Author Guest Post – Writing Paranormal Romance by Jenny Schwartz

Today is the release day for Dragon Knight by author Jenny Schwartz! In celebration of Jenny’s newest release, I am featuring a guest post by the author on the topic of Writing Paranormal Romance. Happy new release Jenny! 😀


Writing a paranormal romance series is a whole lot of fun because I get to rearrange the world. Do I think it needs dragons? Then I add one! A bad guy? Oooh, let’s make him a … uh-uh, no spoilers! Dragon Knight looks at the world a little differently. What surprised me was that it includes a couple of boardroom scenes. Now, how did they sneak in?

The sorry truth is that I’m fascinated by the way large organisations work. I wouldn’t want to be a corporate consultant trying to change a multinational’s culture, but I am endlessly intrigued by the dragonknightfactors that shape how people work together.

Incredibly, that fascination has wriggled its way deep into my latest paranormal romance. When I set out to tell Lewis Bennett’s story, I couldn’t have guessed how crucial his role as president of the Collegium would be to his personal journey. How could boardroom politicking have a place in a paranormal romance djinnjusticenovel?

But then I thought about werewolf packs. The alpha leader is really a CEO of an unruly corporation. In a way, imagining a pack leader lets us explore fantasies of how our workplaces could operate – with empathy or with violence. Paranormal romance takes us out of the everyday so that it’s demonhuntersafe to explore the complexities and challenges of real life. What if the worst happened and your CEO bit you?

With Lewis Bennett, he’s the head of an incredibly powerful magical organisation composed of incredibly powerful magical people, and he’s burned out his magic! How is he to command their respect? How is he to rebuild the Collegium’s confidence and restructure its performance in the wake of a demonic infiltration? He has immense challenges to overcome—and then, Gina walks into his life with an even greater dare.

People are fascinating. They never do quite what you expect of them, but sometimes, how they surprise you is wonderful. I hope Lewis (who I love) does that for you.



About Dragon Knight

Dragon knight Gina Sidhe serves Earth’s only resident dragon, and she’s been issued dragonknightwith a quest. She must return with Lewis Bennett, President of The Collegium (the world’s magical order of peacekeepers), so that he may learn the Deeper Path of Magic from the dragon. A path that has been denied to Gina, and one she desperately wants.

But Lewis isn’t interested. He knows his magic has gone, burned out amid a terrible tragedy. Which makes his current task all the harder. He must restructure and repurpose The Collegium in the wake of a shocking and sly demon attack. He doesn’t have time for Gina’s quest, until she offers him the one thing he can’t have: a hidden route out of his Collegium life.

Because Lewis has his own quest, one secret and lethal, to save the world from a threat no one else believes in.

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About Jenny Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz is a paranormal romance author with a BA in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea.

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Tattooed Emotions by Alicia Rae – Guest Post Blog Tour Spotlight!

tattooedemotionsAs part of the blog tour for Tattooed Emotions by Alicia Rae, today’s feature on Talking Books Blog is a guest post from the author titled Writer’s Corner.  Check out Alicia’s post as well as the book details and  an awesome giveaway by Alicia!




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I usually write upstairs in my bedroom or outside on our back porch. When I find myself needing a

change of scenery, I drive out to an open country road, park on the side, and let my fingers pound

away at the keys while hoping the occasional passing car doesn’t think I’m crazy.



About Tattooed Emotions

tattooedemotionsRaelyn Jennings has survived the unthinkable. She’s been given a second chance to live, to breathe, to feel. Her ability to overcome such a traumatic hurdle has created armor around her heart. But beyond her shield is fear, a consuming deep one, of the unknown. Raelyn vows to herself that she’ll solely focus on the one constant in her life, her career as the CEO for a prestigious accounting firm.

Damien Heathman’s unrelenting determination has made him a powerful, respected man. He’s sexy and confident and utterly breathtaking. His dominance and strength is evident in every purposeful stride, every meaningful look, and every soft caress.

Raelyn has worked with Damien’s company, Heathman Enterprises, for many years, but they’ve never crossed paths—until now.

Damien’s presence fills a room. He steals Raelyn’s breath and sparks her broken heart back to life. Once Damien sets eyes on Raelyn, there is no turning back. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. Not even the dark secrets hidden behind his tattoos will stand in his way.

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is palpable.

Can Damien convince Raelyn that he is worth the risk? Or will Raelyn allow her past to control her future, feeling the chance of another heartache is too great to bear?

