Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Q&A with Lorraine Heath!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

It’s such a pleasure to be here and thank you so much for asking about SHE TEMPTS THE DUKE. It begins a new trilogy about three brothers who are targeted for murder when their father, the Duke of Keswick, dies in an accident. Their uncle wants to do away with them and inherit the dukedom. Their neighbor’s daughter, Mary, helps them to escape. The brothers, ages 10 and 14 (twins) decide to split up. One goes to the army, one to the sea, one to the streets. Twelve years later, they—three rough and hardened men—return to reclaim their heritage. But nothing they’ve endured during the years has prepared them for the women who can bring them to their knees.

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

That is a tough question—probably the scene in the garden when they first kiss. Sebastian has tried to continue to see Mary as the girl who had played with him as a lad but he’s finding it more difficult. It doesn’t help that he was terribly scarred during the war and doesn’t want to burden her with a beast for a husband. Mary is coming to realize that he has become quite the formidable man, but she is also able to see beneath his scars. The kiss, in modern terms, rocks their worlds.

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

I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. When I was young, I kept a diary and wrote lengthy letters to any relative who provided me with an address. I just loved writing. To this day, I prefer to communicate with the written word rather than verbal ones.

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

Definitely a pantster. I usually have an idea of where the story is going but now how I’m going to get from the opening sentence to the closing one. It’s always a fun exploration. As for my daily writing routine, I write early in the morning, late at night, and often in between.

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

That I like to write with storms playing in the background. I have a CD that plays a thunderstorm while I write. For some reason, it really gets me in the mood to tell a story.

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

How much control the characters have over the story. I’m often surprised when I’m writing along and suddenly the hero sneaks in a kiss when I hadn’t planned on it happening until much later.

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

My sister, Theresa, was a big influence. I would send her a chapter, she’d read it, then call and ask me where the next chapter was.

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

They think it’s great. They’ve always been very supportive. My husband takes care of the house, food, cooking so I’m free to write. My sons would go to booksignings with me when they were younger. I am actually writing under the name J. A. London with my youngest son. Our first book, DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN, will be released in June 2012 from HarperTeen.

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

I love spending the day at the spa, going to movies, reading romance. I enjoy traveling, although we haven’t done as much of that as we’d like.

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

Next up, in October, will be LORD OF TEMPTATION, which is the 2nd brother’s story. He’s a ship captain and while he knows he should move back into Society, he’s just not quite comfortable there—but not being in Society makes it more difficult to have what he most wants: Lady Anne.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

Readers have lots of options. They can visit my website at http://www.lorraineheath.com or visit my Facebook fanpage at http://facebook.com/lorraineheathbooks  or see me at twitter @Lorraine_Heath

SHE TEMPTS THE DUKE is very much a Beauty and the Beast sort of tale. What is your favorite plotline?



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Q&A with Emma Cane!

1. Tell us about your newest release.


A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE is my debut contemporary novel set in Valentine Valley Colorado, a little fictional town in the mountains outside Aspen. My heroine, Emily Murphy, penniless after a bad divorce, returns to Valentine to sell a run-down building she inherited from her mother to finance her return to college. Of course things don’t go as planned when she meets sexy cowboy Nate Thalberg the first night she’s there. She encounters intriguing people and discovers long-buried secrets from her own past.



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


Ooh, that’s a tough one, because I like all these characters so much! But if I have to choose, I’d say I really like the opening scene, where Emily comes to town in the pouring rain and stops for dinner late at night at Tony’s Tavern. Newly divorced, trying to be a different woman, she flirts with Nate, and ends up playing a game of pool where the bet is a big risk for her.



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

I’d always been a reader, but when I was a kid, I used to imagine how I would write a story differently. When I was thirteen years old, I wrote my first science fiction story about teenagers in space. Over the next several years, my stories were passed all around my high school. And then I read my first romance, and the whole focus of my writing changed. I originally concentrated on historical romance, which I still write under the name Gayle Callen. But I always had such a yearning to write about small-town America. It’s so fun to see this dream finally happen!



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


I’m definitely a plotter. I always loved the logic of math and science, and I need a blueprint to follow as I write. Nothing is set in stone, but it’s a good guideline. I plot everything out on index cards until I have a stack a couple inches thick, and next I write a synopsis before writing the book. As for my daily routine, I try to be at my desk by 8 or 8:30 in the morning, and work until 1. I walk my dogs, eat my lunch, take care of a few tasks, and then I’m back to work by 3 or so, where I write until I meet my daily page goal. Usually that’s 10-15 pages.


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


Hmm…Perhaps that I really only write in one place, my office. The words seem to flow best for me there; I can concentrate with no distractions. Even if someone has a TV on in another part of the house, when I’m in my office, the distant sound doesn’t bother me a bit.



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

To trust myself as a writer. I used to panic when I didn’t know absolutely everything that was going to happen, or when I couldn’t see the next scene. But I’ve learned that my brain keeps working on the problem subconsciously, and if I give it some time (usually just an hour or so, sometimes a night) the answer will come to me. Also, I’ve learned to trust talking my plot problem out loud. Sometimes my poor husband bears the brunt, or a fellow writer, and usually they can help me find a solution. And if not, just explaining myself tends to make me find an answer.



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


I used to call my high school best friend my editor. She read everything I wrote back then. We’re still best friends, and I know I can go to her with any writing problem. But once I became serious about getting published, and joined Romance Writers of America, I met a group of friends who’ve made all the difference to me, both professionally and personally. I have several writing groups, the Purples and Packeteers, who share everything with me and whose friendship I deeply value. Maggie Shayne and I met before we were published, and watching her enter the business a few years before me taught me so much. And she’s always been there to answer any questions. But I think the biggest influence for a writer is reading lots of other writers. And I wish I had time to do even more of that!



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


I’m lucky because they’ve always been there to support me, even through the thirteen years it took for me to publish my first book. Writing was what I loved, and my husband always treated it with importance, even when I wasn’t earning money at it.



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


I love the outdoors, and I go for walks every day. When I can, I take to the woods with my husband and dogs for long hikes, or snowshoeing this time of the year. I’m a skier and an ice skater since childhood. As for indoor pursuits, besides reading, I love to watch TV, from comedies to competitive reality shows. I sing in the church choir, and I’ve recently returned to crocheting.



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


I’m hard at work on the next Valentine Valley novel, which will be published in February 2013. My next historical, written as Gayle Callen, will be published this August, entitled RETURN OF THE VISCOUNT.



