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New contest: “True Pretenses” re-release gift basket and ebooks!

ETA: This contest is now closed. Virginia won the basket, and Paola, Karen, Carolyn, LSUReader, and B won the ebooks. 

The second book in my Lively St. Lemeston series, True Pretenses, is available again today, with a beautiful new cover! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)…

True Pretenses is a Regency-set historical romance about a small-town heiress who agrees to a marriage of convenience with a Jewish con artist in order to get her hands on her dowry…


Something borrowed…

Through wit and sheer force of will, Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother Rafe out of the London slums and made them (in his unbiased opinion) the best confidence men in England. Ash is heartbroken when Rafe decides he wants an honest life, but he vows to give his beloved brother what he wants.

When Ash hears of a small-town heiress scrambling to get her hands on the dowry held in trust for when she marries, he plans one last desperate scheme: con her and his brother into falling in love. After all, Rafe deserves the best, and Ash can see at once that captivating, lonely Lydia Reeve is the best.

Lydia doesn’t know why she instinctively trusts the humble stranger who talks his way through her front door and into her life. She just knows she’s disappointed when he tries to set her up with his brother.

When a terrible family secret comes to light and Rafe disappears, Lydia takes a big risk: she asks Ash to marry her instead. Did Ash choose the perfect wife for his brother…or for himself?

Buy the book: kindle · kobo · iBooks · nook


The gift basket includes:

1. A paperback copy of True Pretenses.

2. A happy Hulk plush (pictured). This is a bit of a stretch but I do imagine Ash as Mark Ruffalo, so. And I own one of these Hulk plushes myself and looking at it ALWAYS makes me smile.

3. David Maurer’s The Big Con. THE authoritative book on the classic long con (in fact, the author sued the producers of The Sting for infringement and received a settlement).

4. Season 1 of Leverage, one of the best con artist TV shows of all time!

5. Orange tree mug (pictured). Full disclosure: I found this mug at a thrift store so it isn’t brand-new. But it’s just so perfect! (If you’ve read True Pretenses, you know there’s a very sexy scene set in a greenhouse filled with orange trees…)


The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winners will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. The 5 e-books are open internationally. The gift basket is US only.
4. Open for entries through August 14, 2017. (Book 3 re-releases August 15th! Listen to the Moon features an irrepressible maid-of-all-work and a very proper valet who marry to get a plum job.)
5. Void where prohibited.

If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up (I typically give away romances signed by the author), you can sign up for my newsletter.

Remember, you can buy True Pretenses here! Or if you’ve read it, check out the DVD extras.

Good luck!

 

New contest: “Sweet Disorder” re-release gift basket, plus e-books!

The first book in my Lively St. Lemeston series, Sweet Disorder, is available again today, with a beautiful new cover! 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) indulging in some Byronic daydreams. (Image credit: Turner’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.” [x])

Sweet Disorder is a Regency-set historical romance about a prickly widow who could make her husband a voter…if she had one. A newly disabled officer is sent to marry her off to help his brother’s election campaign.


Campaigning has never been sweeter…

Prickly newspaperman’s widow Phoebe Sparks has vowed never to marry again. Unfortunately, the election in Lively St. Lemeston is hotly contested, and the little town’s charter gives Phoebe the right to make her husband a voter—if she had one.

The Honorable Nicholas Dymond has vowed never to get involved in his family’s aristocratic politicking. But now his army career is over for good, his leg and his self-confidence both shattered in the war. Helping his little brother win an election could be just what the doctor ordered.

So Nick decamps to the country, under strict orders to marry Phoebe off to somebody before the polls open. He’s intrigued by the lovely widow from the moment she shuts the door in his face.

Phoebe is determined not to be persuaded by the handsome earl’s son, no matter how charming he is. But when disaster strikes her young sister, she is forced to consider selling her vote—and her hand—to the highest bidder.

As election intrigue thickens, bringing Phoebe and Nick face to face with their own deepest desires, they must decide which vows are worth keeping, and which must be broken…

Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.

Buy the book: kindle · kobo · iBooks · nook


The gift basket includes:

1. A paperback copy of Sweet Disorder.

2. Rocket-shaped popsicle molds. I have these and let me tell you, the popsicles look AMAZING. Appropriate because it’s summer and there’s ice cream in the book.

3. A popsicle cookbook so you can use your new molds, and

4. A “Byronic hero” mug!


The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winners will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. The 5 e-books are open internationally. The gift basket is US only.
4. Open for entries through July 18, 2017.
5. Void where prohibited.

If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up (I typically give away romances signed by the author), you can sign up for my newsletter.

Remember, you can buy Sweet Disorder here! Or if you’ve read it, check out the DVD extras.

Good luck!

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’s 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)!

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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.

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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 random.org.
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.

If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up, you can sign up for my newsletter.

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’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)!

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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! 🙂

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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’t 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’s 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 random.org.
3. US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through November 23rd, 2015.
5. I got this book during a previous kickstarter. Matt isn’t involved in the giveaway.

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Good luck!