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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Romancing the Hop Blog Hop - Aug 31 - Sep 3

Welcome to the Romancing the Hop Blog Hop, hostd by Carrie Ann Ryan.  This hop will run from August 31st - Sept 3rd and we are celebrating romance.

Our favorite part about reading a romance novel?  Being transported to another world whether it's populated by fierce, domineering vampires and shifters or traveling back in time, just the same as if it's set in our day to day world.  It's the magic of traveling to places and situations that don't normally exist in our lives.  And well yeah, we like it hot when we are there.

Of course we thought what better way to celebrate romance than to give you a bit of everything?

We've put together a prize that has some Harlequin romance with spice.  Harlequin's spicier books were one of the first introductions I had to reading anything erotic and the first real romances I read.  We have three titles up for grabs.

Rub It In by Kira Sinclair - Island Nights (Harlequin Blaze)
Jump Start by Lisa Renee Jones - Texas Hotzone (Harlequin Blaze)
Her Little Secret, His Hidden Heir by Heidi Betts - Billionaires and Babies (Harlequin Desire).  This one comes signed by the author and with SWAG

But because we couldn't leave the paranormal out and we couldn't decide on what to give, we are including 3 sampler books that have previews for the following books:
Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle
Lost by Caridad Piñeiro
Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione
Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner
Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Darkness Bound by Stella Cameron
Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur
Wicked Edge by Nina Bangs
Liquid Lies by Hanna Martine
Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane
Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler
Eternal Kiss by Laura Wright
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Nightfall by Ellen Connor
A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day
Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
Avenger's Angel by Heather Kilough-Walden
AND we are also including SWAG from Donna Grant, Kallypso Masters, Beth Williamson, Emma Lang, Gena Showalter and Jambrea Jones.


To enter our giveaway, be sure to be a follower of this blog and just leave a comment on this post telling us what's your favorite thing about reading romance.  Be sure to leave your email address as well so we can contact you, otherwise we'll have to pick another winner if you're the lucky one.

By commenting on this post you will also be entering in the Grand Prize for this hop which consists of the following:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Large Swag Pack

To increase your chances at winning the grand prizes, and to find more awesome giveaways in this hop of over 200 blogs, just follow the links below!  HAPPY HOPPING!


Adria said...

This might sound a bit maudlin but to me my favorite thing about reading romance is the romance itself. There's so many ways to bring two characters together, so many obstacles and so many ways to tell a passionate story and that's my favorite thing, the wanting, the waiting and the eventual having between two characters :)

adria(.)rose_03 at yahoo(.)com

cutiephinphin said...

Well my favorite thing about reading romance is definitely the romance itself and the couple. Love how 2 characters are brought together, ups and downs of their relationship and their passion.

Thanks for the chance to win.

cutiephinphin (at) hotmail (dot) com

phie said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is the romance itself, makes me want to swoon, feel flattered, blushing, even anger.
Read romance makes me feel like I'm riding a roller coaster. There are many ups and downs emotions while reading them, feel the characters passion, emotions, frustration, etc.
But one thing that I know from the very beginning when I read this genre is no matter how hard the obstacles could be -as long as the couple believe in each other, loyal, and love each other- love can conquer all..

Thanks for the giveaway ^^


Lauren B said...

I know it's kitschy but I'm a sucker for a HEA!
Thanks for the giveaway.


ajenkins said...

My favorite thing about romance novels, is the romance itself. I just love reading how they fall in love, how usually the man denies it. How in some stories, they defy someone's family or one of the pair has to prove themselves to the other family.
thanks for the giveaway

suzi1811 said...

My favourite thing about reading romance is seeing the couples get together and get their HEA!
suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

miki said...

My favorites thing about romances
it's the hope they give me. Even with their troubled past, their suffering and flaws the heros get their Happy ending so i ca, hope than one day it will be me^



Jo said...

I love reading romance because my love life is comfortable and comforting (15 years in, 2 kids), and reading romance reminds of me of when we were anxious younger people, bickering, and reminds me also to kick it up in the passion department. Plus - I just love to read!

LM said...

I love the struggle of the romance and the heat when they finally figure it out! It's an escape from reality and you can go anywhere you want!

Joanne said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is the HEA. and the romance. We all want something we feel is out of our reach, and reading romances helps give us that.


