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Music Monday- Flip the Beat

And we’re back for another Music Monday, this time with Roxanne Howard to discuss her latest release, Flip the Beat!

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Just the Way You Are- Billy Joel

The main character of the book, Molly Ivers, is a grad student about ready to go to Paris for a special internship. She is approached by a life coach who sees potential in her, and like a fairy godfather, he helps her transform her appearance to better fit into Parisian society. Molly gave her virginity to her friend, Evan Castle, a while back in a night of unexpected passion. He’s always adored Molly just the way she is, and if I had to pick a song about how he feels about her, Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” would be it.

Bon Jovi- (You Want To) Make a Memory

In the song “Make a Memory”, after Evan and Molly slept together the first time, it didn’t work out because of the invasiveness of the groupies that are known to hang around Evan from his rock band shows. Throughout the story, as Molly changes her appearance and prepares for her new road in life, her love life changes as well, and “Make a Memory” is what I would classify as Evan and Molly’s theme song.

What are you up to next?

There are a lot of steamy, steamy books heading your way! Save the date for my upcoming romance releases in the next six months:

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Flip the Beat

Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.

Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F91975X/

Boroughs Publishing Group: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/flip-beat

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40649672-flip-the-beat 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/flip-the-beat

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flip-the-beat-roxanne-d-howard/1129032378?ean=2940155322672

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/874148

Author Bio:

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Paula Millhouse

It’s that time of week again, where we get to know more of the kickass talent out there! As someone who loves meeting people, particularly creative people, this post has been a joy, and I’ve found everyone’s answers fascinating!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse!

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What writing quote means the most to you?

Via the awesome Chuck Wendig: “Finish your shit.” While at first his words may sound crass, the truth is in the quote for writers. You started that story. Finish it. That’s the only way through. Writers write. End of discussion.

Ha, I love that! Couldn’t agree more. What about inspiration? Where do you draw it from?

Writing is my therapy, my way back to myself, a sort-of Zen meditation if you will. This crazy old world can challenge the best and the worst in us, and writing helps me diffuse. Temperance is a value I hold dear – the philosophy that we should take it for granted that people act for good despite their circumstances.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re so attached to that you could write stories about them forever?

My dragonlet Magnus is my favorite character. He’s young, and full of whimsy, and adventure with so much to learn about the world. He’s got this huge destiny, but he’s just this intelligent youngling thrown into an impossible situation. I think I could write about him discovering his world forever.

For those curious, we have a picture!

3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background
3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background

For many of us, we travel through our writing, but when it comes to real life vacations, do you have a dream one?

A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to visit the Greek Isles. The landscape there, and the history fascinates me. Not to mention the food, and the Ouzo! Second choice – Scotland.

Any projects you’re really excited to share with us?

Chalvaren Rising, my first professionally edited and produced Fantasy Romance novel with Boroughs Publishing Group. I blended the genres, and while traditional bookstores might have a hard time shelving the novel, it seems like the perfect marriage of story to me. Most fantasy books don’t have enough romance for me, and I find magic lacking in most straight romances. Hey, all those Hobbits and Elves and Dragons had to come from somewhere, right?

That sounds fantastic! Not going to lie, I’m intrigued–I feel the same way about blending fantasy and romance. When you’re taking a break from writing, what TV shows do you check out?

I gotta go with The Big Bang Theory. Just enough Geek there to make me smile, and the humor is huge – exactly what I need after a hard day at work. I’m a recovering Outlander. Honestly, I still haven’t decided if I’ll give Starz another chance next season after the last two episodes.

What about in the book-o-sphere?

I’m currently reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I enjoyed Marilyn Baxter’s Direct Deposit, a great contemporary. And I just picked up Solid Ground – the premise sounds perfect for my kind of story.

The Book of Life looked pretty intriguing–let me know how it is! And I hope you enjoy Solid Ground : ) Now to my favorite question–what’s your zodiac sign?

Aquarius. It’s true, I can never make up my mind, and as a character flaw, I’ll admit I can hold a grudge for over a year if you cross me. I’m working on that with respect to my goal of Temperance…

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

The heroine who’s too stupid to live. I know we’ve got to showcase internal conflict as writers, but nothing drives me battier than a woman who can’t make up her mind. I appreciate kick-ass heroines who harbor dark secrets and aren’t afraid to act on good instincts. I love to read about gals who know who/what they want, and go for it despite the odds.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find the Author here:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Boroughs Publishing Group / Pinterest

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The Dragonstone has returned. With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Buy it here: Boroughs Publishing Group

Thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Join us next week to meet a new author!

 

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: L.P. Maxa

It’s that time of the week again–Wednesday when we meet new writers! There are a lot of writers out there, so how do you find the latest talent? By reading this weekly post!

