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Who Are You Calling a Spinster?

After reading one comment from a reader who was perplexed (and a little insulted) that I was calling a 23-year-old woman a “spinster,” it struck me that this might seem a bit unbelievable for modern readers...
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REVEALING RUBY (Bound and Determined #1.5) by Lavinia Kent

As the proprietress of London’s most discreet house of pleasure, Madame Rouge—Ruby to her clientele—prefers to keep her own company. The first rule in her establishment? She never, ever personally entertains the customers. However, the tall, dark, and provocatively tattooed American sailor who shows up on her doorstep makes Ruby wonder whether some rules were made to be broken. If she indulges, even just once, Ruby’s loyal patrons might get the wrong idea. If she doesn’t, she may never stop fantasizing about where that tattoo leads. . . .
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Top of My TBR

Like most writers, I was a reader first and as a kid I used to read voraciously. These days, with life getting so busy, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. However, one of life’s great joys is having a huge TBR pile and a new year means a whole lot more books to add to it. Hooray!
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Creating My Own Happy Endings

One of the many reasons I love romance is that I like happy endings. I always have. I remember, as a ten-year-old, being so upset by a Sweet Valley High book that ended with Elizabeth in a coma that I never picked up another Sweet Valley book again. (Extra funny because I found out many years later that that was just a lead-in to a story where Elizabeth awoke from the coma with Jessica's personality! But my library didn't own the follow-up.) Sometimes I'm so upset by an ending that I have to fix it...
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Talking with Sherri Browning: AN AFFAIR DOWNSTAIRS

Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. Today, Julia Tagan (author of Stages of Desire) talks to Sherri about her latest novel, AN AFFAIR DOWNSTAIRS, Edwardian research, dream casting, and more.
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Talking VISCOUNT OF VICE with Shana Galen

Today, Shana Galen joins us to talk about her prequel novella VISCOUNT OF VICE (Covent Garden Cubs series). The story: Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he's on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt... Lady Emma Talbot can't stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She's determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it's too late. But Emma doesn't know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?
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SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS by Theresa Romain

An unmarried heiress arrives in Bath and tells everyone she’s a widow. A man of business has come to Bath at the insistence of his eccentric boss to either find a blackmailer or sell enough land to pay the blackmailer off. What could possibly go wrong?
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B&N Bookseller Picks: January

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 January...
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THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRE by Miranda Neville

I love a good woman-in-disguise novel. Jeanne, aka Jane, is a member of a French nobility family that was killed in the Revolution. She has vowed to track down the man responsible for their betrayal and then kill him. I was impressed with her singular focus and her commitment to murder. She wasn’t just out for revenge, which could be carried out in some vague way to be determined later. No, she has a knife and she plans to use it, once she finds the right man.
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SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS by Tessa Dare

"Wonderful things happen in Tessa Dare novels. In this particular story, those wonderful things are cakes. A dining room full of them, in fact. There’s a fine story and delightful characters, but also cake."
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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.
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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

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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.

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!

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!

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

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!

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!

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.

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