December – #NewRelease Romance Shopping List
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Book Release – About Last Night by Ruthie Knox – funny, witty you’ll love it!
Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
Ruthie Knox – About Last Night
Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. An earlier incarnation of Ride with Me won the 2011 Maggies Award for best contemporary series romance, as well as the 2011 Romance Junkies/Carina Press contest.
Visit Ruthie on her website: http://www.ruthieknox.com/ | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
“A page turner, full of sex, sizzle and heart.”
-Susan Andersen, NYT bestselling author of Playing Dirty
What they said about her first book – Ride With Me:
“RIDE WITH ME is a breath of fresh air for contemporary romance readers! I flew through it faster than a bike hurtling downhill!”
Louisa Edwards, author of Hot Under Pressure
“A sweet yet sultry, honest and heart-tugging ride. Everything a love story should be!” Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Sexy, hilarious, poignant and just plain fun, RIDE WITH ME is a fantastic debut!” – Bestselling author Leslie Kelly
“A fantastic, sexy, and fun story! Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, was a delight to read.”
Jill Shalvis, NYT Best Selling Author
“Ride With Me, is a unique kind of road trip with the best kind of bumps and curves!”
Sandra Hill, New York Times Best Selling Author
“Smart, sexy, and downright fun–I loved every moment of the ride!”
Julie James, National Bestselling Author
“Ruthie Knox writes a devil of a good book! Ride With Me is one wild and fun ride you’ll enjoy from the first page to the last!”
Christie Craig, award winning author of romances with heart, humor and suspense.
“Debut author, Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, is a great mix of steamy passion and non-stop wit. Get ready to laugh out loud. One HOT read!”
New York Times Best Selling Author of A HOME BY THE SEA
“Ride With Me is smart, sexy and funny, and once I picked it up I could not put it down. Can’t wait for more from Ruthie Knox. ”
Sarah Mayberry, Harlequin Super Romance
“Ride With Me has it all: it’s sexy, smart and fun. Ruthie Knox is a name to watch for in contemporary romance.”
Samantha Hunter, Harlequin Blaze
“A charming, off-beat romance romance debut, with a fresh new voice to keep the rest of us on our toes. Discover Ruthie Knox now, so you can say, ‘I read her when…’” —Meg Maguire, author of The Reluctant Nude
Read our FREE Excerpt:
ABOUT LAST NIGHT by Ruthie Knox, Excerpt
HEA USA TODAY reviews RIDE WITH ME – Thanks Mandi!!
REVIEW By Mandi Schreiner , USA TODAY
Genre: Contemporary romance
Tom Geiger is ready to cycle across the United States on the TransAmerica Trail. Planning to start in Oregon and ending up in Virginia, he is looking forward to a couple of months of peaceful cycling and sightseeing as he heads east. But his sister, Taryn, has other plans for him. Worried that he is too much of a loner, she secretly places an ad for a riding companion for him and finds someone named Alex. She arranges for Alex to meet Tom at the starting point of the trip, much to Tom’s dismay. But since Taryn is really his only friend, he doesn’t want to disappoint her.
“Please, Tom. You can’t ride your bicycle across the country alone. It’s insane. You’ll end up being slaughtered by a serial killer.”
“Taryn, I’m thirty-five, single, tattooed, and anti-social. I’m the serial killer.”
But when Alex shows up, Tom gets a surprise. Alex is a woman.
Alex is also a control freak. A high school English teacher, she has been planning this trip her entire life. She has every hour of the trip mapped out. She has a special computer on her bike and other high-tech gear. One look at Tom and she knows there is going to be a problem. Tom has an old bike and isn’t even wearing proper riding gear. She tried really hard to find another woman to ride with, but no one showed interest. So now she is stuck with Tom, who is extremely anti-social and surly. She also doesn’t want Tom to get any ideas at night when their tents are pitched right next to each other, so she blurts out she is married, although she is very, very single. Off they go on their cross-country journey.
Ride with Me is the debut book by Ruthie Knox, and I really liked it. She does a great job pairing up two very stubborn protagonists and making it a fun, amusing story. Tom is so anti-social and cranky. His ex-wife cheated on him with his brother, and he has a lot of family drama in the past. He works now as a bike mechanic and goes on crazy bike rides all over the world. His downfall is that he feels guilty about a lot of things. He would feel very guilty if he left Alex behind so he grudgingly agrees to be her companion. They butt heads many, many times at the beginning as they are so different. Alex is prim and proper and refuses to be spontaneous. But Tom finds her very attractive and slowly gets her to lower her defenses.
When Tom can get her to look up from the 27 gears on her bike, he pushes her to take a side road and see the sights. They start to fall into a friendship of sorts, although with an intense edge because they each find the other extremely attractive. My one gripe with this book is that Alex hangs onto the pretend-husband story for a little too long. There comes a point where they both want to dive into the sleeping bag together, but Tom still thinks Alex is married. It takes a phone call to his sister to realize maybe she is lying and that seemed a little farfetched. I wish Alex would have just told him sooner. I did like her apology, though, when the truth finally comes out.
Once they get past all of that, there is some hot lovin’! Who knew sexy times in a tent could be so hot? When Tom starts to lighten up and Alex sees that side of him, their romance really takes off.
Ride with Me is a sexy, contemporary. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about two people who cycle across the country. I’m a sucker for road-trip books, and this one definitely fit the bill.
Mandi Schreiner started romance review blog Smexy Books in 2009. She is obsessed with reading romance novels and collecting fictional boyfriends.
So – what do you think? Did this review help you decide if it is a book you’ll want to buy? And, if you have bought it & read it — did you like, RIDE WITH ME? comment below — every week we randomly choose 5 winners to receive a random book — winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
USA HEA review A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
Reviewed By Mandi Schreiner, USA TODAY
Genre: Historical romance
A Lady Awakened is the debut book by Cecilia Grant, and I’m in love with this author’s voice. It is hard to explain why I love her style of writing so much, but as I read I didn’t want to miss a single word. It is a similar reading experience as to when I read Joanna Bourne books. The way she creates her sentences and the way she creates such small moments that end up so powerful really captivate me.
This story is different in terms of the plot and how things unfold. Martha Russell is a recent widow, and because she didn’t have any children during her marriage (her husband had no children in a previous marriage, so she assumes he was sterile), the brother of her late husband is set to inherit the estate. However, many reasons come into play as to why Martha does not want to lose this estate. First, she is a big supporter of the local school in her town, and if she were to leave, the funding for the school would also go away. She also learns that her brother in-law has been known to sexually abuse the servants at this estate. Fearing for the women in her house, and desperate to continue supporting the school, Martha comes up with a plan.
