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Help! I need a saying!

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Categories: Bliss, Writing

Hey there! So, I’m busy writing the next book in my Kisses in the Sand series and having so much fun with my characters, Honor and Bryce, but I’m stuck on something and thought I’d reach out to my awesome friends and readers for help.

Here’s what I need: a witty, funny saying for Honor when she’s thinking about how delicious Bryce is. Something instead of “Oh, God.” Or “Holy moly.” Or “Oh my.” Some two-word exclamation that maybe hasn’t been used before.

Got any ideas for me? I’d love to use something from one of my readers in the book!

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Some Really Awesome Book News

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Categories: Books, Romance, Writing

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was great! I found out my novella, YOURS AT MIDNIGHT, took First Place in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Awards, attended a great workshop with my LARA pals, and wrote a bunch of blog posts. (Stay tuned for where those posts will be.)

But what I really wanted to share with you today is some really awesome book news… I’ve recently signed two more contracts! The first is for an all new Bliss series! Squee! This one kicks off next summer and my hero is a pro surfer named Zane. I’m pretty much swooning over him already. It’s titled KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW and I can’t wait for you all to meet him!

The second one is for something completely different. I’m not sure if very many of you know that I also write paranormal romance, but I do. And guess what? I’ve sold my first single title book to Samhain Publishing! Squee! It’s titled VEILED TARGET and is the first in my Veilers Series. It’s releasing next summer – July 22nd to be exact! And my hero, Hugh? Oh my gosh do I love him. He’s alpha all the way, seriously bad-ass, and I’m crushing on him big time. I’m so excited for you to meet him and my kick-ass heroine, Tess.

So yeah, I’m doing the Snoopy Happy Dance right now!

 


In the meantime, I’m busy writing Erin’s story, the next book in my Secret Wishes series, which will be out next spring. And a week from today, Shane’s story will have its book birthday! Lots more info to come on that later this week!! I’m beyond excited for everyone to read his and Kagan’s story.

Thanks everyone, for sharing in my good news with me! I’s so very lucky and truly blessed to get to write AND have the best readers and supporters on the planet!

hugs,
Robin

 

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Short Story

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Categories: Writing

Hey there! So I’m busy getting ready for the Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta – which I’m super excited about – and while I’m gone for the week I thought I’d post a short story I wrote sometime ago. I’m thinking about writing the whole story and would love to know what you think. Should I or shouldn’t I? Do these characters spark any interest for you? Please be totally honest!

Have a great week!

 

“Nice.”

Kieran Randall drew in a slow, steadying breath and kept her eyes on the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The view from the terrace of Perch was especially nice as the final wisps of daylight disappeared. Several other private party guests stood further down the tiled balcony, but most people mingled inside the restaurant enjoying the oyster bar and live jazz. “It is beautiful this time of day,” she said.

“I agree. But I wasn’t talking about the scenery.” The man at her side had a deep, sexy as hell voice and Kieran gulped. “Nice dress.”

Oh. “Thank you.” She loved her white LuLu stretch knit sheath dress with gold beads and a round neckline that dipped low at her back. She also loved the man standing next to her. Not love, love. She’d never met him, but his recent spread in People magazine’s Sexiest issue was sort of stamped on her brain. Her skin tingled thinking about the daydreams she’d had about him. They’d made eye contact across the crowded room several times this evening.

His twenty-something, full lips spread buzz. One word and nobodies became somebodies. And holy shit, he was talking to her.

“Congratulations,” he said, then leaned in closer and whispered, “You were my favorite all along.”

Chills raced down her spine. Kieran looked down at her platform dress sandals. Was Brody Vaughn hitting on her? Sincerity rang in the smooth texture of his voice, indicating he was probably just being friendly. After all, he dated models and actresses, not newly crowned fashion design winners of a reality television series.

She turned and her legs almost gave out. Oh, my. Up close, he was even more beautiful. Light green eyes, Robert Downey Jr. nose, brown hair with streaks of caramel overdue for a haircut. His mouth curved into a smile.

Warmth zinged around her insides. Her gaze moved to his lips. What would they feel like all over her body?

“Thank you,” she said again, her voice a little breathy, dammit. She really should say something else, but the man zapped every one of her brain cells.

“Brody Vaughn.” He extended his hand. “My friends call me Vaughn.”

“Kieran Randall.” She took his warm hand and two things happened: Lust harpooned her heart, and she caught a glimpse of ink on the inside of his wrist. She pressed her thighs together. Did he have tattoos anywhere else? “My friends call me randy. I mean,” she sputtered, “they call me Ran.” Maybe the floor could swallow her up now. She was sure her cheeks looked sunburned.

He chuckled, but not in a way that said she amused him, more like he was flattered she’d shared that. His eyes softened and he held her gaze. “Ran?”

“End of my first name, start of my last.” She chewed her bottom lip, tasting the strawberry lip gloss.

“Well, Ran, what I’d really like to do right now is take you somewhere less crowded.” He stood too close. His after-shave scent was ridiculously alluring.

