Monday, March 22, 2010

Lucy Monroe offers Reader's At Home Conference

Harlequin Presents and Brava author Lucy Monroe is attending The Romantic Times Conference this year. I've heard from some that it is great fun. For her readers and fans who cannot attend, Lucy is having a blog party which will introduce you, possibly, to some new authors. Prizes galore!

Every day there will be multiple authors visiting and guest blogging, with new blogs posting every 3 hours between 6 AM and 6 PM. And cover models? We've got 'em - with behind the scenes action as well as hero inspiration. There will be daily drawings for multiple prizes, including dozens of signed books, a B&N gift card, a t-shirt, 3 prize tote bags filled with books & goodies (donated by Sue Grimshaw from BTRB and Becke Martin), free online subscriptions to Affaire de Couer magazine and 2 more Swag Bags given away each day. What could be better?

To be eligible for daily "door prizes" you need to register for the conference. However daily "blog post" prize winners will be drawn daily from all the comments made on all the posts (as per my normal blog prize policy - each comment is counted in the drawing). Two ways to win lots of very cool prizes!

Stop over to Lucy's Blog and check it out!

Lucy’s Blog

Thursday, March 18, 2010



Kings of the desert...
Masters of the bedroom!

Razi al Maktabi

This prince has two passions; business and women.  His playboy days might be numbered when duty beckons, but there's always time for one final fling!  As he takes the Phoenix throne, Razi will work the same magic on the Isla de Sinnebar as he has on every woman of marriageable age--but what happens when he finds out he's going to be a father?

Razi was last seen cavorting in Ruling Sheikh, Unruly Mistress.  You can find the review for this book on this blog.

Ra'id al Maktabi

Darker than night and twice as dangerous, Razi's older brother sits on the Sapphire throne of Sinnebar.  Scarred inside and out, Ra'id is a powerhouse of strength and command.  He rules his heart like his country--with an iron will.  Now one woman is about to come between him and his throne!
Find Ra'id ruling The Master of the Desert with the review found below this post.


“The al Maktabi brothers...........Kings of the desert… Masters of the bedroom!”

In Ruling Sheikh, Unruly Mistress one was introduced to Razi al Maktabi and now you’re going to meet his half brother Ra’id al Maktabi in Master of the Desert by the extremely talented Susan Stephens who pens the most delightful sheikh romance which took me on such a sensual fantasy and journey, one I’ll long remember

Ra’id is described as “darker than night and twice as dangerous, who sits on the Sapphire throne of Sinnebar. Scarred inside and out, Ra’id is a powerhouse of strength and command. He rules his heart like his country….with an iron will. Now one woman is about to come between him and his throne.”

One is immediately made aware of Ra’id’s strength and power and how much he loves his country. In the most bizarre way, he meets the lovely Italian beauty Antonia Ruggiero when she sneaks onboard his yacht and takes not only his food but also his knife. She sought passage on a vessel which was boarded by pirates and narrowly escaped harm by swimming for her life, seeking refuge on Ra’id’s yacht and seeking his assistance in getting to Sinnebar. Antonia is adored by her rich brother who has seen to her every need and she wants to prove herself to him by promoting his charity. However, what neither Ra’id nor Antonia count on is the chemistry between them. Like the hot desert sun they combust and share passion on a beautiful deserted island, never revealing their true identities. Their affair is brief and ends once they dock in Sinnebar, or so they both believed. However, fate has other ideas for this pair.

Antonia Ruggiero may be young and spoiled but she has the heart of a lioness. She’s determined to make a difference in the world and to take the opportunity to find out about her deceased mother who once spent some time on Sinnebar before marrying her father. In order to set up her brother’s charity she needs to meet influential people. When she finds out those people will be attending, a party along with Sinnebar’s ruler, she decides to crash it. Only it backfires when guards arrest her, she’s deported and sent back to Italy. What Antonia doesn’t count on months later is the news that she’s pregnant with a man she spent time with on a deserted island; the very same man she only knew as “Sarif”.

In Susan Stephens first book one learned about the strong bond between these two sheikh rulers and that they shared the same father. However, their father had a mistress who was Razi’s mother, Helena. Their father did not allow his mistress access to her son. Instead, he banished her to a citadel where she was miserable. Helena eventually escaped and returned back to Italy with Antonio Ruggiero, leaving everything behind. Helena married, having two children Rigo and Antonia and then died.

Sheikh Ra’id is determined never to let a woman get in the way of his country nor make bad decisions for his people like his father once did with his mistress. And then, a locked door in the palace is revealed to be the place where his father’s mistress once lived and a document which leaves a parcel of land to her daughter, the daughter Ra’id knew by the fictitious name of “Tuesday”, the very woman he shared passion with on an island.

