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Starting Over: Excerpt of THEN AND ALWAYS

To celebrate the start of spring, we’ll be featuring a series of posts all about making a fresh start. This post is an excerpt of THEN AND ALWAYS by Dani Atkins, a novel about getting a second chance at life.  My first life ended at 10:37 P.M. on a rainy December night, on a deserted street beside the old church. My second life began some thirty- six hours later, when I woke up to the acrid aroma of a hospital ward, with a large head wound and a life about which I had absolutely no recollection. I was surrounded by friends and family, and that should have made it better. But it didn’t, as one of them had been dead [...]

Back by popular demand, Control ~ Ethan Frost POV by Tracy Wolff

Written in Ethan Frost’s point of view, CONTROL is an original outtake from RUINED by Tracy Wolff. Control: An Ethan Frost Outtake by Tracy Wolff by Romance At Random Don’t miss RUINED – buy here And, check often for the sequel, ADDICTED on sale 6/24/2014!!

#Free excerpt of New Release – Crazy for You by Juliet Rosetti

In the tradition of Janet Evanovich and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Juliet Rosetti ups the ante in her laugh-out-loud funny Escape Diaries series, as Mazie Maguire must use any means necessary to keep her main squeeze out of the slammer. Crazy For You by Juliet Rosetti (Excerpt) by Romance At Random

Excerpt of Most Wanted every #Monday by J Kenner

Welcome to another #MostWantedMonday excerpt as we countdown to the January 7 release of Wanted by J. Kenner, book one in the Most Wanted series of erotic romances that wilI be followed by Heated in May and Ignited in September! I’m happy to say that I’ve been getting enthusiastic thumbs-up from from beta-readers!! I can’t wait until the book is available to everyone! I’m so excited for this new series!

The “S.E.C.R.E.T.” is out.

Have you heard about S.E.C.R.E.T.? Everyone has their secrets, fantasies and desires – some that they can hardly admit to themselves. In L. Marie Adeline’s scintillating novel readers discover what happens when one woman embraces those fantasies and brings them to life.

Sneak Peek! Scribd excerpt of #Lara Adrian’s EDGE OF DAWN

About the book: In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.

Day 7, page reveal of RELEASE ME + $25 GC Giveaway!

I’m counting down the days until Release Me hits the shelves with a page reveal. Two or three pages daily, in order, from the book!

Download a free preview of FROSTBITTEN by Kelley Armstrong!

Elena Michael’s is the world’s only female werewolf, which means she has her pick of all the most eligible bachelors of the Otherworld. But when she and her long-time (and smokin’ hot) mate Clayton are both up for pack leader, will their opposing desires to be Alpha bring their romance to ruins? Check out the excerpt below. We hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget. You can still enter to win a free copy of FROSTBITTEN here.

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

What’s in a name… Source: 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: via shiloh on Pinterest   She finds her strength in the oddest manner. [...]

HEA at USA – Book Review of Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece

Sweet Reward Review written by – Mary Grzesik, USA TODAY CAPTION Sweet Revenge is Christy Reece’s latest Last Chance Rescue novel, and it starts off with a heart-racing, daring rescue. Dylan Savage, a Last Chance Rescue operative, is sneaking into a house to rescue kidnapped schoolteacher Jamie Kendrick. This first scene is very telling about these two characters. When Dylan reaches the room where Jamie is held, she jumps on his back. Not wanting to hurt her, he drops to the floor. She says in a raspy voice, “Touch me and I’ll kill you.” Dylan feels admiration and compassion at the same time. He’s relieved that she’s “tough.” Dylan reassures Jamie that he is there to rescue her, but she [...]

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 [...]

The new year – what will it bring you? + Giveaway!

The new year – what will it bring you? By Cassandra Carr The New Year is here, and that means it’s time to once again assess your life. I’m not a big resolution maker, but I do have goals. They morph and change throughout the year depending on circumstances, but they’re always in the back of my mind. These goals can be anything from finishing a book to cleaning out my closets to teaching my daughter to tie her shoes. I’m not real formal about my goals. I don’t write them down. I don’t quantify them as one-year, five-year, and ten-year goals. But I have them. What are some of my goals? Writing-wise, I’d like to put five or six [...]

What is the appeal of romance novels? + Giveaway!

What is the appeal of romance novels? By Jennifer at Clean Romance Reviews There are few women out there that truly don’t enjoy reading a good romance, even if it’s just once in a while. Though they might not actually site down and read them. I would say that there is rarely a story out there that cannot be improved by adding in a good romance. More than enjoying, I think I am officially obsessed with reading romances, watching romantic movies, or even hearing romantic stories. But I started to think, why is that? Is it because I need to read about how other people have fantastically perfect romances? That I want that perfect knight-in-shining armor and can only get [...]

