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Book Review: Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys by Tina Leonard

What do you get when you take one red-hot sexy cowboy and mix in a beautiful horse riding princess? You get an epic explosion!!!
Bull trainer Trace Carter gets a visit from Mayor Judy. One that he is not happy about. Seems that Mayor Judy has a trick up her sleeve, and is bringing in three girls to be the Hell’s Belles. They will represent the male overtaken city of Hell, Texas. One slight problem, Judy wants Trace to train the girls to be bull clowns. You know the ones that help get the bull back into the pen after the rider is off the bull. Nope, that will not work for Trace and his brothers in arms. You see Trace and his friends run the Hell’s Outlaws Training Center.

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.

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.

Cover Reveal – Meet ALEX: Cold Fury Hockey Series

As the Stanley Cup championships come to an end, there is a new beginning for hockey fans — meet the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team — hot hockey hunks that melt the ice!!
Alex Crossman is the first of many – squeee – and just wait until you meet them all. Alpha guys that withstand pain like no other and its not just physical . . . read more about Alex and Sutton’s story here.

Happy Book Birthday ~ DREAMWEAVER TRAIL by Emily March is Here

Happy Book Birthday to Emily March and her next book in the Eternity Springs series. Over the Memorial Day weekend we drove through many a small town on our way to our destination and the thing I love about small towns is that there is always something quaint and new and in Emily’s new book, Dreamweaver Trail, this also holds true. This is Emily’s 9th book in her Eternity Springs series and the question we asked her to answer for us today, on her book’s birthday, is what does she like most about being a writer . . . . . enjoy!! Emily: Readers often ask me what I like best about being a writer. Going to work in my [...]

California Dreamin’: My Cowboy Hero

Never mind that I was born and raised on the East Coast: cowboys are my weakness. When I was growing up, if you wanted to see a man who spent his days and nights in the saddle the way I longed to, then you watched western series and movies on TV. I fell in love repeatedly. My first cowboy love was Clint Eastwood in the show Rawhide, a love that was reinforced by the spaghetti westerns he made with director Sergio Leone (For a Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; For a Few Dollars More). Since I was a kid, my love took an interesting form: I didn’t just want to be the impossibly cool cowboy, [...]

Winner Announced – Interview: C.C. Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Young Adult author + $25 EGC Giveaway

Thanks for joining C.C. and I today! C.C. is giving away a $25 Amazon card to anyone who answers the question: What piece of advice would you give your teen self? Answer below and a winner will be randomly chosen – good luck! ****Our Winner is . . .pamwright2913 — she has been contacted to claim her prize – thanks all for blogging!! Me: I’ve heard you were asked to write a young adult series and you weren’t actually writing or reading in that genre at the time. How did you pull it off? CC: It was like cramming for finals. In about three weeks, I read twenty YA books. Then, I took a long trip down memory lane to [...]

I Cannot Believe It Is Finally On Sale ~ SHATTERED

Life throws you curve balls and only the strong survive. Ash is one of those guys and Tansy is one of those girls. . .

Wild, fun, and impulsive, Tansy is a cancer survivor who spent the past several years waiting to die — now, cancer-free, Tansy has a fresh perspective on life and that means making the most of her time while she still can.

When the story starts their chemistry is intense. Both characters deal with trauma no adult should have to deal with at such a young age —- Tansy has already picked up the pieces of her shattered life, can she help Ash do the same?

Romantic, emotional, life-changing — yes, this story makes you appreciate the simple things and cheer for the strongest couple ever!!

