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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Plan to romance your Valentine with @AuthorNicMorgan #RB4U #Romance #Valentine

Welcome to Romance Books 4 Us everyone. I'm your tour guide for the day, Nicole Morgan and as some of you may have noticed I drop by with a new post on the first of every month and either ramble like a fool or amaze you with my intellect. LOL. Okay, yes that last one was a stretch, but...I've got you smiling now, don't I? Now that you're good and loosened up, go ahead and kick your shoes off, sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Romantic Getaways. With Valentines Day around the corner, the restaurants will be full with couples looking to lock lips and declare their love. So why not get away to somewhere quiet and secluded so you can really appreciate your one and only? Below are some of my favs. Take a look and be sure to remember that quality always is more important than quantity! XOXO

  • Eastlake Inn Bed & Breakfast: In St. Louis, the 20s era Eastlake Inn Bed and Breakfastoffers the sensual Magnolia Room, a space with a fireplace, dream bath, double showers and cathedral ceiling. The inn is surrounded by hundred year old trees, lush gardens and one acre of land. Eastlake is also close to many fine restaurants and quaint shops.

  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa: The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania regularly hosts Couples Vacations, which are packed with sensual and bonding activities like couples yoga, a massage workshop, wine tasting, and sinful desserts. Active couples will be happy to know that the vacation also includes whitewater rafting, climbing, horseback riding and a shooting academy.



  • Villa Vera: Acapulco’s Villa Vera is known for its famous guests and luxurious villas.Stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Villa, where the star vacationed for almost twenty years, which comes with a private swimming pool, an outdoor bar and hydromassage tub. The hotel has its own fragrance, "Romance," made for luxuriating in the tub. The spa is popularly considered one of the finest in Acapulco, offering massages, wraps, facials and more.


  • Sugar Hill Inn: This New Hampshire getaway is full of rustic charm, lush greenery and beautiful landscapes. The owners of the Sugar Hill Inn specialize in massage therapy and romantic cuisine. Nearby are the Franconia Notch, a gorgeous mountain range, and the Robert Frost Place.

  • Zara Spa: For couples seeking an exotic spa vacation, the Zara Spa in Jordan is anexcellent choice. Located inside the Movenpick Resort overlooking the shores of the Dead Sea, this spot is unlike any other. At the lowest point on earth, unwind in one of the spa’s thermariums or the Laconium. Some of their treatments include aromatherapy mud wraps and a foot massage pool.



Happy Valentines Day


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That's all for me this months, guys and gals. 
I'll see you here next month,
Same bat time...Same bat channel.

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Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.

She also had a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, is a proud member of the Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors, as well as Sweet and Sexy Divas. 

Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her website, blog, Google + Page, Twitter, Facebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole’s Think Tank.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Interview with the folks behind @SensuousPromos, @The_BookPub and @TeenYABooks #RB4U

Thank you for having us here at Romance Books 4 Us. I'll be sharing a little bit about each of our promotional companies and offering a special price which is exclusive to Romance Books 4 us readers at the end. 

Many believe that the work is in the writing, and that is true. But all authors know that the real grueling work comes when it is time to promote your book. That's where we come in. We're here to alleviate your stress in that matter and help you promote your work to a broad audience at reasonable rates. 

Q: Do you offer reviews? 
We do have a review site and are also affiliated with Manic Readers. In addition to the reviewers we already do have we are always interested in taking on new reviewers to keep up with demand. There are so many talented authors out there and we would like to review as many books per month as possible. 

Q: What areas of promotion would you say is your strength? 
I'd have to go with social media. Since beginning with Sensuous Promos we have grown our reach throughout all of our social outlets to over a quarter of a million. This includes Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

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If you can't find what you're looking for, whether that be the package or budget that you're looking for, contact us anyway. We've yet to meet a client that we haven't been able to reach an equitable arrangement with. 

Q: How do you feel about the competition in the publishing industry? There are a lot of promotion companies out there. What makes your company stand out from there rest? 
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As for what makes us stand out from the rest, I'd say our conscientious work ethic. We work very hard to give you the best possible service available. But, if something isn't right, we will do whatever it takes to make it right. 




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What's Old is New Again




It's funny how trends change. For example, bell bottoms in the seventies were all the rage. Then they were shunned in the eighties and laughed at in the nineties. By the time 2000 rolled around, pants that weren't tight around the thigh and wide around the ankles were flying off the shelves. Now once more the fad seems to be fading in favor of something new - the skinny jean, which is tight all over (shudder).

