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What do your favorite authors really talk about?

Creating fictional stories can lead to some very strange conversations and thoughts.  Here are a few of my favorites from author friends.


Kate Perry

When you’re a writer and have already come up with SO MANY words for the day, sometimes you just can’t write anymore.

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International Bestselling author Kate Perry writes about all these magical things and Happily Ever After. Her acclaimed Laurel Heights and Summerhill books are international bestsellers, as are her Fillmore & Greenwich and Summerhill series. All her books feature sassy, independent women who just want love and earthy men full of heart who are more than able to rise to the occasion.

www.KatePerry.com

New release – Dancing on a Moonbeam Part 3

The first installment of her Summerhill Books, Say You Will, is free at several retailers.*


Marie Force

Ever wonder what Marie thinks about during the day? Here are some texts from Marie to her team.

“Things I love about my job: figuring out where the accents go on the term ménage à trois”

“I have the biggest zit of my life to go with my princess and the pea mattress”

“I need a full time keeper”

“Note to self—include stick figure drawings of love scenes in future books to make them more kid friendly” said in reference to a reader’s 4-year- old nephew asking if the Marie Force books on her shelf were kid books.

With more than 4 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold 2 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s HQN, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley, among other books and series. Marie’s new erotic Quantum Trilogy was released under the name of M.S. Force in April 2015, and all three books were New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The trilogy is now set to become a series when book 4, Rapturous, is released in January 2016.

www.MarieForce.com

New release – Rapturous (Book 4 in her Quantum Series)

The first book in her Gansett Island Series, Maid for Love, is free.*


Jennifer Probst

Ridiculous convo regarding my erotic BDSM series The Steele Brothers for Beg Me:

Me in an email: I’m thinking of a few erotic playthings Rem can do to Cara. I have down a prickly glove and a flogger.

Assistant: What about a vibrator?

Me: Duh, that’s a given.  I guess I’ll go with the usual bondage with ropes and chains and see where it takes me.

Assistant: Yeah, but they’re in the fancy hotel. Where is he going to hook up the stuff?

Me: CRAP! I forgot. Umm, it could be a bondage type hotel.

Assistant: I never heard of those!

Me: Yeah, because remember the company FANTA-C booked the room so they’d know they’d need hooks on the wall and the bed for restraining purposes.

Assistant: That’ll work. Make sure you mention that Rem already sent his requirements of the tools he’d need so the reader doesn’t think all fancy hotels come with restraining equipment.

Me: I will – thanks so much!

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.”

www.JenniferProbst.com

Upcoming Release – Everywhere and Every Way

Jennifer is also part of an upcoming $0.99 boxset, Hot in the Hamptons, that is set for release on March 29, 2016.*


Heather Sunseri

This conversation came during a very intense deadline. It’s an example of how a fellow author “gets” another writer and their need to get off the internet. One word from Kathleen and I’m preparing to sprint to get as much word count as I can get in an hour. Of course, a little silliness comes in when you’re 100% stressed about the deadline. But don’t let the silliness fool you. One hour sprints are intense competition and I like to win. (Side note from Kathleen- Heather likes to think she can win 😉 )

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Heather Sunseri is the author of two (and counting) young adult science fiction romance series. The series have a little bit of science fiction, a dab of dystopian, a pinch of paranormal, and a whole lot of romance. Once you’ve read both series, you’ll know: Heather believes that today’s teens have the strength of mind and heart to make the world better.

www.HeatherSunseri.com

New Release – Renaissance (Book #3 in the Emerge Series)

The first book in this series, Emerge, is free.*


Robyn Peterman

Kathleen and Robyn after cocktails:

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NYT and USA Today best selling author, Robyn Peterman writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. She writes snarky, sexy, funny paranormal and snarky, sexy, funny contemporaries.

Her addictions include laughing really hard with friends, shoes (the expensive kind), Target, Coke Zero Cherry with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, bejeweled reading glasses, her kids, her super-hot hubby and collecting stray animals.

A former professional actress, with Broadway, film and T.V. credits, she now lives in the south with her family and too many animals to count. Writing gives her peace and makes her whole, plus having a job where she can work in her underpants works really well for her.

www.RobynPeterman.com

New Release – Fashionably Hotter Than Hell (Book #6 in The Hot Damned Series)

The first book in the The Hot Damned Series, Fashionably Dead, is free.*


Kathleen Brooks

Sometimes you have medical questions you need to ask your freind, who is (lucky for me) an ER doctor. Just remember you should probably clarify the info you need to know about injuries from battery are needed for a book before asking them!

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Robyn Peterman, Heather Sunseri, and I spent a winter working out together. Robyn likes to call the routine the Asses on Fire workout. It’s true to its name. While at Robyn’s house one day, she began playing Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I tend to sing while I write.  In the end, only my husband suffered.

