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Books for all seasons – Guest post from Carla Kelly

Times change, that is certainly true – join Carla and her introspection about reading books and how we accept those changes. Enjoy! In July, Daughter of Fortune was reissued, my first novel, published in 1984, back in the olden days, when men were men and books were books. The ebook revolution has given older works such as that one a new electronic life. Several publishers are in the process of reissuing what I call my “moldy-oldy” Regency Romances as ebooks.

Romance Author, Elisabeth Barrett, ‘the conversation I had with my husband’ + Giveaway!!

This is the conversation I had with my husband, Mr. B, last Friday. I have transcribed it verbatim: Mr. B: I’m going to get you an e-reader. Me: Thank you. Why? Mr. B: Because you don’t have one and it’s your birthday on Sunday. Me: Oh, yeah. [Pause] How old am I again? A few years ago, I swear I just stopped counting birthdays. Or even remembering that they exist. I seem to have fallen into the trap of remembering everyone else’s events – birthdays, anniversaries, etc. – but completely forgetting my own. I think part of it has to do with having kids. I have three little ones, and there are so many things to remember day-to-day, and so [...]

Winners Announced below – Leap with Books GIVEAWAY Hop

Click the GIVEAWAY HOP image to visiting other participating sites. 5 Random Winners will be chosen — to win FREE romance books from Random House — to be eligible, comment below & ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page – click here Best of luck & don’t forget to take a look at our new release from Loveswept, RIDE WITH ME by Ruthie Knox – a ride you’ll never forget! Just $2.99 Ten 5 Star Reviews on Amazon “Get ready for a wonderful ride with this book. I loved it. ” Kathleen Kelley “I’m a sucker for road-trip books, and this one definitely fit the bill. ” Smexybooks “The best Romance I have read… I think… ever!” Erin & More! CONTEST HAS ENDED [...]

SEE HOW THEY RUN + Giveaway!

SEE HOW THEY RUN and the Owl in the Attic (Bethany Campbell) For me, stories evolve in different ways. Sometimes one arrives complete, as if the Muse special-ordered it, monogrammed and gift-wrapped. Other stories start with one idea that just won’t go away. The trouble is, it won’t go anywhere else either. It may just hang around and hang around, inhabiting the head like a reclusive owl brooding in the attic rafters. The basis for SEE HOW THEY RUN crouched in the rafters a long, long time. The idea came from a piece written by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He described adult twins diagnosed as possibly autistic and institutionalized since childhood. Although they could not grasp much of what most of [...]

Guest- I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah + Giveaway!

I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah from Romance Novel Sluts Growing up, I wasn’t a reader. I watched TV. A lot of TV. From the afternoon cartoons, to Tom Brokaw, to my prime time schedule, to M*A*S*H reruns late a night. I watched Johnny Carson’s monologue when I should have been in bed. The only thing I read willingly was the Sunday comics, the TV schedule, and old Archie comics. Mom, an avid reader and former librarian, struggled with me, the only non-reader of four children. My reading comprehension suffered all through elementary school. I passed, reading when I really only had to, what I had to, or sometimes when extreme boredom or dire weather conditions were involved. [...]

HEA USA Book Review of Stephanie Tyler’s Night Moves

Written By Lea Franczak, USA TODAY CAPTION Night Moves is the fourth book in Stephanie Tyler’s dark, fast-paced Shadow Force series, which chronicles the lives and loves of a group of tough elite Special Forces-trained mercenaries. Tyler’s crisp, gritty prose and dialogue suit these hard-core lethal warriors who embrace the adrenaline rush provided by the dangerous missions they undertake. A prologue takes readers back to when Kell Roberts and Reid Cormier met as young emotionally scarred adolescents living in the same foster home. They forged a tight bond that strengthened during their years in the military. Kell and Reid are as close, if not closer, than brothers. Kell and Reid continue to contend with the devastation caused by a Delta [...]

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 [...]

