Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Enflame the Night winner is....

Congrats to Martha Lawson, who wins a copy of ENFLAME THE NIGHT!!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chat Wednesday night with Doranna Durgin!

Author Doranna Durgin joins us to discuss her book, THE RECKONERS. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of THE RECKONERS! Moderated by KatBos.

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Spotlight Review: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam Series, Book 1
Del Rey
ISBN-13: 978-0-345-51557-5
June 2010
Urban Fantasy

Triumph City (somewhere in the USA) - 2020 (or so)

It has been twenty-three years since ghosts revealed their existence to the public, and while doing so, exterminated two thirds of the world’s population. They’d have murdered more if not for the intervention of the Church of Real Truth, the only entity that was able to exert influence on the spirits through their use of magic. After that day, the world gave up on the traditional religions of old and embraced the new, more powerful Church and its employees, people like Chess Putnam.

Chess works as a Debunker. If people have a ghost, they want Chess (with all her witchy skills) to investigate and send the spirit packing to the City (the underground home where the souls of the dead—most of them anyway—now reside). It’s a bonus that they get paid by the Church for letting them investigate and escort the ghost to its intended home. The bonus for Chess comes when the people are lying; that’s when the “debunk” part of her title comes into play, and she gets a tidy bonus instead when she reveals the truth. She could really use one of those bonuses right now as she’s into Bump (her drug dealer) for a huge sum, and he wants his dough. Although, he does have an offer for her that’ll clear her debt, get rid of the ghosts (or people faking them) at an abandoned airfield so he’ll have an easier time getting his product into town. Maybe I shouldn’t call it an offer; after all, he can always have Terrible (his enforcer) break her legs if she refuses. But when the airport shows signs of not just ghosts, but demonic rituals, Chess’s debt to Bump becomes the least of her problems. Add in the new ghost in town (appearing to many Church employees; he’s more powerful than your average spook) who seems to have nothing but the worst in mind; a new and insane attraction to Terrible; a rival drug dealer’s plans for Chess (some of them involving a very personal relationship), and suddenly life’s a whole lot more complicated, not to mention dangerous, for this ghost hunter.

There are plenty of UNHOLY GHOSTS in this tale, and doing her best to defeat them is Chess. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that she’s not your typical heroine. She’s dark, tortured, wild, and, with the exception of her loyalty to the Church (who gave her a purpose in life), not much inclined to give her loyalty or friendship to anyone. Of course, with her history, nobody could blame her. It’s that history (and I’d have to think the crazy world she lives in) that makes her turn to drugs and the escape (real or imaginary) they offer. I can’t help thinking she’d be a better Debunker, not to mention a more well-fed one, if she’d give them up, but then again, I’m sure most of us have a few vices we’d be better off without as well. That’s probably part of what makes Chess surprisingly realistic. She may not be the girl next door, but there’s an appeal to Chess that makes you want to know what she’ll do next.

Edsel, a market dealer, is the closest thing to a friend Chess has; he’s also the guy to know if you need magical info the Church would rather you not learn. Elder Griffin (a Church worker) is one of Chess’s favorites; Goody Tremmell (in charge of the reports desk at the Church) is definitely not. Doyle (a Debunker) and Chess once slept together; he’d like that to happen again. Unfortunately, he’s got a rather big mouth, and Chess doesn’t like her private life made public. Randall Duncan (another Debunker) just wants everybody, including Chess, to like him. Goody Glass, on the other hand, makes no bones about her disdain for Chess (the feeling by the way, is mutual). Lex is arrogant, handsome, and trouble on two feet—just the kind of guy Chess usually goes for (he works for Slobag, Bump’s competitor). I’ve already mentioned Terrible (I can’t help but wonder if he picked that name, or if it was given to him), but I’ll confirm here that he is as you’d suspect—huge, brutal and one mean son of a gun. He’s also surprisingly normal; much like you or I, he views his work as just that, a job. Whether or not he’d be a wise romantic choice if Chess were looking to make one remains to be seen.

Can Chess defeat the dark ghost? Will she give in to Terrible’s surprising appeal, and what about Bump’s competition and their plans? You’ll have to read the book to get the answers to these questions, and in the process you’re sure to come up with more. Luckily, the next books, UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS are due out in early and late July. If you’re looking for something different, dark, and a bit wild, then Chess Putnam and the world unleashed in UNHOLY GHOSTS is sure to fit the bill.

Lori Ann

Monday, June 28, 2010

Giveaway: ENFLAME THE NIGHT by Arianna Heart

Enflame the Night - Arianna Hart
Ellora's Cave


Silver Fire
Psychic Faylene Driscol has worked for the police department for a long time, but never in all those years has she seen the level of depravity she witnessed after interrogating a Keeper of the Race. This insane cult is out to destroy any non-human—and anyone who’d defend them.

Werewolf Thaddeus Ma’wrl knows all about the Keepers. They killed his entire pack, leaving him a lone wolf out for revenge. Although he’d sworn never to trust another human woman again, he must protect Faylene so she can help put the Keepers behind bars. What he didn’t expect was that she’d touch a part of him he’d thought long dead and buried.

As Thad and Faylene run from danger, an irresistible attraction curls between them. Faylene longs to heal the emotional scars Thad carries with him, but she can’t help him if he doesn’t want her to, and she has her own scars she’s hiding. With the Keepers gunning for them, falling in love is the last thing that should be on their minds. Too bad passion makes its own rules and doesn’t care about good timing.

Sable Flame
This is the sequel to Silver Fire.

Alpha werewolf Sh’rell knows it’s her responsibility to rebuild the packs decimated by the Keepers of the Race. There’s still plenty of time before she has to settle down. She plans on using that time to get to know sexy guitarist Reza Jordan intimately.

Reza’s band is just one break away from making it to the big time. Once they’re famous, he can escape the past that has haunted him for so long. All he has to do is keep his mind on the job. That’s not so easy to do when he spots the sable-eyed beauty at one of his concerts. The desire sparking between them is intense, but she has “complicated” written all over her luscious body.

