Hardcore Alpha vs. Sensual Seducer

My romance-loving friends and I debate all the time over which kind of leading man is more alluring. While I tend to veer toward the alpha just about every time, I do love the teasing sensual seducer as well. Let’s do a little compare/contrast, shall we? First, our seducer has patience. Our alpha clearly doesn’t even know the definition of the word. The alpha has one goal—her—and he wants her now. No bed required—a good, sturdy wall will do (or desk, pool table, whatever). On the other hand, the seducer is a master of the art of seduction, savoring the slow, tantalizing love-play. For he knows that her surrender will make the reward even more sweet. Another trait our seducer has is charm. Within the seducer’s arsenal of charm is his bone-melting, heart-stopping smile as … Continued

VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN by Melissa de la Cruz

I am a new Melissa de la Cruz convert. As you already know, I recap the weekly Lifetime series, Witches of East End which is based on her books about the Beauchamp family; now I have a new de la Cruz series to follow. Vampires of Manhattan is a spin off of de la Cruz’s YA series, Blue Bloods. Since I am not a big reader of all things Young Adult, I will admit to not being completely familiar with that series. Have no fear; de la Cruz does an excellent job getting me up to speed. I was able to glean enough back-story about each main player in this series to make me,  a newbie, feel right at home. I am a huge paranormal fan. Not all paranormal is created equal. The world-building necessary … Continued

THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene Frost

It’s the age-old tale of angels versus demons, but forget the usual stuff about their rift because Jeaniene Frost is switching things up in The Beautiful Ashes. Curious? Since I’ve been fortunate enough to snag an ARC, I’m giving you a quick lowdown on Ivy and Adrian’s story. The rest you just have to read for yourself. Let’s start with the romance: what you’ll find in The Beautiful Ashes is the forbidden sort as Ivy and Adrian’s lineage has been at odds with each other for centuries. Now I wouldn’t necessarily call it insta-love because they said the L-word towards the end but if we are to follow the timeline, Ivy and Adrian did fall for each other sooner rather than later. That said, I didn’t find this story to be driven by the romance, … Continued

A HIGHLANDER’S OBSESSION (Highlander’s Beloved #1) By Vonnie Davis

I’ve never hidden the fact that in the realm of paranormal romances, I’m a shifter girl, not a fang banger. In the romance realm, I am also a lover of all things Highlander and let me just interject, what a wonderful time it is to be a lover of the Highlanders! A HIGHLANDER’S OBSESSION is the best of both worlds. Set in modern times, there is a definite throwback feel when exploring the mores of the castle/bed and breakfast inhabitants. In fact, Creighton Matheson is the laird of the land. He’s the first born son in an area that places huge value on first born sons but there is also a curse settled on these fellas, and it never ends well. As I mentioned, this is a shifter book but I am not going to … Continued

DARK SKYE (Immortals After Dark # 14) By Kresley Cole

Dark Skye is the story of ill-fated childhood best friends, Thronos and Lanthe. Thronos is royalty in his Vrekener clan. A real life prince of a winged warrior. Vrekeners reside in the secluded floating city of Skye Hall. It is far above the clouds, heaven of sorts and the residents live a life of austere moderation to say the least. No impure thoughts, no pre-marital sex, no drinking, no dancing, no flashy clothes, no thinking outside the box. Self control to the most excruciating degree. Lanthe is Queen of Persuasion, royalty of the Sorceri. Sorceri worship gold, live in the moment, and are carousing, wanton sexual beings. Sorceri are the night to Vrekener day but Lanthe is fated to be Thronos’ light. Oh yeah, family feuds, beheadings, 500 year pursuits, and deeply seated opposing positions … Continued

Immortals After Dark: A Series Primer

I will admit it, freely and openly: I love a good paranormal romance. But when it comes to paranormal, suspension of disbelief is vital. Many authors have tried, but not all have succeeded in coaxing me into the headspace necessary to fall into the story they create. In paranormal, another key is world-building; Kresley Cole accomplishes this flawlessly. Her Immortals After Dark series is one of the most engaging, tightly focused, thoroughly consistent paranormal series out there. This is not a small task. Keeping your world building consistent across a huge laundry list of books is exceptionally difficult; I can’t even imagine the flow chart Ms. Cole has for this series. Cole manages to introduce new characters, new situations and new drama without neglecting the core of the series. With the fourteenth book in the … Continued

A CURSE AWAKENED by Cecy Robson

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers. Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do. Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command. Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face … Continued

EVER AFTER by Kate SeRine

Kate Serine’s Transplanted Tales is my favorite fairy tale-inspired series. The series gist is very similar to the TV show Once Upon a Time: a rift happens, and our beloved characters from lores, legends, myths, and tales of old are transplanted to our world.  Some have managed to stay true to their characters as they were in the tales, some are almost unrecognizable, while others managed to do both like the heroes and heroines of each installment. Ever After is book four of the series. The hero is Gideon, whom we’ve met in the earlier books, a loyal Unseelie guard to the royal fae family, and his lady love, Arabella aka Robin Hood. I was one of those fans who immediately took an immediate liking to Gideon in book two, The Better to See You, … Continued

An Interview with Author Shiloh Walker PLUS Giveaway!

