Blog Tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, Interview with Jennifer Lane

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Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer’s Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!

41oENo-qexL._US230_I’m excited to interview one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Lane who has a new story in this anthology. So here we go!

Hi Jennifer. Were you a reader when you were a child? If so, What books turned you into a reader?

I was a voracious reader as a child. Some favorites I remember are From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Gift of Magic, and The Rats of NIMH (which may have sparked my interest in a mental health career!)

No wonder we’re such good friends. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my favorites, too! Name some authors who have influenced you. (You have certainly influenced me!)

Pamela Clare, Colleen Hoover, Elle Kennedy, Jojo Moyes

What inspires your stories? Ex. Real life, music, news stories?

I have many story inspirations, including my work as a psychologist (witnessing the indomitable human spirit healing from trauma) and movies (my psychological thriller Twin Sacrifice combines themes from the movies The Illusionist, Mumford, and Mystic River). I also like to weave observations from my funny friends and family into my stories.

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Twin Sacrifice is one of my all time favorites. Those characters still haunt me and I admit… I want to know how they’re doing! If you could choose a theme song for your books, which song would represent each book or series?

All of my books explore how love can support and heal two people who have endured too much pain in life. One song demonstrating this theme is “Lay It All On Me” by Rudimental featuring Ed Sheeran (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtejRvpwscY)

Okay I have to know, what books are planned for the future?

I have an idea brewing for a romance between coaches from rival universities.

Tell me about your  story, Behind the Catcher’s Mask

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has provided so much encouragement for my writing. When I learned the theme for IWSG’s next short story anthology: young adult romance featuring a masquerade/mask theme, an image implanted in my mind:

Smoldering blue eyes staring from behind his baseball catcher’s mask.

This vision guided my story, Behind the Catcher’s Mask:

Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?

Fast-pitch softball is Andie Wilson’s life. She’s a fierce pitcher hoping to score a college scholarship, and she hates the annoying distraction of cocky baseball players crashing her high-school charity game. But she doesn’t anticipate the impact of one baseball player: Colt Turner. As Colt stares at her through his catcher’s mask, his steadfast gaze may be just what she needs to guide her through a crisis. And Colt may need Andie, too—to cope with the secret hiding behind his mask.

Thank you for being here, Jennifer!  

Author Bio

Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer—she can’t decide which is more fun. Jen lives in Ohio and parlays her college swimming and volleyball experience into earnest characters striving for more in love and life.

Website: http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenLanebooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenLaneBooks

About the Anthology

Title: Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Release date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651

 

Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly SuitedFind love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

 

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Stories Featured

Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.

Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?

The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.

The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?

A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?

Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life’s price of servanthood could be changed?

Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?

Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?

Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?

Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

 

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Release Day! Marie Savage’s Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl

Title: Asphalt Cowboys Girl
Author: Marie Savage
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2018

On the highway, bad things can happen …

Aimee Jo Elliot isn’t having a good day. Her long anticipated journey to California is cut short when her car is stolen. Stranded at a truck stop in Alabama, with no car, no money, and most of all, no hope, she’s desperate to get back on the road. California holds the answer to her dreams and an escape from the danger she’s left behind in Georgia. Accepting a ride from the sexy truck driver has its own set of risks, but she never considered it would be to her heart.

The life of an asphalt cowboy …

Luke McIntyre has life all figured out. He owns his own rig, makes his own rules, and only answers to himself. The solitude of life on the road suits him just fine. Not one for permanent relationships, he has no problems picking up temporary lovers. And he always makes sure they know the score—hot sex, respect, but no strings. His quiet life is shot to hell, however, when he offers the Georgia beauty a ride. He soon discovers that rules are made to be broken.

In for the long haul …

Luke and Aimee Jo soon realize their simple four-day journey is anything but simple. An instant attraction sidetracks their well-made plans and dreams. When they reach California, decisions must be made. Will they go their separate ways, or journey on together? 
Marie Savage is a self-published author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.

Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.

While stationed in Atwater California, she met her true love and together they have shared life’s beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area, where her passion for writing first began.
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Pursuing Hope (Part 1) by Fiona Tulle

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Title: Pursuing Hope – Part One 



Author: Fiona Tulle 


Release Date: September 28, 2017

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Blurb 


Two people. One coffeehouse.


Hope has experienced a loss she has never forgiven herself for, running from Florida to North Carolina, to escape her past and build a new future. She makes her home in Jacksonville, not far from the Marine Corps base, where she works in the local coffeehouse, spending her days interacting with the regulars – one in particular. Hope finds the quiet, brown-haired Marine mysterious, yet intriguing, and she tries to hide her growing attraction to him.

