Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: Excerpt from HOW TO WED A WARRIOR by Christy English



Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: Excerpt from HIGHLAND SPITFIRE by Mary Wine



Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives in California with her husband and two sons.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: Excerpt from TO CATCH A RAKE by Sally Orr



Sally Orr worked for 30 years in academic research, when one day a friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, her books are by default Regency romances. She lives with her husband surrounded by books, modernist mid-century dishes, and English cars in San Diego, California.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP by Terry Spear



USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins


Ms. Jenkins is the nation's premier writer of African American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has over thirty published novels to date.

She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club.

She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from MY AMERICAN DUCHESS by Eloisa James

Eloisa James brought us some not-so-desperate duchesses, fairy tales with a twist, and a memoir about Paris. Today she is sharing an excerpt from MY AMERICAN DUCHESS.

A New York Times bestselling author, Eloisa James is a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but who can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. (Her husband is a honest to goodness Italian knight!) Eloisa’s website offers short stories, extra chapters, and even a guide to shopping in Florence.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from EARNING A RING by Kristina Mathews

Kristina Mathews is a new to us author and we're all about the half naked man covers. Throw in some baseball heroes and we're totally down for an evening of cozying up in our favorite chair for a sexy read.

Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until she turned forty that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing.

While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she's remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, parent club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.

Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from WHEN WE KISS by Darcy Burke

The first time I read a Darcy Burke book, it was a historical. Full of kisses, longing glances, and a story that kept me turning the page. The same can be said for her contemporaries. Today, she's sharing an excerpt from her latest Ribbon Ridge book, WHEN WE KISS.


Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Author's Pal Tour, Mini #Review + #Giveaway: Excerpt from OFF THE CLOCK by Roni Loren

Roni Loren is an auto-buy author for me. Since that first time I picked up CRASH INTO YOU a few years ago, I have been coming back to The Ranch. When I heard she had a new series coming out, I freaked the eff out and needed to read it. Like stat. OFF THE CLOCK will definitely have you looking at wine bottles in a different light. Seriously.
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.


***WARNING: Excerpt is super sexy.***

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from THE EARL'S COMPLETE SURRENDER by Sophie Barnes

My first Sophie Barnes book, HOW MISS RUTHERFORD GOT HER GROOVE BACK, had me laughing out loud and sighing. Since then, she's kept me coming back for more. Today, she's on the blog sharing an excerpt from her latest book and giving away a $25 gift card. Be sure to scroll to the end to enter. 
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor's degree from Parsons. 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. When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN by Sarah MacLean

When I first discovered Sarah MacLean, it was because of her utterly charming take on book titles. Sure, the covers and book blurbs sealed the deal but her book titles are what always catches my attention before anything else. Today she stops by with an excerpt from THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN, the first book in a new series.
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from ONE-EYED DUKES ARE WILD by Megan Frampton

This dude with the eye patch on the cover of ONE-EYED DUKES ARE WILD by Megan Frampton is EVERYTHING! *makes horribly inappropriate jokes about his one-eyed duke* Ahem. Yeah. Not going to lie, I still have yet to crack this book open but cover called to me so it's on this year's TBR pile.
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Pocket Books Spotlight + #Giveaway: THE LIE AND THE LADY by Kate Noble

Today's spotlight is on THE LIE AND THE LADY by Kate Noble. It's a fun new take on The Prince and the Pauper. I have it on the TBR pile and it will definitely be a January read. Kate's publisher is offering a copy of the first book in the Winner Takes All series so be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.

In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having written for NBC, FOX, and TNT, as well as the international hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and is hard at work on her next book.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from DUKES PREFER BLONDES by Loretta Chase

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous time last night and aren't waking up too hungover. Our first post of the new year is an excerpt from Loretta Chase's DUKES PREFER BLONDES, the 4th book in her Dressmakers series. Be sure to enter the $25 gift card giveaway. Think of all the books you can buy from your wish list with that gift card!
Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets-as a meter maid-and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website.


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