I’ve been writing full time for several years now in the erotic romance genre. This all came about when I won an award for the very first piece of erotica I tried my hand at. That award resulted in me giving up my career in nursing to dedicate myself to the written word and, of course, my imagination.
I now write for HarperCollins in the UK and Ellora’s Cave in the US. I also self publish and it’s my latest self-published novel I want to talk about today. It’s called Breathe You In and I would class it as a sexy romance rather than erotica. It’s not kinky or dark, it’s just a romance with the bedroom door left open. The reader gets to go on the entire journey with the hero and heroine whether they be clothed or unclothed!
My inspiration for this book came to me years ago. I’d completed my basic nurse training and was spending time in Oxford, England, adding to my qualifications in acute medicine. I was spending time observing in the operating theatre and it was the cardiac surgeries that particularly caught my attention. Not just the surgeries but also caring for these patients after life saving and life changing operations.
Seeing a chest wide open, a heart beating, being repaired or even transplanted held something magical for me, so much more so than a hip replacement or a bowel operation. I remember chatting to a woman in the post-op ward about her operation and she was completely fascinated that I’d observed her surgery and actually seen her heart. In fact she made me come and speak to her husband about it when he visited that evening. He looked at me as though I’d told him I’d seen a fairy at the bottom of the garden. I’ll never forget that look on his face.
Why? Because the heart is the foundation for our lives, not just the chemical, electrical and engineering qualities it possesses, but also the way we refer to it when we love someone. It’s more than that even, we say it breaks when someone leaves us, pines for a lover we are separated or beats more quickly when we’re held, kissed, made love to.
The heart is an organ referred to more than any other in our body in our day-to-day lives. When I started outlining the plot of Breathe You In it was these thoughts that kept playing with the threads of the storyline. I became fascinated by the thought of a girl obsessing over the recipient of her dead husband’s heart. She wanted to see him, to know where the heart that loved her so much was when she went to sleep at night. It’s the one piece of him that she cannot stop thinking about.
In the UK donor families and recipients can communicate and even meet but it has to be mutually agreed and coordinated through a liaison officer. In my story, Katie, can’t wait, she has to see the donor, but that’s it, just see him from a distance, and she hires a private detective to seek him out. But when Ruben Strong turns out to be not only fit and healthy but gorgeous and charming things
About The Author
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including Ellora's Cave, HarperCollins, Total-E-Bound, Xcite and Sweetmeat Press. Her HOT ICE series regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse, draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Glass Knot and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release in 2012.
"[F]eed the kids before you settle in with journalist Sarah Jio's engrossing first novel, The Violets of March. This mystery-slash-love-story will have you racing to the end--cries of 'Mom, I'm hungry!' be damned." -- Redbook
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Genre: Women's Fiction
A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.
In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.
Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.
A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
Average Star Rating: 4.3 stars out of 68 reviews!
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With that first kiss, Samantha and Trevor begin a fast paced romance set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Las Vegas that is Joy Luck Club meets Sex in the City.
Samantha Lin is newly divorced and ready to move on with her career as a concert pianist. Trevor Morgan is a hot fashion photographer linked to models and actresses. Trevor and Samantha’s chance meeting ignites an animal attraction that neither one may be ready to handle. Samantha’s meddling family and her own past make her doubt Trevor. Despite their growing relationship, Trevor’s inability to face his personal fears may doom them. Both Samantha and Trevor will need to overcome their personal demons if their relationship has any chance to survive.
This is R. Silver's debut contemporary romance novel.
About The Author
The Real Fling is R. Silver's first contemporary romance novel. Since she was a little girl, R. Silver has loved to tell stories. She had dreams of being the next big television personality. Instead, she went to medical school and became a surgeon. However, R. Silver never stopped loving stories - hearing, reading and telling stories. From her experiences as a physician, mother and wife, R. Silver has learned that everyone is searching for a connection to others and for a sense of belonging.
R. Silver lives in sunny Florida where she has a busy life with her good-humored husband, two lovable children and one extremely spoiled dog.
Readers can learn more about R. Silver at www.rsilvernovels.com
READER REVIEW: "I like stories about life.. I like when a book doesn't need all the bells and whistles to sell it, just the simple magic of love.. and Ms Deveraux is a master at delivering this.. She also does a great job of tying the past and present together.. I most definitely recommend this book to anyone who just believes in love." --Shauni Steenburgen
In an all-new trilogy set in blissful Edilean, Virginia, Jude Deveraux weaves together the tales of three young women, best friends since college, and the lives, loves, and dreams that await them.
Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge. At the urging of her dear friend Kim, Jecca put the ruthless New York City art world on hold to spend the summer pursuing her passion for painting while enjoying Edilean’s tightly knit artistic community. For years, Kim’s cousin Tris—the town’s handsome and dedicated doctor—felt a deep connection to Kim’s college “sister” Jecca, though they had met only once before; now, Jecca is swept off her feet by this strong, sensitive man in a summer of sensual delights. But when long shadows announce Jecca’s return to “real life” and the big city, the lovers must decide: Can they survive the distance? And who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves to be together?
