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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guest Post with Author Shannon Stacey and Giveaway

Meet Shannon Stacey, author of Taken With You.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

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My Top 10 Favorite Couples

10. Orry Main and Madeline Fabray LaMotte from North and South (the original North and South by John Jakes). While I have mixed feelings about where the series took the couple, the epic romance and high melodrama stole my teenage heart and never let go.

9. Rob Roy and his Mary, from the movie Rob Roy. So much quiet love and strength, played perfectly by Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange.

8. Joe “Cat” and Veronica St. John from Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann. Joe (and the story) hit all my happy reader buttons and launched an epic love for her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series.

7. At the risk of being unoriginal, no list of favorite romance couples could be complete without Eve and Roarke. I’m a little behind on J.D. Robb’s In Death series, but I’m going to have a glom and catch up on this beloved couple very soon.

6. Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson from Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James. The banter and sexual tension practically crackles on the page. I’ve loved all of her books, but this couple remains a favorite.

5. Kevin Ryan and Javi Esposito from Castle. (I’m cheating a little because it’s a bro-mance, which means they’re not technically a couple, but they’re a favorite “pair” of mine. The funny banter with a strong emotional underpinning hits all of my happy buttons.)

4. Castle and Beckett, from Castle. Her practical nature and his imagination are such a fun mix, their chemistry sizzles, and I really, really hope the show’s writers don’t screw this up.

3. Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams from Hawaii 5-0! (Again, it’s a bro-mance, but they’re a favorite TV duo of mine.)

2. Rogan Peregrine and Liana Neville, from The Taming by Jude Deveraux. This long-time favorite book released while I was in high school and I remember literally hugging the book to my chest and happy-sighing at the end.

And my personal number 1. Conn Conagher and Evie Teale from Conagher by Louis L’Amour. I fell in love with them in the book and then fell even harder when they were brought to the screen by the incomparable Western pairing of Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. This was also the book that transitioned me from science fiction, fantasy and westerns to romance, as I went looking for more frontier love stories and found Linda Lael Miller.

Thank you for inviting me to share my favorite couples! I’d love to hear who makes everybody else’s lists!


Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety – a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of Taken With You
  • 1 Taken With You Bookmark
  • 1 Moose Print on Vintage Dictionary Paper

To Enter: 
  • Please answer Shannon's question: Who makes your favorite couples list?
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Special thanks to Shannon Stacey & Xpresso Book Tours for sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.
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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. Such a great set of books.

  3. How wonderful! It sounds like a really good story! I love all the covers!! Great giveaway!

  4. Hi Shannon! I loved reading your list of couples! I also loved reading North and South (and I hated the tv movie--way too patronizing and went off course from the book!). There is a "bromance" I'd like to add to that list--Sam and Dean Winchester and their pal Castiel from the show Supernatural. The characters' personalities complement one another very well. Thanks for coming here--can't wait to read "Taken with You"!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Bones & Booth from the tv show Bones and I agree with your choice of Payton & J.D. from Practice makes Perfect.

  6. I love Castle and Beckett, as well, and Booth and Bones. As for literary couples, I love Stephanie Plum and Morelli from Janet Evanovich's Plum series. Those books are so funny! I love the Kowalski series too! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

  7. I am SUPER Excited about this latest Kowalski book! Can't wait to dive in!!

  8. My favorite pairing at the moment is Sam and Nick from Marie Force's Fatal series. Such a great partnership :)

  9. I love this series do much. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  10. I don't know why I haven't read this series yet- it looks like just the kind of stories I love.

  11. My go to lovers are Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett (Sharon Lathan's Darcy Saga is excellent) and Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (Young Victoria movie).

    My favorite Kowalski couple is Sean & Emma, they were so cute with their Post-its.

