Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Guest Blog: Exclusive Excerpt…With Kissing! By Carrie Lofty


   
     First off, thanks to RRT for letting me stop by! I’m excited to talk about “A Little More Scandal.” At just $.99… Take a chance! This is an adorable intro to my Christies series of Victorian romances.

     It’s one of Pocket’s first original digital releases. You can read more about those fabulous new originals here [http://pages.simonandschuster.com/pocketstar/a-little-more-scandal], including an extended excerpt of “A Little More Scandal.”

     But there. Aside from the blurb, that’s my sales pitch. On to the kissing! We’re romance readers. Kissing is like oxygen. Kissing is a many-splendored thing. Kissing lifts us up where we belong! (Any fans of Moulin Rouge! in the house?)

     Here’s an exclusive excerpt…

     William crisscrossed his arms behind her back and her bum, then lifted her straight up from the chair. She gasped against his cheek. Any momentary shock dissipated as she sank more deeply into his embrace.

    Catrin bit his lower lip, her smile returning in force. “So strong,” she whispered against his wet mouth.

     His vision wavered at the edges. He was trying to intimidate her, not impress her, yet her breathy compliment thrilled him with a hard jolt. Yes, he was strong. He had forged himself into a man no one would challenge. Yet this tiny, curious woman shoved at his control with more determination every time.

     He wanted to shove right back.

     Far, far too much fabric separated her thighs from his hands, but her bodice was wide and generous in its display of creamy skin. He stripped off her bonnet with one quick flick of ribbon, then laid her back along the desk. No softness or sweetness now as he suckled kisses down her throat and across to her delicate shoulder. Catrin’s intake of breath urged him without words, as did her squirming, gently thrusting hips.

    William adjusted their position so that she stretched flat against the unforgiving mahogany. His legs tucked against the yards of satin between hers. He bowed up and over her body, and pressed her shoulders back against the ink blotter. She arched into his hold, thrusting up her bosom.

    And he feasted.

     I bet you can guess what happens after that, but wouldn’t it be more fun to read it for yourself? I hope you do!

     Next up for Carrie: 

     STARLIGHT [http://www.carrielofty.com/Starlight.html] is the second full-length romance in the Christies series, set in Victorian Glasgow. It was just given 4 ½ stars and chosen as a Top Pick from RT BookReviews. It’ll be released in paperback and digitally on June 26 from Pocket.

     HIS VERY OWN GIRL [http://pages.simonandschuster.com/pocketstar/his-very-own-girl] is a historical romance set in WWII England. Seriously. Not women’s fiction. Not literary fiction. A full-on honest to goodness historical romance. Another Pocket Star digital original, it’ll be available September 4.

     Carrie on the internet:
     Twitter: @carrielofty

     If possible, I’d like to give away a copy of FLAWLESS [http://www.carrielofty.com/Flawless.html], the first of the Christies series from Pocket. I’ll ship anywhere. Anyone who already has FLAWLESS can win any choice from my back catalog.

Chat with Winnie Griggs Wednesday night!!!!




 


Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs joins us to discuss her book, A BABY BETWEEN THEM. 

 
Door prize: One lucky winner will receive all 3 books of The Irish Brides series and another lucky winner will receive their choice of any book from Winnie's backlist - including A BABY BETWEEN THEM! 
 
Moderated by CrazyMo.
 
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Q & A with Sophie Greyson!



First off, if you have any questions or comments for Sophie, be sure to post in the comments as she's giving away a download of HEAVEN SCENT to one lucky winner.  

1. Tell us about your newest release. 

Sure! Here is a quick blurb:

On her deathbed, Lady Jane Worthington makes her eight-year-old daughter, Tarin, promise her three things: live life as she pleases, do not allow her father to arrange her marriage and, most of all, marry for love.

After witnessing her mother's suffering and subsequent death, Tarin is determined to save others from the same fate. And nothing, not her noble status, nor society's belief that women cannot be doctors, will keep her from making Gregory's first female medical college a reality.

Rafe Sutherland, long-lost Brahmin rogue turned Texas Ranger, returns home after his father‘s mysterious death, bearing secrets. Rafe’s wildly virile and arrogant persona, as well as his animosity with a college-supporting suitor, threatens Tarin's plans. And her father's continual matchmaking with the national hero makes Rafe completely out of the question.

What Tarin doesn’t realize is that Rafe comes with a little help from above, and what mother wants, mother gets.