When the Keepers mount a vicious attack, Reza is the only one who can save Sh’rell’s life. Their fire and passion burn brightly, healing Sh’rell every day. They don’t know that the ultimate test lurks in the wings. Secrets from Reza’s past threaten to destroy them. Reza and Sh’rell will have to learn to work together if they have any hope for survival.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Book winner is....

The winner of CRUSH ON YOU is.... Chelsea B!!!!!!!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Spotlight Review: CRUSH ON YOU by Christie Ridgway

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CRUSH ON YOU – Christie Ridgway
Three Kisses, Book 1
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23513-3
June 2010
Contemporary Romance

Napa Valley, California – Present Day

Five years ago, Alessandra Baci was about to marry, but all that shattered within a matter of minutes. She still hasn’t fully recovered and is nicknamed the “Nun of Napa” by friends. She and her two sisters, Stevie and Giuliana, have run the Tanti Baci winery in Napa Valley since their father’s death just three months ago. In the process of remodeling a cottage on the property that they can rent out for weddings, the man they hired decides he has a better deal somewhere else and walks off the job. But a new man in town, Penn Bennett, offers to fill in. He rubs Alessandra the wrong way, and she tries to turn him down, but what excuse can you offer when Penn Bennett happens to be the host of a hot home renovation television series?

Penn just recently connected with his half brothers and is in town staying with them. The Tanti Baci winery is next door to the Bennett property, so it doesn’t take long to meet the neighbors. Alessandro has her hackles up, especially when he generously offers to remodel the cottage in time for her best friend’s upcoming wedding. He also cons her into helping him, and a few battles later, an intense attraction develops. But why would he even think he could get involved with the notorious Nun of Napa?

In the start of a new series by Christie Ridgway, we are introduced to the Baci sisters, who are close-knit and trying to keep the family winery running. Opening the cottage as a wedding destination seems like a good idea, but with their first wedding looming in not too many weeks, it suddenly becomes a battle when the contractor quits. Enter Penn and his offer. Alessandra knows she should be grateful to have someone famous and good at his job in her court. But he rubs her wrong in several ways, and the fact that the way she reacts about some of the “rubs” has her feeling as if she’s betrayed her past somehow.

Penn can’t understand why he lets the prickly Alessandra get under his skin, but he also knows she needs to let go of the past. Convincing her is going to very hard to do. Penn himself has a few issues—namely coming to terms with getting to know his half-brothers and realizing that maybe he does like them rather than resent them for having a father in their lives, something Penn never had. Meanwhile, several encounters later with Alessandra leave him hot and bothered. Can he finish the construction on the cottage without giving in to his desire for the beautiful, but frozen Nun of Napa?

CRUSH ON YOU is well written and highly entertaining. Alessandra is sympathetic, yet her history never lets readers wallow in her past. I’m not going to give away all the facts of her fateful wedding day five years ago, but trust me when I say it’s understandable why she’s been shut away emotionally since then. The entrance of Penn into her life stirs up her emotions and brings her alive, though not in the way she wants. (LOL) Penn is a hot television star but doesn’t have a big ego and will do most anything to help people out—including Alessandra.

A sizzling hot tale that will make you laugh and make you cry, I highly recommend you pick up CRUSH ON YOU for some entertaining reading that is time well spent.

Patti Fischer

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The winner is.....

Poster nunmber 7 aka Sue, wins INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Come chat Wednesday night at RRT

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New Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today

Volume 6, Issue 3, June 2010

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JUNE 2010 Contest

Non- Erotic Prize books:

The True Love Quilting Club by Lori Wilde, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith, In the Darkest Night by Patti O’Shea, Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch and Breath of Heaven by Cindy Holby

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Love, Unexpectedly by Susan Fox and Victor by Julia Templeton

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New reviews this issue: 21 – (includes 4 Erotic reviews)

BEDTIME STORIES – Jean Johnson – Sinclair - Erotic

DOMS OF DARKHAVEN – Sierra Cartwright, Cherise Sinclair, Belinda McBride – Erotic Contemporary

Contemporary Fiction
SWEET MISFORTUNE – Kevin Alan Milne – Deborah
VILLA MIRABELLA – Peter Pezzelli – Diana

Contemporary Romance

BRIDLETON – Becky Barker - Marilyn
CRUSH ON YOU – Christie Ridgeway – Three Kisses, Book 1 – Patti
ONE, TWO , THREE … TOGETHER – Jocelyn Saint James - Patti
SWEET AND DIRTY – Christina Crooks – Sinclair – Erotic

MAGIC BLEEDS – Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels, Book 5 – Lori
UNHOLY GHOSTS – Stacia Kane – Chess Putnam Series, Book 1 – Lori – Urban Fantasy

Historical Romance
MY DANGEROUS DUKE – Gaelen Foley - Carolyn

THE MAKING OF A DUCHESS – Shana Galen – The Sons of the Revolution, Book 1 – Amy

ANNA’S RETURN – Marta Perry – Pleasant Valley, Book 3 – Diana

Paranormal Romance

CRY WOLF – Donica Covey – Marilyn
WOLF TALES 9 – Kate Douglas – Chanku Series – Sinclair -Erotic

Romantic Comedy

Romantic Suspense
DANGEROUS – Diana Palmer – Long Tall Texan Series - Diana

DEAD AGAIN – Tracy Cooper Posey – Marilyn

Series Romance

ALONG CAME A HUSBAND – Helen Brenna – An Island to Remember, Book 4 – Diana – HSR #1640

HIS BRIDE FOR THE TAKING – Sandra Hyatt – Patti – SD #2022
THE BILLIONAIRE BABY BOMBSHELL – Paula Roe – Miniseries: Billionaires and Babies – Deborah – SD #2020

Time Travel
An Echo In the Bone – Diana Gabaldon - Jani

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Spotlight Review: Secrets, Lies...and Seduction by Katherine Garbera & Yvonne Lindsay

SECRETS, LIES…AND SEDUCTION – Katherine Garbera and Yvonne Lindsay
Miniseries: A Summer for Scandal, Book 1 0f 3
Silhouette Desire #2019
ISBN: 978-0-373-73032-2
June 2010
Series Romance

The Hamptons, New York – Present Day

Spend some time this summer as Silhouette Desire presents six stories in the three volume A Summer for Scandal series set on a polo farm in the Hamptons of New York.

