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?

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

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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

Contemporaries to covet in November

Hands up, who’s shocked it’s already November? The holidays are practically here – and it really feels like it here in the Netherlands. My town has strung up some pretty lights along our street and it won’t be long before the canals freeze and people start skating to work.

Because it’s the first Monday of the month, we have our special giveaway focusing on the loveliness that is contemporary romance.

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.

See below for details, but first here are the November contemporary romance releases I’m coveting.

Exposed to You by Beth Kery

Losing control is just the beginning…

Exposed to You“What would you do if the sexiest man in the world was bent on bringing you unbearable pleasure again and again? Joy Hightower wasn’t sure she could survive the experience…or live without it.”

It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo–and what a body–on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.

Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?

In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?

Publication date: November 6, 2012

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My two cents

I just read my first Beth Kery novel and OH MY GOOD GRACIOUS! *fans face* Talk about smokin’! Dear Author has the first chapter of Exposed to You and now I’m desperate to read it. Do I really have to wait till tomorrow for it to come out??
Continue reading “Contemporaries to covet in November”

Winner of my Facebook giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who voted in my Facebook giveaway, we now know that romance readers LOVE cowboys (was it ever a secret?), but quite a few of us are partial to veterinarians, too.

One lucky Facebook friend gets both a cowboy and a vet. Fictional ones, unfortunately. But still, it’s really fantastic fiction.

That lucky winner is…catslady!

Catslady, send me your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Here’s what catslady won:

Animal AttractionAnimal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape her past for the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Plus, there’s nothing like working for veterinarian Dell Connelly. And though Dell has no intention of settling down, Jade’s strength and sass are enticements no red-blooded male can resist.

Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane

Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. Going Cowboy CrazyIf that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way . . .

But Slate’s no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He’s determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart.

Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she’s got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she’ll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.

Everyone else, my Bookstravaganza! giveaway continues on my blog. Subscribe to my blog and comment on any post by August 31, 2012, and you could win the three historical novels shown on this post.

Bookstravaganza! giveaway for blog subscribers & Facebook friends

When I was at RWA’s National Conference in Anaheim, a lot of very generous authors gave me books to give away.

A LOT of generous authors.

So for the next few months – or until Smarty Pants sees our postage bill – I’m going to be giving away books to some of my favorite people: my blog subscribers and Facebook friends.

On the blog

Between today (August 13th, 2012) and August 31, 2012, leave a comment on any post on my blog for a chance to win three books. You don’t have to limit yourself to the posts that are published in that time period – you can comment on earlier posts.

I’ll randomly select ONE winner to get ALL THREE books. You must be a subscriber to my blog in order to win. See that email form on the right side? Go forth and subscribe.

Here are the three books you could win in August. Can you guess the theme for this month?

Devil's BrideDevil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society’s mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil’s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn’t about to bend to society’s demands and marry a man just because they’d been found together unchaperoned. No. She craved adventure. Solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, but once the crime was solved, Honoria was set on seeing the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

Rogue Pirate's BrideThe Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…

The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope…

British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…

Highlander's PrizeThe Highlander’s Prize by Mary Wine

BASTARD ROYAL DAUGHTER, PAWN IN A DEADLY GAME

Sent to Scotland to be the king’s mistress and produce an heir, Clarrisa of York has never needed a miracle more. But the brusque Highland laird who kidnaps her is a bit too rough to be considered divine intervention.

HE’LL DO ANYTHING TO THWART HIS KING

With rival lairds determined to steal Clarrisa from him and royal henchmen searching for her allover the Highlands, Laird Broen MacNicols has a mess on his hands. Worse yet, there’s a magnetic attraction berween them, although he’s betrothed to another. But even an independent–minded lady like Clarrisa knows that a Highlander always claims his prize…

On my Facebook page

I’m also hosting a giveaway of two fantastic contemporary romance novels written by a couple of my favorite authors – Jill Shalvis and Katie Lane.

You have to answer a simple question. Even better – there’s no right answer. You will have to “Like” my Facebook page before you can vote, and you’ll have to enter your email address in a popup after voting because otherwise I won’t know you voted.

I’ll randomly select one person to win both books.

Animal AttractionAnimal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape her past for the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Plus, there’s nothing like working for veterinarian Dell Connelly. And though Dell has no intention of settling down, Jade’s strength and sass are enticements no red-blooded male can resist.

Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane

Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. Going Cowboy CrazyIf that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way . . .

But Slate’s no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He’s determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart.

Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she’s got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she’ll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.

These giveaways are open internationally.

Enjoy! I look forward to getting to know you all better on this blog and Facebook. And a huge thank-you to the authors giving away books at RWA2012!