Gretna or Bust: A guest post by KJ Charles (and a giveaway)

If there’s one journey that defines the Regency romance, it’s the flight to Gretna Green. This is a staple of many a m/f historical, and my latest m/m romance, Wanted, a Gentleman, also involves a flight to the border. (There is only so long you can write British historical romance before this happens.) But what was it about Gretna Green that made it some sort of kilted Las Vegas?

Well, mostly, it’s in Scotland, and Scotland had different marriage laws. In England after 1754, an under 21 could not marry without parental consent (unless they managed to publish the banns over the course of several weeks without […]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Caroline AAR, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |56 Comments

How I became a Tigress (plus a free book) by Jade Lee

Growing up, everyone knew that I was half Chinese, half Caucasian. They could see it in my face, and if they didn’t, my mother was always there with her accent and Chinese face making me stand out from the usual sea of Caucasians. It was even worse for me in the Chinese community. There were all those smooth, round faces with gorgeously slanted eyes, and I was the ugly child with acne and my father’s Roman nose. Plus, I also spoke too loud, ran too fast, and sweated like a white kid.

Awful.

So I refused to go to Chinese school, I hated everything that smacked of ethnicity, […]

By | December 11th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Horror and Romance: The Evil Twin by KJ Charles (plus a giveaway!)

Want something a bit different for the holidays? Horror has never looked this enticing! All in Fear is a gorgeous collection of horror tales from some of the hottest names in queer fiction. Be prepared to be titillated…and terrified.

(The authors are giving away three ebook copies. Make a comment below to be entered in this drawing.)


Back in the day when I worked at Harlequin, various editors including me were sent to a massive cross-global-company ideas brainstorming meeting. This entailed having to come up with ideas for a bunch of new lines to present to the assembled most senior people of the entire company, one […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |10 Comments

Meet… Emily Larkin

A few years back I randomly picked up a book called The Spinster’s Secret, by a new-to-me author named Emily Larkin, purely because the premise sounded interesting; a spinster living in a cold, bleak, grey home who writes erotic novels in order to earn enough money to be able to move out and set up on her own, meets a scarred war hero – sent to unmask her – with whom she falls in love. (This was a few years ago, so the spinster/erotic novelist trope wasn’t something I’d come across often, whereas at the moment, that character seems to be in one in […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, giveaways, Historicals, Interviews, Romance, Romance reading|8 Comments

Getting the Story: Reporters in Fiction

brenda-starr-3506e6fb9591b9a3When I was growing up there was no way my family could financially afford my reading habit. Honestly, I think a drug addiction might have been cheaper. I was the kind of voracious reader that could on any given school night finish her homework and chores and still have time to finish an entire novel before bedtime. While other kids devoted their Saturday mornings to cartoon watching or playing outside, I was propped up in bed reading whatever I hadn’t finished the night before or starting something new. Sundays I would take the book to church with me so I could read on […]

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: giveaways, Maggie AAR, Mysteries, Reading, Romance reading|16 Comments

Roan Parrish guest post and a #giveaway

Romance Off the Mat: Lessons About Yoga & Love

Only ten percent of yoga happens on the mat. The other ninety percent happens out in the world, and what we do on the mat helps prepares us. That’s how my favorite yoga instructor explained it to me, anyway, and it’s how the yoga instructor explains it in Where We Left Off.

The idea is that if I learn how to sit with discomfort in a pose that challenges my body, then I’m also learning how to sit with, say, conversational discomfort. If I practice identifying when I should push my body and when I should ease off […]

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Possessed by Books by Shannon McKenna

Hello to all, and my thanks for having me at All About Romance!

Have you ever had a dream real enough to fight for space in your mind with actual, waking reality? Or had a fictional reality jostle and elbow for space in your head to the point that you got disoriented?  Or is it just me?

Come to think of it, don’t answer. I’m not sure I want to know. But that’s exactly I’m going through right now.

I’m still riding the high of launching my first indie book, Right Through Me, Obsidian Files #1. It’s the first book of my brand new series, which is a slightly paranormal, super steamy romantic suspense. I say ‘slightly’ because one doesn’t […]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |14 Comments

Lisa Marie Perry on small town romance (plus a giveaway)

What would you call a novel featuring a broken recovering addict hero and a scarred heart transplant recipient heroine living with PTSD? Add the fact that the heroine and her friends run a sex shop she’s inherited. Now mix in the detail that all of this takes place on Cape Cod in a town that might be run by a notorious biker gang of men who appear to lead respectable top-tier lives.

I’m not sure what you’d call it, but I call it a small town contemporary romance. Meet the Guilty Pleasures series, which follows a group of friends who run sex-oriented businesses (a sex shop, an […]

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|3 Comments

An Interview and Giveaway with Cat Sebastian

The Soldier’s Scoundrel, Cat Sebastian’s début novel for Avon Impulse, is a male/male historical romance set in early nineteenth century England.  It is also, I believe, the first such book released under the Avon imprint.  I was able to get hold of an advance copy to review (look for that next week) and was immediately impressed with the quality of the writing and storytelling.  I asked Ms. Sebastian if she’d care to share a little of the background to the novel with us.


Caz: Is historical romance a genre you’ve always wanted to write?

CS: A few years ago, when my kids were all […]

By | September 17th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Caz AAR, giveaways, Historicals, Interviews, Romance|12 Comments

An 80s Pop Quiz by Jenny Holiday

This week, Jenny Holiday launches The Fixer, book one in her 1980s-set New Wave Newsroom universe. Set against the machinations of a college newspaper, the series is quick-releasing this fall and will take you back to a totally tubular time of big hair and big romance. To kick off the series, she wrote a gnarly 1980s quiz. Check back tomorrow for answers with commentary. One commenter on today’s or tomorrow’s post will win a copy of The Fixer and copies of subsequent books in the series as they release. And, hey, we’d be amped if you’d share your schweet quiz answers too!


“Dickweed” refers to:

  1. An unfortunately named weed that has nothing to do with the 1980s.
  2. 1980s slang for genital warts
  3. A distasteful person.

Which 1980s heartthrob went on to become a Trump surrogate?

  1. Scott Baio aka Charles in Charge
  2. Kirk Cameron aka Mike Seaver
  3. Ricky Schroder aka Richard Stratton

Who was not a fictional girlfriend of John Cusack?

  1. Diane Court
  2. Monique Junot
  3. Andie Walsh

What was Matthew Broderick trying to prevent in War Games?

  1. Russian missile attack
  2. The US from boycotting the 1980 Olympics
  3. Global thermonuclear war

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By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways|Tags: , |8 Comments