Friday, February 29, 2008

Blaze Bonanza

I went to the bookstore today to pick up among other things Alison Kent's latest Blaze release. As I was looking through the titles, other familiar names started jumping off the shelf and smacking me in the head. Turns out that in addition to Alison, Jo Leigh, Jordan Summers and Stephanie Tyler all have new Blaze releases out this month.

What are the odds of seeing four blogpals, all with new books, all published under the same imprint, all hit the same shelf at the exact same time? I don't know, either, but I feel like someone at Harlequin wants me to be very happy.

Tex Appeal is actually a trio of stories by Alison Kent, Kimberly Raye and Cara Summers. I don't think I've ever read a Blaze trilogy before, and romance short stories are tough to write. The stories are about some of our favorite heroes, cowboys, so I'm looking forward to seeing what these three ladies have delivered.

Coming Soon by Jo Leigh is a novel set in the very hot Hush hotel from the Do Not Disturb line, one of my favorite Blaze miniseries. Who wouldn't love a hotel that caters to your private fantasies? Just imagine the room service menu. Or what's stocked in the each room's armoire. Jo never disappoints, so I know this one will be a great read.

Off Limits is Jordan Summers' first release for Blaze. As soon as I saw it I remembered back to the day she posted about selling this book, and then I teared up. When a writer friend who works as hard and cares as much about writing as Jordan does gets on the shelf, I do get a little emotional. I love the cover art for this one, too. It's both provocative and lovely, which suits Jordan's writing style perfectly.

Beyond His Control by Stephanie Tyler features one of her much-loved Navy SEAL heroes. I admit it, I love her guys. Seeing Stephanie in print also takes me back to the days when I first started PBW and (virtually) met her and so many other new young writers pursuing publication. Watching this next generation of writers turn pro is beyond cool.

I've got plenty to read now, so thank you, Harlequin.

I'd like to celebrate my blogpals' releases with a giveaway, so if you want a chance to read these novels, in comments to this post list a link or URL for any writer weblog that you enjoy visiting (or, if you can't pick a favorite, just throw your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Saturday, March 1st, 2008. I'll draw four names from all those who participate and send the winners unsigned copies of Tex Appeal by Alison Kent, Kimberly Raye and Cara Summers, Coming Soon by Jo Leigh, Off Limits by Jordan Summers, Beyond His Control by Stephanie Tyler, plus a surprise. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

63 comments:

  1. Hi Lynn,

    I would love to read Jordan Summer's new book Off Limits! I also enjoyed Stephanie's new book Beyond his control and I told her on her writeminded website.

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  2. I read Alison Kent daily along with a huge list of others. I read the sponsors of
    70daysofsweat.com/wordpress. I also found quite a few fellow beginners on 70 days who I follow along with. Their links can be found on my blog,
    the-berry-patch.blogspot.com .

    I'd love a Blaze. I'm in desparate need of new reading material.

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  3. I read Poppy Z. Brite's blog regularly: http://docbrite.livejournal.com/

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  4. It's been a while since I've picked up a romance. Maybe it's time for a change of pace from all the mystery/suspense I've been indulging in lately.

    I enjoy John Scalzi's blog, Whatever, http://scalzi.com/whatever/

    and Justine Larbelastier's blog, http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/

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  5. Wow! Definitely count me in. One of my daily stops is Jill Shalvis's blog:

    http://jillshalvis.com/blog/

    Thanks for another wonderful opportunity to win some great reads.

    Cheryl S.

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  6. My favorite writer blog is meganframpton.com. I enjoy her down-to-earth attitude. I also enjoy HelenKay Dimon's blog, Alison Kent, Risky Regencies, and Lilith Saintcrow's Storyteller's Honor.

    Sandy L

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  7. She's not published yet, but I go here every day:

    http://www.mercuryranch.org/blog/

    Does that count?

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  8. Brandilynn Collins is one of my favorites. Http://www.brandilynncollins.com. She does Christian suspense. Love it.

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  9. Melissa B.8:31 AM

    This is the only writer blog I read, so I'm throwing my name in the hat. :)

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  10. One of the other writer blogs I read is Meg Cabot's one. Always good humored: www.megcabot.com/diary

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  11. I read Alison Kent's blog daily. I also enjoy these blogs every day:
    www.writemindedblog.com
    www.soapboxqueens.com
    www.plotmonkeys.com

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  12. Aside from PBW, I read Holly Lisle's writing blog regularly. Actually it's kind of a daily ritual. I get to work (usually late), check email(s), read dooce.com, PBW and Holly, then begin actual work.

