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HEA USA Book Review of Stephanie Tyler’s Night Moves

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Night Moves is the fourth book in Stephanie Tyler’s dark, fast-paced Shadow Force series, which chronicles the lives and loves of a group of tough elite Special Forces-trained mercenaries. Tyler’s crisp, gritty prose and dialogue suit these hard-core lethal warriors who embrace the adrenaline rush provided by the dangerous missions they undertake. A prologue takes readers back to when Kell Roberts and Reid Cormier met as young emotionally scarred adolescents living in the same foster home. They forged a tight bond that strengthened during their years in the military. Kell and Reid are as close, if not closer, than brothers. Kell and Reid continue to contend with the devastation caused by a Delta Force mission gone wrong that cost the… Continue

Guest, Nicole Jordan + Giveaway!!

Princess Charming, by Nicole Jordan I admit it: I’m a sucker for a horse. My hunter mare Riva is the love of my life, second only to my husband. Sailing over a fence astride this magnificent equine creature brings a rush of joy to my heart—and plot ideas to my mind. As I was writing Princess Charming, Book 1 in my Legendary Lovers Regency historical series, I knew that my hero, Ashton Wilde, Marquis of Beaufort, was determined to win the heart of his unlikely Cinderella. Maura Collyer wasn’t looking for a prince, but she was desperate to reclaim her beloved stallion, which her wicked stepmother had gambled away to an evil viscount. What else was Ash to do but help Maura rescue her magnificent horse? With Ash’s romantic gesture on my mind and… Continue

HEA at USA – Book Review of Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece

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Sweet Reward Review written by – Mary Grzesik, USA TODAY CAPTION
Sweet Revenge is Christy Reece’s latest Last Chance Rescue novel, and it starts off with a heart-racing, daring rescue. Dylan Savage, a Last Chance Rescue operative, is sneaking into a house to rescue kidnapped schoolteacher Jamie Kendrick. This first scene is very telling about these two characters. When Dylan reaches the room where Jamie is held, she jumps on his back. Not wanting to hurt her, he drops to the floor. She says in a raspy voice, “Touch me and I’ll kill you.” Dylan feels admiration and compassion at the same time. He’s relieved that she’s “tough.” Dylan reassures Jamie that he is there to rescue her, but she doesn’t believe him. She’s naked and chained… Continue

Downton Abbey Mania – has it grabbed you? + Giveaway

People have been all a ‘Twitter’ about this PBS series, now in it’s second season – listen to this recap of season 1:
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made Continue

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Weekly Winners!

Reminder to observe Martin Luther King weekend & hoping you are enjoying your day – Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: so we can get you your book! International commenters &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview in Net Galley. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Congratulations to these 5 ladies! LisaB Danny Kim DonnaMS Erin1 Congrats – join us this week for our Reader Rally on Tuesday — Happy Romance!!

Love and Sticking Points…or is it Just a Bad Date + Giveaway!

Love and Sticking Points…or is it Just a Bad Date Bad Dates. We’ve all been on them. We all have horror stores we tell when the subject of whose bad date is the worst comes up. (I usually win most of these disastrous conversations). Which is why the series of bad blind dates Kristan Higgins wrote Callie through in ‘All I Ever Wanted’(the smelly dairy farmer or the artist who worked with human hair anybody?) made her happily ever after with Ian at the end so amazing. Susan Mallery did the same thing to Dani Buchanan, except Dani had to go through three books of dating disasters to get to her happily ever after in ‘Tempting,’ the final Buchanan book. But lucky for both Dani and Callie, neither of them had to marry their bad… Continue

Mascot of romance, who would it be? + GIVEAWAY!!

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an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat. Silly topic, but not really, as I’ve been thinking about this — it seems that all important organizations have mascots, so to speak, right? KIA automobiles now has those adorable hamsters, as pictured above; Taco Bell had that little dog, what breed was he again? Taco Bell had a big promotion a few years back and I bought three or four of those stuffed cuties! Then of course, Geico’s lizard. . . and now I’ve noticed they’re using a pink pig in their commercials as well, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I suppose ‘Flo’ on those Progressive Insurance commercials is a ‘mascot’ of sorts — well, her… Continue

A Picture Steals a Thousand Souls…+ Giveaway!

