RELEASE DAY POST! Get to Know Baking for Keeps Author, Jessica Gilmore!

It has a beautiful setting, a town full of interesting folk and, best of all, ranches full of cowboys and other bachelors all waiting for the right girl to tame them – how could I resist?

Hi! I I’m Jessica Gilmore and I live in the beautiful city of York, England with my husband, ballet-mad teen daughter and our much-loved and much-spoiled dog. I’ve been a published author for nearly three years now but Baking for Keeps is my first book for Tule.

I blame Avonlea for my love of small towns. I have no idea how old I was when I first read Anne of Green Gables, or the first time I saw the iconic Megan Follows series, but it seems as if I have always known and loved first Avonlea. It’s the joy of returning to a place, to seeing recurring characters again, watching them grow and find happiness.  They feel like home, thanks to the people, the quirky traditions, the landmarks which define Avonlea and Ingleside, Stars Hollow, Capeside and Pawnee. Even Sunnydale has a certain charm although I prefer my small towns without a hellmouth if possible! That’s why I was so happy when Tule asked me if I wanted to be part of the Bachelor Bake Off series. Marietta is the quintessential small town. It has a beautiful setting, a town full of interesting folk and, best of all, ranches full of cowboys and other bachelors all waiting for the right girl to tame them – how could I resist? And one of the most fun parts for me was adding my own contribution to the Marietta canon.

Charm and quirkiness are two things my hero, Zac Malone, really hates. He’s also not a fan of small towns and people knowing his business so it’s a surprise to him when local radio host Lacey Hathaway persuades him to enter the Marietta Bachelor Bake-Off. But he’s no soft touch and he turns the tables on Lacey with a dare of his own – she has to learn to bake alongside him. Lacey dislikes baking almost as much as she dislikes losing but the more time she spends with Zac the more she realizes it’s not just her pride at stake – it’s her heart.

Some books are easier than others to write and Baking For Keeps was an absolute delight from the first word to the last. I adored setting a book in Marietta and had so much fun with Crooked Corner, Lacey’s home, her two delightful great- aunts, the Bake-Off scenes and, of course, with discovering Zac and Lacey’s story. I hope you love it as much as I do!


An ex au-pair, bookseller, marketing manager and seafront trader, Jessica now works for an environmental charity in York. Married with one daughter, one fluffy dog and two dog-loathing cats she spends her time avoiding housework and can usually be found with her nose in a book. Jessica writes emotional romance with a hint of humour, a splash of sunshine and a great deal of delicious food – and equally delicious heroes.


Celebrate the Release Day of Taming the Texas Cowboy with Author Charlene Sands!

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1. What inspired you to pick Texas as the setting for Trey and Maddie’s story?

True Texans are a breed all their own. I have family who live in Texas and have studied the ways of the people of the lone star state, the pride and work ethic and love of the land. In my experience with Texans, I found them to be men and women of honor and intense manners. And you’ll see that come through in Taming the Texas Cowboy, the first book in my Forever Texan series. Trey is a good man, who believes the very worst about himself, and Maddie is a woman who sees him for the fine man that he is. Getting him to realize that takes a bit of doing, and at times, Maddie isn’t sure she can get through to the stubborn, prideful, protective Texan.

2. Did you have a playlist in mind while writing this story?

I find inspiration in country music for all my books! My playlist includes some of Brad Paisley’s funny songs, including, “Waitin’ on a Woman”, Lady Antebellum’s , “Need You Now”, Tim McGraw’s, “Real Good Man”, Luke Bryan’s, “You Can Crash My Party Anytime”, and Carrie Underwood’s, “Mama’s Song” and “Something’s in the Water.”

3. How would you describe your hero, Trey? Did you have any actors or models in mind while creating the character?

Ah…my secret is revealed!   In my head, most of my heroes tend to look like Chris Hemsworth, imagine that! (Ha!) But I have yet to find a picture of him in a Stetson. Now that would be glorious. Although, I have to say the cover model for this book fits my description of rancher, Trey Walker perfectly; a rugged, handsome, man of the land. Trey isn’t as immune to the wholesome, intelligent, pretty veterinarian, Maddie Brooks, as he thinks and when offers her a place to stay and treat her animals temporarily, he finds it a grueling test to his willpower.

