Wednesday, December 31, 2008

DECEMBER WINNER IS DENA

Dena you've one both contests. Please send me your address details land I'll post your books. Congratulations and Happy New Year.

FALLING FOR GRACIE - Susan Mallery




Falling for Gracie was a warm and spirited book. It was refreshing to read a romance filled with humour, warmth and strong characters. There were many lessons to be learned in this book a few being honesty, integrity and the art of communication. A very sensual romance, one I will read, over and over.

Gracie's character was strong, spirited, fun, intelligent, and warm even though her family had sent her adrift. She will charm her way into your heart.

Riley, how does one describe an alpha male at his finest? Tall, dark, handsome, aloof and because his past...mistrusting, tormented and angry.

How Gracie and Riley come together begins with their knowing each other in the past but now they meet again and sparks fly, while the entire town looks on and becomes involved in their romance.

I highly recommend this book. It is one of Susan Mallery's finest.

Book Description:

First comes love, then comes marriage. . .

Or that was Gracie's plan, anyway, at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.

. . .but it's not as easy as it looks.

And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The one time bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability-but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

THE MAGNATE'S INDECENT PROPOSAL - Ally Blake




Ally Blake has created a sensual dance with The Magnate’s Indecent Proposal. It’s the first book about the Halliburton family, featuring the handsome Damien; the second being A Night with the Society Playboy featuring Damien Hilliburton’s sister and his best friend Caleb. Usually I read series in order but that didn’t happen this time but this story is also a stand alone and so wonderfully executed that you sincerely won’t want to miss the experience.

Their story begins on a fun and light note…..they are both lunching at a posh restaurant which requires checking in your cell phone. Chelsea is running late meeting her sister for lunch. When the restaurant tells her she has to check her phone, she’s not happy as it has her entire life and business on it. In a hurry and not paying attention, she literally bumps into Damien. All I can say is the sparks fly between them. When Damien leaves to go back to his office, he is given Chelsea’s phone…need I say more?

Chelsea is not only beautiful, she’s spirited, owns and runs a successful business Pride and Groom a pet grooming service. She’s very independent but is very close to her sister. You’ll also learn one thing about Chelsea; she has trust issues due to being raised by a con-artist father. When she bumps into the handsome millionaire he takes her breath away and her life will change forever.

Damien is one smart and wealthy man who was born with a silver spoon, charm and owns a successful day trader business in Melbourne. He also has commitment issues when it comes to relationships and is only committed to his work. He’s also recently left a two year relationship and is definitely not looking for anything permanent. When he accidentally meets Chelsea, he’s intrigued and immediately realizes after only speaking with her on the phone, they have chemistry.

The Magnate’s Indecent Proposal is a charming and romantic love story about two people from different worlds who in the end can’t live without each other and are meant to be together. How they get there is something as a reader, you’ll want to experience.

Book Description:

A millionaire magnate had her phone!
When Chelsea realized she'd accidentally swapped cell phones with someone, she knew how this would play out: she'd trek back into town, swap phones with some middle-aged man with a paunch and be on her way.
…now he wanted her body!
Only, seriously sexy Damien "Rich-list" Halliburton was way out of her league. She'd sworn off men long ago, but with a guy this gorgeous, how could she refuse his wicked, seductive and very indecent proposal?

Monday, December 29, 2008

January Contest - Four Chances to Win

Juror No, 7 -Mallory Kane
A man with a hidden agenda and a secret identity and a woman who knew too much...

Brand Gallagher was on an undercover mission to bring down the Castellano crime family and avenge his brother's death. Yet when he was ordered to kill Lily Raines--unlucky Juror No. 7--the tough lawman knew he couldn't break his oath to protect and serve. But compromising his long-standing cover as a mob associate would surely get them both killed.

Though they were little more than strangers, something about Lily demanded he offer his protection. Now on the run from the mob and the law, Brand was about to break the cardinal rule of law enforcement by involving his heart. Only, revealing his true identity to Lily suddenly seemed an even greater risk...


To win, just comment on your favorite romance suspense author or book and share why! Please leave you email in the post so that I can contact you. Thanks.


Intrigue Authors.com

Interested in becoming a romance book reviewer?



Are you interested in trying your hand at reviewing books from the romance genre? There are two sites I review for looking for reviewers. Of course, it's a non-paying position however the books are free and it's a wonderful experience giving back to those authors who write these wonderful contemporary, historical, paranormal, inspirational books.

If you're interested, please email me and I'll pass your information along for consideration.

Warm regards and Happy New Year!

CONFESSIONS OF A MILLIONAIRE'S MISTRESS - Robyn Grady



Author Robyn Grady has written an extremely, emotional and moving romance set in beautiful Australia. It’s about resolving past and moving forward, and accepting love.

As long as Celeste can remember and since her mother’s death, she is determined when her father retires that she has earned the right to head up the family landscaping business which was created by her parents. After her mother’s passing she felt the distance between she and her father. She was sent away to boarding school and could only count on her friend Brooke. Celeste has her own business but has dreams of expanding Prince Landscaping. So on the eve of announcing the new Chairman, Celeste is on pins and needles. Her father literally destroys her dreams by announcing a new CEO and owner by the name of Benton Scott. He also announces he is to become a new father and will be getting married.

Celeste is devastated and begs Ben to let her prove herself. She is so upset that Ben steps in and takes her on a picnic to take her mind off of everything. Her beauty, spirit and determination attract Ben so on that very day their relationship begins and they continue seeing each other but on his terms………having fun while it lasts with no commitment.

Their shared passion will absolutely leap off of the pages because you can see they are personally made for each other. But for Ben, because of his childhood and growing up in foster care, he won’t believe in “happily ever after” or permanence. His struggle with his past, eventually finding his father and learning why he left will pull at your heart. Celeste also reveals to Ben about her growing up years, the relationship between her parents and the effects it all played in her life, be prepared for tears.

Even though they physically enjoy their passion, the relationship becomes complicated. For Celeste these issues bring up questions for her as she looks back on her own parent’s marriage and realizes she needs more and decides to end the their relationship to save her heart from further breaking. In the end, Ben realizes that he has to work for what he wants the most, which of course is Celeste and he doesn’t need perfection. This couple were just meant to be and get their happy ending!


Book Description:

Saying ‘Oh, yes!’ to the millionaire…

When Celeste Prince discovers her beloved family business has been sold to millionaire Benton Scott, she’s determined to get it back. But gorgeous Benton sets her pulse racing, and her carefully laid plans lead her to just one place…his bed!

Benton makes it clear right from the start that he can’t offer more than a steamy affair. The passion is scorching – but Ben’s emotions are still in the deep freeze, and Celeste knows that only a dramatic collision course with his troubled past can thaw them…

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CLAIMED BY THE ROGUE BILLIONAIRE - TRISH WYLIE

Trish Wylie has written one dynamic, remarkable and extremely romantic love story in Claimed by the Rogue Billionaire. Bad boy doesn’t even begin to describe Gabe, the one time Fitzgerald family housekeeper’s son now self made billionaire. Since Gabe can remember he’s always looked out for the Fitzgerald’s daughter and she drove him nuts with her shenanigans, her loveliness and then she went away. Now Ash is returning home and will probably mess up his life.

The Fitzgerald family are one of the wealthiest and respected families in Dublin. In His Mistress, His Terms you met Alex Fitzgerald (Ash’s brother) and Merrow. They appear in this story as well. Alex has designed an art studio for his sister and has hired his accomplished and wealthy long time friend Gabe to build it, knowing there will be complications when Ash and Gabe see each other. There was agitation and tension between the two when Ash left for France; a tension no one understood or what had caused the riff between the two. The reader will learn what just one kiss and oh what a kiss and the passion that resulted from it rocked both of their worlds. It’s revealed how Ash hurt Gabe publically by announcing he “was the housekeeper’s son”, how it stung and how that kiss was something Ash didn’t know how to deal with……all a major problem. When she returns will revenge be on Gabe’s mind? Will they be able to work together? Will they tell each other what’s gone on over the years they’ve been separated?

