Ok folks. I got an email from Danielle over at Sourcebooks and for the sake of time I am just going to copy and repost it here for everyone to see. Love y’all and Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sourcebooks will be taking the holiday cheer beyond December 25. After our 25 Days of Christmas eBook Promotion ends, we’ll start the 12 MORE Days of Christmas eBook Promotion!

 Things will be a little bit different for the promotion—you MUST sign up for the daily newsletter to find out the deals of that day. You can sign up here: http://books.sourcebooks.com/promos/.

Additionally, these deals will last for ONE DAY ONLY, and all books featured will be 99 cents at all eBook retailers. But JUST FOR ONE DAY!

Just like the Christmas song, “12 Days of Christmas,” each day will feature the corresponding number of books on sale. So 1 book on day 1, 2 books on day 2… all the way up to 12 books on day 12. Some will be by one author, and others will be grouped together around a genre. But remember, to find out which books will be discounted, you should sign up for our newsletter. We’re putting some of our best titles on promotion just for you, so make sure to get them while you can! http://books.sourcebooks.com/promos/

Please feel free to share this info with your readers. And Happy Holidays!

Best,

Danielle

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir

ISBN: 978-0-345-51189-8
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 2012
Price: $27.00 (US)

Synopsis from the Publisher:

In this engrossing novel of historical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir tells the dramatic intertwined stories of two women—Katherine Grey and Kate Plantagenet—separated by time but linked by twin destinies . . . . involving the mysterious tragic fate of the young Princes in the Tower.
 
When her older sister, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days’ Queen, is executed in 1554 for unlawfully accepting the English crown, Lady Katherine Grey’s world falls apart. Barely recovered from this tragic loss she risks all for love, only to incur the wrath of her formidable cousin Queen Elizabeth I, who sees Katherine as a rival for her insecure throne.
 
 Interlaced with Katherine’s story is that of her distant kinswoman Kate Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king. In 1483, Kate travels to London for Richard’s coronation, and her world changes forever.
 
 Kate loves her father, but before long she hears terrible rumors about him that threaten all she holds dear. Like Katherine Grey, she falls in love with a man who is forbidden to her. Then Kate embarks on what will become a perilous quest, covertly seeking the truth about what befell her cousins the Princes in the Tower, who may have been victims of Richard III’s lust for power. But time is not on Kate’s side, or on Katherine’s.
 
 Katherine finds herself a prisoner in the Tower of London, the sinister fortress that overshadowed the lives of so many royal figures, including the boy princes. Will Elizabeth demand the full penalty for treason? And what secrets will Katherine find hidden within the Tower walls?
 
 Alison Weir’s new novel is a page-turning story set within a framework of fascinating historical authenticity. In this rich and layered tapestry, Katherine and Kate discover that possessing royal blood can prove to be a dangerous inheritance.

Why I Liked A Dangerous Inheritance

I could be a little prejudice here, because I love 15th century England. It was a terrible time, especially for women, and Alison Weir knows that. She beautifully portrays the hardships women underwent, especially how worthless they were to men at that time. Pawns in a game, disrespected more often than not, and sold in business transactions called marriages. Kudos to Weir for having that come across to readers so well.

Another reason I liked this book is because I like this story. There is so much mystery and intrigue behind Richard III and the lost princes of the tower, that the plot is ripe for a fiction novel. Did Richard have his own nephews killed? Who knows. But Alison Weir takes a crack at finding out, and it was well done. I also like the story of Elizabeth I and like how she was portrayed in Weir’s book. Formidable, yet vulnerable.

I liked the characters, the protagonists and the sub-characters, and was enthralled with how Katherine set about discovering the truth. There were moments where both Kate and Katherine’s choices irritated me, but that was to be expected as each of them came of age and got wiser.

I also think this book was great for the historical facts included. Alison Weir is a scholar of the era and has written a great many non-fiction works. At the end of A Dangerous Inheritance she reveals the truth of the matter, and admits the areas in which she took some liberties. I think that made this book all the more fun to read.

