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Labor Day Blog Hop

August 31, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 10 Comments →

Starting 9/1 through 9/15, Romance at Random, & the participating sites, are hosting a blog hop with FREE books!

  • A Free Romance book! (10 winners in all)
  • Be one of 5 winners to win a prize pack from author Elisabeth Barrett
  • Grand Prize is a $25 eGC

Happy Hopping! Click on the Flag above to go to Romance at Random Website to enter your name into the Rafflecopter & you could be chosen to win!

Blogs involved in the blog hop:

1. Romance At Random 2. Ruthie Knox
3. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4. Reading Reality
5. Storm Goddess Book Reviews 6. Manga Maniac Cafe
7. Full Moon Bites 8. Reading with Holly
9. Bookie’s Book Reviews 10. All Things Books
11. Good Choice Reading 12. The Write to Make a Living
13. The Book Diva 14. Bea’s Book Nook
15. Shawntelle Madison 16. Elisabeth Barrett
17. Socrates’ Book Review Blog 18. Shelley Munro
19. Insane Hussein Reviews 20. Books R Us
21. Jessica Scott 22. Book Flame
23. Manic Readers Guest Blog 24. My Book Addiction and More
25. SOS Aloha 26. Pump Up Your Book
27. Under the Covers Book Blog 28. The Book Tart
29. Reviews by Molly 30. Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews
31. Seductive Musings 32. Romance Junkies
33. Love To Read For Fun 34. Cassandra Carr
35. BookHounds 36. Otterwise
37. From the TBR Pile 38. Love Saves the World (INT)
39. Sharon Cullen 40. So You Think You Can Write
41. Babbles From Scott Eagan 42. Bronwyn’s Writing
43. TE Garden of Book Bloggers 44. Bookshelf Confessions
45. Review From Here 46. Celticlady’s Reviews
47. Romantic Reads and Such 48. In Love with Romance
49. The Bookpushers 50. Reviewing Romance
51. Queen of The Night Reviews 52. Queen of All she Reads
53. Romantic Crush Junkie Reviews 54. Saucy & Sinful Reviews
55. Romancing the Book 56. Book Faery
57. Harlies Books 58. Love, Laughter, Friendship
59. Ramblings From This Chick 60. My Secret Romance
61. Rambling Reads 62. Delighted Readers
63. Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance 64. Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe
65. HEA Romances With a Little Kick 66. AJ’s Reading Nook
67. The Readers Roundtable 68. Dark Divas Reviews
69. T B R 70. Romance Book Club
71. Seaside Book Nook 72. Cheeky Reads
73. Mimmi’s Musings 74. Kindle Fever
75. Not Now…Mommy’s Reading 76. herding cats & burning soup
77. Kindles and Wine 78. Harlequin Junkie
79. Caribbean Accent Book Reviews 80. Sharon Hamilton Author
81. Coffey Brown Books 82. From the Bootheel Cotton Patch
83. Teena in Toronto 84. Me and Reading
85. The Romance Dish 86. Amber Kallyn
87. Book Review Diva 88. Leigh Ellwood
89. Me Want Food 90. One Word At A Time, Joan Swan, Author
91. You’ve Been Hooked 92. The Things You Can Read
93. The Autumn Review 94. Day Drmzzz
95. The Book of Terrible 96. Between the Bookcovers
97. Charlene Blogs 98. Julia Antoine-author
99. Ex Libris 100. Labor Day Hop
101. Christy McKee 102. Black Ravens Reviews
103. Cynthia Washburn, Author 104. Melina’s Book Blog
105. Monique Morgan 106. Bookshelf Confessions
107. Jessabella Reads 108. Julies Book Review

A Unique Defense Move for My Heroine by Eliza Knight and giveaway

August 31, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 12 Comments →

:: we are giving away a copy of The Highlander’s Reward. How do you enter? Join in and add a comment and don’t forget to include your email or check back to see if you win. Winner will be picked on November 5th:::

A Unique Defense Move for My Heroine

By Eliza Knight

In my newest Scottish historical romance release, The Highlander’s Reward, my heroine Arbella de Mowbray has a pretty unique defense move—which she’s not ashamed to use!

