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It needs to happen NOW + Giveaway!

‘It needs to happen NOW!’ The First Person and the YA Novel By Stacey Agdern Darker Still, by my friend, author Leanna Renee Hieber, is in first person. It’s a big change for her, because all of her previous books were in third. And not just any third; it’s the gorgeous, atmospheric third person voice that brings her particular historical world to light. But her voice in first works, and well, because ‘Darker Still’ a young adult novel. What is it about young adult novels that warrants such a big change? And as a general rule, young adult books need to have a sense of immediacy to them. They need to make the reader feel as involved in the story [...]

Watch the Lady Awakened book trailer!

We here at Romance at Random are huge fans of A Lady Awakened by debut author Cecilia Grant, and we can’t wait for the book to go on sale December 27th so that you can finally understand what we’ve been raving about. In fact, we really can’t wait: we’ll be giving away 10 advance copies EVERY WEEK in December here on the site to help spread the word about this lovely novel. To give you more of a taste, here’s a quote from the PW review of the book: “Grant details Regency country life beautifully, with a firm and respectful hand, and the subtle yet engrossing courtship is enchanting and gratifying as it transforms these two strong-minded and very unlikely [...]

Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin + Giveaway!

Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin ‘Stay in your skin’ is a phrase my shifters use in my Feral Warriors series. It means keep your claws and fangs from erupting. Stay in control. But that phrase has a slightly different meaning for me, as the writer. To me, it means keeping my characters real and true to who they are. In my case, I’m not staying in my skin so much as staying in theirs. So who are the Feral Warriors? They’re the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal—lion, hawk, wolf, jaguar, viper, etc. All are warriors, all are alpha males—big, strong, and dangerous. But each is also an individual with a [...]

Weekly Winners at Romance At Random – Your place for Romance

Weekly Winnners!!! 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 romanceatrandom@randomhouse.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- Laurie – I probably read about 4-5 hours a day its usually in the evening when i sit down to watch tv. On the weekends it is probably more especially if we do not have [...]

Share the love! + Giveaway!!!

Share the love! with Tina, BookMatchmaker I recently stepped out of the romance genre to read Dark World, a non-fiction book from Zak Bagans, a man who set about documenting the afterlife – ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities. I was completely gripped by the book. For those of you who are familiar with me through blogging or through the publishing industry know that when I say – this is the BEST book I have read in a long time – is a very bold statement for me to make (Yes, I have literally read thousands of books and this easily makes my top books of all time). I loved this book so much that I purposely wrote this blog [...]

A Writer in a Different SubGenre…+ Giveaway!!

Part one: Subgenres of Romance By Stacey Agdern I was talking with a friend of mine, author Isabo Kelly, and it came up in conversation that her new release, Brightarrow Burning is a fantasy despite the fact that she’s known as a Science Fiction author. She was worried about this, but I reminded her that her style…her voice, came through in what she writes. After talking with her, I started to think about this idea a bit further, and it’s true. Despite the differences required when a writer switches subgenres, or even genres as a whole, a writer’s voice always comes through. Anybody who reads the JD Robb series can spot Nora Roberts in the way Eve, Roarke and the [...]

Tell us about your job? + Giveaway!

Tell us about your job? xesands I have the best job in the world – I truly do. I get to read amazing stories and then embody the author’s intent with my voice, bringing a deeper level of intimacy and connection to the reader’s experience. It’s heaven. What background does one need to become a narrator? First and foremost, you must both love to tell stories and be a natural storyteller (they don’t always go hand in hand). You need to have that drive to entertain, to truly bring your audience along on a experiential journey via the retelling. I feel very fortunate that my father is a natural storyteller who turns every interpersonal interaction into entertainment upon the retelling; [...]

Book Review by Anne – SWEET REVENGE & Giveaway!!