Why I Did Not Like A Dangerous Inheritance

Unfortunately, there was one thing about this book that I just could not get over. Weir wrote this story in first person, from the perspectives of the two different Kates as the respective heroines. I will say that she tried admirably to keep the stories separated by using Kate or Katherine respectively, and did not deter from those names in their respective POV’s. But, no matter how hard I tried, I was still left floundering in the dust of the story. Weir always cleared it up, but I did not like being confused so much.

Do I Think You Should Buy It

A Dangerous Inheritance is a good story, point blank! However, I do not know if it is buy-off-the-shelf-worthy. At 27 bucks a pop, I would hold off until this one is on sale. But I WOULD get it. Eventually. The story really is a good one and I do recommend you read it, I just think the effort you have to put into keeping the story straight makes it a buy-on-sale book.

 OK, so I know there is absolutely no excuse, but I only now realized that I forgot to write a review for a book I read months ago. To make matters worse, this is no ordinary book, it was written by one of my favorite authors! How could I forget, You ask….Life, I tell you! Life just got in the way. So, here is my (not so formal) apology to the ever-lovely Susanna Kearsley and the folks at Sourcebooks Inc.

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
ISBN: 978-01-4022-5870-1
Published by: Sourcebooks Inc.
Publication Date: October 2012
Price: $16.99 (US)

Back cover blurb :

THE INVINCIBLE NINTH ROMAN LEGION MARCHES FROM YORK TO FIGHT THE NORTHERN TRIBES. AND THEN VANISHES FROM THE PAGES OF HISTORY.
 
Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.
 
Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it—not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.
 
Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

What I thought of The Shadowy Horses

If you love history, suspense, romance, and good writing, then this book is for you!

So far, Susanna Kearsley has not let me down, and she remains to this day, one of my favorite authors. This book, as with her previous ones, hold a valid appeal, not just for the author’s imagination, but because of the way she conveys it to the reader. The Shadowy Horses somehow manages to keep the reader firmly established in the present, all while providing the air of mystery that comes with the past. The story was captivating, the plot intriguing, and I could not put it down.

For those of you who want a little more intel, here goes. Let’s start with the characters. Verity Grey is our leading woman. Subdued, yet vibrant, she is an archaeologist always seeking the next adventure. Persuaded by a former lover to join the dig, Verity winds up in a tiny town investigating one of the greatest mysteries of time, the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. She is charismatic and heroic, determined, and lovable.

Verity’s love interest is David Fortune, a fellow archaeologist and local, a man full of mystery himself, and handsome to boot. Because the story is written in the 1st person point of view from Verity, David always holds an air of mysteriousness for the reader as well as the heroine. His thoughts and motives are always unknown, and always intriguing.

One of my favorite characters however, is the loony man leading this crazy expedition. Right from his first introduction Peter is charming in the old gentleman sort of way, as eccentric as a passionate explorer can be, and just the right sort of character who can make you smile when he commands a scene. I mention these three characters because of all of them, these three are the most unforgettable. These three dominate the pages and command your attention. There is, of course, others. Like little Robbie who is more important to the expedition than anyone realizes, Verity’s ex-lover who provides just enough male chauvinistic attitude to keep a smirk on your face, David’s endearingly stubborn mom, and the list goes on.

Being an avid history buff, I was in love with this plot line too. Kearsley pulls off a beautiful mystery, keeping the reader enthralled with what’s going to happen, is it or isn’t it kind of stuff. I am sure I will think of more good stuff to write about this book, because I really did like it. I recommend it, and would love to hear what others think. There are of course, some things I should warn you about.

Do not read this book if…

You like more sex scenes than anything else. There is only one sexual scene and it is G-rated, and definitely on the sweety heart side. There is romance, of course, but it is the lovey dovey stuff that just sort of melts your heart. So if you are expecting that alpha-male knock-the-heroine-over-sort, then be warned you won’t find it here. This book is more suspenseful than romantic. And one more warning…you may figure out who the villain is a little soon, but do not worry, it does not ruin the story. Could the climax have been a little more, well, climactic? Yes. But I still liked the book all the same.

In the June memoir from Sourcebooks Inc., All Roads Lead to Austen the author Amy Elizabeth Smith took Jane Austen’s works along with her as she traveled to foreign countries. Her goal was to see if the magic of Jane Austen could hold its power across borders, languages and cultures.

