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Please join me in heartily congratulating these lucky people,

Sharon M

You win a signed copy of Tracy Wolff’s Full Exposure.


Chelsea B.

You win a signed copy of Megan Hart’s No Greater Pleasure



(whose email starts with Mimmi)

You win a signed copy of Deb Marlowe’s Her Cinderella Season.


The next three lucky ladies win unsigned copies of Maya Banks’ Sweet Seduction, courtesy of our own and very generous Fatin:






Ladies, you all know the drill: email Fatin at mad at romancereaderatheart dot com with your physical address within 48 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation from her, you can post a comment indicating that.

Failure to do this will result in forfeit of your prize.

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Tie Me Down

Homicide detective Genevieve Delacroix demands respect.  As the only woman on her squad, hse maintains a tgh-as-nails attitude that keeps men at arm’s length.  Never giving in to her secret fantasies … until she meets a mysterious stranger who teaches her how little control she really has– over her mind and her body.

Cole Adams arrives in New Orleans believing star investigator Geneveive is his last hope for solving the murder of his younger sister.  He just doesnt expect the hard-assed detective to look like a blonde bombshell.  Once he breaks through her inhibitions, he soon finds an unexpected obsession– driving Genevieve right to the edge of desire … and beyond.

But when a serial killer who has been terrorizing the streets of the French Quarter sts his sights on Gnevieve, the lovers realize tey’ve both let down their guard.  And losing control could have fatal consequences.finely honed knife, she cuts loose and learns just how satisfying another type of obsession can be.

I love to cook.  I love everything about cooking—from picking out the recipe and ingredients, to spending time crafting the food, to sharing it with my friends and my family.  For me, there’s just something intensely soothing about slipping into my kitchen and whipping up something I know my boys will love.

So for my visit today, I decided to share two recipes with you—recipes that are near and dear to my heart.  There’s a story behind both of them, one that ties into my brand new release, Tie Me DownTie Me Down takes place in New Orleans, a city that I lived in for four years while I went to graduate school.  It’s a city near and dear to my heart for a lot of reasons, including the fact that it is where I first really learned how to cook.  So, in light of that—and in celebration of my latest erotic suspense—I thought I’d share two of my favorite New Orleans recipes. (more…)

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Can't Stand the Heat

For sharp-tongued Miranda Wake, the chance to spend a month in Adam Temple’s kitchen to write an exposé is a journalistic dream come true. Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant.  The trouble is, she never expected Adam to find out her most embarrassing secret: this critic has no idea how to cook.

As for Adam, well, he’s not about to have his reputation burned by a critic who doesn’t even know the difference between poaching and paring.  He’ll just have to give the tempting redhead a few private lessons of his own—teaching Miranda what it means to cook with passion.


One-on-One with Adam Temple

After a stint running the famously high-powered and intense kitchen at celeb hangout Appetite, hotshot young chef Adam Temple has launched his first solo effort, Market—a locavore eatery known for using sustainably produced organic ingredients and an adventurous flavor sense to entice diners and critics alike.  Délicieux magazine recently caught up with Adam at his charming Upper West Side restaurant.


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Emmanuelle asked —

Why did you decide to create this blog?
Mad/Fatin: With the help of Nancy, the blog was started as a place to post about books and have authors come and talk about their new releases. Since Nancy couldn’t do this plus take care of RR@H, I volunteered myself. Which didn’t help my TBR at all since I’ve found myself adding more and more books to it with all the authors who have popped in and talked about their books. 🙂

Azteclady: And it hasn’t helped me either–the TBR mountain range just keeps spreading all over the house…

Does it take a lot of your time to maintain it?
Mad/Fatin: At times it does but I love it and recently was able to talk Azteclady into helping me out with it. She’s been a huge help! Love her lots!

Azteclady: Mad is very persuasive–and even though it can be a bit time consuming, it’s quite neat to spread the book love and ‘meet’ new authors.

Are you aspiring writers or just FANS?
Mad/Fatin: Oh heavens no, I’m just an avid fan. I shudder to think what I’d come up with if I was a writer. *g* Trust me, it wouldn’t be pretty.

Azteclady: I’m a reader, period. Addicted, true, but only a reader.

What does your family/friends think about your passion for romance and your blog?
Mad/Fatin: My husband calls the romance books I read my “books of love” reading. *snort* Other than that, he doesn’t really say much about them. Thank goodness he never really pays attention to what I bring into the house. Heh. My daughters tend to tease me about some of the titles, though. But I’m happy to say I’ve raised a house full of avid readers. I’m waiting for the day my 16 year old daughter (who is an avid YA reader) comes to me and asks for a book recommendation from me. The possibilities are endless! So looking forward to it.

I’ve got three sisters , two of which I’m always sending book boxes filled with books to read. There are rules with each box I send them. They can’t ever harm or hurt my books. *g* My oldest sister accidentally spilled coffee on one of my books once and she refused to send the box back to me until she replaced the ruined book with a new one because she thought I wouldn’t send her any more books after that. Heh.

