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Marriage of Convenience: Making a Classic Trope Modern

Molly O’Keefe, 2014 RITA Award winner, talks about the Marriage of Convenience trope—and why it’s hard to write in contemporary times, but how authors are able to make a classic plot line fresh and modern.   I love a good secret baby book, and don’t get me started on revenge plots, but my favorite—my very favorite romance plot line—is Marriage of Convenience. For those of you who might not have dipped your toe into this kind of story: basically, what happens is that two people agree to get married, or better yet have to get married for some practical or manipulative or dangerous reason, but the hero and heroine don’t like each other. Or better yet hate each other. Or [...]

#HunkDay: Hot For Teacher

Happy #HunkDay! It’s back to school and that can only mean one thing for hunk day: the hot professor. It’s such a common fantasy that it’s become almost a cliche. Late nights after class, visiting for “office” hours, the appeal of the uber-intellectual, his sexy glasses….Ahem. I should just get to the photos before things get a little too sexy–cliche! I mean cliche! Before things get a little too cliche. There we go. …And here you go: five hunks that most likely aren’t actually professors, but they look the part and probably have better abs than your actual professors did (unless you happened to be the luckiest student in the world!). Follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and [...]

Beauty and the Bodice Ripper

I dreamed that one day my love of make-up and love of fiction would somehow  converge. Fantasy is now reality: MAC Cosmetics just debuted their new line of romance-novel inspired cosmetics! Their new collection, called A Novel Romance, hit stores yesterday and is described as “teeming with deep, luscious shades that will leave you feeling overwhelmed with desire.” You know where you’ll find me on my lunch break. For more, visit MAC.    

#HunkDay: The Great Outdoors

Happy #HunkDay ladies and gentlemen! Anyone else noticing the subtle change in temperature? The few leaves starting to fall? The way the air has changed? Fall’s coming and coming quick! But we’re still in the last weeks of summer, so let’s celebrate. We’ve picked a few hunks who are doing their best to celebrate the great outdoors. Blue skies, shirtless men, what more could a girl want?! Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page.   1. This guy looks like he’s ready to do some gardening, or maybe have a little garden hose water fight?     2. I don’t know what’s more stunning, the man or the [...]

#HunkDay: The Six Pack Files

Happy Hunk Day! Each week we’re looking for the hottest hunks so that come Wednesday, we’ve got the best of the best. But…not all of the hunks we find get used. So today we’re opening up our Hunk Day files and bringing you the best of the six packs.It’s not about surfers or sailors or Scots, all we’re focusing on today are the bods. (And we may even have some eight packs to share too!) Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the hunks from the vault on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. You, sir, are most definitely blessed.   2. This guy really should be a cover model for romance novels. He’s got it all [...]

UPSIDE DOWN: Talking with Lia Riley

Tell us about your journey to being published with Forever Romance. LR: Last June, my agent and I brainstormed projects. I made an off-the-cuff reference about how my exchange semester to Australia changed my life (and yielded me a husband). I was surprised there weren’t many study abroad stories in New Adult. She went quiet for a second and said, “Go play with that idea.” I got to work, sent her three chapters and a synopsis. Here’s a rough transcript of our next conversation. Agent: Lia, I couldn’t sleep last night because of this book. Me: Woo hoo! Wait, did it give you nightmares? Agent: No, no. I loved it! But I don’t know what to do with you. Me: [...]

Talking with Karin Tanabe, THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE

The Price of Inheritance is one of my favorite novels so far this summer. Filled with passion, intrigue, art, old money — it’s the best kind of novel. Before we get into conversation with author Karin Tanabe, here’s the story: After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island. One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on [...]

#HunkDay: Men in Kilts

Happy #HunkDay, Lads and Lassies! I’ve been trying to work out why exactly I’m so attracted to Scottish men. At first, I thought it was their history of being untamed and wild, then I was certain it was their Scottish brogue, and for a minute I even thought I may have confused my love of tea and shortbread for a love of Scottish dudes, but then something clicked. It was the kilts. Men in Kilts, there’s just something about it. Today we’ve got some men in kilts to celebrate our Scottish heroes. Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Who are your favorite Scottish heroes? Are you partial to a man in a kilt? 1. I [...]