11. How can readers connect with you online?


I always answer email from my website. http://www.emmacane.com/  You can find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EmmaCaneAuthor  and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/EmmaCane

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be here today! I’d enjoy answering any questions your readers have.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Giveaway:

DEAD BY NIGHTFALL by Beverly Barton
Out now!

Blurb:


The Fear. . .


Malcolm York is a sadistic monster, guilty of unspeakable crimes. And with his endless wealth he's funded a series of depraved hunts. The few who survived can never forget. They can only be thankful the terror is over. Until rumors start swirling. . .

Only Stops. . .


Griffin Powell knows the twisted depths of York's madness. He's also sure that York is dead. But then Griff's wife, Nicole, disappears and the phone calls begin--that familiar voice taunting him, promising to destroy everything Griff loves.


When You Die. . .


Using all the resources of the Powell Agency, Griff searches for Nic, aware that every step propels him further into a madman's web. Because the only way to keep Nic safe is to join one last perverse game where winner kills all, and the loser is dead by nightfall. . .


Just post a comment and you'll be entered in a chance to win this book. US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Winner to be chosen later in the week.

This week......


Wanted to let you know what is going on this week as it is going to be busy!

First up, I will be posting the book giveaway shortly. Don't blink, or you'll miss it.

Secondly, we have three guest interviews this week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Yep. Three busy days.

Thirdly, so as to not get lost in the shuffle, don't forget the author Cindy Kirk will be Mo's guest in her chat on Wednesday night from 9:00 PM EST to 10:00 PM EST. You can access the chat room by going to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and clicking on the RRT chat link and head into Mo's Book Buzz. Cindy will be giving away a prize during chat, so be sure to stop by.

You can read more about Cindy by going to her website at:




Saturday, January 28, 2012

Winner is.....

Karen T (#6) wins the copy of DEVILISHLY HOT by Kathy Love!!!


Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 2/10/12.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Q&A with Jane Wenham-Jones!


1. Tell us about your newest release.




It’s called PRIME TIME and is the story of Laura who is feeling middle-aged, fat and hormonal (write what you know, they told me! ) when she unexpectedly gets involved with a daytime tv programme and everything changes. It’s billed as a romantic comedy but I like to think it makes some serious points too…



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



Well I drew on my own experiences of doing daytime TV so some of the scenes in the book are quite close to some of my funnier/more embarrassing moments.



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



When I was about seven but it took me another 25 years to actually get down to it.



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

A bit of both. I long to be more organised and it must be wonderful to have the whole thing mapped out before you start. I usually have a start, and a pretty good idea of the end and have thought up a few key events that are going to happen along the way. But how that all joins up is something I sort out as I go.



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



My humour, I’m told…



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



What hard work it can be.



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



Oh gosh too many to mention – my writing friends are wonderful. In my book Wannabe a Writer? I talk about how important friends are. The chapter is entitled Friends Called Lynne – because lots of mine seem to be!



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



They roll their eyes. Seriously, my parents are very proud, my husband perks up when the cheques come in and my teenage son thinks it all slightly embarrassing.



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



Reading, walking, baking bread, doing the crossword, eating out, drinking nice wine, waking up at four in the morning thinking: why did I SAY that??



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



Right now, I have to catch up on columns and hundreds of emails. But I may then start work on some more non-fiction. Though I also have this vague idea for another novel…

11. How can readers connect with you online?

http://www.janewenham-jones.com/ or we have a chat room on http://www.wannabeawriter.co.uk/ - Sunday mornings are a regular event. And I always love to hear from readers direct on jane@janewenham-jones.com. I will reply – even if it takes a while – I am constantly behind on my mail….

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A British romantic comedy by Jane Wenham-Jones, author of 'Perfect Alibis'.


Laura Meredith never imagined herself appearing on TV– she’s too old, too flabby, too downright hormonal, and much too busy holding things together for her son, Stanley, after husband, Daniel, left her for a younger, thinner replacement.


But best friend Charlotte is a determined woman and when Laura is persuaded on to a daytime show to talk about her PMT, everything changes. Suddenly there’s a camera crew tracking her every move and Laura finds herself an unlikely star. Wined, dined, and pampered, she begins to see the charms of a younger partner herself. But as things hot up between her and gorgeous TV director, Cal, they’re going downhill elsewhere. While Laura’s caught up in a heady whirlwind of beauty treatments, makeovers and glamorous film locations, Charlotte’s husband, Roger, is concealing a guilty secret, Stanley’s got problems at school, work’s piling up, and when Laura turns detective to protect Charlotte’s marriage, things go horribly wrong.


The champagne’s flowing as Laura’s prime time TV debut looks set to be a hit. But in every month, there’s a Day Ten …



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Giveaway:

DEVILISHLY HOT by Kathy Love
Brava
Out now!



And you thought your job was hell. . .


Annie Lou Riddle had a plan: Move to New York City. Break into the fashion industry. Work her way to the top. Nowhere in that scenario did she expect to accidentally sell her soul in exchange for a job at Hot! Magazine. Oops.


Demons, it seems, aren't big on letting mortals off the hook. Now Annie is stuck working as assistant/personal slave to Finola White - diva extraordinaire, and glamorous she-devil. Whatever Finola wants, she gets, and she wants Annie to match her up with Nick Rossi, the gorgeous detective investigating shady doings at Hot!


Frankly, Annie sees the appeal. Nick is effortlessly sexy, rugged, charming - and the one man Annie should definitely not be flirting with, or kissing, or. . . Oops. But some loves are too devilishly hot to resist. . .


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Reviews Posted for 1/24/12

Hello all --




the following new reviews have been posted:

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

DESTINY - Carly Phillips - Serendipity Series, Book 2 - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Patti - New 1/24/12

LOVER'S LEAP - Emily March - An Eternity Springs Novel, Book 4 - 1/2012 - Patti - New 1/24/12

SUGAR RUSH - Donna Kauffman - A Cupcake Club Romance, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Patti - New 1/24/12



HISTORICAL ROMANCE

UNDER THE SAME SKY - Genevieve Graham - 1/2012 - Carolyn - New 1/24/12



PARANORMAL ROMANCE

MIDNIGHT RECKONING - Kendra Leigh Castle - Dark Dynsaties, Book 2 - 1/2012 - Carolyn - New 1/24/12

OCEANBORNE - Katherine Irons - Seaborne Series, Book 2 - 10/2011 - Amanda - New 1/24/12



SERIES ROMANCE

A COWBOY COMES HOME - Barbara Dunlop - Colorado Cattle Barons, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Diana - HD #2134 - New 1/24/12

THE NANNY BOMBSHELL - Michelle Celmer - Billionaires and Babies Series - 1/2012 - Patti - HD #2133 - New 1/24/12



