Category: Books

I am so, so thrilled to share that my pal Maggie Kelley’s debut novel from Entangled Publishing, BREAKING THE BACHELOR, is out today! Woot!

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Goaded by her competition, matchmaker Jane Wright makes a very public
bet that she can find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest
confirmed bachelor—sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman. Unfortunately,
Charlie is also Jane’s ex-lover, a man she broke up with on a cocktail
napkin. With her company on the line, Jane has no choice but to convince
the man of her most impractical dreams to dive back into the dating pool.

Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little
revenge. Determined to prove to Jane that chemistry always beats
compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive her crazy with desire…then
walk away. And his plan is working. A little too well, actually. Because
even as Jane scrambles to calculate Charlie’s best match, the heat building between combusts. But Charlie’s been so busy outsmarting Cupid that he hasn’t noticed he’s the naughty cherub’s next target…

You guys, I’ve read this book and it is funny and charming and romantic, and I’m madly in love with Charlie Goodman! And even though Charlie is mine, I’ll share him with you guys. He’s just a click away…

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Huge congratulations, Maggie!!

Posted March 24, 2015 by Robin Bielman in Books, Favorite Authors, Romance / 2 Comments

Kissing the Maid of Honor, that is!

I’m so happy to share that my Bliss book, Kissing the Maid of Honor, is now an Audiobook, too!

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And to celebrate this wonderful occasion, I’ve got an exclusive Audiobook giveaway for my newsletter subscribers only! The newsletter is hitting email boxes on Monday, so if you haven’t joined yet, just click on the link at the top right hand corner of this page to sign up.

Want to see how pretty the book looks on the Audible website?  You can check it out HERE. Oh, and I just discovered it’s also available on iTunes HERE. Can you see my smiling face? :D

I’m off to listen to my book now…

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Posted March 20, 2015 by Robin Bielman in Bliss, Books, Kissing the Maid of Honor / 1 Comment

Today I’m super excited to be part of the cover reveal for Game of Love, a new sports romance from my LARA chapter mate, Ara Grigorian! (I don’t know if you guys know this, but I lived and breathed tennis growing up and played with girls who did make it to the Grand Slam level, so I’m especially looking forward to reading this book!)

Check out all the fun details about Ara’s sexy romance and enter his fantastic giveaway below!! Congratulations, Ara!

Title: Game of Love
Author: Ara Grigorian
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Day: May 4TH

GOL CoverAbout Game of Love:

Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point.

Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam. After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning – until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.

Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a whirlwind romance with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. With him, she learns to trust and love… at precisely the worst time in her career. The pressure from her home country, fans, and even the Prime Minister to be the first British woman to win in nearly four decades weighs heavily.

As Wimbledon begins, fabricated and sensationalized news about them spreads, fueling the paparazzi, and hurting her performance. Now, she must reconsider everything, because in the high-stakes game of love, anyone can be the enemy within… even lovers and even friends.

In the Game of Love, winner takes all.

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“We are made strong by the difficulties we face, not by those we evade.”

~Author Unknown

Gemma’s security flanked her, their grip tight on her arms. Bedric, her coach, rushed ahead, slamming open the hotel’s glass doors to the roar of the French paparazzi―a cacophony of questions, comments, and insults.

Gemma moderated her breathing, prepared for another three-second spurt of chaos.

Three…

“―What happened in your hotel room?”

They knew. Dozens of cameras from all directions chirped and flashed. She kept her eyes trained on her goal: the awaiting car.

Two…

“―Mademoiselle! Gemma! One smile.”

The paparazzi bore in from her right. Only a few more steps. A knee rammed into her thigh. That one would leave a mark. A bruise that the papers would dissect and analyze gratuitously.

One…

“―Why were you hiding for four months? Were you going to quit tennis?”

Don’t react. Say nothing. Bedric forced the car door open, giving Gemma the opening she needed to squeeze in. He followed.

Zero.

The door slammed behind them, and the sounds of commotion lowered to a gentle hush. Black tinted windows offered a veil of privacy. Bodies, camera lenses, and faces smashed against the glass. Only inches separated her from the paparazzi. There had been a time when she used to move to the center of the car, creating as much separation as possible. But now she knew better. Distance was a mere illusion of safety.

The locks engaged, and the car accelerated away.

She didn’t like surprises―particularly on game day―but in this case, her security lead’s demand to move her to another hotel had been spot- on. It was one thing for the paparazzi to gather outside. It was quite another when one found his way into her hotel suite… while she slept. The French paparazzi were setting a new standard.

