Winner of the Sarah MacLean giveaway!

Thanks so much to Sarah MacLean for the fab interview, and to everyone who left a comment last week!

Sadly, there can only be one winner, but happily, that winner is…ki pha!

Congratuations, ki! Let me know your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

If you didn’t win, here’s more info about the book and where you can buy it.

One Good Earl Deserves a LoverOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd.

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest–fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.

She needs…a Scoundrel.

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants…but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

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Don’t forget – this week you can win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND for a contemporary romance novelist in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Interview with Sarah MacLean – & giveaway!

Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean’s debut Regency romance, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, was published three short years ago, but she immediately became one of the romance community’s best-loved authors. Known for her witty, vivacious heroines and her sinfully sensual heroes, Sarah is here this week answering questions about her latest release, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. And she’s giving away a copy! Woo hoo!

Welcome, Sarah!

1. I’ll start with an easy question. All this month on your blog, you’re celebrating women and girls who wear glasses.  Who do you think is the most awesome bespectacled woman in history, ever?

Oh! Not fair!! SO SO hard!

It’s been really hard for me to pick my favorites this month—especially since everyone else is choosing such wonderful examples! But I have to put a vote in for a strong, smart heroine who would leap up and save the world if necessary, so my choice is Gloria Steinem. I think she’s so fabulous—and so willing to stand up for what she believes in. And those glasses? Forget it.

Gloria SteinemAdd to that the fact that she is the source of the most important heroine adage ever: “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself,” and she’s my choice. Hands down.

2. Those are some spectacularly cool specs. Excellent choice. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in your latest series, the Rules of Scoundrels quartet. Can you tell us more about the quartet? And should readers read the first in the series, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first?

A Rogue by Any Other NameThe Rules of Scoundrels series is centered on a pre-Victorian casino, The Fallen Angel. The Angel is widely believed to be the most scandalous, most exclusive club in London. It’s filled with excess and sin, and a member of the club can get anything he likes there. The four owners of the casino are Bourne, Cross, Temple & Chase—four fallen aristocrats, each exiled from society either by chance or by choice, and now royalty in the London underworld—where scoundrels rule.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in the series, and it’s the story of a brilliant, bespectacled bluestocking and the dark, haunted financier of the club. There’s no need to read its predecessor, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first, but if you’re a “series” reader then you might prefer to do so!

3. I read on your blog that Pippa, the heroine of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, was never supposed to have her own book. What happened??

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Eleven romance authors I “discovered” in 2011 – & giveaway!

Mistletoe Madness 2011This post is part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. If you’re here for the first time, welcome! I blog about contemporary and historical romance, and I have weekly giveaways. (This one is an added bonus.) I hope you’ll consider subscribing and visiting again sometime.

I’ve heard some lovely stories about parents who mark their children’s growth by writing them a letter every birthday and recounting all the things they’ve learned to do.

I’m a bit too old for my mom to do that, so I measure my own growth in my own ways. One of my favorites is by reflecting on much-loved authors whose books I hadn’t read a year ago. These are authors who gave me the thrill of discovery and inspiration – what more could you ask for?

Here are 11 romance authors I “discovered” this year. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of them, and I’m making it my resolution to interview the others in 2012.

1. Shannon Stacey: Heartfelt, funny contemporary romance

2. Jane Graves: Contemporary romance that tugs the heartstrings

3. Catherine Mann: High-octane military romance (Catherine will be here the week of December 26 giving away Hot Zone!)

4. Brenda Novak: Romantic suspense that’ll keep you up all night!

5. Katie Lane: Quirky, hot small-town Texas romance

6. Laura Lee Guhrke: Stunningly beautiful historical romance

7. Shana Galen: Absolutely fantastic historical adventures

8. Suzanne Brockman: Her contemporary romance Infamous made me cry.

9. Vicky Dreiling: Wickedly witty historical romance

10. Sarah MacLean: Laugh-out-loud-funny Regency romance

11. Joanne Kennedy: Fun and poignant contemporary cowboy romance


Since this is part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop, there are a few ways you can win cool stuff.


Win a $10 book gift certificate and some chocolate on my blog. (Open internationally)

Chocolate stars ornamentLeave a comment below telling me an author you became a fan of this year. On December 23, I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win a $10 (or equivalent in your currency) gift certificate to an online book retailer. I’ll also send you this ornament filled with chocolate stars (fake tree not included), which will hopefully arrive in time for you to share them at a New Year’s party!


Enter to win a Nook! (U.S. only)

If you live in the U.S., you can also sign up for the Nook giveaway on PJ Schnyder’s blog, as part of the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. The Nook is loaded with books, so you can discover lots of new authors in 2012.


Visit other bloggers giving stuff away.

On PJ Schnyder’s blog, you can find links to all the other bloggers giving away cool stuff during the Mistletoe Madness blog hop. Go give ’em some love, and you could win cool stuff from them!

Who are your favorite new authors that you’ve discovered in 2011?