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March 29, 2016

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau

Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing "wishing cards," but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart's desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower - but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled.

Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips up in her shop and knocks over a post-card stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after-all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children's books who's fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two - very different - maverick artists become friends.

Rosalie's wishes seem to be coming true at last, until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is Always a Good Idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love.

NICOLAS BARREAU was born in Paris, the son of a French father and a German mother. He studied romance languages and literature at the Sorbonne and worked in a bookshop on the Rive Gauche in Paris but is far from an inexperienced bookworm. With his other successful novels, The Ingredients of Love, The Woman of My Life and You'll Find Me at the End of the World, he has gained an enthusiastic audience.

January 26, 2016

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: Suzanne Redfearn

 Suzanne Redfearn delivers another gripping page-turner in her latest novel, a story about a young mother's fight to protect her children from the dangerous world of Hollywood. Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and her three children . . . or that she'd have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don't come without a price. And in a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it's impossible to know who to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family. Emotionally riveting and insightful, NO ORDINARY LIFE is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children's lives.
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We’ve been in LA a month and have settled into a routine, not miserable but a good measure shy of content, a sustainable existence that borders on normal.
My mom and I barely see each other, which is perhaps the reason the precarious peace exists. My four shifts at Natrij keep me out until after the rest of the house is asleep, and my mom works the other three days, two as a volunteer at the local library, the third at Star Gazer, a weekly tabloid devoted to stalking celebrities, snapping photos of them, then making up stories to go along with those photos.
Prior to her retirement, my mom had been a middle-school English teacher. Now she uses her writing skills and her obsession with the famous to write an astrology column on the stars, divining their futures from the position of the sun and the moon, the exact moment of their birth, and their current location on the globe. It’s all very scientific hogwash, but the readers love it, and her column is one of the most popular in the magazine.
School ends in a week, and I’m stressed about the summer routine, or rather the lack of routine. Since we moved here, my mom has homeschooled Tom, sparing him from starting in a new school, so he and Molly have been home, but blessedly Emily’s been gone five days a week, sparing us all from her spite.
Emily hates her new school, hates LA, and hates me. And I hate to admit it, but I’m glad she’s not around on the days I’m home so I don’t have to deal with it. The only saving grace is the soccer team she joined. Other than that, she’s miserable and miserable to be around, and when school ends, she’s going to be like a caged elephant with a stubbed toe.
I’m surprised when I walk into the condo after my shift to find my mom still awake. I look at the clock, 10:15.
“What are you doing up?” I ask, my tongue thick from exhaustion and boredom. The new rhythm of my life—work, cooking, cleaning, laundry—is like elevator music, droning on endlessly without enough differentiation to tell one day from the next.
My mom springs from the couch, her face lit up in a way that scares me. It’s the same look she had on her face when I was eleven and she announced we were going on a celebrity cruise where we would mingle with the famous. A total disaster. Even my mom didn’t recognize the has-beens that were billed as the stars on the cruise, and my dad and I spent the vacation leaning over the railing green with seasickness.
“You’re not going to believe what happened today,” she says.
“You won the lottery.”
“Better than winning the lottery? Tom got up in front of Congress and gave a speech on the injustice of banning peanut butter from school lunches.”
Nothing could be better than that. “What?” I say, tired of the game.
She holds out a business card. “Look who came by the condo today.”
