Friday, 18 April 2014

Things I Love Friday! #6

Hey Everyone, another Friday means the weekend will soon start, so let's rejoice and celebrate things that make us happy :-)

Here's my list:
  • escape game tomorrow with bf and friends, I love the puzzles and riddles the team is required to solve in these kinds of games
  • Easter holiday means longer weekend and delicious meals ;-D
  • starting a make up course. I've always loved make up and now I'll learn some professional techniques, can't wait!
  • family time during the weekend
  • chocolate eggs
  • bunnies (both furry and chocolate ones ;-p)
  • apartment hunting with the Bf! I'm sure we'll tire of it quite soon, but for the moment it is so exciting to plan our life together! :-)
  • dance class tonight!
  • falling asleep while being hugged
  • shopping for some colourful bikinis, makes me think of summer vacation and holidaying at the beach, wish I was there!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend and have a happy Easter holiday! :-)



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Guest post by Robin Bielman + Giveaway

Please give your warmest welcome to one of my favourite contemporary romance authors, since to celebrate the release of Wild about her Wingman, the third novel in her Secret Wishes series the lovely Robin Bielman stops by to talk about love and romance, and if you have ever read one of her stories you know she knows what she's talking about. So join us and you could even win one of the three Make-A-Wish necklaces she's giving away! :-)



Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be visiting Ex Libris today to celebrate the release of my latest Secret Wishes novel, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN. Thanks so much for having me Stella! This is one of my favorite places to be!

I had such a blast writing WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN and putting a little twist on the wingman premise by making my hero the matchmaker for my heroine, too. Troy and Erin aren’t happy about the challenge their friends throw down, but the more time they spend together, the more they don’t want to be away from each other. ;) So I thought it would be fun to give you my take on the moments you know you’ve met the love of your life.

9 Moments That Make You Realize You’ve Found Your Perfect Match


1. Those three little words are all you can think about.



2. Wait, I LOVE YOU! Figuring out the best time to say those words is the tricky part.



3. When you hear his name, your knees go weak, and you don’t mind at all when he says your name. Especially when it’s just the two of you. 

4. You love the way he smells and want to smell it all the time. You do smell it all time, even when he’s not with you. His scent lingers—on your favorite T-shirt, on the pillow, in the room. And it triggers an extra beat of your heart, a flutter in your stomach.

5. You love his laugh and can’t help but smile when you hear it. Fighting the pull on your lips is futile. The sound washes over you better than anything else you’ve heard and you want to bottle it so you can hear it on days when you need a pick-me-up.

6. When he kisses you, magical things happen. Like fireworks. Like a million tingles in all the right places all over your body. Like you need to keep kissing him in order to breathe.

Her pulse hammered wildly and his gaze dipped to her neck as if he knew the delicate skin there would betray her attempt to hide the reaction he stirred.

He cupped her face. She tasted the rain on her lips, her tongue darting out to capture a second drop. His shaky breath fueled her anticipation. God, if she made him half as nervous as he made her she’d be happy.

She balled her hands into fists to keep from grabbing his shirt. Kiss me. Take me. Don’t stop until… just don’t stop.

~Troy and Erin, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN

7. You try your best to focus at work but—oh look, that (insert pretty much any object here) reminds you of him and the next thing you know your texting or emailing and counting the minutes until you get to see him again.



8. He has permanently changed your world for the better. It’s not just that colors are sharper when you’re with him, or food tastes better, or when he holds your hand you feel safe and secure. It’s the feeling that anything is possible. That with him by your side, you can take on the world.

9. You can’t imagine living without him. Love isn’t always easy. It’s never perfect. But true love is worth fighting for. Worth every bit of pain that is inevitable in a long-term relationship. No matter the disagreement, the foul moods, the weeks when the downs seem to outweigh the ups, you know in your heart that he is the man you want by your side even when times are tough. You can’t imagine not seeing him every day. He’s your somebody. Forever.


Have anything to add to my list? Was there a special moment in your life when you just knew?


Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of Post-it notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
 

She writes contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing. Her Secret Wishes series includes Kissing the Maid of Honor, Her Accidental Boyfriend, and Wild About Her Wingman. Her other novels include Worth the Risk, Risky Surrender and Yours At Midnight. In July 2014 her first single title paranormal romance, Veiled Target, will be released from Samhain Publishing. She loves to connect with readers.

