Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Post: Writing Funny--What’s this Romantic Comedy Thing, Anyway?

Guest Post by Ute Carbone, author of The P-Town Queen

Romantic comedy is not contemporary romance. Although the books I’ve written in this genre are all set in the present time, this isn’t necessarily so. There is an entire category of “historical romantic comedies” listed on Amazon. The same is true of paranormal.—there are romantic comedies featuring witches and vampires.

Romantic comedy isn’t quite light women’s fiction (chick lit), either. Although all of my romantic comedies could also be defined this way, not all romantic comedy is women’s fiction and not all light women’s fiction is romantic comedy. The emphasis in women’s fiction is on the main character, who is a woman, and how she overcomes obstacles and becomes a better person for having overcome them. The emphasis in romantic comedy is, as the name suggests, on romance. Like in any other romance, the relationship between hero and heroine is front and center. And, also like any other romance, the ending must be happy.

So what is romantic comedy, exactly? I guess the easiest way to think of them is to look at movies that are defined this way. Some romantic comedy movies began as romantic comedy books—Claire Cook’s “Must Love Dogs” and Emily Griffin’s “Something Borrowed” , for example. These are stories where romance plays a big part, they center on relationship. They are also funny, designed to make you laugh.

My romantic comedies are love stories that also contain lots of quirk—characters just this side of crazy that I hope will give you a chuckle. And always, there is a happy ending.

Excerpt from The P-Town Queen by Ute Carbone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Between Boyfriends Collection is Out!

I'm very excited to share that my publisher put all three of my Between Boyfriends books into one collection!

The Between Boyfriends Collection combines the award-winning comedy novel, Between Boyfriends, with its two hilarious sequels. The romantic comedies follow the misadventures of twenty-something Jan Weston from San Diego to Sydney, and from one City of Angels to the other.

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The collection is currently being offered only as an ebook, but the individual books are still available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Spotlight: Arielle Immortal Quickening

Lilian Roberts and I just appeared together on The Malliard Report. Listen here. And check out here latest release from Booktrope, Arielle Immortal Quickening. Volume 4 in the paranormal romance series features more thrills, more magic, and more immortals! The steamy series has captured the attention of the world. The first book, Arielle Immortal Awakening, was voted one of the top 12 paranormal books by an indie author from 2013! Roberts also was named a runner-up in the international MARSocial Author of the Year competition in 2014.

Arielle Immortal Quickening Blurb

A fatal night…
College co-ed Arielle Lloyd is on vacation with her immortal love, Sebastian Gaulle, when they receive word of a dreadful accident. Her dear friend Gabrielle hovers near death. But it’s much worse for her beloved friends, Eva and Ian. In spite of Eva’s magical abilities, their lives are cut tragically short, leaving Troy the lone survivor.

An immortal choice…
Troy Vasser’s only love is Gabrielle, but on the night of the accident, his deepest concern is for their dying friends. When the life force within Ian and Eva flickered dangerously low, Troy was forced to make a hard choice. He could either let them die, or take away their humanity and make them live as immortals. He did the only thing he could: he gave them immortality. Now it is up to Arielle to break the news to Eva before the transformation is complete.

A quest for vengeance…
Danger continues to stalk Arielle’s life. Unbeknownst to her, her new professor is an immortal, and he is furious when he discovers that Arielle is wearing an amulet that should only be owned by immortals. Sebastian’s nemesis, Annabel, is still pursuing her quest to destroy Arielle. But what Annabel doesn’t realize is that Arielle’s circle of friends has drastically changed. There are two newly minted immortals that adore her and have vowed to protect her.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes (coming soon)

About Lilian Roberts

Lilian Roberts is a MARSocial Author of the Year runner-up. She was born in Athens, Greece. Lilian is an avid reader and loves novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality. This interest led to the Immortal Rapture series, which will include eight novels when completed in 2015.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, and their golden retrievers. Learn more about Lilian on her website, LilianRoberts.com. Find her on Twitter @lilian3roberts.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Third "Immortal Rapture" Book is Out!

Booktrope has released the long-awaited third book in the exciting Immortal Rapture series of paranormal romance novels by Lilian Roberts, MARSocial Author of the Year runner-up. The fourth and fifth instalments are expected to be published this summer, so hurry up and get your copy of Arielle Immortal Passion, plus its predecessors, so you don't fall behind.

