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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Giveaway: Model Marine

I could hardly drag myself out of my warm bed this morning. It's actually *cold* here in Austin! Like winter, almost! DO NOT LIKE. So to get myself revved up, I'm offering a sizzling hot read for our giveaway today: Model Marine by the fabulous Candace Havens!

Just take one look at that cover, and you will NEED to get your hands on it. Yum! And what's inside is just as sexy and delightful:


Subject: Captain Will Hughes, US Marine Corps
Current Status: On assignment in NYC-suddenly recruited to shed the uniform!
Mission: Serve as model, muse and man-toy without running afoul of the General.
Obstacle: Hannah Harrington, fashion world It Girl.
Hannah narrowly escaped Fashion Week disaster by hijacking gorgeous Will for her runway show: after all, rock-hard abs are the ultimate accessory. His good deed nearly lands him in the brig, but he'll risk anything to get back into her bed....
Hannah can't figure out how this model Marine got under her skin-they're complete opposites! But sexy Will not only ignites her senses, he fuels her creativity: an irresistible combination, even if it can't last. Can two steamy weeks together satisfy their lust...or will they have to extend this mission?



If you've never read Candy's books before, or if you've never tried a Harlequin Blaze, this is the one to start with! Come and get it.

THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!
1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Book Giveaway: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Changing gears a little for today's giveaway! I've got award-winning author Lauren Willig's first book in her popular swashbuckling romantic mystery series. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation was called "a deftly hilarious, sexy novel" by Eloisa James; Meg Cabot pronounced it "pure fun!" You definitely don't want to miss the book that started it all.



Nothing ever goes right for Eloise. The day she wears her new suede boots, it rains. When the subway stops short, she's the one thrown into some stranger's lap. And she's had her share of misfortune in the way of love. So, after deciding that romantic heroes must be a thing of the past, Eloise is ready for a fresh start.


Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise has more and more questions. Like, how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero of her own?



I've got a signed copy right here, and this book would make the perfect holiday read!


THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!
1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Giveaway: Intertwined

It's going to be another fabulous week of free books here on my blog and Facebook page, so let's get it started off right! Today, I have the fantastic, amazing, gorgeous Gena Showalter's Intertwined. It's the first book in her hugely popular young adult paranormal series, and if you haven't read her, this is a great book to start with. She's a #1 New York Times bestselling author for a reason, y'all!


Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.
Everyone thinks he's crazy, which is why he's spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl - a girl who carries centuries old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.
Together they'll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger . . . but not everyone will come out alive.



I know, right?! You want it. Here's the deal:

THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!
1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Giveaway: Threading the Needle

Today I'm feeling extra generous, so I'm giving away a signed copy of the lovely Marie Bostwick's absolutely GORGEOUS new book, Threading the Needle. It's a big, beautiful trade paperback with fancy edges to the pages, French flaps (sounds naughty, right?) and a stunning cover. What's inside isn't too shabby either! The book tells the heartwarming story of a woman who loses everything--only to discover a brand new sisterhood and a wonderful new life thanks to her long lost childhood best friend.


Here's the blurb:
The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff's herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy thirty-four-year marriage to Lee. They'd given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they're wondering if they made the right decision. To relieve the strain, Tessa signs up for a quilting class at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop, and to her surprise, rediscovers the power of sisterhood - along with the childhood friend she thought she'd lost forever...Madelyn Beecher left New Bern twenty years ago and never looked back. But when her husband is convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and she's left with nothing but her late grandmother's cottage, she is forced to return to the town she fled. Unfortunately, the cottage is in terrible shape. Madelyn's only hope is to transform it into an inn. But to succeed, she'll need the help of her fellow quilters, including the one friend she never thought she'd see again - or forgive. Now Madelyn and Tessa will have to relive old memories, forge new ones, and realize it's possible to start over, one stitch at a time - as long as you're surrounded by friends...

I know you all want to win this one! What could be better than friendship, forgiveness, and a little quilting?  So check out the rules below:

THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!
1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Book Giveaway: All Fall Down

Time for another giveaway! This time I've got Megan Hart's taut, emotional look at what it's like to live in a cult. Fascinating, no?


Here's the blurb:


In the midst of a chaotic midnight assembly, Sunshine is forced out into the darkness. Holding a scrap of paper scrawled with a stranger’s name and address, Sunny grasps the hands of her three small children and begins her escape.

Liesel Albright has dreamed of starting a family. She never bargained on inheriting one already in progress…or one so deeply damaged. When nineteen-year-old Sunshine appears on the Albright’s doorstep claiming Liesel’s husband Chris is her father, all they can think to offer is temporary shelter. The next day, they’re stunned by the news that the Family of Superior Bliss, led by a charismatic zealot, has committed mass suicide. Sunny and her children haven’t just left the compound–they’ve been left behind.

Now, instead of a baby of her own, Liesel must play mother to the four survivors while Chris retreats into guilt and denial. For Sunny, however, a lifetime of teachings is not easily unlearned. No matter how hard she tries to forget, an ominous catechism echoes in her mind, urging her to finish what the Family started.


If you want to read an excerpt, go here. To put your name in the hat for the drawing, check out the rules below!



THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!

