Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin

IG CW Barbara Devlin Final 4 21 Color 300x300 Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara DevlinRae Latte: Welcome to the blog. I’ve got a Latte with Almond Coconut Milk and a drizzle of caramel in my mug. What’s in your cuppa?

Barbara Devlin: Well, I’m currently on a diabetes reversal program, so my indulgent lattes are over for a while. Now, I drink regular coffee with heavy cream. While it sounded a bit decadent at first, I’d kill for some nonfat or even low-fat milk, because the heavy cream almost overwhelms the coffee.

Rae: For readers not familiar with your work, please share a little bit about yourself and your previous work. 

Barbara: I am a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, turned English professor, turned author. I started writing during my long recovery, based on a book I’d been reading about the Templar Knights. My Brethren of the Coast books are based on the widespread belief that the only surviving Templars were the mariners. All of the Regency books feature an epilogue with the Medieval Templar. I never planned to write their stories, but my readers decided otherwise.

Rae: During the height of the pandemic did your writing rituals change while researching and writing?

Barbara: If anything, during the pandemic, I’ve had much more time to research ideas for future series, and I’ve stumbled upon some fascinating historical personalities that I’m dying to explore for future books.

Rae: I devoured The Accidental Duke and love this band of brothers in your latest series. All of the heroes are disabled in the Battle of Waterloo and the woman who will capture their hearts areThe Accidental Duke high res 200x300 Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Devlin exceptional in their own rights. What inspired this series and the cast of characters we will meet?

Barbara: The Mad Matchmakers is an intensely personal series drawing on my firsthand experience with life-altering injury, permanent disability, recovery, and PTSD. I can’t begin to explain what it’s like to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and go to work. Only at the end of your shift, you don’t come home. When you finally do make it home, your life as you knew it was over. I spent three years in rehab, enduring day after day of excruciating physical therapy as I watched the world go on without me. My wounded warriors face the same struggle to carve out a new life for themselves while constantly fighting the urge to look back to the past and their previous lives.

Rae: All of your books are layered with historical accuracy, and as always your books are thorough and precise. Did you face any challenges in your research regarding PTSD during this time period? What was your biggest obstacle while writing this book and the series? What hero do you connect with most?

Interestingly enough, PTSD was a widely studied condition during the Peninsular Wars. Only it was known as nostalgia or irritable heart. I read numerous articles written by Dominique Jean Larrey, primarily known as Napoleon’s personal physician. Larrey invented the first ambulance and most of our modern-day methodologies for trauma medicine. He revamped battlefield medicine, forming triage units that stabilized injured soldiers before transferring them to hospitals. But what most interested me was Larrey’s belief in treating the whole soldier. He recognized the mental toll war took on soldiers, and he wrote detailed recommendations for treatment, including a recommendation that soldiers be rotated off the line to let them rest mentally as well as physically. As for the biggest obstacle, I’d say it was my own memories. While writing this series has been cathartic, it has also been traumatic. It has forced me to relive some times I’d rather forget, and there were moments I had to step back and deal with my emotions before continuing. And I can’t say I relate to any one hero more than another, because each hero deals with various aspects I suffered during my lengthy recovery. In a sense, every one of them reflects a very intimate part of me. Of my journey on the other side of disability.

Rae: What is next on the horizon? Any teasers for future book adventures?

Barbara: Currently, I’m finishing the second book in my Mad Matchmakers of Waterloo series. I’m also developing a Regency take on Three Men and a Baby, involving a descendant of Moctezuma and Spanish royalty. My agent has had some interest, and I’ll let you know when I have any news.

Rae: Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and look forward to hearing all the updates when you have them. Congratulations again on the release of The Accidental Duke, the first installment in The Mad Matchmakers Series that hits e-readers later this week. Readers be sure to check out my review and an exclusive excerpt later today.

 

 

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A proud Latina, USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.

Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer. She earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

Currently, Barbara lives with her retired firefighter husband in the mountains of North Carolina.  Connect with Barbara Devlin at BarbaraDevlin.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter, The Knightly News.

