Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chat with Karen Hawkins!


New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins joins us to discuss her book, A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SCANDAL IN SCOTLAND and another lucky winner will receive a signed copy of ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Wed at 9:00 PM EST

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Giveaway:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SIN by Kasey Michaels



Blurb:

Meet the Blackthorn Brothers — three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love…


Handsome as the devil and twice as tempting, Robin "Puck" Blackthorn lives for the pleasures of the moment. His only rule — never dally with an innocent woman. But when an encounter at a masquerade ball leaves him coveting the one woman who refuses to succumb to his charms, Puck realizes that some rules were made to be broken ...


Scandalized to discover that the masked man with whom she'd shared a dance — and a forbidden embrace — is in fact the ton's most celebrated rake, Regina Hackett vows to keep her distance. Yet when her dear friend vanishes, it is to Puck that Regina must turn. And as they embark on a dangerous journey through London's darkest alleys, Regina will discover that beneath Puck's roguish facade lies a man who will stop at nothing to protect her — or to convince her to take a chance on an unrepentant sinner.


Easy to enter.... just post a comment and you'll be entered. One entry per person and US and Canada mailing addresses only.

The winner is....

The winner of SHAMELESS by Anne Stuart is.... ChelseaB!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your snail mailing address.

Spotlight Review: Too Wicked to Wed by Cara Elliott

TOO WICKED TO WED - Cara Elliott
Lords of Midnight
Grand Central's Forever
ISBN: 978-0-446-58457-9
November 2011
Historical Romance

Regency Era England

Lady Alexa Hendrie has left her quiet country home to find out what her brother is up to in London. Used to being her own woman, running the estate and fairly sure that no man will want her, Alexa feels restricted by the ton's attitude towards women. Yet she does venture out to find her brother…and into the arms of a notorious rake.

Connor Linsley, the Earl of Killingworth, secretly owns a brothel and gaming parlor, and has a few other secrets, too. Using his roguish status as a way to steer clear of marriage-minded ladies of the ton, he is, nevertheless, surprised by his reaction to the sister of one of his friends. Alexa is bold, intelligent, and completely unafraid of Connor's reputation. Carrying the nickname of the Irish Wolfhound, he and his fellow Hellhounds served in what became known as the Rakehell Regiment in the war. The night Connor meets Alexa at his establishment, the Wolf's Lair, he is a loser at the gaming table, which is highly unusual, and his safe is broken into and emptied, leaving him in a bit of a financial conundrum. Is the man who he felt was cheating at cards, Captain Sharpe, also known as DeWinter, the one responsible for the theft, too?

Alexa and Connor find themselves attending the same soirees in Town and being drawn inexplicably towards each other. Kisses that Alexa could only dream of, and Connor's growing need to be with her add to the problems that Connor is dealing with. Who wants his business, and ultimately himself, to fail? Who is coming and going as they please through his establishment? And then things really get complicated when Alexa, disguised as a man, wins something at cards that is very important to Connor.

A very entertaining tale, TOO WICKED TO WED is the first in the Lords of Midnight trilogy. Well drawn characters, an interesting plot, and plenty of passion kept the pages turning. Alexa and Connor are worthy opponents, and even more worthy partners as they try to unravel the mystery at the Wolf's Lair. Excellent and well rounded secondary characters, both friend and foe, make for a superb tale.

Jani Brooks

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update on Weekend Winners

Okay, so far I have Jennifer, Na and Cathy's info to mail the print books I gave out.

For the Jill Shalvis Cookbook winners, I have four... the one missing is MaryF.

RIPTIDE winner is...

Announcing the winner of RIPTIDE by Cherry Adair.


The winner is............. CATHY M!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by the end of the week. Congrats!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The final COOKBOOK winners are....

Pulled names out using Custom Random Number and the winners of the Heating up the Kitchen cookbook by Jill Shalvis is.....

CrystalGB and MaryF!!!!

Congrats ladies!

email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com and I will forward your address onto to Jill's editor. And be sure to pick up HEAD OVER HEELS at your nearest bookstore or online merchant. Go to www.jillshalvis.com to learn more about the Lucky Harbor novels.

Book Giveaway: The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu

Blurb:

Duty called Dr. Rikki Kinn to the Congo. One of the world's top virus hunters working for the CDC, she is on a mission to investigate a deadly new plague. But there are those determined to stop her—at any price.


Shape-shifter Amiri was born in this land of untamed splendor. Here he woke with the sun and raced as the cheetah . . . until he was kidnapped and subjected to terrible experiments by the evil Consortium. Now his colleagues and brothers in Dirk & Steele want him to return to Africa to face his nightmares. For a good woman has been targeted for death—a beautiful healer who holds the fate of millions in her hands, whose destiny is intertwined with his—and whose need leaves Amiri vulnerable, threatening his heart, his passion . . . and his soul.

First one to post the answer to this queston wins this book.


What is the name of the series this book belongs to?

US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Good luck.

Another Cookbook Giveaway

Okay, this one will tide you over until I draw the other winners later tonight.

To win a bound copy of Heating up the Kitchen by Jill Shalvis (US and Canada addresses only), be the first one to post the answer to this question:

What the names of the three sisters who are the heroines of the Lucky Harbor books?

