Unlikely Partners In Crime By Amanda Berry

Father by Choice blogI’m so happy to be posting to bookworm2bookworm, even though I was a bit concerned because I don’t write Historical Romance. I love reading Historical Romance though. From Dukes to Scottish Lords, I can’t get enough. I don’t think I have the patience to do the research for a historical, but I love reading them.

I had to come up with a topic for this blog post and decided to talk about my partners in writing. I write contemporary short romance for Harlequin, Jeannie Lin writes historical set in the ancient China, and Shawntelle Madison writes urban fantasy/paranormal romance with a funny twist.

When we first met, we were all unpublished and looking for writing friends. We formed a critique group with some other friends, Kristi Lea and Dawn Blankenship. After a year or so of being together, I received a contract for my first Special Edition, Jeannie won the Golden Heart and received a contract for her first Harlequin Historical, and Shawntelle scored an agent and sold her Coveted series to Ballantine.

What makes our relationship work, even though we write in different genres, is that we respect each other’s work and read other books within those genres. The great thing is that every now and then our books release at about the same time. Like now.

My May release is Father by Choice. (Jeannie suggested the title should have been TheBitter Disenchantment blog Middle Manager’s Secret Baby) When workaholic Brady Ward finds out he has a seven-year-old daughter with Maggie Brown, he has to figure out what’s more important to him: His career in New York or his new found family in his small hometown in the Midwest.

Shawntelle’s May release is Bitter Disenchantment. This is a prequel to her Coveted series, Coveted and Kept. Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky’s outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel short novel. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had to fight for the one thing she’s never had: a choice.

Sword Dancer blogJeannie has two books coming out. In May she has The Sword Dancer. A romantic adventure tale about a relentless thief-catcher and the clever sword-dancer who keeps on evading him, set in Tang Dynasty China. And in August, her first single title release The Lotus Palace comes out. (BTW I think she always gets the most gorgeous covers) A notorious playboy and a lowly maidservant find themselves thrown together unexpectedly to solve a mystery in the infamous pleasure district of the imperial Chinese capital.

There’s a little something for everyone. If you are looking for werewolves with lotus_palace_cover blogcompulsions to eat or collect holiday ornaments, check out Shawntelle’s Coveted series and next month’s Bitter Disenchantment. If you want a quick read with family drama set in a small town, check out my Father by Choice. If you want to escape into a time of silk and political intrigue, check out Jeannie’s ancient China in Sword Dancer and The Lotus Palace.


Amanda Berry picAUTHOR BIO: After an exciting life as a CPA, Amanda Berry returned to writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she’s hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporary romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard.

Her Marlene award-winning contemporary romance, L.A. Cinderella, debuted from Silhouette Special Edition in June 2010. One thing she requires of all her books is a happily ever after. Amanda grew up in the Midwest, but recently moved to the Southeast with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit http://www.amanda-berry.com.


GH’s Robert Kelker Kelly Surprise!

Robert Kelker Kelly GH 2013

Well color me surprised times a thousand! Have you seen this coming GH fans?! I sure didn’t, and that might just be that it’s because I stopped watching GH some …oh, I don’t know…three or so years ago, around the time when Emily died.


“General Hospital” was celebrating its 50th Anniversary and I thought to ‘tune in’ and catch up with some of my favorite couples, like Sonny and Carly [no big surprise that she’s not with him any more, though], Luke and Tracy [WHAT?! They’re not together either?!], Patrick and Robin [OMG! Robin’s dead?! How’d that happen?], Jason and Sam [WTF?! He’s dead too?! HOW?!]. It looks like I’ve missed a lot and need to play catch-up.

I was surprised to find out Laura, Anna and Duke were back! I just wonder for how long. Those we favored keep coming back to whet our appetite and then they leave just as quickly, and I usually leave with them. But as much as I had fun watching the celebration, it was even more fun to play the game of ‘Who’s behind Lulu’s abduction?’. Helena was my numero uno suspect, but now she’s [and I hope for good this time] dead and that left me with… Stavros Cassadine?!

Stavros and Luke

In the eighties, when I was hooked on GH, Stavros Cassadine, Helena’s spoiled brat of an heir, was obsessed with Laura. He couldn’t have her any other way, so he kidnapped her then made her to marry him. Oh, and he raped her, which is how Nikolas was conceived. Laura escaped him, leaving Nik behind in his Uncle Stefan’s care and we were sure he breathed his last as he tumbled down the stairs while fighting with Luke…No such luck!

Stavros came back to life [the first time!] after eighteen years ‘on ice’ [don’t ask, it’s a long story and my memory is fading about the whole thing, just trust me, k?]. He died again as he and Luke, once again, fought and he fell down the rabbit hole… [HA! Just checking to see if you’re paying attention] bottomless pit.

RKKWell, it looks like he cheated death once more and I’m dying to know how does one stay alive after a fall to a ‘bottomless pit’…It looks like that pit had a bottom and Stavros didn’t hit it hard enough!

They decided to bring back the evil Dude, which meant either get Robert Kelker Kelly or cast someone else. Yesterday, I just jumped out of my seat when I saw him.

Just in case you’re not familiar with this guy, he just about played all the soap’s. I never saw him on ‘Another World‘ as Sam Fowler, but I got to see him as Bo Brady on ‘Days of our Lives‘ and he was better than the original Bo, Peter Reckell.

In 2001 he showed up as Stavros Cassadine on ‘General Hospitalplaying Helena’s twisted son and Nikolas’ father and I thought he did a bang up job at playing ‘evil son’.

Holy shit but he changed! It took me a second to go WOW! He sure is as handsome as ever and I’m hoping he sticks around a bit longer this time…although I’m not sure if I’ll have the patience to watch it regularly. Let’s see if the writers can make this story interesting enough for me to come back to the show…

Are you a fan of GH? Do you have the patience to watch soaps and which one’s are your favorite? Do you remember RKK?

Here are some clips of 50th GH celebration. Enjoy!