When a Barbara Freethy fan hears the word “firefighter,” she immediately starts looking around for a sexy Callaway brother. And for good reason – Barbara’s Callaway series stars the eight Irish-American Callaway siblings, many of whom are firefighters, all of whom found jobs that allow them to serve and protect. Super fans of #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy will be thrilled to hear that in addition to the final two forthcoming Callaway books, the series is also part of Kindle Worlds! We’ve got some great fan fiction that feature alpha heroes and focus on family and love, as well as mystery and adventure!
Not familiar with Barbara’s Callaway family? Now is the perfect time to get your introduction! You can get the eBook of On a Night Like This, the first in the series, for FREE, now through July 25! You’ll meet the whole family, but you’ll really get to know Aiden, the second oldest brother, a smokejumper who seeks help from a former flame, Sara. See if the passion still burns between them!
Already familiar with the Callaways? Do you feel like you know them so well you could be part of the family? Take this quiz and find out how deep your love and knowledge goes:
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You know you love the Callaways when ...
You can name every one of the eight siblings in order
Every time you see a firefighter, you can't help wondering if he could possibly be a Callaway
You're single and you want to move to San Francisco just so you can meet a Callaway man
When there's a new Callaway book out, you either take the day off, send your family out for pizza, forget about the laundry or all of the above
You want the author to give the Callaways some secret or long-lost cousins so there will be many, many more Callaway books!
Your daydreams make you the star of your own Callaway story, the perfect heroine for one of the five brothers, each of whom is a sexy, brave, adventurous alpha hero male
You read the newest book in under three hours on the first day of release
You're spinning your own smoldering story in your head about the oldest brother, Burke, who has yet to find his perfect woman
You're dying to know Grandma's secret
You're wondering who the charming daredevil and the youngest Callaway, Colton, will end up with.
Checked 8-10: You know the Callaways so well you might as well be the ninth sibling
Checked 5-7: Maybe all the daydreaming has fogged your memory – take a breather and re-take the quiz
Checked 2-4: You are like a distant relative of the Callaways – better brush up on the Callaways series
Checked 0-1: You need to get On A Night Like This right now
When you finish one of Barbara’s books, it’s hard to leave the world of the Callaways – and now you don’t have to! Check out all of The Callaways fan fiction! The Callaways: It’s Only Love by Carol Grace stars Nicole Callaway’s best friend, Madison Cooper. Maddie was recently left at the altar, and now Nicole is asking her to accompany her grandmother Gigi on a cruise. She’s hesitant at first, but the cruise might be just what Maddie needs – especially when her neighbor on board turns out to be a hunky Navy SEAL!
“Like many Texans, I’m passionate in my love for my home state, but the Texas I know has numerous facets rarely shown in movies and novels. So I thought, ‘Wouldn't it be fun to set a story in a small Texas town but break as many stereotypes as possible? I allowed myself to be over the top but with a catch: I had to stay true to reality. The result surpassed my original vision with fun characters in a quirky town and a story that makes me laugh even when it tugs at my heartstrings,” says USA Today bestselling author Julie Ortolon of her book At Last.
And tug at the heartstrings it does. Riley Stone has just returned to her hometown of Hope, Texas after the death of her grandmother. The town is owned by one family, and its current scion has been neglecting it. Jackson Hope is due to inherit the town, and Riley appeals to him when his father attempts to tear down the beloved town dance hall. A musician herself, she bands together with local artists and shop owners to save the historic hall.
But working with Jackson would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t still have those lingering feelings for him from their youth. Get At Last, a Texas Heat Wave book for $1.99, now through Sunday 7/27!
Julia London is one of our favorite authors, so we’re having three giveaways to honor some of HER favorite things!
Julia is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen romance books, and we are super excited about her newest one, Return to Homecoming Ranch! This fabulous contemporary romance is the second standalone book in her Pine River series, set in a small Colorado town of the same name. Find out if two shattered hearts can find love and redemption in one another.
