March 24 Book Giveaway

Babies. I love babies and books about babies. That’s probably why I love category books so much. Lots of secret babies, unexpected babies, all kinds of baby stories.

And since #1 son and his fiancee announced recently that baby #2 is on the way (yes I’m going to be a grandma again :giggle: ), this is a perfect time to celebrate all things baby! Well..all books about babies anyway.

Some of my favorite category books are the ones with secret babies and surprise pregnancies. So today I’m going to give away a bundle of 3 books that are my favorites from 3 incredibly talented authors:

Maya Banks THE TYCOON’S PREGNANT MISTRESS
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Greek hotel magnate Chrysander Anetakis’s former mistress was pregnant? And had amnesia? That meant Marley Jameson didn’t remember betraying him by selling company secrets. Or that he’d thrown her out of his life. So he told her a little white lie: they were engaged. Then he swept her away to his Greek island to await the birth of his baby and enjoy her sudden devotion…before tossing her out.
But he didn’t count on Marley regaining her memory so soon.

Karen Templeton’s REINING IN THE RANCHER
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“You’re what?”
Thea Benedict had been about to—honest to God—tell her ex-lover Johnny Griego she was pregnant. Until Johnny’s teenage daughter beat her to it with her big news!

Thea knew Johnny wasn’t a happily-ever-after kind of guy. And now he had his little girl’s impending motherhood to think about. So you could have knocked Thea over when the sexy rancher asked her to be his wife! She should have guessed Johnny was the type to do the right thing by her. Except Thea had some crazy notion about marrying for love…

Amy Knupp’s THE SECRET SHE KEPT
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She never ever thought Jake Barnes would know the truth. When he left town without any warning, Savannah couldn’t tell him she was pregnant. He didn’t give her the chance. So now—years later—because he’s back and finds out he has a child, suddenly she’s the villain.… How is that fair?
Savannah Salinger raised her daughter and knows what’s best for her own kid. But she can’t seem to push Jake away, and having the infuriating man so close…so close to her…stirs up all those feelings she thought were buried as deep as the secret she swore she’d never tell.

To be entered to win today’s bundle of books, let’s talk about pregnancies and kids in romances. Does it bother you if the heroine is pregnant in the book? What about kids in your romances. Is it okay to have babies in the book? What about toddlers, or precocious kidlets or even teens with attitude? Yes/No/Don’t care? Tell me your favorite books with babies/pregnant heroines/kids in them?

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Because my blog is being a giant pain in the ass and holding comments in moderation and in spam and it takes me a bit to go find them, I’m going to choose winners at the end of every week, on Saturday, instead of every day. So check back every Saturday to see if you’re one of the weekly book winners. Because I’m not going to hunt the winners down. You have to come here to see if you’ve won and then contact me with your info (Other than ARCS being sent by the authors offering them, I’ll be shipping all the winning books directly from Amazon). Otherwise, come back every day for a new book giveaway. And don’t forget the grand prize contest plus all the rules about the daily contest giveaways here

47 thoughts on “March 24 Book Giveaway

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    Kids, babies, tweens, none of it bothers me.

    As long as it flows well within the story it’s cool by me!

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    Lisa J says:

    It doesn’t bother me to have kids in a book. I think it can add a dimension to the dynamics. In fact one of my favorites is a Julie Garwood’s Prince Charming.

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    Tamsyn Takamiya says:

    I think its the story that matters. If a baby or a child is necessary to the plot, then they should be in the story. I recently read Susan Mallery’s “Having Her Boss’s Baby” and it was a good read.

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    Brandy W says:

    I’m cool with having kids of any type in books. It kinda makes it more realistic. People have kids…get divorced…have accidental pregnancies and whatever else. What I don’t like is a conniving woman using a baby to get what she wants. Though they are usually secondary or even further back characters.

    Debbie Macomber has two series that I enjoyed; The Dakota Series and Heart of Texas Series.

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    Victoria says:

    I love having babies in the books and unexpected pregnancies. I just like that the authors can write about guys who are willing to take responsibility for their kids. There’s nothing hotter to me than a good dad. I don’t know why. Maybe cuz I had such a shitty one. Karen Templeton’s Babie’s Inc. is my favorite series with kids and babies.

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    blodeuedd says:

    Hm, I honestly can’t say, sometimes if they take up too many space it can be annoying. But at other times just cute. I guess it depends on the author, if she or he can make it work.

    Pregnant character is ok, one of my fav books had one, and she gave birth on a battlefield. The loveknot by Elizabeth Chadwick. If I only could remember when she actually got pregnant in the book

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    Darla says:

    Congrats Grandma…and Grandpa!

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    Melissa Conatser says:

    As long as it is a good book, kids of any kind are fine.

