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Loveswept Returns (and Giveaway)

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Updated.  The follower winners will be receiving a digital code to use as a giftcard.

1) Rhianna 2) MaryK 3) Renda 4) willaful 5) MarieC 6) VALERIE VALICENTO 7) Meagan 8) 
Lisa J 9) Laura Florand 10) LuchaLori

According to the romance wiki, Loveswept debuted in 1983 and published 917 titles.  Some of the biggest names in publishing (including those who shun their romance roots) released series books through Loveswept like Kay Hooper,  Iris Johansen, Sandra Brown, and Janet Evanovich.  It was primarily a contemporary romance line but it also had some historicals (I recall Iris Johansen’s Wild Silver, vividly) and was best known for the breadth of its stories. It seemed like “anything goes” was the motto.

Loveswept has been revived and is being steered by long time romance reader and former Borders’ romance buyer, Sue Grimshaw.  The line will be bringing back the old titles and mixing it with new acquisitions.  I can’t wait.   The following is a small preview of what is coming from Loveswept

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From Sue:

Hi everyone!   Thanks so much for stopping by Dear Author today & checking out our post!

First & foremost I’d like to let everyone know we’re offering a giveaway – 10 ebooks — randomly chosen by Jane — if you are a winner Jane will have you email us for your FREE book!

Sound like a plan?

So, let me tell you what we’re so excited about & what has taken the industry by storm . . . or surprise & great support <G>

Random House is bringing back the LOVESWEPT line of romances — some new & some old beginning 8/8/2011!!  Readers everywhere have been thrilled with the news & soon to be LS followers are loving the ebook launch.  Eight books are on sale 8/8 including:

Writing for Loveswept – a little reminiscing from Karen Leabo, Debra Dixon & Deborah Smith & something new from debut, Jessica Scott:

Karen Leabo Hell on WheelsKaren Leabo:I started submitting manuscripts to the Loveswept line when it debuted in the 1980s. I was a fan from the beginning (I still love the Delaneys!) , and I was thrilled when I finally sold to them. Alas, I only wrote seven books for the line before it closed, but those are some of my happiest publishing memories. My Loveswept editors encouraged me to write books that reflected what was important to me, books that I really, really wanted to write. Finding a welcoming home for my quirky, out-of-the-box stories meant so much to me. I wrote action/adventure, paranormal and romantic suspense as well as the ever-popular cowboys, brides and babies. The freedom to write anything I wanted was exciting, and I still cherish those books as some of my best.

My first Loveswept was called “Hell on Wheels,” and it was about storm chasers—you know, those crazy people who run around the countryside trying to find tornadoes? To research this story, I actually tagged along with a group of “professional” storm chasers, possibly the closest I’ve come to dying for my art. The book was published in March of 1996, exactly two months before the hit movie Twister. (Ah, timing is everything.)

I am thrilled that my Loveswepts are being re-issued as e-books. Electronic reading has changed my life—I have three e-book readers. I love finding backlist books from newly discovered authors as well as old favorites (I’ve already pre-ordered Lightning that Lingers by Sharon and Tom Curtis).  I’m looking forward to finding a whole new crop of readers as well as re-connecting with those who might remember me from way back when.

 

Tall Dark and Debra DixonDebra Dixon: Many years ago, when my agent called to tell me I’d sold my first book to Loveswept (Tall, Dark and Lonesome), I sat down in the floor and stared at the phone.  I knew I was supposed to say something professional and collected.  I said, “Are you sure?”

Not my finest moment…or maybe it was.  Because in that moment, I became a Loveswept author.

Some months later, I remember sitting quietly at a dinner of Loveswept authors: Tami Hoag, Deborah Smith, Iris Johansen and a couple more names you’d recognize.  These amazing women had written books on my keeper shelf.  Geez!  I looked at them all and wondered if my editor had lost her mind when she invited me into the inner circle.  But that’s what Loveswept did.  They believed in writers.  They nurtured the stories.  They were never afraid to take a chance.  They never blinked when I said, “I’m doing a book about an ice skating nun and an ex-navy SEAL.” (Hot As Sin)

At that same dinner I wondered how to tell Deborah Smith she’d taken my dessert coffee.  “Excuse me.  You’re 1/3 of who I want to be when I grow up as a writer.  You see, I want to be the literary love child of Tami Hoag, Stephen Hunter and Deborah Smith. Yes, that’s right.  You.  You’re fabulous.  Now, stop bogarting my coffee.”

