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

A LADY AWAKENED Giveaway: Winners!

Last week we told you that we’d be giving away 10 free copies of Cecilia Grant’s debut regency romance, A LADY AWAKENED, every week in December. Here are the first week’s winners!
  • Debbie S. from Livingston, NJ
  • Pamela B. from Pomona, MS
  • Jessica W. from Bay Village, OH
  • Cheryl M. from Essex, MD
  • Irene T. from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Renee B. from Houston, TX
  • Lisa R. from Little Hocking, OH
  • Sharon B. from Cabot, AR
  • Lauren M. from Memphis, TN
  • Lisa W. from Monroe, WI
There are still 3 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 Continue

Weekly Winners – See what you’ve won!

Winners on Romance At RandomSneak peek, on sale 2/13/12 - sexy, fun!! Just $2.99 Hi everyone! 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! Or email if you prefer a digital copy. 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! Special this week from the ROMANCE BANDITS — 3 day’s of loot noted below but now for R@R’s Weekly Winners! Congrats to all: Patti W Cheryl S VickiS WinnieP SusanT And now, for the Bandits:
Congratulations to all the Romance Bandits invasion winners. Please email me on anna@annacampbell… Continue

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen + Giveaway!

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

If you like Adriana Trigiani or Kristian Hannah, you’ll enjoy, THE PEACH KEEPER – this is a good Southern type of contemporary story with a little mystery woven in. Nice romances (yes there are two!) and good characters – very enjoyable story.

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Sarah is unique in her ability to create that contemporary Southern, ‘comfort-reading’ story. Set in the Blue Ridge Mts, we meet two women who are trying to move on with their lives. Willa, whose fallen a bit from the towns grace with an old scandal created by her grandfather and Paxton who is just trying to get away from a very controlling, wealthy Southern family. Each find their heroes to be men that have been in their lives all along but just… Continue

Growing up in the 80s By Marquetta + Giveaway!!

As a kid, I was a tomboy but that didn’t mean that I didn’t want the newest Barbie or the latest doll. I would get excited when the JC Penney Big Christmas catalog would arrive in the mail. I would spend hours going through the book and daydreaming about which Barbie I would get and what outfits she would wear. Granted, we didn’t have a lot of money so I knew that my daydreams were just that – dreams. But if I could get at least one of the Barbie’s I coveted, it would be a fantastic Christmas. Every year I would get a new Barbie and every year my bratty brother would break her. It got to the point where I had to hide my dolls from that little monster. My favorite doll that… Continue

Life is fun when you have Serendipity . . . .+ Giveaway!

Things that happen by chance, good things . . .the unexpected, like:
  • getting the job you’ve always wanted
  • meeting the man of your dreams
  • moving into a neighborhood and having wonderful neighbors
  • having a wonderful life-long friend that supports you thru good & bad times
  • My SERENDIPITY could be different from yours, yes? What I think is something good, unexpected or a series of occurrences that I had not anticipated may not exactly rock your world, true? Is SERENDIPITY something we can control . . . do we make it happen? To an extent that is probably so – but, sometimes you try really hard to make life work and it just does not give you a break. Carly Phillips is offering a whole series about SERENDIPITY – book one in the novel goes like… Continue

    It needs to happen NOW + Giveaway!

    ‘It needs to happen NOW!’
    The First Person and the YA Novel
    By Stacey Agdern
    Darker Still, by my friend, author Leanna Renee Hieber, is in first person. It’s a big change for her, because all of her previous books were in third. And not just any third; it’s the gorgeous, atmospheric third person voice that brings her particular historical world to light. But her voice in first works, and well, because ‘Darker Still’ a young adult novel. What is it about young adult novels that warrants such a big change? And as a general rule, young adult books need to have a sense of immediacy to them. They need to make the reader feel as involved in the story as they possibly can. Sophie Jordan writes both paranormal romances(under the name Sharie Kohler)… Continue

    Watch the Lady Awakened book trailer!

    We here at Romance at Random are huge fans of A Lady Awakened by debut author Cecilia Grant, and we can’t wait for the book to go on sale December 27th so that you can finally understand what we’ve been raving about. In fact, we really can’t wait: we’ll be giving away 10 advance copies EVERY WEEK in December here on the site to help spread the word about this lovely novel. To give you more of a taste, here’s a quote from the PW review of the book: “Grant details Regency country life beautifully, with a firm and respectful hand, and the subtle yet engrossing courtship is enchanting and gratifying as it transforms these two strong-minded and very unlikely lovers.”
    And now, here is the trailer for your enjoyment!


    Visit CeciliaGrant.com | Find… Continue

    Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin + Giveaway!

    Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin

    ‘Stay in your skin’ is a phrase my shifters use in my Feral Warriors series. It means keep your claws and fangs from erupting. Stay in control. But that phrase has a slightly different meaning for me, as the writer. To me, it means keeping my characters real and true to who they are. In my case, I’m not staying in my skin so much as staying in theirs. So who are the Feral Warriors? They’re the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal—lion, hawk, wolf, jaguar, viper, etc. All are warriors, all are alpha males—big, strong, and dangerous. But each is also an individual with a distinct personality, a unique history—experiences that have formed him, wounds that have molded him. And… Continue

    Weekly Winners at Romance At Random – Your place for Romance

    Weekly Winnners!!! Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! 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! 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! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Laurie – I probably read about 4-5 hours a day its usually in the evening when i sit down to watch tv. On the weekends it is probably more especially if we do not have anything going on. I always have my nook with me! 2-Gloria – Thanks for the Continue

    Share the love! + Giveaway!!!

