Author & Book News Roundup – January 28th 2018

by Maryse on January 28, 2018 · 27 comments

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HAPPY ALMOST SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!! That will be a happy day for many… a “meh” day for many more. ;) But that’s okay. ‘Cause we have books. LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS!

In fact… first and foremost!!! Biggest news of the day is THREE BRAND NEW EARLYBIRD releases from three of our very own favorite authors!!! :D They’d normally be listed in tomorrow’s earlybird post, but these are tooooo goooooood-sounding to wait. ;)

“…When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too.

Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.

Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart…”

  • Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann <— JEWEL E. ANN’S LATEST IS LIVE!!!!!!!! The single dad and the therapist…

“…She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still … She must go…”

  • Hostage (Criminals & Captives) by Skye Warren & Annika Martin <— SKYE WARREN & ANNIKA MARTIN’S LATEST DARK READ JUST WENT LIVE!!! OMG THAT COVER IS FANTASTIC!!! It’s set in the same world as Prisoner (but is a standalone and can be read separately). He’s a criminal murderer that spares her life but he gets in her car, and comes back for her again and again…

“…Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.

The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.

So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.

Until it’s too late to turn back.”

And now… the news! :D

Colleen Hoover was featured in USA TODAY for her upcoming release, All Your Perfects: A Novel!!!! You guys. She’s freaking out. ;)

“I think it just hit me that US WEEKLY did the cover reveal for my upcoming book.
Yeah, Ima try to act all cool over on my author page like that’s normal, but over here on my personal page, let’s just give me a moment to FREAK THE FREAK OUT!”

P.S. Normally I don’t “share” personal page info, but she posted this as public ;) so it’s free game, right?? LOL!!!

Tarryn Fisher is a HUGE TEASE!!!!!! A. HUGE. TEASE. She just posted this (her upcoming release called “Daddiopath”????) and all I can scream is MINNNNNNNNNEEE!!!!!

Trust no man, my daddy said.
I didn’t mean to, but…

Mariana Zapata is a tease TOOOOO!!!!!! About her upcoming release:

“Just a couple of things.

1) I finished From Lukov with Love about a week ago, and it’s going through its final edit right now. It’s 150k words, it’s a story about frenemies, and I love it to pieces. There’s a lot of cursing (don’t act surprised), it’s *almost* a rom-com but still more of a contemporary, and the hero and heroine are two that will stay with me forever. This book won’t be for everyone (then again, I don’t think any of mine are), but it was a joy for me once I figured out what I was doing.  :D  It should be out in a little over week, I hope. I’m still sorting the audio book situation out. I’ll keep y’all posted.


If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.”

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to these authors that made the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!!!! Author Penelope Ward says:

“Huge huge huge congratulations to my BFF Vi Keeland for making the New York Times bestseller list at #8 this week for Sex, Not Love!!! I am so happy and proud of you. If books are like birthing children, this one gave you a long and hard labor! But you did it! Congratulations as well to Heidi McLaughlin who hit at #12 for Forever My Girl!! An amazing week for indies! 

Jane Harvey-Berrick <— SWEEEEEET photo (and interview) of on their latest release,Undefeated (written together!!) and she says:

Check out this in-depth interview with me and Stuart Reardon !

Some great questions about UNDEFEATED and our writing partnership 

Lauren Blakely <— COVER REVEAL and blurb of her upcoming release, Come As You Are! They meet at a masquerade… ;)

“…There’s no need for names or business cards. And that’s why I’m eager to get to know her more, since my mystery woman seems to like me for me, rather than for my huge…bank account.

Everything’s coming up aces. Until the next day when things get a little complicated. (Newsflash — a lot complicated.)”

Nora Roberts has posted a plea to her readers. She asks that readers be patient, and most of all polite in regards to requests for upcoming books, and in regards to their disappointments for books written, or planned, that do not follow their timeline expectations (for her, and all authors). A snippet:

“…I never have, never will, and simply can’t write to any segment of reader demands. I do try to consider reader expectations, but I have to write the story that calls to me. Whatever story that is won’t ring the bell for every reader. I accept that.