She did eventually realize she hadn’t ordered coffee.  To make amends, she became my new BFF in spite of, or maybe because of, the fact we’re completely different.  She’s tall.  I’m short.  If you hand us the same story idea, you’ll never recognize it as the same idea by the time we finish working it over. That’s what I loved about Loveswept.  They didn’t own a cookie cutter.  They let you run.  They let you bring something new and exciting to the table every time.  You couldn’t scare the editors. I tried.

More than fifteen years ago, I wrote a dark, hit-woman heroine.  (Bad To the Bone)  I told my husband, “I’ve done it this time.  There is no way they can publish this.  I’ll have to buy it back, you know.”  Foolish me.  Loveswept has never been afraid to push the envelope.  I think my editors invented the “bring it on” gesture Morpheus gave to Neo in the Matrix.  They believed in their authors.  Then and now.

I’m not sure what reaction I expected when the relaunch was announced, but it wasn’t the very specific list of titles every reader began compiling on the spot.  Titles, authors, plot lines.  The readers are ready.  They have shopping lists!  They’re practically giddy to see the books available again.  Okay, that’s me.  I’m giddy, but I was a reader before I was a writer.  There are some books I can’t wait to get my hands on again.

I’m hoping you guys feel the same way about Tall, Dark and Lonesome.  I love this book.  My first.  Imagine if your boss sent you back to the one place filled with hard memories  you’d tried to leave behind.  Imagine that magazine editor plopping city-slicker-you in the middle of a vacation cattle drive for the sake of a story.  Imagine the guy on the front of this cover running that cattle drive.  And then imagine everything going wrong.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  I do.

 

Legends by Deborah SmithDeborah SmithIt was a dark and stormy night when I got the phone message that told me I’d become a Loveswept author. Okay, actually, it was a cloudy, cozy-cold night in January of 1987. I found a message on my phone, started shrieking, and my husband ran into the den to find Farley, our ever-present Cairn terrier, chasing my feet as I danced with joy.

We were still in the disco-exercise era—remember Olivia Newton John in her candy-colored workout clothes?—so Farley was happy for any excuse to sink his teeth into my pink, fuzzy, leg warmers.  I looked as if I’d waded through a knee-high river of cotton candy.

Dance, Cotton-Candy-Calves, dance! My dream had come true. I was a Loveswept author.

Fans adored the Loveswept line for its inventive plots and quirky humor; I will never forget the honor of being invited to events with Loveswept stars such as Iris Johansen and Kay Hooper. At one such gathering, a dinner, I sat next to a newcomer like myself. Her name was Debra Dixon. She was perky and confident and clearly had no problem fitting in with the VIPs of the romance-writing world.

I was in awe of everyone at the table that night, including her. So much in awe, in fact, that I distractedly stole her dessert coffee.  It was years before she confronted me about the theft. By then we were good buddies—and future publishing partners—so she graciously accepted my apology. I do notice, however, that she has always put an extra foot of space between us at meals since then, and, when her coffee arrives, she lines up the condiments around it.

I wrote fifteen Loveswepts between 1987 and 1991, and each one was a great adventure. Loveswept authors were encouraged to push the envelope, and we did. Comedy, intrigue, super-villains, psychics, ghosts, exotic settings, over-the-top plots, red-hot romance and then some—very little was out of bounds, as long as it was written with a passion for unforgettable characters and plots.

Legends, the novel that’s been chosen for Random House’s re-launch of the Loveswept imprint, is one of my favorites. It stars a billionaire corporate raider and the Scottish heroine who kidnaps him and then holds him hostage in her homeland. Boy howdy! A rich, handsome man locked up in a jail cell with me, I mean my fictitious heroine, holding the key. That right there is a good-enough fantasy for any dark and stormy night.

