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CINDERELLA AND THE GHOST (The Cursed Princes #4) by Marina Myles

I tried ignoring this book. A French ghost and time travel? Not my normal read. But something kept pulling me back. No it wasn’t something I would usually be drawn to, but a retelling of Cinderella with a side of science fiction was too good to pass up...

Two Truths and a Lie (about the hero!)

My newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS, features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else: a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves. I’m here to tell you a little about Joss Everett, the hero of SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a little. Two of these statements about Joss are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!
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Talking PLAYFUL BRIDES with Valerie Bowman

As the latest in Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides series, The Accidental Countess beautifully juxtaposes a mischievous ruse played during a house party with devastating emotional consequences. And the deepening romance between Cassandra Monroe and Captain Julian Swift is intensified by a lively supporting cast who practically bounce off the page.   R@R: Cassandra Monroe, your heroine, is reluctant to confide her true feelings to Julian. At the urging of her friend, she adopts the identity of the fictitious “Patience Bunbury,” and under that guise pushes herself to take emotional risks. What would you say are the major differences between Cass and “Patience”? VB: The plot idea is from Oscar Wilde’s fun play, The Importance of Being Earnest. All of my Playful Brides stories are based on famous romp plays! But you’re exactly right, as Continue

Clock Chimes, Cow Bells, and Alpenhorns—Sounds of Spring in Switzerland + $50 Giveaway!

When someone asks, “Guess where we’re going?” do you get tired of the guessing game after about the fourth try? Yep, me too. Just tell me already! “Switzerland,” my husband said after one such game. When he broke that news, my mouth dropped open wide, watering for Swiss chocolate. He’d been tapped to give a keynote address that landed us in Switzerland in the spring! We arrived in the old city of Lucerne, the sheer age of the place giving it a romantic and mysterious vibe. Fourteenth-century rampart walls rose high on the hillsides, still standing guard, impervious to time. And the Swiss are serious about time. Take the chiming of the hour in Lucerne. Clocks far and wide ring in each hour with a chorus of bells. But from high in a fairy-tale tower… Continue

Guest Post: Vanessa Kelly on The Renegade Royals

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly Kensington/$7.99 print/$6.99 digital  Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…  Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch… I’m excited to start a new Regency historical romance series called The Continue
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Winner Announced – The Endurance of Jane Austen By Cheryl Bolen + Giveaway

I’m not one of those gazillion authors who’s capitalizing on Jane Austen‘s popularity some 200 years after her death. I don’t write Zombies and Jane Austen or Death at Pemberly or any of the books that continue to come out monthly with characters tied to Pride and Prejudice. But I do owe to Jane Austen my long-standing career writing novels set in Regency England, mirroring the time when she wrote her classic books. My first book, A Duke Deceived, was published in 1998, and my newest release, Love in the Library, is my 17th book set in Regency England. That first book (which won me the title Notable New Author) was heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I had a rich and powerful hero and shy, impoverished heroine. That… Continue
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Romantic Times Book Reviews – A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans, on sale now #FridayReads

@RT_Magazine reviews A KISS OF LIES by Bronwen Evans = 4.5 Stars!!! Genre: Historical Romance, England – Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Early 1800s England Evans’ first in her Disgraced Lords series will appeal to readers of all genres. This book is the perfect blend of romance, history and mystery, and many will agree it’s suspenseful at times, too. The love story alone is passionate and swoon worthy, while Evans’ characters have a strong voice. Our hero, Christian is a broken soul and is the perfect accompaniment to extremely courageous, Sarah. This tale is poignant, heartwarming and readers may be reaching for the Kleenex once or twice before the breathtaking ending. The Earl of Markham, Christian Trent, returns from France after being badly hurt in the war. Now, riddled with scars inside and out, he learns he… Continue

Sneak Peek Saturday – Montana Bride by Joan Johnston

When Karl Norwood’s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she’s going to pretend to be all the things she isn’t—including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she’s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child. Sneak peek click here –… Continue

WINNER ANNOUNCED – #Giveaway – Guest Post: The Making of The Marriage Game by Ella Quinn

Fellow author, Sally MacKenzie has a FAQ on her website, regarding her Naked series that she didn’t write in order. That struck a chord with me because I did the same thing with The Marriage Game. The first time I sat down to write the very first book, I knew I’d have at least three. Not because I’m a rabid plotter, I am not, but because a friend of mind who’d worked in a European publishing house told me to write three books. So I did.… Continue

Keeper’s Book Review: Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen ~ “I found myself wishing the book would never stop.”

