Mills & Boon, Romance, Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted?

Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Stefanie London

In 2013 Mills & Boon relaunched their RIVA line with Modern Tempted (called Harlequin KISS in the States), an imprint that held echoes of the Temptation novels of the 80s and 90s, and the sexiness of the Modern Heat series from the 00s. 

Whether as RIVA or as Modern Tempted, I adored the books and was incredibly upset when the line stopped publishing two years ago.

So this month I’m taking a look back at the authors of Modern Tempted, at the books they wrote then, and what they’re up to now…

Stefanie London

Opposites attract in Stefanie London’s Only the Brave Try Ballet:

Step up, Grant Farley…
not your typical ballet student!

Australian football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape – fast. Ballet wouldn’t be his first or even his last choice, but needs must. Enter tantalisingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell – one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he’ll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter…!

But it’s not only Grant’s flexibility that Jasmine’s pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won’t she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she’s brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!

 

I love it when characters are put into situations that they’re really not comfortable with, and that more than describes the situation that Grant and Jasmine find themselves in!

Grant doesn’t want distractions and Jasmine’s determined to protect her heart.  In fact, the both of them are trying to hide from their pasts, and it’s only through Jasmine doing physical therapy with Grant that they finally start opening up…

London’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • Breaking the Bro Code  (Elise is trying to save her ballet studio, so she really doesn’t have time for gorgeous Col Hillam, or at least, that’s what she’s been trying to persuade herself…

So what’s Stefanie been up to since the end of Modern Tempted?

She’s been writing the Behind the Bar series:

  • The Rules According to Gracie  (Gracie has a long list of rules for meeting a man, especially if she’s going to not disappoint her mother; but she keeps on getting distracted by her sexy, tattooed friend Des…)
  • Pretend It’s Love  (Paul is fed up of his family trying to force their ideals on to him, and he’s going to need a fake girlfriend if he’s going to be able to keep them at bay!  Libby’s determined to make it as a cocktail specialist, and if it takes pretending to be Paul’s girlfriend then maybe he’ll take on her product!)

She’s also been writing The Dangerous Bachelors Club for Mills & Boon’s Blaze line:

  • A Dangerously Sexy Christmas  (Rose really doesn’t want a bodyguard, especially the one that her father hires after there’s a break-in at the jewelry store where she works.  Max is convinced that Rose needs protection, and he’s even more convinced that the chemistry between them could cause a hell of a lot of trouble!)
  • A Dangerously Sexy Affair  (When Quinn discovers that her one-night stand is the guy who took her job, she can’t believe her luck – especially when it’s revealled that she’s going to have to work with him…)
  • A Dangerously Sexy Secret  (Rhys’ new assignment for Cobalt & Dane security firm leads him back to his new, gorgeous next-dor-nieghbour, Wren…  Can he trust her?)
  • Mr. Dangerously Sexy  (Out in February 2017.  Addison’s got a stalker, but she’s going to keep it secret from her over-protective business partner, Logan.  And when he does find out, he does exactly what she expects, and insists that she let him protect her…)

She’s also published a number of stand alone novels:

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  • The Tycoon’s Stowaway  (It’s been years since Brodie and Chantal have seen each other, so when they decide they need to get this electricity between them out of their system, they no it can’t last!  But can it?)
  • Loving the Odds  (PR analyst Lance knows that risk analyst Bailey needs some serious fun, and what else is Las Vegas for…?)
  • Millionaire Under the Mistletoe  (The last thing that Stella wants is to return to England, but that’s exactly what she’s doing in order to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish.  And then she has to spend her Christmas with the one man she wishes she could forget:  Evan Foss!)

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.

Find out more about her and her writing on her Facebook pageTwitter, on her website.

#StrongRomanceHeroines, Guestpost, Mills & Boon, Pink Heart Society, Reading, Writing

Guestpost – Stefanie London and #StrongRomanceHeroines

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It took me a long time to realise that strength wasn’t something people just had, that they had to work for it. It also took me a while to realise that strength manifests itself differently in every person and that being strong can look totally different from one person to the next. Sometimes it’s kick butt strength, sometimes it’s emotional or mental strength, sometimes it’s intellectual prowess.

I wade through this idea constantly while working on my books. My goal is not only to entertain with what I write, but to provide hope.  Hope that love does indeed conquer all and that all women—no matter how they might fall outside society’s impossible ideals—can find meaningful, positive relationships.

I tend to write a lot about self-acceptance. It’s a strong theme for the heroines in my books, whether their belief is that they’re not beautiful, not talented, not lovable or emotional enough. To me, a strong heroine is one who’s able to forge on with what she believes is right in the face of her fears.

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My latest novella features a plus-size heroine. This is something that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, because big gals need love and acceptance too. Being a bigger gal myself, I’ve struggled with body image issues and bullying so A Kiss in Kite Harbor wasn’t easy to write. Shelby, my heroine, definitely wasn’t easy to write.

For Shelby, it’s all about her learning to trust others and to realise that external validation won’t make her happy.  Growing up as a victim of bullying, all she wanted was to be accepted. She then goes off to become a plus-size model and ends up on the cover of Vogue Italia. But it doesn’t make her happy.

The hero helps her to see that family and a meaningful life doing something she loves is more important than having a job predicated on her looking a certain way. But it takes her dealing with her past—and coming back to her hometown—to be able to make that change in her life.

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Strong heroines to me are the ones who stick up for themselves, who take charges of their lives but who also have the courage to change and become better people. Because we all know change can be a terrifying thing. Strong heroines don’t rely on the hero to make them happy, but they’re willing to face their fears and let love into their lives. You see, strength can be a bit of a juggling act.

The one thing I love about the romance genre is that it’s more female-focused than any other genre. Women write it, read it and feature prominently in it. As a writer of romance, I feel like I must create the kind of women who I’d respect in real life. The kind of women I’d want my sister and cousin and friends to be inspired by. The kind who represent women today.

And those women are varied and talented, often prickly, sometimes difficult but always strong.

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfill her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn’t be happier.  Keep up with her book news or get in touch via her website.  

Shelby’s book, A Kiss in Kite Harbor, is available for pre-order as part of the Small Town Summer Boxset now.