That’s not a question, I snoop.
Me personally, I am a natural-born snooper. Have been for as long as I can remember. When I was a tween/teen babysitter I would snoop through the kitchen and the living room and definitely the bathroom at the houses I sat.
It was always interesting to see the different “stuff” that other families had. (Never once did I take anything—just a lookie-loo.) I did draw the line at snooping in the parents’ bedrooms—that’s just creepy.
You’d think I’d outgrow that, but no, left alone, I will check to see what’s in the drawers and nooks around me. Doing so, I discovered one friend’s affinity for crossword puzzle books. She has them hidden all around her house. Weird thing, I’ve never once seen her doing a crossword. Ever.
Another friend is afraid of running out of toilet paper. (It’s a quirk, but I still love her.) She has in upwards of twenty rolls stashed in each bathroom—okay, so in this case, I did snoop in her bedroom/master bathroom, because once I realized there was a TP-hoarding trend going on I had to know how far it went. (It went far—if there’s ever a shortage of TP in the world, I’m headed to her house!)
Snooping has also been a boon to my friends. Okay, only once. A friend had me follow her boyfriend one time—to see if he was really where he said he’d be. I followed him for about five minutes. Unlike Celeste Eagan from my new book PERSON OF INTEREST, I decided I wasn’t quite built for tailing an actual human being (and because it looked like he was really headed for work). Celeste takes snooping and the fine line between investigating and stalking to the next level.
She tries to clear her ex’s name in a murder charge—she can’t have her daughter’s daddy go to jail—and in doing so gives the police (and the killer) a reason to focus on her instead…
Follow the zany antics of Celeste Eagan: prep school theater teacher by day, amateur sleuth by night. The first book in a new series from author Emery Harper, full of mystery and mayhem.
Just last week, I was a regular single mom and drama teacher at Peytonville Prep with a semi-normal life. The only real drama I had to deal with involved my football-coach ex and his hussy girlfriend. And maybe deciding if I should take that full-time principal/actress job at the local playhouse.
Everything changed when I discovered my boss hanging in his office. The suicide turned out to be a murder and my ex went suspiciously MIA. I tried to find some answers, but all that got me was labeled a person of interest by the attractively uptight Detective Shaw Muldoon. Not exactly the way I was hoping to interest him, if you know what I mean.
Now my life is plenty exciting, if you count a stint in jail, several attempted break-ins, more dead bodies and the odd exploding car. Did I mention I also have my own personal stalker? It’s becoming pretty clear that if I don’t unmask the killer soon, my life won’t ever be boring again…it will be over.
Born in Alaska, relocated, reared and still residing in North Texas, Emery Harper started writing at a very young age—pretty much before she knew what writing was. She’s always had stories running around in her brain—doesn’t everyone?!? She penned several short stories, poems and one attempt at a novel when she was still a teen, but it wasn’t until she was pregnant with #4 boy-child that she seriously developed her manuscript chops.
A little murder, mayhem and maybe a twist and turn keep her plenty occupied in her make-believe worlds, though she is often grounded quickly from any one of the four boy-childs who live in her casa along with the man-child who’s been her personal hero for over twenty years.
Authors often talk about characters and scenes coming to them. I, for one, remember that first moment of Nate Hawkins appearing in my head with such vivid clarity that it’s almost as if he were real. In the case of the CALLING IT books, however—and, specifically, the town of Inspiration, Iowa—it was more than just the people. It was a whole combination of things that built up the universe perfectly in my head. Here are a few of them.
Going back to my fan-fiction days, Iowa has always been a source of inspiration. So it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise that that’s where these first books are set. But while doing some specific research to ground the town of Inspiration, I came across some gorgeous photos. You can see some of these on my Inspiration, Iowa Pinterest board. I particularly recommend checking out the work of Larry Lindell (whose photos form the basis of my vision of the view Nate sees from Mama Gin’s kitchen in CALLING IT) and Jim Ruff (whose photo “Iowa Sunset” makes an appearance in CALLED UP).
Baseball movies are a whole other source of inspiration. From “There’s no crying in baseball!” to “If you build it, he will come” (mind out of the gutter!) to “I believe in the soul…” (and, um, other things I can’t mention in this blog post), baseball movies have played a big role in my fictional life. And although Max Deacon isn’t a professional baseball player, the game figures prominently into his life both as a player and as the coach for his nephew’s little league team. In a way, in fact, CALLED UP has more about baseball than CALLING IT does. At the same time, the small town nature of Inspiration plays an even bigger role as well. The movie Field of Dreams happens to be the perfect mixture of the two, and whenever I hear James Horner’s score for Field of Dreams a feeling comes over me that is both peaceful and profound. So if you need a little bit of mood music, cue up the music on YouTube, settle in, and start reading.
It’s definitely not mellow, though. CALLED UP opens with Salt ‘N Pepa and closes with AC/DC, so those songs play a role, although the true inspiration for Deke and Fitz was more along the lines of Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell. But what it all truly came down to was Philip Phillips’s “Home,” because when it comes down to it CALLED UP is all about home and what that means. And how—and with whom—you find it. What’s your inspiration? How do you define home?
Jen Doyle delivers a home run of heart, heat and plenty of laughter in this contemporary romance, perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis’s Pacific Heat series
There’s one thing Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on besides his old high school teammates: Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with his best friend’s sister is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz giving in to the feelings they’ve both been fighting for far too long.
Fitz knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.
But with Deke, Fitz feels dangerously close to falling in love. She can’t risk another broken heart—especially if it means losing one of her best friends for good. Now it’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.
This book is approximately 100,000 words
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! Find out more at CarinaPress.com/RomancePromise.
Jen Doyle has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and has worked as a librarian, an events planner, and an administrator in both preschool and higher ed environments. For more information, see www.jendoyleink.com.
