Romance University is celebrating this Christmas Eve with an extra-special giveaway. We’d like to thank all the authors who so generously offered to include their books in this extravaganza, and we’d like to thank you, RU followers, for your participation and loyalty.
Since we don’t expect you to spend the holidays at RU, we’re giving you plenty of time to share your comments here. We’ll post the winners on New Year’s Day, so be sure to check back.
The giveaways aren’t just romances, although there are plenty of those. You’ll also find a selection of mysteries to bring out your inner Sherlock or Miss Marple.
A note on formats – the books listed here are being donated in formats of the author’s choice. The formats include ebooks, paperbacks and hardcovers. Some authors are autographing their books for the winners. A few authors have indicated they will ship paperbacks overseas, but for the most part, if you are overseas and your name is selected as a winner, your book will be sent as an ebook.
If you have a preference as to format and/or genre (should your name be drawn as a winner), please make a note of it in the comment field.
Remember to check back before New Year’s, too – more books may be added to the giveaway list. A big thanks to all the authors listed below!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Romance University!
|A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work–building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven
businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor–a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.
Thank you for making Romance University one of your favorite places to learn about writing craft and the publishing industry. We’re so incredibly thankful for your support and friendship. Can’t wait to hangout with you in 2015! Tracey Devlyn
| She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative–and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots–and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right–and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.
Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season and a New Year filled with love! Wendy S. Marcus
|Opening an old-fashioned five-and-dime shop in her small Missouri hometown has been a great change for Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. But when she hosts a reading group there, she learns that bad writing can mean life or death.To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry’s sexism and scorn for small towns. Later that night, the poet’s body is found outside Dev’s store.Dev can’t afford for the murder to close her down, so she does a little stepping out of her own to investigate, with help from her two sexy suitors, Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. But when the killer threatens Dev, they will have to use every trick in the book to solve the case before she becomes the final chapter in this murder mystery.“May your holidays be full of love and good books.”|
Get caught up in a sexy contemporary romance by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Marilyn Brant that’s told over a year of holidays!
Shannon Quinn is the small-town girl who runs “Holiday Quinn” — a charming holiday-themed inn and resort based in scenic Door County, Wisconsin. One winter evening, wealthy Minneapolis businessman, Bram Hartwick, blows into town along with the fast-falling snow. The sparks Bram and Shannon create succeed in heating up the chilly Midwestern night, not to mention plenty of holiday weekends in the year that follows…
But is their relationship only for special occasions, or might it be the elusive everyday love that neither of them thought could be found?
“Wishing all of you a joyous Holiday Season, filled with good health, happy times with those you care about, and a year full of new stories that will entertain you and enrich your 2015! Warmest wishes,” ~ Marilyn Brant
|To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie Bloomfield helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead? “Merry Christmas,” from Duffy Brown. “Remember…Life’s a mystery…enjoy the adventure.”|
Sonali Dev’s debut A Bollywood Affair is on NPR and Library Journal’s list of Best Books of 2014 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews Reviewer Choice Award. NPR calls it “an impressive debut and a charming contemporary Indian fairytale. Celebrated Bollywood director Samir Rathod is determined to free his brother from a forced childhood marriage, but things get complicated when Samir finds the bride in America and falls for her — without letting her know who he is. Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India’s social and cultural flux.”
“Here’s wishing you a very Happy Holiday season and may the new year bring many beautiful books and fulfilled dreams.”
|Christy Knight grew up in Destiny, Ohio, but lately she feels that her future lies elsewhere. Her parents are gone and the beautiful jewelry she creates doesn’t pay the bills. Maybe it’s time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who’s smart, sexy, and solvent. Her rugged handyman neighbor fits the first two categories, but he’s all wrong for her. If only he didn’t have such captivating blue eyes.Wary of trusting others, Jack DuVall hasn’t been entirely honest with Christy. He’s not really a handyman. He’s not really broke. And sharing the long drive to visit her beloved grandpa isn’t just about gallantry—he finds gorgeous, feisty Christy completely irresistible.When secrets are exposed, Jack and Christy struggle to find their way back to one another, but the quirky seaside town of Coral Cove could prove the perfect place to find a red-hot destiny of their own.“Seasons Greetings! Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful 2015.Peace, love and sunshine!” ~Toni Blake|
Three years ago, Faith Holland got left at the altar. Now she returns home to the family vineyard to help her widowed father find love and face the guy who broke her heart…and their best man, who was instrumental in her debacle of a wedding. Named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, National Public Radio and Amazon!
