Winners of the Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

April looks set to be a contemporary romance bonanza, judging by the comments on last week’s contemporaries to covet post!

The winner of a $10 gift certificate to the online bookseller of her choice is…Natalija!

Congrats, Natalija! Email me and let me know where you’d like your g.c. for: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com.

Natalija said in her comment:

I’ve become a huge fan of Jane Graves after reading “Black Ties and Lullabies” and I’ve enjoyed each of the books I’ve read so far, but my favourite has to be “Tall Tales and Wedding Veils”. I love books set in Vegas
Looking forward to reading “Cowboy Take Me Away”.

Have a great week!

That means that Natalija also won a $10 g.c. for Jane Graves! Woo hoo! I’ll contact Jane and let her know.

Thanks for entering the giveaway, everyone!

Contemporaries to covet in April – & giveaway!

Happy April, everyone! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are. Today is the first day for several days that we haven’t woken up to snow on the ground. It actually felt a little like Spring – hallelujah!

Since today’s the first Monday of the month, I’m doing my special Contemporaries to Covet giveaway. I’ll tell you which contemporary romance novels being published this month I’m most looking forward to. I want to know what you’re coveting, and I’ll choose one person to win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the contemporary romance author she mentions.

Giveaway details are below, but first, here’s what I can’t wait to read this month!

Love Irresistibly by Julie James


Love IrresistiblyA former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.


A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love…

My two cents
Julie James is one of my all-time favorite romance authors. When non-romance readers ask me why I love romance, she’s one of the authors I point them to. I don’t have many auto-buy authors, but she’s certainly one of them!

Publication date: April 2, 2013
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Winners of my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Wow – so many people stopped by last week to share which March contemporary romances they’re most looking forward to.

The winner of a $10 gift certificate is…June M!

Congrats, June! Email me and tell me which online bookstore you’d like your gift certificate for: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

In her comment, June said:

I am really looking forward to reading Vivian Arend’s new book ADRENALINE. I love her stories, both the contemporaries and her Wolfies books:)

That means that June won a $10 gift certificate for Vivian Arend, too! I’ll email Vivian to let her know.

I’m continuing my blog vacation this week so I can get through some of my preparing-for-baby to-do list, but I’ll be back on Monday with an interview with Ruthie Knox, so come back then! And have a great weekend, everyone!

Contemporaries to covet in March – & giveaway!


How can it already be March? On Saturday, the sky over the Netherlands was covered by one thick gray cloud and it was just above freezing. Here’s a picture to prove it. Smarty Pants and I were in Delft this weekend, home of the painter Vermeer (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) and of the church where Dutch royals are buried. Here’s the tomb of William of Orange, who was assassinated in Delft in 1584 and was the founder of the current line of Dutch monarchs.

William of Orange's tomb
William of Orange’s tomb

Yesterday, there were a few patchy rain clouds but the temperature had risen a few degrees. I haven’t been outside yet today, but the sun is shining so hard it hurts my eyes – not that I’m complaining! Roll on, Spring!

Anyway, we’re not here to talk about history or the weather. Just like the first Monday of every month, I’m here to celebrate new contemporary romance releases. I’ll tell you below which March contemporary romances I’m most looking forward to. If you leave a comment and tell us which March contemporaries you’re coveting, you could win a $10 gift certificate for yourself AND the author you mention.

Giveaway details are below, but here are the books I’m looking forward to this month.

Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
She thinks she knows this player—but he has a few surprise moves.

Thrown by a CurveFor Alicia Riley, her job as a sports therapist for the St. Louis Rivers baseball team is a home run—until she becomes the primary therapist for star pitcher, Garrett Scott. Out of the lineup with an injury, he’s short-tempered, hard to handle, and every solid inch, a man.

Right now, the only demand he’s making on Alicia is that she get him ready to pitch in time for opening day. Except the sexual chemistry between them is so charged, Alicia’s tempted to oblige Garrett just about anything. But both their careers are at stake—one bad move and it’s game over for both of them.

Garrett also feels the hot sparks between them, and the way he figures it, what better therapy is there than sex? Now all he has to do is convince the woman with the power to make the call.

My two cents
I’ve only read one Jaci Burton story – her novella The Best Thing in Carina Press’s 2012 Christmas anthology – but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, as you know I’m a huge fan of sports romances, so this book is at the top of my I-Want list.

Release date: March 5, 2013
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Uncommon Pleasure by Anne Calhoun

From a “fresh and imaginative” (The Romance Studio) voice in erotic romance come the tales of two women, each daring to challenge the toughest of men…but in these edgy, heated encounters, the greatest thing she’ll risk is her heart.

Uncommon PleasureIn Over the Edge, after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.

In All on the Line, Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.

My two cents
Again, I’ve only read one Anne Calhoun story – and again it was a Christmas novella (Breath on Embers) from Carina Press. It made me cry, even though I’d been warned that it would and so I’d steeled myself against it. Anne Calhoun’s characters snuck past my defenses. I’m looking forward to that happening again.

I also look forward to having Anne as a guest on this blog. She’ll be doing an interview and giving away a copy of Uncommon Pleasure on March 25th.

Release date: March 5, 2013
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Winners of my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Wow, there were so many wonderful-sounding contemporary romances released in February! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to recommend one.

The winner of a $10 gift certificate to the online bookseller of her choice is…Wanda Barefoot!

Congratulations, Wanda! Let me know which site you want me to buy your gift certificate for: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

In her comment, Wanda said:

The Best ManI SOOOO want to reat The Best Man by Kristan Higgins! That is the one book I most look forward to. I fell in love with her writing when I read my first book, Just One of the Guys, and it’s still my favorite book. It had EVERYTHING. Lots of romance and I laughed and cried throughout the book. I feel like a broken record when I say this, but, it would make an awesome movie! (hint, hint all you producers out there!) If you haven’t read it I HIGHLY recommend it.

That means that Wanda won a $10 gift certificate for Kristan Higgins, too! I’ll email Kristan to let her know the good news.

Everyone, this week you can win A Fine Romance by Christi Barth – which is one of the March contemporary romances I’m looking forward to. Good luck!