Addtionally:



New releases for January and February have been posted, and the following archive reviews:



Added 1/22/2012

FROM WINE TO WATER - Carolyn Brown - 3/2011 - Jani - Historical Romance

HEALING THE HIGHLANDER - Melissa Mayhue - The Warrior Series - 3/2011 - Jani - Time Travel Romance

LILY OF THE NILE - Stephanie Day - A Perfect 10 - 1/2011 - Robin - Historicacl Fiction

NIGHTSHADE - Michelle Rowen - Nightshade, Book 1 - Carolyn - Paranormal Romance

ONE NIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH - Anne Mallory - Secrets of the Universe, Book 2 - 3/2011 -Marilyn - Historical Romance

REAL VAMPIRES HAVE MORE TO LOVE - Gerry Bartlett - Glory St. Clair Series Book 6 - 12/2010 - Amy - Paranormal Romance

SCONES & BONES - Laura Childs - Charleston Tea Shop Mysteires, Book 12 - 3/2011 - Robin - Mystery

SEDUCED BY DESTINY - Kira Morgan - 3/2011 - Victoria - Historical Romance

THE GUY NEXT DOOR - Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl - 3/2011 - Allegra - Anthology - Contemporary Romance

THE RAVEN QUEEN - Jules Watson - A Perfect 10 - 3/2011 - Jani- Historical Fiction Fantasy

TO DESIRE A WICKED DUKE - Nicole Jordan - The Courtship Wars, Book 6 - 3/2011 - Jane - Historical Romance

WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE - Hope Ramsay - 3/2011 - Jennifer - Contemporary Romance



Happy Reading!

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Terrie

Owner

Romance Reviews Today

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Chat Wednesday night with... Trish Jensen and Deb Stover!


Contemporary romance authors Trish Jensen and Deb Stover join us to discuss their latest releases/reissues. Trish will discuss her book, WITHOUT A CLUE and Deb with discuss her Mulligan duology now in reissue. Door prizes: Deb will be offering to one lucky winner signed copies of both MULLIGAN STEW and MULLIGAN MAGIC. Trish's door prize is yet TBD ;) Moderated by KatBos.



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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Guest Blogger and Giveaway: The Grand Canyon by Kristy McCaffrey

  
  Grand Canyon National Park is known for its overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape. Over time, the elements have scoured and carved the dramatically splendid Grand Canyon, known as one of the world’s seven natural wonders. The distance from the South Rim to the North Rim varies from half a mile to eighteen miles, and the canyon has a maximum depth of 6,000 feet. This great range in elevation allows for a variety of climate, flora, and fauna; of the seven life zones on the North American continent, four can be experienced within Grand Canyon.

Major John Wesley Powell

     The first documented expedition of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon was accomplished by Major John Wesley Powell in 1869. Powell, a Civil War veteran with only one arm, and nine companions became the first men to journey 1,000 miles on the river, part of it through Grand Canyon. They braved rapids, heat, plummeting morale, and the loss of three men. Powell’s account of this expedition, Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries, made him a national hero as well as brought the canyon to the attention of the country. The Paiutes called the plateau that the canyon cuts through ”Kaibab” or “Mountain Lying Down,” but it was Powell who first consistently used and published the name “Grand Canyon” in the 1870’s.

     The Colorado River, meaning “red” in Spanish, was named in 1776 by a Spanish missionary, Padre Francisco Tomás Garcés. It was a description of the brown, muddy river at the time. However, since the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in 1964 the river is now clear, clean, and cold.

     The river begins as a tiny stream in Rocky Mountain National Park, eventually flowing into Lake Powell, formed by the Glen Canyon Dam. Below the dam it begins its journey through Marble Canyon by joining with the Paria River. At the confluence of the Little Colorado River does the Colorado finally enter Grand Canyon National Park, flowing 217 miles until it reaches Lake Mead Recreation Area.

Captain John Hance
     One of the most colorful characters in Grand Canyon history was Captain John Hance. Born in 1840, he served in both the Confederate and Union armies and is thought to be the first non-Native American resident of the Grand Canyon. Arriving in 1883 he first attempted mining asbestos, but failed due to the expense of removing it from the canyon. He soon started giving tours, opening the first tourist trail in the Canyon in the late nineteenth century. He’s credited with carving a number of trails which often followed old American Indian paths.

     John Hance loved the canyon and remained until his death in 1919. In his memory there’s a Hance Trail, Hance Creek, Hance Canyon, Hance Spring, Hance Mine, Hance Rapid, and a Hance’s Cove. He was famous throughout Arizona for his tall tales. In one, he stated that the Colorado River got so muddy that the only way to quench his thirst was to cut a piece of water off and chew it.

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     Kristy McCaffrey’s newest book, THE SPARROW, was released in December 2011. Join Emma Hart as she guides a wooden dory on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 1877, accompanied by Texas Ranger Nathan Blackmore. Visit Kristy’s website at http://www.kristymccaffrey.com/ for more info.




Kristy is going to give away to one lucky poster an e-book copy of her first release THE WREN (historical western romance). Please post your comments and questions in the comments section.

Author Bio:

Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. A fascination with science led her to earn two engineering degrees—she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh—but storytelling was always her favorite hobby. Born and raised in Arizona, and recently returned after a 20 year absence in Pittsburgh, she writes Old West romances to capture the landscapes that were such a big part of her childhood. Her first novel The Wren was a CAPA winner for best new author traditional, a Texas Gold finalist, and a HOLT Medallion finalist for best first book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, four children, and two chocolate labs, Ranger and Lily. Visit her online at www.kristymccaffrey.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spotlight Review:

ALL I WANT IS YOU - Sherrill Bodine
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-446-58435-7
January 2012
Contemporary Romance

Chicago, Illinois - Present Day

Watching the light go out of her father's eyes when he sees Connor Clayworth O'Flynn at the restaurant where they are eating fires up Venus Smith's determination to clear her father's name. Months ago, Alistair Smith was let go from his job as treasurer at John Clayworth and Company after decades of loyal service, but now neither he nor the Clayworth family will give any details about why. The fact that Alistair and Connor had grown close only makes this more of a betrayal as far as Venus is concerned, and she makes the radical decision to cozy up to Connor to get the information. Radical, because for as long as she can remember, she and Connor have mixed like oil and water.

Her first step is to help Bridget O'Flynn, Connor's aunt, clean out her closet of vintage clothes and jewelry. While there, Venus discovers a rhinestone mermaid brooch, a copy of an original piece of jewelry that had been the main object stolen during a heist at Clayworth's department store thirty years earlier. Rather than take it on consignment for her store, Venus buys the piece for herself, dismissing Bridget's concerns that the jewelry is bad luck.

