Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Talk-Time - Why I Read Romance

The Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome another Romance SuperFan as one of our columnists - Desere Steenberg. Today she tells us just what it is about romance that makes her heart beat that little bit faster...

Hello from a gorgeous sunny South Africa! First off I would like to thank the lovely ladies of PHS for inviting me to be a part of their amazing family.

Now you’re probably wondering who exactly I am and why I'm here, well the answer is a simple one, I'm a romance reading addict! Since the age of seven I have always had my nose glued to the inside of a book, at first it was children’s reads of course, (What were you thinking, romance? Hello I was only seven!). Following tales of puppies and fairies were the history books, mystery, psychological thrillers, suspense and paranormal books. No matter the book, it always came down to one thing:

While my friends were out partying, you could find me engaged in a good book.  

Then came the day I moved up from small town library to big city library and on my first visit, as I entered the door, the cover of a book in the romance section caught my eye. The title was a Mills & Boon Modern, Willingly Bedded Forcibly Wedded by Melanie Milburne. I walked over, picked it up, read the blurb and two weeks later I had read over twenty five romance books. 

I was hooked and I've never been able to stop! 

You get the history, the suspense, the action-whatever you feel like reading!-and all of life’s twists and turns along the way. What’s not to love about having everything you love within one genre?
When I step into the pages of a romance it offers me an escape from everyday life. It transports me to a whole new world , where the characters become real and I get to see inside their minds. Nothing is hidden, whereas in real life, human nature blocks all of that out and, at times, seems less real. 

Many say romance books aren't like real life, but to me they truly do feel real. When I'm reading, I climb inside the book and live every single emotion of each character. 

But more than anything, I love romance because it lets me live a thousand lives, experience a million emotions and best of all I get to fall in love over and over again!

Why do you read romance? Is it for the escapism it offers or is there a thrill or natural high you get when picking up a romance by your favorite author? Do you imagine yourself as the heroine, walking in her shoes or fantasize about the hero and wish he was real? What about the emotional roller-coaster? Do you prefer a romance which makes you laugh or cry, swoon or sigh, or a combination of all the above? Let us know!

To find out more about Desere, you can read her romance reviews on Romance Book Haven, and follow her on Twitter or Facebook

Monday, September 22, 2014

Male on Monday - Brad Paisley

This Monday, Harlequin Superromance author and Pink Heart Society editor Jeannie Watt talks about the inspiration for many of her cowboy heroes--country music star Brad Paisley!

If you ever read one of my books  and have  any trouble at all picturing the hero, nine times out of ten, you can put the words "Brad Paisley" into a search engine and viola! there's my hero.

According to Wikipedia, Brad Douglas Paisley was born October 28th,1972 in Glen Dale, West Virginia and is of Scottish heritage on his father's side and English on his mother's.  His grandfather gave Brad his first guitar when he was eight and by age ten, he was singing in his local church. He wrote his first song at thirteen, was asked to perform at a local Rotary Club meeting by his Junior High principle and thanks to that gig, was invited to guest at Jamboree USA where he became part of their weekly lineup. 

Brad attended West Liberty State College for two years, then won a full scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville. Two weeks after graduating from there with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, he was signed by EMI Music Publishing, making his singing debut with Arista Nashville in 1999. 

Seven months after his first appearance at The Grand Old Opry, he had his first number one hit. Since then he has toured with artists like Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton, to name but a few! He is married to Kimberly Williams, the actress who played Steve Martin's daughter in the Father Of The Bride Movies. 

I don't always write hot, dark-haired cowboys, but I have my share, and after a while, I started to notice a trend as I filled out my Art Fact Sheets:

"Make him look like Brad Paisley." 

"He should look something like Brad Paisley."

"Dark haired, hot, confident...kind of like Brad Paisley."

"He's not a cowboy, but he should still look like Brad Paisley."  

What can I say? I have a thing for Brad Paisley.

Here at The Pink Heart Society, we can see why! 

Are you a Brad Paisley fan or is he a new discovery for you? Do you love cowboy heroes or could you use this kind of inspiration to imagine him in another role? As usual, let us know in the comments!

