These days, history has become the new reality show. From the blood-soaked antics of the Borgias to the bed-hopping of the Tudors and dervish intrigues of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medici, history – in particular, my favorite era, the Renaissance— has come out of the closet and stepped onto center stage. Divested of its dusty shrouds, it has even revealed a brazen, come-hither air that has audiences clamoring for more. The truth is, history has always been sexy. We just tend to forget it. Somewhere between grade school and graduation, we’ve been taught to memorize important dates and events, but the people who actually lived those facts are nebulous shadows whose names we sometimes can recall but not much [...]
Hello everyone, waving from a warm and sunny New Zealand. Thanks Sue for inviting me to blog today on Romance @ Random! It’s the start of summer in NZ and the trees are covered with blossom, the birds are out in force and the beaches are beginning to look inviting! All I need is a great book and I’m content. I’m starting summer by celebrating the release of my latest Regency historical romance, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD, book #3 in my Wicked Wagers trilogy. But I’m also sad because it’s the final book in the series and I have to say goodbye to the characters I’ve come to know and love.
On Sale Now! About the book: America’s #1 bestseller • First time in paperback! There are some places you visit, and some places you never leave behind. Danielle Steel’s new novel follows a devoted father and the daughter he raises in the fascinating upstairs-downstairs world of a glamorous Manhattan hotel.
First time in paperback! In this beguiling novel, Danielle Steel tells the story of three very different people, each of whom reaches a crucial turning point on the same day—a time to blow out the candles, say goodbye to the past, and make a wish for the future. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s created a successful TV show and reached the pinnacle of her profession, with a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? Because all the hours with her personal trainer, hairdressers, and cosmetic surgeons can’t fudge the truth: Valerie is turning sixty.
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” (Fydor Dostoevski) *sigh* great topic Ann, tell us more! What can be more romantic than love at first sight? You meet that perfect someone and instantly know. A match made in heaven. A love written in the stars. We tell young people to wait for the “right one” to come along as though the heart has a place reserved for one’s true love even before that first sight.
Another sure to be Best Seller by author Danielle Steel that will touch every heart. Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey—full of tests and trials—as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime. FRIENDS FOREVER
Have you ever read a scene that created a hunger deep inside you? Not the obvious romantic craving. We’re talking good old-fashioned load-up-your-plate-for-Sunday-dinner hunger. A simmering stew. Bright, crisp vegetables sliced into a summer salad. A fruit pie cooling on the window sill. Hold on one second while I run to the kitchen… One joy of writing about the Amish is the focus on cooking that is a daily part of most Amish households. Baking, cooking, canning and pickling are important tasks that create cherished memories for mothers and daughters. There are many reasons why the Amish spend a lot of time cooking. They don’t eat many processed foods. You won’t find Lunchables in a child’s lunch pail, and since [...]
“I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.” -Ernest Hemingway A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. This Valentine’s Day, enter to win a free copy of the book readers everywhere are falling in love with! Loading…
Plans for reading By Inga Kupp-Silberg As usual for the beginning of a new year, many people make plans for the coming year. So have I. I have a plan for 2012 – read as many books as possible during 2012. Sounds easy, right?!! To be more specific, my exact aim for 2012 is to read 101 books which would be 26 more books compared to last year. Besides just a numerical target I have set for me, I promised to myself that out of these 101 books I will read at least 25 books what I had on my to-be-read-list from last year. I am an emotional and impulsive customer in the book store and it does not matter [...]
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 [...]
Demon Lover by Juliet Dark – Do you love paranormal romance? Are you looking for something just a little different – read on & comment below whether this is a book you’re sure to buy – enjoy!! A few comments from readers who enjoyed this book: “Gothic, atmospheric, beautiful, and romantic urban fantasy,” By Karissa Eckert “Devourer of all books fantasy” “Strong urban romantic fantasy,” By Harriet Klausner “An excellent guilty pleasure read!” By ChibiNeko “Sooo many books, so little time! “So much more story than I expected,” By Mary Chrapliwy “So much to sink your teeth into,” By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) BUY NOW A must-read for paranormal romance fans: THE DEMON LOVER: A Novel by Juliet Dark (excerpt) Winners [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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. [...]
Read, Share, Love by Elizabeth Boyle That is my three-part wish for you in the New Year: Read, Share, Love. The first part of this wish is easy: READ. We all know how to do that. But this next year, consider spreading your wings a bit and doing two things in your reading life: branching out a bit to try a new author and read outside your comfort zone. I’m not saying you have to chuck out your favorites, your comfort reads, but every once in a while try something you might not normally read, just for the heck of it. This past year, I read The Hunger Games (loved it), tried a new to me historical fiction author, CJ [...]