Ashling Fitzgerald is one lovely, talented and spirited woman and deep down wants people to know she’s changed and grown. When she sees Gabe she secretly knows she’s in trouble because the attraction and pull are still there and when she finally comes to act on that attraction I promise your heart will dissolve as did this reader’s. Their chemistry absolutely sizzles off the page. But it’s more than that; it’s how they keep their relationship a secret, how they hide their true feelings and emotions; it was hard to read.

Their story, seeing how the exchange of “cruel” words can hurt and wound just reminds one of a very important lesson “think before speaking”. However, for Ash and Gabe, working through it all and finally admitting it to themselves and each other was amazing and simply wonderful to read. More important was for Ashling finally feeling she belonged. It was the ultimate gift Gabe gave her and thanks to Trish Wylie, for the lessons to be reminded the reader of…….not to keep secrets, judging others by position or economic status, and how verbal cruelty can wound the heart and soul. It’s a story of trust, acceptance and of coming home!

Book Description:

Revenge is best served red-hot, passionate and delicious!
Heiress Ashling Fitzgerald has come home, determined to prove that she’s changed. Secretly she wants to make amends – with the tall, dark housekeeper’s son she left behind. But he’s not the boy she once knew – Gabriel Burke is now an infamous billionaire playboy!

Gabe thinks Ashling is spoilt and selfish – but still oh-so-sexy. He doesn’t want her apologies. Instead he wants her in his bed; he wants revenge…
But, once he gets it, Gabe can’t believe he is still so hungry for more…

HIS MISTRESS HIS TERMS - TRISH WYLIE


Trish Wylie has penned an incredible romantic, sensual and sizzling love story in His Mistress, His Terms. The chemistry, the banter, the relationship itself will knock your socks off! Put that together with the story being set in Dublin, a fiery redheaded designer and a cool and confident architect who one weekend months ago, fell into each others arms for a night of passion. When they meet up again, it’s to work together on a rock star’s Dublin hotel. From start to finish this romantic dance, their ups and downs, their getting to know each other and take their relationship to the next level is one you will not want to miss!

Merrow is a free spirit, she’s lovely, confident and funny and she remembers her weekend of passion when she met Alex at a festival and spent one of the most memorable weekends of her life. She is now faced seeing him again and when he offers her a job, she actually believes she can put her past behind her and work with Alex professionally.

Alex, is handsome, hard working but he comes with some baggage’ his family is high society. His wealth and family don’t bother him as he’s always worked for everything he’s achieved; he’s pushed himself every step of the way. His family background bothers Merrow as she comes from a very unusual background and knows this relationship can go no where.

It’s a wonderful story of cat and mouse, exceptional I would say and I congratulate Trish Wylie for this glorious, sexy and very entertaining “fairy like” tale. With it being Mills and Boon’s 100th anniversary, this book makes the celebration even more special!

Please also join Trish and her fellow authors from all over the world on The Pink Heart Society. The site celebrates romance, its authors, readers and fans!

Book Description:

Rule 1 – Keep it strictly professional
Rich, gorgeous playboy Alex Fitzgerald has his sights set on Merrow O’Connell. Initially he needs just her interior design skills, but soon they’re on different terms – she’s perfect mistress material!

Rule 2 – Never mix business with pleasure…
Alex is determined to break all the rules and have the Irish beauty in his bed – and Merrow can’t argue with the boss! But she’s learned not to let anyone get close, and is determined to stay free and single. So what will she do when the billionaire playboy suddenly wants her to be more than just his mistress…?

Rule 3 – This boss always gets his way!

Monday, December 15, 2008

TALK ME DOWN - Victoria Dahl

They say there's always a first time and Talk Me Down was that experience for me......erotic fiction. All I can say is is provocative, sensual, sexy and just plain hot! It's sassy, fun and wonderfully written by Author Victoria Dahl and set in a very small town in Colorado, the town Molly Jennings grew up in. Now she has returned because her great aunt left her her home upon her death. Molly's excited to return because of a failed relationship with a cop who just won't stop stalking her. She's also had a dry spell in her career, as an erotic romance author and she's looking forward to concentrating on a new book and seeing a man she's fantasized over for years, the town sherrif Ben Lawson. Make that sexy Ben Lawson, her brother's best friend.

She also knows that her friends and family are not happy with her because she has a secret. No one but her editor is aware of her profession and for some time it has bothered her family and now that she's back in town and has the attention of the attractive Sheriff, he's also miffed.

Throw in stalking, mystery, hot, hot sex with the "hunky" sheriff, it's a sensual read you won't want to miss and a perfect way to start the New Year as the book debuts in January.

Book Description:

Molly Jenkins has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

OMolly Jenkins has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve.…

Friday, December 12, 2008

THE SHEIKH'S REBELLIOUS MISTRESS - SANDRA MARTON


The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress was the last book in Sandra Marton's The Sheikhs Tycoons series and was based on revenge due to embezzlement and getting even for walking away from a relationship. It's extremely entertaining, full of passion with a few twists and turns.

For sometime the handsome, powerful and wealthy sheikh Salim al Taj had stewed and vowed to find Grace Hudson and make her pay in more ways than one. She would pay dearly for ending the relationship, disappearing without a word and from lying and stealing from him. He would punish her himself and when he was through with her he would turn her over to the authorities.

Like all of the sheikhs in this series they were of modern thinking, were educated at Harvard, close friends, fierce, proud, loyal to their country and to each other. They felt royal marriages were based on duty, not emotion and relationships outside of marriage on fulfilment. In the end, they were wrong and each of them falls hard. Salim was no exception and you'll ache for him because he almost didn't get his second chance.

Grace Hudson was beautiful, smart, a hard worker, well spoken, had opinions and never hesitated to state them. She never mixed business with pleasure but when she met and worked for Salim, she fell hard and he broke her heart. As their relationship continued she felt he was distancing himself so she left before her could hurt her more and she could salvage what was left of her life.

Grace finds herself in a horrible situation. She's attending a conference with her boss in Bali and he forces himself on her. On top of that, Salim has tracked her down in Bali, witnesses the assault and intervenes. The only way Grace can get away from her horrible boss is to accept Salim's assistance by agreeing to return to the States. On the return trip to New York, Salim announces he's going to have her prosecuted and then their plane goes down. Salim being the desert warrior he is saves them both by swimming and finding a private island. Is Grace safe from Salim? You'll just have to read this beautiful love story to find out!

The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress took my breath away. When Salim realizes two things........he's in love with Grace and she did not embezzle from him, your heart will break and you'll want to shake him and cheer him on at winning back her heart. Salim finally realizes "a man determined to be blind to love was capable of great stupidity". Be prepared for ups and downs and a lot of emotion as only Sandra Marton can pen.

BABY BEQUEST - ROBYN GRADY



Baby Request is an emotional love story with a little suspense thrown in along with tenderness and second chances for Gage and Jenna.

She once loved him and he left her without a word and twelve years later they have both returned to Australia. Jenna Darley to bury her father, twin sister and her husband and to get custody of her baby niece, Meg. Gage Cameron to settle an old debt to Jenna’s father and to make sure she is settled and happy. He’s determined to go to any lengths to make sure Jenna gets her niece even if it means marriage.

Jenna is in a state of disbelief….she’s lost her entire family in a plane crash and she never made amends with her father for past disagreements or for leaving home. To make matters worse, her father has left his entire estate to her stepmother and the custody of Meg is in jeopardy. On top of everything else, the love of her life has returned home. After spending a short time with him, he offers to assist her in getting sole custody of Meg by offering marriage. Should she take a leap of faith and marry him in order to accomplish getting Meg? Would marrying him destroy her?

Little Meg is the most important thing to her so she agrees to marry Gage and carry on the charade at all risks to her heart. In the end, being with him, having him take care of her, his gentleness, her sexual attraction for him, she’s determined to store the memories of their time together knowing in the end it will rip her heart out when he leaves. So she takes what she can, storing those memories away and also focuses on getting little Meg.

There are many lessons for these lovers to learn. For Gage, to come to terms with his past and understanding that he can love and have it all. For Jenna, forgiving her father and understanding why things happened. Also, forgiving Gage and understanding why he left her years ago. Their journey is just plain moving and beautiful!

