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New G.A. Aiken book coming out December 2, 2014!


The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. You forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months—and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate my queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. But I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

You can also find an excerpt here.

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Stacey Siferd

wins Bound By Darkness by Alexandra Ivy


Nikki Barrett

wins A Place Called Home by Jo Goodman


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


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New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Burton’s 2011 Valentine’s Day Recipe

Whether she’s writing a bestselling romantic suspense novel or baking up a storm in her Rich­mond, Virginia kitchen, Mary Burton doesn’t do anything half-heartedly—and that includes her 2011 Valentine’s Day recipe, Merciless Peanut Butter Brownies. This year she’s created a combo that’s mercilessly indulgent and deadly delicious. Go ahead! Feed it to your honey—by hand—on Valentine’s Day!

Mary Burton’s latest books SENSELESS and MERCILESS (out January 25th) have just been published.


Merciless Peanut Butter Brownies Love at First Bite

Brownie Batter:

½ cup (1 stick) of butter
1 cup of cocoa
1 teaspoon of brandy
2 cups of sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 egg yolk


1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon brandy


8 oz of melting chocolate

Melt butter and pour over cocoa in a mixing bowl. Add in brandy, sugar and salt. Mix in eggs and yolk. Set batter aside and mix together peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar. Form into balls. Evenly spread half the batter in a baking pan. Arrange peanut butter balls on batter. Cover with remaining batter. Bake for 35 minutes. When the brownies have cooled pour melted chocolate over them and let set. Slice and enjoy!

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What happens when a woman who’s realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth? Shobhan Bantwal’s poignant new novel weaves a captivating tale of one woman’s return to India: the place where she lost everything—and now has everything to gain…

It is a morning like any other in suburban New Jersey when Vinita Patil opens the battered envelope postmarked “Mumbai.” But the letter inside turns her comfortable world upside down. It tells Vinita an impossible story: she has a grown son in India whose life may depend on her…

Once upon a time, a naïve young college girl fell for a wealthy boy whose primary interests were cricket and womanizing. Vinita knew, even then, that a secret affair with a man whose language and values were different from her own was a mistake. He finished with her soon enough—leaving her to birth a baby that was stillborn. Or so Vinita was told…

Now, that child is a grown man in desperate need. To help her son, to know him, Vinita must revisit her darkest hours by returning to her battle-scarred homeland—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind…


Why am I considered a romance writer when my novels are not precisely romance? Why do I belong to the Romance Writers of America and its New Jersey chapter when my books are not always about boy meets girl, and despite two hundred pages of difficulties to surmount and odds to beat, they still manage to live happily ever after? Because my stories are about women—women who experience romantic love, at some point in their lives.

My heroines find love and romance, and at times end up losing it. Nonetheless love plays a significant role in their journey toward growth and fulfillment.

Women are unique creatures who thrive on that strong yet elusive emotion called love. It is hard to describe, hard to find, and even harder to give freely with no expectations of it being returned in full measure. I believe it is this emotion that rules women’s lives from birth until death.

A teenage girl’s first crush is often fraught with more emotions than a boy’s. A woman’s love fully engages the heart and soul along with the body. Many a woman will surrender a great deal to have at least some moments of sublime love in her life.

It is this softer side of a woman that makes a great romance novel. This is what we romance writers try so hard to capture in our stories—the depth of the relationship between a woman and a man. If it is peppered with hot sexual encounters, it adds that many more wonderful, sensual layers to a beautiful story.

When deep emotions are portrayed skillfully to capture readers’ hearts, then any tale can become a romance. In the end, it is all about women’s quest for love, the delicate balancing of their hearts and minds. Even if there is no fairytale “happily ever after,” there is hope.

My latest book, The Unexpected Son, is all about a teenager’s first poignant love for a rogue, then her enduring love for her arranged-marriage husband, and finally a mother’s love that transcends every other kind. My heroine is willing to sacrifice everything to save the grown son she never knew.

One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of The Unexpected Son, so post your comments and encourage your friends to do so.

Go to my website for excerpts, video trailers, contests, photos, recipes, and contact information at www.shobhanbantwal.com. Find me on Facebook.


Thank you for visiting with us at Novel Thoughts, Ms Bantwal!

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While I was away, my FedEx guy delivered my newest Bravas.

I’m currently reading Shelly Laurenston’s books under her G.A. Aiken name. I finished Dragon Actually and Flames & Chains last night. Flames & Chains is the short story of the parents of the hero in Dragon Actually. Today I started the short story in Everlasting Bad Boys anthology. “Can’t Get Enough” is the story about Ailean and Shalin, the parents of Bercerek, who is the hero in Flames & Chains. Once I finish this story, I’m going to start About A Dragon, about Briec The Mighty, another son of Bercerek & Queen Rhiannon.

