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In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

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SHADES OF MIDNIGHT

In the end, it’s all about coming home.

Yesterday the seventh book in my Midnight Breed vampire series officially hit stores in the United States. Looking back on the stories that have come before and the ones still in development, I realize that despite all of the paranormal intrigue, the steamy sex, and action plotlines that have taken the series from Boston to Berlin, the Czech Republic, Montreal, and various points in between, there is a unifying theme that each of the books share–the theme of coming home, of finding acceptance and one’s true place of belonging.

Perhaps none of the books demonstrates this concept quite as literally as my newest release, SHADES OF MIDNIGHT. For this book, Kade’s story, a mission for the Order in Boston sends this prodigal son home to Alaska, where his life began and where his darkest demons still await him, still beckon to him like a siren’s call. Home, for Kade, is a dangerous place, one made all the more so when he finds himself falling for Alexandra Maguire, a young bush pilot whose report of a bloody slaughter in the remote interior threatens to expose the existence of the Breed to humankind.

Both Kade and Alex have been hiding from their pasts for years, both assuming that if they ran away from the truth of their beginnings–if they ran far enough–they might eventually find peace. But life doesn’t work that way, not in reality, for the most part, and definitely not in any of my novels (*g*). Sooner or later, you have to face those things that terrify you the most, the things that you are certain will destroy you, but in the end are the very things–perhaps the only things–standing between you and genuine happiness.

If you happen to pick up SHADES OF MIDNIGHT, I hope you enjoy Kade and Alex’s journey toward making their own home together. In the meantime, I wish you the happiest of holidays and a new year full of romance. Thanks for reading!

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Many thanks to Lara for being out guest today. For more infomation on this book and the others in this series, check out her website here. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for this post as the winner picked on Sunday will get an authographed copy of SHADES OF MIDNIGHT. Good Luck! 🙂

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First in a breathtaking new series, the bold and passionate Lucan MacLeod—one of three brothers cursed by dark magic for eternity—is driven by desire for the one woman he dare not let himself possess…

A DANGEROUS MAN…

He is magnificently strong—and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

A DANGEROUS PASSION…

Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…

 

 

 

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Scotland

Maybe it’s because I write historical, but one of the most asked questions I get is “would you travel back in time and to where?”

It’s an easy answer for me.  Yes, I would travel back in time, and I’d go to Medieval Scotland.  It would take some getting used to, especially the lack of plumbing, toothbrushes, caffeine, and pasta.

I have no doubt life would be more than difficult.  After all, we’re used to remote control TV, information easily – and quickly – accessible through computers, not to mention cell phones and iPods. We’re the information age with instant gratification.

Our world is so drastically different than Medieval Scotland.  In a few short hundred years, lives went from basic living off the land and seeing people daily to hectic days, buying food from grocery stores, and going months, if not years, without seeing or speaking to your neighbor, much less speaking to people you pass on the street or the mall.

Could we survive in medieval times?  Putting aside the leap in physical hygiene over the ages, life was much simpler back then.  If you had a problem with someone, you faced them instead of texting or emailing them.  If you wanted to call off an affair, there was no hiding behind technology.  You stood before them and said your piece.

There’s a debate in whether medieval life was more violent.  At least in medieval times, you saw your opponent attack and you had time to retaliate or hide.  Now, with bombs that can cross oceans, that silent, almost constant worry hangs over our head.

Still, knowing all of this, I would love to see Medieval Scotland.  I’ve always been drawn to Scotland.  Maybe that’s why I centered my new Dark Sword series there.  The first book in the series, DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER, releases today, and I hope you pick up the book to be transported back to another time and place.

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of either MUTUAL DESIRE or THE PLEASURE OF HIS BED to a commenter.  Happy Reading! 