A Picture Steals a Thousand Souls…or maybe I’m just a dork by Gwen Hayes Thanks, Sue, for inviting me to spend the day in your corner of the internets. It’s lovely here. My second book, Dreaming Awake, was released a few days ago, and I’m running into a slight publicity issue that I could use some advice about. I’m hoping your readers can help me. Every couple of months, somebody, usually somebody from my publisher, asks if I have an author photo. The embarrassing answer is always, “No.” I’m no shy wallflower, as anyone who has ever met me or read my Twitter feed can tell you, but there is something about having my picture taken that makes me want to crawl under a table and hide. I know I’m supposed to have author… Continue

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Paperback on sale soon – Order Here It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that… Continue

Guest JoAnn Ross – and Giveaway!

Once upon a time in Oregon, a boy and girl fell in love. It was not, as their parents continually insisted, merely puppy love. But the Real Thing. Years passed. When the girl was eighteen-years-old, the boy took her to the Oregon Coast, where he bought her a white paper bag of saltwater taffy, then proposed. Naturally, the girl said, “Yes!” And, many, many years later, I’m still so happy I did. The magnificent coast has always been a special place for me. Even before that memorable proposal. But on that day it became my most romantic place in the world. Which is why, when I returned to my romance roots, writing comfort stories about families and falling in love, I wanted to invite readers home to Shelter Bay with me. Shelter Bay is a… Continue

Carly Phillips guests on R@R today with Giveaway!

Reader Reaction to Characters & Giveaway When I wrote Serendipity, book 1 in the series, I thought Nash, the middle brother, was justified with his anger at his oldest sibling who returns to town after ten years to make amends. I also thought that Nash, whose story is DESTINY, in stores tomorrow, would be a straight-forward character – A man who has to learn life isn’t black and white. In the writing, I discovered that Nash had so much to learn and so much growth to experience. And it’s a good thing I put him through his paces! Why? Because as it turns out, after reading Serendipity, readers reacted very strongly to Nash. And by strongly I mean almost negatively. Readers bonded with Ethan, the hero in Serendipity, and were angry with… Continue

New Years – again??? What’s your resolution – giveaway!

New Years time – another resolution has to be made & although I love to make them I’m not the best at keeping them – you? I’ve made all kinds of resolutions through out the years:
  • Diet, oh yeah, usually every other year for this one
  • Exercise — an annual resolution, urgh
  • Become more involved in our church / community
  • Become more computer savvy – oy . . .
  • and sooooooo many more! What are some of your resolutions — new ones, old ones, maybe one of yours will work for me – goodness knows, the resolutions I make I can’t seem to keep *Grins* Remember, every week, 5 winners are Randomly chosen to win a FREE book — winners announced on Sunday – good luck!

    The Romance Studio + Giveaway!!

    We are big fans of romantic fiction here at the The Romance Studio. And that fact alone was the biggest reason that we created this site. We wanted to build a place on the web for all fans of romance. But we fans of the romance genre are a diverse group, yes? All of us are readers. But some of us are writers, published authors, agents, book sellers, cover models, publishers and more. Keeping that in mind, we designed a site that, we hope, has something for everyone. The Romance Studio is an interactive site that is kept fresh and new by user entries. Most every page on the site is generated by user input, most of which is posted instantly to the site. Basic membership is free and allows users to post romance industry… Continue

    Christmas Memories + Giveaway – Ereader from Jessica Scott

    Christmas Memories I’m writing today and celebrating. This is an incredibly special Christmas for my family. My husband is finally home from Iraq and for the last time. The war is over, he won’t be going back. My kids have been little the first couple of Christmases my husband was gone. I doubt they remember the Christmas that he and I were both deployed. I remember it well. There were little Christmas lights hanging in the TOC (tactical operations center) and I distinctly remember a few lonely ornaments hanging on a tree outside the CHU (containerized housing unit) I was fortunate to share with my husband. Funny, I remember the green and the particular shade of blue of those ornaments. They stayed there the rest of the year but I remember seeing them that first… Continue

