Posts Tagged ‘contemporary romance’

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Deal Alert: H.M. Ward, S.M. Shade, and Kelly McClymer

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s…actually not the worst day on the world. But you know what? You deserve a treat on average days too. Get these steals from H.M. Ward, S.M. Shade, and Kelly McClymer while they last!


Demon Kissed by H.M. Ward

By New York Times bestselling author H.M. Ward
Book #1 in the bestselling Demon Kissed series

Seventeenth birthdays aren’t supposed to suck, but mine does. Literally. Before I know what’s happened a guy knocks me to the ground and tries to suck out my soul. With a kiss. That’s all it takes with his kind. This next part is embarrassing–I thought this guy was my boyfriend. Screw that, I thought he was human, but those creepy, blood red eyes suggest I was mistaken.

This is it, the end of my sucktacularly short life–killed by a creature that’s half vampire, half demon, and smokin’ hot. Killed by a kiss. It sounds poetic until it happens to you.
The world fades to black, but just as I accept my fate, someone saves me. At least I think he saved me, because I’m still alive. It isn’t until much later that I learn what really happened and exactly what it cost me.


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Deal Alert: Pamela DuMond, Stephanie Rose, and Beverly Jenkins

On chilly days like these it’s important to have three things in your arsenal: flavored beverages, soft blankets, and a ton of books. We’ve got you covered on one. Don’t miss these steals from Pamela DuMond, Stephanie Rose, and Beverly Jenkins!


Part-Time Princess by Pamela DuMond

USA Today Bestselling author, Pamela DuMond, pitched the real life Erin Brockovich story to ‘Hollywood,’ where it became the smash hit movie.

Now she brings readers Part-Time Princess, a LOL Romantic Comedy, the first book in the hilarious Ladies-in-Waiting Series!

Two Princes are in love with Lucy. Too bad she’s an imposter…
Lucy’s a down-on-her luck cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to keep her beloved uncle at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth hires Lucy to impersonate her for “ten days tops”, while she completes her pressing personal business in the States. The goal: keep Prince Cristoph of Fredonia’s wandering eye in check until the real Elizabeth can return.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people transform Lucy into a reluctant ‘Lady’, and she travels to Fredonia for her top-secret job. What could possibly go wrong?

Sexy, bad-boy Prince Nicholas of Fredonia, Cristoph’s younger brother — that’s what goes wrong!

Nick has a romantic history with the real Elizabeth and wants to pick up the action with her impersonator, Lucy. She’s wildly attracted to him, but must resist—she can’t lose this paycheck!

Elizabeth’s wild, party hard, well-intentioned Ladies-in-Waiting take Lucy under their wing, and get her in more trouble. Dreamy Nick’s courting her hot and heavy, but Prince Cristoph proposes marriage.

What’s an imposter girl to do?

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, laughter, a few tears, and a Happily-Ever-After ending (just not the way you expected it!)

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Deal Alert: Jillie Rivers, Eryn Scott, and Sharon Lynn Fisher

This Deal Alert was brought to you by puns, amazing wordplay, and a tenacious need for more books! Don’t miss these steals from Jillie Rivers, Eryn Scott, and Sharon Lynn Fisher!


Just In Time Cowboy Jillie Rivers
Just in Time Cowboy by Jillie Rivers

When a lightning strike on ancient Sioux holy ground sends mining engineer Kelsey Winter back in time to 1892 Wyoming, she turns to handsome, reckless cowboy Pete Jackson to help her find a way home.

Pete’s happy to help the strange woman in tight denim trousers, despite her odd, cautious ways, when he learns she can assist him with his newly discovered silver mine. But a deadly outlaw wants Pete’s silver, and a Sioux prophecy threatens Kelsey’s return home, and Pete and Kelsey must find a way past their differences, and the century between them, if they, and their growing love, will survive.


The Luck of Rainbow Gold Eryn Scott
The Luck of Rainbow Gold by Eryn Scott

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Q&A: Naima Simone of ONLY FOR YOUR TOUCH

Only For Your Touch Naima Simone

You survived Monday and boy, do we ever have a the BEST reward for your efforts. We’ve got an amazing Q&A with the brilliant Naima Simone, author of Only For Your Touch, out today!

Spoiler: Get your popcorn, because Naima’s taste in movies is amazing.


 

FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

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

Only five? Ooh. That’s so unfair. Okay, but here are five of my top faves of all time!

 

Dirty Dancing

Love and Basketball

Sixteen Candles

Mystic Pizza

Pretty Woman

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

My favorite scenes from each one? You have me about to go watch all of them!