When an argument breaks out between Bridget and her fiancé Tony, Connor decides that it's up to him to mend the rift. The brooch that Venus is wearing was a gift from Tony to Bridget, and Connor is sure that Bridget will want it back. He goes to Venus's store to talk to her about it, only to find the place crawling with police investigating a break-in. He's always felt protective of Venus, and now is no exception, so Connor offers to help her out. Eventually Connor reveals his reasons for coming to see her, and they reluctantly come to an agreement: she'll help him with Tony and Bridget, if he'll look into the accusations against her father again.

The Smith sisters are back (see A BLACK TIE AFFAIR, January 2010) and once again battling the Clayworth men in ALL I WANT IS YOU. With her father's long-standing employment with John Clayworth and Company, Venus and her sisters are very familiar with the Clayworth family, but she and Connor have never really gotten along very well. That dislike turned to loathing when Connor was instrumental in her father's dismissal from the company. With both sides keeping quiet, she has no way of clearing his name, until she decides to get closer to Connor. As far as Connor is concerned, his feelings for Venus are complicated, and he's not one for showing feelings anyway. When they begin their investigations, they start to grow closer, but there are still plenty of obstacles in their way.

As if the recent troubles with her father aren't enough, Venus and Connor uncover a decades old mystery surrounding the mermaid brooch, and it becomes apparent that somebody is targeting Venus. Between the mysteries and the complicated relationship Venus and Connor share, the tale has plenty to offer and will keep readers turning the pages to the very end. ALL I WANT IS YOU is a book I highly recommend.

Jennifer Bishop

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spotlight Review:

TROUBLE AT THE WEDDING – Laura Lee Guhrke
Abandoned at the Altar, Book 3
Avon
ISBN 978-0-06-196317-9
January 2012
Historical Romance

On the Atlantic Ocean; New York City; England – 1904

Heiress Miss Annabelle Wheaton has planned her wedding to Bernard Alastair, the Fourth Earl of Rumsford, aboard a luxurious ocean liner. He is British and she is American, and because they could not agree in which country to wed, the marriage will take place on the ocean between both countries. Although it is not a love match, she feels that they like and understand each other. That is enough for Annabelle who isn't interested in a love match. So what if Bernard is marrying her for her money? After all, she is marrying him for social acceptance for her and her family, and she is willing to pay for it.

His brother's death left Christian Du Quesne penniless along with his title, the Duke of Scarborough. He is hoping to make some connections with wealthy Americans for investment purposes. He runs across Rumsford in New York , but they never liked each other. When he hears that the earl is getting married, he feels sorry for the unfortunate woman. He doesn't realize that Annabelle is a strong Southern woman with a mind of her own, determined to marry Rumsford.

Annabelle's uncle does not approve of Rumsford and is not happy to see Annabelle rush into marriage. He calls on Christian and offers him a small fortune if he can persuade Annabelle to either not marry Rumsford or persuade her to put it off for a few months. Because Christian needs money, he agrees to the scheme. He is amazed to see that Annabelle is such a beauty. Will he be able to convince Annabelle to break her engagement or take more time with her choice?

A beautifully written tale, TROUBLE AT THE WEDDING immediately catches the reader's interest and takes off running. You can't help but like Annabelle, but hope that she will take a little more time before she makes such a final and lasting decision. Christian is an engaging man, a charming scoundrel who has made his money playing poker, but now needs money to shore up his inheritance. He is a romantic hero that readers are sure to enjoy. Will he be able to talk sense into Annabelle? The attraction between them is strong—something that neither of them wants. All the secondary characters have minor roles with Annabelle and Christian on center stage.

Ms. Guhrke knows how to write an intriguing story, and TROUBLE AT THE WEDDING, with its delicious hero, is one of her best. The dialogue is delightful, the pacing excellent. It's a story readers will love but hate to finish, as love develops between the two major characters. Another winner for Ms. Guhrke!

Marilyn Heyman

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winner is....

The Elizabeth Essex winner is.... MAUREEN!!!!!!

Congrats and email me at pattfischer@yahoo.com by 1/25/12

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eloisa James chats at RRT!

Eloisa James chats at Romance Reviews Today!

Date: Wednesday January 18, 2012
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Where? Romance Reviews Today chat room.

http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat icon
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Chat will be in Mo's Book Buzz room. Choose that in the drop down box.
Notes: New York Times Bestselling Author, Eloisa James, joins us to discuss her book, THE DUKE IS MINE. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a copy of WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST! Moderated by CrazyMo.

Author's website: http://www.eloisajames.com/

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spotlight Review:

BRIDE BY MISTAKE – Anne Gracie
The Devil Riders Series, Book 5
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-24579-8
January 2012
Historical Romance

London and Spain , 1819

Some years ago, five eager young men went off to war together; four much changed gentlemen came home. Three, Rafe, Harry, and Gabe, have since married and settled down. Luke, now Lord Ripton after unexpectedly inheriting his uncle's title and estates, is perhaps the most changed. He's under pressure from duty—and his mother—to quit his reckless ways, to find a wife and to produce an heir to ensure the succession. Trouble is, Luke is already married to a wife he left in Spain .

Eight years ago, in the midst of the raging war, Isabella Mercedes Sanchez y Vaillant, daughter of a Spanish count, was on her way to seek refuge from her aunt in a convent in the mountains when she was attacked by bandits. Luke was a young lieutenant of nineteen when he came upon the assault in time to save the girl. When he learned Bella was fleeing from a cruel cousin who would force her into marriage for the sake of the inheritance from her mother—and she was only twelve—Luke married her in name only and left her with her aunt. The marriage would later be annulled.

Things don't quite work out that way; Luke receives a letter stating the annulment is impossible. Resigning himself to the inevitable, Luke returns to Spain—something he swore never to do—thinking that at least after her time in the convent Bella will make a docile and obedient wife. (This is where any romance reader would go, “Ha!”)

Bella wasn't made for the restrictive life of a convent, even after her aunt became the Reverend Mother. Besides reliving her attack in nightmares, Bella dreams of her ardent hero returning for her and proclaiming his love. Then, after eight years, he comes back and right away shatters those dreams.

Luke doesn't mean to be hard; it's only that his soul is bitter after his bad experiences during the war.

