Saturday, May 30, 2009

Book Giveaway: THIS DUCHESS OF MINE by Eloisa James

Isbn-10: 0061626821
Isbn-13: 978-0061626821

Out now!

Read the blurb and more by clicking here.

Question for readers:

Which is your favorite historical time period to read?

One entry per person and a winner to be announced Tuesday night (June 2nd)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Authors who have outdated websites....

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I was cruising the web tonight checking out some author websites when I came across a couple that hadn't been updated in a long time. It's not the first time I've run into that, but I swear, it has been an epidemic. I suspect a lot of it is time and the other reason is money. In case readers weren't aware, it costs to not only maintain a website, but to update it if you have someone do it for you.

Readers, what author websites would you like to see updated?

Writers, want to weigh in your comments.

And finally, is there a solution for this?

Thanks everyone!


A Perfect 10: FRAGILE BEAUTY by Melissa Marr

A Perfect 10
Harper Collins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-121471-4
May 2009
Young Adult Fantasy

Huntsdale, Pennsylvania and the various Faery Courts - Present Day

The young Aislinn has taken on her new role as the Summer Queen. She has accepted her transformation as a faery queen and is still coming to grips with a new life that is filled with both wonderment and danger. Aislinn wants to stay as close to mortal as she can by attending high school and keeping her human friends. Each day she is one step closer to turning her back on her human side, and only her mortal boyfriend and love of her life, Seth, keeps her grounded. Seth adores Aislinn and wants to stay with her always. But Seth knows he has so much going against him because he is a mortal. He also has to fight for Aislinn’s heart as she is courted by Keenan, her Summer King. Aislinn may love Seth and not Keenan, but she knows that by denying Keenan she could tear apart her court.

Keenan needs Aislinn desperately and wants to love and cherish her, but she turns away from him and will only settle for friendship between them. Keenan is uneasy because he also loves another he cannot be with. He longs for Donia, the Winter Queen, who was once mortal. Because they are total opposites, Keenan and Donia can never be together the way they long to be. Aislinn tries to push Keenan toward Donia, but even touching Donia is dangerous. And because Donia can’t be with Keenan, she decides to do what is best for her court and refuse to even see Keenan. Because of the turmoil between these two, the Winter and Summer courts are on their way to becoming enemies.

There is one who would love nothing better than having the Summer and Winter courts destroyed and that is Bananach, the twin to Sorcha, the Queen of the High Court. Bananach is blood thirsty and as close to deranged as one can be. Bananach loves pain, violence, chaos, and destruction because it resides deep inside her soul. Bananach exists because of the pain others feel. She wants her sister to join her in starting a war with all the courts, which also includes the Dark Court that is ruled by Niall who used to serve Keenan, but now has become his adversary. Sorcha longs for harmony and peace because that is her nature. She wishes to stop Bananach but can’t, and because of that, Bananach could start a chain of events that may destroy all the faery courts.

There is much unrest and instability among the faeries. Seth feels he is losing Aislinn. Keenan taunts Seth because he knows in the end that Aislinn will be his, even if he must wait till Seth grows old and dies. Seth refuses to leave Aislinn and comes to a disturbing decision. He will turn into a faery and goes to Sorcha who can change him. She is willing to do this, but for a price.

FRAGILE ETERNITY is the sequel to the smash hit WICKEDLY LOVELY (April, 2008) that awed and amazed both teens and adults with the dark story of the faery and their quest to rule. Melissa Marr has created a very dark world where faeries and mortals collide. Even though FRAGILE ETERNITY is a young adult book, there is some heavy subject matter such as sex and violence. Marr handles these issues with great skill. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop. You will become lost in the world Marr has penned.

There are so many characters in FRAGILE ETERNITY who walk a fine line between good and evil. There is an undercurrent of constant pain and suffering from all the rulers of each individual faery court because one wrong move could end their lives. There is no lasting peace because a war is brewing and the outcome is unknown.

Aislinn and Seth will tear at your heart because they are star crossed lovers; because they are so different from one another, their love is not meant to be. Seth makes the ultimate sacrifice because of his love for Aislinn that may destroy everything between them. Aislinn has so much responsibility and many relying on her to make the right decisions. Every movement she makes is watched, and she has no choice but to welcome Keenan who wants Aislinn for his own greedy reasons. I found Keenan to be a very interesting character in the sense that he may be a bit unscrupulous in his regard to Aislinn, but he is also very tortured. His relationship with Donia is very much like the one Aislinn and Seth have. Seth and Aislinn may be together where they can be intimate and share their love, but there is a feeling of desperation between the two because, in the end, they may be separated. Keenan and Donia long for one another deeply, and have been together for some very short periods of time, but their love affair is doomed because Winter and Summer cannot be together.

Sorcha the High Queen at first comes across as devious, especially when she gives Seth his wish. But as we see Sorcha and Seth together, your opinion will change. Sorcha is everything that is good and right with the faery. She counteracts her sister Bananach who is evil and wrong. These two sisters are the yin and yang of this tale. Niall, the ruler of the Dark Court, is very good friends with Seth and wants Seth to turn away from the faery and Aislinn so he can keep his mortality. Niall understands that being immortal is a curse.

