Sep 192016

Just One Week by Alice Gaines
Release Date: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 181
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the one man she hopes to avoid after leaving town eight years ago. Of course, he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.

Pro football player Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…


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Sep 172016


The authors and attendees of the Historical Romance Retreat will be descending on Spokane, Washington in the next few days.  Since I’ve lived in Spokane for the last 15 years, I thought it would be nice to give a little tour of downtown Spokane and some things to see and do within walking distance from the hotel where HRR will be held.

This past weekend, my nephews and I wandered around downtown looking for places to feature.   We’ll start at the Davenport Hotel where the conference is being held.   The Davenport is one of the most luxurious hotels in Washington State and originally opened on 1914.  The hotel shut down in 1985 and was nearly demolished before it began restorations in 2002.  Here are a couple photographs we took of the main atrium which includes a seating area, restaurant and coffee bar.





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Sep 162016

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

img_3520Jen:  We’re less than a week away from the Historical Romance Retreat and we’re excited to welcome Katherine Bone to Romancing the Book.  Katherine, will you share a short bio with us?
Katherine:  National best-selling historical romance author Katherine Bone has been passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat turned officer’s wife. Who knew that an Army wife’s passion for romance novels would lead to pirates? Certainly not her rogue, whose Alma Mater’s adage is “Go Army. Beat Navy!” Now enjoying the best of both worlds, Katherine lives with her rogue in the south where she writes about rogues, rebels, and rakes—aka pirates, lords, captains, duty, honor, and country—and the happily-ever-afters that every alpha male and damsel deserve.

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Sep 162016

The Pirate’s Debt by Katherine Bone
Series: The Regent’s Revenge (# 2)
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 255
Source: book provided by the author for review



Lady Chloe Walsingham is an enthusiastic gothic romance reader and hopeless romantic focused solely on finding her perfect hero. She also happens to have a penchant for getting into trouble. So when the man she loves disappears after a scandalous duel, she decides to follow him to the ends of the Earth. To do so, however, Chloe must evade her brother, an infamous revenue man, and board a ship bound for Penzance. And nothing in her beloved books can prepare her for the harsh realities of wreckers who ply the coast.

After his father destroyed the lives of countless innocent people, Basil Halford, Earl of Markwick is willing to do anything to earn back his honor. Betrayed by his blood and his reputation ruined, Markwick answers the request of a well-heeled duke and dons the Black Regent’s mask to repay the debt. His task? Rescuing a young woman who is chasing down a ghost of a man.

But a pirate has plenty of enemies, and Markwick isn’t any different. No matter how diligent a captain he may be, sailing to Lady Chloe’s rescue involves risking not only the Regent’s legacy but the last thing he can afford to lose…his heart.


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Sep 152016

roz-leeJen:  Today we welcome Roz Lee to Romancing the Book.  Roz, will you share a short bio with us?
Roz: USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee is a displaced Texan who lives in New Jersey with her husband of almost four decades, and Bud, an overly large rescue dog who demands regular romps in the woods no matter how busy his parents are.

The mom of two daughters, Roz collects Depression glass, and teacups with rose patterns. Her favorite food is Tex-Mex, and she’s never met a piece of chocolate she didn’t like.

When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. Warning—she brakes for antique stores!

Roz is a member of the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Local Chapters – New Jersey Romance Writers, Los Angeles Romance Authors. She is also a member of Liberty State Fiction Writers, and New Jersey Authors Association.

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Sep 152016

Suspended Game by Roz Lee
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: LooseID
Pages: 252
Source: book provided by the author for review



After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.

Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.

Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.


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Sep 152016

A Bee In Her Bonnet by Jennifer Beckstrand
Series: The Honeybee Sisters (# 2)
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Poppy Christner has always liked playing softball with the boys better than playing dolls with the girls. In grade school, she periodically got into tussles with boys who poked fun at one of her sisters or mistreated the little kids. She once gave Luke Bontrager a bloody nose when he refused to let her join in a boys-only game of tackle football. Luke has no interest in Poppy whatsoever, or at least that’s what he tells himself. He wants a girl who’s demure and feminine and can’t live without a manly man. But when they’re forced to work together to protect Poppy’s family, Luke might decide Poppy is the girl he wants after all. And Aunt Bitsy might decide to write a vampire romance.


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Sep 142016

j-arlene-culinerJen: Today we welcome J. Arlene Culiner to Romancing the Book. J. Arlene, will you share a short bio with us?
J. Arlene: Born in New York, raised in Toronto, I’ve spent most of my life in England, France, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Hungary, the Sahara, and have crossed much of Europe on foot. I now reside in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of absolutely no interest and, much to public dismay, protect all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. I work as an actress, a photographer, a contemporary artist, a musician; I write mysteries, history books, and perfectly believable romances. My heroines are gutsy; my heroes, dashingly lovable; and all are (proudly) over the age of forty.

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Sep 142016

The Turkish Affair by J. Arlene Culiner
Release Date:  September 5, 2016
Publisher:  Crimson Romance
Pages:  235
Source: book provided by publisher for review



Anne Pierson was a top-notch Washington journalist until a liaison with the wrong man implicated her in scandal. Years later, she’s hiding out in backwoods Turkey, working as a translator near the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu, determined to keep her past a secret and avoiding personal relationships. But her quiet little world is turned upside down when she meets American archaeologist Renaud Townsend.

Renaud knows little about this foreign country or the project he’s been sent to manage after the former boss disappeared. Anne’s refusal to be his translator troubles him, but instinct tells him he can rely on her. Or is that only desire speaking? A lusty love affair for the duration of the summer dig would definitely help him adjust.

When Anne’s reputation links her to stolen artifacts and murder at the site, their budding romance comes skidding to a halt. To clear her name, she must sacrifice her safety and reach out to trust Renaud. But is there enough time to give love a second chance?


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Sep 132016

l-a-kennedyJen:  Today we welcome L.A. Kennedy to Romancing the Book.  L.A., will you share a short bio with us?
L.A.:  L.A. Kennedy, beyond the story…

L.A. Kennedy is a Canadian-born writer, living in the ever-growing city of Vancouver, Canada. Here, she spends her days getting lost in the beauty of reading and writing. L.A. Kennedy mainly writes fictional books. And can be found researching myth, folklore, and everything in between, with a special interest in edge-of-your-seat paranormal romance. L.A. Kennedy can be found behind a mountain of books, on any given Sunday.

L.A. Kennedy’s writing credits include multiple series that mix mystery, horror, paranormal romance, fantasy, and intrigue.

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