 

Dirty Dancing – The lake scene. This is where Baby started to really gain her confidence and have fun, and Johnny started seeing her as a woman rather than the body taking the place of his dancing partner. Plus the music, the scenery…sigh. This movie made me fall in love with romance.

 

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Deal Alert: Kennedy Layne, Eugenia Riley, and Brenda Hiatt

Need a break from the politics on your newsfeed? We’ve got just the cure: books. A bunch of them. And for a great price! Don’t miss these steals from Kennedy Layne, Eugenia Riley, and Brenda Hiatt!


CSA Case Files Volume 1 by Kennedy Layne

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes the first box set of the CSA Case Files series! Follow along as each book conveys a team member’s story as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense…

Captured Innocence (CSA Case Files 1)

When a killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to grabble with the reality of their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren’s heart?

Sinful Resurrection (CSA Case Files 2)

Sins of the past have been resurrected, predetermining Jax and Emily’s path to love. Jax doesn’t know how he’ll walk away this time or if he even wants to. Emily is determined to expose a high-level official within the United Nations and walk away unscathed. She wants a second chance with her first love — even if it kills her.

Renewed Faith (CSA Case Files 3)

Is it possible to renew one’s faith in love? Kevin’s current case crosses paths with Elle’s past. Secrets and lies encircle them as a killer ups the stakes in a cat and mouse game meant for only one winner. When time runs out, Kevin intends to be the last man standing — in life and love.


A Timeswept Christmas Anthology Eugenia Riley
A Timeswept Christmas Anthology by Eugenia Riley

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! For a limited time, Eugenia Riley’s charming and touching collection, A Timeswept Christmas Anthology, is bargain priced! And Eugenia’s breathtaking Embers of Time is bargain priced during this same promo!

From the Bestselling Time Travel Romance Author and Winner of the HOLT Medallion: Two Victorian Christmas romance novellas, plus a bonus Valentine’s Day novella, all reissued in a single volume!

CONTENTS:
A CHRISTMAS IN TIME

Cynical reporter Jason Burke embarks on a magical journey back in time to Dickens London, where he discovers the true joys of a Victorian Christmas while meeting the love of his life . . . and struggling to save her from certain death.

CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL

Nathan Fletcher realizes too late how much his bride Emily means to him–only when he learns of her death. But can a Christmas angel intervene and grant the couple one final day to rediscover the glory of their marriage?

TWO HEARTS IN TIME

After receiving a Victorian Valentine, Amanda Brewster turns a corner in time . . . and travels from the Strand in contemporary Galveston, Texas, to the Strand in Victorian London! There Amanda discovers a cure for her broken heart as she is wooed by a handsome, masterful earl.


Rogue’s Honor by Brenda Hiatt

“Brenda Hiatt has created a most different and dashing rogue.” -Kasey Michaels

To escape her stepmother’s matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from the near-disaster of recognition by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as the notorious Robin Hood-type thief, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing he needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection. But “Purdy” proves to be anything but simple—or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl’s sweet kisses may just be worth it.

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Guest Post: “Romance Shamed” by Melanie Jayne

Better Melanie Jayne

I had heard this term on social media and while reading a few accounts I honestly thought it was much ado ‘bout nothin’, so what if you think what I write or read is silly. I’m always thrilled to see or hear that someone reads- period. To me the key is that people are choosing to read instead of watching TV, gaming, or doing the hundreds of other things that eat up our free time.

Recently I attended a lecture at my local library. A group of library employees sat at my end of the table and I took the opportunity to pimp, err market, my books. The woman next to me asked what I wrote?

So I answered excitedly, “ROMANCE.”

She turned her nose up and sniffed, “I don’t read that fluff.”

What???? Did this woman just snub me? I pressed. “I’m not sure what you mean?”

Then she shifted in her chair and started to look uncomfortable. “Well, it isn’t very realistic is it?”

I pasted a confused look on my face and asked, “Do you mean like the alcoholic murder suspect who solves the murder of the woman that she saw from the train? Or the orphaned boy who goes to a school for the magically gifted?” I could go on and on but I dropped it and chatted with the man to my left.

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Guest Post: “That One Time At The School Dance” by Jenny Holiday

The Gossip Jenny Holiday

1980s nostalgia is strong in my heart, which is funny because, objectively speaking, I didn’t enjoy the 1980s that much. I have this disorder, see, where the image of things I build up in my head doesn’t always accord with my actual lived experience of those same things. (See: That One Time At Camp.) Welcome to Reality Check: 1980s Edition.


