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text 2015-12-26 01:20
Those covers!

Romance covers have a bad rap but it's what may make or break a sell. I don't usually buy a book based solely on the cover of the book but it's always nice to know how some of them get done. 


Romance novels
Much-maligned and stereotyped, the truth behind the romance novel cover is one that takes months of work and perfection. (Chicago Tribune)
by Jeremy Mikula Contact Reporter
Source: www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-prj-romance-novel-covers-20151223-story.html
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text 2015-08-07 18:34
Non-Christian inspies?

::sigh:: I'm trying to find a list of inspirational romances that are not Christian romances, and instead I keep coming across stuff like "Non-Christian romance novels may be ruining your marriage."


Does anyone know if such a list exists, and could you point me to it? I'm having flashbacks to my readers' advisory class in grad school, when my professor said "I know people generally call it 'inspirational romance,' but what they usually mean is 'Christian romance.'"

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review 2015-03-15 19:46
"Treasure" by Rebekah Weatherspoon -- A Review
Treasure - Rebekah Weatherspoon

What do I love about this book, you ask? Everything. This was my very first F/F Romance that I've read, and I absolutely freakin' adored it. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I adored the characters. I thought they were well developed and written. There were so many times that I just flat out related to characters, whether it was due to thought or action. Like this was a black romance. And not just a black queer girl romance. And I loved that. I adored that. This is one of those few times I've really, really related to a character.


And I do feel like this was an actual romantic comedy. It was funny and I was falling out laughing/screaming sometimes. However, at the same time, it delved into the characters issues equally well without turning them into a caricature or anything like that. If that makes sense. Like these characters were characters, and it wasn't like I've read in some books where their personality was just their blackness or just their queerness and it ends at that. 


I also love that both gender and sexuality were tackled in this. So, again, thumbs up there. 


The sex scenes were pretty smokin', 


I have no idea what else to add other than, I loved this, I want to read more by the author, this was the type of stuff I was looking for, and please read it. 


ETA: There are a few triggers though. So, I will way suicide tw/suicide attempt tw, self-harm tw, depression tw. 

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text 2015-03-09 15:17
Shaken Up: Earthquakes in Romance Novels
Thunderbird Falls - C. E. Murphy
Aftershock - Jill Shalvis
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Earthquake Baby - Amy Andrews
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
Wild: An Aftershock Novel (Volume 5) - Jill Sorenson,Stacy Boyd
A Race to Splendor - Ciji Ware
Romance: Earthquake: Love (Contemporary Romance) - Riley J. Ford,Free Romance Novels
Betting It All - Cate Masters
Hot Zone - Catherine Mann

Living in California and through many minor and major earthquake, I don't tend to think of these shakers as very romantic. I am, however, often naked when they happen. Go figure.


Here are some excellent romances that contain earthquakes!  My lists are never in any particular order.


1.  Thunderbird Falls by C.E. Murphy


It's the end of the world…


For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago—surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

There's not a minute to waste.

Yet when her spirit guide inexplicably disappears, Joanne needs help from other sources. Especially after she accidentally unleashes Lower World demons on Seattle. Damn. With the mother of all showdowns gathering force, it's the worst possible moment for Joanne to realize she should have learned more about controlling her powers. Or to discover she's being lied to…


2. Aftershock by Jill Shalvis



If it hadn't been for the earthquake, Amber Riggs would never have made love to a perfect stranger. And no doubt about it, fire inspector Dax McCall was perfect! Who else could have taught her the meaning of passion at a time like that?



Still, when Amber ran into him a year later she wasn't sure how he'd react. She hadn't meant to keep the news from Dax.... But he'd been out of town, and she'd been sort of relieved. After all, how do you tell the perfect man he has a perfect baby girl with a woman he doesn't know from Eve?


3. Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter


No one knows who he is or where he's from. But witnesses throughout San Francisco report a masked man in black is bringing supplies—and badly needed hope—to homeless earthquake survivors. Some believe that the city's gallant rescuer is a gentleman of wealth. But others whisper that he is a working-class man with courage as great as his faith. And rumor has it that one of the city's most spirited society belles is helping him against her family's wishes. What can be confirmed is that the masked messenger will need more than a miracle to escape those on his trail—and win the woman risking everything to save him….


4. Earthquake Baby by Amy Andrews


Trapped under a collapsed building, Laura Scott thought she would never survive. As the choking dust enveloped her one man kept her alive and lifted her to safety – Dr Jack Riley. That life-saving moment led to a night of unforgettable intimacy. It was as if they’d been together for ever.


Yet in the morning Laura left without a trace. It’s ten years before they meet again, but when they do Jack discovers not only how real their connection was, but also that Laura is the mother of a ten-year-old child…


5. The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin


It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and
bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus
Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China... 

Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical,
she's content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress-until she
meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang. 

Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, yet alone share, but as
they are thrown together in an attempt to solve a deadly mystery, they
both start to dream of a different life. Yet Bai Huang's position means
that all she could ever be to him is his concubine-will she sacrifice
her pride to follow her heart?


6. Aftershock (Aftershock by Jill Sorenson


As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers—including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright…

Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett's bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them—if the truth about who he really is doesn't pull them apart forever….


7. A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware


Early in 1906, the ground in San Francisco shook buildings and lives from their comfortable foundations.


Amidst rubble, corruption, and deceit, two women-young architects in a city and field ruled by men-find themselves racing the clock and each other during the rebuilding of competing hotels in the City by the Bay.

Based on meticulous research, A Race to Splendor tells the story of the audacious people of one of the world's great cities rebuilding and reinventing themselves after immense human tragedy. Filled with courage, passion, and conflict, Amelia Bradshaw's spirit will capture your imagination as she strives to redraft her life amidst the ruins with both help and hindrance from a wayward son of privilege who pulls her into worlds she'd never have known.


8. Romance: Earthquake: Love by Riley J. Ford


California girl Selma Morgan is looking for Mr. Right...or Mr. Right Now, depending on the guy. When she finds herself in a nightclub locking lips with a handsome stranger, it feels as though she may have met her future soulmate...especially when the earth moves. Or, it might be the massive earthquake that just happened! Either way, Selma finds herself on a wild dating adventure through foreshocks, aftershocks, and a whole lot of rockin' and rollin'. To complicate matters, a sexy firefighter comes to her rescue after a particularly bad aftershock, and Selma finds herself with a choice to make. Is she about to experience the "big one," and if so, is she ready for that kind of tectonic shift? Follow Selma on her hilarious yet moving adventure as she survives a series of California earthquakes...and finds a seismic love along the way.


9. Betting it All by Cate Masters


Norah Hawkins wants a new life as far from her old one as possible, but where can she ever find that chance? When a letter arrives promising her the deed to property in San Francisco, Norah packs her bags and flees the broken shards of her troubled past.

With its anything-goes atmosphere, 1906 San Francisco suits Irishman Gerard MacKenzie just fine. He loves tending bar in Norah’s saloon, and verbally sparring with the shrewd businesswoman for more privileges and work. Her beauty, wit and sass make his blood boil with need.

But disaster looms over their promising new lives when a terrible earthquake buries their dreams and threatens to shatter their future. Norah and Mac must rebuild their lives from the ruins and they’ll need each other more than ever, but can their ties to each other save them or tear them apart?


10. Hot Zone by Catherine Mann



The haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn't see the damage, how could she be expected to know he'd break her heart?



Amelia Bailey's not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing...but there are anything but usual circumstances.


Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!


Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads: Shaken Up: Earthquakes in Romance Novels.

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video 2015-02-20 01:36
The Harem - Thomas Sweeney

I had to make a video of finding my book on a bookshelf at the local bookstore, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.  I went into the store to find it on the shelf with other local authors, but found this instead...


Thank you Vroman's for your support and being the first bookstore to stock The Harem on your bookshelves!   :)

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