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Flashbacks of 2019 and Looking Ahead to 2020 – A Chance for Renewal…and Reincarnation?

Hi, readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful New Year celebration! 😀 Such a crazy busy year, right?

Anyway, let’s get down to discussing why we’re here. If you’re a loyal follower, then you know I do a New Year’s Eve post every year.

When our clocks and calendars reset, and we switch to another digit or two once a year, it becomes a time of renewal. A chance to look back on the ups and downs – our experiences throughout the year – and to digest the opportunity of starting over. Finally, it’s a clean slate, though our memories will always be with us, and thereby color the past and present in numerous ways.

For some reason, this ‘reset’, so to speak, always makes me think about the idea of reincarnation.

Due to some parts of my personality, I’ve actually wondered in the past if I would’ve fared better as a Victorian woman (LOL). Whether or not this concept jives with your belief system, in a way, we reinvent ourselves each year – reincarnate – shucking the cocoons we’ve been in just to face our metamorphoses with new wings and horizons. The reset is often cathartic.

Chris Flexen, Unsplash

 

To honor this notion, I’ve decide to take a moment and list some reincarnation romances I found on Amazon. Afterwards, I’ll give you an overview of all the I Love Romance Blog posts from 2019, divided by respective category. Just in case you missed any of them! 😉

Without further ado, let’s check out some romance books with a reincarnation theme…

https://books2read.com/u/bPRBPd
https://books2read.com/u/b5QVyG
https://books2read.com/u/4DEpMQ
https://books2read.com/u/bw2ZPZ
https://books2read.com/u/4XZVp9
https://books2read.com/u/4NQ6zz
https://books2read.com/u/49Qj1Y
https://books2read.com/u/b6kd6y
https://books2read.com/u/mYKdNo
https://books2read.com/u/bQaY86
https://books2read.com/u/mZBn9B
https://books2read.com/u/bWBMX1
https://books2read.com/u/mVrkG6
https://books2read.com/u/mv2QAX
https://books2read.com/u/mlaNvq
https://books2read.com/u/bzvME2
https://books2read.com/u/4j1X9Z
https://books2read.com/u/bzvM02
https://books2read.com/u/mgGpX6
https://books2read.com/u/3Lp1WX
https://books2read.com/u/4Ax890
https://books2read.com/u/b5QVAG
https://books2read.com/u/mdG8pO
https://books2read.com/u/3npa6R
https://books2read.com/u/47En2j
https://books2read.com/u/4j1X9X
https://books2read.com/u/bzvM0z
https://books2read.com/u/bPRBqA
https://books2read.com/u/3Lp1W7
https://books2read.com/u/4Ax89q
https://books2read.com/u/b5QVAA
https://books2read.com/u/m2rWgO
https://books2read.com/u/4ExwGA
https://books2read.com/u/4DEpwA
https://books2read.com/u/bpEeXW
https://books2read.com/u/3yvkBv
https://books2read.com/u/49QjzM
https://books2read.com/u/b6kdnM
https://books2read.com/u/mYKd0x
https://books2read.com/u/bQaYre
https://books2read.com/u/mZBnRp
https://books2read.com/u/bWBMVY
https://books2read.com/u/3kpyEO
https://books2read.com/u/mVrkMl
https://books2read.com/u/mqD6yQ
https://books2read.com/u/3RarQj
https://books2read.com/u/mv2QeV
https://books2read.com/u/bO6KB9
https://books2read.com/u/mlaNDP
https://books2read.com/u/mdG8gO
https://books2read.com/u/47En7j
https://books2read.com/u/bzvMYz
https://books2read.com/u/b5QVdA
https://books2read.com/u/38E7jB
https://books2read.com/u/4Exw5A
https://books2read.com/u/4DEpLA
https://books2read.com/u/bpEe5W

Wow, they all look awesome! Let’s see what happened this year, too.

Listed below are the links to all of our posts from 2019.

Character/Author Interviews

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/exclusive-interview-with-author-lisa-doughty-and-look-at-historical-romance-ella-and-the-experiment/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/exclusive-interview-with-author-faye-hall-and-look-at-historical-romance-wrath-and-mercy/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/a-character-interview-with-josh-from-think-of-me-plus-a-chat-with-author-kat-schuessler/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/a-character-interview-with-selene-from-selfs-blossom-plus-chat-with-author-david-russell/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/character-interview-with-abigail-from-lady-saves-the-duke-plus-a-chat-with-author-annabelle-anders/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/exclusive-interview-with-author-scarlett-holloway-plus-a-look-at-mc-romantic-suspense-policy-of-truth/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/character-interview-with-dylan-from-lyrical-embrace-plus-a-chat-with-author-amber-daulton/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/exclusive-interview-with-author-kimberly-stuart-plus-look-at-contemporary-romance-sugar/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/exclusive-interview-with-author-kaitlynzq-and-a-look-at-romance-audiobook-legend-of-song-de-light/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/exclusive-interview-with-author-nicolina-martin-plus-look-at-mafia-romance-suspense-heat/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/exclusive-interview-with-author-sheri-langer-plus-look-at-contemporary-romance-love-lines/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/exclusive-interview-with-author-kathryn-troy-plus-a-look-at-time-travel-fantasy-romance-curse-of-the-amber/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/character-interview-with-miranda-from-the-end-of-hatred-plus-a-chat-with-author-rebecca-hefner/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/exclusive-interview-with-author-isabelle-moss-plus-a-look-at-adult-literary-romance-fantasy-eros-and-the-magician/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/exclusive-interview-with-author-sierra-n-terry-and-look-at-fantasy-romance-beneath-the-surface/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/exclusive-interview-with-author-dana-littlejohn-and-look-at-multicultural-erotic-romance-tri-romance/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/exclusive-interview-with-author-jamie-schulz-and-look-at-dystopian-western-romance-suspense-jakes-redemption/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/exclusive-interview-with-author-barbara-wallace-and-look-at-contemporary-vacation-romance-one-night-in-provence/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/exclusive-interview-with-author-chris-ann-yim-and-look-at-military-romance-liaison-in-lyudinovo/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/exclusive-interview-with-author-maggie-blackbird-and-look-at-multicultural-romance-sanctified-matawapit-family-series-book-three/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/exclusive-interview-with-author-angela-ford-and-look-at-new-adult-sweet-western-romance-series-the-healing-hearts-ranch/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/exclusive-interview-with-author-linda-diane-wattley-and-look-at-inspirational-military-romance-a-love-story-to-remember/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/exclusive-interview-with-author-xina-marie-uhl-and-look-at-western-romantic-comedy-lady-law-and-the-texas-derangers/

