November Releases for Loveswept, flirt
Here’s what’s on sale this month from Loveswept and Flirt Romance.
| One Perfect Christmas by Stefanie Sloane (11/4/2013)
In an enchanting eBook novella, cherished Regency romance author Stefanie Sloane presents an irresistible tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.
Although he’s never been prone to regret, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh cannot help but wish for a fresh start with Jane Merriweather. After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane turns to her dear childhood friend, Lucas, for support—and unlocks the hidden emotion and smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one look at Jane is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning for the woman. Now Lucas must convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow—and turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
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February New Releases
|Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (On Sale 2/26)
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.
|A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara (On Sale 2/26)
In Ashlyn Macnamara’s stunning romance debut—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries—two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.
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. Read more
Review: The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella – a Loveswept Historical Romance
Thanks Kari from the TBR! Check out Kari’s review of our first historical Loveswept 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 deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society. Read more
Release day for Ride with Me is only five days away, so I’ve decided to share a few outtakes + Giveaway!
Brought to you by, author, RUTHIE KNOX – check out Ruthie’s site for her series of outtakes!
Release day for Ride with Me is only five days away, so I’ve decided to share a few outtakes from the book. Some of this stuff made it into the final version, some didn’t . . . but you’ll just have to wait and see what’s what! These little snippets should give you a good idea of Lexie’s and Tom’s personalities. Happy reading!
And, this is how it all started. . .
Romancing the Road
Ride with Me (finally, whew!)
by Anne Vincent
by Ruthie Knox
Lexie and her brother, James, are in an Oregon hotel room, talking as Lexie packs for her adventure on the TransAmerica Trail. Lexie is speaking. This scene got cut from the final version of the manuscript.
“You know you’re never going to get a chance like this again. It’s the TransAmerica Trail! Four thousand, two hundred and sixty-two miles of authentic American adventure from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado—”
“Yeah, Lexie, I’ve heard of it. You can quit trying to sell me on the trail. I know exactly what I’m missing out on.” James sounded a little frustrated, which was probably fair. She’d been hounding him relentlessly ever since he’d quit riding with her in favor of spending more time with Amber, the woman he’d up and married a few months earlier.
“You damn well should,” she snapped, suddenly feeling more put out than she wanted to be.
She and James had been raised on stories from the trail. Back in the summer of ’76, when the nation was celebrating its two hundredth birthday, their parents had numbered among the bold, the brave, and the foolhardy who’d joined in for the party on wheels known as BikeCentennial, an organized cross-country bicycle ride that had inspired more than four thousand people to dust off the ten-speed in the garage, throw on some knee socks, and hit the road. Mom and Dad met in the saddle somewhere in Kansas and had been inseparable ever since.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to bitch at you,” she said with a sigh, plopping down onto the floor next to her brother. “I just wish you were coming with me. It won’t be the same without you.”
“And I wish you would wait for me. Give me three years, four tops, and I’ll have Amber so in love with her bike that the two of us can join you.”
Amber had acrylic fingernails, and the last bike she’d owned had a banana seat and pink-and-purple tassles on the handlebars. Pigs would fly before Amber rode the TransAm. “I hate to break it to you, but that’s never gonna happen, Jimbo.”
He sighed. “Yeah, maybe not. But still. . . I don’t like you taking off on your own. It makes me nervous.”
“You know I’m not going to be on my own. I’ll have Tom.” Tom Geiger was Lexie’s concession to her family’s insistence that choosing to ride across the country by herself was the equivalent of inviting someone to slaughter her in her sleep. Honestly, she’d had half a mind to make the trip solo just to irritate them, but she knew herself too well to make that mistake. Lexie liked people. She liked to talk. And she’d done the solo biking/camping thing a few times and found it too creepy. It was hard to fall asleep in a tent by yourself. Every little noise from outside put you on danger alert.
No, she needed someone to pitch her tent next to at the very least, and thanks to the Adventure Cycling Association, she had one. The organization responsible for publishing the TransAm trail maps also maintained a Companions Wanted space on its website to help lone riders find partners for their cross-country adventures. All Lexie had needed to do was place an ad, sift through the responses, and pick the right guy.
