Robin Bielman

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Welcome Kate Willoughby!

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Categories: Books, Favorite Authors, Giveaway

I’m thrilled to have my pal Kate Willoughby here today with an awesome post in celebration of her new release, On The Surface! Check out that cover! Yum! Okay, take it away, Kate…

I’m so excited to be here celebrating a shared book birthday with one of my favorite contemporary romance author buddies! Thanks for having me, Robin. I’m really looking forward to reading WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN.

A book birthday isn’t the only thing Robin and I are sharing. Our heroines are both named Erin! What are the chances?

CARINA_0414_9781426898235_OnTheSurfaceON THE SURFACE, is the first book in my In the Zone series about the fictional San Diego Barracuda hockey club. Today, I’m going to take you on a little tour of the Barracuda’s practice facility with the help Tim Hollander, the hero of ON THE SURFACE. Tim is one of the Barracudas’ top forwards. In fact, last season he scored so many hat tricks, they started calling him Hat Trick Holly. He is a tough player though and he isn’t averse to getting physical with someone if the situation is warranted. In fact, the day he and Erin met—

Tim: Hey now. Are you telling stories about me?
Me: Hi, Tim. Well, kinda. It is my job, you know. I was just telling them about how you took down that jerk who pushed Erin.
Tim: Oh, that. Um… [straightens his posture and begins reciting in a monotone] That was an action I apologize for and regret. I should not have punched that man in the face. There are other ways I could have dealt with the situation and next time I will make a better choice.
Me: [clapping] Well done.
Tim: Thanks. [He grins.] The PR guy made me practice that.
Me: So can we take your car for the tour?
Tim: Sure.

We get into his giant Escalade. He hops in with alacrity. Being under five feet tall, I have to do a little climbing. Soon we’re on the road, heading downtown. Tim looks like you’d expect a professional athlete to look—fit and lean. I especially like admiring his sculpted arms.

Tim: So, hey, see that there? [He points.] That’s the Marriott. When I first got traded to San Diego, I lived there for about three and a half months. It’s a nice place. Great staff. Really good coffee.

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Me: But you moved out.
Tim: Yeah. I already spend a lot of time in hotels when we’re on the road, but I just kept putting off finding a place. Eventually, I ended up renting…there. See that glass building over there? That’s City View.

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I know City View well. The luxury apartment complex is close to the three places the Barracudas frequent the most: the airport, the Mesa Arena, where they play, and the Barracuda Ice Center, their practice facility where we’re headed now. The BIC has three ice rinks and is open to the public. We park and enter the building.

Tim: So, this is it. Here’s where the players come in for practice.

The walls of the hallway are decorated with framed photographs of former individual Barracudas and teams. He shows me the locker room, the showers, the training room, the fitness center and the player’s lounge, where we both get water from the refrigerator. There are a dozen different choices of beverage, mostly sports drinks.

Me: They want you guys to drink a lot, judging from this fridge.
Tim: Hydration’s important for an athlete. In fact, look at this.

We walk quickly back to the men’s room adjacent to the showers. He points to a small laminated chart on the wall next to the urinal. It shows different shades of urine and the corresponding level of hydration. The last color on the chart is brown. Like tree bark brown. I read what is printed next to that color.

Me: ‘See a doctor?’ [I laugh.] No kidding!
Tim: I know, right? Jesus.
Me: Can you show me the bench?
Tim: What, you don’t want to hang out anymore in the bathroom? [He laughs.]

We exit the player’s area and go out to the rink. It’s really cold! There are some kids in hockey gear, practicing. As I am realizing there’s nothing very interesting behind the bench, the kids notice Tim and they skate to their coach and chatter, pointing at us.

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Tim: [chuckling] Here we go.

As the kids skate over, Tim approaches the waist high wall.

Tim: Hey, guys.
Boy: Wow! Tim Hollander! Cool!
Tim: Looking good out there. What are you guys practicing?
Girl: [smiling] Shooting.
Tim: Awesome. Want some tips?

