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The Devil Is In the Details: Why Research Isn’t Just for Historicals

I joke that I write contemporary romance because I’m too lazy to do research. Friends of mine write epically wonderful tomes on Roman and European history, and the months they spend compiling detail upon fact upon footnoted quote boggles my mind. However, all joking aside, I’d like a little credit for the hours I do actually log on the Internet doing research. Is it as much as an author writing historical fiction? Nope. But contemporary romances are based in reality, so there’s even more pressure to get it right. Because trust me—people will notice if you get the tiniest detail wrong. I research for one of three reasons. Okay, four reasons, but number four is the aforementioned ogling of hot [...]

Weekend Reading: THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand

It’s no secret that today, author Elin Hilderbrand’s life is unfortunately imitating her art. After writing over a dozen heart-warming, page-turning beach reads, including The Island, Barefoot, and The Castaways – many of which deal with the issue of mortality as well as love and romance – Hilderbrand herself is now battling breast cancer. Our thoughts are with her, especially as this week brings the publication of her new novel The Matchmaker – in which a forty-something woman finds herself diagnosed with cancer just as she is faced with the return of “the one who got away” — at the same time that her daughter becomes engaged to the wrong man. The Matchmaker has all of the elements that make [...]

Keeping It In the Family: When a Heroine Works with Hubby

Working with your family is either one step away from heaven or the fifth circle of hell, depending on who you ask. If you asked my new heroine, Jackie Parker, she’d tell you it’s both at the same time.  As a certified process server in Miami, Jackie’s career could have branched out into a million different day jobs. But after years of physical separation from her husband, who was active duty military, she craves more time.  Jackie and Luke are like newlyweds, seven years after the fact. Of course joining Luke’s property management team, Damaged Goods, seems like a terrific idea. The fine print? Yes, she does spend time with Luke. But she’s also trapped in a truck ten hours [...]

Outlander Summer: Save the Dates!

Hold on to ye kilts! The eighth Outlander novel, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, comes out today. And the release of the novel is just the beginning of the Outlander mania this summer. Following the release, Diana will begin a book tour in many cities around the world to promote the book. Curious if your city is on the list? Find the whole lineup here. And the new TV series adaptation based on OUTLANDER, Diana’s first book, will premiere on August 9 on the Starz cable channel in the U.S.! A new major novel AND a new TV series? Ah, what a great Outlander summer this will be! Read more about Outlander Summer.

How I Found My Perfect Hero

I love a suited-up billionaire as much as the next gal. But for my first New Adult novel, RUIN ME, I was inspired by the idea of a different type of hero. And he’s based on some real life men (and women)  who are doing thrilling things every night in the streets of cities around the world: street artists. About a year ago, I watched a documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop about a mysterious British artist named Banksy. He became famous by painting the sides of buildings under the cover of night, producing beautiful art that was meant to provoke and inspire. He ultimately went on to create sculpture installations, and sneaking his artwork onto the walls of [...]

Molly O’Keefe eBooks now only- $4.99

Get all of Molly’s eBooks for only $4.99 each: Can’t Hurry Love Never Been Kissed Between the Sheets Can’t Buy Me Love Crazy Thing Called Love Wild Child And The Crooked Ranch Trilogy only $9.99! “Molly O’Keefe delivers addictive and sexy romance at its best: irresistible and satisfying . . . a terrific read.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery “Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction . . . an automatic must-read!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

Winners Announced! Happy Release Day to Me and THIRD DEGREE + Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled that Third Degree is finally releasing today and I’m also very excited to present this excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s the set up – since these aren’t the opening pages, I’ll give you a bit of backstory to set up the scene, though it’s not hard to follow along. This scene is the first meeting of my two main characters, Isabel and Marshall (aka Izzy and Marsh). Izzy has recently gotten some very bad news—she’s been rejected for medical residency programs because she failed her emotional readiness test. She’s decided, after a therapist and her boss suggest that her failure might be due to a “lack of normal teenage experiences,” to enroll [...]

#TBT: Classic vs. Re-Issue

When we were working on the new cover for The Light in the Darkness by Ellen Fisher, we found this old cover from 1998. Though this is a historical romance and fashion from the colonial period hasn’t changed, we figured Edward Greyson and Jennifer Wilton could still use a facelift after almost twenty years! What do you think of the update? Which of the covers do you prefer? Intrigued by the covers? Here’s a little more about the book: In Ellen Fisher’s charming novel of romance and redemption in colonial Virginia, a tormented widower rediscovers his passion for life with a most unlikely bride. Edward Greyson is one of the most eligible bachelors in the New World—and he couldn’t care [...]