Good luck!

Book Giveaway: Twelve Nights by Hope Tarr

This is an older Harlequin Blaze, but still timely for the holidays.

Twelve Nights by Hope Tarr



Blurb:

Bad boy Callum Fraser is head over heels for the first time in his life. Only his beloved, the Lady Alys is keeping him out of her bed until their wedding Christmas morning. It's enough to drive a man crazy!


Still, he intends to make up for his restraint. There are many ways to seduce, and Callum's a master at all of them. His goal? To leave Alys shivering in desire, anticipating the many delicious ways he'll bring her pleasure on their wedding night and throughout the twelve days of Christmas.


At least that's the plan… until Alys's dead first husband shows up, very much alive!

I will give this to the first person who answers this question:

What book is Twelve Nights a sequel to?

Just post here and the book is yours to be mailed to you. The first person to do wins!

US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Another Cookbook Giveaway

Giving away another copy of Jill Shalvis' Heating up the Kitchen cookbook.

This time you have to answer a question....

I thought I would do a little Jill Shalvis trivia.

In what state do the Lucky Harbor novels take place?

First one to post the answer in comments wins.

US and Canada addresses only.

Good luck!

Book Giveaway: SHAMELESS by Anne Stuart

Shameless - Anne Stuart
Out now!

Blurb:

A long string of tragic loves haunts Viscount Benedick Francis Alistair Rohan. Cool and cynical, he's weary of life's fickle games and wants a prim and proper wife he can ignore while indulging his sensual appetites.


Lady Melisande Carstairs is nothing less than a tornado storming into Benedick's measured life. Possessed of boundless energy and the soul of a reformer, Melisande always conquers, whether it's saving the souls of soiled doves or seducing the man she's inconveniently fallen for. When she informs Benedick that his brother's newly revived Heavenly Host has graduated from simple carnal debauchery to sadistic violence, he's compelled to investigate, undercover. Under those covers, however, is Melisande herself, playing a dangerous game in the name of justice.

Rules remain the same. Post a comment and you're entered to win.
US and Canada mailing addresses only.




And the Heavenly Host has just seen her hand, and more.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fast.... Giveway!

The first person to post gets a copy of Jill Shalvis' cookbook.

US and Canada mailing addresses only!

Good luck!

Book Giveaway: Rip Tide by Cherry Adair


RIPTIDE by Cherry Adair

Blurb:

SHE'S SWEPT INTO TREACHEROUS WATERS


Princess Bria Visconti demands the return of the money her brother rashly invested in Cutter Salvage. Treasure hunter Nick Cutter is too reckless, too arrogant—and far too handsome—for his own good. But he can’t charm his way out of this one. Bria plans to make Nick pay up even if she has to board his boat, don a wet suit, and dive for the treasure herself…


HE FIGHTS THE RELENTLESS PULL


Nick sees Bria as a beautiful but spoiled princess who’s never done a day’s work in her pampered life. But once they set sail for the dive site, and the legendary fortune in gold the wreck carries, Nick begins to see Bria in a new light. This princess may be out of her depth, but she’s ready to take on the hidden danger and excitement a treasure hunt stirs to the surface. Together they must fight unexpected enemies—and reveal their darkest secrets—before they’re pulled into a rip current of danger.


Just comment once and you'll be entered in a chance to win a copy of this book.

How About a Little Black Friday Sitting in Your Chair?


Here we are, Black Friday Shopping Day. Not sure how many of you went out today, but if you did, I salute you for your bravery. There should be a medal for those who dare to brave the insanity of shopping today.

Well, we are going to make things a bit more relaxing as you can win some books instead of shopping and getting trampled in the process. I have a received a generous offer from Jill Shalvis' editor to give away five bound copies of Jill's Heating up the Kitchen. You can learn more about the cookbook by clicking here and learn more about Jill by going to her website at http://www.jillshalvis.com/ .



Jill's latest release is HEAD OVER HEELS and to give you a teaser, Romance Reviews Today has named it a Perfect 10. That tells you how good this book is. It was just being released, so be sure to get yourself a copy of this fabulous book. Here is a blurb:

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble--and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.


Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe's colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

Also, be sure to check out the Kindle giveaway over at the USA Today Happily Ever After blog. Click here to go to it directly.

How am I going to giveaway these bound copies? First off,  post your comments here and I will draw two names Saturday evening. The remaining three copies I will post randomly Friday and Saturday and the first one to post the correct answer to a question will win a copy.

Also keep an eye out on this blog as I will be giving away more books throughout the weekend.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Mo has open chat Wednesday night (tonight) in the RRT chat room. Check us out at http://www.rormrevtoday.com/ if you're not doing anything. Chat begins at 9:00 PM EST.
Friday night I have open chat beginning at 9:30 EST.


It will probably be quiet for a couple of days.....
If I have time, I will run a contest of two on Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned.

In the meantime...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spotlight Review

THE SINNER - Margaret Mallory
The Return of the Highlanders , Book 2
Grand Centrals Forever
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-58310-7
November 2011
Historical Romance

Western Scotland , 1515

His lovers adore the sinfully handsome Alex MacDonald as much as he loves women. One of the MacDonalds of Sleat and cousin to Laird Connor MacDonald, Alex has no interest in marriage and resists his attraction to the Laird MacNeil's daughter Glynis. He is more interested in finding and destroying Connor's uncle Hugh, a fugitive raider, who wants to usurp the lairdship. However, a seer's prediction and circumstances throw Alex into Glynis's company for a prolonged period.

