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Monday, March 31, 2014

Coming Attractions





April showers may bring May flowers but around here, April is going to bring bestselling authors, 5-star book reviews, blog tours, interviews and lots of terrific giveaways.  We hope you'll join us for all the fun!













We kick things off on Tuesday, April 1st with a visit from one of our favorite Aussies, the multi-talented Anne Gracie.  The second book in Anne's popular Chance Sisters series, THE WINTER BRIDE will be released April 1st and PJ says it's another winner.  The first book in the series, THE AUTUMN BRIDE was just named as a 2014 Romance Writers of America RITA® finalist in the Best Historical Romance category.










Wednesday, April 2nd brings New York Times bestselling and RITA® award winning author Eloisa James to the Dish.  Eloisa's newest book, THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X was released last week and has landed a spot on PJ's Best of 2013 list as well as earning a 5-star Top Pick.


Don't miss Andrea's New Releases on Friday, April 4th.  There are a lot of terrific books being released this month!






Vanessa Kelly returns to blog with us on Wednesday, April 9th.  CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM, the second book in Vanessa's The Renegade Royals series was released March 25th and continues the stories of those sexy, illegitimate royals.


On Thursday, April 10th, we're making our reservations for our most anticipated May books.  There are sure to be some great ones!







On Friday, April 11th, we'll be spotlighting A NUMBERS GAME: AN OUT OF BOUNDS NOVELLA by Tracy Solheim.  The novella, which brings readers another sexy NFL hero, will be released on April 15th and bridges the gap between full-length books in this popular sports-focused series.











Juliana Stone joins us for a Q&A with PJ on Monday, April 14th.  THE DAY HE KISSED HER, the third book in Juliana's sexy and emotional Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series, releases on April 1st.  PJ says this is a book, and series, you don't want to miss!










We have another spotlight for you on Tuesday, April 15th.  This time, the star of the show is WALLFLOWER GONE WILD by Maya Rodale, a historical romance released on March 25th.  That has to be one of the best titles ever!











We welcome Jennifer McQuiston back to TRD with a Q&A on Wednesday, April 16th.  Jennifer's third book, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND (released March 25th) brings readers all the humor and heart they have come to expect from this rising historical romance star.











New York Times and USA Today Bestseller and two-time Rita® award winning romantic suspense author Laura Griffin will be our special guest on Thursday, April 17th.  Laura's new book, FAR GONE will be released April 15th and is already garnering rave reviews.










We wrap up a terrific week with a visit from paranormal/fantasy author, Nancy Northcott on Friday, April 18th.  Nancy's new extended-length novella, SENTINEL: A LIGHT MAGE WARS NOVELLA is the prequel to her riveting debut, RENEGADE and a story that will have readers begging for more from this talented author.







Many long-time romance readers will recognize the name Rebecca Hagan Lee and will no doubt be delighted to learn that many of Rebecca's titles are being reissued by Amber House Books.  Rebecca will be blogging with us on Monday, April 21st!











The always entertaining Cathy Maxwell returns to blog with us on Wednesday, April 23rd.  We're loving Cathy's new Brides of Wishmore historical romance series (THE BRIDE SAYS MAYBE was released February 25th) and are also delighted to congratulate her on her recent RITA® nomination for THE DEVIL'S HEART.








Don't miss Anna Campbell's Second Helpings review on Thursday, April 24th.  This month, Anna is turning her spotlight on Georgette Heyer's LADY OF QUALITY and BATH TANGLE.  We'd also like to take a moment to turn the spotlight on Anna and congratulate her on being named a 2014 RITA® finalist for her wonderful historical romance, A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS!










On Friday, April 25th, we welcome the Robin Bielman blog tour to The Romance Dish.  Robin's new book, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN: A SECRET WISHES NOVEL will be released April 14th. The second book in Bielman's Secret Wishes series, HER ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND was just named as a finalist for the 2014 RITA® in the Short Contemporary Romance category.







Wrapping up an awesome month here at The Romance Dish will be Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Terri Osburn who will be blogging with us on Tuesday, April 29th.  The third book in Osburn's heartwarming Anchor Island series, HOME TO STAY will be released May 1st.







