#BRMondays – Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

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Published April 19th, 2016 by Gwen Hayes Media
Amazon Kindle: 98 Pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing, Romance

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What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book?

Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genre—something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around.

Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a “beat check” when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome. So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.

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#BRMondays – Neurosurgeon… and Mum! by Kate Hardy

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Published September 1st 2010 by Harlequin Medical Romance
Amazon Kindle: 192 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Harlequin Romance, Medical

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When Amy Rivers’s dreams of a family were shattered by her ex-fiance, she dedicated herself to neurosurgery, where she’s kept her head–and her heart–ever since.

Now, with her career in shreds, Amy needs a lifeline. She escapes to the one place she’s always called home, only to find the new village doctor, Tom Ashby, and his motherless little daughter Perdy sharing her retreat. Amy tries to keep her longings locked up tight but, enchanted by the sad little girl and captivated by Tom’s heart-melting smile, she finds her shattered dreams come flooding back. Life has been tough for all of them, but together can they make each other whole?

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#BRMondays – Sydney by Kat Brewer

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Published April 24th, 2017
Amazon Kindle: 297 Pages
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction

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A veteran combat nurse, Sydney’s Davis’ arrival on Jiva leaves her at the mercy of ruthless slavers from Ambria.
Saved by a powerful Warlord she finds herself in the household of his healer as plans for war are furthered. Keeping those around her in ignorance of her true identity, Sydney battles PTSD and the demons of her past as she struggles with the reality of her new world.

Frightened and alone, she discovers that there are other like her, other Portal Travelers. She makes her way to the headquarters camp of the allied nations that have gathered to depose the King of Ambria to find the other women like herself.
At first thought a spy, Sydney is soon welcomed by the women of Erla and Tayliss. Her skills as a combat nurse serve her well as she assists Veronica and the other healers as they treat the wounded.

As freedom rings for the men of Tayliss and Erla, there are those that are opposed to freeing their slaves, and the Queen of Tayliss must fight to keep her Throne, her life and the lives of her children.

Sydney’s journey takes her on an adventure she never could have imagined, and shows her the woman she can be.

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#BRMondays – Outback Billionaire by Nikki Steele

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Published April 24th, 2017
Amazon Kindle: 193 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Australia & South Pacific

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She has a broken heart. He has a broken body. Together, they’ll find healing in each other and the Great Australian Outback.

Marlo never expected to find love in Australia—far from it, she hates the place. She’s got a crappy job, her fiancé has just left her, and all she wants now is to buy a ticket home to America.

Then she meets Jack—a handsome, rugged Australian billionaire with a wild streak; as good at handling horses as he is at tumbling in her bed. He owns a station in the middle of Australia, and when she takes up his offer of work, sparks of attraction between the two quickly blossom into romance.

But something is wrong.

Marlo is the one with the broken heart, but it’s Jack who is acting strange—like a storm cloud hangs over his head. It has something to do with the eyepatch just above those kissable lips, but he doesn’t want to talk about it. All Marlo knows is it’s an old childhood tragedy, come back to rear its ugly head.

Jack has healed her broken heart. But that might not be enough in the vast Australian Outback. Because Jack too is broken.

And it might take more than she can give to heal him.

Outback Billionaire is a standalone romance with a happy ending.

But be warned: this book is as hot as the Australian Outback! It contains smoking action between a feisty American woman and a sexy, bad boy Australian Billionaire, including sizzling scenes which are for adults only.

Read this book if you enjoy intelligent romance, hot love scenes, and bad boy billionaires with sexy Australian accents!.

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#BRMondays – Shy Girls Write It Better by May Sage

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Published October 11th, 2016 by Madam’s Books
Amazon Kindle: 182 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories

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Cassie Franklin trips over nothing on perfectly flat surfaces every day, and she cannot seem to be able to simultaneously speak and look into her audience’s eyes.

Cassandra Frank is the ultimate tease; her words have aroused, intrigued and captured the heart of thousands…

And somehow, they are the same person.

Hiding the fact that she writes erotica isn’t much of a challenge – no one would ever think that a plain, boring little accountant like Cassie could so much as read anything so scandalous…

But one day, she makes a huge mistake.

Carter Harris employs so many people he can’t exactly recall all their names, but strangely, he knows her. She isn’t an executive, she isn’t sexy, or otherwise noticeable, but the girl is cute – in a helpless, unique sort of way.

He can’t pretend to say she ever crosses his mind, though… Until the day he finds the manuscript she worked on during her lunch hour.

Shy girls write it better is an adult romance with explicit content. Standalone novel.

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#BRMondays – Honored by Frankie Love

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Published April 5th 2017
Amazon Kindle: 128 Pages
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

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When my cousin Jax bails me out after a bar fight, I head to his middle-of-nowhere cabin. Not my first choice—but who knows, maybe I’ll become a real fucking mountain man.

I’m not the only person staying at Jax’s place.
His wife’s cousin, Honor, is here too.
Suddenly this mountain is looking a hell of a lot better.

When Honor tells me her life is complicated it’s the understatement of the century.
Besides having a tender heart and the face of an angel, she’s a sister-wife, on the run from her ex, desperate to give her children a better life.

I’ve spent the last few years fucking around while Honor’s been raising her babies.
It’s time for me to get my shit together.
No one thinks Honor should get involved with another man, especially a man like me.

But they don’t understand—Honor is my woman now.
And I’m not leaving this mountain until I have her.

