Friday, June 19, 2015

Authors not only love writing books, we love reading them

I have a confession to make. Other than as a freelance copy editor, I haven’t read a contemporary romance novel, especially one that features an alpha male hero, in several months. This includes the other wonderful titles in the Men of the Zodiac series. When I’m working on a book, I try not to read anything similar to what I’m writing. And Brody Flynn in “Revenge Best Served Hot” is definitely an alpha. And the book is, of course, contemporary.

Giving up contemporary romance for a time has been difficult since like all writers, I am an avid reader. I love this subgenre of romance. And, now that my kids are 10 and 15, I actually have time to indulge myself without feeling guilty.

Before my first book was published in 2000, I devoured as many as four books a week. I’d come home from my job—I worked full time as an editorial writer for the local newspaper at the time—make dinner for my husband and me, and then I’d curl up on the couch with a romance. For a while after we adopted our first son, the only reading I did were books that involved a cat in a very large hat or nonfiction tomes on parenting. 

I think it’s good for writers and readers to try new genres and subgenres from time to time. I sneak in a good historicals and romantic suspense every now and then, and last year I plowed through half a dozen dystopian titles in the span of a couple months.

Good books all have three things in common: Strong characters, a believable plot and natural-sounding dialogue that moves a story forward. That’s why reading, regardless of the type of book, ultimately makes writers better at their craft.
But contemporaries are what I love best, both as a reader and a writer.

Revenge Best Served Hot

Revenge is a dish best served cold, but Brody Flynn’s is sizzling hot.

Brody has waited more than a decade to pay back the man he blames for his parents’ death. Finally that time has come. Thanks to the hostile takeover of Douglass Shipping Solutions his nemesis is out. Now CEO, Brody decides to keep his enemy’s beautiful daughter on the payroll. But can he keep himself from falling under her spell?

Kate Douglass is determined to hold on to her birthright any way she can. But sexy Brody is a hard man to figure out. Is his interest in her real? Or is it just another way to get even with her dad?

The only thing burning hotter than Brody’s desire for revenge is their passion for each other. Can love overcome mistrust?

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Author Bio:
Jackie Braun is the author of more than 30 romance novels. She is a three-time Rita finalist, 
a four-time National Readers’ Choice Award finalist, and was short-listed for RT’s Series 
Storyteller of the Year in 2008. In real life, she is happily married to her own hero and the 
proud mom of two sons.

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