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Meet The Girls of Mischief Bay + Giveaway!

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Susan Mallery’s latest novel, The Girls of Mischief Bay, the first in her brand-new Mischief Bay series, tells the story of three unlikely friends finding the strength in one another to persevere through difficult circumstances. Though each woman faces her own unique and potentially isolating challenges—in life and in love—their reliance on one another for a good laugh (or a good cry) sends the hopeful and inspiring message that, no matter what, “life is richer with friends at your side.”

Reader, is there a friend in your life that you count on to be with you through the good times and the bad? Someone you would thank for always being there to help you through life’s biggest challenges? Let us know in the comments below who you would thank and what you might say. Your comment enters you for a chance to win Susan’s acclaimed Blackberry Island trilogy:

Barefoot Season

Three Sisters

Evening Stars

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Rules: Giveaway closes March 1, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on March 2. Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. For full official rules, click here. Good luck!

 

About The Girls of Mischief Bay:

Susan Mallery, the New York Times bestselling author of Three Sisters, is world renowned for her “insightful, funny and poignant” stories (Booklist). With her brand-new Mischief Bay series, she brings vivid color to the story of three friends on the brink of a new life.

Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there’s a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she’s never seen. He won’t even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time.

Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg became VP at her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. An exciting new relationship with a great guy convinces her that it might not be too late—until he drops a bombshell that has her questioning whether she really can have it all.

Although Pam Eiland adores her husband, she feels restless now that the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise him brings the heat and humor back to their marriage, but when an unexpected change turns her life upside down, she’ll have to redefine herself. Again.

Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, the girls of Mischief Bay will discover that life is richer with friends at your side.

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Sarah Morgan Welcomes You to Puffin Island

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by Sarah Morgan, author of First Time in Forever (Puffin Island series)

One of the many fun things about being a writer is that you get to invent new places. Although the general location for my books will be real (for example my O’Neil Brothers series was set in Vermont), the specific fictional setting for each story will be the product of my imagination.

puffincopywWhen I started plotting a new contemporary romance series about three close friends, Brittany, Emily and Skylar, I wanted them to have a place they regarded as a sanctuary, somewhere they could retreat when life was tough, and I came up with the idea of Puffin Island. I decided that my island would be in Penobscot Bay, Maine, which had everything my heroines would need for a perfect escape. Varied and beautiful scenery, tide pools, bays, lighthouses, beaches, fishing villages and thousands of offshore islands. And, of course, Puffins!

I first saw Puffins in the north of England many years ago and they are the most amazing and beautiful seabirds. One detail that fascinated me was the fact that they usually return to breed on the same island they were hatched. (Fun Fact: baby puffins are called pufflings). Although they are not an endangered species, they are rare now in Maine and there are projects to reintroduce them to the islands.

The theme of returning home was one that I used as a thread throughout the three stories in this series. In this case the home is Castaway Cottage, a beachside retreat owned by Brittany.

First Time in Forever, the first book in the series, is Emily’s story, (the other two will be out later in the year). When her life changes overnight and she finds herself responsible for a child, she turns to her friends for help and escapes to the safety of Puffin Island. But island living forces Emily to face her biggest fears and it doesn’t help that sexy Yacht Club owner Ryan Cooper is determined to uncover her secrets. In this case the setting isn’t just there as backdrop with no purpose, it’s almost another character in the book.

I planned the island in detail, including everything you’d expect to see on an island with a tourist population. From the ice cream store, Summer Scoop, to the Galleon Restaurant, known for its fine dining, Puffin Island is the perfect place to breathe in the sea air and take a step back from the pressures of life. I hope you’ll join me there!

What’s your favorite book setting? Small town or city?

Love Sarah

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About First Time in Forever:

Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful, Puffin Island is a haven for day-trippers and daydreamers alike. But this charming community has a way of bringing people together in the most unexpected ways…

It’s been a summer of firsts for Emily Donovan. From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece, Lizzy, to arriving on Puffin Island, her life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzy and her overwhelming fear of the ocean—which surrounds her everywhere she goes!—Emily has lost count of the number of “just breathe” pep talks she’s given herself. And that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her…

Ryan knows all about secrets. And it’s clear that newcomer Emily—with her haunted eyes and the little girl she won’t let out of her sight—is hiding from something besides the crazy chemistry between them. So Ryan decides he’s going to make it his personal mission to help her unwind and enjoy the sparks! But can Puffin Island work its magic on Emily and get her to take the biggest leap of trust of all—putting her heart in someone else’s hands?

