Faith “Freakin’” Sinclair probably shouldn’t have called her boss a perv. . .or grabbed his “privates.” But as creator of the hit dramedy Modern Women, she’d had enough of his sexist insults. Now she’s untouchable in the industry–not in a good way. The only way to redeem herself is to convince Alex, the wildly popular, wildly demanding former star of her show, to come back. But there’s one obstacle in her way–one very handsome, broad-shouldered obstacle. . .
Professor Mason Mitchell is head of the theater department where Alex is studying “real” acting. The only way he’ll let Faith anywhere near Alex is if she agrees to co-teach a class. It’s an offer she can’t refuse–and as it turns out, the professor just might end up teaching Faith that there’s more to life than work–and that real-life love scenes are way more fun than fake ones.
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“You can’t judge a book by its cover” has to be one of the dumbest things ever said. How else are you going to judge a book? By looking at the cover of Unscripted by Jayne Denker a reader would expect a fun and sassy read, and that’s exactly what they get!
Faith Freakin’ Sinclair is the woman I want to be. She’s confident, smart, and generous. She’s also in a heap of trouble with her boss. The only way she can get her job back is to woo a former star back to the show she’s just been booted from. Alex (whom you find out is a male) is hiding at a small community college working on his “craft.” But more than ego stands in Faith’s way of getting Alex to return to Modern Women. There’s Jamie (Faith’s lovable step-brother), Kaylie (who has her own agenda where Alex is concerned), Mona (Faith’s mother and a Hollywood diva/legend in her own right), and the sexy professor (Mason Mitchell).
Unscripted is my favorite kind of story. A comedy of errors that never ends. Things go from bad to worse for Faith as she attempts to work her magic on the handsome Alex. From confiscated credit cards to a bout of food poisoning-cum-nasty stomach virus, Faith battles to get her life back. Oh, and have I mentioned the sexy professor?
Unscripted is a fabulous chick-lit novel with just enough romance and Hollywood to keep things interesting. Look out Bridget Jones, here comes Faith Freakin’ Sinclair!
Jayne Denker is the author of three contemporary romantic comedies, By Design, Unscripted, and Down on Love, and is hard at work on a fourth. She lives in a small town in western New York, USA, with her husband, son, and one very sweet senior-citizen basement kitteh who loves nothing more than going outside, where she sits on the front walk and wonders why she begged to go outside. When Jayne’s not hard at work on another novel (or, rather, when she should be hard at work on another novel), she can usually be found frittering away stupid amounts of time online.
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Susan Blexrud grew up in Orlando, Florida, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband of 27 years, John, who proposed to her on New Year’s Eve 1985 on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, halfway between Paris and Vienna. Their son Chris lives and works in Manhattan, and daughter Allison is a college junior. Susan has a Chihuahua named Baby and a cockatiel named Romeo. She is an avid reader, and she leads two monthly book clubs in Asheville. She is a walker and Yoga enthusiast. She enjoys quilting and bird watching (loves hummingbirds), and most of all, writing her next story.
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Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce. Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…
Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good romance and that’s exactly what Bachelor’s Special by Christine Warner is: a good romance. A *really* good romance. Jill is a girl with plans for her life, too bad no one bothered to tell her life that. Chet Castle is a man through and through. He sees Jill and wants her in his bed, so he devises a way to keep her close and put his plan into motion. But Chet’s plan backfires. In a fit of conscience, he changes his mind about the blatant seduction. Yet the sparks between them cannot be denied and do not need to be flamed to burst into something more. But Chet and Jill are mismatched for sure. They don’t want the same things out of life and they’ll have to find some common ground in order to meet in the middle.
Never fear, lovers of romance, Christine Warner is the writer to make it all happen.
A bit about Christine
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website.
Twitter under @ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords
Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013
A word from Christine
Can soup be sexy?
There are several foods that are considered an aphrodisiac—chocolate and oysters come to mind for me first—but would you consider soup a turn on?
I think any food can become sexy…it depends only on the people involved and their attraction. Think about it a minute, feeding your special someone strawberries from between your lips, painting each others bodies with whip topping and licking it off, tossing some pop rocks in your mouth before you share an explosive kiss…
Why not soup too?