 Amy took Jane to far off countries – and Sourcebooks needs your help to take her even further! They are holding a contest called All Around the World with Jane! Join them on their Austen love fest by printing out their Jane Austen “flat Stanley.” Take pictures of yourself with Jane in your hometown or on your vacation, and submit it from April 30th – June 30th!

They will award the following prizes to the individuals with the most creative picture:

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • An E-reader with all of Sourcebooks Inc. available Austen
    sequels/continuations downloaded on to it
  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen
    by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A Skype session with Amy Elizabeth Smith

3 Second Place Winner will receive:

  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen
    by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A choice of 5 Jane Austen sequels/continuations
    from Sourcebooks

5 Third Place Winners will receive:

  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen
    by Amy Elizabeth Smith

 

You can then submit your pictures on the All Around the World with Jane Facebook page or email your submission to landmark@sourcebookspr.com and be a winner of the game. Winning in this competition is just like a big winner in a game of bingo.

Here are some examples of where Jane has been already: Times Square, The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and the Sourcebooks offices!

 

 

 

 

 

and here is the flat Stanley that you can print off (also available on the Facebook page).

One more thing! Barnes & Noble will be
offering this title as a NOOK early exclusive and will be offering the eBook at
$6.99 starting Monday April 30th for a limited time!

Let’s see Jane go as many places as possible!

 

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Happy Tuesday everyone.

As I told the lovely winners via email, I wont beat around the bush or delay the inevitable as it were. I am here to announce the winners for the Shana Galen give away.

And the Winners are…

 

Lisa Richards and Sharon Abraham for the Shana Galen give away of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride.

Yay! Congratulations.

 Now, the winners have 24 hours to respond to the email I sent them, and if I don’t hear back, the give away will continue and new winners will be drawn. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope you all try again. (Winners were drawn using random.org and chosen through no decision of my own)

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Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next regency romance series.
LLW: Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write Shana, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you… to get right to the point, how did you come up with the premise for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG:Thank you so much for having me!

The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is the third in a series about three brothers who are separated as children during the French Revolution. As I was writing the first and second books, I didn’t really know what had happened to Bastien, but when I read the manuscripts over, I noticed I had mentioned how he liked to play a pirate called Captain Cutlass when he was a boy. I decided he ran off and became a pirate. I’d always wanted to write a pirate hero.

LLW: I love knowing how authors envision their characters because everyone’s imagination is so very different, so, if The Rogue Pirate’s Bride gained a movie deal, who would you cast in the character roles?

SG:First of all, The Rogue Pirate’s Bride has not been auctioned for a movie, so if anyone reading this would like to make an offer, I’m all ears!

I think Henry Cavill would make a great Bastien. In The Tudors, he really has the look of Bastien—roguish and charming. Ewa da Cruz is an actress and the model on the cover of my last book, Lord and Lady Spy. I think she looks a lot like I envisioned Raeven. I’d want to cast William Moseley in the role of Raeven’s friend Percy. Moseley was Peter in the Narnia movies. Finally, I’d pick Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, as Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell.

  <—- Henry Cavill (very nice choice indeed)

            Ewa De Cruz (cropped from Lord and Lady Spy book cover)—–>

LLW: Thinking about my favorite scene in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride was very difficult because there are so many great ones to choose from, maybe Raeven’s first escape from Bastien perhaps, or their first fight sequence, or gosh! I don’t know…what is your favorite scene?

SG:My favorite scene is when Raeven has sneaked on board Bastien’s ship in an effort to steal her sword back from him (that’s her story, anyway). She’s caught and Bastien tells her this is her last chance to get what she really came for (i.e. a night with him), and she says she’d rather kill him. So he basically says, “Go ahead.” It turned into a very sexy, fun scene. I loved writing Raeven’s inner turmoil in that scene.

LLW: I know the French Revolution is your favorite historical era and have done much research for your novels, did you have to research anything special for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG: Oh, yes. I had to research a lot about ships and sailing. The book actually takes place in 1802, so I didn’t need to know hardly anything about the French Revolution, which is too bad because I know a lot! But I pretty much knew nothing about naval warfare. Fortunately, my dad is a sailor and offered to help me make sense of all the books and research materials.

LLW: The 1st book in your new series The Fallen Ladies will be released in September 2012, can you tell us about When You Give a Duke a Diamond?

