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It’s the Little Things That Make a Hero

While camping with another couple last summer, the subject of my first book, ACCIDENTAL COWGIRL, came up. My friend D is an avid reader, armed with a Kindle even at the campground, but her hubby G is more of a movie buff. When he started joking good-naturedly about my book and its genre, I was ready to handle it the same way so many of us romance writers do – with tolerance and good humor. He’s never actually read a romance novel, after all. Then, however, he started in on Decker, my hero. Now, I’m fairly attached to Decker, having created him and all. And he is rather perfect, despite his fixable flaws. Picking on me was one thing. Picking [...]

Cover Reveal of ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff – Just Fabulous!!

Coming soon, and aren’t you excited? Fans of Ethan Frost and RUINED will adore the sequel — well, I’m sure you will . . . remember . . . we left you hanging by the seat of your pants (mind you that was not my idea)! ADDICTED will be available July — preorder here if you’d like – So tell me, are you loving the cover? If yes Tweet (just copy & paste): I’m Addicted to ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff #FrostonFriday http://www.randomhouse.com/book/241779/addicted-by-tracy-wolff

Who’s Your Favorite Disney Hero or Heroine?

I watched Frozen for the first time this week. I’m not much of a movie watcher because I work and I write and I have three kids, two dogs and one husband. Well, you get the point. Movies are way down the list on my to-do list. But my daughter (who will be exiting her teenage years in a few months) was so excited that Frozen was finally out in video that she insisted we watch it. And I have to say I was as hooked as everyone else. Disney did it again with this wonderful movie of two sisters. In fact, I’m watching it for the second time this week as I write this. Disney has a way of [...]

WINNERS Announced! ~ What Makes a Strong Hero? by Isabella Bradford + 5 print book #Giveaway!!

I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters. I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path. In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists [...]

#TyOnTuesday – The Belladonna Agency Begins with Turned by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This is week 2, Chapter One where Ty and Ana meet – enjoy! About the book: Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As [...]

#CoverReveal – Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys by Tina Leonard

A sexy cowgirl gives a rugged Texas loner the ride of his life in USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard’s seductive new series. Ava Buchanan dreams of a career on the rodeo circuit. Winning a spot on a one-of-a-kind team would be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted. Ava won’t let anyone stand in her way—not even a stubborn cowboy whose slow-molasses smile and red-hot swagger set her senses aflame . . . and whose talents as a trainer could make her a star. Rodeo might be a man’s game, but Ava knows the right woman’s touch can tame the wildest heart. Trace Carter believes his mayor’s plan to raise the town’s profile has disaster written all over [...]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED Release Week #Giveaway! – A Kiss of Lies <3 Why I fell in love with the Libertine Scholars – Bronwen Evans

Happy Release Day to Bronwen Evans, today we’re celebrating her book, A KISS OF LIES, and offering a #Giveaway — good luck! And now, here’s Bron: Let me introduce you to the Libertine Scholars, the six heroes in my new Regency historical romance series, Disgraced Lords. They met at school, going through to Oxford together. Due to their appetite for learning, coupled with their rakish seductions, they earned the nickname The Libertine Scholars. They’re lords who are definitely loveable rogues, and who use their brains for more than just carousing. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent, handsome man. However, all is not well with the Libertine Scholars. During book #1 A KISS OF LIES, they uncover a plot to [...]

#FrostOnFriday – Meet Ethan Frost, hero of Ruined by Tracy Wolff

Here’s Tracy! Hi Everyone! Hope your week is going well. Mine’s been busy as I finish up Shredded, my New Adult romance that’s coming out in February– but not so busy that I forgot about this week’s peek at Ethan Frost, the hero of my January 7th release, Ruined. Hope you enjoy “My attention embarrasses you?”

Secondary Characters Gone Rogue by Maggie McGinnis

Before I started writing seriously, I used to listen to authors talk about how their characters would take over their books. I was mystified. You’re the author, I’d think. How in the world did you not know what this character was going to do? She’s a figment of your imagination! You created her! You OWN her, for goodness sake! Ha.

Guest Post:The Right Stuff by Tess Oliver

As a writer, I’ve developed this rather annoying habit of imagining up story scenarios for complete strangers I see while driving or shopping or doing whatever it is that takes me into the world. It might be a quirky mannerism like a jogger stopping to touch a certain light post before turning around or a driver pounding out a drum solo on his steering wheel. Sometimes these strangers become an inspiration for a sidekick or interesting secondary character in one of my stories. It’s rare when I see a stranger on the road or street who has hero potential but it happened the other morning on my way to work.

#WildWednesday Free snippet of Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe

Book copy: Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.

Guest Post: The Great Hero Debate by Ashlyn Macnamara

Historical or contemporary—which genre has better heroes? I decided to find out by doing an informal poll of my author friends. While the sampling below his hardly scientific, here are the results of my survey. Author of racy Regency romps, Valerie Bowman (Secrets of a Runaway Bride, available now) is quite adamant in her choice. “Historical heroes FTW!” she says. “They are hands down hotter. My particular favorite is Jason Fielding from Judith McNaught’s Once and Always. He’s smoking hot, a bit tortured, speaks in an English accent, knows how to rock a cravat, owns a giant country estate and a fleet of trading ships. And oh yeah, he’s a freakin’ MARQUESS. The end.”

