Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Pink Heart Society Celebrates 3 Years

Happy 3rd Birthday Little Pink. Stop over to The Pink Heart Society to celebrate and win some prizes. I'm passionate about this site as I post reviews on The Pink Heart Society Review.

Kristen Harmel and Italian for Beginners

Product Description:

Thirty-four-year-old Manhattan accountant Cat Connelly has always lived life on the safe side. But after her little sister gets married, Cat wonders if she has condemned herself to a life of boredom by playing by the rules. She decides to take a chance for once, accepting an invitation to spend a month with an old flame in Italy. But her reunion with the slick and gorgeous Francesco is short-lived, and she finds herself suddenly alone in Rome. Now, she must see if she has the courage to live outside the lines for the first time - and to face a past she never understood. It will take an unexpected friendship with a fiery Italian waitress, a whirlwind Vespa tour of the Eternal City with a handsome stranger, and a surprise encounter with an old acquaintance to show Cat that life doesn't always work out the way you expect, but sometimes you have to have fall in order to fly.

Italian for Beginners video

Kristen’s Bio:

Kristin Harmel is a novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. Cosmopolitan magazine has called her writing "hilarious," and People magazine has referred to her books as "Bridget Jones-esque." A longtime reporter for People magazine (where she specializes now in "Heroes" stories of good people doing good things), Kristin's other magazine credits include Glamour, Woman's Day, American Baby, Teen People, Men's Health, YM and Runner's World magazines. She has also worked as "The Lit Chick," the official book reviewer for the nationally syndicated morning TV show The Daily Buzz.

Kristin's novels include: HOW TO SLEEP WITH A MOVIE STAR (Warner Books, Feb. 2006), THE BLONDE THEORY (Warner Books, Feb. 2007), THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING (Hachette Book Group, Feb. 2008), and WHEN YOU WISH (Random House/Delacorte Books For Young Readers, Feb. 2008). Look for two more novels from Kristin coming in 2009!

Kristin graduated summa cum laude with from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications and remains a big Gators fan! She has lived in Paris, New York, Boston and Miami and now splits time between Orlando, Fla., and Los Angeles, Calif.


Stop over to Everyone's Reading at Mills and Boon for free downloads from each of their series plus a chance to win a free Sony Reader, here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Farewell Kate Duffy

I never had the opportunity or privilege of meeting this remarkable woman. However, she was a giant in the romance community and I just wanted to honor her and send my condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

On Twitter, Christina Dodd pointed out a picture of Kate Duffy on Jill Shavis blog. It's incredible and the story moving. Jill Shavis

A tribute to Kate Duffy from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, here.

Also, on Heart to Heart, Michelle Bunofiglio said this about Kate Duffy

Duffy remarked that the key to a good romance simply is the reader's knowing the hero and heroine are in love long before they understand. "The hero and heroine may think it's temporary, the reader knows it's forever." I remember howling when she added about the classic "opposites attract" construct upping that ante, "He's a demon and she's mostly human, but those kids were meant to be together!

More of the article here.

Borders and authors say farewell to Kate Duffy. A beautiful tribute.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Barnes & Noble Romance Buyer Tommy Dreiling now is on Twitter - Michelle_Buonfiglio

SCOOP! Barnes & Noble Romance Buyer Tommy Dreiling now is on Twitter at @tdrei53589, and you'll wanna play follow-the-romance-leader with him Thursday or Friday and Monday mornings!

Not only does Tommy know a ton about romance fiction, he's hip to what's hot now and what's trending and happening in the industry. So you'll have fun reading his tweets and, I'm sure, be happy to offer him twinfo about the wacky world of byte-sized communication.

Readers, authors aren't the only ones who'll have fun following and tweeting with Tommy. In fact, you'll probably enjoy rubbing cyber-elbows with him more, because he likes to hear what romances you're enjoying and what you think the next big trend might be.

