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Lunch Hour Love Stories

Barbara Vey -- November 19th, 2012

The one thing you’ll always hear diehard readers talk about is where they read.  The answer is pretty much everywhere and every chance they get.  First thing in the morning, last thing at night and every spare minute they get in between.  Any job I’ve worked at, the readaholics would eat their lunch with one hand and read a book with the other.  Lunchtime reading was always my favorite part of the workday.  It seems a natural progression for authors to get together to form Lunch Hour Love Stories.  I caught up with New York Times Bestselling Author Teresa Medeiros to find out more about it.

BV:  What made you come up with the idea of Lunch Hour Love Stories?

TM:  Several friends and I were chatting on an author loop about the fun trend of Japanese “novelettes” deliberately crafted to be read on a smartphone or e-reader in an hour or so. We decided that would be an ideal format for romance shorts and Lunch Hour Love Stories was born! We get to flex our creative muscles while providing our readers with some fresh new stories to enjoy between our major book releases. We all have substantial fan bases and the idea of being able to combine our marketing muscle in a sort of “promo co-op” was very appealing. We also want to brand Lunch Hour Love Stories as the site where readers can go to discover quality romance shorts by some of their favorite authors.

BV:  What exactly are Lunch Hour Love Stories?

TM:  “Lunch Hour Love Stories” are brand new original romantic shorts, historical, contemporary and paranormal, between 10,000-20,000 words that will retail for $1.99. We do have a lovely selection of previously published novellas and shorts by our members in our archived or “Recent Stories” section, but our Home Page will always feature brand new shorts. The stories can be downloaded from all of the major e-tailers for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, etc. They’re the perfect length for reading during lunch time, waiting rooms, or between soccer games. There’s no telling what you’ll find when you visit. You might discover your favorite author has finally given one of their beloved secondary characters their own story!

BV:  Who’s all involved in your project?

TM:  We have a core group of “founding authors” that includes Victoria Alexander, Susan Andersen, Elizabeth Bevarly, Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Suzanne Enoch, Barbara Freethy, Karen Hawkins, Candice Hern, Stephanie Laurens, Susan Kay Law, Julia London, Emily March, me (Teresa Medeiros), Barbara Samuel, Christie Ridgway and Barbara O’Neal. We’ll also be featuring an impressive roster of “guest authors” in the months to come. During our debut, we have brand new offerings from Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins, Christie Ridgway and Judith Arnold.

BV:  What’s been the reaction from the readers?

TM:  So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! When we went “live” last Thursday by promoting the website on Facebook, Twitter and through our individual newsletters, the sales of the featured books soared, as was evidenced by their sales rankings at various e-tailers. But far more important to us is that we’re already hearing from readers who are loving the stories. Our ultimate goal will always be to produce and promote QUALITY fiction.

BV:  Will you be adding other authors?

TM:  We’ll be providing our readers with a wide variety of guest authors, along with exciting new projects from our founding members. We’re already booked well into the future so we’ll have to see where we go from there. We’re not a publisher. Each individual author is responsible for the editing, formatting, cover design and uploading of the new content so we won’t be taking “submissions” at this time.

You can check out the first month of stories here,  LIKE them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Bottom Line:  Now there’s even more reasons to have a quickie.

Giveaways

Romance At Random:  We’re giving away 10 copies of DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian, the climactic novel in the bestselling Midnight Breed series. Enter here.

My Reads and Your Turn Friday

Barbara Vey -- December 17th, 2010

One good thing about winter is that I never want to leave the house.  A hot drink and a good book and I’m all set.  Obviously, I’ve been in a lot.  Check out what I’ve been reading lately and then comment on what books you’ve read.  I can always use some new suggestions.

In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu – Jenny Jameson is only a young girl when she comes across a boy merman, Perrin, hurt and on the beach.  Over the years, they meet in their dreams until a crisis brings them together in real life.  Now they must work together to solve a murder that could have grave consequences.

I love the idea of a psychic detective agency, but Dirk & Steele has many more layers.  Even though it’s the 10th book in the series, you really don’t have to read them in order to enjoy them.      The characters latch onto your heart and prove that love isn’t just sex.  Emotionally charged while being action packed.  Definitely something for everyone.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros – Abigail Donovan had her first book picked by Oprah, but now finds herself unable to finish a second one.  Forced onto Twitter by her helpful agent, Abbey “meets” Mark Baynard, a professor on sabbatical who’s willing to show her the Tweet ropes.  The problem is, she now finds herself watching for his Tweets more than concentrating on her book.

This was definitely a one sit read for me.  Written nearly entirely with Tweets (140 characters or less) made it a very fast read.  I was amazed by the wit and only wished I could be half as clever with my Tweets.  Engrossingly charming story that manages to pack a surprising emotional punch.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – When Linnet Berry Thrynne is jilted by a prince who everyone assumes got her pregnant, she finds she must marry and soon.  Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is a cranky doctor with a bum leg.  His father is determined to marry him off by using his “bride” criteria against him.  Linnet and Piers lock horns from their first meeting and the clash of the tongues begin.

The parallels to House M.D. are evident, but it’s moving him to the 1800s that’s the charm.  Irresistible, delightful and engaging, Eloisa James books always seem to leave me smiling.
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Angel At Dawn by Emma Holly – Grace Gladwell is a director’s assistant in 1956 Hollywood.  Christian Durand is the cowboy director Nim Wei is trying to talk into taking the title role of “I Was a Teenage Vampire.”  Unknown to Grace, Christian is really a vampire and Nim Wei is his queen.  Grace, in her innocence, doesn’t remember meeting Christian when she was inches away from death, but he definitely remembers her.

It was such fun to be back in 1956 Hollywood and feel like an insider in the movie making business.  Famous stars wander in and out of scenes in the background.  I think I may need to read the previous books to get me up to speed, but this book is sizzling hot with lots of sex that will warm you up on a cold winter night.  Might have to crack a window.

Frostfire by Lynn Viehl – Lilah Devereaux loves working with animal control, but when her special abilities come to the attention of the evil biotech company who wants her DNA, the chase is on.  Lilah finds herself handcuffed to Walker Kimbal, military man recently in Afgahanistan.   Escaping to a mysterious small town, they must out maneuver their enemy.

These novels of the Kyndred are highly addictive.  The kind of book where you turn off the phone and surround yourself with enough food and drink that you won’t have to move for several hours.  Electrifying series that has you cheering for the good guys.

Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb – After a killer workout in the police station gym, Peabody overhears officers talking about murder and it’s not a case they’re working on.  She hides while the “dirty” cops argue, but soon is on the case with partner Eve Dallas to ferret out the corruption that’s infiltrated their work place.

Having read all the Death books, I find myself right at home with Dallas’ gang.  Their camaraderie and honor to the job and each other make these books a joy to read.  Suspenseful and action packed, but always with a touch of heart.


Bottom Line: If the weather stays freezing, I’m looking forward to an entertaining winter…between the pages of a few good books.