R@R Picks: New Releases Week of June 9

Wondering what to add to your TBR? This week we have new releases from Sawyer Bennett, Juliette Cross, Mary Balogh, Jenna Jaxon, Sophie Jackson, Gail McHugh, Jo Victor, Barbara Delinksy. Enjoy!

ONLY A PROMISE by Mary Balogh

"I adored Chloe! I admired her strength and courage, her determination to rely on herself to take what happiness she could from life and not to expect others to give it to her."

#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.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE PROPOSAL!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE PROPOSAL, a book Publisher’s Weekly calls “A historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth.”. 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!

Authors share their favorite Holiday movie, what’s yours?

My favorite holiday movie isn’t really a movie, but a “special” (that’s what they used to call such programs back in the day): A Charlie Brown Christmas. No matter how many times I see it, it brings a tear to my eye, and I’m not normally sentimental. I also love the music. I’m pretty sure I watched it the very first time it was broadcast and probably every year since. Now that you can watch it free online, I don’t have to worry that I’ll miss it.
—Kara Lennox, Loveswept author of Lana’s Lawman
My favorite holiday movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve been watching it since I was far too young to understand it, and every year that I see it, I seem to catch another layer to the story. For me, Continue

Guest Post: Mary Balogh and the Christmas Hope

Guest starring today on R@R is New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh with a post on why, try as we might, we can never escape the power of Christmas. Don’t forget to click “more” to enter to win a copy of A CHRISTMAS BRIDE/CHRISTMAS BEAU in our Weekly Giveaway! There’s nothing better, after all, than curling up with a romantic Christmas novel this time of year.

It is easy to become weary of Christmas, especially when our senses are overloaded from early November on with lights and trees and piped music and the same old same old specials on television peppered with ads exhorting us to buy, buy, buy. By the time December comes, most of us, caught up in the annual frenzy, discover that there are at least ten times as many demands… Continue

New Release: A Christmas Bride/ Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh

2 in 1 Balogh Holiday – in paperback, buy here About the Books:
In a pair of classic Regency-era Christmas romance novels from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, the holidays herald the greatest gift of all: unexpected, all-consuming love. A CHRISTMAS BRIDE
The very wealthy Edgar Downes has promised his aging father to finally take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled lady by Christmas. London is full of pretty, proper, and eligible misses, but it’s the widow Helena, Lady Stapleton, in a shocking red dress, who captures Edgar’s attention. Helena is intrigued by the seductive stranger—but he’s simply not in her class. Marriage, of course, would never do. But in a season of miracles, something wondrous is about to happen.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A CHRISTMAS BRIDE/A CHRISTMAS BEAU by Mary Balogh, a pair of classic Regency-era Christmas romance novels perfect for this time of year. 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!

On Sale This Week: New novels from H.P. Mallory, J.K. Beck, Keri Arthur, and more!

Here’s what’s on sale this Tuesday from Random House Romance. When You Wish Upon a Duke by Isabella Bradford For Fans of Nicole Jordan, Julia Quinn, and Eloisa James
In a sparkling new series filled with irresistible charm and sizzling romance, award-winning author Isabella Bradford introduces us to the eldest of three Wylder sisters—unruly country girls whose passion for life leaves their London suitors breathless. Amazon
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Want to sample our next week’s releases?

Click “more” to read samples of all our books going on sale this Tuesday, July 31st. We have new releases from J. K. Beck, H. P. Mallory, Keri Arthur, and Molly O’Keefe, as well as a paperback edition of Mary Balogh’s Secret Mistress and a stellar debut novel from author Isabella Bradford. Check ‘em out, and tell us which you’re excited about in the comments!

What to read after THE PROPOSAL? Janet has a great Balogh list.

Thank you Janet Webb for the book list of what to read after THE PROPOSAL – a book long-awaited for by many a Balogh fan, enjoy! Along with everyone else, I’ve been waiting forever for Gwen’s story. I read it, loved it and immediately wanted to re-read every previous book in the Slightly and Simply catalogue. That’s all well and good but there are a LOT of books before The Proposal. Here’s my helpful annotated list of which books you might enjoy after you meet and fall in love with Gwendoline and her forthright hero Hugo. Be warned: spoilers lie ahead!

