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

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

Gretna or Bust: A guest post by KJ Charles (and a giveaway)

If there’s one journey that defines the Regency romance, it’s the flight to Gretna Green. This is a staple of many a m/f historical, and my latest m/m romance, Wanted, a Gentleman, also involves a flight to the border. (There is only so long you can write British historical romance before this happens.) But what was it about Gretna Green that made it some sort of kilted Las Vegas?

Well, mostly, it’s in Scotland, and Scotland had different marriage laws. In England after 1754, an under 21 could not marry without parental consent (unless they managed to publish the banns over the course of several weeks without the parents finding out, which would be a challenge). However, in Scotland, boys could marry at 14 and girls at 12–with or without parental consent. Furthermore, Scottish law allowed for ‘irregular marriages’ which could be conducted by almost anyone in the presence of witnesses, not just by […]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Caroline AAR, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |56 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

Horror and Romance: The Evil Twin by KJ Charles (plus a giveaway!)

Want something a bit different for the holidays? Horror has never looked this enticing! All in Fear is a gorgeous collection of horror tales from some of the hottest names in queer fiction. Be prepared to be titillated…and terrified.

(The authors are giving away three ebook copies. Make a comment below to be entered in this drawing.)


Back in the day when I worked at Harlequin, various editors including me were sent to a massive cross-global-company ideas brainstorming meeting. This entailed having to come up with ideas for a bunch of new lines to present to the assembled most senior people of the entire company, one of which had to be wild and “out there” and “outside the box” and “blue-sky thinking” and probably involved moving your cheese in order to get all your ducks in a row oh my god I hated corporate life. My personal horror novel would basically be me […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |10 Comments

Meet… Emily Larkin

A few years back I randomly picked up a book called The Spinster’s Secret, by a new-to-me author named Emily Larkin, purely because the premise sounded interesting; a spinster living in a cold, bleak, grey home who writes erotic novels in order to earn enough money to be able to move out and set up on her own, meets a scarred war hero – sent to unmask her – with whom she falls in love. (This was a few years ago, so the spinster/erotic novelist trope wasn’t something I’d come across often, whereas at the moment, that character seems to be in one in every three books I pick up!)

I was captivated by the story and the quality of the writing and eagerly sought out the-spinsters-secretmore books by Ms. Larkin, only to be disappointed to discover there weren’t any 🙁 Fortunately, […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, giveaways, Historicals, Interviews, Romance, Romance reading|8 Comments

Getting the Story: Reporters in Fiction

brenda-starr-3506e6fb9591b9a3When I was growing up there was no way my family could financially afford my reading habit. Honestly, I think a drug addiction might have been cheaper. I was the kind of voracious reader that could on any given school night finish her homework and chores and still have time to finish an entire novel before bedtime. While other kids devoted their Saturday mornings to cartoon watching or playing outside, I was propped up in bed reading whatever I hadn’t finished the night before or starting something new. Sundays I would take the book to church with me so I could read on the drive there and back. The local library was seriously out of date but my mom was desperate and once or twice a week we would walk the streets of our sleepy downtown area and get me my “fix”.  It was through that lovely institution that I […]

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: giveaways, Maggie AAR, Mysteries, Reading, Romance reading|16 Comments

Roan Parrish guest post and a #giveaway

Romance Off the Mat: Lessons About Yoga & Love

Only ten percent of yoga happens on the mat. The other ninety percent happens out in the world, and what we do on the mat helps prepares us. That’s how my favorite yoga instructor explained it to me, anyway, and it’s how the yoga instructor explains it in Where We Left Off.

The idea is that if I learn how to sit with discomfort in a pose that challenges my body, then I’m also learning how to sit with, say, conversational discomfort. If I practice identifying when I should push my body and when I should ease off in a pose, then I’m training myself to tell the difference between when I should push through something and when I should retreat from it in the rest of my life as well.

When Leo Ware is dragged to a yoga class by one of his friends at […]

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Possessed by Books by Shannon McKenna

Hello to all, and my thanks for having me at All About Romance!

Have you ever had a dream real enough to fight for space in your mind with actual, waking reality? Or had a fictional reality jostle and elbow for space in your head to the point that you got disoriented?  Or is it just me?

Come to think of it, don’t answer. I’m not sure I want to know. But that’s exactly I’m going through right now.

I’m still riding the high of launching my first indie book, Right Through Me, Obsidian Files #1. It’s the first book of my brand new series, which is a slightly paranormal, super steamy romantic suspense. I say ‘slightly’ because one doesn’t have to suspend disbelief all that much in my new fictional world; nowhere near as much as one does with werewolves, demons, vampires, shape-shifting dragons and the like.  The protagonists in my Obsidian Files stories have been profoundly altered in top-secret experiments, but their alterations are based […]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |14 Comments

Lisa Marie Perry on small town romance (plus a giveaway)

What would you call a novel featuring a broken recovering addict hero and a scarred heart transplant recipient heroine living with PTSD? Add the fact that the heroine and her friends run a sex shop she’s inherited. Now mix in the detail that all of this takes place on Cape Cod in a town that might be run by a notorious biker gang of men who appear to lead respectable top-tier lives.

I’m not sure what you’d call it, but I call it a small town contemporary romance. Meet the Guilty Pleasures series, which follows a group of friends who run sex-oriented businesses (a sex shop, an erotic bakery, a boudoir photography studio) by day and an underground nightclub by night. The series opener, Meant to Be Mine, introduces you to Eaves, Massachusetts, a town that does have its charms and quirks. But each book is so heavily character driven that the focus is […]

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|3 Comments