New Release/Book Features

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/new-release-feature-meant-to-be-kept-by-author-amelia-foster/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/book-feature-texas-maverick-by-authors-sable-hunter-and-ryan-oleary/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/new-release-feature-the-impalers-wife-by-author-autumn-bardot/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/09/book-feature-loving-justice-by-author-sable-hunter/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/new-release-feature-redeemed-by-author-maggie-blackbird/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/release-blitz-driving-reigns-by-bella-jeanisse-presented-by-words-turn-me-on/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/free-book-feature-the-hitmans-mistake-by-author-sally-brandle/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/cover-reveal-feature-dopey-women-by-author-laura-barnard/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/book-feature-the-reluctant-husband-by-author-eliot-grayson/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/cover-reveals-miracle-express-series-holiday-historical-romance-books-by-authors-rebecca-lovell-and-dawn-brower/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/new-release-feature-with-q-and-a-clean-contemporary-romance-rescue-road-by-author-gayle-m-irwin/

Film/Music Features

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/special-music-feature-plus-q-and-a-christopher-ferguson/

Blog Tours

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/blog-tour-feature-indigo-knights-series-by-a-j-downey/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/blog-tour-feature-multicultural-romance-expecting-tys-baby-by-empi-baryeh/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/blog-tour-feature-georgian-romance-wicked-wager-by-beverley-oakley/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/blog-tour-feature-multicultural-romance-the-destiny-series-by-gloria-silk/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/cover-reveal-feature-dopey-women-by-author-laura-barnard/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/blog-tour-feature-lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-audio-set-by-kaitlynzq/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/book-feature-the-reluctant-husband-by-author-eliot-grayson/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/cover-reveals-miracle-express-series-holiday-historical-romance-books-by-authors-rebecca-lovell-and-dawn-brower/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/blog-tour-feature-with-q-and-a-adult-romantic-adventure-passion-punch-by-tricia-leedom-and-kindle-fire-giveaway/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/21/blog-tour-feature-adult-fantasy-romance-sealers-game-by-kathy-coleman/

Blog Awards

http://blog.feedspot.com/romance_book_blogs/ – TOP 100 Romance Blogs (#45)

http://blog.feedspot.com/novel_blogs/ – TOP 100 Novel Blogs (#67)

Personal Book News/Reviews

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/chance-to-win-a-free-historical-romance-boxed-set/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/vote-for-this-cover-please/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/two-great-reviews/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/heiresses-in-love-trilogy-by-marie-lavender%f0%9f%92%95-spotlight-exclusive-ebook-bundle-giveaway-%f0%9f%92%95-historical-romance/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/win-a-copy-of-blue-vision-and-other-books/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/a-sci-fi-romance-you-just-cant-miss/

Giveaways

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/blog-tour-feature-indigo-knights-series-by-a-j-downey/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/chance-to-win-a-free-historical-romance-boxed-set/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/blog-tour-feature-multicultural-romance-expecting-tys-baby-by-empi-baryeh/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/blog-tour-feature-georgian-romance-wicked-wager-by-beverley-oakley/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/blog-tour-feature-multicultural-romance-the-destiny-series-by-gloria-silk/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/free-book-feature-the-hitmans-mistake-by-author-sally-brandle/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/cover-reveal-feature-dopey-women-by-author-laura-barnard/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/heiresses-in-love-trilogy-by-marie-lavender%f0%9f%92%95-spotlight-exclusive-ebook-bundle-giveaway-%f0%9f%92%95-historical-romance/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/blog-tour-feature-lovecontu-song-de-light-lovecontu-audio-set-by-kaitlynzq/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/win-a-copy-of-blue-vision-and-other-books/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/blog-tour-feature-with-q-and-a-adult-romantic-adventure-passion-punch-by-tricia-leedom-and-kindle-fire-giveaway/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/21/blog-tour-feature-adult-fantasy-romance-sealers-game-by-kathy-coleman/

Blog Hops & Personal Romantic Thought Posts

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/06/romance-novel-memories-plus-a-reader-poll/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/20-questions-book-tag/

Guest Posts

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/top-valentines-day-traditions-around-the-world-a-guest-post-by-dating-connections/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/five-ideal-settings-for-a-marriage-proposal-a-guest-post-by-sarah-jacobs/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/we-all-have-dreams-a-guest-post-by-author-sheri-langer/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/love-at-first-sight-a-guest-post-by-author-holly-bargo/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/top-10-dating-tips-for-the-modern-woman-a-guest-post-by-author-kai-nicole/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/ten-effective-conversation-starters-for-couples-guest-post-by-dr-b-anne-hancock/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/stunning-tips-to-consider-before-dating-a-guest-post-by-maggie-holmes/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/6-fashion-tips-for-a-mans-first-date-a-guest-post-by-rebecca-siggers/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/planning-a-wedding-the-right-way-a-guest-post-by-dora-potter/

My Romance Articles

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/a-to-z-of-romance-a-valentines-romance-blogger-post-by-marie-lavender/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/big-myths-that-should-be-dispelled-about-romance-novels-a-romance-blogger-post-by-marie-lavender/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/how-shopping-correlates-with-dating-and-relationships-a-romance-blogger-post-by-marie-lavender/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/my-top-six-dream-wedding-locations-a-romance-blogger-post-by-marie-lavender/

What Does Romance Mean to Me? Series Feature

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/special-feature-what-does-romance-mean-to-me-by-lynn-chantale/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/special-feature-what-does-romance-mean-to-me-by-the-smut-report/

Heroes & Heroines Series Feature

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/heroes-heroines-special-feature-character-erica-timberly-from-lyrical-embrace-by-amber-daulton/

Poetry

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/national-poetry-month-feature-miles-of-our-memories-a-poem/

 

And, of course, we can’t forget our book reviews from 2019! Check them out, in case you missed these awesome book titles! 😉

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/book-review-beneath-this-mask-by-meghan-march/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/book-review-aloha-baby-by-ann-omasta/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/book-review-legends-of-lust-by-autumn-bardot/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/book-review-valentine-in-venice-by-kaya-quinsey/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/book-review-boardroom-bedroom-by-gemma-snow/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/book-review-dear-heart-by-linda-lingle/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/book-review-take-my-heart-by-j-j-sorel/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/book-review-the-key-of-f-by-jennifer-haskin/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/book-review-undercover-siren-by-ellen-mint/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/book-review-jakes-redemption-by-jamie-schulz/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/recommended-read-book-review-break-my-chains-by-nicolina-martin/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/book-review-the-homecoming-bayou-shifters-book-1-by-tammy-tate/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/book-review-the-impalers-wife-by-autumn-bardot/

https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/book-review-unglorious-war-by-maxine-flam/

I have so much gratitude for author Kevin Ethan, due to the excellent book review work he did for a while there on this romance blog. He was always so pleasant to me. Let’s all wish him a swift and successful recovery during this rough time he’s going through…

Well, I hope we’ve given readers some new novels to find, as well as fascinating romantic posts to glance over.

