Halloween Photos of Your Favorite Authors!

  Happy Halloween! Who can’t resist such a fun holiday where you can dress up and go out for a night of revelry? We asked our Loveswept, Flirt, and Ballantine Bantam Dell authors to send in past Halloween photos along with their favorite paranormal romance/Halloween-esque book! Your favorites authors, including Virna DePaul, Jude Deveraux, Molly O’Keefe, Mira Lynn Kelly, and Jamie Schmidt, among many others contributed—you’ll have a blast looking through their ingenious costumes!   Happy Halloween!   Ashlyn Macnamara Ashlyn Macnamara (author of WHAT A LADY CRAVES)
Q: Tell us about this photo. A: This is a Halloween party in 1985. My husband and I were at university and newly dating. I think I was a starlet–those are Madonna-style sunglasses on my head! I made the bodice entirely by hand, as I had… Continue

Charmed by the Highlanders: My Favorite Scottish Romances

If you know me, you know I love a good romp through the heathers. Give me a book filled with castles, thick brogues and burly men who bathe in the cold mountain stream and I’m a happy girl.  It’s a well known fact that I started my blog over two years ago because of my love of Highlanders. (I was sick, on the couch with nothing else to do so I sat and read whatever I could get my hands on. My friends came to visit me while I was couch-ridden and of course the topic turned to books. More than one friend suggested I start a blog and well, Bored and On the Couch wasn’t a catchy blog name so Scandalicious was born.) The series that started it all for me was Janet Chapman’s Continue

Super Sampler Saturday! Karen Marie Moning reveals

When MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone– Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.
The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…… Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of ICED!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of ICED by Karen Marie Moning, the new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever 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

New Release: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Have you bought your copy yet? On sale now! About the book:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever series. The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.Continue

On Sale Today!

Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (On Sale 10/30) The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper. The Recruit by Monica McCarty (On Sale 10/30)… Continue

Check out the trailer for Karen Marie Moning’s ICED!

Karen Marie Moning picks up right where she left off in SHADOWFEVER with ICED, the newest novel in her bestselling Fever Series.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Watch the trailer below: Don’t forget, we’re also running a giveaway for this title this week. Today is your final chance to enter, so fill out the entry form here. Iced is on sale October 30th, wherever books are… Continue

July New Releases

Here’s what’s coming this month from Random House Romance. Kevin’s Story by Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum (On Sale 7/9) In this tender romance from authors Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum, two people must overcome the sea of silence that separates them. When Suzy Keller bursts into his life, Kevin Ross forces himself to keep his distance from her. How can a deaf man ever give a woman as beguiling as Suzy all that she wants and needs? Kevin is about to find out.… Continue

Editor’s Corner: Interview with Shauna Summers

We here on Romance at Random like to think of Shauna Summers, executive editor for Ballantine Bantam Dell, as a sort of “editor to the stars.” You name a big romance author, she’s probably edited them at some point during her impressive career. She’s here today to tell us what she’s working on, what she’s reading, and what it’s like behind the scenes, as she helps bring new romantic stories to life.Continue

If you like paranormal romance . . . you’ll love_____, how would you fill in the blank?

When I was a bookseller customers always asked what to buy. I soon realized that if I first found out what they liked to read, who their favorite authors were it would make it so much easier to offer a recommendation. That’s the theme for our post today – help us fill in the blank – If you like paranormal romance . . . you’ll love ________? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! In order to fill in the blank don’t we need to know what category of paranormal romance to suggest? Whether it be – psychic, vampires, shape-shifters, futuristic, witches, and so forth? For example – If you like paranormal romance with ghosts & witches . . . you’ll love ________?Continue

A Treat from Karen Marie Moning to Her Fans: Special Edition of INTO THE DREAMING with Exclusive Content

Karen Marie Moning‘s newly re-released Into the Dreaming (on sale April 24th) is a fan’s dream. The package includes the long out-of-print title novella that offers an glimpse into the early development of both the Fever world (the Unseelie King and Seelie Queen make appearances) and the Highlander world (MacKeltars, anyone?). That sexy story alone is worth the cover price, but beyond that, the book includes tons of extras: an unpublished novel proposal, deleted scenes from the Highlander books, and an exclusive preview of the art from the upcoming Fever graphic novel, Fever Moon. Karen herself wrote the introductions for each piece, and speaking as a fan, the book offers a rare inside-look into the writing process of this great author. If you’ve ever put down a Moning novel and immediately thought, “I… Continue

ICED cover revealed! An all new series by Karen Marie Moning—coming this Fall!

Karen Marie Moning has revealed the cover of Iced on her Facebook page! This will be an all new series by this bestselling author, with the first book set to release (appropriately) for Halloween on October 30th, 2012. The series will center around Dani O’Malley, a young heroine who made her first appearance in Karen’s hugely popular Fever series. What do you think of the cover? If you’ve read the Fever series, what do you think of Dani becoming the central character of her own series?… Continue

Guest Post by Emily March! + Giveaway

For someone who makes her living imagining things, I am a pretty down-to-earth sort of girl. I’m not especially superstitious–well, except that I always wear my alma mater’s colors on game day, and I do have my lucky hat to wear whenever I go fishing. And, as a southerner, I wouldn’t dream of skipping my serving of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. As a rule, I’m skeptical about UFO sightings, I don’t think Bigfoot roams the woods, and I do not believe in the likes of werewolves, vampires, fairies, zombies, or selkies. I chose this subject for today’s blog because of a fascinating, ongoing thread on my college alumni message board about personal paranormal experiences. It’s made me think about what “woo woo” things I dismiss out of hand, what I could accept, what… Continue

