Joan Reeves

About Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband. They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter. Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."  View website

Kiss Me, Thrill Me in June @JoanReeves #mgtab

Ah, June! The month for weddings. Wait a minute. Why is June traditionally the month for weddings?

Well, June was named for the Roman goddess Juno, the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing. So if a woman married in Juno’s month, good luck would shine upon her marriage.

What began as superstition became tradition. Of course, before a woman marries, she must first find that special man. The one who will thrill her and touch her heart.

That’s what the Romance Collection KISS ME, THRILL ME is all about–a smart, sassy woman finding the right man who will not only sweep her off her feet with romance but be there to catch her if she ever needs saving.

With 6 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors contributing to KISS ME, THRILL ME , I thought it would be interesting to ask the authors what thrills them when it comes to romance.

I’ll let my fellow authors speak first.

Mimi Barbour is the author of The Surrogate’s Secret, an international love story. Miguel forces his dead brother’s surrogate to marry him so he can take her and her twin babies to Chile to save his beloved, sickly mother whose only cure is to see her grandchildren.

Mimi said, “I like a romance with humor and realistic characters. For me, the first meet is important, and I like it to start it with sparks flying.

Whether instant attraction, anger or even action are the causes for them to feel connected, it’s nice if they recognise a link right from the start.

Characters in my books have to be people I’d love to meet in real life.

If I have to spend hours creating a story for them, they better make me care about them first and then hopefully, the readers will too.

Alicia Street is the author of Touch Me and Tango, a second chance at love story.

A lost love returns for one more dance–and a second chance at love. They fell for each other long ago, but reality intruded and broke them apart. When they meet again, the same passion flares between them. Can love prevail this time?

When asked what thrills her when it comes to romance, Alicia said: “A story that takes me through the ups and downs and the final triumph of two people falling in love is what thrills me. It gives me hope in this crazy, difficult world. I never tire of reading novels that show how love can conquer all.

Mona Risk is the author of Right Name, Wrong Man, a medical romance.

What’s a girl to do when she whispers another man’s name while in her fiancé’s arms? In this international medical romance, forbidden dreams about the sexy French surgeon, Dr. Yves Malroux, assail Mary-Beth at every turn.

Torn between two lovers and not ready to pledge love and commitment to her fiancé, she flies to France to confront her past and the lover she left behind.

What thrills Mona when it comes to romance? She said, “When I read a romance I like to meet characters who attract me. I like to see them thrown into difficult situations that disturb their lives or facing realistic problems that force them to re-evaluate their priorities. A successful author–in my view–would make me sail through the characters’ journeys with a fluid writing style that doesn’t detract from the story.

Patrice Wilton is the author of For the Love of Candy, a chick lit romantic comedy.

Fun, flirty, a little sexy, and a lot of humor–that’s chick lit romantic comedy at its best. Harrison Wolfe doesn’t want his twenty-year-old daughter to marry Candy’s son. Candy hasn’t met her yet, but knows they are too young. How can the parents keep them apart without their own attraction getting in the way?

Patrice answered the question this way. “All writers are readers first, so I try to give them what I want. I love books that make me laugh and cry, that make me feel deeply, and what better than a heartwarming, gut wrenching romance?

The characters have to be strong, wonderful, people that you care about and root for. The hero is the man you can’t NOT love. He’s irresistible, and the heroine will steal any heart away. The conflict has to be strong and dramatic, giving the reader a thrill of a lifetime and a book they won’t soon forget.

Dani Haviland is the author of Aye, I Am a Fairy.

This time-travel romance is an adventure with assaults, arson, a 230-year old video on a solar-powered smartphone, and two very different women awaiting the sharp British lord with a great secret.

What will lovely Leah, the sassy heroine, do when she learns the truth?

Unfortunately, I believe Dani was on vacation and could not respond to the question I’d posed to the group, but I wanted you to see the lovely cover of her book in the Kiss Me, Thrill Me Collection.

Joan Reeves is the author of Cinderella Blue, a mashup of romantic comedy and a cop romance.

Detective Andrea Luft–Andie to her friends–loves to say those three little words: “You’re under arrest.” Especially to bad guys who SO deserve it. Andie is undercover to catch the thief stealing designer wedding gowns from San Antonio bridal boutiques.

She’s about to make an arrest when Detective Bruce Benton barges onto the scene. The suspect escapes, and, as a reward for this screw-up, Benton and Andie are paired together as partners to close the case. Andie and Benton, two commitment-phobic cops with nothing in common—except the desire sizzling between them.