Over the next three days, we will be giving away spectacular prizes to some of our lucky participating fans! Check out the day-by-day details below for your chance to win on our Facebook page!
Julia London is a huge Pearl Jam fan and her favorite song is “Breath.” In her honor, we want to know who YOUR favorite rockers and musicians are! Head over to our Facebook page and tell us in the comments section for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card!
Did you know that Julia London loves dogs? She has a Yellow Lab named Moose, who’s the size of his namesake! What’s your favorite dog breed? Share your thoughts in the comments on our Facebook page and you could win a $200 Wag.com gift card!
Day three of the Julia London Loves… series is all about sweet treats! Julia’s favorite dessert happens to be brownies. How do you satisfy your sweet tooth? Let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card.
And, we have an extra special bonus. Julia shares her thoughts on her RITA nominations, including this year for Homecoming Ranch and The Bridesmaid. She what she has to say about her experience for each nomination, both past and present, and why she calls herself the Susan Lucci of the romance fiction industry:
Every year, the 10,000 aspiring and published authors that make up the Romance Writer’s Association, nominate the best books of the genre and then award the winners at a gala event at our annual convention. The RITA ceremony and award is often enthusiastically described as something akin to the Oscars. It’s our chance to glam up.
I am happy to report that this year, I was nominated for Homecoming Ranch and The Bridesmaid. These are my fifth and sixth RITA nominations. I have never won. Which makes me the Susan Lucci, the Angela Lansbury, the Peter O’Toole of the romantic fiction industry. I have so many little silver RITA pins commemorating long-forgotten nominations marching across my conference badge that it looks like winter really is coming. Not only has it been a blast, it’s been very humbling. I am living a charmed life with my little army of pins.
I was first nominated some ten years ago, and I was astounded. How could my baby book be added to the lofty list of megastar authors? I felt like a real writer who was nominated for Big Awards. It was an emotional boost to be recognized nominated by writers and readers who love what I write and what I read. I giddily reported to my family that my peers got me, that what I had written was not my mother’s romance.
Turns out, it was exactly my mother’s romance that won the category that year. It also turns out that the nature of well-written romantic fiction is timeless. A good love story, well told, is a good story to readers of all ages, backgrounds and tastes.
The second time I was nominated, I made sure I had the dress. I was ready to win. Surely you couldn’t be nominated twice and not win at least once. I knew what to expect: Lots of accolades and attention for the two months leading up to awards, a cool “special” ribbon for the name tag at conference (and another soldier for my army), admiration during awards night, and then…total obscurity. After those dresses have been put back in their protective bags, the memory of it fades for everyone.
But I remember. The sheer talent wearing the beautiful dresses in that ballroom amazed me and even though I didn’t win, I felt like a winner just to have my name mentioned in the same breath as them.
The third and forth times I was nominated I figured I was destined to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride. I based this opinion by my experience in judging the RITAs. Every book I read seemed better than mine. The writing and stories were clever, erudite, and oh so emotional. I was grateful to have anything I’d written even be considered along with those books.
And the dress? It’s great fun to buy a long formal dress, but when they start stacking up in your closet, worn only once because the only time you actually need a formal dress is once a year at the RWA conference, it’s an issue. I decided I would buy a dress and wear it every year until I won a RITA. Now that I knew how hard it is to actually win one of those shiny gold statues, I figured no one was going to notice if I was sitting in the dark in last year’s dress.
I didn’t win. But even in last year’s dress, I felt very validated as an author to have my work recognized again.
And then…a few years went by during which I was not nominated. I didn’t have to worry about a dress. I didn’t get the accolades and recognition for my special, not-your-mother’s-romance book. I got a little mopey each year when the nominations were announced and I yearned to have my work recognized by smart writers whose body of work I truly respect. But the reality is most writers aren’t nominated for a RITA and life definitely does go on.
