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New contest: "Trade Me" by Courtney Milan

ETA: This contest is now closed. Nancy won the book.

This month I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Trade Me by Courtney Milan!

This is one of my absolute favorites of Courtney’s books, up there with The Suffragette Scandal and Unraveled. It’s a NA contemporary romance (the first in her Cyclone series), about a poor college student struggling to get by and keep her mother from giving away the hard-earned money she sends home for her sister’s ADD meds to fellow Chinese refugees in need. Tina is offered the chance to trade lives for a month with another student desperate to escape his high-pressure life as heir to an innovative tech company and its irascible founder.

I love Tina with the fire of a thousand suns and I sobbed violently SEVERAL TIMES about her pathological sense of responsibility and fear of risk (MY FAVORITE TROPE, for personal reasons that I’m sure you will never guess).

Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included) recharging his Tesla.

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New contest: "Fortune Favors the Wicked" by Theresa Romain

ETA: This contest is closed. Elaine M. won the book!

This month I’m giving away a signed copy of Fortune Favors the Wicked by Theresa Romain, plus a signed cover flat for the sequel, Passion Favors the Bold, and a bookmark and magnet!

This book is absolutely delightful, about an adventurous ex-naval officer and an ex-courtesan, both looking to find a treasure, claim the reward, and start new lives! Theresa shared some stuff about this book that time we interviewed each other, including that she originally pitched the book as “Regency ‘It鈥檚 a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'”!!

Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included) having naval adventures.

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New contest: "The Brightest Day" anthology plus signed postcard and more!

This contest is now closed. Lail won the books!

This month I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology, by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley! Included in the giveaway is a separate signed copy of Alyssa’s novella, “Let It Shine” (a RITA finalist and one of the greatest covers I’ve ever seen!), and a postcard for another upcoming anthology from these authors, Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology, signed by ALL FOUR AUTHORS!

The “Let It Shine” paperback also includes a bonus short story!

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(Spokesmodel T-Rex not included in giveaway. Image credit: “Sunrise at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky,” by DavidCrumm, via Wikimedia Commons.)

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New contest: Gambled Away gift basket!

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. LSUReader won the gift basket, and Sherry, Meghan, Angela, Carolsue and Christina won the ebooks. Congratulations!

My new anthology Gambled Away is out today! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)!


Pictured: Spokemodel T-Rex (not included) with select gift basket items.

Gambled Away is an anthology themed around one protagonist winning the other in a game of chance (my favorite trope!), with stories from Jeannie Lin, Molly O’Keefe, Isabel Cooper, Joanna Bourne, and of course, yours truly.

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New contest: Rose's formative romances

ETA: This contest is now closed.

So! In for a Penny, my debut book, is on sale for 99 cents this week along with over FORTY other historical romances.

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Penny was heavily influenced by the Regency romances I was reading at the time (it’s kind of a retelling of Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract, and my very favorite Goodreads review EVER describes it as “a Georgette Heyer style historical romance but with sex & explicit fellatio”), so to celebrate, I’m giving away 7 formative romance from my personal library to 7 commenters!

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Contest: Ever After Box coupon code

This contest is now closed. MaryG won the box.


You’ve heard about Jeannie Lin’s new brainchild, the Ever After Box, right? It’s a subscription box service for romance readers! As the website explains:

Ever After Box is a subscription box for romance readers that delivers great reads and romance community collectibles centered around a fun theme each month. Each box contains at least one book plus 3-5 gift items. Items include exclusive fan merchandise, bookmarks, cool product finds and more! All in a pretty box!

You can see what was in their first box here (the theme was coffee).

February’s theme is dessert, and anyone who’s read my books probably knows I love dessert. I teamed up with Elisabeth Lane from Cooking Up Romance to contribute something fun to the box, so Jeannie and her team are letting me give away one free box! I have a coupon code to give away to one lucky commenter.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using
3. US only.
4. Open for entries through February 18, 2016.
5. This is a single use code and will expire on Feb 23. It can be used to either get the SWEET TOOTH box free, OR to sign up for the monthly subscription and get the first box free.

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Good luck!

New contest: LISTEN TO THE MOON e-books, and a gift basket!

ETA: This contest is now closed. JCP won the gift basket, and K, Elaine C, Joye, Angela, and LSUReader won the e-books!

Listen to the Moon comes out in just a few weeks, and to celebrate, I鈥檓 giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)!


Pictured: Spokemodel T-Rex with silver tray of brandy (not included) and gift basket items in an elegant setting (also not included)! Image credit: “Holkham Hall” by Hans Rosbach.

Listen to the Moon is book 3 in my Lively St. Lemeston series, and this one focuses on a romance between servants! (Readers of Sweet Disorder may recognize them…)

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New contest: [REDACTED]'s "Conspiracy Friends: Vol. 1"

ETA: This contest is now closed. DebraG won the book!

This month I’m giving away a signed, limited-edition-hardcover copy of Matt Youngmark’s Conspiracy Friends, Volume 1: Clandestine Maneuvers in the Dark.