Talking with Daisy Goodwin: THE FORTUNE HUNTER

We’re thrilled to welcome Daisy Goodwin. If you’re not familiar with her historicals filled with rebellious heiresses and the complicated men who tempt them, now is the time to get acquainted. Last year, her debut novel  An American Heiress was the only cure for my Downton Abbey withdrawal. Now, with The Fortune Hunter, she created a hero I hated to love – but loved nonetheless. JB: The Fortune Hunter was inspired by the real-life 19th century Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. But the heroine of the novel is a different woman. Did it surprise you that Charlotte took center stage, or was that how you envisioned the book from the beginning?  DG: Good question.  I started the book thinking that Sisi would be [...]

#HunkDay: Suns Out, Guns Out

The summer weather is good for lots of things–picnics, surfing, hiking, outdoor concerts–but it’s especially good for allowing dudes to show off the muscles they’ve been working on since the cold days of January. We’re celebrating the phrase “suns out, guns out” today for Hunk Day. If you have to be inside working today, at least take a moment to enjoy this roundup of hotties baring their guns (and abs!). Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. This looks like some sort of apparition from my daydreams… 2. I’m very rarely speechless, but this man has left me without words.    3. Good Lord, I need to spend more time at the park!    [...]

#HunkDay: Surfer Studs

A few weeks ago we focused on lifeguards for #HunkDay, but this week, we’re looking from the lifeguard stands and out into the water to check out the surfers. There’s something so alluring about a tanned, blonde California surfer, something both totally American and totally edgy. And that’s not even mentioning Australian surfers and Mexican surfers and East Coast surfers and..well, you get the idea. I’m a fan of pretty much any surfers, but especially the ones we’ve rounded up for today’s Hunk Day. Follow the rest of the hunks on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Do you have a thing for surfers? Ever dated (or married–lucky!) a surfer? 1. I WANT TO BE WHERE THIS IS.   2. Can I [...]

DESIRED by Stacey Kennedy Tour, Your CLUB SIN Party Invite, and Giveaways!

It’s time for you to return to Club Sin! Stacey Kennedy turns up the heat with DESIRED, the third book in her irresistibly sexy series.   JOIN THE CLUB! JULY 22 – DESIRED Facebook Launch Party – Visit Stacey’s Facebook event page for a chance to win the swag featured below!   TOUR DATES   July 21– Romance at Random July 22 – Romance Addict Book Blog July 23 – Cocktails and Books July 24 – Steamy Guys After Dark July 25 – Turning Pages at Midnight   July 28 – Wendy Dawn’s Wicked World July 29 – Smutty Kitty July 30 – My Book Addiction and More July 31 – Manga Maniac Café August 1  - Girly Girl Book [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Guys On Boats

Let the summer time lovin’ continue with our Hunk Day! I was recently in Martha’s Vineyard and couldn’t help but daydream about the sailors and motorboat enthusiasts who took their boats out on the salty New England waters. I was in the harbor at sunset and it was so romantic that all I could imagine was being scooped up by a strong fisherman type. So instead of just daydreaming, I decided to do something about it. And that something is today’s Hunk Day! Enjoy…and catch the rest of the action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. This man is the stuff that New England dreams are made of…   2. What do you think he’s contemplating? “How is it [...]

Quiz: What’s Your Magical Warrior Power?