CEO’s Summer Seduction – Katherine Garbera

Julia Fitzgerald has been employed by billionaire Sebastian Hughes long enough to know that when he offers a present to his current girlfriend it means goodbye. When he asks her to call his current amore and let her know that it’s over, Julia balks. No way will she do it, and in fact, she’s quitting, tired of being taken for granted.

Sebastian knows he can be a tad demanding, but doesn’t understand why the fact that she’s leaving upsets him. The news causes him to really look at her, and he suddenly likes what he sees. Maybe a little romancing before she leaves will change things between them—and get her to stay. But will changing their relationship to that of a personal one take them down a road neither can go back on?

Julia and Sebastian may have worked together for quite a while, but until he really starts spending time with her—wooing her and trying to convince her to stay—then the sparks begin to fly. She tries to resist his charms, but that proves futile. The more they’re around each other, the harder it’s going to be to leave. Does she even want to now?

Though a short tale, the CEO’s Summer Seduction is a pleasurable read.

Magnate’s Mistress for a Month – Yvonne Lindsay

Billionaire Richard Wells has just getting his divorce finalized and is on vacation at the polo farm in the Hamptons for relaxation and pleasure. He’s certainly not looking for female companionship, but it doesn’t take him long to spot Catherine Lawson, the manager of a sheikh’s polo horses. He expresses interest in seeing her, but she resists. It takes some fine convincing before Richard can even get her to be alone with him. Once he does, he learns to his surprise just how much he enjoys being around her.

With some family baggage in her background, Catherine is afraid to let many people get close to her, but nights spent in Richard’s bed have her letting her defenses down. How will Richard feel if he learns of her past? The closer they get, the harder it’s going to be when Richard leaves and their month long affair has to end.

Instant attraction is the driving force in the Magnate’s Mistress for a Month by Yvonne Lindsay. Catherine would rather stay behind the scenes and not attend lavish parties thrown by the rich. But Richard tempts her into doing things she wouldn’t normally do, like bed a man she barely knows. Is their affair going to be a summer fling, and can she walk away without getting her heart scorched?

A fine tale that encompasses emotion and sensuality, Magnate’s Mistress for a Month is an enjoyable read.

Readers looking for some quick, fun reads to enjoy for summer reading should look no further than SECRETS, LIES…AND SEDUCTION.

Patti Fischer

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book Giveaway....INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon

INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Part of the Chronicles of Nick series
Out June 2010


At 14, Nick Gautier is an average kid who runs with the wrong crowd. But on the night he decides to go straight and refuses to mug an innocent tourist, his crew turns on him and just as he thinks his life is over... a new one begins.

Kyrian of Thrace isn't just a vampire slayer, he's a Dark-Hunter and he introduces Nick to a world that he never imagined.

With new enemies who make his old ones look like wimps, Nick must either measure up or get sized for a body bag. It's kill or be killed and this kid who was born on the wrong side finds a strength inside him that he never knew existed.

Now if he can only find someone to help battle the demons that don't reside inside him.

Learn more at

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Winner announced on Wednesday night.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Winner is....

The winner of UNSHACKLED by Lorie O'Clare is..... elaing8 !!!

Congrats and email your snail mail addy to within ten days!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spotlight Review: SHUT UP AND KISS ME by Christie Craig

SHUT UP AND KISS ME - Christie Craig
Love Spell
ISBN-10: 0-505-52799-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-505-52799-8
June 2010
Contemporary Romance

Precious, Texas - Present Day

When Shala Winters is hired to promote Precious, Texas as the next great tourist spot, she has no idea the job will introduce her to some of the most eccentric, yet goodhearted small town people around. Then again, she never dreamed there’d be a chance she’d fall in love with one of them, the sexy and infuriatingly stubborn chief of police, Sky Gomez, either. Oh yeah, she also never had a clue that her picturesque photos could make her the target of a thief and a killer.

Sky Gomez isn’t looking for love, in fact, he’s pretty sure it doesn’t even exist. Soul mates aren’t real, and Shala, the feisty beauty from Houston, certainly isn’t his, no matter what kind of weird dreams his foster father, Redfoot, has been having. Sure, he’ll protect her and find the person or person’s disturbing his small town’s peaceful lifestyle, and of course he isn’t averse to getting to know Shala better, preferably with as few clothes in the equation as possible, but he’s not going to fall for her.

Precious, Texas is just full of surprises this year, and no one will be more mystified by them than these two determined-never-to-fall-in-love people when they find themselves doing just that.

Okay, so no woman is perfect and that includes Shala, but then again, neither is Sky. I mean really, “SHUT UP AND KISS ME”? Yeah, Shala does tend to jabber some, but honestly, sometimes a girl can’t help it. Not that she minds the whole kissing thing, so maybe I’m being unfair. On the whole, Shala is a remarkable woman (I certainly wouldn’t be thrilled to discover myself in the midst of a situation where someone wants me dead; I have a feeling I’d be headin’ for the hills). Then again, if I had a police chief as kind and caring as Sky around (and yeah, his smokin’ hot body wouldn’t hurt), perhaps I could muster up some courage. ;-) Now don’t get me wrong, while the physical chemistry this pair shares is undeniable, they wouldn’t be nearly as appealing a couple without a definite emotional connection, and they’ll discover they have that in spades as well (not that they won’t fight it every step of the way).

