Thursday, July 21, 2011

Winners: How To Seduce A Scoundrel

Drum roll please.... The winner for Vicky Dreiling's How To Seduce A Scoundrel are:

Johanna Jochum
Laurielu
Diane P. Diamond

I used random.org to pick the winners. I emailed all the winners so please respond back by Saturday morning so I can get your books on their way. If I don't hear from you I will pick a new winner on Sunday.

Thank you so much for stopping by For The Love Of Romance. And a big THANK YOU to Vicky Dreiling and Brianne from Grand Central Publishing for providing the book.!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My first... Vampire

I haven't done a My First post since the very first one so I thought I would give you all another taste of my first time. I'm talking about reading people! Get your minds out of the gutter.

Vampires. They are dangerous and dark. They are strong and sexual. What's not like right? Well, for me, they terrify me. I held off reading paranormals for the longest time because I am scared of my own shadow and the thought of some vampire coming to sex me up was just a bit much. I was never big into Buffy or Angel when I was younger so I never understood the appeal of fangs. That is until someone opened my eyes.

Ok, so let me say this and don't judge. My first vampire was Edward Cullen but this post is not about him or the Twilight books because: 1. Vampires don't sparkle. 2. Bella is an idiot. 3. Jasper was obviously the hottest one. 4. Renesme? What kind of name is that?

Ok, so that list could be endless on why Twilight annoys me but it was a nice way to get my feet wet. But now, the real reason I am in love vampires... JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Hi, my name is Jamie and I am a BDB addict.

I fought this for a very long time. A friend of mine at work (a man *gasp*) knew I read the Twilight books and laughed at me. He told me if I wanted some real vampires, with some real smexing then I had to look into JR Ward. I promptly looked up her series and her first book Dark Lover. I also very promptly went out and bought Dark Lover. I then allowed myself about 4 months to actually work myself up to reading it.

I know! I know! Dark Lover sat on my nightstand FOREVER! Hell, I even took it on vacation with me when I went to England for the third time. I just didn't want to read it. There were so many other books to read! But when I finally ran out of historicals (I'm pretty sure I just got tired of them and I didn't have a Kindle yet) I decided to give it a try. I then promptly kicked myself for letting Wrath sit unread for months.

As I soon discover, BDB is like crack. Or should I say crhack? Either way I was sucked right into a world where shitkickers and leather were the norm. Where they listened to ganster rap and waged a war with their enemies. I found myself responding 'True' whenever I could and drinking some Goose. My addiction was a hard one because I had six BDB books available to me. The tough park came when I finished Phury's book and I had to wait for book 7. Not to mention that Lover Avenged, Rhev's book, was coming out in hardcover first. Hardcover!

I wasn't buying the hardcover. I could wait another couple of months for the paperback. (I still didn't have a Kindle) Soon the withdrawls set in. I was itching for a fix that only the Brothers could give me. Thank the Scribe Virgin for the BDB Insider Guide!

When Lover Avenged ws finally released in paperback I rejoiced, praised the Scribe Virgin and devoured it. I also knew that as soon as Lover Mine ws released in Hardcover I was getting it. No more waiting for the paperback. It was worth it!

So now my craving are setting in again, especially with the WARDen posting little snippets of the next book. I'm not telling you who's book it is because I refuse to spoil it for those who are just starting reading the series. BUT, I will tell you that I am excited and scared for it at the same time. I think it's going to be a real hard one for all the BDB addicts to read.

So that was my first vampire story. I love those Brother's and I pimp them out anytime I get the chance. I've been telling Kati over at Romancing Rakes to read them for months now and I can tell you that she has read Dark Lover and Lover Enternal in like 3 days. The addiction continues.

SO tell me... What was your first vampire? Have you read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series yet?

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's my teaser:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Men On Horseback Edition


Here's a few pictures to start your Monday off with a bang. Or a gallop. Every Monday, bloggers, authors and peeps of the romance community unite to share their appreciation for good looking men. Some use the time to ogle, others use it as a research tool. Yes, research. After all, those men in stories don't just automatically ride into the imagination. They need to be visualized in all aspects of dress and undress. Join us every Monday night on Twitter at 8pm CST (6,7 & 9 pm for all you other time zones) for Man Candy Monday. Bring your half naked, fully clothed, fully naked (put a warning with this please) men and hashtag it #ManCandyMonday. You never know what you might find. Each week had a different theme. This weeks is men on horseback. Or near a horse. Or with a horse (not like that perv!)

Here's my contribution:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How To Seduce A Scoundrel Giveaway Winners!


Thanks to everyone to entered the How to Seduce A Scoundrel giveaway and for showing Vicky Dreiling some love!
Congrats to:
Lori @ Romancing the Darkside
Danielle G.
Samantha R.

You ladies each get a copy of Vicky Dreiling's latest release HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL!!!

If you didn't win a copy from my giveaway, check out all the other blogs in the tour that are also giving away copies here.