FRAGILE ETERNITY may possibly be one of the best fantasy stories I have read in years. There is a nice balance with Marr’s characters and the world she has written. Fans of fairy tales will not want to miss out on this reading experience. I also urge you to pick up WICKEDLY LOVELY, the first book that introduces the faery and Aislinn. FRAGILE ETERNITY is one book that rightly deserves RRT’s Perfect 10 award.

Kate Garrabrant

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Book Winner!

One was the lucky number for Karen H in NC!!!

Congrats, as she wins: Kate Hoffmann's latest Harlequin Blaze: The Mighty Quinns: Brody
Karen, please email me at with your mailing information by 6/10/09!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Reviews Posted at RRT!

Romance Reviews Today,
Issue 69, Volume 2, May 25, 2009

Prize books for May 2009

5/2/09 – TILL THERE WAS YOU – Lynn Kurland – Winner: Sue Ahn
5/9/09 – CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN – Elizabeth Boyle – Winner: Cheryl Ricin
5/16/09 – CROUCHING VAMPIRE, HIDDEN FANG – Katie MacAlister – Winner: Martha Lawson
5/23/09 – MAGIC’S DESIGN – Cat Adams – Winner: Donna Clark
5/30/09 – DEATH ANGEL – Linda Howard

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

See the contest page for the NEW Book a Week Contest - the first prize winner will be drawn on April 5th and contest winners will be announced on the RRTAnnounce and RRT Chatters lists.
Click on the Contest Page for information on entering the contestNEW RELEASES:
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.

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Beginning in April 2009 we will be updating Romance Reviews Today once a week, generally sometime between Friday and Monday.
BEST BOOKS 2008 – Check out the Reviewer’s Choices for BEST BOOKS OF 2008

In this issue, we have 35 new reviews for your reading enjoyment!
AnthologiesTHE DIAMONDS OF WELBOURNE MANNOR – Diane Gaston, Deb Marlowe, Amanda McCabe – Jane –Regency RomanceContemporary FictionSTRANGE NERVOUS LAUGHTER – Bridget McNulty – Marilyn
SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET – Debbie Macomber- Blossom Street Series, Book 5 – Diana

Contemporary RomanceBUNCO BABE TELLS ALL – Maria Geraci – Deborah HARD AND FAST – Erin McCarthy – Deborah
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE – Donna MacQuigg – Patti
THE GIFT HORSE – Jami Davenport – Evergreen Dynasty, Book 3 – Robin
VINTAGE – Olivia Darling – Marilyn
VISION IN WHITE – Nora Roberts – The Bride Quartet, Book 1 – Jennifer

FantasyDARKBORN – Alison Sinclair – Jane
FRAGILE ETERNITY – Melissa Marr – A Perfect 10 – Kate – Young Adult
GHOSTLAND – Jory Strong – Mel – Urban Fantasy
THE TROUBLE WITH DEMONS - Lisa Shearin – Courtney

Historical FictionTHE DEVILIN DIARY – Christi Phillips – A Perfect 10 – Jani
THE PORTRAIT – Judith B. Glad - A Regency Fable – Jane – Short
THE TORY WIDOW – Christine Blevins – Deborah

Historical Romance
ALWAYS A SCOUNDREL – Suzanne Enoch – The Notorious Gentlemen, Book 3 – Lori CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN – Elizabeth Boyle - The Bachelor Chronicles, Book 4 – Diana
HIGHLAND SCANDAL – Julia London – The Scandalous Novels series, Book 2 – Amy
MEMOIRS OF A SCANDALOUS RED DRESS – Elizabeth Boyle – The Bachelor Chronicles, Book 5 – Diana Risso
SEDUCING AND ANGEL – Mary Balogh – The Huxtables Quartet, Book 5 – Jane
SIERRA RANSOM – Emma Craig – Anthonette
THE NUDE – Dorothy McFalls – Robin

MysteryALEXANDRIA – Lindsey Davis – Jani

Paranormal RomanceLAST VAMPIRE STANDING – Nancy Haddock – Oldest City Vampire, Book 2 – Lori
STEEL BEAUTY – Dana Marie Bell – Lori – Short

Romantic SuspenseDANGEROUS CONNECTIONS – Patricia Oshier Bruening – Angela
HOTSHOT – Catherine Mann – A Dark Ops Novel, Book 2- Carolyn
MY EVERYTHING – Julia Barrett – Marilyn
WILD HEAT – Bella Andre – Hotshots: Men of Fire, Book 1 – Anthonette

Series RomanceMONTANA MISTRESS – Sara Orwig – Stetsons & CEOs, Book 2 – Jennifer – SD #1941
PROPOSITIONED INTO A FOREIGN AFFAIR – Catherine Mann – The Hudsons of Beverly Hills, Book 5 – Patti – SD #1940 THE PRODIGAL PRINCE’S SEDUCTION – Olivia Gates – The Castaldini Crown, Book 2 – SD #
THE TYCOON’S REBEL BRIDE – Maya Banks – The Anetakis Tycoons, Book 2 – Patti – SD #1944
Suspense/ThrillersSAY GOODBYE – Lisa Gardner – Terrie

A Perfect 10: SALT AND SILVER by Anna Katherine

SALT AND SILVER – Anna Katherine
A Perfect 10
Tor Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-6304-6
ISBN-10: 0-7653-6304-6
May 2009
Urban Fantasy

Brooklyn, New York – the Present

You have to love a story where the heroine tells you straight off she has a door to hell in the basement of her diner. In Brooklyn no less -- where else would you absolutely expect to find such a portal?

