Oct 012014
 

Jen: Today’s guest is one of our all-time favorites and as always, we’re excited to welcome Jodi Thomas as she celebrates another release. Jodi, will you share a short bio with us?
Jodi: A fifth generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.

With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.

Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”

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Oct 012014
 

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas
Series: Harmony (# 7)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide…

Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town—discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open…

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.

 

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Sep 302014
 

20140925_102333[1]Jen:  Today we’re pleased to welcome Kevay Gray to Romancing the Book.  We originally met Kevay under her alter-ego, Nikki Prince (or you may have seen her review at RtB as Nichelle), and had asked Nikki to guest with us.  But she was excited about her debut YA book as Kevay and wanted to highlight the new direction of her writing.  So, Kevay, will you share a short bio with us?
Kevay:  Kevay Gray is a mother of two, whose love of reading at the age of 12 urged her on to write characters finding their own romances. She loves to read, write, game and spend time with her children.

She belongs to Romance Writers of America National, OCC RWA local chapter, Young Adult Chapter RWA online, The Beaumonde online RWA chapter, and Rainbow Writers online RWA chapter.

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Sep 302014
 

Aluminum Garlic Press (Large)
Manufacturer: HomeFlav
Weight / Size: 6.4 ounces /Large – 6.3 x 1.2 x 1.6 inches
Source:  product provided by the manufacturer for review

These aluminum garlic presses are great for pressing garlic without the bother of peeling. Fully rust and stick resistant, this garlic press allows you to just press the garlic clove whole, and the juicy bits come out of the press while the skin remains in the press.

  • Material: Rust-proof aluminum
  • Size: 6″ * 2″
  • Features: stick and rust proof
  • Press whole garlic cloves without having to peel – saves time and effort
  • For best results, handwash

 

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Sep 292014
 

maggie.Shayne3Jen: Well, our anniversary celebration is over, but don’t despair.  We will have some awesome authors lined up.  Today we are excited to welcome Maggie Shayne to Romancing the Book.  Maggie, will you please share a short bio with us?
Maggie: I’ve published with nearly every major house in the business for the past 22 years, before taking a scary leap of faith and going completely indie early in 2014. I’m a NY Times and USA Today Bestseller, a RITA Award Winner, and the author of 61 novels and more than 25 novellas. I’m also a former writer for CBS daytime dramas The Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

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Sep 272014
 

The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group- NAL Group
Pages: 323
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will captivate readers and keep them guessing right up until the satisfying end.

Sometimes you just need to get away….

Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave’s work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat.

As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave’s work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?

 

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Sep 272014
 

Best Bondage Erotica 2014 anthology
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 475
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Rachel Kramer Bussel ties her readers up in knots each year as they anticipate the very best BDSM stories of the year. And, she does not disappoint, defying the odds and occasionally gravity with tales of bondage at its best. These whip-smart tales of domination, submission, spanking, and other highly imaginative acts keep readers in a frenzy. Best Bondage Erotica 2014 features 21 hot bondage tales that titillate from the bedroom to the dungeon and beyond. Handpicked by best-selling erotica editor Bussel, these kinky stories show and tell exactly what it means to wield the special power of being in charge of someone else. These characters manipulate rope, handcuffs, leather straps, a St. Andrew’s cross, a chair, and, in Raziel Moore’s “My Own Device,” a special contraption crafted just for bondage, with the ultimate aim of pleasing each partner. Here, bondage takes place behind secret doors, at sex parties, at the office, on a mountain hike, and, of course, at home.

 

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Sep 262014
 

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Wendy Corsi Staub - credit Lisa NascaJen: Today is the last day of our anniversary celebration and we’re excited to welcome Wendy Corsi Staub to the blog. Wendy, will you share a short bio with us?
Wendy: New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five published novels and has sold more than four million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Barnes and Noble Top Ten, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided she wanted to become an author while in third grade. She worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at 21 to pursue her dream. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a major advertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller SUMMER LIGHTNING. Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography. She also co-authored a mystery series with the late New York City mayor Ed Koch and has ghost-written for a number of bestselling authors and celebrities.

Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Academic convocation, and is serving a three-year appointment to the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Sep 262014
 

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland
Series:  Renegades of the Revolution (# 2)
Release Date:  March 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

1775, Boston Harbor. James Sparhawk, Master and Commander in the British Navy, knows trouble when he sees it. The ship he’s boarded is carrying ammunition and gold…into a country on the knife’s edge of war. Sparhawk’s duty is clear: confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel and seize the crew. But when one of the ship’s boys turns out to be a lovely girl, with a loaded pistol and dead-shot aim, Sparhawk finds himself held hostage aboard a Rebel privateer.

Sarah Ward never set out to break the law. Before Boston became a powder keg, she was poised to escape the stigma of being a notorious pirate’s daughter by wedding Micah Wild, one of Salem’s most successful merchants. Then a Patriot mob destroyed her fortune and Wild played her false by marrying her best friend and smuggling a chest of Rebel gold aboard her family’s ship.

Now branded a pirate herself, Sarah will do what she must to secure her family’s safety and her own future. Even if that means taking part in the cat and mouse game unfolding in Boston Harbor, the desperate naval fight between British and Rebel forces for the materiel of war—and pitting herself against James Sparhawk, the one man she cannot resist.

 

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Sep 262014
 

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 352
Source: book won in a contest

Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.

Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.

And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the city’s vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.

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