    Share the love! with Tina, BookMatchmaker I recently stepped out of the romance genre to read Dark World, a non-fiction book from Zak Bagans, a man who set about documenting the afterlife – ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities. I was completely gripped by the book. For those of you who are familiar with me through blogging or through the publishing industry know that when I say – this is the BEST book I have read in a long time – is a very bold statement for me to make (Yes, I have literally read thousands of books and this easily makes my top books of all time). I loved this book so much that I purposely wrote this blog in such a way that I could mention it in more than just a passing… Continue

    A Writer in a Different SubGenre…+ Giveaway!!


    Part one: Subgenres of Romance
    By Stacey Agdern
    I was talking with a friend of mine, author Isabo Kelly, and it came up in conversation that her new release, Brightarrow Burning is a fantasy despite the fact that she’s known as a Science Fiction author. She was worried about this, but I reminded her that her style…her voice, came through in what she writes. After talking with her, I started to think about this idea a bit further, and it’s true. Despite the differences required when a writer switches subgenres, or even genres as a whole, a writer’s voice always comes through. Anybody who reads the JD Robb series can spot Nora Roberts in the way Eve, Roarke and the rest of the ensemble cast grow and change during the course of the series. Who… Continue

    Tell us about your job? + Giveaway!

    Tell us about your job? xesands I have the best job in the world – I truly do. I get to read amazing stories and then embody the author’s intent with my voice, bringing a deeper level of intimacy and connection to the reader’s experience. It’s heaven. What background does one need to become a narrator? First and foremost, you must both love to tell stories and be a natural storyteller (they don’t always go hand in hand). You need to have that drive to entertain, to truly bring your audience along on a experiential journey via the retelling. I feel very fortunate that my father is a natural storyteller who turns every interpersonal interaction into entertainment upon the retelling; his enthusiasm and really obsession with storytelling infected me at a young age. On the… Continue

    Book Review by Anne – SWEET REVENGE & Giveaway!!

    SWEET REVENGE by Christy Reece
    (Book #8 in the Last Chance Rescue Series) Reviewer: Anne
    Grade: A “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” Alfred Hitchcock In a case of mistaken identity, Jamie Kendrick is abducted and abused by a maniac – then sold to another madman for his evil son’s entertainment. Dylan Savage, an operative working for Last Chance Rescue serves as her knight-in-shining-armor when he rescues her from Stanford Reddington’s grip. With a his-word-against-her-word complaint, no actual physical proof, and the use of his wealth and powerful influence in Spain, Reddington remains free of prosecution. Now Jamie wants revenge for what was done to her, but even more importantly she wants this monster locked away where he can never hurt anyone again. Justice will be the sweetest revenge of all. Armed with a few… Continue

    Alix Review! + Giveaway!

    NO PLACE TO RUN by Maya Banks — reviewed by Alix: The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger. I loved the first KGI novel, it was dark and intense and painful and lovely to read and it was so freaking hot it was a wonderful thing to read. So it was with great pleasure that I looked forward to this book. I have loved Maya Banks books for years, the characters are always hot, complex and… Continue

    Once and Again + Giveaway!

    Once and Again is a delightful sexy romantic contemporary that speaks to us of family and second chances. Lily Travis never thought she would come back to Petal, Georgia but here she is trying to get her fifteen year old brother back on track and help her mother after her dad deserts them both for a 20 something woman. Sexy and all grown up, she has it all together until she sees Nathan Murphy. Nathan was the love of her life in collage until she saw him kissing her cousin. Seven years has passed since they broke up but Lily has never forgotten her first love. Nathan Murphy made a horrible mistake seven years ago when he let Lily walk away without a fight. Seeing her again has made Nathan realize that he never stopped… Continue

    This is Scandalous! + Giveaway

    Do you like Chest Hair on your men? Well, really, I mean on your romance heroes on the book covers . . . when we see all of these wonderful torso’s on book covers, should chest hair be included or not? When I was blogging as a bookseller, we did a post on this fun topic – amazing the responses so curious to see what you all think . . . .about chest hair.
    The next question is do most book covers show chest hair on our heroes. What do you think? Jaci Burton has a marvelous cover . . .but alas, no chest hair, do you see any?
    Checked out Pamela Clare’s yummy cover . . . and No.
    Do people find chest hair visually offensive? As readers, do you even notice? When we… Continue

    Age . . . does it matter? + Giveaway

    I was reviewing a submission from an agent & noticed that the author identified their work for a particular, ‘Target Age Group’ . . . does that matter to a reader?
    As a romance reader – when you’re reading a book, do you think, is this for my age group? Or is this book targeted to my generation? I have to say, I’ve never even thought of this. I basically think, that when I’m shopping in a store, I’m in the Romance section, therefore, those books would be for readers who like romantic stories, no matter what age, right?
    Taking this one step further, do you even notice the ages of your characters? When I’m reading, as a reader, I guess I’m figuring the H/H are in their 20’s or 30’s unless otherwise specified &… Continue

    People always ask me why romantic suspense? by Dee Davis + Giveaway!

    People always ask me why romantic suspense? And the answer is actually pretty straight forward. First off, I’ve been an incurable romantic for most of my life. As a little girl, I cried at the end of Cinderella because we didn’t get to see her get married. And I cheered endlessly for Calvin and Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. I wanted Aurora to find her prince charming. And I always thought Ned needed a bigger role in Nancy’s adventures. (I even had hopes for Lucy and Mr. Tumnus.) I always wanted the girl to get the guy in movies. And happily ever after was so important to me I (only occasionally) double checked the last line of a book to make sure it was so. And secondly, I adore suspense. When I was a… Continue