With or without wearing pink, fuzzy, leg warmers.

Because of You by Jessica Scott Jessica Scott: Anyone who has been either involved in publishing or seeking publication will invariably tell you that newcomers who think writing a book is easy are misguided at best, potentially delusional at worst. *raises hand sheepishly* Yeah, I was one of those fervent young writers who finally wrote the end and thought pure genius, New York Times bestseller list here I come.

Ah, not quite.

I now understand why published authors smile and shake their heads when new kids on the block are so effervescent and confident. The journey for Because of You was a long one, through multiple titles, iterations and complete rewrites.

It started back in 2007. I was away from my kids (then 7months old and 2 1/2 years) for the first time in Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. My husband was deployed again and call me old fashioned but I didn’t think that hanging out at the bar was the right place for a mom with a deployed husband. So I would take my happy little self off to the local Barnes and Noble and read or write on the weekends. I’m kind of a nerd in that books offer me comfort and solace. They always have. I like to say the best thing about being in Iraq was the time to read because there were no dishes to do, laundry to fold, etc. You know, when there aren’t mortars and rocks going off. But that’s another blog for another time.

I remember the exact moment the first words of Shane’s book came to me. I was sitting in a classroom in Building 4 on Fort Benning (affectionately known as Building Snore due to the relentless classes required for Officer Candidates). One of the Ranger candidates was chewing out one of his classmates for being lazy. Can’t say that I’d argue with him for that one. The bottom line was this guy had a combat patch from the 75th Ranger Regiment and I remember thinking that his frustration wasn’t with soldiers who didn’t know any better but rather, with soldiers who were unwilling or unable to train.

That prompted the original thought behind Shane Garrison, a guy who devoted everything to train his soldiers for combat.  Shane’s story has stuck with me over the years despite numerous rejections and lots of frustration. Many writers advised me to put it away and write something else.  “Maybe not this book” or “maybe it’s time to write something else”. And I did. I’ve put Shane and Jen beneath the bed a dozen times over the years, only to have them start nagging at me, urging me to give them just one more shot. Because of You was the book that would not die, would not let me put it away. At least not for long.

Their most recent shot came in the form of a blog post from Sue Grimshaw. Right after SEAL Team 6 that had finally gotten Bin Laden, the romance world went nuts for all things military, particularly Navy SEALs. Sue wrote a great post about military heroes and mentioned that she was looking for a contemporary military romance that was NOT, oddly enough, romantic suspense.

What’s the worst that could happen, right? If she passed because it wasn’t ready, then well, Shane and Jen would simply ended up back beneath the bed where they’d been for the last year. So I shot her a Direct Message (DM) on Twitter. I said, hey, I saw your blog about military romance that’s not suspense and I just happen to have one, would you be interested? And lo and behold, she dropped me a note back almost immediately that said yes, shoot it over.

I emailed the file and figured it would be a couple weeks before I heard anything. Publishing takes time, as we have all learned, so imagine my surprise when I see a DM “didn’t get anything” about four days later. Well crap. So I double checked the email and resent the file and went back about my life. I’ve had lots of submissions where I never heard back, so again, I figured I had time. But the really cool part about the email was a little voice in the back of my head that whispered hey, I’ve got an editor who was waiting for my book. Sue surprised me again with a great note within 48 hours. “Hey I really like this but are you open to revisions?”

Um, hell yeah!

At the time, I didn’t know that I would be the launch for the relaunch of Loveswept as a digital first line. Needless to say, the news kept getting better and better. Not only did Sue acquire Shane’s story, she picked up two other books in the series, the series that started my writing, the series that spoke to the thing that burns in me. I’ve tried writing about something other than soldiers but I always come back to the men and women who inspire me every single day.

So I’m beyond excited that you get to experience Shane and Jen. Technically, this is the 2nd book I ever wrote, but there have been so many rewrites and overhauls, its more Iike the 10th or 11th. But Shane is the 2nd hero I’ve ever put on page and oddly enough, he’s stayed relatively consistent over the different iterations. It’s always been about his men and it’s always been about learning to love someone other than leading soldiers.

