California Dreamin’: My Cowboy Hero

Never mind that I was born and raised on the East Coast: cowboys are my weakness. When I was growing up, if you wanted to see a man who spent his days and nights in the saddle the way I longed to, then you watched western series and movies on TV. I fell in love repeatedly. My first cowboy love was Clint Eastwood in the show Rawhide, a love that was reinforced by the spaghetti westerns he made with director Sergio Leone (For a Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; For a Few Dollars More). Since I was a kid, my love took an interesting form: I didn’t just want to be the impossibly cool cowboy, I wanted to look like him. For a period I went around in dark jeans … Continued

New this week – A WICKED PURSUIT by Isabella Bradford

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister. Harry has never met a woman like … Continued

#TyOnTuesday – The Belladonna Agency Begins with Turned by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This is week 2, Chapter One where Ty and Ana meet – enjoy! About the book: Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must … Continued

Love Game, are you playing?

Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends. Early Praise: “Elise Sax will win your heart.”—Jill Shalvis “Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold ‘Em “In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series . . . a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind Too fun? Preorder now — Love Game is on sale 2/25/14.

#TyOnTuesday – The Belladonna Agency Begins with Turned by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – About the book: Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals … Continued

Beyond Hearts and Flowers

Okay, now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it’s time to leave the chocolates and lingerie behind and talk some cold hard science. And yes, there is some science where love is concerned. The good news is that according to one of the latest books on the topic, humans are meant to be monogamous (take that, Hugh Heffner!): “Every day, we hear of relationships failing and questions of whether humans are meant to be monogamous. LOVE SENSE presents new scientific evidence that tells us that humans are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and shows us how to develop our “love sense”–our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Love is not the least bit illogical or random, but actually an ordered … Continued

Sneak Peek – Miracle Road by Emily March, enjoy!

On sale today – Miracle Road is a continuation of Eternity Springs garnering praise for its romantic heartwarming story: “With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged—one miracle at a time.”—USA Today Enjoy this sneak peak:

#TGIF with flirt – Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne #Free Read

#TGIF everyone! Enjoy the FREE read from Lauren Layne’s, ISN’T SHE LOVELY – on sale 10/28, just $2.99 . . . . . The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet. “Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?” See Below for FREE Read

#WildWednesday weekly snippet from Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child

Happy Hump Day! Nothing to help you get through the week like a snippet from favorite author Molly O’Keefe – enjoy! So, there’s a scene in Wild Child that has already gotten some attention from reviewers for it’s heat. And while Wild Child is hotter than anything else I’ve written and I intended it to be – The Bathtub Scene managed to surprise even me. As I was writing it! So, for this #wildwednesday I give you the lead up to the THE BATHTUB SCENE… Jackson and Monica have had a big heart to heart and Monica had explained some of her baggage to him, all of her reasons for not being able to be in any kind of relationship with him and he responds by drawing her a bath.

Guest Post: With a Little Help from my Friends by Maggie McGinnis

We’re only twelve (12! Yippee!) days away from the official release of Accidental Cowgirl, and I have to be honest. My secondary characters are a little jealous about all the attention Kyla and Decker are getting. Maybe a lot jealous. Jess and Hayley claim they’re the whole reason this story even started, what with them tricking Kyla into this dude ranch vacation, and they think they deserve a little shout-out. Since they’re sort of right (and since I really need them to cooperate for the next two books), I thought I’d give them the attention for today.

The Barbie Evolution . . . by Molly O’Keefe

Look for Molly’s Blog Hop coming soon — win FREE books – mark your calendars!! Here’s Molly! MO: When my daughter was born two and a half years after my son, she was born into a world of robots and fire trucks. And because she was the second child and the second child is always slighted (I say this with authority as a second child who was slighted and as a mom who has slighted her second child) this didn’t change until she was three.

Guest Post: The Trouble with Love Triangles by Marquita Valentine + $50 EGC Giveaway!

Love Triangles, Trapezoids, or Squares? Okay, all kidding and geometric shapes aside, many a successful book has been blessed or plagued with love triangles—Bella, Edward , and Jacob anyone? When done right, a true love triangle can up the stakes and have me biting my nails over who the heroine (and sometimes the hero) should be with. Just when I’m all Team Hero 1, then Hero 2 does something so sweet that I forget Hero 1’s name. *grins*

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.

