Friday, November 30, 2012

Introducing Romancing the Holidays

It's time for Romancing the Holidays!  Beginning at 9am (EST) we'll be joined by four fabulous authors who will be blogging, chatting and giving away lots of terrific prizes.  Every hour a prize will be awarded so check back often to find out if you're a lucky winner!  But first, to be eligible for the prizes you must register at the Romancing the Holidays landing page.  So go take care of that then come on back at 9am and join the fun!  Here's the schedule for today's events:

9am to 12 Noon:  Grace Burrowes (three hourly blogs prizes)
12  Noon to 3pm:  Theresa Romain (three hourly blogs and prizes)
3pm to 6pm:  Vanessa Kelly (three hourly blogs and prizes)
6pm to 8pm:  Victoria Alexander (two hourly blogs and prizes)
8pm to 9pm:  Live chat with Victoria Alexander and Vanessa Kelly (prizes)

In case you missed our earlier announcement, here's the list of prizes that will be given away today.

5 Stocking filled with all 4 books
6 Book + Mug + English Christmas crackers  
7 Book + What Happens at Christmas mouse pad + White House Ornament 
8 Book+ Southern praline candy + What Happens at Christmas mouse pad  
10 All 4 books + Ornament, Tea Towel + English Christmas crackers  
11 Book + Set of David Winter cottage ornaments  
12 eReader + Box of chocolate truffles + Set of David Winter cottage ornaments

9:00am - Noon


Grace Burrowes is the sixth of seven children, and believes that birth order contributed both to a love of words and a love of story. After decades of reading romance novels, she began writing when her own nest turned up empty, and has been writing ever since. Her debut novel, "The Heir," was a Publishers Weekly (PW) best book, and her subsequent novels have received starred reviews from PW and Booklist, as well as an RT Reviewers' Choice award and a RITA nomination. Grace loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her website at

'Tis the Season for Scandal...

Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution...

But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both...

Buy links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books A Million   Book Depository   iBooks

Noon - 3:00pm


Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, was published in October 2012.

Twitter:  @TheresaRomain

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

Book order links (HTML):
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3:00pm - 6:00pm


Vanessa Kelly 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.  You can find her on the web at


When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed…

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Number 1 NYT bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written 29 full length novels and 7 novellas and her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a television reporter. Today, she lives in Omaha with her husband and two bearded collies, in a house under endless renovation and never ending chaos. Visit her at or on facebook

For Christmas, Camille, Lady Lydingham wants a marriage proposal from her handsome prince, though securing his offer will mean keeping her unconventional relatives from the prince's notice. That would be challenge enough, but then old flame Grayson Elliot shows up at her ladyship's Christmas house party, gate-crashing an already chaotic holiday gathering and playing havoc with Camille's scheme—and with her heart.


  1. Hope I'll be able to visit before noon.

  2. Replies
    1. I know, Mary. The authors had to restrict it to US only but I hope you'll still come for the fun!

  3. What a fun way to celebrate the holidays AND holiday romances!

  4. Isn't it? Hope to see you there, Cheryl!

  5. Oh I have to work today, 10-8... not fair! Have a wonderful time!!

    1. That sounds like one of my shifts, Laurie. Do you work retail?

      If you get home in time, pop in to say hello during the live chat with Victoria and Vanessa from 8-9pm (EST). Oh, and be sure you stop by to register so you'll be eligible for the prizes!

  6. Woo-hoo!! I'm working today, but will pop in at every chance I get! Good luck to everyone! Don't forget to register!!

  7. I loved this book. I have all but bout 3 of Victoria's books

  8. Today is my birthday...and the end of the Fall festivities and celebrations for me and mine. Tomorrow I dig into decorating and baking for Christmas. It is my favorite season because of its beauty, its good food, the generosity of people during this time, the gifting, the singing, the church contatas, and the closeness of family and beloved friends. When I have a moment or two to relax, I like to dig into my store of Christmas romances. They make me feel even better than the other seasonal wonders. I just finished Lady Sopia's Christmas Wish and What Happens at Christmas. I am now reading Mary Balogh's Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau twofer. Then I have Season of Surrender, Mistletoe Mine, Must Love Mistletoe, and many others. I plan devouring them all...staying up late probably after the rest of the house is quiet and my chores are done. I can't ask for a more perfect way to spend the season! Thanks for letting me peek into your discussions. Jan