Yesterday we dissected a Steampunk-themed holiday e-anthology to help busy readers figure out which of the short stories in the collection perfectly suits their reading tastes. Today we are doing the same with four contemporary tales that make a familiar romance trope fresh again. Are you ready to be stranded in a snow storm or maybe try your hand (and heart) at some long distance love? Read on to find out which of the novellas in Carina Press' newest digital anthology, Holiday Kisses, is the perfect gift to give yourself!
Have you ever thought that you were the perfect candidate for a lively TV show? If so there’s a new project bubbling in Hollywood that might be your ticket to fame. If you like writing — or reading — romance novels, TV producer Linda Chiu wants to hear from you. Just send a short profile of yourself, answering the questions below in a short email (or video) to the email address at the end of this post.
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Beloved author Peggy Webb has been penning tales of love and laughter since the mid 1980s, when she began her writing career with romantic comedies The Taming of Maggie and Birds of a Feather. Since that time she’s published almost seventy tales. And now the author is re-releasing the Bantam Loveswept stories that made her a household name.
These days, her new stories feature mystery and mayhem — with her Southern Cousin mystery series. (The series started in 2008 and she just published book number four Elvis and the Tropical Trouble.) However, one could never accuse Webb of resting on her laurels; earlier this year she adopted the pen name Anna Michaels to publish this May’s mainstream novel The Tender Mercy of Roses. And now, thanks to the rise of e-books (and the incredible ease of self-publishing) the author is also able to re-release the Loveswepts of the 1980s and 90s as e-reads.
Victoria Dahl is beloved for both her historical and contemporary romances. (In fact, RT's Morgan and Whitney enjoyed the author's latest contemporary series, featuring the Donovan Brothers Brewery, so much that they Dished about all three books!) Today, the popular author gives RT readers the first look at her next contemporary series. Meet the first book's cowboy hero, find out about the story's tough-but-tiny heroine and discover what ties this new series together in this edition of Spoiled!
Where are these modern day romances set?
The new series is set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an amazingly beautiful place that I'm thrilled to visit any chance I get.
How are the books connected? (Are we looking at another "sibling series" like the Donovans?)
One of the best parts about working at RT is when authors come visit us. (One day we’ll tell you about when Sabrina Jeffries demonstrated cover model poses … on our floor.) So we were thrilled last week when romantic suspense superstar Debra Webb stopped by RT headquarters to fill us in on what's happening in her life.
And boy did she have a lot of news! Webb’s one of the latest to get in on the self-publishing craze, to great success. In fact, Webb's husband had just called to inform her that Obsession, the first in her Faces of Evil self-published series, had hit No. 10 on Amazon's bestselling Romantic Suspense list.
It was great news for Webb, who began writing the series after an injury at the RWA national conference in Orlando in 2010. But what most appeals to the author was how self-publishing gives her direct access to her readers.
If you’re like me, an avid romance reader, you no doubt enjoy a good holiday romance during the winter months. There’s just something particularly heartwarming about these tales whether the faith element is overt or not. Inevitably, though, at some point around the holidays a reader will ask, “Ok, I really loved Book X, but where are the Chanukah stories?”
The problem is that while several Chanukah romances have been published over the years, most notably Judith Arnold’s Sweet Light (Harlequin American, 1992), romances set around the Jewish Festival of Lights (or any other Jewish holiday) are few and far between. This was one of the reasons I decided to write my Chanukah novella, “Second Chance Chanukah”. I wanted a story along the lines of those I love to read, which celebrated my Jewish heritage. And while this is a Jewish story, it is accessible to non-Jewish readers as well.
December's Harlequin Historical Romances all contain the clash between new and old. Whether it's in the form of feelings, traditions or the place one calls home, these six stories all feature tension between the well known and the unknown. But will these characters be able to navigate their way through dangerous emotional territory to reach a happy ending on the other side?
The historical romance authors over at Romancing The Past, a collection of authors who are all published by Carina Press, are making genre fans grin with their latest high jinks. All month long, Wendy Soliman, Claire Robyns, Georgie Lee and Susan Edwards are writing a holiday-themed story Round Robin-style on their blog.
In the post that Soliman announced the project she said, “Be prepared to find a Celtic warriors taking tea with Regency lords and ladies. Oh my!” And with those two sentences, she had us hooked.
The story is already on part two, which means that Robyns and Lee have written their portions. So far they have transported readers to a Regency era ball where something strange is afoot. Miss Amelia Slockhome has snuck out of the crush of people, intent on following the instructions in a note that may or may not have been for her …
And to make the adventure of watching this story with four authors emerge on the blogosphere, each chapter includes a mention of a Christmas carol. Readers who leave a comment identifying the correct Christmas carol reference on each of the four parts of the story will be entered into a drawing to win seven Carina Press Historical Romances!
Colliding in this week’s Dish are a (seemingly) air headed widow, an American sea captain turned newly-minted British Lord and a political cartoonist who incites riots against the English Crown. Find out what RT’s Morgan and Whitney think of the historical romance Desired by Nicola Cornick.
Morgan: This could be possibly one of the most interesting first encounters in any romance book. In the first chapter, Tess, Lady Darent, literally falls at Viscount Rothbury’s feet ... as she is climbing out of the window of a notorious brothel ... and then her gown slips off.
Whitney: Quite the predicament.
Morgan: Especially because Owen, Lord Rothbury, is working for the government and has been sent to hunt down the radical caricaturist known as Jupiter.
Whitney: And unbeknownst to everyone, Tess is Jupiter.
Morgan: She has a great disguise, keeping her intelligence on the down low:
“Public opinion held that she was as shallow as a puddle, mercenary, amoral, extravagant. She was an arbiter of fashion who had turned spending money into an art form. She simultaneously outraged and fascinated the ton with her profligate marriages and her decadent behavior, and she was generally considered an utter featherbrain.”
If you love small town romances, you're certainly not alone. This type of small town tale has captured the imagination of readers and authors alike. Today author Jodi Thomas talks with RT's Morgan about small town love in the author's popular Harmony series. (Need proof these books are fantastic? Thomas' November 2011 series installment, The Comforts of Home was nominated for a RT Reviewers' Choice Award.) Discover what motivates Thomas, which Harmony residents are some of her favorite characters and what's ahead for the town's citizens as the series progresses. The author also shares a special look at the work she's doing with the next generation of authors, as Thomas currently holds the title of Writer in Residence at West Texas A & M University.