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WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of RUNNING WILD by Linda Howard and Linda Jones!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of RUNNING WILD by Linda Howard and Linda Jones, the first book in a brand new western contemporary romance series. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! 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!

Guest Post: How Fifty Shades Made My Life Easier – Marie Force + Giveaway!

No Sue, the title was supposed to be: How the Fifty Shades Craze Made My Life As a Writer of Sexy Romance Easier By: Marie Force — ok, now you’ve got it right, sheesh I write sexy romance under my real name. No big deal, right? Well, I also live in a small, conservative New England town where everyone knows everyone, and people like to talk. They like to whisper. They like to point. SHE is the one who writes that smutty romance. I hate that word, by the way. Smut. I often ask people who use that word why they consider act of falling in love and making love smut. I ask was it “smut” when you were falling [...]

Ruthie’s Reality – thanks for stopping by!

*taps microphone* Is this thing on? Can you hear me in the back? Right! Okay, so. Welcome to Ruthie’s Reality! I’m your hostess, Ruthie Knox, lover of all things smutty, funny, brainy, bookish, and swoony.

Book Review by Janet Webb, The Inn at Rose Harbor

Debbie Macomber always writes a story that keeps on giving – I really enjoyed Janet’s post & hope you do to. Happy Reading!! Whew, at last it’s September, and life can get back into a regular routine. Time to crack open the covers of new books by favorite authors. High on my list of tried and true authors is Debbie Macomber because she takes me to a very familiar place, a guaranteed escape for a few hours. As she says on her website, “Wherever you are, Debbie takes you home …”.

Guest post – Walking The Line by Marquita Valentine

Marquita: Thanks for hosting me again at Romance at Random, Sue! I always have a great time. Me: Thanks for being here Marquita & congrats on your second release! Our hero is a villain, you’ve got me interested! Writing a hero that readers will (hopefully) fall in love with is a major challenge. Writing a hero that’s also the villain, or in the case of my hero in THIRD TIME’s a CHARM, “the executive assistant to the destroyer of lives” tends to put even more stress upon the author. No matter how hot she thinks his nipple piercings are. *blinks*

Guest Post – The Grayson Twins of Star Harbor (but mostly Theo)

by Elisabeth Barrett Take one savvy heroine, one delicious hero, and add some terrific secondary characters. Mix together in a delightful harbor town, toss in a New England winter, and you have one terrific romance. Elisabeth Barrett’s BLAZE OF WINTER is a must-read! ~ Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of HOME FOR THE SUMMER Today is release day for Blaze of Winter (Theo’s story), and I am thrilled to be celebrating here at Romance @ Random! In Blaze of Winter, Theo, an author of swashbuckling adventure novels, returns to Star Harbor to work on his latest book. When he takes a room at the Star Harbor Inn to get some peace and quiet, he runs into Avery Newbridge, [...]

Book Review – Nightingale Way by Emily March

Review of – Nightingale Way……by Emily March This novel is our latest visit to enchanting Eternity Springs, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The story centers around Jack Davenport, Black Ops mystery man, and wealthy owner of Eagle’s Way. The mansion sits atop a mountain, is visited by few, and is Jack’s very private retreat. Catherine Blackburn Davenport known as Cat, is a journalist that seems to find dangerous breaking stories. She just reported on a dog fighting conspiracy, that involves celebrities, and politicians alike. A fire bombing at her home demonstrates how much her life is in danger. Jack and Cat share a heartbreaking secret that tore their life and marriage apart. Now Cat needs protection. Jack will put [...]

Book Release – Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe – a fun contemporary romance

From award-winning author Molly O’Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love. Tori Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.

Postcards from (Carolina) Home by Virginia Kantra

Virgina Kantra shares her love of the sandy shores and her new romance novel – enjoy! I’ve always loved the sea. When I was growing up, my family took vacations to the beach. To the sticky boardwalks of New Jersey, redolent with popcorn and coconut oil. To the cold, seaweedy beaches of New England, where the views and the water temperature steal your breath away. Beautiful, rocky Maine inspired the setting of my Children of the Sea paranormal romances.