By total coincidence, Martha has a new neighbor in town. Mr. Mirkwood, or Theo, has been banished to the country by his father because he is a bit of a wastrel. He likes women, and he’s lazy, and his father is hoping he can learn some land management skills if he is banned from coming to town. Martha meets Theo at church (where he dozes through the sermon) and realizes she is the perfect man for her plan. Although Martha knows for a fact that she is not pregnant, no one else knows. She realizes if she pretends there is a chance she is pregnant, with a possible heir, she can stay in town for another month and delay her brother-in-law. She also realizes if she can actually get pregnant this month, then all her problems will be solved. So she asks Theo to have sex with her once a day for a month in hopes that she will conceive so she can pretend the baby is her late husband’s. Theo sees an attractive widow and can’t imagine spending his banishment to the country any other way.
But what is so different is that Martha is extremely wooden and serious. She doesn’t want to experience pleasure with Theo, she just wants to get pregnant.
Theo thinks she just doesn’t understand pleasure and sets out to seduce her, but she refuses all his attempts at anything but completing the act. This is hard for Theo to accept. There are times where he becomes very frustrated and he realizes that sex with none of the intimacy is really no fun at all. And it is not that Martha was abused by her late husband or has any physical or emotional scars that make her rebuff intimacy. It comes down to this:
“You’re not a bad man, Mirkwood. I do think you have promise. But while I find I can be cordial with a man who lives for pleasure, and even come to feel a certain regard for him, I cannot, in the end, truly admire such a man. And I don’t care to give myself up to a man I don’t admire. Pardon my frankness.”
Martha holds true to this throughout the book, and I love that her character is allowed to do this. She is steadfast in her beliefs and will not be wooed by his attempts at seduction. It is when Theo becomes involved in the community, when he starts to have a passion for something other than sex, is when Martha is wooed. When he discusses issues he is having with his estate and treats her as a person who is intelligent … that’s when Martha starts to fall in love. Even though these two have sex from the very beginning of the book, this is a true story of courtship.
For all of Martha’s issues in bed, this book is very erotic. There were times at the beginning where I wasn’t sure how I was going to like Martha. As I said, she is very rigid, but Theo is such a charmer and such a warm, kind man that I started to fall in love. And to watch them slowly fall in love with each other is special.
Mandi Schreiner started romance review blog Smexy Books in 2009. She is obsessed with reading romance novels and collecting fictional boyfriends.
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Here’s what people are saying, what say you? + Giveaway
This is a statement made at a recent convention that I attended virtually on Twitter — this comment was reverberated again & again . . . . Now, for some industries, and possibly the book industry, this may be the case, although, when I’m away from home with just my phone, I always go through my bookstore App to buy a book . . . maybe that will change, the way technology is constantly changing, it probably will – but for now, I’ll use my App.
I don’t want to mislead anyone, I’m not an ‘App-aholic’ – I’ve friends that have the front of the phones, covered with pages and pages of various types of Apps – most of them are the free ones, but still, you can’t possibly use them all, can you?
There’s a flashlight App, Dictionary App, calendar App, oh – & I love my alarm App, I use that all the time when I’m traveling. I’m one of those people that can’t figure out the alarm clocks in the hotels *grins*.
Of course there are tons of game Apps – which ones do you play? Angry Birds? Words With Friends? Pac Man?
So, question of the day – which, now you can only name one, App do you love & use endlessly? 5 commenters are randomly chosen every week to win a random FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!!
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The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.
Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
Praise for The Peach Keeper
Allen juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen’s next.
Praise for Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon
“Captivating . . . Sarah Addison Allen produces tantalizing fiction.”—The Roanoke Times
“A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness.”—Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
“Charming and entertaining . . . Don’t miss this spellbinding tale.”—Asheville Citizen Times
“Allen clearly knows that all the fun is in the journey. . . . Sit back, open this book and join her.”—Greensboro News & Record
“An enjoyable read [with] doses of magical realism and romance.”—Associated Press
“Easy to devour in one sitting.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. What do you think the title The Peach Keeper means? Who is the peach keeper in the story?
2. Superstitions played a big part in Willa’s grandmother’s life, and in Willa’s life, by extension. What superstitions did you grow up with? Why do you think superstitions exist?
3. Several of the characters in The Peach Keeper struggle with how people used to see them as opposed to who they are now. Who were you in high school? Do you miss that person? Or are you glad to leave that time in your life behind?
4. Willa spent her formative years as The Joker, acting out and sparking controversy that she wouldn’t become aware of until she was an adult. What do you make of her past actions? How does it connect to the way she acts in the novel? How does it affect her relationships as an adult?
5. The characters in The Peach Keeper live in an extraordinarily beautiful area, one surrounded by waterfalls. Yet Willa once remarks, “When you see it every day, sometimes you wonder what the big deal is.” Do you think you get so used to beauty that you stop seeing it? What are some natural wonders in your area? Does Willa’s comment also refer to people?
6. The Blue Ridge Madam takes on a life of its own in the novel, becoming much more than a building. What do you think it represents for the town? For Willa and Paxton?
7. There’s a wisp of something supernatural following the characters in the story, seemingly brought into their lives by the discovery of buried bones under a peach tree. What are your thoughts on the supernatural? Do you think disturbing a grave upsets the spiritual side of things? Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
8. One of the prevailing themes in The Peach Keeper is friendship. Agatha and Georgie are elderly, and have been friends all their lives. Paxton and Willa have a newly formed friendship. The book posits that friendship is “a living breathing thing, something that comes to life the moment it happens and doesn’t just go away when it’s no longer acknowledged.” If there is no big break-up, just a gradual separation, do you think the friendship still exists? Do you think once you are a friend, are you always a friend? Have you ever reconnected with an old friend and found that you still share a bond with them?
9. Sarah Addison Allen’s books usually have themes of forgiveness and food. Have you read Sarah’s other books? How is The Peach Keeper similar? How is it a departure? Did you recognize the reference to the main characters in her debut novel, Garden Spells?
10. Paxton, Willa, and even Willa’s father, deal with parental expectation. Do you think that who we become in life is due in part to what our parents wanted us to be, or who are parents were? If you have children, how do they fit the pattern?
11. How do you take your coffee? Do you think that says something about you? Do you believe, like Rachel, that how someone takes their coffee says something about their personality?
12. What do you think of Paxton and Sebastian’s relationship, and how it evolves over the course of the novel? Have you ever had a similar relationship in your life? How do you feel it fed into the overall themes of The Peach Keeper?
13. Willa and Colin have a complicated relationship from the start – what do you think is the strongest force pulling them together? Do you think their relationship would have worked had they met in another time and place?
14. In the end, Agatha keeps a secret she promised to keep seventy-five years ago. In this information age, we are not a private society. How hard is it to keep secrets? Would you be capable of keeping a secret that long?
15. The theme of roots runs through the novel – from the peach tree, to Colin’s work, to the characters struggling with their place in Walls of Water. What about the town and its history draws people to it and entices them to put down roots? On the flip side, what about it causes others to deny their roots and move away? Have you had a similar experience with your home town?
