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Sweet Christmas Kisses 5

Sweet Christmas Kisses 5

Fill your holiday stocking with love and 9 sweet romance novellas, from USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and award-winning authors.

Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 brings you heartwarming contemporary romances that celebrate the joy of the season around the world, including in snowy Maine and the sun-kissed skies of Florida, the mountains of Colorado, small-town Illinois and South Carolina, New York to San Francisco, and even the glittering lights of Paris and the old-world charm of Florence. The Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 bundle features all-new, standalone novellas that will make you smile and fill your heart with the Christmas spirit.

Christmas With The Poker Group by Beate Boeker, USA Today Bestselling Author. After losing her beloved grandmother and getting dumped by her boyfriend, Sabrina is left feeling like Scrooge this Christmas. She makes a plan to survive the holidays in Florence, only to realize her grieving grandfather has a plan of his own. One that involves the crazy Mantoni family and the distractingly handsome man she’s determined to avoid. It’s beginning to look a lot like a tricky Christmas.

Christmas With The Carmichaels by Christine Bush, USA Today Bestselling Author. Widow and retiree Gabby is ready for a rocking chair. At least according to her daughter. Except maybe she’s not. After getting stranded in a Maine snowstorm with a silver-haired fox, Gabby might find the courage to say “yes” to life once more, and find a Christmas love she never expected.

The Mistletoe Bachelor Auction by Milou Koenings, USA Today bestselling author. When a supermodel with a string of bad news boyfriends “wins” a volunteer firefighter at a charity bachelor auction, Rose and Ryan might both discover they’ve found their perfect Christmas match. A fun and romantic holiday tale set in the fictional town of Green Pines, Illinois.

Sweet Peppermint Kisses by Josie Riviera, USA Today Bestselling Author. Sometimes the best gifts are hiding right under your Christmas tree. His emotions were once trampled flat. Can he throw his heart over the fence toward the ultimate Christmas gift—a future filled with love? A holiday tale about the healing power of love, set in the charming fictional town of Cherish, South Carolina.

Christmas In Paris by Roxanne Rustand, USA Today Bestselling Author. Kindergarten teacher Heather thought all her dreams were coming true—until she was jilted by her fiancé three months before their Christmas wedding. Since the honeymoon to Paris is already paid for, Heather determines to go sans groom and have a great time, no matter what. Love is not part of her travel plans, but when a handsome young doctor literally runs into her on the street, the magic of Christmas in Paris may cause a change of heart.

Second Chance Christmas by Kristin Wallace, USA Today Bestselling Author. Ten years ago, Mia Reynolds and Win Barrington spent one magical Christmas together—until lies and manipulation tore them apart, and left Mia to raise a daughter all on her own. Now, both are back in their hometown of Palm Cove, Florida just in time for the holidays. Once they uncover the truth about what happened, can Mia and Win rediscover love and celebrate a Second Chance Christmas with their daughter?

Ghosts From Christmas Past by Mary Alford, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author. She was the love of his life, until a tragic accident on Christmas Eve left Charlotte Swenson in a coma. For eight years, Sheriff Dylan Parker of Bitter Creek, Colorado has held on to the hope that somehow his love will find a way back to him. And when Charlotte opens her eyes, just days before Christmas, Dylan can’t help but believe a holiday miracle may grant his every wish.

Christmas Pizza To The Rescue by Jean C. Gordon. When a freak winter storm strands them alone at the Team Macachek barracks in Central New York, champion motocross racer Royce Evans and out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza deliverer Samantha Linder strike a bargain that benefits them both. But when it appears Sam has broken the agreement, will the spirit of Christmas be strong enough to save their blossoming holiday love?

The Love Clause by Liwen. Y. Ho. He needs a fake girlfriend to advance his career. She needs a pretend date to keep her mom off her case during the holidays. The solution to both of their problems? A contractual relationship with one clause: neither of them can fall in love. A Christmas tale set in romantic San Francisco that will cause this reluctant couple to rethink the “no love” clause.


