Monday, August 8, 2016

M.J. Schiller's Hometown Heartache / Blackout Double Blitz & Giveaway

span style="font-family: "georgia" , "times new roman" , serif;">

Ready for some REAL ROMANCE?
M.J. Schiller is giving away Two e-Copies of Hometown Heartache
Two e-Copies of Blackout
by M.J. Schiller

My rating: 4 stars

Collection: Real Romance - Book 4
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing (June 6, 2015)
Publication Date: June 6, 2015
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 246 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Max. The consummate ladies’ man.

He’s good looking, but not an absolute knockout. With Max’s charm though, he could have any woman he wants. Once he meets Faith, he doesn’t want anyone else.

Eli. He is a knockout.

But a dark past shadows him and holds him captive. Drinking dulls the pain, but meeting Faith makes him want to change all that.

Faith. She loves them both.

When a blackout brings her together with Eli, she’s happier than she’s ever been before. When another blackout tears them apart, Max is there to pick up the pieces. But can she forget the man who first made her whole? 

Hometown Heartache
by M.J. Schiller

My rating: 4 stars

Collection: Real Romance - Book 5
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing (January 29, 2016)
Publication Date: January 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 211 pages
Available from: Barnes &Noble | Amazon

Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…
But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?
Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…
But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?
If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.
Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

Happy Note:
 Real Romance is NOT a series! 
 It is a COLLECTION of Real Romance - no need to read any book before! 
 But seriously, you are going to want to and here they are:
Click on Covers for more information


I was born in Overland Park, KS, in the heart of Tornado Alley, and my life has been a bit twisted since. Actually, it’s not all that twisted, but I’ve always wanted to use that line. I grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL, fresh out of college, after my husband got a job at State Farm’s corporate headquarters. I’ve worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years, as a lunch lady. I like to karaoke and attend rock concerts. I am actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook. I am the mother of a twenty-one-year-old, and nineteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-five years.
I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled The Black Cat, and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.
When I turned forty, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized those bigwig publishing houses in New York were now probably run by people younger than me, so I shouldn’t be intimidated by them. At about the same time I was watching one of those award shows, and Jaclyn Smith got up to give a post-humorous award to Aaron Spelling. She credited him for encouraging her to go into acting, saying something brilliant like, “Reach for your dreams.” Nothing new. Almost even seems a little Jiminy Cricketish. But, for some reason, it struck me that night. When Aaron Spelling was thirteen, he was probably just like any other acned thirteen-year-old. But he worked to achieve his dreams, and became a household name. So, I began to write. Once I finished my first book, I wasn’t able to stop. I would rather write than do just about anything else. After all, you get to make people (characters) do what you want and design your own happy endings. What power! What a privilege.
Connect with M.J. 

M.J. Schiller wants to share
Enter to WIN One of Two e-Copies of each Real Romance
How's THAT for sharing the LOVE?
Ends August 19 11:59PM
International where allowed


  1. Thank you for the great Giveaway !

  2. Thank you for the great Giveaway !

  3. Thanks for the cool banner and the beautiful layout of this post. As a blogger myself I know it takes time to lay things out in an aesthetically pleasing way and I appreciate all you do for readers and writers!

    1. I was just going to email you! Still posting it around!

  4. Yes I like them to feel real but I also don't mind exaggerated ones that are so out of there they are funny

    1. The other day I read an author's take on it and they said that the elements of the story need to be larger than life to take us away from our life and put us into the story. I thought that was interesting, and likely true. Thanks for stopping in, Linda and good luck in the drawing!

  5. Thank you so much for the opportunity and your generosity would love to read these books

    1. That's kind of you to say. I hope if you do you enjoy them! :)

  6. Real is good, but OTT is fun too.

    1. Yes. As long as the author gets the emotion true, I'll believe just about anything they're willing to sell me. I've had very few roll your eyes moments in reading. There are some who are constantly rolling their eyes. I think it is a gift to be able to suspend your imagination a little. I appreciate you coming by today, Mary! Have a great weekend!

  7. for me it depends on the genre of romance as to whether real is the way..for contemporary it has to be believable for me but I love a good paranormal smooch too!

  8. for me it depends on the genre of romance as to whether real is the way..for contemporary it has to be believable for me but I love a good paranormal smooch too!

    1. Good point! I give writers a lot of leeway (I have since I was little) so it has to be REALLY unrealistic to bother me. I want to be entertained so I'm usually up for buying what they sell (my husband would tell you that is also how I react to advertising. He says I'm a marketer's dream! I see that as a compliment. Marketers dream about me!). Thanks for stopping in and joining in on the conversation, Patanne!

  9. MJ, do you outline? If so, how extensively? I simply cannot outline, so I just wing it. I do keep a calendar where I jot down scenes and other info as the story develops day by day. I find that helps, as it allows me to "go back through" the story in case changes need to be made, deleted, or added, etc. Best of luck with your books!

    1. Not outline so much as keep story notes. I'm trying to be more conscious of the whole goal, motivation, conflict thing. I always have it in play, but sometimes I don't bring it across strongly enough. Go with what works, I guess! My dad was an E. Michael, too. Edward Michael. But people who knew him a long time might be surprised to hear his first name was Edward because he went by Mike or Michael. Thanks for joining us and posing your questions. :)

  10. I do, but I also like a touch of escapism once in awhile.

    1. Agreed! Things don't actually have to be realistic, as long as the author sells it as realistic. And sometimes, as they say, the truth is stranger than fiction. Huge, unbelievable coincidences sometimes happen in our everyday lives, too. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Cynthia!

  11. Oh absolutely! The opposite to real would be... Fake? Don't want to read that :)

    1. Ha! Ha! Good point, Lena! I appreciate you coming by and commenting!