And don't forget the first book in the series, Arielle Immortal Awakening, which was recently shortlisted for an indie book award!

Arielle Immortal Passion Blurb

An interlude in paradise…
St. Jean De Luz, in the south of France, is the setting of one of Sebastian Gaulle’s family estates. It is to this gorgeous place that the Immortal takes his love, Arielle Lloyd, and her friends, to relax and spend a holiday exploring the surroundings and learning about his family’s history.

A snake in the garden…
There is no safety in this paradise, however, as Sebastian’s past continues to haunt him. The Immortal Annabel still lusts for vengeance and seeks to destroy Sebastian’s new love. While exploring, Arielle’s life is endangered when she discovers dangerous dark places and hidden strangers occupying the house.

Evil that will not die…
Trapped, threatened, and nearing her last breath, Arielle must call on the powerful magic of her friend, Eva, for help. Sebastian must rally his Immortal friends and family to protect his love and expel the evil before his coveted paradise is forever lost.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My third book is out: Between Heartbreak and Happiness!

When I heard that my idol Michael Jackson's latest album, Xscape, was dropping on May 13 and then that Lea Michele's first book, Brunette Ambition, was also out that day, I about cried. Why? Well, besides the excitement, because my third book, the last in the Between Boyfriends trilogy, was also coming out May 13. And now it did!

I couldn't have asked for a better date. Until, the San Diego wildfires started May 13 too. It's been a crazy three days. Still excited about my new book, but the emergency delayed posting about it and certainly took my focus. It's been scary. I'm grateful that I still have a home and a computer to be able to get online at all.

Between Heartbreak and Happiness  

Jan Weston is heading to the land Down Under to meet her long-lost grandfather, leaving the man she thinks is the love of her life back in Los Angeles. Instead of a pretentious gentleman with a didgeridoo up his bum, Jan is greeted by a Hawaiian shirt wearing surfie to whom she couldn’t possibly be related.

Jan gets to know her grandfather Brady while experiencing everything Sydney has to offer, from hanging out at Bodhi Beach to visiting local spas (if she happens to find ideas to steal for a future business, even better). The final pieces of her family’s puzzling past are revealed and for the first time, Jan feels connected to a blood relation, but her need to return to Pan is a constant pull.

When the lovebirds are reunited, they realize neither have a solution for what to do when Pan’s job ends and he must fly home to Thailand. If she could make her spa a reality, maybe there’d be a place for him there, and with her, forever? But Jan’s life is never easy. As she questions her lover’s commitment, her ability to run a business, and her sanity, Jan realizes that all the things she never considered might be exactly what she needs. BETWEEN HEARTBREAK AND HAPPINESS is an inspirational story of love, family, taking risks, and following your heart.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes (coming soon)

And don't forget the first book in the series, Between Boyfriends

At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it's time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it's time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she'll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her? BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Book: "Deadly Secrets" by Angel Sefer (Romance Mystery)

Booktrope has finally released book 2 in the enthralling Greek Isles Series of romance mysteries entitled Deadly Secrets! Book 1, Spellbound in His Arms, is a #1 Barnes & Noble bestseller and RONE award finalist (winners to be announced this summer)! Spellbound is also on the shortlist for the 50 books worth reading from Indie Author Land. Makes me excited to read the new book. 

Deadly Secrets Blurb

A quest for truth…
Helena was only eight when her father disappeared, and her life was shattered. Thirteen years later, she returns to her birthplace—the Greek island of Mykonos—on a quest to learn the truth about her father. Eerie warnings from her late mother and prophecies hidden in her grandmother’s diary compel Helena to delve into her family’s mysterious past. But well-buried secrets and a hidden mastermind plotting revenge create a deadly combination that could destroy Helena’s life.

A powerful and seductive man…
Upon discovering that the seductive Captain Dimitris Nikolaou has taken everything once belonging to her father, Helena is devastated; but in spite of his treachery, she is drawn to him like no other. As danger and passion collide, Helena realizes that nothing is what it seems.

Keeping a promise can be fatal…
Despite her desire for the irresistible captain, Helena is wary of his insistence to keep the promise he’d made to her father—the promise to marry her. Dimitris wants this feisty enchantress, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Making Helena his wife isn’t about the promise anymore—he wants her…and he’s willing to put his heart and his life at risk to keep her in his arms forever.

