Books to Buy: New Releases December 22

It’s holiday shopping crunch time and we don’t want you to forget the gift that keeps on giving: new releases! This week, we have a modern take on Romeo and Juliet by Reisa Rayven (look at that cover!), the latest from Larua Marie Altom, a cozy mystery set in a book group, and more.
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Cover Reveal: HIS SAVING GRACE by Sharon Cullen

How about this new cover for HIS SAVING GRACE by Sharon Cullen?! I’m pretty much in love with it! The story follows Lady Grace Ashworth who has been mourning the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come.  
I love how tender the couple looks on the cover–it’s the perfect way to show all of the emotion between these two characters! I’m swooning just thinking about it. 
Sharon Cullen

Pirating: It’s Not Gender Specific & Here’s Why

Female pirates are not a new thing to sailing. They’ve been around since, well, since sailing began, I daresay. There was Teuta of Illyria who, back in 231 BC, went up against the Roman Empire and won. In 1485 Sayyida al Hurra attacked Christian ships after her entire family was forced from their homes by Christians. After Jeanne-Louise de Belleville’s husband was captured and executed by the French government in 1343, a furious Jeanne-Louise sold her body and her land to purchase three warships. She painted the ships black and dyed the sails red and wreaked havoc on the king of France’s ships. Britain’s navy quailed in the face of Ching Shih, a female Chinese pirate who was in charge of over 300 ships and tens of thousands of men in 1775. Lady Elizabeth Killigrew,… Continue
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Did You Know Pirates Were Superstitious?

Pirates are an interesting lot in many ways. They’re criminals. They’re rogues. They’re mercenaries. They’re killers. They’re businessmen. They’re entrepreneurs. They’re smugglers. They are also very, very superstitious. Pirating was a democracy and it was this democratic way of running their ships that attracted a lot of sailors. Sailing for England’s Royal Navy was not all it was cracked up to be—especially for those on the lower rung of the ladder. If a pirate didn’t like the way things were run, a vote was taken and the captain could be voted off the island, so to speak. In other words, there were rules to follow on this democratic sailing vessel and a lot of those rules came about because of superstitions that were passed on from sailor to sailor, ship to ship and generation… Continue

Who’s Your Favorite Disney Hero or Heroine?

I watched Frozen for the first time this week. I’m not much of a movie watcher because I work and I write and I have three kids, two dogs and one husband. Well, you get the point. Movies are way down the list on my to-do list. But my daughter (who will be exiting her teenage years in a few months) was so excited that Frozen was finally out in video that she insisted we watch it. And I have to say I was as hooked as everyone else. Disney did it again with this wonderful movie of two sisters. In fact, I’m watching it for the second time this week as I write this. Disney has a way of creating a movie that draws all age groups in from adults all the way down… Continue
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Read An eBook Week: Enter to Win 5 eBooks!

March 3-8 is “Read an eBook Week!” To celebrate, Loveswept and Flirt are giving away 5 eBooks to 5 lucky winners! Enter to win 1 of 5 prize packs, which includes: ROCK IT by Jennifer Chance
BARED by Stacey Kennedy
WILD ON YOU by Tina Wainscott
SHREDDED by Tracy Wolff
PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullen Enter by Friday, March 8 at 11:59pm PT for a chance to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Purely Sensational! Lover of Romance Reviews PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullen

Lover of Romance’s review from Goodreads was one of my all time favorites — how can you not adore, be intrigued – shoot, want to read this after you read: Pleasing The Pirate is such a wonderfully written historical romance, that is full of historical events, enticing characters, and a story line to keep you on the edge and waiting in anticipation for the next scene to send thrills down your spine!!! PURELY SENSATIONAL!!

Read the rest of Lover of Romances review here
Thanks Lover of Romance! We love you!
Sharon Cullen

Winner’s Announced: A little Scots anyone? Who doesn’t like a man in a kilt?

