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Apr112014

April 18th is $5 Friday!

April 18th is $5 Friday!

Here's what you have to do to be in the drawing for the gift card:

1) Like my Facebook Page (if you haven't yet): http://on.fb.me/1oaCjQN

2) Sign up for my newsletter (if you haven't yet):http://eepurl.com/tJuy5

3) Leave a comment here or on my Facebook Page anytime during Friday, April 18, 2014

That's it! I'll select a random visitor who's done all 3 steps to win a $5 gift card from Amazon (open to any country I can email an Amazon gift card to). Woohoo! That means a reasonably priced book on me! 

* If you've already signed up for my newsletter, I'll just need to be able to match your name or email to your newsletter subscription, so I may request that info from you.

* I only send out my newsletter when I have a new book or audio book release (so no spamming).

* Gift card will be for $5 US Dollars or an equivalent amount for the country in which it's issued.

* Contest ends at midnight MDT Friday and the winner will be announced by noon Saturday in this thread and again on my Page in a new post.

Stop back next week for another chance to win an Amazon gift card. I'll be running this Friday giveaway every week until Max's story, TWISTED MERCY, comes out!

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UPDATE: The winner of the April 11 Amazon Gift Card is Make Kay!

 
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Wednesday
Mar262014

Romance Writers of America's RITA Award Finalists Announced!

I'm so excited to see so many self-published authors made this year's finalists! One of them is from my local RWA chaptermate, Courtney Milan, with her Regency Historical, The Countess Conspiracy.


Reposted from RWA's Website:

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2014 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards. The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

(All entries with a minimum total score of at least 90 percent of the total possible score advance to the final round.)

The 2014 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 26 at the 2014 RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Congratulations to the 2014 finalists!

Note: This list is updated as finalists are notified, and a full list will be posted by 2 p.m. CDT.


2014 RITA® Finalists

Best First Book

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

Fix You
by Beck Anderson
Omnific Publishing
Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors 

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck
Entangled Publishing, Brazen
Heather Howland, editor

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

 

Contemporary Romance

Along Came Trouble
by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Beach House No. 9
by Christie Ridgway
Harlequin, HQN
Margo Lipschultz, editor

Country Roads
by Nancy Herkness
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Kelli Martin and JoVon Sotak, editors

Fix You
by Beck Anderson
Omnific Publishing
Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors

Half Moon Hill
by Toni Blake
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
May Chen, editor 

Home to Whiskey Creek
by Brenda Novak
Harlequin, MIRA
Paula Eykelhof, editor

Homecoming Ranch
by Julia London
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Maria Gomez, editor

It Had to Be You
by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing
Alex Logan, editor

Letters to Nowhere
by Julie Cross
Self-published

Rumor Has It
by Jill Shalvis
Berkley Publishing Group
Kate Seaver, editor

The Second Chance Café
by Alison Kent
Amazon Publishing, Montlake
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Sleigh Bells in the Snow
by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, HQN
Flo Nicoll, editor 

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Latoya Smith, editor

Whiskey Beach
by Nora Roberts
Penguin Group USA, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Leslie Gelbman, editor

 

Erotic Romance

Claim Me
by J. Kenner
Random House Group, Bantam
Shauna Summers, editor

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck
Entangled Publishing, Brazen
Heather Howland, editor 

When I’m Bad I’m Better in It Stings So Sweet
by Stephanie Draven
Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor 

 

Historical Romance

The Chieftain’s Curse
by Frances Housden
Harlequin, MIRA
Kate Cuthbert, editor

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan
Self-published
Robin Harders and Keira Soleore, editors

Darius
by Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
by T J Bennett
Entangled Publishing, Edge
Liz Pelletier and Shannon Godwin, editors 

Duke of Midnight
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Amy Pierpont, editor

The Lady and the Laird
by Nicola Cornick
Harlequin, HQN
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lyssa Keusch, editor 

The Luckiest Lady in London
by Sherry Thomas
Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Never Desire a Duke
by Lily Dalton
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Michele Bidelspach, editor

