Showing posts from July, 2008

More from the conference....

Last night's booksigning was huge. Lots of authors and even more people there for the signing. Honestly, I didn't get to everyone I wanted to. Not enough time and it got hot in there. All those bodies.... Let's see....I stopped and spoke with Carly Phillips, Leslie Kelly, Toni Blake, Linnea Sinclair, Kate Douglas, Bonnie Edwards....and more than I can recall at the moment. It was fun and exhilerating. Afterwards, went to Sherrilyn Kenyon's launch party for Acheron. The place was rocking. There were even a couple of cover models there for us to take pictures and drool over. Afterwards, I went to another party and closed it down well after 11pm. Thursday morning... Got up this AM early to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love Snell for breakfast. My friend Mo won a meal for 6 in Brenda Novak's auction and this was it. We had fun with Sherrilyn and Dianna and it was a great start to the day. Then onto RWA stuff, including the luncheon with Victoria Alexander as key

A Perfect 10: THE FALL OF ROME by Beth Ciotta

THE FALL OF ROME - Beth Ciotta Wild West Romance Series, Book 3 A Perfect 10 Medallion Press, Inc. - Medallion Press ISBN-13: 978-1-933-83604-1 July 2008 Historical Romance Casa Bend, Phoenix and other locations in Arizona Territory - 1878 Former Wells Fargo Detective Rome Garrett has killed a man. Now, he's sitting in a jail cell promising the Lord that he'll change his ways. His brother, Boston, isn't much help. Even though Boston was right there in the middle of the fight with him in the Tarantula Saloon, he's free to leave while Rome is still stuck in jail. But Boston can't help shooting a few wisecracks at Rome's ego before he walks out, leaving his brother stewing in anger and still making promises to the Almighty. Former card shark turned saloon owner Jane Murdock, aka, Katrina Simmons, is at a crossroad. In order to protect her only living relative, her five-year-old niece Frankie, Kat changed her name six years ago and became just plain Jane, a di

Hello from San Francisco!

Arrived Monday evening at the hotel after spending the afternoon in Airports. Other than them changing my gate in Seattle, it was uneventful flying. Caught up with a friend and we rode a taxi to the hotel and from then on it's been hectic. Met Jennifer Y again. Many of you know her from Jennifer's Random Musings. She is a sweetheart in real life just she is online. We ordered in Chinese food and ate here at the hotel. What can a I was delicious! A bunch of us stayed up late and chatted. The hotel is fabulous. There is also another conference in the area (Not at the hotel) so a lot of people around. The room has a view of other buildings, but oh, often is one in their room?? Tuesday we did a five hour tour of San Francisco and it was great. Our driver was knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this tour agency. Met another blogger for the first time...Katiebabs. She is a hoot and funny and very energetic. Had lots of fun talking to her. Btw,

A Perfect 10: THE MYLARI CHRONICLES by C.J. England

EYES OF FIRE - C.J. England The Mylari Chronicles , Book 1 A Perfect 10 Samhain Publishing ISBN: 1-59998-932-8 May 2008 Romantic Fantasy Oregon, Calen’taur - ¬Present Day Talia has come home after two years of college to tell her parents she wants to travel in Europe. Instead of gaining their blessing, she bitterly argues with them and plans to leave the next morning. Instead, Talia is kidnapped by hideous creatures and dropped straight into an alternate world that could have existed in one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels. Fortunately for Talia, Calion Sáralondë, Prince of the Calen’taur Elves, was on patrol when her disgustingly ugly and smelly captors, the Orcs, brought her into his world. He rescues her from certain rape. Calion is taken with the beautiful human from the first moment he sees her tied and staked in the Orcan castle. Sparks fly and passion literally flames in their eyes as the elf prince and Talia fight a forbidden love. While they are escaping the monsters, they ov


QUEEN OF BABBLE GETS HITCHED - Meg Cabot Queen of Babble, Book 3 A Perfect 10 William Morrow (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0-06-085202-3 July 2008 Chick Lit New York City, New York - Present Day Wedding gown restorer Lizzie Nichols is thrilled to finally be engaged to Luke de Villiers. When they broke up a month ago (he wasn’t sure he saw her in his future), Lizzie was devastated. It seems that her prince, if the French still recognized their aristocracy, has realized just what he lost. Now if she can just get Chaz Pendergast out of her bed before Luke comes back, Lizzie can have her happy ending. While nothing happened between them the night before, except for a really nice make-out session, Lizzie definitely does not want Luke to know about it. Chaz isn’t thrilled to find out that Lizzie is getting back together with his best friend. He tells Lizzie that not only can’t Luke commit to anything, but that he is the wrong man for her. But she is sure that Luke is the man for her, after all s

New Giveaway and off to the RWA Conference!