When my editor and I were discussing ideas for upcoming stories she asked me what I thought about writing something Scottish. I had to think about that for a moment. I’m not sure why because my favorite historical romances are Scottish based. And, really, who doesn’t like a man in a kilt, right? So I thought about it for a moment and I have to admit the amount of research I would have to do was a bit intimidating. I’ve never written anything Scottish before. I told Sue that I would definitely consider writing a Scottish historical romance—without a clue as to what I would actually write. And then, months later, a scene came to me, fully formed—woman holding a pistol on a pirate and demanding his help. I was intrigued—as was the pirate—and decided… Continue
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Sunday Snippet with Tuesday Release (2/25) Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen

Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan. The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a… Continue
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How Sharon Cullen #Loveswept author deals with the Polar Vortex

The holidays are over and, for me at least, the dark days of winter are here. That Polar Vortex thing? I’m so over it. Not to complain or anything, but geez Mother Nature, could you give us a break?

My kids have been off school. A lot. Let me repeat that. A. LOT. Even my college kid has had her classes canceled. Call me old, but when I was in college you went to class come hell or high water. Or freezing temperatures. But. Okay. Whatever.

Keeper’s Book Review: Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen ~ “I found myself wishing the book would never stop.”

Loving the Earl picks out all the best parts out of every historical romance and puts it all together into this one amazing book. There’s the hot rogue who hides under an unsocial mask, the beautiful, bold woman trying to live her life after an abusive marriage, a brother who hires afore-mentioned rogue to protect his sister, mysterious letters, stolen luggage, false companions, sex (uhhhh….), highwaymen, gamblers, and a very happy ending. Besides, the guy on the cover does look pretty hot himself.

Interview with Sharon Cullen and her new release Loving the Earl

In Sharon Cullen’s, LOVING THE EARL, Claire Hartford is determined to have the adventure she’d been denied when she was younger. A young widow held under the thumb of her abusive late husband, Claire vows that she will have her fun no matter what. But Lord Nathan Ferguson has other ideas. Tasked to watch out for Claire by her overprotective brother and on a mysterious mission of his own, Nathan has no idea what he’s getting into… Interview by Samantha Kane, Devil In My Arms releases later this month!

Where do you find new authors? by Sharon Cullen

The other day, while I was taking my nail polish off, I had this thought. Do cotton manufacturers deliberately make small cotton balls so they can sell triple sized cotton balls? Because I’m a triple-sizer, myself. I don’t want any small cotton balls to try to tackle the task of taking off my nail polish. Yes, these are the things I think about. Weird, I know. But that got me to thinking about marketing. Do they market cotton balls as triple sized because we consumers think we’re getting more for our money?

Routine? I don’t need no routine by Sharon Cullen

As I’m typing this, the Cullen kidlets are getting ready to go back to school. I think I’m more upset by the end of summer than they are. Mainly because I don’t like routine.

Even though I’m not a big fan of the heat, summer is my most favorite time of the year because of the lack of routine. There’s no set time to get up in the morning. No set time to go to bed. I love that!

Summer Memories by Sharon Cullen

When I was young every Friday afternoon in the summer my parents would pack up the car, hook up the boat and drive to my grandma’s lake house. The place was small, just three bedrooms, and we squished my family of four, my aunt’s family of three and my grandma into this place with one bathroom and no air conditioning. Friday nights were spent unpacking, taking a quick boat ride and eating dinner. Saturdays we’d get up, eat breakfast, pack our lunches in a big blue and white cooler and hit the lake in our bathing suits. I can still feel the hot, humid air, the cool breeze as the bow of the boat cut through the white-capped waves.

#CoverReveal – Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen *love*

In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake. Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s gangplank. He is Lord Blythe, a man whispered about in London’s ballrooms and drawing rooms, a scandalous rogue hell-bent on seduction. Nathan Ferguson curses the day he agreed to look out for his best friend’s wayward sister. The charismatic earl is traveling to Paris to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, but his desire for Claire threatens to be his undoing. From France to Italy, on a journey of passionate discovery… Continue

The good, the bad, the ugly – by Sharon Cullen

“Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The other day a few fellow authors and I were talking about reviews—the good, the bad and the ugly. Of course we all gloat about the good reviews. We spread the word and pat ourselves, and each other, on the back. And that’s what we should do. We work hard to put a good book out there. We pour everything we have into the pages of those books and when someone says they like it, it’s a relief in a lot of ways. But what about the bad reviews?

