Guest Post -2012 Reading Goals + Giveaway!

2012 Reading Goals Holly: Many of us set resolutions in the new year. I personally don’t believe in resolutions. I feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure when I set resolutions. Year before last, I did set a reading goal. I’d planned to read 144 books and I reached my goal. Last year I set a reading goal of 211 books in 2011 and didn’t reach it. I only read 191 (I think. I haven’t tallied up all the re-reads yet). Not a bad number, but not the number I was shooting for. This year I’m going to try for 200. That’s about 16 books a month, approximately 3 a week. I don’t think that’s unreasonable. 2011 was a pretty crazy year. I had a hard pregnancy and then a newborn, so my… 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: 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!!

Loveswept Holiday Hop — 25 e-book drawing & ONE Grand Prize Winner!

Happy Holidays to everyone – Romance At Random is celebrating their Loveswept line with a random e-book Giveaway to 25 winners plus an opportunity to win one Grand Prize from Enter here to be included in the random e-book drawing (25 winners will pick up their e-book from Net Galley) and then stop on by and comment to enter the drawing to be the ”one’ Grand Prize winner, a selection of great books! Good Luck & Happy Holidays to all! INCREASE your chances to win by visiting all of the participating ‘Loveswept – Holiday Hop’ sites! Winners will be contacted after 1/10/12. Just a FEW MORE DAYS! **** And don’t forget to comment below to be part of the Grand Prize drawing!!
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25 e-book winners include:
Mara Brandon
Lewis Brandy… Continue

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

Holiday decorations . . . when do you take them down? + Giveaway!!

I love the holidays — the smells from baking cookies, the cheer created as you’re decorating the tree, decorating your house; I love the music, the movies — I love the holidays. The problem is, I never get to start them when I want to . . . . my tree went up on December 4th, was that too early to put up my tree?

Hanukkah is later this year, December 20 – 28 – is it too early then to put up a menora? The stores started decorating in July, well maybe Oct — but, they had Christmas items for sale back in August!! I should be able to put my tree up the day after Thanksgiving, don’t you agree? But the BIG question now is . . .when do you take all those… Continue

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Paperback on sale soon – Order Here It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that… Continue

Sue’s Review – The Demon Lover, by Juliet Dark + 5 Book Giveaway!!

I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh. Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why Continue

Christmas Memories + Giveaway – Ereader from Jessica Scott

Christmas Memories I’m writing today and celebrating. This is an incredibly special Christmas for my family. My husband is finally home from Iraq and for the last time. The war is over, he won’t be going back. My kids have been little the first couple of Christmases my husband was gone. I doubt they remember the Christmas that he and I were both deployed. I remember it well. There were little Christmas lights hanging in the TOC (tactical operations center) and I distinctly remember a few lonely ornaments hanging on a tree outside the CHU (containerized housing unit) I was fortunate to share with my husband. Funny, I remember the green and the particular shade of blue of those ornaments. They stayed there the rest of the year but I remember seeing them that first… Continue

Random Thoughts with Stefanie Sloane – Dancing with the Stars!

Dancing with the Stars! I thought long and hard about what special gift I wanted to give you all. My pocket book doesn’t allow for diamonds or a new Benz in the driveway. And my schedule is too tight to fit in an extra story. But I’ve got something even better. It’s a secret. A secret that needs to be told. You see, Julia Quinn and I love the nightlife. We love to boogie. That’s right; we’re disco dancing fools. It’s incredible aerobic exercise and, let’s face it, we look awesome in our bell bottoms and platform shoes. So just for you, we’ve put together a holiday dance routine. We hope that it brightens the holidays and inspires everyone to get on down to Funky Town and shake your groove thing! What is your fav Continue

What Would Griswold Do? and giveaway!

What Would Griswold Do?
There’s a disturbing epidemic growing in America. One that affects thousands, perhaps millions (seasonally anyway). White Light Syndrome, commonly referred to as WLS, is taking over our neighborhoods, our towns and dare I say it….lives. Availability is nationwide. All the big box stores are perpetuating this travesty at low prices and BOGO deals. But don’t give in to the temptation; your family’s well-being depends on it. Those twinkling white lights might seem innocuous but they’re evil bunnies, rapidly multiplying when your back is turned—and sometimes when it’s not (they have no shame!)

Don’t be Caught Unaware! (The outbreak first appeared above the porch.)

Aren’t these homes and their lights so pretty, so pleasing to the eye? So festive and welcoming. Don’t. Be. Fooled.

House of Horrors. Who knows what lurks Continue

Readings of Comfort and Joy + Giveaway!