Trends come and go in books, too.When I started writing in 2008, paranormal romance was all the rage, thanks mostly to the Twilight saga.  Small town contemporary romances were out and vampires were in. Then, within a few short years, things reversed. Small town romances were in abundance and it became very difficult to find a good vampire story.

Now it seems as if the scales are tipping back the other way once more. I'm a huge lover of all things paranormal so I'm excited to see this subgenre start to gain traction once more. Recently I got the rights back to two stories that didn't get much attention because the genre wasn't very popular at the time. It had always saddened me because these were good stories, just not popular or trendy topics. Not only will I be updating and re-releasing these stories in 2016, but I'll be continuing the series. I hope that you enjoy this X-Files type series as much as I do!

So tell me, what type of fad do you hope to see become popular again? Tell me in the comments. I'd love ot hear from you!

Here's a little more about my Immortal Hungers series:









The portal between earth and hell are guarded by an ancient, mystical race, called the Iatros. These fairy-like soldiers protect humans from the creatures of the underworld by preventing their passage to Earth. For years they have worked in secret, until a demon lord finds a way to neutralize their powers and strengthen his own. He uses this new-found magic to form a relic called the demon stone and uses it to gain access to Earth.

The Iatros are unable to fight the strengthening demons on their own, and in desperation recruit the paranormal investigation unit of the FBI to help. This unit, led by the sexy and egotistical Darien Lange, belittle the Iatros‘ powers and believe that they can defeat the demons on their own.

*Note: Books one and two were previously released, and have been updated. Book three is ALL NEW.*



 

Suzanne Rock, AuthorA lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts cheering on her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy.
Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency and writes mainstream romances under the pen name Ava Conway.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Pride & Perspective, and Something Moor #RB4U #MFRWauthor #RomFantasy


I’ve been giving thought to many things recently. Jobs done, the sometimes unpleasant responses to doing work well, despite it being unpopular. Amid all the negativity and spite that has tried to attach itself to me, several things have become clear–professionals admire other professionals, and amateurs find reasons to turn their issues into yours. I wear many hats, a result of working in a number of areas related to, but not exclusive to publishing. With two talented and dedicated partners and friends, I own and run an internationally read magazine that’s hosted some of the top talents in many entertainment fields. I’ve held the #1 best-seller position for over two years with one of my publishers, and achieved best-seller status with several others. In the past year, three of my books have reached the top ten best-seller lists on Amazon, with one of them landing at the #2 spot for a couple of days. Things to be proud of, to be sure.

Pride is a funny thing, just like popularity. Too much and you lose your perspective. Too little and you lose your ability to strand up straight and control your life. Popularity is a two-sided weapon–too little and you feel like all you’re doing means nothing and is reaching no one–too much and all you see is your small universe, not the bigger picture that is life. Pride can help you shine, or choke your potential to grow and learn.

I’ve gotten weary of people in this business who scream and shout down the walls when things don’t go the way they want them to. Those who congregate on sites to snipe, bitch, and lay waste to their peers for whatever reasons, need to take a closer look at what is motivating their rage, because “the people have a right to know” is a cover for a thousand sins in any business. The people do not have the right to know everything because some aspect of a person’s life is public. There truly is a right way and a wrong way to conduct your business, and public floggings are not conducive to impressing anyone with your real or imagined cause.

Like many of my peers, I’ve had issues with bad publishers, other authors, even over-zealous readers a couple of times. Unlike some, I don’t take the issues public. Nothing taints your credibility worse than “scandal” or attacking other business people. When asked about certain publishers, I will explain my experience, but I have never told anyone they shouldn’t publish with a company because I don’t like them, or any other reason. We each have only our experiences to draw from, and one man’s joy is another man’s sorrow as we all know.

Recently, something has happened that has made me look very closely at motivation, response, and honest emotional reactions to attacks made against me. It doesn’t seem to matter a damn to anyone that some people just aren’t interested in “mud-wrestling” with anyone who happens to have a bug up their butt about someone else. Frankly, I have enough on my own plate without looking for more to add to it that doesn’t involve me in any way! Shit-storms never really blow over, they just change shape and focus, moving on to gobble up any new fuel that people feed into it. Any doubts about that? Look at how many times a day any given social media is filled with virulent attacks and blasts to perceived enemies. For some it’s the only way they can get anyone’s attention, so they don the mantle of “defender” of some ideal that is then perverted and twisted to serve the immediate need of our modern Joan of Arc types.

Martyrdom aside, I have no great ambition to battle the publishing world I want to one day conquer. My dragons have been slain, my fears acknowledged and tamed, hopes embraced and put in the light so they can grow into real dreams attained, not simply aspired to. Until we know ourselves, we can’t really grow into all we want to become. And success should never be clawed at and clutched because it’s been stolen from someone else through manipulation and demeaning. If you think you can win your goals and dreams by tearing apart someone else, you’ll lose everything you think you’ve secured for yourself. Fact of life. Learn it well.




