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Halloween Photos of Your Favorite Authors!

  Happy Halloween! Who can’t resist such a fun holiday where you can dress up and go out for a night of revelry? We asked our Loveswept, Flirt, and Ballantine Bantam Dell authors to send in past Halloween photos along with their favorite paranormal romance/Halloween-esque book! Your favorites authors, including Virna DePaul, Jude Deveraux, Molly O’Keefe, Mira Lynn Kelly, and Jamie Schmidt, among many others contributed—you’ll have a blast looking through their ingenious costumes!   Happy Halloween!   Ashlyn Macnamara Ashlyn Macnamara (author of WHAT A LADY CRAVES)
Q: Tell us about this photo. A: This is a Halloween party in 1985. My husband and I were at university and newly dating. I think I was a starlet–those are Madonna-style sunglasses on my head! I made the bodice entirely by hand, as I had… Continue
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Marriage of Convenience: Making a Classic Trope Modern

Molly O’Keefe, 2014 RITA Award winner, talks about the Marriage of Convenience trope—and why it’s hard to write in contemporary times, but how authors are able to make a classic plot line fresh and modern.   I love a good secret baby book, and don’t get me started on revenge plots, but my favorite—my very favorite romance plot line—is Marriage of Convenience. For those of you who might not have dipped your toe into this kind of story: basically, what happens is that two people agree to get married, or better yet have to get married for some practical or manipulative or dangerous reason, but the hero and heroine don’t like each other. Or better yet hate each other. Or even better, one of them is madly in love with the other but can’t ever… Continue
Virna DePaul

Awakened ~ Book Two in the Belladonna Agency by Virna DePaul: BookTrailer & Interview!

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.
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Last of the Red Hot Runaway Brides

I guess I was a runaway bride.  I figured out four days before my wedding that I didn’t want to marry my fiancé, my mother told me to fly home, and that was that. Mom also told me I wasn’t going to sit at home and cry, so she wanted me to call up an old friend that I hadn’t seen in fifteen years or so—which I didn’t want to do.  We hadn’t talked, and I was sure he was married with kids. Post-Runaway Bride moment, Tina Leonard has her own HEA.    But I finally cratered under Mom’s request (she’d promised to call his parents if I didn’t call him).  In retrospect, I think I could have called her bluff, but you didn’t bet the house against Mom.  She was one of the cagiest… Continue
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California Dreamin’: My Cowboy Hero

Never mind that I was born and raised on the East Coast: cowboys are my weakness. When I was growing up, if you wanted to see a man who spent his days and nights in the saddle the way I longed to, then you watched western series and movies on TV. I fell in love repeatedly. My first cowboy love was Clint Eastwood in the show Rawhide, a love that was reinforced by the spaghetti westerns he made with director Sergio Leone (For a Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; For a Few Dollars More). Since I was a kid, my love took an interesting form: I didn’t just want to be the impossibly cool cowboy, I wanted to look like him. For a period I went around… Continue
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Cover Reveal of ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff – Just Fabulous!!

Coming soon, and aren’t you excited? Fans of Ethan Frost and RUINED will adore the sequel — well, I’m sure you will . . . remember . . . we left you hanging by the seat of your pants (mind you that was not my idea)! ADDICTED will be available July — preorder here if you’d like – So tell me, are you loving the cover? If yes Tweet (just copy & paste): I’m Addicted to ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff #FrostonFriday
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Virna DePaul

WINNERS ANNOUNCED at the TURNED Blog Hop

Thanks everyone for joining the hop – winners are announced below and have been contacted – & if you’ve not won I hope you’ve been intrigued and pick up a copy of TURNED – Happy Reading!!

To celebrate Virna DePaul’s upcoming release of TURNED, (4/1/2014) we’re hopping and giving away free books — see the great prizes below! Make sure to visit each site to increase your chances to win! 20 great giveaways in all, and a BONUS! Prizes (must be 18 or older with a US mailing address to participate):
  • 10 Preview copy winners of TURNED by Virna DePaul
  • 5 Preview Copy winners of WANTED by J Kenner
  • 2 Preview eBook copy winners of A Vampire’s Salvation by Virna DePaul
  • 2 Preview eBook copy winners of Arrested by Love by Virna DePaul
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    Julie Cross

    Winners Announced! Happy Release Day to Me and THIRD DEGREE + Giveaway!

