Guest Post: The Great Hero Debate by Ashlyn Macnamara

Historical or contemporary—which genre has better heroes? I decided to find out by doing an informal poll of my author friends. While the sampling below his hardly scientific, here are the results of my survey. Author of racy Regency romps, Valerie Bowman (Secrets of a Runaway Bride, available now) is quite adamant in her choice. “Historical heroes FTW!” she says. “They are hands down hotter. My particular favorite is Jason Fielding from Judith McNaught’s Once and Always. He’s smoking hot, a bit tortured, speaks in an English accent, knows how to rock a cravat, owns a giant country estate and a fleet of trading ships. And oh yeah, he’s a freakin’ MARQUESS. The end.”

#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

But It Was an Accident! by Maggie McGinnis + 3 eBook Copy Giveaway!!

Anyone who’s known me long knows I don’t spend a lot of successful time in the kitchen. I say successful because I spend an inordinate amount of time in there. Really. I apparently just don’t have the cooking chromosome that makes any of those hours remotely worthwhile. Take fudge, for instance. How hard is it to read the recipe on the fluff jar and make it work? Seriously, it says NEVER FAIL FUDGE … in really big letters. So last week, in a craving-induced fit of madness, I decided I could totally make fudge. However, after I’d dumped all the ingredients into an apparently not-quite-big-enough pan, I made the ill-fated decision to split my attention by answering the phone. The ensuing conversation went something like this:

Guest Post – Achieving the HEA by Joan Swan

I recently watched the movie Precinct 13, an edge-of-your seat crime drama, and was reminded of how seemingly insurmountable odds against the good guys could both evoke powerful emotions and compel an audience to keep their eyes glued to the screen, their fingers twisted in the nearest pillow…or sleeve…or hand… If you haven’t seen it and you love drama, Precinct 13 is definitely worth the watch.

Ruthie’s Reality: Between the Sheets with Molly O’Keefe + #Giveaway

Welcome back to Ruthie’s Reality! Did you miss me? Of course you did. I’ve been living the glamorous life of the romance writer, most recently in Iowa, where I attended a family pig roast (as one of two token vegetarians) and glamorously hobnobbed with my relatives. I got to hold a lot of babies, and I noticed that they were all more cheerful than my baby had ever been. What’s up with that?

Release Day! Slow Summer Burn by Elisabeth Barrett + 5 eBook Giveaway!!

Just over a year ago at Romance@Random, I launched my blog tour for Deep Autumn Heat, the first book in my Cape Cod-set Star Harbor series, focused on the stories of the four Grayson brothers—Seb, Theo, Cole and Val. Deep Autumn Heat was soon followed by Blaze of Winter and Long Simmering Spring. I loved developing the town of Star Harbor, its inhabitants, and of course, the brothers themselves (whose relationships grow even deeper as the books progress). I can hardly believe that the final book in the series, Slow Summer Burn, is out today. Slow Summer Burn features Val Grayson, a soft-spoken-but-tough DEA agent. His younger brothers are settled in Star Harbor and have found loves of their own. Now it’s Val’s turn, but socialite Cameron Stahl is the last… Continue

Guest Post: Romance settings, real or fake, what is your preference? by Susan Fox

I’ve been reflecting on setting lately. As a reader, I love how a well-drawn setting enhances a romance novel. So I suppose it’s no surprise that, as an author, setting is always important in my books. It’s often an element that’s commented on in my reviews – whether the setting is a big city, an exotic locale, or the countryside. “It’s the perfect sweep-you-away story—smart, sexy, funny and touching, set in a beautifully rendered place in the west” (Susan Wiggs on Home on the Range).

Guest Post: Five Sexy Facts About Blue by Shana Galen + #Giveaway

After my novel Lord and Lady Spy was released, one of the most frequent questions readers asked was, when will there be a book about Blue? The first few times I responded by saying something along the lines of Blue isn’t hero material. But the requests and questions kept coming, and I started to think perhaps readers saw something in Blue that I didn’t. And so I looked a little closer and the end result is a Lord and Lady Spy novella with Blue as the hero. Here are five things you should know about Blue.

2013 RITA Winners – Congrats to all of these marvelous women.

Romance Writers of America Announces 2013 Contest Winners Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the winners for the 2013 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards, click here for the complete list. The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts. And, the nominees are . . . . Best First Book Finalists
WINNERThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library
Ellen Edwards, editor

Guest Post by Bronwen Evans, Tortured Heroes + Giveaway!

Readers are drawn to tortured heroes.
Every romance author knows it. Tortured heroes are found across all genres, all tropes and all nationalities. They fill our world of romance with heartache and desperation, and we love them. There is something about a wounded man. Tortured heroes grab our attention and break our hearts. They are usually tough on the outside, but with a soft, molten inner core. He surrounds himself in armor, an impenetrable fortress that keeps him from being hurt again, but also means he can’t heal.

BONUS Snippet – #StarkOnSunday! Complete Me by J Kenner FREE Snippet!

If you’re looking for a bonus #StarkOnSaturdaySunday … then head over to my J. Kenner Facebook page for an only-on-Facebook bonus excerpt from Complete Me, book 3 of the Stark Trilogy! I’ve posted one … just because! Well, just because we’re getting sooooooo close to the July 30 release of Complete Me, book 3 of the Stark Trilogy! PLUS – don’t miss our Blog Hop with FREE Book giveaway of the Stark Trilogy! Details here – starts 7/22!!

Introducing Flirt’s Lori Adams, a New Adultaholic

Hi, my name is Lori Adams and I’m a New Adultaholic. Confession time: I am one of FLIRT’S newest, New Adult authors. I was born in Oklahoma and now live in Southern California with my hubby and two daughters. I wrote my first book—at eight-years-old—about man-eating sharks. I eventually went on to devour romance novels during the eighties and still have an occasional craving for those dashing historical romance heroes.

#ReleaseDay – Dirty Girls Book Club Savanna Fox + 2 book Giveaway!

City girl artist Kim Chang doesn’t think the words “erotic” and “cowboy” belong together—until the book club’s field trip to the rodeo. Sexy cowboy Ty Ronan awakens her inner dirty girl, but can their passionate ride last a lifetime?
THE STORY Guess who’s about to lasso a cowboy?

Happy 1st day of Summer!

What are your plans for Summer 2013? We’ve vacation planned for the 4th, biking, hiking, swimming, boating — a fun filled busy week! You?

Twitter Topics: #ThreeWordsToLiveBy

by Sue Grimshaw Twitter is such an amazing beast — it has become such a major part of our lives without us evening realizing it — kind of like the last 5 lbs that just appeared, what the???? Huffington Post had an article about the The Trending Twenty which was ultra cool in itself — but the topic was really clever, ‘words to live by‘ — interesting.

Saturday Recipes: True #Brews . . . an accessible home-brew guide

This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen’s Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more. You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how. That’s where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects—from mead to kefir to sake—to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes in True Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it’s easy for you… Continue