Interview with @ColeGibsen – Author of ‘Written on my Heart’

authorInterview45753261.) Tell us 5 things that readers may not know about you.

My favorite color is green. 2. For my day job I train therapy dogs. 3. I sing in a rock cover band for fun. 4. I can play the harmonica. 5. Last month I just checked an item off my bucket list: I got to pet a wolf!

2.)What does a typical writing day look for you?

Oh my gosh, because of my day job, I can have two to three golden retriever puppies in my house at any given time. My day can typically consist of waking up at an ungodly hour from puppy yipping, potty and feed puppies, falling back into bed before yipping resumes an hour later, potty puppies, checking and returning emails, potty puppies, social media posts, potty puppies, writing, cleaning up puppy accidents, potty puppies, crying over favorite shoes being chewed up, potty puppies, some more writing, potty puppies, make dinner, potty puppies, leave house to train puppies and teach obedience classes, return home, potty puppies, feed puppies, collapse in bed. Continue reading

‘A Day in the Life of a Romance Author’ with @RebeccaZanetti


A Day in the Life of a Romance Author by Rebecca Zanetti

4149342A big thanks to the Booklovin Mama crew for having me over today to celebrate the release of Over the Top, my contemporary Brazen featuring a wild cowboy and a whole bunch of meddling townspeople! Many folks think that authors live a relaxing life of parties, pool boys, and limos…and I thought maybe it’d be fun to talk about a real day.

So…let’s talk about yesterday. My life is filled with family, so as usual; much of my day was made up by family. Big Tone (my hubby – he got the nickname as a kid because he went to school with a bunch of Tonys, and they all have nicknames), left early to meet a client. Tackle (our 16 year old) went to football practice/weight lifting in the morning, while Little Miss (our 13 year old who probably needs a new nickname) got up early and burned the heck out of some eggs. Continue reading

#CMCon16 Featured Author Spotlight – Stephanie Julian

Please give a warm welcome to Stephanie Julian on Book Lovin’ Mamas today.  =)

Stephanie Julian will be attending the Coastal Magic Convention next year (February 4-7, 2016) with several other Authors.  If you are wanting to get away from winter for a while this is the convention to go to.  =)  You’ll get to hang out with Stephanie and all the other authors from the convention in sunny Florida.

authorInterview 13653421. Tell us five things about yourself that readers may not know about you?

I have an addiction to purses. I can’t stop buying them. They’re so pretty. I need them all! I have a stuffed Stitch (from “Lilo and Stitch”) and Marie (from “The Aristocats”) on my printer. Just because. I have a love/hate relationship with the Lincoln Tunnel. I love driving to New York City to see shows but I have an irrational fear of being trapped in the Lincoln Tunnel. I have temporarily kicked my Junior Mints addiction and replaced them with mint M&Ms. And I’m training for my first half marathon.

2. What does a typical writing day look for you?

Is there ever a typical day? I haven’t met one. My ideal day would be get up at 7 a.m., write for five hours, eat lunch and then write for another four. What usually happens is I wake up at 7, do email in bed on my tablet, get up and eat breakfast at my desk while checking numbers, rankings and Facebook feed. Then maybe I’ll get to write for two hours between doing promo and creating covers and formatting and worrying about my numbers. After lunch, I do some real writing. I try to get 2K a day. 3K is better. 5K would be wonderful. Around 7 p.m., I open the laptop for more promo and writing. And my husband puts a nice cold drink in my hand around 8:30.

3. Tell us a little bit about some of the books you have written, and why readers should definitely check them out? Continue reading

Review: ‘Ricochet by @KeriLake

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Author, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Ricochet by @KeriLake


Author: Keri Lake
Published by Self-Published
Published on: July 9, 2015
Book Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Netgalley
Purchase at Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.

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We were on HIATUS….but we’re back for a bit

We’re so sorry we didn’t get a chance to tell our followers we were taking a hiatus for a bit. This Book Lovin’ Mama started vacation July 12th with her family. We spent 7 days, 6 nights in Orlando, Florida, but we’re finally back from vacation and will be back briefly on the blog.