Monique Braxton, Braxton Talent Agency, a Wilshire Boulevard address, a phone number, a website, an email, a Facebook address, a Twitter address.
I shrug.
“Don’t you know who that is? Monique Braxton. She’s like the biggest talent agent on the planet. She reps anyone who’s anyone. Not adults, only kids, but if you’re a someone under eighteen, you’re a Monique Braxton kid.” My mom is so excited that the words spit and sputter like machine-gun fire.
“So, look at this.”
Grabbing me by the wrist, she pulls me to her laptop on the kitchen table and wiggles the mouse to wake it. The screen opens to a YouTube page. She clicks the gray triangle in the lower left corner and the video starts to play…a video of Molly!
I watch in disbelief. The video is from our day on the promenade. It starts abruptly, the big man strumming the beginning riff of “Johnny B. Goode,” his body bobbing with the beat. Behind him, off to the side, Molly does little he-man squats in sync with the big man’s big he-man squats. It’s very funny to watch.
Then the big man does a hip thrust and a leg kick, and Molly follows with a hilarious mini-hip thrust and leg kick that causes a burst of giggles from the audience. The big man looks confused by the reaction and repeats the move. Molly mimics him again, and again the audience cracks up.
The big man whirls, spots his miniature impersonator, wiggles his finger for her to come toward him, and that’s when the throwdown begins.
The video is three minutes and fifty-two seconds long and ends with Molly knocking knuckles with the drummer. In the final seconds is when I see us—Emily, Tom, and me standing in the background, matching grins on our faces.
“So, the thing is,” my mom says, “this video’s gone viral. Look at the number of hits.”
I blink at the number, certain it can’t be right. 7,867,672. My mom is still talking, but I’ve stopped listening, my eyes blurring as I continue to stare at the glowing digits.
“Did you hear me?” my mom nearly screeches.
“The Gap wants Molly for a commercial.”
“The Gap, you know, the clothes store.”
“Yeah, what about them?”
“They want Molly to be in one of their commercials. They hired Monique Braxton to track Molly down, and Monique Braxton did. Not some assistant but her. Monique Braxton, in the flesh. Here. In my condo.”
She’s so giddy that it’s almost possible to imagine her as the little girl she must have been, enthusiastic and animated, perhaps a little like Molly but with a penchant for the stars. I bet she was one of those girls who collected princess paraphernalia and, when she outgrew that, plastered her wall with movie posters. The passion carried into adulthood, a fascination with the famous that borders on obsessive. The hobby is both endearing and a bit disturbing—an inordinate amount of time and energy spent on people she’ll never meet. My mom can tell you more about most stars than she can about me. She knows how old they are, where they were born, who they’ve dated, what movies they’ve starred in, what tragedies have befallen them, the addictions they have, who they’re related to, who supposedly likes them and who loathes them. She subscribes to every tabloid in print, has sat in at least a hundred studio audiences, and regularly signs up for those ridiculous Hollywood tours that drive past celebrity’s houses in hopes of catching a glimpse of the rich and fabulous.
“And she absolutely loved Molly,” she says. “Of course what’s not to love? Did you see that video?”
I glance at Molly snoring on the pull-out couch.
“Can you believe it? Molly. Our Molly.”
“How’d she find us?” I ask.
“A private investigator. He asked around on the promenade, and one of the managers at one of the restaurants remembered you and pulled out your application. Simple as that.”
Simple as that. My skin prickles, and my stomach knots—millions of strangers watching Molly, private investigators asking around about us, famous talent agents showing up uninvited on our doorstep—it feels like a punch to the solar plexus, a strange mixture of exhilaration and horror, a sickly stew of pride and violation.
“So all you need to do is call her tomorrow to set up an appointment.”
My head shakes involuntarily, causing my mom to squint her eyes and say in a much slower voice, “What do you mean, no?”
“Molly’s not…we’re not…I’m…we’re just normal people. We’re not…” I gesture to the frozen image of Molly on the screen. “That.”
My mom’s face literally changes color, growing from pale peach to so crimson that I feel the heat radiating from her skin. Then she blows, “Jesus criminy Christ, Faye. Bad enough you haven’t an ounce of gumption to go out and do something with your life, but now this amazing opportunity literally lands in your lap, and you’re just going to let it slip right through your fingers. You’re just like your father. A pot of gold could have dropped from the sky with his name on it, and he’d have walked around it, complaining it was raining gold when what we really needed was a bit of rain.”