4.  If you could switch places with any character in this book, who would it be and why?

Let’s see. It would have to be Maddie. She’s lost a lot in her life, but it doesn’t let it get her down. She’s strong of character, tenderhearted with her animals and a girl who doesn’t give up. Maddie is one of the most independent heroines I’ve ever written, in that she is basically alone in the world and has to make some pretty hard decisions in her life. And…she’s living under the same roof as Trey Walker, which makes life eye-popping and exciting!

5. Can you give a sneak preview of your favorite scene in the book in one sentence or less?

There’s so many scenes I love, but this one is full of fun–a leaky pipe in the bathroom spurs a water fight between a near naked Trey and an unsuspecting Maddie, and things heat up real fast.


Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author writing sexy contemporary romances and stories set in the Old West. Her stories have been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award and she’s a double recipient of the Booksellers’ Best Award. She was recently honored with Romantic Times Magazine’s Best Harlequin Desire of 2014. Charlene is a member of the Orange County Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter of Romance Writers of America.


Bachelor Bake-Off Author Jennifer Faye Shares Her Montana Cowboy Cookies Recipe

Delicious recipes straight from the kitchens of your favorite Tule authors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup Reese’s pieces
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely broken pretzels

Makes 30-32 cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add butter to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Lower heat to simmer. Continue to stir until the butter turns a caramel shade (approx. 7-9 mins). Cool pan in a cold water bath in the sink (approx. 15 mins).
  3. Combine eggs, baking soda, coarse salt, and vanilla. Whisk together.
  4. Whisk in cooled butter.
  5. Whisk in brown sugar.
  6. Stir in flour, ½ cup at a time. Stir pretzels, chocolate chips, and Reese’s Pieces.
  7. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Using Tbsp take a well-rounded scoop of dough and place on tray. Space cookies an inch or two apart.
  9. Bake 12-13 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. When she’s not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.


RELEASE DAY! Get to Know Knights of Passion Author Megan Ryder!

1. Sports play such a significant role in each of your books. What is your favorite part of the sports romance genre?

I love sports heroes and how sexy they are. They’re so masculine and so competitive, driven to succeed and win. I like how they’re not afraid to get dirty and how they go all out for their dreams. In my books, I have heroes who love their dreams and cling to those dreams no matter what, doing whatever it takes to succeed. Sometimes, they forget there’s another world out there and they tend to take on the weight of the team on their own shoulders.

In The Game Changer, Dylan believes he is the one upon whom the whole team’s chances rest. Even though it’s a team sport, he puts a lot of pressure of himself to win, to succeed, to help his team mates. That devotion to his team mates and to the people around him, even while keeping himself separate can’t continue and he eventually learns that through the little rescue dog, through Savannah, and through his team mates.

2. In your story, Savannah is completely dedicated to her work with animals. Do you have a favorite pet or animal story that you’d like to share?

Sadie was such a character in this book that I had to struggle to not let her take over. She completely wanted to book to be about her and she kept upstaging the main characters. She was based a little after my own dog, Josie, whom I lost a year ago almost to the day of when The Game Changer comes out. Josie was my baby and so sweet, a cocker spaniel mix. She would get so frustrated when I’d be writing but she’d lay next to me with her head on my lap while I wrote until I was ready to play with her. She was perfectly happy to be with me.

Like Sadie, she chose me. She was one of nine puppies, the runt of the rescue litter. When I went to meet the litter, she was desperately trying to push her way through the puppies to me but her siblings kept pushing her back. Finally, I picked her up and she crawled up my shirt and snuggled into my neck like she was home. She picked me. I miss her to this day.

3. Did you have a “dream cast” in mind when writing about Savannah and Dylan?

Always. For Savannah, I pictured Cindy Crawford in the old Pepsi commercials, wearing that white t-shirt and jean shorts. For Dylan, he’s Steve Lund from the SYFY TV show Bitten.

