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Christina Hollis has me ON FOCUS!

Author Christina Hollis asked me to talk about Virtual Book Tours on her FOCUS ON. I would greatly appreciate seeing you there! And please, any feedback is deeply appreciated. Or just stop by to say "hi."

The party with Lynne Marshall and her three book giveaway continues on the post below.

Lynne Marshall, ONE FOR THE ROAD and Mega Giveaways!

Today we are chatting with Lynne Marshall about her favourite romance movies of all time and her latest offering, ONE FOR THE ROAD!

So we give it over to Lynne.....

First off, I’d like to say what a pleasure it is to visit Nas Dean’s site again.  Nas is one incredibly supportive reader of romance, and as an author, I can’t thank her enough. 

When Nas asked me to blog I scratched my head and wondered what in the world I could talk about that might interest all the different tastes of romance readers.  Romance of course!  And since my current book features a slightly more mature couple – she’s 46 and he’s 42, I thought I’d feature above-the-normal age love stories. 

 Something we all relate to is cinema and love stories, and recently having seen Larry Crowne – the new Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts movie, I realized that more than a few movies these days star older couples.  So I decided to go back over time and post a list of older heroines (over forty) in fun or super romantic stories, in honor of my new book – One for the Road.

            One movie I didn’t include in this list is Julie and Julia, staring Amy Andrews and Meryl Streep, because the film’s focus was on the main character’s blog and how she cooked each of Julia Child’s recipes in a one year period.  However, I found the secondary story of Julia Child and her husband to be sweet and poignant.  They truly shared a deep and lasting, AND physical love.  I loved that movie!

            Now, without further adieu, here’s …


  1. Adam’s Rib (Classic 1949) featuring Katharyn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as married lawyers pitted against each other in a court case involving adultery.  He defends the adulterous husband, she defends the lover, and the case overflows to their happy home life. (Romantic Comedy)

  1. The African Queen (Classic 1951) Katharyn Hepburn plays a prim missionary spinstress to Humphrey Bogart’s gin soaked riverboat captain. (Drama)

  1. The Desk Set (Classic 1957) Katharyn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – The broadcasting network librarian (Hepburn) is pitted against the inventor of a computer (Tracy) which threatens to make many company jobs obsolete.  Once again, Hepburn and Tracy discover they’re a perfect match. (Romantic Comedy)

  1. Love Among the Ruins, 1975 Starring a very mature couple – Sir Laurence Olivier and Katharyn Hepburn. Aging grande dame of the London theater (Hepburn) is accused by a young man of seducing and then abandoning him.  She retains the services of the greatest barrister in Britain (Olivier), who turns out to be a former suitor still in love with her. (Drama)

  1. Terms of Endearment 1983 Jack Nicholson plays ex-astronaut Garrett Breedlove and Shirley McLaine plays his next door neighbor, Aurora.  The movie spans thirty years and along with the mother/daughter relationship, features the rocky romance between the next door neighbors, where the ne’re-do-well astronaut proves he is able to love over the long haul. (Heavy drama with light moments)

  1. Shadowlands, 1993 Debra Winger plays a forty-something divorcee who finds love and devotion with a middle aged University professor named C.E. Lewis, played by Anthony Hopkins. (Drama)

  1. What Women Want 2000 – Mel Gibson (before his fall from grace and at his prime) and Helen Hunt.  Alpha male Nick almost electrocutes himself and as a result is able to hear women’s thoughts.  He uses it to his advantage on the job and with Darcy, and even as they grow closer and develop feelings for each other, he betrays her.  Proving he has a heart, after being responsible for Darcy losing her job, he sacrifices his own job for her. (Romantic Comedy)

  1. Something’s Got to Give 2004 – Jack Nicholson and Dianne Keaton, the fifty and sixty-something couple, both facing transitions in life, find love though being complete opposites. (Romantic Comedy)