In most of my books, you’ll find that my heroines are feisty, that they can kick butt if necessary and still melt into the hero’s arms so he can save them every once in a while.

I decided that instead of being skilled with a weapon, I wanted Arbella to be able to knock out a massive, brawny Highlander with the touch of her hand. My idea at first was to use a pinch to the neck—you know the one’s you see on tv where the person kicking a** and taking names, pinches their opponent and the opponent passes out? This would be perfect! She could take him out with little to no effort! Totally fun, funny and making her powerful.

Except for one problem… When I spoke to a physician to find out the exact spot she would need to pinch and if he thought this was possible, Doc replied—no. She would need to hold that spot long enough for the hero to no longer be getting oxygen to the brain which would make him pass out. He bunked a Hollywood myth! Darn! My hero Laird Magnus Sutherland, would NOT just stand around and wait for himself to pass out while she pinched him.

What else could I use?

The Doc suggested the Karate Chop. Easy—she can use a bit of force in her swing, hit right along the carotid artery and nerves, causing him to pass out and wake a bit dizzy with a headache. Was it possible? Sure, ninjas have been doing it forever. But how exactly would my English born and bred heroine learn a Karate Chop? Not like medieval England was teaming with Senseis ready to teach her the move…

Aha! Her brother is a knight in the king’s service. While overseas in the Holy Lands, he learned the move, brought it home and taught her—Voila, a heroine who can Karate Chop! But I didn’t want to call it a Karate Chop—didn’t sound medieval enough. I looked it up and sure enough, there is another name for it—knifehand strike. Perfection.

Here’s an excerpt from the book where my heroine uses the knifehand strike:

“Stop!” she shouted, shaking her head. “Do not say anything more. ’Tis over.” She had to leave. Now. ’Twas dangerous to remain. She could feel herself falling all over again. Especially at his near declaration. But she couldn’t let that influence her. She had to forge ahead.

She made a move to walk around him, but he gently gripped her arm, his eyes pleading. He stroked up to her elbow and pulled her into his embrace. Why she let him, she had no clue.

“Don’t,” she whimpered, resting her head on his chest.

“Dinna leave me.”

She pulled back a little, her eyes locking on his. She wanted to say she would stay. Wanted to kiss him fiercely with all the passion she possessed.

Instead she raised her arm and brought the edge of her hand down hard on the right side of his neck, hitting the exact spot Samuel had taught her—the knifehand strike. He’d showed it to her after coming home from the Holy lands, the move taught to him by an ancient Japanese man who had come as a servant with one of the other knights.

Magnus stared at her for a blink of an eye and then dropped to his knees. She tucked her hands beneath his underarms, groaning at his heavy weight, and then slowly lowered him to the ground as best she could.

“You’ll wake soon, my laird. With a headache most likely and you’ll definitely be angry. I’m sorry. But ’twas the only way for me to escape you.” And your heated kisses. With those words uttered, Arbella stole into the corridor and headed down the stairs, hoping not to encounter anyone.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Book One: The Stolen Bride Series

She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

Available now in both print and ebook. Buy LinksAmazon / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords

Look for THE HIGHLANDER’S CONQUEST, book two, releasing on September 21st!

And don’t forget to enter my Take Magnus With You Contest for a chance to win a beautiful sterling silver Celtic knot necklace!!! Check out my site for details!

Eliza Knight is an Amazon bestselling author of historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain ridge, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com Twitter: @ElizaKnight and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizaknightauthor

 

The Last Victim and The Inn At Rose Harbor on sale now.

