Today is Just Love’s second birthday! We’ve officially entered whatever the blogger equivalent of “the terrible twos” is. I’m constantly amazed by how far JL has come in the last couple of years… from a tiny blog that I ran myself, to a rapidly-growing site with a fantastic group of reviewers– all of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friends. Running this blog is a labor of love, and I’m so thankful to the amazing team that works with me to keep it fun, interesting… and always hilarious.
But because it’s our birthday (and because I just got back from RT Convention with a very large stack of books), I’m thinking we should do some giveaways.
Okay, a lot of giveaways.
Today we have a really fantastic book by a really fantastic author on our blog! Julia Ember stops by to talk about her new release, The Seafarer’s Kiss, the best line she ever wrote, and her dream movie casting. Plus there’s a pretty sweet giveaway that you won’t want to miss.
So check out the book that Michele called a “masterful reimagining of The Little Mermaid… one of the most clever and unique interpretations I’ve ever read.” (Review)
The Seafarer’s Kiss, by Julia Ember
Publisher: Duet (Interlude Press)
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Hello and welcome to Just Love vs. El in which we will ask her all the awkward questions and do some promo for her new book Thaw that is coming out today.
There’s also a cool giveaway, so make sure to read till the end to find out more.
We hope you’ll have a blast reading and as much fun as we had by coming up with the questions.
Oh and this is El— You know, in case you didn’t know who’s running this blog and making all our lives brighter and warmer and things —>
JL: Jumping right into your new release, El, where did the idea of Gabrielle in Thaw come from? Is she based on any real models/actresses?
El: Gabrielle is actually very loosely modeled on a combination of Meghan Markle (an actress and also Prince Harry’s super gorgeous girlfriend) and singer Alicia Keys. But only in terms of who I pictured when writing her… personality-wise, she’s not based on anyone!
JL: You reference both Rent and Hamilton your books. Tell us a bit about your love of musicals
El: Living in NYC, it’s pretty hard to escape Broadway. Even if you’re not a fan of theater, it’s everywhere. But I’ve been a fan of theatre—and musicals specifically—since my grandmother took me to see Annie on Broadway when I was 8 or 9. I’ve seen some amazing shows since then, and listening to Idina Menzel in Wicked, or Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton, is pretty incredible. So I knew that this series would revolve around Broadway (and specifically a 20th anniversary production of Rent) from the start, because to me theater seems like such an integral part of NYC!
Welcome to the blog tour for Heidi Cullinan’s newest release, Shelter the Sea. This sequel to Carry the Ocean picks up soon after Book 1 ends, and follows Jeremey and Emmet as they work to find happiness and save the Roosevelt from closing.
Check out an excerpt from the book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end… you could win signed paperbacks and more!
Shelter the Sea, by Heidi Cullian
Series: The Roosevelt, Book 2
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Huntsmen, by Michelle Osgood
Series: The Better To Kiss You With, Book 2
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: April 13, 2017
(You can check out Rafa’s review here!)
Welcome to the blog tour for Strays by Garrett Leigh! This contemporary romance is chock-full of humor, emotion and delicious cuisine. So we’re filled to the brim with excitement to have Garrett on the blog today to talk about what inspires her, whether or not she could ever choose between savory and sweet, and more!
As I said in my review, Leigh’s writing will leave you hungry for more, so be sure to check out Strays. Keep reading below for our interview with Garrett, and don’t forget to check the end of the post for an awesome giveaway!
Strays, by Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Five of the top voices in queer romance teamed up last year to give you Follow Me Into Darkness: Five Tales of Carnivale Romance. Their stories were bold, they were decadent, they were achingly sinful. They begged you to remove your masks just once and many of you listened. Their stories looked into the heart of modern day New Orleans and its steamy past, followed an errant queen in disguise, walked through the lush streets of Rio, and then continued straight on into the lofty pages of a Shakespearean soliloquy.
Mardi Gras is coming fast and Follow Me Into Darkness is back to seduce you. It’s on sale for only 99 cents from 2/26 – 3/5 plus the authors are giving you gifts and treats along the way!
For one week only, romance writers Santino Hassell, J.R. Gray, J.C. Lillis, Roan Parrish, and Kris Ripper dare you to take off your masks again…but are you ready for what might happen if you do?
Follow Me Into Darkness: Five Tales of Carnivale Romance
Authors: Santino Hassell, J.C. Lillis, J.R. Gray,
Kris Ripper, and Roan Parrish
Publisher: Open Ink Press
Release Date: February 4, 2016
Price: $3.99 (originally) | Sale Price: 99 cents