Loving the Earl picks out all the best parts out of every historical romance and puts it all together into this one amazing book. There’s the hot rogue who hides under an unsocial mask, the beautiful, bold woman trying to live her life after an abusive marriage, a brother who hires afore-mentioned rogue to protect his sister, mysterious letters, stolen luggage, false companions, sex (uhhhh….), highwaymen, gamblers, and a very happy ending. Besides, the guy on the cover does look pretty hot himself.… Continue

How Rhett Butler Inspired My Hero By Ava Miles

Hi there. I’m Ava Miles, and perhaps it’s no accident that I ended up becoming a contemporary romance writer since I love romantic movies. Thanks to Sue for hosting me today so I can talk about one of my favorite movie heroes and how he inspired one of my own. So, I know people have either a love or hate relationship with Gone With The Wind, but I definitely am in the love category. I love movies. Well, let me qualify. Good movies. Let me show you how much. I am a huge old movie fan. I host a monthly Old Movie Group with writers Diane Gaston, J. Keely Thrall, and Julie Halperson where we analyze the movie from a story perspective while also eating fabulous food (but I digress). I also… Continue

New Release! On sale today, Mistletoe & Magic by Katie Rose

Mistletoe & Magic on sale today! Just .99
In Katie Rose’s delightful eBook original novella set in Victorian New York City, a remarkable woman with the gift of second sight must learn to trust her visions while following her heart. Mistletoe Blog – By Katie Rose Penelope Appleton was the most beautiful of the Appleton sisters, and she possessed a secret. While Winifred and Jennifer had posed as spiritualists, pretending to contact the dead and read fortunes, Penelope truly could see the future.… Continue

Guest Post: Jane Austen and Me by Eileen Dreyer

Don’t worry. I’m not comparing myself with the godmother of romance. But I do have something in common with her. No, not her inimitable style, her restricted life, her sharp wit. But I did find myself in a position that might have looked familiar to anyone who knows her work. I got to visit Lyme Regis, the little town in Southern England where Jane famously once visited. In fact, I not only visited, I did a walking tour of Persuasion and climbed the Cobb. Fortunately, unlike Louisa Musgrave, I survived the incident unscathed. How did I get there, you ask? Well, in my last book, ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS, one of my Drake’s Rakes, Colonel Ian Ferguson, ended up shot, accused of treason, and bobbing around in the English Channel. I knew his would be the… Continue

Fresh Fiction Reviews, Tempting a Devil by Samantha Kane

Reviewed by Clare O’Beara
In 1818 Roger Templeton is required to save a lady from amorous advances in a garden during a party. The lady thinks he might make a better suitor, but when he realises who she is he’s against the idea. This is Harriet Stanley, who used to be a mischievous, idolising little girl when they played together years ago. She was married off to a wealthy old man and never entered Society, and now her husband’s dead, she’s considering remarriage, or an affair.… Continue

#NewRelease, don’t miss THE ARRANGEMENT by Mary Balogh

On sale now!
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.… Continue

Guest Post: Finding the Perfect Hero . . . in a Cat By Elf Ahearn + Giveaway

“Regency romance with a Gothic twist.” As a kid I was a horse – usually a stallion—with a coat of either black or dapple gray. I thundered around the house on my hands and knees at a full gallop, leaping over bolster cushions like the finest jumpers at the National Horse Show. So when I wrote my first romance novel, A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing, I used my experience as a dapple gray to create the character of Manifesto, a racer who helps the heroine escape a boatload of trouble.… Continue