To keep up to date with the latest Brad Paisley news, you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Jeanne Watt's latest book, All for a Cowboy, features a dark-haired cowboy hero who doesn't look like Brad Paisley. But he's close. 

A bigger challenge than she expected!

Shae McArthur once had it all. Perfect job, perfect fiance. And when she lost everything, it was her own fault. Now she's starting from scratch with one last project-turning the Bryan Ranch around. If she succeeds, maybe she can pick up the pieces of her former life.

The only problem is the ranch's stubborn-and captivating-owner, Jordan Bryan. He's fighting Shae on every change. What gives? True, his scars prove Shae's not the only one starting over. Still, shouldn't he, of all people, be able to see beyond the surface? Because she thinks maybe they could be each other's perfect new beginning...

All For A Cowboy can be purchased at AmazonBarnes and NobleKoboBooks A Million and Google Play

To discover more about Jeannie's books you can visit her website or Facebook page. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Writer's Workspace with Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Today we are delighted to welcome Linda Thomas-Sundstrom to the Pink Heart Society, as she asks the questions:  Does a Writer’s Muse prefer a pretty office space?

Hello Pink Heart Society. I’m so happy to be here, with a post about my writing space, because the state of my office means the difference between creativity happening, or not.  Truly.

I have a resident Muse who is often with me and singing. But she requires a calm, well-kept place in order to do so. And for a writer who has a day job, aside from tight three month book deadlines, a tidy office is sometimes…. okay often... less than perfect.

Not even close to perfect.

When I have a book release, or one about to release, my office is a downright shame. So to keep the chaos at bay, I simply close the door. No one is allowed in.

My Dream Office
I write in an unused bedroom on the second floor of our house. It’s my private, personal space, and I can do with it whatever I choose. I have a small desk that holds my computer and some notes, and not much else. All over the walls beside it are scotch-taped papers and sticky notes of things I can’t forget. Right above my computer is a large, original poster from the Lord of the Rings trilogy that says “Come to Middle Earth.” Bookshelves line two other walls, stuffed to the gills, and then there’s a wall of some of my own favorite book covers, framed.

My system for keeping track of when ads go up, and when blog posts are due, and who has been sent review copies of the books, is to lay papers out in columns, on the carpet. I cannot manage things unless I can easily see them. Unless I can step over them. No computer spreadsheets will do it for me. My brain just isn’t wired that way.

My Muse does not appreciate this. Sometimes I have to blindfold her, or bribe her with champagne and chocolate cookies to stay, because there’s little room for her to pace. But I do have plans for redecorating, and will eventually (or not) hope to get to it… in my free (!) time.

What Could Be...
This post contains some pictures of what I feel is the perfect office, and a snapshot of what my office might look like if I don’t do that remodel soon. But you know, I can only write here, where I am sitting now. Not in a cafĂ©, or in a lobby somewhere, or even in a hotel when I’m travelling. So I do believe this office, in whatever state it’s in, holds some magical power for me. And that, my friends, is pure author bliss.

My latest book, out this month, is from Harlequin’s Nocturne imprint. Immortal Obsession is set in London, where the underground of immortals refuse to stay underground, and a feisty American woman must lure them into the open. It’s a product of this office space, and the Muse who lives here among the papers and the organized chaos of my writer life. I hope you’ll check it out. And in November, from Harlequin’s Desire line, I have The Boss’s Mistletoe Maneuvers (say that fast three times), where Christmas is as magical as the life I, myself, lead.

Do you struggle with writing anywhere but your own special office?  Where's your preferred place to write?  We want to hear your opinions!

If you wish to read more about Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Immortal Obsession and The Boss's Mistletoe Maneuvers, check out her website and follow her on Facebook.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Fun - Fan Girl Adventures in Ireland & Inverness with Heidi Rice and Abby Green

Two go mad in Mayo
Harlequin KISS & Cosmo Red Hot Reads author Heidi Rice is here at the Pink Heart Society today, talking about stalking her two favourite authors - Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon - over one amazing week in August with a little help from her best writing buddy Abby Green....

