Have you been Naughty or Nice?


Dear bookworms,

Happy Holidays from St. Martin’s Press! We are joining them in inviting you to join their Naughty or Nice campaign to help promote reading romance this holiday season. Have you been naughty or nice this year? They have put together a sexy collection of naughty and nice books for you to choose from.

There is a little something for everyone here, and we would love for you to consider any or all of these this season! St. Martin’s Press has an even number of books on each list…  but that doesn’t mean you can’t be more naughty than nice (wink)!

Mix and match, pick and choose books from other publishers—but we think everyone should have a Naughty and Nice book list this year!

Be sure to share your list with us @SMPRomance on Twitter, and feel free to include any St. Martin’s Press books below along with our “Naughty or Nice” banner.


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Four hot holiday stories, now in one great package, featuring two New York Times bestselling authors!
Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.
Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a lawyer intent on seducing her boss kisses his twin instead, in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison‘s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, wild child Dina Gregory returns home to find her young son’s father. Instead, she finds his stuffy brother, Ben. Ben admires her tenacity and bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?
Beth Ciotta brings two friends together at home for the holidays. They don’t have much in common anymore, but when they get stranded together during a blizzard, they might realize that true love was there all along, in Some Kind of Wonderful.

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Duke and Miss Christmas by Amelia Grey

A delightfully charming, wickedly sexy Regency-set Christmas romance novella from New York Times bestselling author, Amelia Grey!
Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn’t handle–until he’s hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her–and she can hold her own–Crispin knows he has finally met his match. Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect.

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A fabulously intense contemporary series, featuring sexy heroes and the sassy women they love in the Lone Star State.
There’s nothing Nate Christensen hates more than a golddigger. Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money. That is, until he meets the sexy, beautiful Chloe Benson, who lights a fire in his blood that only the most wildly passionate nights can ease…The only problem is, she needs Nate’s money. True, it’s for a very worthy charity, but is their passion enough to still Nate’s fears that she’s only wants him for the size of his bank account?

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Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

A fan favorite holiday novella, now available as a standalone e-book!
Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…


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Home for Christmas by Lily Everett
A heartwarming holiday romance about a wounded warrior who finds healing and love during Christmas on Sanctuary Island.
Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There’s just one minor detail she’s left out: she hasn’t set foot on the island since her childhood. Now wounded war hero/single-father Owen Shepard is returning to Sanctuary Island, and Libby’s editor insists she cover the story. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Decorating trees, and warming up by the fire it’s the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child. Will the Christmas spirit enable them admit what they feel for one another?

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Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward
Sparks fly in this fun, festive holiday novella when a small town cop gets snowed in with the proprietor of the local inn.
When a December Nor’easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can’t make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. That is, until another Lainey Price opens her doors and offers him a place to stay in her tiny cottage. While the two are stormed in for a wintry evening by the fire can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to Christmas?

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A magical and enchanting holiday romance from USA Today bestselling author Maggie McGinnis.
Noah Drake was that guy–the one always on the lookout for his next adrenaline high, so it was no surprise when he took off across the world, seeking adventure as a travel writer. But one thing he could never escape was Piper Bellini, the girl who got away–the girl he let get away, a fact he’s never let himself forget. When he returns to Echo Lake to see if there’s any chance the flame between them can be rekindled, he never expects to spend the night holed up with Piper in a roadside diner while a blizzard rages outside. Noah may have been handed a Christmas miracle, and he intends to make all Piper’s wishes come true…

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Fall in love with this heartwarming new romance in the New York Times bestselling Eternity Springs series.
Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn’t found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs…and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he’d never have again. She restores Victorian cottages for a living, but will the life she restores in Daniel’s heart be enough when danger comes knocking at her door?

“Emily March’s stories are heart wrenching and soul-satisfying. For a wonderful read, don’t miss a visit to Eternity Springs.”
Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

Spotlight on ‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’ with Theresa Romain!

Hello, and thanks for the chance to visit bookworm2bookworm today! I’m here to chat about A Gentleman for All Seasons, a historical romance anthology that Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, and I have just published together.

From the beginning, we had in mind a project with tightly interlaced story threads. But there were so many questions to answer. London or a small town? The social season or a different time of year? Characters that knew each other, or strangers in the same space?

