Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spread the Word! Free books!

Celebrate Harlequin's Diamond Anniversary!

Harlequin’s free gifts to readers to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. 16 free books to download a total value of $60 US. There are books for all kinds of readers. Thanks Harlequin and Happy Anniversary. For more information here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award Winners for 2008

Avalon Romance EVERYTHING BUT A BRIDE by Holly Jacobs

Harlequin American Romance TEXAS HEIR by Linda Warren
Harlequin Blaze SHAKEN AND STIRRED by Kathleen O’Reilly
Harlequin Everlasting Love THE VOW by Rebecca Winters
Harlequin Historical A KNIGHT MOST WICKED by JoAnne Rock
Harlequin Intrigue SHEIK PROTECTOR by Dana Marton
Harlequin Presents THE SHEIKH’S CONVENIENT VIRGIN by Trish Morey
Harlequin Romance FALLING FOR Mr. Dark and Dangerous by Donna Alward
Harlequin Romance LAST MINUTE PROPOSAL by Jessica Hart
Harlequin Romance THE SINGLE DAD’S PATCHWORK FAMILY by Claire Baxter
Harlequin Superromance A SOLDEIER COMES HOME by Cindi Myers
Harlequin Special Releases FULL EXPOSURE by Diana Duncan

Heartsong Presents PROMISES, PROMISES by Amber Miller

M&B Medical A BABY FOR EVE by Maggie Kingsley
M&B Modern Heat BUSINESS IN THE BEDROON by Anne Oliver

Silhouette Desire MISTAKEN MISTRESS by Tessa Radley
Silhouette Nocturne VIELED TRUTH by Vivi Anna
Silhouette Nocturnal Bites MORTAL ENEMY, IMMORTAL LOVER by Olivia Gates
Silhouette Romantic Suspense THE HEART OF A RENEGADE by Loreth Anne White
Silhouette Special Edition THE DADDY DILEMMA by Karen Rose Smith
Silhouette Special Release BRETHLESS Sharron McClellan
Steeple Hill Love Inspired COUNTDOWN TO DEATH by Debby Giusti

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kimberly Lang - Mills and Boon Modern Heat/Presents Author

I recently had the pleasure of reading Kimberly Lang’s debut book, The Secret Mistress Arrangement which is out in the UK as a Mills and Boon Modern Heat and will be available in the US in April. You can see my review on my review blog:

Kim’s Bio from her website:

Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks starting in junior high, and even a master’s program in English couldn’t break the obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer and turned her life into an ongoing episode of “When Dilbert Met Frasier.” She and her Darling Geek live in beautiful North Alabama with their one Amazing Child—who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports.

Kimberly is a founding member of The Writing Playground, a website for aspiring authors, and she blogs with her Playfriends there every Tuesday.

You can find Kimberly on The Writing Playground as “The Problem Child, here
or on I(Heart) Presents here where she talked about her call. Kimberly also posts from time to time on The Pink Heart Society, here.

Here website is: Kimberly Writes Books and she’s running a contest, giving away her debut book plus is also running a contest on The Writing Playground.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Auction to Benefit Homeless Teen and Mom

The ladies at The Writing Playground have donated some items which any reader or author would appreciate. For more info here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Save the Contemporary Contest

Stop over at or Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for a chance to win a camcorder and Jill Shavis latest release. Smart Bitches and on Dear Author

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Romance Rings in the New Year with Catherine Anderson

Press release for Catherine Anderson who has written over 20 books and her January relase of Star Bright.

Britian's Oldest Romantic Novelist

This article is wonderful and to you authors a question. Do you see yourself writing well into retirement? Mills and Boon Author celebrates 101 years.

Monday, January 12, 2009


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Friday, January 09, 2009

Author India Grey and Rugby

Stop over at India Grey's blog and see the article which recently appeared in the UK about seven authors, including India who will be writing romance featuring rugby players. Personally, I can't wait. Rugby anyone?

India is an incredible author and her latest release Taken for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure is out in the UK now and in the US in May as a Harlequin Presents.

Here's the author line up and oh what a line up! Most of these authors are an auto-buy for me so be sure to stop over to Marilyn's Romance Reviews and see my reviews on the series.

The Prince’s Waitress Wife – Sarah Morgan (February)
At the Argentinean Billionaire’s Bidding – India Grey (March)
The French Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress – Abby Green (April)
The Ruthless Billionaire’s Virgin – Susan Stephens (May)
The Italian Count’s Defiant Bride – Catherine George (June)
The Sheikh’s Love-Child – Kate Hewitt (July)
Blackmailed into the Greek Tycoon’s Bed – Carol Marinelli (August)
The Virgin Secretary’s Impossible Boss – Carole Mortimer (September)

Time Article:

From Australia another article: "Be Still My Heart".