Cover Time – what rocks your socks? + Giveaway

We’ve not done a cover post in quite some time — our tastes surely have changed since our last discussion — what we liked yesterday may not be the look we like today? The cover to my left is our hero, Tom – Tom is my cover of the month for Feb – he’s my avatar on Twitter. I chose Tom because he makes me smile & reminds me of Ruthie’s story, which BTW, is laugh out loud fun! Heart-warming and sexy too – really a great story & our next Original Loveswept release, on sale 12/13/2012, $2.99. I also love the cover of her next book, coming out in June, About Last Night -

Yes, the cover Gods have blessed us — we’ve got an awesome art department that seems to nail our… 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

Darker After Midnight, by Lara Adrian + Giveaway!

THE MIDNIGHT BREED SERIESby Lara Adrian – When I first began writing the Midnight Breed series, I never dreamed it would reach ten volumes (and counting!). In fact, the series began as a single book, which I pitched to my agent in the summer of 2005. I was just coming off a seven-book career writing medieval romances, and I now had the chance to reinvent myself and do something completely different. My agent was encouraging, but a little skeptical too. Vampires hadn’t really exploded in the marketplace the way they would later that year with a little phenomenon called TWILIGHT and the debut of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Still, I had my heart set on a dark and dangerous modern-day vampire knight named Lucan Thorne, so I drafted an outline of his… Continue

Weekly Winners!

Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com 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! LoraP KathyL JeanneM


ChrisS Congrats! Don’t forget our Reader Rally - & join us this week to be one of the 5 – congrats to all & thank you for blogging with us!! SueG… Continue

Guest Post -2012 Reading Goals + Giveaway!

2012 Reading Goals Holly: Many of us set resolutions in the new year. I personally don’t believe in resolutions. I feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure when I set resolutions. Year before last, I did set a reading goal. I’d planned to read 144 books and I reached my goal. Last year I set a reading goal of 211 books in 2011 and didn’t reach it. I only read 191 (I think. I haven’t tallied up all the re-reads yet). Not a bad number, but not the number I was shooting for. This year I’m going to try for 200. That’s about 16 books a month, approximately 3 a week. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. 2011 was a pretty crazy year. I had a hard pregnancy and then a newborn, so my… Continue

P versus E + Giveaway!!

P versus E
By Inga Kupp-Silberg

There have been lots of discussions about paper- versus eBooks and I am no different from the others. I do read both and there are several reasons behind it. I am a book blogger who mostly reads and reviews books written in English, but I live far from English speaking markets – in Estonia. My geographical location determines and influences my choices almost every day. Let me start with paper books. I am a total fan of book covers! It does not mean, that I am buying books only because I love their covers, but I do pick up books because the cover catches my eye and in case the blurb on the backside of the book is interesting – I am sold or should I say, that the… Continue

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: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com 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!!

My Passion for Police + Giveaway!!

My Passion for Police
By Deborah Harmse, author of In The Arms Of The Law I’ve always been crazy about cops. Not cops-really-turn-me-on crazy or I-love-a-man-in-uniform crazy. Not that kind of crazy. In fact, maybe crazy isn’t the right word. Maybe curious is a better word to describe my interest in law enforcement officers. You see, I’ve always wondered how a man who deals with scumbags all day at work can go home to his family and lead a normal life. How does he spend his day investigating crime scenes, witnessing autopsies, interrogating reluctant witnesses and probable murderers…then walk through his front door, hug his kids, kiss his wife and sit down at the dining room table to eat dinner and talk about homework and home improvement projects and the front lawn that absolutely must… Continue

The Making of . . . .by Jean Stone + Giveaway!

The Making of

By Jean Stone I am thrilled to have my first three novels included in the Loveswept program. Talk about timeless female topics: babies, lovers, and awakening independence. The concept for IVY SECRETS began with my editor. A graduate of Amherst College, she attended the school when Prince Albert of Monaco was studying there. We wondered what it was like to be royalty at small college in western Massachusetts. Because I write for and about women, and because western MA is my home, I shaped an idea around a princess who went to Smith College in neighboring Northampton. My mother had dreamed I would go to Smith. Of course, that was a while ago. The woman who’d headed the ladies’ guild at our church was president of the Alumnae Association. I… Continue

Sue’s Review – The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark + 5 Book Giveaway!!

I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh. Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why Continue

Romance in the 20’s by Vonna Harper + Giveaway!

Despite rumors to the contrary, I haven’t been writing since the Dark Ages. Close but at least a dozen years short of that. What I have been doing the past few months is immersing myself in fiction from the 1920s. I’m currently surrounded by a number of stories that appeared in the classic pulp magazines and sold millions of copies. Why are you doing this, you might ask. Hey, I’m delighted you did because hopefully you’ll indulge me for a few minutes. To clarify, all the pulp fiction I’ve been reading was written by one man, Homer Eon Flint who died violently and mysteriously in 1924 at age 36. Why him? One reason. He was my grandfather. I believe whatever writing genes I have came from him. Sentiment aside, every time I open one of… Continue