Upon returning home to Rome, Antonia was determined to prove to her brother she was worth something and she worked very hard setting up his charities all over Europe. And now she was fueled with more determination because she wanted to set up the charity in Sinnebar, and find information about her mother. However, there was unfinished business there as well, the man she only knew as Sarif, the man who was the future father of her unborn child. But Ra’id has other ideas because like her mother, Antonia was a “threat to his people’s happiness, with those documents granting her land in Sinnebar” and Antonia was his father’s mistress daughter.

She’s shocked when she attends the meeting with Sinnebar’s dignitaries, when she meets the ruling sheikh and finds out he’s the very same man who stole her heart. It all heats up and becomes very complicated, very emotional and such a journey for this pair of fated lovers. To think her mother was Ra’id’s father’s mistress, to find out she had a brother, to see her mother’s possessions in the palace and the desert fortress, to feel her mother’s pain, to long for Ra’id, to love him, to know his passion again only to feel rejected.

As only Susan Stephens can pen, Master of the Desert was a magnificent and sensual journey with strong and interesting characters. As sheikh Ra’id said to his bride, “if you look with your heart, you will find as I did, the most important things in life, aren’t land or possessions, they’re invisible.” Don’t miss the al Maktabi Brother’s series, they’re both such strong, romantic and passionate sheikhs!

Susan Stephens website:

Book Descriptiuon:

Stranded, seduced…and pregnant!

Sheikh Ra’id al Maktabi mastered the wild inhospitable desert out of necessity… But the sexy stowaway who has clambered onto his yacht he’ll tame for fun.

He assumes that heiress Antonia Ruggiero is used to being pampered and preened. But on his boat Ra’id is the master. He’ll put her to work scrubbing the decks – and after hours he’ll take her between the sheets!

Until they get to dry land, where the only mistress Ra’id obeys is duty. But an unexpected pregnancy could change all that!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dark-Hearted Desert Men Series - Mills and Boon/Harlequin Presents

Mills and Boon and later Harlequin Presents are coming out with a new "sheikh" series called Dark-Hearted Desert Men. A kingdom torn apart by scandal, a throne left empty' four smoldering desert princes....Which one will claim the crown - and who will they claim as their brides?

Many years ago there were two Mediterranean islands ruled as one kingdom--Adamas. But bitter family feuds ripped the kingdom apart and the islands were ruled separately. The Greek Karades family reigned supreme over glamorous Aristo and the smoldering ring Al'Farisi sheikhs ruled the desert lands of Calista!

When the Aristan king died, an illegitimate daughter was discovered--Stephania, the rightful heir to the throne! Ruthlessly, the Caristan sheikh Zakari seduced her into marriage to claim absolute power but was overawed by her purity and succumbed to love. he kingdom is now ruled in the spirit of hope and prosperity.

But a black mark hangs over the Calistan royal family still. As young boys three of King Zakari's brothers were kidnapped for ransom by pirates. Two safely returned, but the youngest was swept out to sea and never found and presumed dead. But then at Zakari and Stephania's wedding a stranger appeared in their midst. The ruler of a nearby kingdom--Quasy. A stranger with scars on his wrists from the pirates ropes. A stranger who knows nothing of his past--only his future as a king!

What will happen when Xavian, King of Qusay discovers that he's living the wrong life? And who will claim the Qusay throne if the truth is unveiled?

One kingdom, one crown. Four smoldering desert princes. Which one will claim the throne and who will the claim as their brides?

Mills and Boon Modern releases: UK: March, April, May and June

Carol Marinelli - Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untourched Queen (March)

A virgin bride for His Majesty’s pleasure

About to lose his kingdom, Xavian is marrying for power – his wedding night will be purely for duty. As he unveils his new queen, nervous and naked, bathed in fragrant oils, he’s stunned that she’s as beautiful as the desert stars…

This queen deserves a royal bedding worthy of the Arabian Nights…and in her arms Xavian discovers that, though he may not have a kingdom, he has the strength and power of a thousand kings.

But this untouched queen could be his undoing…

May - Tamed: The Barbarian King by Jennie Lucas

Should he take a mistress... or the throne?

He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him!

Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his.

His choice - take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be....

June - Forbidden: The Sheikh's Virgin by Trish Morey

“Bedded, by order of the Sheikh”

Sheikh Rafiq Al'Ramiz left his homeland behind-betrayed by the woman he loved. He's hardened his heart and made his fortune-and now he must return: his country needs him. But he is more powerful than ever, and vengeance is high on his agenda!

Seeing Sera again, he finds the image he's held of a heartless temptress at odds with her drab robes and downcast eyes-but hewilltake what he's owed! What will this ruthless sheikh do when he discovers Sera's very real innocence?

July - Scandal: His Majesty's Love-Child - Annie West
Seduction in the Sand

Speculation surrounding exiled rebel Prince Tahir Al'Ramiz has reached fever pitch! After being spotted causing mayhem in an exclusive Monte Carlo casino, Tahir decides to fly home for his brother's coronation. But when the remains of his helicopter are discovered, the worst is assumed... Until he comes back from the dead, with no explanation as to how he survived!