See you all in April!  




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review - - Four Friends


Four Friends
By Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Release Date: March 25, 2014

  

For two years, Gerri Gilbert, Andy Jamison, and Sonja Johanson, neighbors in a Mill Valley, California, community, have begun their days with a power walk. Their routine changes suddenly one morning when Andy, fed up with the immaturity and infidelity of her decade-younger second husband, throws him out in an angry, loud, public scene. The timing may be unexpected, but her friends know that Andy’s marriage has been flashing an expiration date since the honeymoon glow dimmed. But when, a bit later, Gerri asks Phil, her husband of almost twenty-five years to move out of their family home, everyone is shocked, including Gerri herself.

The Gilberts appear to be the perfect suburban family. Gerri, a supervisor with Child Protective Services, and Phil, an assistant district attorney, are good at their demanding jobs, skilled at balancing all the responsibilities that come with being the parents of three teenagers, and secure in their marriage. Gerri’s menopausal mood swings may have her family wincing at her bursts of temper, but no one doubts that Gerri and Phil love one another. They are best friends who talk to one another, laugh together, and have one another’s back. All of this is threatened when Gerri discovers that Phil had an affair. It doesn’t matter that the affair is five years past or that Phil sincerely regrets it. What matters is that Gerri can’t forgive him for the betrayal or for making her doubt herself and the relationship that was the bedrock of her life.

Sonya, a feng shui consultant and home organizer who strives for a balanced life through vegetarianism, exercise, and meditation, finds her troubled friends less than receptive to her New-Age remedies, but it is not until her husband George walks out, declaring that he wants a life that includes red meat, alcohol, and freedom from feeling “like a Chia pet,” that Sonja jettisons her herbs and water fountains and sinks into a paralyzing depression. It is BJ Smith, an intensely private newcomer to the neighborhood who has not responded to overtures of friendship, who suspects something is wrong and persuades Gerri to use her key to check on Sonja. BJ’s intuition allows Sonja to get the help she needs and saves her life. Meanwhile, Andy has found the most satisfying relationship of her life, emotionally and sexually, with the contractor remodeling her kitchen, an improbable romantic match for a woman with Andy’s history of involvement with hot, toned, younger men.

These women survive their individual crises, confront truths about themselves that they uncover in the process, and learn that the support and loyalty of real friends help to heal the necessary wounds and to inspire the courage to move in new directions. Carr leaves small-town romance to craft this women’s fiction novel about friendship and marriage, but she maintains her deft touch at creating characters whose credibility and complexity engage her readers.

I first read Robyn Carr’s books in the early 80s, but it was The House on Olive Street (1999), her first women’s fiction title, that put her on my auto-buy list. All of her titles in this genre have had a depth, a warmth, and a reality that made me treasure them. There is no one better than Carr at showing the role female friendships play in helping women move through the crossroads experiences. Four Friends is a welcome addition to Carr’s women’s fiction books. If you are a fan of books about women and their friendships or if, like me, you are a Robyn Carr fan regardless of genre, I recommend this book.

Note: I don’t want to include spoilers, but for readers who are leery of women’s fiction because the books can have endings that provide little resolution, Four Friends ends on an optimistic note.

~Janga
http://justjanga.blogspot.com




Delilah Marvelle Winner







The winner of a $5 Amazon gift card from Delilah Marvelle is

Ann Gonzalez

Congratulations, Ann!  Please send your email address to us at

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Marie Force Bonus Winners







Marie Force has graciously added two bonus prizes to her giveaways from her recent visit to The Romance Dish.  The two winners of an e-book of their choice from Marie's available titles are:

Mary Preston

and

GirlygirlHoosier52

Please send your email address, book title and choice of format (Kindle or Nook) to us at

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spotlight on Barefoot Bay


I was one of many disappointed fans who mourned when Roxanne St. Claire announced she would be moving her writing focus from sizzling romantic suspense to emotional contemporary stories. After three full-length books and three novellas set on St. Claire's fictional barrier island off the west coast of Florida, I'm disappointed no more.  Instead, I've delightfully devoured each of the Barefoot Bay stories and eagerly anticipate each new offering from one of the most talented authors around.  And, for those of you who enjoy that St. Claire sizzle, not to worry.  There's plenty of that to enjoy in these new, heartwarming stories as well.