Today’s the “Day”

It’s release day for Sylvia Day’s latest, the second novella in her Afterburn duo. “When it came to playing games, my lover Jax was a master strategist. He pulled strings behind the closed doors of D.C.’s most powerful political players, and somehow still found time to nearly sideline my career. What he didn’t know was that when I didn’t like the rules, I threw them out and made my own. I wasn’t going to let Jax get away with it. I wasn’t going to let him get away at all. I loved Jax enough that it was impossible to give up. Jax loved me enough that giving up was the only end he’d consider. He didn’t think I could swim [...]

Snippet of ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance

Here’s what readers are already saying about this soon to be released romance – on sale 3/4/2014: “Ms. Chance’s writing was well-paced, humorous, had a great storyline, steamy, steamy well-written chemistry between the Dante and Lacey, and sigh worthy declarations of love at the end. This romance addict enjoyed every. single. page.”~Goodreads Reviewer – Ms Chris 1161 “Dante is one of the sexiest, most wanted rockstars there ever was and he knows it.”~Sarah Angell “This book as like a breath of fresh air. A nice, fun, quick, sexy read. (very sexy actually, without being crude or vulgar, yeay!)”~Esther Judge for yourself, Jennifer has shared a first chapter snippet on her Facebook page – enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/authorJenniferChance?v=app_160430850678443

#Throwback Thursday with the re-release of Peggy Sue Got Murdered by Tess Gerritsen – look for, ‘Girl Missing’

Have you read this re-release from author Tess Gerritsen, ~ New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, her stunning first thriller? A beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t listen. One of the town’s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat’s [...]

Winner Announced – Of Boats, Chocolate & Girlfriend Times: Susan Wiggs Interviews Sheila Roberts + Giveaway!

When two writing buddies get together they can’t help but talk about their work. Join #1 New York Times  bestselling author Susan Wiggs as she interviews her long-time pal, another bestselling author from the Pacific Northwest, Sheila Roberts, about Sheila’s newest novel, THE COTTAGE ON JUNIPER RIDGE. Susan: I remember when you first began writing your Life in Icicle Falls series. It all started with BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE, a story about a small mountain town in our lovely state of Washington having some economic struggles and a woman trying to save the family’s chocolate factory. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that chocolate factored into the story. Sheila: You know me—a died-in-the-candy-wrapper chocoholic (like you!) Susan: It’s one of the [...]

#Cover Reveal – Desired (Club Sin) Kyler’s story by Stacey Kennedy

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy does it again with – Desired, the latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality. Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control. After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she [...]

New this week – A WICKED PURSUIT by Isabella Bradford

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the [...]

#TyOnTuesday – The Belladonna Agency Begins with Turned by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This is week 2, Chapter One where Ty and Ana meet – enjoy! About the book: Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As [...]

Winner’s Announced: A little Scots anyone? Who doesn’t like a man in a kilt?

When my editor and I were discussing ideas for upcoming stories she asked me what I thought about writing something Scottish. I had to think about that for a moment. I’m not sure why because my favorite historical romances are Scottish based. And, really, who doesn’t like a man in a kilt, right? So I thought about it for a moment and I have to admit the amount of research I would have to do was a bit intimidating. I’ve never written anything Scottish before. I told Sue that I would definitely consider writing a Scottish historical romance—without a clue as to what I would actually write. And then, months later, a scene came to me, fully formed—woman holding a [...]

Happy Release Day to Elise Sax & her book LOVE GAME

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends. Five months have passed since Gladie Burger came to Cannes, California, to join her eccentric Grandma Zelda in the family matchmaking business, and Gladie is quickly mastering the rules of attraction. Her latest fix-up is still going strong and Gladie’s bank account is back in the black—until a rival matchmaker arrives in town and has both Gladie and Zelda seeing red. Not only is self-proclaimed psychic Luanda Laughing-Eagle stealing Grandma Zelda’s clients, but Zelda is convinced that Luanda’s ESP is total BS. She tasks Gladie with exposing Luanda as a fraud, [...]

On sale today – The Raider by Monica McCarty #MenInKilts

While you wait for the Outlander movie, wet your whistle with this amazing series – you’ll be glad you did – After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and [...]