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#BRMondays – Six Months in Montana by Pamela Kelley

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six-months-in-montana-coverPublished November 17th 2013 by Piping Plover Press
Amazon Kindle: 215 Pages
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Western, Clean & Wholesome

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Molly Bishop loves living in Manhattan and managing a boutique luxury hotel. She’s about to be promoted to her dream job of General Manager, the role she’s been striving for her entire career.

There’s only one thing standing in her way.

The will of her childhood friend, Christian Ford’s grandfather. She hasn’t even seen Christian in over ten years, but a recent run-in with his grandfather during a rare visit home, resulted in a new condition to the will. Christian will only inherit the ranch he’s been running and the real estate development business that he has expanded, if he marries Molly and stays married for at least six months.

This is what I would call a cozy romance, it’s romantic and sweet and is set in a small fictional town about 30 miles from Bozeman, MT. Warning, if you prefer your stories with the bedroom doors wide open and the windows steamed up, you may be disappointed. 🙂

I love to cook and try new recipes and if you do too, you may want to check out the recipe I included at the end of the book, for Lazy Lobster Casserole, the dish that Molly serves her guests at the Rose Cottage Inn’s first wine dinner. It’s a recipe I know by heart and have made a million times and is great for special occasions. It’s a holiday tradition in our family to have it every Christmas Eve. 🙂

***Also, please know that this book has a bit of a food focus, if you don’t like cooking or talk of recipes, etc. this may not be a good fit for you.

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#BRMondays – Own Me by Penny Wylder

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Published March 12th 2017 by Penny Wylder Books
Amazon Kindle: 124 Pages
Genre: Romance, Adult Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Contemporary Romance

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I owe a million dollars to a man who could destroy my life.

Ruining my step-father’s business was an accident—but that’s not exactly comforting when I’m being forced to pay him back. He’s made it very clear: If I don’t repay him ASAP, my mother will take her own life to get him the insurance money. But I’d never let that happen.

I’ll handle this the only way I can…

I’ll sell my body.

Everything about this is scary. Then I meet my first client.

Giovanni is more ink than tanned skin; more muscle than bone. Becoming an escort was never my dream, but if every client is as sexy as him, maybe it won’t be so bad?

But Gio has plans for me. Dirty, filthy plans. Because any man that would pay a million dollars to make sure he’s my ONLY client—to take possession of me in every sense of the word—isn’t someone who acts “vanilla” behind closed doors.

If I let him own me, he’ll be my hero.

But what if I can’t handle what he wants?

This is a standalone novella with a HEA and NO cheating!
Penny Wylder writes just that– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

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#BRMondays – Stalker by Lolita Lane

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Published March 18th, 2017 by Flirt Publishing
Genre: Short Story, Contemporary Romance,

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Some people may think I’m stalking him, but I’m not. I just like…observing, and he happens to be my favorite subject.

I like to call him Mr. X. It’s safer that way, since he’s the hottest doctor in town, and I’d turn into a laughingstock in an instant if people find out I have the audacity of even crushing on him – someone wildly successful, heartbreakingly handsome, and so dangerously charming he can seduce you into doing anything.

I’ve seen it happen one too many times, which is why I know it’s better this way.
I stalk him when I need to de-stress. Fantasize about all sorts of things, which I then write in my journal.

He’s my imaginary boyfriend, and that’s all he was supposed to be until…
The day he suddenly meets my gaze—
Talks to me—
Touches me—
And everything changes.

Warning: This is an over-the-top, completely unrealistic, 100% escapist, insta-lust and insta-love kind of story between a good girl and a bad boy. Expect hot sex, some drama and angst, funny and sweet romance, and borderline taboo fantasies come to life.

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#BRMondays – Bedside Manner by DJ Jamison

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Published March 7th, 2017 by Davina Jamison
Amazon Kindle: 187 pages
Genre: MM Romance, LGBTQ, Romance, Gay Romance, Gay Fiction

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Dr. Paul Johnston can’t get a set of dark, somber eyes out of his head, and the timing couldn’t be worse.

The last thing he needs is to fall for a patient. Not now, when he’s been put on paid leave pending review of a formal complaint. One that accuses him of sexual impropriety of some kind. It’s possible he let his newfound freedom as a divorced, out-of-the-closet gay man go to his head, but he’s certain — mostly — he didn’t do anything wrong. Now, he’s struggling to handle the reality that his job is in danger and the only guy he wants should be off-limits.

Zane Kavanaugh is floundering, and there’s only one man who soothes the storm inside him.

Reeling from an assault that landed him in the hospital and the painful estrangement from his family since coming out, Zane is trying to get his feet under him and find his independence. He moves in with a roommate and searches for a job, all while recovering from a fractured arm and cracked ribs. None of that hurts as much as the emotional damage he’s suffered. When he connects with Dr. Paul Johnston outside of the ER, he’s drawn to the man’s calm, collected manner. It doesn’t hurt that Paul’s lack of experience with men is sexy as hell, and so are his over-the-top responses when Zane gets his lips on him.

There’s no right time to fall in love.

Paul is afraid to start a relationship, and Zane can only handle so much more rejection. Will these two find their perfect moment, or will they realize you can’t choose when and how you fall in love? If Paul can’t take a risk, he may have to choose: the career he loves or the first man to capture his heart.

This is a m/m romance. It can be read as a standalone, although the characters appear in secondary roles in Heart Trouble.

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