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How a Rake Celebrates Christmas

he holiday season is full of traditions and even rakes get in on enjoying them! Join notable rakes Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain by Lucy Ashford), “Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina), Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch by Bronwyn Scott) Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr), Alex Knight (Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer), and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe), as they tell us about their favorite holiday traditions...
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Lady Jane’s Salon® Author Roundtable

Our December Lady Jane’s Salon® guests—Jess Russell, Tamsin Silver, and Megan Frampton (who also writes as Megan Caldwell)—kindly pressed Pause on their holiday preparations—and deadlines—to wax inspirational on my Same Five Questions. Sit back, sip your favorite winter holiday beverage (wassail anyone?), and savor what these smart and talented writers have to say about the writing life, the books and films that inspire them, and, of course, love.
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Series by the Numbers

"When I started my series Drake's Rakes, it was meant to be a trilogy following three women who meet in the Brussels medical tents during the Battle of Waterloo. It was to be called The Three Graces, since each was in her own way known as Grace. And then I realized that they were each falling in love with one of gentleman spies Drake's Rakes, and that there nine rakes. Nine rakes who each demanded a story."
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Talking with Megan Frampton: THE DUKE’S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR

Today we’re joined by Megan Frampton. For any readers out there not familiar with Megan, she wears many hats: author, community manager for Heroes & Heartbreakers, and great friend to all of us in the romance community. This week, her Avon debut, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, is publishing to rave reviews.
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NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER by Sarah MacLean

RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . .
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Our Love Affair with Regency

Sheri Cobb Smith dives into the reasons why readers and writers continue turning to Regency romances for their historical fix.
His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith

Love in the Age of Twitter

For as long as people have been around, we’ve felt the need to socialize. During the Regency era people gathered for balls and visited each other in the mid morning hours. Now we have Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. With this evolution in mind, I couldn’t help but wonder how my characters from His Wicked Seduction would interact on twitter…
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Guest Post: Vanessa Kelly on The Renegade Royals

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard by Vanessa Kelly Kensington/$7.99 print/$6.99 digital  Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…  Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch… I’m excited to start a new Regency historical romance series called The Continue
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14 Days of Giveaways: Day 3

Today is the third day of our 14 Days of Giveaways! Over the next two weeks we’ll be giving out over 700 romance titles by 85 different authors! Each day you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win that day’s themed prize pack, which will include a mix of print and e-Original titles from Penguin Random House. Today, we’re giving way 5 Regency Romance prize packs! Each prize pack includes one copy of: A Most Devilish Rogue by Ashlyn Macnamara, Lover Be Mine by Nicole Jordan, When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford, What Not to Bare by Megan Frampton, Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen, A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans, The Smuggler Wore Silk by Alyssa Alexander, Lord of the Rakes by Darcie Wilde, The Luckiest Lady in… Continue
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Winner Announced – The Endurance of Jane Austen By Cheryl Bolen + Giveaway

I’m not one of those gazillion authors who’s capitalizing on Jane Austen‘s popularity some 200 years after her death. I don’t write Zombies and Jane Austen or Death at Pemberly or any of the books that continue to come out monthly with characters tied to Pride and Prejudice. But I do owe to Jane Austen my long-standing career writing novels set in Regency England, mirroring the time when she wrote her classic books. My first book, A Duke Deceived, was published in 1998, and my newest release, Love in the Library, is my 17th book set in Regency England. That first book (which won me the title Notable New Author) was heavily influenced by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I had a rich and powerful hero and shy, impoverished heroine. That… Continue

#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.… Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A MOST DEVILISH ROGUE by Ashlyn Macnamara, asensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one. 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 throughout the week to enter via Facebook and on Twitter. Follow us now so you won’t miss out!… Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of A WOMAN ENTANGLED!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of A WOMAN ENTANGLED, an exquisitely sensual novel in which an ambitious beauty seeking a spot among the elite is thwarted by a most disruptive gentleman. 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!… Continue

Author Ashlyn Macnamara on Best “Friends-to-Lovers” Books

In a sense, this is Jane Austen’s fault. When Emma fell in love with her long-time friend Mr. Knightley, one might say a sub-genre was born. Only Emma didn’t realize what was happening at first, did she? And therein lies the fun with Miss Woodhouse blithely trying to set her acquaintances up and Mr. Knightley telling her to mind her own business until, through jealousy, realization strikes.