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 Matchmaker Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, catch me a catch Matchmaker, Matchmaker 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 [...]
The Bad Boy of Romance on Why he writes romance I’m pretty much the epitome of male. I have beautiful hair, I listen to heavy metal, I wear a kilt, I throw whips, I am a brother of the high end (tobacco) leaf, and a fine fan of the grape and grain. I flirt heavily and I’m not ashamed. Yes, I am the perfect specimen of male. Career of choice: Erotic Romance Author Romance is a manly genre! Study Paranormal romance, you’ll find it’s definitely manly. Where else can you have alpha males who have hot sexual encounters and at the end, get the girl all while exploring not just kinky sex but many times a plethora of powers they’re [...]
I announced on Facebook the other day that I had a new book coming out November 1st on Kindle (and POD), a never before published full-length historical romance called THE BASTARD–and was immediately reprimanded by a woman for using such a terrible word. I explained that the story is about a man born to a wayward marquise (illegitimately) who gave him to a farmer to raise. Although he’s had to climb up the hard way, without benefit of money or connections, he’s determined to prove he’s as good as anyone else, to rise to captain his own frigate one day. But when he finds a lovely French stowaway aboard The Tempest (the heroine, of course), he must decide whether to [...]
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 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- 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!! [...]
If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker A CRY IN THE WOODS The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood—she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard—and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration. Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her—to be touched by her—but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When [...]
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 [...]
I was reviewing a submission from an agent & noticed that the author identified their work for a particular, ‘Target Age Group’ . . . does that matter to a reader? As a romance reader – when you’re reading a book, do you think, is this for my age group? Or is this book targeted to my generation? I have to say, I’ve never even thought of this. I basically think, that when I’m shopping in a store, I’m in the Romance section, therefore, those books would be for readers who like romantic stories, no matter what age, right? Taking this one step further, do you even notice the ages of your characters? When I’m reading, as a reader, I [...]
Hey everyone. This is Susi from Book Lovers Inc and today I will share my top 5 fails of romance tropes gone bad in real life with you. You all know that there are things we adore and crave in our romance novels even though we read about them a bazillion times. I like my tropes and they work so well in the novels but lately I thought if those are actually real life material- and no I don’t mean the vamps, shifters and other supernatural beings. Some things sound awesome in a story but would I still love them if they would happen to me? Actually I’m sure I wouldn’t. So here goes my real life romance novel fails [...]
Are romance novels to blame for problems like weight gain and unhappy marriages? I don’t think so. However, it’s been making a lot of buzz lately. Apparently, at least one psychologist thinks romance novels give women unrealistic expectations thus leading to adultery and depression. (Because we all think 6’5” hunks grow on trees.) After I read about this, and stopped laughing, I remembered all the readers that have said the exact opposite. One woman even said I saved her marriage because my stories “inspired her,” if you know what I mean. I had another reader who got inspired by some of my butt-kicking heroines to take up martial arts. I think that’s wonderful! I love a good “escape” and I [...]
Secrets can be the life blood of the story — as the reader, you are typically in the loop of what the characters in the book do not know & that makes it all the more fun. Sometimes, you don’t know the secrets the heroine or hero are keeping from one another & then they enfold as the story does. Either way, secrets keep the story moving, create the conflict & then ultimately when that trust is given by the H/H, it is all the more romantic. Think of Dark Lover – Beth has no idea she is a half-breed so to be brought into the world of The Brotherhood & learn the ultimate truth about herself is overwhelming to [...]
My journey to become published is a cross between the Beatles’ song, The Long and Winding Road, and Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. Now add a couple of potholes, road blocks, and detours along the way and you have a small glimpse of my writing career. I’d written a time travel romance but had no idea what to do next. A reply to the fan letter I’d written to Elaine Barbieri about her book, Tattered Silk, included a flyer to the 1995 NJRW Conference. I’d never attended a writer’s conference before and although I was scared spitless, I talked it over with my family and they encouraged me to attend. I joined RWA and NJRW and faithfully attended [...]
First, Third, Or …Something Else? By Stacey Agdern One of the most interesting, longstanding questions about books is whether a reader likes first person or third. Both have their advantages-first is like a single camera, telling a story through the viewpoint of a central character. Third is the multi-lensed drama, showing events through the eyes of many, focusing on a general picture. Usually, like if they’re asked if they prefer Paris or London, the Yankees or the Red Sox, coffee or tea, people have a definitive answer. Me? I like both. But I don’t like both indiscriminately. My preferences hinge on something else. For me, it comes down to something called ‘voice,’ More specifically, it isn’t whether a book is [...]