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About Alicia Rae

aliciaraeAlicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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50 Ways To Ruin A Rake by Jade Lee – Guessing Game, Excerpt & Book Spotlight!

Today we welcome Jade Lee to the blog! Jade’s latest title, 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake, is out May 5th and is the first in her hilarious new Rakes & Rogues series. To celebrate her new release, Jade is here to share a quiz about the book. See if you can guess correctly!



Question From The Author

I’m often asked how I begin a book, where the idea comes from, how do I get started, etc. I was seriously depressed when I started 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake which makes it doubly shocking that it came out so funny. Guess what was happening.

A. I was sitting in bed after dropping out of the US Open in racquetball. My knees had swollen up to balloons, and I thought, I might as well write because I can’t walk. Or even get out of bed.

B. My beloved cat had just barfed up another mouse on my bed and I realized that she was never going to stop hunting and eating her kills. I started writing rather than decide whether to make her an indoor kitty or just keep cleaning up barf.

C. My daughter’s law school scholarship fell through which meant she came to us for help. I started this book under a financial panic.

D. I’d just had some really bad turkey and so desperately wanted to write a few revenge-on-the-turkey scenes. Which turned out rather nicely, I think.

Answer: A. I had tried to reclaim some of my earlier racquetball glory days. Was doing fine in my age division and would likely have come in 4th. But in day 3 of the tourney, my knees locked up. I couldn’t move, knew I’d have to drop out, and spent the night crying. By morning, gallows humor had set in and I started writing dark humor. Most of that was removed later as I started getting perspective but the original chapter one verged on cynical which is not my usual (or eventual) writing style.

My cat does indeed barf up her kills. But we’ve gotten better at keeping her indoors and fat on non-prey food. Phew! My daughter’s scholarship is alive and well. *thank God*. And I’ve never had bad turkey. *knock on wood* Come on, who ever has turkey leftovers that remain long enough to get bad? (note I’m not writing this blog anywhere near Thanksgiving).


Mellie Smithson has a plan…

Mellie Smithson is trapped in the country with no suitors and no prospects on the horizon except, perhaps, the 50waystoruinarakeexasperating—although admittedly handsome—guest of her father. Unwilling to settle, Mellie will do anything to escape to London…

Trevor Anaedsley has a problem…
Trevor Anaedsley’s grandfather has cut off his funds until he gets engaged. Beset by creditors, Trevor escapes to the country—ostensibly to visit his old tutor Mr. Smithson—where he meets Smithson’s lovely daughter Mellie. The obvious solution is suddenly before him—but will this fake engagement go as Trevor and Mellie plan? Or will they find that even the best laid plans often go awry?

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USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you, Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than thirty romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, Lee lives in Champaign, Illinois.


Excerpt Of 50 Ways To Ruin A Rake by Jade Lee

Trevor was down. Ronnie was going to finish the fight. But he hadn’t reckoned on Melinda. She’d been an unwilling participant in this whole disgusting display. Well, if her cousin wanted a Cheltenham tragedy, she would bloody well give him one.

She surged forward, having no need to fake the desperation in her voice. “Stop it! Ronnie, stop it now!” And when he didn’t hear her, she said the words she’d never thought she’d utter in her entire life. “My love!”

That got his attention. His fist was raised, but he looked to her, his eyes alight with excitement. “Mellie!”

She flung herself forward. Dropping to her knees, she slid in the mud, coming to a stop just where she’d intended—right beside Trevor’s head. Ronnie reached for her, but she pushed him away as she wrapped herself around the fallen lord.

“Stay away, you brute!” she practically spit at her cousin. Then she used her cloak to dab at the blood on Trevor’s face. “My love, my love, are you alive? Oh God, someone fetch a doctor! Please, someone!”

Her words were ten times more dramatic than were needed, but she’d learned that the best way to deliver a message to her cousin was in the most theatrical tone possible. So she cradled Trevor in her arms and crooned like any heroine in the most lurid gothic romance.

Trevor’s face was indeed a battered mess, but not so unrecognizable that she didn’t see the gleam of appreciation in his eyes or the mischievous smile that pulled at his swollen lip.

“Are you an angel?” he asked. “Have I died?”

The man was lying in the mud, his ankle nearly snapped in half. His face oozed from a myriad of cuts, and yet he still had the wherewithal to give the crowd a good show. It was enough to make her contemplate dropping him in the mud. She didn’t, of course, but she hoped her glare would suffice.

