Three Questions with Kelsey Kingsley!

In which I get to interview my wifey/X-Files Twin and romance author Kelsey freaking Kingsley!i

1.      Do you have a favorite non-romance book? (You don’t have to choose just one…)

Okay, here’s the thing: I didn’t start reading straight-up romance until about, oh, four years ago, I think it was? So, that’s thirty years or so of reading books that weren’t very romantic at all. But what’s funny is, a few of my most favorite books ever have a very romantic vibe to them. Like Lisey’s Story by Stephen King. That is one of my all-time favorite books, and even while it is creepy, it’s also super romantic (and a serious tear-jerker, too). Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is another one. Another edge-of-your-seat creepy book, but the love story there is so swoon-worthy, I die every time I read it.

2.      Do you have a favorite character that you’ve ever written?

OMG, Sebastian Moore (who is in a few books but stars in The Life We Wanted). Hands down. There’s something so amazing about writing a character with zero filters. When I’m writing his dialogue, whatever pops into my head first is exactly what goes down on the page. I don’t edit, I don’t try to “perfect” it. Whatever I type first is what stays there. It makes him probably my most authentic character and also the most fun (for me).

3.      What does your writing process look like? Are you a morning or evening writer? Do you have to have anything *with* you to write? (Like coffee, tea, wine…)

My writing process is…chaotic. I used to try to outline or at least have somewhat of a plan, but my characters take on their own personalities too much for me to stick with it much. So, I typically go into it knowing what the basic beginning, middle, and end is going to be, and I fill in the blanks from there. I’m definitely a night writer. Like I’m talking, middle of the night, 3am, most people are asleep type of night writer. I don’t like to have any distractions and that seems to be the time to do it. Also! I need water and music in order to write. And my cat. I always need my cat. Not because she provides inspiration or anything. She’s just fluffy and cute and keeps me from wanting to break things when my characters misbehave.

Click here to check out Kelsey’s newest release FORGET THE STARS (free in Kindle Unlimited!) And if you want a peek into her author life follow her on Instagram here.

WILD OPEN HEARTS coming 10/25!

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Wild Open Hearts

A Bluewater Billionaires Romantic Comedy

Release: 10/25
Cover designer: Kari March Designs
TBR: http://bit.ly/31vTbdL

WILD OPEN HEARTS is the third book in the Bluewater Billionaires series - four interconnected, standalone romantic comedies brought to you by Lucy ScoreClaire KingsleyKathryn Nolan and Pippa Grant.

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“I’ve heard that boys with motorcycles have less-than-noble intentions.”

“Not a boy,” Beck said. “And you heard right.”

Luna da Rosa is America’s Vegan Best Friend. The self-made billionaire is a flower-crowned hippie whose Instagram feed is as popular as Wild Heart - her vegan makeup company. When she’s not changing the cosmetics industry, she’s dazzling her online fans with kombucha recipes. Until Wild Heart is caught in a scandal – destroying her reputation as a cheerful do-gooder.

Beck Mason is the prodigal son of Miami’s most notorious biker gang. But Beck left his criminal family to start Lucky Dog, rescuing dogs who need the most help. Except the surly ex-outlaw never realized leading a struggling nonprofit with a ragtag crew would be so damn hard. They’re in dire need of cash – and fast.

Luna believes working at Lucky Dog will fix her image problem and get Beck the money he needs. It’s a win-win, right? Except Beck doesn’t like the sunny, free-spirited…okay beautiful…billionaire. He sure as hell doesn’t trust Luna not to use him just to make herself look good.

Sure – Beck’s grumpy, stubborn pride and meat-eating ways irritate Luna. Even though Beck’s big-heart-and-big-beard-combo is dangerously sexy. And they really shouldn’t have shared The Kiss to End All Kisses on the back of his motorcycle one night…

But as the bohemian billionaire and the burly biker give into their electrifying attraction – will their differences keep them apart? Or will they finally learn to trust their wild hearts?

Author’s Note: Big, grumpy, bearded hero. Happy-go-lucky, hippie heroine. Snarky banter. Opposites that don’t so much attract as combust. Motorcycle sex. Steamy Miami nights. Four lady billionaire best friends. All the rescue dogs. Major heart-feels.

Bluewater Billionaires: A Romantic Comedy Series Coming Fall 2019

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Lucy Score, Claire Kingsley, Kathryn Nolan and Pippa Grant are bringing you a series of interconnected, standalone romantic comedies.

