SPOTLIGHT: Bree Verity

This weekend we have the delightful Bree Verity with us. She writes contemporary and historical romance. Let’s find out more…

Welcome, Bree! So glad to have you here on Love Indie Romance. Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in the southeast of Australia where there is a saying – “If you can’t see the hills, it’s going to rain, if you can see the hills, it’s raining.” Because it’s kinda miserable there, my sisters and I spent much of our time inside, and so we grew up on a diet of romance movies and musicals, Georgette Heyer novels and lots and lots of cats. Now, I have two rescue dogs, but I don’t tell them about my wicked past as a cat owner. I live in Perth, Western Australia with my favorite son (he’s my only son) and my favorite partner (he’s my only partner). I started writing in all seriousness about two years ago, although I’ve been writing since I was a wee thing. And I love it!

I’ve read two of your books (both great, by the way) in the A Perth Girls Novel series. Where did your inspiration come from? How many total books will be in this series?

Amanda and Lydia are the first two books in the Perth Girls series – when I first started writing, I took to heart the instruction: “Write What You Know.” I knew Perth, I’d done some dating in Perth, so it made sense that my first romance novels would be set there! There are four books in the series – Desiree is written and awaiting serious editing and Penny is still a synopsis in my head! I have an idea for a second set of four as well – after all, there are plenty of Perth Girls to go around!!

Amanda (A Perth Girls Novel) is a shorter novel than Lydia and Desiree. Is there a particular reason behind that? Or do write what the story calls for? (I was sad to see it end.)

So glad you didn’t want it to end! That’s what we writers count on – you finish the first one, and you *HAF* to go get the next one!! Amanda is a novelette because of that exact reason – she is the lead-in to the rest of the series, and was specifically written as a novelette.

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FEATURE: Joan Kilby

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Award-winning author Joan Kilby writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance with a touch of humor. Joan’s hobbies are wine, growing vegetables, chocolate, cooking, traveling, yoga and reading–not necessarily in that order. Happily married with three children and a Jack Russell named Sparky, Joan lives in Melbourne, Australia, the setting for her indie novel, WIN ME. She loves to hear from readers so feel free to drop her a line. For contact details and more info on Joan’s books please visit her website.

Excerpt from Win Me (The Outback Bachelor Ball, Book 1)

Finally. Ellie had waited for Rick’s kiss for what felt like her entire life. Her breath caught in her throat and when he lowered his lips to hers it was everything she’d dreamed of.

His mouth greeted hers softly at first, testing and tasting, nibbling the corners of her lips in a way that made her mouth curl in a smile. She felt him smile, too, and they moved closer, into each other’s arms. He slid his tongue along the seam of her lips and she opened, welcoming him. His tongue swept over hers, stroking and caressing. The pressure of his mouth became more urgent, more demanding and emotion gave way to carnality. She’d always believed kissing Rick would be erotic but she wasn’t prepared for how he set her every raw nerve ending alight.

His hand skimmed down her back to grab her and haul her close. His body was, oh, good Lord, so hard. Pretty words were nice to hear but the heated steel of him burning through the thin fabric of her dress showed her without a doubt how he felt.

He wanted her. He wanted her, Ellie.

And she wanted him, God help her. She dragged his free hand, the one still in her hair, down to her breast. His palm brushed lightly across as if he was deciding how far he was going to go with this. And then with a groan he cupped his hand over her and his thumb and forefinger closed around her nipple. The electric sensation made her body jerk and she accidentally bit his lower lip. Warmth and the copper taste of blood only heightened the animal urges, compelling her to grind her hips against his.

She shocked herself with her actions. In this dress she was a different person – bolder, sexier, flaunting her body, and not afraid to take what she wanted. She bet if she asked to go to his swag now he wouldn’t say no.

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7 Must-have Qualities for a Book Cover that Sells

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I’ve changed my covers a bazillion times. Okay, maybe not quite THAT many but I have actually changed the cover for my first book 8 times (and will likely keep doing it tee hee). If you don’t believe me, go look on Goodreads and you’ll find 6 of the 8 different versions haha! Yeah, I’m clearly not attached to covers at all. I mean, if you guaranteed that a selfie of Mr. Bigglesworth with vomit-colored Papyrus font slapped on top would sell a ton of copies?

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