Here to tantalize us…Mandi!

Hi everyone! I want to introduce you to a wonderful author and her new book, To Rome with Love.

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Hi Mandi!  Its so nice to have you on my new segment, Tantalizing Tuesdays. I know how exciting it is to have a new book released. Why don’t you tell us about yours.

To Rome With Love placed fifth in the 2014 Heart-to-Heart competition run by the San Francisco branch of RWA, and is the first in a series called Love in the City.  

Wow! Congratulations! What an honor. If you could sum up your book in one sentence, what would it be?

It’s a sexy tale of a funny and talented soon-to-be-divorcee chef trying to resist the irresistible in a city made for temptation.

Sounds sexy alright. I’m intrigued but come on, can’t you give us a little more? Pretty please….

When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome.

Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them.

But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?

Oh man, this sounds like an amazing book! Now that we know more about it, could you answer a few questions to let the readers know more about you?

Great! Let me know what you need from me. 


1. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve been a voracious reader from day oneI love words. The power they have when strung together has always shocked and delighted me. Particularly if you consider they are merely static symbols on a page. And I love stories, which truly are the currency of human life (and look like they’ll survive longer than the European Union.)

I published my first piece of fiction, a short story, when I was twelve, growing up in England. But I didn’t ever consider the life of a writer. I wanted to be a lawyer. One term of contracts and torts quickly disabused me of that notion. My sister suggested I try journalism school and I did and I got my degree and started as a reporter for papers and magazines like the LA Times and the San Francisco Examiner, (now the S.F Chronicle), the San Jose Mercury News, W magazine, Travel & Leisure and more. I loved working in non-fiction, and looking for a new challenge, decided to venture into fiction, a very different-and much harder-animal to tame. So far I love it! 

2. Isn’t it crazy how you start out planning to so one thing and end up somewhere totally different? Okay, next question. What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?  

that I love the concept of American diners.

3. There are so many different diners, it can really blow your mind. So, who is your all time favorite author?

That’s impossible to answer! Here are three: Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton

4. Great choices! It’s so hard to choose sometimes. All right, so what is the hardest thing about being an author?

A blank screen

5. OMG! You nailed it there. I absoulty hate a blank screen. So daunting…Okay, last question. Where is the one place you would go if you could go anywhere?

To Rome

Ha ha, should have known. 😄 Mandi, I want to thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to read your book. When does it get released?

 To Rome With Love is being released Feb. 10.

Right before Valentine’s Day. How perfect is that? Where can readers find it?

Author | To Rome With Love |http://amzn.com/B01AO6MH96

Any other books you want us to know about?

Author | The Blasphemy Box |www.amazon.com/dp/0615736831

Sweet. Now if readers want to contact you, where can they go?

http://www.mandibenet.com
http://www.facebook.com/mandibenetauthor
https://twitter.com/MANDYSCRIBEISTA

Awesome. Thank you again for stopping by. Please come by again anytime.

 

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8 Stories That Will Heat Up Your Christmas

Hello all! Well it’s official. The Soul Mate Christmas Anthology is coming together nicely. 8 exceptional authors, myself included, have written some deliciously hot Christmas themed romances. And they are all rolled into one super book that will be available soon. Here is a list of the authors in alphabetical order:

1. Beth Carter    

2. Amy Deason

3. Crystal Firsdon

4. C.D. Hersh

5. Kim Hotzon

6. Ryan Jo Summers

7. Tina Susedik 

8. Cheryl Yeko

And here is the amazing cover…

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Pretty hot isn’t it?  🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

And for an extra bonus, I’m including the link for the book trailer. Please take a moment to click on it and check it out. Enjoy!


