Sheikhen AND Stirred: A Guest Post (and giveaway) by Marguerite Kaye

the widow and the sheikhI’ll start with a small confession, always a good idea if you want to engage the reader, which obviously I do. When my Editor first suggested I write a new historical sheikh quartet, I wasn’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm. My recent novels had been very much grounded in historically authentic settings and concerned with the impact of contemporary historical issues on my characters. My stories were heroine-centric, and my heroes, seemingly of their own accord, have been migrating down the aristocratic hierarchy at such a rate they have barely a teaspoon of blue blood between them. My writing was, within the context of the genre, becoming more gritty, more real.

The defining characteristic of the sheikh trope, on the other hand, is fantasy and exotic world-creation, and it is all about the hero. The thing is though, sheikh stories are very popular – the two Regency Sheik stories I’ve previously written (Innocent in the […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:30:11+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Guest Posts|Tags: , , |21 Comments

Jane Ashford: Five Reasons to Love My Latest Hero (and a Giveaway!)

  1. He cares about other people. He goes out of his way to help his brothers when they turn to him for aid with dilemmas big and small. Nathaniel likes making other people happy.
  2. He’s responsible and reliable. If he says he going to do something for you, he does it. He helps his father the duke manage their estates for the benefit of their many tenants as well as the family.
  3. None of this means he doesn’t like to have fun, however. He has a keen, though quiet, sense of humor. How else would he tolerate the pranks his brothers play? Such as removing all his clothes from his bedroom at his future in laws home on the eve of his wedding. And taking the bell rope, too, so he can’t summon his valet to rescue him.
  4. Not to be superficial, but he’s a hunk – just over six feet, built, with […]
By | 2017-06-23T08:30:15+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Categories: Guest Posts, Historicals, Romance|Tags: , |32 Comments

Books with Buzz: Nalini Singh Interview and Five-Book Giveaway (Contest Closed)

tangleThe minute I read Nalini Singh’s Slave of Sensation, I knew we had something special in our hands.  In the intervening six, short years, Nalini has published fifteen stories in her thought-provoking Psy/Changeling series, each of them gritty, passionate, and loads of fun.

With this month’s release of Tangle of Need, we took the opportunity to ask Nalini a few questions, and she’s coming along with some free books in tow.  Five lucky readers will have their pick of any one book from the previous 10 books in the Psy/Changeling series (not including Tangle of Need – sorry), and all you have to do to enter is comment on this post by Friday, June 8, 11:59 p.m. EST.  We will notify winners by email on Saturday morning, and they will have 24 hours to respond.  If we don’t hear from a winner within that time, a new winner will be selected.  If you review for another Web site or blog, […]

Speaking of Audiobooks: Phil Gigante Interview and Fever Series Giveaway (Contest Closed)

Phil Gigante head shotIn the world of romance audiobooks, there’s one name that nearly everyone knows – Phil Gigante.  Phil is probably best known around here for his narration of Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series and, most recently, his performance of the male characters in Dreamfever, the fourth book of Moning’s Fever Series.  Phil reprises those roles in Shadowfever, the final of the Fever Series which is set for release in both print and audio on January 18th.   What better time to conduct our very first narrator interview?

To celebrate the release of Shadowfever, we are giving away the entire set of the Fever Series audiobooks (five in all) on CD, courtesy of Brilliance Audio.  Place your name in the hat by commenting on this column by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 20th.  Due to the cost of postage, the giveaway is open only to listeners in the U.S. and Canada.  We ask that you comment only […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:38+00:00 January 17th, 2011|Categories: audio books, giveaways, Interviews, Lea Hensley, Romance|Tags: , , , |250 Comments

Enter to Win a New Kindle 3 from AAR (Contest Closed)

Kindle3We’ve got a brand new Kindle 3 Wi-Fi to give away this week to one lucky reader, courtesy of AAR.

The Kindle is the most popular product in Amazon’s history and, as someone who loves her Kindle 3, it’s easy to see why.  So, if you’ve been wanting a Kindle 3, but find yourself not quite ready to shell out the bucks, this is your chance.

Entering is easy.  All you need to do comment to this post by 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 6th.

