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Interview And New Release With Jane Beckenham


Today’s chat is with New Zealand author Jane Beckenham. Jane writes both contemporary and historical romance and next week (Tuesday May 25th) sees her 10th book released. HE’S THE ONE is being released by
http://www.samhainpublishing.com

Abbey: Jane. Tell us a bit about He’s the One.

Jane: Well, HTO is set here in New Zealand, actually in Auckland where I live, a city known as City of Sails, because we’re surrounded by harbor on both sides, the Tasman Sea on one side and the Mankau Harbour on the other. I wanted to write about a heroine who was a wedding planner, I think because secretly it’s a job I would love to do. And my hero, well he is just pure hunk material. He owns vintage cars, and in particular a red Mustang. When I was out ‘doing lunch’ with authors Eve Summers and Melody Knight one day, this guy drove up and parked beside us in his red mustang. He walked right by. Oh it was drool heaven!

Reviews so far have been great….

Review from Single Titles…. “Jane Beckenham scripts
a beautiful tale woven with remarkable insight to
the emotions of a new couple finding their way. He’s
the One reminded me a lot of the emotions you feel
when you find someone special you’re attracted to.
I thought it believable and felt like I had stepped into the
story with Taylor and Cade. Curl up with a festive drink
and spend the day enjoying this remarkable story.”
Read more….

And from Romance Junkies… HE’S THE ONE by Jane Beckenham is a unique story. So many parts of the plot had this reviewer laughing out loud. The chemistry between the characters is strong enough to keep the reader turning the pages. I would recommend this book for the romantics out there that are looking for a fun, simple read to relax with.

Here’s the blurb: Taylor Sullivan doesn’t trust Cupid, but she plays one for a living. As a successful wedding consultant, she creates a couple’s ultimate fantasy—even though she’s never managed to create her own. And when her clients start asking her for wedding night advice, she’s sensible enough to know when to enlist help.
Cade Harper knows two things about women. They either abandon him, or use him as a walking bank. He doesn’t do commitment, and marriage is a dirty word—witness the string of broken hearts he’s left in his wake
Warning: Contains explicit, straight-to-the-heart sex between a hopeless romantic heroine and an abandon-all-hope hero. No need to dress up for this party—just curl up with a glass of bubbly and a box of tissues!

Abbey: He’s The One is quite quirky, I mean the opening line is out there.

Jane: The opening line Virginity is overrated came to me one night while I couldn’t sleep. My poor heroine is a virgin and her clients (the brides) keep asking her questions about sex she can’t answer. Like a sensible business gal she decides she’s going to learn a new skill!

Abbey: What do you think books set in New Zealand bring to your work.

Jane: Well I’d like to think I can bring a sense of NZ life and culture. I mean we’re upside down and when the northern hemisphere is deep in snow for Christmas, it’s summer here and all about bbqs and the beach. I think that is why I tend to set a lot of my stories around summer time, so I can showcase our different worlds. New Zealand has some spectacular native plans one of which is the Pohutukawa and is our ‘NZ Christmas tree” For example my book Always a Bridesmaid was set in Rotorua and the Ureweras – in the very heart of Nzs North Island, an area steeped in Maori culture and myth and legend which featured in the book. It’s also an area my husband and I lived in over 25 years ago.

Abbey: Do you write every day?

Jane: This is where I cough and splutter and hang my head. I should be, in fact I usually do, but at the moment I’ve been a tad slack and had some time off. I’ve even discovered the joys of window cleaning – which is incredibly sad and pathetic. But I’m slowly getting back into it, now the writing well is getting refilled with some down time, not something I do easily!

Abbey: Since you set a lot of your books in New Zealand, tell us a bit about life there.

Jane: Well NZ is a special place and of course if you saw the Lord of the Rings movies, you will have noticed a lot of our landscape. We’re 2 islands, (the North Island and South Island – not very original I know) though there is a tiny third one way at the bottom called Stewart island. Our native language is Maori and we’re officially part of Polynesia. We have a sub-tropical climate and a population of only 4 million. A nation for outdoor activities, anything from surfing and sailing to bungee jumping and skiing. Plus of course Rugby which is our national sport.

Abbey: What’s next on the writing front?

Jane: He’s The One is being released on 25th May from Samhain, then in the coming months I have a Regency, A Traitor’s Heart and a sheikh story – In Love With the Sheikh being released from Red Rose Publishing.
I have a couple of other contemporaries I’m fine tuning, plus an historical set in the late 1600s (in France/England) which is in edit mode too. No rest for the wicked.