Sweet Reward by Christy Reece
Sweet Reward by Christy Reece
WHEN RISK IS THE REWARD—LET THE DANGER BEGIN
Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR—for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia’s back, and as a team, they’re as compatible as fuel and fire—blowing off tension in each other’s arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither have been before—to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.
Holiday Romances from Random House – which do you choose?
Are you looking for a book to put you in the Holiday mood?
This is the time of year many of us crave those stories that give us hope, and re-instill in us the beliefs and traditions of family, friends and relationships. Books where the hero is real, knowing that he will fight to the end to protect his heroine, no matter the cost. Books where the heroine is strong, understanding and a good person who is only trying to do the right thing, no matter how convoluted the outcome. Books where families stand by one another and support each other through thick or thin, no matter what the situation. The books I choose to read for Holiday, do just that – they reinstate values through wonderfully written stories, where characters have their ups and downs, but in the end, they find one another and the love they were meant to share.
These are some of the books that I’ve enjoyed over the year – and I’d like to share them with you — Enjoy!
There are so many more wonderful stories that are comforting to read — they may have a Holiday theme, or maybe not – what are some of your comfort stories to read & why?
For today’s post, we’ll give away one of the five books mentioned to five winners – let us know if you were a winner, which book you would like to receive & why? Good Luck! Winners will be announced in this post!
Congrats to these winners!!
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Be Witched: A Jolie Wilkins/Rand Balfour Novella – Available for $0.99
H. P. Mallory was a self-published sensation before coming to Random House to continue her bestselling Jolie Wilkins series. In this sexy and spellbinding original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Mallory presents the exciting Underworld from a never-before-seen point of view—through the eyes of Rand Balfour, a drop-dead gorgeous warlock and the love of Jolie Wilkins’s life.
While the undead wage a brutal civil war, Rand Balfour has only one thing on his mind: protecting his true love, Jolie Wilkins, the savvy and spirited witch whose powers have made her the toast—and target—of the new Underworld order.
For Rand, keeping Jolie safe means guarding against allies and enemies alike. First there’s Sinjin Sinclair, a dangerously seductive vampire who has his fangs set on Jolie, and who Rand suspects of harboring a sinister agenda. Then there are the factions of supernatural creatures causing chaos at every turn. But most shocking is Rand himself, whose wild desire for Jolie may put her very life at risk. Torn between his duty and his passion, Rand must summon all his strength to withstand temptation, even if it costs him the one woman he cannot bear to lose.
Follow more of Rand and Jolie’s electrifying paranormal romance in this eBook’s special bonus: a thrilling excerpt from H. P. Mallory’s next novel, Witchful Thinking.
Holiday Blues and Things That Pick Me Up! + giveaway!
Holiday Blues and Things That Pick Me Up! by Keira Gillett
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Thanks Sue for inviting me here today at Romance At Random!
Show of hands—how many of you have finished your shopping already? How many are still running around trying to find everything? I see with these two questions I got all of your attention! Ha! So now my next is—what are you doing for yourself? Nothing? For shame! Here are 5 things I’m doing this holiday season that kicks holiday blues to the curb, relaxes me and gives me great pleasure (And I’m not just talking about abducting Robert Pattinson for a weekend, rawr!!! Down girl! lol):
1.) Bubble Baths: Seriously, a bubble bath has got to be the most relaxing activity you could do. Imagine yourself sinking into a warm fragrant bath up to your chin, a dozen scented candles softly glowing, some ambient music and a good book to read. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?
2.) Drinking Mint Hot Chocolate: I love hot chocolate (I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, do you?) and mint hot chocolate is the best. I like to make it in my gigantic Scrabble cups so that I can slowly savor it that much longer. Delicious.
3.) Going to the Movies: Specifically the new Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows movie opening on December 16. Can we say hawt? Hot! I cannot wait to go see this movie. It looks like it will be epic and with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. to ogle? Yeah, a very pleasurable evening!
4.) Get My Nails Done: I used to get my nails done only very rarely. I didn’t see the point spending money on a manicure and only have it last a week. But my mom recently discovered Shellac by CND, which goes straight on the nail, and it lasts forever. I go about 4 weeks between appointments and they look fresh and stay chip free the whole time. It’s amazing. For the holidays I’m going to get snowflake nail art on my ring fingernails. It’ll be so pretty and a definite treat! Now I just have to decide on the color. Tough choice, I know but somebody has to do it, right?
5.) Read a few new books: For a full list of romance novels coming out check out the monthly book list. I bet you walk away with a few new additions to your TBR pile. But you know what? You’re totally worth it, so go ahead and grab a few more!
What will you be doing for yourself this season? Share in the comments below! Giveaway to 5 randomly chosen commenters each week — winners announced on Sunday – good luck!!
Keira Gillett reviews all kinds of romance genres at Love Love Romance. She’s what’s considered an equal opportunity reader-reviewer. Her (I got-to-have-more/can’t-get-enough-of) hero types are either: blind, scarred or wounded. Wonder what that’s about? *g* Find her on Twitter.
A Taste of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella – Read instantly for $1.99
For fans who have been been waiting to devour Darker After Midnight, as well as new readers tempted by the seductive thrills of her Midnight Breed novels, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian offers up a tantalizing appetizer in A Taste of Midnight. In this spellbinding eBook novella of otherworldly desire, a woman whose destiny was born from a blood kiss discovers that second chances do come . . . even for immortals.
A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport. As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace—and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature—especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees.
Contains a preview of the hotly anticipated nightcap of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, Darker After Midnight!
Contemporary Native American Stories + Giveaway!
Contemporary Native Americans by Michele Stegman
We are all curious about how other people live. It’s why archaeologists dig up burials, why the paparazzi follow famous people around, and it’s one of the reasons we read fiction—to get a glimpse of how other people live.
In historical romances, Native Americans live a different lifestyle from other Americans. The author often gives us a picture of that lifestyle gleaned from anthropological reports, historical records, and old photographs. It is also often terrifying for the heroine of a romance book if she happens to get captured by Native Americans. There was a long-standing war between natives and incoming European-Americans, after all. The men were warriors and hunters, yet lived in communion with nature.
But what about Native Americans today? When I started doing research for
As I read and talked to people I began to realize that, just like any other American, Native Americans live, work, dress, and think in a wide range of ways. I just had to decide how my hero, Adrian Wright, was going to live.
I made Adrian part Comanche because the book is set in Texas. And I had a very good source for information on modern day Comanches. A neighbor is married to a Comanche and gave me a lot of help.
I had fun creating my modern day Native American hero. I enjoyed showing his family’s kinship patterns, customs, and unusual heirlooms they have in their homes, such as beaded vests and moccasins. Although poverty and high unemployment plague many Native Americans as well as many non-native Americans, I made Adrian wealthy and educated. Not every Native American lives on a reservation, and neither does Adrian.