Luke had promised his mother and youngest sister he'd be back in time for his sister's come-out ball, which means an immediate departure from the convent. His and Bella's first major conflict arises when she tells him she's not leaving Spain until she goes back to her home to check on her half-sister whom she'd left behind—even if it means meeting her nasty cousin Ramon.

Luke gives in, and the journey to England begins with a momentous detour.

BRIDE BY MISTAKE is another in Ms. Gracie's character-rich, fiery tales filled with emotion and passion leavened by charm and wit. In it, we glimpse some of the awful war in Spain and learn what Luke went through and why he feels guilt. We meet a varied assortment of minor characters: Cousin Ramon and Bella's sister, as well as the girls in the convent…and others. And of course, we have the developing relationship between our cool but honorable hero and our determined heroine…a fascinating battle of wits and reluctant attraction!

BRIDE BY MISTAKE stands alone, but here are the earlier titles in order in case you missed them: THE STOLEN PRINCESS, HIS CAPTIVE LADY, TO CATCH A BRIDE, and THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING.

Jane Bowers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Giveaway: The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex


Blurb:


An Unlikely Partnership

Naval Captain Hugh McAlden is accustomed to taking on deadly, high-stakes assignments – and being rewarded handsomely for his success. But to accomplish his latest mission, he’ll need someone more inconspicuous among his own ranks. Someone like the larcenous beauty who just relieved him of his pocket watch under his very nose…


Meggs is one of London’s stealthiest thieves and her livelihood depends on remaining untethered and unnoticed. But when she is caught by the icy-eyed Scottish captain, she sees a chance to escape her life of crime forever. Ever weary, she accepts his unusual proposition, even as she plots to cut and run at a moment’s notice.


And an uncontrollable desire


But as Meggs and Hugh come nearer to the danger at the heart of their mission, thoughts of betrayal and distrust begin to dissolve … overshadowed by a passion worth every risk…


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Friday, January 13, 2012

New Reviews Posted

Below is the list of January reviews posted this month. The new reviews are so noted. Additionally new reviews have been added to the archives as of 1/4/12. Check back often the archives are updated frequently.



Happy Reading!

Terrie

New reviews - January 2012

BIOGRAPHY
ALIX AND NICKY The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina - Virginia Rounding - 1/2012 - Jani

CONTEMPORARY FICTION
THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB - Ivy Adams - 1/2012 - Robin - Young Adult

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
ALL I WANT IS YOU - Sherrill Bodine - 1/2012 - Jennifer - New 1/11/12
HIDDEN SUMMIT - Robyn Carr - Virgin River Series, Book 17 - 1/2012 - Robin & Marilyn
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL - Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly - 1/2012 - Jani
MOONLIGHT IN THE MORNING - Jude Devereux - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jane
SANCTUARY COVE - Rochelle Alers - Cavanaugh Island, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Robin

FANTASY
DARKNESS RISING- Keri Arthur - A Dark Angels Novel, Book 2 - 11/2011 - Amanda - New 1/11/12
DARKNESS UNBOUND - Keri Arthur - A Dark Angels Novel, Book 1 - 10/2011 - Amanda
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK LEATHER - Simon R. Green - The Nightside, Book 12 - 1/2012 - Robin

FANTASY ROMANCE
GIFT OF MAGIC - Lynn Kurland - A Nine Kingdoms Novel - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jani

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A LADY AWAKENED - Cecilia Grant - 1/2012 - Robin
BRIDE BY MISTAKE - Anne Gracie - The Devil Rider Series, Book 5 - 1/2012 - Jane
CHASING THE SUN - Kaki Warner - Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 3 - 12/2011 - Jane
COLORADO DAWN - Kaki Warner - A Runaway Brides Novel, Book 2 - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jane
MAD ABOUT THE EARL - Christina Brooke - 1/2012 - Robin
SUNRISE WITH A NOTORIOUS LORD - Alexandra Hawkins - The Lords of Vice, Book 4 - 1/2012 - Carolyn
SUSANNA'S CHOICE - Sara Luck - 1/2012 - Jane
THE DEEPEST SIN - Caroline Richards - Sin Series, Book 2 - 1/2012 - Lenore
THE DUKE IS MINE - Eloisa James - 1/2012 - Carolyn
THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS - Teresa Medeiros - 1/2012 - Jane
TROUBLE AT THE WEDDING - Laura Lee Guhrke - Abanonded at the Alter, Book 3 - 1/2012 - Marilyn
WHAT'S IN A NAME - Karen Frisch - 12/2011 - Jane - New 1/11/12

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
BORN OF ASHES - Caris Roane - Guardians of Ascension, Book 4 - 1/2012 - Lenore
CHANGELING DAWN - Dani Harper - Changeling Series, Book 3 - 1/2012 - Carolyn - New 1/11/12
HEIR OF DANGER - Alix Rickloff - The Heirs of Kilronan, Book 3 - 1/2012 - Marilyn

ROMANTIC COMEDY
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART - Niki Burnham - 12/2011 - Rose May - Young Adult

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
COPPER BEACH - Jayne Ann Krentz - A Dark Legacy Novel, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Jennifer - Parnormal - New 1/11/12
LOCKED AND LOADED - Alexis Grant - The Men of Delta Force - 1/2012 - Jennifer
SLEEPWALKER - Karen Robards - 1/2012 - Robin
SWEET REWARD - Christy Reece - A Last Chance Rescue Novel - 1/2012 - Patti
THE DEPARTED - Shiloh Walker - FBI Psychics, Book 2 - 1/2012 - Jennifer - New 1/11/12
TRUE SHOT - Joyce Lamb - The True Trilogy, Book 3- 12/2011 - Diana - Paranormal

SERIES ROMANCE
INTO HIS PRIVATE DOMAIN - Janice Maynard - The Men of Wolff Mountain, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Patti - HD #2135 - New 1/11/12
SEX, LIES AND THE SOUTHERN BELLE - Kathie DeNosky - Dynasties: The Kincaids, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Patti - HD #2132 - New 1/1/12
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT - Ann Major - 1/2012 - Robin - HD #2131 - New 1/11/12

THRILLER
HARD TARGET - Howard Gordon - Gideon Davis Series - 1/2012 - Jane

TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE
WARRIOR'S REDEMPTION - Melissa Mayhue - The Warrior Series - 1/2012 - Jani


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Terrie
Owner
Romance Reviews Today
www.romrevtoday.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The winner is....

The winner of CLAIMED is... Chelsea B!!!

Congrats and email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 1/20/12.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest Blogger Lisa Dale: What Do You Keep?