  1. Mama Mia 2009 - Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan portray the long estranged couple.  Summonsed to Greece by Sophie, an old girlfriend’s daughter, Harry arrives for a birthday party.  Who of the three special guests is Sophie’s father? Thanks to several diary entries, a long-ago, but never forgotten love gets rekindled. (Musical Comedy Romance)

  1. It’s Complicated 2010 – Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin – Divorced for ten years, Jake and Jane still have feelings for each other.  They have an affair and enjoy the naughty excitement.  Good guy Adam, the architect hired to remodel Jane’s home, has genuine feelings for Jane.  Will she come to her senses and realize true love, the kind that lasts, isn’t always about bells and whistles? (Romantic-ish Comedy)

So there you have it, my list.  Now I’d love to hear about your favorite love story featuring a more mature couple! 

Thanks for having me, Nas!  It was great fun to be here.  Hope to see you all on the road! I’ll stick around all day to answer each comment.

You're welcome Lynn! Thanks for sharing with us your all-time favourite romantic movies, and all the best with your fabulous new release, ONE FOR THE ROAD!

One for the Road by Lynne Marshall is available at The Wild Rose Press

and Amazon

For an  excerpt of Chapter One go here! 

Also, Lynne would like to offer a small gift to anyone who signs up for her newsletter at her website today .

Bio: Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!

Lynne has written ten books for Mills & Boon Medical Romance, has her debut Harlequin Special Edition set for March 2012 release – Courting His Favorite Nurse – and writes contemporary romance featuring mature heroines for The Wild Rose Press.

Hey friends, Lynne has this superb news! She'll do a three book giveaway! I was lucky to have read these three books and they all are connected by being based on a fictional medical centre. The Midcoast Medical Trilogy is based at Midcoast Medical Center. The three books are:         

                                  The Boss and Nurse Albright
                                  The Heart Doctor and the Baby
                                  The Christmas Baby Bump

And she has announced that she'll be giving her Santa Barbara Trilogy away to three lucky commenters!


Meet the author of TREASURE ME, Christine Nolfi and a Giveaway!

Today we will be meeting Christine Nolfi, the author of TREASURE ME!

When did you decide to become a writer?

I can’t recall a time when I didn’t write. Poems. Short stories. Later, novels. After college I owned a small public relations firm but was always moving toward the day when I’d write novels. In 2004, I began writing fiction full-time.
Like all writers, the journey began with an insatiable hunger to read. During childhood I used to wander through libraries drawing my fingertips across the spines of books. I felt like I was touching other souls, reaching into other lives I would only know through their words.

What kind of books do you write?

Treasure Me is the first book of the Liberty, Ohio series. The entire series is a contemporary blend of mystery, comedy and romance with the mysteries drawn from U.S. history.

The story of Justice Postell, the freed slave from South Carolina featured in Treasure Me, is a major plot point in several of the books. Justice left behind more than a diary and several bags of rubies! Readers will learn that all of the women surrounding The Second Chance Grill have links to American history all the way back to the Revolutionary War. But don’t make me give away all my secrets. I’d rather let readers discover the fun on their own.

I’ve also written several dramatic, stand-alone novels that will soon be released. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge will appear on Amazon in August.

Do you write in just one genre and, if so, what made you choose that genre?

An editor in New York once described my novels as, “women’s fiction bordering on literary.” Some people view the Liberty books as romantic comedies. Or light mysteries. In reality, I think I write genre-blended books. I dislike the genre label, preferring instead to approach each work as a great story waiting to be told.

What other books have you published so far and what are they about?

The next book in the Liberty series, Second Chance Grill, will appear on Amazon in late August. It’s actually a prequel featuring the love story between Anthony Perini and Liberty’s new doctor, Mary Chance. Readers will certainly learn more about the town’s most mischievous preteen, Blossom Perini. And readers will learn more about the amusing “bad blood” between Liberty’s gun-toting matriarch, Theodora, and fluttery Ethel Lynn.

What is the biggest obstacle you have to overcome when you want to write?

