I’m super excited to announce that I will be attending the Rebels and Readers Author Event in Huntington, WV on November 3rd and 4th!!!
This will be my first #RARAE event and I’ve heard such wonderful things about it. I’m giddy with excitement!
Want to go? You’ll need a ticket and you can buy it HERE for the signing. If you want to go to the Friday Night Mixer, which I’ll also be at, you’ll need a separate ticket. Make sure to buy them in advance as the mixer tickets cannot be purchased after Nov. 2nd.
There will be authors galore and plenty of new friends to make! Hope to see you there!
*I’m so new to this event I am not even on the banner!*
Sweet and Sinful Saturday Reads…
Hey! I hope you’ve been getting in some reading time. Maybe on the beach or pool. Hell, maybe you’re hidden in a pantry as you escape your kids during summer break. No judgement here. Let me get to today’s recommendation…
The Incidental Affair by K.S. Marshall was a great debut novel. I’m looking forward to reading her latest release, Losing Her. I’ll admit that I had moments where I wanted to reach into my tablet and shake the characters around. To me this is a sign of great writing. The story flowed and had me engaged. Make sure to give her a shot.
Waking up naked isn’t a bad thing.
Unless you’re next to a virtual stranger — in your boyfriend’s house.
I had no idea how we ended up naked in the first place.
He was just supposed to be my coworker — my sexy, off limits coworker.
But I’m having flashbacks of the wicked things that perfect mouth of his was capable of,
and now I’m curious to find out more…
She doesn’t remember a thing about last night,
But she asked me to stay.
I suppose I would have to jog her memory.
I sure as hell wouldn’t mind….I wanted her all to myself.
There’s no denying the hot chemistry brewing between Danielle and Drew,
but past and present might have more than enough to affect their future.
Follow K.S. Marshall.
Buy The Incidental Affair.
Sweet and Sinful Saturday Reads…
Yay! Another weekend! Today’s Sweet and Sinful Saturday Reads goes to Julie Garwood’s Shadow Dance. So many readers and friends always ask who my favorite author is and hands down Julie Garwood is at the top of that list.
When I first started reading for fun I was encouraged to read her work. Shadow Dance is one of the contemporary romance novels that follows the Buchanan family. There are no words for my love of this story line.
Brother’s best friend. Suspense. Stubborn strong female.
It’s easily my favorite of the series of books that delve into the Buchanan family. If you want to start this series from the beginning pick up Heartbreaker. You’ll get your first glimpse into Noah, the hero in this novel in that story. Although, you could read it without the other.
Let me know what you think!
Jordan Buchanan is thrilled that her brother and best friend are tying the knot. The wedding is a lavish affair–for the marriage of Dylan Buchanan and Kate MacKenna is no ordinary occasion. It represents the joining of two family dynasties. The ceremony and reception proceed without a hitch–until a crasher appears claiming to be a MacKenna guest. The disheveled and eccentric professor of medieval history warns that there’s “bad blood” between the couple’s clans, stemming from an ancient feud that originated in Scotland, and involving the Buchanan theft of a coveted MacKenna treasure.
Jordan has always led a cautious life and has used her intelligence and reason to become a successful businesswoman. So she is intrigued but skeptical of the professor’s claims that the feud has been kept alive by the grave injustices the Buchanans have perpetrated over the centuries. But when Noah Clayborne, a close family friend and a man who has never let a good time or a pretty girl pass him by, accuses Jordan of being trapped in her comfort zone, she determines to prove him wrong and sets out on a spontaneous adventure to the small, dusty town of Serenity, Texas, to judge the professor’s research for herself.
Maneuvering through a close-knit community in which everyone knows everyone else’s business, Jordan never anticipates the danger and intrigue that lie in her path, nor the threat that will shadow her back to Boston, where even in familiar surroundings, her life is at risk.
A powerful thug who rules by fear, a man who harbors a simmering secret, and an unexpected romance that pierces all defenses–beloved author Julie Garwood weaves these dazzling elements into a brilliant novel of romantic suspense. Shadow Dance is a searing tango of passion and peril.
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Sweet and Sinful Saturday Reads…
Welcome back to my Sweet and Sinful Saturday Reads! Today I want to introduce you to Laura Kaye and her Hard Ink series. The first in the series is Hard as it Gets. Great suspense to go with the romance. This series brings you a group of military men wronged and we get to watch them put the pieces together so they can get their lives back. If you read it, let me know what you thought!
Tall, dark, and lethal…
Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.
With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.
Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.