The Marshalls, even sounds sexy, by author Kimberly Lang

We all have deadlines right, you know, those times when your blood pressure shoots through the roof? Kimberly gives us some insight on how to balance deadlines . . . sort of. Every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck! Writers have lives, too. I know you know that. As much as we live inside our own heads, talking to people who don’t exist, we have all the same real-life things going on as everyone else. Kids have to be fed and ferried about, husbands need attention, friends need our support. As much as I love what I do, the real people in my life have to come first, just [...]

Romance Guest – Wendy & being a Domestic Goddess + Giveaway!

By Wendy Vella I gave in to household pressure and baked yesterday. While for some of you domestic goddesses this may be a regular occurrence, it is not for me. That’s not to say my children were neglected; I rustled up the obligatory cupcakes with pink and blue frosting when required in their youth. It’s just not a hobby of choice like it is for some. But with the house now filled to capacity with hubby, adult son, adult daughter and her boyfriend (recently returned from their travels) and an Irish border, plus two dogs, you can imagine the cupboards do not stay full for long. After several forays by different individuals into the kitchen yesterday, complete with loudly opening [...]

Guest Post: We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time + Giveaway!

We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time Female Authors and their Male Characters By Stacey Agdern As last month’s column ended with a debut male author’s military fantasy, it’s fitting that the focus of this month’s column is a powerhouse female author who writes romantic thrillers with military heroes…and her very first foray into the world of paranormal romance. Suzanne Brockmann’s ‘Born to Darkness’ is a brilliant book which centers around three different couples. As luck would have it, Brockmann has managed to write a textbook on this month’s subject, as four of the characters in these couples are prime examples of the best ways to write strong male characters. We start with the scientist behind the [...]

Guest Review – REDWOOD BEND by Robyn Carr + Giveaway!

REDWOOD BEND reviewed By Kathy Altman, USA TODAY CAPTION Genre: Contemporary romance No longer content to live so far away from the only family she and her 5-year-old twins have, Army widow Katie Malone packs up her boys and heads to Virgin River, Calif., for the summer. She hopes to find somewhere nearby to settle — somewhere kid-friendly but not too close to her overprotective brother. After months of hiding out on one side of the country while her brother laid low on the other, waiting for his chance to testify against a murderer with mob connections — a chance that never arrived because the mobster was killed the morning of the trial — Katie and her boys desperately need [...]

Winners Announced below – Leap with Books GIVEAWAY Hop

Click the GIVEAWAY HOP image to visiting other participating sites. 5 Random Winners will be chosen — to win FREE romance books from Random House — to be eligible, comment below & ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page – click here Best of luck & don’t forget to take a look at our new release from Loveswept, RIDE WITH ME by Ruthie Knox – a ride you’ll never forget! Just $2.99 Ten 5 Star Reviews on Amazon “Get ready for a wonderful ride with this book. I loved it. ” Kathleen Kelley “I’m a sucker for road-trip books, and this one definitely fit the bill. ” Smexybooks “The best Romance I have read… I think… ever!” Erin & More! CONTEST HAS ENDED [...]

future trends in romance? + Giveaway!

Steampunk was kind of a flash in the pan last year – some authors in the romance genre have written stories & have done well, and others . . . well, have crashed and burned. Trends — they are around us – everywhere! Trends in clothes, food, cosmetics – even nail polish colors !!! Believe it or not, trends in romance start with you – the reader – really? You betcha! Publishing guru’s around the world watch what you are reading, buying & your reaction to those stories. Right now, readers are buying lots of Contemporary — oh yea, that is what the market shows! Robyn Carr, Linda Lael Miller & Mariah Stewart are some of authors that you may [...]

HEA USA TODAY interviews Kristan Higgins & Ruthie Knox! + Giveaway!

By Joyce Lamb, USA TODAY Debut author Ruthie Knox’s first book, Ride with Me, comes out Monday. Ride with Me, billed as “a cross-country bike adventure (that) takes a detour into unexplored passion,” is published by the new Loveswept line. I know I pretty much had you at “unexplored passion,” but wait, there’s more! At HEA’s request, Ruthie and Kristan Higgins, best-selling author of, most recently, Until There Was You, tossed around some observations about their favorite road-trip movies. (Warning: Make sure you’re not eating as you read this. We would feel really bad if you choked.) Oh, and if you hang around until the end and leave a comment, you could win a copy of Ride with Me. Kristan: [...]