August 30, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 2 Comments →


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Finding Family by Susan Wiggs and giveaway

August 29, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 13 Comments →

::: We are giving away one copy of Return to Willow Lake. How do you enter? Just add a comment and remember to leave your email address or check back. Winners will be picked Sept 5th.:::

Finding Family by Susan Wiggs

 In RETURN TO WILLOW LAKE, Sonnet Romano realizes how deeply rooted her search for family really is. Sure, she was raised in a loving home by her single mom, Nina (some readers might remember her from DOCKSIDE), but deep in her heart, Sonnet has always yearned for something more traditional. 

 But she’s her mother’s daughter after all, with that same can-do attitude. Maybe she didn’t have that traditional family, but she connected with her father–the redoubtable General Laurence Jeffries–while in college, and they managed to put together a relationship. It’s always been a bit awkward for Sonnet. Her mixed race background brings on mixed feelings, and often she’s not sure where she fits in–with her hugely ambitious father and his trophy family, including two “perfect” stepsisters? Or in her hometown of Willow Lake, in the bosom of the boisterous Romano/Bellamy family? Or somewhere on her own?

 Things get complicated for Sonnet when she makes an impulsive move with Zach Alger, a friend from childhood who turns out to have hidden facets she never imagined. To further complicate things, she discovers her beloved mom is facing a health crisis of epic proportions. 

 So there you have it–the starting point of Sonnet’s personal journey. As I was writing this book, I was thinking of a young woman like so many I’ve known, and perhaps like the one I used to be–ambitious, torn by divided loyalties, questioning the choices she’s made so far in life. Sonnet seemed a bit prickly to me at first, but ultimately I grew to love her as she grew as a person. Her journey felt very familiar to me, though I’m not sure why. My own story is nothing like hers. But maybe when it comes to finding family and following the heart, we’re all a bit like Sonnet. 

Buy your copy of the book today! 

Check out Susan’s Website

 

Lastest winner picked

August 28, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: And Winner Is.... 2 Comments →

Mary Hart Perry ~ The Wild Princess and a giveaway

Congrats ! Laci you won the copy. I’m sending you an email right now.

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 Capturing Angels by V.C. Andrews – Winner -Na Sok

Worth Dying For­– A two-volume collection featuring Into the Night and Man Around the House—two early classic romances by New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard- winner – JoAnne Weiss

 Outlaw by Lisa Jackson –  Christ Mead

 KISS OF THE MOON by Lisa  Jackson – - Barbara Elness

 

Last days of summer by McKenna Jeffries

August 28, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

Summer is quickly ending. It’s been a great summer for me. I’ve spent it outside alot enjoying the fabulous weather. Being outside I was able to do one of my favorite things people watch which has created many ideas for books. I love summer because I can be outside and enjoy seeing all the various people out having fun like I am. I’m sad to see summer in it’s last days but plan on enjoying it while it is still here. I’m off to have some fun outside.

McKenna Jeffries
http://www.mckennajeffries.com/
…. sensual, edgy, unexpected

Blog: http://www.mckennajeffries.com/blog
Updates Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McKennaJeffriesList
Free Reads Site: http:/ /www.satinnotes.com/

Conquering Jazz – What’s a woman to do when she unwittingly makes a tantalizing proposition to her best friend?

Be brazen, bold and set some ground rules. Her offer. One night of carnal bliss. No emotion allowed.

His counter offer. A continued affair to fulfill all their sexual cravings.

His hidden agenda. Conquer to make sure their affair never ends.

Buy here at Liquid Silver Book.

Werewolf Streaker Says He’s Got it All Covered and a giveaway

August 27, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 11 Comments →

We hope. I mean, who wants to see that, right?

But I’ll write about it. It’s all part of this special project I’m doing that has gotten slightly out of hand. You see, my new book, Immortally Yours, takes place in and around a paranormal MASH unit during a great supernatural war.

While the book mainly focuses around the hero, who is a tough-as-nails special ops soldier, and the heroine, who is a combat surgeon, I also needed to include a world beyond the quirky MASH camp.

