Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Blog Blog Hop!

I just want to quickly say THANK YOU for participating and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. I hope to see you back here in the future!

After over 9,000 comments our Romance Hop has some grand prize winners!!

Grand Prize Winners:
Kindle Fire Winner:
Laurie Goudge
(from It's the Journey that Counts's Blog)
$130 Amazon Gift Card:
(from Carrie Ann Ryan's Blog)
Swag Pack:
(from Dana Delamar's Blog)
The grand prize winners have already been notified and have their prizes or the prizes are on their way!

And now, without further ado,

Drum roll...drum roll...drum roll...

The winner of my $25 Amazon GC:
(via Rafflecopter) #392 Mel Bourn

 The above winner have been notified and their prizes will be sent.


If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! If you are returning, it’s great to see you again!

Many thanks to the host of this event: Carrie Ann Ryan.

My prize for the hop:
$25 Gift Card

What is your favorite thing about Romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips and favorite romance reads! And we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There are over 200 giveaways, as each blog is raffling off prizes as well.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!


~Blog Post~

My favorite thing about reading romance, hands-down, is definitely the happily-ever-after. I read romance for escape and to cheer me up, relieve the stress of daily life, and remind myself what the best part of being alive really is: L-O-V-E. Love for family, love for pets, love of nature, love of, well, anything fun, and certainly, falling in love, for the first time, or the second, third or fourth time in your life.

It’s also a major reason I love to write romance as well. For me, writing romance is like reading a romance you’ve never read before and watching (and living vicariously) the story of how two people meet, fall in love, and eventually, after a few setbacks and false starts, finally, finally have their happily-ever-after.

One of my favorite romance novels is one by Suzanne Robinson. It’s a historical, entitled: Lady Gallant. It’s set in the time that Mary Tudor, aka, Mary I, reigned England, and centers around a troubled, hard-shelled (but good-hearted) rake who meets his match in a shy, gentle, mouse of a lady with a soft heart. Both of them, unbeknownst to the other, are spies for Elizabeth, whom they each prefer to be queen.

One of the things I loved about this story was how the author brought the hero down to his cruelest self, doing horrid, horrid things to the heroine, and yet the author never left the reader truly hating him for his deeds. Instead, I always feel crushed (as the heroine does), heartbroken (as both the hero and the heroine do), and anxious for how on earth they are ever going to find that happy ending together, because I know they are completely meant to be together. Forever.

Thus, when I began writing my contemporary novel, Love Is The Drug, I, too, wanted to try my hand at making the hero do something unforgivable and see if I, too, could evoke some of the same feelings I had while reading Lady Gallant, in the readers of my novel as well.

I don’t know how well I did, but if you’re curious, why not pick up a copy at one of the major online booksellers? And while you're at it, pick up a copy of Lady Gallant as well, and you can read for yourself what a great book it is!

Here’s a little teaser from Love Is The Drug (not the cruel scene, I’ll leave that for your indulgence while reading the book):

A Texas bad boy meets his match in the virginal sister of his sworn enemy.


"That burger I bought you at the airport doesn’t seem to be sobering you up,” [Jason] said. Stopping in the entryway, he dropped his carry-on to the floor and looked down at her. “Maybe you should lie down for awhile—take a nap—before we go down to the casino.”

Julie’s gaze was pretty bleary when she turned it up to him. She blinked and stuck out her lower lip. “No. I wanna have some fun! Live on the edge! You promised.” She put her face closer to his. “Hey, has anyone ever told you how pretty your eyes are?”

“Pretty? No. That’s—”

“­­Well, they are.”

“—not a description a guy usually wants to hear about himself, if you know what I mean.” He grinned down at her. “But thanks. I think.”

“I like your lips, too. Keanu Reeves lips. Mmm. Sexy.”

“Keanu Reeves? You mean that dude from the Matrix? You like him?” The flash of jealousy took him by surprise.

She plopped her other arm over his shoulder and said, “Yeah. I always wondered what it’d be like to kiss those lips.” Then she planted one on him. Tongue and all.

And he returned it. In a flash, he had her up against the wall, her legs wrapped around his waist and his hands on one of his three favorite places: her sexy, hot little ass. And this time, when he pressed the ridge of his erection against her center, it answered that pressure with the fire, the answering motion, that should have been there earlier, but wasn’t. Thank you, God.

But. She was three sheets to the wind. Probably wouldn’t even remember this later. And if she did—he'd be in the doghouse again, for sure. Shit! Jason broke the kiss. He rested his forehead against hers. They were both struggling for air. After about the fifth intake of breath, he could finally speak. “You still want to go down to the casino?” He was weak, he knew it. But, he swore to God, if she said no, he’d take her to bed right now. Doghouse, be damned.

Unfortunately—or fortunately, he couldn’t say which at this moment—the burger must’ve finally kicked in, because she nodded and said, “Yeah, sounds great.”