Knowing when to stop and rest is the biggest obstacle. I get utterly caught up in the character’s lives. During the first 100 pages it’s easy to conduct a normal 9-to-5 routine. By page 250, all bets are off. I wake in the middle of the night with half of a scene spilling from my subconscious and hurry to my computer. Midway through dinner I leap up to scramble for pen and paper because I’ve suddenly solved a story problem. It becomes rather silly, but my children and fiancé are very understanding.

What are a few fun facts about your life?

I adopted my four children—a sibling group—from the Philippines when I was on the edge of middle age. I’ve always owned animals, including a gosling I raised after it’s mother was killed. I love to cook and garden.

After an unexpected divorce, I hid out for years raising my children and writing novel after novel. Then I mustered up the courage to try the dating site, Match, and found Barry. He’s the love of my life. It’s amusing for a couple of fifty-somethings to get engaged at a time when we’re sending six kids through college. Life is full of surprises.

Currently we’re selling our respective homes in northeast Ohio for the big move to Charleston, South Carolina in August. Which brings me to another fun fact: the Treasure Me plotline regarding freedwoman Justice Postell is loosely drawn from my own family history.

My late mother’s family is of French and English descent. My French ancestors arrived in Charleston not long after the Revolutionary War. The history is sketchy, but they may have been plantation owners. Given that, I’ve always wondered if I have black relatives I’ve never met. This question is dear to my heart because my adopted children are Filipino and questions of skin color were common around the dinner table when they were growing up. I tried to portray in Treasure Me that “family” has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with finding people you love, and who will love you in return.

Where and how can your readers find out more about you and your upcoming books?

I’d be delighted if they’d follow me on  Twitter and visit my Blog.

Readers can find TREASURE ME on Amazon.

There's a copy of TREASURE ME today for one lucky commenter!

#MarryingCadeWave Stop Three

It’s launch day for Sally Clements’ new book, Marrying Cade, and to celebrate, she’s having a Mexican wave of excerpts! You can keep up with the wave’s progress on the twitter hashtag #MarryingCadeWave – and add a tweet with the hashtag to chat with everyone else who’s reading along!

Here’s how to do it…these are the stops, just call in to these blogs to read each excerpt (they start at stop one, and finish at stop ten). Alternatively, start wherever, and click on the next stop link at the bottom of the excerpt. Or just click on the buy link, to get your own copy of Marrying Cade!

Stop One –   Talli Roland's Blog

Stop Two –   Maya Blake's Blog

Stop Three-   Romance Book Paradise 
Stop Four –   Joanne Cole's Blog

Stop Five –   Romy Summer's Blog
Stop Six –     Lorraine Wilson's Blog

Stop Seven – Joanne Pibworth's Blog

Stop Eight –   Suzanne Jone's Blog

Stop Nine –    Lacey Devlin's Blog

Stop Ten –     Sally Clement's Blog

Stop Three’s excerpt…

Beautiful, unspoiled, and totally underdeveloped. He breathed in and felt peace infuse, settling the restless itch which normally plagued him. Maybe it was the memories of the stolen weeks spent here, avoiding the harsh realities of a life in tatters. He’d found peace, for a while, before he’d had to return to the unfamiliar rented house filled with grieving women. The last thing he expected was to rediscover that peace, twelve years later.
His eyes snapped open as his ears registered the purring of an engine. An elegant, slate grey Mercedes pulled up in front of the hotel, and the door opened. From his vantage point under the trees, Cade watched a woman alight. One long, smooth, tanned leg emerged, clad in incredibly high heels, then the other.

Thanks so much for being Stop Three, Nas!

Buy links:,,  The Wild Rose Press


Amazon UK

Before you go on to stop four, do click the tweet button below to help get the wave going! Now, continue on to Stop Four here!

Harlequin Medical Author Amy Andrews with a Giveaway!

