On The Shelf: Paranormal for Newbies

Paranormal romance is one of my all time favorite sub-genres. I love it: the world-building, the danger, the claiming and mating -- it’s the ultimate in reading escapism. We all know about the basics of paranormal romance (PNR) so this week’s On The Shelf is offering you some ideas that you may not have thought of.

LOW MIDNIGHT by Carrie Vaughn

LOW MIDNIGHT spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s fan-favorite supporting character, Cormac Bennett — a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future. Kitty fans tend to love or hate Cormac. I’m in the middle; I like him quite a bit but I don’t love him. He is a… Continue
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Winners Announced – Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Happy Release Day – TURNED by Virna DePaul + Giveaway

Happy Release Day to Virna DePaul! This weeks #TyOnTuesday is a romantic sneak peek and a #Giveaway – good luck! TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – Enter the rafflecopter below to win one of five print books – must be US.
And now, the reason why I love romance . . . “More. I want more.” “You want my tongue on your clit? Because that’s what I want. So bad, Ana.” “Do it,” she whimpered. He shifted position. A second later, his fingers still working inside her, he used his tongue to lap at her, groaning at the familiar sweetness of her juices. She was the best thing he’d ever tasted. Better than all the human blood he’d drunk since he’d been turned. “This is what feeds me,” he said. “This is what I want. This… Continue
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Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Snippet of TURNED by Virna DePaul

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – only one more week of snippets from Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 This week, an insight into Ty & Ana’s mission, Ana has learned about Gloria and is worried for her sister- this snippet will touch your heart.

About the book:
So this part might be a little redundant for those of you that have been steady followers of Ty-On-Tuesday — however, for the benefit of you newbies – here’s a short recap:
Ty is hot, he’s an FBI agent and a vampire (I might have neglected to mention the vampire part in earlier posts but through the snippets you probably figured that out, and hey, he’s gorgeous – does it matter?). He is also employed by the Belladonna agency and on a mission that requires them 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
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Ty-On-Tuesday ~ Snippet of TURNED by Virna DePaul – This Is Hot!

Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – A new steamy excerpt of our H/H, no blushing – Enjoy!

A little back story about the book:
FBI Agent, Ty Duncan, works for the Belladonna Agency – an organization trying to track and kill rogue vampires – Yes, they are real and no, most of us don’t even know they exist. But in order to make sure this stays true the Agency needs to find their headquarters and do what needs to be done. Ava Martin is recruited to assist the agency by gaining access into a compound they believe harbors a vampire trafficking scheme — what’s in it for her? Well – Ty, of course and finding her sister, who they believe… Continue
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Virna’s Vixens – Manga Maniac Cafe Hosts this Week’s TURNED Print 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! Starting today, 1 print ‘signed copy’ preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series:
Enter to win, Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting this giveaway — hurry over to her site and comment to win — good luck!
http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/?p=10291 Next week check back www.romanceatrandom.com to see where your stop will be on 3/7/14 – Happy Romance!

Book Trailer: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian #Newrelease on sale today!

In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love. Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Sneak Peek! Scribd excerpt of #Lara Adrian’s EDGE OF DAWN

About the book:
In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.

Guest Post: Small Towns are the new Vampires?!? + Giveaway!

I wouldn’t be able to pass this along, if I hadn’t heard it quoted at a conference recently. Since I didn’t ask permission, I hesitate to name names, but the quote had me thinking…could it be? Will the number of small town romances and small town series start hitting the shelves, and immediatly flying off because readers simply cannot get enough of them? I surely do hope so! I was delighted when my editor asked if I’d like to write a small town series. I’ve always enjoyed using small towns as part of the settings in my books. The small town of Emerson, Colorado was the setting for my historical Irish Western Series, and Merewood Keep, the setting for my Medieval trilogy was a small town unto itself.

Zombies and Witches and Romance, Oh My!

This Halloween, we wanted to recommend some of our favorite spooky love stories featuring everything from ghosts and ghouls, to various creatures of the night. Below, pick your favorite scary romance sub-genre, and we’ll have just the thing you’re looking for. Click on each cover to read an excerpt and learn more.