“Okay.” Even to his own ears, there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm in his voice. He stepped back and slowly dropped her legs until she was standing on her feet again—this time, with no support. “I’ll take you to one of the stores, too, so we can get you something to wear to dinner tonight.”

“Oh, yeah. Thanks.”

He strode over to the door and opened it. “Ready?”

“You bet.”

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a Rafflecopter giveaway Here are the links to the other participating blogs (or the link back to it, if blogger refuses to show the list, LOL: Carrie Ann Ryan's Blog Hops)


  1. My favorite thing about romance is that you can read about romantic situations that you might never experience in real life.

    Name: Dovile
    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. Romances offer a nice trip away from everyday life.

    Karen H in NC
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. My favorite thing about reading romance books is that they give me hope, and yes the happy ending ^^

    thank you a lot


  4. LOVE the cover to Love is a Drug! I am a sucker for the happy endings in romance HEA!
    Carin myreadingobsession at gmail dot com

  5. Wow! What a contest! I love romance books because they always put me in "snuggle" mode with hubby ;)
    Rachel R.
    malibu311 at gmail dot com

  6. Great contest. I love escaping into fantasy in a romance book.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  7. Love is the drug is being added to my wishlist right now. I loved Lady Gallant! I bought all her books based on my love of this one. I love romances for both the escape from reality and the HEA!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  8. Thanks for the giveaway

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  9. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  10. I like the HEA and HFN endings.. and I've added so many books to my wishlist I don't know where to start. Blog hops have a way of doing that to me.
    thanks for participating

  11. The HEA is the best part!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  12. Love the escape a romance offers, and of course look forward to the HEA.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  13. Who doesn't want a HEA? Gotta love 'em.
    chellebee66 at gmail dot com

  14. Susan Smith

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Oh this hop is so much fun.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  17. Thanks so much for the chance!

  18. Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway :)

  19. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  20. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!

  21. Great teaser. I can never get tired of finding new sexy romances to read.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  22. I really like happy endings too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  23. Thank you for a great excerpt! It definitely sounds like a book I could enjoy reading. I love happy endings in romances! :) Thank you for the giveaway and for being a part of the hop!

    Crystal Craig

  24. Romance is all about building a relationship :-) Great blog, fun hop!


  25. I love reading romances because you get to like vicariously through the characters. Love is The Drug has a gorgeous cover. I would buy it without knowing anything about it just because of the cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. I love reading romance books because it is an escape away from real life, knowing in the end that the girl gets the guy and they live happy ever after....I have met my Love and we do have a Happy Ever After...

  28. Romance is a way to escape to a new world and I love that.
    Thanks for the giveaway! jay9mooreATgmailDotcom

  29. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending when my friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  30. Great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Loved the excerpt. I am adding this to my wish list. I love the chase and the HEA.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226at gmail dot com

  32. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

  33. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, HOT love scenes and a perfect HEA! <^_^>
    Networked blogs follower.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  34. For me the most important aspect of romance is the growing intimacy and chemistry {non sexual} between people.
    Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win.

  35. I loved the excerpt! I love to read romances and watch the couple go through their ups and downs to get to their happy ever after :) Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway!

  36. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  37. Loved the excerpt. I read romance for the HEA.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  38. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  39. Awesome excerpt! Sounds like my kind of book!.My favorite thing about romance is the HEA. Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

  40. My favorite part of romances is watching how each character comes to terms with their feelings and what love makes each of them willing to do for the other, hopefully with that dream of a HEA. Thanks so much for the hop!

  41. Romance is merry making magic on display filled with hopes loves & many many sweet possibilities N the making! Romance is life happening b r our very thats such a great gift..((sigh))!

  42. I enjoy the happily ever after, but sometimes the spice of getting there is the best!
    Michele L.
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

  43. I love romance because I get to fall in love over and over. Just such a wonderful feeling.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  44. I love the happy endings.

  45. I love how the love story changes the characters, makes them grow.

    doxisrcool at

  46. Thanks for the contest!
    I love romance because it gives me a time to escape my crazy...I mean wonderful... kids. LOL

  47. Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


  48. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  49. You know, I bought that Suzanne Robinson book at our library used book sale and haven't read it yet. So you convinced me to try it next.
    I enjoyed you excerpt.
    mcv111 at hotmail dot com

  50. HEA's are the reason that I read romance books and to escape the real world.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  51. Good excerpt and great cover.

  52. You're going to laugh - I was trying to figure out what was tucked into her stocking. I had to peer in close - I thought it was a camera, and then started laughing when I realized it was a condom!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  53. Thanks for the great gievaway! That cover is so damn sexy!

  54. Thanks for sharing and being a part of this great giveaway


  55. The HEA, of course!

  56. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
    jessangil at gmail dot com


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