Six years ago, her mom ran off with her tennis instructor and all the family assets, forcing Allie to find a job. She found work at Sally’s Diner. Luckily, her rich friends, Amanda and Stan, didn't desert her. Together they opened the door to hell on the first night she worked at the diner. They were drunk, and Amanda fashioned a magic spell as an entertaining joke. Poof! The door appeared. Ten minutes later, sexy, demon-hunter Ryan entered the basement to guard the door. He’s been hanging around the diner ever since, tantalizing Allie with desires for a closer relationship, a situation Ryan avoids. Between demon killings, things have progressed in good order; that is, until the door disappears. Then doors start opening all over New York, threatening the world’s existence.

Doors to hell are desirable; they give you whatever you want, but their gifts come at a terrible cost. It’s true; doors have always existed here. Each leads to a different hell. But too few or too many doors will destroy the world. Sorry for her part in opening her door, Allie tries to help Ryan kill the demons leaving her basement. With the world as Allie knows it in danger, and her lost door somehow involved, she goes with a few demon hunters, including Ryan, through a door to hell to try to find the answer on how to close the doors. The problem is, once you enter one door to hell, you must enter nine before you can return.

With a smart, sassy, and brave heroine whose life has changed dramatically, SALT AND SILVER makes a clever, action-packed story. Allie prefers work to her previous idle lifestyle, and she enjoys it with cheeky attitude. Ryan makes a strong, dedicated hero who annoys Allie no end. Remarkable secondary characters contribute important aspects to the business of closing the doors to hell. A fast paced and humor-laced story, SALT AND SILVER deserves RRT's Perfect 10. Oh, FYI: salt protects and silver heals. It’s all magical stuff too good to miss.

Robin Lee

Monday, May 25, 2009

You like an Aussie hero....?

Then get ready to read Kate Hoffmann's latest Harlequin Blaze: The Mighty Quinns: Brody

Here's the blurb:

American heiress Payton Harwell is on the run—from her parents, from her fiancĂ©, from her life! So the last thing she expects is to land in the arms of a rugged stranger in the Australian outback! And like it!
Former football star Brody Quinn is dying for some excitement. After an injury cut short his career, he came home to his family's remote cattle station. And he's bored. At least, he is…until he meets Payton in the local jail and decides to take her home with him!

It's instant attraction—for both of them. And they make short work of getting to know each other very, very well. But when their pasts catch up to them, will their hearts be able to keep the promises their bodies have been making…?

One lucky winner will be drawn Wednesday night (the 27th) and all you need to do to enter is tell me which male foreign person you'd like to be with. He can be an actor, singer, hero in a book....whatever you want. Only - he cannot be an American.

Good luck!!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Winner of DARING TIME by Beth Kery is....

....congrats to Cheeygirl aka Sarbina!!!!!!

Please email me at with your mailing info by June 5th, 2009.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chat Friday night!

Come join us Friday night as we chat to kick off the weekend and giveaway books. Here is the book list:

THE FACE OF DEATH by Cody McFadyen
CAFÉ AU LAIT by Liane Spicer
ABOUT MONDAY by Sydney Laine Allan
LION EYES by Claire Berlinski
THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER’S by Tiffany l. Warren
SLAVE by Cheryl Brooks
FACETS by Barbara Delinsky
THE VIRGIN’S SECRET by Victoria Alexander
BRANDED by Tori Carrington
SULTRY STORM by Celeste O. Norflleet
ALWAYS READY by Joanne Rock
A LONG, HARD RIDE by Alison Kent
$5.00 Amazon egift certificate


Chat begins at 9:30 PM Eastern time.

Find us here:

And click on the RRT Chat room. (there are four, so make sure you enter the right room)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Q&A with Julia Knight!!!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

My newest release is Ilfayne's Bane. It's the story of a young girl who finds out she isn't quite what she thought - in that she isn't entirely human, and her struggle to come to terms with that. When Hilde discovers she's half-kyrbodan - an immortal race feared by men - at first she thinks she can find somewhere she won't be bullied because of her odd ways. Sadly for her, the kyrbodans are even more against half-breeds than humans. Her new-found abilities also accidentally call back a long lost ( and frankly not missed) wizard named Ilfayne, who both humans and kyrbodans hate even more than they do Hilde. But beneath his cynicism and penchant for melting eyeballs, Hilde discovers that he' the one man who doesn't judge her for what she is, and Ilfayne, a man driven by four thousand years worth of demons and regret, finds a rare thing - a friend. Just as Ilfayne gathers the courage to tell her of the tender feels he thought he'd lost, Hilde's kyrbodan blood throws another spanner in the works - she is forced her to bond with a kyrbodan, and to deny it means both she and the kyrbodan she is bonded to could die.