    I’m so thrilled that Third Degree is finally releasing today and I’m also very excited to present this excerpt from the book. I hope you enjoy it!
    Here’s the set up – since these aren’t the opening pages, I’ll give you a bit of backstory to set up the scene, though it’s not hard to follow along. This scene is the first meeting of my two main characters, Isabel and Marshall (aka Izzy and Marsh). Izzy has recently gotten some very bad news—she’s been rejected for medical residency programs because she failed her emotional readiness test. She’s decided, after a therapist and her boss suggest that her failure might be due to a “lack of normal teenage experiences,” to enroll as a college freshman all over again, but this time at an average university and… Continue
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    Virna DePaul’s Vixens Pre -Release Party!

    Don’t forget to #FollowFriday on Twitter, @RomanceatRandom, @VirnaDePaul and to visit us each Friday to meet Virna’s Vixens – a fabulous street team, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Cyndi Fari is our host this week offering today’s giveaway – 1 print preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series to a US winner, 18 years or older.
    To win, comment on Cyndi’s site answering this question- What intrigues you to read stories about sexy alpha vampires? Visit Cyndi’s site here Our winner will be chosen and we’ll contact her within the week. Good luck! Remember you must have a US mailing address and be 18 to win. Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your… Continue
    Virna DePaul

    Follow Friday: TURNED – New Release Giveaway!

    Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways! Tigris Eden is our host this week offering today’s giveaway – 1 print preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series to a US winner, 18 years or older.
    Visit her website here and enter to win by leaving a comment in the comment section.
    Our winner will be chosen and we’ll contact her within the week. Good luck!
    Remember you must have a US mailing address and be 18 to win. Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/21/14 – Happy Romance!… Continue
    Tracy WOlff

    Kinky Book Klub 5 Star Review = Shredded by Tracy Wolff, on sale now

    Book Review: Shredded (Extreme Risk #1) by Tracy Wolff Shredded – I had a lot of different endings in my head whilst I was reading this book, none of them came anywhere close. Bloody hell, talk about coming out of left field. Z is the stereotypical bad boy, love me and leave me, a different woman every night, and more often than not he can’t even remember their names. For most of the book his past is just hinted at, whatever it was has left him deeply broken and with a bit of a death wish, it makes him fearless, or reckless, depending on how you look at it. Ophelia is fragile, her past is much more recent, and she’s feeling a lot of guilt as well. The worst thing she could do is get… Continue
    Tess Gerritsen

    #Throwback Thursday with the re-release of Peggy Sue Got Murdered by Tess Gerritsen – look for, ‘Girl Missing’

    Have you read this re-release from author Tess Gerritsen, ~ New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, her stunning first thriller? A beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t listen. One of the town’s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat’s chief suspect. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who… Continue
    Stacey Kennedy

    #Cover Reveal – Desired (Club Sin) Kyler’s story by Stacey Kennedy

    USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy does it again with – Desired, the latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.

    Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control. After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions… Continue
    Robin York

    Book Review: Deeper by Robin York = 5 Stars!

    The Book Queen’s Book Palace Reviews, DEEPER by Robin York: I have read many reviews where the reader goes on and on about how the book tore her up, how she cried and raged. The term “ugly cry” is always mentioned two or three times in a very dramatic tone. I have always rolled my eyes at such claims. “Really? You cried – actually bawled, not just blinked back a stinging in your eyes? PLEASE!” I didn’t understand what these readers could possible be reading to make such claims. I wondered if I was missing some crucial reader DNA; I feared I was IUC – Incapable of Ugly Crying. Man was I wrong. And I now understand what other readers have known for years—ugly crying hurts. A lot. Deeper is an amazing book, for… Continue
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    #TyOnTuesday – The Belladonna Agency Begins with Turned by Virna DePaul

    Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This is week 2, Chapter One where Ty and Ana meet – enjoy!