SOMETHING MOOR: An unexpected trip to Ireland takes Caragh McCarthy back to her ancestral home, and the past collides with the present when car trouble strands her on the moors of Country Tyrone. When Kelan O’Shea comes to her rescue, a 300 year old injustice might yet be set right, and a promised future can be fulfilled.

Excerpt:

“Where are you heading on a night like this?”

Kelan O’Shea tucked a flashlight into his backpack and smiled. “I’ve got to get home, Maeve,” he replied. “You know that.”

She pouted and shook her head before coming to stand at his side. “They can manage without you for a night, Kel.”

“And here was me thinking I was indispensible.” He grinned and held up a hand when she would have tried to dissuade him. “I have to go.” He ignored her glare and headed out the door. Maeve was getting a little too clingy for his liking, and despite a lifelong friendship, he would soon stop visiting her. She ran a wonderful stable with excellent horses, and he enjoyed his hours spent on the trails. But… he laughed at his own thoughts, always a but to ruin things.

He reached the stable and led his horse out into the damp evening air. The storm had been torrential, holding him up longer than he intended. He mounted and nudged the gelding into an easy cantor. The animal was familiar with the route, and required little guidance.

He was only a mile or so from home when the horse deviated from their usual trail. A minute or two later, Kel spotted why. He reined in his horse and slid from the saddle in an easy motion. The ground beneath his feet was slippery. He paused just long enough to be sure he wouldn’t end up on his arse with his next step, then he crossed carefully to the figure lying in the rain-soaked grass. He dropped his pack and hauled out the flashlight. A quick once over twisted something unnameable deep in his bones and he swallowed the reaction.

The unconscious woman he’d found was a stranger. Her dark hair was soaking wet and tangled strings clung to her ashen features. Blood stained one shoulder of her lightweight jacket. He carefully picked her up and took her to the patient horse. It took him a few minutes, but he got her positioned in front of him and he touched heels to the sides of the gelding.

“Come on now, boy, we need to get home in a hurry.”

The horse agreed, he picked up his pace.

* * * * *

“How is she Doc?”

Seamus Payne was an old family friend, and he eyed Kel for a few seconds.

“Why was she out there on the moor? Even a stranger should have known better than to attempt that.” He closed his medical bag before adding, “Why in hell were you out there?”

Kel shrugged. “I got delayed by the storm.”

“Know who she is?”

“Caragh McCarthy,” Kelan said. “She was headed here, but wasn’t due for another day.”

“She the one you’ve been waiting for?”

Kel hesitated, then looked at the woman lying unconscious in the bed. “She might be. Is she going to be all right?”

“Keep an eye on her, she may have a slight concussion. She hit that rock pretty soundly. The bleeding’s stopped, and the few stitches won’t need to be in long.”

“I’ll keep an eye on her.”

Payne had just reached the door when Kelan stopped him with a question. “Did you see an abandoned car on your way in?”

“Half a mile from where you found her.”

“Can Robbie tow it here in the morning?”

“I’ll ask him when I get home, but I’d say yes,” the doctor said. “I want to see her at the clinic, Kel. It would be a good idea to get a CT scan. I don’t think she’s incurred a serious head injury, but I’d rather be cautious.”

“I’ll bring her in as soon as possible,” he promised.
When the door closed, Kelan pulled up a chair and sat a short distance from the bed. Leaning back in his chair he shook his head. “What the hell were you thinking?” he mused.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

A bit of Sweet and Savory with Author @kimkasch #RB4U #PNR

SWEET AND SAVORY

That’s the perfect combination, like salted caramel or a good romance to read. They both tickle our taste buds and leave us feeling satisfied.
QUESTION: But what makes these two opposites—sugar and spice—attract one another…?
ANSWER:     It’s a complete mystery. Just like deciding what it takes to make a Dynamite Dinner or Delicious Dessert. It’s the same with figuring out the plotline to a great book.
One person might like the mellow luxury of warm chocolate while another wants the tart taste of lemon meringue. And still one person wants a humorous romance and the other wants a romantic tragedy.
So, how do we even decide between which sweet to select…or if we want something completely different, like a savory dessert?
Sometimes the best answer is not to decide at all but to simply have a little bit of both. We do this exact thing when we serve dinner with dessert.
We might start out the meal with a sexy dish – like Cioppini (or Seafood Stew).