When an ancient enemy of Ilfayne's resurfaces bent on revenge, there is one easy target to get to him - Hilde. When this sorcerer makes his move, Hilde has the lives of two men in her hand and has to choose - loyalty or love.

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

It was a compete surprise! While I've always enjoyed making up stories in my head, it was only when I was struck down with ME that I actually started to write. I couldn't do anything physically, so I relied on those stories. One day I watched a film that really got me thinking about the nature of sacrifice and Ilfayne sort of popped into my head. He wouldn't shut up! So I began to write.

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

All over the place! For instance I'm currently working on a novella about pirates - inspired by a visit to the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth. Maybe it was all those men in uniform? Frankly the problem is not having ideas - it's having the time to write about them all.

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

My interesting writing quirk? Hmm, that's tricky. Probably the turnips. Lol, well in Ilfayne's Bane anyway. Which is kind of a tribute to my husband - if you ask a question to which he doesn't know the answer, he will, without fail, answer 'Turnip'. I blame Blackadder myself. But that's a symptom of my humour. I'm genetically incapable of being serious for more than five minutes in a row.

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

That I’m capable of it! It's led me to look more deeply at people, to really look beneath the surface and try and figure them out. And that's led to more empathy for people and their situations too I suppose. Not that I was shallow before lol, but it has led to a lot of deep thought about human nature.

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

Authors, well I'm a huge fan of CJ Cherryh. I always fall head over heels for her heroes. That was kind of my original goal - to be able to write a hero as complex as that and have other people fall for him too. It was a real thril the first time someone said 'I've totally fallen for Ilfayne' ! As for people - my husband who has always encouraged me to do whatever I need to, and my friends who gently critiqued those first drafts till I started to get the idea. Now I go to a writers' group - and they aren't gentle!

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

My husband is thrilled and my kids - well my daughter wrote a book for me yesterday to take to my writers' group for 'critique' and they tell everyone! I'm thinking of hiring them as publicists. So I have lots of people happy for me, which is great.

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

Well the sequel to Ilfayne's Bane is under consideration at Samhain currently. I've started on a third too - but at the moment I'm working on a erotic pirate romance with a twist - certainly a different heat level! Whatever happens, stopping writing is not an option - it's the only thing that keeps me sane.

Thank you, Julia!

Readers can learn more about Julia by visiting her website at

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Giveaway: DARING TIME by Beth Kery!

DARING TIME -- Beth Kery
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN-10: 0425227960
ISBN-13: 978-0425227961
Genre: Time-Travel
Out now!

Read more by clicking here which takes you to Beth's website.

This is a time travel romance. Question for readers:

What time period would you want to time travel back to?

I'll pick and announce a winner over by this coming Monday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SEA LORD winner is.....

...Poster #3 -- flchen1


Please email me at with your snail mail by May 31st.

Chat this week at Romance Reviews Today!

Go to and then click RRT Chat

Wednesday night: Chat with Crazy Mo and the gang as they welcome Virginia Kantra! Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern time.

Door prize: One lucky winner will have their choice from the Children of the Sea series(SEA FEVER, SEA WITCH or SEA LORD)! Moderated by KatBos

Thursday night: Chat with Patti as she welcomes the Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors! Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern time. Guest authors will be: Mark Terence Chapman and John Rosenman.

Friday night is open chat night hosted by Patti. Chat begins at 9:30 PM eastern time and runs until we're under the table. Look for mystery book giveaways and always fun chats about anything!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Spotlight Review: THE EDUCATION OF MADELINE by Beth Williamson

Kensington Brava
ISBN-10: 0758234694
ISBN-13: 978-0758234698
March 2009
Erotic Historical Romance

Plum City, Colorado - 1872

Madeline Brewster is a thirty-two year old spinster who owns half of the town of Plum City. She inherited her fortune from her miserly father who was a heartless moneymaker and string puller. According to the people of Plum City, Madeline also inherited his reputation. Madeline feels that she is too tall, not pretty enough and secretly yearns for a family of her own. When she hears of an impending hanging of an unknown drifter, Madeline hopes that her heart’s true desire will finally come true. She approaches the sheriff and the other town-folk and petitions for the drifter’s life. The arrangement she works out is for the unkempt thief named Teague O’Neal to stay with her for a month while completing repairs around her house. Once Teague washes all of the dirt and grime away, Madeline realizes that she is a lucky lady indeed. Teague is everything she could have hoped for.

Teague is relieved that Madeline saves him from the noose and offers him a place to stay. Imagine his surprise when Madeline propositions him to teach her the joys of intimacy. Teague is quite attracted to Madeline and accepts her proposal. As Teague begins to instruct Madeline on all of the pleasures that sex has to offer, he finds himself opening up to her in ways he never imagines. But there is just something about Madeline that Teague finds so hard to resist. The problem is that Teague must now confess his betrayal and hope that Madeline has the grace to forgive him.

THE EDUCATION OF MADELINE is a story about a woman who is determined to find a bit of enjoyment out of life. Madeline is strong and independent. Her relationship with her father wasn’t the best and she grew up alone and lonely. Even the people of Plum City are cruel because of her father’s stigma.

