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Mon
Oct 27 2014 1:00pm
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The Billion Dollar Player: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

In The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter, Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“How’s the groin, Jason? You gonna be one hundred percent for Sunday, son?”

Steve McNealy, the offensive coordinator, always talked to Jase like he was still in Pee-Wee football instead of a twenty-seven-year-old man with a college career and four years of pro ball under his belt. Though, in relation to the years with the NFL that Steve could claim, Jase guessed he was sort of a pup.

“I’m good to go, Coach. I’ll be tearin’ it up next week.”

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Sun
Sep 28 2014 9:00am
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Christmas at Seashell Cottage: Exclusive Excerpt

Donna Alward

Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

It's Christmas in Jewell Cove...

And local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger, and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans.

Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby and a small-town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?

Fall in love with Donna Alward's holiday romance, Christmas at Seashell Cottage, exclusively in e-book. And look for the other books in the Jewell Cove series. “Oh, my silly heart be still. This is a wonderful romance, packed with family drama, a sexy hero, an incredible old house. You'll fall in love from the very first page.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The House on Blackberry Hill

Get a sneak peek of Donna Alward's Christmas at Seashell Cottage (available October 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1&2.

Chapter 1

Charlie Yang had never considered herself much of a joiner. So it went without saying that she was surprised to find herself in the middle of setting up a nativity scene in front of the Jewell Cove church, stuffing scratchy straw into a crudely constructed manger. They’d had an early snow, and the layer of white covering the ground and the branches of trees and shrubbery added to the feeling of holiday spirit that had taken over since Thanksgiving.

Like a well-oiled machine, Gloria Henderson and her army of church ladies had taken charge of the volunteers and had assigned jobs to everyone. The men were tasked with anything requiring a ladder and heavy lifting—including lugging three wise men, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and sheep, and every last bit of the nativity to the front yard. Right now Bill—Charlie had forgotten his last name—from the service station was positioning the figures in the proper places, which were the exact same spots they occupied each and every year, apparently. Charlie gave a dry chuckle. You could always count on small towns, and Jewell Cove, Maine, was no different. It was practically steeped in saltwater traditions.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:30pm

October 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Look for all your favorite Holiday Reprints in our December shopping list!

Ready for more? The November 2014 Shopping List is here!

Heroes and Heartbreakers October 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 8:30am

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s Afternoon Delight (September 16, 2014)

Afternoon Delight by Anne CalhounAnne Calhoun
Afternoon Delight
InterMix / September 16, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Sarah McCall, food truck co-owner and recent Manhattan transplant, savors each moment of her new job—whether it’s refining the truck's menu, learning the city, or spending afternoons in bed with the hot paramedic who's fast becoming her favorite customer.

Tim Cannon spends his days sprinting from one emergency to the next. He eats like he works—at top speed—somewhere along the line he lost his ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Hooking up with Sarah is just another way to cope with the stress of his job, until their afternoon trysts coax Tim into enjoying everything he's avoided. Can Tim learn to balance his job saving lives with the everyday delights that make life worth living? If anyone can teach him, it’s Sarah….

As a general rule, I’m a Black Keys, White Stripes, rock'n'roll kind of woman. But I found myself grinning ridiculously and humming the Starlight Vocal Band’s perennial favorite, “Afternoon Delight,” while reading Anne Calhoun’s enjoyable novella of the same title.

[Sky rockets in flight!]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 10:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2014

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry ThomasEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for August 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Myretta Robens

My best of August book is Sherry Thomas's My Beautiful Enemy.
 
The hero and heroine have Sherry Thomas's trademark depth and vividness, and she does an extraordinary job of developing a relationship across time, cultures, and geography. One of her best, in my opinion.

Willa aka Willaful

My “best of” for August, We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, is absolutely not a romance. It is, however, a love story
about family. An intriguing high-concept plot and clever narrative
structure reveal deeply moving ideas about how love for family shapes our
identity, and about our ability to close our minds to unpleasant truths.

