Friday, July 25, 2014

Live from San Antonio --Day Three

THE FUN continues...
Don't miss the interviews from 
Before San Antonio or Day One or Day Two

Feel like a princess when you're a RITA finalist.
This Historical RITA Finalist book was inspired by a dream.
Just in case you're curious about Frances' Chieftain's Curse...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Live from RWA San Antonio Day Two

MORE interviews and pictures from #RWA14
And don't forget our preview or catch Day One
How do I say your name??
Behind the Camera, Angi Morgan

Jan Schliesman Meets RaeAnne Thayne!
RaeAnne Thayne & Angi Morgan share a smile while E.E. Burke provides the first photo bomb of conference!   Behind the Camera, Angi Morgan

Jan Schliesman Meets the Front of the Line

Jan Schliesman Meets THE END of the Line

Jan Schliesman and Robin Covington

Liz interviews 2014 RITA Finalist Tessa Dare!

Jan Schliesman and Jane Porter

Angi Morgan and Christie Craig
Late Night interview with one of the funniest writers around!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Live from RWA San Antonio…the RITA Interviews!

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel hosts the 2014 RWA national conference.

Once a year, Romance Writers of America holds its annual national conference. 

RWA members come from all over the world to network, line up for workshops and attend the final event of the week, the Golden Heart and RITA awards ceremony.

This year, Get Lost in a Story's own Liz Selvig is a nominee in the Contemporary Romance category. GO LIZ! So you know at least one of the authors we'll be rooting for!

We thought we might try something a little different for RWA Nationals week. Smart phone video interviews and/or candid snapshots of RITA nominees, live from the conference. And stand by for snapshots and comments from some of your favorite authors!


Meet the Get Lost in a Story Interview Team: 
Over the next week, GLIAS roving reporters will be snapping pictures around the hotel, outside conference workshops, doing mini interviews with RITA finalists in hotel bars/restaurants. And tin general having plenty of fun. This year, we're taking you with us! I suspect we'll even take you on a ride down the river in San Antonio. Check in daily for surprise video and new contests!  

Lizbeth Selvig
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Lara Lacombe
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Angi Morgan
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Jan Schliesman

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Donnell Ann Bell
Hello, all!  I'm stuck in Colorado (okay, no one's ever really stuck in Colorado) on deadline, so I'll miss my peeps in San Antonio.  All is not lost, however, because I'm there with you in spirit, and my Roving Reporter Assignment is to interview the incomparable COURTNEY MILAN.  The Countess Conspiracy, the 2014 RITA nominee is Book Three in the Brothers Sinister series.  Not only is Courtney an accomplished author, be sure to check out her bio, and then be sure to check out her books. See the Courtney Milan interview posted on Thursday, July 17.
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Hey GLIAS fans--the trip to San Antonio is underway! I'd like you to meet my traveling companions, fellow Minnesota authors, and truly fabulous storytellers Barbara Longley and Tamara Hughes. And check out how many times Liz can say "cool" in one video!  San Antonio or Bust!!!!
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Mi Tierra Bakery & Cafe Sopapillas
Coming from a native Texan who travels the state and practically bleeds TexMex salsa....  These are the best sopapillas in the state. Absolutely, hands down. If you're in San Antonio...there's no excuse to miss out since Mi Tierra is open 24 hours a day.   ~Angi

Find E.E. Burke
I'm so excited to be reporting for GLIAS "live" from San Antonio. Already found the coolest store here for Western fans like me, The Wandering Cowboy. They have Justin boots, authentic Stetson hats, HUGE belt buckles, even a cowhide chair for us weary travelers.

I haven't bought anything--yet. But I saw a cool braided horsehair necklace has my name on it...

During my time here, I'm making an extra effort to catch up with authors who've been my guest for "Best of the West" interviews on GLIAS. 

Last night I had dinner with Jacqui Nelson, my most recent guest who just put out her latest Western historical romance, BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL. We avoided the heat by taking up strategic positions in front of an outdoor fan and ordering cold Sangrias. Haven't run into any RITA nominees yet, but they can't evade me forever. 

~ GLIAS "secret" reporter E.E. Burke

The WORST shot video ever--but a thanks to the awesome registration ladies at RWA!!

