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Winner: Kate Carlisle’s Farewell Giveaway

The winner of my Farewell Giveaway is Amy Conley! Amy, please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com.

Thank you again, everyone! It’s been a blast. :)

A Perfect Catch Prize Winners!

1BanditBootyThank you to everyone who stopped by the launch party for A Perfect Catch and joined in the fun! I think the pesky bird was well and truly scared into behaving – though I won’t mention the golden feathers I found in the Cadbury’s chocolate cupboard in my writing cave!

Jersey Girl and CC have done their duty as prize selectors (using the patented Kate Walker method of cat treats on slips of paper!) and chosen:

Laurie G and Shannon!

Congratulations! Please send me your snail mail addresses to anna at annasugden.com and I’ll get your prizes out to you!

First Daughters Winner!

1BanditBootyWe had a great time getting to know the First Daughters of Laura Simcox’s contemporary series on Saturday. Laura was giving away the winner’s choice of her First Daughters series to a lucky commenter. The prize goes to…Elaina!!

Elaina, to claim your prize, please e-mail laura @ laurasimcox.com and let her know which of the three titles you would like, along with your snail mail address. The titles to choose from are:

  • Various States of Undress: Carolina
  • Various States of Undress: Virginia
  • Various States of Undress: Georgia

Congratulations, Elaina!!

A Perfect Catch Prize Winner!

1BanditBootyThank you to everyone who stopped by and joined in the fun talking about new experiences in 2015.

The winner of a signed copy of A Perfect Catch is JCP! Congratulations!

Please send your snail mail details to me via my website (anna at annasugden dot com) or the contact form here.

Winner: This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

The winner chosen at random to receive an advanced review copy of THIS OLD HOMICIDE is… Ruth Lyons Mazur!!!!! Congratulations, Ruth! Please send your mailing address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com. I’ll include some extra goodies, as well.

This Old Homicide by Kate CarlisleThis Old Homicide
2nd Fixer-Upper Mystery
Available January 27, 2015

Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story….

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked.

Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a sunken sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed….

Foanna’s 2014 Best Romance Winner

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to recommend the books they enjoyed in 2014. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of my giveaway:

JANE!

Jane, congratulations! You’ve won your choice of Annie West‘s REBEL’S BARGAIN, Kandy Shepherd‘s THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT, or THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by Vanessa Barneveld (ebook only).

Please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) and let me know which book you’d like and your snail mail if you’re choosing either Annie’s or Kandy’s book or the format (Kindle or whatever) if you’d like Vanessa’s. If you need help choosing, I’ve given a short precis of each book in yesterday’s post: http://romancebandits.com/foannas-2014-reading-roundup-part-1/

Happy reading!

Foanna’s 2014 Reading Roundup – Part 1

rr 1Happy new year, Banditas and Bandita Buddies! I hope 2015 is fantastic for you.

That’s enough of the looking ahead. Let’s look back to 2014 and some great books.

I thought I’d devote my spots on the Romance Bandits for January and February to listing some of the wonderful reads I found last year. After all, we all love recommendations for our towering TBR piles, don’t we?

Today, I’m going to talk about romances. Next month, I’m going to talk about books that aren’t romances (or at least not primarily – I find my favorite books nearly always include some sort of romantic plot, even if only as a subsidiary). You’ll notice that I’ve steered clear of books by my tremendously talented Bandit sisters – if I included theirs, we’d be here all year!

rr 2I blogged a couple of months ago about how I was on a major Nora Roberts kick. That looks like it might continue this year. Of the many Noras I read in 2014, my favorite is THE WITNESS, her story of a super-intelligent, high achieving teenager who finally kicks over the traces and rebels, only to be forced into a living nightmare when she witnesses a mafia killing. The woman grows up, always on the run, always smart enough to stay alive – but what happens when she falls in love with the local police chief? Is it time to stop running and finally face her enemies?

