author of Foreplay
Nine Naughty Questions
1. I wonder, is a romance writer born or made? Please tell us a little about your life before publication.
Well, this romance writer was born when she picked up her first Sweet Valley High novel in the seventh grade. From there, I read everything romance… (more…)
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While gallivanting around the American countryside, Booktopia’s Romance Specialist Haylee Nash is taking the chance to catch up with some of the USA’s great romance writing talent, the first of which is Zoe Archer, author of paranormal, historical and adventure romance.
On my first less-than-scorching day in Los Angeles, I got the opportunity to meet with the lovely Zoe Archer. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of hailing a cab (which, I have since learnt, you DO NOT DO) and, after spending my shopping, eating and boozing allowance on the fare, turned up to Zoe’s apartment over an hour late.
Thankfully, Zoe was forgiving and after having some cuddles with her super friendly, and fluffy, cat Whiskey (which were much-needed as I was, and am still having, serious pet withdrawals), we got down to business.
Many thanks to Zoe Archer and her equally lovely husband (and fellow romance author) Nico Rosso, for inviting me into their apartment, for the interview, and for the ride home!
When not working on increasing her waistline through sampling gratuitous amounts of America’s fine food and liquor, Haylee Nash is an unabashed romance fan and all things fluffy. Haylee is also the Romance Specialist at Booktopia.
Banish really surprised me.
When I pick up a Paranormal Romance these days, especially in the Young Adult genre, I automatically brace myself for a barrage of tropes and clichés.
1) Average human girl meets brooding immortal boy – cue Love At First Sight.
2) Requisite villain does something villainous (at which point, I usually start yawning and skipping pages).
3) Happy ending.
The details may vary slightly. Sometimes the brooding immortal boy is a vampire. Sometimes he’s a werewolf, or a fallen angel or a fairy prince. But the basic formula never really changes.
Now maybe it sounds like I’m complaining. And maybe it sounds that way because I am complaining. The truth is, I’m sick to death of reading the same story over and over again, so when I come across an author who breaks away from all the predictable stereotypes, that’s when I reach for my metaphorical pom-poms and start cheering.
As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites fantasy romance and paranormal romance author Shona Husk to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
A seafood dinner somewhere with great views, great wine and great company. (more…)
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As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling erotic fiction author Lexxie Couper to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
My perfect date would be a carpet picnic on the living room floor, with hot chips and chiko rolls on the menu. We would watch either episodes of Doctor Who or any of the Marvel movies and my date wouldn’t mind when I swooned over Chris Hemsworth as Thor. We would follow this with some ice cream sprinkled in Milo as we talk about the best way to beat zombies. (more…)
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Imagine you have a secret, one so significant that it would mean the death of you, your family and everyone you consider a friend if it were revealed.
How long could you keep it hidden? A week? A year? A lifetime?
What lengths would you go to keep everyone safe? (more…)
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author of Red Moon
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I was born and raised on the West Coast, in Oregon, on twenty-seven acres of big pines, firs. We had a hen house, a vegetable garden, fruit trees. My father hunted all of our meat, so we often ate venison, elk, bear. I had a kind of Huck Finnish freedom to my childhood. I could escape the house early in the morning and return at night without much in the way of supervision. So I spent my days wandering the woods, ducking under fences, firing slingshots, building treehouses and dams. Living a life of the imagination. Which turned out to be good training for the novelist I would become.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
10 tasty reasons to browse the romance section
Following my successful, and contentious, blog post on the 10 hottest men in romance novels, I thought it only fair to share the 10 hottest men on romance covers. I know it’s Friday and you have tasks to complete before the weekend begins: perhaps you’re trying desperately to remain focused at work, putting the final touches on a presentation that you won’t get credit for; or maybe you’re cleaning the house, which has somehow become a cesspit of mould, dust and dirty laundry, in readiness for a visit from your mother-in-law, who will no doubt still find your housekeeping wanting. Regardless, I’m going to lead you astray for a few moments to cast your eyes on these delicious morsels of male because you, dear reader, deserve it.
Filed under: Australian Author, Book Recommendations, Book Talk, Booktopia, Contemporary Literature, Contemporary Women's Fiction, Erotic Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal, Publishing, Romance, Urban Fantasy | Tagged: Hot Men, Julie Ann Walker, Katherine Garbera, Kira Sinclair, Lisa Marie Rice, Lorelei James, Lori Foster, Maureen McCarty, Maya Banks, Psy-Changeling, Sarah McCarty, Shayla Black, Shiloh Walker, Sylvia Day | 2 Comments »
Romance Specialist Haylee Nash shares 10 ways to heat up a cold winter’s night…
I’m not sure about you, but there’s something about the promise of winter’s onslaught that makes me think longingly of red wine, long hot baths with a good book and cuddling up with a hot man. I mean this both literally and figuratively – men, at least in my experience, radiate heat, so there’s a practical reason to get close to them. But there’s also something about these cooler months which makes one feel decidedly romantic, the drop in temperature and icy winds conjuring images of candlelit dinners, deep conversations by the fire and long mornings in bed.
So, in celebration of these frosty times, I’ve decided to help you all warm up a little with my top ten hottest men in romance – so that even if you haven’t got a sexy hero to snuggle with at home, you can still have a hottie between the covers.
Filed under: Australian Author, Australian Rural Fiction, Book Recommendations, Book Talk, Booktopia, Contemporary Women's Fiction, Erotic Fiction, Fiction, Great Literature, Literary Classic, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult | Tagged: Beautiful Disaster, Beautiful Stranger, Black Jack, Caine's Reckoning, Christina Lauren, Jamie McGuire, Jane Austen, Lora Leigh, Lori Wilde, Love At First Sight, Maria V. Snyder, Melanie Milburne, Mr Darcy, Poison Study, Pride and Prejudice, Queen of the Road, Sarah McCarty, Surrendering All But Her Heart, The Cupid Texas Series, The Hell's Eight Series, The Original Sinners, The Siren, The Soulfinders Series, The Study Series, Tiffany Reisz, Tom Hardy, Tricia Stringer, Walking Disaster | 10 Comments »