Over time—and many, many emails!—we figured out a plan. Our anthology would be set in village, to which a new family comes to stay. (Think of the Bingleys in Pride and Prejudice—but with no snooty Caroline.) Part of that family? A young woman recovering from an illness…who decides to amuse herself by matchmaking. There’s something so appealing about matchmakers in historical romance, isn’t there? At a time when social rules were far more rigid than they are today, it’s fun to think of someone giving a little push to a hero and heroine who were too shy, too supervised, or too socially distant to connect on their own.

Kate’s novella, “A Madness in Spring,” is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing. Belinda and Adam spar every time they meet—but beneath their arguments, they’re fascinated by each other. They just need a few hints to begin thinking of each other in a new and romantic way.

Shana’s novella, “The Summer of Wine and Scandal,” features a blue-blooded rake and a farmer’s daughter who’s been through trauma. They seem different, but they’re both looking for a sense of purpose. Building friendships with matchmaker Georgette and her brother Bertram makes this happen.

In my novella, “Those Autumn Nights,” Georgette uses her talents closer to home. Unknown to her rough ex-soldier brother, she invites his first and only love—who jilted him on the eve of their elopement—to stay as a houseguest. Because of this matchmaking/meddling, soldier and society lass reconnect and discover they’ve both become more than they expected.

Finally, Vanessa Kelly wrote a romance for the matchmaker herself in “The Season for Loving.” During a long convalescence, Georgie fights against physical and social strictures on behalf of other couple—but the one thing she never expected was to find a match of her own. When a shy, troubled Scotsman comes to visit, the matchmaker has to convince him—and herself—that love makes the best Christmas gift.

‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’


Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

A Gentleman for All Seasons

The tiny village of Hemshawe is the sort of place where nothing ever happens…until a handsome ex-soldier and his matchmaking sister let the imposing manor house at the edge of town. The friendly Londoners shake up the staid people of Hemshawe, and villagers see each other in a new and oh-so-appealing light.

Suddenly long-sparring enemies become lovers, a town festival heralds a new start for a fallen woman and a dandy, and a man who has given up on love gets a second chance with the woman he never forgot. And the matchmaker herself? She won’t rest until she finds her own happily-ever-after…

A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble
Adam Sturridge has made Belinda Leonard’s blood boil since childhood, and the feeling is mutual. But when a would-be matchmaker arrives in the village of Hemshawe, she’d determined to erase the thin line between love and hate. Now, Belinda and Adam are faced with falling for someone they’ve always considered an enemy — can they overcome old prejudices and discover how to rub each other the right way?

The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen
When viscount’s son and dandy Peregrine Lochley is temporarily exiled from London to the country for his misdeeds, the last thing he expects is to encounter an intriguing woman. But Caroline Martin has a secret to hide, and it just might be too scandalous for even this debauched rogue.

Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain
Ten years ago, wealthy Eliza Greenleaf broke lowly soldier Bertram Gage’s heart—but the last decade brought changes in fortune to them both. Now that he’s made his mark on the world, a twist of fate brings the Greenleaf family under his power. Will this war-hardened officer triumph over his former lover…or will Bertie and Eliza give love a second chance?

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly
Miss Georgie Gage, matchmaker extraordinaire, is resigned to life as a spinster—almost. When notoriously aloof bachelor Fergus Haddon arrives from Scotland to spend Christmas with the Gage family, Georgie thinks she’s finally found her own perfect match—if, that is, she can get the handsome Highlander to agree!

To stick with the theme of all this matchmaking, I’d love to know: have you ever been set up by a modern-day matchmaker, or have you helped another couple get together? To one commenter, my fellow authors and I will send [US addresses only, please]:

Revealed—Kate Noble

Kate NobleKate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her numerous accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.

In her other life as Kate Rorick, she is an Emmy-award winning writer of television and web series, having written for NBC, FOX, and TNT, as well as the international hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and is hard at work on her next book.

The Pirate Takes a Bride—Shana Galen

Shana GalenShana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books ” lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website at http://www.shanagalen.com

Season for Surrender—Theresa Romain

Theresa RomainHistorical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.

My Favorite Countess—Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa KellyVanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

Spotlight on Grace Burrowes and ‘Daniel’s True Desire’!


