Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Party Chat Tonight at RRT!!!

As promised, here is the book list!

The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen
The Love of her Death by Luna Carrol
Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer
Facets by Barbara Delinsky
Express Male by Elizabeth Bevarly
Whispers in the Dark by Denise P. Jefferies
Slave by Cheryl Brooks
Night Keepers by Jessica Andersen
Master of Pleasure by Penny Jordan
Caitlin’s Guardian Angel by Marie Ferrarella
His Very Special Nurse by Margaret McDonagh
Highland Sinner by Hannah Howell
Touch Me by Susan Lyons (I have two copies and these are signed by the author)
When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James
Talk of the Town by Karen Hawkins
Sultry Summer Fun anthology by Kimberly Dean, Elizabeth Donald, Anna J. Evans, Eve Jameson and Mary Winter
Timeless by Kit Tunstall and Lani Aames
Sweet Treats by Mlyn Hurn and Bella Andre
Somewhere in Time by Julia Templeton and Jordan Summers
Dreams of the Oasis Vol 2 various authors – Sylvia Day, BJ McCall, Sahara Kelly, Denise A. Agnew and Anna J. Evans
Seasons of Seductions Vol 3 – various authors – Lacey Alexander, Cathryn Fox, Renee Luke, Charlene Teglia, NJ Walters and Kate Willoughby
The Argentine Lover by Samantha Winston
About Monday by Sydney Laine Allen
Christmas Elf by Tielle St. Clare
Voyage to Submission by Mlyn Hurn
Inner Urges by Jodi Lynn Copeland
Civil Affairs by Ashley Ladd
Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce
Drive Me Wild by P.J. Mellor
A Scent in the Night by Isabella Wright
Young Vampires in France by Mardi Ballou
Chief’s Desire by Isabo Kelly
White Out by Vella Munn
Brand Name Dates by Melani Blazer
Catalyst by Charlene Teglia
Twilight Kisses by Ruby Storm
A Certain Want of Reason by Kate Dolan
Blood Bytes by Susan Phelan
Dancer’s Delight by Anny Cook
Object of His Affection by T.L. Gray
Going the Distance by Ann Wesley Hardin, Shannon Stacy and Jaci Burton

Don't forget, chat begins at 9:00 PM eastern time in the Mo's Book Buzz chat room at RRT:

Monday, December 29, 2008

Book Giveaway: THE SPY WHO WANTS ME by Lucy Monroe!

One lucky winner will get a copy of Lucy Monroe's newest release, THE SPY WHO WANTS ME.
Read more by going to Lucy's website here.

As we get closer to the end of the year and reflect upon 2008, I want to hear from you. However, the question to get you entered in this contest is simple:

What new release are you looking forward to in 2009???

Post away (one answer = one entry person)

I'll draw the winner this weekend!

Spotlight Review - SPEED DEMON by Erin Lynn

Berkley Jam
ISBN-10: 0425223663
ISBN-13: 978-0425223666
November 2008
Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Ohio – Present Day

Kenzie Sutcliffe takes up where she left off in DEMON ENVY. Having gained one very annoying but cute teen-aged demon boy in Levi when she accidentally opened a portal to the demon universe, Kenzie is torn between envy (which Levi feeds on) and attraction. Everybody else sees Levi as an amiable, responsible teen-aged boy, but Kenzie can see him as the demon he is, and it’s driving her crazy. Achieving success in closing the portal to the demon world only by driving the family minivan through the kitchen, thereby destroying both, earned her an extremely long, and to Kenzie, unfair punishment. Now it seems that another portal has opened, and Kenzie must figure out where it is and how to close it without much input from Levi, who is not allowed to tell her anything. Kenzie doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Levi or knock him through the portal as it closes!

SPEED DEMON is the continuation of the story begun in DEMON ENVY. Written for the teen reader, it is a light, humorous tale, without any heavy angst. Kenzie is somewhat whiny, but likable, a very normal teenager. She loves her family and friends, and she likes Levi a lot. She is a good kid and wants to save Levi from his fate, being dragged back into the demon prison from which he escaped when she accidentally opened the first portal. Kenzie accepts her burden of becoming a demon slayer and her mission of saving Levi from his fate. SPEED DEMON has the overall feeling of a bridge novel, not too many new things are introduced, but it also felt like being a teenager all over again, spending hours on the phone discussing your adventures with your best friend. Teen readers are sure to enjoy SPEED DEMON.

Lisa Baca

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Year's Eve chat at Romance Reviews Today!!!


Come party with Mo and Mo's Book Buzz over at Romance Reviews Today!

Open chat starting at 9:00PM Eastern Time.

Authors, got a book recently released or about to be released? Drop
on in and promo it!

Readers, come and join us as we watch the New Year arrive. You never
know who might drop in to say hi ;)

Any door prizes will be up to the authors' generosity ;)

Where: or

Go to and click on RRT Chat and enter
Mo's Book Buzz room ;)


Note from Patti: I have books to give away! Keep an eye out for the book list Wednesday!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Amazon gift card winner is.....

Thank you to everyone for posting your response about regifting. Very interesting!!!

The winner is......Laurie, who was poster #8


Please email me at with the email address you want your gift certificate sent to.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Spotlight Review: THE CEO'S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION by Merline Lovelace

Holidays Abroad, Book 1
Silhouette Desire #1905
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-76905-6
ISBN-10: 0-373-76905-9
November 2008
Short Series Romance

Germany and Austria ~ Present Day

Travel planner Devon McShay loves her job, but hates Christmas. So, when a few days before Christmas work has her waiting in a German airport to escort a client to his destination, the last thing she expects is to be greeted with a heart stopping kiss. Her client, CEO Cal Logan, has mistaken Devon for her fellow employee Sabrina. But the aftereffects of their kiss continue to linger even after they are suddenly stranded in Dresden by an ice storm. Devon knows going to bed with Cal is wrong. She can’t afford to get involved with a client, but the man is too damned hard to resist. When the power goes out, she suddenly has no choice when the warmest spot in the hotel is between the sheets with Cal.

His devil-may-care decision to pursue Devon might not be the wisest decision on his part, but Cal figures a little holiday fling is just what he wants for Christmas. Oh, he’ll get what he originally came for, an important financial deal, but when the city comes to a standstill during the storm, there’s not much to do but get to know the pretty travel consultant. And, keeping warm under the sheets is the best way to accomplish the task. However, will what happens in Dresden stay there, or will their affair continue on to Salzburg?

A holiday romance against the backdrop of Christmas in Germany and Austria fills the pages of THE CEO’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION. Devon makes it clear right from the start that she doesn’t like Christmas due to her parents usual battles during the holiday time and a bad marriage. And she’s only here right now because Sabrina fell ill and they needed a replacement right away. Meeting Cal has thrown her for a loop, and she can’t deny there’s something between them. She’s determined that she’s not going to fall for Cal, but will her resistance soon fail under his equally determined seduction?

Cal is used to being pursued by beautiful women; however, Devon makes it clear she’s not going to jump into bed with him at the drop of a hat. The resulting ice storm soon has her changing her mind, and now it’s up to him to also show her the delights of spending Christmas in Europe. Will their romance end when the holidays do? Will Devon discover that spending Christmas falling in love is the best thing to ever happen?

Filled with interesting cultural tidbits about Christmas in Germany and Austria, THE CEO’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION is a feel-good read to snuggle up with during the holiday season. Merline Lovelace’s prose has you feeling as if you’re right there in Dresden and Salzburg, experiencing the sounds and smells with Devon and Cal. Add in some smoking hot love scenes, and readers have a well rounded tale that is sure to please.

Start out your holiday reading right. Pick up your copy of THE CEO’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION.

Patti Fischer

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Question.....and a Giveaway!

Christmas is almost upon us and I have a thought provoking question for you....

Do you or have ever done regifting?
That is where you give someone a gift you got from someone else. Of course, horror if they find out!
If you do regift, what is the reason?

Tell me your answers and I'll put your name in the hat to drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Winner announced Friday!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Perfect 10: THE KING'S DAUGHTER by Sandra Worth

A Perfect 10
Berkley Books
ISBN: 978-0-425-22144-0
December 2008
Historical Fiction

England -1470 to 1503

Elizabeth of York was born into a family in conflict. The eldest child of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, she knew early on in life that while her father adored her, her mother was more concerned with her sons and the throne. The opposite disposition of her manipulative, cold-blooded mother, Elizabeth knew from childhood that her future lay in marrying someone who would benefit her mother’s ambition. There are times when the growing family has to defend itself from rumor and invasion, but throughout it all, Elizabeth knows that her father’s love for them will prevail. When he dies suddenly, though, her world is turned upside down. What will happen to her two younger brothers as her mother tries to control their future, while her uncle Richard takes firm hold of the country, first in his nephew’s name, and then, after discovering the secrets that Edward and his common-born wife withheld from all, as king. Where does that leave Richard’s nieces and nephews? Can he be trusted?

