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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 19:29

Review: Karma

Karma_Cover“Karma” by Carly Phillips (contemporary, Berkley, May 2012, $7.99, 304 pp)

 

Series: Serendipity Series

  1. “Serendipity” – Faith Harrington & Ethan Barron
  2. “Kismet” – Ellisabetta Gardelli & Trevor Dane (ebook only novella)
  3. “Destiny” – Nash Barron & Kelly Moss
  4. “Karma” – Dare Barron & Liza McKnight

 

Published in Book Reviews
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 18:22

Sourcebooks' Discover a New Love

logoLast month Sourcebooks announced a new online readers’ club, Discover a New Love (http://www.discoveranewlove.com/). Readers can subscribe to the site ($9.99 for a six-month subscription). For that money, readers get to choose one DRM-free ebook per month, from a selection of four featured books. Subscribers are entitled to a discount for other titles that Sourcebooks sells via the site.

 

I am a firm believer in the subscription model, and signed up for the site as soon as I got an email invitation. The lure of DRM-free ebooks and discounts convinced me that Discover a New Love was worth it.

 

As today is May 1, there are four new featured titles to readers to choose from: Catherine Mann’s Under Fire, Shana Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy, Terry Spear’s Heart of the Highland Wolf and Kathryne Kennedy’s The Lord of Illusion. Learn more at http://www.discoveranewlove.com/featured-selections/featured-romance-ebooks.html.

 

Fans of romance should definitely check out this new readers' club. I think it is worth it.

Published in News
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:42

What Inspires HelenKay Dimon?

HKD_whenshewasntlookingRNN welcomes author HelenKay Dimon who talks about her inspiration. HelenKay Dimon’s latest romantic suspense, “When She Wasn’t Looking,” is out on May 1, 2012.

 

One commenter will win a copy of "When She Wasn't Looking" or another backlist title from HelenKay Dimon. Contest will be open until Friday, May 4th at Midnight EST. Winner will be chosen at random.

 

People ask authors all the time where they get inspiration for their stories.  The reality is coming up with an idea is the easy part.  I get bombarded with ideas all the time. A headline or paragraph in a news article will make me stop and say, "hmmm, I wonder what if…?"  Inspiration can come from something as simple as a photograph.  I recently saw this picture of a tiny house, probably one room, in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the mountains behind it.  I can’t get it out of my head.  I have to write a story that grows out of the image.  Must!

 

Published in Authors Corner
Monday, 30 April 2012 19:56

Jennifer’s April 2012 Reads

Monthly Totals:
Total Books Read: 50
Ebooks Read: 41
Paper Books Read: 8
Review Books Read: 19

 

Published in RNN Blog
Monday, 30 April 2012 18:41

Review: Coming Up Roses

ComingUpRoses“Coming Up Roses” by Catherine Anderson (historical, Signet, May 2012, $7.99, 432pp - reprint)

 

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Summary
Widow Kate Blakely survived a cruel husband and now struggles to raise her daughter and keep her small farm afloat in 1890, Oregon.  Harboring a deep secret, she keeps new neighbor Zachariah McGovern at length until she must turn to him to help save her daughter.  When he nearly dies as a result, Kate nurses him back to health.  As Zach heals, Kate slowly learns to trust, but she isn’t sure she can trust him with her deepest secret.

 

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“Claimed for the Master’s Pleasure” by Jan Bowles (ebook)
I would have enjoyed this book more had the premise not involved the hero blackmailing the heroine into being his submissive. Jack and Lia were actually quite good together, but I couldn’t get over the fact that Lia’s deceased father owed Jack a significant amount of money – and that this played a major role in their relationship.

 

“Master of Submission” by Jan Bowles (ebook)
I felt that this was a much stronger book than “Claimed for the Masters’ Pleasure.” Emma is trying to find her missing friend and ends up at Club Submission. Zane meets Emma there and is very attracted to her. The two begin to explore a relationship which is complicated her friend’s murder. There was a nice mix of suspense, romance and sex in this one.

 

RNNREad2-3“A Heir of Deception” by Beverley Kendall (ebook, review copy)
See review

 

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Sunday, 29 April 2012 12:55

Review: Anything But Vanilla

Anything_But_Vanill2E2483B.325x465“Anything But Vanilla” by Madelynne Ellis (erotic, Mischief, April 2012, $7.99, 221pp)

 

Summary:
Why settle for just one man?

Kara North is on the run. Fleeing from her controlling fiancé and a wedding she never wanted, she accepts the chance offer of refuge on wild, rocky Liddell Island, where she soon catches the eye of the island's owner, erotic photographer Ric Liddell. Wickedly sexy by day and just plain wicked by night, Ric rules his domain like a feudal lord. He's used to getting what he wants, without any commitment, and just when Kara thinks she has him hooked, he hides behind a cool, dispassionate mask.

Published in Book Reviews
Saturday, 28 April 2012 18:41

NECRWA Literacy Signing

Kristan_MeToday, I made the treck up to Salem, Massachusetts to attend the Book Fair/Literacy Signing that the New England Chapter of The Romance Writers of America held as part of their annual conference. Last year's event was my first ever book signing. The crowd is rather small which makes it easy to talk to any and all authors. It is a very different scene from the mob scene of the literacy signing at RWA's annual conference. I would recommend this local event to all romance aficionados. (By the way, the picture to the left is of Kristan Higgins and me taken by Judith Arnold)

 

Published in News
Friday, 27 April 2012 19:14

Review: Lyon's Bride

LYONS-BRIDE_223“Lyon’s Bride” by Cathy Maxwell (historical, Avon, May 2012, $7.99, 384pp)

 

Series: The Chattan Curse

  1. “Lyon’s Bride” – Thea Martin & Neal Chattan, Lord Lyon
  2. “The Scottish Witch” – Harry Chattan (to be released in November of 2012)
  3. “The Devil’s Heart” – Margaret Chattan (to be released in early 2013)

 

Summary:
"When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above..."

 

They call him Lord Lyon, proud, determined— and cursed. He is in need of a bride, but if he falls in love, he dies. His fervent hope is that by marrying— and having a son—without love, perhaps he can break the curse's chains forever.

 

Enter beautiful Thea Martin—a duke's headstrong, errant daughter and society's most brilliant matchmaker. Years ago, she and Lyon were inseparable, until he disappeared from her life without a word. Now she is charged with finding Lyon's bride—a woman he cannot love for a man Thea could love too well.

 

Published in Book Reviews
Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:19

NECRWA Literacy Book Signing

The New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference begins tomorrow in Salem, MA. On Saturday afternoon, there is a multi-author book signing event at the Hawthorne Hotel. Proceeds are donated to charity. Doors open to the public at 4:30PM (conference attendees get in early at 4:00).

 

I went to the signing last year and had a great time. There weren't too many people, so it was fairly easy to talk to the authors - and get books signed! I highly recommend this event to romance readers.

 

Find out more about the NECRWA at http://www.necrwa.org/.
Find out more about the NECRWA conference at http://necrwa.org/blog1/conference/.
Find out more about the NECRWA Literacy Signing at http://www.necrwa.org/conference/NEC-Book-Fair-2012.pdf.

 

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