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An irresistible new love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold series, a town Library Journal calls, "so appealing, readers will want to start scoping out real estate."

To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend-a male friend-to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours...and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy-the one-night Casanova-and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

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Join us in celebration of our new event, Show it Off Saturday. It's going to be fun. Get a look into new books, blurbs, and other goodies on Facebook! So grab a friend, grab a drink, and get ready...

  • May 14
    Author Sandra Bischoff - giveaway 1. A signed paperback of Beyond the Sun 2. A signed paperback of Beyond Time 3. Surprise Swag pack
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    Author Jerica MacMillan - giveaway 1 free copy of Convenient Fall
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    Author Kathleen Ann Gallagher - giveaway one e-book copy of Love’s Encore.
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    Author Caroline Warfield - giveaway Any of my books—winner’s choice—in kindle format

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Do you hate book marketing? Does the idea of trying to find all the ins and outs, new trends etc. drive you up a wall? You're not alone, many authors feel that way. Even so there is one thing you can do to help yourself with your book marketing that will help more than anything else. Want to know what it is? Be consistent. One of the things that many authors do is go on marketing binges. Meaning that as soon as a new book is released they spend hours, often without any sort of marketing plan in place, they post to social media, write guest blogs, create graphics and share them and all the other things that authors do to market and then a few weeks or months later...they stop. That's right they stop marketing and go back to writing. Authors that start marketing their books before they become available, and who are consistent with their book marketing, meaning they do one, two, or three small things every day to market will make far more sales than those authors who go on marketing binges and are not consistent on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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The air is crisp, the tree's are beginning to fill with leaves, and your chance to win this month's contest has arrived. Say hello to May with our Feature Contest! Your chance to WIN has more options - now is the time to take advantage by including  the hashtag of #CTRContests in your social media posts. So post  as much as possible!

May Contest:

DP Denman - Prizes: 2 Winners will receive an ebook copy of DP Denman's Rhythm & Blue

Congratulations to April's winners: Jessica, Sherry, Tammy, Mary, Sherry, Jessica, Tammy, Tracee, and Monica.

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Did your mom or an older woman in your life inspire your reading habit? Or, how would you inspire a girl (daughter, friend, niece) to start reading?

From Delane:

It was a female who inspired me to read but the woman was the sweetest lady who drove the bookmobile for my neighborhood.  For those who do not know what a bookmobile is: it is a library on wheels which goes into low income neighborhoods and allows anyone to check out books.  I did not watch much television as a young child and vacations were a dream so books were how I flew. The bookmobile lady was very patient with a little girl whose eyes were huge; over time I saw all the books she had to offer.  She would bring me special books from the library she thought I would like and I looked forward to her coming.

In todays fast-paced society it is difficult to inspire someone to sit down and read a book but really books are portable now and can be read while on the run.  I believe it is best to lead by example.  I feel all the emotions of a good book so I laugh out loud on funny parts and get angry at those parts I find frustrating.  I usually inspired individuals while I was in the military because we spent a lot of time standing in line so I always had a book in my cargo pocket; paperbacks until eReaders came along.  They always were curious and I would end up loaning them a book from the ones I had stored in my backpack.  If we were deployed and someone was bored they came looking for me to get a book because really anything was handy to get your mind off where we were, so why not fly on the pages of a good book?

From Veronica:
My mother was the inspiration for my love of reading, but not in the way you'd think. She is always reading, always has a book in her hands. All along, I'd thought that, because I saw her reading so much, I'd picked up the habit from her. Now, I'm thinking it might have been a trait she passed on to me in the genetic sense. The reason I think this is because I'm always reading, but my son has never picked up the habit, no matter how much I've tried to encourage him. His daily reading homework is torture for both of us. Now that I think back, while I always read, my sister (three years younger than me) never did. She hated it. And she was exposed to the same behaviour from my mother as I was.

For my son, I try to do the best with what I'm given. I hand him graphic novels to read in the car. I slip in bits and pieces of reading when we're out and about ("What's that sign say, buddy? Read it to me.") I think reading is something you're born to love. You pick it up and develop your love with the right kind of encouragement and inspiration, but you cannot force a person to love it if they simply don't. When that happens, you have to respect the person's innate inclinations, and work with what you've got to encourage at least an appreciation for reading, if not a love of it.