In romance, I loved the wit and tenderness of The Suffragette Scandal by
Courtney Milan, a lovely end to a memorable series.

[Will you be adding these to you TBR pile?]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 3:45pm

With a Bang! Not Your Usual Historicals for July 2014

Erin's Gift by Nancy FraserHere in the States, July means summer vacations, barbeques, July 4th fireworks and soaking up the sun. This month’s crop of not-your-usual historicals certainly gives historical romance fans plenty of options for time traveling while lounging on the beach or by the pool. Whether you want to escape the Regency ballroom in favor of Egypt or India, or fall in love against the backdrop of World War I, July offers a little something for everybody.

1920s!

Erin’s Gift by Nancy Fraser
Prohibition Era, Chicago

Caught in a raid at an illegal speakeasy, good girl Erin O’Mara loses everything: her job, her home, and her reputation. Handsome and so out of her league attorney Seth Harrison, her best friend’s brother, rescues her not once, but twice. He bails her out of jail and offers her a job as nanny for his son. Seth has no intention of falling in love after the death of his wife. But despite his better judgment, he can’t help being drawn to Erin’s innocence. This Christmas, letting go of the past and embracing the future may be the greatest present of all.

Originally published in last year’s multi-author anthology A Very Scandalous Holiday, Erin’s Gift is now available for purchase as a stand-alone novella. At the time of this posting, it was also free at various digital retail outlets.

[Oh, unusual and cost-effective?]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 9:16am

Cover Reveal: Mandy Baxter’s Billionaire’s Club: Texas Novellas!

Rocked by the Billionaire by Mandy BaxterToday we've got two more covers in Mandy Baxter's Billionaire's Club: Texas series (you saw The Billionaire Cowboy yesterday) to share!

One hero's a rock star; The other's a football player. Both have as much money and women as they can handle; Neither has the one woman he really needs. Until... 

C'mon, you know you've gotta find out more! Here are the official descriptions:

Rocked by the Billionaire (December 2, 2014)

Bad-boy Luke “Lucifer” Blackwell is living the life. The lead singer for the rock group Riot 59 has brought him everything he could ever want—billions of dollars, endless parties, and enough groupies to last a lifetime. But when Luke’s wild life starts to wear him down, he returns home to Texas—and ends up in the arms of the one woman who’s always made his heart beat faster than a pounding drum…

Kaleigh Taylor likes being a small-town girl, so she’s always been wary of Luke Blackwell’s fast-paced life—and of Luke himself. Fully expecting never to see the sexy singer who broke her heart years before, Kaleigh is completely shocked to find him back home, avoiding the spotlight and pursuing her instead. Kaleigh knows this can’t be right—his heart was always devoted to his fans. But as they spend more and more time together, Luke is awfully convincing that his heart belongs to someone else…

[May we also introduce Jase Blackwell?!...]

Mon
Jun 23 2014 2:24pm

Like Christmas Morning: 7 Holiday Cover Reveals!

On the Naughty List by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, and Sugar JamisonIt's beginning to look a lot like...well, you know! Today we're delighted to reveal the covers for an anthology and six new holiday novellas sure to put the hotness into your holiday cheer from fan-favorite authors Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, Sugar Jamison, Mandy Baxter, Melissa Cutler, Manda Collins, Nicole Michaels, Donna Alward, and Michele Dunaway.

Here's the scoop on all of the holiday romance goodies coming from St. Martin's Press starting this October:

On the Naughty List by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, and Sugar Jamison (October 14, 2014)

Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.

Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead—and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit? 

Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as “just friends”? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter and The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

[+Lots more covers where these came from!...]

Wed
Jun 4 2014 2:00pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: D.D. Ayres’s Necessary Force!

