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Q&A with Beth Ciotta, author of the month and creator of the Cupcake Lovers series

Getting to the Heart of a Cupcake Lover

Your Cupcake Lovers series is the most irresistible combination of gorgeous romance and delicious cake! What inspired you to create this series? Thank you for your kind words! I have to say this series is a delight to write. As to how it all began . . . My American editor had approached me with the possibility of writing a small town series revolving around a ‘cupcake club’. My baking skills are limited, but I love eating cupcakes and I adored the idea of writing an on-going small town series featuring recurring characters and a running story arc — although each book highlights the romance of a new hero and heroine. As soon as I created the history and mission of this cupcake club — known as The Cupcake Lovers — everything fell into place for me. Sugar Creek, Vermont, and all of the characters that populate that fictional town, are as real to me as my friends and family. Researching cupcakes is a yummy bonus! Was it always your ambition to be a writer? What do you love most about your job? I’ve always been a creative soul. Although I dabbled with writing when I was quite young, my driving force early on was music. I started singing professionally at age fourteen and maintained a career as a performer (singing, dancing, acting) for more than twenty-five years. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I was seriously bitten by the writing bug. At that point my passion turned to storytelling, and that passion burns stronger by the day. As to what I love most about this job, that’s easy — making a positive difference in a reader’s life even if only for a few hours. Do you have favourites out of the characters you’ve created? What type of hero makes you melt? To date I have more than twenty books in print and more in the immediate pipeline, so that’s a lot of characters! I must admit, it’s quite difficult to choose favourites. I love all of my characters for different reasons. Focusing on The Cupcake Lovers series, as far as the ladies go, I have a real soft spot for Rocky and Rachel/Rae. Very different heroines, but equally compelling. I also adore Daisy Monroe, the eccentric matriarch of the Monroe family. She’s a hoot! As for the men . . . Jayce and Sam ring my bell big time. Jayce has a massive protective streak. Sam’s the strong, silent type—a widower raising two small children. Both men are deep and complicated and extremely alpha. Intimidating, yet sexy. I’m also head over heels for Luke. I adore his kind nature, his joy for life, and love of family. He’s a good man with a minor learning issue. More on the beta side, but just as sexy. Down-to-earth and charmingly irresistible. Who are the authors you read for pleasure? Too many to fully list, but here are a few. Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Heather Graham, Zoë Archer, F.Paul Wilson, Karen Marie Moning, Elle J Rossi, Stephanie Bond . . . Happily, the list goes on and on. If you could take only three essentials with you to a desert island what would they be? A riveting book to read over and over. A journal and pen to chronicle my adventure (or to make something up for escapism). Lipstick—preferably red. What are your guilty pleasures? Coffee—black and strong and lots of it. Chinese food. My dogs and cat. Movies. Reading. Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list? Daniel Craig, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Gerard Butler. (Is that wrong?) Your cupcake recipes are always mouth-watering! Have you tried them all? Which would you recommend we try to bake?! Hmm. Well, they’re not my recipes. My recipes need work. (Not that you heard that from me.) The recipes included in the back of the books were submitted by readers who are avid bakers! I haven’t tried them all, but I have tasted most and they are all equally yummy! I adore the fact that readers — Honorary Cupcake Lovers — are willing to share their recipes and I invite anyone to email me with a submission should they be inspired! We’re so excited to read ANYTHING BUT LOVE! Can you tell us a little of what readers can expect from book three in the series? ANYTHING BUT LOVE is quite close to my heart as it features two of the most gentle-hearted characters I have ever written. Luke and Rae possess hearts as big as the planet however they come from opposite sides of the tracks in more ways than one. This particular story focuses heavily on making the most of a life you didn’t plan. It also delves deeply into family members at odds and how those relationships evolve. Readers will be treated to an emotional tale sprinkled with the sexy set-up for book four — IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. And of course, in addition to the romance and family drama, ANYTHING BUT LOVE features the on-going antics and adventure of the Cupcake Lovers!

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Every Move She Makes: Who's Watching Now 1 (A novel of thrilling suspense)

Jannine Gallant
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Fans of Karen Rose, Cynthia Eden, Kaylea Cross and Pamela Clare will love Jannine Gallant's brilliant blend of exciting suspense and emotional romance, with real characters caught in extraordinary circumstances. No matter where she goes, he knows her every move... Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open up a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn't sure if he's ready to open up his heart. But everything is about to change... Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it's too late for all of them...Looking for more danger and drama? Don't miss the other Who's Watching Now titles, Every Step She Takes and Every Vow She Breaks.

