Winner of the Jennifer Probst giveaway!

Marriage MistakeWow – what a wonderful amount of comments we got on my interview with Jennifer Probst! Thanks so much to Jen for giving away a copy of The Marriage Mistake.

The lucky winner is…Fran Gold!

Fran, email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know which digital format you’d like your book in (e.g. Kindle, Nook), etc.

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Everyone, this week you could win Princess in Love by Julianne MacLean. She’s giving away three copies!

Interview with Jennifer Probst – & giveaway!

Jennifer ProbstJennifer Probst is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her novel The Marriage Bargain exploded up the charts earlier this year. It’s also up for Goodreads Romance Novel of the Year! Congrats, Jen!

I’m so excited to have her here today. She’s giving away a copy of The Marriage Mistake. See below for details.

1. Other authors must ask you about your remarkable success with The Marriage Bargain all the time, but I’m curious—other than writing a stellar story, what did you do to help make the book such a success?

I’m asked this question a lot. On one panel my answer was quite disappointing to other authors: “I don’t know!”

But seriously, there were a lot of things I did to help raise my chances of my book being noticed. I completed a 20 blog stop tour around the release, Entangled did a lot of great promotion to get a buzz going on the new series, and I had build solid relationships along the way.

Marriage Bargain

I didn’t start marketing my book when Bargain came out –I started over a year before that. I received some good reviews for my erotic stories, and followed many blogs, leaving comments, and forging good relations with reviewers. I had a solid twitter base, facebook and website. I did my homework, and I think that’s important to a writer today.

2. I love the story you share on your website about meeting your husband, and how he said he’d buy your book if he could buy you dinner. Which book did he end up buying, and what did he think of it?

Uh, oh. I’m in trouble now. It was actually Heart of Steel at the time, that just got reissued in paperback and is also in ebook. He bought it, and we had dinner, and ended up getting married, but he never read the book! He takes a lot of heat for that, but I have to say he’s extremely supportive in my career but doesn’t read my books.

To be completely honest, I love that! I feel like I have more freedom without worrying if my hubby is going to be thinking I’m lusting after the lawn guy – haha!!

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Contemporaries to covet in October

It’s that time of the month again – when we celebrate the best contemporary romances being published this month.

For those of you who are new here, at the beginning of every month I tell you a couple of the upcoming contemporary romances I’m most looking forward to. You tell me the same and one person will win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the author.

More about that below, but first here are the October contemporary romance novels I can’t wait to read.

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage TrapTo satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride—someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy—and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael “proposes” to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations.

But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?

Publication date: October 2, 2012

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My two cents

I’m probably the only person in the world who hasn’t read the first book in this series, The Marriage Bargain. It’s definitely on my TBR list, though, and I’ll be eager to see if the Marriage Trap is just as successful. Plus, who can resist a billionaire?
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