Debut Author Maggie Brogden and her Irish Imps

MaggieI love welcoming debut authors. There is just something about that first book being released and the excitement you feel. I also like to live vicariously through my debut authors until my day comes.  Today I want to introduce you to Maggie Brogden who is starting a whole new genre with her debut book, Spittin’ Grits. What kind of genre?  Spittin’ Grits is a hicklit paranormal — perfect for Halloween. It’s also an hysterically funny read.

Maggie, welcome to Teatime. What got you into writing? Continue reading

A Wallflower Moments Blog Tour with Maya Rodale!

It is my great pleasure to welcome Maya Rodale to Teatime Romance today! I first met Maya back in 2008 at the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Put Your Heart In A Book Conference. I had heard of Maya as an up and coming historical romance writer, but didn’t realize I was sitting with and talking to THE Maya Rodale at dinner that night. After meeting Maya, I quickly tracked down her books, and have been a fan ever since. Even better, I’ve gotten to know Maya, and not only is she a talented writer, she’s smart, has a sharp wit, and is a great advocate for romance.

Maya is here today to kick off her blog tour for her latest release, The Wicked Wallflower and sharing an exclusive excerpt! I am so excited about this latest series-how can you not like the idea of Wallflowers who decide to get a little wild and scandalous??!!

This is a progressive blog tour, meaning that readers will have to follow Maya from blog to blog to get the whole Wicked Wallflower excerpt.

So,  without further ado, take it away Maya! 🙂 Continue reading

Regina Jeffers: Jews in England During the Reign of George III

Regina-270x300The next book in my highly popular and award-winning Realm series contains several Jewish characters. When I started writing A Touch of Love, I was most concerned with portraying the Jewish population as it really occurred at the time. I spent countless hours in research, even setting several of my Jewish friends to the task of finding me volumes not readily available. Georgette Heyer’s Jewish characters were often criticized as too stereotypical. Therefore, I meant to avoid that issue. Each of the books in this series addresses a different issue: family abuse, religious sects, anorexia, etc. A Touch of Love addresses issues of “prejudice” in Regency England among social classes and religions.

Jews in England During the Reign of George III Continue reading

The Appeal of the Bad Boy Hero

We love them. We fantasize about them. We sigh and dream about one of them sweeping us off our feet and whisking us off on an exciting romantic adventure. I am of course talking about the bad boy hero. They run rampant in romances-whether they be rakes in Regency historicals (man, London was full of them back in the day, huh), the tattooed biker dude, or the hero with the bad reputation and mysterious past, we love us some bad boys don’t  we? But what is it exactly about the bad boy that fascinates and speaks to us so?  I ask that y’all indulge me and allow me to philosophize and theorize about this all important issue today.

On the surface, there’s not much to like about the bad boy. He doesn’t follow the rules, and doesn’t care about society’s approval. In fact, he goes out of his way to break the rules whenever possible.  But the rebellion against the rules is part of the bad boy appeal, I think.  There is a part of us that admires someone who can thumb their nose at the rules, and stand up and challenge authority.   Continue reading

Why Books are Like Crack (and a giveaway to feed the addiction)

addiction-prv1Do you have a book addiction? Here’s a quick poll to find out:

  1. Do you forgo sleeping, eating, or Adam Levine on the Voice to finish reading a book?
  2. Has your significant other disabled the one-click purchase on your Amazon account?
  3. When you fall in love with an author, do you go and buy the backlist so that you can satisfy your craving for more?
  4. Have you sneaked the book to work so you can read during conference calls?
  5. Have you burned dinner because you were so deep in the story?

If you’ve answered yes to three or more of these questions, you are addicted – to reading. Continue reading

In Which Lisa Reveals a Deep Dark Secret

I know, sounds ominous right? And to be honest, I am a bit hesitant and uneasy over what I’m about to share. My romance writer/reader/fan card could be revoked because of it.  But in the interest of full disclosure, and being open and sharing, I’m going to divulge my deep dark secret.

Jennelle, you may want to cover your ears and avert your eyes.

You ready?

Here we go. Continue reading

A Most Devilish Interview with Ashlyn Macnamara

Ashlyn_Macnamara_Headshot_medWelcome back to Teatime Romance, Ashlyn! Many of you may not know this, but Ashlyn holds a special place in my heart because last year I won from the Brenda Novak Auction critiques from the Secret Curtsy Society (Ashlyn, Sara Ramsey, Anne Barton, Erin Knightley, and Valerie Bowman—all the 2011 Golden Heart Finalists). Ashlyn took a look at the very first draft of what is now A Dangerous Invitation and really helped me figure out where I needed to go in the story. Not only does Ashlyn write great books, but she’s a prime example of the supportive romance writing community.

Macnamara-AMostScandalousProposalCoverAs our readers may remember, Ashlyn talked with Amy when her debut novel, A Most Scandalous Proposal, released in February. We learned a lot about Ashlyn then—how she is agented by Sara Megibow and how her first book jumped off from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility—but today, we plan to delve into the deep, dark secrets of Ashlyn Macnamara. Her second book, A Most Devilish Rogue, released on August 27th with the most scrumptious cover I’ve ever seen. Continue reading