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Get In The Holiday Spirit With Debut Author Fay Alter!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today debut author Fay Alter stops by to share her inspiration for her holiday novella “Second Chance Chanukah” — and gives RT readers a peek at the new release!

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.


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Olds Meets New In December's Harlequin Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

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 Lady Forfeits
By Carole Mortimer

Can the eldest Copeland sister, Diana, help her handsome new guardian Gabriel resolve an old quarrel with his ill mother? If she can't, Diana isn't sure that the feelings she has for Gabriel will ever become a love that will last their whole lives through.

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Four Historical Romance Authors Co-Write A Holiday Tale!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

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!


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Desired by Nicola Cornick

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.”


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Video Interview: Jodi Thomas On Small Town Love

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

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.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For The Romance Fans On Your List

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got to make a list and check it twice to figure out what you’re going to get your loved ones. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with suggestions for each type of person on your list. Today we bring you our top suggestions of what to get for the hard to gift-to romance reader …

Novel Gifts

We love all the e-readers and think that every romance novel lover needs one — a true fan doesn’t read one or two books, we read hundreds! This holiday our hearts are set on the Kindle Fire. However, no matter which e-reader option you pick, if you opt to buy one from Amazon’s device family, or simply want to stock up your giftee's e-book shelf, you can fill it with one (or some) of these e-sets:


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December's Harlequin Medical Romances Are Full Of Holiday Miracles!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month's Harlequin Medical Romances feature couples with surprises. From unexpected reunions to old secrets, the heroes and heroines in December's Harlequin Medical Romances each need a miracle to get to their happily ever after. 


Swallowbrook's Winter Bride
By Abigail Gordon

Years ago, Dr. Nathan Gallagher broke Libby Hamilton's heart when he went to practice medicine in Africa. Now that he's back in town, he is facing his biggest challenge yet - winning back Libby by convincing her that she is the only woman he's ever wanted. 

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Judi McCoy Is In The Hospital But On The Road To Recovery!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

BLOG UPDATE 12/4/2011: Late last week we reported that Judi McCoy, who had been hospitalized since the end of November, was awake and responding. Sadly, this is not the case. A note on her Facebook page reads: “Judi is still in a coma, but does open her eyes frequently. Readers, fans, and fellow-authors are asked NOT TO SEND ANY FLOWERS OR WELL WISHES to Judi at this point, as she will not realize what has come to the hospital for her.”

McCoy is currently penning a series of cozy mysteries featuring the adventures of dog walker Ellie Engleman and her yorkie-poo sidekick, Rudy. The most recent book in the series is this year’s Till Death Do Us Barkwhich transported this crime solving duo to the Hamptons for some summer R&R, and of course, some sleuthing. 


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Tags: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance
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If You Like ... You'll Love: Charlotte Featherstone’s Pride and Passion

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Looking to add a few books to your TBR pile? In our newest column "If You Like ... You'll Love" RT staffers and reviewers will pick one new read and then suggest three other books that hold the same appeal. Today we look at Charlotte Featherstone’s latest, Pride and Passion.

Charlotte Featherstone is known for her extremely steamy historical romances. This month the author returns with the latest in her popular Brethren Guardian series. When Lucy Ashton agrees to wed the Duke of Sussex, she believes that her heart is held by another man — her new husband’s enemy. But the bonds of marriage reveal that not only is the Duke a passionate partner, his tender touches make Lucy question everything she’s ever believed. Will the joy they’ve found turn to despair when old ghosts threaten this new union?

RT’s Kathe Robin says, “…Featherstone mixes her haunting erotic style into a tale tinged with mystery, paranormal elements and the atmosphere of the era. Her characters have enough pride to fill the pages and plenty of passion as Featherstone stirs the pot, merging deep sensuality and a frightening, chilling mystery: a hunt for a madman that will have readers on the edge of their seats.”


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Pamper Yourself With Jill Shalvis' Head Over Heels Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Have you worked hard all year long? Author Jill Shalvis wants you to remember to pamper yourself — and she's giving you the tools to do so in the comfort of your own home!

In the author's new release, Head Over Heels, heroine Chloe finally opens the Day Spa she's always dreamed of having in the inn she runs with her two sisters. And along the way she catches the eye of hunky town sheriff Sawyer Thompson.

To celebrate the release of her new Lucky Harbor romance, the author is giving away a Home Spa Day for one lucky winner and her two closest friends! The prize includes three luxurious terry-cloth lined robes, three spa tools kits and three Stress Management aromatherapy kits (along with three free copies of the book, of course).

Six runners-up will win a pedicure kit and a copy of the book. And everyone who enters the contest will receive an emailable PDF with an exclusive do-it-yourself foot cream recipe.


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