Suzanne Redfearn is a summa cum laude graduate from California Polytechnic University and is an architect, in addition to an author.  She is also an avid surfer, golfer, skier, and Angels fan.  She lives with her husband and children in California. No Ordinary Life is her second novel. 

October 21, 2015

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: Rachael Wade

A stand-alone contemporary romance from the author of THE REPLACEMENT.

Every woman in my life is supposed to be like Othello Station – a last stop. Unless they know how to keep their distance. I’ve managed to maintain a routine, one that works for me and one I have no intention of ever changing. But this dove came along. Soft and delicate, tainting my thoughts. I can think of twenty different ways to get rid of her. I need this dove to take flight.

But she won’t fly away.

She won’t release me from her cage.

Her wings ensnare me.

And now I want to get off this train. I wish I never boarded this ride. Because I’m about to crash and take this dove with me. But sometimes you can’t stop the crash. Sometimes you just have to hang on and let the flames ignite. Let the fire burn.

Sometimes, the fire is what saves you.

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Rachael Wade writes edgy romance and science fiction in a tiny cottage in the Pacific Northwest. When she's not writing, she's busy reading, going to concerts, hanging at Pike Place Market, or watching retro TV re-runs. She's an avid Brandi Carlile fan, loves all things Tim Burton, and loves chocolate almost as much as she loves her black lab retriever and four cats. Visit her at, Twitter @RachaelWade and Facebook.

Author Interview: 

-How do get ideas for your books?
I try almost everything I write about, or at least visit the places I write about or talk to people who have done what I'm writing about. Most all of my work is based on real life experience in some way,even when I write paranormal or fantasy. I draw from my muses.

-Who is THE ONE Author that makes you fangirl?
Jennifer L. Armentrout. Everytime. Always. She's a rock star because she's insanely successful AND she's genuinely humble. That's a rare combination nowadays.

-What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?

Learn to speak French, travel abroad, write (and publish) countless novels. I'm half-way there....

-What is your favorite genre of music to listen to?

I love everything, especially folk rock. Brandi Carlile, Nirvana, and Lana Del Rey are my absolute favorites.

-If you had to play a theme song each morning what would it be?

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.

October 13, 2015

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: A Condo With Two Views by Al Daltrey

Men and women see the world differently, as do dominants and submissives. A Condo With Two Views is told from two perspectives: Jack's and Chloe's. Jack is a loving and protective husband, but with a kinky penchant for sharing his willing wife. Chloe is smart and strikingly beautiful, and obeys every command from her husband, no matter how perverse. Each gives their view of the story: one where Chloe must submit to a grungy caretaker, a sexy lesbian couple, an evil developer, an older sadist, and the list goes on. But what happens when she's pushed too far? Is the deep love of a husband and wife more powerful than the bond of a dominant and submissive? What will win out, love or bdsm?

This story contains STRONG BDSM. While fully consensual, it includes submission, dominance, sadism and masochism. Please do NOT buy or read this if you are offended by graphic sexual descriptions including sexual violence. All characters are aged 25+, and it is recommended for an adult audience ONLY (aged 21+). This story is pure fiction and the author does not condone any violent behavior.

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My career is in Marketing. When I started in the business it was all about the ever-powerful 30 second TV spot. Of course television is still important, but the toolbox is so much bigger nowadays: everything from social media to mobile to experiential. The younger execs seem more enthused about this new world of communications, but I found myself getting a bit bored with telling stories that had to be precisely 30 seconds.

I’d always been interested in BDSM. I like to say I was born with Dom blood. For me, it has to be fully consensual. Force completely defeats the purpose. The eroticism lies in the submissive wanting or least willing to endure the pain, punishment, and humiliation. I flipped open my laptop one day and started to write. ‘Testing the Submissive’ was written over a 90-day period. The novel is pure fiction and more extreme than anything I’d subject a submissive to in real life. The central character is pimped out and whipped extensively by men and women alike. As many reviewers say, this book is not for the faint of heart. That said, the reviews have been spectacular.

While fictional, the scenes were often inspired by real life events. You see, while my marketing career plugged along, so did my participation in the BDSM lifestyle.

Over a couple of decades I was lucky enough to meet my fair share of submissive women. And don’t for a minute think these women were weak. Outside the bedroom they were confident, opinionated, gregarious and self-assured. However, inside the bedroom (to to speak) they wanted to feel the strong firm hand of a dominant man taking complete control.

One day I met someone special, and we’re happily settled, living in Canada.

My second novel, ‘A Condo With Two Views’ is written from the point-of-view of both the Dom and the sub, chapter by chapter.  If you're interested, check out the synopsis.

If you choose to read any of my work, I hope you enjoy it!

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Author Interview: 
-What is one thing that people do not know about you?That I am the world's worst guitar player.

-What made you want to become a writer?
It was definitely my interest in BDSM, not my interest in writing itself. I used to enjoy asking submissives about their past sexual history, and seeing the woman squirm or blush when answering. I found it quite erotic.  One day, I flipped open my laptop and starting writing a kinky bdsm story where a girl gets ‘interviewed’ after a session with a dominant. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, and I knew I was on my way to my first novel. ‘Testing the Submissive’ was born. So, it was my love of bdsm that triggered it, not my love of writing.

-What is your most favorite book that you have read?
I barely read. I know I shouldn't say this as an Author, but it's the truth. I get completely absorbed by music. I like movies when it's time to relax and escape, but I don't read nearly enough. In fact, I bet reading more would make me a better Author.