Teague is a man with many secrets and regrets. His past is wrought with pain and devastation. Each day is wasted on booze and women in an effort to forget the family he lost so long ago. Teague makes quite a few choices that he is not proud of, but realizes that he wants his relationship with Madeline to be much more than what it starts out as. Somehow, she gets under his tough demeanor and makes him feel things that were long forgotten. They are a well matched couple who complement one another in their strength and devotion. Secondary characters include Eppie, Madeline’s mulatto housekeeper and friend who cares deeply about Madeline. Jackson Webster is the creepy sheriff who hides so much beneath his surface. The other people of Plum City also add to the richness of the plot.

I enjoyed THE EDUCATION OF MADELINE. The plot is not overshadowed by sex but focuses on a budding love that eventually conquers all.

Ariel Summer

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Reviews at RRTErotic!

RRTErotic - Issue 31, Volume 1 – May 2009


In this issue, we have 13 new reviews for your enjoyment. (Quick List of new reviews)

The Contest at RRTErotic has changed and gotten more fun. In addition to giving away one Samhain eBook per month, courtesy of Samhain Publishing we will be giving away a print book with each update. Just click on the CONTEST page for information on entering the random drawings!

Naughty Nibbles (less than 50 pages)

Changeling Press
MARK OF THE MOON - B.J. McCall - Moonlust, Book 3 - Lori - Paranormal Romance
Ellora’s Cave
BODY CANDY –Taylor Tryst – Sweet series – Holly – Contemporary Romance
TEMPTING TORI - N.J. Walters - Lori - Contemporary Romance

Single Titles (101 plus pages) - Short Stories (50 to 100 pages)

Contemporary Reviews
ALMOST PERFECTION – Lynn LaFleur – Cooper’s Companions, Book 33 – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
BOUND TO PLEASE – Lilli Feisty – Allegra – Contemporary Romance
CAPTURED – Dara Edmondson – Holly – Contemporary Romance – Short
LEARNING CONTROL – Ann Jacobs – Club Rio Brava, Book 4 – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
MY FISHNET FETISH – Sahara Kelly – Sexplorations, Book 3 – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance –

ShortFuturistic Reviews
UNDER HIS COMMAND – Annabel Wolfe – The Starlight Chronicles, Book 3 – Lori – Futuristic Romance
Gay/Lesbian ReviewsBAKER’S DOZEN BITES OF MAGIC – Dallas Coleman – Nickole –Contemporary Romance
GAY PARIS – Robie Madison -Heartbreak Anonymous, Book 2 – Angela –Contemporary Romance
Historical ReviewsTHE EDUCATION OF MADELINE – Beth Williamson – Ariel – Historical Romance

Paranormal Reviews
CAT AND MOUSE – Melinda Barron – Jennifer – Paranormal Romance – Short

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Giveaway: SEA LORD by Virginia Kantra!

SEA LORD is out now and is part of The Children of the Sea series.

You can purchase it at any book store, or order from Amazon, BN, Borders or wherever you buy books.

This is a paranormal romance and you can read more by going to Virginia's website here.
Question for readers and a chance to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of SEA LORD:

Let's suppose you meet a nice guy (or gal) and you fall in love. Then, in a moment you won't forget, he (or she) tells you they are an alien from another planet.

How would you respond?

Post your answer and I'll pick a winner on TUESDAY night the 19th of May.

A Perfect 10: TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Rachel Gibson

A Perfect 10
ISBN: 978-0-06-157906-6
May 2009
Romantic Comedy

Seattle, Washington – Present Day

For five years, Faith Duffy was the dutiful wife to her much older husband, Virgil, until the day he died. A former stripper and Playboy Playmate, Faith has come a long way from the other side of the tracks. Virgil surprises her when the will is read. Besides leaving her a monetary inheritance, he wills her his pro hockey team, the Seattle Chinooks, instead of leaving it to his only son, Lamont. Faith knows nothing about hockey and is well aware what the team members think of her, but she intends to try to succeed. At a team meeting, she trades jabs with Ty Savage, the captain of the Chinooks, who thinks she has no business running the team. But the PR department sees their antagonism as a marketing dream. As a result, Faith will have to spend more time around Ty than she wants.

Ty grew up the son of a hockey legend and is on his way to becoming one in his own right, but the Stanley Cup has eluded him. With Seattle on the brink of the playoffs, he doesn’t need the distraction of a former Playboy centerfold, even if she is the new owner. The sparks between them are enough to set off fireworks. However, their love-hate relationship soon turns into a passion that burns hotter than molten lava.

Rachel Gibson once again provides readers with a rip-roaring romance that will have you entertained and chuckling right to the very end. Faith is hardworking, and though not ashamed of her past, does not want to go back to her old life. Marriage to Virgil brought her security and contentment, but now she’s restless and wondering if owning the hockey team is foolish. But her stepson, Lamont, is proving to be a pain in her side, and she just wants to prove she isn’t a dimwitted blonde bombshell. Meanwhile, Faith has to deal with her mother’s visit, and her mother’s dog, who apparently dislikes Faith since all it does is growl at her. But when Faith’s mother gets into a relationship with a man she shouldn’t, Faith begins to wonder if her life is unraveling.

