Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year and a Party Chat!

We'll be celebrating the New Year here at Romance Reviews Today on Saturday night starting at 10:00 PM Eastern Time in the RRT chat room.

Direct link to the chat room and then click on RRT Chat:

There'll be chatting, fun, virtual drinking and book prizes given away.

So join us and be prepared to rock the night away!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kat Martin chats about A Party to Remember

Note: be sure to check out the contest below. 


by Kat Martin

    I love New Year’s Eve. When I was younger, I was pretty much a wallflower who sat home year after year. I would watch the glass ball going down in Times Square and wish I was there. As an adult I’ve tried to make up for all those lost New Year’s Eves and rarely miss going out on the town.

     I love to dress up in black sequins and high heels, and am fortunate that my husband is a knockout in a tuxedo. One of my favorite New Year’s parties was in Beverly Hills. I was invited to a function that was the height of elegance and even had celebrities in attendance. I remember seeing Hugh O’Brien, who used to be Wyatt Earp on TV, a really gorgeous guy back then, and Faye Dunaway, who was class personified.

     For me New Year’s Eve is champagne and romance, and being a romance writer, why wouldn’t I adore it?

     This year, besides going out on the town, I’ll be celebrating the re-release of one of my all time favorite books--HOT RAIN. The hero, Jake Dawson, would look gorgeous in a tux--or better yet, nothing at all. Allie Parker is blond and sexy, and the chemistry between them burns. Jake’s an undercover agent working to catch a gang of drug smugglers. Unfortunately, Allie Parker believes he’s one of the thugs who have taken her prison and stashed her on the yacht they are taking to Mexico.

     Jake has a helluva time keeping Allie safe and at the same time playing the roll of her captor. There’s a lot of humor in this one, which is why my readers chose it back when it first came out as their all-time favorite.

     The book has been out of print for nearly ten years, so I’m hoping readers who haven’t had a chance to read it will give it a try. It’s got a fabulous new cover and will be out in e-book format for the first time ever.

     I hope you’ll try HOT RAIN and that you enjoy. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Very best wishes, Kat


A big thank you to Kat for blogging today. Learn more about HOT RAIN by clicking here.

She is also giving away an ecopy of HOT RAIN to one lucky commenter.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Chat with Teresa Medeiros!

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Teresa Medeiros joins us to discuss her book, THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive an autographed hardcover copy of THE DEVIL WORE PLAID! Moderated by KatBos.

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

Where?  or go to  and click on RRT CHAT at upper right of the home page. Once the login screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu ;)

Hope to see you there for a PLEASURE-able chat with a fantastic lady!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Spotlight Review:

TO WED A WILD LORD - Sabrina Jeffries
Hellions of Halstead Hall Series , Book 4
Pocket Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-4240-7
December 2011
Historical Romance

England - 1806

For seven years, Lord Gabriel Sharpe has felt the heavy guilt of the death of his friend, Roger Waverly, who was racing his carriage against Gabe's when he was killed. Gabe's way of handling it is to continue to race against anyone who challenges him—the more dangerous the better. However, when Roger's sister, Virginia, dares him to race her on the same course where her brother died, Gabriel isn't sure that is how to make him, or Virginia, feel better. He has a totally different way to help Virginia with her grief.

Virginia Waverly is up to any challenge when it comes to horses. She knows she's the equal of any man in that venue, and especially Gabriel Sharpe. Even though she's aware that her brother was drunk when he raced, Virginia feels that Gabe should have stopped it before it started. She is, however, stunned when Gabe proposes to her, hoping to ease the worry of her losing everything because of her brother's death. Gabe knows that because Roger died, a cousin will inherit everything upon the death of Virginia 's grandfather. What Virginia doesn't know is that Gabe's grandmother has issued an ultimatum to her grandchildren that unless they are all married, they will inherit nothing when she dies. So Gabe is killing two birds with one stone! Convincing Virginia will be the difficult part. She is not interested at all.

There is also another issue that Gabe would like cleared up. When his parents died under strange circumstances, he was just a little boy. He remembers a man who came to the stable the day his mother and father died, a man who knew his name, borrowed a horse, and rode off—but no one knows who he was. Was he involved in the double deaths?

The fourth novel in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, TO WED A WILD LORD is entertaining, exciting, and filled with romance. Virginia and Gabe are like oil and water at first, and it seems at times that Virginia will never allow Gabriel into her heart. There's plenty of action, a mystery to be solved, and a really excellent love story.

Jani Brooks

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Angels of Darkness -- Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn


They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in four all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil.


Angels. What a perfect story to read for the cold winter nights. If you're interested, tell us about something you did for the Christmas holidays!

US and Canada mailing addresses only.