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HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
It’s officially FAT TUESDAY or as it’s better known as, Mardi Gras! A day of parties and festivities before the Catholic Lent Season begins.
I wish I could say I was enjoying a beignet while I chat with you, but sadly I cannot. The last time I was in New Orleans celebrating this very fun time was February of 2007. My husband, our best man, and I drove up from Orlando. We had such a great time. Between the culture, food, festivities, and seeing my New Orleans family it was busy and a very happy time. If you ever have the opportunity to go, TAKE IT!
Every Wednesday author Kay Phoenix is doing Midweek Escapes on her blog. A guest author shares their favorite vacation spots. I was lucky enough to be included in this ride last week. I shared my love of New Orleans. If you would like to read what I had to say about the Big Easy click HERE.
Well I hope everyone has a wonderful day and don’t forget to Pre-Order Always Mine at the special $0.99 price. Please share and tell your friends. Widower’s Aura is currently available for those who haven’t read it. These are part of my St. Fleur series but can be read as stand alones.
I better get back to editing book #3, Duplicity!
I know I’ve been MIA again, but man do I have some things in the works! Although, I think everyone prefers I’m writing on my novels rather than posting a blog just to post.
Since I posted last, I signed on to an anthology with nine other authors. I’ll be retelling Beauty and the Beast. I’m really excited about doing this awesome tale in modern times. Fractured Fairytales will release 9/2/17 so stay tuned for more on this project!
I’m also wrapping up Duplicity, book #3 of my St. Fleur Series. This story will follow Jaime Lynn and Jesse. You will finally get to see why these two have not taken their relationship to the next level, even though it’s painfully obvious they have the hots for each other.
I’m also hoping to work on a few other things this year. We will see how it goes with a pending move this summer.
Also, don’t forget to pre-order Always Mine for $0.99! If you’re a blogger and would be interested in helping Always Mine have an amazing release you can sign-up HERE. I’ll be revealing the cover on February 15th at the LET’S GET SOCIAL! Event Room.
What’s everyone reading this weekend? I’m listening to Pinky Promise by HJ Bellus and reading Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee. I’m enjoying both stories very much!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and spends it with people they love!
600 Likes Birthday!
As I promised, I’m doing a giveaway on my Facebook page to help celebrate my wonderful 600+ followers! Head over there and enter it. All you have to do is like the post, tell me what you are reading, and share with a friend. Easy peasy and you have the chance to win between two different bags filled with goodies from #RT16 including two paperbacks and I’ll be throwing in some Widower’s Aura swag too!
Good luck to everyone and THANK YOU!!!
Click HERE to enter.
In celebration of the season, Widower’s Aura is on sale!
🎄 99¢ until the end of the year! 🎄
⛄ Tis’ the season to make Noah yours…Or share him with a friend. ;)⛄
❄️ “Holy sexual tension, Batman! It truly sizzled and then some… ” -5 Stars HEA Bookshelf
❄️ “I loved this book from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down.” -5 stars Hashtag Minxes Book Reviews
❄️ “The love scenes were HOT!! Looking forward to the 2nd book in the series – bummed I have to wait!!”- 5 Stars Amazon Canada Reviewer
US Kindle: http://amzn.to/2bQUawE
CA Kindle: http://amzn.to/2ep1Pnd
AU Kindle: http://amzn.to/2btjt7n
UK Kindle: http://amzn.to/2dsFVNB
Tell your book loving friends and family!
Introducing Carina Adams…
There are some amazing writers out there. I have yet to get a taste of each one. As I find ones I enjoy I want to share them with you.
Let me introduce to you the lovely Carina Adams. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention here in Las Vegas. I thought it would be fun to interview Carina so we could all get a little glimpse into her mind.
Carina: 5 Songs I am currently hooked on – I listen to music while I write to get emotionally invested in a scene, so some of the songs I listen to, I listen to on repeat – all day. lol
1) i hate u, i love u – gnash and Olivia O’Brien
2) Unsteady – X Ambassadors
3) Make You Miss Me – Sam Hunt
4) I’ll Be The Moon and It’s Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley (I know it’s two, but I can’t pick between them)
5) Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now and Forever
AJ: Tell me a little about your current project.
Carina: My current project is a prequel to Forever Red. It’s a student/teacher romance that gives the background to Lia and why she behaves the way she does. Everyone was worried when I first started writing it, because Lia is the main character in Red and belongs with Nate (also from Red). Yet, we needed to know what happened. I love this book. It’s sweet and heartwarming, and about two characters who love each other even though they shouldn’t.