Michelle's post

A Mills & Boon book club launches in London's Soho

It’s early evening at the Yumchaa tea room in Soho and dotted among tables laden with chocolate brownies, raspberry muffins and marshmallows, are 20-odd women, aged from 28 to 88, who have gathered for the first night of a Mills & Boon book club. Despite the startling lack of men, romance is in the air. Miniature hearts are scattered like confetti on every table and even the loose-leaf teas, which have names like Egyptian Nights, seem to have entered into the sultry spirit of things.

There is, of course, very little tea drinking in Mills & Boon land. Romantic heroes are far too busy running business empires and chasing the heroine to ever touch the stuff, and romantic heroines are far too busy falling in love and having passionate sex to ever put the kettle on. But 31-year-old Trinh Hoang, who co-owns Yumchaa with her Canadian husband, Sean, believes that lovers of romantic fiction will flock to her tea room for the chance to swap notes on their favourite authors. "I wanted to put people together who are as nuts about Mills & Boon as I am," she says. "I’ve been reading them since I was 12."

Article continues, here.


Since the books and the movie, Forks and Twilightmania have become big business.

Over the last year or so, Forks (population 3,120) has morphed into a mecca for Twilighters, or Twihards as they are sometimes called. Visitors to this rainy town, whose main industries are logging and two correctional facilities, have more than tripled for the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to the local Chamber of Commerce. Lodging occupancy is up, and local merchants sell little-vampire pacifiers and Bella and Edward action figures.

And a lot of the tourists are grown women:

“Women — traveling in packs, in pairs or on their own — make up a big part of those on the “Twilight” trail. Susan Englin, a retiree from Colbert, Wash., who has read the books seven times and has downloaded the movie to her iPod, was visiting stepchildren in the area recently and couldn’t resist an outing to Forks. “I get caught up in the characters,” she said.

These women are staying in extra-expensive Twilight-themed hotel rooms, reliving Bella and Edward’s first date in the nearby town of Port Angeles, and generally spreading the green on pretty thick for the sparkle of true love always that the series spins. via Cultured Traveler – Fans of ‘Twilight’ Book Series Put Forks, Wash., in the Spotlight – (article link)
Twilight and

Forks article continues here

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nora Roberts' Harlequin publishers report rising sales despite recession

Harlequin relies heavily on the enduring popularity of Nora Roberts' novels in increasing its sales, a fact that is not included in the Time article. Since 1997 Harlequin has regularly issued omnibus reprint editions of the novels Roberts originally wrote for Silhouette Romances, a company Harlequin acquired in 1984. Although Roberts ceased writing new titles for Harlequin in 2002, the company has continued to reissue her early works in its Harlequin Special Releases series.

Harlequin has scheduled three more omnibus reprints to appear during the remainder of 2009. Windfall, to be released September 29, will contain Roberts' 1989 novella "Impulse" and the 1987 novel Temptation. Western Skies, containing Song of the West (1982) and Boundary Lines (1985), will follow on October 27. November 24 will see the release of Worth the Risk, Harlequin's reissue of Partners (1985) and The Art of Deception (1986).

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Global Boom in Bodice-Rippers

Romance novels, an inexpensive escape for women, are helping some publishers hide from the worst of the recession. Frequently an impulse purchase, mass-market paperback romances, often bought on the run at drugstores and supermarkets, cost $4.75 to $5.99--a bargain when hardcover editions are typically $25 or more. Trade romances, which cost up to $14, are still a relatively good buy. The bodice rippers piled up nearly $1.4 billion in sales last year, the largest share of the consumer book market. More than 1 out of 4 books sold is a romance.

Harlequin Enterprises, the Toronto-based company that is the world's largest romance publisher, has been a great story for parent company Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star. Newspaper revenues are declining, but at Torstar's Harlequin division, revenues were up 8.7%, to $225.5 million in the first half, although the weak Canadian dollar accounted for some of the increase. That's an impressive result in a year when publishing giant Random House reported that its sales were down 4% in the first six months of the fiscal year.