Glynis MacNeil stabbed her abusive former husband, Laird Magnus Clanranald, before she left him. She doesn't want another marriage, but her father is being very insistent. She blackmails Alex MacDonald into accompanying her to Edinburgh so she can escape her family and live with her mother's relatives. Since he has to go to Edinburgh to see a woman who promises him a surprise, Alex reluctantly agrees.

Marriage interests neither Glynis nor Alex, and Glynis wonders how any man known as much for his conquests of women as for his fighting skills could ever marry a woman without eventually philandering. She knows she won't ever put up with another such man, and worse, she knows Alex would break her heart. Neither of them considers the vileness of Hugh MacDonald or Magnus Clanranald.

Author Margaret Mallory writes a love story between two antagonists who must also fight rebels, raiders, and relatives, yet their greatest challenge might well be trying to trust one another. The characters are very believable, the background historically accurate, the situations emotional, and action vivid. This creates a dynamic read that historical romance fans will love.

Robin Lee

Winner is....

The winner of the Erin Quinn book is.... Pam P!!

Congrats and email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Q&A with Lucianne Rivers!


1. Tell us about your newest release.

HOLD ME, THRILL ME, ENTICE ME, trilogy of novellas, tell the story of the
three Caldwell sisters as they travel across the world in search of the father they thought dead, finding love and danger on the way. These are sensual romances, except for the final installment, ENTICE ME, which is a little sweeter. Each sister is different. Jane is well-dressed and out of her depth, Margo is a kick-ass police officer who braves her fear of open water to save her new lover, and Allison is the baby of family who melts the heart of a battle-worn ex-Navy SEAL. All of them have drive and devotion to family. These are women worth spending time with.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene?

Margo (the detective) throwing the keys of a drunk driver into the ocean,calling the cops, then making a run for it so she could catch her flight.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

After the birth of my daughter two years ago.

4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a
plotter or pantser?

Used to be a pantser until I wasted several months writing three hundred pages of unusable manuscript...now I plot!

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Humor. A lot of curse words. :)

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in
creating your books?

That as I wrote Margo's story and made her a detective, I was really yearning to be her.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a
writer?

Savvyauthors.com is a wonderful place to learn and meet with other writers, agents and publishers.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published
author?

My parents are not allowed to read my work. It's far too racy!!! :)
However, they think it's a great accomplishment.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I do crossfit, Jiu Jitsu, kick-boxing and running.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I'm leaving writing behind for a while as I go off to become my dream: a police officer. I start in December.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

Please visit my website: http://www.luciannerivers.com/

Author bio: Lucianne writes romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Cobblestone Press. Born and raised in Ireland, she currently lives in New Mexico with her young daughter.

Formerly a stage and television actress, she now manages a non-profit and is NM State Champion in her weight class for Olympic style weightlifting. Long story. Recently she has taken up Crossfit, Jiu Jitsu and boxing.

Blurb:

ENTICE ME by Lucianne Rivers

Heartsick over the untimely death of her mother, Allison Caldwell is blindsided again by the secret revealed in her mom’s will. Her supposedly dead father is alive, and she and her two sisters must find him in order to settle the Caldwell estate.

Robert Rivera, private investigator and former Navy SEAL, alerts Allison to new intel identifying her father as a P.O.W. in Afghanistan. With her sisters out of the country pursuing leads, Allison insists on heading to the war-ravaged country to find him. Robert doesn’t want his naïve client to take the risk. He knows what danger lays in that godforsaken land…he’s lived through it. Barely.

But Allison is determined to go, and Robert can’t let her travel alone. Reluctantly appreciative, Allison quickly realizes how much she needs his guidance and protection, and how deeply she longs for his love. Robert struggles to understand her effect on his battle-weary heart.

The path to Allison’s father is blocked by terrorists, traps and treachery—all demons of Robert’s past. Can he survive a second round with the enemy and keep Allison out of harm’s way?

Title: Entice Me (Caldwell Sisters, #3)
Author: Lucianne Rivers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Launch Date: October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-32-9

Buy links: B & N
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/entice-me-lucianne-rivers/1105811991

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Entice-Caldwell-Sisters-Book-ebook/dp/B005R3DHW8

Diesel:
http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/9781937044329/Rivers-Lucianne-Entice-Me-A-Caldwell-Sisters-Book-3/1.html

My links:

Web: http://www.luciannerivers.com/

Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Giveaway:

Haunting Embrace by Erin Quinn



Blurb:

ENDLESS LOVE


Within Meaghan Ballagh surges the blood of an ancient sorceress whose long ago love for the druid Áedán ended in treachery—a fate that ensnares Meaghan herself when she is thrust into the past. She can feel the desire between the sorceress and the handsome druid rise inside her. To ensure her survival, she must piece together the history of the woman who haunts her and the man who needs her.


