Sunday, December 11, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Vanessa Kelly (@vanessakellyaut)


Meet Vanessa Kelly


Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.

Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a new spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a BookScan bestseller.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she’s lucky enough to spend some of the winter in Florida. When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

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Happy Holidays, everyone! It’s wonderful to be here at the Annual December Joyathon. Thank you, Jamie and Kati, for asking me to join the festivities.

Favorite winter activities…hmm, that’s a tricky one for me. Most of the year, I live in Ottawa, Canada. Ottawa has VERY cold winters, and I have to confess that I’m not much of a winter person. Cold weather usually finds me hunkered down under a blanket with a good book and a cup of tea, or cooking something comforting for dinner.

But here’s the thing—hubby and I now spend most of the winter in Florida, so we totally life-hack that cold weather thing. Now our favorite activities are walking on the beach, sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch and reading, and hanging out at the local frozen yogurt joint with my 93 year old father. We do get more traditional around the holidays, for sure. We put up the tree, bake cookies, and decorate the house. And then there’s the Christmas shopping, so much easier thanks to the beauty of on-line ordering.

I doubt we’ll spend winters in Florida forever, but for now we appreciate the change!

Do you spend winter in warmer climes, or do something different from the usual cold-weather activities? Tell me about it, and one reader will win a copy of my latest book, MY FAIR PRINCESS, and my previous book, HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER (U.S. and Canada only).

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Series: The Renegade Royals #4.5
Genre: Historical
Page Count: 104
Publisher: Vanessa Kelly
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Tis the season to make merry…
After recovering from a life-threatening illness, Miss Georgie Gage can’t convince her family that she’s healthy and ready to enjoy life again. Instead, they treat her like a delicate invalid who must be protected from, well, everything! Georgie has kept herself entertained by promoting love matches among her friends, but she longs for a happily ever after of her own.

And find love under the mistletoe…
Highlander Fergus Haddon has worked himself to the bone to make up for the horrible scandal that almost destroyed his loved ones. But when his family insists he take a holiday in the south of England, Fergus can’t think of a drearier way to celebrate Christmas. Even worse, they want him to find an English wife! Fergus is dead set against it—until he meets pretty Georgie Gage. Suddenly, he can think of nothing but catching Georgie under the mistletoe, but how will the Gages react when they learn of his scandalous past?

Previously published in the anthology A Gentleman For All Seasons.

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Vanessa is giving away a paperback copy of MY FAIR PRINCESS and HOW TO MARRY A ROYAL HIGHLANDER (US/CA).
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Sara Ramsey (@Sara_Ramsey)


Meet Sara Ramsey


Hopelessly uncool as a child, Sara Ramsey has overcompensated by becoming obsessed with fashion, shoes, and #regencyworldproblems. She has great taste in Champagne, bad taste in movies, and loves both teatime and naptime. Sara currently lives in San Francisco, California, where she can be found drinking overly-artistic lattes and working on her next Regency historical romance.

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I'm not the biggest fan of winter, which is probably why I abandoned my frigid roots in the midwest and moved to California 16+ years ago. But even though I'd rather be at the beach, there are some things that I always love to do during the winter:

- make my favorite eggnog (with enough rum to keep a pirate crew happy).

- go to the mall and indulge in some great people-watching.

- exchange stockings with my family on Christmas morning. We all buy little gifts for each other's stockings, and it's often the most hilarious part of the day. I'm so lucky to have a great family, and celebrating with them is the best part of the season (but the rum-filled eggnog helps ;).

- enjoy all the twinkling lights and sparkly decorations. I'm a sucker for shiny things, and between Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day, winter gives me plenty of opportunities to enjoy waaaaaaay too much glitter.

- by February, start anxiously counting down to summer (or, if vacation schedules and budgets come together, escape to someplace like Hawaii!).

Genre: Historical
Publisher: Sara Ramsey
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys — a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In TAKING THE EARL, Lucretia Briarley makes one last-ditch attempt to win the Heiress Games — but an unexpected guest threatens to destroy everything she's worked so hard to protect. Especially if she makes the mistake of falling in love with him....

More details to come closer to release date!

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Sara is giving away an eARC of TAKING THE EARL and a $20 gift card to the bookstore of your choice (Amazon, B&N or iBooks).
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Friday, December 9, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Katy Evans (@authorkatyevans)


Meet Katy Evans

Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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Happy Holidays!! I hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun time of year. I have a special fondness for Christmastime. I love the excuse to drink lots of hot tea, curl up with a blanket to write or read, and make loooong lists of Christmas gifts I want to give. One of my favorite things about the holiday is the merry-making. I work so hard all year that I leave very little playtime for myself, but in December, I always keep my schedule light so I can enjoy nights out with the family and breakfasts with friends. This is the time where we usually catch up with each other's lives and maybe even start planning the year ahead. My absolute guilty pleasures of the season are: chocolates, binge-series-watching, listening to all kinds of Christmas songs, purchasing cute decorations and gifts, and cuddling with my husband, kids, and dog when it is really cold out.

What about you all? What are you looking forward to most this Holiday season?

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 300
Publisher: KT Publishing LLC
Release Date: December 5, 2016

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans comes a brand new contemporary romance. WOMANIZER is a full standalone, and no other books in the series need to be read.

