Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike

Once TastedGuest Blog by Laura Moore, author of Once Tasted

Hi, Everyone!

First, I’d like to thank Love, Romance and Passion for inviting me to blog today. I’m so glad to be here and to talk about my new release, ONCE TASTED.

So, today I’m going to give you a top ten list. It’s an unusual one, but completely appropriate for my hero, a laidback blue-eyed cowboy by the name of Reid Knowles, and for my heroine, Mia Bodell, who owns a vineyard next to Reid’s ranch. Mia and Reid have known each other forever and, since a mortifying episode in high school, have been doing everything they can to avoid each other…until now, when Mia’s uncle asks Reid to help manage the vineyard.

Mia’s high school crush on Reid is a thing of the past and the budding winemaker knows better than to fall twice for a cowboy with no interest in settling down. But her new business partner has matured into a very seductive man and she can’t help but imagine how his kiss will taste…

So here’s the list I’ve compiled–with my heroine Mia’s help–of the Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike.

Let’s have a drumroll, please…

  1. Both are best sipped slowly so their unique flavors speak to you.
  2. Both go great with chocolate.
  3. When they leave a bad taste in your mouth, it’s best to toss them.
  4. Both can smell absolutely amazing; both can stink to high heaven.
  5. They can be unforgettable.
  6. Both can make you dizzy, crazy, and leave you with a headache in the morning.
  7. Both can be dark, bold, sweet, and oh-so robust.
  8. They’ll warm you up on a cold night.
  9. The good ones improve with age.
  10. They’re good for the heart.

Hope you enjoyed the list, and I hope I’ve whetted your interest in Once Tasted!

Happy Reading!


Laura Moore’s Bio: I write sexy contemporary romances and love wine, chocolate, and rugged heroes. In a pinch I could give up the wine but never the other two!

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Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his neighbor, Thomas Bodell, persuades him to help with the business management of his winery, which he is leaving to his niece, Mia.

In a life marked by loss, nothing has ever come easily to Mia Bodell. Love included. In high school her heart was crushed by Reid. The hurt lingers. When Mia learns of her uncle’s plan, she makes it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles.

A night of unbridled passion changes things. One taste of Mia awakens an unfamiliar yearning in Reid, and he vows to find a way to win her trust.

Mia is achingly aware that her teenage heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome man. But can the budding winemaker trust her heart to a playboy with no interest in settling down? From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could leave her heart in pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

Buy: Once Tasted

Top 10 “Romance” Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About

paradiseUtopia or the perfect desired world is the exact place where we are transcended to while reading a romantic novel. In the romantic fictions, the writer erects some imaginary characters and situations whereby we are transferred to an ideal world which is full of true love and the characters exhibits all the instincts and thoughts that come unsurprisingly when we are in love. Thus the protagonists in the fiction help us to envision our fantasies and thus making it our all time favorite. In this write the 10 classic romantic fictions is being listed for the avid readers who want to explore more in this genre.

1. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen tells us the story of Elizabeth and Darcy set in the background of the English society of the 19th century. Society at that time was predominantly patriarchal and women had to oblige to their whims and accommodate themselves. However, Elizabeth and Darcy’s fictional relationship penned by Jane Austen was quite different from the typical ones as the protagonist were not ready to compromise with their integrity that what makes this love story truly unforgettable.

2. Love Story

Erich Segal tells us the Jennifer and Oliver who two young graduate student belonging to two paradoxical class of the society who fell in love with each other and got married. However, their marriage was short-lived and ended tragically. This story was extremely funny, full of emotion that will etch a place for itself in your heart.

3. Rebecca

Rebecca is one of the classic love story that remains the all the favorite of all passionate readers. It is a passionate mystifying novel by Daphne du Maurier where the readers are going encounter with and feel extremely strong emotions like love, hatred, betrayal, enmity and many more.

4. His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials is a trilogy consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. It tells the story of Will and Lyra, the two protagonists of the story who are very different from each other but they compliment each others quality.

5. Sabriel

This is a passionate love story of Sabriel and Touchstone who set out on the pursuit of rescuing Sabriel’s father and on the journey they fell in love with each other while accomplishing their mission. This gripping romantic novel by Garth Pix is an all time favorite irrespective of their age.

6. Seraphina

If you are interested in passionate love triangles, then you surely should read Serphina. It is very sensible and practical love story of Serphina and Lucian by Rachel Hartman. The novel is unique as the main characters were not ready to compromise with their professions for their love that what makes this story realistic.

7. Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell shares with us the story of Scarlett o Hara and Rhett Butler during the Civil War and it’s after effects. It is an eternal tale of endurance and survival which is presented before us through the story of Rhett and Scarlett.

8. A Knight in Shining Armor

In this romantic novel Jude Devereaux let the readers to travel back in time from the 20th century to the 16th century as an actress from the 20th century fells in love with an Earl of the 16th century during their quest to restore his reputation.

9. Whitney, My Love

Two teenage lovers have been separated from each other due to their affection for each other by their parents. But even after years of separation, they could not forget each other. This is a enthralling love story of two true lovers.

10. Paradise

Paradise by Judith McNaught is a spellbinding story of Meredith and Matt who secretly got married to each other after a short courtship period but the marriage was extremely short lived as the two belonged to two opposite class of the society. After several years they met each other when they have evolved as two extremely successful personnel but their future plans clashes.

These are ten best must read romantic novels. If you not read any of these, then you must buy these immediately and start enjoying them.

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Best Romantic Short Stories

scottishbridesGuest Post by Sandra Scholes

Picture the scene, you don’t have much time at work; so in your break you can only do one thing to keep you happy while your friends have gone out shopping or come back from their dinner – read! But because you don’t have much time you want something you can devour quickly and enjoy immensely.

Here are my top ten short stories:

  1. Gretna Green by Julia Quinn in Scottish Brides
  2. Make a Joyful Noise by Carla Kelly in A Regency Christmas Carol
  3. A Tale of Two Sisters by Julia Quinn in Where’s My Hero?
  4. The Christmas Ornament by Carla Kelly in Carla Kelly’s Christmas Collection
  5. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole in Playing Easy to Get
  6. A Lady’s Pleasure by Robin Schone in Captivated
  7. White Out by Linda Howard in Upon a Midnight Clear
  8. Miracles by Judith McNaught in A Holiday of Love
  9. The Demon’s Mistress by Jo Beverley in In Praise of Younger Men
  10. The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase in Three Weddings and a Kiss

What are your favorite romantic short stories?

Best Romance Ebooks of 2011

What I Did For a DukeGuest Blog by Sandra Scholes

We all love reading, and over the past ten or so years, ebooks have become more of a staple part of our reading diet in more ways than we can imagine. Romance titles also make up a huge part of women’s reading, so these ten novels below make up the sort of romance e-books we might normally like.

Writers like Nora Roberts, Loretta Chase and Nalini Singh have also written other romance novels for sub-genres such as fantasy and
horror, but they have all written novels with a romantic tone to them, and we all know why…romance novels are fun to read and take a person away from the rigours of our daily working lives.

  1. Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9) by Kresley Cole
  2. Dragon Bound (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison
  3. Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook
  4. What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green Series) by Julie Ann Long
  5. Breaking Point (An I-Team Novel) by Pamela Clare
  6. The Next Always (Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy) by Nora Roberts
  7. Unveiled by Courtney Milan
  8. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh
  9. Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy) by Maya Banks
  10. Silk Is For Seduction by Loretta Chase

These are regarded as some of the best novels of 2011, but of course if you have any others in mind that you think are better than this, I would love to hear about them!

Top Ten LGBT Romance Novels That Have Set My World on Fire

nowhere ranchGuest blog by Sandra Scholes

Years ago LGBT themed novels were few and far between and were only available where gay men and women could buy them, among the various movies, toys and magazines, and as a result, were not as mainstream as some would like. This had happened for a long time, and for those who were in the minority, there weren’t many novels around that would cater to their needs.

Nowadays you can find novels in any theme at all, and any genre, from gay vampires to werewolves, cat men, lion men, demons and mummies on the rampage, LGBT has it all these days and it is all the better for it.

  1. GhosTV (Psy Cop #6) by Jordan Castillo Price
  2. The Locker Room by Amy Lane
  3. Hot Head by Damon Suede
  4. Between Sinners And Saints by Marie Sexton
  5. Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune
  6. Muscling Through by J. L. Merrow
  7. Divide & Conquer (Cut & Run Series) by Abigail Roux
  8. Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon
  9. Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
  10. He Completes Me (Home Series) by Cardeno C

If you have read some really steamy LGBT novels then I would love to hear from you. Why not post your favorites for all to see?