Meanwhile, Ronnie just stood there poised, his fist still raised as he gaped. “Mellie?”

She looked up, shooting a venomous look at his bloodied fist. “Do you mean to trounce me as well? Lay me out in the mud and the shite like last week’s garbage?”

“What?” Ronnie took a moment to understand while she gestured with her chin toward his fist. Then he abruptly gasped and shook out his hand, dropping it helplessly to his side. “But I won. This was an affaire d’honor.”

“Congratulations,” she mocked. “You beat a man half your weight.”

“Hey!” muttered Trevor. “I’m not that small.”

“Oh shut up. I’m making a point.” Then she turned her attention to her cousin. Best make the situation absolutely clear. “You were right, Ronnie. You have made everything so clear to me. I could never love a brute like you. It’s him I want. A man of elegance, not violence.”

She watched her cousin absorb her words, his mind obviously working slowly, and no wonder. Certainly, Ronnie was an accomplished fighter, but he’d never in his life been called a brute. He was a poet, for God’s sake. And his father was wont to call him a useless fribble with no starch whatsoever. Of course, both appellations were completely wrong, but truth didn’t matter here. Not when he’d wanted drama. And so she stretched the truth—she outright broke it—and she felt no remorse.

“I love Trevor,” she said loudly enough for everyone to hear.

“Since when?” her cousin demanded.

Since never. She had a thorough disgust of them both. Especially as Trevor began to speak in a quavering voice.

“Oh, to finally hear those words, now in the moments before I expire. My life is complete.”

“You’re not dying,” she hissed. Unless he was hurt more than he appeared. The thought shot her with alarm until he started speaking again.

“I am dying!” he cried. “Kiss me, my love. Kiss me, and mayhap your love will keep me tethered to this mortal coil.”

“I will not,” she said between clenched teeth.

He pitched his voice to a plaintive wail. “Then I shall die for sure!”

Damnation on all bloody, arrogant, ridiculous men! One glance about her showed that the crowd was hanging on his every word. She didn’t really care until she looked at Ronnie’s face. He wasn’t stupid. He could see that Trevor wasn’t really hurt. It wouldn’t take him long to remember that she’d never spoken of Trevor with anything but disdain. And from there it was a small step to realizing that this entire display was a sham. So she had to do something quickly. Something that he’d never forget, even if he did suspect the lie.

So she did it. She kissed Trevor.


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Guest Post by Rebecca York!

Today we have Rebecca York guest post in celebration of the release of Private Affair, titled Voted The Most Popular.

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The tension zinging back and forth between New York model, Olivia Winters, and Rockfort agent, Max Lyon, in Private Affair is evident right at the beginning of the story as they arrive at the first meeting of the Donley High School ten-year reunion committee.

A successful New York model, Olivia has come back to Howard County, Maryland, to find out who killed her former high school best friend. Police have labeled the homicide an isolated incident, but Olivia suspects that a clever killer has been using different murder methods to confuse the cops.

Olivia’s hired Rockfort agent, Max Lyon, to help with the investigation. She needs his P.I. skills to solve the case, but she also remembers him as the bad boy a few classes ahead of her at Donley. And onprivateaffair one memorable occasion at a pizza parlor, he stopped a couple of jerks from harassing her and a friend.

Still, they mostly moved in different circles, with Olivia doing what it took to stay in the popular crowd. She’s not proud of her behavior back then, which is one reason she’s wary of Max now. If she tells him the truth about her past, what will he think of her?

Pretending to be Olivia’s fiancé gives Max access to the reunion group, where everyone is a murder suspect. Olivia knows her former classmates are surprised to see him with her. And after the meeting, she struggles to keep her own emotions under control.

But the reunion meeting has brought back memories of the past, and when Olivia wakes from a frightening dream about a party that ended in mass chaos, Max takes her in his arms to comfort her. They are on their way to making love before he tells himself they must stick to business, which means he’s determined to make her tell him the truth about the party.

Later, when he thinks he has an opportunity to get some information about her, he leaves her alone and heads for a secret meeting. In reality, the killer has lured him away and is able to break into Olivia’s house where he murders another woman who came begging for help.