Many thanks to all the participating authors and guest content writers! ♥♥♥ You’ve helped to expand ILRB into what it is today. 😀

On a final note, I’d like to extend an invitation to both writers and readers to contribute to our guest book reviews (see our blog policy for more information). My current book reviews are closed, as I need to time to work my way down the list, but I will get to them. So…if you’d like to do a shout out with a brief commentary on a book you loved, please email me and I’ll get your guest book review scheduled. Use the subject heading ‘Interest in Writing A Guest Book Review on ILRB’. There’s no need to be shy at all! 😀 I can just put your first name on the post, if you prefer. These guest book reviews will be published on the blog in a first come, first served fashion. Additionally, as a thank you, I’ll add the book title to ‘Our Fave Reads’ page on ILRB for more exposure to romance readers. 🙂

Doesn’t sound like a bad deal, right? And, of course, we’re open to new ‘What Does Romance Mean to Me’ posts. You do not need to have written or published a book to participate!

In the meantime, I’m always willing to help out with book features, new release features, author and character interviews, and other types of posts to promote your work.

I hope you have a wonderful, successful new year, and it leaves you healthy and content! 😉

Happy reading, as always, and Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉

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Exclusive Interview with author Kathryn Troy, plus a look at time travel/fantasy romance, CURSE OF THE AMBER!

Hi, readers! I am pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. We’re doing something a little different. This is our eleventh official author interview on this romance blog! I know in the past, we did character interviews then switched over to the author’s take on it, but this approach is a bit unusual.

We have a real treat for you, readers. Today we get to speak one-on-one with a talented multi-genre author. Please join me in welcoming Kathryn Troy to ILRB! 🙂

Marie Lavender:  Hello, Kathryn. Please have a seat.

Author Kathryn Troy:  Hi, Marie!

Marie:  Hey, such a pleasure to have you here!

I’m going to throw in some standard questions first.

Obviously, we know your occupation as an author, but some writers have other jobs as well. Do you have another occupation? Do you believe you’re any good at it? Do you like what you do?

I know I’m overloading you with questions, but we’re really interested in finding out more about you…

Kathryn:  My day job is as a professional historian and adjunct professor. I’m also trained as a pastry chef. I love genre fiction, and I love writing genre fiction – I use up all my free time doing it.

Marie: Nice!

So, tell us…what is your family like?

Kathryn:  I have a loving husband and two cute kids – one boy and one girl.

Marie:  That’s wonderful!

Let’s try something else, okay?

If it doesn’t bother you at all, can you let us know what your childhood home looked like?

Kathryn:  Like a full house – I lived with my parents, my grandparents, two siblings, and a rotation of cousins and aunts and uncles.

Marie:  Wow…I thought five people crammed under one roof was crowded! (Laughs.) But I’m sure you’re all still close-knit.

Do you have any hobbies, Kathryn? What do you enjoy doing?

Kathryn:  I think of writing as my hobby, since I find time to do it rather than clocking in for it, although I probably spend more hours writing each week than I do on anything else. Aside from that, I enjoy traveling as far and as often as possible. Favorites so far are France, Germany, and Hawaii. Next up: China.

Marie:  Cool!

And what is your greatest dream?

Kathryn:  To fill my passport up with stamps and need a second book.

Marie:  Sounds like a plan! 😉

Let’s try another question.

Not to pry too much, but who was your first love?

Kathryn:  My first love is my still love – my husband Andy. We met as college freshmen, have been together 17 years, and are about to celebrate 13 years of marriage.

Marie:  Yay! 😀 Congratulations!

(Sighs.) I love romance…

Let’s move on to another topic, shall we?

[Kathryn nods.]

What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

Kathryn:  I have no idea what my childhood dream was – I changed my mind too often. But I’m a fairly content person. My only aspirations at the moment are to see more of this planet.

Marie:  That I can understand! 😀 I’d like to do more traveling as well…

So, who is your role model, Kathryn?

Kathryn:  Xena Warrior Princess. I’m not joking.

Marie:  All right.

Is there someone you pretend to like but really dislike?

Kathryn:  I can’t answer that. What if they read this?

Marie:  (Chuckles.)

And what is your deepest desire?

Kathryn:  Can I get a clone that does the dishes just the way I like them done? If it could fold laundry too, that’d be great. Really, I just need the maid from The Jetsons.

Marie:  (Covers her ears.) No…now I’ll have that theme playing in my head the rest of the day! (Laughs.)

Let’s try a different question.

What is your greatest fear?

Kathryn:  That my clone will be prettier than me. Just kidding! 😉

My biggest fear is probably that my kids will grow up in a post-Columbine, post-Newtown, post-Stoneman school system that did nothing to keep them safe.

Marie:  I agree. The situation is rather terrifying…

Let’s do something else.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what five essentials would you need with you? They don’t have to be practical.

Kathryn:

A lifetime supply of bug-killer.

Toothpaste

Deodorant

2-ply toilet paper

The Infinity Gauntlet

Marie:  Okay.

Readers, let’s shift somewhat and get the author’s perspective on one of her characters.  🙂

We’ve heard rumors about the heroine of your story, Asenath Hayes. Quite an interesting character. Can you tell us a little about her?

Kathryn:  Asenath Hayes is a young archaeologist, orphaned at a young age and fairly independent, even if she’s a little dysfunctional.

Marie:  And what are Asenath’s greatest strengths?

Kathryn:  She’s intelligent and rational, but also very generous with others.

Marie:  Great! 😀

And her weaknesses?

Kathryn:  She’s a generally anxious person, grappling with some not-so-great life choices.

Marie:  I’m sure some of us can relate to that…

Let’s try something fun, shall we?

What are her favorite foods?

Kathryn:  Anything her roommate Ravi makes – including pork vindaloo and butter chicken.

Marie:  Nice!

How about another question?

What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

Kathryn:  She doesn’t realize what a good friend she is to others, or how self-sacrificing she is for those she cares about.

Marie:  How admirable!

Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Kathryn:  She’s flawed, sure, but I don’t give people any real reason to dislike her.

Marie:  Great!

Now that we have a real taste of Asenath, we have a few questions for you as well as the author, about the writing process of your book.

What first gave you the idea for Curse of the Amber?

Kathryn:  I was reading Anne Rice’s The Mummy, and I felt that some of the storytelling elements were a bit flat. I love the concept of man-out-of-time stories, but I’m not always satisfied by them. I wanted to do something that would be satisfying, unique, and a bit on the darker side.

Marie:  Cool!

It’s fascinating how the muse works, huh? 😉

Let’s try something else.

What is your writing style like, Kathryn? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Kathryn:  I plot things out, even if it’s just mentally, getting all the major plot points in order and answering some questions of internal logic. I like to know the trajectory, and then go back for the details and polish later. I also did a lot of research for this book, but like I said, I’m a professional historian. I could’ve written a book about bog bodies and ancient Egypt with the amount of reading I did. I chose to write fiction instead.

