Friday, December 23, 2011

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Stefanie Sloane (+ Giveaway)

An heir stuck up the Christmas Tree with Stefanie Sloane

The author of the wildly popular Regency Rogues series, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere--for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s Books editorial department. She spent over five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie currently resides with her family in Seattle.

The Saint Who Stole My Heart, the fourth installment in the Regency Rogues series, will be released in April 2012.

Find Stefanie Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Twelfth Night
or
A Story in Which Bernard, a Cat of Questionable Lineage, Risks His Very Life for Love. Not His Love. But the Love of His Mistress. Not for Him. But for… Oh, Just Read the Story and See for Yourself.
 
by Stefanie Sloane

Thursday, December 22, 2011

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Gayle Callen (+ Giveaway)

2 Dukes a Dueling with Gayle Callen

USA Today Bestselling author Gayle Callen writes historical romances for Avon Books.

Gayle's novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. Her books have been translated into over eight different languages. She also writes medievals as Julia Latham for Avon Books.

Gayle resides in central New York, with her husband and three children. Besides writing, she loves to read, sing, and delve too deeply into historical research. Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com




Find Gayle Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook
*Gayle also writes medieval romances under the pen name: Julia Latham

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Background: Merry Christmas! I enjoyed setting my short story during a London Christmas, where Lady Merry is hoping desperately that all her wishes will come true.        

A Duel For Christmas
by Gayle Callen

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the 3rd Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Isobel Carr (+ Giveaway)

3 French Courtesans with Isobel Carr

Isobel Carr is an avid costume historian and grew up in the wild and entertaining re-enactment community in Northern California. She has participated in everything from The Society for Creative Anachronism to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (yes, the original one!) to Heyer Con and The Great Dicken's Christmas Fair. So she's made and worn clothing from just about every era from 1400-1900, including the proper undergarments.
Currently, she lives with her mastiff, Clancy, in a 1916 bungalow in Oakland, California and when she's not writing, she's usually working on the house. She's also often found at the Heart and Dagger near Lake Merritt. Just look for the girl with the giant dog.

You can find out more about her by visiting her at isobelcarr.com.

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3 Courtesans
by Isobel Carr

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the 4th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Jenn LeBlanc (+ Giveaway)

4 Horny Lords with Jenn LeBlanc


Jenn LeBlanc has several constants in life that define her:
Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.
Born and raised in a household of other people's children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— she never left. She talked about escaping; but that never happened. She started her own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.
She always had another passion. Storytelling, born from daydreams and nightmares. Her fingers were not as quick as her mind, and no amount of practice got them there. Then her second daughter was born, and her inherent traits kept Jenn pinned to the spot, her only escape the keyboard. Spending her days in parenting chat rooms, she can still type fast with just one hand. 
Jenn lives and thrives off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. She is currently working on illustrations for another novel.

Find Jenn Online: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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My name is Jenn and I am the author and photographer behind THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE, an ILLUSTRATED romance. Yes. Illustrated, with photographs. The most exciting thing happens TODAY...TODAY!!! And I get to share it here with ALL OF YOU which makes me so happy because Rita is one of the most wonderful and amazing bloggers out there. She has been such a great support and friend, and I can't wait to hang out with her again like we did last year at RomCon. Did she share the picture I took of her with Derek? Perhaps if you nag her she will. ;) (Rita: Never. But pretty sure the readers can find it by googleing: "crazed pervy fan goes into cardiac arrest when met with the object of her visual fascination")

Background: 
This scene focuses on the Rake, Perry, and his friend Ender. It takes place soon before his brother, the esteemed Duke of Roxleigh, the hero from THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE, arrives in London after nearly trampling a girl with his horses. Ender will be appearing in a new book set to release Spring 2012 titled BETWEEN A FRIEND AND FOREVER. 