The opening scene of this book makes me cry every time I read it, yet there are lines in this book that make me laugh out loud. Makes me wonder if there is some psychological significance to that. J

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

OK, I love to laugh at good banter and this scene makes me laugh just thinking about it. J Rafe is fit to be tied after a week away from Tarin. He sees her at a ball surrounded by suitors and really gets steamed. He whisks her away from her next dance partner and whirls her onto the dance floor a little too hard. J Tarin is seething – how dare he! Their banter and insults mask the sexual tension that is thick after a week apart. Rafe continues to jerk Tarin around the floor until she is dizzy. When she goes into a coughing fit after a gasp at one of his comments, he takes her outside where their heated anger soon transcends into a major makeup (or would that be make out?) session. J Where the scene inside was light, jerky, the scene outside is dark, sensual and even touching. I like the contrasts.

3. Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

If something is meant to be, nothing can stop it from happening. And for Tarin and Rafe, their love is destined.

4. How much research does there go into your stories?

For Heaven Scent – A LOT. Primarily, I used some of my college history books for Rafe’s background, the Harvard Open Library Collection was a great source for me on the Female Medical College. I also bought some books on opium trading in the 1800s, and found a great book of newspaper stories that ran in 1848 Boston, which is the setting of my book. I did hit several miscellaneous websites as well, including maps of the city.

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

You know, growing up, no one in our family had ever shown an interest in writing. Suddenly, several years ago, my brother had a magazine article published. At the time I thought, “Wow, really? Maybe I can do that.” But I just kind of put it by the wayside. Then I found out my sister wrote poetry, and I knew it was in the genes. J But I didn’t want to write articles or poetry. I wanted to write romances because I loved to read them. And I believe, in all things, if you love what you’re doing, you will always be good at it. J

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

Well, I don’t know if it’s interesting but it’s definitely a quirk. J I try to fool myself into thinking I’m a plotter. But when I create a plot outline, I usually never stick to it. My characters tend to take over scenes and change things. So, when that happens, I go back to my plotting outline and change it to reflect my character’s changes. Even if I have already written the scene. Weird, I know. But, when I am done, it helps me to look at the overall character arc and W plot.

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

I had more patience than I ever thought possible. I had always considered myself an impatient person, but writing and the publishing business are not to be rushed. I believe you cannot rush creativity and the imagination. It needs time to breathe and blossom.

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

My first writing class was given by Author Linda Bradley. She was such an enthusiastic instructor that I couldn’t help but love the idea of writing. Authors Robyn DeHart, Emily McKay, Pam Morsi, Deborah Gafford, Hattie Ratliff, and Delores Fossen were members of the local RWA chapter and were great mentors to me. More recently, authors Linda Carroll-Bradd, Janice Edgerson, Patricia W. Fischer and Mary Brand were members of the critique group that helped me complete Heaven Scent. I could not have done it without their invaluable input.

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

They have been nothing but supportive. Then again, they have always been supportive in everything I do. I would expect nothing less.

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

LOVE going to the movies. I am a huge Avengers fan, Twilight fan and anything historical. I love reading romances, and watching Once Upon A Time and The Voice on TV. I am a fan of the San Antonio Spurs and love watching them play.

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

Yes! I am working on a contemporary romantic comedy that I hope to have out by the end of the year. It is set in a small Central Texas town and yes, cowboys will be present. Lots of them. J I had so much fun writing this one.

12. How can readers connect with you online?


Thank you for having me!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Giveaway:


McKettrick's Pride - Linda Lael Miller
Out now!
Available at Harlequin or wherever books are sold

Blurb:

The only wide-open space Rance McKettrick wants to see in his future is his hometown in his rearview mirror. The down-to-earth ex-rancher is determined to make a fresh start with his two young daughters—and leave his heartbreaking loss and family’s successful corporation far behind. He sure doesn’t need Indian Rock’s free-spirited new bookstore owner Echo Wells confusing his choices…and raising memories he’d rather forget. But her straightforward honesty and reluctance to trust is challenging everything Rance thought he knew about himself. And when their irresistible attraction puts their hearts on the line, Rance and Echo must come to grips with who they really are to find a once-in-a-lifetime happiness.

Read an excerpt here

Post a comment to be entered to win and I'll announce the winner around Monday night.
US and Canada mailing addresses only. 

GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Q & A with Carol A. Spradling!