“This is not good,” Bedric said in stoic English.

She eyed her superstitious coach, who was always concerned with deviations from routine. But the concern etched on his face wasn’t about superstition. He didn’t want a repeat performance of the Australian Open months earlier.

“You have not rested,” he continued, “and you have yet to get breakfast.”

“We’ll be fine. We are fine,” she said, nearly believing it herself. “As for breakfast, we’ll grab something at the new hotel.”

The car swerved as the driver made a temporary effort to lose their tail. Memories of another car chase months earlier inched its way into her throat.

“There will be people. You don’t need more distractions.”

“More distractions?” She had woken to the sound of an intruder in her suite, and now she was rushing from one hotel to another on the morning of her quarterfinal match. How much worse could it get? “We’ll be discreet. Run in, eat, and we’ll be off.”

The car’s tires screeched as the driver took another quick turn. It was happening again. Another chase just before a critical match. Only this time, the driver wasn’t drunk.

From her bag, Gemma removed a tennis ball and twirled it in her hand. One point at a time. She focused on the soft texture. Familiar. Calming. Poking out from inside her bag, the newspaper article from the day before mocked her. Inch-tall letters above her picture: The Great HypeFive Years and Still Waiting. She squeezed the tennis ball over and over again until her fingers went numb.

She dropped the ball back inside the bag, then closed her eyes, hoping to salvage some sleep. She crossed her arms and tried to control her shivering. No, she wasn’t cold. She just wanted five minutes alone with the bastard who had violated her space. Gemma almost wished the coward hadn’t bolted when she charged him, tennis racquet in hand.

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34019c_ecb294aa4a244d158202952d64580733.jpg_srz_p_165_150_75_22_0.50_1.20_0About Ara Grigorian:

Armenian by heritage, born in Iran, lived in Barcelona, and escaped New York until he found his home in Los Angeles, Ara’s first eleven years were both busy and confusing. The fruit salad of languages would slow down his genetically encoded need to tell stories. Until then, an alter ego would be required…

He received an engineering degree from California State University Northridge and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Today, he is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later).

But something was amiss until his wife read him the riot act. “Will you stop talking about wanting to be a writer and just do it?” So with her support (and mandate), and their two boys serving as his muse, he wrote stories.

Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.

Ara is represented by Stacey Donaghy.

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Posted March 13, 2015 by Robin Bielman in Books, Romance / 6 Comments

Happy Book Birthday to His Million Dollar Risk! I’m so thrilled that the next book in my Take A Risk series is out today!

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He’s ready to play dirty…

Determined to make his latest preservation project on Route 66 a success, Connor Gibson will take any good press he can get. Even if it means spending a week with a reporter. And even if it’s one from a publication he has good reason to hate. Connor certainly isn’t expecting a spontaneous and undeniably attractive blonde who makes him seriously hot for the press…

Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her publisher dad that she’s a serious journalist, even if she has to pretend she’s someone else. Worse though, is trying to maintain any objectivity with the way too charming Connor. She can’t help but get into all kinds of sexy trouble with him. But by going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her heart on the line…

 

It’s available FOR ONLY .99 CENTS! Cheapest road trip ever! And if I do say so myself, the most fun, too.

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Today is also the official re-release day for Yours At Midnight. I so love my new Red Hot Bliss cover! It’s a doubly happy Monday!!

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Huge thanks to the bloggers helping me spread the word about the books this week. I so appreciate it! The book blast schedule is below if you want to stop by and say hello. (I hope you will.) AND don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Things kick off tomorrow.

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Smut Fanatics Book Blog
Book Liaison
A British Bookworm’s Blog
Ex Libris
Talking Books Blog (this is an extra stop where I’ve got a short interview)

2/11
Joyfully Reviewed
What I’m Reading
So Many Reads
Eclectic Passions

2/12
The Reading Cafe
The Book Review
Romance Reviews Today Blog
The Reading Frenzy
Cover to Cover Book Blog

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Posted February 9, 2015 by Robin Bielman in Books / 49 Comments

Happy New Year!

We’ve had some pretty chilly days in my neck of the woods, and I’m thinking it might be cold where you are too, so how about a little teaser from KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW. The book takes place in a small beach town during the summer so what better way to warm up than with a little Zane time? (And if it’s warm where you are, well, how about getting a little hotter?) ;)

“You think everything revolves around Zane Hollander, don’t you?”

“No. But I think your blush does.”

Her shoulders tensed and she pressed her lips together. The thin line of her mouth didn’t prevent him from hearing her irritated sigh. She was annoyed—at him, at herself?—and hell if she didn’t look cute in the process.