To find out more about me or the Dark Sword series, please visit my website at www.donnagrant.com.

hugs,

D

 

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Donna — thanks for being our guest today! Happy Release Day! 🙂

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Betrayed By Her Own Heart

Sarah Spalding has learned to forge her own way and never to trust anyone—least of all a Yankee. But when her companion abandons her while on a train to Colorado, Sarah begrudgingly accepts the help of Whitman Kendrick—a Yankee, yes, but one with the most bewitching green eyes. Allowing Whit to be her traveling escort is one thing, taking him as a lover is another—even though she’s tempted beyond reason…

Whit Kendrick isn’t quite sure what to make of the sharp-tongued, sassy woman sharing his train compartment. All he knows is that Sarah is refreshingly different from most women—and his urgent, primal attraction for her is unlike any he’s experienced. Breaking down Sarah’s wall of defense won’t be easy. But Whit is determined to prove to Sarah that they’re more alike than different—and loving each other is all they need…

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Before I’m a writer, I’m a reader. I love a good romance, curling up on the couch with a book, to dive into another place and time, another life. It’s what drew me into reading romance novels in the first place. Being a writer, I found when I create a new story the most important thing is the emotions. If I don’t feel the story, I don’t enjoy it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a comedy as much as the next person but I read a romance for the emotion and the love.  I want to fall for the hero and for my heart to pound right along with the heroine’s.

So when I was writing The Stranger’s Secrets, the third in a trilogy for Kensington Brava, I started with my heroine. She’s Sarah Spalding, sister of Micah in The Redemption of Micah. Sarah has had a rough life for the last twelve years – a war, near starvation, and a crippling injury to her leg by a Yankee soldier. She’s a tough chick though, hard as nails with what most men would call brass balls.

The one thing she’s not is soft and feminine. It just wasn’t her. When she meets up with Whitman Kendrick, our hero, she finds herself remembering what it means to be a woman. She has hidden her heart for so long, falling for Whit is unexpected and unwanted. She doesn’t want to have feelings for him—he’s a Yankee, whose Army was the very reason she is crippled.

But it’s about the romance, y’all. It’s the unexpected that makes a romance what it is. In this case, it’s two people putting aside their ingrained behaviors and prejudices to see what’s right in front of them. I don’t know if I’d be strong enough, but Sarah sure is. Funny, I never realized that until I wrote that. LOL.

I fell in love with Whit even though I was just as pissed at him as Sarah because inside is what’s important. It’s the love he has for Sarah, the idea he’s willing to simply change the course of his life because of what he feels for her. Oh yeah, it’s about the romance y’all. And I love it.

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Many thanks to Beth for being our guest today. For more info on Beth and what she has coming out in 2010, visit her website here. Don’t forget to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of THE REDEMPTION OF MICAH. Good Luck!

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Newest Winners!

Congrats to the following winners!

Rebekah E.

Cherie J.

Willa


Each won a copy of DEADLY SECRETS by Leeann Burke.

April S.


Won a copy of ROYAL’S BRIDE by Kat Martin.

Winners have 48 hours to email me their addresses at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) to claim their book prizes or new names will be chosen.

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Though he is a titled nobleman,Royal Dewar is singulary unlucky… forced to choose between his soul mate… and his salvation.

After years abroad, Royal has returned to Bransford Castle to find his father dying and the family treasury nearly empty. Then the old duke wrests a final promise from his guilt-ridden son: that Royal will marry heiress Jocelyn Caulfield and restore the estate to its former glory. However, it is not his fiancee who quickens Royal’s pulse, but rather her beautiful cousin Lily Moran.

Penniless Lily knows that nothing can come of their undeniable attraction―but there is a way she can help Royal. Enlisting some questionable characters from her past, Lily concocts an elaborate ruse to recover some of the Bransford fortune from a notorious confidence artist. As the dangerous scheme unfolds, Lily and Royal are thrown together in pursuit of the very thing―money―that keeps them part…

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I’ve always wanted to write a bride series.  Something romantic with orchids and white lace.  For years, I toyed with an idea for a sort of Cinderella story about a duke who accidentally falls in love with the wrong woman.  Not his betrothed, the woman he has promised to marry, but his fiancée’s poor relations, a cousin hardly suited to become the wife of a duke.  Royal’s Bride was the result.