HEA USA Today review Lover’s Leap by Emily March

Review written by Serena Chase, USA TODAY CAPTION Genre: Inspirational romance The small mountain town of Eternity Springs has a long memory — especially if a person’s past is less than pristine. Fortunately, however, the town also has a resident “angel” in Celeste Blessing, and that Harley-riding, spa-retreat-owning purveyor of romantic restoration is determined to bring hope and healing to the people of Eternity Springs. In Lover’s Leap, the fourth book in Emily March’s Eternity Springs series, Celeste is at it again. And this time she hopes to redeem more than romance — she aims to restore a family that was torn apart before it ever had a chance to begin. Here’s the sitch: Sarah Reese is thrilled to win [...]

Guest Post by Emily March! + Giveaway

For someone who makes her living imagining things, I am a pretty down-to-earth sort of girl. I’m not especially superstitious–well, except that I always wear my alma mater’s colors on game day, and I do have my lucky hat to wear whenever I go fishing. And, as a southerner, I wouldn’t dream of skipping my serving of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. As a rule, I’m skeptical about UFO sightings, I don’t think Bigfoot roams the woods, and I do not believe in the likes of werewolves, vampires, fairies, zombies, or selkies. I chose this subject for today’s blog because of a fascinating, ongoing thread on my college alumni message board about personal paranormal experiences. It’s made me think [...]

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 [...]

Cover Time – what rocks your socks? + Giveaway

We’ve not done a cover post in quite some time — our tastes surely have changed since our last discussion — what we liked yesterday may not be the look we like today? The cover to my left is our hero, Tom – Tom is my cover of the month for Feb – he’s my avatar on Twitter. I chose Tom because he makes me smile & reminds me of Ruthie’s story, which BTW, is laugh out loud fun! Heart-warming and sexy too – really a great story & our next Original Loveswept release, on sale 12/13/2012, $2.99. I also love the cover of her next book, coming out in June, About Last Night – Yes, the cover Gods have [...]

Shiloh Walker writes, What’s in a name…+ Giveaway

What’s in a name… Source: kaganga.com via shiloh on Pinterest   The heroine’s name is Hope. After spending the past few years on the run, hope is kinda of the last thing she has, though. But run wouldn’t be a very good name, right? Neither would fear. Still, when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see Hope. She looks in the mirror and sees Source: Uploaded by user via shiloh on Pinterest   Meeting the hero of her story doesn’t make things any better. At least not at first. He’s a lawyer…and for her, that means he’s the enemy. A sexy enemy, but still. Source: imdb.com via shiloh on Pinterest   She finds her strength in the oddest manner. [...]

HEA at USA – Book Review of Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece

Sweet Reward Review written by – Mary Grzesik, USA TODAY CAPTION Sweet Revenge is Christy Reece’s latest Last Chance Rescue novel, and it starts off with a heart-racing, daring rescue. Dylan Savage, a Last Chance Rescue operative, is sneaking into a house to rescue kidnapped schoolteacher Jamie Kendrick. This first scene is very telling about these two characters. When Dylan reaches the room where Jamie is held, she jumps on his back. Not wanting to hurt her, he drops to the floor. She says in a raspy voice, “Touch me and I’ll kill you.” Dylan feels admiration and compassion at the same time. He’s relieved that she’s “tough.” Dylan reassures Jamie that he is there to rescue her, but she [...]

Guest Post – Let’s Get Digital + Giveaway!

Let’s Get Digital by Jessica Scott – check out her book, BECAUSE OF YOU – on sale now. I’m not a big person for New Years Resolutions. Honestly, it’s just another way of lying to myself. I’m not going to say I’m giving up swearing because, well, we all know that will last all of three days, if that. That said, I did decide this year that I wanted to read more because while I was in command last year, I did not make time to read that much and I miss my books. I read anything, quite honestly. I always have been a bookworm, since as far back as I can remember. I’m not sure why books have always [...]

Downton Abbey Mania – has it grabbed you? + Giveaway

People have been all a ‘Twitter’ about this PBS series, now in it’s second season – listen to this recap of season 1: The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting [...]

What is the appeal of romance novels? + Giveaway!

What is the appeal of romance novels? By Jennifer at Clean Romance Reviews There are few women out there that truly don’t enjoy reading a good romance, even if it’s just once in a while. Though they might not actually site down and read them. I would say that there is rarely a story out there that cannot be improved by adding in a good romance. More than enjoying, I think I am officially obsessed with reading romances, watching romantic movies, or even hearing romantic stories. But I started to think, why is that? Is it because I need to read about how other people have fantastically perfect romances? That I want that perfect knight-in-shining armor and can only get [...]

