The Saint’s Devils are a group of rakes that have been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St John, a brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character who helps his friends solve mysteries surrounding their heroine in each book…
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara, asensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one. 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 throughout the week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
Readers are drawn to tortured heroes. Every romance author knows it. Tortured heroes are found across all genres, all tropes and all nationalities. They fill our world of romance with heartache and desperation, and we love them. There is something about a wounded man. Tortured heroes grab our attention and break our hearts. They are usually tough on the outside, but with a soft, molten inner core. He surrounds himself in armor, an impenetrable fortress that keeps him from being hurt again, but also means he can’t heal.
Another great book the this series! Tempting a Devil was a wonderful historical romance. It was perfect, brilliant, fantastic! Loved it! Samantha Kane had a gift creating unique historical romances. This book definitely didn’t lack in originality. A desperate widow trying to ruin herself with a rake that just discovered his morals in order to avoid the man who wants to trap her in a marriage (and there’s a whole other story going on there). This story took me on a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE DEEPEST NIGHT, Shana Abe’s beautifully written, deeply romantic follow up to THE SWEETEST DARK. 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!
I am thrilled that the Appleton series is getting a new life as part of Random’s Loveswept line. A HINT OF MISCHIEF was one of my favorite books. Set in Victorian New York, the series is about three women who were orphaned and living with their sweet Aunt Eve in a spooky old mansion. It is clever Jennifer Appleton who comes up with the idea of practicing spiritualism in order to obtain much-needed money. They are charlatans, but charming women who offer hope and counsel to grieving widows who lost loved ones in the war. Jennifer, with her eyes closed, would consult a crystal ball while Winifred and Penelope knocked on the walls and played a harpsichord upstairs to make [...]
Megan Frampton turns up the heat on one bride-to-be and her oblivious bridegroom in this steamy and scandalous eBook original short story of Regency romance. It is with great discretion that this columnist discusses the sensitive topic of undergarments. Some ladies, it seems, do not pay strict attention to what they wear under their gowns. A crucial error, my ladies.
Dear Ladies: Your usual columnist has departed for more fashionable shores, leaving you in my somewhat less-than-capable hands. But let me assure you that my primary concern is to keep you fashionable, no matter how many puce prints and overflowing bodices I need to examine in the course of my work. Let us tackle the first topic right away, then, shall we?
As her second Legendary Lovers Regency historical, Lover Be Mine, goes on sale today, Nicole Jordan answers questions posed by sister Regency author, Sabrina Jeffries. Both have many New York Times bestsellers to their credit and blogged together for years on TheGoddessBlogs.com. Sabrina: Having lived in New Orleans for many years, I love celebrating, and the publication of Lover Be Mine is certainly cause to celebrate! What are you doing today to toast the publication of Lover Be Mine?
You may recall a few years back, a book that caused quite a hub bub. The book was titled, He’s Just Not that Into You. Based on an episode of the wildly popular HBO show, Sex and the City, the book caused such an uproar among the ladies who read it, that a film was soon commissioned. I admit it. I saw the episode of Sex and the City. Then I read the book. Then saw the movie. Yes, I was that into the concept. It was absolutely maddening in its simplicity yet fascinating in its compelling layers at the same time.
Interview by Sharon Cullen, author of THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE, on sale now! SC: I discovered Shana Galen’s books way back when she first published The Making of a Duchess and I was hooked. I’ve read every one that has been published since then. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to pick her brain today (insert evil laugh). SC: First of all, congratulations on your newest release, If You Give a Rake a Ruby. SG: Thank you! It’s lucky number 13 for me. SC: Your latest series is about three courtesans, or Cyprians, which is not the norm in the romance world. What made you decide to make a courtesan your heroine? SG: Sometimes it’s as fun to write about [...]
Review by The Bawdy Book Blog – thanks for an honest review! After watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton’s Golden Boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly-named Earl of Clivesden…the man of Sophia’s dreams.
One of my favorite movies is LOVE ACTUALLY. Not only is it wonderfully feel-good, I love that it celebrates so many different kinds of love — love of a sister for a brother (though that one’s so sad) for a pop star for his manager, for a little boy for his first major crush, for a man grieving for his dead wife, the bittersweet acceptance of a wronged wife, the lusty love off a secretary for her boss — and what a boss! It goes on. . . I struggled with my book THE AUTUMN BRIDE which comes out next week. It’s the first book in a series and for the first time in my writing career, the hero and [...]
My latest historical romance Once Again a Bride was inspired at first by just three words – the Widow Wylde. The phrase popped into my head for some reason. And then the sound, and its implications, intrigued me. I began to embroider on the concept. Who would she be? Why a widow? What wildness was involved? I played with ideas. We think of widows as older, but my heroine wouldn’t be. So how did that happen? We define them as sad, but due to unusual circumstances, she was not mourning. Why not? Nor was she very wild, in the beginning. But that could change. For some reason, this small prompt made the plot and character details flow. For a while [...]
Recently I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Sharon Cullen’s The Notorious Lady Anne, which releases February 11. I loved it! It was sexy, fun, and full of action. There’s nothing better than a pirate book, especially one this well-written with engaging characters and swashbuckling adventure. Today I’m privileged to interview Sharon about her new book. Shana Galen: Hi Sharon. Tell us about The Notorious Lady Anne. Is this is the first book in a series or a stand-alone? Sharon Cullen: Hi, Shana. First of all, thank you for your very kind words regarding The Notorious Lady Anne. I’m thrilled you loved it. This is the first book of two (hopefully more) but each book can stand [...]