From Matilda:
I cannot say it was one woman in particular but many. My mother never was a big reader until later in life , she now reads a lot of inspirational and Amish fiction. I think my love of reading started in grade school , so my reading teachers and librarians were all woman and provided an escape for me as I was very shy and quiet, not at all athletic a chance to enjoy something with books. I could be anything I wanted in the pages of a book. I read anything I could get me hands on that peaked my interest much as I do now. My favorites were the “Little House on the Prairie” books. 
 
To inspire reading I usually give gifts of books, or loan out some of my books that I have really enjoyed.

From Llaph:
When I look back to see what influenced me to read ... I can’t really remember someone encouraging me. I sort of picked it up myself in elementary school. Once I figured out how to take advantage of my school’s library it was pretty much over when it came to me getting a hold of books. I remember my favorites were the books on Greek mythology. There was one book that I checked out numerous times because I loved the myths and the beautiful illustrations that the book had, I wish I remembered the name of the book so that I could introduce it to the younger people that I know. I remember how it looks ... but being blind that won’t help me much! No one in my family is a reader per say and my becoming a reader was mostly by chance, but I would think that if I had children or were able to I would love to be able to share books. I used to imagine reading daily to show kids that books aren’t something boring that you have to read for school and they could use them for a bit of escapism, rather than drugs or activities that they really shouldn’t be doing. I think that kids should be taught about books at a young age. This could be done by either having kids read children’s books to having an adult make it part of a daily routine to read a bit of a book to a child. It is kind of like getting kids to like vegetables, start them at a young age and there is a good chance that you can get them to eat them at a later age.

From Denyse:
Actually my mom and my dad inspired my reading habit. Both parents were avid readers, and as a result the house has always been overflowing with books. My mom would often laugh about the days when we were all home, my brother, sister, and both parents - and each of us was in a different room, nose in a book, and silence ruled the house.... It was wonderful. The library knew us well, and so did the local bookstores!
 
I think it's important to show young people, at as young an age as possible, that reading is an adventure that can take them into worlds they might not know about, as well as teach them. If it's an attractive and natural thing to them from a very young age, that's how they view it, not as a chore they're forced to endure in school, but a gift that can open the doors to imagination and endless possibilities. Trips to the library, reading to each other, all of it reinforces the magic that can only be books!

From AZGaye aka Gwynn Morgan/Deirdre O'Dare
I was read to by both parents when I was very small and could read a little before I started school. By ten or so I had exhausted the kids' and "YA" books in my local library and moved into the adult section, starting out with historical novels and westerns. I did encourage my kids to read and they all did, at least some. The boys liked sci fi and my daughter was into romance for awhile and then mysteries. I give books to my grandkids for most holidays and I hope they read!!  I always say that reading is the most economical way you can visit almost any place you can imagine or that some author can imagine. Kids now are kind of used to "watching" but once they find out how much fun reading can be, using your own imagination--and maybe how you can hide a book under the bed covers and read by a flashlight after device-off time--I think most of them will want to read some.  In NM the governor encourages kids to read in the summer and has prizes for the kids with the most book reports. That is pretty cool!

My mom read to me when I was a young child. - Krypton Imai

My mother inspired my love of reading.  I always remember having a lot of books growing up.  My mother provided me with books and read to me.  When we went shopping, I always got a new book.  We went to the library and book stores.  I watched my mother read her own books.  I've always had a great love for reading and books;  and I think this was instilled in me at a young age by my mother. Thanks for the chance. - Tanja Dancy

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Our Coffee Crew works hard every day reading and writing those great reviews because we love it. Out of all the books that the entire staff reads, occassionally one raises to the top of our Staffer's mind. A special book that is just so wonderful, we feel it deserves an extra acknowledgement. So once a month, our Coffee Crew awards a book with the CTRR Award and share it with you.

