Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
March? When did that happen? I could swear we were just celebrating New Year's last week! But yes, March will arrive in two days and spring is just around the corner, bringing with it fun guests and amazing new books. Here's what's happening in March at The Romance Dish!
Leading off this month is historical romance author Karyn Gerrard. Karyn joins me Thursday, March 3 for a Q&A about her new sensual romance, The Vicar's Frozen Heart. His heart may be frozen but the rest of him sure isn't!
Monday, March 7 brings historical romance author Elizabeth Michels back to the Dish. I love her sparkle, both in person and in her books! Michels' newest book, The Infamous Heir, releasing March 1, kicks off her Spare Heirs series and is getting rave reviews, including a TOP PICK from RT Book Reviews.
Tracy Solheim will join us Tuesday, March 8 for a Q&A. Solheim's new book, All They Ever Wanted takes readers back to Chances Inlet, North Carolina for another heartwarming story in her Second Chances contemporary romance series. All They Ever Wanted, out March 1, received a TOP PICK review from RT Book Reviews.
Don't miss Janga's newest On Second Thought review on Tuesday, March 15.
Will your favorite books of 2015 make the cut? Joins us on Friday, March 25 for the announcement of this year's Romance Writers of America RITA® Awards. It's sure to be an exciting day!
Tuesday, March 29 brings historical romance author Theresa Romain back to the Dish to celebrate the release of Fortune Favors the Wicked (don't you just love that title?), the first of two historical romances about Regency treasure hunters. This book is getting a lot of buzz, including a STARRED review from Booklist.
The Jill Shalvis Nobody But You tour stops at the Dish on Thursday, March 31. The third book in her contemporary Cedar Ridge series, Nobody But You releases March 29 and has earned a TOP PICK review from RT Book Reviews.
That's what's going on here this month. What are you looking forward to in March?
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Aussie Anna Campbell is a self-confessed bookaholic and is very proud of her shady past as a regular contributor to the Romance Dish. Her historical romances have won numerous awards, including the 2015 Australian Romantic Novella of the Year. Anna’s latest release is Tempting Mr. Townsend (the Dashing Widows Book 2), available from all good e-tailers from 27th February. Her website is www.annacampbell.com
Please join me in giving Anna a very hearty welcome home!
Tempting Mr. Townsend (Dashing Widows Book 2). I really think that lovely blue cover goes beautifully with the décor here!
I’ve got three Kindle downloads of Tempting Mr. Townsend (international) to give away to people who comment today. Good luck!
And the Beast?
When Anthony Townsend bursts into Lady Deerham’s fashionable Mayfair mansion demanding the return of his orphaned nephew, the lovely widow’s beauty and spirit turn his world upside down. But surely such a refined and aristocratic creature will scorn a rough, self-made man’s courtship, even if that man is now one of the richest magnates in England. Especially after he’s made such a woeful first impression by barging into her house and accusing her of conniving with the runaways. But when Fenella insists on sharing the desperate search for the boys, fate offers Anthony a chance to play the hero and change her mind about him. Will reluctant proximity convince Fenella that perhaps Mr. Townsend isn’t so beastly after all? Or now that their charges are safe, will Anthony and Fenella remain forever opposites fighting their attraction?
Thursday, February 25, 2016
By Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: February 23, 2016
When her mother died, sixteen year old Sadie Higgins put her life on hold to take care of her father, help run the family ranch, and raise her sweet little brother. Several years later, she's still doing the same, working two jobs and trying to keep her drug-addicted, ungrateful brother out of trouble but things are getting worse instead of better. Her father's health is rapidly failing and her brother has signed on with some truly bad dudes. The price of Sadie's loving heart and refusal to give up on her brother just may be her life. Ryan does a superb job of writing the conflict in Sadie's heart. She's more mother than sister to her brother. Sacrifice comes naturally as does the hope and faith that he will come to his senses and finally do the right thing but there may also come the time when she has to let him go. As the oldest of five siblings, I understood in a visceral way, the anguish of the decisions she has to make.
Rory Kendrick is my kind of cowboy - strong, honorable, protective, romantic, and all kinds of sexy. I happily handed him my heart. He has spent years raising his younger brothers with his grandfather's help after his parents' deaths and working himself to the bone keeping their ranch afloat. He's no monk but there hasn't been a lot of time for fun. While he and Sadie have grown up in the same small town they've never met though Rory sure has noticed her. He's always thought he was too old for her (she's six years younger) and even though he carries himself with confidence he hides a vulnerable and wary heart beneath his reserved demeanor.
When a crime on his ranch leads Rory to discover Sadie in unimaginable circumstances it unites the two in a powerful way (and put me firmly in their corner). Her determination to do the right thing leads to more time spent together and gradually, as they come to know one another, their initial connection deepens into a love that will change the course of their lives...if they can manage to stay alive in the face of the deadly group of criminals who have them in their sights.
Suspenseful, emotional, and deeply romantic, Sadie and Rory's journey took me on a roller coaster ride and completely captured my heart. Ryan rounds out the story with a well-formed cast of secondary characters offering comic relief, poignant farewells, a few surprises, and life or death danger. The bad guys are so realistic and fully dimensional that I wanted to indulge in some old fashioned, Wild West justice while Rory's grandfather and brothers, on the other hand, made me want to indulge in some big ole bear hugs. I hope each of the brothers will have his own story because I am not finished with this family!
I have a print copy of Stone Cold Cowboy to give to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on today's post. (U.S./Canadian addresses only)
Do you like modern-day cowboy heroes?
Are you a romantic suspense fan?
Have you read Jennifer Ryan's books yet?
Who's your favorite cowboy hero? (books or film - modern or historical)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Readers, do you enjoy a book series set around a family?
Lizbeth mentioned the authors who have influenced her. What authors have influenced your love of romance?
Have you read any of Lizbeth Selvig's books yet?
One randomly chosen person leaving a comment will receive an e-book copy of The Bride Wore Starlight.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Over the years, we've all grown, evolved, and broadened our horizons. As has soap. Dial introduced a rainbow of colors, Irish Spring sprinkled colored flecks throughout along with a fresh scent, and brilliant minds invented liquid soap and body wash. There were now soaps to moisturize, to invigorate, to relax. When I had time to relax. In my life, childhood had given way to the corporate rat race and showers replaced long, leisurely soaks in the tub. Wet, scrub, rinse and go. That was my daily routine. Soap was necessary but not something I spent a lot of time thinking about. More often than not, the brand that landed in my grocery cart was the one for which I had a coupon.
And now we come to today. I'm retired from the rat race. I live in a condo with both a shower and a tub. I have the time to indulge in the occasional luxury and I consider those luxuries essential to a good life. What does that have to do with soap? Oh, dear friends, let me count the bars...the colors...the aromas...the moisturizers...the natural ingredients....the...the...the. Well, you get the idea.
The other day I visited one of my favorite local shops, Bebe Gallini's (click to check out their facebook page). This wonderfully eclectic boutique, housed in a restored, historic cotton mill offers furniture, artwork, accessories, jewelry, gifts, candles and more but what I was there to browse that day was their newest selections of soap. And, oh, what selections they have. Hand-milled soaps from France. Seaweed soaps from Sweden. Soaps manufactured in the USA. Natural soaps made right here, in my North Carolina back yard. So many wonderful choices!
Want Ginger Orange? They have that. It's one of my favorites; like taking a leisurely stroll through a spicy orange grove.
Tomato-Vine Strawberry? They have that too. It's another favorite - a pure vegetable soap with shea butter and a scent that evokes memories of lazy summer days in my grandparents' strawberry patch.
Which soap followed me home from my recent trip? Avocado, rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, D and E, made by Kala Corp. in Cranston, RI - 100% made in the USA. It's wonderfully moisturizing. I've been using it about two weeks now and can already feel a difference in my skin. I've also been back to the store to buy two more bars. I love this soap!
Notice the soap in the upper left of the photo? The box labeled "coffee?" That's right. Coffee scented soap. Perfect for people like me, who can't have caffeine but love the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee. And that's exactly how it smells!
Do you pamper yourself with special soaps or lotions?
What's your favorite scent?
What's the most unusual scent you've tried?
Do you enjoy a leisurely soak in the tub with scented candles and a good romance novel?
Do you have a favorite local shop or boutique that offers "Enchantment for Home, Garden and Soul" as Bebe Gallini's does?
I spent today doing some early spring cleaning. One person who leaves a comment on this post will receive a box of romance novels from my stash. (U.S. addresses only)
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
I'm going to borrow a question from the Q&A below. Tell me, readers: If you had to wear a t-shirt with the same saying every day, what would it say?
MLM is offering a print copy of Rustler's Moon to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on today's post. (U.S. addresses only)