3rd Quarter Newsletter Sneak Peek: Famous Boys, Loud Girls, and Bourbon

How’s your summer going? Mine’s moving at warp speed. I haven’t been out in the sun once and it’s already July! That’ll change next week with the long awaited completion of our pool. If all goes as planned, I’ll be a nice shade of drunk lobster by the following weekend.

You may have heard that we’re planning to move to north Texas in the near future. Originally, I wanted to get settled before starting my next book, but with “near future” now “sometime in 2020,” I’ve decided to finish out the summer and start up again this fall. The question is, which project should I tackle first? A Hollywood romance called Magnolia May? Or Jane’s book, a spin-off of Waiting for the Sun?

Turns out, Magnolia (who demands to be called Maggie) is louder than Jane. She’s in my ear constantly, whereas Jane’s been abnormally mum. That’s good though, because I want Jane’s book to be her own—a true standalone that gives her an identity separate from Frankie—and I think the best way to approach it is to step away from that world for a while.

So Magnolia May it is!

This is the temporary blurb I posted on Goodreads:

Sweet but stubborn Magnolia May answers a casting call in rural Texas for the film adaptation of her favorite book, hoping to meet the writer she idolizes.

Instead, she meets the film’s director, who recruits her to teach his surly lead actor, Holden Shaw, how to dance.

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The idea came to me when I discovered that my stalkee, Josh Duhamel, had filmed Katherine Center’s The Lost Husband fifteen minutes from my house. I was about a week late and a dollar short on that gig, but at least I’m getting a new book out of it…

And I’m over-the-moon excited! Maggie will be such a blast to write. She’s bold, outspoken, determined, and way too “southern” for her central Texas roots. I swear I’ve developed a drawl just thinking about her.

Coincidentally, another Maggie is my inspiration.

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As you probably know, I suck at deadlines. They give me major anxiety-fueled writer’s block, and since I’d like this book to publish before 2030, I’ve decided not to set a date (or even a date range), but I will keep everyone posted on my progress via my newsletter. ♥

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WHEN A SERIES OF EVENTS SEND DARIAN INTO A DOWNWARD SPIRAL, FRANKIE WILL DISCOVER WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO LOVE A MAN WHO’S LOST IT ALL.

Dear Francesca,

I’m writing to let you know I’m going to do as you asked. I’m going to leave you alone and hope that one day you’ll come back to me.

But I can’t sit in this house another minute. The absence of you is stifling. So I’m leaving for the island. Indefinitely.

I’m sorry, Francesca. I’m so very sorry. Please try to forgive me. And if you ever change your mind, I’ll be waiting.

I love you, Darian

Riders on the Storm is the emotional conclusion to Waiting for the Sun. IT IS NOT A STANDALONE.

Best of the Best: Graduating Class of 2018 and My Top Ten of the Year!

The Graduating Class of 2018

(All 2018 releases, with one itty bitty exception…)

MOST UNIQUE: To Where You Are by H.A. Robinson and K.A. Hobbs is a shoo-in for this category, but I can’t tell you why because…spoiler. You’ll just have to take my word for it! While romance is a heavy theme, this story is about healing and friendship, one that will give you all the uplifting, sole soothing feels.

BIGGEST DRAMA QUEEN: Fifty Shades of Greg by Greg Archer. Love him or hate him, Greg tells it like it is—or at least how he thinks it is. I rolled my eyes, I cheered him on, I laughed my butt off, and I cringed—both for him and because of him. And in the end, my heart broke for him because Greg is more than the jerk he presents himself to be; he is a real dude with real hopes and dreams who makes real mistakes…and who should probably stay off Tinder.

UNSUNG HERO: Too Good Girl by Eleanor Lloyd-Jones is not a sweet fairytale romance. It’s dark and gritty, and the fearless, unapologetic writing might even make you uncomfortable—but in the best possible way. More people need to read this book!

BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart. I have so many conflicting emotions about this book, I still haven’t been able to review it. But what I can say for certain is that it made me an emotional wreck. While the previous book had fearless, unapologetic writing, this one has a fearless, unapologetic plot. One that requires a box of tissues and a fifth of vodka. Good luck.

BEST DRESSED: What’s Left of Tomorrow by Jeannine Allison. Jeannine gave me a sneak peak of this cover over a month ago, and I loved it so much I harassed her about revealing it so I could include it on this list. I’ve never been a big fan of black and white covers or couples on covers, but with the dramatic multi-colored font and shadowing, it totally works! The book doesn’t release until spring, and I haven’t read it yet, but I will—based on the cover alone.

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BIGGEST FLIRT: Beyond the Truth by Nicky F. Grant is clever, daring, and the sex scenes are off the charts hotttt. It gave me The Unrequited, and to some extent, New Camelot Trilogy feels, and I don’t say that lightly. Gavin and Jolene are deeply flawed but endearing, and so well written, I think Grant could have made them axe murdering, puppy smuggling, bank robbers and I would have found a way to forgive them.