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Seducing the Italian Tycoon by USA TODAY Bestselling Author MK Meredith

Seducing the Italian Tycoon by USA TODAY Bestselling Author MK Meredith

51sgBm6Hz1L 200x300 Seducing the Italian Tycoon by USA TODAY Bestselling Author MK MeredithSeducing the Italian Tycoon by MK Meredith has witty banter, decadent and potent chemistry. Unable to travel right now? No problem, one-click this Italian adventure and consider it the best vacation you ever had without leaving your comfy couch.

Chase Huntington has one goal and that is to make sure that her family’s boutique hotel in Italy opens on time. Will she finally be able to prove to her family she’s the right one for the job and convince herself that she truly is the perfect candidate?

Drago DeLuca is driven by a desire to make sure his family hotel opens on time he will stop at nothing when a larger hotel jeopardizes the family business. Nothing will stop him from securing his future and succeeding.

When Chase discovers Drago’s motive for helping her “succeed” she will have to push through a mountain of a mess and confront him. Will Drago’s charm cure all or will the explosion diffuse everything they have both worked towards.

It’s time to visit Ferrara, a city rich with history, love, and lots of charm. A place where everyone is valued, important and plays a vital role in it’s success. The attention to detail is so spot on that when I pulled out my old photos from my backpacking adventures in Italy all those years ago, I smiled. From the recently revised book cover to the last page you’re transported into the perfect bookcation. The heart and soul, the essence of Ferrara, it’s perfection! Oh…there is one more thing, if you’re a biscotti lover like I am … you may have a new appreciation for the sweet treat. ;).

It’s time to sit back, relax and take a quick holiday with Chase and Drago in a spicy romance full of adventure, love and great food!

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*Review previously published on the blog 9/19/16.

 

 

 

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MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance novels which promise an emotional ride on heated sheets. A member of several writing groups, she believes the best route to success is to never stop learning.

She’s had a lifelong love affair with peanut butter — the only two things coming close in the battle for her affections are gorgeous heels, and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale.

MK’s been reading romance long before she should have and can’t think of anything better than to fill her life with the promise of happily-ever-afters. When people ask, “Why romance?” She replies, “There is nothing more exhilarating than to write about one of the most powerful entities on earth. Love can be the fall of kingdoms and move mountains, destroy lives and create new life, inspire the dark and summon the light. Love is a challenge, a hope, and a miracle all wrapped into one. Love is life. I write about life.”

The Meredith’s live in the D.C. area with their two large fur babies…until the next adventure calls.

Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid – Review, Tidbits with Kellen Walker & an Excerpt

Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid – Review, Tidbits with Kellen Walker & an Excerpt

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Don’t miss out on meeting Kellen and Shae. There is something for everyone in her backlist and hopeful you will find an adventure to sink into during these cold winter 3 Spicy Larger Image Final 1 300x300 Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid   Review, Tidbits with Kellen Walker & an Excerptmonths. This spicy read is best enjoyed with your favorite iced-beverage, a cozy chair, and maybe a fan.

I previously received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review from the author.

 

 

 

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**Previously Published 10/7/16 In honor of the WRW Readers and Bloggers Luncheon**

Kellen Walker was kind enough to sit with me and chat for a round of Tasty Tidbits back in 2016.

Wanna know more about this adventurous firefighter?

Grab a mug and enjoy.

Ten Thermal Tidbits from Kellan Walker (Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid)

1.You could have chosen any profession, why a firefighter? I’m not a suit and tie kind of guy. I’m good under pressure, so I figured I’d play to my strengths. After being an Army Ranger, it felt like a good fit.

2. What’s the most challenging aspect of being a firefighter? Besides having to stomach our rookie Slater’s cooking? Probably dealing with the stuff we see. Calls can get really intense. But a lot of them turn out okay, so that makes it a lot easier.

3. Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs. Best of both worlds.

4. Would you pose for a pin-up calendar, if it was for a good cause? And get the crap that goes with that? No way! I’d make a donation for the good cause, though.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure? (remember we have a PG-13 audience Kellan 😉 PG 13, PG 13…okay, then I’ll go with action movies. Isabella and I will sometimes stay home and marathon a whole bunch of them back to back. Then we make our own action 😉

6. Hard Rock or Country? Mostly hard rock

7. Favorite Movie? I’m going old school. Die Hard. Bruce Willis is a badass!

8. Most romantic thing you’ve done? I’m not really a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but lucky for me, Isabella’s even tougher than I am. I surprised her with a trip to the gun range last week. She loved it, and I loved that she did. Everybody won.

