Swept Away-Crimson Romance Blog Hop

by Ashlynmathews on November 16, 2012

When you read a book, do you feel like you’ve escaped to another world? I do and that’s why I enjoy reading. To share my love of the written word, I invite you to discover the different worlds and stories of my fellow Crimson Romance authors by visiting their blogs.

Forty-six authors and dozens of giveaways including mine :).

Even better? Every blog comment you leave during the hop is entered into a drawing to win one of the grand prizes  – one Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $100, and two gift certificates for $50 each! Click on the image to see the list of bloggers.

For a chance to win my prize, leave a comment and share what time periods you love to immerse yourself in or what subgenre of romance you’re currently reading.

In my younger days, I love the historical romances of Lisa Kleypas, Christina Dodd and Julia Quinn. My favorite tellings were the usual mistaken identity, arranged marriages, fall from grace, must marry for money, can’t marry for love, and Christina Dodd’s princess series.

Now I’m into paranormal romances, urban fantasy, and steampunk. My favorite authors are Meljean Brook and Nalini Singh. Why the change? I’d have to say the world building and the characters themselves. The worlds can be gritty, dangerous and elaborate. The characters also seem to mirror the worlds. I like my characters tortured, lonely, a danger to themselves or others, but they must have one important characteristic. They must be redeemable. Meljean and Nalini do a great job of this. Their characters can be the biggest bad asses, but by the end of the book, I totally dig them.

As a busy mother, wife, friend, RN, and author, I want to be transported to other worlds. For now, it’s the darker worlds that appeal to me. But you never know, in a couple of months, I might go back to cute contemporaries like Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s books.

 To acknowledge the setting of paranormal romance, Shadow Watcher, I’ve put together a swag of items from Seattle. Leave a comment and be entered to win the swag:

1. Bookmark from Seattle artist ReDeFind Vintage

2. Coffee beans from Seattle’s Caffe Vita- “Complex and lively, with aromas of honeysuckle, melon, and ginger. Flavors of marshmallow, dark  chocolate, and dried cherry are buoyed by lemon juice acidity and sustained in the sweet, persistent finish.”

3. Made in Seattle Theo Organic Salted Toffee Milk Chocolate

Good luck!

 

 

 

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Brooks November 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

I am happy to have found another author I am intrested by participating in the blog hop. I love the civil war era for romance, I don’t know why but I do. I have in the last year or so really gotten into the whole paranormal romance books and just devoure everybook I have read in a matter of days.

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Dawna Newman November 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

When I started reading , I read contemporary, mystery then I found Historical and was hooked on that for years(still am actually) I love Native American stories, and civil war . Then my niece had me check out Sherrilyn Kenyon and I have been hooked in the paranormal genre ever since.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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laurie goudge November 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

I am happy to have found another author I am intrested by participating in the blog hop. i love historical romances and paranormal romances

parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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Renee B November 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

. I am a sucker for the Happily Ever After which is why I like the romance books. I especially like the paranormal or futuristic romance books with hot sexy alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines. They can be futuristic, or go back in time, or be contemporary or even on another planet as long as they get me hooked from the very first few chapters. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Carole-Ann Vance November 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love the time travel novels that slip the heroine back in time where she falls in love…talk about making the love process even more difficult! Presently enjoying the work of Susanna Kearsley

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April November 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I love blog hopping because it adds new books to my to read list!

grapeapril75(at)gmail(dot)com

I love the Regency Era. ball gowns and rakes! Although, at the moment I am obsessed with paranormal romances!

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Shay Lacy November 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I love your header! I first loved historicals, then contemporaries, then paranormals and now romantic suspense. But I love a really good story. I’m not here for the contest. I’m visiting the LIR.

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Shannon G. November 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I am loving visiting all of these blogs and finding all these new-to-me authors!
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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Beckey November 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Like your by-line “Soulful, Sinful Romance.” Thanks for being a part of the hop, always enjoy find new great reads (Congrats on your contemporary)

BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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Rowena May O'Sullivan November 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Hey there Ashlyn

I love all sorts of writing. I love historicals, romantic comedy and paranormal the best. I even like a little science fiction. I often used to read autobiography’s too. But writing paranormal romance is what I love, and romantic comedy’s. So reading them is my favorite form of escape from daily life.

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ki pha November 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I Love Historical romances!!! I’m getting really into Stream Punk and paranormal now too. Thanks for the hop!!

kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Lola November 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

Love, love, love the coffee give away. I can practically smell the beans. I read all over the place, but so far as historicals, I prefer the fin-de-sicle setting. I’m also getting into Steam Punk.

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Cathryn Cade November 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

Ashlyn,

I’m so glad to find you’ve enjoyed many of the dif genres of romance. I think we unconsciously draw from all of our favorites when we write, and it deepens and enriches our stories.

