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Interview with Boone Brux, author of Bridesmaid Blues


Title: Bridesmaid Blues

Author: Boone Brux

Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle 

A wedding. An ex. And a secret.

Maid-of-Honor Dani Brown can handle anything that comes her way when it comes to her best friend’s wedding. That is, until the bride asks for a huge favor-Dani needs to distract the best man, who happens to be Dani’s ex. The ex she has fantasized dismembering for a year now. The ex she’ll have to suck it up and play nice with if this wedding is to go off without a hitch.

Businessman Jamie Kingsland is back in Seattle for a wedding. There’s just one problem – the maid of honor wants him dead. Except she doesn’t. Even though he knows he broke her heart last year when things got too serious and he panicked and left, she’s being way too nice about it now. And it scares him.

Something is up with his favorite bridesmaid, and he’s determined to find out what…

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Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Bridesmaid Blues is the first book in the Wedding Favors Series. Roxy Honeycutt is getting married and is asking each bridesmaid for a favor. In Bridesmaid Blues Dani Brown has to keep the best man away from the groom until the wedding. The only problem is the best man, Jamie Kingsland, is Dani’s ex. She fell for him hard and then he bolted the second she said the L-word, and I don’t mean lesbian. Now that he’s back in town, she’s pulling out all the stops to keep him occupied, and he can’t for the life of him figure out why.

The book is light and funny with a happily-ever-after that will make you sigh.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Not really. I’ve never been a bridesmaid. Heck, I barely got to be a bride. I think I had to date my husband a hundred and sixty-three years before we tied the knot. I guess what prompted the book was the Wedding Favors series idea. I actually had all the titles for the books before I knew what they were about. Not my usual style but it worked out in this case.

Who is your biggest supporter?

I have so many great supporters. My mom, a few friends who are always right there. Of course my husband, but he really likes to fix stuff if I complain to him, so I try not to do that much. I vent to my writer friends instead. They get it.

Your biggest critic?

Me, Me, and Me! It’s never good enough, fast enough, or funny enough. I’m also not skinny enough, organized enough, or doing enough with my life. Usually I crack a beer and turn on Hoarders until my feelings of inadequacy fade.

In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?

This question is huge for me. 2014 was a tough year. We lost a lot of family members to illness. I was starting to feel like the Angela Lansbury of our family. Like when she was on Murder She Wrote. You knew if Angela was on the cruise or at the party, somebody was going to die. That was our family last year. I wanted to wave friends away. “Don’t get too close. We’re cursed. After trying to deal with that loss and the stress of deadlines, I hit a wall and took six months off from writing.

It took about four months before I relaxed, and another two before the creativity started to flow again. I learned about balance and living in the moment. To be honest if I never wrote another book I’d be okay—I wouldn’t like it, but I’d live. If I lost one of my children or husband at this point there would be no getting those moments back. When I dove back into writing I was refreshed, positive, and bursting with ideas again. A new lease on life.

Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?

Yeah, it goes something like this. I hit send, glare at the computer, and mutter, “Don’t you even think about sending that damn story back to me again.” Then I spend the next two days mindlessly ambling around the house and watching Hulu. I also take my dad out to lunch.

What is the most important thing in your life right now?

My spiritual health. Being connected to something bigger than me keeps me grounded and in the present. The most important thing is that I stay grateful for everything I have and everything I don’t have.

What are you currently working on?

Random Acts of Marriage. It’s the second book in the Wedding Favors series. I’m also plotting out book four and five in my Bringer and the Bane series. Time to wrap that series up.

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

There are so many types of contemporary romance books out there. I’d say Bridesmaid Blues is different because of the humor. It’s not heavy and angsty. If you want to feel good, this book will do it. I also like that it sets the tone for the other characters’ books. It’s not all that different but not everybody does it.

You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?

Wow, that is so tough. I would probably bring the biggest ‘how-to’ book on island survival. It would have chapters about erecting a structure, fishing, how to make an S.O.S. sign, and identifying poisonous insects and animals.

Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?

Way less naïve and stars in my eyes about being an author, but still encouraged and loving it. I’m a lot better at the business side of things.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?

Guaranteed I didn’t get the memo from the Universe. If I thought something should have happened one way, it will unfold differently. A year later I’ll be like, “Wow, I’m so glad it happened like that.”

What is your favorite past-time?

