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Sunday, 09 December 2012 14:59

News: Open Road Media's Romance Matrix

romance matrixPublisher Open Road media has launched a new Romance Matrix to help readers discover new titles, new titles that are on sale. There are 17 titles in the matrix, several historical and several contemporary, organized by heat level. The mild books are on the left, and the steamier ones on the right. If you go to the Romance Matrix website, you can click on each book to read a sample from one of its love scenes. These books are on sale right now, until December 17, 2012.


This is an interesting idea, and I think it is a great way for readers to discover new authors - visually. I find the matrix very appealing and easy to use. Also, I certainly am much more willing to take a chance on new-to-me authors when books are on sale.


This picture doesn't do the matrix justice. I reommend that readers check out the following links to experience the matrix for themselves. Plus, you might find a book you would like to read.


Sunday, 09 December 2012 12:29

Review: Red Hot Holiday

RedHotHoliday“Red Hot Holiday” anthology including “Wish List” by K.A. Mitchell, “I Need You for Christmas” by Leah Braemel and “Breath on Embers” by Anne Calhoun (erotic, Carina, December 2012, $7.99, 262pp)




“Wish List” by K.A. Mitchell


Blindfolds. Handcuffs. Submission.

There's so much Jonah Kendrick hasn't tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend's desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.


Friday, 07 December 2012 08:35

Dear Romance Hero: Spurt Advice

DearRHDear Jennifer:

                I need some advice, but am not sure where to turn. After all, I am an uber-manly, alpha dude who hates to show any weakness, especially in front of the fairer  sex. I’ve noticed an increase in the spurt count of romance heroes. How do I know what the appropriate amount of spurtage is once I’ve met my one true love?



                                                                                -Concerned Alpha Dude


Thursday, 06 December 2012 20:50

Review: Archangel of Mercy

Archangel-of-Mercy-Small11“Archangel of Mercy” by Christina Ashcroft (paranormal, Berkley Heat, December 2012, $15.00, 368pp)


Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation—and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet—despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 20:28

Ebook Deals from Forever Romance

ItHappenedOneNightThis month, Forever Romance (part of Grand Central Publishing), has several romance ebooks for sales.

Sales beginning 12/3:
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, Lisa Dale ($2.99/Dec 3-Dec 17) Buy from Amazon--
Lana Biel plans to leave Vermont to see the world until a lighthearted spring fling leads to pregnancy and changes her life forever. She turns to the one man whose shoulders can lighten any burden: her best friend, Eli Ward. Eli has always been there for Lana. But Eli is keeping secrets of his own that threaten their relationship. As summer turns to fall, new desires awaken between them, even as old fears tear them apart.


DARK AWAKENING, Dark Dynasties, Book 1, Kendra Leigh Castle ($2.99/Dec 3-Jan 17) Buy from Amazon--This  tale of the ancient vampire dynasties that rule the night, tells the story of Tynan MacGillivrary, who gets more than he bargained for when his new target, a human woman whose rare abilities make her the only hope for saving the greatest of the dynasties, turns out to be far more than she seems.


Tuesday, 04 December 2012 20:11

Review: His Christmas Wish

HisChristmasWish“His Christmas Wish” by Marquita Valentine (contemporary novella, self-published, November 2012, $1.99, 95pp)


Series: A Holland Springs holiday novella


There's no time like the Present...

War Hero, Joaquin Morales, returns to Holland Springs after years of estrangement from his family...and his wife. His new mission: To convince his wife that they have a Future together.

Falling in love with her husband for the second time was *not* a part of Sage Caswell's plans for the Holiday Season. She's convinced that what they had belongs in the Past.

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:46

Author Blog Tour: Tammara Webber's Easy Tour

EasyRNN is excited to participate in Tammara Webber’s blog tour for the release of her New Adult book “Easy.” “Easy” is one of the best romances of 2012. It is filled with the incredible angst of first love.


New York Times Bestselling Author Tammara Webber on her portrayal of Lucas in her bestselling novel EASY:

Lucas is the hero who has already turned his life around before the story begins. Yet even after his personal reinvention, he’s isolated, and has been for a long time. Lucas has relationships, but they fall on one side or the other: unwavering and strong, or shallow and ultimately meaningless. Not looking to change this aspect of his life, he doesn’t count on meeting a girl who intrigues him immediately. He’s compelled to get closer to Jacqueline, even while he tries to hold her apart emotionally. But she needs his protection and support more than either of them know, and she will eventually test his attempt at compromise – bringing her to that emotional middle ground no one else occupies. The problem is, Lucas doesn’t do middle ground.


BreathOnEmbers-150x250RNN hosts author Anne Calhoun whose holiday novella, “Breath on Embers” released this week in the “Red Hot Holiday” anthology from Carina. “Breath on Embers” is an RNN Recommended Read – and is one of Jennifer’s picks for best erotic romances of 2012.


Anne Calhoun is giving away one copy of “Breath on Embers” to a commenter. Read on for more details.


From Anne Calhoun:

I hate the holidays. There. I said it.

A love/hate relationship, maybe that’s a better description. I love the darkness, the lights struggling in the cold weight of the longest days. I love the quiet silences, I love cocooning in my house with books and tea. I love cookies and peppermint hot cocoa. Who doesn’t love cookies and cocoa? I love celebrating a time of year nearly every world religion recognizes as profound.


HoldingOn MD-662x1024Title: HOLDING ON
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Release date: 11/27/12 (digital) ---trade paperback will release Jan/Feb 2013
Price: $4.99 (digital); approximately $16.00 (trade paperback)
Word Count: 90k
Genre: contemporary

Sunday, 02 December 2012 21:08

Book Picks for the Week of December 3, 2012

RomancingHolidayJaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon & Christi Barth’s “Romancing the Holiday” anthology (Carina) Buy from Amazon
I can’t resist holiday romances. They are a great way for me to get myself into the holiday spirit. Plus, I will read anything written by Jaci Burton. I also enjoy HelenKay Dimon’s books and the one by Christi Barth that I read earlier this year. I will be reading this anthology – in the near future.


Anne Calhoun, KA Mitchell & Leah Braemel’s “Red Hot Holiday” anthology (Carina) Buy from Amazon
This anthology contains my favorite Holiday 2012 romance, “Breath on Embers” by Anne Calhoun. This story is an angst-ridden, deeply emotional and highly erotic experience. Fans of erotic romance must read this one. I do intend to read the additional stories in this anthology. I’ve never read anything by KA Mitchell, but am a big fan of Leah Braemel.


Eloisa James’ “To Wed a Rake” (Berkley) Buy from Amazon
I will anything and everything that Eloisa James writes. I cannot wait to get this book on my ereader on Tuesday.


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