For over two thousand years, the faces of the Amazons have been veiled in mystery. Who exactly were these foreign warrior women that pop up again and again in ancient literature? One of the main problems with the Amazon legend is that it is made up of numerous conflicting stories about women … all told by men. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking the Greek male of yore looked up to these formidable femmes the way our men of today get all steamed up about female superheroes in squeaky-tight outfits. No, without a doubt the tales of Amazons searing off breasts and killing their male offspring had the same function then as scary bedside monster-stories have today. They were, in [...]
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! Today 1 print ‘signed copy’ preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series. Comment below to win — answering this question – What is your favorite type of shifter? Must have a US mailing address and 18 to win. Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/14/14 – Happy Romance!
Do you remember your first time? That first taste of love conflict, and lust in textual form, often right under your parents’ very noses? What I’m asking is: do you remember your first romance novel? If you’re anything like me, maybe you don’t. I went through books like a moth in a trunk, consuming everything in my path. But in my word-hungry ravaging of any library I could gain entry to, there are a few books that stand out in my memory. The ones I read again and again in pre-adolescent wonder, hoping that one day I’d find a love as sweet or tender or fiery hot as the ones between the flaking pages in my hands. Fifteen, by Beverly [...]
Here it is – book one, COMMITTED! Is your jaw dropping? Mine did – and let me tell you this is one hot, HOT, hot romance! If you like Stacey Kennedy and Club Sin? Stick around and meet Damien *sigh* – yes, he’s just that good. Jodie says it all right here: “The relationship between Damien and Poppy gives a hot, sexy, and realistic view of kink and power exchange, along with suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Jodie Griffin, author of the Bondage & Breakfast series You’ve got to share – what are you thinking? Is Damien a go?
March is National Craft Month and to celebrate we’re doing a weekly feature on crafting. This week, we’re focusing on novels about crafting and DIY craft books that go together like cake and ice cream, or chocolate and peanut butter, or macaroni and cheese (can you tell I was hungry when I wrote this post?). Forget the similes and check out this list…We’ve got books that’ll appeal to whatever your artsy heart might desire. FOR THE KNITTER The Wishing Thread + Once Upon a Knit Three magical sisters who are believed to knit their customers’ wishes and dreams into scarves, mittens, and beautiful tapestries must reconnect after their aunt’s death in The Wishing Thread. [...]
I’ll admit — I have cover envy. Is this hot, or what?? We have a few weeks to go before the official pub date on March 24, but here’s a preview of Sex and the Single Vamp: Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago. Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, [...]
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 March:
Ah, the allure of the rock star. What is it about a man with a guitar that is so sexy? Maybe we don’t need to come up with a reason. Maybe we should just accept it as fact and enjoy this #HunkDay full of sexy rockers. Check out the whole #HunkDay line-up on our Loveswept Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. PS: If you like reading about rockstars as much as you like admiring their pictures, check out ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance! The hero, Dante, is a bonafied rock god and sure to make you a fangirl 1. Jim Morrison of The Doors. It’s a throwback but he is one of the original sexy rockstars. Photo courtesy of pigeonsandplanes.com 2. Adam [...]
Readers familiar with the grit and gore of my crime novels may be surprised to discover my secret past … as a romance author. I was first introduced to romances while I was working as a doctor, a high-stress job where, too often, I dealt with loss and grief-stricken families. At the end of the day, I needed to open a book where I’d find both entertainment and a happy ending — and I found both in romance novels. I became hooked on them, sometimes reading half a dozen a week despite my grueling schedule in the hospital. It’s no surprise that the first novel I wrote was a romance. In 1987, CALL AFTER MIDNIGHT was bought by Harlequin Intrigue. [...]
As reader, I feel there are two components to a great plot—mystery and romance. And as a writer, I find it darn near impossible not to include both of those elements in my stories. It’s a little like that old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial, I get either mystery mixed up into my romances or romances mixed up into my mysteries. I blame this on some of my favorite pre-teen series Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. There was always thread of romance running through the Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, and Nancy Drew books as those girl sleuths solved the mysteries. Would Trixie and Jim Frayne end up together? How about Nancy and Ned Nickerson? Would Cherry Ames marry [...]