You’ve got to love small towns like Precious. I mean, no big city is ever going to have the same close-knit, everybody knows your business and feels free to comment on it kind of life? Not that that is always a good thing (just ask the character whose possible erectile dysfunction is bandied about) but, the real reason it happens is because they all know and care about each other. Some of the locals include: Sal (the hotel owner) and his sweet wife Jessie (the purveyor of all good gossip), Sky’s foster father Redfoot (always sure he knows what’s best), Veronica (Redfoot’s girlfriend who’s not quite ready to publicly admit she’s got a man in her life), Sky’s foster sister, Maria (the sweet one of the family who can’t help wondering if she should give up her romance novels and take a good hard look at her boyfriend, Matt’s, recent behavior), Redfoot’s biological son, Jose (who comes home from New York only to discover that yes, he still hates Precious, but there’s some people in it he’ll always love), Bo (a bar owner and a huge fan of disco—yes, you read that right) and lastly, Sky’s friend and neighbor, Lucas (he works for the military in some form or fashion, and yep, I hope this mysterious man’s story will come to light in a future visit to Precious).

If you like your stories filled with humor, a bit of mystery, and the kind of romance that makes you sigh, this book is for you. And by the way, wait ‘til you get to the car wreck, fire ants, briars and skunk—I know on first glance those things don’t sound like the makings of a truly funny scene, but trust me, you’ll laugh! All in all, this is one romance that will inspire you to say to your honey, SHUT UP AND KISS ME! Don’t miss it.

Lori Ann

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Perfect 10: Married by Morning -- Lisa Kleypas

A Perfect 10
The Hathaways, Book 4
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-6053854
June 2010
Historical Romance

Hampshire, England – 1852

Catherine Marks was hired as governess for the two youngest Hathaway sisters, Poppy and Beatrix, to teach them etiquette and how to become proper young ladies. Although Catherine has done an admirable job, their brother Leo, Lord Ramsay, took an immediate dislike to the prissy woman and calls her The Grim Reaper. When Leo lost the woman he loved a few years ago, he showed his grief by drinking, gambling, and carousing, much to Catherine’s disdain. They can’t be in the same room together without insults flying back and forth. Three of the four Hathaway sisters, Amelia, Winnifred, and Poppy are all happily settled and starting families. Now it is Leo’s turn—he must marry and have an heir within the year to save the Ramsay estate which he inherited four years ago.

After some time away from home, Leo returns and notices that Catherine looks different—she’s gained a little weight, is rosy cheeked, and her hair is lighter. What are her secrets? And why does Leo feel such a strong attraction to her? After an argument in the garden and kissing her passionately, he is even more curious about her. There is obviously something in her past that troubles her. Leo and Catherine ride out to look at the ruins of an ancient estate on the property. As they are climbing over and around the property, Leo realizes that they are climbing on the old roof, and it begins to shift from their weight. Too late to rescue themselves, they fall into the old building. Although Leo injures his shoulder and Catherine loses her spectacles, the efficient Catherine stacks up rocks for them to climb out of the pit, and they return home.

Catherine takes care of Leo through the night. The antipathy between them is changing into a stronger attraction, and Leo is having a hard time resisting her. Heated discussions between them often lead to delicious kisses. His sisters plan a ball to invite many eligible ladies for Leo to meet. Will Leo have to leave his beautiful home to the countess, Lady Ramsay, and her daughter, Miss Darvin, who will inherit if he doesn’t marry? And when the past catches up to Catherine, will there be anyone to risk life and limb to protect her?

Leo was first introduced in MINE TILL MIDNIGHT (October 2007); he was wrapped in misery from losing a woman he loved. He caused a lot of grief to his family who were always rescuing him. He finally turns his life around and becomes a respectable gentleman. He is charming, and has a lively sense of humor. His interest is architecture. Catherine has been in the background, prim and proper, except for her confrontations with Leo. She hides her secrets. They are both fascinating characters.

A favorite character (if an animal can be called a character) is Beatrix’s ferret, Dodger, who has taken a liking to Catherine. He loves to steal little items from her. I can hardly wait to read Beatrix’s story coming next month, LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON. Beatrix loves to wander in the woods to rescue animals or has one in her pocket, so her family is never surprised to find little creatures wandering through their home.

Each book in the Hathaway series tells the story of one of the family members, and although MARRIED BY MORNING can stand alone, readers will want to read the whole series—it is just too good to miss. There is a lot of sexual tension, sizzling romance, and a wonderful friendship among all the family members. I just recently discovered Ms. Kleypas and quickly tried to gather all of her backlist (a few almost impossible to find). Readers can always count on Lisa Kleypas for a fascinating story, both historical and contemporary. MARRIED BY MORNING is a keeper, a Perfect 10. Don’t miss it.

Marilyn Heyman

Spotlight Review: Knit in Comfort by Isabel Sharpe

KNIT IN COMFORT – Isabel Sharpe
Avon A (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-06-176549-0
June 2010
Women’s Fiction

Comfort, North Carolina – Present Day

Note: In the history of heirloom crafts, none is more intriguing than the legend about Shetland Island lace. Known the world over for its beauty, the finished product is so fine, an entire shawl can be pulled through a wedding ring.

In the small town of Comfort, North Carolina, family tradition and old-fashioned values are prized. Here, the Purls Before Wine knitting group is working on a blanket for the next charity auction. Megan Morgan is a faithful member. She’s a stay-at-home mom while her husband, Stanley, travels regularly. Their home is in a sad state of disrepair, but Megan has a world of her own in her backyard, which is perfectly landscaped. She loves to sit in the garden in the wee hours of the morning before her family descends the stairs clamoring for their breakfast.

Money has been so tight lately that Megan finally convinces Stanley to let her rent the apartment above the garage. Stanley doesn’t think they need the extra money, but he isn’t home half the time and it falls to Megan to keep the bills paid, a tedious job which is getting harder and harder these days. It seems the more he works, the less money they have. So, when someone finally calls about her ad, Megan is both overjoyed and nervous.