Guest Post: Five Sexy Facts About Blue by Shana Galen + #Giveaway

After my novel Lord and Lady Spy was released, one of the most frequent questions readers asked was, when will there be a book about Blue? The first few times I responded by saying something along the lines of Blue isn’t hero material. But the requests and questions kept coming, and I started to think perhaps readers saw something in Blue that I didn’t. And so I looked a little closer and the end result is a Lord and Lady Spy novella with Blue as the hero. Here are five things you should know about Blue.… Continue

Summer Memories by Sharon Cullen

When I was young every Friday afternoon in the summer my parents would pack up the car, hook up the boat and drive to my grandma’s lake house. The place was small, just three bedrooms, and we squished my family of four, my aunt’s family of three and my grandma into this place with one bathroom and no air conditioning. Friday nights were spent unpacking, taking a quick boat ride and eating dinner. Saturdays we’d get up, eat breakfast, pack our lunches in a big blue and white cooler and hit the lake in our bathing suits. I can still feel the hot, humid air, the cool breeze as the bow of the boat cut through the white-capped waves.… Continue

5 Star review: The Eclectic Reader loves THE HUNTER by Monica McCarty

Synopsis: The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love. Prized for his unbeatable tracking skills, Ewen “Hunter” Lamont accepts a dangerous assignment: locate a missing undercover courier. But this is no ordinary target. Ewen has met his prey before as “Sister Genna,” a fiery, forbidden woman forever etched in his memory after one stolen, sinful kiss. Now that he knows her real identity, he’s more determined than ever to keep her safe. But without the protection of the veil between them, fighting the allure of the beautiful lass may be the toughest battle this extraordinary warrior has ever faced.… Continue

New Release: The Hunter by Monica McCarty + 6 book Backlist #Giveaway

The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love.
It’s available, THE HUNTER, by Monica McCarty – see what readers are saying: Great book.. one to dive into. It can certainly stand alone but the rest of the series is just as awesome!! ~Shauni, GoodreadsContinue

History Can Be Sexy, too. Or Why I Write About Women of Power + 2 book #Giveaway!

These days, history has become the new reality show. From the blood-soaked antics of the Borgias to the bed-hopping of the Tudors and dervish intrigues of Leonardo da Vinci and the Medici, history – in particular, my favorite era, the Renaissance— has come out of the closet and stepped onto center stage. Divested of its dusty shrouds, it has even revealed a brazen, come-hither air that has audiences clamoring for more. The truth is, history has always been sexy. We just tend to forget it. Somewhere between grade school and graduation, we’ve been taught to memorize important dates and events, but the people who actually lived those facts are nebulous shadows whose names we sometimes can recall but not much else. And of these names, the ones we tend to remember are men. You know… Continue

The good, the bad, the ugly – by Sharon Cullen

“Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The other day a few fellow authors and I were talking about reviews—the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course we all gloat about the good reviews. We spread the word and pat ourselves, and each other, on the back. And that’s what we should do. We work hard to put a good book out there. We pour everything we have into the pages of those books and when someone says they like it, it’s a relief in a lot of ways. But what about the bad reviews?… Continue

Siblings and Romance (your brothers have friends *wink*) by Bronwen Evans + Giveaway

I always wanted an older brother when I reached my teens… Why I hear you all ask? Think about. What do older brothers have? They have friends! Your brother’s friend who has smoldering good looks, with a body that makes you drool, and a voice that haunts your dreams, was something definitely missing from my life. I’m one of five girls. No brothers in my family.… Continue

Guest Post: Careful . . . or you’ll end up in my Novel

This plaque hangs in my kitchen. When people who don’t know that I actually do write novels visit, they chuckle. My husband, very seriously says, “No, really. She will.”

Do I write real people into my books? Yes. And no. As a writer I’m constantly watching people. I watch how they move. I listen to how they say things. I study everything about them. It’s a habit by now, something I don’t even realize I’m doing.… Continue