#Cover Reveal – One Perfect Christmas by Stefanie Sloane
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. Read more
Ruthie’s Reality: An interview with Stefanie Sloane + Kindle & $50 GC Giveaway!
I’m delighted to have Stefanie Sloane here today to talk about The Scoundrel Takes a Bride, the latest release in her Regency Rogues series. Stefanie burst upon the historical romance scene with 2011′s The Devil in Disguise, which was nominated for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for best first book. Her historical romances have witty dialogue, strong heroines, and lots of intrigue. I was lucky enough to have my Christmas novella collected alongside Stefanie’s in the Naughty and Nice Christmas anthology. Read more
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie Sloane!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie Sloane, the latest novel in her irresistible Regency romance series. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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Naughty & Nice a bundle of delicious delight for the holidays
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’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night. Read more
Celebrate – 12 Days of Christmas & FREE BOOKS
Ruthie’s Mistletoe Fantasies Through the Years:
1987 (age 10): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe. Where are my presents?
1990 (age 13): Daniel Day Lewis, dressed in his Leatherstocking outfit, sweeping me into his arms for a violent kiss.
1993 (age 16): I just want somebody to kiss me. Anybody. I’m not choosy. Hey! You over there!
1999 (age 22): Seriously. Anyone. Bueller?
2005 (age 28): Yay, husband! Yay, marriage! *frisky smooching sounds*
2012 (age 35): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe! Just wrap Kidlet’s presents and give me an hour to write. ~ Ruthie Knox, Bestselling Author of About Last Night Read more
WINNERS ANNOUNCED Naughty & Nice Holiday Hop
To celebrate our new release, Naughty & Nice, (on sale 11/5) written by authors extraordinaire, Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe & Stefanie Sloane, we’re hopping! Make sure to visit each site to increase your chances to win!
Prizes - R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):
Random Thoughts – Christmas Mayhem by Vanessa Kelly
Thanks for hosting me on Romance at Random. It’s great to be here, especially during my release week of Christmas Mayhem!
What images normally spring to mind when you think about Christmas and the holidays? Trees gorgeously decorated with glowing lights, eggnog, fantastic holiday meals with turkey and stuffing, chestnuts roasting by an open fire…the usual, wonderful stuff. What do I think of when it comes to the holidays? Smugglers, Quakers, decrepit manor houses with smoking chimneys, scandalous incidents in the ballroom, and hastily arranged marriages. Read more
Editor’s Corner: Junessa Viloria explains “the Oscars for romance books” and what it’s like to discover new talent
When people not familiar with the genre ask me what the RITA Awards are, my automatic response is that they’re the Oscars for romance books. I think that all romance editors, whether seasoned editors with numerous RITA award winning authors or young editors seeking for their first author nomination, comb through the Finalists list, eagerly seeking a familiar name. So you can imagine the happy thrill that ran through me when I saw that my author Stefanie Sloane was a finalist for two RITA Awards: Best First Book and Best Regency Historical Romance. To channel Ms. Sloane herself: Squee!
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Random Thoughts: Cherishing Charlie (and a few other people, too)
It is the eve of the release of The Saint Who Stole My Heart, my fourth book to be published. I spent a lot of the day at the emergency vet with Charlie, my love sponge of a chocolate Lab. He has a seizure disorder, and so infrequent but small attacks are not uncommon. Unfortunately no matter of valium would stop the seizures this afternoon, so I packed him up and headed to the ER. Read more
Random Thoughts: Stefanie Sloane Interviews Kate Noble
Romance author Stefanie Sloane sat down with Kate Noble, author of several historical romance novels including her latest: If I Fall, for a fun, no-holds-barred interview.
The delightful Kate Noble burst onto the historical romance scene with her debut, Compromised, in 2008, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Her latest delicious tale, If I Fall, is out this week and I know you’re all going to love it! I caught up with Kate recently and asked her a series of unrelated and silly questions. Luckily, the lovely Ms. Noble obliged.
Stefanie: Dinner with four famous people, living or dead, at the restaurant of your choice. Which restaurant would you choose, who would you invite, and why?
Kate: Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McLanahan, and Estelle Getty. Because who doesn’t want to hang out with the Golden Girls?
And my favorite restaurant is Mozza in New York City, because it is the home of the most delicious creation on the face of the earth: Olive Oil Gelato. So any chance I have to eat there, I’m taking it. And I’m willing to force my new famous friends to experience it with me.
Oh, olive oil gelato – thank YOU for being a friend.
Who is your latest author crush, romance or non-romance, and what about this person’s writing makes you swoon?
I recently read 1776 by David McCullough. I am generally not a big enthusiast of reading page after page of troop movements, but McCullough’s voice and impeccable research made these dry historical figures of Washington and the Continental Congress become incredibly alive and flawed and real. And that’s a feat, literary or otherwise.
And my favorite romance author of late is Madeline Hunter. I just gobbled up her The Rarest Blooms series—four books–in the space of one weekend. She’s an incredible world builder.
When it comes to research and the setting of your books, do you weave your story from history (facts that intrigue or inspire you) or think of a story and then insert it into history?
