May 242015

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (# 8)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages:  293
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review



With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….


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May 232015

The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters (# 3)
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 346
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



The dust of the Cabot sisters’ shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she’s tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can’t deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson’s family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he’s out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart’s obligations and its forbidden desires.


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May 222015

The Joy of the Transcendent Novel

There are limits to what one brain can handle—trust me on this. I’ve just had the most insane quarter of my career: two book releases in May (CROSSED in the Sweet Dreams boxed set, and WHAT LIES BEHIND, the 4th Samantha Owens book), an anthology release in June, two other book deadlines and a short story revision, and a renovation project on my house. Not surprisingly, my CPU hit maximum density a few weeks ago. I couldn’t think, couldn’t focus. I was a zombie.

So I did the only rational thing possible. I shut down my world, headed for a beach, and retreated into a stack of books. And boy, did I pick some winners.

I started with THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir, a smart sci-fi thriller with a deep sense of humor. I loved this book, and it’s going to be a movie later this year, with Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring. Not bad.

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May 212015

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Sophie BarnesJen: Today we welcome Sophie Barnes as her blog tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book.  Sophie, will you share a short bio with us?
Sophie:  Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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May 192015

Today we welcome a couple of the authors from the Way of the Warrior anthology as they share with us a little about their favorite moment or scene in their story.  But before we get to our guests, let’s learn a little more about this book.

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, and Lea Griffith
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith

To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the WoundedWarrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at


May 182015



Jen:  Today we welcome Gina Gordon to Romancing the Book.  Gina, will you share a short bio with us?
Gina: When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream…becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back.

Gina, a self-proclaimed happily ever after junkie and cupcake connoisseuse, loves spinning contemporary tales of knee bending first kisses, unconditional love and super-hot sex. When not chained to her computer, you can find Gina sipping Starbucks, making cupcakes or feeding her addiction to celebrity gossip. She lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband and lovable dog.

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May 142015

Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence
Series: The Rosewood Series (# 2)
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 251
Source: book provided by the publicist for review



Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.


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May 132015

Anna DeStefanoJen:  Today we welcome Anna DeStefano to Romancing the Book.  Anna, will you share a short bio with us?
Anna: Anna DeStefano is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Mimosa Lane novels and the Atlanta Heroes series. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she’s lived in the South her entire life. Her background as a care provider and adult educator in the world of crisis and grief recovery lends itself to the deeper psychological themes of every story she writes. A wife and mother, she currently writes in a charming northeast suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, not all that different from her characters’ beloved Chandlerville. She is also a workshop and keynote speaker, a writing coach, and a freelance editor.

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May 112015

The Top Make Out Spots in Ardent Springs by Terri Osburn

A big thank you to Romancing the Book for inviting me out today to help celebrate the launch of my new Ardent Springs series. Ardent Springs is a tiny burb about an hour or so outside Nashville, TN, where everyone knows everyone else, the gossip runs rampant, and love always gets a second chance. We kick off the series with HIS FIRST AND LAST, the story of high school sweethearts Spencer and Lorelei getting a second chance to earn their happily ever after. Lorelei is a tough nut to crack, but thanks to Spencer’s endless patience and charm, this couple just might get it right this time.

Of course, high school sweethearts would know the skinny on the best make out spots in town, and Ardent Springs has an interesting selection.

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May 082015



Today we welcome Marie Meyer to Romancing the Book.  After I read the blurb for Across the Distance, I knew we had to learn what Marie’s Top 5 Days She’ll Always Remember.  But before we get to her list, let’s check out the blurb:

There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn’t have my family, I always had him. Only, now I’m not so sure I do.

It’s not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I’m at college. Or his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It’s as if everything is different-the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way those looks make me feel.

Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. But I can feel our friendship slipping away-and I’m terrified of what will be left in its place . . .


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