We Have A Winner!

The winner of Lisa Marie Rice’s novella, Fatal Heat, is Sue Pengelly Peterson.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  My featured author tomorrow is Elisabeth Naughton, who writes fab paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels.  Be sure to stop on by!

Guest Author: Lisa Marie Rice & Giveaway!

I don’t know about you folks, but sometimes I like to walk on the wild side with my reading – alpha male heroes, erotic story lines, and some danger and suspense thrown in to up the ante.  Sometimes life can be a little tame, so why not mix it up a bit?  So, if you’re looking for that kind of sexy-off-the charts writing with strong heroes, then look no further than Lisa Marie Rice.

Lisa writes erotic romantic suspense, and her reputation as a rising star in the genre is definitely growing.  Here’s what New York Times bestselling author Shannon McKenna had to say about Lisa’s current series, the Protectors Trilogy:

“Edgy, sexy, endlessly exciting, Lisa Marie Rice never disappoints! I can’t get enough of Lisa Marie Rice’s sensual, hard hitting stories!”

And here’s the blurb for this exciting series:

The Protectorsthree men, closer than brothers, who looked after each other growing up in a brutal foster home and have had each other’s back ever since. Sam Reston, Harry Bolt, Mike Keillor. Hard men, tough men, who grew up rough and who saw brutality and cruelty close up—particularly to women and children. The instant they were legally able, they took off. Sam to be a SEAL, Harry a Delta Operator and Mike a Marine. Now they run a highly successful security company with a secret side to it—an underground railroad they run to help abused women and children disappear.

They’re making money hand over fist with their new company because they are very good at what they do. But make no mistake—it’s their ability to take women and children away from the heart of darkness and set them up in a new life that makes it all worthwhile.

When each man meets his mate, that protective instinct goes into overdrive.

Doesn’t that sound awesome?  The first book in the series is Into The Crossfire, which introduces the first of three super-hot, alpha males protectors willing to walk through fire for the women they love.


The second book in the series is Hotter Than Wildfire, which was released by Avon Publishing in April.  It got great reviews, including this one from Joyfully Reviewed, who labelled the book as one of their Recommended Reads:

HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE is Lisa Marie Rice at her best. Everything I’ve come to expect and love about her writing, HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE delivers. An exciting storyline with a ruthless villain whose pursuit takes him to the edge of sanity, the man capable of stopping him, and a woman strong enough to face the obstacles in her way keep you on the edge of you seat, while Harry and Ellen’s intense romance will sweep you off your feet.

Lisa would be the first to tell you that she loves to create heroes modelled on the brave, amazing men in the Special Forces units of the military.  In fact, she has a really cool post on her website about Navy SEALS, and why she admires them so much.  So you won’t be surprised to read that she has a new release out this month which features a Navy SEAL as the hero.  It’s a digital novella called Fatal Heat, and it went on sale Oct. 4 from Avon Impulse.

Here’s the blurb for Fatal Heat:

Former Navy SEAL Max Wright is out of the SEAL Teams forever after being almost killed by an Afghani RPG. He retreats to his former XO’s beach house to lick his wounds. He wants to snarl at the world but finds it hard to snarl at his new neighbor, his XO’s beautiful goddaughter, Paige Waring, who also comes with a ridiculously likable, totally undisciplined dog.

As a plant geneticist, Paige has always been focused on her work, but when she and her dog run into Max, she recognizes the lonely, shattered man behind the rugged exterior. To her mind, sexiness always comes with a white lab coat, not with acres of tanned muscle and a tough mind-set.

When Paige’s work becomes the target of criminals and she’s abducted, Max springs into action. Though still terribly wounded, this tough as nails SEAL goes on his last mission—stopping at nothing to save the woman he loves.

I am SO there!  This novella has everything I love in a contemporary romance—a strong but wounded hero, a smart heroine, danger, and lots of steam.  The fact that there’s also a loveable, nutty dog is definitely a bonus!

If you like your romantic suspense with a lot of heat, then I strongly suggest you hop right on over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and check out Fatal Heat.  And while you’re browsing the internet, be sure to stop by Lisa’s website.  Aside from being a wonderful writer, she’s a fascinating person.  Make sure to read her FAQs, which are both fun and informative.  And don’t forget to check out her Books page for the list of all her fabulous, sexy books!

To celebrate her new release, Lisa will give away one copy of Fatal Heat to one of my readers.  Just tell me what’s your favorite type of hero for contemporary romance—do you love those strong alpha males like Navy Seals (I sure do!), the ordinary good guy, the bad boy in need of reform, or the brainy professor type?  One person who comments will win a copy of Lisa’s novella.

Winners & Contests!!

The winner of Manda Collins’ debut book, How to Dance with a Duke, is Donna Cummings.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog.  I have more great guests coming on next week, including Lisa Marie Rice and Elisabeth Naughton.  And if you’re new to my blog, please check out the contest I’m running with several other romance authors.  It’s a fabulous one, with lots of great prizes.  Details below!

There comes a time in a romance reader’s life when something amazing happens. Something awesome. Something really, really cool that makes you emit a high-pitched shrieking sound which then causes everyone around you to gape and stare. That shriek often sounds something like SQUEEEEEEEEE.

Dear friends and fellow romance readers, you might have a SQUEE moment ahead in your future.

Five huge romance fans who just happen to be romance authors as well have decided that we want to give you the opportunity to receive complete, SIGNED backlists of one of your very favorite authors (and yes, that means EVERYTHING they’ve ever written).

The romance fans/authors who are participating are: Ashley March, Shana Galen, Lila DiPasqua, Heather Snow, and moi, Vanessa Kelly.

The complete, SIGNED backlists they’re giving away are books from the following authors (henceforth known as “The Amazing Authors”):

Lisa Kleypas

Julia Quinn

Elizabeth Hoyt

Cynthia Eden

Julie Garwood

Before we can give these awesome prizes away, though, we need you to show how fanatical of fans you are. Since we know that you’re already following The Amazing Authors on Facebook (you are, aren’t you??), all you need to do is follow the authors who want to give away these complete, signed backlists to you. We all have to reach a certain number of followers; once that happens, then we will run a Facebook giveaway on our individual pages where you can enter to win the complete, signed backlists from the Amazing Authors.

(Please note, you must follow and enter on each of the five Facebook pages to be eligible to win each backlist. The giveaway won’t happen until AFTER the goals are met for ALL of us, and the giveaways will be open to US and international residents! All books will be in English as print books; if any books in the Amazing Authors’ backlists are currently our of print, used books will be purchased for those titles so that the backlist will be complete.)

Ashley March (must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Lisa Kleypas backlist)

Shana Galen (must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Julia Quinn backlist)

Lila DiPasqua (must reach 3500 total “Likes” in order to give away Elizabeth Hoyt backlist)

Vanessa Kelly (must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Cynthia Eden backlist)

Heather Snow (must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Julie Garwood backlist)

Those are the rules! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell any fellow romance fan you know. Soon, 5 lucky winners will win a complete, signed backlist from a favorite author that will make you SQUEEEEE!

Now get out there and start liking those pages!