I'm heading out tomorrow to fly to San Francisco for the RWA National Conference. I hope to blog from there with a few tidbits of what's going on. Meanwhile, I'm leaving you with a book giveaway..... THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR STRUTTING -- anthology by Lisa Cach, Gemma Halliday and Melanie Jackson Read reviews here . Post away and I will draw a winner on August 4th (yes, quite a ways, but I have an excuse....)

Final RITA winner is.......

Poster #2... danetteb!!! Congratulations! Pick either your choice from this list , or a gc. Email me at with your choice. This is the end of the RITA contests and check back after the RITA awards and I'll post the real winners!

Post #500 and the Harlequin Presents winner is........

Yes, this is the number 500 of blog posts! Wow, seems like yesterday I started the blog. Here's hoping there's another 500 posts! But, without further ado...the winner of the Miranda Lee book is..... ACDAISY!!!! Congrats, and email me at

A Perfect 10- DIE SLOWLY FOR ME by T.L. Gray

DIE SLOWLY FOR ME – T.L. Gray A Perfect 10 Cerridwen Press ISBN: 978-1-41991-536-9 June 2008 Romantic Suspense Fort Bragg, California – Present Day Marshall Eastwood is a sharpshooter with the Delta Force, and he’s one of the best. Every mission is a battle for him to fight the demon within that simply wants to open fire on vicious enemies and kill them -- but so far, he’s fought the demon and not become judge, jury, and executioner. However, that may all change when his control is tested off the battlefield, and he finds himself fighting the urge to kill those who threaten the woman he’s falling for. Nikki Jones is the first woman to become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the Delta Force and to fly the team in and out of dangerous situations. Having a woman on the team doesn’t sit well with most of the team members, but the brass on high is calling the shots, and Nikki is their poster girl. Nikki has worked hard to get where she is, and she isn’t going to let any of the men inti

Do you read.....

.....Harlequin Presents? I do pick them up on occasion to read. I have several on my to be read pile. I consider them my trashy comfort reads. Why, do you ask? Because I am one of those who bemoan the uber alpha male and the heroine who just lets him basically walk all over her. I prefer heroines with a little bit more oomph in how they interact with the hero. Harlequin Presents are the ultimate Alpha Male heroes but also provide for some sizzling love scenes. Some of my favorite early authors were Carole Mortimer and Penny Jordan and Violet Winspear. But....even I have to admit Harlequin Presents has changed. Authors like Lucy Monroe and Miranda Lee have helped pave the way. I read the very first Harlequin Presents that came out. Gosh...a long time ago! Greeks, Italians and Sheiks...oh my! My question for you is--Do you have your trashy comfort read that you pick up? Tell us about it and I'll put your name in a drawing for guessed it...a Harlequin Presents. Winner

Spotlight Review - RESCUE ME

RESCUE ME – Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, Cindy Gerard St. Martin's Press ISBN: 978-0-312-94842-5 July 2008 Contemporary Romance Anthology Lose yourself in these three stories in which alpha males protect their women as they are on the run from those who wish them dead… Tropical Heat by Cherry Adair Congo Basin, Central Africa – Present Day Doctor Elizabeth Goodall has been mistaken for another doctor. The terrorist, Tau Thadiwe, kidnapped her in order to do reconstructive surgery on his face. She knows if she tells the crazed Thadiwe that he has the wrong doctor, he will kill her. She goes along with him, praying that she will be saved. Elizabeth does have a savior by the name of Sam Pelton, a tactical instructor who specializes in training special ops in weaponry. Seth has come halfway around the world to save Beth because he is in love with her. Beth is scared to death, but when she sees Sam has come to her rescue, her fear turns to relief. Soon these two are on the run through

Gift Card winner is.....

First off, I want to apologize for not picking this last night. For some reason I thought it was tonight. But, without further ado, the winner is............. Nascarandbeans!!!!! Please email me ( ) with your name and what email address you want the amazon gift card sent to.