Anne said...

Favorite thing is that it lets me escapes from the pressures of the day for a bit.

GFC Anne38


powerse said...

hmmm I love being able to be apart of a romance ....to be an outside observer to everything about it from that first meeting to the wooing to the part where they end up together (hopefully) ...I also like getting sucked in to the story and getting the chance to experience the feelings they experience and to just be apart of every part of the romance


Maria D. said...

Gotta love the romance hops! My favorite thing about romance is the sexual tension or emotional tension between the characters and it's resolution resulting in a HEA.

Thanks for the giveaway

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Shannon B. said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is just being able to escape for a while.

sbackstrom (at) gmail (.) com

Carin said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is that I am guaranteed a HEA in 98% of the books. I love the heat and the love and all that but I don't want to emotionally invest myself in characters that wont end up happy at the end. Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

bboo04 said...

I love that you can get lost in reading a romance and it's almost like you become the heroine. And it always leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy after the happy ending. Although I read them so much I think I have been forever ruined for real men because they will never measure up to my favorite romance heroes. lol

Jenese Leon said...

My favorite part is the men being mushy and vulnerable to their lady love! Thanks for the giveaway!

Be sure to visit my part of the hop too!


Jenese Leon said...


Bboo04 said...

My favorite thing about romances is getting lost in the emotional story while it takes you to a different place and it's almost like while your reading you become the heroine. Although I will say I think reading so many romances has forever ruined me for real men because they can never live up to my favorite heroes. lol Bboo04(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Aly said...

I think the HEA and seeing the relationship between the hero and heroine grow :)

Thanks for making it international :*


Lisa Cox said...

Well, my favorite thing is the romance itself. You know, that thing that life tends to get in the way of in real life.

Michelle said...

I love romance because I like to see people's full range of emotions. When there is love involved... You get to see it all. Thanks for the chance.

Sophia Rose said...

I always enjoy the firsts- meeting moments, kissing moments, I love yous, etc. particularly if they were antagonistic.

Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

Nikki said...

The HEA. Most romances have them and I am a hopeless romantic at heart :) Awesome giveaway chicas!!
I follow you: Everywhere because you rock!!!


lovehina154 said...

My fav part is the romance and the characters. I love a good romance that makes me want to do a reread right after reading it.


Rachel said...

Wow! Best prize pack ever! Thanks :)
I love reading romance books because they always put me in the mood for a "snuggle" with the hubby ;)
Rachel R.
malibu311 at gmail dot com

Arianne Cruz said...

my favorite about romance is the tension and then the happy ending :)
GFC: Arianne Cruz
email: ariannecruz07 at gmail.com

susanmp said...

I love the romance in a romance. Love between the two characters and a HEA!

Thanks for the giveaway!

susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

Juana said...

Thanks for the FAB giveaway!

GFC/FB = Juana Esparza

I love reading romance because all of my problems seem to disappear when I read a great story.


Kelsey Summer said...

Wow! Great giveaway! I love reading romance because I love the happy endings and escaping into the fantasy!

kesummer69 at gmail dot com

wickster72 said...

My favorite part of romance novels are the characters.

erin said...

One of my fav things about romance is reading the meet and hate and then watch them fall in love :)


Carol L. said...

Wonderful opportunity. Thanks for the chance. My favorite thing is the HEA and getting to it. I get to live in a story for a little while ad feel all the emotions.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Di said...

Reading romance just makes me happy - even when they bring a tear to the eye.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Irene Jackson said...

I love to follow the love story through any obstacles or misunderstandings to get to the must have Happy Ever After.


Chinyere said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is the feeling in get in my stomach when the couple finally realize they care for each other. I always smile. It makes me think if it can happen for them, it will happen for me too!
Chinyere Ezinwanyi

Landry Breaux said...

While some people crave money or fame, I have always hungered for the security and beauty of deep, true love. I have come to accept, at my age, that I will never experience it in my own life. But the yearning for this has only increased through the years and I read romance stories to appease that need as best as I can. And sometimes, I will read something so well crafted that it does just that if only for a little while.


Muffley said...

My favourite thing about reading a romance is the lack of doubt: no matter what they have to go through to be together you know that they will always love each other. I also enjoy the struggles and I often find myself screaming at the characters. Oh, and the hot scenes of course! ;-)


gcosta AT mufley DOT com

vadeluna07 said...

I love reading romances because it's just awesome to see how two characters come together in a love so profound that they would do any and everything to be together and stay together.


Emily said...

I love the HEAs in romance. I love how anyone can get a HEA. Real life needs them more often.


Leni said...

I love the drama that the characters go through in order to get their happily ever after.


karla@BookAddict said...

My Fav. thing about reading romance is the way it transport me. when i read a romance and i like it, i become that girl and i fall in love for the first time every single time.


Mel Bourn said...

My favorite thing about romance novels is the fantasy I can be a part of. Whether it is with that perfect Dom or the pirate I can't live without. I love to escape.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

elizabeth said...

For me, reading romance, or any other genre, is that it takes you away from your problems for a short time. It gives a person a view of what true happiness could be.

Thanks for the giveaway,

Elizabeth Gray

Kassandra said...

I like to live vicariously through the romance I read ;)


JoAnna said...

I love the HEA.
Thanks for the giveaway!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Loupe Duffy said...

Love this romance hoping!! What I Am gonna do with those books???..When I win..I'll never get out the couch!!..LOL
My favorite has to be the happy ending the awaits me at the end, and all those delicious alpha that help me achieve it..LOL

Timitra said...
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Timitra said...

I love reading romance because there is always a happy ending and I also love getting lost in worlds/stories that are not my own but still relatable!


*yadkny* said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is of course the hot heroes and how they get their girl:)



fishgirl182 said...

i love the emotional drama of romance novels. i don't enjoy it as much when it's sort of an easy romance. i need angst. thanks for the giveaway!

megblod said...

I love reading romance. All kinds of romance.

kaisquared said...

At first I read romance for the HEA, then I got more into the plot and now my reading is more character driven. An author who can combine a well written character and storyline and deliver an HEA despite all obstacles is one I will put on autobuy!

emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

SdyLion said...

I love reading paranormal romance. It is one of my favorite genre to read. My favorite thing about the romance is the journey they take in discovering what they mean to each other. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Gaele said...

I'm still determining just what is the favorite part - the relationship, the "how they resolve the conflict", the setting, the sex, the character's "hidden" desires.. there are so many options that picking just one thing is, difficult.

thank you for participating - following now via GFC .. I've got to reschedule myself now to keep up with the reads I'm finding and the blogs that introduce them


Nancy DeVault said...

I love to read romance because I love to transport myself into that world which in turn fills the void of not having romance in my own life.

Nancy DeVault said...

Oops, forgot to include my email: nandeva@msn.com

Vanessa N. said...

I love the build up of the relationship between the characters and how they get to HEA.


Lisa said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is the way it allows me to escape and experience another world for a little while. I also love a HEA.


Shan said...

My fav thing about reading romance is knowing there will be a HEA. Most of the time we have so few of those in our day to day lives that it is nice knowing that I can pick up a beautiful romance novel and get one anytime I want.

Paloma Beck said...

I read romance for the escape. And the HEA. beck.paloma@gmail.com.

Jean MP said...

I read romance to escape for awhile and of course the HEA.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

The little twists and turns and surprises! GFC Martian Girl


Liese2 said...

I love reading romance books because they take you away form the stresses of everyday life!

Joy said...

I love them because of the happy endings.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

marybelle said...

It has to be the HEA. Reading Romance is the ultimate escape.


Cassandra said...

There is no way I could pick just one aspect or even a couple that I love about the romance genre. I love it all!
Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway :)

mariehahn13 said...

My favorite thing about reading romance, is that it takes me somewhere else. I get to live vicariously through the lives of the characters in the books :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

Foretta said...

Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

thanks for the contest!!

Evie said...

I really like the happy ending and the chemistry between the characters.
by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

Cryscringle said...

Yes, I agree being transported to a different place and life. I love living vicariously through book characters, haha. :) Thank you so much for the very generous giveaway!

Crystal Craig

Krystal Shannan said...

Favorite part of reading romance is the journey/adventure I get to go on with the hero and heroine.

Romance is all about building a relationship :-) Great blog, fun hop!


Patti said...

Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!


Kaylyn D. said...

My favorite thing about romance is living vicariously through the characters. I also like seeing the characters journey to love. Thank you for the giveaway.