What’re you all reading these days?

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Her Shocking Past…

Raised as the youngest daughter of the Duke of Kendal, Elizabeth learns a devastating truth on his deathbed: he wasn’t her father at all. And because the Duke had no sons, his title and fortune must go to his only male heir: a distant cousin who left England for America long ago. Anticipating the man’s imminent occupation of her home, Elizabeth anxiously searches for her mother’s diary, and the secret of her paternity…

Her Unexpected Future…

Arriving in London with his seven siblings, William Atherton intends to sell everything and return to his beloved Virginia farm, and his fiancée, as quickly as possible. But as Elizabeth shows William an England he never knew, and graciously introduces his siblings to London society, it becomes clear the two are meant for each other. Soon, Elizabeth finds herself determined to seduce the man who can save not only her family name but her heart…



Thank you for having me at here! I seem to enjoy writing about scandals so when my editor asked me what I thought about SOMETHING SCANDALOUS as a title for my third book in my Spinster Club series, I said YES!!

The Spinster Club series revolves around the lives of five Regency women who have all made up their minds not to marry. But one of the women is playing matchmaker without the others noticing. Along the way, each of the women will have some secret they’ve wanted to remain hidden released to society.

Elizabeth, the heroine of SOMETHING SCANDALOUS, discovers a very big secret about her parents. Before her father dies, he tells her that she is not really his daughter. Now this is the regency period and because she was born into a valid marriage and her “father” never publically disowned her, she doesn’t have too much to worry about. Except, she really wants to know the name of her real father. She has no plans to confront him. Her mother was an important duchess and as such, Elizabeth assumes her father must be a peer. She just wants know his name.

But before she can find the diary she knows her mother hid in the house, the new duke arrives with his seven siblings, putting a damper on her search efforts. When she finally does find the diary, she discovers things about her parents no child should know.

As I wrote this, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to discover something so shocking about my parents. In the regency period, society was much like the Hollywood stars of today. Everyone loved to hear about their scandals. Of course, today it is much harder to keep a secret when there are reporters snooping into every aspect of stars’ lives. Two hundred years ago, it was mostly gossips and the occasional gossip column (those were very rare).

How would you feel if every aspect of your life was out in the open for all to see? I come from a large family and value my privacy. I would hate the idea that I could walk into the grocery store and see some story about me and my family. 



Huge thanks to Christie for being our guest today. For more information on her and her books, please visit her website here. Don’t forget to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of Something Scandalous. Good Luck!

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From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait.


Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?



Rumor has it you recently returned to the US from an extended Euro Trip?

Yes! Thanks to the fortuitous alignment of various stars, (primarily the ability to do work from my laptop, and a friend’s offer to rent my house in my absence,) I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a year in Europe. I spent a few months each in Italy, England, France, and Spain. It was amazing! (more…)

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Hannah Howell is one of my all-time favorite authors. I don’t even have to read the blurb of her books, just buy them when I see her name. *g*


Secrecy and intrigue ignite dangerous passions in New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell’s seductive new novel…

It is whispered throughout London that the members of the Wherlocke family are possessed of certain unexplainable gifts. But Lord Ashton Radmoor is skeptical—until he finds an innocent beauty lying drugged and helpless in the bedroom of a brothel.

The mystery woman is Penelope Wherlocke, and her special gift of sight is leading her deep into a dangerous world of treachery and betrayal. Ashton knows he should forget her, yet he’s drawn deeper into the vortex of her life, determined to keep her safe. But Penelope is no ordinary woman, and she’s never met the man strong enough to contend with her unusual abilities.

Until now…

If He’s Sinful
Author: Hannah Howell
Pub Date: November 24, 2009
Imprint: Zebra
Format: Paperback

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New to me author, this one sounds interesting. HIGHLAND DRAGON by Kimberly Killion.


A desire that defies all limits…and a love that was meant to be…

Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan’s laird. To the clan’s children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.

Calin MacLeod has kept Akira’s secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share—and truths that can no longer remain hidden—could rip all of Scotland apart…

Highland Dragon
Author: Kimberly Killion
Pub Date: October 6, 2009
Imprint: Zebra
Format: Paperback

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Heh, more Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken goodies to put on my wishlist. Love her stuff. WHAT A DRAGON SHOULD KNOW is Book 3 of her Dragon Kin series.


Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, “Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us—the most loved of all dragons?” No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer.

So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying…woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman—one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor?

And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon’s heart?

What A Dragon Should Know
Author: G.A. Aiken
Pub Date: September 1, 2009
Imprint: Zebra
Format: Paperback

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