Marie:  Awesome!

I’m throwing this one in for our aspiring writers. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Curse of the Amber or publishing it? What would you do differently the next time?

Kathryn:  It’s hard to find the right balance between something that is new, something fresh and original, and something that is clearly categorized and defined. If an agent or editor can’t easily peg the book as belonging to one genre or another, they can’t sell it, no matter how good your prose is. It can be hard to be mindful of the publishing market and marketing strategies while also creating a story. But it’s all about perspective. I’d rather write stories that I want to read, and worry about who else likes it later. It takes away some of the stress of writing to serve a particular audience or literary trend, and the end product tends to be better as a result.

Marie:  I agree!

It was a such a pleasure having you here on the I Love Romance Blog! And how apropos is that, considering what a great story Curse of the Amber appears to be… ♥

Here is the blurb:

A curse, a resurrection, and a centuries old witch hell bent on revenge.

Quintus is a dutiful son and soldier, sent to Britannia to improve his marriage prospects and ensure the Druids never rise again. Roman soldiers destroyed the last Druid stronghold in a battle of blood and fire. So, he never expects to be sacrificed to their sacred bog, trapped forever by the gods below.

Two thousand years later, Asenath Hayes discovers the most well-preserved body in history. And the last thing she needs is for him to wake up.

As the young archaeologist delves into Druidic rituals to grasp why Quintus was offered to a Welsh bog and then resurrected, she is forced to complete her research with the “missing” body, dodge her ex-lover and mentor with his own agenda, and keep her gorgeous new houseguest under wraps.

But, smitten with her as he seems, Quintus says he wants to go home.

Asenath is drawn to Quintus by the secrets they share, even if it scares her. As Asenath is pulled deeper into the mysteries of the bog, she must risk everything to keep him from hell’s cold grasp as she uncovers forbidden rites, awakened deities, and an attraction that transcends the ages.

Here’s a peek at the story…

ASENATH

Chapter 1

 

The sun seems to have forgotten Wales. I didn’t think there was any place on Earth that could make me long to be in Egypt again, but I couldn’t escape the memories that flooded me. I shivered in the absence of the Valley’s merciless heat, where for summers on end its oppressive dryness sucked the life out of my lips and baked my skin into hardened, sand-beaten clay. That dryness had followed Ramesses, Amenhotep, Aken-aten, and his son beyond the world’s suffering down to their resting place, and kept the divine kings ready in the dark, empty stillness.

But the day’s oppression had always faded with the sun. The perfection of those nights on the Eastern Bank, at our host Hani’s home — that was what I missed. Invigorated by the fresh, life-giving breeze off the Nile’s surface and snuggled between my parents under thin woven blankets was a warmth I knew I would never feel again. The cold and damp of Britain, once the stronghold of the Druids, was relentless. The gnawing feeling at the pit of my stomach grew, and the thought I’d pushed away more than once made itself more insistent.

This was a mistake. I shouldn’t be here.

My fingertips numbed to the statuette in my hand, a solid representation of the wet chill in the air. Its faceless form was as alien to me as the bog in which I crouched. The shape of the stone fetish was at least interesting, a long, slender column with a severe “V” etched into it. It held more promise than the dozens of thin rings fashioned out of iron, bronze, and even gold, heaped together in a tangle, the clay pottery, now in shards, and scraps of linen that appeared to be tossed desperately into the bog as a last-ditch effort to avoid Roman destruction. But I couldn’t enjoy it for what it was. It was inscrutable, too disconnected from anything familiar. Its primitive, obscure expression reminded me of my own cold thoughts, and as I squeezed the chilled stone in my hand, I doubted if I would discover anything that had once been warm — made of flesh and blood. We were as deep down as the famous bog bodies had been, more so in certain places, and still we had nothing, or rather no one, to show for it.

I lifted my head, trying to shake off my melancholy and averting my eyes from the stone carving that would not reveal its secrets to me. I was too low down to inhale even a whiff of air that wasn’t saturated with the grassy pungency of the bog wall. From my vantage point, huddled low in a deep, man-hewn pit, the sodden depression of the bog appeared even more overgrown on all sides. Birch trees poked out of humble clusters of willows, red-speckled buckthorn, and mountain ash. Except for these trees skirting its outermost edges, the sunken area was wide and open. The cauldron bog retained its secluded atmosphere, despite being carved into a series of waterlogged cavities.

My somber mood deepened when I saw my advisor approach. Up until then I’d been successful at avoiding him. I deliberately didn’t linger, and always found a reason to visit another pit when the one we were in suddenly emptied of other researchers. I’d resisted the wrenching feeling in my gut too long, but as our excavation wound down, it was impossible to ignore, with nowhere for my thoughts to hide — there was nothing left of what used to be my life.

“How’s it going?” Alex asked, and knelt beside me.

“Fine,” I answered, not bothering to look up from the peat I was brushing off of a link of iron rings sunken into the over-saturated soil.

After a long, awkward silence, he said, “It’s okay, you know.”

“What is?”

“If you don’t…if we don’t find one.”

I swallowed hard. The only place for my rising fury to go was back down.

“I just don’t want you to think that this whole thing was a waste—”

“A waste?” I shot back. “I’ve got enough to keep me occupied for the next decade, thank you.” It was true, but that didn’t make the prospect of studying human sacrifice sans a human sound any better. Nothing would tell us as much about the Druids as human remains that had, willingly or otherwise, undergone their practices. It may have been more than anyone else expected, but the bar had been set impossibly high. A human discovery might have been the only way to exceed my father’s own discoveries in the Valley of the Kings and earn the same level of respect in my own right.

“All right, all right,” Alex said, contrite. “I didn’t come over here to upset you.”

“Then why are you here?” There was more bite in my voice than I meant, but he had that amused eyebrow raised again, the one that made my anger meaningless and painted me as a silly, wide-eyed novice with dreams of finding the next Tut.

“I thought you might need a refill.” He offered me a cup of coffee.

A gruff ‘thank you’ was all I could manage. My brain had reached maximum capacity for caffeine, but it went down easy. Milk and two sugars, just the way I liked it. Damn.

Sounds intriguing! Can’t wait to find out what happens. 😀

Purchase Links:

Universal Reader link:  https://books2read.com/u/3LKz6w

Publisher link:  http://smarturl.it/CurseCO

Add it to Goodreads or BookBub:   http://smarturl.it/CurseGoodReads

https://www.bookbub.com/books/curse-of-the-amber-by-kathryn-troy

We’ll be sure to get a copy of this time travel/fantasy romance! ♥♥♥

About Kathryn Troy

I’m an historian by day, a novelist and baker by night. I like to write what I read – fantasy, romantic fantasy, gothic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, paranormal, horror, and weird fiction.

