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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A Cruise around the British Isles by Mona Risk

In the summer of 2016, my husband and I took a fifteen-day cruise around the British Isles. Our first stop was in St. Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey Island, the largest of the Channels islands, located west of Normandy, France.

 

 

In the south, Guernsey rises in a plateau with ragged coastal cliffs. It descends in steps and is drained mainly by streams flowing northward in deeply incised valleys. Northern Guernsey is low-lying, with the soil on lower ground made of blown sand, raised beach deposits, and the fills of old lagoons.

The guide explained that the residents of Guernsey speak English and French, don’t pay taxes (or pay very low taxes) and enjoy free medical care for children under seven and seniors over seventy. The island originally belonged to the Duke of Normandy and then alternatively to England and France. Now it is part of the British Commonwealth. The ruler is a governor and the constitution states that in case of problems the island would revert to England.

St. Andrew Chapel built with ceramic pieces donnated by Wedgewood.

I loved the setting.

My muse immediately replaced the governor with a prince, just like the rulers of Monaco or Luxemburg, both in Europe, and my imagination changed their constitution–the heir to the throne must be married.

Gernsey Island became the Rensy Island of my new story.

 

 

The ruling prince is old and dying, and he worries about the future of his country. His fondest wish is to see his grandson married. But… 

The young prince, a handsome businessman and playboy, enjoys his freedom too much to be trapped into an arranged marriage.

 

All of this played in my head while I was in the bus touring the island and visiting the landmarks.

Imagine if Kate Middleton (Dr. Amy in my story) were an American doctor, dedicated to her career and her patients.

What if Prince William (Prince Paul in my story) wanted to make sure his future wife will love him for himself and not for his crown?

What if he decided to act as her driver and guide in Paris to get to know her better?

What if their attraction turns into passionate love?

What about her medical career and her patients?

And now what if Meghan Markle decides to work after marrying her prince?

What if the paparazzi haunt them at every turn? What if the tabloid magazines spoil everything? What if…what if…what if…

I wrote the first draft of A BRIDE FOR PRINCE PAUL during my cruise.

A Bride for Prince Paul (Modern Princes Series Book 1)

She can’t abandon her patients for his crown!   To please his dying grandfather and protect his country’s autonomy, Prince Paul of Rensy Island must marry an American doctor, descendant of a Rensian princess. Paul, a confirmed bachelor, agrees to meet Amy incognito during her vacation in Paris. Although her career and ex-boyfriend are major interferences, attraction sizzles between Amy and her ‘driver’, but the rumor of her engagement to ‘Prince’ Paul outrages her. Can he convince her that he loves her, in spite of his lies by omission?

Have you been inspired to write a book during a particular vacation?

 

Mona Risk

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist.
Mona Risk’s name has often been posted on the Amazon.com 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher’s Weekly.
Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.
If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.
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I Can’t Believe It’s Already May! #mgtab

Hi Everyone!

Currently I am writing two new wedding stories which will be published in Authors’ Billboard boxed sets, so rather than expanding on that, I thought I’d share my review for my friend Mimi Barbour’s latest series (which of course would be a great gift for MOM!!)

Happy Reading and for those of you who are moms, Happy Mother’s Day!! 

Sweet Retaliation is Book #1 in the fabulous

Mob Tracker Series.

My Review Of Sweet Retaliation: 

A Gripping Series About A Sister’s Quest For Justice

When Cassidy’s twin brother is shot and killed by a gang member, she’s devastated, and becomes obsessed to identify the murderer and seek justice.

But to do this, she needs to be stronger, transforming from the good girl next door into a fearless fighter who puts herself in danger time and time again. Trace McGuire is the detective who’s assigned to solve her brother’s murder. Although the last thing he wants are complications in his life, he finds himself drawn to Cassie, but deeply concerned when she continuously risks her life to seek the truth.

Sparks fly when they decide to work together, and Trace finds himself wanting to protect Cass while falling for her hard. But they each have trust issues, and there are times when they withhold information from each other.

If you crave action, thrills, mystery, amazing characters—and of course captivating, sizzling romance—you’re going to love this series!

From The Author:

This book has been a revelation to me. In fact, the whole series has worked its spell.  It’s been bursts of magic mixed in with a hell of a lot of hard work.

Every once in a while, an author begins a new story, and as soon as it starts, the character takes over. This happened to me. I could picture this girl in my mind, a librarian whose personality had to be that of a shy, scared, insecure miss who did nothing when she watches some mob members kill her twin.

After that incident, she needs to change into a person who feels such revulsion for her behavior that nothing matters except that she seeks revenge for the death of her brother. How can she live with herself if she doesn’t?

Right?

But how can she – a weak woman who’s never stood up for herself – make it happen?

That’s when the magic starts…

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Sweet Retaliation

Book #1

The Mob Tracker Series

By NYT Bestselling Author

Mimi Barbour

Chapter One

What the hell was she doing following her brother, especially at night? Cassidy Santino didn’t do darkness. Not in the slums of a city like Las Vegas when, molasses thick, it threatened and terrified.

Gagging, sweating, she’d reached the end of her backbone. Thoughts of giving up and retreating gobbled up the small amount of bravery still hanging on by a thread, making her hesitate. Then worry for her twin, Raoul, kicked in.

Biting her lip, she eased forward so she could see around the rickety fence into the semi-lit alley behind a big warehouse. A group of men milled about in a circle. Two of them were head-to-head in a heated discussion. Adrenalin kicked in when she saw her brother step out of the circle.

Raoul’s shoulders were hunched in the same way he’d hold himself when their father had intimidated him as a boy. She watched him flinch and start to turn away. Then the man he’d been arguing with let out a bellow, backhanded him across the face and shoved hard. Before she could get her bewildered brain to accept the incident, Raoul went down and the other men crowded in and began kicking him.

