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Love Boxed

Love Boxed

Reading books filled with passion is my favorite indulgence, and as a romance author, I get to call it work, too. A great way to sink into reading bliss is multi-author boxed sets, which represent a collaboration of authors, both bestselling and new, usually in the same subgenre or writing with a united theme. For today I’ve looked at two different sets to recommend—a contemporary and a paranormal. Boxed sets allow readers to try several authors, and do so for a fantastic value. Can’t go wrong.

A heads up: some boxed sets are published only for a limited time, so if one piques your interest, snap it up while you can.

Posted by × April 21, 2014 ×

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Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

Just as in real life, there are commonalities found in every romance book. One of these is trust. It’s the glue that binds the hero and heroine together in their love for one another. Without trust, the relationship is going nowhere fast. Another component is that one character, hero or heroine, will always have a more dominant personality or mannerism in the story. These two specific commonalities are especially noticeable in books such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Alpha heroes take center stage in these books, which take the intimacy level between a hero and heroine to a level that has only recently emerged from the shadows into mainstream romance.

Posted by × March 17, 2014 ×

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Saint Valentine, Love & Chocolate!

Saint Valentine, Love & Chocolate!

We all know February 14th is the day to celebrate love and romance! It’s the one day of the year when Cupid pulls his bow and we get hit! Roses.  Chocolate. Love. Romance.  Can it get any better?

Sure it can!  I’ve got 3 wonderful books to inspire romance for the rest of the month!  Three books that I enjoyed a lot!

First up, To Catch a Cupid: Thomas, by Liliana Hart.

Posted by × February 17, 2014 ×

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Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

I’m a sucker for secret agents.  I love the tension and drama that accompanies a good spy story, and I’m a big fan of the car chase, the shoot-out, and the desperate race to save the president/the girl/the super-secret computer program from falling into the hands of the dastardly government/villain/corporation.

Unfortunately, there’s one element in most spy yarns that doesn’t quite cut it for me, and it’s in the romance department.  All too often, the hero is left with a broken heart as he watches his lover die a gruesome and usually pointless death, leaving him forever scarred.  Not exactly a great reward for saving the world.

Posted by × January 20, 2014 ×

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LOVE ROCKS: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

LOVE ROCKS: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

If you’re like me, you’re probably scratching your head wondering how on earth we find ourselves with only days until Christmas. And if you’re also like me, you’re probably scrambling for those last minute presents or the stocking stuffers.  Hopefully, you’re not.  Hopefully you’re all much more organized than I am and have some time to do things like….READ!

I’ve got a few holiday themed books to recommend, and one that isn’t a holiday book but it’s so awesome I wanted you all to be aware of it!

Posted by × December 16, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: The Different Historical Novella

Love Rocks: The Different Historical Novella

The Christmas season is upon us. You’d like to start a new series. Try something different. But do you really have the time to invest? Especially when your Christmas list is long. And you still haven’t figured out what to get Uncle Bob (He’s always so difficult to buy for.)

I have a soft spot for historical romance novels. It’s what I write, after all. And there’s a wonderful trend that I love—the historical romance novella written as a standalone story that’s part an existing series. Or in some cases, used to launch a new series.

What better way to sample a brand new series that’s caught your eye than to dive into a novella?

Posted by × November 18, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Tis The Season For Holiday Romance

Love Rocks: Tis The Season For Holiday Romance

October is probably my favorite month of the year. Not just because the leaves are changing color and there’s a brisk rush to the air, but because October is traditionally the month when holiday romances hit the shelves. I’m a sucker for a good holiday romance. Crackling fires, mistletoe, snow falling outside, and the magic of the holidays are all elements that seem to lend themselves perfectly to sexy, emotional, romantic reads. Every year I look forward to finding the perfect story that will get me in the mood to celebrate the holidays.

Posted by × October 21, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Realms Strange and Otherworldly

Love Rocks: Realms Strange and Otherworldly

The days grow colder, nights longer. Halloween decorations fill the shelves, promising fun along with fright, magic with mystery. Out come the vampires and weres, and in paranormal romance, each has their own power to tempt and seduce. In these stories, danger lurks around every corner. Strong protectors use everything they have to hold back the encroaching dark—fists, weapons, wisecracks, and yes, sometimes a kiss. The fights are desperate, stakes high, but ultimately love vanquishes evil when all else seems hopeless and lost. What’s not to like?

Posted by × September 16, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Bright Lights, Big City Romance

Love Rocks: Bright Lights, Big City Romance

I grew up in a small town with Colonial and Victorian era houses and big trees shading the quiet streets.  It was almost picture-perfect, with steepled churches and a town library modelled on a miniature Monticello. But underneath that near-immaculate exterior lurked…well, nothing very sinister.  No Stephen King monsters or cults of Stepford Wives. It was and still is a pretty nice place to live; neighbors look out for neighbors and residents actually care enough about the place to show up to town hall meetings.

That sort of lifestyle is the basis for small town contemporary romance. For many readers, the notion of life in a peaceful, unhurried setting, where neighbor knows neighbor, holds enormous appeal.  In fact, small town romance is so dominant these days that it seems difficult to find contemporary romances with a big city setting.

More Than a Kiss by Stacey Joy Netzel starts with a kiss, one that comes with strings attached—to a handsome and rich LA entrepreneur. 

Posted by × August 19, 2013 ×

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Novella Recommendations

Novella Recommendations

If you’re like me, your summer is busy and filled with all sorts of activities. Whether you’re at home or on vacation, you may not have a large chunk of time to curl up with a good book like you did during the winter. This is why I love reading novellas at this time of the year. The short format fits my crazy, oh-my-gosh-I’ve-been-interrupted-again schedule.

One-third to one-half the size of a full-length novel, a novella can often be read in just one sitting. If you’re flying somewhere, you can probably finish the story before your plane lands. If you’re at work and you’re a speedy reader, I’ll bet you can start and finish one during your lunch hour. Here are several self-published romance novellas that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Posted by × July 15, 2013 ×

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What the Pros Read: Impassioned Romance Picks from Great Authors

What the Pros Read: Impassioned Romance Picks from Great Authors

This week, we have the pleasure of hearing from five fan favorites in the field of Romance fiction, as they offer their selections for recommended reading.  Their picks are certain to spark conversation, and maybe even a few new tricks in one’s love life.

Posted by × July 10, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Summer Heat

Love Rocks: Summer Heat

In summertime, I’m on the hunt for heat.  Heat in the air, heat in my romance, heat in big, high stakes stories.  Big romance & big adventure.  
 
Today’s spotlight stories deliver on both counts.  Both are romantic suspense, but because everyone likes their heat to different degrees, I’m giving you one that’s heavy on the thriller angle, the other heavy on the sensual heat. But they’re both top-notch self-published romance.

First up, the adventure.

Posted by × June 17, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Angel or Sinner?

Love Rocks: Angel or Sinner?

Are you a reader who commits the “sin” of reading the back of the book before you start reading? I’m angelic in the sense that I always start at the beginning of a book without peeking ahead. I even read series in order as I don’t want to miss out on this or that tidbit that makes for a fuller read with each successive book.

Now it’s confession time. Recently, I read a series out of order. And it was awesome to become a full-blown sinner when it comes to leaping ahead! So what drove me to risk it all and leap across books in a series? A hero who is as wickedly sinful as they come. But to tell you about him, I have to tell you about the first book’s hero.

Posted by × May 20, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Our Favorite Indie Reads of the Year

Love Rocks: Our Favorite Indie Reads of the Year

The authors of Rock*It Reads are celebrating the first anniversary of their B & N Review column for indie romance, Love Rocks!  For the past year, we’ve been bringing you great recommendations for quality indie-published works. To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to take a look at our favorite reads from the last twelve months.

Monica Burns, award-winning author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, selected London Falling as her favorite recommendation of the year. “This past year has been a treat when it comes to unearthing some lovely gems in the indie realm. I’ve read some good books in the last twelve months, but my favorite has to be Emma Carr’s London Falling.

Posted by × April 22, 2013 ×

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Love Rocks: Delightful Historicals

Love Rocks: Delightful Historicals

I knew from the first couple of pages that Shades of Honor by Wendy Lindstrom was going to be a book I could sink my teeth into. It’s 1870, and the hero, Ranford Grayson, has just returned home to a small town in New York with his shy, damaged four year-old daughter. Little Rebecca’s mother is very plausibly out of the picture, and the child’s caregivers have been less than ideal – the first one, a beloved nanny, abandoned her to start her own family, and the second was an abuser. Ranford goes home to his mother and three younger brothers, knowing it will be best for Rebecca.
 
But Ranford is not without his own inner demons.

Posted by × March 18, 2013 ×