I can’t believe we’re at the end of the week already. This party has been incredible and today is no exception. We’re in Venice for the Romance Blowout! These incredible authors have gotten together to to give you readers a sendoff to remember. There’s great prizes and lots of party stuff. There’s food, entertainment and great atmosphere.
WARNING: Romance Bandits bloggers are INVADING Venice. That’s right – watch for major surprises throughout the day. (Hint: think “instant win”) They’re walking in now with a giant silver punchbowl of the Goddess Sangria’s secret recipe (a potent, Champagne-laced potion and credited with at least three magical love affairs) and all of the Bandit lair’s swarthy male staff..including the famous Bandita Cabana Boys, the Gladiators, the Hockey Hunks, and yes….they’re even bringing Sven, who will give his incredible massages to guests until his amazing hands are worn out. Just remember, what happens at Barbara’s bash STAYS at Barbara’s bash, and the Banditas will hold you to that…after all, they do have their party reputations to consider. They promise to NOT bring the Golden Rooster…well, not if they can catch him anyway.
Allie Boniface is carrying in beautiful bouquets of Venetian Roses and Anju Gattani is bringing in a designer sari from India’s leading fashion designer (for women), Anita Dongre who designed the wedding trousseau for Sheetal Dhanraj. Desiree Holt was thinking flowers also with two dozen roses, a case of champagne and scented oils.
To go along with the champagne, Jennifer Haymore stumbled upon the Donovan sister’s secret stash of Antiguan rum, so she’s bringing over a couple cases! It’s not a party without wine, so good thing Roxanne St. Claire is bringing over a few more bottles.
For food, the ladies of The Ballroom Blog — Katharine Ashe, Sabrina Darby, Tessa Dare, Gaelen Foley, Sarah MacLean and Miranda Neville — will bring their favorite party delights to share, spiked ratafia and lobster patties! Barbara Monajem has lots of Eccles Cakes. Casey Crow says, “I’m bringing an empty stomach so I can eat tons of pizza and pasta.” Well, nobody’s brought any pizza or pasta yet, but the day is young. Jill Shalvis is bringing gourmet chocolates to make sure our party ends on a sweet note.
Carla Swafford I’ll bring balloons. For there’s nothing better than dozens upon dozens of floating bright colored balloons to make a party…well, feel like a party!
Sabrina Jeffries No party is complete without proper entertainment. Sabrina Jeffries will bring her Regency dance moves to kick off the day of revelry. While Lauren Hunter feels that bringing Josh Groban is definitely a good party move. Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar feel Nic “The Lover” Lamoureux will thrill the romance readers.
Ever logical Joan Swan says, “Dramamine, for those of us who get motion sick but who wouldn’t miss a serenade on a gondola by a sexy Venetian gondolier for a anything.”
Becky Barker wants to know, “So ladies, if you could choose a fantasy hero for your Saturday night date, would it be an all-American guy with blond hair and light eyes? Or a dark-haired, dark-eyed guy who’s just a bit dangerous? No cheating, you have to pick just one.”
Bottom Line: Best 5th Anniversary Party ever!!
Here’s the rules. Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes. You can comment more than once for more chances. Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 12th. Winners will have one week to claim their prize.
Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:
Grace Burrowes A Nook
Becky Barker Kindle E-Reader and a free copy of my latest release, STOWAWAY
From Liz Maverick, Carolyn Jewel, Patti O’Shea, and Jade Lee: To celebrate the ebook re-release of the Crimson City paranormal romance series, Crimson authors Carolyn Jewel, Patti O’Shea, Jade Lee, and Liz Maverick are giving away one set of the “endangered species” versions (the print editions!) of their Crimson City series books, Crimson City, Through a Crimson Veil, Seduced by Crimson, Shards of Crimson, Crimson Rogue and Crimson & Steam.
From Heroes & Heartbreakers Two St. Martin’s Press Prize Packs (All books unless otherwise noted are paperback):Two (2) sets of: Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh, Vampire Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray Stroke of Midnight anthology by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L.A. Banks, and Lori Handeland
Heroes & Heartbreakers – One “Hot” Prize Pack including Live Wire by Lora Leigh, Wings of Fire by Caris Roane, Vampires Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray, Legally Hot anthology by Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, and Red Garnier.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Six copies of Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Four copies of the gorgeous photo-rich hardcover William and Catherine: Their Story by Andrew Morton.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Two Women’s Fiction Prize Packs including hardcover editions of The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff and Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews.
Heroes & Heartbreakers -Four Lora Leigh Prize Packs including Forbidden Pleasure and Live Wire by Lora Leigh.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Two “Spitfire Heroine” Prize Packs including a signed copy of the audiobook First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, and Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins.