Chad is a United States Marine through and through, who lives to serve his country. He finds solace in his evenings spent at the coffeehouse, where the pretty barista sparks his interest. Friendly and welcoming on the outside, her eyes hold an untold story he wants to learn.

Can she forget her past and let Chad pursue her future? Grab a cup of coffee and find out.

About The Author

Fiona Tulle has always had a love for writing, from a very young age. She uses her words as an escape from the day to day, getting lost in her characters’ worlds. When not writing she can be found curled up with her pups, reading her favorite books in the sunshine of Northeast Florida. 

She is an avid photography lover and loves hiding behind a camera as well. One day she dreams of having her own images gracing her covers. 

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Dylan McAthie is an ass and known for his temper tantrums. I know, I know, I wrote him. He is what I made him. *sigh* My only excuse is I’m an over-indulgent author.

He was not amused when I, the author, took control and decided on a cover without his input. He states he would never wear a hipster plaid shirt. And has threatened to impose severe writer’s block on the next book, in which he makes an appearance.
So I did what most authors do… I caved. May I now present the new, improved, Dylan-Approved cover! He likes that is shows off one of his best ASSets.

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At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.

Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.

As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.

It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?

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2017 Linda Howard Award of Excellence

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ATTENTION ALL ROMANCE WRITERS!
Polish up those unpublished /non-contracted manuscripts and get ready to enter…
Southern Magic’s 2017 Linda Howard Award of Excellence writing contest!

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The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, sponsored by RWA chapter Southern Magic, was conceived in honor of best-selling author Linda Howard to award excellence in unpublished romance fiction and their authors. The contest is judged by trained, PRO and published authors. Finalists are judged by top editors and agents looking to contract romance fiction authors.

All you need is the first 5,000 words of your unpublished, non-contracted ROMANCE manuscript (any sub-genre). It will be read and scored by three trained judges.
Finalists (three highest scoring entries of each category) will be judged by some of the industry’s top agents and acquiring editors.

Open: NOW!!!!!! Deadline: May 31, 2017

Categories
Contemporary Romance: Manuscripts that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship. Word count: 70,000-110,000 words
Final Judge – Michelle Grajkowski, agent, 3 Seas Literary Agency

Historical Romance: Romance novels set in any historical time period prior to 1950. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge – Barbara Rosenberg, agent, The Rosenberg Group

*Inspirational Romance:* Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs are an inherent part of the love story. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge – Elizabeth Mazer, editor, Harlequin

*LGBTQ Romance:* Romance novels in which a member(s) of the LGBTQ community is central to and an integral part of the plot. Word count: 50,000-100,000
Final Judge- Rachel Haimowitz, editor, Riptide Publishing

Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy Romance: Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal elements are an integral part of the plot. Word count: 70,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge – Victoria Lea, agent, Aponte Literary Agency

*Romantic Suspense:* Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot. Word count: 70,000-100,000 words
Final Judge- Cheryl Yeko, editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Romantic Sensual and Sizzling: Romance-based novels that include a high (often explicit) element of sexual tension or sexual play.These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres, such as paranormal, historical, etc. Word count: 40,000 to 110,000 words
Final Judge- Ric Savage, editor & CEO, Black Velvet Seductions Publishing

The Write Magic: All Southern Magic members who either final in their category or earn a score of 90 or higher will be automatically entered into The Write Magic category final round.
Final Judge- Patricia Nelson, agent, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Young Adult/ *New Adult* Romance: Manuscripts in which young adult life is an integral part of the plot. Word count: 50,000-110,000 words
Final Judge – Kristy Hunter, agent, The Knight Agency

Fee: $25 USD for first manuscript
$20 each additional entry

For more information go to: http://southernmagic.org/lindahowardcontest.html

To enter, go to: https://www.rwa.org/e/in/m=1&req=Edit&eid=643

For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Linda Howard Contest Coordinator at lhcontest@southernmagic.org

Good Luck!

A Festivus Miracle, a Tempting Jo Prequel

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I sit at my desk, glaring at the door, waiting on my morning newspaper and daring someone to interrupt my foul mood. Why did the Boss have to choose that do-good fucker, Raphael, to interfere with my plans for the lovely Jolene? Why not Remiel? At least he has a sense of humor.

As expected, the timid knock sounds. I envision fire erupting from my mouth, as I command, “Enter.”

Jolene pokes her head through the door. “Uh, Mr. DeVille, sir, I, uh–” Her unintelligible speech is interrupted by an infuriated feline screech.

“Why is there a cat in my office?” I narrow my eyes at the squirming white beast in Jolene’s arms. The impertinent feline glares back and hisses.