LAST DAY OF HARLEQUIN'S CHRISTMAS DISCOUNTS ON BOOKS



Today's the last day of Harlequin's discounts and it really is the time to shop. You not only get wonderful books, you get an additional 30% off plus a free book. I stocked up on January's releases.
Here's the link info Harlequin's 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Additional December Holiday Book Contest













This morning I woke up and thought, I have these wonderful books laying around, new and unread and so I'm adding them to my December Contest. For a chance to win these two books, all you have to do is post your favorite Holiday memory.


If you're interested you can find reviews on this site for Nicola's and Trish's books or over on The Pink Heart Society Review Blog Both books are excellent.

Monday, December 08, 2008

ABBY GREEN - THE MEDITERRANEAN BILLIONAIRE'S BLACKMAIL BARGAIN


England, Italy, and Cape Town are all places you will visit along with reading Dante and Alicia’s sensual journey as only Abby Green can pen. It’s an explosive story of revenge, full of tension and passion..

Dante D’Aquanni is not only a successful and powerful businessman, he’s one hot Italian who has learned the hard way from growing up on the streets of Naples. He’s a self made billionaire who raised his brother while building his wealth. Now he’s faced with a woman who has hurled accusations not once but twice and now in front of the press at his Lake Como Villa. She has accused him of being the father of her sister’s baby and he’s going to put an end to it and her as he suspects she and her sister to be gold diggers.

The beautiful Alicia Parker has recently returned home from Africa with little money a broken spirit and a secret. On top of this, she has learned her sister has been in a serious accident which she and her unborn baby have critical injuries and need long term care if she is to carry to term. When she tries to find out the identify of the baby’s father she misunderstands her sister and believes it to be Dante. She has always taken care of her of her younger sibling since they were orphaned and whatever it takes by whatever means she will make him pay and stand up to his responsibilities.

Dante is in the middle of an important deal which will put his company and it’s investors well over the top and place them as the most successful construction organization the in the world. He can’t afford any scandal or publicity. He knows several things…..he can’t mess up the deal, and he must keep an eye on Alicia and keep her close, and keep her sister and the baby a secret. However, the most important fact is there is something about her that calls out to him and he must have her even though he mistrusts her. In fact he doesn’t trust any female due to a past experience and he certainly will never marry.

Alicia realizes she has made a mistake by accusing Dante falsely of being the father of her sisters baby when in fact is was his brother. He uses this to blackmail her into staying with him during the business negotiations. In return, he agrees to assist financially with her sister’s and baby’s care. She also knows deep down inside this man has the capability of hurting her emotionally due to their attraction for each other. After just one kiss and later when they take their relationship further, she knows he can destroy her. For the past year she has cut herself off from emotion and yet this man can bring her to tears. Leaving would be the easiest solution but she keeps coming back for more.

What I would warn the reader is “read at your own risk” because you will be in tears and filled with emotion each time Dante uses cynical and harsh words or when he’s abrupt with her out of his own frustration. He always believes the worst in her but is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. He’s a coward to trust in something good which is just so terribly sad. However, when the truth and reasons for his actions are revealed, just be prepared because it’s extremely moving and emotional.

Behind the Book: Per a post on I(heart)presents: “This story was born out of a single image in my head. No plot, nothing, just an image inspired by a film – Oceans Twelve. In it, we see a character who is played by Vincent Cassel, the charismatic French actor, who, in the film, lives in a palatial villa on Lake Como.” Daisy

I(heart)presents

Friday, December 05, 2008

Beyond Heaving Bosoms - Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan






Congratulations to Sarah and Candy from Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels on their book to be released in April 2009.


Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Win a Kindle

As posted on Dear Author.com, Samhain Publishing is giving people chances to win a Kindle!

http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/blog/?p=1636

December Contest - Two Chances to Win!






Annie West's, The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected Wife's will be part of my December Contest. The review is on this blog and over at The Pink Heart Society. It's a very romantic and moving love story.

You might also want to stop over to Annie's Website listed in another post on my blog, Holiday Book Contests. She and several authors are having a contest as well.


Abby Green has also kindly donated her December The Mediterrean Billionaire's Blackmail Bargain and the review will be posted later this week. It's a very intense and hot love story. Both Annie and Abby will soon be seeing each other as Annie and family tour Europe.

How do you win? All you have to do is share your favorite holiday "treat".

Good luck and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Holiday Contests

On this blog the link to the right "Jo Leigh".....here is a short explanation about this very generous auction.

Author Jo Leigh lost her husband this year to cancer. Theirs was a story of reunited lovers worthy of a romance novel. The loss of her husband hit her hard, both emotionally and financially. (authors are self-employed, so often have no medical insurance.)

In an effort to raise money to help her pay off those medical debts, the romance community has once again banded together to support one of their own and an auction is being held. This is a wonderful way to purchase gifts for yourself or a loved one AND write it off on your taxes.

http://www.alisonkent.com/forjoleigh.html


Additional contests I've found:

Author Sound Relations and Tote Bags:

http://www.authorsoundrelations.com/MTB/contest.htm

Annie West and other Australian Authors:

http://www.annie-west.com/contest.html


Kate Walker, her yearly Christmas Stocking stuffed with books:

http://kate-walker.blogspot.com/


Fresh Fiction

http://freshfiction.com/contests.php


Writerspace

http://www.writerspace.com/contests/


Coffee Time Romance

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/ContestPage.html


Cataromance Holiday Contest:
http://docs.google.com/View?docID=df4wwg6h_117g6vzdcf7&revision=_latest

If you know of other multiple Holiday Book Contests, please share.....thanks!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2009 Celebrate Romance Conference, Portland Oregon


Next year’s conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, from Friday February 27th to Sunday March 1st. The registration fee will be the same as it was this year, $150.

Leanne has made arrangements for us at a beautiful hotel in the heart of downtown Portland, The Benson. It’s a gorgeous hotel, originally built in 1912, with all kinds of modern amenities. The hotel rate is $129 per night, which is about the same as it was this year.

You can check out the hotel at their web site: http://www.bensonhotel.com

I’m really looking forward to it - I’ve never been to Portland before and I can’t wait until the end of February! Only ten months away!
Karen


When: February 27th – March 1st 2009
Cost: $150
Where: Portland, Oregon
The Benson Hotel

ABOUT CELEBRATE ROMANCE

Celebrate Romance (a.k.a. “CR”) is a unique conference where romance readers and authors come together as equals to celebrate their love for the romance genre.

WHO RUNS CRS:

Volunteers. Put on by fans for fans, this conference is a non-profit event for ALL romance lovers.

WHAT MAKES CR SPECIAL? As an author I already attend so many events.

Unlike other conferences, CR’s only agenda is to support you and promote romance. No suits, no meetings, no pressure, and no segregation. With the exception of a booksigning on Sunday morning, authors are just like all the other attendees – fans.

This allows you to hear what romance readers really think first had while sharing your own thoughts on the genre. It’s a wonderful place to gain new readers and make friends.

Monday, November 17, 2008

ALLY BLAKE - A NIGHT WITH THE SOCIETY PLAYBOY



As a reader do you ever fall in love with the male alpha? Well I did; Caleb is one smart, handsome, sexy man with an incredible sense of humour. What better way for his story to begin than at the wedding of his best friend where he is the best man. Honestly, his mind is not on the wedding, it’s in the clouds until he spot’s Ava Halliburton, the sister of the groom. The woman he loved years ago who left him in search of a career.

Ava has returned back to Melbourne for her brother’s wedding after years of being away furthering her academic career. She’s left behind in the States some unfinished business, her academic standing at university and a recent relationship which ended badly. Now she’s returning home for a few days not knowing what to expect from her parents nor the man from her past, Caleb.

As only Ally Blake can write, this was sincerely a moving and beautiful love story. From the setting in Melbourne with it's high society, to the Halliburton’s family dynamics, the wedding and happy couple but most importantly the past lovers, Caleb and Ava. For them the realization that maybe you can never go back but you certainly can forgive, trust and move forward. It's an extremely moving story about second chances especially for Ava and Caleb and her family.

Ava and Caleb’s clashing personalities, the banter, their love making and getting reacquainted will have you laughing and crying at the same time. But most importantly when Ava comes to the realization that she has always been loved, that she’s been sincerely missed by her family and the person “who gets her” is Caleb himself. This sexy alpha has an incredible heart and will surprise you in the end for what he’s willing to sacrifice. Plain and simply, it’s beautiful and so worth reading!