I always say, the good Lord Himself could command the First Cavalry Division but the day would come when He would change command. The Army will find someone to replace you, no matter who you are. The thing Shane had to learn was to let go, to find another way to give back, and to realize that there was more to him than just a good soldier. And Jen was the perfect person to guide him through his crucible.

So I hope you enjoy Shane and Jen as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them over the years. I’m excited and grateful to Sue and the entire team at Random House for bringing me into the fold and giving my stories the chance to hit the page. Thanks so much for having me here today!

 

 

 

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

97 Comments

  1. blodeuedd
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 04:44:24

    I love this idea :D Yay for bringing it back

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  2. Danielle D
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 05:35:23

    I’m so excited about the Loveswept line coming back, thank you Sue.

    I can’t wait to read Jessica Scott’s new book when it comes out. Heck I can’t wait to read any of these books.

    What an awesome contest.

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  3. Brandi E.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 06:01:42

    I cut my teeth on Loveswept books. I was in Jr. High when I read my first and loved every minute of each book. As a matter of fact, I have been on a quest for a few titles. So glad LS is coming back.

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  4. Sharon
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 06:33:53

    It’s so good to see a favorite line brought back to life. I am tickled!

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  5. Donna M
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 06:51:02

    I kept my Loveswept Romances for years. The books finally started falling apart. I loved Kay Hooper’s Hogan series. I have bought “In Serena’s Web” and “Raven On The Wing” again. I would love to get the whole series again. Can’t wait to read the new authors in the new Loveswept.

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  6. ShellBell
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 06:59:56

    I loved Iris Johansen’s books and am really pleased to have some of them in eBook format. I also loved Fayrene Preston’s Swansea series.

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  7. Mickie T
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 07:05:40

    I’m glad there’s no one else in the house right now, because I’m doing a silly computer chair happy dance with a big grin on my face. I’ve got such fond memories of Loveswept!

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  8. Loosheesh
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 07:38:35

    Yay for Loveswept! – I read lots of their books in my late teens to early twenties but I haven’t thought of them in years.

    [OT: I'm not liking Legends by Deborah Smith using the same cover as Julie James' Just the Sexiest Man Alive :( ]

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  9. Gennita Low
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 07:52:47

    I loved the Loveswept line. Debra Dixon was my inspiration to write the kind of heroines that aren’t just damsels in distress. I used to call them bad-to-the-bone heroines :) because I loved that book so much. My copies (yes, I bought multiples) are now tattered and much-handled, except for the one I chased Ms. Dixon down to autograph. I’m so glad some of the great ones are coming back into print so readers could see what great books they were.

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  10. Ivy
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:05:30

    I was reading mysteries when the loveswepts were popular. I’d love to see what all the excitements about..

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  11. Laura Florand
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:12:22

    This is so fun, to see this line come back. Thanks for sharing the reminiscences.

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  12. Keishon
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:26:23

    I’m very excited about the Loveswept line coming back digitally and one of the new acquisition titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on is Annette Reynolds “Remember the Time” and it was her only contemporary romance and it was a good one featuring an unrequited love/best friends to lovers theme. I can’t wait to rediscover these wonderful romance stories. I hope there are some gems in here. No need to enter me in the contest thanks.

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  13. Hannah
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:34:58

    I don’t remember any of the Loveswept books though they were originally issued during the heyday of my romance reading years (junior high!) I’m very excited to read some of them.

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  14. Lisa J
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:45:01

    An old line coming back is a great thing. I wish some of the other lines I loved way back when would also make a reappearance.

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  15. Christine M.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 08:53:29

    @Loosheesh: Awww, so that’s why I had this feeling of déjà vu.

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  16. Erica H
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:02:08

    Loveswept was my true introduction to category romance when I was a young teen. Aaahhhh the memories!

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  17. Susan Laura
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:03:51

    This is all new to me so I’d love to give one of these books a try. Thanks!

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  18. Angelique
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:07:58

    Ooh, I loved reading old Loveswept books when I was in HS. ‘Because of You’ sounds like a wonderful novel and I can’t wait to check it out!