I'll announce the winner later in the week.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spotlight Review:

Harlequin Blaze #654
ISBN: 978-0-373-79658-8
December 2011
Contemporary Series Romance

Chicago, Illinois - Present Day and New York City - 2005

While she may not be a big fan of Christmas, Lucy Fleming has enjoyed taking photographs at the company party for Elite Construction. As she is leaving though, she hears a voice she thought she'd never hear again: Ross Marshall's. Six years ago to the day, Lucy met Ross in a coffee shop in New York City, and what followed was one of the most memorable Christmases of her life. But on Christmas morning he was called away on a family emergency and they lost touch, breaking Lucy's heart. Now, she's back in Chicago , taking children's portraits (something she vowed she would never do) and she runs into Ross again.

As improbable as it sounds, Ross fell in love with Lucy in the two days they had together before he learned of his father's stroke. His father's ill health meant a return to Chicago for Ross and taking over the family business, while Lucy was about to head off to Europe , hoping to become a fashion photographer. He's spent the last six years missing Lucy and viewing her as one more dream he had to let go of, but when he sees her again, he can't help but hope for a second chance.

When an unusual sequence of events leaves Lucy and Ross stranded in the office building with no power during a blizzard, neither can resist the attraction. Though Ross quickly realizes that Lucy still has some hurt over his lack of communication, he can't help but hope that fate has given him a second chance with the only woman he's ever loved.

Alternating between past and present, IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS tells the story of Lucy and Ross. The loss of her parents during the Christmas season has turned Lucy off the holidays, and, when they first meet, she's still trying to get through the pain. Her career plans don't involve anything that might resemble the happy family scene she no longer enjoys, and she's looking forward to the move to Paris . Ross, on the other hand, is feeling a bit nostalgic and missing home, but his need to prove himself outside of the family business has him living on his own and away from his family. Six years later, while some things have stayed the same, others have changed drastically. They are both living back in Chicago ; Ross enjoys running the company, and Lucy has shifted her focus to photographing children, yet her dislike for Christmas only grew worse after Ross left her.

A tale of second chances and winter nights that still manage to sizzle in spite of the weather, IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS should not be missed.

Jennifer Bishop

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The winner is....

Sheree wins... HEAD OVER HEELS!

Congrats....and email me at with your snail mail address.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with....Catherine Mann!

USA Today Bestselling Author, Catherine Mann, joins us to discuss her book, HOT ZONE. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of COVER ME, Book 1 in the Elite Force series! Moderated by CrazyMo.

When? 12/21/11 (Wed) night at 9:00PM Eastern Time

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

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A Perfect 10:

A Perfect 10
Delacorte Press
ISBN: 978-0-385-33751-9
November 2011
Historical Fiction

England and Ireland - 1760

Scotsman Jamie Fraser has been a parolee at the Helwater estate in England since being released from prison after the Jacobite Rising. He's having dreams of his wife, Claire, and hopes she is safe in the future with their child (re: DRAGONFLY IN AMBER). But his main reason for wanting to remain at Helwater is that his young son is growing up there, the son he cannot claim since he was born to the daughter of the farm's owner after she seduced Jamie nearly three years ago. Then there is the arrival of an old friend, Tobias Quinn, who was active in the Rising. Quinn wants to get Jamie to help him find a cup that will bring the Irish together to overthrow the English. Jamie flatly refuses, not wanting to have anything to do with any more wars or death. But other people are going to get Jamie involved in much more than he can imagine.

Lord John Grey has a history with Jamie Fraser—a history that involves the prison, getting him paroled to Helwater, but also there is the small fact that Grey is very attracted to Jamie. And that is something that infuriates the Scot. So when Grey is forced by his older brother, the Duke of Pardloe, to pair up with Fraser to investigate a fellow army officer for corruption, he must turn to Jamie to explain the papers that were found implicating the officer. Jamie is far from happy being torn from the farm and his son, but especially to be teamed with Lord John to investigate something that may be more explosive than initially thought.

The trip to Ireland is anything but pleasant, with Jamie horrendously seasick, and when Tobias Quinn shows up on the scene, things get a lot more complicated. He is determined to recruit Jamie to the Cause, and would dearly love to do away with Lord John. Caught in the middle, Jamie has to use his cunning, logic, and, of course, honor to keep everything in perspective.

It's one adventure after another in this excellent novel that bridges the gap between the battle of Culloden in DRAGONFLY IN AMBER—when Claire leaves Jamie for safety in her time—to the next book (VOYAGER). THE SCOTTISH PRISONER combines a bit of the Lord John stories where he is involved in several investigations, and the original Outlander books. Jamie's past comes back to haunt him, and his dogged determination not to be dragged into another Rising is crucial to the outcome of their journey. Lord John's assignment to bring back a fellow officer for a court martial weighs heavy on him since this very man is the one who saved his life in Canada .