All I Want For Christmas Is A Lord Under The Tree

by Jenn LeBlanc

Monday, December 19, 2011

On the 5th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Karen Hawkins (+ Giveaway)

5 Golden Rings...Stolen By A Highwayman with Karen Hawkins


Karen Hawkins is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of over 22 fun and lively historical romance novels and two humorous contemporary romances. When not stalking hot Australian actors, getting kicked out of West Virginia (thanks to the antics of her extended family), and adding to her considerable shoe collection, Karen spends her time warming her feet on her two rescue dogs while writing her next book. She lives in Florida and loves to hear from readers at Karen Hawkins, P.O. Box 149924, Orlando, FL 32814-9924

Find Karen Online: Website | Blog | Goddess BlogTwitter | Facebook

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Seven Highwayman 
by Karen Hawkins

Upon which A Gentleman Pirate carrying his Hard-Won Treasures to present to the King to gather his Just Rewards finds himself Importuned upon the highway by Several Gentlemen In Black . . . . 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Vicky Dreiling (+ Giveaway)

6 Wagers Starting with Vicky Dreiling

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”
Despite her troublesome past, Booklist nominated Vicky’s debut historical romance HOW TO MARRY A DUKE one of the Top 10 Romances of 2011 and received a Romantic Times nomination for Best First Historical Romance.


Find Vicky Online: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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A CHRISTMAS WAGER
By Vicky Dreiling 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the 7th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Shana Galen (+ Giveaway)

7 Spies a Lurking with Shana Galen


Shana Galen is the author of numerous fast-paced adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne's Bride. Her books have been sold worldwide, including Brazil, Japan, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston's inner city, Shana now writes full time. She's a wife, a mother, and an expert multi-tasker. She loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com.


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Background: Shana's release- LORD AND LADY SPY is available now!  

Seven Spies A-Lurking: A Lord and Lady Spy Christmas Eve Tale
by Shana Galen  

Friday, December 16, 2011

On the 8th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Grace Burrowes (+ Giveaway)

8 Spinsters Singing with Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series to be published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Find Grace Online: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Background: Their Graces, Percival and Esther Windham, Duke and Duchess of Moreland, have raised a large family, and are watching as their children find true love and happiness, one by one, in the books of the Windham Series. First the sons, Westhaven (“The Heir”), St. Just (“The Soldier”) and Lord Valentine (“The Virtuoso”), and now the daughters are winning their happily ever afters, most recently, Lady Sophie, in “Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish.” This story finds the family gathering again in anticipation of the holidays, and while the Earl of Westhaven means well, his lectures on penny pinching and self-discipline miss the point of the season entirely….  

The Ducal Gift
by Grace Burrowes  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On the 9th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me..with Maya Rodale (+ Giveaway)

9 Playful Princes with Maya Rodale



Maya began reading romance novels at her mother’s insistence, and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Her next release is The Tattooed Duke (March, 2012), book three in the Writing Girls Series. Check out www.mayarodale.com for sneak peeks and prizes.


Find Maya Online: Website | Extras' Page | Twitter | Facebook


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Nine playful princes, one scorned duke and daring wallflower 
by Maya Rodale

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the 10th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...With Ashley March (+ Giveaway)

10 Scandals Brewing with Ashley March


MEET ASHLEY
The Short & Sweet


I was born and raised in East Texas, moved to Colorado after getting married eight years ago, and have been craving snow-free winters ever since. I have a husband who just keeps getting better and better over time and two beautiful daughters.

Life is simply…fantastic.



Find Ashley Online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter
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Background: This is a book I’m thinking about writing (haven’t decided yet) under my new pen name, Elise Rome. The idea came to me the other morning as I was waking up, and I thought it would be perfect for the scandal theme in the 12 Days of Christmas celebration.

At the beginning of this scene, the heroine, Evangeline, is escaping from a Christmas Eve ball to meet with the man she wishes to marry. She and Viscount Rathdowne were promised to others by their families, but they have set up a rendezvous in the garden where they plan to be caught. The betrothals will be broken as he is “forced” to marry her in order to salvage her reputation, and they will live happily ever after.