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Wild About her Wingman by Robin Bielman

Book #3 in the Secret Wishes series

Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

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Guest post by Robyn DeHart + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back to Ex Libris, Robyn DeHart, who is celebrating the release of her latest book: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs, the second novel in her Dangerous Liaisons HR series. Robyn is here to share some fun facts about the story and you can even win some great prizes at the end. :-)



Thanks for participating in my blog tour and hosting me today. I’m so thrilled to share with readers all about my latest release, The Temptations of Anna Jacobs. It’s the second book in my Dangerous Liaisons series, all about the Jack the Ripper killings, well, if he’d continued his spree after those initial victims.

Today I want to share 5 Fun Facts about the book

1. One of the cool things about writing Anna is that she’s a medical student. I’m always fascinated by women who bucked the system and struck out on their own despite convention. The London School of Medicine for Women started in the 1870’s, but it was far from acceptable for women to become physicians. Not only that, but I got to buy the cutest stethoscope charm for my book charm bracelet.

2. While Drew was studying the original notes for the first Ripper victims, I totally creeped myself out and had to stop writing until The Professor got home that evening.

3. Writing a recovering alcoholic was quite challenging especially since in that time period they wouldn’t have recognized addiction the way we do today. So I had to deal with Drew’s issue delicately without having it overtake the book and suck all the romance out of the room, but I also hope I did his struggles justice.

4. The first scene I thought of when plotting this book was the one where Anna confronts Drew at the theatre. I imagined her sassy and mouthy and wearing a smoking red dress and I knew that Drew would be utterly entranced by her.

5. Readers will be pleased to know that Alex and Mia make a few appearances in Drew and Anna’s book.


National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.

Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where its hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little girls and two spoiled cats. You can find Robyn online at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills or Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, and also on 



The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

Book #2 in the Dangerous Liaisons series

Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn't much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he's working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his "innocence."

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society's ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard's best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn't count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna's brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew's arms?


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Guest post by Jennifer Shirk + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to the lovely Jennifer Shirk, who is celebrating the release of Fiancé by Fate, and as you know I just looove fake engagement romances, so join us as Jennifer tells us a bit more about the behind the scenes secrets of writing the story, and you could win some great prizes at the end ;-)

Music to Edit By: Fiancé by Fate
by Jennifer Shirk

Hi, all! Jennifer here.

As a writer I find it very difficult to write to music. I need SILENCE to think and make sure the conversation flow is just right. But that's just me. J

However, editing is a totally different beast.

Editing is when I layer the emotion, or the humor, or the heart into a story. The basic story is there on paper, but it needs "prettying up". So it really does help to listen to certain songs while I'm doing that.

Music can be a very powerful tool. It can evoke a memory or even mood. It helps me to then transfer that feeling into my writing.

As I edited Fiancé by Fate, I had different Music Channels on, trying to capture a feeling to put on paper. Sometimes a song would play and I would think, "This is perfect for this scene! Oh my gosh, I need to hear it again!"

Every time that happened, I would write the song down and before I knew it, I had an actual playlist that I could go back to whenever I continued to edit that book.

Interested to know what songs inspired me the most? "Black Sheep" by Gin Wigmore totally reminded me of Jack! And I felt Sabrina started out really confused so I loved Beck's "Lost Cause" when I was writing her scenes.

Check out my playlist on YouTube:
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And yes, there is most definitely an ABBA song on there, courtesy of my hero, Jack. But you'll have to read the book to find out why!

Thanks so much for having me today and I hope you all get check out Fiancé by Fate only 99cents for a limited time!

**And if you're looking for something equally as funny, my novella A Little Bit Cupid is FREE on Amazon from April 14-27th! So load up your kindle!**

Thanks so much for having me!


Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy--which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.


For more information on Jennifer and her books visit


Fiance by Fate by Jennifer Shirk

Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…



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Monday, 14 April 2014

Guest post by Scarlet Wilson + Giveaway


Hero Inspiration
by Scarlet Wilson

I find it difficult to write without some hero inspiration. No, I find it impossible to write without hero inspiration. My first step of writing is always to search the internet to find my next hero. For this story, I didn’t have to look too far.