Book Description:

Once Ava Halliburton shared a tender night of passion with Caleb Gilchrist. The next day, she left—not to return for ten years….

But now she's home for a wedding. And Caleb's the best man: richer and sexier than ever, with a playboy reputation.

Caleb still wants her. But Ava walked out on him, and he's no gentleman. One night, and then he'll be the one to walk away.


BEHIND THE BOOK

Stop over at I Heart Presents and see Ally’s November post “Close to Home” where she discusses her inspiration for the book.

THE SPANISH DOCTOR'S LOVE CHILD - KATE HARDY


Becky Marston has come to realize three important things which resulted from past experiences. First and foremost, she is going to concentrate of her career and put her family and the idea any romantic relationship on the back burner. Why one might ask? Becky learned from a past marriage that her husband and family expected her to stay at home, take care of her husband and to have children, never mind what she wanted career wise. She also learned that her husband was not who she thought he was; he cheated during their marriage and left her to marry another who was also expecting his child. Becky also spent painful years growing up with parents who constantly argued and was always aware that they only reason they married was to give her legitimacy. Her parents and grandparents always made it clear that she never measured up to their standards. So now becoming a nurse consultant is her only goal.

Leandro Herrera has left Spain and come to England for a year for two reasons, a new position at the local hospital and to find his birth father. Months before, his mother, who single-handily raised him with care and love, became seriously ill and revealed the name of his father. What he doesn’t count on is meeting the lovely Becky at a party hosted by one of the men at the hospital. One thing leads to another and they enter into a night of passion. Leandro is baffled by his need to see her again; for Becky she fights the attraction and how he makes her feel. They agree to have a “no strings affair” but in the end, it’s more than either of them counts on and Becky finds herself pregnant. Becky’s past experience with her disastrous marriage and loosing a baby at the end of her marriage have left her determined to have the baby alone. However, the sexy and proud Spaniard has other ideas, they must marry and two parents are better than one.

Their journey is a sweet and lovely story. Not just the passion but their respect and caring for each other and how throughout the months getting to know each changes everything. Leandro is determined that Becky will become his wife and she has other ideas. It’s a beautiful story about second chances, not just for Becky and Leandro but for their families as well.

Book Description:

When dangerously handsome Leandro Herrera finds he's the new boss of nurse Becky Marston—the woman he just shared the most amazing night of his life with—he can't resist breaking one of his golden rules. He'll bed her again, though he'll still make it clear there will be no strings, no commitments.But Leandro finds it difficult to keep his emotions separate—especially when Becky announces she's expecting! Suddenly the hot-blooded Spanish doctor is demanding Becky become his wife!


Behind the book from Kate’s Website:

“I love A&E books. It's the adrenaline charge, I think, the sheer drama of the setting. And I'd had this Catalan consultant walking into my head (partly from watching Antonio Banderas in 'Take The Lead' - I know, I know, he's not a medic or anything even slightly near it, but...) so Leandro got to tell his story. He'd grown up in a single-parent family, and now he has the chance to find out the truth about his past.” KH

Thursday, November 13, 2008

JENNIE LUCAS - ITALIAN PRINCE, WEDLOCKED WIFE





Most definitely a Cinderella story literally from rags to wealth beyond imagine for Lucy Abbott and her daughter Chloe. Add revenge, desire and mystery; it’s an incredible love story and journey as wonderfully written by author Jennie Lucas.

For most of her life Lucy and her mother lived from payday to payday and moved from town to town. Her mother died at an early age leaving Lucy to survive in foster care. Now on top of everything else, Lucy finds herself nearly destitute trying to support herself and an infant. She’s working at a gas station convenience store, with a letch for a boss, working more than one job just to support them. On top of everything else, the father of her child denies his paternity and wants nothing to do with either of them.

Lucy is determined to provide and care for Chloe and will go to any lengths to do so. As one will learn she is a woman of honour and extreme strength and wants the family she never experienced for her daughter and herself. A father for Chloe is at the top of her list since she never knew her own father nor experienced the warmth of family.

The handsome and wealthy Prince Maximo has a grudge and seeks revenge. He returns to the US and has a plan, one in which will benefit him in a business sense but it all revolves around Lucy. He sits waiting to make his move, gets Lucy fired from her job, takes Lucy and Chloe to his hotel and in the end forces Lucy to sign documents with the pretence she will get revenge from her daughter’s father. He takes them with him to his palace in Italy and guarantees her security and financial support in return for the signed documents. Unknown to her, she is giving up more than she’s aware and you will be shocked to learn the truth.

The Italian Prince, Wedlocked Wife is an amazing love story full of lust, lies, deceit and revenge. It’s also about healing, coming home and the true lessons that money isn’t everything. Maximo with his blindness for revenge softens when he actually gets to know Lucy and Chloe. He is brought to his knees and your heart will melt when you read how love creeps into his heart. Jennie Lucas’s talent shines through in this very intense and beautiful love story!

Book Description:

From rags to riches…
Single mum Lucy Abbott will do anything to protect her child. She’s working all the hours she can, but can still barely afford to feed her baby daughter.

An arranged marriage…
So when Prince Maximo d’Aquilla offers her millions, and a way out of her desperate life, Lucy grabs the chance. Max whisks her to Italy…and soon she’s totally his!?

By royal command!
Max has seduced her entirely. But he is driven by revenge, not desire…is he ruthless enough to walk away from his captive bride…?

SANDRA MARTON - THE SHEIKH'S WAYWARD WIFE



Now that her mother has passed away, it’s become important to Layla Addison to get to know her father who resides in a desert kingdom and find out the truth as to why her mother left him and raised her alone. She is led to believe by her father that he would like to get to know her. However, in the end, he’s a brut and a horrible man and uses her to gain profit by selling her to a despicable man to become his wife.

Sheikh Kahlil al Hasim like all desert princes is proud, extremely handsome, arrogant and not too pleased that he has been summoned home to Al Ankhara to meet with his father and the council. He’s had to put a multi-millionaire business deal and a new mistress on hold to return to his father and the desert. Kahlil has always known he was a part of Al Ankhara and someday he will need to lead his people. He’s spent a good part of his life pretending he wasn’t part of it

On the night of his return he observes someone dressed in the native dress walking directly into the ocean. He investigates and learns that this person is non-other than the beautiful Layla. What he eventually learns is of her betrothal to the “pig” of a man and like all warriors Kahlil feels he must save her from her fate, so he comes up with a plan. Kahlil also realizes that he must keep his father from being a part of a disastrous plan that would bring grief to his country. Duty and honour are part of him but at times, he wishes things were different!


Layla is an extremely lovely woman with such a spirit and fire it will warm your heart and she’s has walked into a mess in more ways than one. How can she escape this marriage and now she is under the protection of this sexy sheikh, at times it is more than she can emotionally endure. Will Kahlil’s plan work or will it backfire? This spitfire is constantly challenging this desert prince and he resorts to always kissing her into silence or submission.

Like all East meets West love stories, there are misunderstandings, frustrations and a sexual tension that heats up the pages as only Sandra Marton can pen in the Sheikhs Wayward Wife. Their desire and passion are immediately felt by the reader and Kahlil’s confusion as to what he is feeling and experiencing were a joy to read, especially his strong feelings in wanting to protect Layla and the means with which he did protect her.
This second book in the Sheikh Tycoon’s series was a sincere pleasure to read. Its passion and fire were so evident and had me wanting more and more and not wanting their beautiful love story to end.


Book Description:

Sheikh Khalil al Hasim is more than happy to escort feisty Layla Addison back to his desert kingdom and hand her over to her betrothed. But he's almost as horrified as she is by the lecherous man she's being forced to marry!

With steely determination, Khalil demands she become his bride instead! Layla's powerless to resist his wicked good looks, but he's arrogant and overbearing. Has this rebellious bride just jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

BEDDED BY THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE - KATE WALKER



Immediately, Bedded by the Greek Billionaire begins with intrigue and the unknown and the surprise Jessica Marshall is about to face at her stepfather Marty’s funeral. She is very saddened by his passing but is at peace due to the fact that Marty not only prepared her to take over but he has left his estate to her. On top of that, she is also about to be married. However, out of the blue a man from her past appears, a man she would love to forget….a past crush in the name of Angelos Rousakis. When she was younger, Jessica threw herself at Angelos and was caught by her stepfather. In his anger, Marty dismissed Angelos which left in its wake, bitterness for the proud Greek. Now he has returned to Manor House to stake his claim, attend the funeral of the father he had never known, the father Jessica stole from him!