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  19. CrystalGB
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:18:34

    I remember reading Loveswept novels. It is great they are bringing back this line. :)

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  20. Jane A
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:20:26

    I love that we’re going to be getting some great backlist titles from Loveswept! I remember this line very fondly and can’t wait to get some of my favorites as ebooks! I have been on such a backlist reading kick lately that I am reading more oldies than new releases these days.

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  21. Nadia Lee
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:29:22

    W00t! Thanks for bringing it back. I used to read Loveswept novels until the line ended. :)

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  22. Diane Mc.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:29:28

    I can’t wait to read some since I used to borrow my aunt’s romance books many years ago.

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  23. Julie
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:38:29

    Loveswept! Oh, the nostalgia. One of my very first romances was from this line.

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  24. Sarah
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:46:31

    I remember shelving the Loveswept line in my local public library when I was 14. I would often sneak a peek and one of my favorite books of the line featured a more plus-size heroine. I know I bought it off eBay years later for a steal but I can’t think of the title right now. I’m glad this line is coming back!

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  25. Allie
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:48:47

    Can’t wait for these to come out. I’ve just loved all the old ones from this line that I’ve read.

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  26. MarieC
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 09:48:52

    Wow! I STILL have some of my old Loveswepts! I’m so glad they are coming back!!!

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  27. Rhianna
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:08:34

    :) Jessica’s publishing story is so inspiring. I remember hearing about Sue’s desire to find some contemp military hero stories—which I’ve never really considered reading until recently—so it’s really great sort of seeing the follow-up on where that went. I’m going to have to add Because of You to my wishlist.

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  28. Tinabelle
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:13:06

    Ah, Loveswept! I used to belong to their book club where I received a box of books every month. I was always so excited when that box came because I knew I was in for a treat. The characters and the story lines were appealing, especially the strong female characters. I still have some of my favorites stored in archival boxes to preserve the paper as long as possible. I am over the moon that older titles will be available digitally. And I couldn’t believe that one of my all-time favorites Legends was in the first batch of releases. It is already on my Kindle. I look forward to seeing what is coming down the line.

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  29. Jennifer
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:20:04

    The Loveswept line really fueled my love of romance books! And introduced me to so many authors that I still read today. So excited to see they’re now bringing them digital and introducing us to some new authors.

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  30. LuchaLori
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:27:20

    I’m new to romancelandia so while the word Loveswept makes me giggle, I’m game.

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  31. Chelsea Spencer
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:37:20

    @LuchaLori:

    I’m NOT new to romance, and I still think the word Loveswept is cheesey and giggle worthy. I’m excited they’re coming back though :D

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  32. erin
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:39:23

    Can’t wait to try these books! Thanks for a wonderful interview w/ such lovely authors!

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  33. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:42:03

    @blodeuedd: how cool to see so many comments — U all Rock! & thanks for your support on the LS line — we aim to please so let us know what you’re looking for — Big thanks to Jane for letting us post on her site.
    Wish you could all win – but, only have 10 books — good luck!

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  34. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:43:23

    @Danielle D: Thanks Danielle — I’m geeked too :)

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  35. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:45:16

    @Brandi E.: LOL love it Brandi — Do you remember Karen Leabo? we hope to have her relaunch titles out in Spring http://www.romanceatrandom.com/karen-leabo-loveswepts-giveaway-too/

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  36. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:53:28

    @Loosheesh: yeah, using stock photo’s can sometimes not work real well – *learn from one’s mistakes* & all that :) Must have been a good photo for it to be used again . . . thanks Loosheesh

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  37. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:00:40

    @Angelique: Thanks Angelique -it is a romantic, sexy, emotional story with an alpha, kick ass hero & secondary characters that make you swoon . . . Carponti, Trent & all the guys are the true definition of heroes. After the recent attack on the Navy Seals this is truly a series of my heart, probably more so, the author’s as well.

