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Giveaway: Penguin Christmas Classics Collection

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Penguin has released a set of classic books in newly-designed Christmas-themed covers, and they’re adorable. They’re also small and perfect for gifting, individually or as a set. Would you like to win a set? I have one to give away! Here are the books in the collection: The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol; Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope; and A Merry Christmas…

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Giveaway: Arm Warmers and Erotic Romance from Anne Calhoun

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Anne Calhoun knit a pair of Elyse’s Outlandish Arm Warmers, and asked if she could give them away to one of the lovely members of the Bitchery, along with some of her books. So, arm warmers, plus really hot erotic romance. OH THE POSSIBILITIES. Stay warm while reading the hot stuff! Warm your mind AND your arms (and possibly other parts)! Warm arms, hot books! No matter what we call this one (and I’m sure…

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Giveaway: Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan

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Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas comes out next week, and to celebrate the final book in the O'Neil brothers trilogy, we have a giveaway. Yay!  We have five print copies, and five digital copies to award, and this contest is indeed open to international residents (where permitted by law).  Curious about this book? If you like contemporary romance with a lot of humor and wonderful characters, you should like this series a LOT. The first one, Sleigh…

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Giveaway: His Road Home by Anna Richland

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Maybe you heard Carrie talk about His Road Home on a recent podcast, or maybe you read her review in which she goes into all the reasons why she loved this novella, but the short answer is, she loved it a lot, and Anna Richland has offered us 10 copies to give away. These are from Carina Press, so they're DRM-free and minty-fresh. Sound good?  Excellent!  You can enter to win here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway And…

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An Outlander and Knitting Giveaway!

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Updated 10 October: We have a winner! The lucky recipient of a pair of Lantern Moon needles and a copy of Outlander is:  Jennifer in GA, who said that,  “Outlander has pushed me to sign up for a knitting class so I can learn to knit ALL THE THINGS, but especially the fingerless glove/arm warmer thingies.” Congratulations, Jennifer, and thank you to everyone who entered! Next week, we'll have another knitting pattern from Elyse, who…

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Blue Beats and Laura Kinsale Audiobooks - The Winners!

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I had to delay the announcement of our winner for the recent Blue Beats and Audiobooks giveaway because… well, the grand prize winner has some audio deliciousness to enjoy.  The winner of of the contest was Katie, who said she'd be running nowhere on her treadmill while listening to audiobooks if she won. Katie, Nick Boulton has a message for you:      Congrats, Katie! The runners up are:  Jikie Natalie H.  Melissa  Maya S. You've…

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Giveaway: Blue Beats, and Laura Kinsale Audiobooks

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To celebrate the audiobook release of Lessons in French, Laura Kinsale has offered up a set of really terrific prizes – ready to have some fun this week? We have a Grand Prize! One pair of Drenched in Blue Beats by Dre headphones, and five download codes for any five Kinsale Audiobooks from Audible! And we have runners up prizes, too: Four sets of five download codes, also valid for any five Kinsale Audiobooks from Audible! We…

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Giveaway: Win a digital or print ARC of Jill Shalvis’ It’s In His Kiss

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Would you like an ARC? That's an advanced reader copy, aka, this book's not out yet, but we have review copies, aka, wait, this paper feels kinda weird. Jill Shalvis and her publisher have offered up 10 digital review copies via NetGalley, and 10 print review copies via The Post Office, should you wish to win.  Do you wish to win? Sure, why not, right? Here's some info about the book: It's a romance! (I…

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The Making of a Susanna Kearsley Cover - Plus Giveaway

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On Saturday, Susanna Kearsley's The Firebird  ( A | BN | K | ARe ) won the RITA® for Best Paranormal at the 2014 RWA convention. While I had no idea that was going to happen, I'm a little extra excited, because I'd been working on a Q&A with the Sourcebooks art and productions departments about the making of her covers, and had planned to post it today. Yay for timing!  Season of Storms is…

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Giveaway: Win an iPad Mini, and Courtney Milan’s New Enhanced Ebooks!

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Courtney Milan is releasing enhanced ebooks of her backlist, and wanted to host a giveaway to celebrate. Heck yeah! But of course, I have questions. Sarah: What's an enhanced ebook? Courtney: Enhanced ebooks are books that have an additional, non-book component to them–things like audio, video, pictures, author commentary. They're the director's cut of a book, except there are no directors. Here are two other romance authors who have self-published enhanced ebooks. Christina Dodd has put…

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Happy 9th Anniversary: The Winners!

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Yay! Another anniversary giveaway of fun and silliness has gone by. Thank you for all the kind comments, the cheers and the book recommendations. I love reading what y'all are carrying or planning to carry in your bags. And thank you most of all for being here. It wouldn't be the same without you. It's time to pick the winners! I have three bags, each with its own $50 bookstore gift card, to award to…

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Happy 9th Anniversary, Smart Bitches!

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Today is the 9th Anniversary of Smart Bitches! We were founded 31 January 2005, and what a long, funky nine years it's been! Thank you for being here to talk about romance and all the other things we love and enjoy and don our ragepants about. I'm so glad you're here. To celebrate, I usually do a silly giveaway that's tied to the traditional or modern gifts for that year's anniversary. Last year, the traditional…

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Country Roads, Take Me Home, And Maple Syrup: The Winners!

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 Time to announce the winners of the giveaway from Inez Kelley! Thank you for sharing what home means for you, and where – or what – your home is. That was a lovely thread to read. By the power of random integers (or Greyskull, whichever) the winner is: #23: Susan, who says that the South Shore of Long Island is her “home.”   Congrats, Susan! The two second place winners, who will each receive digital…

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Country Roads, Take Me Home, And Maple Syrup: A Giveaway

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Inez Kelley contacted me about doing a giveaway for her new series that's set in West Virginia. I reviewed Take Me Home in December, and am looking forward to the next few books, in part because of the setting, which is unique – and a place with which I'm pretty familiar.   After my review, a few other folks tried the book, including Tessa Dare, who said, “Never has maple syrup sex more honestly earned…

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Classic Romances: Which One First? Jill Mansell Edition - with Giveaway!

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Let's have some fun! Today, a Which One First? request, with a giveaway! As part of our continued reader recommendation feature, Classic Romances: Which One First?, I wanted to ask your recommendation for which Jill Mansell novel a reader unfamiliar with her backlist should try first. Mansell's backlist isn't as far-reaching into the past as some other authors we've built recommendation lists for, but she has a lot of books published in her career. I…

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