Necessary Force by D.D. AyresToday we're revealing the cover for Necessary Force, a novella in D.D. Ayres's K-9 Rescue series. A photojournalist hooks up with one of her subjects, never expecting to see him again. But see him she does, when she's targeted by a stalker, and her one-night stand—an FBI operative—is the only one who can help her. Here's the blurb:

As a favor for a friend, photojournalist Georgiana Flynn agrees to do a photo shoot for a sexy calendar to raise money for retired K-9 animals. A favor she's reluctant to do, even though she can’t take her eyes off one of gorgeous participants. Breaking all her personal rules, Georgie jumps into bed with him. Despite the powerful connection between them, she is relieved that they won’t be seeing one another again. But when she's targeted by a stalker the FBI suspects is the would-be bomber they have been looking for, Georgie finds that her gorgeous one-night stand is the only one who can help.

Richard Lawson is a FBI operative who’s never had any scruples about that he needs to do to get his job done. That was before he met Georgie Flynn and broke his personal moral code: never mix business with pleasure. When he and his K-9 Bomb sniffing partner Zander are assigned to protect the pretty photographer, he's determined to keep things professional. He just didn't count on the explosive connection rekindling.

Learn more or pre-order a copy of Necessary Force by D.D. Ayres, out July 1, 2014:

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Mon
May 12 2014 10:04am

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter’s Sin City Collectors Novellas!

Aces Wild by Amanda CarlsonWe've got not one, but two covers to show you today for the first time ever!  Amanda Carlson's Aces Wild and Kristen Painter's Queen of Hearts are part of the new Sin City Collectors series, with many more authors to come!

Here's the official description of Carlson's Aces Wild:

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since. But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone paranormal romance novellas, each with their own set of characters and happy endings, and are all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

[+See the cover for Kristen Painter's Queen of Hearts!...]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 3:13pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Gena Showalter’s Temptation in Shadows Novella!

Temptation in Shadows by Gena ShowalterNow this is tempting! Today we're pleased to reveal the cover for Gena Showalter's Temptation in Shadows, a novella where the powerful hero runs across a heroine who's even more powerful than he is—resulting in plenty of temptation. Here's more about it:

Fall under the spell of Gena Showalter's paranormal suspense novella "Temptation in Shadows,” available for the first time as a standalone e-novella (originally released as part of THE BODYGUARD anthology).

Tall, lean, muscular—and definitely rough around the edges—Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard. He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will. But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction…

Learn more or pre-order a copy of the Temptation in Shadows novella e-book by Gena Showalter, available June 17, 2014:

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Wed
Feb 19 2014 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Renée Jones’s His Secrets (February 24, 2014)

His Secrets by Lisa Renee JonesLisa Renée Jones
His Secrets
Pocket Star / February 24, 2014 / $.99 digital

All I wanted to do is take her back to bed, and bury myself and the demons of my past inside her. But I can’t. Not now. Maybe not ever.

Lisa Renée Jones's His Secrets by  is a novella from the Inside Out series that shows a different point of view—literally. In this scrumptious quickie, Chris Merit’s most inner thoughts are uncovered and readers are given a deeper insight into Chris’s fears, self-doubt and his adoration to Sara. In the previous novel, Revealing Us, Chris’s secret was revealed, but in His Secrets the significance behind his agony is revealed. Even though he feared Sara’s reaction towards his past, he laid all his cards on the table. No more lies or untold truths. He let her see with her own eyes what he was capable of, and hoped she would accept it all.

Sara’s hand comes down on my arms and I pull her in front of me to face the window. “Look at her, Sara. Look at her. This is what I brought you to Paris to see.” Then I turn her to face me, one of my hands on the glass by her head, the other on her waist. “My secret wasn’t about the shooting. That’s what I let you believe, but no more.”

[Get to know Chris...]

Fri
Feb 14 2014 4:30pm

No Substitute for Love: The Regency Valentines of Mary Balogh, Part 2

Tokens of Love by Mary Balogh et al.We're taking a look at Mary Balogh's Valentine's Day stories, just in time for the day itself. Part 1 is here.

Mary Balogh’s Regency Valentine story “The Substitute Guest” features a quiet dutiful spinster, living out her days with her brother and his family. This story is darker in tone than her earlier Valentine stories, more revelatory of the risks lovers take when they make themselves vulnerable to love.

