Category: Worth the Risk

Hey there! Happy June! Let’s kick off the month right shall we? I’m so happy to share that my awesome publisher, Entangled Publishing, is offering a very special Steal & Deal! (Well, special to me.) For one week only my debut book, WORTH THE RISK, is FREE! And for a limited time the second book in my Take A Risk series, RISKY SURRENDER, is only .99 cents!

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WORTH THE RISK is about Sam and Dean (not the Supernatural duo). They spent a summer together after college and now five years later, they’re face to face again vying for the same job.

Their love was ancient history…until their paths crossed again

Samantha Bennett put Dean Malloy out of her mind five years ago, when he broke her heart after a summer fling. But now he’s back in her life, and ready to steal a heritage protection contract that could make or break her career–if he doesn’t steal her heart first. Samantha’s vowed to hate him, but it’s more than anger heating the competition between them.

With sparks flying across the conference table and sizzling in every touch, Dean proposes a weekend liaison. Anything to have Sam again; anything to get her out of his system. But the unresolved feelings between them complicate both their personal and professional lives, and one wild weekend could turn into a disaster that would destroy the one job that means more to Samantha than anything. For a shot at love…is it worth the risk?

This book has a really special place in my heart because it was my first one. When I sat down to write it I got to thinking about what my favorite part of any story was and I realized it’s the first kiss. That magical moment when two people can’t keep their hands – or rather mouths – off each other. <sigh>

So, since Sam and Dean’s first kiss takes place five years before the novel opens, I wanted their First Kiss after they meet up again to be really Something. It takes place in a bar and involves a hot sauce game. Here’s a peek…

He cupped her cheek and looked deep into her eyes. “One kiss, Sam. I dare you.”


Damn him. If she didn’t agree, he’d think he won something here, and she couldn’t let that happen. She couldn’t let him beat her over a silly kiss. Especially if he thought his kiss would distract her from the reason she was in town.

“Fine. I’m game.”

Whistles and sighs echoed around their corner of the bar while Joe grabbed two bottles of hot sauce off the table. “The rules are”—he looked at Sam as he spoke—“time starts when I say go. Your lips must stay in contact. Tongue is optional. As soon as you part, time stops. Ready?”

With eyes stuck on each other, they nodded. Joe stood over them with a bottle of sauce in each hand and they simultaneously tilted their heads back to receive several drops on their tongues.

“Go!”

I hope you’ll check out how the kiss went and then go on to read about McCall and Lucy in Risky Surrender.  And I’d love to hear about your first kiss! Was it worthy of a second one or did it leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. hee hee Leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win a Take A Risk Chick T-shirt. The awesome Samanthe Beck has got one and we all want to be like her don’t we? (Thanks, Samanthe, for rocking the shirt and modeling for me!) For all the giveaway details (and chances for extra entries) check out the Rafflecopter below. Two winners will be chosen!

Buy links for Worth the Risk:
Amazon     Barnes & Noble

Buy links for Risky Surrender:
Amazon     Barnes & Noble

SPECIAL THANKS to Ramblings From This Chick for helping me celebrate today, too!  

 

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Posted June 2, 2014 by Robin Bielman in Entangled Publishing, Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 29 Comments

You guys! I’m so happy to share that I’ve signed another 3-book contract with Entangled! There’s going to be three more books following up WORTH THE RISK, making it a 4-book series. I love my heritage protection heroes and am beyond excited that I get to write more novellas where I bring my sexy preservationists to their knees with just the right woman! And in case you’re wondering, these books are part of the Ever After line, so there’s no closing the door when my hero and heroine give in to passion. Just sayin’.

The next book, RISKY SURRENDER is being released in August. For those of you that have read WORTH THE RISK, this one is McCall’s story. *sigh* I just love him. I had to find the perfect girl to capture his playboy heart, and I hope you’ll love Lucy as much as I do. She’s feisty, independent, and when the two of them are together it’s hot! I’ll be sharing more details once the release date gets closer.

In other news, thank you to everyone who stopped by to share their favorite place to kiss. The winner of my book swag giveaway is Esther! Esther, please email me so I can get your prize mailed to you. Congratulations!

Have a wonderful week!

hugs,
Robin

 

Posted June 10, 2013 by Robin Bielman in Books, Entangled Publishing, Worth the Risk / 22 Comments

The coolest thing has happened! My debut novella, WORTH THE RISK, has been translated in Greek! And look how cute the cover is!

I think I should take a trip to Greece now, don’t you? (I so wish!)

