Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spotlight Review:

Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23981-0
February 2011
Contemporary Romance

Sunshine, Idaho - Present Day

Brady Miller has lived his life with nothing to tie him down and no home base. So he’s not completely thrilled to be in Sunshine, thanks to the nagging of his foster brothers. When their foster father died leaving everything to the three of them, Brady signed everything over to Dell and Adam; he hadn’t expected them to make him a part of their veterinary center. His visit doesn’t get off to a very good start when his truck is rear-ended at a convenience store. Other than an immediate attraction, Brady isn’t sure what to think of the woman driving the jeep, or her menagerie of animals.

Lilah Young’s morning has not been a very good one. Falling asleep while studying the night before means that she woke up in the middle of her books and homework, running late for the pick-ups she needs to do for the kennel she runs, and not quite looking her best. Hitting another vehicle is bad enough, but to add insult to injury, Lilah doesn’t have her insurance card, her car won’t restart, and the person whose car she hit is a serious hottie. Learning later that he’s the missing brother of her two best friends only makes it worse—or better, since she works so closely with Dell and Adam, she’ll get to see a lot of Brady. For a woman with too few dates and two overly protective friends, the chance to see if she can get something going with Brady is hard to resist. She knows he’s only in town for a month, but Lilah knows that she can have a lot of fun in a month. Now she just has to make sure that her heart doesn’t get involved.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM is a fun, sweet, and sexy story. Brady grew up in foster homes, moved on to the army, and now is a pilot-for-hire, willing to fly into the most dangerous of situations. Lilah’s first impression of him is of a hard, lone-wolf kind of guy, but she quickly sees the humor and protectiveness behind his outer shell. Though she grew up with her grandmother, Lilah’s own parents abandoned her, and while she’s a giving, loving person who’s always helping others, she won’t accept help for herself. Lilah and Brady have much in common beyond the mutual attraction, and it’s enjoyable to watch them banter back and forth as they get to know one another.

Dell, Adam, and their receptionist, Jade, are the main secondary characters of the story, but Sunshine is a small town, so there are plenty of people to round out the cast. Almost stealing the show throughout the book is Twinkles, the not-very-manly small dog that adopts Brady, then proceeds to drive him crazy. From beginning to end, ANIMAL MAGNETISM is a captivating story that will have you laughing out loud, rooting for a happy ending for Lilah and Brady, and hoping that this won’t be your last visit to Sunshine.

Jennifer Bishop

Book Giveaway:

SURRENDER TO ME by Shayla Black
Out in March 2011
Book 4 of the Wicked Lovers series

A secret fantasy.

Hunter had everything until a bullet put his career as a Navy SEAL on hold. Restless and in need of distraction, he accepts an intriguing proposition. Restless and uncertain about his future, he accepts an intriguing proposition: share an acquaintance’s girlfriend and fulfill her fantasy of a ménage. It should have been just a night of sexual adventure between three consenting adults. But Kata is like no other girl Hunter has ever met. By turns audacious and sexy, then vulnerable and aloof, she’s a heartbreaker he’s determined to master. But he needs more than one night. And he wants to do it alone.

An uncontrollable obsession.

Kata never expected to leave her comfortable relationship and explore something so dangerously forbidden with a stranger. Hard as she tries to resist, the guilty pleasure overwhelms her, and she surrenders herself, inch by inch, to the hardcore man who wants her for himself. Consumed by blazing desire, they’re soon threatened by the shadows of the past. And now to keep Kata safe, Hunter makes her a bold proposition of his own. Saying yes will destroy her heart. But saying no could cost Kata her life.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Winner is.....

Estella wins the copy of COMPROMISED HEARTS!!!!

Please email me at by 3/8/11 to claim your prize.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Q&A with Jennifer Labelle!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Meant To Be is an emotional story about love, loss, and new beginnings.

Jenna Baker is shaken after her recovery with a near death experience. As if being haunted with visions and losing her husband in a car accident weren’t hard enough. She finally moves on to meet the man of her dreams, only to have the husband she thought was dead suddenly reappear.

Meant To Be’s release was on February 16, 2011. Check out http://www.secretcravingspublishing/  to get your copy or for a longer blurb, and a brief excerpt.

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

My favorite would be hard to narrow down, since there are so many of them. Let’s see, if I had to narrow it down to one, it would probably be when Jenna experiences a moment of déjà view. She awakens in the hospital again and feels like she’s already lived this chapter in her life. The first time was to hear the devastating news that her husband Tyler hadn’t survived their car accident, only this time she’s astonished to learn that he’s in fact alive and well. It takes some time to convince her that she’s not seeing his ghost. She’s confused, angry and yet amazed all at once, with a ton of questions that need answers. Like, where has he been all of this time? And, What’s happened to her?

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

I’ve been actively reading and writing since high school, but it wasn’t until my last child, and only daughter was born that I decided to peruse it professionally. I became a stay at home mom then and had more time to actually sit down to write a novel. Before then I stuck with short stories and attempted poetry.

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

My research comes from the internet or the library. For instance, a portion of the book takes place in Ireland and since I’ve never had the luxury of visiting it in person, I had to get my information from books, travel brochures and stuff I found on my laptop. **Sigh** I hope to one day indulge myself. Ireland is a beautiful place and I’d love to travel there one day. Otherwise my idea’s come from life experience. The things I’ve lived through or fantasized about. Meant To Be actually started off with a dream that I had, and couldn’t forget. I just added to it.

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

I don’t really think that I have a specific quirk when it comes to my writing. I’ve listened to specific songs to get me motivated sometimes. For instance, I’m currently working on a Contemporary Romance that’s based on a true story, and have been listening to a lot of Nickelback. It helps that I really like the band though. I also do an outline to every story that I write before starting anything else. I liked to be organized and I find it easier in the long run that way.

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

It surprises me how well it flows together on its own. I love how the characters come to life, creating unsuspecting plot twists and turns throughout, and the originality of the finished project. I still shock myself sometimes, almost as if in disbelief, that I actually created something so amazing to me. I really hope you all enjoy Meant To Be as much as I have.

