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#Thoughtful Thursday – my favorite place to read and why

I love to read as most of you do too, and I have a favorite reading spot – nothing unusual, it’s the corner of my couch. I kind of twist myself into a pretzel and surf through my ereader. I can actually sit for hours and read book after book. I wonder at times if I lived somewhere warm and exotic year round, where the weather is perfect — would I read outside?

New Release: The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

In this eBook original novella, Mary Ann Rivers introduces a soulful and sexy tale of courage, sacrifice, and love. I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only.

The Recipe Club – Martha’s American Food

In this beautiful volume, a love letter to American food, Martha Stewart, who has so significantly influenced the American table, collects her most favorite national dishes, as well as the stories and traditions behind them. These are recipes that will delight you with nostalgia, inspire you, and teach you about our nation by way of its regions and their distinctive flavors. Above all, these are time-honored recipes that you will turn to again and again.

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.

Book Release – Beneath the Rising Moon by Keri Arthur a series where werewolves roam

Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fiction readers alike love this series! Keri Arthur, the New York Times bestselling author of the Riley Jenson Guardian series, takes readers to the werewolf reservation of Ripple Creek—where moon fever runs high and a savage murderer runs rampant. There’s no turning back for Neva Grant. To find a killer, she must seduce the boldest male in the Sinclair pack. Her twin sister lies in a hospital bed, fighting for her life, the fourth and only surviving victim of a vicious attacker. The werewolf rangers suspect the Sinclair pack, and the only way Neva can infiltrate their close-knit ranks is to unleash the wildness within and offer herself to Duncan Sinclair. Duncan’s appetite for women is legendary [...]

What if you were born with magic in your blood? + giveaway!

So what if you had magic in your blood? How would that change your life? I hope you enjoy Erin’s post – Happy Romance! A huge thank you to Romance At Random for hosting me here today. And thank you to readers for stopping by. I’m giving away a copy of my upcoming release, Fire Kissed, to a reader who tells me what kind of special ability they’d have if they had magic in their blood. For example, would you wield fire, or fly, or read minds, know the future, etc? And would you skew more hero or villain?

Scandalous Sailor or Decorous Debutante? Can a heroine be both?

Katharine Ashe writes Regency Romance like no other – check out her next release & fun post today on Romance At Random! Dearest Readers, I pray you, help my heroine! Miss Viola Carlyle has just been torn from her life on the sea and thrust into Regency high society. While an expert at sea craft, she is at sixes and sevens in London parlors and ballrooms, without any idea as to how to go on. If you could assist her in settling into the life of a Lady of Quality, she and I will be forever grateful.

Romance Readers – Romance series, are they a trap? + Giveaway!

First I’d like to be clear and that we are not talking category romance — not Silhouette or Desire — we’re taking, THE DARKHUNTER’S, BDB, Troubleshooters, Virgin River – the stories in mainstream romance with sequels, lots of them. Is it just me or does it seem like the category has gotten trapped in this style of publishing — it’s like every author has a series whether it be two or three or more books – – – it seems impossible to find a stand alone book to read anymore — (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not too much of one). So – let’s celebrate the singles! Single title romance, one book only, stories that you loved and [...]

Romance Author – Louisa Edwards – What is it about reunited lovers? + Giveaway!

I’m a sucker for romances featuring two people who loved and lost each other long ago, who now have to confront the past and find their way back together. I adore them as a reader, and I found out while writing my most recent release, Hot Under Pressure, that I adore writing reunited lovers even more! But I don’t get it. In real life, when a friend tells me she wants to go back to her ex, I always think (and sometimes say) “Wasn’t there a reason you broke up in the first place? What’s changed?” It often seems doomed, even to a hardline romantic like me. I want to tell my friend, “Never go backward. Always go forward.” And [...]

Romance Guest Post, Credit Where Credit is Due, or Going Old School + Giveaway!

By, Samantha Kane – Debut Loveswept Romance Author of The Devil’s Thief on sale later this Fall – There’s been a lot of talk lately about gateway books, books that lead a reader into a new genre. See here, for example. My gateway romance authors include Lavyrle Spencer, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Jude Devereux for romance in general, and the latter two for historical romance especially, Marion Chesney for Regency romance, Linda Lael Miller and Amanda Quick for paranormal romance, Judith Krantz for contemporary romance, and Bertrice Small for erotic romance. I may be showing my age, but I think these authors’ works stand the test of time. Most of these are a given among the romance community. Certainly they [...]

Guest post – Wonky Heroes We Have Loved + Giveaway!

Wonky Heroes We Have Lovedby Ruthie Knox, author of RIDE WITH ME In the Land of Romance, the men are all tall and tanned, the women are thin and plucky, and the sex is always mind-boggling. It’s a fine land, indeed. But we prefer the Land of Wonkomance. “Wonkomance” is a term we made up (yes, we can do that) to describe romance novels that are a little . . . strange. We’re thinking particularly of novels whose heroes or heroines (or both!) are unusual enough to stand out from the pack. If garden-variety romance can be said to feature perfect people with perfect problems, then wonkomance is all about imperfect people with imperfect problems. Because weird, wonky, screwed-up people [...]