Winners ANNOUNCED – Romancing the Valentine Hop! CLOSED

2/6 – 2/13 – comment below to be eligible to be one of three lucky US winners of two print paper books – RIDE WITH ME & BECAUSE OF YOU – sold only as an E-book for just $2.99! Now’s your chance to win a paper a copy!! Comment below to be eligible for the random drawing — winners announced on 2/14/2012 – good luck! & don’t forget to HOP to other participating sites & enter to win – click the links below for a complete list of sites – Enjoy! CLOSED: Congrats to our WINNERS: Rinib June M Jeanne Sheets Thanks for hopping with us!

SEE HOW THEY RUN + Giveaway!

SEE HOW THEY RUN and the Owl in the Attic (Bethany Campbell) For me, stories evolve in different ways. Sometimes one arrives complete, as if the Muse special-ordered it, monogrammed and gift-wrapped. Other stories start with one idea that just won’t go away. The trouble is, it won’t go anywhere else either. It may just hang around and hang around, inhabiting the head like a reclusive owl brooding in the attic rafters. The basis for SEE HOW THEY RUN crouched in the rafters a long, long time. The idea came from a piece written by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He described adult twins diagnosed as possibly autistic and institutionalized since childhood. Although they could not grasp much of what most of [...]

Guest- I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah + Giveaway!

I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah from Romance Novel Sluts Growing up, I wasn’t a reader. I watched TV. A lot of TV. From the afternoon cartoons, to Tom Brokaw, to my prime time schedule, to M*A*S*H reruns late a night. I watched Johnny Carson’s monologue when I should have been in bed. The only thing I read willingly was the Sunday comics, the TV schedule, and old Archie comics. Mom, an avid reader and former librarian, struggled with me, the only non-reader of four children. My reading comprehension suffered all through elementary school. I passed, reading when I really only had to, what I had to, or sometimes when extreme boredom or dire weather conditions were involved. [...]

HEA USA Book Review of Stephanie Tyler’s Night Moves

Written By Lea Franczak, USA TODAY CAPTION Night Moves is the fourth book in Stephanie Tyler’s dark, fast-paced Shadow Force series, which chronicles the lives and loves of a group of tough elite Special Forces-trained mercenaries. Tyler’s crisp, gritty prose and dialogue suit these hard-core lethal warriors who embrace the adrenaline rush provided by the dangerous missions they undertake. A prologue takes readers back to when Kell Roberts and Reid Cormier met as young emotionally scarred adolescents living in the same foster home. They forged a tight bond that strengthened during their years in the military. Kell and Reid are as close, if not closer, than brothers. Kell and Reid continue to contend with the devastation caused by a Delta [...]

HEA USA reviews Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart

Review written By Kathy Altman, USA TODAY CAPTION When I think of Mariah Stewart, I think of romantic suspense. Or I used to, anyway. In Stewart’s Hometown Girl, I discovered I’ve been missing out by not reading her Chesapeake Diaries series. In Hometown Girl, Brooke Bowers struggles to establish a life for herself and her young son back on the family farm in St. Dennis, Md. Two years earlier her husband was killed in Iraq, leaving Brooke heartbroken and in desperate need of the love and support only her hometown can provide. She works like a fiend as she finishes her degree and launches her cupcake business, but the one thing she can’t bring herself to do is become romantically [...]

Valentine’s Day Around the World + Giveaway!

Valentine’s Day Around the World by Cassandra Carr I know were a week away until Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d give a little information on the cool rituals associated with Valentine’s Day all over the world. A few years ago I was actually in Hong Kong over Valentine’s Day. One of the colleagues from my hubby’s office invited us to a sort of country club-type place that he belonged to and we had dinner there. The women received flowers upon entering, along with a couple of chocolates, so really, it didn’t seem all that different from how we celebrate here in the United States. That got me to thinking – does the whole world celebrate Valentine’s Day the same [...]

