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Book Expo America 2014

Neil PHIt’s coming up to that time of the year where I get the chance to lose it up close and personal, meeting authors and rubbing elbows with celebs at the annual bookgasm that is Book Expo America.  From May 29th thru the 31st, some good folks and myself from the Romance Mothership will be manning (or is that wo-manning) the Harlequin Books booth at the Javits Center in New York City during the last week of May for quite possibly the largest book trade show on earth.

Billed as the #1 book and author event in North America, I have a number of authors that I’ll be sitting down with to record podcasts and videos with this year, but having discovered that Neil Patrick Harris, Carl Hiaason and Jason Segal will be attending the fair to promote their books, it will be hard for me not to flail wildly should I appear anywhere in their proximity.  So be aware, I am not having an aneurism, I’m merely fan girling….and Neil, I want to see you too!

I.  CAN’T. WAIT

 

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Get to know New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins!

“Higgins [offers] strong storytelling and a refreshing, sarcastic wit…thoroughly entertaining.”-People Magazine

Kristan Higgins delivers another delightful contemporary romance with her latest,  Waiting On You.  Watch an exclusive interview with the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

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Romance Writers of America announce 2013 nominees for coveted RITA awards

It’s RITA Day!! Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2014 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards today. The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The GoldeBarbara_Samuel_O'Neal's_RITA_awardsn Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts. Congrats to all of our Harlequin RITA and Golden Heart Nominees getting The CALL today!

Click here to go to the RWA site and view all the nominees

Jayne

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Welcome to September in the Harlequin Community. Not only have we got some great discussions and events in store for you including our Series Spotlights, I really want to remind you to sign up for our 2012 Annual Ornament Exchange! I’ve collected many ornaments through the years from new friends and old that I’ve made in here in Community!

September is Love Inspired’s 15th anniversary and you’re invited to the celebration with our Annual Harvest Festival and to meet our featured author Jillian Hart. We have lots of fun and games planned with our editors and authors on the boards, so do plan on stopping by.

And as always, if you need help tackling that To-Be-Read Pile, stop by the Reading Challenges for inspiration and recommendations, or if you just want to talk about what you’re reading, we’re happy to share our favorite books and authors with you too!

Happy Reading!

Jayne
Manager, Community & Social Content

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Great new winter romance from Harlequin Books

The New Year is here filled with new beginnings, resolutions and fresh books to read. This coming year in 2011, we have a couple of really great milestones to celebrate and I thought I’d take the time to outline a couple of them and point out our new Harlequin corporate logo. You’ll see that we’re using it across our website, community, in print, online and in retail locations with the tag line, entertain, enrich, inspire. That’s something we hope to do each and every day in our Community and do hope that you find the time you spend with us to be ALL of those things.

This year Harlequin Blaze is celebrating their 10th year of red-hot reads and we want you to be in on all the excitement with a highlight in August when we’re bringing back the Original Sexy Six, the authors who created the launch books for what would become such a popular series. Look for books from Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jo Leigh, Julie Leto, Tori Carrington, Kimberly Raye and Debbie Rawlins. Along with it’s sexier editorial the line is also known for being home for a number of firsts. Stephanie Bond wrote the first first-person Blaze, My Favorite Mistake. Susan Kearney wrote the first (and we think only) futuristic, Beyond the Edge. Hope Tarr wrote the first historical, Bound To Please and Chris Green introduced vampires to Blaze with her book, The Ultimate Bite! As Julie Leto says, “Blaze has always “blazed” trails, so this is the go-to line for something new.”

Beginning in January, Love Inspired Historical will be bringing us more of the engaging stories rich with romance, adventure and faith with a total of 4 NEW titles available every month and a new look. Book Title

Don’t forget to look for a sizzling new miniseries from USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera that kicks off with Taming the VIP Playboy. Katherine confesses “I’m addicted to the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. I don’t know what it is I love about it, but I can’t resist watching it every week while it is on and using everyone’s phone to text in votes! That show is where the seeds of this story started” She says she was thinking about the couples on the show and what if a romance developed between them and a story was born. So if you’re a DWTS fan, this series is for YOU!

A Thoroughly Compromised LadyHistorical Romance author Bronwyn Scott is known for writing stories with scandal, passion and wit. She’s also one of my auto-buys and lucky for me has a new title out in January with A Thoroughly Compromised Lady. Jack and Dulci made their first appearance in Pickpocket Countess, and they just seemed to beg for their own story and that wasn’t the ONLY begging going on, LOL. Bronwyn said she’d received many letters from fans asking when it would happen. She gives us a sneak peek into their story, “Jack and Dulci are wild ones, and a grand adventure in the New World seemed like the right venue for them. When I discovered the beginnings of the Venezuela–British Guiana controversy over a shared but undefined border, I knew Jack and Dulci had found their adventure and I inserted them into history.”

And just in time for Valentine’s Day I can whole-heartedly recommend the following great new Valentine themed stories. In His Valentine Surprise by Tanya Michaels, a single dad is pleasantly surprised when his daughter enlists the entire PTA to find him a Valentine in a February American Romance. Silhouette Special Edition author Patricia Kay says that Meet Mr. Prince “is a Cinderella story and I loved that Georgie’s so stubborn and adamant about not wanting to get married or have children. Nothing is more fun than knowing a character is going to have to eat her words.” And if you’re a thrill seeker, why not dive into Deadly Valentine , from Justine Davis and Cindy Dees in two stories of whirlwind romance and danger.