Like I'm sure all other romance authors that ever lived, I am also a huge romance writer fan girl... And two of my favourite authors happen to be Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon. This is the story of how, during one incredible week in August, Abby Green and I went the full fan girl and met them both while also getting to soak up the atmosphere of their most inspirational locales. 

Nora Roberts in Mayo: 17th August 2014

The Amazing Nora Roberts (can I be you when I grow up?)
It all started several months ago when I got a tweet from Presents author Abby Green, my best writing buddy, about an event that was going to be held at Ashford Castle in County Mayo in August... Afternoon Tea with Nora Roberts.

Well, straight away I said: 'I'm in!" Nora is one of the people who inspired me to become a romance writer. I have a scarily-large collection of her books. And to meet her in the West of Ireland where she has set some of my favourite books of hers and at Ashford Castle too, the incredible stately home where her latest trilogy is set (and right by the village where they shot The Quiet Man!)... OMG! No brainer, folks.

After a night of bar-hopping in Dublin's fair city, Abby and I set off on a slightly overcast Sunday morning to do the 3-hour drive to Cong. Once we arrived we checked into the very plush Ashford Lodge (in the grounds of Ashford Castle - we couldn't actually afford the castle!!) where we then discovered Nora's Tea was going to be happening. After helping ourselves to tea, cakes, and other yummy treats we settled in (nabbing seats at one of the front tables no less). Nora arrived bang on time and after stopping at every table to have a quick chat she took to the stage for the talk.

Ashford Castle bar here we come...
It was a marvellous event, Nora doing a quick interview with her publisher before fielding questions from the floor. She's sharp and witty and as brilliant as you might expect.

Here's a little sample of the Q&A:
Why did she love Ireland as a location for her books? Because it's part of her heritage and the place is, well, magic.
Does she get anyone to read/edit her dialogue? NO! (think there was mention of broken fingers here if anyone tried!)

What's her writing day like? Starts promptly at 8am, finishes at tea time and is very productive by the sounds of it (well, there's a surprise). That said, she does take time to dick around on the internet for a bit before starting to write (I took this as a very good sign that dicking around is allowed - in moderation).

Does she get advice from her husband/sons on her writing? No 'what would they know?' (Said with total aplomb while her hubby and one son were there!)

Someone, of course, asked the Roarke/Eve/Baby question too and she graciously answered it without running from the room screaming..... In case you don't already know this, the answer was 'not gonna happen' (or certainly not any time soon).

There were many many more questions a lot of which gave us authors present some invaluable insight into her writing technique. I was particularly excited to hear she's a total panster (like moi) and expects her first draft to be utter shite - also like moi (although I suspect mine's a lot shiter than hers).

Prosecco anyone?
Afterwards there was a book signing. The queue stretched through the lobby, round the ballroom and out into the gardens... But she stayed and signed and chatted and took pictures with everyone. When my chance arrived, I went a bit into fan-girl overload (while clutching my copy of her new In Death) and couldn't stop talking. 

But, as I'm currently in the process of writing my first single title book, what I really wanted to know was what did she think was the main difference between writing a longer book after writing series. Her answer? The essentials are the same, it's just on a much bigger canvas. 

Then she had this great analogy: Writing a single title is like performing Swan Lake, she said... You have the huge cast of dancers, the big stage, the full orchestra, the lavish costumes, the impressive backdrop, etc, etc, etc...  Writing series basically involves doing all that, but in a phone booth! It made me laugh, but also made me realise I needed to stop crapping myself about whether I had the ability to write a longer book and just get on and write the bugger....

That night Abby and I wandered down to Ashford Castle, and managed to sneak our way into the uber swanky and exclusive bar. And who should be there with her people, but Nora... Now we didn't approach her, she'd been so generous with her time already, and we didn't want to behave like actual stalkers and possibly get arrested. But it was still kinda cool to be necking strawberry proseccos in such a gorgeously Presents-style setting while chatting about our latest WIPs with Nora FREAKING Roberts sitting right behind us!!