HEA USA TODAY interviews Kristan Higgins & Ruthie Knox! + Giveaway!

By Joyce Lamb, USA TODAY Debut author Ruthie Knox’s first book, Ride with Me, comes out Monday. Ride with Me, billed as “a cross-country bike adventure (that) takes a detour into unexplored passion,” is published by the new Loveswept line. I know I pretty much had you at “unexplored passion,” but wait, there’s more! At HEA’s request, Ruthie and Kristan Higgins, best-selling author of, most recently, Until There Was You, tossed around some observations about their favorite road-trip movies. (Warning: Make sure you’re not eating as you read this. We would feel really bad if you choked.) Oh, and if you hang around until the end and leave a comment, you could win a copy of Ride with Me. Kristan: [...]

Romance Overload – For A Romance Reader Is There Even Such A Thing? + Giveaway

Romance Overload – For A Romance Reader Is There Even Such A Thing? Valentine’s Day. If ever there was a holiday made for us romance book lovers that would be it right? A whole day set aside just to celebrate declaring your innermost feelings for those you love. Romance lover heaven. But can your sweet tooth for all things lovey-dovey go sour? On Valentine’s Day I was all over Twitter, Facebook and my blog Cheeky Reads running contests and spreading the news on all the other contests I ran across. The romance community was really on fire that day with giveaways, releases and general love-mongering. Fantastic! But I realized when I logged into those places the next day it was [...]

Fan Fiction — what do you think? + Giveaway!!

Fan Fiction : a fictional account written by a fan of a show, movie, book, or video game to explore themes and ideas that will not or cannot be explored via the originating medium, typically written by fans. I’m not sure when this trend really began but it seems to be more and more of a thing these days. Harry Potter has over 74000 Fan Fiction novels based on the popular series – Star Trek is a huge venue for this type of story telling as well . . . Anime characters seem to propel their fans to write about other aspects of those stories too. Typically, they are written for fun but some are real stories that these fans [...]

Samantha Kane – why she writes about, S-E-X + Giveaway!

S-E-X, by Samantha Kane – look for her upcoming original historical romance in our Loveswept line, THE DEVIL’S THIEF – on sale later this Fall – recent CAPA Award Winner from The Romance Studio for Best Historical Romance, BROTHERS IN ARMS – congrats Samantha! I like to write sex. I like to read it, too. Not just the down and dirty kind, but everything about the marvelous, glorious madness of sex. I love first kisses, the accidental brushing of a hand, the moment the hero or heroine realizes there’s a distinct possibility they are going to want to get naked with this person in the near future. I love sexual tension, sexy dialog, a romp in the hay, and even [...]

Here’s what people are saying, what say you? + Giveaway

“the love affair with apps is officially over,“ This is a statement made at a recent convention that I attended virtually on Twitter — this comment was reverberated again & again . . . . Now, for some industries, and possibly the book industry, this may be the case, although, when I’m away from home with just my phone, I always go through my bookstore App to buy a book . . . maybe that will change, the way technology is constantly changing, it probably will – but for now, I’ll use my App. I don’t want to mislead anyone, I’m not an ‘App-aholic’ – I’ve friends that have the front of the phones, covered with pages and pages of [...]

FREE Excerpt – Ride With Me – Ruthie Knox

Order Now, just $2.99! Here’s what readers are saying . . . “A sweet yet sultry, honest and heart-tugging ride. Everything a love story should be!” Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author “Sexy, hilarious, poignant and just plain fun, RIDE WITH ME is a fantastic debut!” – Bestselling author Leslie Kelly “A fantastic, sexy, and fun story! Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, was a delight to read.” Jill Shalvis, NYT Best Selling Author “Ride With Me, is a unique kind of road trip with the best kind of bumps and curves!” Sandra Hill, New York Times Best Selling Author “Smart, sexy, and downright fun–I loved every moment of the ride!” Julie James, National Bestselling Author “Ruthie Knox writes a [...]

Two in One by Mary Balogh, The Temporary Wife & A Promise of Spring

In two classic tales of Regency-era romance from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the vagaries of love have a way of challenging the most convenient arrangements. THE TEMPORARY WIFE Miss Charity Duncan has no illusions about Lord Anthony Earheart’s proposal. The arrogant aristocrat has made it painfully clear what he wants: a wife who will enrage the father he despises and then disappear from his life. In exchange, Charity’s family will receive the money they desperately need. But after Charity agrees to this mockery of matrimony, she soon discovers a startling fact: She has fallen for Anthony, and breaking their marriage vows may also break her heart. A PROMISE OF SPRING Grace Howard has every reason to be [...]

The gift you wish they didn’t – really, just didn’t + Giveaway!

I really tried to avoid this topic but it is one that I felt we should address – every Christmas there seems to be one or two gifts that you really don’t want, need or already have . . . did that happen to you this year? It did for me — I actually told my husband I wanted an Ipod so I’d have an updated version — not that I needed it – urgh, so once I opened the gift & saw the delightful little gizmo I felt like I shouldn’t keep it as I really didn’t need it . . . . so, I’ll return it or maybe re-gift it – I’ve not decided just yet . . [...]