I also have a personal stake in this topic, since I was friends with my husband before I married him. I think there’s something special about… Continue

WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie Sloane!

This week we’re giving away 10 copies of THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie Sloane, the latest novel in her irresistible Regency romance 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!… Continue

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!… 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
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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.… Continue

Why Kick-Ass Heroines Rock

Author Shana Galen shares a few of the reasons why she loves writng (and reading) about strong female characters. First of all, let me say thank you to Romance@Random and Stefanie Sloane for having me. I’m thrilled to be here! Lest the title of this blog confuse you, let me first say I love all heroines. I’ve written my share of young virgins who certainly had, or developed, a backbone but wouldn’t utter the word ass even if they were talking about a donkey. I have nothing against those types of heroines. They have their pros and cons. But this blog isn’t about sweet, demure little misses. This blog is about tough, spunky, fearless heroines. And let me tell you they are as much fun to write about as they are to read about. Take… Continue

Guest- I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah + Giveaway!

I wasn’t always about romance novels by Sarah from Romance Novel Sluts Growing up, I wasn’t a reader. I watched TV. A lot of TV. From the afternoon cartoons, to Tom Brokaw, to my prime time schedule, to M*A*S*H reruns late a night. I watched Johnny Carson’s monologue when I should have been in bed. The only thing I read willingly was the Sunday comics, the TV schedule, and old Archie comics. Mom, an avid reader and former librarian, struggled with me, the only non-reader of four children. My reading comprehension suffered all through elementary school. I passed, reading when I really only had to, what I had to, or sometimes when extreme boredom or dire weather conditions were involved. Fate happens, I suppose. Mom went to work at a cozy family-owned new/used bookstore on… Continue

Cover Time – what rocks your socks? + Giveaway

We’ve not done a cover post in quite some time — our tastes surely have changed since our last discussion — what we liked yesterday may not be the look we like today? The cover to my left is our hero, Tom – Tom is my cover of the month for Feb – he’s my avatar on Twitter. I chose Tom because he makes me smile & reminds me of Ruthie’s story, which BTW, is laugh out loud fun! Heart-warming and sexy too – really a great story & our next Original Loveswept release, on sale 12/13/2012, $2.99. I also love the cover of her next book, coming out in June, About Last Night -

Yes, the cover Gods have blessed us — we’ve got an awesome art department that seems to nail our… Continue

HEA at USA – Book Review of Sweet Revenge by Christy Reece


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Sweet Reward Review written by – Mary Grzesik, USA TODAY CAPTION
Sweet Revenge is Christy Reece’s latest Last Chance Rescue novel, and it starts off with a heart-racing, daring rescue. Dylan Savage, a Last Chance Rescue operative, is sneaking into a house to rescue kidnapped schoolteacher Jamie Kendrick. This first scene is very telling about these two characters. When Dylan reaches the room where Jamie is held, she jumps on his back. Not wanting to hurt her, he drops to the floor. She says in a raspy voice, “Touch me and I’ll kill you.” Dylan feels admiration and compassion at the same time. He’s relieved that she’s “tough.” Dylan reassures Jamie that he is there to rescue her, but she doesn’t believe him. She’s naked and chained… Continue

Weekly Winners!

Reminder to observe Martin Luther King weekend & hoping you are enjoying your day – Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! International commenters &/or commenters that prefer a digital copy please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview in Net Galley. 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! Congratulations to these 5 ladies! LisaB Danny Kim DonnaMS Erin1 Congrats – join us this week for our Reader Rally on Tuesday — Happy Romance!!
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YA – Young Adult books for Romance Readers +Giveaway!

