Winners of the Beverley Kendall giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Beverley Kendall’s post on what makes an alpha male – and the difference between alphas and alphaholes.

Bev is giving away three copies of her new adult romance When In Paris…and the lucky winners are Jen B (whose definition I love: “He should be big and bad and a snuggle bunny behind closed doors.”), Jen M, and Joss1.

A good day for people with short names starting with J!

Congratulations! Email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know what digital format you’d like your book in.

Didn’t win? Here’s more about the book and where you can buy it.

When in Paris…

When in ParisCollege freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs—in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia’s newfound peace, and the feelings she’d thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can’t shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile…but has never given her the time of day.

Zach’s good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it’s the star quarterback’s skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where…his present and past collide. And the one girl he’s always wanted but can’t have—and a class trip to Paris—turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.

Buy it at iTunes | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

Also, this week you can win Molly O’Keefe’s hockey romance Crazy Thing Called Love. Good luck!

Winners of the Beverley Kendall & Contemporaries to Covet giveaways!

An Heir of DeceptionThank you so much to everyone who commented on Beverley Kendall’s post, Like a mother, an author shouldn’t have favourites. And a huge thank-you to Bev for giving away three digital copies of her latest release, An Heir of Deception!

The lucky winners are:

  • Maureen
  • Suz Glo
  • Priscilla Shay

Congratulations! I’ll put you in touch with Beverley so she can get you the books.

Thank you also to everyone who commented on my Contemporaries to Covet in May giveaway.

The winner of the $10 book gift certificate is…Quilt Lady!

Quilt Lady said in her comment:

I want to read Kristen Higgins book Somebody to Love. I have read a few of her book is the past and they were awesome! I can’t wait to read this one.

So that means that she has won a $10 gift certificate for Kristan Higgins, too!

Everyone, this week you can win Louisa Edwards’ latest contemporary romance, Hot Under Pressure!

Like a mother, an author shouldn’t have favourites – & giveaway!

This is a guest post by Beverley Kendall, author of steaming hot historical romance and mastermind behind the wonderful blog and review site, The Season for Romance. See below for giveaway details.

You always remember your first, right? Your first boyfriend, your first kiss, your first marriage (if you went on to have more than one), your first job and most importantly, your first child?

I have only one son so he is my first and only. No fear of jealousy between siblings here. No sense of guilt that I may—and I say may—gravitate more toward one child than the other.

Luckily, when an author writes a series, they are able to revisit with much loved heroes of past books and flirt with upcoming heroes as we anticipate writing their own book.

No, what I have are the characters I create—my heroes. They are the ones who demand my attention exclusively for a good 3-5 months. I get to know them; their likes and dislikes, their foibles and strengths. They charm me and entertain me, and at times, they make my heart wrench and lift my soul. I’m captivated by them and feel a sense of loss when my time with them is over.

Sinful SurrenderMy first book was SINFUL SURRENDER and James Rutherford was my hero; my first ever. For that reason alone, James will always hold a special place in my heart. But even as I wrote SINFUL SURRENDER my mind was on Alex Cartwright. I knew his story three years prior to writing his story, AN HEIR OF DECEPTION. I became even better acquainted with him in A TASTE OF DESIRE, especially when he was having fun tormenting my second hero, Thomas Armstrong.

But I knew Alex’s road to HEA would be littered with heartbreak and loss. I knew that Alex would—for a time—lose his wit, his dry sense of humour and a piece (tiny) of his humanity when he loses the love of his life. And because I knew the journey Alex was to take, he rose above the others in my affections.

I felt for Alex. I felt his loss. I felt his pain. I felt his anger and sense of betrayal and abandonment. Alex immediately became my favourite.

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Winner of the Beverley Kendall giveaway!

All's Fair in Love and Seduction by Beverley KendallThanks so much to everyone who commented on my interview with Beverley Kendall. I’m so glad you’re enjoying these interviews – I am too!

Only one person could win Beverley’s novella, All’s Fair in Love & Seduction, as well as In Country, by Bobbie Ann Mason. And that person is…Cathy Phillips!

Cathy, I’ve sent you an email.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. You can still comment on my interview with Louisa Edwards and win a copy of her latest novel, Too Hot to Touch!

Thanks, everyone, for reading!

Interview with Beverley Kendall – and giveaway!

Most devoted romance readers will know of a fantastic site called The Season for Romance, which is packed with information and reviews about upcoming romance and cozy mystery releases.

Beverley Kendall, the powerhouse behind The Season, is a bit of a Renaissance woman. Not only has she built that incredible site, but she’s also a very successful historical romance novelist.

I absolutely adore Bev – not only has she given me the opportunity to write reviews for The Season, but she also lets me write a weekly post about contemporary romance for her blog.

She’s here today as part of my Hearts and Minds giveaway – where you can win books that appeal to your heart and mind. Giveaway details are below, but first I’m happy to welcome Bev to my blog!

1. I love that you write about (in your words) “a period when ladies strived to be genteel and dresses could barely fit through doors.” But you also make history, erm, a hell of a lot sexier than I imagine it really was (I’m not complaining!). What made you decide to write steamy historical romance?

Sinful Surrender by Beverley KendallI love the historical period, especially the 19th century. It’s an easy time to romanticize despite the realities of the living conditions and the fact that women were completely oppressed. I love the formality of courting but that the hero and heroine have all this simmering passion between them. Plus, I love my romances, historical, contemporary or otherwise, pretty hot. It doesn’t have to be frequent because I really love the buildup and sexual tension, but the payoff needs to be good.

2. Which of your heroines are you most like? And which of your heroes would you most like to…court?

A Taste of Desire by Beverley KendallLOL. That’s a good one but a hard one. Hmm, let me think. I think I’m more like Amelia so far—although I’m really like my contemporary heroine, Rachel, in Rebound the most.

Rebound is a WIP but she’s a woman who has been betrayed but the whole experience makes her stronger, more determined. When she’s upset, she’s not one to fly off the handle but keeps her anger in until it finally explodes. She’s a fiercely loyal friend but doesn’t forgive trespasses easily. She can immediately sense insincerity in people and hates fake smiles. That’s pretty much me.

3. What’s surprised you most about being a published author?

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