Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ann Roth and Another Life

Ann's is getting all sorts of comments and reviews about her April release and I just wanted to share them with the romance community.

Another Life is a glorious celebration of the strength and resiliency of women. Ann Roth has a graceful writing style, sets an even pace, and has created outstanding characters. If you enjoy a really well written women's contemporary tale, with a soupcon of romance, Another Life is a must read." -- Betty Cox, Reader to Reader Reviews

"Another Life by Ann Roth is a story like no other I have read. I was hooked on the first page and couldn't put it down until the final sentence. This is a drama, romance and a mystery all rolled into one. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Roth's books." -- Jory Ready, FreshFiction

"Another Life is a convincing story about two very different women who refuse to give in to what could have been a morally crushing experience as well as taking a positive and unorthodox approach to finding a joint resolution for themselves and for their daughters." -- Bookloons

"Another Life has created a story that will stay with you and make you wonder. You'll care about her characters and wish them well. Another Life is a story that refuses to leave the reader unaffected. It's definitely worth reading." -- Connie Payne,

"Ann Roth's characters are ordinary people thrust into a far-from-ordinary situation, and in their own ways they all find the strength to continue. This one's a keeper." -- Ann Beardsley, Scribes World

"Really like the book. Very emotional and thought provoking. Ms. Roth takes an unusual situation and makes you care about Mary Beth, Caroline, and their kids. Very well done." -- Gail Link, Barnes & Noble #2939, Wilmington, DE

"Another Life has a unique storyline and is exciting and emotionally charged." --Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

"Another Life depicts the difficulties and pains of life, but it also adroitly depicts the beautiful moments, the comfortable moments, and the wonderful moments that make love and life worth all the pain in the world." -- Sarah W., Romance Junkies Reviewer

"When a dedicated reader walks into the bookstore they hope to come out with nothing but keepers. Well, I can almost guarantee that if the book you pick up is Another Life by Ann Roth, you'll have to make a spot on your keeper shelf." -- Sandi, CK2s Kwips and Kritiques

Romance Writers of America 2007 RITA Finalists

RWA anncouned their 2007 finalists. Below are some of my personal favorite authors and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for all of them>

2007 RITA for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Irresistible by Susan Mallery
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN - (3737711772)
Abby Zidle, editor

Susan Mallery has written wonderful series I've enjoyed throughout the years. Desert Rogues, Marcelli Sisters and now her Buchanan series which are set here in Seattle, WA. This nomination is for one of her Buchanan books. I've had the priviledge of personally getting to know Susan and we finally met this year at the Emerald City Writer's Conference. Bravo Susan, my friend!!

2007 RITA for Best Long Contemporary Romance Finalists

Make-Believe Cowboy by Terry McLaughlin
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance - (037371372X)
Laura Shin, editor

I also met for the first time the lovely Terry at the Seattle RWA conference where be both volunteered for the meet and greet! Best of luck to you! It's wonderful to see two of Seattle's RWA Chapter members nominated!

2007 RITA for Best Romantic Novella Finalists

"'Tis the Silly Season" in A NASCAR Holiday by Roxanne St.Claire
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN - (373771568)
Abby Zidle, editor

"You Can Count on Me" in I'll Be Home for Christmas by Roxanne St.Claire
Pocket Books - (074344227X)
Micki Nuding, editor

What can I say about my dear friend Rocki? She is so deserving of this nomination. I think I've read every book she has written and personally love her Bullet Catcher Series which one of her books are being nominated for "You Can Count on Me"! Great news and best of luck

2007 RITA for Best Paranormal Romance Finalists
His Mistress By Morning by Elizabeth Boyle
Avon Books, Treasure - (60784024)
Lyssa Keusch, editor

Elizabeth is a member of the RWA Eastside Chapter where I belong but haven't been able to attend many meetings. She has an incredible "twinkle" in her eyes and is so very knowledgeable about writing. Wonderful news, Elizabeth and congrats!

2007 RITA for Best Short Historical Romance Finalists

The Barefoot Princess by Christina Dodd
Avon Books - (60561178)
Carrie Feron, editor

I've also had the priviledge of reading and meeting Christina! Wonderful news for you and what a 2007 conference this will be for you and your friends who have been nominated!

Saturday, March 24, 2007


Jane Porter has started a Romance Book Group on Cafe


About Romance Reader Book Club

A book group for Moms who love romance novels and want to talk about what they're reading, as well as get recommendations on new authors and releases. For all readers of romance and women's fiction, including category romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, chick lit, and fun lit fiction. Join us to chat about books and a chance to meet some of your favorite authors, too!

Group Owner: JanePorter

I joined today as another way of "getting the buzz" out and recommending books. Hopefully you'll join as well!