What a thrill it is to be visiting here at RomRevToday. Back in 2009, one of my first ever guest blog spots was on this blog, and so there’s a soft spot in my heart for it—not only because it’s so nicely curated but because I feel a little like I cut my teeth here. I’m thankful to the RomRev ladies for offering such a great place for new writers and for readers too!

Of course, flash forward a few years, and my fourth novel, A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING, has just hit the shelves. I’m a little wiser now than I was before, I think! And my writing is always improving. I’m particularly excited about A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING.

Here’s the scoop:

Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison. Now Arlen Fieldstone’s finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. But how can she make up for nine years of his life?

To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen’s best friend, Will Farris. Will hasn’t forgotten Lauren from those days, and hasn’t forgiven her for destroying his best friend’s life. He is Arlen’s keeper—protecting him from suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.

In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three people’s lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that no one can know—especially not Lauren…

Like all of my books, the core of this novel is love. There are two love stories in this book. The first is between Lauren and Will. Will might be my favorite hero yet. He’s strong on the surface, but he has a deep vulnerability that I can’t give away here. When the book opens, every woman he’s ever dated has run away from him. He is wary of Lauren at first—with good reason, since she put his best friend in jail. But when he warms to her, he begins to wonder if she might be the one woman who is strong enough to bear his secret, if he can bring himself to tell it.

The second love story is between Arlen (the ex con), and the wife who divorced him when he was pronounced guilty and sent to jail. Although it seems as if his ex betrayed him, he never gave up on her and never stopped loving her. He worries that nine years is an unbridgeable distance and that he has no future with the woman he once loved. But there’s hope: As much as he’s thinking about Eula, she’s thinking about him.

A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING isn’t what I would call easy reading. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not War And Peace. But it is dramatic, strongly emotional, and it tugs on the heartstrings. If you like this kind of book, I do hope you’ll check out PROMISE.

And in the meantime, you can enter to win my previous novel, SLOW DANCING ON PRICE’S PIER, which was a Top Pick and Barnes & Noble was well as BookPage magazine.

All you have to do is answer this question (and have a U.S. mailing address).
In keeping with A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING’s themes of “keeping” and “hiding,” what antiques or other things do you collect?


Good wishes for a Happy New Year!
Lisa Dale
http://www.lisadalebooks.com/

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chat Wednesday night with... Robyn Carr!




Robyn Carr chats at Romance Reviews Today!

Date: Wednesday January 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat.
Once you have reached the chat page, choose Mo's Book Buzz room and come on in!

Notes: The legendary Robyn Carr joins us to discuss her book, HIDDEN SUMMIT. Door prize: TBA! Moderated by KatBos.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Book Giveaway: CLAIMED by Rebecca Zanetti

CLAIMED

Dark Protectors–Book 2

A DARING RESCUE


Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampire mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”…


A DEADLY DECISION


As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her–even if it means turning his back on his own kind…

Learn more about the author by clicking here.

This is Rebecca's second published book. Why not give her a try?

To enter this contest, tell us about what author (or authors) you discovered in 2011 or think you are going to check out in 2012....

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

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

A Perfect 10:

COLORADO DAWN – Kaki Warner
A Runaway Brides Novel , #2
A Perfect 10
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-24522-4
January 2012
Historical Romance

Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, 1870

Maddie Wallace hasn't seen her husband in four years and received all of two letters from him; he left her in Scotland with his family and returned to duty as a cavalry officer. The Wallace family never really approved of Angus's English bride, so when Maddie went back to England to bury her parents, she didn't want to return to their unwelcoming home. Maddie's passion is photography, and she was lucky enough to find a job with The Illustrated London News . The paper sent her to America to photograph the Wild West from a “woman's perspective.” After the sea voyage and the overland train ride, Maddie settled in the fading mining town of Heartbreak Creek, along with three other ladies she met on the train. Maddie travels the area by wagon accompanied by the elderly Mr. Satterwhite, sometimes known as Wall-eyed Willie. She has begun to make a name for herself with the photos she sends back to London .

Meanwhile, Angus's father and a brother die, leaving him heir to his remaining—and ailing—brother. Angus now carries the courtesy title of Viscount Ashby and is close to becoming Earl of Kirkwell. Always a dutiful sort, Angus decides he must find his wife and produce an heir of his own to safeguard the family legacy. He traces Maddie to Heartbreak Creek where his inquiries are met with a tough inquisition from her friends.

To give Angus his due, there are reasons for his neglect of Maddie, some of them injuries suffered in battle, and one a secret he's ashamed to reveal to anyone. His feelings for her come rushing back when they meet. Maddie is not indifferent to him, either, but she has never been happier with life than now…the freedom, the beauty of the territory and its stunning variety of light that so inspires her artistry. Angus doesn't really want the title, but duty calls loud and clear. Maddie would like to make a family with Angus but she doesn't want to give up her life in Colorado . Where does their marriage go from here?

The characterization is very well done. Maddie's inherent strength emerges as she is tested through loss and danger. Can a hard-headed soldier make compromises when he falls deeper in love with his woman? The rest of the cast are equally as well drawn; we've met most of them in the excellent HEARTBREAK CREEK, volume one in the Runaway Brides series. Rancher and temporary sheriff Declan Brodie appears with his four still wild children and his mail order bride, Edwina. Then there are Edwina's half-sister, former slave Prudence Lincoln, and the man who would like to “own” her, Thomas Redstone, a Cheyenne Dog Soldier. Several amusing scenes take place among the three so very masculine males, Angus, Declan, and Thomas. One would have to search far and wide for more alpha men; good thing they also have peaceful sides to their natures.

Many minor characters fill out the plot and add to the enjoyment, including Angus's faithful Irish wolfhound Tricks, and his deaf warhorse Lurch. A young man named Silas will mist many readers' eyes. And, oh, dear, I've left out hotel owner and woman of some mystery, former New Yorker Lucinda Hathaway. Luckily, she stars in the next Runaway Bride episode, BRIDE OF THE HIGH COUNTRY, coming soon.

I can't recommend both books highly enough with their emotion, humor, suspense, and all around great writing. Guess I'll give COLORADO DAWN a Perfect 10. J

Jane Bowers


Note: check Monday for the weekly book giveaway!

Friday, January 06, 2012

The winner is....

YOURS, UNEXPECTEDLY is won by Crystal GB!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 1/15/12.

Congratulations!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Q&A with Dawn Chartier!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Self-made millionaire, Holly Charleston, has come a long way since her homeless days. Sometimes, she believes life would have been simpler before fortune and fame. With every man she meets imagining dollar signs; she yearns for the one man who sees the real Holly. A mysterious wealthy stranger may be the one, but she must control her Sexsomnia and trust issues if she hopes for a real chance at love.