The main issue in Mr. Right’s Baby is Native American legal rights. Over the years, many Native Americans lost their children because of adoption, or having them taken away and sent to schools where they were forced to accept American customs, language, dress, and ideas. Native Americans are still fighting for their children—but now in the courtroom instead of on the battlefield. The courts are finally favoring their suits.
Adrian’s child had been put up for adoption without his knowledge or consent. But once he knows he has a child, he is determined to find her—and get her back.
Carly’s now-single adoptive mother, Katie, is facing a terrible dilemma. How can she keep the child she has grown to love?
It was interesting to explore the world of modern Native Americans and it was fun to take my heroine, Katie, along with me, letting the reader see this other part of America through her eyes.
Do you prefer reading about a contemporary Native American hero or a heroine? 5 commenter’s are chosen weekly to win a FREE book — good luck!
When she spent a year’s sabbatical in San Antonio with her husband, Ron, and their two daughters, Kira and Shana, Michele Stegman never knew it would inspire a contemporary Native American romance. After all, she lives in an 1840′s log cabin, spins, weaves, makes her own soap, and writes historical romance. But when the plot for Mr. Right’s Baby just popped into her head one day, she knew she had to write the story. www.michelestegman.com
WINNERS announced in comments — see if you’re one!!
WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Gratitude Giveaway Hop – 11/17 – 11/27/2011
Thank you for stopping by & for being part of our community here on ROMANCE AT RANDOM – part of our way to say Thank You is a random romance book giveaway for 5 randomly chosen US commenters enter your information here:
Good luck – 5 winners will be announced in this post prior 11/30
Mistletoe Mine (An Eternity Springs Novella) by Emily March – Available for $0.99
It’s always the season of hope and romance in Eternity Springs, a special town where lost souls and lonely hearts find an angel’s touch. Now New York Times bestselling author Emily March has written a wonderful eBook original novella, in which Christmas brings a family reunion and a family wedding.
Newly engaged to her college sweetheart, Molly Stapleton has one wish for her holiday wedding: get her estranged parents back together. Three years ago, a family tragedy drove Emma Stapleton away from her husband, Jared, and their sprawling Texas ranch. Time, false pride, and unhealed hurts have only widened the divide. But Molly, with the help of some very special people in Eternity Springs, has a plan. As Emma and Jared arrive in this magical town to share Molly’s happiness, they meet face-to-face, heart to heart. Will they accept this last chance to renew their promises of love—and cherish the gift from the daughter who loves them both?
Includes a special preview of Emily March’s forthcoming Eternity Springs novel, Lover’s Leap!
Weekly Winners !
Winners on Romance At Random
Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your book! 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!
Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . .
Congrats to all:
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Until next week – happy romance! SueG
Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin + Giveaway!
Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin
‘Stay in your skin’ is a phrase my shifters use in my Feral Warriors series. It means keep your claws and fangs from erupting. Stay in control. But that phrase has a slightly different meaning for me, as the writer. To me, it means keeping my characters real and true to who they are. In my case, I’m not staying in my skin so much as staying in theirs.
So who are the Feral Warriors? They’re the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal—lion, hawk, wolf, jaguar, viper, etc. All are warriors, all are alpha males—big, strong, and dangerous. But each is also an individual with a distinct personality, a unique history—experiences that have formed him, wounds that have molded him. And each has something deep inside that keeps him from true happiness, a hatred that festers or a wound that refuses to heal. Each will be happiest when he finds the love of his life, but until he works past the internal roadblock that’s been screwing up his life (even if he doesn’t recognize anything is wrong), he’ll never be happy. Not even with the woman of his dreams. Which is why it’s so important for me to crawl into the skins of these males and to truly understand them—what makes them tick, what makes them ache or rage in fury. Once I understand them, I’m able to find the circumstances that will force them to face that inner roadblock, that wound that’s been festering inside for decades. Or centuries. Or even millennia.
And it’s in thoroughly understanding each male, inside out, that I’m able to find and recognize the woman capable of forcing him to change, the woman who, alone, can heal him. And complete him. Just as no two heroes are alike, neither are the women who will fight for their souls and, ultimately, win their hearts.
Lyon, the Chief of the Ferals, doesn’t have time for love and doesn’t want the weakness it brings. But he’s closed off emotionally and badly needs that love. And it comes in the form of sweet Kara who brings out all his protective instincts, making him feel again.
Jag, the bad boy with the foul mouth and the fouler attitude, delights in enraging his fellow Ferals, driven by a deep self-hatred even he doesn’t recognize. But Olivia, the latest target of his questionable charm, sees the truth. A warrior with a secret of her own, she’s tough enough to kick his butt and, ultimately, to help him heal.
Hawke, the hero of my latest Feral Warriors novel, Ecstasy Untamed, book 6 in the series, is the kindest of the Ferals, a warrior who loves kids and is protective of all his Feral brothers’ wives. So he’s devastated when his imprisonment in a Daemon spirit trap leaves him with a loss of control that makes him a danger to everyone around him. His situation goes from bad to worse when the newest Feral Warrior arrives with a woman on his arm—a darling female with a smile like the sun. Faith. Hawke’s far too honorable a man to ever make a move on a brother’s woman even if his heart knows she’s the one he’s been waiting for, the only one who can truly heal him and make his life complete.
So, who is your favorite romance novel couple? I’ll give away three signed copies of Desire Untamed, book 1 in the Feral Warriors series, to commenters. Winners will be announced in this post so be sure to check back! Good luck!
Bookmatchmaker & Giveaway!
Make me a match,
Find me a find,
catch me a catch
Look through your book,
And make me a perfect match
I’ve been a bookseller, a marketing guru, a publicist, an editor, a writer and more importantly always a reader. No matter what kind of hat I’ve worn in the publishing industry there has been a constant common thread. Putting the right book into the right hands – I found it a challenge to get the match just right. My reward always came in the form of the reader returning and saying – What’s next?? What else should I read? Or while I was working marketing on a larger scale, finding the right medium in which to reach the reader.
Recently I read an article in which Katie Freeman, a senior publicist for Pantheon and Schocken Books, said “the book must be the right fit to create a love affair . . . there’s little I adore more than playing book matchmaker.” I couldn’t agree more! A title I’ll gladly don!
A matchmaker to create love affairs, love of books and love of authors – and get those matches just right! When I was a bookseller, my goal was, yes to sell more books. However, what would be the point of suggesting a title or an author that didn’t fit the reader? The reader would never trust me to recommend anything else for them.
And while “If you like . . . try” works for some, I did those calculations mentally and then would present the reader with a different explanation. The music industry came up with a word for what I was doing – mashup. I would take other authors, TV or movies to help give the reader a better picture of what or who the book/author would be like. This also worked really well for those non-readers who were trying to find the perfect gift for their special reader – only didn’t know what they read!!
Ah, she liked 27 Dresses? Try Susan Donovan or Susan Mallery.
