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We'llBeHomeForChristmas coverNo man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her “faulty” memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

 

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Thank for having me here today to talk about my newest release, WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.  The book just came out and I’m really excited about it. It’s the third in my “Holloway” series, which references the fictional town where the book is set, Holloway, West Virginia.

 

Whenever I talk about this book I have a minute where I think about the movie ABOUT LAST NIGHT.  Am I dating myself?  It’s from the 80s Brat Pack era (right when I was a teen and totally fascinated with that group of rising actors and actors). It’s not as popular as the other movies from this time, mostly because I think the movie was supposed to be more grown-up and take place after school as these pretty people went out into the “real” world.

 

For those unfamiliar with the movie, let me fill you in. It stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The two meets, have a one-night stand and then try to engage in a relationship despite the interference of their friends and the general immaturity of the characters.  It’s not a particularly great movie. But the one-night stand part that clicks.  See, WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS starts with the couple meeting in a bar. They then have a three-night stand and go their separate ways and back to their lives. Since this is a romance, they meet up again. Turns out they now live in neighboring towns, so ignoring their nights (and days) together isn’t really possible…especially once the hero’s brother and best friend find out about what happened.

 

I’m not a big fan of books where the man and woman meet and five seconds later one or both have the “he/she is different and could be the one” feeling.  I mean, does that really happen over the course of an hour?  Possibly, but I’m thinking not that often.  But books where the man and woman meet and are attracted to each other from the beginning?  Oh, yeah. That totally works for me. The one-night stand (or in the case of my book, three-night) is certainly an example of that.

 

There’s just something about meeting, sharing time and having a relationship miss that makes the later road to romance more compelling.  It’s like they have to work at it. They have to work at it.  And, really, isn’t that how life works?

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For more information, including an excerpt, visit www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win a digital copy of We’ll Be Home For Christmas, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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best_350.jpgA year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again. She loves Brody, but he’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. She’ll have to keep her heart—and her libido—in check.

Brody can’t get the time of day from Tori—ever since that impulsive kiss, she’s avoided him with the same brutal efficiency she uses to manage his family’s construction company office. The company can’t afford to lose her, and Brody’s come to realize that he can’t live without her. But how can he convince Tori that he’s a changed man?

It just might take a Christmas miracle.

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Did you ever want something so badly, but knew you shouldn’t have it? Like a pair of shoes, or a new purse. You know once you buy it, you’ll have buyer’s remorse. You’ll feel bad for having it, like you knew you shouldn’t have done it. But you just can’t seem to help yourself, because it’s something you covet, something you’ve wanted for a very long time.

Or maybe it’s that candy bar you covet. Only you’ve been trying to lose those last ten pounds, and chocolate is the very last thing you should be thinking about. But that’s your favorite candy, and you’ve just been dying to have it. So you relent, and while it’s delicious at the time, you have guilt afterward.

Sometimes the resistance is part of the fun, or part of the reward at the end. If I just do A, then I can have B. Or maybe you test your willpower, and see how long you can hold out. Or is it just me who does that? (Note: My willpower? Sucks. I will totally buy that purse or shoes and I’ll eat that candy bar—screw the diet.)

But as far as denying oneself what they truly want, that’s the way Tori Lewis feels about Brody Kent in my current release, The Best Thing, available now from Carina Press. Tori has carried a torch for Brody since she was fifteen years old, but Brody has gone through the women in town one by one, and she doesn’t ever intend to just be another statistic, one of the many he’s romanced and left behind. There’s too much at stake for her—her job, and her relationship with the Kent family. But the kiss they shared at last year’s Christmas party has left her wanting. It’s left Brody wanting, too, and determined to prove to Tori that he’s a changed man.