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Every Step She Takes: Who's Watching Now 2 (A novel of dangerous, dramatic suspense)

Jannine Gallant
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Fans of Karen Rose, Cynthia Eden, Kaylea Cross and Pamela Clare will love Jannine Gallant's brilliant blend of exciting suspense and emotional romance, with real characters caught in extraordinary circumstances. You can run from the past, but you can't hide... Tough as nails, no nonsense San Francisco reporter Grace Hanover will do anything to cover the story of the decade - and her career. Having survived a painful past, she's learned never to let anything stand in her way. Even if it means following a key witness into the Alaskan wilderness, and partnering with Travis Barnett, a former Navy SEAL turned PI who's working for the Feds, and who would love to bring in Grace's witness before she can get her story. But together in the wilderness, they'll each have to put aside their differences and trust one another if they want to survive. Because someone from Grace's past is watching, waiting for just the right moment. Every step Grace takes draws her deeper into the line of fire, and into the hands of a killer...Looking for more danger and drama? Don't miss the other Who's Watching Now titles, Every Move She Makes and Every Vow She Breaks.

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Guilty As Sin: Dead Wrong Book 4 (A heart-stopping serial killer thriller)

Jami Alden
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A sizzling, suspenseful tale, perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Karen Rose and Laura Griffin. For over a decade, a killer has been waiting, silent as death and... Guilty As Sin.Fourteen years ago, Kate Beckett was a teenager more interested in summer romance than babysitting. Then the unthinkable happened: her younger brother was kidnapped and murdered on her watch. Now she is an advocate for missing children, and her newest case brings her back to the small town where she lost her brother - and where she left behind the first boy she ever loved. Tommy Ibarra's world fell apart after Kate broke his heart, and he's spent his adult life making sure that he'll never be vulnerable again. When a teenage girl vanishes, he offers his expertise as a high tech security expert to help find her. Although he's determined to keep his distance from Kate, it isn't long before he's falling under her spell all over again. As they race against the clock, their investigation leads to a brutal killer with a shocking connection to Kate's tragic past. And this time, the killer has Kate firmly in his sights.Don't miss more edge-of-the-seat suspense from Jami Alden with her sexy, thrilling novels Beg For Mercy, Hide From Evil and Run From Fear.

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All Through the Night: Troubleshooters 12

Suzanne Brockmann
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Troubleshooters: They Never Let You Down. The twelfth addictive romantic suspense novel in New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, filled with thrilling adventure, excitement and passion. In ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, nothing will stand in the way of the longed-for happy ever after between FBI agent Jules Cassidy and Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick...It's Christmastime in Boston, and members of the FBI, SEAL Team Sixteen, and Troubleshooters Inc. are gathering to witness FBI agent Jules Cassidy tie the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick. Although the pair have organised a quiet, intimate ceremony, events don't go quite according to plan. A waterfall coming through their kitchen ceiling, a bat colony in the attic, old family tensions and even an international incident can't dampen their spirits. Add to that a parade of unexpected guests, including a reporter looking for a scoop, an ex-lover hell-bent on causing trouble, and a dangerous stalker, and suddenly the wedding is poised to unravel in chaos.

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Hide From Evil: Dead Wrong Book 2 (A suspenseful serial killer thriller)

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Jami Alden's Hide From Evil will have you on the edge of your seat with its knife edge suspense and sizzling passion. Perfect for fans of Karen Rose. Sean Flynn should feel lucky he's alive. But a betrayal by a close friend - and two years on death row - has left him feeling only numb. His conviction overturned, Sean retreats to a quiet cabin where he tries to forget the past. But then she shows up. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can't forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. Shadowed by danger, and trying to resist the unexpected passion flaring between them, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception under the gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.Don't miss more edge-of-the-seat suspense from Jami Alden with her sexy, thrilling novels Beg For Mercy, Run From Fear and Guilty As Sin.