Julian McMahon
Hollywood Temptation is the second book in a series set in a plastic surgery clinic in Hollywood. I needed someone seriously sexy, drop-dead handsome, with an awesome body. It wasn’t hard to find.

Meet the gorgeousness that is Julian McMahon aka Dr Christian Troy in Nip Tuck and Cole Turner in Charmed. How could anyone resist that smile!

Once I had my picture of Julian McMahon pinned to the wall the words for the scenes seemed to flow especially easy. There’s even a cheeky role play scene where he and the heroine dress up as Han Solo and Princess Leia!

Who would your hero inspiration be?


About the author:

Scarlet Wilson wrote her first story aged 8 and has never stopped. Her family have fond memories of ‘Shirley and the Magic Purse’ with its army of mice, with names all beginning with the letter ‘m’. An avid reader Scarlet started with every Enid Blyton book, moved on to Sweet Valley, and many years later found romance novels.

Her fiancé has never read one of her books but believes all the heroes are based on him. And because he’s never read any of her books Scarlet is quite happy for him to keep thinking that!

Scarlet writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical and Romance lines and Entangled Publishing. Scarlet lives on the West Coast of Scotland with her fiancé and their two sons.

She can be reached via her website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads



Hollywood surgeon Colt Travers needs a new receptionist ASAP. When the adorable—and completely broke—Selena Harris comes in needing stitches, he takes a risk and hires her on the spot. She can pay off her bill, and he won’t have to answer the phone anymore. They're opposites in every way, and she's exactly what he doesn’t want in a woman—impulsive, carefree, and amusing. He's trying to resist her, but the longer she's around, the further he sinks into temptation.

Selena never meant to get herself in such deep financial straits. LA has way too much temptation, from high-end shopping to gorgeous men, and now her life is in chaos. But Colt is different—responsible and noble—and although their chemistry is off the charts, he’s keeping her at arm’s length. She's determined to win his trust--and his heart--but will the secrets she's desperately trying to hide ruin their chance for a big Hollywood happy ending?

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Excerpt

She rustled some papers in front of her. “I left a few letters on your desk that need your signature.”

Her eyes kept flickering back and forth to him and she was biting her lip. It was obvious she wanted to say something else.

“What?” He folded his arms across his chest. “What is it?”

She tilted her head. “I noticed a few things in your office…”

“Such as?”

She spun her chair around so she was facing him, her arm brushing against his knee. There was a mischievous glint in her eye as she counted things off on her fingers. “Such as the Captain Picard figure next to your computer. The signed picture of Leonard Nimoy. The framed Firefly script on the wall, next to the Star Wars cast photo.” She leaned forward, “But what I really want to know is, is that a genuine Star Trek communicator you’ve got in the glass case?”

Unexpected. Totally left field. A fellow sci-fi freak. Fantastic.

This woman just got better and better.

He laughed. “You’re every guy’s dream date, aren’t you?”

She started playing with the top button on her shirt, deliberately twiddling it between her finger and thumb, almost as if she were about to undo it… “Well, is it?”

He leaned forward. “You mean you didn’t try and pry the glass apart to see?”

“Of course I did. Any self-respecting Trekkie would.” She held up a finger to reveal a slightly bent nail. “Unfortunately I didn’t have my sonic screwdriver with me.”

He wiped his brow in mock relief. “Thank goodness. You have no idea what I had to do to get that.” He lifted his eyebrows, “Or who I had to operate on.”

Her eyes widened, the excitement clearly visible. “Spill,” she demanded.

He shook his head. “Oh no. My lips are sealed. I could tell you, but then I’d need to kill you with my genuine from-the-set light saber.”

She let out a shriek and jumped up from her seat. “You haven’t?”

“I have.”

“Luke’s or Darth Vader’s?”

He winked. “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you. Hollywood secrets.”

There was something so nice about this. Someone else who appreciated his love of all things sci-fi. And this wasn’t some ploy to try and endear herself to him. No woman could possibly know all these things without being a true fellow fan. Finally someone he could talk to about who was the best Star Trek captain, and which was the best Star Wars film.

The last woman he’d dated had given an obvious shiver of distaste when she’d seen his collection - the kind that made him feel like a high school geek. Not the most romantic turn-on in the world.