1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book Giveaway: If You Give a Girl a Viscount

This is my week to get into the spirit of the season--we're buying the tree, baking goodies, and hosting a couple of holiday parties in the next couple of weeks. With all that going on, I need a jump start! And what better way to get into the spirit than to give out gifts?

Today I'm offering up a copy of the hilarious, adorable Regency romp If You Give a Girl a Viscount, signed by author Kieran Kramer!

This is the fourth in her Impossible Bachelors series, and it might just be my favorite of all. To read an excerpt and watch a super cute book trailer, click here!

Here's what the book's all about:

All the single ladies want him.
If life were a fairy tale, Daisy Montgomery’s stepmother and two stepsisters would surely be cast in the wicked roles. For years, they’ve made life miserable for Daisy. But when she discovers she has a godmother, she’s determined to ask her for help. Little did Daisy expect her godmother to play matchmaker with her very own grandson—who happens to be a viscount!
Is he ready to put a ring on it?
A freewheeling playboy, Charles Thorpe, Viscount Lumley, is bored with his wealth-seeking female admirers. Not only that, he’s been cut off from the family coffers. One day, on a bet, he rids himself of what little money he has left in his pockets and vows to solve problems using his wits alone. But when the Impossible Bachelor is confronted with Daisy’s plan to save her castle, the payoff is more than he could have bargained for. Sometimes, if you give a girl a viscount, you just might find love….



THE RULES
So here's what's going to happen. Pay attention, this is how you win!

1. Answer the question posted on my Facebook wall. Just put your comment right under my post on my fan page here. OR if you don't have an FB account, answer the question on this blog, in the comments below.
2. If you haven't already, you can feel free to "Like" my Facebook Fan Page, but it's not a requirement to enter the contest! I'd also love it if you followed me on Twitter @LouisaEdwards. Because then we can chat!
3. Check back tomorrow morning on my Facebook Fan Page to see if you’ve won–I’ll post the winner’s name here on the blog, too, so make sure to come back and look for it. You’ve got one week to claim your prize, or I’ll have to give it to someone else. So be sure to check back!
4. This contest is open to international residents, but the prize for an int'l winner will be an unsigned copy of the book. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Making the Rounds

There's a lovely review of Some Like it Hot up at Heart to Heart, the fabulous romance blog at Barnes & Noble's website! Among other nice things, the reviewer calls the book "a unique, witty, and romantic read" and she gives it the thumbs up for detail on the realty television side, from her own background as a producer! Very cool. Read the review here.


And I also wanted to mention that I'm leading a class through RWA University this week called Everything I Need to Know About Being an Author, I Learned as an Editor. The title kind of speaks for itself, but here's the blurb: 

In this five-day course, multi-published contemporary romance author Louisa Edwards will share the lessons she learned when she made the transition from junior editor at Berkley Publishing Group to full-time writer. Discussions will address market trends, finding your voice, craft tips, the query/submission process, an insider’s look at what happens to your manuscript after you submit it, and a final Q&A.

The class will be discussions led by me followed up with questions from the people subscribed to the course--and I promise to answer as truthfully as possible! It's completely free to all RWA members, easily accessible through the myRWA portal on the main RWA site. Should be a fun week! I hope to see some of you there... 



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snippet Saturday: Family

So I'm hopping into a group of authors who post free, short snippets from their of my books on Saturdays, all of us snippeting on a common theme. This Saturday's theme is "family"--so of course I have to highlight the Lundens!

Some Like it Hot by Louisa Edwards
Copyright December 2011, Louisa Edwards
All Rights Reserved, St. Martin's Press


Danny had to push hard to get his dish finished, but once he'd gotten his brainwave, it was all downhill work from there.


He'd watched Theo haul his daughter out to the metaphorical woodshed, clearly pissed as hell, and when they came back in, Eva had that look. The too-perfect, put together face that hid everything vibrant and real about her behind a fa├žade of serene professionalism.


It was Eva’s game face.


Danny felt an unwilling tug of sympathy. He knew, from personal experience, nobody could tear into you, make you bleed and cry, like family. And he had what he considered a really good relationship with his parents.


From what he could tell, Eva would say the same. She obviously loved her father. As much as he held her position in the family company over her head or hurt her feelings or fucked around with a lot of women, she adored him. And it made sense. Theo was all she’d had, ever since she was little.


It made Danny remember the story she'd told him, about her dad cooking French pancakes for her when she was a kid. The memory had been a happy one, he knew, a moment in time when she and her father had been in perfect harmony, the sweet and bitter of life balanced and blended, rolled up in a crisp-tender, golden crepe and dusted with confectioner's sugar.


French pancakes, he thought, a grin tugging at his mouth. He loved that she still called them that, even after a lifetime of five-star French meals and trips to Paris.


And then, as if Eva had waltzed over and whispered it in his ear, Danny knew exactly what he was going to make. 
_____________


Don't forget to check out the other family-style snippets today!
Eliza Gayle
Lauren Dane
Rhian Cahill
Anne Rainey
Jody Wallace
Lissa Matthews
Mari Carr
McKenna Jeffries
Myla Jackson
Selena Blake
Taige Crenshaw
Vivian Arend
Alison Kent
Delilah Devlin
HelenKay Dimon
Shelli Stevens
Shiloh Walker
TJ Michaels

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