RITA Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

This is the last week the RITA Contest will be run here at the RRT Blog. The real winners will be announced August 2nd in San Francisco, California. Remember the rules by clicking here . Post who you think should/will win and next Sunday night I'll pick a winner! Good luck! A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith BelleBooks - (978-0-9768760-7-6) Debra Dixon, editor High Noon by Nora Roberts Penguin Group USA, Putnam - (978-0-399-15434-8) Leslie Gelbman, editor Learning to Breathe by Karen White Penguin Group USA, NAL Accent - (978-0-451-22034-9) Cindy Hwang, editor Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter Grand Central Publishing, 5 Spot - (0446699233) Karen Kosztolnyik, editor See No Evil by Allison Brennan Ballantine - (9780345495037) Charlotte Herscher, editor Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA - (978-0-7783-2410-2) Valerie Gray, editor Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas St. Martin's Press - (0-312-35162-3) Jennifer Enderlin, editor Thief With No Shadow by Emil

This week's RITA winner is.....

Congratulations to Jennifer Y ! She was picked by random number org. Jennifer, let me know what you want. One of these books ( click here ) or a $5 gc.

Guest Blogger: Jessica Inclan

Hi, All! It is a pleasure to be here with you blogging and thinking and sharing ideas. I blog regularly at , but it is a pleasure and privilege to be here. Because I am just starting a new romance this week (my last was Being with Him), I have been thinking about romance novels and why we love them so much. I think the main reason is because romance catches us at the beginning of a love story, at the place that is beautiful and perfect and amazing. That’s where I want to work toward in all my stories, though I know some romances go further into a marriage, further into the story. And, sometimes, the lovers part ways. But mostly, we are at that beginning. That joy. That excitement. It’s what we want to have ourselves—and we likely have at some point in our lives and we want to relive it. Who wouldn’t? What comes next in the true story of our lives isn’t often in a romance novel, but it is what can happen. The marriage and then, maybe, the div

RRTErotic - Issue 22, Volume 2 – July 15, 2008

In this issue, we have 12 new reviews and 3 new nibbles for your enjoyment. ( Quick List of new reviews) Enter the July Contest for your chance to win! Drawing will be held July 30, 2008. Thanks for visiting RRTErotic! Terrie Figueroa Owner/Webmistress Romance Reviews Today RRTErotic Single Titles (101 plus pages) Contemporary Reviews A PERFECT MATCH - Shelley Bradley - Allegra ITALIAN STALLIONS - Karen Tabke & Jami Alden - Lori - Double Book TWISTED STEEL AND SEX APPEAL - M.A. Ellis - Hot and Henderson, Book 4 - Kate Historical ReviewsGENESIS IN BLOOM - Sophie del Mar - Kate - Historical RomanceSINS OF THE KNIGHT - Dawn Halliday - Torrid Tarot: Knight of Cups - Maggie Short Stories (51 to 100 pages) Contemporary Reviews ICING ON THE CAKE - Moira McTark - Jennifer - UNBREAKABLE - Amarinda Jones - Oh Yum! series - Jennifer Paranormal Reviews HERE KITTY KITTY - Cat Marsters - Sundown Investigations, Book 4 - Phillipa IDENTITY - Emm

Another Contest....

Okay, here's the deal: Close your eyes. Dream. Think..... You've just been given a chance to attend the 2008 Romance Writer's of America Literacy Autograph signing on July 30th. Here's the link to the list of authors: Here's your job. You can only visit ten authors. Which ten authors would you see at the signing and why? Yes, you're going to have to work for this, but there's a prize attached. A $10.00 Amazon egiftcard. Open to everyone, including international. One person will win. Contest ends Sunday night.....

The winner of What Matters Most is.....

Poster #2 - CRYSTALGB!! Congrats and email me at with your mailing info.

Spotlight Review: HEATED RUSH by Leslie Kelly

HEATED RUSH – Leslie Kelly The Wrong Bed Series Harlequin Blaze #402 ISBN (13) 978-0-373-79406-5 ISBN (10) 0-373-79406-1 July 2008 Contemporary Series Romance Chicago, Illinois ~ Present Day Annie Davis is desperate. After telling her family she’s met a nice guy, it turns out he’s married! Now she needs a date for her parent’s big anniversary party that’s coming up. Pushed into finding her “date” at a charity bachelor auction, Annie can barely take her eyes off Bachelor #20. He’s handsome. Check. He’s got a cute brogue. Check. He’s an EMT. Check. She just broke her bank account “buying” him. Check. However, there’s one little problem that Annie doesn’t yet know about Bachelor #20. The bios of him and another man got switched, and her date is not who she thinks he is. Turns out her hot bachelor, Sean Murphy, gets paid to escort rich women to functions, plus provides a little bit more special servicing… Sean is intrigued by sweet daycare owner Annie and isn’t sure how she’ll react