“The Substitute Guest,” Tokens of Love, 1993

A jaded rake, a duke no less, and a “plain and placid” spinster: is that not the most enduring cliché of historical romance? Lady Florence has planned a playful orgiastic Valentine’s weekend for six gentlemen and six ladies.

Unfortunately, one of the ladies has begged off because she’s been laid low with migraines. In a pinch Lady Florence asks her neighbor Claire Ward, to join “a select group of the most prominent and respected members of society.” Claire is the right age—“very much closer to thirty than to twenty” although she’s “a confirmed spinster and a prude,” but fortunately for Lady Florence’s numbers, Claire accepts her invitation. Even though Claire is inclined to turn it down, her acceptance becomes an act of defiance against the overbearing advice of the visiting vicar and her sister-in-law Myrtle.

[Happy Valentine's Day!...]

Thu
Feb 6 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s Misbehaving (February 11, 2014)

Misbehaving by Tiffany ReiszTiffany Reisz
Misbehaving
Cosmo Red Hot Reads / February 11, 2014 / $3.99 digital

As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister's wedding isn't as rough as it sounds. There's just one hitch: Bea's assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn't have a plus-one to play with.

The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag—and he's as temptingly gorgeous as ever.

The bad news: Ben turned down Bea's offer of graduation-night sex five years ago.

The best news: He's not planning on making the same mistake twice….

Beatriz (Bea) is a happily single sex blogger, who’s as comfortable using a vibrator as finding a new bedmate to test out a particular position. She’s been there and done that, but she isn’t jaded about sex or, for the most part, love, she just knows where each belongs in her life—or thinks she does. She’s like Samantha on Sex and the City—confident, ballsy, empowered, the kind of woman who men who don’t know better might call “intimidating.”

[The lady's in charge...]

Thu
Feb 6 2014 9:30am

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Crazy Stupid Sex (February 11, 2014)

Crazy Stupid Sex by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Crazy Stupid Sex
Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin / February 11, 2014 / $3.99 digital

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him…

I’ll admit that I was leery when I first read the description of Maisey Yates's Crazy Stupid Sex—Oh great, just what we need in contemporary romance, yet another socially awkward heroine who gets schooled in the ways of seduction by a filthy rich playboy hero. Lather, rinse, yawn, repeat. Also the dreaded “smart heroine” description was thrown about.

So often when “smart” is used to describe the heroine that is code for until the hero gives her spectacular orgasms and then she’s going to forget all about her great career and morph into a pod person. What does Yates’s heroine do? She stays awesome, that’s what.

[Now that's what I like to hear...]

Tue
Jan 28 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Cora Carmack’s Seeking Her (January 28, 2014)

Seeking Her by Cora CarmackCora Carmack
Seeking Her
William Morrow Impulse / January 28, 2014 / $3.99 print, $.99 digital

Jackson Hunt hasn't been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn't exactly what he had in mind, but it's a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey's father doesn't want her to know she's being followed.

She's vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it's time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

In what seems to have become a great tradition in the world of New Adult, Seeking Her provides readers with the perspective into the mind of Finding It’s hero, Hunt. For those not familiar with Seeking Her, it is the third (and I fear final) book in Cora Carmack’s Losing It series. I loved the first book in the series and have been waiting with baited breath for the story of Bliss’s out-of-control friend, Kelsey.

[How does her story begin?...]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Beth Yarnall’s Wake Up Maggie (January 21, 2014)

Wake Up Maggie by Beth YarnallBeth Yarnall
Wake Up Maggie
Samhain / January 21, 2014 / $2.50 digital

Rearranging your cheating boyfriend’s family jewels isn’t a crime—unless your boyfriend is an Arizona state senator. And he happens to have a bullet in his chest.

Caught at the scene of the crime, Maggie Mae Castro is the only suspect, and the only one who saw the senator’s real killer—the skank ho he was cheating on her with.

