WINNERS CHOSEN – #Author Tour: Thanksgiving Week – #Win $20 EGC and more!
Serena Bell’s Thanksgiving Tour featuring her recently released Loveswept debut, Yours to Keep — Schedule Below
11/24/13 – Romance At Random
11/26/13 – Steamy Guys After Dark
11/27/13 – Seaside Book Nook
11/29/13 – Fiction Vixen
11/30/13 – Harlequin Book Junkie
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Yours to Keep Thanksgiving Tour – featuring Serena Bell + Giveaway!
Only four more days till Thanksgiving. And we all know what that means. The helter-skelter, full-tilt rush to Christmas. It’s a short interval this year—Thanksgiving is late, so Christmas is “early.” Sometimes it’s hard to hang on to the spirit of the season through all the madness.
Over time, I’ve learned that the trick to enjoying the holiday season is finding ways to tap back into that spirit. I embrace holiday concerts, holiday-themed plays and musicals, living nativities, lessons and carols celebrations, and holiday anthologies—any event or piece of music or story that makes me stop and think about why I’m doing all this. Read more
Super Saturday Sampler with Yours to Keep by Serena Bell from #Loveswept
Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her. Read more
Heating Up the Holidays – Play with Me by Lisa Renee Jones #BlogHop and #Giveaway
We’re always thankful for romance, and especially thankful to Lisa Renee Jones for sharing her sexy Thanksgiving romance, Play with Me, in HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS!
Join us on a review blog hop and giveaway (anyone in the mood for candlelight?) and see what other fans are saying about the steamy office romance!
Book Review: Yours to Keep by Serena Bell – “A heart-felt and genuine story”
A heart-felt and genuine story. Really captivating storyline and an interesting show of cultural diversity and parallel. Aside from the fact that it was a truly great, hot, juicy love story, of course!!!!
Very well done, the way the background contexts for both main characters were slowly laid out through the story, rather than all piled up in the beginning. I love when writers let us get to know the characters the way we would in real life………little by litte, as circumstances dictate, in a purely natural flow. That’s what Serena Bell did here with both Ana and Ethan. No big information sheets thrown at us at the beginning, just a progressive ‘getting to know’ process…….wonderfully done!!
Culture Clashes in Contemporary Romances by Megan Mulry and Serena Bell
MM: I’m so excited to be here at Romance@Random with you, Serena!
SB: Me, too, Megan! Thanks so much for including me in this conversation.
Why don’t we start by talking a bit about our Culture Clash Heroes and Heroines?
SB: Yours to Keep’s hero is Ethan Hansen, a sexy pediatrician—white, well-off—with a deep protective streak that only needs the right woman to unleash it. Ana Travares, is a Dominican Spanish tutor living in the U.S. without documentation—she’s done a great job of making a life for herself, but she’s never allowed herself to love or be loved. Ana’s whole life is a culture clash, because she can’t even tell her friends the most basic truths about who she is, or risk being deported. Plus, Ethan and his son, Ana’s tutoring student, live in a wealthy town in a big house, while Ana is crammed into a tiny apartment with her siblings, niece, and nephews. And of course Ethan never has to worry about money, the language barrier number, or whether the local police will help him or deport him. But despite the cultural divide, Ana and Ethan are oddly kindred, because neither of them feels like they quite belong where they are.
MM: I have lots of culture clashes going on, with both the main characters and secondary characters. My heroine, Claire, is a very wealthy British aristocrat whose assets have been depleted by her husband (NOT the hero) and subsequently frozen. She moves to NYC to start over; she gets a job (perish the thought!) and reconnects with her first boyfriend from the summer before she got married. The hero, Ben, is Lebanese-American, super academic background, driven, kind of bitter, but really straightforward. When they reconnect after twenty years, the two of them often misconstrue even the most basic interactions: when Claire thinks she is being demure, Ben thinks she is being an icy bitch; when Ben thinks he is being passionate, Claire thinks he is angry. (Well, he was a little angry that one time.)
Book Review: Yours to Keep by Serena Bell, reviewed by Mia’s Point of View
It’s a true romance! Read more
Announcing the YOURS TO KEEP BLOG TOUR – PRIMERA SEMANA – THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE – Ana’s Spanish Lessons on Romance
Announcing the YOURS TO KEEP BLOG TOUR – PRIMERA SEMANA – THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE – Ana’s Spanish Lessons on Romance Read more
#Cover Reveal – Heating up the Holidays!
#CoverReveal – Yours to Keep by Serena Bell
Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.
Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules. Read more
#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. Read more