Sunday Brunch with… Kristy Woodson Harvey


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Happy Sunday!

Spring has finally arrived, and with it, new amazing books have been released. One of the titles I was impatiently waiting is The Secret to Southern Charm, that follows Slightly South of Simple in The Peachtree Bluff Series, which I strongly recommend, as you can also read in my review.

So, today, I’m very excited to introduce…

Kristy Woodson Harvey



She is the national bestselling author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2017), and The Secret to Southern Charm (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2018).



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Romantic Suspense Blog Tour & Giveaway



What Would These Romantic Suspense Heroines Do?

with Lisa Renee Jones, Melinda Leigh, and Elisabeth Naughton


This month bestselling authors Lisa Renee Jones, Elisabeth Naughton, and Melinda Leigh are each releasing thrilling romantic suspense novels. But while they write in the same genre, you can expect very different stories.

Lisa kicks off her new Lilah Love series with a bang in Murder Notes. When copycat murders plague her hometown, FBI profiler Lilah Love is sent to investigate. But she returns to find hidden secrets from her past aren’t staying hidden and the danger swirling around her is just beginning.

Elisabeth continues her RITA award Deadly Secrets series with Protected. Fashion designer Kelsey McClane rolls her eyes when her overprotective brothers saddle her with a bodyguard while she is on a press tour, however, she’s more than thankful to have former Army Ranger Hunter O’Donnell on her side when a deadly explosion hits too close to home.

Morgan Dane is back in Melinda Leigh’s unforgettable new story Bone’s Don’t Lie. In this outing Morgan stands by her man as Lance attempts to unearth the secrets of his father’s decades old murder. Morgan quickly realizes that just because the case is cold, doesn’t mean the original killer isn’t out for more blood.

Interested in learning more about these books? Continue reading as the Lisa, Elisabeth, and Melinda play a not-always-nice game of “What Would Your Heroine Do?” that will give you an inside look at their characters and enter the giveaway to win copies of the authors’ full series.


What would your heroine do if she feels like someone is following her, yet she can’t prove it?

Lisa: Well funnily enough in the first book of my Lilah Love series, Murder Notes, Lilah is being followed, but she can prove it as her stalker is quite blatant and goading with their practices. However, if Lilah couldn’t prove it, she would probably cuss a blue streak, as she’s prone to do, and make herself bait in order to lure her stalker out. She’s definitely not afraid of any danger, she is an FBI agent after all, and she loves nothing more than to best someone at their own game.

Elisabeth: This actually happens in Protected! I don’t want to give too much away, but Kelsey would definitely turn to someone she trusts for help. In this case…Hunter O’Donnell…the hero of Protected.

Melinda: The first thing Morgan would do is determine if she was actually being followed. She’d make some turns then see if the car was still behind her. If it was, she would never drive home and lead a potential stalker to her family. Instead, she’d head somewhere public and call PI Lance Kruger. Together, they’d try to trap whoever was following her.

What would your heroine do if the man in her life was injured and in the hospital?

Elisabeth: Freak out. LOL Actually I think her reaction is dependent on how and when he was injured and whether she thinks she’s somehow responsible.

Lisa: Lilah’s man, Kane, is forbidden fruit. He brings out her dark side. He’s on the wrong side of the law. He helped her do something very bad and she wants to blame him, but really blames herself. She can’t really be with him but she loves him. If he were hurt, she’d try to play it cool. She would put on a strong face at first, but she would go to Kane and the minute he catches her showing that she cares, he’d point it out. He’d make her admit it. She’d, in turn, deny her feelings and tell him in no uncertain terms that he’s screwed with her schedule and he better not f-ing do it again. She’d tell him she hates him for making her worry but that means she loves him, and he knows it, too. She’d try to go after his enemy, and Kane, would go after her.

Melinda: Since, Lance frequently gets himself into trouble, Morgan has some experience with this. She is protective and loyal and always wants to be by his side.

What would your heroine do if she receives an anonymous text accusing her of committing a heinous crime?

Elisabeth: Kelsey would be shocked first. Then become angry and want to track down the sender of the text.

