Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, and Showtime’s The Tudors, The Boleyn Kingis the first book in an enthralling trilogy that dares to imagine: What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son who grew up to be king? Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn. Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and [...]
This week we’re doing something a little different. We’re giving away 10 NetGalley copies of CLAIMED, a novel of erotic discovery and forbidden desire that goes beyond Fifty Shades of Grey, and it is the first book in the steamy new Club Sin 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!
See what else is on sale now on our printable shopping list – just click here! Arrested by Love by Virna DePaul (On Sale 5/27) In the steamy world of bestselling romance author Virna DePaul, there are bad boys and good girls on both sides of the law. And when they mix, it’s always an explosive combination. Now the three novellas of her contemporary Red-Hot Cops series are available together in this eBook anthology!
Last year, just about this time, I wrote a post at R@R talking about birthdays and how I always forget mine. Well, funny thing about birthdays, they come around every year. And guess what? I forgot it again this year, too! For your reading pleasure (and because I got lots of comments about my post last year), I have transcribed the conversation I had with my husband, Mr. B, last week verbatim:
I wouldn’t be able to pass this along, if I hadn’t heard it quoted at a conference recently. Since I didn’t ask permission, I hesitate to name names, but the quote had me thinking…could it be? Will the number of small town romances and small town series start hitting the shelves, and immediatly flying off because readers simply cannot get enough of them? I surely do hope so! I was delighted when my editor asked if I’d like to write a small town series. I’ve always enjoyed using small towns as part of the settings in my books. The small town of Emerson, Colorado was the setting for my historical Irish Western Series, and Merewood Keep, the setting for my [...]
Stephanie Bond, author extraordinaire, shares her glamorous life . . . or not LOL, enjoy! Spoiler alert—I’m going to burst your bubble about how glamorous my life is as a novelist. Here’s a glimpse of my typical day: 7:00 a.m. – My alarm sounds. When I lift my head, a caffeine withdrawal headache explodes in my temples. I’m on deadline, so I’ve been running on caffeine, and now my body demands it. I get up to retrieve Excedrin, a can of Coke Zero, and a cold pack from the freezer for my head. I turn on the news and fire up my laptop; I have 810 accumulated unanswered emails in my inbox. I return emails until the headache goes away. [...]
Here’s what’s coming this month from Loveswept, the Random House Romance e-only imprint. A Case for Romance by Katie Rose ($3.99) With a delightful wit and a delicious talent for the unexpected, Katie Rose tells a sensuous tale of the wicked, wild West and the proper Bostonian there to solve a murder—only to become embroiled in romance.
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: [...]
What happens when you love a series but hate a main character in the book. Do you read it? What a topic! This from my friends on TWITTER — thanks ladies! I was completely out of things to talk about & this wonderful Tweeter suggested this topic — immediately I said YES! This has got to have happened to each of us – right? You begin a story, love the hero & then the heroine is . . . eh? Sometimes, if she is not too overbearing you can finish the story propelled by the hero alone . . but, sometimes you cannot! Has this happened to you — tell us — no need to name the story, but give [...]
Confessions of a Debut Romance Author My first book comes out today, and let me tell you, I am excited. I am the sort of excited that is possibly a little bit unhealthy, at least over an extended period of time, which is the only period of time in which book publishing takes place. I was excited when I sold the book to Loveswept, excited when I signed the contract, excited when I did all three rounds of editing. I’ve been excited about getting promotional quotes, excited about going on my blog tour, excited about reading my first reviews. You get the idea. Excited. But I am other things, too. One of those other things is terrified, which I am [...]
THE MIDNIGHT BREED SERIESby Lara Adrian – When I first began writing the Midnight Breed series, I never dreamed it would reach ten volumes (and counting!). In fact, the series began as a single book, which I pitched to my agent in the summer of 2005. I was just coming off a seven-book career writing medieval romances, and I now had the chance to reinvent myself and do something completely different. My agent was encouraging, but a little skeptical too. Vampires hadn’t really exploded in the marketplace the way they would later that year with a little phenomenon called TWILIGHT and the debut of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Still, I had my heart set on a dark and dangerous [...]
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Reader Reaction to Characters & Giveaway When I wrote Serendipity, book 1 in the series, I thought Nash, the middle brother, was justified with his anger at his oldest sibling who returns to town after ten years to make amends. I also thought that Nash, whose story is DESTINY, in stores tomorrow, would be a straight-forward character – A man who has to learn life isn’t black and white. In the writing, I discovered that Nash had so much to learn and so much growth to experience. And it’s a good thing I put him through his paces! Why? Because as it turns out, after reading Serendipity, readers reacted very strongly to Nash. And by strongly I mean almost negatively. [...]
Hi Ladies — reminder about our shopping list & the great titles on sale this week including: Lover’s Leap by Emily March Readers have fallen in love with Eternity Springs, the magical town in Emily March’s beloved series where something wonderful happens to hearts in need of healing. Twenty years ago the town bad boy, Cam Murphy, left Eternity Springs in handcuffs, riding in the back of a sheriff’s van . . . and breaking young Sarah Reese’s heart. The defiant teenager vowed never to return. In Australia, Cam makes a new beginning. He builds a successful business and suffers few regrets until Sarah—and their daughter—walk into his life, and then immediately run away. Realizing it’s time to right yesterday’s [...]
