Changing Seasons – are you ready for fall? by Elisabeth Barrett

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.… Continue

Guest Post: Molly O’Keefe on Celebrity Fantasies

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.… Continue

But All My Friends Are Doing It!! by Maggie McGinnis

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.… Continue

Rugged Heroes by Kat Martin + Giveaway!

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… Continue

HEA USA Today Reviews: Once Tempted, a Silver Creek story by Laura Moore

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.Continue

Guest Post: Mariah Stewart’s Mercy Series, how it all began

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… Continue

New Release: Reflection Point by Emily March

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… Continue

New Release: Once Tempted by Laura Moore

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… Continue

Guest Post: On Endings and Beginnings by Elisabeth Barrett + $15 EGC Giveaway!

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? Continue

A Lid for Every Pot? by Macy Beckett + Giveaway!

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.… Continue

Guest Post: Joanne Kennedy, Cowboy Tough + Giveaway

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… Continue

Something to wet your whistle & bring in the New Year, Elise Sax . . .

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 Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber!

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!… Continue

Linda Howard and Linda Jones on Critters, Cakes, and Writerly Collaboration

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… Continue

New November releases by Loveswept, $2.99, on sale now!

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.… Continue

Ruthie’s Reality – Today’s topic – Political romance and Giveaway

You’d think, with the dinnertime robo-calling horrors of the presidential election season finally past, I would be done with politics. But no. Of late, I find myself perversely fascinated with political romance. Mainly because I want to write one, and people have a tendency to hear that, go wide-eyed, and say, “Don’t.” Seriously, it’s like an unwritten rule. No politics in romance! It’s divisive! It’s boring! No one cares! Except, no, that’s not really true. Because (a), there’s quite a lot of political romance out there already, and (b), clearly people do care, because they’re buying them, and (c), whenever I mention my interest in writing a political romance on Twitter, my tweet stream blows up with people saying doooo it, doitdoitdoit, and (d) I love to write things no one cares about! See:… Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of RUNNING WILD by Linda Howard and Linda Jones!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of RUNNING WILD by Linda Howard and Linda Jones, the first book in a brand new western contemporary romance series. 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!… Continue

Guest Post: How Fifty Shades Made My Life Easier – Marie Force + Giveaway!

No Sue, the title was supposed to be: How the Fifty Shades Craze Made My Life As a Writer of Sexy Romance Easier
By: Marie Force — ok, now you’ve got it right, sheesh
I write sexy romance under my real name. No big deal, right? Well, I also live in a small, conservative New England town where everyone knows everyone, and people like to talk. They like to whisper. They like to point. SHE is the one who writes that smutty romance. I hate that word, by the way. Smut. I often ask people who use that word why they consider act of falling in love and making love smut. I ask was it “smut” when you were falling in love with your husband or wife? That usually stops them in their tracks. My… Continue

Book Review by Janet Webb, The Inn at Rose Harbor

Debbie Macomber always writes a story that keeps on giving – I really enjoyed Janet’s post & hope you do to. Happy Reading!! Whew, at last it’s September, and life can get back into a regular routine. Time to crack open the covers of new books by favorite authors. High on my list of tried and true authors is Debbie Macomber because she takes me to a very familiar place, a guaranteed escape for a few hours. As she says on her website, “Wherever you are, Debbie takes you home …”.… Continue

Guest post – Walking The Line by Marquita Valentine

Marquita: Thanks for hosting me again at Romance at Random, Sue! I always have a great time.
Me: Thanks for being here Marquita & congrats on your second release! Our hero is a villain, you’ve got me interested!
Writing a hero that readers will (hopefully) fall in love with is a major challenge. Writing a hero that’s also the villain, or in the case of my hero in THIRD TIME’s a CHARM, “the executive assistant to the destroyer of lives” tends to put even more stress upon the author. No matter how hot she thinks his nipple piercings are. *blinks*… Continue

