Meet Author Kerri Carpenter by Stacy Hoff

Today, Passionate readers, I have on a guest—contemporary romance author Kerri Carpenter. Kerri has a new book out, and it’s on my TBR (To Be Read) list, Kissing Mr. Wrong. Kerri’s here to tell us about herself and her newest novel.


Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today. My name is Kerri Carpenter and I write contemporary romance. I also go to Zumba classes, love anything with sparkles and glitter, and have a co-dependent relationship with my adorable dog, Harry. But enough about me.

Show of hands – anyone else thrilled that it’s summer? I love this season, and not only because of the BBQs, baseball games, long days, and fireworks (which is like glitter in the sky). You gotta love summer because summer means it’s time to read at the pool or at the beach. In my opinion, summer reading is the best reading of the whole year. So it’s important that you find the right book.

That’s where I come in. I write for Entangled Publishing, and my latest novella, Kissing Mr. Wrong is the story of Vanessa and John, who have a one-night stand and come to learn later that John is Vanessa’s best friend’s brother. Oops! Probably best if they keep their distance. Too bad that’s not a possibility when they get accidentally locked in a bar together.


I loved writing this story and I hope you enjoy it. Especially if you’re reading by water. Personally, my love of reading on the beach began with The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. Claudia was my favorite. Then I moved on to Sweet Valley Twins, which was a gateway drug to Sweet Valley High. Interestingly, Elizabeth was my favorite twin when I was in middle school, but by high school, I came to appreciate Jessica and her wild ways.

By college, my mom introduced me to the fabulous and incomparable Nora Roberts. I blew through her entire backlist faster than the lifeguard could empty the pool for adult swim. My favorite Nora series of all-time is an older one – The Calhoun Sisters.

Today, I’m still reading romance novels at the beach and near the pool. Along with the guacamole and my oversized sunglasses, hand me some Carly Phillips, Sophie Kinsella, Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery , or Robin Carr and I’m an extremely happy girl. For those wondering, I’m currently enjoying “Animal Attraction,” by Jill Shalvis – another summer reading favorite.

Tell me in the comments- what (or who) is on your summer reading list? And always remember that nothing goes better with summer reading than sunblock!

Book Blurb:

Three months ago, graphic designer Vanessa Hewitt slept with the ridiculously hot guy she met after nearly falling to her death while stargazing on a bridge. The adrenaline-fueled night of we’ll-never-see-each-other-again sex fulfilled every fantasy, but with her best friend’s wedding on the horizon, Vanessa can’t stop thinking about what would happen if her sexy stranger passed through town again.

Haunted by his time in Afghanistan, soldier John Campbell returns to his sister’s town just long enough to help plan an engagement party for her. When he realizes her best friend is the sweet one-night stand he’s been fantasizing about for months, he’ll do anything to have her again…though getting trapped together in a storeroom wasn’t quite what he had in mind.

Vanessa is in hell. Or is it heaven? Because with every touch, their forbidden connection grows, until kissing Mr. Wrong starts feeling more like kissing Mr. Right…

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Office Space by Heather Novak

Cleaning makes me stabby. Like an out of coffee, stuck in a three hour traffic jam on a full bladder, radio broken, first day of period kind of stabby*.

Funny young housewife with gloves holding scrubberr, isolated on white. Pin-up girl

*Not a dramatization

At my most recent Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America (GDRWA) meeting, several of the wives/mothers complained about how messy their husbands/kids were. Even our only guy – he’s the bravest of the brave – had a story to share. I, however, was very sheepish during this conversation and quietly stared at the table.

I feel close to you all right now as you read about my life, which is now permanently etched onto the vulgar belly of the Internet. Especially if you’re a creepy dude hanging out in his mom’s basement with a penchant for being called Norman. Seriously, it’s like my biggest fan group.

So, in honor of our faceless, somewhat creepy friendship, I’m gonna level with you.

I am terrible to live with.

I’m messy, cluttered, and hate doing dishes. All the middle fingers to you, dishes!

There comes a point, however, when the desperation to clean overcomes. Usually, it’s ten minutes before people are coming over or after a marathon session of Hoarders. Don’t act like you don’t watch Hoarders to feel better about the fact that the socks you’re wearing were scooped up off the floor, despite them failing the smell test.

