Burned out on lists? NPR agrees and has created a Concierge List of Bests
NPR realized their list of year-end book picks had gotten a little out of hand, with 20 lists in late 2012. “You love lists. We love lists. Everyone loves lists. And in the past five years, NPR has brought you more than 80 year-end book lists — the best book club books, the best cookbooks, the best gift books, the best guilty pleasures. We listed.
You clicked. Everyone was happy.”
Ruthie’s Reality: When It Rains, It Pours
Welcome back to Ruthieland, everyone! It’s rainy here in my reality today. Rain, rain, rain. Read more
November Releases for Loveswept, flirt
Here’s what’s on sale this month from Loveswept and Flirt Romance.
| One Perfect Christmas by Stefanie Sloane (11/4/2013)
In an enchanting eBook novella, cherished Regency romance author Stefanie Sloane presents an irresistible tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.
Although he’s never been prone to regret, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh cannot help but wish for a fresh start with Jane Merriweather. After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane turns to her dear childhood friend, Lucas, for support—and unlocks the hidden emotion and smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one look at Jane is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning for the woman. Now Lucas must convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow—and turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
December – #NewRelease Romance Shopping List
Get your new release list right here, courtesy of reader, Ellen!
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#Cover Reveals – Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox
Roman Holiday is an epic romance that will be in ten parts over two “seasons” of one “episode” per week. Each episode is between 12,000 and 16,000 words long — roughly 40-60 pages — and all ten episodes taken together will form a single romance arc. There will be a break of a few months between seasons 1 and 2. The adventure begins November 11!
#Book Review What Not to Bare – Love Saves the World reveals all
Lady Charlotte Jepstow dresses not to impress but to stupefy: mixing colors and patterns and embellishments with such exuberance that leaves her mother moaning, her lady’s maid lamenting her professional reputation — and leaving Lord David Marchston (newly-arrived from India) speechless: a rare feat considering he is a diplomat.
Lord David Marchston had been asked to return to England to escape the scandal of his indiscretion there. It grates at David to be in England, where he isn’t “Lord David the diplomat” but “Lord David, the incredibly handsome younger brother to a marquess”. He longs to return to India where he is useful, where he is more than just his pretty face. But, first, he must fulfill a mission: court Lady Charlotte. What he initially viewed as a chore becomes a pleasure as he gets to know the most charming, most interesting, most unusual woman he has ever met in his life. Read more
Shower #Sex: A How-To, by Riley McKenna, Stiletto’s resident “sexpert”
Shower Sex: A How-To by Riley McKenna, Stiletto’s resident “sexpert” . . .
I’m not going to lie:
I watch James Bond movies for the eye-candy. And that goes for all the James Bonds. Connery. Brosnan. Craig. Especially Daniel Craig. And his most recent one—Skyfall? Um, who cares about the guns and the gadgets, because did you see that shower scene?
Sex in the shower is like sex on steroids. It’s steamier. Literally. It’s hotter. Literally. It’s wetter. Literally. Read more
#BookReview: Flirting with Disaster, “I can always count on Knox’s books”
Knox’s ability to infuse her writing with such humor and heart is what makes it so appealing to readers. I can always count on Knox to make me smile with one of her books. ~ Under the Covers
Flirt’s “Back to School” New Adult Blog Hop and #Giveaway
Winners Announced Loveswept #Giveaway: Lovestruck Hop #Free Books
Are you Loveswept, Lovestruck? Well, you’re at the right place then!!
