Happy Holidays, Romance Readers! - The Romance Zone
Happy Holidays, romance readers!
Happy Holidays or daze, if you find yourself in one of those! Most of us do at some point this time of year, rushing, shopping, baking and hopping to make it all perfect. May I just save you some time and heartache right now, sistahs? It ain’t gonna be perfect, so don’t stress. Those commercials in magazines/TV/ and on the web are carefully and expensively orchestrated to make you feel inadequate unless you buy whatever they’re selling. Unless they’re selling books, in which case it really works!
So kick back, have a hot cup of tea, and read a story with your kiddos. Then, once they’re in bed, romance readers, read one written just for you. With passion, romance and a happy ever after or happy for now, whatever will refresh and rejuvenate you.
I met a lovely woman recently (she did my mammogram and made it as pleasant as they ever are, which mostly means not painful) who told me that she never buys books, just reads whatever is free, because she has a family and is on a budget.
Gasp! Have we learned nothing ladies? If we do not respect ourselves and our recreational time enough to do what we truly enjoy, who else will value it for us? Erm, no one, that’s who.
Now, I get the budget thing. We’re all on one. And what better way to treat ourselves, find new authors we enjoy so we can spend our romance funds wisely and well? Why, an anthology! A collection of romances by different authors around a theme.
Here’s a Christmas collection I think you’ll enjoy. I’ve also included a few singles that are brand new, just in time for Christmas. And may you find some new authors to treasure.
A Christmas to Remember Hatchette Book Group. Contemporary
Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, 'tis the season for giving love a chance . . .
Kristen Ashley, Every Year: Holidays don't come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .
Hope Ramsay, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.
Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who's set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .
Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn't mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?
How about some fun, sexy, paranormal reads to while away those long winter nights?
Paranormal Nights, Volume One. Hot paranormal. Self-published. Available Dec 16, 2013.
9 best-selling authors team up to bring you pulse-pounding reads.
Wolf Protector, by Milly Taiden The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supers dedicated to solving missing persons cases. Erica has a gift that can help … one that she’s kept a secret. But Agent Trent Buchanan, a cocky womanizer, is now her teammate. She’d rather swim in shark infested waters with a paper cut than admit she needs his help, but he may be the only man who can save her.
Why These Two, by Jackie Ivie A Vampire Assassin League novella. Reika has found her mate. Darryl Bailes. He’s big, brawny, black Ops trained. Brutal, and stubborn. But he’s not interested in being anyone’s mate, especially a vamp’s. Well! The knives are out, challenges made. Somebody’s gonna lose.
Death Times Two, CJ Ellison and Boone Brux The VV Inn has a ghost problem. When the specters draw the attention of the head of Grim Reaper Services, he calls in Lisa Carron, resident Alaskan reaper. New to this death gig, Lisa takes the job. After all, how much trouble can one ghost be? A lot, when they’re combined with vampires, one of them hot enough to melt the Arctic ice pack.
Hunter’s Blood, Marianne Morea. Revenge. It’s a way of life for psychic Lily Saburi. Haunted since the murder of her best friend and partner, she’s a vigilante bent on striking at the shadowed world of the supernatural. Prey turned predator. Until she’s bitten by a diseased Were and infected with a deadly virus. Now she has a Were-hunter on her tail … and she’d rather be chasing him than running from him.
Calinda B, A Wicked Prequel. Cherie Manhattan swore off men, until she meets blond, hotter than hell Cam Tyson. Her choices? Play it safe, yet unfulfilled. Or take a chance on mind-blowing, out of this world rapture. Her powerful, unseen guardian has other plans—wake her up to the fact that demons are headed her way. If she plunges into passion, she may fall to her doom, taking the planet with her.
Dragon’s Honor, Mina Carter. A simple job—bodyguard duty for a wealthy heiress. But Paranormal Protection Agency shadow-dragon brothers Baron and Duke have to go undercover as human to do the job. Their mission: protect Honor Croft and dig up dirt on her Daddy, tying him to the illegal para slave trade. But just when Baron realizes she’s his mate, a crazed warlock steals her. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save her?
Playing the Odds, SA Price. Sidney Skye is a Jenai, a female Genie who bring luck to any man in her life. Hiding in plain sight as a dancer on the Vegas strip, life is predictable, at least until she meets Jace. He’s swarthy, sexy and the darkest fantasy she’s ever had. He watches her dance every night, and leaves her wanting more. But when she agrees to help him win a high-stakes poker tourney, fate takes a hand, making the attraction between them more than either ever imagined.
Nibbled by the Vamp, Celia Kyle. Knight Protectors. Wren Minix knows vampires were real, but when a hunky vamp saves her from a mean fairy, she sees nothing wrong in giving him a little taste of her blood. But now she can’t resist him. Griffin Lynch has protected Atlanta for over 300 years, keeping it safe from things that go bump in the night. But now he’s found the perfect mate, one that he wants to go bump with every night … if only she’ll keep her mouth closed long enough for him to tell her.
More fun paranormal …
Headspace by Calinda B. Sexy Paranormal, self-published. Vienna has a gift of intuition and the ability to make people think they actually had the experience she pulls from their mind. Vienna’s very successful in her virtual life but in her real life, she’s never climaxed. That’s been her secret for as long as she’s been sexually active.
When Vienna confides her secret in Jonas, he wants to help. Only thing is, he’s in a committed relationship with a long-time girlfriend. When his shrewish girlfriend becomes jealous over his friendship with Vienna, will he cut off the friendship and break her heart?
Dragons! Sure to warm up your winter.
Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys & Dragons by Mina Khan. Paranormal, Self-published.
Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shapeshifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother.
When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist?
And worse: is her primary suspect a malicious rogue dragon or the love of her life?
Still chilly? More dragons, coming up!
Firestorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 5) by Amber Kallyn. Dragon Heart Books
A Viking vampire must face his tortuous past to save the woman who holds the key to his future.
Eric Wulfgar escapes from twisted dreams, only to find they have followed him into reality. The shell of the man he once was, his king’s orders to help a New Orleans vampire clan might require more than he can give. But he has no choice to leave the shadows and return to the living.
Cat Bienville is frantic. Something strange is stalking the vampires of New Orleans. When the missing turn up dead with no explanation and her sire goes missing, she runs out of options. Left in charge of her coven, her duty is to keep her people safe. Only, she’s not prepared for help to come in the form of a chauvinistic male with a tattered soul.
When friends may be foes, Cat and Eric must find balance with one another in order to unveil the evil in their midst, even as a bigger threat darkens the horizon. Yet, Cat’s past may fracture their growing love. For how can she give Eric her heart, when her deepest secret may be more than he can ever accept?
Holding out for a hero? Here he is …
Sweet Revenge, by Rebecca Zanetti. Hatchette Book Group, Sexy Paranormal. (eBook Out / Print Jun 2014)
The One Man She Can't Have
Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he's gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.
The One Woman He Can't Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She's spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt's strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she's ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt's past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?
There’s a fun selection to keep you in the romance zone this December. Enjoy!
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.& She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.