Giveaway: Choose your favourite SOCIETY WEDDINGS couple for your chance to win!

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Rocco & Olivia in The Italian’s Deal for I Do

Christian & Alessandra in The Greek’s Pregnant Bride

Stefan & Clio in The Sicilian’s Surprise Wife

Zayed & Nadia in The Sheikh’s Wedding Contract

Contest Details:

  • Contest is open from April 18th to 25th and open to North American readers only.
  • All you have to do is choose your favourite Society Weddings couple and submit your vote!
  • 15 winners will receive a signed copy of Jennifer Hayward’s The Italian’s Deal for I Do and an exclusive invitation to society’s most opulent weddings.
  • One grand prize winner will win the signed book as well as a Jennifer Hayward poster and a $50 dollar Visa® Gift Card
  • Click here for full giveaway details.

Society Weddings

Dedicated bachelors Rocco Mondelli, Christian Markos, Stefan Bianco and Zayed Al Afzal met and bonded at university, wreaking havoc amongst the female population. In the decade since graduating, they’ve made their marks on the worlds of business and pleasure, becoming wealthy and powerful. Marriage was never something Rocco, Christian, Stefan or Zayed were ever after…but things change and now they’ll have to do whatever it takes to get themselves to the church on time!

RSVP and get ready to enjoy the pinnacle of luxury and opulence as the sexist billionaires from Harlequin Presents® finally say ‘I do’!

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Get His Majesty’s Child by Sharon Kendrick for only $0.99!

Until May 18th, you can get His Majesty’s Child for only 99 cents!

About His Majesty’s Child:

9781426884627_p0_v1_s260x420King Casimiro harbors a secret—no one in the kingdom of Zaffirinthos knows that a devastating accident has left his memory clouded in darkness. And Casimiro himself cannot answer why Melissa Maguire, an enigmatic English rose, stirs such feelings in him?. Questioning his ability to rule, Casimiro decides he will renounce the throne. But Melissa has news she knows will rock the palace to its core: Casimiro has an heir!

Law dictates Casimiro cannot abdicate, so he must find a way to reacquaint himself with Melissa—his new queen!

 

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10 Books with Harlequin Presents!

by Maya Blake, author of Married For The Prince’s Convenience

Writing for Harlequin Presents often involves flinging yourself headlong into a world of high stakes emotion and larger than life characters. Having been a reader most of my life, my imagination runs wild most of the time. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to escape a rainy London day by imagining themselves in an exotic location with a sexy, alpha billionaire? Throw in a beautiful, spirited heroine who’s prepared to go toe-to-toe with said hero and I’m hooked!

Before I sold my first Presents, I would often dream of how I’d react when that magic phone call happened. I’d spend hours thinking of what I’d say to the editor etc. Of course, I was nowhere near as composed as I thought I’d be. In fact, in the hours after the call, I experienced a true adrenaline headache for the first time, and I literally had to lie down for half an hour just to get the endorphins out of my system.

Fast-forward ten books later—ten books, WOW— and the feeling is pretty much the same. It’s not so intense that I need to lie down every time, lol, but each time I open an email from my editor, I do a little inner Dorothy heel-click dance of delight. It’s pathetic, I know, and more often than not, the emails contain revisions for a book, which means I need to get back to work on a story. But my goodness, IT IS SUCH A THRILL to be doing what I love, and to be getting paid for it! And having it topped off this last month with a RITA nomination has got to be the best cherry on a cake, ever!

My tenth book, Married For The Prince’s Convenience, was a book that ‘almost’ sold back when I was trying to hit the mark. Since then it’s undergone a HUGE overhaul, but the basic premise of the story has stayed and I couldn’t have asked for a better book to mark my tenth Presents!

To provide a little background, despite it being number ten, there are a few firsts for me writing-wise. Firstly, Santo Sierra, the kingdom where my hero Reyes Navares is ruler, was my first fictitious kingdom. Constructing a kingdom from the ground up was such an incredible experience, one I hope to engage in again very soon. Secondly, my heroine, Jasmine, is as far from a goody-two shoes as you can get and that was a first for me too, making a heroine pretty damn naughty from page one. You’ll see what I mean when you read the first line of the book, lol. Jasmine and Reyes met under extremely trying circumstances, and had a huge mountain to climb before they got their happy ending. But boy, did they deserve it!