FullSizeRenderToday let’s welcome L.P. Maxa!

What’s your favorite quote about writing?

I have two. The first is a little funny.

“I write though whether that helps me keep my sanity or makes me lose it I will never know.” –unknown

More soulful.

“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” -The Book Thief

I know everyone’s unique and draws their inspiration from different places and situations–how do you tap into yours?

EVERYTHING inspires me! Songs I hear, experiences I’ve had, people I know. Play Nice was inspired by one of my good friends, her brother is the drummer in an up and coming band. Their bond and love for each other is what gave me the original idea for the book. Of course, once I started writing it developed a mind of its own. Never Ever, which is currently on Kindle, was inspired by an actual yearly girls trip my girlfriends from college and I take. I’m toying around with another book right now that was inspired by a Miranda Lambert song I heard on Pandora. Pretty much anything can spark an idea in my brain.

Do you have a character of yours that you feel like you could write forever? One you absolutely love?

Hands down my favorite character is Taylor Hill, he is the male lead in Never Ever. I love him! He is cocky, funny, sarcastic and of course sexy and gorgeous. I enjoy writing him because he is super witty, but super sweet also. One of those perfect self-proclaimed players that just can’t help but fall for the girl.

Brice Huntington is a secondary character in Happy Place. That character is based loosely on someone I know and adore, so he was fun to write as well. So fun, in fact, that I think he might get his own book eventually.

Amidst this summer weather, the travel bug’s already bitten me–where would you take your dream vacation?

Every year my whole family goes down to Seaside, Florida. My parents are building a house there as we speak, I’m so excited! I absolutely LOVE it there. As soon as I take one step outside of the airport I breathe a sigh of relief. My novel Happy Place has some parts that take place there, that’s how much I enjoy being in Seaside. My husband and I actually got married on the beach down from my parent’s neighborhood. And last summer we took our daughter and it was the first time she saw the ocean. Plus, it’s not too far, I am the WORST flier. I hate to fly. But if I could get over my aversion to flight, Greece would be a really cool place to go. Oh! And Ireland, I have an EXTREME weakness for Irish accents.

What project are you most excited about right now?

Well, I am currently working on Play Fair, the second book in The Devil’s Share series. It’s going really well, which is a relief because it got off to a rocky start. So I’m pretty pumped to get that to my editor. Side note: Play Nice, book one will be released on July 2nd!! Also, a really good friend and I started writing a book together. It’s a lot more tragic and emotional than what I normally write so I’m excited for the challenge.

Do you have a favorite TV show you’re watching right now?

How can I possibly choose?! I was a HUGE Sons of Anarchy fan, so I’m still dealing with the loss of that show. But I am a Walking Dead (Norman Reedus) super fan as well. My friends think my crush on Norman Reedus is weird, but I’ve had a thing for him going back to the Boondock Saints days. (Told you I had a thing for Irish accents) I also really enjoy Nashville and The Originals. Oh, and I’m binge watching Justified on Amazon Prime right now too.

Oh man, I just started tearing through Sons of Anarchy on Netflix–so good. What about on your bookshelf? Anything awesome you’re reading?

I just read the first two books in the Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy. That series is a little more YA than I usually read, but I really enjoyed them. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, those are all good. The Indebted series by Pepper Winter is crazy dark, but I couldn’t put them down! As I was reading the first book, I kept thinking “Okay, I can’t read this, this is too weird.” But, I finished it. And then when the next one came out, I read that one too. I’m kind of addicted now.

And now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Capricorn. But, I was born like 4 weeks early, so technically I should be an Aquarius. I think I’m like an in between signs person. Is that a thing? If it is, then I am.

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

That’s easy. I cannot stand when a book doesn’t not have enough DIALOGUE! I want to read the characters interacting with each other. I get so bored reading about feelings and scenery. I try really hard in my books to let feeling come to light in the dialogue. Let the characters figure it out for themselves. When one person feels one way, but the other person never knows it, I lose my mind. I can’t deal with that. I like direct. Also, female characters like Anastasia Steele drive me crazy. “Oh you bought me a car? I can’t accept.” Of course you can. What chick is going to start sleeping with a sexy billionaire and then turn down extravagant gifts? Not this chick.

Where can your readers find you?

L.P. Maxa’s Amazon Page

Don’t miss out on the latest release–Play Nice, to be released with Boroughs Publishing Group on July 2nd!

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Solid Ground Under Contract!

My sci-fi romance short, Solid Ground, has a home now! Boroughs Publishing has accepted it as part of their Lunchbox Romance line!

Check out this spiffy publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

They’ve been absolutely wonderful so far, and I can’t wait to start working with them. Super excited to share this story with you, it’s short, but saccharine sweet, and the theme’s sure to tug some heartstrings.