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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Roxanne D. Howard: Things I Love to Hear My Readers Say (Chicks Dig the Accent tour) + giveaway + excerpt

Things I Love to Hear My Readers Say

Hello, my name is Roxanne D. Howard, and I write contemporary erotic romance. My newest erotic romantic comedy, Chicks Dig the Accent, has recently been released with Loose Id Publishing. Once in a while, readers will grace me with a glowing review or some well thought out feedback that knocks my socks off. Today, I’d like to share some awesome (and hilarious) things I love to hear my readers say.

1. “This touched me.” When your work hits readers on an emotional level, so much so that they connect with the character or what they’re going through, it’s so wonderful to hear about. Someone left a review for At the Heart of the Stone, my first novel, on Amazon about how she related to the heroine having a jerk of a boyfriend at first. Girl, we’ve all been there!

2. “I couldn’t put this down.” Being a book nerd myself, I love it when I can dive into a good book and not emerge for days. It’s like falling into another world. So when I hear that someone was glued to one of my books in that way, that seriously rocks my world and makes me want to high five them.

3. “I loved a certain character so much it’s scary.” As an author, you can’t please everyone, and when I create a character, they often materialize and bring their own quirks and eccentricities into the story when I least expect it. Sometimes they’re very likeable, and others (if they’re villains or antagonists) they’re not. On the Barnes and Noble website, a reviewer said that Niall, the hero in At the Heart of the Stone, is her new book boyfriend. It seems a bit weird to say I feel like I played Cupid, but it’s pretty cool.

4. One person compared the sex life of the heroine to “Freddy vs. Jason.” This cracked me up. To quote the reviewer for At the Heart of the Stone: “It’s a hot…HOT romance centered around Lark, who dreams about a strapping Irish bloke she’s never met…until she does. Which means…double the yummy sex! Ever see Freddy vs. Jason? (Yes THAT Freddy & Jason). If you’re reading a review for a romance novel, that’s likely a no. But still, there’s a line in that movie where the campy, busty soon-to-be-victim is running from one of them and spits out, “We’re not safe awake or asleep. Well folks, neither is poor Lark. That girl gets her sex on, and it starts on the very first page.” I am a horror fan, so I will cherish this review till I die! Ha ha ha!

5. “I felt like I was in the book with them.” Willie Wonka once quoted Arthur O’Shaughnessy: “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”. If I can provide any kind of escape into another world for but a second, that means the world to me.

6. “I lost sleep over this.” Okay, this one I’m not particularly proud of, since being a mom I totally get that sleep is, as Gollum would say, precious. But if readers were sucked into the story so much that they forwent sleep so they could finish it, that’s pretty doggone awesome. There’s a special sort of magic that happens between the reader and a book, I think.

What funny experiences or stories do you have about books you’ve read?

Chicks Dig the Accent
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance,
modern-day fairy tale, Fairy Tales Revisited
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC.
August 23, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68252-207-3
Number of pages: 105
Word Count: 33,013
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, she gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She's desperate to shake things up--and find that sexy foreign man.

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her lbecome more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.

“Thanks, guys.” Evan’s smooth voice came over the mic while the guitar music died. “We’re gonna take a quick break, but we’ll be back in ten, so stick around.” He hopped off the low stage to scattered applause and whistles. Molly schooled the smirk on her face as he sidled past the flirting girls and made his way toward their table.

“Well, well, well, if it isn’t the Wonder Twins, TWT, Inc.”

He slid into the empty space beside Molly in the booth. She exchanged an amused look with Nell. He’d christened them with the moniker upon moving in. They were never Nell and Molly, but Fischer and Ivers, TWT. Their eye color, skin, and facial features couldn’t be more different, but they were both the same height, petite-figured, and had wide, generous mouths and lots of hair.

“So, where’s the right-wing Republican boyfriend tonight?” he asked.

He stretched his arm over the back of Molly’s seat in a casual way. His forefinger grazed the edge of her earlobe, and a pleasant shiver ran through her.

“I thought you two were attached at the hip.”

Molly went silent and looked at her drink. Great, here it came.

“They broke up,” Nell chipped in.

Molly gave her a look of mock gratitude from across the table as Evan turned to her in surprise. His sexy hazel eyes searched hers. She waited for one of his classic Evan Castle comments, but the solemnity in his expression told her he wouldn’t give any.

He whistled low. “Sorry, Ivers, that sucks. You guys were together for a while.”

She hid her cringe as she took another sip of her drink. “Yeah…” Gulp, gulp, uncomfortable silence.

The drummer in Evan’s band called over to him, and Evan told him he’d be right there. He rapped his knuckles on the table and flashed them both a flirty smile.

“Well, Ivers,” he said as he slid out of the booth. “You’ll have a lot of attention to deal with, now that you’re back in the jungle with the rest of us primates. Do me a favor, eh, and don’t forget to put a bag over your head when you go out from now on, or you’ll have every guy in the room at your feet and beating down your door. Then I’ll never be able to talk to you.” He gave her a cheeky wink and walked off.

Molly turned crimson. Nell mouthed, Wow! as she put her palm over heart, and her jaw dropped open. They watched him walk off.

“What a compliment and a half! I did wonder why you two never got together. He always looks at you like he’s about to walk you against a wall and have at you.”

“What? No, he looks at all the girls like that. He’s just sweet and being a total flirt.” Molly waved it off, but her heartbeat accelerated as she remembered when he had, indeed, taken her against a wall their third time the night they’d spent together.

About the Author:
Roxanne D. Howard is an author with Loose Id. Her first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, was released in February 2016. She is an Army veteran, has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she's not writing. Roxanne and her family currently reside in the Midwest United States.

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  1. looks and sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. I'm glad it interests you! Thanks for your comment, Erin. All the best, Roxanne

  2. Putting this on my TBR list

    1. Thank you! In contrast to my first novel, At the Heart of the Stone, which is another erotic romance with Loose Id on the deep and profound side, Chicks Dig the Accent is meant to be fun and sexy, a modern-day fairy-tale/rom-com. I hope you enjoy it. :)

  3. I look forward to reading this one.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! I also have one coming out in October near Halloween, the first in a series, so lots going on! I hope you enjoy Chicks Dig the Accent. It's good sexy fun. ;) Best, Roxanne

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt,sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Eva! There are some more excerpts and character art on my website at, if you're interested. Happy Reading, Roxanne

  5. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. You are more than welcome, Natasha. Thanks for entering. I hope you enjoy the book!

  6. Looks great, just what I'd like to read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Sharon! I have a cool series coming out around Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to my social media feed for more details! ;) Happy Reading.

  7. Chicks do dig the accent! Molly surrounds herself with accents! This sounds like fun.

    1. Hi Jen,
      It's a super fun fairy-tale rom-com with sexy times. Check it out! :) Thanks for your comment.