Today is National Hug a GI Day! I’ve put together a reading list of military romances full of GIs, Seals, and a whole host of heros I wish I could hug today. How will you celebrate today? Who’s your favorite GI hero? Find out more about the books here: WILD ON YOU COURSE OF ACTION BECAUSE OF YOU
Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – We pick up where we left off last week, Ty & Ana’s first meeting in Chapter One – Enjoy! First – about the book: Vampires are real and they are here, living amongst us. For the most part, they have no interest in us and we have no awareness of their existence . . . until now. TURNED FBI special agent Ty Duncan is part of a group to bring rogue vampires to justice. The Belladonna Agency is in the process of recruiting their first civilian member and it’s Ty who must convince Ana Martin to help them get [...]
Congratulations to our winners of THE HEIST giveaway! Continue to check Romance at Random for more giveaway opportunities. Today we’re giving away eBooks as part of “Read an eBook Week” here AND we’re giving away 3 Books by Shana Galen here. Now, for the list of lucky winners*: (*winners will be contacted via email) Julie P. Jennifer B. Debra G. Jeanne M. Wesley H. Joan V. Bernadette L. Erin C. Denise L. Kathryn M. Beth F. Phyllis G. Shee H. Maria S. Tanya F.
I absolutely love writing Regency-set romance novels. The Regency period is so much fun! But if you’re relatively new to Regency romances, there might be a few terms you’re not familiar with. Words to Know First of all, you might be wondering what, exactly, the Regency is. Regency—the period between 1811 and 1820 when King George III was considered too ill to rule and his son, later George IV, was made regent in his place. Novels set anywhere between 1800 and the mid-1820s are often considered Regencies. There are lots of French words used in Regency romances. That’s because everything French was considered de rigeur (required by the current fashion) in Regency England. Here are a few French terms you [...]
Hannah is walking down the street eating salad out of a plastic container when she gets a call from her mother that her grandmother is dying. She has to go home. Adam can’t go with her because it’s the first week of rehearsals for the show. She’s like, yeah, I totally get it. But it’s clear she doesn’t feel great about it. He says he misses her when she’s gone even for one night. “Yeah, but you’re going to have fun with all your new theater friends.” He wrestles with her and defuses the tension. Hannah is at the hospital. Her grandmother tells her she has two rods in her leg because of her femur and says, “Can you believe [...]
SUSANA from Susana’s Parlour says: New favorite author! 5/5 stars! Susana wrote a beautiful review really capturing the context of this story — but do you know what grabs my attention most? When a reviewer compares the author to someone I’m already reading and adoring. So when I saw this: “This story is every bit as delightful as those by my favorite Regency authors: Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, etc. I will definitely be looking for the other books in the series!” I was like, what the whaaa?? I’m in! How about you, do you like author comparisons when making your reading choices? Check out the rest of Susana’s review here-enjoy!
March 3-8 is “Read an eBook Week!” To celebrate, Loveswept and Flirt are giving away 5 eBooks to 5 lucky winners! Enter to win 1 of 5 prize packs, which includes: ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance BARED by Stacey Kennedy WILD ON YOU by Tina Wainscott SHREDDED by Tracy Wolff PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullen Enter by Friday, March 8 at 11:59pm PT for a chance to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Did you watch the Oscars last night? I have to admit, I watched mostly for the clothes–thank you E! Fashion Police for the extensive coverage–and the host–Ellen Degeneres never disappoints. Here are my three favorite moments from last night: 1. Jared Leto (and his fabulous hair) and Matthew McConaughey winning for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club. Photo courtesy of Billboard.com Photo courtesy of the LA Times 2. Lupita Nyong’o’s incredible baby blue Prada dress. Stunning. Photo courtesy of blog.zap2it.com 3. Ellen’s selfie. A genius act of retweeting glory. Photo courtesy of thewrap.com What were your favorite parts? Do you think anyone got robbed of an award they deserved? Tell us in the comments!
Sophia is back in Lori Adams’s next installment, AWAKEN, book two in the hot New Adult series of paranormal romance—the Soulkeepers— I think one of my favorite parts of this book is the paintball scene — have you ever played that game? Paintball – it’s a riot! Dressed in fatigues you’re part of one of two teams and you run around like a crazy person with a paintball gun and try to kill/paint-splatter the enemy — and yes it is seriously messy. The fun part about this scene is that Sophia and Michael have a strong bond, in many different ways (I can’t tell you too much!) and the closer they are physically the stronger their heartbeats become . . [...]
