#CoverReveal – The Justiss Alliance – Wild Hearts and Wild on You by Tina Wainscott
Guest Post: Nancy Bush – Nowhere Safe + #Giveaway
Often, as I’m writing, a story will take me places I never expected. I’ve had writers tell me this before, but I always resisted the idea. I thought, “You’re the writer. You can make your characters do whatever you like.” Well, you can, that’s true, but it’s surprising how much easier—and often times better—it is not to fight it when your characters take over a little. This is what happened to me with one of the main characters in NOWHERE SAFE, the third installment in my romantic suspense “Nowhere” series featuring Detective September Rafferty, which will be out this month. Read more
#CoverReveal – In the Dark by Sally Eggert
A woman drawn into a dangerous game. A man who may not be what he seems. Passion raises the stakes in Sally Eggert’s electrifying novel of deception and desire. Read more
Guest Post – Interesting Heroes, by Kat Martin + Giveaway
All of us fantasize about over-the-top handsome, hunky men. But for most of us, good looks and even an incredible body just aren’t enough. They might do fine for a one-night stand, but unless they have a lot more to offer, gorgeous men soon become boring.
In AGAINST THE MARK, Ty Brodie is a hunk. Tall, lean, amazingly good-looking and totally ripped. But the thing I found interesting about Ty’s character was the person he was underneath his jovial front. Read more
Guest Post – Achieving the HEA by Joan Swan
I recently watched the movie Precinct 13, an edge-of-your seat crime drama, and was reminded of how seemingly insurmountable odds against the good guys could both evoke powerful emotions and compel an audience to keep their eyes glued to the screen, their fingers twisted in the nearest pillow…or sleeve…or hand…
If you haven’t seen it and you love drama, Precinct 13 is definitely worth the watch. Read more
Guest Post: You Made Me Love You by Virginia Kantra + Giveaway
7 Ways Romance Heroes Keep Us Up at Night – with Giveaway! Virginia Kantra
He turned, flashing that you-know-you want-me smile, and even though Meg told herself she was inoculated against his charm, something inside her melted.
His dark hair was a little longer, and his body, in jeans and black Polo shirt, had filled out some since his glory days in high school. But his eyes were the same, green, clear, and sharp as a broken bottle, and his smile could still sell anything to any woman foolish enough to buy. Toothpaste. Unnecessary luxury items. Sex.
–from Carolina Girl by Virginia Kantra
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New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.
Never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards, the first book in her new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of MIDNIGHT SECRETS by Ella Grace!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MIDNIGHT SECRETS by Ella Grace, a thrilling new romantic suspense novel. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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Gladie Burger tells R@R about matchmaking, murder and melting romance!
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.
Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis
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Check out Fiction Vixen’s review here:
This book had me laughing. In bed, alone, hubby out-of-town, and I was sitting in my room reading An Affair to Dismember cracking up. My kids think I’m even weirder now than they did before… Anyhoo, An Affair to Dismember has been marketed to fans of Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie, and I would completely agree with that strategy. It reminded me quite a bit of the Stephanie Plum series back when it was really fun to read and before I got so irritated by each book being exactly same that I stopped being interested. It was a quick, easy read full of laugh out loud moments that had me smiling until I read the last page. Then I read the preview for book two and was still smiling. Click here for more!
Review – Shadow Woman by Linda Howard + Giveaway
About the book:
From perennial New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill.
Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return. Read more
The Romantic Thriller Series: Pros and Cons By Allison Brennan and Giveaway!
I’ve always read mysteries, and one thing I noticed about my reading habits was that I gravitated to mysteries where there was a continuing love story—starting with Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson. When Nora Roberts JD Robb series gave us Eve Dallas and Roarke, I was in heaven … I love the suspense, and I love the continuing relationship between these two strong characters. The conflict between them is believable, but we also see how their love and support endures over time, becoming stronger.
I love NCIS, and enjoy the chemistry between Tony and Ziva even though their relationship isn’t a primary storyline. I’m dying to find out what’s going to happen with Nick and Juliette on GRIMM now that she can’t remember him and is obsessed with the Captain. In the meantime, I can enjoy the cute relationship between Monroe and Rosalie! Much needed with all the bad Wesen running around needing slaying … it really doesn’t matter what the show, I enjoy it more if there’s a relationship that I can follow …. Even if it isn’t the primary focus of the series. Because it’s a rare show that can perfectly blend romance and suspense. Read more
Guest Post: Why I write Romance by J.T. Geissinger
Hello, my name is J.T. Geissinger, and I am addicted to romance.