Before I head off to tackle what I hope will be my fifteenth book for Presents, here’s the blurb from Married For The Prince’s Convenience. I truly love Jasmine and Reyes, and I hope you love them too!

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On the Prince of Santo Sierra’s long list of prospective brides, Jasmine Nichols is at the bottom. Their impulsive night together might have proved their compatibility in the bedroom, but her later behavior proves she would not make a suitable princess.

Yet Jasmine is catapulted to the top of the list when Prince Reyes discovers she is carrying his heir! He should be planning her punishment not their wedding, but there is an old saying …keep your enemies closer.

Except Reyes’s cold, tactical marriage is about to be jeopardized by their explosive chemistry and uncovering his new bride’s secrets…

To the wonderful Harlequin Presents/Mills and Boon team, thanks for making my career so amazing! Here’s to many more books in the future.

Maya x

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I Heart Turkey – the Setting for Captive of Kadar

by Trish Morey, author of Captive of Kadar

What’s your favourite city in the world?

I’d be hard pressed to pick just one. Venice would have to be right up there, of course, for atmosphere, mystique and the sheer downright wonder at the audacity of people to construct a city atop a lagoon. London, for its mad mix of old and new, of gilded palaces and funky double decker buses.

And Istanbul. Situated where two continents meet, a blend of the ancient with the modern, where the exotic and luxurious rub shoulders, a place rich in history and where travellers have visited for centuries to explore where east meets west and where you can eat some of the best stuffed vegetables in the world. (Seriously, the food is a reason to visit all by itself!)

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Istanbul sets the scene for a large portion of Captive of Kadar. Kadar is the third of my four Desert Brothers, alongside Zoltan (Duty and the Beast), Bahir (The Sheikh’s Last Gamble) and Rashid (Shackled to the Sheikh – coming this November!), and has business interests in Turkey and centered in Istanbul. Our heroine, Amber Jones, travels to Turkey to follow in the footsteps of her great-great-great grandmother, who traveled to the then Constantinople more than a century before and vanished for ten long years before arriving home in England, alone and confused. Amber wants to find a taste of what her ancestor discovered – only to discover more than she ever dared hope for.

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Like Kadar, in the Spice Market. Here’s where they meet…

He saw her in the Spice Market, just another tourist strolling through Istanbul’s ancient marketplace, famed for selling spices and dried fruits and a thousand different kinds of tea. Just another wide-eyed tourist, even if she did come complete with blond hair and blue eyes and red jeans that hugged her curves like a second skin. Not that he was interested.

It was mere curiosity that slowed his footsteps as she lifted her camera to take a photograph of a shop hung with glass lanterns of every imaginable design and colour; nothing more than curiosity that kept him watching as the stallholder took advantage of her stillness, holding out a plate of his best Turkish delight for her to sample. She took a faltering step backwards when she realised she hadn’t gone unnoticed, murmuring apologies and shaking her head, setting the messy knot of blond hair at the back of her head and its loose tendrils dancing, but the plate followed her retreat, the eyes of the seller joining in his entreaties for her to just have one tiny taste…

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Shortly afterwards, Kadar rescues Amber when she gets into trouble with the law, and then offers her a taste of Istanbul, the atmospheric Cisterns with their columns featuring sideways and upside down heads of Medusa, the glorious Dolmahbace Palace and more besides. And that’s when the fun really starts.

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I adored revisiting Istanbul and Turkey while writing Captive of Kadar. I loved Kadar’s reluctant guardianship of Amber and I loved Amber discovering snippets of her GGG-grandmother’s journey through Kadar and the Turkey he showed her. It was almost – almost – as good as going back. Which I will do again. Some cities just won’t let you forget them.

Which cities won’t let you forget and why?

About Captive of Kadar:

0515-9780373133413-bigwEnslaved by their desires 

Kadar Soheil Amirmoez couldn’t keep his eyes off the blond-haired beauty strolling through Istanbul’s ancient marketplace. So when he sees her in trouble, Kadar is only too willing to act…

Amber Jones has never met such an intensely commanding man as Kadar. Her reactions to him both scare and excite her—maybe that’s because he is at first her hero, then her captor!

