Romance and Me: The National Clichés Part I

Hi Everyone!

Today we’ll be talking National Clichés! What are those you ask? Glad you asked! 😉 In (romance) novels there are some recurring tropes/acrs, like the Italian playboy, Greek magnate and Southern cowboy whose drawl will make the heroine melt. So I was curious to know: are these things accurate or purely romanticized? And who better to ask than people from those countries? So join us as we tackle some of these national clichés, and if you have some questions for our international Book Lovers Inc. team just leave them in a comment.

Jackie: I’ve been trying to think of any Canadian clichés I may have read about in books but while nothing specific comes to mind as far as the actual books go, one thing always pops up: Canadians are very nice. Plus we apologize for everything. I’m not sure how true this is exactly, …

The Ice Cream Making Winner post

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As I’ve told you last week we have particularly hot weather. When it cools down we have 35-36 C degrees, but yesterday during the midday hours in the sun it was 43 C! That’s hot enough to melt. So to survive the heat and cool down I’ve been making a variety of ice creams: from mango coconut sherbet, to minty watermelon popsicles, to tricolor coconut-raspberry-mango frozen terrine, and my latest plan is to make these lavender peach sangria popsicles. (Just a warning though if you decide to make these recipes, I’ve found that the quantity of sugar written in them was way too much, I usually used about 1/3 of the original quantities.) Don’t they look tempting? Yum! 😀 So before I go off to slurp some popsicles, here are this week’s winners:

Congrats to

the lucky winner of an ebook copy of Tempted by Her …

Guest post by Kimberly Kincaid + Giveaway

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am a huge fan of culinary romances, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome back to Book Lovers Inc. culinary romance author Kimberly Kincaid, who stops by to tell you a behind the scenes secret about her brand new release Outside the Line! So please give her a warm welcome and if you answer the question at the end, you could even win a copy of her book! 😀

The Story That Almost Wasn’t
by Kimberly Kincaid

Each book has a story, a wonderful tale of evolution about how it went from the glimmer of an idea to a swirling of thoughts to a cohesive map of characters and events and arcs. The process never fails to astound me, since the simplest things can serve to inspire entire books (case in point: my first novella, Love On The Line, …

The Heatwave Winner post

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I don’t know how the weather is in your corner of the world, but for the past weeks we had unperturbed sunshine and hot summer days with the usual 30-33 C degrees, but this weekend Mother Nature turned up the heat and grilled us with 38-40 C! And not living in a tropic or Mediterranean climate let me tell you this is very unusual and too hot. So I spent the weekend home chilling, doing laundry and making ice creams. 😉 Sounds like a great time, doesn’t it? Well it was except for my neighbours who decided to start vacuuming at 7am on Saturday! Seriously, who does that?? Anyway this week’s winner is… *drumroll please*

Congrats to

the lucky winner of an ebook copy of Love at High Tide by Christi Barth is



Congratulations Ada, you have been sent an e-mail notifying you of your win by tonight. You have 72 …

Let’s Celebrate Christmas… in July!

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In case you think we are nuts (we are, but that’s a different story for another day 😉 lol) for being in such a festive mood let me tell you that Christmas in July is a real thing as our friends from the Southern hemisphere (*waves to Amanda the Winged Lover*) and even Wikipedia can tell you. But to make you feel better I just learned that recently as well. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been celebrating or getting in the Christmas-mood before that. Let me share with you a confession.

You might remember that I am a huge Christmas fan. A true Christmasaholic. As soon as Christmas is over and January rolls around (yes, because in my family we celebrate Christmas until Dec 29-30 usually we have so many aunts and uncles and family friends to visit) I can’t wait for it to be Christmas again! …

The BBQ winner post

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Summer is still in full swing: the days are full of get-togethers with friends and my sisters, cocktail nights and BBQ dinners, yum! 😀

So this week, congrats to

the lucky winner of a copy of In the Arms of the Heiress by Maggie Robinson or any other book from her backlist is

ki pha


the lucky winner of an ebook copy of Legal Heat by Sarah Castille is

Zita R


the lucky winner of an ebook copy of Lead and Follow by Katie Porter are

Angel Cullen

Texas Book Lover


Congratulations winners, you will all receive an e-mail notifying you of your win by tonight. You have 72 hours to get back to us, or we’ll have to draw a new winner.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone! 😀

Guest Post by Karen Erickson + Giveaway

We are very happy to welcome back to Book Lovers Inc. Karen Erickson on who we can count on to provide us with our daily romance ratio: be it sweet or sexy, Karen has it. Today she stops by to tell you about her brand new romance series about three Italian brothers, the Renaldis (of course this series is sexy, how could it be with some Italian hunk of heroes? ;-)). Please give her a warm welcome, read on to discover this new series and you could even win yourself a copy of the first book, Tempted by Her Boss! 😀

Loving the Boss

There is something so forbidden about falling in love with your boss, right? He’s the man in authority, he’s usually powerful and commanding and extremely handsome. Attentive. A little gruff, but always with good intentions. And did I mention sexy?

Okay fine, this was …

Guest post by Maggie Robinson + Giveaway

It is a great pleasure to welcome back to Book Lovers Inc. Maggie Robinson, author of many deliciously steamy historical romance series like the Courtesan Court or London List series. Maggie stops by BLI today to tell us about her brand new series, the Ladies Unlaced series, and more particularly its first book: In the Arms of the Heiress! In the Arms of the Heiress is a fake marriage trope in a historical setting, and since I just LOVE the fake engagement/marriage one, I was curious to know what made Maggie choose it? Why did she want to write a fake marriage story in a historical romance? So please give a warm welcome to Maggie and read on, you could even win a copy of the novel!

Thanks so much for having me here! While I am totally honest (unless I really have to lie), I’ve always been …

Review: Legal Heat by Sarah Castille

Format read: ebook
Series: Book #1 in the Legal Heat series
Release Date: 23 April 2013
Number of pages: 393 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Read an excerpt


Passion this hot should be illegal.

Katy Sinclair made it to the brink of partnership at her high-powered law firm with hard work, dogged determination, and the ruthless self-discipline to cultivate a conservative public image. But when she follows an evasive witness into a sex club, she can t deny herself a red-hot sexual encounter with the seductive bartender who sets her body on fire. She s sure no one will ever know about her indiscretion until she walks into the courtroom to find her dirty little secret is the opposing counsel in the most important case of her career.

As the managing partner in a struggling …

Guest Post with Sarah Castille + Giveaway

We’re happy to welcome romance author Sarah Castille to Book Lovers Inc., who stops by today to tell you a bit about her debut novel Legal Heat a scorching hot legal thriller/romantic suspense I devoured in no time (you can check out my review here). So take a seat and meet Katy and Mark the heroine and hero of Legal Heat and crank up that fan! 😉

When I decided to write Legal Heat I knew it had to be about lawyers. I’ve been a lawyer for many years, at many firms and in many places. And the things that go on behind closed doors…well, I just had to share them!

But first I needed a heroine.

Someone strong but vulnerable. Flawed but not broken. No silver spoons for Katy. She had to work hard to become a senior associate in her law firm. Throw in a little baggage in …

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