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How a Rake Celebrates Christmas

he holiday season is full of traditions and even rakes get in on enjoying them! Join notable rakes Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain by Lucy Ashford), “Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina), Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch by Bronwyn Scott) Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr), Alex Knight (Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer), and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe), as they tell us about their favorite holiday traditions...
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Cover Reveal Monday

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.
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I’VE GOT MY DUKE TO KEEP ME WARM

Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.
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Extra scene: SINFULLY EVER AFTER by Jayne Fresina

We’re pleased to share an extra scene from Jayne Fresina’s new release, Sinfully Ever After, the second novel in her Book Club Belles Society series. The following is an exclusive peek into a meeting of the Book Club Belles that does not appear in the book.
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Love Among the Ruins

Gina Danna explores why Ancient Rome is the perfect setting for a sexy story.
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B&N Bookseller Picks: December

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...
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Why I Write in the Medieval Era

People often ask me why I write and why in the medieval era. Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a teenager, I remember reading two books a day, and becoming totally engrossed in each story. For me the stories offered an escape to where the good guys lost and life had happy endings.
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Books to Buy: New Releases December 9

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.
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Why My Ladies Pack Guns and Wield Blades

I didn’t intend for all of my heroines to tote guns or knives, be trained in fencing, or be proficient at archery. Yet most of them do have the ability to use at least one weapon. Someone asked me recently if it’s because I own a couple of pistols myself, and as the daughter of a retired police officer and the wife of a hunter, I’m familiar and comfortable around guns. No, that wasn’t it at all.
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Series by the Numbers

"When I started my series Drake's Rakes, it was meant to be a trilogy following three women who meet in the Brussels medical tents during the Battle of Waterloo. It was to be called The Three Graces, since each was in her own way known as Grace. And then I realized that they were each falling in love with one of gentleman spies Drake's Rakes, and that there nine rakes. Nine rakes who each demanded a story."
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Talking with Megan Frampton: THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR

Today we’re joined by Megan Frampton. For any readers out there not familiar with Megan, she wears many hats: author, community manager for Heroes & Heartbreakers, and great friend to all of us in the romance community. This week, her Avon debut, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, is publishing to rave reviews.
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Film Trailer: FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD

This teaser trailer just dropped for FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD. The film, based on Thomas Hardy’s classic love story, stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene (notice the last name – perhaps inspiration for the number one heroine of our time?) , Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) as William Boldwood, and Tom Sturridge as Frank Troy.
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NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean

RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .
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Our Love Affair with Regency

Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.
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THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR By Megan Frampton

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior is a light hearted romp through 1840s London, with all of its class wars, whispered gossip, cravat wearing, observatory building, governess having grandeur. I’m a big fan of funny, especially rapier-like wit from a heroine who is worth more than her weight in gold. Lily Russell is a force to be reckoned with and the rakish Duke of Rutherford, Marcus, doesn’t quiet know what’s hit him…but he certainly wants to figure her out and he plans on taking more than two minutes to do it.
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Love in the Age of Twitter

For as long as people have been around, we’ve felt the need to socialize. During the Regency era people gathered for balls and visited each other in the mid morning hours. Now we have Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. With this evolution in mind, I couldn’t help but wonder how my characters from His Wicked Seduction would interact on twitter…
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Cover Reveal: REVEALING RUBY by Lavinia Kent

We're pleased to be able to share the cover for REVEALING RUBY, the novella in her Bound and Determined series. Coming in January, in-between the first and second full length novels of the series--MASTERING THE MARQUESS and BOUND BY BLISS--this novella is sure to please readers of erotic romance and historical romance. A little spice with those corsets ;) Without further ado, the lovely Ruby...
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The Art of Spying a Rake: Character Interview

Today we have two charming rake-tamers, Ms. Sophie Goodnight from Mia Marlowe’s A Rake by Any Other Name and Ms. Elinor Colton from Sally Orr’s The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, here to discuss their love-hate relationship with rakes -- and to give us a little insight on how to spot a rake in the first place!
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THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS by Valerie Bowman

Reading Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series is like walking into a menagerie of mishaps with twists and turns that make me shake my head and then finally sign a resounding ahhhhhh. The Accidental Countess is no exception. After recovering from his injuries from the Napoleonic war, Captain Julian Swift arrives back in England to see the woman he is supposed to be betrothed to. He has not set eyes on Penelope in many years. When he arrives at her home, he is greeted by two of her friends, who tell him that his intended is not at home, she has gone to console a friend. Lady Cassandra Monroe has already had her share of distressing moments. Cass was supposed to become the Duchess of Claringdon, but she had no intention once her friend Lucy proved… Continue
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The Return of the Epic American-set Historical Romance

We’ve all had this happen at one time or another—an urging or longing for a certain something or other that sneaks up on us and lingers until it settles in our bones. Before long, another person mentions the very thing we’ve been deliberating. Soon, we begin seeing or hearing about that certain something everywhere until a groundswell of popularity emerges. That’s what seems to be happening with American-set historical romances. Remember those lush, sweeping, sagas full of romance, drama, sexual tension, excitement, family struggles, and plenty of twists and turns that spans time and geographic locations? Stories that kept us turning pages well into the night? With my yearning running bone-deep, I contracted with Kensington Books for my American-set When Hearts Dare series. Celine, book one in the series, spans time, cultures and locations,… Continue
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Raine Miller on Hot Fictional Men and THE MUSE

