I’ve been travelling a lot the last few years, to conventions and writing retreats, and on vacations. When I’m travelling alone I spend a lot of time in airports people watching and eavesdropping and of course, as a writer, wondering “what if….?” Well, my latest release All Messed up is that story of what if…? Who is that attractive stranger? What if he was attracted to you? What if your flight got cancelled and you had to spend the night in a strange city? What if that stranger seemed to be the one person who understood you better than anyone else? And what happens when your flight leaves the next morning? I had the idea for a story about two strangers who meet in an airport and form a connection a long time ago, but … Continued
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
A long time ago I was driving around in my green Volvo station wagon in Columbus, Ohio. There are ten million stories that could start this way, but the story born that rainy morning would become an entire book, the first book of a series of books, and I would write a blog post about this book on Random House’s romance blog and people everywhere would read it and love it or hate and talk about it and buy it for themselves or their sisters, meanwhile, I would be little embarrassed but also, so glad and happy and proud. I am getting ahead of this story.
In Laura Drewry’s funny, heartwarming Loveswept debut, Plain Jayne, a man and a woman learn the hard way that a little bit of love makes staying friends a whole lot harder.
Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.
Hi Stiletto readers, Grace here, wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, mainly because it’s easier to justify eating chocolate for lunch, but also because of the annual Stiletto Halloween party. See, Riley, Julie and I take turns choosing the theme the Love & Relationship department’s costume, and we’ve won the Best Costume award three years in a row. We only have one rule: no arguing / criticizing the other’s costume selection. This rule kept Julie from strangling me last year.
Wild Child is perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.
Chapter One (Grace’s Story) In hindsight, she should have taken the subway. But today was the launch of the new and improved Grace. Or Grace 2.0, as she’d begun thinking of her improved self. And Grace 2.0’s shoe choice really wasn’t suited for the New York subway system. Between the grates and the stairs and the roaches, Grace Brighton’s four-inch Jimmy Choos would be lucky to even make it to the office. And that whole wear-comfy-shoes-now-and-change-later just wasn’t Grace 1.0 or 2.0’s MO. Then of course, there was the hassle of rush hour to contend with, not to mention . . . Oh, who was she kidding? The Brightons of Scarsdale, New York, didn’t do subways. In fact, Grace’s mother would probably faint if she knew her only daughter was about to slide her pencil-skirted … Continued
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of Miracle Road by Emily March, a heartwarming story that celebrates the miracle and joy of love during the holidays. As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
In this week’s snippet – the last one!!! I am introducing one of my favorite characters in the book, Reba. Reba the Hairless Chinese Crested dog. “Hold your horses,” she muttered, then went into the bathroom with the carrier. Carefully setting it down on the floor, she unzipped the side and waited for what had to be the most ridiculous-looking dog to ever walk the earth to come barreling out. But there was only a whim- per from inside the carrier. She’s spoiled, Jenna had said. Temperamental and demanding. You two are made for each other.
Meet the Burnside family
Reviewed by Clare O’Beara This book in the Star Harbor series brought back some of the characters I’d got to know in Blaze of Winter featuring this Cape Cod town. Theo Grayson, a writer, is collecting an award, and his family are thrilled. Cameron Stahl, who runs a boutique here and another back in Boston, comes to the ceremony but can’t relax, thinking of her demanding schedule. Val Grayson, Theo’s brother, spots her alone and persuades her to dance. Maybe life should have some fun in it.
Love Triangles, Trapezoids, or Squares? Okay, all kidding and geometric shapes aside, many a successful book has been blessed or plagued with love triangles—Bella, Edward , and Jacob anyone? When done right, a true love triangle can up the stakes and have me biting my nails over who the heroine (and sometimes the hero) should be with. Just when I’m all Team Hero 1, then Hero 2 does something so sweet that I forget Hero 1’s name. *grins*
Can you believe it’s already the middle of September? Even though for much of the country, fall has clearly begun with its chill winds, leaves changing and frequent rain (my heart goes out to everyone in Colorado affected by the massive flooding), in Northern California, fall has not yet started. Technically, it’s still summer, at least until the autumnal equinox on September 22nd, and it still feels summer-like out here.
I have a well-worn fantasy that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon come over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner. (Why THAT is my fantasy for those two men is clearly something I should worry about). For some reason their cars break down in front of my parent’s house (what they are doing with their families in the corn fields of Northern Illinois at Thanksgiving is irrelevant) and because of the holiday and despite their fame, they need to hang out until their cars are fixed. So, of course they come in for Thanksgiving dinner. All eleven of them. Things start off rough. My parent’s normally unshakeable Midwestern practicality gets all shaken up by the celebrity. I’m trying too hard to make them feel comfortable and not like strangers in a strange land.
In the world of romance writing, there was one place to be last week: Atlanta, where the entire romance publishing industry gathered for our national conference. So I was there, right? Wrong. Despite conniving and bribery and more than a little pouting, I was unable to convince my dear husband that Nationals was more important than our children having, well, food and water and supervision for the week.
Of all the questions I’m asked, one of the easiest to answer is “How do you come up with your rugged heroes?” First let me say that I LOVE writing about macho men and the women who love them. Ben Slocum, the hero in AGAINST THE EDGE, is an ex-Navy SEAL turned private investigator. They don’t get any tougher than Ben. Which is good, because in order to find the missing son he didn’t know he had, Ben is going to need all the strength and courage he has to keep himself, his son, and Claire Chastain, the social worker who comes to Ben for help, alive. So where do I find a hero like Ben? Living as I do in rural Montana, rugged men still live there in abundance. The guys cut firewood for … Continued
I’m a longtime fan of Laura Moore’s writing, and I’m excited about the new Silver Creek trilogy. Book one, Once Tempted, satisfied this city girl’s fascination with cowboys and the ranch lifestyle. When I read Laura’s books, I’m transported to the peaceful countryside with ranch homes and barns dotting the landscape. Once Tempted has all that and more.