Read these wonderful historical romances—new from Mary Balogh and Monica McCarty

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband much too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo never intends to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, he judges her to be a spoiled, frivolous—if beautiful—aristocrat. He is a gentleman in name only: a soldier whose bravery earned him a title; a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. He doesn’t wish to court Lady Muir, nor have any role in the society games… Continue

Book Review of The Proposal by Mary Balogh, Thank you Romance Reviews Today!

In Mary Balogh’s engaging and seductive new novel of drama and romance, a woman comfortable in her solitude allows temptation to free her heart, when a daring war hero shows her how truly extraordinary she is. THE PROPOSAL – Mary Balogh
The Survivors’ Club Septet, Book 1
ISBN: 978-0-385-34332-9; eBook ISBN: 978-0-345-53357-9
A special review from Jane Bowers, visit Jane at her blog site: Romance Reviews Today England after the Napoleonic Wars The Duke of Stanbrook lost his son in the wars and generously opened Penderris Hall, his estate in Cornwall, as a place for other officers to recuperate. The duke, five officers and the widow of another shared their traumas and became fast friends as a result. So close did they become that they dubbed themselves the Survivor’s Club and agreed to gather for… Continue

Bestselling Regency Author Mary Balogh Answers R@R Reader Questions

New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh has been writing regency romances since 1983 and shows no signs of slowing down. Her new book, The Proposal, goes on sale tomorrow and kicks off a new series, delivering the kind of sexy, intelligent, romantic read that fans have come to crave from this author. Mary has also, to her fans’ delight, recently joined Facebook where she now connects with readers on a daily basis. We thought we’d bring Mary even closer to her fans by having her answer some questions straight from our Romance@Random Facebook page.

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

Social Media – what you should & should not talk about + Giveaway

Well, it’s happened, the internet has taken over the world, or has at least taken over the virtual world, and maybe will take over the entire world in time. Which brings us to the topic of how much is too much — information-wise, what you should & should not talk about . . . are there boundaries?
When talking about the romance community, I can think of quite a few boundaries – – some of which you may or may not agree with me, as I think it really depends on what your boundaries are too, yes? Couple of things that come to mind — information that you just should not share includes location — you never know who is listening in on your conversation. I’d hate for anyone to hunt us down & something… 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

Wishes For Happy Hanukkah.

Wish your near and dear ones happiness and good health with this bright Hanukkah…

Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” starts on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev and lasts for eight days and nights. In 2011, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 20. With blessings, games, and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs–both religious and military–of ancient Jewish heroes.

Holiday Romance books — it’s that time of year!!

How do you find those romance books — you know, the holiday stories that you love to read —- especially this time of year? I am addicted to small town romance, no question, but during the holiday’s the need intensifies and I just want to buy them all!! Take Mistletoe Mine – first – I love the cover! But any time I can spend in Eternity Springs is an auto buy for me — plus, this gets me ready for the next book in the series, Lover’s Leap on sale in Dec.
Seriously, I’m a sucker for these types of stories — Debbie Macomber has sold me year and year again — look at her list:
  • Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook
  • A Cedar Cove Christmas
  • Christmas Letters
  • Mrs. Miracle
  • The Perfect Christmas
  • The Trouble with
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    Shiny Happy Heroines & Giveaway!

    Shiny Happy Heroines
    By Melina Kantor
    After I finished graduate school, I struggled to build a life in New York City. I was determined to find a job and create a social life. Sadly, I wasn’t very successful at either. At the time, I was living in a studio that didn’t hold much more than my twin bed and stacks of books. I’d ride the subway and look at other women my age dressed to their professional gills in their fitted coats and stylish shoes, on their way to what I imagined were fantastic, glamorous jobs. In my mind, they were all married, or at least on their way to being engaged. I used to whine about this to my mother. Regularly. She got sick of it, and quickly. One day she snapped and told… Continue

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Gratitude Giveaway Hop – 11/17 – 11/27/2011

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    Winners Announced – thank you everyone for playing — we’ve got another planned for December so Please stop on by ***DONNA SHAW***
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    Good luck – 5 winners will be announced in this post prior 11/30

    It needs to happen NOW + Giveaway!

