The Diversity of Romance – What is Romance Fiction, Really?

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Something helpful for those who’re curious about what I read.

Originally posted on JULIET MADISON:

Here’s a question for you: Which of the following is a romance novel?

Answer: all of them. And each is a bestselling and/or award-winning book. Did you already know these are examples of the wide variety of romance fiction available, or is your perception of romance books limited to those with covers showing Fabio-esque men embracing buxom women?

I was inspired to write this post about the diversity of romance after reading Kat Mayo’s article on ABC’s The Drum in response to another article about romance feminism. Many of the comments on the articles showed just how many misconceptions there are about romance fiction. Some people look down on romance fiction as being ‘rubbish’, but many do so without having actually read books within the genre, or having read widely enough.

The view that romance novels give women unrealistic expectations about love and relationships and portray women that are disempowered…

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April 23, 2014 · 12:27 am

Book Blast Release Day!!!!: East of Ecstasy

EOE RDL bannerWelcome to the Release Day Launch!!!!

East of Ecstasy
by Laura Kaye

The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, the last thing he expects is to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

Buy at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

Catch up on the whole series with the Hearts of the Anemoi box set featuring the first three books: North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender!

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East of Ecstasy Excerpt Post!!!

You guys! I can’t believe release day for East of Ecstasy is finally here! This is the final book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, which includes: North of Need, West of Want, and South of Surrender. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greek associated with controlling the wind, weather, and seasons. In East of Ecstasy, hero Devlin Eston is the heir to the East Wind which has long been associated with unluckiness, misfortune, and, thanks to Devlin’s father, even evil. Devlin himself has been the victim of father’s evil, and thereby finds himself an outcast among his own divine family. In this scene, heroine Annalise Fallston—who gets visions that she’s forced to paint in order to quiet them in her mind—sees Devlin for the first time. Here’s what she says:

Forcing the chaos in her mind away, Anna dipped her brush into the gray and stepped to the canvas. Motion captured her attention from the corner of her eye.

The Dark Man, the subject of her recent paintings, stood in the doorway and leaned against the jamb.

Anna jumped and her pulse raced, but this time, anger flooded in instead of fear. “I will deal with you on my own damn terms,” she said, taking a perverse amount of pleasure from putting a figment of her imagination in its place. Because that’s all he was.

He didn’t move or speak. Not that he could, since, you know. Figment.Of.Imagination.

Anna rolled her eyes, done with being scared and so pissed to have to do this again that she was nearly out of her mind. “I’m doing your damn painting already. So just leave me alone.” She cut her gaze back to the expanse of white, but the desire to see if his image would still be there if she looked again drove her to distraction.

Finally, she gave in and…he was still there.

Completely still.Blatantly scowling.Totally unfathomable.

Was this a vision? Another image she’d have to paint?

Her heart tripped into a sprint, and she couldn’t look away from him. Like the compulsion that forced her to paint these images, Anna couldn’t help but return his stare and memorize his masculine features. The sharp angles of his face, the harsh set of his mouth, the dark shadows around his even darker eyes.Black eyes. Blades of black hair hung low over his forehead and just touched the hooded shirt he wore under his short, scuffed leather jacket. He’d crossed his arms over his chest, and the position caused his biceps to bunch up under the worn leather. In fact, everything about him appeared worn—the coat, the threadbare jeans, the scuffed boots. None of it struck her as the kind of shabby chic you could buy in some upscale store for a small fortune, either. The whole effect was rough. Dangerous.Deprived.

Deprived? What a strange way of describing him. But as Anna’s gaze swept over him again, the thought stuck. For his height, he seemed thin, with his lean hips, clad in old black jeans, a trim waist, and pronounced cheekbones. Her fingers twitched around the nearly forgotten paintbrush. What would it feel like to cup that harsh face in her hand?

Anna gasped and tore her gaze away. She had to blink to pull herself out of the haze of thoughts. Frustration surged through her and tensed the muscles of her shoulders and neck. She didn’t want to be working on another of these paintings as it was, so the last thing she needed was to lose a bunch of time daydreaming. Or would it be daynightmaring?