Abbey: Thanks Jane for popping in to chat to us. How can readers find you?

Jane: Thanks for having me Abbey. You can check out my web site at Jane Beckenham.com and I am on twitter

It’s Abbey again. So Jane’s been kind enough to gift to one lucky commenter a pre-released copy of He’s The One. 🙂 So if you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment. 🙂 I’ll draw the winner on Sunday.

Monday Madness – Poppy’s Passions


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Anna Shah Hoque

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Poppy’s Passions by Stephanie Beck

Can Poppy find the courage to risk triple the love — and triple the heartbreak? Poppy Maguire is tired of being a loser. Emotionally neglected as a child, she wants to find the courage to leave her family and the job she hates. She desperately wants to make a change. Little does she realize how much of a change sexy brothers Cody, Michael and Trevor Paraby will bring to her life when the friendly shoulders they offer turn into so much more. Comfort turns to passion and Poppy learns what life could be like in the arms of not one, but three men who love her. But what happens when the pink line on a pregnancy test doubles and she’s expecting twins, courtesy of one of a Parabys? The brothers blow her mind by offering her the family and love she’s always longed for. But do they realize what they’re in for? Cody is moving a little too fast, Michael may not be in for the long haul, and Trevor is a bit self-centered.In order for Poppy to have the extraordinary love she fears she hasn’t earned, everyone is going to have to do some growing. But can she break free from the bad seed of her abusive family and have the courage to bloom?

Any comment will enter you to win the ebook, but tell us what you love about multiple love (twins, brothers, etc…) romance novels and you may be quoted in a future A History post.

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until next Saturday, midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.

http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html

http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn

http://aprildawnbooks.com

Monday Madness!


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Cassie Exline

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have our April grab bag with lots of fun goodies.

Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about romance novels (and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until next Saturday, midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn -Author of Crushing Desire and
Bound by Love available now through Breathless Press.
http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/timeless.html
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=April+Dawn
http://aprildawnbooks.comhttps://letstalkromance.wordpress.com/

Read the writing contest submissions.


Unfortunately Shiela Stewart can’t make it here today, but we still have some fun for you here at A History.

Check out the submissions for the contest on the contest page or the free reads page. and see which ones you like. Be sure to come back on the 15th to see who won. Winner will be posted at noon.

Judging is in progress!
Author names will be revealed when the winners are posted.

1 – The Girls in the Bar

2 – Kismet

3 – Out of the Frying Pan

4 – Tales of Chocolate Chipmunks

5 – A Memorable Meal

6 – Out of the Frying Pan; Into His Arms

7 -Just Another Day at the Park

8 – Aphrodite’s Dream

9 – The Maid

10 – The Runner

Read through and decide which is your favorite. Then come back on March 15th. Winner will be posted at noon PST.

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Monday Madness – The Wedding Night


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Kathleen

Congratulations on winning . Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have a gift package from Ava Delany, Author of The Soldier’s Return, The Librarian’s Love, and The Wedding Night which comes out March 12th. She is also working on the release of her Fetish Club series, coming soon from Breathless Press.
Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about our site (and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Friday. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness – Win a signed copy


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Beth C.

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have a signed copy of Forever Yours by Jackie M Smith

Europe is torn apart by World War II and a feisty and beautiful heroine, Liz, answers the call to battle as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Philip, her childhood friend and superior in the air force, is in a position of authority to stop her, but Liz is determined. Before she leaves on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, the two share a passionate night and Philip proposes, giving her his grandmother’s ring.

Liz’s plane goes down during her mission in enemy territory while Philip is sent to train with an elite team of paratroopers. The two discover other loves during their time apart, each thinking the other is lost forever.

Will these two star-crossed lovers find each other or will a war that has destroyed so much destroy the greatest love each has ever known?

Any comment and you will be entered to win. Tell us what you love about war themes and you may be quoted in a future A History post.

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Saturday Midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness – Win Forbidden Nights with a Vampire


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Jeannene Walker

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have a goodie bag. In the goodie bag we have Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.

As the owner of a hot nightclub, she’s more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her . . .

If Vanda knew who-or what-Phil really is, she’d reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she’d ever imagined. He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage . . . if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot. But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?

Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about Vamps and you may be quoted in a future A History post.

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Saturday Midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness – Win Table for Three


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Dana

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have Table for Three by Missy Martine.

