon for “Bound to Morocco”…

“I loved this book! It was extremely interesting and kept me captivated throughout. I stayed up, way too late to finish it. It was definitely with it. The story of Shera and Kemal had me not wanting it to end. I look forward to reading more from Leslie”.

Now who wouldn’t love a review like this. 5 stars. It makes me so happy to get feedback like this and makes me want to write more and better every day.

But these aren’t the only reviews that show up. I don’t mind constructive criticism since it does help me to improve and makes me aware of weaknesses in my plots or characters. But I have to say that usually the 1 star reviews are just plain mean. It makes me wonder what motivates people to tear down someone else’s work with nothing beneficial to offer.

One of my “favorite” 1 stars was for “The Defiant Bride”. Set in the early 1500’s in England, the hero gets shot by an arrow and the heroine cares for him. The review was from a woman who said she was a nurse and that was not how one should treat a wound from an arrow. Really? This was the 1500’s and the heroine was a girl with no experience. And no medical supplies. In the King’s Forest.

Reviews are important and all writers value them. It’s how we know what our readers think of our work, especially if the reviews make sense. So keep reading and keep reviewing. And thanks!

Now let’s hop over to the fabulous PG Forte and hear about her reviews….

But first – you have to check this out!!!!!

Every memory leaves its mark. 

All Sophie wants is a tattoo to commemorate her battle with cancer. What she gets is celebrity tattoo artist Declan Ross, the same sexy bad-boy who, once-upon-a-time, used to rock her world.

With his hit television show on hiatus, Declan is back in the Big Easy. A charity event at Midnight Ink, the shop where he got his start, seems like the perfect opportunity to use his celebrity status to publicize a good cause…and just maybe improve his own image in the process. The last thing he’s expecting, or thinks he needs, is a chance meeting with the girl he left behind.

Last time they were together, Declan was the one who was damaged. This time, they’ve both got scars; and those you can’t see are the hardest to cover.

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly blog. So happy you could join us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Did you celebrate the 4th of July? Care to share a recipe? What’s the favorite dish at your celebration and why?

Celebrate is a strange word for this year’s 4th, since so many of us feel as if our freedoms are being taken away.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t gather with friends and break bread. And summer is definitely picnic time.

One of my favorite foods to bring along is my potato salad. It’s easy and delicious. (This recipe is for four, but you can easily change the quantities for more or less and adjust the ingredients to taste).

A bag of small size potatoes (red or gold)

3 eggs

Celery

A bunch of cilantro

Chopped scallions (optional)

½ small bag of bacon bits

Pepper to taste

Mayonnaise

A few squirts of spicy brown mustard

Boil the eggs in salted water for 15 minutes. Drain and refrigerate until chilled (about four hours). Boil the potatoes until cooked but still firm. Refrigerate until chilled (also about four hours).

Cut the potatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Peel and chop the eggs and add to the potatoes. Sprinkle on some pepper. Chop the celery, cilantro, and scallions and add to the bowl. Pour bacon bits on top. Toss until mixed well.

In a separate bowl, start with about three tablespoons of mayonnaise and add mustard. Mix well and add to the salad. Add more mayonnaise with a little mustard until the ingredients are well coated.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy.

Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and hear about her favorite recipe for the 4th

But first…

Get ready for the second book in the Witches of Windsor series by catching up with book one.

Magic Touch by A.S. Fenichel

ESME

I never dreamed my small curatives shop in Windsor, England would attract the attention of war hero Sir William Meriwether. My feminine heart is aflutter when he enters. But I’m a witch and a healer, and he’s a man in pain, so I heal him. Desperate to do him a good service, I stretch my powers to the limit—or perhaps beyond. Somehow, in curing his ailing leg, I unleash powers inside William. At a loss to stop what’s begun, I’m forced to seek assistance from the coven I’ve sworn never to join. I dread the encounter, but for William’s sake, I put my family’s hatred aside. Getting to spend more time with William is an added enticement.

WILLIAM

I’m mesmerized by Esme O’Dwyer from the moment I lay eyes on her. Despite our different stations in society, I want something more personal than any restorative tea she might offer. As a gentleman, I contain those baser needs and accept her assistance to ease the pain in my leg. When the alluring witch’s touch bestows me with magic of my own, I want no part of it. But the coven’s leaders insist magic never makes mistakes, and for this to have happened, I must be needed. I’ve never been one to shy away from duty, and being secluded for training with Esme is magical in more ways than one.