All the kids go wide-eyed. They vibrate with excitement.

Boy 1: SURE!
Tim: You don’t mind, do you, Kate?
Me: Not at all.

Tim makes his way onto the ice in his street shoes to join the kids and their coach near the crease—the blue painted area in front of the net. I smile. I’m shivering from the cold, but my heart is warm as I watch him help the boys and girls improve their technique. There is laughter and helmet patting and the sense that this guy really cares. Erin is a lucky woman.

Thanks, Robin, for inviting me here. I had a terrific time and I hope everyone enjoyed meeting Tim. We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment. How do you feel about living in a hotel for three months? Luxury high rise apartment or single family home? Ice skating—love it or hate it? Do you drink enough water during the day? (I should drink more than I do.) Please leave your email address with your comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of any of my previously published e-books. Also, if you like sports romance, please check out the five other titles that make up the first ever Carina Press Sports Week. You won’t be disappointed!

Find On the Surface at Amazon * Amazon UK * B&N * iTunes * Google Play * Goodreads Find Kate on her blog * Twitter * Instagram * Pinterest

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Wild About Her Wingman Release Day!

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Categories: Books, Kissing the Maid of Honor, Wild About Her Wingman

I’m super thrilled that WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN, Troy and Erin’s story, is officially out in the world today!

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Available wherever eBooks are sold!

And for a limited time it’s on sale for ONLY .99 CENTS! Want to make an author’s day? You could gift a copy to a pal if you want to, in addition to you know, putting it on your own eReader. Spring is the perfect time for reading romance! Just saying.

Guess what else? In honor of the third book in my Secret Wishes series my awesome and generous publisher, Entangled Publishing, has put the first book in the series, KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR, on sale for ONLY .99 CENTS, too! This is also for a limited time, so grab them both at this amazing price while you can!

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Oh, happy day!!

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Wild About Her Wingman Blog Tour!

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Categories: Bliss, Blogging, Entangled Publishing, Wild About Her Wingman

Hey there! It’s the day before my release and I’m sooo excited! Tomorrow kicks off two blog tours – yes two! – and I hope you’ll stop by the awesome blogs that have been kind enough to host me. The first tour includes lots of different posts and a really fun giveaway. The second tour is a Spotlight tour, meaning those awesome blogs are just sharing all the details about my book – I get to sit back and relax. LOL There’s a different, fun giveaway on that tour.

Here’s the rundown:

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4/14:  Margay Leah Justice – Promo
4/14:  What I’m Reading – Review
4/15:  3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
4/15:  Kate George – Author – Guest Blog
4/16:  Romantic Reads and Such – Guest Blog
4/16:  Ramblings of a Book Lunatic - Review
4/17:  Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance - Promo
4/17:  Ex Libris – Guest Blog
4/18:  Book Nook Nuts - Promo
4/18:  Book’s blog - Promo
4/21:  Steamy Guys After Dark - Review
4/21:  Reader’s Edyn - Promo
4/21:  First Page to the Last - Promo
4/22:  Feeling Fictional - Review
4/22:  Michelle Chew Writes - Review
4/23:  Becky on Books - Review
4/23:  Bookaholic - Review
4/24:  Harlie’s Books - Promo
4/24:  TrulySimplyPink - Promo
4/24:  Ramblings of a quirky slightly mad journalist… - Promo
4/25:  Heidi Timmons Writer Reader Starbucks Drinker - Promo
4/25:  Talking Books Blog – Interview
4/25:  The La La Land of Books – Guest Blog

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This is the tour spotlighting my book. No guest posts or interviews, but a really cute giveaway separate from my other tour. Here’s where Wild About Her Wingman will be:

4/14: Book-Marks the Spot
4/14: Caribbean Accent Book Reviews
4/14: Love To Read For Fun
4/15: Stitch Read Cook
4/15: Brooke Blogs
4/16: Romancing the Book
4/16: Doing Some Reading
4/17: Rookie Romance
4/17: So Many Reads
4/18: Cheryl’s Book Nook
4/18: What I’m Reading
4/21: Ex Libris
4/21: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
4/22: Romantic Reads and Such
4/22: Cocktails and Books
4/23: Belle’s Book Bag
4/23: Reading Between the Wines Book Club
4/24: Adria’s Romance Reviews
4/24: SOS Aloha
4/25: The Romance Dish
4/25: Eclectic Passions

I’m also going to be at a few other stops. [takes deep breath] Yeah, it’s going to be a busy two weeks! I do so hope I see you along the way! Okay, here’s my additional blogging hangouts:

4/14 Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight
4/14 Dale Meyer – A multi-author party with lots of giveaways!
4/15 Just Contemporary Romance – guest post + giveaway
4/22 Kate Willoughby – guest post + giveaway
4/23 Fresh Fiction – guest post + giveaway
4/25 Ramblings From this Chick – guest post on my favorite book couple + giveaway
4/29 Magical Musings – post + giveaway

Woot! I shall be happy dancing my way through the coming weeks! Thanks so much for all your support! I truly appreciate it more than I can say!

hugs,
Robin

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Hero Love

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Categories: Wild About Her Wingman

Wild About Her Wingman releases one week from today! Woot! I’m so excited. And nervous. And happy. And nervous. Those butterflies I always get are starting to multiply.

Excited jitters aside, have I mentioned how much I love my hero, Troy? I do. A lot. So today I thought  I’d fire a few questions at him in hopes you’ll all jump on the Troy bandwagon with me. Smile Here we go…

Pizza or burger: That’s a tough one, but I think burgers edge out pizza. 

Favorite movie: Currently it’s Despicable Me 2. My niece Amelia has had me watch it with her a few times and seeing how much she loves it makes it a favorite. 

Three things you’d bring with you to a deserted island: Erin, rope, a fishing pole.

Boxers or briefs: This is a popular question isn’t it? Boxer briefs.

Are you better with a hammer or barbecue utensils? I’d like to think I’m equally skilled with both. 

On your day off you like to: go for a run or paddle board, watch some sports on TV, make dinner for Erin and fall asleep with her in my arms.

Survive a zombie apocalypse or alien abduction:  [laughs] Let’s go with alien abduction.

Concert in the park or play on stage? Concert for sure. Not that I’m opposed to plays, but music is definitely more fun.

If you could be a superhero for a day, who would it be: Captain America

One Thing You Can’t Live Without: Erin Go Bragh

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Oh, and the random winner from my Match Game post is Jeannie L. Congratulations, Jeannie! Please send me an email with your choice of any Bliss book – nook or kindle – and I’ll get it to you asap.

 

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Match Game Secret Wishes Style + a Giveaway!

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Categories: Bliss, Giveaway, Her Accidental Boyfriend, Kissing the Maid of Honor

Happy April! In anticipation of my next Secret Wishes book, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN, I thought we’d play a little game with the characters from my two other Secret Wishes books. Match the character with the piece of dialogue, leave your answers in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of any Bliss title – your pick! You can see them all HERE.

A. Shane Sullivan in Her Accidental Boyfriend
B. Sela Sullivan in Kissing the Maid of Honor
C. Luke Watters in Kissing the Maid of Honor
D. Kagan Owens in Her Accidental Boyfriend
E. Erin Watters in Her Accidental Boyfriend
F. Charlotte in Her Accidental Boyfriend
G. Shane Sullivan in Kissing the Maid of Honor
H. Luke Watters in Kissing the Maid of Honor

1.”Safe my ass. What’s going on with you two?”
2.”Damn, you’ve got an irresistible mouth. You should hold it against me more often.”
3.”Wishes don’t go stale, do they?”
4.”You won’t tell anyone who I really am, will you?”
5.”I do, however, love to take them off a woman’s body with my teeth.”
6.”Okay, seriously? You guys need to get out of here before all your sexed up glances become contagious.”
7.”We pinky swore when we were ten that we’d be best friends forever, and I take my promises very seriously.”
8.”Sweetheart, there’s nothing small about me and if you need proof, I’d be happy to show you.”

