This week we’re giving away 10 copies of Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. Wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love. As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of February:
One of my favorite things about starting to write a new series is getting to know the place where my characters live. I’ve always been drawn to island settings, both in reading and writing. There’s something so soothing about being surrounded by all that water. The pace of life is slower. Neighbors look out for each other. Everyone knows everything about everyone. The first book in my new contemporary romance series, Wind Chime Café, is set on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Heron Island is loosely modeled after Tilghman Island, a real-life island only thirty minutes down the road from where I grew up. It’s a place known for sailing, fishing, and crabbing. It’s home to some of the [...]
When you think of figure skating, what comes to mind? Is it a love story, set to music and enacted on ice by Olympic athletes who stun us in the Winter Games every four years? The skating flicks that showcase the romance, humor, and heartbreak of this beloved winter sport? An ice show with princesses and superheroes? Maybe, but more likely it was “the baton strike heard around the world.” 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships orchestrated by the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s main rival, Tonya Harding. The ugly incident had a distinct silver lining, however. When Kerrigan and Harding faced off for their short program later that winter [...]
Image credit: Buzzfeed The accolades keep coming in for debut author Pierce Brown‘s RED RISING, one of the must reads of 2014. The book, released last week on January 28 (the author’s 26th birthday!), keeps building buzz: it received an A- from Entertainment Weekly, and drew comparisons to powerhouses such as The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Ender’s Game and more. And Universal just won a heated auction for the screen rights to the movie adaptation, which will be directed by Marc Foster (World War Z), with the screenplay written by Pierce. The hype is warranted by a story on a epic scale. RED RISING‘s hero, 16-year-old Darrow, is a member of the Reds, a caste of people whose mission is [...]
Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom February 6, 2014 Penguin Group $26.95 print/ $10.99 digital As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines’ on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldn’t just take her out—he’d sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries. Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an [...]
As someone who would rather read a great book than watch TV, Deceptive Innocence for me is the experience I wanted to have watching Revenge. The set-up is similar, but the heroine is far more relatable and the eroticism drives the story more than the mechanics of retribution. Though I feel confident that this story is hurtling towards some pretty intense plot twists. Since it’s trilogy of novellas, I’m going to have wait to find out where some of these twists are going. But the first part left me freaking out for the next installment. Luckily, today I get to ease the pain of waiting by asking Kyra Davis some burning questions. LB: I love this story! It’s one of [...]
Is Marriage Really a “Happily Ever After”? Romance fiction is all about the “happily ever after.” Readers love watching the heroine and hero as they fall for each other, sort through all their various issues and angst, and grow into stronger, better people who deserve and win each other’s love. They’ll get married and live happily ever after. Because, after all, if you get married, you and your spouse will be happy together forever, right? You’ll always love each other and no major issues will break you apart. Uh, wait a minute. Reality check! Something like half of marriages end in divorce. Of the ones that don’t end in divorce, how many are truly happy and loving? Okay, but bad [...]
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly Kensington/$7.99 print/$6.99 digital Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly… Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch… I’m excited [...]
It’s an auspicious calendar date for our romance community: Tonight marks the 5th anniversary of Lady Jane’s Salon, the only reading series in NYC devoted to romance writers. Today, co-founder and author Hope Tarr is here to share news of her latest project, and invite us to celebrate this evening at Lady Jane’s. Hope to see you there! — Logan Belle How Romance Authors Are Sharing the Hope of Happily Ever With Homeless Women and Children Last August 2013, I was having a bad day—a really, really bad day. My fictional characters weren’t behaving—and certain real-life “characters” had thrown me for a loop as well. Rather than writing, I spent my day war gaming a Plan B (and C and [...]
Bruno Mars and his pompadour are ready to rock MetLife Stadium at Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. The celebrated Grammy-winning artist is more than ready for the challenge, but his relatively drama-free life (for a celebrity) oddly seems to have drummed up some doubters. Sure, Bruno Mars can’t claim the level of notoriety that his pop star contemporaries have–he hasn’t sexed things up by gyrating with a foam finger, been arrested for a DUI, or interrupted an awards show–but notoriety does not talent make. If Exhibit A in an earlier post wasn’t enough to convince you that Bruno was born to perform (The Elvis lip curl! The stage presence! Those adorable cheeks!), let’s look at the following evidence: Exhibit B: Mixing it [...]
Real Love Real People with Real Problems. Now there’s a decidedly unsexy descriptor for a romance novel, but it’s one I’ll proudly take for my latest novel, BOUNCE the story of not-quite-real-housewife and working mother, Sabrina Jacobs who on the surface seems to have it all with her sexy hunk of a husband. But behind the curtain of perfection, her world is falling apart. Sabrina’s drama is amped up quite a few notches for dramatic effect, but who amongst us has not felt at times that our lives were spinning a bit out of our control? And who hasn’t wanted to call a temporary halt and stop the spinning to take things on a different course. Perhaps see what life [...]
New Adult authors Robin York and Monica Murphy got together to talk all things NA recently. They were kind enough to share their enlightening conversation with us! Enjoy! Robin: Hey, Monica! Monica: Hi Robin. R: So. New Adult. What is this crazy madness that is changing both our lives? I mean, actually, how do you define it for yourself?
It’s the female equivalent of The Super Bowl: Tonight, regency romance novelist Valerie Bowman will be on TLC’s Say Yes to The Dress. (9PM EST) Join the virtual viewing party at #SAYYESVB.