Professional thief, Drake Davenport, is ready began an honest life. However, his last assignment leads him to steal the Heart diamond necklace from a woman known as Ms. Frost. But Holly guards her heart close and her assets closer. Once Holly thaws to Drakes seduction attempts, he finds himself in a position of protecting her from a hired mercenary or living the life he believes he earned. Drake realizes the challenge of stealing the diamond is nothing compared to the challenge of stealing Holly's heart.



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

My favorite scene is when my hero (Drake) takes my heroine (Holly) to a remote island, and they are bickering back and forth. Holly shoves Drake, and she losses her footing and then falls into a lagoon. Drake wants to laugh so bad, but he knows he can’t win her over that way, so he holds it in until she laughs first. I love that scene.

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

I began toying with the idea for a few months after reading an article about Marie Laveau in the newspaper, and then hurricane Katrina hit my hometown. The nagging feeling to write completely took over me, not sure what happened, but I started writing once we got home from being evacuated, and I never stopped since.

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

Once was a pantser, and now I’m a hybrid. I do both. I get an idea and I just start writing. I normally write a chapter and then I stop. I take a look at what I wrote, and start plotting out twist and turns and I try to get to know my characters a little better too.


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

Writing Quirk? Hmm. Well, I have to write in different places because I get bored with my surroundings is a little quirky or not.

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

What didn’t surprise me? I think what surprises me most are the characters. You start with just a kernel of an idea, and then it blossom, and forms into a real person (character), one who readers can relate to. I love that.

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

That would be one hell of a list if I needed everyone. So, I’ll just name a few. First, my sister, she pointed out that I couldn’t head hop in the same paragraph. lol

Then I joined several critique groups, and now I’m with three awesome authors who took me under their wings. (Rachel, Shelly and Melissa).

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

When my mom was still alive, she would brag about me to everyone. Unfortunately, she never got a chance to read my first book. I should have given her the draft version.

My dad doesn’t say much, but my sister who is an avid reader, she loves that I write. She’s a beta-reader for me. It helps we grew up in my parents bookstore, she knows her stuff.

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

What is there other than writing and reading? Okay, there are a few things…

I enjoy going to Saints football games (we do a mean tailgating party each week with the Korner Krewe). I love plotting parties with the Plot Luck crew. We meet once a month. (Oops, that was writing related.) Um, I love going to the fishing camp (in Louisiana) with my hubby and kids, that’s about it. Not so exciting, huh? I’m not a big shopper, but I do enjoy decorating. (Especially during the holidays.)

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

DIAMONDS will be released January 18th from Siren BookStrand. It’s a Contemporary erotic romance suspense, between a M/F. (I know, shock-shock. Don’t see those much anymore. lol) DIAMONDS is the first in a three book series called, The Stiletto Millionaire Club, set in Destiny, Florida. The series is about four friends who are smart and financially stable, until their lives are turned upside down.

After DIAMONDS, I’m writing the second in the series called PEARLS.

After that’s done, I hope to finish revising my paranormal romance, BURIED MAGIC. A Witch and Warlock series set in New Orleans.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I’m on Twitter and Facebook under my name (Dawn Chartier). My website is: http://www.dawnchartier.com/ and my blog is where I post updates: http://www.dawntheauthor.blogspot.com/ You'll be able to purchase Diamonds from http://www.sirenbookstrand.com/ on January 18, 2012.


Excerpt:

EXCERPT:

Holly couldn’t sleep, so she took a shower and climbed back into bed. The phone rang just as she changed channels on the television. She answered. “Karen. I told you I’ll tell you everything later.”

“Everything?” Drake asked, his voice sounding sexy sleepy. “I hope not everything.”

Holly closed her eyes, mortified. “Of course not.” She paused. “I didn’t expect your call so soon.”

“I can call you later if you like.”

“No. Now is fine,” she said. Now was actually perfect.

He laughed, and the sound warmed her insides. “So what are you doing right now?”

“Talking to you.” Why was she smiling like a love-crazed teenager? She couldn’t do this. She couldn’t feel something for someone she’d just met. This was not like her. Nor was having sex on an island with a man she didn’t know without protection. This would never work out. It had heartache written all over it.

“When can I see you again?”

Damn her heart. She wanted to see him, too. She had a wonderful time with him. The best time in a very long time. And how could she not trust him after he’d found and then given her diamond back. If a man was after her money, he could have easily kept the diamond and she wouldn’t have known the difference. “Soon.”

“When?”

“I said soon.” She smiled.

“When?”

“You don’t give up do you?”

“No.”

She blew out a breath. “Hold on a sec.” She dropped the phone on the bed, stood, and bounced on the mattress like a ten-year-old, mouthing Yes! Yes! Yes! She calmly sat down and picked up the phone. “Um. Saturday looks open.”

“I can’t Saturday,” he said.

Her heart stopped for a second. “Oh.” She really wanted to see him. She hadn’t realized how much until he said he couldn’t see her on Saturday. “I don’t know. Let me look…”

He cut her off. “What about now?”

She froze. “Now? Right now?”

“That’s what I hoped you’d say. I’ll be there in ten.”

“Wait.” The phone went dead. “You need my address,” she said to no one.

She put the phone down, and it rang again. “Hello.”

“I need directions.”

She smiled, gave him directions, hung up the phone, and jumped out the bed. “What the hell just happened? You’re nuts, Holly.” She turned her straightener on, threw on a little powder and mascara, fixed the front of her hair, and twisted up the rest with a ponytail holder. Her mouth was full of toothpaste when the doorbell rang. She spit then pressed a button on the intercom system. “I’m coming.”

Holly threw on cotton shorts and a comfy T-shirt, then ran down the stairs. She swung the front door open and stared. Drake stood in front of her, sporting a leather motorcycle jacket, ripped jeans, and a plain white T-shirt. His black half-helmet hung in his hand. She peered around him. “You rode a bike? I didn’t hear you pull up.”

“Bev’s pretty sneaky.” He nodded toward his Harley.

She gestured for him to come in. “You named your Harley Bev?”

“Of course. Doesn’t everyone?” He placed his helmet near the door on a chair.

She shrugged and said, “I haven’t known anyone who owned a Harley.”

Drake took a step toward her. His fingers pushed a few loose hairs behind her ear, and she shivered beneath his magical touch. “Well, now you do.”

Her insides quivered. She wished he’d kiss her right now. The suspense was killing her. She inched forward and placed her hand on his waist. They studied each other for a short moment. His gaze swept down over her. She felt more comfortable, more alive with him than anything.