Bridging the gap between her full-length trilogies, St. Claire has brought three sexy billionaire heroes to Barefoot Bay, telling their stories in novellas (125-145 pages) that will have readers begging for more of the same.  At least, it has this reader begging for more! :)

SECRETS ON THE SAND kicks off the Barefoot Bay Billionaires novella trilogy with a story of second chances.  Though they were classmates in high school, Zeke Nicholas and Mandy Mitchell may as well have lived on separate planets.  Nerdy Zeke didn't stand a chance with his gorgeous and popular high school crush, Mandy.  Ten years later, roles have been reversed.  While Zeke's extraordinary math skills have led him to a successful business career and a billionaire bank account, Mandy's life has taken an opposite turn as evidenced by the fact that she is now the maid tasked with cleaning Zeke's cottage at the exclusive Barefoot Bay resort.  Will a second chance give these two the happy ending they deserve or will a secret from Mandy's unhappy past tear them apart forever?  I was cheering for these two the entire way.  Zeke, especially, is a total sweetheart.  If Mandy didn't take him, I was ready to hop a plane for Barefoot Bay and claim him for myself!








SEDUCTION ON THE SAND brings us the story of billionaire real estate mogul Elliott Becker and Barefoot Bay goat farmer Frankie Cardinale.  When Frankie inherits her grandfather's goat farm on Barefoot Bay, she leaves her high powered job and takes up residence on the secluded piece of land where she spent the happiest days of her childhood.  Everything comes easy to charming Elliott Becker and he has no reason to expect anything different when he shows up on Barefoot Bay to buy a goat farm that's sitting on land he and his partners need for their proposed baseball stadium.  He'll have Frank Cardinale handing over his land in short order.  Except Frank turns out to be Frankie, a sexy Italian spitfire who fires up Elliott in more ways than one.  Elliott has finally met his match but, whoa mama, is she going to make him work for his happy ending - an ending he didn't even know he wanted...or needed.







SCANDAL ON THE SAND:  A member of American "royalty," Nathaniel Ivory has done his best in the past to live up to his notorious reputation but he's making a concerted effort to change.  He's given up the wild parties and one night stands and, along with his billionaire buddies, is concentrating his efforts on bringing a baseball team to Barefoot Bay.  But while Nate is trying his best to turn over a new leaf, scandal just can't help but find him - this time in the form of no-nonsense court clerk, Liza Lemanski.  Liza has been raising the son of her friend since that friend's death in a car accident and wants to adopt him.  She only needs to inform the child's father - Nathaniel Ivory - of the child's existence and get him to sign papers that release him from all parental rights. She's sure "Naughty Nate" will be only too happy to make the "problem" of an illegitimate child go away.  Things don't quite go according to plan.  Nate has grave doubts that the child is his; he doesn't even remember meeting the child's mother.  But then he meets Dylan...and gets to know Liza.  And as he and Liza work together to unravel the mystery of Dylan's mother's story and whether or not Nate actually is the boy's father, for the first time in his life, Nate discovers something he's willing to fight for:  a young boy who needs him and a woman he can't life without.  I do love a bad boy trying to reform and St. Claire has created a great one in Nate.  I loved his interactions with the prickly but determined Liza and was cheering for the two of them the entire way.


All three Barefoot Bay Billionaires novellas are available individually in e-book format and now available in a print boxed set.  The first story, SECRETS ON THE SAND, is currently FREE for download to your Kindle. 

Readers, do you enjoy novellas?  Have you read any good ones lately?  Have you read Roxanne St. Claire's books yet?  Have any favorites?  

Because I enjoyed these stories so much, I'm giving a Kindle format set of the three novellas to one person leaving a comment on today's post.