Here are some of my favorite mashups:
So what about you? How do you see Maya Banks or Meljean Brook? How would you mashup your favorite author? Or do you see things differently in the mashups I created? Feel free to suggest your own mashup! Can’t find another author or title like your favorite? Put me to the test!
Anne Woodall, Romance@Random Reviewer, Because Of You, ON SALE NOW!
BECAUSE OF YOU by Jessica Scott
By Anne Woodall, Romance At Random Reviewer
I know a little bit about learning to live again. I know about being so weak and helpless you want to die. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hear that little voice that whispers you’ll never be whole again. (Jen St. James, BECAUSE OF YOU)
The best part of discovering a new author whose talents grip your attention immediately is sharing the good news with other readers. In all my years of reading military romances, there has been only one other book that moved me as much as this one did. BECAUSE OF YOU is a beautifully written and poignant love story between two individuals, broken both in body and spirit. It also honorably portrays the lives of the everyday heroes and heroines who serve in the military and gives them the credit they so deserve.
When Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison regains consciousness after being critically wounded in an attack on his team in Iraq, he finds himself starring into the eyes of Jen St. James. On the night before his deployment four months ago, they shared one heated kiss and then parted ways.
Jen St. James is a nurse and a survivor. After fighting her own personal battles, she fears never again being accepted and loved for herself because of the scars she carries. Seeing Shane again reminds Jen of the feelings that his unforgettable kiss triggered months ago, but also reinforces the pain of knowing that he might reject the real her.
Shane, who has an almost desperate need for fixing the problems of others, particularly those of his soldiers, suddenly finds his independence taken away by his injuries and he feels completely useless. Asking for help is and always has been a totally foreign concept to him. His divorce left him with no home or money and now because of his injuries he’s unable to fend for himself. Jen understands some of what Shane is going through and steps forward offering him not only a place to live while he recovers but a much-needed lesson in self-worth. Shane really doesn’t know how to handle his feelings for Jen. She’s touched his heart with kindness the likes of which he’s never known before, and much to his surprise he realizes his future is bleak without her in it. They are flawed characters who have each suffered betrayal, loss and pain, but find in each other the kind of love that looks beyond the physical imperfections and deep into the soul. There is an exceptionally touching scene between Jen and Shane where he proves beyond a doubt that his feelings for her reach way beyond the physical. Even the most critical and demanding romance fans will find the chemistry between them powerful and satisfying.
Jessica Scott has paved the way nicely for upcoming books in the “Coming Home Series,” by introducing a remarkable cast of supporting characters who skyrocket the first book from being excellent to exceptional. Among them, you’ll meet Captain Trent Davila and his wife, Laura, who are facing changes in their once solid and loving relationship. When Trent suddenly goes silent and Laura hears rumors accusing her husband of improper behavior with a female soldier, along with other worrisome concerns related to his job, she begins to fear her marriage is in real trouble and that the father of her children isn’t being honest with her. In addition to Jen and Laura, there are a number of other strong female characters who exhibit an appealing combination of toughness and vulnerability. Sharing girls’ night out with the female cast offered up some delicious girl-talk, as well as giving us their take on the more serious matters of the heart.
In the category of supporting characters, first prize goes to the young man wrapped in a bright yellow tracksuit resembling Sesame Street’s Big Bird. Sergeant Vic Carponti bugs his platoon sergeant more often than not, but Shane admires Carponti’s special gift for sharing his wicked sense of humor and making the best of otherwise grim situations for everyone’s benefit. Severely wounded in the same attack as Shane, Vic faces his future a changed man. Yet he proclaims he’ll be fine and that he’s lucky that he made it home without “TC” being blown away; otherwise, “he probably would have to kill himself.” I think you’ll be amused and entertained by Carponti’s personal account as to why he places so much importance on this “TC” character. Sgt. Carponti provides many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book but this one certainly made me hoot and holler the loudest.
Opening a window for us to look through into the realistic world of military life, the author details the daily concerns and problems facing soldiers and their families along with the toll it takes on them. Their stories are told with compassion and great skill. Whether she’s writing dialogue between the characters or using military terminology, the authenticity is front and center. The quick-witted banter between the soldiers seems very natural. I would bet that the bonafide soldier who authored this book has mixed in some actual conversations she’s participated in or overheard in her own experiences at one time or another in her military career.
From the beginning I was completely enthralled in this story. The hero will capture your heart and you can’t help but love and admire the heroine. At times, the story is heart wrenching and confrontational. All of the characters become real. You don’t just like them – you feel their hurt and share their pain. But most importantly, you’ll cheer for each and every one of them to achieve their happily ever after. Keeping your Kleenex nearby is probably a good idea.
The hallmark of a great book not only excites, thrills, and keeps you thinking about it for a long time to come, but it leaves the reader begging for more – and this one certainly fits that description. BECAUSE OF YOU, by debuting author Jessica Scott, is an impressive start to a new series and I am pleased to recommend it without hesitation.
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Embrace the Highland Warrior + Giveaway!
I’ve always been fascinated with the unexplained, but when I started writing it never occurred to me to write a paranormal story. Since I’ve always loved mysteries and romance, that’s what I wrote…romantic suspense. But almost immediately, my love of the supernatural started seeping into my writing, and I found myself in a world of Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil, and Destined Love. And I love it. I love the mystery and suspense that comes with a world that isn’t quite what it seems. The second book in my Scottish paranormal series continues with the Connor Clan.
Embrace the Highland Warrior tells Cody and Shay’s story. It’s a story of love, betrayal, and making peace with the past. Here’s a blurb.
Cody McBain’s family spent over two decades protecting the identity of a powerful female warrior who was targeted by an ancient demon when she was a child. Fearing for her life, they even kept the secret from her, but years later, when she discovered that her entire life had been a lie, she turned her back on her clan and Cody, who had been her best friend since childhood. Now, the demon who left Shay for dead has discovered her empty grave and is looking for vengeance, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. But the vampires also want the book.
Shay knows she can’t fight this evil alone, so she returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse.
There is a lot going on in this book, and all the warriors we met in Awaken the Highland Warrior will return as secondary characters to help Cody in his battle to save Shay. I thought it might be nice to introduce the warriors to your readers who might not have met them.
Part of a secret society created by Michael the Archangel, these warriors are all that stand between humans and the demons hiding in plain sight among them, disguised as their neighbors and sometimes friends. But these warriors are big and bad and give the demons one heck of a fight. There’s Faelan, the most powerful of the warriors, the only warrior who’s ever been assigned two ancient demons. Born in the 19th century, Faelan was trapped in a time vault and slept for 150 years, waking to a strange world filled with modern technology and even stranger, modern day females. Then there’s Ronan, 6’3 inches of raw, sexy warrior, better than Robin Hood with his bow, and equally at home with a sword or a pretty lass. Cody might have pretended to be the tough boy next door, and he’s good at hiding secrets, but he’ll be stunned when he finds out what’s been hidden from him. Shane is quiet but the fastest with a sword, and Niall is a one-man army, built like a tree trunk. There’s Duncan, Sorcha, who likes flirting almost as much as killing demons. And my heroines are more than just mates to these sexy warriors. They have lots of talents; some that will shock even them.