Once you get into this story, it's so difficult to put the book down. Written in Ms. Gabaldon's usual style, readers will enjoy the fact we get to see Jamie in a different light, one without Claire, but with her always in his heart and mind. I like Lord John; he's an enigma in many ways, but is as brave and honorable as his Scottish counterpart.

THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is another Perfect 10 for Diana Gabaldon!

Jani Brooks

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Giveaway:

HEAD OVER HEELS by Jill Shalvis
Out now!

Here is the Perfect 10 review:

HEAD OVER HEELS – Jill Shalvis
A Perfect 10
A Lucky Harbor Novel , Book 3
ISBN: 978-0-446-57163-0
December 2011
Contemporary Romance

Lucky Harbor, Washington – Present Day

As the wild child of the family, Chloe Traeger is used to shocking her family and the townsfolk of Lucky Harbor with her antics. But the one person who seems bent on stopping her from getting into trouble is hot, hunky (and straight-laced) Sheriff Sawyer Thompson. Chloe might just brush off Sawyer's stern warnings, but something about him causes her insides to curl. It's not likely they have anything in common, and besides, he only disapproves of her. Yet, the sizzling chemistry between them is enough to raise temperatures to near scorching levels.

Sawyer didn't always abide by the law, but a tragic accident in his teens caused him to turn his life around—right into a career that led into law enforcement. He sees Chloe as someone who is tempting fate in her own way, and he wants to make sure she doesn't get into trouble and destroy her life. It doesn't help matters that his libido stirs hotly around her, because there couldn't possibly be anything between himself and the free-spirited Chloe. But Sawyer will do anything to protect Chloe, meaning 24/7 protection, even if she disagrees.

As the Lucky Harbor series has progressed, readers have seen Chloe as the easygoing youngest sister of Maddie (SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE) and Tara (THE SWEETEST THING) and someone who always seems to have a cause to support. She hasn't changed as HEAD OVER HEELS opens, with Chloe and her best friend Lance managing to wiggle out of trouble once again. Of course, nothing gets by Sawyer, and so once again he's on the doorstep of the sisters' bed and breakfast ready to ask Chloe questions. Sawyer is rightly concerned, since she's treading dangerous waters battling a local thug of dubious distinction. However, Chloe is not afraid to go toe to toe with Sawyer, even though he is much bigger than she is. With her being younger and having asthma, Sawyer treats her like a china doll. Why can't he see that she's much stronger than he thinks?

With his protective attitude and awareness that Chloe is the sister of his best friends' Jax's and Ford's fiancées, Sawyer intends to keep her at arm's length, despite the fact that she tempts him. Besides, when she tells him that an orgasm could cause an asthmatic attack, Sawyer has no plans to find out if it's true. Yet there is no denying the attraction between them, and when he once again rescues her from one of her crazy antics, things heat up in the most sizzling of ways.

Between Chloe and Sawyer circling each other and trying to convince themselves that they can't be a couple, there is a secondary plot as Sawyer aids an investigation into a local drug ring. Sawyer's former friend is deep in it, but who is the main supplier? Can Sawyer keep Chloe from interfering in his investigation, even if it's unintentional? Can Chloe bring her ideas for the bed and breakfast to her sisters' successfully without their treating her like a child? And will there be at least one marriage before the end of HEAD OVER HEELS?

A truly fun and engaging tale from beginning to end, HEAD OVER HEELS is a glimpse at small town life along the Washington coast as the sisters continue to build their bed and breakfast to a viable business. The slow burning relationship between Sawyer and Chloe finally bursts into full-fledged flames, and readers will not be disappointed. From the smart, sassy Chloe to the quiet, brooding (and sexy) Sawyer, HEAD OVER HEELS is a book that truly deserves a Perfect 10 from Romance Reviews Today . Be sure to put this one on your book buying list and get ready to snuggle down for some hot reading.

Patti Fischer


Interested in winning a copy? Then tell us about your best Christmas.

One entry per person and US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Winner will be chosen later this week.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Perfect 10:

THE GUARDIAN – Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark-Hunter #21, Dream-Hunter #5
A Perfect 10 St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 978-0-312-55005-9
November 2011
Paranormal Romance

Asmodea, a Hell Realm – Present Day

Seth has been chained, tortured by the primeval god Noir for…he doesn't even know how long. It could be years, centuries, even millennia. When you're a demigod and immortal, being tortured is an entirely different, and incredibly painful, experience. So when Noir gives him the opportunity to earn his freedom, even if for only a short while, Seth agrees to do anything. He couldn't have known “anything” meant capturing and torturing a Greek demigod to make him give up the Key to Olympus , but what choice does Seth have?