I’d like to share a scene from Bachelor’s Special between Chet and Jill in the kitchen that involves a bit of soup. A slight misunderstanding gets words and sparks of attraction flying. Part of the meal Jill had just prepared—squash soup, her specialty—moves to the forefront of the scene to set off bells of sexual tension and a spine tingling kiss.
Here’s a little taste. In the comments let me know what you think…is soup sexy too?
Laughter swelled Chet’s chest. He stopped short when he looked into Jill’s upturned face, enjoying the fact he could inspect her so closely and she didn’t know. Blinded by the soup, she was at his mercy.
Thick, yellowish-orange liquid covered her skin, hiding the sprinkle of fine freckles dotting her nose. Black eyelashes spiked from the moisture, and her parted lips revealed the whiteness of her teeth. The apron she wore reminded him of something a housewife would wear on a fifties sitcom. Undeniably cute and damn sexy. All she needed was a set of pearls.
She’d be the type of girl he’d bring home to his mother. Hold up, Castle! You don’t play the girlfriend game. His blood raced as her tongue darted out and she licked her lips again. The twinge of his groin reminded him once more that a fling with the lovely Jill would be on his list, but nothing more.
Still holding her wrists, he leaned forward and flicked his tongue out to taste the drop of soup forming on the tip of her chin.
Jill’s body went quiet at his touch. The pulse beating against the soft skin of her inner wrist burst forward at a quick tempo.
Her button-down shirt pulled with each quick breath she took.
“Damn, you’re right. Tastes great.” A salty quality mingled with the rich flavor of the soup. A dash of Jill mixed in to add a more potent flavor.
“I told you I’m an awesome cook.” Her husky voice lowered further.
“I particularly like your presentation.” He matched her tone, his heartbeat erratic.
She tried to step back, but her butt connected with the counter. If she took a half step forward she’d be pushed against his chest. Not that he minded.
“Let me loose. I’d like to wipe my eyes.” A giggle slipped past her lips.
“Not yet. I’m not sure you’ve learned your lesson.”
“I guarantee you I have.”
Her struggled swallow caught his attention. “Nervous?”
Jill shook her head as if trying to clear away the thick soup. “Never.”
He laughed. “I’m going to have more soup.”
“Can’t, it’s all on my…” She stiffened in his arms and a soft sigh, almost a whimper, caught in her throat.
His attraction grew tenfold. He lowered his head, brushing her lips with his own before pulling back. His heart pounded against his chest, bongo drums in a heady rhythm. This situation had escalated into a major turn on.
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LIVE FROM MIAMI! The sensationalism shown on television can only be topped by the drama that happens behind the camera! After being fired from her job in Los Angeles, Charlene “Charley” Thomas moves to sizzling Miami and begins working as news director at a local television station. While getting used to her new gig, Charley wakes up to the fact that her station manager, Jonathan Lefton, is the boss from hell who will do anything for a story no matter who gets hurt in the process. When nude pictures of noon anchor, Miranda Andrews, are discovered in the men’s room of a Key West bar, all hell breaks loose. They end up on Lefton’s desk and he promotes her over the main anchor, sparking off a firestorm. Miranda’s quickly thrown into the mix and assigned special reports. Charley finds herself overseeing an investigation that could shine light on the guilt of a dirty cop. Real life begins to mimic the drama of broadcast news when station personalities face life and death all for rating and Emmys! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED is a modern day “Sex and the City” meets “Broadcast News.”
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I never know what’s in store for me when I crack open some of novels I’m asked to review. It’s good for me to read outside my chosen genre of romance, and it feels fine to stretch my legs and test other waters. Next in line is chicklit (You know, books that are written by and targeted toward women). When I think of chicklit, I think of books like Bridget Jones Diary and other light-hearted and fun reads. But we all know that chicklit is more than that. It accounts for novels that cover more serious issues and problems with today’s world. Well, Viewer Discretion Advised fits right in the middle. It’s fun and upbeat, but it’s more than that. Cindy Roesel takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of what it’s like behind the scenes in a newsroom. Fast-paced, smart and savvy, yet it deals with issues in the lives of the people who work at WCAR–drinking problems, low self-esteem, cheating husbands, fragile egos, and the problems that result with long distance relationships.
