Books you re-read + Giveaway!

Books you re-read . . . . Why do you re-read a book? Many of us re-read books because we forgot something about them and wanted to refresh our memories, or we were looking for something new to buy & nothing had really triggered our interest, or we just wanted to re-read the story because it was such an enjoyable book, right?
Historical romances seem to be some of my favorite re-reads – Stephanie Laurens, Cynsters, Devil, Rafe, all of those heroes keep me coming back to that series. Julia Quinn’s, Bridgertons, is another one that I love to go back to time & time again and immerse myself.

Something in those books resonates with us to make them books that we’ll read over & over again — either that the H/H are… Continue

& More Western Romance + Giveaway!

Hello from award-winning author Becky Barker

I’m a contemporary western romance writer. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the history of the old west or historical fiction, but my heart and mind are firmly ensconced in the here and now. I try to back up what I’ve learned over the years with research to give my books as much authenticity as possible. My fascination with everything western started at an early age and revolved around my love of horses. I live in rural Ohio, so not exactly the wild west, but horses are pretty common here. My uncle was a Farrier; someone who fashions steel shoes for horses’ hooves. He and my cousin also roped calves in the rodeo circuit which added fodder to my active imagination. As a very young (grade school)… Continue

Thanks to SBTB, we now must discuss this article . . .+GIVEAWAY

Ok, this is wrong on so many counts . . . but, I’m not going to tell you — let’s talk about it together. I think the REAL important thing is that the author of this article was using research that was 30 years old! Rehashing information that was as useless then as it is now . . . I’m just saying. Thoughts? Comment below — 5 randomly chosen commenters will win a FREE book every week — winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
Romance Novels, Filled With Passionate Love and Torrid Sex, Mislead WomenBy Bonnie Rochman Tuesday, August 2, 2011
When is rape considered legitimate? When it’s a literary gambit in the pages of romantic fiction, a best-selling genre that often misleads women by portraying idealized love and sometimes dangerous sex, according… Continue

Are romance novels to blame for problems like weight gain and unhappy marriages? + Giveaway!

Are romance novels to blame for problems like weight gain and unhappy marriages?
I don’t think so. However, it’s been making a lot of buzz lately. Apparently, at least one psychologist thinks romance novels give women unrealistic expectations thus leading to adultery and depression. (Because we all think 6’5” hunks grow on trees.) After I read about this, and stopped laughing, I remembered all the readers that have said the exact opposite. One woman even said I saved her marriage because my stories “inspired her,” if you know what I mean. I had another reader who got inspired by some of my butt-kicking heroines to take up martial arts. I think that’s wonderful! I love a good “escape” and I believe others do too. Where else can you find a guaranteed happy ending? Or a… Continue

How do you choose a book, by Lisa + Giveaway!

How do you choose the next book you want to read? Is it all about the cover? Does the blurb mean anything to you? How about an excerpt? Is genre the most important aspect? Is it a combination of things or just the authors name to sell you? Where do you look for books? Online only or bookstores like Barnes and Noble or perhaps mass merchandiser like Wal-mart? For me it can be any or all those things including the authors name all by itself. If your name is Nora Roberts, Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller or Roxanne St. Claire you are a MUST buy for me. To be honest my must buy list is really quite a bit longer than that. Now that ereaders are becoming more and more popular I received one for… Continue

Winners – are you one? Happy Romance!

Thanks for joining us at Romance At Random — remember, if you are a winner email so we can send you your FREE book! Congrats! #1 - CariW #2 – Rosie #3 – Jodi #4 – Tonya #5 – Diane 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

Romance Today VS 20 Years Ago by Kim + GIVEAWAY

In the last 20 years, there have been significant changes in romance novels. With the increase in sub-genres and the advent of ebooks, there is now an array of choices that didn’t exist even a few years ago. Despite this, I’m finding that with growing female empowerment and a seismic shift in gender roles, I am becoming more discriminating in my book purchases. I now search for stories with a more enlightened hero than those portrayed in the early days of the romance boom. Twenty years ago, novels used to feature the stereotypical heroine: weak, inept and in need of rescuing. The alpha hero was often arrogant and abusive, but could be changed by the right woman. There used to be a sameness of plot that didn’t allow for a more layered hero and heroine.… Continue

Winners announced here – check it out & mail your snail mail . . .

Hi everyone — thanks for spending another week with us at Romance At Random! 5 randomly chosen commenter’s thru out the week are announced on Sunday’s to win a FREE book & here they are . . . Don’t forget to send me your snail mail at email with your snail mail & you’re receive either a print or e-book! so we can get you your prize!
PattiP DebRudd

PaulaS VirginiaC Happy Romance!! SueG

Notes From an RWA Nationals Virgin by Kiersten Hallie Krum + Giveaway!