AJ: The year is almost over. What do you want to get done or do before 2017 is here?
Carina: I can’t believe 2016 is almost over! I want to finish Blurry, the Forever Red Prequel, and get a good start on my next book. Keep your fingers crossed.
AJ: Every writer is first and foremost a reader. What are some of your favorite books?
Carina: Every writer is a reader first! 🙂 My favorite book, a story I reread every year, is Outlander. I cannot explain how much I love that book. For 2016, though, Paper Princess has got to be my all time favorite. It is a MUST read series. Watch Me, by Ada Frost is a fantastic read as well. And, if you like taboo, Balance, by Lucia Franco, is something you cannot miss.
AJ: Who is your favorite book boyfriend out of your babies?
Carina: My favorite book boyfriend, out of all of my babies, has to be Noah. He’s a secondary character in Forever Red, but will have his own book as soon as he starts to talk to me. I love him. He makes me laugh and breaks my heart all at once.
AJ: Who is your all time book boyfriend?
Carina: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser will always be my ultimate book boyfriend. If I could go through the standing stones and meet Jamie, and know that he was going to fall in love with me, I would do it. Well, at least, I would have before I had kids.
AJ: What TV show are you hooked on?
Carina: I don’t watch much TV. Right now, I’m loving This Is Us. However, I’m a HUGE fan of The 100. I cannot wait for it to come back.
AJ: You have a husband and kids. How do you juggle the writing into your day? I know I struggle to get work done some days with my girls.
Carina: Juggling writing with everything else is hard. There are days where I kill it as a writer and other days where I kill it as a mom. I’m quite sure I have never had a day where I have succeeded at both. It is a balancing act. The days I write I need to focus and work. But, the days with my boys need to be their day where I give them all of my attention. I’m still working on figuring it all out.
AJ: What was your favorite book as a kid? Do your boys have a favorite series?
Carina: My favorite book as a child was Mother, Mother, I Want Another. I’m not sure why. I just loved it. When I got older, it was Anne of Green Gables. My boys both love to read, no matter what it is. The littlest loves the Bernstein Bears, but right now we’re reading a collection of Maine stories he has. His favorite is Antlers Forever! about a little moose. It’s cute. My oldest always has a book in his hand. He’s reading the Imaginary Veterinarian series to his brother right now.
Full disclosure… I have read, FOREVER RED, OUT OF THE BLUE, LAY IT DOWN, and ALMOST INNOCENT. I loved them all! HOT FOR TEACHER and A SECRET AFFAIR are now available for $0.99. I plan to hit those up soon as well.
Thanks again, Carina for stopping by!
Widower’s Aura Reviews
Widower’s Aura has been out just over a week and I’m really pleased with how it’s doing. The reviews have been trickling in and everyone’s enjoying Sofia and Noah’s story and threatening me bodily harm to have Lindsey and Marc’s story.
The paperback’s I ordered for those who wanted an autographed copy even sold out and I need to order more.This is all good. Great, even. Want your own autographed copy? Click HERE.
On Amazon Widower’s Aura has 4.8 out of 5 Stars as of this morning. Here are some of the things people are saying:
“…it’s not *just* a romance novel, there’s a little mystery to it as well as an actual story and relatable characters to go with the ‘heat’. If you like romance books I definitely recommend giving this one a go.” -5 Stars Angie W.
“Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
SCORES on a scale of 1-5 Stars rate each of the Following 5
PLOT: 5 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 5 Stars
PACING: 5 Stars
ENDING: 5 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 Stars” -5 Stars from the Alpha Book Club blog
“It was engaging, captivating and I had a great time reading it. I couldn’t put it down.” -5 Stars Jeri’s Book Attic blog
“By the end of the book I was having a lot of trouble putting it down because I needed to know how things were going to turn out.” -4 Stars Lisa Loves Literature blog
“Absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the next installment!” -5 Stars ANR
“I had a great time reading the book.” -5 Stars Amazon Reviewer
“The character development was well written. Noah’s tragic loss of his late wife and his guilt over her death was hit you in the heart emotional. His struggle dealing with a confused teenage daughter was so relatable…The sexual chemistry was a passionate sensual dance that was filled with hot tension.” -4 Stars Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty blog
“LOVED this book! AJ Renee does a great job balancing a love story with a story line that will keep you reading to learn more. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these characters – she makes you fall in love with them from the get go!” -5 Stars Katie W
“I thoroughly enjoyed “Widower’s Aura”. The characters were real, relatable, and sounded a lot like people I’d want to hang out with. The story flowed exceptionally well (I had a really, really hard time putting the book down). “Widower’s Aura” had humor, mystery, a touch of the supernatural, and of course a hot and steamy romance.” -5 Stars Sandra D.