9. You open up your ipod, top five songs in your playlist? Moth Into Flame, by Metallica, Animals, by Maroon 5, Sucker for Pain, by Lil Wayne, Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons, and Til the Love Runs Out, by One Republic

10. It’s Sunday and Baseball is on the TV, who are you rooting for? I’m not much of a baseball guy. But if I had to pick…the San Francisco Giants.

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Kellan made his way up Washington Boulevard, where he’d parked yesterday morning before shift. Funny how quiet the city could be before things like rush hour and regular workdays kicked in, all soft sunlight and clean storefronts. He slid in a breath of cool air, scanning the sidewalk and the two-lane thoroughfare where Station Seventeen was situated.

He saw the woman leaning against his ’68 Camaro from forty feet away.

Kellan’s pulse flared even though his footsteps never faltered. Long, denim-wrapped legs leading to lean muscles and lush, sexy curves. Loose, confident stance that spoke of both awareness and strength. Long, caramel-colored hair that she tossed away from her face as soon as she saw him coming, and God dammit, that was the second time this week he’d been blindsided by Isabella Moreno.

“What are you doing here?” he asked, wincing inwardly as the words crossed his lips. Not that he didn’t feel every inch of the attitude behind them, because after her f#&k-up had put his sister’s life in danger three months ago, he so did. But slapping his emotions on his sleeve wasn’t on Kellan’s agenda, good, bad, or extremely pissed off. Of course, Isabella already knew he was chock full of the emotion behind door number three, anyway.

She pushed herself off the Camaro’s cherry red quarter panel, sliding one hand to her unnervingly voluptuous hip while the other remained wrapped around a cup of coffee. “Waiting for you.”

“I got that.” His tone left the what-for part of the question hanging between them, and Kellan had to hand it to her. Moreno wasn’t the type to mince words.

“I need a favor. I want you to walk me through the scene of Monday’s fire.”

Jesus, she had a sense of humor. Also, balls the size of Jupiter. “You want me to take you back to the scene of a fire that gutted a three-story house just to give you a play by play?”

She nodded, her brown eyes narrowing against the sunlight just starting to break past the buildings around them. “That about sums it up, yeah.”

“It’s a little early for you to be punching the clock, isn’t it?” he asked. Most people weren’t even halfway to the door just shy of oh-seven-hundred on a weekday morning. 

Moreno? Not most people, apparently. “What can I say? I’m feeling ambitious.”

Kellan resisted the urge to launch a less-than-polite comment about her work ethic, albeit barely. “I already told you and Sinclair everything I know.”

“Okay.” Her shoulders rose and fell beneath her dark gray leather jacket, easy and smooth. “So humor me and walk me through it again anyway.”

His sixth sense took a jab at his gut, prompting him to give the question in his head a voice. “Is this part of the investigation?”

“Why do you ask?” she said, and yeah, that was a no.

“Because you called it a favor, and you just answered my question with a question.”

Moreno paused. “I’m a cop. We do that.”

Nope. No way was he buying this. Not even on her best day. “And I’m a firefighter who’s not interested in putting his ass in a sling just to humor you with an unsanctioned walk-through.”

The RFD might offer a little latitude on firefighters revisiting scenes—a fact Kellan would bet his left nut Moreno damn well knew—but just because he’d worked the job didn’t mean he had carte blanche to prance through the place like a fucking show pony now that the fire was out.

Not that a little thing like protocol seemed to bother Isabella in the least. “Your ass will be fine. I’ll take full responsibility.”

“I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that one from you before.”

The words catapulted out before Kellan could stop them. Moreno flinched, just slightly, but it was enough. “Look, I need to get back onto that scene,” she said. “Are you going to help me or not?”