 You cannot mention the name Raine Miller without thinking of Ethan Blackstone, the gorgeous, ultra-successful London businessman with a filthy mouth who is not the type to take ‘no’ for an answer. In the age of Fifty Shades of Grey, the hot, dominant, and obsessively protective Blackstone quickly rose to the head of the class as one of the iconic alphas of contemporary erotic romance as the hero in Miller’s bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair. Not bad for a former grade school teacher who began her own journey as a romance reader after picking up her first Barbara Cartland novel, at age 13. Miller admits that her own stories are “edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave.” Luckily for her legion of fans, Miller has new hot hero for us… Continue
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TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH by Leigh Greenwood

Leigh Greenwood is a new author to me. I was very fortunate to have met this lovely man (yes, a man writing romance) at RWA in San Antonio this summer and I grabbed his first book in the Cactus Creek Cowboys series, To Have And To Hold, and fell in love. After a disappointing marriage to a man her father basically sold her to, Laurie Spencer and become a widow after the sudden death of her husband Noah. Instead of going into mourning, Laurie takes a breath of relief. Her husband didn’t let one day go by without insulting her appearance or discounting her intelligence and abilities. She is finally able to live the way she wants to without anyone telling her what to do, how to dress or how to act…or so she thinks.… Continue
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DESTINY’S CAPTIVE by Beverly Jenkins

Destiny’s Captive is the third book in Beverly Jenkins’s wonderful Destiny series, which follows the travails of the three Yates brothers and the strong-willed women they fall madly in love with. The books are set, for the most part, on the California ranch of matriarch Alanza Yates; Alanza has spent most of her life working hard to make her ranch profitable after a fall from grace from the Spanish gentry. Each installment has offered a fun, unique romp through the history of the American West, with memorable characters and Jenkins’s signature penchant for fast-paced adventure. In Destiny’s Embrace, Lanza’s rancher (step)son Logan falls for the virgin seamstress his mother has bought in from Philadelphia to be his housekeeper. In Destiny’s Surrender, lady’s man lawyer Drew loses his heart to Billie the sharp-shooting whore… Continue
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For the Love of Alphas

There are continuing debates in the romance world concerning alpha heroes vs. beta heroes. I say give me an alpha hero any time. Why? Because for me they are the easiest of the male species to understand. How can I make such a broad claim? Just under forty years ago at the ripe old age of not quite twenty-two, I was assigned to an Army Special Forces (Green Beret) battalion; the first woman they’d ever had, and the youngest soldier in the unit. Yup, it was me and two hundred and thirty-six alpha males. Even the support staff were alphas! They decided that it might be fun to teach me how to shoot an M-16 on the pop up range, rappel out of a helicopter, and send me to spy on another command in a… Continue
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LADY ELINOR’S WICKED ADVENTURES by Lillian Marek

Tortured by want, Harcourt “Harry”de Vaux escaped to the continent to avoid his infatuation with his best friend Pip’s sister and to run from his scandalous parents. Now he’s back and Lady Elinor “Norrie” Tremaine is most definitely not the girl he got into scrapes with when they were young. No, now she’s sneaking off to the garden with rakes simply to discover if she’s thought to be sweet or saucy. Still, she’s as easy to be around as she ever was—at least when Harry isn’t fighting the green monster of jealousy. But Lord Penworth’s daughter is not for Harry. Norrie deserves someone not mired in scandal. So when the family invites him on a trip to Italy, Harry is resolutely against it. Indebted to Lord and Lady Penworth for treating him immeasurably better than… Continue
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The Socially Awkward Hero

You can have all the dominant billionaires, ex-Navy Seals, and alpha werewolves. Let them out-posture each other in an arrogant fight for your love. I’m here to speak for the other kind of quiet hero: not the strong, silent type, but the shy, socially awkward type. The misunderstood genius, the stodgy aristocrat, the introverted businessman. The men who are so far from alpha that they’re all the way to zeta. In my armchair analysis, I’d say that one of the best characteristics of the awkward zeta hero is that, once he’s won, he is singularly focused on his heroine. Unlike the alpha hero, who sees the outside world as a threat to his relationship and stands aggressively in front of his heroine, the zeta hero barely notices the outside world at all. His thoughts and… Continue
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WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin. Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors. As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping. He didn’t want to help her, but when his precious daughter, Charlie, makes him feel guilty, Dante Hartwell invites Lady Joan Flynn to join them on their travels to house parties for the holidays. Joan has fled Edinburgh is distress after trusting the man she cared for turns into a rather compromising situation. An ambitious man… Continue
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DARLING BEAST by Elizabeth Hoyt

Being a single mother is hard enough without having your livelihood burn to the ground around you, but that’s exactly what happened to Lily Stump. The garden theater she burnt bridges to join is in shambles and she can’t afford to live anywhere but inside the singed structure. Her son Indio loves the freedom of exploring the ravaged garden, and he loves stalking the hulking mute gardener he’s named Caliban even more. Lily can’t take her eyes off the brute even though his face isn’t one she’d call comely. Despite his breadth, he’s actually quite gentle and does what he can to protect her family. Or is it all an act to get under her skin? Apollo Greaves is hiding from the law and Bedlam, literally. Escaped from the asylum after a brutal beating that… Continue
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CELINE (When Hearts Dare #1) by Kathleen Bittner Roth

It’s been a while since I’ve read a non-Scottish themed historical romance. Hello genre I’ve been neglecting, let’s be friends again. CELINE begins in plantation era-New Orleans and moves along the wagon train of the untamed American West. Roth’s descriptions of the forbidden sultry feel of New Orleans and the gritty countryside of the American West will catapult you into the world Celine and Trevor inhabit. Celine has had a tough life full of hardship and misfortune. Widowed young, she’s left to regroup all alone. The kindness of an older plantation owner helps her heal and gives her a home full of dignity, support and love. When the playboy prodigal son returns on business, the sexual tension builds to fill the final portion of Celine’s broken spirit. Trevor has been battling his own demons over… Continue