All winners have been contacted through email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. A big thank you to Vicky for stopping by and to Brianne from Grand Central Publishing for providing the books.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Five Friday Favorites


Oopsie! I didn't do a post for last Friday. Sorry friends. I've been debating on whether it should be 10 to make up for last week or 5. 5 won out. I heart Fridays because it's when movies usually come out. And this Friday marks the end of my childhood. For real. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2 comes out today (or for you Potterheads, last night at midnight) and the journey will be complete. The battle for Hogwarts will end in a bloodbath, not some sparkly showdown. It's been a productive week for me. Lots of work done writing random stuff and trying to piece it together. Spent a lot of time sunning at the beach, getting inspired and rocking out to Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Mandy Moore and Miley.

So without further ado, I give you this weeks Five Friday Favorites (in no particular order):

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dirty Little Secret (3)

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and our readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us!


To participate in the meme all you need to do is:
1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question they propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link here.

Non-bloggers: I want to hear from you as well!!! Let me know your answer in the comments!

Q: Who popped your cherry? What book was your first erotica romance read?
If you don't read erotica, what book started your reading obsession?

Guest Post and Giveaway with Vicky Dreiling

I am so happy to have Vicky Dreiling here on For the Love of Romance. I am a HUGE fan of Vicky's and her books. I could stay here all day and ramble on about the awesomeness of Vicky, but I won't. Though she is very awesome! And fabulous.


A little bit about Vicky Dreiling:
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”

When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage.



You can find Vicky here: 


Vicky is here to give us a quick peek behind the scenes of her books plots and characters. Her newest, How To Seduce A Scoundrel, is amazing! Vicky was nice enough to send me an advance copy and I devoured it. I am thoroughly in love Hawk and I would love to be friends with Julianne. Plus, isn't the cover to die for? I love it. 


Genre: Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Forever (July 1, 2011)
ISBN: 9780446565387


SCOUNDRELS, RAKES, AND ROGUES BEWARE . . .
Lady Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother’s best friend—for whom she’s long nursed a secret tendre—agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz.
But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for the Earl of Hawkfield to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any recently discarded, wickedly witty young miss would do. She secretly pens a lady’s guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal in London.
Every honorable rake knows that friends’ sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julianne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can’t resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of her kisses. He’s always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?
ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR

So now I'll hand things over to Vicky. Take it away!

In my debut novel HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, I included an unusual high concept premise: The Bachelor in Regency England, minus the hot tub and camera crew. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started writing the book. I just watched the TV show, and after the idea popped into my head, I thought it would be fun to write.  In truth, it was very difficult to write the book, but I didn’t understand why until after I’d revised and polished the manuscript for my editor.

HOW TO MARRY A DUKE was only my second manuscript, so that contributed to my struggles while writing the story. I had a fairly steep learning curve, but I was very determined. It wasn’t until after I’d finished the book and started writing HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL that I realized the complexity that I’d introduced into the novels.

Traditionally, most books have familiar plots such as marriages of convenience or secret babies. Often the books contain a subplot, such as a secondary romance. But, both Duke and Scoundrel had multi-layered premises. HOW TO MARRY A DUKE contained a matchmaker plot and forbidden love in addition to the overarching bachelor premise. There were also several subplots involved. Similarly, HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL is spoof on The Rules--in Regency England. Like my first novel, Scoundrel also contains two traditional plots: the guardian and forbidden love. Again, subplots were involved. 

The biggest difference between the two books is that I had actually analyzed the elements in the first book, and that understanding helped make the writing of my second novel a bit easier. I’m currently writing a third book, HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE, and it too has a similar structure to the first two novels.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look into my writing process. May the Magic Romance Fairies be with you!


Thank you so much Vicky! I am so excited for How To Ravish A Rake. I already have a crush on Will, Hawk's younger brother, and I keep telling Vicky to write faster. 

Giveaway!

Thanks to the fabulous Brianne from Grand Central Publishing I'm giving away three (3) copies of How To Seduce A Scoundrel. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Also, make sure you follow For the Love of Romance and get an extra entry. 

The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, July 19th (midnight) and I will post the winners on Wednesday. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

W...W...W... (8)


W...W...W...Wednesdays is a weekly meme MizB of Should Be Reading


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
So, here's my answers:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (8)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's my teaser:

Monday, July 11, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Kilt Edition


I heart Monday's because my Twitter stream is flooded with delicious eye candy. This is a dangerous time for me to be out and about since I'd rather not subject those around me to my fan girl squee's, sights and obnoxious laughter. Or super loud gasps because Naughty Author #2 posted a link to a nearly nekkid to fully nekkid man from her secret stash of model links. So join us on Twitter Monday's to ogle, sigh, drool, lick, snark and giggle about models, athletes, men in uniform, actors, and the list goes on. Bring photos to share and use the hashtag #ManCandyMonday. This all goes down at 8PM CST. So for you West Coaster's its 6 your time, Mountain peeps: 7, East Coaster's: 9. You won't regret it.

