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WINNERS CHOSEN – #Author Tour: Thanksgiving Week – #Win $20 EGC and more!

Serena Bell’s Thanksgiving Tour featuring her recently released Loveswept debut, Yours to Keep — Schedule Below 11/24/13 – Romance At Random 11/25/13- Book Binge And, Drey’s Library 11/26/13 – Steamy Guys After Dark 11/27/13 – Seaside Book Nook 11/28/13 – Fictional Candy Plus, All Romance Cafe 11/29/13 – Fiction Vixen 11/30/13 – Harlequin Book Junkie 12/1/13- Book Nympho And, From the TBR Pile Win Free books – enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Including the just released DEVIL IN MY ARMS by Samantha Kane!

#BookReview: 5 Stars from The Reader’s Den – Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne

5 Star review – thanks to Rachel at The Readers Den – Isn’t She Lovely on sale soon – 10/28 Isn’t She Lovely was a classic romance of opposites attract; a story that was just pure unadulterated enjoyment! Filled with snarky banter providing entertaining push and pull, I was smiling, laughing and swooning throughout! *sigh* I just love it when a story leaves me happy and satisfied!

#BookReview: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo IS “…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers

“…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers Jordan Ryan was the star goalie of the Assassins until an injury put him out of commission. After his recovery, he’s come back to the team only to be on the bench at every game. He feel he still has many good years of play in him but with the new star goalie working out so well for the Assassins, he sees he will never get any ice time if he stays with the team.

WINNERS announced – COMPLETE ME Blog Hop = #FREE books! 22 winners in all – enter to win here

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms. Visit these participating sites to win Free books:

Book Review: Farrah Loves TEMPTING A DEVIL by Samantha Kane! Stop by & see why

Another great book the this series! Tempting a Devil was a wonderful historical romance. It was perfect, brilliant, fantastic! Loved it! Samantha Kane had a gift creating unique historical romances. This book definitely didn’t lack in originality. A desperate widow trying to ruin herself with a rake that just discovered his morals in order to avoid the man who wants to trap her in a marriage (and there’s a whole other story going on there). This story took me on a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Were you one of the millions to see World War Z – so tell us what you thought? Thumbs up, or down?

Twitter was all a buzz with #WorldWarZ, this weekends new movie release produced by Brad Pitt and team – here’s what Tweeters had to say: If you’re looking for a great 2 hour escape and you love zombies half as much as I do, then you should see World War Z. World War Z was a lot better before my dad started analyzing every single aspect. World War Z is pretty good. Definitely recommend it! World War Z: nothing like the book, but an enjoyable film. Did you see it? What did you think – is it a thumbs up or thumbs down? Comment below and share your thoughts on the movie with us.

It’s abs-olutely Friday! #FF

Enjoy your day! From the Staff at R@R

#Loveswept Releases, authors you’ll always remember . . .

Title Author Date Price ISBN A complete list can be found on RandomHouse.com – Loveswept romance $2.99 to 4.99 2012: Ivy Secrets Jean Stone 1/9/2012 3.99 978-0-307-79872-5 Ride With Me Ruthie Knox 2/13/2012 2.99 978-0-345-53450-7 See How They Run Bethany Campbell 2/13/2012 3.99 978-0-307-80828-8 Raven & the Cowboy Sandra Chastain 3/12/2012 3.99 978-0-307-79871-8 The Redhead & the Preacher Sandra Chastain 3/12/2012 3.99 978-0-307-79870-1 All Is Fair Linda Cajio 4/9/2012 2.99 978-0-307-79884-8 Bad to the Bone Deb Dixon 4/9/2012 2.99 978-0-307-80459-4 Rescuing Diana Linda Cajio 4/9/2012 2.99 978-0-307-79916-6 A Case for Romance Katie Rose 5/14/2012 3.99 978-0-307-79877-0 Hot As Sin Deb Dixon 5/14/2012 2.99 978-0-307-80458-7 Midnight Hour Debra Dixon 5/14/2012 2.99 978-0-307-80455-6 Morgan’s Woman Judith French 5/14/2012 3.99 978-0-307-80077-0 Mountain Mystic [...]

Travel + Kilts +Photos = a Romance Plot by Nancy Lee Badger + Giveaway!

Sue asked me to talk a little bit more about my travels as an author. Recently, I went on several trips while collecting research for my stories. Besides getting some great plot ideas, I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. As I have gotten older (my birthday was November 13th) I realize life is short; I had better take it all in. My memory being what it is, I jotted notes in a journal and used photography to help me remember my latest experiences. I have a small digital camera. Experimentation has proven irritating at times, like when I push the movie button instead of taking a simple photo. Grr!

On Sale Today!

Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (On Sale 10/30) The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper. The Recruit by Monica McCarty (On Sale 10/30)

Guest Post: Macy Beckett, Sultry with a Twist

Macy: Thanks so much for hosting me today, Sue. It’s a pleasure to be here! Sue: Thanks Macy – we’re thrilled to have you on R@R & congrats on your new release, we’re all anxious to hear more about Sultry Springs! Have fun!! Breaking the Rules A few months ago, I received an email from a fellow romance writer who was putting together a workshop and wanted examples of books that’d sold, despite “breaking the rules.” Her request made me stop and think. It soon occurred to me that Sultry with a Twist fit that description. In the world of contemporary romance, you typically don’t see spiritual elements and steamy sex within the same story—either it’s “hot” and devoid of [...]