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

I don’t really think that anyone influenced me to become a writer. Reading and writing is just something that I’ve always loved to do. I’ve had a lot of support along the way from friends and family. My husband was very patient with me and helped distract the kids so that I could get a few extra hours in here and there to finish it. My sister of course for being my guppy, I’d get her to read the stuff I wrote before I sent it out, and my three children who are my inspiration for everything. I strive to succeed for them, to love them and provide for them. I’ve been very blessed.

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

They’re very proud, gloating, and faithfully spreading the word with me. My nine year old has already told all of his friends and teachers. My two youngest are ages four and two, and they seem to be in awe every time they see the cover with “Yay, it’s mommy’s book” cheers. Considering their ages I find it very cute. My always supportive husband has shown my website and book cover to everyone he works with. My sister, mother in law and friends are also sharing as much as they can with everyone that they know. I’ve had a lot of support throughout.

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

My life is quite simple. Besides my writing, my life is all about my husband and children. One day I’d like to travel. Once a month I try and get a girls night out with friends, leaving the hubby and kids to fend for themselves. Besides that I like to read, it helps me relax and allows me to live vicariously through the characters that others create....LOL.

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

Nothing as exciting as another release.... yet, but I have several WIP’s. I’m currently working on another Contemporary Romance that was based on a true story. Fingers crossed, that I’ll be ready to submit shortly.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

There is my website:

My publisher’s site:

You can find me on Facebook:

You could follow me on Twitter:!/1JenniferLabell

And of course there is my email:

Book Giveaway:



Emily Cordelia Mason Brockinger was a proper lady, Boston born and bred. So nothing could have shocked her more thoroughly than Cloud Ryder's outrageous proposal: he would guide her safely to her brother's home in the San Luis Valley . . . if she shared his bedroll on the way.

Stranded and helpless in the vast prairie, she had no choice. And from the moment his bold lips touched her burning flesh, she knew she would take a perfectly indecent delight in fulfilling the terms of their bargain.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kat Martin winner....and a chat!

I pulled the name of our Kat Martin winner from Monday's blog post and it is......

Congrats to Izzy, who wins a copy of Kat's book!

Please email me at and I'll forward your mailing address onto Kat's PR person.


Kat Martin chats in the Romance Reviews Today chat room on Wednesday night (Feb 23rd) starting at 9:00 PM EST.

Click here to go to the chat room and be sure to click on Mo's Book Buzz chat room to get in the right chat room.

Mo reports that Kat is giving away a fabulous prize:

Legendary author Kat Martin joins us to discuss her book, AGAINST THE LAW. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive personally autographed copies of SEASON OF STRANGERS & AGAINST THE WIND! Moderated by KatBos.

We hope to see you there!

A Perfect 10:

DRAGON WARRIOR - Janet Chapman
A Perfect 10
Midnight Bay Series, Book 2
Pocket Star
ISBN: 978-1-4391-5989-0
February 2011
Paranormal Romance

Midnight Bay, Maine - Present Day

Maddy Kimble has a busy life in Midnight Bay with her nine-year-old daughter Sarah, her teenage brother Rick, almost in college, her mother, and working as a nurse at River Run Nursing Home. Her best friend, Eve Gregor, just married Kenzie, and it is through him that strange things started happening in town. Kenzie is really a century’s old panther who has settled down in Midnight Bay, and since then, other strange people, or things, have found their way to him and are earning a second chance at a normal life. For example, William Kilkenny has traveled through time to find Kenzie for help in lifting a curse. William was once a ninth-century Irish nobleman whom a vindictive witch turned into a dragon twelve hundred years ago. Eve is encouraging Maddy to give William a chance, but his actions are weird, plus he doesn’t have a driver’s license or even know how to drive! Then he told her that her shorts were too short and kissed her senseless after walking out of the library…naked! A dragon (surely this can’t be true) entered the library, a white flash happened, and then William walked out of the library naked and kissed Maddy in front of the whole town. Maddy doesn’t know what to make of William. He hangs outside her house at night, but she feels his strong personality would need a lot of taming. The only thing is William has large hands and the sexiest forearm she’s ever seen. A white shirt folded up his arm turns Maddy into a lust crazed woman she almost doesn’t recognize.

William has traveled through time and is starting to get used to modern times. But Maddy attracts him beyond all bearing. The only problem is he is sure the centuries he lived as a dragon have taken his heart and hardened it beyond letting love soften it. He will do anything to protect Maddy, but he really doesn’t think he deserves or is able to love again. But that doesn’t stop William from making friends of the people at the nursing home, and planning to build a house by Dragon Bay. Then big animals like wolves follow Maddy and him, and William must try to protect her and find out who is behind them. Add in Trace, Maddy’s cousin, and his sighting of a mermaid in the bay, and Rick, Maddy’s brother, whose temper is about to get the best of him, and we have a combination of people that hold our interest all the way through. The women at the nursing home love William, and the men love the feeling of importance he gives them when he asks their opinions on where to build his house.

Janet Chapman’s DRAGON WARRIOR is head and shoulders above any shape shifting or paranormal romance I have ever read. While several of the characters are shape shifters, this is merely one element of the story. Instead, the center of the story is the different men coming into town and how they epitomize the warrior, willing to protect their loved ones and able to appreciate the women in their lives. Kenzie and William take no prisoners when it comes to making their women theirs, and then there’s Maddy’s cousin Trace, just back from Afghanistan, who resigned from the service and bought a fishing boat, and now sees a mermaid in the water. The citizens of the nursing home are all special, unique and distinctive. These men and women lived and worked in Midnight Bay, and as William says, they have many years of wisdom behind them.

Secondary characters are Trace, Maddy’s cousin; Eve, her best friend and her husband Kenzie (a panther); Rick, Maddy’s brother, and all the residents of the nursing home: Elbridge, Charlotte, Hiram, and Lois. William’s charm has them eating out of his hands as he takes them on day trips, gives the women motorcycle rides, and generally treats them with the respect the elderly so often lose. And if that isn’t enough, the wizard, Maximilian Oceanus, appears. Able to change his outward appearance, Maximilian had plagued William for centuries, dangling the prospect of vengeance under William’s nose. Will Maximilian make a play for Maddy, and will she fall for his smooth line? And who is that mermaid anyway, is she related to Maximilian?