Check out my interview with award-winning author Sylvia Day. Hear what she plans to speak about at the RWA luncheon on Thursday!!
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Sunday, July 20, 2014


We thought it would be fun to change up our format 
for a couple of weeks while we're rushing around 
getting ready for our national writers conference
Romance Writers of America
You can follow lots of fun with #RWA14

Clover Autrey interviews 
Rita Award winner CINDY DEES
find Cindy
Facebook   Twitter @CindyDees
website   Read a little, Buy the book 
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Angi Morgan interviews 
find Clover
Facebook   Twitter @CloverAutrey
website   Read a little, Buy the book 
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Lara Lacombe interviews 
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Angi Morgan interviews 
Debut Author KYM ROBERTS
find Kym
Facebook   Twitter @KymRoberts911
website   Read a little, Buy the book 
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Find Angi & Lara

Friday, July 18, 2014

On the Eve of RWA Nationals, a Chat with Lizbeth Selvig, RITA finalist

First, congratulations to Lizbeth Selvig on her 2014 RITA final! 

All of us at GLIAS are so proud and excited for her, and we'll all be rooting for her the night of the awards banquet in San Antonio.

Hi Jill, my GLIAS and Golden Heart Sis! It’s so nice of you to take time to interview me here on my favorite blog where I write with some of my favorite friends and fellow authors!  I need to say, this RITA final is pretty much unbelievable and a huge thrill—I mean, you’ve seen the company I’m in – holy moly, what am I doing here? Nonetheless, I’m honored to be representing Get Lost in a Story as well as the 2010 Unsinkables Golden Heart Group!

Jillian: So, tell us about getting the RITA call.

Lizbeth: The story is semi-humorous. I had a critique meeting that morning and had to leave home before 9 a.m. When I reached the meeting place my crit partner was not there and the thought flit through my mind that she was late because she’d finaled in the Golden Heart. Lo and behold—that’s
Invite and RITA pin! 
exactly what happened! (Shout out to Ellen Lindseth—a GH finalist in the Historical category!)  All during our meeting I kept an eye on the growing list of RITA finalists, but at 2:00 my name was not included.
Admittedly, like everyone who hopes to final and doesn’t, I was bummed. I went to the gym to wallow during my work out, but before I could get in, I got a call from a friend way up in Alaska. She said, “Last night I dreamed you were a RITA finalist.”  “Well,” I told her, “It was a nice dream.” “Don’t you know?” she asked.  “Know what?” “Oh my gosh, you ARE one!” That’s how I learned I was a finalist by way of Alaska! Turns out, Terry McLaughlin, RWA prez, didn’t have my cell phone number and had left me a pretty fabulous message on my landline! You can bet I scared the dog with my whooping!

Jillian: Share a blurb about the nominated novel, Rescued by a Stranger. 

Lizbeth: Jill Carpenter is a woman with big Olympic dreams and an even bigger heart.

When a sexy stranger with a tragedy in his past and a secret too painful to share rides to her rescue on a vintage motorcycle,Jill's vision of her future changes quicker than she ever imagined it could.

Chase Preston wants nothing more than to forget his past and keep his identity to himself. He has no business getting in the way of Jill's dreams -- even if he can't help but fall in love with her.

But a very unusual stray dog, two teenage sisters with attitude problems, and a crotchety old farmer, conspire to push Chase and Jill deeper and deeper into a love like they've never experienced before. A love that could lead to understanding, absolution, and a perfect happily-ever-after.

If only they can learn to trust.

Jillian: Your heroine, Jill Carpenter,  is an animal lover with Olympic dreams. Tell us about her.

Lizbeth: Jill is one of the nicest heroines you’ll ever meet. She’s just plain a good heart and talented in so many ways. She works at a large stable where she teaches lessons and hones her own riding skills. She gets the chance to earn a spot on the US Equestrian Team, but her dilemma is that she’s also a vet student and very gifted teacher. Then, of course, the man who could be the hero of her dreams throws a wrench into everything! 

Jillian: Chase Preston, arrives on the scene on a motorcycle. Without giving away his secret, mistake-filled past, what should we know about him?

Lizbeth:  Chase’s motorcycle is a classic 1975 Triumph Bonneville—a totally hot bike in my opinon! It’s not giving away much of a secret to the readers to say that Chase is a runaway doctor from a free clinic in Memphis, TN.  He’s sexy, he’s funny, he’s kind, he’s pretty much the sort of man who’ll turn himself inside out to help people – especially the woman he comes to love. But he’s lived through a tragedy that has turned him away from the profession he loves and made him certain anyone who finds out what happened will lose all respect for him. The problem is he, too, is very gifted at what he does and he cares about people so much that eventually he can’t help but let his own secret out, and when he does, everything he fears comes to pass.  