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    azteclady says:

    Congrats, abuela! 😀

    My answer to today’s question is boring, because it’s all about the writing.

    In a general sense, secret babies bother me, because hello? raising kids is hard with two parents and family involved, doing it alone unless it’s absolutely necessary (say, the sperm donor is a psycho or an addict or some such, if not dead) goes definitely in the “not doing the best for the baby” column for me.

    However, there are plenty of romances with secret babies that I like, because the author makes me understand and believe the whys and wherefores of it.

    Other than the secret baby/pregnancy/child trope, and as far as babies and children in romances go, it all (once again) hinges on the writing.

    There are some insufferably precocious toddlers, attitude dripping teenagers, wise beyond their years preteens, what have you, out there that I can still buy because they come across as real kids–not one dimensional stereotypes put there to provide conflict or move the plot along.

    Oh, and I already have Ms Bank’s book (review here) so you probably shouldn’t count me in for the drawing.

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    Erika R says:

    I love when the heroine is pregnant in a romance novel. I don’t mind having other kids around either, i think it’s really sweet. I love Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. The scene when she tells Devil she’s pregnant is great.

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    RobynL says:

    Debbie Macomber’s Dakota Series is awesome. I like babies/kids/teens in the story because I assume they help the storyline carry on and sometimes(which I like) they help the h/h get together and then they fall in love and have a HEA. Wahoo

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    Natasha A. says:

    Hmm I do and I don’t. I dislike it when the kids take over the story. I do like the pregnant by mistakes/one night stand types.

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    Lisa W. says:

    Congrats Jaci on being grandmother again. I think babies, kids, teens can add good tension, fun, and other emotions in a book.

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    Teresa W. says:

    I don’t mind reading books that have either kids in them or mothers that are pregnant. If the read keeps me interested that all I look forward to.

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    Susan C says:

    First and foremos…Congratulations on the up coming arrival of grand-baby number two!

    I do enjoy stories with babies, toddlers and/or teens. I know they added that special extra to the following stories.

    Welcome to Temptation, Tell Me Lies and Faking It all by Jennifer Cruise, Simply Irresistible and Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson and the The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky which are some of my favorites.

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    Roberta Harwell says:

    Books with children in them can have some of the best lines in them. I enjoyed reading “The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas” by Linda Warren. Jody, the daughter in the book, was just too cute.

    Congrats on the new addition coming to your family. Please enter me in this contest.

    Have a great day.

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    Jane says:

    It’s doesn’t bother me if the heroine is pregnant or if there are babies or teens in the book. One of my favorite books where the heroine has a child is “Accidentally Yours” by Susan Mallery.

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    CrystalGB says:

    Congratulations on grandchild #2. 🙂
    I don’t mind if the heroine is pregnant or if there are children in books.

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    Rhonda Barnes says:

    I love books with babies or kids in them. Kids add their own special blend of magic and wisdom to a story.

    I’m about to become a grandma for the first time (in April) and I’m so excited, I can hardly wait!

    God Bless,
    Rhonda 🙂

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    Angela H. says:

    Congrats on the grandbaby… I like the fact that so many authors make their books as believeable as possible and in the real world not everything is planned out perfectly. I don’t mind surprise pregnancies, kids, toddlers and teenagers it is all apart of the real world. Thanks for the contest and I hope you have a great day..

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    BikerCandy says:

    I don’t mind babies in books at all, as long as they go along with the story. I think my favorite romance with a pregnant woman in it is the Nora Roberts Garden trilogy. I love all of her books but this one was a little different with women with children and even one pregnant to start with. It added a nice interesting twist that you usually don’t have in romance novels.

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    Lisa N. says:

    Congrats on the new grandbaby!! I like reading stories with children or pregnancies. It adds another dynamic to the story and lets you see a different side of the characters. I like when the children help the main couple get together, or help get them to a place where the relationship is possible.

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    Raonaid Luckwell says:

    No, it doesn’t really bother me. Sometimes, babies, being pregnant, toddlers, teens, etc add/throws a bit of spice to the plotline to make it less cliche.

    Sometimes, it doesn’t work so well with the formula and falls flat.

    One that comes to mind is “The Kitchen Witch” by Annette Blair. The child in it really made the story great.

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    Lisa F. says:

    It really doesn’t matter to me if there is kids or pregnancies in books. Some of my favorite books have a pregnant herione in it.

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    MJ says:

    I don’t minds kids as long as they are relevant to the storyline and not just thrown in.

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    Karin says:

    I don’t really care either way. I think having kids in books can work as long as they’re well written and they’re there for a reason. If they child, or children, are just props then it lessens my enjoyment of the story.

