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Lee Brazil talks about Real Life Heroes today

Real Life Heroes by Lee Brazil Pick up a romance novel. Any one. What's that hero look like? Bet you he's tall, handsome, either strikingly blond or broodingly dark. His eyes are imbued with magical qualities, his lips divine.  Odds are he's disgustingly rich, sought after by women (or men) everywhere. His character is noble, intelligent, and arrogant possibly, but always deservedly so. He's the top in his career, the bravest, the strongest, the cleverest man around. He's hogwash. He's no hero. He's a myth, a fantasy, a veritable cartoon of a real man. I like the trend toward real heroes in romance. You see firemen, and policemen, and even shop keepers as heroes these days. Of course, they're still perfect.  They might be geeks, but by God they are handsome geeks!  They might be forty-five years old, but gosh darn it, they've got all their own hair! Women in romance have become real. They are buxom, glasses wearing kick-ass ladies who tote guns…

This Week's New Releases from Dreamspinner Press

Desert World Rebirth by Lyn Gala
Science Fiction, Novel
Buy e-Book HERE
Buy Print HERE

Sequel to Desert World Allegiances

New ambassadors Temar Gazer and Shan Polli stopped one disaster on Livre, but the battle isn't over. Temar is still struggling to work through the abuse he suffered. Livre, too, is stuck: it could ally with the breakaway planets—risking strange and dangerous beliefs—or the older alliance, which offers human rights protections but seeks to control the planet. It's a delicate balance, but they manage… until crisis takes Shan away from Temar.

It's up to Temar to get them and their planet through the crisis safely. But just because he and Shan have chosen each other doesn’t mean their love is strong enough to survive when the stirring sands around them change.

 A Bar Tender Tale by Melanie Tushmore
Contemporary, Horror, Novella
Buy e-Book HERE

Twenty-two-year-old barman Nathan is always the odd one out. It's tough to get a date when his love o…

Goddess Fish Blog Tour with Leslie Soule/Contest

Tour Contest Information: Leslie will be giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour as well as to the host with the most comments. Comment on each blog tour stop to be entered. Full tour stop details can be found HERE
Writing As Therapy by Leslie D. Soule
Hey there! Thanks for having me as your guest today!
So today I’m going to talk about what inspired me to write my fantasy novel Fallenwood, the first novel I’ve ever written. It took me three years to write it and has gone through numerous rewrites and lots of revision. I started writing the story originally as a form of therapy for myself after my stepfather passed away due to diabetes (which is chronicled in the story itself). It was very difficult for me to explain to other people what I was going through at the time, and also I’m an introvert, which is surprising to even my close friends because I’m a rather extroverted introvert. What it means to be introverted, though, is that you draw…

Winners of my Blog contest

Winners of  my 'How do you beat the winter doldroms?" contest are...

Angel of Darkness Book winner- Julie Lynn Hayes

Nightshift Book Winner- Teresa K

Emails were sent to the winners and have three days to contact me back. If I don't hear from winners by Monday Jan. 31st, then new winners will be drawn.


Complete List of LR Cafe's Best of 2011 Winners

Best Paranormal/Fantasy Book Winner (TIE): Protect & Serve: Sex on a Hoof by Silvia Violet & Stormy Glenn-Cat’s Pride Runner Up: CindySpencerPape-MotorCity Witch Honorable Mention: Desiree Holt-Silent Hunter
Best Book of 2011 Winner: Kiru Taye-His Treasure Runner Up:TJ Klune-Bear, Otter and the Kid Honorable Mention:Lee Brazil-Keeping House
Best GBLT Book Winner: Margie Church-Hard as Teak Runner Up: Damon Suede-Hot Head Honorable Mention: Amber Kell-Trials of Tam
Best Contemporary Book Winner: Casey Crow-Can’t Fake This Runner Up (TIE): Damon Suede-Hot Head Grace Wen-The Imperfect Wife Honorable Mention: ZA Maxfield-The Book of Daniel
Best Historical Romance Book Winner: Lizzie T. Leaf-Making Christmas Runner Up: Erastes-Muffled Drum Honorable Mention: Great Caesar’s Ghost by Cindi Myers
Best BDSM Book Winner: Cassandra Carr-Caught Runner Up: Kari Gregg-Collared



A: Tie a yelling gibbon around the old folk tree? (She looks at Zi as if forty-six million brain cells instantaneously escaped...wondering where is the hole)

Z: Feghoot!

A: Your owl's named Feg? (The obscurity of Angelica floats amidst the fact that her response was sort of a feghoot. She preens and giggles...the dogs in the room yelp as if joining in our merriment)

Z: Remember the Fractured Fairytales of Rocky and Bullwinkle? Many of our canard tales are a homage to that style. Parody. False tales. Stories.

A: As we have mentioned before, our series THE FABLE OF SIN-SIN-CINDERELLA is feghoot filled, ribald and naughty funny.

Z: (About to bore with a long dissertation, Zi looks professorial) The parody blanketed in its feeble and oft ridiculous effort to imitate a style or part of another author's work for the purpose of comic effect has been a staple in writing. The idea of touching something others can connect to, yet poking that pointer finger a…

Sneak Peek into I Heart Boston Terriers by Rick Reed

I'm so pleased to announce the release of my latest love story, "I Heart Boston Terriers" as part of Amber Allure's pet-themed Heavy Petting PAX collection of romances.
I'm doubly excited because the cover model for this story is my very own Boston terrier, Lily. Although she'll never know it, the story is also dedicated to her.
Here's what "I Heart Boston Terriers" is about:
Love at first sight can work for dogs as well as humans.
When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and timid Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her--irrevocably.
When Christian, who is manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that fateful autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him--irrevocably.
I Heart Boston Terriers is all about embracing love, whether it's for someone who walks on four legs, or someone who walks on two. The Boston terrier Mavis' journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home runs parallel to the story …

Welcome Kate Hill Today

Welcome to Dawn's Reading Nook, Kate. Please let my cabana boys/girls get you a drink and make yourself at home. Comfortable? Great…now let's get down to business.

So tell us about yourself. What got you interested in writing? Who are your publisher(s)?
I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in books and writing. I currently have books with Changeling Press, Ellora's Cave and New Concepts Publishing.

How did you start your writing career?
I've been writing stories almost since I learned to pick up a pencil. When I was about sixteen I decided I wanted to try to get published and started submitting short stories to small press publishers. About ten years later my first story was accepted.

Tell us about your favorite character from your books.
I can't narrow it down to one favorite because every character has things I like and things I don't. I feel closer to some characters than others, so I'll tell you about one of those. Xenos is the hero in …