Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nora Roberts & Inn BoonsBoro

I was intrigued by Nora Robert’s newsletter today and the promo of Pagan Stone. But what caught my eye was an Inn she’ll be opening in Maryland in 2009. It’s absolutely lovely!

For details about the Inn, the fire and rebuilding plus a video:


With the warmth and welcome of a Bed and Breakfast combined with the luxury of a boutique hotel, Inn BoonsBoro offers you an unforgettable experience. Housed in the first stone building constructed in the historic town of Boonsboro, the inn was updated in 2008 with a three-million dollar remodel and renovation. Throughout this extensive renovation, we have honored the dignity and charm of this historic site while designing a small hotel to meet the most discerning guests' expectations.

Our guests can choose from among eight rooms, including two suites and a ground-floor ADA compliant guest room. With the exception of The Penthouse, all our rooms have been inspired by literary romantic couples.

Our eight luxury guest rooms are designed with your comfort in mind.

Chose from:
Marguerite and Percy
From The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Nick and Nora
From The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Jane and Rochester
From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Elizabeth and Darcy
From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Titania and Oberon
From A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Eve and Roarke

From the In Death novels by J.D. Robb
The Penthouse

Westley and Buttercup
From The Princess Bride by William Goldman

From the Heart Romance Writers Lories Best Published Contest Winners

2008 From the Heart Romance Writers Lories Best Published Contest Winners

This year's final judges were:

Debbie Meredith, Romance Manager for The Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Radcliff, KY.

LeeAnn Daughtery, bookseller at Waldenbooks in Elizabethtown, KY

Winner - BORROWING ALEX by Cindy Procter-King
Second - MAYBE, BABY by Terry McLaughlin
Third - A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Leanne Karella

Winner - THE IMPORTANCE OF ALMACK'S by Denise Patrick
Second - ON SILENT WINGS by Pamela Roller
Third - IN HER BED by Deborah MacGillivray

Winner - A GENTLE RAIN by Deborah Smith
Second - MONKEY STAR by Brenda Scott Royce
Third - LEARNING TO BREATHE by Karen White

Winner (tie) - SECRET SANTA by Lisa Childs
Winner (tie) - TEST OF TRUTH by April Reid
Second - HOT DOWN UNDER by Susan Lyons
Third - VAMPIRE'S CHRISTMAS CAROL by Karen McCullough

Winner - HIGHLAND GUARDIAN by Melissa Mayhue
Second - DAMNED by Lisa Childs
Third - BETWEEN DARKNESS & DAYLIGHT by Gracie C. McKeever

Winner (tie) - EVERYTHING FORBIDDEN by Jess Michaels
Winner (tie) - INCOGNITO: CHARMING CARMEN by Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Lyle
Third - HOME TO STAY by Jane Leopold Quinn

Romantic Suspense
Winner - DEAD RIGHT by Brenda Novak
Second - FINDING SARAH by Terry Odell
Third - DEAD DROP: BOOK 4 OF THE INCOGNITO Series by Karen Wiesner

Single Title
Winner - DEAD GIVEAWAY by Brenda Novak
Third - SECRETS AND SPIES by Shara Lanel


This coming Thursday here in the US is our Thanksgiving and keeping this in mind, here is a poem I would like to share. Wherever you live, peace, joy and blessings.

Be Thankful
By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lucy Monroe Talks about Ebooks

Watch author video of Lucy Monroe and hear her views on ebooks.


All About Romance Launches Blog

Stop over and see the premier launch of All About Romance's Blog.


Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 Weblog Awards

Here's the nomination Link: http://2008.weblogawards.org/nominations/

Please either nominate someone or vote for the following:

Best UK Blog: The Pink Heart Society

Best Literature Blog:


The Pink Heart Society

Tote Bags'n'Blogs

Thanks so much.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brenda Novak's Christmas Bash

Does this sound like fun or not? I know I'm going to attend and hope to see you there as well.

Also, if you're interested in participating in Brenda's Jr. Diabetes please email me.

Having a Christmas party on your website, let me know and I'll post on this blog!