 

Christmas is coming…

Hi everyone! Ready or not, the countdown to Christmas is on. 🎄🎅  🎁  But who says that the holiday season has to be cold? 💨 ⛄ If you are looking for a little ‘sizzle’ to your holiday Christmas list, 📚 then get ready for a soon to be released anthology filled with holiday cheer 🎉, love 💖, and more than a little heat. 🔥🔥🔥

 
SIZZLE IN THE SNOW:                                SOUL MATE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

 

Eight steamy romance stories featuring eight Soul Mate Publishing authors . . .
This Christmas season, Soul Mate Publishing and editor, Char Chaffin present Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection, an anthology which will soon be available on Amazon and Soul Mate Publishing. The featured authors and their stories include:

• Beth Carter  http://bethcarter.com/, Santa Baby

• Amy Deason https://amydeason.wordpress.com/, Second Chances: A Christmas Story

• Crystal Firsdon http://crystalfirsdon.com/, ‘Twas the Crazy Night Before Christmas

• CD Hersh https://cdhersh.wordpress.com/, Kissing Santa

• Kim Hotzon http://kimhotzon.com/, The Snow Bird

• Ryan Jo Summers http://www.ryanjosummers.com/, Tamed by Christmas

• Tina Susedik http://www.tinasusedik.com/, Operation Santa

• Cheryl Yeko http://www.cherylyeko.com/, Christmas Eve Surprise

Get ready as we unveil new surprises with each newsletter, coming every ten days!

Check your inbox for each newsletter; inside you’ll find:
• great new recipes, tested and approved by the authors

• a sneak peek inside the favorite Christmas memories of each author

decorating tips for the holidays

• homemade, DIY craft ideas. As the weather gets colder, spend an afternoon getting into the spirit of the season with your own homemade crafts! We’ll be featuring plenty of ideas to keep you entertained.

• an excerpt from each of our featured anthology stories

• a personalized Christmas card from the authors

• links to favorite holiday songs

• festive Christmas cocktails

Of course, as authors we love our readers, and we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to offer swag, free books, a grand prize and a personalized Christmas card from each author! Follow and join the author’s blogs!

We’ll be sending out newsletters beginning October 5th! Don’t miss our upcoming Facebook launch party with tons of goodies to give away! We’ll be announcing the date on the authors’ blogs, so stop by for a sneak peek of this wonderful collection!

Just teasing…with Tina

Good morning all. For today’s Tuesday teaser, I talked with Tina. Wow, now that’s a mouthful.  😉 Seriously though, Tina Susedik is here today and teasing us with her steamy romance Riding for Love. Enjoy!

  

Can a lost love be found again?

Eve Dayton, owner of a riding ranch, rose above her childhood past and overcame the emotional damage her boyfriend caused when he married another woman. Divorced Denton Johanson returns to his hometown to help convict the embezzling controller of the family business. When he runs into Eve, he realizes his feelings for her are still strong enough to try and win her back. 

Can she believe his declaration to be part of her life again? Will she overcome the suspicion that he is part of the problem and accept his help in catching the culprits? 

FUN FACT ABOUT TINA:

In my next book, Never With a Rich Man, there is a scene in a restaurant where the heroine has an accident with a bottle of steak sauce. This scene was taken from a true incident on my first date with a guy in college. I picked up a bottle of steak sauce and when I went to shake it, the lid flew off, spraying sauce all over the wall, my hair, my borrowed dress, and the table. I could have died. I had to go back to the dorm to shower and change clothes before we continued our date. The scene in the book is a precursor to the couple’s first love scene. In real life, I was just hoping my date would still be waiting for me after I’d cleaned up. We’ve been married now for 42 years! Guess he likes steak sauce.

ABOUT TINA:

Tina has been married for over forty years and lives in Wisconsin. After careers in accounting and teaching (not necessarily at the same time), she found her career in writing is what fulfills her the most. When not writing, she loves camping, hiking, photography, reading and playing with her five grandchildren.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

She can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Soul Mate Publishing and The Romantic Times websites.
BUY LINKS: 

Riding for Love: http://www.amazon.com/Riding-for-Love-ebook/dp/B00CLJD31Q

My Sexy Valentine: http://amzn.com/B00SSFM1OChttp://amzn.com/B00SSFM1OC

All I Want for Christmas is a Soul Mate:  http://www.amazon.com/All-I-Want-Christmas-Soulmate-ebook/dp/B00GH2I458/

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riding-for-love-tina-susedik/1119333999?ean=9781619354289

CONTACT LINKS:

http://www.tinasusedik.com

http://tinasusedik.wordpress.com

Twitter: @tinasusedik

Website: TinaSusedik.com

Facebook: Tina Susedik, Author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17908316-riding-for-love

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/riding-for-love/

 
 

 

This Week’s Read…Julie Doherty 

Hi everyone. This week I  hosting Julie Doherty and her amazing book, Scent of the Soul. If you want a mix of tough men, beautiful women, danger, and romance, look no further than right here. Enjoy! 