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Harlequin Romance Titles on Jeopardy!

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by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team

Are you well versed in Harlequin Romance? If you were a contestant on last night’s episode of Jeopardy!, you could have won some money if you picked the “Harlequin Romance Novel Titles 2014″ category! That’s right — a whole category all about Harlequin Romance!

Sadly I missed the episode (we will post a clip if one becomes available) but thanks to the power of Twitter, we got some screencaps and a list of the featured books. Thanks to editor Emily Rodmell for the pic, author Maisey Yates for tweeting the answers and everyone else who shared this exciting news last night!

And the answers — or questions, since this is Jeopardy after all — were:

Stolen Kiss From a Prince by Teresa Carpenter
The Maverick Millionaire by Alison Roberts
Just Friends to…Just Married by Renee Roszel
Rescued by Mr. Right by Shirley Jump

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Did you catch the episode last night? Did you get the titles correct?

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March New Releases

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Did you know the first day of spring is at the end of this month? While you’re waiting to escape the winter cold, why not dive into some great reads? Our March new releases feature exciting books from Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Lindsay McKenna and more!

One Wish by Robyn Carr

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Though Grace Dillon is proud of the self-sufficient life she’s created running a successful flower shop, she knows her life could use a little excitement. Which is why high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace’s fun coach. But things get complicated when Grace’s past catches up with her, and she knows that’s not what Troy signed up for. He’s determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

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The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

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With her brand-new Mischief Bay series, Susan Mallery, the New York Times bestselling author of Three Sisters, brings vivid color to the story of three friends on the brink of a new life. Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, the girls of Mischief Bay will discover that life is richer with friends at your side.

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The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens

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Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, but disturbing events on his family’s estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he’s adamant is not for him.

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New FREE Online Read: The Dallas Contract by Addison Fox

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If you like suspense with your romance, don’t miss the latest free online read starting today at Harlequin.com. In “The Dallas Contract” by Addison Fox, Marina Hathaway has one chance to prove herself–but her mission is with the man she fled after a torrid weekend affair!

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Marina Hathaway has one goal: to work for the House of Steele, an infamous security firm. She has one chance, and one chance only, to prove that she has what it takes. Except when she meets with her client, his true identity is revealed—he’s the man she fled after a sizzling fling!

Zachary Keene could never forget the woman who turned his life upside down—and then left without a word. He needs someone with her tech skills to go undercover with him for one night to unravel a terrorist cell, and what better way to get everything he wants than to hire her?

She’s confident she can make it through the mission with her heart intact even as growing danger forces them close together, but she might have underestimated just how far Zack was willing to go to get her to be his again…because this is a mission he refuses to lose.

Excerpt:

“Don’t screw up.” Marina Hathaway muttered the words under her breath in a steady litany as she crossed through the heart of Dallas’s downtown business district. Her destination, a large, gleaming office tower, loomed over her with fifty stories of glass and steel.

Don’t screw up.

Jack and Kensington were depending on her.

Her mother, Molly, had been Kensington Steele’s personal assistant since Marina was a teenager. What had begun as an organizational position for a wealthy heiress had morphed into active support for one of the security world’s most respected women once Kensington and her siblings started their business.

Molly had taken the job out of necessity and Marina still remembered those dark days when the bills had nearly suffocated them in their small apartment in Queens. So when she and her mother had become absorbed into the fabric of the Steeles’ universe, it meant more to her than she could ever describe. She refused to waste the opportunities that life with the Steele family had provided.

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Continue reading chapter one of “The Dallas Contract” at Harlequin.com, and return each weekday for a new installment. For more from Addison Fox, look for her next book from Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Secret Agent Boyfriend, this April!

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Wishes, Hopes and Dreams from Robyn Carr + Giveaway

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In her brand-new Thunder Point novel, One Wish, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores what it means to overcome the past and reach for your dreams.

Figure skating champion Grace Dillon hoped to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition, and make a fresh start in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. Grace is proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she’s built there but feels like something is missing. So when easygoing, fun-loving teacher Troy Headly suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, she’s in.