Do you love reading about the latest celeb gossip? You absolutely cannot miss Hollywood Hot Mess, the juicy new series from Evie Claire. Learn more about these new releases below and prepare to be sucked in!
Hollywood’s hottest mess gets a shot at redemption—and a chance to star alongside Tinseltown’s most sought-after silver fox. But when their on-screen acting becomes a scorching-hot, forbidden offscreen romance, she discovers he’s hiding a dark secret behind his carefully crafted public image.
All the dirty details of former child star Carly Klein’s fall from Hollywood grace were tabloid news…and they only knew about half of it. But now she’s sober and grasping at the last chance to revive her flatlined career.
Devon Hayes is Hollywood royalty. Branded the sexiest man alive, granted his first shot at producing, he’s living a life most only dream of. But his offscreen reality is more like a nightmare and makes the twisted tales in his movie plots look tame.
When Carly and Devon are cast opposite each other, Carly is pretty sure Devon is an asshole. Devon is certain Carly is a spoiled brat. But with chemistry that would make a nun lust like a schoolgirl, these two are DTF. Classic.
As their broken parts begin to pull them together, on-screen love turns…could it be? Into the real thing. Faced with the prying paparazzi, vindictive agents and career-ending secrets, Devon and Carly have already sacrificed their souls for fame. Living a lie in public is a small price to pay for ecstasy in private…for now.
In a town where every illusion comes with a price, a girl can have love or fame. Carly Klein wants both. The A-list drama continues in this compulsively readable follow-up to Evie Claire’s Hollywood Hot Mess
Hurricane Carly hits the big leagues and her offscreen drama hits DEFCON-level F*ck
From tabloid trainwreck child star to award-nominated starlet, Carly Klein wants it all. And being silver fox Devon Hayes’s f*ck buddy isn’t cutting it anymore. The gloves are off as she comes out swinging for the man she loves.
Devon Hayes, aka the sexiest man alive, is the toast of Tinseltown as half of a Hollywood power couple HeaVon—but he doesn’t want to be. Yet his A-list showmance lover will stop at nothing to keep their marital sham alive. So when Carly and Devon’s scorching connection off set threatens his soon-to-be ex’s dynasty, a sh*tstorm of trouble is unleashed.
But pussing out isn’t in Carly’s DNA. Through sex tapes, murder and epic Hollywood takedowns, Carly and Devon will be together and HeaVon will burn in Hollywood Hell…
Every Carina Press ebook includes a letter from Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James to you! She gives you a peek inside all of the amazing books published by Carina Press that month. Get ready for your TBR list to grow; here is a handy guide to all of our September 2016 releases. Enjoy!
I write these letters months in advance, so when reading this, you’re thinking about September weather, but while writing it, I’m still trying to survive May’s downpour. That means that sometimes I miss the opportunity to tell you about the cool things we’re doing until months later.
The Carina Press Romance Promise is one of those things. Implemented this past June, the promise is simple—we’re promising an HEA or HFN on our books tagged with the Carina Press Romance Promise in the book’s description. While we firmly believe in the necessity of a romance ending in an HEA, we also realize that in today’s publishing world, others may sometimes call a book a romance, but then the ending might not always deliver on the most important of romance reader expectations. So the Carina Press Romance Promise doesn’t mean we’re doing anything different with our romance, just that we’re reaffirming our commitment to you, the reader, to deliver an HEA or HFN in our romance books. Visit our website if you’re curious to find out more about this promise.
This month, we have a variety of romance to kick off your fall, including one debut contemporary romance author with two back-to-back releases. Take one young fallen starlet, add one older Sexiest Man Alive costar and you have the makings of a Hollywood Hot Mess by Evie Claire. And since we know how agonizing the wait for book two in a duology can be, the very next week we’re giving you the second part of Carly and Devon’s story, where they’ll have to overcome ruthless Hollywood execs, a blackmailing show-mance fiancée and merciless tabloids in what could be a Total Trainwreck before they get to their happily-ever-after.
Historical romance author Amanda Weaver brings another Grantham Girls tale this month with A Reluctant Betrothal. Grace’s last chance at a respectable marriage is about to be thwarted by her betrothed’s best friend, and as she fights for her engagement, she finds herself falling in love with the wrong man. Don’t miss the other books in this series, A Duchess in Name and A Common Scandal.
This September, we have three fantastic male/male contemporary romances to share, including one debut author! Annabeth Albert introduced you to the #gaymers in Status Update and Beta Test. This month she wraps up the trilogy with Connection Error. When a snowstorm strands a video game designer and an injured navy SEAL together at an unfamiliar airport, the two bond while playing games, but when the heat between the pair starts rising, they must work to decide if there’s a future together or if it’s game over on this fling.
Can childhood best friends Marc and Anthony make a real relationship work after eight life-altering years apart? Find out in Say It Right, from fan-favorite male/male romance author A.M. Arthur.
And introducing debut author Sidney Bell with her absolutely fantastic male/male romantic suspense novel, Bad Judgment, in which bodyguard Brogan Smith is drawn into a maze of murder and illegal guns when he falls for his dangerous new client’s gorgeous, secretive boyfriend.
That wraps up September but don’t forget we have a significant backlist of more than 1,000 titles across romance, mystery, science fiction and fantasy to help carry you through the chilly fall nights! Check out some you may have missed, including contemporary romances Chain of Command by HelenKay Dimon and Second Position by Katherine Locke, historical romance The Fighter and the Fallen Woman by Pamela Cayne, erotic romance One Cut Deeper by Joely Sue Burkhart and romantic suspense Blamed by Edie Harris.
As always, until next month, my fellow book lovers, here’s wishing you a wonderful month of books you love, remember and recommend.
Editorial Director, Carina Press