Books:

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And, if you want to know how to connect with the fascinating Kathryn Troy, here are some author links…

 

Once again, I want to thank Kathryn Troy, the brilliant author of this fantasy romance with a time travel angle, for stopping by! It was a pleasure to have you here! Readers, check out her work! ♥

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Blog Tour Feature: One of a Kind Christmas by Lexi Post

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The price they must pay for their chance at forever…just might be too high.

I am pleased to announce a cool book blog tour going on right now, presented by Lexi Post, an author I met during my journey! Congratulations on your new, steamy holiday paranormal romance! :)

When a new book comes out, it is always an exciting time for authors!

Plus, here at the I Love Romance Blog, we love discovering new romance novels!

Let’s hear a little about this great book…

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This is the blurb for One of a Kind Christmas, A Christmas Carol Series, Book 4:

For her to love him, he must face a spirit, an archangel…and himself.

The spirit of Cameron Douglas has totally screwed-up…again. Now, he has to fix his mess in one night with the help of his best friend and somehow encourage his widow to move on.

Holly Douglas is anguished that this is the last Christmas she’ll be visited by her late husband, Cameron. For three years he’s sent her the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and they‘ve helped her cope with her loss. But now all that ends, and she doesn’t understand why he must push her away.

Ethan Stewart has been in love with Holly since Cameron’s death, but she isolated herself from everyone, including him. Then something changed, and he was welcomed back as her friend. But he wants more— to love her openly, and most of all to make her happy again. Though he loved his best friend like a brother and will do anything for Holly, as he’s pulled into the spirit world, he discovers the price they must pay for their chance at forever…and it just might be too high.

Lexi is giving us a peek at her hot Christmas-themed paranormal romance, One of a Kind Christmas, today.

Great cover!

Book Info:

Genre:  Holiday Romance, Steamy Paranormal Romance

Release Date:  December 5, 2018

Here is an excerpt.

He closed his eyes and took a deep breath before opening them. “I miss Cam. It was as if we were two parts of the same soul. I lived vicariously through him even while I worried constantly about him. It was one of the reasons I was constantly warning him to be careful. I was afraid to lose him.”

Ethan looked away and rubbed the back of his neck. “And then I did.”

She felt as if her heart were breaking all over again, not for her but for Ethan. He was so good to her. He even loved her. And she…

“Ethan, I understand.”

His gaze returned to hers. Though she couldn’t see his face clearly, the limited light reflected off the sheen in his eyes.

She placed her hand on his cheek and rising on her toes brushed her lips across his in a feather-light kiss. She only meant to give comfort, but a spark of something else hit her heart.

She remained there, her lips close to his but not touching, wanting more but afraid to ask.

Ethan remained absolutely still, his breath mixing with her own.

He loved her but would never push her. It wasn’t his nature. She could walk away right now, but to what?

Nothing.

She stared at his mouth in the dim light. She wanted to live again. She wanted to feel again. Tilting her head, she pressed her lips more firmly against his, moving her hand down his stubbled jaw and behind his neck to pull him closer.

Ethan’s lips opened, and she slipped her tongue between them.

As his arms came around her, it was like waking from a dream. A slow burn flowed through her veins as he took control of the kiss and explored her mouth with his tongue. It was an unhurried exploration and heat built in her belly. When he pulled back to lick the underside of her top lip, she took her first deep breath. As she exhaled, tingles spread throughout her body.

He kissed the corners of her mouth before leaning his forehead against her own. “Ye catch my blood on fire, lass.”

Purchase Links:

Universal reader link:   https://books2read.com/u/mvKdGj

OMG! Love it. ♥♥♥

Ooh…it sounds like a sexy, seasonal tale with a touch of paranormal! Right up my alley!😉

Lexi is giving away a $25 gift card. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Please use the link below to enter. Don’t forget you have a chance to enter every day, so be sure to visit all the stops on this tour. You may find those locations here.

Giveaway Link:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/801c221b84/

Thank you for telling us about your new paranormal holiday romance, Lexi! I know I can’t wait to read this hot novel! 🙂

Readers, don’t forget to pre-order a copy of this awesome book! Or add it to your Goodreads list!

And catch the other books in the series! For example, book one, Pleasures of Christmas Past, is on sale for just 99 cents!

Jessica is assigned a hot, Scottish mentor who confuses her heart. But will he protect her soul?

Woo hoo! 😀 Fanning myself over here.

Oh, don’t forget books two and three…

Desires of Christmas Present

Sometimes not knowing is better…for everyone.


Temptations of Christmas Future

He set out to prove the future was far worse than she imagined. Now he wished it wasn’t.

These look great! ♥ We’ll be sure to check them all out! Don’t miss the giveaway!

Author Bio

Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.

Author Links

Website:  http://www.lexipostbooks.com/

Newsletter:  https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/c1w1g3

Blog:  http://www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lexipostbooks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LexiPost

Amazon Author Page:  http://amzn.to/1IEL2cc

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6915542.Lexi_Post

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lexipostbooks/

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/lexipost77/

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lexi-post

Don’t miss new releases:  https://books2read.com/author/lexi-post/subscribe/1/16171/

 

Thank you for telling us about your great book tour! I know readers can’t wait to get ahold of this sizzling holiday-themed paranormal romance!

Thanks again to Lexi and her blog tour sponsor!

We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

Happy reading, everyone!  ♥♥♥

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Top Historical Romance Books We Can’t Stop Reading: a guest post by Dating Connections

Top Historical Romance Books We Can’t Stop Reading

 

Whether you’re in a biker dating rut and need some way to keep things interesting, or are a bookworm that’ll read anything and everything, today we present a short yet comprehensive list of historical romance books that are a true hit with their readership!

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Mostly set in England, these novels will keep you on your toes much like Pride & Prejudice – you know Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have to get together in the end, but it’s all so complicated that it seems impossible! ♥

#1: Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

The story of Claire Randall is set in the Scottish Highlands just after WWII. A combat nurse just back from the war, Claire is reunited with her husband, but soon finds herself as a Sassenach – an ‘outlander’ in a war-torn Scotland when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Claire discovers that her only chance to stay safe depends on Jamie Fraser, a handsome young soldier who steals her heart. She must find her way through the world of danger, passion, and violence as she is trying to reconcile two irreconcilable lives. One of the most popular historical romances (with a time travel slant) on Goodreads with a score of 4.22 out of 5 based on more than 665,000 ratings, Outlander is an explicit book that uses descriptive, energizing and highly engaging writing.