And finish it off with a decadent temptation…or two…maybe even six:


And this sugary ending to an evening is sure to leave you feeling satisfied when you’re finished. You’ll be full and sleepy as a cat on a warm afternoon.
And, having a dinner that’s both sweet and savory is like reading a sweet romance with a little spice hidden in the center of the book. These two reading and writing combinations go together like sweet and sour chicken or French toast and bacon. They work together from opposite sides of the taste and reading spectrum to create a more worthwhile experience.
So when you’re working on a story, you might want to sprinkle a little sugar on top of that spicy romance to make it more well-rounded and fulfilling for your reader.
It’s the same when you make a meal, you don’t want to go too heavy handed on the salt, or you’ll ruin the entire dish. You want to combine all sorts of flavors . . . and emotions to have a complex story or a fantastic dinner.
And never give it all away at the beginning. That would be like serving dessert before you’ve even eaten your dinner.
You have to have a little mystery to dish up a completely fascinating book. So, remember to leave a little nugget tucked away in the center. A little secret or hidden clue in the middle of your story will keep your reader invested in your character enough to want to get to the bottom of whatever it is your serving. So sprinkle a clue here and there so your reader will keep turning those pages to get to the very last morsel.
So Bon Appetite! And happy writing.

Kimbra Kasch is the author of The Cats of Cullaby Creek.
This story has plenty of mystery stirred into the plot because when Savannah meets Kyle, its love at first sight. And why wouldn't it be? He's perfect, as far as she can tell. But Kyle appears whenever things go wrong. Maybe he isn't everything she thought he was.
She can’t figure it out until she discovers the water in Cullaby Creek is being bottled and sold as vitamin “infused” water. Mistic Water promises the impossible. And then, like a magical elixir, it delivers. People who drink it feel younger, smarter, faster...healthier. But it doesn’t take long before side effects hit. Literally. The secret has to be in the water…or is it something more? To find out, you’ll want to read the entire delicious story. And, if you do, Kim wants to hear what you think.





KIM’S AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Windswept Shores Book Two by Janice Seagraves



My first book published is called Windswept Shores, and in the years since it was published I've worked off and on on the book that follows it.

However, I've had Microsoft Word loose it, got the blue screen of death twice and some other problems too numerous to name. I've gone through five computers and still working on this same story.

Deep sigh.

The first time it went poof was so upsetting I felt physically ill.

But... the exciting thing is that this is the year....I'm very close to launching Windswept Shores, a survivor's love story part 2.

I haired an editor to work with me, and now a cover artist, so my book will have a professional cover.

The launch date is tentatively set for sometime before Valentines day. And that will be February of this year.

I'm trying not to get too excited about it, but it will be my fourth book published.

So happy, yay!

Blurb for Windswept Shores two:


Megan and Seth are finally rescued off their little island, but things are far from idyllic as they’re treated to one nasty surprise after another, which puts all plans of a wonderful future in jeopardy. 
Will they ever get back together again or see the life they envisioned?

Excerpt: 

Megan slapped his rump. “Come on. Get your butt in gear!” 
“Orright, love. I’m getting up.” Seth sat and ran a hand over his short beard. “I don’t reckon you’d be this excited about pirates?”
“It’s someone else. Come on. Get your clothes on.” Jerking open the built in Chester drawers, she tossed a T-shirt and shorts at him.
Seth eased into the shorts.
Megan grit her teeth. He’s taking too long. As he pulled on the T-shirt, she grabbed his arm and rushed out of the cabin, Seth stumbling behind her.
Once on deck, he popped his face out of the shirt and stared open mouthed. “Bugger me dead.” He shaded his eyes. “Is that a ‘copter?”
“It certainly is.” She bounced on the balls of her feet. Finally, we’re going to be rescued.
The small helicopter floated along the beach and landed. A cloud of sand and grit filled the air.
Seth grinned at Megan. They climbed the ladder out of the boat and hurried down the slope and across the beach to greet the new arrivals.
When the motor wound down, a slim redheaded man exited.
The pilot leaned out the door and yelled, “We can’t stay here too long.”
The slim man nodded. “Okay. Let me talk to these people before we head back.”
There was something familiar about the new arrival’s hair and build. As the young man drew closer, she was able to see his face better, and her eyes widened. Is it really him? Her heart sped up. The sight of him reminded her of how much she'd given up to be on the island with Seth.
“Eli?” Before she knew it, she was sprinting toward him. “Eli!”
“Mom?” Her nineteen-year-old son threw his arms around her, catching her in mid leap. He chuckled and spun her around. “I found you! I found you!” 


Windswept Shores (the first one) is available at: 
Find Janice Seagraves at janice-seagraves.org/ 







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