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The Winter Bride
by Anne Gracie

                       

The Chance sisters are living a dream, and readers will be thrilled to be there with them. Gracie has created a wonderful cast of characters, from the sisters themselves to their benefactress and servants. Her plot may be tried and true, but the lively dialogue and the tender emotions compel readers to relish every moment of the developing romance.


Love stories set in your own backyard.

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Come Home to Me
by Brenda Novak

                        

Novak’s latest installment spotlights a love that refuses to quit and teaches us that fate always has the upper hand in love. Readers will swoon over bad boy Aaron and be consumed by his rugged character. The author’s gift for writing about passion never ceases to amaze, and fans of romance will be hooked with just one visit to Whiskey Creek.


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The Collector
by Nora Roberts

            

Roberts puts her own inimitable spin on a Rear Window-esque story of greed and murder as a shocking crime brings the worlds of Lila Emerson and famed artist Ashton Archer into direct collision and places them in more jeopardy than they ever dreamed. Edge-of-your-seat tension mixes with deceit and danger thereby cooking up a romantic suspense tale that is truly irresistible. Roberts is excellent, as always!

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Stolen Kiss From A Prince
by Teresa Carpenter

                                    
Readers will also enjoy the descriptions of the regions they get to visit in this modern-day fairy tale.

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Behind The Scenes: The Epic Cover Shoot For Kristen Callihan's Soulbound

BY Elisa Verna, APRIL 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the cover shoot of Kristen Callihan’s sixth Darkest London novel, Soulbound, releasing next year from Forever. Walking into my first cover shoot, I had a lot of questions. Would the hero and heroine be photographed together, as we’ve seen  on her more recent book covers? Would it just be the heroine solo, like on the covers of Firelight and Moonglow? Or perhaps we’d see the first solo hero cover in the series? And if there was a hero, would he be without a shirt? Who mists these shirtless heroes? Or are they oiled? All very important questions, of course.

The shoot took place in a very nondescript building that Chris Rock and his bodyguards were casually standing in front of (I didn’t see him, but Kristen’s editor Alex Logan had a slightly awkward encounter. Apparently he was also having photos taken.). Because of course he was, this is New York.

Kristen knew just as much about the cover shoot as I did (this was her first, too!), and told me authors typically have little to no involvement in their cover designs, and she’s lucky to even be consulted before the covers are finalized. She told me that a general rule of thumb for authors is “If you want to complain about your cover, you have to approach it from a marketing standpoint,” and to always remember that a cover design is somebody’s work, and they spent hours creating it. For this Soulbound cover, she jokingly requested David Gandy, whom she envisioned at the book’s hero. Although they couldn’t get Gandy, the model they did hire definitely shared his dark features.


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April Seal Of Excellence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. April 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Eloisa James' latest historical romance Three Weeks with Lady X.


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Laila Blake On How Writers Can Move Away From Sexually Objectifying Women In Fiction

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

What we consume in popular culture can affect how we see the world and each other. Even our beloved romance novels can change how we look at other people, and ourselves. Today Laila Blake is with us to talk about how fiction writers can avoid sexually objectifying women in their stories.

Growing up in Germany, there was one magazine every teenager read, whether they admitted to it or not.

On the surface, it was pretty much what you'd expect: news about celebrities, new CD releases or movies, a centerfold of the latest boy band. But there was one column that gave the whole magazine an air of exciting taboo. Every week, it would show a teenage boy and a teenage girl, each on one page by themselves, naked except for the little remote in their hand, posed in front of a neutral background.

One week, they would be tall and skinny, the next there would be someone chubby, or someone with freckles all over their chest, someone with small breasts and someone with larger ones. They varied in race, stature and personal style.

The cover of After Life Lessons by Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Robin Perini's Game of Fear

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for a cover reveal? Today on the blog we’ve got Robin Perini’s Game of Fear, the third in her Montgomery Justice series. Before we get to the goods, let’s check out the blurb for this romantic suspense, which releases August 26.

Brilliant kids from all over the country are disappearing … but no one knows why. Until now.

In the cockpit, Search and Rescue pilot Deborah Lansing is in control: her flight, her rules. But after the suspicious disappearance of her supersmart younger sister, she knows this is one rescue mission she can’t fly solo. She needs help. She needs Gabe Montgomery.

An earth-shattering betrayal led former SWAT officer Gabe Montgomery to his current deep cover assignment. But he trusted Deb Lansing with his life once before and she’d pulled him through. Now it’s his turn to repay the feisty redhead … even if it threatens to blow his covert op.

As Deb and Gabe get closer to the answers—and closer to each other—their investigation reveals a startling pattern: gifted kids from all over the country are going missing after mastering the popular video game Point of Entry. And when bodies turn up, the new lovers will face a ruthless fiend known only as the Warden. Will they be able to find Deb’s sister, or will she vanish like so many others?

Sounds exciting! Here’s the cover:


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Extended Review — Hard Time By Cara McKenna

BY Elisa Verna, APRIL 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Hard Time by Cara McKenna - beefcake alert!When I read the blurb for Hard Time by Cara McKenna I thought to myself: this book will either be completely amazing or an absolute train wreck. Luckily for me, it was the former. Told in first person, the story follows young public librarian Annie Goodhouse, who recently graduated with her MLS and has taken a position as an outreach librarian for a medium-security correctional facility, where she finds herself attracted to inmate Eric Collier. With such sensitive subject matter, which could have been handled carelessly, you can see why I thought this book might be a disaster. But McKenna does not sensationalize prison or the relationships male inmates can have with women on the outside. What impressed me most about this novel is how the author approached the subject matter so skillfully.


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