“Hooray for the holidays! From my family to yours, the very, very best wishes for a safe, happy New Year filled with love and good books.”
Want the inside scoop on NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER? If you’re fascinated by dreams and love mysteries with a Southern setting, this is the book for you. Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison run an old-fashioned candy store called Oldies But Goodies. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams. When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting. Is it a coincidence or could clues found in dreams really solve the crime? I leave it up to the reader to decide! The second book, DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM is coming out in June.
“Sweet dreams and happy holidays!” Mary Kennedy
|Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B-and-B she manages and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.As Eve turns thirty-five, she’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. She’s dated all the eligible men in the area. There’s no one she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. Just when she’s counting on the best Christmas of her life!“I love this time of year. I especially love the sentiment: Peace on earth, goodwill toward men. Here’s wishing you peace and happiness, and a fabulous New Year!”Brenda Novak|
|Cara Wainwright thinks life can’t get tougher when her mother’s cancer becomes terminal—until she returns home from the hospital and finds a courtyard full of police officers and her houseguests dead.Greenville, SC Detective David Morris, is unsure if Cara is the suspect or the intended murder victim. Searching for insight into her family, their mounting secrets, and the conflicting evidence from multiple crimes, his attraction to Cara complicates his investigation. Is the lure need, manipulation—or real?While David pursues forensic evidence, Cara pushes for answers about her father’s possible involvement, for at the center of the mystery stands Cypher—the company her father built and will take any measures to defend.When the assassin strikes again, Cara and David have to trust each other and work together to stop the killer before he eliminates the entire Wainwright family.“Happy Holidays! A special time of the year ~ enjoy your time with friends and family.”Cathy Perkins|
|This collection of romantic holiday stories from the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America runs from sweet to poignant, darkness-tinged to comedic, but in all, people find the hope of love, and joy in the holidays. Stories feature married couples and those newly-met, some whose lessons lie in the past, and even vampires… all of whom find happiness and peace when they come Home for the Holidays.“May your holidays be delightful, filled with all the things that make your celebrations special.”|
Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series from Hank Phillipi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.
Winner of the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award
“Happiest of holidays! If your days aren’t yet merry and bright—I promise they will be soon!
I have already received the best holiday gifts ever—THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha and the Daphne! And now TRUTH BE TOLD is a Library Journal BEST BOOK of 2014. Hurray. And thank you.
I want to make sure you know what a treat this is and how grateful I am to you. In this holiday season, we each are taking our own magical mystery tours, and I wish you much joy and happiness wherever your journey takes you.
Hoping our paths cross in person in 2015…and may you celebrate all the magic of the season!”
Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal—reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman’s brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?
Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track…but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out….
The Wrong Girl is a riveting novel of familial relationships—both known and unknown—vile greed, senseless murder, and the ultimate in deception. What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family?
Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel
| Who knew Mr. Right lived right next door?
Jamie Sutherland, coffee shop owner and serial ruined-relationship survivor, moves into a beautiful loft apartment for a change of scenery. What she doesn’t plan on getting is an eye-full of her handsome next-door neighbor—in nothing but a towel—arguing with his significant other in the hallway.
Joseph Scarbrough’s world crashes down on him one cruel morning when his childhood sweetheart rips his heart out of his chest and walks away. His humiliation isn’t complete until he turns around to pick up the pieces and sees a beautiful brunette who just witnessed his Dear John moment.
Caught in an awkward situation, the two backpedal into their separate worlds. But fate seems determined to make their worlds collide on a regular basis. Is it destiny just being clumsy when it comes to the two unlikely neighbors or is it the start of something good?
“Christmas has always been a special time for me and I’d like to wish you and yours a very blessed, safe, and memorable holiday! Warmest wishes,”
|Let it snow…?Wasn’t she supposed to dream of a white Christmas? Right now, Ashlynne wishes the blizzards, ice and fog that have left her stranded in Venice would melt away. She’s facing a dreary holiday stuck at the airport—and she’s also run into her ex-husband.Lorenzo di Grechi insists Ashlynne stay with him at his sumptuous palazzo apartment. He’s also promising her Christmas Venetian-style: eating, drinking, and visiting the seasonal markets and musical concerts that make the city so enchanting at this time of year.She thought she’d moved on: laid the ghosts of their marriage which had ended so sadly and badly to rest, along with how passionately she’d loved him. But the sexual attraction between them is still as potent as ever, and he seems to have changed for the better, forcing her to question her belief that he’d cheated on her at a time when she’d needed him most.Is this just some sort of Christmas magic at work? Or a real chance to forgive and rediscover her love for Lorenzo?