Dream-Hunter Lydia would do anything for Solin, even travel to a hell realm and rescue him from being tortured by the most frightening man she's ever seen. But instead of being the rescuer, Lydia is captured by The Guardian of Asmodea, Solin's torturer, and is being held until Solin returns with the key. Though the more time she spends in Seth's presence, the less she hates him. There's something about him that just gets under her skin and sticks in her head. But will he let her go when Solin returns, and will she actually want to go?

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon certainly knows how to write an amazing tortured hero, and Seth is no exception. With an incredibly tear-jerking past, readers, with tissues in hand, will be desperate for him to receive a happy ending. A master of her craft, Ms. Kenyon's Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, and Were-Hunter series never cease to capture readers' attention and keep them glued to their seats until the very last page.

Seth and Lydia are a wonderful team, one that readers and fans of the series will surely root for. On the other hand, Noir is the perfect villain—frighteningly evil with almost unlimited power, you'll just love to hate him. And with a host of loveable, and those not-so-loveable characters, THE GUARDIAN is sure to be another winner. A book that will most certainly find a home on readers' keeper shelves for years to come, THE GUARDIAN well deserves Romance Reviews Today's prized Perfect 10 rating.

To fully comprehend THE GUARDIAN, readers should look into the previous books in the series, starting with FANTASY LOVER (NOV 2006). But new readers will be able to gather the gist of the story without the prior knowledge. And be sure to pick up Sherrilyn Kenyon's next Dark-Hunter release, TIME UNTIME coming August 2012.

Amanda Toth

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The winner is...

The winner of IMMORTAL RIDER is.... elaing8!
She posted first.

Congrats, and email me at with your snail mail address.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with Jessica Scott!

Loveswept author Jessica Scott joins us to discuss her military romance, BECAUSE OF YOU. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of BECAUSE OF YOU! Moderated by KatBos.

When? 12/14/11 (Wed) at 9:00PM Eastern time

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

Hope to see you there!

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Learn more about Jessica by visiting her website at

A Perect 10:

Four Original Stories of Celta , Heartmates, Book 11
A Perfect 10
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-24341-1
December 2011
Fantasy Romance Anthology

In Space and on Celta - in the Future

Heart and Sword

Nuada's Sword and two other starships have been cruising outer space for two hundred and fifty years looking for a planet that they can colonize. The people on board the three craft have left Earth after being targeted for having psi or what they are now calling Flair (psychic powers), and many of the original crew are in cryogenic sleep pods. Awakened from his pod is Kelse Bountry who is needed by the present crew to stop a growing mutiny by a small group of young people who don't believe in the original quest. They are determined to take the ship through a wormhole, which may send them back to Earth, and possible death or war. While his wife slumbers in her pod, Kelse takes control. With the previous captain recently murdered, along with three security guards, Kelse is well aware that he has to find a way to get the ship back on track. But can he do this without his beloved wife, Fern?

Heart Story

Arbusca Willow, nickname Blush, has finally contacted her HeartMate and is nervous about meeting him. Years ago, her overbearing mother sent him away when he came to meet her, forcing Blush to marry another. Now a widow and with her mother dead a year, Blush has the courage to meet Dri Paris. But their first encounter doesn't go so well. Dri and Blush have a lot of anger to get past, both with each other and with her mother. Dri makes the next move, though, asking for Blush's help in finding a family heirloom in his great uncle's cluttered house. Blush realizes this is an opportunity for them to work together and, hopefully, resolve their issues.

Heart and Soul

Genista Furze has started a new life in Gael City, far from her ex-husband Tinne Holly and his Noble Family. Calling herself Nista Gorse, she is working for a clockmaker and settling into her small cottage. Her life now is vastly different from the one she led in Druida City , quieter, maybe a little lonelier, but Genista is determined not to be the selfish woman she once was. As she leaves for work every morning, and upon her return in the evenings, her neighbor always seems to be working in his yard. Cardus Parryl nods and speaks to her, and soon the two become friends. Genista is well aware of her reputation prior to her marriage, so she maintains a certain distance from Cardus, despite being attracted to him. But Cardus is more than just a neighbor, and he hopes Genista won't hate him when she discovers his secret.

Noble Heart

To his stunning surprise, Commoner Walker Clover experiences three Passages (dream quests to free his psi power) at once, and when he comes to his senses, his parents reveal yet another shocker—his biological mother is a Noble, not the sweet woman who raised him. Everything he is comfortable with is gone, for he now must learn how to be a Noble, and a leader. And who better to ease him into this transition but another Noble. Sedwy Grove is pushed by her mother to step up to the challenge, but does Walker know about her past?

Having thoroughly enjoyed all of the Heart books by Robin D. Owens, I was thrilled to read HEARTS AND SWORDS, which puts several areas of the novels into perspective. Beautifully written, as always, all four stories will grab the readers within the first few sentences. Don't miss this excellent Perfect 10 book.

Jani Brooks

Monday, December 12, 2011

Q&A with Debra Mullins!

1.Tell us about your newest release.