Selena collapsed into the chair next to him and threw her hands in the air. “If you’re not going to share, I’ll let you know right now I’ll find a way of making you talk.”

He laughed. “Told you, my lips are sealed.”

She shook her head. “I should be finishing up. I’m getting tired and want to get home and to bed.” She shot him a sideways glance. “Home to watch my favorite episode of Star Trek with the Borg.”

He tried not to grin. He couldn’t resist, no matter how hard he tried. “Do you always go to bed early, Selena? You don’t strike me as the type.” The smell of her perfume was drifting into his nostrils. It was sultry. Something sensuous and spicy. Their gaze met. That green again. Even in this dim light it was impressive. Kind of like the eyes you would expect on a temptress or a siren, wooing men in just by looking at them. He couldn’t stop smiling around her.

Nor could he stop the range of X-rated thoughts he was having about her.

Helen would kill me. Twice, without a second thought.

Then there was the fact she was paying off a bill and the fact she’d told him she’d just been dumped by her boyfriend. The last thing he wanted was a rebound fling.

But he wasn’t listening. Not at all.

There was a glint of fire in her eyes and a devilish grin on her face. She was an experienced woman. She definitely knew the art of flirtation. “What do I strike you as?”

He felt an instant response in his body—one that was entirely inappropriate for their surroundings. Since when did she sound so husky? Boy, she was good.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Interview with Erin Nicholas + Giveaway

Those of you who follow the blog for some timke now know that one of my alltime favourite romance authors is Erin Nicholas. I absolutely LOVE everything she wrote so far. She always manages to make me melt, sigh and laugh with her stories and makes me feel as if her characters are my real life friends. I think reading an Erin Nicholas romance is one of the best adventures you could go on while reading, so join me in celebrating Erin's latest release, Up by Five, the fifth and final (though, who knows? ;-) book in her Counting on Love series! For the occasion I sat down with Erin and asked her everything I was curious about of the series. Join us, and you could even win some great prizes at the end ;-)


Stella: Hi Erin, welcome back to Ex Libris and congrats on the release of Up by Five, the last novel (or who knows ;-) in your Counting on Love series!! Since this is (maybe) the end of an era, I wanted to ask you a bit about the series and how the characters, books came to be, ok? :-)

Erin: Definitely! I love talking about these books and characters! :D And I got a little wordy here! Sorry :-) Such good questions though!

Stella: Glad you liked them :-) And no problem, I always love learning more about the behind the scenes secrets of books ;-) So first up is: You have penned 5 Bradford novels plus 2 novellas and saying goodbye was so hard you tied your new series to that universe by featuring some of the Bradford characters in cameo roles, was it nice to have the old friends back on scene, or was it hard trying to contain those guys and girls you know so well, didn’t they want to take the scene and “speak more”? 

Erin: It was really so much fun. I told a friend recently, I feel like the Bradford guys are like brothers. I just smile whenever I think of them. So having them show up in the new series was so fun! In the first book, I had to find that balance. Those guys have a way of running away with a scene for sure and I was so used to letting them that I had to work to contain them a bit :-) But it got easier as I got to know the new guys and realized they had a lot of great stuff to say too! Lol!

Stella: Now that you have the Counting on Love series behind you, tell us, how was the beginning: was it a bit rocky, intimidating starting something fresh after spending years and books with the Bradford guys or your idea of tying the two series together actually made the transition easy?

Erin: The idea for the new series came together so quickly and smoothly… and the deadlines were so close together because we wanted to release the books quickly… that I didn’t have a lot of time to worry at first. But oh trust me, when it came time to release each book I had a bit of a panic attack. I knew what I loved about the Bradford series and I knew what readers told me they loved and I didn’t want to copy it, but I wanted the same “flavor”, to give readers what they were expecting and looking for. So yeah, there were some panicky moments on my part with the overall vision. But, honestly, each book and each set of characters in the new series kind of wrote themselves. The books came together relatively painlessly and each one has its own personality I think. 

Stella: Oh they definitely do! :-) 
You have written the story of how the 4 Dixon girls and their brother found love, tell us, do you have a favourite character among them? Either because he/she reminds you of a real life friend/trait/yourself, or just because it was so much fun to write him/her?