She leaned into his words. Mr. Millionaire Hollywood Hot Shot wanted her alone? This sort of thing did not happen to her. Like ever. And she most certainly did not do one-night stands. But this was Brody Vaughn!

“Really?” Shit. She hadn’t meant to make it sound like a question.

“I don’t say anything I don’t mean.” He took her hand and slid his thumb across her knuckles. “What do you say, Ran?”

Her best friend, Alyssa, would kill her if she didn’t go for it. Besides, she had on her sexy, slinky Betsy Johnson knit thong under her dress. Not that he’d be seeing it. But it did sway her decision. “I say lead the way.”

A grin that turned her stomach into a terrifying, but delicious bundle of nerves crossed his gorgeous face. If she wasn’t careful, she’d fall for this guy and that was just plain stupid. No way would this go beyond tonight.

He held her hand and wove them through the restaurant. His grip was definite, possessive, and tingles raced up her arm. She didn’t dare look around, didn’t want to see anyone’s lifted eyebrows.

The elevator doors opened and they stepped inside. Seconds—minutes? Time seemed to stand still, her mind and body overrun with bone-melting excitement—later they slipped inside the back of a black stretch limousine waiting curbside.

Vaughn sat beside her. He turned and toyed with the wavy strands of blonde hair that had escaped her updo. His warm gaze diminished any lingering apprehension.

A moment later he kissed her. His lips moved against hers slowly at first, but the second she kissed him back, he took charge. His tongue tangled with hers, his hand touched her cheek, trailed down her throat, around her bare shoulder, and settled at the outside curve of her breast. Sweet, delicious sensations overwhelmed her. She wrapped her arms around his neck and practically crawled into his lap. More. God, she needed more.

He tasted like spearmint and tequila and she wanted to get drunk on him. His touch, his hot mouth on hers like he couldn’t get enough, made her feel alive.

His hand drifted lower, cupped her ass, and brought her closer. Her breasts ached, coils of pleasure pooled between her legs. Vaughn groaned, the sound igniting a fire inside her she was helpless to extinguish.

I am so out of my league. Kieran pulled back, lifted her heavy lids. She knew who she’d had to be during the show competition. Now? Not so much.

Vaughn lifted her chin. His eyes shimmered with desire. For her. “Hey…” His gentle tone unnerved her.

“I’m sorry. I need—”

“More than tonight.”

“Yes,” she whispered, her heart hammering inside her chest.

He pressed a delicate kiss to her lips. “You free tomorrow?”

Their gazes locked. Untold adventure sparkled in green depths she wanted to drown in, and she quivered in anticipation. Yes! In that instant Kieran knew their story was yet to be told…

 

 

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It’s my book birthday!

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Categories: Books, Entangled Publishing, Giveaway, Romance, Writing

Crazy to think that one year ago today I became a published author. It’s been a pretty darn wonderful year. I had another book published. And next month, I’ll have another – the first in a three book series! *pinches self* Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and cheered for me, and made me smile with their kind words. Thank you to my publisher, Entangled Publishing. You’re the best. Thank you to my amazing editors. I am so lucky and grateful to have you. And most of all thank you to everyone who has read my books and/or added them to their to-read pile. You’ve helped make this dream of mine so very special.

It was awesome “meeting” so many new people in my last post – thank you for visiting and commenting! I hope you’ll come back again. I’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for my next release. In honor of my book birthday, I did promise to give away 5 digital copies of my debut novella, WORTH THE RISK, and the five randomly chosen winners are:

Yadira
Sarah
Desere
Poison Rose
Sharlene Wegner

Congratulations!! Please contact me at robinbielman AT gmail DOT com so I can send the eBook to you!

Happy Friday! I’m going to do a little celebrating!  *launches cupcakes to share*

Hugs,
Robin

 

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Blissed Out!

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Categories: Books, Entangled Publishing, Writing

Happy spring! Today I’m over at one of my favorite blog spots, Ex Libris, sharing how I get started on a new book. But more importantly, I’m sharing some book news! I hope you’ll pop over there to check it out and say hello – there’s a giveaway! – but I’ve been bursting at the seams to share my news here on my blog, so I’m going to do that today, too.

I’m thrilled to share that I have a new book coming out in May with Entangled’s Bliss line! It’s titled KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR and I am so freaking excited about it! It’s the first book in a series that takes place in the fictional small coastal town of Cascade, Oregon.

It’s about a wedding and friendships and crushes and family. It centers around Sela Sullivan and Luke Watters, and I had the absolute best time writing their story. Sela wants to be the best maid of honor ever, but when Luke, her older brother’s best friend (and her best friend’s older brother) comes home for his sister’s wedding and takes over best man duties, well, things get complicated. Deliciously complicated. And fun. And romantic.

I’ll be sharing more leading up to my release day, so I hope you’ll pop back in for updates. In the meantime, tell me what you’re reading. I’ve been on a huge NA kick lately. If you haven’t read One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy, it’s a must read! And the sequel (coming out in a couple of weeks, but I was very lucky and scored an ARC), Second Chance Boyfriend, is equally awesome. Seriously two of the best books ever!