ETERNAL BETRAYAL


Áedán recognizes Meaghan. He always will. For the spirit of his one true love—and immortal enemy—is in her. A woman for whom Áedán once risked everything he ever had only to be repaid with betrayal and eternal damnation. This time, he’s not going to let Meaghan escape—because together they have the power to change their destiny.


As the passion between them grows, so do their fears of arousing an ancient, haunted, and forbidden love, and for changing a past that could irrevocably destroy the future.

Read an excerpt by clicking here.

I love the names of these characters. It beats some of the more common names out there in books and had me thinking....

What names are overused in books today?

Give your opinion and your name will be thrown in the hat for this one.

US and Canada mailing addresses only.
Winner to be drawn next week.
Good luck!



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spotlight Review:

REAL MEN WILL – Victoria Dahl
Donovan Brothers Brewery , Book 3
HQN
ISBN: 978-0-373-77609-2
November 2011
Contemporary Romance

Boulder , Colorado – Present Day

Six months ago, Eric Donovan and Beth Cantrell met and had a blazing one night stand. Beth mistook Eric for his wild brother, Jamie, and Eric didn't correct her. After all, staid Eric wouldn't have stood a chance of attracting sex shop manager Beth if she hadn't heard about his brother's randy reputation. But one weekend is all they had, and neither has made any attempt to contact the other. One night, forced to go with friends to the Donovan brothers bar, Beth runs into Eric…and learns he isn't Jamie. To say she's angry is an understatement, and soon Eric's brother and sister discover that their uptight brother, Eric, has been a very naughty man.

Eric assumed the head of the Donovan family brewery after their parents' death and one thing he has instilled into his siblings, Jamie and Tessa, is to be truthful. Well, he threw that out the window when he met Beth. Pretending to be his bad boy brother allowed Eric to do things he wouldn't normally do, such as bedding a woman he barely knows. How long will it take him to realize that it's Beth he's attracted to and that's the reason he has wicked thoughts about her? Heck, he can barely keep his hands off her.

Everyone figures that since Beth manages an adult store she must be sexually secure and utilizes a lot of her store inventory. This could not be further from the truth, as beneath her brave exterior lies a woman still struggling from the pain of a teenage embarrassment. Beth hasn't even told her father where she works, afraid that he'd reject her…again. But when a connection between Beth and Eric comes back to haunt her, her past wounds come roaring to the surface. Can she get past the threat and pain of discovery to find true happiness?

Eric and Beth's story actually began in Just One Taste (a novella found in the anthology THE GUY NEXT DOOR), which ended with Eric leaving Beth after their night of mind blowing sex. They have spent the past six months avoiding each other for fear of exposure. Eric let loose that weekend while inadvertently pretending to be his brother after years of being the good guy. Beth fell for Eric/Jamie, but resisted wanting to be with him because it was just too damn near perfect and she doesn't feel she deserves happiness. In REAL MEN WILL, Beth and Eric come face to face…and red-hot desire rises again. Eric is embarrassed because his good guy rep is ruined. How can he look Jamie and Tessa in the eye and tell them to be good when he was so bad he hooked up with a porn shop manager? Beth has hidden her sexual feelings for so long that when she met Jamie-who-is-really-Eric, she was like a starved person bingeing. Can they reconcile how they think they should act with their raunchy feelings for each other?

Victoria Dahl has completed her Donovan Brothers Brewery trilogy with a bang. In REAL MEN WILL, we come full circle with Eric and Beth's tale, and what a truly enjoyable story it is. There is the “oops” moments that will make you laugh and the scorching sex scenes that will have you reaching for a cool beverage (make it a beer in honor of the series). Eric and Beth have preconceived notions of how they should act, while their hormones have other ideas. Even as they resist the inevitable, they are pulled toward one another again and again. Can Eric see that he can relax and enjoy a few bad boy moments, especially when he's turned on by the chameleon Beth, who isn't as bad as her job suggests? By the end of REAL MEN WILL, Eric comes to terms with his feelings for Beth and his relationship with his siblings.

For a tale filled with pure fun enjoyment and one not to be missed, grab your copy of REAL MEN WILL.

Patti Fischer

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The SECRET WEAPON winner is.....

The Brunette Librarian wins the copy of Opal Carew's book.

Congrats!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your snail mail address.

Chat with Victoria Alexander!

New York Times Bestselling author, Victoria Alexander joins us to discuss her book,
HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS. Door Prize: Victoria is offering to a few lucky winners a signed copy of either THE PERFECT MISTRESS, or her other Christmas books, BELIEVE and A VISIT FROM SIR NICHOLAS! Moderated by KatBos.

When? Wed at 9:00PM Eastern time

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122  or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/  and click on RRT CHAT. Once login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Come join us for a hysterical errr historically great time!

Mo
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guest Blog: Olivia Kingsley on HEROES AND COURTSHIP

Let's face it: women like to be chased. Since the age of chivalry and courtly love, it's been the norm for a man to woo the woman he wants. In modern times, of course, it's perfectly acceptable for the woman do the chasing, but on the whole I believe it's still more common that the man is the one who pursues.


As long as the attentions are at least somewhat welcome and doesn't cross the line into outright stalking, we love it. And why not? Being pursued makes you feel wanted and desirable. It's flattering and exciting. Under the right circumstances, it makes the man seem more attractive, since going after what you want is an indication of strength and determination, and strong men are undeniably sexy.