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Check out Spellbound in His Arms


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Spotlights: The Angela Panther Novels (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy)

I had the pleasure of referring Carolyn to her publisher, and I'm happy to see a new version of her debut novel, Unfinished Business, is out. Plus, the sequel is finished too. If you enjoy wise-cracking grandmas, lots of teenage eye rolling, and seeing dead people, this is the series for you.

Unfinished Business Blurb

Stay at home mom Angela Panther is living the good life. Happily married with two kids, a house in the suburbs and, a fantabulous best friend, she's got it all. But hours after Angela's mother dies, her ghost pops in for a visit, leaving the door to the other side wide open.  Suddenly Angela's life is jam-packed with ghosts - ghosts that need her help. Now Angela must find a way to balance the needs of the living along with the unfinished business of the dead, all while keeping her mother's ghost in line. Hilarious and bittersweet, Unfinished Business tackles the emotional ups and downs of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the desperate desire for that one last chance to tell someone we've lost how we feel.

Unbreakable Bonds Blurb

A Mother's Work is Never Done...

Carolyn Aspenson's (Unfinished Business) latest picks up the story of Angela Panther's dealings with her dead mom, Fran and the duo's dynamic is as delightful as ever!

Angela had her psychic gift under control until a traumatic loss shut it down. And now that Angela's daughter is in too deep with a boy and her best friend Mel's husband is cheating, she needs her mom more than ever.

Fran knows that when you're a mom, there's no such thing as till death do us part and she won't rest in peace while there's strife in her daughter's life. Using her nifty celestial superpowers, she's soon back in the game and helping out, regardless of her daughter's defunct gift. Amazon

About Carolyn

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is the Amazon and Barnes & Noble best selling author of Unfinished Business; An Angela Panther Novel, Unbreakable Bonds; An Angela Panther Novel, the novella Santa's Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella and The Quick Start Weight Loss Program.

An avid fitness buff, Carolyn writes a monthly health and fitness column for Northside Woman Magazine as well as regular weekly news articles for various Atlanta area media outlets including the Forsyth Herald, the Milton Herald, the Revue and News, and the Johns Creek Herald. Her works have also been published in Countyline Magazine and various Internet publications.

A native of Indiana, for over eighteen years Carolyn called the northwest Chicago suburbs home. She now resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, three kids, two dogs and cat.

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Twitter: @awritingwoman carolynridderaspenson@gmail.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Rouge King by Aldrea Alien (Fantasy)

Rogue King photo The-Rogue-King.jpgTitle: The Rogue King

Series: The Rogue King Saga # 1

Author: Aldrea Alien

Published: April 22nd, 2014

Word Count: 65,000

Genre: Fantasy

Content Warning: Violence, Sex

Recommended Age: 16+

Outside is dangerous.
Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.
When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.
Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.
This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.
With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King

Shirain lifted her arms out towards the giant statue, the sound of her bracelets clacking together echoed across the ruins. ʺBehold our offering, Mighty Lord! Take his body as your own! Use him! Guide him in your ways so he may live to make you stronger!ʺ

The bowl slipped from his unfeeling hands to splash into the pond. Above, the statue's eyes glowed a deep red. Behind him, Koral heard Shirain continue talking, her voice faint and muffled. His blood grew hot, desire filling his body and fogging his mind. What had she done to him?

ʺYour gift is pleasing, dear child.ʺ The words tumbled out of a mouth Koral could no longer control. ʺThis body is young. Barely a man.ʺ Someone else flexed his muscles. His lips twisted into a cruel grin as his tongue ran over his sharp teeth. ʺHe will need much training.ʺ

ʺMy Lord,ʺ Shirain purred, giving him a low bow. ʺOnce more, you honour me.ʺ

Awareness of another's presence came crashing down on him, bringing with it an odd calmness. He knew little of magic or religion. Amelia's teaching on the subject had been sparse; most of what he had learnt came from the camp and no one had mentioned possession. Would he win if he tried to banish the intruder? Was this not his body?

A rough laugh escaped his throat as he unwillingly turned from the statue and waded through the blood to dry land. ʺHe fights me.ʺ

ʺHe showed promise as a fighter,ʺ Shirain said, sounding strangely proud. ʺI hope he pleases my Lord and proves more interesting to break than the others.ʺ

ʺYes, this will be… enjoyable.ʺ Again, his lips pulled back into something that resembled a smile in name only. ʺBy the time I've finished with him, everyone shall fear the very name of him—the name of Vengeance.ʺ

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About the Author:
Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.

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