I have enjoyed all the genres of romance. I seem to be reading lots of contemporary right now, which is what I’m currently writing. Immersion!

best wishes with all your new releases—you’re rocking the epubs!

Cathryn
http://www.cathryncade.com

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Melissa Limoges November 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

Historical romances are my first love. 🙂 I love the giant, fierce Highlanders. Can’t help it. I think paranormal would be my second favorite genre. I love the fantasy aspect of them.
Thank you for participating and good luck with all your releases. 🙂

imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

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Eva November 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

Definitely regency — something about it just calls to me!

booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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Jessa Grey November 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

My favorite time period is either Contemporary or during the Viking period. I also have a love for the Edo period in Tokyo when the Samurai ruled. There’s just something about an all-powerful warrior in any culture. 😉

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Melia Alexander November 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi Ashlyn!
I love contemporary romances. Not a surprise, since that’s what I write! 🙂

Happy blogging,
Melia

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Jessa Slade November 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

I read across all times and spaces. I think one of the best parts of having so many writer friends is I find myself trying stories I might not otherwise pick up, like inspirational and M/M. There something for everyone in romance!

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Tara Chevrestt November 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’m reading a contemporary right now, a romance, but I actually prefer historical fiction–no romance element required and my favorite period is the 1920s and 30s. And p.s. LOVE Seattle. tchevrestt(at)yahoo.com

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Lisa Walker November 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I love discovering new authors and new blogs!
Thanks for the chance to win this GREAT giveaway!
sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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Joy F November 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I love the 1200-1600. I love Knights and Lairds.

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MarianneTheresa November 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

All sub-genres of the HEA romance kind. Sci/fi, fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, Contemporary, Futuristic (have I forgotten any? lol ) AND….. HISTORY – all periods of.(MY REAL FAV)
Thanks for the opportunity to meet a new author. Good luck with the new release

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Trix November 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

Sigh, haven’t been to Seattle in ages, but I always feel at home there!

vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

Ashlyn,

Wonderful to meet a fellow Seattlelite! I rarely meet any authors located here.

I am with you! I am all over the place when it comes to romance. Any romance genre will capture my eye if it has a love story and the HEA. I like to see in my mind’s eye the people, surroundings, and emotions. I know I’m engaged when I can’t put the book down until I’m done.

Thanks Ashlyn for sharing your site and your work. I enjoyed exploring.

Belinda G
belgre AT comcast DOT net

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Nikkie Locke November 19, 2012 at 11:14 am

Hey Ashlyn!
Believe it or not, paranormals are probably my favorite novels to read. I write romantic suspense though. LOL! I can’t wait to read your book. It’s waiting in my stack. 🙂

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JanD November 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I like being immersed in a paranormal romance. If I get tired of that, I move on to historical romance, usually regency era. Once in a while I visit a fantasy world modeled in the medieval era usually with sword and sorcery.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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Joanne November 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Contemporary romances appeal the most but for historicals, I love the American west. Something about that time period…. But having said that, Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation is one of my all time favs!!

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Rionna Morgan November 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

Yay!! Just stopping by on my way around the hop! This is so much fun!

Rionna

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Maggie Jaimeson November 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

I began my immersed reading life in SF and stayed there through my 20’s. I did occasionally go into bouts of reading Harlequin category books where I’d read 30 or 40 books over a couple weeks, then return to SF. Now, I’m a fairly eclectic reader. I simply look for a great story and it needs to have an HEA ending–though not necessarily the traditional man and woman get married kind. Lately, I’ve been reading YA more than 50% of the time. Part of that is because I’m writing YA Fantasy. Another reason is that YA is still very open to–and seems to reward– cross-genre novels. I think that allows writers to express a larger breadth of experience and imagination, and readers have benefitted from that feeling of freedom as those novels find publication.

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Mel Bourn November 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I have definitely seen my reading change over the years. It usually depends on what is occurring my life and the amount of time I have to spend.
Thanks for being on the hop. My TBR list is growing by leaps and bounds. Makes Christmas shopping easier.
mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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Brittany November 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

bme722 at gmail dot com

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Amanda in GA November 21, 2012 at 2:46 am

Love finding new books to read. I really love to read almost anything a little romance with a murder as a twist, some time travel is always good, as long as the writer captures my imagination I am good to go

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ashlyn mathews November 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

Congrats to Maggie Jaimeson for winning my Seattle Swag! I’ll be contacting you soon for your address. Thank you to everyone who participated in the blog hop and for stopping by my Swept Away post. All your names, minus the Crimson Romance authors’ :), will be entered into the drawing for one of three grand prizes. Good luck! For those interested in a friends to lovers novella, mine, If Only, released today. You can pick it up at Smashwords.com or Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Only-The-Willowbrook-Series-ebook/dp/B00ABV879Y/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353697690&sr=1-9&keywords=if+only

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