Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Make Your Reservations and a Giveaway!

It's time to mark your calendars and Make Your Reservations! There are so many books coming out in July and we have listed a few that we are most looking forward to and so should you! Plus as a bonus, we have another very special contest for you. HarperCollins/Avon has graciously offered to send one lucky poster (U.S. and Canadian addresses only) an advanced galley of Maya Rodale's A Groom of One's Own! (Thank you Avon!) In Maya's book, the heroine, Sophie Harlow, is a female newspaper writer and her column is called Miss Harlow's Marriage In High Life. If you were a newspaper reporter, what would you call your column? Tell us for a chance to win!

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?

Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied...


Chains of Ice by Christina Dodd

As a wildlife observer in the untamed mountains, Genny Valente had no idea that a beast more fearsome than any leopard lurked in the forest-a man, one of the Chosen Ones, betrayed by his gift and tormented by his memories. John Powell fled his fate and his duty, yet in Genny he sees his one chance for redemption. He will stalk her, kidnap her, and love her as only a savage can.


Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley

Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.


Crazy For Love by Victoria Dahl

Chloe Turner thought she was going to marry the perfect man-until her fiancé's plane crashed. And then she got the really bad news: he'd tried to fake his own death to avoid marrying her. Now America's most famous bridezilla (a tag she most definitely does not deserve), Chloe escapes to a remote island to avoid the paparazzi. And right next door is a man who just might be the cure for Chloe's heartache....

A magnet for wild, complicated women, Max Sullivan is relieved to have finally found someone "normal." Chloe is his girl-next-door fantasy come to life, and best of all, she gets him. With her, he can be himself, a treasure-hunting millionaire who desperately wants out of his sexy but reckless job. But when Chloe's notoriety catches up with them, will their torrid romance make it to the mainland?


Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare

Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his good friend in the elite gentlemen’s society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper who dares him to take on the demons of his past—and the sweet temptation of a woman’s love.

Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn’t part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.


Money, Honey by Susan Sey


FBI Agent Elizabeth Brynn has dedicated her life to her job, having earned her position through hard work and a firm belief in law and order. She played strictly by the book until she recruited a notorious jewel thief as an informant—a professional criminal who used his wicked ways to tempt her into something more personal...


Patrick O’Connor assisted the Feds for three years before going legit. Now a successful crime novelist, he wheels and deals his way around Hollywood, getting anything and everything he desires—except a certain federal agent who remained immune to his charms...


Cop and robber are unexpectedly reunited when Patrick agrees to go undercover to help bust a counterfeiter—but his true motive is to get Liz under the covers, and she’s not sure she can keep her hands to herself this time...


Barely a Lady by Eileen Dreyer

Olivia Grace has secrets that could destroy her. One of the greatest of these is the Earl of Gracechurch, who married and divorced her five years earlier. Abandoned and disgraced, Grace has survived those years at the edge of respectability. Then she stumbles over Jack on the battlefield of Waterloo, and he becomes an even more dangerous secret. For not only is he unconscious, he is clad in an enemy uniform.

But worse, when Jack finally wakes in Olivia's care, he can't remember how he came to be on a battlefield in Belgium. In fact, he can remember nothing of the last five years. He thinks he and Olivia are still blissfully together. To keep him from being hanged for a traitor, Olivia must pretend she and Jack are still married.

To unearth the real traitors, Olivia and Jack must unravel the truth hidden within his faulty memory. To save themselves and the friends who have given them sanctuary, they must stand against their enemies, even as they both keep their secrets.

In the end, can they risk everything to help Jack recover his lost memories, even though the truth may destroy them both?


The Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary

Drawn to a force he can’t resist...
Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past—choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations...

She never saw him coming...
Amber O’Neill knew without a doubt that her brother was in mortal danger. Rushing heedlessly to the rocky shores of Ireland, Amber was stunned to find her rescue mission derailed by a gorgeous, but deeply flawed Irishman...