4. In five words or less, tell us why readers will love the relationship between Savannah and Dylan.

I think people will love the story of Dylan and Savannah because of the theme of rescue. They both start because of a rescue dog, then slowly they rescue each other from their own cages – Dylan from his closed off life, trapped by his past and his own fears, and Savannah from her own fears of getting to close to anyone, even a dog, which is so ironic, given her career choice.

5. Can you share a deleted scene with us?

Here is one towards the end of the book. I hope it doesn’t spoil too much!


Despite Savannah’s pregame jitters, she handled the crowd and the ceremonies like a pro. No one noticed that she gripped Dylan’s hand a little tighter than necessary or that it was a little sweaty. Her voice was clear and strong as she thanked the crowd and the Knights for their very generous donation to their rescue and how they intended to use it. She even introduced some of her rescues up for adoption as they lined up and were paraded on the field, led by the players, then directed interested adopters to their website and upcoming adoption events if they were interested in any of the dogs. Most of the players got into the show, acting as if it were a dog show, playing it up to the crowd and everyone seemed to love it, especially the dogs. Maybe they had made a few love connections today. Judging by the way a few players were loving on the dogs, there might be a few Knights requesting applications before the day was over.

Savannah headed into the dugout, her face flushed and a broad smile on her face. She looked a little stunned and overwhelmed by everything, and relieved that it was over. Fosters were coming into the dugout to greet the players and retrieve their dogs to bring them into the stands for the game.

Dylan strapped on his catcher’s gear, Sadie leaning against him, getting in his way of his leg pads. Savannah slid onto the bench next to him, almost shaking in excitement. “Dylan, I don’t know how to thank you. I mean, all of this…”

He glanced up at her. “You did all the work. I just introduced you to Stacia.” He paused for a moment. “I’m proud of you. You were awesome out there. Handled it like a pro. I’ll bet you found some new homes and new donors.”

Her eyes were bright and dancing as she just about bounced on the bench, sitting on her hands in an effort to keep still. ‘I can’t believe how much was raised! We can easily renovate that building and get a good start on the rescue. It’s beyond anything I could have imagined. All thanks to you.”

His last leg pad was finally buckled and he straighted in his seat. He turned and pulled her to him, wrapped her in the big hug he wanted to do sooner but had to be ready to get on the field. “Congratulations. Sorry I couldn’t do this sooner. I have to get on the field.”

She froze in his arms, as if surprised he would publicly hug her or show any emotion then she twined her arms around his neck awkwardly thanks to the gear and hugged him back. “This is a little uncomfortable.”

He grinned against her neck. “Maybe we’ll try this again later.”

A couple of players whooped and Cody Patterson walked over. “Hey man, we have a game to win. Give up the lady for now. You have plenty of time for romance after we kick their asses.”

Dylan grimaced but Savannah let him go. “Go kick their asses, Dylan. Show them who’s top dog in Savannah.”

Cody laughed. “I knew I liked you! Let’s do this!”

With one final glance, Dylan headed on the field slowly thanks to his gear, Cody walking next to him, a team finally. Cody glanced over his shoulder at Savannah and nudged Dylan with his shoulder.

“Things going pretty good, huh? Nice job, man.”

Dylan narrowed his eyes. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

Cody held up his hands. “Nothing. Just saying, she’s a nice person and you’re not bad. Don’t fuck it up. Although you did a pretty cool thing here. She’ll be pretty damn grateful.”

“I didn’t do it for that. Her rescue could use the help.”

“I get it but it helps you with her too, right? Nice thinking.”

Dylan slapped his glove against Cody’s stomach. “Focus on the game and not on my girl.”

He slammed his mask on and squatted behind the plate, ignoring the laugh from Cody as he jogged to the mound. Stupid ass. As if he did all this to impress Savannah, to prove that he cared about her. No, he did this because her rescue needed it. And to show her that he could help her, if she would let him.


Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.


Release Day Post! Meet Sprinkled with Love Author, Jennifer Faye!

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Take a bachelor bake-off, one ornery cowboy and a matchmaking cat and it made for a really fun book to write.

