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The Book that Started It All | Lexi Lawton

If you ask any romance reader what was the first romance book they’d ever read, chances are, they’ll be able to tell you. For me, it was a book entitled TLC / Tender Loving Care. For the life of me, I cannot remember who wrote it, but I vividly remember checking it out from the school library and hiding under my blankets to read it. Then I moved onto The Sweet Valley High Series, which had a fair share of romance in them. And then my tastes changed and I devoured Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Patterson. It wasn’t until much later in adulthood that I found my way back to romance novels.

I was at the pharmacy, sicker than a dog, waiting for a prescription. To kill time, I wandered into the book section and started browsing. The first book I picked up was Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh, and in my typical fashion, I randomly flipped to the middle of the book. Page 132 to be exact. (In case y’all don’t know, that page was the middle of a menage scene!) Naturally, I had to go back to the beginning of that scene to see what was going on.

Holy. Hell!

My face was hot with embarrassment, like people somehow knew what I was reading while standing in the middle of the book aisle. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what this was all about.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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Romance & Wine in the Butler Ranch Series!

Can Naughton Butler risk letting Bradley Saint John into his heart, or will his brother’s secret ruin his one shot at love?

Naughton Butler is a loner, partially by choice, but also because the secret his dead brother left with him could tear his life apart. When he and his brother Maddox inherit four hundred acres of prime vineyard property, they must decide how to manage Butler Ranch Winery, along with starting a new winery on Demetria Estate.

The solution is to hire the new kick-ass, hotter-than-all-get-out, winemaker who just landed on the Central Coast. When Naughton meets Bradley St. John, he’s expecting a man—and she is anything but. Thinking it’s a joke, he refuses to take her seriously. Bradley leaves, forcing him to follow and apologize. He watches as she makes her way through the vineyards, she was born to them, just like he was.

Getting a job with Butler Ranch Winery right out of college, is more than Bradley could’ve dreamed of. When Maddox Butler interviews her for the position, he warns her that Naughton could be difficult, but once he recognized her abilities, he’d back off. The burning question now was, would she want him to?

Naughton can’t stay away from her, even knowing being with her is impossible.

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Favorite Old School Romance Books | Diane Alberts

It all started with a bet…

Kassidy Thomas decided to stop hiding behind her past, and start living, but she didn’t quite bet on that start including her singing a horrible song in front of the handsomest bachelor in the NFL, Wyatt Hamilton. She also doesn’t think he’d then consequently ask her out on a date, but turns out when you’re actually living life…crazy things happen.

He needs to win…

Wyatt Hamilton is a player in every sense of the word. Married to the game, he has no interest in relationships, love, or even second nights with the same woman. But from the second the girl-next-door beauty Kassidy knocks on his door to deliver a singing telegram, nothing goes as planned. He can’t stop thinking about her, and keeps showing up on her doorstep for more. That is, until the unthinkable happens…

And all bets are off.

Hello! I’m Diane Alberts, and I have a new standalone sports romance out with Entangled Publishing called Catching the Player. I tend to write contemporary romance, and as a whole I tend to read it, too, but honestly I started out with historical romance, so my heart will always lie with it. Historical romances are what made me want to write romance.

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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Q&A with Pintip Dunn!

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What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

10 Things I Hate About You

How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days

Love Actually

13 Going on 30

When Harry Met Sally

Oh, wow! Apparently, I like romantic comedies with a number in the title. Who knew?

Describe your favorite scene from each one!

10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick (Heath Ledger) serenades Kat (Julia Stiles) with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” in the football stadium, accompanied by the marching band. Absolutely adorable and hilarious!

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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How Katherine Garbera Fell in Love with Romance

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I started reading romance when I was thirteen years old. I had spent spring break with my Grandparents in Okeechobee and my great aunt passed away before I was supposed to go home.  So my uncle came to get me and I spent the weekend with him (my parents and younger sisters were away at a swim meet) and he took me to a flea market where I picked up Johanna Lindsey’s Fires in Winter to read on the bus (my grandparents owned a Greyhound Bus franchise and we could ride for free!) back to my hometown where my dad would pick me up…gosh, that’s a long story. ☺

I wasn’t sure what I was going to get in the book but it was addicting.  I LOVED it and as soon as I finished it my mom gave me some Harlequin Presents novels that she had and I read them too. I was hooked.  I’d take the books my mom and her friend Mrs. Loftin would pass to me to the new-and-used bookstore and trade them in for more books. I was reading at least 5 books a week.