The tumultuous sea, the intertwined fates of the coastal villagers, and unearthly tales of a hidden selkie prince bring Kevin and Amber together in a connection of mind, body, and soul that neither can deny...


A Groom of One's Own by Maya Rodale

Miss Harlow's Marriage In High Life
London, 1823

A handsome duke. His beautiful soon-to-be duchess. A whirlwind courtship. It is this author's privilege to report on the event all of London is talking about: the upcoming wedding of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon to the only daughter of the Duke of Richmond. Every detail of the "Wedding of the Year" will be reported in these pages as a London Weekly exclusive.

But I, Miss Sophie Harlow, must confess to a secret infatuation with this "double duke" that can only lead to trouble. It is impossible that this notoriously upstanding gentleman would ever jilt his bride for a scandalous female newspaper writer. And yet . . . the arrival of a foreign prince, the discovery of a shocking secret, and one passionate kiss could change everything. Will this perfect duke risk the scandal of the year to marry the woman his heart desires?

Don't forget to answer the question above for your chance to read Maya Rodale's upcoming release, A Groom of One's Own, early!


  1. i can't wait for lady isabella's scandalous marriage (i already have it on pre-order!) and i just received my copy of barely a lady from the wonderful at Hachette today so i can't wait to start reading it.

    as for my newspaper column, i'd write about the scandalous happenings (of course!) with all the juicy details. i'd call it "Juicy Scandals of the Most Scandalous."

  2. I gotta say these are all great releases oh my TBR pile I got a delivery from my favourite book store today 11 more to add and never enough time to read them LOL and I will be putting in another order soon for the July releases.

    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Loucinda McGary's The Wild Irish Sea and this book is fantastic I fell in love with Kevin from the start Amber is just such a great heroine. Loucinda took me on one wild Irish adventure filled with lots of romance and suspense I felt as if I was in Ireland great book great read you are going to love it Ladies.

    Have Fun

  3. I'd love to win a copy of A Groom of One's Own.
    If I had a newspaper column it would be called On Dits About Town.

  4. What a nice line up of releases, certainly looking forward to Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas. A Groom of One's Own sounds like a great read.

    If I had a newspaper column I'd call it Marriage Tips for the Young At Heart.

  5. So many great books to look forward to. I would probably call my column Reflections of a City Girl.

  6. humm what would ic all it


    Ask the Sinner

    since well it would be cool

  7. Oh boy another great month in bookland. I am anxiously awaiting some books I have on pre-order, Lisa Kleypas' Love in the Afternoon being one of them. Just can't wait to find out how that all ends.

    Hmmm, my column would be Di's Take on Daily Life.

  8. This book looks like one I would enjoy, plus one I'd love to pass on to my girlfriends to enjoy (and so the book would take on a "life" of its own).

    If I had my own column, I would think about an appropriate title for at least several days; however, due to time constraints here, I'll say LIFE WITH LANEY. It's the first (and only) thing that popped into my head after a great deal of thought.

    Now I really must go seize the day. Thanks for making me think first thing in the morning, LOL!

  9. I'm looking forward to all of these. I haven't read contemps in a long while, but Susay Sey's book MH sounds good.

    I send out a classroom newsletter once a month and I call it Hinshaw Happenings. I title my Christmas letter that, too. If I were a newspaper reporter in London during the 1800s, I might call my column Society's Scandals. :)

  10. So many more fun reads that I'm looking forward too! I think my column would be titled "Life Between Books" and cover the events and life that goes on when I'm not reading...and maybe some book recs too :)

  11. Hey Andrea - more great books to look forward to. I'm really excited about Maya's new book - do you know if this is part of a new series she's starting or is it a stand alone?

    I also can't wait to read Love in the Afternoon - I just can't get enough of those Hathaways!

    I had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage - and let me tell you Jennifer Ahsley is fast becoming a go to author for me. It's a wonderful book that breaks your heart and puts it back together again. I fell in love with Isabella and Mac and all the Mackenzie brothers and can't wait for more.

