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Have You Met: Avon Addict Amy Valentini

This week I would like you to meet Avon Addict Alum, Amy Valentini, the woman behind the popular blog, Unwrapping Romance and the editorial service, Romancing Editorially. But most of all, she LOVES romance. So please welcome, Amy Valentini.

1) Do you immediately start another book once you finished one? Yes. I have a mountain of a To Be Read list and I actually have to schedule my reading so I literally finish one book, mark it as read and move on to the next.

2) What is the very first romance novel that you read? The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and I was hooked.

3) What new to you authors are you crazy about? Most recently – Laura Kaye, Codi Gary, Carey Baldwin, and Ella J. Phoenix.

4) Who are your must-buy authors? Wow, narrowed them down to top five – Candis Terry, Lynsay Sands, Pamela Palmer, Laura Kaye, and Maya Rodale.

5) Name three books on your keeper shelf and why.

  • Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. I can read this one over and again and never tire of it.
  • Dark Future by KC Klein because it’s an exceptional story and feeds my need for good science fiction/time travel.
  • The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss because it inspired me to fall in love with and write romance.

You can connect with Amy at her blog, Unwrapping Romance and if you find yourself with editorial needs, stop by Romancing Editorially – Unwrapping Author Services. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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TBT: Stealing the Bride

Continuing my look back at the Danvers series, I cannot help but pause, make that linger over one of my all-time-favorite heroes, Temple.

I can’t even tell you how much I have crushed on this man. My one and only Book Boyfriend. And here is how Temple came to life:

Sometimes when you are writing a book, a single character sneaks up on you and boldly demands that their story be told next.Temple When I was writing One Night of Passion, I hadn’t really given much thought to the character of Temple, Colin’s rakish cousin. But from the moment he stepped on the page, larger than life and so very charming, it was only a matter of time before this Clark Gable and Cary Grant all rolled up into one would be whispering his secrets into my ear.

So it was hardly a surprise when I wrote these paragraphs in One Night of Passion and saw Temple’s story came to life:

   Temple stepped off the curb to wave down his driver, Elton, who was waiting in the mews. Colin took the moment to glance back, still shocked by his betrothed’s abrupt refusal to marry him.

   To his surprise, he found Lady Diana peering down from a window, her eyes ablaze with a fiery passion that he had never before seen light her features. She hardly looked the hardbroken, ruined parti.

   But then again her gaze wasn’t on him. It was drilling into the back of his cousin’s wine colored jacket.

   Colin swallowed back what was left of his pride.

   Egads. Diana had never loved him.

   The realization hit him harder than he cared to admit, and at the same time, it made perfect sense. Her easy acquiescence to delay their wedding all these years. Her vehement refusal to marry him today.

   His court martial had only been an excuse. She’d cried off because she didn’t love him.

~One Night of Passion
by Elizabeth Boyle

Temple and Diana? What was I thinking? Suave, sophisticated Temple? Proper and orderly Diana? It was insane, it was the devil’s own match, it was perfect! It-happened-one-night

But what to do with them? Then I saw it — a homage to one of my favorite movies, It Happened One Night, a madcap, hilariously fun story of a runaway heiress and her pursuers. My version includes one very reluctant Temple.

I had the time of my life telling the story of the future Duke of Setchfield’s long-suffering and tempestuous romance with the impossible Lady Diana. If you haven’t given it a try, I hope you enjoy it!

Read the Excerpt or Order your copy today!

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5 Things About Lizbeth Selvig

Okay, she had me at “Brit.” As in the title of her new book, Beauty and the Brit. Look at that cover! What’s not to love? Let me introduce you to one of my fellow Avon Authors, Lizbeth Selvig.

1) Did you have a nickname growing up? My family (started by a beloved auntie) called me LittleBit, which sounds hilarious to my mind now at my age and weight. Also, I met my husband at the “tender age” of fifteen, and from that day to this he calls me Lizard.

2) How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? Oddly enough naming a character is rarely difficult for me—it’s one of the few things that, most of the time, pops into my head. When I am stumped, I troll baby name sites. I do keep a name list, especially for last names. I keep a physical phone book at my desk, and I love to take notes during movie credits.

3) What’s your strongest/most productive writing habit? For as many books as I’ve written I still LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This translates to just under 1700 words a day-extremely do-able. Having a very specific goal with a prize (a download of a certificate of completion—not particularly valuable or even classy) turns off my internal editor and lets me get the writing flowing. When it’s not NaNo month (November), I love doing timed writing sprints with my author friends. Again—it puts my internal editor in the corner for a while.

4) Who is your favorite author? LaVyrle Spencer. Most young writers today have never heard about her, but in her time (the 80’s) she was as popular and revered as Nora Roberts is today. She alone made me want to write romance.

5) Name three books on your keeper shelf.

  • Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Best first line ever: “It wasn’t everyday a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road…”
  • Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. Proof of what a contemporary novel CAN be!
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. What any novel SHOULD be.

You can learn more about Lizbeth at her Website or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Sneak Peek: The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

Nearly here! Only another week until The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane releases and so I thought I would tease, er, share with you a sneak peek inside.

   Damaged and broken he might appear, but Pierson was still a man.
   He pulled Louisa closer, hitching her up against him, so close, she teetered on the tips of her slippers and found her fingers winding into the lapels of his coat, if only to steady herself.
   She might have toppled him over earlier, but now he was upending her world, and she couldn’t do anything but hold on for dear life.
   Still, the closer she came, the more Louisa discovered. His lips had teased her mouth open, and now his tongue filled her, tormented her.
   Touch him.
   A shiver ran down her spine as she realized that this bit of passion was but a taste.
   A tease. A window to another world.
   And windows, given Louisa’s rambling luck, were something she generally tumbled out of.
  The real question became, would he catch her?

Want to read more of The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane? Try the Excerpt and then make sure to Preorder your copy so it will be right there waiting for you on October 28th.

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And the Winners are:

I’ve had two Contests running here recently and just pulled winners.

For the Elizabeth Hoyt drawing, the winner is: Kimberly Woodall.

For the New Website Drawing I held, the winner is: Jennifer F. of Columbus, OH!

Both winners have been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered. And watch for a Caption contest on my Facebook page next week, as well as the post calling for the November Birthday drawing.

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