Larissa Ione, EMT and meteorologist, is author of the New York Times bestselling Demonica series, and is half of the Sydney Croft writing duo. Larissa first met Shiloh Walker online. Then they met in person, possibly in a bar, which they won’t confirm or deny. They hit it off right away and enjoy their friendship—as long as they avoid talking about the medical field, where they both worked and have very definite and sometimes different opinions about the players in the profession. But that’s okay, because there’s plenty of other stuff to talk about, including a love of things spooky, things paranormal, and all things books—the edgier the better. Larissa’s latest book, Azagoth, is a June release. Larissa: Okay, so in Deeper Than Need Trinity jumps from the proverbial frying pan into the fire. With … Continued

Winners Announced – Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Happy Release Day – TURNED by Virna DePaul + Giveaway

Happy Release Day to Virna DePaul! This weeks #TyOnTuesday is a romantic sneak peek and a #Giveaway – good luck! TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – Enter the rafflecopter below to win one of five print books – must be US. And now, the reason why I love romance . . . “More. I want more.” “You want my tongue on your clit? Because that’s what I want. So bad, Ana.” “Do it,” she whimpered. He shifted position. A second later, his fingers still working inside her, he used his tongue to lap at her, groaning at the familiar sweetness of her juices. She was the best thing he’d ever tasted. Better than all the human blood he’d drunk since he’d been turned. “This is what feeds me,” he said. “This is what I want. This … Continued

Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Snippet of TURNED by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – only one more week of snippets from Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This week, an insight into Ty & Ana’s mission, Ana has learned about Gloria and is worried for her sister- this snippet will touch your heart. About the book: So this part might be a little redundant for those of you that have been steady followers of Ty-On-Tuesday — however, for the benefit of you newbies – here’s a short recap: Ty is hot, he’s an FBI agent and a vampire (I might have neglected to mention the vampire part in earlier posts but through the snippets you probably figured that out, and hey, he’s gorgeous – does it matter?). He is also employed by the Belladonna agency and on a mission that requires them … Continued

Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Snippet of TURNED ~ Suspenseful Paranormal Romance!!

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This week you’ll enter the compound of The Belladonna Agency, have fun! A brief description of TURNED: This is the Cliff Notes of Cliff Notes version so pay attention Ty Duncan is a hot, sexy FBI agent who is now working with the Belladonna Agency – their mission is to hunt down and eliminate rogue vampires. They believe they have their whereabouts – the challenge is they have no viable way in to make sure their intelligence is accurate. . . .until Ana Martin. Hot little coffee shop owner Ana hasn’t talked to her sister in years and she’s not happy about that – she misses her deeply. Ana thinks she’s being stalked, or … Continued

Winner Announced: Virna’s Vixens – TURNED – New Release Giveaway!

Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Today 1 print ‘signed copy’ preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series. Comment below to win — answering this question – What is your favorite type of shifter? Must have a US mailing address and 18 to win. Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/14/14 – Happy Romance!

Ty-On-Tuesday Snippet – Chapter One of TURNED by Virna DePaul Continues . . .

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – We pick up where we left off last week, Ty & Ana’s first meeting in Chapter One – Enjoy! First – about the book: Vampires are real and they are here, living amongst us. For the most part, they have no interest in us and we have no awareness of their existence . . . until now. TURNED FBI special agent Ty Duncan is part of a group to bring rogue vampires to justice. The Belladonna Agency is in the process of recruiting their first civilian member and it’s Ty who must convince Ana Martin to help them get into places they cannot. Ana reluctantly agrees to the mission, partly because of her attraction … Continued

Cover Reveal – AWAKEN by Lori Adams ~ Book Two in the Soulkeepers Series

Sophia is back in Lori Adams’s next installment, AWAKEN, book two in the hot New Adult series of paranormal romance—the Soulkeepers— I think one of my favorite parts of this book is the paintball scene — have you ever played that game? Paintball – it’s a riot! Dressed in fatigues you’re part of one of two teams and you run around like a crazy person with a paintball gun and try to kill/paint-splatter the enemy — and yes it is seriously messy. The fun part about this scene is that Sophia and Michael have a strong bond, in many different ways (I can’t tell you too much!) and the closer they are physically the stronger their heartbeats become . . . for one another — isn’t that romantic!!! Love, LOVE, love this series – So, … Continued

Winner Announced: The Apocalypse, Demons, and Portals, Oh My! + Giveaway!

