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The Writer’s Muse Meets Carrie Bradshaw

I’ve never really considered myself a shoe girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not above ogling a darling pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toes while walking through Nordstrom. But when it comes to splurging … Give me a Kate Spade handbag any day. Preferably one that’s big enough to fit my 11-inch MacBook Air so I can look oh-so-glam when I need to write “on the road.” Which is why I was surprised to find a startling discovery about my newest romance series, The Best Mistake: both books open with a scene about shoes. In Only With You, a decision over shoes is literally the catalyst for the story (hint: hooker boots are involved!) Which totally wouldn’t be a [...]

Real-Life Military Inspiration

It’s been a long time since my first novel Because of You published. I know a lot of times, the thing that inspired that first book changes and morphs as the writer grows but it’s funny, that thing hasn’t really changed for me. I started writing back in 2007. My husband was deployed on his second tour for what was going to turn into an eighteen-month separation for us. I was at Fort Benning in Officer Candidate School and I started glomming onto Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. I remember thinking someone should write about regular soldiers and their families and everything that’s changing with the wars. Well duh, why couldn’t I write those stories. It’s funny because you get the [...]

So Many Books, So Little Time

I have books by my top three authors gathering dust on my bed side table.  I so hate that! It used to be that I would average at least one book every two days.  The books were fiction, non-fiction, biographies, histories, and more. I also love to read good romance (of course!).  I look forward to new releases from Linda Warren, Rae Ann Thayne, and more. Now that I am very much into my writing and getting two books edited for my publishers, I have very little time to read for enjoyment or leisure…thus the books are still on the table waiting for me. Patricia Cornwall’s two books, Dust and Bone Bed, plus John Sanford’s Silken Prey are awaiting my [...]

Not Your Mother’s Lumberjack

There are certain iconic images that just stick with us. They become the norm, the traditional, the standard and everything that comes later is the ‘new.” If someone says the word lumberjack, what comes to mind? Most people think gruff manly men with beards, suspenders and flannel shirts. Many think hard drinkers, maple syrup, and a big blue ox. (This iconic image was twisted by Monty Python and his skit of “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay” which began by embracing those stereotypes before morphing into cross-dressing. It was shocking and hilarious at the time.) That was then. This is now. So how has the lumberjack changed over time? Beards are more a thing of fashion now, not the weather [...]

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 [...]

Hooked On Romance

It’s pretty hard to remember exactly when I got hooked on romance novels, although the first one I read is easy to recall.  Back in the Dark Ages (when I was a teenager) I remember loving the classic romances Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre (strangely I didn’t read Pride and Prejudice until grad school!) and they were required reading in tenth grade.  I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I remember reading all the Mary Stewart romantic suspense novels and loving them. But the book that sold me completely on romance novels during those teenage years was Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove.  I’m sure I picked up the book originally because it was set in the medieval period, [...]

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 [...]

What Makes a Man Sexy?

WHAT MAKES A MAN SEXY? HE’S FUNNY, HE LIKES BABIES, HE PUTS THE TOILET SEAT DOWN I’m a sucker for stories starring heroines who encounter a string of Mr. Wrongs before stumbling over Mr. Right — who’s been there all along. Maybe it’s because I’ve had more than my own share of disastrous dates. Let’s see—there was the guy who nearly bit my hand off when I stole one of his French fries. The fellow who ended up in the emergency room after kissing me—allergic  reaction to my lipstick. The film blogger who took me to a movie, went out for popcorn, and never came back . . . Humiliating as they are at the time,  bad dates make for [...]

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 [...]

Author Chat: TBR List and Giveaway

Kristina Mathews, author of the More Than a Game series, talks to us about what’s on her TBR (to be read) pile.  I don’t remember not knowing how to read. My mom tells stories of how I would impress friends and family by reading my favorite book at age three. I probably had it memorized, but it was a step toward learning how to read. And once I started school, I often had my own reading group, because I was a grade-level or two above the rest of the class. I am still a voracious reader. I read for pleasure almost every night. I read the seventh Harry Potter book in two days. It usually takes me less than a [...]

