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Friday Love Poems: Tyler Knott Gregson

The National Poetry Month celebration continues with our third edition of Friday Love poems <3. Have you ever heard of the poet Tyler Knott Gregson? He started his own blog to showcase his poems and his photography. His short, deeply felt haikus and typewriter poems made him a success. Now he has a book, Chasers of Light, but he still posts love poems to his instagram and tumblr. If you like the three short poems I’ve picked out below, be sure to see more of his work here.  

Cover Reveal – FREED by Stacey Kennedy – You Betcha, More Club Sin!

  It’s finally here – Cover Reveal of Freed by Stacey Kennedy! Ladies, get ready for an emotional read – Club Sin continues with Mary & Elliott’s story. Mary Schmidt’s ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission has passed away. It’s been a few years now and she misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but the pain of his loss is still so deep she cannot imagining developing that kind of love with someone else. Elliott Foster instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for— the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive — now he needs to free her from her past love — not to forget, but to begin anew. [...]

Weekend Viewing: SALEM

If you’re a fan of American Horror Story or Sleepy Hollow, you’ll be excited for what’s brewing on WGN network this weekend. A new witch show, SALEM, premiers Sunday night at 10PM. From what I can tell from this preview, they aren’t holding anything back. Set in 1692, this show asks, “What could be worse than a witch hunt?” The answer, or course, is “A witch!” Yes, “Witches are real — and they are in Salem.” Check out this trailer.  (Warning: Adult content/graphic imagery.)

5 Ways to Surprise Your Man!

Photo Credit: Shutterstock When people say they don’t like surprises, it usually means they don’t like being embarrassed in front of a group. One-on-one surprises, however, especially from a lover, are not only appreciated but often just the thing needed to reignite the spark. Whether your man is a fan of spontaneity or someone who likes to be in control, these gestures will make his day (or night).   1. Answer the Door in Something Not Suitable for Work: It could be last year’s Halloween costume (unless you dressed up as Big Bird), a silk negligée, or an old dress that still fits but it’s a little on the short side. Whatever is it, let it be something you feel [...]

When Our Love Affair with TV Becomes Long-Distance

Now that spring is finally here (though it’s hard to believe since it snowed yesterday), I’m already thinking about summer. The only downside to beach season is that the TV shows that kept us company through the long winter all go on hiatus.  Luckily for us readers, books can sometimes be a great substitute. Here are some suggestions to get you through the off-season TV drought:

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

The Real Housewives of New York, Episode Six Recap

The animosity between Heather and Aviva sets in even deeper, despite Ramona’s best efforts to play peacemaker. We open with some of the housewives at the Karen Karch jewelry store in Gramercy. It’s a fundraising event for Heather’s foundation (her son Jax had a liver transplant) The Kellner Family Pediatric Liver Foundation. Ramona is back from her trip to Africa, and is not happy to hear about the fight between Heather and Aviva. She’s especially not happy to hear that Heather is uninviting Aviva to her tenth anniversary party. She tells the camera, “Heather has a history of not inviting people to places and events.” We see from flashbacks that Ramona has been on the bad end of this. “It’s [...]

#HunkDay: Handymen

Happy #HunkDay! This week we’re spotlighting those sexy handymen who make our lives a little easier. Now, I’m a single woman and an independent one at that–I plunge my own toilet, hang my own pictures, I know how to change a tire and check my oil, BUT that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t gladly let one of these hunks take over the task…especially if I could watch him work! Enjoy And check out the rest of the #HunkDay action on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter. 1. I think he’s got the outfit just right. No shirt needed if you’ve got a tool belt (and arms like that!).  Photo courtesy of Pinterest 2. I might have to take my car into the [...]

Starting Over: Excerpt of THEN AND ALWAYS

To celebrate the start of spring, we’ll be featuring a series of posts all about making a fresh start. This post is an excerpt of THEN AND ALWAYS by Dani Atkins, a novel about getting a second chance at life.  My first life ended at 10:37 P.M. on a rainy December night, on a deserted street beside the old church. My second life began some thirty- six hours later, when I woke up to the acrid aroma of a hospital ward, with a large head wound and a life about which I had absolutely no recollection. I was surrounded by friends and family, and that should have made it better. But it didn’t, as one of them had been dead [...]

The Art of a Pitch Perfect Book Cover

In the Great Distribution of Skills, the art muse forgot me.  I’m barely capable of drawing stick figures.  Nevertheless, I love studying cover art for books, determining what works and what doesn’t and how specific covers convey concrete information about a book’s contents. A couple of years ago, as I prepared to launch my first self-published book, my number one task was finding a cover artist.  I was fortunate to discover Reece Notley, an incredibly talented artist and designer who gets the function of book covers.  Reece and I have worked together on several trilogies and stand-alone novels, and I am always in awe of her talent. But last year, I threw Reece a curveball.  (Yes, when you write the [...]

Release Day! Forbidden: The Soulkeepers + Giveaway!