So yeah, this is me right now: 

hugs,
Robin

 

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Five Minute Love Stories

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Categories: Books, Writing

Thank you to everyone who stopped by during the Entangled In Love blog hop! The winner of my SET THE MOOD AT MIDNIGHT giveaway is Meghan Stith! Congrats, Meghan!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day! Mine was made sweeter with the release of an anthology that I am thrilled to be a part of! It’s called FIVE MINUTE LOVE STORIES.

 

In these busy and hectic times, sometimes you just need a few minutes to relax and escape the world. The Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) present 5 MINUTE LOVE STORIES written by some of the shining stars and exciting new voices in Los Angeles.

This anthology of twenty-two short stories explores the many sides of love, featuring love in the traditional sense while several stories show love in broader terms, love of family, love of a pet, and even a super-spicy love story.

Join LARA as we invite you to love…5 minutes at a time.

(Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.)

Buy Links:  Barnes and Noble   Amazon   Smashwords

 

 

My short story is titled LOVE ON THE RUN and I’m honored to be included with the other Los Angeles authors in this book… Samanthe Beck, Kathleen Cadman, Leigh CourtChellesie B. DancerDebbie Decker, Beverly DiehlKristin ElizabethJanie Emaus, Robert Hacker, Debra KristiBrenna Johns, Scarlett Llewyllyn, Christine LondonBrenda Scott RoyceVeronica ScottLaura Sheehan, and Lisa Weseman. Congratulations you guys!

So tell me, have you read any other good anthologies lately?

 

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The Next Big Thing

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Categories: Books, Writing

My wonderful pal Marilyn Brant tagged me to do a fun post about what I’m working on right now. But before I answer the questions, check out Marilyn’s site for what she’s up to. Her books are truly some of my favorites. This is her current release. I can’t wait to read it. I love the cover!

Now to my answers…

What is your working title of your book?

Kissing the Maid of Honor

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write a book about a big wedding in a small town where family plays a big role and the hero is the heroine’s older brother’s best friend. Instead of the usual crush on the best friend, I thought it would be fun to write about two people who never got along, but now they’re thrust together for a wedding and have to be around each other – much to my heroine’s chagrin.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

For my heroine, Rachel Bilson. I love her on Hart of Dixie! And for my hero, Josh Duhamel, but with green eyes. Smile

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 

What happens when the one person you wished you’d never lay eyes on again is back in your life and keeping your distance is impossible?

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

I hope it’s published through a publisher. Fingers crossed!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

This is my favorite question at the moment because I get to say I DID IT! Did what you ask? I wrote most of this book this month – 50,000 words as of today! I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m so happy to say I DID IT! (I thought that bared repeating.) Smile I’d already written the first three chapters of my story before I started NaNo, and my whole plan was to participate in this November writing challenge so that I could finish the book. I also participated in a boot camp with my publisher, Entangled Publishing, where I also promised to write 50,000 words, so with two incentives – and awesome cheers from other boot campers – I felt pretty good about getting it done.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Ack! I’m not sure. I want to read Tempting the Best Man – I think that might be a good comparison. I’ve really just tried to write a fun, sweet, sexy read with lots of sexual tension. Strong small town and contemporary feel.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

Hmm… Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors and I love her Lucky Harbor novels so I’ve been thinking about writing a book with a small town setting for some time. That combined with my love of the new Bliss line at Entangled and I knew it was the next thing I wanted to write.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Kissing. Kissing plays a big part in my book. Just sayin’.

And now to tag another wonderful author friend who will post her latest project next Wednesday, December 5th. Her blog totally rocks without this meme, by the way. I highly recommend reading it. She is funny and charming and a terrific writer. Drumroll please…

Samanthe Becke come on down! You’re the next contestant – sorry, totally got carried away there. Must be that secret desire I have to be on a game show.

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Gone Writing

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Categories: Life Lately, Writing

I may pop in for a quick post here for there, but for the month of November, I’ll be typing like crazy to get 50,000 words on the page as I participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and a SmackDown with my publisher (Go Team Bliss!). I’m super excited about the story I’m writing and have a major crush on my hero! I’ll be back in December to let you know how it went. In the meantime, if you’re reading this, I’d love to know what book you’re reading so I can live vicariously through you this month.

Happy November!

hugs,
Robin

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S is for Sam and Dean

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Categories: Worth the Risk, Writing

Not the Supernatural duo. Smile

Sam and Dean from my novella, Worth the Risk, will always hold a very special place in my heart because they’re my first hero and heroine to get published. I adore them. They’ve never stopped loving each other and even when pitted against one another for a job each desperately wants, they can’t fight the feelings they have for each other. ~sigh~

Who is your favorite romantic duo?

hugs,
Robin

Tomorrow is our last letter! Squee! I hope you’ll pop in for the letter “K” and an excerpt. Smile Then Thursday is Release Day! Woot! That swag I mentioned? I’ll show it off! Plus, it’s not just my book releasing, but fellow Entangled Ever After author, Diane Alberts, with her novella, Divinely Ruined! I hope you’ll stop by to celebrate with me!

 

 

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