Guest Post – The Grayson Twins of Star Harbor (but mostly Theo)

by Elisabeth Barrett Take one savvy heroine, one delicious hero, and add some terrific secondary characters. Mix together in a delightful harbor town, toss in a New England winter, and you have one terrific romance. Elisabeth Barrett’s BLAZE OF WINTER is a must-read! ~ Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of HOME FOR THE SUMMER Today is release day for Blaze of Winter (Theo’s story), and I am thrilled to be celebrating here at Romance @ Random! In Blaze of Winter, Theo, an author of swashbuckling adventure novels, returns to Star Harbor to work on his latest book. When he takes a room at the Star Harbor Inn to get some peace and quiet, he runs into Avery Newbridge, a gentle social worker, who is there to help her aunt manage the inn… Continue

Book Review – Nightingale Way by Emily March

Review of – Nightingale Way……by Emily March This novel is our latest visit to enchanting Eternity Springs, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The story centers around Jack Davenport, Black Ops mystery man, and wealthy owner of Eagle’s Way. The mansion sits atop a mountain, is visited by few, and is Jack’s very private retreat. Catherine Blackburn Davenport known as Cat, is a journalist that seems to find dangerous breaking stories. She just reported on a dog fighting conspiracy, that involves celebrities, and politicians alike. A fire bombing at her home demonstrates how much her life is in danger. Jack and Cat share a heartbreaking secret that tore their life and marriage apart. Now Cat needs protection. Jack will put his anger and heartbreak aside, and risk his life to keep her safe.… Continue

Book Release – Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe – a fun contemporary romance

From award-winning author Molly O’Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love. Tori Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.… Continue

Postcards from (Carolina) Home by Virginia Kantra

Virgina Kantra shares her love of the sandy shores and her new romance novel – enjoy! I’ve always loved the sea. When I was growing up, my family took vacations to the beach. To the sticky boardwalks of New Jersey, redolent with popcorn and coconut oil. To the cold, seaweedy beaches of New England, where the views and the water temperature steal your breath away. Beautiful, rocky Maine inspired the setting of my Children of the Sea paranormal romances.… Continue

The Marshalls, even sounds sexy, by author Kimberly Lang

We all have deadlines right, you know, those times when your blood pressure shoots through the roof? Kimberly gives us some insight on how to balance deadlines . . . sort of. Every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck! Writers have lives, too. I know you know that. As much as we live inside our own heads, talking to people who don’t exist, we have all the same real-life things going on as everyone else. Kids have to be fed and ferried about, husbands need attention, friends need our support. As much as I love what I do, the real people in my life have to come first, just like every other woman who juggles a job and family.… Continue

Romance Guest – Wendy & being a Domestic Goddess + Giveaway!

By Wendy Vella
I gave in to household pressure and baked yesterday.
While for some of you domestic goddesses this may be a regular occurrence, it is not for me. That’s not to say my children were neglected; I rustled up the obligatory cupcakes with pink and blue frosting when required in their youth. It’s just not a hobby of choice like it is for some. But with the house now filled to capacity with hubby, adult son, adult daughter and her boyfriend (recently returned from their travels) and an Irish border, plus two dogs, you can imagine the cupboards do not stay full for long. After several forays by different individuals into the kitchen yesterday, complete with loudly opening and closing doors, the mumbled comments with regards to my competence as a mother soon… Continue

Guest Post: We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time + Giveaway!

We Put our Underwear on One Leg at a time
Female Authors and their Male Characters
By Stacey Agdern
As last month’s column ended with a debut male author’s military fantasy, it’s fitting that the focus of this month’s column is a powerhouse female author who writes romantic thrillers with military heroes…and her very first foray into the world of paranormal romance. Suzanne Brockmann’s ‘Born to Darkness’ is a brilliant book which centers around three different couples. As luck would have it, Brockmann has managed to write a textbook on this month’s subject, as four of the characters in these couples are prime examples of the best ways to write strong male characters. We start with the scientist behind the story, the genius with that bit of strength that wants to get let out. He… Continue