ESME

Trouble is coming to Windsor. The signs are all there. The race is on to train William as a witch before his power is needed, but our growing attraction is as undeniable as the battle that lies ahead.

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Hello and happy Tuesday. So glad you took the time to join us. It means so much!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Do you remember the first romance book you read? Tell us about it. Or tell us about the book that made you want to write romance.

That’s an easy one. They are one and the same. Years ago, I had never really read a romance novel, although I was an avid reader. That is until a friend of mine lent me a copy of “The Flame and The Flower” by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was immediately swept away into a different era, another place and into the lives of two fascinating people. Their relationship began with a misunderstanding and they faced conflicts, but in the end, they lived happily ever after. I loved it!

I then bought every one of Ms. Woodiwiss’s books and I was captivated every time. She created worlds I could visit, and people I wanted to meet.

And I knew I wanted to do that, too. I had stories to tell, characters I wanted to create and history I wanted to walk through.  And so began my research into eras and historical events that would set the backdrop for my heroes and heroines. And as it all came to life, I knew my passion was directed where it should be.

The world is more than difficult these days and that’s why a respite is so important. Books, romance novels especially, offer a place to go when, as Wordsworth so eloquently put it, the ‘world is too much with us’.

So I will keep writing and telling my tales and hope when you jump into my stories, you get what you need.

Now let’s hop over to the wonderful Brenda Margriet and hear about her first romance. But first…Check this out!!!!

Loving Between the Lines

(Book Two in the Silverberry Seduction Seasoned Romance Series. Can be read as a standalone.)

(Lynn is 40, Benjamin is 35)

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A one-night stand neither will forget.

She wanted a final fling before choosing science to make her a single mom. He needed an escape from the regret grinding him into dust. Her baby isn’t his…but maybe family is more than DNA.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. We are so glad you’ve joined us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Name something in your writing that you do really well. It can be a trope or the way you write your heroes. Tell us why this works for you and why readers love it.

Of course this is subjective, but I think my characters are well crafted and believable. But first I come up with a time in history, whether present or historical. Then I come up with a story idea, and it obviously has to be populated with people.

I have to figure out who these people are to make them real to me and real to my readers. So I need to determine what they’re like. Their family life, favorite color, quirks, job, etc. The more I know about them, the more complete my picture. It’s very important to understand how they would react in various situations.

When they meet their love interest, are they attracted right away? Do they withdraw? Because that reaction has to be consistent with who they are and their experiences.

They need friends and enemies to make the story interesting, so those people need a history as well. Why are they friends with the hero or heroine? What about the villains? What is their motivation. And what weapons do my hero/heroines have in their arsenal to win the conflict.

And finally, when we get to the happily ever after, is it believable? Have they overcome the obstacles to their relationship, both external and internal? Have they grown? Does it all make sense? And does it work in the context of the story and time period?

Research isn’t about just looking things up. It’s about going inside and looking at yourself and understanding who you are and why you are. And then taking that information and changing it so that it makes sense for the characters. And the bonus is I get to live vicariously through the people I create. It a fun adventure and I think I succeed in making it translate to my stories.

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous PG Forte and hear about her strengths…

But first, you have to check this out!

Twice each year, Aine Murphy ventures into the woods to hold ceremonies to honor the Oak King and the Holly King, never dreaming these Lords of the Forest could be anything more than myth. When the legends spring to life in front of her, how can she help but fall for the sexy demi-gods she’s loved all her life?

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us! Hope your day is going well! Here is this week’s challenge:

Compare the relationship with the characters in your book with real life relationships. How do they differ and how are they the same?

There is always an element of truth in the relationships I write about. I believe in love at first sight, enemies to lovers, spontaneous encounters that become something more.

The heroes and heroines in real life are also always sexy and appealing because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And the more you care about another person, the more attractive they become.

The differences? Well, in real life, unfortunately, there isn’t always a happily ever after. Conflicts sometimes pull people apart and there is no resolution. Everything isn’t always tied up with a neat little bow and problems aren’t always solved.

That is what makes romance novels so wonderful. There is always a happy ending, the heroes and heroines always prevail and ‘the end’ is always satisfying. These stories are not only enjoyable, and an escape which we all need at times; they also offer hope. They are the light in the face of darkness, and a positive outcome, no matter the struggle to get there. It is the belief that the characters are always being driven toward the best possible relationship, even if they’re not always aware of it at the time.

Romance books offer respite when life is a challenge, and the promise that there is something to look forward to, a belief that it will all turn out right in the end. And sometimes, that’s the only thing that gets us through.