The fun in crafting a book about temptation, and going for something you know you shouldn’t, is the push/pull of the characters. Brody never thought he wanted Tori until that kiss. And then she backed off and pushed him away, and now he wants her more than ever, because he realized the one woman who’s perfect for him has been right under his nose—or in his case, in his office—for years. Because he wants what he can’t have, and though Tori can have Brody, she’s not going to allow herself to indulge, because she’s afraid of the consequences, afraid she’ll lose everything she holds dear.

But sometimes the rewards are worth the risk. That purse, those shoes, that chocolate. And of course, the big reward—love.

I hope you enjoy The Best Thing, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Jaci

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Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she has her brother’s
hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth
constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own,
Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s
kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes
bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true
nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby
flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

Abby’s last relationship left her with scars and a fear of men but her brother’s friend, Seth, has managed to get past her walls. She’s ready to let go of a terrifying past but it appears that her ex is back and not willing to let her go.

Seth wants nothing more than to keep Abby safe and being a Nephilim will help with that if Abby will trust him. He knows she’s not telling him everything about the night that left her and her family injured and took her brother’s life. The balance between uncovering all the details while keeping her trust is a tricky one, especially when he is keeping secrets of his own. Like his ability to grow wings and fly and the fact that her stalker is connected to the enemies he has dedicated his life to defeating.

All For You is darker than previous Bell books. While the trademark humor is still there, the angst and violence take a more prominent role. Abby is so damaged but fights so hard to get what she wants from life. And Seth is just plain yummy. Badass warrior by night, caring (and hot!) lover by day. Seeing him lose his laid back attitude when Abby is in danger was fantastic!

It took me longer than normal to read this one because of the detailed world building. There are different types of Nephs and Shems and they have different powers. All the Neph names slowed down the story at times but they are important to the book and, I assume, the series in the future.

I believe fans of the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books and Larissa Ione’s Demonica series will love this new world from Dana Marie Bell. Strong female characters, a group of warriors (both male and female) who have become a family with all its quirks, and fabulously evil bad guys you can’t wait to see destroyed. With so many fascinating characters introduced, I’m very curious who will get their story next.

 

Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Format: Digital

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Winners!

Lori

wins a print copy of either Rocky Mountain Haven or Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend

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wins the Grand Central giveaway

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wins Ask Her At Christmas by Christi Barth

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please email mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). You have 48 hours to email before a new name is chosen.

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A few years ago, I came down with a doozy of a cold at the beginning of December. Spent all weekend in bed….which ended up being fortuitous, because I discovered the wonder of holiday movies. It was my introduction to the Hallmark channel, Lifetime and ABC Family’s slew of holiday happily ever afters. Sure, I’d seen (and loved ) White Christmas and Holiday Inn, but I didn’t realize there was such a large genre of completely over-the-top holiday immersion movies. Now, I’m an addict.

And it wasn’t until my editor asked me to write one that I realized there was an equally huge cache of Christmas-themed books. Holiday romance books are much the same as the movies, in that they hit all the good nerves. Think about it; not everyone likes camping, for example. No matter how engaging your characters, if you stick them in the woods for three hundred pages, it might not excite some readers. But Christmas, well, what’s not to like? (For the sake of this post revolving wholly around xmas books, let’s just agree to overlook the whole socio-economic and religious problems inherent with this thesis, okay?)

You’ve got the feel-good scenes with relatives and adorable, perfectly behaved kids. Bad relatives are campy-funny, but always come around in the end. There’s pretty snow (not the heavy, messy stuff that’s impossible to shovel), cookies and pies that apparently don’t make anyone gain a pound, festive decorations on every flat surface.  A romance kindled over hot cocoa, in front of a roaring fireplace. And the themes always come back to celebrating the inherent goodness and love in everyone.

Basically, it gives you the fairytale version of Christmas, celebrating the best of the season. A holiday romance is like getting a hug from a book. A snow-dusted, cinnamon-smelling hug. Which, incidentally, is the same feeling I got when I wrote my Christmas novella!

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Here’s the blurb for Ask Her At Christmas:

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.