Readings of Comfort and Joy During the holiday season when it seems as though I don’t have ten minutes to myself, much less time to read, I find myself reaching for my old battered copy of Saving Grace by Julie Garwood or my well worn copy of Paradise by Judith McNaught. Whether I’m nursing a cold, shopping for Christmas presents or running the dog to the vet because he chased a squirrel and didn’t see the tree until he ran smack into it (Yes, this really happened!) sometimes I just want to cuddle up with one of my comfort reads! I love the story, I love the characters and absolutely love to revisit that book (or author) time and again, knowing that it will never disappoint! Or maybe it starts when I pick up their… 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

Release Week, something everyone should experience + E-Reader giveaway!!!!

Release Week Wrap Up, by Jessica Scott
On Facebook It’s been almost 3 weeks since Because of You debuted here at Romance at Random. I’ve got to tell you, I really had absolutely no idea what published authors were always talking about when they said don’t plan on doing anything during release week. Honest to goodness, what else could there be to do? I wrote the book, worked through revisions. Did a few pre-positioned blog posts.
Honestly, who would have thought release week was such a major, overwhelming event? Yeah, it really was. And please, in no way take this as a complaint, because I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat: I am thrilled at the excitement I lived through for the last couple weeks. It was terrifying as the clock ticked down… Continue

Contemporary Native American Stories + Giveaway!

Contemporary Native Americans by Michele Stegman We are all curious about how other people live. It’s why archaeologists dig up burials, why the paparazzi follow famous people around, and it’s one of the reasons we read fiction—to get a glimpse of how other people live. In historical romances, Native Americans live a different lifestyle from other Americans. The author often gives us a picture of that lifestyle gleaned from anthropological reports, historical records, and old photographs. It is also often terrifying for the heroine of a romance book if she happens to get captured by Native Americans. There was a long-standing war between natives and incoming European-Americans, after all. The men were warriors and hunters, yet lived in communion with nature. But what about Native Americans today? When I started doing research for Mr. Right’s… Continue

Winners Announced!! Happy Thanksgiving, from a soldier’s POV & our Giveaway!


Happy Thanksgiving – From Jessica Scott, author of Loveswept’s New Release, BECAUSE OF YOU
Thanksgiving is the time of year where we all kind of take a moment to gather with family and friends and take time to really think about what you’re thankful for in your life. In 2009, I spent Thanksgiving in Iraq and I really got to think about what I was thankful for. If you’re interested, you can read that Thanksgiving day post here. Anyway, being home and having not deployed for a while, sometimes, you get a little further removed from the little things in daily life that make a huge difference. Something as little as having a real toilet can really turn a day around, you know? And I distinctly remember getting to… Continue

WINNERS ANNOUNCED – Gratitude Giveaway Hop – 11/17 – 11/27/2011

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Winners Announced – thank you everyone for playing — we’ve got another planned for December so Please stop on by ***DONNA SHAW***
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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

Everybody’s good at something – what are you good at? + Giveaway!

Everybody’s good at something – what are you good at?
By Cassandra Carr
I think at some point most everybody’s mother said to them, “Everybody’s good at something, honey, you just have to find out what that is for you”, or some version of those words. Well, in this case, Mom was right. Everybody is good at something. Maybe you can write – thanks for the writing gene, by the way, Mom! (She’s also a writer.) Or maybe you’re good at decorating cakes. Doing cross-stitch, playing football, taking apart a computer and putting it back together – the point is, everybody has something they’re good at. So what are you good at? Do you take the time to nurture what you’re good at? Are you lucky enough to do what you’re good at for a… Continue

Baby got back — + Giveaway!

We may have started a trend! To me there is nothing sexier than a guys back & neck — something about that strong definition of the shoulders & ‘v’ line from the waist on up is . . nice. Below the waist is nice too

Covers with the hero and heroine look so delicate & romance-like, don’t you think?

Covers that feature H/H in an embrace can also be a good look for the reader — you can visualize the H/H as to how you’d like them to be; how you’ve created them in your mind after reading the story . . . too much of a frontal view can spoil that option for me.

The heroine facing forward does not matter as much to me — but the hero, I would prefer creating his… Continue

Bookmatchmaker & Giveaway!

The Matchmaker
Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
Make me a match,
Find me a find,
catch me a catch
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
Look through your book,
And make me a perfect match
I’ve been a bookseller, a marketing guru, a publicist, an editor, a writer and more importantly always a reader. No matter what kind of hat I’ve worn in the publishing industry there has been a constant common thread. Putting the right book into the right hands – I found it a challenge to get the match just right. My reward always came in the form of the reader returning and saying – What’s next?? What else should I read? Or while I was working marketing on a larger scale, finding the right medium in which to reach the reader. Recently I read an article in which Katie… Continue

Weekly Winners!

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: 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- KA Burton 2-Diane 3- Casea 4-Jennifer L 5-Kris

Until next week – happy romance! SueG

November – Giveaway Hop, just in time for the giving season – Good Luck!