I can’t believe this day has finally arrived! It’s a walking on air kind of day never to be repeated. There is only one debut novel for a writer, and I’m so happy that mine is Forbidden, a story very close to my heart. Several years ago when I first began writing Forbidden, I had no idea that the paranormal genre was so popular. Big surprise on me! But what got me even more was the never-ending interest in the particular theme of Angels. (So it’s not just me :D) There are few things that have captured and sustained my imagination more than Angels. When we’re little, Angels are often seen as that soft idea hovering around our peripheral beliefs. [...]

My Prince Charming is in New Zealand!! + Giveaway

A little bit of England has come to NZ. Prince William, his wife Kate, and their son Prince George are touring New Zealand, as part of their tour Down Under, and they have won over the media, the people they have met, and those of us watching from a distance. The country is buzzing with excitement with people lining the streets to catch a glimpse, or to be lucky enough to talk with William or Kate, and of course see baby George. Everyone is trying to decide whom he looks like. The Prince last came to New Zealand when he was a baby, and now he’s back, all grown up, with a baby and wife of his own! Princess Diana, [...]

Finding the Love (and Laughs!) In Tax Day

It’s that time of year again. April 15th is here and all of us are thinking about our taxes. While paying money to Uncle Sam might not bring a laugh to your lips, I’d bet IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway would. She’s the star of my hilarious romantic mystery series, and is such a fantastic sharpshooter that she’s known as the Annie Oakley of the IRS. Of course, she’s also got a good-looking guy – or two! – in the mix. All work and no play, after all… What is it that makes the combination of romance and comedy so popular? I have several theories. The first is that love makes us feel scared and vulnerable. We are both intensely [...]

Reality Romance: Eric and Jessie, Episode Three Recap

It’s Super Bowl week, and Jessie is primping and prepping for her man’s big day. Jessie, her mom, and Sydney are getting manicures (in blue and orange, Denver Broncos colors). Jessie is also getting Eric’s number, 87, painted on her nails, and asks her mom “Do you want number 18 — for your hall pass?” Jessie says she knows “Peyton [Manning] is your hall pass.” Her mom, Karen, says “That’s secret information.” Jessie: You said you like the way he takes charge on the field. Karen: I’m feeling very hot right now. Jessie: My hall pass is Ryan Gosling. Next, it’s on to New York, where Eric’s team will be playing against the Seattle Seahawks (in New Jersey). Jessie is [...]

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of HEATED by J. Kenner!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of Heated by J. Kenner, her all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees. 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!

New Releases This Week

It’s getting hot in here, and I’m not just talking about the rising temperatures in NYC.  This week brings a bad boy billionaire biker, a scholarly billionaire, a nineteenth century courtesan (angling to be with her female lover), and heartbreaker football hero. Read on, and keep a fan handy.

Every Part of You: Resists Me (Every Part of You #2) by Megan Hart

The second installment in New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart’s erotic e-serial. The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead. After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again. Simone and Elliott are out dancing – a far different [...]

Vampire Weekend

In the mood for a vampire love story? Look no further: Tilda Swinton (love her!) and Tom Hiddleton star in Only Lovers Left Alive, the latest movie by Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth): Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but now they have to deal with the arrival of her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these “wise but fragile outsiders” continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? If you see Only Lovers Left Alive this weekend, let us know what you think!

Friday Love Poems: “XVI” by Adrienne Rich

I’m a serious poetry lover. So April aka National Poetry Month is pretty much my favorite month of the year.  Last week, I spotlighted Robert Hass’s poem, “Happiness,” and I’m excited to share a new poem with you today.  This week’s poem comes from the late, great Adrienne Rich. Rich was a hugely influential feminist poet, probably most well known for her piece, “Diving Into the Wreck.” The poem below, however, comes from her collection of poems, “Twenty-One Love Poems.” They are a sensual exploration and celebration of the love between two women. Rich, who was married to a man and had children, spent the later part of her life with her longtime partner, Michelle Cliff. In 2012, Rich passed [...]

Weekend Reading: TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green

This was my first Jane Green (Jemima J, Another Piece of My Heart) novel, and it will not be my last. I could not put this book down, finished it in 48 hours, and probably would have read it even more quickly if I hadn’t kept stopping to text my best friend about it. Gabby has been married for eighteen years to Elliot, a gastroentrologist. They have two daughters, sixteen-year-old Olivia and eleven-year-old Alanna. They live in the suburbs of Connecticut, have lots of friends, and a beautiful house. When Gabby goes along for a girls night out to a bar, she’d rather be at home curled up with Elliot, watching a movie. She’s appalled out how the other moms [...]

Must-Have Scenes for the FIFTY SHADES Movie

Aside from the obvious scenes we all want to see (aka the sex scenes) in the Fifty Shades movie, there are other moments in the book I really hope make it to the big screen. These are scenes that are so funny, so character revealing, or just so classic Fifty Shades I can’t imagine a film without them.  Below, my top five. 1. Ana interviews Christian Grey.  Ana is out of her depth when she stumbles – literally – into the office of billionaire mogul Christian Grey to conduct an interview. She is awkward and bungles things a bit, asking among other things “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?” But he is clearly taken with her. Why it belongs in the [...]