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Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet and hot and edgy romantic suspense. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2016 and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist and 2014 Bookseller’s Best nominee who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

 

Misadventures with a Lawyer by USA Today Best Selling Author Julie Morgan

Misadventures with a Lawyer by USA Today Best Selling Author Julie Morgan

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MA LAWYER teaser TWO Misadventures with a Lawyer by USA Today Best Selling Author Julie MorganMisadventures with a Lawyer by Julie Morgan is an office romance filled with witty dialogue, off the chart chemistry, shenanigans, and a whole lot of misadventure ;). What would you do if you could tell your boss what you really thought … about everything?

Ainsley Speire will soon discover the reason why expensive scotch is best enjoyed a little a time. If not, she might soon discover a new found courage to reveal the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Will the consequences outweigh the risks? Will Ainsley need to hand in her resignation or will her new found liquid courage prove to be the key to everything she secretly desires?

Sometimes uncovering the truth is painful and can destroy the ones you love the most. However, she will stop at nothing to uncover Chase Newstrom’s secrets. Will he trust her and give her the one thing she wants most? Would you risk it all? These smokin’ hot pages will scorch your fingers as you flip to quickly uncover the misadventures that await.

4 Scorchin Larger Image Final 300x300 Misadventures with a Lawyer by USA Today Best Selling Author Julie MorganIf you love courtroom drama, a neat glass of scotch, and a whole lot of misadventure, this one is sure to satisfy that itch. This scorchin read may lead to unexpected need to turn on the A/C. I received a copy for a fair and honest review.

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Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.

 

I received an ARC from the author and Waterhouse Press for a fair and honest review. Want to have a misadventure? One-click below and dive in today!

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The Way the Story Goes: A Magnolia Sound Novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Samantha Chase

The Way the Story Goes: A Magnolia Sound Novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Samantha Chase

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TheWayTheStoryGoes ebook5x8 188x300 The Way the Story Goes: A Magnolia Sound Novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Samantha ChaseThe Way the Story Goes by Samantha Chase is the latest chapter in the Magnolia Series. A small town romance set in the quaint coastal town of Magnolia Sound where loyalty, family, trust, and a priority. If you like a series where the characters are layered, the plot moves at a steady pace, and the happy ending is guaranteed, one-click. This installment features characters who must overcome their past, define their own path, and accept what they can’t control.

Sometimes it’s necessary to leap, have faith, and take risks in order to be true to our dreams. Discover the beloved residents of Magnolia Sound, they are worthy and so are you. These characters will become your family and now more than ever, we need to find inspiration and hope. Within the pages of this book, you’ll find that and a whole lot more.

Mia Kingsley is a famous thriller author who has a case of writers block and is under pressure to finish her next book. In need of a change of scenery, she heads to Magnolia Sound. It’s the perfect place to get all the words, meet her deadline, and escape from chilly Boston. With her deadline fast approaching she has no time for distractions so when the construction next door becomes too much, Mia is left with one option. Will she find a way to co-exist with the sexy construction worker or find a way to take out her anger towards him in other ways?

Austin Coleman is looking for a second chance after a mishap in Baltimore, will he return to a warm welcome or cold shoulders? The Coleman family has a longstanding history in Magnolia, and Austin has his own share of webs to untangle. Will he overcome the past and will it prevent him from moving forward? Will a run in with the woman next door find him once again in the path of destruction? If Austin has any hopes of a future, renovations and family shenanigans will need to progress without any hiccups. When the neighbor next-door from his jobsite proposes a set of terms to co-exist, will he agree or find himself distracted and jeopardizing the reason he returned? 2 Spicy Sweet Larger Image Final 300x300 The Way the Story Goes: A Magnolia Sound Novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author Samantha Chase

A decadent, layered story full of sweet surprises.  If you like your romance with enough spice to fuel your daily reading where the heat is just enough to keep you flipping pages to the very last page, one-click. This sinfully sweet, hotter than sweet with bedroom romance that tingles in all the right places, and a dash of spice to satisfy that slightly spicy craving scoop this up. Get lost in a series, read for days.

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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

 

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Gifting Me To His Best Friend by Katee Robert

Gifting Me To His Best Friend by Katee Robert

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What happens when your husband gifts you to the one person you secretly desire?
What happens when your desires are more than you expect?
Will friendships survive?

Some gifts are priceless. It’s time to meet Derek, Grayson, and Emma.
It’s time to head to the mountains for the holidays this year readers and cool off ;).

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