As she stared at the blank canvas, the image of the shackled man behind the prison bars filled her mind’s eye.

Definitely the latter.

Curiosity pulled her eyes to the left again. The doorway was empty.

*So, did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Thanks for reading!

~Laura

 

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura KamoieLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Good Cover Design—Part 1

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Super love these covers!!! And great advice on how to create a good book cover.

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Given the surge of self-publishing in recent years, more and more authors are taking their covers into their own hands. Whether you purchase a graphics program and learn the skills to do it yourself, or hire a professional book designer like me, the fact is, the author has far more control than ever before. With that control, however, also comes the burden of getting it right. Never fear, by keeping in mind a few basic principles, you, or you in conjunction with your designer, will be able to create a cover that helps you sell. Today’s post will focus on Genre, Keeping it Simple, and Instant Readability.

Genre: Reader’s don’t just need a HEA in a romance, first they’ve got to know it IS a romance, and better yet, what sub-genre of romance it is. Just like it’s okay to…

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Cover Reveal: HARD TO HOLD ON TO by Laura Kaye

Published by Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins, HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a thrilling Romantic Suspense novella in Laura’s Hard Ink Series and is due to be released on August 19th.

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ABOUT HARD TO HOLD ON TO:

Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

Pre-Order Links:

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And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

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A Note from Laura:

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To!

Is it August yet???

xo, Laura

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

 

ABOUT LAURA KAYE:

Laura KamoieLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Cover Reveal: INTOXICATED by Monica Murphy

Cover reveal!!!!!
The novella to end this fabulous series by Monica Murphy!!! The Billionaire Bachelor’s Club series~
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Intoxicated by Monica Murphy (A Billionaire Bachelors Club Novella)

On-Sale 6/17/2014

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club—with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore and the groom…is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won…and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

INTOXICATED Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20957418-intoxicated?from_search=true

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EXCERPT:

I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

Other books in the series:

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ABOUT MONICA MURPHY:

MonicaMurphypic-250x373New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

Website: http://www.monicamurphyauthor.com/

Blog: http://missmonicamurphy.blogspot.com/

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Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5934418.Monica_Murphy

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Monica-Murphy/e/B00AVPYIGG

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Cover Reveal: Overwhelmed by You by Nashoda Rose

Cover Reveal!!!!!

Book #2 in Tears Asunder series!!!

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Well, here’s book Two!!!

I give you

Overwhelmed by You

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Author: Nashoda Rose

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 3, 2014

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SYNOPSIS:

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you.

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I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.

Ream, the lead guitarist of the rock band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot.
I hate him.

Until …

Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he was loud and obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever.
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s steady confidence that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers.

Then…

Ream told me he didn’t need a second chance because he was still working on his first.

REAM

Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it and I hated it—until her. She was unfuckinexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past.
I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.

*Warning contains violence, sexual content, and coarse language. Mature audiences 18+*

A contemporary romance with lots of angst and a taste of dark.

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Giveaway:

A singed paper back of Torn From You and With You bonus edition with Overwhelmed By You bookmark! (Canada and US only)
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You can purchase the two previous books in the series here~

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About the Author

nashoda roseNashoda Rose lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. Her novella “With You” is the first in the Tear Asunder series, followed by the novel “Torn from You” and “Overwhelmed by You”.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dog at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers on Facebook and chatting about her addiction—books.

http://nashodarose.com/

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Think Out Loud: Ramblings

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Think Out Loud is a weekly Thursday meme created and hosted by Think Books

Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box and to get bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble, consider this a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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Welcome to another TOL.

So this week has been a week of shambles for me. I’ve missed my scheduled blog posts, posts didn’t post when they were supposed too!!! Posts were not saved and had to scramble to find the auto saved version. Had some major killing off my sleep. My book reviews are majorly hitting the blocks and I’m not motivated to do anything but lay around and just nothing. Wanting my job to be over! I need this month to be over with. Stupid Snow in April!!!!

My drive home from work at 3pm central time and when I got home.

 

 

So, what has been on my mind?