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor 

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
by Anna Campbell
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
by Anna Randol
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

Sonata for a Scoundrel
by Anthea Lawson
Self-published

 

Inspirational Romance

Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano
David C. Cook
John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

 

Paranormal Romance

The Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas
HarperCollins Publishers, Balzer & Bray
Donna Bray, editor

Caged Warrior
by Lindsey Piper
Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

The Devil’s Heart
by Cathy Maxwell
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Lucia Macro, editor

Diamond Dust
by Vivian Arend
Samhain Publishing
Anne Scott, editor

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks, Landmark
Deb Werksman, editor 

His Clockwork Canary
by Beth Ciotta
Signet
Jhanteigh Kupihea, editor

Immortally Ever After
by Angie Fox
St. Martin’s Press
Monique Patterson, editor

Shadowdance
by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor 

Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles
by Zoë Archer
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
Amanda Bergeron, editor 

Witch Bound
by Eleri Stone
Carina Press
Gina Bernal, editor

 

Romance Novella

The Bridesmaid
by Julia London
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Deb Werksman, editor

“Defending Truth”
by Shannon McNear
in A Pioneer Christmas
Barbour Publishing
Becky Germany, editor

How to Marry a Highlander
by Katharine Ashe
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
Lucia Macro, editor 

How to Misbehave
by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

“Imagine Me and You”
by Maisey Yates
in Animal Attraction
Harlequin, HQN
Margo Lipschultz, editor

Mine Under the Mistletoe
by Kat Latham
Carina Press
Angela James, editor 

Take What You Want
by Jeanette Grey
Samhain Publishing
Jennifer Miller, editor

“Too Fast to Fall”
by Victoria Dahl
in Be Mine
Harlequin, HQN
Tara Parsons, editor

 

Romantic Suspense

The Killing Game
by Toni Anderson
Self-published

Off the Edge 
by Carolyn Crane
Self-published

Thrill Ride
by Julie Ann Walker
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

 

Short Contemporary Romance

A Conflict of Interest
by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin, Desire
Charles Griemsman, editor

Her Secret, His Baby
by Tanya Michaels
Harlequin, American Romance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

A Royal without Rules
by Caitlin Crews
Harlequin, Presents
Megan Haslam, editor 

Why Resist a Rebel?
by Leah Ashton
Harlequin KISS
Meg Lewis, editor

Sunday
Mar162014

Release Day!

KIT AND IVY: A RED TEAM WEDDING NOVELLA is now available in ebook format at a  

Special New Release Sale Price of $1.99 Through 3/22/2014!

After 3/22/2014, List Price Will Be $2.99

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1gqGt0b

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1lGo2tu

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1fNnh1h

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/OkXuTn

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1iWditv

Apple: TBD

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1p8WxJg

I don't think I will be doing a print version of this novella--unless you guys want me to. If you do, drop me a note on the Contact page or email me at elevine @ elainelevine . com (without the spaces). If I get several requests, I'll make it happen!

 

Monday
Mar102014

Excerpt from Kit & Ivy: A Red Team Wedding Novella

Here's a short excerpt from Kit & Ivy's wedding novella that will be out next week. This is a 95 page short story that will be on sale its first week only at $1.99. After that, it will go up to its regular price of $2.99.

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FROM CHAPTER ONE:

Adam Banks stepped onto the front stoop before the man coming up his driveway could knock. From his office, he’d watched him get out of his unmarked black sedan and come toward the house. The man wore a nondescript charcoal suit—official government issue.

Even though Adam had been expecting a visit like this every day for thirteen years, it was surreal to have it actually happen.

He wondered what news the man brought. Had his daughter committed a crime? Was she dead, a Jane Doe in some remote morgue, unclaimed, unwanted? What of his granddaughter? A niggling voice chastised him for even pretending to care. If he’d been a real father and grandfather, his daughter and granddaughter wouldn’t be out in the world, alone.

“I’m looking for Adam Banks,” the man in the suit announced as he came up the front steps.

“And who might you be?” Adam asked.

“A messenger.”

