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For Those Who Feel Their Love Life Has Gone to the Dogs…

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Life on the Leash (Gallery Books) is the perfect romantic comedy, complete with an eclectic group of hilarious characters, passionate career goals, and of course a contemporary love story equal parts sweet and saucy. The author, Victoria Schade, is a well-known dog trainer herself, and injects her upbeat approach to working with dogs into the pulse of the story. Cora Bellamy left her high-ranking corporate job behind to work where here heart truly belonged, training dogs. Communicating with these pets and meeting the needs of her clients is second nature to her. However, juggling the two new love interests in her life while prepping to go on television is a completely different story. As Cora breaks out of her shell to…

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The Inspiration Behind Brae’s “Eight Goodbyes”

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Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae is one of the featured titles in BookTrib’s initial “Book Club Booster Program,” in which the book will be included as part of a gift package sent this month to 50 U.S. chapters of The Girly Book Club. My stories have always been spurred by actual events. Eight Goodbyes is no different.   The idea came to me after a chance encounter on a flight to New York two years ago. Since it started on an airplane, I decided to immortalize that one event and build a story around it. As with all my other books, this story incorporates many personal experiences. It highlights the wanderlust that is a huge part of my life, the…

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Alyssa Cole’s Latest Charms All with a Scottish Duke

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Alyssa Cole has presented another winner in her acclaimed Reluctant Royals series with A Duke by Default. In this third installment, New York socialite Portia Hobbs, friend of Ledi from the first novel A Princess in Theory, takes Scotland by storm apprenticing with a struggling sword maker, Tav McKenzie. Though the location of Edinburgh, Scotland and the practice of an apprenticeship are narrative choices that seem dated, the tone of the story is nothing but contemporary. Portia is a relatable young woman who is trying to find her path in the world post college. Tav is a gruff character who cares deeply for his armory business and community, but is not the openly friendly type. For Portia, finding the chinks of…

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Romance & Recovery In Kristen Proby’s Latest Novel

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Kristen Proby is no stranger to the romance genre and holds her own as a returning New York Times bestselling author. However, she takes a new direction with the first book in her Romancing Manhattan series, following three brothers who practice law, balance their work with life in New York and of course meet plenty of beautiful fiery women along the way.  All the Way (William Morrow) follows one of these brothers,  the irresistible Finn Cavanaugh and the beautiful and talented London Watson. London is channeling all of her efforts on physically healing from a tragic fire which gave her a broken leg and cruelly took both of her parents’ lives. As a Broadway actress unable to dance, saddled with…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 15 Steamy New Romances You’ll Warm Up To This Winter

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Between record cold snaps, bomb cyclones, and snow falling by the feet, this winter has been brutal so far. It makes us want to stay inside forever, wrapped up in a warm blanket, sipping tea – and reading a good book, of course. And when it’s this nasty outside, there’s nothing better than a steamy romance novel to help warm us up in just the right ways. So if you’re looking to beat the cold, then look no further, this list (and previews) of new romances is guaranteed to warm you up on a wintry day! Unraveled, Helen Hardt The Hookup, Kristen Ashley Hello Stranger, Lisa Kleypas Wrong to Need You, Alisha Rai Tempest, Beverly Jenkins Judgment Road, Christine Feehan A…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 154: Interview with Sarah Dessen — Writing from Your Heart and Soul

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira interviews bestselling author Sarah Dessen about her latest contemporary YA novel, Once and For All. Sarah’s novels are known for showing what life as a teenager is really like, and her latest novel is no exception as it shines a light into the darker areas of teenage love and heartbreak. In this interview, Sarah takes us behind the scenes of her writing process to show us how she crafts a balance between light and dark in her novels and how even with thirteen books she still faces many challenges of writing. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/154. ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts)…

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Interview with Colleen Hoover, author of ‘Confess’ and ‘Too Late’

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Colleen Hoover,” now! Here, we discuss the book-to-show adaptation of Confess on go90.com (will there be more?!), Hoover’s latest release, Too Late, and what’s in store for the rest of 2017 and beyond. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. Winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance! From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there…

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Candis Terry Takes You On a Trip in ‘Perfect For You’

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article written by Candis Terry, author of Perfect For You. Contemporary Romance author Candis Terry sat down with Bookish to discuss her latest release, Perfect For You. What’s better than a good ol’ fashion road trip? How about a road trip that you fall in love on? Now we’re talking!  Candis Terry knows a thing or two about road trips: Her newest novel, Perfect for You, takes our hero and heroine on a 15-hour ride up the coast. Here, Terry shares her very best road trip tips and tricks (say that five times, fast) and pairs her tidbits of wisdom with some of her favorite romance reads. You can’t go wrong…

