Writing about love in a world ravaged by zombies: A guest post by Lee Sutherland

Hello, AAR! I’m here today to talk about romance, the apocalypse, and what it’s like to be a male writing in a field dominated and consumed by women. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to share my thoughts with you, so why don’t we get right down to it.

Whenever I tell people that I write romance novels, I almost always get the same reaction: a smile, a laugh, and then a ‘you’re kidding, right,’ followed by an immense amount of intrigue. They find it so hard to believe that I, a young (29), tattooed male, who looks like he belongs in a band, spends his days writing about love, sex, and emotions. I don’t necessarily think it is any harder being a male who writes romance, but I think women are usually more drawn to female writers because they at least know the writing is coming from a similar experience. I’ve always felt […]

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , |1 Comment

What’s your best Valentine’s Day story?

It’s great to have a Valentine but having one doesn’t make or break Valentine’s Day. Almost anything can make February 14th fun, right? We asked our friends at Harlequin to share some of their favorite Valentine’s Day stories.


B.J. Daniels, author of the upcoming title Renegade’s Pride (on-sale February 28, 2017):

One year my husband took me to a foreign country for dinner—Canada.

The border is only about 50 miles from where we live in Montana. But when we reached the first town across the border, a tornado had taken out the power so everything was closed. We tried another Canadian town close by. The only restaurant there had closed.

We ended up having dinner at a diner back in Montana. We still laugh about that romantic Salisbury steak dinner.

Which proved that we didn’t need a foreign country to make our day romantic. We just needed each other.


By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Rachel Grant talks Tinderbox and Djibouti. And there’s a giveaway!

Readers and reviewers often mention the amount of research that goes into my books, and how they enjoy the history and prehistory woven into the story. This is satisfying because I spend a lot of time researching the setting, archaeology, and suspense elements for each book. But I also have a shortcut when it comes to researching archaeology and setting: my husband. 

Dave has a master’s degree in nautical archaeology and is an archaeologist for the US Navy. Prior to that he worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and before that he worked for the Underwater Archaeology Branch of Naval History and Heritage Command. If UAB and NHHC sounds familiar to you, it’s because several of my heroines in the Evidence Series work at NHHC. In fact, the storyline for Covert Evidence was inspired by a file cabinet he came across when he worked at […]

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Dabney AAR, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |7 Comments

An Interview with Erica Monroe

In my review of Erica Monroe’s latest book, Stealing the Rogue’s Heart, I pointed out that there are very few historical romances around that draw their heroes and heroines from the lower social classes.  Yet most fans of historical romance that I interact with, whether here at All About Romance, or on Goodreads or other sites and blogs all say that we want more such stories; books about people other than dukes and debutantes, or rakes and bluestockings.  It’s not uncommon for a heroine to be poor, and there are a reasonable number of cross-class romances out there (which are very difficult to pull off properly), but to find stories using working class protagonists, set amid the terrible housing and harsh conditions in which such people had to live is unusual.  In many ways that’s understandable.  Life is tough and a bit of escapist glamour never hurt anyone.  But those aren’t the only stories that deserve to be told, so I asked Erica […]

By | February 6th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, Historicals, Interviews, Romance, Romance reading|4 Comments

Toni Anderson talks travel and Cold Justice (there’s a giveaway!)

It’s great to be here at All About Romance talking about my latest release, Cold Secrets. My books tend to be gritty Romantic Suspense novels—sexy, but heavy of the suspense (one of my best friends call them ‘plotty’)—and this one is no different. Cold Secrets features the FBI taking on sex traffickers and starts with a bang.

Here’s the blurb:

When an international ring of sex traffickers kidnaps an eight-year-old girl in Boston, FBI Agent Lucas Randall heads undercover. But his rescue operation goes disastrously wrong and Lucas barely escapes with his life. Now the ruthless traffickers are hunting him down, along with everyone else who threatens their operation.

Computer expert Ashley Chen joined the FBI to fight against evil in the world—evil she experienced firsthand. She has mad skills, and deadly secrets, and once she starts working with Lucas, she also has big trouble, because after years of pushing people […]

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Serena Bell talks about her new book, women in sports, and making passes

Thank you, All About Romance, for the chance to guest blog on the release day for Getting Inside. It’s always so much fun to talk about a new book when readers are getting their hands on it for the first time.

Getting Inside is the story of what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object. (Hint: sparks fly.) The irresistible force is Ty Williams, the Seattle Grizzlies’ star linebacker and the immovable object is Iona Thomas, the team’s brand new linebackers coach.

Iona’s not the first woman to coach a men’s football team—and she knows she won’t be the last. But she’s a pretty rare thing in romance! So what made me decide to write about a woman who not only coaches football, but also loves to play it?

Of course, I was inspired by women like Jen Welter (the NFL’s first female coaching intern) and Kathryn Smith (its first full-time permanent female coach), […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , |13 Comments

Three authors share: What gift would you like for Christmas?

Samantha Chase

I am the WORST with this sort of thing.  I can never figure out what I want.  Or maybe I’m just a control-freak who is afraid that no matter how specifically I state something on my wish list, I’m not going to get it.

True story.  It happens. […]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Holiday Ever After Box Review

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Is there anything better to get in the mail than a box of goodies? Especially one that celebrates one of my favorite things? The Holiday Ever After Box, sent to me by the wonderful Jeannie Lin, has helped make this December a big more festive.  (AAR and the Ever After Box are teaming up in 2017 for a fabulous collaboration but more on that later.)

When mine came, I sat down and opened it, aquiver with anticipation. I was not disappointed. Here’s what it looked like:

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The Holiday Ever After Box turned out to be an advent calendar with a month’s worth of gifts from participating romance authors. How cool is that? I, of course, had to pull all the bags out and, whoa, at the bottom was Sarah Morgan’s lovely Miracle on 5th Avenue (a DIK here at AAR) complete with a note from the author. Yay!

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My box […]

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: All About Romance, Authors, Christmas, Dabney AAR|Tags: , |2 Comments

How I became a Tigress (plus a free book) by Jade Lee

Growing up, everyone knew that I was half Chinese, half Caucasian. They could see it in my face, and if they didn’t, my mother was always there with her accent and Chinese face making me stand out from the usual sea of Caucasians. It was even worse for me in the Chinese community. There were all those smooth, round faces with gorgeously slanted eyes, and I was the ugly child with acne and my father’s Roman nose. Plus, I also spoke too loud, ran too fast, and sweated like a white kid.

Awful.

So I refused to go to Chinese school, I hated everything that smacked of ethnicity, and when my mother tried to get me to wear a Chinese jacket, I kicked it into the closet. I declared myself an American and everything Asian could go to hell. Or at least to the back of my closet.

Fast forward a couple decades to when my […]

By | December 11th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Being Swedish but Writing in English by Asa Maria Bradley

When people hear that English is not my native language, they often ask me why I decided to write in English instead of Swedish. I don’t really have a clear answer for how that happened. I wrote stories in Swedish when I lived in Sweden. But once I moved the US, all my writing has been in English. Maybe it’s just a case of ‘when in Rome write in Latin.’ But, although I don’t write fiction in Swedish, my heritage definitely colors my work.

My paranormal Viking Warrior series is based on the Norse mythology and archaeology that surrounded me while growing up. As a child, I adored the picture books I had based on Norse mythology and once I could read more complex sentences, I read every book I could find in the library that had to do with Vikings and Valkyries. It was my seventh grade history teacher who first showed me […]

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Being Swedish but Writing in English by Asa Maria Bradley