ONCE A MISTRESS is an homage to the swashbuckler movies of Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power. It's full of derring-do and pirates and swordfights, and it's just a little over the top like those old favorites from Hollywood's golden age. I used to watch those movies on Sundays growing up.

Here's the quick summary: In 1680 Jamaica, Diana Covington is the daughter of a wealthy shipping magnate. Even though she knows someday she'll be promised in marriage to some noble gentleman, she dreams of the adventures to be found with the pirates she hears so much about. But then she is jolted to the reality of what a pirate really is when she is abducted by the villainous Marcus to be held as part of a blackmail scheme against her father. She is rescued from Marcus's clutches by El Moreno, the Black Spaniard, a pirate who'd featured in some of her fantasies. But El Moreno has no intention of letting her go, and she wonders if she has jumped from the pan into the fire...

El Moreno is really Alex Rawnsley, a man with a personal grudge against Marcus. When he first started this masquerade, he'd only had one goal--find Marcus and bring him to justice. But now that beautiful, passionate Diana is on his ship and close under hand, he finds his focus wavering between desire for revenge on Marcus and desire for the temptress in his bed.

This book is one of my favorites because it was the very first book I ever wrote. It was published in print back in 1999 by Avon Books and is now finding new life as in e-book form from Samhain's new Retro Romance line.

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

One of my favorite scenes is when Alex walks in on a cat fight between Diana and his ex-mistress, Rosana. For all that Diana is gently bred, she's no wimp living in Jamaica. The city of Port Royal was pirate central for many years, and my girl had to learn to handle herself in that kind of environment!

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

I think it started in first grade when we had to re-tell one of Aesop's fables, and I kept changing the ending. I consciously got the writing bug about ten years later in junior high. A few years after that, as an adult, I decided to truly give writing a shot with the goal of publication.

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

Ideas for stories are everywhere. Writers are like sponges, absorbing everything around them and then presenting things back to the world with a different spin. I get a lot of ideas from current headlines, even for historicals.

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

Just one? Most writers have a few quirks, but one for me is that I get great ideas if I am doing something with water. Washing the dishes, taking a shower--these are when stories start to fall into place in my head.

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

That I tend to have the same sorts of recurring themes in my books. I love secret identities (see pirate hero above). Also, unless the plot dictates otherwise, my characters tend to only have one living parent. Beats me why!

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

Nora Roberts was a huge influence for me. I was lucky enough to join Romance Writers of America early on, and I had a lot of support from the other writers I met there.

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

They're very supportive and tell all their friends when I have a new book out. Many of my family members are readers as well.

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

Most of what interests me has to do with stories, like TV and movies. I've also taken on the hobby of tracing my family tree. I'm really into it, and I think it's because I can imagine the stories around the people I am finding.

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

I have two more Retro Romances coming out: DONOVAN'S BED in February and THE LAWMAN'S SURRENDER in April. Those are both humorous Westerns. I also have a new contemporary paranormal series coming out in late 2012 from Tor Paranormal Romance about the descendents of the survivors of Atlantis and their cool psychic powers. I'm very excited about all of them!

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I am very active on Twitter ( ). I have a Facebook page and am trying to be more active over there. They can also email me through my website: .


Thank you, Debra! Readers, learn more about purchasing ONCE A MISTRESS at Samhain Publishing.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book Giveaway:

IMMORTAL RIDER by Larissa Ione
Out now!

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army's paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he's spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn't your average girl. She's immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé's wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.

(I love the cover!)

So, here we are less than two weeks to Christmas. Tell us how your mad dash to Christmas is going.

Post and you'll be entered once to win a copy of this book.
(US and Canada mailing addresses only)

Good luck!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Q&A with Rose Anderson!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

First off, I’d like to say thank you for hosting me this week!

My most recent novel in print, Dreamscape, released over the summer. The story is unusual in that it stretches across genres. First of all it’s classified as a contemporary erotic romance. It’s a ghost story, and in a way, a time travel too, but it’s also a mystery and suspense. As if that’s not enough to chew on, I’ve loaded it with clues hinting at a story running behind the scenes. I was a big fan of Agatha Christie who often put details hinting at the outcome right out in the open for readers to trip over. I had fun writing it and my hope is my readers will enjoy the Easter egg hunt I’ve set before them. I’ve even left you all a clue to the truth right here too! :)

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

Without giving too much away, I’ll start with the blurb so visitors here will have some background to go by.


Unable to deny his own translucence, Dr. Jason Bowen determines his lack of physical substance could only mean one thing—he’s a ghost. Murdered more than a century before, Jason haunts his house and ponders the treachery that took his life. When Lanie O’Keefe arrives with plans to renovate her newly purchased Victorian mansion, Jason discovers, ghost or not, he’s still very much a man. Despite its derelict condition and haunted reputation, Lanie couldn’t be happier with her new home, but then she has no idea a spirit follows her every move throughout the day and shares her captivating warmth at night. Jason soon discovers he can travel through Lanie’s dreams and finds himself reliving the days before his murder with Lanie by his side. It took one hundred and twenty years for love to find them, but there’s that insurmountable little matter of Jason being dead.