Actually it’s a little of both. I know my characters first, and they in turn are very much informed by when in history they hail from. So as historical context informs their characters, it will also be used to build the obstacles they have to overcome to get to happiness.
What is your favorite thing about being a published author?
I love having the opportunity to get the crazy voices out of my head, down on paper, and someone actually pays me for it! And the romance community is so incredibly welcoming and supportive of each other, I’m just grateful that I get to be a part of it, and interact with other writers and readers on a daily basis.
What is your favorite line from IF I FALL and why?
“To give in to gravity’s pull.” It’s a phrase that gets repeated a few times as the characters go up and down emotionally–and sometimes they don’t give into gravity’s pull… but oh, do I love it when they do.
Which do you prefer reading, paper books or e-books and why?
I love reading no matter what the format. While I find my e-reader convenient in certain situations–planes, trains and on the treadmill–I do have a soft spot in my heart for the smell and feel of traditional paperbacks. Kicking back at the beach just isn’t the same without one!
If you could have written one book in history, what would that book be and why?
Harry Potter. Damn, I wish I had thought of that.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
Writing historical romance is the absolute best for learning random things through research. I think my favorite thing I learned was from my sister, a medical doctor, about ‘laudable pus’. Let’s just say medical knowledge had a looooooong way to go back in the day.
Hope I didn’t gross you out too much there.
What’s coming up from Kate Noble?
My latest novel, If I Fall, is out this week! It’s the story of Sarah Forrester, whose engagement with a duke was ended abruptly last season. To protect her vulnerable heart–and to survive the poisonous tongues of the social scene–she reinvents herself as the Golden Lady. But only one person can see beneath the brittle façade–her childhood friend Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher. And he’ll do anything–and I do mean anything, even dressing up as her childhood hero, the mysterious spy the Blue Raven–to bring her out from behind the mask and back to the sweet and loving girl he once knew.
Also, I have a special bonus e-novella out too! The Dress of the Season – It’s the story of Harris Dane, Viscount Osterley, who orders a very fine and scandalously cut dress to be made for a certain lady he wishes to woo. While with the dress designer, he also orders a pair of gloves to be sent to his ward, Miss Felicity Grove, to wish her well for the new Season. But when Felicity accidentally receives the dress, along with Osterley’s affectionate note, it sets into motion a tale of scandalous misunderstandings and love in the last place you look.
And while If I Fall and The Dress of the Season connected through familiar characters, you don’t have to read one to enjoy the other. But I of course hope that you’ll enjoy both!
|Kate Noble is the author of Compromised, which became a national bestseller in 2008. She has since written Revealed (which was a 2010 RITA Finalist), the critically acclaimed The Summer of You (named a Kirkus Reviews Best Romance of 2010), and Follow My Lead, (which earned stars from both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal). The upcoming If I Fall is the next in her well-loved Blue Raven series.
Kate lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Los Angeles, and would be unable to declare which city is her favorite – weather vs. culture remains the eternal debate.
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Random Thoughts: Stefanie Slone Interviews Eloisa James
Romance author Stefanie Sloane sat down with Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love, her new memoir, to discuss her year in France, her writing style, and a few of the life lessons she learned during her time away.
Stefanie: Everyone dreams of packing up and moving to a romantic locale. But so few of us actually manage to turn such fanciful imaginings into reality. For you, a health scare sent you overseas. Many in your position would have hunkered down and sought comfort in the familiar, but you went looking for an adventure. Why? And are you glad you chose the unfamiliar over the comfortable?
Eloisa: For one thing, my cancer was not life threatening: it was caught at an early stage. So, for me, it was more of a wake-up call than a nesting call. I realized that time—my time—could be cut short at any moment. Sometimes nesting is the best possible action (when caring for a new baby, for instance), but not always. I strongly believe that it is still OK to seek out adventures as an adult, a mom, a wife.
Throughout the book, you experience epiphanies, if you will; moments where life reveals itself to you in an effort to educate, inspire, and encourage. Was there one lesson that was particularly hard for you to learn? And which was the most satisfying?
It was very hard for me to say goodbye to my friend Rose. The fact that I had moved to Paris for a glorious year, post-cancer treatment, and that she—during that same year—succumbed to incurable cancer, gave me a great deal to think about. Rose lived with incredible joie de vivre: her call to me from the top of a mountain—“It’s beautiful here…you must come before you die”—became one of the most heart-wrenching and heart-felt lessons of my year.
Clothing, including lingerie, plays a reoccurring role in your memoir. For French women it appears that fashion—and the bits underneath that keep one’s assets in place—are to be celebrated rather than feared. Why do you think it is that we American women possess such a drastically different view of clothing? How did your own opinion of your body and wardrobe change after experiencing Paris?
I could sum it up as this: French women do get fat. They have bodies of all different shapes. But they dress to suit their figure, no matter its shape. I understand my figure differently, after a year of observing Parisians. My closet is less crowded, for one thing—but the clothes I have are tailored to fit my body, and I have figured out how to make them go together. I’m so much happier now that I know that I can quickly put together a chic and flattering outfit.