All nine authors in this boxed set write sweet/wholesome romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, lovemaking is not described in these stories. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 5 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age.

Pull up a chair by a cozy fire, pour a cup of hot chocolate and allow these bestselling and award-winning authors to bring the holiday season alive as they warm your heart.

Purchase the book at your favorite online retailer:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Christmas-Kisses-Beate-Boeker-ebook/dp/B07FN4KVWP

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sweet-christmas-kisses-5/id1413284483

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Or connect with each of the Sweet Romance Reads Authors individually:

Beate Boeker

Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet, sophisticated romantic fiction and cozy mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy. While “Boeker” means “books” in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as “Happy” . . . and with a name that reads “Happy Books,” what else could she do but write novels with a happy ending?

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BeateBoeker

Website:  http://www.happybooks.de/

Newsletter:  http://www.happybooks.de/newsletter


Christine Bush

Christine Bush is an award-winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/christineabush

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Christine_Bush

Website:  http://christinebush.com


Jean C. Gordon

Award-winning sweet and inspirational author Jean C. Gordon writes what she knows best — small-town, happily-ever-afters set in, or with characters from, her native Upstate New York.

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Website: https://www.jeancgordon.com/
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Milou Koenings

USA Today bestselling author Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all. She’s the author of the Green Pines Romance series.

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MilouKoenings

Website:  https://www.miloukoenings.com

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Josie Riviera

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.


Website: http://josieriviera.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Josieriviera…



Roxanne Rustand

USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.


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Kristin Wallace

Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.


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Mary Alford

Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading such romantic suspense greats as Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith was a challenge, but 2012 Mary received “the call” to publish her first book — a dream come true. Today, Mary writes Christian romantic suspense, and small-town contemporary romances.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryAlfordAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryalford13
Website: http://maryalford.net

Liwen Y. Ho

Liwen Y. Ho writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). She lives in California with her family and blogs about life as a recovering perfectionist.

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Christmas at the Castle ~ Jenny Kane

Out Now! Christmas at the Castle by Jenny Kane (@jennykaneauthor) #contemporary #romance #christmas #ku #kindleunlimited

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Christmas at the Castle is a seasonal treat from Jenny Kane, featuring much-loved characters from her bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee.

When hotshot businesswoman Alice Warren is asked to organise a literary festival at beautiful Crathes Castle in Scotland, her ‘work mode’ persona means she can’t say no – even though the person asking is her ex, Cameron Hunter.

Alice broke Cameron’s heart and feels she owes him one – but her best friend Charlie isn’t going to like it. Charlie – aka famous author Erin Spence – is happy to help Alice with the festival…until she finds out that Cameron’s involved! Charlie suffered a bad case of unrequited love for Cameron, and she can’t bear the thought of seeing him again.

Caught between her own insecurities and loyalty to her friend, Charlie gets fellow author Kit Lambert to take her place. Agreeing to leave her London comfort zone – and her favourite corner in Pickwicks Café – Kit steps in. She quickly finds herself not just helping out, but hosting a major literary event, while also trying to play fairy godmother – a task which quickly gets very complicated indeed…


Available to buy from Amazon, and to read as part of the Kindle Unlimited Programme: http://mybook.to/christmasatthecastle



Charlie pushed open the door of The Deeside Bookshop.

Instead of being greeted by John, she was surprised to see a much younger man behind the counter. Having never known the shop without John in it, Charlie was immediately concerned. ‘Um, hello, I wondered if I could speak to John, is he OK?’

‘He’s very OK, thank you. Soaking up the sun in New Zealand in fact.’

‘Oh.’ Not sure what to do, Charlie decided she’d dive straight in anyway. If John trusted this man to run the shop in his absence, then he must be alright. ‘Could I have a quick chat about the literary festival at Crathes? I know Ms Warren has already approached the shop, but I…’

The man, who Charlie guessed must be in his late thirties, ran an exasperated hand through his short hair. ‘I already told your colleague I can’t help. What Ms Warren is asking of me is not cost-effective. Although I wish you luck with the festival, the tactic of sending her prettier colleague to get me to change my mind is not going to work!’