In my novel, PRETTY PERSUASION, the hero, Robert Balfour, returns from spending nearly a decade on his family's sugar plantation in the Caribbean, ready to marry and settle down. After getting reacquainted with the heroine, Georgiana Montford, to whom he's been informally engaged since childhood, he decides that she's the one he wants. But Georgie has different plans altogether, and so the chase is on.

When writing a story where the hero spends quite a bit of time actively courting the heroine, I found it a challenge to not go too far and make readers dislike him or her...or both! Despite having convinced herself she doesn't want to marry, Georgie can't hide her emotional and physical attraction to Robert, which of course encourages him to think he can win her over. But as she continues to refuse him, how long can he keep pursuing her without sacrificing his dignity?

I've heard many modern versions of such courtship, true stories from friends, family and other acquaintances. I've also heard stories of men (and women) taking the chase too far, giving attention where it's not wanted. It's a very fine line to walk, I think. Being pursued can be wonderful; being stalked is not.

I'm curious, have you ever been chased, and if so, did you like it? Do you prefer being pursued, or do you like to do the chasing yourself? How do you feel about a romance novel hero who goes to great lengths to woo the heroine?

I'm very excited about the release of PRETTY PERSUASION, my first novel! To celebrate, I'm giving away an ebook copy to one person who leaves a comment. The winner will be picked at random and announced here tomorrow.

For more info about me and PRETTY PERSUASION, please visit my website at http://www.oliviakingsley.com/. You can also follow me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olivia-Kingsley/170318706370033) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/OliviaKingsleyA), and until the end of the month, I'm running another contest on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/16694-pretty-persuasion), with 3 chances to win the paperback version of my book.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November Reviews are posted at RRT


November reviews are now live -- check them out!

http://www.romrevtoday.com/

New reviews - November 2011
ANTHOLOGY
UNWRAPPED – Erin McCarthy, Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell - Jennifer
CONTEMPORARY FICTION
ME AGAIN – Keith Cronin – 8/2011 – Diana
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
BRING ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – Robyn Carr – A Virgin River Novel , Book 16 – 11/2011 – Marilyn – Holiday
HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Janet Chapman – Highlander Series , Book 8 – 11/2011- Jane – Magic
PLEASURE BOUND - Anne Rainey - 11/2011 - Holly - Erotic
REAL MEN WILL – Victoria Dahl – Donovan Brothers Brewery, Book 3 – 1/2011 – Patti
THE COMFORTS OF HOME – Jodi Thomas – 11/2011- Jani
FANTASY
BLOODSTONE – Nancy Holzner – A Deadtown Novel , Book 3 – 10/2011 – Amanda – Urban Fantasy
LAST BREATH – Rachel Caine – Morganville Vampires, Book 11 – A Perfect 10 – 11/2011 – Lenore – YA
HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A WINTER SCANDAL – Candace Camp – Legend of St. Dwynwen , Book 1 – 11/2011 – Robin
DESIRED – Nicole Cornick – 11/2011 – Rose May
ENGAGED IN SIN – Sharon Page – 11/2011 – CeCe Johns
IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A VISCOUNT – Kieran Kramer – Impossible Bachelors , Book 4 – 11/2011 – Jane
IN PURSUIT OF ELIZA CYNSTER – Stephanie Laurens – Cynster Sisters Trilogy, Book 2 – 10/2011 – Carolyn
IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS – Kaitlin O'Riley – The Hamilton Sisters , Book 3 – 10/2011 – Jane
SCANDALOUS DESIRES – Elizabeth Hoyt – Maiden Lane Series, Book 3 – 11/2011 – Jane
THE SINNER – Margaret Mallory – The Return of the Highlanders, Book 2 – 11/2011 – Robin
THE VIPER – Monica McCarty – Highland Guard Series, Book 4 – 11/2011 – Robin
TOO WICKED TO WED – Cara Elliot – Lords of Midnight – 11-2011 – Jani
PARANORMAL ROMANCE
MAGIC ON THE LINE - Devon Monk - An Allie Beckstrom Novel - 11/2011 - Jennifer - New 11/12/11
REGENCY ROMANCE
THE MISCHIEF AND THE MISTLETOE – Lauren Willig – A Pink Carnation Christmas – 11/2011 – Jani – Mystery
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
BLOOD AND FIRE - Shannon McKenna - 10/2011 - CeCe - New 11/12/11
RAZOR'S EDGE – Shannon K. Butcher – An Edge Novel , Book 2 – 11/2011 – Jane
SERIES ROMANCE
NOTHING SHORT OF PERFECT - Day Leclaire - Miniseries: Billionaires and Babies - 11/2011 - Patti - HD #2121 - New 11/12/11
RECLAIMING HIS PREGNANT WIDOW - Tessa Radley - 11/2011 - Patti - HD#2122 - New 11/12/11
TEMPTATION - Brenda Jackson - The Texas Cattleman's Club: The Showdown, Book 5 - 11/2011 - Patti - HD #2120 - New 11/12/11
WANTED BY HER LOST LOVE - Maya Banks - Pregnancy & Passion, Book 2 - 11/2011 - Patti - HD #2119 - New 11/12/11
SUSPENSE THRILLER
HELL TO PAY – Wendy Corsi Staub – 10/2011 - Robin


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Giveaway:

SECRET WEAPON by Opal Carew
Came out in September 2011.



