Historical romance author Katharine Ashe has us head over heels for the handsome heroes of the Falcon Club. This summer's How to be a Proper Lady has just hit shelves and fans who have already read the book don't have long to wait for the next series installment: September's How a Lady Weds a Rogue. We know that this novel will match one of the Falcon Club men with a country miss, but the heroine's identity has been a tightly wrapped secret — until now! All this week the author is giving readers a chance to guess the heroine's identity with a giveaway. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. But don't worry; you won't be guessing blindly, each day Ashe will reveal a new clue to help you discover the heroine's identity. Now we're handing this post over to Katharine Ashe, so she can share how to enter and who is eligible to participate ... and of course, the very first hint of the contest!
Do you have what it takes to be Harlequin’s next top author? Then mark your calendar, because Harlequin’s popular conference and contest, So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW), returns this September from the 17th to the 21st. This week-long conference is free, available online and culminates in a contest where the winner walks away with the prize of a Harlequin publishing contract.
What Is It Exactly? SYTYCW is a free virtual romance-writing “boot camp” that is open to everyone who wants to write a novel that will get noticed. And for the first time this year, the conference and contest is available to writers all around the world. SYTYCW offers aspiring romance authors the chance to get tips from over 50 Harlequin editors from their offices in New York, Toronto and London. Have a burning question about a specific line you’ve been dying to pitch? Now’s the time to get answers! Using social media, editors will be available via live chats, Twitter and in community discussions. They will also be sharing their industry know-how through podcasts, videos, webinars and blogs. Plus all this work will help you get ready to submit your manuscript into the So You Think You Can Write contest!
Carrie Lofty continues her nearly Flawless Christies series with this month’s shining Starlight. Book two finds scientist, a widowed father to a young son, Alex Christie pulling his head out of the clouds and putting his mind firmly on task of making the Glasgow cotton mill profitable. Alex is desperately in need of the funds the mill can bring in, in order to fulfill the terms of his father's will and to keep his family intact. But this man of science is a world away from everything he knows — and he’ll need someone, not just constellations, to show him the way. Enter Polly, the daughter of a union leader, who will help Alex, but has an agenda of her own ... Check out why this book has RT’s Morgan and Mala seeing stars.
Morgan: I love a historical romance that takes me a lot of interesting places, and this one does just that. From a mansion in New York City to the slums of Glasgow, readers are in for some very interesting settings.
Readers on the hunt for an intriguing multidimensional heroine will be thrilled to meet Molly O'Keefe's Tara Jean Sweet. This contemporary romance leading lady starts out this month's Can't Buy Me Love as the hated gold-digging fiancée of hockey player Luc's elderly father. TJS even earns the not-so-loving nick name "Bimbo Barbie" from Luc, her sexy son-in-law to-be. But will Luc be able to see past her gold digger mask, and realize that she truly has a heart of gold? Today, the author stops by to give us a look at Tara Jean's life of hard knocks and talks about exactly what this heroine goes through to turn herself into "Bimbo Barbie" in the hope of escaping her past and finally finding some stability. (Little does TJS know that it may just be pro athlete Luc and not his rancher father who will be changing her life forever, in the very best of ways.)
What do you get when you mix an audacious chef with a fiery baker, add a splash of desire and turn up the heat? Elisabeth Barrett's debut novel Deep Autumn Heat. When New York City chef Sebastian Grayson meets small town baker Lexie Meyers, he ends up craving more than just her delicious sweets! Today this new author reveals more about Lexie and Sebastian's chemistry and shares why she thinks chefs make the perfect lovers.
In my debut novel, Deep Autumn Heat, two impassioned chefs with very different personalities meet and fall in love — after lots of sparks fly, of course! When Sebastian Grayson, chef-owner of New York hotspot Helena, returns to his Cape Cod hometown of Star Harbor to recharge, the last thing he expects is to find professional inspiration. But when he steps foot into the Lexie Meyers' Kitchen and takes one bite of Lexie’s delectable coconut cake, he immediately gets hooked — on her.
Cheaper by the Dozen, our weekly column that rounds up inexpensive e-book deals, will be available later this week. But today we've rounded up nine tales of historical seduction that will surely steal your heart and are a steal ... each is e-available for only $1.99. Check out all the mischief that these lovers get into — and see if they can get their well deserved happily-ever-afters!
Oliver, Earl of Norcroft, finds an injured woman on his country estate and starts to fall for her fast. However, just what Oliver and the woman he calls “Kate” will find when she regains her memory is anyone’s guess.
Regency actress Savaana Hearnes is about to star in the role of her life - impersonating a lady and entering high society. But what will Savaana do when she starts to fall for her “mark” who has secrets of his own?
American heiress Kitty Robertson is all set to marry the fun loving Marquess of Farthingham, then she meets the charming Duke of Weddington and suddenly Kitty is not so sure what her future will hold.
Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the undisputed queens of contemporary romance. Few romance fanatics are without at least one Phillips title on their keeper shelves. During the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, RT's Morgan got a chance to sit down with the beloved author to talk about the Phillips' novel that releases today, The Great Escape. Go behind the scenes to see how heroine Lucy has evolved during the course of the author's career — and find out why Phillips loves to write road trip novels. Plus, the author reveals a few of her favorite Chicago hotspots. (And although you'll have to watch the interview to find out exactly what Morgan and "SEP" say about them — there's also some Chicago Stars football team talk!)
It’s all about weddings in July’s Harlequin Historical releases, from impromptu ceremonies to traditional "I dos." If you are eager to meet brides and grooms from different time periods, then this publisher certainly has a story for you.
First up, readers can travel to the American West with Carol Arens' Renegade Most Wanted to attend the nuptials of the desperate Emma Parker. She has vowed to wed anyone (and we mean anyone) who will help her keep her home. The first viable candidate doesn’t so much meet Emma, as much as he runs into her — literally — while he flees after robbing a bank. But Matthew “Singing Trigger” Suede is not a criminal. (Well, he is but in a very Robin Hood way, taking care of the poor at the expense of the rich.) For the price of an alibi he willingly marries Emma, but neither realize just how binding this temporary tie will be.
Happy Fourth of July! Here at RT we are celebrating the holiday with barbecues, beach time and several boatloads of fireworks. And to get all of our readers into the spirit to celebrate the nation’s birthday, today we have four suggestions that will help you get into the Revolutionary state of mind! If you’re hunting beyond The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (which historical sticklers may point out actually takes place 13 years after the war ends) we’ve got some more classic reads that are sure to satisfy every taste. These historicals will whisk you back to a time when tea was taxed, the West hadn’t yet been won and war was brewing just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer. Without further ado, here are our top four reads for the Fourth of July!
The Raider by Jude Deveraux
Originally Published April 1991