Cass Abernathy is heading to Oregon to claim an inheritance. She doesn’t expect to find sexy twin brothers determined to make her theirs, or an amorous attorney holding on to her inheritance. Will she accept the love offered, and discover the truth about her inheritance before it’s too late?

Comment and be entered to win. (Tell us what you love about stories with older women and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Saturday Midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness – Win Crushing Desire


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Choose your Darkness –Jennifer Mathis
Author Promo – Breathless Press

Congratulations on winning. Please watch for the email. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Since this is release week, we have a copy of Crushing Desire by April Dawn.

Reena Harrison is anything but the fashion, but despite her flaws, she has several suitors. Unfortunately, the one man she has always loved is not one of them. After things go dreadfully wrong with a suitor and her family, she finds herself asking Joshua a peculiar favor.

Joshua Sinclair has long had a fascination with the tall beauty. After years of denying his feelings for Reena in pure military fashion, he finds himself thrown together with her in an out of control scheme. How can he possibly rule his emotions when he finds himself posing as the sensuous woman’s husband?

Any comment will enter you to win. Tell us what you love about crush stories and you may be quoted in a future A History post.

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Saturday Midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

Also I am offering virtual signings for all copies of Crushing Desire purchased during the week of its release. Find out more.

April Dawn

Contest for Authors/Affiliates. See what you could win.


February is a month all about spreading the love. So I wanted to spread the love to the authors, publishers, etc out there. Order any promo spot for any week and you are automatically entered to win 4 weeks of the advertising of your choice. (You can even mix it up with one cover, one spotlight and two banners. However you would like to do it.)

Our ads-
Four cover advertising slots – each available at $5 per week
Banner at the top of all pages-except the blog page and author spotlight page. Available for $5 per week.
Author Spotlight on your work is $15 per week. (Allows you a picture, trailers, and cover art if you wish. Also allows you links. Includes an Author Spotlight announcement post on the first of the week. Weeks are available first come first serve starting Feb 1st. Check out the current spotlight page with Missy Martine.)

So, spend just $5 for a cover ad, and you get your cover on the site for a week, and you could also win up to $60 worth of advertising.
Order today. Contest runs until Feb 14th midnight. Winner will be announced on Feb 15th Monday Madness.

Monday Madness


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

Tracy D

Congratulations on winning. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have our first ever Choose Your Darkness contest. This fabulous contest offers two even more fabulous prizes. First, you get to pick your choice from the Darkness series. Then you also get a gift certificate from Shiela Stewart to Cafe Press to choose from any number of fantastic items.

Seducing the Darkness – An outcast by her kind, Trinity Ford has learned to live on her own…not an easy thing to do when you’re a vampire.

Desiring the Darkness – With the cloak of darkness surrounding Jacob’s Cove, Dante Vega must work to protect the humans from the blood-thirsty vampires trying to take over the human race.

Embracing the Darkness – Jonah’s lost the will to face another day, which could be a problem, considering he’s just been turned into a vampire and is now destined to live for eternity.

Charming the Darkness – Born from witches, Starla Raine has spent her entire life learning to control and manage her powers. Then she discovers and is drawn to Jacob’s Cove, a city magically cloaked in darkness.

Tempting the Darkness – As love blooms amidst the Darkness, and still no cure in sight, loneliness drives Cooper to drastic measures. He awakens Gabriella and breaks his last promise to her—by turning her into a vampire.

Penetrating the Darkness – Dusty Ryder didn’t ask to be turned into a vampire. Even now, on the brink of his unwilling initiation, he is looking for a way out.

Consuming the Darkness – Detective Nathan Powers lost his partner to the aptly named Heartless Killer, and the trail of bodies leads him straight to Jacob’s Cove. However, this is no typical small town. It’s a strange world populated with bloodthirsty demons and run by a vampire.

Surviving the Darkness – When death is on your trail, the only thing you can do is run.


Comment and be entered to win. Tell us what you love about ebooks (and you may be quoted in a future A History post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Friday (extended to Saturday) Midnight. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness – Oh Goody, we’re giving away a goody basket and a book!


Time to announce the winner of our last Monday Madness! And the winner is…

R Tianna

Congratulations on winning your copy of The Soldier’s Return. Thanks to everyone for their entries.

And now for some more fun…
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

I found a nice bin of books on sale at a small bookstore nearby, so you know what that means. The last Monday of the month goodie bag giveaway will have books!
Today we have a goodie bag featuring Susan Wiggs The Maiden’s Hand.


