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Virginia Kantra Giveaway: Carolina Man Release – with updated Audible giveaway

Updated: Audible has reached out and added audible giveaway in addition to the text books.

Dear Author reviewers have really enjoyed the Virginia Kantra Dare Island series. When Kantra contacted me about a giveaway, I said yes because I thought it would be a great opportunity for new readers to discover her.

Today’s giveaway includes 5 copies of Carolina Man and one Dare Island “set” (Carolina Home, Carolina Girl, Carolina Man and a Murano glass keychain).  You can find Kantra on Facebook | Twitter: |


If you don’t want to wait, you can buy Carolina Man today at one of the following retailers:

AMZN | BN | Google | Kobo | iTunes

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. Natalie G.
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:23:37

    I’ve never read any of her books, but they look right up my alley. As for vacation: goodness, after this winter, I’d have to say anywhere there is sun, sand, warmth, and the ocean… And fruity drinks with umbrellas.

  2. TrishJ
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:34:32

    I love her books!! As for vacation, I just saw an article about a cruise on a steam boat that sounded like fun. I am gonna check it out.

  3. Jolanda
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:43:20

    Thanks for the give-away! This author has been on my wishlist for a while.
    As for vacation: the UK – I never get enough of it.

  4. Jennifer
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:43:28

    I have heard so much about this series in the last few week. I looks great!

  5. Katerina L
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:44:56

    I’ve never read any of her books but they look like fun!

  6. Kanoko
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:53:52

    Oh, my. I’ve been considering these books, so I’ll try my luck. Thanks, Ms. Kantra and DA!

    Vacation. Huh. I just got back from one, but I’d love to go to Palawan, Philippines. So many wondrous thing to see, if the online photos and raves are anything to go by.

  7. EvelynS
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:54:05

    I’d like to go to the Maldives right now! I’ve never tried this author but I’m going to add her to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  8. Kristal
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 10:59:44

    A beach. Or red rock country. Somewhere warm and dry. Instead I’ll be spending the weekend in a place that’s cold and wet. Sigh.

  9. Rita Wray
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:28:25

    I’d love to go to Paris, France.

  10. Tabs
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:32:29

    Right now, I would love to be vacationing in Texas as that’s where my nephew is about to celebrate his first birthday. Also, it’s not 17 degrees there, so that’d be a bonus.

    I’ve never read Kantra but her books sound appealing.

  11. Bette Hansen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:33:45

    Love Virginia’s contemporary books! Great giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  12. kp
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:34:19

    Anywhere warm!!!

  13. Lorree
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:58:16

    Love this series and as I was looking for a new book this morning, I was beyond delighted to see this one available now!
    Hmmm, vacation… I’d love to visit the Carolinas. I’ve never been to that part of the country and it sounds beautiful!

  14. Cassandra B.
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:05:23

    Fun giveaway! I’d love to be somewhere on the southern coast. Winter is still going strong on the East Coast.

  15. Tami Bates
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:05:51


  16. Katie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:06:25

    I am always eager to try out new authors, thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Cee
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:14:44

    I love Virginia! She’s a great person to know as well as a great author. Keep those books coming!

  18. Nancy
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:20:20

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Seychelles, and it was the first place that popped up in my mind. Warm weather and stunning beaches on a remote island? Yes please!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. TerryS
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:31:13

    Anywhere that is warmer than the freaking Midwest! Seriously, anywhere! (However, spending the weekend curled up in my favorite Afgan reading the Dare Island trilogy might take out some of the sting of a very cold Midwestern winter.)

  20. Raeline Peterson
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:31:24

    Anywhere warm and not snow covered .

  21. MaryC
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:36:42

    Hawaii – get to visit my BFF

  22. Jen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:49:20

    Bora Bora and a nice fruity drink….

