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Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Fragments with Nona


Don’t forget our Three-way Giveaway Contest is going on until the end of September! Just follow The Divas of Desire Blog and you'll be entered for a chance to win THREE books: An Affair Across Times Square by Rachell Nichole, Bombshell by Danica St. Como and Uncollared by moi. What could be simpler?


I know some authors don't care about reviews, and some won't even read them. But many of us dream of getting great reviews. Those five stars can really dazzle your eyes. And they can make a big difference in sales, too, especially if you're not a million-seller.

Yeah, five stars are fantastic. But sometimes a lesser review can be just as meaningful. Her Perfect Man, released in June, recently received two four star reviews that really touched me. One came from an Amazon reader and another was published at The Romance Reviews.  The reviewers' thoughtful assessments of the story let me know that they connected with Kim and ultimately cared about her.

 Kim's not a nice character. Sometimes she's bitchy. She feels sorry for herself. She speaks without thinking. The Amazon reviewer said at times she wanted to put her hand over Kim's mouth.  But she also wanted to hug her.  Cozy Reader at The Romance Reviews was frustrated by Kim's bad attitude, but admired the way she helped out her friends.  I was moved by the fact that both these readers cared about Kim in spite of her being her own worst enemy.

I didn't always like the things Kim did, either. But she had to go through these steps to become the woman she needed to be.

Her Perfect Man is as much about Kim's learning to change as it is about her romance with Charlie.  But Charlie is the impetus for her change. His belief in her helps her realize that she doesn't have to live down to others' low expectations. Sometimes all any of us need to move "into the light" is to know that a friend is on our side. Charlie is that friend, that lover, for Kim.


Irresistible Impulse is released one week from today! This short story features Tania and Latisha from One Good Man and Take This Man, and tells how they first met.

Ordinarily, Tania Talcott wouldn't be caught dead at a speed dating event, but she lost a stupid bet. Checking out the slim pickings, she's convinced the evening will be a total bust--until a classy, sensual, African American woman enters the room. A woman Tania met briefly once before and never forgot.

Latisha Hobbs is only attending this event to support her young cousin, who's ready to start dating again. Latisha's heart has been on ice for quite some time. But she finds herself immediately--and strongly--enticed by the friendly overtures of a vivacious redhead. Or are they more than friendly?

Fueled by an irresistible impulse, Tania wastes no time getting to know the beautiful woman. Latisha is drawn to Tania as well, but memories of an unhappy love affair make her reluctant to act. These two opposites definitely attract, but will their differences be too much to overcome?

Let me offer a little teaser today:
Tania enjoyed subverting the mild-mannered librarian stereotype. It was so stupid. As though a person couldn’t love books and sex. She’d never had a problem getting all the dates and all the sex she wanted. When she was younger, she’d wanted plenty. And it had all been great fun. But lately, the possibility of something less fleeting teased her. Could it be the wild, untamable Tania Talcott was looking for a permanent relationship?
Fat chance of finding one here.
Nah, tonight would be a bust. Not that she expected anything else. Until her gaze fell on the striking African American woman sitting a few seats away.
It was her.
Tania didn’t know her name, had only seen her once before. But she’d never forget the reaction she’d had to this beautiful woman.

Please join me next Saturday, Sept. 15 at fellow author Rachel Leigh's blog where I'll be celebrating the release of Irresistible Impulse and sharing more with you!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Nona Raines
Hot Contemporary Romance
Edgy ~ Emotional ~ Erotic

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