Awakened ~ Book Two in the Belladonna Agency by Virna DePaul: BookTrailer & Interview!

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! I know it’s a little early but I always get so excited by the fireworks and parades and the food and the good times that, to me, epitomize summer. Fourth of July always reminds me of when I was a kid. My Grandma owned a house on a lake and every weekend in the summer my mom and dad would pack up the car, hook up the boat and away we would go the lake house. We boated, we ate, we lazed in the sun. It was perfect. Even at the time I knew it was perfect. What I especially remember was July 4, 1976. Yes, that probably dates me but its one of the single [...]

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 [...]

You Can’t Choose Your Family

Weddings are all about the bride and groom, sure. But I have to say, I’m way more intrigued by the families that molded them, guided them, surrounded or wounded them on their way to this monumental step, and that’s why I like my own books to be filled with those big, messy families – the good ones, the not-so-good ones, and sometimes, the ones you would never invite TO the wedding.

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 [...]

A Wicked Fascination – The Truth About History

Hi Romance at Random! Thanks for having me. As a historical romance author, I run across several interesting facts about the era I’m writing in. A historian by profession, I love researching into the topics and find the true depth of that era or person or war or whatever I’m on a mission to discover. It is that drive to find the truth, to portray and interpret the past correctly, to be able to take the reader back there, which makes my stories rich in the past. In my research for my stories, let me give you a hint of what I’ve come across that is fascinating.

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 [...]

A Romance Lover’s Guide to Nantucket

For romance on Nantucket, go in September, when the weather’s warm and the island’s not crowded.  Take the slow ferry. There are six over and back during the day. They take an hour longer than the one-hour fast ferries, but they cost much less, and why hurry when you can lounge out on the upper deck in the sun, watching sailboats, fishing boats, and yachts glide by while sea birds swoop overhead? When you arrive at Nantucket, the first thing you should do is head to the Sunken Ship on Broad Street. Buy yourself a straw hat with a ribbon or flowers to shade your face and provide you with a keepsake to take home. Now walk around the town. [...]

Meet My Book Family – HOLD ON TIGHT (With Sneak Peek!)

Today is release day for Hold on Tight, the story of Jake, a wounded soldier, and Mira, a mother learning to stand on her own two feet. Not quite a year ago, a single sentence changed my life—my agent’s voice on the phone asking, “How would you feel about writing a secret baby book?” Within a day, I knew exactly who my characters were, and just how Mira would feel when Jake showed up in her life—and her son’s—after eight years of fighting in Afghanistan. It took me a little longer to explore what it would be like for Jake, coming home from a hard war, physically altered and deeply affected by what he’d seen and done. Soon, though, I [...]

Throwback Thursday with Loveswept

Throwback Thursday is here and how timely too as Loveswept relaunches Connie Lane’s fun sexy romance books with sexy hot new looks!

Plus – a little note from the author too – here’s Connie:

I don’t know any author who doesn’t await the arrival of their latest cover with a mixture of anticipation and a case of good ol’ fashioned jitters.
Will my characters look the way I picture them? Will the artist catch the tone, the feel of romance, the nuances that make each book different and special?
Thankfully, when “Reinventing Romeo,” “Romancing Riley,” “Guilty Little Secrets” and “Dirty Little Lies” were first published, I was thrilled with the finished products. The covers convey a sense of the mystery that fills the pages as well as the fun, too, in the light-hearted cartoonish drawings.

Fiction: Tattooed Dedication

As early as I can remember, I have been obsessed with books and reading.  I give credit for my love of reading to my mother, who would sit up and read Dr. Seuss and Minnie Mouse books to me when I couldn’t sleep.  Evidently, I ended up memorizing some of the books and just flipping pages at random times trying to convince her that I could read! When I got to University I realized that reading and writing was all I wanted to do with my life.  This is when I discovered the song Fiction by the Lucksmiths (YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuTM2f1PgQc&list=PLAm8JOTdz76UavcPYJKiwAsEtQjzICXG2) The lyrics spoke to me immediately and I knew this was the perfect way for me to always remember [...]