Ty finally takes the plunge and opens the magazine with Faith’s body on full display. While it might have satisfied his curiosity, it may have whetted his appetite for the real woman. It’s clear from the start that Faith doesn’t know much about hockey, yet Ty has to admire her ambition to want to learn. With a little body check, their sparkling banter soon turns into sizzling desire. But can it last? Can Ty win the Stanley Cup without the distraction of his attraction for Faith?

TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS scores with hot, likeable characters readers won’t soon forget. Forget that Faith once bared her body for profit. Forget that Ty dislikes her at first. The chemistry and banter between them is smoking hot and the plot is refreshingly energetic. Once I started reading TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS, I knew this tale was a winner all the way and would be a Perfect 10. Rachel Gibson's talented gift of writing terrifically funny romance is sealed with TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS. It’s definitely going on my keeper pile and promises to be one of the best books of 2009.

If you haven’t read Ms. Gibson for while, then I suggest you snatch up a copy of TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS today and be prepared for some fantastic reading.

Patti Fischer

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Winner of SIMPLY SHAMELESS is....

Congrats to BELINDA!!! Please email me at by May 20th with your mailing information and I'll mail the book off to you!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mo's Book Buzz Chat with Bertrice Small is Wednesday!

Bertrice Small chat

Date: Wednesday May 13, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Notes: The Queen of Sensual Romance, Bertrice Small will discuss her newest fantasy, THE SHADOW QUEEN. Door prize: TBA

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Perfect 10
ISBN: 978-0-515-14624-0
May 2009
Paranormal Romance

England - 1258 and 2006

As he prepares to start his new job, architect Zachary Smith decides to change more of his lifestyle. In addition to giving up women, he’s also determined to find a new hobby for his weekends and holidays... one that doesn’t include the paranormal. After years of traipsing through the centuries with his brother-in-law Jamie, Zachary plans to settle into his job of restoring Wyckham Castle and living a quiet life. Plans that don’t look very promising when he arrives at the castle to find a quartet of ghostly matchmakers. Well aware of the exploits of his ancestral ghosts, Zachary heads to Artane, where nothing paranormal ever occurs.

With Geoffrey of Styrr loitering about the halls of Artane bragging about his prowess, Mary de Piaget is determined to stay hidden as long as possible. The man’s made his intentions clear, and Mary’s instincts tell her that she won’t live long as his bride if he gets his way. Her hiding place is found one night when a strange man bursts in on her, then tries to defend her against her father’s garrison. When she later encounters the man in the dungeon, she’s surprised and touched by his tender treatment of her.

Zachary is not entirely surprised when he finds himself stumbling around the medieval Artane, but he’s not thrilled either. After meeting Mary, he realizes that two of his resolutions are about to be ignored, as he can’t keep his mind off of her. As much as he’d like, though, Zachary knows that nothing can ever come of his feelings; first, she’s the daughter of a powerful earl, and he’s a peasant with no gold or land, and second, he doesn’t belong in her time.

The latest addition to Lynn Kurland’s wonderful world, TILL THERE WAS YOU features Mary and Zachary, characters who have already won readers' hearts. For those who haven’t read any of the previous books, Zachary is the brother of Elizabeth from A DANCE THROUGH TIME, and Alex from THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU; Mary is the sister of Kendrick from STARDUST OF YESTERDAY and the daughter of Robin from IF I HAD YOU. Many of these characters, and ones from numerous other books, make appearances in TILL THERE WAS YOU, and most of them have an opinion or two about the romance between Mary and Zachary. His jaunts through various centuries have prepared Zachary for life in Medieval England, but Jamie’s lectures on tearing the fabric of time and leaving no footprint have him eager to return to 2006. The difference in their stations and his need to return to the future are tearing him up, and he knows that when he does leave, he’ll most likely be leaving his heart behind. Mary isn’t your typical medieval lass; being still unmarried at twenty-seven makes her a bit of an oddity, and she much prefers grubbing about in the stables with her horses to ladylike pursuits. With all the loving couples in her family, it’s difficult not to be a bit of a romantic and to wish for someone to treat her the way her father and uncles treat their wives, but Mary doubts that this is something that will ever happen for her. The relationship that grows between Zachary and Mary is both sweet and, at times, heartbreaking, as they don’t see much of a happy ending in their future.

In addition to previously featured characters, there are also quite a few new ones. Mary is quite close to her cousins, Jackson and Thaddeus Kilchurn; Connor, Theophilus and Samuel de Piaget, and Parsival de Seger. Theo and Samuel (twin sixteen-year old sons of Nicholas and Jennifer de Piaget), in particular, almost steal the show from Zachary and Mary, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them popping up again – in the future or the past.

I’m awarding TILL THERE WAS YOU a Perfect 10, because it is a fantastic story that will delight both readers who are familiar with the families and those who aren’t.

Jennifer Bishop

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Book Giveaway: SIMPLY SHAMELESS by Kate Pearce

Out now!

