UPCOMING BOOKS AND NEW RELEASES
I think , so I'm tapping my pretty foot waiting for the next book in her awesome to come out. Thankfully will be published on November 25th (during my Thanksgiving Break, yay!!!) and features the couple I have been waiting to see. Since Brent and Hayden's two best friends are head over heels in love they can't help seeing a lot of each other, even though each rubs the other the wrong way. Hayden's got a host of trouble coming from her Park Avenue family who are looking to have her get married to a rich and influential man and the rough and tumble cop who pushes her buttons is also um pushing her buttons. After a taste of each other, Brent is determined to not let go, but Hayden wonders how on earth this hot affair could have a happy ending?
Grace Burrowes announced the final installment of , , will come out February 4, 2014. I love it that she dabbles with American heiresses thrown together with the aristocracy, in this case, a brooding Scottish earl mourning his secret wife who has died. When he's forced to show a beautiful Bostonian the sights it's the last thing he wants but he's shocked to find she's even less interested. Hannah Cooper simply wants her visit to end (minus a new ring on her left hand) so she can get home to prevent her stepfather from putting forth his own agenda with her family. When both are stranded on the moors, family difficulties and past loves dissolve in the heat of the passion between them.
May I point out that not only is the next book in , , due out on December 17th, but that the paperback version of it is currently marked down to $4.80 on Amazon? Mary Chase has had a difficult life but her work for the Society of the Suppression of Supernaturals gives her a great deal of purpose, particularly chasing down a murderer loose on London's streets. But when she's forced to work with her most antagonistic rival, Jack Talent, she can tell that the last thing he wants is her as a partner. Yet as they spend time together both their pasts are revealed, drawing them together, that is if Jack can face the demons of his past and embrace a future with the woman who might just be perfect for him.
The latest book in Toni Aleo, (an ice hockey team, not a romantic suspense series!) will be out on December 9th, so sports romance fans should pre-order . This addition features Aleo's signature playboy hero who has the hottest one-night stand of his life only to have that same woman end up on his doorstep with a positive pregnancy test two months later. At only $2.99 for the Kindle edition, it's a bargain!
CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS
I love it when Harlequin bundles its books into one package and this wintery duo has me wanting to curl up in front of my fireplace to read it. by Melissa McClone (which has it's own giveaway which I featured last week) has been teamed with Sophie Pembroke's . The first features a widow with a young son and the firefighter who can't seem to keep away from them despite his current moratorium on dating while the second gives us the always terrific trope of a powerful business tycoon who manages to get snowbound with the tempting woman who won't give him the time of day.
Also under the "do it today!" column is the giveaway for Sara Lindsey's , the third book in her about seven siblings all named after . This book features Henry, loved by the ladies and admired by men, who picks a prim wallflower to have a sham courtship in order to get him out of a tight spot. He's inflamed by the woman hidden beneath the surface but having been burned before, Diana Merriwether is going to take a lot of convincing.
Fans of contemporary romance involving aristocrats may want to take a look at Megan Mulry's , particularly since she's giving away the second book in the series, , . The rakish brother of a Duke, no stranger to scandal, finds himself at the wrong end of his reputation for womanizing and fast cars. Devon has done such a good job hiding his intelligence that when he becomes fascinated by an American businesswoman at a wedding, he's shocked to be shot down. Following her back tot he US, Devon discovers that he is going to have to show all those qualities he's attempted to hide since Sarah Jones cares nothing for glitz and glamor.
Cristin Harber's is undergoing giveaways for the first three books of the series, with an identical deadline of November 8th for all of them. Featuring alpha males tied to the private black ops Titan group, this series gets rave reviews on Goodreads! Take a look at , the , or , for descriptions and to enter before November 8th.
People who love and vampires can't ever get enough of Joey W. Hill's , so she must be doing something great with that world and those characters! For readers who want to see if Hill's steamy writing also makes their pulse beat a little faster, . This book focuses on a devoted vampire servant asked to do the one thing she can't for her mistress and the Native American vampire to whom she turns for help.
Laura Griffin's , features a crack team and the bad guys they put behind bars. In her seventh book, , forensic photographer Maddie Callahan is in danger as she may have unknowingly captured a witnesses kidnapping on film. Agent Brian Beckman has spent time investigating the serial killer who would do anything to stay free, and with Maddie as his potential next victim, Brian realizes he would do anything to save this beautiful woman from such a fate.
Fans cannot get enough of Lisa Renee Jones' , and if you've been wondering what all the fuss is about, considering entering the giveaway to win the first book of the trilogy, . When Sara McMillan discovers journals containing one woman's erotic life rendered in detail, she's avidly turning every page, until the last one when she begins to suspect foul play regarding the woman's disappearance. Deciding to do some investigating herself, Sara insinuates herself into this woman's former life - in her job, with her friends and with two sexy men who were both involved with the diarist.
I've been thinking a lot about historical fiction recently (I'm taking an online through the University of Virigina about it via ) and when I saw this video, I had to share it! One of the most challenging things about writing historical fiction is making a far distant location come alive, as if the reader were actually walking from a tavern to a church in a given period. While I'm glad there is no smell-a-vision for some books (!) the fact remains that it's still hard to picture, but not so much now. , has used a old map of 17th century London to reconstruct the city and its appearance around the time of the , and the results are spectacular. Studying the topography, buildings which still exist from the time period and the writing of archeological historians, this group of programmers have really made the city (albeit one without people or animals) come alive. Take a look at the fly-through video to get a glimpse of true 17th century London.
Entangled Publishing, whose Brazen line I universally love, is making November even more fun by making it ! From November 4th to the 30th, all you have to do is tweet your favorite quotes using hashtag #DirtyTalker, , or make some kickass quote graphics (using a site likeor ) on using "Brazen's Dirty Talker" in the description line. Entangled will be choosing their favorites every Monday and giving away prizes throughout the month. FYI, I used to create the this image!
It's November and that means writers all over the world are attempting , the National November Writing Month where people dedicate themselves to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. For those of you not sure if you've got a book living inside you, consider purchasing by Chris Baty. The ebook is a mere $1.99 and a fun, motiving guide to cranking out a first draft.
For giggles you might want to take a look at . While I certainly wouldn't think of dressing my cat like Edward Cullen or Hester Prynne, the dog dressed as Christian Grey wins my best-dressed (or would it be undressed?) award!
, , is currently on sale for $.99 on Amazon. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the 12th century, a young woman asks the king to send a warrior who can help defend her home and people from the encroachment of an evil neighbor. Since the local legend dictates that her clan's name must be carried on in order for the land to maintain its divine protection, she stipulates that her liege should send a knight who will be willing to take her name and marry her. What she gets is a strong knight from Brittany with no intention of marrying her or taking her name although he is content to handfast her and protect her people. But the heart has its own ideas, and both of them begin to succumb to stronger feelings which only complicate their situation.
Jessica Scott is putting out a heart-warming novella this holiday season, , a tie in with the first book . Set immediately after her first book, , I'll Be Home for Christmas stars Army Sergeant Vic Carponti who loves his wife and his country, and probably in that order. As he gets ready to deploy to Iraq, he wants nothing more to shelter her from his daily reality in the sandbox and his darkest fears, but Nicole is made of tougher stuff than Vic imagines, and they might both be about to see her tested. This novella is only $.99 and will be published on November 5th.
Happy reading this week!