Elizabeth is placed in Richard’s household and comes to know the new king and his wife better. She discovers his deep concern for the people of England and the laws that govern them. But most of all, Elizabeth sees the complete love he shares with his frail wife, Anne, and their young son. As an observer, Elizabeth is aware of the fragility of Richard’s throne. Margaret Beaufort’s son, Henry Tudor, is claiming the throne also, and, despite the slim thread of that claim, he has mustered support both in England and the continent. Richard must be in constant defense mode to protect his blood right as the last royal Plantagenet to rule his country. His brother’s sons have disappeared, making Richard the obvious culprit, despite what Elizabeth knows of the kind, caring man. One after another, heart-wrenching events throw Richard into a spin, even as Henry lands on English soil. At Richard’s death in battle, Elizabeth’s future becomes much too clear. She will be the new Queen of England.

As the wife of upstart Henry Tudor, Elizabeth is the lynchpin to his credibility. Always under the direct control and observation of his conniving, controlling mother, Elizabeth deals with everyday life dedicated to her children and to God, and always remembering Richard and his kindness and devotion to his family, friends, and country. It’s a somber existence that Elizabeth faces honestly and thoughtfully, for she has no say and no power in the running of her country, but her kindness and charity make her beloved of her people, even as they curse her husband and his mother.

THE KING’S DAUGHTER is another beautifully crafted and well-researched novel by Sandra Worth. Every time I pick up one of her books, I’m immediately immersed in the story and the characters she brings to life in such incredible detail. Elizabeth of York, while a tragic figure who endured much heartache in her life, was the daughter, sister, niece, wife, and mother of a king, making her place in history unique. Her people called her Elizabeth the Good for her love for them, and this first person account of her is a wonderful tribute to the woman who was Henry VIII’s mother and Elizabeth Tudor’s grandmother.

Jani Brooks

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Reviews Posted

Romance Reviews Today,
Issue 64, Volume 2, December 2008


The following books will be given away in the December drawing.

#1 – QUEEN OF DRAGONS – Sharon Abe & ON THE PROWL – Karen MacInerney
#2 – PHANTOM’S TOUCH – Julie Leto & BLOOD DREAMS – Kay Hooper

Click on the Contest Page for information on entering the contest.

Visit our new release page and start your shopping list today!

Visit the RRTBlog to see what Patti is up to – and what books she is giving away. If you are not on the RRTChatters loop, you are missing some great conversations – and prizes.

Join Patti every Friday night in the RRT chat room at 9 PM ET to chat about this, that and the other.

Join the Schemer every Monday night in the RRT Chat room at 9 PM ET – you never know what the topic will be!

Join CrazyMo in the new chat room: Mo’s Book Buzz. Check out the new calendar on the home page for the Chat Schedule.
In this issue, we have 29 new reviews for your reading enjoyment!

HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS – Jill Shalvis, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Jamie Sobrato –Contemporary – HolidayTHE HOLIDAY INN – Phyllis Bourne Williams, Farrah Rochon , Stefanie Worth – Anthonette –Contemporary Romance

Contemporary Fiction
CROSSROADS – Belva Plain – Marilyn – Women’s Fiction

Contemporary Romance
THE MAN FOR ME – Gemma Bruce – Kate
THE PRE NUP – Beth Kendrick – Deborah
WELCOME TO SERENITY – Sherryl Woods – The Sweet Magnolias, Book 4 – Diana

FantasyFOUNDATION – Mercedes Lackey – The Collegium Chronicles, Book 1 – Lisa
NEW TRICKS – John Levitt – Lisa
THE DEVIL’S DUE – Jenna Black – Morgan Kingsley, Book 3 – Jennell – Urban Fantasy
UNUSUAL SUSPECTS – Dana Stabenow, et al – Kathy – Anthology – Urban Fantasy

Fantasy Romance22 NIGHTS – Linda Winstead Jones – Emperor’s Brides, Book 2 – Kate

Historical Fiction
THE KING’S DAUGHTER – Sandra Worth – A Perfect 10 – Jani THE OTHER QUEEN – Philippa Gregory – Jani

Historical Romance
PARLOR HOUSE DAUGHTER – Joanne Sundell – Vi PROMISES REVEAL – Sarah McCarty – A Perfect 10 – Mel
WHAT A PIRATE DESIRES – Michelle Beattie – Deborah

Paranormal Romance
BEDEVILED – Maureen Child – Marilyn
KILLER CHARMS – Marianne Stillings – Darlings, Book 3 – Sinclair
MIDNIGHT SINS – Cynthia Eden – Jennifer
Science Fiction RomancePHENOMENAL GIRL 5 – A.J. Menden – Elite Hands of Justice, Book 1 – Kate
Series RomanceRESTLESS – Tori Carrington – Indecent Proposals, Book 3 – Patti – HB #439
SECOND-CHANCE FAMILY – Karina Bliss – Suddenly a Parent – Mel – HSR #1524
THE BILLIONAIRE IN PENTHOUSE B – Anna DePalo – Park Avenue Scandals, Book 6 – SD #1909
THE DUKE’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – Merline Lovelace – Holidays Abroad, Book 2 – Patti – SD #1913
THE PREGNANCY PROPOSAL – Tessa Radley – The Saxon Brides, Book 3 – Diana – SD #1914
THE THROWAWAY BRIDE – Ann Major – Golden Spurs series – Patti – SD#1912
THE TYCOON’S SECRET – Kasey Michaels – Gifts from a Billionaire, Book 4 – Carolyn – SD #1910
SuspenseON THE PROWL – Karen MacInerney – Tales of an Urban Werewolf, Book 2- Kate – Paranormal

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Secrets Winner is.............

Congratulations to Karin!!!!!!

Email me at with your mailing info so I can get the book off to you!

Reaction Time winner is.....

...Cathy! She wins a download of Reaction Time from Alannah Lynne! Please email me at and I'll forward the info to Alannah.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What do you want for Christmas?

Christmas is just about a week away. Final presents are being bought and wrapped. Everyone is finalizing their plans for the holidays. Possibly you're running from party to party and store to store with a list of last minute things for your family and friends.

But what about you?
What do you want for Christmas? What's on your list you made for Santa?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Q&A with Alannah Lynne!!!!

Today marks the release of debut author Alannah Lynne's first book.
Here's a blurb about Reaction Time:

Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace. However, that bad attitude and razor sharp tongue aren’t wielded on everyone; they’re reserved specifically for Adam Guthrie. With nothing more than a heated visual stroke, her body’s reaction time to Adam is quicker than her reaction time at the starting line of a race. And that out-of-control response terrifies her because Nikki is always in control.

When someone starts sending her threatening letters, her brother and crew chief, Nate, asks his good friend, Adam, to help protect Nikki. And Adam jumps at the chance. For the past year and a half he’s been watching Nikki, analyzing her body language and cutting remarks, and has come to the conclusion she’s a sexual submissive. Spending five days in close quarters with her is the opportunity he’s been waiting for. He knows there’s a strong chemistry between them and, as a seasoned Dom, he’s certain he can bring her deeply buried submissive nature to the surface. Doing so, while also fulfilling her deepest desires, will be the greatest challenge of his life. And if he succeeds it will also be his greatest reward.

*You can purchase Reaction Time at Samhain Publishing*

Alannah has also graciously offered to give away a copy of Reaction Time!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace. However, that bad attitude and razor sharp tongue aren’t wielded on everyone; they’re reserved specifically for Adam Guthrie. With nothing more than a heated visual stroke, her body’s reaction time to Adam is quicker than her reaction time at the starting line of a race. And that out-of-control response terrifies her because Nikki is always in control.

When someone starts sending her threatening letters, her brother and crew chief, Nate, asks his good friend, Adam, to help protect Nikki. And Adam jumps at the chance. For the past year and a half he’s been watching Nikki, analyzing her body language and cutting remarks, and has come to the conclusion she’s a sexual submissive. Spending five days in close quarters with her is the opportunity he’s been waiting for. He knows there’s a strong chemistry between them and, as a seasoned Dom, he’s certain he can bring her deeply buried submissive nature to the surface. Doing so, while also fulfilling her deepest desires, will be the greatest challenge of his life. And if he succeeds it will also be his greatest reward. (If you want a shorter version, just let me know and I’ll send you something else. Thx)

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

This is sort of a trick question for me. I’ve always joked about “writing a book about my bizarre life” but never really took myself seriously. I’ve always loved books, and deep down I wanted to write, but I thought being a writer was out of my grasp and beyond me.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

This kind of goes along with my answer to the previous question. I see scenes and I hear voices in my head. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and have always had the visions. Did I mention I’m a little slow sometimes? LOL It took me 40 years to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with those voices in my head and the scenes that were constantly running through my mind. So far, all of my stories have started the same way. I get a vision, then I start hearing voices and the characters will not leave me alone until I get their stories on paper.