Once Jason realizes he can ride Lanie’s dreams to his time period, he looks for every opportunity to do so because he has no recollection of his murder and not knowing has dogged him for one hundred and twenty years. My favorite scene takes place in Jason’s past where he and Lanie overhear a conversation between his wife and her accomplices as they plot his death and the reason for it.

When I wrote this portion of the story, it was Muse possession. My Muse grabbed my brain and the scene poured onto my laptop. It was one of those moments where a writer really has no idea where the words are coming from. It was exhilarating creativity. The kind that makes you shake your head and say, wow that’s good. Did I just write that?

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

In high school. I had an honors English class and the teacher set the theme for a composition after we’d read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I wrote about a dragon waiting on her egg to hatch. That first composition put me in the zone. It basically wrote itself. The teacher kept it with praise saying I needed to pursue writing. I didn’t take her seriously but I did take journalism classes and got on the school paper because of her. Boy I wish I still had the dragon story. I have a perfect dragon illustrator and I’d publish it. But I wrote it a zillion years ago before zerox and computers allowed you to copy anything with ease. As a student, I wasn’t about to write the thing out by hand twice! It wasn’t until my son was little that I started writing again with a seven book series to teach him to read. I’ll publish that one of these days too

4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

Oh definitely a fly by the seat of my pants gal. I’ll have a general idea but that’s all. My characters write themselves. I just help with coloring their world. When I write I’m either an eavesdropper or a voyeur!

I write at least six out of seven days a week – all day and occasionally into the night. My butt’s taken on the shape of the chair. I’d recently read how dangerous is it to sit all day so now I’m attempting to take breaks and walk the treadmill. If I could figure out how to tape my laptop to the threadmill I would!

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

Quirk? Hmm…I don’t know that I do anything other writers don’t. Perhaps carry on character conversations with myself in my head? I say that because the voices aren’t even mine. LOL

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

Within the realm of writing I’d say it’s falling into that zone I mentioned above. Hours will pass when I’m composing from that mindset. I once knocked out seven chapters in one sitting because the words were just flowing. Outside the realm of actual writing, it has to be discovering promotion was going to take up more time than I ever imagined. I wish that wasn’t the case because there’s only so much creativity in my head each day. It tends to sap the creative spark.

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

My husband is a fabulous essayist. He’s the one that got me into writing. We use to play Dungeons and Dragons role play online back in the old AOL chat room days. The first time he read a scene I’d written, he looked at me with surprise and said, “I had no idea you wrote fiction so well.” Like I said, I only wrote in high school. He’d never seen any of that stuff and my son’s how-to-read books were very simple things. Believing I could do this, he found a contest for me to enter. I won. :)

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

Beyond the teasing Mom writes smut comments they occasionally toss out, they tell me they’re very proud. I only recently came out of the closet so to speak. They were floored that I did this without anyone knowing. My son so eloquently put it this way, “Mom, you can’t even keep Christmas presents a secret, how did you keep this to yourself?” Every once in a while I get the last laugh.

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

Oh gosh, I’m a dabbler from the word go. I regularly get involved in off the wall things. One of my loves is world drumming. I’m a master level Reiki practitioner. I’m a copper rod dowser. I also wilderness canoe and spelunk (cave exploration). I’m fascinated by philosophy and world religions, as well as by labyrinths and earth energies (goes with dowsing). There are too many interests to list I’m afraid. I like trying new things that test and stretch me as a person.

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

I have a two-book story coming soon about a three thousand year old shape shifter. I think to date it’s my best. Book one is already done and I’m bearing down on book two. I can’t decide to traditionally publish or self-publish. My author’s group has several self-published authors doing very well for their efforts. Decisions, decisions.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I’m just about everywhere in my quest to become a known author. Here are several of my links. I’d love to hear from you.
My blog:
My page at my publisher's site: Siren-Bookstrand_RoseAnderson
My book trailers: MusesWritingTablet
Yes I tweet, let's be friends! @roseanderson_ (notice the _ at the end)
And we can be friends here too! Google+ Circles (I'm not on Facebook)
You’ll also find my many small satellite blogs on various author sites.

My books can be found at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Books-a-Million and dozens of online booksellers too.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Winner is....

Congrats to StacieD, who wins the copy of INFERNO'S KISS!!!

Please email me at with your snail mail so I can get the book right out to you.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Chat Wednesday night with Diana Cosby!