DRAGON WARRIOR is a spectacular and brilliant novel for those who love the juxtaposition of the paranormal and the real world. The emotional ending had me staying up way too late and brought tears at one particular scene at the end of the book. A Perfect 10 is a fitting rating for DRAGON WARRIOR, a novel which is both tender and joyful, but also has beasts looking for peace and a new way of life after centuries of struggle. MYSTIC WARRIOR, the third book in the Midnight Bay Series is scheduled for release in June, and rejoining this town of eccentric people will be a pleasure. Grab DRAGON WARRIOR soon and join me in entering their marvelous community.

Carolyn Crisher

Monday, February 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kat Martin asks...HOW DO I CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT GENRE?

One of the questions people have been asking me lately is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense.

I have to say it’s never easy to do. Publishers are not risk takers. They always want to take the safe road. It’s easier for them to sell the same kind of book by an author over and over. The writer’s audience is building, sales are improving. They don’t want to rock the boat. And I don’t really blame them.

Fortunately, by the time I came up with the concept for the Raines Brothers Trilogy, Jackson, Gabe, and Devlin in AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, and AGAINST THE LAW, I had already written three contemporary romantic suspense novels for Mira, my publisher, and seven for a previous publisher. The sales were respectable, which helped me convince them.

As I made the change, one of the things I really tried to do was to maintain the style of writing I was known for: fast-paced, high-action, sexy, romantic books. I also wanted to keep the emotion in my stories, something I hope to make people feel when they’re reading one of my books.

I tried to make sure my basic style of writing didn’t change, even though the novels are set in a modern world instead of Victorian or Regency England.

In AGAINST THE LAW, the third in the trilogy, Dev Raines is “mostly retired.” The youngest of the brothers, Dev is also the wildest, an ex-Army Ranger and a dedicated bachelor. But when Lark Delaney walks into his life, asking for his help in finding her dead sister’s lost little girl, Dev discovers a side of himself he hadn’t known.

Or had once known years ago, before his heart was broken.

Dev and Lark set out on what appears to be a simple matter of locating an adopted child and wind up heading into a dangerous adventure. It’s a journey that opens Dev’s heart and eventually teaches him to love.

These three books were so much fun to write! I loved all three of brothers and the solid family bond they shared. Being Western men raised in Wyoming, they had strong moral values: courage, honesty, loyalty. They were intelligent and caring and when they fell in love it was forever.

I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE LAW, and if you haven’t read AGAINST THE WIND and AGAINST THE FIRE, you’ll look for them, too!

Very best wishes, Kat


Kat is giving away to one lucky winner an autographed copy of AGAINST THE WIND.

Have questions or a comment for Kat? Post away and we'll announce a winner sometime after Monday.

Good luck!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spotlight Review:

The Huxtables, Book 5 of 5
ISBN: 978-0-440-24528-5
February 2011
Historical Romance

Post-Regency London

Betrayed at nineteen by her betrothed and her family, Hannah almost immediately married the elderly and enormously rich Duke of Dunbarton. Hannah learned a lot from her duke in their ten years together before he died. But now, after a year of strict mourning, Hannah is free to do as she pleases, and if wealth, beauty and determination mean anything, she has the resources to get what she wants. And what she wants is an affair for the Season...preferably with the dark, dangerous Constantine Huxtable.

Though the eldest son of the Earl of Merton, Con Huxtable is a plain Mister owing to his being born two days before his parents wed. The title passed to his brother for the short while Jon had left to live, and thence to a remote cousin, the only one among four children of a country vicar he'd never met. Con is resigned to enjoy life and is considered something of a rogue. Soon after coming to Town for the Season, he realizes the scandalous Duchess of Dunbarton has designs on him. Now Con takes a different mistress every Season but hasn't chosen one yet. He's quite sure, however, he doesn't want the duchess, though every other man who sees her does; he considers her spoiled and shallow.

Hannah is a consummate flirt and begins to lure Con with an alternating entice and reject method. Against his better judgment, Con is intrigued. The affair is just supposed to be for the Season and end cordially when they return to their respective country homes. Will it? Or will they discover the real persons who hide behind their public masks? Meanwhile, their lively interactions are highly enjoyable.

A SECRET AFFAIR is intensely character driven. Con and Hannah have overcome hurts that have left them both strong and vulnerable and somewhat alone. Hannah has only one person left from her first nineteen years and no good friend among the ton. Surprisingly, her marriage was not an unhappy one and not what people supposed it to be. Con has surprises in store for him and so does Hannah. (And so do readers.) The more we learn of Con's and Hannah's characters, the more fascinating they become, though they are not static; they evolve as the two interact.

Important minor characters are Hannah's good friend from childhood, who has come to stay for a few weeks with Hannah before her own wedding. She is the only one who knows the real Hannah. On Con's side, we have the large Huxtable family, the new earl and his three sisters and their respective spouses and children. Con wanted to hate his Huxtable cousins who moved into his home, but found it impossible. Con has another cousin with whom he is estranged through sheer stubbornness. All these people help further the plot and our understanding of Con and Hannah. Ms. Balogh brings them all to life.

There are no real villains, physical dangers, or major mysteries to solve, but there is a side plot concerning a miscarriage of justice toward a minor character that is very moving. The major focus, though, is on people whom we will enjoy knowing and come to care about.

The first four tales about the legitimate Huxtables, the new earl and his sisters, are told in the earlier books in the series, FIRST COME MARRIAGE, THEN COMES SEDUCTION, AT LAST COMES LOVE, and SEDUCING AN ANGEL. All through those books, Con was a tantalizing character in the background. I am so glad Ms. Balogh found just the right woman for glad that I awarded A SECRET AFFAIR’s hardcover edition a Perfect 10. It is in the running for RRT’s Best Historical Romance and Best Book of the Year for 2010. Truly, I am stingy with those, yet this is not the first awarded to a book in this series. Mary Balogh fans will understand this; those not yet fortunate to have found this superlative writer should check out her website at

Jane Bowers

Ellora's Cave print book winner is.....