Jillian: Please share a brief excerpt from Rescued by a Stranger.

Lizbeth: Here you go:


     The right side of his upper lip, as perfectly sculpted as the rest of his features, lifted in an Elvis-y half grin—a cute-on-handsome action that made Jill’s mouth go parched again.
     “Sounds like we’d best get you out before Lizzie Borden the truck here changes her mind about killing you.” His warm humor-filled voice calmed with its hypnotic Southern cadence.
     “I’d be very, very good with that,” she replied.
     “Let’s try the door.” He reached for the handle.
     “No! Wait. Don’t! Whenever I move the whole thing rocks. I—”
     “Okay, it’s okay.” He held up his hands. “I’ll look first and see how solid she’s sitting.”
     He stepped away and walked slowly around the front of the Suburban. Jill took the time to regroup. She wasn’t a wimp, dang it. This was stupid. The man already believed she was half-baked. She needed to stop whining and simply crawl out. And she had to get the stupid truck out of this stupid ditch or she’d miss the most important riding lesson of her life. Maybe if she could see how to straighten her wheels she could just drive—
     “She isn’t hanging on by a lot, you’re right.” He returned to the window. “But you should be able to ease out this way. I’ll open the door very carefully. Trust me.”
     Trust him? For all she knew he had a handgun in his pocket, a twelve-page rap sheet, and a mug shot at the Post Office.  “Fine.” She grimaced. “Just don’t mug me until I’m fully out. One crisis at a time.”
     His slightly nasal laugh flowed between them, as musical as his voice. “Gotta love a woman who’s funny in the face of adversity.”
     Funny? This merely kept her from weeping. In addition to causing expense for which there was no money, this accident was messing up two appointments she couldn’t afford to miss.
     “I’m not being funny.” She wriggled out from behind the steering wheel. “On the other hand, if you murder me right here I’ll have a great excuse for being late.” She edged to the passenger side and glanced at her watch. “Make that very late.”
     “Lizzie here didn’t murder you, and I’m not going to either.”
     He tugged on the door and it hit the slope, barely opening ten inches. Jill was small, but not that small.
     “Great. Just awesome.” She eyed the stranger dubiously.
     “I’m afraid it’s out the window for you.” He shrugged.
     “Well this gets better and better.” She simply wanted out, and she reached for the oversized tote she used as purse, clothing bag, and carry-all. “Would you toss this on the ground?  I hope that stupid dog appreciates its life.”
     “It’s on its knees thanking—”
     “All the angels?” she teased.
     “Yes, ma’am.” The return of his Elvis-grin sent a flutter through her belly. He hefted her striped, leather-handled bag and grunted. “Lord love a monkey, what have you got in here? Car parts?”
     “Riding boots.” She reached for the top of the window opening and suddenly heard what he’d said. “What?!”
     “Sorry, my granddaddy’s saying. Gotta admit,” he grunted again, “didn’t expect you to say boots.”
     “Only because you don’t know me,” she muttered.
     “Let’s go then. We can do getting-to-know-you once you’re free.”
     The easiest way out was head first, since it caused the least amount of wiggling. But halfway out, with her torso flopped over the doorframe and her knees hovering above the passenger seat, The Creature slowly swung its nose downward. She shrieked.
     “Got you!”  Strong hands caught her beneath the armpits.
     The Creature spun left and spit her from the window.
     The momentum squirted her out and propelled the stranger backward. One second Jill’s shoe toes skimmed the window frame, the next she sprawled atop a very long, very hard male body. He grabbed her, and held the back of her head expertly, as if people fell on him all the time and he knew precisely what to do.
     “Sorry. Sorry. I’m okay. Are you okay?” Her words were muffled in his shoulder.
     She should move.
     He should move.
     Instead, his chest rose and fell beneath her, and his breath warmed the top of her head. His fingers formed a firm brace at the base of her neck, and he lay like a stone beneath her. When she finally made the tiniest effort to roll away, his free hand planted itself on her hip.
     “No,” he commanded in a hoarse whisper.
     “Relax. Make sure you’re all in one piece.”
     She certainly didn’t know this guy well enough to relax in a reverse missionary position with him . . . but the pleasant musk of masculine perspiration prickled her nose and mingled with the redolent scent of his leather jacket. Her eyelids floated closed in spite of herself, and she went all-but-limp with relief. When he relaxed, too, however, she couldn’t ignore his long, lean form beneath her or the intense pressure gathering low in her body. She tried to concentrate on the fact that nothing bad was happening while he held her—no accidents, no animals dying, no worry she was late for . . .
     “Oh my gosh!” She jerked hard against his hold.
Immediately he released her, gave her shoulder a squeeze, and a mini explosion of sparks raced for every nerve ending in her body. She pushed onto her hands and stared into eyes as calm as a waveless lake.
     “Hi,” he said, his mouth only inches from hers. “I’m Chase Preston. Nice to meet you.”