A few caveats apply:  Please comment only once.  Due to high postage costs, this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email on Friday morning January 7th.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email and claim the prize.  After that on Saturday, January 8th a new winner will be chosen.  That winner will also have 24 hours – and so […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:40+00:00 January 3rd, 2011|Categories: Contests, E-books, giveaways|Tags: , |508 Comments

Enter to Win One of Five $50 RedEnvelope Gift Cards (Contest Closed)

redenvelopeBelieve it or not, the holidays really are right around the corner.  And to help with your gift giving (or maybe you’re giving a little gift to yourself), we’ve got a terrific giveaway to kick off your week.

Just comment to this post by 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 28th to enter for your chance to win one of five $50 gift cards for RedEnvelope, a site for unique and personalized gifts.

RedEnvelope is all about indulging yourself or someone you love in a little bit of luxury and they offer everything from spa packages to silk pajamas to help you do just that. And, since presentation is part of the experience when you’re giving a gift (or an indulgence for yourself), everything comes packaged in the signature red gift box with ivory ribbon pictured on the left.  As someone who received a gift from RedEnvelope,  I can personally report that it’s lovely.

To make the giveaway even […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:31:44+00:00 October 25th, 2010|Categories: Contests, giveaways|Tags: , , |114 Comments

Avon ARC and Vera Bradley Bag Giveaway (Contest Closed)

AvonbagOur friends at Avon books are helping AAR celebrate our new look by putting together an extra special prize package for one lucky reader, including coveted ARCs of favorite authors and one from a historical romance debut author.  It includes the following ARCs:

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (July 27 release)

One Touch of Scandal by Liz Carlyle (September 28 release)

Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands (August 31 release)

Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks (September 28 release)

Afterlife by Merrie Destefano (September 28 release)

Swept Away by  Kiss by Katherine Ashe (July 27, Avon debut author)

And, to make a good giveaway even better, the prize package also includes a cute Vera Bradley drawstring bag and a beach towel in a coordinating pattern.

To enter for your chance to win, simply comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 24th.  The usual caveats apply:  This giveaway is designed to put advanced reading copies into […]

Books with Buzz: Deanna Raybourn Interview and 10-Book Giveaway (Contest Closed)

47683349In 2009 I made one of those discoveries that we readers live for:  A new author whose books I loved.  The author was Deanna Raybourn and the books were the first three in her series featuring Lady Julia Grey, a Victorian aristocrat who finds herself in circumstances she could never have imagined and discovers talents she never knew she had.  And, of course, there is Nicholas, the most enigmatic —and intriguing — man she’s ever meant.  I recommend the books — Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, and Silent on the Moor — to everyone who enjoys romantic historical mysteries.

Deanna Raybourn has a new historical mystery coming out on March 1.  The Dead Travel Fast is not a Lady Julia Grey story, but instead is a stand-alone that represents a return to the classic Gothics so many of us remember with much fondness — it even takes place in a crumbling and mysterious castle […]

RedEnvelope: Enter for Your Chance to Win One of Two $50 Gift Cards (Contest Closed)

REDE_SignatureGiftBoxA few years ago, I was going through a stressful time.  One day the UPS man brought me something I hadn’t ordered:  Beautifully packaged in a big red box and tied with a ribbon, I found a home spa getaway basket.  The kit contained everything I needed to kick back and de-stress with some quality Me Time.  It also let me know that a friend was thinking of me and wishing me the very best – at a moment when I both least expected and most needed it.

The gift my was my introduction to RedEnvelope, a site for unique and personalized gifts.  RedEnvelope is all about indulging yourself or someone you love in a little bit of luxury and they offer everything from spa packages to silk pajamas to help you do just that. And, since presentation is part of the experience when you’re giving a gift (or an indulgence for yourself), everything comes packaged in the signature red gift box […]

By | 2017-06-23T08:32:02+00:00 December 28th, 2009|Categories: Contests, giveaways|Tags: , |250 Comments

Books with Buzz: Mary Balogh Interview and Giveaway (Contest Closed)

45021247It’s always a treat to feature Mary Balogh here at AAR and today we have a double one:  A short interview with the author about A Matter of Class, her upcoming release and a chance for a lucky reader to win a signed copy of the book direct from the author.  To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is comment to this post by 11:59 pm eastern time on December 17th.  The winner will be announced here on Friday morning.

The usual caveats apply.  This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and, since the goal is to get a book into the hands of a reader who wouldn’t otherwise have early access, if you review for another site or blog, please don’t enter.

But, first, let’s hear from Mary!


By | 2017-06-23T08:32:03+00:00 December 14th, 2009|Categories: Book news, Books, Books with Buzz, Characters, Contests, Heroes, Heroines|Tags: , , , |326 Comments