READER RALLY begins NOW thru 1/31/2012 – Giveaway & Grand Prize

ENDED – WINNER (s) ANNOUNCED Samantha Comp Darline Stewart Kimmie Lange Diane Patricia Diamond Yvonne Devine GRAND PRIZE WINNER Liz Cranage All have been contacted VIA Email – thanks so much for your support & we hope you had a great time – stay tuned for more Giveaway fun on R@R – SueG CLOSED Enter below (ENTER TO WIN, Rafflecopter) to be part of our random 5 book giveaway drawing – then, comment in our post to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing! Winner of the Grand Prize drawing will be randomly chosen from the comments in this post (ebook for International readers thru Net Galley, all Net Galley terms & restrictions apply; ebook (Net Galley) or print for [...]

Reading Resolutions by Heather Daniels-Lire + Giveaway!

Reading Resolutions by Heather Daniels-Lire I’m a resolution and goal person. It drives everyone around me insane but I can’t help it. With that in mind I started thinking about what my goals would be for 2012. I made the requisite lose weight goal, the professional goal, and the be a better mom goal. Then I was stuck. I really wanted a goal for reading, but what could I do. This got me thinking about my reading habits and how I read and what I read. As I went down memory lane I remembered the book mobile lady who introduced me to reading. She would stalk the book mobile with the Boxcar Children, The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins. [...]

Guest Post -2012 Reading Goals + Giveaway!

2012 Reading Goals Holly: Many of us set resolutions in the new year. I personally don’t believe in resolutions. I feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure when I set resolutions. Year before last, I did set a reading goal. I’d planned to read 144 books and I reached my goal. Last year I set a reading goal of 211 books in 2011 and didn’t reach it. I only read 191 (I think. I haven’t tallied up all the re-reads yet). Not a bad number, but not the number I was shooting for. This year I’m going to try for 200. That’s about 16 books a month, approximately 3 a week. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. 2011 was [...]

Jill Shalvis is our guest with GIVEAWAY!

Once in awhile I write a book that isn’t like pulling fingernails out of the sockets or getting a root canal without drugs. Once in awhile, I write a book that flows like really great wine, and every single word is a joy. Those are the books that I never want to end. Those are the books that made me want to be a writer in the first place. Head Over Heels was one of those books. When I first started writing the Lucky Harbor series, Chloe, the wild baby sister, took a backseat to her two older siblings. She was one tough, hot mess. And in the back of my mind as the series went on, she scared me [...]

From Fairy Tales to Paranormal Romance and giveaway!

From Fairy Tales to Paranormal Romance: A Journey Through the Dark Woods By Juliet Dark I have always loved fairy tales, especially ones in which the prince is in disguise: Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Rose Red, East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, stories in which a mysterious brooding animal groom is under a spell and must be saved by the intrepid woman who sees his true worth. As I grew up I fell in love with the great romantic novels inspired by these fairy tales—Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Rebecca—and when I started to write I wanted to infuse my stories with the spirit of these tales. So my characters read fairy tales and tell them, [...]

Weekly Winners!

Reminder to observe Martin Luther King weekend & hoping you are enjoying your day – 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! International commenters &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview in Net Galley. 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! Congratulations to these 5 ladies! LisaB Danny Kim DonnaMS Erin1 Congrats – join us this week for our Reader [...]

Love and Sticking Points…or is it Just a Bad Date + Giveaway!

Love and Sticking Points…or is it Just a Bad Date Bad Dates. We’ve all been on them. We all have horror stores we tell when the subject of whose bad date is the worst comes up. (I usually win most of these disastrous conversations). Which is why the series of bad blind dates Kristan Higgins wrote Callie through in ‘All I Ever Wanted’(the smelly dairy farmer or the artist who worked with human hair anybody?) made her happily ever after with Ian at the end so amazing. Susan Mallery did the same thing to Dani Buchanan, except Dani had to go through three books of dating disasters to get to her happily ever after in ‘Tempting,’ the final Buchanan book. [...]

Give yourself permission to let go in this New Year + Giveaway!