Weekly Winners, comes to an end . . . .

But, all is not a loss, we’ll still be having blog hops such as our Mini Hop offering a $25 donation to the animal shelter of choice; our Labor Day Hop; Three Best Romance Blogs Free books; and author post giveaways and more – so you’ll still need to visit us every day, comment to enter & win!

Guest Post & Giveaway – Erotic Romance Tops the Sales Charts by Beth Kery

Join Beth Kery today & her analysis of why Erotic books are so – – – – hot – enjoy! We all know it’s true, erotic romance is more popular than it’s ever been before. The question is, why? One can’t ask the question without having four words pop into their head: Fifty Shades of Grey. I call E.L. James’ blockbuster bestseller a gateway piece of literature, because it opened up a floodgate for millions to not only the joys of sexy romance, but also to the wonderful experience of reading. Young and old, men and women, housewives and Army colonels are admittedly addicted to this book.

The Heroes of Star Harbor – guest post from Elisabeth Barrett

Last month, I attended my first ever Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference and had a wonderful time! I was thrilled to be there…to meet so many amazing people (including my fellow Loveswept authors), and to learn more about this incredible industry. But I was so glad to come home because I wanted to plunge headfirst into the next two Star Harbor novels, Long Simmering Spring and Slow Summer Burn, both of which are due out in 2013. These stories have been wickedly fun to write because I love both books’ heroes so very much!

Writing Romance and….The Walton’s?

Family shows were once very popular, now real life TV is the thing – Sharon brings back memories with this post – enjoy & comment to win a random FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – enjoy! I’m probably showing my age here by admitting that I watched The Walton’s while I was growing up. And not in re-runs. For all you youngster’s out there, The Walton’s was a TV show about the Walton family who lived in Virginia during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. There were seven children, their parents and grandparents all living in the same house. There were a lot of shenanigans but always a lesson to be learned at the end of [...]

Guest Post from Emilie Richards

What to write . . . Emilie Richards tells us what inspires her writing – enjoy! A writer friend once told me I should stay away from lists of topics publishers never want to see, because the moment I read one, I immediately plotted novels about each and every subject. And in a way she was right. I’ve always most enjoyed writing about issues or situations that are edgy or difficult, framing them in ways that make them interesting and engaging enough to pique my readers’ interest. That said, even I knew that writing One Mountain Away, my latest novel, was going to be a challenge. Because Charlotte Hale, the major character, is a woman who’s made numerous mistakes. And [...]

When The Prince Isn’t So Charming

In Alma Katsu’s The Taker, Jonathan St. Andrew has all the earmarks of Prince Charming: he’s handsome beyond belief and the eldest son in the family that owns the town. Who could blame Lanore McIlvrae for falling in love with him? But eventually, even the most lovesick girl will learn that actions speak louder than words. . . I want to talk today about the myth of Prince Charming.

Free Romance Books! Win Hot Summer Reads from the Top Romance Blogs

Three top romance blogs, one big idea! Romance@Random, USAToday’s Happy Ever After, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, join together to offer exclusive content and giveaways. July’s Round Robin Theme: Summer Reading Gets Hot! Hot! Hot! First, take a look at what we’ve to offer here – Romanceatrandom.com, which celebrates author Karen Leabo’s classic Loveswept re-release Callie’s Cowboy, on sale 8/13/12 – stop by R@R for a chance to win one of five prize packs including a Net Galley preview copy of Callie’s Cowboy plus a Net Galley preview copy of Deep Autumn Heat by debut author, Elisabeth Barrett! That’s right – 5 randomly chosen winners win 2 preview Net Galley books each, that’s HOT!

Weekly Winners!

Quick Reminder: About our Twitter Chat this Tuesday, 7/17 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, EST – under hashtag – #LovesweptHeroes Congrats to the Romance At Random Blog Winners! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to:

Cowboys and romance, what a pleasant combination!

Cowboys need love too – and C H Admirand is a pro at writing about Western love – enjoy! Thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today, Sue! It’s so exciting to be back at R@R, chatting with everyone. There are bits and pieces of my life that I like to include in all of my stories: my Irish heritage—by using family names in all of my books; my love of family—writing trilogies that usually include sisters, brothers or cousins; my love of baking—I try to have my heroes or heroines cooking or baking something at one point or another in my books; my love of gardening –I like to have my heroines or heroes playing in the [...]

Scandalous Sailor or Decorous Debutante? Can a heroine be both?

Katharine Ashe writes Regency Romance like no other – check out her next release & fun post today on Romance At Random! Dearest Readers, I pray you, help my heroine! Miss Viola Carlyle has just been torn from her life on the sea and thrust into Regency high society. While an expert at sea craft, she is at sixes and sevens in London parlors and ballrooms, without any idea as to how to go on. If you could assist her in settling into the life of a Lady of Quality, she and I will be forever grateful.

Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout my Best Friend…

. . . . .Let’s Celebrate Female Friendship in Romance! Manda Collins is an author of historical romance and finds female friendships very important in her stories. Aside from sexy heroes and toe curling romance, one of the things I love most about romance is the way it depicts female friendship. I know in my life I could not exist without the support and love I get from my girlfriends. And some of my favorite romances are those that emphasize the importance of friendship in every woman’s life. In my own first trilogy, the friendship between my three heroines forms the backbone of their stories. Let’s take a look at some of the series’ that focus on the ladies!

WEEKLY WINNERS at Romance At Random!

Congrats to the Romance At Random Blog Winners! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! International commenters please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview book in Net Galley. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Congratulations to these ladies!

2012 – my favorite book so far this year is . . . + Giveaway!

You all know, especially if you are a frequent visitor of R@R, that I love to hear what you are reading — but today – even more fun, what is your favorite romance book to date! So many wonderful stories have been published this year, some of my favorites include: Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh Princess Charming by Nicole Jordan then of course my ‘to-buy-list’ is huge: The Proposal by Mary Balogh comes out in May Coveted by Shawntelle Madison is on sale 4/24 Lover Reborn by JR Ward is on sale the end of March Born To Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann is on [...]

Book or Movie? Or Both? + Giveaway!!

Book or Movie? Or Both? One of the most anticipated movie events of the year is rolling in on March 23rd. That’s the date that The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling YA dystopian, hits theaters. This isn’t the first big book to movie release and it won’t be the last, but whenever a loved story becomes a movie, I wonder how people will react. I know HG is already selling out movie theaters weeks before its release, but how will fans of the book feel about it when the movie is over and the lights come up in the theater. Thinking about The Hunger Games, I’m curious to see how the producers of the film bring the fictitious [...]

Guest Post – Inconvenient, All-Consuming, Love by Stephanie Tyler + Giveaway!

Inconvenient, All-Consuming, Love by Stephanie Tyler I’ve been writing paranormals as Sydney Croft (With Larissa Ione) for as long as I’ve been writing romantic suspenses. For me, the suspenses have to have a bit more realism in them, but the paranormals, well, now that’s a place where I can kiss realism goodbye and dream about my biker wolves and their forbidden loves. In the Eternal Wolf Clan series, the first of which is out today, Dire Needs, you’ll get plenty of alpha wolves, romance and suspense – and that’s what got me thinking about this topic of realism versus fantasy. I admit I’m not a huge Sex and the City fan, but something always draws me to watch repeats whenever [...]

Fan Fiction — what do you think? + Giveaway!!

Fan Fiction : a fictional account written by a fan of a show, movie, book, or video game to explore themes and ideas that will not or cannot be explored via the originating medium, typically written by fans. I’m not sure when this trend really began but it seems to be more and more of a thing these days. Harry Potter has over 74000 Fan Fiction novels based on the popular series – Star Trek is a huge venue for this type of story telling as well . . . Anime characters seem to propel their fans to write about other aspects of those stories too. Typically, they are written for fun but some are real stories that these fans [...]

HOME: A Downside Ghost Story, Stacia Kane @ H&H

HeroesandHeartbreakers.com presents Stacia Kane’s Home: A Downside Ghosts Story This story is in limited release for members only. To read the full story, please log in or register just by clicking through here! “Love is not the most powerful magic. But it feels like it is.” —Truth for Teens, a Guidebook for the Young Adult, by Elder Carroll Chapter 1 Most—no, all—of her cases started the same way: A homeowner or building resident called the Church to report a haunting. The Church assigned a Debunker to the case to investigate the haunting and hopefully disprove it, to make sure the person in question wasn’t just faking in order to get a nice fat settlement in exchange for the Church’s failure [...]

Confessions of a Debut Romance Author + Giveaway!

Confessions of a Debut Romance Author My first book comes out today, and let me tell you, I am excited. I am the sort of excited that is possibly a little bit unhealthy, at least over an extended period of time, which is the only period of time in which book publishing takes place. I was excited when I sold the book to Loveswept, excited when I signed the contract, excited when I did all three rounds of editing. I’ve been excited about getting promotional quotes, excited about going on my blog tour, excited about reading my first reviews. You get the idea. Excited. But I am other things, too. One of those other things is terrified, which I am [...]

Two in One by Mary Balogh, The Temporary Wife & A Promise of Spring

In two classic tales of Regency-era romance from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the vagaries of love have a way of challenging the most convenient arrangements. THE TEMPORARY WIFE Miss Charity Duncan has no illusions about Lord Anthony Earheart’s proposal. The arrogant aristocrat has made it painfully clear what he wants: a wife who will enrage the father he despises and then disappear from his life. In exchange, Charity’s family will receive the money they desperately need. But after Charity agrees to this mockery of matrimony, she soon discovers a startling fact: She has fallen for Anthony, and breaking their marriage vows may also break her heart. A PROMISE OF SPRING Grace Howard has every reason to be [...]