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Jo-Davis-pub-JPEG-single-crHello, everyone! A big wave to you all and a bigger thank you to the fabulous ladies at RNTV for having me back today. I know what you’re thinking: Uh-oh. If Jo’s here the topic is probably just south of naughty. By now, there’s little doubt in your mind that vanilla has never been my flavor of choice—I’m more of a caramel turtle fudge kind of gal. I love mixing it up for that perfect explosion on the taste buds.

You know me so well, it’s scary.

Okay, so let’s start with a bit of role play. Not that kind, my kinky friends, at least not yet! Imagine this: You’re a confident, successful person who feels good about yourself—for the most part. Your success, however, has come at a price, and the victim of…

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paradise_romance_bookOne of the most common questions asked of a writer is: Where do you get your ideas from? Authors might reply with answers such as: everywhere—the news, overheard conversations, dreams, real life experiences. Creative ideas for stories arise from both within and without, blend together with the author’s unique life experiences and way of viewing the world. When she puts her words to the page, plot and characterization fuse with the writer’s voice to create a symphony unique to each author.

Have you ever wondered where an author got an idea for a favorite story? I asked five talented authors that very question—what was your inspiration for this story? For most, the end product of the book was the author’s unique creativity applied to a core real life experience. Interestingly, a…

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MyStrength_erotic_romance_bookA friend in high school introduced me to my first romance novel:  Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub.  To an innocent seventeen-year-old, I was intrigued, titillated, and hooked.  But I couldn’t feed my hunger for more of those kinds of books until I got to college.  So while other students partied, I was holed up in my dorm room devouring endless romance novels.

It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon Janelle Taylor’s Moondust and Madness.  It was my first sci-fi romance novel, and I fell totally in love.  Unfortunately, there weren’t that many such romances that I could find, and I was left to satisfy my craving via movies, TV, and the rare novel.

Not long after I began teaching, a different friend loaned me her fanzine for a television series I enjoyed.  Fanzines.  Sci-fi…

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chloe_neill_authorI”ll admit it. I am an obsessive fan of J.D. Robb’s “In Death” novels. I have every stand-alone book in the series, as well as the collections that include an “In Death” short story. They’re all on my bookshelf, arranged in tidy, chronological order.

Sometimes, gazing across that collection, I wonder–Is it wrong that my favorite books in the “In Death” series aren’t the ones in which Eve and Roarke (the hero and heroine) work happily together, solving crimes and basking in the glow of their love? Put another way, is it wrong that my favorite books are the ones where Eve and Roarke must face down something that threatens to tear their marriage apart?

Okay, maybe I’m being a smidge overdramatic, but my favorite part of the romance–be it series or…

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Summer is for reading. That’s my philosophy. I’ve finally taken out my tank tops and shorts and I’m getting ready to relax. On weekends you can most likely find me sitting by the lake with a cool drink in one hand and a book in the other. I just can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day. In honor of my favorite season – here are a few books I plan on getting hot and bothered with during the coming weeks –

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