Erin Nicholas Author Spotlight, Magic Kiss is Live, and More!

Hey, everybody! We’re so excited to bring you this newsletter – we’ve got a new release, fabulous freebies, and (the most exciting thing!) an author spotlight feature with the amazing Erin Nicholas! Check it out! 😊Magic Kiss is LIVE!He’d lost his best friend…

Logan Dorsey left the military and his job as an undercover detective, but he still couldn’t shake the nightmares that haunted him. The only thing that had ever silenced the horrors for the chiseled former Marine was the one woman that was untouchable for so many reason…

She’d lost her husband…

Emma Locke wrote romantic stories for a living despite the fact that her happily-ever-after had been taken away years ago. The gorgeous, blue-eyed, twenty-six year old widow and single mom had nothing in her life to connect her with the love and heat she needed to write about. Nothing to inspire that kind of passion…except the one man that was off limits.

They say time heals all wounds, but can it also be enough to grow new love?

Melanie Shawn is so excited to welcome the awesomesauce Erin Nicholas as the subject of this month’s author spotlight! 😄 She’s fantastic, and so is her work, and we are honored to have her!

About Erin:I’ve been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen. LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber… they took my ‘happily ever after’ ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I’ve been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I’ll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father’s love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I’m sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn’t long until I started writing about true love and that’s where I’ve been ever since.

I’m so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.
You can connect with her at her website,, or on Facebook and Twitter.


What is your writing process? Do you write from beginning to end or do you skip around?
My process goes like this:
Sit down, write words, get up and get more coffee, tell myself I need More Words, sit back down and write more words—or you know, check Facebook and email. Get more coffee. Tell myself I need MORE WORDS.
Continue this process until the end. (no skipping—occasionally I’ll do some notes or bits of dialogue that come to me out of order but it always changes by the time I actually get there so I don’t write much out of order!)
Go back and fix everything I screwed up on the first draft that I learned about the characters by the end.
Send to my beta readers.
Send to my editor.
Send back to my editor.
Take a deep breath and have a cupcake.
Start again on next book.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
When I’m stuck on dialogue a shower *always* helps… I think it’s because I can’t actually write any of it down at that moment 😉  If I’m stuck on plot or characterization I go for a drive and talk it out out loud to myself or with my daughter (best plotting partner ever)

What was the last book you read/loved?
Wow. So hard. The two that came to mind when I read this question were Hate F*@k by Ainsley Booth and Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?  
🙂  Just finished and released book six in my Sapphire Falls series, Getting Over It, and in early October I will release Illegal Motion my second book in the Boys of Fall series I’m doing with Mari Carr and Cari Quinn. Then I have a *new* series coming with Grand Central Publishing next fall that I’m hard at work on now 🙂

Do you write in sweats, PJs, naked, or regular ol’ real people life clothes?
Sweats/ shorts/ yoga pants depending on the season 🙂

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
The first five chapters of my first draft. I love seeing the overall vision start to take shape and getting to know the characters in my head. It seems at chapter six I have a groove and things are trucking. But those first five are kind of an adventure!

What is your least favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
The dark moments. Every time. The part where the characters are screwing things up and things look bleak. Even though I know how it will turn out, I really hate writing that spot.

Are there certain scenes that are harder/easier for you to write? Love? Emotional?
Hmm… that really depends on the book. Sometimes the characters make things easy. And sometimes they don’t.

Do your characters ever surprise you?
All the time. Every book. It’s my favorite thing about writing.

If you weren’t an author, what would you do for a living?
I’m also a physical therapist actually and have practiced for years. I don’t practice regularly now and have recently brought on a partner to take care of the patient load, but I still go in to the clinic periodically 🙂


Have you ever built a house of cards? If so, how long ago? Wow, I don’t think so. Not a literal one anyway 😉
What adorns the top of your Christmas tree? Angel? Star? Men’s underwear? Angel. Though the underwear thing is intriguing…
Can you tie a cherry stem in a knot in your mouth? If so, how fast? No. In spite of practicing. Seriously, really wish I could. (I don’t know why)
Do you sing in the shower? If so, what is your go-to song? I do dialogue in the shower 😉
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Probably Angelina Jolie. I mean, we’re practically twins! (hahahahaha! *wipes a tear*)
Do you love or hate roller coasters? If love, which is your favorite? If hate, why? Hate. Hate, hate, hate. For one, I’m afraid of heights. For another, I just don’t get it. I Just. Don’t. Get. It. Will you forward me the answers from people who love them because I would love to know what the appeal is? That and horror movies. Don’t get that either. At all.
What is your dream vacation? Italy for like a month.
Have you ever needed stitches or suffered any broken bones? If so, what happened? Neither. Knock on wood. Mostly because I’m kind of a wuss and don’t do too many risky things 😉
What was your first alcoholic drink? What age were you when you consumed it? I’m sure it was Boone’s Farm! Haha! Something cheap and fruity—that’s me! 😉 In the field by the river the summer after I graduated from high school. Nothing like a summer night, cute boys and cheap wine. 😉
How old were you when you had your first crush/first love? Are you still in contact with them? Oh wow, this I remember very well. Fourteen. And no freaking way. But our little sisters are still really good friends so I “know” stuff (good old Facebook 😉 )