Erin: This one’s hard. I relate a lot to all the girls on some level. They all have pieces of me and women I love in them. I had actually anticipated the guys being the core group and not as much time spent on the sisterly thing but that happened organically in the very first book and grew from there. I think it’s really a tribute to all the wonderful, strong, important female relationships I have in my life. I have one sister who I’m very close to and I’m blessed with a big group of wonderful girlfriends. So, I loved writing the girls. And I’m most like Amanda, though there are very big pieces of me in Olivia. But I loved writing Emma and Gabby maybe most, only because they were so fun and got to say and do things I’d like to :D

Stella: LOL, I think anyone who read Emma's story knows what you are speaking of, Emma is certainly a force of nature ;-P 
I know I couldn’t choose (or definitely would have a hard time to choose), but tell us: whose romance/courting made you go all “aww” and soft in the heart? (you can even include an excerpt to give glimpses to readers who maybe haven’t read it yet)

Erin: Definitely can’t pick just one :-) I love the opposites attract feel of Amanda and Ryan’s story, I love the “fight for us” attitude in Isabelle and Shane’s story, had a wonderful time writing the sassy girl and cocky guy who balance each other in Emma and Nate’s story, really loved writing the romantic story in Olivia and Cody’s and had a blast writing about the guy who didn’t want love and the girl who shook up his world in Gabby and Conner’s book. I just think they each had a unique story that really fit the characters and each was fun in its own way.

Maybe because it’s the most recent one, but I did really love watching Conner fall, though. He thought he knew what was best for everyone, especially himself, and he was wrong on almost every count :-)  Ryan falling was fun because he was so laid back and so not believing in loving just one person forever. Shane was so strong and insistent about his feelings for Isabelle. Cody is easily the most romantic. But it might be Nate that made me most melt. Because he’s so tough and so dominant that to see him soften up was really surprising and sweet.

From Best of Three

She looked up at him, unable to keep from grinning. “You got me.”

The look in his eyes was instantly hot and possessive and her mirth died.

He stepped forward. “I hope so. That’s exactly what I want—to have you. All of you.” Instead of reaching for her, he grabbed the blender and handed it to her. “This stuff represents our story. Crazy and unconventional and fun and nothing that I would have ever expected.”

She took the blender and hugged it. “Unexpected. Good word.”

“Falling in love with you wasn’t unexpected, though,” he said.

Her heart tripped. He’d fallen in love. He’d said it with witnesses. “Oh?”

“It took about ten minutes here in Carl-Mart to realize that I wanted to be with you every day for the rest of my life.”

She felt her eyes sting. “Ten minutes? Have you been talking to my brother?”

Nate shook his head. “I’m staunchly avoiding your brother.”

“Oh.” She motioned for him to go on. “You were saying something about not being able to live without me.” She especially liked that part. She wouldn’t mind hearing it again and again. For fifty or sixty years.

He gave her a half grin. “Exactly. And most importantly, that happened here, in Carl-Mart in the midst of blenders and Play-Doh, instead of in the hotel room or the park or your kitchen.”

That was nice. He hadn’t fallen for her in the sexy times. It had been the silly, fun trip to Carl-Mart, of all places. That was very nice. Romantic even.

He turned and picked something else up from the table. He handed her the baby blanket.

Tears threatened and her throat felt tight. “This is beautiful.”

“This is the most unexpected thing of all, obviously,” Nate said. “But the blender came first. I don’t want you to forget that.”

Stella: And now looking back, tell us a secret: whose story was the hardest to write? And why?

Erin: Oh, boy. Maybe Shane and Isabelle’s. There were two unique things in that book: one, a couple that was already together and trying to work through a hard time and stay together and two, a chronic illness that changes a life and their relationship. I had to make it interesting and balance the serious—giving respect to people who really do live with conditions like that—and the funny and sexy. But, interestingly, my editor felt that it was one of my funniest books and readers and friends who have chronic physical conditions have given me lots of great input so hopefully I managed it:-)

Stella: Can you share with us some little secret trivia connected to the writing of the series. Was there a scene/character that did not end up in the final version, a real person inspiring a character, scene, etc.?