Link to RSVP: http://www.brendanovak.com/party/rsvp.html

Link to the Party Room: http://www.brendanovak.com/party/partyroom.html

Be sure to visit early to create your avatar and get familiar with the room and how to move around prior to the party. You don't want to miss any fun! Brenda

Laurie Award for Published Writers

Congratulations to Laurie Award for Published Writers 2008 Winners!
Winner: Be Still My Vampire Heart-Kerrelyn Sparks (Avon, Erika Tsang, editor)
Highland Guardian-Melissa Mayhue (Pocket Books, Megan McKeever, editor)
Sudden Fall-Kally Jo Surbeck (Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Jessica Binberg, editor)

Single Title/ Mainstream
Winner: Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception-Lois Winston
(Dorchester Publishing, Leah Hultenschmidt--Editor)
Hollywood Girls Club-Maggie Marr (Crown Publisher, Lindsey Moore—Editor)
Learning to Breathe-Karen White (NAL/Accent Publisher, Cindy Hwang—Editor)

Long/Short Contemporary
Winner: Rich Man's Revenge-Tessa Radley (Silhouette Desire, Melissa Jeglinski—Editor)
Black Widow's Bride-Tessa Radley (Silhouette Desire, Melissa Jeglinski—Editor)
A Rendevous to Remember-Geri Krotow (Harlequin Enterprises, Paula Eykelhof—Editor_)

Winner: Compromising Situations by Carolynn Carey (Cerridwen press, Mary Altman -- Editor)
Promises to Keep by D.L. Larson (Helm Publishing, Diane Helm—Editor)
Liberty by Kimberly Iverson (Harlequin, Abby Zidle -- Editor)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book Donations Needed - Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Rapids, Iowa suffered a terrible flood this summer and as a result the Cedar Rapids Public Library was nearly destroyed. Federal funds are being used to rebuild but there are no funds to replace the 20,000-30,000 books destroyed as a result of the water damage. If you want to donate books for the library or items that are suitable for sale on eBay to raise funds, you can send those to Mystery Cat Books at 112 32ndSt S.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52403.
Via Publishers' Weekly and Dear Author.com

November Contest

The author Jackie Ivie was kind enough to give each attendee at the Emerald City Writer's Conference an autographed copy of her October release which I would like to share with a lucky reader.

I looked on Amazon and it's received great reviews.

Just comment about the latest "Historical" you're reading and you'll be entered in the contest. Good Luck!


Scotland, 1141. A Norman king's attempts to rule the Highland clans is making his favorite knight's job difficult, indeed-and that is before a woman of mystery lays siege to the warrior's heart.

She Lives To Heal.

He's a giant of a man; what's more, he's the enemy. These truths should be enough to send Aislynn running far and fast from the wounded stranger in the woods. But he needs her help-and the reward he bestows changes her forever...

He Fights To Kill.

Formidable knight Rhoenne Guy de Ramhurst has been "gifted" with a fiefdom-and the unenviable task of taming the rebellious Highlanders that populate it. He also has a castle full of dissidents, led by his own half brother. Yet these challenges pale in comparison with attempts to forget the healer who saved his life and captured his heart...

And One Love Rules Them Both.

Rhoenne believes a family curse places any woman he loves in mortal danger. When Aislynn is abducted by his profligate sibling, Rhoenne becomes her protector-even as he tries to resist her. But Aislynn has secrets of her own-and as deception and danger swirl ever closer around them, the truth may be their only salvation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2008 Writer's Touch Winners

Short/Long Contemporary
Winner: Linda Conrad, Shadow Whispers

2nd Place: Holly Jacobs, The House on Briar Hill Road
2nd Place: Linda Warren, Once a Cowboy
3rd Place: Geri Krotow, A Rendezvous to Remember

Winner: Lacey Alexander, Voyeur

2nd Place: Karen Kelley, Double Dating With the Dead
2nd Place: Sharon Page, Blood Red
3rd Place: Elizabeth Amber, Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr

Romantic Suspense
Winner: Brenda Novak, Dead Giveaway

2nd Place: Brenda Novak, Dead Right
3rd Place: Valerie Hansen, Shadow of Turning

Contemporary Single Title
Winner: Lori Wilde, There Goes the Bride

2nd Place: Susan Mallery, Tempting
3rd Place: Anna Jeffery, Sweet Return

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
Winner: Marlo Schalesky, Veil of Fire

2nd Place: Kathy Steffen, First, There is a River
2nd Place: Karen White, Learning to Breathe
3rd Place: Claire Cross, All or Nothing

Winner: Candice Hern, Lady be Bad

2nd Place: Victoria Alexander, What a Lady Wants
2nd Place: Victoria Alexander, A Little Bit Wicked
3rd Place: Kathryn Albright, The Angel and the Outlaw