Stories abound these days that include the apocalypse; either the hero and heroine avert it, survive it, or in some cases, cause it. That theme has been one which has fascinated us since the dawning of civilization, we have wondered how our story would end. I admit that I have always been quite captivated with end of the world scenarios. There are a ton of books and movies which examine how society and people would function; The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Revolution are prime examples. At its heart, each of these stories removes all human artifice and brings what is truly important to the forefront. I like the issues that are examined. If the world ended, does society still exist, does civilization? What matters in the apocalypse? Is it the people you surround … Continued

Virna’s Vixens – Manga Maniac Cafe Hosts this Week’s TURNED Print Giveaway!

Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Starting today, 1 print ‘signed copy’ preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series: Enter to win, Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting this giveaway — hurry over to her site and comment to win — good luck! http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/?p=10291 Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/7/14 – Happy Romance!

#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

Winners Announced #FollowFriday with @VirnaDePaul + Giveaways

Harlequin Junkie adores TURNED – an HJ Recommends – “Fans of paranormal romance rejoice, here’s a compelling new series to sink your teeth into.” Book Review: Ana Martin left her life as a gang member behind to start over in Seattle, becoming a small business owner who is trying to forget her troubled childhood. She longs to find her sister Gloria to ensure of her safety and happiness. When she’s approached by agent Ty Duncan, he offers Ana a way to gather information about Gloria and to join the Belladonna Agency, where she will work undercover TURto infiltrate a group of suspected rogue vampires. Only, Ana isn’t aware vampires are real. Yet. Or that Ty, who she is drawn to like no other, is a turned vampire himself. After a lifetime of being mistreated by … Continued

#FollowFriday with Virna’s Vixens + Giveaway!

Cyndi Faria hosts this weeks tour stop with a new sneak peek and fabulous print signed copy giveaway to one lucky winner! Good luck – click here to enter http://cyndifaria.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/turned-book-1-of-the-belladonna-series-ff About the book: Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath. 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 … Continued

Guest Post: Shona Husk on Making Myths Plausible

Making Myths Plausible We grow up hearing about myths and legends without even realizing what they are. Everything from Little Red Riding Hood to the Greek tales of gods and demi-gods to King Arthur and Robin Hood and even the more modern urban legends like Bloody Mary. By the time we are old enough to analyze the stories at school they have become part of us and we have absorbed their lessons. The oldest stories were morality tales and warnings given to society through entertainment (this still happens as TV and movies reinforce society’s values: like violence is fine but naked bodies OMG!). Urban legends reinforce fear of the unknown something which humans are still primed to feel, but they also become rites of passage for teens. When started writing paranormal romance I wanted people … Continued

Winners Announced – #FollowFriday Virna’s Vixens – Romance At Random hosts this weeks #Giveaway!

Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath. 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 … Continued

#CoverReveal – Awakened by Virna DePaul

AWAKENED is perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of ICED!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of ICED by Karen Marie Moning, the new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever 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!

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE LAST KISS GOODBYE!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE LAST KISS GOODBYE, where THE LAST VICTIM’s Charlotte Stone returns in her thrilling second adventure of hot passion, chilling suspense, and paranormal romance. 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!

B&N Bookseller Picks: July

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of July:

Book Trailer: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian #Newrelease on sale today!

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.

Paperback Release: Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Now in Paperback – order here Praise from readers: “Fans and newcomers alike will relish Kelley Armstrong’s eerie tales.” —The Globe and Mail “Armstrong’s longtime fans . . . will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly “Terrific . . . a superb compilation.”—Midwest Book Review About the book: New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has bewitched audiences with her Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. Now, in this new collection of shorter fiction, some of Armstrong’s most tantalizing lead characters appear alongside her unforgettable supporting players, who step out of the shadows and into the light.

Guest Post: Top 10 Things in Romance Publishing That Surprised Me by Sara Humphreys

Becoming a published author has been a total dream come true. I never in a million years thought that I’d be working on my first book series, let alone my third! When I started this journey, I didn’t know much about the publishing industry as a whole and I knew even less about the romance publishing industry. To be very honest, until I tried to get my first book published I didn’t know there was much of a difference. I’m not proud of it but it’s the truth. So here are the Top 10 things that surprised me the most about the romance writing/publishing industry.