Writing romance, reading romance, enjoying romance in movies and music and art—I find it all endlessly fascinating and emotionally fulfilling. What I don’t find particularly fulfilling are the reactions I often get from well-meaning friends and acquaintances, who often wonder aloud why I—a well-educated, seemingly intelligent adult—would choose to waste my time writing such…fluff.
Simply put, I love love, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
We live in a violent, fast-paced, unpredictable world. If I wanted to read about explosions, espionage, murder, car chases, fighting and gunplay, all I’d have to do is open a newspaper. “But it’s not realistic,” my husband argues as I’m extolling the virtues of some new romance book I’ve fallen in love with. “None of that stuff happens in real life!” Read more
Guest Post: Dare To Be Tempted by Virna DePaul
Temptation (noun): A desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise; i.e., “we gave in to temptation.”
My newest release, Shades Of Temptation, Book 2 in the Special Investigations Group series, has me contemplating the nature of temptation. What makes us long for the things we cannot have or, more accurately, crave things we shouldn’t want? After all, giving in to temptation usually comes hand-in-hand with paying some kind of price, whether it’s to our waistline, pocketbook, self-worth, or moral conscience. Why aren’t the repercussion enough to curb our longing for carbs or bad boys or overpriced shoes or bad boys or margaritas or bad boys…? Read more
Guest Trailer – Run the Risk by Lori Foster – Amazing! + Giveaway!
What happened to my sister? – this story will move you.
“A storytelling triumph about the meaning of family — ultimately a wondrously uplifting tale of hope and redemption starring a main character who is quite simply unforgettable.” – Bookreporter.com
This stand-alone, follow-up to Me & Emma is a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans not only of Me & Emma but also Ellen Foster and The Lovely Bones. Read more
Joyce Lamb reviews Nora Roberts, THE WITNESS
Genre: Romantic suspense
I don’t have much time to read these days, but I do have time to listen to audio books in the car. Recently, I took a long road trip from Washington, D.C., to Chicago and had lots of time to listen. So I chose Nora Roberts’ 200th published novel, The Witness. (I say 200th published novel, because you just know she’s written at least 40 after The Witness that haven’t been published yet.) Read more
PREY now in paperback! By Linda Howard
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Thirty-two-year-old Angie Powell has always spoken her mind, but in the presence of Dare Callahan she nurses a simmering rage. Three years ago, Dare returned home to rural Montana and opened a hunting business to rival Angie’s own, forcing her to close up shop. The infuriatingly attractive Iraq war vet even had the nerve to ask Angie out, not once but twice. Before Angie leaves town, she organizes one last trip into the wilderness with a client. But the adrenaline-fueled adventure turns deadly when Angie witnesses a cold-blooded murder and finds herself on the wrong side of a gun. Then a bear comes crashing through the woods—changing the dark game completely. Luckily, Dare is camping nearby and comes to her aid. Forced together for survival, Angie and Dare must confront hard feelings, a blinding storm, and a growing attraction—while a desperate killer and a ferocious five-hundred-pound beast stalk their prey.
Guest Post: We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time + Giveaway!
As last month’s column ended with a debut male author’s military fantasy, it’s fitting that the focus of this month’s column is a powerhouse female author who writes romantic thrillers with military heroes…and her very first foray into the world of paranormal romance. Suzanne Brockmann’s ‘Born to Darkness’ is a brilliant book which centers around three different couples. As luck would have it, Brockmann has managed to write a textbook on this month’s subject, as four of the characters in these couples are prime examples of the best ways to write strong male characters.
We start with the scientist behind the story, the genius with that bit of strength that wants to get let out. He does not have the abilities that the rest of the characters do, but what he does have is heart. And intelligence. And strength when it counts. In Brockmann’s book, this role belongs to Dr. Eliott Zerkowski. This particular type of mental strength and intelligence can also be seen in Catullus Graves, the hero of Zoe Archer’s ‘Stranger’. Yet another factor that unites these two amazing characters is that both of them win their loves despite so many obstacles standing in their way.
Then there is the tortured hero with more secrets than he can really handle. He is strong, quiet, commanding when necessary, and must learn the hard way that his love is stronger than he thinks. In Brockmann’s book, this delicious and heartbreaking role belongs to Dr. Joseph Bach. I only hope that it takes him much less in the torture department to win his love than ‘Mean’ Joe Green in Cindy Gerard’s ‘Last Man Standing’. And I desperately hope that neither he nor his heroine must face the kind of torture that Taylor Jones and his love in Shiloh Walker’s ‘The Departed’ do.