  23. KellyM
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:49:43

    Oooh, I’ve never read any of her books. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love to travel to someplace beachy – Mexico or the Caribbean. With many books to keep me company. :-)

  24. winnie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:52:48

    Thanks for the giveaway! As for where I’d like to go for vacation right now… anywhere in Europe would be awesome for me :)

  25. RLJ
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:03:15

    I loved the first book in this series and was in the process of tracking down the second. I would love to have all three books…

  26. marjorie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:05:23

    I luh-huh-huh-huvved her Children of the Sea series. Am generally not a fan of contemporaries and would love to see if she can change my mind. (And where would I like to vacation right now? Morocco!)

  27. Raonaid Luckwell
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:13:39

    Where would I like to vacation right now? Anywhere that is warm. I am done with all the snow and ice we have been getting. I rather be where I can thaw out.

    I loved the Children of the Sea and I read the first book to this series. Very heartfelt and sweet.

  28. Judy
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:20:56

    I have been waiting it read this series. I would love yo visit Savannah, Ga again.

  29. Mary Alice Gibbons
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:37:56

    I would love to vacation in Branson, MO. It would be bittersweet because that’s where my late husband and I would go on vacation each year until he got too sick to go. I would love to just walk the streets and see the places we used to visit and relive the love and remember the good times and entertainment of those carefree days.

    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:45:14

    I haven’t read Virginia Kantra’s books, however, I now have her on my tbr list and from the commentsl I’ve read I can’t wait to start to read her books.

  31. Jen A
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 13:53:01

    Truly anywhere without any snow on the ground. Wishfully I would like to head to Italy.

  32. brenda C.
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:23:56

    Anywhere there is sun!!!!! Too much snow and cold this winter!!!!! I LOVE North Carolina and Vegas, baby!

  33. Dana
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:42:55

    For some reason I keep having Paris on my mind lately. I visited it a few times but I would love to go there with my husband (I’ve never been there with him). Next year will be our 10th anniversary… Maybe then :) PS – I do hope this giveaway is open internationally.

  34. Elizabeth
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:46:55

    I loved Carolina Home; looking forward to reading the rest!

  35. Denise
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 14:48:48

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out, great contest!

  36. leslie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 15:11:56

    Paris in late March early April is wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway… the Virginia Kantra books.

  37. Maureen
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 15:15:52

    I would pick Hawaii.

  38. Suz_Glo
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 15:43:56

    Hawaii, please!

  39. Christine
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 15:58:05

    I haven’t read this author but I trust your reviews and look forward to reading the series! Anywhere warmer than where I am now (central Canada) would be a vacation for me!

  40. Sabrina
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:06:30

    Today’s review interested me. I’ll be checking out her books regardless of whether I win a freebie!

  41. Stacey
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:07:53

    I was interested in starting this series based on your reviews.

    I would love to vacation almost anywhere in Europe – and would love to go back to Scotland!

  42. Sabrina
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:08:36

    And I neglected to read the question correctly… I would want to go to Alaska and see the amazing wilderness there! (I live in San Diego, so I’d escape toward winter rather than away from).

  43. Julie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:34:29

    The Bahamas!

  44. MarciaS
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:38:55

    Hawaii has the greatest appeal right now. The Honolulu wind chill is 81° – I could enjoy that.

  45. Beret Brenckman
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:55:52

    I think I’ve seen this author. Maybe in a novella/anthology. The name seems REALLY familiar. Thanks for the giveaway…

  46. Beret Brenckman
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 16:57:19

    I think I’ve seen this author. Maybe in a novella/anthology. The name seems REALLY familiar. Thanks for the giveaway…I’d vacation in Western New York. Not now…but maybe May or early June.

  47. Karina G.
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:03:13

    Im not a person who likes being hot, so I would love to vacation in a place that has spring or fall type weather. So long as there’s no snow, Im so tired of it. If anyone has suggestions to places like this I would love to hear them!

  48. Helen Marie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:22:06

    Hawaii, baby!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  49. Karen H
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:29:44

    I have loved this series and can’t wait to read “Carolina Man”

    After 15 snow storms this winter I will vacation anywhere warm & sunny!

  50. Kristi
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:39:10


  51. catslady
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:51:56

    It’s been so cold I would go anywhere warm but Hawaii sounds nice lol.