Harlequin CEO Donna Hayes credits the recession with having lifted the company's profits. "We tend to do better than we would otherwise because we have the benefit of the kind of story that is very uplifting in all of our books." A happy ending is a sine qua non of romance fiction: girl catches guy, and all is well with the world. Hayes also credits series romance books, sold monthly like magazines, with lifting sales. "Where else can you get two or three or four hours of entertainment for $5 or less?" she asks.

Article continues here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Romance is in the air to escape money woes - In recession, readers buying sexy paperbacks as cheap entertainment

There are lots of things that aren't selling during the recession. But sex isn't one of them.

Similar to the Great Depression, when Gone With the Wind was the best-selling novel, people are looking for ways to escape their money troubles. So many are turning to romance novels to forget about things like unemployment and shrinking retirement funds.

''The romance industry is doing well . . . because in tough times like these, people want to be entertained and they want it to be affordable. Our romance books . . . have always guaranteed a happy ending,'' said Katherine Orr, a spokeswoman for Harlequin Enterprises.

Certainly not all romance novels are about sex, though that's a big part of the genre's appeal. (Which brings to mind a Time magazine story that reported folks are buying more condoms. Couples could be trying to avoid having another mouth to feed until the economy stabilizes, or just having some almost-free fun, but that's another story.)

Rest of article appears here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Want a Book Decicated to You? Become Susan Mallery's Fan on Facebook

Become a fan of Susan Mallery's on her Facebook page At the end of this month, Susan will choose a fan and dedicate a book to that person. What fun it that?

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook

Now, from Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook, you can relish in your own home the same superb meals found in Cedar Cove's households. Charlotte Rhodes, one of the series' most beloved characters, invites all fans of Cedar Cove, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, to join her in touring the town's kitchens as she shares more than 130 of her treasured family recipes. (And she's got plenty to tell you about the people of Cedar Cove, too!)

You'll find such mouthwatering dishes as:

· Justine Gunderson's Grilled Salmon with Lime-Jalapeno Butter

· Teri Polger's Macaroni and Cheese

· Charlotte Rhodes's Cinnamon Rolls

· Olivia Griffin's Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

· The Pot Belly Deli's Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl

· And many more

Whether you've just discovered the world of Cedar Cove or have devoured all the books, you can now partake of the town's culinary traditions and cook just like Charlotte, her family and friends!

I purchased this last night at Target 30% off and I'm thrilled with it. If you're a fan of Debbie's Cedar Cove series, then you'll love this cookbook. It's beautifully illustrated, the recipes are mouth watering and you'll also revisit some of those wonderful characters who reside in Cedar Cove. I think it would make a wonderful holiday gift for a family member or friend.

As an FYI, Amazon has dropped the price and made it very affordable as well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Louisa Edwards on Romance Novel TV

Today on Twitter Kristen Painted posted about Louisa's blog post on Romance Novel TV so I decided to check it out. Shs also has a debut book which is "chef related" and as I love the Food Channel and Top Chef, I decided to check it out. Great blog posts and I'm definitely going to buy the book! Here's the blog post with some great recipes bloggers are posting.

Book Description:

For sharp-tongued food critic Miranda Wake, the chance to spend a month in Adam Temple’s [LE1] kitchen to write an exposé is a journalistic dream come true. Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant. But she never expected Adam to find out her most embarrassing secret: she has no idea how to cook.

Adam’s not about to have his reputation burned by a critic who doesn’t even know the difference between poaching and paring. He’ll just have to give the tempting redhead a few private lessons of his own—teaching her what it means to cook with passion…and doing more with his hands than simply preparing sumptuous food.

The book is getting 5 stars on Amazon and great reviews, so check it out!

Leanne Banks and "Ever Been Dumped"

Leanne Banks is blogging today at the Harlequin Silhouette Desire Blog. The subject, Here's Leanne's

blog post

Recently on a talk show I saw that relationships are ending via eamil, Twitter and being posted on Facebook. Here's an article concerning one of the cast of Dancing with the Stars.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Lynn Raye Harris, recent Harlequin Presents debut author is not only a talented writer, she's taken time out of her busy life to give tips to aspiring authors. Here she's written to date, eight articles which you can see on her blog.