Whether I’m writing about the smokin’ hot pack of dragon-shifters in my Dragonfury novels (paranormal romances) or the sexy assassins in my medieval fantasy romance novels, the Circle of Seven Series, my goal is always the same. To give discerning readers a great story that not only entertains, but grabs hold of them at word one and never lets go. Since KNIGHT AVENGED (Montlake Romance), the second book in the Circle of Seven Series, just came out this week, I thought it would be fun to give readers an interactive quiz that when completed will help them find their magical warrior power. In KNIGHT AVENGED, Henrik, warrior, elite assassin and hero of the story, is able to gather the gloom [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Lifeguards

Happy Hunk Day Everyone! Summer might just be the best time for hunks. The hot weather encourages showing off their muscles–suns out, guns out, anyone? Not to mention that summertime is when lifeguards come back out. Ever since Barry, the tanned lake lifeguard, taught me how to swim when  I was ten, I’ve had a soft spot for lifeguards, reinforced by Baywatch re-runs and the more recent reality show, Bondi Rescue. Oh, and there was that time my vacation house faced the stretch of beach where lifeguard training happened. Let’s just say I liked watching the running and push-ups with my morning coffee much more than I enjoyed the morning news This week we’ve rounded up some hotties in red [...]

ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff – Blog Tour

The countdown begins! We’re just one week away from the release of Tracy Wolff’s ADDICTED: An Ethan Frost Novel. Need your Ethan Frost fix? Stop by each of the blogs on Tracy’s ADDICTED and enter our sexy ADDICTED giveaway! ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff Blog Tour July 7 – I Love Romantic Fiction  |  My E-Literate Obsession July 8 – She Book Blogs |  Wendy Dawn’s Wicked World  |  Acting Balanced July 9 –  Ramblings From This Chick  |  Loves A Book July 10 – Katsmiao  | Just One Opinion  |   Cece’s Reviews July 11 – Home Love Books  |  Twin Sisters Rockin Reviews  |  Gigi’s Book Blog July 12 – Cocktails and Books |  Steamy Guys After Dark  |  Reading It’s [...]

My Top Five Real Life Heroes

Jude Deveraux, the author of more than thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers, sat down with us to talk about her real-life heroes. This week brings us her latest novel For All Time, the latest Nantucket Brides novel.   My Top Five Real Life Heroes Whom I’ve Written About Thomas Jefferson He’s famously known for being the 3rd president of the United States; American Founding Father; and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But he also spoke five languages and designed his mansion Monticello. Genius. Inventive. Honorable   Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton He was a jack of many trades: a geographer, cartographer, spy, linguist, and poet. His main contributions include bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English and being the [...]

#HunkDay: God Bless America

Happy Hunk Day! We’re gearing up for the holiday weekend over here and we figured it was our patriotic duty to present some dudes who love America…and show their love while looking amazing with their shirts off, of course Start your celebration early with these hunks decked out in red, white, and blue. We can’t think of a better way to honor our wonderful country! Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. Do your Independence Day plans involve hunks in flag patterned swim trunks or maybe a hunky husband lighting up the grill? Let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments.  1. Where is this beach? Because we need [...]

Getting BREATHLESS FOR HIM with Sofia Tate

Sofia Tate joins us today to talk about her Forever Yours debut, BREATHLESS FOR HIM. (If that cover doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.)The story: As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini’s only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn’t what she expected. He’s unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she’s never felt before.  She craves Davison’s touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her [...]

Talking With Kyra Davis: Deceptive Innocence

I first read this story as an e-serial a few months ago, and now it’s available for the first time in print.  As someone who prefers a great book to watching TV, reading  Deceptive Innocence  was 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. Below is a conversation we had with author Kyra Davis when the e-serial launched in February. LB: I love this story! It’s one of those books that make me think damn, I wish I wrote this. What gave you the idea for this revenge story/ star-crossed passion? KD: Wow, what a compliment, thank you! As [...]

#HunkDay: Beach Edition

A very happy Hunk Day to you! Summer is fully upon us now! July is only a week away (how did that happen?!) and people have started to leave the office for beach towns where life is a little slower and there’s a whole lot more time for reading and soaking up the sun. We’re celebrating this week with some beach hunks. Fingers crossed the guys look like this on your next vacay. Do you know of a good place for spotting beach hunks? Maybe in Maine, maybe in the Caribbean, maybe somewhere totally different? Share with us in the comments!  Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept [...]

THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF (The Hope Diamond Trilogy #1) by Jessica Peterson

In an era when ladies were demure and men courtly, one priceless treasure set England ablaze and incited unimaginable scandal and passion—the Hope Diamond. Heir to an impressive title and fortune, Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, is among the most disreputable rakes in England. Desperately bored by dull heiresses and tedious soirees, he seeks new excitement—with a dangerous scheme to steal the world’s most legendary gemstone from its owner, Thomas Hope. To his surprise, however, it’s not the robbery that sets his blood burning but the alluring lady from whom he pilfers the gem. A string of bad luck has left the fate of Lady Violet Rutledge’s estate entirely in Hope’s scheming hands. So when his prized jewel disappears [...]

Talking Red-Hot Cowboys with Tina Leonard

Tina Leonard is here today to talk about her love of hunky men, her new Hell’s Outlaws series, and her summer TBR. Since LAST OF THE RED-HOT COWBOYS is the start of a new series called Hell’s Outlaws, tell us about the players we’ll meet. Come by www.pinterest.com/tinaleonard1 and visit the Hell’s Outlaws board to meet the characters! Two of my favorites are Mayor Judy and Sheriff Steel Durant.  They’ve got a big plan for Hell, Texas, and bringing on a team of excellent female riders to learn bullfighting is the headline—although, as we all know, there are secret plans afoot! No good matchmakers are ever without their secret magic wands!  Mayor Judy just happens to believe that to settle the Hell’s [...]

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 [...]

Talking with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke about YOUR PERFECT LIFE

Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton are the dynamic duo behind the blog Chick Lit Is Not Dead. No, chick lit is not dead. And Liz and Lisa continue to prove it with their new novel YOUR PERFECT LIFE. Today, they talk with R@R about their unique collaboration, the books that get them excited, and why the grass isn’t always greener.  How did your writing collaboration happen, and how does it work? We’ve known each other for 25 plus years and from the moment we met in high school, we always shared a love of books and reading. But it wasn’t until college that we first collaborated on a writing project. And that single experience of co-authoring a one-act play for [...]

#HunkDay: Soccer Dudes

Happy Hunk Day! We are in the midst of the World Cup right now, so we wanted to celebrate with a day of soccer hunks. There are tons of “Hottest World Cup Players” lists out there, so we kept it simple with some average (but not average looking!) soccer players and a few big name hotties. Enjoy! Maybe this will inspire you to watch a match tonight Check out the rest of the HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter pages and our Loveswept Pinterest page.  1. Fancy footwork? Check. Abs? Check. Everything a girl could need? Check.   2. Sergio Ramos is one of the hottest soccer players around. He’ll be playing for Spain in the [...]

Last of the Red Hot Runaway Brides

I guess I was a runaway bride.  I figured out four days before my wedding that I didn’t want to marry my fiancé, my mother told me to fly home, and that was that. Mom also told me I wasn’t going to sit at home and cry, so she wanted me to call up an old friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years or so—which I didn’t want to do.  We hadn’t talked, and I was sure he was married with kids. Post-Runaway Bride moment, Tina Leonard has her own HEA.    But I finally cratered under Mom’s request (she’d promised to call his parents if I didn’t call him).  In retrospect, I think I could have called her [...]

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 [...]

#HunkDay: Hot Dads

Soo..a Hunk Day feature might be the strangest way to celebrate Father’s Day, but we happen to think it also might be one of the best ways to celebrate Father’s Day (second to, of course, actually being with your family). Today we’ve compiled dudes who’ve managed to only become hotter since having kids. There are a few famous ones (Liam Neeson, Usher) but mainly they’re just normal guys with that fatherly glow. Not to mention they’re making adorable faces at their little ones. This was such a cute day that we extended the list from five to seven. Enjoy Follow the rest of the Hunk Day antics on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and the Loveswept Pinterest page. [...]