~PJ





Friday, March 28, 2014

Review - - Wildflower Wedding


Wildflower Wedding:  A Cricket Creek Novel
By LuAnn McLane
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: April 1, 2014




Romances set in small towns are all the rage now. It is a trend that I’ve quite enjoyed reading. Luann McLane’s WILDFLOWER WEDDING is no exception. It has all the classic ingredients that make these romances such pleasures to read. It takes place in a small town hit hard by the recession but that is determined to pick itself up, brush itself off and stand tall once again. I live in that kind of town. WILDFLOWER WEDDING’s heroine Gabby Goodwin is determined to make her mark in the town she grew up in by owning her own business. I happen to be a small business owner. Gabby runs a flower shop. My family owns a gourmet food store. Lucky me, I already have my happily ever after. Lucky Gabby, she’s about to get her’s. If she’ll open herself up to it. From the very start, you can’t help but want as much for her.

Enter Reese Marino, the town’s bad boy (and Gabby’s secret crush when they were younger) who went away to live with his Uncle Tony in Brooklyn. (Score another point for me. I love Brooklyn having lived there myself). Reese has returned to town having straightened himself out and become a success in his own right. He and his uncle own the newly opened pizza place. It’s a second chance for both of them. He delivers Gabby’s pizza and she just thinks he’s nothing more than the delivery guy. A hot delivery guy but just the delivery guy; nonetheless.

One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was that it was all about second chances. Gabby’s desire to get a second chance in her hometown at going from being from the wrong side of the tracks to being right on track. Reese coming into her life and getting a second chance at love with her. Recovering from the sting of a painful divorce, Uncle Tony gets a chance at finding love once again. Even Reese’s mom seems to get her second chance, too. 

For some, having so many secondary characters in one place removes something from the story.  I would beg to differ. A small town - any small town - is made up of the sum of the people who live and work there. I know that everyone who lives where I do contributes a little something special to the makeup of my town. Cricket Creek is no different. All the characters in this book and everyone else from the other books in this series make it a vibrant, very real, very special place. Just like anyone else’s town they may live in. Just like mine.

Yes, you can cue John Mellencamp if you like.

Still, and all, what I loved most of all about WILDFLOWER WEDDING was how Gabby and Reese opened themselves up to the possibility of love - to the certainty of their own love.  To me, the journey to their happily ever after keys into how deeply their love runs and how as beautiful as a field of wildflowers it can truly be.


I highly recommend going out and getting your copy of WILDFLOWER WEDDING. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. I know that I will be looking for the other books in this series, as well. Did you know they have their own baseball team? You know what’s coming, right? My town has our very own baseball team, too! 

~Santa

Santa Byrnes has been in love with the written word for as long as she can remember. Romances provide reaffirmation that love is for anyone who opens themselves up to their own happily ever after. Santa lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in New York along with her marvelous husband and three amazing teens. An aspiring romance writer, she is ever grateful to have found her own happily ever after.


Readers, do you enjoy small-town romances?  Do you like to read about second chances at love?  Do you - or have you - ever lived in one of those small towns where "everybody knows everybody?"  Does your town have its own baseball team?  

RITA Blog Winners




The following people have each won a book from our prize stash:


regencygirl01

Diane Peterson

jcp

traveler

catslady

dotland101


Please send your full name and mailing address to

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Marie Force Winners






The three winners from Marie Force's visit are:

Pam  Westfall
(All You Need is Love)

Librarypat
(Fatal Affair)

Samantha
(Fatal Justice)

Please send your full name and mailing address to us at:

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today's Special - - The Great Scots Blog Tour






I love Highlander historical romances and those written by Paula Quinn and Sue-Ellen Welfonder are among my favorites.  In The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell, Quinn introduces us to a new generation of MacGregors and Grants.  I loved the parents' stories and am so excited to now travel the path to happily ever after with their children.   Quinn is off to a wonderful start with Edmund and Amelia's story.  I couldn't put it down! ~PJ



About THE SEDUCTION OF MISS  AMELIA BELL
Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?




