Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Harlequin Immortalizes the Love of Real Couple on Cover of Everlasting Love™ Novel

From a Harlequin press release:

Love's Sweet Rewards
Harlequin Immortalizes the Love of Real Couple on Cover of Everlasting Love™ Novel

Toronto, Canada · August 20, 2007 /PRNewswire/ —

What does it take to star on the cover of a Harlequin novel? For one lucky couple, it takes living a true love story, one that could have been ripped from the pages of a Harlequin Everlasting Love™ novel. Patrick Combs and Deanna Latson were chosen from hundreds of entrants in the Harlequin Everlasting Love contest held in March. The contest asked participants to explain, "What about your love makes it everlasting?" The contest, a collaboration between Harlequin Enterprises and Sandals Resorts, announced the new Harlequin Everlasting Love™ series of novels, as well as the new five-star, all-suite Mediterranean Village at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa.

"Patrick and Deanna's story captured the essence of a Harlequin Everlasting Love™ story. They are passionately in love, but are also great communicators, which is essential in keeping love strong." said Marleah Stout, Senior Public Relations Manager, Harlequin Enterprises Limited. "The Harlequin Everlasting Love™ series is about soulmates, and love that can weather the tests of time to emerge stronger than ever. Patrick and Deanna personify that bond and really embody Harlequin's ideal opinion of an Everlasting Love."

On July 23rd, the couple was flown to Sandals Grande Antigua courtesy of Harlequin Enterprises and Sandals Resorts for their Harlequin cover shoot. The day-long shoot in paradise will immortalize their love forever on the cover of the latest novel in the Harlequin Everlasting Love™ series.

This contest is just the beginning of what is perhaps the world's most romantic business partnership.

Please see the video concerning the above release:

Video Link:

Monday, August 20, 2007

Harlequin Author Podcast

Well I'm going to check this out on Odeo.com. Here's the link and stop over at I (Heart).com for more information.


Audio in this Podcast
1. Harlequin Author Spotlight 2: Brenda Novak, Cara Summers and Hope Tarr
Malle Vallik speaks with Brenda Novak about her latest novel, DEAD RIGHT, the last book in her St... (25 days ago)
2. Harlequin Author Spotlight 1: Deanna Raybourn and Jane Porter
Malle Vallik speaks with Deanna Raybourn about her debut novel, SILENT IN THE GRAVE, and with Jan... (34 days ago)
3. Harlequin Author Spotlight 1: Deanna Raybourn and Jane Porter
Malle Vallik speaks with Deanna Raybourn about her debut novel, SILENT IN THE GRAVE, and with Jan... (34 days ago)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sandra Brown News

On August 14 Sandra Brown's PLAY DIRTY will go on sale.

I remember my first Sandra Brown book, French Silk. I still have it and raad it from time to time. All My Children soap star "Erica" stared in that movie.

Watch the UTube interview with Sandra.....link:

Book description:

After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardinal sin, and no one is forgiving.

Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura, are a golden couple. Successful and wealthy, they lived a charmed life before fate cruelly intervened and denied them the one thing they wanted most -- a child. It's said that money can't buy everything. But it can buy a disgraced football player fresh out of prison and out of prospects.

The job Griff agrees to do for the Speakmans demands secrecy. But he soon finds himself once again in the spotlight of suspicion. An unsolved murder comes back to haunt him in the form of his nemesis, Stanley Rodarte, who has made Griff's destruction his life's mission. While safeguarding his

new enterprise, Griff must also protect those around him, especially Laura Speakman, from Rodarte's ruthlessness. Griff stands to gain the highest payoff he could ever imagine, but cashing in on it will require him to forfeit his only chance for redemption...and love.

Griff is now playing a high-stakes game, and at the final whistle, one player will be dead.

Play Dirty is Sandra Brown's wildest ride yet, with hairpin turns of plot all along the way. The clock is ticking down on a fallen football star, who lost everything because

of the way he played the game. Now his future -- his life -- hinges on one last play.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Aussie Romance Writers Win Hearts with Casual Heroes

Aussie romance writers win hearts with casual heroes
Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:44AM EDT

By Jane Lee

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - It's pin-drop silence in the room as the women, all budding or published romance novel writers, listen to tips on how to create a believable, yet irresistible, hero.

Annie West, an author for publishers Harlequin Mills and Boon, is leading the "Unleash the Alpha Hero" seminar, one of a dozen workshops at the national conference of Romance Writers Australia, which has attracted local and international authors.

Strong and sexy, the alpha male hero is the ultimate fantasy, said West. "He brings out the best in the heroine," she added. "Everything that she needs he will be able to provide her."

Characterized by relationship-driven plots and compulsory happy endings, romance novels are a booming international industry, with Romance Writers America estimating worldwide sales at over $1 billion.

Australian romance authors are also increasingly becoming popular abroad for their easy-going heroes -- a change from the Texan cowboys and racing car drivers popular in some U.S. novels.

Keri Arthur's novel "Embraced by Darkness" made the New York Times best sellers list, and Barbara Hannay was also awarded by the Romance Writers America for "Claiming His Family".

"We're a bridge between England and America -- we're still quite strongly influenced by our British heritage and yet we're also colonial," says Australian association president Anne Gracie.

"Romance is probably the most denigrated genre in the world because it's writing by women for women," says Glen Thomas, Queensland University of Technology romance fiction professor.

