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And the Song does it: Author Interview

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(Balefire Series, #2)
Tam DeRudder Jackson
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: August 26th

Blu My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ’n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door. Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about. Ashleigh Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me? Sequel to: 58058430. SY475  - And the Song does it: Author Interview

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Our Author answers some questions about herself and the book.

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Writing about a rock band chose me. I was listening to “Second Chance” by Shinedown, and the idea for Play For Me, Book One in the Balefire Series, popped into my head. Once I wrote the drummer’s story, I knew I’d write the stories of the other members of the band. Because the first book was inspired by a song, I decided to listen to rock songs with the intention of finding the next book. When I heard “What Was I Thinking” by Theory of a Deadman, the idea for Sing For Me came together.

My “research” for this series was mainly listening to music and attending rock concerts, which is a hobby of mine, so the research was a blast. One of my other hobbies is playing the piano. The combination of my hobbies shows in the musicality of the book, which is something early readers have pointed out is a strength and what makes this series unique.

How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully?

Writing sex scenes is one of the easiest parts of writing romance for me, which is probably why my readers tell me they look forward to them. I don’t think it’s at all necessary to have experienced the same sex as the characters in my books. Some of the scenes I’ve written I would never want to experience personally, but they’re exactly right for the characters. By the time my characters are ready for intimacy, I know them very well. What works for them is what goes on the page. For me, those scenes are as specific to the characters as intimacy is to real people, which is what makes those scenes strong elements of my stories.

Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

I’ve used post-it notes, but they tend to stick themselves in places where I can’t find them when I need them. A trick I learned from Alyssa Day during a workshop a while ago is if you’re writing a series, keep a series bible. Readers remember the traits writers give to our characters, so it’s important that we do too, which can be difficult when writing a series. Having everything in one notebook with tabs for each character makes it much easier to keep traits consistent.

Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?

Several schools of thought suggest imitating another author’s style when you’re in the process of finding your own voice. That wasn’t my path. I discovered my style in revisions. However, somewhere along the way, I read in a craft book about keeping a journal of lines you like in other people’s writing and why you like them. After I started this journal, I found that my style improved, probably more from determining why I liked the writing I wrote in it than from the other writers’ lines themselves.

Do you write at home or away from home? If at home, what does your space look like? Are you a tidy person? If away from home – where and why?

I’m so not a public writer. If I can’t have my writing space utterly silent, I can’t write. Coffee shops, libraries, cafés, parks, or any public places have too many distractions. At home, I have an office that I don’t write in very often. Usually, I carry my laptop and stack of resources to the couch in the living room if the weather is nasty or out to my patio when the weather is awesome.

Which of your books are you most proud of?

 So far, the published book I’m most proud of is Druid, Book Five in my paranormal Talisman Series. My experience with writing the previous books in the series coupled with the craft books I’d read along the way and workshops that I took around the time I started the book meant that I came to it with stronger skills. Readers of the entire series tell me this one is their favorite, which reiterates my feelings about it. The book I’m most proud of writing, though, will come out in January 2022 (it’s currently with my editor). Hot For Me, Book Four in the Balefire Series, is my most socially conscious book. It tackles a topic that is important to me while still maintaining the good-time vibe of a rock star romance. I’m proud of that.

If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I’m not a city girl, but if I had to choose a city to live in, it would be London. I love the how cosmopolitan it is while maintaining a village ambience depending on which part of the city you’re in. The way history and modernity blend seamlessly together makes this city both enduring and relevant. I’ve visited London often, but only for short times. I would love to spend half a year there at some point. Weirdly, as much as I love it, I’ve never set a book there, or even included it as part of a book. Something to consider for a future project…


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Tam DeRudder Jackson is the author of the paranormal romance Talisman Series and the contemporary romance Balefire Series. Her favorite “room” in her house is her back patio where she dreams up stories of romance and risk. When she’s not writing her latest paranormal or contemporary romance, you can usually find her driving around with the top down in her convertible or carving turns on the slopes of the local ski hill. The mom of two grown sons, Tam likes to travel, attend rock concerts, watch football and soccer, and visit old car shows with her husband. She lives in the mountains of northwest Wyoming where she spends most of her free time trying to read all the books. Her TBR piles are threatening to take over her office, and she’s fine with that.




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What Shifts a Billionaire? book blitz

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Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Diana Seere
Genres: Paranormal Shifter, Billionaire
Release Date: May 16, 2021

The Billionaire Shifters Club is a paranormal romance series featuring the five Stanton siblings, four brothers and one sister who are all part of an ancient shifter family living in modern America. The subterranean club-within-a-club beneath the streets of Boston, Massachusetts holds secrets only the Stantons and their fellow shifters know.


