Blogger Bundle Volume IX: Dear Author Community Picks [NOOK Book]


For their second blogger bundle, Jane of Dear Author went to the experts: readers! Their task: recommend titles that have not been previously available as ebooks and vote on the ones they want in a bundle. Suggestions were made, reasons argued and votes cast. Now, the four winners are gathered here! From a romantic comedy from Harlequin Duets to an unusual younger hero story, they were the books that stayed in readers' hearts and intrigued new readers' minds.

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For their second blogger bundle, Jane of Dear Author went to the experts: readers! Their task: recommend titles that have not been previously available as ebooks and vote on the ones they want in a bundle. Suggestions were made, reasons argued and votes cast. Now, the four winners are gathered here! From a romantic comedy from Harlequin Duets to an unusual younger hero story, they were the books that stayed in readers' hearts and intrigued new readers' minds.

Bundle contains: The Sweetest Taboo by Alison Kent, The Older Woman by Cheryl Reavis, Shotgun Nanny by Nancy Warren and Cullen's Bride by Fiona Brand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426865343
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Blogger Bundles Series
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 822 KB

Meet the Author

Alison Kent was a born reader, but it wasn't until the age of thirty that she decided she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Five years and a mental library of industry knowledge later, she had the most basic grasp of "how-to" and her first book in print.

Three years after that, she found a permanent home at Harlequin, accepting an invitation issued by the senior editor of the Temptation series, live on the "Isn't It Romantic?" episode of CBS 48 Hours.

That book, Call Me, was a Romantic Times finalist for Best First Series Book in 1996.

With her first three Temptations in print, she took a break from writing romance novels and spent a few months living one, finding her own hero and practicing every technique she'd learned from a lifetime of reading the best "how-to" manuals around! She now writes for both the Harlequin Blaze and Kensington Brava lines, and is a partner in Access Romance and DreamForge Media.

And the rest, as they say, is history. With the encouragement of her new master, er, husband, Alison is now back at work writing the stories she loves to read -- the fantasies that show readers the way love was meant to be. Alison lives in a Houston, Texas, suburb with her hero, four vagabond kids and a dog named Smith.

And she actually manages to write in the midst of all that madness. Readers can contact Alison through her web site at

Cheryl Reavis is an award-winning short story and romance author who has also written under the name of Cinda Richards. She describes herself as a "late bloomer" who played in her first piano recital at the tender age of 30.

"We had to line up by height. I was the third-smallest kid, right behind my son," she says. "My son had to keep explaining that no, I wasnût his sister, I was his mom. Apparently, among his peers, participating in a piano recital was a very unusual thing for a mother to do."

"After that, there was no stopping me. I gave myself permission to attempt my heart's other desire -- to write." Her Silhouette Special Edition novel, A Crime of the Heart, reached millions of readers in Good Housekeeping magazine. Her Harlequin Historical titles, The Bride Fair and The Prisoner, and Silhouette Special Edition books, A Crime of the Heart and Patrick Gallagher's Widow, are all winners of the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award.

The Bartered Bride, another Harlequin Historical, was a RITA finalist, as was her single title Promise Me a Rainbow. One of Our Own received the Career Achievement Award for Best Innovative Series Romance from Romantic Times Magazine, and The Long Way Home has been nominated by Romantic Times for Best Silhouette Special Edition title. Her Silhouette Special Edition book, The Older Woman, was chosen best contemporary category romance the year it was published by two online reader groups.

Southern born and bred, and of German and Hispanic descent, Cheryl describes her upbringing as "very multicultural."

"I grew up eating enchiladas, kraut dumplings, hush puppies and grits," she says. "But not at the same time." A former public health nurse, Cheryl makes her home in North Carolina with her husband and the surviving half of the formidable feline duo known as "The Girls."

Nancy Warren is the USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty sexy, humorous novels and novellas for Harlequin and Kensington publishers. She got her big break in 2000 when she won the Harlequin Blaze Contest (unpublished category) and her first sale was a three-book contract -- one for the Blaze line, one for the Temptation series and one for the Duets series. Nancy has won many awards for her writing, including the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Blaze of 2002 and the Laurel Wreath. In 2004 she was a double Rita Award finalist. Nancy holds an honors degree in English literature and lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about gorgeous men, and women who are a lot more adventurous than she. When not writing, she is usually out walking her border collie in the rain, or twisted into some bizarre yoga shape. For more, including contests, articles and other fun stuff, please visit

Fiona Brand has been a bookaholic ever since she was old enough to turn pages, but she didn't begin writing until after the birth of her second child. She gave herself two years to get published. Five years and several rejections later, she finally sold her first book, Cullen's Bride, to Silhouette Intimate Moments.

Other than writing romance, Fiona considers her life to be "Joe Average" ordinary. Before the writing career, she spent eight years working for the New Zealand Forest Service, where she learned the true meaning of power--holding the keys to the stationery cupboard and controlling the petty cash.

When the power rush ended, she tried the other end of the spectrum--absolute slavery--and took up having children. When her youngest son turned three, she set about teaching herself the business of writing. She figured that after spending eight years as a clerk, she could spend at least that much time trying to get a novel published.

Fiona's always lived in the country, and presently resides in the Bay of Islands, a subtropical fishing and diving paradise, with her two sons. As for far there are two goldfish and a budgie, but with a change of location looming in the near future, at least two cats and a dog are planned as welcome additions to the family.

Because of the sheer isolation of New Zealand travel is always on the itinerary, especially with most of her family residing in other countries, but Fiona has found New Zealand hard to beat. She says it has all the extremes a writer could wish for, from rugged cowboy country and snow-covered alps to rainforest and white sandy beaches...and besides, it's home.

When she's not writing or doing normal household things (like cleaning the budgie's cage and the goldfish tank), Fiona likes to spend her spare time with her children or catching up with friends. Her leisure activities include reading, walking, cooking, gardening, watching movies with the family, protecting her laptop from game-hungry kids, and of course, shopping. She's thinking of starting a daytime tai chi class to get out of the house and mingle with "normal" people who have "lives," and periodically tries to meditate in search of the elusive silence within.

Unfortunately, she hasn't found that silence yet. Somehow there's always a grocery list in there, or a "feeling guilty because you haven't done this" list, or she gets hungry, or else a kid comes in.

You can write to Fiona, who would love to hear from you, at: Fiona Brand, PO Box 18240 Glen Innes, Auckland 1130, New Zealand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Really good selection. Reavis and Brand in particular.

    Not a weak story in the bunch. I especially like Reavis' wounded hero with a sense of humour and good manners. And Brand with her more macho studly guy. I wouldn't want one of the latter in real life but I like to read about them.

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