Blog tour: Win a $25 book gift certificate & All I’m Asking For

All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology blog tourFriends, my first official book tour starts TODAY!

Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh & I are promoting our contemporary holiday anthology, All I’m Asking For (see below for book details). Over the next two weeks, we’ll be visiting a bunch of blogs and giving you the chance to win a $25 book gift certificate and a digital copy of the anthology.

I’ve also been asked to take part in a couple of other blog events, some of which have a separate giveaway. I’ve added those to the tour schedule below. If you have a book blog and you’d like to host us, please contact Ashley at ashley@closedthecover.com.

Many thanks to Ashley at Closed the Cover for organizing this tour!

November 29, 2013
Closed the Cover – Tour Kick-Off Post & Giveaway
Tome Tender – Book Promo
Kelly P’s Blog – Author Q&A with Kat Latham, Brighton Walsh & Christi Barth
Heroes and Heartbreakers – Exclusive Excerpt by Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh & Kat Latham (not part of the regular tour)

November 30, 2013
Oh My Books! – Book Review

December 2, 2013
Listful Booking – Book Review

December 4, 2013
Closed the Cover – Guest Post by Christi Barth
Not Drinking Coffee –

December 5, 2013: RELEASE DAY!
Nerd Alert Book Love – Book Review & Q&A with Brighton Walsh
Romancing Rakes For The Love Of Romance – Guest Post by Kat Latham (separate giveaway from regular blog tour)

December 6, 2013
Wicked Book Addict – Guest Post by Kat Latham & Excerpt of Mine Under the Mistletoe

December 7, 2013
Stark Raven Mad – Radio Interview

December 8, 2013
Books in the ‘Burbs – Q&A with Kat Latham
For the Love of Books – Book Review & Promo

December 9, 2013
My Nook, Books & More – Book Review & Guest Post by Brighton Walsh

December 10, 2013
Books, Books & More Books – Book Spotlight & Excerpt of Tinsel My Heart

December 11, 2013
Curse of the Bibliophile – Q&A with Christi Barth & Promo
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – Book Review

December 12, 2013
Love Romance Books – Book Review & Excerpt of Season of Second Chances
Smut & Bonbons – Book Promo and Giveaway

December 13, 2013
My Life. One Story at a Time – Book Review

Giveaway!

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All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology by Brighton Walsh, Kat Latham and Christi BarthThis Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth
Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Stories also available for purchase separately.

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Mine Under The Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat LathamThanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

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Also available in All I’m Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

Winner of the Christi Barth giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week to drool over some of the desserts featured in Christi Barth’s A Fine Romance.

The winner of a digital copy of A Fine Romance is…Sherry J!

Congrats, Sherry! Let me know what format you’d like your book in (Kindle, Nook, Kobo…): romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

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

A Fine Romance

A Fine RomanceThey say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.

Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira—which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop—he can’t resist antagonizing her. There’s something about the sexy, straight-laced woman that drives him crazy. He can’t get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.

Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there’s going to be anything permanent between them, they’ll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future…

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Don’t forget that this week you can win a $10 gift certificate for yourself and a contemporary romance author in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

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!

When research turns delicious: Guest post by Christi Barth – & giveaway!

Christi BarthLast year, I interviewed Christi Barth when Planning for Love, the wonderful first novel of her Aisle Bound series, was published. The series centers around a group of friends in Chicago who are all involved in wedding planning in some way.

I’m so happy that Christi’s come back to tell us about the second book in the series, A Fine Romance, which will be published on March 11th. She’s also tempting us by talking about some delicious-sounding desserts, and she’s giving away a digital copy of her book. Take it away, Christi!

I write contemporary romance because I’m too lazy to do research. Friends of mine write epically wonderful tomes on Roman and European history, and the months they spend compiling detail upon fact upon footnoted quote boggles my mind. But for my latest release, A Fine Romance, I found myself compelled to do oodles of research. You see, my hero is a baker/chocolatier. So first, I got to scroll through a jillion photos of beautiful cakes so I could write descriptions like this:

“We had book club last night. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. A wonderful book, but a bit of a downer.” Helen waggled her hand back and forth in a so-so gesture. “Sam made me a divine cake, green tea flavored and lychee icing, with the most beautiful Asian fan on top, half folded. Covered with intricate characters, pictures of two women in gorgeous robes and a tall mountain in the background. All edible. The girls went wild for it.”

“You pulled out all the stops. I always envisioned book clubs as a place where you sat in a quiet circle, speaking in iambic pentameter of literary things.”

“We drink copious amounts of wine and stuff ourselves like pigs. On a good month, we’ll talk about the book for ten minutes. It’s more of a chance to get together and talk about men. Often sex. Sometimes books.”

Then, because my heroine refuses to eat chocolate (crazy, I know….but he convinces her—very sexily—to eventually change her mind), I had to come up with non-chocolate treats. Threw myself on the sword with that research, testing recipes left and right (for which my husband is insanely grateful).

Sam finally hand-fed her a piña colada cheesecake bar. The creamy swirl of pineapple and coconut transported her in one bite to a Caribbean beach.

I have to thank Cooking Light for the inspiration, and you can even check out a picture and link through to the recipe on my Pinterest site. But the real research kicked in once my hero decides to create a line of gourmet truffles.

Of course there had to be a standard dark chocolate ganache truffle, for the purists. But what else? Port-soaked figs enrobed in chocolate? Blackberry sage, or pear and honey truffles? Or maybe hazelnut praline.

I will freely admit to mixing and matching from several different chocolatiers to come up with these flavors. These people are brilliant artists, and I spent many nights drooling over my keyboard. Which is why I think my book should come with a warning label – may cause intense cravings for chocolate, cherry fritters, and chai tea scones. And that’s not even mentioning the melted chocolate drenched love scene….
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Dreams Come True giveaway #1

On Friday, I announced my special news – that I’m getting published and I’m pregnant. And I’m so overwhelmed by all of the wonderful comments and support I received. Thank you, everyone!

Every weekday this week, I’m doing a different giveaway to celebrate. Yesterday I published my monthly Contemporaries to Covet giveaway, which will stay open for a week.

For the rest of the week, I’m giving away one contemporary romance from Carina Press each day. Make sure you enter quickly, though, because each one will only be open for about a day. Fun times!

Today I’m giving away a digital copy of Romancing the Holiday, a collection of holiday novellas by HelenKay Dimon, Jaci Burton and Christi Barth. Snuggle up with your ereader and enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (Note: If you enter by leaving a comment on this blog post, make sure you put the comment URL into the Rafflecopter widget so I can keep track of all entries in one place.)

Enjoy!

Romancing the Holiday

Romancing the HolidayWe wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. ‘Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon
The Best Thing by Jaci Burton
Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth

Buy it at Amazon.com | B&N | CarinaPress.com

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