Buying info:

Kensington Aphrodisia
Historical Erotic Romance
House of Pleasure #3
ISBN-10: 0758232209
ISBN-13: 978-0758232205


Every Desire Explored

One forbidden weekend years ago, Helene Delornay found herself stranded with a total stranger. Bold, virile, and well-schooled in the erotic arts, Philip Ross opened Helene’s eyes to a world of sexual delight she never knew existed. Now proprietress of London’s most exclusive house of pleasure, Helene never forgot the carnal bliss she shared with Philip—and she never found another man who could satisfy the insatiable cravings he awakened within her…

Every Fantasy Fulfilled

When Philip suddenly returns to Helene’s life, the physical attraction they share is far too strong for either to deny. Now as they explore their fantasies and take them beyond the limit, Helene discovers that her feelings for Philip run far deeper than that of just a lover…

More information can be found at Kate Pearce's website at

Post away and I'll pick a winner Wednesday night (the 13th).

New Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today!

Romance Reviews Today,
Issue 69, Volume 1, May 9, 2009

Prize books for May 2009

5/2/09 – TILL THERE WAS YOU – Lynn Kurland – Winner: Sue Ahn
5/9/09 – CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN – Elizabeth Boyle – Winner: Cheryl Ricin
5/16/09 – CROUCHING VAMPIRE, HIDDEN FANG – Katie MacAlister
5/23/09 – MAGIC’S DESIGN – Cat Adams
5/30/09 – DEATH ANGEL – Linda Howard

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BEST BOOKS 2008 – Check out the Reviewer’s Choices for BEST BOOKS OF 2008

In this issue, we have 49 new reviews for your reading enjoyment!
Contemporary FictionCHIN UP, HONEY – Curtiss Ann Matlock – Jane
ENTERTAINING ANGELS – Judy Duarte - Patti – Contemporary Fiction
MISERY LOVES CABERNET – Kim Gruenenfelder – The Charlize Edward series - Diana – Chick LitTHE GEOMETRY OF SISTERS – Luanne Rice
Contemporary RomanceDANGEROUS PREY – Lindsey McKenna –Sinclair
NO LIMITS – Alison Kent – SG-5 Series – Patti
TURNING TABLES – Heather & Rose MacDowell – Diana
UNDER HER SKIN – Susan Mallery – Lone Star Sisters Series, Book 1 – Carolyn

FantasyA DROP OF RED – Chris Marie Green – Vampire Babylon – Courtney HEART OF THE RONIN - Travis Heermann – The Ronin Trilogy, Volume 1 - Mel
MAGIC IN THE BLOOD -- Devon Monk - Jani
SALT AND SILVER – Anna Katherine – A Perfect 10 – Robin

Historical FictionJULIA AND THE MASTER OF MORANCOURT – Janet Aylmer – Robin

Historical Romance
AT LAST COMES LOVE – Mary Balogh – The Huxtables, Book 3 – Jane
BLACK EAGLE – Gen Bailey – Warriors of the Iroquois – Marilyn
HER LADYSHIP'S COMPANION - Evangeline Collins - Jane
HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL – Monica McCarty – The Campbell Trilogy, Book 3 – Kate
HIS LORDSHIPS’ CHAPERONE – Shirley Marks – Robin
THE CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE – Pam Crooks – Marilyn THE PROMISE – T. J. Bennett - Diana
THE VIRGIN’S SECRET – Victoria Alexander – Jani
MysteryTHE SOUL COLLECTOR - Paul Johnston - Courtney – Mystery

Paranormal RomanceBLOODLINE – Maggie Shayne – Jennifer BURNING ALIVE – Shannon K. Butcher - Lisa
BURNING WILD – Christine Feehan – The Leopard series – Kathy
DEAD IF I DO – Tate Hallaway – Garnet Lacey series, Book 5 - Kathy DEMON CAN’T HELP IT – Kathy Love – Kathy
ENCHANTING THE BEAST – Kathryne Kennedy – Relics of Merlin, Book 3 – Lori
MOONLIGHT WARRIOR – Janet Chapman – Midnight Bay series, Book 1 – Jane
OVER MY DEAD BODY – Michele Bardsley – Broken Heart, Oklahoma Series, Book 5 – Robin SO STILL THE NIGHT – Kim Lennox – A Shadow Guard Novel – Kathy
TAMING THE FIRE – Sydney Croft – Jennifer
THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR DEMON SLAYERS – Angie Fox – Demon Slayer, Book 2 – Jennifer THE WARRIOR – Sharon Sala - Kate
TILL THERE WAS YOU – Lynn Kurland – A Perfect 10 – Jennifer

Romantic Comedy
TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS – Rachel Gibson – A Perfect 10 –Patti
WITH A TWIST – Deidre Martin – Patti
Romantic SuspenseDARKNESS UNDER HEAVEN – F.J. Chase – Kathy
FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE – Amy J. Fetzer – Dragon One, Book 4 – Carolyn ONE DEADLY SIN – Annie Solomon – Jane
RESCUE ME – Christy Reece – Last Chance Rescue Trilogy, Book 1 – Robin
RETURN TO ME - Christy Reece – Last Chance Rescue Trilogy, Book 2 - Deborah
WHISPERED LIES – Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love – Kathy

