Guest Author: Katharine Ashe & Giveaway!

One of my favorite historical authors is returning to the blog today.  She’s Katharine Ashe, and she writes passionate, exciting, character-driven romances.  Here’s what Katharine’s official bio says:

The American Library Association’s Booklist named Katharine Ashe among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She is a two-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards, and her novella, A Lady’s Wish, launched Harper Collins Publishers’ e-book imprint, Avon Impulse, to rave reviews.

All this is very true, but I’ll tell you something else about Katharine–she’s smart and funny, and a lovely person to boot.  Can’t you just tell that from her picture?  I think she’s the bee’s knees, and if you’re not following her on Twitter or Facebook, you really should.

Katharine’s first book was Swept Away by a Kiss, which got rave reviews, including this one from RT Book Reviews:

“An incredible romance with enough sexual chemistry to singe your fingers. The characters are complex and highly sensual, the plot riveting and the backdrop vividly detailed. This is both a page-turner and a keeper.”

I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that Katharine’s subsequent books also received stellar reviews, right?  You can pop on over to her website to read some of those reviews, and to get the deets on each book, including excerpts.

Katharine’s readers (including me) are thrilled that she’s got a new series coming out, with the first book releasing this week. It’s called When A Scot Loves A Lady, and it kicks off her Falcon Club Series. Not surprisingly, it’s already getting great reviews:

“A staggeringly intense love story… gripping, engaging, sublime… Ashe is a virtuoso… Her books are filled with an undeniable love, with arresting characters, and with plots that twist and turn, keeping a reader bound to the pages from beginning to end.”
— Romantic Crush Junkies

Isn’t that a beautiful cover?  Here’s the blurb for When A Scot Loves A Lady:

London gossips are asking: What use has society of an exclusive gentleman’s club if no gentlemen are ever seen to pass through its door?

After years as an agent of the secret Falcon Club, Lord Leam Blackwood knows it’s time to return home to Scotland. One temptation threatens his plans—Kitty Savege. The scandal-plagued lady warms his blood like a dram of fine whiskey. But a dangerous enemy stands in the way of desire, and to beat this foe Leam needs Kitty’s help…

Kitty never wanted to spend her holidays in a wretched country village! With snow up to the windows, escape is nowhere in sight. A roguish Scottish lord, however, is. His rough brogue sends tingles of heat from Kitty’s frigid toes to her chilled nose, but she’s confident she can withstand that. What she cannot control is the reaction of her carefully guarded heart when she discovers this beast is, in fact, no beast at all…

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?  There’s an excerpt of When A Scot Loves A Lady on Katharine’s website, along with lots of interesting extras.  And be sure to stop by Katharine’s wonderful group blog, The Ballroom Blog, which she hosts with other fabulous authors like Miranda Neville and Gaelen Foley.

For my readers today, Katharine is giving away a copy of When A Scot Loves A Lady.  Just tell me the title of one of your favorite historical romances, and why you love it.  One person who comments will win a copy of Katharine’s fabulous book!


Just In Time For Valentine’s Day!

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a literary dose of murder and mayhem, eh?  And that’s exactly what my February contest delivers!  On my facebook page, I’m doing a giveaway of a Romantic Suspense Prize Package, with two great novels by Susan Anderson and Brenda Novak.

Just hop on over to my facebook page for all the details, and to enter.  While you’re there, you might also want to check out the other fabulous contest I’m running this month, with several other authors.  We’re giving away the entire backlists of some of your favorite romance writers, including Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Cynthia Eden.  Zounds!  You won’t want to miss out on that action, will you?

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Hope it’s a great day for you and yours!

Happy Holidays contest!

It’s the last day of 2011, and the last day to enter my Happy Holidays contest!  I’m giving away four Christmas-themed books by four fabulous authors:  Eloisa James, Christie Kelley, Susan Mallery, and Jennifer Haymore.  Hop on over to my facebook page for all the details.

As we end this year, I’d like to thank all my readers for their encouragement and support.  I wish you all good things in 2012, including lots of books, hunky men, loving families, and a peaceful and happy household.  Have fun tonight, and stay safe!

The Hobbit Is Coming, and Friday Giveaway!


Finally, a return to  Middle Earth!  Peter Jackson and crew have started filming The Hobbit, the long awaited prequel to The Lord Of The Rings.  Jackson will be posting periodic updates from the set, and here’s the first video blog.  I must say, it was really great to return to Bag End.

And because it’s Friday and because there are only a few more weeks till the release of My Favorite Countess, I’m giving away my last Advanced Reader Copy (ARC).  All you have to do to enter is “like” my new Facebook author page.  I’ll announce a winner tomorrow night.

If you want to read about My Favorite Countess, you can just visit my website.  There’s an excerpt, pre-order links AND a free read – a prequel chapter to the book!

Regency Friday Fun and ARC Giveaway

My next Regency-set historical romance, My Favorite Countess, will be released from Kensington Zebra on May 3rd.  I’m very excited about this book, and it’s already been getting some great reviews.  It got a starred review from Booklist, and 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews. You can read all about My Favorite Countess and take a look at the reviews on my website.

In advance of the book’s release, I’ve set up a Vanessa Kelly Author Page on Facebook. I do have a regular profile page, but the Author Page will be the go-to place for my book news, announcements, and contests.  I would be thrilled if you would visit my new page and “like” it.   As an added incentive, anyone who “likes” my Author Page today will be eligible to win an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of My Favorite Countess. Folks who have already “liked” my page this week are also eligible to win the ARC.

I only have a few of these ARCS left, so you don’t want to miss out on this!  Hope to see you on my Facebook page soon!