    Right now Maria and I are fighting over who will read Chains of Ice first - I'll let you know who wins.

    If I was starting a newspaper column I guess I would call it "How to Run in High Heels".

  12. Oh my gosh, I'm so astonished to see my baby Money, Honey in the line up, I can't think what to call my fictional newspaper column. I'm all flustered. Thanks, ladies. You're the best.

    Now, as for my newspaper column.
    I'm a sucker for celebrity gossip, though, so that'd be my speciality. Maybe I'd call it Snarkolicious. Makes me sound like a gossipy dinosaur, doesn't it? :-)

  13. Hey, chelleyreads! Me, too! I loved Ian's story and have been dying for Mac and Isabella's. Love your column name!

    Oooo, lucky you, Helen! So glad to hear you liked Loucinda's. :)

  14. Great name, Barbara E.!

    You and me both, Armenia! I think I'm most excited for LK's. It will be a bittersweet read, I'm thinking. I'll miss those Hathaways!

  15. Oooo, love it, Jane! Very contemporary.

    SiNn, how did I know you would have the word sin/sinner in it?! LOL

  16. Dianna said: ...Lisa Kleypas' Love in the Afternoon being one of them. Just can't wait to find out how that all ends.

    I know! Great choice for your column, Di!

  17. Laney4 said: Now I really must go seize the day. Thanks for making me think first thing in the morning, LOL!

    LOL! We aim to please, Laney! And that's a perfect name for your column. ;-)

  18. Hey, Deb! I totally agree about Susan Sey's MH. I will be reading it very soon to review and I can't wait!

    What an absolutely appropriate name for your column, JWZ1978. Love it!

  19. Marisa said: I'm really excited about Maya's new book - do you know if this is part of a new series she's starting or is it a stand alone?

    Marisa, it is the start of a new series about "Girl Writers". It sounds soooooo good! I can't wait to get it.

    So glad to hear that Mac and Isabella's book is terrific. Can't wait for it, too!

    Love the name for your column. It's perfect for you!

  20. LOL, love the name, Susan!!

    Your baby deserves to be on the list! I cannot wait to start it. ;-)

  21. Right now Maria and I are fighting over who will read Chains of Ice first - I'll let you know who wins.

    Fight hard, Marisa! It's worth it! It was a "one and done" read for me...then I read it again just for the pure pleasure! ;-)

  22. Oooh so many great books coming out!
    I’ve been looking forward to Beatrix Hathaway’s story ever since Lisa Kleypas first started talking about her on SR. I read Maya Rodale's first book when it just came out. She has a wonderfully readable, charming “voice”. So I’m looking forward to her latest story too.

    If I were a newspaper reporter I would call my column The Mother Wars. It would chronicle the relationship between women and their children. And the funny, strange, poignant, difficult things we women do as we battle to raise our children “right”. Can you believe? My verification word is t-r-u-c-e!?

  23. Right now Maria and I are fighting over who will read Chains of Ice first - I'll let you know who wins.

    I concur with PJ, Marisa! It is sooo worth winning that fight! Loved, loved, loved it!!

  24. I'm definitely looking forward to the new Tessa Dare and Lisa Kleypas books. I read the first book in Tessa's new Stud Club series and loved it, so can't wait for Rhys and Julian's books-especially Julian! Can't wait for his and Lily's story. :)

    While I'm looking forward to Beatrix's story, I will be sad to have the Hathaway series end. But I can't wait to see what Lisa's next historical will be, and am looking forward to her new Friday Harbor series.

    I was lucky enough to read A Groom of One's Own early, and y'all are in for a treat! I absolutely loved it. I am already eagerly waiting for the next Writers Girls story.

    As for what I would call my own column, it would probably be called How to Survive Law School. Having gone through the ordeal, I feel it is incumbent upon to to help out the next batch of law students, lol.

    Andrea, as I already have an ARC of A Groom of One's One, feel free to leave me out of the drawing. :)

  25. I'd probably called it "Rogue's Reviews" Because, of course, I would focus on men.

    All those books sound great!