Elizabeth Detlaff needs to get away from Manhattan. After a vision from her deceased grandmother, she finds the town of Comfort. Her boyfriend is away in England for the next month, so Elizabeth rents Megan's garage apartment and moves right in. She needs the time away from the city to tame her demons and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

KNIT IN COMFORT isn’t about being contented, but rather, it's a story about the small town of Comfort, specifically, Megan Morgan. Elizabeth immediately ingratiates herself right into Megan's family, sharing their dinners and activities. Even though Megan offered dinner as part of the deal, she starts resenting Elizabeth's intrusion into her life. So she knits. Knitting is Megan’s stress relief; it keeps her hands busy and her mind from thinking about the things she can’t control (like Elizabeth). Born to the craft handed down by her mother, Megan has the gift to create the delicate Shetland lace, a skill passed down through the generations of her family. Fragile and beautiful, the lace is as much a part of Megan as breathing, but for some reason, when Elizabeth asks questions about it, Megan feels threatened and she begins to question her life. Meanwhile, Elizabeth comes to some realizations of her own when she unwittingly uncovers Comfort’s guilty secrets.

KNIT IN COMFORT is an outstanding character-driven novel about choices and changes. Megan’s three children, Lolly, Jeffrey, and Deena keep her busy. Her childhood friend, David Langley, lives next door and sits most nights on his front porch, drowning his misery in a liquor bottle. The other ladies of the Purls are Dorene, Sally, Ella, and Vera. They’re all a part of the story’s plot that weaves its own bit of mystery. Interspersed throughout the chapters are scenes from Shetland Island in the 1920s when Megan’s great-grandmother, Fiona Tulloch, first learned to knit the fabled lace. Elizabeth’s story intertwines with Megan’s, captured both in the present and in the tales from Shetland Island about a sorceress and her spells. Together, Megan and Elizabeth form a tenuous relationship that blossoms as the hidden past is revealed and touches the lives of each one of the Purls Before Wine ladies.

KNIT IN COMFORT is an intricate and complex story. I can't say enough about this book; you just have to go out and get it. It's a must-buy for June!

Diana Risso

Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Giveaway: UNSHACKLED by Lorie O'Clare

UNSHACKLED from Ellora's Cave

Unshackled contains two stories, the first book in the Sex Slave Series, Sex Traders, a short story, and book two in the Sex Slave Series, Waiting For Yesterday, a full length novel.

Sex Traders:

Everything Marla of Torl has ever known and loved, her home, her family, her way of life, has just been destroyed before her eyes. The cruelest race in the solar system has invaded her planet, leaving her homeless. And while she stands there, watching her home burn to ashes, her family’s worse enemy appears through the smoke.
Trev of Kopah has no intentions of giving up just because his successful Sex Slave plantation has been attacked. He will rebuild, be successful once again. And with his planet’s destruction, all rules are wiped clean too. Now he can have the woman of his dreams, the one woman forbidden to him—Marla of Torl.
All he has to do is convince her they were made for each other.

Waiting For Yesterday:

Dree of Torl has no idea how to be anything other than a sex slave. But now, the only life she knows destroyed by war, Dree is a free woman. She doesn’t have to be with a man if she doesn’t want him. Dree can make her own decisions.
Marc Torin has never met a woman like Dree. A strong leader, he rules his land with a fair hand, but knows how to give orders. But there is something about Dree that brings him to his knees. The desire to conquer her, to learn her secrets, make her part of him, invade his senses and fills his thoughts.
But there is a separate battle to be fought for each of them. They find there is a price to freedom, and sometimes, an advantage in letting it go. At the end of the day, Marc and Dree learn that becoming one is what truly makes both of them free.

Question for readers to be entered to win this book. One entry per person but you can post more than once.

Read any books with bloopers? Tell us about them. You don't need to name the title or author, but maybe a little about the "oops" blooper.

Disclaimer: There are not any known bloopers/mistakes in the book I am giving away. Just happens to be the prize.

Winner announced later this week.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Reviews Posted at Romance Reviews Today

Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2010

Romance Reviews Today – The best reviews on the web!


JUNE 2010 Contest

Non- Erotic Prize books:

The True Love Quilting Club by Lori Wilde, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith, In the Darkest Night by Patti O’Shea, Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch and Breath of Heaven by Cindy Holby

Erotic Prize books:

Love, Unexpectedly by Susan Fox and Victor by Julia Templeton

See the Contest page for entry instructions.

New reviewers wanted. Contact Terrie – Please include a sample review in your email.

Limited number of review openings – get your request for review in early. Review Policy – 60 days advance notice. No Exceptions! Late requests will be considered on a time and space available. When requesting a review please include the following information:
Title, Author, Publisher, Release Date, ISBN, Genre, ARC Format (i.e. electronic or print if electronic please include PDF page count.)

All interviews will be posted on the blog and archived to the site at a later date. (Contact Terrie or Patti to schedule your interview.)

Advertising is available on the home page beginning in May. Please see Author Service page at for pricing information.

Chats – All chats begin at 9 pm eastern. Check out the RRT Blog for the most current author chat schedule. Open Forum with Scheme on Monday, Author Chat’s with Crazy Mo on Wednesday, Friday Nights with Patti. Don’t miss the chats they are informative and fun!

New reviews this issue: 24 – ( includes 5 Erotic reviews)

Contemporary Fiction
HEARTS ON A STRING – Kris Radish- Deborah
KNIT IN COMFORT – Isabel Sharpe – Diana
THE COUGAR CLUB – Susan McBride – Allegra

Contemporary Romance

BODY RUSH – Anne Rainey – Allegra - Erotic
HOT ON HER TAIL – Ruth D. Kerce – Jennifer – Erotic Short Story

ILLUSIONS – Ann Jacobs – Jennifer – Erotic Short Story
NICE GIRL NAUGHTY – Jan Springer – Jennifer – Erotic

SHUT UP AND KISS ME – Christie Craig – Lori

UNDER MY UMBRELLA – Karen Erickson – Jennifer – Erotic Short Story

Historical Romance
MARRIED BY MORNING – Lisa Kleypas – The Hathaways, Book 4 – A Perfect 10 – Marilyn
OPEN COUNTRY – Kaki Warner – The Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 2 – Carolyn
TO KISS A COUNT – Amanda McCabe – The Chase Muses, Book 3 – Robin