Blurb:



There’s only one thing hotter than a man in uniform…when he takes it off.


Threesomes and men of the law have always been two of Janine’s biggest turn-ons. So when her boyfriend offers to invite one of his buddies from the police force into their bedroom, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. But when the extra man shows up, the last thing she expects is for it to be Sloan Granger—a man from her past.


Janine is the one woman who Sloan’s never been able to forget, and now that their worlds have collided, he has a second chance to win her back. Even though she refuses to let him back into her life, he’s determined to change her mind—no matter what the cost. His love for her has always been his greatest weakness, but this time, it’s also his most powerful weapon…

This book sounds hot! Wouldn't you like this to help warm you up?
Easy peasy... just post whether you're interested and I'll announce a winner next week.
One entry per son. US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Spotlight Review:

SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND LASS - Maya Banks
The McCabe Trilogy , Book 2
Ballantine Books
ISBN: 978-0-345-51949-8
October 2011
Historical Romance

Scotland – the Middle Ages

Keeley, cousin to Rionna McDonald, the Laird's daughter, has been cast out of the clan. The laird tried to rape her when she was just gaining womanhood, and his wife labeled Keeley a whore. She ekes out survival as a healer in a rough hut dwelling on the outskirts of the McDonald land. One day a horse carries a severely wounded man to her door.

Alaric McCabe, younger brother to the McCabe laird, Ewan, is to serve his clan by marrying the McDonald laird's daughter, Rionna. On the way to the wedding, Alaric's cavalcade is attacked, and all his warriors are killed. He escapes, but severely wounded. He wakes seeing what he believes to be an angel.

Ewan, with a troop of clan members, finds Keeley and Alaric. The laird abducts Keeley to the McCabe keep so she can continue to heal Alaric, and then he insists she stay and help deliver his wife's baby. While Keeley treats Alaric, they fall in love. Both know their future together is doomed because Alaric is promised to another, a duty he cannot shirk because the clan's survival depends upon his sacrifice.

One aspect I loved about this story was the situations' unpredictability, and the many twists and turns will keep readers turning pages. Keeley is in an untenable position; the man she loves is going to marry the much loved cousin who Keeley believes turned her back to Keeley's troubles. Alaric also has a dilemma. How can he love and protect Keeley, when he is sworn to marry Rionna? How can he keep his honor and best serve his clan? The characters, including secondary McCabe clansmen, are delightful. While the setting is typical Scottish historical, the story is not. EDUCATION OF A HIGHLAND LASS is the second book in the McCabe Trilogy. It is preceded by IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER, Laird Ewan's story, released in August. Youngest brother Caelen's story is to be revealed in NEVER LOVE A HIGHLANDER, an October release. A series for Scottish romance addicts to relish.

Robin Lee

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A couple of winners to announce!

A bit of housekeeping to catch up on....

First up, LadyVampire4U wins from Angela Campbell!

Then, the winner of So I Married a Demon Slayer is flchen1!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 11/18/11 and I will pass on the info.

Congrats!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Chat with Jessica Andersen Wednesday night at RRT!



Bestselling author Jessica Andersen joins us to discuss her book, LORD OF THE WOLFYN. Door Prize: Two lucky winners will each receive copies of the 2-in-1 book: LORD OF THE WOLFYN and TWIN TARGETS! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Tomorrow (Wed) night at 9:00 PM Eastern time.

Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122  or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/  and click on RRT Chat up at the top. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Look forward to seeing you all for a WOLFYN good time!

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Book blurb:

Practical cop Rhea Weston didn't understand how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man . . .


Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain the strength he needed to rescue his royal palace. But as a man, he craved Reda’s touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to safe his kingdom…or fight to save his woman.

Author's website: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/index.html

Spotlight Review:

A TEXAS CHRISTMAS – Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyllis Miranda, DeWanna Pace Zebra
ISBN: 978-1-4201-7966-4
October 2011
Historical Romance Anthology

All four novellas take place in and around the Texas Panhandle town of Kasota Springs in the days leading up to the Christmas of 1887.

One Wish: A Christmas Story – Jodi Thomas
The Thompsons rarely come to town. They keep to themselves out by Palo Duro Canyon . Sam Thompson was once the exception; he managed the daily four miles to and from school long enough to finish third grade and is the only Thompson who reads. Sam even had a friend for the first year, little Margaret Allison, who was also a loner. Not because of distance—her parents owned the town mercantile—but because she was a prim, bossy little thing. After her first year at the town school, however, her parents sent her back east to school. Now the elder Allisons are gone, and Maggie is back and running the store. On one of his rare visits to town, Sam overhears some outlaws planning to rob Maggie…and worse.

In a sweet and tender story, Sam and Maggie find each other again, but before the tale is told, their lives—and Sam's secret—are in danger in the midst of an oncoming storm.

Naughty or Nice – DeWanna Pace
Bostonian James Elliott III roams Texas in search of the rare pink bluebonnet flower. So intent on his mission is he, he wanders away from the lone tree to which he tethered his horse. He suddenly becomes aware of the cold and blowing snow and reduced visibility, and hopes he's headed in the right direction as he sets out to find his horse.