Don’t miss this fantastic story – the second book in the Extreme Risk series, on sale now -

Cover Reveal – ONCE PERFECT (A Shattered Past Novel)

Get ready for an emotional, riveting story of two hearts that collide in Cecy Robson’s Shattered Past series, Once Perfect — Mateo is a hero to long for, OMG. The mistakes of Evelyn Preston’s family put her in a precarious situation – now on her own, Evie tries to make things work but she’s haunted by a long lost memory, a memory she doesn’t, can’t remember. Ex-Army and MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos understands her like no one else. Not only are they from different sides of the street but different cultures as well — but none of that matters when it comes to love. You cannot wait for this — — romance at its best! = Loveswept! Pre-order here

Protected: Romance at Random Newsletter ~ Excerpt of HOLD ON TIGHT

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Do You Believe In Ghosts? + Giveaway

Behind the Scenes of The House on Blackberry Hill I spent a lot of time thinking about what story I would write when I sat down to write a “big book”. I went through many concepts over the course of several years, all the while writing shorter romances for Harlequin and Samhain. The first idea was a WWII set story with a hereditary blood disorder at the heart of a mystery. Then there was a dual time setting moving between the past and present, featuring an apple farmer and the Nova Scotia coast. And there was the current story, The House on Blackberry Hill, though the initial concept and first draft of this book is drastically different from the finished [...]

Winners Announced!! _ When Story-Tropes Collide: Best-Friends-To-Lovers Meets Brother’s-Best-Friend + Giveaway

When I first set out to write Just One Night, I figured it would be the easiest of the Stiletto series to get on paper. For starters, it’s the third book in a series, so I had plenty of time to get to know my characters while writing the first two stories. I also was thinking it would be easier because it was a friends-to-lovers story. I thought that since Riley and Sam had known each other for a decade, I’d be able to skip their “getting to know you” phase and get straight to the good stuff. But I was only partially correct. While it’s true that the Stiletto girls were pretty much having full conversations in my head [...]

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

Cover Reveal – Bring on the Heat ~ Sizzlin’

The Boys of Summer are hot – author Katie Rose launches a new contemporary sports series featuring Chase Westbrook of the Sonics baseball league, I’d say she’s got a home run! From the author: It’s all my daughter’s fault. I admit, I was not a sports fan. I was a book nerd in school, never participating in volleyball, basketball, or even soccer. I had two left feet, and two left arms. I was used to being the last called for any team, which suited me just fine. I much preferred to sit on the sidelines and talk with my friends about my latest crush instead of being on a field and being crushed. But my ex-husband was a diehard fan [...]

Cover Reveal – A Highlander’s Obsession

What can I say? I’m obsessed over this series – delightfully fun with characters you’d like to meet – sexy and cleverly written and who knew I’d have a crush on a bear-shifter? So, whatcha’ think? Love the cover? Happy Romance!

Get Educated About MMA – Sidney Halston’s Got the Scoop!

Sidney Halston is our resident MMA expert and will explain to us why these guys make great heroes. I told her all she needed to do was show us the pictures but she’s an over-achiever. Enjoy her post below and look for AGAINST THE CAGE, on sale May 27, 2014. The girls guide to Mixed Martial Arts (yeah, that’s what MMA stand for). Some things we should know about MMA fighters…. Their world revolves around fighting. It’s not a hobby; it is their life; their obsession. So, when the fighters in the Worth the Fight series meet their perfect woman, she immediately gets wrapped up in this world of passion, obsession, and fury. MMA fighters are inherently bad-boy alpha-males, usually [...]

Snippet of ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance

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

14 Days of Giveaways: Day 1

Happy February! Today marks the official start of our 14 Days of Giveaways! Over the next two weeks we’ll be giving out over 700 romance titles by 85 different authors! Each day you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win that day’s themed prize pack, which will include a mix of print and e-Original titles from Penguin Random House. Today, we’re giving way 5 Contemporary Romance prize packs! Each prize pack includes one copy of: Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe, Matchpoint by Elise Sax, Once Tempted by Laura Moore, Yours to Keep by Serena Bell, Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young, Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis, Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard and The Valentine’s Arrangement by [...]

At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart – Sneak Peek

On sale tomorrow, At the River’s Edge by New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart – After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career. But [...]

Watch the trailer for MIRACLE ROAD by Emily March, on sale today!

