Find out about Sophie Barnes’ Latest Romance + Giveaway!
Giveaway , Guest Post / December 31, 2013

Introducing Rebecca and Daniel   In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work. Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a…

Exclusive Interview with Jane Ashford + Giveaway!
Giveaway , Interviews / February 26, 2013

  1. Who are your favorite romance writers and their book that stands out the most for you? JA: I have an enduring affection for Georgette Heyer. I’ve found that over the years, my favorites among her books have changed. When I was younger I loved Arabella and Venetia. Lately, I find myself most touched by A Civil Contract. 2. How to you like your heroes and heroines to be? What can you tell us about the characters in your new release? JA: I like them to have histories and family connections so that their reactions to occurrences in the plot have some depth. I like them to be strong, able to bounce back from adversity, and kind. In Once Again a Bride, the heroine Charlotte has been sorely tested by her marriage to an old man who disdains her. She has to find a way back to the joy in life. Alec, the hero, has a load of responsibilities, which have made him maybe a little too serious. He has to find a way to let down his guard. Lucy and Ethan, their respective servants, also have familial issues that complicate their love story. 3. Please tell us five…

Tiffany Snow’s Top 5 Favorite Rescues + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / February 22, 2013

Thank you to Reading Romances for hosting me on the blog tour for TURNING POINT, the third book in The Kathleen Turner Series. There will be a total of five books in the series. Book four, OUT OF TURN, will be released on 12/17/13. Sometimes people ask me why I chose Romantic Suspense for my genre. Well, I could go into detail about why I like to interweave a mystery and danger with a story of love and romance, the challenges and rewards of crafting a satisfying mystery and relationship in one, but really it just boils down to the fact that writing romantic suspense gives me an excuse to write about a hot man with a gun rescuing a damsel in distress. Not that my heroine always needs rescuing, but I’ll never be immune to the perhaps old-fashioned notion of a woman being rescued. And while we’re on the subject, let me put in a good work for fictional women who aren’t Sarah Connor or Anita Blake. Part of what draw me to the Alpha-male hero is the lengths he’ll go to protect and rescue the woman he loves. And I think it’s important that he get that opportunity…

Exclusive Interview with Victoria Vane + Giveaway
Giveaway , Interviews , Uncategorized / February 21, 2013

What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?  During the day, anything and everything! I am compulsive andalso suspect I have ADD! This is one of the reasons I write at night when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep. What’s your “aha” moment when writing a sex scene in a book – the point at which you realize you’ve captured the essence of a naughty scene? Great question, Nat! Although I have written some highly erotic love scenes in a number of my books, none of them are purely gratuitous. I try to always use the love scene to advance the plot and/or show something new about my characters and their growing relationship. Even the Othaheitian Feast of Venus in A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE was used as a plot device for it was there that we could clearly tell that Phoebe and Ned were both out of their element and that they belonged together. In TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS, there are several erotic scenes (I won’t call them love scenes) that are used to demonstrate the moral depravity of the characters. I felt the visual depiction would be exponentially more effective than “telling” of their wickedness. I love…

Love is in the Air Giveaway
Giveaway / February 6, 2013

  Creating Exciting and New Erotic Scenes By Em Petrova Recently I had a writer friend ask how I keep my sex scenes from getting stale. I think most of us have read some old bodice-rippers, and in every book in the series, we could recite the scene along with the author. The characters remove their clothes the same way, their caresses are all similar. *yawn* In erotic romance especially it’s important to keep the writing fresh. Characters need to interact in new and exciting ways, just as couples need to in real life. My advice on keeping it real varies. If the characters are always in bed, get them on the floor, against a wall, or in public. Add the chance that they might get caught for a little thrill.  Also, if I still find myself writing the same moves in the same ways, I write it down on a scrap of paper and scribble it out longhand in 3 new ways. Then I use the most interesting. Another way I keep it fresh is by creating an obsession in a character. Maybe the hero loves worrying the heroine’s velvety earlobe between his teeth. The more he does this,…