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Fresh Pick | TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS by Rachel Gibson
Fresh Pick / February 5, 2010

May 2009On Sale: April 28, 2009368 pages ISBN: 0061579068EAN: 9780061579066Mass Market Paperback$7.99 Romance Contemporary Buy at True Love And Other Disastersby Rachel Gibson Disaster Number One: Men Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy—and very old—husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn’t even watch hockey! Disaster Number Two: Passion But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favorite of fans. For most of Ty’s life, he’s dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans. Disaster Number Three: Love Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can’t stop thinking about him all day . . . and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty’s bed, and she begins to see there’s more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there’s far more to Faith than beauty and billions….

Uncategorized / February 4, 2010

Is there anything more fun than discovering a new-to-you author, and then having the excitement of finding and reading that author’s backlist? This has happened to me over and over. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to come so late to some authors. Most recently, I was re-reading some old Maggie Osborne western romance novels, and when I was done decided to look for a similar writer. I found her. Cait Logan. Her historicals are great, just the right amount of humor against a western backdrop. The same happened with Mary Balogh, Dorothy Garlock, Lisa Kleypas, Karen Moning, Suzanne Brockmann, Georgette Heyer, Beverly Lewis, and others. I just read a good Elizabeth Hoyt book and will be looking for others by her. I’m especially pleased when readers tell me this about my own books. For example, VIKING IN LOVE, my first book from Avon and a return to historical romance for me, is the eighth in a loosely linked series. That means it is a stand-alone book and can be read out of order. I love when readers, late in discovering me, say they love a particular book and are going to buy my backlist. To read more of BOOK GLOMMING DON’T YOU…

Fresh Pick | SLIDING HOME by Kate Angell
Fresh Pick / February 4, 2010

September 2009On Sale: August 25, 2009Featuring: Dayne Sheridan; Kason Rhodes336 pages ISBN: 0505528088EAN: 9780505528087Mass Market Paperback$7.99 Romance Contemporary Buy at Sliding Homeby Kate Angell The ultimate bad-boy baseball player finds a stranger in his shower and decides that no matter how sexy the interloper is, there’s no way she’s stealing home. Excerpt Who’d been sleeping in Kason Rhodes’s bed? The left fielder for the Richmond Rogues had returned from six weeks of spring training in Florida to find someone had moved into his mobile home. That person was presently in his shower. The bathroom door stood cracked and steam curled into the hallway. The peach scented shower gel cast the intruder as female. Kason took a moment and looked around his bedroom. Unmade bed, tossed brown comforter, rumpled beige cotton sheets, the imprint of her head on his pillow. Lady was an uninvited sleepover. A vintage Guns N Roses T-shirt, a pair of stonewashed jeans, a pale blue bra and panties lay across the foot of his bed. Black Converse sat on the floor. Kason’s jaw locked. Damn he hated Read More… Previous Picks Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Jen’s Jewels | Interview with Dr. David Dosa
Uncategorized / February 3, 2010

Growing old is something most people don’t like to think about, no matter what their age. Sure, retirement does sound appealing. Sleeping in late and watching glorious sunsets. No worries, just ample time to lazily enjoy precious moments with your spouse. Yet for some, with age comes the telltale signs that something more serious is happening. Simple occurrences like misplacing keys and not remembering familiar places become the norm. All too often, these are the beginning stages of a debilitating disease called Alzheimer’s. This month’s Jen’s Jewels Dr. David Dosa has experienced firsthand the devastating effects of dementia. In his debut novel, MAKING ROUNDS WITH OSCAR, he shares with us the incredible story of a cat named Oscar who changed his life forever. For those of you with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, this book is a must-read. And, for those of you who are just curious, you won’t be disappointed. Truly, this is a story that needs to be told. As part of this interview, Hyperion Books has generously donated five copies for you, my lucky readers, to win. So, don’t forget to look for the trivia question at the end. And as always, thanks for making Jen’s Jewels…

Candace Havens | New Series, Romantic Adventure…it’s February!
Candace Havens / February 3, 2010

I have so much to tell you about this month. First of all, those of you who are fans of M.J. Rose’ The Reincarnationist might want to check out Past Life on Fox, which was inspired by the by the book. For those of you who are familiar with the book, basically the institute is there and they deal with past life regression cases, but that’s where the similarities end. Kelli Giddish, Richard Schiff , Nicholas Bishop and Ravi Pate star. I like the concept, but I feel like maybe they should have picked a different episode for the pilot. It starts out kind of slow, but I liked the second episode. My fear is that Fox is the worst at giving shows a chance. If it doesn’t hold the ratings, it won’t be around for very long. And, not unlike Dollhouse, it’s a show that needs a little time to find its footing. There is some decent chemistry between Giddish and Bishop His character has just lost his wife; so don’t expect a big romantic bang up top. It’s certainly worth checking out. I’m super excited about the release of my first Harlequin Blaze, TAKE ME IF YOU DARE….