  52. Zoey
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 17:53:47

    My favorites are her Children of the Sea books.

  53. MarciaBC
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:04:12

    Love this series. Every book is a gem.

  54. MissE
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:07:43

    I’m not sure I’d need to go anywhere for it, but I’d love a vacation right now.

  55. TerryS
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:21:37

    I would love to rediscover Virginia and see how her writing has matured.

  56. Victoria Zumbrum
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:35:33

    I would love to go to Italy or Ireland. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. Jacqueline
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:42:33

    I’ve been daydreaming about a trip to Prague lately.

  58. Sherry Haut
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:47:38

    Charleston, South Carolina is my dream vacation.

  59. JenM
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 18:49:17

    Well, I’m leaving on Saturday for New Zealand, so that’s my ideal vacation spot right now.

  60. Anne
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:27:16

    So pleased to see this one out! I’ve enjoyed Virginia’s books since the beginning. I’m always eager to read another. Vacation? How about Bali? One of those over-the-water huts appeals to me.

  61. Mary Beth
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:39:59

    I haven’t read this series and it sounds good. I’m not picky about where I would like to vacation right–any place warm and sunny! I’m sick, sick, sick of snow and cold; and it’s snowing here right now.

  62. Amanda
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 19:40:19

    So excited about this giveaway! Right now I want to vacation somewhere warm… so tired of winter.

  63. Lynn Pauley
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 20:49:19

    Where would I like to vacation? Right this minute — anywhere away from the cold and snow!! I have always wanted to visit New Zealand ever since reading Essie Summers’ Harlequins — and it’s summer there now.

    Thanks for the giveaway — the books sound great

  64. Mary Preston
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 20:57:38

    A coastal holiday would be ideal right about now.

  65. erinf1
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:16:22

    Since it’s sooo cold here, I would love a warm beach :) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  66. NancyB
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:20:20

    I’ve been dreaming about an overseas Disney trip: Disneyland Paris would be fine, or Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

  67. Justine
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:37:34

    Anywhere with warm weather! That’s all I’m asking for right now!

  68. Mirmie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:41:45

    I’m definitely a warm weather/beach girl so anywhere I can stick my toes in the sand and read to my heart’s content, I’m good!!

    I absolutely ADORE Virginia’s books – she really nails the interaction between friends, lovers and families every darned time. And as a native North Carolinian, she got that part right as well.

  69. Karin Anderson
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 21:50:20

    Scotland! I’ve always wanted to go.

  70. Collette
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:20:54

    I don’t care so long as it’s warm. We’re trying to figure out Spring Break (which occurs in 3.5 weeks–nothing like waiting til the last minute) and all I truly care about is warm.

    I just bought the first one of this series today–good price via kindle.

  71. shira s
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:25:29

    I would like to go to London. Thanks for the giveaway.

  72. Chanpreet
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 22:44:07

    Australia since they’re transitioning from Summer to Fall and it’s hot down there right now. I’m tired of the cold!

  73. Ann
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 23:03:31

    Love her books and have been impatient for Carolina Man to be released.
    I am tired of wind chill warnings and would gi someplace warm. Doesn’t have to be hot just warmer than below zero temperature.

  74. bn100
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 23:24:25


  75. Jen B
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 01:03:07

    I’m lucky, I’m going where I want to (Cromer, UK) in 2 weeks. You didn’t say if the giveaway is open internationally or not – I’m in the UK.

  76. flchen1
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 01:36:50

    I’d love to visit Australia–one of these days it’d make a great vacation!

  77. Aliyah
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 02:15:06

    I love a heroine who is rule abiding, a bit stubborn and a little crazy. This book is right up my alley.

  78. skyline1210
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 04:56:52

    When I think about vacation only one place comes to mind: Bali. Case closed.

  79. Claire
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 06:04:53

    Simply with my son at the parc…

  80. LauraL
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:05:45

    Love the Outer Banks and vacation there every September. This year we may try Emerald Isle. Love this series as it really captures the spirit of my favorite islands.

  81. Karen j
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:43:33

    Somewhere warm and beautiful! Maybe the Bahamas!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love Ms. Kantra’s writing!!!