Now let’s pop over to the fantastic Andie Fenichel and hear her comparisons…but first, you have to check out “Heavy Petting” ….

I’m at my best friend’s house to get over my lifelong fear of dogs. Guess who else is there, my childhood crush. The first thing I do is freak out over his dog and fall flat on my ass in the street. But then he picks me up and holds me until I’m calm. Overcoming my fears just became much more appealing.

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Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us! We’re so happy you’re here!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Andie Fenichel: 

Share 5 facts about your latest book or book in progress.

“Come Back to Me” is the working title of my latest WIP and I’m pretty excited about it. This is an entertaining book to write because it involves both present day and Scotland in the 1500’s, which means lots of research. I do love research.

Going back in time definitely captures my imagination, even though the reality of living centuries ago is not as romantic as it might seem. We are so used to modern conveniences, like running water and electricity, we have medicines and even the small everyday things we take for granted, like toothpaste, appliances, and indoor plumbing. But when it comes down to it, would you give up all those things to find true love? For a happily ever after?

Here are five facts about the book:

  1. It definitely involves time travel, but in a unique way.
  2. The heroine has an epiphany and decides to change her life by trying to find her soul mate, whatever it takes.
  3. There is an element of recognizing what it is you seek when you finally find it.
  4. It answers the questions – does love transcend all things? Are time and space fluid when it comes to that emotion?
  5. Is creating our own destiny a matter of determination? My heroine thinks so.

Now, let’s hop over to the talented Jill Haymaker and hear about her latest. But first, you have to check out her new release!

Montana Pines Winter Romance

When is it time to stop running from your past and find a home?

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Hello and welcome! Happy Tuesday and thanks so much for joining us. It means a lot!!!!

Here is this week’s challenge:

How’d you get started in your career? How’d you get to where you are today? What’s next for you?

I think I started out as a child…I know, very funny…but it’s true. Even as a little one, I always had a rich imagination and when I was old enough, I wrote down the stories in my head.

As I got older, the writing took a back seat to life and only occasionally would I write an article for business. But then, one day, I was home and cleaning my house. I thought: I can either change my sheets or write a book. You can guess which one I chose.

Now, it was a terrible book and I had no idea what I was doing with regard to style or voice or any of the important craft details, but it didn’t matter. I had found my passion.

I went on to write some TV scripts and a movie (which was actually optioned), but decided I preferred writing novels. A friend gave me a copy of a romance by Kathleen Woodiwiss and I was hooked. And today I have sixteen published romances and more to write.

What’s next? Maybe a different genre, maybe some short stories…I’m not sure. All I do know is that I will continue to write because it is more than a career…it is who I am.

Now let’s hop over to the talented Andie Fenichel, but first, you have to check out her wonderful anthology…

Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction

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Desiring a Duke? Craving a Cowboy? Longing for a Laird?

This sweet and steamy collection of historical romance will transport you to a time when gentlemen were plentiful, and every scoundrel capable of seduction possessed a heart waiting to be uncovered.

Hidden identities, scandalous secrets, second chances, and happily ever afters fill this boxed set of more than 16 standalone romances, guaranteed to make you swoon.

Each unique tale in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Boxed Set delivers a stand-alone story that fans of Julia Quinn, Sally Britton, and Lorraine Heath are certain to love.

How do you capture a man’s heart… A lady never tells.

Authors included in this set are: Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, R.L. Ashly, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Adara Luann, C.K. O’Connor, Marianne Spitzer, Rose Pearson, and Sophie Smith.

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Happy Tuesday and thanks so much for joining us today. We love having you here!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brynn Paulin:

Do you have favorite writing tools or things that are a must while you write (particular pen, scent, sound, etc)

My favorite thing when I write — and a must for me — is quiet. I truly envy those writers who can click into the zone with music or candles. I wish I could do that. But those things tend to work in the opposite way and distract me. I think part of the reason is that most of my books are historical and anything that is contemporary tends to pull me out of the story. I think it would take me longer to figure out what tools might be appropriate than it would to actually write the books.

In fact, when I was writing “The Defiant Bride”, set in 1510 England, the phone rang and for a moment I had no idea what that noise was.

There is one thing I love when I write—my dog sleeping under my desk. If you ask her, she will say she is really doing all the writing and I am merely channeling her thoughts. Possible. She is pretty smart.

But, for me, all I need is peace and a keyboard.

Now let’s hop over to the talented Brynn Paulin and hear what she needs to write. But first…

Pre-order Fling With the Secret Sheik

For twenty-two years, I’ve been the good girl. Toed the line; followed all the rules. So when I sneak out of town for my final spring break for college, I’m ready to have my last hurrah before graduating and entering “real” adult life.