Heroes & Heartbreakers – Eleven Dark Hunters Prize Packs including a Heroes & Heartbreakers T-shirt and volumes 1-4 of The Dark Hunters manga series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Ruthie Knox – RIDE WITH ME, Arc Giveaway -
Jessica Scott – BECAUSE OF YOU Arc giveaway -
Suzanne Brockmann – Born To Darkness – 3/20 on sale -
Monica McCarty – The Saint – 3/27 on sale -
Lara Adrian – Darker After Midnight -
Laura Moore – Trouble Me – March 27 -
Molly O’Keefe – Can’t Buy Me Love – 6/26 on sale but I’m giving away an arc – /
Mariah Stewart – Hometown Girl -
Emily March – Lover’s Leap -
Shawntelle Madison – Coveted -
HP Mallory – Witchful Thinking -
Christy Reece – Sweet Reward -
Stephanie Tyler – Night Moves -
Nicole Jordan – Princess Charming -
Shiloh Walker – If You Know Her
Allie Boniface Winner’s choice of any of my ebooks
Anju Gattani A copy of DUTY AND DESIRE and the following: one matching bookmark, one wedding invitation (made in India) from golden, silk fabric, inviting the reader to the fictitious wedding of Sanjeet and Sheetal ‘The wedding of the decade’ (the opening of the story).
Barbara Monajem Two historical e-novellas, The Wanton Governess and The Unrepentant Rake.
Carla Swafford 5 BOOKS of Circle of Desire (One for each year you’ve been writing your blog! Congratulations, Barbara.)
Casey Crow ebook copy of CAN’T FAKE THIS (INT, f/m contemporary erotic)
Catherine Mann My March and April books– PROTECTOR, HONORABLE INTENTIONS
Desiree Holt Signed copy of Finding Julia
Jennifer Haymore 5 copies of SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS (provided by publisher)
Jill Shalvis 5 ARCs of LUCKY IN LOVE (provided by publisher)
Judith Glynn Ereader or POD: “A Collector of Affections: Tales from a Woman’s Heart”
Julia London Revenge of Lord Eberlin for that romance day.
Lauren Hunter 1 copy of my time travel romance ebook ‘The Coffee Shop’
Lexi George 1 copy of Demon Hunting in Dixie and 1 copy of So I Married A Demon Slayer
Penguin Publishing 3 romance books
Romance at Random Roxanne St. Claire same 5 ARCs of BAREFOOT IN THE SAND with wine coaster (provided by publisher)
Sabrina Jeffries Hellions have more fun! Experience the fun first hand by winning the entire Hellions of Halstead Hall Regency romance series from Sabrina Jeffries—The Truth About Lord Stoneville, A Hellion in Her Bed, How to Woo a Reluctant Lady, To Wed a Wild Lord and A Lady Never Surrenders.
Shanon Grey digital upload for Kindle (.prc) and Nook (epub) of The Shoppe of Spells
Teresa Medeiros 2 autographed copy of THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS
Susan Elizabeth Phillips New Mass Market Paperback of CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE
Murder She Writes 3 digital copies of GUNS AND ROSES: A MURDER SHE WRITES ANTHOLOGY
Sophia Knightly WILD FOR YOU (Tropical Heat Series, Book 1) and SOLD ON YOU (Tropical Heat Series, Book 2)
Joan Swan Print Copy of FEVER and $10 Amazon Gift Card
Kristine Cayne & Dana Delamar – one signed print copy of “Deadly Obsession” by Kristine Cayne (US-only – International will get an ebook) – one signed print copy of “Revenge” by Dana Delamar (US-only – International will get an ebook) – one $10 USD Amazon Gift Card. (US-only – International will get it electronically)
The Ballroom Blog (Katharine Ashe, Sabrina Darby, Tessa Dare, Gaelen Foley, Sarah MacLean and Miranda Neville ) A basket of fourteen books — two each from the six of us, plus books from our two soon-to-be-revealed new members. The winner will be the first to find out who these two authors are!
Dianna Love signed copies of Phantom In the Night, Whispered Lies and Silent Truth
Catherine Mann Renegade (signed)
Trinity Faegen The Mephisto Covenant (signed)
Thread of Fear (signed) by Laura Griffin
Cover of Night by Linda Howard
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh (hardback)
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
The Summer Garden by Paulina Simons
Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney
The Eagle and the Dove by Victoria Morrow
Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Mammoth book of Paranormal Romance 2 (anthology)
Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs
Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor
Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
Dead After Dark anthology by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, JR Ward and Susan Squires