To end my crazy literary adventures, I took a quick and impromptu trip to Cincinnati. May kicked off with my first Romantic Times Convention down in Atlanta. In the beginning of June, I attended a Feminism in Romance Novels panel at The Strand and then BookCon at the end of the week. During this time I learned about Lori Foster’s annual Reader and Author Get Together, or RAGT. More importantly, I learned that both J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning would be signing books on Saturday, June 10th. So like any other normal romance fan, I booked a flight to Cincinnati. Luckily, my mom encouraged this madness and even attended with me! We arrived on Friday and spent the day exploring the city before heading to the book-signing on Saturday. And boy did we have a blast! RAGT, for the little we attended, was an awesome event and totally on my list for next year! I had a great time hanging out in line for J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning and chatting with the guests! I brought books for both authors to sign. I also got books signed for the people who introduced me to both authors. One of my best friends has always given me the best romance novel recommendations and she, many years ago, insisted that I would loved Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and she was totally right! When I was first reading vampire romance, back in my *hides face* Twilight days, I had read Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. However, I couldn’t get into the series back then, probably because I was a bit too young. When I started working at Barnes and Noble a few years ago, one of my coworkers recommended the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I tried them out again. Of course, I loved them. So I had to get a book signed for her as well. I truly had an amazing time and feel so blessed to meet such amazing authors. Every experience I’ve had in the romance novel community has been positive and I’m so grateful for such a supportive and lovely group of people. Okay, gushing done, time for pictures!
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella! ONE SNOWY NIGHT is out now! Grab your copy for just $0.99 today!
About ONE SNOWY NIGHT:
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.
Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.
They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.
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Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year: way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.
Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.
She just wasn’t sure how.
It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the past six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.
Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.
Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.
“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”
As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and…something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.
Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.
“Merry Christmas to you too, Rory,” he said, and damn. It wasn’t just his eyes. His voice was rough and sexy, and for that matter, so was the rest of him.
He worked for an investigations and security firm in the building. Basically he and the rest of his team were fixers and finders for hire. To say that Max was good at his job was an understatement. He stood there looking like sex on a stick with a duffle bag slung over a broad shoulder, his dark hair two weeks past needing a cut, and the icy wind of an incoming storm plastering his clothes to a body that could be registered as a lethal weapon.
“What are you doing here?” she asked calmly even if her heart was anything but, pounding all the way up to her throat and ears because she knew. She knew exactly why he was here. “I don’t need a ride home.”
A flash of wry humor slid in with all that sizzling heat. “Because you’d rather take two buses and a train than get into my truck with me?” he asked.
Well yes, actually.
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About Jill Shalvis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Dous You’d Love To See Write A Book Together.”
Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter!
I want a Immortals After Dark/ Lords of the Underworld crossover!
Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward
Dark-Hunter/ Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover!
Eloisa James and Julia Quinn
Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas
Writing about competing gambling halls
Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins
That book would be hysterical!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Books to Read If You Like This Popular Book/Author”. I decided to chose Lisa Kleypas since she writes both historical and contemporary books.
The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Similar to Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking of Lisa Kleypas’ Dream of You, Derek Craven, sigh.
Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis
Reminded me of Kleypas’s Friday Harbor series
Duchess Quartet by Eloisa James
The friends in her series reminded me of the Wallflower series.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR”. I took this to mean books released this fall that I want to read. I really enjoyed this list because now I have an idea for when the books I’m looking forward to are going to be released.
Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Forever with You by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Base Instincts by Larissa Ione
Release Date: September 14, 2015
All I Want by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Mad About The Man by Tracy Anne Warren
Release Date: October 6, 2015
The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase
Release Date: December 29, 2015
The Striker by Monica McCarty
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors”. A lot of my auto-buy authors appeared on last week’s list so I tried to include different authors for this week.
She was the first romance novelist I ever read and 10 years later, I still head straight to the bookstore when she releases a new book.
Any time I want to laugh, I pick up a Kristan Higgins book!
Two words. Vlad Tepesh.
One of my absolute favorites!
I auto-buy her romance series. I haven’t read her young adult books yet.
She’s a relatively new discovery for me but I love her books!
I didn’t want to live in Chicago until I read Julie James’s books! Smart, successful heroines and the sexy heroes who love and respect them!
She’s one of those authors who writes equally amazing paranormal and historical romances!
I’m not sure why Lorraine Heath isn’t at the top of every romance list. I adore her Scoundrels of St. James series!
Any author who is able to create a twist like at the end of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is an auto-buy for me!