What’s not to love about this handsome, strong and proud alpha? He’s charming, gorgeous, a self made billionaire with an axe to grind. But will he take out his revenge on Jessica? You’re just going to have to read this wonderful love story yourself and discovery its mysteries. It’s passionate and moving as only Kate Walker can pen. It’s a story about second chances, with its final chapters set in a lovely Greek setting as well as Manor House in England.

What I loved most about the book is both Jessica’s and Angelos realization about their past mistakes and how learn from them. Jessica comes to terms with how she hurt Angelos and for him, the realization that he had always loved her….and she was truly his “soul” It’s about coming home, finding out what’s important and certainly NOT revenge!

Book Description:

As a naive teenager, Jessica Marshall fell in love with gorgeous Greek Angelos Rousakis. But her clumsy attempt to attract him cost Angelos everything.

Seven years later, Angelos is back and intends to claim what's his—including Jessica!

As Jessica falls for the sexy tycoon all over again, she can't be sure if he's back for pleasure…or retribution….

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Honor of Vetran's Day

I've noticed on many romance author websites and blogs they are feeling like I am on this Vetran's Day......thankful for all of our men and women serving in the armed forces and those who have served in the past.

Please take some time today to pray for them, their families and pray for peace!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Harlequin Undone Launch - Coupon

Harlequin has just launched a new eBook product – Harlequin Historical Undone.

To celebrate the launch of these short, sexy, historical eBooks, Harlequin has an exclusive coupon code for Harlequin Ambassadors and their friends.

Harlequin asks that we share this coupon with you.......Enjoy your free eBook and share with friends.

Monday, October 27, 2008

THE SHEIKH'S DEFIANT BRIDE - SANDRA MARTON


Defiant bride doesn’t even describe Madison Whitney. She is the professional Vice President of Marketing for MicroTech, she’s a stunning beauty and she has it all, the job, the New York apartment, the degrees…..well she doesn’t have it all, she wants a child with no husband. At a very young age, Madison learned from her mother’s mistakes not to trust a man so she’s determined never to marry. She’s also planned on having a baby through artificial insemination at New Born who specializes in sperm storage.

As for the handsome and powerful sheikh, I believe Tariq would be at the top of my list. He’s incredibly handsome and his loyalty to his father, his brother’s memory and his country definitely puts him at the top. Tariq is aware that he must rise to the cause of someday being the ruler of his country due to the recent death of his beloved brother. He’s committed to finding a wife so he searches in his own country and neighbouring regions with no luck. He’s determined to return to the US, continuing the search of finding a wife.

One evening he watches a television broadcast featuring Future Born and Madison Whitney is speaking about sperm storage and its use for the future. Just watching her stirs a need in him, and as fate would have it, they meet at his lawyer’s cocktail party. Madison seeks him out in an effort to get rid of an unwanted guest. Immediately Tariq realizes who she is, and he acts on his attraction later that night in the garden. Things get out of control and when they are interrupted, he believes himself to be a fool; she’s as consumed by lust as he is but in the end she resists and denies all. Tariq realizes he is no closer in finding a wife or producing an heir. And the woman, who spent some time in his arms, can’t be trusted. He contacts his lawyer to arrange to have his sperm stored for future use.

Fate steps in again. Madison has arranged to be inseminated and becomes pregnant with the donor she chose? Did she really? No! For some reason which is not known to Madison, she receives the wrong sperm. Tariq has been informed of the mistake and that he’s going to be a father and Madison is the mother. There is only one thing to do, marry this feisty woman for the sake of their unborn child and he realizes is will be hard to convince her! When the news is dropped like a bomb, Madison bristles, no way will she marry this proud sheikh. However, Tariq has other ideas. Their journey is an incredible one; from their getting to know each other, to their marriage and what fate delivers them. The Sheikh’s Defiant Bride is just another wonderful Sandra Marton love story.

Sincerely, there is so much I want to share but that would be unfair to the reader. You’re just going to have to trust that this first book in The Sheikhs Tycoon series is so worth reading. Sometimes when you least expect it an incredible story unfolds with so many lessons and this is no exception. Their journey and the love they both realize, just wonderful!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Share the Love






From Vamps and Scamps by shilohwalker.....quoted from Karen Knows Best Blog


If you are like me, you have a multitude of romance novels sitting on the bookshelf, doing little more than offering fond memories, looking pretty, and gathering dust. As I tried to make room for my newest purchases one day, I thought there had to be a better use for all these wonderful books.

After all, they are not merely love stories and are certainly not rescue fantasies. They are rich narratives of women overcoming conflict, discovering their own power, falling in love, and being rewarded with optimistic, emotionally satisfying endings. And shouldn’t all women enjoy the same treasure of words filled with inspiration and empowerment—or, if nothing else, a pleasant diversion from day to day life?

Of course they should.

Then it occurred to me: why not donate romance novels to women in crisis? Mass-market paperbacks are considered to be inexpensive but are still not in the budget for everyone who might enjoy them. How better to encourage literacy—an incredibly valuable skill that benefits not just women but the families they support—than by providing engaging reading material? Doesn’t everyone deserve the pleasure of a good story with a happy-ending?

With the help of Ann Bleakley, my friend and co-founder, Share The Love was born.

It’s simple: we will collect gently used romance novels and pass them onto non-profit organizations that provide assistance to women in transitional periods of their lives—homeless and domestic violence shelters, prisons and recovery half-way houses—and that help them establish independent lives.

We hope you will join us—one story at a time—in offering encouragement, inspiration, and enjoyment to women.

Thank you,

Maya Rodale
Ann Bleakley



How to Give
Do You Want To Share The Love? Here’s how you can participate right now:
1. Get a box.
2. Start filling it with romance novels you’ve read, but don’t imagine re-reading.
3. Send the box to one of the following locations or check back here to see if we’ll be doing a collection in your area.

Share The Love
c/o Maya Rodale
511 Avenue of The Americas, #90
New York, NY 10011-8436
(212) 924-4002
- - - - - - - - - -
Share the Love
c/o Ann Bleakley
P.O. BOX 19313
Minneapolis, MN 55419-0313
612-823-2726

We’ve checked out your shipping options, and are of the opinion that USPS parcel post is the best. If you want to ship UPS, be sure to include the phone number on the label.
The fine print: Unfortunately, your donation does not qualify for a deduction on either federal or state taxes.

How to Receive the Love
Would your organization like to receive donations of romance novels?
Share The Love donates romance novels to non-profit, non-denominational organizations devoted to helping women live independent, self-sufficient lives. If that describes your organization, and you are interested in receiving romance novels, please email info@share-the-love.org.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

READY AND WILLING - Elizabeth Bevarly



THE GHOST AND MRS. MAGILL

For this reader, Ready and Willing was my first Elizabeth Bevarly book and it certainly won’t be my last. The story was warm, charming with a cast of unique characters set in Louisville, Kentucky,the famed Kentucky Derby with an additional surprise, a ghost in the form of a riverboat captain.

Silas Summerfield has returned to his former Victorian home in order to save his nephew Nathaniel’s soul. Silas and his portrait end up in the home of Audrey Magill who has set up her home and millinery shop in the Summerfield home. Silas ghost appears to Audrey and informs her she is the only person who can save his nephew and pleads with her to meet with Nathaniel and reveal those conditions before its too late.

Audrey and Nathaniel share a common thread, they were both raised as only children…..Audrey with older and loving parents and Nathaniel in a meager home by a single mother. For Nathaniel it’s always been important to achieve….not only with his career and standing in the community but increase his wealth; the new deal he is working on will achieve that goal and then some. However, Silas knows that his soon to be partner is an evil man and it’s only Audrey that can convince Nathaniel to give up the deal with the end result - saving his nephew’s soul.