You’re seeing it here first: Below you’ll find the trailer for MIRACLE ROAD, Emily March’s latest novel set in the endearing town of Eternity Springs. After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity Springs to reassess his life. Even a winning record and big offers can’t dent the wall of guilt that Lucca has built around himself. Nothing can—except maybe a vibrant new neighbor who won’t give up on him. Schoolteacher Hope Montgomery believes in miracles. She has to believe—because giving up would mean crumbling under the greatest loss a parent can endure. Hope understands Lucca’s suffering; she lives it herself every day. However, the high school team needs his coaching expertise, [...]

#Book Review of Accidental Cowgirl, Romancing the Book strongly recommends

Aubrey’s Review: I adore books about cowboys. I do not know if it is because I’m a city girl longing to live out in the country or what. I really liked this novel. It was super sweet and the characters had depth and dimension. I could really relate to Kyla in that I hope to find my forever love in a cowboy or farmer. Kyla comes to Montana with a bunch of baggage. She is scared of life in a way after trusting her ex-fiancé who ended up being a con artist. Her best friends take her on vacation in the hopes that she can leave her past behind her and move on. Little does she know that she fall [...]

Emily March is hitting the road!

MIRACLE ROAD, that is. Emily March’s newest novel, Miracle Road, is coming this November, and if you’re lucky enough to live in any of the cities below, the author could be stopping by your town! Click on the little red car below to learn more.

Ruthie’s Reality – It’s All About the Chest Hair

This week we’re going to try out a new format. I’ve been thinking about how to bring you a glimpse of my “reality” through this column — but the Reality of Ruthie is that I spend most of my time sitting in a purple chair in my office, writing books. (See? There’s my purple chair.) My life this morning consists of thoughts like “I have to throw another load of towels in the wash” and “If I have to transform Kidlet’s insecticon thing one more time I’m going to scream” and “Last night I had a dream about Pete Rose.” My reality is writing this blog post and thinking about the enormous amount of work I have to do this [...]

The Barbie Evolution . . . by Molly O’Keefe

Look for Molly’s Blog Hop coming soon — win FREE books – mark your calendars!! Here’s Molly! MO: When my daughter was born two and a half years after my son, she was born into a world of robots and fire trucks. And because she was the second child and the second child is always slighted (I say this with authority as a second child who was slighted and as a mom who has slighted her second child) this didn’t change until she was three.

Book#Review from Abigail Books Addiction – After the Kiss by Lauren Layne

Review by Abigail: I could not stop reading this story from the first page. These characters are so lovable and relate able that many reader can connect to. Julie is the Dater Queen. She is the perfect girl to have if you are looking for no commitment. However, everything changes when her boss tells her to do an article on relationship. She decides to pursuit Mitchell because he seem the “boring” type. But Mitchell is looking for a change since he made a bet on not being in an relationship. Mitchell and Julie are totally opposite but are totally perfect for each other. They truly begin to fall in love with each other that it freaks them out at first. [...]

#WildWednesday with Molly O’Keefe & #Free Snippet for Wild Child

So, last week we met Monica through Jackson’s eyes and now we get Jackson through Monica’s eyes. Monica Appleby has come to Bishop Arkansas immediately after the funeral of her best friend. She is heart-sick, broke and very wary. The last thing she wants is to be attracted to the town’s Mayor.

#WildWednesday Free snippet of Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe

Book copy: Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.

Ruthie’s Reality: Four Questions for Debut Author Lauren Layne + Giveaway!

It’s release day for Loveswept debut author Lauren Layne’s fabulous After the Kiss (which I got to read in advance, nyah-nyah), and I managed to buttonhole Lauren long enough to get the inside scoop on the novel. After the Kiss made me laugh out loud several times. You think it’s going to be all fluffy fun and then it keeps tricking you with these hilarious and intelligent close observations that you don’t quite expect.

Guest Post: Your last big challenge by Lily Everett (Louisa Edwards) promoting her new series, The Billionaire Brothers

I’ve always been afraid to try writing a novella. I know, it seems easy—it’s shorter! Surely common sense dictates it should take less time and be easier to plot a novella than a full-length novel. In this case, common sense is dead wrong.