Conspiracy Friends is one of my favorite webcomics, about friends who investigate conspiracies together!

In Volume 1 you get to see it all from the beginning, as Tim tries to start a Conspiracy Club, but that doesn’t work out, but he DOES meet Wendigo Penelope, maybe the coolest person ever? I love Tim and Wendigo Penelope SO MUCH. I kind of ship it, honestly, although Wendigo Penelope has said she isn’t interested and I respect that.

You can also read the comic online here (or start from the beginning).

Full disclosure: Matt is a friend of mine and the designer of my stylish “The butler did her!” buttons. (He’s also running a kickstarter right now for Volume 3: Hot Vatican Nights, so if this seems like your thing, pledge today! 馃檪

Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included) investigates in a mysterious forest that does not look AT ALL like British Columbia! Image Credit: “The Glad Confusion of the Riotous Woods” by Rosetti Photographic Studios, 1912, via Wikimedia Commons.

Included with the book are: 5×7 tie-in print of the Loch Ness monster subtitled “COME AT ME BRO”, set of character buttons, and one of my own Listen to the Moon buttons!

51bOIqCM1FL._SX490_BO1,204,203,200_All Tim wants is to find friends among like-minded conspiracy enthusiasts. But when Wendigo Penelope shows up at Conspiracy Club, the black helicopters follow, and they soon find themselves on the run from shadowy forces they can鈥檛 begin to comprehend. Along with semi-competent CIA operative Steve and beleaguered newspaper intern Marcie, Wendigo and Tim will have to unravel a web of intrigue that leads them deeper and deeper into the belly of the beast (which is a pretty mixed metaphor, but trust us, that鈥檚 the least of their problems). CLANDESTINE MANEUVERS IN THE DARK collects the first six chapters of the Conspiracy Friends webcomic, and includes a 5-page bonus story available exclusively in this book.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through November 23rd, 2015.
5. I got this book during a previous kickstarter. Matt isn鈥檛 involved in the giveaway.

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New contest: Sonali Dev's "A Bollywood Affair"

ETA: This contest is now closed. Carol L. won the book.

This month, since Sonali Dev’s sophomore romance The Bollywood Bride is out, I’m giving away a signed copy of her first book, along with a Bride bookmark and two of the bangles Sonali was giving away at RWA this summer (worn below by spokesmodel T-Rex)!


I absolutely adored this book. A fantastic romantic-comedy vibe, deep emotion, and well-done angst combine brilliantly. The Big Mis never got annoying and I cried several times. To no one’s surprise, I especially loved Samir cooking for Mili! I recommend you order takeout BEFORE you start reading, because this book will make you hungry.

Back cover copy:

Mili Rathod hasn鈥檛 seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood鈥檚 favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naive village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir鈥檚 tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she鈥檚 trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili鈥檚 life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate鈥檚 elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winner will be chosen at random using
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through October 26th, 2015.
5. I got this book signed at a conference. Sonali isn鈥檛 involved in the giveaway.

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New contest: "A Lily Among Thorns" in paperback!

ETA: This contest is closed. Chelsea and Patty won the books!

Hey all! A Lily Among Thorns, my second book, rereleases in paperback today! Wooooooo!
I am so pumped to finally hold this book in my hand again after years of it being out of print. To celebrate, I am giving away two paperbacks.

One paperback will be signed by me (and personalized if you want!) and is open to the US and Canada only.

One paperback is not signed, will ship from The Book Depository, and is open internationally.


Pictured: Spokesmodel T-Rex (not included in giveaway) as my tailor/chemist hero Solomon. He doesn’t need those half-glasses (which belonged to my grandfather, who did need them, and I wanted them so badly as a kid), but they make him look professional.

Some very special news: To celebrate the rerelease, the e-book is on sale for just 99垄. Tell your friends!

Some people liked this book! NYT Bestselling Author Courtney Milan said, “I loved it, even more than I loved In for a Penny…most of all, for a heroine who is independent and prickly and yet wonderful all at the same time.”

AnimeJune wrote, “Solomon Hathaway is a prince among men. A prince among heroes! He cooks, he sews, he makes hot chocolate, he knows his way around a vial of hydrochloric acid, he has impeccable fashion sense, he’s sweet and lovely and all that is good. He is wonderful.”

And Stephanie Samphire said, “It鈥檚 all zany and fun and it moves at an incredible pace…but here鈥檚 what is my very, very favorite thing of all about the book: Solomon and Serena really, really like each other.”

You can read the first chapter and find DVD extras like deleted scenes and a free short story here.


Buy the e-book for just 99垄 through September 15th:
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Or buy the print book:
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Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop鈥攗ntil his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust鈥攁nd love鈥攁gain.

Contest rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter. Please specify in your comment if you are US/Canada or international.
2. I will select one US/Canada winner and one international winner at random using
3. Open for entries through September 8th, 2015.

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Good luck!