And just a reminder that this Sunday I’ll be participating in a multi-author book signing and would love, love, love to see you there! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, please stop by! Details are here.

Have a great weekend and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

hugs,
Robin

 

Posted March 14, 2013 by Robin Bielman in Books, Entangled Publishing, Worth the Risk / 4 Comments

Recently, my mom sent me a couple of emails that made my day. My week, actually. So I thought I’d share…

Hi Beth:

Just had to tell you how much I enjoyed your daughter’s book.  Such a great read………….couldn’t put it down………..and because it is so short I didn’t have to!!!

I loved the “contemporary” aspect of it………..educated, smart people in high stakes business setting. A good romance. Don’t we often wonder about our past and if things were different or if we made the right choice for ourselves?  It was realistic unlike the Fifty Shades of Grey books. Yes, I read those, all three!!!!

Thanks for the lead on great reading fun! I hope your daughter continues to write and I wish her great success……… MJ

Hi Beth,

Downloaded your daughter’s book when I got home and just finished it.  She is an excellent and exciting author. The story just flowed and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. Loved it. I predict a great future.

Now, where is my Dean?

Bets

My mom has totally been pimping my book! Is she awesome, or what? I also recently attended a charity luncheon with her and she was one of the ladies in the fashion show. When they gave her short bio over the microphone, she didn’t sing her own praises, but mine, telling everyone she had a daughter with a debut book out this year titled Worth the Risk.

I am thankful for so many things in my life, but this year I want to give special thanks to my mom. I don’t think I tell her often enough how special she is to me and how much I love her.

Thanks, Mom. You rock! 

Posted November 21, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Worth the Risk / 4 Comments

Big thanks to everyone who helped Charlene Sands and I celebrate our same-title books!! I had a wonderful time blogging these past two weeks and each and every one of your comments made me smile. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and hope you’ll continue to stop by – I love the company!

While we didn’t reach our ranking goal (Charlene got close!), you were awesome in helping us spread the word – thank you!!

Before I announce the winner of the $25 Gift Card, I thought I’d tell you what our lies were. Charlene’s was #3 – she has not been taking classes and earned her brown belt in karate, although she kicks butt in my book. :) And my lie was also #3 – I am not related to Franz Gruber. If you guessed right, and a few of you did, you got an extra entry in our giveaway.

Lastly, I loved reading all the captions you guys came up with for Harry! They all rocked, but after deliberating with the hubby and youngest son, the winning caption goes to bn100 – “Is getting off the couch Worth the Risk?”

And the random winner of the $25 Gift Card is also bn100! (I think those extra entries helped.) Congrats, bn! Please email me your gift card preference to robinbielman at gmail dot com and I’ll send it off to you.

The gift card winner on Charlene’s blog was Cathy P.! Congrats Cathy!

Have a wonderful week everyone! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your support!

hugs,
Robin

 

Posted October 15, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 3 Comments

My Risky Release Party with Charlene Sands is winding down and I thought what better way to finish than with the guy who spends the most time with me while I write.

My lovable mini labradoodle, Harry, is the best four-legged pal a girl could ask for. So here’s your mission ~ caption this picture. The winner will get an extra 5 entries in our party contest!

RISKY RELEASE PARTY AND A CONTEST “WORTH” ENTERING:

Post a comment from October 1st to October 14th on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 these next two weeks!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Don’t miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman’s Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog/

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration! See you Monday!

Hugs,
Robin

Posted October 11, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Harry, Worth the Risk / 14 Comments

It’s after 2 AM, you’ve got work in the morning and you can’t put the darn book down.

I’ve done this too many times to count. I love when a book sweeps me away and rather than take my time reading it (because I cannot wait to read what happens!), I’ll stay up until 2 or 3 AM to finish it. More than once my hubby has stumbled into my office half asleep and asked when I was coming to bed.

The author’s voice resonates with you from page one and you know you’re gonna finish the book pronto.

This happens to me when I pick up a Jill Shalvis book, but I have come to expect that from her brilliant writing. I try to set aside a whole day or two to read her books straight through. And when I’m reading, no one better bother me. Or expect to be fed. Or driven somewhere. I’m a reading lunatic until I get to the HEA. :)

The characters in the story stay with you for days and days afterward.

You can’t get them out of your head. They wander into your thoughts at all times of the day and night. Scenes play out in your mind. You can’t seem to forget them, no matter what. If the hero is magnificent, you’re daydreaming about him. Yes, that’s happened to me. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

There’s a charm and certain magic to the book that you don’t find in all stories, with all authors.

