Top Ten List and Interview with Christina Lynn Lambert, Author of Bear’s Edge


Welcome to The Romance Reviews, Christina!

Q: What’s your inspiration for Stranger Creatures series? What connects all the stories?

Hope, second chances, and the notion that people don’t have to be perfect to be deserving of love are ideas that I wanted to bring to the stories in the Stranger Creatures series. I created characters who had to find the strength to love and trust again. The stories are all connected by the existence of people who possess enhanced abilities such as the ability to shift into a predatory animal, sicken people with a touch, or have the capability of doing amazing and terrifying things using only the power of their minds.

Q: Tell us more about Grant, your hero in Bear’s Edge, Stranger Creatures #2. What made him into the shifter we meet in the book?

Grant lost the only people in his life he truly cared about in a tragic fire. Grant was hurt badly as well but the reason he didn’t die along with his friends and girlfriend was that two bear shifter brothers saved him by making him into a bear shifter. Grant spent a few years being less than thrilled to be alive. When we meet Grant, he is fighting his growing attraction to Shayla and not just because Shayla is his boss.

Q: What about Shayla? What happened in the bombing three years ago?

Shayla lived through a terrifying incident where she was injured by a bomb that exploded inside a crowded commuter van. It took just a few minutes for her life to change forever. Life doesn’t simply return to normal for her after she leaves the hospital. She hides and sulks for a while and then takes a long look at her job, her life, and her attitude. She finds the strength and determination to get back out into the world and go after what she wants.

Q: With an angry ex and a nosy reporter, Shayla’s life and business are on the line. What is a kickass moment for Shayla?

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Interview with Olivia Boothe, Author of Wicked Dance

A new contemporary romance novel from Olivia Boothe
Wicked Dance
Olivia Boothe
Series: Chronicles of a Dancing Heart Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2017
She never imagined her heart could ever dance again
She never imagined her heart could ever dance again…
Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an ungratifying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart—and her body—into hyperdrive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything.
He’d stopped believing in love …
Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous. He lives the life of the perfect bachelor—partying hard and dating the most beautiful women in Manhattan. But he has one golden rule–no commitments. Ever. Then he meets sexy Sara Hart, and something about her makes him want to throw the damn rule book out the window. Every time she’s near, the blood in his veins pulses with a raging fire he can’t contain. But Tom’s shadowed history is resurfacing, unearthing ghosts he’d rather remain buried.
Will this wicked dance be their last?

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Interview with G.D. Penman, author of Call Your Steel

A new dark fantasy novel by G.D. Penman
Call Your Steel
G.D. Penman
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
In the sky above there was no sun.
For millennia beyond reckoning the Eaters of the Gods ruled over this sunless world, waging their secret war on each other through their Chosen, mortals granted a fraction of the Eaters in human powers in exchange for a life of servitude. Kaius counts himself among their hallowed ranks, devoted entirely to his brutal duties. Lucia is no more than a travelling minstrel, albeit one who found herself in the very worst place at the very worst time. How could mere mortals like them stand up against the vast alien power of the Eaters of the Gods?

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Interview with Carol McKibben, Author of Kane – The First Blood Son and The Snow Blood Series

The prequel to the thrilling Snow Blood Series by Carol McKibben
A most interesting start to a unique new vampire series!
– Patti, Goodreads Reviewer
Kane - The First Blood Son
Carol McKibben
Series: Prequel to The Snow Blood Series
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Troll River Publications
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Kane de Medici’s thirst for knowledge leads him into the dark vampire world.
Kane de Medici’s thirst for knowledge leads him into the dark world of vampirism. Working as an apprentice to the great master, Leonardo da Vinci in 1503, he encounters Brogio, one of Florence’s most wealthy bachelors. Their growing friendship coupled with strange events lead him to uncover Brogio’s inconceivable secret. Brogio is a vampire, the very first vampire.
Kane’s quest for endless learning has him propose that the vampire “turn” him so that he can become Brogio’s first vampire blood son. Reluctantly Brogio agrees, but Kane’s uncontrollable blood lust unleashes a plague upon the world.
This Snow Blood Series Prequel will delight fans of this beloved family of vampires.

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Exclusive Interview: 50 Hours by Loree Lough

With Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
  1. Why did you decide to do the novelization of 50 Hours, when offered the chance?