For Audrey, this whole mess of soul saving is interrupting her new business and just the sight of Nathaniel threatens her sanity. Audrey’s only goal is her new business not having a sexy man in her life nor spending any time with him. She is still mourning the death of her husband who passed three years before and she fights her attraction to Nathaniel every step of the way. For both of them neither are interested in a relationship nor finding love.

I loved Elizabeth Bevarly’s humor and how she showcased her charming characters and some of the history of Louisville. As a baby boomer, I vaguely remember during the late ‘60’s the television series, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and this brought back fond memories. Audrey and Nathaniel’s journey in finding love and getting his soul back is one you definitely won’t want to miss.

Book Description:

When widow Audrey Magill stumbles onto a portrait of a nineteenth-century riverboat captain, she thinks it will add just the right touch to her new hat shop. What it really adds is the ghost of Silas Summerfield, who insists he needs Audrey to help save the soul of his great-great-however-many-greats grandson, Nathaniel. Now, in addition to scrambling to open her shop in time for the Kentucky Derby, she has to try to convince a complete stranger that he’s in danger of losing his soul

Wildly successful businessman Nathaniel Summerfield knows a nutcase when he sees one, and Audrey Magill—attractive as she is—certainly qualifies. Does she really think his latest business deal could jeopardize his soul? He’s worked too hard to let paranormal mumbo-jumbo get in his way. But then strange things begin to happen to him, not the least of which is his inability to get Audrey the nutcase out of his mind. Talk about being haunted…

Monday, September 29, 2008

THE DESERT KING'S PREGNANT BRIDE - ANNIE WEST


Trapped by desire and something else, you won’t want to miss The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride!

Sheikh Khalid Bin Shareef and Ms. Maggie Lewis were like “two star-crossed lovers” when they met one dark, blustery and rainy evening. They were meant to be but they didn’t know it; not at the time they first met nor did the handsome sheikh realize it until it was almost too late! Even taking into consideration how they were both raised, the emotional obstacles they needed to overcome; they were meant to be….lovers.

Maggie is upset, soaked to the bone and realized what a fool she’d been in wanting to take her relationship with her boyfriend a step further. It was like a slap in the face when she found him in the arms of another; she flees, stumbles and is rescued by a handsome stranger who she later finds out is visiting royalty. Khalid persuades Maggie to take a ride from him and upon close inspection sees that she’s troubled; instead of taking her home he takes her to the lodge where he is staying while visiting Australia. He’s determined to soothe her by getting her warm and dry clothes, just talking to her to reassure and comfort her. He realizes he might be in trouble because he finds her attractive and she intrigues him; he wants to protect her and more.

Khalid hasn’t felt like this since his wife died 8 years ago and it disturbs him. While soothing and holding Maggie, things change and they act upon their attraction to each other (I call it fate). She gives Khalid the greatest gift of all, her virginity. However, the next morning she’s determined to leave while Khalid sleeps; when he awakes and finds her gone, he’s determined to see her again! However, on top of everything, his brother dies and Khalid is forced to return to his country and become the ruler.


Maggie felt foolish and stupid that she was so trusting. She’d never felt loved……her father used, rejected and over worked her; her mother left and took her younger sister when she was very young. She had no sense of belonging, of being loved or self confidence as a woman that she might be desired by a man. It was painful to read about Maggie’s childhood. However, that one night in Khalid’s arms, and their passionate love making would stay with her for a lifetime, she was sure if it!

As for Khalid’s youth, his father was selfish; he only cared about his mistresses and Khalid's half brother which left Khalid on his own to forge his own future because he was not heir to the throne. Khalid married young; a few years his wife died. He’s vowed never to give his heart again. He desires Maggie, wants to see her again and arranges for her to travel to Shajehar on the pretence of purchasing horses. It’s an accident which causes Maggie to be seen by a physician and later they both learn she’s pregnant with his child. He’s determined they will marry, she agrees because they are both committed to giving their child support, love and stability, something neither of them experienced when they were growing up. However, Maggie questions if she can live without love knowing Khalid is still mourning his dead wife?

The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride was a moving, touching and very enjoyable love story set in a progressive country with its people accepting Maggie as their queen. Watching Maggie grow as a person, taking language lessons, meeting with the women of the village, promoting education, and bonding with Khalid’s relatives, lovely!

As for this handsome Sheikh Khalid, his protectiveness and tenderness towards Maggie was incredibly sweet. Yet one wanted to shake him because he held on to a ghost; his dead wife. He was afraid to give his heart and you’ll cry for him because it’s obvious he adored Maggie.

This was a fascinating book to read. Their passion burns with their strong desire for each other. Annie West pens a wonderful romance novel with The Desert King’s Pregnant Bride being her third sheikh book. I think my favourite parts of this story were watching Maggie grow, feeling more confident as a person, and taking charge of her life. As for the sexy sheikh…..his tenderness, his concern and desire for Maggie and reading about how he was brought to his knees! Thanks Annie for another wonderful story…..I felt as if I were in your lovely home country, Australia and the beautiful desert!

Book Description:

Maggie is at her most defenceless when she meets Khalid, a mysterious yet sympathetic stranger. Their single night of passion has consequences neither expects. Khalid's solution to their situation is simple, a marriage of convenience. But can Maggie give up everything she knows to marry the enigmatic lord of a desert kingdom? Can she trust her life to the hands of the man who makes her vulnerable in ways she's never been before?

Khalid is determined to do the right thing by Maggie. She stirs his protective instincts even though she's one of the strongest and most resilient women he's ever met. More, she arouses desires and feelings he thought he'd buried long ago. He doesn't know where the passion between them will lead, but he refuses to back away, even if it means obliterating the walls they've each built around their emotions. He will have her as his bride and he won't settle for anything less than all of her: mind, body and heart.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

THE SPANIARD'S MARRIAGE BARGAIN - Abby Green



Every once in a while a book stands out for a reader and The Spaniard's Marriage Bargain, well let's just say it's brilliant and I personally think it's Abby Green's best! It is about deep, abiding and selfless love.

Rowan Carmichael grew up knowing she was not very important in her parents lives; however her mother on her death bed made her father promise to see Rowan married. Her father fulfills that promise and makes arrangements with the handsome businessman from Spain, Isandro Salazar. All Rowan knew was that she was a naive rich girl totally enamoured with this handsome man and she also knew she was out of her league. What she didn't count on was she would consummate her marriage on her wedding night and fall madly in love with her husband.

Isandro Salazar's business was successful. However, he needed acceptance in the London financial community. To do this he needed to accept Mr. Carmichael's offer to marry his daughter in a marriage of convenience. What he didn't anticipate was his attraction to Rowan and he actually enjoyed her company. Months later they found out they were expecting a baby which was not part of the plan. As fate would intervene, Rowan overhears a conversation between her husband and his sister where he declares it's just that, "a marriage of convenience" and confirms their marriage will only be that...........a loveless marriage.

As the story unfolds, Rowan and Isandro's son is born, a beautiful boy named Zac. Rowan realizes that to survive she must leave her husband and son. While reading this story you will need to prepare yourself as it will rip your heart out! To say any anymore would ruin the reader's experience.

Three years later, Rowan shows up at a London hotel where she plans to meet her attorney and as fate would have it, it's the very hotel her husband owns. Of course, who's on the premises, none other than her husband and son! It's an emotional powder keg! Islandro doesn't trust Rowan or her motives and insists they all return to Isandro's estate in Spain to work out parental and custody issues. Of course, there's the fact they both have to deal with the personal side of their relationship. It's extremely painful to read as the emotion is very strong between the two of them and cruel at times, especially what Rowan has to endure.

It's a love story filled with secrets, twists and turns, misunderstandings, intense sexuality......it sizzles! Prepare yourself for an outstanding story and reading experience by contemporary author Ms. Green. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the Spaniard's Marriage Bargain. It just intensifies how important communication is in a relationship along with truth, honesty and trust.