Jillian: Now, for the question I've been dying to ask: Tell us all about your dress for the awards banquet. Details, please! 

Lizbeth:  Trying on formal dresses is traumatic for me. At 5’1 and mumble, mumble, mumble pounds—I sort of look like a bowling ball in a dress – lol. But I found a navy blue, floor length gown with a youthful  tiered overskirt of chiffon, a wide hip-to-bust waistband, chiffon caps on the sleeveless bodice, and a V-neck that goes low but not too low. I love it—it does have an oh-so-slight touch of prom dress to it, but it’s actually pretty flattering for a round lady with no height! I’m faithfully using some self-tanner on my, um, décolletage area, and “shapewear” (hah, our grannies called them girdles) is on my shopping list!
Jillian: The dress is lovely, Liz. And LOL––I never put on a dress without shapewear under it! ;)

Jillian: Okay, on a scale from one to ten, one being not very, and ten very––how excited are you? Because here at GLIAS, we're sooooo excited for you. Like at least a ten!
Lizbeth:  Believe me, my excitement dial goes to 11! The nerves won’t fully hit until ceremony night but then I know they’ll hit hard! I have no delusions that I will walk home with Ms. RITA—but then again, she’s a surprising lady, you never know. What I do know for sure is that I’m grateful and humbled to have so many good, good friends rooting for me and knowing that it truly is an honor to be a finalist!

Jillian: Have an amazing, memorable conference and good luck, Liz!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Phenomenal Courtney Milan & 2014 RITA nominee The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney, welcome to Get Lost in a Story!  Congratulations on being a 2014 RITA® nominee for The Countess Conspiracy!  We at Get Lost in a Story are Roving Reporters checking in on RITA® nominees and asking them, ideally, fun questions.


Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he's not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he's outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He's desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised--and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she'd like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England's most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian's theories aren't his. They're hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she'll do anything to save their partnership...even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.

DONNELL:  Courtney, you’ve had major success in your writing career.  I’m curious when an RWA board member called and told you you finaled, what was your reaction?
COURTNEY: No matter how successful you are as a writer, it’s always such a huge boost to final in the RITA. I had no idea what to expect—the rules for the RITA this year were very different, and my books tend to be love/hate, so I don’t always do well in contests. I was just flabbergasted. Then delighted. Then my hands started shaking. And then I started convincing myself that I’d made it all up.

DONNELL:  What does finaling in a National competition like this mean to you?
COURTNEY: On the one hand, finaling in the RITA is such a huge deal. The fact that it is peer judged means that the people who liked my book were writers. On the other hand, I felt that the fact that some categories were not adequately represented was a real problem, and one that if left untouched, could really effect the reputation of the contest. I hope that matters.
DONNELL:  How many RWA conferences have you attended, and what is one thing you want to do while you’re in San Antonio? At the conference?
COURTNEY:  I’ve been to every RWA since Dallas in 2007, and I hope to keep attending as long as I can. My challenge for this year is to try to get some running in at the conference. I very rarely leave the conference hotel, but I’ve been told the Riverwalk is gorgeous and I’ll have to walk down it.
DONNELL:  What is your favorite thing(s) about attending Romance Writers of America conferences?COURTNEY: For me, the best part of every conference is always catching up with old friends who I see maybe once a year. It’s both friendship and business. I always learn the most from just sitting and chatting with people in the bar.
DONNELL:   Have you been shopping yet?
COURTNEY:  I have a book coming out July 15th, so all my conference readiness will get crammed in after that. It’s going to be a whirlwind experience. J
DONNELL:  I tend always to overpack?  Are you a smart packer?  Do you bring back loads of books?
COURTNEY: I wasn’t a smart packer, but then I found Erin Knightley’s AMAZING “how to pack for conference in a carry on” video: 

She is a genius—and her method totally works. I’ve done it now for both RT and RWA, and I owe her big time for it. I don’t bring back books at all—I don’t let myself pick them up anymore, because I don’t have room in the house for them.

