SHE CREATES ICE CREAM. HE RADIATES HEAT. BTW, CHERRY RED IS MICK JAGGER’S FAVE FLAVOR.

Writing a book about ice cream for the One Scoop or Two series by The Wild Rose Press is oh, so tough, but author Darlene Fredette enjoyed the research for Cherry Red. So thrilled she's talking about her new release!  What do you write and how did you choose a title?  I write contemporary romances. The title was inspired by a Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." There is a part where Mick Jagger says 'what's your favorite flavor' with a response of 'cherry red'.   What’s the fun part of writing and why? The best part of writing is having the characters meet for the first time. This is where the fun begins. Why did ...
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PRIDE OF BROTHERS, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE IN THE BIG CITY! NEW RELEASE

Welcome back Peggy Jaeger, wife, mom, and soon-to-be grandmother. Peggy's first book in her series, A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: RICK is on sale for only 99 pennies right now. A PRIDE OF BROTHERS:Aiden, Book 2,  is out now. Here's your chance to grab Rick and Aiden! https://books2read.com/u/38RV7O Blurb for Pride of Brothers: Aiden Book 2 Lexi Buckley wants answers about her younger sister's death. The police have labeled it a suicide, but Lexi doesn't believe it. Stymied in her investigation, she doesn't know where to turn next. After a chance encounter with a private investigator, she thinks her prayers have been answered. Aiden Keane has never been an answer to a prayer before, but he agrees to help Lexi. A quirky combo of brains ...
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WITH EACH MYSTICAL GIFT, COMES A CURSE. GRAB JEAN GRANT’S TRILOGY ON SALE!

Author Jean Grant talks about her trilogy of historical novels laced with fantasy, that is, characters who are "gifted but afflicted." Read on to find out more. Tying a Trilogy Together What seemed ages ago, but in the grand scheme of life, only about 6 or 7 years ago, I sat down to write another manuscript. With three “practice” novels written but shelved, I dug into a new story. I changed my time period from 12thto 13th century during the Scottish Wars of Independence, wove a mystical element into the story line, and on some invaluable advice of an agent, worked the heck out of that story to give it twists and turns to excite my reader. In 2017, A ...
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GO UNDERCOVER IN VENICE BEACH WITH AUTHOR MELODY DEBLOIS

Author Melody DeBlois is partial to poetry, sun, rain, strong coffee, and her writing room where she's surrounded by books. Undercover in Venice Beach is the second in the Love is a Beach series. Why do you write? You mean I don’t have to?  I’m teasing. I started telling tales as soon as I was old enough for my mother to read to me. She’d shut the book, tuck me in, switch off the light, and my own stories took off from there. What’s the fun part of writing and why? The best part of writing happens after several drafts when the magic threads its way into the story, and all that hitting my head against a brick wall turns out to be ...
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SHOULD I SEE HIM AGAIN?

Three different, guys. Each one with different issues. You’ve had dinner with all three. Would you go out again with any of them? For my opinion, scroll to the bottom. 1. The Date Who Talks About Past Relationships on the First Meet He should have been a therapist. His conversations are deep discoveries into why his last four liaisons—including two divorces—imploded. He loves being in a relationship. Ideally, the hanging out phase would begin soon with you in the starring role. Tomorrow would not be too soon. Even though he knows from experience to take everything slowly. That’s his special challenge. Pretty much every conversation revolves around what went wrong and how it went wrong. “I’m an enabler,” he’ll remark ...
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4 TRUTHS ABOUT DATING OVER FIFTY YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW

What I learned about relationships from interviewing my characters Who knew two of my main characters were savvy about this dating and relationship thing? Sunny Chanel (Middle Ageish) and Dana Narvana (Eat Your Heart Out) proved, in this post, that I have a few things to learn. Besides, I have a secret.  Too often, my inner voice is my characters from my novels arguing with me while I’m writing. This past week they schooled me about what makes relationships work. Dating in your fifties or sixties isn’t easy, said Sunny. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, said Dana.  If you mess up in life, you’ll mess up in your books, Sunny said, wagging a finger at me.  So I ...
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DISTANCE DATING? PROVOCATIVE EMAILS TURN UP THE HEAT

In Middle Ageish, my new novel, Sunny Chanel, the heroine, plunges into online dating. And emails a truckload of men.  Sunny lives in New Haven, CT, so even before she meets Noah, who lives  in Long Island, the emailing fun begins. It continues even after they meet. Sunny and Noah could teach us a few things about the art of the slow burn. Emailing is their passion in Middle Ageish, their way of heating up a long distance romance. The hint? Emailing is pretty much distance dating, so if you're online dating anywhere in the world, follow their lead and use email as a way of getting to know someone new. It's the only safe way. Yes, they make out the ...
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DO YOU HAVE A SPINACH PROFILE? I HAVE A RECIPE FOR YOU.

Dating Blooper #1  The Spinach Profile What's your dating profile? It's not just your photo. It's also your story.     Consider how bland a spinach salad tastes without a little dressing. Or how bleh cooked spinach is without a little oil and garlic.                          That’s your profile if you haven’t added a little balsamic vinegar, oil and Dijon mustard. Or your variation on the old classic. For a recipe, scroll down. The Mini Lesson: Quirks Quirks make you who you are. Let your real self out. To avoid the spinach-without-seasoning profile, talk about your quirks. Yes, your quirks. You’ve got a dating profile for one reason only. So people ...
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5 ***** REVIEW FOR EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Eat Your Heart Out Starting Over Book 2 by Shirley Goldberg Genre: Romantic Women's Fiction, Chick-Lit, RomCom When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad, starting with Dana's staunchest ally, Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire. But when the after hours smooching goes nowhere, she wonders why this grown man won't make up his mind. Alex Bethany's new lifestyle gives him the confidence to try online dating. What he craves is a family of his own until a life-altering surprise rocks his world. He knows he's sending Dana mixed messages ...
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10 ORIGINAL DATING IDEAS DURING COVID

  The old "Would you like to go out for dinner?" isn't appropriate these days, but don't give up. Especially if you talked or "met" on a dating site before Covid, but didn't get together. The important thing is, he's nice and you think he's interested. And you're game. How to get together and still keep your distance? Here are a few suggestions for easing into distance dating the fun and cautious way. First, let him know you're willing to meet as long as you both stay outdoors. This is the safest way to go.  Once you've made it clear you want a keep-your-distance date and he's agreed, you can plan. You'll both wear masks, at least for starters. What ...
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