I’m going to London! Where will I get the money to pay that trip? Why can’t September be closer!? Man, who’s going to pay my bills? I’m going to have so much fun!! I hope my friend comes. I’m super excited! I’m going to get lost over there. I can’t wait I can’t wait!!! I’m not going to have a job by the end of the month. Got to save more money got to save more money! Aww, I’m going to be broke. Yay, I reserved my spot! Sad Happy Sad Happy Sad Happy~

Oh, and one of my heroines talked to me!!!!! Just a wee bit but I’m super happy yet sad at what she “showed” me.

This song is theirs~ :’(

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #28

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!!!
Hosted by the lovelies Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Tin @ Love Saves the World.
What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia,
asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past
– usually from 5 to 10 years ago.
There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

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Hello!!!

I’m on a slow run this week so I found you a small blurb of a great book that I think needs some loving! It only has one review up at Goodreads and that blurb is really getting to me. Oh look, It’s now on my TBR list!

A Scandalous Wager

(Published July 1st 2001 by Zebra)

Synopsis:

Ivy Littleton has sworn off the idea of marriage because of her parents’ unhappy union. But when her best friend challenges her to a wager — steal a smile and a kiss from an attractive but austere stranger — she impetuously agrees…never expecting to fall in love.

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You can find Bess at:

 Well, I’m not sure. I can’t seem to find her at all!!!

Now, Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance  and Tin @ Love Saves the World for their picks for Throwback Thursday and the rest of the cast down below.

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Book Blitz!!!! Invitation by Christina Hoffman

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Pump Up Your Book and contemporary romance author Christina Hoffman are excited to announce the Invitation Book Blitz!

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Title: Invitation
Author: Christina Hoffman
Publisher: Christina Hoffman
Pages: 187
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Book Summary:

Madison Spencer is a serious medical student, focused only on work and hiding her beauty and her once-passionate spirit behind a quiet plain-Jane facade. Since she was drugged, stripped, assaulted and photographed by a vengeful ex, she has stayed away from men and kept her heart and body safe.

But when heart-stoppingly gorgeous Dr. Liam Mason walks into her world, she knows she’s in trouble. After finding out about her devastating past, Liam offers to bring her back to life with physical passion. Madison thinks she should be repelled, but she’s intrigued and can’t turn him away. Together they explore days and nights of pleasure, and slowly develop into something more than bedmates.

Deep inside they each wonder if they’ve found their perfect match. But with Liam’s fear of being dragged down by commitment, and Madison’s fear of being hurt by another man threatening to destroy the world they’ve built together, will they each be strong enough and brave enough to risk their hearts to have it all?

BUY LINKS:

Available in kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon USA   Amazon Canada  Amazon France   Amazon Germany

Available at Smashwords in epub, mobi, pdf and doc.

Excerpt

I can’t even blame it on the booze. There wasn’t any, or at least there wasn’t any for me. I was with Chloe, my bodyguard. Okay, actually she was my friend, but a really overprotective friend who knew all about what I’d been through and wanted to make sure it never happened again. So, no alcohol.

But, what she and I hadn’t counted on was him being there. There I was, minding my own business, putting in my time at the Med School Social, more than ready to head home for some studying, then Chinese food and a movie. And suddenly, him.

I was inhaling when I caught sight of him, but my breath just stopped. It felt like being punched in the chest. I kept telling myself, look away, look away! But it was impossible. I was paralyzed. His beautiful face and magnificent body were magnets, and my eyes were locked on them.

I hadn’t felt this kind of physical attraction since, well, ever. I had never felt like that. I had stayed away from men for two years. I was pretty much terrified of them, to tell the truth. But there he was. Unavoidable and irresistible.

I saw him in profile. Oh, that hair. Thick, almost curly, falling into his eyes. The kind of hair you need to gently push off of his face right before you kiss him. Or, the kind of hair you grab really hard right before you’re about to…

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The point I’m trying to make is that my mind very clearly recognized all the dangers ahead and was saying, “Turn around, go, get out of here! Before it’s too late.” But then he turned around to look right at me. It was already too late.

We held each other’s gaze a second longer than politeness required. Something inside me went click, and for the first time in almost two years, I felt young and alive, and really, really turned on. Every part of me suddenly woke up, and all the best parts started to tingle. I was breathing harder. My lips parted slightly, already begging to be kissed.

