I’m delighted to have fellow New Jersey Romance Writers member and award winning author Tina Gabrielle as my guest today! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win in her giveaway.
First let me thank Babette James for inviting me to blog. It’s wonderful to be here! I’m Tina Gabrielle, and I write adventurous historical romances for Kensington Books.
This spring I decided to clean the bookshelves in my office. I have dozens and dozens of romance novels that I have collected over the years at conferences, book signings, and purchased at bookstores. I dedicated two entire shelves to the books that I’ve read and loved.
With a little encouragement from my husband, I decided to “thin out” my shelves. So I started with an empty box that I intended to fill and donate to my local library. I removed some of my favorites—books I’ve reread two, three, and yes, even four times. I filled the box and then some. Trudging down the stairs, I put all my old treasures by the door for my brave trip to the library.
But my good intentions didn’t last long. On my way to bed that night I passed the door and succumbed to temptation. I couldn’t help myself. I removed one of the books from the box and started scanning the pages. Yes, you guessed it. I started reading it again. It was Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, my favorite paranormal romance author. Next thing I knew I took out another book from the box and then another. Historical romances by Julie Garwood and Virginia Henley, contemporaries by Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz.
My husband sighed and smiled at me. He understands me so well. I just couldn’t do it. Slowly, one by one I removed my treasures from the box and somehow they found their way back on my shelves. I wasn’t a complete hoarder. I did donate about a dozen books. I was proud I made it to the library the next day!
As a historical romance author, my ultimate wish is that one of my books makes it onto someone’s keeper shelf. What could be better?
So tell me: How many books do you have on your bookshelf? Which ones do you refuse to part with?
For a chance to win a signed copy of IN THE BARRISTER’S CHAMBERS, just leave a comment. Good luck!
My new Regency Barrister series, In the Barrister’s Chambers and In The Barrister’s Bed, are about four sexy barristers and the women who wreak havoc in their chambers and steal their hearts. Here’s a sneak peek at both Barrister Books:
IN THE BARRISTER’S CHAMBERS
Lady Evelyn Darlington’s first love was the law. But since a woman scholar meets nothing but ridicule from men, she has given up and chosen a future husband. Randolph seems adequate for the task: to provide intelligent conversation and not annoy her too much. Of course, before they can be engaged, she’ll have to do something about the murder charge hanging over his head. If only London’s top barrister wasn’t Jack Harding, object of all her unattainable girlhood fantasies…
And Seducing Scandal…
Jack Harding remembers Evelyn well—but the idea that the gorgeous woman standing before him is little Evie, the professor’s daughter, is incredible. He knows better than to enter a business relationship when he wants to pursue pleasure. Yet however desirable she is now, Evie is still Evie—stubborn, smart, and never willing to take no for an answer. Even though proving her fiancé’s innocence might just cost her her own…
IN THE BARRISTER’S BED
A Hotly Contested Claim
A bastard by birth, James Devlin lives on his own terms—until a twist of fate reveals that he is the true Duke of Blackwood. Though the brooding bachelor swears to hold on to his freedom, he does intend to take back his childhood home. But once at Wyndmoor Manor, he discovers an arresting adversary in Bella Sinclair. Her hot-blooded claim to his home is amusing…and arousing. Which is why he isn’t leaving until he takes possession of everything—starting with the bewitching Bella…
A Sensual Surrender
Bella is furious when the Duke barges into her home, declaring it rightfully his! The willful widow is not about to give up her haven without a fight, no matter how determined the Duke is—or how sensual the battlefield. But once she’s sharing a house with the beguiling barrister, she is in danger of losing everything—one deep, slow kiss at a time…
Bio: Tina Gabrielle, an award-winning author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. After multi-publishing for a prestigious Law Journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. She is the author of In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books.
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