  26. I can't wait for "A groom of my own" and Lady Isabella's scandalous marriage. ^^ I have to admit that i'm more excited for Maya's book that Jennifer's. Mostly because the reviews i've heard of Jennifer's book hasn't been that great. I also like the storyline of Maya's better. ^^.... If only i had a job i would get both.

    Now if i were a newspaper reporter i would call my column "The Highs and Lows of Society" and would write about just about anything. I would then say whether the subject of the said article would be a high or a low for society. ^^ It would be blunt and to the point. No niceties from me. ~o^


  27. There are just so many of the new releases that I want, how to choose!?
    If I wrote a Newspaper, it would probably be called something like, "Celtic Correspondant."
    Lvsgund @ gmail . com

  28. Ashley, Kleypas & Dahl are all on my must-buy list. I have Married By Morning next to read.

    I'll call my column:
    "Scoops & Scribes"...kinda lame, I'm not that creative. :)

  29. JulieJustJulie said: If I were a newspaper reporter I would call my column The Mother Wars. It would chronicle the relationship between women and their children.

    Oh, Julie I love, love, love your column name! Perhaps it's because I can so relate to it!! LOL

  30. Lisa said: But I can't wait to see what Lisa's next historical will be, and am looking forward to her new Friday Harbor series.

    I am super curious about her next historical, too, Lisa. Knowing LK, it'll be great! And I was so pleasantly surprised to see that the first in her new Friday Harbor series will be out this fall. Can't wait as I love her contemps!

  31. Karyn Gerrard said: I'd probably called it "Rogue's Reviews" Because, of course, I would focus on men.

    Now, why doesn't that surprise me, Karyn!!! And I know a lot of people who would read it!

  32. Doesn't Maya's book (and new series) sound really good, Melissa? I am really looking forward to it. I hope Maya writes fast!

    Sounds good, LilMissMolly!

    Oooooh! Enjoy Married by Morning, Scorpio!

  33. Looks like some great books for July. Maya's book sounds excellent.
    My column would be Mysterious Musings.

  34. Woohoo!! July is lookin' good!

  35. I'd probably called it "Rogue's Reviews" Because, of course, I would focus on men.

    Ahh, Karyn, a woman after my own heart!! I'll be your assist :-)

  36. I would probably call my column Health News.

  37. There are so many great books to look forward to, including those by Kleypas, Ashley and Dare.

    Column title: Life as I Know It.

  38. Oh, good one, runner10!

    Hey, chey! Health News, huh? We could all use a bit of that!

    That would also make a pretty good reality TV name, LSUReader!

  39. I've read Twice Tempted by a Rogue and loved it. The only problem I see with this list is choosing the order in which to read them.

    If I were a columnist in a historical romance, I'd call my column "Lady Ondine's On Dits." If I were a columnist in a contemporary romance, I'd call my column "Tales and Tattles." If I were writing a column as myself, I'd call it "Just Janga"--and I did--sort of.:)

  40. Umbrellas, goulashes, and life boats!

    The column would cover all aspects of a woman's life: love, career, and family.

  41. Janga said: The only problem I see with this list is choosing the order in which to read them.

    Exactly! And I'll take that problem any day!! *g*

    Great name, Angela! Is it raining where you live? ;-)

  42. What a great selection of books. I want to read them all.
    Title of my column - Window On The World..

  43. Hmmm....I probably call it "Secret Scandals".

    Lots of good books to add to my shopping list. It's gonna be a great summer!!!

    mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

  44. I'm looking forward to Lisa Kleypas' book, too.

    If I had a newspaper column about the events in my town, I'd use the title, HOT DISH.

  45. Ooh, I'm looking forward to books by Lisa Kleypas (because I like Beatrix the best), Christina Dodd and Tessa Dare (because I love the first one "One Dance With a Duke").

    If I were to have a column, I'd call it "Between the Sheets (of Paper)" which can cover a variety of topics.

    cories119 [at] yahoo [dot] com