Third on our list is the wounded man who is ready to make a difference despite what he sees as the trouble in his past. He is strong despite what he thinks of himself. In Born to Darkness, this role belongs to Shane McLaughlin, the central male character of the book. This lovely combination of physical strength and an unbreakable spirit also belongs to Jonah Walker in Jessa Slade’s ‘Vowed in Shadows.’ You can also see it in Zach Angelino, the hero of Roxanne St Claire’s Edge of Sight. Though both Jonah and X have physical issues, they do not let them stand in their way, in the same manner as Shane’s views on his dishonorable discharge.
Fourth and finally, there is the powerful man who knows what he wants, and goes after it once he is given the chance, or the cue. Stephen Diaz plays this role in Born to Darkness, and like Lucas Hunter from Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation, he gets who, and what he wants…once they give them the okay.
Four different types of strength. Four different types of characters given shape, form and story by so many brilliant authors. Which is your favorite? Let me know! Until next month, happy reading!
If You Know Her by Shiloh Walker
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A SHADOW IN THE WINDOW
Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. She’s returned to Ash, Kentucky, with a vengeance—and with a mission: find the killer who brutally ended her cousin’s life. What she didn’t count on was trembling with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when her sister’s killer still roams free?
She may think she’s a bad ass, but she should not have come back to his town. He is watching her—as she slips into Law Reilly’s house, as she storms into the sheriff’s office. These men won’t be able to protect her when her time comes. Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever. She’s nosing around the woods, looking for his hiding place. Yes, he is watching her . . . through the window . . . in her bed . . .
If she’s not scared, she should be . . . because he is very good at what he does.
Shiloh Walker is the bestselling author of If You Hear Her, If You See Her,Chains, Fragile, and The Missing. She loves reading and writing anything fantasy and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full-time and lives with her family in the Midwest.
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future trends in romance? + Giveaway!
Steampunk was kind of a flash in the pan last year – some authors in the romance genre have written stories & have done well, and others . . . well, have crashed and burned.
Trends — they are around us – everywhere! Trends in clothes, food, cosmetics – even nail polish colors !!!
Believe it or not, trends in romance start with you – the reader – really? You betcha! Publishing guru’s around the world watch what you are reading, buying & your reaction to those stories.
Right now, readers are buying lots of Contemporary — oh yea, that is what the market shows! Robyn Carr, Linda Lael Miller & Mariah Stewart are some of authors that you may have read in this sub-genre.
Historical regency’s are still a favorite (Georgian period too); Paranormal is alive and well & even though we say we are tired of vampires we are still buying them ????
Time travel romances are apparently more niche, as is Futuristic. Suspense romances have their ups and downs.
Military romances, seem to be on the uptick, and Sports — oh my . . . or is just because of the covers?
So, what makes you read what you do — we’re talking genre here, FOR EXAMPLE: why is the straight contemporary story so hot & the time travel contemporary so not? What do you think?
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Demon Lover, FREE Excerpt! WINNERS announced! Congrats 2 all!
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Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
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Future Perfect by Suzanne Brockmann
Now back in print after many years, a captivating story of sweet seduction and unexpected love from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann
Dressed in Victorian attire, Juliana Anderson gives guests at her cozy New England bed and breakfast a taste of old-fashioned hospitality. Whether she’s cooking up delights in her kitchen or maintaining the rooms in her beautifully decorated inn, Juliana stays busy and content. Until Webster Donovan arrives—tall, rugged, and sexy beyond belief.
The lean, dark-haired author has a bad case of writer’s block and he’s planned a six-week stay to cure it. But this beautiful woman is proving even more distracting to the cause. For prim, polite Juliana has a wild side: She rides a Harley and hides a troubled past. The moment Webster watches her take off her motorcycle helmet and shake loose those long, flame-colored curls, he finds his muse—and loses his heart. But can romance with a woman afraid to trust in love last longer than a moment in time?
If I Should Die by Allison Brennan
A TRIP TO THE DARK SIDE
Aspiring FBI agent Lucy Kincaid and her P.I. boyfriend, Sean Rogan, are heading to the Adirondack Mountains for a pleasant romantic getaway when they detour to help troubled friends, owners of a new resort who are battling malicious vandals. After Lucy and Sean pursue an arsonist into an abandoned mine shaft, Lucy stumbles upon an even more heinous crime—and the perfectly preserved remains of its victim.
