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Book Binge Turns 10

Posted April 25, 2017 by Rowena in Giveaways, Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Ten years ago, Irreplaceable by Beyonce was the #1 song on the charts and the iPhone was the gadget of the year. As great as those things were, the very best thing to happen that year was the birth of Book Binge. 🙂

Holly and I were part of another group blog, but wanted to branch out and start fresh. We wanted our own place in the romance book community where we could talk about the books we were loving, the books we were hating and pretty much wanted to do whatever we felt like doing. So we started Book Binge. Not too long after that, Casee joined our team and we’ve been handling business ever since.

When we first started the blog, I had no idea that it would grow into what it is today. I’m proud of the hard work that we’ve put in because I think we’ve cemented our place in the romance community and we love being a part of one of the most welcoming and just all around awesome communities on the internet.

Book Binge started on April 25, 2007 and so far, we’ve racked up the following stats:

Posts published: 10,029
Reviews posted: 6,221
Discussions posted: 390

We’ve met some amazing people on this blog journey. Some bloggers that are long gone, but quite a few that are still around.

Some of the Cal Bloggers with authors L.B. Gregg, Julie James and Thea Harrison, RT Romance Lovers Convention, 2011
Back (from left to right): Wendy the Super Librarian, Rosie of Rosie’s Place, Author L.B. Gregg, Author Julie James, Author Thea Harrison Front: Renee of Renee’s Book Addiction, Holly of Book Binge, Tracy of Book Binge, Rowena of Book Binge
The Original So Cal Bloggers (plus Ames)
The Original So Cal Bloggers From left to right: Lori, Ames, Wendy the Super Librarian, Rosie, Rowena, Tracy, Holly and Nikki

We have loads of memories with people that we’ve met and friendships that we have come to adore through this blog, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all of them. We have so much love for all of the people that have helped us make the blog what it is today. Authors, Publicists, Readers. All of you. Thank you for supporting us and sharing our love of reading.

Current Giveaways

So this year, we’re celebrating ten years of book goodness by hosting weekly and monthly giveaways. You’ll want to enter these giveaways for some awesome stuff.

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

April 2017, Week 3 Giveaway

April 2017, Week 4 Giveaway

It’s been an awesome journey for sure and we can’t wait to see what the next ten years brings. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY TO US!

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Book Binge Turns 10: April 2017 Week 4 Giveaway

Posted April 22, 2017 by Holly in Giveaways | 14 Comments

It all started for us in April of 2007. 10 years ago this month! To celebrate, instead of giving one prize away for the month, we’re giving away one each week!

Autographed copy of Back to You by Lauren Dane,
His Wicked Wish and Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake,
The Hero and The Protector by Donna Grant,
Tiger Magic and an autographed copy of Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley,
Autographed copy of Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison,
Autographed copy of Forged in Fire by Jessica Scott,
Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden,
Still Life with Shifter by Sharon Shinn,
Swag and “Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone” Forever Romance tote
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Excerpt + Giveaway: Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Posted April 21, 2017 by Rowena in Giveaways, Promotions | 10 Comments

You deserve to get away from it all for a little while. Come escape with the Wolfies! Vivian Arend is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Granite Lake Wolf Series, and is so excited to announce that she is re-releasing these ebooks with new covers, and additional content! We’re re-releasing all six books on a Friday in the hopes that somewhere over the weekend you can steal away a little time to yourself and enjoy a bit of sexy, lighthearted refreshment.

If you haven’t read the Granite Lake Wolves series yet, now is your chance to read along, get exclusive content, and enter a few giveaways!

Today is the release of Wolf Signs, and we have some fun extra content to share with you. Vivian has given us an exclusive look into the new content, and we’re excited to share it with you today.

Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
Series: Granite Lake Wolves #1
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Publisher: Arend Publishing
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

Product Warnings: Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “talking with your hands”. Includes dangerous use of sarcasm and hot nookie in a remote wilderness sauna.

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Excerpt

The sky overhead cleared, a break in the clouds letting moonlight stream down. It landed in a near perfect circle not ten feet from where they stood. The light slowly moved toward them, like a spotlight highlighting the dais where wolfie royalty appeared in state before the commoners…

She snorted at the mental image. Um…no. She certainly didn’t plan on being Queen Top Dog. Wolf. Whatever.

“I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself,” Keil teased, voice stroking her mind.

She glanced at him, suddenly struck with more thoughts.

His—

Shared amusement. Caring. Times spent talking late into the night, working to make her happy. Building a family and building a life. Sex…

Whoops, that final thought packed a lot of power behind it, and she blushed. “What comes next?

He waggled his brows. “You do.”