SG:Wow! You did your research! When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in a series of books about three glamorous courtesans in Regency London who get mixed up with some very dangerous diamonds and some equally dangerous men. In this first book, Juliet, the courtesan nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, witnesses the murder of the fiancée of the powerful Duke of Pelham. She realizes she’s the killer’s next target, and she and Pelham have to work together to protect her and find the murderer.

LLW: In your opinion, what do you think makes a good story?

SG:I like all kinds of books, but the best ones are those where the reader can really connect with the hero and/or heroine. The reader is thinking, “I’ve felt like that” or “I wish I would say something like that.” Many of us read to imagine ourselves as someone else, maybe living in another place or era, and we want that sense of escapism. A good book let’s us step into another person’s shoes for a little while.

LLW: When you are writing a book, do you still read other books? And if so, do you stay away from your genre?

SG: I am always trying to find time to read because there are so many authors whose work I love, and many of my friends are authors. I do try and stay away from historical romance when I’m writing, but since it seems I’m always working on a new book, I do sometimes read an historical while I’m working on a new book. The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is my eleventh book, so I’m a lot less worried about being influenced by another author’s voice now than I was when I had only written a few historical romances.

LLW: What do you think is the most important thing an aspiring writer should know when it comes to writing or getting published?

SG: In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”

LLW: To get to know you a little better, I have som fun flash questions for you to answer. Don’t think about the answers, just tell us what first comes to mind.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    SG: an opera singer
  • What was the last movie you saw?
    SG: Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Biggest TV addiction?
    SG: Downton Abbey
  • Guilty Pleasure?
    SG: Sleeping
  • Fruits or veggies?
    SG: Fruits
  • Favorite childhood toy?
    SG: Star Wars action figures
  • What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
    SG: Brussels sprouts
  • What’s your karaoke song of choice?
    SG: Never done karaoke, but I’d probably pick something by Sheryl Crow or Jewel.

Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions here at Laugh Love Write. Write On!

THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…
Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but may be her only hope…
British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…
Enter for your chance to win a free copy of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

The amazingly generous Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. is giving away one copies of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride to two lucky winners. USA/Canada only. To enter all you have to do is fill out this form and comment on this post with your answer to the following question… Who is your favorite kind of hero? (Do you fall for those nerdy guys with an incredible physique, alpha males with a dominating streak, or maybe it’s those bloodsucking vampires who get you all hot and bothered) Contest ends February 20.

Read my review of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride…here.

 

 

 

I’m a day late and a dollar short (as the saying goes) but here is some info about The Elven Realm Blogger Hop from Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House (I will just post the email she sent me, word for word)…

Good Afternoon!

I’m pleased to announce a celebration of all things Elven! In honor of the release of The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy this month, the third book in her Elven Lords Series, we have an exciting book blogger hop in which 7 bloggers will take you on a journey to the mythical version of England Kathryne Kennedy has created in her magical romance series.

 Ruled by seven dangerously powerful Elven Lords, who use the Kind as a pawn in their wars and games, the rebellion of humans and half-breeds (half elven, half human) have joined forces and risked their lives to try to defeat the treacherous rule the Elven Lords have over their homes. In each book in this series—The Fire Lord’s Lover, The Lady of the Storm and The Lord of Illusion—brave men and women sacrifice almost everything for the rebellion… but they also fall in love along the way!

 The blogger hop begins on Monday and will last until the following Monday, February 13th. Each day you will learn about a different realm, read excerpts from the books handpicked by Kathryne, and have a chance to win fun prizes on each stop. On the very last date, Sourcebooks’ will announce the grand prize of a $100 B&N Gift Card. If you comment on the other blogs, those comments will also count in the big grand prize drawing!

 You can find out more information about Kathryne at the following places:

©       Website: http://kathrynekennedy.com/

©       Blog: http://kathrynekennedy.blogspot.com/

©       Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathryne-Kennedy/26885956277

©       Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/KathryneKennedy

 We hope to see you along the way as we celebrate the magical world and breathtaking love stores Kathryne has created for the Elven Lords Series.