Unfortunately...neither of them counted on her close friend, Leo—who has reason to believe Rathdowne is a villain, and knows nothing of their plan—following Evangeline out to the garden to keep her from becoming victim to Rathdowne’s rakish tendencies.

The Winter Garden 
by Ashley March

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On The 11th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Theresa Romain (+ Giveaway)

11 Mama's Plotting with Theresa Romain

Theresa Romain holds degrees in psychology, English literature, and history, an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. She is currently at work on the sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, which will be published in October 2012.

Theresa lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at http://theresaromain.com.  



Find Theresa Online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter
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Background: The plot of my historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, kicks off when the hero's sister, Gloria, is widowed in a dramatic way. Gloria had a difficult marriage and more difficult widowhood, so I wanted to give her a happy ending. This scene takes place at Twelfth Night (historically, celebrated on January 5), about nine months after the end of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION. The family's story continues with the release of SFT's sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER- out October 2012!

In Which Viscountess Roseborough Finally Unmasks 
by Theresa Romain

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the 12th Day of Christmas My True Lord Gave To Me...with Sherry Thomas (+ Giveaway)

12 Rakes Cavorting- with Sherry Thomas

Photo by: Jennifer Sparks Harriman 
Sherry Thomas burst onto the scene with PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, aPublisher Weekly Best Book of 2008. Her sophomore book, DELICIOUS, is aLibrary Journal Best Romance of 2008. Her next two books, NOT QUITE A HUSBAND and HIS AT NIGHT, are back-to-back winners of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award for Best Historical Romance in 2010 and 2011. Lisa Kleypas calls her "the most powerfully original historical romance author working today."

Her story is all the more interesting given that English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's SWEET SAVAGE LOVE with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry is available to speak to writers groups on the intimate particulars of craft as well as the ins and outs of publishing.

Find Sherry Online: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook
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Background: The couple in the scene are the hero and the heroine of my Oct 2012 release, TEMPTING THE BRIDE, which is the third book of the Fitzhugh Trilogy and will following BEGUILING THE BEAUTY in May and RAVISHING THE HEIRESS in July.  

This is not a scene from a book but rather from the previous Christmas, shortly before the timeline for the entire trilogy begins.

Untitled scene by Sherry Thomas

Friday, December 2, 2011

Get Ready: The 12 (Historical) Days of Christmas are almost HERE!!!

Happy Holidays, Book Lovers!!!
Here's hoping the weeks leading up to Christmas are as stress-free as possible. Did you dig that ugly Christmas sweater out of your closet yet? (No?) Decorate the inside and outside of your house? (You haven't done that either?) Done all your Christmas shopping? (...oh my...)

In the midst of the mayhem of long lines, wrestling with other shoppers for the last can of cranberry sauce, or bypassing it all and doing your last minute shopping online, make sure you stop by here and Ramblings From This Chick this month starting on the 12th for an exciting dual Christmas event that we're co-hosting!
 Details below:
Rita from Not Another Romance Blog and Danielle from Ramblings From This Chick have teamed up this year to present the readers/lovers of historical romance with a unique and fun Christmas blog event that will seriously knock your socks off!

Monday, November 28, 2011

'Why Write A Series' with Erotic Romance Author Cassandra Carr

Welcome to the blog a return offender ;) This author stopped by back in April with her release, 'Talk To Me'. Now, she's back, and with some menage' action (YES!) and a little insight as to why we're seeing more series' by authors. Without further adieu:


About the Author:
Cassandra Carr is a multi-published erotic romance writer who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. Head Games, Buffalo Intimidators book 1, released on November 2, 2011 from Siren Bookstrand, Caught will release December 13, 2011 from Loose Id, and Impact is coming in early 2012 from Ellora's Cave.

Find Cassandra Carr on the webWebsite | Facebook  | Twitter | Goodreads 


Latest Release: 
Leo Laporte and Scott Schaeffer are teammates on the ice androommates off it who also share women. They’ve been coming into Kelly Chase’sbistro after games for months, and they know they want her. As the attractiongrows, the men realize they want more than a one-night stand - they wantforever.