Want to try a new series? Don’t forget you can try on any of our great series at http://www.TryHarlequin.com to choose from over 15 FREE books to read and download.

Happy Reading,

Jayne

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Sign up for Debbie Macomber Day to chat with Debbie and her editor!

Fall always spells homecomings and not just the sports kind.  There are so many wonderful holiday opportunities for families and loved ones to get together in the Fall.   Now we have a Fall homecoming opportunity for friends and fans of Debbie Macomber to get together and chat with her about her brand new book, Call Me Mrs. Miracle.

Debbie has a lot going on right now!  First, there’s the publication of her newest book, Call Me Mrs. Miracle.  Then in November, that very book will become a Hallmark Channel movie.  It’s a sequel to her first Hallmark Channel movie, Mrs. Miracle, starring Doris Roberts as Emily Merkle and James Van Der Beek (from Dawson’s Creek fame!) This year Emily (played again by Roberts) is busy working her Mrs. Miracle magic in New York City, at Finley’s the last family-owned department store in the city. And, if that were not enough, October 22nd is Debbie’s birthday!

Debbie has agreed to spend some time, on her birthday, with her favorite people—her fans.  We’re so excited to invite you to join us for this rare on-line book launch event for Call Me Mrs. Miracle, a story that is destined to become a Christmas classic.  And, we’re pleased to say that her long time editor and friend, Paula Eykelhof, will join us for an intimate, interactive chat about everything going on in Debbie’s life this fall.

So that she can get to as many fan questions as possible, you can post your questions early on her Facebook page.

This web chat event is live on October 22nd at 3:00pm Eastern time.  You need access to a computer with speakers, and you’ll need to register in advance.  So click here and register now to save your spot and join us for Debbie Macomber Day!

Jayne

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Hot enough for you?

Since summer is in full swing, I’ve pulled together a list of hot summer reads for you to enjoy. Whether basking in the sun on a beach or relaxing in your own backyard, we’ve got the perfect summer reading for everyone!

July is Bestselling Author month in Harlequin Blaze led by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson with Ambushed! Vicki welcomes you back to the Last Chance Ranch and the town of Shoshone, a small community that’s part of the Jackson Hole region in Wyoming. They are celebrating the Fourth of July, and the Last Chance always has an entry in the parade. Vicki says “All three Chance men plan to ride those spectacular registered paints they breed at the ranch. Jack, the oldest, will be mounted on his black-and-white stallion Bandit, while Nick, the middle son, has chosen his dad’s favorite, a butterscotch paint named Gold Rush. Gabe, the youngest, will no doubt be riding Top Drawer, a handsome roan paint.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll be front and center for this parade, what about you?

Bestselling Harlequin Presents author Penny Jordan is back with an exciting new trilogy about three penniless sistters and the lengths they’ll go to to save the ones they love in Needed: Eligible Billionaires! Read LIzzie’s story, The Wealthy Greek’s Contract Wife available June 29th followed by Charley’s story, The Italian Duke’s Virgin Mistress in August and Ruby’s Story, Marriage: To Claim His Twins in September.

Montana Mavericks anyone? USA TODAY bestselling author Christine Rimmer leads an all-new Montana Mavericks minieries with McFarlane’s Perfect Bride. Corporate shark, Connor McFarlane comes to Thunder Canyon to pursue a business deal. But when his ex-wife threatens to sue for custody of thier sone, he realizes that he has something else to pursue—a fake engagement! But just how fake are his true feelings? You’ll have to read it to find out, no spoilers here!

Looking for some sizzling suspense stories to read by the pool? Take a look at these page-turners! Check out Harlequin Intrigue and Debra Webb’s all-new Colby Agency story with Colby Control or how about dipping into Linda Conrad’s new DESERT SONS series? Linda confesses, “”When I was a little girl, some of my favorite stories were the tales of the Arabian nights. As a teenager, one of my favorite movie themes centered on a dark sheik coming to the rescue of the fair maiden and the two of them riding across the desert into the sunset. In my new series, a new world threat has appeared out of the stark deserts and oases of an ancient land. An old enemy with new wealth has gained power and begins a covert war of retribution. In the first book, Her Sheik Protector, the oldest Kadir brother, Darin, comes face-to-face with his own desperate obsession for love as he fights for his family. He finds his true love—just as she becomes the target for revenge. Come along with me and ride into the mists of an ancient tale. Let’s get lost in the story together.” Linda, you had me at Arabian!!

In the mood for some scandal? Well something shocking has rocked the core of the infamous Balfour family. The glittering, gorgeous daughters are in deep disgrace… Banished from the Balfour mansion, they’re sent to the boldest, most magnificent men to be wedded, bedded…and tamed! And now you can dive into the exclusive prequel to The Balfour Brides, with Scandal at the Balfour Ball by author Michelle Reid. Read each chapter and discuss the outcome with Michelle and romance fans in our Community discussion here!

So, which books will you be reading by the pool this summer?

Jayne

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