Kevin O’Neill, who wrote the screenplay, explained his bare-bones story in such a way that I was hooked, right from the first minutes of our introductory phone call. The more he talked, the more hooked I became. I started visualizing the hospice center. Saw ways I could ‘flesh out’ the characters. Instinctively knew that, in order for the main characters to expose their backgrounds, their hopes and fears, and their flaws, the story needed multiple secondary characters that they could interact with. In his screenplay, Kevin had included a bluejay, and I developed a personality for the bird. It was crazy-fun, writing him into scenes during which it teased and tormented Franco, the male lead in the story! Since then, after reading the glowing endorsements from reviewers who read the advanced reader copy, I’ve realized that a story like this offers immense hope to cancer patients, their families, their friends. That had been a goal, from the minute I started work on 50 Hours. But that goal became a necessity as I made my way toward The End.

2.  What scene in the story touched you the most? 

This takes place in what I call “The RV scene”: Aubrey has convinced Franco to take her to north Georgia, so she can fulfill the dream of a lifetime, and paint the autumn leaves. He risked his own freedom to make that dream come true…

Aubrey was on her feet, staggering, wide-eyed, and crying. “Let him go! You don’t understand!”

“He’s wanted for kidnapping,” the first cop said, “for starters.”

“But . . . but this was all my idea. He’s only here as a favor to me.”

A sheen of perspiration coated her flushed face.

“You know she’s dying, right?” Franco growled. “Did her control freak mother tell you that? She has a fever, and she’s lightheaded. You jerks need to call an ambulance, get her to the nearest hospital. I won’t give you any trouble. But do the right thing, okay guys? Take care of her before you haul me away.”

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Exclusive Interview and Review (with Giveaway): The Man She Knew by Loree Lough

From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?


5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“The internal dialogue…greatly enhanced the story and strengthened my sympathy for both characters along with my desire for their HEA…This is a story about lost loves, second chances, forgiveness, and redemption and it’s lovely.”

Read the full review.


Loree, thanks for taking the time to speak to us about your latest, THE MAN SHE KNEW.

1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

I love doing things that break fingernails and leave me dirty, sweaty, and tired, so gardening has long been a favorite pastime. Experimenting with new plants, trying to ‘save’ those that seem doomed to the compost heap, and feeding, watering, deadheading, and weeding around the things that grow in my yard are second only to enjoying the blooms, themselves.

2. What’s your favorite part of writing?

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Interviewing Errin Stevens, Author of Updrift

What if joining your lover’s world
meant leaving your own?

Q: What’s your inspiration for The Mer Chronicles? What connects all the stories?

The inspiration was a mishmash of fairy tales – the brutal originals, not the prettified versions we’re more used to – and stories I basically mainlined growing up. Seriously, I can’t remember several years of childhood experiences in the proper order because I read so much, lived so much in my fiction.

What connects my novels are common characters and common mythology, with a big dose of romance and adventure thrown in. Thematically, they deal with how we all juggle work, family, and love, an issue that makes every woman I know kinda nuts.

Q: There seems to be two romances in Updrift—that of Kate and Blake, and Kate’s mom and her dream man. Why did you decide to tell these two romances in one novel?

I find secondary romances in novels such a treat… and truthfully, I thought Cara and John’s storyline enhanced both the tension of Gabe and Kate’s impending union; and it gave die-hard romance fans something to chew on while Gabe and Kate worked their way toward togetherness. I REALLY don’t care for insta-love, so having a side ship also helped feed everyone’s desire for intimacy until the main characters made their match.

Q: Tell us more about Kate Sweeting. Why did she decide to go to the coast? Why is she interested in the Blake family?

Kate and her mother move to the coast to free themselves from their grief-laden past, which was too tied to their home in Kansas where her dad died. The basis for Kate’s ability to love and reach out to others depends a lot on the close relationship she has with her mother, so the fresh start they make together, just the two of them, sets them both up for the rich love and adventure they find.

The Blakes are interesting because… well, too much detail on that front would spoil the story! Suffice it to say, the Blakes are very, very odd. 😉

Q: What was her first meeting with Gabe Blake like?


(From Kate’s POV when she reflects back as an adult)
Gabe and I swam for hours, although I had never learned to swim. We talked incessantly but without sound, and differently than we did out of the water. We would both be six in a couple of weeks. We had no sisters or brothers, although he had a lot of cousins. We were going to the same school in the fall. I had just moved from Kansas. He had lived here all his life.