Of course, things get complicated when Grace’s past catches up with her. It’s not what Troy signed up for, but he’s determined to help her fight for the life she’s always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

Tell us a wish, hope or dream of yours in the comments section below for a chance to be randomly selected to receive one of 3 special hardcover editions of One Wish, signed by Robyn Carr!

Collect all three new Thunder Point novels, One Wish (available February 24), A New Hope (coming June 30) and Wildest Dreams (coming August 25)!

Rules: Giveaway closes March 1, at 11:59 pm ET. One winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on March 2. Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. For full official rules, click here. Good luck!

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Saturday Excerpt: The Twins’ Rodeo Rider by Tina Leonard

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USA TODAY bestselling author Tina Leonard is known for her heartwarming romances starring irresistible cowboys and adorable babies. This month, Tina returns to her Bridesmaids Creek series with a new tale of love on the ranch, The Twins’ Rodeo Rider — which is also Tina’s 60th romance with Harlequin!

Keep reading for an except from The Twins’ Rodeo Rider, available now from Harlequin American Romance.

About The Twins’ Rodeo Rider:

BREAKING ALL THE RULES

Suz Hawthorne was always a rebel. But falling for Navy SEAL Cisco Grant—when Bridesmaids Creek legend already chose him as destined for another woman—borders on sedition. For a small Texas town that depends on its romantic reputation, flouting local lore is disastrous. Now, Suz’s renegade heart could cost her the family ranch, and the town its livelihood.

Cisco knows he and Suz are meant for each other, and the twin babies they’re expecting are the only kind of magic he cares about. No one ever tried to cheat the Bridesmaids Creek charm before, but Cisco believes in doing things the old-fashioned way…his way. Can he preserve the town’s fabled tradition and still win the woman he loves?

Excerpt:

Francisco Rodriguez Olivier Grant stared at the very petite, very darling woman dressing him down. Suz Hawthorne giving a man hell was an impressive sight despite her five foot two and a half inch size, due to the streaky blue-in-blond hair, strategically placed cheek studs, a tiny diamond stud in her nose and a miniscule silver loop in her right eyebrow. Though they were small and delicately designed, her tats spoke loudly of her rebel status—a fragile red rose on one wrist, and a beautiful, delicate Celtic cross on the other. When a man adored a woman like he adored Suz, being in her line of fire was enough to nail a man’s boots to the ground—and his boots were nailed down good.

“Here’s the deal, so pay attention.” Suz put her hands on her rounded, feminine hips, guiding his eyes farther down her oh-so-delicious body. Well, he just knew her body would feel delicious—if he could get his hands on it.

“I’m paying close attention.”

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Who is your favorite hockey player?

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by Lynda Aicher, author of Game Play (Carina Press)

When I first weaved the fictional Minnesota Glaciers professional hockey team into my Wicked Play series, the idea of writing a spin-off series about hockey was still just a dream. But the desire to write a romance series around my favorite sport was too tempting to pass up. Hockey is rough, hard, sweaty and honestly, not all that sexy. The men though are some of the most amazing athletes. The skill, along with the strength and toughness it takes to play, is very hot. The passion it takes to make it to that level of play is incredible and uncovering the men behind the players is what really drove me to write this series. Because seriously, all that passion just has to be as hot off the ice as it is on. Right? Well, at least it is for my guys.

Vote for your chance to win a $50 hockey prize pack, including GAME PLAY by Lynda Aicher!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Voting is open until February 28, 2015. Open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec). Approximate prize value of $50. Full contest rules available HERE.

About Game Play:

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together–and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt–not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down–hard–and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

Book one of Power Play

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“The story only gets richer when a child is involved”: Teresa Carpenter on A Pregnancy, a Party & a Proposal

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by Teresa Carpenter, author of A Pregnancy, a Party & a Proposal

Hi, I’m Teresa Carpenter, and I’m a brand-new aunt.

As I write this piece my family is celebrating a new baby in the family. Wesley Dean was born in January on his great-aunt Christy’s birthday. Does life get better than that? Family always plays a big part in my stories. I’m very lucky to have a large, loving family, and I take joy in sharing that feeling with my readers.

Family inspired my newest duet of stories, which is based on twins. I have a set of twin nieces. They turned twenty-one last year, and I just have to share that they were born six minutes apart over midnight, one on April 19, the other on April 20. One is an Aries, the other a Taurus. Kind of blows your mind a little, doesn’t it? They are very much their own woman, but also incredibly in sync with each other. I’m very proud of them, so of course they inspired me to write about twins, Tori and Laurel, who are very different but totally devoted to each other.