Mission: Clean house, or at least hide everything in the closet and warn people not to open it.

Deadline: 48 hours

Book on tape: check. (Seriously, the Overdrive app connects to your local library to hook you up with ebooks and audiobooks. You’re welcome, world.)

Reason: Little brother coming to visit AND book club movie night at my house. Let’s be honest. Really just book club. The brother has shared a bathroom with me for ten years, the house being clean will probably freak him out MORE.

48 hours to get our place in grandma-acceptable condition folksJunges Gemse. I needed a miracle. I was freaking out like a teenage girl who had broccoli in her teeth for her yearbook picture.

Listen, I am a master and getting grout clean and dusting picture frames. Why? Because I am EXCELLENT at avoiding things I don’t want to deal with. Like samurai good. But suddenly the elephant in the room finally made enough noise (or enough poop) to be noticed.

The truth needed to be acknowledged.


It’s where book club lo332ves to hang out, because I have a book page wall. I know, take a moment and be jealous. (Want to have a book page wall of your own? Click here. And put down tarps…)

Despite the clutter, it was laid out awkwardly. The setup had been rushed when we move in a year before amid a time of crisis. Back then it was “put things where they fit, I’ll fix it later!” Later had finally come.

I was taking a break from writing to spend time with the brother before he headed off to the Peace Corps (stay tuned for my July 2nd blog all about it!) This meant I had no more fictional characters to hide behind. Totally a normal thing to say, right? RIGHT?!

After removing the three-day-old cereal bowls and piles of clothes I had yet to hang back up (my office is also my dressing room), I looked around the weird smattering of furniture and felt…deflated.

The book page wall? Completely bare, with 2999the exception of the handmade table my friend Chie gave me. It was practically a felony. My friend Emily was coerced into working on that wall for four hours.

So like any good sister, I waited until the brother came into town then bribed him with pizza and made him move furniture at the last minute. I know.

Best. Sister. Ever.

3016 The result?

Much more cohesive and friendly writing work space. Yes, that is in fact a book page tea cup and saucer (thanks to my awesome cousin)! And the best part? I get to stare at my book page wall whenever I’m writing on my desktop.

It’s been about eight days, and my office is still habitable! This is pretty much a record. I owe it all to the power of pizza, little brothers, and the peer pressure of cleaning the house before fourteen women with fourteen bottles of wine descended to talk about hot, fictional men.

Book clubs: A reason to clean your toilet.
This should be our new motto.

Fun fact white stamp text on green backgroundFun fact alert! June 25, 2015 is known for:

  • National Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day

Suddenly, I feel the urge to go camping and fishing…it’s weird, right?

Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,

Heather Novak
Bold. Bewitching. Breathtaking. 

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Can We Have it All?

This title embodies a question that many of us writers ask ourselves. Really we are asking ourselves if we can write full time because that is what makes us happy, or it could mean we are doing a day job, writing, taking care of kids and essentially, being super mom. Am I wrong? Maybe or maybe not. I don’t think I am but I may not have covered all bases so go ahead and add in what I’ve missed.

Why am I rambling about this? Well, my day job is going through huge change right now which basically mixes up a lot of positions. The end result? Perhaps a better run department with a lot of different positions. Of course, in the meantime, everyone is searching out where they’ll end up. And management is directing all to search out what it is that they truly want to do.

In times like these, I can’t help but reflect on what it is that I love about my day job, what I’d do if I wasn’t working there, whether my writing would ever be able to support my family? There is so much we can ask ourselves and so much to think about that in many cases, that is where it stops. I’m at a period of growth right now so I see to be pushing through these barriers that have kept me stagnant for so long. That being said, I still don’t know the answer to my title. I know the answer I want is a resounding YES but truth be told, I don’t know how to achieve that. Not yet at least.

Moral of the blog? I do (naively or not) believe we can have all we want, but I don’t believe it comes with any ease. Simply said, the first step is deciding what you want. The second is going for it– best of luck!

Happy writing this week!

