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Video: Missed It? Interview with Carla Neggers and Declan’s Cross

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An escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly in this riveting new novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers.  For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan’s Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn’t expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, who are in Ireland for their own personal retreat. Ten years ago, art was stolen from a mansion in Declan’s Cross, but it has never been recovered and the elusive thief never caught. Now, from the moment Julianne sets foot on Irish soil, everything goes wrong. The well-connected American diver who invited her to Ireland has…

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Video: Missed IT? Interview with Lori Foster and NO LIMITS (Special bookshout! promo)

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Special offers brought to you by   Enjoy NO LIMITS in eBook format provided by bookshout! at a special discount for BookTrib members. This discount is available for a limited time. You can access your eBook on the web, from your smartphone or tablet.  For a direct link,  text BOOKTRIB  to 67076. Texting is within the US only. NO LIMITS A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older,…

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A heavy dose of reality makes Cancel the Wedding’s romance so much sweeter

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Romance novels have a long history of glorifying life in a small town. And why shouldn’t they? In these worlds, small towns are filled with eccentric and bumbly characters, local coffee shops where everyone gathers each morning for breakfast, and hot sheriffs (or carpenters or foresters!) who are always magically single and ready for commitment. I’d move to that town, too, if I could. Carolyn T. Dingman’s debut novel, Cancel the Wedding, gives us a unique spin on this familiar motif. The novel is targeted toward fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, and while I suppose it could fall under the umbrella of Chick Lit, Dingman does not hesitate to push the boundaries in ways that other writers might…

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The Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold Spa Kit giveaway

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Let’s face it—anyone who has ever read a Fool’s Gold romance by Susan Mallery wishes they could travel to the fictional town of happy endings for real. Sadly, while you cannot vacation in the town filled with blossoming romances and friendly neighbors, you can still have your own mini vacation-in-a-bag with Susan’s Fool’s Gold Spa kit. Treat yourself to the luxurious Bliss beauty products and Fool’s Gold goodies inside and close your eyes and it’s easy to transport yourself into the latest book, Until We Touch, with romance skeptic Jack McGarry and the girl who wants to win his heart, Larissa Owens. Enter to win your mental vacation to Fool’s Gold by clicking below—you deserve it The Susan Mallery Fool’s…

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My Fair…Laddie? Shannon Stacey puts a fresh spin on a timeless romantic trope

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In Shannon Stacey’s Falling for Max (Carina Press, July 2014) awkward is the new sexy. Max is everything the typical alpha is not—introspective, unadventurous, shy and—just what does he do in his locked basement all day? His social life depends on local sports programming and his big-screen television, a magnet in a town without a sports bar. When he adds “find a wife” to his October to-do list after “annual checkup for furnace” and before “buy birthday presents” a buddy recommends the local diner, the town’s social hub. There he meets the Tori Burns, book cover designer and part-time waitress. It’s too bad that Max is so awkward because despite his stumbling he’s actually really hot. Intrigued by a sharp…

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Harlequin Fifth Avenue Trilogy giveaway: Summer in the City Essentials Kit

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 The Fifth Avenue Trilogy (Harlequin) will take you to the gleaming heights of New York in a quest for revenge. Austin, Hunter and Alex are united in their passion for justice after that devastating night 10 years ago when their dear friend, Sarah Michaels, lost her life. The trilogy includes: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates: Austin Treffen and Sarah were the best friends in college. After graduation, Sarah Michaels began working for Austin’s father, Jason Treffen—a prestigious hot shot lawyer. When Sarah cracked under the pressure of her demanding job, Austin was too self-involved with his new law career to notice. It wasn’t until Sarah threw herself off a building that rumors begin to swirl that Austin’s father, Jason Treffen,…

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Brenda Novak on what friendship means in Whiskey Creek

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By Brenda Novak In my latest contemporary romance series, readers are introduced to a tightknit group of friends who grew up together in the small town of Whiskey Creek, a place in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California that was founded during the gold rush. Although Whiskey Creek is a fictional setting, it’s modeled on many of the real gold country towns near where I live. Western boardwalks still connect the buildings in the center of town. Among other businesses in Whiskey Creek, there are two Victorians that have been turned into Bed & Breakfasts, a diner called Just Like Mom’s that serves good old comfort food (you can order the most delicious cookies from Just Like Mom’s on…

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Screen romances for all your moods

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Nothing says “I love you” like watching someone you don’t know (i.e. a movie star) say it to someone else you don’t know (as in, another movie star). But we fall in love at the movies, with the movies, and sometimes we wish we could break the celluloid barrier and join (or break up) a happy couple. And luckily the silver screen gives us romance in all its forms, so here (in chronological order to avoid squabbling over rankings) is a 14-piece starter kit for your movie romance. If you’re into unrequited love, sweeping (fake) shots of Atlanta burning at the hand of those damn Yankees, and a heroine as feisty as they come, try Gone with the Wind (1939).…

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Need a date (or want to stay single)? Open a book.

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Literature is rife with romantic prospects, as well as those people your mother would tell you to avoid at all costs. When you’re sitting at home, staring at your bookshelf this Valentine’s Day, consider these fictional characters who would arguably make a better (or infinitely worse) date than that one you’re either preparing (or wishing) for. There’s someone here for everyone. Let’s start with the ones in the plus column.     Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice): Everyone’s (or at least most people’s) favorite eligible Austen man, Mr. Darcy is the one you want if you’re into hate-at-first-sight that eventually blossoms into love.         Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula): A less obvious choice, but…

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A castaway romance in the South Pacific

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While it won’t happen this year, my wife and I have long vowed to return to the most romantic vacation we ever took, our honeymoon back in 1986 to Turtle Island in Fiji. We both had high-pressure jobs, mine on First Boston’s hectic trading floor, hers at Sotheby’s in their American Paintings Department. While we had been dating off and on for almost seven years, we chose what we hoped would be the most idyllic, remote, and isolated destination possible. Rather than meet the demands of clients, markets or our bosses, we wanted two weeks to focus solely on each other, without disruption. A castaway South Pacific island resort sounded like the perfect tonic, and we vowed to leave directly…

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A quick guide to a kick-ass book club

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Book clubs have a bad reputation among people who like to read, mocked for being a nice excuse to sit with your friends and drink wine, but certainly not an opportunity to talk about books with fellow bibliophiles. At least, this is what I thought before I joined one. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and now, more than four years later, my book club meetings are my favorite monthly activity. Much of this, I’ll admit, has to do with the lovely women in my club who—I’m sorry—I can’t share with you. Beyond that, though, there are some factors that have contributed to my club’s success as a genuine space to talk about great books. Here are a few tips.…

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