Sara says: The Devil’s Thief by Samantha Kane is an highly amusing, delightfully fanciful, erotically charged, regency romp, that will leave you breathless and longing to read the second installment in the Saint’s Devil’s series. Following in her father’s footsteps, Julianna Harte, desperate for money for her foundling house, sneaks in to her neighbor’s house at night to steal a rare pearl. She is TDT met by an angry, naked man holding a gun on her. She is not prepared to be confronted by Alasdair Sharpe, nor is she prepared for the instant attraction that she feels towards him. Alasdair while angry finds it amusing that this unknown woman has snuck in to his bedroom. He also finds that he [...]
Check out the reviews on Goodreads – readers are loving THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS – reviewer Farrah tells us about the story – enjoy! Wendy’s book is on sale Monday — 1/14/2013 – comment to be eligible to win in our giveaway! Good luck!! The Reluctant Countess: A Loveswept Historical Romance Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked [...]
The presents have been opened, the Christmas cookies eaten and of course, we now know the Mayans were way wrong. Now we’re looking forward to a new year. A new beginning. It’s time to think about what we want to accomplish and to set some goals. 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for me. My debut book from Loveswept, The Notorious Lady Anne, will be released in February as well as The Infamous Lord Blythe later in the year. For years my motto has always been one word. Believe. It can encompass whatever I want it to. Believe and you will achieve. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. This one word has propelled me to [...]
Southern California, some people claim, has no true seasons. As a Southern California native, I would dispute that. We have our share of balmy springs, blazing summers, crisp autumns, and chilly winters. But I will concede that our seasons are less extreme–especially winter. In a tough year, we contend with rain and freezing winds, not ice, snow, and hail. Consequently, when I started working on my romances, which are set in Victorian England, I knew I had to familiarize myself with English weather and English seasons. It’s easy and not inaccurate to describe the former as consisting of rain, rain, and more rain–I experienced that reality during a long-ago trip to the UK–but there’s more to any English season than [...]
Everyone has favorite scenes from the books we read – I wanted to share a few of mine, then would love for you to tell me what some of yours are from your favorite romance books. We begin with Ian MacGregor — he finds his intended’s spinster cousin, Augusta Merrick, in her dressing gown, searching for the bathing chamber. As a conscientious host, he takes it upon himself to see her to her destination… “Has anyone shown you how to work the taps?” “No.” And from the look on her face, Miss Augusta Merrick would perish of excessive train travel before she’d ask. “It’s not complicated.” Ian moved into the marble temple to cleanliness and refined English sensibilities and felt [...]
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of WYOMING BRIDE by Joan Johnston, the sensational second novel in Joan Johnston’s new Western historical romance 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!
Research. I hate it. Except when I love it. For the most part, research frustrates me. I’m never sure I’m getting accurate information, and that’s even if I’m lucky enough to find what I’m looking for. More often than not, I end up sidetracked onto something mildly interesting. An hour, or hours, later I realize I should be writing, so I jump back into the manuscript and find a gaping hole. Oh yeah, that research I was going to do. Whoops. And back I go again.
I’m getting ready for an Orphans’ Christmas. Sounds a bit tragic and Dickensian, doesn’t it? But don’t worry, I’m not planning to play Lady Bountiful, or even going to watch orphans eat — they used to do that in the 19th century, by the way — rich people would come and “view the orphans” as if they were a kind of zoo— rather ghastly, I think. My Orphans’ Christmas is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. It’s simply a gathering of friends — my alternate family. In these days of fractured and far flung families, it’s not so easy to get together for the traditional family Christmas, and some years back, rather than face a quiet and [...]
The other day a friend and I were having a discussion about the proper way to pronounce Bogata. I know, weird. But my friend, who’s a hair stylist, said, “This is why you write books and I do hair.” It got me thinking about the skills we possess. Yes, I write books. But there is no way I can look at a person and know what color their hair should be and what style suits the shape of their face, their lifestyle, etc. then actually execute it. Trust me, you don’t want me near your hair with a pair of scissors. It also got me thinking about the skills I don’t possess—like my inability to stay organized or to do [...]
The spirited Wylder sisters continue to scandalize the ton in Isabella Bradford’s witty and winsome trilogy. This time, the most impulsive of the siblings meets her match: a charming rake determined to save her from an arranged marriage. Buy Isabella’s books here About the Book: The youngest of the Wylder girls—and the last left unwed—Lady Diana is also the most willful, a trait that’s leading her ever closer to dishonorable disaster. While her family’s solution is a fast and excruciatingly respectable marriage, Diana can’t imagine being wed to the very staid and dull Lord Crump. But while wedding plans are being made, a chance meeting at a gala turns Diana’s world upside down.
Happy Holidays! R@R welcome’s guest Victoria Alexandra and her fall release WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS, available at bookstores everywhere! Family. For me, it’s really what the holidays are all about. But what if your family isn’t quite up to snuff? And what if you’re trying to impress a prince with a perfect Christmas and an eccentric sort of family just won’t do? Well then, you do what Camille, Lady Lydingham does in What Happens at Christmas. You hire a troupe of actors to take their place. It seems like a brilliant idea. But Camille soon discovers how wrong she is, with a little help from her first love, Grayson Elliott. She also learns a lot about herself, about forgiveness, about [...]
I have to confess, I had such fun creating the sparks between Sophie and Cameron in TOO DANGEROUS TO DESIRE, the third book in the “Lords of Midnight trilogy.” It’s all about past hurts, and getting a second chance at love . . . Long ago, Sophie Lawrance chose prudence over passion, rejecting a rebellious young rogue for the sake of her family—no matter the ache it left in her heart. But when a specter from her father’s past appears and threatens to destroy all she holds dear, the desperate beauty knows there is only one man whose shadowy skills can save her.