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

LOL…my whole process is quirky but, I’d say the strangest quirk is the required “rest” period. When I’m working on a scene, it comes to me so much clearer – in bright, vivid details – if I lie down and rest. Not nap, but more like meditate. As soon as I start to drop into that relaxed state, the scene starts to play. Of course, then I have to get up and hold on to the details long enough to get them written, but that seems to be the most effective way of writing for me. You should see me trying to convince my hubby, “Honestly, I’m just laying here with my eyes closed. I’m not sleeping, I’m working.”

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

OMG…that I write hot, steamy erotic romances! I started out writing sweet and inspirational.

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

Oh wow, there are so many. But the most influential author has been Janelle Denison. The first romance I read was Janelle’s The Wilde Side, which is part of her Wilde Series. I was instantly hooked and scooped up not only the Wilde Series books but all of Janelle’s back list that I could find. I slowly began thinking, I wonder if I really could write a book? At the beginning of Born to be Wilde she talks about “peeling back the layers of Mia” and how much she learned about Mia as she wrote the book. That encouraged me because (remember I said I was a little dim) I thought, Oh, so you don’t have to know everything that’s going to happen in the beginning. I think I might like that process. And so, here I am.

However, I probably never would have gone through with the whole submission process if it weren’t for the Challenge Group that I’m a part of, especially Cara Carnes and Luanna Nau (who have read every single word and sometimes more than once). They gave me the courage to submit my work and I’m eternally grateful for their friendship and support!!

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

My husband is my biggest fan and has been encouraging from the very beginning. My oldest son, who is an aspiring musician (and therefore understands the whole chase-a-crazy-dream concept), is also extremely supportive and encouraging. My youngest son is thirteen…LOL…need I say more?

8. What is coming up next for you writing wise?

I have a story under consideration at Harlequin Blaze and while I’m waiting to hear back from them I’m putting the final spit shine on it so it’s ready to go (I’m an eternal optimist). LOL I’m also plotting (ack!) another story about a spunky bartender. I hope to start the first draft in a week or so.

Learn more by visiting Alannah's website at

Any questions for Alannah? Ask away!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Secrets Volume 25 giveaway!

Book prize is Secrets Volume 25 with authors Anne Rainey, Cynthia Eden, Sedonia Guillone and Natasha Moore.

Here's a blurb:

Vampiress Nema Alexander has a definite taste for bad boys. Slade Brion, a notorious bounty hunter, has just been charged with tracking her down.
He won’t stop until he catches her, and Nema won’t stop until she claims him... forever.

Kass and Lian are sentenced to sex slavery for daring to seek freedom to love each other. Forced to make love for an audience,
their hearts are secretly united while their bodies are on display.
They have only one chance to escape ... with each other and with their lives.

Scandalous Behavior - ANNE RAINEY
Five years of secretly lusting after her intriguing boss, Kevin Haines, is enough. Tess Marley wants to escape her dull life and
see if Kevin is all she’s dreamed he would be. But Tess makes a major miscalculation when she crosses the line between lust and love.

Former syndicated columnist Simon “Mac” MacKenzie hides a tragic secret. When freelance writer Alison Chandler seeks an exclusive interview,
she threatens not only his carefully constructed lifestyle, but his longstanding ideas about love.
Is their passion a distraction or the key to surviving their war of wills?

Enter to win this book and I'll announce the winner on Thursday night!

How do you enter?

You get two chances to win by posting to two out the three posts this week. Choose this one, the one tomorrow, or the one that will be posted sometime on Wednesday.

Good luck!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas is....around the corner!

Christmas is getting closer and I'll be the first to admit I'm not ready. I've been really busy this month and Thanksgiving-heck, that is just over. Is it true that Christmas will be here in only another week and half? Like....the next week?

I'm curious. How many of you out there are all ready for Christmas? Got your decorations up? Your presents bought? Your Christmas cards sent?

I can confess that the answer to those for me are a big fat no.

But, what about you?

Stayed tuned tomorrow night....another hot book giveaway is coming!

The winner of TO SIN WITH A STRANGER is....

Congratulations to Tetewa!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


A Perfect 10
Berkley Sensation
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-22420-5
October 2008
Contemporary Romance

Los Angeles, California – Present Day

Taylor Donovan is at the peak of her career and getting bigger all the time. As a lawyer specializing in employment law, she has been sent to Los Angeles by her law firm in Chicago and assigned to defend a 30 million dollar lawsuit against her firm's client by the Federal Government and the EEOC. Taylor loves her job; she is dedicated to it, and all her free moments are consumed with being the best she can be, and her rise in the firm is proof of her success. Right at the beginning of the case, her boss, Sam Blakely, head of the California litigation department, calls her into the office. Oh oh, that usually means helping someone's relative with a legal matter or some such busy work. Sam wants Taylor to coach an actor in portraying a lawyer for a movie, and not just any actor, no sirree! Just The Sexiest Man Alive in People magazine, Jason Andrews. Despite all protestations, Taylor makes two appointments with Jason's assistant, but he never shows. Then one morning, she sees on television that he was in Las Vegas. Well, that doesn't go over very well with Taylor; she's a busy lawyer, not Jason's private pet. Then, while in a courtroom arguing a motion for the case before a judge, who walks in but the missing Jason Andrews, and unfortunately he more than lives up to his reputation. He's a beautiful man, and way too dangerous for Taylor, especially if she even gives him an iota of an idea that he appeals to her.

When Jason meets Taylor and she actually doesn't stutter in awe at him he's surprised; after all, he's The Sexiest Man Alive, as proven by every woman he's dated for many years. As we all assume about movie stars, he is rich, totally self-absorbed, and surrounded by paparazzi no matter where he is or what he does. This alone is something that he must deal with every day of his life. But Jason knows he's good looking, a great actor, and...well, a great lover if all the stories are true, and believe me, he knows they are. Jason is a serious actor, and even though he has won numerous awards, it's his astounding good looks and romantic escapades that hold everyone's interest. But Taylor treats him totally different, and he just can't believe it when she alternately ignores him and tries to tell him what to do. Doesn't she know who he is? He's The---yeah we know, Jason. To recount Taylor and Jason's relationship will take all the fun out of it; nevertheless, it's totally believable and heart warming and emotional. But, will Taylor stay and try to build a relationship with Jason, or will she return to Chicago after her case is finished?

Jason finds any reason to spend time with Taylor after the original consultation work, and Taylor soon sees that being with a movie star will involve interruptions and publicity that cannot be avoided. It takes Jason time and several attempts at gaining Taylor's attention -- all which blow up in his face -- he's never had to work so hard for any woman, just ask his friend Jeremy. His friend since college, Jeremy is the one person Jason can be himself with and who doesn't believe all the hype about him. Scott Casey is an Australian actor determined to oust Jason from his perch as The Sexiest Man Alive and willing to sweet talk Taylor and use her to his advantage. If you've ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection.

Julie James brings Taylor and Jason to life before our eyes, and we don't just like them, we love them, despite their flaws. Told from their points of view along with Scott Casey's, a fellow actor, each character is carefully crafted and brought to life. Taylor is expertly depicted as a driven lawyer, an expert at what she does, and she's damn proud of it. Jason acts the way we all think a typical movie star would; he's self involved and spoiled, but there is only his friend Jeremy who knows the deepest part of him. But Taylor reaches inside Jason, finds what makes him tick, and brings him to us as a real person, not a caricature of a movie star.

I loved every person in JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE and that's what makes it such a special read. There's Jeremy, Jason's friend; and Naomi Cross, Jason's next co-star. Marty is Jason's manager extraordinaire; and Scott Casey, a fellow actor. Taylor's two friends, Valerie and Kate, know her history and are completely in awe of the people Taylor is now acquainted with.

JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. While there is intense passion and chemistry between two people, there was actually no descriptive sex, can you believe it? And yet my heart beat faster and I felt as though I were interrupting the sexiest couple I ever read about. I'm jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award. I am anxiously awaiting her next novel. Hurry, hurry Julie!

Carolyn Crisher

Don't forget....Thursday night chat with Red Sage authors!

Chat begins at 9:00PM eastern time in the RRT chat room at (click Chat Room).