“Your notice makes me jumpy.”

“Sorry.”

“And I don’t like it.”

“Here’s the thing.” He bent to whisper in her ear. “I do.”

She shivered, and he felt it as if she were a part of him. He should stop teasing her, he knew he should, but something about Sophie Birch jerked at his control.

“I like the pink flush that rises in your cheeks and moves down your neck, your throat.” He slid a finger across her collarbone. “Makes me wonder how far down that blush goes.”

I hope you’ll check out the whole story!

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Posted January 5, 2015 by Robin Bielman in Bliss, Books / 10 Comments

Looking for a holiday read this week? My novella, YOURS AT MIDNIGHT, takes place from Christmas to New Year’s, but there’s, uh, lots more going on than just holiday cheer. Like what, Robin? I’m glad you asked!

There’s…
Sex… From the very beginning of the book the reader learns that Lyric and Quinn have had a one-night stand. The kind of one-night stand neither can forget. When they see each other again after four years, of course the first thing that runs through their mind is that night. I think thoughts are often just as potent as actions, and I loved writing the sexual tension between these two.

And…
Secrets… Lyric’s got one. And it’s a doozy. I knew some people wouldn’t like her because she’s kept this secret, but I wanted to convey that life is often messy and confusing and we sometimes do things we’re not proud of. Lyric’s decision was really difficult for her, but at the time she felt so hurt that she didn’t think things through like she should have. Then she lived with the secret. And lived with it. Until telling the truth scared the crap out of her. Was she selfish? Yes. But I think that makes her human. Sometimes we do only think of ourselves. As the story progresses, I tried to show her struggling with the choice she made, and by the end I hoped her actions would redeem her and readers who didn’t instantly fall in love with her at the start, would love her now.

And…
The Boy Next Door… ~sigh~ Saying those four words in the context of a romance novel conjures a sexy, trouble-making, too tempting to ignore guy in my mind. Add in a heart that needs healing and I’m so hooked. Quinn is complex. He’s hurting. And letting go of that pain isn’t easy for him. I really enjoyed writing him and digging into what made him who he was and who he wanted to be. I loved that he had so much history with Lyric, and that it took him a while to reconcile that. I loved showing a more playful and possessive side to him the more time he spent with Lyric. And I really loved when he opened up to her and she didn’t know what to do with him after that.

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I truly had the best time writing this novella and during the holidays I think about it more than usual. It’s a story very dear to my heart for several reasons and I hope you’ll check it out!

Posted December 22, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Books, Yours At Midnight / 3 Comments

I’m so excited to share a new release with you! This one is from a special person to me – Alice Langdon. Alice and I are chapter mates in our local RWA chapter and we hit it off the second we met. She’s warm, friendly, outgoing, and talented in so many areas. (She acts and sings like nobody’s business, you guys.) And lucky for me when it came time in our chapter to match mentors with mentees, we were delighted to get hooked up together. ;)

She recently self published her first novel and I’m thrilled to have the details here! TRUSTING DESIRE is the first book in her Gilded Passions series. Huge congrats again, Alice!

aliciaKINDLEWhat if the only thing that could save you — was the thing you feared most?

Naive, destitute and alone, Ellie Baker’s world crumbles when she’s kidnapped and forced into a brothel to repay her father’s mistakes. Betrayed to the core, Ellie vows to never trust another man—even Gabriel Peterson, her favorite childhood friend. 



Gabriel can’t get past his mother’s brutal murder. Drinking, gambling and whoring help him forget, yet his guilt-ridden habits have made him a social outcast. When the girl from his youth confronts him, he is shocked out of despair and vows to help Ellie escape… But can he break free of his own demons?

Neither expects the reunion to last—until their lives overlap in unimaginable ways. When Ellie helps Gabriel in his quest for vengeance, she can’t deny their forbidden attraction. Being together feels dangerous, yet how can Ellie resist, when his slightest touch makes her body ache for more?

With reputations in the balance, these two must learn to trust in themselves—or risk losing the only love they’ve ever known.

BUY LINKS:    AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE     KOBO

Stalk Alice on Facebook! Tweet with her too! She’s rarely on Twitter, but maybe if we all bug her on there, she’ll tweet more! :D

Alice is also an amazing artist. She drew this picture of Luke and Sela from KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR for me. I just wanna cry every time I look at it. It’s so awesome.

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Happy Thursday!

