Winter? Schminter! That’s What Maggie McGinnis Has to Say About That

I used to love winter. Loved skating on the neighbor’s pond, loved trekking for miles on cross-country skis, and loved flying like a maniac down barely-groomed mountain trails. It was exhilarating! Fun! Death-defying at times (mostly because we lived in an area where the concept of hunting season was just a suggestion, and we wore a lot of dark coats and hand-knit white mittens). Wait. Mom? Could I speak to you about those mittens, please? My love of winter went into a long fade as ticket prices skyrocketed and snowfall amounts declined. And somewhere along the line, I gained this fear thing that was totally unfamiliar. I could break something, I realized. Like … me. And then where would we be? I’d still have to do all the things I do now … but do… Continue
Tess Gerritsen

#Throwback Thursday with the re-release of Peggy Sue Got Murdered by Tess Gerritsen – look for, ‘Girl Missing’

Have you read this re-release from author Tess Gerritsen, ~ New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, her stunning first thriller? A beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t listen. One of the town’s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat’s chief suspect. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who… Continue
Isabella Bradford

WINNERS Announced! ~ What Makes a Strong Hero? by Isabella Bradford + 5 print book #Giveaway!!

I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters. I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path. In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists in 18th century England, even for the sons of dukes, and Harry must face… Continue
Isabella Bradford

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… Continue
sharon cullen

Sunday Snippet with Tuesday Release (2/25) Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen

Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan. The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a… Continue
bronwen evans

Got my attention – The passion between them sizzles off the pages.

Whenever I see a review that includes, ‘The passion between them sizzles off the pages.’ – whether it is a good or bad review I’m all over it — I want to read that book! Regency Romance Writers did a fabulous job recapping A KISS OF LIES – so much so, I wanted to share it with all of you – enjoy! Review for A Kiss of Lies
Author: Bronwen Evans
Date of Review: 01/10/14
Reviewed by: Regency Romance Writers Reviewer Comments: Kiss of Lies is the first book in Bronwen Evans’ series Disgraced Lords. In this book, you will completely understand where the series title comes from. Ms. Evan transports us from England to Canada and back again with a short stop in Jamaica. She blends the historical events of these countries into a… Continue
Virna DePaul

#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… Continue
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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… Continue

What To Read In February

This month brings a real-life love story, hotties on ice, scorching revenge sex, and a search-and-rescue team that makes me want to lose myself. Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton (Berkley Sensation, Feb 4) Any story involving a budding fashion designer and a hockey player has my name written all over it. It seems that Carolina had a thing for Drew back in college, but for him it was just “another slap shot.” Something tells me the tables are about to turn. Getting ready to read and find out. Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last by Patience Bloom (Penguin Group, February 6) Patience Bloom has been a romance editor at Harlequin for sixteen years. But for most of that time, her own love life couldn’t fill a cocktail napkin,… Continue
sharon cullen

How Sharon Cullen #Loveswept author deals with the Polar Vortex

The holidays are over and, for me at least, the dark days of winter are here. That Polar Vortex thing? I’m so over it. Not to complain or anything, but geez Mother Nature, could you give us a break?

My kids have been off school. A lot. Let me repeat that. A. LOT. Even my college kid has had her classes canceled. Call me old, but when I was in college you went to class come hell or high water. Or freezing temperatures. But. Okay. Whatever.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED Release Week #Giveaway! – A Kiss of Lies <3 Why I fell in love with the Libertine Scholars – Bronwen Evans

Happy Release Day to Bronwen Evans, today we’re celebrating her book, A KISS OF LIES, and offering a #Giveaway — good luck! And now, here’s Bron: Let me introduce you to the Libertine Scholars, the six heroes in my new Regency historical romance series, Disgraced Lords. They met at school, going through to Oxford together. Due to their appetite for learning, coupled with their rakish seductions, they earned the nickname The Libertine Scholars. They’re lords who are definitely loveable rogues, and who use their brains for more than just carousing. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent, handsome man. However, all is not well with the Libertine Scholars. During book #1 A KISS OF LIES, they uncover a plot to destroy them. A villain is doing their utmost to kill the six… Continue

Winners Announced – On sale now, A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans – 1st chapter Freebie + Giveaway

Here it is! On sale Tuesday, A Kiss of Lies – enjoy!

A Kiss of Lies The Disgraced Lords Series Bronwen Evans Loveswept Chapter 1
London, England, November 1815
“Get up!” If not for the fact that the rage-filled voice bellowing in his ear was speaking English, Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, might have thought he was back in France. Certainly the press of cold steel at his throat flooded his brain with memories of the war: nightmarish memories, pain-filled memories. Memories he fervently tried, but hopelessly failed, to forget. Experience had taught him that when one was in such a precarious position, with a sword at one’s windpipe, with the identity and reasoning of the attacker unknown, one was wise to act cautiously.

#Thoughtful Thursday – my favorite place to read and why

I love to read as most of you do too, and I have a favorite reading spot – nothing unusual, it’s the corner of my couch. I kind of twist myself into a pretzel and surf through my ereader. I can actually sit for hours and read book after book. I wonder at times if I lived somewhere warm and exotic year round, where the weather is perfect — would I read outside?

Super Sampler Saturday! Karen Marie Moning reveals

When MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone– Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.
The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…

November New Releases

Here’s what’s on sale this month from Random House Romance.
Heating Up the Holidays by Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers and Serena Bell (10/28/2013) As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

On sale now – New Release from Megan Frampton, What Not to Bare

What Not to Bare is out today, and I am so excited to share Charlotte and David’s story with everyone. In writing this book, I challenged myself not to make it a ‘do or die’ story–in some of my previous books, the heroine, in particular, has had to marry someone or find some way to secure her future–or else.

Charlotte doesn’t have to worry about that. She is financially independent, she knows she could eventually persuade her parents to let her do what she wants, and she already knows her own mind. She just wants love, and she won’t compromise herself for something that isn’t what she truly deserves.

Stiletto: The Male Perspective – What He’s REALLY thinking . . by columnist Grace Brighton

The Male Perspective: What He’s REALLY thinking . . by Brighton, with special guest Mitchell Forbes Grace Brighton: Hi Stiletto readers! Welcome back to another week of sassy goodness. This week we have a special guest, and a rare breed around the Stiletto office . . . a man. We love good girl talk as much as the next woman, but every now and then we like to keep ourselves honest by hearing the male perspective. Some of you likely know Mitchell Forbes as Julie’s man from AFTER THE KISS, but today, he’s just another handsome guy, here to give us an inside look about what makes men tick. Mitchell: *gets up from his seat* Grace: Hey, where are you going? Mitchell: I’m out of here. Julie told me I was here to give… Continue

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: True Spies by Shana Galen + Giveaway

In Adele’s hit song, “Set Fire to the Rain,” there are two lines that sum up the relationship between my hero and heroine at the beginning of my new release True Spies. “There is a side to you that I never knew, never knew. All the things you say, they were never true.”

#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.

#BookReview: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo IS “…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers

“…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers Jordan Ryan was the star goalie of the Assassins until an injury put him out of commission. After his recovery, he’s come back to the team only to be on the bench at every game. He feel he still has many good years of play in him but with the new star goalie working out so well for the Assassins, he sees he will never get any ice time if he stays with the team.

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.