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spotlight Review: WICKED INTENTIONS by Lydia Joyce

Signet Eclipse
ISBN-10: 0-451-22567-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-22567-2
December 2008
Historical Romance

London – 1800's

Esmeralda claims to hear the dead and see visions; she is popular at ton soirees, veiled, sitting quietly in a corner. During séances, Lady Hamilton is mesmerized by Esmeralda's every word -- much to her son's dismay. Thomas Hyde, Lord Varcourt, believes the mysterious and beautiful Esmeralda is a charlatan, making a fortune from the wealthy women of the ton. Thomas is shunned by many people who think he is to blame for his brother's demise twelve years ago. He is shocked when he hears that Esmeralda led his mother to a buried ruby necklace in their garden. What game is she playing, and what does she want with his family? Lord Olthwaite, a powerful Tory, is disconcerted when he sees the necklace. He has his men looking for a woman -- could that person be Esmeralda?

Thomas warns Esmeralda to stay away from his family but is shaken because of his attraction to her. Esmeralda is never seen without her veil, making her a mystery woman, a darling of the ton. When she leaves the soiree, Thomas follows her to a poor section of the city. He is determined to confront her and find out what her connection is to his family, the necklace, and Lord Olthwaite, and whether it is political or personal. But can he keep his distance from her?

WICKED INTENTIONS is a dark story about two troubled people. Esmeralda and Thomas can be heartless -- she is a fraud with an agenda -- and both Esmeralda and Thomas can be cruel. Readers will wonder what drives them to such extremes of behavior, but you can feel the pain behind their actions. As we turn the pages, we begin to know these two much better and learn what is tormenting them and can sympathize with them. They are drawn to each other. An interesting secondary character is Thomas's mother, who is plagued by what she believes about her son's death -- she copes by losing herself in drugs.

A hot romance, the pages smoke and sizzle in WICKED INTENTIONS. It will also keep readers in suspense as Esmeralda moves into the light. Enjoyable and well paced, it is an excellent book to curl up with on a cold winter day.

Marilyn Heyman

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Book Giveawa - TO SIN WITH A STRANGER by Kathryn Caskie!

One lucky person will win a copy of Kathryn Caskie's TO SIN WITH A STRANGER, out now and available in many bookstores.

You can read an excerpt by clicking here.

Have you read Kathryn's books before? Which is your favorite?

Post away and I'll pick a winner this weekend!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Chats this week at Romance Reviews Today

Chat room located here:

Wednesday night at 9:00PM eastern time, Mo chats with Janet Elaine Smith.

Janet Elaine Smith joins us to discuss her book, "Hi, Daddy!" as well as her two Christmas books, "A Christmas Dream" and "A Lumberjack Christmas...Revisited". Door prize: winner's choice of one of the Christmas books.

Thursday night at 9:00PM eastern time, chat with the Red Sage authors as we discuss what's new and what's available from them. Should be a hot, rollicking time!

Friday night, chat with Patti and the rest of the Friday night crew as we gather around and get relaxed for the start of the weekend. Chat begins at 9:30PM eastern time and topics discussed range from what we're reading to the latest hot, fun topics!

Hope to see you in our chat room this week!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New Reviews Posted


The following books will be given away in the December drawing.

#1 – QUEEN OF DRAGONS – Sharon Abe & ON THE PROWL – Karen MacInerney
#2 – PHANTOM’S TOUCH – Julie Leto & BLOOD DREAMS – Kay Hooper

Click on the Contest Page for information on entering the contest.

Visit our new release page and start your shopping list today!

Visit the RRTBlog to see what Patti is up to – and what books she is giving away. If you are not on the RRTChatters loop, you are missing some great conversations – and prizes.

Join Patti every Friday night in the RRT chat room at 9 PM ET to chat about this, that and the other.

Join the Schemer every Monday night in the RRT Chat room at 9 PM ET – you never know what the topic will be!

Join CrazyMo in the new chat room: Mo’s Book Buzz. Check out the new calendar on the home page for the Chat Schedule.

In this issue, we have 28 new reviews for your reading enjoyment!

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE – L. Foster, D. Martin, J. D’Alessandro, P. McCall – Patti – Contemporary Romance

Contemporary Fiction
STORMY WEATHER – Geri Buckley – Patti

Contemporary Romance
TALK OF THE TOWN – Karen Hawkins – Carolyn
TALK OF THE TOWN – Sherrill Bodine – Patti
WICKED BURN – Beth Kery – Jennifer

THE CROWN – Deborah Chester – The Pearls and the Crown, Book 2 – Robin

Historical Romance
AN IMPROPER ARISTOCRAT – Deb Marlowe – Jani – HH #924
NEVER DARE A DUKE – Gayle Callen – Jani
PRISONER OF THE FLAMES – Dawn MacTavish – Anthonette
TO SIN WITH A STRANGER – Kathryn Caskie – Anthonette
UNTAMED – Pamela Clare – MacKinnon’s Rangers, Book 2 – Marilyn
WHEN THE DUKE RETURNS – Eloisa James – Desperate Duchesses series, Book 4 – Jane
WICKED INTENTIONS – Lydia Joyce – Marilyn

MURDER PACKS A SUITCASE – Cynthia Baxter – The Murder Packs a Suitcase Mystery Series – Robin

Paranormal Romance
DARKSCAPE: THE REBEL LORD – R. Garland Gray – Kathy
DEMON’S HUNGER – Eve Silver – Compact of Sorcerers, Book 2 – Jennell / Marilyn
DESTINY KILLS – Keri Arthur – Myth and Magic, Book 1 – Courtney/ Lori
HEART FATE – Robin D. Owens – Jani
THE MANE ATTRACTION – Shelley Laurenston – Pride Stories, Book 3 – Lori

Romantic Comedy
BEDTIME FOR BONSAI – Elaine Fox – Patti

Romantic Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
ANCHORS AWEIGH – Kathleen Bacus – The Calamity Jayne series, Book 6 – Diana
BEHIND THE SHADOWS – Patricia Potter – Jane
DARK SUMMER – Iris Johansen – Courtney
LIE TO ME – Starr Ambrose – Jane
ZACK – Cheyenne McCray – Armed and Dangerous, Book 1 – Jennifer

Time Travel Romance
IRREVERSIBLE – Liz Maverick – Kathy

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Q&A with Beth Kery!

Meet Beth Kery! Her newest, WICKED BURN, is currently in stores. You can read more about WICKED BURN by clicking here and you can learn more about Beth by going to her website at

1. Tell us about your newest release.

WICKED BURN is sort of a paradox, because when you first start reading it, you might think it’s just this scorching hot erotic-romance. But the intensely intimate sex right off the bat is there for a reason–it’s crucial because it’s what cuts through Niall’s (my heroine's) numbness after a terrible personal tragedy. The fact that Vic doesn't just creep into her world, but explodes into it, is about Vic’s dominant character, but also Niall’s tragic history.
WICKED BURN is a deeply romantic story between two people who have been scarred in different ways. Vic is the brooding, intellectual playwright and also the dead-sexy cowboy. I couldn't resist the contrast. What I love about Vic is that even though he makes his living through words, he’s acutely aware of the mystery of women…that he can't say things right for them. When he falls in love with Niall, and accepts her into his life, it’s like he’s overcome this major barrier–not only for his creativity, but his own growth as a human being.

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

I wrote for a romance when I was in my twenties and sent it into Harlequin. The editor actually called me and told me what she liked, but then she said what didn't work for her. I was young and didn't know anything about the publishing world. I saw it as a rejection and didn't write again for ten years! I didn't realize how encouraging it was to have her call and tell me what to change. I still roll my eyes about it today. I guess I first knew I'd be a writer when my first book got accepted by Ellora's Cave a few years ago. It was published in January of 2007, and I've been going strong since then.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

I daydream a lot. I've come up with a lot of loose ideas while either walking in downtown Chicago where I live or driving and listening to music. Afterwards, I do quite a bit of research, depending on the storyline.

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

Hmmm...well, I'm sort of a geek who loves romance. I'm into art, history, science and travel, and it's inevitable that my interests creep into my storylines and plots. WICKED BURN is a good example, because Vic is a playwright and Niall is an art museum curator. I adore Chicago and had a blast walking the Prairie Avenue historic district and touring old mansions in order to research my upcoming time travel, DARING TIME. So I guess my writing quirk is that my topics/themes often reflect my geeky interests.

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

I was surprised to learn how long it takes to get a book published! This is a business where you have to be extremely patient. The waiting for various things is inevitable.

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

I was hugely influenced by what I read: Jane Austen, Sandra Brown, Mary Stewart. The first erotic romance I read was by NJ Walters, and I just loved it. I sensed that it was a good fit for me right away.