Zebra historical author Diana Cosby joins us to discuss her book, HIS DESTINY. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of HIS DESTINY! Moderated by CrazyMo.

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

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

Hope to see you there where destiny will be told!

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Spotlight Review

Book 8 in the Highlander Series
ISBN: 978-0-515-15008-7
November 2011
Contemporary Romance w/ Magic

Today in Pine Creek, Maine

More than three decades have passed since an old wizard transported a group of eleventh-century Highland warriors—and their horses—into the twentieth century. Among them, the MacKeages, the MacBains, and the Gregors are thriving. This story centers on the second generation, specifically Ian MacKeage, a returned veteran of service in Afghanistan , and a newcomer to the area, Jessie Pringle, a young woman scarred in both mind and body.

After four years of intense therapy and rehabilitation following a knife attack, Jessie is ready for a new life, but she feels she might do better in a brand new place. She's strangely drawn to northern Maine through a brochure about the TorStone Mountain Ski Resort. Jessie travels by car from Atlanta accompanied by her good friend Merissa as well as Toby, her one-hundred pound service dog. They check into the lodge where Ian MacKeage works in the family business, but it's not there Jessie meets the man who is to awaken long dormant feelings. That waits until she, Merissa, and Toby go to town and stop in at Pete's bar and Grill. As Mer, who never hesitates to speak her mind, remarks, the place is filled with large, testosterone-laden males. In no time, Mer hooks up with one (Duncan MacKeage) leaving Jessie with Ian.

Jess is thrilled to be dancing for the first time in years. The doctor's told her she would probably never walk again, but after a time wallowing in despair and with the help of Merissa who was her nurse in the hospital, Jess turned into a fighter. It doesn't hurt that she feels so safe in Ian's arms.

Ian can't recall the last time he was so attracted to a woman, certainly none since he returned from the war. Jess is a bit of a mystery. Why would a successful city girl up and move to this remote location? He's even more curious when he accidentally witnesses her going through some kind of seizure…a flashback perhaps to a terrible episode in her past? Ian knows about such things. He, too, wrestles with demons and has a difficult choice to make.

In spite of Jess's wounds and Ian's withdrawal since his return, HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS is an engaging, often lighthearted story. Jess is sassy with an inner core of strength. Ian is definitely an Alpha male but with compassion and tenderness. Merissa can be brash, but she's the best friend a girl could have. She soon leaves to go home to Georgia , but one can only hope we'll see her again sometime.

Other characters take important parts in this tale. Many are from previous books in the Highlander series, the several MacKeages, MacBains, Gregors, and Stones. One important personage is the magical creature going by the name of Roger who seems to be a manipulator nudging our hero and heroine toward their fates. And we can't forget Tobias Pringle, familiarly known as Toby. If one-hundred pounds of Rottweiler can be termed lovable, it is he.

Janet Chapman somehow combines humor, warmth, suspense and romance with an underlying magic as she matches the basically old-fashioned Highlander ethos with today's emancipated woman.

HIGHLANDER FOR THE HOLIDAYS stands alone for the most part, but it's one of a terrific series which fostered spin-offs of other series. Check out the author's website for more information. You'll be highly intrigued.

Jane Bowers

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Book Giveaway:

INFERNO'S KISS by Monica Burns
Out now!


The laws of desire…

Dante Condellaire, heir apparent to the Sicari Lords, knows that being a true leader means sacrifice. For Dante it was relinquishing all erotic pleasures. But he never expected his willpower to be tested so fiercely by Cleopatra Vorenus, expert assassin of the Order, and daughter of the man he is positioned to succeed.

The rules of battle…

Cleo prefers working alone—until she meets Dante who shares her goal: to destroy a Praetorian stronghold where Sicari women are imprisoned for devious purposes. Bringing the mission off without a hitch pumps up more than their resolve. It sets off a sexual spark too combustible to ignore.

Are all made to be broken.

As their attraction flares like an inferno, the stakes are raised. So are the risks. Before the mission is over, Dante and Cleo will be plunged into a dangerous conspiracy where a traitor threatens the very foundation of the Order, as well as the fiery bond between Dante and Cleo—warriors and lovers now torn between duty and desire.

Learn more by visiting the author's website at


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I will announce the winner later in the week.
US and Canada mailing addresses only.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Guest Blogger:

Celebrate the Holidays with Beachwalk Press

Beachwalk Press is an electronic romance publisher. We publish all subgenres of romance between 15,000 and 75,000 words with a rating of “sensual” or higher. We just opened our virtual doors in July of this year, and since that time we’ve contracted some wonderful books written by some very talented authors. Several of our books have made the best seller list at Amazon and All Romance Ebooks, among other places. We’re very excited about what we’ve accomplished in just a few short months and have even bigger goals for 2012. We invite you to stop by our website, check out our books, and join in on the December events we’re hosting.