Give away two copies of Embrace the Highland Warrior to commenters, US and Canada only, please. My question is, do you believe in the paranormal, that there is more to this world that what we can see?
Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel–lasted half a day)…she realized she’d missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids.
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We’ll leave you with an excerpt from Embrace:
Cody sighed. Might as well get it over with. He removed the shackles, returned them, and bent over her. “Shay, wake up.”
Her eyes flew open. She planted both hands against his chest and shoved, knocking him on his back, then sprang on top of him. “How dare you handcuff me to a bed?” she yelled, punctuating each word with a shake that rattled his brain. He didn’t fight back. She had to get it out of her system, and he didn’t blame her. He’d be more than pissed if someone shackled him.
She landed a fist into his stomach, and the breath rushed out of him. Okay, enough was enough. He captured her hands and rolled, trapping her under him.
“Get off me, you oaf.”
“I’ll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me.”
She let out a war cry and lunged for his throat, teeth bared. Intrigued, he hesitated a second too long, and she sank her teeth into his neck. A jolt of desire shot straight to his groin. He’d never been one for the rough stuff, but damn! He pulled back before she could do more than leave a bruise. He trapped her legs with his and held her hands above her head, letting his full weight press her into the soft mattress. She still struggled but could move only enough to get him excited.
“I’m sorry, Shay. I had to do it. It was too dangerous to let you go traipsing through the woods. I had to keep you safe.”
“What if he was hiding in one of the other bedrooms and sneaked in here while I was handcuffed to the bed? You left me so I couldn’t even protect myself.”
“Lach heard him out in the woods, but that’s why I locked the door, just in case. If this guy had broken it down to get to you, you would’ve screamed, and I would’ve come running. I was never far from the house.” He’d heard every name she called him.
Her eyes still flashed fire, but her breath was steadier, and she kept glancing at his mouth. He thought that was a good thing. He wondered if she’d calmed enough not to hit him, because he should move. She had to notice the effect all the wiggling around was having on him. He felt her hips push against his, and he groaned. He relaxed his grip and lowered his head, letting his lips touch her chin. He kissed his way to her mouth, and she head butted him in the nose.
While the stars exploded in his head, she shoved him aside and bolted out the door. He jumped up and went after her as she pounded down the stairs. He caught up with her outside. She was swinging her purse like a whip, headed for the car.
“Where are you going?” he demanded.
“Get away from me.”
“You can’t leave.”
“Watch me.” She opened the door. “I’m tired of people hiding things from me. I thought you were going to stop. Now you’re handcuffing me to the bed.”
“I explained it to you.”
“Don’t touch me,” she said, jerking away when he grabbed her arm.
“You’re not leaving.”
Shay straightened her shoulders. “You can’t stop me.”
He grabbed her, tossed her over his shoulder, kicked the car door shut, and stomped up the steps.
“Put me down!” Shay kicked and twisted, cursing at him. He dumped her on her feet inside the door.
She blew her hair out of her face, and as soon as she could see, she threw a punch at his chin. He deflected it and grabbed her arm. “Stop hitting me.”
“How dare you throw me over your shoulder like some kind of caveman,” she spat, trying to wrench her arm free. It didn’t work, so she used her knee.
“Ah, not there.” Cody trapped her knee. “I made the mistake of letting you leave here nine years ago without listening to me. By God, I won’t do it again. You’ll listen if I have to sit on you,” he growled.
She drew back her other arm, and before she could throw the punch, he had her on the floor and was sitting astride her, pinning her wrists to the floor. She bucked and twisted, but he held her down. “We can do this all night if you want, but you’re going to listen to me this time.”
“Listen to more lies? You’re still hiding things from me. Like the fact that you have Nina’s entire house under surveillance. Like the fact that you’ve got a Bat Cave in your basement. Like the fact that you were in Scotland when the stalking started.”
“You think I’m your stalker?” he yelled. “Me! I’m trying to keep you alive. We’re all trying to keep you alive. That’s what the clan’s been doing your whole damned life, trying to keep you alive! And just like always, you’re making it hard as hell. Your father wasn’t a bloody spy, and that thing in your living room wasn’t a man!”
Things I would never do . . . +Giveaway!
Inspiration – Pamela Clare & the ITeam series
As I was combing through Facebook one night I ran across Pamela’s mention of her days heli-skiing in Colorado — as my jaw dropped in awe & respect for this awesome woman & author, I thought to myself, that is something I would NEVER do. Seriously.
There are just some things, I can unequivocally say, that I will never do.
You must know of a few things as well — things that you would never do — things that you’ve seen on TV, like someone bungee jumping? Driving a race car? Jumping from an airplane?
There are things I read about too, in various books, romance books, that I know I would never do. I would never ride a horse bare-back; swim in the Thames; even marry a Duke – but, I love to read about it!
Now that I’ve bared my soul & have shared some of my nevers, what are some of the things you would never do? Remember, 5 commenters are chosen every week to win a book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
The young adult market these days + giveaway!
When I grew up, the raciest book I had read was, ‘The Catcher In The Rye.‘ Readers lists back then included stories like, ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘Jane Austin,’ and, S.E.Hinton, ‘The Outsiders’.
The guys seemed to be primarily into, Star Wars & Dune series books.
Have you noticed that Young Adult reading has changed since then?
What the market offers today is different than a few years ago, in fact, taking a line from a recent PW article,‘The young adult market these days is a bit like a nephew you haven’t seen in years: transformed from a little darling into a hulking almost-grownup who is maybe, even, a little scary.’ Teen titles feature menacing creatures, forbidden romances, and apocalyptic versions of this and future Earth.
Kids today, read darker & edgier books . . .what is published in the young adult genre is very adventurous, dealing with the unknown & ‘end of the world types’ of situations — which, interestingly enough also appeals equally to the adults. . . why is that?
YA is one of the strongest categories in publishing today — partly because it attracts the adult audience as well. Harry Potter triggered the mashup between genres & then it just escalated with Stephanie Myers, Suzanne Collins & more.
It is the Decade for YA, far outpacing trends of all other genres.
Teens are spending lots of their hard-earned allowances on these books — primarily print books too, not as many purchasers of ebooks. . . . yet.
The more gender neutral, age neutral, the more the book will lend itself to cross-over appeal, interesting both the Adult & Young Adult reader.
The industry in general talks of Paranormal Fatigue in all genres, even in YA too — unless there is something really different in the story – - – where you laugh on one page & cry on the next, & the story is like nothing you’ve ever read before.