The winner of Bedtime, Playtime is....poster #2.... MomOf1DD

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Giveaway:

Bedtime, Playtime - anthology from Ellora's Cave

In these three sensual tales of passion and pleasure, bedtime always means playtime....

Jaid Black


While in Scotland on a business trip, tawny-haired, voluptuous Janet Duval suddenly finds herself transported back into a distant time, enslaved by barbaric, muscle-bound men. The piercing, commanding eyes of Janet's dark-haired captor reveal that he will have his way with her -- no matter how much she protests. But Euan, a fierce warrior, feels a genuine heartfelt passion for his stunning prisoner. And without warning, Janet is consumed with desire for her godlike lover.

Ruth D. Kerce

Adam 483: Man or Machine?

Porcelain-skinned beauty Tyree Samou, a senior officer aboard the mineral freighter HCS Jenway, has had several attempts on her life while in the line of duty. So her brother, the Ambassador of Jenway, assigns Adam 483, a security robot, to guard her every move. But Adam is more man than machine. Strapping and handsome, he is skilled in much more than security -- and can satisfy all her needs. Although Tyree is the one used to giving orders, now Adam is in command -- and ordering her to let him fulfill her most erotic fantasies.

Sherri L. King


After a hurtful betrayal in college by her best friend and the man she thought she loved, brazen bombshell Catherine Stowe swore she'd never trust anyone again. But years later, as a makeup artist for a soap opera star, she meets Gideon Fevere -- a CIA agent turned bodyguard hired by her employer -- and everything changes. The moment Gideon lays eyes on Catherine, he vows to seduce her into a night of all-consuming passion. And a little lust may be just what she needs to believe in love again.

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

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Perfect 10:

CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
A Perfect 10
William Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-135152-5
February 2011
Contemporary Romance

Wynette, Texas – Present Day

Meg Koranda arrives in town to be a bridesmaid for her best friend Lucy Jorik’s wedding to Ted Beaudine, the favorite son of Wynette. One look at Lucy and Ted together has Meg advising Lucy that she needs to call off the wedding. To her surprise, Lucy does and takes off, leaving Meg behind to deny that she was responsible for the canceled wedding. Everyone now hates Meg, including Ted, and an unfortunate chain of events has made it impossible for her to leave town. One sludge job after another has Meg pushing onward while she tries to convince those around her in Wynette that she isn’t the bad person they’ve declared her to be. Ted gets in on the punishment of Meg and the two battle toe-to-toe as she wants to prove to him she isn’t a spoiled rich girl. Hate soon turns to lust between them. She, the bad girl of Wynette, is bedding the town’s shining star. They’re total opposites, yet the attraction between them sizzles hotter than a Fourth of July fireworks show. Even so, Meg is convinced that Ted is nothing but a robot controlled by lack of emotion. If he’d let it loose, then he’d be even happier. But if that happens, what will become of their tenuous relationship? Surely there is no future between Ted and the woman who broke up his wedding to another.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips has crafted a wonderfully engaging tale in CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE that brings back characters from several of her previous books. (You can find the family tree up on her website at Meg has wandered around in her adulthood not quite knowing what to do with her life. Her family has basically washed their hands of her, and the one true friend she has is Lucy Jorik. Meg thought she was doing Lucy a favor by offering advice about her impending marriage. She didn’t expect that Lucy would indeed take off just as she was about to march down the aisle, leaving Meg to pick up the pieces. During the ensuing weeks afterward, while Meg’s misfortunes seem to worsen, she learns to hold her head up high and not care what others think of her. She finally discovers that she can take care of herself. Ted is mayor of Wynette, and they are in the process of negotiating with plumbing magnate Spencer Skipjack to build a new golf course. Ted, of course, is perfect in everyone’s eyes…except Meg’s. Even if she isn’t intentionally doing so, she is bent on stripping away the veneer of control he has in place. When Spencer starts pursuing Meg (to her horror), Ted and everyone in town has to treat her with respect for fear of the golf course deal being called off.

With lively banter, Ted and Meg shine together as a couple, despite the fact that even they can’t see how they can possibly have anything in common. She’s messy. He’s a neatnik. They are the quintessential opposites attract. Yes, they’re an irresistible couple. I loved reading their story, and at times, found myself losing track of time as it flew by, which is why I have to give CALLME IRRESISTIBLE a much deserved Perfect 10. I have read the previous, related books about the characters mentioned and it was fun getting my memory jogged with a pleasant trip down memory lane.

I haven’t read Ms. Phillips recent releases (though they are on my “to be read” pile), but CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE reminded me why I have enjoyed her in the past. Run to the nearest bookstore and grab this one. CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE is a book you’ll want to put at the top of your reading list.

Patti Fischer

$10 giftcard winner is.....

The winner of either a BN or Amazon $10 giftcard is ..... PAM P 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with....Linda Windsor!

Author Linda Windsor joins us to discuss her book, HEALER, Brides of Alba. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive a copy of HEALER, Brides of Alba, and another winner will receive a book of their choice from Linda's backlist. Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? Tomorrow (Wed) night at 9:00PM Eastern Time

 Once the screen loads just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you for a chat that will heal all ills ;) hee hee


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Q&A with Laura Navarre

1. Tell us about your newest release.

The Devil’s Temptress is a dark and sexy historical romance, set during the Crusades, about a disgraced Muslim knight and an ardent Christian lady at Eleanor of Aquitaine’s court. The Raven is an embittered Crusader, scarred body and soul by a lifetime of war, who seems to embrace dishonor as the Devil of Damascus. Yet despite his public shaming, the disgraced knight has kept his secret honor.

Valiant and principled, Lady Alienore of Lyonstone masquerades in secret as a knight on the tourney field, defending shamed damsels no proper knight will champion. When she’s ordered to wed the infidel Devil of Damascus with his unsavory reputation, Alienore dares to refuse. Before she can be truly free, she must prove her worth to her own greatest skeptic—herself.