"But it obviously fills a need that's out there in the community," he added, estimating romantic novels make up 55 percent of all paperback fiction sold in North America.

The genre's appeal is timeless but it has adapted to the changing times, with modern novels focusing on empowering women, rather than finding a man who will dominate them.

"Gone are the days when the male keeps the woman in a one-down position. Both the male and female characters come into these stories very much as equals these days, and they end as equals," West said.

While romance fiction is often dismissed as fluff, its defenders say it is sometimes trivialized just because it deals with powerful emotions.
And writing it is also more challenging than critics give it credit for, romance authors say.

"It's really easy to write a*bout a bad relationship because it's so full of drama," says Gracie.

"But it's much more difficult to write about the development of a good relationship that works on the page and is convincing to the reader."
But for male readers, even the best novel, and especially its hero, may be just too much of a good thing.

"I always come away feeling too short, too fat and too poor," said university professor Thomas. "They're always six foot four and really well built and fabulously wealthy."

The Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSSYD26754220070813

Linda Francis Lee & The Devil and The Jr. League

The Devil and the Jr. League is now out in paperback. It's a fun, witty and charming book set in "high society" small town Texas. The characters are loveable and very entertaining.

Here is news about the movie rights for the book:

Universal Studies Options THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE

Jennifer Garner Signs on to Star and Produce

Screenwriter Kate Kondell takes a trip into the world of Texas Socialites as she writes the screenplay for DEVIL

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Jennifer Lewis

I've finally posted my review for Jennifer's debut book THE BOSS'S DEMAND. It's an excellent "boardroom" romance.

I was just checking out Jennifer's website and saw the following and thought I would share for those who love Desire and series books.

"I’ve been invited to write a book for the Silhouette Desire series PARK AVENUE SCANDALS, about the lives and loves of the residents in a ritzy Manhattan apartment building. My story AT HIS HIGHNESS SERVICE, features a European Prince and his American assistant. I’m excited about the chance to work with some of my favorite Desire authors."

Donna Alward Interview

Great interview with Donna on Coffee Time Romance. I first read Donna's Married to a Cowboy and loved it. She has a new release which is also a rancher story.
Here's the link to the interview.

Married at Circle M is Donna's latest release.

Friday, August 10, 2007

New Website for Anne McAllister

Coming in September, Anne will launch a new website.

Harlequin Presents
October 2007
Anne McAllister
Boss's Wife For A Week
ISBN: 037312671-2

Tycoon seeks wife for one week's employment . . . In order to secure a contract, Spence Tyack needed a wife for a week. A wife he could show off in public and bed in private. But who could fill the position? Certainly not his buttoned-down efficient assistant Sadie Morrissey! But Spence was in for a big surprise. It seemed Sadie was ready to step into the role -- and not only was she sensible in the boardroom, she was sensual in the bedroom!

New Website for Abby Green

I'm so pleased that Abby Green author of Harlequin Presents and Mills and Boon romance books has created her new website.

Link: http://www.abby-green.com

Abby has such talent and if you already haven't read her books then you should.

The Kouros Marriage Revenge

He would take revenge by taking her as his bride...

It was the society wedding of the year! When Greek shipping magnate Alexandros Kouros wed Kallie Demarchis, press pictures showed a couple who were madly in love - but behind the glamorous, happy scenes lay a very different story...Love had nothing to do with it; Kallie knew she had no choice if she wanted to save her family's business. She also knew that Alex would have sweet revenge for the mistake that had shattered both their pasts when he took her as his arranged bride...

Mills & Boon Modern Romance
September 2007
ISBN: 02638

Monday, August 06, 2007

Happy Birthday Lucy Monroe

August 7th is Lucy's Monroe's birthday and this year especially I want to wish her joy, happiness, love and some relaxation since her writing schedule this past year has been so hectic. So to Lucy, dear friend, have a grand day!

So here's a bit of Lucy's busy schedule for 2007 and if I've missed anything, Lucy please forgive me!

Bought: The Greek's Bride (2007)
Satisfaction Guaranteed (2007)
Taken: The Spaniard's Virgin (2007)
What the Rancher Wants... (2007)
Deal With This (2007)

Hot Desert Nights: Mistress To A Sheikh / Desert Rake / Blackmailed By The Sheikh (2007) (with Louise Allen, Kim Lawrence)
Mistress Material (2007) (with Daphne Clair and Kate Walker)

Children of the Moon
1. Moon Awakening (2007)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

A reader? Author? Check out Harlequin Podcast

I just listened to an interview with Jane Porter and it was excellent. It was with Harlequin podcast and you can recommend your favorite "Harlequin" authors for future inteviews.

Jane not only gives an excellent interview she "perfectly" describes the Harlequin Presents" line.

Both authopr interviews were excellent'


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Brenda Novak Wins Two Best Buyers Awards

At the RWA 2007 Convention in Dallas, Brenda Novak won two awards for Dead Silence. Congratulations, Brenda!

To watch Brenda receive her award, here's the link:

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Roxanne St. Claire - Bullet Catcher

If you're a Bullet Catcher fan, then check out this interview with Roxanne St. Claire on her Bullet Catcher series:


Romance Novel TV and RWA 2007 Convention

Check this out......for those of us who would have loved to attend the 2007 convention in Dallas, here is it live on Romance Noval TV. Check out your favorite authors on their site and enjoy the Red Carpet!

Romance Novel TV:


Rita Awards Red Carpet

After Party Rita awards:


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