Roguishly handsome Oliver de Lacey has always lived lustily: wine, weapons and women are his bywords. Even salvation from the noose by a shadowy society provides no epiphany to mend his debauched ways.

Mistress Lark’s sole passion is her secret work with a group of Protestant dissidents thwarting the queen’s executions. She needs no other excitement—until Oliver de Lacey drops through the hangman’s door and into her life.

As their fates become inextricably bound together in a struggle against royal persecution, both Oliver and Lark discover a love worth saving…even dying for.

Enter to win this novel and other goodies by commenting. If you tell me what you love about Tudor romance, or historical romance in general, you may be quoted in a future A History of Romance post).

Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until Friday Midnight CA time. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Do-over Contest! Check it out.


We have a do-over contest because I was informed that two email addresses were given during the scavenger hunt. So please enjoy this do-over.
As always, you must be 18 to enter.

Today we have a goodie bag for you.
You can leave any comment, and you will be entered to win a small goody bag full of fun items for the romance reader.
Good luck to everyone.

Contest runs until midnight Saturday. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on our next contest coming next week for Monday Madness.

April Dawn

Monday Madness! A Contest Plus the winner of the Opening Day Giveaway.


The Winners of the Opening Day Giveaway are…

1 – Kris

2 – Kat

Scavenger hunt winner – Val Pearson

Lets all congratulate them on winning the grab bags! For the winners, watch for my emails to come to you today.

Also, watch for the do-over. We had some technical difficulties with the Scavenger Hunt, so we will have another very soon. Keep an eye out.

Now that we have winners for that, let’s start our next contest…

All you have to do to enter to win a copy of Bound By Love, By April Dawn is email. aprildawnbooks@ymail.com

Win a signed ARC of Bound by Love and a decorative cotton tote to put it in.
Bound By Love

Chloe Adderley is faced with an unwanted marriage and a father who is far more dangerous than she realizes. Her grandmother’s house in Italy seems the only safe place for her to go. She will pretend to be a governess, and hire a ship to take her there. It is a flawless plan. When she is attacked and knocked unconscious, however, she never suspects that the man who finds her will mistake her for a harlot.

Captain Darion Bannon is dismayed to discover that the unconscious woman he has taken aboard is actually an innocent lady. When Darion, a Privateer for the Sons of Liberty, is arrested and Chloe with him, they must face a cruel prison and transportation to the Colonies, and Darion finds himself fighting to keep the woman he loves. Only their love can help them survive the cruel twists of fate.

To enter you only need to email me and tell me if you follow my blog, are a friend on facebook, myspace, or follow me on twitter. Don’t forget to name them all in the email because your name will be entered for each of these.

You can earn an extra entry if you answer a five simple questions. You can find answers to right on my site. Email me the answers @ aprildawnbooks@ymail.com.

Everyone with correct answers will be entered to win. (I will email you to let you know if your answers were correct, and if not, you can try again.) One questionnaire per entrant.

Contest ends January 10th, and the winner will be announced on January 11th on Monday Madness.

All you need to do to get five entries is to follow me on my blog and twitter, be a friend on facebook and myspace, and email me with correct answers to the questions below.

Good luck, and thanks for entering to win your CD ARC of Bound by Love.

1-When did I first submit Crushing Desire for publication?

2-What was the original name of Bound by Love?
I had an entrant tell me that it is written wrong in two places on the net, so I’m giving it to anyone who gets close.

3-What is the release date for Crushing Desire?

4-Do both trailers for Crushing Desire and Bound by Love contain the book covers?

5-What is the name of my current work in progress, staring a female pirate named Cat?

HINT- Try using the search function to find old blog entries on my website. A lot of information can be found there.

    As with all A History book giveaways, you must be 18 to enter.

Good luck to you all,

April Dawn

Scavenger Hunt Time.


Find the answers to the questions by searching the site, then email the answers to aprildawnbooks@ymail.com
Be sure to enter the opening day giveaway as well. All winners will be announced tomorrow during Monday Madness.

Find these answers.
Which of our Bloggers was raised in Saskatchewan?

Which of our Bloggers is inspired by Gina Showalter?

What is the name of the very first post this blog posted?

In the post One Man’s Thoughts Men v Women who finds out her boyfriend is a blood-sucking vampire?

What is the title of the novel our spotlighted author currently working on?

Email the correct answers to aprildawn@ymail.com
Winners will be announced tomorrow on the Monday Madness post.
Good luck to you all!
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April Dawn