#BookReview – The Story Guy – ‘made me want to read more from this author.’

“THE STORY GUY is a powerful story that made me want to read more from this author.” ~ Under the Covers A LOT of people have been raving about this book so on a night when insomnia had its grips in me, I decided to pick this book up on a whim. Upon starting I knew there was something unique about this novella right away.

#TGIF have a fabulous Friday!

Happy Friday – R@R wishes you a happy weekend! What are you reading?

But All My Friends Are Doing It!! by Maggie McGinnis

In the world of romance writing, there was one place to be last week: Atlanta, where the entire romance publishing industry gathered for our national conference. So I was there, right? Wrong. Despite conniving and bribery and more than a little pouting, I was unable to convince my dear husband that Nationals was more important than our children having, well, food and water and supervision for the week.

#Real Life Romance By Mary Ann Rivers

Heroine: Serena Bell My favorite stories to hear, to read, and to write are love stories. Every month, I’ll bring you the real-life love story of one of your favorite romance authors, reviewers, or readers. Serena Bell blazed onto the romance scene with her sweet-hot novella TICKET HOME—part of Samhain’s Strangers on a Train anthology. On 11/11/13, prepare to swoon over her debut novel from Lovewept, YOURS TO KEEP, about a handsome and determined pediatrician and his son’s mysterious and troubled Spanish tutor. Serena’s work is notable for its aching romantic tension and unforgettable love scenes. Serena has a story of her own, too.

We salute #FFriday Abs

Have a f’AB’ulous Friday! From the staff at R@R

Enjoy your Friday! #FF Abs

What are your plans for the weekend? Happy Friday from the staff on R@R

Friday is abs . . . olutely here! #TGIF

Author Toni Aleo keeps me apprised of all of the hotties — here’s a hunk for you! Happy Friday – enjoy!!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17 and is day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States, and the use of the color green is predominant. A little history: St Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints and many Americans with Irish ancestry remember him on March 17. Patrick’s Day is fixed on March 17, but may occasionally be moved by the authorities of the Catholic Church. This happened in 1940, so that the celebrations would not fall on Palm Sunday, and in 2008 to avoid Holy Monday, the last Monday before Easter Sunday.

Friday Abs – enjoy!

Favorite Hottie Ryan Gosling is our Friday feature – Enjoy! Happy Friday ladies – don’t forget to follow us on our social media sites too like TWITTER and Facebook! Have a great day! The Staff from R@R

Ruthie’s Reality – What Is It About Military Men? + Giveaway!

With the release of Along Came Trouble coming in just a week, I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts and thinking about different sorts of military heroes. The hero of Along Came Trouble, Caleb Clark, is a charmer. A noncommissioned officer and fifteen-year veteran of the Military Police, he’s a hard worker, a caretaker, fond of wry humor and incapable of cutting himself a break if he hasn’t gotten the job done. He’s more G.I. Joe than Elite Fighting Machine — an ordinary guy who’s spent most of his life in service to the military and is ready, now, to take care of his family instead. What I love about Caleb — and military heroes more generally — is [...]

It’s abs-olutely Friday! #FF

Enjoy your day! From the Staff at R@R

It’s that time again, Ab Appreciation Day!

Do you know who this is? A true blood kind of guy, hint, hint — absolutely! Enjoy! From the staff on R@R

Absolutely – Ab(s) Appreciation Day

What’s your resolution? From the Staff on R@R

Day 9, 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! Today’s excerpt starts right after yesterday’s left off! You can find all the posted excerpts by going to the Release Me Page Reveal category of the blog!

AB APPRECIATION Day on Romance @ Random

Happy Friday!! From the Staff on R@R

Guest Post: Is a bad boy a bad bet? By Zoe Dawson + Starbucks Giveaway

The bad boy as a archetype makes for a great romance hero. Owen McKay in my recently released novella, Leashed is such a man. He’s played the field, too hurt at a young age to trust women, even though he had an aunt that adored him and raised him as her own. Bad boys brood, ride motorcycles and often come from a sad, unhappy childhood. But they, as romance heroes, rise above that past, let go of their fears (yes, they have them), and give themselves over to what had once been confusing and out of their reach. Love. Instead of flaws, let’s talk about the opposite. Virtues.

Romance Readers – understanding the H/H + 15 book giveaway!

One of the most important things for me when reading a book is understanding the characters . . . what makes them tick . . . what motivates them. What about you? Let’s chat. As a reader, I need to understand why the characters make the decisions they do and in order to have that understanding I need to know more about them, what are they like as people – their background, their upbringing. Readers need to relate to the characters, the H/H have got to be real, people you would want to know and above all they’ve got to think, act and talk like us – do you know what I mean?

Romance Author Elizabeth Elliott – my first romantic hero + giveaway

Victoria Holt introduced me to my first romantic hero in the stacks of a public library. It was a Saturday morning. I was fourteen. I read the entire book sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of the shelves, too engrossed to find a chair. When the librarian announced it was time to close, I took home every other Victoria Holt book on the shelves and spent the next week immersed in the storm-swept English seaside. I’ve been a sucker for dark, tortured heroes ever since. Do you remember the first romance novel you read?