Max makes it back in time to save Olivia, but the crisis marks a turning point in their relationship. Both are able to admit their feelings for the other, and Olivia is finally willing to tell Max about a frightening incident she’s tried to forget.
Now he understands why she kept quiet all these years, but the two of them can’t reach for their happy ending until they solve a long-ago murder and figure out the identity of the killer.

Back in high school, Olivia’s yearbook called her the most beautiful girl in the class. She’s still so beautiful that Max has trouble imagining the two of them in a real relationship.

Max didn’t show up for his yearbook picture. Back then, nobody labeled him “class bad boy.” But everybody knew it was true. He’s long since turned his life around, but when he walks into the reunion meeting, everyone’s primed to meet the old Max Lyon.



Model Olivia Winters comes home to escape her job in New York City, and finds herself compelled to investigate the suspicious suicide of a former high school classmate. She enlists the help of private investigator Max Lyon, an ex-detective from a troubled family. Posing as husband and wife, the pair uncovers a grisly trail of murder, and the danger propels them into each other’s arms.

With a murderer on the loose, Max and Olivia realize they’re in too deep, too late. They’re getting close to the truth—and to each other’s secrets.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to that of Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne. Her award-winning books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. A recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, she lives in Maryland near Washington, DC, which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels.

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Guest Post by Callie Hutton – An Author’s Lament

CallieHuttonWe are thrilled to have Callie Hutton guest post on Talking Books Blog today! Callie has written numerous books in the Western Historical and Regency Romance genre with multiple book series such as The Marriage Mart and Mayhem and Oklahoma Lovers to name a couple. Check out Callie’s guest post and some of her books throughout this post!


An Author’s Lament By Callie Hutton

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And the author said ‘damn’
I need to get this book
Into my publisher’s hands

Her children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While she got two aspirins for the pain in her head,

Mama in her kerchief and papa in his cap,
She hoped this last revision would be but a snap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
She hopped from her laptop to see what the hell happened now!

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
When what to her wondering eyes should appear
But her hero dressed as Santa without any beard−or shirt

His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how cool!
His cheeks were like roses, his chest made her drool

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Fixing the scene where she’d made him a jerk,

And laying his finger under her chin,
He gave her a kiss as wicked as sin,

He sprang to his horse, to his horse gave a whistle,
And left her alone with nothing but sizzle.

But she heard him exclaim, ere he rode out of sight
Get your ass back to work, it will be a long night.

 About Callie

USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also recently welcomed twin grandsons to her ever expanding family. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a “friend” on Facebook and Website. If you would like to keep informed on sales, contests and new releases, sign up for her newsletter or join her street team, Callie’s Cohorts, where fun, gossip, contests, and general mayhem lives and flourishes.

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About Miss Merry’s Christmas

missmerryschristmasThe Duke of Penrose is not happy with Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess his new wards have arrived with. He quickly replaces her, happy to have his unwanted attraction to the unsuitable woman behind him. Until his mother hires her as a companion…

England, 1817. David Worthington, Duke of Penrose dislikes Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess who accompanied his new wards. He especially detests his attraction to the insufferable woman, and is anxious for her replacement to arrive.

Merry is thrilled when the Dowager Duchess Penrose hires her as a companion. Now she can stay with her beloved charges. But can she ignore how her heart thumps when the pompous duke gets close?

Two people determined to ignore each other, despite the pull between them, and the sparks that fly whenever they’re together.

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A Wife By Christmas, book four of the Oklahoma Lover’s series – has a new cover!


awifebychristmasIn 1906 Guthrie, Oklahoma, History teacher, Ellie Henderson, has been a thorn in High School Principal Max Colbert’s side ever since he took over three months ago. When she’s not flying by his office, late for her class, with books and papers jumbled in her arms, she’s attending Suffragettes meetings against his orders.
​Because of her family connections, he can’t fire her, but he can certainly find someone to marry her, and keep her busy in the kitchen. And far away from his school. Max soon finds that what seemed like a good idea can turn into disaster when Miss Ellie Henderson is involved. The woman is a master at getting into trouble.
​With the Christmas season in full swing, he has many opportunities to introduce her to prospective husbands. However, the uncomfortable feeling is growing that no one is worthy of the minx…

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More Titles From Callie Hutton

TheElusiveWife   TheDukesQuandary   TheLady'sDisgrace  arunforlove  prescriptionforlove  achancetoloveagain  DanielsDesire  EmmasJourney  ATumbleThroughTime  ChooseYourHeart  ALittleBitOfRomance  HonkyTonkHearts


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