This wasn’t the journey of exploration Amber came to Istanbul for, but as the exotic atmosphere seduces her, she soon becomes his willing captive and he a very attentive keeper!

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A Day in the Life: An Editor’s A – Z

by Isabelle Gormezano Marks, Editorial Assistant 

D is for…

Deadlines: Though the world of Romance thrives off spontaneity and fate, everything that the editorial team do has a date and time that it needs to be ready by. As a result, Romance HQ is full of fabulously colourful schedules, post-it notes and any kind of organisational apparatus you can think of! There is nothing too big, small or silly to help keep us on track and on time in order to get our books to print.

Decorations: Whether it’s someone’s birthday, Christmas or an anticipated author visit, there is always far more for the eyes to feast on at Romance HQ than the average office. Amongst the retro romance covers and calendars with scantily clad men or kittens (viewer’s choice!), a cake stand – or two, or three… – proudly sits for editors to visit at least once throughout the working day, as well as a notice board ready to welcome any visitors we’re lucky to have pop by.
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Distractions: With over twenty books a month acquired out of the UK office alone it’s clear we get through a vast amount of work day to day. But where there are editors, there is also ample fun. Every day is different, with food-fuelled brainstorming sessions, team workshops to keep our skills advanced and up-to-date, the odd game of rounders (British baseball) in the local park and discussions on the cinema’s alpha hero of the moment to distract us. We’re a team that works hard and plays hard too! No matter how much is going on in the office…we can always find time to share a giggle.

E is for…

Editing: This wouldn’t be an editorial blog post without mentioning the best job going! Nothing can quell the excitement of watching a manuscript evolve from the proposal, to a first read, to a physical book with cover and blurb ready for the shelves! Rarely does a day go by when we don’t stop to think about how lucky we are to do what we do. So, thank you to all of our wonderful Presents authors for writing for us and thank you, readers, for reading! You’re both keeping us busy and we love it!
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Emails: With emails taking up so much of the editorial team’s time, we often long for days of old before they were ever invented. So we invented ‘Retro Day’! We dressed up in platforms, legwarmers and put on far too much eye-shadow and banned all emails to see how we could cope without them. It was an amusing exercise, particularly when commuting to work in costume! One thing is for sure…emails do make our lives easier, they are just rather …plentiful.

Emotions: Despite reading manuscripts almost every day, us editors are still prone to shed a tear when those happily ever afters come our way. Regardless of whether it’s a first read or an author’s revisions, we root for the hero and heroine to find their happy ending. After the Presents authors have ruthlessly pushed them to their very limits, reading the resolution gets us welling up for all the right reasons!

F is for…

Fact-Checking: Unfortunately, we don’t always have the answer to everything. For the times when doubt creeps into our minds during an edit, we have some firm favourite fact-checking resources to fall back on. There are several online tricks that help us work out if it’s possible for the heroine to be swept away on a private jet and arrive in whatever exotic location the hero chooses by the next morning, or to ensure a term of endearment used by a sizzling Greek tycoon isn’t in a tense that he would use when addressing his elders. You see, even in a world of high fantasy romance…some things still need to be rooted in reality!
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Fantastic Reviews: It’s never a surprise to us that our authors are so well received by readers and reviewers. Nonetheless, it’s wonderful to see them get the recognition that they deserve for their hard work and dedication!

Fizz: Though every day should be a celebration of all things romance, the London office likes to seize an author visit as an opportunity to whip out a bottle and pop the cork of some fizz to help celebrate our brilliant authors. You see, I told you that we work hard and play hard too! It’s always wonderful to meet the fabulous people behind the stories that keep us so busy and to celebrate the many achievements of our authors as part of a team that helps to make them happen.
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Stay tuned for more of our behind-the-scenes at Romance HQ A-Z list – coming soon!

And in the meantime, tell us: what’s your favourite fizz (or tipple of any kind, really) to drink? And what would you say is your ultimate distraction?

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