Cover Time – what rocks your socks? + Giveaway

We’ve not done a cover post in quite some time — our tastes surely have changed since our last discussion — what we liked yesterday may not be the look we like today? The cover to my left is our hero, Tom – Tom is my cover of the month for Feb – he’s my avatar on Twitter. I chose Tom because he makes me smile & reminds me of Ruthie’s story, which BTW, is laugh out loud fun! Heart-warming and sexy too – really a great story & our next Original Loveswept release, on sale 12/13/2012, $2.99. I also love the cover of her next book, coming out in June, About Last Night – Yes, the cover Gods have [...]

Valentine’s Day & our picks for you! + Giveaway!!

Happy Valentines Day! Are you looking for a great book, one of those stories that makes you say, “Ah, that is what love is all about?” We’ve got some great suggestions for you — stories where the romance is key, stories that fulfill your dreams . . that ‘HEA’. Suzanne Brockmann has a new book out later this month, BORN TO DARKNESS – & this quote just about sums it up: “As the New York Times bestselling author of the Troubleshooters series and a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today), Suzanne Brockmann has an acclaimed history of taking readers’ breath away with her novels of hot passion and high adventure.”Suz started her Troubleshooters with Unsung Hero and has seventeen books [...]

Shiloh Walker writes, What’s in a name…+ Giveaway

What’s in a name… Source: kaganga.com via shiloh on Pinterest   The heroine’s name is Hope. After spending the past few years on the run, hope is kinda of the last thing she has, though. But run wouldn’t be a very good name, right? Neither would fear. Still, when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see Hope. She looks in the mirror and sees Source: Uploaded by user via shiloh on Pinterest   Meeting the hero of her story doesn’t make things any better. At least not at first. He’s a lawyer…and for her, that means he’s the enemy. A sexy enemy, but still. Source: imdb.com via shiloh on Pinterest   She finds her strength in the oddest manner. [...]

Social Media – what you should & should not talk about + Giveaway

Well, it’s happened, the internet has taken over the world, or has at least taken over the virtual world, and maybe will take over the entire world in time. Which brings us to the topic of how much is too much — information-wise, what you should & should not talk about . . . are there boundaries? When talking about the romance community, I can think of quite a few boundaries – – some of which you may or may not agree with me, as I think it really depends on what your boundaries are too, yes? Couple of things that come to mind — information that you just should not share includes location — you never know who is [...]

Weekly 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 &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview 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 5 ladies! LoraP KathyL JeanneM Lexi ChrisS Congrats! Don’t forget our Reader Rally – & join us this week to be one of the 5 – congrats to all & thank [...]

Reading Resolutions by Heather Daniels-Lire + Giveaway!

Reading Resolutions by Heather Daniels-Lire I’m a resolution and goal person. It drives everyone around me insane but I can’t help it. With that in mind I started thinking about what my goals would be for 2012. I made the requisite lose weight goal, the professional goal, and the be a better mom goal. Then I was stuck. I really wanted a goal for reading, but what could I do. This got me thinking about my reading habits and how I read and what I read. As I went down memory lane I remembered the book mobile lady who introduced me to reading. She would stalk the book mobile with the Boxcar Children, The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins. [...]

Weekly Winners!

Reminder to observe Martin Luther King weekend & hoping you are enjoying your day – 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 &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview 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 5 ladies! LisaB Danny Kim DonnaMS Erin1 Congrats – join us this week for our Reader [...]

Mascot of romance, who would it be? + GIVEAWAY!!

mas·cot    [mas-kot, -kuht] noun an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat. Silly topic, but not really, as I’ve been thinking about this — it seems that all important organizations have mascots, so to speak, right? KIA automobiles now has those adorable hamsters, as pictured above; Taco Bell had that little dog, what breed was he again? Taco Bell had a big promotion a few years back and I bought three or four of those stuffed cuties! Then of course, Geico’s lizard. . . and now I’ve noticed they’re using a pink pig in their commercials as well, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I suppose [...]