We want to hear from you & would love to giveaway, 5 post spots in December – the theme is, ‘Giving At Christmas’, what are some of your favorite things to give & receive, 500 words or less with a question at the end to ignite discussion – give it a whirl & see if blogging is something you’d like to do
+ books
5 Randomly chosen winners to receive random romance books!
(US only for book giveaway) – thanks for visiting us at Romance At Random!

Click on the image to see other participating sites WINNERS Congrats to all!
Debbie Davis
Julie Bee Lippo
Donna The Happy Booker
Krystal Larson

BOOK REVIEW from Ing – 10 BOOK Giveaway, THE VIPER

Our winners – thanks everyone!! These ladies have been contacted via email – hope you were one:
Brunette librarian
Cheryl c
Tiffany freund
Angela Bergeron
Donna ann
June m
Emily tardy
Catslady Today only – 10 book giveaway on THE VIPER — winners announced by end of day in this post – US ONLY – Good luck! The Viper by Monica McCarty
Book 4 of the Highland Guard series
My Synopsis:
Lachlan MacRuairi has been fighting for the last two years to get back to Isabella “Bella” MacDuff. Bella and the family and friends of Robert the Bruce were captured during a mission that Lachlan was in charge of. He was assigned to guide them to safety by Robert the Bruce. After their capture the… Continue

Know thy Enemy / Villain + Giveaway!

If You Hear Her, by Shiloh Walker – NOW on sale! Know thy Enemy / Villain I’ve been thinking a lot about villains. Maybe it’s because I just got back from the Moonlight & Magnolias Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and I hit three workshops on romantic suspense and villains–Mary Burton & Kate Brady in particular did astounding jobs. Maybe it’s because I’m spazzing about my new trilogy, the Ash books–If You Hear Her, If You See Her and If You Know Her. Maybe it’s because I’m finishing up a new book with an interesting villain–this villain is rather enamored with the heroine, in a unique sort of way. But I’m focused on villains. Bad guys. One thing that those two workshops seemed to hit on was making sure the bad guy isn’t just… 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

The Viper by Monica McCarty + Giveaway!

The VIPER (on sale 10/18/11) is the fourth book in my HIGHLAND GUARD series, which blends my love for “strapping lads in plaid” with my other love of Special Ops romance. Think: Braveheart meets SEAL Team Six. Lachlan MacRuairi is given the war name “Viper” for his stealth and snake-like ability to get in and out of almost anywhere. An expert in extraction, he’s a mean bastard (literally) who is looked on with suspicion even by his own Highland Guard brethren. He’s the ultimate “bad boy” who meets his match with Bella MacDuff, the brave woman who is called upon to crown Robert the Bruce as king, in defiance of the most powerful man in Christendom, Edward I, King of England. This real life heroine suffers greatly for her bravery, and it’s Lachlan who is… Continue

& More Western Romance + Giveaway!

Hello from award-winning author Becky Barker

I’m a contemporary western romance writer. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the history of the old west or historical fiction, but my heart and mind are firmly ensconced in the here and now. I try to back up what I’ve learned over the years with research to give my books as much authenticity as possible. My fascination with everything western started at an early age and revolved around my love of horses. I live in rural Ohio, so not exactly the wild west, but horses are pretty common here. My uncle was a Farrier; someone who fashions steel shoes for horses’ hooves. He and my cousin also roped calves in the rodeo circuit which added fodder to my active imagination. As a very young (grade school)… 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

You’ve Got to Have Friends – Sylvia Day + Giveaway!!

You’ve Got to Have Friends – Sylvia Day – A TOUCH OF CRIMSON + Giveaway Relationships are what romance novels are all about. Boy meets girl, boy woos and wins girl (or she manages to smack enough sense into him that he realizes he’s been caught), and they live happily ever after. We go along for the ride because watching the relationship develop is where the magic happens. Two people who are so alike they should hate each other or two people who are so opposite they should clash horribly somehow find that they’re the perfect half of each other. But there’s magic to be found in the secondary relationships, too–siblings and parents, co-workers and acquaintances, and friends. Friendships are precious gifts to us all. Each one of my friends meets a special need in… Continue

Welcome to the Journey . . + Giveaway!!

Welcome to the Journey of a Debut Author Blog Tour! Although my debut FEVER doesn’t come out until Spring 2012, I thought it would be fun to let readers in on what goes behind the scenes of getting a debut author prepared for publication. Also, I’ll be giving away books from some of my favorite authors on every stop of the blog tour! This week, we’re starting with The Call. Yes, The Call. Even as romance readers, you’ve likely heard of how important this moment is for any writer.

A writer receives The Call. An agent who you’re interested in wants to represent you and you give your whole-hearted yes! What happens after you’ve finished Snoopy-dancing? Well, you might know that there’s usually an extremely difficult process writers go through to get that agent. It… Continue