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A Featured Story and Giveaway from This Week’s AuthorBuzz

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Dear AuthorBuzz Reader, See what this week’s author has to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, I’m giddy that Tempt Me—the sexy, fun conclusion of the romance between Ryan Hunter and Jamie Archer–is finally here! When Jamie first she popped into my head as Nikki’s best friend in Release Me, I knew she had to have her own story (thus, Tame Me). But for a girl like Jamie, one story just isn’t enough … I hope you enjoy Tempt Me. Jamie and Ryan are one of my favorite couples, and I had a blast writing this book! Please write to [email protected] to…

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January’s Author Crush: Katy Evans’ Novels are Hot, Hot, Hot

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Sometimes you just want to read a sexy book. You know what I mean: those select stories filled with flirtation, innuendo, sexy make-out scenes and even sexier bedroom scenes. These are the books that sweep you up in the romance, delivering a solid story that’s always satisfyingly hot and heavy. When I’m in the mood to be wrapped up in a sexy read, I immediately turn to Katy Evans. Her alpha men are hot, chiseled and so completely devoted to their lady loves that I sometimes find myself dying of jealously while I read. And those lady loves are no slouches either; smart, accomplished and completely worthy of the true love they find in their hot leading men. Their romances…

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Video: Interview with Kristen Ashley and Rock Chick Reawakening: A Novella

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Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Kristen Ashley,” now! Here, we discuss her latest release for 1001 Dark Nights, Rock Chick Reawakening, her new upcoming projects and how she keeps all of her many series and characters organized. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib. From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move…

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December’s Author Crush: Jill Shalvis Masters the Art of Chemistry

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It’s not often that I find a new contemporary romance author who blows me away with the very first book. But that’s exactly what happened when I bought my first Jill Shalvis novel three years ago. The story was Head Over Heels, the third book in Jill Shalvis’ insanely popular Lucky Harbor series. From the first page, I knew it was special — the main character was spunky and fun, and her love interest was brooding and hot. More importantly, they had chemistry. Banter and sweet moments and so much heat that I had to take breaks to fan myself. It’s an elusive concept, true chemistry between characters, and so many authors get it so wrong. But Shalvis isn’t one of them,…

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Holiday Haul-A-Day Giveaway! — Day 3 — “Contemporary/Love”

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Win this bag of books full of contemporary romantic stories about love and family and so much more (plus, the BookTrib tote)! ENTER TO WIN BELOW! Hottest Mess by J. Kenner Sweetest Taboo by J. Kenner Paris is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman The Course of Love by Alain de Botton Everything Love Is by Claire King The Risen by Ron Rash The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith As Close To Us As Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner *Plus, a BookTrib tote bag!  

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Six Packs and Stepsisters: These 10 New Sports-Themed Romances Score Big

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The other day on a whim I decided to watch the first episode of Fox’s new show, Pitch. And OMG I haven’t stopped watching since. Full of strong women, sizzling chemistry and a romance that I’m already rooting for, Pitch is the sports show we all need in our lives right now. It’s also reminding me of how much I love great sports-themed romances!   Luckily for me (and you too!) athlete heroes are all the rage these days, dominating the New Adult and contemporary romance shelves. From the six-pack abs to the never-ending capacity for sport puns, these sexy stories are almost always a home run. #SorryNotSorry Here are 10 recent sports-themed romances that are most definitely hitting it out of the…

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Featured Stories and Free Books from this Week’s AuthorBuzz

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, When Alexandra and I started this series three years ago, it was with a phone conversation. Just to, you know, get acquainted, see if we wanted to write the same kinds of books – and if we had that elusive chemistry. Well, with over twenty stories published and so many readers who keep telling us they love this series, I think chemistry has definitely been established. And, we both believe, a wonderful friendship as well. Great reads do that to you, don’t they? We’d love to hear…

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Here’s This Week’s AuthorBuzz: Free Books and So Much More!

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Reader, In the early 1990s Austin, Texas two young lovers move in together and open a cafe and chase the American dream, only to be besieged by their own pasts, drugs, and New Orleans mobsters. As the plot unfolds the story becomes increasingly sinister. Over the course of little more than a week the couple must find a way to protect each other and all they are struggling for or lose everything. Kirkus Review called Riverside “A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and…

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