READER REVIEW: "Great book! Adventure and romance with a surprise ending! Wish it had been a little bit longer, but Nora never disappoints." --Bethaney K Walker
Cozumel had been home to Liz Palmer for ten years. She was settled, respected. Her Black Coral Dive Shop was the best on the island. She no longer missed Houston, or thought about the man who didn't want her or their child.
And for two short weeks, Cozumel was home to Jerry Sharpe, the diving instructor she'd hired. Until they found him—murdered. Suddenly Jonas Sharpe, Jerry's twin brother, stormed into her well ordered life with grief in his eyes and revenge in his heart. He plunged them both into the desperate world of drug smugglers—and into the dangerous depths of passion.
READER REVIEW: "Music, family, romance and intrigue, just a few of the elements incorporated into A Song Apart, a contemporary love story. Penned by first time novelist Jeffrey H. Baer, it offers the reader insight into the hearts, thoughts and lives of two New York City kids, Shannon Kistler and Kevin Derow." --HeyLiveMusic
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Rating: 4.9 stars
Rising pop singer Shannon Kistler never expected to see college student Kevin Derow on a Manhattan street wearing her concert shirt. But she offers gratitude in her own way, leaving her biggest fan in shock. When the two teenagers meet again six days later, Shannon slips Kevin her phone number, and the unlikely romance begins.
Soon they find they have several things in common: lonely childhoods, a passion for music, and making unpopular choices about their own lives. The public cannot take Shannon seriously as a teenaged recording artist, but she risks her sudden success by making some public mistakes after breaking into a soulless music industry with unusual ease. Meanwhile Kevin loses the respect of family, friends and coworkers over the girl he idolizes-and unwittingly blows the lid off a payola scheme devised by Shannon's record label, threatening her career and possibly his own freedom.
A Song Apart revolves around two young people from distinct backgrounds who choose to follow their hearts rather than their peers and find a greater reward at the end of their paths.
I was born on January 21, 1969 to Robert and Susan Baer in Brooklyn, NY. My dad served in Vietnam and was stationed in Fort Huachuca, AZ upon his return stateside. So I was an army brat without realizing it.
My childhood was like a lot of other childhoods--difficult. I was quite advanced for my age, as everyone discovered when I was able to read the Times Square message boards at age two--out loud, no less. My grandparents told me how surprised the pedestrians were to see me read; I was too engaged to notice, or else I'd pass the hat around.
Unfortunately, the other kids weren't surprised. In fact, they were downright offended and often reminded me as much. The worst of it came in junior high school, when the entire grade hated my guts without knowing why. Looking back on it, though, I should've thanked those kids for giving me all that attention.
I realized I could write in seventh grade when out English teacher asked us to write an essay about a famous woman. Since I loved pop music, I chose Roberta Flack as my essay subject, but I was out sick the day after I handed it in. When I went back the following Monday, a girl in my class said "Gee, thanks, Jeff. We all really wanted to hear about Roberta Flack." It seemed the teacher was so impressed with my essay, he read it to the class, and my classmates had yet another reason to consider me persona non grata.
My so-called "bad reputation" followed me to high school. Suffice it to say I was never happier in my life than I was at graduation.
I entered Baruch College in 1987 to study accounting, but a few years later I realized I had no idea how to crunch numbers the way they should be crunched. I detoured into journalism for a year, but my heart wasn't in it, so I took some time off to sort out my career goals. At the same time, I worked as a receivables manager for Mill Hollow Corp., a trade magazine publisher in Manhattan. It was the worst job I ever held, as I coped with office politics and the nastiest, most manipulative boss I ever worked for. The good news is I was able to get a novel out of the experience (more on that later).
My next job was at a list management company in a similar capacity, but after several months I managed to alienate the #3 officer. To make a long story short, she had me fired after a pair of misunderstandings between myself and two other companies. As a result I haven't had steady work for the last fourteen years.
In April 2002 I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is high-functioning autism that affects social skills. It explained why I was socially inept as a child as well as why I couldn't find and keep jobs on my own. No big deal--the diagnosis helped me accept myself as I am. There's no cure or treatment for AS, but I find Paxil frees up the rigid thinking that comes with autism--and I'm a more well-rounded person for it.
I live in Coney Island with my wonderful girlfriend Karen, whom I've known for 22 years. We would be married and parents by now if not for this ludicrous job search, but I'm sure we're not the only ones in the same situation. I spend my time at home, either on the computer or watching TV, but I try not to slip into anything resembling a vegetative state.
I am the author of A SONG APART, the story of Shannon Kistler, a rising pop singer, and Kevin Derow, the college student who idolizes her--a relationship that dismays many people, and yet the two teenagers aren't the least bit fazed. I was inspired to write this novel after seeing a brief interview with Chuck D, leader of the rap group Public Enemy, on MTV. When asked about meeting fans on the street, he replied "For us is thirty seconds, for them it's a lifetime." So I thought, "Hmm...what if it were more than 'thirty seconds for us'?" And thus A SONG APART was born. Right now I'm fixing up THE STRICKLAND FILE, a novel about office politics and alienation inspired by my five years at the aforementioned trade magazine publisher. I actually began writing it in 1996, but after putting it aside to work on the other novel, I went back to it and realized it needed more editing than I ever imagined. I'll most likely publish it via CreateSpace, but first things first.