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    Emily says:

    Congrats Jaci on another grandkid!! My mom only “allows” me to drop off my kids and then kicks me out the door to stay at my sister’s house. She spoils them rotten and then gives them back to me!!LOL!
    Yes, as long as kids are relevant and believable to a story, I love them! My 2 most favorite stories with kids/babies is: perfect skin by Nick Earls and The Other Woman by Brenda Novak.
    Have a great day!

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    april s says:

    I definately think having a pregnancy in the books and/or having a child in the storyline is great…esp in today’s society, alot of women out there are single parents(like me) and to read about a woman being pregnant and/or having a child already and finding her dream man-that makes a great story…..Debbie Macomber has a series that I love…also Nora Roberts Garden books…:)

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    Christine M. says:

    Kids/babies in romance don’t bother me as long as they’re well written, e.g. that they act/sound/think like kids their age.

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    Terri says:

    First, congrats on the upcoming grandchild. At our house, we’re on baby watch….grandchildren 11 and 12 due any where from now until the end of April. Twins tend to come early.

    As for babies, children, teens in my romance books….sure. If it goes with the story, it works for me. I liked Maya Banks’ Seducing Simon.

    Terri

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    Jeanette Juan says:

    I definitely don’t mind if the heroine is pregnant or has a baby. I think babies are good for the storyline since they add more drama and twists to the story.
    I really like books such as J.R. Ward’s Lover Awakened with a baby resulting at the end.

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    Amy S. says:

    Congrats! It doesn’t bother me for kids to be in books. One of my faves is Her Best Friend’s Lover by Shiloh Walker.

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    Becky Ward says:

    Congrats on being grandmother again. It doesn’t bother me if the heroine is pregnant. I have read a lot of stories that have babies/pregnant heroines/kids in them. I have a lot of favorites, to many to list. One I like was “Home to Crossroads Ranch” by Linda Goodnight.

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    Lexee says:

    It doesn’t bother me to have a pregnant woman, or kid/child in the book as long as it is written right, makes sense, and of course ends well. Christine Feehan writes one that is one of my absolute favorites called Dark Melody. the heroine is pregnant throughout the book and has the child right towards the end of it.

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    Melissa says:

    I don’t know if my earlier post will make it, but wanted to add that I really enjoy reading the dynamics with teens in book…especially when we’re later to get read their books. In JR Wards Brotherhood series I think I’ve become as hooked on the kids as I have on The Brotherhood, lol. And that’s happened in many books I’ve read…if they’re written well, they can only draw you into the story more.

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    Maureen says:

    I have read and enjoyed books with babies, kids, teens and pregnant women. There have been a few times though that the kids annoyed me or more often the parents annoyed me because they carried on about behavior that was pretty normal or they didn’t even say anything when a kid showed them a complete lack of respect.

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    maered says:

    As long as the kids are authentically written, I don’t mind kids in books. What I hate is when small kids are so sugary sweet, all the time. That’s a lie! Angsty kids/teens are more realistic.

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    Diane M. says:

    Congrats Grandma!

    As long as it fits the story.

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    limecello says:

    Congratulations, Jaci!
    And I agree with Diane – I’m not all yay about babies in general – but if it fits the books, I’m fine with it.
    My favorite book w/ the baby (secret baby?) is Shocking the Senator by Leanne Banks 😀

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    Tasha W. says:

    I don’t mind pregnancies or babies at all. I don’t mind kids either as long as the way they speak and act seems true to life. I’ve read some books where everytime the kid speaks it seems awkward and not something a “real” child would say. It just has to work for me, I guess.

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    Larena Wirum says:

    for me I think it kind of depends if the kids help the storyline. I don’t mind them in the stories but it kind of has to flow together.

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    jeanne sheats says:

    Congratulations! My oldest got married last year and the plan is maybe 3 years from now – can’t wait!

    I don’t think I prefer for the main story line to be about a baby but having a baby included in the storyline can be important sometimes. So I would say while I may not go looking for a book with a baby in it, I would enjoy a story with one.

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    Christina Brunetti says:

    Honestly it is not my favorite but I can roll with it if it is written well.

    That said, I would still love to read this.

    Thanks.

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    Shell Bryce says:

    Babies don’t always come when you want and HEA don’t always include bambinos!

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    Karen in TN says:

    Keep them both absent for me.

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    Kiki says:

    I mind it when pregnancies are involved in books, especially if the woman is single and its WHY the man proposes to her or whatever. I’d like to see a strong pregnant woman who doesn’t particularly need her man to marry her just because she’s pregnant.

    Kiki
    ParkingGoddessFTW at gmail dot com

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    Marilyn says:

    preggos and kids dont bother me in romances.that said,I have never read any romance with a preggo in it..hmmm

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