It was a little overwhelming. I was out of practice. No, actually, I had never had the kind of practice you would need to stay controlled in a situation like that. I think maybe you can have a soul mate for your mind, and also one for your body. And my body was saying “Get me over there right now!”

But I was still too afraid. I smiled a little and turned away.

I had to stay for a while, to look sociable, so I went over to the food table and stared at the snacks, which were already stale. Nothing looked very good, and my throat was too tight to eat anyway.

I was starting to formulate a plan for escaping without the other students or the teachers noticing when I felt the air move behind me, the softest caress against my bare shoulders. Then, a hand on my back, an electric shock to my body, wildly pleasurable. I gasped and spun around. Right into the arms of…

“I’m Liam.”

Liam. Right into the arms of Liam. Oh, he was even more beautiful up close. My hand rose all on its own to push that wonderful floppy hair from his face. I stopped suddenly, embarrassed, but he caught my wrist, and held my palm gently to his face. We looked at each other and knew.

“Wanna get out of here?” he asked, and of course, foolish, foolish woman that I am, I said, “Yes.”

I saw him my first day at the new hospital. I’m a medical student and had just finished the lecture part of things where we sit around learning about chemical reactions and body parts. That was over, at last, and we were moving on to seeing real live patients in the hospital.

The orientation was step one in getting us ready for our new roles. We each got a short lab coat and a tour of the locker rooms. We received our ID tag photos.

I’m not sure why I first noticed Liam.

Since the bad thing happened, I keep my head down and make eye contact with pretty much nobody. I wear my hair in a tight bun at the nape of my neck and my clothes are dull and loose. On that particular day, I was trying very hard to concentrate. I was excited to be starting work in the hospital, but I was mostly terrified. There was so much to take in and remember. My head was reeling after only two hours. The last thing on my mind was men. So, who knows why I took that second look as he walked by our group.

Well, actually I do know why. He was gorgeous. Ridiculously gorgeous. Dark wavy hair, just slightly overgrown so he looked like a happy surfer who’d tumbled out of bed. Smiling eyes. Sparkling, mischievous, movie star eyes. A little bit of stubble, likely because he had been on call all night. The rest of him looked pretty much immaculate. He wore light wool pants and a sky blue shirt. No tie, but the white lab coat made him look professional enough.

I was dedicated to maintaining my nun-like lifestyle, but, seriously, it was impossible not to look at him. Even Chloe noticed him. She looked at him, then at me. She shook her head lightly and whispered, “No”. I laughed a little because she sounded like a mom telling a toddler that she couldn’t have any candy. Well, that was pretty much what was happening, so I guess Chloe nailed that.

She was absolutely right. I didn’t want any trouble. Certainly not that awful, frightening feeling of falling in love. No time-consuming romance. And certainly not all the time I had lost trying to recover from the trauma of what had happened before. Even a plain old tiny heartbreak could set me back, and put me way off course in my career.

No, I didn’t have the time or energy for any distractions. Nothing. Just work and school.

So I ignored the stunning resident with the black hair, and tried to focus on the tall blond giving us the orientation spiel. This was much easier because I felt no attraction to him at all. He was really handsome, too. But something about him seemed mean. Or maybe arrogant. It’s hard to remember what I thought of him that first time, because the memory is so clouded with all that came after. I’ll just say he was a tall, slim blond who should have caught my eye, but didn’t.

About the Author:

Christina Hoffman

Christina Hoffman was born in London, England. She moved with her family throughout Canada and the US, and has finally put down her suitcase, for now, in San Francisco.

She believes that everyone has the right to feel both smart and sexy. We don’t have to be one or the other! She writes stories about characters who live in the real world and who, somehow, still believe in love.

She’s starting a mini-revolution. She writes sexy stories, but hasn’t lost the romance from her Romances. Enough with whips — back to lips!

She hopes you enjoy her stories and see yourself in her characters. After all, they are based on smart and sexy people, just like you.

Christina’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Invitation.

Visit her website at www.christinahoffman.com.