As for Dystopia? Still growing in YA – fueled by the success of Hunger Games & other me-too’s, with more releases on the way (Guardian article):
Teenagers like to read dystopian fiction because it’s exciting. It all comes down to the story. The story comes first, and the setting – extraordinary though it may be – is of secondary importance.
For the most part, dystopian fiction owes more to myth and fairytale than science fiction. These are essentially heroes’ journeys – they just happen to be set in an imagined future world. The hero, reluctant or willing, is just as likely to be female as male. Something happens – an event, or a messenger arrives bearing news – and the teenage protagonist is catapulted out of their normal existence into the unknown. They cross the threshold into a world of darkness and danger, of allies and enemies, and begin a journey towards their own destiny that will change their world. They will be tested, often to the very edge of death. The stakes are high. The adults are the oppressors. The children are the liberators. It’s heady stuff, far removed from the routine of everyday life.
The outer, global journey of the characters is matched by an inner, emotional and psychological journey. These are no cartoon superheroes. They, like their teen readers, have to deal with recognisable concerns and problems, including friendship, family, betrayal, loss, love, death and sexual awakening.
A new wave of dystopian fiction at this particular time shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s the zeitgeist/spirit of the time. Adults write books for teenagers. So anxious adults – worried about the planet, the degradation of civil society and the bitter inheritance we’re leaving for the young – write dystopian books.
So, what do you think? Have young adult stories changed so much over the years or is it all relative? Just like when I was younger & my mom was twisting her hands in worry as I read The Outsider, thinking I was using the book as a juvenile delinquent training manual? Time will tell . . . .when our kids start looking at their children’s choices of reading material, coming up with the same conclusions as we do today
So, has the YA bug bitten you? What are some of the YA stories you’ve read & adored & why?
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BOOK REVIEW from Ing – 10 BOOK Giveaway, THE VIPER
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The Viper by Monica McCarty
REVIEWED by Ing at AS THE PAGE TURNS
Book 4 of the Highland Guard series
Lachlan MacRuairi has been fighting for the last two years to get back to Isabella “Bella” MacDuff. Bella and the family and friends of Robert the Bruce were captured during a mission that Lachlan was in charge of. He was assigned to guide them to safety by Robert the Bruce. After their capture the English kept them prisoner for the last two years. Lachlan has blamed himself for failing to protect Bella and the rest of the group. Bella and Bruce’s younger sister have been punished the most severely by the English. Both have been imprisoned in a cage above two separate English strongholds.
For the last two years, Bella has cursed the sword for hire and scourge of the sea pirate, Lachlan. She trusted Lachlan and thought that he might have come to care for her. Bella has believed for the last two years that Lachlan betrayed them leading to their capture. She has kept her sanity and composure these last years with the thought that one day she and her daughter Joan will reunite. Bella has been fighting her way back to her daughter ever since she made the decision to help Robert the Bruce in his campaign to be the King of Scotland. The MacDuff family holds the hereditary right to enthrone Scotland’s kings. When Bella made the decision to crown Bruce as King in the years before her capture, she knew that she was risking everything to do what she felt was right. She believes that Bruce was Scotland’s best chance to help gain freedom from English rule.
From the moment Lachlan first laid eyes on Bella he experiences emotions that he tries to explain away as lust. Bella was married so neither acted on the undeniable pull between them. It’s been driving him crazy to know that Bella has been kept prisoner in such a horrific way. He and his fellow Highland Guards attempted a rescue mission previously without success but now he knows this time he’ll do whatever to set her free.
Second time is the charm and Lachlan successfully rescues Bella. The pull between them is still strong and this time there is no husband to come between them. However, Bella has reservations and doesn’t trust Lachlan, but she knows he is her best hope in helping her reunite with her daughter. Still, Lachlan is fighting the attraction and trying to maintain distance between them. But neither can fight what has been simmering for years. Will the bad boy of the Highland Guard and the heroine of Scotland risk it all for love?
It’s safe to say that the majority of Monica McCarty’s fans have been anticipating Lachlan MacRuairi’s story since The Chief. Lachlan’s character literally jumped off the pages since book one with his villainous persona and ‘I don’t give a shit about anyone else’ swagger. He was a mystery, and I for one wanted to find out what the heck makes this man tick. I was nervous about reading this book since I had built it up so much in my head. I was afraid that I would be left wanting but have no FEAR folks…Monica stepped right up and freaking knocked a home run for me. This book delivered and delivered and blew past my expectations.
Lachlan is not liked much but is respected for his skills within the Highland Guard group. His ‘I don’t give a shit attitude’ tends to rub people the wrong way. Readers finally learn the secrets of this man and oh what a heartbreaking past he has. Monica stayed true to the character of Lachlan in this story. Lachlan doesn’t apologize for who he is. You can either take him or leave him. But, the man that readers have been lead to believe has no morals or worries for others is so much more of a kind hearted man than I ever expected. I loved watching Lachlan fight the connection between Bella and himself. Bella’s stubbornness, pride and fighting spirit drives him crazy but these were also the reasons that made Lachlan want her more. I laughed every time Lachlan found himself worrying about her when he’s doesn’t give a fig about anyone else or when he realizes with just a touch of her hand on his arm can suddenly calm him and keep him from being an ass (or arse as like Lachlan likes to say..lol). I couldn’t help falling in love with this sexy gruff and brooding kilted man right along with Bella.
And wow what an amazing heroine Bella is. I knew that it would take a very special lady to worm her way into Lachlan’s heart. Boy did Monica give us a heroine for the ages. Bella is based off of a true Scotland heroine. Her fate in real life is vague. The real Bella was captured and imprisoned but no other accounts in history were recorded for her after the English moved her from the cage. So this is a great retelling of history and a much more fitting ending for Bella that Monica created in The Viper. Bella is a fierce lady. She defies England and her marriage to do what she feels is right. It takes some big balls to do that and survive all that she had to in this book. I related to her character very much when it came to the storyline surrounding her daughter. My heart broke for her and then it cheered for her.
And OMG do these two sizzle either in verbal battle against one another or in the loving. There were many poignant and beautiful moments between them. I loved watching them slowly open their hearts to each other and fall in love. It was also wonderful to be back in Scotland in the thick of things with these Highland Guards. I enjoyed getting to know some of the Guards that do not have a book yet. Gordon is one that I am definitely interested in. His character and interaction with Lachlan provided some of the lighter moments in this book. I love how the Guards like to needle and pick on each other. It was great seeing how far they have come and how effortlessly it has become for these men who are not clansman to work so wonderfully together. The epilogue that Monica added was a wonderful surprise and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing more of Joan and a certain Guard.
From the first chapter and until the very last pages including the author’s note, I was hooked. I read it in one night and the no sleep look the next day was well worth it. Monica continues to amaze me with her storytelling enriched with real life historical figures and events and blends them seamlessly with the fictional romance all in her head. I highly recommend this book and this series for fans of highlander stories. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Question for you – what do you like about this time period and did this review help you decide if this was an author to try? Thanks for your comments!
