Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance

Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance
Escape to a romantic period where love endured, grew, and flourished despite a Civil War.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friday, December 4, 2015

Interview with Uvi Poznansky




Interview with
Uvi Poznansky
Author of The Music of Us
(Included in A Touch of Passion)

For the longest time I avoided writing a romance novel. Why? Because unwittingly, I thought it was formulaic: All love stories are the same, are they not? Boy and girl fall in love, a major obstacle arises to separate them, and in the end they overcome it and live happily ever after. So out of fear to be bored by a cookie-cutter kind of a story, I turned to other genres, which I love: historical fiction (which taught me how to research the era and introduce authentic detail into the story), horror (which allows me to describe the scene sensually and put you in the skin of the character), and poetry (which is dear to me, as I love weighing the impact of each sentence, each word, and set them to rhythm.)

But lately I found myself gravitating toward romance. I discovered that my heart quickens with the passion of my characters. And contrary to my own belief, I could now see that there is not a dull moment in the story, because it is enriched by the histories of characters I have created earlier in the series. So to me, they are real!

In my novel, Apart From Love, set in 1980, the father, Lenny, is seen from his son’s point of view, and the mother, Natasha, is utterly silent and has no voice of her own. I asked myself, how does reality look from their point of view?

And so, The Music of Us takes Lenny and Natasha back to 1970 and then  leaps a full generation back, to 1941, to the beginning of their love story.

Let me share an excerpt with you:

“Here, I brought you a little something,” I said, presenting the chocolate box I had bought for her.
She found it charming. I opened it. Inside were Liliput confections in red, pink, green, and black, each one hand-made: whipped, rolled, filled and ornamented. We looked at each other, wishing to surrender to temptation and at the same time trying to resist it, because at first glance, these sweets were too precious to eat. But this craving was stronger than both of us, and the only question was, would she yield to it before I did?
And another thing: how long could I hold myself back from making love to her?
Natasha leaned closer to me with a playful glint in her eye and reached over to pick a miniature chocolate ball, which she let melt on her tongue. She gave away a little moan, as if her delight came from the gut and couldn’t be expressed in mere words. Now I could see not only the edge of her camisole, which cast a lacy shadow over her skin, but also one of her breasts, all the way down to the hard nipple.
Out of excitement I rose to my feet and with a single thrust, tore the comforter away. It dropped to the floor behind me. Natasha rolled away to the other side of the bed, her sweater blouse loosening off one shoulder.
Then she came back to hold out a chocolate-covered marzipan ball before me, so I might bite into it.
Instead I kissed her fingers, relishing the taste.
In her pleasure she could not help but utter a little sigh and let go of the delicacy. Slightly melted, it slipped from her hand onto the sheet, leaving a dark, aromatic stain.
“Have another one,” she murmured, eyes closed.
“It’s you I want,” I whispered, ever so softly, in her ear.
From there I explored her, stroke by stoke, from the long line of her neck down to her waist and around the mound of her hips, as if she were a landscape with hills and molten rock: quiet in some areas, explosive in others. When I reached the valley she erupted in a cry. I drew her into my arms, my body coming and going of its own accord.

Buy Links:

The Music of Us        Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, print
Apart from Love         KindleNook Apple, Kobo, print audio
Rise to Power           KindleNook, Apple, Kobo print audio 
A Peek at Bathsheba          Kindle, NookApple, Kobo print audio
The Edge of Revolt     Kindle, NookApple, Kobo print

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Release: Historical Romance - Siege of Azalea Plantation

Siege of Azalea Plantation
The Civil War stole her life and her new husband, but she vowed to keep his memory and dream alive and restore Azalea Plantation.

Widow Alexis Bella Seaborne led a sheltered life in the arms of massive oaks at Azalea Plantation with her new husband Luke Wyatt until the Civil War forced her to forget about the elegant dress of a lady and embrace survival when a Yankee officer took control of her home.

Lieutenant Reese Armstrong sieges her home for use as a hospital for his wounded soldiers and encampment grounds during the forty-seven day standoff for control of the Mississippi River before the surrender of Vicksburg.

Reese never thought he’d fall for a Southern belle, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels each time Alexis’s haunted blue eyes show passion for the home she loves and her beloved South. He can’t help but envy the love and regard she held for her husband and longs for love like it.

Alexis never thought she could love again when her husband died in the war. How could she fall for a Yankee when Union soldiers killed him? Left with nothing but a war-ravaged rundown plantation after the invasion of an ocean of blue, can she find trust and faith to move on? As movement flutters in her stomach, can she let go of the past to find a future for her and her unborn child? http://www.amazon.com/Siege-Azalea-Plantation-Book-ebook/dp/B018JOIFRI/

Photo of Houmas House near New Orleans used with permission. Credit inside of book.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Free Cornbread Dressing/Stuffing Recipe at end of River Oaks Plantation

Christmas is fast approaching. In the back of River Oaks Plantation, you will find my mother-in-law's family recipe passed down through the generations for cornbread dressing/stuffing. I use it every year as all of our southern relatives. Stuff your turkey with it this year and give it a try. If you have readers on your Christmas list, I have several Christmas-themed books as well as historical romances. Just browse the site and click on the covers to read about them.

Merry Christmas and may you have a blessed one!

Below is the blurb and link for the novel with the recipe. Hope you enjoy both the book and the dressing. Many readers have in the past. This is one of my bestselling books.

Blessings,
BJ

If Danny comes home from the war, how will Maggie explain what happened while he was gone? Southern Writers Magazine showcased as a Must Read. "I was so enthralled with this story that I had to keep reading it to the very end." Amazon best-seller. Indie Award winner. Love and romance endure, grow, and flourish. Experience the antebellum South with Maggie and Danny and weather the storm with Cammie and Noah. Noah still has the ring he bought for Cammie years ago. Should he give it to her and ask the question he never did? Threatened by nature & man, can love survive? Love through a raging, killer hurricane and river flood. Noah fights to save Cammie to save the love that could have been. Whose life will the river claim?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Let it Snow: Home Sweet Home


Sweet Christmas romance. Clean read.  This is Book 1. Book 2, the last of the two-part serial will release the end of October or early November, titled When Snowflakes Fall: Wrapped in Love. Make a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, put your feet up, and journey to another world with Ashley and Scott. Spend Christmas in a cabin in the Maine woods.

Can one invitation change her life? Ashley doesn't have much to look forward to over winter break except not having to trudge to work in the freezing cold until she receives an invitation to spend the Christmas holidays with a peer and his family. She's been dreaming of a Christmas spent in a cabin in the woods. Now, she has an invitation. At least one Christmas wish is coming true. http://www.amazon.com/Let-Snow-Home-Sweet-Snowflakes-ebook/dp/B01696227W/