 Best,

Danielle

 

 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Schedule

Featuring the Elven Lords Series by Kathryne Kennedy

(Prizes open to US and Canada Only)

 2/6 “Dewhame”—hosted by Star-Crossed Romance http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Small Desktop Fountain + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/7 “Firehame”—hosted by Books Like Breathing http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Red Candles (battery operated) + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/8 “Dreamhame”—hosted by SOS Aloha http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Pretty Sparkly Make Up + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/9 “Stonehame”—hosted by Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Purple Jewelry + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/10 “Bladehame”—hosted by The Royal Reviews http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Sword Letter Opener + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/11 “Terrahame”—hosted by Debbie’s Book Bag http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Terra Cotta Wind Chimes + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/12 “Verdanthame”—hosted by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Fairy Garden Orament + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 2/13 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Grand Prize Announcement—hosted by the Sourcebooks Buzz Blog http://www.sourcebooks.com/authors/the-buzz-sourcebooks.html

-Anyone who comments on the other blogs throughout the blogger hop will be eligible for this overall grand prize, too-

Grand Prize: $100 B&N Gift Card + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

 

OK, so you guys got the word, now head out in the blogosphere and enter the Elven Realm for your chance to win. Good Hunting to you all.

Write On!

What better way to spread some lovin’ this Valentine’s Day than jumping at these romance fiction and non-fiction eBook deals from Sourcebooks Inc. publishing house…

 These deals are available with all major e-Book retailers!

Please be aware of the following:

    • There are 12 titles included in this promotion!
    • These titles consist of Romance Fiction and Romance Non-Fiction titles.
    • Pay attention to prices—they vary from Free up to $2.99— prices are below each title.
    • This promotion will last from 1/31/12-2/15/12. 
    • Promotions are available at all Major eBook retailers!

Title: Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown

Promotional Price: FREE (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Contemporary Cowboy Romance

When hunky rancher “Lucky Beau” Luckadeau accuses spitfire Milli Torres of stealing his prize bull, she promptly shoots at him, triggering a feud that only gets resolved when they discover they share a steamy hot memory from a night long ago…

It was a night of passion that has always haunted Lucky. The mysterious beauty he seduced at a cousin’s wedding disappeared. He’s always been lucky at cards, lucky

with cattle, and lucky with land, but he’s never been lucky in love.

Now Milli Torres has come to southern Oklahoma to help out on her grandfather’s ranch. A cut fence and a big, mean Angus bull in the pasture are bad enough, but then she looks up and sees Beau Luckadeau. Great God Almighty, how did he get from Louisiana to Ardmore, Oklahoma, and what in the hell is she going to do if he recognizes her?

 

 

Title: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

Promotional Price: FREE (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Paranormal Romance

Jazz can’t decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him.

Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can’t stay out of trouble.

Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer.

The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again, on-again—for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But now Nick needs Jazz’s help, and while Jazz and Nick try to figure out their own hearts and resist their ever-increasing attraction, they must steer clear of a maniacal killer with super-supernatural powers. They are surrounded by a hilarious cast of oddball paranormal characters, including Irma, the chain-smoking ghost who haunts Jazz’s sports car, Dweezil, her ghoul of a boss, and Fluff and Puff, a pair of bunny slippers with sharp teeth and short tempers (watch your ankles)!

 

 Title: The Greatest Love On Earth by Mary Ellen Dennis

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Historical Romance

He’s fearless, except when it comes to Calliope Kelley…

Nothing could shake the courage of lion tamer Brian O’Connor, until the circus is threatened and the love of his life deserts him…

Danger, drama, dazzling excitement are her world…

Bold, beautiful Calliope Kelley would jump through flaming hoops to protect her father’s circus. But when disaster strikes and Calliope loses everything, she knows she must build brand new dreams…

Torn apart and betrothed to others, a twist of fate brings Brian and Calliope back under the bigtop, where together they’ll walk the high-wire to see if great loves turn to ashes or rekindle to burn brightly forever…

  

Title: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Fantasy Romance

If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him…

In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord’s son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father—until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever…

Unless his fiancée kills him first…

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married…

 Then Dominic and Cassandra together uncover an unspeakable evil, one that threatens the destruction of the magical realm they would give their souls to save…

 

 Title: The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice by Abigail Reynolds

Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Contemporary Romance

A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist…

Marine biologist Cassie Boulton has no patience when a modern-day Mr. Darcy appears in her lab on Cape Cod. Proud, aloof Calder Westing III is the scion of a famous political family, while Cassie’s success is hard-won in spite of a shameful family history.

