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Guest Blogger: LISA DALE (and a giveaway)

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Hello fellow bookworms. My name is Lisa Dale and my first book, Simple Wishes, debuted in January. It’s been a fun, wonderful year and I’d love to share with you. Thanks so much to Romance Reviews Today forinviting me here today! Simple Wishes is story about how love can grow in even the most inhospitable places—it combines a complex and intricate drama with a rich, inspiring location. For my city-slicker heroine, getting back to the simple life is no simple task! Here’s the scoop on the Simple Wishes story: the heroine, Adele, makes a mistake which forces her to leave her NYC apartment and return to the mountain cottage she inherited from her estranged mother. There, the complex relationships she develops with a troubled teenager, an elderly Korean grandmother, and the sexy carpenter-next-door cause her to rethink her life and her desires. Just when true love is within reach, dark secrets from her mother’s past threaten to send her running away again. Many of the scenes in t

The winner of MAXIMUM EXPOSURE is....

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Congrats to the first poster, PAM!! Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info!

Q&A with PAT WHITE!!!

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1. Tell us about your newest release. UNDERCOVER STRANGER is the first book in my Girl Next Door series. Just think if you were going through your routine day and WHAM! This incredibly handsome, tough, yet honorable guy blasts into your life and accuses you of being a spy. That’s the concept of this series. UNDERCOVER STRANGER will be followed in March by RENEGADE SOLDIER. They both feature former military specialists who are part of a covert national security organization designed to protect the US from terrorism. 2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Although I started pursuing writing fiction in 1995, I was always making up stories in my head. I probably had some form of ADD in school so sitting through class was not exactly stimulating. So… I’d make up my own stimulation in the form of secret chambers within the school walls where fantastic things happened. I enjoyed fantastic parties with famous movie stars (Bobby Sherman, anyone), ate lots of chocolate c

Attention Authors!

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Want to blog on the Romance Reviews Today blog? Either I supply you the questions or you bring your own blog. Contact Patti at fisc40pa@aol.com Want to schedule a chat? Contact Mo Boylan at boylanbabe@aol.com She does chats every Wednesday night in the chatroom at RRT. Interested in author services? See this page: http://romrevtoday.com/Web%20Pages/authorservices.htm

Mo's Book Buzz Chat on Wednesday Night!!!

Missy Lyons chat Date: Wednesday February 25, 2009 Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Location: http://clientO.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 Notes: Missy Lyons joins us to discuss her Phaze book, French Kiss. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of French Kiss! Moderated by KatBos.

Q&A with ELLE AMERY!!!

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Give a welcome to Elle Amery who has not one, but three releases with Ravenous Romance. You can check out her releases by clicking here . Give a warm welcome to Elle! 1. Tell us about your newest release. I have a contemporary erotic romance trilogy with Ravenous Romance: Saving Sophie, Grace on Fire, and Tally’s Gift. The stories follow three best friends who fall in love with each other’s older brothers. The girls are awesome: they’re strong, independent women who fall in love with equally awesome but flawed men. My writing is steamy, but is a bit more on the sweeter side of steamy. 2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I think in second grade, when I read Charlotte’s Web. I found myself completely lost in Fern and Wilbur’s world. Still sends tingles down my spine when I think of that book. I lived on a farm way the heck out of town, so I didn’t have any friends nearby to play with, AND, we didn’t have a TV! To counteract the boredom and loneliness,

Book Giveaway: Maximum Exposure by Alison Kent

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Here's another sexy, hot book for a giveaway. MAXIMUM EXPOSURE by ALISON KENT Read about the book by clicking here What do you need to do to enter? Tell us about which author(s) you miss that either no longer writes or hasn't had a book out in a while. I'll pick a winner later in the week!

New RRTErotic Reviews Posted

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RRTErotic - Issue 28, Volume 1 – February 2008 In this issue, we have 37 new reviews and 7 new nibbles for your enjoyment. ( Quick List of new reviews) The February Contest is posted! Up for grabs is NIGHT OF THE HAWK by Vonna Harper We will also be drawing one name for the Samhain Publishing Contest.Just click on the CONTEST page for information on entering the random drawing! Single Titles (101 plus pages) Anthology ReviewsESCAPE TO FANTASY – Jodi Lynn Copeland – Allegra – Anthology – Contemporary Romance Contemporary ReviewsBIG TEMPTATION – Robin L. Rotham – La Grande Mort – Jennifer CLUB SHADOWLANDS – Cherise Sinclair – Jennifer ENOUGH LOVE FOR TWO – Maggie Casper – CeCe ESCAPE TO ECSTASY – Jodi Lynn Copeland - AllegraONLY PLEASURE – Lora Leigh – Bound Heart Series, Book 10 – Jennell SCORCHING SAMMIE – Reese Gabriel – Kate SERVING SERA – Bonnie Rose Leigh – Ariel SIX – Opal Carew – Jennell SUBMISSION – Cherie Feather – CeCe TAKE ME AGAIN – Mackenzie McKade – Wild Oats, Book

Kathy Carmichael's Book Winners are..............