Carly Phillips guests on R@R today with Giveaway!

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. [...]

Winners on Romance At Random

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: so we can get you your book! Or email if you prefer a digital copy. 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! Congrats to all: ClaireA BN100 Drey KarenW ShellyB Check out our book list to see what is on sale this week click here Don’t miss our Holiday Hop – details here: All the best for a safe New Year! Stop by this week [...]

My Xmas Confession + Giveaway!

My Xmas Confession Aka: World Building Isn’t only for Sf/F/Historicals With Bonus Recommendations Anybody who knows me, knows that I don’t celebrate Christmas. My holiday involves candles, spinning tops and fried potatoes, so my Christmas book reading habits might come as a surprise. First, if there’s a Christmas book released as part of a series, I’ll happily read it. Lauren Willig’s Mischief of the Mistletoe, Victoria Alexander’s ‘A Visit From Sir Nicholas’, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s ‘One Silent Night’, Suzanne Brockmann’s ‘All Through the Night’, Eloisa James’s ‘An Affair Before Christmas’, Robyn Carr’s ‘A Virgin River Christmas’, I’m looking at all of you. …and more. I think this comes from the fact that when you read a series, you get to know [...]

My favorite seasonal movies are . . . what are yours?

How could I not begin this post with THE CHRISTMAS CAROL — one of my all time favs. When I was growing up in Milwaukee, WI, there were two things we always did to celebrate the holidays — travel downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Repertoire Theater to watch the play, THE CHRISTMAS CAROL & we also celebrated by attending the NUTCRACKER Ballet, presented by the Milwaukee Ballet – woot! Memories . . . Now, I watch Snoopy on TV – I certainly have enjoyed Tim Allen in his Christmas movies – The Grinch is always a good one to keep the kids entertained . . . interesting that they never get scared —- Rudolph is fun; It’s a Wonderful Life [...]

The Last of the Mohic… Uh, Sorry, Romance Bandits by Anna Campbell + Giveaway!

The Last of the Mohic… Uh, Sorry, Romance Bandits by Anna Campbell It’s our last day! Romance @ Random is still standing. Phew! Thanks again to Sue for being such a fabulous hostess. With great regret we’ll collect our empty margarita glasses, stray cabana boys and red and black Bandita tinsel. We’ve had such fun here! I’m Anna Campbell ( and I’m introducing the final six members of our merry band. For those who missed days one and two, the Romance Bandits emerged from the 2006 Golden Heart finalists. We’ve been blogging since 2007 and recently moved into beautiful new digs at Jo Robertson ( writes seriously intriguing romantic suspense. Check out her latest THE AVENGER. In the meantime, [...]

Release Week, something everyone should experience + E-Reader giveaway!!!!

Release Week Wrap Up, by Jessica Scott On Facebook It’s been almost 3 weeks since Because of You debuted here at Romance at Random. I’ve got to tell you, I really had absolutely no idea what published authors were always talking about when they said don’t plan on doing anything during release week. Honest to goodness, what else could there be to do? I wrote the book, worked through revisions. Did a few pre-positioned blog posts. Honestly, who would have thought release week was such a major, overwhelming event? Yeah, it really was. And please, in no way take this as a complaint, because I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat: I am thrilled at the excitement I [...]

HOLIDAY HOP! 12/2-12/6/2011 Lots of books to win!

Click on the image to see other participating sites 5 winners will be Randomly chosen from the list created below – CLOSED Happy Holidays & Good Luck! Winners must be US and will be announced in this post prior 12/8/2011 Winners are: Evan Blanc Gail Hurt Shari Jung Kim Cagle Annette Jenkins – Congratulations!!!

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich Can’t wait to find out what happens next? Luckily, you won’t have to wait very long! The next Stephanie Plum adventure arrives later this year: on November 22, 2011! So sit tight and before you know it, Explosive Eighteen will be here. About Smokin’Seventeen: Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving [...]

Trick or Treat – we’ve got your Treat right here!

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat Win something fun But not to eat Can you guess, What we’ve got that’s neat? Ghosts & Goblins Line our streets Knocking on doors Tripping on their feet Online treaters Like you & I Celebrate the Holiday All in one night Looking for hand outs That appeal to us No need to traipse the town And make all that fuss Romance At Random We’ve got your treats right here Let’s see if you can win it It’s a basket full of . . . not beer. Good luck! Bag of books to be mailed to a US randomly chosen commenter to celebrate Trick or Treat – Winner will be announced in this post sometime on [...]

A couple of days ago, this is what you said – really – + Giveaway!

A couple of days ago, HEA hung out at the Romance at Random blog and asked readers there to name their all-time favorite romance novels. It went something like this: One of the questions HEA plans to pose to our favorite authors is: What’s your all-time favorite romance novel? I’d like to ask you that, too. Seeing as how I’m sure many of us can’t name only one, you have my permission to name three. I’ll start! Mine are: Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss. My heart still aches for Alaina disguised as Al and how gentle Cole was, even when he thought Al was just a scruffy boy. Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer. The relationship between Catherine and [...]

If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker

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 [...]