When their budding romance is brutally thwarted, both by his family and by hers, Calder tries to set things right by rewriting the two of them in the roles of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice…but will Cassie be willing to supply the happy ending?

 

Title: Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after.

Lessons like…

  • Romance means believing you are worthy of a happy ending
  •  Learning to tell the prince from the frog
  • Real-life romance is still alive and kicking
  • No matter how bad it is, at least you haven’t been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably)

   

Title: 1001 Ways to Be Romantic by Gregory J.P. Godek

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

More Romantic than Ever!

 Sure, you could buy some roses.

Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.

Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

 But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

 Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is “worth memorizing” (Boston Herald). More than one and a half million people have used this book to kick up the fun and romance, making it a modern classic and #1 national bestseller. It’s a must-have for anyone, in any relationship, who wants to spark some more love in their lives.

 

Title: It Was Love When… by Robert K. Elder

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

He told me I was a penguin: “tiny, adorable, and loved by everyone.”

TALES FROM THE BEGINNING OF LOVE

It may be after three days together, or after three months-it’s that moment when it all falls together. From heartfelt declarations to all-knowing smiles, It Was Love When .. captures that moment when love is just beginning.

• I thought to myself, “I love him more than Spider-Man loves Mary Jane.”

• I was looking through his iTunes when I realized that our playlists were nearly identical.

• Suddenly he turned off the lights and told me to look up at the ceiling. Glow-in-the-dark stars covered the entire ceiling, spelling out “I love you.”

Both addictive and heartwarming, It Was Love When .. is a freeze frame of that moment when you realize that you’re truly, completely in love.

 

Title: Love by the Numbers by Glynis McCants

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Relationships (Non-Fiction)

The love you have always desired is in the Numbers…

International bestselling author and media sensation Glynis McCants created this exciting guide to love through the power of Numerology because she believes that the greatest gift one can receive is that of true and lasting love. The secret is in understanding you and your partner by the Numbers, and gaining the insights you need to keep your love thriving!

 Glynis’ celebrated system is a contemporary spin on the ancient Science of Numerology that is easy to use and amazingly accurate. She’ll teach you the simple way to create a Numerology Blueprint that reveals what kind of mate would fulfill your—or a potential mate’s—innermost needs and desires.

 If you’re single, you’ll learn how to pick the right partner from the start!

If you’re in a relationship that’s lost its spark, you’ll have the information you need to reignite the passionate love you once had.

 With Love by the Numbers as your guide, you can ensure that your love relationship stays healthy, satisfying, and on track for a lifetime.

  

Title: 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him by Anne Hooper and Phillip Hodson

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).

 Everything is covered (or should we say “uncovered”) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you’ve ever had!

 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him gives men everything they need to be an amazing lover and to turn on and satisfy their woman.

  

Title: 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her by Anne Hooper and Phillip Hodson

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).

 Everything is covered (or should we say “uncovered”) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you’ve ever had!

 269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her gives women all the details on how to please their man and make their sex life amazingly satisfying.

  

Title: Porn Star Secrets of Sex

Promotional Price: $2.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)

Category: Sex (Non-Fiction)

You don’t have to have aspirations to stardom or want any more audience than your own special guy. This guide will show women how to get rid of inhibitions and find new ways to be beautiful and sexy with over 100 mind-blowing tips, tricks and games.

 Tips and advice cover every aspect of sexual behavior to build a woman’s confidence and make her feel like a true sex goddess, including how to:

     * Strip with confidence – there’s a reason guys are turned on by just the right amount of teasing.

    * Get comfortable with oral sex – find out how to do it and receive it in ways that will totally enhance your and your partner’s libidos.

    * Have multiple orgasms if you want to – why deny yourself this mind-blowing treat?

    * Talk dirty like a pro – a top turn-on and a great way to get what you want in bed.

Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty books. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and inspirational non-fiction. For more details, visit www.stephanierowe.com or visit me on Facebook or on Twitter at StephanieRowe2.