What is your favorite thing about Christmas books – what keeps you coming back for more every holiday season?

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For a chance to win a digital copy of Ask Her At Christmas, leave a comment answering Christi’s question. The winner will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck!

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The lovely folks at Grand Central Publishing are giving away all four of these books to one lucky reader! For more information on the books, just click the covers to visit the authors’ websites.

To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn on Sunday. Be sure to check back then to see if it’s you! Good luck! 😀

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Today is release for the print version of ROCKY MOUNTAIN HAVEN. This book, like the heroine, Beth, has a bit of a twisted past. Moving forward and making changes has turned out to be one of the best things that happened to either of us.

 

FIVE THINGS ABOUT ROCKY MOUNTAIN HAVEN

 

1. The original title for the story was Rocky Mountain High. Since the heroine is a teacher in the high school, I thought that would totally work. Also, salute to John Denver, ya know. Only TPTB thought the title sent too young an image for a hot romance, and I had to come up with a new title. I think Haven ended up being just right.

 

2. After it was originally published in March, 2010 as a 40k category length story by Liquid Silver Books, I had a number of readers contact me to tell me Beth was perfect. The fear and strength that’s present in a woman who has faced abuse and moved on—it was real to them. Their letters still make me cry.

 

3. Rocky Mountain Haven won the Best Erotic Western Romance EPPIE of 2010. This was one of the first awards/honours I’d ever received as an author, and was all the more special because it was for this book.

 

4. When I decided to bring the series to Samhain Publishing, I was on the road traveling with the family for a year. We were on a temporary layover on Prince Edward Island during the three weeks that I revised and expanded the story to its current word count. As a Canadian I get a kick out of the fact I wrote a book just down the road (literally) from Anne of Green Gables home.

 

5. When Rocky Mountain Haven came out in digital in January of this year, I was in Ecuador with the family (yes, we are gypsies!) We had a book release party with the neighbors on the deck of the house we were staying in, and a week later we had another, even bigger party, as readers took the book onto the USA and NYT bestsellers list.

 

Authors have books that are defining moments in their writing career. I have a few of those, from Wolf Signs, which started the adventure, and High Risk coming in March of 2013. But Rocky Mountain Haven certainly meets the criteria for being a life-changing moment for me in so many ways.

 

I’m glad to share a HEA with Beth and Daniel.

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Rocky Mountain Haven

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It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.

Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.

After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.

Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgemental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.

At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more then enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.

Warning: One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behaviour in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.

 

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For a chance to win a print copy of ROCKY MOUNTAIN HAVEN or ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEAT (book 1 in the series), just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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Winners!

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wins an ARC of SLOW HEAT by Lorie O’Clare

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wins MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION by Donna Grant

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Thea Moretti has spent the last year filling the void left by her husband’s death with loud music and meaningless sex with firefighter Ronan O’Roarke. When the emptiness becomes too much, Ronan is always there and that is all Thea wants. When Ronan invites her to help him decorate his tree, Thea realizes that their arrangement is about more than just sex and that’s not something she’s ready for. It’s up to Ronan to show her that life is about more than just surviving.

This is one of the best Christmas romances I’ve read.  It’s a seamless blend of sexy and angst that had me fully invested from the first page. I ached for Thea and the darkness she was fighting. And Ronan was the perfect hero. Strong, steadfast and sooo sexy. It was one of those books where I almost dreaded the end. I couldn’t wait to see them happy together but I didn’t want to say goodbye to this couple. Truly fantastic and inspiring, I recommend this to any erotic fan that loves the angst.

BREATH ON EMBERS can be purchased individually or in the Red Hot Holiday anthology from Carina Press.

Favorite quote:

“You don’t have to be better, or healed, or over your husband. You just have to be here. That’s all I’m asking for. I’m not asking for forever. I’m just asking you to be here, now, with me.”

5 stars

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Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 3rd, 2012
Format: Digital

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