“M-my cat, Atticus escaped, and I uh, have to take him home.”

Her eyes are wide and the pulse in her neck pounds. I eye the white fur on her black sweater with distaste. Jolene inches toward me trying to control the growling, hissing, fractious feline. She places my morning paper on my desk.

“Get that disgusting animal out of here,” I snap. I’ve never been a cat person.

Apparently, the feelings are mutual. For at that moment, the animal leaps from Jolene’s arms on to my desk and proceeds to hack up a fur ball the size of a golf ball on my pristine paper.

Jolene’s face pales and her hands shake as she picks up the puker, cooing at him as if he was the one just wronged. “I-I’m sorry, sir. I’ll clean it up, just let me take him home first.”

“You expect me to sit here with the stench of cat puke permeating my office while you take your cat home? I’m not cleaning this, you are. Now.” I roar.

“I’m sorry, he didn’t mean it, sir. I would’ve taken him home first but you insist on having your paper on your desk precisely at 8:01.” The smug cat appears to be grinning at me as he purrs in Jolene’s arms.

“Get out.” I keep my voice level, face impassive. I don’t want her to know how much pleasure I get watching her squirm.

She lifts that stubborn chin. “Make up your mind, sir. Clean the mess first or take Atticus home?”

I love her gumption, it’s part of her appeal. I fold the vomit-soaked paper and shove it in my garbage. “Take that animal home and then you and I are going to have a nice little chat.” I smile, but my displeasure colors my tone of voice. I turn my chair and in the reflection of the window, I see my assistant bob a smart-ass curtsy. I bite my lip to keep from laughing. She never fails to intrigue me. Her cat flicks his tail with feline disdain, as if to say fuck you.

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Good grief, of all days for this to happen. The day of the stupid office Christmas party. I’m both relieved my cat’s okay and furious with him for putting me in this predicament.

Atticus had shot out of my basement apartment as I was leaving for work this morning. No amount of coaxing had drawn him back to me. I’d been sitting at my desk folding Mr. DeVille’s paper and crying, thinking my beloved, mean old cat was gone for good. I heard him meowing and looked up to find him in a co-worker’s arms.

“Lose something?” He’d teased. I didn’t take the time to ask how he knew it was my cat.

Everything would have been fine if I’d just given my friend the key to my apartment and asked him to take my cat home. I need to learn to think! I unlock the door to my apartment and Atticus marches in as if he hasn’t just cost me my job. I run to the corner newspaper box, but of course, with my luck, the box is empty.

No! I stomp my foot and look around, wondering where I could find another paper. I see a business man at the bus stop scanning the last page of the paper. I approach him.

“Sir? If you’re done with your paper, may I buy it from you?”

He looks at me as if I’ve lost my mind. Which I probably have. Giving Mr. DeVille a used paper? I truly am going to be fired… I turn to walk back to the office, mentally packing my desk.

“Miss? You can have it, but I have to keep the coupons for my wife.”

I spin on my heels and shake his hand, thanking him profusely. Coupons aren’t a problem, Mr. DeVille makes me remove them, anyway. Maybe this will at least buy me some time before I’m fired. Folding the paper the way my finicky boss likes it; I scurry back to the office.

I knock, but there’s no answer. Cautiously, I open his door and peek in. He’s gone. The office smells of Clorox. I tiptoe in and place the paper on his desk. I glance at his notepad and giggle. He’s drawn a pretty good likeness of Atticus, even if it is mean-spirited.

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I pick up the folded note with “Friday” written on it. Mr. DeVille isn’t listing things for today. It’s what he calls me because he doesn’t remember my name.

Reschedule my barber appointment. I’ve been called to an emergency board meeting. I expect the files for the upcoming merger on my desk when I return. Make sure all plans for tonight’s mandatory Christmas party are in place. No mishaps will be tolerated.

I smile. I’m not fired. It’s a Festivus Miracle! And I didn’t even have to hear the airing of his grievances!

© Nancee Cain 23 Dec 2016

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Forbidden love is hell…

Confident and quirky, Jo Sanford thinks her boss is God’s gift to women–and she couldn’t be further from the truth. Devilishly handsome, Luc DeVille will stop at nothing to lure his administrative assistant right into his arms–and bed.

Over Rafe Goodman’s dead body…

Rafe, Jo’s best friend, refuses to sit by and watch as Luc tries to win the heart of the woman he’s always protected. After all, Rafe is her guardian angel. Suddenly, Jo’s caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil. But the closer she gets to the fire, the hotter it burns. Now, Jo’s going to learn that when love battles lust, Heaven and Hell collide.

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