    ‘It needs to happen NOW!’
    The First Person and the YA Novel
    By Stacey Agdern
    Darker Still, by my friend, author Leanna Renee Hieber, is in first person. It’s a big change for her, because all of her previous books were in third. And not just any third; it’s the gorgeous, atmospheric third person voice that brings her particular historical world to light. But her voice in first works, and well, because ‘Darker Still’ a young adult novel. What is it about young adult novels that warrants such a big change? And as a general rule, young adult books need to have a sense of immediacy to them. They need to make the reader feel as involved in the story as they possibly can. Sophie Jordan writes both paranormal romances(under the name Sharie Kohler)… Continue

    Bookmatchmaker & Giveaway!

    The Matchmaker
    Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
    Make me a match,
    Find me a find,
    catch me a catch
    Matchmaker, Matchmaker
    Look through your book,
    And make me a perfect match
    I’ve been a bookseller, a marketing guru, a publicist, an editor, a writer and more importantly always a reader. No matter what kind of hat I’ve worn in the publishing industry there has been a constant common thread. Putting the right book into the right hands – I found it a challenge to get the match just right. My reward always came in the form of the reader returning and saying – What’s next?? What else should I read? Or while I was working marketing on a larger scale, finding the right medium in which to reach the reader. Recently I read an article in which Katie… Continue

    Anne Woodall, Romance@Random Reviewer, Because Of You, ON SALE NOW!

    BECAUSE OF YOU by Jessica Scott
    By Anne Woodall, Romance At Random Reviewer I know a little bit about learning to live again. I know about being so weak and helpless you want to die. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hear that little voice that whispers you’ll never be whole again. (Jen St. James, BECAUSE OF YOU) The best part of discovering a new author whose talents grip your attention immediately is sharing the good news with other readers. In all my years of reading military romances, there has been only one other book that moved me as much as this one did. BECAUSE OF YOU is a beautifully written and poignant love story between two individuals, broken both in body and spirit. It also… Continue

    The Famous Heroine/The Plumed Bonned by Mary Balogh 2-in-1 Package

    Beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh spins two classic stories of Regency England—splendid novels of mistaken identity and unmistakable passion, where marriage is only the beginning of true love.

    Cora Downes has beauty, spirit, and money, but no breeding. Yet when she gains renown for a daring rescue, she finds herself thrust into high society. Innocent and adrift in a world of beautiful banquets, bejeweled gowns, and snobbish standards, Cora is quickly compromised into a marriage—to a frivolous lord whose interests seem to lie elsewhere. But could piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller turn out to be the most unexpected love of her life?


    Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is looking for love outside the bounds of polite society. And that’s what he expects to receive… Continue

    The Bastard + Giveaway!!

    I announced on Facebook the other day that I had a new book coming out November 1st on Kindle (and POD), a never before published full-length historical romance called THE BASTARD–and was immediately reprimanded by a woman for using such a terrible word. I explained that the story is about a man born to a wayward marquise (illegitimately) who gave him to a farmer to raise. Although he’s had to climb up the hard way, without benefit of money or connections, he’s determined to prove he’s as good as anyone else, to rise to captain his own frigate one day. But when he finds a lovely French stowaway aboard The Tempest (the heroine, of course), he must decide whether to return her to the man she’S fleeing or risk everything, even his life, to keep… Continue

    Weekly Winners at Romance At Random – Your place for Romance

    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 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

    “Engaged in Sin” . . .+Giveaway!

    “Engaged in Sin” (on sale 11/1/11) is my second Dell historical romance, and features one of my most ‘tortured heroes’, Devon Audley, the Duke of March. Wounded in battle at Waterloo, Devon was left blinded and is tormented by memories of war. “Engaged in Sin” includes two of my favorite themes: redemption and healing. I love stories where the heroine heals the hero; where the hero is brave and noble, but is being crushed by the weight of guilt, loss, or painful memories. Devon Audley went to war even though, as a duke’s son and heir to the title, he should not go. He went to escape the grief of losing his fiancee, only to throw himself into a horrifying nightmare of violence and loss. When he returns to England without his sight and suffering… Continue