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Romance & Murder | Erin McCarthy

I love a good mystery. And I love a good romance. So as you can imagine, I truly adore a romantic mystery. What’s not to love? You get the unfolding mystery of a whodunit perfectly meshed with the tension of the growing attraction between the hero and heroine.

As a child, I loved shows like Moonlighting and Remington Steele. These shows were a perfect combination of solving the weekly mystery, while giving me just tidbits of the developing romance between the main characters.

This love influenced my reading choices. I read books like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. And I eventually found current authors who also handled mystery and romance brilliantly. Authors like J.D. Robb and Janet Evanovich. I’ve even found current romance authors who deliver the gothic mystery and romance I love so much. Authors like Eve Silver and Erica Ridley.

From the gothics, I discovered I also loved a paranormal aspect to my romantic mysteries. Shows like The Originals with mystery, romance and vampires. Awesome! Even Twin Peaks, with its twisted mystery, strange romances and paranormal elements drew me right in.

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Romance Tropes: The Longtime Crush

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Writing my debut YA fantasy novel, The Uncrossing, I used one of my all-time favorite romance tropes: the longtime crush. There’s something so satisfying about unrequited love slowly becoming returned. First, we get to wallow in some delicious crush angst—all that good yearning and longing and desiring stuff. Every time the object of the crush is obliviously sweet or accidentally cruel, we feel that sting along with the main character. I grew up on 90s teen movies like Can’t Hardly Wait that built on these long, slow-burn crushes.

And when the characters do finally get together? It’s joyful and complete and maybe just the tiniest bit of wish-fulfillment. One of my favorite longtime crushes that finally gets resolved is Ron and Hermione’s relationship in the Harry Potter series. They want each other for years, and both their own personalities and the stress of survival in their world keep getting between them. Ron, in particular, has to work so hard to understand his own feelings and become someone who deserves Hermione. When he finally gets his act together, and they find one another, it truly feels like coming home.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase

As soon as the mistletoe goes up, that’s when life gets really interesting

Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

Check out an exclusive excerpt below! 

And then she noticed the stubbled jaw and the strong column of his throat and thought how much she’d like to feel that—with her hands and her lips.

Brushing against her thighs…

This was hell.

Straightening, Ben looked at her with merriment in his eyes. “I should be offended, but you’re right. It is a nightmare, and I don’t have the will to care.”

“But you should! What if…what if you needed to find something? How do you do it? What if a client needs something from you and you have no idea where it is?”

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Gift Giving in A Very Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford!

There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas…

Christmas is coming up, and single mom Sydney Steele is determined to make this a holiday to remember for Wildcat Bluff County. She still has to get those pesky, reluctant—and deliciously attractive—firefighting cowboys to pose for her charity calendar. They claim they’re too busy pursuing an unknown arsonist to take a break.

Dune Barrett has been flirting with Sydney for months, so he jumps at the chance to give her a hand. And when he agrees to pose as Mr. December, she couldn’t be happier. But to really win her over, Dune will have to convince eleven other guys from his crew to exploit their good looks for charity…a task much easier said than done.

What gifts are on Sydney’s wish list this holiday season? What gifts are on Dune’s?

In A Very Cowboy Christmas, Dune Barrett has Sydney Steele and her daughter, Storm, very much on his mind. He wants to get them something special for Christmas, since he’s been invited to their home for the holiday. Plus, they’ve had a rough time of it lately, what with Storm taking a nose dive off her four-wheeler and Sydney hurting her feet to save her daughter.

He’s been teaching Storm to rope a goat using a goat-tying dummy, but she’s doing so well that he wonders if he should buy her a goat for Christmas. Still, he’s not sure if she might want something well . . . more girly, but if so, he’s clueless. Sydney’s been wearing retro chic clothes to promote Christmas at the Sure-Shot Drive-In, so he wonders if he could find a place to buy her more of the vintage underwear that’s kept him on edge for a month. But again, he could mess that gift up big time, if he could even find the stuff.

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Juliet Lyons’ Top Five Current Favorite Books

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Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.

Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story…



I love too many books to play favourites, but here are five great books I read recently and what I loved about them. As you can see from the list, my book tastes are pretty varied.


Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book while I was on holiday in Scotland recently and I loved it! It’s the story of two soulmates and childhood friends, who fate seems to conspire against. The whole book is written in letters, e mails, and text messages. Initially, I wondered if this format would work for me, but it did—beautifully. ‘Where Rainbows End’ is the perfect holiday read.

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