    Celebrating the Return of our Military + Giveaway

    As we celebrate the return of US military personnel from Iraq, many more are still deployed, stationed overseas, or just unable to return home. Although being away from home can be a challenge, it also offers unique ways to celebrate the holiday season. I asked my “sisters in arms” at the RomVets,, to share how they celebrated the holidays during their military service.
    From Merline Lovelace, USAF

    Al and I were in Vietnam for the Christmas of 1971. He was at Danang, I was in Saigon but managed to catch a hop up to spend Christmas Eve and Day with him. I hauled enough cheese, crackers and other goodies from the PX at Tan Son Nhut for us to throw a party for his troops at his hooch. They provided the booze . We… Continue

    It’s the little things…+Giveaway!

    It’s the little things…
    By Cassandra Carr It’s December, and that means the holidays, no matter what religion you do (or don’t) practice. The holidays can pass by in a blur of buying, baking, and booking – from house to house or party to party – or they can be a time for quiet reflection on life’s blessings. I understand how hard it is to get everything done but still take time to appreciate the season. After all, I have a child and both sides of my family live in the area, but I do what I can. During the holidays, it’s the little things that matter – the smile on your child’s face when you let her help with cookie decorating, the thank you from the bell ringer when you throw some spare change… Continue

    Seven Wonders of the Romance Bandits Lair by Anna Campbell + Giveaway!!!

    Seven Wonders of the Romance Bandits Lair by Anna Campbell We’re back, Sue! What a great day we had yesterday! Thanks again for inviting the Romance Bandits to invade Romance @ Random. As promised, no poetry today. I’m Anna Campbell (, qualified Bandit wrangler. I’m delighted to introduce seven more Romance Bandits who are giving us a glimpse of their Holiday plans.
    Just in case you missed out on yesterday’s post, the Romance Bandits emerged from the finalists in the 2006 Golden Heart Award. With 19 of us (and a rather wicked Golden Rooster who is inclined to take over proceedings unless we keep an eye on him), there’s always something happening in the Bandit lair. You can find us at Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy ( is off cruising as she is… Continue

    Release Week, something everyone should experience + E-Reader giveaway!!!!

    Release Week Wrap Up, by Jessica Scott
    On Facebook It’s been almost 3 weeks since Because of You debuted here at Romance at Random. I’ve got to tell you, I really had absolutely no idea what published authors were always talking about when they said don’t plan on doing anything during release week. Honest to goodness, what else could there be to do? I wrote the book, worked through revisions. Did a few pre-positioned blog posts.
    Honestly, who would have thought release week was such a major, overwhelming event? Yeah, it really was. And please, in no way take this as a complaint, because I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat: I am thrilled at the excitement I lived through for the last couple weeks. It was terrifying as the clock ticked down… Continue

    Random Thoughts with Stefanie Sloane – Exclusive!

    The Girl’s Gotta Have It! Peeps, I have a confession to make: I am not a patient person. Typically, this does not work to my advantage—nor anyone else’s, for that matter. But there’s a first time for everything! See, I’m the type of reader who looks early and often for new books. A premise might interest me. Or a gorgeous cover. Maybe the author’s background or a glowing quote from one of my favorite writers. Whatever it is, it captures my attention and will not let loose, even if the book isn’t due out for months.
    Months? Months! Argh! How can I be expected to wait when all I want are the words in my hot little hands? Well, turns out I don’t have to. Now that I wield the power of the Random ThoughtsContinue

    Contemporary Native American Stories + Giveaway!

    Contemporary Native Americans by Michele Stegman We are all curious about how other people live. It’s why archaeologists dig up burials, why the paparazzi follow famous people around, and it’s one of the reasons we read fiction—to get a glimpse of how other people live. In historical romances, Native Americans live a different lifestyle from other Americans. The author often gives us a picture of that lifestyle gleaned from anthropological reports, historical records, and old photographs. It is also often terrifying for the heroine of a romance book if she happens to get captured by Native Americans. There was a long-standing war between natives and incoming European-Americans, after all. The men were warriors and hunters, yet lived in communion with nature. But what about Native Americans today? When I started doing research for Mr. Right’s… Continue

    Weekly Winners –

    Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: so we can get you your book! Or email if you prefer a digital copy. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Lillmissmolly 2-QuiltLady 3- OliviaKelly 4-MaryGuidry 5-CherylStanford and a few more for Thanksgiving – Thankful for our R@R commenters: Ruth DeborahR
    Don’t miss, debut Cecilia Grant & her new book A Lady Awakened, on sale 12/27:

    Shiny Happy Heroines & Giveaway!