Erin: Good question :-) I remember where I was when I came up with the idea. I was sitting in my van outside of my daughter’s play rehearsal waiting to pick her up when it occurred to me that I should do a spin-off. Some reader e-mail and a comment from a beta reader made me think that Conner might be just the guy. He showed up briefly in both Just For Fun and Just A Kiss but was minor enough that I could do almost anything with him as far as his backstory—like give him four sisters :-). One thing that was kind of funny was that my editor had another, unrelated, book on her desk when the Bradford series was wrapping up. She read that book and called to talk about contracting it. I said “I think I have a better idea”. She said, “How it that possible?” lol! But I pitched this idea to her and she said, “let’s go for it.” The thing is, I’m not sure she was absolutely sure it was a good idea. I know she thought that I should try something new and not get too “typecast” or have readers never want to try anything else if it wasn’t related to the Bradfords. But she trusted me and let me do it and it’s been so fun! 

I also had a lot of Conner’s plotted and about three chapters written when I pitched the series to her. She said, “I love it. But I think we should make Conner’s book last… make him suffer through his four sisters falling in love”. It was the best advice she’s ever given me… and she’s given me a lot! :-) My plan had been to make Conner’s first, since he’s the “bridge character” between the two series. But turned out, this was WAY more fun :-)

Stella: I agree, witnessing Conner's tortures (=him watching his sisters hook up and fall in love with his guy friends) was priceless! :-D

Can you tell us what we can expect from you next? And tell us: is it really goodbye this time to both the Bradford and Dixon characters or do you still have plans? 

Erin: Well we are going to take a Bradford-Dixon break at least :-) I have a new series coming out this summer, Sapphire Falls, that is Unrelated to anything Bradford or Dixon :D Getting Out of Hand will be out in June, Getting Worked Up will be out in July and Getting Dirty will be out in August. This is a fun, sexy contemporary series set in the small fictitious town of Sapphire Falls and includes a genius nerd-turned-hot-guy, a playboy millionaire gambler and a cocky country boy. I’m excited for this series! Then in the fall we have a wonderful project planned! It’s the five year anniversary of No Matter What, my first published novel! For that anniversary we are going to rerelease No Matter What with a new cover and THEN develop a series with two more books! Adam’s brother, Tony, will get his love story in What Matters Most in December and Adam’s daughter, Emily, will get her HEA in All That Matters in February 2015. Fun fun stuff to come. And THEN… well, no specific plans and I will admit that there are some characters in the Counting on Love books that are nagging me a bit ;)

Stella: awww *happy sighs* You don't know how happy you made me by listing all these future projects. Now that means I'll have my Erin Nicholas romance fix for the coming months ;-) Once again congrats Erin and can't wait to "see" you next time! :-)


Book #5 in the Counting on Love series

He's in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they're all in love and Conner's ready to retire-- from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.

Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can't say no. But it's no problem-- Gabby's just one of the guys.

Gabby's penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner's usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner's crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby's in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don't-need-anyone bluster and Conner's in the middle of the last thing he wanted-a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that's maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won't work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.


Author Bio:

I've been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen. LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber... they took my 'happily ever after' ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I've been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I'll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father's love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I'm sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn't long until I started writing about true love and that's where I've been ever since.

I'm so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.

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Things I Love Friday! #5

Hello Everyone!

Once again it is Friday, yay! :-D And sure that is the first thing on my things I love this Friday list ;-) Here are the others:

  • Chilled tomato juice. Wow, talk about a surprise. I never thought I would come to like it (tried it a few times when my dad was having a glass), but lately I love it: like a chilled gazpacho straight in my glass, filling and healthy, great when I have to postpone lunch for an hour or so.
  • Saw Romeo and Juliet ballet, it was breathtaking! The music was enchanting and the whole performance was stunning. *sighs*
  • After a few cloudy and cold days the sun is finally back and I can enjoy the sunshine when working, makes work much more enjoyable ;-)
  • Hugs. Doesn't matter whether they are brief or long ones as long as you feel the love, affection and tenderness shared between you and the other person sharing the hug.
  • shopping spree this afternoon: I have to get some spring dresses and work clothes, and I'm sure I won't be able to resist the make up and nail polish counters either ;-)
  • I wore my new bight coral pink t-shirt with a black jacket, jeans and heels to work and got several compliments how this kind of bright pink flatters me.
  • With the Bf we'll have dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant, can't wait!
Romeo and Juliet - Source: Mezey Béla

 And what are your weekend plans? Have a great weekend everyone! :-)



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