Kelly’s not so sure. Yes, she wants both men. But apermanent ménage relationship? That’s taking giving her heart away to a wholenew level, and a chance she’s hesitant to take. Then Leo is injured and Scott’son the trading block, and she realizes this may be her only shot at true,everlasting love.

There are so many questions swirling around inside Kelly’shead. Can she believe in Leo and Scott’s love? And will her business and herreputation survive once people find out she’s with two men?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Coming Soon: Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas (SQUEEE)

So like myself, I am sure that all of you fab readers out there are eagerly awaiting the release of the first full length contemporary novel in Lisa Kleypas' 'Friday Harbor' series (The first book was the novella entitled 'Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor'). I'll be posting updates and info on the new book, which is set to release February 28th, 2012 , periodically on this blog, so stay tuned!

Overview from B&N.com:
Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancé Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.

Read an excerpt (which is so ungodly good I don't know HOW I'll make it to Feb!): here

This post is written by a member of "Lisa's Divas" - a group of select fans who share info & content related to Lisa's novels and get sneak peeks & swag in return.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway with Theresa Romain

Hello Lovelies!
Super excited to share with yall a special guest piece with a debuting historical romance author! Not only does this author have amazing taste in old classic movies, she's also on of the sweetest authors I've ever 'met'. She keeps my twitter stream interesting and now she's about to give my blog some of her amazingness.

Theresa Romain

About The Author:
Theresa Romain holds degrees in psychology, English literature, and history, an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She has worked, interned, and translated for libraries and universities, all of which fed her love of books and her fascination with the past. She lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at http://theresaromain.com

Find Theresa Online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter


About the Book:

TWO SISTERS…

Julia Herington is overjoyed when her stepsister, Louisa, becomes engaged—to a viscount, no less. Louisa’s only hesitation is living a life under the ton’s critical gaze. But with his wry wit and unconventional ideas, Julia feels James is perfect for Louisa. She can only hope to find a man like him for herself. Exactly like him, in fact…

ONE CHOICE…

As the new Viscount Matheson, James wished to marry quickly and secure his title. Kind, intelligent Louisa seemed a suitable bride… Until he met her stepsister. Julia is impetuous—and irresistible. Pledged to one sister, yet captivated by another, what is he to do? As Christmas and the whirl of the London season approach, James may be caught in a most scandalous conundrum, one that only true love, a bit of spiritous punch—and a twist of fate—will solve…


Get Your Copy Today:
Order ebook: KindleNook

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ashley March Interviews/Interrogates Her Husband + Giveaway!

What a fabulous day! Not only does my one true love, historical romance author Ashley March, have a release out today, she ALSO dragged...err, 'brought' her lovely husband on to my little ole blog for an interview + Giveaway! But before we get to all the fun, Let's get to know more about this author and her latest release:

Ashley March 
About the Author:
After spending countless hours memorizing both traditional and simplified Chinese characters, perfecting her tones, and practicing her speaking with any Chinese native she could find, Ashley successfully graduated with a degree in Mandarin Chinese. She was determined to be the next best Chinese translator in the world... Then she discovered writing romances was as much fun as reading them, and her Chinese capabilities have never been the same. When she isn't writing, Ashley stays busy trying to entertain her two young daughters, attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.