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#Wattys2015 by Mandy Rosko

Okay, deep breath, so, I signed up my story, The Arrangement, for the 2015 Watty’s awards. It doesn’t have nearly enough views to win I don’t think, but you never know :) Some people have been asking about awards that will not pass over good stories that don’t have a few million views.

Then again, that requires my story to be good. It’s a good thing it’s pretty damned awesome ;)

Just kidding. I don’t know how good it is, since it’s my first Billionaire themed romance, but so far I’m getting no complaints out of it either, which is always good news. I’m pretty excited for it. Aside from getting the preorder up, which will be out next April, I’ve now got it in this competition, and it broke the 55k word limit.

When I first started writing this, it was going to be only 40-50K long, but then I upped it to 60K, then 75K, and now that I’ve got a feel for how the story is going, I don’t think it will be finished before 85-90K.

That’s a lot for me, since I tend to write novellas, but I’m really enjoying the back and forth between these two characters, one who is a haughty, gets what he wants when he wants it Billionaire, and the other who is something of a manipulative, won’t be pushed around heroine.

I like watching them try to mess with each other, and I keep finding things for them to do to each other. I’m hoping it won’t fall into the trap of getting boring and repetitive, but I’m sure someone will comment on it when or if it does.

I’ll be bugging all my readers, Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and newsletter list team for votes when the time comes to vote and announce the winner. That will be cool :) Anyway, I’m updating the next chapter tonight if anyone wanted to check it out :)

Cheers! And Happy Reading!


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The Fatherly Paranormal-Scope

Fathers in the paranormal world have the same challenges as other fathers.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Father werewolves know it’s important to stay in touch with those dear to you. Make a special effort to communicate with others.

Hobbit fathers are social beings. Throw a party and invite those you love.

Dragon fathers encourage their little ones to follow their dreams. Don’t let the life you want to pass you by.

Pixie fathers use the power of words to convey love. Use your power.

Vampires don’t often get to be fathers but when they are they teach their young ones to be independent, and be sure to smile at others without showing your fangs.

Shapeshifter fathers love to party. It’s time to have some fun.

Deep in the waves, the mer fathers teach their young to live in balance between the storm and calm seas. Find your balance and regroup.

Goblin fathers work very hard and don’t take time to celebrate their accomplishments. Change that this week. Celebrate.

Elven dads love the outlandish. Do something outlandish this week with those close to your heart.

Zombie dads are not derailed by gossip. Actually they never say much and only listen. Listening will benefit you this week. Sort out the fact from fiction for yourself.

Zombies do not understand fireflies and sometimes follow them blindly.  Do not follow anything blindly. Read all contracts carefully. Do not be afraid to take that contract to a trust professional to make sure you’re not making a mistake.

Gnome fathers and grandfathers love to collaborate on projects. Share the work and share the credit.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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The Romance of Time Travel


Recently, there has been an upsurge in the number of time travel romances on the market. One reason that leaps to mind readily is the wildly popular Outlander books and television series. The books have been out since the early 1990s and have a huge following, even greater now that the series has captivated a whole new generation of audiences. I daresay we will see quite a few time travel books come out in the next year or so to help feed that growing interest.

The interest in time travel, however, has been there much longer. H.G.Wells’s The Time Machine comes immediately to mind, and the sub-genre of time travel romance has its beginnings in such science fiction and fantasy. I remember being given a writing prompt in the 8th grade that involved a time machine and a pre-teen brother and sister. I ended up writing a short story set mostly during the Civil War that went on much longer than the original assignment because I got swept up into the fascinating adventure of living in another time and place.

All good historical romance (and historical fiction) are, in a sense, time travels if they transport the reader back into the era they are reading about. If the author uses deep POV skillfully enough, and pays meticulous attention to details, the reader is transported back to the Regency, or Middle Ages, or the Victorian period. They are viewing it through the character’s perspective, but I’ll bet many readers have jumped or screamed or trembled right along with the hero or heroine they are identifying.

Time travel romances add yet another, and in my opinion, more fun layer of having a 20th or 21st century person thrust back in time to an era they may know very little about. Even if they know something of the period, that knowledge may be wrong or it may have certain consequences or ramifications a modern person would know nothing about. In this case, the reader identifies much more with the hero or heroine because they recognize that they themselves would be just as lost, just as bewildered as the character. Thus time travel romances give us both the romance of a different era and the immediacy of understanding the problems and challenges the time traveler faces.