No! Stop!

Her mind screamed the words, but her voice didn’t connect. It froze. When she opened her mouth fear struck her mute. Though she tried to release her rage, to force sound past the blockage in her throat, not even a peep escaped. She’d never felt so useless in all her sad, ineffectual years. Forcing her limbs to move, she fell forward onto her knees but couldn’t get her leg muscles to function.

Infuriating seconds ticked by as she watched the men work her brother over like he was a soccer ball, rather than a human being.

God! Please…

Movement, shuffling, a voice called out from another direction. “Police. Stop what you’re doing and back away. Get your hands up. Do it now!”

Thank you, Lord! Confidence arrived with the authorities, and Cassi felt a flood of energy. Springing to her feet, she started forward. Before she went two steps, one of the assailants stepped over to Raoul, extended his arm and a gunshot changed the rest of her life. She heard her twin grunt and saw his body jerk.

“No!”

Fear vanished under her instinctive urgency to get to Raoul. She ran. To help him, save him, give up her life for him. He was all she had in the world, the only one who mattered.

Blinded by grief, unaware of the loud gunplay going on around her, she fell to her knees next to his lifeless form. Before she had a chance to understand the danger, a man dashed out, swept her to the side and covered her with his own body.

“Keep down.” Rough, his hands hurting, he pushed her head under his chest while she wiggled to get back to Raoul. “Stop it. You’ll get us both killed.” His voice, hard and angry drew her attention. She shook away from his hand and looked at him, trying to explain that the injured man was her brother and he needed help. When their eyes met, the bit of light from the building’s illumination revealed his face.

Deep blue eyes, encircled with a dark outer ring of pure determination, penetrated for an instant, an order clear and visible that only a man in command could produce. Compelled to obey, but overridden by her need to get to Raoul, she kept pushing at him, until she felt him jerk and heard his grunt of pain.

One of those monsters had shot her rescuer. Disbelief overwhelmed and in seconds the relentless fear returned. Imprisoned and helpless, the horror of the moment clawed at her sanity. Surrendering to its magnetic lure, darkness claimed her and she knew no more.

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For the outstanding Mob Tracker series!

Cassidy is bereft when her twin brother is shot and killed by a gang member. She vows to find the murderer and wreak justice. So she remakes herself from the quiet librarian she is into a hip gangsta chick. She’s something else as well — an elite boxer and this gets her out of tough spots time and time again. Detective Trace McGuire is assigned to solve her brother’s murder and, in short order, he’s completely smitten by Cass. But he’s terribly protective and, while he is in awe of her fighting ability, he can’t help but be beside himself with worry as she throws herself into the line of fire time after time.

Ms. Barbour has written a gripping story about one woman’s quest for justice. She has deftly created marvelous characters that pull you into their story. This is a suspense-filled, full-bore non-stop action ride that you will absolutely love.
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I just finished Sweet Retaliation by Mimi Barbour (Book 1 in The Mob Tracker Series).
Sweet retaliation is a book that you do not want to miss!
Cassidy witnesses something that no one should ever have to witness.
Her brother’s murder.
I loved Cassidy from the very beginning. She has it all – sweetness, kindness, sass and class.
Her character is written beautifully, she has such depth in her character.
We see her whole range of emotions and how she deals with them and we also see her transform from what you think is a sheltered, naive woman to a woman that is a force of nature!
Trace McGuire is a man who has seen it all and you feel fairly certain that nothing could ever surprise him as a cop. But he hadn’t met anyone like Cass.
He is completely unprepared for the woman that is as stubborn as he is.
I loved their chemistry and how their characters fit together.
I also giggled multiple times at their banter and especially at his reactions to Cass’s witty comebacks or remarks.
I am in love with this book and I’ll be following the series for more!
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Absolutely brilliant read!
From the very first page I was hooked in to this story. The action begins straight away for Cass and doesn’t really stop throughout. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was really impressed with her writing style. She created characters that I connected with straight away and a plot that flowed seamlessly. This book really was a joy to read! I love mob/crime/mystery stories so I knew this one would be right up my street and it was! There were some fabulous twists and turns and my attention never wavered once! A brilliant introduction to a new author.
Cass was a fantastic character! After the first chapter I wasn’t suite sure whether she would do what she intended to do but as the story went on she showed her strength and was determined to bring her brothers killer to justice. I loved the connection between her and Trace! There was just something about them that I loved. She is probably one of the best female leads that I have read about in a while.
Trace – oh Trace how I love you! As soon as he appeared in the story I knew I would fall in love with him and I did! He was a really great character, independent, focused and not afraid to push the limits when needed. Together he and Cass were amazing!
I really cannot wait to read more from this author in the future and highly recommend this story! You will have a hard time putting it down once you have started!
Mimi Barbour did an awesome job!

Tamara Ferguson

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, and the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.

Her latest wounded warrior romance novella, Two Hearts Unspoken, is included in the top-ten bestselling Holiday Anthology, Mother’s Day Magic…With Love, which was also #1 in Wounded Warrior Fiction. Since being released independently, Two Hearts Unspoken has become a #1 International Best Seller at Amazon as well as a #1 International Hot New Release, and is the 2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER at Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Military Fiction.

Presently, Tamara’s working on Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish, the fourth story in her multi-award winning Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series, Emergence, the third book in the multi-award winning Tales of the Dragonfly Novels, and a novella for the next installment of the bestselling Wedding Pets and Kisses anthologies, featuring stories by multi-award winning, bestselling and USA Today authors.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

3 Tips for Brain Health by @JoanReeves #mgtab

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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.

Sign that says SICK, spelled in pills

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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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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