My first day in my tropical paradise, I run into Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant and find myself falling head over heels into the very fling I’d searched for. It’s all too good to be true. It’s a week of bliss. Until I find out he’s been keeping a secret, and he has a life I could never be a part of. I can’t ever be more than a temporary distraction.

But that’s what flings are, right? They’re not for real life. They’re for the instant then left behind. But even momentary idylls have consequences. The question is, am I ready to pay them?

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Hello! Happy Tuesday and welcome. So glad you’ve joined us this week. We love that you’re here!

This is the challenge for this week:

Are you superstitious? Tell us about it.

Okay, I admit it. I am. Now, intellectually, I am sure that whether I wear my lucky earrings or my ‘power’ ring on a specific occasion probably doesn’t make any difference in the outcome of things, my heart just doesn’t want to take the chance of ignoring the possibilities. I have lucky numbers and unlucky numbers and gemstones that make me feel stronger or luckier when I wear them. There are also gemstones that seem cursed for me. As I write this, I realize it all sounds fairly lame, but some things are just too ingrained to ignore.

If I see a hat on a bed, I quickly remove it. Do bad things really come in threes? I think so. And if I spill salt, do I immediately throw some over my shoulder? You bet.

Knock on wood, spit so bad things spoken don’t happen, knock on wood, cross my fingers? Yep. And I will never walk under a ladder if I can help it. When I get a sudden shiver, is someone really walking over my grave (the grave that won’t happen for a very long time if I keep up with these superstitions, that is)?

So, I have to ask myself why. And I suppose it all comes down to a measure of control over things in our lives. Because the truth is, it is uncomfortable to think we cannot control things. So it makes sense that if we follow a prescribed list of universal rules, we can make events go our way or certainly prevent disaster from falling on us or the ones we love.

Honoring age old superstitions strikes me as harmless insurance. Why take the risk of flaunting these beliefs? Especially when it doesn’t hurt anyone or anything? And they had to have come about for a reason, right?

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Now let’s hop over to the marvelous PG Forte and hear about her superstitions (or lack thereof). But first, check out her wonderful book:

The Name Game

Atlas Beach is experiencing a retail renaissance—and Carly Meyer is determined to be part of it. But she and her sandwich shop, The Lunch Box, are struggling to stay afloat. Luckily, help is on the way thanks to the Chamber of Commerce’s innovative mentoring program—partnering successful Atlas Beach business owners with some of the newer start-ups. Too bad the mentor assigned to her is the delectable—and highly annoying—Tino DiLuca.

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Good morning and happy Tuesday. So glad you decided to join us! We love having you here.

Here is this week’s challenge:

If you could choose one superpower, other than being a writer, which one would it be and why?

When I think about superpowers, there are some I definitely would not want: I don’t want to fly (not without an airplane anyway) or have x-ray vision. There is no appeal to super strength, and reading minds would tend to be very noisy all the time.

But if I really could choose one, it would have to be invisibility. Imagine being able to be anywhere and no one would know. It’s the fulfillment of the old ‘I wish I was a fly on the wall’ scenario. I could be just that. Listening, watching, anonymously. But then I think about it. Do I really want to know all the things I would discover? Do I need to know secrets and eavesdrop on private talks? Hmmm. Maybe. It would probably be very disheartening to know what others really thought. Or maybe enlightening. Or both.

And then what would I do with the information? Could I resist the temptation to repeat what I overheard? Would I remember to be discreet and stop listening when the conversation was clearly private? Would I try to right wrongs? Would I sneak up behind criminals and disarm them? I hope so.

I can think of a thousand possibilities if only I was invisible. But, since I’m not, I’ll have to focus on writing. If I can’t actually experience it, I can always imagine it.

Now let’s hop over to the incredible Jenna DaSie and find out about her chosen superpower…

But first from Jenna…

I entered a 100 word flash fiction contest. My assigned genre was historical fiction, my assigned action was playing a piano and my assigned word was peak.

The distinctive plunk, plunk of the ivory teeth grinds my heart to a stop. The man playing the piano flashes images of chunks of ice and the screams of thousands being dragged under the frigid current to their watery grave through my mind.
I saw the peak of the berg before she hit. The air was still. The moment eerie. Nothing to be seen except the circular puff of air releasing from my mouth.
In an instant, chaos.
The waves lap over the resting place of so many.
Once named unsinkable, now laying in ruins on the ocean floor.