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)


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.

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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)


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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)


"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.


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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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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:30

Review: An Heir of Deception

AnHeirofDeception300RNNREad2-3“An Heir of Deception” by Beverley Kendall (historical, self-published, April 2012, $4.99)


Series: The Elusive Lords

  1. “Sinful Surrender” – Millicent “Missy” Armstrong & James Rutherford
  2. “A Taste of Desire” – Lady Amelia Bertram & Thomas Armstrong
  3. “All’s Fair in Love & Seduction” – Miss Elizabeth Smith & Viscount Derek Creswell (novella)
  4. “An Heir of Deception” – Alex Cartwright & Charlotte


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Monday, 23 April 2012 16:26

Review: The Fireman Who Loved Me

fireman-who-loved-me-200“The Fireman Who Loved Me” by Jennifer Bernard  (contemporary, Avon Impulse, May 2012, $5.99, 384pp)


Series: Bachelor Fireman of San Gabriel

  1. “The Fireman Who Loved Me” – Melissa & Harry
  2. “Hot for Fireman” – Katie & Ryan (releases on May 29, 2012)


After a failed romance Melissa leaves a high profile job in LA to move back with her grandmother. Her grandmother drags her to a bachelor fireman auction where Melissa is mortified to learn her relative has won her a date with fireman Ryan Blake. Melissa only dates artists or intellectuals. Meanwhile, Ryan is horrified to go on a day with an "old lady" and begs his boss Harry Brody to go on the date instead.  Although, not her type, according to Melissa, the two immediately hit it off and the remainder of the book is a fun and sexy story as the two deal with family, co-workers and other situations to finally get together.


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Monday, 23 April 2012 14:35

Review: Paris in Love

paris_350“Paris in Love” by Eloisa James (memoir, Random House, April 2012, $26.00, 273pp)


In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen's sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband's notions of quality time, her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language, and her mother-in-law Marina's raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).


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Monday, 23 April 2012 09:48

Author Interview: Eloisa James

Eloisa_JamesRNN welcomes author Eloisa James, whose memoir "Paris in Love" hit stores earlier this month. Read on to learn more about Eloisa James and her memoir. Read to the end to find out how to win a copy of "Paris in Love" from Romance Novel News.


Q: Social media (Facebook and Twitter) has dramatically changed the way that authors and readers interact. How do you manage your online presence and how has your Facebook presence impacted your relationship with your readers?


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“The Domino Tattoo” by Cyrian Amberlake (ebook)
I read this book based on a recommendation from author Portia Da Costa. It is erotica rather than erotic romance and follows one woman’s strange sexual journey. What I liked best about this story is the psychological aspects. Josephine is having some difficulties after her divorce and goes to a family doctor for help. She is sent on a journey without ever really knowing what exactly is happening. This book is a great read, and I will be reading the next two books in the series. Big thanks to Portia Da Costa for the recommendation!


“The Virgin’s Revenge” by Dee Tenorio (ebook, review copy)
This book releases on July 3rd, 2012, review to come. But as a hint, this is a great read! My first Dee Tenorio, but not my last.


“Wicked Teacher” by Elizabeth Lapthorne (ebook)
In this erotic romance, a couple engages in some steamy role playing. The heroine plays wayward student to the hero’s stern teacher. Some readers may want to be aware of the role playing, as the student/teacher dynamic does flirt with non-consensuality. I enjoyed this story and think that it was quite well done. Lapthorne sets the scene for the role playing masterfully. This is a very hot read.


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Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:27

Review: All for You

all-for-you-xl“All for You” by Lynn Kurland (time travel, Jove, April 2012, $7.99, 320pp)



Peaches Alexander is thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to a weekend party given by the handsome, eligible Duke of Kenneworth. The only problem: Stephen de Piaget, a stuffy medieval studies scholar who seems determined to get in the way. Peaches has absolutely no desire to get involved with Stephen, until a quirk of Fate sends her hurtling through time…


Stephen de Piaget has been leading a double life: respectable professor by day, knight-in-training during holidays and summer terms. When Peaches goes missing, Stephen knows he’s the only one who can rescue her from medieval peril. Little do they know that the greatest danger they’ll face won’t be the business end of a sword, but their own unruly hearts…. 


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