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

RNA Short List/Long List - Romantic Novel Association


This is the RNA's major award. It is open to all romantic fiction first published in the UK in the current year. Awards will be announced in February.

Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2009 Longlist

Thanks for the Memories - Cecelia Ahern - Harper Collins
The Best of Fathers - Anne Baker - Headline
We'll Meet Again -Patricia Burns - MIRA (Harlequin)
Enemies of the Heart - Rebecca Dean - Harper
The Love of My Life - Louise Douglas - Macmillan
The Last Concubine Lesley Downer - Transworld (Bantam)
The Love of Her Life - Harriet Evans - Harper
Diving into Light - Natasha Farrant - Transworld (Black Swan)
No Cure For Love - Jean Fullerton - Orion
Star Gazing -Linda Gillard - Little, Brown (Piatkus)
East of the Sun - Julia Gregson - Orion
The Accidental Time Traveller - Sharon Griffiths - Harper Collins (Avon)
The Return - Victoria Hislop - Headline Review
The Birds & the Bees - Milly Johnson - Simon & Schuster
Out of the Blue - Belinda Jones- Random House (Arrow)
Sophia's Secret(The Winter Sea)- Susanna Kearsley - Allison & Busby
Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella - Transworld (Bantam)
Before the Storm - Judith Lennox - Headline Review
Recipe for Disaster - Miriam Morrison - Random House (Arrow)
The Accidental Marriage - Marina Oliver - Robert Hale
Time for a Change - Lynda Page - Headline
A Good Confession - Bridget Whelan - Severn House

Shortlist for RNA Romance Prize 2009

Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire's Pleasure - India Grey (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

Promoted to Wife and Mother - by Jessica Hart (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

Saying Yes to the Millionaire - by Fiona Harper (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

Sold to the Highest Bidder - by Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)

The Wild Card - by Beth Elliott (Robert Hale)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Conferences Galore - Barbary Vey

From Publishers Weekely Beyond Her Book, Barbara Shares some 2009 conferences.

I personally attend the Seattle Emerald City Writers Conference and this year I'm attending Celebrate Spring in Portland Oregon. Hopefully I'll be able to attend the Washington DC conference in DC this year as my daughter Keri, literally lives around the corner from the hotel.

So here's Barbara's list:
Conferences Galore

Monday, January 05, 2009

EHarlequin Celebrates 60 Years

Get a free Ebook and join in the 60th Diamond Harlequin Celebration.



Posted this am on

Are you an author with a January 2009 release (this includes anyone who was released in late December as well). Tell the readers all about it. Include a blurb! an excerpt link! a buy link! anything that you think will help a reader be a) interested in your work and b) buy it.

The rules for Author Promo Night Open Thread are as follows:

The book has to be released in that month (i.e., anything released during the last week of April would be a May release)

You can post for yourself or you can have a friend post for you if the idea of posting about your book paralyzes you .

No self published authors unless you write romance. No, I am not a POD hater, I am just thinking about the manageability of the thread.

Think about the readership. I.e., does your non fiction book about psoriasis really fit?

This one is more of a guideline than a rule, but be smart about your comment because if it is just a link to your website and the title of your book, I doubt you are going to get any interest.

DA reserves the right to delete the post if it promotes objectionable content (i.e., no daddy/daughter incest recommends are going to be allowed. Sorry.)
That’s it. Post away.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 Aspen Gold Winners

From the Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America the 2008 Aspen Gold Winners:

His Favorite Mistress by Tracy Anne Warren - Winner
Untouched by Anna Campbell
Lady Be Bad by Candice Hern

The Rancher Needs a Wife by Terry McLaughlin - Winner
A Christmas to Remember by Kay Stockham
Montana Skies by Kay Stockham
The House on Briarhill Road by Holly Jacobs

Touch Me by Susan Lyons - Winner
Pleasures of the Night by Sylvia Day
Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson - Winner
Unbound by Lori Devoti
The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer
Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette M. Blair

Single Title
Sweet Return by Anna Jeffrey - Winner
Learning to Breathe by Karen White
There Goes the Bride by Lori Wilde

Young Adult
Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale - Winner
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
The Specialists: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland
The Specialists: Down to the Wife by Shannon Greenland

Romantic Suspense
White Heat by Cherry Adair
What's in a Name by Terry Odell
Salvation, Texas by Anna Jeffrey

Roxanne St. Claire and Murder She Writes

Happy New Year to one and all! I would like to share a blog post from my dear friend and author, Roxanne St. Claire which was posted December 30th on the Murder She Writes blog. Why you might ask? Love so true and sweet it will make you shed tears. It's what as authors you write about and for people like me who love romance novels, it's a true story with happy ever after. So on this first day of 2009, enjoy Rocki's blog post and dream of love!

Because I Married Rich


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