Winner of the Susannah Sandlin giveaway!

RedemptionThank you so much to everyone who commented on Susannah Sandlin’s guest post, “Not Your Mama’s Alpha Male”. And a big thank-you to Susannah for the giveaway!

The very lucky winner of a smokin’ hot vampire (ahem, novel) is…Stephanie Burgis!

Congrats, Stephanie! I’m sending you an email.

Didn’t win? You can buy Redemption for Kindle on Amazon, or buy the paperback on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

This week you can win a $10 gift certificate for yourself AND a contemporary romance author who has a book coming out this month. Just head over to my Contemporaries to Covet in July post, and let us know which contemporary romance release you’re looking forward to.

Not Your Mama’s Alpha Male – guest post & giveaway by Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin is an author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! She’s also one of my critique partners, and I’m so excited to have her here today talking about the oh-so-good bad boy hero of her debut paranormal romance, Redemption. See below for giveaway details. Take it away, Susannah!

RedemptionWe love our bad boys. Romance books, from contemporary to paranormal, are full of alpha males being brought to their knees by finding the one woman who turns those knees (and hopefully nothing north of there) to jelly.

(Now, in real life, most of these dudes would either be some woman’s worst nightmare or a semi-permanent resident of a prison or anger-management class, but that’s another blog for another day.)

I wanted Aidan Murphy, the hero of my new paranormal romance Redemption, to be an alpha male. But it became clear as I wrote the book that next to his best friend Mirren, he was going to be a different kind of alpha.

Mirren snarls at people, where Aidan listens. Mirren’s nickname is The Slayer; Aidan is just, well, Aidan. Mirren doesn’t much like people; Aidan has decent social skills. Mirren acts; Aidan thinks first, then acts. (Sometimes he thinks too much.) Mirren’s hobby: taking machines apart and putting them back together. Aidan’s? He grows night-blooming exotic plants.

Aidan is a very good leader. So is Mirren—they just take different routes. (Oh, and did I mention they’re both 400-year-old master vampires from Ireland and Scotland, now living in a small town in Alabama?)

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Married to the Military: Guest post by Catherine Mann – & giveaway!

Catherine Mann is perhaps best known for her gripping romantic suspense novels featuring military heroes. She’s married to her own real-life Air Force hero, and here she gives us an intimate peek into how life as a military wife has as many joys as challenges. She’s also giving away two copies of her latest release, Under Fire – see below for details!

I’ve often been asked, “How do you handle life as a military wife?” I usually stumble over an answer. Because how do I explain that’s just who I am? That’s how we lived our lives for my husband’s twenty-two years as an Air Force aviator.

Cathy and her husband visiting his alma mater, The Citadel
Cathy and her husband visiting his alma mater, The Citadel

So when Kat asked me to write this blog, I found myself stumbling over my answer again. Finally, I discovered my answer in old family photos and a poem my grandmother shared with me. I’ve included the poem at the end, but first I want to tell you a bit about my maternal grandma.

Cathy and her husband on their wedding day, with Cathy’s grandparents
Cathy and her husband on their wedding day, with Cathy’s grandparents

Grandma was a military wife as well. I grew up hearing her stories about my granddad’s career as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and then the USAF. While drinking tea in her kitchen, I listened to her explain about the tough times as well as the joyous adventures.

Through those stories, I learned to see the big picture, the balance that comes over the years. I now know those stories have carried me through the difficult times and made the happy ones all the sweeter.

That’s a life lesson I will carry with me forever. Thank you, Grandma, for teaching me how to love a military man!

Cathy's family
Cathy's family

“Family Tree”
Author Unknown

How often my mother has said to me,
“Where are you planting your family tree?
Uprooting the children and moving each tour,
How can they possibly feel secure?”
But how can I explain about children’s hearts?
When love is present, fear departs.
For we love a man who flies o’er the earth,
Who visits Manila, Hong Kong and Perth.
Someday I hope to make Mother see.
We live by a star, not by a tree!


USA Today best-selling author Catherine Mann writes military romantic suspense for Sourcebooks and Berkley, as well as steamy romances for Harlequin Desire. Catherine resides in Florida with her flyboy husband, their four children, and an ever growing menagerie of pets.

For more information:

Under Fire


Who was your mentor growing up? Or do you have a mentor now? Two commenters will be chosen at random to receive a copy of UNDER FIRE by Catherine Mann. I’ll announce winners on Tuesday May 29th.

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Like a mother, an author shouldn’t have favourites – & giveaway!

This is a guest post by Beverley Kendall, author of steaming hot historical romance and mastermind behind the wonderful blog and review site, The Season for Romance. See below for giveaway details.

You always remember your first, right? Your first boyfriend, your first kiss, your first marriage (if you went on to have more than one), your first job and most importantly, your first child?

I have only one son so he is my first and only. No fear of jealousy between siblings here. No sense of guilt that I may—and I say may—gravitate more toward one child than the other.

Luckily, when an author writes a series, they are able to revisit with much loved heroes of past books and flirt with upcoming heroes as we anticipate writing their own book.

No, what I have are the characters I create—my heroes. They are the ones who demand my attention exclusively for a good 3-5 months. I get to know them; their likes and dislikes, their foibles and strengths. They charm me and entertain me, and at times, they make my heart wrench and lift my soul. I’m captivated by them and feel a sense of loss when my time with them is over.

Sinful SurrenderMy first book was SINFUL SURRENDER and James Rutherford was my hero; my first ever. For that reason alone, James will always hold a special place in my heart. But even as I wrote SINFUL SURRENDER my mind was on Alex Cartwright. I knew his story three years prior to writing his story, AN HEIR OF DECEPTION. I became even better acquainted with him in A TASTE OF DESIRE, especially when he was having fun tormenting my second hero, Thomas Armstrong.

But I knew Alex’s road to HEA would be littered with heartbreak and loss. I knew that Alex would—for a time—lose his wit, his dry sense of humour and a piece (tiny) of his humanity when he loses the love of his life. And because I knew the journey Alex was to take, he rose above the others in my affections.

I felt for Alex. I felt his loss. I felt his pain. I felt his anger and sense of betrayal and abandonment. Alex immediately became my favourite.

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Winner of the Suzanne Johnson giveaway!

Royal StreetA big thank-you to everyone who commented on Suzanne Johnson’s guest post, Romance at a Slow Simmer: Writing a Series. And, of course, a massive kiss on the cheek to Suz for writing such a thoughtful piece.

The very lucky winner of Royal Street is…Wendy Sparrow! Congratulations!

Wendy, email me your address at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Everyone, this week you could win Roxanne St. Claire’s latest novel, Barefoot in the Sand, the first in a fantastic contemporary romance series. Stop by my interview with Rocki and leave a comment!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!