During the next week, you’ll see a couple of posts, but not many. We’re moving into our new house the 24th of July, which means not much time for the blog or even reading for a bit.

For right now this Book Lovin’ Mama is going to catch up on reading. For one week, I didn’t get a chance to read. I was going instance, but I have a good reason not to read though. I was exhausted from ALL the fun we had in Orlando. I may need another vacation after this vacation.  =)

Here’s a little tease of what happened this past week. Look for a giveaway once we are settled in our new house. I have some books and swag to giveaway after I unpack them.  =)

RDL: ‘Lust’ by Alyssa Rose Ivy (Excerpt + Giveaway)

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We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy’s LUST! LUST is the second novel in Alyssa’s New Adult Paranormal Romance series The Allure Chronicles! As an added special SEDUCTION’S KISS is FREE for a limited time and LURE is only $2.99, so make sure you grab your copy of each book in this amazing series today!!

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(Allure Chronicles #2)

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Publishing Date: July 16, 2015

Genre: New Adult Paranormal

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Special Announcement from Laura Kaye! =)

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Hard Ink Series, comes a special announcement sure to excite readers everywhere! Don’t miss what Laura Kaye has to say…

A Hard Ink Special Announcement from Laura Kaye!

As I celebrate the release last week of Hard to Let Go, the finale in my Hard Ink romantic suspense series, I’m super excited to share some more news about Hard Ink! I’m going to do another book in this series. And not just any book. I’m going to write a wedding novella for one of the couples in the series!! And I’m so flippin’ excited!!!

This is how this idea came about: I happened to see another author celebrating the release of a follow-up wedding book, and I’ve never written any follow-up stories about any of my characters—once they’ve gotten their happily ever afters in their original story, I just moved right on to the next couple. But that author’s book got me thinking about who I would even do a follow-up story on. Who is it that would get married? My initial thoughts went right to the Hard Ink series, of course, because I’ve been immersed in this world for the past two years and absolutely adore these characters. Seriously – I know many of us have joked about the title of the last book being apropos, and trust me when I say I’m feeling that, too. I want more Hard Ink myself. Continue reading

Blog Tour: ‘Seal Wolf Hunting’ by Terry Spear (Interview + Excerpt + #Giveaway)


Terry Spear’s latest paranormal romance, SEAL Wolf Hunting, came out July 7th! To celebrate, Terry has answered a few questions from us about herself and her career as an author.

1) Paul Cunningham is the last Bachelor of the Seal wolf team and he’s about to meet his match. Did he give you any challenges, while writing his story since he was the last to find his match?

Actually, he and Allan Rappaport are the last two bachelors of the SEAL wolf team under Hunter’s leadership, so Allan will have his story in SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble, coming in Feb, 2016. My characters always give me trouble. They’re conflictive. I have to help show them the way to a HEA. But I love helping them along the way.

2) What inspired you to write about the Seal wolf team in the Heart of the Wolf series?

Originally, I had that Hunter was a SEAL in To Tempt the Wolf. My editor mentioned it would be fun to write about a whole SEAL wolf team. I was already contracted for several books after that, so I couldn’t write one at that point. But readers were dying to see who Hunter’s sister, Meara, hooked up with. I hadn’t planned to write her story. So when I had the chance to write the next SEAL wolf’s story, that was A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, I knew Meara had to be on the lookout for a hot wolfish mate like she had been in To Tempt the Wolf, and Finn, one of the SEAL team is thwarting her, and that was so much fun. It was a big hit and made USA Today bestseller. Then A SEAL Wolf Christmas followed, now SEAL Wolf Hunting.

3) What is up next for you?
I just finished edits on SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble, just finishing She-Wolf Leader of the Pack, and am now working on Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing. After that, it will be a jaguar Christmas so lots more coming! And there’s going to be a big shake up in the jaguar’s world, but it’s going to be lots of fun too.

Seal Wolf Hunting

(Heart of the Wolf #16)

Author: Terry Spear

Publishing Date: July 7, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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