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

My husband is so incredibly supportive. Unconditionally. He's a great guy--must be to put up with my occasional manic-hysterical-author moments while I'm plotting a book or...releasing my first print book. (I've been a little squirrelly for the past few days.)

8. What is coming up next for you writing wise?

FLIRTING IN TRAFFIC comes out from Cerridwen in March 2009. This is a fun, light-hearted very sexy contemporary romance about the trials and tribulations of modern dating.

DARING TIME is a time-travel that comes out in May, 2009. It’s part contemporary/cop drama, part
historical, part ghost-story….totally sexy.

SWEET RESTRAINT comes out next August. It's an intense contemporary that occurs between two lovers who were torn apart a decade ago by a dirty cop organization. The hero is an FBI agent determined to get the woman of his dreams back…even if means kidnapping her and taking her to a secluded cabin until she sees the wisdom…and pleasure….in telling him her tragic truths.

PARADISE RULES is a book I just finished about a supremely confident, talented blues-singer who is forced to vacation in the dreaded place where she grew up–Hawaii. She’ll have to face her fears beneath the knowing hands of a local legend/athlete/businessman who insists she play by his rules–at least while she resides with him in paradise.

Got any questions for Beth? Ask away!

The winner of HOLIDAY SEDUCTION is............

...congratulations to Estella!!!!!
Please email me at with your mailing info.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Pocket Star
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-6458-4
November 2008
Contemporary Romance

Evergreen, California – Present Day

Ricco Maza is a complicated man with a lot of family drama in his life. He is a policeman, and every year at Christmas, he returns home to Evergreen to be with his family. Years ago after his father left the family with three girls and a little boy behind, they were almost destitute. After his mother was raped, they left their town with no money and found their way to Evergreen, where people accepted and cared for them and took them in with love and friendship. Evergreen is that quintessential small town, especially during the Christmas season: friendly people, beautiful scenery, and a Christmas spirit that brings people from far and wide to visit every year, just as Ricco does. But the past few years, storms have prevented people from driving to Evergreen, and with the highway impassable, money is tight and huge loans have been made trying to save everyone's businesses. This year, Ricco makes a small stop in Reno on his way home and meets a beautiful woman, with whom he shares a night of outstanding sex. But the next day, he drives to Evergreen and jumps on the new snowplow and starts plowing up the highway, making way for all the tourists with money to spend, which the town needs. But who ends up running off the road in a rental car but Ricco's Cinderella from the night before.

Kimberly Michaels is a shark. Along with her boss, Nick Gold, their company finds companies or cities ripe for the picking. Then their company takes them over and runs them the way they want. Right now, Nick wants Evergreen, California for a new casino and resort town. Thanks to Kim's research, they know the city is on its last legs. As a winter town, with most of its money flow during the months of December and January, several years of snow storms that blocked the way to Evergreen have just about completely ravaged the town of its livelihood. Loans have been taken out, and now there is a balloon payment due, and Kim is going there to make them an offer they can't refuse. Her night in Reno involved several outstanding climaxes, of a quality seldom seen in her life. But first thing in the morning, she decides she must get her mind off sex and onto business and find a way to Evergreen despite the snowstorm closing down all the roads. When she drives into Evergreen, the first thing she does is run off the road, and when the man who rescues her is her Latin lover from the night before, she decides to remain incognito and pretend she's just visiting.

Kim has been married twice and is now almost engaged to her boss, Nick. Nick thinks they are such a good team in business, it's logical that together in marriage they would be unstoppable. Kim's early life echoes Ricco's. The only child of extremely wealthy parents, the only person who ever cared about her was her grandma, and the locket that she wears everyday is her only connection to someone who actually loved her. Deciding to investigate all areas of the town, Kim is decidedly uneasy dealing with Ricco, his sisters, their children, and his mother. Kim's never been surrounded by so many people before in her life!

When things start happening in town to scare visitors off, Kim doesn't know whether to be happy or scared. Her job identifies her, and just the thought of losing it and her tentative connection with Nick scares her. And Ricco is overwhelmed by his family, especially when his father returns home like the proverbial bad penny; does he really have cancer, or is this just another way to play everyone? Kim and Ricco have a sexual connection that almost overwhelms them; is it the real thing, or just two healthy people assuaging their desires? And will Evergreen survive the Christmas season and pay off its debts, or will Kim's company strike while the iron's hot as it usually does?

Karin Tabke has provided us with a stellar reading experience and two characters who pull at our heartstrings, especially Ricco. Written from Ricco's and Kim's points of view, we can easily see why both of them are afraid of relying on anyone else for their happiness. Ricco stays in Evergreen just long enough until family responsibilities totally engulf him, and then he returns to his police work the rest of the year, preferably undercover where the action is nonstop. Kim is outstanding at her job, and perhaps marrying someone who believes in the ethics of work, as she does, will be the perfect mate for her. In spite of that, the excellent sex with Ricco is pretty hard not to think seriously about. But first Kim must finish her assignment, even though friendly people in a town who talk to you actually freaks her out. Why are these people so nice?

Ricco's family and the citizens of Evergreen provide a boisterous, loving background to this wonderful story. Ricco's mother and sisters and their families are both his love and his despair. They rely on him so much that the tension of trying to be all things to all of them makes him crazy. And Ricco's father, Enrique, is at the heart of Ricco's fear of abandonment and the hatred that is such a part of his being that he cannot separate himself from the childish hurt he caused his whole family. Every person in Evergreen is trying his or her hardest to keep their town growing. And of course there is Nick Gold, Kim's boss, and almost fiancé.

HAVE YOURSELF A NAUGHTY LITTLE SANTA is a book with not only a sweet story and hot romance, but it shows the results of a whole family growing up with a father who left them and put his life ahead of his family's, and how that act changed his son's life forever. If you enjoy family dynamics and a very interesting, fast paced, sexy story, this should be at the top of your list this month.

Carolyn Crisher

Note: I will be drawing the winner of Holiday Seduction Thursday evening.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Spotlight Review--TALL, DARK, AND KILTED by Allie Mackay

Signet Eclipse
ISBN: 978-0451-22551-1
November 2008
Paranormal Romance

Dunroamin Castle in Scotland's Far North, the Present

In an eerie prologue, a medieval Highlander, one Sir Hardwin de Studley of Seagrave, bargains with a lord of the underworld. It seems "Hardwick," so named for his proficiency at pleasing women, was cursed by a wandering wizard/bard. For 700 years, Hardwick has been forced to pleasure a different woman each night...without ever being able to find release himself! Even a lusty Highlander would eventually tire of such an existence. The devil promises to send Hardwick into that long, peaceful sleep if he proves himself by lasting a year and a day without being fully aroused by a woman. If he fails, Hardwick will be thrown to all the hags of hell for their pleasure. Hardwick chooses to spend that year and a day where he will surely face no temptation.

After being dumped by her boyfriend for a conniving other woman who, she suspects, had a hand in ruining her business, Cilla Swanner of Pennsylvania travels to Scotland to stay with her uncle and aunt at Dunroamin Castle, a registered care home for the elderly...the very same place Hardwick chose for his chaste sabbatical. Worse, it turns out that Cilla is one of those mortals able to see ghosts. And she likes what she sees! The feeling is mutual, for Cilla is also Hardwick's worse weakness, a lush damsel in distress.

Meanwhile, there is trouble in Dunroamin Castle. Guests are leaving in fear of the roving bands of fierce Viking ghosts haunting the grounds. The few that are left are a colorful set of oldsters who add humor to the plot and a welcome diversion from the steamy thoughts of Cilla and Hardwick. She longs for him like she's never longed for any man, and he constantly fights his own arousal while mentally toying with her. She won't know who and what he is or why he won't make love to her for a good part of the book, but the author starts in right away to treat us to earthy, explicit desires on both their parts. And I mean "parts" both figuratively and literally. I could wish more time was spent on developing the side plots and less on sexual fantasies, but that is just a matter of taste. The minor characters, mortal and not, and speculation on otherworldly matters -- especially the chances for lifting the curse -- added interest to the whole.

TALL, DARK, AND KILTED is an imaginative, intriguing, and sensuous novel. It's also connected to Ms. Mackay's HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS and HIGHLANDER IN HER BED. A search on HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS's title in RRT's home page search window will turn up our review of it in which Sandra recommends it highly. All the titles exhibit the author's knowledge and love of Scotland and its Highlanders.

Jane Bowers

Monday, December 01, 2008

Reviews posted at RRT

A little late, but check them out at

From Terrie, our wonderful webmistress:

In this issue, we have 43 new reviews for your reading enjoyment!

