I’m a happy, healthy mutt. Which book species are you?

Web designer Laura E. Kelly has created a whimsical chart called the Classification of Book Lovers & Other Readers.

Are you a purebred reader, never polluting your gene pool with works from another genre?  Are you like me, a purebred mutt, free-ranging across all styles of books in pursuit of nothing save the pleasure of reading?  I fancy myself a rule-breaker, crossing the lines to be a compulsive reader when the situation demands, cherishing and rescuing novels from the wastelands of neglect at Amazon or my local book seller.

Take a look at this chart and see where you fall in the Linnaean Hierarchy of Readers.

By the by, this chart is just a fantastical way of celebrating all the ways, shapes, and forms we readers take.  Find yourself!

Reader Species Infographic

I’m a happy, healthy mutt. Which book species are you?


In The Interview Room at Terry’s Place

Hey everyone!  I’m visiting over at Terry’s Place today – come for a visit!

In the Interview Room – Renée Reynolds

Come visit me at Terry's Place

Unravelling the Earl by Lynne Barron ~ Book Tour and $25 Gift Card #Giveaway #Historical #EroticRomance

Lynne Baron - Unraveling the Earl Book Tour

Welcome to Sensuous Promo’s UNRAVELLING THE EARL Book Tour.

Watch for the Giveaway below!


Unravelling the Earl ~ Book 3 in the Idyllwild series

Unraveling the Earl Book Cover

The Earl of Hastings’s reputation as London’s greatest gift to the ladies has taken on a life of its own, one he is only too happy to live up to in one Mayfair bedchamber after another. Until he encounters a lady more interested in poking around his country estate than sampling his lauded charms.

Georgiana Buchanan is possessed of murky morals, skewed notions of right and wrong, a talent for dancing around the truth, and a penchant for crashing weddings, funerals and charity balls.

When Georgie catches Henry’s roving eye, she turns the tables on the arrogant scoundrel, introducing him to a world of sensual delights and unraveling his vaunted control before fleeing into the night.

Henry is determined to make the elusive Georgiana his mistress while the lady wants only to use his desire to further her own schemes. When they find themselves marooned at Idyllwild during a summer storm, they will both discover they’ve gotten more than they bargained for.

Let’s take a peek inside:

Georgie drew in a ragged breath and lifted her head from his shoulder, peeking up at him from beneath her lashes, her feather waving in the air.

Henry angled his head to look into her face, expecting to find trembling lips, blotchy skin and eyes swollen nearly shut.

Georgie’s skin was a touch pink on the crests of her sharp cheekbones but her eyes were bright and quite large. Her lips trembled for a moment before lifting in a smile that began at one corner and slowly worked its way to the other.

“Gracious me, but your uncle is a fearsome man,” she said, her voice laced with laughter as she smacked him lightly on the shoulder. “But I could have handled him. There was no need for you to play the gallant and whisk me up in your arms.”

“You were crying.” Except her eyes were bright and clear. And dry.

“I thought to faint but I never did master the art of the elegant swoon.”

Henry only stared at her, certain he must have misunderstood her words and the smile that had reached her eyes, setting them to twinkling.

“With my luck, no one would have caught me,” she continued, scrambling from his lap and plopping down on the seat across from him. “To be sure, I’d have gone tumbling to the marble floor, likely cracking my chin and biting clear through my tongue.”

“You were faking,” he accused.

“Were you fooled?”

“Damn it, Georgie.”

“Huh, I thought for certain you knew what I was about when you caught me up in your arms, all bellowing, masculine temper.” She reached up and pulled the feather from her hair, tossing it to the seat beside her. “You ought to have carried me back to the parlor so everyone could fuss over me while Lord Somerton stewed in his guilt.”

“It was all part of a strategy?” Henry asked, trying to keep up with her agile, and alarmingly cunning, mind.

“Somerton would have been begging my pardon within three minutes, and offering up all of his considerable resources to find the elusive Connie.”

“You lied to my family.”

“Faking a crying fit is lying?”

“They must think I’ve lost my mind,” Henry muttered, an image of the stares from the dining room and Olivia’s fluttering hands filling his mind.

“They’ll still love you,” she replied cheerfully.

“Of course they will but that is not the point.”

“Will they seek guardianship over your estate?” she asked, kicking off her slippers and wiggling her toes. “Marry you off to some bossy miss in hopes she might control your erratic behavior? Lop off your bollocks to prevent you from breeding, thereby putting an end to the madness that courses through your blood?”

“Madness does not course through my blood.”

“Then what has caused your sudden madness?”

“You have caused my sudden madness,” he answered, unable to hold back a smile as he watched her tug at the buttons of one lace glove.