Daily Dose | Spotlight on Nancy Holzner
Daily Dose / February 3, 2010

I love Spotlight On weeks, it gives me a chance to really get to know some authors and ask the questions to the things that I really want to know about. Today, we welcome Nancy Holzner. I read DEADTOWN right after Christmas when Nancy and I both participated in BookObsessed’s Zombie New Year’s Eve Bash and the holiday week leading up to it. I really enjoyed reading DEADTOWN. The story includes some unexpected twists and turns as well as embracing some higher fantasy elements and mythology within the modern setting. If you have not read DEADTOWN, you should check it out. In the meanwhile, kick back and get to know Nancy Holzner! Daily Dose: In the early part of the novel, you describe the virus that strikes Boston. The visual and visceral reaction Vicky experiences sucks you right in – why a virus instead of a magical attack? NH: The main reason I chose a virus to create Boston’s zombies was its ambiguity. Was the virus just a weird mutation? An act of biological warfare? Something else? In Deadtown, no one knows, but as the series continues the origins of the virus become important. That is all I had better…

Helen Scott Taylor | Celtic Symbols
Uncategorized / February 3, 2010 To read a free short fantasy romance story please visit the special features on the Dorchester website Visit to learn more about books and authors.

Fresh Pick | LINE OF SCRIMMAGE by Marie Force
Fresh Pick / February 3, 2010

September 2008On Sale: September 1, 2008Featuring: Susannah Sanderson; Ryan Sanderson368 pagesISBN: 1402214243EAN: 9781402214240Paperback$6.99 Romance ContemporaryBuy at Line of Scrimmageby Marie Force In the Hail Mary play of a lifetime, an NFL quarterback has just 10 days to win back his wife, before she divorces him and marries someone else. He’s a football star, and he’ll do anything to win back his soon-to-be-ex wife. But her new fiancé will do anything to stop him … Rough and sexy Ryan Sanderson, Denver Mavericks quarterback, has just 10 days to convince Susannah to give him a second chance before their divorce is final. Too bad she’s already engaged to the boring but safe guy she dated in college before she met Ryan. Marriage to Ryan was a whirlwind of passion and energy that left her feeling exhausted. Tired of playing second fiddle to his team, wary of the women throwing themselves at her superstar husband, afraid of the hard hits he took on the field, Susannah decided that sometimes the thing you want the most is bad for you. Until Ryan comes back, determined to win her back, and willing to give up everything except her love … Quarterback in the Sack…

Judi Fennell | So Punny
Uncategorized / February 2, 2010

Thanks so much for having me back to talk about my latest release, CATCH OF A LIFETIME, the story of Mer princess Angel Tritone (younger sister to Rod and Reel from the other two stories), and Logan Hardington, a Human who wants nothing more than Normal in his life. A Mer(maid) is as far from Normal as you can get. I had a lot of fun with this series, both with the stories themselves–the characters’ journeys–and the storytelling. See, I was a language major in college (my degree is in Spanish). As such, I had to take a second foreign language (French), and had taken that and some German in high school, in addition to the required English courses. I loved all of them because I love language. I hadn’t realized how much I did though, until I started writing IN OVER HER HEAD, the first book in my Mer series. Oh, the story started off pretty straightforward, nothing to indicate it would veer down the pun-filled slope it did. When the Mer man, Reel, showed up I still had no clue. Then Reel’s sidekick showed up, a suckerless remora fish named Chumley, who goes by the nickname Chum. Okay,…

Fresh Pick | BACK IN BLACK by Lori Foster
Fresh Pick / February 2, 2010

SBC Fighters #5 February 2010On Sale: February 2, 2010Featuring: Gillian Noode; Drew Black320 pages ISBN: 0425232980EAN: 9780425232989Paperback$7.99 Romance Contemporary Buy at Back In Blackby Lori Foster In a hookup this hot, someone’s bound to get burned… Never before published from the New York Times bestselling author Gillian is a PR expert hired to smooth out the rough edges on hot- headed sports club president Drew Black. He’s rough, raw and ready for any challenge Gillian throws his way. But which one’s going to end up on top? Excerpt CHAPTER ONE Back in BlackGillian Noode stood against the back wall of the popular bar, Roger’s Rodeo, where many fighters hung out. She was close enough to observe him, but not close enough to get noticed. Yet. At least, not by him. Plenty of other men had already given her the once-over, showing appreciation for her trim black skirt, her low-scooped white blouse and strappy sandals. A few had even tried to strike up a conversation. Though tempted, she’d politely declined. She’d come here for a reason, and Drew Black was it. Dressed in well-worn jeans and a comfortable black T-shirt bearing the logo of the SBC fight organization, the president…