Friday, April 29, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway with Anna Campbell

Today, it is my esteemed pleasure to share with you guys this great author interview I did with one of my favorite authors. I started my journey through this authors works with the book 'My Reckless Surrender', which I remarked in my review as being "beautifully written and diabolically addicting". She proves my statement can apply to more of her books with her impressive latest release. Let's find out more, shall we? Without further adieu, please welcome my special guest:
Author Bio:
"Anna Campbell, always a voracious reader, decided as a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Her first historical romance for Avon was the multi-award winning CLAIMING THE COURTESAN. CLAIMING THE COURTESAN was followed by another multi-award winning Regency noir, UNTOUCHED. Her third book for Avon, TEMPT THE DEVIL, debuted in January 2009 and her fourth, CAPTIVE OF SIN, was a November 2009 release. CAPTIVE OF SIN was chosen among Publishers Weekly's Top 100 books of 2009. Her next release, in June 2010, is MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, the story of a dangerous seduction in late Regency London. Anna's books have been translated in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia and Norway. When she's not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. You can find out more about Anna and her books at her website:"Source

Find Anna Campbell on the web: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Anna's Latest Release:
'Midnight's Wild Passion'
Releases April 26th, 2011

"London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…
The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister - now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.
Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue-banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie-Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.
Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…"
My Review of 'Midnight's Wild Passion': coming soon
Read a review of the book at The Romance Dish: here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We've Got Winners! Blogoversay, Kat Martin, & Kristan Higgins Giveaways

Congratulation to:

who won the Kat Martin Giveaway for an autographed copy of her latest release: 'A Song For My Mother'

who won the Kristan Higgins Giveaway for a copy of her latest release: 'My One and Only'

and the Build-A-Book-Giveaway Giveaway winner is:
Jennifer Teal

I want to say a special thanks to all of you who took the time to enter the giveaways. I spend a lot of time coordinating with authors and third-parties to make these things happen for you guys and introduce you/give you a chance to some read great books. I am glad to see that it is apprecieated. And again, thanks to all who made my Blogoversary so swell and wrote such lovely comment to stroke my overgrown ego. We thank you! ;)

To the winners, congrats! Charlie Sheen has nothing on you guys ;). An email will be sent to the address liusted in your entry very shortly. Please reply within 48 hours with the necessary information to claim your prize. If a winner has already won/purchased their book prize, I'll hold a redrawing.

My Humble Appreciation 

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Why I Love A Strong Man': Guest Post with Erotic Romance Author Cassandra Carr

Please welcome erotic romance author Cassandra Carr to Not Another Romance Blog! Today she's is hi-jacking the blog to tell us about a subject I am VERY interested in: Strong Men. You guys know about my alpha male obsession, right? You'll also find out about and can read an excerpt from her recent e-release 'Talk To Me' which I can't wait to read!:

About the Author:
"Cassandra Carr 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.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, "like" her Facebook fan page, or follow her on Twitter @Cassandra_Carr .

Find Cassandra Carr on the web: Website | Facebook  | Twitter | Goodreads 

Why I love a strong man 
Full disclaimer: I am married to a geek. He’s in great shape, but he’s not exactly lifting cars with one finger. But what I love to read about in my romance novels isn’t always the same as what I have in real life. What would be the point of reading if it was?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Blogoversary: N.A.R.B through the years...erm, I mean year ;)

You're so sweet, Henry!!
Okay, so I know you guys must be sick to death of hearing me say the words Blogoversary- I promise this is the last post =)
I just want to give you guys a little look at what this fab year has meant to me and where it all started.

Exactly one year ago to this day, I had made my first post on this blog. 'The Welcome Post' was where I speeled on and on about how excited I was to be starting my blog. I called it a "little journalism bout", but had no real idea what it would become. I never thought a year later I would've made some real accomplishments and found 'my own' on the blogging community. It mind boggles me all the time!

For posterity's sake, here are the blog's 'firsts' *g*:

Extreme Makeover: Blog Edition - Check Out My New Blog Design!