Find Ashley OnlineWebsite | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

About the Book:

Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly, thought he'd married the perfect woman-until a fatal accident revealed her betrayal with his best friend. After their deaths, Sebastian is determined to avoid a scandal for the sake of his son. But his best friend's widow is just as determined to cast her mourning veil aside by hosting a party that will surely destroy both their reputations and expose all of his carefully kept secrets...
Leah George has carried the painful knowledge of her husband's affair for almost a year. All she wants now is to enjoy her independence and make a new life for herself-even if that means being ostracized by the Society whose rules she was raised to obey. Now that the rumors are flying, there's only one thing left for Sebastian to do: silence the scandal by enticing the improper widow into becoming a proper wife. But when it comes to matters of the heart, neither Sebastian nor Leah is prepared for the passion they discover in each other's arms....
Buy Your Copy Today:
Interview

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Month, New Material: September 2011

*peeks between fingers*
Hello lovely blog visitors!!!
Rita's baaaaaaaaccckkk!
As you all know, I use this monthly (at least, what is suppose to monthly) check-in post to let you guys know what's coming up for the new month blog-wise and otherwise.
Well, I'l let you guys know right now that September will be a VERY tame month. Not that I got that much done during the summer as I would have liked, but your resident historical romance junkie has to hang up the coconut bra and fruity cocktails and exchange them for university pull over sweaters and 5-hour energy drinks. I am back in school  now, my summer has officially ended, and idk WHERE I am going to find the energy to even tackle half of the cool projects I wanted to start for the blog. I've got TONS of books with half finished reviews I should probably jump on before my course work begins in earnest, and review books I've got to read on top of all that I need to get to asap! I keep hinting at a huge review-mageden... and the longer I put it off, the bigger it'll be. I am literally looking at a full solid month of daily reviews.
Because of those reviewing commitments, I am holding off on scheduling any further author appearances/interviews for a while. I have a few I've had planned from a few month ago, but other than that- do not expect too many interviews until after thanksgiving. I'll try to put together another Christmas Blog Party-but again, it depends on my schedule. Pimpin' (books) ain't easy! Especially with a part-time job, full time school, and a love of sleeping.
I'll brainstorm some ways to compensate for the huge hold I've put on the blog. Maybe monthly kindle ebook giveaways? I'd say paperback giveaways, but if I can't track down my own head 90% of the time, I doubt I'll find time to get to a P.O. and ship! Thank Austen for fast, convenient, Amazon gifting! lol! But I'll consider throwing in some after a while. Perhaps I'll do a giveaway of 1 book from the author of the month's back list?
I'll get it all together soon. I have no choice! lol!


The month may change but the mission stays the same: To make your followership of Not Another Romance Blog worthwhile!

Here's some of what to expect this month:

-....Reviews?
-Featured September Book
-A giveaway of the Author of the Month's book
-My participation in more Meme's like Top Off Tuesday
-Another rousing episode of Romance Lately with authors Shana Galen and Ashley March!
-Visitor's Survey! Time to sound off and help make N.A.R.B better!

...And so much more...(hopefully)

I'll grin and bear this month of crazy re-adjusting! Damn school. But Yay for the kick in the pants to get myself organized (or at least, my greatest interpretation of it). It can only get better from here.

Until Next Post<3... 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Off Tuesdays: The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley


"What better way than to top off a good book than with a GREAT Cover!"

The stellar Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading, and Felicia from Geeky Blogger's Book Blog want to see the covers that make you swoon!  Feel free to play along in this weekly meme and show off your favorite covers! (Button made by Missie)

Rita's Ramblings: HOT DAMN! I WANT! I NEED! I COVET THEE!! This Highlander is oh-so-swoonworthy! Jennifer Ashley's latest MacKenize stunner came out August 2nd, and with this chestastic, ab-a-rific specimen on the cover, it's no wonder I couldn't find it on my local Target's bookshelf!

"A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules."

Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Dianne Venetta

Please welcome to the blog a lovely new-to-me author who will tell us all about her self published contemporary romance 'Jennifer's Garden'. And be on the look out for her next book 'Lust On The Rocks', coming soon. But first, let's get to know this author and explore the elements in her book: 

Dianne Venetta

About the Author:
Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody boy! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in the family's organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all the while crafting wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl's gotta have fun, right?
When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids' school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.


Find Dianne OnlineWebsite | Garden Blog | Facebook | Twitter

About the Book:

In a race against time, Cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother's dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He's the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home--the venue for her upcoming wedding. Jackson's everything she never wanted in a man, but as the job progresses, his lure pulls strong. It's an attraction she cannot deny. And one that puts her career on the line.