What thrills me when it comes to romance? I like a romance that’s like one of those 20 layer cakes you see on the Great British Baking Show. I want layers of appealing characters, humor, interesting situation, dynamic scenes, great dialogue, oceans of emotion with unexpected undercurrents, a really black moment, and an epic ending.

Okay, Readers, now it’s your turn. What thrills you when it comes to romance?

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It’s never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Sign up for Joan’s mailing list and receive a free ebook. Just click here to sign up.

Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband.

They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

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3 Tips for Brain Health by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Man reading book

There’s more to sexy than looks. Being smart is just plain sexy. So it follows that brain health is of great importance.

My sexy, intelligent man likes me–in part because he thinks I’m smart as well as beautiful. (Okay, maybe he’s blind, but I soak up his compliments anyway.)

I read many articles about how to keep the brain healthy and functional as long as possible. I do this because the brain, in my opinion, is the most important part of the body. I don’t want there ever to come a day when my cognitive ability is impaired.

From recent articles, I’ve gleaned 3 facts that are repeated over and over regarding brain health.

Sad woman with rain cloud over her head1. Monitor Your Moods

Successful people manage their emotions–they don’t let their emotions manage them. It’s the same thing you’ve heard time and again. You determine whether you’re happy or not. You determine whether you’re a worrier. You determine if what other people say about you affects you.

Constant stress can change an optimist into a pessimist. You must learn to manage not only your emotions but also your stress. Stress is a part of life; it’s always going to be there. Create strategies now to manage your stress. Long term stress is connected with faster rates of decline in brain health. Meditation, mindfulness, and cognitive therapy helps greatly.

Learn now how to manage your emotions and stress because late life depression is linked to dementia. If you find yourself feeling sad and blue regularly, start taking note of your daily moods. Keep a journal so you can own what you’re feeling and analyze them. If you experience unwarranted sadness or black moods, talk to your doctor.

Black-frame eyeglasses2. Monitor Your Sensory Experiences

Have your vision checked annually. If you find yourself over-seasoning food when you cook or eat, see an ENT specialist to make sure there’s not a nose or smell issue. If you find yourself turning the volume up on the television and others complain about how loud it is, get your hearing checked.

Problems with the senses–especially sight and hearing–have been linked to memory, thought, and socialization. When you get older, hearing problems seem to increase brain shrinkage.

3. Monitor Your MedicationPile of oblong-shaped white pills

There are so many prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, and even food that can cause dangerous side effects and interactions.

I feel like saying beware of any drug advertised on television–especially these new designer drugs with sky-high price tags–but every drug seems to be advertised now. It’s amazing to me that there are so many commercials for medications.

If you’re getting a new prescription, ask the doctor how long the drug as been on the market. If it’s fairly new, ask if there’s a medication that’s been around longer with a proven track record that you could take instead.

Always read precaution leaflets that come with your medications. Mark your calendar when you start something new. Never start more than 1 new thing at a time–even with health supplements. That way if you have a side effect or an interaction, you’ll know what caused it.

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Many drugs cause suicidal thoughts. Anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and other antihistimines, sleep medications, and some antidepressants increase the risk of dementia.

If you can avoid taking these, it’s to your advantage. If you must take them, monitor yourself carefully. Ask someone close to you to check and see if your thoughts or moods seem different from what is “normal” for you.

By the way, there is no scientific evidence that so-called “brain games” or highly touted supplements help. Of course, there’s no evidence that they can harm either so if you’re budget allows, and they make you feel better then do them. Sometimes a placebo effect can be beneficial.

Need some more good advice for brain health? My grandfather had the best advice. He lived to be 100, and he was as sharp mentally then as he was when I was a little girl. He said, “Learn something new every day.” Keep learning, reading, and trying new things.

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Reading will do that for you!

Try Unforgettable Danger: Passion and Thrills, our latest collection of Romantic Suspense novels and novellas.

Heart-pounding excitement and thought-provoking thrillers–that’s Unforgettable Danger: Passion and Thrills.

You’ll love this romantic thriller collection by 9 NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors that is only 99cents to buy and keep forever. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber, this box set is free to read. Click to watch the video book trailer.

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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It’s never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Sign up for Joan’s mailing list and receive a free ebook. Just click here to sign up.

Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband.

They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

 View website

“What If” Guides Imagination by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Great box set collections are popping up like the bluebonnets here in Texas. The latest of these is UNFORGETTABLE SUSPENSE: Hot and Dangerous, with books by 8 NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors.