Oh, no. That whole “sex in front of the pack” thing wasn’t happening. Not on her watch.

Robyn opened her mouth to tell him that when the moonlight hit them and the world shifted ten feet to the left.

The light intensified. Shadows faded as her vision sharped. Scents grew thicker, stronger. Images danced into her head as she dragged air in through her nose.

What was that one? That delicious, distracting aroma?

She sniffed harder. Her skin twitched as she identified the animal, and instantly began plotting how soon she could track it down and—

“Robyn.” Keil’s prod was full of amusement. “We’re kind of busy at the moment. Maybe you could leave off chasing bunnies for a few hours.”

Oops.

Blog Tour Stops

Follow along with the other new releases. Check out the rest of the blog tour stops.

5/5 – Wolf Flight @ Book Loving Pixies
5/19 – Wolf Games @ Red Hot + Blue Reads
6/2 – Wolf Tracks @ Smexy Books
6/16 – Wolf Line @ TBQ’s Book Palace
6/30 – Wolf Nip @ Feeling Fictional

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Additionally, if you leave a comment on this post, you’ll be entered to win a cute wolf stuffed animal and a print copy of WOLF SIGNS!

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About the Author

Vivian Arend

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With over 2 million books sold, Vivian Arend is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary and paranormal romance books, including the Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.

Her books are all standalone reads with no cliffhangers. They’re humorous yet emotional, with sexy-times and happily-ever-afters. Vivian pretty much thinks she’s got the best job in the world, and she’s looking forward to giving readers more HEAs. She lives in B.C. Canada with her husband of many years and a fluffy attack Shitzu named Luna who ignores everyone except when treats are deployed.

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Author Interview: Julie James Dishes About the FBI and The Thing About Love!

Posted April 17, 2017 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 10 Comments

Today we’re excited to have Julie James here to answer some questions about THE THING ABOUT LOVE (Berkley Romance, April 18, 2017). If you haven’t pre-ordered it, you must! It was such a wonderful read. Full of witty banter, with an exciting plot, it’s not to be missed.

Author Interview: Julie James Dishes About the FBI and The Thing About Love!The Thing About Love by Julie James
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
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Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation.

Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

 

 

 

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Interview

Is it true that you were once interested in a career with the FBI?
Yes! I went to law school with the thought of possibly becoming an FBI agent. My first semester of law school, I met with an FBI recruiter, and he told me I was ineligible because I didn’t meet the vision requirements. (I’d planned to have Lasix surgery, but back then, that didn’t count—a rule that has since been changed.) While I was discouraged at the time, becoming a trial lawyer turned out to be a good fit for me. And, knowing what I do now, I’m not sure I would’ve made it through the PT part of the FBI Academy. 🙂

What research did you do for THE THING ABOUT LOVE?
I had to do research into the FBI Academy, and the Hostage Rescue Team. The FBI has some information about Selection and HRT on their website, but I also had to rely on news articles about the Team, and I read a memoir written by a former HRT operator.

I also had to do research on the specifics of the undercover investigation in the book, so that I knew what my heroine and hero would actually be doing. The case in the book is loosely based on a real-life case: the mayor of Charlotte, NC was arrested and convicted for accepting bribes in a manner similar to the mayor in my case. For research, I pulled news stories about the Charlotte mayor’s trial, court hearing transcripts, and press releases from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office.

Your female characters always have the best quips and comebacks. What inspires your dialogue?
I’m a film buff, and I started my writing career with screenplays. I think my focus on dialogue stems from that. And I think all of my heroine/hero pairings have a dynamic that’s one part Elizabeth Bennet/Mr. Darcy and one-part Princess Leia/Han Solo.

Why do you enjoy about writing about talented, career-focused women who find love?
I write women who are like the women I know. The “finding love” part of those stories comes from being a longtime fan of romantic comedies.

 

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About the Author

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Julie James is the New York Times bestselling author of six previous novels. James graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, FL. She lives in Chicago with her family. Learn more at juliejames.com, Facebook.com/JulieJamesFanPage, and Twitter.com/juljames.

 

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Book Binge Turns 10: April 2017 Week 3 Giveaway

Posted April 15, 2017 by Holly in Giveaways | 17 Comments

It all started for us in April of 2007. 10 years ago this month! To celebrate, instead of giving one prize away for the month, we’re giving away one each week!

Autographed copy of Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh,
The Unlikely Lady, The Irresistible Rogue and The legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman,
Wanted by J. Kenner,
Autographed copy of Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell, 
Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker and Kate Douglas,
High Risk, High Passion and am autographed copy of High Seduction by Vivian Arend,
Hope Ignites by Jack Burton,
Think Harlequin RWA tote and swag

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