I encourage you to also check out Jane's Bulletin Board and Forum located at:

Friday, March 16, 2007

Harlequin's Reader Choice Award - Susan Mallery

And the Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Relationship Novel goes to:

Susan Mallery!!

by Susan Mallery

It wasn't just her homemade brownies that made Walker find Elissa irresistible . . .When ex-marine Walker Buchana stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor . . . right?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sandra Marton Receives a Romantic Times Award

Romantic Times names Sandra Marton's THE DESERT VIRGIN, 2006 Best Harlequin Presents!

I'm so pleased for Sandra Marton and this award Romantic Times has given her and it's so well deserved. This was a great first book in Sandra's Knight Brother's series, one I personally loved. Congratulations, Sandra!

Harlequin's Reader Choice Awards - Tomorrow 14 March

Reader's Choice Awards

2006 was another fantastic year for readers. So many fabulous books were published and read. We talked about them throughout the year on the message boards, yakked about them in the chat rooms, and learned about the authors who create them in their Blogs . And, now we are about to find out which were YOUR very favorites…

All voting for The Reader's Choice Awards is now closed. Final winners have been determined by vote of all eligible Community members and lovers of women's fiction in an informal poll of our readers. Please join us for the LIVE Community Reader’s Choice Award’s ceremony on the 14th of March at 8:00pm ET where we will announce the winners!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride - Kate Walker

Kate's already getting fab reviews on her April release.

Here's what some reviewers are saying:

Alyson at We Write Romance:
"If I could give this book a 10, I definitely would! What a fabulous read!
Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride is wonderful, passionate and full of
seduction to the greatest degree! And I expected no less from a Kate Walker

Julie at CataRomance:
"International best-selling author Kate Walker keeps raising the bar with her
wonderfully passionate romantic novels and her latest Mills and Boon Modern
Romance, Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride, is another
emotional rollercoaster ride which will keep you reading all night long!

Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride is a spellbinding romantic novel which you will not be able to put down! Kate Walker’s storytelling powers entrance you from the very first page and you’ll be so captivated by her story that you’ll just keep on turning the pages until you reach the heartwarming conclusion."

Monday, March 05, 2007

Susan Mallery and Marcelli Sister Series


Susan's Marcelli Princess comes out this month and it looks like it's going to be a great story. I began reading the series years ago, loved, loved it. I loved the fact that is was set in California, in wine country with this incredible Italian family full of some much love but also secrets. Mia is the youngest sibling and has lots of spunk. Series, The Marcelli Bride, The Sparkling One, The Sassy One and The Seductive One!

Susan is having a great contest on her site and I encourage you to take a look. Also a wonderful trailer on the book. It's located at She also has a fun poll and I won't tell you which one I checked, I think you would be shocked!


The Marcelli Princess is an excellent ending to the Marcelli Family series. Fans of Susan Mallery, particularly her Marcelli’s, are bound not to be disappointed. The story is very well developed and flows smoothly. Nothing feels off kilter. The characters themselves are developed to a very high standard.

The Marcelli Princess is bound to bring a huge smile to your face, and it won’t be very far in before you find yourself gripped by the story. There is some sex and it is detailed, but it is all traditional and isn’t a dominant part of the book. Susan Mallery’s The Marcelli Princess is gripping, engaging and a joy to read!

Reviewed by: Elizabeth

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Kate Walker Receives 4 1/2 Blue Ribbons for The Italian's Forced Bride

Personally I loved this book and as you can see so did this reviewer from Romance Julkies:

Walker has done it again! Internationally best-selling author Ms. Walker pens another fantastic romance that will capture readers’ hearts. Alpha heroes with a soft side and heroines with courage are Kate Walker’s specialty, and Dom and Alice are no exception. With its passionately sensuous love scenes, its emotionally gripping storyline, and realistic characters readers will care about, THE ITALIAN’S FORCED BRIDE is going to definitely be another award winner for Ms. Walker.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

The Italian's Forced Bride
Author: Kate Walker
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: February 1, 2007
Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Friday, March 02, 2007

Jenna Bayley-Burke on Authors Den

I've read Jenna's Cooking Up a Storm and it's a wonderful book and I encourage you to read it. Here's some additional info on this author posted on Author's Den:

Background Information
Voices whisper their stories to Jenna Bayley-Burke at the strangest times. It's all she can do to remember their tales when she gets a free minute to attack her keyboard. If she doesn't they stalk her, their story growing and curling around others until blossoming into a full-length novel. But always romantic, and with a happy ending. There can never be enough of those in the world. Jenna has published two romance novels with Mills & Boon, Just One Spark & Cooking Up A Storm. Her short stories are available from eHarlequin, Freya's Bower, Wild Rose Press and Phaze. For the latest on Jenna, see


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