"Thinking about writing for Romance at Random, I couldn’t help but think how random romance really is. I mean, did you end up with the person you thought you would? I most certainly didn’t."
It’s holiday shopping crunch time and we don’t want you to forget the gift that keeps on giving: new releases! This week, we have a modern take on Romeo and Juliet by Reisa Rayven (look at that cover!), the latest from Larua Marie Altom, a cozy mystery set in a book group, and more.
CAN THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME… Lacey Clark’s dreams of Hollywood stardom didn’t turn out quite the way she planned. Instead, her life is more of the daytime-drama variety: One of her actor ex-boyfriends fathered a child with another woman, and now, long story short, Lacey is the adopted single mother of his son. She takes little Henry with her to South Carolina to escape the film business but winds up working at a small movie studio, determined to do a good job both on set and at “home.” Only problem is she ends up sharing a house with movie star Beau Wilder, who is no role model for Henry—and only spells trouble for Lacey… LEAD TO A HAPPY ENDING?
oday Kate McMurray shares an excerpt from her new release WHEN THE PLANETS ALIGN: Best friends Michael Reeves and Simon Newell always lived within ten minutes of each other, but somehow they’re never in the same place at the same time. Brash, outgoing Michael’s unwavering confidence that he and Simon are meant to be carries him through some hard times. When Simon moves to New York, Michael dutifully follows. Quiet, practical Simon loves Michael as a dear friend, but he’s not ready for anything romantic.
2014 cast a huge spotlight on books as a true force in entertainment. And the romance genre hoarded a lot of that bright light. From Fifty Shades of Grey titillating us with on-set shots and Beyonce-crooned trailers, to Outlander storming the airwaves and transporting the television audience to way-back Scotland, (Shout out to the wedding episode!), the books that captivated so many of us left their mark on popular culture in a way you couldn’t miss. With all that said, we wanted to tip our hats to a few breakouts and bestsellers from 2014 that maybe you did miss, but cannot be ignored!
Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
"I want to live inside this book. I want to peel back the pages, climb inside and snuggle in its angsty goodness. This book is my Kryptonite. It has everything I love: Shakespeare, angst, humor, a slow build up, explosive chemistry, and the ending, oh lord, the ending! That ending was pure perfection."
With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.
We've got a holiday treat for you today: not one, but three new covers! Something historical from Bronwen Evans, something sexy from Shelley Ann Clark and something a little bit dangerous from Cecy Robson.
I’ve created a list of tried-and-true holiday romances. Just sit back with one of these holiday books and forget about the fifty Christmas cards you need to mail in the morning.
Journalist Sophie Parsons needs a scoop to stop the sale of her friend's hotel chain. And she's found it! But being abducted by a sheikh goes way beyond the call of duty…
Today Debbie Mason visits to tell us about her latest novel IT HAPPENED AT CHRISTMAS.
I’m Serena Bell, and I’m so pleased to be here today to celebrate the release of Wendy S. Marcus’s Loving You Is Easy, the story of a wounded soldier, a sweet pen-pal relationship, a heart-warming homecoming, and how one slipup with some sexy pictures could ruin the best thing to happen to two really wonderful people. I really enjoyed Wendy’s book, and I got a kick out of the parallels between her book and my June 2014 Loveswept, Hold on Tight, and I think my readers will too! Wendy very kindly agreed to “sit down” with me for a chat about our books.
Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of December...
I read my first Kristen Ashley book earlier this year. It was a strange reading experience. I’m not normally one for the big, brawny alpha heroes, but something about her writing is really compelling, and I kept turning those pages, unable to put the book down. I joked that there was actual crack-cocaine woven into the pages and I had to keep going back to get my fix. So when this book was up for review, I jumped at it.
This week Jess Michael returns with her scandalous Ladies Book of Pleasures, we get a hot turn on the ice with Charlene Groome’s latest Warriors novel, sparks fly in Denise Hunter’s Chapel Springs when two people vie for a historic property, and more.
Anytime I find a series that takes place in Las Vegas, I pick it up to see what sins are better left in Vegas. But this serial is a bit different. The characters aren’t visitors to Vegas; instead they’re residents who know the seedier side of Vegas and how that seedier side can ruin a person.
I remember when I met Ella and Micha back in The Secret of Ella and Micha. Ella was a messed up kid who didn’t know how to deal with the grief and guilt she felt because of her mother’s death and Micha was her best friend, helping her to not drown. I had to wonder then if this couple would ever get their happily ever after. Lucky for us, Jessica Sorensen gave us their very special ever after.
As a writer and spouse to my own former military man, I love to mix a little military into my mysteries. But as the days turn colder and the nights grow longer, there’s nothing better than curling up with some Military Romance. So make a mug of cocoa and snuggle beneath your favorite blanket. Here are Top 5 Picks for Military Romance that can keep the home fires burning this winter...
Brainse shares her top five reasons to pick up a copy of FULL THROTTLE by Julie Ann Walker today!
We're pleased to present the cover reveal for JAKE UNDERSTOOD by Penelope Ward, a companion novel to JAKE UNDONE, that tells Jake's story from his point of view.
"I have a confession. I never read “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughters when they were growing up. And I’ve never actually read Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”—my knowledge about it has been gleaned from movies and TV. I think part of that stems from my short attention span during the holidays—I’d rather read something short. Which is why my favorite Christmas pieces are short stories."
She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
We spoke with Kristen about her latest book, saying goodbye to the Montgomery clan, and what’s next on her horizons...
"This series is actually a group of serial novellas (an e-serial) that I can promise you right now, will melt your panties. There’s a reason why the titles are words like, Wild, Hot, Hard, Real and Right. Let me break this down for you without giving too much away. (And all novellas are available now.)"
All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore. But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.
Today Julia Tagan interviews Rebecca James about her latest novel, SWEET DAMAGE...
"For me, a romance novel is about challenge. It’s about meeting someone who, on the one hand, you’re powerfully attracted to, yet on the other hand brings significant challenges to your life. It’s never easy for the heroine and hero of a romance novel because the story is about character growth."
Our December Lady Jane’s Salon® guests—Jess Russell, Tamsin Silver, and Megan Frampton (who also writes as Megan Caldwell)—kindly pressed Pause on their holiday preparations—and deadlines—to wax inspirational on my Same Five Questions. Sit back, sip your favorite winter holiday beverage (wassail anyone?), and savor what these smart and talented writers have to say about the writing life, the books and films that inspire them, and, of course, love.
For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.