Fairytales and Fun with Sophie Barnes

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Teatime Romance is proud to be one of the spots on the blog tour for new Avon Romance author Sophie Barnes, who previously wrote for the Avon Impulse line with the Somersby series and a stand alone novel (How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure, There’s Something About Lady Mary, and The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda).

My favorite cover of Sophie's from the Somersby series

My favorite cover of Sophie’s from the Somersby series

I had the pleasure of getting to meet Sophie at the RWA National Conference in July. She was absolutely delightful and listening to me ramble on, so even if I didn’t already want to check out her new series At The Kingsborough Ball I would have based on her sweet personality alone! Her new series all has one night at a particular ball–the Kingsborough legendary soiree–as the jumping off point. The only other series I know of recently in historical romance that spans the same points through multiple books is Juliana Gray’s A Lady Never Lies and subsequent books, so I’m excited to see how Sophie carries off this concept. Continue reading

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Interview with multicultural romance writer Kianna Alexander

I’m so pleased to be able to welcome to Teatime today a writer close to my heart. Not only is Kianna Alexander a chapter mate from Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, but she actually managed to spend two 7-hour long trips holed up in a car with me without throwing me off a bridge. So, I’d say she’s a pretty special girl, wouldn’t you? (Amy Pfaff, who had to share a room with me for four days at the same RWA conference, is nodding profusely).

You may know of Kianna from her various indie historical romances, or from her paranormal romances written under the pen name Alexandra Kane. At RWA, Kianna was featured in a book signing along with bestselling, groundbreaking authors Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson. Kianna is a rising star in African American romance and her voice spans multiple genres with equal success.

Today, Kianna is here to talk about her newest release, Freedom’s Embrace, which was published by Ellora’s Cave on August 1. Continue reading

Self-Pub Rebels – Success, Wine, and RWA

c265ec93a60ccb85bc14fae4faf25627If you remember my last post, I talked about how I’d be attending the Romance Writers of America National Conference, along with Amy Pfaff and Lisa Lin from Teatime. I got through my awesome London underworld workshop fine (thanks, Sasha for lending me your jump drive, Elizabeth Hoyt and Jade Lee for taking my nerves away, and thanks to the AMAZING woman who lent me her laptop), and the rest of the way I reclined in the sheer joy of being surrounded by so many wonderful romance writers. If you haven’t been to RWA, and you’re serious about writing (or you’re a librarian, etc), then I highly recommend it. I learned so much in those short five days that I can’t even begin to summarize it all for you. I’m sure we’ll have many posts on Teatime in the coming months spawned from our new RWA-centric knowledge. Continue reading

Sizzling Historical Books for a Hot Hot Summer: Part II

It’s only gotten hotter in the tearoom since my last post! Now we’re serving up cool sweet tea and handing out fans because you’re going to need them for Part II of my historical romance recommendations. You can read Part I here.

Today, I’m talking about historical romances with a heavier dose of angst than my earlier recommendations. From London’s drawing rooms to the countryside to the St. Giles rookeries, these British-centered historicals turn established stereotypes around.

1. Bound by Your Touch, Meredith Duran

5179+jqFgVLMeredith Duran is the queen of the dark, emotionally poignant romance. Duran’s prose packs such a punch that it as if every sentence redefines how you will view the world in her novels. I had such a visceral reaction to this book that it almost took my breath away–I felt so strongly for the plight of the heroine and hero that it was as if I fought their battles as well, running off instinct alone. Continue reading

Sizzling Historical Books for A Hot Hot Summer: Part I

The weather’s hot, the ocean is refreshing, and the crazy flowers my Bohemian landlord planted are in bloom. You know what that means: summer’s almost officially here, and it’s time for beach reads.

I haven't been to the beach in awhile.

I haven’t been to the beach in awhile. Mourn with me my pasty body.

Here’s a confession though: I don’t prescribe to the normal theory that beach reads should be something light and fluffy, something you automatically forget about once you’re done sunbathing. Instead, I want a story so moving I want to stay out of doors, sunburn be damned, because I refuse to move until I’ve finished this book. Continue reading

You Are Cordially Invited…to a Cover Reveal!

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If you had told me a year ago that I’d be recognizing one of my dreams–preparing for the release of my debut novel this December–I would have thought you were sweet, but a bit touched in the head. At that time, having anything publishable seemed like an elusive goal. One I was working toward, but still far away from fruition. Continue reading