Today I’m honored to be hosting Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Author Amy Andrews.
Amy, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. It's great to have you here!
 Great to be here, Nas. Wow! Your blog has gone from strength to strength!!
Thanks! So we asked Amy her views ...On Writing and Reading…
So, when did you start to write, how long did it take you to be published, and how did you decide which genre to write?
I wrote my first book when I was 22. I scored my first contract at 34. 12 years!!! I always knew I wanted to write romance and the only house I was interested in targeting was Harlequin – why not target the publishing house that had the biggest distribution and readership in the world?? My first book wasn’t a medical but it did have a Dr hero. I’m a firm believer in writing what you know so when I discovered that Harlequin had a medical line I targeted them.
I bet all that juggling of jobs, relationships and commitments gives you plenty of fodder for your books. What sparks your creativity?
Anything can spark an idea. I think writers are great observers aka eavesdroppers. Anything is grist for the mill!
What do you love most about being a writer?
Having my work acknowledged by an established publishing house as being worthy of print. And knowing that I can make a lot of women smile/laugh/cry/vibrate :o) with a couple of keystrokes.
Do you write under a pen name? If so what was the motivation to use one?
I was asked to write under a penname. Alison Roberts also writes for the medical line and the eds didn’t want there being any confusion.
Where do you write? Home office.  Coffee shop etc.
Home mainly. I do like to get out and about when I can and have been known to edit in coffee shops etc. But its editing only – when I’m writing I can't do ANY distractions!!
Do you have a favorite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favorite?
I usually set my books in my hometown of Brisbane. I’d like to say it was because of the outstanding attributes of this great city but to be honest I’m such a lazy researcher, I try to stick with what I know! I have set books in faraway places – war zones, tsunami ravaged Pacific islands, Italy, UK – but I feel most comfortable, most authentic, writing about what I know.
Which of the books you have written is your favorite?
Well I know we shouldn’t have a favorite but I do… The Surgeon’s Meant-To-Be bride. It’s in a 24 hour format, each chapter is an hour of the day and the action takes place over 24 hours. I loved writing that book – it simply flew from inside of me and its probably the best black moment I’ve ever written!
On Romance...

Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
A beach, chilled wine, seafood and sticky date pudding!!!
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie?
I don’t have one, I simply can't, there are so many .… okay, if you put a gun to my head I think I would chose Notting Hill but only because the ending stands out as probably the best ending to a romcom I’ve ever seen – I never get tired of that press conference scene!!
What is your all-time favorite romantic song or composition?
Well I love the soundtrack to Notting Hill :o)
What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received? Ocasionally I get a “just because” bunch of flowers and they beat any expensive showy Valentines delivery hands down
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship? Sleep. If I have enough sleep then I can be pretty much convinced to do anything :o)
What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic? Sleep. ;o)
No seriously….if you’re with the right person, romance is secondary!
Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever traveled? Italy – no contest!
Tell us something about yourself people may not expect or know. I can do the splits!
WOW! Really?

To finish up, do you have any advice/handy tips/craft skills you'd like to share with unpublished authors?
 Be smart. Do not waffle around as I did. Read heaps, hone your craft, find out what publishing house is publishing the stuff you want to write and target them specifically, enter comps, join a writing group, get a good crit partner (and by that I mean someone who is writing/reading in your genre, do not get a poet if you are writing fiction or a romance writer if you are writing seventeenth century literature!!!), don’t take the easy way out if you know you can do better. Do everything you can to help get you over the line. Treat the time your unpubbed as an apprenticeship and learn all you can.

Just One Last Night is a reunion story (my fav kind) Grace and Brent are old university flames. They meet again after twenty years during a time when Grace is struggling to be a stand-in Mum to her orphaned niece and nephew - a traumatized little boy and a rebellious teenager – and juggle the demands of being an ER doc. Brent has made her complicated life a whole lot more complicated!! But can she resist his pull the second time round?
Thanks for sharing your insights about writing and some fun facts about your life, Amy, it's been a honor having you here.
It’s been fun chatting with you, Nas!
 And I will give away a copy of Just One Last Night to one lucky commenter!

You can read my review of Just One Last Night here!
All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Amy and you'll go into the draw for this book.