Wishing all RU visitors and contributors a happy, peaceful holiday and all the very best for 2015. Joanne Walsh aka Tessa Shapcott
|Once a notorious rake, Camden Folk, Marquis of Warbury, is now consumed by desire for only one woman: beautiful young widow Frances Burdett. And the Yuletide festivities at his country estate present the perfect opportunity for seduction…
After her brief and unsatisfying marriage, Frances Burdett swore never to become tied to another man. Then a passionate kiss under the mistletoe reawakens longings she thought buried forever. But can she give in to the pleasures of the body with a rogue like Cam—without losing her heart?
“Here’s a little Christmas magic for the holiday season. Wishing you a Happy Reading New Year.”
Dissolute aristocrat Lord Valiant Oakenhurst hides a sexy, supernatural secret—as a powerful incubus, he is able to influence others through erotic dreams. At an exclusive Christmas house party, his latest mission is compromised by the beautiful but deadly succubus Lucille Beaulieu. Though still drawn to his former lover, Val cannot forget her betrayal….
Hoping to atone for her past, Lucie uses her seductive powers to help couples find happiness. But she is distracted from her task by her own delicious dreams of the dark and dangerous Val.
As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?
“Here’s a little spell for Christmas. Wishing you a year full of wonderful new reads.”
|He’s the perfect catch…for now! When it comes to romance, Tracy Hayden is not looking for a rematch. She’s had epic passion—and problems!—with professional hockey player Ike Jelinek. Brilliant on skates and magic in bed, his too-traditional-for-her views were like a bucket of ice water on their affair.Then an injury takes Ike out of the game, and everything changes. Suddenly he needs her services-providing business—even though he once claimed it was their biggest problem. Tracy’s determined to be professional, despite the sizzling attraction between them that won’t go away. Maybe they need a second fling to fix that!“Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to all the wonderful hosts and readers/writers at RU! This is always a special time for me, as I got The Call on December 18th 2012. So I hope that those of you still battling and trying will take the opportunity to refresh your writing well over the holidays and begin the new year with renewed vigour. Remember, the only way to guarantee you won’t be published is to give up! May 2015 bring the writing joy and success you desire – especially if you’re waiting for The Call!”|
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin’s Lover brings to life the tumultuous love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
The novel releases from Penguin January 27, 2015. For more information on the artists’ life and times, their beautiful works, or the author, check out Heather’s website at: http://www.HeatherWebb.net
“Wishing everyone a peaceful, safe holiday season! May the sparks of my two passionate artists, striving to capture beauty and pain in marble in RODIN’S LOVER, keep you warm this winter.”
|Lynn Hanson joins a tour of Peru, determined not to have a “vacation fling.” Lynn has wanted to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu. Alex Vereau, their guide for the tour, is especially drawn to Lynn. But she will go home in only a few days. How can he let her go?Lynn can’t see how such a long-distance relationship could work. But how can she leave the man she loves?“Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwaanza! Happy Holidays! No matter what special time of year you’re celebrating, I hope it will be joyous and meaningful for you! Ho! Ho! Ho!”|
|Chloe Lewellyn has set aside her hopes and dreams long enough! All she wants now is to escape from Houston, and from Greg, whose career will always come first. She wants a new life, and, in time, a new love who will put her first in his life and allow her to be the person she wants to be.Kyle Stanton spies her sitting alone in a crowded restaurant in Albuquerque. Somehow, he knows from the moment he sees her sad expression that this woman, whose heart has been shattered, holds the key to the happiness that has eluded him. How can he convince her to give love another chance? The answer lies in the Rocky Mountains. . .Linda George|
|Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home.
Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land.
With a defiance born of desperation, she defends her home as though it were the child she never had…and no mother gives up her child without a fight.
|When her brother rode off five years before to fight for the Union Army, tart-tongued survivor, Callie Cutteridge, assumed full responsibility of their family’s southwestern Arizona territory ranch. Without anyone’s interference, she’s managed just fine on her own. Hardened in childhood by the death of her parents, she hides her heartbreak behind a mask of self-sufficiency. Breaking horses and selling them to the U.S. Army proves she’s neither delicate nor helpless, and she finds comfort in her self-enforced isolation. When a former Yankee cavalry officer arrives claiming to have purchased her brother’s half-interest in the ranch-she is devastated, yet has absolutely no intention of allowing this arrogant stranger to govern one single aspect of her life.
Happy holidays to everyone and warm wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. ♥
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