Adam stared at the man. “Got an ID?”

“No.”

Adam’s eyes narrowed. “Then state your business.”

“Are you Adam Banks?”

“I am.”

The man pulled an ivory envelope from an inside pocket and handed it to him. Adam closed the door. He didn’t want to trouble his wife with whatever news the man brought to his doorstep. He opened the unsealed envelope and withdrew the card inside.

“Ms. Ivy Banks and Mr. Kit Bolanger request the honor of your presence at their wedding…” The words jumped and blurred in front of him. He had to read the invitation twice.

“I’m required to wait for your answer,” the suit told him.

“Kit didn’t have the balls to come himself?”

“Is that your answer?”

“I’ll be there.”

“The invitation is for both you and your wife.”

“We’ll both be there.”

“Very good, sir.” The suit handed him another envelope. “Here is your itinerary and the number where you can reach Kit. A car like mine will pick you up two hours prior to your flight. You will be flown out and back on a private jet. A car will take you from the Cheyenne airport to the address in Wyoming where you’ll be staying. You will arrive three days prior to the wedding and will depart the day after. Do you have any questions?”

None the suit could answer. “No.”

The suit nodded. “Good day, then, sir.”

Adam closed the front door and walked back into the kitchen where his wife was preparing their supper. “Who was that?” Helen asked as she stirred a pot on the stove.

Adam shook his head and picked up the day’s stack of mail. “Some sales guy.”

“This is a non-soliciting neighborhood. You’d think they wouldn’t go door-to-door here.”

He didn’t respond. “How long before dinner?”

“Maybe a half hour.”

“I have to make a call. I’ll be right back.” He went down the hall to his office and shut the door. He took the invitation and itinerary out of his pocket and spread them across the desk. Anger expanded and twisted in his veins. He dialed Kit’s number. It rang once.

“Bolanger, here.”

Adam didn’t answer. Part of him had been hoping his past hadn’t just slammed into his present.

“Hello?”

“So it’s true.”

“Mr. Banks. You received the invitation, then.”

“What the hell kind of game are you pulling now, kid?”

“It’s a wedding, Mr. Banks, not a game. I’m marrying your daughter. Will you be attending?”

“Your messenger didn’t give you my answer?”

“He did. Thought perhaps you’d called to back out.”

“This is cruel. Mrs. Banks has a weak heart. I can’t bring her someplace where she’ll be mistreated or stressed.”

“I have no control over how she’ll react to the weekend. I do know, for our part, you’ll both be treated as honored guests. It’s time to put the past behind us and move forward as a family.”

“Ivy’s agreeable to our visit?” There was momentary silence on the other end. “You haven’t told her,” Adam scoffed.

“No point worrying her if you weren’t coming. I’ll clear the way with her. However, I’m gonna say this only once: this is her special week, her special day. If you make her cry, if you insult or threaten her or hurt her feelings, I’ll have your asses on a plane so fast, you won’t know what hit you.”

“What about the baby?”

“Casey’s twelve now. She’s as strong as her mother and very, very precious to both of us. My protection extends to her as well, feel me? You got an issue with me, you take it out with me. No matter what, you treat my girls like gold.”

“Agreed. And likewise with Mrs. Banks.”

“Agreed. See you in a couple of weeks.” The line went dead.

Adam opened his office door, then started toward the kitchen, hoping by the time he got to the other side of the house he’d know what to tell his wife.

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KIT & IVY: A RED TEAM WEDDING NOVELLA, Chapter One, (C) 2014 Elaine Levine, All Rights Reserved

 

Wednesday
Feb192014

Release Day!

AGNES AND THE RENEGADE is now available in ebook format from these vendors:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1jQF1LW

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1mt9cuw

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1gVgUb7

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1hilb7t

Apple: http://http://bit.ly/1i0pvx2

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1c4X2OC

The print version of AGNES AND THE RENEGADE http://amzn.to/1mNwWGo

I hope you enjoy Chayton and Aggie's story. Thank you for all your support and friendship. You mean the world to me!

Elaine

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