A guest post (and a giveaway) from Jodi Thomas

When I begin working on a new story I always do something I call “walking the land.”  I take a few weeks, or sometimes a few months and wander through museums, bookstores, old houses, cemeteries and the stories begin.  Since I’m doing books right now set on modern day ranches, I visit several, go to rodeos and sale barns, etc. […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:10+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Contests, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: |7 Comments

Very Short Love Stories: #5WordRomanceNovel

Earlier this week, the Twitter hashtag #5WordRomanceNovel was trending. People took to the social media platform to try their hand at micro storytelling. The results were both sweet, funny, dirty, or downright self-promotion as many companies used the trend to push their brand. Such an abbreviated formatted let me see how different Twitter users viewed romance. There were famous quotes from literature, plenty of talk about men doing housework, and an overwhelming love of pizza. I collected just a handful of tweets from this trend that I enjoyed.

Let’s get the pizza love out of the way first.


By | 2017-05-24T17:11:17+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Contests, Haley AAR|Tags: , |3 Comments

Speaking of Audiobooks: A BIG May Multi-Audio Giveaway

It Happened One Wedding lgThe selection of exceptional romance audiobooks keeps improving and Spring of 2014 has proven that with old print favorites released as new audiobooks and much-loved authors simultaneously releasing their new books in print and audio format while a number of newer authors (especially New Adult) have become instant hits. This spring, Tantor Audio’s romance offerings have been some of the best ever with outstanding content and narration. We’re featuring a number of those titles today along with a Tantor giveaway.

The Giveaway

We’re giving away five romance audiobooks to one winner courtesy of Tantor Audio. The winner will choose five audiobooks (MP3 CDs) from the ten-plus titles featured below. All titles are either new releases or soon-to-be released. If the winner chooses future releases, those titles will be mailed separately after their release. […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:29+00:00 May 5th, 2014|Categories: audio books, Contests, giveaways, Lea Hensley|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Books With Buzz: Grace Burrowes – and an ereader giveaway!

GraceBurrowes Many historical romance readers know Grace Burrowes as the very prolific author of European historicals, many of which have been enjoyed by our reviewers and readers. Darius received a DIK review here, and many of her other books and novellas have been well-received also.

Burrowes’ latest release, Once Upon a Tartan takes readers to Scotland, where a smart, headstrong beauty has little use for an English lord’s highhanded ways. Hester Daniels and Tiberius Flynn are entrusted with the care of a little girl and while Hester wants her raised in her beloved – if rundown – home in Scotland, Tiberius insists that his prosperous estate is the only fit place for a child. And as they battle, other kinds of sparks start to fly! […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:40+00:00 August 6th, 2013|Categories: Books with Buzz, Contests, giveaways|Tags: , , |155 Comments

A New Look at a Childhood Favorite: Pimento Cheese

Growing up one of my mother’s favorite snacks was pimento cheese. Perhaps it’s because we lived in the north (I’ve since learned it’s a longtime southern favorite), but she never made her own. Instead, she bought this small jarred version of pimento cheese. For a special treat for all of us, she’d put tiny squares of rye bread topped with pimento cheese on a plate. I thought they were okay, but as a girl, would have preferred another snack.


By | 2017-05-24T17:16:54+00:00 December 1st, 2012|Categories: AAR afterhours blog, Contests, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Cold Weather Foods

LinnieGayl’s  comfort food blog and the recent colder weather started to remind me of dishes I typically eat during the winter.  One of the first dishes I turn to is beans.  With my parent’s southern roots, even living in the west, I grew up on a lot of pots of beans.  Pinto beans, and great northern beans with a ham bone were big favorites of my mother and I don’t really remember those dishes being seasonal.  However when it turned cold my mother turned to a big pot of chili or stew.

I don’t do the stew but always turn to chili.  In fact, I am probably going to make chili today.  I don’t have any special recipe and to be honest sometimes my dish is good and sometime it is average.  So I thought maybe I need a more definite recipe instead of a little bit of this and that.