I’m sorry that the stories that have pulled me in the last few years have taken me in a direction that disappoints a reader. But if I didn’t follow the pull, whatever I wrote likely wouldn’t satisfy any reader, much less myself…”

K.A. Tucker posted a “behind the scenes” update to her latest release Keep Her Safe: A Novel (<— that I AM SOOOOO EXCITED TO READ!!!) saying:

“…It’s a book I honestly didn’t think I’d ever finish and there were a few times where I didn’t want to finish it. But it’s also the book I’m most proud of writing and if I never write another one again, I’ll know I wrote this one.

So dramatic.

This one is different from all my others (I think I always tell you guys that) but I write every book with the same simple goals, no matter what genre:

1) To entertain you

2) To make you feel.

So, to die-hard romance readers and anti-romance readers, and everyone in between, I feel like all of you will get something from this story, and I hope you’ll give it a chance…”

P.S. DO NOT FORGET!!! Tonight is the LAST NIGHT that you can enter to win a print copy!! ➔ K.A. Tucker’s latest book “Keep Her Safe” is LIVE & we’re having a two book giveaway!

Alessandra Torre just tweeted something VERY interesting, and I feel like I must agree with her…

Alessandra Torre: I’m sick of articles that say #ebook sales are declining and only make up 30% of sales. These numbers typically come from publishers. In THEIR market, where they charge $12.99 for an ebook, that’s true. But nationwide, it’s an unreliable stat.

Laura Thalassa just posted a cover reveal and blurb for her upcoming release in March! It. Is. GORGEOUSSSSSSS!!!!!

“Cover reveal and description for Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1), the first book in my NA post apocalyptic series!”

Emma Scott teases us with her upcoming release, In Harmony, too! The good girl and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks are in a play together…

“…No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone.

But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end…”

UPCOMING RELEASES just added to the main “New Releases” page:

  • Bigger Rock by Lauren Blakely - January 29th 2018 <— This whole book bundle is going LIVE in just a couple of days!!

“You’ll find friends-to-lovers, best-friend’s-little-sister, boss-assistant, and roomies-to-lovers romances.

Come meet the irreverent bachelor Spencer Holiday in BIG ROCK, the hot nerd Nick Hammer in MISTER O, his twin brother Wyatt, the sarcastic and sweet carpenter, in WELL HUNG, and the charming and brilliant doctor with the heart of gold, Chase Summers, in the #1 NewYork Times bestselling smash hit FULL PACKAGE.

Get ready for a hot & hilarious ride!”


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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Grey January 28, 2018 at 12:53 PM

What news, Maryse??? Spill it already!!!

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 1:09 PM

LOL!!! I’m going, I’m going!!!!!!

Gimme a few :P

I have an ENTIRE NOTEPAD’s worth of news you’ll like. I’m “compiling” them into comprehension. LOL!!! ;)

Cheryl January 28, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Tease!!! For now I’ll take Combust; although I’m in the mood for funny.

Grey January 28, 2018 at 3:44 PM

*giggle* you know me… I am so impatient! LOL,Thanks, love!

Lanie January 28, 2018 at 4:08 PM

Tease. So much tease. Can’t I just have them all now?

Jen C January 28, 2018 at 4:09 PM

R.S. Grey’s newest, The Beau & the Belle, is up for 99c preorder releasing on Feb 1st!

Kooloo January 28, 2018 at 5:50 PM

and if you do not then you are NOT a true fan

I mean did I LOVE EVERY U2 album they ever created – no
BUT I AM STILL HUGE FAN because I can appreciate the artist, and their talent and bravery in putting a piece of themselves out there for all the world to see

end rant

Jan January 28, 2018 at 5:51 PM

Looking forward to the new Mariana Zapata! *grins in happy anticipation*

I do understand Nora Roberts’ comments on writing to reader requests. No matter how badly we want our fav writer to write a *certain* book, they have to follow their muse. And with good writers, they often surprise us with something new and wonderful anyway! We don’t want to stifle their creativity, really we don’t.