Now a mysterious beauty has moved into the palace. Rumors of a pregnancy abound... Could it be that this notorious playboy prince's lost days in the desert camouflaged a secret affair?

.Dark Hearted Desert Men continuity, the follow up series to the enormously popular Royal House of Karedes. You won't want to miss any of these great titles!

Here's a post from the Mills and Boon Editor.


Kim Lawrence has written quite an enjoyable sheikh in The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin which is definitely about honor and duty.

Eva has recently found out the identify of her father and that’s she’s actually a Princess. Since both her mother and father are now deceased, she’s gone to the desert kingdom and met her grandfather, uncles and cousins. Her grandfather believes it’s time for her to marry and he has just the man in mind, Prince Karim Al-Nasr who just happens to be in London tending to his young daughter who has cancer. A date is set for them to meet but Karim has to cancel due to his daughter’s illness. However, fate steps in for the form of his aid who is so concerned that the Prince is not sleeping, that he drugs his tea. Like I said, fate steps in, Karim escapes the hospital one dark and dreary night and eventually ends up on Eva’s doorstep drenched to the bone. He falls asleep and somehow ends up in her bed in the middle of the night.

Karim is shocked to awake the redhead’s bed, spooned and caressing her in his sleep. He’s somewhat tarnished her reputation and that of her grandfather the King especially when the press get wind they spent the night together. He demands for reasons that will affect both countries that they have a civil ceremony and return home to their native land. Eva doesn't go willingly, she’s a hot firey redhead, one that on scholarship at the university, one that thinks the Prince to be arrogant and a bit cold, but she goes when everything is explained to her, and subconsciously goes between the fire that flows between them draws her to this handsome sheikh.

Eva is lonely and pretty insecure and Karim is busy with matters of state. However, she does spend an enjoyable time getting to know her stepdaughter. At a State function, she meets Layla, a dark haired, beautiful and lush family friend and it’s obvious the woman has designs on Eva’s new husband. She’s insecure because they haven't consummated their vows and she wants that more than anything but that evening she feels shunned and flees. Let’s just say their marriage takes a down hill turn in more ways than one and one wonders if they will ever have a chance at happiness. Environmental events cause them both to be put in danger and then they act on their passion. However, months later Layla tries to force Eva to leave and return to London but telling her untruths and their relationship is at stake.

The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin was a great read, a sassy and entertaining one set in desert kingdom who in the end welcomed Princess Eva as one of their own.

Book Description:

Set up against her will as a potential Arabian queen for the notorious Sheikh Karim, unworldly Eva has a plan to deter the desert king. She will convince him she's a modern, sexually experienced woman—and definitely not marriage material—even though she is really still a virgin.

However, the next thing she knows, Eva's become a bride! And her new husband is having a startling effect on her…. She finds herself increasingly impatient; could it be that shy Eva is curious about what lies ahead in the sheikh's marriage bed?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

March International - Contest, Desert Prince, Blackmailed Bride

In Kim Lawrence's, Desert Prince, Blackmailed Bride she's promised and ends up with his brother.  Has this ever happend to you?  If not, how would you handle it?

Book Description:

Rafiq Al Kamil, heir to the desert kingdom of Zatara, thinks innocent Gabby will be the perfect convenient wife for his brother. But Gabby isn't as biddable as she seems…. Now Rafiq will have to persuade her!

Except the more time Rafiq spends with Gabby the more he wants her—in his own bed. But when he discovers she's a virgin, the earth collapses under his feet. Suddenly, having her as his mistress is not enough— Rafiq demands she become his bride!

Contest  Rules:   Either follow this blog or post a comment along with your contact name and email to  Since I personally purchase the books and work you will need to take responsibility and check back or answer your winner email/.  Thanks.

February Winner & Past Winners to need to contact me

Spav is the winner of Jennifer Lewis The Desert Prince.  I've sent you an email requesting your address.

I've had a lot on my plate and have been awating some email from some of you who have won.  It's difficult to tell by your blogger name who you are so one last time let's see if I can get you your books.


Tamsyn, Maureen, Sylvie, Amber and Joan Ferris, your books are in the mail.  I'm not going to hold up your shipment while I wait on the others.

This is what was postd last month and are still outstanding.

December winner was Linda and Keira I'll be sending Jane Porter's Duty, Desire and the Desert King.

January's winner of No Nice Girl was Buddy T.

Skipthelaundry, I'll send you Liz Fielding's Her Desert Dream.

Cas a copy of Melanie Milburne's Bound by the Marcolini Bride

ReneeG a copy of Kate Hewitt's The Italian's Bought Bride

Callmekayla a copy of Kate Hewitt's The Italian's Bought Bride

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