Another great post appeared by the lovely Kate Walker on The Pink Heart Society blog today where she answers questions for those who are entering the competition. Please check it out.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Wooed women spice up book sales

Female readers of romance novels are keeping the publishing industry hot. The genre generates more than 50 percent of mass market paperback sales and readership is comprised of mostly women, who make loyal customers. Ekene Okobi reports.

Article here

Monday, September 07, 2009

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Can you believe it's been 30 years since a Woman of Substance was published? I read the entire series but that particular book made such an impression on me, Emma has such strength!

Here's Barbara's latest video on her release

Breaking the Rules Book Description:

Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, she embarks on a journey that will lead her to the catwalks of Paris, where she becomes the muse and star model to France’s iconic designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming and handsome actor, Larry Vaughan in New York they fall instantly in love and marry. Soon, they become the most desired couple on the international scene, appearing on the cover of every celebrity magazine, adored by millions. With a successful career and a happy marriage, M believes she has truly put the demons of her past behind her. But M’s fortunes are about to take another dramatic twist. A series of bizarre events turn out not to be accidents at all, but assaults on M and her family. The dark figure from M’s past, a psychopath with deadly intent, has made a vow: to shatter M’s world forever. But M also makes a vow: she will do everything to keep them all safe. When those you love are threatened and at risk, there’s nothing you won’t do to protect them… you’ll even resort to breaking the rules! Moving from New York to the chic fashion capitals of London and Paris, to the exotic locations of Istanbul and Hong Kong, this new tale from a renowned storyteller is a genuine pageturner

Susan Mallery Book Dedication/Fan Contest

If you're a fan of Susan Mallery's Hew York Times best selling author, then you'll want to become her fan on Facebook as she's going to dedicate a book to one of her fans. The contest ends September 30th so stop by and see her posts.

Her last book in her Desert Rogue Series comes out in October 2009 The Sheik and the Bought Bride.

Book Description:

It was bad enough being hauled out of bed by palace guards. Now Victoria McCallan had just offered to pay off her father's gambling debts—with herself as the prize!

So the palace secretary was shocked when sexy Prince Kateb made her a counteroffer….

When Kateb whisked Victoria off to the desert to be his mistress for six months, the widowed ruler had no intention of falling in love. But the outspoken Texas transplant was soon tempting him to change his royal ways. Duty decreed the El Deharia sheik should wed a proper mate, but Kateb's heart was telling him something else: to claim Victoria as his woman—now and forever.


September's Contest is Australian authors Robyn Grady's THE BILLIONAIRE'S FAKE ENGAGEMENT. The book is set in Australia with the very sexy Spanish billionaire Alexander Ramirez and his mistress Natalie Wilder. Be prepared to cry as Natalie has an extremely sad past but trust me, a happy ending!

Robbie's website You can also find Robbie on Facebook. Please stop by and post a comment and let me know, you'll have a better chance to win.

Tell me who is your favorite author and why.

To win a copy of this book, leave your email address with your post so I can contact you.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Tracy Wolff, Interview and Contest

Great interview on My Friend Amy and a fun contest, great websites to research to go check it out!

Yes, Harlequin Presents novels do know what they’re talking about—while visiting Siwa (the Oasis), two Bedouin sheiks and a Barbour merchant (on separate occasions) tried to buy me from my husband for a mixture of gold and livestock. While he turned them down, he did mention that I commanded quite an impressive price.

Tracy is having a incredible with a “hunt” theme where you’ll have the chance to experience some incredible blogs. Here's the contest

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Stories reflect author's experiences

Hank Phillippi Ryan said she was a nerdy girl who grew up in Indianapolis devouring Nancy Drew novels.

These days, Ryan (nee Ann Sablosky) is an author and Emmy-winning investigative reporter at the NBC affiliate in Boston. Locally, she is an alum of WTHR. article here


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