It’s no secret that YA is a hot market right now. In fact, according to American Libraries, the journal of the American Library Association, it’s estimated that almost 5,000 titles will be published for this audience in a given year. And while it’s great that young adult readers have choices, the question remains…what truly resonates with teens? What makes a book a hit? In my work as a high school librarian I’ve seen books that fly off the shelves and circulate constantly; I’ve also seen well-reviewed titles sit on the shelves and collect dust. It’s hit or miss, unless we do what we should always be doing and asking teen readers what they want.
So that’s what I did. And you know what? They want respect. Sounds simple enough, but when it’s broken down it’s… Continue

LADY AWAKENED: Final Winners Announced!

A Lady Awakened is on sale now, but here are the last lucky 10 who will receive a FREE copy: Elena R. from Philadelphia, PA
Nancy H. from Sandusky, OH
Diane D. from Boca Raton, FL
Billi Jo A. from Perry, MI
Clarie A. from Marshfield, MO
Timothy K. from Shelton, WA
Diane N. from Columbus, GA
Sarah D. from Wilmington, DE
Kelli S. from Round Lake, IL
Ann N. from Westminster, CA Thank you to everyone who entered! Winners: congratulations, and enjoy! If you love the book, don’t forget to watch for A Gentleman Undone, coming in May 2012. Visit CeciliaGrant.com | Find Cecilia on Facebook

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LADY AWAKENED Giveaway: Winners & Last Chance to Enter!

Our month-long giveaway of A LADY AWAKENED continues: here are the ten winners from last week’s entries! Happy holidays, and enjoy your free copy of this great novel! Stacie C. from Johnson City, TN
Joy R. from Phoenix, AZ
Leslee K. from Parkesburg, PA
Deborah R. from Mint Hill, NC
Lynn Q. from Newnan, GA
Sheila H. from Cincinnati, OH
Christine M. from Sacramento, CA
Rebecca S. from Gary, IN
Cheryl C. from Jonesboro, GA
Tia K. from Bridgeport, CT Here’s your last chance to win! Cecilia Grant’s debut goes on sale tomorrow, so in honor of the special day, we’ll be picking the last 10 winners to receive an ARE edition. Good luck to all!

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A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant – debut! + Weekly Giveaway!

Order now In Cecilia Grant’s emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance debut, a deal with a rumored rogue turns a proper young woman into . . . A Lady Awakened.

Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee. Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to… Continue

Building a Perfect Hero (or not) + Giveaway!


Building a Perfect Hero (or not) Back in the day, typical romance fiction heroes had flaws such as arrogance, being temperamental, or carrying emotional scars left over from childhood that made them unable to commit to a relationship. By the end of the book, though, these flaws were overcome, or at least, well understood by the hero and heroine. You never read about a hero with a physical deformity or an un-redeeming flaw. These heroes were all Greek-God gorgeous, every last one of them. No-one else needed to apply. Yet, as I turn the pages of my favorite romances today, I am discovering more atypical heroes – not in the sense of men with deeper internal flaws, but in their imperfect physical appearance. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. We have romance heroes who are… Continue

A LADY AWAKENED Giveaway: Winners! (Week 2)

We’re giving away 10 free copies of Cecilia Grant’s debut regency romance, A LADY AWAKENED, every week in December. Here are last week’s winners!
  • Briana H. from Sugarland, TX
  • Davida C. from New Boston, TX
  • Sandra E. from Burlington, NC
  • Patti D. from Hawkins, WI
  • Sue J. from Bamberg, SC
  • Lora P. from Omaha, NE
  • Margaret S. from Zephyrhills, FL
  • Danielle G. from Kissimmee, FL
  • Pam B. from Meridian, ID
  • Jeanne S. from Pittsburgh, PA
There are still 2 weeks left in December, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. And who wouldn’t want to read the romance debut Mary Balogh calls  “a marvelous gem of a book”?  Read an excerpt and enter to win below!  
A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant (Sneak Peek)// Visit CeciliaGrant.com | Find Cecilia on… Continue