Reading Romances January Challenge
readingchallenge2012 / December 30, 2011

What is this post about?! What is this event? HOW CAN I JOIN? Click here and find out! Welcome to our first challenge of the year, yay! We’ll start slow and simple, things will get more exciting on the next few months, don’t worry. You can post or link your reading list by leaving a comment, and in case you have any questions I’ll be back by the end of the week (vacation time!), so don’t feel like I’ve abandoned the blog, I’ll be back soon <3 P.S: Giveaways for the challenge will NOT be posted with the jan challenge post, you’ll have to keep an eye on the blog for your special giveaways! ; ) This month you can choose between the following options: – Read a book that is first of a series, by an author that is “new” to you or a debut novel by an author. OR – Read a romance that has a teen as the protagonist. OR – Read an Erotic Romance or Erotica. And let me know which topic(s) you’ll choose! Add your reviews here:  Just in case you are curious, I’m accepting 2 topics this month! Stay tunned cause I’ll review them…

Giveaway Winners
Giveaway , New / December 28, 2011

Jealous and Freakn’ by Eve Langlais And the winner is…CECILE! All the Pleasures of the Season And the winner is…AMANDA MEDINA Mid winter’s eve giveaway: A copy of CHRISTMAS MEMORIES by Karyn Gerrard And the winner is…CATHERINE! (********lee100@…..) You’ll all be contacted via email! Thank you for participating and CONGRATS! Wohooo!

Guest Post: He Thinks Her Tractor’s Sexy by Wendi Zwaduk
Guest Post , New / December 28, 2011

He Thinks Her Tractor’s Sexy by Wendi Zwaduk I want to first thank Reading Romances for letting me guest today. I love the blog and was so excited when the offer came to guest. You ladies rock! Now reading this far, you might be wondering about the title. Isn’t that line… yeah, it’s she and then he. But in the case of my newest release, Somewhere I Belong, the title is apropos. I grew up not on a farm, but darned close. My grandparents farmed and my dad spent all his time when he wasn’t working the EDJ, at the farm. So I spent more than my share of time out there. I can’t drive a tractor, but I can work a riding mower pretty well. I’ve done time on the hay wagon. Forgotten to wear long pants when working said wagon. Yes, hay stalks and straw does hurt when you’re trying to stack it. I saw cattle being born. Helped take care of the critters that didn’t make it and just plain ran around on the farm. A couple years ago my dad lost his job. He’d worked there for more than 15 years and was a dedicated employee….

Guest Review: Blind Dates and Other Disasters
2 stars , Guest Review , Rating , Reviews / December 27, 2011

Blind Dates & Other Disasters by Ally Blake , Fiona Harper & Barbara Hannay Publisher:  Harlequin UK Published Date:  02/01/2011 ISBN: 9781408935200 Summary: Three easy ways to keep your love life clean and simple .. …don’t get your friends to fix you up. Party planner Holly can’t find the perfect man – it’s time to turn to her friends to help her out. But after a string of horrific dates, will Jake Lincoln be the man for her?…don’t go on a blind date. Serena wishes she could ignore her unconventional upbringing and settle down with her dream man! So she’s heading out on a blind date. But her date is a man who lives by one rule: never get married! …don’t try your hand at internet dating. Annie is stuck in the Outback without any men for miles. When she meets Damien on an internet chat group, she immediately heads to the city to meet him. Then Theo steps in to take Damien’s place. My thoughts:The book contains three separate contemporary romance tales. I was hoping they would be intertwined with each other but each was a stand alone tale. From the blurbs, each sounded like they would be good reads,…

Interview with Amanda Arista + Giveaway
Giveaway , Interviews / December 26, 2011

Hello there! Thanks for having me here today at Reading Romances. I’m happy to share a little bit about me and my new book Claws and Effect with you today. Who are your influences as a writer? What do you look for when deciding to read a book? I am in love with Neil Gaiman. I think his American Gods is probably the best book this century and I will constantly strive to create a world as intricate as his. As far as romance, my first and always favorite is Jude Devereaux. I have always loved her quirky heroines and her happily ever afters.             When I’m deciding to read a book (and I will admit that I don’t get to read as much as I want), I look for an interesting premise. I’m a sucker for good world-building and a loveable but realistic heroine. I’ve come across a few books lately where I don’t like the main character and it’s really hard for me to keep reading it. But if you’ve modernized a fairy tale to include cyborgs, I will probably give it a chance. Are you coming to romance writing from another job? Please tell us about your…