Beachwalk Press Holiday Blog Tour (November 25th – December 17th)

Join our authors as they blog about all things holiday related. Everyone who comments on a post will have their name placed in a drawing and at the end of the tour we will randomly choose four people who will win a Beachwalk Press eBook of their choice from any of the authors who participated on the tour. The more blogs you comment on, the more times you’re entered to win!

Holiday Scavenger Hunt (December 1st – December 31st)

During the month of December, we’re hosting a Holiday Scavenger Hunt. There will be multiple winners, and the prizes include gift certificates, Godiva chocolates, and a Kindle Fire!

Release Day Party (December 19th, 7-9 PM, EST)

To celebrate their December releases, Ella Jade and Lacey Wolfe will be hosting a Release Day Party at the Beachwalk Press Yahoo group on December 19th from 7-9 PM, eastern standard time. Don’t miss it–there will be lots of giveaways!

You can find complete details about these events at our website:

Happy holidays! May 2012 bring many wonderful things—including some wonderful books—your way.

Pamela Tyner

Publisher, Beachwalk Press, Inc.

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New Reviews Posted at RRT

New reviews - for November 2011

A SOFT PLACE TO FALL - Betsy Rogers - 10/2011 - Diana - New 11/30/11
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE - Addison Fox - Alaskan Nights, Book 1 - 11/2011 - Patti - New 11/30/11
GARDEN OF SECRETS - Barbara Freethy - Angel's Bay, Book 5 - 10/2011 - Diana - New 11/30/11
THE BASTARD - Brenda Novak - 11/2011 - Jane - New 11/30/11
THE PLEASURE OF BEDDING A BARONESS - Tamara Lejeune - 11/2011 - Carolyn - New 11/30/11
COURTING DARKNESS - Yasmine Galenorn - An Otherworld Novel, Book 10 - 11/2011 - Jennifer - New 11/30/11
CHRISTMAS HAVEN - Hope White - 11/2011 - Diana - Inspriational - New 11/30/11
IMPROPERLY WED - Anna DePalo - 11/2011 - Jennifer - HD# 2123 - New 11/30/11
THE PRICE OF HONOR - Emilie Rose - 11/2011 - Diana - HS #2124 - New 11/30/11

Added to Archives:
MIDNIGHT CALLER - Leslie Tentler - 2/2011 - Deborah - Romantic Suspense
MOON BURNING - Lucy Monroe - Children of the Moon, Book 3 - 2/2011 - Jennifer - Paranormal Historical Romance
MY FAIR SUCCUBI - Jill Myles - The Succubus Diaries, Book 3 - 1/2011- Lenore - Paranoraml Romance
NIGHT BETRAYED - Joss Ware - The Envy Chronicles, Book 4 - Marilyn - Paranormal Romance
NOT WITHOUT YOU - Jean Barrett - 2/2011 - Robin - Contemporary Romance
ON THE HUNT - Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, Deidre Night - 2/2011 - Jennifer - Anthology Paranormal
PRIMAL HEAT - Crystal Jordan - 11/2011 - Lori - Erotic Anthology - Paranormal Romance
REAPER'S JUSTICE - Sarah McCarty - The Shadow Reapers, Book 1 - 2/2011 - Carolyn - Paranormal Historical Romance
RESTLESS HEART - Emma Lang - 2/2011 - Jani - Historical Romance
SEDUCED: THE UNEXPECTED VIRGIN - Emily McKay - The Takeover, Book 2 - Patti - SD #2066 - Series Romance
SHADOW TOUCH - Marjorie M. Liu - Dirk & Steele, Book 3 - 2/2011 - Staff Reviewer - Paranormal Romance
SIN UNDONE - Larissa Ione - Demonica, Book 5 - 9/2010 - Sinclair - Erotic Paranormal Romance
SIZZLE - Julie Garwood - 2/2011 - Carolyn - Romantic Suspense
TAMING THE VIP PLAYBOY - Katherine Garbera - Miami Nights, Book 1 - 2/2011 - Patti - SD #2068 - Series Romance
THE BILLIONAIRE GETS HIS WAY - Elizabeth Bevarly - 2/2011 - Mariilyn - SD #2065 - Series Romance
THE BOSS'S BABY AFFAIR - Tessa Radley - Miniseries: Billionaires and Babies - 2/2011 - Jennifer - SD #2067 - Series Romance
THE RANGER - Monica McCarty - Highland Guard Series, Book 3 - 1/2011 - Robin - Historical Romance
THE VIKING'S CAPTIVE - Sandra Hill - Robin - Historical Romance
THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE - Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress, Book 5 - A Perfect 10 - 2/2011 - Kathy - Urban Fantasy
WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE - Julie Anne Long - Penny Royal Green Series, Book 5 - A Perfect 10 - 2/2011 - Marilyn - Historical Romance


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