#BookReview – Tempting a Devil – ‘This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance’
“This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative.” ~ Under the Covers
Having read Samantha Kane’s THE DEVIL’S THIEF at the end of 2012, I was so eager to to read the second book in her series TEMPTING A DEVIL. This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative. Read more
Guest Post – Achieving the HEA by Joan Swan
I recently watched the movie Precinct 13, an edge-of-your seat crime drama, and was reminded of how seemingly insurmountable odds against the good guys could both evoke powerful emotions and compel an audience to keep their eyes glued to the screen, their fingers twisted in the nearest pillow…or sleeve…or hand…
If you haven’t seen it and you love drama, Precinct 13 is definitely worth the watch. Read more
#BookReview: My Master Dmitri – 5 Star review, have you been Claimed?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever read a book that kept you up all night? That by the time you finished it you realized that not only hadn’t you gotten much sleep but you were so wrapped up and absorbed in the story that you forgot to eat? Been so captivated that you want to grab every person you see and shove the book in their face until they’ve read it too? Let Master Dmitri welcome you to Club Sin in Claimed. This book rocked me in ways I didn’t know a book could.
I haven’t really delved much into the world of BDSM erotica. I’ve read books with traces of it, and some of my favorite fictional men have always been very alpha male bordering on dom-like behavior. Read more
Cassie Mae tours with her New Release: Friday Night Alibi (Flirt’s New Adult Debut!) + $50 EGC Giveaway
Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.
#SneakPeek – Tempting a Devil by Samantha Kane
Sexy fun and delightfully clever romance readers will not want to miss book two in The Saint’s Devils, TEMPTING A DEVIL – FREE SNIPPET – read more here – http://samanthakane.us/Tempting%20a%20Devil%20Chapter%20One.pdf
ON sale now – buy here
Praise for Tempting a Devil:
Tempting a Devil is a sexy, scandalous story that had me turning page after page, just so I could read more of the witty banter, smart dialogue and emotion Samantha Kane puts forth. ~ Bestselling author Lydia Dare Read more
First Kiss . . . how special was it, really? by Wendy Vella
on Wendy’s historical Loveswept, THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS – only .99 — click here to order
As a writer I love the first kiss scene because you never know when or where it’s going to happen. There are many different first kiss scenarios but often you have a build up of tension and awareness, plenty of smouldering looks, heated touches and then they fall on each other like a couple of hormonal teenagers, teeth clashing, tongues dancing and lips melding, with the inevitable end being in a bed/couch/chair/car/shower, (you get the picture). Read more
May New Releases!
|The Lost Husband by Catherine Center (On Sale 5/7)
Perfect for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, this tender and heartwarming novel explores the trials of losing what matters most—and how there’s always more than we can imagine left to find. Read more
World Book Night – what is it?
Each year, World Book Night is celebrated around the world on April 23.
April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. Read more
New Release – First Loves by Jean Stone
By Jean Stone
FIRST LOVES is the second of my novels to be re-issued as an e-book for the Loveswept program, and I am excited for it to be read by a new generation of women. In the same tradition as IVY SECRETS, it is about three very different women who are brought together by chance and stay together because of a common goal. This is a topic I love to write about, perhaps because my own friends are so different. If they were ever stuck in a room together, I am not sure they would get along, but it is always fun to put characters in hypothetical situations! Read more
Authors Jennifer Probst & Elisabeth Barrett talk about books, cooking & more + Giveaway
Elisabeth: Hello, Jennifer, and thank you for joining me at Romance at Random. It is a huge treat to have you with me today, especially since I LOVE the Marriage to a Billionaire series that is now sweeping the nation. I know the Marriage Merger is coming out in July, but you have a brand new foodie romance in digital format coming March 4th, right?
Jennifer: Yes, I’m really excited. It’s called All the Way and pits a restaurant owner against a food critic so there’s lots of yummy stuff to read about. Revenge, redemption, sex, angst, humor, and of course, tons of food!
BTW, just loving your Star Harbor series and those yummy heroes. Counting down the days to the next installment . When is it finally out? Read more
Guest Post: I’m being honest with you—I don’t like Valentine’s Day – by Jennifer Lohmann
This is a tough post for me to write because—I’m being honest with you—I don’t like Valentine’s Day.