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............. Dee Gatrell and CrystalGB ............... Congratulations and email Kathy at kathycarmichaelauthor@gmail.com with your mailing info!!!!

The winner of THIEF'S DESIRE is...............

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... MEG89!!!! Congratulations and please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info. You must contact me by March 5th! Stay tuned...more great stuff coming soon!!!!

Don't forget....American Title Contest!

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Marie-Claude Bourque, whom we met earlier on the RRT Blog , is still in the running for the American Title over at Romantic Times. WTG Marie-Claude Bourque!!! Don't forget to vote by going here and then sending off an email: http://www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle3.php

Q&A with JACK WOODVILLE LONDON

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1. Jack Woodville London, tell us about this, your first release. Virginia's War is the first of three novels that make up the French Letters trilogy. It is the story of Virginia Sullivan who, in small town Texas in 1944, is told by the family doctor that she is pregnant four months after her boyfriend shipped off to war. No one notices the rather long interval between his leaving and her news but she can't wait to defiantly tell her father, Poppy, the town's newspaperman. Instead of fury or shame, he is delighted. The intended shock becomes hers when Poppy publishes a completely phony announcement in the local paper that she and Will eloped just before he shipped off. Like the consequences of Poppy's hand in local draft dodging and black marketing, the impending baby and utterly false marriage are time bombs waiting to go off. 2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? At a very early age, perhaps when I read Gone With the Wind in fourth grade. By hig

Chats this week at RRT

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Click here to enter the RRT Chat Rooms Wednesday night: Mo's Book Buzz has Denise Lynn! Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern time in Mo's Book Buzz Chat Room Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky winner Thursday night: Infinite World of Fantasy Authors Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern time in the RRT Chat Room Featured authors: Eden Robins, Kate Hill and Aithne Jarretta Friday night: RRT Chat - sit back and kick off the weekend by chatting about books, authors and anything that comes up. PJ's optional. Chat begins at 9:30 PM Eastern time in the RRT Chat Room Prize given away: TBD Saturday night: Minx's Chat - used to be her trivia chat but now it's a "chat about anything." Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern time in Minx's Chat Room Prize: Ask Minx :)

Spotlight Review: MARKED BY PASSION by Kate Perry

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MARKED BY PASSION – Kate Perry The Guardians of Destiny Series , Book 1 Grand Central's Forever ISBN-10: 0-446-54100-1 February 2009 Paranormal Romance San Francisco, California – Present Day Gabrielle Sansouci Chin has escaped her prior life and is a bartender in San Francisco, immersed in painting in her spare time. She is just about to have a showing in an art gallery when her past returns full force to interrupt her previously placid life. A delivery person brings back the destiny she's tried for years to avoid, the sacred scroll of which she apparently is the new Guardian. The only reason the scroll is now in her hands means her father must be dead, and the mark on her hip names her as the chosen person to guard the scroll. The scroll is one of five showing the art of war that were written by monks centuries ago. The Chin family was entrusted with the Scroll of the Earth and comes complete with the ghost of her father, Wu. Along with the scroll comes tu ch'i, an inn

Guest Blogger: KATHY CARMICHAEL on COOKING DISASTERS

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When I decided I wanted to write a book about a chef, I realized I had my work cut out for me. In order to write HOT FLASH and the character of Jill Morgan Storm, I had to do a tremendous amount of research and oodles of kitchen experiments. I read books on cooking, books on becoming a chef, books on what it's like to work in a restaurant kitchen. I talked with working chefs, friends who are cooks, and consulted online cooking websites. I even dragged cooks out of restaurant kitchens in order to ask their opinions! There was a good reason for this. It's because I'm personally somewhat renowned for my cooking disasters. I grew up in a very large family -- a mother, father and five girls. So when I learned how to cook, it was cooking for a crew, rather than a few. I cooked things like spaghetti, pork chops, lasagna, and chicken fried steak. I cooked southern. I cooked using a pinch of this and a dash of that. My fist was a measuring devise. After I got married and wante

Book Giveaway - Thief's Desire by Isabo Kelly!

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THIEF'S DESIRE by Isabo Kelly from Cerridwen Press. You can read more about it by clicking here . Winner will be picked and announced Thursday! To enter, all you need to do is post away. One entry person.

New Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today

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Romance Reviews Today, Issue 66, February 2009, Volume 1 CONTEST: January Contest Winners #1 LONE STAR WOMAN – Sadie Callahan & WARRIOR OF THE HIGHLANDS – Veronica Wolfe – WINNER IS CHERYL OGGY #2 – SMART GIRLS THINK TWICE – Cathie Linz & SEDUCED AT MIDNIGHT – Jacquie D’Alessandro – WINNER IS GLADYS PARADOWSKI Congratulations to the January winners! Click on the Contest Page for information on entering the contest. February Prize books #1 - FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Mary Balogh & TO ROMANCE A CHARMING ROGUE by Nicole Jordan #2 – BLOOD MAGIC by Jennifer Lyon & THE CLUB by Sharon Page Contest winners will be drawn on or about March 1. NEW RELEASES: Visit our new release page and start your shopping list today! BLOG: Visit the RRTBlog to see what Patti is up to – and what books she is giving away. If you are not on the RRTChatters loop, you are missing some great conversations – and prizes. CHATS: Join Patti every Friday night in th

Seasons of Seduction winner is........

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......Poster #14, KH Congrats and please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing address!

Chat Friday night....and Godiva!

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Valentine's Day is Saturday! Do you have any special plans? Friday night in the RRT Chatroom at www.romrevtoday.com I'll be giving away a small box of Godiva Chocolates. Chat begins at 9:30 Eastern Time Friday night. See you there!

Spotlight Review: WITCH HEART by Anya Bast

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WITCH HEART – Anya Bast Elemental Witches, Book 3 Berkley Sensation ISBN-10: 0425225534 ISBN-13: 978-0425225530 January 2009 Contemporary Paranormal Romance Chicago, Illinois and surrounding areas - the Present After living the past twenty-three years as the only human on Eudae, an alternate dimension where only demons exist, Claire is violently thrust onto Earth. Ordinarily this wouldn't be so bad, because Claire has secretly yearned to travel to Earth, but in this instance, two Atrika demons have followed her through the portal with the intention of killing her. The demons want something that has been magically stored inside of Claire and are determined to extract it from her by any means necessary. The only person Claire knows on Earth is Thomas Monahan, the witch she helped escape from torture when he was held captive on Eudae (see WITCH BLOOD March 2008). Eventually, Claire meets up with Thomas and his Coven of Witches and is only certain of two things: one, that she is e

Wednesday Night at Mo's Book Buzz chat...Kathy Carmichael

Date: Wednesday February 11, 2009 Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm est Location: http://clientO.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 Notes: Kathy Carmichael joins us to discuss her book, Hot Flash. Door prize: Two lucky winners will each receive an autographed copy of Hot Flash! Moderated by KatBos.

Guest Blogger: Nancy Warren

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Good morning. Thanks for having me here at RRT! So, I’ve been re-reading my well-worn collection of Georgette Heyers. For anyone who doesn’t know Georgette Heyer, she was an Englishwoman who wrote from the 1920s until she died in 1971. She became famous for her regency romances. In fact, I believe she invented the regency romance. I first read her books as a teenager and I find they are still my favorite comfort reads. I learn something from this consummate romance author every time I dip into one of her books. Why? I think she combines all that we love about romance. Her heroes are sublime. I’m currently reading Venetia, my personal favorite of her books. Venetia is a sleeping beauty character. A woman of 25 who’s never been farther than a few miles from her country home, never really lived. Who should she meet but the Lord Damerel, most shocking of rakes who shows up at his country home, something he’s rarely done. This is pretty stock stuff, but what elevates the book is that the

Book Giveaway: Seasons of Seduction

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Seasons of Seduction, Vol 3 by these authors: Lacey Alexander, Cathryn Fox, Renee Luke, Charlene Teglia, N.J. Walters and Kate Willoughby Post away and enter to win! The winner will be announced Thursday night

Winners!!!

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We have a couple of announcements to make. First off, thank you to Kate Pearce for joining us on Friday. As always, she's very entertaining! Kate has chosen her book winner and it is......... Kaisquared !!! Secondly, the winner of Hot Mail the other day has given back the book as she just got it herself. So, I picked another winner. Congratulations to.... Jennie!!! Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info by 2/20/09.

Guest Blogger: Kate Pearce: Inside my writing mind

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(Just in case you ever wondered what went on in there.) One of the strangest things about making stuff up and putting it in a book is that for me, the characters become totally real people. I don’t plot my books or write anything down-unless I absolutely have to-I have a vague idea of the major turning points, the dark moments, the ending, but overall I just let it happen. So naturally, characters don’t do what I think they will, they say things I’m not expecting, and then the whole book goes veering off in a total unexpected direction. From this shambolic wandering, a book emerges, but up until the last chapter I’m still reassessing, discarding and revising ideas, working out what the hell my characters are trying to say and still trying to be true to the spirit of the story I wanted to tell. It probably sounds horrific to any reader or anyone who writes and plots, but somehow it works for me. If I’ve done my job well in the other 22 chapters of the book, things just start to come

HOT MAIL winner is....