Prettier colleague? Charlie felt thrown. No one ever thought she was prettier than Alice.

‘I assure you no… tactics are in play. I’m only helping out today because I’m a friend of one of the other organisers, and I have a more sensible and, I think, more realistic proposition for you than Alice did. I will tell you about it if you would like to hear it; if not, I’ll leave you in peace to stare around your customer-free shop!’

Rather taken aback by the edge to her tone, the tension in Charlie’s shoulders unknotted a little as, to her amazement, the man began to laugh.

Placing the books he’d been holding on the counter he said, ‘I’m sorry, forgive me for being abrupt. My name is Gervase Potter; I bought John out a few weeks ago. This little empire is now mine.’

Tilting his head to one side, giving Charlie the impression he was enjoying the view, he added, ‘I would very much like to hear your proposal. How about we discuss it tonight over a drink at Scott Skinner’s? I haven’t made it there yet, and I hear it’s a nice pub.’

With her brain privately grappling with the concept of being asked out for a drink by a handsome man who liked books, Charlie replied, ‘It is nice. I often go to Skinner’s to write when I need a change of scene from my desk at home. Oh, I’m Charlie, by the way. Charlie Davies.’

‘I’m pleased to meet you, Charlie. So, you write?’

‘Yes.’ Charlie pointed to the bookshelves, ‘I’m over there somewhere.’

‘You are? Who are you, then? I mean, who else are you?’

‘Erin Spence.’

The Unbrave Heart Erin Spence?’

Charlie’s pulse started to beat faster. He didn’t immediately connect me with The Love-Blind Boy. ‘Yes. Yes that was my first novel.’

‘I love that book.’

‘You’ve read it?’ Charlie was shocked. ‘Forgive me, but you don’t look like you’d be into women’s fiction.’

‘I’m not as a rule, but my ex-girlfriend had the audiobook and we played it on a long journey once or twice. I enjoyed it. You have a very perceptive view of the male side of things.’

‘Really?’ Charlie could feel herself blushing, ‘Thanks. It’s kind of you to say so.’

‘Not at all. That drink tonight, then? Eight o’clock? With a meal as well, maybe?’

‘To talk about my idea for the festival?’

‘I’m making no promises, because I think I’d rather talk about you.’

Charlie’s head buzzed with contradictory thoughts. Had she been right to agree to go out with Gervase? Only this morning she’d been thinking about how she felt about Cameron being back, and now she was going on a date with someone else. A part of her knew she’d only said yes in the hope that Alice and Cameron might see them. But so what if they did? Cameron isn’t going to be jealous, and I don’t want him any more anyway. And Alice wouldn’t notice in her current mode if I walked around naked with a pineapple on my head.

A new thought entered Charlie’s head. Was there any point in going out with another man until Alice had gone home? Gervase would only have to see them standing next to each other, and it wouldn’t be her that he wanted to take for dinner anymore.

Suddenly, Charlie stopped moving. She knew she was being ridiculous, but somehow the thought of how Alice was always going to be there to eclipse her wouldn’t shift…



Jenny Kane is the author the contemporary romance Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling novel Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the modern/medieval time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), and Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014).

Jenny’s fourth full length romance novel, Another Glass of Champagne, will be published in 2016.

Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Coming soon from Hushpuppy)

Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.

Twitter- @JennyKaneAuthor

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JennyKaneRomance

Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee.


Giftapalooza 2014 is going on now! Help a child in need this Christmas


Come join authors and readers and donate to kids in need over the holiday season. Gifts for every budget on their wish lists.

You don’t even need to leave your living room!

Wishlists are linked to Amazon where you can order pay and ship right from the comfort of your own home.

Children’s lists can be found at the link below:


Come join us to put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas!

In addition when you buy a gift, you get a gift!