He raised her chin with his finger and lowered his mouth to hers.


BIO:

Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up. Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early. No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit. Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.)

Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one.

Dawn lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Reviews Posted at RRT


New reviews - January 2012

BIOGRAPHY
ALIX AND NICKY The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina - Virginia Rounding - 1/2012 - Jani

CONTEMPORARY FICTION
THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB - Ivy Adams - 1/2012 - Robin - Young Adult

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
HIDDEN SUMMIT - Robyn Carr - Virgin River Series, Book 17 - 1/2012 - Robin & Marilyn
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL - Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly - 1/2012 - Jani
MOONLIGHT IN THE MORNING - Jude Devereux - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jane
SANCTUARY COVE - Rochelle Alers - Cavanaugh Island, Book 1 - 1/2012 - Robin

FANTASY
DARKNESS UNBOUND - Keri Arthur - A Dark Angels Novel, Book 1 - 10/2011 - Amanda
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK LEATHER - Simon R. Green - The Nightside, Book 12 - 1/2012 - Robin

FANTASY ROMANCE
GIFT OF MAGIC - Lynn Kurland - A Nine Kingdoms Novel - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jani

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A LADY AWAKENED - Cecilia Grant - 1/2012 - Robin
BRIDE BY MISTAKE - Anne Gracie - The Devil Rider Series, Book 5 - 1/2012 - Jane
CHASING THE SUN - Kaki Warner - Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 3 - 12/2011 - Jane
COLORADO DAWN - Kaki Warner - A Runaway Brides Novel, Book 2 - A Perfect 10 - 1/2012 - Jane
MAD ABOUT THE EARL - Christina Brooke - 1/2012 - Robin
SUNRISE WITH A NOTORIOUS LORD - Alexandra Hawkins - The Lords of Vice, Book 4 - 1/2012 - Carolyn
SUSANNA'S CHOICE - Sara Luck - 1/2012 - Jane
THE DEEPEST SIN - Caroline Richards - Sin Series, Book 2 - 1/2012 - Lenore
THE DUKE IS MINE - Eloisa James - 1/2012 - Carolyn
THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS - Teresa Medeiros - 1/2012 - Jane
TROUBLE AT THE WEDDING - Laura Lee Guhrke - Abanonded at the Alter, Book 3 - 1/2012 - Marilyn

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
BORN OF ASHES - Caris Roane - Guardians of Ascension, Book 4 - 1/2012 - Lenore
HEIR OF DANGER - Alix Rickloff - The Heirs of Kilronan, Book 3 - 1/2012 - Marilyn

ROMANTIC COMEDY
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART - Niki Burnham - 12/2011 - Rose May - Young Adult

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
LOCKED AND LOADED - Alexis Grant - The Men of Delta Force - 1/2012 - Jennifer
SLEEPWALKER - Karen Robards - 1/2012 - Robin
SWEET REWARD - Christy Reece - A Last Chance Rescue Novel - 1/2012 - Patti
TRUE SHOT - Joyce Lamb - The True Trilogy, Book 3- 12/2011 - Diana - Paranormal

THRILLER
HARD TARGET - Howard Gordon - Gideon Davis Series - 1/2012 - Jane

TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE
WARRIOR'S REDEMPTION - Melissa Mayhue - The Warrior Series - 1/2012 - Jani




Terrie
Owner
Romance Reviews Today
www.romrevtoday.com

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Chat with Carly Phillips on Wednesday!


Title: Carly Phillips chat

Date: Wednesday January 4, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122

Notes: New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips joins us to discuss her book, DESTINY: a Serendipity Novel. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a copy of SERENDIPITY, Book 1 of the Serendipity series! Moderated by CrazyMo.

(Or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat and then into Mo's Book Buzz chat room)

Monday, January 02, 2012

A Perfect 10:

DRINK DEEP – Chloe Neill
A Chicagoland Vampires Novel, Book Five
A Perfect 10
NAL
ISBN: 978-0-451-23486-5
November 2011
Urban Fantasy

Chicago, Illinois – Present Day

As if vampire Merit hasn't had a tough enough time in the past few months dealing with a political representative that seems to want to destroy her home, Cadogan House, now the river and waters of Lake Michigan have turned black. Of course, the city's superstitious and supernatural-hating brood have starting blaming vampires, and as House Sentinel, Merit takes up the task of figuring out the problem, and hopefully solving it before things get even worse.

Unfortunately for Merit, none of the city's supernatural creatures know any more about what's going on than she does, and tensions are high. When the sky turns a bleeding red, all signs are pointing to the end of the world. With the earth's elements out of balance, everything is turning on its head, and Merit is running out of options. It might be time for this Cadogan Sentinel to take a stand, and maybe do something drastic.

After the emotional ending of the previous novel, HARD BITTEN, Merit and readers alike have been left in turmoil. But Chicago isn't about to give Merit any time to deal with the pain. Horrible things are happening, and Merit just wants to get past her grief and move on to the next problem. But something, and someone in particular, is haunting her dreams, and each nightmare is worse than the previous one. Readers of the Chicagoland Vampires series will easily empathize with Merit's predicaments, because author Chloe Neill inspires that connection with her characters.

DRINK DEEP is another fabulous addition to the series, and with its fast paced plot and emotional roller coasters, it is well worth a Perfect 10 rating. Ms. Neill has the type of writing style that will really suck you in, and her characters are so real and wonderfully developed that a reader feels, as well as hopes, that they are truly walking around somewhere. It's no wonder the Chicagoland Vampires series has such a loyal following, and author Chloe Neill has made me join the ranks!

For full comprehension of the storyline, it is advised that interested readers start with book one in the series, SOME GIRLS BITE (APRIL 2009). However, the author does an excellent job with catching the audience up on the storyline if you wish to skip ahead. Be on the lookout for the next novel in the series, BITING COLD, coming August 2012.

Amanda Toth

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Book Giveaway:

YOURS, UNEXPECTEDLY -- Susan Fox

Blurb:

What happens when the runaway bride finds that her discarded groom has come along for the honeymoon cruise?


Merilee Fallon has been planning her wedding to Matt Townsend since she was seven. But, two days before the big day, she has a serious case of cold feet. She shocks both Matt and herself—and calls off the wedding. Needing a total change of scene, Merilee decides not to let their non-refundable Mexican Riviera cruise go to waste—not realizing Matt has the very same idea. Can they be friends? Will they find new lovers? Or will they discover that sometimes there’s nothing more arousing than a second chance at first love—especially on a cruise ship where there are no rules and anything goes…

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