The Devil’s Temptress is a 2009 Golden Heart finalist. It’s won the Emily Award for Excellence, the Golden Pen, and several other contests sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.

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

Well, I have to say I’m quite fond of the opening scene. Alienore has challenged to single combat her cousin’s alleged ravisher, the infidel knight known only as the Raven. The opening scene is the joust between them, and the combat by sword that follows. It’s all clashing blades, thundering hooves, the heat and fury of battle, and the growing question in Alienore’s mind about this enigmatic knight’s identity. Although she’s never seen his face, the Raven realizes he’s fighting a woman behind that concealing armor—and a formidably skilled one. So each of them becomes fascinated by the other.

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

I’ve always been a scribbler and a voracious reader. I grew up reading L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House stories, so historical fiction has always been a passion. I was in fourth grade, I think, when I started getting hold of my babysitter’s Harlequin Presents—all those exotic locales and glamorous alpha heroes and sexy encounters—which started my love affair with the romance genre. I think I tried my hand at writing one in fifth grade.

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

As a historical author, research is a critical part of my writing process. I write in the medieval, Renaissance, and Tudor periods, so I’ve had to become comfortable inhabiting those worlds. Usually, I have an idea for a hero, and he’s wearing the face of some gorgeous actor I can’t get out of my head. The Raven in Devil’s Temptress is inspired by Michael Wincott, who plays the Spanish villain Moxica in 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Right down to that raspy voice, which in the Raven’s case was damaged by Greek fire in the Crusades. You can check out my inspiration for the Raven here at Click on the character bar for Moxica—that’s the Raven I see in my head when I write.

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

A lot of my work as a writer is done before I set pen to paper.  In addition to whatever historical research the book requires, I develop detailed character sketches for my hero, heroine, villain, and significant secondary characters like Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.  This process typically takes 2-3 months, but it’s critical for me—the entire story springs from what I know about the characters and the world they inhabit.  (For any curious writers out there, I swear by the character profile process in The Plot Thickens by agent Noah Lukeman.)  When I become too impatient with the process to wait any longer, I know it’s time to start writing.

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

I learned that King Henry II—the first Plantagenet King of England—was a man of fascinating contrasts: intensely charismatic, but with serious manic qualities and a notoriously hot temper. In Temptress, I try to portray a king who literally never sat down. When his temper exploded, he was known to roll around on the floor in rage and once, reportedly, chewed holes in a pillow in his fury. This was the husband Queen Eleanor defied and championed a rebellion against—apparently without fear! Yet Henry’s personal charm was one of his great assets, and the two were deeply in love for many years.

There’s an intriguing exploration of their relationship in Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir, and a fabulous trilogy of novels by Sharon Kay Penman, starting with the book When Christ and His Saints Slept.

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

I’ve been blessed with extraordinary mentors throughout my career. I must especially credit the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, which is one of only two MFA programs I know that allows students to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree writing romance. My mentors there were New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder, and critically-acclaimed suspense author/playwright Michael Kimball. And I’ll always feel a special appreciation for my very first mentor: screenwriter and memoirist Steven Denlinger, who also happens to be my fiancé!

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

They’re 100% supportive, and always have been. They couldn’t understand why it took me so long to sell that first book. :)

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

I’m a compulsive traveler, and fortunate to have a “day job” that flies me around the world for various fascinating adventures—including to places few other Americans tend to visit. I’m also into modern art (from post-Impressionism to the color field painters, particularly), ethnic cuisine, good wine and theatre.

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

I’m working on a dark Tudor romance with a paranormal twist, featuring Bloody Mary Tudor and the fascinating Queen Elizabeth.


Learn more about Laura by visiting her website at

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Front Page Affair winner is...

Congrats to Modokker...she wins a copy of FRONT PAGE AFFAIR by Mira Lyn Kelly!

Please email me at by 2/23/11.

Win a $10 Amazon or BN giftcard!

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you get to spend the day with someone you love.

In honor of the day, RRT Blog is giving away to one lucky winner..... $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble giftcard.

Easy to enter (one entry per person)...

Which romance novels would you like to see turned into a movie?

Winner drawn Wednesday night. Good luck!

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Perfect 10:

SCANDAL OF THE YEAR – Laura Lee Guhrke
A Perfect 10
Abandoned at the Altar, Book 2
ISBN: 978-0-06-196316-2
February 2011
Historical Romance

London – 1903 &1904

In 1903, Julia, Lady Yardley, was able to obtain a divorce from the husband she hated when he named Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathem, as corespondent in the adultery case. Aiden lost his second fiancée over the humiliating incident. He knows he was manipulated by Julia and dislikes her intensely, although he has to admire her beauty and fights his attraction to her.

Now, in 1904, Aidan will try again to find a wife. He is thirty years old and is ready to marry and have children. He is a steady, serious man, but his first fiancée broke their engagement to marry her childhood sweetheart (see WEDDING OF THE SEASON, January 2011), and his second fiancée broke off with him after his drunken indiscretion with Julia. The first ball he attends, he runs across Julia, whom he tries to ignore. She sincerely likes Aidan, and although she is sorry to have caused him so much distress, she is overjoyed to have escaped her marriage from the despicable Lord Yardley. She is not concerned that it ruined her reputation, and tends to be somewhat unconventional, but she does worry about hurting her family. Aidan scoffs at her advice regarding possible brides. Even though he is disdainful of her, as hard as he tries, he can’t lose the strong attraction he feels when he sees or thinks of her. It has been this way from the first time he met her when she was seventeen. Her beauty and wildness answers something in him.

Julia is deep in debt. Although her cousin, Paul, is giving her a generous allowance, her ex-husband hadn’t paid her expenses and she had lived an extravagant life style. Having no idea what she can do to earn money to pay the moneylenders, and knowing Aidan’s business acumen, she goes to him hoping he will have a suggestion for her. He hires her as his social secretary to help him find a wife.

Another wonderful story by the talented Laura Lee Guhrke, SCANDAL OF THE YEAR tells Julia’s story. She has always been a free-thinking young woman, but she hides her vulnerability behind smart remarks and pretense. She had no choice but to marry her husband who brought her nothing but fear and unhappiness. Although she has adopted a devil may care attitude, she now hopes to get her life back on track by paying her bills and working with Aidan. Will Aidan finally meet the real Julia? It takes them a while to realize they complement each other.