Spotlight Review: BLUSH by Opal Carew

BLUSH – Opal Carew St. Martin's Griffin ISBN-13: 978-0-312-36779-4 July 2008 Erotic Contemporary Romance Mid Atlantic State – Present day For a beautiful woman living with the man she loves, Hanna should be happy. But Hanna has two problems, one is she has never reached an orgasm; and her boyfriend Grey, won't say he loves her. After living together for a year, she finally told Grey that she loved him, but he never replied. It's been two months since Hanna decided they should break up, and he has moved to New York. Before he moved out, Grey signed them both up for a class at the university called "Kama Sutra for the Beginner." Hanna is too embarrassed to take the class by herself, even though she is determined that by hook or by crook she wants an orgasm, she needs an orgasm, and feels she deserves one. Let's join Hanna on her quest to find sexual fulfillment. J.M. is the teacher of the Kama Sutra class and, as a master of tantric sex, he’s able to hold o

RITA contest: Best Inspirational Romance

2008 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists: A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired - (978-0-373-87426-2) Allison Lyons, editor Autumn Blue by Karen Harter Center Street - (1-931722-61-7) Christina Boys, editor Pursuit of Justice by Pamela Tracy Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense - (978 0 373 44236) Krista Stroever, editor Rainbow's End by Irene Hannon Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired - (0-373-87415-4) Melissa Endlich, editor Ransomed Dreams by Amy Wallace Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah - (9781590527474) Julee Schwarzburg, editor Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah - (1590529286) Julee Schwarzburg, editor Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren Tyndale House Publishers, - (1414310188) Karen Watson, editor When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah - (9781400072934) Shannon Hill, editor

This weeks winner is.....

Looks like it's a tie between Nina Bruhns and Kristin Hardy for Best Series Contemporary Romance. As for the reader/poster winner....that goes to...... JANE! Jane, congratualations and email me at . Let me know if you want a book off this list or a $5 gc.

Throwing you all for a loop.....

Hi all, it's Saturday, the sun is shining and I'm thinking about what to pack for the RWA conference the end of July. I'm taking my camera and hoping I can upload pics while there, or at least blog a little about the conference. For a bit of a surprise here, I'm putting up WHAT MATTERS MOST by Luanne Rice as a book giveaway. You can read more about it here. What are your summer vacation plans this year? Post away and let us know and you'll be entered into the contest to win WHAT MATTERS MOST. I'll pick a winner Tuesday night. Good luck!

The Jasmine Haynes winner is.........

Congratulations to kimmy1 (not to be confused with anonymous, who I know was the other kimmy) kimmy1....please email me at with your snail mail info to Jasmine! A big thank you to Jasmine for her very nice visit! Don't forget to pick up Show and Tell in your nearest bookstore today.

Guest Blogger: What Makes a Hero Hot? by Jasmine Haynes

Thanks so much for having me as your guest. I’m excited to have Berkley releasing Show and Tell this month, the second book in a trilogy that began with The Fortune Hunter , winner of the Holt Medallion for erotic romance. To celebrate the release of Show and Tell this month, I will be doing a drawing from amongst the people who comment on today’s blog for an autographed copy of The Fortune Hunter . So be sure to comment! Here’s a little tidbit about Show and Tell to whet your appetite. All her life Trinity Green has been a pleaser, first her mom and dad, then her husband. When she walks in on her husband with another woman, she realizes that trying to be the perfect wife with never a hair out of place or a smudge of makeup beneath her eyes was all for nothing. Now she's going to indulge herself, with good food, delicious wine, and hot sex. Then she meets the perfect man under the oddest of circumstances. Okay, in Show and Tell , Scott Sinclair is my hero, so I think he’s tot

A Perfect 10: INTO THE SHADOW by Christina Dodd

INTO THE SHADOW - Christina Dodd Darkness Chosen , Book 3 A Perfect 10 Signet ISBN: 978-451-22451-4 July 2008 Paranormal Romance The Himalayan Mountains on the Nepal-Tibetan Border, the Present Motherless since five, Karen Sonnet was raised by her father to be tough, to be a survivor. It looks as though she'll need all her skills to fulfill her assignment as project manager on this latest addition to Jackson Sonnet's international chain of adventure hotels. This job has more than its share of problems; its superstitious construction crew believes the location is unlucky, even evil. The one bright spot of the job is the nightly visit of her mysterious lover. A millennium ago, a sadistic warrior named Konstantine Varinski made a deal with the devil so that he and all his descendants could change at will into fierce, predatory animals and birds. The cost? Their immortal souls, of course. What other coin does the devil deal in? Since the bargain was struck, the Varinskis have

ACCIDENTALLY DEAD winner is.........

.......poster #6 -- Becky!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! Becky, email me with your snail mail info to

RRTErotic - Issue 22, Volume 1 – July 5, 2008

In this issue, we have 21 new reviews and 2 new nibbles for your enjoyment. ( Quick List of new reviews) Enter the July Contest for your chance to win! Drawing will be held July 30, 2008. Thanks for visiting RRTErotic! Terrie Figueroa Owner/Webmistress Romance Reviews Today RRTErotic Single Titles (101 plus pages) Anthology ReviewsSECRETS Volume 24 - Alexa Aames/ Mira Varano/ Rae Monet/ Natasha Moore - Phillipa - Mixed Genre Contemporary Reviews BLACK ORCHID - Roxanne Carr - Phillipa - Contemporary Romance BLUSH - Opal Carew - CeCe - CeCe - Contemporary Romance CHILI HEAT - Carrie Williams - Kate - Contemporary GAME FOR ANYTHING - Bella Andre - Jennifer - Contemporary Romance HARD TO GET - Alyssa Brooks - Holly - Contemporary Romance POINT OF COMBUSTION - Dawn Ryder - Courtney - Contemporary Romance SHOW AND TELL - Jasmine Haynes - Holly - Contemporary Romance UP ALL NIGHT - Delilah Dawson - Holly - Contemporary Romance Fantasy Reviews

RITA contest for Best Contemporary Series Romance!

2008 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance Finalists: Always a Bridesmaid by Kristin Hardy Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition - (0-373-24832-6) Gail Chasan, editor Fall From Grace by Kristi Gold Harlequin Enterprises, Everlasting Love - (0-373-65404-9) Beverley Sotolov, editor Make-Believe Mom by Elaine Grant Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance - (0373714459) Victoria Curran, editor Night Mischief by Nina Bruhns Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Nocturne - (0373617720) Natashya Wilson and Tara Parsons, editor Sleeping Partner by Kelly Hunter Harlequin Enterprises, Sexy Sensation - (978 0 733 58182 3) Joanne Carr, editor Snowbound by Janice Johnson Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance - (0-373-71454-8) Laura Shin, editor The Mile High Club by Heidi Rice Harlequin Enterprises, Mills and Boon Modern Extra - (9780263854008) Bryony Green, editor The Tycoon's Princess Bride by Natasha Oakley Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Presents - (978-0-373

This week's Winner is....

.....Laurie!!!(the last poster) Congrats, Laurie, you get either your choice off this list of historicals, or a amazon or bn $5 giftcard! email me at with your choice!

July Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! For those who celebrate the American Independence day we wish you good friends, good food and good fun! Have a wonderful holiday! NEW RELEASES: Visit our new release page and start your shopping list today! You will note that all books reviewed are now linked on our New Releases page as well as in the current and back issues and on the individual genre pages. All erotic books reviewed can be found on the New Releases page as well – with direct links to the review on our sister site RRTErotic. BLOG: Visit the RRTBlog to see what Patti is up to – and what books she is giving away. If you are not on the RRTChatters loop, you are missing some great conversations – and prizes. CHATS: Join Patti every Friday night in the RRT chat room to chat about this, that and the other. REVIEWS: In this issue, we have 53 new reviews for your reading enjoyment! Adventure THE SHROUD OF HEAVEN - Sean Ellis - Vi Anthology HARD AS NAILS - HelenKay Dimo

Book Giveaway.....ACCIDENTALLY DEAD by Dakota Cassidy!

Here is Dakota's July release and one lucky person can be the one to have this! What July books do you have or plan to buy??? Post away and next Monday night, I'll draw one lucky winner. :) Read an excerpt by clicking here . Good luck!!!!