Tonight's theme is Men In Kilts:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Contemporary eARC Review: Cowboys Like Us by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Cowboys Like Us by Vicki Lewis Thompson (10th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
Format: eBook via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin- Harlequin Blaze (July 19, 2011)
ISBN: 9780373796342

Real cowboys aren't born. They're made…

Logan Carswell has just kissed his professional baseball career goodbye. Goodbye dreams, career and future. For now, though, he's working at the Last Chance Ranch and the town saloon, where sexy bartender Caro Davis is definitely taking his mind off his troubles…
Caro's days have been so hectic, she's forgotten all about the finer aspects of life. Like men. And sex. And really smokin'-hot sex with men like Logan. But when their two worlds collide—and boy, do they ever collide—they both realize that once the gear is off, a cowboy is still a cowboy!
Where To Buy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Harlequin | Book Depository
Where To Find Vicki: Author Site 
Extras: Read an Excerpt on Harlequin Site | Read an Excerpt on Vicki's Site | The Making of A Blaze Cover 
I really liked it.
REVIEW:

100+ Follower Giveaway Winners!


You guys are absolutely AMAZING! As of today, I have 141 followers so that means I am giving 2 lucky winners a book of their choice.

Congrats to:
BLHMistress & Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter

Thanks to everyone who entered. Both winners have been contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen.

Be on the lookout for future giveaways. Don't forget, I am a stop on Vicky Dreiling's blog tour and 3 lucky winners will get a copy of Vicky's latest: HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. Details here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Blog Tour: Q&A and Giveaway with Vicky Dreiling, Author of How To Seduce a Scoundrel

Welcome to the blog tour...
For those who follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm a HUGE fan of Vicky Dreiling's latest book: HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. I was grinning like a crazy person bound for Bedlam after I finished it. Please give a warm Texas "Howdy" to my fellow Texan (yes, I currently live in California but still consider myself a Texas girl) and super fabulous author: VICKY DREILING!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dirty Little Secret (2)

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and our readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us!





To participate in the meme all you need to do is:

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.

2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question they propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link here.

Non-bloggers: I want to hear from you as well!!! Let me know your answer in the comments!

Q: What's sexier? Tats or piercings?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

W...W...W... (7)


W...W...W...Wednesdays is a weekly meme MizB of Should Be Reading



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
So, here's my answers:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (7)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's my teaser:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Fourth of July Edition


Happy 4th of July! Hope you guys are off today and enjoying the weather outside, unless it's yucky. It's a great day to grill, hit the beach, ogle the lifeguard behind awesome aviators, maybe get handcuffed by a sexy cop patrolling the boardwalk, make your own ice cream or whatever tradition you have for the fourth. But stay safe and don't drink and drive. Heck, do some drunk tweeting. It'll be all in good fun. Unless you drunk tweet your deepest, darkest secret. So make sure you check your tweets when you get over your hangover tomorrow. Okay,okay, enough of this fluff. Let's get down to the nitty gritty after I pimp out Man  Candy Monday. Man Candy Monday on Twitter is happening tomorrow night. Same time as the usual Monday time. 8pm CST. Use the hashtag #mancandymoday. Don't forget to bring hot pics and snark to the party. Remember, clothing is optional. On the man candy and if you want to be nekkid, no one will know. Unless you tweet about it.

So without further ado, let's get to the Fourth of July Man Candy (Flags for everybody! and proceed at your own risk aka some NSFW pics):

Friday, July 1, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness: July

Book Soulmates

Woo-hoo! It's a new month and a new RAK by the fabulous ladies of Book Soulmates. This is a monthly program where you sign up with your wish list and you just might get something awesome from a fellow RAK-er. Also, don't forget to give back. It's a wonderful feeling giving and receiving books. And it's summer so that means a bit of down time reading at the beach, in your car, at the bus stop, using the book as a cover to ogle the hunky lifeguard.

Check out my RAK on the blog sidebar. See my RAK from June. Want to participate? Here's how:


RULES RE-CAP:
  • Sign up each month that you'd like to participate.
  • Show off your participation by grabbing the RAK button :)
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger for their address.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!  Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes and share it with us :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!


Easy breezy!!

LINKS YOU WILL NEED:
Sign up for July 
[HERE]
See who else is participating in July 
[HERE

So get out those wish lists!

Five Friday Favorites


It's another edition of my Five Friday Favorites in which I pick five things that I really, really, really liked this week. It could be a movie, a book, a song, an alcoholic drink, a new piece of man candy, a new friend or even a new blog site. This week, I have had my writing pants on. Like seriously. This WIP is starting to shape up into something. It started off as a joke of sorts but it blossomed into something that might one day be worth publishing. But that's a long ways away. RWA happened this week in the NYC. I've been a tad jealous reading all the tweets and looking at pictures from some of the wonderful authors and bloggers I follow. Next year, it'll be in my backyard, sort of. If I had a backyard an hour and a half away. LOL. The third Transformer's movie comes out today. Oh Josh Duhamel. *sigh*
So here is what I'm loving this week:

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