Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Are romance heroes any good at Valentine's Day? You tell us!



The rose is red, the violet's blue,
The honey's sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou'd be you

From a collection of English nursery rhymes 
Gammer Gurton's Garland (1784)

Since love is always in the air on Valentine's Day, we're celebrating with a contest and giveaways. Each of us has a signed copy of our latest novel to give to a commenter. There will be seven winners today! We're also going to have some fun speculating about our heroes and what kind of gift they might purchase for our heroines!

Then it will be your turn. Guess where your Mr. Valentine is shopping (or not) this year!

a) Victoria Secret
b) See's Candies/Godivas
c) 1-800 Flowers
d) Valentine card
e) A Hoddie-Footie Pajamagram  
f) Jewelry
g) None of the above





Undercover DEA agent Erren Rhodes was used to working alone. So the very idea of teaming up with Officer Darby O’Malley to ferret out a killer wasn’t exactly how he thought this critical mission would go. But thanks to information only the beautiful cop possessed, finding whoever was responsible for shooting Erren’s friend made Darby a valuable—and irresistible—partner. Digging into the case, though, revealed a far-reaching conspiracy…and angered all the wrong people. Now, trying to bring a killer to justice while keeping Darby safe was making Erren remember why he was better off on his own. Especially when Darby made him long to hole up together in the safe house and never let her out of his sight.   

Just a guess, but Erren has something sweet and delicious for Darby O'Malley.




Sebastian Case relies on his irreplaceable assistant for everything.  But since arriving in Vegas for a conference, mousy Missy has transformed herself.  From ordinary to ravishing.  From modest and reserved to bold and sensual.  And Sebastian, who’d barely noticed she was a woman, finds himself dazzled by her allure.

Now she’s quitting and Sebastian will do anything to keep her.  Including accepting her outrageous bet.  One spin of the wheel–black and she’ll stay…red and Sebastian owes her one night of passion.  What can he lose, except maybe his heart?  

Oh yeah, we know what Mr. Case needs to purchase!



In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she’s a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire–slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read! Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale—one that will keep today’s kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.

Prince Charming will sweeten his chances with a little pink box full of these:






Fifteen years ago a young Colorado Springs police officer arrested a teen runaway accused of aiding a convenience store robbery and attempted murder. She was innocent, but still served prison time briefly. Her testimony sent the real thief to jail for much longer. Now she’s a young widow raising a son, and the man she put in prison is free and seeking revenge. She moves to a home in a new neighborhood—then learns that her next-door neighbor is the by-the-book officer who arrested her. Now he’s a Colorado Springs P.D. Lieutenant. Like it or not, he may be the only one who can protect her and her son from the past he helped create. 

This is what you get from a man with a Rocky Mountain sized heart:




Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah's task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a deperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair's assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, whereshe came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance-before she destroys them all?

 Matthew Ryder just might give Sarah an old fashioned Valentine.






Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty—take up the responsibility for his family’s estates.  His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word—heirs.  When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford.  But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting houseguest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.

 Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a Countess.  If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge.  However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter—for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.

Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can't control...

Might Geoffrey hide his Valentine gift for a smart heroine like Liliana to find?







London, 1887. Part stoic gentleman, part fearless Yard man, Zeno “Zak” Kennedy is an enigma of the first order. For years, the memory of a deadly bombing at King’s Cross has haunted the brilliant Scotland Yard detective. His investigation has zeroed in on a ring of aristocratic rebels whose bloody campaign for Irish revolution is terrorizing the city. When he discovers one of the treacherous lords is acquainted with his free-spirited new tenant, Cassandra St. Cloud, his inquiry pulls him unexpectedly close to the heart of the conspiracy—and into the arms of a most intriguing lady. Cassie is no Victorian prude. An impressionist painter with very modern ideas about life and love, she is eager for a romantic escapade that is daring and discreet. She sets her sights on her dour but handsome landlord, but after she learns their meeting was not purely accidental, she hardly has a chance to forgive her lover before their passionate affair catapults them both into a perilous adventure.

This Valentine's Day Cassandra receives long stem roses––and Mr. Kennedy. ;) 




Now, where will your Mr. Valentine be shopping (or not) this year?


a) Victoria Secret
b) See's Candies/Godiva Chocolates
c) 1-800 Flowers
d) Valentine card
e) A Hoddie-Footie Pajamagram  
f) Jewelry
g) None of the above
(If none of the above please explain!)



