Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sundae With Nuts - Vina Arno

April 12th, 2015

Welcome to another saucy episode of SUNDAE WITH NUTS where I have asked my fellow authors to join me for the day for a bit of fun and a laugh. We are romance writers after all!

Without further ado, I am most pleased to introduce the lovely and talented (and very brave!) Vina Arno!

Sundae with the Nut Vina Arno

1: What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish called Wanda)
Not language, but British accent, combined with good looks. Think Tom Hardy and Christian Bale.

2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. It’s the only way I have fallen in love.

3. Most romantic or sexiest destination out there.
For me and my husband, nothing beats Hawaii, especially Maui, Big Island, and Kauai. 

4.: If you become a best-selling author and sell your movie rights, what will be the first thing you do when you hear? Other than contact Cd Brennan and offer to share with her, of course.
Definitely contact Cd Brennan and offer her free trip for two to the sexiest destination she wants to visit. And then, I will send money to a literary magazine or a small press that will collaborate with me in publishing a collection of stories by first-time writers, preferably women.  That first short story published makes all the difference to a novice writer. At least, that was my experience. It was a validation and it gave me permission to continue writing. 

And last but not least. 

5. Favorite ice cream flavor.
Pistachio or anything with nuts—how fitting since I’m now officially a Nut for answering these questions.

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Miss Vina, it's a pleasure to have you on the Nuts! I can imagine with your debut, IN HIS CORNER, it's been quite a ride for you these days. As for your answers...
#1 has always been a hit with the Nuts. Nothing like a sexy, posh British accent. Top three with Scottish and Irish. We do love our Celts over here, too! And another believer in love at first sight. La sigh. I'm still on the fence with this one. I've been immediately attracted to someone, but love? That seems a bigger, more time-encompassing commitment to me. But then I'm in the minority! I've been meaning to take the stats and post it. Believers versus not - one day I will!
And you are lovely to offer me and hubby a break away if you make it big. We could use it! Our life is our young boys at the moment and we don't do enough for ourselves. Also, your support in other writers is honorable. I agree totally. That first publication is mighty - might not be the Nobel Prize Winner but it keeps you writing and practicing the craft until one day, you may release that bestseller!

In His Corner by Vina Arno, published by Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing, will be released on April 14!! I loved this sports romance of a hero/heroine from different sides of the track and the compromise and love they find in the middle.

On sale now!

To get to know Vina, visit her at Web site:

Also, a great article she wrote about starting out as a writer, making that leap in careers. Having faith in oneself!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Release Day! Bed of Roses by Gemma Brocato

Bed Of Roses  - Five Senses Series Book #4

With the right amount of nurturing, love will bloom
This close to Valentine’s Day Malin Eckert’s flower shop is entering their busiest season. As if the added work isn’t enough, her father’s drinking has spiraled out of control and Mal discovers she’s been named guardian of a fifteen-year-old sibling she never knew about. To make matters worse, Mal’s crushing on a customer, a serial dater who drops by the shop with alarming regularity to send flowers to other women.

Gunnar Sims never had the best luck with women, a fact that doesn’t stop his growing attraction to his florist. His new business is losing money and he should be concentrating on that, but instead finds Mal an enticing distraction.

In spite of her best intentions to keep Gunnar firmly in the friend zone, Mal finds herself falling for the classically handsome gym owner. As her affection for Gunnar and her sister, Gabriella, grows, Mal’s heart hangs in the balance when it appears both could be taken away from her.

Content Warning: Hard bodies, spoiled princesses, and a levelheaded woman who knows how to smell the roses.

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Malin squinted her eyes at him. “I beg your pardon?”
Gunnar had seen that look on his sister’s face enough times to know he’d said the wrong thing. But the way the society bitch had treated the shopkeeper rankled him. “What the hell is her problem? Who does the old broad think she is?”
“Gunnar, Mrs. Aubrey-Smith is the customer. That means she is always right. She knows it and doesn’t hold back making sure I know, too. I’m used to her ways.” Malin crossed her arms and rested her hip against the counter.
Aubrey-Smith? He knew that name. He’d had an interest in Ashleigh, the old bat’s daughter. Until he’d learned she was engaged. Ashleigh’s promise to another man apparently wasn’t enough to keep her from flirting with every other male in sight. Thankfully, he’d dodged that bullet. He shook his head, then turned his attention back to Malin.
He liked the way Malin looked at him. Even when she was angry. Her ice blue, almond-shaped eyes, fringed with thick black eyelashes, were direct and curious, as if she’d found a new specimen of flower that required closer examination. As he stared at her, she reached up and tucked her chin-length white-blond hair behind her ear. How the hell had he not realized before how pretty she was?
Malin possessed the peaches-and-cream complexion many of his female relatives shared. Her skin was flawless except for the angry red scratch just below the apple of her cheek. He’d be willing to bet if he touched her face, he’d feel satin. He tucked his hand into his pocket, a paltry effort to curb the urge. Touching someone the way he wanted to touch her went beyond being just friends. And he’d like this woman as a friend. For now. It was entirely possible that sentiment would evolve if his body’s reaction could be trusted.
Gunnar shifted his weight onto one leg, bumping his knee against the wooden panel of the cash wrap. “Being the customer is no excuse for bad manners. And she could win a gold medal in the Bad Manners Olympics. That witch owes you an apology.”
Malin’s fast grin dazzled him. “Can I tell you something? She was on her best behavior today, but you should have kept your mouth shut. I had her eating out of my hand until you butted in.”
“I suppose if your hand was her lunch maybe. It didn’t look like it was under control to me. I was trying to help.”
“You failed miserably, buttercup. But, no harm, no foul. I got what I wanted in the end. I proposed the alternative bouquet to the bride months ago, and she loved it. But Mama vetoed it because it wasn’t her original idea.”
Buttercup? Yeah, well, two could play that game. “I thought mentioning Princess Di’s wedding shoes was a stroke of genius, Daisy Mae.”
She tipped her head back and laughed. A shot of lust speared lodged just south of his belt buckle. He shifted to ease the sudden constriction in his trousers.
“I have moments of brilliance, and the shoes were just one of them.” She fiddled with the strings of her apron, but her eyes remained on his face. “What’s up? How can I help you today?”
Damn, talk about a loaded question. For the life of him, he could only think of one way she could help him. He gave a mental groan and focused. “Um…I need a dozen roses. Do you have any in orange?”

About the Author

Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a vocation as a romance author.

Also By Gemma Brocato

Cooking Up Love
Hearts In Harmony
Exposed To Passion
A Winter Wedding
Mission: Mistletoe