This is how the 1980s actually went for me:

I’m in tenth grade. I am a straight-A student. I am a reporter for the school newspaper. I am the co-president of the school’s Amnesty International chapter. As you can probably tell, I am a barrel of laughs. As you can probably also tell, I am single. (I know: shocking.)

The Fixer Jenny HolidayAt our school, different student groups can apply to sponsor the school dances. This means that we take in the money from concessions and ticket sales but have to staff the concessions stand, hire the DJ, advertise, and all that. So the Amnesty International group gets itself lined up to have a dance. Yay! Ours peers would be able to have fun but also, like, be educated about the plight of prisoners of conscience across the world. Win-win!

So I get ready for the dance. I’m probably wearing my rolled-up-and-safety-pinned jeans, black flats, matching black rubber bracelets, and an Amnesty T-shirt with the sleeves rolled. And of course, I have teased my bangs into “the claw” that is so inexplicably popular here in 1988. My two Amnesty co-presidents and I (because when you’re sixteen years old and you’re running an Amnesty International Chapter, that’s how you roll—God forbid that one person should just be in charge) sit down with the DJ to go over our opening set. We remind him that this is an alternative music dance. You, good sir, will be playing Midnight Oil, REM, the Cure, Edie Brickell, and U2. Yes, says the DJ. Got it.

Things go downhill from there. To be honest, it’s all a little bit of a blur in my mind, and not because anyone spiked the punch. (I would not have allowed that. Because I was so much fun in those days.) First, we vastly underrated the demand for Orange Crush and potato chips. The fun of operating the machine that dispenses the pop soon gives way to grim determination as the lines get longer. Everything is sticky. It’s a thousand degrees in the crowded, windowless lunchroom. All the Aquanet that has been holding my claw-bangs in place starts running down my face. Also, I have to do a lot of math in my head to make change, which…cue panic. (There’s a reason I became a writer.)

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Guest Post: Katee Robert’s Top Scary Reads

A Fool For You Katee Robert

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crispness of the air, the changing colors, everything pumpkin—and Halloween. There’s something about being able to dress up and pretend to be something else that brings magic back to the real world in the same way that reading a good book does. And the wide array of all things scary is just plain fun.

I’ll confess—I’m a recent horror convert. I never used to like being scared. It comes with having an over-active imagination. The very same thing that allows me to create made-up worlds in my head as a job is the one that keeps me up to all hours of the night, sure that that sound I just heard is a vengeful ghost coming to murder me in my bed (thanks The Grudge).

I devour horror novels now, and I lean heavily toward YA horror. When people ask me for my favorite reads in general, many of the following books make the list, even without the horror caveat.

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

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Q&A: Diane Alberts of HIS BEST MISTAKE

His Best Mistake Diane Alberts

Not only do we have an amazing author on deck for this Q&A, we’ve also got a romance movie pro! (Seriously, not a bad one on the list) Join us as we grill the lovely Diane Alberts, author of His Best Mistake!


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

Oh, gosh, I love so many romantic movies!! I guess, if I have to pick… Notting Hill, Nine Months, Friends with Benefits, The Holiday, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Notting Hill: I’m just a girl, standing in front of a guy…

Nine Months: Definitely this one:

Friends with Benefits: For some reason, I love this!

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Q&A: Rebecca Brooks of MAKE ME STAY

Make Me Stay Rebecca Brooks

Is it possible for a Q&A to make you fall in love? Or want a new bestie? Because Rebecca Brooks isn’t just an amazing author who is a delight to interview. She also has the best opinions. She is the cool friend. You know what’s even better about this cool friend? She’s got a sexy, heartfelt, completely engrossing book just as great as her called Make Me Stay out right now!


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

I love a mix of funny and heartwrenching, with heroines who take charge of their sexuality and get what they want. There are so many I could think of, but When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Jerry Maguire, The English Patient, and Obvious Child are definitely top of that list.

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Obviously the fake orgasm scene at the deli in When Harry Met Sally and “You complete me” from Jerry Maguire! And oh God, when Katharine whispers “I’ve always loved you” as Almásy carries her from a plane crash—GUTTED. I’ll leave two Youtube clips of fun, flirty dance scenes from Dirty Dancing and Obvious Child. I love the Dirty Dancing one because it’s proof that sexy and explicit aren’t always the same thing. And in Obvious Child, it’s a nice reminder that sex and dating are allowed to be fun!

 

 

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