MOST LIKELY TO WIN AN OSCAR: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. Between the setting, the people, and the dreamy Alaskan bush pilot yeti—I had one recurring thought throughout this book, and that was, man, this would make a fantastic movie. Tucker is another new to me author and I’m quickly inhaling her backlist. Until it Fades was fantastic as well.

CLASS CLOWN: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I was hooked from the very first page, and Hazel kept me in stitches the whole way through. I’ve never been much into romcoms, but I’m starting to think I was reading the wrong ones. Or maybe I’m just obsessed with Christina Lauren. I read three of their books in 2018 (including Love and Other Words and Roomies) and I five-starred them all. Definitely a one-click writing duo for me now.

CUTEST COUPLE: Serena and Kholton from Tell Me You Love Me by S. Ann Cole. Both are driven and focused, though their goals differ drastically. They’re also impossibly stubborn, and their #LOL antics are what makes this book so compulsively readable. But priorities have a way of changing, and when theirs do, you’re left with an #HEA that’s #DreamyPerfection.

BEST SIDEKICK: Angie from In Harmony by Emma Scott. This chick had zero competition. I guessed in February that no one would come close to beating her, and I was right. With her quirky tees and sage advice, Angie is BFF perfection. And…she has a cameo in another book on this list! 😉

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Beneath Your Beautiful by Emery Rose and Ride by Harper Dallas. I went back and forth and forth and back and finally decided on a tie! Both of these debuts are swoony and angsty with broken, brooding heroes and strong, spunky firecracker heroines. And the covers are stunning!

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Cards of Love: The Devil by Ashley Jade. WTF??? I picked up this book solely because I needed something quick…and wow! What a crazy ride! It’s kinda MF, kinda MM (more MM than MF), with some MFM scenes. Confused yet? Me too. And I suppose I’ll stay that way until Jade releases the follow up, The Devil’s Advocate.

BEST ALL AROUND: The Beautiful Hearts (duet) by Emma Scott could fit in several of these categories, which makes it perfect for this one. It’s unique, it’s heartbreaking, the covers are gorgeous, the sex scenes will fog up your windows, and it would make the best movie or gasp TV series!! And it has one heck of a swoon-worthy couple…I just can’t say which one it is!

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2018 TOP TEN

The top ten books I read in 2018, in no particular order.

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1) Love and other Words by Christina Lauren. This was my very first book by the duo and I loved every second of it. I promptly went on a Christina Lauren binge and never slowed down. My review.

2) Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. There’s a reason this book won my 2018 Class Clown award! My review.

3) Roomies by Christina Lauren. I absolutely loved this one, but I think a huge part of that was the excellent audio narration. Don’t read it; listen to it! My review.

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4) The New Camelot Trilogy by Sierra Simone. Holy balls, I love this series. It’s everything I’d normally hate, and yet, it owned me. I’ll be reading it again very soon. My review.

5) In Harmony by Emma Scott. I wasn’t sure what to think when Emma told me the premise. I’m not usually a fan of high school aged characters because of the drama that tends to coincide, but I know better than to doubt her. This book is brilliant. My review.

6) The Beautiful Hearts (duet) by Emma Scott. These books slayed me! And Wes took the top spot as my new book boyfriend…behind Darian, of course! My reviews for BDTS and LLBH.

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7) The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. Lee is an actress and writer and this was her debut. I was skeptical going in, but I promise you, girlfriend can write. This does not read like a debut whatsoever. It’s fantastic. My review.

8) Beyond the Truth by Nicky F. Grant. This book blew me away with its deep, complicated characters that I fell in love with instantly. It too landed a spot in my Graduating Class, and for good reason. My review.

9) Hydraulic Level Five and Skygods by Sarah Latchaw. Technically, this is supposed to be a trilogy, but personal issues have prevented the author from finishing. Don’t let that stop you though. It ends beautifully, and there’s no cliffhanger! My review.

10) The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. Oh, Jonah. Sexy, scruffy, swoony, yeti Jonah. Le sigh. My review.

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Favorite Reads From the Last Two Quarters, Coming Soon to a Kindle Near You, and On Sale Now!

Swoony and Angsty

36206591Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I’ve never read Christina Lauren before because I’m not really into alpha males or romcoms, but I heard this one was different so I gave it a shot. I loved every heart-melting second of it. My review.

Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker. I’m not usually into sports romance either, but for some reason ice hockey seems to be the exception! My review.

Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark. I picked up Waking Olivia after being asked to participate in a takeover for the author and couldn’t put it down. My review.

Noteworthy Debuts

40097744Ride by Harper Dallas. Remember what I said about not being into sports romance? Scratch that. Apparently I’m good with snowboarding too. Hmm… there seems to be a pretty cool theme here. My review.

Beneath Your Beautiful by Emery Rose. I love finding new debut authors to stalk support and began stalking supporting Ms. Rose as soon as I came across this book. So far I’ve learned: she’s a former New Yorker living in London who loves Netflix and sunshine and whose swoony AF hero garners a fairly high rating on Goodreads. My review.