The Today Show had a chili cook-off and I am just not sure about the three top contenders? Here are the […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:58+00:00 October 29th, 2012|Categories: AAR afterhours blog, Contests, Cooking, Leigh AAR|9 Comments

Sherry Thomas Book Celebration and ARC Giveaway (Contest Closed)

BTBSince Sherry Thomas first burst onto the scene in 2008 her reputation has grown as one of the most literate and lush writers of romance.

Now, after a wait of two years (during which Sherry switched publishers), readers are about to delight in a new book by the author when Beguiling the Beauty, the first in the author’s new Fitzhugh series, is released tomorrow.  Here’s a plot description:

When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for—a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast—and soon proposes marriage.

And then she disappears without a trace…

For in reality, the “baroness” is Venetia Easterbrook—a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised—and there’s no telling what might happen when she is […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:10+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Categories: Authors, Books, Contests, giveaways|Tags: , , |171 Comments

Speaking of Audiobooks: Giveaway Plus Author and Narrator Interviews (Giveaway Closed)

The Madness of I MacWhen I discovered that Tantor was set to release Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie on March 26th, I enthusiastically shared the news far and wide.  Published in 2009, it’s a favorite among romance readers winning Best Romance of 2009 in AAR’s Annual Reader Poll and ranking #10 in AAR’s 2010 Top 100 Romance Poll.  In print, we were mesmerized by hero Ian Mackenzie and, in audio, we hope to move the entire experience up a notch by actually hearing him interact in his matter-of-fact manner as he determinedly pursues Beth.

Today, we are celebrating the release of this much loved book with a giveaway and interviews with both author Jennifer Ashley and narrator Angela Dawe.

The Giveaway

We are giving away FIVE MP3 CD copies of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie courtesy of Tantor Audio.  Place your name in the hat by commenting on this column by 11:59 p.m. eastern […]

Books with Buzz: Lisa Kleypas Interview and 10-Book Giveaway (Contest Closed)

RainshadowAt long, long last after a draught of one solid year without a book from Lisa Kleypas, her loyal readers catch a break at last when Rainshadow Road is finally released on Tuesday, February 28th.   To celebrate, we’ve got Lisa herself to answer a few questions and she doesn’t come empty handed.  Lisa has 10 books donated by her publisher to give away to 10 lucky winners.  To enter, all you need to do is comment to this blog by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 24th.  Winners will be notified by email on Saturday morning and will have 24 hours to respond.  If we don’t hear from a winner within that time, a new winner will be selected.  This contest is designed for readers, so please don’t enter if you review for another Web site or blog.  Due to the high cost of international postage, entries are open only to those from the U.S. and Canada.

Now, let’s hear from Lisa!

Lisa, […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Authors, Book news, Books, Books with Buzz, Contests, giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , |258 Comments

Interview and Giveaway with Author Heather Killough-Walden (Giveaway Closed)

Heather Killough-Walden is about to publish her first paperback book, Avenger’s Angel. I’m a fan not only of Heather’s work but of the extraordinary path she forged to get this book published. Several years ago, Heather began publishing for free on several Internet sites and was struck by how positively readers responded to her work. It occurred to her that perhaps she could get paid to do what she loved, so she began self publishing her eBooks on Amazon. When one of her books hit number one on Amazon in the vampire category, her career took off. An agent sought her out, signed her, and now she has just published her first non-eBook with Signet, Avenger’s Angel.

I’m excited to say that Heather is giving five lucky readers each an autographed copy of her new book, Avenger’s Angel. Want one? Just comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, December 1st.  And, although we’d love for you to comment many times, you will only be entered in the contest once.  […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:19+00:00 November 28th, 2011|Categories: Authors, Books, Contests, Dabney AAR, giveaways, Interviews|29 Comments