Besides, the characters need to get their news, right? So PNN is the supernatural version of CNN, with a few exceptions. Sure, PNN can be a little sensationalistic, with articles like: “Mayan Insider Scoop! Developed Armageddon “Prophecy” After Tequila Bender” and “Five Things in Your Lair That Can Kill You.” But I figured it’s a good way to offer up good information as well.

In fact, I’ve created an entire website for PNN. It’s a fun way for readers to experience first-hand kind of world I’ve created, and it could also help you win a signed copy of Immortally Yours from the Romance Junkies.

To enter, just check out www.PNN-Network.com, then post the title of your favorite article below!

Angie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer urban fantasy series. She is also writing a series about a group of paranormal M*A*S*H surgeons. The first book in the Monster MASH trilogy, Immortally Yours, is out now. The second book, Immortally Embraced, releases in February 2013.

Immortally Yours is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your favorite independent bookseller.

Visit Angie online, on Facebook and on Twitter!

 

Breathless Press Birthday Bash and giveaway

August 26, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 5 Comments →

:::they are giving away 10 eBooks, readers choice. For a chance to win visit the webpage, blog or facebook and in the comments section tell us which one you visited and tell us something of interest you found there. Winners will be picked 9/1 :::

Breathless Press Birthday Bash

August is our Birthday Month so drop by our facebook page, website, blog and more to see what is going on the entire month of August. Some wonderful events are being planned. From free stories to a scavenger hunt, get ready to party with us as we celebrate our birthday at Breathless Press!

We are slashing our prices at our website as a thank you to our loyal readers and All Romance Ebookstore is also giving discounts to all the Breathless Press books there in August.

Lots of things are being planned so don’t wait around….run on over to our facebook page, blog and website for all the details.

You won’t want to miss out on this.

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First Kisses by Elaine Cantrell

August 25, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 9 Comments →

Remember your first kiss?  Was it thrilling?  Heart-pounding?   Breathtaking?  In my opinion, first kisses ought to be all of these things and more because they may be the beginning of a voyage of discovery that ends with the finding of true love.

Kara Cochrane, my heroine in my Lachesis Press release Her Kind of Man, hasn’t had a first kiss in a long time.  She got engaged to her high school sweetheart right after they graduated and looked forward to a long and happy life with him.  Fate, or rather her beautiful sister Kelly, played a dirty trick on Kara.  With her wedding to Brandon only weeks away, her loved one jilted her for her sister Kelly.

It’s hard to let go of a future you’ve planned for and dreamed of, but Kara doesn’t have much choice.  Lucky for her handsome farmer Ross Williams can’t wait to comfort her.  He loved Kara from afar for a long time, and now that Brandon’s out of the way, he’s ready to make his move.

Here’s an excerpt from Her Kind of Man that shows Kara and Ross’ first kiss.  It isn’t anything like Kara thought it would be.

Ross’s arms felt wonderful around her. He made her feel safe, as if he wouldn’t let anything bad happen to her ever again.

She hated to admit it, but his chest and shoulders were much nicer than Brandon’s. Why hadn’t she noticed him in high school?

Ross didn’t give her much time to wonder about it. He lifted her head from his shoulder and kissed her.

She kissed him back. Brandon might not want her, but Ross did, and by golly if he wanted a kiss she’d give him one. It did feel strange to kiss someone besides Brandon. Ross didn’t hold her the same way.  Somehow, she felt he was totally in charge of this kiss, and that wasn’t always the case with Brandon. She clenched Ross’s shoulders. His kiss was charged with a smoldering sexual energy that had been sadly lacking of late in Brandon’s kisses. Her fingers played across his back .Brandon had never felt so masculine and hard!

Kara forgot about her meeting with Brandon’s parents just as she forgot about coming to the lake with Brandon. She’d have to be made of stone not to pay any attention to this kiss.

Her eyes fluttered open when he raised his head.

