Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop (U.S. and Canada Only)

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What makes a memorable love story?  There are a lot of similarities I find in my favorite romances.  Here are some of the qualities I look for:

  • A charming, handsome man who knows what he wants.  He is strong character that doesn't take shit from the object of his affection, yet is also vulnerable.  Extra bonus points if he has a sketchy past and/or tattoos.
  • A strong woman that can fend for herself.  She is intelligent and feisty - no wanton heroines for me.
  • Angst!  No good love story is complete without a bit (or a bunch) of angstiness.  If the lovers have no obstacles to overcome, then who cares about the story?  I want my couple to fight for it!  Whether it's a villain trying to break apart the couple, or circumstances beyond their control, or the couple's own issues, I need that friction!
  • A HEA.  Hey - I'm discussing love stories not realism.  No love story is complete without a happily ever after.  Sometimes there are exceptions - if there is no HEA, then I need the love story to end on a note of hope.  

Jamie's favorite love story:



Charming, handsome man with a sketchy past who isn't a push over?  Check.
Woman who can fight off Yankees and survive Sherman marching through Georgia?  Check.
Previous marriages, miscarriages, war, death and mis-communication?  Check.
HEA?  No, but this story ends with hope.  Check.  



Here are a few of my favorite newer romance books:


For my giveaway (U.S. and Canada only), this will be winner's choice.  The winner can chose any of these books - but here's the deal.  The winner can chose either ONE paperback or TWO eBooks (Kindle or Nook) OR a $10 Amazon gift card.  It's up to you.  Some of these books are pre-orders and some are only available as eBooks. 

When you finish entering our giveaway, please visit the other blogs listed on this hop for more great prizes!

Good luck and happy Valentine's Day!







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69 comments:

Ana Smith said...

My favorite love story is Pride and Prejudice - I loooove Darcy!

AquarianDancer said...

Persephone and Hades...the version where they actually fall in love. Persephone becomes the Queen of the Underworld, after all.

Under the Covers said...

Thanks for participating!

Francesca

erin said...

Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! Ok... as a teen I remember loooving Jane Eyre :)

Rebe said...

I love Pride and Prejudice, but I also love Austen's Persuasion. Probably my favorite!

Lauren Mackesy said...

My favorite of all time is The Sound of Music. I know it's corny, but I love the story, and especially that it is true.

Kaylyn D. said...

I love A Walk to Remember. I cry every time I read it. lol

Kelsey Summer said...

My favorite is probably The Thornbirds. It's not a traditional romance, but it was a love story.

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Eva said...

the movie Petulia

Lola Thomas said...

My favorite love story is by Nobody's Hero by Kallypso Masters it is an superb book and the entire series is exceptional!
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laurie said...



My favorite love story is Pride and Prejudice - I loooove Darcy!

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BLHmistress said...

My favorite love story (movie) is Titantic. Book- Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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SheriV said...

My favorite love story is Only for You by Hannah Howell.

Amy R said...

My favourite love story is the Princess Bride. Both the movie and the book!

megblod said...

My favorite would be Romeo and Juliet.

sarah corbin said...

My favorite is Romeo and Juliet!! I like the movie-the one that had Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes in it!! thanks for the giveaway!!

Levina Goon said...

It's a sad story but I love the movie, The Bridges of Madison County - incredible acting and writing. Thanks for the giveaway!

Hollow May said...

Movie - 1996's Romeo + Juliet
Book - Sister to the Wolf

Thank you for the giveaway!

Kyla Whitley said...

right now, my favorite love story (movie) is "out of africa." meryl streep and robert redford. thank you for sharing in the hop!

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Sassy Chassy said...

Return to Me with Minnie Driver & David Decoveney.

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Elizabeth H. said...

One of my fave love stories is Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia!

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LisaC said...

Pride and Prejudice. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kerry Pacious said...

Like you,GWTW!!! I first read the book when I was 12 and have loved it ever since. It's my favorite book & movie of all time!

Beautiful Disaster said...

I like the myth of Hades and Persephone. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Bethany C. said...

I'm a sucker for The Notebook (the movie.)

Sue Sattler said...

My favorite love story is PS I Love You. To have someone love you so much...sigh.

Cheryl said...

This is going to be so lame, but I love Lois Lane and Superman.

Michelle Kelly said...

I love Jamie and Claire Fraser from the Outlander series.

thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Adriana NaNa said...

My favorite love story was from the book The Notebook. Allie and Noah were the best romantic couples I've ever read and seen.

Barbara E. said...

My favorite love story is the movie Ladyhawke. I just love that story.

Lacey T said...

My favorite love story is Pride & Prejudice :)

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

My favorite ongoing love story is Roarke and Eve from JD Robb's In Death series. Love everything about them.

And I'm so with you on the HEA! I like to end a book with my character in a good place :)

Thanks for the giveaway! Awesome book choices!

Adria Reyes said...

I can't tell you my favorite ONE story but I can tell you what I look for in a good/great love story: Passion, angst, strong characters, unique female character, ONE good villain, and humor.

awhartness said...

My favorite love story is Gone With The Wind movie.
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Kamla L. said...

I'm a Romance Junkie so I can't pick just one favorite. Here are some of my favorites in books:
The McCabe trilogy by Maya Banks
Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley
Lady Awakened by Cecelia Grant
Lush by Lauren Dane
Demonica Series by Larissa Ione
Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole
Midnight Breeds series by Lara Adrian
....and so many many more.
For movies, it would be Sweet November and Meet Joe Black.

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

Well when it comes to romance I am a sucker for the earlier Nicholas Sparks books. The Guardian, The Rescue and stuff like that. I love the Notebook as well but not as much as many of his other early work.

ceagles said...

One of my favorite love stories is 'The Sound of Music". A little hoky I know but it was the 1st love story I ever saw. :)

Chris
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Mary @SweepingMe said...

I love romance but my favorite love story ever is Pride and Prejudice. I don't know why but I just love that book!

Mary

Heather said...

The Sound of Music is my favorite.

Carin said...

I do love the classics Gone With the Wind, Jane Eyre, but I am all about the super hot ones that are out now too The Sinners series by Olivia Cunning pops to mind. Carin

Heather said...

my fav is the princess bride

Susan T. said...

Hmm...it was probably Sound of Music and then later I fell for Catherine Coulter's historical romances. That is what really hooked me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lily B said...

I just watched the movie The Lucky One, based on Nicolas Sparks and it was beautiful. My all time favorite will always be Romeo and Juliet.

Jillyn said...

I love the movie Love, Actually. It's definitely my favorite.

Thanks for the giveaway.

SdyLion said...

I really liked the book, Devoured by Emily Snow. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Mara80 said...

Song- If you're not the one by Daniel Bedingfield
Book- one of my favorites and recently read is
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
Thanks for this great giveaway!

Sarah Handrich said...

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Krista said...

Pride and Prejudice!

Allyson said...

The Story of Us is my all time favorite movie! I love it!
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Kirsty said...

My favourite is the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

Di said...

so many ... Pride & Prejudice, and one I'm watching now - Bridget Jones!

Anne R said...

Favorite love story..Bridget Jones!!! I love it when Mark Darcy finally kisses her at the end.

Vanessa N. said...

I love Beauty and the Beast and The Princess Bride.

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Alexis said...

favorite love story....the disney Princess movies like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid (all those classics except Snow White - never was a fan of that movie)

myboo63 said...

the black dagger brotherhood love stories are one of my favorites
thanks for the hop

Michelle Bledsoe said...

My favorite love story with always be the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.
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Kirsten! said...

I'm a sucker for Pride and Prejudice :)

Elizabeth Di Benedetto said...

Beauty & the beast (:

Elizabeth Di Benedetto said...

Beauty & the beast (:

Veronika said...

Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love is definitely in the air and I think a good example of a strong romantic novel is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie and Claire are EPIC.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Jennifer said...

It's sad, but P.S. I Love You, the book and the movie, get me everytime. He loved her and just wanted her to be happy.

Stephanie Huff said...

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story!

Carla said...

Not a romance love story, but I love the Lion King. The love they had for each other was truly remarkable.
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ceagles said...

I know it's only a "G" Rated love story. "The Sound of Music" is the 1st love story I remember ever watching and has also been my favorite.

Chris
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Maris said...

I just finished Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James and absolutely loved it. I was so moved by it. You have to read it. Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

burbanette said...

Pride and Prejudice!

Amber said...

The movie P.S I Love You!!

June M. said...

I don't really have a favorite story. But one of my favorites from this year was NOBODY'S PERFECT by Kallypso Masters.

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