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#FallBackInTime with Historical Romance

Fall Back in Time with Historical Romance on November 1st

On the first Saturday in November, we here in the United States “fall back.”  We don’t literally fall back: we just make time go, well, backwards.  Every American (except those dogged rebels in Arizona and Hawaii) collectively sets their clocks back one hour to mourn observe the end of Daylight Savings Time and the return to Standard Time – or as I like to call it, “that time of year when daylight runs away too quickly, and it gets dark at 4:30pm, making me crazy-sleepy by 8:00pm.”

This year, however, the Historical Romance Network is livening up this sad task by asking fans of our genre to post selfies with a favorite historical romance novel.  Our selfies will let us “Fall Back in Time” to show how much we love our historicals!  And our genre is more diversified than ever: under the title Historical Romance you can find the subgenres of Viking, Medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Pirate, Colonial America, Civil War, Western, and Native American.  Those subgenres can be broken down even further into Paranormal, Erotic, Time Travel, Steampunk – well, you get the idea.

Historical Romance offers something (or several somethings) for every taste and interest.

Nerdy girls read love too!

So what’s my #FallBackInTime?

I’m falling back upon my introduction to the historical romance, which happened at the ripe old age of 15.  I was bored to tears one summer, stuck at my grandparents’ house with the classic “there’s nothing to do around here” complaint.  My sweet grandmother took me back to her room, to the back of her closet, and revealed her secret stash of romance novels.  They were stacked floor-to-ceiling.  They were amazing.

G.G.'s romance stash

G.G.’s closet romance stash – IKR?!

Alas, I was not allowed to dive willy-nilly into those books sporting colorful covers of bare-chested heroes and swooning heroines.  My grandmother, with her quiet southern drawl, gently instructed “Renée, you’re too young for the likes of Barbara Cartland and Kathleen Woodiwiss, but you can help yourself to the third shelf from the bottom.”  (My, how my G.G. would blush at my TBR shelf!)  Thus I chose my first historical romance.  It was nothing like what I read or write today, but it was enough to get me hooked.  Behold, Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke.

#FallBackInTime - way back to 1991

#FallBackInTime – way back to the hardcover of Love Comes Softly that I first read in 1991

Now it’s time for you to get in on the fun!

Dig through your shelves of books and post a selfie showing your first or favorite historical romance.  Get creative and snap a shot of your face between the first and last historical romances you read.  Immortalize yourself with the book from your favorite subgenre (go Regency!).  Take a selfie with your desert island must-have.

Just hashtag your picture #FallBackInTime.  Tweet it to me @eenayray, post it in the comments below, or head over to the Fall Back In Time Facebook Page and share your selfie with other Historical Romance addicts.

Hit me with your best shot!

Who wouldn't love a flirty rake with a fan?

New Release from author Mel Curtis ~ Breaking the Rules

Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Mel Curtis ~ Breaking the Rules

Author Mel Curtis is releasing a hot new novella in The Hollywood Rules series, Breaking the Rules.  We’ve met the Rule siblings – Amber, Blue, Cora, and Gemma (and we’ll meet the unknown Daisy in the future!).  Now we’re going to find out the story of fave supporting characters Jack and Viv.

Let’s get The Story Behind the Story of Breaking the Rules, straight from the author, Mel Curtis.

I’ve been writing books in The Hollywood Rules series for a couple of years now. From the very first book an estranged couple showed up – Jack and Viv Gordon. Here was a couple that through three books and a novella clearly loved each other (when they weren’t being out of control), but couldn’t seem to work their problems out. I’m sure you’ve known couples like this and wondered what the problem was. You’ll find out more about why their marriage broke up, and why they’re destined to be together when they go about Breaking the Rules.

The blurb:

To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after. And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.

The excerpt:

Vivian Gordon had a problem.

A six-foot-two-inch hunk of a problem.

Sex with Jack hadn’t solved the problem. Marrying him hadn’t solved the problem. Leaving him hadn’t solved the problem.

The problem was that Viv loved her husband, but Jack didn’t love her.

It wasn’t as if Jack was incapable of love, as some of Hollywood moguls seemed to be. No, Jack had passion aplenty, but it was for the NBA team he owned, the L.A. Flash, not for a woman. Not for Viv.

Viv watched Jack swim his daily laps with strong, commanding strokes. Heaven forbid Jack didn’t get his laps in. If he didn’t, he was the biggest shit.

Her Gianvito Rossi black suede lace up heels clicked slowly across the white marble tile as she approached the patio doors in the house they’d once shared. Her cadence was one of a doomed prisoner being shown the open door of the gas chamber.

This is the end.

