Paranormal romance is one of my all time favorite sub-genres. I love it: the world-building, the danger, the claiming and mating -- it’s the ultimate in reading escapism. We all know about the basics of paranormal romance (PNR) so this week’s On The Shelf is offering you some ideas that you may not have thought of.
EDGE OF DAWN by Lara Adrian, a return to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war. 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!
In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.
DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian, the climactic novel in the bestselling Midnight Breed 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!
For years my mother smeared a flirty shade of dark, glossy pink over her lips whenever she and my dad were going out on a date. I found out, some years later, that the name of her favorite shade of lipstick was “Going Dutch”. Strange, but true. And wouldn’t “Going Dutch” double quite nicely as the title of a novel? Turns out, this is true for lots of different cosmetics and we here at RomanceatRandom think it’s funny that romance and make-up copywriters seem to be such kindred spirits. In that same vein, see if you can tell the difference below between the books and the blush (or lip color, eye shadow, etc)!
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
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
Writing scenes where we rough up our characters is germane to urban fantasy. There’s no way to build tension in a fight scene if everybody knows your character will come out unscathed, shrugging off major battles with a smile and a skip. If you don’t make the journey harsh and demanding, then the end prize is anticlimactic, and a lie to the reader. And the last thing… Continue
Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to email@example.com 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- Laurie – I probably read about 4-5 hours a day its usually in the evening when i sit down to watch tv. On the weekends it is probably more especially if we do not have anything going on. I always have my nook with me! 2-Gloria – Thanks for the … Continue
Fall is here – the weather is cooling off & there are tons of Romance books to read! By now all of you are familiar with our Monthly Shopping List off to the right of the blog, where you can print a copy of your own!
Looking at the books that released late October & early November there is just so much to choose from! I thought it would be fun to try & separate the books by putting them into groups to help us all decide what to buy . . but more importantly, to find out what you’re going to buy! Here we go! Contemporary Romances:
Christina Skye, A HOME BY THE SEA listen to this: Grace Lindstrom has followed her fiancé across three continents, starry-eyed and full of dreams. But when… Continue
Part one: Subgenres of Romance
By Stacey Agdern I was talking with a friend of mine, author Isabo Kelly, and it came up in conversation that her new release, Brightarrow Burning is a fantasy despite the fact that she’s known as a Science Fiction author. She was worried about this, but I reminded her that her style…her voice, came through in what she writes. After talking with her, I started to think about this idea a bit further, and it’s true. Despite the differences required when a writer switches subgenres, or even genres as a whole, a writer’s voice always comes through. Anybody who reads the JD Robb series can spot Nora Roberts in the way Eve, Roarke and the rest of the ensemble cast grow and change during the course of the series. Who… Continue
As lovers of romance we are thrilled to spend a day with you talking about a few of the things that we recently discussed among ourselves. I know you have all thought of these questions we are interested to know what you like and what you would do.
It’s a cold and rainy day and you don’t have to go anywhere you can spend the day doing nothing but reading. Do you pick up an old favorite or reach for something that you have never read before? What book is it? Melanie
I would forget everything I have to read and grab something that has been worn in. I am thinking of The Hot Zone series by Carly Phillips, why not a whole series as I am doing nothing today right,… Continue
Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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- LindaC 2- Lauren 3- Viki 4- Audra 5- Eva Thanks so much for joining us at Romance At Random — 5 more winners will be chosen next week so stop on by!! Happy Romance, SueG
There are always positives and negatives to any series I start to read. So, before I start a new one I actually like to do some research to see what I am getting myself into. First I read about the books to see if it is something that will capture my interest. Then I see how many books are in the series or how many the author is planning on writing. Mostly when reading a series the positives tend to outweigh the negatives. For one I find myself deeply involved in the characters. I begin to feel a connection with the main characters of that book. I just become emotionally invested to the point of laughing or crying right along with them as their journey begins to evolve. Another positive is the… Continue
Believe me, I know how unusual this is, and how fortunate I am… Continue
aka Twimom227, from the blog That’s What I’m Talking About. Today I’m going to talk about reading book series. Ever since I started reading books, I have adored reading book series. It started with series such as Little House on the Praire and Trixie Belden. As an adult I throughly enjoyed The Harry Potter and the Twilight Series. After Twilight, I quickly fell into the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genre, and I realized that I was addicted to reading series. It seems that series are the norm for these genres and it works. I love reading series because there is something reassuring about seeing familiar characters and settings over and over. I have about 20 “auto-read” series I currently follow and am picking up new ones all the… Continue
Thanks for joining us at Romance At Random — remember, if you are a winner email email@example.com so we can send you your FREE book! Congrats! #1 - Maria #2 – Christine A #3 – Mason Canyon #4 – RebekahM #5 – Sherrie Thank you all — join us this week for more fun & let us know if you’d like to post on our site — it is a site for everyone so let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jax Cassidy & Kristen Painter Kristen – Hi, Sue! Thanks for having Jax and I over to guest blog today. Jax – Thanks for inviting us, Sue! We’re excited to be here. Kristen – I’m going to jump right in and say I believe the number one mistake I see new writers make is moving too fast. They’re so eager to submit their work, they end up making numerous errors that could otherwise be easily avoided. Things like sloppy query letters, poorly polished manuscripts and submitting to agents and editors who don’t necessarily rep the genre they’re submitting. Jax – To piggyback on that, I’ve noticed new writers can either over edit or under edit their manuscripts. They tend to polish the heck out of the first three chapters and the… Continue
Shawntelle Madison, Coveted, 4/24/2012 Happy August everyone! I hope you have many great books in your to-be-read pile and a nice glass of ice tea to fight off the heat. First of all, thanks to Sue for letting me stop by to introduce myself. I’m the debut author of the Ballantine summer 2012 urban fantasy/paranormal romance featuring an OCD werewolf with hoarding tendencies. And Natalya Stravinsky doesn’t hoard just anything—she hoards holiday stuff. If you’ve decorated your lawn with it, she’s mostly likely collected it at her house. COVETED comes out early next summer and I can’t wait for you to meet her. In the book, Nat is restless and recovering from her split five years ago with her gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn. But everything changes when complications pile up faster than her ornaments. When Thorn… Continue