Excellent characterization, wonderful dialogue, good pacing, and a mesmerizing storyline are the trademarks of Ms. Guhrke. Abandoned at the Altar is a terrific series. WEDDING OF THE SEASON and SCANDAL OF THE YEAR are books that will go on your keeper shelves for a second and third read. Warning: once started, you won’t be able to put these terrific stories down until you read the last page (and then you will be looking for more). SCANDAL OF THE YEAR is a Perfect 10.

Marilyn Heyman

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Book Giveaway:

Harlequin Presents out now!

Back cover blurb:

Payton hasn't seen Nate Evans in years—not since he used to hang out with her brother in high school. But now she and Nate are guests at the same wedding where the notorious millionaire offers her a wild proposal—a sexy, scandalous and irresistible affair!

Nate's outrageous proposition was supposed to stay only paper-thin; it was merely a ploy to distract the tabloids from another, all-too-real scandal. But neither he nor Payton expected such a very public affair to prove so very hot in private…

Or to have such lasting consequences….

So, here we are into February. How are you planning to spend Valentine's Day? Keeping warm with a good book or is your sweetheart taking you out to dinner some place special?

Tell us about it and you'll be entered in a chance to win this book. Winner announced over the weekend.

US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Winner is....

Custom Number Generator picked...... JENNIE as the winner of the Tori Carrington book!

Jennie, please email me at with your mailing info by 2/21/11.


A Perfect 10:

A Lucy Valentine Mystery - Book 3
A Perfect 10
St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-312-94615-9
February 2011
Cozy Mystery

Boston - Present Day

Lucy Valentine is doing well with her part of Valentine, Inc., Lost Loves. She is finally putting her psychic gift to good use, helping to unite people who have been separated from their true loves. Partnered with her boyfriend, private investigator Sean Donahue, and constantly shadowed by family friend and reporter Preston Bailey, Lucy begins investigating a new case about two teenaged foster kids, Meaghan Archibald and Tristan Rourke, who lost contact years ago.

But this case turns out to be way more than Lucy bargained for. Tristan Rourke is wanted by the FBI and has a particularly bad habit of breaking into Lucy's car, home, office, where ever he needs to get what he wants. Lucy has also taken on a missing person's case for her grandmother, trying to find her friend Mac Gladstone. Lucy must solve the cases, take care of her menagerie of animals, worry about Sean, and somehow manage to actually sleep now and again.

Another excellent installment of the Lucy Valentine series, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY definitely doesn't disappoint! A perfect mix of mystery with a pinch of paranormal, this heartwarming book offers a little something for everyone. Lucy Valentine is an extremely genuine character, unable to let a case go even when it looks as though she's hit a dead end. Each brilliant character adds a little something extra to the story, and readers will fall in love with the Valentine crew. A truly charming story and exciting mystery, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY more than deserves a Perfect 10 rating.

While ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY can stand alone just fine, readers will definitely love catching up on Lucy's case solving skills in the first book, TRULY, MADLY released in February 2010, and DEEPLY, DESPERATELY, released August of 2010.

Amanda Toth

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with Janet Elaine Smith!

Author Janet Elaine Smith joins us to discuss her adventures in Venezuela
which found their way into her books, THE GREEN MILE, and REBEL WITH A CAUSE.
Door prize: Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of Janet's book,

When? This Wednesday night at 9:00PM Eastern time or 8:00PM Janet's time ;)


Once the screen loads, just type your name and be sure to choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you there for a crazy time that will have you going Ole!


Monday, February 07, 2011

New Reviews Posted

Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2011

Romance Reviews Today – The best reviews on the web!


Sizzle by Julie Garwood & Loose Ends by Tara Janzen
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James & The Countess by Lynsay Sands
Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh & Burning Darkness by Jaime Rush

o Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter & Bone Gods by Caitlin Kittredge

o Whisper Falls by Toni Blake & Love Me to Death by Allison Brennen

o Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke & The Lady Most Likely by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway

Visit the Contest page to enter!

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, and Friday Nights with Patti. Don’t miss the chats they are informative and fun! A Link to the chat room can be found on the home page at
Chat Schedule :
Feb. 2 – Laurie London
Feb. 9 – Janet Elaine Smith
Feb. 16 – Linda Windsor
Feb. 23 – Kat Martin

New reviews this issue: 35 (includes 5 Erotic reviews)

Contemporary Fiction
HERE TO STAY – Catherine Anderson – A Harrigan Family Novel, Book 3 – Jane
KEYS TO THE CASTLE – Donna Bell – Diana
THESE THINGS HIDDEN – Heather Gudenkauf – Diana

Contemporary Romance
ADDING HEAT – Cris Anson – The Cougar Challenge – Jennifer – Erotic short story

AGAINST THE FIRE – Kat Martin – The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 2 – Patti

FAMILY AFFAIR – Debbie Macomber - Diana

HIS UNEXPECTEDLY – Susan Fox – Holly – Erotic
TAMING TARA – Kelly Jamieson – Jennifer – Erotic

THEN HE KISSED ME – Christie Ridgeway – Three Kisses, Book 2 - Patti


HELLFORGED – Nancy Holtzner – A Deadtown Novel, Book 2 – Amanda
HEXBOUND – Chloe Neill- A Novel of the Dark Elite, Book 2 – Amanda – Young Adult
LICENSE TO ENSORCELL – Katharine Kerr – A Nola O’Grady Novel – Amanda

Historical Fiction

PALE ROSE OF ENGLAND – Sandra Worth – A Novel of the Tudors – A Perfect 10 – Jani
THE GOLDEN PRINCE – Rebecca Dean – Jani

Historical Romance
A SECRET AFFAIR – Mary Balogh – The Huxtables, Book 5 - Jane

HIGHLAND MASTER – Amanda Scott – Jane
SCANDAL OF THE YEAR – Laura Lee Guhrke –Abandoned at the Altar, A Perfect 10 – Marilyn