"Bus Driver, MOVE THAT BUS!"
Beautiful, ain't it? I am so excited that today marks a year of blogging and what better way to celebrate than to have a blog makeover?
Last month, I won a blog design giveaway by Barbara at Happily Forever After and now it's time for the big reveal.
I know my finicky nit-picking must have driven Barb BONKERS, but the end result is undeniable! Just look at it! This design is something straight from my dreams and it's all thanks to Barbara!
I suggest you head over to her blog and follow because not only does she make fabulous designs (when she finds time, she makes designs and posts them on her blog for whoever wants to buy it) but she also writes wonderful book reviews (and happens to be as in love with historicals as I)!
Obviously, I am overwhelmed with pride (and my perfectionists complex), so I'll be tinkering with the widgets and pages a bit as I settle into my new look. Please excuse any weird positioning of side bar items and stuff for the next few days as I get things 'just right'.
While you're looking around, be sure to enter the Blogoversary "Build A Book Giveaway"-giveaway where you can choose the 5 out of 9 books for your prize PLUS tea and chocolates.
*I also have some other fab giveaways going on:
Enter to win a copy of Kat Martin's 'A Song For My Mother'-here
Enter to win a copy of Kristan Higgins' 'My One And Only'-here

And stay tuned for the rest of the Blogoversary celebration!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Enter my Blogoversary "Build A Book Giveaway"-Giveaway

Happy Birthday To N.A.R.B!
The Blogoversary is officially on April 14th, but why not get a head start gifting out goodies?
The books you can possibly win!
For my blog's first birthday, I've decided to keep it small (due to limited time & resources, ect) but I felt it wouldn't be right to let the 14th come and go and not celebrate. So in honor of all these positive vibes I am feeling at reaching this milestone, I am hosting my first 'Build A Book Giveaway' Giveaway as a part of the festivities.

What in name of Lord Byron is that, you may ask? Well, I've got a few brand new books (and two, once-read, great condition books) lying about; some that just happen to hold a special meaning to me and some that are just really good but I haven't gotten to. They range in genre from historical, to paranormal, to contemporary, and YA. Since I know lots of you out there like to genre-whore yourselves out (kidding), I figured I put them all up for grabs and give one winner 5 books!

"But what if I've read one or have some in my TBR pile?"
Shut up Annie Asks-a-lot and keep on reading. The winner will receive THEIR CHOICE of 5 out of the 9 books I have available with the option to exchange one of their five picks for a kindle-version (gifted) of a book of their choosing (at a $7.99 value).

BUT WAIT! There's more!
I've also got a nice box of Twinings of London Black Tea Variety Pack (20 ct.) to throw in with the books. Get your Earls Grey on!

And Wait! there's MORE more!
AND I'll pick up either some Lindor Truffles or a nice bar of premium chocolates to throw in with that! (The brand (might have to sub with Hersey Bliss) depends on what's in stock at the store since I'll purchase right before shipping)

Wanna see them???

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with author Kristan Higgins

With her latest release, Kristan Higgins is no longer a new-to-me-author, but an auto-buy! "If this latest is anything to go by, Higgins will be a permanent fixture on my shelf. Her unique style and relatable characters will certainly enchant her to romance readers everywhere." Without further adieu, please welcome my special guest:
Author Bio:
"Kristan divides her time between home in Connecticut and summers on Cape Cod. She is the mother of two lovely kids, the wife of a brave firefighter, and a devoted Ben & Jerry's fan. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels."Source

Find Kristan on the web: Website | Facebook |Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills

Kristan Higgins' Latest Release:
'My One And Only'
Releases March 29th, 2011
"Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break.  Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby Nick at a mutual firend's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him.  And her boyfriend back at home is not likely to be sympathetic. Alarm bells ringing with every turn, Harper buckles up, pulls her adorable Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix Coco (her soulmate) onto her lap, and keeps repeating her mantra, "sometimes it takes time for your heart to learn what your head already knows." As they work their way from the wild west of Montana to Manhattan's busy skyline and their first home together, Harper finds herself wondering if maybe this time, her head should be listening to her heart. "

Read My Review of 'My One And Only': here

Book Trailer:

‘My One and Only’ by Kristan Higgins –Review-

Read and excerpt: here
Charming, emotionally-charged, and quirky as all get out; My One And Only was a heartfelt and exhilarating read! I started the book late at night so I couldn’t read it straight through and that messed with me big time; I was so anxious to read more of the story that I couldn’t stop myself from getting distracted every 20  minutes and day dreaming about how the book would play out from where I left off. You’ll need the Jaws of Life to pry yourself away from Higgins' latest. The characters worm their way into your heart before you even have a chance to say “Holy Shitake!” This one is definitely a keeper!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Author Interview with Stacy Deanne

Please welcome to N.A.R.B the fab Stacy Deanne! She writes contemporary-interracial crime &  mystery romances! I can't wait to try one of her books and gush! A New-to-me author she will be no-longer! Without further adieu, please welcome my special guest:
"Read Stacy's FAQ-esque Bio on her website: here"
Find Stacy Deanne on the web: Website | Twitter 

About Stacy's Latest Release:
'Giving Up The Ghost'
Released March 11th, 2011
Read an excerpt: here
"Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris is having the year from hell. A sadistic admirer has been stalking her for months and now her friend Cheyenne Wilson has been beaten and left for dead.
With her ex-lover and faithful partner, Steven Kemp, Bree thrusts herself into the case. It’s not long before they believe two unrelated British men are connected to the attack. Michael is a womanizing artist with a ferocious appetite for rough sex. Simon is a wealthy free spirit looking for love in all the wrong places, but cannot break his destructive and indecent relationship with his sister, who might have ties to the attack, herself.
Bree struggles to determine fact from fiction when it comes to Michael and Simon but her attempts are blurred by Michael's manipulation and her sexual attraction to Simon, who Steven’s convinced cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile the stalker does everything in his power to get close to Bree and his obsession evokes a spiral of violence.
Bree must trust her heart to find answers but her heart leads her to the most dangerous man of all."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Mother's Love, An Inspiration: Guest Post and Giveaway with Kat Martin

The fabulous Kat Martin is guest blogging today to tell us about a subject close to her heart- which also happens to be the inspiration behind her upcoming release (out April 5th) entitled 'A Song For My Mother'. Without further adieu, please welcome our special guest:
About the Author:
"For New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin, a career in real estate led her down the road to romance. Through real estate, Kat found her own perfect match--her husband, Western author Larry Jay Martin.
"We were on opposing sides of a transaction--I represented the seller and he represented the buyer," Kat recalls.
A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author! "It was quite a romantic story," she admits. "I'd still like to see it get published." Then, after doing some editing for her future husband, she thought she'd try her own hand at writing.
Kat moved on to become the bestselling author of over fifty historical and contemporary romance novels. To date, 12 million copies of her books are in print, and she's been published around the globe, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, Estonia, Lithuania, South Africa, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Portugal, Turkey, The Slovak Republic, Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Czech Republic and Greece.
When she's not writing, Kat also enjoys skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe. Currently, she's busy writing her next book."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Coming Soon: Anticipated Releases for April 2011

It may still be rather cold outside, but April showers are here, and that can only mean one thing: the start of SPRING...RELEASES! Oh, and the coming of Spring, the subsequent coming of Summer, someones Blogoversary..;) But I probably had the most important one right the first time! A new batch of reads are all waiting for their spot in your bookcase! Some amazing series are coming to a close, some equally great ones are still getting added to...WHAT TO CHOOSE!?
I hope my list of Anticipate Releases helps you pick some great books! I can't wait! Enjoy!

Here are the Anticipated Releases for April 2011!!!

New Month, New Material: April 2011

*singing* "GOOD MORNING
*hush, Nicky Blonsky! I've got to give the people an update!*
As you can tell by Nicky's over-zealousness, the month of April will be a VERY jubilous one for the blog! As most of you should know- seeing as I harped on and on about it- April 14th will mark my blog's 1 year anniversary! Who would have thunk? I am very excited to celebrate this special event with you all! I am a very sentimental type of girl, so expect a blast from the past of memorable times this crazy year has provided the blog with.

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