The book is something special. You’re in love, not only with the characters or the plot or the dialogue, but the story itself pulls you in and grabs you. If it were a movie, it might be Pride & Prejudice, or one of my favorite all-time movie classics, Casablanca. Now, that’s a story that has it all. It was made in black and white, but the story comes alive with such richness you tend to think of it in color. Charm and Magic.

After you read “The End” and put the book down, you wish you’d written it.

Yes, that’s so true for writers. When we read an exceptional book, we’re floored, thrilled and filled with admiration. And as we lust for more, we pray to the story gods, that one day we could tell a story so well.

Do you agree? How do YOU know you’re reading a great book? Post a comment and be entered in our Risky Release Party contest.

Here are the details:

RISKY RELEASE PARTY AND A CONTEST “WORTH” ENTERING:

Charlene and I have the same titled books. Check our recent blogs for more fun contest stuff!

Post a comment from October 1st to October 14th on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 these next two weeks!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Don’t miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman’s Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog/

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Hugs,
Robin and Charlene

Posted October 9, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Books, Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 15 Comments

The Risky Release Party Continues (Don’t miss the giveaway below!)…

Happy Friday! In case you’re just joining me, Charlene Sands and I have been celebrating our same title books, WORTH THE RISK. 

Today, we thought we’d play a game. That crazy risky game where you try and be tricky…

2 Truths and a Lie

Charlene and I are each going to list three statements about ourselves. Two of them are true and one of them is a lie. Guess which one is the lie and tell me in the comments. If you guess right, you’ll get an extra entry in our Risky Release Party giveaways! (Be sure to comment on both our blogs and that counts twice.)

Charlene is up first:

1.  I’ve met my all-time favorite country artist, Tim McGraw.

2.  I am related to an Italian princess.

3.  I have been taking classes for years and have earned a brown belt in karate.

Here’s mine:

1. I’ve attended the Olympic games.

2. As a child I had the same recurring dream – that a flying dog was chasing me.

3. I’m distantly related to Franz Gruber, the man who wrote the music for Silent Night.

Hmm… did we make it tough for you to pick?

 

RISKY RELEASE PARTY AND A CONTEST “WORTH” ENTERING:

Post a comment from October 1st to October 14th on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 these next two weeks!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Who’s the better liar? @CharleneSands or @RobinBielman? Take a guess & be entered in #giveaways! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Hugs,
Robin and Charlene

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has already bought, read, reviewed, and/or added Worth the Risk to Goodreads. We’re so thankful for your support!!

(Be sure to leave your full email addy when you post on the blogs and let us know how you’ve helped!)

 

Posted October 5, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 18 Comments

Happy Wednesday! The Risky Release Party continues as Charlene Sands and I are teaming up to celebrate our same titled books. Details on the giveaways below…

Charlene and I both married our high school sweethearts. (Another coincidence!) And both our guys are adventurous. So when it comes to dates—and between us there have been thousands—we decided we might have some expertise.

Top 15 Dates definitely WORTH THE RISK…

1. Swim with sharks. (Kidding. We just had to throw that in there.)
2. Spend the day at an amusement park and ride the rollercoasters. We realize this may cause some wooziness, but then you get to lay your head on your honey’s shoulder and lean into him (or her) while you walk around.
3. Take a hike. The less travelled path, the better. There are more opportunities to get frisky that way.


4. Go to the multiplex movie theater spontaneously and watch the movie that’s playing right now. You may be pleasantly surprised.
5. Take a surfing lesson. It doesn’t matter if you stand up or not, the fun you’ll have trying will translate to fun when the lesson is over.
6. Eat dinner at a tiny little dive. The kind where you imagine the line is usually out the door and you have to stand to eat.
7. Go hot air ballooning. Okay, so neither of us has done this one, but we really want to!
8. Swim in a freezing cold body of water. Bonus points if there’s a waterfall. Just think how much fun you’ll have warming up afterward.


9. Rent a scary movie and curl up on the couch to watch it. In the dark. When you cling to your guy out of fear, he’ll be oh so willing to create different kinds of tingles.
10. Dive. Scuba or sky. We’ve only done one of these, but the other is on our bucket list. (Okay, it’s only on Robin’s.)
11. Park the car. View. No view. Doesn’t matter. Your eyes should only be on each other. Proceed at your own comfortable heat level. ☺
12. Ride a horse and a cowboy (just kidding!) preferably on the beach, but mountain trail rides are very romantic too.
13 Wine taste at a local winery and enjoy the ambience, or if you’re not in grape country, have a wine tasting party for two at home.
14. Kiss a frog… you never know, he may turn into your prince. :)
15. Read a Romance… together!! (It can lead to great things!)