Contained as I was in the sea’s embrace, I did not focus as I might have on the heavy pressure of the water; instead, I felt as if I were flying, and, contrarily, as if a light, fresh burst of air was circulating around me. For the first time in a long time, I felt anticipation for the life my mother and I were starting, and this swim signaled a wonderful beginning. Back in Kansas, we had lived a life of emotional subsistence defined by duty and grief, unconsciously becoming as dry and shriveled as a windswept plain in August. As I knew nothing different, I didn’t judge our diminished existence; but now I felt, by contrast, how beautifully hope colored and brightened the world, how it wakened my dulled senses, and inspired me to expand my old habits of thinking and feeling. From that point on, I yearned toward something more.

Q: Why are they perfect for each other?

Kate explains their attraction best near the middle of the story imo – how the miracle is in the bond you form, not so much because you’re fated. But she and Gabe are an ideal match because they’re each intelligent and ambitious, they appreciate the same off-beat humor, and because of the closeness of their families. These two grow up together, discover love together, and they fight for each other when it counts.

Q: What’s up next for you?

I released “Breakwater” a couple of months ago and am working like mad to get “Outrush” in shape! Continue reading

Interview with Kim Briggs, Author of Starr Fall (Plus Excerpt!)

One Starr falls, and a killer rises

  1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

I’m a covert book reader. Ever since I was eight years old and started reading chapter books, I’ve snuck reading into my day. After bedtime, it was the hallway light. During my school years, it was Math class. Lifeguarding, I’d read on my breaks and the second the patrons stepped out of the water. During college, I worked in the woods as an intern with the local Department of Forestry office. I’d rush through my assigned task for the day (sometimes running) just so I could spend the rest of my time lounging under a tree to read or write.

  1. What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?

I often wonder as I Google topics such as “the effects of chloroform” or “how to hotwire a car” or “where can a person get shot without causing any internal injuries” if my name pops up on some CIA/FBI/Homeland Security Watch List as “Writer: Completely Harmless but Possesses an Overactive Imagination. Threat: Benign.” It makes me giggle.

To answer your question, I found out that contrary to Hollywood, chloroform on a rag is often lethal or will cause vomiting, brain damage, or a variety of other side effects. A victim doesn’t just wake up and try to fight back.

    1. What’s your inspiration for writing the Starr Fall series?

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Interviewing Barbra E. Ross, Author of A Mortal Indiscretion

A Man. A Vampire. A love story.
Interviewing Barbra E. Ross, author of A Mortal Indiscretion

1. Please tell us something unique about you that readers don’t know.

My stories were started because of a dream I had. The dream was about a beautiful lady, who saved her lover from certain death. When I woke, I began to wonder. What if that lady was a vampire? What if her lover didn’t know that she was a vampire? I immediately sat down and put the story to paper and so it began.

2. What’s your favorite part of writing paranormal and suspense stories?

My favorite thing about writing is the getting the chance to take the reader on a magical journey. Paranormal genres give an added boost to the fantasy. Anything and everything is possible. I believe a good book needs a blend of mystery, romance and intrigue. When I write, I try to enable the reader to feel like they are witnessing the plot as it takes place. It’s no fun if you know what is going to happen, so that is where the suspense kicks in. I love adding plot twists and turns. I also try to instill the belief that maybe, just maybe this could happen and that is the best part for me.

3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching this book?
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Interview with Chantal Fernando, author of Crossroads

Love Motorcycle Club (MC) romances? Here’s Chantal Fernando to talk about her latest, CROSSROADS. This book is part of the Wind Dragons MC series, which TRR reviewer Delta said is “so excellent” and that in Crossroads, “Ranger and Jo had an insanely wicked connection”. Read full review here.

Q: Where did you get the inspiration for this story?

The idea for this story came to me early on in the series when Ranger was first introduced. I liked the idea of him being with a cop, someone who is essentially his enemy.

Q: Crossroads is a story in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series. What connects all the books together?

What connects the books together is the relationship between characters, friendships and the different situations that bring them together.

Q: Please share a fun fact or behind the scenes experience when you were researching/writing this book.

I changed Jo’s name about three or four times.

To read the full interview, click here.