I’ve wanted to be an author since I was little and asked Santa for a typewriter…yes, I said typewriter. I was tickled pink when I got it. I immediately started to write a book of poetry that went something like Roses are red…Violets are blue…

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I got my hands on my very first romance. From then on, I couldn’t get enough of them. In my mind, it confirmed the fact that I wanted to be a romance author when I grew up.

Fast forward to 2007 when my husband and I decided that if I was going to follow my writing dreams, I should go for it. So I traded in my position as a statistician where I played with numbers, formulas and spreadsheets all day for an opportunity to let my imagination run free.

I started off entering contests…lots of RWA contests that had a Harlequin editor as final judge. I learned so much from that experience and I thank each and every one of you who volunteer your time to judge those contests. It definitely didn’t happen overnight and it did have some setbacks along the way, but finally my dream came true.

I love how the romance subgenres span historical, paranormal, contemporary and so much more. And best of all, romances come with a happy ending. With so much unhappiness in the world, it’s nice to turn to romances where you know eventually the hero and heroine will find their happily-ever-after. Such is the case for Avery and Jillian in Sprinkled with Love, but their journey is not without a few twists, turns and bumps.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Tule team with my Montana Born debut, Sprinkled with Love. Take a bachelor bake-off, one ornery cowboy and a matchmaking cat and it made for a really fun book to write. And did I mention the delicious cookies, pies and cakes. Oh my!

Speaking of cookies, yes, I did bake a batch of the Montana Cowboy Cookies. After all, you do have to make sacrifices for your art, right? And I didn’t hear the husband complaining when he helped me eat them. ;-)

I hope you enjoy Sprinkled with Love as much as I enjoyed writing it. And just remember, it’s calorie-free. ;-)


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. When she’s not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.


Celebrate the Release of A Cowboy’s Temptation with Michelle Beattie!

“This really is a story of relationships and love, of discovering who you are and what you want.”

 

 

When I wrote A Rancher’s Surrender, I hadn’t planned on a series. It wasn’t until I was reading the scene to my critique group of when Scott comes running around the bunkhouse with his open shirt flapping that someone said, “OMG, you have to write Scott’s story!”

So, many (way too many) years later, A Cowboy’s Temptation was conceived. I always knew Jillian’s sister Katie would be Scott’s heroine. From inception, she was going to have flaming red hair that matched her personality: fiery, plucky. A little wild. Who better to knock the normally affable Scott off his feet?

Certainly in today’s day, giving in to desires doesn’t result in a hasty marriage, but in the 1880’s? I love that the marriage is Scott’s idea. That Katie, the woman who would stand to lose the most in those days, is the one to say no, that nobody need ever find out. I think that’s one of the reasons I love this time period. The men had honor; they stood for something. And for Scott who grew up with worse than nothing, to have that kind of integrity despite his past? How can you not fall for a hero like that?

This story is a little different for me. Nobody’s on the run, nobody’s shooting and nobody’s life is at stake. This really is a story of relationships and love, of discovering who you are and what you want.

Welcome back to Frontier Marietta, folks, where you never know how far love and passion will take you.


Award-winning author Michelle Beattie began writing in 1995, almost immediately after returning from her honeymoon.  It took 12 long years but she achieved her dream of seeing her name on the cover of a book when she sold her novel, What A Pirate Desires, in 2007.  Since then she’s written and published several more historical novels as well a contemporary. When Michelle isn’t writing she enjoys playing golf, reading, walking her dog, traveling and sitting outside enjoying the peace of country life.


Bachelor Bake-Off Author Kate Hardy Shares Her Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Delicious recipes straight from the kitchens of your favorite Tule authors.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (8 oz) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) white sugar
  • 1 cup (8 oz) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (about 18 oz) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 packets choc chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugars until uniform. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking powder; beat until smooth. Add choc chips.
  3. For best results, refrigerate the lot for 1-2 hours.
  4. Dollop lumps of dough onto a baking tray lined with foil, leaving 2 inches between.
  5. Bake for 10-12 mins, or until golden, and allow to cool on a wire rack.

 


Kate Hardy is the award-winning author of more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Entangled and Tule Publishing.