Jan January 28, 2018 at 5:51 PM

Hahaha Kooloo. We posted the same thought TOGETHER! *hugs Kooloo*

Kooloo January 28, 2018 at 5:58 PM

*high fives Jan*

bev January 28, 2018 at 6:13 PM


Though hard as a fan. I kind of find Nora the same across genres. Though I gave up on her scifi mysteries, just not enough change in the characters for me.
And though Lisa Kleypas’ CRs are ok my love was for her HRs.
I tried I But could not follow Garwood and McNaught into the suspense genre. Honestly I do not feel it was where their talents lie. So I had to stop reading them.
But I would never harass them.

I won’t even harass Martin though I sometimes feel 7 years is a bit much of a wait.
Even if I agree with Gaimen that he is not our bitch.
But still….7 years.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 6:34 PM

Wait. Waaaaaaiiiiiiit. Wait. I don’t understand what I’m reading. Amy. AMY!!!! Anyone that has read Unhinged… please. I’m at the end. I don’t understand.

*still reading and in shock*

bev January 28, 2018 at 7:08 PM

It’s an Amy book?

Then the heroine is probably dead. She died.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 7:21 PM


Yeah no.

I don’t get it.

I’ll have to backtrack and do a search for a few names to find out how they factor into this story, so importantly in the end, ’cause I have no clue who they are and why they matter.

And I pretty much read this one non-stop.

Gosh darn it! :/

Tessa January 28, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Or the hero. The hero is dead. It was horrible as they were just about to reconcile. The hero had had troubles with his drug use, which, due to smoking all the stuff he did, gave him lung cancer. He was finally in remission when he confessed to her that, yeah, they had a moment before, but he pushed her away so she didn’t have to deal with him dying. That moment produced their now two-year-old toddler. Unfortunately, they were getting out of the car at the store, an old friend from his past was there and was trying to escape from the store after his armed robbery. The man jumped into his car and wasn’t looking as he gunned the car, which aimed for the baby where it had run off. The hero looked over, saw that his baby was in danger, and threw himself in front of the car, pushing the baby out of the way. The car hit the man and continued on, speeding away. The baby lived, just minor scratches, but the hero died. Later the friend was arrested, but it was too late. Now, she sadly has to pick up where she left off and cry for the rest of her life.

Tessa January 28, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Or, Maryse, it could just be a bad mystery where they pick some random person and say THEY DID IT. I’ve read a few of those.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 7:59 PM



But you had it right at “Random”



Cheryl January 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

*raises hand* I read Unhinged. It’s one of those where I was all wtf just happened, and then after thinking about it, it REALLY bothered me.

Maryse January 28, 2018 at 8:01 PM

It’s an Amy book. ;) But her and I usually see eye-to-eye. Either she or I drank to many martinis with this one.


Kathy P. January 28, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann is so good. I have been binge reading it all day when I should be cleaning!! Single Dad, check. Adorable son, check. Quirky and funny heroine, check.

Jan January 28, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Tessa are you gonna write that book? Plenty of angst lovers out there who would buy it ;)

Leslie M January 28, 2018 at 9:30 PM

*tosses glitter and confetti*

I FINALLY got Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from library! :)

Cheryl January 28, 2018 at 9:41 PM

I wanted funny, well I’ve been reading Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn and laughing hysterically. It started out a little slowly, but OMG I have been laughing so hard I’m crying. The thoughts and actions of the main character Noely and her brother and sister-in-law are both cringe-worthy and hilarious. Haven’t quite decided which of the three dates I want her to end up with, but I *think* I know which one it will be.

Leslie M January 29, 2018 at 6:13 AM

Cheryl, I was thinking of reading that one soon. Good to know you are enjoying it.

Jean January 29, 2018 at 4:39 PM

I think I may be the only one excited for the Super Bowl this weekend! Go Eagles!!!!!!!!!

Tessa, that was funny!

Cheryl, good to hear that about The Blind Dates. I hope it makes me laugh as much as Mister McHottie. You read M. McH, right Cheryl?

Cheryl January 29, 2018 at 4:49 PM

I did Jean. I think I laughed more with TBD.

Fly Eagles Fly!!!! Did not realize the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl until today when my daughter and I were talking about school having an Eagles pep rally friday and she mentioned it.

Jean January 29, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Ok Cheryl, moving TBD up on my list!

Yep, never won a Super Bowl! It’s time for the Eagles!

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