The Notorious Lady Anne on sale now for .99

Need a good poolside read for the weekend? Looking for a book about swashbuckling pirates and a heroine that doesn’t act like your normal heroine? Then I have the answer for you. The Notorious Lady Anne. And… To make it even sweeter, Random House has lowered the price to .99 until June 2nd . (You can find it here) How can you pass that up??? The reviews have been great. Jennifer Irving gave it five stars and said, “This book is the book I’ve been searching for for over a year. A good old-fashioned bodice ripper, but with an actual story!!”

Guest Post: Careful . . . or you’ll end up in my Novel

This plaque hangs in my kitchen. When people who don’t know that I actually do write novels visit, they chuckle. My husband, very seriously says, “No, really. She will.”

Do I write real people into my books? Yes. And no. As a writer I’m constantly watching people. I watch how they move. I listen to how they say things. I study everything about them. It’s a habit by now, something I don’t even realize I’m doing.

Guest Post: High School love, does it last? + $20 EGC Giveaway!

I was on Facebook the other day when someone mentioned that they heard high school romances don’t last. That got me to thinking. My husband and I met when I was sixteen (on the school bus). A long time later he told me that when he first saw me he had the thought, “I want her to be the mother to my kids.” Pretty heavy thinking for a seventeen year old boy.

An interview of Shana Galen + Giveaway!

Interview by Sharon Cullen, author of THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE, on sale now! SC: I discovered Shana Galen’s books way back when she first published The Making of a Duchess and I was hooked. I’ve read every one that has been published since then. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to pick her brain today (insert evil laugh). SC: First of all, congratulations on your newest release, If You Give a Rake a Ruby. SG: Thank you! It’s lucky number 13 for me. SC: Your latest series is about three courtesans, or Cyprians, which is not the norm in the romance world. What made you decide to make a courtesan your heroine? SG: Sometimes it’s as fun to write about the bad girls, the dangerous girls, as it is to write about those… Continue

Release Day for Sharon Cullen and The Notorious Lady Anne + 5 book Giveaway

Today is the big day! The Notorious Lady Anne releases today. Whoo Hooo! I’m so excited that words cannot express it. And, to top it off, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There is no better time for a romance author than Valentine’s Day. So to honor both my release day and Valentine’s Day, I am showing you a little peek into a very private scene between Emmaline (Lady Anne) and her love, Nicholas. You won’t find this anywhere else.
Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!

Shana Galen interviews Sharon Cullen and their love of pirates! + Giveaway!

Recently I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Sharon Cullen’s The Notorious Lady Anne, which releases February 11. I loved it! It was sexy, fun, and full of action. There’s nothing better than a pirate book, especially one this well-written with engaging characters and swashbuckling adventure. Today I’m privileged to interview Sharon about her new book. Shana Galen: Hi Sharon. Tell us about The Notorious Lady Anne. Is this is the first book in a series or a stand-alone? Sharon Cullen: Hi, Shana. First of all, thank you for your very kind words regarding The Notorious Lady Anne. I’m thrilled you loved it. This is the first book of two (hopefully more) but each book can stand alone.

Believe: Guest Post by Sharon Cullen

The presents have been opened, the Christmas cookies eaten and of course, we now know the Mayans were way wrong. Now we’re looking forward to a new year.
A new beginning. It’s time to think about what we want to accomplish and to set some goals. 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for me. My debut book from Loveswept, The Notorious Lady Anne, will be released in February as well as The Infamous Lord Blythe later in the year. For years my motto has always been one word. Believe. It can encompass whatever I want it to. Believe and you will achieve. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. This one word has propelled me to be the best writer I can be. To not quit when the odds seemed… Continue

Guest Post: Don’t Sell Yourself Short by Sharon Cullen

The other day a friend and I were having a discussion about the proper way to pronounce Bogata. I know, weird. But my friend, who’s a hair stylist, said, “This is why you write books and I do hair.” It got me thinking about the skills we possess. Yes, I write books. But there is no way I can look at a person and know what color their hair should be and what style suits the shape of their face, their lifestyle, etc. then actually execute it. Trust me, you don’t want me near your hair with a pair of scissors. It also got me thinking about the skills I don’t possess—like my inability to stay organized or to do complicated math in my head or to understand Excel spreadsheets.