“This book was incredible! I became extremely attached to Noah and Sophia and can’t wait for the next book!” -5 Stars Kenneth H.
“This book is so very well written and it takes a trope that is quite difficult to get right and gets it so very, very write. A.J. Renee’s debut novel is filled with a little bit of mystery to add to the romance that is building between Noah and Sofia. Everything flows so naturally through out the story, and even those scenes that are of an explicit sexual nature are so very well written.” -4 Stars Confessions of a Bibliophile
“I really enjoyed this book because the characters are very realistic, down to earth, charming, and the chemistry between not only the two main characters but all of them is just about perfect. I can’t wait for Lindsey’s and Marc story…” -5 Stars Denise Marie on Goodreads
“This was a well written entertaining read. A.J has created a fabulous cast of characters that the reader warms to and can understand.” -5 Stars Erin Smith on Goodreads
If you have read Widower’s Aura and enjoyed it, please review it to help others find Sofia and Noah’s story! Thank you to everyone who has taken time out to rate and review Widower’s Aura.
Haven’t bought your copy? No worries, the links to all of the retailers can be found HERE.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else people have to say. Please share the news with your book loving friends!
~*~HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!~*~
I want to take a moment out and wish all the mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day! I also want to give a shout out to the dad’s who have stepped up to the plate.
I hope you have a wonderful day relaxing and reading your favorite book while you get pampered(or left alone to use the bathroom in peace.)
Today I will spend it with my own kids and husband while we prepare to have my lovely mother in law come visit.
Wishing you all the very best, AJ
***Stay tuned on news for Widower’s Aura pre-orders.***
What are you reading?
I’m in between writing so this is the time I try to catch up on novels I’ve been collecting along the way. I just finished Carina Adams, Lay it Down and I started R.L. Mathewson’s, Fated. I’m hoping I can read Danica Winters, Smoke and Ashes next.
Ever since I started Widower’s Aura my to be read list has become longer and longer. I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up. There are so many fantastic stories out there waiting to be read. I’m behind on quite a few series. As I type this I’m remembering that I left off in the middle of Bella Andre’s Sullivan’s series. I’m dying to read Sophie and Jake’s story in, I only have eyes for you.
The problem I’m having is that Jessie and Jamie Lynn’s story, the third novel in my St. Fleur series, is itching to be told.
I don’t like to read when I’m writing. I don’t want anything to influence me unconsciously and the flow to the story to change. Could you imagine reading a book and the character gets a split personality all of a sudden? That would make me crazy as a reader!
Reading is my drug of choice. Prior to writing Widower’s Aura I could read 5-7 romance novels in a week, easily. The amount I’ve read since then has been reduced dramatically. I don’t regret it though because the joy I’ve received from my little town of St. Fleur is indescribable.
So I ask you, what are you reading? Leave me a comment and share with us what author has you in their web.
Are you a bibliophile?
Bibliophile: a person who loves or collects books, Merriam-Webster’s website.
Do you consider yourself a bibliophile? I may not collect books but I sure do love them. So many wonderful stories are held within the bindings of so many books. From fairy tales to memoirs to my absolute favorite, romance.
Reading used to be considered a privilege for society’s elite. Slaves and women were not encouraged to read or educate themselves and neither were society’s poor. Those in power feared what would happen when those “beneath” them assumed the skill. They would lose that power. As we all know, knowledge is power.
Now a days we encourage children to learn that same skill as early as preschool. You can’t fall in love with a book if you can’t read it. What better way to exercise your brain and your imagination than reading words off a page and seeing your version of the world the author created?
It’s very easy to allow the burdens of your day and the darkness of those lost affect you. Each day we are consumed with stress from everyday living. Whether it be your job, family, friends, or people who are malicious and find joy in others misery. Reading a happily ever after romance novel allows me to push away the stress of my day and just relax.
I fell in love with books the moment that calm washed over me. Cheering on the protagonists as they overcame their own struggles to come together in their love. THAT helps me remember that the glass really is half-full. It’s so easy to let the pessimist in my head take over but the moment I melt in a story, Sofia and Noah’s or one created by another author, I can feel the optimist in me triumph as the stress of the day melts away.
My drug of choice may be the romance genre but no matter the genre that fills you, I encourage you to find a book that reminds you that the glass is indeed, half-full.