April in Paris

So, I’ve been living in Paris for about seven months now, and I thought I had more or less gotten used to being here, but then something happened. Flowers started to bloom at the tail end of February. Then the grass got greener. All the rain we get here suddenly started to seem like a good thing because we could finally see some immediate results. Then, leaves started to come out on the trees. It’s SPRING! Before moving here, my husband and I had been going back and forth between Paris and DC twice a year for a few years, but neither of us had ever been here in April before. April in Paris. The phrase rings all kinds of [...]

#HunkDay: Guys With Glasses

Happy Hunk Day! I love a guy in glasses. He looks smart, a little nerdy, but in a sweet way, and if he’s wearing glasses he may have just been reading. And a hottie reading is even more like catnip to me than a man in glasses. We rounded up five of our favorite guys in glasses below, but there will be even more to come on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and Lovewept Pinterest board today. Do you love a man in glasses?    1. I could stare into this guy’s (four) eyes for days…   2. Glasses, tousled hair, scruff and a few tattoos?! Did this guy find my list of ‘things I think are sexy’?? [...]

Real Housewives of New York, Episode Five Recap

We have some loose ends to tie up from last week before we move on to this week’s drama. And it gets REAL. The rancor from last week continues as we pick up at LuAnn’s barbecue. The “housewives” go around and around in circles over bookgate. Heather tells Amanda she has been “so insulting” to everyone (as if they all don’t tear each other apart on a regular basis.) The group is completely polarized between Carole and Aviva. Aviva’s husband defends her, while the other men stand around impotently. Heather starts talking “street,” which apparently she picked up hanging out with P Diddy. All the women (aside from Aviva) pretend they don’t even know who Amanda is, even though she [...]

Starting Over: Virna DePaul on Moving Forward

Keep On Keeping On… One of the things I love most about romance is the fact characters “transition” throughout the story.  They start off in their ordinary worlds, rarely aware that because of their flawed beliefs, something has to change in order for them to be truly happy. The greatest challenge for a romance writer is delivering the expected HEA (happy ever after) at the end of the story while at various points in the story making the reader fear it might not actually happen.  In other words, we make our characters work very hard to deserve true love.  They are tested time and again—whether it’s by having to solve a crime, dealing with a family crisis, or, as in [...]

Talking With Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU

Last week the fifth and final installment of Megan Hart’s super hot, erotic e-serial EVERY PART OF YOU published. I just started reading book number two, Every Part of You: Resists Me (review coming later this week) and I’m hooked. Today, Megan talks with us about her latest e-serial, her favorite book covers, and what we can look forward to next. LB: Is Every Part of You your first serialized novel? Did you approach the writing differently than writing a stand-alone? Do you prefer writing one way over the other?  MH: Every Part of You is not actually my first serialized novel. I first experimented with a serialized story in The Resurrected. I don’t actually approach the writing differently, other than [...]

Reality Romance: Eric & Jessie, Episode Two Recap

The genetically blessed couple will be apart for two weeks, as Eric heads to New York and Jessie goes to LA to finish recording her new album — her first in five years — and then to Nashville for her baby shower. Jessie arrives at The London Hotel in Los Angeles with her mother. Jessie tells her mother it’s been hard to get the album finished because she wanted to be there for Eric during football season. Her Mom asked how he felt about her leaving just before he leaves for New York, and she says he’s not thrilled about it but knows it’s something she has to do. Jessie is also on the verge of getting sick. Back in [...]

Cover Reveal: GIVE THE LADY WHAT SHE WANTS by Renee Rosen

I loved Renee Rosen’s 1920s novel Dollface, so I’m excited to share this preview and cover reveal for her new novel coming this November: In late 19th century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: “Give the lady what she wants.”  His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencerand led to an infamous love affair. The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watched the flames rise and consume what had been the pioneer town of Chicago, she couldn’t imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world was about to change. Nor would she have guessed that the agent of that change would not simply be the fire, [...]

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE ONE AND ONLY by Emily Giffin!

This week we’re giving away 10 advanced reader’s copies of The Only & Only, by Emily Giffin. In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. 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!

Jamie Dornan Wins Big at IFTA Awards

Jamie Dornan, aka Christian Grey, won in the best actor category for his role in The Fall at yesterday’s Irish Film and Television Academy awards. Around here, we all know he wins the award for “Actor We’re Most Looking Forward to Seeing In Love Scenes in February.” Until then, check out this pic of him and his gorgeous wife, Amelia Warner. (A tough act to follow, Dakotah!) Personally, I want to get my hands on copies of The Fall and also New Worlds. From what the press is saying about these two dramas, he’s got the acting chops to back up those Irish good looks. It’s looking promising for Fifty Shades. Jamie Dornan and wife Amelia Warner at the IFTA [...]