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  38. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:06:33

    @Rhianna: Rhianna – thanks so much for your honesty & your comment — this story, series of Jess’s, contains those kick ass Suz B type heroes. But more than that the series also takes the reader on an emotional journey & Shane’s coming home — Shane is just a sexy, tortured guy who needs to let someone help him — physically & emotionally heal — I hope you love it – &, BTW, thanks for giving it a try

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  39. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:09:44

    @Chelsea Spencer: That – it is — I prefer LS

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  40. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:12:32

    Wow — U all rock – thanks for being supportive — I hope the new & old appeal to your palettes as well :) Good luck on the giveaway — & come visit us on Romance At Random — it is a community site for romance readers & we promote everything like Jane — we’ve a printable shopping list to help you decide on your monthly purchases & weekly giveaways — stop on by http://www.romanceatrandom.com when you can – SueG

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  41. Patrice
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:17:53

    Like a lot of the commenters I also remember the Loveswept line fondly. I found a lot of my purchases came from LS and kept those paperbacks until they fell apart. I’m so glad it’s coming back and that Sue Grimshaw is leading the line! Sue has always been a lively voice for romance and gave a lot of good info. I miss her Romance Blog posts. I’d check her recomendations out to see what might be interesting in genres I didn’t usually buy. But onward and upward! :) These debut titles all look interesting, but I am really curious about Because of You.

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  42. MaryK
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:23:48

    Yay! Loveswept was already defunct when I started reading Romance so I don’t have much experience with it. I somehow managed to acquire an affection for it anyway no doubt due to the copy of Lightning that Lingers I found at a used book sale. I’ll probably buy the ebook version just because.

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  43. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:31:33

    @Patrice: Thanks Patrice!! You can still find me at http://www.romanceatrandom.com – we’ve a lively discussion there today about can men write romance — I think I’m getting myself into trouble LOL so glad you are anticipating the launch — all the best!

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  44. Kim
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:50:11

    Best of luck with the new launch. So many of today’s authors got their start writing categories.

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  45. Maigan
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:51:00

    New books to me, but I can’t wait to read them! Thanks for bringing them back!

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  46. VALERIE VALICENTO
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:55:03

    I love romance novels and some of these titles are no longer in print. It is interesting to see how much progress has been made in romance writing.

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  47. library addict
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:58:05

    I still have my original copy of Sandra Brown’s Heaven’s Price with “1″ on the cover. I can remember tracking down all her backlist titles via snailmail to various used bookstores.

    I’ve said it before, but figure it can’t be “suggested” in too many places. I really hope they will reissue the books by Barbara Boswell, Gail Douglas, and Marcia Evanick.

    Looking forward to Jessica Scott’s debut book.

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  48. Betty Lewis
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:00:00

    Awesome news!! LS was one of my favorite lines. They also led me to Time Swept, which is what started a very long love affair with time-travel romances. Can’t wait to find some of the old titles and check out the new ones :)

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  49. sue
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:01:38

    Point noted Library Addict :) Thx!

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  50. Renda
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:22:33

    And I would have sworn I had read every Deborah Smith, but I have no memory of her in the LS line. Looking forward to the rise of this Phoenix, and excited to have new-to-me books by Ms. Smith.

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  51. Gayle Cochrane
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:28:44

    I’m looking forward to Jessica Scott’s book too, and not just because of the awesome cover.(Though it is awesome.) Love Romance at Random, and I am pretty sure that Sue G. doesn’t sleep. :)

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  52. cayenne
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 12:55:21

    This is so awesome. I just did a shelf cull, and none of my LS keepers hit the boxes. To get more in ebook format is making me so happy.

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  53. Sherie
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 13:07:57

    Since I never heard of Loveswept I am excited for these new/old books to be released. These sounds like great stories!

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  54. Bella F.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 13:27:12

    Loveswept is new to me so this is exciting! Looking forward to checking em out:)

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  55. library addict
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 13:51:17

    Sue, will the titles be available at All Romance eBooks and/or the Sony Ebooks store?

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  56. Joder
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 14:12:12

    I enjoyed many of the LS stories and am thrilled they’re returning! I read some early Suz Brockmann LS that I vividly recall enjoying. From the authors talking above, I LOVE the sound of Hell On Wheels and definitely would love to get my hands on that. A very unique theme and appropriate for us Midwesterners.