GUINEVERE’S TRUTH – Jennifer Roberson – Kathy – Fantasy
SUITE 606 – J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas – Jane – Paranormal

Contemporary Fiction
MAN OF THE HOUSE – Ad Hudler – A Perfect 10 – Mel – Contemporary Fiction
THE FACE – Angela Hunt – A Perfect 10 – Diana – Women’s Fiction

Contemporary Romance
A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS – Robyn Carr – Virgin River series, Book 4 – Diana
RIPTIDE LOVE – Melissa Lopez – The Thorns, Book 2 – Lori
SALSA WITH ME – Roni Denholtz – Kate

SWALLOWING DARKNESS – Laurell K. Hamilton – Merry Gentry series, Book - Kathy – Urban Fantasy

Fantasy Romance
TWICE A PRINCE – Sherwood Smith – Sasharia en-Garde, Book 2 – Vi

Futuristic Romance
DO OR DIE – Marly Matthews – Patti

Historical Fiction
A GOOD WOMAN – Danielle Steel – Deborah
HIGH SPIRITS – Alice Duncan – Spirits series – Jani
THE HOUSE OF ALLERBROOK – Valerie Anand – A Novel of Exmoor – Amy

Historical Romance
A MCKETTRICK CHRISTMAS – Linda Lael Miller – The McKettrick series – Diana
RAPTURE’S TEMPEST – Bobbi Smith – Jani
THE PIRATE BRIDE – Shannon Drake – Mel
THE ROGUE AND THE RIVAL – Maya Rodale – Anthonette
WARRIOR’S LADY – Gerri Russell – Marilyn

Paranormal Romance
BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK – Elissa Wilds – Jennell
CASTING SPELLS – Barbara Bretton – Lisa
DEMON BOUND – Meljean Brook – The Guardians, Book 7 – Lori
IMMORTAL WARRIOR – Lisa Hendrix – Courtney
TALL, DARK, AND KILTED – Allie Mackay – Jane
THE DRAGON MASTER – Allyson James – Dragon series, Book 3 – Lori

THE EDUCATION OF PORTIA – Leslie Anne McLeod – Jane

Romantic Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
BAD PENNY – Sharon Sala – A Cat Dupree Novel, Book 3 – Diana
DYING FOR YOU – Beverly Barton – The Protector series, final book – Carolyn
NIGHT FALL – Cherry Adair – A Perfect 10 – Amy – Paranormal
THE MISSING – Shiloh Walker – Kathy – Paranormal
TOO FAR GONE – Marliss Melton – Jane

Series Romance
BABY BEQUEST – Robyn Gracy – Billionaires and Babies – Jennifer – SD #1908
DO NOT DISTRUB UNTIL CHRISTMAS – Charlene Sands – Suite Secrets, Book 2 – Patti – SD #1906
PREGNANT ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE? – Emilie Rose – Park Avenue Scandals, Book 5 – Patti – SD #1903
RECKLESS – Tori Carrington – Indecent Proposals, Book 2 – Patti – HB #433
THE CEO’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION – Merline Lovelace – Holidays Abroad, Book 1 – Patti – SD #1905
THE MAGNATE’S TAKEOVER – Mary McBride – Gifts from a Billionaire, Book 3 – Carolyn – SD #1904
THE MILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS WIFE – Susan Crosby – Wives for Hire, Book 3 – Carolyn – SD #1936
THE SPANIAIRD’S SEDUCTION – Tessa Radley – The Saxon Brides, Book 2 – Diana – SD# 1907
TO PROTECT A PRINCESS – Gail Barrett – The Crusaders, Book 2 – Diana – SRS

RUNNING FROM THE PUPPET MASTER – D-L Nelson – Deborah - Suspense
THE MEMORIST – M.J. Rose – Kathy – Paranormal Suspense

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hot Prize............HOLIDAY SEDUCTION by Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton


One copy of HOLIDAY SEDUCTION (print) to one lucky winner!

Here's a blurb:

Amy's kind of fantasies wouldn't cut it in the straight-laced law firm where she's fought her way to partnership. And she refuses to let a younger man use her to advance in the firm. Justin might be brilliant, gorgeous and sexy, but he's firmly implanted in the look-but-don't-touch realm. Until a corporate acquisition in Hawaii over Christmas gives Justin the opportunity to show Amy he's interested in her as a woman. And he has the ideal plan to help unwrap the perfect Christmas gift for Amy.

Since she could pick up a pencil, Belle has used lists to map out her life. But now, she realizes the life she thought she wanted exacts too high a price. Exhausted, she heads home for Christmas to make a new to-do list. She didn't factor in Rafe, her brother's best friend kissing her under the mistletoe! Belle finds herself with a whole new set of goals to balance with what she thought she always wanted. Rafe's plan is to seduce Belle back home where she belongs.

Post away and one winner to be drawn later this week!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mystery Book winner is........

Congrats to AmyS !!!

Amy, email me at and I'll send you the list of books that you can choose one from. :)

Stay tuned....I have another 'hot' book giveaway coming up this next week.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

To All A Good Night Winner is............

Congrats to StacyS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please email me at with your snail mail info!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Spotlight Review: TEQUILA TRUTH by Mari Carr

Samhain Publishing -
ISBN: 978-1-60504-218-3
October 2008
Erotic Contemporary Romance - Short Story

Present Day

After seven years of friendship and living together, during a game of Tequila Truth, Kylie admits to her roommates Colt and Heath that her most daring sexual fantasy involves being dominated by two men at the same time. Six months later, Colt and Heath are getting worried about Kylie’s increasingly reckless behavior, and decide that if kinky sex is what she wants, they are just the men to give it to her.

Kylie is surprised when her easy-going roommates inform her that they’ve had enough and, for the weekend, she’ll answer to them. Though her independent streak urges her to put them in their place, the rest of her is so turned on she can hardly breathe. She has one weekend to explore her wildest fantasies with the two men she trusts most in the world, but when the weekend is over will they be able to go back to being platonic friends?

TEQUILA TRUTH is a tantalizing romantic tale. Heath and Colt have been friends since kindergarten, and have shared just about everything in the past twenty years. When Kylie answered their ad for a roommate, something clicked between them, but other than a little flirting when she first moved in, the friendship has been strictly platonic. Her admission that she’s not quite as vanilla as Colt and Heath believed has them unsure of how to deal with her, but when Colt walks in on her boyfriend beating her, he knows he and Heath have to step in before she’s truly hurt.

The friends-turned-lovers plot is given a bit of a twist in this sexy short story. TEQUILA TRUTH is a book you won’t want to miss.

Jennifer Bishop

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mystery Book Giveaway........

No, not a mystery suspense, but what you win is a mystery.

Well, not exactly....

If your name is chosen, you get a list of books and get to make your pick from that list. But, the winner won't know until they win......

I have some contemporaries, paranormals, mystery suspense, series romance books...but alas, no historicals.

If you're game, then all you need to enter is tell us which authors you think are underrated....

Winner announced Friday!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Spotlight Review: SUN STROKED by Cathryn Fox

SUN STROKED - Cathryn Fox
Berkley Heat
ISBN (13): 978-0-451-22511-5
ISBN (10): 0-451-22511-2
November 2008
Erotic Contemporary Romance Anthology

At the “O” Spa resort on a remote South Pacific island ~ Present Day

Three girlfriends head to a resort for some sun soaking and male hunting. Will they get the relaxing vacation they came for? Find out in Cathryn Fox’s SUN STROKED.

The Sensual Soak

Danielle Corrigan gets her first glimpse of Ethan Sharpe on the beach and she’s ready to be dominated by this gorgeous weapons expert. When Ethan takes Dani up on her offer for some sexual fun in the bedroom while using a little BDSM, the two embark on a torrid fling. Dani isn’t looking for anything permanent, while Ethan feels he’s just biding his time until he can get the call to go back overseas. What will happen when their time is up? Is a fling all they ultimately get in the end?

Scorching hot from the first chapter and onward, The Sensual Soak features a couple not looking past the time when either must leave. Ethan is awaiting orders to ship out again. Will his orders come in before Dani leaves? There are a few BDSM scenes, but the story focuses on the relationship between Dani and Ethan. Is it possible for a short term romance into turn to a long term one? Definitely a fine start to this erotic anthology.

The Pleasure Pool

Lauren Sampson has a body most women would die for, but she wants to be desired for her personality and not that her breasts are large. Meeting Ryan Thomas on the island, she’s struck by something different about him. When he fulfills her secret fantasy to have sex in the dark, she’s thrilled and hopes for more opportunities with Ryan. However, Ryan feels he’s damaged goods because he’s nearly blind. Can a woman who’s uncomfortable with her body find happiness with a man who only sees her for what’s inside?