#2: Westcott Series by Mary Balogh (Someone to Love)

The death of Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, leaves behind a fortune and a secret he had kept for so long – a daughter no one ever knew he had. Anna Snow, who grew up as an orphan, learns her father was the late Earl of Riverdale, and she stands to inherit a fortune, but her siblings want nothing to do with her. When the new Earl’s guardian becomes interested in Anna, he assists her with the transformation from an orphan to a lady, stepping in to rescue her only to find himself vulnerable to the feelings he has kept hidden for so long. Someone to Love is the 5th book in a series, but good as a stand-alone as well as evidenced by its rating of 3.8 on Good Reads and plenty of praise.#3: The Hathaways Series by Lisa Kleypas (Mine Till Midnight)

When Amelia Hathaway discovers she’s about to inherit a fortune and find herself in London society, she realizes that tending to her two younger siblings is far easier than navigating the ways of the aristocracy. Matters are further complicated when she falls for a tall, dark, and handsome Cam Rohan, who’s unfathomably rich and tired of society’s petty restrictions. He offers only friendship when Amelia reaches out to him for help, but both are soon tempted by the desire that blindsides them both. Mine Till Midnight scored 4.08 out of more than 50,000 ratings on Goodreads, and it’s perfect for anyone who can’t resist love at first sight!#4: The Brothers Sinister Series by Courtney Milan (The Duchess War)

Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled girl who tries hard not to get anyone’s attention. The last time she was at the center of things she had to change her name to escape her scandalous past. Hence, when a handsome duke comes into town, the last thing she wants is to catch his eye, which is precisely what happens. But Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is no fool, and quickly realizes there is much more to Minnie than she lets on, and once things get heated he discovers that this little shy girl could prove to be more than he can handle. Beloved by its readership with a Goodreads rating of just under 4, The Duchess War is a must for anyone looking for steamy historical fiction.#5: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

No list on the most popular historical romance books would ever be complete without Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. One of the most popular novels in this genre, Pride and Prejudice tells a story of incredibly stubborn Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich to secure their status, who meets just as incredibly arrogant and rich beyond measure Mr. Darcy. Filled with humorous dialogue, this story of courtships draws readers in with inconceivable force, and delivers a very satisfying finale to the delight of all. With more than 2 million ratings on Goodreads, and a score of 4.25 out of 5, even its old English in which it is written can’t take away from the intrigue and the narrative that are absolutely breathtaking.

#6: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Although depicting some historical accuracy peppered with a little drama for good measure, Phillipa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl is a compelling historical novel about two sisters fighting for the affection of the same man, Henry the VIII. When Mary is set off to his court at a tender age of 14, she catches the eye of the powerful king and is soon swept off her feet thanks to his genuine infatuation with her. However, Mary soon realizes she’s a pawn in her family’s scheme to move up the social ladder, and as the king’s interest in her fades, she must step aside for her best friend and mighty rival – her sister Anne. With 4.05 out of 5 on Goodreads, The Other Boleyn Girl is highly praised by its readers for making history so much fun and addictive to read.

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Wow! What a great sampling of historical romance books!

Thank you, Dating Connections, for such great tips for our reading lists! ♥♥♥

Guest Blogger Bio

Dating Connections is a site that offers the opportunity for you to explore a variety of dating tips, previous relationship experiences and interact with other people!

Links

Website:  http://datingconnections.org/

Blog:  http://datingconnections.org/category/blog/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/datingconnections/

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Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/101423157749445118069

 

Thanks again! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

As always, happy reading, everyone! 😉 Have a great weekend!

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63 FREE Romance Books!!

Hi, readers! I wanted to pop in here today to let you know about a very cool, mega giveaway going on over at the Writing in the Modern Age blog this week. Among other genres, 63 romance novels are available.All you have to do to enter the contest is comment on the thread with all your genre preferences as well as a contact email, and you’ll have 164 chances to win books! Awesome, right?

Here is a list of some of the books offered. They’re in no particular order, but I’ve included the subgenres so you know how varied the giveaway is.

Sports Romance

Paranormal Thriller with Romantic Elements

 

Mystery Romance with Horror

Multicultural Romance

Historical Romance

Paranormal Romance

Science Fiction Romance

Erotic Romance

Romantic Comedy

Holiday Romance

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Romantic Suspense

Contemporary Romance

Romantic Thriller

 

Western Romance

 

LGBT Romance

Time Travel Romance

YA Romance

Inspirational Romance

Fantasy Romance

This contest is exciting! There are swag prizes too! 🙂 If you’d like to participate, please jump on Writing in the Modern Age to put in your entry (you can also email me directly at marieannlavender@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘Early Autumn Giveaway entry’, in case you’re a little shy about including your personal info).

The giveaway will run until Friday at midnight EST, but winners won’t be chosen until the weekend.

http://marielavender.blogspot.com/2017/09/400th-anniversary-post-early-autumn-mega-book-giveaway.html

So, why not go for it? These are FREE books! You won’t be sorry! 😉

As always, happy reading, everyone! 😀

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New Release Feature: Druid’s Portal: The First Journey by Cindy Tomamichel

I am pleased to announce a great book release by Cindy Tomamichel, an author I met during my journey! Her time travel romance, Druid’s Portal, officially released this week! Yay! That’s awesome! :)

Congrats on your new release! 😉

When a new book comes out, it’s always an exciting time for an author!

Cindy is giving us a look at her “timey wimey” (Yes, I’m a Doctor Who nerd) romance, Druid’s Portal: The First Journey, today.

Cool cover!

This is the blurb for Druid’s Portal:

A portal closed for 2,000 years.

An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.

A love that crosses the centuries.

An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love—but are they a promise or a curse?

Her fiancé Daman abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is ransacked, and a robed man vanishes before her eyes. Haunted by visions of a time she knows long gone, Janet teeters on the edge of a breakdown.

In the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and 2,000 years back in time, Janet’s past and present collide. Daman has vowed to drive the invaders from the shores of Britain and march his barbarian hordes to Rome. Trajan swears vengeance against the man who threatens both his loves—Janet and the Empire.

Time is running out—for everyone.

And here is an excerpt from Druid’s Portal: The First Journey to tease you with.

“Sister, may I speak with you? I’ve been having dreams, visions of the past.”

“And these worry you, my dear?”

“Yes, I’m afraid . . .”

“That you’re losing your mind?” the gentle nun smiled. “Janet, my dear child, you’re perhaps too sane for your own good. What you have experienced has made you strong, but you ignore the truth of your heart. Perhaps these visions are your heart talking to you.”

“My heart?” stammered Janet, thinking of Trajan.

“There are many mysteries in these dark forests that science struggles to explain. People born here have the weight of history and the forest secrets in their bones. This is your heritage, too, to see things that may be hidden. But one mystery is hope. Your heart hopes and yearns for love, despite the pain inflicted by Daman. The human heart—your own heart—is a mystery.” She placed her hand gently on Janet’s shoulder. “Maybe it is time you listened to yours. Follow where it leads you.”