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Beg For Mercy: Dead Wrong Book 1 (A gripping serial killer thriller)

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Jami Alden's Beg For Mercy is a sizzling, suspenseful tale, perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Karen Rose and Laura Griffin.Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love with Cole Williams. That is until he arrested her brother - the only family she has left - for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO. When she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes save the woman he loves and bring down the madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.Don't miss more edge-of-the-seat suspense from Jami Alden with her sexy, thrilling novels Hide From Evil, Run From Fear and Guilty As Sin.

Alexandra Ivy

Alexandra Ivy is a New York Times bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time Romantic Times Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at AlexandraIvy.com.Connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexandraivyfanpage and on Twitter @AlexandraIvy

Christy Reece

Christy Reece grew up in a small, quiet community in Alabama. For her, books were an entrance into far away worlds, wild adventures and fantastical journeys. If she wasn't reading, then the characters in her head entertained her, telling about their lives and amazing adventures. It wasn't until much later in life that she started writing their stories down. Now, she and her characters are thrilled to share those adventures with the world. Christy is the author of the New York Times bestselling Last Chance Rescue romantic suspense series. She also writes steamy, southern suspense under the pen name, Ella Grace. Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, five precocious fur-kids and one incredibly shy turtle.

Debra Webb

Debra Webb, born in Alabama, wrote her first story at age nine and her first romance at thirteen. It wasn't until she spent three years working for the military behind the Iron Curtain - and a five-year stint with NASA - that she realised her true calling. A collision course between suspense and romance was set. Since then she has penned more than 100 novels. Visit her website at www.debrawebb.com, follow her on Twitter @DebraWebbAuthor and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Debra-Webb-USA-Today-Bestselling-Author-Fan-Club-693790780634694.

Ella Grace

Ella Grace is a writer of steamy southern suspense, wife, mother of five fur-kids and one reclusive turtle. She loves to write, read, cook the occasional meal, go to the movies and travel when she can. She's thrilled to be writing a series based in her home state of Alabama.Ella Grace is the pen name for New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece.

Jami Alden

Jami Alden is the Holt Medallion-nominated author for sexy romantic suspense. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her socially well-adjusted alpha male husband, her sons, and a German Shepherd who patiently listens to dialogue and helps her work out plot points.You can learn more at www.JamiAlden.com or follow Jami on Twitter @jamialden and on at Facebook.com/jamialden

Jannine Gallant

Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn't busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she's writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories.To find out more about Jannine and her books, visit her website at www.janninegallant.com, find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/JannineGallant.Author and follow her on Twitter @JannineGallant.

Jo Davis

Bestselling author Jo Davis is the author of the popular Firefighters of Station Five series, written as Jo Davis, and the dark, sexy paranormal series Alpha Pack, written as J. D. Tyler. Primal Law, the first book in her Alpha Pack series, is the winner of the National Reader's Choice Award in Paranormal. She has also been a multiple finalist in the Colarado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and a finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and has been a two-time nominee for the Australian Romance Readers Award in romantic suspense. She's had one book optioned for a major motion picture.Visit her website at www.jodavis.net, follow her on Twitter at @JoDavisAuthor and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Jo-Davis-109547185743800/.

Katie Reus

Katie Reus fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she'd pilfered from her mom's stash. After changing majors too many times to count, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance. She currently lives near Biloxi, Mississippi, with her family. When she's not creating stories she can usually be found spending time with her family or one of the many eclectic animals they've adopted over the years.Find out more about Katie by visiting www.katiereus.com, connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katiereusauthor and Twitter @katiereus.

Laura Griffin

Laura Griffin is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura got her start in journalism before venturing into the world of romance fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next novel. Visit her website at www.lauragriffin.com and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor and Twitter @Laura_GriffTo hear about new releases, sign up for Laura's newsletter at: http://lauragriffin.com/subscribe/

Pamela Clare

USA Today bestselling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. She writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado's beautiful Rocky Mountains.Visit Pamela's website www.pamelaclare.com or connect with her on Facebookwww.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Clare/167939496589645 or on Twitter @Pamela_Clare.

Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day - or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.Visit Rebecca at www.rebeccazanetti.com, on Twitter @RebeccaZanetti and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.Author.FanPage

Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann has written fifty books, and is now widely recognised as one of the leading voices in women's suspense writing. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, author Ed Gaffney. Visit her website at www.suzannebrockmann.com, follow her on Twitter at @SuzBrockmann and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks.