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Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

Posted by Susan Frances on December 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (10)

This hop is offiicially over.  Thank you for participating in the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop.  All winners have received their prizes.  Please keep checking my website for future blog hops.


Welcome to the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop hosted by the teams at I Am A Reader Not A Writer, Bookhounds, and Bookhounds YA. This blog will be going on from December 11 to 18, 2014 and feature a number of great romance novels which came out in 2014 so open your minds to the world of romantic fiction.

I have to admit, 2014 was a slow year for me as far as finding meaningful and exciting stories that kept me awake past my bedtime. Many of the heroes lacked courage and sensuality and most of the heroines were whiny and uninspiring, but occasionally I came across stories that moved me, took me into the lives of characters who taught me about their culture and their period in time.

 

Erica Monroe’s full-length romance Secrets in Scarlett, the second book in her Rookery Rogues series, has a gallant hero and an independent heroine who touches audience’s hearts. Not only are the characters stimulating but the plot is enthralling taking readers into the world of the industrial revolution which swept across England through the mid-19th century. It’s a book that I couldn’t put down until I finished.

 

Other stories which made a lasting impact on me this year have been novellas, some of which have been part of romantic anthologies.

 

Enchanted by an Emerald features seven stories, each about a magic emerald that brings lovers together. Catherine Kean’s impetuous tale about a proper lady who falls in love with a roguish stranger in A Knight to Remember, and Mimi Wells’s Fortune’s Fool about a down on her luck lady who crosses paths with a mysterious man are two of my favorite reads this year.

 

Border Brotherhood contains three novellas written by critically acclaimed authors Claire Delacroix, Kathryn Le Veque, and Suzan Tisdale. This is my favorite anthology of the 2014 with three individual stories that take readers into the grips of Medieval England. Where heroes are fierce warriors and heroines are brave lasses protective of their loved ones and committed to their principles. These are the characters that inspire readers to love, live and take chances.

 

What was your favorite book of 2014? Post your comment to enter a chance to win the Kindle version of Enchanted by an Emerald. You can double your chances by clicking on the follow by blog link. Good luck and have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year. You can continue along the blog hop by clicking on one of the links below.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Champagne Books

Posted by Susan Frances on November 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Specials

50% off all ebooks all Champagne Books all day, no coupon needed.

Free shipping on print books through Monday with coupon code FREESHIP14 in the US and Canada only. Watch out for special hourly sales all day Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014).

My book, The King Maker can be purchased here: http://champagnebooks.com/store/index.php?id_manufacturer=83&controller=manufacturer

 

 

November/December 2014 Issue of BTS emag

Posted by Susan Frances on November 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

November/December 2014 Issue of BTS emag available for free here:  http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#5491198/9968170


September/October 2014 Issue of BTS Emag Available for Free

Posted by Susan Frances on September 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


September/October 2014 issue of BTS emagavailable for free here:  http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/sept-oct-2014

 

discover New York Times and USA TodayBestselling author Dianne Duvall shares with us about her Immortal Guardian’sparanormal romance series. Join us as we chat with Dianne about her work, thentake a sneak peek at Night Unbound, the latest in her popular series.

Many more wonderful authors including A.L. Jackson, Quinn Loftis, Mary Mannersand more.

Don't miss these entertaining columns:

Our New Column Debut


Bestseller’s Secret

FROM DYSLEXIC TO BESTSELLER...


Chic Trends in Romance

SEXY GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT


The Hot Hunks of History

DARK DUKES OF HISTORY


The Heat Diva

HOT SUMMER WRAP UP


Ali B. and the Forty Spaceships

TO READ, PERCHANCE TO DREAM...


The Scrying Eye

GHOSTS OF THE PAST... DEMONS OF THE PRESENT


Forever Young

THE RETRO SCREAM: HORROR NOVELS THAT NEVER GET OLD


BTS Goes Hollywood

ALEX BLEDSOE

 


Giveaways at Romantic Historical Reviews

Posted by Susan Frances on July 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Expires Aug. 10, 2014

Any ebook by Victoria Vane: http://www.romantichistoricalreviews.com/spotlight-giveaway-treacherous-temptations-by-victoria-vane/

 

Expires Aug. 1, 2014

$50 gift card at Barnes and Noble from author K.E. Saxon: http://www.romantichistoricalreviews.com/virtual-tour-song-of-the-highlands-by-k-e-saxon/

Give Away at Romantic Historical Reviews

Posted by Susan Frances on July 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Enter the Rafflecopter at Romantic Historical Reviews to win a free copy of Melanie Kerr’s novel Follies Past.  The contest ends at 11pm on July 18, 2014.





Blurb:

Before there was a single man in possession of a good fortune at Netherfield, there was a single man in want of a wife in London. His name was Wickham and he was bent on marrying himself into as much wealth as he might contrive, preferably to the detriment of the man who had destroyed all his prospects in life – the man known as Darcy of Pemberley. In Pride and Prejudice, everything hinges on a letter which Mr. Darcy gives Elizabeth – a letter setting forth all his dealings with Mr. Wickham. These facts, supplied by Austen herself, are at the heart of Follies Past. The novel begins at Pemberley, at Christmas, almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice. It follows young Georgiana Darcy to London, to Ramsgate and to the brink of a perilous elopement. Upon opening the pages of Follies Past, readers will begin to feel as though it was penned by the masterful hand of Jane Austen herself. Crafted with all the skill of a trained linguist, this jaunty excursion into a flawless Regency England gives readers all the joys, the wit, and the drama of their beloved Pride and Prejudice. Existing characters are just as Austen wrote them, and the story, the manners, even the syntax all conform to her standards and idioms. As well as some exciting new characters and a sweet and touching new love story, readers will discover delightful surprises from more minor characters such as Anne de Bourgh and Mrs. Younge. The prefect prequel to England’s favourite book, this is a novel for true Austen fans.


July/August 2014 Issue of BTS emag Available

Posted by Susan Frances on July 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The July/August issue of BTS emag is available for free here:  http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#5491198/8466809





May/June 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews Available

Posted by Susan Frances on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

You can download the May/June 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews for free here:  http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/may-june2014



Hearts on Fire Valentine?s Hop (February 10 -14, 2014)

Posted by Susan Frances on February 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (2)

This blog hop is officially over.  All winners have been contacted.  Congratulations to them all!!


Welcome Hearts on Fire Blog Hopper! Thanks to Eve Langlais, Kym Grosso, Victoria Dannan, Close Encounters of the Night Kind, and Read Between the Lines for hosting the Hearts on Fire Valentine's Hop.


From the hosteses of this hop are their top ten:

TOP TEN FAV VALENTINES/ROMANTIC MOVIES!!


1. The Princess Bride – Eve (because I love a giggle with my romantic fairy tales)


2. Pretty Woman – Eve (gotta love a poor girl/rich guy flick)


3. Warm Bodies – Eve (Zombies can be sexy, lol)


4. Sabrina – Kym


5. The Proposal – Kym


6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Kym


7. A Walk in the Clouds – Victoria


8. The Notebook – Victoria


9. Made in Heaven – Victoria


10. _______________________ What’s yours?


TOP TEN FAV “PICK UP” LINES!!


1.Eve’s Corny p/u lines: Did you sit in a puddle of maple syrup? Because you have a swe-e-e-t ass.


2. Eve: Do you live in a corn field? Because I’m stalking you.


3. Eve: Your lips look so lonely. Would they like to meet mine?Note from Eve: Funny how most pickup lines are from guys to girls, and have to do with sex. lol. Then again, can you imagine a woman going up to a guy and saying “Hey gorgeous, I brought along my ten inch ruler because I’ve got a feeling you’ll measure up.” Hehehe.


4. Kym’s Corny p/u lines from movies: “Do you wash your pants in Windex? Because I can see myself in them.” ~Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,


5. Kym: “You know, it’s dangerous for you to be here in the frozen food section… Because you could melt all this stuff.” ~My Blue Heaven


6. Kym: “I couldn’t help but notice that you look a lot like my next girlfriend.” ~Hitch


7. Victoria’s fav lines that actually worked on me: (The lifeguard.) “You all might as well go home because this storm isn’t going away. (looks at me) Except you. You stay and we’ll go swimming.”


8. Victoria: “Have you seen Jeff?” “Who’s Jeff?” “Who cares? What’s your name?”


9. Victoria: “You’re my pick for student body president. Run and I’ll make sure you get elected.”


10. ___________________ What’s yours?


To have a chance to win the grand prize, a 20-carat heart pendant with 14k gold chain PLUS one signed paperback copy from authors Eve Langlais, Kym Grosso, and Victoria Dannan, enter the Rafflecopter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway or on Eve Langlais's website here:  http://evelanglais.com/wordpress/archives/1945

 

 





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The legend of St. Valentinus, a Christian martyr in Ancient Rome during the third century, tells of him healing his jailer’s daughter and falling in love with her.  He is believed to have inspired the concept of Valentine’s Day which evolved into courtly love during the High Middle Ages (1001 to 1300), a time depicted by such extraordinary romantic heroes as Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Beowulf, and El Cid.  Today, Valentine’s Day has substituted romantic heroes with Cupid, the son of the love goddess Venus.  The cherub with the bow and arrow slung on his back is the worldwide symbol of Valentine’s Day, and each year, we hope he remembers to shoot that arrow at the love we have in our sights.


I have found a few stories that celebrate Cupid’s arrival on February 14th, which I’ve provided below:


From the anthology Love, Valentine Style is Hotel Amore by Pamela Fryer


After being jilted at the altar by her fiancé, Virginia Montgomery quit her job and moved a thousand miles away to manage Hotel Amore on Little West Cay, hoping she'd never see that no-good coward Thomas Bennet again. But Fate and Mother Nature conspire and whip up a little Valentine's Day magic to bring Virginia and Thomas back together.



Vintage Valentine by Mindy Hardwick


On Valentine's Day, Hailey returns home to the Elmheart Hotel with her ten-year-old daughter. After years away, Hailey is happy to celebrate her grandparent's golden wedding anniversary. But, when Hailey finds former, high school boyfriend, Patrick, working as the hotel's chef, she will have to find a way to tell Patrick the secret she has kept for ten years. Vintage Valentine is a sweet, contemporary romance short story and the first in the Elmheart Series.



From Confessions of a Secret Admirer Anthology


Waiting for You by Jennifer Ryan

Rancher Grant Devane has waited for Taylor Larson’s return to Fallbrook for more than ten years. Now that the fearless beauty has come home on her terms, he’ll do anything and everything necessary to win back her heart.


Sweet Fortune by Candis Terry

Sarah Randall is tired of being invisible to the opposite sex. So when a leap of faith sends her to Sweet, Texas, and into the path of ridiculously hot Deputy Brady Bennett, she’s determined to catch his eye … even if it means staying hidden just a little bit longer.


Major League Crush by Jennifer Seasons

Professional baseball player Drake Paulson can’t help wanting to know more about his cute, shy neighbor. But when he discovers her deepest secret and she flees, it’ll be up to him to win her trust—and her love—one gift at a time.



Do you have a storybook couple that Cupid’s arrow has worked its magic on and would like to share?  Post your comment and one commenter will win a PDF copy of Rose Wars by Amy Corwin for posting on my blog.




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AReCAFE Celebrates HEA in February 2014

Posted by Susan Frances on February 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Join me at AReCafe on February 4, 2014, when I will be discussing the evolution of HEA (happily ever after reads) found here:  http://www.arecafe.com/cafe-news/susan-frances-evolution-hea/


You can see my article in the Café News section (https://www.arecafe.com/category/cafe-news/) or access the article from the home page of the site (https://www.arecafe.com/)


AReCafe is also celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long in February.  With each purchase you make at All Romance Ebooks, you will receive a free prize in the form of ebooks, swags, AReCafe gift bucks, or gift cards.  To read the rules of the sweepstakes, go to:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/contest.html


You can also enter the sweepstakes without making a purchase by filling out the form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GMrVZU0TNuN52nbby6dXFTeQ6tsGeIF5F-8N8XJJhbc/viewform?edit_requested=true


Entries limited to one per person.

Good Luck!!


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