Wish your near and dear ones happiness and good health with this bright Hanukkah… Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” starts on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev and lasts for eight days and nights. In 2011, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 20. With blessings, games, and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs–both religious and military–of ancient Jewish heroes.
Holiday Blues and Things That Pick Me Up! by Keira Gillett Love Romance Passion 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 [...]
The Girl’s Gotta Have It! Peeps, I have a confession to make: I am not a patient person. Typically, this does not work to my advantage—nor anyone else’s, for that matter. But there’s a first time for everything! See, I’m the type of reader who looks early and often for new books. A premise might interest me. Or a gorgeous cover. Maybe the author’s background or a glowing quote from one of my favorite writers. Whatever it is, it captures my attention and will not let loose, even if the book isn’t due out for months. Months? Months! Argh! How can I be expected to wait when all I want are the words in my hot little hands? Well, turns [...]
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: email@example.com 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: 1- Sheila 2-Kandy 3- Jenn 4-Connie 5-The Book Queen Until next week – happy romance! SueG
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 [...]
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. [...]
No Guts, No Glory- by Sara Humphreys Where do I begin? In some ways it feels like I’ve been doing this my whole life and then again…it’s been just a blink. Back in 2008 I finished my very first manuscript and had the audacity to send it out to everyone. Let’s face it. I had NO idea what I was doing. I was rejected a lot and by just about everyone. Oh, I had several nibbles, requests for full manuscripts and so on but mostly they said, “No thank you.” By the summer of 2009 my book was available as an e-book which was very exciting but I can’t tell you how many people thought it wasn’t a real book. [...]
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: 1- Vanessa 2-LeeMclean 3- MaryG 4-Maureen 5-KatyL + 2 more for fun! 6-TracyS 7- SaraWatts Thanks so much for joining us at Romance At Random — 5 more winners will be chosen next week so stop on by!! [...]
The Book Reading Gals As lovers of romance we are thrilled to spend a day with you talking about a few of the things that we recently discussed among ourselves. I know you have all thought of these questions we are interested to know what you like and what you would do. It’s a cold and rainy day and you don’t have to go anywhere you can spend the day doing nothing but reading. Do you pick up an old favorite or reach for something that you have never read before? What book is it? Melanie I would forget everything I have to read and grab something that has been worn in. I am thinking of The Hot Zone series [...]
The VIPER (on sale 10/18/11) is the fourth book in my HIGHLAND GUARD series, which blends my love for “strapping lads in plaid” with my other love of Special Ops romance. Think: Braveheart meets SEAL Team Six. Lachlan MacRuairi is given the war name “Viper” for his stealth and snake-like ability to get in and out of almost anywhere. An expert in extraction, he’s a mean bastard (literally) who is looked on with suspicion even by his own Highland Guard brethren. He’s the ultimate “bad boy” who meets his match with Bella MacDuff, the brave woman who is called upon to crown Robert the Bruce as king, in defiance of the most powerful man in Christendom, Edward I, King of [...]
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 email@example.com 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: 1- LindaC 2- Lauren 3- Viki 4- Audra 5- Eva 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
Night Moves by Stephanie Tyler Anything can happen under the cover of darkness. Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive. Teddie knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men [...]
Hi everyone – I was thinking about my favorite romance books — you know, those books that you rely on & take with you everywhere? Well, I thought that would be a fun blog topic for today — then I couldn’t remember if I had done a post like that before . . . . I think every bloggster out there has rehashed this type of post . . . . over & over again . . . But our choices change as new books are published, right? Even so, I realized if I was going to do a post of this nature I’d need to put another spin on it . . . so, what about, romance books that [...]
People always ask me why romantic suspense? And the answer is actually pretty straight forward. First off, I’ve been an incurable romantic for most of my life. As a little girl, I cried at the end of Cinderella because we didn’t get to see her get married. And I cheered endlessly for Calvin and Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. I wanted Aurora to find her prince charming. And I always thought Ned needed a bigger role in Nancy’s adventures. (I even had hopes for Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.) I always wanted the girl to get the guy in movies. And happily ever after was so important to me I (only occasionally) double checked the last line of a book [...]
My road to publication was fairly direct. I thought about writing a novel and then, without too much ado, I wrote one. Then I wrote another. And another. When I felt my first manuscript was ready to go out into the world, I started querying. Shortly thereafter, I acquired a fabulous agent (Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates). At her suggestion, I did some revisions on my first manuscript, and she shipped it out for me. Within a year, I had an offer for publication for the first two books in my Star Harbor series. I was thrilled that the offer was from Loveswept! Loveswept – the line that had published such legends as Debra Dixon, Tami Hoag, and Jennifer Crusie. [...]
There are many reasons people read romance. I read romance because it entertains me and makes me happy, plain and simple. Even when a romance novel makes me cry, I can always count on that happily-ever-after ending to lift me up and make me smile. But there are times when life throws a curve ball and a case of the blues seems inevitable. At times like these, I tend to read more romance, and I turn to specific sub-genres to “take me away”. Not just any romance novel will do though. While all romance novels involve a certain amount of fantasy, I find that I tend to read less contemporary and historical romance when I’m feeling down and instead I [...]