Winner: Nikki Arana, As I Have Loved You

2nd Place: Valerie Hansen, A Treasure of the Heart
3rd Place: Lynn Cote, Dangerous Secrets
3rd Place: Shirley Jump, Back to Mr. & Mrs.
3rd Place: Mae Nunn, Mom in the Middle

Winner: C.L. Wilson, Lord of the Fading Land

2nd Place: Lori Devoti, Unbound
3rd Place: Patti O'Shea, In the Midnight Hour

2008 Awards of Excellence


Short Contemporary
*Winner* His Style of Seduction ~ Roxanne St Claire
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Silhouette Desire

Bride for a Single Dad ~ Laura Iding
Editor Suzanne Clark, Mills & Boon Medical Romance

The Doctor's Pregnancy Bombshell ~ Janice Lynn
Bryony Green, Mills & Boon Medical Romance

Forgotten Marriage ~ Paula Roe
Editor Demetria Lucas, Silhouette Desire

The Defender ~ Cara Summers
Editor Brenda Chin, Harlequin Blaze

Once A Cowboy ~ Linda Warren
Editor Kathleen Scheibling, Harlequin American

Long Contemporary
*Winner* Deja You ~ Lynda Sandoval
Editor Gail Chasen/Charles Griemsman, Silhouette Special Edition

The Other Sister ~ Lynda Sandoval
Editor Gail Chasen/Charles Griemsman, Silhouette Special Edition

All-American Father ~ Anna DeStefano
Editor Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin Superromance

A Rendezvous to Remember ~ Geri Krotow
Editor Paula Eykelhof, Harlequin Everlasting Love

Honor of a Hunter ~ Sylvie Kurtz
Editor Denise Zaza, Harlequin Intrigue

Single Title
*Winner* Tempting ~ Susan Mallery
Editor Tara Parsons, HQN Books

Kisses Don't Lie ~ Alexa Darin
Editor John Scognamiglio, Kensington/Zebra Books

Sweet Return ~ Anna Jeffrey
Editor Laura Cifelli, New American Library, Signet Eclipse

Really Something ~ Shirley Jump
Editor Kate Duffy, Kensington/Zebra Books

Close To You ~ Kathryn Shay
Editor Cindy Hwang, Berkley Sensation

Romantic Suspense
*Winner* Dead Giveaway ~ Brenda Novak
Editor Paula Eykelhof, Mira Books

Overkill ~ Linda Castillo
Editor Cindy Hwang, Berkley Sensation

Salvation, Texas ~ Anna Jeffrey
Editor Laura Cifelli, New American Library, Signet Eclipse

The Perfect Stranger ~ Jenna Mills
Editor Wanda Ottewell, Silhouette Romantic Suspense

Take Me Tonight ~ Roxanne St Claire
Editor Micki Nuding, Pocket Star Books

Erotic Romance
*Winner* Voyeur ~ Lacey Alexander
Editor Anne Bohner, NAL Heat

Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr ~ Elizabeth Amber
Editor Audrey Lafehr, Kensington Aphrodisia

Private Confessions ~ Lori Borrill
Editor Kathryn Lye, Harlequin Blaze

Born Again ~ Rena Marks
Editor Helen Woodall, Ellora's Cave

Mona Lisa Blossoming ~ Sunny
Editor Cindy Hwang, Penguin Putnam, Berkley-Jove

Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic
*Winner* Lord of the Fading Lands ~ C.L. Wilson
Editor Alicia Condon, Dorchester Publishing/Leisure Books

Highland Guardian ~ Melissa Mayhue
Editor Megan McKeever, Simon & Schuster

In The Midnight Hour ~ Patti O'Shea
Editor Anna Genoese, Tor-Forge

One With The Night ~ Susan Squires
Editor Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin's Press

One With The Shadows ~ Susan Squires
Editor Jennifer Enderlin, St. Martin's Press

Mainstream w/Romantic Elements
*Winner* First, There Is A River ~ Kathy Steffen
Editor Helen Rosburg, Medallion Press

The Charmstone ~ C.C. Harrison
Editors John Helfers & Tiffany Schofield, Five Star

The Vampire Shrink ~ Lynda Hilburn
Editor Helen Rosburg, Medallion Press

Necessary Arrangements ~ Tanya Michna
Editor Ellen Edwards, NAL Accent

Learning to Breathe ~ Karen White
Editor Cindy Hwang, NAL Accent

*Winner* Veil of Fire ~ Marlo Schalesky
Editor Jon Woodhams & David C. Cook
Cook Communications/River Oak