Science Fiction RomanceGUARDIAN - Angela Knight – The Time Hunters, Book 2 - Jennell
Series RomanceGOING DOWN HARD - Tawny Weber - Patti – HB#472
THE MIDWIFE’S GLASS SLIPPER – Karen Rose Smith – The Baby Expert Series, Book 2 – Jane – SSE #1972 THE MORETTI ARRANGEMENT – Katherine Garbera – Moretti Legacy, Book 3 - Patti – SD#1943 THE ONCE AND FUTURE PRINCE - Olivia Gates – The Castaldini Crown, Book 1 - Robin – SD#1942 THE UNTAMED SHEIK – Tessa Radley – Man of the Month series, April – Anthonette – SD #1933

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Chat and This 'n That....

Don't forget the chat Friday night beginning at 9:00 PM EST in the Romance Reviews Today chat room. The guest is Victoria Alexander

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Finally -- I'll draw the name of the winner for the Rachel Gibson book Friday night. Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Best Books of the Year from Romance Reviews Today!

Romance Reviews Today
May 2008 – Special Announcement

Congratulations to the Winners of the Best Book of 2008 from the reviewers at Romance Reviews Today.

And the winners are:
Best Nibble:PAYBACK IN WAYBACK - Lynda J. Coker


Best Contemporary Fiction:THE MEMORY OF WATER - Karen White

Best Contemporary Romance:BLUE EYED DEVIL - Lisa Kleypas

Best Historical Fiction:LADY OF THE ROSES - Sandra Worth

Best Historical Romance:SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE - Lisa Kleypas

Best Fantasy:THE MAGE’S DAUGHTER - Lynn Kurland

Best Fantasy RomanceQUEEN OF DRAGONS - Shana Abe

Best Paranormal Fiction:ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE - Jeaniene Frost

Best Paranormal Romance:INTO THE FLAME - Christina Dodd

Best Science Fiction Romance:SHADES OF DARK - Linnea Sinclair

Best Romantic SuspenseFACELESS - Debra Webb

Best Inspirational:FOR PETE’S SAKE - Linda Windsor

Best Series Romance:FRENCH KISSING - Nancy Warren

Best Time Travel Romance:DARK EMBRACE - Brenda Joyce
Best Young Adult Fiction:THE GUY NEXT DOOR - Carol Culver

And the winner of the Best Overall Book of 2008 is:

INTO THE FLAME by Christina Dodd

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Book Giveaway: TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Rachel Gibson

Prize is: TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Rachel Gibson


Disaster Number One: Men

Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy—and very old—husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn't even watch hockey!

Disaster Number Two: Passion

But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favorite of fans. For most of Ty's life, he's dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans.

Disaster Number Three: Love

Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can't stop thinking about him all day . . . and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty's bed, and she begins to see there's more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there's far more to Faith than beauty and billions. But a relationship with Faith is impossible, and falling in love—that would be a disaster.

All you need to do to enter the contest is to post ONE comment and I'll announce the winner at the end of the week.
Good luck!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Chats this week at Romance Reviews Today!!!!

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Wednesday (May 6th) - Mariah Stewart
Friday (May 8th) - Victorica Alexander

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Spotlight Review: MAGIC STRIKES by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC STRIKES – Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels, Book 3
ISBN: 978-0-441-01702-7
April 2009

Atlanta, Georgia – Present Day

In a post apocalypse Atlanta, torn apart by a war between science and magic, there exists a good strong woman, Kate Daniels. The city is literally falling apart as magic takes a stronger hold each time it sweeps through like a windstorm. Buildings and machinery are deteriorating, and people are mutating. The Knights of Merciful Aid, as well as The Guild of Mercenaries are trying to maintain some kind of order, and Kate, a member of the Guild, is conscripted to work as an operative of the Knights, a kind of police officer when things get out of hand. She is also a friend of The Pack, the werewolves that control Atlanta. Kate is a woman who doesn’t take her obligations or her friendships lightly.

Kate finds her friend, Derek, severely beaten and sure to die unless she can find what was done to him. She doesn’t hesitate, even if it means going into the very illegal Midnight Games, which takes advantage of the magic shifts to display brutal fights to the death between creatures and humans. Kate is not new to the fights; she has fought in some of the toughest arenas, but she has never had to fight as part of a team, a team filled with people she cares about...deeply. Can she save Derek, even if he is young and stupid? Can she defy Curran, the Beast Lord and ruler of the Pack, who wants her for his mate?

Mercifully free of the excessive sex scenes that frequently characterize fantasy these days, Ms. Andrews has instead inserted a tight, clean plot, with clearly drawn personalities. Kate’s character is not drawn as a kind of superwoman, though she is fearless in a fight. Kate is often vulnerable and has a great sense of humor about all the strange and dangerous things in this new world. I have not read the earlier titles in the series, MAGIC BITES, and MAGIC BURNS, but I will definitely seek them out. MAGIC STRIKES is full of action with a fascinating chemistry between Kate and her supporting cast. A must read.

Lisa Baca

Winner is....

The winner of SINS OF A WICKED DUKE is poster #7--Laurie!!!!

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