How about you? Have you had a memorable “Worth the Risk” date? Post a comment and be entered in our contest. See details below for more entries and a chance to win a Grand Prize.

RISKY RELEASE PARTY AND A CONTEST “WORTH” ENTERING:

Post a comment during the next 2 weeks on our blogs and be entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble! TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 these next two weeks!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Don’t miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman’s Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Hugs,
Robin and Charlene

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has already bought, read, reviewed, and/or added Worth the Risk to Goodreads. We’re so thankful for your support!!

(Be sure to leave your full email addy when you post on the blogs and let us know how you’ve helped!)

Posted October 3, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 9 Comments

Hello and happy October! For the next 2 weeks it’s WORTH THE RISK x 2 around here! Charlene Sands and I are teaming up to celebrate our same title books and we’re giving away $25 Gift Cards AND a chance to win a Nook Color or Kindle Fire! See our Risky Release Party info below for our Contest WORTH entering!

Karma or Coincidence?

A few years ago I was very lucky to get a mentor in my local RWA chapter, LARA (Los Angeles Romance Authors). I think I may have been introduced to Charlene Sands, but certainly we’d never spoken at length to each other. Well, that changed the second we “really” met.

The first email between us went something like this…

Charlene: Hi Robin. I’m Charlene and I’m going to be your mentor. Let’s meet for lunch and talk.

Me: Hi Charlene. Thanks so much. I’d love to meet! (And then I secretly did a little happy dance, because ohmygod, Charlene Sands was my mentor!)

We met and talked. And talked. And talked. I probably would have gone home with her if she’d let me.

I still pinch myself that Charlene isn’t just my mentor—she’s my friend. One I hold very dear. We’ve done lots of coffee and lunches and writer events together since that wonderful first meet ☺, and she’s always been there to support my writing endeavors.

When I got “the email” from Adrien-Luc Sanders at Entangled Publishing offering me a contract for my novella, Worth the Risk, Charlene was one of the first people I told. I actually hadn’t mentioned to anyone that I submitted to Entangled, so when I shared my news with Charlene, she was ecstatic. And then she told me the fourth Harlequin Desire in her Red Ridge series was titled Worth the Risk, too!

How coincidental and awesome was that? I felt like fate had stepped in, and I couldn’t have been more happy to share my debut novella’s title with Charlene’s fall release. But wait, there’s more. When I told Charlene my heroine’s name was Samantha (Sam), she cracked up. Her heroine’s name was Sammie.

I’d like to think our heroines are similar, too. Both are spunky and want to be successful businesswomen. And both mix business and pleasure with heroes that they just can’t resist even though they know they should.

Charlene’s generosity and support continued while I edited and then something awesome happened. I’m usually very shy and hate asking anyone for anything, but I thought, just do it. So I did. I sent Charlene the final manuscript and asked if she’d give me a cover quote. And she did! The most wonderful quote a debut author could ask for. My first book was made all the more special by the kind words of someone I look up to so very much.

So for the next 2 weeks Charlene and I are celebrating both our releases. (My Worth the Risk released a few months ago and Charlene’s releases today.) We’ve got posts planned for Wednesday and Friday and more posts next week, and hope you’ll come back to party with us. *throws confetti and hands out cupcakes* (Really yummy cupcakes. You don’t want to miss them.)

RISKY RELEASE PARTY AND A CONTEST “WORTH” ENTERING:

Post a comment during the next 2 weeks on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 this week!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

Mention our Risky Release Party on Facebook

Tweet about Worth the Risk on Twitter

Post a review on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads

Amazon for Charlene’s book

Amazon for Robin’s book 

Like and Tag us on Amazon

Check out our books

Tell your friends about our books

Sample FB or Tweet: Don’t miss @CharleneSands & @RobinBielman’s Risky Release Party & you could win an e-Reader! http://charlenesands.blogspot.com/ http://robinbielman.com/blog

The e-Reader giveaway also ends on October 15th, and we really hope we get to announce someone’s name! Each and every comment on both our blog posts from October 1st to October 14th counts as an entry.

Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Hugs,
Robin and Charlene

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has already bought, read, reviewed, and/or added Worth the Risk to Goodreads. We’re so thankful for your support!!

(Be sure to leave your full email addy when you post on the blogs and let us know how you’ve helped!)

Posted October 1, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 32 Comments