For me, life went in the direction of Montlake. I liked the idea of Montlake because there, I had the freedom to write what I wanted. When I wrote Homecoming Ranch, I was able to explore different characters and a different way of telling a story. But I worried that readers wouldn’t like it because it was different. I admit there have been times I have been lulled into thinking there is only one way to write a romance.
When I received that call about my fifth and sixth nominations, I was quite surprised and very happy. I was mostly surprised how, at this stage of my career, those nominations could still be so validating. Perhaps even more so, because my peers have graciously reminded me that there is always more than one way to tell a story. Readers will respond to compelling love stories presented in many different ways, and it is super gratifying to be one of the writers who tell those stories.
Now, on to the dress. My RITA-or-die dress has gone missing (ahem).
Congratulations to my fellow nominees! It truly is a great honor to be nominated along with you.
We're crossing our fingers for you, Julia!
“My Goddess, who isn’t in love with Rick? I have been charmed by his dimples since he first appeared in this series and his book only added to his charm and my love,” says one early Goodreads reviewer.
We agree – and what could be hotter than a bodyguard with rock-hard abs? Maybe one who saves your life. Judy doesn’t stand a chance when she finds herself around her savior Rick.
Judy’s a recent college grad and aspiring architect. She’s just moved in with her celebrity brother in LA, and she finds herself face to face with the sexy bodyguard who threatens to distract her from her career aspirations. But when an attacker comes for Judy, she’ll need Rick there to protect her.
In this week’s First Blush, we have an exclusive sneak peak of Taken by Tuesday, the newest addition to the Weekday Brides series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee! Pre-order your copy today!
Nora Ephron contributed to the birth of “romantic comedies” as we know them today, both in film and literature. We celebrate the genre by honoring the best of the best with her own words. Find your bliss with some of these great books, starting at $1.99:
When you need to evade a malevolent uncle to save your life, sometimes you have to strike a deal with a dangerous – and dangerously handsome – lord. Such is the case for Lady Aurora in Warrior’s Revenge by Coreene Callahan. ($1.99)
Award-winning author Beverly Jenkins is after our hearts again in Destiny’s Surrender. Drew and Billie might be doing things out of order – but even though they begin with only the child that brought them together, it’s clear that something deeper is brewing beneath their passion. ($1.99)
For an inspirational read, check out Chasing Rainbows by USA Today bestselling author Kathleen Long, and join Bernie on a healing journey as she faces the death of her beloved father, the dissipation of her marriage, as well as friend and work drama – all with immense courage. ($1.99)
Eliah and Matilde meet on a flight to Paris and couldn’t be more different – he’s the powerful son of a Saudi prince and she’s a pediatric surgeon from Argentina – yet their attraction is undeniable and all-consuming in Obsession by Florencia Bonelli. ($2)
A young hotel heiress comes head to head with her new competing neighbor in Do Not Disturb by bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe – and for better or worse, her rival happens to be very, very handsome. ($2)
“Her throat tightened. So little time left. So much danger to avoid. Not the least of which was Henrik. Despite his assurances, she knew not to trust him.”
An oracle and an assassin find themselves unlikely allies – a relationship that rapidly grows and deepens into something more. The powerful oracle Cosmina is attacked on her way to perform an ancient rite to unite those protecting mankind from evil. The assassin rescues Cosmina, but can’t deny the intense hatred he feels for the goddess she serves.
Cosmina must decide whether to trust this assassin, and Henrik must decide whether to deny destiny in the name of his beliefs, or to protect the Order he despises but save the woman he loves.
Listen to an audio sampling for an even greater taste of Knight Avenged, the second thrilling book in the Circle of Seven series by Coreene Callahan. Publishers Weekly says, “Callahan deftly weaves a fresh tale of good versus evil, gathering a unique fighting force, including some were-dragons, that will keep fans eager for the upcoming sequels.”
If you already consider yourself a Bella Andre Super Fan (we sure do), you’ll be thrilled to hear that Bella’s fabulous book Game For Love is the latest addition to Kindle Worlds! Now you won’t need to leave the compelling world that she created anytime soon because we have a great selection of fan fiction for you. In all of these stories, ultra-sexy alpha athletes find their game changing when they meet the ladies that will steal their hearts.