My First Blog Post by Bobbie Baynard + Giveaway!
Hi and welcome everyone to my first blog post. Wow! I can’t believe I just typed those words.
First, I would like to thank Sue Grimshaw for offering me this opportunity.
Second, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Bobbie Baynard. I am @mamaboo7907 on Twitter. I am a married mom of two wonderful children. Books are my addiction and romance is my favorite genre. You usually will not find me without a book or my children near. *grin*
When Sue offered me this post, I about fell over in shock. Me, the fan girl who finally worked up the nerve to apply to a review site and who still can’t get over the fact I have authors as my friends on Facebook, doing a blog post? One word came to mind first–WOW, followed by YES!! I asked what she would like for me to write about and she said a review would be great. The first book that came to mind was Dark Empress by Anitra Lynn Mcleod.
The Onic Empire Series
By Anitra Lynn Mcleod
Epublished 9-13-2011 by Samhain Publishing
Lorren D’Buren is bored. Business is booming but something is missing. A hole that partner, best friend, and occasional lover, Errion Ald’Areed hasn’t been able to fill or repair. Then, at a reception for the ambassador from Diola, Lorren sees her. Farjika.
As the intergalactic ambassador for Diola, Farjika has isolated herself, trying to live down her mother’s wicked reputation for taking multiple lovers. One look at Lorren and all of her ideals and morals fly out the window in the wake of a torrid affair.
Errion is at first relieved, then dismayed by the affair, and sets in motion a night of bliss, dragging Farjika’s head guard, Gabriyel, along for the ride. Unknown to Errion, the consequences of his jealousy are far reaching and potentially deadly.
Although this is book 5 in the series, you don’t need read the other ones as this one can stand alone. Dark Empress has everything I love in a book: great setting, a character I love to hate, and smoking hot sex. My favorite character is Gabriyel. His strength and determination to protect Farjika from herself and himself made me fall in love with him. My only complaint is I would have liked to heard more of the back-story of Avalith, Errion and Lorren’s home planet. Otherwise, it is a well written book with humor, political intrigue, and plenty of love in and out of the bed.
I give this 4.5 stars.
Anitra has been kind enough to offer up a copy of any book off of her backlist to one lucky commenter!
***Note: the first three books of the Onic Empire are print only and can only be shipped in the US. The rest of the backlist is eBook and therefore can go internationally.***
At the end of today, October 11, I will pick a winner using Random.org and post the winner in the comments section. Good Luck!!!
You’ve Got to Have Friends – Sylvia Day + Giveaway!!
You’ve Got to Have Friends – Sylvia Day – A TOUCH OF CRIMSON + Giveaway
Relationships are what romance novels are all about. Boy meets girl, boy woos and wins girl (or she manages to smack enough sense into him that he realizes he’s been caught), and they live happily ever after. We go along for the ride because watching the relationship develop is where the magic happens. Two people who are so alike they should hate each other or two people who are so opposite they should clash horribly somehow find that they’re the perfect half of each other.
But there’s magic to be found in the secondary relationships, too–siblings and parents, co-workers and acquaintances, and friends. Friendships are precious gifts to us all. Each one of my friends meets a special need in my life. I have friends I play with, friends I talk business with, friends who make me laugh, friends who hold me up when I need support, and friends who lean on me.
When I started writing A TOUCH OF CRIMSON, relationships were the primary focus in my mind. The Renegade Angels series is a trilogy in which the three heroes are also the three antagonists. How those relationship dynamics worked (and didn’t work) was pivotal to carrying the three-book story arc. But I’m one of those authors who write by the seat of her pants. I never really know where I’m going with a story until I get there. So while the first book was unfolding, and the characters grew and stretched, I was as startled by a particular friendship that developed as I was delighted–my heroine, Lindsay, became fast friends with the Alpha of the lycans, a man who was giving both the angels (who are led by Lindsay’s love) and the vampires (who are led by her father) quite a bit of trouble.
I didn’t see the relationship coming, but when I realized what was happening I was riveted by it. Lindsay is an exuberant, outgoing, confident woman. Elijah is a stoic, taciturn, cautious man. They couldn’t be more different and yet the connection between them is fierce and important to both of them. Like all friendships, each one fills a need in the other’s life and through their friendship we get to glimpse facets of each character that wouldn’t be apparent otherwise. It’s been a joy to read the numerous reviews that talk about the friendship between Lindsay and Elijah, and to see that readers found a connection to him through her, a man who might’ve seemed distant and unapproachable otherwise.
At the end of Star Trek (2009) Spock tells his younger self why he arranged for Young Spock and Young Kirk to spend time together, even though they detested each other: “I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize.” That’s what friendship does–it helps to shape and define who we are. It’s a powerful relationship nearly as precious as true love and it’s a vital part of everyone’s story, even our fictional characters’.
Some of my favorite fictional friendships are: Benson and Stabler (L&O: SVU), Dallas and Peabody (In Death), Dallas and Mavis (In Death), Lucy and Ethel (I Love Lucy), Spock and Kirk (Star Trek), Kirk and Bones (Star Trek), Sam and Frodo (Lord of the Rings).
What are some of your favorite fictional friendships? I have 2 ARCs of A TOUCH OF CRIMSON to give away today. Winners will be announced within the comments tonight – Thanks for spending time with me!
Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece
Jamie Kendrick went on a trip to hell at the hands of Stanford Reddington, a monster protected by money and power. Now, asking for Last Chance Rescue’s help, Jamie makes plans for her revenge. And Dylan Savage, one of LCR’s most skilled operatives, is given an assignment he despises but can’t refuse—to train the lovely Jamie but thwart her revenge plot at all costs. With tender ruthlessness, he pries open her most intimate secrets, and the attraction they’ve both tried to deny explodes into a scorching love affair—an affair that Dylan has to end. Months after Jamie stormed away from Dylan and LCR, the two meet again—at the home of Stanford Reddington. In the grips of hurt, anger, desire, and undercover danger, Jamie and Dylan will risk more than broken hearts: they’re risking everything to stop an evil fiend from destroying more lives, including their own.
Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks
A warrior is caught between family loyalty and forbidden love in book two of bestselling author Maya Banks’s sensual new trilogy featuring three indomitable Highlanders.
Fiercely loyal to his elder brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.
An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric’s keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?
Don’t miss book one in the Highlander Series – IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER –
Winners on Romance At Random
Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your book! Authors that may have done a giveaway during the week will post their winners in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included!
Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . .
Congrats to all:
& 2 extras for fun!
6- Trish J
Thanks so much for joining us at Romance At Random — 5 more winners will be chosen next week so stop on by!! Happy Romance, SueG
Coming Soon – 11/14/2011:
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.
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