Give yourself permission to let go in this New Year by Cassandra Carr I’m learning to let go. I didn’t have much of a choice – in early December an angry rash-like thing developed on my arm. It was shingles. It’s mostly cleared up now, but it forced me to take some time and step back from my normally busy, busy days. Why was that so important? Because one of the primary causes of shingles is stress. And how could I hope to get rid of the shingles if I was still trying to do a million things at once? So I stopped. I watched television. I took naps. I caught up on a little bit of my reading. Now [...]

My 20th Internet-iversary + Giveaway!

My 20th Internet-iversary by Samantha Hunter! As I was contemplating 2012, I realized this year would mark twenty years on the internet for me – wow. I’ve always liked communication in whatever form it took – telephone, letters, CB radios (not kidding, my Dad had one in the car, and I spent hours out there), and the early Bulletin Boards we ran on our PCs. Then, I discovered the internet when I was in grad school in 1992 and never turned back. A lot of people see the internet as a time-waster where we all sit around on Twitter and talk about what we had for lunch (guilty), but some of the most important events in my life over the [...]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Stranded & looking for a good romance + Giveaway!

I always thought this was one of the most interesting but challenging plot lines in a story, don’t you? Two characters, that have an interest in one another, now together in a situation where they need to work together to get out of it — they could be stranded on a beach? Freezing in an abandoned, home? Linda Howard did this in ICE — great story!! See what I mean? There are so many scenarios that can be created . . . Characters could even be stranded together in a small town as they continually run into one another at the local coffee shop, laundromat, or grocery store. The fun begins when they must work together towards a common or [...]

4 seasons of the year, which do you like best? + GIVEAWAY!!

Where I live it is cold outside, which is appropriate for the Holidays – and honestly, I would NOT have it any other way for Christmas . .. . I love having a warm fire, hot cocoa, reading a book or watching a movie with family — for this time of year it is perfect!! Then, right around January 10th, I’m thinking a trip to a warmer climate might be nice . . . sunshine, warm weather to bike ride in . . .sight see, or of course, read a book by the pool – Time goes by of course, and I’m still at home, shoveling out the driveway and thinking, ‘well, if it would just stop snowing . . [...]

Demon Lover, FREE Excerpt! WINNERS announced! Congrats 2 all!

Demon Lover by Juliet Dark – Do you love paranormal romance? Are you looking for something just a little different – read on & comment below whether this is a book you’re sure to buy – enjoy!! A few comments from readers who enjoyed this book: “Gothic, atmospheric, beautiful, and romantic urban fantasy,” By Karissa Eckert “Devourer of all books fantasy” “Strong urban romantic fantasy,” By Harriet Klausner “An excellent guilty pleasure read!” By ChibiNeko “Sooo many books, so little time! “So much more story than I expected,” By Mary Chrapliwy “So much to sink your teeth into,” By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) BUY NOW A must-read for paranormal romance fans: THE DEMON LOVER: A Novel by Juliet Dark (excerpt) Winners [...]

Romantic Disabilities, who wrote them + Giveaway!

Those of you that know me know that I am a HUGE Catherine Anderson fan — I’m a HUGE fan of emotional romance — real life situations. Phantom Waltz the heroine is wheelchair bound. My Sunshine the heroine lost her ability to speak. Blue Skies the heroine has a visual impairment. In so many of Catherine’s stories she shows the reader how we can overcome life’s obstacles & that we are more than just what our name tag says, or the uniform we wear, or how others choose to define us. Can you tell I just love this stuff? One of my ULTIMATE favorites was Jennifer Ashley’s – The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie – this is one you all [...]

A Picture Steals a Thousand Souls…+ Giveaway!

A Picture Steals a Thousand Souls…or maybe I’m just a dork by Gwen Hayes Thanks, Sue, for inviting me to spend the day in your corner of the internets. It’s lovely here. My second book, Dreaming Awake, was released a few days ago, and I’m running into a slight publicity issue that I could use some advice about. I’m hoping your readers can help me. Every couple of months, somebody, usually somebody from my publisher, asks if I have an author photo. The embarrassing answer is always, “No.” I’m no shy wallflower, as anyone who has ever met me or read my Twitter feed can tell you, but there is something about having my picture taken that makes me want [...]