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Back in her husband’s bed…


Rowan had discovered two things that would change her life for ever. The first filled her with joy – she was pregnant! The second was something that she felt compelled to keep to herself – even from her husband…

Rowan had been Isandro Salazar’s bride of convenience. But, knowing that he would never love her as she loved him, her choice was to make her unborn child her priority and then, once he was born, make her dark journey by herself…

But in Isandro’s eyes Rowan’s decision rendered her a gold-digger who had committed the worst possible crime. However, he couldn’t stop her seeing her baby son – or deny that the passion between them was as raw and intense as ever…

Thursday, September 25, 2008

PORTLAND OREGON READER/AUTHOR CONFERENCE - February - CELEBRATE ROMANCE

ANNOUNCING 2009 CELEBRATE ROMANCE CONFERENCE:

Posted by Karen Wheless


Next year’s conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, from Friday February 27th to Sunday March 1st. The registration fee will be the same as it was this year, $150.

Leanne has made arrangements for us at a beautiful hotel in the heart of downtown Portland, The Benson. It’s a gorgeous hotel, originally built in 1912, with all kinds of modern amenities. The hotel rate is $129 per night, which is about the same as it was this year.

You can check out the hotel at their web site: http://www.bensonhotel.com

I’m really looking forward to it - I’ve never been to Portland before and I can’t wait until the end of February! Only ten months away!

Karen


When: February 27th – March 1st 2009
Cost: $150
Where: Portland, Oregon
The Benson Hotel

ABOUT CELEBRATE ROMANCE

Celebrate Romance (a.k.a. “CR”) is a unique conference where romance readers and authors come together as equals to celebrate their love for the romance genre.

WHO RUNS CRS:

Volunteers. Put on by fans for fans, this conference is a non-profit event for ALL romance lovers.

WHAT MAKES CR SPECIAL? As an author I already attend so many events.

Unlike other conferences, CR’s only agenda is to support you and promote romance. No suits, no meetings, no pressure, and no segregation. With the exception of a booksigning on Sunday morning, authors are just like all the other attendees – fans.

This allows you to hear what romance readers really think first had while sharing your own thoughts on the genre. It’s a wonderful place to gain new readers and make friends.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blogger Appreciation Week Winner

Dizzy, Sandy and Bobbi you're the winners! Congratulations. Please email with your name and address to seattlesnoops@aol.com and I'll send you your book.

Hopefully you'll stop by from time to time and look around and enter my monthly book contest.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

LUCY MONROE'S MERCENARY TRIO







JULY 2008 - READY

READY I believe is one of Lucy Monroe's best. It’s not just the story line or being such an enjoyable read, it was the characters Lise Barton and Joshua Watt's, two very strong, passionate and intriguing people. At first glance and meeting they were powerfully attracted and drawn to each other and as the reader will learn when they meet again under different circumstances their incredible journey teaches them that "loving someone shouldn't make you less than what you are, it should make you more".

Joshua Watts, a former Army Ranger, security expert and merc is on a mission to bring Lise home for a family holiday at his sister's request. Little do any of them realize that Lise is being stalked and has moved to Seattle in order to protect her family. From the moment of Josh's arrival and meeting with Lise, their journey begins full of suspense, intrigue and absolute passion.

Book Description:

They’re the good guys fighting the bad guys. They’ll get the job done—if the price is right and so is the cause. And what cause could be nobler than the heart’s desire? Rough and ready, tough and tender—when it comes to love and security, these hunks are definitely for hire...
As a writer, Lise Barton is used to coming up with wild scenarios for her characters, but the one that’s playing out for her right now is no fiction—it’s frighteningly real. Someone is stalking her, someone who knows where she lives and what she does. Someone who has even threatened her family—her brother, his wife, and their precious baby girl. Lise isn’t about to let someone hurt them, so she packs up and leaves Texas for the anonymity of Seattle. And then the threats start again…

Joshua Watt’s mission is simple: Go to Seattle and bring Lise home for Thanksgiving or he’ll never hear the end of it from his sister. It’s not like "Aunt Lise" to stay away from their adorable niece, and Joshua’s pretty sure he’s the reason for it. He’s spent months trying to forget the taste of her lips, the feel of her soft hair in his fingers. Yeah, okay, he wants her—badly—but family comes first. But the minute he sees the fear in Lise’s eyes, his survival instincts kick in. The former Army Ranger isn’t about to let some creep terrorize an innocent woman—not on his watch. He’s going to do what it takes to protect Lise and try to keep his personal feelings out of it. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that sex and work don’t mix. Not ever. So far… --This text refers to the Paperback edition.



AUGUST 2008 - WILLING

WILLING is sensitive, suspenseful, and a very sexual and sensational love story. I was ready for READY, but WILLING?....."Be still my heart"! This story was exceptional as both characters came from such interesting backgrounds. Josie was raised to be a soldier and knows nothing about relationships or love. Daniel is a hot and passionate man afraid to become involved with anyone due to his past upbringing, being raised in an abusive home full of violence. This book so touched my heart and is just another example of Lucy Monroe's gifted story telling. Book

Book Description:

Josie McCall has been raised to be a soldier, and she could be the best-if she wanted it. Instead, she left her dad's mercenary school behind for a normal job in computers. But now that someone has torched the school and her dad is MIA from the hospital, Josie's going to use every bit of her merc training to find him and hunt down the culprits who took him. Josie knows a lot about explosives, hand-to-hand combat, and tracking. What she doesn't know about is sex.

She has no idea what to do with the volcanic attraction she feels for her dad's new partner, Daniel Black Eagle. And that feels more dangerous than any bomb... Daniel knows exactly what he'd like to do about that attraction. The brooding explosives expert can't get within five feet of Josie without wanting to touch, taste, and protect her-even if he's sure she would happily drop-kick him if she knew one sizzling moment of his fantasies. But he'll save it for later. Right now, he's got his hands full figuring out who set that bomb and took Josie's dad. Daniel's sure of one thing, though-he's not letting Josie McCall out of his sight for a single second. Convincing the cutest, most desirable trained soldier he's ever met that she needs a bodyguard isn't going to be easy. But if she'll let him, he'll show her he's willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, and along the way, he'll make her feel every inch a woman...




SEPTEMBER 2008 – AN ABLE

And Able, the conclusion of mercenary trio series was sensual, sensitive, steamy and full of Southern charm. Lucy Monroe has yet again penned a very powerful book which portrays two characters that have been drawn to each other for a long time. Claire Sharpe, smart, witty and full of sass is a loner due to loosing her father and mother at a young age, under difficult circumstances. Brett Adams has been raised in a "charmed" life but is the families back sheep. Instead of becoming the lawyer, he leaves home after high school graduation and joins the army as a Ranger, then a government agency and is an ex-mercenary. He and his partners are for hire of the cause is worthy and the price right. Brett has only loved once and she died putting her country first over their love. Brett makes a silent promise never to fall in love over her grave. Well life plays strange tricks on people. At his partner's wedding, he feels lust for Claire and she feels the same. Circumstances bring them together again as Brett feels the need to protect Claire when a close friend of hers is murdered and her home is searched and her life threatened.

Their journey and in finding each other, falling in love will just plain take your breath away. Their attraction for each other, their love making, and the feelings swirling around them plus the thrill of danger is a very powerful story and again, Lucy brings her readers to their knees. I'm sorry to see Wolf, Nitro and Hotwire leave plus the women they're fallen in love with but a happy ending none the less. Thanks Lucy for this wonderful series.

Book Description:

Claire Sharp trusts few people and relies on no one. But after her life is threatened, ex-mercenary Brett Adams blows into her self-contained world, full of southern charm, rugged good looks, and enough sexual experience to write a how-to manual...experience he makes it clear he'd like to use on Claire. She wants help fighting the bad guys, but she's not about to fall into Brett's bed. For one thing, the guy has a no-commitment clause better than most big shot attorneys and for another, despite her response to his too sensual kisses, in her experience sex isn't exactly fireworks and brass bands. Definitely not worth getting all excited over...

Brett plans to prove her wrong. He’s never felt such a powerful combination of lust and friendship with a woman. He'll give her a white-hot pleasure like nothing she’s ever known and she'll realize that some things in life are worth taking the risk for. When the threat to Claire grows dangerously close, pitting them against deadly odds, Brett will do whatever it takes to save her. Because Claire Sharp has just found herself a man who’s ready to bring it on, willing to do what it takes, and able to go the distance… --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Friday, September 12, 2008

BOOK BLOGGER WEEK IS COMING!



Book Blogger Appreciation Week Is Coming!