Karen Erickson on Why NY!

Today we shall talk to author Karen Erickson on how her dreams came true! Over to Karen...

I had a moment recently. A true realization of dreams acquired and coming true. I was at the RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference last week in New York City. Rushing around from commitment to commitment, seeing old friends, making new ones, both working hard and hardly usual, it was a great and inspiring time.

But it hit me as I was on an evening bus tour around the city that I was actually in New York. The big city. The place I thought I wanted to live when I was an ambitiously dream-filled teen thinking she could do and conquer anything she set her mind to.

You see, I discovered fashion magazines in my early teens and thought for sure I could be a glamorous magazine writer someday. I wanted to work for Vogue. I wanted to travel, wear designer clothes and write for the most revered fashion magazine in all the land.

But that dream was doused by reality and I soon became caught up in the everyday life-type stuff. Marriage, babies, jobs. I'd dabbled in writing, semi-seriously at one point but I could never finish anything. And you know, life always got in the way. Until one day I knew I wanted to pursue writing romance for publication seriously. I set the goals and went to work, telling myself, you can do this. I sold in 2006 and haven't stopped since...

And so I ended up in New York City because of romance writing. My teenage self would've been thrilled. Hey, my current self was thrilled. I'm in New York City, I thought. Because I'm a writer. Maybe not for Vogue but hey, that's okay.

What I'm trying to say is, don't give up on your dreams. They might not necessarily come true as you originally envisioned them but that's okay. Striving toward your dreams is most definitely the best way to live.

Trust me. You work hard enough, your dreams will eventually come true.
About Karen:

After leaving the working world to become a stay at home mom, Karen Erickson realized she needed to get crackin’ and pursue her life long dream of becoming a published writer. A busy mother of three, she fits her precious writing time in between chasing her children, taking care of her wonderful husband and pretending she has a maid. She lives in California.

Within the last two weeks Karen had two books out - her first historical romance Lessons In Indiscretion and the sexy contemporary romance Notorious. You can find out more information on her books page.

Where you can find Karen on the Web:  


Raquel Byrnes with some Practical Advice and PURPLE KNOT!

Today we have Raquel Byrnes, who is on her tour to promote her book PURPLE KNOT!
Raquel Byrnes lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-your-seat pace. Her first book the Shades of Hope Series, Purple Knot, releases on June 3rd from White Rose Publishing. You can visit her at her website: and her writing blog, Edge of Your Seat Romance.
Practical Advice for Beginning Writers

Some of the best advice I ever received was from a fellow novelist. She said to give yourself time to get better. Writing is a trial by fire, learn as you go, type of endeavor and if you realize that the more you write, the better you get, you’ll save yourself some frustration in the beginning.
Here are some practical tips for starting out…
·        Have a plan. I know this may make some of you pantsers cringe, but I’m not talking binders and outlines. I’m talking about at least a bare bones idea of where you want the plot to end up and now you want your character to grow.

·        Have a schedule. Writing to get published is not a hobby. It is a career that you need to make time for. Enlist your family’s help by agreeing that you are not to be disturbed during your writing time. Better yet, ‘go to work’ by leaving for the library or coffee shop. The more serious you take your craft, the more other will.

·        Have accountability. Join a critique group or have an online friend that you exchange chapters with on a set schedule. Just knowing there is someone expecting you to produce helps to motivate in a big way. Also find someone to give you honest, constructive feedback.

·        Hone your craft. There are many amazing books out there on the writing craft. If you’ve sought feedback, then you’ll know what your weak areas are. Do you have a slow beginning? Does your plot sag in the middle? Are your characters not layered or believable? Find out what you need to work on and…work on it.

·        Have patience. With yourself and with your work. The most surprising thing I learned about the publishing industry is how…long…everything…takes! Crafting a story takes time, but it’s so worth it to see your name on the cover of a book

With a little perseverance and a lot of patience, you’ll get there. Just remember that you started writing because you loved it.