For our Santas:
1 gift=1 ebook
2-3 gifts=2 ebooks
4+ gifts=1 paperback (until we run out)
Gift cards and swag are also available as thank-you gifts.

From Me to You Friday- Tamara

Merry-Christmas-Photos-9This will be my last post before Christmas so I am giving you my Christmas greetings now!

I don’t wish to offend anyone, so whatever Holiday you celebrate, I wish all the joys of the season.

I have one daughter who celebrates Yule. so Merry Yule, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanza and anyone else I’m forgetting, enjoy your Holiday’s too!

All my shopping is done (I love the internet!) My packages are wrapped and waiting for the children to tear into them, and you know we are all children at heart.

The tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung. We have a lot to celebrate this year. We will all be together as a family and it may be for the last time in a while. My mother’s health is fragile and we don’t know if she will be with us next year, My younger daughter is graduating college and may not get a job near home and my son will be a senior in college next year. He goes on his first mission trip this summer, to Brazil. The first of many as he plans to be a missionary, so who knows where he will find himself in the world on Christmas’ to come.

So, I find myself reflecting a lot this year… reflecting on each tradition. On the ornaments we’ve collected over the years, the special ones my children and grandchildren made, the ones we have collected in our travels, and that commemorate events or years… and people we have lost. The joy I find in baking cookies with my grandchildren and making projects. wrapping the presents, just so. And Christmas Carols!

I am one of those strange ducks that LOVES Christmas music! So, to end my Christmas post to you, I’ll share one of my favorites( or two)

christmas2013Merry Christmas from my house to Yours!

Book Spotlight – Sweetwater Springs Christmas


Christmas in Sweetwater Springs: A Montana Sky Short Story Collection


Far from home, a young Wyoming rancher and the daughter of a Montana railroad man learn the true joy of Christmas is in giving.



Will a wish on a star foretell the future of a young suffragette and a visiting rancher?  



A lonely widow and a lonelier marshal make peace with their past.



Can two reserved people overcome their limitations and find love?



A newly-orphaned boy finds and unexpected family.



The town banker learns that perhaps some things are more important than money.



Ida doesn’t remember the last two years, but her husband is determined to find her and reignite their love.


A spinster discovers it’s never too late to embrace love and the surprises life has in store. 




A woman scarred in face and heart finds love with a cowboy.




A grieving ten-year-old girl anticipating a sad Christmas receives some holiday surprises.





With a little Christmas magic, two searching hearts discover they can bridge much more than a raging river.



Faced with her first Montana winter without her husband, Rachel Tanner and her young son need a miracle.





Julia Bosworth travels west to fulfill a special dream and finds her heart’s desire.



Excerpt: A Gift of Music by Debra Holland

Peter Rockwell stood behind the front desk counter of The Livingston, the newly opened hotel in Sweetwater Springs, Montana. With apprehension tightening his stomach, he watched a snow-and-mud-covered cowboy–their first guest–stagger through the doorway of his pristine lobby. This is it–the time to come out from behind the scenes of running a hotel and put myself in front of the public.

Next to him, Isaac Lawson, the young desk clerk, stiffened at the sight of the “guest.” Even though Isaac had worked for a year at the prestigious Rockwell Hotel in downtown Boston, serving everyone from middle-class people scraping together the funds to celebrate a special occasion to the crème de la crème of society occupying a lavish guest suite, neither of them, Peter felt, was prepared for dirty drunken cowboys.

The cowboy loosened the front of his coat, exposing his double-holstered gunbelt.

Make that, prepared for armed dirty drunken cowboys.

We should have been. We’re in a ranching town, after all.

The cowboy doffed his hat. His mouth gapping, he studied the large evergreen in the front corner of the lobby as if he’d never seen one before. And perhaps he hadn’t. At least not one that rose twenty feet into the air, gleaming with glass ornaments imported from Germany, gold bows, and unlit candles. The man probably wouldn’t notice the tree lacked silvery tinsel. Peter still hadn’t tracked down the box he’d ordered weeks ago, which the merchant claimed to have sent.