I must admit that The Pleasure Pool was my favorite of the three tales. Lauren has only known men who can’t look past her killer body and get to know the real person. Ryan can’t see her clearly and only knows that what he can see, he likes. When he overhears her desire to have sex in the dark with a “Tarzan,” he’s only too happy to oblige. One sexual encounter is not enough for these two, but both realize that their fling may end when the vacation does. Ryan was already kicked in the teeth by a woman in the past and is afraid Lauren will reject him also. Do they end up with a happily-ever-after? Find out yourself in The Pleasure Pool.

The Sunset Sauna

Abby Benton is about to say yes to a man who doesn’t excite her sexually. Her friends persuaded her to come to the island and deep down, they’re hoping she meets a guy who’ll ring her bell in bed and convince her that her current Mr. Right is all wrong for her. The first moment Cody Lannon laid his eyes on Abby, he was caught, hook, line and sinker. Intense passion sparks between them, but what happens when Cody finds out Abby is about to say yes to another man?

Abby up to now has always driven the straight course in her life plan, but the entrance of the handsome Cody has her veering off track in The Sunset Sauna. Abby figures she can have a brief fling and then go back to Chicago to take up with her boyfriend. However, the more she’s with Cody, the more she wants their affair to never end. What will Abby decide for her future? Go with Mr. Wrong dull boyfriend or snatch up Mr. Right Cody Lannon?

Three sizzling hot tales set on a lush island resort is just the recipe for some scorching reading that’s perfect for those cool winter nights. For lovers of erotic romance, I highly recommend you putting SUN STROKED at the top of your book buying list.

Holly Tibbs

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Book Giveaway....TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT

This Christmas, sugarplums aren't the only visions that will be dancing in your head. Prepare to have your toes curled by some of the holiday's hunkiest heroes in this hot, hot, hot collection. . . .

Donna Kauffman Unleashed When Emma Lafferty is hired by a billionaire CEO to watch his pets over the holidays, she expects to enjoy a quiet Christmas in opulent surroundings. What she doesn't expect is to spend the week trapped in the mansion with the CEO's sexy great-nephew??-and heir-whose motives are as shady as his desire is crystal clear....

Jill Shalvis Finding Mr. Right Brilliant chemist Maggie Bell has a knack for choosing Mr. Wrong, and with yet another lonely Christmas looming, she decides it's time to alter the equation-and seek out someone who seems totally wrong for her. Enter Jacob Wahler, the rough and rippling contractor who's about as far from Maggie's type as he could get. But suddenly what's wrong for Maggie seems oh-so-right....

HelenKay Dimon Can You Hand Me the Tape? Natalie Pritchard is desperate. It's a week before Christmas and she's lost the naughty tape she made for her now-ex-boyfriend. She's so desperate, in fact, that she'll turn to her nemesis Spencer Donovan for help. The sexy criminal defense attorney would be only too happy to assist-but can Natalie afford his price?

One lucky winner gets a copy of this book. Post away....tell us about what you're doing to prepare yourself for Christmas this year!

Winner chosen next Wednesday night!

November Word Scramble winner is............

Congrats! I've contacted Pam and told her she won.
I'll have another one in December


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New RRTErotic reviews up!

RRTErotic - Issue 27, Volume 1 – November 2008

In this issue, we have 26 new reviews for your enjoyment. (Quick List of new reviews)

Short Stories (less than 100 pages)

Contemporary ReviewsA QUESTION OF TRUST – Jess Dee – Jennifer KILLER CURVES – Regina Carlyle – Kate
MISS JANUARY – Madison Hayes - Calendar Girls, Book 9 - Holly
TEMPTING MOUTHFUL – Elyssa Lynne – Torrid Tarot: Five of Wands – Jennifer
TEQUILA TRUTH - Mari Carr – Jennifer
Gay/Lesbian ReviewsIF ALL THE SANDS WERE PEARL – Pepper Espinoza – Nickole
Paranormal ReviewsDUNCAN’S DESCENT – Marie Harte – Ethereal Foes, Book 2 – Lori
GUILTY NEEDS – Shiloh Walker – Jennell

Single Titles (101 plus pages)

Anthology ReviewsDO IT TO ME – P.F. Kozak – Holly –Contemporary Romance
DOWN IN TEXAS – Delilah Devlin – Allegra –Contemporary Romance
SUN STROKED – Cathryn Fox – Holly- Contemporary Romance
Contemporary ReviewsBETRAYAL – Velvet – Allegra
FORBIDEN FRUIT – Eden Bradley – Jennifer LAST GLASS OF WINE – Bekki Lynn – Courtney
SPICING IT UP – Mia Bailey – Maggie
THE STALLION – Georgina Brown – Phillipa UNDERCOVER SUBMISSION – Melinda Barron – Graceful, Book 3 – Jennifer
Fantasy ReviewsTHE FLAME AND THE SHADOW – Denise Rossetti – Four Sided Pentacle series – KateHistorical ReviewsHOT SILK – Sharon Page – Ariel

Paranormal Reviews
A MERMAID’S KISS – Joey W. Hill – Allegra CHRISTMAS RESCUE - Sultry Summers – Maggie
INTO THE NIGHT – Caitlyn Willows – Into the Heart, Book 2 – Jennifer
SANDEFLY – Linda Mooney – Maggie
SOUTHERN SPIRITS – Edie Bingham – Sinclair
WRITTEN IN THE RUBY – Ravyn White – Vampire Sentinel, Book 2 , Ruby Series – Ariel
Science Fiction ReviewsJACI’S EXPERIMENT – Bianca D’Arc – Resonance Mates, Book 3 – Lori

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Help books

Okay, it's that time of the month. (No, not that time)

I need to make a December book shopping list for the blog, but I'm not sure what you readers want.

Tell me....and I'll consider your suggestions and pick out a few. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spotlight Review: FLAT-OUT SEXY by Erin McCarthy

FLAT-OUT SEXY - Erin McCarthy
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-22407-6
November 2008
Contemporary Romance

Charlotte, North Carolina - Present Day

Tamara Briggs is a young widow and mother of two small children, Petey and Hunter. Her husband, Pete, a top NASCAR driver, was killed when his car spun out of control and hit the wall at Talladega. Tamara has vowed never to be involved again with anyone who is a daredevil, and is looking for a safe relationship. Tamara should know, be careful what you wish for. Geoffrey, Tamara’s date, is safe, kind and a dud. Tamara realizes what a mistake Geoffrey is when they attend a cocktail party prior to a big race in Charlotte. No way is she is going to spend the night with him. After conferring with her best friend, Suzanne, and after several glasses of wine, she decides to dump Geoffrey. With that thought in mind, Tamara turns abruptly around and bumps into Elec Monroe, spilling her merlot on him. Be still my heart.

Elec Monroe is a rookie driver for NASCAR. He is also a captivating and very sexy man. Elec hates to attend these cocktail parties, because there are so many women looking to snag a driver. When Tamara and Elec bump into each other, Tamara feels like a foolish, bumbling teenager, and Elec is immediately smitten with her. The heat from these two is FLAT-OUT SEXY.

Tamara decides to leave the event, and her late husband’s best friend, Ryder, tells Tamara she can stay in his RV coach, which is parked at the racetrack. Ryder notices Elec is also leaving the party and has him escort Tamara. Could Tamara’s timing be any better? Of course, they embark on hot passionate sex. Tamara is a responsible woman who doesn’t do one night stands, and she isn’t sure how it happens, but the one night stand turns into a serious attraction. Tamara has her own issues to work through. Yes, Elec is younger by six years, she has two children, he is a daredevil, and her father-in-law hates his family. This relationship is running on the fast track; can Tamara take the risk to experience the power of love?

FLAT-OUT SEXY is a fast-paced read. Tamara is a widow and a dedicated mom who is re-entering the dating world. Elec may be younger, but he can teach Tamara a thing or two about life. The searing passion between these two is explosive, and the action starts on page one and doesn’t stop until the last page. Erin McCarthy has written a fun, sexy read. The love scenes are sizzling, and the characters are memorable. Pour yourself a glass of merlot, ladies, and enjoy.

Deborah C Jackson

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November Word Scramble Game...

Here is the latest word scrambler game! The prize is a $10 amazon gift certificate and will be awarded on Thursday night. (11/20)

Just unscramble the following author names and send your answers to

1. Lroi Ftesor
2. Ldisnay MnNekca
3. Kmblirey Ryae
4. Dnaia Pmelar
5. Jfenneir Csiure
6. Nahnna Wlhloe
7. Niade Whtsdieei
8. Uelij Otel
9. Akte Acpree
10. Erilemn Eelvcoal

Good luck!!!!

The winner of Forbidden Fantasies is......