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  • Eyewitness by Carolann Camillo and Phyllis Humphrey
 

Publisher & Author News

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Congratulations to our finalists in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA competition, celebrating the best in romantic fiction! Tessa Dare, HelenKay Dimon, Lorraine Heath, Caroline Linden, Julie Anne Long, Julia Quinn, Jill Shalvis. The winners will be announced at the July national conference in San Diego. Good luck, ladies!
Laura Kaye invites you to join her New Release Facebook Party for RIDE HARD: Laura would also like to invite readers to come out to the following in-person events: 
April 30: Hanover Library, Hanover PA, Brunch and Talk on America's First Daughter (writing as Laura Kamoie)
May 21: Chicago RWA Spring Fling Conference Book Signing, Schaumberg, IL
May 22: Anderson's Bookstore Talk and Signing, LaGrange, IL
Details: Laura's events page
On April 26th, Tasty Tours will be hosting a pre-release blitz for Sophie Barnes' July 26th release, HIS SCANDALOUS KISS. For more info and a list of the participating blogs, please click HERE. There will be an e-book copy of The Earl's Complete Surrender up for grabs! And in even better news, Sophie’s Regency historical, LADY SARAH’S SINFUL DESIRES, has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Contest. Take a look HERE.

 

LRWA Online Courses

Schmoozing 101

Presented by Jacqui Jacoby
Dates: May 2 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
Some people call it networking. Some people, however, think that’s far too sterile a name for something that can be so fun in a business which is so creative.

Schmoozing. That’s what we do. And we do it sincerely. When we mosey up to the book editor to introduce ourselves, we aren’t there because this is just another person in the industry. We’re there because we know that this is a person with something interesting to say. Agents, editors, authors: they all have something to offer. Their experiences, their insight. All we have to do is listen and learn.
Schmoozing 101 will help teach the participants how to make the unapproachable, approachable. We will learn how to make sure the people we talk to will know our names and remember our faces.

Whether it’s an in-person meeting, an e-mail that has to be sent, or a phone call that must be made, this class will help writers know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. The
next time you run into that famous face, they will smile and ask how you are doing.

This workshop would cover topics such as to conduct an interview, both in person, by phone and by e-mail. It will discuss not only should we attend a conference, but what we should do once we get there, what should we say and how we should act.

Instructor Bio:
When Jacqui Jacoby hits a conference or function, she never “works the room.” She seeks out old friends and makes new ones as she listens and learns.

An award winning writer, she has has two books out, penned non fiction articles for various RWA Chapter newsletters including The Kiss of Death, The Orange Blossom and The Heartbeat of Denver, as well as RWR Magazine. She has met with such notable authors as Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann and Debbie Macomber. She has done phone interviews with editors and agents and she has conducted e mail interviews with Sandra Brown and Jayne Ann Krentz, just to name a few.

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Writing Erotic Romances and Erotica (ages 18 over)

Presented by Susan Palmquist
Dates: May 2 – 30, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:
This workshop is for students who are thinking of writing their first erotic romance or erotica story. It will cover some of the standards of these sub-genres and look at why they sell so well. What’s a good erotic story and what’s bad? We’ll look at sexual tension and emotion. The difference between erotic romance and erotica. What exactly is erotica and how it’s different to the pornographic story. This workshop is for writers over 18 only.

Instructor Bio:
Susan writes under her own name and her pen name Vanessa Devereaux. She’s the author of 80 plus books, including how tos, mysteries, and romances and a bestselling author of erotic romances and erotica. She pens three ongoing series called Perfect Pairing, Big Sky County and the bestselling Kalispell Shifters.

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Writing from the Male POV

Presented by Sascha Illyvich
Dates: May 2 – 16, 2016
Cost: $20

Course Description:

In this updated version, learn the ins and outs of character creation from a side of romance we rarely hear from, the male romance reader/writer! Paranormal Romance author Sascha Illyvich shares with us tips on how to create more memorable characters, avoid some common pitfalls and have more fun with our writing!

What you’ll learn from this class

  • Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
  • How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
  • How to get your man to express his true “self” and speak in his voice
  • What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
  • Relationship issues Men face*
  • A man’s self view*
  • The Gay Male Mindset
  • The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
  • A man’s journey in life and his Success
  • How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story

Instructor Bio:

Proclaimed by the Publishing industry as the Bad Boy of Romance, Sascha started writing fifteen years ago.  Author of over 50 titles in a variety of subgenres, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance’s Recommended read list, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.  Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha writes for Red Sage, Ardent Books, Secret Cravings Publishing, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound and Decadent Publishing.  Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com Agency Representation provided by The Corvisiero Agency

Managing Imprint Editor for Ardent Books, the erotic division of Assent Publishing, and Imprint Editor at Sizzler Editions, Sascha continues to help other authors build the careers they strive for, as those who came before him helped to do.

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