Crafting. I have a bit of a problem. Oh, and watching HGTV if I had a television, but I don’t, so I can’t. L

Boone is a bestselling author in both fantasy and series romance. She began writing in an attempt to ward of the slow decomposition of her mind while being an at-home-mom of twin toddlers. It soon became clear that storytelling was her true calling.

Her books range from epic fantasy, full of hot heroes and demons, to humorous urban fantasy, where hockey moms are grim reapers and Greek gods live next door. Though she loves writing romance, Boone prefers stories where she gets to blow something up or kill somebody.

She calls Alaska home and lives there with her husband, daughters, rescue dog, Oreo, and Velma Underfoot, a black cat who rules the house.

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The Inspiration behind ‘Trial by Fire’ by Christopher Nuttall

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Title: Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic 7)

Genre: Fantasy

Author: Christopher G. Nuttall

Website: www.chrishanger.net

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

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The Schooled in Magic series draws on so many different inspirations that it’s hard to say just when and where it jelled into its current shape.  It started as a combination of a desire to do a ‘wizard school’ story and a ‘time-traveling expert’ story – the latter generally covering a person being thrown back in time and using modern knowledge to reshape the primitive society facing him.  (The classic example is Lest Darkness Fall.)  I played around with the idea of having the universe set in the distant past, then decided to put it in a very different universe instead – both to escape the Harry Potter connection as much as possible and to allow more room for storytelling.  If I created the universe myself, I could make it be whatever I wanted <grin>.

Designing Emily (the heroine) was a more complex task.  I wanted a flawed personality, to allow her room to grow and be shaped by her new world as much as she shaped it herself.  I drew on my own experiences at school, then researched mental conditions and their impact on teenage children; Emily, although she doesn’t know this because she has never been tested, is autistic. This is partly because her parents were emotionally abusive; Emily simply never had the socialization that most people take for granted.  But it also gave her a good reason to step into another world and never look back.

This makes her appallingly bad at social cues, for example; she completely misses the fact that some boys (and even a girl) are interested in her.  To meet this lack,  I crafted two friends for her; Alassa originally started life as a bully, then wound up as one of Emily’s first real friends.  Imaiqah was one of her victims, then became Emily’s other friend.  Together, they help make her stronger.

Three years ago, Emily killed the Necromancer Shadye before he could sacrifice her and destroy the Allied Lands.  Now, the shadows of the past hang over Whitehall as Emily and the Grandmaster travel into the Blighted Lands to recover anything Shadye might have left behind, before returning to Whitehall to start the fourth year.  For Emily, it is a chance to stretch her mind and learn more about new and innovative forms of magic … and to prepare for the exams that will determine her future as a magician.

But as she starts her studies, it becomes clear that all is not well at Whitehall.  Master Grey, a man who disliked Emily from the moment he met her, is one of her teachers – and he seems intent on breaking her, pushing her right to her limits.  In the meantime, her friends Alassa and Imaiqah are acting oddly, Frieda seems to be having trouble talking to her and – worst of all – Caleb, her partner in a joint magical project, is intent on asking her to go out with him.

As she struggles to cope with new challenges and to overcome the demons in her past, she becomes aware of a deadly threat looming over Whitehall, a curse that threatens her very soul.  And when she makes a tiny yet fatal mistake, she finds herself facing a fight she cannot win, but dares not lose…

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About the Author

Christopher Nuttall was born in Edinburgh, studied in Manchester, married in Malaysia and currently living in Scotland, United Kingdom, with his wife and baby son.  He is the author of twenty novels from various publishers and thirty-nine self-published novels.

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Forward Pass, Waiting for a Girl Like You, Making a Comeback & Out of Character Book Feature



Title: Forward Pass

Author: Desiree Holt

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle/Paperback 



Get Ready to Play Rough

Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.

It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.

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Forward Press is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She was a summer fishing guide, a summer field hand where she was one of only three women working, a member of a beginning ski team that skied in competition (and no, no broken bones!). She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio, and is published by four different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”
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Waiting for a Girl Like YouTitle: Waiting for a Girl Like You

Author: Christa Maurice

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle/Paperback
They could make beautiful music together…

Hoping to dodge a scandal that could destroy her personal life and her career, Alex fled grad school for a summer job in tiny Potterville, West Virginia. She didn’t expect the town cupids to orchestrate a “chance” meeting with Marc—a sexy, brooding rock star who appreciates her love of poetry. But Alex doubts he’ll want anything more if he discovers the indiscretion she can’t forgive herself for…

