Apr 262016
 

RTBProduct

7-day Programmable Plug-in Digital Timer Switch
Manufacturer: Enover
Weight / Size: 1.6 ounces
Source: Product provided by the manufacturer for review

  • 24-Hour/7-Day programming; Up to 10 on/off settings per day; Built-in battery backup
  • Saves energy by automatically turning lamps, fans, Christmas tree lights and other electrical devices on and off
  • Comes with a convenient manual override switch and an easy-to-read large LCD display
  • Features a random setting to have your lights to go on and off at random times during your absence
  • Can easily switch between Standard time and Summer time (DST); Interchangeable 12-hour/24-hour format

 

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Apr 252016
 
Winter AustinToday we welcome Winter Austin to Romancing the Book.  Before we get to Winter’s Top 5 Places to Visit in Iowa, let’s learn a little more about her and her newest release.

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Living in the middle of Nowheresville, Iowa, with her husband, four teenagers, and two crazy dogs, Winter is trying to juggle a career while writing deadly romantic thrillers.

Find Winter Austin at http://www.winteraustin.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/w.austin.degressofdarkness/, and on Twitter @WinterAustin

 

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Apr 252016
 

Born to Die by Winter Austin
Series:  McIntire County (# 2)             
Release Date: March 28, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 281
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Trouble’s on the run in rural Eider, Iowa, and Deputy Cassy Rivers’s heart is in the line of fire. Two years ago, she barely escaped a harrowing experience at the hands of a maniac – and not without scars. Now a series of random robberies leads to the brutal death of a fellow officer, and she must put her trust in the one man who broke her heart.

FBI agent Boyce Hunt knows commitment isn’t for men with pasts like his. He left Cassy once to protect her from the blackmail and manipulation he faces from his mother’s criminal enterprise. But when they reluctantly partner up to capture the modern Bonnie and Clyde terrorizing McIntire County, their attraction flames to life once more, pulling Boyce between two loyalties.

Will they risk their hearts again, even if it means losing everything?

 

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Apr 222016
 

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Jen: Today we welcome our next HRR author, Jenn LeBlanc.  Jenn, will you share a short bio with us?
Jenn: Walnut (but not THAT Walnut).
Canon.
Humidity.
Studio Smexy.
RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Ninjas.

Born and raised in beautiful Colorado and never wanting to leave–very nearly with a camera in hand–I’m currently on an extended vacation to Los Angeles.

I started my own family, went to college, started a business objectifying all the beautiful people and tried to get used to humidity wrecking havoc with my hair. Texting complete conversations using only RuPaul’s Drag Race gifs, and totally beating the daylights out of a ninja (with a camera in hand of course) are my prized talents.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wore shorts and flip-flops year-round in Colorado–much to the chagrin of my friends and family and once I finished my first novel I quickly remembered: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this ground-breaking new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers: The Illustrated Romance. The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there #StudioSmexy was born. I’ve since shot over 1,000 romance novel covers and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

 

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Apr 222016
 

The Trouble With Grace by Jenn LeBlanc
Series: Lords of Time (# 4)
Release Date: April 3, 2016
Publisher: Illustrated Romance
Pages: 294
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

She had no idea what passion was,
Until she saw them…

Lady Alain needs a husband, and Quintin Wyntor will do just fine.

She will offer him a mutual agreement of respect and independence—
As long as he never visits her bed to claim his marital rights.

But seeing him with a man, with Calder, changes it all.
For better—and for worse.

Passion stirred.
Desire ignited.
And yet, she still never wants to touch or be touched.

But Quinn’s heart is shattered when his lover walks away so he decides to explore his feelings for Celeste to ease his broken heart.

In one unchecked moment of passion, mutual need spins out of control and bringing Calder home now may just be impossible.

Will Celeste give in to what Quinn wants for her?
Or will she stand her ground and hope they find another way…

This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now.
It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn’s story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR.

This book is an autochorissexual romance (on the asexual spectrum) but contains important pieces of a gay romance. Both are explicit.

 

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Apr 212016
 

We asked Cheryl who she envisioned as the main characters of her newest release, Want Ad Wedding.  Before we get to her choices, let’s learn a little more about the book.

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

 

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Apr 212016
 

Want Ad Wedding by Cheryl St. John
Series:  Cowboy Creek (# 1)
Release Date:  April 1, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages:  288
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.

 

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Apr 212016
 

I’m going to share one of my favorite nonalcoholic mixed drinks with you.

The Liliko’i Splash at Disney’s Aulani resort in Oahu is great, and even though I haven’t made it at home (yet) I have some drink making experience and the recipe I’m giving you is based on how I plan to make it when I scrounge up passion fruit syrup somewhere here in Oregon. ☺

To start, you need passion fruit syrup, club soda, mint and lime.

Start with about 2 ounces (or more, depending on how sweet you like your drinks!) of the passion fruit syrup.

Add about six mint leaves

Fill the cup a little over halfway with ice

Add club soda, an ounce of lime juice and a wedge of fresh lime.

Now you’re good to go!

 

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Apr 212016
 

Take Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Series: Copper Ridge (# 1)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 208
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?

 

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Apr 212016
 

BON APPETIT AND A BOOK:  Carmael Apple Pie
Photo Credit: James Roper

Ingredients
Flour, for dusting
1 recipe Buttery Pie Dough
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp. for sprinkling
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
15 soft caramel cubes
8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water

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