Tomorrow kicks off February, the perfect month for romance, and we’re working with our friends at Penguin to give you 14 straight days of romance book giveaways! Come back to Romance at Random tomorrow for full details, but for now here’s just a teaser of some of the authors involved. Jill Shalvis Maya Banks Suzanne Brockmann J. Kenner Sylvia Day ..and many more! We’re just as excited as you are and can’t wait to share our full prize lists with you! Good luck!
Making Myths Plausible We grow up hearing about myths and legends without even realizing what they are. Everything from Little Red Riding Hood to the Greek tales of gods and demi-gods to King Arthur and Robin Hood and even the more modern urban legends like Bloody Mary. By the time we are old enough to analyze the stories at school they have become part of us and we have absorbed their lessons. The oldest stories were morality tales and warnings given to society through entertainment (this still happens as TV and movies reinforce society’s values: like violence is fine but naked bodies OMG!). Urban legends reinforce fear of the unknown something which humans are still primed to feel, but they [...]
USA Today best-selling author Marilyn Brant is here to share the story of the amazing collaboration behind the New Adult anthology All I Ever Wanted. Last summer, three fellow authors and I began playing around with the concept of writing four interconnected contemporary romance novellas and bundling them into one new-adult anthology. Author and Carina Press editor, Rhonda Helms (http://rhondahelmsbooks.com/), first came up with this brilliant idea. She got New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan (http://lexiryan.com/) on board who, in turn, suggested bringing in Caisey Quinn (http://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com/) and me (http://marilynbrant.com/) to complete the author quartet. Ever since, it’s been a very unique, thrilling, and often hilarious experience, and it led to the creation of an anthology that we’re all so [...]
Wild on You – is on sale 2/4/14 and we want to giveaway free ebooks – enter the Rafflecopter below to win & Good Luck! Thanks for being part of #TinaOnTuesday. We thought we’d share the last two weeks snippets one more time, love these scenes!!
From the author: Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all keeping warm– it’s freezing here in Texas and we’re in the middle of yet another snow day (which really means ice or sleet here, but you know Anyway, I am so, so excited about the fact that Shredded comes out NEXT WEEK! I can’t believe it. It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for Z’s story to be available. To celebrate, here’s another excerpt Shredded, the first in my new Extreme Risk New Adult Series. Advance praise for Shredded “Z from Tracy Wolff’s Shredded is so hot he will melt your heart!”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy “Shredded features two gorgeously damaged characters and an amazingly written story that kept me [...]
The holidays are over and, for me at least, the dark days of winter are here. That Polar Vortex thing? I’m so over it. Not to complain or anything, but geez Mother Nature, could you give us a break? My kids have been off school. A lot. Let me repeat that. A. LOT. Even my college kid has had her classes canceled. Call me old, but when I was in college you went to class come hell or high water. Or freezing temperatures. But. Okay. Whatever.
Tina Wainscott kicks off the Justiss Alliance series featuring a team of tough, fearless heroes who are prepared for just about anything, except the last threat they could ever expect: true love. Dianne says, “Take one hot and self-confident ex Navy SEAL, add one beautiful, free-spirited and strong-willed woman on a mission to save abused animals at any cost, turn the writing over to Tina Wainscott and you can be guaranteed to be in for some sizzling moments, great dialogue, danger and a wild ride! Wild on You straps you in and glues your eyes to each page as your imagination runs wild!” Charlie gives 5 stars, “this book is right up my alley, sexy covert man with daring women. [...]
Thanks for stopping by! You like small town romances? Fan of Robyn Carr, Mariah Stewart and Emily March? You’ll love this Snippet – Enjoy! Chapter Two Hefin had no explanation for why he’d dropped anchor alongside this woman. He didn’t know why he’d been watching her for weeks. He had no idea why he, a man who did his best to say as little as possible to as few people as possible, would say almost anything to get her to stop crying.
For fans of Sylvia Day, E. L. James, and J. Kenner, the author of the edgy and erotic Full Exposure delivers another explosive tale of seduction and suspense. Tie Me Down by Tracy Wolff (Excerpt) by Romance At Random Don’t miss her latest – RUINED – Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me will be hooked on Ruined, an electrifying journey of emotional and sexual discovery that pushes two damaged souls to their breaking point—and beyond.
Hopefully you’re enjoying a day off shopping, going to a movie, taking a yoga class, or just doing whatever you find relaxing — for me, it’s reading. Reading puts me in a zone and no matter what is bothering me transcending into the author’s world always makes me feel better. Below is a sneak peek at a story appropriate for today – YOURS TO KEEP is a captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her. On sale now for $2.99 – Enjoy! Yours to Keep by Serena Bell (Excerpt) by Romance At Random
Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly. If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough. Hefin can’t help but notice [...]
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In two days my latest release, Repossessed, will be available. This book takes place in my Coveted series universe and it features witches and warlocks this time! I’m so excited about my Korean hero!
Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Starting today, 1 print ‘signed copy’ preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series:
Yahoo’s Susan Frances recaps Bronwen Evans new release, A Kiss of Lies – a must read – enjoy! A Kiss of Lies , the first book in Bronwen Evans ‘s The Disgraced Lords series plunges into the plight of Lord Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham. He is wrongfully accused of raping Duke Barforte’s young daughter. Like the other disgraced lords whom Christian attended Eton with and befriended, he is charged with a crime he did not commit and sets out on a course to prove his innocence, calling upon the help of his six college buddies nicknamed the Libertine Scholars and a new woman that enters his life introduced to him as Sarah Cooper. The author makes it apparent [...]