DONNELL:  Are you nervous?
COURTNEY: Not at all! There are so many historical finalists, and with so many incredible books, that my chances of winning are just about nonexistent. I’m just going to wear a pretty dress and enjoy the show.
Now if I was in one of those categories with only two finalists, THEN I would be nervous.

DONNELL:  What are you working on right now?
COURTNEY: I’m working on finishing up the last book and novella in the Brothers Sinister series. 

The final book is called THE SUFFRAGETTE SCANDAL, and it’s the romance between Frederica Marshall, an idealistic suffragette who owns a newspaper, and Edward Clark, the jaded scoundrel who tries to take her on. After that, there will be one last novella in this series—called TALK SWEETLY TO ME, which is the romance between Stephen Shaughnessy, an author of biting social commentary, and Rose Sweetly, who is a computer—which in the 1880s means that she does slide-rule calculations of celestial bodies for an astronomer.

Thank you, Courtney!  I’m going to be cheering you on from Colorado! 

Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.

Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney got a graduate degree in theoretical physical chemistry from UC Berkeley. After that, just to shake things up, she went to law school at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude. Then she did a handful of clerkships with some really important people who are way too dignified to be named here. She was a law professor for a while. She now writes full-time.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day Three: Last of the 2014 RITA finalists

Congratulations to RITA finalists in the Paranormal, Novella, Romantic Suspense, and Short Contemporary Romance categories!  

As many of you know, it is quite an honor to be a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. We encourage all GLIAS readers to peruse the list of nominated authors and titles. See anything below you would love to read? Leave the title and your comment, along with your email contact info for a chance to win the RITA finalist book of your choice!

Paranormal Romance

The Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas
HarperCollins Publishers, Balzer & Bray
Donna Bray, editor

Caged Warrior
by Lindsey Piper
Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar

by Lexi George
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
Alicia Condon

The Devil’s Heart
by Cathy Maxwell
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lucia Macro, editor

Diamond Dust
by Vivian Arend
Samhain Publishing
Anne Scott, editor

The Firebird

by Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks, Landmark
Deb Werksman, editor

Heart of Obsidian
by Nalini Singh
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor

His Clockwork Canary
by Beth Ciotta
Jhanteigh Kupihea, editor

Immortally Ever After

by Angie Fox
St. Martin’s Press
Monique Patterson, editor

by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles
by Zoë Archer
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
Amanda Bergeron, editor

by Lauren Kate
Random House Group, Delacorte
Wendy Loggia, editor

Witch Bound
by Eleri Stone
Carina Press
Gina Bernal, editor

Romance Novella

The Bridesmaid
by Julia London
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

“Defending Truth”
by Shannon McNear
in A Pioneer Christmas
Barbour Publishing
Becky Germany, editor

How to Marry a Highlander
by Katharine Ashe
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
Lucia Macro, editor

How to Misbehave

by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

“Imagine Me and You”
by Maisey Yates
in Animal Attraction
Harlequin, HQN
Margo Lipschultz, editor

Mine Under the Mistletoe
by Kat Latham
Carina Press
Angela James, editor

Take Me, Cowboy
by Jane Porter
Tule Publishing, Montana Born Books
Tessa Shapcott, editor

Take What You Want
by Jeanette Grey
Samhain Publishing
Jennifer Miller, editor

“Too Fast to Fall”
by Victoria Dahl
in Be Mine
Harlequin, HQN
Tara Parsons, editor

Romantic Suspense

Justice for Sara
by Erica Spindler
St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Weiss, editor

The Killing Game
by Toni Anderson

Off the Edge

by Carolyn Crane

Thrill Ride
by Julie Ann Walker
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

Short Contemporary Romance

A Conflict of Interest
by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin, Desire
Charles Griemsman, editor

Free Fall
by Karen Foley
Harlequin, Blaze
Brenda Chin, editor

Her Accidental Boyfriend

by Robin Bielman
Entangled Publishing, Bliss
Stacy Abrams and Wendy Chen, editors

Her Secret, His Baby
by Tanya Michaels
Harlequin, American Romance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

A Royal without Rules
by Caitlin Crews
Harlequin, Presents
Megan Haslam, editor

Why Resist a Rebel?

by Leah Ashton
Harlequin KISS
Meg Lewis, editor

Commenters: See anything above you'd love to read? Leave the title, your comment, along with your email contact info for a chance to win the RITA finalist book of your choice! 