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  57. cyclops8
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 14:28:30

    I’m excited about Jessica’s upcoming release and also about the reissues of older Loveswept books that have been out of print for so long.

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  58. Brandy
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 14:54:53

    Out of all the romance series that were around at the time, Loveswept were my favorite. As a matter of fact despite many moves and book purges I still have a few on my keeper shelves. SO glad to hear they are being brought back!

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  59. Meagan
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 15:05:47

    I looked at some of these on NetGalley, I’m so excited to read some more good romances :)

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  60. Diane
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 16:04:43

    The Loveswept series books were wonderful, I read so many of them; Deborah Smith, Kay Hooper great authors all of them and I was so disappointed when line was cancelled. I don’t know who decided to bring them back but my congrats to them!

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  61. Angie G
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 16:19:27

    This is such great news! I have many wonderful memories of Loveswept books. I’ll be looking for them now. Yay!!!

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  62. Trish
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 17:07:28

    Yay! I loved those Loveswepts!! They were different enough to make it a special romance read. Yay!!

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  63. Kaetrin
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 17:37:43

    Welcome back Loveswept – and thank the Lord for the new covers!

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  64. JenM
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 17:41:14

    OMG – Lightning that Lingers is being released in ebook? I’m off to pre-order right now. You have made my day. I can’t wait to see what other treats you have in store for us from the old days. Any chance you can get your hands on the rest of Sharon and Tom Curtis’ backlist?

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  65. Na
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 17:55:07

    Even though Loveswept is re-launching, the line is new to me and I embrace its return. It means more books to read and my TBR pile needs more padding. Well it doesn’t but I insist on keep it overstocked at all times lol. I wonder if more lines will follow in its footsteps and if it means I’ll be seeing more long-forgotten but still wonderful stories returning.

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  66. Sue P.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 18:28:44

    So excited that Loveswept has returned. Can’t wait to start reading the new books. Thanks for the revival.

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  67. Andra
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 18:53:55

    I love that backlist titles are being reissued as ebooks; OOP books are usually expensive and/or hard to find, so hurray!

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  68. willaful
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 19:31:01

    Lightning that Lingers was recently a 5 star keeper for me, and I actually have another Loveswept by them on its way to me from paperbackswap. The option of having crisp new ebook versions is awesome (though of course the old editions have a lot of nostalgic charm.) Hooray for bringing back OP books!

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  69. BB
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 19:51:43

    This AB Fab! I have quite a collection of Loveswepts and even the hardbacks published by Doubleday (Brown, Hooper, Johansen, Suz Forster, Joan Elliott P, Smith, etc) I treasure my signed copy of Hot Touch by Deb Smith. All I need is ebook copies now.
    I’ll certainly checkout the new authors!

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  70. Sheila L.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 19:51:45

    Some of my favorite authors wrote for the Loveswept line. I am happy to see that some of their “classic” stories will be widely available again.

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  71. Mary
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 20:48:40

    Fantastic news! I still have some of my old LS from back when. Also continue to search for a few of my favorite authors’ LS books in second hand stores to complete backlists. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to check off a few more author’s book collections. :)
    Not only did Evanovich, Johansen, Forster, Brown, and Hooper publish with Love Swept, but the following authors did as well:
    T. Hoag, F. Preston, B. Boswell, J. Crusie, C. Neggers, and S. Brockmann. There was romance GOLD in Love Swepts. Glad to seem them return.

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  72. LJD
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 22:11:27

    @Loosheesh: Yeah, I noticed that too. IDENTICAL to ‘Just the sexiest man alive’.

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  73. Lorraine from CA
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 22:24:18

    Yay for more Loveswept novels. I still have some of mine from high school.

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  74. E.D. Walker
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 22:50:14

    That storm chaser book sounds interesting and the hitwoman one. WANT.

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  75. Allison H.
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 22:57:23

    I am SO happy Deborah Smith’s LS titles are returning… I have most but not Legends. And am very looking forward to new author discoveries as well!

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  76. Harj
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 23:42:17

    Some of those books were the first ones I bought with my own money. Will a lot of the older titles be available as ebooks? And is there an ETA on the relaunch date?