 

BLURB: 

In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.

 It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.
Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.

It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

Q & A TIME:

1. What made you want to become a writer?                                           Quite simply, I love telling stories. I wish I didn’t. I’d have a lot more spare time.

2. How do you come up with the names for your characters?             If I’m writing something historical, I look through period documents for names. For example, when choosing names in my 18th century tale, SCATTERED SEEDS, I scanned the indenture registries. No shortage of names there! If I’m working on a contemporary story, I try to choose a name that fits the character’s personality. In my current work-in-progress, one character is on her third name, and I’m still not happy with it. We’ll see how that pans out.

3. Do you have a certain spot that you love to write in?                  Okay, don’t laugh, but I love writing in my car, which I fondly call “The Time Machine.” It’s truly the only place I can go for distraction-free writing. Unless you count the time I parked behind the grocery store and two employees used their break to create their own romance. I guess they didn’t see me.

4. When not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?           I have a day job thirty-five miles from home, so I don’t have much spare time. Even my vacations involve some type of research for a story I’m working on. My last “vacation” was a two-day trip to Erie, Pennsylvania, where I sailed on the brig, Niagara to get footage for SCATTERED SEEDS’s book trailer.
5. What is the best advice you have ever gotten?                               “Never give up.” My dad gave me that one, and he was right. If you want something badly enough, you have to go after it.


6. If your book was made into a movie, who would you love to see plays the main characters? Heath Ledger would have been so perfect for the part of Somerled, and I’m still heartbroken over his death. He had that glorious wide forehead and the eyes that I describe in SCENT as:
                                                    “deeply set—sailing eyes, the kind made for scanning horizons and seeking out the world’s edge. She saw intelligence in them, and experience beyond his years. She saw, too, infinite responsibility and conflict. His eyes were like doors, locked doors, to a chamber never visited.” 

 
For Breagha, the actress Elena Satine comes to mind.

 “Her eyes were frightened and searching. They were green—vivid green—like Islay’s fields in mid-summer. Above them, her hair gleamed like a polished hazelnut.” 

 
If Steve Buscemi shaved his head, he would make a great Semjaza.

 “Gone also were his hazel eyes, replaced by glowing slits of yellow fury. . . . a head, a hairless one, as cold and bumpy as an oyster shell.”  
AUTHOR BIO:

Julie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Central PA Romance Writers. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Irish husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.

Want to contact Julie? Click a link below:
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Scent-Soul-Julie-Doherty-ebook/dp/B00SZ0SKUE
BOOK TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBuB3WC3FGU

GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/532434.Julie_Doherty

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/SquareSails

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/

 
BLURB:                                                In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.

 It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.

 Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.

 It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

 

 

Just Teasing…With Angela Scavone

Good morning everybody. Well it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. Tuesday Teasers! Today I have Angela Scavone and her riveting military romance, A Journey  Home. Keep reading below for a quick peek inside this emotionally charged book. Enjoy! 



Stephanie Tyler’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and D.A. must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty alongside with ex-husband,  Captain “D.A.” Douglas Aston, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive. 

Angela likes to concoct dairy free recipes from scratch. Sometimes she wins some and sometimes she loses some – tofu, banana and peanut butter pudding we are looking at you.


Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angela.scavone.52
Twitter: https://twitter.com/busterwhyte

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6683076-angela-scavone

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/busterwhyte/

 Buy Link:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W3UK05A/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d16_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1ECR1S1MKJY50BF4CEC5&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop