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Author News: Hope to see you in Cary, LA, Atlanta, Greensboro or Durham

Check Out These Romance Reader Events and Book Festivals Happening Across the Country!

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

If you enjoy reading romantic fiction as much as I do, you could probably easily spend hours (or days) with your head buried in books, not speaking to a solitary soul. Writers of romance find themselves in a similar situation. Heads bent over the computer and fingers flying across the keys. Our heads buried in novels and craft books as much as our schedules will allow.

Reading and writing can be very solitary activities. However, in the last few years, I’ve discovered the joy of getting out and meeting other readers and writers–my tribe.

If you’re an avid reader of romance, they’re probably your tribe, too. A little more than a week ago I had the privilege of leading off a panel discussion on writing contemporary romance. The other participating authors? Talented and prolific authors Samantha Chase and Marquita Valentine. Yep, still pinching myself that I got to be counted with these two fabulous authors.

North Carolina authors Reese Ryan, Samantha Chase and Marquita Valentine

During the next month and beyond I’ll also be participating in several more reader events, listed below:

I’m thrilled to be participating in these events. In addition to booksignings there will be lively discussions about the romance genre and its impact on us as readers. So if you’re local to (or an easy drive from) one of these events, I hope you’ll come out and join us.

Join us on Friday, April 21st in Cary, NC to celebrate our wealth of local romance authors!

One more thing…

Thank you if you read Playing with Desire, Playing by the Rules or Baby Be Mine and were kind enough to leave a review. If you’ve enjoyed any of these stories and haven’t already, I’d love it if you’d leave an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or Harlequin. This helps other readers find them, too.

One last thing…

Next month I’ll be running my second quarter giveaway, and it’s going to be a good one, so stay tuned for that email in the coming weeks!

Happy Reading!

Free Reads, Release Day Fun, Prizes and a Pampered Reader Giveaway

Tomorrow is a big day for me. March 1st is my birthday and the official release date for Playing with Desire, the first book in my new Pleasure Cove series with Harlequin Kimani Romance.

Playing with Desire by Reese Ryan -- Pleasure Cove Book #1

I’m so excited to share this new series with you! To celebrate the big day, I’m saying thank you to readers with giveaways and goodies.

First up, if you haven’t already read it, my short story Baby Be Mine is available in its entirety as a free read here on ReeseRyan.com and on Harlequin.com.

Here’s the skinny on this Valentine’s Day romance–an introduction to the world of my Pleasure Cove series:

When Mitchell Johnston returns to Pleasure Cove for the holidays, he finally gives in to his long-held passion for Monique James–his best friend’s flirtatious little sister. But after their memorable night together, they’re torn apart by the revelation of secrets and lies. Will the unexpected consequences of their night together finally lead them to the love they’ve been longing for?

Just click one of the links above to read the entire story on the site of your choice or via your smartphone using the Harlequin Book Breaks app.

Now for my Pampered Reader Giveaway!

Pampered Reader Giveaway by Reese Ryan

Join my Playing with Desire Release Day Party on Facebook tomorrow night from 7-8 PM Eastern for a chance to win my Pampered Reader Giveaway which includes:

  • An OliaDesign Diary String Key Leather Bound Notebook
  • A full-size Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Butter from The Body Shop
  • An Everyday Luxe Peony Gardens Home Fragrance Candle

There will be fun, games, music and prizes offered by authors like Deborah Fletcher Mello and Joy Avery. Don’t miss out on the party. RSVP now for this interactive online event. Then join us tomorrow evening for a chance to win more prizes.

Happy reading!

Reese Ryan. Colorful characters. Sinfully sweet romance.
Please note: Physical prizes sent to U.S. mailing addresses only. International winners are eligible for a gift card instead.

Baby Be Mine Goes Live + Playing with Temptation Cover Reveal

I’ve got so much good news to share with y’all. Seriously! After three years of writing, planning, and plotting that didn’t include a single book release, this year I’m coming at you with seven releases.

Yes, I said SEVEN.

Check out the graphic below and stay tuned for news of an eighth, super-secret project I’m working on as we speak.

First up…

Baby Be Mine is Now Live

Baby Be Mine, a free, serial novelette, begins TODAY on Harlequin’s Extras site. One chapter of the serial will drop each weekday for four weeks. So go back daily for the latest installment of the story through February 17th.

Here’s the story:

When Mitchell Johnston returns to Pleasure Cove for the holidays, he finally gives in to his long-held passion for Monique James–his best friend’s flirtatious little sister. But after their memorable night together, they’re torn apart by the revelation of secrets and lies. Will the unexpected consequences of their night together finally lead them to the love they’ve been longing for?

Read it online here now and come back tomorrow for the next chapter. And if you like the story, don’t forget to vote at the bottom of the page.


Playing with Temptation Cover Reveal

Playing with Temptation by Reese Ryan

Now available for pre-order.

I know Pleasure Cove Book #1 hasn’t launched yet, but Book #2 is already on deck and available for pre-order. Here’s the cover for Playing with Temptation, Book #2 in my Pleasure Cove series.

Here’s the story:

When compromising video of a star wide receiver goes viral he must rely on his ex, a savvy media consultant, to help him repair his reputation and secure his last big contract, but keeping their relationship strictly business will be more difficult than either of them imagined.

Pre-order your copy here.


2017 Publication Schedule


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Playing by the Rules

Have you downloaded your copy of Playing by the Rules? If you enjoyed Hunter and Merrie’s story, please consider sharing a review on your favorite platform—Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo or Goodreads—to help other readers find their story.


Pre-order Playing with Desire

We’re on the countdown! Playing with Desire hits bookstore shelves on February 21st. Buying an electronic version? Pre-order your copy now. It’ll be delivered on my birthday, March 1st.

Lastly, stay tuned for news of the Playing with Desire Facebook & Twitter launch parties, including a chance to win some great prizes.

Happy reading!

Claim Your Advance Copy of PLAYING BY THE RULES

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So things for me have been a little crazy. (I know I’ve been saying that all year, but it’s true. Really.) Despite another minor surgery and a few other issues, there has been a lot for me to celebrate in a year that has otherwise been sucky for so many reasons. (RIP George Michael and Carrie Fisher.) Since I inked the four book and holiday novella contract with Harlequin Kimani Romance this past spring, I’ve been offered a few additional opportunities with them. News I’ll be announcing to my VIP Readers soon.

I’ve been busy with my Pleasure Cove series with Kimani–debuting on bookstore shelves on February 21, 2017, my London-based novella series Playing by the Rules and a new short story I’ll share more about soon. However, I’m peeking my head out of my writing cave for another helping of holiday cake and to tell you that at long last, I’m delivering on my promise to give all of my VIP Readers a complimentary copy of Playing by the Rules Book 1. 

Playing by the Rules (Book #1 ) by Reese Ryan

Not currently a VIP Reader? No worries. Claim your free, advance copy of Playing by the Rules and join my VIP Reader list in one simple step over at instaFreebie.

Your advance copy of Playing by the Rules will be available now through January 8th, then it goes on sale at online booksellers on Tuesday, January 10th.

About Playing by the Rules

When Meredith Jane encounters her ex’s elder brother at a saucy Valentine’s Day party for singles, the last thing she expects is to spend “seven minutes in heaven” with him or to discover that he has deep feelings for her.

Hunter Westbrook adored Merrie long before his competitive younger brother asked her out. Now that Merrie’s relationship with his brother has ended, he faces the hardest decision of his life. Will he risk his relationship with his brother and jeopardize the future of their family’s luxury resort empire by pursuing the woman he loves? Or will he suffer in silence to keep peace in the family and risk losing her forever?

Merrie discovers a startling truth: She’s been with the wrong brother all along. But as one of the few women on the management team at her firm, she can ill afford to get caught up in the gossip and scandal sure to come if she chooses to be with Hunter. Nor does she wish to hurt Liam’s family or disappoint her own.

Hunter and Merrie have spent their entire lives playing by other people’s rules. In a society where perception is everything, is true love worth risking everything they’ve worked so hard for?

Claim your free advance copy of Playing by the Rules in your preferred format today.

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Author News: Hope to see you in Cary, LA, Atlanta, Greensboro or Durham

Check Out These Romance Reader Events and Book Festivals Happening Across the Country! If you enjoy reading romantic fiction as much as I do, you could probably easily spend hours (or days) with your head buried in books, not speaking to a solitary soul. Writers of romance find themselves in a similar situation. Heads bent […]