James wrinkled his nose in distaste. “Right. Tom the Mechanic. I don’t like it, Lex. You’ve never even talked to him on the phone. How do you know he’s not trolling the Adventure Cycling website for willing females? He could be a total pervert.”
Lexie rolled her eyes. “Give me a break. Have you seen the site? Everyone who advertises is between fifty and seventy, male, and happily married to some woman who hates to bike almost as much as your wife does.”
“So what? Old married men are the worst perverts of all.”
Her only reply was a derisive snort. She’d been to some Adventure Cycling events. The membership consisted almost exclusively of well-off white guys with bulging calves, thinning hair, and pictures of their daughters in their wallets. They were about as threatening as Santa Claus.
No, Lexie wasn’t worried Tom Geiger would turn out to be some kind of sexual predator. They’d exchanged a lot of e-mails back when she placed the ad, and he seemed like a pretty amiable guy. So long as he didn’t expect her to keep him warm in his tent at night, the two of them were going to get along just fine.
What did worry her . . .
Want more? Tune in again tomorrow for another mini-outtake from Ride with Me—or preorder the book to get it delivered to your e-reader on February 13 (just $2.99)!
Comment to win a print copy of RIDE WITH ME – one winner will be randomly chosen amongst Ruthie’s outtakes posts and announced on 2/14 – how apropos!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Lisa Hutson (commenter #12 on post #3) has won a free paper copy of RIDE WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your snail mail address and the subject line RIDE WITH ME WINNER.
Thanks everyone for joining in for the outtakes! It was fun to count down to release day with you all.
New Year, New Me + Giveaway
New Year, New Me
A blog post by Kristina Watson
As a writer, it’s easy to fear the unknown. To ask “what if?” What if the words don’t come? What if I keep writing and never get published? For anyone, really, it’s easy to ask “what if” until one is paralyzed by fear. Have you ever felt like that? I know I have.
I spent a good part of 2011 editing my first novel, TAKING CHANCES, making tough decisions (like cutting 40,000 words) and fighting until I had a manuscript I believed could sell. Once I’d created a strong query letter and a tight synopsis, I finally had a package I was proud to send to any agent. But doubts began to plague me and I froze. If I didn’t hit send, an agent couldn’t tell me “no,” but there was no chance of “yes” either. Eventually, I took a deep breath and hit send. And, you know what? Out of my first six queries, I got three requests. Fifty percent!
Though I haven’t gotten “the call” yet, I’m going to keep trying. Keep submitting. Writing. Believing. Although hearing “no” from an agent is hard, it’s better than doing nothing. Doing nothing is failing and I’m not going to fail.
While I truly believe that determination is what makes us succeed, blind determination isn’t always helpful either. In the ever-competitive world of publishing, it seems that those authors who find success are the ones who pay attention to market trends and adapt as needed. Authors like Emily Giffin, Lisa Kleypas, Julie Garwood, Catherine Coulter and Nora Roberts have found that magical combination and continue to inspire me.
And, so, as we begin 2012, I’m creating a new me – a new writerly me. After considering agent feedback and market trends, advice from some of my wise author friends and more than a little soul searching, I decided to make a change. Where I once wrote light women’s fiction, I’m trying my hand at contemporary romance. Does it mean that I’m changing the essence of who I am as a writer? I don’t think so. The trademarks of my storytelling – a little humor and a lot of heart (two things I love as a reader) – are still there. But, it does mean that I’m writing my new novel, FINDING SERENITY, in third person, rather than first. In doing so, I’ll have a greater opportunity to showcase the romantic journey not only from the heroine’s perspective, but from the hero’s as well.
Well, 2012, I’m ready to ride.
So, readers, I’d love to hear from you. What are your plans for creating a new you in 2012? And, how do you plan to “ride the hard” when those pesky fears and doubts creep in? Remember – every week 5 randomly chosen winners win a random free book from R@R – announced on Sunday – GOOD LUCK!
Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart
Life was always just about perfect for Brooke Madison Bowers. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St. Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Brokenhearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St. Dennis, and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she’s determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She’s equally determined never to fall in love again.
For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he’s spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he’s moved to St. Dennis to run the family law practice, and he’s ready to find the right girl, get married, and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke’s resolve to go her way alone—despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?