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Berkley Summer Giveaway: This is full of awesome!

Cindy Hwang, executive editor of Berkley, hosts a quarterly review/giveaway of Berkley books.   This is the summer entry:

Summer is finally here, and we’re very excited about our upcoming Berkley/Jove romances–perfect for warm, sultry nights and days at the beach. As always, thanks to Jane and for allowing us to share some of our exciting new books with you. And don’t forget, this is still just a small sampling of our summer goodies. For a complete list of upcoming romances with descriptions, visit

We are giving away 48 ARCs or finished copies (mostly ARCs) to 48 different commenters.   Scroll to the bottom to read the instructions on how to enter.

UPDATE: Please note two things. First, Hot Finish is not part of the giveaway. It is being profiled because it is awesome but we are going to have a big stand alone giveaway for this book at the end of the month. Again, because it is awesome and we want to give more than two books away. You can email me at jane if you want to change your Hot Finish pick to something else.

Second, the contest will end on Saturday at 12 noon CST and I’ll post the winners on Sunday.



Three covers

Joanna Bourne’s THE SPYMASTER’S LADY was one of the most talked about historical romances when it was published two years ago, and since then she’s only solidified her status as a rising star in historical romance. So to call THE FORBIDDEN ROSE hotly anticipated is an understatement! THE FORBIDDEN ROSE is the third in the Spymaster series and features the romance of Marguerite de Fleurignac and William Doyle–two characters that have intrigued readers since they were introduced in the earlier books.

SKIN TIGHT is Ava Gray’s follow-up to the sizzling SKIN GAME, and this book is just as dark, edgy, sexy and fabulous as the first book. Both Mia Sauter and Addison Foster were introduced in SKIN GAME, and after their chemistry together sizzle the pages, I know I’m not alone with my desire to see them again! Their story was just as memorable as I knew it would be.

CRUSH ON YOU, Christie Ridgway
What’s more romantic than weddings in June? Well, how about weddings in June in the California wine country then at a legendary winery? If you’re like me, then you won’t be able to resist CRUSH ON YOU, the first in a new trilogy of wonderful contemporary romance featuring the Baci sisters and their efforts to save Tanti Baci, their family winery, from bankruptcy by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. It’s full of warmth, humor, complex family relationships, and of course, heart-melting romance.


Meljean Nalini Jennifer

This is Jennifer Ashley’s first Berkley historical romance, and we’re thrilled to be publishing the second book in her Highland Pleasures series, the sequel to the acclaimed THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE. LADY ISABELLA is just as riveting a read as LORD IAN, and historical romance fans definitely shouldn’t miss this!

DEMON BLOOD, Meljean Brook
Meljean’s fabulous Guardian paranormal romance series continues with DEMON BLOOD, which very well may be my personal favorite Guardian romance to date–and that’s really saying something! DEMON BLOOD centers around Rosalia, a Guardian who can’t quite stay away from Deacon, a vampire who’s so embittered by his experiences all he wants is to be left alone. I think Meljean is an awesome writer, and DEMON BLOOD deliver everything I want to read: page-turning action, a clever plot, sizzling sexual tension and heartbreaking romance, and two of the most memorable characters you’ll ever meet.

Nalini Singh should be named a national treasure of New Zealand for the joy she’s brought to readers all over the world. The Psy-Changeling series has a huge fanbase, and no wonder–Nalini never disappoints. BONDS OF JUSTICE is the new Psy-Changeling romance, and again, Nalini crafts an utterly enthralling tale about a human cop, Max Shannon, who despite his reservations, can’t help but be drawn to Psy Sophia Russo, who is a lot more than she seems to be. And for fans of enigmatic Psy Councilor Kaleb Krychek–all I can say is you’re in for a treat!


Hot Finish

HOT FINISH, Erin McCarthy
I love love love Erin’s smart, sexy Fast Track contemporary romance series, and from the moment she introduced Suzanne and Ryder in the first book, FLAT-OUT SEXY, I knew their romance would be something special. And it absolutely is–Suzanne and Ryder have a sexual chemistry together that practically leaps off the page, and what’s so wonderful is how funny they are together too. If you love second chance romances, you’ll love HOT FINISH!

SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT, Elizabeth Jennings
Many of you may know Elizabeth Jennings as Lisa Marie Rice–no matter which name she writes under, she always delivers sexy, memorable romantic suspense. SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT is definitely no exception–it’s the story of Claire Day, who’s promising career as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst got derailed in an embassy bombing that also fractured her memory. Now the only man who may hold the key to her nightmares is former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Weston, who believed that the woman he loved died in the blast. Now he has a chance to help her remember the past–and him.

Known for her innovative and exciting time travel romances set in Scotland, Veronica decided to make the leap into the past permanent, and has written a new Scottish historical romance series featuring the members of the Highlander clan MacAlpin–a family that must make their future in a land devastated by civil strife. DEVIL’S HIGHLANDER is a wonderful, thrilling blend of fascinating Scottish history and heartstopping romance–my favorite kind!