My book in this collection is Heat Lightning, Book 1 of Outlaw Ridge, Texas. I’d like to tell you a little about this romantic suspense that is an amnesia story.

This story began with a “what if” which is where many stories begin.

What if a woman disappeared and was found many months later with no memory of anything? That’s called global amnesia. When she is reunited with the man who is her husband, she’s immediately drawn to him–overwhelmed by desire for him. What does she do? Act on that desire or treat him like a stranger?

That’s the way just about any story is developed from scene to scene. What if’s can lead to disastrous decisions and a growing mountain of complications.

One reviewer said: “Just when you think an amnesia book can’t be done well… Joan Reeves figures out how to do it. I’ve read quite a few amnesia plots in my day, and I enjoy them, but this one felt like it was ripped from the headlines. (I could hear the Law and Order music playing in the background).”

If you like romance that goes hand in hand with danger, you’ll love UNFORGETTABLE SUSPENSE: Hot and Dangerous.

We’ve priced it at only 99 cents–that’s a nice spring gift, isn’t it? If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s even better because it’s free! Happy Spring

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It’s never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Sign up for Joan’s mailing list and receive a free ebook. Just click here to sign up.

Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband.

They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

 View website

Complicated Life + Giveaway by @JoanReeves #mgtab

I guess this post is one I file in “better late than never.” I couldn’t get logged in last night. Periodically, I have difficulty with this because my anti-virus screams “unprotected site” so it takes me doing everything but standing on my head to get it to open the site anyway.

Last night, I just gave up and went to bed. For the first time in about 2 weeks I slept soundly. By soundly, I mean head hit the pillow and I didn’t regain consciousness until 10:30 this morning. Ack! Panic time. Way past my usual jump out of bed and tackle the day time.

I think I started the year tired, and I haven’t recovered yet. Do you feel that way sometimes? Completely overwhelmed by all the things you must do? I do.

I often feel as if I’m pulled in a dozen different directions. Family, accounting for our LLC, mothering my daughter with her medical issues, laundry, occasional housework to keep the dust bunnies from taking over, blogging, writing a book, promotion–oh my goodness. Do you have an endless list like mine?

This year, I resolved to change that. Some how. Some way. Author Dani Haviland told me recently to take at least 5 minutes every so often just to catch my breath. That’s really good advice.

In case all of you lovely readers live an organized and orderly life wherein you have to deal with only one thing at a time, I guess you can skip to the end of this post where I have a GIVEAWAY offer. Me? I’m working as fast as I can in order to get a couple of books written before the next catastrophe comes down the pike.

I’m trying to learn to take it one day at a time. That would be easier if each day have a few extra hours in it. But I know I must adapt and learn to accomplish amidst constant interruptions — large and small.

The acerbic Dorothy Parker put it perfectly one day when she was constantly being interrupted while trying to write. “What fresh hell can this be?” *LOL*

In case you’re looking for advice on how to work effectively and keep your sanity, here are a few suggestions I’m trying to incorporate.

1. Breathe. Every time you find yourself ready to blow a gasket, just take a deep breath and let it out slowly.

2. Say very calmly, “T

his too shall pass.”

3. Take another breath.

4. Say, “I have all the time I need to do all the things I want.”

5. Take another breath and then take a 5 minute break to walk around and visualize yourself when you’re calm and at peace.

Giveaway Offer

Sign up for my mailing list and you’ll automatically receive a free ebook then you’ll know about new releases when I’m fortunate enough to get one finished. *ROTFL* You’ll also know about special promotions and giveaways.

To sweeten today’s Giveaway, here’s a bonus Smashwords Coupon for Blame It On Chocolate, my Valentine romance short story. I’m giving away 20 copies of this funny romance. Prior to completing checkout, enter Coupon Code: CN85U – Expires: February 28, 2018. Remember it’s only Good for 20 redemptions so first come, first served.

Sweet and Sassy Valentine Collection is another good way to take a few moments to relax. Still only 99cents, this romance collection will delight you. Reading is like taking a little vacation between the covers of a book.

Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. All of her books have the same underlying theme: It’s never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Visit Joan online at her Blog and Website. Follow her at: Facebook * Twitter * Amazon Author Page * BookBub Author Page. Remember to receive a free ebook of one of Joan’s popular romance novels, just click here to sign up for Joan’s mailing list.

 

Joan Reeves

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Joan Reeves makes her home in the Lone Star State with her hero, her husband.

They have 4 children who think they are adults and a ghost dog, all the ingredients for a life full of love and warmed by laughter.

Joan lives the philosophy that is the premise of her romance novels: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

 View website