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Okay, this might get a tad confusion, so make sure it is you..... The winner of HOT MAIL by Janice Maynard is poster # 21 -- Jodi !!! There is another Jodi, who posted last, but that is notthe one. The right Jodi...please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info. Congratulations!!!

Spotlight Review: TEMPT THE DEVIL by Anna Campbell

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TEMPT THE DEVIL – Anna Campbell Avon Books ISBN-10: 0061234931 ISBN-13: 978-0061234934 January 2009 Historical Romance London, England - 1826 Olivia Raines is sexy, glamorous and one of the most sought after courtesans in London. Her sexual prowess is legendary, and men from all around fight for a chance to climb into her bed. When The Earl of Erith first sees Olivia, he vows to make her his mistress. He learns that in order to become her lover he must play by her rules, which include allowing her independence and abiding by her decision of when to end the affair. Which are fair trade-offs for Olivia's sexual skills and her commitment of fidelity during the relationship. Olivia knows that her shell of indifference will be broken by Erith when she first agrees to become his mistress. She also knows that he will be her last lover. After him, her love games of domination and conquest will be over forever as he will be the ultimate challenge. Erith views Olivia as an obsession. He

Heidi's Book Winners are.....

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In case you missed this tidbit from yesterday: And though I don’t have copies of TANGLED UP IN LOVE yet, I’d very much like to pick three winners from today’s questions/comments and let them each pick an autographed title from my backlist ( http://www.heidibetts.com/books/index.php#back ). (This includes the HOTTER THAN HELL anthology, by the way, even though it’s a bit higher on the page.) The winners are.... Sarabelle Jolene Deborah Congratulations! Winners, please contact Heidi at heidi@heidibetts.com put RRT Blog winner in the subject line !

Wednesday Night Chat with Marly Mathews!!!

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When? tomorrow night! Time: 9:00PM Eastern time Place: http://clientO.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to http://www.romrevtoday.com/ and click on RRT Chat and enter Mo's room ;) Marly Mathews joins us to discuss her latest book from New Concepts Publishing, His Lady's Keeper. Door prize: TBA. Moderated by CrazyMo. Hope to see you there! Mo

Guest Blogger: Heidi Betts

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Give a big welcome to Heidi Betts! Today marks the release of TANGLED UP IN LOVE , so be sure to head out to your nearest bookstore and grab your copy. Here's a little blurb to get you started: ARE THEY FIT TO BE TIED? Ever since Dylan Stone beat Veronica Chasen out of a prime position at the Cleveland Herald, they’ve been bitter rivals, engaging in a very public war of words in their competing newspaper columns. They routinely challenge each other to go bungee jumping, white water rafting, or into tattoo parlors to see who will wimp out first. But Veronica’s latest taunt may be Dylan’s toughest assignment yet: She dares him to learn to knit. OR WILL DESIRE UNRAVEL THEM BOTH? Dylan is not going to let something his grandmother can do scare him off. He’s man enough to make a scarf—and attend Veronica’s weekly knitting circle. But when the infuriatingly handsome Dylan shows up at the craft shop and charms all the ladies, Veronica begins to get all knotted up in something that

Book Giveaway...HOT MAIL by Janice Maynard

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HOT MAIL by Janice Maynard January 2009 release Blurb: Jane has wanted Ethan for years but has never found a way to tell him. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, she decides to seduce him by sending anonymous erotic valentines every Friday until the big day. Then she’ll finally reveal her true feelings— and wildest desires. But when her stationery store is vandalized, it’s Ethan who comes to her rescue—and the sparks start flying way ahead of schedule. Now Jane and her erotic alter ego are competing for Ethan’s affections— and the results couldn’t be hotter. Question for readers: Valentine's Day is approaching. A time for love and secret valentines. Have you ever sent someone a secret valentine? Post your answer and you'll be entered into a chance to win this book. Winner announced Thursday night

Book Winner!

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The winner of Object of his Affection is.... tetewa !!! Congratulations and please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing address by Feb 15th! Check back Monday for another book giveaway!! And watch for guest bloggers Heidi Betts and Kate Pearce this week.

Don't forget to vote!

Romantic Times American Title is still going on and today is the last day to vote on this round. http://romantictimes.com/news_amtitle3.php Remember Marie-Claude Bourque, who visited us here a couple of months ago? She's still in the running. Check out her interview that I posted back then: http://romrevtoday.blogspot.com/2008/11/q-with-american-title-finalist-marie.html