How Cindy managed to pack all that in under 300 pages is a mystery to me, but it’s all there. The reader can’t help but root for Charley. There’s something inherently likable about her. Everyone around her can sense it as well. This also means that we love the people she loves by way of association. The reader wants her to end up with Oz, needs Rori to get help, and Charley to succeed in the cut-throat world she has landed in. But Charley knows her stuff (As does Cindy) and with odds like that she has to succeed. And the same goes for Cindy Roesel and Viewer Discretion Advised as well.
And one thing is certain: I’ll never look at the news the same way again.
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Amie: Where did the story idea come from/how did it come about?
Cindy: It’s often said, “write what you know.” Well. I’ve wanted to write a novel since I was a little girl and the majority of my first career has been as a TV news anchor and reporter and that includes writing, so it makes sense that my first book should be about a broadcast journalist. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED is a suspenseful, romantic thriller set in Miami, Florida, which features news director, Charlize “Charley” Thomas. It’s a mix of the new HBO hit show “The Newsroom” meets “Sex and the City.”
Amie: One thing you want the reader to walk away with after reading this book.
Cindy: It’s important that readers walk away knowing that if you work hard you can accomplish anything. That may sound hokey, but I believe in the dream. I was the first one in my family to graduate from college, go into a profession and I won an Emmy Award for my hard work in Broadcasting. Charley comes up against quite a few obstacles, but she doesn’t give up and she never looks for the easy way to get something done. It’s really important young women on their career path find a mentor they believe in that they can trust. It’s important to me that readers of VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED see Charley as a positive professional woman.
Amie: Why did you choose your genre?
Cindy: I always knew my first attempt at writing would be fiction. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED evolved into a suspenseful, romantic, thriller as I wrote it. I really didn’t plan it that way. Actually, I thought it was going to be a chick-lit romance, but then the story and the characters took over. There comes a point when the writer, in this case, me, stops resisting and follows their lead so the project is organic.
Amie: Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Cindy: There are many challenges for a writer, especially one who wants to write well. Writers have to not only write, but they must read, and that includes reading everything, not only what they enjoy. It’s important to surround yourself with other writers in real life and on the Internet. I write book reviews for a blog called Chick Lit Central and I’ve made a lot of friends over the web, some of whom I’ve met in person. We read one another’s work, and help proof each other. I’m constantly taking classes and going to author readings at my local bookstores. The bottom line is you must always be working at your craft.
Another challenge is getting my butt in the chair to actually write, but once I’m there, you practically have to peel me out. There are so many other things vying for my attention, and I’m easily distracted. Let’s face it, once we’re on the computer there’s Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, ChickLitPlus, your Blog, mine, Chick Lit Central…. all screaming our name…. so I guess what the big challenge comes down to for me is to FOCUS!
Amie: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Cindy: The first thing I’d tell writers who are just starting out is, “Congratulations! You’ve entered a very special club. What you’re going to do is honorable work and the people you’re going to surround yourself with are unique, life as you know it has changed. Number one rule: There are no rules, except this one. Don’t fall in love with your first drafts. The final project never looks like what you first put down on paper. Remember, writing is rewriting. Have fun!”
Amie: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Cindy: No, I don’t believe in writer’s block. When I have to write something or I have a deadline, I do it. It may not be my best work, but I fulfill my obligations.
Amie: What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Cindy: A comfy writing environment, a dictionary, thesaurus, EB White’s, “The Elements of Style,” a full pot of coffee and lots of writer and non-writer friends! I also happen to love having plenty of plain M&Ms on hand…. yummy!
Thank you so much Amie for inviting me and VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED to visit you and your wonderful blog and Facebook site.
Thanks for coming, Cindy. Readers, you’re all invited to contact Cindy anytime if you have questions or comments about anything here or in her novel.