Weekly Winners!

Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: 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 [...]

I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER Giveaway: Winners!

Last week we posted a giveaway to win a copy of Sophie Kinsella’s newest novel, I’ve Got Your Number. Today, I’m here to announce the winners! Drum roll please…. And the winners are: Shelley B. from Morris, AL Lisa B. from Filion, MI Shirley R. from Rosharon Texas Dottie L. from Mount Laurel NJ Allie M. from North Port, FL Amy P. from Santa Ana, CA Sherie L. from Baton Rouge, LA Brandi O. from Huntsville, TX Audrey S. from Waukesha, WI Michelle S. from Honolulu, HI Patti P. from Elk Grove Village, IL Donna S. from St Louis, MO Barbara E. from Orlando, FL Roberta D. from Rochester, MN Catherine L. from Leland, NC Kerrie D. from Matteson, IL [...]


When Sue from Romance at Random asked me to write about what I like about the New Year, I figured, “This is going to be easy and so much fun. Well, I did sit down to write this post a few times, but it seemed to come out mixed up and all wrong. So… I figured this time, I am just going to write from the heart without an end in mind. I have so many things that I like about a New Year that I almost don’t even know where to start. Lets start with what most people LIKE and HATE. The RESOLUTIONS!!! People love them because it means a new start to that never-ending goal. Even better… it [...]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Stranded & looking for a good romance + Giveaway!

I always thought this was one of the most interesting but challenging plot lines in a story, don’t you? Two characters, that have an interest in one another, now together in a situation where they need to work together to get out of it — they could be stranded on a beach? Freezing in an abandoned, home? Linda Howard did this in ICE — great story!! See what I mean? There are so many scenarios that can be created . . . Characters could even be stranded together in a small town as they continually run into one another at the local coffee shop, laundromat, or grocery store. The fun begins when they must work together towards a common or [...]

My Passion for Police + Giveaway!!

My Passion for Police By Deborah Harmse, author of In The Arms Of The Law I’ve always been crazy about cops. Not cops-really-turn-me-on crazy or I-love-a-man-in-uniform crazy. Not that kind of crazy. In fact, maybe crazy isn’t the right word. Maybe curious is a better word to describe my interest in law enforcement officers. You see, I’ve always wondered how a man who deals with scumbags all day at work can go home to his family and lead a normal life. How does he spend his day investigating crime scenes, witnessing autopsies, interrogating reluctant witnesses and probable murderers…then walk through his front door, hug his kids, kiss his wife and sit down at the dining room table to eat dinner [...]

The Making of . . . .by Jean Stone + Giveaway!

The Making of IVY SECRETS By Jean Stone I am thrilled to have my first three novels included in the Loveswept program. Talk about timeless female topics: babies, lovers, and awakening independence. The concept for IVY SECRETS began with my editor. A graduate of Amherst College, she attended the school when Prince Albert of Monaco was studying there. We wondered what it was like to be royalty at small college in western Massachusetts. Because I write for and about women, and because western MA is my home, I shaped an idea around a princess who went to Smith College in neighboring Northampton. My mother had dreamed I would go to Smith. Of course, that was a while ago. The woman [...]

Holiday decorations . . . when do you take them down? + Giveaway!!

I love the holidays — the smells from baking cookies, the cheer created as you’re decorating the tree, decorating your house; I love the music, the movies — I love the holidays. The problem is, I never get to start them when I want to . . . . my tree went up on December 4th, was that too early to put up my tree? Hanukkah is later this year, December 20 – 28 – is it too early then to put up a menora? The stores started decorating in July, well maybe Oct — but, they had Christmas items for sale back in August!! I should be able to put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving, don’t you [...]

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Paperback on sale soon – Order Here 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, [...]

Guest JoAnn Ross – and Giveaway!

Once upon a time in Oregon, a boy and girl fell in love. It was not, as their parents continually insisted, merely puppy love. But the Real Thing. Years passed. When the girl was eighteen-years-old, the boy took her to the Oregon Coast, where he bought her a white paper bag of saltwater taffy, then proposed. Naturally, the girl said, “Yes!” And, many, many years later, I’m still so happy I did. The magnificent coast has always been a special place for me. Even before that memorable proposal. But on that day it became my most romantic place in the world. Which is why, when I returned to my romance roots, writing comfort stories about families and falling in love, [...]

New Years – again??? What’s your resolution – giveaway!