Romance and its overused sub-genres + Giveaway

One night, late at night, I was Tweeting and noticed a conversation going on with some of the Tweeters I follow about overused romance sub-genres. I thought that was an interesting word choice used to describe a sub-genre that was over published. After a few more Tweets I realized they were talking about a specific sub-genre and what has been ‘lumped’ into it. As the Tweeting went on it was clear they were talking about the paranormal sub-genre and that it was used too often to describe books, that in the ‘Tweeters‘ estimation should not even have been included in the paranormal sub-genre. So in fact, it was not that the category was over published, but that the books categorized as paranormal were not paranormal at all. That shed a whole different light… Continue

The H. P. Mallory Starter Kit: How to Dive into the Jolie Wilkins Paranormal Romance Series

H. P. Mallory, the author of Fire Burn and Couldron Bubble and the Dulcie O’Neil series, was a self-published, bestselling sensation in eBook before signing a book deal with Random House for the next three books in the Jolie Wilkins series. On sale today is Witchful Thinking, the latest in this sexy, funny series about a self-deprecating psychic named Jolie whose life is forever changed when handsome warlock Rand walks into her life and insists that she’s a witch. It turns out quickly enough that Jolie also has a unique ability to reanimate the dead, but really, it’s not until she’s crowned Queen of the Underworld that Jolie’s life gets really complicated, and that’s where this novel picks up the tale. The books are cute, light reading, full of what we love the… Continue

Be Witched: A Jolie Wilkins/Rand Balfour Novella – Available for $0.99

H. P. Mallory was a self-published sensation before coming to Random House to continue her bestselling Jolie Wilkins series. In this sexy and spellbinding original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Mallory presents the exciting Underworld from a never-before-seen point of view—through the eyes of Rand Balfour, a drop-dead gorgeous warlock and the love of Jolie Wilkins’s life. While the undead wage a brutal civil war, Rand Balfour has only one thing on his mind: protecting his true love, Jolie Wilkins, the savvy and spirited witch whose powers have made her the toast—and target—of the new Underworld order. For Rand, keeping Jolie safe means guarding against allies and enemies alike. First there’s Sinjin Sinclair, a dangerously seductive vampire who has his fangs set on Jolie, and who Rand suspects of harboring a sinister agenda.… Continue

A Taste of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella – Read instantly for $1.99

For fans who have been been waiting to devour Darker After Midnight, as well as new readers tempted by the seductive thrills of her Midnight Breed novels, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian offers up a tantalizing appetizer in A Taste of Midnight. In this spellbinding eBook novella of otherworldly desire, a woman whose destiny was born from a blood kiss discovers that second chances do come . . . even for immortals. A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances… 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

My First Blog Post by Bobbie Baynard + Giveaway!

Hi and welcome everyone to my first blog post. Wow! I can’t believe I just typed those words. First, I would like to thank Sue Grimshaw for offering me this opportunity. Second, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Bobbie Baynard. I am @mamaboo7907 on Twitter. I am a married mom of two wonderful children. Books are my addiction and romance is my favorite genre. You usually will not find me without a book or my children near. *grin* When Sue offered me this post, I about fell over in shock. Me, the fan girl who finally worked up the nerve to apply to a review site and who still can’t get over the fact I have authors as my friends on Facebook, doing a blog post? One word came to mind first–WOW,… Continue

Guilty Pleasures Plus Giveaway!!

Guilty Pleasure Reads…Prepare to Defend Yourself… Even If You Don’t Have To In last month’s blog I surprised myself by responding to a commenter by saying “I’ll admit…” I’ll admit? As if I perhaps shouldn’t?? Because what? Because of what someone might say or think? I unashamedly read romances, but yet I felt I had to qualify my response in order to make myself feel less guilty… I’ll say it again; I’m a Twilight addict, a Twihard. As in I read and enjoy rereading the Twilight Saga. All of them. Even Breaking Dawn… Why did I feel this way? I’ve always been able to freely admit I love to read romances. I used to have discussions with my first book store manager. He would ask me, “You’re so smart. Why do you read romances?” Yes,… Continue

First Crush by Louisa Edwards + Giveaway!!!