SIN AND SURRENDER – Julia Latham – Carolyn
THE COUNTESS – Lynsay Sands – Marilyn
THE PERFECT MISTRESS – Victoria Alexander – Jani
THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE – Tiffany Clare – Victoria
UNVEILED – Courtney Milan – Lenore

ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY – Heather Webber – A Lucy Valentine Novel, 3 - Amanda

DARK WATERS – Alex Prentiss – Lady of the Lakes, Book 2 – Diana – Paranormal

Paranormal Fiction

NIGHT SCHOOL – Mari Mancusi – A Blood Coven Vampire Novel, Book 5 – Amanda – Young Adult

Paranormal Romance

BLOOD OF THE ROSE – Kate Pearce – The Tudor Vampire Chronicles, Book 2 - Amy

CAPTIVE HEART – Anna Windsor – Dark Crescent Sisterhood, Book 6 – Marilyn

INDULGENT – Cathryn Fox – An Eternal Pleasure Novel, Book 3 – CeCe
STORM OF RECKONING – Doranna Durgin – Jennifer

Romantic Suspense
LOOSE ENDS – Tara Janzen – Special Defense Force, Book 11 – Loose Series, Book 5 – Jennifer

SENSELESS – Mary Burton – Deborah
TRUE COLORS – Joyce Lamb – The True Trilogy, Book 2 – Diana – Paranormal

Science Fiction
TOUCHING ICE – Laurann Dohner – Jennifer – Erotic

Series Romance
HIS DAUGHTER … THEIR CHILD – Karen Rose Smith – Reunion Brides Series, Book 1 – Jane – SSE #2098

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Guest Blogger: Pocket Author Molly Harper based new book on Icestorm 2009

An ice storm. Stranded in a strange, isolated place without power. Children with an unsettling ability to win staring contests. This is how horror movies start.

Watching the news coverage as cities across the Midwest are pelted by the much-touted historic blizzard, I’m having strange sympathy pangs. In January 2009, an ice storm ripped through Kentucky, taking out power and phone lines for thousands of homes, including mine. The first night I spent camped out in my in-laws’ darkened living room with my two young children, I was sure this was just a temporary blip. It was going to be a funny story we could tell the next winter. As in, “Remember that night we had to sleep on an air mattress in front of Grandma’s fireplace and cook on a gas grill in the garage?”

By the sixth night, I was no longer amused.

Over the next week, Kentuckians were cold, cranky and progressively ill-groomed. I returned to my dark, cold house to forage for supplies one afternoon, only to find my neighbor shaving his head in his driveway. I sincerely hoped that was related to the lack of electricity and not just a personality quirk I'd never noticed before. Neighborhood block parties have been stilted and awkward since.

But I managed to channel my cabin fever, before going the full fire-ax-through-bedroom-door and elevator-full-of-blood route. I started writing. Having recently published the Nice Girls books, a vampire romance series about an undead librarian in small-town Kentucky, I’d already decided that I wanted to write a werewolf story. And being isolated, in the dark, in an increasingly crowded, enclosed space, I decided to set the story in the frozen regions of Alaska.

While we waited for the power to come back on, I wrote about twenty pages of notes by candlelight. What emerged was the story of Mo Wenstein, a woman who moves across the country to escape her intrusive hippie parents and make a life for herself in the remote town of Grundy, Alaska. Cantankerous neighbor Cooper has been giving Mo a hard time about her place in her new community since day one. But when Cooper stumbles onto her porch, naked, with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, she realizes there’s more to him than a surly- though attractive- surface. A series of werewolf attacks, for which Cooper may or may not be responsible, dysfunctional werewolf clan drama, and romantic hijinks ensue.

The manuscript grew over the next few months and became HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, which is due to be released by Pocket Books on Feb. 22, wherever books are sold. The sequel, THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF, will follow on March 29.

So, while the encroaching claustrophobia is frustrating, make the best of your snow days. Use the milk, eggs and bread you hoarded to make French toast. Plow through the To-Be-Read pile of paperbacks on your nightstand. Write journal entries about the sights, sounds and emotions you’re experiencing as a blizzard survivor.

You never know. You could turn this experience into your first manuscript.

Learn more about Molly by clicking here to visit her website

Book Giveaway:


Harlequin Blaze - November 2010

ISBN: 978-0-373-79578-9

Their passion will sear everything in its path...including them.


Palmer DeVoe. Small=town boy turned successful--and still wildly hot--businessman. Conquering hero who returns to his hometown...and the one woman he never forgot!


Penelope Weaver. Successful in her own right. And owner of a heart that only one man can truly claim...


Filled with overwhelming sexual tension...and hush-hush trysts that leave them both gasping for more! But you know that saying, you can't go home again? It's true!

Unexpected maneuver:

Because Penelope has a secret--a big one! The kind that threatens to tear them apart forever. Unless Palmer is willing to give up everything for another chance at "what might have been"...

Do you have a boyfriend you can't ever forget? Post once if you're interested. One entry per person. Winner announced Wednesday night. US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Q&A with Indigo Skye!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

"Her Captive Muse," my first novel, has been picked up by Noble Romance Publishing. It was released in January, so I'm doing a lot of fun contests and giveaways on my blog to celebrate and help get the word out. This dark, twisted tale tells the story of Brendan Delaney, a young man caught in a web of seduction and obsession when he answers Morgan Roan's ad for an artist's model. What price pleasure?

Read an excerpt by clicking here --> Her Captive Muse excerpt

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

My favorite scene in Her Captive Muse is a hot sex scene with a BDSM edge. It begins with silk scarves, and ends with ice cubes, a vibrator, and a riding crop. It was a lot of fun to write. I also enjoyed writing the last scene- but if you want to find out how it ends, you'll have to read the book!

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

I don't remember a time when I wasn't obsessed with books. I was blessed with a bookworm mother who taught me to read before I entered kindergarten, and I've rarely been without a book in my hand since. I started writing my own stories in elementary school, and always dreamed of getting published and having a writing career, making my living with my pen and my imagination. Other girls wanted to be doctors or veterinarians, mommies or teachers or astronauts- I've never wanted anything but this.