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  13. I read this one, and Holly's: http://hollylisle.com/writingdiary2/

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  14. John Scalzi
    http://scalzi.com/whatever/

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  15. I read several writer's blogs daily, including this one, but a recent addition I've enjoyed is Deanna Raybourn's, author of 'Silent in the Grave'. http://deannaraybourn.typepad.com/

    You have links to Rosina Lippi and Holly Lisle on your sidebar, so I won't repeat them. Both these blogs are always worth stopping by.

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  16. I am interested in every author you described. Haven't read much in the Blaze line. I regularly read Claire Delacroix's blog Alive & Knitting.
    http://www.delacroix.net/blog/?p=405
    She has a new book out as Deborah Cooke called Kiss of Fire. It is a new series about Dragons. Book was terrific. Also she is starting a new series about "Fallen" angels. It is an urban fantasy. Sounds very interesting.

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  17. I haven't heard of any of these authors, but they sound great - I'm throwing my name in the hat!

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  18. I have to pick just one?

    Generally at some point of the day I'll check in at rachelcaine.livejournal.com. Also theoutfitcollective.blogspot.com is a usual haunting ground.

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  19. Oooh! I knew Steph's book had been released, but didn't know all the others were out now too! (So hard to keep track of all the books releasing)

    Don't enter me in the contest, I'll go order the others right now. Thanks for the heads up! :-)

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  20. It's hard to stop with just one.

    Besides this one I also read Gena Showalters - http://www.genashowalter.blogspot.com/

    Laurell K Hamilton - http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/

    Lillith StCrow -
    http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/

    and others that aren't coming to mind right off the bat.

    Please enter me in tne contest I'd love to actually win something.

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  21. Today I am very thankful to have read Laurie R. King's blog (http://laurierking.com/wp.php), as she posted a link to a blog that is reprinting a series of letters from a WWI soldier 90 years after they were written (http://wwar1.blogspot.com/). Fascinating.

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  22. I would love to expand my to be read list. I only have two on it and they are sad and lonely. I follow Sandra Schwab's blog.

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  23. After I leave here I usually go to dearauthor.com every day : )

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  24. I don't know any of these authors, but I'll try them out!!

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  25. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I recently discovered a military kink, and so I entered the SuperSEAL triathlon (www.superfrogtriathlon.com ). In 5 short weeks, I'll be driving down to Coronado Island to swim, bike, and run with the nation's best. Doubtless, I will provide endless amusement for them as I straggle along.

    I'd love to read Allison's book, since that's probably as close as I'll ever get to really scratching that itch.

    best,
    LynD

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  26. Anonymous11:16 AM

    ::red-faced::
    Actually, I think I was thinking of Stephanie's book...
    ::headdesk::
    LynD

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  27. Tamith11:19 AM

    Ursula Vernon's blog is part of my daily fix. Both her art and writing are quirky and offbeat:
    http://ursulav.livejournal.com/

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  28. Michele Lang11:42 AM

    I read Erica Orloff's blog every single day...she is thought provoking, honest, and wickedly funny :)

    http://www.ericaorloff.com/blog/

    And I stop here at PBW's place every chance I can too....I've learned so much by lurking here :)

    MicheleL

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  29. No need to enter me. I just wanted to say I agree with you. I LOVE seeing my friends books on the shelves. and the all at once thing is amazing!

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  30. Hi Lynn,
    I read something like 50+ blogs a day :X so I don't really have a favorite... so I'll just pick one randomly.
    I like Jill Shalvis's blog http://jillshalvis.com/blog/ - her posts are always really entertaining.

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  31. May I recommend Laurie R. King and her books and virtual book club.

    The blog, is here - http://www.laurierking.com/wp.php/

    Besides this one the only other author blog in my reader is Jan Burke and she doesn't blog very often.

    Sheri

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  32. I love some new reading material!

    I like to read Kate Walker's Blog

    http://kate-walker.blogspot.com/

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  33. *G* I'm in. Definitely.

    Writer blogs I like...

    Yours.

    Jordan
    http://www.jordansummers.com/js/

    Alison
    http://www.alisonkent.com/blog/

    Monica
    http://monicajackson.com/blog/

    There's more, but I'm trying to cut back on my bloghopping. I play too much.

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  34. One of my daily visits includes:
    http://www.storytellersunplugged.com/

    A set group of writers contributes to the blog every day of the month.

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  35. I read ShannonStacey.com.

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  36. I enjoy this collaboritive blog:

    http://www.writemindedblog.com/

    ...wouldn't you know, Stephanie Tyler is one of the members.

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  37. One of my favorites is:

    www.writemindedblog.com

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  38. I read Meg Cabot's as well as this one

    http://www.megcabot.com/diary/

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  39. I visit Alison and HelenKay most days, too!