You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!

We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more.
But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.
Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all.
The chemistry was amazing.
The laughs were incredible.
I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before.
But sex was as far as I'd go.
Just sex because he was too irresistible.
Just sex because I wouldn't be falling for him.
Just sex because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret.
He wasn't the One.
He was just a womanizer.
But for a time, he would be mine.

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Katy is giving away a signed copy of MR. PRESIDENT. Open internationally.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Tiffany Reisz (@tiffanyreisz)


Meet Tiffany Reisz


Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, The Siren, won the RT Book Reviews Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats.

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1-4 Sleeping
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What? Did you expect me to say skiing? I’m a writer. We don’t leave our dens in winter. We hole up in our writing caves, burning old drafts of sex scenes to stay warm. We eat Thanksgiving leftovers for weeks on end to pad our fat reserves so we can survive indoors until spring comes and we take our first tentative steps back into the outside world before then returning to our caves because we’re on deadlines. I shouldn’t even be typing this. I should be under my bed with leftover pumpkin pie. It’s not even the first day of winter yet. I NEED MORE COOKIES.

Merry Christmas, Everyone! If you need me, I’ll be in my closet sorting my wintertime sweatpants collection by color and waistband size and writing smut to stay alive!

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Genre: Contemporary
Series: Men At Work #3
Page Count: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Release Date: December 1, 2016

Hard as steel…and hotter still!

Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica "Flash" Redding's playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.

Only Ian Asher isn't letting Flash get away quite so easily. He's not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together.

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Tiffany is giving away a copy of ONE HOT DECEMBER.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Sophie Barnes (@BarnesSophie)


Meet Sophie Barnes


Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parson's School of design, but most impressive of all - she's been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.


While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion - writing. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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As much as I love summer, there’s something special about bundling up with warm woolen sweaters, drinking hot cocoa and reading in a comfy chair by the fire. I look forward to it with great anticipation once we approach the end of November/beginning of December. Especially because of Christmas – my favorite holiday of the year. And while I do dread shoveling snow and navigating icy roads, here are five things that I wouldn’t want to do without:
  • Decorating the house. This is so much fun! The kids and I do it together, unpacking all the items that have been hidden away for the past year. Some have been family gifts that, when hung up, help close the distance between the US and Europe and bring us all closer together.
  • Shopping for presents. A lot of thought goes into this. Nothing beats finding just the right gift for someone and seeing the look of appreciation in their eyes as they unwrap it.
  • Reading Christmas stories. It’s so – hyggeligt* – to re-read some of these wonderful stories that we don’t get to read the rest of the year. I read them to my kids at bedtime and am especially fond of The Night Before Christmas and The Spirit of Christmas.
  • Listening to holiday music. What would Christmas be without Bing Crosby? Many of these songs take me back to my childhood. There are so many wonderful memories attached that just writing this right now is bringing tears to my eyes. My favorite song is probably Oh Holy Night along with some Danish ones that hold sentimental appeal.
  • Christmas Dinner. Thanksgiving isn’t a tradition of mine though I do celebrate it now since I live in the US. For me the big family dinner of the year has always been Christmas dinner and after that, singing carols around the tree and opening presents on Christmas eve – as the Scandinavians do. There’s a roast with crackling, a duck stuffed with prunes and apples, sometimes a turkey, lots of wonderful side dishes and rice pudding with almonds and hot cherry sauce for dessert.
*Hyggeligt – a Danish untranslatable word that basically involves spending time with friends and family. It involves both mood – often candlelight or a fire – and a warm and cozy feeling of togetherness, good food and excellent company.

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Genre: Historical
Series: Diamonds In the Rough #1
Page Count: 384
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 27, 2017

He never thought he'd become a duke, or that the secrets of his past would cost him his greatest love...

Raphe Matthews hasn’t stepped foot in polite circles since a tragedy left his once-noble family impoverished and in debt. The bare-knuckle boxer has spent the last fifteen years eking out an existence for himself and his two sisters. But when a stunning reversal of fortune lands Raphe the title of Duke of Huntley, he’s determined to make a go of becoming a proper lord, but he’ll need a little help, and his captivating neighbor might be just the woman for the job…

After her sister’s scandalous match, Lady Gabriella knows the ton’s eyes are on her. Agreeing to tutor the brutish new duke can only lead to ruin. Although she tries to control her irresistible attraction to Raphe, every day she spends with him only deepens her realization that this may be the one man she cannot do without. And as scandal threatens to envelop them both, she must decide if she can risk everything for love with a most unlikely duke.

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Sophie is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card.
Leave a comment for Sophie: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs? What songs do you wish would never hear again? Are there versions of songs that you like from a particular musician?
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#Joyathon2016: 'Tis The Season with Valerie Bowman (@ValerieGBowman)


Meet Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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I live in Florida, so winter activities are a *bit* different here than in other parts of the world, but one of my favorite winter activities is still snuggling up next to the fireplace in pajamas with a good book and some hot cocoa. Even though the temperature rarely drops below freezing, I've lived here long enough to think forty degrees is freezing and a good reason for the fireplace to be lit. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

ADD TO GOODREADS
Genre: Historical
Series: Playful Brides #6
Page Count: 318
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: November 1, 2016

THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…

When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

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Valerie is giving away a book and some swag.
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