SWEET REVENGE by Christy Reece (Book #8 in the Last Chance Rescue Series) Reviewer: Anne Grade: A “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” Alfred Hitchcock In a case of mistaken identity, Jamie Kendrick is abducted and abused by a maniac – then sold to another madman for his evil son’s entertainment. Dylan Savage, an operative working for Last Chance Rescue serves as her knight-in-shining-armor when he rescues her from Stanford Reddington’s grip. With a his-word-against-her-word complaint, no actual physical proof, and the use of his wealth and powerful influence in Spain, Reddington remains free of prosecution. Now Jamie wants revenge for what was done to her, but even more importantly she wants this monster locked away where he can never [...]

Alix Review! + Giveaway!

NO PLACE TO RUN by Maya Banks — reviewed by Alix: The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger. I loved the first KGI novel, it was dark and intense and painful and lovely to read and it was so freaking hot it was a wonderful thing to read. So it was with great pleasure that I looked forward to this book. [...]

Once and Again + Giveaway!

Once and Again is a delightful sexy romantic contemporary that speaks to us of family and second chances. Lily Travis never thought she would come back to Petal, Georgia but here she is trying to get her fifteen year old brother back on track and help her mother after her dad deserts them both for a 20 something woman. Sexy and all grown up, she has it all together until she sees Nathan Murphy. Nathan was the love of her life in collage until she saw him kissing her cousin. Seven years has passed since they broke up but Lily has never forgotten her first love. Nathan Murphy made a horrible mistake seven years ago when he let Lily walk [...]

This is Scandalous! + Giveaway

Do you like Chest Hair on your men? Well, really, I mean on your romance heroes on the book covers . . . when we see all of these wonderful torso’s on book covers, should chest hair be included or not? When I was blogging as a bookseller, we did a post on this fun topic – amazing the responses so curious to see what you all think . . . .about chest hair. The next question is do most book covers show chest hair on our heroes. What do you think? Jaci Burton has a marvelous cover . . .but alas, no chest hair, do you see any? Checked out Pamela Clare’s yummy cover . . . and No. [...]

Age . . . does it matter? + Giveaway

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 [...]

People always ask me why romantic suspense? by Dee Davis + Giveaway!

People always ask me why romantic suspense? And the answer is actually pretty straight forward. First off, I’ve been an incurable romantic for most of my life. As a little girl, I cried at the end of Cinderella because we didn’t get to see her get married. And I cheered endlessly for Calvin and Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. I wanted Aurora to find her prince charming. And I always thought Ned needed a bigger role in Nancy’s adventures. (I even had hopes for Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.) I always wanted the girl to get the guy in movies. And happily ever after was so important to me I (only occasionally) double checked the last line of a book [...]

DragonCon – recap by Shawntelle! + Giveaway!

DragonCon is described as "the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!" And now that I’ve attended it for the first time, I must admit that it’s quite true. I arrived a day late on Saturday morning, but I still had plenty of time to enjoy the conference. My day began early Saturday morning with only 3 hours of sleep, thanks to my 3 AM arrival and an insane morning person habit, with a trip out to register for the conference. My roomate, romance author Cate Rowan, was so understanding of my very late arrival to our room. Thanks Cate! Registration begins at 8 AM every [...]

Secrets in a Romance + Giveaway!

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 [...]

Who’s In Your Five? + Giveaway!!

Who’s In Your Five? Most people are familiar with the idea of the Celebrity Free Pass. Basically, it’s a laminated list you can never change that lists the five celebrities you are allowed to cheat with and have no repercussions. Since that’s not exactly romantic you might be asking yourself what am I leading up to… I took that idea of a laminated, never to be changed list, and paired it with the idea of Keeper Shelf Books and Desert Island Books and have been playing with the question “If you could choose only five authors to read for the rest of your life, who would they be?” I mean think about it. We aren’t talking authors who wrote one [...]

Real Romance — What Men Really Did For Love + Giveaway!

I found this great article on the internet & thought I’d share some of the fun things these guys did, all for LOVE! Some of these would make great stories — definitely need HEA’s though A Symbol of Love My first boyfriend and I were young, idealistic and romantic so when we went on a nature hike and saw two trees that had grown together, we said they were just like us. Separate people connected in one special place — our hearts. Soon after my boyfriend planted two baby trees side by side in his yard, and he placed a wooden heart in the center. He told me that the trees would be a permanent symbol of our love. Even [...]