Nominations are now being accepted for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week awards, in two dozen categories ranging from "best general book blog" to "best design," "most eclectic taste," and even "best name for a blog." (There's also a category for blogs about the publishing industry, in case you know any blogs like that of which you think well, like Eco-Libris, or TeleRead.) You can nominate up to two blogs in any category until Sunday; shortlists will be whittled down to the top five nominees in each category and voting will take place starting September 15.

MONDAY: In it's honor, I'll be giving away a copy of Lucy Monroe's Housekeep to a Millionaire.

THURSDAY: I'm going to give two more people the chance to win a book and will entries will be drawn tomorrow at 8:00 PM pst and announced Saturday morning. India Grey's Angelo's Captive Virgin and Trish Wylie's The Millionaire's Proposal.

From September 12 through 19th
Just post a comment or send me an email
I will mail to any country

To Vote:
http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2008/09/bbaw-awards-2008-voting-booth.html

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY WINNERS AND THE BLOG WINNERS DURING THE WEEK OF BBAW.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AT THE SHEIKH'S BIDDING - CHANTELLE SHAW


From the moment they met the air sizzled and under the circumstances….thunderous!
Erin Maguire lives up to her name and red hair; she is fierce, can’t control her tongue and is a spit fire when it comes to protecting her adoptive son.

Erin has a past and no family. Her mother, amongst other things was a deceased addict, never new her father, lived on the streets and was in trouble with the authorities until an older couple took her in. That’s when she met Faisal and his baby son who were in need of a nanny. It was Erin’s devotion to the baby and her friendship with Faisal after his wife died, that led him to marry Erin in name only, especially when he found out he was terminally ill. He told Erin neither he nor his wife had any family so he asked her to adopt and raise his son upon his death.

The handsome, fierce and stubborn Sheikh Zahir is on a mission. He and his father have just been told that his eldest brother died and has left an heir to the throne, a son named Kazim. The King is ill and wants to know his grandson so he dispatches Zahir immediately to return the young boy back home where he belongs. There is some mystery as to why this family has been separated from each and why Faisal, Zahir and the King were estranged, which adds an interesting element to the storyline.

What a shock when they meet and Zahir sets eyes on Erin, his brother’s 2nd wife. She immediately catches his eye and he’s sexually attracted by her beauty. It’s a battle of wills, threats and shouts and in the end, Erin, Kazim and Zahir return to the desert, Qubbah and the King.

This is a very spirited and at times sad story but the fire that burns between this couple sizzles off of the page. It’s a battle of wills, attraction, miscommunication plus throw into the mix a forced marriage between Erin and Zahir. In the end, it’s a beautifully crafted love story by Chantelle Shaw, set with passion and fire, one you won’t want to miss.

Book Description:

Erin Maguire is shocked to discover that her adopted son is the heir to a desert kingdom! Now they're en route to the land of Qubbah with little Kazim's uncle, the powerful and arrogant Zahir bin Kahlid al Muntassir!

Zahir insists Erin marry him, and that his young nephew remain in Qubbah! She refuses to leave Kazim behind, but she's not of royal blood. Zahir will have a very ordinary virgin bride in his bed on his wedding night!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

DESERT KING – PREGNANT MISTRESS – Susan Stephens



This book is explosive! What a handsome and strong sheikh Khal is........proud, firm and arrogant and he's smitten by a young woman from Liverpool that will blow any reader away! Khal is bound by duty and at times ignores Beth Tracey Torrance and what’s important to her. After their brief time together, she returns to Liverpool only to find out she’s expecting the ruling sheikh’s baby!

The shop girl from Liverpool is charming, strong, fierce and proud. She adores Kahl and when she returns to England and finds herself pregnant, her only thought is of her daughter Hannah. She misses Khal but is determined to be the best mother ever!

This was a “feisty” read and at times very sad but it’s another wonderful sheikh story by the incredible Susan Stephens and you won’t be sorry you’ve read it and most of all you will never forget Beth Tracey Torrence!

Book Description:

Sheikh Khalifa is bored by the potential wives paraded in front of him. So when he catches sweet, innocent Beth Torrance trespassing on his private beach, he is more than ready to be distracted….
Beth comes to the island a na├»ve virgin, but leaves an awakened woman—and unknowingly pregnant with the sheikh's baby! When the desert king vows to claim his child—and take its mother as his permanent mistress—Beth is powerless to refuse a royal decree!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

THE ITALIAN BOSS'S MISTRESS OF REVENGE - Trish Morey




I can’t ever remember reading a book with such an interesting opening of the first few chapters. Both the beginning and end of the Italian’s Boss’s Mistress of Revenge will have the reader on edge, wondering what’s next; it’s that intense and explosive. Again, Trish Morey has woven an intriguing love story.


It’s obvious that handsome, rich and ruthless Dante Carrazzo is out for revenge and wants to take establishment down to rubble, The Aston House, Upon his arrival he gets the impression that there is a surprise in his room and oh what a surprise and none other than the beautiful manager Mackenzi Keogh and she’s not only beautiful, she’s asleep. Dante decides to act upon his “gift” so he makes an attempt to wake her through seduction and to her horror in the morning, Mackenzi realizes that it’s Dante, the very man who can destroy Aston House.

Aston House holds sentiment and memories for all who have stayed there or celebrated weddings, anniversaries and the like and for Mackenzi, her family, friends and co-workers they don’t want to see it sold or destroyed by Dante Carrazo. The evening before his arrival, Megan is dead tired and ends up sleeping in Dante’s room; only he arrives early and surprises her during her sleep with sensual caresses.

It’s obvious to the reader that immediately there is a physical attraction, that Dante is ruthless and takes revenge to a new level as he proposes that Mackenzi become his mistress and he’ll think about the future of Aston House if she agrees to his proposal.

It’s a rollercoaster ride, one you will not want to miss with all sorts of twists and turns every step of the way. To say anymore would spoil this beautiful and painful love story but in the end, there is one big surprise and when the true reason for revenge is revealed you will be in tears, I promise.
"Therein lies the defect of revenge: it's all in the anticipation; the thing itself is a pain, not a pleasure; at least the pain is the biggest end of it." Mark Twain

Book Description:

All that stands in the way of Dante Carrazzo and revenge is Mackenzi Keogh. Mackenzi will do anything to save her hotel—something Dante uses to his advantage: he'll reconsider if she becomes his mistress!

Mackenzi knows she shouldn't trust Dante, but the pleasure he gives is too intense to resist. However, their bargain is compromised when Dante learns she is pregnant….


BODY LANGUAGE - Suzanne Brockmann




This was a fun read about two best friends who literally grew up together. They know that to change their relationship would probably end it. However, when Clint McCade realizes he literally loves his best friend Sandy Kirk, he returns to Phoenix where their friendship originally began. As all love stories sometimes are faced with a challenge, Clint learns that Sandy thinks she's in love with the campaign manager of her client she's working for, putting together his campaign video.

Clint realizes that Sandy is not herself, she's uptight around James, her "body language" confirms the fact and he believes if he tutors her, gives her a new "sexy" appearance and spends some time with her making James jealous that Sandy might realize she cares for him NOT James.

From Sandy's employees to Clint's friend the hairdresser they can all see that Clint and Sandy are crazy about each other. Their plan to make James jealous by pretending they are a couple, well let's just say it becomes very interesting!

I loved these two spirited, sassy "best friends" and adored reading about their journey in finding happiness. Body Language is one story one could re-read over and over again, it's that entertaining. For this reader, I can certainly see why Suzanne Brockmann is a New York Times Bestseller!

Book Description:

Photograher Clint McCade was a rugged free spirit with the perfect life, until he realized something vital was missing—Sandy Kirk. Since grade school, Sandy had been Clint’s best friend and closest confidante. She was smart, beautiful, shy—and clueless about her power over men. But when Clint finally seeks her out to declare his love, he finds she’s fallen for another man.

Sandy knew she was a lot of things to Clint—except what she’d always longed to be: the woman he loved. So it comes as no surprise when he encourages her pursuit of another, even offering to coach her in the art of seduction. But soon the friends find themselves engaged in a series of crossed signals, mixed messages, and unbearably titillating close encounters that prove only one thing is certain: body language doesn’t lie.
 

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