Miriam Whitewolf said...

my favorite thing about reading romance is liveing the world that the authors create. i loved reading about the hardships and triumphs. thanks for joining the hop!


Veronika said...

Thanks for offering such an amazing prize! My favorite thing about the romance is the intence feeling of love and adoration, the small gestures!
GFC follower

verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

What I love about romance stories is that you know there is going to be a HEA in it. That no matter what other things happen in the book, this is promised.
Network follower
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

J9 said...

I like that good romance lets readers into a great emotional and sexual relationship. The good world building in paranormal is also something I look for.

ronnkelly3 said...

love reading romance books because it is an escape away from real life, knowing in the end that the girl gets the guy and they live happy ever after....I have met my Love and we do have a Happy Ever After...


kittyb78 said...

I adore romances. My favorite part is the growing chemistry and intimacy {being able to know what the other wants/needs without words} between man and woman. :)
Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win, and share our stories.

Anna said...

I love Romance too. I love the way love changes the characters for the better.

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Anna said...

My favorite part of the romances is the way love changes the characters.

doxisrcool at aol.com

Shadow said...

Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

booklover0226 said...

I love the chase and the HEA.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Nay Nay said...

What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, HOT love scenes and a perfect HEA! <^_^>

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

Brandi Slater said...

My favorite thing about reading romance is watching the relationship grow and go through ups and downs to get to the HEA. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for the awesome giveaway!

Elf2060 said...

I also like the journey to the HEA ending as long as it isn't too traumatic! I enjoy watching the main characters grow and adapt to each other as their feelings get more intense. Thanks for the giveaway!

elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

donnas said...

Thanks for being in the hop!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Elizabeth H. said...

I love reading about the HEAs! Thanks for joining the hope and for the awesome giveaway!
ehaney578 at AOL dot com

Qwillia Rain said...

For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

Mary Jo said...

I love the escape into a HEA... love to feel for the characters as they find their way.

maryjooller [at] yahoo [dot] com

Jo said...

I entered the other day, but forgot to leave my email! It is jochibi AT yahoo.com DOT com. Thanks!

Yazmin said...

My favorite thing about romance is the HEA.
Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


Lindsay Avalon said...

My favorite thing about romance is being able to escape to a world where no matter what is thrown at the hero and heroine, they'll always fall in love and get their HEA :)

Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!

lindsayavalon (at) gmail (dot) com

mcv said...

I love the escape that romance novels provide from everyday cares.
mcv111@hotmail dot com

Sherry said...

My favorite part of romance is the HEA and they help me escape from the real world.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Eileen said...

favorite part of a romance story is the HEA.
I signed up to follow the blog by email.

June M. said...

I love romances for the HEA/HFN endings! And I love samplers to try new books/authors to see if they sound like something I would enjoy.
GFC follower: June M.
(among other ways)
Thanks for the giveaway :)
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Allison W said...

I love the HEA and just the escape from life that a good book can give you!


Mydurango618 said...

Why I like Romance Novels….The reason I like Romance Novels so much is because it is one place where I can be anywhere like England, Scotland, Rome, Ireland, or anywhere in the US. I can also be in any time like 1200’s Scotland, 1500’s England, 1900’s Chicago. I can be anyone like a princess, a servant, a werewolf, a duchess, a vampire, or a lost soul. But no matter what I get the privilege and the experience to overcome many different obstacles and find love. I am a mother of three teenagers as well and there are many days when I need an escape and my heart needs a rest from the trials of being a parent and trying to do what is best for everyone but yourself. I have overcome cancer, loss, and financial problems and Romance Books let my heart soar and feel free. Let me tell you in this world, and during this time where life can have so many struggles it is great that you can be, have, and do so many things to find love and romance and still be yourself!


Lexi H said...

I love the spicy side of Harlequin! I can't resist a good romance, no matter the genre. It is the HEA that I crave, but it is the detours and pot holes the characters must go through to get there that keep me coming back.

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Juana said...

I love to read romance because I get so into the story that it seems like I am a part of it, and all of my stress/problems fade away.

GFC - Juana Esparza

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Reading said...

It has to be the HEA!
gfc as reading romances

jessica said...

awesome prizes! I'm a GFC follower! Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
jessangil at gmail dot com