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I’ve been reading romance long that I’ve gotten myself into a rut. It’s a happy rut, I know what I like to read, I seek it out, and I read it. But every now and then I get pushed out of my happy little rut and most always I’m glad that I did. Like when Barbara Burke sent out a cry for help for quotes and reviews for her novella, Recompromising Amanda. I answered, because I like to help people. I was pushed from my happy rut because I normally read light-hearted contemporary romance, and this is a regency short. But what a good choice I made.
I thought I’d do something a little different this time. This must read is a novella, so in lieu of a traditional review, I interviewed the author. But first a peek at Recompromising Amanda…
How has beautiful, popular Amanda Smythe-Kincaid managed to reach the ripe old age of twenty-five without getting married? Could she possibly still be carrying a torch for Jason, her brother’s best friend? It’s been years since they were caught kissing in the conservatory.
Jason, the third Viscount Greyshott, has been in love with Amanda for ages. Too bad he can’t convince her of that fact, and too bad she repeatedly turns down his marriage proposals.
When Amanda asks Jason for a shocking favor, he realizes this may just be the opportunity he needs. And when fate, in the form of an exasperated older brother and some inadvertent eavesdropping, finally steps in to bring this charming Regency couple into each other’s arms—where everyone around them knows they’ve always belonged—Amanda doesn’t stand a chance.
Not enough?Here’s a little excerpt…
“Jason!” she said as, at the same time, “Amanda!” burst from his lips.
They looked at each other fully for the first time and might have smiled if not for the gravity of the situation.
“Ladies first,” Jason commanded.
His eyes were warm, and Amanda took comfort in the sight even as her heartbeat quickened at the memory of the molten heat reflected in them the night before. She drew a resolute breath, but turned her head away, refusing to meet his eyes.
“Jason, the other day you told me if there was ever anything I needed that Charles could not provide I was to come to you, and you would help me.” She dared a peep up at him. “Did you mean it?”
“How can you doubt it?” he asked, a frown crossing his features.
“Then I want you to promise me you will do something for me without asking any questions.”
“What do you want me to do?”
“No questions,” she reminded him with a brief smile. “You must trust me.”
“It’s not something illegal is it?” he teased. “I’ll have to calculate the probability of being sent to jail and consult my lawyers on how long the sentence is likely to be before agreeing to anything truly reprehensible.”
“No, it’s not illegal,” she answered seriously. “At least, I don’t think it’s illegal,” she added with a trace of doubt.
“‘Don’t think it’s illegal’ will have to do, I suppose. Tell me what you want, and if it lies within my power I will do it.”
Amanda took a deep breath before replying, and then spoke all in a rush. “I want you to make love to me.”
Still want more…well now, it’s Barbara’s turn…
In her other life regency writer Barbara Burke is an award-winning freelance journalist. Too scatterbrained to concentrate on one specialty she might be writing about oil development in Greenland for a business magazine one week and laundry practises for a hoteliers’ magazine the week after. Despite her inability to concentrate on one thing for any length of time she gets cranky if she goes too long without writing any fiction.
She’s lived in four Canadian provinces and three countries and currently resides in a leaky cedar house on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which she shares with her husband, daughter, two cats, a dog and a snake. The horse lives down the road. She drinks wine and watches whales from her upstairs balcony and wishes the sun would come out occasionally.
My turn *in a sing-song voice*…
Have you always written regency romances?
No, this is my first shot at it. I’ve always read regencies, though. I was a fan of Jane Austen back when she was still trying to get her first novel published 😉
Ah, that Jane…what is your favorite aspect of the regencies?
I think it’s the polite world they inhabit. They speak a certain way and dress a certain way and they have so many rules for what one can and cannot do is society. Once you figure out what those rules are you can have so much fun breaking them.
I also like the way it was practically invented as a genre by Georgette Heyer. As far as I can tell no one else even considered writing about that period until she began using it as her setting. I’d like to invent a genre, but everytime I think of something I look online and find 50,000,621 hits for my so-called original idea. Damn Google.
Yep, been there a time or two myself! Recompromising Amanda is a novella, what do you consider the benefits of writing short?
Not writing long!