1. Tell us about your newest release.

Shades of Gray is the story of a tormented man who allows himself to be ostracized by the entire town in order to protect someone he loves.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
There is a scene in the beginning of the book where Kat, who has been severely beaten, arrives at Gray's home. Her broken and battered body reminds Gray of a similarly horrific time in his life. The tenderness he shows her, while struggling with his own private memories, is very gripping.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I mentally rewrote each book I read, I knew there was only one way to get
the type of ending I was looking for. I would have to write it myself.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don't know if this qualifies as a quirk, but I tend to facially express the emotions of the characters as I type the scene.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much fun it is. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of work, but I love to watch the  characters develop as the story takes shape.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Initially, Diana Gabaldon, Jo(anna) Bourne, Kristen Callihan, and Jennifer Hendren offered advice and encouragement. Today, Peggy Henderson is my invaluable, critique partner. I am amazed by her insight.
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Although, I recently learned that my daughter is embarrassed by my covers,
everyone is very supportive.

8. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I love hiking in the mountains. My husband and I go to the North Carolina mountains every chance we get. A morning hike followed by an afternoon of writing is my kind of day.

9. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
I've started a time-travel series and hope to release book 1, Faithfully Yours, this fall. There is a small twist with this series. Instead of traveling hundreds of years through time, the heroines in my series time travel within a fifty year range.

10. How can readers connect with you online?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chat Wednesday night with...Karen Hawkins!

 

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 20 humorous historical and contemporary romance novels,Karen Hawkins joins us to discuss her book, THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS. 
 
Door prize: TBA! 
 
Moderated by Sandi.
 
When? 5/23/12 Wed night at 9:00PM Eastern time
 
 
Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the drop down chat room menu ;)
 
 
Hope to see you for a chat that will be anything BUT tame LOL
Mo

Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest Blogger: Sophie Barnes: A closer look at some of the locations mentioned in Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure





Since most of the plot takes place in Paris, I was able to draw from my own memories of the city – having lived there for two years during the late nineties. The apartment where I stayed at that time, was located in the Passy, not far from Trocadero and with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower through the French doors of my bedroom. The apartment where Alexandra, Ryan and Michael stay during their assignment, was inspired by this place, although I unfortunately had to exclude the Eiffel Tower in order to preserve historical accuracy =)

Montmartre is also largely based on memory – I used to love going there on weekends to enjoy the view of the city. During the Regency period, Paris wasn’t as huge as it is today, and Montmartre was still outside the city limits and free from Paris taxes. Wine was made by local nuns there – and Alexandra and Michael do sample a glass or two =) Toward the end of the 19th century, Montmartre became a place for seeking entertainment with singers, artists, performers, and famous cabarets like the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noire increasing in popularity.

My biggest challenge in terms of describing a place with as much accuracy as possible was probably the Tuileries Palace where Napoleon resided.  The magnificent edifice, which was located right before the Louvre if you happened to be coming from the Tuileries Gardens, burned in a fire in 1871 and was eventually demolished after the ruins had stood on the site for eleven years. A couple of old photographs do exist, but it was difficult describing the interior as well as I would have liked, until I stumbled upon a very detailed account by N. Robinson in Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, Volume 17 from 1884. I’ve included the link below, for those of you interested in reading about the history and the interior of this magnificent palace that sadly, no longer exists.


 



 I’d like to thank Romance Reviews Today for hosting me today. I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and to answer any questions that you might have. So feel free to leave a comment or two - let me know if you’ve ever visited Paris or if you hope to do so one day. 

If you’d like to follow the rest of my tour, I’ll be back again tomorrow at www.loveromancepassion.com to talk about women who dueled =)

To find out more about me, Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure, or my upcoming releases, please visit my website at: www.sophiebarnes.com

You can also follow me on twitter at: @BarnesSophie
or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AuthorSophieBarnes

To see the book trailer, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2PbyzMfmiA


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A big thank you to Sophie for being our guest!

She is giving away an e-arc of LADY ALEXANDRA'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE to one lucky poster. 

Ask a question or post a comment and you'll be entered in a chance to win.

Reviews Posted 5/20/12

New reviews - May 2012

Anthology
AGENTS UNDERFIRE - Dana Marton - 12/2011 - Jennifer - Romantic Suspense

Contemporary Romance

A COLD CREEK REUNION - RaeAnne Thayne - The Cowboys of Cold Creek - 3/2012 - Marilyn
BAREFOOT IN THE SAND - Roxanne St. Claire - A Barefoot Bay Novel, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Patti
EVERYTHING BUT A MOTHER - Holly Jacobs - Everything But ... Series - 4/2012 - Patti
HER KIND OF MAN - Elaine Cantrell - 4/2012 - Marilyn
KARMA - Carly Phillips - A Serendipity Novel, Book 3 - A Perfect 10 - Patti - New
NIGHT GAMES - Crystal Jordan - NIght Series, Book 2 - 3/2012 - Lenore
NOBODY'S PERFECT - Gina Ardito - 4/2012 - Diana - New
SUNRISE POINT - Robyn Carr - Virgin River Series, Book 19 - Diana
SWEET SPOT - Kate Angell - Richmond Rogues, Book 5 - 5/2012 - Patti
THE FIREMAN WHO LOVED ME - Jennifer Bernard - The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Carolyn
THE LAST BOYFRIEND - Nora Roberts - The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, Book 2 - 5/2012 - Jennifer