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America  addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day Two: More 2014 RITA Award Finalists

Congratulations to RITA finalists in the Erotic, Historical, and Inspirational Romance categories!  

As many of you know, it is quite an honor to be a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. We encourage all GLIAS readers to peruse the list of nominated authors and titles. See anything below you would love to read? Leave the title and your comment, along with your email contact info for a chance to win the RITA finalist book of your choice! 

Erotic Romance

Claim Me

by J. Kenner
Random House Group, Bantam
Shauna Summers, editor

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck
Entangled Publishing, Brazen
Heather Howland, editor

When I’m Bad I’m Better in It Stings So Sweet
by Stephanie Draven
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor

Historical Romance

Any Duchess Will Do
by Tessa Dare
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward

The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

The Chieftain’s Curse
by Frances Housden
Harlequin, MIRA
Kate Cuthbert, editor

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan
Robin Harders and Keira Soleore, editors


by Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
by T J Bennett
Entangled Publishing, Edge
Liz Pelletier and Shannon Godwin, editors

Duke of Midnight
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Lady and the Laird

by Nicola Cornick
Harlequin, HQN
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lyssa Keusch, editor

The Luckiest Lady in London
by Sherry Thomas
Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Never Desire a Duke
by Lily Dalton
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Michele Bidelspach, editor

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

Plaid Tidings

by Mia Marlowe
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Alicia Condon, editor

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
by Anna Campbell
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Rogue’s Proposal
by Jennifer Haymore
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Selina McLemore, editor

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
by Anna Randol
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

Sonata for a Scoundrel
by Anthea Lawson

Inspirational Romance

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus, editors

Commenters: See anything above you'd love to read? Leave the title, your comment, along with your email contact info for a chance to win the RITA finalist book of your choice! 

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America  addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day One: GLIAS Preview of the 2014 RITA Finalists

Congratulations to RITA finalists in the Best First Book and Contemporary categories!  

As many of you know, it is quite an honor to be a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. We encourage all GLIAS readers to peruse the list of nominated authors and titles. See anything below you would love to read? Leave the title and your comment, along with your email contact info for a chance to win the RITA finalist book of your choice!

2014 RITA® Finalists

Best First Book

Five Days in Skye 

by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

Fix You
by Beck Anderson
Omnific Publishing
Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck
Entangled Publishing, Brazen
Heather Howland, editor

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus, editors

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

Contemporary Romance

Along Came Trouble
by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Beach House No. 9

by Christie Ridgway
Harlequin, HQN
Margo Lipschultz, editor

Country Roads
by Nancy Herkness
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Kelli Martin and JoVon Sotak, editors

Crazy Thing Called Love
by Molly O’Keefe
Random House Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell
Shauna Summers, editor

Fix You
by Beck Anderson
Omnific Publishing
Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors

Half Moon Hill

by Toni Blake
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
May Chen, editor

Home to Whiskey Creek
by Brenda Novak
Harlequin, MIRA
Paula Eykelhof, editor

Homecoming Ranch
by Julia London
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Maria Gomez, editor

It Had to Be You
by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing
Alex Logan, editor

Letters to Nowhere
by Julie Cross
Martha Trachtenberg, copyeditor

Rescued by a Stranger

by Lizbeth Selvig
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
Tessa Woodward, editor

Rumor Has It
by Jill Shalvis
Berkley Publishing Group
Kate Seaver, editor

The Second Chance Café
by Alison Kent
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Sleigh Bells in the Snow
by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, HQN
Flo Nicoll, editor

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

Talk of the Town
by Beth Andrews
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

The Way You Look Tonight

by Bella Andre
Shelley Bates, copyeditor

Whiskey Beach
by Nora Roberts
Penguin Group USA, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Leslie Gelbman, editor

 Commenters: Leave the title of the RITA finalist book you'd most like to read for a chance to win the the book of your choice. Be sure to leave your e-mail contact info! 

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America  addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
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