Guest Post: Regency Romance by Ella Quinn

In the Regency World, we tend to focus a lot on heroes. Rakes, otherwise tortured souls, ranging from the results of bad parenting, to war injuries. And I do like to torture, um, tortured heroes. Tight pantaloons, a well tied cravat, but what about the ladies? I mean after all, if you have a fantastic hero you must also have an equally fantastic heroine. Some people think that is more difficult for an historic woman to be strong, like a contemporary one. I disagree. There are historical accounts of ladies running estates, think large companies. They were involved in politics and influenced votes, even when they didn’t have the right to vote. Ladies of the time, were many times more educated than many of our contemporaries, piano, voice, literature, art, French and Italian, were the … Continued

#WildWednesday – more from Molly O’Keefe #FREE Snippets from Wild Child

This week’s snippet is the first kiss between Monica and Jackson. I don’t think you need much set up for this. Monica has a very complicated history with men and sex and hasn’t had intimacy of any kind for years because of it. Jackson however, slips past her guard and she decides to trust him. She put a hand against his chest, over the pale blue shirt that made his eyes look like the sky on a hot August day. Beneath the cotton she felt the warmth of his skin, the tensile strength of his muscles, and beneath that, the heavy pounding of his heart.

Guest Post: A Gypsy Noblewoman, Collette Cameron

The heroine in The Viscount’s Vow, Evangeline (Vangie) Caruthers, is a bit unusual for a Regency romance. Though she’s the daughter of a baronet, she’s also part Romani; a gypsy princess in fact. I thought I’d share some of the interesting Romani culture tidbits I came across while doing my research. These were true in 1814, the year The Viscount’s Vow is set in.

Routine? I don’t need no routine by Sharon Cullen

As I’m typing this, the Cullen kidlets are getting ready to go back to school. I think I’m more upset by the end of summer than they are. Mainly because I don’t like routine. Even though I’m not a big fan of the heat, summer is my most favorite time of the year because of the lack of routine. There’s no set time to get up in the morning. No set time to go to bed. I love that!

Flirt’s “Back to School” New Adult Blog Hop and #Giveaway

Welcome to Flirt University’s Back to School celebration! It’s time for the Three R’s, Flirt style—Reading, (W)Riting, and Romancing! In the spirit of getting to know one another on the first day of school, Flirt, Random House’s New Adult imprint, has set up a New Adult blog hop so you can discover other blogs that love the hottest new romance genre. As part of the hop, Flirt is giving away its signature “I <3 New Adult” tote (for carrying books, ereaders, and other fun things), and its signature “I <3 New Adult” mug (perfect for that morning coffee pick-me-up)! Just check out the Rafflecopter link below!

#NewRelease – AFTER THE KISS by Lauren Layne

In the first book of a delightful new series from Lauren Layne, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love. “Packed with loads sizzle and snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne’s AFTER THE KISS is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. Absolutely loved this read!”~Mira Lyn Kelly, USA Today bestselling author

#BookReview – Tempting a Devil – ‘This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance’

“This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative.” ~ Under the Covers Having read Samantha Kane’s THE DEVIL’S THIEF at the end of 2012, I was so eager to to read the second book in her series TEMPTING A DEVIL. This series is not your ordinary Regency Romance, these books are sizzling and provocative.

#CoverReveal – Devil in My Arms by Samantha Kane

The Saint’s Devils are a group of rakes that have been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St John, a brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character who helps his friends solve mysteries surrounding their heroine in each book…

Release Day: Please excuse me while I SQUEE!!!! by Stacey Kennedy + $15 EGC and book #Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe we’re finally here, but we’ve made it. CLAIMED, CLUB SIN #1 has now released! For those who have already read CLAIMED and have fallen in love with the CLUB SIN Masters, you’ll be happy to hear that I’m currently working on BARED–Aidan and Cora’s story. With a tentative release date of January 21, 2014, it’ll be here before we know it.

Guest Post: Summer Love by Elisabeth Barrett

Ah, summer love. Is there anything sweeter? There’s something about long, sun-drenched days and romantic star-filled nights that is conducive to romance. The weather helps, of course. You’re more likely to be out and about—strolling on the boardwalk, dining al fresco, or playing a sport—during this season. Plus, in summer, everyone looks like they’re in love with flushed, dewy skin and clothing that leaves little to the imagination.