The Joys of True Gentlemanliness… by Grace Burrowes

About twenty books ago, I lamented (whined) to one of my brothers that coming up with ways to challenge a romance hero into facing his worst fears and risking all to win the heroine’s heart was taxing my imagination. My brother, without a heartbeat’s pause said, “Make him choose between the competing demands of honor.”

THAT was great advice. Make the hero choose between the woman who needs him, and the military unit depending on him. Make him choose between avenging injustices from his past, or respecting the wishes of the pacifist woman he loves. Make him decide whether to be publicly vindicated or privately forgiving… Delightful stuff, for an author!

And yet, to travel along these brilliant character arcs, our hero must have one characteristic: He must have a well-developed sense of honor. To me, that means this fellow must be honest and kind. He can be poor, grouchy, lacking in charm, without prospects, unlucky in love—Daniel Banks is nodding his head—but ideally, he will still be a true gentleman at heart.

The true gentleman, alas for him, can be tormented from page one by the author and by the story, but from the start, the true gentleman will play by the rules of decency.

Rules are tough. The true gentleman will never misrepresent himself, which means Daniel Banks must inform Lady Kirsten that a) he’s married, and b) he won’t disrespect his vows. Too bad for Daniel, this honesty only raises him in the lady’s esteem, when he’s trying to emphasize his unsuitability.

The true gentleman will lend a hand—or an ear—to those in need. When Daniel Banks realizes that Lady Kirsten has been overlooked by her entire family, and is as lonely as an earl’s daughter can be, the least he can do is listen when she explains the misery in her past. Again, his respect for, and understanding of her increases, but what else could a gentleman have done?

The true gentleman is kind. He does not ignore the suffering of others, even if that means, he’s left with a bigger helping of suffering on his own plate. When Lady Kirsten needs a champion to fight her battles with an overbearing brother, Daniel steps up, though it might cost him his position. Once again, Daniel’s decency only gets him in hotter water, because now Kirsten’s brother is also viewing the impecunious, reserved, sometimes grouchy, vicar with renewed respect.

 This business of being a true gentleman is darned hard, and darned heroic. What Daniel has to learn, though, is that true gentlemanliness begins at home. When he’s honest with himself, and shows himself the compassion we all deserve, all the inconvenient rules, tough choices, and honorable standards turn out to have been his second-best friends.

Lady Kirsten is, of course, his very best friend, being a true lady. But that’s another story…  

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A man of God was supposed to welcome hardships, and Daniel did, mostly because his store of silent, colorful language was becoming impressive.

He raised a gloved fist to knock on the door. “Halloo, the—!”

The door opened, Daniel’s sleeve was snatched into a tight grasp, and he was yanked into the warmth of the cottage so quickly he nearly bumped his head on the lintel.

“I said I’d be home by dark,” his captor muttered, “and full dark is yet another hour away. I was hoping this infernal snow would slow down.” The woman fell silent, for Daniel’s sleeve was in a young lady’s grip. “You’re not George.”

Alas for me. “The Reverend Daniel Banks, at your service, madam. I lost my way and need directions to Belle Maison, the Bellefonte estate. Apologies for intruding upon your afternoon.”

Though, might Daniel please intrude until at least his feet and ears thawed? Beelzebub was a substantial horse who grew a prodigious winter coat. He’d tolerate the elements well enough for a short time.



DanielsTrueDesireBOOK BLURB: An honorable life
Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left-and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte.

Challenged by passion
Lady Kirsten Haddonfield has resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood. Then the handsome new village vicar, Reverend Daniel Banks, becomes a guest of the Haddonfield family while the vicarage is being renovated, and Kirsten finds herself rethinking her position. Lady Kirsten does not know that Daniel’s past is about to cast a shadow on love’s future.

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REVIEW: Grace Burrowes continues her True Gentleman series with yet another story of love, faith and internal conflict.

I devour every book this author puts forth and as I immersed myself in Daniel’s story, I honestly couldn’t see the “forest” from the trees. The plot was complex and I just couldn’t see it ever resolving in our couple’s favor. Leave it to Madam Author to lead me by the nose to a very satisfactory conclusion and one that I never saw coming my way!

As much as I loved this couple, I found the story just a tad slower than usual, yet it still had a certain flare and many fun moments, especially those with the “scholars”!