The cowboy glanced at the grand piano opposite the Christmas tree, then eyed one of the tapestry-covered wing chairs as if he were about to collapse into it.

More concerned with the risk to the new furniture than his safety, Peter called upon the managerial dignity he’d so often seen his father and uncles assume and strode over to the man. “Welcome to The Livingston. How may I be of service?” The words came out stiffer than he would have liked. His shyness often made him sound pompous, and he couldn’t seem to overcome his natural reserve.

The cowboy’s eyes were red-rimmed, his shoulders sprinkled with the snow that had sifted down over the town for the last half hour or so. “I heard you have rooms?”

Relieved not to smell alcohol on the man’s breath, although the rest of him was ripe enough to make Peter’s nose twitch, he gave a small bow. “Indeed, we do. You’re in luck because we’re offering grand opening specials. You’ll find all our rooms have comfortable beds.” To his relief, the speech he’d practice to himself rolled off his tongue. “And we have bathtubs with hot and cold running water.” He hoped the cowboy took the hint. “The bathrooms are on each floor on either side of the hall. We offer laundry service for a small additional fee.”

The man gave him a tired smile. “A bath and food and sleep, in that order. I’ve been riding for days.” He patted his shirt pocket. “Shipped a special stud East on the train. I have the funds.”

“Congratulations.” Peter mentioned the costs of the various rooms.

The man chose an inexpensive one and shuffled over to the front desk to sign the, as yet, empty register.

Crisis averted, job accomplished. With a sigh, Peter glanced down at the mud tracked on the polished wooden floor and across the corner of the blue Persian carpet.

Our first guest.

On the morrow would come two famous performers, one the exquisite Songbird of St. Louis and the other a world-class harpist.

How well will I handle elegant women who aren’t exhausted cowboys?


Monday, November 18th, I will be hosting my first ever Facebook launch party at: https://www.facebook.com/events/628356887207612/?ref=br_tf.
I will be joined by ten other authors who’ve contributed short stories to Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology. Throughout the day, we’ll be “chatting” and doing playful question and answers. Each hour there will be plenty of giveaways, and at the end of the day, commenters will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.
The party starts at 9:00 am Pacific Time and ends at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The two random drawings for the grand prizes will take place at 5:00 pm. I hope to see you there!


 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Debra Holland is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one time winner. She is the author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romances and The Gods’ Dream Trilogy, fantasy romance. In February, 2013, Amazon selected her book Starry Montana Sky as one of the top 50 Greaters Love Stories. Her latest book is Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Collection.

Debra is giving away a copy of last years Christmas Anthology


To one lucky commenter! Tell us your favorite thing about Christmas!

Wicked Wild Wednesdays ~ Interview ~ Elodie Parkes

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today, Elodie. So first, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and work in an antiques shop and write. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. I never consciously thought I wanted to be a writer. I just knew I had things to write and have always written things, even if it has just been left on my computer for years.
I have published three erotic romance books to date, Millie Reinvented, which is a book for women, a love story, an uplifting story for the lonely, there’s a little humor in it and lots of yummy sex.
Two of Them, a contemporary erotic romance that men might like because the two principal characters are men looking for love, lots of secrets and sex.
The Horoscope Writer, a deeply romantic, sexy love story, full of delicious sex with a touch of paranormal.
I am awaiting a fourth book being published, by Eternal Press , the release date is May 1st. The Last Time, is erotic romance.
I’ve also written an erotic romance short (14,000 word story) The Picnic, for an erotic romance anthology that will be published by Moon Rose March 31st

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Not much besides my laptop and Tea, yes cups of tea.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

My heroes are loving. They have flaws and are sometimes vulnerable. They always love their women deeply. They have fears and yet will dive into the fray. They are always sexy and love sex. I think that’s important. (smiles)

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I used to think it was August in ‘Millie Reinvented’ because he is so endearing and loving. Then I switched to Dominic in ‘The Horoscope Writer’ because he’s so sexy and yet vulnerable and constant in his love for Cassie. Recently I’m in love with Seth from my new novel soon to be published by Eternal Press. I love all my characters, every one of them. I can’t choose a favorite.

