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!

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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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.

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

Winner of the Moriah Densley giveaway!

The Valkyrie's GuardianA big thank-you to everyone who stopped by last week to wish Moriah Densley a happy release day for The Valkyrie’s Guardian! And thank-you to Moriah for writing such a great post about the attraction of opposites.

The very lucky winner of a digital copy is…Ann S!

Congrats, Ann! Email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know which format you want your book in (Kindle, Nook, etc).

Everyone, this week you can help me celebrate signing with an agent. I’m giving away one of the books represented by my new agency, so leave a comment on my post “I have an agent” to enter!

Do opposites really attract? – Guest post & giveaway by Moriah Densley

Moriah DensleyMoriah Densley is an author I admire the dickens out of. Her debut novel – a historical romance with a very unusual hero – came out earlier this year, and this week her first paranormal romance is hitting the digital shelves, and she’s giving you a chance to win it.

You can read the interview I did with her earlier this year here, but today she’s introducing us to Jack and Cassie, the incredible hero and heroine of her latest novel, The Valkyrie’s Guardian. See below for giveaway details.

Take it away, Moriah!

I loved writing an “opposites attract” story. Tough jock gets geek girl. Jack MacGunn is a Scottish berserker warrior who works for the Navy SEALs when he’s not on bodyguard duty for Cassiopeia Noyon. Posh, bratty—a sexy librarian fantasy. Jack can’t decide if he wants to throttle her or kiss her.

Cassie can’t figure out why Jack’s been trying his bad pick-up lines on her: “Here, you take my lollipop, and I’ll improvise.” Flirting? Immortal, dazzling Jack is oh-so out of her league, isn’t he?

No wonder my hero and heroine spend most of the story mixing attraction with fighting. In the following excerpt, Jack is in trouble with Cassie, again. The night before, in a moment of honesty, Jack confessed his feelings and gave her a kiss that curled her hair. Not to mention her toes. When his boss—her grandfather—catches them, Jack promises he has no intention of pursuing Cassie.

How does she handle the rejection?
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