Library Lovers’ Month: 5 Quotes You’ll Love

Today for our Library Lovers’ Month feature, we’ve pulled together five of our most loved quotes about libraries. From Cicero to Rita Mae Brown, it seems that everyone has a deep love for their libraries. Tell us what you think of these and leave your own favorite quote in the comments        

Already excited about release day giveaway! $20 EGC

As the countdown clock to release day ticks away, Jennifer Chance is hosting a giveaway. One lucky winner will get a $20 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble just for sharing some book love. Please see the entry form below for details. Early Praise: “Jennifer Chance’s Rock It is perfect for those of us who like our books the way we like our rockers: smart, sexy, sweet, and a damn good time!”—Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Unbreak Me a Rafflecopter giveaway Jennifer Chance unleashes her hot new series with the tale of a smoldering rock star and the fangirl who catches his eye—and finds herself living out her wildest dreams. Lacey [...]

New Releases This Week

We send off the month of February with a Hollywood romance starring a reluctant leading lady, hipsters looking for love in all the wrong places, and a new trilogy about three scandalous rakes and the women who love them. Come a Little Bit Closer (The Sullivans) by Bella Andre (Harlequin): The seventh book in the New York Times bestselling series is out in paperback this week: movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface. Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business [...]

#Cover Reveal – Fake It by Jennifer Chance

As her sizzling new series continues, Jennifer Chance sparks some serious combustion between a sexy biker and a corporate go-getter who’s ready to let her hair down. New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real. Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, [...]

Quotes you’ll love from Robin York’s Deeper – on sale now

“You arm yourself with love, friends, knowledge. You figure out who you are. What you want. You figure it out, and you go after it with everything you’ve got. And that means sometimes you have to let yourself be scared.” ― Robin York, Deeper **** “When you’ve got a shot at deeper, you have to fist your hands in its T-shirt and pull it closer. Tug until fabric rips. Yank at it, reel it in until it’s naked up against your belly and you’re starving and full, desperate and satiated, dizzy and grounded.” ― Robin York, Deeper **** “You’re mine. He hurt you. I want to hurt him.” ― Robin York, Deeper **** “You have a great shift.” I tell [...]

Saturday Snippet – The Raider, Highland Guards are Hot!

New on Tuesday – After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose. Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the [...]

Sunday Snippet with Tuesday Release (2/25) Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen

Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder. With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan. The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: [...]

Scandal, Rakes and Romance, my God it sounds like my kind of book!

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. “First book in a planned trilogy, hot smexy Dukes and Earls, underdog heroine, historical romance and a couple that has broken all the proper rules, to be each other’s “somebody”! YUP .. my kind of book!”~The Reading Cafe “It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.”~All I Am As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways [...]

A Day At the Beach: The Love Stories of Elin Hilderbrand

I was excited to read this week that one of my favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand, has five new novels planned, including her first “fall/winter offering” WINTER STREET coming this October, and then a summer novel every year until 2018. There’s something about Elin Hilderbrand’s books that make them impossible to put down. The characters pull you in, and each novel (every one set on the island of Nantucket) has an exquisite sense of place and offers perfect escapism. I’ve loved them all, but my top three are: The Island (2010, Little Brown) – My favorite of the bunch, this novel starts with a wedding – a cancelled wedding. And it just gets better from there.  Birdie Cousins has thrown herself [...]

Love Game, are you playing?

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends. Early Praise: “Elise Sax will win your heart.”—Jill Shalvis “Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold ‘Em “In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series . . . a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind Too fun? Preorder now — Love Game is on sale 2/25/14.

Winner Announced! #FollowFriday with Virna’s Vixens + Giveaway!

Romance at Random is this weeks tour stop with a new sneak peek and fabulous print signed copy giveaway to one lucky winner! Good luck – Just comment below answering this question, “What is the number one reason you read paranormal romance?” About the book: Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath. Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires [...]

Congrats to USA Bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Stacey Kennedy, for her recent release BARED and achieving bestseller list status! Again!! Because her first Loveswept release CLAIMED also wowed readers — Stacey’s Dom’s are the best heroes hands down Goodreads reviewer Shauni says, “An emotional stunner that is so very much more than just another BDSM book.” “This was a beautiful story filled with emotion.” From reader Shelly Bell And, Kelly’s Books & Kisses said -”What a way to start a book. Chapter one was a bit intense and something you would find in the middle of any other book. But Stacey throw us into the deep in of the pool in this story.” Then Michelle gives us a word [...]