Weekly Winners!

Thanks for joining us at Romance At Random — remember, if you are a winner email romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can send you your FREE book! Congrats! #1 – Maria #2 – Christine A #3 – Mason Canyon #4 – RebekahM #5 – Sherrie Thank you all — join us this week for more fun & let us know if you’d like to post on our site — it is a site for everyone so let us know at romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com. SueG

One writers journey — Keep the Faith

Theresa Rizzo is a member of the Crested Butte, CO writers group & has been working on her writing for quite some time — I thought her video was so inspiring I wanted to share it with you all. Writing is such an emotional career — it has to be, if you’re going to be good at it. It is emotional for readers as well — bottom line, if you don’t feel it when you write it, we won’t feel it when we read it. Great video from Theresa – Enjoy!!! Keep the Faith! In Theresa’s own words: I get huge joy from writing. I’m proud of my rejections. They signify effort and time put into my career. While this [...]

Paranormal romance . . . the visual *wow* + Giveaway!

Today we are viewing paranormal trailers — what do you think, do they intrigue you? are you ready to run out & buy these books? Readers love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters (I do too) — here is one of her many DH trailers, what do you think? What about the Brotherhood, JR Ward’s ever popular series — does this trailer relate to you? Well, we might as well hit the big 3, right? Christine has many trailers to be found on youtube, instead of another vampire video I chose WATERBOUND from her Sea Haven series: Do you think this gives you the insight you need to decide if this is a book or series for you? Ok, just one more [...]

Now, that’s romance *sigh* + Giveaway!

COMING HOME by Mariah Stewart I’ve always loved Mariah’s suspense stories, but when she decided to write small town contemporaries she made my heart sing! This trailer is pure romance — I’m so moved by this video that I’m totally all over buying this book? You? Does it affect you the same way? & some really knock your socks off like Lori’s — you just want to know, what these heroes are all about, yes? By viewing this trailer, you know the series includes three hotties, that are involved in something mysterious, with adventure . . . maybe they are undercover agents & so forth. The visual definitely makes you think about the series & what the author is conveying [...]

Meeting authors, by Nikki + GIVEAWAY!

Meeting Authors and Reader Events- A Virgin Tale Let me begin by telling you how excited I am to be here today! I feel extremely privileged to be asked to speak on any topic at all. I’m Nikki and I blog all about everything over at Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind. Well, mostly about sexy romance and a few awesome young adult books I get my hands on. Oh…and hotties. Lots of hotties. I may have been reading for years…and blogging for the past year, but only recently did I meet my first author. I live in Massillon, Ohio. Not exactly the mecca of the writing community. I had heard that Leah Clifford lives near Cleveland, Ohio (also not a [...]

Why Joyfully Reviewed Loves Romance + Giveaway!

When Sue asked me to write a blog post on why I love romance books, I jumped at the chance to do so. Why you may ask? Well, plain and simple, the opportunity to share with others the reason why I love this genre makes me squee, lol. In a nut shell, romance books rock. From the moment I picked up my first romance at 13, a Barbara Cartland title by the way, I’ve been transported to a world that someones imagination had created for me. My mother instilled in me a great appreciation of the written word. There were always books around the house, but once I found that romance book in the library, my love of these gems [...]

Danielle Tells All + GIVEAWAY!

Why Danielle Loves Romance: Romance is one of the biggest genres out. I couldn’t think of a better way to start or end my day then getting lost in the wonderful world of romance. You get everything from contemporary to paranormal and suspense to historical. Needless to say the list goes on and on, but one thing is always guaranteed and that’s a happily ever after ending. There is nothing like the journey of the hero and heroine and what they embark on. Watching them grow and learn is more than exciting, its heart pounding. Watching them not want to fall in love to them waiting their lives to play out perfectly. I love that their roads are never easy [...]

Mary Balogh’s latest Regency Romance: The Secret Mistress

In this enticing new romance ripe with sensuality and wit, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh proves that comfort is no match for passion when a stuffy gentleman becomes the object of desire of an adoring and spirited young woman. THE SECRET MISTRESS While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely. Edward [...]