The first three books in the series, The Billionaire Shifter’s Curvy Match, The Billionaire Shifter’s Virgin Mate, and The Billionaire Shifter’s Second Chance are included in this hot, irresistible collection.

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Welcome to the most exclusive club in the world. The Novo Club. Novo is Latin for “change.” Our members prefer the word “shift” though.

It’s the hottest club in town.

The price of membership is your heart and your secrecy.

All you need to do to join is to be loved beyond your wildest imagination by someone powerful with an…alpha side so primal it’s in their blood.

Are you ready?

Good. Then let’s begin.

About the Author

DIANA SEERE was raised by wolves in the forests outside Boston and San Francisco. The only time she spends in packs these days is at romance writing conventions. In truth, Diana is two New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors who decided to write shifter romance and have more fun.

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Who’s a Grump then?

Perfect Grump
Enemies to Lovers
Nicole Snow
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: Aug 18th 2021
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Perfect Grump

by Nicole Snow

Wall Street Journal bestselling author @nicolesnowbooks returns with a laugh-out-loud wild office romance where two total opposites fight to deny their perfect chemistry.⁣

Perfect Grump is a full-length enemies-to-lovers romance overflowing with hilarious quips, teary-eyed twists, and slow-burn steam that sizzles off the pages. A magnificently bad-tempered boss pursues his spitfire driver in a knock down, claiming, need-you-to-live whirlwind to the Happily Ever After.⁣


I’m in the arms of Chicago’s hottest billionaire bad boy. Only, he’s no bad boy, no scandalicious ticket to tabloid-worthy misadventures.

He’s morphed into Prince Charming. He’s too well-behaved.

I’m scared.

“Hey, Nick?” I whisper.

“Yeah?” His warm minty scent tickles my nostrils, a rich cologne tinged with a hint of his sweat and heady testosterone.

“What’s really going on?”

He looks down at me, his head tilted. “What do you mean? Last I checked, you lied about how much you suck at dancing, Reese. Everybody’s watching us and they love it.”

Not what I’m getting at.

I’m about to ask what I’m really here for tonight and why, because it’s obvious to me there’s more going on here.

This doesn’t add up, and it’s not my paranoia speaking.

Yes, I’m playing a part—his fake date.

I’m here, spinning in this beautiful ballroom, hanging on his arm. I’m not even freaking out as we fade into each other, as he enthralls me a little more with every breath, or when people start aiming their phones at us for pictures.

But this isn’t what we’re here for. I’m guessing everyone in this room has an opinion of Nick Brandt, one way or another. We’re not here to impress them.

Who, then? What? Why?

Before I can ask, the lights go lower. The dancing turns infectious, and we’re surrounded by gently twisting bodies, happy couples glued to each other’s eyes and following his lead. Our lead.

A few of those couples wear their desire, their love, full of longing looks and knowing glances and wandering hands.

Oh, God.

Maybe it’s the atmosphere or maybe it’s his smell, but before I know what I’m doing, I’ve leaned my head on his chest. And then I’m just lost in the moment, his willing captive, too overwhelmed for words when his thick hand caresses my face.

His fingers dip under my chin, urging me up to a beautiful doom.

It’s in those eyes. They glow like soft green stars, intense and urgent, asking a silent question—or is it a demand?

What will you do, Miss Halle? I hear him saying in my head. What will you do if I take that mouth right here? Right now?

My toes scrunch up in my shoes. Our movement slows, our eyes lock, our breaths turn heavy.

And when his gorgeous face sweeps down, so ready to devour me, I don’t even have a prayer.

Our lips collide like they’re opening a portal to another world, hot and wet and wild.

He tastes as good as he looks.

He deepens his kiss, drinking me in with a muffled groan.

He swipes his tongue in my mouth, chasing me, swinging between a litany of teases and filthy, claiming strokes.

The nip of teeth against my bottom lip makes me squeak—but holy flipping bossman, I don’t care.

All the tension that’s been choking us for months—all the magnetism since the day he truly met me as a woman at that office pizza party—boils up my throat and into my fingers.

I’m clinging to him, moaning, soaked and wanting and too stunned for words. He gives back a guttural noise that’s too much like the sound I imagine he’d make inside me.

Insanity, it’s nice to meet you—and that’s a big fat problem.

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Let’s go surfing?

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Georgia Toffolo
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon,
March 18, 2021
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Where an ocean of love awaits

Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life.

Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him.

When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart?

This is part of a series about girl friends who had an accident in Cornwall when they were teenagers.

Each girl has issues as a result of this car accident including one who is paralysed.

But this is Malie’s story.

Malie comes from a family who ran a surf shop in Cornwall and thus spent all her life surfing until  her family shut up shop and she was forbidden to undertake a dangerous sport.

It appears that at least one of Malie’s parents is from Hawaii, but the story doesn’t tell us how they ended up in Cornwall.

I found that some of the story line was confusing. There didn’t seem to have been enough time elapsed for Malie’s surfing competition wins in Hawaii to have occurred considering she didn’t move there until after she left school.

There was a lot of mental angst  on Malie’s behalf but I didn’t find it convincing.

Overall not as good the previous stories in this series.

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What Librarians can do! Book Blitz

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by Kristy Cooper
Genres: Adult, Memoir
Publication date: July 30 th 2021

No one at the library she worked at knew about Kristy Cooper’s other job.

On the surface, it seem that being a librarian and a stripper are polar opposite jobs, but in practice Kristy found that they were not nearly as different as most people would think. Strip club customers and library patrons both produce wild stories, and you have to be good at working with people in both professions (whether your clothes are off or not).

In this first-hand account, Kristy describes her decision to get into stripping to make her student loan debt more manageable, overcome her introversion to learn how to hustle customers, learn about sex worker advocacy, and finally transition into full-time library work. For years Kristy hid her stripping history to fit into the mold of a respectable librarian, but as time went on she realized this wasn’t something she should feel ashamed about. Telling these kinds of stories helps destigmatize sex work, which makes it safer for current sex workers.

Librarianship is changing, especially as the profession begins to evaluate itself through a greater anti-oppression lens. Librarians can learn a lot about class struggle and privacy advocacy from sex workers.

No one at the library she worked at knew about Kristy Cooper’s other job.⁣

⁣⁣ I Was a Stripper Librarian is a new memoir by Kristy Cooper and it’s out NOW!

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I got involved with a former stripper before I ever became one myself.

Lillian had gorgeous long red hair, tattoos, and wore glasses. She was working as a barista at a coffee shop in my college town, Champaign, IL. I was twenty-three and finishing off a year of fucking around partying before moving to Ann Arbor to pursue a Master of Science in Information at the University of Michigan.

One day, I went into her coffee shop and, as I often did when ordering things, I became annoyingly indecisive about what I wanted. “I want a green tea, or wait, maybe a chai… I think I’m hungry… I’m sorry I’m wasting your time.”

Lillian just looked at me coyly. “Don’t worry about it. I don’t have anywhere else to be.” I smiled and felt more at ease as she winked.

I finally picked a chai and enjoyed the feeling as her gaze lingered on mine while she handed it to me. Then another customer popped up behind me, and I realized I had to move along, but I knew I wanted to see her again.

Later, I found out from mutual friends that she was newly single and, like me, was hitting the bars like a fiend. We formally met when our friend groups started coalescing at all the local watering holes. After our drinking group finally reached critical mass, we declared ourselves a girl gang, named ourselves Pussy Control, after the Prince song, and convinced ourselves that we were a serious force to be reckoned with. Most guys quickly learned not to mess with us, because we would cackle at them or mock their ridiculous attempts to approach us. We were not the toughest or most organized gang ever, but we did at least manage to decrease the number of random guys hitting on us.

Maybe Lillian’s risqué past was part of what drew me to her. I don’t know. I had never thought there was anything wrong with stripping, but like most people, it was something I didn’t think I would ever do. At the same time though, I was intrigued with her previous job and wondered what it was like to do something considered so socially deviant and potentially stigmatizing. I had actually done sex work before, but it was working as a dominatrix one summer in Chicago. That kind of work had its own stigma, but there was no audience, I didn’t have to get naked, and I also didn’t have to be nice.

Lillian would tell me about the stage and the pole tricks that would leave calluses on her hands. There were her quirky customers, like the man that just wanted her to sit still like a doll on his lap while he spoke to her. She explained how different customers liked different looks for their strippers and how she avoided working at clubs that only featured what she considered Barbie look-alikes. Lillian described living in Baltimore and how she would walk around half-naked all night, make good money, and then go home to her apartment. It sounded so normal, like being a waitress who happened to forget to put the rest of her clothes on.


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Kristy Cooper is a librarian single mom in Michigan. In her spare time, she fights politicians for libraries and will eventually get around to finishing writing her YA series.

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