Diana Gabaldon in Inverness: 22nd August 2014

Abby and I awestruck & trying not to show it (much)
Unlike our Nora stalking, our Diana Gabaldon / Outlander odyssey was somewhat more nuts and spontaneous. Basically Abby and I were driving back to Dublin airport from Mayo so I could get the flight back to London on Monday. And Abby just happened to mention that Diana Gabaldon was doing a book tour this same week in Scotland ('yeah, right "just happened" to mention!). 

What a coincidence we thought. 

Seeing as we're both HUGE Outlander fans and were currently high on all the hype for the new Starz series of the books starring the delicious Sam Heughan and the fabulous Catriona Balfe. Let's check out where DG's going to be, we said to ourselves? Let's see if there are any tickets left, we said to ourselves? We've got a 3-hour drive to kill, there's no harm in looking, right? Um, wrong! 

By the time we'd got to Dublin airport we'd booked flights from Dublin and London to Edinburgh on Friday morning. Booked tickets to DG's talk and book-signing event in Inverness that evening, had car hire and a hotel for the night lined up and well... Suffice it to say that we are no longer allowed to be left for three hours alone together in a car with access to an iPhone and a 3G connection.

Pocket Jamies at the ready!
The author stalking bug was still going strong that Friday morning when we met up in Edinburgh airport. We drove three hours through the wild Highland scenery to Inverness, booked into our vintage hotel with a tartan carpet (no, really) by the station (actually, literally on top of the station!) ... And then headed off to the talk/book signing at the Ironworks ten minutes walk down the road.

Yes to Inverness
The event was quite simply AWESOME.

Diana Gabaldon is the most astonishing and unique writer. I think the Outlander books are my favourite evah (I am currently re-reading them again - no small feat for me as I am a VERY slow reader and it will take me months). But I adore Jamie and Claire, their literally timeless love story, the ever growing diaspora of secondary characters, and the fabulously evocative historical detail DG gives to the books - making you feel as if you've been thrown back in time to the Scottish Highlands circa 1745 and been forced to marry this strapping gorgeous Highland warrior called James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser who turns out to be the love of your life.

But also wonderful are Outlander's Scottish fans who are so enthusiastic and fun and well, just plain awesome too. Not surprisingly DG in person turned out to be a truly inspirational speaker. Hilarious, ridiculously modest, and wonderfully relateable. She did a fabulously entertaining talk about her adventures writing the books and getting them published (I can't paraphrase it here, go see her for yourself!) despite having a bad cough and afterwards at the book signing was similarly generous. 

I was actually too tongue tied with awe to talk to her much (poor Nora got the bum end of that deal!) but we got a great picture (well it's a good picture of me and DG, do not know why AG was gurning!) and I got a copy of the new Starz inspired Outlander edition with Sam's Jamie looking ruggedly gorgeous and Caitriona's Claire looking brave and indomitable on the cover, signed by Herself of course.

Standing Stones
(the non-time travel variety)
But the inspiring stuff didn't end there. After a night on the town in Inverness - which is an astonishingly pretty city by the river with a great second hand bookstore called Leakeys and was a hot-bed of YES campaign energy at the time - we headed out to Culloden Moor the following day...

Culloden: marking the tragic death
of a way of life
The Battle of Culloden - which ended the last Jacobite uprising in a particularly brutal way - casts a long shadow not only over the Outlander books, but also the history of Scotland and indeed Britain (it's the last battle to be fought on British soil). The Moor is everything you would expect, both eerie and arresting and wildly evocative. The Clan stones that mark the mass graves of the fallen Highlanders are a particularly affecting sight (the audio tour is superb BTW).

After the Culloden experience we kept with the Outlander theme and, hearing of some nearby standing stones from the very nice lady in the Culloden visitors centre, we headed off down a country track to have lunch by the Cairns.

We didn't get transported back in time... Which on balance is probably a good thing, because quite apart from the lack of hygiene, non-existent plumbing, virulent diseases, murderous battles and generally hard rough life of the Highlands in the 18th century... Abby and I would have probably come to blows over Jamie Fraser - thus ending our beautiful (and expensive) friendship! (FYI, I would totally have won that fight, just saying).

So there you have it: the Ultimate Author Fan Girl Stalking Tour. With some inspirational sightseeing thrown in.

Tartan carpet? Seriously?