And she’d chosen the execution date.

Grab your copy of Breaking the Rules here:


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Gentle Readers, just for stopping by today, Ms. Curtis has an awesome gift.  You can download a FREE COPY of Amber Rules from Melinda’s website during the week of October 20-26, 2014.  Amber Rules is Book 1 in the Hollywood Rules series (there are three books and two novellas currently out).  Just click on over to  http://www.MelindaCurtis.net, then enter Amber_Rules under Username and blogtour2014 under Password.  That’s it.  Easy peasy.

But wait, there’s more!

If you sign up for Melinda’s book release email and newsletter, you will be sent a FREE, fun, sweet novella set within the Hollywood Rules world.  Simply click here to sign up.


Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author Mel Curtis with her new release, Breaking the Rules

Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today recommended, Amazon best selling author. She writes independently published, steamy Hollywood Rules series as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age except a lot hotter.” Melinda also writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”.

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J.C. McKenzie ~ new release ~ The Shucker’s Booktique


Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author J.C. McKenzie and her new release, The Shucker's Booktique


After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker’s Booktique on a stormy night, drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa’s heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she’s missing, and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?

Thump! Thump! Thump!

No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.

No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.

Thump! Thump! Thump!

Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.

Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”

Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?

Oh God, let it be me!

lobster cove series

Grab your copy of The Shucker’s Booktique at:


Wild Rose Press


Obstinate Headstrong Girl ~ Author Renée Reynolds: Guest post by author J.C. McKenzie and her new release, The Shucker's Booktique

Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  To catch up with J.C., please visit:

Website:  http://www.jcmckenzie.ca

Blog:  http://www.jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/j.c.mckenzie.author

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JC_McKenzie

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie


J.C. is hosting a fantastic giveaway to celebrate her new release – a $25 Amazon Gift Card, 5 e-copies of The Shucker’s Booktique, and 3 copies of Shift Happens .  Click HERE for your chance to win!


Title: The Shucker’s Booktique

Series Name: Lobster Cove

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Lara Parker

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics

Theme(s): Shapeshifters, supernatural

SubGenre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Rating: Spicy (PG13)

Keywords: Shifter, Paranormal, Fae, Urban Fantasy

Page Count: 115

Word Count: 27346

Digital Price: 2.99

Digital ISBN 978-1-62830-659-0

COPYRIGHT © 2014 by J. C. McKenzie


Meet Mageela Troche ~ Claiming the Highlander

I want to warmly welcome author Mageela Troche to the blog today.  She graciously agreed to stop by and reveal the inspiration for her latest novel, Claiming the Highlander.

As a romance author, I am asked many questions. One that I often get is “where do you get your inspiration from?” For my latest novel, Claiming the Highlander, I can say it all started with a football game. I was watching the Green Bay Packers play. I couldn’t help but watch number 52, Linebacker Clay Matthews. His long blond hair flapped out from the bottom of his helmet as he tackled his opponents. One thought popped in my head: Viking.

clay matthews #52

Of course, my books are full of medieval highlanders, but Scotland and Norse have an intertwined history. Thus my hero, Caelen MacKenzie, was born. But who would be the woman that captured his heart? That I didn’t know. I had the opening scene: two children wed for political reasons. I knew one thing – a woman makes her man.

kemp muhl lady brenna

Then my heroine came to me—Brenna Grant. She would be opposite of Caelen. Brunette and brown-eyed . . . but there was more. Marriage at this time was about political power, building connections and strengthening family ties. Brenna would be trained for the life she would live once joined to her husband, but this marriage had to help her clan as well. Now she was torn between the life she was raised to live and the one she was leaving behind. She risked the loss of the one truth in her life – her marriage to Caelen – because of men’s machinations.

Claiming the Highlander, the latest novel from author Mageela Troche

Caelen MacKenzie married heiress Lady Brenna Grant in his youth for a large parcel of land and an earldom.  Years later, Scotland trembles from the tables of the Viking Highlander, yet Caelen must face his most challenging battle – returning home to the past he ran from.

Lady Brenna loves her husband.  As her loyalties are tested, the life she was reared to live is in jeopardy.  She knows no other life apart from Countess and wife to Caelen.  Snagged in the power plays of men, she will do anything to save that life, and the man she loves.

From the rugged western highlands to the glittering Scottish court, they must battle the machinations of powerful men scheming against them.

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Secret Cravings Publishing


Author Mageela Troche

Author Mageela Troche writes in the cramped corner of her Big Apple apartment.  She is currently working on her fourth novel.  When she’s not writing, she has her nose in books while her lovebird flies about, making a great deal of noise.  But her bird is sooo cute.

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