WHEN MARRYING A SCOUNDREL – Kathryn Smith – Marilyn


CANDLESTICKS – Sharon Ervin – The Jancy Dewhurst Mystery, Book 3 – Diana

Paranormal Fiction
BULLET – Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book 19 – Lenore – Urban Fantasy

SHAKESPEARE UNDEAD – Lori Handeland – Kathy
SUCCUBUS SHADOWS – Richelle Mead – Georgina Kincaid Series, Book 5 – Kathy

Paranormal Romance

MARKED – Elisabeth Naughton – Eternal Guardians, Book 1 – Lori

Romantic Comedy

THE NIGHT SHE GOT LUCKY – Susan Donovan – Patti

Series Romance

CEO’S EXPECTANT SECRETARY – Leanne Banks – Kings of the Boardroom, Book 6 – Patti – SD #2018

DANTE’S ULTIMATE GAMBLE – Day Leclaire – The Dante Legacy, Book 5 – Patti – SD #2017

SECRETS, LIES … AND SEDUCTION – Katherine Garbera and Yvonne Lindsey – Miniseries: A Summer for Scandal, Book 1 of 3 – Patti – SD #2019


Catherine Kean book winner is...... "Stuff Rhys Like" aka Lindy!!!

Please email me at and I will get your info to Catherine.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Q & A with Catherine Kean!

Note: There is a giveaway. Check out the bottom of this interview.

1. Tell us about your newest release.
I’m very excited about my medieval historical romance A Knight’s Persuasion, released in May by Medallion Press. It’s the fourth book in my award-winning Knight’s Series and is set in the fictional county of Moydenshire, England, in the early 13th century. A quick note here . . . I often have readers ask if my series books can be read as stand-alone titles. Yes, absolutely, they can!

The bold, handsome hero of A Knight’s Persuasion is twenty-year-old Edouard de Lanceau. My readers will recognize him as the son and heir of Geoffrey de Lanceau from the first series book A Knight’s Vengeance. Edouard is a trained knight raised from his earliest days to honor the code of chivalry. He’s undertaking a vital mission for his father when he discovers a wounded and unconscious woman lying in a river. He vows to save her, especially when he realizes the damsel in distress is Lady Juliana de Greyne, the beauty to whom he was almost betrothed. While their engagement never went ahead, and he was tricked into a betrothal to her younger sister instead, Edouard still desires Juliana.

However, in trying to save her life, he is taken prisoner by his father’s enemies and chained in a cold, wind-whipped tower. To add to his torment, Juliana is imprisoned along with him. However, she doesn’t remember him, because she suffers from amnesia. Fighting his feelings for her, he tries to win her trust and help him escape—before their enemies use them to destroy Geoffrey and seize control of Moydenshire.

It’s a story filled with danger, adventure, simmering passion, and excitement—elements, I am told, of my previous series books: A Knight’s Vengeance (Book One); A Knight’s Reward (Book Two), and A Knight’s Temptation (Book 3). More details and excerpts from these titles can be found on my website:

By the way, I just love the cover design for A Knight’s Persuasion. It’s so subtly sexy, and features model Jason Santiago, who won the Mr. Romance title at the 2007 Romantic Times Convention, and the lovely Chynna Skye Pozzessere, one of the daughters of New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham. I’m honored to have these two beautiful people on my book cover!

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

There’s a scene about half way through the novel when Edouard and Juliana are alone in the tower at night. It’s pitch black and bitterly cold. While Edouard is fighting his desire for Juliana, he knows she could fall deathly ill if she gets a chill, especially when she is already fighting a bad head wound. His chains prevent him from going to her. So, with only his voice, he coaxes her to cross to him and lie in his arms and be warm. It’s a very sensual scene with a bit of humor, too, and I loved writing it. Here’s the link to this scene on my website:

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

Probably when I was about 4 years old! J I’ve always loved to write stories. I grew up an avid book reader, and that, I’m sure, nurtured my creative muse. I have copies of stories I wrote when I was a child. I wrote my first novella at age 12, my first book at 16. I enjoy looking back on these and see how far I’ve progressed as a writer since then.

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

All kinds of places, including research books (I have quite a few on castles and life in the Middle Ages, as well as medieval cookbooks), historic sites and museums I’ve visited in England with my family; newspaper and magazine articles; and programs I’ve watched on TV (I loved Cities of the Underworld. Fascinating show!) I think for a writer, ideas are everywhere.

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

For some reason, my best ideas come to me late at night, usually when I’m lying snug in bed, just about to fall asleep. Sometimes the ideas are so fabulous, I force myself to remember them, so I can jot them down in the morning. I probably should get up and write them down right then and there, but I’m too lazy. Besides, I’d have to find pen and paper, and doing that, I’d probably bash my toe on a piece of furniture and wake my husband. J

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

There are many things I could list. Perhaps most surprising is how attached I’ve become to all of my characters by writing their stories. They’re real people to me, with emotional conflicts, dreams, quirks, and ambitions just like living, breathing human beings. One of the joys of writing my Knight’s Series is that I’ve been able to spend more time with the cast of characters I created in A Knight’s Vengeance, and I’ve really loved that.

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

I read a lot of historical romance before I tried writing it. While I can’t think of specific authors who influenced me, I know the wonderful stories in the genre as a whole inspired me to try fleshing out my own ideas. In terms of friends, I definitely have to thank my critique partners. They’re awesome ladies, and a constant source of wisdom and encouragement.

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

They are very, very supportive, which is wonderful! My husband hands out my business cards and mentions my books to people. Last year, I was invited to speak to my daughter’s Language Arts class on being a writer, which was a lot of fun, especially since some of the kids told my daughter I was “cool!” My parents in Canada give copies of my novels to friends and associates to help build my reader list, and my sister not only talks up my books to her friends, but has been a beta reader for early drafts of a couple of my novels. I am so grateful for all their support.