New Years time – another resolution has to be made & although I love to make them I’m not the best at keeping them – you? I’ve made all kinds of resolutions through out the years: Diet, oh yeah, usually every other year for this one Exercise — an annual resolution, urgh Become more involved in our church / community Become more computer savvy – oy . . . and sooooooo many more! What are some of your resolutions — new ones, old ones, maybe one of yours will work for me – goodness knows, the resolutions I make I can’t seem to keep *Grins* Remember, every week, 5 winners are Randomly chosen to win a FREE book — winners [...]

Random Thoughts with Stefanie Sloane – Dancing with the Stars!

Dancing with the Stars! I thought long and hard about what special gift I wanted to give you all. My pocket book doesn’t allow for diamonds or a new Benz in the driveway. And my schedule is too tight to fit in an extra story. But I’ve got something even better. It’s a secret. A secret that needs to be told. You see, Julia Quinn and I love the nightlife. We love to boogie. That’s right; we’re disco dancing fools. It’s incredible aerobic exercise and, let’s face it, we look awesome in our bell bottoms and platform shoes. So just for you, we’ve put together a holiday dance routine. We hope that it brightens the holidays and inspires everyone to [...]

Celebrating the Return of our Military + Giveaway

As we celebrate the return of US military personnel from Iraq, many more are still deployed, stationed overseas, or just unable to return home. Although being away from home can be a challenge, it also offers unique ways to celebrate the holiday season. I asked my “sisters in arms” at the RomVets,, to share how they celebrated the holidays during their military service. From Merline Lovelace, USAF Al and I were in Vietnam for the Christmas of 1971. He was at Danang, I was in Saigon but managed to catch a hop up to spend Christmas Eve and Day with him. I hauled enough cheese, crackers and other goodies from the PX at Tan Son Nhut for us to [...]

Building a Perfect Hero (or not) + Giveaway!

Building a Perfect Hero (or not) Back in the day, typical romance fiction heroes had flaws such as arrogance, being temperamental, or carrying emotional scars left over from childhood that made them unable to commit to a relationship. By the end of the book, though, these flaws were overcome, or at least, well understood by the hero and heroine. You never read about a hero with a physical deformity or an un-redeeming flaw. These heroes were all Greek-God gorgeous, every last one of them. No-one else needed to apply. Yet, as I turn the pages of my favorite romances today, I am discovering more atypical heroes – not in the sense of men with deeper internal flaws, but in their [...]

Heroine Love from our Guest & giveaway!

Heroine Love Holly: It’s no secret I struggle with romance heroines. I find that I’m much harder on the heroine than I am the hero of the story. Mostly, I think, because I have high expectations for women in general. I want to see my sex represented well in all places, especially in romance. It doesn’t take much for a heroine to ruin a story for me. Last night I read a contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the first half of the book. During the second half the heroine started blaming the hero for things outside his control and generally acting crazy..before I knew it a book I was really loving ended up a wallbanger. That’s all it takes for [...]

A LADY AWAKENED Giveaway: Winners! (Week 2)

We’re giving away 10 free copies of Cecilia Grant’s debut regency romance, A LADY AWAKENED, every week in December. Here are last week’s winners! Briana H. from Sugarland, TX Davida C. from New Boston, TX Sandra E. from Burlington, NC Patti D. from Hawkins, WI Sue J. from Bamberg, SC Lora P. from Omaha, NE Margaret S. from Zephyrhills, FL Danielle G. from Kissimmee, FL Pam B. from Meridian, ID Jeanne S. from Pittsburgh, PA There are still 2 weeks left in December, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. And who wouldn’t want to read the romance debut Mary Balogh calls  “a marvelous gem of a book”?  Read an excerpt and enter to win below!   A Lady [...]

A LADY AWAKENED Giveaway: Winners!

Last week we told you that we’d be giving away 10 free copies of Cecilia Grant’s debut regency romance, A LADY AWAKENED, every week in December. Here are the first week’s winners! Debbie S. from Livingston, NJ Pamela B. from Pomona, MS Jessica W. from Bay Village, OH Cheryl M. from Essex, MD Irene T. from Pittsburgh, PA Renee B. from Houston, TX Lisa R. from Little Hocking, OH Sharon B. from Cabot, AR Lauren M. from Memphis, TN Lisa W. from Monroe, WI There are still 3 weeks left in December, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. And who wouldn’t want to read the romance debut Mary Balogh calls  “a marvelous gem of a book”?  Read an [...]

Holiday Blues and Things That Pick Me Up! + giveaway!

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 [...]