P.S. Tomorrow’s the day I skydive for the first time! Woot! I’m super excited and hope the rain here in not-so-sunny California clears out in time. I’m ready. Like now! LOL What’s one thing on your bucket list?

 

Posted December 4, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Books, Romance / 4 Comments

I’m so happy to have my friend JL Hammer take over my blog this week! Her newest release, NOTHING BUT TROUBLE is out today from Entangled Publishing and she’s celebrating with a giveaway right here! The book sounds so great and I can’t wait to read it! I hope you’ll 1-click just like I did! Take it away, JL…

Thank you to the amazing Robin Bielman for hosting me on this exciting day. NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (Vegas Vixens series book #1) from Entangled Select Suspense is now out! And to make things even sweeter, for a limited time the book is on sale for only .99 cents! I loved writing this story because it has high-stakes danger and a sinfully hot deputy sheriff. I don’t know about you, but I find a man in uniform absolutely tempting.

 Nothing But Trouble coverShe’s the kind of trouble he can’t resist …

 

With an angry loan shark hot on her heels, Frankie Delenski flees a Vegas gentlemen’s club with one thought in mind: hide before she’s nothing more than a chalk outline. Now on the run…she finds herself stranded in a sleepy Colorado town during a storm. Her only salvation becomes the suspicious and gorgeous deputy sheriff determined to arrest her…

 

From the get-go, Wes Malone must restrain his lust for this stunning, unpredictable woman in a sequined bra and rely on his instincts as a cop. As he sifts through the haze of lies, the truth about her predicament is like a sucker punch to the gut. She’s in serious danger and getting involved with her means nothing but sweet, irresistible trouble…

 

Find all the BUY LINKS and read the first chapter HERE!

 

Sneak Peak:

She took a moment to study the virile man before her. The strippers worked their clients into a mouth-drooling frenzy by a few shakes of their hips and a little lip-gnawing. If Frankie could work her charms on Deputy Malone, he would be at her beck and call. A strange thrill zinged through her.

With a sexy strut, she approached, giving him her best heated look. She brushed the tips of her polished nails across his chest. Hopefully, he hadn’t noticed the mud smeared across her hands or her missing pinky nail. His dark brows lifted and his expression was…amused. Determination

squared Frankie’s shoulders. With a thrust, she pushed out her well-padded female attributes.

“Can’t we just forget about all this? Couldn’t you just help me get my car out of the ditch and then let me go on my way?” She tried to purr, but it sounded more like she needed a throat lozenge.

“Are you hungry?” he asked.

She frowned and then remembered she was being seductive and smiled shyly. “Hungry?”

“Yeah. The way you keep chewing on your lower lip I figured you must be starving.”

 

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Giveaway Alert! Up for grabs is a $10 Amazon gift card! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
(Robin here… Stalk, I mean visit JL at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter)!

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Posted November 17, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Books, Entangled Publishing, Giveaway / 37 Comments

Happy Thursday! Okay, so I went to my favorite store, Barnes & Noble, and with Octoberquest on my mind, stopped in front of this shelf to select a new author to read.

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There are so, so many wonderful romance authors I’ve yet to read, but two things had me picking the book I did. The first was the author herself. I met Shirley Jump this past August at the RWA conference. We were standing in line at Starbucks and she said hello to me first – by name! Holy crap! She recognized me from FB, where we’re friends – and she was the nicest, nicest person! I tried not to go too fan girl on her, and we chatted for a bit and I couldn’t stop smiling at her. I’m thinking it wasn’t my stalker smile since she didn’t make a quick escape. So anyway, that’s the first reason – she rocks! The second reason I chose her book (which is in the top right hand corner of the bookshelf, by the way) is the cover:

The-Sweetheart-Secret-medIt reminded me of this cover that I have a pretty big soft spot for:

WildAboutHerWingman-SmallI’m one of those goofy people that takes little things like this as a sign and so my new author this month is Shirley Jump, with her new book, The Sweetheart Secret. I would love, love, love it, if you wanted to read the book with me this month! I’m thinking we can meet back here the last week of October to discuss. Even if Shirley isn’t a new read for you, join me!

So tell me, who are one or two of your favorite authors? Who must I include in my TBR pile?

**Giveaway Reminder**
For every comment on my blog this month, you’ll be entered to win a $25.00 gift card. Please help me spread the word!

Posted October 9, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Books, Life Lately, Romance / 15 Comments

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There’s still time to email me and receive a bonus scene from Keeping Mr. Right Now. Details are on my Giveaway page! In the mean time, tell me what your favorite thing about summer is.

Posted September 2, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Books / 2 Comments