“That was nice,” she whispered, or maybe she only thought she said it. She didn’t know.

He bent his head again, but the lights from a passing car illuminated the SUV’s interior. Kara pulled away from him.

“Don’t, Ross. We shouldn’t be parked on the side of the road kissing each other.”

“Then where should we park?”

Kara blinked and tried to pull herself together. “What?”

“To kiss. Where should we park so I can kiss you?’

Kara smiled in spite of herself. “We don’t need to be kissing at all. I don’t make a habit of kissing men on the first date.”

“You don’t know that,” Ross retorted. “It’s been a long time since you had a first date.”

“It doesn’t matter. I think it’d be better if you took me home.” She halfway hoped he’d ignore her and kiss her again. It would be…nice to experience those brawny arms and firm lips again.

 

As far as first kisses go, I think this one was nice, but unfortunately for Kara, there are some major secrets in her family that are about to come out, and when they do, her budding relationship with Ross may not be able to survive.

 

Her Kind of Man is available at: Buy your copy todayFictionwise

and Amazon

Visit me at the following locations:

http://www.elainecantrell.com, http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com, http://www.facebook.com/elainepcantrell

http://www.twitter.com/elainecantrell and http://www.pinterest.com/elainecantrell

ANGELS LANDING by Rochelle Alers and a giveaway

August 24, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 13 Comments →

:::We have three copies to giveaway. Want a chance to win? Tells us if you have read any Rochelle Aler’s books before. Leave your email address or make sure to stop by to see if you won. Winners will be picked on August 31st:::

ANGELS LANDING by Rochelle Alers

What do you get when a 30-something overworked New York City social worker discovers her true paternity, inherits an historic home and property worth millions and an extended family, most whom are hostile because she now lays claim to what they consider theirs?  The answers are in the second book of the Cavanaugh Island series – ANGELS LANDING.

ANGELS LANDING is quintessential romance with a hint of suspense.  Of course there is Kara Newell, who is the secret baby; the stoic, laconic, drop-dead gorgeous, former-Marine sheriff Jeffrey Hamilton; his straight-talking, no-nonsense grandmother Corrine, the sensual island setting and a cast of supporting characters that give Cavanaugh Island its distinctive flavor.

I felt a special kinship with the characters in this novel because of the ever-present threat of developers seeking to purchase ancestral Gullah properties to erect gated communities and private golf courses.  However, technology and progress come at a high price.  In the 1950s health officials closed most of the valuable oyster beds on Daufuskie Island because growing industry along the Savannah River polluted many of the marshes and creeks around the island.

My identification with the residents of Cavanaugh Island is personal.  I knew a woman from Hilton Head who’d been forced to forfeit her ancestral home.  She’d been one of a few holdouts that wouldn’t accept more money than she’d ever seen in her life to sell her house and property.  However, there were many who did sell, and the proliferation of mega-mansions, condos and golf courses increased the tax base beyond their modest earnings and fixed incomes.  The result was she lost everything because she couldn’t pay the inflated taxes on property that had been in her family for generations.

ANGELS LANDING is not only about the history of a culture struggling to remain viable, but also about two people who must learn to trust, face their fears and for Kara it is adjusting to a wholly new lifestyle.  You will be introduced to people you’ll want to know more about, reunite with the unforgettable quirky one you met in SANCUTARY COVE, the first book in this series, and get a brief glimpse of others who are begging me for their own novel.

Kara’s shock in discovering the man whom she believed is her father isn’t; her decision whether give up all her career and all that is familiar; giving her heart to someone who has promised to protect her at all costs; to agree to the terms in a dead man’s will; and if the threats against her life are worth the risks to claim her birthright become the driving force in this most anticipated summer read.

I hope you enjoy ANGELS LANDING as much as I enjoyed bringing these characters to life.  Look for HAVEN CREEK May 2013.

Visit   Rochelle Alers website

 Get your copy today!

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