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

I love to bake and cook. My family says I’m a great cook, which is nice to hear! J My British husband is especially happy when I cook him a traditional English roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and veggies, with lots of rich gravy. I also enjoy gardening (I’m growing tomatoes this year); walking; browsing antique stores; watching Dr. Who, British comedies, and Primeval with my family; and reading (although sadly, I have very little free time to read these days).

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

My literary agent is currently shopping the partial of a medieval that I hope will be the start of a new series. I’m also working on a paranormal romance set in modern-day Florida. For the most current news on my upcoming projects as well as author appearances, please visit my website at

Thanks for stopping by, Catherine!

Now, for the giveaway:

Catherine says:  I’ll be glad to give away a copy of one of my Knight’s Series books—winner’s choice—to one person who comments on my post on the 11th.

You heard her. Be sure to comment and win!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Winner is.....

The best and the brightest reviews on the web

Catherine Mann book winner is.....  Tetewa!!

Please email me at with your snail mail.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Chat with Lorelei James Wednesday night at RRT!

Author Lorelei James joins us to discuss her book, RAISING KANE. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a print copy of their choice from Lorelei's backlist! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Wednesday (6/9/10) at 9:00PM Eastern Time

Where? or go to  and click on RRT Chat. Once the login screen loads, type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Book Trailer -- Wind Warrior by Cynthia Roberts

Monday, June 07, 2010

Don't forget contests over at Romance Reviews Today!

 Check out RRT's contest page!

A Perfect10: The Time Weaver by Shana Abe

A Perfect 10
ISBN: 978-0-553-80686
June 2010
Fantasy Romance

Barcelona, Spain and Zaharen Yce, in the Carpathians; 1782

Amelia Langford, exiled drákon of the English conclave of dragons, sends her husband, the human thief Zane, to abduct Honor Carlisle from her home village of Darkfrith. She sees the future through dreams, and knows from her dreams that her family will kill Honor, for they will come to believe Honor is sanf, working with humans to kill all dragon kind.

Honor, like most drákon females, cannot change to smoke and then to dragon. She thought herself ungifted until she received a letter from her future self telling her she could weave through time. When she begins to travel through time, she is constantly drawn to an enemy of the Darkfrith Drákon, Prince of the Zaharen Drákon, Alexandru, who lives high in the Carpathian Mountains at the ages-old castle of crystal, gold, and gemstones, Zaharen Yce.

Prince Alexandru, or Sandu, is suspicious of the girl who literally appears and disappears before him. He knows she is an English drákon, an enemy, and that she has ensnared his heart. This is no comforting realization, as drákon mate for life.

THE TIME WEAVER is an excellent fantasy with time-travel elements. The prose contains rich imagery, as you would expect from a setting placed in the time of Marie Antoinette. Plus, the story poses intriguing questions such as what would you do if you knew the future? Would you change it if you could? And how might that change you? Shana Abé weaves the stories of Amelia's love for Zane, first told in THE DREAM THIEF, with that of the forbidden love between Honor and Prince Sandu. Honor is like a daughter to Amelia, and certainly Amelia is the mother Honor would choose as her true mother, but their desires are on a collision course that could destroy all drákon.

While the story, by changing viewpoint and time frequently, makes reading a little jumpy, the sumptuous prose carries the reader forward through a past place in time to an unexpected ending. While THE TIME WEAVER includes characters from a previous book, the reader will have no problem understanding this story. However, the other books in the series provide equally fine reading, in fact, the entire series is worthy of a Perfect 10.

Robin Lee

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Book Giveaway!

The Tycoon Takes a Wife by Catherine Mann
Silhouette Desire - out in May 2010

"Landis Brothers” series concludes with TYCOON TAKES A WIFE

I Now Pronounce You… Still Married!

It had been a mistake… at least for Jonah Landis’ new bride. She’d left him the morning after their whirlwind wedding. And he’d never forgiven her. As quickly as they had once exchanged rings, Jonah filed for an annulment and vowed to put memories of Eloisa behind him. But a year later, due to a technicality, it seemed the millionaire was still a married man. Eloisa had lied about many things, and now he finally had the ammunition to unravel it all. If his “wife” wanted out of this marriage, she was going to give him the answers he still needed… and the honeymoon he still craved

Read RRT's review here.

Easy to enter....just post if you're interested or not.

A winner will be drawn Wednesday night.

Good luck!

Friday, June 04, 2010

The Lucky winner is....

JODER wins a copy of The Night She Got Lucky by Susan Donovan!!

Joder, please email me at by 6/14/10.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

New Reviews posted 6/1/10 at Romance Reviews Today

Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2010

Romance Reviews Today – The best reviews on the web!


Contest winners for May 2010
Non Erotic

Ragan Jay – One Enchanted Evening by Lynn Kurland and Last Chance by Christy Reece

Alicia Tong – The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe and Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells

Lisa Glidewell – Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk and Line of Fire by Jo Davis


Carrie Divine – Hers for the Evening by Jasmine Haynes and Impulsive by Catherine Fox

JUNE 2010 Contest

Non- Erotic Prize books:

The True Love Quilting Club by Lori Wilde, Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn, When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith, In the Darkest Night by Patti O’Shea, Improper Behavior by Suzanne Enoch and Breath of Heaven by Cindy Holby

Erotic Prize books:

Love, Unexpectedly by Susan Fox and Victor by Julia Templeton

See the Contest page for entry instructions.

New reviewers wanted. Contact Terrie – Please include a sample review in your email.

Limited number of review openings – get your request for review in early. Review Policy – 60 days advance notice. No Exceptions! Late requests will be considered on a time and space available. When requesting a review please include the following information:
Title, Author, Publisher, Release Date, ISBN, Genre, ARC Format (i.e. electronic or print if electronic please include PDF page count.)

All interviews will be posted on the blog and archived to the site at a later date. (Contact Terrie or Patti to schedule your interview.)

Advertising is available on the home page beginning in May. Please see Author Service page at for pricing information.