-What television shows do you watch the most?
I've always enjoyed watching TV with my kids. As long as I was laying on the couch, and one of them was laying on my chest, or beside me, I was happy. So...we'd watch Franklin, then Little Bear, then the Suite Life of Zack and Cody.  We watched Zoey 101, and then So You Think You Can Dance.  Recently, up until Joan Rivers died, we watched Fashion Police or TMZ.  My wife and I watch Jimmy Fallon.

-Name one thing in your life that you would like to do that you haven’t done.
Skydive.  There was a time I would have done it in a heartbeat. Now, I'm too old and too chicken.

-How do you determine the cities, states etc. where your book takes place at?
Good question. By process of elimination. Each story is different - so it depends on the characters. I might start by eliminating NY, LA, Chicago, etc.  All the really big cities.  My next book will be set in Miami.  Earlier, I had considered Nashville, but then I changed my mind.  Sometimes I will consider 20 or 30 cities before making my decision, and often Google is involved.

-What is your favorite genre to read?
BDSM Erotica.

-What is your favorite movie of all time?
Empire of the Sun.

-What is your favorite genre of music to listen to?
If I had to pick only one - heavy rock such as TOOL.

-If you had to play a theme song each morning what would it be?
Humans Being by Van Halen. 

October 6, 2015

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: Complicate Me by M. Robinson

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.
A decision.
A simple choice.
There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.
A different life.
It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.
Pretending was better than knowing the truth...
I. Ruined. Us.
I had her.
I lost her.
I love her.
All I did was complicate us.

Standalone series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

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M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.

She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

Question & Answer :

-Who is THE ONE Author that makes you fangirl? Pauline Simons. The bronze horseman ruined me!

-Who is the person that has influence you the most in your life? My parents.

-What do you think people will love most about this book? That's it's relatable. Everyone has had their heart broken and put it back together.

-If you had to play a theme song each morning what would it be? Ummm... I don't know. Lol!

-What is your favorite quote from your book? It was messy. It was complicated. It was us.

September 23, 2015

Who Wrote That Book Wednesday: S.P. Cervantes

The Wife.
The Mother.
The Truth.

The Wife. Alexa is drifting through life, trying to be the person she thinks she should be. She’s made a loving home for her family, but with each passing day, she watches her husband’s heart slip away, and feels more isolated and alone.

The Mother. Determined to keep her family together, Alexa submerges herself in her new business and begins to find her independence again. She takes every opportunity to show her husband the wonderful family they've built together, hoping to win back his heart.

The Truth. When a ghost from her past enters Alexa’s life in the most unexpected way, she' s left questioning everything she believes. Lies will be told and secrets will be unveiled, leaving Alexa fighting for her life.

The End. There's no way for Alexa to know what's awaiting her.

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S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.
S.P. Cervantes is the author of the highly rated New Adult Romantic Fantasy series Secrets of Shadow Hill. "Always and Forever", "The Prophecy", and "War of Wizards" are available now.
S.P. Cervantes also has a contemporary romance series, A Broken Fairy Tale, "Dust to Dust", "Wished Away" and "His Jar of Hearts" are now available. 
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Author Interview: 

-How do get ideas for your books?  I get most of my ideas for my stories while I’m running.  I love to run…well, it’s more of a jog—but when I’m alone outside, listening to music and letting my thoughts drift, I often come up with my best story ideas.

-What do you think people will love most about this book?  I think that people will connect with the story and the characters.  Whether you’re married, or not, the story will make you feel the struggles these characters are going through.

-Who is THE ONE Author that makes you fangirl? Collen Hoover.  I worship her (Is that weirdJ LOL) She is a beautiful writer and tells addicting stories.

-What is your favorite genre to read?  Romance.  As long as a story has romance, I get hooked. 

-What is your favorite movie of all time? I have a new movie that is new, but I’ve watched it several times and is just a good ‘ole love story.  It’s called Far From the Maddening Crowd, based on the Thomas Hardy novel.  I love comedies a lot too, but this movie made me swoon.

-A show that I LOVE is Outlander!!  It’s not a coincidence that I named a character in my book Jamie! 

-What is your favorite quote from your book?
There are a lot of good quotes in this book, but every time I read over THE WIFE, this one gets me every time!

 He brushes a loose piece of hair behind my ear and closes his eyes. “If I did have a choice in any of this, I’d choose you.” The look of desperation he shows when he opens up his eyes makes me weak. “I’d always choose you,” he says with a whisper. With those words, he turns around, walks away from me and doesn’t look back.