Purchase Links:

Universal Amazon link:  https://bookgoodies.com/a/B071LBLQ1G

Wow! Love the emotional struggle here. ♥♥♥

Thank you for telling us about your book, Cindy! I know I can’t wait to read this romance! 🙂

Readers, don’t forget to pick up a copy of this awesome book!

Author Bio

Cindy Tomamichel is a writer of action adventure romance novels, spanning time travel, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal genres. They all have something in common – sword fights! The heroines don’t wait to be rescued, and the heroes earn that title the hard way.

Cindy’s recent published work includes winning a fractured fairy tale competition with a twist on the Rapunzel story. The fundraising event Madwomen Monologues has presented two of her monologues on stage. She also has poetry and short stories in two anthologies by Rhetoric Askew.

Author Links

Website:  www.cindytomamichel.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CindyTomamichelAuthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CindyTomamichel

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Tomamichel/e/B07148BH5Y/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16194822.Cindy_Tomamichel

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+CindyTomamichel

Thanks again, Cindy! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

Happy reading, everyone!🙂

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A to Z Reflections

As some of you may already know, I put myself to the A to Z Challenge for blogging during the month of April.

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Basically, it required participating bloggers to do a post every day focusing on each letter of the alphabet. Sundays were the only excluded days. As you can imagine, this was a lot of work.

So, what really compelled me to take on this challenge? Well, I have to give my talented author friend, Devika Fernando, some credit here. Last year, she took on the challenge with her blog and absolutely nailed it. Check out one of her posts here!

Therefore, this year it was with courage and a bit of fear that I said, sure, what the hell…I’ll try it too. I decided to use a rating system for each book I covered, almost like a book review but not quite the same.

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To make a long story short, the experience was actually fun! 🙂 I not only got to revisit some titles on my shelf I hadn’t looked at for awhile, I also found some new books I wanted to try.

I hope you found some interesting reads as well. If you missed my A to Z Challenge posts, here they are in order:

 

–  Awakening the Fire by Ally Shields

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

– Courting the Countess by Barbara Pierce

Devil’s Embrace and Devil’s Daughter by Catherine Coulter

– Elsewhere by Linda Lee Williams

Face the Fire by Nora Roberts

Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

Heart of Gold by J.R. Ward

Identity by Cleo Scornavacca

Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Martha’s Way Series by Mika Jolie

No Longer A Stranger by Joan Johnston

One Illicit Night by Sophia James

– Playing with Fire by Devika Fernando

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Raising Landry by Andee Michelle

Sisters of the Night by Linda Lee Williams

To Tempt A Scotsman by Victoria Dahl

Unhallowed Ground by Heather Graham

Victory Lane by Shelly Davis

Weather the Storm by Jean Ferris

X-Treme Dating by Cathy McDavid

You Make Me Feel Brand New by Chicki Brown

Zenith Rising by Marilyn Campbell

 

Perhaps you’ll find some interesting romance books in there, ranging from contemporary to historical, paranormal to fantasy, comedy to multicultural, even a time travel/science fiction. It was so much fun to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, to see your comments and interact with you (many thanks for the shares and reblogging!), and to check out other bloggers’ sites who were part of the challenge. Here is a full list of the 1,348 participants this year. And to do my part, here are some links to a few other blogs from the April A to Z Challenge:

 

Thanks again for sticking it out with me during the challenge. I’m always happy to see some friendly faces around here. Please stay tuned for future posts on any random thoughts about love, articles or advice on romantic relationships…

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and, as always – our favorite topic – learning about new romance authors and their book releases!

Have a wonderful May, everyone! 😀

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A to Z Challenge: Zenith Rising by Marilyn Campbell

As you probably already know by now, I put myself to the A to Z Challenge for blogging this past month.

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For these posts, I gave an I Love Romance Blog score, not an official review, for books currently on my shelf at home (I know readers must wonder what books inspires us as authors) or ones that were on my TBR list (what I wanted to read so bad I couldn’t stand it!). For each book, I gave the blurb, a few lines from the text, then why I liked the book or why I wanted to read it. And for fun, I gave a heart rating! ♥

This was my scoring system:

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I hope these A to Z Challenge suggestions helped you find a new favorite author, or further cemented your love for one, if that’s the case.

Let’s jump into our final book, shall we?

Zenith Rising by Marilyn Campbell

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Genre: Erotic Time Travel Romance

Blurb:

Maggie Harrison’s temp assignment sounds glamorous. As assistant to bestselling author Noah Nash, she’ll be staying in his penthouse suite at the legendary Davenport Hotel. However, Maggie is more interested in whether Noah will remember her from high school.Tales of ghosts and paranormal activity enticed Noah to set his next book in the Davenport, but his reason for hiring Maggie is entirely personal. He hopes the old spark can be fanned into a new flame. What happens between them is more like a raging wildfire.Their passionate reunion takes an even wilder turn when they’re suddenly transported to the Roaring Twenties, when the new hotel sparkled like champagne in a speakeasy…and several murders went unsolved. For Maggie and Noah to return home, they must prevent one of those deaths—but first they need to figure out which one.

A few choice lines from the book:

“So you’re saying fate had something to do with my being here today, with you.”

“It’s the only explanation that makes sense. I had an idea for a new book called Hotel Hellgate. One of those ‘you can check in but can’t check out’ stories.” He noted how she wrinkled her nose and laughed. “I take it you’re not a fan.”

“Sorry. It’s not you. It’s the genre.”

He shook his head. “Not a problem. I actually requested an assistant who wasn’t a huge fan. Anyway, after doing a lot of research about haunted hotels, I decided the Davenport had everything I was looking for but I had to wait five months to get a long-term reservation in this suite.”

“Yeah, I’ve heard they stay pretty booked up. Wait. Why this suite?”

“The founder, Robert Davenport, put a bullet through his brain here in 1930. At least that was the official ruling. The family always insisted foul play was involved. But this suite isn’t the only supposedly haunted place. There were a number of other unsolved deaths and disappearances in other parts of the hotel property. Plus there were thousands killed around here during the 1928 hurricane. And for a while during World War II this place was used as a hospital and not all the patients survived. In other words, if ghosts really do hang around, it seems probable this could be a good place to find them.”

“I’ve heard stories but I’m not sure I believe any of them.”

“I have no interest in proving or disproving those stories. I just figured it would make the perfect backdrop for mine. Anyway, when it got close to time for me to come here and get started, my assistant was too far along in her pregnancy to be away from her husband and home. I asked the hotel to send me five résumés to review. When I saw your name…” He remembered feeling his heart leap in his chest and excitement race through his bloodstream. “Well, I checked it out, confirmed you were the Maggie Harrison who helped me pass biology one year and told them to give you the job. If that’s not fate stepping in, I don’t know what else you could call it.”

“Synchronicity?”