I recently received the happy news that my publisher, Ballantine Books, was releasing my three book MERCY STREET series as a 3-in-1 eBook bundle. It’s happy news for me because this series is very dear to my heart, and apparently dear to many of my readers as well. It’s a rare day that goes by without a request for more books in the series (the most popular subject heading appears to be MORE MERCY, PLEASE!). If you missed them when they were first released, let me tell you a little about the idea behind the books – MERCY STREET, CRY MERCY, and ACTS OF MERCY. We’ve all seen the TV news and the newspaper articles about people who have gone missing who stay missing. We see the people who love them, the people who are … Continued
Reflection Point by Emily March Available now in paperback or eBook! In beloved author Emily March’s new novel about a special place and its remarkable residents, a woman betrayed by life discovers the healing power of love in Eternity Springs. Savannah Moore arrives in Eternity Springs alone, determined to put her troubled past behind her. Her handcrafted-soap shop fits right in with the magic of this warm and welcoming community—but the sexy, suspicious local sheriff promises to upset her hard-won happiness. Zach Turner knows this woman means trouble: Maybe to his town. Possibly to his friends. Definitely to his heart. Something about this simmering Southern beauty does crazy things to his committed bachelor status, taunting him with possibilities far beyond his dedication to his sometimes dangerous job. So when Savannah’s dark past follows her to … Continued
Once Tempted by Laura Moore Available now in paperback or eBook! Sweeping passions, family drama, and searing scandal play out at the magnificent Silver Creek Ranch as the heirs to a powerful dynasty seize their legacy of love. Oldest son Ward Knowles feels the sprawling California ranch in his blood. And now that the family business has expanded to include a popular resort, he’s working harder than ever. Silver Creek is his legacy and his life, which is fine for the ruggedly sexy ladies’ man and committed bachelor. Love and trust don’t come easily for Ward since he lost his heart to a gold digger—until he meets a shy, unpretentious beauty whose sweet grace is about to turn his jaded heart into a hungry one. Tess Casari has found sanctuary at Silver Creek, working as … Continued
A few days ago, I received the initial round of line edits for Slow Summer Burn from my editor at Random House, Sue Grimshaw. Slow Summer Burn is the fourth and (for now) final book in my Star Harbor series, which features four brothers from a small town on Cape Cod. As a first-time author, the Star Harbor series has been an amazing journey — from signing the initial contract with Random House for publication under the revived Loveswept line to preparing the final book for publication. I’m at the beginning of the end, at least with this series. This got me to thinking about endings: what is it about endings that tug on our heartstrings?
March Madness can suck it. Wait, did that sound harsh? Okay, maybe a little. But while NCAA basketball is all well and good, romance readers have something better–DABWAHA!
Author Susan Mallery suggests some great titles including our own Reflection Point by Emily March: “Reflection Point” is the next book in Emily March’s wonderful Eternity Springs series. Eternity Springs is a small town in the Colorado Rockies, populated with people I delight in visiting again and again.
Greetings, romance lovers. I’m Macy Beckett, and I have a confession for you: I don’t believe in soul mates. Crazy, right? I’m a romance author! Shouldn’t I subscribe to the sentimental notion that we’re all created for that one special someone—the lid to our pot? Alas, for me it’s all about statistics, but more about that later.
Finding My Wyoming Home Moving to Wyoming was a lifelong road trip for me. It started on a family vacation when I was eight years old. Like many families in the sixties, my parents believed in long summer road trips. And like most kids subjected to those trips, I spent every single day in the back seat fighting carsickness, occasionally poking my head through the Dramamine haze to ask if we were “there” yet. I had no idea where “there” was, but I hoped it had a swimming pool. That’s about all I remember about that trip—besides a horde of hungry chipmunks at a roadside rest in Wyoming. The little critters were so hungry they’d climb on your lap and take crackers from your hand. For eight-year-old me, this made Wyoming the highlight of our … Continued
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance. Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy. When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from … Continued
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber, a return to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below! As always, you can head over to Romance at Random’s Giveaway Tab, for any giveaway details you might need, and we’ll remind you every day during this week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!
Ever wonder what would happen if two of your favorite authors teamed up on a novel? Quite a number of you got your wish when blockbuster authors Linda Howard and Linda Jones teamed up to write Running Wild. The start of an all-new contemporary Western series, Running Wild arrived to glowing reader reviews and just hit the New York Times bestseller list. We thought it was the perfect time to ask the ladies to join up again and tell us a little bit about themselves and their golden partnership. LH: Carlin, the heroine of Running Wild, does a lot of cooking even though she doesn’t really know how. In fact, food seems to work its way into a lot of scenes. Do you think people were subliminally affected, and gained weight while reading the book? … Continued
On sale now! Doc Holiday by Deb Dixon (On Sale 11/12) With poignant humor and sizzling romance, Debra Dixon presents a story about the magic of Christmas and promises made under a starry winter sky. Drew Haywood needs a feminine touch to help give his young son a holiday to remember—and no one does Christmas better than Taylor Bishop. She knows how to transform a house into a home that sparkles. But when Drew lets his guard down, he finds that Taylor has much more to offer. Kissing her is like coming in out of the cold—and Drew doesn’t want to go back out.