She lives in Norwich in the east of England with her husband, two teenage children, a springer spaniel called Byron, and too many books to count. She’s a bit of a science and history nerd who loves cinema, the theatre, and baking (which is why you’ll find her in the gym five mornings a week – oh, and to ballroom dancing lessons). She loves doing research, especially if it means something hands-on and exploring. (That’s how the ballroom dancing started…)


Annabelle Snow Reveals the Inspiration Behind her Hotel Hookup series

That’s what smart sex can do: it can fulfill.

Sex exists, whether readers talk about it or not. And talking about it in fiction provides a safe space in which to explore it.

That’s the impetus for the Hotel Hookup series. Through these novellas, readers meet professional women in four different cities. These are smart women who have smart sex.

The protagonists are not call girls, not adulterers, not one-night-stand-crazed college coeds. They make conscious decisions to have sexual experiences, all in high-end hotels. In these settings of luxe accommodations, the women have room and time to step away from their ordinary lives. Afterwards, there’s no amnesia or regrets. Their experiences are fulfilling, and they are better because of them.

That’s what smart sex can do: it can fulfill.

In Hotel Hookup, there is no “fade to black” in the scenes. Instead, readers are privy to the protagonists’ consensual, adult exploration behind the hotel door. Readers witness how sex drives couples together, but they further explore ways that sex is handled differently by different women.

Through this lens of fiction, readers can travel with these women and experience encounters alongside them, from the comfort of wherever the text is read. Still, readers might consider hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign outside their rooms when they begin the stories because, like the protagonists, they won’t want the fun to stop once it starts.



Annabelle Snow is a well-traveled author whose love of adventure (and luxury accommodations!) inspired for Hotel Hookup series. A fan of good coffee and high thread count sheets, she enjoys sharing fiction using real-life locations. Annabelle earned two undergraduate degrees before completing her Master of Arts degree in English and lives, for now, in a house. Maybe one day she’ll live in a hotel. 

 


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Hotel Hookup: Austin by Annabelle Snow is Here!

Erotica explores character interactions, peeling back the layers so readers can see the inner workings on a deeper level. 

Romance readers are dedicated, loyal supporters of authors, and with good reason: the romance genre is one of the most versatile genres. From historical to contemporary, paranormal to inspirational, from sweet to steamy to every degree in between, romances offer something for everyone. 

Within the last few years, one subgenre of romance writing that has garnered serious attention is erotica. This style of writing offers a charged storyline with a high heat level.  

But erotica is more than a story about sex.

Erotica explores character interactions, peeling back the layers so readers can see the inner workings on a deeper level. Erotica exposes thoughts, desires, and encounters in a behind-the-bedroom-door approach that lays everything out for the reader. It’s a chance for the reader to experience those interactions, no holding back.

Erotica progresses at a faster pace and with more physical interactions than a general romance work, allowing readers to safely explore sexual fantasies along with the characters. Erotica’s pace and honesty in storytelling are what appeal to many readers—and that’s precisely why readers return again and again to the subgenre.
 
The beauty of fiction—regardless of the genre—is that it allows readers to ask “What if?” questions and explore the world from another perspective. With erotica, that perspective is simply a more private one than most romances offer.
 
Erotica is as varied a subgenre as any. Within the broad umbrella, there are storylines to fit all kinds of sexuality preferences and comfort levels. So if you are looking to expand your library—and if you love a great story—consider adding erotica titles to your reading list. 


Annabelle Snow is a well-traveled author whose love of adventure (and luxury accommodations!) inspired for Hotel Hookup series. A fan of good coffee and high thread count sheets, she enjoys sharing fiction using real-life locations. Annabelle earned two undergraduate degrees before completing her Master of Arts degree in English and lives, for now, in a house. Maybe one day she’ll live in a hotel. 

Bachelor Bake-Off Author Shirley Jump Shares Her Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

Delicious recipes straight from the kitchens of your favorite Tule authors.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/8 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • Dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Put parchment paper or light coating of nonstick spray on cookie sheets.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl. Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt then gradually add to the batter. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and both kinds of chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle cookies lightly with salt.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven, and transfer the cookies to cooling racks.

When she’s not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She’s published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she’s too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map. Visit her website at www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.