April is set to be an awesome month for fans of contemporary romance!
Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while know that every month I highlight the contemporary romance releases I’m most looking forward to. Sometimes they’re books I’ve read advance copies of, sometimes they’re by authors whose novels I always love.
And to celebrate these releases, I give away a $10 gift certificate to one person who leaves a comment AND to the author she mentions in her comment. That way authors get a fun reward for writing such wonderful books. (See details below.)
This month, I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of these books, but they’re novels I’ve looked forward to for a looong time.
Ready, freddy? Here they are!
About That Night by Julie James
He’s playing games.
Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she’s stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she’s still wildly attracted to him.
But she’s making the rules.
Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn’t thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can’t say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won’t give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he’s never forgotten. . .
My two cents
Julie James is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her novels are smart, funny and always a guaranteed good read. If you comment on my interview with Julie James before April 10th (tomorrow), you could win a copy of About That Night.
Publication date: April 3, 2012
Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire
When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong’s home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.
A second chance is the only thing you have left.
Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he’s going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong’s architect. What’s not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay’s designs on Lacey’s heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?
My two cents
I’m a huge fan of Roxanne St. Claire’s romantic suspense novels, and I’m thrilled that she’s branching out into my favorite genre, contemporary romance.
I’m also happy to say that I’ll be publishing an interview with Roxanne St. Claire on April 23, and she’ll be giving away a copy of Barefoot in the Sand. Mark your calendars (or, better yet, subscribe to my blog :))
Publication date: April 24, 2012
Catch Me A Cowboy by Katie Lane
Shirlene Dalton has it all: a dream marriage to a man who spoils her rotten and the most outrageous mansion Bramble, Texas, has ever seen. But when her husband unexpectedly dies, Shirlene finds herself right back where she started-in a rundown trailer on the wrong side of the tracks. Never the type to let a little bad luck and a whole heap of heartache get her down, Shirlene is ready to prove to the local gossips she can make it on her own . . . until she ends up living next door to the most tempting cowboy in town.
Billy Wilkes has a score to settle and a plan to wipe Bramble right off the map. But when his sexy, redheaded neighbor figures out what he’s up to, his good ol’ boy charm won’t be enough to save him. With the town on his tail, Billy will have to come clean quick-or kiss Shirlene goodbye.
My two cents
When I read Katie Lane’s first two books last year, I was immediately drawn into one of the quirkiest towns ever created – Bramble, Texas.
I’ve looked forward to Shirlene’s story since last summer, and I can’t wait to see this feisty woman get her happily-ever-after!
Publication date: April 1, 2012
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 or whatever.
I’ll choose one winner on Tuesday April 17th. 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 her to choose which one gets the gift certificate.
This is open internationally.
What contemporary romance novel(s) are you looking forward to in April? Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?