    Also Beth Ciotta--
    http://bethciotta.blogspot.com/

    and Heidi Betts--
    http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/

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  40. One of my favorite stops is http://donnakauffman.com/blog/

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  41. This is the only weblog I read but I am always willing to try new authors and I was intrigued by the surprise so please throw my name in the hat. Thanks!

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  42. TeresaH3:01 PM

    I'd like to add my name to the hat, but I don't have any authors that other people haven't already mentioned.

    TeresaH

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  43. I visit these regularly:
    http://www.loveisanexplodingcigar.com/
    http://www.alisonkent.com/blog/ http://www.sylviaday.com/blog/
    I love Steph's SEALs too.

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  44. Jill Shalvis' blog at www.jillshalvis.com is a fun one to read. She has such a great sense of humor.

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  45. I would love to be enter for this giveaway. I love reading Blaze books and these sound great please enter me.

    I have several favorite blogs I love to visit daily one of them is http://www.accessromance.com/blog/

    Have a wonderful & safe weekend everyone.

    Hugssss
    LindaH

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  46. Oh definitely a lot of great Blazes out for the month! I'd love to be in the contest! Thanks.

    I love to visit both group and authors individual blogs. I'm gonna go be visiting some that you all posted here. I'll post those that weren't up there so there's even more to go to!

    Here's some groups I visit with many authors involved:

    http://thespicedteaparty.blogspot.com/ (For hot historicals!)
    http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/wordpress
    (New one for publisher)
    http://petticoatsandpistols.com
    (Western Romances!!!)

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  47. Ok, here's some individual authors blogs!:

    http://www.amiestuart.com/blog/ (Author Amie Stuart)

    http://www.cynthiaeden.com
    (Cynthia Eden)

    http://michellehasker.blogspot.com/
    (Michele Hasker)

    There's so many authors I love to read and visit. Much easier for me to visit blogs by keeping them in my google readers than to follow all the yahoo groups. Thanks for asking for these. I loved to share!

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  48. I read a lot of the blogs already listed: Sclazi, Holly Lisle, PBW, Rosina Lippi, etc.

    Here is another you may enjoy: http://www.tessgerritsen.com/blog/

    She writes about writing as well as her travails and successes as a writer.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win cool stuff!

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  49. I always like keeping an on Jennifer Crusie's corner of the blogosphere.
    http://www.arghink.com/

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  50. Anonymous5:37 PM

    i go to romance by the blog everyday and many others. i love blaze books

    kim h

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  51. Put my name in the hat, please. BTW picked up 'If Angel's Burn' and I'm loving it! Your blog is very motivating to a new writer and an old reader. :)

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  52. I'm looking forward to all of these books! I visit this blog daily martaacosta.blog it's a fun blog.

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  53. NancyC8:53 PM

    I read Holly Lisle's blog.

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  54. I'm not sure this qualifies as a writer weblog, but the guy has to write it, and he posts regularly. I find it immensely funny and enlightening, and I needs healthy doses of both both these days.

    http://xkcd.com/

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  55. Please just throw my name in the hat. =)

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  56. I'm a huge fan of this blog. *Huge*

    Alison Kent is another favorite and her 70 days of sweat has me paying penance over the next few months. I check Romance Divas often and my crit partners:
    Michelle Hasker and Kim Knox.

    I know it's a lot but there are only two others I check out when I get an RSS update.
    Morgan Hawke's Writing Blog and
    Shiloh Walker (who's also become a weekend favorite).

    Have a great weekend PBW!!!!

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  57. This is the only writer's blog that I read, so I'm just throwing my name into the hat.

    Elaine C.

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  58. I read your blog and Holly's blog. I know those addys are pretty well known here :) Please throw my name in the hat! I promise I read more books and authors than blogs!

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  59. www.thebradfordbunch.com
    www.laurendane.com/blog
    www.writerminded.com/blog
    i am looking forward to stephanies blaze it sounds great.

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  60. Hi Lynn,
    Along with your blog and many others already mentioned I enjoy Anthony Bourdain's blog
    http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/

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  61. Well besides PBW the blogs I'm most likey to visit everyday are

    Rachel Vicent's blog at http://urbanfantasy.blogspot.com/

    Jaci Burton's blog at http://jaciburton.com/blog/

    and Angie's blog at
    http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/blog/

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  62. I don't write but I love to read and I read quite a few author blogs.

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  63. Those sound like fun reads. :) I read Holly Lisle's blog on a fairly regular basis.

    http://www.hollylisle.com/writingdiary2/

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