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  77. Melissa B
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 02:10:09

    I’m so excited about the return of Loveswept romances ~ those were some of my first reads, and I STILL have some of my old Kay Hoolper and Iris Johansen books that I reread…that was an awesome line!!
    I hope they’ll be available for my Kindle, that would be the best!!

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  78. Sally
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 02:59:43

    Glad the hear they’re coming back. :) I tried to collected them a few years ago but Loveswepts are very hard to come by.

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  79. Joanna K.
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 06:12:26

    Very excited about the return of the Loveswept line! Some of my earliest romance reads were from Loveswept and it’s wonderful news indeed that they’ll be making a return and digitally at that, too!

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  80. Lizabeth S. Tucker
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 08:49:51

    Loveswepts were the line that convinced me that romance could be more than sickeningly sweet and cookie cutter plots. I discovered so many wonderful authors that I have continued to follow to this day. I couldn’t be more thrilled that they are coming back with the new and the old in digital form. My Sony and I are OTP.

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  81. Victoria Zumbrum
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 11:42:54

    Great idea. I am excited about the Loveswept line too. I love romance. Tore923@aol.com

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  82. Elizabeth
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 13:07:45

    When Loveswept began, I was working full time and had an infant . . . then another. I missed out! Like many, I am now a “digital preferred” reader, so I can’t wait to dig in to the reissues.

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  83. Patti P
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:52:34

    I am glad to see these are coming back. Years ago I lost most of my older books in a flood. Maybe I can start finding my old faves.
    Thanks,
    P

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  84. Katherine
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 17:53:02

    Add me to the list of people excited that Loveswept is coming back! I am looking forward to rediscovering some of the sweeping romances I read back in the day.

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  85. ruth
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 18:24:02

    This is great! I still have a fav I look for at every used book store I go to..

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  86. TerryS
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 18:55:41

    Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful return and giving several new generations of romance readers access to a great line of books.

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  87. Donna
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 12:36:07

    This is great news – you would NOT believe the hassle I had to get copies of some Loveswept books, especially here in England. And ebooks! Yes! No pesky international P&P prices!

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  88. Beret
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 16:11:03

    I LOVED Loveswept romances. Both my mother and my grandmother read Harlequin and when Loveswept came out I felt like the line was for me! I still remember getting those four romances a month, the great glasses (they still reside in my parent’s cupboard) and how excited I was when the books arrived! I still have some old favorites in plastic storage boxes in my Dad’s attic and reread them when I go home! I’m really excited! I can’t wait!

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  89. wade2121
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 23:52:30

    Wow, this is exciting! Just went through boxes of books collected over the years and saw some.

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  90. sue
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 16:11:54

    @library addict: LS is available at all participating online retailers beginning 8/8 – launched with 8 titles & will follow up with 1-2 every month until next year & the flood gates will open

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  91. sue
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 16:13:49

    @Harj: 8/8 is the date & we are combing the archives to make sure we publish all we can — stay tuned & follow us on Romance At Random for more :)

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  92. sue
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 16:15:03

    You all are awesome! I appreciate your support & please stop on by Romance At Random dot com & we’ll try & keep you informed of all of our LS plans — Thanks ladies!!

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  93. Renda
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 20:52:04

    Thanks for the books! Totally cool. I can’t wait to get them.

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  94. Laura Florand
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:29:08

    While I’m quite pleased to have won, I feel obscurely conflicted about making off with a free book. In breach of author-reader blog etiquette, perhaps. Like I’m stealing from the real readers? Wait, I tell myself, just because you are an author does not mean you are a fake reader, quite the reverse, but still…I didn’t really mean to enter the contest, so I’m happy for the code to be passed on, if it would make someone happy. :) I’m very happy just to see this line back.

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  95. Jane
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:33:56

    @Laura Florand We have authors enter giveaways all the time. After all, we know you write for pittances ;)

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  96. Laura Florand
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:13:19

    @Jane: Well, yes, but I like to *pretend* that I’m rich and famous. I’m very creative that way.

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  97. Laura Florand
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:14:06

    Thanks for the book. :)

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