Chats – All chats begin at 9 pm eastern. Check out the RRT Blog for the most current author chat schedule. Open Forum with Scheme on Monday , Author Chat’s with Crazy Mo on Wednesday, Friday Nights with Patti. Don’t miss the chats they are informative and fun!

New reviews this issue: 31

Contemporary Fiction

A THREAD SO THIN – Marie Bostwick – Marilyn
MATTERS OF THE HEART – Danielle Steel – Deborah
MISS YOU MOST OF ALL – Elizabeth Bass – Deborah
THE LIES WE TOLD – Diane Chamberlain – Marilyn
WELCOME TO HARMONY – Jodi Thomas – Jani

Contemporary Romance
HONEYSUCKLE SUMMER – Sherryl Woods – A Sweet Magnolia Novel, Book 7 – Diana
LINE OF FIRE – Jo Davis – The Fire Fighters of Station Five, Book 4 – Kate
STILL THE ONE – Robin Wells – Diana
SUGAR CREEK – Toni Blake – Destiny Series, Book 2 – Patti


LIGHTBORN – Alison Sinclair – Jane

Fantasy Romance
THE TIME WEAVER – Shana Abe – A Perfect 10 – Robin

Historical Fiction

Historical Romance
A SECRET AFFAIR – Mary Balogh – The Huxtables, Book 5 – Jane
HIS AT NIGHT – Sherry Thomas – Jane
KNIGHT OF PASSION – Margaret Mallory – All the King’s Men – Marilyn
MY RECKLESS SURRENDER – Anna Campbell – Jani
ONE DANCE WITH A DUKE – Tessa Dare – Marilyn
TO DECEIVE A DUKE – Amanda McCabe – The Chase Muses, Book 2, Robin

Inspirational Romance
COWGIRL AT HEART – Christine Lynxwiler – The McCord Sisters, Book 2 – Robin

Paranormal Fiction

Paranormal Romance

HAUNTING FLAME – Janice Bennett – Marilyn - Historical
STRANGE NEIGHBORS – Ashlyn Chase – Kathy
THE DARKEST PASSION – Gena Showalter – Lords of the Underworld, Book 5 - Jennifer

Romantic Suspense
BLOWN AWAY – Sharon Sala – Jane
FADE TO MIDNIGHT – Shannon McKenna - Carolyn
LAST CHANCE – Christy Reese – Deborah

Series Romance

HIGH-SOCIETY SECRET BABY – Maxine Sullivan – Jennifer – SD #2021

DAMAGED – Pamela Callow - Marilyn
NO WEREWOLVES ALLOWED – Cheyenne McCray – A Night Tracker Novel, Book 2 – Jennifer – Paranormal

Terrie Figueroa


Romance Reviews Today


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Winner of Last Chance....

Hillary wins LAST CHANCE by Christy Reece.


Please email me at by 6/8/10 to claim your book.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Want to get lucky?

Can you see that there are TWO book giveaways this week????

How about a copy of THE NIGHT SHE GOT LUCKY by Susan Donovan....just out now!

Read more about it here by going to the author's web site:

Now, this is going to be an easy giveaway. Only two things:

One entry per person
Only for US and Canada residents (sorry, but with postage, it is expensive to mail outside the US and Canada just barely fits my budget).

That is it! Just post in comments whether you want to be entered and I'll pick a winner this coming Friday night.

Good luck!

A Perfect 10: Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael

A Perfect 10
Ballantine Books
ISBN: 978-0-345-52004-3
May 2010
Historical Fiction

England – Mid-Nineteenth Century

Charlotte Brontë is known as the author of Jane Eyre, but few of us know much about the real woman behind the stories she wrote. Born in the Yorkshire moorlands, Charlotte was one of five daughters and one son born to clergyman Patrick Brontë and his wife. When their mother died at an early age, their aunt stepped in to help raise the brood, and eventually Charlotte and her two elder sisters were sent away to a clergymen’s children’s boarding school. Unfortunately, the conditions at the school were such that all three girls became very sick, and shortly after their father brought them home, the two older girls died of lung ailments. Charlotte’s health was never great after that. As a young adult, Charlotte went to school in Brussels along with her younger sister, Emily, and returned to the moors with a new view of the world. She and her sisters, Emily and Anne, spent their free time writing and dreaming, and taking care of their father who was slowly going blind.

Charlotte was a dreamer, but a practical one, mostly due to the fact that as the older sister, much of the household decision-making and her father’s needs were on her tiny, fragile shoulders. She always made time for writing, though, as did her sisters, and they come to a radical choice to co-publish their combined works. Despite the fact that the first set of books only sold two copies, Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Charlotte’s Jane Eyre were eventually published, to very mixed reactions on both the authors’ parts as well as the critics'. Emily, the quiet homebody, while pleased, was not happy with any notoriety. Charlotte, however reluctant, chose to pursue the life of a published author; although most people had no idea either writer was a woman. When the truth came out, though, only Charlotte was able to enjoy it.

Most of the time dreamers don’t achieve their goals. Despite the tragedy and sorrow in her life, Charlotte almost masters those dreams. At home in Yorkshire is her father’s curate, the dour Irishman, Arthur Nicholls, while in London is her publisher, handsome George Smith. Charlotte thinks it’s George who is in love with her, although he is younger than she and a man of the world. But in reality, pining away in the north is Arthur, who patiently hides his heart from the brilliant, terrifyingly perfect (to him), Charlotte.

Speaking of brilliant, ROMANCING MISS BRONTË is nothing short of perfect. I loved every page and hated for the book to end. The author’s impeccable research and her excellent prose are a dynamite combination and made the tragic life of Miss Brontë immensely readable and extremely interesting. Charlotte used her own background and people in her life to make Jane Eyre a best seller of its time as well as today. Readers will be drawn into the bleak lives of Victorian women and learn of the Brontë girls’ uncharacteristic “careers” as authors.

As a debut novel, Ms. Gael has written a delightfully thorough peek into the lives of the Brontë sisters and especially Charlotte’s brief, sterling rise as a woman author in a man’s world. Brava.

Jani Brooks