Marc came to Potterville to get some space from his band and clear his head. But before he knows it, he’s intrigued with the waitress at the local diner. Alex is not only smart and beautiful, she’s inspiring his songwriting and taking it to the next level. Soon he’s falling for her—and then she runs away. For the first time, Marc is chasing after a woman—and giving both himself and Alex a chance to heal past hurts and take a chance on the future…
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Christa Maurice is a serial obsessionist, but she has been obsessed with rock stars since early childhood when her older brother started randomly quizzing her on rock trivia. How many first graders know who the headliners were on the Black and Blue Tour? Christa did. (Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult.) In college she harnessed that intellect to spend lecture classes writing about the adventures of Touchstone in the margins of her notebooks. Now, thanks to an iPad, she can do the same thing more effectively during staff meetings and everybody thinks she’s taking notes.

When not listening to music and/or writing, she enjoys traveling, reading and science fiction. She liked to play a personal game of six degrees with television and movies (Amanda Tapping was a regular on Supernatural, before that she starred on Stargate SG-1. Marina Sirtis did a guest appearance on Stargate, but before that she starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation. All so on Star Trek was Colm Meaney. The man who played at her wedding went to school with Colm Meaney.) Yes, she probably should get a life, but at the moment she is living on an oasis in the middle of the desert in a place that is so very like Tatooine that she frequently expects to see banthas and sandpeople coming up over the dunes.

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Making a ComebackTitle: Making A Comeback

Author: Kristina Matthews

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle/Paperback

With a divorce in the works, Annabelle Jones heads out to Southern California, the land of sun and starting over. She wants to prove to herself and her young daughters that she still has what it takes to turn heads as a swimsuit model—that she doesn’t need a man to take care of her. Until an accident forces her to rely on the hunky, yet mysterious man next door…

Nathan Cooper is trying to revive his own career. Once a top left-handed relief pitcher, he tried to get over a hidden injury with the aid of banned substances. Not only was he caught and suspended, he was traded and missed out on winning the championship. Now he’s a free agent without a contract, and that means life is ready to play ball…
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Making A Comeback is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

 

Kristina Mathews doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn’t until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.

While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she’s remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, parent club member, or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books. She proudly tells her students she writes romance novels that they can read when they’re older.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. As a veteran road tripper, amateur renovator, and sports fanatic, she hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors, and someday throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants.

 

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Out of CharacterTitle: Out of Character

Author: Diana Miller

Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Kindle/Paperback
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be hazardous…

Denver, Colorado, ER doctor Jillian Rodgers has never done an impulsive thing in her life. But all that changes when she meets the man of her dreams on a ski vacation. Within twenty-four hours, they’ve spent a passionate night together and Jillian is convinced she’s halfway in love. After all, she figures the worst that can happen is she’ll go home with a broken heart… But the man pretending to be an ordinary guy is far from it. In fact, he shouldn’t get anywhere near Jillian. Yet there’s something about her he can’t resist—and she’s perfect for his cover. Besides, he’s sure he isn’t endangering her. Unfortunately, they’re both wrong.

When someone uses their chairlift for target practice, Jillian ends up wounded—and her dream man promptly disappears. Within days, her car explodes. Just when things can’t get any worse, she’s kidnapped at gunpoint. Soon Jillian’s running for her life, and the only man who can save her is the one who deserted her. Or is he just trying to protect her? And can she survive long enough to find out?
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Out of Character is available for pre-order at  Amazon,  B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

 

When she was eight, Diana decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single mysterious letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious or suspenseful. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk,a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host for events ranging from Lutheran music to the International BB Gun competition. She spent long hours volunteering in a nineteenth century mansion allegedly full of secrets and a few ghosts. Still no luck.

Diana ultimately decided the only way she was going to inject any mystery or suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it. A five time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award, she’s thrilled to be releasing her Golden Heart winner Dangerous Affairs, a romantic suspense novel that shows not everyone in her home state is Minnesota Nice.

As a way to avoid avoid housework, Diana mastered gourmet cooking and once roasted an entire turkey for her daughter’s kindergarten class. She now works out while watching the Food Network as motivation. In addition to food, Diana loves music, history, old movies, and traveling with her Norwegian-born husband.

Diana lives in the Twin Cities with her family and a Wheaten terrier puppy. She’s still on the lookout for some real life mystery and suspense.
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