Help me spread the word about Playing It Close & you could win prizes!

London Legends field bagOne April 14, just under six weeks from now, my second London Legends novel comes out. I’m really excited about sharing Playing It Close with you, and I hope you love reading it!

I would love to have your help spreading the word about it. Between now and May 4, I’m holding a giveaway. You could win a $50 gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice (it doesn’t have to be a bookseller; it just has to allow me to buy a gift certificate online), a gorgeous handmade bracelet from my friend Moriah Densley, and a London Legends tote bag.

Some of these are things you can do without reading the book – such as publishing the book cover and buy links on your blog, or tweeting about the giveaway, or adding the book to your Goodreads shelves. But if you read the book, then you can also write an honest review and earn more points.

Please note that I want honest reviews. Writing a glowing review will not make you more likely to win, and writing a negative review will not disqualify you from winning.

Win an early copy of Playing It Close

Since I’m really eager for you to start reading, I’m giving away three advance copies to readers who leave a comment on this blog before March 11.

If you don’t win, you can find links to pre-order Playing It Close below.

Good luck, and thank you so much in advance!

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Playing It Close

Playing It Close by Kat LathamBook two of the London Legends

Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.

Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.

Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.

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Contemporaries to covet in March – & giveaway!

You guys, how can it possibly be March already?? February flew past in rush of head colds, sneezes and over-productive noses.

I hope your families have stayed healthier than mine has.

Anyway, it’s time to give a shout-out to the contemporary romance authors whose books we’re most looking forward to this month. Hurrah! And, as always, one lucky reader will win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the author she mentions. See below for details, but first, here are the March contemporary romances I’m most looking forward to.

Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins

Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Waiting On You by Kristan HigginsColleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

Release date: March 25, 2014

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Why I want to read it

Anyone who’s read my blog for a while knows I’ve got a massive writer-crush on Kristan Higgins. Her stories always make me cry. I can’t get enough!

A Match Made in Texas by Katie Lane

A Match Made in Texas by Katie LaneA MATCH MADE IN TEXAS is the sixth book in Katie Lane’s bestselling, witty and sexy Deep in the Heart of Texas series.
Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she’s arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she’s not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she’s ever had.

In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn’t need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her….

Release date: March 25, 2014

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Why I want to read it

Katie Lane’s books are unfailingly funny and sexy. I love Bramble, Texas, and all of the wonderful characters living there. I’m a bit behind on this series, but I look forward to catching up!

Giveaway!

Answer at least one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length, novellas or whatever.

I’ll randomly choose one winner on Tuesday March 11, 2014. That person will get a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice, AND I’ll send the same to the author they mention.

If the winner mentions more than one author, I’ll ask the winner to choose which one gets the gift certificate.

This is open internationally.

Questions:
What contemporary romance novel(s) being released in March are you looking forward to? (There’s a wonderful list at Heroes & Heartbreakers.) Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?

Winner of Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis!

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my Jill Shalvis giveaway! And thanks to Jill for asking me to give away her book to one of my readers instead of sending her the gift certificate she won in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway.

The winner of Once In A Lifetime is…Joye!

Congrats! Email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know which format you’d like it in (if you want a digital copy, let me know which bookseller you want it from).

Didn’t win? Here’s where you can buy it.

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben – even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

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Don’t forget to enter my cover reveal giveaway – you could win Playing It Close and a $10 gift certificate!

Giveaway: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Last week I emailed Jill Shalvis to let her know that one of my lovely readers won a gift certificate for her in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway. Being the coolest person ever, Jill wanted to pay it forward. She asked me to give away her latest novel to a reader.

How cool is she?

Leave a comment below to enter. On Friday, Feb 21, I’ll randomly select one person to win a copy of Once in a Lifetime. Good luck!

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben – even though he has absolutely no idea what she’s done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Buy it in print at Amazon.com | B&N | More buying options

Buy the ebook at Amazon.com | B&N | iTunes

Winners of the Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Wow, thank you to everyone who stopped by last week to recommend contemporary romance novels coming out in February!

The winner of the $10 gift certificate is…JenM! Congrats!

Jen said:

I’m a Lucky Harbor addict, so I’m totally looking forward to Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

That means that Jen also won a $10 gift certificate for Jill Shalvis! Woo hoo!

Sorry to everyone who didn’t win, but we’ll be doing this again the first Monday of March so mark your calendars.

I should be able to share the cover of Playing It Close – and the back cover copy – soon, so stick around for more giveaways!