This one has two wonderful central characters (I love Abigail’s dorky but smart take on life), a lovely romance and some seriously good suspense. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you grab it now! For a peek at some of the other Nora books I read this year, here’s my blog on the subject: http://romancebandits.com/im-in-the-mood-for-love-and-nora/

rr 3The next book, THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT by Kandy Shepherd, is by a friend of mine. It just happens that some of my favorite reads last year are by people I know – they’re all well worth picking up! Summer is simply gorgeous, a lovely story about two damaged people who were in love as teenagers and reconnect after life hasn’t been kind to either of them. It’s a story about bad timing turning into forever after. I laughed and cried in this one – and you’ll fall in love with the town of Dolphin Bay where the book is set. You can read an interview with Kandy here: http://romancebandits.com/kandy-shepherd/

The next sooper-dooper read for you is THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, the debut novel by Vanessa Barneveld, another friend of mine.

rr 5This YA is a beautiful story about coming to accept who you are and finding the right person and learning that life is a mixture of happy and sad. It’s also a darn good ghostly mystery story as heroine Keira struggles to answer the questions surrounding the death of high school hero Jimmy and in the process realizes that she’s always loved his older brother Dan. Even if you’re not usually a YA fan, give this one a go. You won’t be disappointed. You can see where Vanessa visited the lair and gave us the lowdown on her book here: http://romancebandits.com/vanessa-barneveld/

With my next recommendation, I’m cheating slightly as it’s a series of six, M.C. Beaton/Marion Chesney’s The Travelling Matchmaker books. These are trad Regencies full of wit and romance and classic period touches like duels and highwaymen and marriages of convenience.

rr 4When housekeeper Hannah Pym unexpectedly receives a bequest from her late employer, she determines to seek the adventure that her quiet life in domestic service has so far prevented. She sets out on various stagecoaches and meets danger and excitement and young lovers and a chance to discover talents she never knew she possessed. These books are such fun – definitely a series to put a smile on your face. Here’s a link to a more detailed review of the six books that I did on the Romance Dish: http://www.theromancedish.com/2014/06/regency-charmers.html

My next choice from 2014 is a corker of a steamy reunion story from lair favorite Annie West. For some reason, I couldn’t link this one through the cover, but here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J2ZVDSM?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00J2ZVDSM&linkCode=xm2&tag=romanbandi-20

rr 6I love all Annie’s stories but this one really hit it out of the ballpark for me. Orsino Chatsfield and his estranged wife Poppy have so much passion between them that when they come together in a glamorous French chateau, they set the Loire Valley aflame! This is part of the Harlequin Chatsfield continuity but you can read the story as a stand-alone. Give it a go – these characters are unforgettable. Here’s a link to where Annie visited the lair to talk about this book: http://romancebandits.com/annie-west-6/

My last favorite book of the year is one I read in December. Who doesn’t like a Christmas charmer? Mary Jo Putney‘s collection of four Regency novellas plus a contemporary, CHRISTMAS REVELS, is uber charming. All the stories are great, but my particular favorite is The Christmas Cuckoo where a capable young woman who believes she’s on the shelf collects the wrong man from the local inn and takes him home for a family Christmas. A lovely story about life delivering some gorgeous surprises just when you think your chances have run out. And you’ll fall in love with Jack Howard just like Meg does.

So that’s my romance round-up. I’ve got a mixture of women’s fiction and mysteries and nonfiction coming next month so make sure you check in.

In the meantime, what were your favorite romances of 2014? I’m always looking for recommendations.

1BanditBootyAnd because I love to share my friends’ books, I’ll give one commenter today their choice from THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT by Kandy Shepherd, REBEL’S BARGAIN by Annie West, or THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by Vanessa Barneveld. The prize is available internationally. Good luck! 

Miranda Neville’s Winner!

BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to say hello to Miranda Neville this week. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the copy of THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRES. Congratulations to:

JILL!

Jill, could you please email Miranda on miranda @ mirandaneville.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

Festive Fun Prize Winners!

1BanditBootyThanks so much to everyone who stopped by and took part in my Festive Fun Quick Five! Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners of the prizes, but I’ve tried to stay off the internet during the Christmas period, while we’ve had friends and family around.

But it’s now time to bring some holiday cheer to two luck BB’s. So, without further ado …

Congratulations to:

Franca Poli and Deb Hinshaw!

Please send your snail mail addresses to me at anna at annasugden dot com.

 

Annie West’s Winners!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to say hello to Annie West this week when she visited to talk about her new novellas BOUGHT BY THE ITALIAN! The winners of a signed copy of a book from her backlist are:

SALLY SCHMIDT!

PEGGY KUNTZ!

Congratulations! Please contact Annie on annie @ annie-west.com with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

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