One random winner will be chosen and their name posted on Monday, April 7th. Thanks for playing!

Oh, and this is not an April Fools’ Day joke, so what are you waiting for? Comment away!

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Meet the Cascade gang!

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Categories: Bliss, Her Accidental Boyfriend, Kissing the Maid of Honor, Wild About Her Wingman

So, I thought it would be fun to create sort of a family/who-goes-with-who tree for my Cascade gang from my Secret Wishes series. I love this little coastal town and the people that live there.  Heart

Okay, so first we have Paula and Reed Watters. They have four children: Luke, Vanessa, Erin and Teague.

Next up is Meg and Henry Sullivan. They have two children: Shane and Sela.

Vanessa was the first to walk down the aisle. She’s married to Hayden Foster and they have a baby on the way! (Shh… don’t tell anyone, but it’s a boy!)

Luke and Shane are best friends. Luke was Sela’s first kiss back in high school and well, things didn’t go so smoothly after that, but unable to keep their distance as Best Man and Maid of Honor at Vanessa and Hayden’s wedding, things changed. Grin They’ve since eloped and are happily married. You can read their story in KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR.

Shane, Cascade’s biggest flirt, pretended to be Kagan Owens boyfriend to help her out of a bind and one thing led to another and what was fake turned real and a flash mob got involved and now they’re engaged! You can read their story in HER ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND.

Erin had no desire to fall in love again after having her heart annihilated by her college boyfriend, but after a matchmaking challenge, she had no choice but to get mixed up with her matchmaker/wingman,  rescue paramedic Troy Streiber. They are…. well I don’t want to spoil it since their book comes out April 14th! It’s titled WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN and here’s the cover! I am super in love with it!!!!!!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day + a Sneak Peek!

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Categories: Bliss, Wild About Her Wingman

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope the luck of the Irish is with everyone today! So there couldn’t be a more perfect day to share the very first sneak peek at my upcoming Bliss book, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN. This is Erin and Troy’s story and here’s a short excerpt in honor of today…

“Do you like to be called by a nickname?” Troy asked, like he hadn’t just groped her into the best laugh she’d had in a while.

“I can think of a few names I’d like to call you right now.”

His eyebrows lifted. “Go for it.”

“How did you know I was so ticklish?” she said instead.

“When I stitched up your hand last month you had a hard time keeping still. Palms are sensitive spots, but I could tell it was more.”

Damn. He was right. He’d tickled her hand like crazy but she’d stayed stoic. Until he’d said it was still bleeding. Then she’d almost passed out.

A few people stumbled out of the Crown & Anchor, the happy sounds inside wafting to her ears before the door closed.

“So, nickname?”

She felt her cheeks redden. She’d had one in college that she’d never told anyone at home about. “Nope.”

“Liar.”

She shrugged.

“Didn’t we just establish I can get it out of you?” He angled himself closer. This more relaxed, playful Troy was very unnerving. What had gotten into him? She started to step away, but he trapped her against the car, his arms braced on either side of her body. “Come on, tell me.”

“No.”

“Chicken.” His eyes glittered. He knew he had her with that description and she bristled.

“If I tell you, then I get to ask you anything I want and you have to answer it.”

“Fine.”

Just blurt it out. She couldn’t believe she was about to tell him. Nerves did a one-two step down her back. Damn it. She never got nervous. “Erin Go Bragh. Or just Go Bragh.”

“Doesn’t that mean Ireland forever? I didn’t know you were Irish.”

“Everyone has a bit of Irish in them, right?” She laid her best Irish accent on him.

“Not buying it.” He stayed put. Why wasn’t he backing off? She needed some space.

Goosebumps skittered up the back of her arms. She pressed her hands against the cold metal of her car.