    Shiny Happy Heroines
    By Melina Kantor
    After I finished graduate school, I struggled to build a life in New York City. I was determined to find a job and create a social life. Sadly, I wasn’t very successful at either. At the time, I was living in a studio that didn’t hold much more than my twin bed and stacks of books. I’d ride the subway and look at other women my age dressed to their professional gills in their fitted coats and stylish shoes, on their way to what I imagined were fantastic, glamorous jobs. In my mind, they were all married, or at least on their way to being engaged. I used to whine about this to my mother. Regularly. She got sick of it, and quickly. One day she snapped and told… Continue

    Perfect Timing & Giveaway!

    Perfect Timing!

    Have you ever tried to read a book and just can’t get into it? It doesn’t catch you, you read several pages but you can’t even recall what you’ve just read? Do you put the book down? Do you force yourself to read it? Even worse, what happens if it’s your favorite author??? I’ll admit this has happened to me a time or two. But later when I finally pick up the book again, I discover it wasn’t the author, the book or anything else that influenced it. Most times I even ended up absolutely LOVING the book! It was all in the timing. Perfect timing. Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors, she’s an absolute auto buy, even in hardcover. I haven’t ever disliked one of her books. Though I will… Continue

    ‘NEW’ Random Thoughts: Follow the Yellow Brick Road by Stefanie Sloane

    Follow the Yellow Brick Road—to Seattle! Emerald City Writers’ Conference 2011 Random Thoughts Billions and billions of fleeting ideas are produced day-in, day-out, by every last person on the planet. Are you really allowed a five mile an hour cushion before it’s considered speeding? Somebody needs to design the sarcasm font. Nachos! What is another word for “thesauras”? See! As for mine? Well, mine are decidedly more romantic in nature. Not that kind of romantic. Not all the time, anyway. Who inspired Julia Quinn’s Lady Whistledown? Are vampires hotter than warewolves? Rakes! How does one write the perfect query letter? Cowboys! What do booksellers want from authors? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, people! I was raised by a romance author. I’ve worked as a romance bookseller. And now I’m writing romance novels Continue

    Weekly Winners !

    Weekly Winners!

    Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: so we can get you your book! Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Sheila 2-Kandy 3- Jenn 4-Connie 5-The Book Queen

    Until next week – happy romance! SueG

    Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin + Giveaway!

    Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin

    ‘Stay in your skin’ is a phrase my shifters use in my Feral Warriors series. It means keep your claws and fangs from erupting. Stay in control. But that phrase has a slightly different meaning for me, as the writer. To me, it means keeping my characters real and true to who they are. In my case, I’m not staying in my skin so much as staying in theirs. So who are the Feral Warriors? They’re the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal—lion, hawk, wolf, jaguar, viper, etc. All are warriors, all are alpha males—big, strong, and dangerous. But each is also an individual with a distinct personality, a unique history—experiences that have formed him, wounds that have molded him. And… Continue

    Weekly Winners!

    Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: so we can get you your book! Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- KA Burton 2-Diane 3- Casea 4-Jennifer L 5-Kris

    Until next week – happy romance! SueG

    The hook . . . + Giveaway

    The Hook, by Bev Nichol, Romantic Reader My favorite opening scene has to be from MISCHIEF, by Amanda Quick. I was recently listening to the audiobook while in my car driving home from work one rainy fall evening. The ambience was perfect as it set the mood for the story. Matthias, Earl of Colchester, enters the dark residence, holding a flickering candle.
    As he explores the old house he happens upon a sarcophagus. Of course it is late at night and he is tired, so where do you think he decides to lay down to relax? Our heroine Imogen and her maid Bess enter the scene & suddenly Matthias is awakened by a bloodcurdling scream! Since having read many Amanda Quick novels, I realize no self-respecting Amanda Quick heroine would be of such a… Continue