Melinda: Having been stalked in the past, Morgan takes threats seriously. She would want to find out who sent her this text. She would try to trace the phone number, enlisting the help of experienced investigator Lincoln Sharp or computer whiz Jenny Kruger if necessary. In the meantime, she’d be extra vigilant — and so would Lance.

Lisa: In the opening Duet that launches the Lilah Love Series, Lilah isn’t getting text messages, but rather notes, left for her. They are very “I Know What You Did Last Summer” since she really did something bad. She isn’t one to be played with though, so Lilah goes on the attack, seeking out her note writer.

What would your heroine do if she wins a surprise trip to a faraway tropical island?

Melinda: Single mom Morgan has not had a vacation in ages. She’d talk her sister into babysitting her three kids and pack her bags! Or… could she save the trip as a potential future honeymoon?

Lisa: I don’t think I can picture Lilah on a vacation, she’s such a workaholic! But as far as her response to winning it, she’d probably say she has far too many dead bodies to deal with and then handoff the winnings to someone else.

Elisabeth: Kelsey is skeptical of everything so I’m pretty sure she’d assume the surprise trip was a scam.

What would your heroine do if she has the choice to confront someone threatening her?

Elisabeth: The answer to this really depends on whether this confrontation happens at the before Protected or after. Kelsey’s journey through the book is really one of empowerment. At the start of Protected I don’t see her being confrontational with someone threatening her, but by the end she really comes into her own. She’s never going to be a kick-ass heroine like some of my other heroines, but she can definitely take care of herself.

Melinda: Morgan comes from a law enforcement family. Her father and grandfather, both former cops, taught her to defend herself when she was young. She would rather not get into a physical altercation unless it was absolutely unavoidable. She prefers to talk her way out of trouble. That said, she carries a gun and knows how to use it.

Lisa: Lilah does this on a daily, if not hourly basis. She sometimes even provokes the threat, so her response would be colorful, as are all of her responses, with a hint of condescending humor and her own threat in return.


About the Authors


Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street JournalElisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Readers Award, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Protected is the third book in her Deadly Secrets series, following Gone and Repressed, which was a 2017 RITA winner in romantic suspense. Learn more about Elisabeth at


Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out series; the Dirty Money series; the White Lies duet; the Tall, Dark, and Deadly series; and The Secret Life of Amy Benson series. Murder Notes is the first book in the Lilah Love series. Visit her at



Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A lifelong lover of books, she started writing as a way to pre­serve her sanity when her youngest child entered first grade. During the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a novel, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion awards, along with nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can TellShe Can ScreamShe Can HideShe Can KillMidnight ExposureMidnight SacrificeMidnight BetrayalMidnight ObsessionHour of NeedMinutes to KillSeconds to LiveSay You’re Sorry, and Her Last Goodbye. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate; teaches women’s self-defense; and lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats. You can learn more about the author at

Thanks to the authors and Montlake Romance, for sharing some digital copies of these books with our readers!

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Sunday Brunch with… Chanel Cleeton


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Happy Sunday!

I discovered this author after reading her last novel, Next Year In Havana, which completely bewitched me. This historical novel was so intriguing and touching, and luckily not a standalone. So, while waiting for her new book, let’s enjoy her company today.

I’m very happy to introduce…

Chanel Cleeton




Originally from Florida, she grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England.





Describe yourself with three adjectives.

Chanel: Responsible, dedicated, loyal

Choose three adjectives for your last novel, Next Year in Havana.

Chanel: Romantic, historical, emotional

Do you remember the moment you realized you want to pursue this project and work on your first historical novel?

Chanel: The idea came to me in the summer of 2016 when my father told me a family story about a night before they left Cuba in 1967 when my family buried a box of valuables in their backyard under the cover of darkness in an attempt to preserve the items they couldn’t take with them out of the country.

Who was the first person you told about it?

Chanel: My agent, Kevan Lyon. We were on the phone talking about my next project and I shared this idea that had been tugging at me based on a family story I’d recently learned. Her enthusiasm for the concept inspired me to start writing Next Year in Havana.

Who was your favorite character to write and why?