For the second time, Laugh Love Write is honored to have the talented author with us, so First things first. Your January 2012 release; Hold Me if You Can, tell us about it and how the story came about?

 Stephanie Rowe: In HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, book three of the Soulfire series, Nigel Aquarian is the only warrior who’s entirely at peace with his softer side. Give him a sketch pad and some markers, and he’s happy. But those that giveth; taketh away, and Nigel suddenly finds that his art has become deadly to those he loves. Without his art, Nigel has no outlet for his darker side. He has to find a way to regain control before he kills everyone he loves, and the only woman who can help him is Natalie Fleming, a passionate woman with a talent for chocolate, demons and maybe, just maybe, his salvation. If, of course, they don’t kill each other first.

 

When I started writing the Soulfire series, my goal was to take the traditional and twist it into unexpected directions. I wanted to surprise the reader by creating a powerful, sexy story about the triumph of love in the most unusual of circumstances. Of course, I wanted the men to be badass immortal warriors who had been sufficiently tortured to make it impossible for them to trust, to connect or to bond (except with the woman who was meant for them, and their loyal team of warriors). Who wouldn’t want that kind of man in her books?

 But I also wanted these guys to be more complex and unexpected than your typical tortured warriors. I wanted to turn the traditional paranormal hero on its head, so I wanted to give these guys an unexpectedly soft side that torments them as much as it gives them peace. I did that by having them spend a few centuries being tortured in the Den of Womanly Pursuits by Death’s grandma. While in the Den, the men of the Soulfire series were forced to tap into their softer sides. It’s to their great dismay and embarrassment that they have become addicted to their delicate pastimes for their sanity (literally), and they try their best to do their cross-stitching, knitting and other such skills in private, or when appropriately covered in the remnants of a man-battle. I wanted to show that a man can be a bad ass warrior, and still tap into his gentle nature without losing that which makes him so powerful and appealing.

 The whole series is based on that kind of approach: I wanted to take the expected and twist it on its head. Like the main villain in TOUCH IF YOU DARE is Cupid, who normally you’d think would be a good guy. The book is full of satirical twists on the paranormal romance norm, not just with the warriors, but in many different ways. I had a lot of fun creating it, and readers seem to enjoy it as well.

 I, personally like to see how authors envision their characters, so if Hold Me if You can gained a movie deal, who would you cast for the characters?

Stephanie Rowe:  Hugh Jackman for Nigel, because, well, Hugh is Hugh. For Natalie, I would say Kate Blanchett because of her intensity and her smile.

 (Hugh Jackman on the left and Cate Blanchett on the right…in case you didn’t know)

 

 

In a previous interview, you said Nigel of Hold Me if You Can was the hardest character for you to write. How do you feel about that now and has there ever been something you wanted to change?

Stehpanie Rowe: First off, let me just say that I love Nigel. I love how hard he fights to be the man he wants to be, and when his art is stolen from him, I love his courage and determination in finding another way to control the monster he carries within. I love how he cherishes Natalie, how he helps her in her own battle. I think he’s a great dichotomy of the deadly tortured warrior who can still be a total softie (and be damn proud of it!). Nigel is a total bad ass who can decimate the bad guys within seconds, but in his heart, he likes nothing more than to tap into his artistic side and pour all his inner tenderness into paints of those he loves. He’s the man who will write you poetry at the same time he’s slaying demons for you, and he’ll turn love making into the most beautiful experience ever, because he’s not afraid to tap into the side of him that is about beauty, love and harmony and to shower his woman with all that tenderness.

Nigel was a challenge to write, however, because in the first two books, he was very peaceful and serene, and he seemed to not have any inner conflicts. I had to really dig deep to find his secrets, and to portray them in a way that was consistent with how he had appeared in the first two books. He was a challenge, because he is the most complex of the characters so far, and I really wanted to do him justice. I love how he turned out, and I wouldn’t change it at all!

What do you think makes a good story?

