Winner of All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey!

Rounding up the week of Carina Press contemporary romance giveaways, we have one last winner.

The lucky winner of All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey is…Kathy Smith Kellenbenz!

Kathy, email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and tell me what kind format you’d like (Kindle, Nook, etc).

Here’s what you’ve won.

All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey
A second shot at first love

All He Ever DesiredAfter college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he’s forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal–and learns the boy is Lauren’s son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan’s door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can’t deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

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

There’s one giveaway still open – my contemporaries to covet in December giveaway. I’ll announce the winner of that on Tuesday.

Thank you to everyone celebrating my publication deal with me!

Dreams Come True giveaway #4

Today’s the last day in my week of giveaways to celebrate my two dreams coming true at once: getting a publication deal and getting pregnant.

Before I get to the giveaway, though, since it’s Friday I thought I’d share a little video with you. My novel features an English rugby player who’s so hot he’s featured on billboards across London advertising his abs…I mean, underpants. Luckily, I found this video to help you all imagine what Spencer’s photo shoot might’ve been like. Enjoy.

Mmm…still with me? Drooling?

Okay, here’s today’s giveaway! I absolutely LOVE Shannon Stacey. She was the first Carina Press author I ever read, and I was hooked from then on.

All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey
A second shot at first love

All He Ever DesiredAfter college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he’s forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal–and learns the boy is Lauren’s son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan’s door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can’t deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

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

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Winner of my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

So many contemporary romances, so little time!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to recommend contemporary romance novels coming out in September.

The winner of a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of her choice is…JenM!

In her comment, Jen said:

All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey is at the top of my list. I hadn’t heard of either of the books you mentioned, so I will have to check them out.

That means that Jen has won a $10 gift certificate for Shannon Stacey, too! (And I’m thrilled about that. She’s one of my favorite authors.)

Jen, email me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know where you’d like your gift certificate from. I’ll get in touch with Shannon Stacey on your behalf.

Thanks, everyone! Make sure you stop by next week when fantastic contemporary romance novelist Christi Barth will be here giving away her novel Planning for Love!

Review: Two novellas by Carina Press

In the past week, I’ve read a couple of great novellas from Carina Press. I love novellas when I’m super busy or have lots of things piling up because they take only a few hours of commitment – just enough to help me unwind. They’re also a great way to try out new authors without having to buy a full-length book.

Here are the novellas I enjoyed this week.

Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

From the back cover

Dorset, 1858

Improper RelationsWhen Hannah’s caught watching her late husband’s cousin debauch the maid in the library, she’s mortified-but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she’s used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she’s witnessed, but there’s something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can’t bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she’s losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

22,000 words

Read an excerpt of Improper Relations
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My two cents

As I’ve said before, I don’t read a lot of erotic romance. Some of the erotic novels and novellas I’ve picked up in the past had a real air of “did somebody call a plumber?” about them. So if I’m going to try a new erotic romance author, I rely heavily on reviews or stick to a novella in order to figure out if I like their style.

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Contemporaries to covet in June – and giveaway!

Spring in our local park
Spring babies in our local park

Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. readers! And happy Pentecost Monday to European readers! Yes, today’s a holiday in many countries, including the Netherlands, and I’m about to celebrate the end of a bad head cold by snoozing among the ducklings in our local park.

Anyhoo…It’s that time of the month again! Time to gab about the contemporary romance releases we’re most looking forward to.

Every month, I tell you which contemporary romance novels I’m looking forward to, and I ask which new releases you can’t wait to read. I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the contemporary romance author she recommends.

Ready? Here are the June releases I’m loving!

Cowboy Crazy by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy CrazyShe kicked the country dust off her boots a long time ago…

Sarah Landon’s Ivy League scholarship transformed her from a wide-eyed country girl into a poised professional. Her job at the Carrigan Oil Company has given her the sophisticated life she longed for, but when she meets her boss’s black-sheep brother, she realizes her roots are showing.

But he’s ready to remind her she’s a cowgirl at heart.

Rebellious rodeo cowboy Lane Carrigan is determined to save the Wyoming community of Two Shot from the ravages of energy development, but Sarah’s convinced her old hometown needs a swift kick in the pants from the march of progress.

When a lapsed cowgirl collides with rodeo royalty, it’s bound to be a wild ride—and somebody’s going to end up in the dirt.

My two cents:

I’ve got such a soft spot in my heart for Joanne Kennedy’s cowboys. They’re sweet (though I’d never say that to their faces!) and totally devoted to their heroines.

This novel is a great read – you can find out more in my recent review of Cowboy Crazy.

Release date: June 1, 2012

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