    I'm glad to see someone else enjoyed Prince Joe & SB's TDD series; loved the Admiral's Bride too. Congrats on the new release can't wait to read it. Donna M. wedmoore (at) aol (dot) com

  12. Walt and Cassie from Summer in Sonoma are one of my fav couples.

  13. I like all the Kowalski boys, cannot pick just one.

  14. My list is long :p But at the top today:
    Eve & Roarke (In Death series by JD Robb)
    Jenna & Gabe (Show No Mercy/BOI series by Cindy Gerard)
    Lily & Ryland (Shadow Game/GhostWalkers series by Christine Feehan)
    Mari & Ken (Deadly Game/GhostWalkers series by Christine Feehan)
    Grace & Ethan (Rising Tides by Nora Roberts)
    Emma & Sean (Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey)
    Katie & Josh (All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey)
    Liz & Drew (Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey)
    Desdemona & Sam (Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz)
    Emma & Colin (Sharp & Donovan series by Carla Neggers)
    Stella & Logan (Blue Dahlia/In the Garden trilogy by Nora Roberts)
    Harriet & Gideon (Ravished by Amanda Quick)
    Lisa & Jess (Through the Looking Glass by Joyce McGill)
    Morgan & Erik (Long Time Gone by Meg Benjamin)
    Sascha & Lucas (Slave to Sensation/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Brenna & Judd (Caressed by Ice/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Sophia & Max (Bonds of Justice/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Sahara & Kaleb (Heart of Obsidian/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Hannah & Jonas (Safe Harbor/Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan)
    Sarah & Damon (Magic in the Wind/Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan)
    Elizabeth & Darcy [Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen)
    Darcy & Ethan (To the Brink/Bodyguards series by Cindy Gerard)

    And because sometimes the “secondary” romances are my favorites:
    Terry & Evan and Lisa & Mike (Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey)
    Tamsyn & Nate (Beat of Temptation novella/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Lara & Walker (Kiss of Snow/Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh)
    Rebecca & Jack and Cleo & Gideon (Three Fates by Nora Roberts)
    Tess & Nate (Montana Sky by Nora Roberts)
    Hermione & Ron (Harry Potter)

    From TV/movies, I have to say:
    Devon & John (Earth 2)
    Miss Parker & Jarod (The Pretender)
    Annie & Jimmy (Chase)
    Marguerite & Roxton (The Lost World)
    Jessica & Jim (The Man From Snowy River)
    Sally & Winston (The Marshal)
    Eve & Rick (The Mummy)
    Paulette & Bill (Orleans)
    Margaret & Oliver (Year of the Comet)
    Kaylee & Simon (Firefly)
    Donna & Josh (The West Wing)

    I could list more, but those are the ones that come to mind :)

  15. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I think my favorite couple (at least for the moment) is Eve and Rourke.. and that's probably because I'm reading the latest book right now :)

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite literary couple are Bella & Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood :-)

  18. this looks and sounds fantastic!!! Thanks so much for sharing ;) I'd have to say my fav couple right now is Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews. Just start rereading this series.

  19. I have so many to choose from! Eve and Roarke are definitely on my list. As are Rhage and Mary from J.R. Ward's BDB series. Ty and Zane from the Cut & Run series. All of the Kowalski's (but Sean & Emma and Kevin & Beth are favorites). I'm now hooked on all of the Sullivan couples from Bella Andre. And in real life, I'm loving the "romance" between my ten-week old nephew and his older gal, the six-month old Emmerson! :-)

  20. So many favorite couples to choose from, but I will go with Josh and Katie!

  21. Holy crap, Library Addict! LOL! I will list a few that stand out in my mind - Mac & Carter in Vision in White by Nora Roberts, Lila & Brady in Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis and can I say Prince William & Kate? I love them!

  22. I love Caskett (Castle and Beckett) too! From books, it's so hard to pick but I'd have to say Chloe and Sawyer from Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

  23. I'm old school. Nothing beats Darcy and Elizabeth. <3

  24. Castle and Beckett, David and Addie, Remington and Laura, and Nick and Nora. I am allllll about witty banter!