For all of you that love complex plots and characters, with plenty of humor, some heartache and sweet and tender romance, you’ll have to read this story. However, to understand this story better, I suggest you read ‘David: Lord of Honor’ [Lonely Lords book 9] first for the simple reason of getting to meet Daniel Banks and his back story. I loved both stories very much and because I read David’s story, I understood Daniel’s story better because of the glimpses into his background and what drives him.

If you’re a fan of this author, you’ll have to read this one, but if you’ve never read Grace’s awesome stories, I’d not start with this one but with ‘The Heir’.

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Grace BurrowesAUTHOR BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion.

The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012.

Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews fromPublishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Spotlight on Rosanne Bittner and ‘Thunder on the Plains’!

totp rbBOOK BLURB: In a land of opportunity

Sunny Landers wants a big life—as big and free as the untamed land that stretches before her. Land she will help her father conquer to achieve his dream of a transcontinental railroad. She won’t let a cold, creaky wagon, murderous bandits or stampeding buffalo stand in her way. She wants it all—including Colt Travis.

All the odds were against them

Like the land of his birth, half–Cherokee Colt Travis is wild, hard, and dangerous. He is a drifter, a wilderness scout with no land and no prospects hired by the Landers family to guide their wagon train. He knows Sunny is out of his league and her father would never approve, but beneath the endless starlit sky, anything seems possible…

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Sunny held her chin higher and faced him. “I’ll race you,” she told him.


She gave him a daring look, a new boldness in her eyes. “I said I’ll race you. If you catch me and manage to pull me off my horse, you’ve won!” She charged away, and Colt sat there a minute, wondering what she was up to. What was this sudden change in conversation? She was like a crazy woman today, and she had turned his feelings a thousand different ways.

Colt watched her, the way her bottom fit her saddle, the way her hair blew in the wind. Her daring look stirred his pride, and the race was on. He kicked Dancer into a hard run, manly desires stirring in him at the challenge of catching her. He held the reins with one hand and smashed out his cigarette against his saddle horn with the other, tossing the stub aside and leaning into the ride. “Get up there, Dancer,” he shouted to the horse.

Dancer’s mane flew up into Colt’s face as he galloped up and down more sandhills. He noticed Sunny veer to the west rather than north, and he turned Dancer, taking a cut between two more sandhills and emerging near Sunny as she came around the end of one hill. She screamed and laughed when she saw him, and now he knew he could catch her.

He came closer, the determination to reach her now a burning need. It went against all reason, was totally foreign to all sense of maturity. They were like children for the moment, and yet not children at all. The emotions it stirred in him to think of catching her were dangerous, yet he could not stop himself. He came ever closer, and now he was on her!

Sunny screamed when she felt his strong arm come around her. Suddenly, she was free of her horse and sitting sideways on Dancer, a powerful arm holding her. She covered her face and laughed as Colt slowed his horse. “Now you are my captive,” he teased.

She threw her head back and faced him, and both of them sobered. For a moment they sat there breathing heavily from the ride, watching each other.

“We had better go catch your horse,” he finally told her.

“We’ll find it later,” she answered. She moved her hands to touch his powerful arms, ran her fingers over his bare shoulders. “Tell me, Colt. What does an Indian do with his captive?”

For a moment everything went silent for him. Nothing existed but the utterly beautiful woman in his arms, her tempting mouth, her open blouse, her blue eyes, her golden hair. He moved a hand to rest against the flat of her belly. “He takes her to his tipi and makes her his slave,” he answered, his voice gruff with passion.

She touched his face. “That’s what I want you to do with me, Colt. Make me your slave—today, tonight, tomorrow.”

He shook his head. “Sunny—”

She touched his lips. “Don’t say it, Colt.” Her eyes glistened with tears. “I don’t know what’s right and wrong anymore, and today I don’t care. I just want you. I’ve always wanted you.” A tear slipped down her cheek. “It can’t be anybody else, Colt, not the first time. I—”

His kiss cut off her words, a deep, hot kiss that removed any remaining inhibitions. She could barely get her breath for the thrill of it, the ecstasy of his hand moving to her breast, the ache of womanly desires that surged in her when his tongue moved between her lips. Dancer moved slightly, and she clung to Colt. He left her lips for a moment, keeping one arm around her as he slid off the horse and pulled her after him.

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RosanneBittnerAUTHOR BIO: USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity.

Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.