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Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author.  Kathleen’s stories are romantic suspense featuring strong female heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters.  Her Bluegrass, Bluegrass Brothers, and Forever Bluegrass Series feature small town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of readers around the world.

Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other non-profit organizations such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets whose goals are to protect and save our four-legged family members.

www.kathleen-brooks.com

New Release – Forever Hidden (Book #2 in the Forever Bluegrass Series)

The first Bluegrass Series book, Bluegrass State of Mind, is free.*


* Discounts and free offerings may be available permanently or temporarily.  Check the price on your preferred retailer’s site to make sure it has not changed since this posting.

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5 Author Myths Debunked

1. Authors write books like Colin Firth does in Love Actually. They sit at their typewriter in the countryside, with a person serving them food and drink as prose fall from their fingers.

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Ahh no. Instead we write at messy desks full of post it notes, index cards, and character spreadsheets. That is when we actually write at a desk. Lost of authors opt for the recliner, the couch, or the bed. And lets not leave out carline, kid’s athletic practices, and coffee shops. The stories don’t stop in your mind just because you’re away from home. Writers write everywhere. I’ve seen authors writing in a hidden corner of the hotel lobby for thirty minutes before heading to a signing. I have hidden in the back room of a seminar to write because the story was demanding to be told. As for the person to magically whip up a latte when we want it? Yeah, you saw I mentioned some of us type at coffee shops, right?

2. It’s all roses and Shakespeare. Ideas flow from our minds with ease.

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Where do you get your ideas? This is one of the questions I get asked the most. In truth, I have no idea. I don’t just look out over my desk and become showered with ideas.  However, I can tell you when I get them, it’s not when I’m sitting down ready to write. No, it’s when I am in the shower, at a playdate, driving in rush hour traffic, or any other location that is near impossible for a person to write down their ideas. I once chanted an idea over and over for twenty minutes as I drove home. The truth of the matter is, the second you say, “This is great, there’s no way I can forget it,” you’ve just screwed yourself unless you write it down someplace safe.

3. Being an author is glamorous.

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Just ask the package delivery drivers, my day-to-day dress is anything but glamorous. Torn pajama bottoms and very worn, oversized sweatshirts is our work dress code. We are not celebrities. No one recognizes us as we walk down the street. People know our characters much more than they know the author that created them. And that’s the way most authors want it to be.

4. Authors write the perfect story the first time.

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Ha! Hahahahahahahahaha! We are more likely to want to smash our computer because we can’t get a scene just right. And then come the edits. Editors can destroy a beautiful scene that you have created after hours of hard work. And most of the time . . . they are right. The mental image I get while creating the scene does not always line up with the readers’ viewpoint. We need that criticism to make the story work for the readers. We just didn’t want all those typos and spelling mistakes pointed out too! :)

5. Authors are hermits who live and breathe writing.

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Yes, writing is a solitary job. No, we don’t lock ourselves in a cabin in the woods for years. Introverts? Sure, we have some of those. We also have some extroverts, lawyers, teachers, stay at home mothers, etc.  All you need is to see an author with another author to know this myth isn’t true. We love talking to our readers at signings, seeing our friends at lunch, and partaking in a few adult beverages while playing Cards Against Humanity (chocolate martinis are now on the prohibited list).

Besides all of that, most of us don’t have the time for hiding out at a pond for years. We have spouses, children, school functions, jobs, volunteer work, and so on. Most authors (like me) are all over social media these days. We love hearing from our readers, talking books, and planning the casting call with our readers if our books get made into a movie. 😉 While the act of reading and writing may be things you do alone, the reading and writing community is anything but lonely. So come join us!

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USA Today Coverage for Forever Hidden

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/02/17/forever-hidden-trailer-reveal-kathleen-brooks/

Nice little bit of press for my newest USA Today bestseller.  I hope you all are enjoying the Forever Bluegrass series as much as I enjoy writing it.  There are plenty more on the way over the next few years, so be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive notification of new releases.

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Twas the Night Before Release

Twas the night before release, when all through the house
A single creature was stirring, repeatedly clicking her mouse.
The top literature blogs had been notified with care,
In hopes that many readers soon would be there.

My family was nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Keeneston danced in my head.
And I in my flannel pajamas with a warm, fuzzy throw,
Had just finished watching the night’s last show.

When out on nowhere there arose a tiny beep,
I sprang from my chair to steal a quick peep.
Over to the coffee table, I flew with a flash,
Tripping over the kids’ toys, I nearly fell on my… 😉

The light on my eReader began to glow,
Finally, the download had begun to show.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a beautiful Forever Bluegrass cover, that elicited a cheer.

With One A.M. approaching rather quick,
I knew in a moment I should read just a tick.
More rapid than the Keenston grapevine, it began like a dream,
And I whistled, and I shouted, and began to scream.