Chanel: I honestly didn’t really have a favorite. I loved Elisa for her loyalty and devotion to her family and country. I loved Marisol for her close relationship with her grandmother and her exploration of her Cuban identity.

What was your strongest feeling writing Next Year in Havana?

Chanel: It was a very nostalgic and emotional book for me to write. It brought back a lot of memories of my grandmother, which was lovely but also sad at times.

What was the most difficult part of writing this book?

Chanel: It was easy to get caught up in the research and I had to remind myself that it was time to start writing. 🙂

What did you edit out of this book?

Chanel: I didn’t edit much out of the book, but I did a lot of shifting in the timelines, trying to figure out when it was best to shift from Marisol’s timeline to Elisa’s and back again.

In Next Year in Havana Marisol is very proud to be an American Cuban, but as soon as she arrives in Cuba, she finds out the contradictions of this country and how Cuban struggle for their freedom under a totalitarian regime. So, she realizes that being a Cuban in Cuba is completely different and more difficult than being a Cuban in America, where your own freedom is guaranteed. And you, how do you feel being an American Cuban, and how do you imagine your first impression of Havana?

Chanel: My Cuban-American identity has always been tied to my family. I really see my cultural identity within the lens of family history and tradition, I think largely in part because my family came to the United States in exile. Marisol’s sense about Cuba really mirrored my own writing it as I was struck by how much my life would have been different if my family had stayed in Cuba.

Could you tell us something about your next project, When we left Cuba?

Chanel: When We Left Cuba is set amidst the U.S.-Cuba conflicts of the tumultuous 1960s, in which Beatriz Perez, a Cuban socialite-turned-exile in Palm Beach, becomes involved in a CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro and reclaim her country, and in the process finds herself torn between two men: an American politician with presidential aspirations and a Cuban freedom fighter.

Why did you choose to write a second book?

Chanel: From the minute I introduced Beatriz Perez in Next Year in Havana she fascinated me, and I knew I had to tell her story.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Chanel: To have a long career. I would to be doing this in thirty or forty years and to still feel passionate and excited about writing.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Chanel: I do. It helps me get a sense of how a book is being received and what my readership would like to see from me in the future, if there are things they love that I should keep doing, or if there are things I could improve on. I think the biggest thing about reviews is I try to keep them separate from my writing space so when I’m working on a book, I don’t let those things intrude on my creative process.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Chanel: One of the things that has been really special to me with Next Year in Havana has been hearing from Cubans who identify with the book and who say it reminded them of their family or their experiences. For me that was one of the greatest compliments I could receive.

What does literary success look like to you?

Chanel: To me it’s writing books that I’m proud of, that my readership enjoys, and working with people who enjoy working with me and who I respect and admire.

What are the things you love most in your daily life?

Chanel: My family and friends are the most important things to me. I also love spending time with my dogs and I’m a big reader.

Could you share a happy photo and tell us more about that moment? 


Chanel: This is one of my last memories with my grandmother before her illness progressed. It’s my high school graduation and I’m with my grandparents and my father. The book wouldn’t have been possible without their contribution.

Below you can see other lovely pictures of Chanel’s grandparents.

Thank you, Chanel, for joining us today, and for sharing a signed copy of Next Year in Havana with our readers! (US only)


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Sunday Brunch with… Carolyn Brown


Happy Sunday!

Today, a lovely guest has accepteded to brunch with us an tell us more about her new novel, The Sometimes Sisters, published on February 27, 2018 by Montlake Romance.

I’m pleased to introduce…

Carolyn Brown



She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma. A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas.




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Sunday Brunch with… Kerry Lonsdale


Happy Sunday!

We have an amazing guest today. Her books are sold worldwide in more than 25 countries and have been translated into 22 languages (Italian, German, French, Brazilian, Serbian, etc.) and her fourth novel, Everything We Give, will be released on July 3, 2018.

I’m really excited to introduce…

Kerry Lonsdale

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She believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. Kerry is the Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of The Everything Series, and the iBooks audiobook bestseller and 2017 Top 100 Kindle Book All the Breaking Waves.





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