Genius. Mogul. Philanthropist. Heiress.

Don’t call her bossy. You can call her the boss. Welcome to Bluewater.

THE SERIES

Emily has a billion-dollar deal that’s falling apart and a naked stranger in her bathtub who says he can make all her problems disappear in Lucy Score’s The Price of Scandal. (Release date: 9/27)

 Cameron is reluctantly saddled with an overprotective bodyguard in Claire Kingsley’s The Mogul and the Muscle. (Release date: 10/11)

Luna loses the public’s adoration after a corporate scandal and there’s only one man—a big, bearded, dog-rescuing biker—who can help her save it all in Kathryn Nolan’s Wild Open Hearts. (Release date: 10/25)

Nightlife-loving Daisy is forced into the mom life when she inherits a baby… and the baby’s other broody, serious, sexy guardian in Pippa Grant’s Crazy for Loving You. (Release date: 11/8)

Hot August recommendations!

Enjoy some of my hot recommendations from August (goodbye summer! *sobs*) and hang tight for next week's book news! <—— got your attention, didn’t I? cough cough BLUEWATER BILLIONAIRES cough cough

So while you’re sipping those early pumpkin spice lattes, lemme share my recommendations from August!

ROMANCE READS

This month I was captivated as hell by the first two books in Sierra Simone's new Thornchapel series: A LESSON IN THORNS and FEAST OF SPARKS. Think lush, poetic, dark, kinky fairy-tale set in a dreary, historic, romantic manor in the English countryside. There's also group sex, a murder mystery, lore, Biblical stories and librarian-love. If you love a poetic story with your kink, I highly recommend these.

NON-ROMANCE READS

I read a lot of different genre fiction and I'm a huge fan of suspenseful thrillers. I devoured THE HUNTING PARTY in two days - old college friends get trapped in a lodge in Scotland...and one of them ends up murdered. A fun little pschological read that was definitely creepy and intriguing.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO (AUDIOBOOKS)

Since I have a young and extremely active dog/coyote, I spend a lot of time walking Walter around the Philly streets. Audiobooks are my new jam for that very reason! Right now I'm loving:

WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE: Romantic fantasy, rebels, spies, political intrigue. If you're a fan of The Handmaid's Tale, you'll enjoy this one.

TWO WEDDING CRASHERS: How come no one told me Meghan Quinn's books were so damn delightful? This is my first of hers and it is adorable, quirky, funny, hot AF and the slow-burn sexual tension is delicious. I've heard the whole Dating By Numbers series is a treat!

Three Questions with Jessica Peterson!

Three Questions....with Jessica Peterson!

In which I get to interview one of my favorite contemporary romance authors!

#1. Socks during sex: yes or no?

This question made me laugh. To be honest: NO TO THE SOCKS! At least in the fictional sex scenes I create. Sometimes in real life, you just can’t wait! But YES to consent, condoms, and plenty of climaxes. Sex scenes happen to be my absolute favorite scenes to write. Well, sex scenes and kissing scenes. Oftentimes a good kiss can be just as memorable and toe-curling as a super intense sex scene! One of the many reasons why I love Kathryn’s books so much—she can do kissing AND sex really, really well. I bow down to you lady! (<----- I paid Jessica to say that)

What song makes you get up and dance?

Ooooh I love to dance, so this question is right up my alley! My music taste runs the gamut, from 90s hip hop and R&B to classic rock to boy bands. For every book I write, I put together a playlist of songs that inspired the story. For my latest release, SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN, that playlist included everyone from Drake to Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie. In fact, Bowie (his ghost AND his music!) makes several appearances in the book. Hard to pick the most danceable Bowie song, but I’d have to go with either “Young Americans” or the obvious choice, “Let’s Dance.”

What is your prime writing time – and how long can you write at a pop?

I’ve written a LOT of books, but I’m still figuring out my writing process. I’m a panster by nature, but I usually have a very loose outline in my head when I sit down to write. Usually I do my best writing/thinking either early in the morning or later at night. I have to get some momentum going first thing, or I’m a goner. For as much as I love being writer, writing itself is often tedious (spoiler alert: sometimes being a romance novelist is not romantic at all!). It’s hard work, always the hardest work I have to do that day. So I like to get it done, then ride that wave of productivity the rest of the day.