    About the book:
    Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must… Continue
    Elise Sax

    Happy Release Day to Elise Sax & her book LOVE GAME

    Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends. Five months have passed since Gladie Burger came to Cannes, California, to join her eccentric Grandma Zelda in the family matchmaking business, and Gladie is quickly mastering the rules of attraction. Her latest fix-up is still going strong and Gladie’s bank account is back in the black—until a rival matchmaker arrives in town and has both Gladie and Zelda seeing red. Not only is self-proclaimed psychic Luanda Laughing-Eagle stealing Grandma Zelda’s clients, but Zelda is convinced that Luanda’s ESP is total BS. She tasks Gladie with exposing Luanda as a fraud, but Gladie’s attention is diverted when murder comes a-calling. Spencer Bolton, the gorgeous chief of… Continue
    Monica McCarty

    On sale today – The Raider by Monica McCarty #MenInKilts

    While you wait for the Outlander movie, wet your whistle with this amazing series – you’ll be glad you did - After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose. Lady Rosalin Clifford barely… Continue
    J Kenner

    Guilty Pleasures Reviews Wanted by J Kenner – on sale now

    Wanted is the first book in a new series by J. Kenner. If you are a fan of her Stark Trilogy series, you won’t want to miss out on this one. They are completely different stories, but her captivating writing style continues to pull readers into her literary world and hold them hostage until they have reached the last page. ~ Rhayne, Guilty Pleasures Read more here:
    Wanted is the first book in a new series by J. Kenner. If you are a fan of her Stark Trilogy series, you won’t want to miss out on this one. They are completely different stories, but her captivating writing style continues to pull readers into her literary world and hold them hostage until they have reached the last page. Angelina and Evan have a very original story.… Continue
    Jennifer Chance

    Already excited about release day giveaway! $20 EGC

    As the countdown clock to release day ticks away, Jennifer Chance is hosting a giveaway. One lucky winner will get a $20 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble just for sharing some book love. Please see the entry form below for details. Early Praise:
    “Jennifer Chance’s Rock It is perfect for those of us who like our books the way we like our rockers: smart, sexy, sweet, and a damn good time!”—Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Unbreak Me a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Jennifer Chance unleashes her hot new series with the tale of a smoldering rock star and the fangirl who catches his eye—and finds herself living out her wildest dreams. Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it… Continue
    Sally Eggert

    Romantic Times Reviews: In the Dark by Sally Eggert

    Romantic Times reviews new author Sally Eggert & her release IN THE DARK – enjoy! Romantic Times
    Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense, E-book
    Sensuality: MILD Suspense fans will really enjoy the tension that Eggert creates with her love triangle. The main character is faced with the choice of two men. One is an agency man who is a carbon copy of the ex-boyfriend, who betrayed her, and one is a suspected criminal. Because this tension is the driving force of the book the characters are hard to connect with and often don’t seem trustworthy. The plot also makes it hard to root for either guy. After a close call at her classified covert government agency job, Josie Nielsen doesn’t want to see any more action. She almost died despite the fact she… Continue
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    #Cover Reveal – Fake It by Jennifer Chance

    As her sizzling new series continues, Jennifer Chance sparks some serious combustion between a sexy biker and a corporate go-getter who’s ready to let her hair down. New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real. Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she.… Continue
    Robin York

    Quotes you’ll love from Robin York’s Deeper – on sale now

    “You arm yourself with love, friends, knowledge. You figure out who you are. What you want. You figure it out, and you go after it with everything you’ve got. And that means sometimes you have to let yourself be scared.”
    ― Robin York, Deeper
    **** “When you’ve got a shot at deeper, you have to fist your hands in its T-shirt and pull it closer. Tug until fabric rips. Yank at it, reel it in until it’s naked up against your belly and you’re starving and full, desperate and satiated, dizzy and grounded.”
    ― Robin York, Deeper
    **** “You’re mine. He hurt you. I want to hurt him.”
    ― Robin York, Deeper
    **** “You have a great shift.” I tell him. “I’ll see you around. It’s a good thing we’re not friends, or else maybe… Continue
    monica mccarty

    Saturday Snippet – The Raider, Highland Guards are Hot!