Fantasy
BLACK DAWN - Rachel Caine - Morganville Vampires, Book 12 - 5/2012 - Lenore - Young Adult

Historical Fiction

IMPERIAL SCANDAL - Teresa Grant - 4/2012 Amy - New
THE SOLITARY HOUSE - Lynn Shepherd - A Perfect 10 - 5/2012 - Jani

Historical Romance
BE MY PRINCE - Julianne MacLean - The Royal Trilogy, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Jani
COLT - Georgina Gentry - The Texans, Book 3 - 2/2012 - Diana
COMING UP ROSES - Catherine Anderson - 5/2012 - Jane
MY LADY RIVAL - Ashley March - 5/2012 - Amanda - Historical Romance
NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN - Mary Jo Putney - The Lost Lords, Book 4 - 5/2012 - Jane
TEXAS BRIDE - Joan Johnston - A Bitter Creek Novel - 4/2012 - Diana
THE PROPOSAL - Mary Balogh - The Survivor's Club, Book 1 - 5/2012- Jane
THE SAINT WHO STOLE MY HEART - Stefanie Stone - Regency Rogues, Book 4 - 5/2012 - Jane
THE TAMING OF THE ROGUE - Amanda McCabe - 5/2012 - Robin - HH
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE - Victoria Vane - The Devil DeVere, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Holly - Erotic - New

Inspirational
A SIMPLE SPRING - Rosalind Lauer - Seasons of Lancaster, Book 2 - 4/2012 - Diana

Paranormal FictionREAL VAMPIRES HATE SKINNY JEANS - Gerry Bartlett - Glory St. Clair series, Book 8 - 4/2012 - Amy - New

Paranoraml Romance

ALL FOR YOU - Lynn Kurland - The Piaget Family Series - 5/2012 - Jani
BLOOD SECRET - Sharon Page - 4/2012 - CeCe - Erotic
THE CLAIMED - Caridad Pinerio - Sin Hunters, Book 2 - 5/2012 - Lenore
ETERNITY'S MARK - Maeve Greyson - 3/2012 - Terrie - New
IN THE COMPANY OF WITCHES - Joey W. Hill - 5/2012 - Lenore - New
UNDER A VAMPIRE MOON - Lynsay Sands - An Argeneau Novel, Book 16 - Amanda - New

Romantc Suspense
AFTERGLOW - Cherry Adair - 4/2012 - Carolyn
BETRAYAL - Christina Dodd - A Bella Terra Deception Novel, Book 1 - 4/2012 - Terrie - New 2
MIDNIGHT RESCUE - Elle Kennedy - A Killer Instincts Novel, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Jennifer
ROOTED IN DANGER - Terry Odell - Blackthorne, Book 3 - 5/2012 - Jennifer

Series Romance
AN INTIMATE BARGAIN - Barbara Dunlop - Colorado Cattle Barons, Book 3 - A Perfect 10 - 5/2012 - Diana - HD #2158-New 5/14/12
A BREATHLESS BRIDE - Fiona Brand - The Pearl House, Book 1 - 4/2012 - Patti -HD #2154
FEELING THE HEAT - Brenda Jackson - A Westmoreland Family Novel - 4/2012 - Amanda - HD #2149
ONE DANCE WITH A SHEIKH - Tessa Radley - Dynasties; The Kincaids, Book 5 - 5.2012 - Patti - HD# 2156 - New
READY FOR HER CLOSE UP - Katherine Garbera - Matchmakers, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Patti - HD #2160 New
RELENTLESS PURSUIT - Sara Orwig - Lone Star Legacy, Book 1 - 5/2012 - Jennifer- HD #2159 New
THE TIES THAT BIND - Emile Rose - Billionaires and Babies series - 5/2012 - Patti - HD #2157 New
UNDONE BY HER TENDER TOUCH - Maya Banks - Pregnancy & Passion, Book 4 - 5/2012 - Patti - HD #2155 New

Suspense
SILENCED - Allison Brennan - The Lucy Kincaid Series, Book 5 - 5/2012 - Jane
THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES - M.J. Rose - 3/2012 - Diana