***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.

33 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day. I've never received a pajamagram and I think I can appreciate that kind of gift, but I think a card, chocolate and flowers are a safer bet.

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  2. Happy Valentine's Day

    I just got mug and chocolate today, so happy ;)

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  3. Oh please not at Victoria's Secret... my shape is much more flannel pj.. I received 2 kinds of chocolate and a lovely card.

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  4. I got flowers. I kinda wanted the VS gift certificate... ;)

    Happy Valentine's Day, ladies!

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    1. You should send this URL as a hint.
      ~Angi

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  5. D and B - I will get a card and candy and a cute stuffed animal. After 20 years together, I know him too well.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks, Jill - I already have Cat's book and Angie's book. I want your book more than you will ever know! I have it in my Amazon cart waiting to get to $25.00 for free shipping.

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  6. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY everyone !

    No present or candy for me. Flowers over the weekend. A cute card this morning. A nice dinner tonight (probably staying in). And then a "surprise" delayed until later this week when the weather clears up. I have to admit...I'm baffled on that one (he hasn't hinted OR said a word to our daughters).

    ~Angi

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    1. Romantic husbands are the BEST!

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  7. This is my first Valentine's Day as a single woman so my answer is g) None of the above. I am a million times happier this year than I was last Valentine's Day when I was attached. I'm going to do some of my favorite things today to celebrate my Independence Day. ;)

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. None of the above is not so bad when you're a million times happier! ;)

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    2. AWESOME STACIE. So glad you're happier.
      ~Angi

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  8. Pretty sure it will be flowers...although I told him the research books I ordered would be good enough ;)

    Happy Valentine's day, ladies!

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Eeeeks... no Victoria's Secret pls... Jewellery is always nice... I have never known any woman who would turn down jewellery...

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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  10. Happy Valentines Day.
    My answer will be g none of the above. My husband does not do any shopping for me. He expects me to do the shopping for myself so I if I have to do it myself I would just soon not have anything.

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    1. Many husbands are really awful at shopping! This is also why romance is the largest selling fiction category in the world! ;)

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  11. Will you all be my Valentine this year?

    Happy Valentine's Day, with or without a boyfriend, husband or significant other! This year I'm buying myself a Kindle Fire and the first book on it will be a love story! Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow!

    'Tis a good day when we all celebrate love, lassies!

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  12. Since I have no Mr. Valentine, I'm taking my daughter out for a special evening of Pizza. When I asked her last week if she'd be my special Valentine, I got an "I don't know". Tweens. Good thing I have enough romance for both of us.

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

    Cat (who's happy that Blogger is now working for me at work once more)

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  13. Happy Valentine's day.
    My answer is none of the above.

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  14. Sadly my answer this year is None of the Above as I don't have a boyfriend right now. But we are planning a sister movie night with my 2 sisters: we'll gorge on some delicious chocolate pear cake, wash it down with frothy cocktails and watch romantic comedies or action flicks, depending on what mood we'll be in. Thank heavens fr sisters! :-D

    Thank you for the great giveaway and Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Chocolate Pear Cake?
      That sounds yummy!
      ~Angi

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  15. B because I like candy. Happy Valentine's Day!

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. My Mr. Wonderful has already taken me out for dinner and this morning he left a box of heart shaped chocolates and a mushy card. Although Valentine's Day is nice, I like hiding funny I Love You cards in his lunchbox or car on any day of the year!

    luvwriter40 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I like your Mr. Wonderful.

      Since my Tim travels, I stick cards in his suitcase and laptop bag. Cool. And now that there's texting...well, I love a text or a picture that means he's thinking about me.
      ~Angi

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  17. My Mr. Valentine is shopping for jewelry, I have a Brighton charm bracelet and I'd love more charms for it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  18. No Mr. Valentine for me :(
    I did buy myself a couple of books from my wish list and spent some time curled up with a good romance :)
    Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  19. How fun! I went to Barnes and Noble and bought my DOH a Sport Illustrated because it was the Swimsuit issue.

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VALENTINE'S WINNERS:

    AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY: Tammy
    .38 CALIBER COVER-UP: Eli
    SLEEPING BEAUTY VAMPIRE SLAYER: Jan

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