Your memoir is written in a rather unique way with stories told in short bursts of vivid description and unforgettable prose. Why did you decide to tell your Paris story in such a way? What is gained and/or lost in this abbreviated style?
I wanted to write about Paris in the way I was experiencing it: in very short bursts. My father (Robert Bly), is a poet, and when I was in elementary school, he was working on prose poems. Mastering a very short form of prose, even if my snippets have no comparison to his poetry, was an exercise in affection. What’s more, I wanted this book to give readers the sense of small but vivid pleasures, and so I resisted turning it into a traditional travel narrative.
What do you hope readers take with them from reading Paris in Love?
Whatever you do, whether it involves travel, or a new language, or a painting class, don’t allow fear to stop you. If you do visit a foreign country, don’t spend all your time (or even much of your time) being a tourist. Sit in a café and watch the world passing by. Be joyful rather than learned.
Watch Eloisa and her husband discuss their time in Paris:
|Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New Jersey. She is the also the author of Midnight Pleasures and Enchanting Pleasures.
PreorderParis in Love, on sale April 3rd.
‘NEW’ Random Thoughts: Follow the Yellow Brick Road by Stefanie Sloane
Follow the Yellow Brick Road—to Seattle! Emerald City Writers’ Conference 2011
Billions and billions of fleeting ideas are produced day-in, day-out, by every last person on the planet. Are you really allowed a five mile an hour cushion before it’s considered speeding? Somebody needs to design the sarcasm font. Nachos! What is another word for “thesauras”? See!
As for mine? Well, mine are decidedly more romantic in nature. Not that kind of romantic. Not all the time, anyway. Who inspired Julia Quinn’s Lady Whistledown? Are vampires hotter than warewolves? Rakes! How does one write the perfect query letter? Cowboys! What do booksellers want from authors?
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, people! I was raised by a romance author. I’ve worked as a romance bookseller. And now I’m writing romance novels of my own. You can’t even imagine how much is on my mind—and now you don’t have to. Random Thoughts is the column that will answer the who, what, when, where, and whys of the romance novel world—maybe even the how-on-earth-did-that-happen ones, too! Welcome to Random Thoughts, where every road leads to romance.You might wonder what, exactly, would bring someone to Seattle at the end of October; a time when the Emerald City has quietly slipped from a mild summer into a soggy fall and quite literally slid into dark, cold days in anticipation of the coming winter. Last weekend, most Seattleites were busily dreaming of tropical locales and drinks topped with umbrellas. Not so for over 300 romance writers, readers, editors, and agents who made their way to the 22nd Emerald City Writers’ Conference just east of the city, where they spent the entire weekend talking shop, getting their inspiration on, and honing their craft, despite the grey skies and pelting rain. Produced by the Greater Seattle chapter of the Romance Writers of America, ECWC is the largest regional romance writing conference in the west. The annual event attracts writers of romance and other genre fiction from around the world who are serious about building their careers.
With over 100 workshops, chats, and events offered, there was something for everyone. Friday alone featured a Master Class taught by renowned writing coach Bob Mayer, Diana Love’s inspirational opening address, and the ever-popular Editor Agent panel. Attendees listened to such industry experts as Ballantine editor Junessa Viloria, Knight Agency agent Melissa Jeglinksy, and Angela James of Carina Press field questions concerning everything from what they’re tired of seeing in submissions to the ideal query letter.
Feather boas went to those authors who managed to complete a manuscript within a year’s time—and this year, Cherry sweetened the deal by randomly selecting eight awardees that will be given the chance to get their work in front of New York editors and agents!
New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair closed the evening in signature style by recognizing those who participated in her “Finish the Damn Book” challenge.
Saturday and Sunday brought their A games as well, with Sherrilyn Kenyon’s heart-wrenching keynote speech, the massive bookfair which featured many local authors, and the closing talk given by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books fame.
And those are only a few of the highlights. Yes, you read that right. Only a few. Want in on the action next year?
Be sure to check out the Greater Seattle chapter’s website for updates on what’s sure to be an awesome conference in 2012!
Stefanie, host of Random Thoughts
Stefanie Sloane’s Regency Rogues series burst onto the scene in 2011 with three captivating Regency historical romances that delighted readers and critics alike. The fourth book in the series, The Saint Who Stole My Heart, will be released April 24, 2012. Please visit her on the web at the following fabulous sites:
Watch the Trailer: The Regency Rogues Trilogy by Stefanie Sloane
Filled with espionage and intrigue, Stefanie Sloane’s witty and sexy Regency Rogues trilogy features seductive spies and the ladies they must protect.
Read an excerpt of The Devil in Disguise
Read an excerpt of The Angel in My Arms
Read an excerpt of The Sinner Who Seduced Me
Stefanie Sloane – Live Chat! 4/25, 6-7:00 PM – EST
Learn about Stefanie’s latest Regency Rogue historical romance release and find out from Stefanie how she creates that ‘hero’ . . . . and you never know, there could be a Giveaway!
The Saint Who Stole My Heart -FREE Excerpt: