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Quick Contest for the week....

Hey all, posting another contest for all you Romance Reviews Today blog readers.... However, this one is going to be quick, so if you read this Wednesday....sorry.... What books are you buying for the month of September? Post away your answers (one per person) and I'll pick a winner on Tuesday night (Sept 2nd) for a $10 amazon gift certificate! Good luck and post away!

Book winner is.....

The winner of PRIVATE PLACES is........... Jane #2 poster! Jane, email me at with your mailing info. Congratulations!!! *** Don't forget to join me Friday night beginning at 9:30pm eastern time for our weekly cbat where we discuss books and just about everything else under the sun. A special prize is being given away by the very talented and nice Cara Carnes. One lucky winner will win a copy of Cara's upcoming ebook PRINCE'S FIRE. You can read more about it by visiting Cara's webstie at To find the chat room, go to and click on Chat and then once the java page loads, head into the RRT chat room! By the way, if you don't belong to the RRT Chatters Yahoo loop, what is stopping you? Right now, a copy of Lora Leigh's latest is up for grabs, but you better hurry, because the winner will be chosen Friday night. To join, just click the link below. Click to join RRTChatters

A Perfect 10: PLEASURING THE PIRATE by Emily Bryan

PLEASURING THE PIRATE – Emily Bryan A Perfect 10 Leisure ISBN-10: 0843961333 ISBN-13: 9780843961331 July 2008 Historical Romance Cornwall, England - June 1720 Jacquelyn Wren is the bastard daughter of a much sought after courtesan and is chatelaine of Dragon Caern Castle. When she hears that Gabriel Drake is returning to Dragon Caern, she plots to kill him on his journey home. Jacquelyn has heard rumors of Gabriel’s ruthlessness and is determined to protect the inhabitants of Dragon Caern from the surely abusive wrath of the pirate, Drake the Dragon. Gabriel, who has been thought to be dead by his family, has given up life as Drake the Dragon. He recently received a pardon from King George I for his bravery and looks forward to returning home to Dragon Caern Castle to relax and grow old. His hopes for peace and absolute boredom are annihilated when Jacquelyn makes a clumsy attempt on his life. Gabe’s fascination with Jacquelyn sprouts in their first meeting and continues to grow a

A Perfect 10: KISS OF FURY by Deborah Cooke

KISS OF FURY - Deborah Cooke A Perfect 10 Dragonfire, Book 2 Signet Eclipse ISBN: 978-0-451-22476-7 August 2008 Paranormal Romance Minneapolis, Minnesota - Present Day When scientist Alexandra Madison awakens in the hospital, she is haunted by memories of watching the invention she dedicated her life to completing destroyed by fire, and watching her invention partner, Mark, be brutally tortured and murdered. Suffering from horrific nightmares and refusing to answer any questions surrounding Mark’s death, Alex is slated to be moved to the psych ward. The Green Machine she and Mark invented will literally change the world if she can present a completed prototype to the investor who is willing to start production on it if it is viable. Alex has just days to get to the secret second prototype and make some additional changes to prepare it for the unveiling. But first, she must escape the hospital before they move her. Weak from the injuries she received in the fire, Alex is more than

New Reviews posted!

Romance Reviews Today, Issue 60, Volume 2, August 26, 2008 CONTEST: Prizes for August are: Out of Time by Samantha Graves & Scots on the Rocks by Mary Daheim and After the Kiss by Suzanne Enoch & Magic in His Kiss by Shari Anton. Check on the Contest Page for information on entering the contest. 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 at 9 PM ET to chat about this, that and the other. Join the Schemer ev

New Book Giveaway.....PRIVATE PLACES anthology

First off, if you recently won a book here at the RRT Blog or at the chat on Friday's, the books went out yesterday, so expect them soon in the mail. This week the RRT Blog is giving away one copy of PRIVATE PLACES, a historical erotic romance anthology by authors Robin Schone, Claudia Dain, Allyson James and Shiloh Walker. Here is a brief blurb of the anthology: USA Today bestselling author Robin Schone shares a tale of a man and a woman in a notorious club, who learn how very dangerous desires of the flesh can be. Claudia Dain heats up this collection with the story of two voyeuristic young courtesans who might just take part in a very public seduction at the theatre. Allyson James has a card-playing, cunning widower and a desperate young widow learn that passion is the ultimate wild card. And finally, Shiloh Walker introduces a short story of a woman saved by a shapeshifter. Now, if only she could think of a way to repay him… Rarely does such blush-worthy, heated erotica ex

The Power of Love winner is..........

KH...aka Kimmy! She was poster #5 Please email me at with your mailing info. Congratulations!!!! Don't forget to join me in chat on Friday night at 9:30pm Eastern Time in the Romance Reviews Today chat room .

Rainy Day Reading

Where I live we've had a bunch of rain fall. Doesn't make going outside pleasant and certainly one wants to snuggle up with a good read! That got me to thinking about rainy day books. If I'm looking for a good book to snuggle up with, then certainly a Linda Howard or Lori Foster tops my list. If I want something to make me smile, then Rachel Gibson or Carrie Alexander is what I'm reading. For a good romantic suspense, then Karen Rose fits the bill, while for a paranormal read I love is Sherrilyn Kenyon. Do you have some "rainy day" authors you can't miss who'll brighten an otherwise dreary day?

A Perfect 10: FACELESS by Debra Webb

FACELESS – Debra Webb A Perfect 10 St. Martin's Press ISBN: 0-312-94224-9 August 2008 Romantic Suspense Alabama; Various Locations - Present Day Now that Joseph Stokes has finally been caught, Deputy District Attorney Carson Tanner feels vindicated that his family's killer is put behind bars. What's even better is that Stokes will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security cell in Holman Prison, considered by some to be the worst prison in the state of Alabama. It's been fifteen years since their death as Carson tries to compel Stokes to talk and tell him why he massacred his family in particular. At the end of the discussion, Carson gets a response from Stokes, but it's not quite the answer he wanted to hear. Carson doesn't believe he has all the facts, but his integrity insists that he find the truth at all costs. He is considered the wonder boy of the state and can do no wrong. But one night Carson does make a mistake and ends up regretting a passio

Win a signed copy of THE POWER OF LOVE

Though it has been out a couple of months, I'm offering up a very special book prize this week.... A signed copy of THE POWER OF LOVE. First off, not every author in it have signed it, but it does include such authors as Lori Foster and Janice Maynard's signatures. Simple contest. Post away (one entry per person) and I'll draw a winner on Thursday night. :)

What would you like to win?

On the left side of this post you will see a poll. The Romance Reviews Today blog is going to have another anniversary coming in October and I'm curious as to what the readers of this blog would like to win. Books? Gift Certificates from places like Amazon? Combination of both? Other prizes? Tell me what you want and also vote in the poll!

Book Winner is..

The winner of No One Heard Her Scream is ............ Nascarandbeans!! Congrats and email me at


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A Newbie does the RWA Conference in San Francisco

The 2008 Romance Writers’ Conference in San Francisco, CA was the first time I would be attending a writers’ conference. I was nervous and scared as a “newbie” and truly did not know what to expect. There were authors and some on-line friends I have communicated with, but what if they met me and decided to run away and I would be left alone with no one to talk to? I had joked that I was going to find one of the hotel plants to hide behind, peeking out as everyone had fun. I raised my concerns to various friends and family members and they laughed at me, thinking my fears were ridiculous. And how right they were. If you are an aspiring author or have the writing bug and want to network and meet some amazing people, I recommend a conference like RWA. It is the perfect way to learn so much about the publishing industry in general. The four days are very intense with so many workshops, and other events at your disposal. You think you will have a moment to relax? Go to the beach instead.

Book giveaway...NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM by Jordan Dane

Here is another book giveaway..... NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM by Jordan Dane. It's a romantic suspense and you can read RRT's review of it here. Question for the week -- what is the scariest book you ever read? I will pick a winner on Friday night!

A Perfect 10: JUST FOR HER by Katherine O'Neal

JUST FOR HER - Katherine O'Neal A Perfect 10 Brava ISBN-10: 0-7582-1062-0 ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-1062-3 July 2008 Historical Romantic Suspense Cap Ferrat, the French Riviera, France - 1926 Archduchess Maria Teresa Louisa Juliana von Habsburg, former royal princess of the Habsburg Austrian Dynasty, is now known only as Jules DeRohan, wife of British industrialist Dominic DeRohan. Tonight, in the darkest hour, Jules waits in her bedroom for the infamous cat burglar known as The Panther. The man’s stealth and skill robbing only the wealthiest villas on the southern coast of France are legendary and the talk of the town. Why, he took the ring right off the hand of Lady Weston as she slept! Thinking he can help her, Jules has set a trap, and The Panther does not disappoint. He sneaks into her bedroom intent on stealing the jewels he believes are behind the steel doors of her wall safe. But the safe is empty, and before he gets a chance to search further, Jules confronts him clad only in

The winner of Sins of Summer is....

Congratulations to Caffey!!! Please email me at with your mailing info.

Chat tonight

Thought I would post that tonight is chat night again. Come chat with Patti and everyone about the conference.... You can enter the chat room by clicking here and then clicking on RRT Chat. box of books just arrived from San Francisco.......

A Perfect 10: SHADES OF DARK by Linnea Sinclair

SHADES OF DARK – Linnea Sinclair A Perfect 10 Bantam ISBN: 978-0-55358-965-8 August 2008 Science Fiction Romance Boru Karn Spaceship and Outer Space – the Future Fugitives in space! That is what has become of Chasidah "Chaz"' Bergren, a former captain of the Sixth Fleet along with outlaw Gabriel Ross "Sully" Sullivan and their ragtag intergalactic crew. Chaz and Sully are lovers on the run from Hayden Burke, who happens to be Sully's cousin, and Darius Tage. These two have secretly re-created mutant beasts called Jukors that were originally used by the Empire and are now considered to be too dangerous, even in battle. Chaz and Sully are searching for Burke's illegal lab where these beasts are being created. If they aren't able to stop Burke, he could take over the entire galaxy. If things aren't bad enough, Sully himself places everyone in danger because of what he is. Sully is a rare human breed called a Kyi-Ragkiril who has secret telepat

Sizzling Summer Reading...and a giveaway!!!

I saw this book today on Amazon and it looked hot ...and good! Since I only have a ton of books on my tbr pile, I thought I'd purchase it anyway and give it away on the blog. Without further adieu.... Sins of Summer: A Midsummer's Night Steam by Annmarie McKenna, MacKenzie McKade, Marie Harte and Dawn Halliday. Read the blurb here from Annmarie's website . Are you interested? If so, tell us what book is the best you have read this summer so far. On Sunday night I'll pull a winner out of the hat and announce it. Good luck!

RRTErotic - Issue 23, Volume 1 – August 5, 2008

In this issue, we have 17 new reviews and 5 new nibbles for your enjoyment. ( Quick List of new reviews) The winner of Jodi Lynn Copeland’s HANDYMAN is Tameka!The winner of the Samhain Publishing drawing is Linda!Congratulations to the winners of the July Drawing! The Print book for the August drawing is : JUST FOR HER by Katherine O’Neal.We will also be drawing one name for the Samhain Publishing Contest.Just click on the Contact page for information on entering the random drawing! In this issue we have 16 new reviews and 5 nibbles for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Single Titles (101 plus pages) Contemporary ReviewsI NEVER - Lena Matthews - Naughty Games, Book 2 - Jennifer SWEET AND SINFUL - Jodi Lynn Copeland - Kate - Double Book Futuristic ReviewsCHARLIE'S BARGAIN - Evangeline Anderson - Lori REMEMBER ME - Trista Ann Michaels - Entwined Fates, Book 4 - Jennifer Historical ReviewsICON - Louisa Trent - Allegra Paranormal ReviewsAMETHYST EYES - Melinda Barron - Ariel IN A

Book Winner is....

The winner of the book THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR STRUTTING is..... Readingissomuchfun!!!! Congrats and please email me at with your snail mail address.

Reflections on the Conference - My Top Ten list

The top ten things I learned from the RWA Conference in San Francisco: 1. Forget the workshops. Order the CD's. The rooms were always filled up and I could only get into a very small handful of the workshops. Luckily there are CD's of the workshops coming out soon. 2. Gets lots of rest because you will always be tired. 3. Remember to buy souvenirs. I finally bought one from SF in the Oakland airport as I was leaving. 4. Don't forget to plan what you want to do around standing in line and waiting for elevators. The Marriott did a good job, but I think our crowd sort of took them by surprise. At the Avon signing, they finally put up crowd control barriers while the crowd was piling in. 5. Jennifer Yates from Jennifer's Random Musings is famous! Everyone wanted to meet Jenn and some days I hardly saw her due to her busy schedule. 6. Nora Roberts is just...Nora. She is uber-professional and don't be surprised to see her walking around the hotel. I want to grow up

Saturday and final day at the conference!

Got up early this morning and helped out with the Editor/Agent appointments. That is fast and very interesting. My four hours went by fast and I got to see a few of the editors and agents. (Chris Keesler from Dorchester is hot! He could grace the covers of his own books) Saturday during conference week is always when attendees are winding down because they're tired and anxious to get home. I did manage to get in a workshop in the afternoon and attended some booksignings. (these are publisher hosted and they give out free books) Tor was giving away arcs and I grabbed a couple. One is an arc for an April 2009 release. (Ask me about it in chat next time you see me but you are not getting it! :) ) The hotel is bustling with an incoming conference as we are all preparing to leave. On top of that, there is the SF Marathon tomorrow morning. Oy! We did manage to find a place to eat dinner before we got ready for the..... ...RITA awards!!! This is where everyone puts on the glitz and g

Thursday at Conference

Today is a full slate of workshops and publisher booksignings. The hotel is slowly figuring us all out. While waiting for the Avon signing I noticed they finally put up crowd control barriers and it's gone smoothly since then. Ran into Katiebabs and Superlibrarian in line ahead of me. They are so funny. :D The one big drawback with the hotel and conference is that the hotel conference rooms are spread out, so you can find yourself running from the bottom floor to the fifth floor. Deciding what workshops to take can mean planning. Luncheon speaker today was Connie Brockway. Funny and another inspirational speaker. Kudos to RWA for their choice of speakers this year. At our table was the fabulous Virgina Kantra. I started reading her when she wrote for Harlequin and she is one I highly recommend. Went to the Harlequin signing. Holy....cow! Room was wall to wall authors. I could've got more books than what I ended up with, but that just means more to mail home. :( Tonight we

Spotlight Review: NOBODY'S HERO by Carrie Alexander

NOBODY’S HERO – Carrie Alexander Count on a Cop series Harlequin SuperRomance #1504 ISBN (13): 978-0-373-71504-6 ISBN (10): 0-373-71504-8 July 2008 Contemporary Series Romance Osprey Island, Maine ~ Present Day State trooper Sean Rafferty was recently wounded in the line of duty and has come to Maine for rest, recovery, and relaxation. Sean likes the solitude that the island offers, but almost immediately he has the feeling that someone’s following him, and soon discovers that a ten year-old redheaded girl is trailing him. Catching her in the act of spying on him, he scolds her but comes face to face with her tigress of a mother. Sean wants to be left alone, right? So why does he suddenly want to be around Connie Bradford and her daughter Pippa? Connie is on Osprey Island to finish a gardening contract for a rich man and his wife. She’s designed, and now building, a garden maze, which is about to be unveiled at a party. Connie is using the time on the island to help Pippa get thro