In my just released time travel novella, Crashing Through Time, my heroine, a woman from 2015, realizes that although she’s read about the life of women in 1868 (where she has landed), experiencing some of the customs ladies of the era took for granted is a very different matter.


Excerpt from Crashing Through Time:

She dug into the first sausage using the heaviest knife and fork she’d ever held. Real silver? Jesus. She popped the bite into her mouth, and flavor exploded on her palate. Rich, meaty, fatty pork. Like nothing she’d ever tasted before. If this were a dream, she didn’t want to wake up until after she’d finished breakfast.

Corrine had just begun slathering marmalade on her second piece of toast when the maids returned with a huge copper bathtub and buckets of hot water. She crunched into the bread quickly, loathe to give it up. Her plate looked like she’d taken no prisoners, although where she’d put all that food, she still didn’t know.

“You’ve done well, miss. The master will be pleased. He asked after you twice this morning.” Lily hefted the tray and headed for the door. “He’s requested your presence in the downstairs library once you’re dressed.”

Corinne’s stomach lurched, threatening to dislodge her breakfast. Dream or not, she’d decided over breakfast that the best course was to act with caution. She’d see how much information she could get out of Mister Ian Hunterly while giving up as little as possible about her own life.

The bath proved a blessed relief once she got past the awkward moment when Lily and Molly insisted on helping her undress and get into the tub. Sitting in the hot water, steam curling around her face, the heat soaking into her bones, cleared her head. She needed a story to feed Hunterly—one that didn’t involve falling down a well—and she needed it now.

After washing, she lingered as long as she could, turning possible cover stories over in her mind. How could she explain her presence and her remarks about movies and such out in the greensward yesterday? Finally, the hovering maids made one too many comments about ruining her skin and catching her death in the cooling water. She stood, jumping when they wrapped a thin towel around her and proceeded to dry her. Amazing the things you didn’t realize about life in the past. Like having to be naked in front of people you didn’t know at all. The Victorians were supposed to be prudish, for God’s sake.

Crashing Through Time is part of the boxed set, Crashing into Love, seven stories about love and survival.


Seven planes lift off…seven planes crash…seven stories of struggle, passion and love in the barren Canadian Wilderness, the coast of England, or the steamy heat of a tropical island. Romance hangs in the balance between survival and death.

The set is available at Amazon for just .99! It includes works from such best-selling authors as D’Ann Lindun, Melissa Keir, Daryl Devore, Brenda Dyer, Deb Julienne, and Lisa Kumar. I hope you’ll come check it out!

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Listening to the Dark and Writing by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Titania and Bottom - Henry Fuseli [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Titania and Bottom – Henry Fuseli [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I’m not as bad as I used to be. I could stay up writing until 2 am, and still wake up and meet the world at 7 am. Now I’m likely if I make the other side of midnight. Writers are inspired at all different times. Some are morning writers and when I had the time, I wrote in the mornings too. Actually I’m one of those writers that can write at different times of the day.

There’s something soothing about the night that inspires me most of all. The family is asleep and the summer sounds of crickets and other insects are so soothing. It’s just cool enough to keep my attention. An owl calls in the distance and there’s the swoosh of wings. Owl wings? Bat wings?

The dark and silence mixed with sometimes indiscernible sounds teases the imagination and lets the mind drift to where faeries dance in a moonlit glen, vampires hide in the shadows of a city not quite asleep, and other wild and untamed creatures entice us to come out and play. Writers always accept the invitation.

Just past midnight and the night is still young with the scent of lilacs on the air and a distant howl. What adventure lies waiting to be discovered?  What treasure shimmers just beyond the surface of a dark pool? So much to do before the dawn invades. So much to do.

What is your favorite time? Morning bright and fresh with dew?  Noon fragrant with luncheon treats? The night repast with conversation and dancing and perhaps a new beginning? Or are you like me a creature of the night?  Set your clock for just past midnight.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
A Vampire for Christmas in Kindle

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