Before everyone clutches their heart at a romance author not liking Valentine’s Day, I need to defend myself; I used to hate Valentine’s Day. But this isn’t a Valentine’s Day sucks article. Instead, this is the story of how love makes those things you hate better. Read more
5 Reasons for Readers to Join an Author Street Team + $50 giveaway!
By Kelsey Browning
Recently, I joined four other authors—Tracey Devlyn, Nancy Naigle, Adrienne Giordano and Tracy March —in establishing the Dangerous Darlings street team. Although the street team concept has been around for a while in the music industry, it’s still new to some authors and readers. So what is an author street team? It’s a group of loyal readers who help an author (or authors) spread the message about their books.
Wow, free labor and promo – sign every author up, right?
Not necessarily. Read more
February New Releases
|Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (On Sale 2/26)
In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.
|A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara (On Sale 2/26)
In Ashlyn Macnamara’s stunning romance debut—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries—two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.
After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams. Read more
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Do Readers Actually Make Recipes Printed in Novels? by Liz Maverick
Do Readers Actually Make Recipes Printed in Novels? Dreamy or Disastrous? An Experiment.
Last week, I headed out to Brooklyn, New York to bake with author Megan Caldwell. Our target was a recipe printed in the back of her upcoming pastry-tastic debut novel, Vanity Fare, about the charming Molly Hagan, a divorced single-mom who takes a job writing copy for a bakery and becomes entangled in a love triangle.
There are five recipes in the back of the book. Three possibilities rose to the surface. We considered making the Much Ado About Muffins recipe or possibly the Tart of Darkness, but in the end we settled on Lord of the Tea Rings. Read more
Page reveal, RELEASE ME + $25 GC Giveaway!
I’m counting down the days until Release Me hits the shelves with a page reveal. Two or three pages daily, in order, from the book!
Today’s excerpt starts right after yesterday’s left off! You can find all the posted excerpts by going to the Release Me Page Reveal category of the blog!
Another Sneak Peek of RELEASE ME & $25 GC Giveaway!
I’m counting down the days until Release Me hits the shelves with a page reveal. Two or three pages daily, in order, from the book!
Guest Post: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS, Kat Martin & Giveaway
What makes a Holiday tradition? It’s what families pass down to their children over the decades, even over the centuries. By necessity, oftentimes in the city, modern families give up some of those valued traditions, things like cutting their own Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols through the neighborhood, big family dinners, impossible in many city-size apartments.
Living out in the country in Montana, we’re fortunate to be able to enjoy a lot of old-fashioned traditions. A seven-foot evergreen tree, a fire in the big rock fireplace, snow-covered mountains outside the windows, deer wandering through the fields. We always have a big family supper on Christmas Eve, and everyone opens a few of his gifts. Christmas morning, the grandkids come over to open whatever is left beneath the tree and enjoy a Sunday brunch.
Guest Post: Is Romance Always Random? by Nikki Duncan + Giveaway!
Thank you for having me here to celebrate the release of my Christmas story, Her Miracle Man. It’s a little funny to me that I’m blogging about this book on Romance at Random because this story had me playing with the idea of how random romance really is. In the stories we love. In life.
That idea had me thinking about Fate. Do we design our own? Are we at the mercy of a higher being? Is it truly random when we meet the person who will become our significant other?
While writing Her Miracle Man I found myself thinking along the same path I’ve often found myself thinking about my own life. It all goes back to the question What If? Read more
Guest Post: Is a bad boy a bad bet? By Zoe Dawson + Starbucks Giveaway
The bad boy as a archetype makes for a great romance hero. Owen McKay in my recently released novella, Leashed is such a man. He’s played the field, too hurt at a young age to trust women, even though he had an aunt that adored him and raised him as her own.
Bad boys brood, ride motorcycles and often come from a sad, unhappy childhood. But they, as romance heroes, rise above that past, let go of their fears (yes, they have them), and give themselves over to what had once been confusing and out of their reach. Love. Instead of flaws, let’s talk about the opposite. Virtues.