  82. Ann M
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:47:11

    Right now.. I want to go somewhere warm. Tired of winter. Give me a gorgeous beach to walk as I listen to the surf.

  83. Agatha P. Townsend
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 09:12:44

    Need to read Carolina Man and Carolina Home. Virgina is becoming a great author , love her books.

  84. Agatha P. Townsend
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 09:14:33

    I don’t know where I would like to vacation now!

  85. Jenn
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:04:34

    Never read this author but would love to win the books to try her. I would like to vacationing anywhere that is warmer than the Northeast right now. Maybe St Thomas, or somewhere equally tropical with beaches to lounge on.

  86. Lisa J
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:08:53

    Anywhere warm is my knee jerk answer. It’s mighty cold in Minnesota these days. The real answer is Australia, New Zealand, or Hawaii.

  87. KC
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:25:51

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  88. Kate
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:57:39

    I haven’t read Ms. Kantra’s books, but they’ve been on my to-read list for a bit now.

    Vacation…anywhere warm! Mother nature dumped more snow on me this weekend as a birthday present and I’m ready to be done with it.

  89. Lindsay
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 11:07:56

    The review of the third book sounds good, I am looking forward to reading this series!

    Vacation would be ANYWHERE warm. I’d love to go back to Hawaii, it was so beautiful there, although like a typical Snowbird I will take Florida as well. Anywhere south of the Polar Vortex.

  90. Bc
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 11:52:53

    I’d love to be anywhere warm and sunny and far from work.

  91. Kim
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 11:58:44

    It does’t have to be warm, just somewhere with significant opportunities for sightseeing.

  92. Patricia M.
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 12:41:07

    I want to be warm. I am sooooo sick of this winter. Anyway warm and pretty would be a great place to vacation now.

  93. Penny P.
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 12:56:06

    I’d like to walk in what remains of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan.

  94. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:22:59

    I’d love to be in the Turks & Caicos Islands right now!

  95. Lozza
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:34:04

    It’s freezing in the mid-Atlantic right now. I think I’d head towards more tropical climes… maybe scuba diving in Belize?

  96. D:)reen
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 15:46:46

    if the place is peaceful and beautific it would be an ideal vacation place for me …

  97. Peggy P
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 16:49:35

    My favorite place is Scottsdale Arizona – just want to vacation there … can’t afford to live there!

  98. Nicole
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 18:56:46

    I’m in Colorado right now on vacation….I’d love a few more days here!

  99. sabrina
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 19:30:25

    Scandinavia! The scenery is amazing.

  100. Lynnette
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 19:57:07

    It’s been soooo cold this winter I’d love to head somewhere warm on the water. Probably the Caribbean. And I’m enjoying this series – I’m on book 2 now.

  101. Sandypo
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 20:29:58

    Italy or Israel — but right this minute anywhere with warm sun and a beach would be heavenly!

  102. Brianne
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 21:41:41

    Back in Hawaii! :)

  103. Becky
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 22:24:22

    Anywhere where they haven’t even heard of snow! Or at least they won’t be getting any anytime soon–I am so over the negative wind chills, icy roads, and everything else.

  104. ML
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 02:14:43

    Mantra has been a solid writer since her early series days. Nice to see her in single title now. And I would love to see Alaska!

  105. ML
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 02:15:53

    Goldarned autocorrect. Kantra, of course.

  106. Nicole
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 09:27:06

    With Iowa’s winter this year, the Caribbean is looking good.

  107. Mims Smith
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:47:30

    Any tropical island. i could use some sun right now :D

  108. Elaine
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 11:41:27

    It’s impossible for me to watch Survivor without wishing I was on a tropical deserted island, so that’s where I’d like to be. (With food and shelter and no possibility of being sent home early.)

  109. octoberwoman
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 16:14:28

    After reading the review of Carolina Man, I added the first book to my list of books to look for. I’ve become a fan of the small town trope and this series sounds fun.

    And vacation? Just get me away from the cold weather and I’d be happy!

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