Haven’t read Game For Love yet? You’re in luck – for a limited time, you can get it for $2.99! Fall in love with this irresistible world of passion and professional sports – Cole is a bad-boy football player (and a famous one at that), and Anna is a good-girl school teacher. With very different motivations, these two enter into a marriage of convenience – but what starts as a stunt for appearances soon hints at the possibility of something more.
For those of you who already think you know Game For Love forwards and backwards, we have some exclusive content for you – take this quiz and find out just how big of a super fan you are.
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As soon as you see a football, soccer ball or baseball bat on the cover of a book, you’re One-Clicking and diving into it on your Kindle sixty seconds later!
Even though you were never a football fan before, you’ve read so many Game For Love books that you can easily talk sports with your friends.
You were watching the World Cup with your friends and family…but were secretly spinning sexy and fun fictional stories in your head about the players.
You’ve been checking Amazon every day to see if a new GAME FOR LOVE World story has come out yet…and when you find a new one had been released, you immediately cancel your plans for the night so that you can start reading as soon a you get home from work.
Everyone has started regularly checking in on your Facebook page because you’re always telling them about the great new sexy romances they need to read!
You love getting an inside look at the lives of these gorgeous, talented and wealthy superstars of sports — especially when they finally lose their hearts to the one woman they never saw coming.
When you fall asleep at night, mini movies about sexy ballplayers are playing in your head from the book you’ve been reading way too late…
You keep meaning to get back to the painting/sewing/art project you started that’s halfway done — but you just can’t stop reading!
You’ve booked trips to Las Vegas and San Francisco to visit the locations in GAME FOR LOVE first hand. And if you happened to run into a sexy football player, you wouldn’t complain!
You checked off 7-10: Is your name Anna? You’re a hardcore fan that you might as well be the main character!
You checked off 4-6: You’re not on top of your game. You may need a refresher.
You checked off 2-3: We are going to assume that you have jetlag from traveling between San Francisco and Las Vegas. Get some shut eye and then re-take the quiz.
You checked off 0-1: You need to get your copy of Game For Love asap!
Bella’s Game For Love Kindle World has so much to offer – in fact, we’ve got fan fiction written by some really talented people! Don’t miss Game For Love: Love Games by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mara Jacobs. Professional quarterback Declan Tate is hot, hot, hot – and he’s after the Marlee Reeves, a strong woman with a history that makes her wary of athletes. Find out if Declan can break down her defenses in Game For Love: Love Games!
Being perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – just ask Lorelei Warner. She became a lawyer and married her college boyfriend – and look where it got her. Her husband ran away with another man and her job’s a yawn-fest.
Joining her best friends at Fool Me Once Investigations is the best thing that’s happened to her. It keeps the fun and adventure alive – even more so when a routine subpoena delivery turns into a murder investigation. Determined to solve the crime herself, Lorelei is less than pleased to be aided by the private investigator Dallas Osborne – especially since that pompous man is entirely too good looking.
You won’t want to miss the third riotous standalone book in USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec’s Fool Me Once series. Check out this audio sampling of Shame on Him and find out why fans rave over Tara’s writing. Then snag yourself a copy today!
When faced with a life or death decision, sometimes you have to strike a deal with a seductively handsome devil.
After the death of her parents, Lady Aurora finds herself stripped of her birthright and betrayed by her uncle. She is forced to flee in order to save her life, and she only narrowly avoids a murder attempt. She finds herself forced to trust Lord Brigham, a man many people consider a monster. But soon she cannot deny the feelings she has for this dangerous man.
As one reviewer said, “This is a great read. I loved the characters and cannot wait to read more of Coreene Callahan's great story telling.” Get Warrrior’s Revenge by Coreene Callahan for $1.99, now through Sunday 7/20!