About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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I haven't read To Love a Highlander yet (it releases April 29th) but just knowing it's part of a series titled "Scandalous Scots" has me counting down the days.  Welfonder is one of my favorite medieval romance authors and many of her Highlanders count among my favorites.  ~PJ



About TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer .

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.




About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And the Finalists are...

For romance authors and those of us who love reading their books, today is the day!  Today, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) will announce the finalists for best books and best unpublished manuscripts of 2013. Writers wait nervously by their phones while readers hover over their computers, all waiting to find out which books make the finals...and which don't.  We'll be following the announcements here at The Romance Dish, talking about all the great books of 2013.  And, because today is all about favorite romance books, we'll be giving away some books too.  So come on in, choose a comfy chair, grab a drink and let's talk books!

We'll fill in the finalists for each of the categories below as they are announced but I'm sure we all have our own thoughts about what books published in 2013 should be in those slots. 

Tell us about your favorite books of 2013 and which of them you'd like to see listed below. 

Tell us about the books you think will be listed below. 

Share your thoughts about the books that are announced today as finalists.  Which ones do you think will win? 

The more comments you leave, the more chances to win!  

 


RITA® FINALISTS


Contemporary Romance

Homecoming Ranch by Julia London
Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Sleigh Bells in the Snow By Sarah Morgan
Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Country Roads by Nancy Herkness
The Second Chance Cafe by Alison Kent
Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
Fix You by Beck Anderson
Half Moon Hill by Toni Blake
It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross
The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre
Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe
Rescued by a Stranger by Liz Selvig
Talk of the Town by Beth Andrews




Erotic Romance 

Claim Me by J. Kenner
When I'm Bad I'm Better in It Stings so Sweet by Stephanie Draven
Private Practice by Samanthe Beck




Historical Romance

A Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
The Chieftain's Curse by Frances Housden
Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Holt
Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton
The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Darius by Grace Burrowes
Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale by T J Bennett
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
The Rogue's Proposal by Jennifer Haymore
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe





Inspirational Romance

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts



Paranormal Romance

The Devil's Heart by Cathy Maxwell
Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox
Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles by Zoe Archer
Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan
His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta
Diamond Dust by Vivian Arend
Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper
Witch Bound by Eleri Stone
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Teardrop by Lauren Kate




Romance Novella

The Bridesmaid by Julia London
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox
How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
Take What you Want by Jeanette Grey
"Defending Truth" by Shannon McNear (in A Pioneer Christmas)
"Imagine Me and You" by Maisey Yates (in Animal Attraction)
"Too Fast to Fall" by Victoria Dahl (in Be Mine)
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham
Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter




Romantic Suspense

The Killing Game by Toni Anderson
Off the Edge by Carolyn Crane
Thrill Ride by Julie Anne Walker
Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler




Short Contemporary Romance

Her Secret, His Baby by Tanya Michaels
Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton
A Conflict of Interest by Barbara Dunlop
A Royal without Rules by Caitlin Crews
Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman
Free Fall by Karen Foley


Best First Book

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Fix You by Beck Anderson
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts




GOLDEN HEART® FINALISTS



Contemporary Romance

"Too Good to be True" by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
"Love in Living Color" by Shelly C. Alexander
"Fearless" by Brynley Bush



Historical Romance


"Charlene and the Duchess Factory" by Lenore Bell
"Wicked Things" by Laura Trentham
"A Wild and Wicked Wind" by Laura Trentham
"The Seer" by Gwynlyn MacKenzie
"A Soldier's Serenade" by Ellen Lindseth
"The Earl Next Door" by Charis Calhoon
"A Haunting Desire" by Julie Mulhern
"Much Ado about Scandal" by Jillian Lark
"The Unseducible Earl" by Sheri Humphreys 


Inspirational Romance

"Better Than a Movie" by Sara Tompkins
"My Lord Valet" by Kristi Ann Hunter
"A Virtuous Ruby" by Piper Huguley
"Against the Peace" by Carrie Padgett



Paranormal Romance

"Fit to Die" by Pintip Dunn
"Hidden Magic" by Shelly Chalmers
"Beyond the Fire" by Marni Folsom
"Valhalla's King" by Asa Maria Bradley




Romantic Suspense

"Chasing Damn" by Denny S. Bryce
"Dangerous Dreams" by Abbie Roads
"Secrets that Kill" by Sarah Andre
"Fatal Fragrances" by Connie Taxdal
"In a Sea of Change" by Deborah Wilding
"See Her No More" by Sharon Wray



Short Contemporary Romance

"Poetic Justice" by Nan Dixon
"Bringing Delaney Home" by Lee Kilraine
"Yesterday's Promise" by Sarah Cannon




Young Adult Romance

"Altered" by Marnee Bailey
"Chasing Fireworks" by Kimberly MacCarron
"Letting Go" by Jessica Ruddick
"To Feel or Not to Feel" by Kimberly MacCarron
"Carlie in Crisis" by Pintip Dunn
"Carma Always" by Stephanie Winkelhake
"Four Bullets" by Amy DeLuca
"Macha and the River Blue" by Barbara Gerry
"The Thing with Feathers" by McCall Hoyle
"This Is Your Afterlife" by Vanessa Barneveld










Rebecca Paisley Winner





The winner of a signed copy of
The Barefoot Bride and Diamonds and Dreams is:

Audra

Congratulations!  Please send your full name and mailing address to us at:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com

Marie Force Winners






The three winners from Marie Force's visit are:

Pam  Westfall
(All You Need is Love)

Librarypat
(Fatal Affair)

Samantha
(Fatal Justice)

Please send your full name and mailing address to us at:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Today's Special - - Delilah Marvelle






It's our pleasure to welcome the Delilah Marvelle Night of Pleasure Blog Tour to The Romance Dish!  Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year. When she isn't writing, she's digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that never made it into college textbooks. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com and connect with her online at Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up for Delilah's newsletter here.


Welcome, Delilah!  Please tell our readers what they can expect from Night of Pleasure. 
Night of Pleasure, which is part of my School of Gallantry series, is about the charming Viscount Banfield who is smitten with his fiancée to the point of being stupid. The fact that it’s an arranged marriage lends a different angle. Instead of taking the route of an arranged marriage where the couple can’t stand each other, I took it to the other extreme. The hero adores his fiancée to the point of him not knowing what to do with himself. It made for a hilarious, quirky relationship. The heroine, Clementine Grey, is overwhelmed by all the attention and is usually the quiet girl who prefers to be independent. His extreme adoration helps her grow her own passions while teaching him something he never quite had: patience.

What would you like readers to understand about Derek and Clementine?

That their relationship has a lot of my own relationship woven into it. Naturally, I won’t give away in what ways and how (hey, that’s personal, lol), but I draw a lot of my insights on relationships from the one I’m in. And Derek and Clementine are no exception. After nineteen years of marriage, there are a lot of stories to tell about love!

What do you like most (and least) about being a writer?

I love that my writing has allowed me to meet people I normally wouldn’t have met had I gone into a different field. From my writing friends who make up 99% of my friends to my readers who are just a joy and who genuinely love reading as much as I do. What do I like least about being a writer? The time it takes away from my family. Writing is a full time commitment and sometimes it eats into too much time from the people I love most. So I do my best to balance it.


What would readers be surprised to learn about you?

That if I had a chance to do it all over again, I’d actually be a race car driver (vroom!). Seriously. I’ve always had a thing for racing cars at high speeds. And maybe one day, I’ll invest in a car and do it as a hobby. Fortunately, I don’t apply it to my everyday driving, lol. I haven’t gotten a single speeding ticket (knock on wood). 

What's next from Delilah Marvelle?
 
Master of Pleasure, which is the final book in the School of Gallantry series that will be a bridge to my upcoming series, The Whipping Society that will further expand the world. Super excited to write Lord Brayton’s story. His backstory is intense (won’t give it away, lol) and that will lend to an equally intense relationship that will change his twisted life and make him into who he always wanted to be: the guy next door. Can’t wait to finish it!



Readers, tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you. 

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An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand...

Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey.

To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.

Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charasmatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.

Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realizes his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.