From Romance Writers of America® comes a never-before-published collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world’s most popular genre of fiction!
New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.
New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.
New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye‘s New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.
And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day‘s tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.
From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!
Plus tales from:
Harper St. George
For release worldwide on February 9, 2015
Schmexy Girl is Featuring Author Diane Kelly!
Wrong Address, Right Guy
Wrong Address, Right Guy is a light contemporary romance in which a woman “steals” her neighbor’s blind date after the neighbor stands the guy up. The story is set in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. I was inspired to write this story after spending time with my son, who attends art school in the area and who has widely varied musical tastes, including old Andrews Sisters songs. The story embraces themes of fate and opportunity, with some nostalgia thrown in.
Interview with Diane Kelly
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Back in junior high. I used to buy cheap spiral notebooks at the drugstore and fill them with poetry and song lyrics. I was sure a rock band would be singing them some day. Still waiting for that to happen . . .
How long does it take you to write a book?
I’ve refined my process and now have it down to about four months for a full-length novel. But they are four very busy months!
Do you write full time or do you have a “day job”? If yes, what is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I retired from my tax career in 2012 and now write full time and then some. I work virtually every day, including weekends, but because I love what I do it never feels like work. I normally check emails and take my dogs for exercise in the mornings, then I buckle down around 11:00 and write until dinner time. If it’s a slow TV night, I’ll write in the evenings, too.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to work outside whenever possible, sometimes even at the dog park!
How much research goes into your stories?
Quite a bit. For my romantic mysteries, I have to do a lot of research on how certain crimes are committed, such as how bombs are made, how financial scams work, etc. I’ve also done some research into criminal psychology so I can better understand what makes villains tick. Some of that research was very creepy! I’ve also interviewed IRS special agents for my Death and Taxes series, and I attended a 14-week Citizen Police Academy course and interviewed K-9 officers before writing my Paw Enforcement K-9 cop series.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was in my early 30’s when I began my first book in 2000.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love being outside gardening, walking my dogs, or kayaking and hiking.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are my biggest fans and supporters. My sister-in-law said she hears my voice speaking when she reads my books. The only downside to having people close to you read your work is that they equate you with your main character. My sister said she pictures me and my husband during the sensual scenes. Yikes! Ha ha.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I was surprised to discover how much of creativity isn’t sitting down and focusing on the work, but instead seems to happen spontaneously. My best ideas pop up at odd times and in odd places. I’ll be driving down the highway or standing in line at the post office and have a sudden epiphany about a story.
What is your favorite book that you’ve written?
Eeek! This is like being asked to pick my favorite child! Ha ha. That said, a few of my books seemed to write themselves, so I guess those are my favorites since the writing rolled along smoothly and everything came together very naturally. Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray; Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs; and Paw Enforcement were the three that flowed most easily.
Do you enjoy interacting with your readers? Are you active on social media?
I love hearing from readers and, even better, meeting them in person! It makes my day when someone tells me that my books made them laugh. Life can be hard sometimes, so I’m glad to know my stories can bring some levity to a reader’s day. I tweet and am active on Facebook.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one in which the reader can be both entertained and discover something new, whether it be a new perspective, an interesting fact, or a place they’ve never been. It’s also critical that the hero and heroine be people the reader can relate to and empathize with.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dancer on the TV show “Solid Gold.” There used to be a dancer with waist-length hair who I thought was the coolest person ever and I wanted to be just like her. She looked like she was having so much fun and loved her work. I never did become a dancer, but I do have fun with my work and I love writing!
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About Diane Kelly
A former tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals. Lest she end up in an orange jumpsuit, Diane decided self-employment would be a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop “Paw Enforcement” series. Diane’s books have been awarded the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award and a Reviewers Choice Award.
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