    New on Tuesday – After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart. Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose. Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness… Continue
    Tracy WOlff

    Much Love for this Story from the Examiner.com

    SHREDDED by Tracy Wolff
    New Adult Romance Book
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    January 18, 2014 In this intense and exhilarating New Adult series debut, a hotshot snowboarder and a rebel with a cause try to let go of the past—and find a future with each other. Twenty-one-year-old professional snowboarder Z Michaels is the bad boy of Park City, Utah. He’s always had his pick of any girl in town—and on the competition circuit. But underneath his cool exterior is a young man in turmoil, trying to take the edge off tragedy by overindulging in sex and shredding the slopes. In fact, Z’s rash behavior is a thinly veiled attempt to blunt his emotional suffering with physical pain. Ophelia Richardson isn’t like any girl Z has ever met. Though she’s from New Orleans, she’s no Southern belle—and she’s not… Continue
    Elise Sax

    Love Game, are you playing?

    Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s wickedly funny Matchmaker series proves that the road to love comes with a few dead ends.
    Early Praise:
    “Elise Sax will win your heart.”—Jill Shalvis “Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold ‘Em “In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series . . . a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind



    Too fun? Preorder now — Love Game is on sale 2/25/14.… Continue
    Virna DePaul

    Winner Announced! #FollowFriday with Virna’s Vixens + Giveaway!

    Romance at Random is this weeks tour stop with a new sneak peek and fabulous print signed copy giveaway to one lucky winner! Good luck – Just comment below answering this question, “What is the number one reason you read paranormal romance?”

    About the book:
    Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath. Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans… Continue
    Tina Wainscott

    “A five star, must-read” from The Best Reviews.com

    “A five star, must-read, romance with an alpha hero & kick-ass heroine you’ll fall in love with” I’m in a really happy place when I find a new author and series that just is so darn good that I can’t put the book down. It doesn’t matter what genre it is – contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, military, historical – if that author sweeps my reader mind away to his or her characters and settings in a way that everything else falls away. It’s a keeper and I’ll recommend it highly. That said if you like and/or love romantic suspense and military romances, get out and purchase Tina Wainscott’s new books, Wild Hearts (prequel) and Wild on You (book one), in her Justiss Alliance series. They are fabulous, can’t-put-it- down, page-turning reads. I was given… Continue
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    Congrats to USA Bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

    I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Stacey Kennedy, for her recent release BARED and achieving bestseller list status! Again!! Because her first Loveswept release CLAIMED also wowed readers — Stacey’s Dom’s are the best heroes hands down

    Goodreads reviewer Shauni says, “An emotional stunner that is so very much more than just another BDSM book.” “This was a beautiful story filled with emotion.” From reader Shelly Bell And, Kelly’s Books & Kisses said -“What a way to start a book. Chapter one was a bit intense and something you would find in the middle of any other book. But Stacey throw us into the deep in of the pool in this story.” Then Michelle gives us a word of warning:
    Aidan is mine bitches. 4.5 ass-spanking stars!
    Read all of Goodreads reviews here.… Continue
    Sally Eggert

    Book Review: 4 stars for In the Dark, a page-turning, suspenseful read from Sally Eggert

    Popular romance blog site Fresh Fiction reviews Sally Eggert’s recent release — 4 Stars for this hot suspense – read more here:

    One of the reasons I’m a fan of romantic suspense as it serves as the bridge between my love of mysteries and romance novels. The adrenaline rush that readers (and I) receive when an author has us wrapped up in the characters and story is not to be missed, so I’m always on the lookout for new titles and authors in this genre. IN THE DARK: A Loveswept Romantic Suspense by Sally Eggert is one of these titles. I’ll admit that when I first started reading the story, I wasn’t swept up in it, but I persevered and soon found myself needing a cheat sheet of who’s on first to keep up with… Continue
    ava miles

    Ava Miles talks about Songwriting – As Much an Art as Storytelling

    So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, a contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to talk about the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. Thanks so much to Sue for hosting me today.
    With this book, I did something pretty unusual. I wrote songs. Yes, that’s right. Songs. Country music songs since the book’s hero, Rye Crenshaw, is a steamy country music singer. I grew up in a pretty musical family, and for some reason, my hero just wanted me to share his music. So when the chapter opens in his point of view, I wrote a song to kick it off. It… Continue