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

My Muse has a very dirty mind, and my imagination is a rich kingdom full of interesting characters, hot sex, and tricky plot twists. I'm a rabid people-watcher, and am often inspired by a snippet of overheard conversation that's none of my business. I love to sit in a coffee-shop and write about the other customers- their body language, the way they drink their cappucinos, their interactions with others are always intriguing to me. I'm inspired by the landscape of the American Southwest- deserts and mountains and endless blue skies surround me and nourish my creative soul.

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

I love to write in bed! I'm a Luddite at heart- if I could pen my novels with a quill on scrolls of parchment and ship them off to my editors via owl, I would. Instead, I fill multitudes of notebooks with my scribblings and convert them into a typed and legible form later, using my trusty laptop.

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

I'm kinkier than I ever imagined possible! I wrote literary fiction for years before discovering I had a talent for erotica. Now, hot sex is creeping into all of my stories, no matter what I'm writing.

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

I'd like to take a moment here to thank Keta Diablo, who helped me edit my novel, gave me fantastic suggestions and unconditional support, and introduced me to the fabulous team at Noble Romance Publishing. My writer's group has been instrumental in encouraging me to take my work to the next level. Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, has been an inspiration to me since high school, and her books on writing helped me learn to write "straight whiskey." I'm forever grateful to the folks who've contributed to my blog and featured my work on their websites- thanks for helping me get a strong start!

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

My man has been unstintingly supportive, and he's very proud of me. My girlfriends and the women in my writers' group have encouraged me every step of the way. I have chosen to use a pen name to protect my identity- which includes protecting certain family members from the disturbing knowledge that I've written a book about (gasp!) hot kinky bondage sex.

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

Here in the Southwest, I'm surrounded by the mysteries of the ancient Anasazi. I love to spend time exploring the ruins they left behind, and wondering what life must have been like in those days. Recently, I was able to combine my interest in Anasazi ruins with my interest in hot kinky sex- I had a steamy encounter at the Lowry Ruins that I won't soon forget! I'm a nature girl, and when I'm hiking in the mountains or snowshoeing on a trail my earthly concerns fall away. I'm currently learning Italian and preparing for a trip to Europe.

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

I'm currently penning a sequel to Her Captive Muse, and hope to be releasing an excerpt soon. I've got another book that's being reviewed by editors at Noble as we speak- exciting stuff! I was recently chosen as a contributor to the anthology Uniform Behavior, edited by Lucy Felthouse, and I'll be offering exclusive interviews, guest blogs, and free reads by some of my fellow UB authors on my blog to support this project. I'm planning a blog tour this spring to celebrate the release of Her Captive Muse, and am really looking forward to an opportunity to share my work with a wider audience. I've been working on some hot new short fiction and erotic poetry, and am hoping to release a collection soon. There are a couple of novels and novellas in the works as well- I'm feeling very inspired.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

My blog, Indigo Skye: Ink and Art, is an exploration of the sensual in words and images. It can be found online at Follow my tweets on Twitter at If you wish to reach me via email, you can get in touch here-

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Chat Wednesday night....

Come to Mo's Book Buzz chat on Wednesday night as Laurie London is the guest! Yes, the same one who we interviewed on Monday. She'll be giving away a copy of BONDED BY BLOOD to one lucky winner.

Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern Time in the chat room. Here is the direct link to the chat:

In the drop down box, select Mo's Book Buzz and come on in!

Beat the cold and snow and get ready to be warmed up by Laurie and everyone else in the chat.

Winners announced.....

I have a couple of winners to be announced...

First up, the winner of Laurie London's book is......Cyberclipper!!

And the winner of RRT's giveaway of Libertine's Kiss is.... Crystal GB!!!

Congrats and email me at with your mailing info.

Spotlight Review

Blood Rose Trilogy, Book 3
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-23861-5
January 2011
Historical Western Romance

New Mexico Territory, 1873

Shortly after the war with Mexico, the Wilkins family established themselves on the RosaRoja Rancho. The older generation is gone now, and the ranch thrives. Two of the three living Wilkins sons, their wives, children, and an assortment of employees thrive there as well. Unknown to all of them, three separate individuals converge on the ranch, two who had their hearts broken and one with a two-year-old daughter.

Jack Wilkins left for San Francisco with his love, only to lose her to a higher calling. After a period of mourning spent mostly in a bottle, he took ship to the far reaches of the Pacific. Now he’s back in San Francisco ready to find her, but her trail leads to the RosaRoja Valley.

Before taking her final vows, Sister Elena Maria Ramirez heads home to the RosaRoja Rancho where she grew up.

Meanwhile, Daisy Etheridge, who has no family but her daughter, has lost her job singing at the Silver Spur saloon in San Francisco, but she’s given the opportunity to fulfill a long time dream. She’s offered a chance to study with the famous Madame Sophia Scarlatti, but it entails going to Rome and committing herself to some years of study and traveling. How can she afford to hire a nanny to come along to care for little Kate? Daisy had fallen for Jack during his drinking phase. When he left, neither knew their brief affair would result in a child, and she has no idea where he is now. Her only hope of joining Madame in New Orleans is to appeal to Jack’s family for help.

CHASING THE SUN is a love story, a family drama and a tale of the old West. The characters are well drawn with distinct personalities. Jack, especially, matures as he comes to know his heart. We’re also treated to more of the whole family. There are Brady (the eldest Wilkins brother whose young shoulders bore most of the burden of the ranch and his brothers) and Jessica (an English heiress) from the first book of the trilogy, PIECES OF THE SKY. Then there are the rather taciturn, inventive Hank and his loving Molly (a nurse who first entered the family through subterfuge) from OPEN COUNTRY, and a passel of children.

The setting of the trilogy depicts the rugged lives of those on the frontier, and the plot includes a couple of classic Western villains. These add to the enjoyment of the whole, but the varied cast of characters, their individualities and interrelationships make up the best part of this don’t-miss trilogy. Each title is a fine book on its own, but the three together are terrific.

Jane Bowers