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Spotlight on Anne Barton and ‘One Wild Winter’s Eve’!

owwe abBOOK BLURB: Once you’ve had a taste of scandal…

As the Duke of Huntford’s sister, Lady Rose Sherbourne follows the rules of well-bred society. Always chaperoned. Never engaging in unseemly behavior. Well, except for that one summer, years ago. And yet she’s never been able to forget that handsome stable master or the stolen moments they shared. She’s always wondered what might have happened if he hadn’t disappeared without a word… Now she’s about to find out.

You can never go back

Charles Holland never expected to see Lady Rose again. And yet the years haven’t lessened his devotion—or his desire—in any way. Despite their differences in class, Charles cannot stop himself from wanting to possess her. But as they uncover one intimate secret after another about her family, they realize that, this time, their love may come at a very dear price…

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Charles’s breath was a caress on her neck, his words a heady elixir. And Rose had to admit… she liked it.

But this was not the Charles she’d known before-predictable, solid, and safe. As his heavy-lidded gaze drifted over her, her pulse leaped in her throat, confirming her thoughts. There was nothing safe about him.

REVIEW: For some odd reason I’ve had all of Anne Barton’s books but I’ve never read them. They’ve gotten lost in my never-ending Kindle TBR, but this book had made me realize that I’ve missed on a slew of great characters, and that’s just not right. I am now determined to read them all in order and my reviews will be coming up shortly.

Here’s the thing I loved most about this story. It’s the social stations in life that were the obstacle these two needed to overcome and for the life of me I just didn’t know if that was possible, especially because there were so many other adversities they faced.

The second thing I adored was the chemistry these two characters had. It was oozing off the pages and I actually missed them where they weren’t together.

The third thing I loved were all the secondary characters showing up, which obviously had their own stories in the previous books, and every one of them was there with a purpose [least of all reminding me on what I’ve missed by not reading their happily ever after].

If you’ve missed on this author, as I have, please get on this series. Trust me. You will fall in love with the world she creates and stories she tells.

anne bartonAUTHOR BIO: Anne Barton began swiping romance novels off her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager, so when she had the chance to spend a semester in London—home to her favorite heroes—she packed her bags and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anne found her way back to writing the stories she loves and in 2011 won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and caffeinated beverages of all kinds.

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Cover Reveal of ‘A Midnight Dance’ by Lila DiPasqua!

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A Historical Tidbit

Long before Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, there was a writer by the name of Charles Perrault. He was the author of The Tales of Mother Goose, and the father of fairy tales who started the beloved genre. Perrault lived in seventeenth-century France during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Louis was a lusty king. And his glittering court was as salacious as it was elegant.

During this most wicked time period, Perrault created his fairy tales from folklore he’d heard many times, stories that have delighted people for centuries: Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and Bluebeard—to name a few.

A MIDNIGHT DANCE is based on his famous fairy tale . . . Cinderella. We don’t know what the original tale was like. Or what specific changes Perrault made to it. But perhaps, just perhaps the original story went something like this . . .


amd ldpBOOK BLURB: Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

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August 1658–Just past the stroke of midnight…

This was sheer madness.

But what choice did she have?

Sabine Laurent struggled to maintain a brave facade before her two younger cousins.

The flickering flames of the campfire ahead drew closer and closer as her cousin Gerard drove their cart through the darkened forest. Her heart thundering in her ears, she could barely hear the crunching of twigs and leaves beneath the wooden wheels.

Robert, Gerard’s younger brother, sat silently in the back with the flagons of wine, the very air around them thick with tension and trepidation.

“Sabine, what if this goes terribly wrong?” Gerard whispered, his tone laced with dread.

That was the very question tormenting her. She prayed she wasn’t leading them to their death. But then, if they didn’t have the funds they owed in two weeks, they were all dead anyway. Not just the three of them, but the balance of her family, who were at home, thankfully unaware of what she was about to do. Unaware that at the marketplace, mere hours ago, she’d stumbled upon the very miracle they needed.

“You will call me Elise. Not Sabine. All will be well if we do not deviate from the plan,” she managed to say firmly, her tone belying her mounting fear. For the first time since her father’s death last month, there was a glimmer of hope. A way to clear their debts and spare their lives.

A means to more than restore her family’s fortune.