Dangerous Secrets ~ Lyn Cote
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

Once Upon a Family ~ Margaret Daley
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

A Treasure of the Heart ~ Valerie Hansen
Editor Melissa Endlich, Steeple Hill

Remember Me ~ Maureen Lang
Editor Steve Barclift, Kregel Publications

Cradle of Secrets ~ Lisa Mondello
Editor Jessica Alvarez, Steeple Hill

*Winner* Surrender To A Scoundrel ~ Julianne MacLean
Editor Erika Tsang, Avon Books

Midnight's Bride ~ Sophia Johnson
Editor Hilary Sares, Kensington Zebra

Mustang Wild ~ Stacey Kayne
Editors Linda Fildew & Lydia Mason, Harlequin Mills & Boon

In Her Bed ~ Deborah Macgillivray
Editor Hilary Sares, Kensington Zebra

A Dangerous Beauty ~ Sophia Nash
Editor Lyssa Keusch, Avon/Harper Collins

Holt Medallion Winners

Short Contemporary
Winner - His Brother's Gift - Mary J. Forbes

Awards of Merit
Georgia on His Mind - Ann DeFee
The Forbidden Brother - Barbara McMahon
The CEO's Scandalous Affair - Roxanne St. Claire
Once A Cowboy - Linda Warren

Long Contemporary
Winner - Treasure - Helen Brenna

Awards of Merit
Houseful of Strangers - Linda Barrett
Shadow Hunter - Linda Conrad
The Rancher Needs a Wife - Terry McLaughlin
Adopted Son - Linda Warren

Winner - The Accidental Mistress - Tracy Anne Warren

Awards of Merit
What a Lady Wants - Victoria Alexander
Touch of Texas - Tracy Garrett
The Sense of Honor - Ashley Kath-Bilsky
Surrender to a Scoundrel - Julianne MacLean

Romantic Comedy
Winner - The Rules of Gentility - Janet Mullany

Awards of Merit
Dream a Little Dream - Debra Clopton
The Quest for the Holy Veil - Kimberly Llewellyn
Hocus Pocus - Teresa Roblin
There Goes the Bride - Lori Wilde

Short Inspirational
Winner - From This Day Forward - Irene Hannon

Awards of Merit
Cradle of Secrets - Lisa Mondello
Mom in the Middle - Mae Nunn
A Christmas to Die For - Marta Perry
Caught Redhanded - Gayle Roper

Long Inspirational
Winner - Surrender Bay - Denise Hunter

Awards of Merit
Remembered - Tamera Alexander
The Oak Leaves - Maureen Lang
Remember to Forget - Deborah Raney
Wedding Bell Blues - Linda Windsor

Mainstream/Single Title
Winner - Tempting - Susan Mallery

Awards of Merit
Who Wants to be a Sex Goddess - Gemma Bruce
Necessary Arrangements - Tanya Michna
Close To You - Kathryn Shay
Learning to Breathe - Karen White

Romantic Suspense
Winner - Die for Me - Karen Rose
Awards of Merit
Overkill - Linda Castillo
Dead Giveaway - Brenda Novak
The Spy Wore Silk - Andrea Pickens
Arousing Suspicions - Marianne Stillings

Extra Spicy Romance
Winner - The Fortune Hunter - Jasmine Haynes

Awards of Merit
Nicholas: The Lords of Satyr - Elizabeth Amber
Swing - Opal Carew
Twin Fantasies - Opal Carew
Double Dating with the Dead - Karen Kelley

Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic
Winner - Highland Guardian - Melissa Mayhue

Awards of Merit
Midnight Lover - Rosemary Laurey
Something Wicked - Catherine Mulvany
In the Midnight Hour - Patti O'Shea
Lord of the Fading Lands - CL Wilson

Southern Theme
Winner - Learning to Breathe - Karen White

Awards of Merit
Georgia on His Mind - Ann DeFee
A Treasure of the Heart - Valerie Hansen
No Safe Place - JoAnn Ross
Southern Seduction - Alexandria Scott

Best First Book
Winner - Lord of the Fading Lands - CL Wilson

Awards of Merit
The Education of Mrs. Brimley - Donna MacMeans
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband - Melissa Mayhue
Highlander Untamed - Monica McCarty
First, There is a River - Kathy Steffen

American Title - Romantic Times

INTRODUCTION from Romantic Times Website:

Here we go again, starting up the last ballyhoo of the American Title contest sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreviews and Dorchester Publishing. Yes, it's the last hurrah, the fifth and final outing for our writing contest, with publication by Dorchester as first prize to the winner. While last year's winner, Helen Scott Taylor, basks in the glory of publication -- THE MAGIC KNOT comes out in February from Love Spell -- our new combatants suit up for battle.