Deep dish OR thin crust? Thin crust (but lots of cheese 😉 )
Flip flops OR heels? Flip flops, no question, absolutely, every time! 🙂
Night owl OR early riser? NIGHT OWL!! Sorry, did I shout that? Yeah, the day doesn’t start until at least 9.
Book OR ereader? Both! But I really am addicted to my Kindle
Call OR text? Oh, text! Not a big lover of the phone—shocking considering how much I like to talk. I don’t know how to explain that…  lol!
Ocean OR mountains? Oh wow… that’s a tough one… mountains probably. Or the ocean. No, mountains. Yes, mountains. Probably mountains.
Pepsi OR Coke? Pepsi. That one’s not hard at all!
Sleep in OR workout? Sleep! 🙂 Haha, also not hard at all!
Boxers OR briefs? Nothing at all 😉
Clooney OR Pitt? Clooney. In a tux. A little scruff on his jaw. Tie loose. Shirt partly unbuttoned. Sorry, was that more info than you asked for? 😉

Getting Over It is available now!

Hailey Conner has been driving Ty Bennett crazy for years. And vice versa.
It’s kind of their thing. But Ty is ready to make their thing into something more. And he’s moved in next door to make it happen.

But is he *really* ready?

Ty loves the confident, sassy, sexy mayor’s Ice Queen act…because he loves making her melt. But he soon finds there’s more underneath all that frostiness. And things are about to come to a full boil…


For a limited time, the first two books of The Crossroads Series are deeply discounted – My First – Jason and Katie (#1) is free, and My Last – Riley and Chelle (#2) is only 99¢!

Jason Sloan is known as Harper’s Crossing’s resident Romeo, and he’s never had to work too hard to live up to that nickname. With his easygoing charm, whiskey-colored brown eyes, and sinfully sexy half smile, women just seem to fall all over themselves when he’s around. Well…most women, anyway. Katie Lawson’s the one woman who isn’t putty in his hands, and she’s the only one he’s ever wanted in his arms.

Katie Lawson left Harper’s Crossing in the middle of the night ten years ago, immediately after her high school boyfriend Nick’s funeral. She left behind all memories of Nick, and she left behind her life-long best friend, Jason Sloan. Now she’s on the fast track to junior partner at one of San Francisco’s top law firms. She’s made a life for herself that’s all about maintaining order and sticking to the rules. Rule #1 is keeping herself way too busy to think about all that she ran away from. If she can do that, after all, she can keep everything under control.

But that rule is about to be broken. She’s headed back home to be the maid of honor in Nick’s little sister’s wedding. It’s time to face the truth she’s been avoiding all these years, the same one that sent her running ten years ago – that maybe she didn’t lose her first love the summer after high school. Maybe her first love has been snickerswaiting for her all this time, at home in Harper’s Crossing.

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He was the bad boy…
After twelve years in the Marines Special Forces Riley Sloan is more than ready to start his new civilian life. No one to answer to. No one depending on him. No more dangerous rescues…he thought. After receiving a distress call he is sent on a recon mission to check on the one girl that’s completely off limits and the only girl who ever made him question his loyalty. His best friend’s little sister. She is the last girl he should want…but the only one he does. This could end up being the riskiest operation of his life.

She was the good girl…
Rachelle Thomas wouldn’t hurt a fly. She is honest, kind and always sees the best in people. So she is completely blindsided when her fiancé dumps her for his pregnant 18 year old secretary. Confused and heartbroken she decides to head out of town to regroup. When her attempt to hide from the world worries her friends and family they send out a search party of one. Riley Sloan. Hsnickerser brother’s best friend and the star of all of her teenage (and adult) fantasies. The man Riley has grown into is even more tempting than the teen she once had a crush on. Chelle knows it’s wrong to want him, but is tired of always doing the “right thing”…especially when Riley makes the “wrong thing” feel so right.

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