Congratulations and please email me at

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chat Saturday night at Romance Reviews Today

Come chat tonight with Minx in the Romance Reviews Today chat room! Join the latest discussions on reading and new books and whatever strikes the fancy.

Click here to log into the RRT Chat room (It's in Minx's chat room)

Chat begins at 9PM eastern time.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday night chat....

...Begins at 9:30 pm eastern time.

To enter the chat room, click here or go to and click on RRT Chat. away a copy of TALK OF THE TOWN by Sherrill Bodine.

Check out the blurb and more info on this by clicking here (takes you to the author's web site)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Perfect 10: LIKE NO OTHER LOVER by Julie Ann Long

A Perfect 10
ISBN: 978-0-06-134159-5
November 2008
Historical Romance

Pennyroyal Green, Sussex, England – 1800’s

Miles Redmond thought he was immune to love until he laid eyes on the beautiful Cynthia Brightly, the belle of the season. Although the vivacious Cynthia has neither family nor wealth, she believes her beauty will give her the title and money she deserves. At a ball, Miles hears her discussing the gentlemen to whom she would like to be introduced. She is not interested in Miles, since he is a second son, interested in natural science, and not wealthy enough for her tastes. Cynthia is soon engaged to a wealthy earl, but something happens and the engagement is broken.

Miles’s sister Violet invites her friend Cynthia for a two week stay at the Redmond estate for a house party. Although Miles has not seen Cynthia for two years, he is again overcome by her beauty and charm, and he is not happy with his reaction. His older brother has disappeared, so Miles is now the heir, but he is more interested in another trip to the South Seas. Cynthia is broke and will have to go into service if she does not attract a husband in the coming weeks. Miles, unhappily, is in charge of the house party, and his father is encouraging him to marry the demure Georgina, a wealthy friend’s daughter. Can Miles stop thinking of the lovely, cold-hearted Cynthia? Miles makes a deal with Cynthia – he will give her information about the gentlemen in the party for a kiss. She acquiesces, and the scene is set…

The emotion and the sexual tension in LIKE NO OTHER LOVER are palpable, and are a favorite part of this terrific story. As Miles courts Georgina, and Cynthia flirts with the various participants at the house party, they are always aware of each other. Although Miles has every intention of marrying Georgina, he can’t stop his heart from pounding and getting aroused as he watches the enticing Cynthia making conquests. Flirtation seems to come naturally to her. She begins to see Miles in a different light – why did she not realize how handsome and interesting he is, even though he challenges her at every turn? They have a difficult time keeping their eyes and hands off of each other, but Miles knows his duty, and Cynthia knows she must find a husband quickly before her funds are depleted.

LIKE NO OTHER LOVER will keep readers mesmerized from beginning to end -- guaranteed you won’t be able to put it down. The story is very romantic; steam and sizzle rise from the pages. Secondary characters compliment the story: Violet, who is looking for adventure, and the gentlemen who are so captivated by the spirited Cynthia. Well written with excellent dialogue and a sensual story that will live long in readers’ memories, it is a book you won’t want to miss. A Perfect 10.

Marilyn Heyman

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Hot Book Giveaway............

FORBIDDEN FANTASIES by various Ellora's Cave authors!


Bossy & Clyde

Psychic artist Kandrea Kane hires Damon Clyde to design her cozy new apartment, but she doesn't predict the erotic energy his masculine touch ignites in her voluptuous body.


Legend's Passion

A night of anonymous ecstasy in the park with a gorgeous werewolf is a red-hot sexual release for Chantal Devlin -- until a case of mistaken identity leads to a dangerous surprise.


Eternal Triangle

When mortal master Chad Lalanne and his sensuous vampire submissive Katie invite Philippe d'Argent on an erotic trip into a Cajun paradise, the lovers unlock wild, forbidden desires on the bayou.


Lady Elizabeth's Choice

After a raw, passionate encounter that claimed Lady Elizabeth Wentworth's innocence months ago, Lord Spencer Marchwood decides the only way to win her love is to seduce her with sexual pleasures she can't refuse.



While researchers try to determine who -- and what -- beautiful Eva really is, she relinquishes her darkest fantasies to the primal call of confident, golden-haired Dante, who rescued her from an evil scientist.


Wild Ride

DEA agent Santiago towers over Tess with a Stetson on his head and smooth bronze skin she longs to car-ess, putting her on her naughtiest bedroom behavior -- and exposing her to a risky game of hot pursuit.



Tight-bodied lunewulf Jaynie Rousseau loves her freedom too much to mate...until strong, aggressive Cariboo lunewulf Perry Roth tempts her animal senses and arouses her lustful appetite.


First Sharing

In order to save their people, handsome, feather-winged Laith and his muscle-bound, bat-winged friend Rykken must convince delicate Cyan to abandon her earthly art for a life of carnal indulgence in a land far away.

Step inside Ellora's Cave, where passions run wild and the sexiest fantasies come true....

To enter the contest, just post away and I'll announce the winner on Sunday night!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Q&A with American Title finalist Marie-Claude Bourque!

Tell us about your entry in the American Title contest.

ANCIENT WHISPERS is a dark paranormal inspired by the poem Evangeline by Henri Longfellow (1847). It is the story of a bold immortal sorcerer and his obsession to be reunited with the fiancée he lost centuries ago. It is filled with tortured heroes, engaging and mysterious characters, intense emotions, scorching dark desires, gothic rituals and a touch of history.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for 14 months.

What made you decide to enter the American Title contest?

I had just started to enter my manuscript in RWA contests when I saw the call for entry. Since my first three chapters were polished and the contest free, I decided to give it a shot just for fun and I quickly forgot all about it.

Describe your thoughts at the first moment you realized you were going to be in the contest?

The first real shock I had was when I received an email from Leah Hultenschmidt telling me she had thoroughly enjoyed my story and could I please send her the full manuscript. That was huge for me, I had only been writing for 10 months by then and I had no idea if anyone would ever like my writing. It was a tremendous validation. I didn’t expect more than that. I was very happy at that point. But of course, when I found out I was actually a finalist, I was stunned. I think I even cried.

What has been the reaction of your family and friends so far?

My friends and family are extremely supportive. A lot of people didn’t know I was writing, and now they are all very excited about the contest. My husband wishes he could get a few more home cook dinners, but he takes it all in a stride.
My two boys are very proud. It is great at their age, they believe that someone can truly do anything if they want it hard enough and they work hard at it. Their attitude is very stimulating to me.

What authors have influenced you?

I read across genre and I can’t say I write like any particular authors. I discovered paranormal romance through Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan and I still love everything they produce, their character developments, the heat level of their love scene. But I have to say that my style has been called slightly lyrical and that has been a problem for me in many contests. I cannot seem to fit in that mold. I was a bit depressed about it, until I read dark fantasy author Caitlin R. Kiernan. I am quite a fan of hers and to see her writing style, very dark and lyrical, liberated me to write what I feel is me. I don’t write like her, or even try. She is brilliant. And she is true to herself and that is what inspires me. So I’m just looking for those people out there who might like my style. If I can’t find anyone, I will have to revise my game plan.

Okay, this is a tough question considering the contest is just opening, but what has been the toughest thing so far?

First, I am very worried about the judges’ comments. I can take being voted off, but I’m scared of the comments, on the Romantic Times website, for everyone to see.
But the real biggest challenge for me is balance, to stay balanced. When I start something, I am very focused and work very hard. So I do that for promoting the contest now, and I am very worried about neglecting my family or also forget to write new material, because it is the actual writing, writing everyday that keeps me truly happy.

Any idea how you'll react if you win?

I’ll be grateful, extremely grateful that many people took the time in their busy day to vote for my entry. I am amazed already at the number of people that are interested to read my story. I have my old friends from my hometown in Quebec, my colleagues at the gym where I used to work, the Pagan community online, writers of dark fiction, lots of great people in the romance community, including my Greater Seattle RWA chapter and of course my three special writing partners and friends. I even have some great guys from my hometown, bikers in a rock band and very talented musicians, who want me to write song lyrics for them. It is just amazing to me that people would care to help me succeed.
So yes, if it ever happens, I will be grateful. And if I don’t win, because it is quite a long shot, I’ll be very happy for the winner, because we have all become good friends, and I just want to read everyone’s stories.
So whatever the outcome, I have come such a long way since I first submitted my prologue, very timidly, to an online critique group about 10 months ago, that I will still be thrilled to have had the chance to learn so much from the contest.


Congratulations, Marie-Claude Bourque, and good luck! Be sure to vote for the next American Title winner by going to the Romantic Times site!

Click here: Read First Lines and instructions on how to vote

You can visit Marie-Claude's web site by clicking here.