Anna Ross heads home to Kasota after picking up a wagon load of whiskey for her saloon. She and her little one-eyed dog, Jack, are snuggling to keep warm when Jack, with a frantic bark, jumps off the wagon to plow through the snow. Anna can only go after him. In this way, Anna and Jack save the life of an Eastern greenhorn. The trek through the worsening blizzard is an arduous one, but easy banter—helped by the warming whiskey—fosters a sort of closeness between Anna and Trey, as she calls him. They eventually see the lights of the Hentons' place, where a pre-Christmas party is being held. The Hentons are friends of Anna's, but she knows not all of their guests would welcome her, but they have no choice. They are stuck at the party until the weather abates.

Hardships can either bring out the best or the worst in people. Naughty or Nice shows it can also work for the betterment in the inspiring conclusion.

The Christmas Bell – Linda Broday
There are some in Kasota who think that, because she's the banker's daughter who has turned down more than one suitor, Tess Whitgrove must be a snob. Few know what she has done for the town. Now, however, she wishes to prove herself by bringing home the new church bell the whole town raised money to have cast back east. But the train is blocked by huge drifts across the tracks.

Reclusive rancher Sloan Sullivan goes out of his way to avoid Tess Whitgrove whenever he has to go to town. Even were he aware how intriguing she finds him, he would do nothing. Didn't his mother always warn him against mixing with the upper class? But when he sees from his ranch that the train is marooned, he cannot ignore the passengers and crew. Sloan loads up a horse-drawn sled with food, blankets and firewood. He finds a mixed bag of people including four little orphans, escorted by an unpleasant woman; a sick man, an expectant mother near term, and an angel of mercy tending all those in need…the woman who haunts his dreams.

Once again, we are graced with a heart-warming holiday tale of finding love in seemingly unlikely places.

Away in the Manger – Phyllis Miranda
In this tale, our hero looks only for a peaceful and quiet Christmas, the anniversary of a tragic day in his life. But once again, one of the worst storms in the Texas Panhandle's history blows in a surprise. Blacksmith Randall Humphrey is a big bear of a man. Sarah Callahan is a young woman with three-year-old twins—a boy and a girl—in tow. Little Addie Clair calls him Mr. Grumpy, but in no time at all, the stranded threesome discover a kind heart under the gruff exterior.

Away in the Manger is a fun treat that nicely winds up this collection of four highly enjoyable holiday stories. The novellas stand alone, but are connected by the setting and the perils of the storm. They all manage to deliver delightful, well-developed main characters along with a few not so nice ones. While the plots involve various threads of suspense, the character interactions hold center stage.

I highly recommend A TEXAS CHRISTMAS for your holiday reading pleasure.

Jane Bowers

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Book Giveaway:

SO I MARRIED A DEMON SLAYER


Out now!
Buy link at Amazon


Okay, this sounds like a fun book! Here is the blurb:



In the lusty humidity of the Deep South, among the neon lights of Vegas, and the glitz of high-fashion, demon slayers are the new sexy...

"Hot!" by Kathy Love: At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mailroom people are undercover demon slayers, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love.

"What Slays In Vegas" by Angie Fox: When a sexy succubus comes up against a fearless demon slayer intent on killing her boss, a truly wild Vegas night turns into a quickie wedding. But in a city where anything goes, a demon slayer wedding a succubus is strictly forbidden. Which doesn't mean either is rushing to jump out of the marriage bed.

"The Bride Wore Demon Dust" by Lexi George: He's perfection in a tuxedo - more so out of it - and on a mission to protect his Alabama woman from the mysterious mayhem intent on her destruction. But the bride is a spunky steel magnolia with special powers of her own, determined to drop-kick evil forces across the state line and give her slayer a run for his money.

I bet somebody is interested in this anthology. Tell us about some fun reads you have read recently.

One entry per person, US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Q & A with Angela Campbell...and a giveaway!



1. Tell us about your newest release.

First of all, thank you for allowing me to be here today, Patti. My newest release is also my debut release, “Cry Wolf” from Carina Press.
My heroine, Andrea Lockhart, is a feisty tabloid reporter sent to a rural town in South Carolina where the residents have been reporting sightings of a werewolf — not that she believes for a second that werewolves exist. But trouble has a way of finding Andrea, and no sooner does she set foot in the small town than trouble finds her in the form of Sean Hunter, her former college crush and journalism school nemesis. Andrea wants nothing more than to hightail it out of the place, but no way is she gonna let Sean scoop her again, on anything! So what if he’s even hotter than she remembered? What’s a girl to do? Team up with her competitor to keep an eye on him, of course! Sean is 100 percent male and more interested in getting to know his old classmate now that she’s blossomed into a woman than he is in any story investigation. Then again, there is the fact that people are seeing something in the small town…
“Cry Wolf” could be described in so many ways. It’s a mystery, but it’s also a contemporary romance. There’s a dash of the paranormal. There are even a few scary bits, and one or two scenes that will probably get a chuckle out of you.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

Oh my gosh, just one? I’ll have to go with the opening scene, where my heroine finds herself in an, ah-hmm, odd predicament before meeting the hero. To try to get some of the accuracy, I spent a lot of time hanging upside down off my bed to be able to describe how she was feeling. My cat thinks I’m a lunatic for doing it, but as kooky as it sounds, I actually had a lot of fun doing that piece of research!