Lots of my characters have some foundation from real people who have passed through my life. They are composites of those glimpses of people and my imagination.

I’ll tell you about two books because they come directly from contact with particular people.

For instance my book ‘Millie Reinvented’ was inspired through my day job.
I was talking to a young woman who was in the antiques shop where I work and she was buying a little sculpture of two lovers kissing. She said she had to have it because it was so nice to look at, as her husband didn’t even kiss her anymore. I couldn’t say anything I just wrapped the item, and stored the thought until the story burst out onto my laptop.

The book ‘Two of Them’ was inspired by a guy in an auction house. He came to stand next to me and was bidding for a Georgian table. He was talking to me about having inherited a run-down cottage from his grandfather and buying a few pieces for it as he renovated it. We had coffee together; he had the bluest eyes and was very nice, he told me he was looking for a different job because in his words ‘he felt as if he couldn’t stand the one he had another second’. He inspired the character Jet.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

I think the hardest scenes are violence, and actually I haven’t done many. I think it’s because I abhor it.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

No one did really. I read so widely and such a variety. No, it’s real life that influences me.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Dominic Reed from my own book, The Horoscope Writer, A deeply romantic, sexy romance, full of delicious sex that shows the lovely character of the main male lead, Dominic. He’s my ‘wish he was real guy.’

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Yikes! I’ve led a sheltered life. I can’t think of one thing. To be honest I’m very short on male company and always have been (smiles).

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like intelligent, creative, competent heroines, someone a little different, independent but not afraid to show her sexier side.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

With a guy who came to a club with me and was scathing of the music, the people, on and on, so intolerant and opinionated. I went to the bar (allegedly) and left him there. I went off to another club that I knew.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

My laptop, and a portable generator.
Dominic Reed.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?


Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I guess I just want to reach more readers. I love to write and sometimes you just hope someone will read your story and love it enough to say so.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

I’d be blue-violet because it’s so lovely and feels happy.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

I’d like to think I have my own perception of love, built from a love of the earth, the countryside, nature, and seeing shit go on all over the world, I think real love has to be rare. I find the world harsh. There’s not enough love in it. Lots of people never find love.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?

My dogs.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Far out, I like both. As long as they have blue, green or gray eyes and are kind, intelligent and sexy. (Oooh nice answer!)
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, no kinky, er no sweet how about damn sexy, hot and yet sweet too?
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? any chance of both?
Beverly: A girl after my own heart!
Top or bottom? Top

ParksElodie Parkes lives in rural England, United Kingdom.
She works in a sales and buying capacity for antiques, but her first love is writing. When she isn’t working, Elodie has two dogs that keep her fit with their need for walks.
Elodie lovingly writes contemporary romance, always erotic, sometimes with a twist of mystery, paranormal, and suspense. She likes to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. Elodie finds inspiration in the many people who visit the places she works. People and emotions inspire her, and especially the way people act when in love or looking for love.

Find Elodie online:
http://elodieparkes.blogspot.com where you can read lots of snippets from my erotic romance novels, meet other authors and read snippets from their books.

Parks coverMillie Reinvented

She was kissed under the mistletoe: he fell in love.
When August kissed Millie at a Christmas party, he was perhaps already half in love with her.
Millie suddenly realizes that her husband has not really been kissing her for a couple of years
The kiss from August is so different and enjoyable it jolts her into the realization that she has been kissing her husband but he’s just been taking it.
It’s not the only thing he’s been taking.
Millie finds herself assessing her relationship with her husband over the next months as the August starts to pursue her.
The things Millie finds out about her husband astonish her.
What will happen as Millie and August develop a steamy, and special relationship?



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