Notes From an RWA Nationals Virgin
by Kiersten Hallie Krum

With author Roxanne St. Claire at the literacy signing
This June, I attended my first RWA National Conference in New York City. Yea, I was a Nationals Virgin. Hoo boy. My first day of high school, I remember walking up the ramped hallway, scared to death, only to notice a frenemy at my side. “Look straight ahead,” she advised in a rare moment of shared trepidation, “and keep breathing.” She was on my mind as I forayed into the Literacy Signing, the kick off to a marvelous, stimulating, and exhausting week, mostly because breathing was a challenge as the enormous ballroom was packed to the gills with authors and their exuberant fans (myself included). Which brings me to my first first-timer’s tip: Bring a fan.… Continue

Visiting Old Friends by Sara Reyes + Giveaway!

Next week the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, at least for the first round, will be released in theatres world wide. As one of the fans, I plan an entire week of Potter Mania. First I’m re-reading all seven books, and going back over the life of Harry Potter: from my first glimpse to adulthood in the epilogue. I think this round of reading is different as I “know” some of the results of the choices Harry makes. Not sure if knowing detracts or adds to my enjoyment. but I really feel the need to indulge one last time. After all this is my LAST CHANCE to celebrate with thousands of other Potter fans, to be one with fellow fans, to celebrate the life of a literary… Continue

Meeting authors, by Nikki + GIVEAWAY!

Meeting Authors and Reader Events- A Virgin Tale Let me begin by telling you how excited I am to be here today! I feel extremely privileged to be asked to speak on any topic at all. I’m Nikki and I blog all about everything over at Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind. Well, mostly about sexy romance and a few awesome young adult books I get my hands on. Oh…and hotties. Lots of hotties. I may have been reading for years…and blogging for the past year, but only recently did I meet my first author. I live in Massillon, Ohio. Not exactly the mecca of the writing community. I had heard that Leah Clifford lives near Cleveland, Ohio (also not a writing mecca) and asked her about the possibility of her doing a signing in… Continue

Smexy Books Wants to Know: What Makes You Loyal to a Blog? + Giveaway!

Smexy Books Wants to Know: What Makes You Loyal to a Blog? One of the great things about this romance community is the number of blogs that are available to read. But there is not enough time in the day to read them all. So how do you decide which ones to return to? What about a blog makes you a loyal visitor? While I have a few blogs on my “must visit list” that are a little more serious I tend to gravitate towards the blogs that are a more light-hearted. Just like I fell in love with my husband because he can make me laugh like no one else, I pursue those blog writers that get me to giggle every now and again. I also like consistent book reviews and those who have… Continue

Winners announced here — weekly giveaways!

Hi everyone — thanks for spending another week with us at Romance At Random! 5 randomly chosen commenter’s thru out the week are announced on Sunday’s to win a FREE book & here they are . . . SusanC
Risatoo Diane Sarie Don’t forget to send me your snail mail at so we can get you your prize! Happy Romance & celebrate & safe, fun 4th of July! SueG

RWA Chapters Give Romance At Random A Warm Welcome!

From our friends in Orange County CA: Welcome Sue and Romance At Random! We’re excited about your new community, and can’t wait to get involved. What’s this we hear about book excerpts and giveaways? We’re in! Sincerely, we are happy to support those who love romance. Welcome! Laura Drake and all of us at OCCRWA Welcome to the Web, Romance At Random! On behalf of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, I’d like to express our excitement about the new romance community! Our members write across all romance genres and we’re looking forward to jumping into the discussions here with readers, industry professionals, and other writers. This looks like an excellent place to get the inside scoop on what’s hot in romance right now. We’ll see you soon at Romance At RandomContinue

Read Mary Balogh’s eShort story: Now A Bride

Now A Bride is what fans of New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh’s Mistress series have been clamoring for: more passion and more drama featuring the Dudley siblings. In anticipation of the enticing third book in the Mistress trilogy, The Secret Mistress, here are never-before-published scenes from More than a Mistress and No Man’s Mistress—plus Mary Balogh’s new epilogue for the series. • JOCELYN AND JANE: Three new scenes—“The Proposal,” “The Wedding,” and “Return to Acton Park”—spark more fiery passion from charmingly arrogant Jocelyn and spirited Jane. • FERDINAND AND VIOLA: Two unpublished scenes—“The Wedding” and “Home to Pinewood Manor”—prove once again that this unlikely but perfect couple is made for each other. • THE REUNION: FIVE YEARS LATER: Enjoy a brand-new chapter that reunites readers with all three Dudley couples and their… Continue

Mary Balogh’s latest Regency Romance: The Secret Mistress

In this enticing new romance ripe with sensuality and wit, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh proves that comfort is no match for passion when a stuffy gentleman becomes the object of desire of an adoring and spirited young woman. THE SECRET MISTRESS While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely. Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman… Continue