And my word count totals depend on whether or not I’m on deadline! My happy place is writing about 2,000 words or so a day. But with a deadline looming, I can ramp it up to 4-5,000 words. Any more than that and I am toast!

Thank you so much for having me. If you don’t know yet, I absolutely ADORE Kathryn and her incredible romance. It’s an honor to stop by!

P.S. Check out Jessica’s newest release SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN which is live on Amazon and free in KU!

✔️Accidental Pregnancy
✔️Enemies-to-lovers
✔️Grumpy, growly hero
✔️All the hot, backseat hate sex you can handle

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BEHIND THE VEIL is live and free in Kindle Unlimited!

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"Kathryn Nolan outdid herself with this amazing book. Henry Finch, a sexy nerd who is both secretly dirty and wears his heart on his sleeve, belongs in the book boyfriend hall of fame." - Stephanie Rose, author of the Second Chances series and Think Twice

BEHIND THE VEIL is live at $2.99 for this week only - and free in KU! Grab your copy here.

Just because the marriage is fake doesn’t mean the attraction is…


Delilah Barrett is a head-turning beauty on a quest for justice. The former cop with a checkered past has made a career of recovering stolen rare books with her private detective firm. She’s level-headed, smart, cool under pressure… and entirely unprepared for her new assignment.

When a centuries-old book worth an astronomical fortune disappears from Philadelphia’s Franklin Museum, Delilah is paired up with Henry Finch, a brilliant rare book librarian and celebrated academic.

Their orders: Go undercover as a married couple and recover the book by whatever means necessary.

Henry can speak four languages and wear a suit like he was born in Armani. But he’s never squared off against criminals. Never operated in this underground society of glamour and greed. And he’s certainly never pretended to be married to a woman who both dazzles and distrusts him.

Delilah’s keen instincts are her greatest gift, but her growing attraction to the sexy librarian is messing with her head. Every feigned caress, every for-the-audience kiss only heightens the seduction, building a fire that refuses to extinguish. As the danger intensifies, so does the temptation to let their fake desire become real. With a priceless artifact at stake, can this undercover couple learn to trust each other…before it’s too late?

Author’s Note: If fake marriage, closet sex, secret passages, guns and garter belts, high-society galas, mysterious code words, and danger pushes your pleasure buttons Behind the Veil is for you!

The marriage is fake. The danger is real. BEHIND THE VEIL is coming June 21st!

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Delilah Barrett is a head-turning beauty on a quest for justice. The former cop with a checkered past has made a career of recovering stolen rare books with her private detective firm. She’s level-headed, smart, cool under pressure… and entirely unprepared for her new assignment. 

 When a centuries-old book worth an astronomical fortune disappears from Philadelphia’s Franklin Museum, Delilah is paired up with Henry Finch, a brilliant rare book librarian and celebrated academic.  

 Their orders: Go undercover as a married couple and recover the book by whatever means necessary. 

 Henry can speak four languages and wear a suit like he was born in Armani. But he’s never squared off against criminals. Never operated in this underground society of glamor and greed.  And he’s certainly never pretended to be married to a woman who both dazzles and distrusts him. 

 Delilah’s keen instincts are her greatest gift, but her growing attraction to the sexy librarian is messing with her head. Every feigned caress, every for-the-audience kiss only heightens the seduction, building a fire that refuses to extinguish. As the danger intensifies, so does the temptation to let their fake desire become real. With a priceless artifact at stake, can this undercover couple learn to trust each other…before it’s too late? 

 Author’s Note: If fake marriage, closet sex, secret passages, guns and garter belts, high-society galas, mysterious code words, and danger pushes your pleasure buttons Behind the Veil is for you! 

Want to heat up your holiday season? I've got just the thing...

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Coming December 6th...cancel your plans, light some candles and prepare to heat up your December with some red-hot short stories...

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A woman and her sexy, firefighting boyfriend seduce another man – or is he seducing them?
 
Two thieves fight over the same diamond – until the threat of capture forces them to face their undeniable attraction.
 
At a glamorous restaurant, three couples become entangled in a night of ecstasy – each inspired by watching the other.
 
These fourteen erotic short stories describe a world of delicious aches and forbidden desires – a world of secret missives and romantic dreams.
 
Warning: This is a collection of insta-lust, off-the-charts hotness, and swoon-worthy declarations of need. In other words, I think you’re going to love these short stories!