He grinned. “Same difference. Point is, we were meant to get together again and I’m really looking forward to working with you. It’ll be like old times.” He was actually hoping it would be nothing like those days but that would have to be up to her.

“Okay, I’m sold. Only, can I ask one favor?”

His eyes widened. “Uh-oh. I seem to remember the last favor was a pretty big one.” That left me with a constant hard-on for an entire school year. “I’ve never been sure we came out even on that one.”

She gave him a little punch to his shoulder. “Smartass. This is a little request. Please don’t ever call me Sugarlips again.”

He grabbed her hand. “Only if you’ll stop punching me.”

“Deal,” she said with a giggle and gave him a quick peck on the mouth. Instantly she jerked away, looking more shocked than he felt. “I’m so sorry. I wasn’t…it just seemed…”

He leaned toward her, stopping an inch from her mouth and waited for her to retreat farther but she didn’t move. He could feel her breath exiting in tiny puffs from her parted lips. He lightly touched his lips to hers, giving her a chance to object but instead she sighed into his mouth. It was all the encouragement he needed. His mouth slanted over hers, urging her lips apart so he could taste the sweetness he remembered.

Her arms snaked around his neck and he pulled her into a full embrace, the way he had only once before but thought of countless times. His fingers traced the line of her neck and down her arm. She was all silk and heat, melting in his hands. She was no longer the pretty high school girl. She was one hundred percent woman now. But she was still Maggie.

He stroked her tongue with his and she sucked him deeper as she repositioned herself to be cradled in his arms. Her hands suddenly seemed to be all over him at once as though she didn’t know where she wanted to touch. He had wanted her as a horny teen. But that was nothing compared to the inferno of need she was raising in the man. His erection strained against his jeans and when her fingers brushed over it, he thought he would explode right then. He needed her to release the beast, hold it in her soft hands and take it into her body. But he also needed it to be her desire. His hand cupped her breast and found the puckered nipple. What more did he need?

Abruptly her hand covered his and held it still as her whole body stiffened. “Wait. This is crazy. Noah, please…”

It took a moment for his body to catch up with her words. It took several more seconds for him to take his hand off her breast and take a deep breath. “Do I need to apologize?” he asked quietly.

She closed her eyes and shook her head. “Absolutely not. That was my fault. I broke our rule.” As gracefully as she could, she eased away and returned to her own space on the couch without looking at him.

He gave her chin a gentle nudge with his crooked index finger. “Hey. C’mon, Sugarlips. Talk to me. Tell me it’s too fast. Or you’re committed elsewhere. Or even you never mix business and pleasure. But don’t try to convince me you weren’t caught up in that as much as I was. And by the way, the ‘no kissing’ rule was never a good one.”

She slowly raised her eyelids. “Okay. It’s way too fast. Mixing business with pleasure is a really bad idea. And the rule was a good one. It was necessary. And considering what just happened, it still is. I’m very happy to see you again but I’m here to do a job, not…”

He waited for her to finish saying what she was not here to do but she just left it hanging. Meanwhile he was hanging on the fact she did not say she was committed elsewhere. He had thought the memory of the pain she had caused him would be enough to stave off any lingering desire but apparently neither memories nor time could keep him from banging his head against the same old brick wall. “You’re right. It was all your fault.” He winked at her and got a raised fist warning in return. “You were also right about having a job to do. I was thinking we could go over what I expect from you and some of my work habits first.”

Her demeanor changed from friend to professional in an instant. “Perfect. I’ll just get my notebook.”

As she headed for her room he said, “Let’s talk over dinner. Would you prefer the restaurant or room service?”

She glanced back over her shoulder and arched one brow at him. “I think leaving this room for a few hours would be the wiser option. Then we can come back here and pretend the last fifteen minutes never happened.”

“Swell,” he mumbled to himself. “We’re back to pretending.”

My Score:

Ooh…love the tension here! 🙂

I adore any time travel romance story, and I couldn’t resist adding this one to my Wishlist when I saw it! Also, knowing it’s from Ellora’s Cave, I expected it to be sexy and I was right!

It sounds fascinating, with a touch of paranormal and mystery. And who doesn’t like the Roaring Twenties? I can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble Maggie and Noah get into! And I just love a second chance romance. 😉

I give this one five hearts, for what looks like a fun ride!

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By the way, this is book one of the Crystal Island Series.

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Well…that wraps up the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. This was a lot of fun! 🙂

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Stay tuned to the I Love Romance Blog for future posts about romantic relationships and romance novels! Feel free to follow my alternate blogs, Marie Lavender’s Books! and Writing in the Modern Age, where you can always catch past, present and future posts about writing, guest authors, new releases and other cool info! Check out my author website here to learn more about me and my books. You can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter here, to keep apprised of everything.

Have a wonderful rest of your April and an even better May! 😀

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Free Romance Books!

Readers, I wanted to direct you to a huge giveaway of books by different authors, which is hosted on my alternate blog, Writing in the Modern Age. It runs until Saturday evening and the giveaway is Halloween-themed, so if you like either paranormal romance, romantic suspense or time travel romance with a bit of mystery thrown in, you’re in for a treat! And the list goes on in case you read other types of genres!

Also, you know I love romance so I can’t resist telling you about it. Scary and lighthearted books await you on the blog…

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You can find the giveaway here:  http://marielavender.blogspot.com/2015/10/halloween-extravaganza-multi-author-book-giveaway-WritModAge.html

Or at the shortened URL here:  http://bit.ly/1ZHmrss

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the Writing in the Modern Age Halloween giveaway post (tell what you like to read and how to contact you), and you’ll be entered into this mega giveaway with over 135 opportunities to win! Yay!  🙂

Remember: there’s a limited time on the giveaway as it ends on Saturday night.

Happy hunting! Or romance reading, as it were…;)

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4th Anniversary Party at TRR!

The Romance Reviews is having their 4th Anniversary Party this month. All month long, you can stop by their site and win cool prizes!

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The event started on March 1st and will run ALL month long so hurry, get in there and compete for prizes! With more than 350 participating authors and publishers, and more than 350 prizes up for grabs during the whole month of March, plus a $100 Gift Certificate as a grand prize, you just can’t go wrong!

Here is the event page:  http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

To compete for prizes, you will need to register and be logged into the TRR site. Registering is painless, I swear, and this site gives you access to lots of great books!

Here is the prize list:  http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php?prize=1 And this is not even the entire list! How great is that? Each book will have a simple Q&A with instructions to compete for the prize and you will be contacted if you win. Woo hoo!

And, on March 11th, you also get a chance to win my latest release, Second Nature, book one of the Blood at First Sight Series! Yay!  🙂

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So, stop by today, and every day whenever you have a moment. But, especially stop by on March 11th for a copy of Second Nature! I’m excited about this! Aren’t you?  🙂