“Now Sienna! Now, Ryan! Now, Deacon and Sydney!
On, Zain! On, Mila! On Matt and Riley!
From the beginning of the book! To the end of it all!
I can’t stop reading. Asleep, I’ll never fall!”

My kids appear, their night’s sleep suddenly stalled,
Only to find their mother completely enthralled.
So back to their bedrooms, away they flew,
With a sugary snack, “Oh God, what did just I do?!?!”

And then, in a twinkling, I was back to the book,
The stories of the Bluegrass providing just the right hook.
As visions of characters began to abound,
I paused to make sure my kiddos were no longer around.

I ran to the cabinet to grab a libation,
It was time for my favorite release night tradition.
The Rose sisters’ special iced tea was easy to make,
Just some bourbon, sweet tea, and then give it a shake.

My eyes go wide! Oh, how I feel merry.
The warmth of the liquid, think tonight I’ll add a cherry.
The words blur and I realize it’s not even the booze,
I should have gone to bed hours ago for a snooze.

But I cannot shake the call of the Davies,
they’re the perfect gentlemen, surrounded by ladies.
The first family dinner with them is always a little rough,
Only because every newbie has to show they are tough!

And suddenly, I heard an alarm in the distance,
I shook it off, my mind filled with persistence.
Then what was that I heard my husband say?
Time for the children to get ready for their day?!?!

He spoke not a word to me, only flashed a smirk,
He knew he’d torn me away with a sudden jerk.
And as I strapped the kids into the car that morn,
I realized one was not there, so I laid on the horn.

I raced through the neighborhood with unusual haste,
For every minute away from the book felt like a waste.
I slow down just a bit, to avoid the dreaded ticket.
I debate on a shortcut through a field full of thicket.

But sanity reigns, and I continue on my way,
My lack of sleep already creating an interesting day.
With the day’s duties now done, I return to my books,
“Happy Release Day to you, from Kathleen Brooks!”


 

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USA Today Happily Ever After Feature

The Happily Ever After blog on USA Today has been running features on authors and their pets.  My vizslas received an article recently and I wanted to share that news. I have always loved animals and find my past experiences with animals to be a great way to insert humor in the stories I write.  Nearly every animal I’ve written into my books is, or has been, a part of my family.  I hope their quirkiness brings you the same joy they brought me. For those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you know my youngest dog, Hank. He is quite the character and definitely has more energy than the entire human population.  Now, the questions is, who should be the unlucky Keenestonian stuck with trying to control young Hank?

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2015/10/28/kathleen-brooks-forever-entangled-vizslas/

 

I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you and those you love.  I am very excited about what this year has to offer… or rather, what I have to offer the best fans in the world!  More Forever Bluegrass are on the way and a yet-to-be-identified new series will make its debut later this year.  I hope y’all are ready to read.

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For a Limited Time: Bluegrass on Kindle Unlimited

For all readers enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, this is your chance to pick up the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Brothers series books with your subscription.  These tens books will be in the program for a limited time, so grab them while you can.  Here is the list of books in the program and the order you should read them:

Bluegrass Series
Bluegrass State of Mind
Risky Shot
Dead Heat

Bluegrass Brothers Series
Bluegrass Undercover
Rising Storm
Secret Santa
Acquiring Trouble
Relentless Pursuit
Secrets Collide
Final Vow

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The Forever Bluegrass series will being on October 20th, 2015 with Forever Entangled.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR COPY OF FOREVER ENTANGLED

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Women of Power Cover Reboot

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Same great books from the Women of Power series with all of your favorite characters.  Sometimes you just need a new look.  Click HERE if you’d like to find the books for sale.

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Sale on Bluegrass Novels

In honor of The Keeneston Roses coming out on August 18th, there is a sale for the Bluegrass Series and Bluegrass Brothers Series novels. Bluegrass State of Mind, the first book in the Bluegrass Series, is still free and all other novels are discounted 20-25% depending on where you live.  This sale is active in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada until August 6th, 2015. Tell everyone you know and get caught up just in time to fall in love with the Rose sisters’ book that comes in a couple of weeks.

Each novel will be priced at the following in each country:

United States $3.99 $2.99
Great Britain £2.49 £1.99
Australia $4.99 $3.99
Canada $3.99 $2.99

 

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The Keeneston Roses

The Keeneston Roses Coming August 18th

The book so many readers have been asking for is coming soon.  I am happy to announce the Rose sisters are getting their own full length novelThe Keeneston Roses will be released on August 18th, 2015.  There will not be pre-orders for this book so that I may get it to the readers as quickly as possible. I will keep everyone aware of updates on the release on my website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. The best way to know when this book releases is to sign up for my new release notification list in the website footer.

When asked what he thought of The Keeneston Roses, Kathleen’s husband said, “This is the best Bluegrass book yet.”