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The winner of THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID and ONCE UPON A TARTAN is…

Betty Hamilton

Congrats! Please send your information to carrie@thebookgirl.net so I can forward it to the publisher.

 

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I have a prize pack of two Grace Burrowes books – THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID and ONCE UPON A TARTAN to give away to one lucky person!

About the books:

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His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed…

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who’s wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended’s penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he’s ever wanted in a wife.

 

 

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Honor or happiness-he can’t have both.

Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways–no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.

Tiberius’s haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester’s fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.

 

 

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Have you ever been (or do you dream of going) to Scotland?

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

Additional entries can be gained through the following:

Contest runs through 7/25/13 at 5pm cst. Winners have 7 days to claim prize and you must check back to see if you are a winner :)

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9781455523399_p0_v2_s260x420The winner of a print copy of THE DUCHESS HUNT by Jennifer Haymore is…

analysismachine

Email me at carrie@thebookgirl.net with your information and I’ll get it in the mail asap!

5/5, Contest, Historical Romance, review copy

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About the book:

THE DUKE’S DESIRE

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved-and the last woman he should desire . . .

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids-or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.

I absolutely loved this book! Simon and Sarah are going to rank up there with Jessica and Dain (LORD OF SCOUNDRELS) as one of my favorite historical romance couples. There is something so perfect about their feelings for each other, even though they both fight against them and feel as if they can’t ever really be together. Simon is always trying to do the right thing for his family even if that means doing the opposite of what his heart is telling him to do. Sarah knows that she is below Simon socially and that there is no future for them, but it doesn’t stop her from wanting to be with him. I loved their connection to each other. They are truly the other half of each other. Simon and Sarah just have to figure out if they are willing to fight for their love or give into what is expected of them. There is a sub-plot that isn’t concluded in this book and I think will continue through the series. The mysterious disappearance of the Dowager Duchess of Trent brings all of her children together and serves as the beginning of the “new” relationship between Sarah and Simon. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Simon’s brothers and sister.

the book girl gives THE DUCHESS HUNT a 5/5

to find the book:

Amazon

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Contest:

I loved this book so much I’m giving away a print copy.

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your favorite romance genre?

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

Additional entries can be gained through the following:

Contest runs through 6/25/13 at 5pm cst. Winners have 7 days to claim prize and you must check back to see if you are a winner :)

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Here are the winners for last week’s contests:

My Birthday contest – Jane and Babs

PASSION FOR PLEASURE Blog Tour – Quilt Lady

BAREFOOT IN THE SUN Blog Tour – Helen L

Winners – email me at carrie@thebookgirl.net with your address and I will get all of the books out to your this week 🙂

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happy_birthday1It’s my 33rd birthday today! My husband is taking my to the Aphrodite and the Gods of Love exhibition at the Philbrook and to lunch at my favorite place, La Madeleine. Tonight we are going to see our daughter’s artwork in a local art show and then the normal Thursday night routine of soccer, homework, etc…

For my birthday I’m going to give away a few presents here at thebookgirl.net! I have a few extra ARCs (mostly contemporary, but a few historical) that I need to find homes for. I will pick a winner or two on Sunday along with the other contests for this week. To enter – just comment! (Regular contest rules apply)

 

5/5, Contest, Historical Romance, review copy

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PRELUDE TO A KISS

A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a more respectable path and find a suitable wife.

MUSIC TO HER EARS

As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly meets Sebastian again. Perhaps the man who once dominated her dreams could be the husband she has hoped for–and save her from the fate she most fears… 

LOVE STRIKES A CHORD

Risking scandal, ruin, and their own reputations, Sebastian and Clara enter into a marriage of convenience. But the pair soon discovers that their undeniable attraction is anything but convenient. Swept up in a crescendo of desire, Sebastian and Clara take each other to new heights of ecstasy–until secrets from the past threaten to doom the duet forever. Now Sebastian will have to change his tune-and prove his love is true.