FBI Special Agent Clive Poole has been shadowing the senator’s every move for nearly a year. He’s wanted Maggie from afar and knows she didn’t kill the senator, but with temptation close enough to touch, it’s now his job to protect her from danger.

Maggie finds herself falling for a man who knows everything about her, from her juvie record to her shoe size. But when they learn the senator was not what he seemed, and Maggie becomes the target of not one, but two killers bent on hiding their secrets, keeping Maggie safe is going to be even more difficult for Clive than sticking to his “hands off” policy.

The first in Beth Yarnall's Maggie Mae Misadventures serial novellas, Wake Up Maggie wastes no time tossing cosmetics specialist Maggie Mae Castro into comedic adventure crazy. Discovered standing over his body, Maggie Mae doesn’t win any points with the police when seen viciously kicking her dead lover, an Arizona senator, in the balls at the scene of the crime. The man was cheating on her when he was murdered, after all.

[No one likes a cheater...]

Fri
Jan 10 2014 3:45pm

1001 Dark Nights Novellas Launch This Month with Adrian, Ione, Kenner, Graham, and More

Forever Wicked by Shayla BlackSome big authors are banding together to release one novella per month during 2014 in the 1001 Dark Nights collection. Most of the novellas are set within the authors' existing worlds, but joined together in an overarching concept. The Goodreads blurb says:

1001 Dark Nights is inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights. In the original Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution. This series is a spin on the premise and creating new stories that a new Scheherazade might tell. A mix of sexy and romantic, paranormal and erotic. 

The authors, in list of release, are:

Which stories are you most excited to get your hands on?

Wed
Jan 1 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Jane O’Reilly’s The Holiday Survival Guide (January 1, 2014)

The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O'ReillyJane O'Reilly
The Holiday Survival Guide
Escape / January 1, 2014 / $3.99 digital

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she's determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde.

Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

With a real test of the notions of hot and cold, The Holiday Survival Guide by Jane O’Reilly takes readers to the Swedish northern landscape and turns up the heat. An assortment of obstacles along the way, though, makes finding the hot stuff even more tricky than you would naturally expect in the bitter cold. So, too, is finding a condom dispenser in a snow-covered survival camp. But these elements all combine in this story that is sure to offer some distraction during the long winter months ahead.

[Who doesn't love a good distraction?...]

Wed
Dec 18 2013 5:30pm

The Best Gifts are Mary Balogh Christmas Novellas

Under the Mistletoe by Mary BaloghFew historical romance authors can equal Mary Balogh’s record in writing Christmas stories. Her first Christmas novella, “The Star of Bethlehem,” appeared in the very first Signet Regency Christmas collection, A Regency Christmas (1989). In fact, a Balogh story was included in the Signet Regency Christmas anthologies for the first nine years they were published. She also wrote a story, “Guarded by Angels,” for Topaz’s Angel Christmas (1995). “A Handful of Gold,” first published in The Gifts of Christmas (Harlequin, 1998), was reissued in Christmas Keepsakes (Harlequin, 2005) and The Heart of Christmas (Harlequin, 2009). Under the Mistletoe, a collection that includes four Balogh Christmas novellas from her Signet years plus a new novella, was published in 2005.

In addition to these dozen Christmas novellas, Balogh has also written four novels with Christmas settings and themes: Christmas Beau (1991), a revenge story turned into a reunion story by the magic of Christmas, A Christmas Promise (1992), a cross-class marriage of convenience tale with a family Christmas that bridges two worlds and a most sigh-worthy conclusion; Christmas Belle (1994), another reunion story, this one with a rare actress heroine; and A Christmas Bride (1997), one of the best redeemed heroine novels. Speaking critically, I think A Christmas Promise is the best of the four. It shows the complications of a marriage between people from different classes, offers a detailed look at the Christmas celebrations of the period, and provides a poignant view of how grief affects the bereaved during a holiday, and it does all this with grace, credibility, and romantic tension. But I love all four books and have reread each one several times.

[Then there are the novellas...]