One of my sister-in-laws is also a romance reader. I miss sharing and talking books with her since she moved. She used to read as much as I did at the time. I recently spoke with my younger sister and she told me that my younger brother’s wife wants to borrow some of my books. Woohoo, another one converted! 😉

My friends, some are romance readers and share the addiction with me while others aren’t readers of romance so they’ll tease and call them my “love books” But I love them anyway. 🙂

As for the blog, most know I have a “blog” but I don’t think they know it’s as huge a thing as this is. I linked my oldest daughter to it recently and she was amazed at how active it is because she just thought it was some place for me and me alone. *g*

Azteclady: My family has always been puzzled by my romance addiction. Mind, all my siblings and my mother are avid readers themselves–so were my stepfather, my father, etc.–but with the exception of my sister, most of them prefer either “literary fiction” or (mostly my three brothers) science fiction and fantasy.

It has bothered me for years that they tend to dismiss an entire genre due to preconceived notions, but otherwise I didn’t realize how wonderful it is to have people who get romance until I got online and saw how many intelligent, well read people out there get it.

It also has helped that my beloved was open-minded enough to let me talk him into reading some romantic suspense a couple of years ago. We’ve read a fair number of romances together since then 😀

Amy Kathryn asked —

Has your approach to/enjoyment of reading changed since you started the blog?
Mad/Fatin: I’m more open to trying new authors. Before I’d just stick to the authors I knew and just read them but in the past 2 or 3 years I’ve also started reading e-books and that’s opened a whole new world of authors for me. Have also tried new genres since I’ve started this blog. I used to just read contemporaries, historicals and category books. Now I also gotten into paranormals, romantic suspense and Urban Fantasy books.

Azteclady: Before discovering romance readers’ blogs, I was quite limited in my reading. Like Fatin, blogging has widened my reading horizons to an incredible degree.

Wendy K asked —

If your friends/blog readers could do ONE thing for you and Azteclady what would you want done?
Mad/Fatin: Hmm, this one is a toughie. You know me, Wendy, I’d rather do for others instead so I’m really not sure about this one.

Azteclady: I got nuthin’

If you could have any ONE book coming out in Oct,Nov,Dec of 2009 early what ONE book would EACH of you want and why?
Mad/Fatin: October book that is a must for me is The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston. I cannot say enough that her writing is so funny and she’s got a huge fan in me. I’m like a drug junkie when it comes to her books… must have them. *g*

November book… that was Elizabeth Hoyt’s To Desire a Devil because it was book 4 of her latest series but my local book club got very (very!) lucky and we received an ARC of it recently so now, I’m not sure. That was the main one on my list that I really wanted. Although my December book could also work as my November book since it’s release date is end of November. 😉

December book… this one is easy. It’s A Storm of Passion by Terri Brisbin. Her first Brava release but she also writes for Harlequin Historicals. I met Terri in chat years ago when I first came online. She’s such a sweet lady and I’m so proud of her that she’s now also writing for Brava.

Azteclady: Oh man… ONE book a month? What a hideous proposition! Were you a torturer in a previous life, Wendy? Okay, in the interest of speculation…

I know I want Ava Gray (aka Ann Aguirre)’s Skin Game for November. And Shiloh Walker’s Hunter’s Need for December. Oh and Maya Banks’ Sweet Seduction for October.

Now I’ll go weep in a corner for all the other books I couldn’t list…

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Vee, one of the original winners of Sharon Lathan’s Darcy Saga novels, has withdrawn her name. The new winner, drawn using random.org, is…

Amy Kathryn

Please contact me within 48 hours at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com with your physical address–and remember to comment here if you don’t get a reply from me.

Failure to do so equals forfeit of the prize.

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And here are the last three winners of the week–once again via random.org. The winners of their choice of Lisa Plumley’s novels (a copy each of either of Home for the Holidays or Hallowe’en Husbands) are:




Cherie J

Ladies, congratulations! Email me at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com within 48 hours with your physical address to claim your books. You can post a comment here if you don’t receive confirmation from me.

If you fail to do so, you forfeit the win and someone else’s name would be drawn.

Apologies for the mistake

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Once again, random.org has spun, stopped, and given us a name; the winner of Terry Spear’s To Tempt the Wolf is:



Please email me your physical address at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com within 48 hours. Post a comment here if I don’t acknowledge your email.

Failure to do so equals forfeit of your win and another name would be drawn.

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Random.org has spoken again–the winner of Anna DeStefano’s Dark Legacy is:

Chelsea B

Congratulations, lucky lady! Please contact me within 48 hours at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com with your physical address so we can get your prize out to you. Remember to post a comment here if you don’t receive an answering email from me.

If you do not do so, you forfeit your prize and another winner will be drawn.

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Via random.org, the winner of Ms Madore’s book is:

Cherie J

Congratulations! Please contact me within 48 hours at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com with your physical address in order to claim your book. Post a comment to this thread if you don’t receive acknowledgement of receipt of your email.

If you don’t do so, you forfeit your book and another winner will be drawn.

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Courtesy of random.org we have two winners of Judith James’ Highland Rebel:




Remember to email me within 48 hours at azteclady1 at yahoo dot com with your physical address in order to claim your prizes. You can post a comment here if I don’t acknowledge receipt of your email.

Failure to do this equals forfeit of your books and the drawing of another winner.

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