From conception, it was a book that involved three brothers, which gave me two more hunky Dewar men in need of the perfect bride.  In Reese’s Bride, the middle brother, Reese, is the kind of dark, brooding hero I love to write.  He is home from the war, retired from the cavalry and forced to live the sedentary life of a country gentleman, the last thing he wants to do.  Worse yet, Reese’s next door neighbor is the woman he once loved, a woman who betrayed him by marrying another man.

Elizabeth is now a widow, a forbidden temptation even more powerful than before.  Reese definitely has his problems, but so does his younger brother, Rule.

In Rule’s Bride, the handsomest, most rakish Dewar brother is shocked to find the young bride he wed in an arranged marriage three years earlier all grown up and sitting in his London living room.  Violet Dewar has matured into a delectable little morsel Rule can’t wait to seduce into his bed.

Unfortunately, all Violet wants from Rule is an annulment.

I had great fun writing this series, though the weddings were not all orchids and lace as the ladies and this writer expected.  Still, true love is worth the perils the characters must endure.  I hope you’ll watch for the Brides’ Trilogy.  Royal’s Bride is currently available.  Reese’s Bride will be out the end of December, and Rule’s Bride will follow the end of April.

Hope you enjoy and very best wishes, Kat

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Thank you for visiting, Ms Martin!

Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Royal’s Bride, the first title in the trilogy.

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My name is Leeann Burke and DEADLY SECRETS is my first published book. It was released December 2009. I’d love to say I sold to a publisher right away, but that would be a lie. It took me quite a few years before I found a home for it.

As I waited to hold a copy in my hands I decided I wanted more. Here I was about to get my creative dream come true while there were women out there who weren’t as lucky. That’s when I decided to donate my royalties to a charity. It had to be one close to my heart, Breast Cancer. Why? When I was barely 15 my own mother found a lump in her breast. We were lucky it was benign, but not everyone is as lucky. Since then I have lost one friend and had countless friends like fellow LBF Books author A B Wallace, who have battled and won their fight against breast cancer.

When I told the owner of my publisher, Carole Spencer, of my intentions she decided she would also donate proceeds to the cause. Together we approached the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Breast Cancer Foundation to be one of their sponsors. We were thrilled when the American Breast Cancer Foundation accepted and we became their first Canadian sponsor.

My goal is to sell enough copies of DEADLY SECRETS to donate $1,000 USD to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and $1,000 CAD to a Canadian organization that does research to find a cure for breast cancer. At the moment I am about ¼ of the way. I’m not giving up.

Here is a bit about DEADLY SECRETS my Romantic Suspense

Philippe Lafrance is a well known reclusive writer whose life is suddenly thrown upside down when the grandfather he never knew existed, dies.  He investigates the reason and learns that his family has kept secrets from him. Deep, ugly secrets. Worse, a killer is murdering the men in his family. He discovers that his father, then his grandfather, were murdered by someone desperate to keep secrets buried.

Bereft, Roxanne St-Clair is left to manage a restaurant when the only person who ever mattered to her, her foster parent and mentor, is murdered. She puts her life on hold to find his killer and bring him to justice. Thrown together by circumstance and a mutual goal, Philippe and Roxanne fight their attraction and team up to find the killer, bring him to justice and unearth the truth. To stay alive, they must keep one step ahead of the assassin in order to prevent him from killing his next target, Philippe.Will they succeed in bringing to justice this killer before Philippe becomes his next victim? Will they be able to deal with the truth behind the deadly secrets?  

Please help me reach my goal by purchasing a copy of my book at the following locations LBF Books, ARe, Bookstrand, Fictionwise, Amazon or get your library to carry a copy.

I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Many thanks to Leeann for being our guest today! Remember to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of  DEADLY SECRETS. Three winners will be announced on Sunday. Good Luck!

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Latest Winners!

Congrats to all the winners!!

Steph Shamroski

Wins a copy of MISTRESS BY MISTAKE by Susan Gee Heino.
 

flchen1

Wins a download of COWBOY SANDWICH by Reece Butler. (Let me know what format you want when you email me.)

Julie

Wins a copy of WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE by Ann Hope.
 

Winners have 48 hours to email me their addresses at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) to claim their book prizes or new names will be chosen.

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