Avon Gale and Roan Parrish on Heart of the Steal (and a giveaway!)

The authors are giving away a copy of this ebook to two lucky AAR readers. Make a comment below to be entered in our drawing!

Step 1. Brainstorming

Roan: Heart of the Steal was born in a moving truck, on a hot as hell August day in the South. Well, that’s not entirely true—it had existed before, IN AVON’S TWISTED BRAIN.

Avon: Yes! And it was very convoluted and involved a side plot with a serial killer. Which is just what you want in your opposites-attract romance novel, right? I was having a lot of problems with the story and wanted to talk it out with Roan, and what I was really in love with about the story was the characters far more than my plot. When I was talking it out with her, she immediately started giving me such great ideas, especially for Vaughn, and I just knew that she had to write […]

Blame your family! A guest post and a giveaway by Caroline Warfield

Family—can’t live with them, can’t kill them. It seems to me that family is the cradle of our profoundest emotions: love, tenderness, jealousy, anger, envy, and, yes, hate. No one can make us feel as cherished as family. No one can hurt us as badly as family.

Because of that, writers mine family for motivation and internal conflict continually. What is the source of your alpha hero’s angst? Dig into his childhood. Blame his father…or his brother. Why does your heroine believe she is unlovable or incapable? Check out her family of origin. What makes the villain tick? I’m willing to bet it is family or the lack thereof. Heroes and heroines each come from a different family culture. In the end whether it is happily-ever-after or happy-for-now, they are creating a new one. We cheer them on and hope for the best possible future.

After five published novels, […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|17 Comments

Paige Tyler on unique characters. Plus, a giveaway!

In Her True Match, the feline-shifter heroine Dreya has always felt like a “freak.” She’s surprised—and relieved—when she learns that there are others just like her. There are lots of stories about characters who don’t feel like they fit in with everyone else, but learn to embrace what makes them unique. Here are some of my favorites!


  1. Monster High Series. For anyone who hasn’t read the books or watched the animated series (seriously, are you living under a rock?), it’s about a school for monster kids. Whether it’s Frankie Stein’s stitched-on hands always falling off, or Draculaura’s vegetarian lifestyle getting in the way of her relationship with Clawd, son of the werewolf, the stories are all about people dealing with the things that make them different and unique. But by embracing their freaky flaws, these teens find out it’s what’s inside that matters […]
By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Susan Sands: A Guest Post and a Giveaway

Hello Friends,

I’m thrilled to be a guest today on All About Romance. Thanks to Dabney for inviting me!

The third novel in my Alabama series, Forever, Alabama, is due to release March 20th. These books are Southern small town stories that share the contemporary romance and women’s fiction genre almost equally. They are hard to define in a single stamp.

The Laroux family is a fun, loud, and loving bunch who over-involve themselves in one another’s lives whether invited or not. I draw my main characters from this family. The physical tie that binds is the family event planning business, The Evangeline House. It is also the Laroux home where all five siblings grew up, and the matriarch, Maureen Laroux, still resides.

Each of my books stands alone but shares characters, peripheral stories, and setting. Setting is as […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |15 Comments

A guest post from Damon Suede. And a giveaway!

STRONG ROOTS: on messy nostalgia & going back home without living in the past

by Damon Suede

First, I want to thank All About Romance for letting me come knock around in their neck of the genre woods as part of the Lickety Split release tour. Holla! Today I came by to talk about homecoming stories, as a creative trope and a personal challenge.

I grew up in Houston, Texas at the height of the oil boom. LOL Some of y’all know what that means and for the rest, I’ll just remark that all that money and no sense made for some genuinely fun times and tacky outfits. Urban Cowboy was more than a title and Dallas was hot-hot-hot on TV, but Texans knew which one was the real city. Houston lives in a constant state of rush hour and its annual “Livestock Show & Rodeo” is the linchpin of the whole damn year.

Like Los […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |11 Comments

The return of the Dartmouth Brides! A guest post by Elizabeth Essex. Plus, a giveaway!

It has been said in literature that you can’t go home again, but in the age of digital publishing you most assuredly can. And I have—I am thrilled to bring you new editions of my first three romance novels: The Pursuit of Pleasure, A Sense of Sin, and RITA Award Nominee The Danger of Desire. These three loosely related stories set on the southern coast of England were first released seven years ago, but I am very happy for the chance to revise them and make them available in affordable e-versions.

One of the primary pleasures in revising these works is that I had the opportunity to revisit the characters that first made me want to write romance—those voices in my head that would not be silenced until I paid proper attention and wrote them down. Strong, sure, quick-witted Lizzie Paxton. Kind, thoughtful, intellectual Celia Burke. Light-fingered, brilliant thief Meggs Evans. […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |33 Comments

Megan Crane talks about the Edge series. And there’s a giveaway!

From the moment I read the opening lines of Edge of Obsession, the first book in Megan Crane’s Edge series, I was hooked.

A hundred years ago, or so the stories went, the great Storms came over the course of a few tumultuous decades and kicked the world’s ass. Cities fell. Seas rose. People died.

A lot of people.

I’ve read all four books in the series including the soon to be released Edge of Power (Wulf’s story!) and relished them all. These books are deceptively addicting, the sort of stories you tear through and keep thinking about when you’re done. The world-building is satisfyingly rich and pulls no punches. I asked Megan if I could ask her some questions and she, thankfully, said yes.


Dabney: Hi Megan, thanks for talking with me.

I’ve so enjoyed your Edge series. I picked the first book in the series, Edge of Obsession, as […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:00+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Dabney AAR, giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , , , , |20 Comments

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 | 2017-06-23T08:30:01+00:00 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 | 2017-06-23T08:30:01+00:00 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 | 2017-06-23T08:30:02+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Caroline AAR, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |56 Comments