Stephanie Rowe:  The emotions of the characters. I honestly believe that is the core of every good story. If a reader is sucked into the soul of the characters, if their struggles and travails and triumphs become emotionally compelling to the reader, then the reader is invested and will be caught up in the story no matter what the plot or setting or journey is. We live with our hearts every day, even when we try to be tough and pretend we don’t, so when a character awakens our hearts, that’s when the story comes to life.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Stephanie Rowe: If so, what do you do about it? I used to have big problems with writer’s block, often resulting in extensive re-working of books (it was not uncommon for me to stop at page 300 and start over in a total rewrite because I’d gone off track). I believe that most writer’s block occurs because the author has gone off in the wrong direction. To clear the writer’s block, the author needs to back up and figure out where they went wrong. I wound up having to do that so much that I decided I needed to rework my system and get a better game plan and analysis system, which means I now do extensive pre-planning. I decided there had to be a more efficient process for getting the book to work, so I embarked on a three year long journey to learn as much as I could about how other authors plotted and revised their books. I read books, attended workshops and sought out advice wherever I could. I took all the information and techniques, sifted through them, and then put together an extensive set of plotting documents that takes me from first idea to finished book. It’s worked really well for me for five books, so I’m happy. It takes longer before I get to actually start writing the book, but it is so much more efficient!

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

Stephanie Rowe: For synopsis writing, my bible is the synopsis workshop on Lisa Gardner’s website, www.lisagardner.com. I use it for every synopsis I write. For storytelling, I use a combination of the book Save the Cat (The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need) by Blake Snyder, “The Hero’s Journey” lecture on Mary Buckham’s website (for sale for about $20—every lecture on her website is brilliant. Get it). And the last critical item is Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Deb Dixon, which is the number one most important book to start with for beginning writers.

Do you have any tips for authors seeking to get published?

Stephanie Rowe: My usual advice is to write a lot, start new books instead of revising old ones to death, join RWA and go to conferences to learn about writing. And, of course, continuing to read. But with the advent of self-publishing, I would add a caveat of DON’T SELF PUBLISH TOO SOON. I wrote 18 books before I sold my first book. Had self-publishing been an option back then, I’m sure I would have put up lots of those books, and it would have been a mistake. Why? Because the books weren’t good enough. Recently, I decided to self-publish some of those old books, but when I went back to look at them, I realized that I would have had to completely rewrite them from scratch because they weren’t high enough quality to put up. The truth is that we often think we are ready to be published when we aren’t. Enter contests. Query agents. Write another book. And another. Eventually, when you start doing well in contests, and when you start getting good responses from agents, that will be a sign that you’re writing well enough that maybe it’s time for you to self-publish successfully. Until you can do well in those contests and get good responses from submissions, don’t put your book up on Amazon. Putting up books that aren’t ready will hurt you more than waiting a year will. Be patient. The opportunities aren’t going away. They are simply getting better.

 Christian’s the last of the four main warriors in the Soulfire series, so correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m assuming his book is next, can you tell us about it?

Stephanie Rowe: Yes, you’re right! Christian’s story is up next in SEIZE WITH YOUR KISS, which is scheduled for July 2012. Christian has been battling a huge burden that he hasn’t been able to share with his team, and it finally all comes crashing down around him. Like his teammates, Christian is a survivor and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means tracking down the one woman who could destroy him forever… or bring him back. I’m also happy to report that Death will finally get a girlfriend, one who is exactly what he needs, even if he doesn’t quite think so…

What comes after that for you? Will there be more to the Soulfire series or can we expect something entirely different?

Stephanie Rowe: There are definitely more books coming in the Soulfire series. Look for Pascale’s story in early 2012. You’ll get to know him a little better in Christian’s story, and you’ll be dying for his story by the end! As for other projects that are coming up, I have quite a busy 2012 scheduled! First up is the ebook release of my Alaska Heat romantic suspense series, which was originally published in paperback in 2009.

 ICE came out last week, and CHILL will be out in mid-February. Mid-march is the launch of my new dark, sexy paranormal series Order of the Blade, and there will be three books in that series out this spring. Summer will see the release of book four of the Soulfire series, SEIZE WITH YOUR KISS, and in the fall will be a new book from my Immortally Sexy paranormal romance series. There will be one more book in late 2012, but it’s still undecided about which series it will be. Late 2012 will also showcase two more teen books that are re-releases of books that were published a few years ago. So, lots of exciting things!

Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions and visit us here at Laugh Love Write again. Write On!

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For a review of Touch if You Dare; Click Here.

For a review of Kiss at Your Own Risk; Click Here.