Okay, maybe I asked for that one! LOL Have you written novel length and what do you consider the challenges of writing long/short to be?
I’ve started a few novels but I always run out of steam at about 30,000 words. They’re still sitting on my computer and I hear them calling to me in the night, but the task seems so daunting – even though I know exactly what’s going to happen. I suppose I’m a sprinter rather than a long distance runner. I love the satisfaction of getting things wrapped up in a few thousand words even if I dream of greater character development.
I’ve often said give me 100,000 words and I’ll write you something, give me 25,000 and I’ll make out my grocery list! Now, I love love love your hero. What’s your favorite thing about him?
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I guess I like his urbanity. He’d never do anything vulgar, but at the same time he’s got this very passionate side to him. I also really like his voice, but no one else can hear that, naturally.
Oh, I wouldn’t say that! He certainly spoke to me a time or two! Your heroine is also spunky and headstrong, what is your favorite thing about her?
Spunky and headstrong? Oh dear, that’s not how I would have described her. She has a mind of her own, for sure, but she would never hurt the people she loves. In fact, she’s always very considerate of other people’s feelings – look how careful she is to ensure that Jason doesn’t know how she feels about him. She doesn’t want to embarrass him. I guess that’s what I like best about her. She’s my opposite – I’m always putting my foot in my mouth.
Can I say spunky and headstrong, but in a totally regency way? Now the dreaded questions–
Where did the idea for Recompromising Amanda come from?
Virginity is such a non-issue in the modern world, but that’s a very recent thing. I remember when the most important thing about Lady Diana was that she was a virgin and, therefore, eligible to marry the heir to the British throne. I think they even had her examined. Thirty years later Kate Middleton can marry the next in line without the question even being raised, without anyone even thinking it is a question. So I started thinking about all those women in times past who never got the opportunity to even find out what they were missing and then I created a heroine who decided to do something about it.
You’re so right, Now I write sexy and enjoy a hot book, but sometimes I’m a little shocked.Recompromising Amanda is very sexy, what do you consider is the secret to making such a short novella so hot?
There is no secret. Just sit at your laptop and write until you’re blushing from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Then breathe a sigh of relief that it’s done and end up with an editor who tells you she wants you to ramp it up. Yikes! I have a hard time with chaste kissing scenes, writing a sex scene nearly killed me. (I’d like to say, like a good regency heroine, that I was almost completely undone, but that could be taken the wrong way.)
LOL! Now tell us what you have for us next…
Well, in an ideal world I write a bestseller so popular that JK Rowling would end up wishing she could afford my lavish lifestyle. However, I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen if I keep writing novellas. Maybe I’ll see if I can sell a regency without the sex – I don’t want to blow my blush gasket.
Hey, that’s my life of luxury you’re talking about! 🙂
Barbara, thanks so much for coming by today and for allowing me to read Recompromising Amanda. It’s a wonderful story, y’all. Go get and see what I mean…you’ll love Jason on sight! ❤ Amie
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Jezebel’s Wish by AJ Nuest
Jezebel’s Wish, by AJ Nuest is a MUST read! Tormented by the death of her fiance, Jezzy escapes her city life to hideout in the country at her mother’s newly purchased horse ranch. But all the baggage Jezzy wanted to leave behind follows her. Goaded into riding lessons by her mother and sister, Jezzy comes to know The Reverend, a stallion who remarkably gets her to open up to her hidden heartbreak.
Enter the handsome vet and teacher of said riding lessons. Somehow Matthais Saunders knows exactly what Jezzy needs, even if she can’t see it for herself. But the closer she and Matty get, the more Jezzy believes she’s no good for him. And so the question becomes, can she forgive herself for past mistakes or will she push Matty away forever?
AJ has created memorable characters that will wrench at your heart until you give it to them. Matty has to be the most wonderful man in the world. Patient and kind, he’s what every tormented heroine needs. Heartbroken Jezzy can be rough at times, fighting those who are trying to help her like a wounded dog snaps at his rescuer.
But all in good time, dear reader. Hang in there with Jezzy. I promise AJ will make it worth the while!
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