A Guest Post and a WONDERFUL Giveaway from Rachel Grant

CATALYST (Flashpoint #2) is the first book I’ve written in which the setting is a place neither my husband nor I have visited. I tackled this problem with research. Lots and lots of heartbreaking research.

Having achieved independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan is the world’s youngest democracy. But South Sudan isn’t a success story of free elections and political autonomy, of a thriving populace emerging from sixty years of war. No this is the worst example of what can happen with a nascent government undermined by corruption, tribalism, and other factors too complex to delve into here. Civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013. It is estimated that up to 300,000 have been killed in the war. In a country with a population of 12 million, over 3.5 million have been displaced, creating a refugee crisis within South Sudan and the surrounding countries. Fighting has decimated crops and existing […]

By | 2017-11-20T17:32:37+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |12 Comments

Coming Soon… December 2017

Hard as it is to believe, we’re almost at the end of 2017… time to look at what lovely books are going to be around for us to devour over that well-deserved Christmas break.

Now That you Mention It by Kristan Higgins (26 Dec)

Higgins is one of my very favorite writers and I’ve loved her move into women’s fiction. Now That You Mention It is her take on what happens when you have to move back home to a place you neither loved nor felt loved you. – Dabney

A new book by one of my personal heroes? Yes, please. – Kristen

If it’s by Kristan Higgins, I’ll read it.  Her books have gotten better each year. – Lee

Buy Now: A/BN/iB/K

By | 2017-11-18T17:42:25+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Romance reading|10 Comments

November TBR Challenge – A Recommended Read

Crystal Caress by Zuri Day

For some reason, the “recommended read” prompt for the TBR Challenge always gets me tied up in knots. I think that’s because it doesn’t fit in very well with how my books are (not all that) organized. Since I was talking recently on Twitter about my trip to RWA in New York several years ago, I remembered that I had several books in what was left of my RWA crate that had been recommended to me by others. One of them, Crystal Caress by Zuri Day, was passed to me by an excited conference attendee who had just finished reading it. This was my first time reading this author and I definitely enjoyed myself.

The heroine, Teresa Drake, comes from a prominent African-American family in California. While her family is in the wine business, Teresa has carved out a different path for herself. Even though […]

Expanding the Whiskey Verse: A Guest Post and a Giveaway from Layla Reyne

In Tequila Sunrise, releasing November 13, the focus shifts from Agents Irish and Whiskey to Melissa Cruz and Daniel Talley, two secondary characters from the original series. I’m thrilled to expand the Whiskey Verse, first with their story in an action-packed holiday novella, and then next year with Nic and Cam’s trilogy. When I started writing Agents Irish and Whiskey, I didn’t see either spin-off coming, but sometimes those pesky, loveable secondary characters want their stories told!

Mel and Danny were truly a case of “where did that come from?” as I wrote Single Malt. While Aidan and Jamie were falling in love in the foreground, Mel and Danny were flirting their way to a relationship in the background. As I wrote the scene in Single Malt where Mel and Danny show […]

By | 2017-11-13T14:12:53+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: , |3 Comments

Maybe, Baby…


why yes that is red lipstick on me… and on the white carpet in our rented beach house….

Babies are often romanticized (so to speak) in romances, which tend to focus on pregnancy and only show us infants in glowing sunlit epilogues or cheerful cameos in sequels which focus on family and friends. It’s a rare book that throws you into the teeth of sleepless, unshowered, spit-up-encrusted life with a newborn – probably because, let’s be real, it’s hard to have enough energy for the relationships you have, let alone a new one.

Oddly enough, the most realistic portrayal of an infant I’ve read in a romance is in a young adult book, The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

By | 2017-11-12T22:01:39+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Categories: Caroline AAR, Romance reading|15 Comments

AAR’s Maggie Interviews Mary Kubica, Author of The Good Girl

This book is on sale today for 2.99 at all vendors. This was Kubica’s debut and we thought it would be fun to run this 2014 interview again!

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

This is what we learn from the back cover of Mary Kubica’s debut novel The Good Girl.

Center to the story is Mia Dennett, a young woman who is a portrait in contradictions. Her upper middle class family seems to have it all. Her father is a prominent Chicago judge, her mother a stunningly beautiful socialite, her sister a successful lawyer. Mia is an inner-city art teacher who is a vibrant, fiery contrast to their well-bred, cool, calm […]

By | 2017-11-07T07:51:24+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Authors, Interviews, Maggie AAR|Tags: |9 Comments

Sex toys I have loved (NSFW)

Earlier in the week, I told you the story of Adam and Eve, the adult toy company that makes the world a better place with every sale. And I promised I’d share some of their products I enjoy.

Given that this article is about sex toys, it’s explicit, complete with anatomical terms. If that isn’t your jam, this piece probably isn’t going to float your boat. But, if you are open to adult toys, I hope you’ll find some–if not the ones mentioned below–that enhance your love life.

Adam and Eve is giving AAR readers 50% on one item and free shipping anywhere in the US. All you need to do is use the code AAR at purchase.

Have fun!

Adam and Eve Thruster

Rather like dating, finding the right vibrator […]

By | 2017-11-02T15:04:38+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Romance reading|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Adam and Eve sells sex toys and makes the world a better place

In these divided times, there’s one thing we can all agree on:

Sex toys are fun.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s and despite being a wild child complete with toe socks and elephant jeans, I didn’t see a vibrator until I graduated from college. In 1983, I moved up the road from Durham to Chapel Hill to go to grad school and there I discovered a store called Adam and Eve. I’ve been a fan ever since.

But here’s the thing, as cool as sex toys are, making the world a better place is even cooler. And that’s what Adam and Eve started out for and that’s what they still do to this day. Here’s their story.

In the late 60s, a UNC grad student in Public Health named Phil Harvey traveled to India and, after traveling with a humanitarian NGO, decided that a lack of family planning created many of the third world’s problems. He and a doctor named Tim Black decided that […]

By | 2017-11-01T18:08:08+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Dabney AAR|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Miranda Neville, you will be missed

I was shocked last week to find out historical romance author Miranda Neville had passed away. I knew she had been sick because she’d been away from Twitter for a while and when she returned we discussed it briefly. But she re-engaged with Romancelandia on Twitter, and I assumed her health crisis was over. So her loss to our book world brought on a welter of sorrow.

I first met Miranda at the Romance Writers’ of America conference in 2010 just after her second book The Wild Marquis was released. We met at the bar – where else does one go to meet interesting people at the professional conference for romance writers? We hit it off right away and shared many laughs over the course of those drinks. Much to my disappointment, I never met her in person after that.

However, we stayed in regular touch over Twitter, and we became friends. It was such fun discussing books, music, food, art, […]

By | 2017-10-30T18:33:45+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Authors, Historicals, Keira Soleore, Real Life|Tags: |5 Comments

Putting the Creativity back in Creative Writing: A Guest Post by Deborah Garland

It starts with the question “What inspired you to write this novel?” And the answer might very well be the author had a similar experience with one of the characters. Or used some personal feelings about a subject as a setting or the basis of the conflict. As authors we hear all the time, ‘Write what you know’. But eventually the topics you’re familiar with will run out. Or your work will start to sound redundant.

Of course, other popular novelists have built their brands using the familiar. Most Nicholas Sparks’ novels are set on the North Carolina Coast. Many of the Stephen King’s novels were set in Maine. And then there are similar storylines that are done again and again by authors. Lauren Weisberger who burst on the scene with The Devil Wears Prada wrote several more novels where the main character was thrust into world of glamour, whether it’s Fashion, Public […]

By | 2017-10-21T16:55:26+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Romance reading|0 Comments