For the giveaway:

2 copies of THE FORBIDDEN ROSE, Joanna Bourne
2 copies of SKIN HEAT, Ava Gray
2 copies of CRUSH ON YOU, Christie Ridgway
2 copies of COLD MIDNIGHT, Joyce Lamb
2 copies of DARING A DUKE, Claudia Dain + 1 from my stash
3 copies of DEMON BLOOD, Meljean Brook + 1 from my stash
2 copies of BONDS OF JUSTICE, Nalini Singh + 1 from my stash
2 copies of LADY ISABELLA’S SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE, Jennifer Ashley + 1 from my stash
2 copies of TASTE OF TEMPTATION, Cheryl Holt
2 copies of DEVIL’S HIGHLANDER, Veronica Wolff + 1 from my stash
2 copies of SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT, Elizabeth Jennings + 1 from my stash
2 copies of MY WAY TO HELL, Dakota Cassidy
2 copies of HOME IS WHERE THE BARK IS, Kandy Shepard + 1 from my stash
2 copies of OPEN COUNTRY, Kaki Warner + 1 from my stash
2 copies of ASSASSIN’S HONOR, Monica Burns + 1 from my stash
2 copies of THE BODY MASTER, C. J. Barry + 1 from my stash
2 copies of AWAKENED BY A KISS, Lila DiPasqua + 1 from my stash

And from my stash:

  • Corralled by Lorelei James
  • Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
  • Water Bound by Christine Feehan

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:   Please leave a comment with the name of the TWO books you are interested in AND your favorite cover.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. lp
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 21:01:41

    Top 2 choices:
    BONDS OF JUSTICE, Nalini Singh
    AWAKENED BY A KISS, Lila DiPasqua

    Favourite cover – Shadows at Midnight

    Thanks (^_^)

  2. Gladys
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 21:20:56

    My top 2 choices are:

    Meljean Brook’s DEMON BLOOD
    Nalini Singh’s BONDS OF JUSTICE

    Favorite cover:


  3. Rebecca Magee
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 22:17:24

    Bonds of Justice by Nalini
    Demon Blood by Meljean

    I love the cover of Hot Finish by Erin. Its just something about a half clothed male… yummo!

  4. Ana67
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 22:34:10

    My top picks:

    (1) Bonds of Justice (Love Nalini!)
    (2) Demon Blood

    Favorite cover has to be Shadows at Midnight. So intriguing and pretty!

  5. Rebecca
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 22:46:07

    My two choices are The Forbidden Rose and Shadows at Midnight. My favorite cover is The Forbidden Rose

  6. Rebecca
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 22:46:07

    My two choices are The Forbidden Rose and Shadows at Midnight. My favorite cover is The Forbidden Rose

  7. Kanch
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 23:25:35

    Awesome Contest! The two books I’d like are THE FORBIDDEN ROSE by Joanna Bourne and SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT by Elizabeth Jennings.

    My fave cover is actually Christie Ridegway’s Crush on you. I havent read this author before but I’d totally check this book out when browsing as the cover reminds me of Kristen Higgins who I enjoy reading.

  8. Vero H
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 00:52:20

    I would love to have:
    DEVIL'S HIGHLANDER by Veronica Wolff
    My favorite cover is:
    DEMON BLOOD by Meljean Brook

  9. Cheryl McInnis
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 07:09:20

    EEK! I thought I already left my post, but it disappeared! :0
    Anyway, my top two are My Way to Hell by Dakota Cassidy, and Corralled by Lorelei James-love those cowboys!

    Demon Blood has the most gorgeous cover!

  10. Azure
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 07:34:46

    My two picks are:

    BONDS OF JUSTICE by Nalini Singh
    DARING A DUKE by Claudia Dain

    And maybe I’m partial because I love the series, but BONDS OF JUSTICE was my favorite of the covers. :)

  11. Patty
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 07:44:14

    So many great books, but my top 2 are bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh and Meljean Demon Blood by Brook. And Demon Blood is my fav cover

  12. Margaret
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 09:34:01

    I’m interested in Demon Blood and Bonds of Justice, though I think the prettiest cover is the one for The Forbidden Rose.

  13. Renee
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 09:37:56

    Demon Blood and Bonds of Justice are the two I’m most excited for!!!!! But I LOVE the cover for Devils Highlander. Who can resist a kilt? haha Love it!

  14. Susan G
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 09:47:47


    Jennifer Ashley rocks!

  15. Sheryl O.
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 12:26:03

    My two picks would be:
    1) Water Bound by Christine Feehan and
    2) Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

    And I too think the cover for Demon Blood by Meljean Brook is great.

  16. Heather F.
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 13:17:12

    I love this giveaway. The two books that I’m interested in is Bonds of Justice by: Nalini Singh and Shadows at Midnight by: Elizabeth Jennings. My favorite cove is the one for Bonds of Justice.

  17. Charlie
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 13:56:45

    Great chance at freebies

    My two are: Demon Blood and Bonds of Justice

    The nicest cover is Meljean Brook's Demon Blood

  18. Jane
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 15:43:50

    The three comments after @Susan G are being disallowed for not being entered within the time frame. But we’ll do this again in the fall not to mention we are going to give away a number of Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy books at the end of the month. Woot.

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