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Release Day Book Tour: Review + Interview~ The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

Temptation of Anna Jacobs BannerWelcome to the Blog tour for Robyn’s Release Day Tour!!!

You do not know how excited I am about this book!!! So Lets get down to business!

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Dangerous Liasons series, book 2

Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.”

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn’t count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna’s brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew’s arms?

Purchase links:

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Interview with the amazing Robyn DeHart!!!

Welcome Robyn! I think this is the first time I’m hosting you here at Doing Some Reading. I hope it’s not too cramp with my loads and loads of piles of books everywhere.

Not even a little bit. I love squeezing in among all these books! And thanks for having me.

dcfd3-secretsofmiadanversI cannot tell you how excited I am for Drew and Anna’s story~ As you may remember, I hit you up with an email right after I finished your first book in the Dangerous Liaisons series with, The Secrets of Mia Danvers. And I got some very tasty information *wink wink*

Oh, yes, I totally remember your email. Made my day. When a reader finishes a book and then just HAS to write me, that’s when I know I’ve done my job as a writer.

But yes, of course, the interview! Lets not forget that ~

1. So Robyn, What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well, my schedule is sporadic now that I have kids. I used to have an actual schedule and I suspect someday I will again – when they’re both in school. But for now I write on Tuesdays & Thursdays when they go to Mother’s Day Out and then during naptime and after bedtime. When I’m on a tight deadline then my family helps – my mom will babysit or my husband will take them on the weekends. So we make it work. It’s not easy, but that’s the way it is with most working moms, I suppose. :)

2. What inspired you to write your first book in the series?

A sick fascination with Jack the Ripper. LOL! That’s the honest truth. I’ve always had an unpleasant fascination with serious killers. Even got my degree in Sociology with a focus on deviant behavior where I learned how to profile and all kinds of other cool stuff. You should see some of my old text books. Okay so you start with that and then a long-time love of historical romance and well, the two were bound to meet at some point. I’ve been killing people in my books for years (for those of you who read my Legend Hunters series, you know I left quite the body trail) so to tackle the baddie of the bads, was too tempting to pass up. Then more than that I had this character, Mia Danvers, the blind heroine from book 1 that just wouldn’t let me go.

3. Did you have it all planned out before hand with heroes and heroines for this series or did they just suddenly ended up being the one? (example: for Drew and Anna, I did not see that coming)

I have it all planned out. With the exception of the secondary romance in Anna Jacobs – that one surprised me a bit. But I have the couples lined up for book 3 too (not yet contracted so nothing definite on the horizon). With these kinds of books where you have such plot-heavy storylines, I really have to do a considerable amount of plotting. That doesn’t mean I figure it all out before I write, stuff changes and I come up with new ideas sometimes on my 3rd draft. But I do a lot of planning ahead of time.

4. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing Drew and Anna’s story?

I suppose it was the types of forensics they had in that time period. Autopsies and the like seem like such a modern advancement, but there are official reports on all of Jack the Ripper’s victims. I took that info and sort of ran with it with my storyline.

5. What was the hardest part of writing The Temptations of Anna Jacobs?

I’d say dealing with Drew’s struggles with alcohol. They didn’t really discuss addictions the way we do today so to have to deal with his cravings and whatnot and keep things historically accurate was difficult. I also wanted to be realistic with his struggles without taking all the romance out of the situation. :)

6. Were there any challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

In order to write the scenes where Drew is familiarizing himself with the Ripper’s previous murders, I read through all of that stuff, looked at the pictures and well, it’s hard not to get disturbed when you’re in Jack the Ripper’s world to that extent. I creeped myself out on more than one occasion writing.

7. How much of the book is realistic? (character personalities, history, life experiences, etc…)

There’s a lot of real history in all of my books, but I’m also very aware that I write fiction so I don’t sacrifice story for the sake of getting something 100% accurate.

8. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Always. I can’t name anything specific because once I’m done with all the passes for a book, I try not to look at them again. I’m terrified of finding stuff that I hate, stuff I’d want to change, etc. Books are never done, never perfect enough, but at some point you just have to finish and turn things in. So it’s as good as I could write it and I hope readers love it. I’m really proud of this series and these books, they’ve been incredibly challenging and finishing books that are difficult, well, there’s a certain amount of gratification that I get from that.

9. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I try not to do messages as I think writers can be a bit too heavy handed with them. My job as a writer is to create characters that are compelling and put them in a story that readers fall into. I think overall my message is always that love can conquer anything.

10. Does the past two characters from the first book make an appearance?

Yes, you’ll see Mia and Alex again in this book.

11. Last and for most, Who is the killer? Will we get to find out who he is in this story? And can this be read as a standalone?

Yes, this book can be read as a stand-alone. And no, I won’t tell you who the killer is. :) At least not yet.

Oh and do share a bit about The Temptations of Anna Jacobs which released April 15, 2014!!!

Here’s a small snippet from the Prologue:

Andrew Foster sat in what he fondly referred to as “the hole” and waited. It was all he could do. Sit, wait and listen. The other inmates fought and wailed and hurled curses at one another. It was a wretched existence.

The metal gates a few cells down from his opened and then closed with a heavy slam, and he heard voices. It was dark in his pit; although torches spit and sparked on the walls outside his bars, they offered no real solace from the black surrounding him. After all those years of heavy drinking, it would have been easier if he had finished the job and drunk himself to death. It would have at least saved him from this wretched fate.

Of course it was the damn drink that had put him here in the first place and made him feel so piss-poor. The retching had stopped, but he still suffered from the tremors.

Footsteps sounded and then his own gate rattled.

Thank you so much for visiting the reading room Robyn and letting me fangirl while interviewing you~ I cannot wait to see what you have plan for us next!

My pleasure. Feel free to fangirl in my direction anytime you want!

 

Giveaway Time!!!

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Review:

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh oh my gosh Oh my gosh!!!I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished the first book and waited even more through all of her other releases for Entangled and….. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s finally here!!!So, we left off at the end of the previous book with no murderer. But we got a glimpse of who it was. Well, sort of. The murderer is able to move among the ton and the noble with ease~ So that’s super chilling.

And as we all know, Drew is the brother that was accused of the murders!

But of course, why is he the hero in this book if he was sent to accused to be sent to the gallows? Maybe because he’s the brother of Alex, the Eighth Duke of Carrington, the previous hero. And of course because he was sent free on a mission by Investigator Simon Jacobs! Whom we found, because of his actions was shipped off the somewhere in Scotland.
So Drew is set free on a mission to find this killer knowing full well that everyone will be against him, thinking him as the killer. More the better to use that as his cover to figure out who’s framing him!

But of course troubles comes his way and trouble comes in the form of Anna Jacobs, Simon’s sister!
She believes him not the killer, but something much more, a drunkard arrogant prig! But very smoldering sexy. And it was his fault for getting her brother sent off to who knows where in Scotland to be punished for not catching the “Ripper”!

Of course things get hectic and their attraction to each other is fast and steamy! But then the killings is always there and once again throwing Anna and Jacobs together to solve the case.

Both of them are super sweet together and I just couldn’t kept from smiling. Sure they bantered but it was super fun to watch and learn that both of them didn’t judge each other nor care much for what society had termed them.

Sure Drew was dumb enough to get pinned for the murder but he’s turning around and trying to get his life on track. Most definitely his drinking which I was super happy that he was coming to terms that he had a drinking problem. And I loved that he cared about what Anna thought and how she saw things so they made for a very fun couple to follow through this dark and thrill seeking ride.

One thing I had troubles with was the title that Anna kept referring to Drew. Lord Carrington. Shouldn’t Lord Carrington be referred to his brother the “Duke of Carrington”? That really bothered me sadly. But I do have an advanced copy so hopefully it was caught and edited.

But I super loved this and was hooked right from….well, ever since I finished the first book so I’m biased! LOL

But I really do recommend this and I hope you get ready for the last book in this thrilling ride for when we finally capture the Ripper!!!

This eARC was provided by the publisher for a honest review~

Rating: 5 out 5

 

A little bit about Robyn DeHart:

robyn-dehart-133x200National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.

Known for her “strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page” (RT Bookclub) and her “sizzling romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where its hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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