Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry. Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and … Continued
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. Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.
This week we’re giving away 10 copies 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!
About the book: 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.
People are fond of dismissing romance novels as utter fantasy, or of building up impossible expectations about love and relationships. When I hear those arguments, all I can do is smile because I know true happy ever after can, and does, happen. I know, because nineteen years ago (October 16) in a quaint little lakeside hotel in Petoskey, Michigan, I married my own personal hero–when everyone around us said it wouldn’t last.
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of 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)!
Those of you that know me know that I am a HUGE Catherine Anderson fan — I’m a HUGE fan of emotional romance — real life situations. Phantom Waltz the heroine is wheelchair bound. My Sunshine the heroine lost her ability to speak. Blue Skies the heroine has a visual impairment. In so many of Catherine’s stories she shows the reader how we can overcome life’s obstacles & that we are more than just what our name tag says, or the uniform we wear, or how others choose to define us. Can you tell I just love this stuff? One of my ULTIMATE favorites was Jennifer Ashley’s – The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie – this is one you all must read: It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that … Continued
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!
Description: 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 … Continued
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 … Continued
For fans who have been been waiting to devour Darker After Midnight, as well as new readers tempted by the seductive thrills of her Midnight Breed novels, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian offers up a tantalizing appetizer in A Taste of Midnight. In this spellbinding eBook novella of otherworldly desire, a woman whose destiny was born from a blood kiss discovers that second chances do come . . . even for immortals. A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of … Continued
What would you do if you won the lottery? by Tigris Eden I am not going to put a dollar amount on my winnings, but I will tell you this. I AM GOING TO GO BUCK WILD WITH MINE! First I would pay off all my debts, you know the ones I’m talking about that pesky mortgage and then of course that school loan that drives me madly insane every time I see it in my mailbox. Then I would travel all around the world, by taking one of those 180 day cruises. I know what you’re thinking, where is that expensive sports car, or that wardrobe I’ve always wanted, well I’ll get to that, first I want to travel around the world, taste expensive champagnes, go to some of those top notch casino’s that … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
Sometimes I want to apologize to my characters. Well, a lot of times. In Courting Darkness, I cried when I wrote some of the scenes, because I knew I had to do it. I had to hurt Camille. There was no choice, given the villain, given the circumstances, given the darkness of the story. If I didn’t hurt her, then the story and characters wouldn’t ring true. 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 you … Continued
Weekly Winnners!!! 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 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- 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 … Continued
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 he … Continued
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 … Continued
The Book Reading Gals 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, … Continued
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 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- 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
Once and Again is a delightful sexy romantic contemporary that speaks to us of family and second chances. Lily Travis never thought she would come back to Petal, Georgia but here she is trying to get her fifteen year old brother back on track and help her mother after her dad deserts them both for a 20 something woman. Sexy and all grown up, she has it all together until she sees Nathan Murphy. Nathan was the love of her life in collage until she saw him kissing her cousin. Seven years has passed since they broke up but Lily has never forgotten her first love. Nathan Murphy made a horrible mistake seven years ago when he let Lily walk away without a fight. Seeing her again has made Nathan realize that he never stopped … Continued
Series by Danielle 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 … Continued
My road to publication was fairly direct. I thought about writing a novel and then, without too much ado, I wrote one. Then I wrote another. And another. When I felt my first manuscript was ready to go out into the world, I started querying. Shortly thereafter, I acquired a fabulous agent (Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates). At her suggestion, I did some revisions on my first manuscript, and she shipped it out for me. Within a year, I had an offer for publication for the first two books in my Star Harbor series. I was thrilled that the offer was from Loveswept! Loveswept – the line that had published such legends as Debra Dixon, Tami Hoag, and Jennifer Crusie. That Loveswept. Believe me, I know how unusual this is, and how fortunate I am … Continued
Hi there! This is Jen, 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 time. … Continued
When Sue asked me to guest post I was super excited to help with the launch of the site, the Loveswept line, and to get the chance to chat with all of you. When Sue asked me to talk about my favorite sub-genre I clammed up. Egads! I have to pick one?! So I went with the one sub-genre I couldn’t live without: Romance. Now, before you call me crazy hear me out. The vast majority of books have some kind of love story wrapped up in them regardless of the genre. Until a year ago or so, I only read urban fantasy and romance. I was afraid to branch out into other genres. I wanted that love story, I wanted the possibility of a happily ever after. I was afraid that none of the … Continued
Thanks for joining us at Romance At Random — remember, if you are a winner email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. SueG
MISTAKES NEW WRITERS MAKE 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 … Continued
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 … Continued
Evangelistic About Books When Sue Grimshaw invited me to blog about booksellers today, I couldn’t stop grinning. Seriously, I had a permanent smile on my face. Why? Because I love books. And I think we, the readers, are all booksellers. In fact, I think we’re the best booksellers on earth. Better than a brick and mortar store? Better than Amazon? You bet! Have you ever finished a book and immediately told everyone you know to go read it? When I find a new book, or series, or author that writes a fabulous story with characters I wish I could invite over to my house for a barbecue, I tell people. In fact, I get downright evangelical about books I love. I just got back this week from the RWA National Conference in New York, and … Continued