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. When I was very young, I would go to the movies with my older brother and come home and rewrite my own version of what we just saw, and then act it out with my stuffed animals. My mother, who died from breast cancer when I was 12, always encouraged me to write stories for her enjoyment, and after she died, I tended to escape my grief a lot through books, movies and writing. I went into journalism because it was one of the few writing careers I could convince my father I would be able to earn a steady paycheck from. I just couldn’t envision making a living doing anything else.

4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

I work full-time – as a newspaper reporter – so I am always writing in one regard or another. I usually write my fiction stories late at night. I’m a night owl, and that’s when my creative juices start flowing, and I’ve been known to stay up until 5 or 6 a.m. when I’m on a roll. I’m more of a pantser than a plotter. I come up with the characters and a basic plot, and let it all unfold as I type. Once I have a first draft complete, that’s when I go back and make sure there are no plot holes you can drive trucks through.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It’s probably the norm – I hate to be bothered when I’m deep into writing a story. I’m really good at blocking out everything (sounds, people, hunger, etc.) when I’m writing. I can become a real bear and have been known to growl if someone interrupts me when I’m hearing my muse.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

This is probably going to sound stupid. When I was a much younger, more naive writer, I used to think I could craft a completely original idea from scratch without being influenced from someone else’s previous work, period. I’ve since realized there are few, if any, completely original ideas floating around my brain – they are all inspired by people I know or other works, some good and some bad. Every time I think I’m onto an original idea, it hits me that someone could easily make a comparison between it and something else. I usually slap my head and have a “D’oh!” moment. And then I try and find a way to take that idea, put a fresh spin on it, and make it my own.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I don’t think it ever occurred to me I could actually write a book until I began reading Harlequins in college. I remember enjoying books by Lynne Graham and Maggie Shayne so much that I went online and looked the authors up. I believe it was Maggie Shayne who had a “tips for aspiring authors” page on her website. I checked out some of the books she recommended, read them, and just began writing for fun. Granted, it took me a while to actually finish my first book, but I am blessed with some incredibly supportive friends who kept cheering me on, telling me I could do it. Since then, I’ve also found some wonderful critique partners, some of whom are published, such as Pamela Hearon.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

I’m not married, and it has taken me a while to “come out” as a romance novelist to my dad and brothers, simply because I’m not used to being the center of attention (it terrifies me, actually) and I anticipated a lot of jokes. My 21-year-old niece was on vacation with me in NYC when I got “the call” from Angela James at Carina Press, and for some wacky reason, now seems to be following in my career footsteps. She’s studying creative writing and hopes to be an author someday herself. After I sent one of my brothers the link to my book, he proudly pasted it as his Facebook status within 10 minutes, telling everyone his little sister was gonna be published and “how about that?”

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I am a huge film buff and dabble in amateur filmmaking. I’ve even worked as a production assistant on some TV shows, short film projects and commercials. Aside from reading books of all genres (including comic books!), I love to escape my worries in a dark theater or a great TV show. I also love animals.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I just completed a novel that I’m hoping to submit to publishers soon. It’s the first in a planned trilogy. It’s a paranormal and very different from “Cry Wolf,” but it also features werewolves. It has an epic fantasy premise that early readers say they have really enjoyed.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I’m always goofing around on Twitter @angelacampbel. My website, http://www.angelacampbellonline.com/ , also has my contact information. I love to hear feedback, so readers are encouraged to drop me a line.


Blurb for Cry Wolf, out now from Carina Press:

Andrea Lockhart's job as a reporter for cheesy tabloid The Naked Truth isn't exactly where she thought her journalism career would end up. She's determined to make the best of it, but when her editor sends her to Woodbine, South Carolina, to investigate a werewolf sighting, Andrea decides the ridiculous assignment will be her last. Until she meets Sean Hunter.


The last time she saw Sean, he had just beat her out for the position of editor of their college newspaper, and told her she'd never make it as a reporter. Given his grand ambitions, she's shocked to find him editing the Woodbine Weekly. Once they start competing for leads on the werewolf, Andrea becomes determined to break the story first;she can't let Sean beat her again.



As they each get closer to finding the source of the rumors, the only thing more surprising than the truth are the feelings Sean is able to stir in her, feelings she thought she had left behind.
 
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Angela is giving away to one lucky poster an e-copy of her book. Post any comments or questions for her and you'll be entered in the drawing. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

We have some winners......

Sorry for being late on a couple.


First up.....the winner of the James Patterson book is...Deborah R!

The Vonda Sinclair winner is.... Kathleen O!

Finally, Beverly Jenkins winner is...LSU Reader!


Congrats and shoot me an email at pattifischer@yahoo.com within ten days.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Come chat with Delilah Devlin on Wednesday night!

Delilah Devlin chats at Romance Reviews Today!

Date: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?I'd=102122
Notes: Author Delilah Devlin joins us to discuss her book, Enslaved by a Viking. Door prize: TBA! Moderated by KatBos.

**Chat is in Mo's Book Buzz chat room**

Author website:  http://www.delilahdevlin.com/