Archive for June 27th, 2008

Just because Fate brings you your perfect mate doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.

Cascadia Wolves series

Could there be any worse fate than a road trip from Seattle to L.A.—with one’s mother—to attend a wedding? Why yes, when one isn’t married yet, like Megan Warden. Toss in a grandmother and a carload of already married sisters and it’s a recipe for sneaking sips of “special” coffee while someone else drives.

Shane Rosario has better things to do than attend a wedding where his father’s relatives will be at him nonstop about getting married and having children. If it weren’t for seeing his anchor bond, Layla, he’d have taken a pass on the entire weekend. It would be easy, since he’s become adept at hiding who and what he is.

When the two weren’t even looking, Fate steps in and before they know it, their bond is sealed. Bonded pair, married in the eyes of their people. Two people tied together in every way. Trouble is, Shane’s not sure he wants all that comes with Megan. And Megan’s certain she’s not willing to live outside her pack, pretending to be human.

The distance between them is more than geographical. It’s a widening gulf rapidly filling with resentment…an emotional divide only acceptance could bridge. Can Shane can accept himself to cross it? Only if they let love take control.

Ladies and gents, mark your calendars for August 12, 2008, ASAP!! That’s when FATED, book 6 of the Cascadia Wolves, comes out. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this (I think major begging was involved on my part but don’t quote me on that LOL) and read it in one sitting last night. It was fantastic! Too short, IMO, but then again I’m always saying that about my favorite books, I just want them to go on forever. 😉 Shane and Megan’s story will have you reaching for the tissues and firmly cementing their place in your heart right next to the other Cascadia Wolves already there. This is not to be missed!

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We have a winner! The winner of Eve Kenin/Eve Silver’s post is…….

Kathleen K.!!

Congrats Kathleen!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). Enjoy!

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We have a winner! The winner of my extra PLEASURE UNBOUND by Larissa Ione book is……………….


Congrats Cyclops!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) before Monday, June 30th. Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. 😉

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Series and Trilogies and Stand-Alones, Oh My!

Hello and thank you for the invitation to guest blog! Of course, my mind is mush this week as I celebrate (and lose sleep over) the release of a new book. THEN YOU HIDE hits bookstores this week, the second in a trilogy, the fifth in a series…and yet a truly stand alone romantic suspense that can be enjoyed all by itself.

Confused? Don’t be, and here’s why. When I started the Bullet Catchers, the series of bodyguard books I write for Pocket Books, I made a promise to myself, my editor, and my readers: the books had to stand alone, with no “prerequisite” of having read the one before. I would include reoccurring characters with personalities and issues that might evolve with each book, but I write the stories so that they are completely stand alone. Each has to have two unforgettable leads, a single story arc rich with danger and suspense, a fully resolved romance, some heart-wrenching emotion, a ton of non-stop action, and a healthy amount of bone-shattering sex in the middle of it all.

The three books I have out this year are a trilogy within the series, and there is a story thread that starts in book one (FIRST YOU RUN), gets a little more knotted in book two (THEN YOU HIDE), and ties up in book three (NOW YOU DIE). It was important to me that readers could follow that, but still fall in love with a hero and heroine who earn a fully satisfying, totally believable HEA – no matter if the reader starts with the first book or the last. It made for a writing challenge, but one I thoroughly enjoyed and hope readers do, too.

THEN YOU HIDE is the story of a woman on a very specific mission in the Caribbean to find her friend who has “dropped out of life” and a man who shows up and turns her plans – and life – upside down. They strike a shaky bargain so they both get what they want, but in the process they have to run for their lives, solve one murder, prevent another, save a life, and fall utterly in love. For the first time, I have written a deeply wounded heroine who struggles with affection, but is fiercely loyal. She’s tough, a New Yorker through and through, and skilled at the art of negotiation. She’s met her match in a sexy, southern charmer who wants something from her that she isn’t willing to give up without a fight. When these two team up, I guarantee you’ll see the steam rising from the Caribbean Sea.

So, series fans, write in and share: Do you love to start a series when the author does, read in order, and follow the connections…or do you prefer to wait until the series is well underway, and then go on a reading binge? Or does it not matter to you? Are you just about over series or can’t get enough??? Inquiring authors want to know…and I’m giving away prizes! Two commenters will win a copy of FIRST YOU RUN – the first book in the 2008 Bullet Catcher trilogy, which is part of a series, but stands….you get the idea.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling, RITA-Award winning author of twenty-two novels of romance and suspense. She currently writes a popular romantic suspense series called “The Bullet Catchers” that features a cadre of bodyguards and security professionals. Her books have won many prestigious awards, and are routinely selected by Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs as featured selections. In addition to the RITA, her books have won the Daphne Du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best, the Book Buyers Best, multiple Awards of Excellence, and Borders “Top Pick” for Romance in 2007. In 2008, readers are enjoying the first “Bullet Catcher Trilogy” featuring three connected stories titled First You Run, Then You Hide and Now You Die.

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