If you stuck with my bio this far, I'm extremely grateful. I hope you'll give A SONG APART a look-see on the web; it's available on Amazon as a book and a Kindle download, and on Smashwords.com for all other e-readers.
REVIEW: "Macomber's 12th book in the Cedar Cove series is as warm and sweet as a cup of cocoa with extra marshmallows." - RT Book REviews on 1225 CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
Rating: 4.2 stars
The people of Cedar Cove know how to celebrate Christmas. Like Grace and Olivia and everyone else, Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise.
But…someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she's determined to place in good homes. That's complication number one. And number two is that her daughters, Bailey and Sophie, have invited their dad, Beth's long-divorced husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas. The girls have visions of a mom-and-dad reunion dancing in their heads.
As always in life—and in Cedar Cove—there are surprises, too. More than one family's going to have a puppy under the tree. More than one scheme will go awry. And more than one romance will have a happy ending!
With more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Debbie Macomber is one of today's most popular authors.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family and enduring friendships. Every book features the delightful sense of humor that readers around the world clamor for.
Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (55 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 63 times) and Publishers Weekly (23 times to date). She is the first-ever recipient of the "readers' choice" Quill Award for Romance Fiction, for 44 Cranberry Point, the fourth book in her highly popular Cedar Cove series. Debbie has also been honored with a RITA® Award, a Romantic Times BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award.
Her recent books include 92 Pacific Boulevard, 8 Sandpiper Way, 74 Seaside Avenue and Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, as well as Twenty Wishes, A Cedar Cove Christmas, Summer on Blossom Street and The Perfect Christmas.
For more information on Debbie and her books, visit her Web site: www.DebbieMacomber.com.
Reader Review: Seen The Notebook? Did you cry? By the same author, this tale will have you sobbing again, only this time with suspense, not heartbreak Look (An) endearing yet heart-breaking love story. Beautifully moving, each page leaves you guessing until the very last twist Easy Living "Spark's specialty is gripping stories that deal with human frailties and the power of emotions. An ideal summer romance" --Lancashire Evening Post
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When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages, including over 50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar.
Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 by Warner Books. He followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), The Wedding (2003), True Believer (2005) and its sequel, At First Sight (2005), Dear John (2006), The Choice (2007), The Lucky One (2008), The Last Song (2009), Safe Haven (2010) and The Best of Me (2011), as well as the 2004 non-fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co-written with his brother Micah.
Safe Haven is scheduled for release on February 14, 2013, and marks Sparks's eighth film adaptation, following The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, which thus far have a cumulative worldwide gross of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.
Sparks lives in North Carolina with his family. He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina. As a former full scholarship athlete (he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame) he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school. In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York. The record still stands.
READER REVIEW: "...an adorable Christmas romance story about a lovable pooch who is charged with the challenge to match the right people in a relationship meant to last a lifetime. But when life circumstances get in the way and mess up the matches, Cupid is once again called upon to reunite an older couple, while matching a young woman with her prince charming, and finding a lost dog a forever home...Cupid's Christmas is one of those lighthearted feel good stories that could easily be a Hallmark Channel movie, I know I would watch it. Cupid and author Bette Lee Crosby has earned two paws up for providing the reader with a delightful story that will simply make you smile!" --Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Rating: 4.6 stars
**A portion of proceeds go to The No-Kill Treasure Coast Humane Society
From the Bestselling Author of Spare Change, comes a fun Christmas Romance, Cupid, the narrator of the story, is charged with making certain an older couple gets the love they've been waiting for and a young woman who's far too attracted to handsome men with sexy eyes finds her perfect match. And, he has to make it happen by Christmas.
In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid tries to maneuver around the complications that threaten to wreck this romance as he struggles to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses--Life Management. He matched John and Eleanor some thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they're both single and back together again. But before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he's got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John's daughter.
Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction--the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that time, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, both the 2011 and 2012FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2010 Reader's View General Fiction Literary Award, Southeast Regional Fiction Award and the Jack Eadon Best Contemporary Drama Book Award.
Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."
Her published works to date are: Girl Child (2007), Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), and Spare Change (2011). She has also authored a memoir for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic. Scheduled for release in March 2012, the book is titled "Life in the Land of IS."
READER REVIEW: "The author pulls out all the emotional stops for this 20th installment in her popular contemporary-romance saga featuring the drama-rich Northern California mountain community....It has all of the elements we've come to love in Robyn Carr's stories -great values, strong characters, and great follow through with earlier characters." --BBMoreB
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The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and-tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot. But for the Riordan brothers, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good woman.
Except the woman who has caught Patrick's attention is Jack Sheridan's very attractive niece.
Angie LeCroix comes to Virgin River to spend Christmas relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets Jack Sheridan. If her uncle had his way, she'd never go out again. And certainly not with rugged, handsome Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants—and the kind of man!
Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they meet each other. Then they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and for Christmas, Virgin River-style!
Robyn Carr is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of many novels, including The Virgin River Series