A means to search for Isabelle…Her throat tightened instantly. She missed her sister more than she could allow herself to feel. The pain was too excruciating to bear.

Isabelle was her other half. Her heart and soul now empty without her.

Sabine took in a quiet breath and steeled her courage.

Just ahead, in the heavily guarded camp, there was a wealth in silver.

And by God, she was going to steal it.


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Five Q’s with: Wendy LaCapra

Thank you for having me, Melanie!

What was your favorite book as a child?

Heidi. My sister played the part of Clara in a church production of the play and after sitting in on the rehearsals, I read the book…again and again and again. Living in the mountains with goats was an appealing contrast to my flatter-than-flat South Jersey existence.

Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

I’ve read the second half of Rebecca Brandewyne’s Rose of Rapture a gazillion times. Also, Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm, Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. I recently listened to Lord of Scoundrels on Audible, too. Speaking of Audible, I think I’ve listened to Heyer’s abridged Venetia, oh about 10 times just this year (I listen as I exercise). But that has more than a little to do with Richard Armitage’s, a-hem, vocal presence.

Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’ve never read?

I do like reading classics. I return to Jane Austen every now and then, and of course, the Bronte sisters. On the dark side, I’ve read Dracula, Frankenstein, the Turn of the Screw & the Monk a few times. I have never read the Count of Monte Cristo…I should fix that!

Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

I just finished Tessa Dare’s When a Scot ties the Knot. Every time I read her books I am in awe of how skillfully she blends humor and romance and deeply-felt emotion.

What’s a movie adaptation of a book/series that you loved or that you wish it is made?

I’d love to see more historical romance made into film. Most period pieces are lovely, but slow. I think Mary Balogh’s books would work wonderfully on screen.

dd wlcBOOK BLURB: Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff—a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea’s luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion…

Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he’s discovered his beloved brother—long thought dead—still lives. But Thea’s lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking…spurred on by the duke’s brother’s secretive, malevolent animosity.

With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage…and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.

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Curious stares fixed on them, radiating malice as strong as the heat from the hundreds of candles burning in the sparkling chandeliers. They wanted her to fail. They wanted her to slink back into the darkness, so their perfect duke could be absorbed into their numbers once again. They wanted to titter behind raised fans at the failed attempt of the disgraced duchess to capture her duke’s regard.

She would silence them. She would deny them their sneering triumph. She would. If she was a duchess good enough for Wynchester, she was a duchess good enough for them.

“Shall we, Wynchester?” she spoke in her huskiest voice—not the wife he had known but the woman the years of independence had forged—Duchess Decadence.

Wynchester wanted her to be good, did he? She’d be more than good. She’d be remarkable—in the very best sense.

The music, made faint by the noise of silk against silk

and muffled whispers, began. They led the promenade, and she executed each step with grace. They did not speak. She danced, not as much with him as for him. Boldly, she seized every opportunity to meet his gaze.

Come out—she spoke to the wild within him—come out and let us tangle.

The next sequence required she turn, while he placed one of his hands on her waist, and joined the other in an arc above their heads.

She was tall. The duke taller—proudly she realized there wasn’t a woman in the room who would fit him with as much perfection. Together they made lovely form.

He placed his palm against her back. And as he drew her into a mock embrace at the next turn he inclined his head to whisper in her ear.

“What are you about?” His voice was low.

She glanced up beneath her lashes. “Must I have motive?”

His mouth bore a not-quite-smile, the shadow of dark amusement.

“If I follow,” he made a masculine pivot, “where will you lead?”

“It is you,” she curtseyed and looked into his eyes, “who guide this dance.”

He chuckled. “I think not.”

Thrill—torrid as melted wax—trickled down inside her chest.



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wlcAUTHOR BIO: Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge.  From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.

Awards: Lady Vice (also titled A Dangerous Desire) took first place in the 2013 Laurie and finaled in the 2013 Marlene and 2013 Royal Ascot. An earlier version took first place in the OK RWA Finally a Bride Contest and finaled in the Great Beginnings Contest.

Scandal in Spades finaled in RWA’s 2012 Golden Heart® & finaled in the 2012 Emily Contest.

Devil’s Heartache finaled in the Toronto Chapter’s 2010 Toronto Golden Opportunity Contest and took first place in the Northwest Houston Chapter’s 2010 Lone Star Writing Contest.

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