A PASSION FOR PLEASURE is an emotional, romantic, and beautifully written historical romance. Clara lives half a life, banned from the one person that means everything to her, until she meets Sebastian again. He brings her back to life and helps her in her quest to regain custody of her son. Sebastian has spent his life making music and enjoying everything that comes from being a renowned musician. When his body begins to work against his passion he becomes a shell of who he used to be until Clara revives him and makes him realize that there is something more for him. I adored Clara and Sebastian. They are both damaged, but hopeful. Neither character wants to be a victim of their circumstances and tries with everything they have to find a way to fix the situations. I loved the author’s writing style. I could feel, through her word choice, Clara’s desperation and her upset when she found joy in Sebastian’s arms and it caused her to forget for a moment about her son. I will be reading more of this author’s work and can’t wait for the rest of Sebastian’s siblings to get their happily ever after.

the book girl gives A PASSION FOR PLEASURE a 5/5

to find the book:

Amazon

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Contest:

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question: What was the last book you read that you really loved?

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

Additional entries can be gained through the following:

Contest runs through 5/5/13 at 5pm cst. Winners have 7 days to claim prize and you must check back to see if you are a winner 🙂

 

5/5, Contemporary Romance, Contest, puchased book

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About the book:

A Barefoot Bay Novel

When running is all you’ve ever known . . . 

Caught between fight and flight, Zoe Tamarin has always picked flight. Since she was rescued from a nightmare childhood by her great-aunt Pasha, they’ve been on the move, never staying in one place long enough to risk exposing their precarious past. But now that they’ve reached the sun-baked shores of Barefoot Bay, Zoe may have to stay and fight-for her aunt’s life . . . and for a love she ran from years before.

Sometimes the bravest act of all is to stand still.

Oliver Bradbury came to Florida to start over, as both a doctor and a father to his eight-year-old son. He never expected life to hand him a second chance with the woman he lost years ago-but one look at Zoe Tamarin and he knows he’ll do whatever it takes to prove that this time, he can be the man she needs. But when demands of family and friendship threaten to shatter their rekindled passion, Oliver must heal Zoe’s lifelong wounds with more than hot kisses . . . but will that be enough to keep her from flying off with his heart?

BAREFOOT IN THE SUN is the third book in the Barefoot series and I loved every word. Since the first book when Zoe hid from the mystery man while buying condoms with her friends at the Ritz-Carlton, I’ve wanted her story. BAREFOOT IN THE SUN is an incredibly emotional story that had me breaking out the tissues more than once. Zoe’s life has been spent constantly running and she honestly doesn’t believe that she knows how to begin to put down roots. Once upon a time she thought she had found someone to love, but when she revealed her deepest secret he didn’t give her the reaction she wanted and she did what Zoe does best…she ran. Now her past has caught up with her and she has to decide if it is time to stop running or if she will run forever. Oliver is the perfect match for Zoe. He’s serious and calm – she’s spontaneous and constantly moving. Their relationship in the past became serious fast and ended just as quickly, but this time Oliver isn’t going to let Zoe go without a fight. There is the perfect blend of character growth, romance, and friendship found in this story. I loved how hard Oliver fights for Zoe and how hard Zoe fights against her own nature to find her happily ever after. BAREFOOT IN THE SUN is a fantastic contemporary romance that will delight readers.

the book girl gives BAREFOOT IN THE SUN a 5/5

to find the book:

Amazon

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Contest:

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Do you like books that make you cry?

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

Additional entries can be gained through the following:

Contest runs through 5/5/13 at 5pm cst. Winners have 7 days to claim prize and you must check back to see if you are a winner 🙂

 

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The winner of ADMISSION by Jean Hanff Korelitz is…

Patty B

Congrats!!

Please email me at carrie@thebookgirl.net with your mailing address.

 

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I’m hosting a giveaway for one copy of ADMISSION by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I think this is my first giveaway this year! I’ve read the book and loved it. Although I will say that after seeing trailers for the movie I read the book with Tina Fey’s voice as Portia in my head 🙂

About the book:

For years, thirty-eight-year-old Portia Nathan has hidden behind her busy – and sometimes punishing – career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her less than passionate relationship. Then suddenly, the piece of her past that she has tried so hard to bury resurfaces, catapulting her on an extraordinary journey of the heart that challenges everything she ever thought she believed. Soon, just as Portia must decide on the fates of thousands of bright students regarding their admission to Princeton, so too must she confront the life-altering decision she made long ago. 

Contest:

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Do you try to read the book before seeing the movie it is based on?

US addresses only, please. Make sure to check to see if your name is chosen.

Additional entries can be gained through the following:

Contest runs through 3/24/13 at 5pm cst. Winners have 7 days to claim prize and you must check back to see if you are a winner:)