This year we opened up the categories, inviting all and sundry. Eight lucky wannabe writers made the grade. Dorchester editors Chris Keeslar and Leah Hultenschmidt say the Dorchester staff had a hard time narrowing down the prospects. "It's getting harder and harder to choose the best," Keeslar says. "We don't envy the voters. We wouldn't want to have to choose the winner."

Choosing the winner is your task, RT readers. You can meet our fresh new finalists and read their opening lines, as well as comments on each entry from our team of judges and then vote for your favorite contestant.

But choose carefully! You only get one vote per round. We'll start the first two rounds by only eliminating one contestant with the lowest score, then proceed after round three by eliminating two per round, until the winner is announced in the June issue of RT BOOKreviews.

We're happy to have our veteran team of judges back for the swan song of American Title: Flavia Knightsbridge, RT's own columnist and globe-trotter extraordinaire, provides the snarl; freelance editor Hilary Ross, whose nose for talent nurtured some of the best in the biz, offers the snap; and, finally, veteran romance editor and book doctor Leslie Kazanjian plays it sweet as RT's "good cop" judge.

Our judges get to hold forth in the pages of the magazine, but you, the RT reader, wield the real power when you vote online for your favorite contestant.

And don't forget: Because of RT's printing schedule, subscribers who don't have a first-class subscription or those who buy the magazine in bookstores may not receive issues in time to meet the voting deadline. To be certain you make the deadline and vote for your favorites, visit romantictimes.com during the online voting dates listed below or you can sign up for our free monthly e-mail newsletter to get voting reminders e-mailed to you.



RT BOOKreviews Issue Voting Category Online Voting
January #299 Best First Line November 10 - 23
February #300 Best Hero & Heroine December 15 - 28
March #301 Best Story Summary January 19 - February 1
April #302 Best Dialogue Scene February 16 - March 1
May #303 Best Romantic Scene March 16 - 29

The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2009, at the RT Booklovers Convention in Orlando, FL, and in the June issue of RT BOOKreviews.

On Monday, April 27, 2008, the winner's name will be posted online at www.romantictimes.com

Link: www.romantictimes.com/news_amtitle.php



Stars: Heather Locklear, Robert Buckley
Premieres Dec. 6 at 9 pm et/pt

December 10th Update:

You can now watch the movie if you missed it on Lifetime TV.

A divorced mother of two on the brink of her 40th birthday who, while on vacation, enters into an unexpected romance with a much younger man and learns that life can begin at 40.

Note: Stop by Jane's website for contests and if you're thinking of hosting a debut party, details provided on her site.

"Porter’s thoughtful prose and strong characters make for an entertaining and thought-provoking summer read. Strongly recommended." -- --Library Journal

'This book fits the bill as a calorie-free accompaniment for a poolside daiquiri' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'Porter has a great ear for dialogue' - SEATTLE TIMES

Product Description
He got the second home and the Porsche. She got the kids and a broken heart. Now Jackie, post-divorce and heading toward the big four-oh, is on vacation in sunny Hawaii and staring down her upcoming birthday-alone. But not for long. She's soon falling for Kai, her gorgeous, much younger surf instructor, and the wild passionate fling they have becomes the biggest surprise of Jackie's life.

Back home in Seattle, Jackie has to struggle with single parenthood...and memories of Kai. He hasn't forgotten her. Yet thousands of miles of ocean-not to mention an age difference that feels even wider-separate them. And, of course, her friends disapprove. When a choice must be made, can she, will she risk everything for her chance at happiness?

About the Author
Jane Porter is the author of Flirting with Forty, Odd Mom Out, and The Frog Prince. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her two sons, where she is currently working on her next book. Visit her website at www.janeporter.com.

October Contest Winner

Candy G you are the winner. Please send me your address, etc. Contratulations!

In Honor of Vetran's Day

Please take some time our of your day and remember those who have served in the past and present. Pray for their families, their safety and pray for peace!


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