The only thing more disturbing than the discovery of the corpse is its sudden disappearance. While the local police remain skeptical, Lucy is dead certain that there’s a connection between the sabotage at the resort and the murder—one that the less-than-neighborly citizens of Spruce Lake seem to have a stake in keeping hidden. Then, when a cold-blooded sniper targets Sean and Lucy, FBI agent Noah Armstrong enters the fray to ensure that more bodies don’t hit the ground. Now three outsiders race to untangle a violent conspiracy before they end up like the rest of Spruce Lake’s secrets: dead and buried.
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 Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk—and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.
ON SALE TODAY! Night Moves by Stephanie Tyler
Anything can happen under the cover of darkness.
Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive.
Teddie knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other—and simply surrender.
People always ask me why romantic suspense? by Dee Davis + Giveaway!
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 to make sure it was so.
And secondly, I adore suspense. When I was a little kid on certain summer nights, my mom would tell my brother and I to get our pajamas on right after dinner. But we didn’t protest because we knew what was coming next. We were going to the drive-in movie theatre. Now the rule was that we were allowed to watch the first feature but during the second we were supposed to go to sleep. I never did. I stayed awake and marveled at the smooth precision of Sean Connery’s Bond as well as the subterfuge and stealth of Gregory Peck and David Niven in the Guns of Naverone.
Then when I was in high school, my mom introduced me to one of her favorite authors. Mary Stewart. Absolute heaven—both romance and suspense. The Moon-Spinners. My Brother Michael, Airs Above the Ground. I quickly devoured all her books, along with Phyllis Whitney’s and Victoria Holt’s. Of course I was still reading Robert Ludlum, Alistair McLean, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton and other suspense writers, but I always wanted them to include more romance.
When I graduated from college, I took the entrance exam for the foreign service and interviewed with the CIA. Ultimately, we agreed that it wasn’t going to work. I talk too much. But it didn’t curb my interest in all things spy-oriented. And so it wasn’t really a surprise that when I started writing books I turned to romantic suspense. It was what I was raised with in a literary sense.
From my first romantic suspense novel, After Twilight, to my nineteenth, Deep Disclosure (the latest in my A-Tac series), my characters have battled not only seemingly insurmountable antagonists, but often their internal fears as well—ultimately conquering both to win the day.
Bottom line, romantic suspense is where my passion lies. There is something magical to me about twists and turns and run-for-your-life danger combined with a couple realizing that together they are stronger than when they are apart.
Oh, and I get my happily ever after, too!
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When do you give your heart to a character? by Mary Burton
When do you give your heart to a character?
At what point do you realize that you are all-in and no matter what, you will see that character to the end of the book? Is your moment a glance, a noble act, a kind word, or a touch? For all of us the moment is different but we all reach a point when we bond with characters and start rooting for them.
As a writer I’m also searching for that same moment when I write. When I write the first draft my characters are a little two-dimensional for me. Keep in mind that I’ve already done character sketches. I’ve made collages. I’ve plotted. But in most cases I am dealing with strangers. However, I have learned over the years not to panic at this stage, but to keep plowing through my rough draft, trusting that my characters will show their true selves when faced with a few good plot hurdles. Throw a little crisis their way. Turn up the sexual tension. Or send a killer after them. These are the kind of tests that reveal character.
In my next romantic suspense BEFORE SHE DIES (Zebra, February 2012) my character Charlotte Wellington was one of those characters that would just not come to life. She’s secretive and very reserved by nature and she just didn’t seem willing to talk to me. I knew she had a big secret but during the plotting stage I just couldn’t get her to tell me what it was. Drove me nuts. After all how could I create the right moments if I didn’t know her secrets? Finally, frustrated with her silence I just started writing. I must have been four hundred pages into the rough draft before Charlotte finally leaned forward and whispered to me her real secret. The instant I heard it, I sat up straight and scooted to the edge of my seat.
That was the moment my heart went out to Charlotte.
Of course, I can’t expect my readers to wait four hundred pages for the moment. It’s my job, once I’ve discovered the deepest, darkest driving force in my character to find ways to create reader moments from page one. So armed with Charlotte’s secret, I was able to rewrite BEFORE SHE DIES and interject the emotions and layers needed to bring her to life. Dialogue tags, descriptions and actions went from generic to multi-dimensional. I created moments that brought her to life.
So what characters have you loved the most and when was moment that hooked you to them and their story?
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