Thank you Miss Abby. So glad we are such a terrible influence on each other.

Here's a preview trailer for Starz' Outlander show to finish my blog.... Just because ... Well, sexy men in kilts, people!

Heidi's 2nd Cosmo Red Hot Reads, 10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date, is out soon...On October 8th. 

She loves to hear from readers (or fellow fan girls) through her website, blog, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice) or Facebook.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time Out Thursday - A Stitch in Time

Lovely regular Pink Heart Society columnist Jennifer Faye is talking about what she does in her spare time; or at least, what little spare time she has outside of writing...

I must admit that when I quit the day job to become a full-time writer I thought that I would have all the time in the world to do a little bit of everything. LOL. I was sooo naive. Hey, you live and you learn. ;-) These days I spend way more time doing writing and writing-related things than I ever did at the office—even when I was doing yearend reports.

But when I’m able to sneak in some ‘me’ time, one of the things that I LOVE to do is my needlework. If truth be told, I practically grew up with a needle in my hand. I started sewing when I was very little. Maybe three or so. I was anxious to make magic like my grandmother did with a needle and thread.

It was during this period that my grandmother taught me a lot about patience. Just because I wanted something didn’t mean that I was going to get it right away. Not an easy lesson to learn, especially for someone so young. Maybe that’s why I enjoy the anticipation in most cases more so than the big event. She also taught me that in most cases there’s an order/process to things.

First, we had to pick out a design that I was going to embroider. Talk about exciting. She had scads of needlework magazines with lots of pretty iron-on designs. I wanted the elaborate—I wanted to do what she did. She told me that maybe I could do those later and then pointed me toward the beginner designs. Eventually with much patience on my grandmother’s part, we settled on one. Yippee! I was ready to begin.

Umm, not so fast. What? But why?

There was material to locate. And then of course, it had to be laundered, but laundry was done only on Mondays. What? Really? Gosh. Darn. Even a few days was a LONG time for a little kid. But eventually Monday rolled around and the laundry was done. Talk about an excited kid.

But quickly I learned that you don’t stitch wrinkled material. It must be ironed and ironing day wasn’t until Tuesday. What? More waiting? I sulked and went away.

The next day was ironing day, surely I’d get to sew. I was back pestering my grandmother, eager and ready to begin working with all of the floss in such pretty colors. Well, ironing took up a big chunk of the day and my grandmother had other chores to do so there wasn’t any time left. But she promised me that since I was so good at waiting that we would start first thing Wednesday morning. Woohoo!

And of course, like any good grandmother, she kept her promise. ;-)

And that is how I started my love of needlework. I do various kinds of needlework such as crewel, embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, punch stitch, and quilting. I have book upon book of patterns, heaps of material and case upon case of pretty colored floss. :-) And still, I can find more to buy. It is most definitely one of my guilty pleasures.

So how about you? Did you learn a hobby of some sort at a young age and still love to do it? If so, share with us. I love to learn about other hobbies/crafts.

Jennifer’s upcoming release, A Princess by Christmas, is available for pre-order now.

A royal kiss under the mistletoe… 

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate. 

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

To find out more about Jennifer and her books, visit her on her website, or her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Writer's Wednesday - It Doesn't Get Easier

In part nine of her series, Riding the Writing Roller Coaster, Pink Heart Society columnist Barbara Wallace answers the question, "Does Writing Get Easier?"

Back when I was struggling to be published, I used to tell myself that once I wrote a book good enough to be published, the writing process would get easier.  After all, I would be published!  Clearly that mean I knew what I was doing, right?


The truth is writing will never get easier. We might write faster, we might writer better, but crafting a good book never gets easier. If anything, just the opposite happens: It gets harder.

As beginners, we are perfectly content with throwing a scene together, excited to see our words becoming a real live story.. But then, we started studying our craft. -We started evolving as artists – and suddenly simply putting words on a page were no longer enough.  Suddenly our inner critic began reminding us that we had to focus on things like Story arcs, character development, plot structure, and pacing.  Our inner critics developed a voice.  Writing got a little tougher.

Along came rejections, critiques, and contest results.  Our inner critics got louder.  The efforts to make the book “right” became harder still.

Finally, we published.  Now, it’s not only our inner critic sitting on our shoulder, but every reader, reviewer and editor who ever commented on our work.  We see our contemporaries winning awards and garnering the praise we long to hear (while discounting our own successes, mind you, because that praise was for the last book – not the one we are currently slogging through).  We tackle more complex conflicts and we push ourselves as artists.  We raise our personal standards.  All of this makes for creating  the best book we can that much harder.

Oh, and by the way – while you are writing to higher standards, you’re doing it against the ticking clock of a deadline.  And don’t get me started about writing while balancing all the other responsibilities that come with your career.

I'm sorry.  Were you expecting a positive post?

Seriously, I am being positive.  Because you know what?  Writing is supposed to be hard.  Easy means that you aren't growing.  Easy means you're throwing the same old stuff on the page day after day after day.  If you're dedicated to having the best writing career possible - and most writers are - then you are continually pushing yourself to the next level.

This is true even if you're not actively challenging yourself.  Simply by honing your craft, you ensure the next story will be that much more challenging.  For the writer committed to staying on the writing roller coaster, hard is inevitable.

The great Theodore Roosevelt once said "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty...."  So I say embrace the suffering.  It means you’re doing something right.

Of course, you might think different.  Maybe I'm the only person in the world who thinks every book gets that much harder to write.  I invite you to weigh in below.  

Do you find writing harder as you gain experience? Or has it gotten easier?

Barbara Wallace is currently slogging through her fifteenth manuscript.  Her next published book is The Unexpected Honeymoon, due out in October from Harlequin Romance.  

A holiday to remember...

Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss.

But the honeymoon suite's latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder... she's on a honeymoon for one! 

The chemistry is instant - and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts in Mexico have found love...in the most unexpected of places?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PHS Alumna - Mira Lynn Kelly - Taking The Next Step

From next month, the Pink Heart Society Founders will be returning to tell us how things have changed in the last seven years and what they're doing now. But since the very beginning, the PHS has been a group effort and today, we're delighted to be visited by another of our alumna, USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Mira Lyn Kelly.

Back in January of 2010, in her debut post as a columnist for the PHS, Mira told us about the sale of her first book. By May of 2010, she was working on her third and for a year, we followed her progress in the First Things First series. 

Seven books later, what is Mira doing now?

Hey everyone!! Been a super long time, so for those of you who don’t know me, how about a little reintroduction. I’m Mira Lyn Kelly, write-at-home mom to four kiddies and one puppy beast, retired Pink Heart columnist & editor, homemaker non-extraordinaire, extreme stress baker, binge reader, hard core fan of romance in all its forms, resident of Minnesota (my second favorite state!) and survivor of this most recent Summer Break. 

Okay, okay, put the torches and pitchforks away, lol. I love summer too! I love having my kids around, the flurry of activity, the sleeping in and cooking out… I love it. I do. But by the end of summer, even with all that fun, in those last few weeks the kids start getting a little squirrelly. A little bickery. A little… BORED.
Mira signing her first contract

Cue my right eye starting to twitch. 

Seriously, those last few weeks can be a bear. And this year, muscling thru was even harder for me. Because this year, sweet September wasn’t just bringing the magic of Back-to-School, but also the first release in my brand new Dare To Love series from Loveswept, TRUTH OR DARE—which is out TODAY!!  

Seriously, guys, I’m so in love with this one!!!

AND if you want to help me celebrate, hop over to my Facebook Release party this evening, which is going from 5-9pm CST. I’ve got tons of author friends stopping by and even more prizes to give away. Here’s the link http://on.fb.me/1Bgbrp1 

Hope to see you there!
So how about the blurb?

After her one attempt at commitment ends in the worst kind of betrayal, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Wells and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.

Truth or Dare is out today, available on the Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Google Play, BooksAMillion and Kindle UK:

Thanks so much to the Pink Heart Society today for helping me celebrate my new release, it’s been great being back! And before I let you go, let me ask this…

What’s your favorite month of the year and why?

Find out more about Mira at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up to her e-newsletter for sneak peeks, snippets and the like!