My first crush was the boy who sat next to me in 2nd grade, Shawn. He was a bad boy (of course!) always getting in trouble and mouthing off to the teacher—which was highly exciting to little goody-two-shoes Louisa. He wrote me my very first love letter, then immediately got embarrassed and ripped it out of my hands, wadding it up and cramming it into the depths of his desk. But I retrieved the letter and kept it in my dinosaur pencil case the whole year. Decades later, I’m happily married and wouldn’t change my life for anything—but I still wonder, sometimes, what happened to Shawn Last-Name-Forgotten. What would you do if you came face to face with your first crush? What would you say? More to the point—what would HE say? These are the… Continue

Who Got You Hooked? + Giveaway!!

Who Got You Hooked? by Wendy Crutcher I flat-out love talking books, but my favorite people in the whole world to chat with are romance readers. To a certain extent I think all avid readers are a passionate lot, with a wide variety of experiences and opinions – but romance readers hold the market share. Those who aren’t savvy about the genre like to paint all of us with the same broad brush, but the truth is we’re all very different people, with very different tastes. However, there are two things that romance readers share in common, across the board. One, we all love our happy endings and two, we can all pinpoint how we got hooked on the genre. I was turned on to romance as a high school freshman – so around 13.… Continue


Jax Cassidy & Kristen Painter Kristen – Hi, Sue! Thanks for having Jax and I over to guest blog today. Jax – Thanks for inviting us, Sue! We’re excited to be here. Kristen – I’m going to jump right in and say I believe the number one mistake I see new writers make is moving too fast. They’re so eager to submit their work, they end up making numerous errors that could otherwise be easily avoided. Things like sloppy query letters, poorly polished manuscripts and submitting to agents and editors who don’t necessarily rep the genre they’re submitting. Jax – To piggyback on that, I’ve noticed new writers can either over edit or under edit their manuscripts. They tend to polish the heck out of the first three chapters and the… Continue

Karen Leabo & Loveswepts – Giveaway TOO!

Writing for Loveswept I started submitting manuscripts to the Loveswept line when it debuted in the 1980s. I was a fan from the beginning (I still love the Delaneys!) , and I was thrilled when I finally sold to them. Alas, I only wrote seven books for the line before it closed, but those are some of my happiest publishing memories. My Loveswept editors encouraged me to write books that reflected what was important to me, books that I really, really wanted to write. Finding a welcoming home for my quirky, out-of-the-box stories meant so much to me. I wrote action/adventure, paranormal and romantic suspense as well as the ever-popular cowboys, brides and babies. The freedom to write anything I wanted was exciting, and I still cherish those books as some of my best. My… Continue

The Appeal of the Small Town Romance by MJ Fredrick + GIVEAWAY

I’m a city girl—born and raised in San Antonio—but lately I’ve been on a small-town contemporary reading kick. I’ve read Barbara Freethy’s first Angels Bay book, Suddenly One Summer, and Susan Wiggs’s Summer at Willow Lake, Toni Blake’s One Reckless Summer and now Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne. (Notice something else similar about all those books? Hey, I’m a teacher, summer is my favorite time of year!) I’m a bit behind on Robyn Carr’s Virgin River books and Meg Benjamin’s Konigsburg series, but I love those books, too.

So what is the appeal of the small-town romance? Here’s what I think. Feel free to add your own. 1) A slower pace. I know I’m not alone in running dawn-to-dusk during the school year. I’ve been known to hit the… Continue

Cover Contest, The Tally is in!

7/12/2011 UPDATE – Winner’s list — so this is how it shakes out: The final tally : 104 Adore
130 Bonny
116 Cool
71 dull
19 Equals less than great Overall, looks like the publishers have done a great job with the covers! Now, by title:… Continue

Why I Like Paranormal Romance Most Of All

Why Ellen Likes Paranormal Romance Most Of All: The first single-title romance novel I ever read was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I continued with books by Laurie McBain and Rosemary Rogers (am I dating myself?!). So my first love was the historical genre. But now I read mostly paranormals, including sci-fi/fantasy and urban fantasy. Why? What’s the appeal? When I read paranormal romance, I can get lost in another world. Intricate, well-thought-out world-building and interesting new characters always draw me in. Some favorite authors who excel at this are probably on some of your shelves or e-readers, too: Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series), J.D. Robb (In Death series), and C.L. Wilson (Tairen Soul series). I also got sucked right into The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook,… Continue