Tori’s story came out last September and was set against the Hollywood Hills Film Festival as she struggled to show a brooding studio exec the magic of Christmas while showcasing his company during the festival and matchmaking him into a better boss.

Now it’s Laurel’s turn and her story, A Pregnancy, a Party & a Proposal, starts at Tori’s Valentine’s Day wedding when she takes an early pregnancy test because there’s no way she can walk down the aisle toward the best man without knowing if she’s carrying his baby.

A Pregnancy, a Party & a Proposal—it sounds kind of backward, doesn’t it? But it fits the story perfectly. Starting a family didn’t fit in disciplined, driven Laurel’s five-year plan for a few more years yet. But an ill-advised holiday fling continues to wreak havoc in her life. She wants nothing more than to take her vacation week to huddle in and let the news sink in. So of course she hops on a plane to New York with her baby daddy for his grandmother’s birthday. What better way to see what kind of father he’ll be than watching him with his family? It’s a great plan, until his grandmother announces they’re engaged.

For me, the story only gets richer when a child is involved, because it creates an instant bond between the hero and heroine, especially when they’re near strangers. They may try to walk away from each other, but it’s not so easy to walk away from their child. They’re forced to stay and fight for their child, to fight for each other.

A Valentine’s Day wedding appealed to the romantic in me. Valentine’s Day often brings out the romantic in the most stoic of people. Have you ever been the recipient of a grand romantic gesture?

No grand gestures for me, but I’ll share something thoughtful. Whenever he goes shopping, my honey will pick up my favorite drink. It always makes me smile when I open the refrigerator and find it.

Your turn. Yes, proposals count. I want details. Share in the comments below.

About A Pregnancy, a Party & a Proposal:

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Event coordinator Lauren Randall always has a plan. And getting pregnant after a fling with infamous Ray Donovan is not part of it! Creative and controlling, Ray might be an award-winning movie director, but he’s definitely not up for Dad of the Year.

Posing as Ray’s date gives Lauren a chance to reveal her secret. There’s just one glitch: his ailing grandmother announces their engagement. With everyone assuming she’s his fiancée, it’s hard to keep a distance—and even harder to pretend she’s not falling for her baby’s father…

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We KNOW She Can Write! SYTYCW Winner Amanda Cinelli’s Debut Romance Available Now

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by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team

Last year, Harlequin/Mills and Boon’s annual So You Think You Can Write contest saw hundreds of entries and reader votes that ultimately crowned our 2014 winner, Amanda Cinelli. Amanda captured the hearts of editors and readers alike with her entry for Harlequin Presents, Resisting the Sicilian Playboy, featuring a feisty wedding planner heroine and sexy Sicilian hero. Editor Carly Byrne and author mentor Sharon Kendrick were thrilled to make The Call to Amanda to tell her that she won the  Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize, including a two book publishing contract. You can watch Amanda receive the life-changing phone call here.

Now you can read the final product for yourself! Amanda’s winning romance, Resisting the Sicilian Playboy, is on sale at ebook stores from Harlequin Presents. It will also be available in print this October.

So what has winning SYTYCW been like for Amanda? She tells us how she got hooked on Harlequin, shares her Call story and shares some writing advice that she’s learned in this video:

Congratulations Amanda on your debut romance release!!!

About Resisting the Sicilian Playboy:

Suave, sensual and utterly scandalous…

Leo Valente is as notorious as the tabloids make him out to be. But feisty wedding planner Dara Devlin isn’t deterred. She needs his family castle for her top client, so she boldly accepts Leo’s outrageous challenge to be his fake girlfriend!

If Dara thinks her sensible suit and unwavering professionalism will discourage him, she’s mistaken. They only make Leo want to get beneath her buttoned-up exterior all the more!

Surrounded by the imposing walls and haunting memories of his opulent Sicilian castello, Leo finds seducing Dara is the perfect diversion—and claiming her will be this playboy’s ultimate prize.

Do you dream of being in Amanda’s shoes? Mark your calendars for the 2015 So You Think You Can Write contest this September, and check out the Sold Blog and follow @sytycwglobal on Twitter all year long for more writing events and advice from Harlequin/M&B  editors!

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