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of 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 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!
Reviewer Erin from Sarah Says Read Romance Blog did an awesome recap of BARED. As soon as I saw this, ‘the emotion is intense and raw’, I was sold! I’m one of those people who wants to feel what I’m reading, know what I mean? Stacey Kennedy has that talent and is one of the reasons I adore Club Sin. So – have you tried it? Have you been BARED? Join the thousands of readers like me who are now Club Sin readers – you’ll be glad you did! For the complete review visit Erin’s Goodreads post here – Enjoy! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/851132359?book_show_action=false Oh, and this part of the review was an attention getter too! “And the sex…OMG! The sex is HOT [...]
It’s the birthday episode, with both Kendall and Bruce celebrating in ways that bring the family together and also show where the lines are drawn. Kim and Khloe are at the Jenner house (where Kim is still living, and Bruce is not). A call comes in on the land line for Bruce, and Khloe tells the person that “Bruce doesn’t live here.” Khloe says to the camera that ever since he moved out he doesn’t come to the house anymore and it’s sad to her because she still considers him her dad and it’s “not real to me, or I don’t want to accept it.” Kim complains that she has to get her nails done and she has a fitting. [...]
A few words to wet your whistle! Readers are adoring Isabella’s latest release, the first book in this new trilogy – enjoy!
Stories abound these days that include the apocalypse; either the hero and heroine avert it, survive it, or in some cases, cause it. That theme has been one which has fascinated us since the dawning of civilization, we have wondered how our story would end. I admit that I have always been quite captivated with end of the world scenarios. There are a ton of books and movies which examine how society and people would function; The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Revolution are prime examples. At its heart, each of these stories removes all human artifice and brings what is truly important to the forefront. I like the issues that are examined. If the world ended, does society [...]
Making up people is probably my favorite part of writing fiction. And when I say making up people, I don’t mean names and physical traits. I actually loathe those parts and will literally get stuck while writing a proposal for a new project because I don’t have a name for my MC. Then I’ll run out to Chipotle for some comfort food, look at the name tag of the first burrito engineer I see: Jim. That works for me. But Jim what? Jim Chicken? Jim Guacamole? Jim Steak? Jim Stakeman. Done. And physical traits. If there’s nothing in the plot that might require a certain look or feature, then the creation process will go something like this: okay, I did [...]
They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Judging from the new releases on deck, I’d say we have some very hot lions and sweet little lambs throughout, and the week of March 25 seems especially packed. So check out the list of highlights below, and plan your reading accordingly! What book are you most looking forward to reading?
Lover of Romance’s review from Goodreads was one of my all time favorites — how can you not adore, be intrigued – shoot, want to read this after you read: Pleasing The Pirate is such a wonderfully written historical romance, that is full of historical events, enticing characters, and a story line to keep you on the edge and waiting in anticipation for the next scene to send thrills down your spine!!! PURELY SENSATIONAL!! Read the rest of Lover of Romances review here Thanks Lover of Romance! We love you!
Calling all Anglophiles! If you loved Notting Hill, About A Boy, Bridget Jones Diary, and well, pretty much any film featuring Hugh Grant or Colin Firth…then you need to get your hands on Ruthie Knox’s 2013 RITA finalist ABOUT LAST NIGHT featuring the oh-so-sexy British banker Nev Chamberlain. Praise for ABOUT LAST NIGHT: “I fell for Ruthie Knox’s hero, I cheered for her heroine…and I simply adored everything about their love story! ABOUT LAST NIGHT was an absolutely wonderful romance.”- Bella Andre, NYT bestselling author “Funny, unabashedly sexy, and at times achingly emotional, About Last Night kept me ripping through the pages to get to the happily ever after. Ruthie Knox is a unique, fresh voice in romance. I highly recommend her!” -Jaci Burton, NYT bestselling author “Cath [...]
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
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: Enter to win, Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting this giveaway — hurry over to her site and comment to win — good luck! http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/?p=10291 Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/7/14 – Happy Romance!