“Okay, fine.” To her chagrin, she sounded breathy. Worried he’d notice his effect on her, she did a quick mental slap . “In college whenever I drank too much, I had a tendency to take off my bra. I’d slip it right out from under my shirt like it was too tight or something. So the ‘go bragh’ means ‘go bra’ like letting my bra go. It became a joke with my sorority sisters and fraternity friends.”

His eyes dipped to her chest and God, she felt it like he’d touched her there. The air crackled with electricity. Two seconds later, he stepped back and his gaze snapped to her face.


 I’m so excited for you to read Erin and Troy’s story! Release Day is April 14th!!

And hey, thanks so much to everyone who voted to get Luke and Shane into the March Madness Men of Bliss tournament! They’re both headed into Round Two this week! Their competition is fierce with two really awesome heroes – Jason from Rachel Harris’s TASTE THE HEAT and Lane from Tracy March’s TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS. Shane is up on Tuesday, March 18th. Luke is up on Thursday, March 20th! I’d love it if you stopped by and gave them your support! You’ll find the posts  for voting HERE. Thank you!!

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Happy Monday Musings

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Categories: Bliss, Books

Hey there! Thanks so much to everyone who voted for Luke and Shane in the March Madness Men of Bliss Tournament! They both made it in! Luke’s got a by (or is that bye?) this week, but Shane is up on Friday, the 14th, so I hope you’ll show him some love and cast your vote! For a little inspiration, here he is after a little game of football. I know it’s not basketball, but hey, he’s good at both!

Click HERE for the rundown on the tournament and to see which heroes will be playing this week. Round One voting starts today!

I also want to bring attention to the new icon on my sidebar labeled “Click to join Robin’s Review Posse.” I thought it would be fun to put together a small Review Team with some special, exclusive perks, so please click on the icon to see what it’s all about and if you might be interested. I hope you are! And to those of you that have already signed on, thank you so, so much!!

One more thing I’m super excited about it? Five weeks from today, WILD ABOUT HER WINGMAN releases! Woot! I am so excited for Erin and Troy’s book, and in the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some fun stuff leading up to release day on April 14th.

<3, Robin

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March Madness Men of Bliss

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Categories: Books, Entangled Publishing, Her Accidental Boyfriend, Kissing the Maid of Honor

Happy March everyone! Here in the states, March Madness kicks off in a couple of weeks in the basketball world. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a huge basketball fan. However, I am a big fan of romance heroes and so I found it super cool that Entangled Bliss has decided to have their own March Madness tournament – with the heroes from the Bliss line! Here’s the scoop from a Bliss head honcho…

Get ready to watch your favorite men go head to head and see who will make it through all five rounds of the March Madness Men of Bliss Tournament!

But first we need YOUR help! It is up to you to make sure your favorite Bliss hero gets nominated and entered into the tournament!  Only the top 24 will be entered to the tournament + 4 heroes that have a BYE in round 1. So tell all of your friends to fill out this simple form –> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1niEZC1XMGp53124FJWtMso7Fg2pu_Tq43E2lsx7L7l4/viewform to nominate their favorites!

In case you can’t recall all of the Bliss heroes we have to offer, click HERE for the Bliss webpage with all of our books to jog your memory!

Nominations are open until March 7! The Bliss tourney will kick off March 10!

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I’m secretly – okay not so secretly – hoping you’ll vote for my heroes, Luke Watters from Kissing the Maid of Honor and Shane Sullivan from Her Accidental Boyfriend. Grin

Thank you bunches!!

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Free Bliss Sampler!

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Categories: Books, Entangled Publishing

Bliss Sampler

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share that Entangled Bliss has something special for readers!  A Bliss Sampler – absolutely FREE – with sample chapters from every single Bliss title.

PLUS…

Take a peek inside the upcoming March Bliss releases, Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier and Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss.

Also included are never-before-seen deleted scenes from me, Cindi Madsen, Tracy March and Roxanne Snopek!

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your FREE copy of the Bliss Sampler and fall in love one small town hero at a time.

Happy reading!

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