Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Contest - Celebrate a Harlequin Milestone

I personally purchased this book from Harlequin and think is will someday be a collectible so I would like to share it with one lucky January winner.


When you read the message from Harlequin's CEO she mentions "milestones".  To win a copy of this fun book from Harlequin 60th Anniversary, share a milestone in your life and please leave your contact email so that I can notify the winner.

Happy New Year to everyone and thanks so much for stopping by Romancing the Desert, Sheikh Books.



When a thoroughly "nice" girl is clever as well, let her less strongly armed sisters beware.


Phyllis Gordon was completely honest and very intelligent. Terry McLean was her first and only lover, and he really loved her. But Phyllis cared too much for him to marry him until she had rid herself of her unrequited passion for her millionaire employer, Kenyon Rutledge. Kenyon's fiancée, Letty Lawrence, was also well equipped with beauty and brains, and she had money besides.

Yet the arrival in town of Phyllis's little country cousin, Anice Mayhew, spelled danger for both Phyllis and Letty. For Anice was dewy-eyed, supersweet and diabolically innocent.

From Harlequin’s CEO About the Book:
Dear Reader,

Harlequin is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary in 2009 with an entire year's worth of special programs showcasing the talent and variety that have made us the world's leading romance publisher.

With this collection of vintage novels, we are thrilled to be able to journey with you to the roots of our success: six books that hark back to the very earliest days of our history, when the fare was decidedly adventurous, often mysterious and full of passion—1950s-style!

It is such fun to be able to present these works with their original text and cover art, which we hope both current readers and collectors of popular fiction will find entertaining.

Thank you for helping us to achieve and celebrate this milestone!

Warmly,
Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sending Warm Holiday Wishes

I just wanted to say thanks so much for stopping by my blog this year and commenting. I wish you peace, joy and love.




Now don't turn up your nose, but I recently had this at a bridal shower and had no idea what the ingredients were but it's delicious.

That Great Dip
Vegetables:

1 15 oz. can black-eyed peas, drained
1 11 oz. can white shoe peg corn, drained
1 4 oz. jar chopped pimento, drained
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium orange bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 avocado, chopped

Marinade:
¾ C. sugar
½ C. white vinegar
½ C. canola oil
1 ½ T. Tiger sauce (located in marinades/sauce section of grocery store)
Salt and pepper to taste
Tortilla chips (Tostitos scooper chips work well)

Mix all vegetables, except avocado, and place in a dish with a cover. Pour marinade over vegetables and refrigerate overnight. Drain dip and add avocado just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips

Duty, Desire and The Desert King - Jane Porter


Duty, Desire and the Desert King authored by Jane porter is an excellently executed story that pulls one into its magic from the beginning to end. It a wonderful holiday romance with a theme of love and the joy it brings to those who believe. It also emphasises that love can actually heal all.


Sheikh Jayed is one handsome and charismatic man who also carries guilt and believes he is the black sheep of his royal family. He believes himself to be cursed because of his past, and holds himself responsible for his love, his sisters, his father and now his missing brother. Now he must return home to the desert, marry and assume the responsibility of King.

Dr. Rou Tournell is a scientist who matches compatible people to marry. She is indebted to King Sharif Fehr who was her mentor and responsible for her successful career. She years earlier also met his handsome playboy brother Zayed, was attracted to him until she found out quite by accident that he found her dull and boring. And now, years later, he needs to her, he is demanding her help to immediately find him a wife because his brother’s plane has crashed in the desert and he is missing. Now Zayed must return home to take over as ruler, bring with him a wife.

Because of her love and respect for Sharif, Rou accompanies Zayed back to Saraq and agrees to find him a wife. When Zayed realizes that Rou is a challenge, beautiful, smart, intelligent and the perfect woman to become his wife, he’s relentless until she agrees. Brilliantly written, their love story is a dance of attraction, battle of wills and a sensual journey one won’t want to miss. It’s magical in the sense that their insecurities seem to diminish when they are together, at their engagement party, on their wedding night and on their honeymoon. However, the fact the King is still missing, royal duties and Rou’s insecurities due to her past as a child take it’s toll on their marriage and in the end, Rou returns back to North America and her career.

Fate brings them together again and a warm and beautiful healing in the form of a pregnancy neither expected, facing the reality of their love for each other and like the magic of Christmas a beautiful ending full of peace, love and joy.

Book Description:
Playboy sheikh, unwilling wife…

As the black sheep of the Fehrs, a powerful desert family, middle son Zayed has sworn off love and marriage. This playboy prince is happiest when cruising the casinos of Monte Carlo. But then family tragedy leaves him as heir to his kingdom’s throne. Custom dictates that a wife must be seated beside him, and he’s got just the bride in mind…

Rou Tournell is a feisty, independent woman – and if she won’t marry Zayed for duty, maybe desire will help persuade her…

About the series:
Jane"s sheikh  Books are not necessarily connected by storyline, though a few are, these books all feature sheikhs in their exciting settings.
The Desert Kings
The series features the three royal Fehr brothers of Sarq, a desert kingdom neighboring Egypt. The eldest brother, Sharif Fehr, is featured in the The Sheikh's Chosen Queen and is king of their country. We meet the youngest brother, Khalid Fehr, a darkly brooding nomadic sheik, in the second book, King of the Desert, Captive Bride, and the third book, Duty, Desire and the Desert King, features the middle brother, Zayad, a playboy tycoon sheikh that can't be tamed.

Friday, December 11, 2009

DECEMBER CONTEST


December's Contest is Jane Porter's Duty, Desire and The Desert King.

To win a copy, please share a holiday recipie or a memory.  For other changes to win December books, go to my other two blogs....Marilyn's Romance  Reviews and Romance Author Buzz.



Duty, Desire and the Desert King by Jane Porter  (Book 3 of The Desert Kings series)
(Book 1 is The Sheikh's Chosen Queen, Book 2 is King of the Desert, Captive Bride)



As the black sheep of the Fehrs, a powerful desert family, middle son Zayed has sworn off love and marriage. This playboy prince is happiest when cruising the casinos of Monte Carlo. But then family tragedy leaves him the heir to his kingdom's throne. Custom dictates that a wife must be seated beside him, and he's got just the bride in mind…

Rou Tournell is a feisty, independent woman—and if she won't marry Zayed for duty, maybe desire will help persuade her….
 
Jane is also having a holiday contest at her blog.

Don't forget to leave your contact email so I can notify you of the win.  Thanks.

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