All the Feels

36893907Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott. I’m not even going to bother telling you how amazing this book is. Here’s my review if you’re interested. What I will tell you is how crazy excited I am for you to read book two, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, because OMFG people, she goes ALL IN! (← see what I did there?). I’ve read 70% of it and whoa. You. Just. Wait.

Hydraulic Level 5 and Skygods by Sarah Latchaw. It hasn’t been since The Fish Tales that I truly felt like I was inside a book hanging out with the characters. Thanks Carla for the rec! My review.

What the Ever Loving F*ck

The New Camelot Trilogy by Sierra Simone. On paper, this should be everything I hate. OTT (over the top) plot, BDSM themes, super explicit sex… and something else too spoilery to mention. So why did I read it? Quite simply, the writing; I’d heard amazing things. But once I started it, I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN. Honestly, I don’t think I took a single breath in the two weeks it took me to get through it. I felt EVERY EMOTION and then some. This series is MMF (male/male/female) and won’t be for everyone. If you decide to give it a go, expect the unexpected and stick with it because you’ll think you know what’s happening, but you don’t. These books will own you. My review.

Coming Soon to a Kindle Near You

42611708_673856702997346_3374315552586596352_nOctober 23rd: Chasing the Sunrise by H.A. Robinson. This is Tom’s story, a spinoff of The Pebble Jar (my review) which I loved! ❤ Can’t wait to read!

Sometime this month: Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott. Let me reiterate… YOU. JUST. WAIT.

November 1st: Beyond the Truth by Nicky F. Grant. I’m currently reading this for a second time and I can’t say enough about it. Nicky hit it out of the park. The characters are deeply flawed but endearing, the writing is clever, and the sex is off the charts hotttt! The story gave me Unrequited and (to some extent) New Camelot Trilogy feels. Beyond the Truth is book two in the Beyond Surrender series. Click HERE for my review of book one, Beyond the Masks.

Sometime next month: Tell Me You Love Me by S. Ann Cole: Cole weaves a tale like no other. This is the third book of hers I’ve read and it’s as quirky and eclectic as I’ve come to expect from her. If you want something refreshing and new, check her out. I also highly recommend Yes, Mr. Van Der Wells (my review) and Free Hostage (my review).

On Sale Now

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Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan #FREE

Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew 99¢

Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh 99¢

The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn 99¢

Holding You by Jewel E. Ann 99¢

Wolfsong by T.J. Klune $1.99

The Birthday List by Devney Perry $1.99

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty $3.99


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A Charm of Finches is LIVE!

Congrats to Suanne Laqueur on her latest release, A Charm of Finches, #2 in the Venery Series! It’s LIVE… and there’s a GIVEAWAY! (see below)

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Here are all the deets!

A Charm of Finches

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Synopsis

From the author of An Exaltation of Larks comes the long-awaited second book in the Venery series.

“I swear. Give me one more chance, and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. The third time proves to be the charm when he meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch. What starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing.

Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.

Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what he can’t yet speak aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.

Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.

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Author Bio

Suanne Laqueur

A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Suanne Laqueur’s An Exaltation of Larks won the Grand Prize in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Book Awards. Her debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com . All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.

Author Links

Email | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Pinterest | Amazon

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That one time…at book camp…

Kick up your feet and get comfy because here’s my super detailed and lengthy play-by-play of RT Atlanta:

Arrived. Took classes. Ate at Sway. Bought books. Fangirled. Ate at Sway again. Fangirled again. Took more classes. Refused to eat at Sway again. Ate at Sway again. Flew home. Cried.

Seriously though, RT Atlanta was one of the best experiences of my book loving life. And while I’d like to give you a super detailed and lengthy play-by-play, I’m going to spare you—and myself—because…deadline.

But I will say this: If you love books, if you write books, want to write books, read books, or have ever seen a book in your life, go to RT Reno.

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And now that I’ve convinced you, here are the top 5 things you need to know before your trip:

1.) Packing light is for boys and backpackers, so don’t bother. Spend your pre-con days lifting weights and dragging rolling bags of bricks around your house for practice.

2.) Be prepared for heartache. Checking in books at the airport is harder than sending kids off to college.

3.) People who drive tend to have full bars in their rooms. Make friends.

4.) If you want people to think you’re a writer, dye your hair blue. I swear, if you have blue hair, no one will even notice the color of your badge.

5.) Think you’re too cool for a selfie stick? You’re not. Bring one.

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The truth is, it doesn’t matter what you pack or if you decide to dye your hair pink instead of blue or if you cry at the airport.

It’s the people you meet that makes an experience like RT special, and I made some seriously stalkable new friends. The romance community is a warm and welcoming place, and I’m so happy to be a part of it, as a reader, as a fangirl, and as an “aspiring writer” with an orange badge and normal colored hair.

And is it just me, or is anybody else jonesing for a Sway grilled cheese about now?

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