Diana Gabaldon Fan Retreat Livestream

Saturday, June 7th is the Diana Gabladon Fan Retreat in Seattle, WA. Tickets sold out in 6 minutes! SIX MINUTES! If you didn’t manage to beat out the other rabid fans with your mouse clicking skills, we’ve got you covered. June 7th at 12:30pm EST/9:30am PST, there will be a livestream of Diana’s keynote speech where she will be giving readers a look into the making of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (no spoil- ers!) and answering fan questions. Check the RH Youtube Channel for the livestream here.

Jamie and Claire…Oh my! + Giveaway

I remember the first time I heard about Outlander, which was just a few years ago. I must have been the only person on the planet who hadn’t heard of Diana Gabaldon. My critique partner was so excited about this book she’d read. I trust her judgment so I picked up the book. Usually, I don’t care to read about the time period Outlander begins with, but I kept reading, and when I’d finished the entire book, I was hooked.

The Ultimate Book Boyfriend

Those are six of my book boyfriends that I would gladly give up an evening to spend with. It’s a good thing there’s a lot of these guys to go around otherwise I’d probably have to fight a few people off for someone them. And I’d fight dirty too. Hands off the 998th Lord Commander of the Night Watch, yo’.

The ultimate book boyfriend has doesn’t have to be the Alpha Male, but the majority of them are. The best book boyfriends, at least for me, also have to have a code and live by it—even when it’s not convenient or easy for them to do so. I like a hero to have a weakness for the heroine, that bumps up against the lines he has drawn for himself. And that weakness, which we all know is really strength, allows him to become more—better.

An Interview with Author Shiloh Walker PLUS Giveaway!

Larissa Ione, EMT and meteorologist, is author of the New York Times bestselling Demonica series, and is half of the Sydney Croft writing duo. Larissa first met Shiloh Walker online. Then they met in person, possibly in a bar, which they won’t confirm or deny. They hit it off right away and enjoy their friendship—as long as they avoid talking about the medical field, where they both worked and have very definite and sometimes different opinions about the players in the profession. But that’s okay, because there’s plenty of other stuff to talk about, including a love of things spooky, things paranormal, and all things books—the edgier the better. Larissa’s latest book, Azagoth, is a June release. Larissa: Okay, so [...]

My Favorite Historical Fashion – It’s the Shoes

Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them.

With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.

Pacific Northwest Summer Gardening Tips

Pots of Pelargoniums Until Frost  Nothing says “summer” like a pot of scarlet pelargoniums on the porch. These old-fashioned plants with their scalloped, pungent leaves sport flowers that look like bright lollipops on thin stems. They can be grown in containers or set in garden beds and their distinctive upright form plays well off soft mounds of companion plants. Pelargonium is the scientific name for what gardeners generally called geraniums; they have been popular in America since the late eighteenth century when Thomas Jefferson had plants shipped from France for his gardens at Monticello. In formal parks and gardens they are used in “bedding out” schemes, with blocks of red geraniums bordered by royal blue lobelia, and perhaps a tall [...]

You-Never-Know Day Also Known As National Waffle Iron Day

I’m a big fan of unique holidays, especially if they can be celebrated with cupcakes. Then again, any holiday is a call for cupcakes, right? Unfortunately for my hips, any day can also BE a holiday. June alone has National Doughnut Day (the 6th), National Splurge Day (the 18th), and Blame Someone Else Day (the 13th). I think I might have to celebrate all of them.

My favorite holiday of all time, though, is one I don’t see on any official list. It was invented by Hank Phillippi Ryan (yes, she of Emmy, Agatha, and Macavity fame), and is so sweet it might give you a cavity. . . . .