Buy Your Copy Today:
Amazon (Trade edition) | Amazon (Kindle)


Guest Post

Friday, August 19, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway with Mia Marlowe

I am so excited to present this amazing guest post by an author I've heard so much about. You can find her first book Touched By A Theif in print and in ebook, along with her latest release in the anthology Improper Gentleman.You should also be on the look out for her upcoming collborative novel with Connie Mason called Sins of the Highlander. Below, discover a little more about this author and her latest release which looks absolutely enticing! Please welcome to the blog,:

Mia Marlowe

About the Author:
Award winning author Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for Kensington Publishing and Sourcebooks. Her debut title received acclaim from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia's Touch of a Thief has "adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!" UK's BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe "the queen of saucy historical romance."

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she's worn a real corset, and had to sing high C's in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia's stories, they don't die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

Find Mia Online: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

About the Book:

IMPROPER GENTLEMEN
featuring Mia's novella, A Knack for Trouble
Unsuitable. Forbidden. Oh-so-seductive. These gentlemen are hardly respectable. But they are the very, very best at being bad…
Lord Aidan Stonemere didn’t go from prison to a title by playing by society’s rules. If he wants something, he takes it.
Rosalinde Burke didn’t object to being taken. Once. To keep her from marrying a proper viscount, Aidan will do whatever it takes to remind her how deliciously good being improper feels…
Buy Your Copy Today:
Amazon (paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (paperback) | Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Guest Post:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Author Interview with Susan Mallery (Enter the Only Mine...All Mine Contest)


 I am so excited to share with you guys this cool interview I did with an author loved by so many! I am new to her works, but I can't wait to dig in and find out more. Her Fool's Gold series chronicles the love lives of the those woman who brave the sparse population of men in the Fool's Gold area.  
ALSO, congratulations are in order since ONLY MINE has reached #12 on the New York Times Bestsellers List in only its SECOND week of release! 
Please enjoy my chat with the stellar, Susan Mallery:

About The Author:
"New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather."Source


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About the Book:


Her town’s lack of men may make headlines, but it isn’t news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool’s Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town.                                                         Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers—the perfect contestants—off the show. Despite Dakota’s better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn’t dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.


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The Interview
RJ: Hello Susan! Welcome to Not Another Romance Blog! Congrats on the release of your latest contemporary, Only Mine (Book 4-Fool’s Gold series, August 1st, 2011, HQN Books)! How excited are you for this book’s publication? Does this book have special meaning to you or are the characters ones you can’t wait to share with readers?
SM: I can’t wait for readers to return to Fool’s Gold! I love this town where the men are in short supply and the women are crabby… two facts that are not completely unrelated.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Video: Maya Banks New Highlander Trilogy!

I am sure most of you recall the Operation Auction initiative that took place a few months ago where the romance community banded together in order to raise money and show support to a fellow romancer who lost her husband in a horrible act of senseless violence. Authors, publishers, bloggers, and the like donated items to be auctioned off via ebay and the proceeds went to the widowed blogger and her children.


Historical Romance Author, Tessa Dare (Who has an amazing historical coming out on August 30th entitled 'A Night To Surrender') donated her time and effort on a genius, personalized book video using the hilarious props in her kids' play room to promote the winner's books or upcoming series. The highests bidder was author Maya Banks (who has a steaming Highlander series coming out soon, the first book,'In Bed with a Highlander', also coming out on August 30th). So below are her book covers which you can click on for more info on that book and under that...

THE MOST EPIC BOOK VIDEO OF THE YEAR!!!!!





Visit the authors' site for more info on their upcoming books and feel free to pimp this book video to the utmost. I've probably watched it about 6 times already. What did YOU think of it?

If you didn't get a chance to bid on something during the auction and would like to make a cash donation to support the cause, you can still do so at the website: Operation Auction
 

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