I have two awesome releases this holiday season! Holiday Baby Bombshell, Book 2 in the Locke Legacy series, is in stores on November 7. Snowed in with a Billionaire is in stores on December 5. Read on for more info. Both books are available to pre-order now!

Holiday Baby Bombshell

From Rivalry to Revelry…to Romance? 

Competitive swimmer turned real estate magnate Michael Kelly is tastier than a Christmas cookie. But now Charlotte Locke’s sexy former lover is her top business rival…and the father of her unborn child. Determined to keep her professional cool, the hotel heiress hides her delicate condition from her family—and from her commitmentphobic ex. Until Michael moves in next door, exposing a desire left unquenched and Charlotte’s pregnancy secret.

Michael may not be daddy material, but losing Charlotte and their baby isn’t an option. He’ll close the deal at any cost—even if it takes a Christmas miracle to prove this playboy is reformed for good!

Digital available November 1. Paperback available November 7.

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There’s a sexy secret under the tree this Christmas… 

With no money and her real name under wraps, chef Joy McKinley isn’t expecting the greatest Christmas. At least her hideout is a luxury mountaintop estate. But when a gorgeous, gallant, incredibly sexy billionaire ends up snowbound with her, Joy wishes she could tell Alexander Townsend the whole truth about herself. Especially when the one thing she shares is her bed—and then discovers he has as many trust issues as she does. Will keeping secrets cost Joy the best Christmas gift she’s ever received?

Digital available December 1. Paperback available December 5.

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I’m thrilled that this day has finally come, the digital release of The Ten-Day Baby Takeover is here! Links to all retailers are here or at the bottom of this page. Print will be in stores on Tuesday, April 4. The best retail spots for Harlequin Desire books in the US are Barnes & Noble in the Romance section, Wal-Mart, some Target locations, and your neighborhood grocery store. Indigo Books is the primo spot in Canada, and in the UK, anywhere Mills & Boon books are sold. If you don’t see it, ask!

So, why is this book special, Karen? Well, lemme tell you. The first book I wrote for Harlequin was That Night with the CEO. In that book, I mentioned Adam Langford’s older brother, Aiden. At the time, I kept details about Aiden extra mysterious, mostly because I didn’t know who Aiden was or what his deal was. (This is how much we authors plan sometimes. You just have to trust in the universe.) Then came Pregnant by the Rival CEO, featuring Aiden’s sister, Anna. That time around, Aiden came into much sharper focus, and wow, did he have a lot to tell me. Still, he wasn’t on-screen in that book either, just in the background making things difficult.

With The Ten-Day Baby Takeover, Aiden finally got his own book. He’s come back to New York to return to the Langford family fold, but there’s a big secret his mother has been keeping and Aiden is convinced it’s ruined his whole life. When a baby he doesn’t know about shows up at his office, accompanied by a spark plug named Sarah, everything in Aiden’s life manages to unravel and come together in ten days. Langford family secrets are revealed! And you also get to find out whether Anna and Jacob from Pregnant by the Rival CEO had a boy or a girl.

I hope you have the chance to check it out. Drop me a line if you do!

xoxo Karen

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Body-12Today’s John Hughes fan club is from one my most favorite people on Planet Earth: Author/Duranie/amazing girlfriend Bobbi Ruggiero. And in supreme Bobbi fashion, she’s slaying me with her answers to these questions. We had so many of the same answers, it’s a little ridiculous. If you haven’t yet read Bobbi’s amazing ’80s music novella Young Teacher, you’d better fix that as soon as you’re done reading this.

Favorite John Hughes film:  “Sixteen Candles”. Why? Jake Ryan. The best pretend movie boyfriend ever. The cuffed jeans. The vest. The Porsche. The gorgeous boy chooses the cute wallflower. Didn’t we all want to be Samantha Baker, standing on those church steps in a pink dress, saying, “Who, me??” while Jake Ryan points at her? And the birthday cake scene? Samantha is a better girl than me. I would have jumped over that cake and sucked Jake’s Ryan face until he couldn’t breathe. But that’s just me…

And the runner-up, because let’s be honest—it’s hard to pick one: “Pretty in Pink”. Why? Well, I know the acting is terrible in this movie, and so is the continuity, but there are so many quotable moments in this flick. And let’s face it, this is James Spader at his most handsome, and most assholian self. God, I love to hate Steff. Blane is about as interesting as wet cardboard. Every time I watch this, I keep thinking Andie is going to choose Duckie. And every time, I yell at her as she runs to Blane. Bad choice, Andie. Even Steff has more balls than Blane the appliance could ever have.

Favorite moment of hilarity in a John Hughes film: “Bueller…? Bueller…? Bueller…?”

Favorite poignant teenage moment in a John Hughes film: When Andie tells Blane to drop her off at the record store because she doesn’t want him to see where she lives. That felt like taking a bullet. And when he asks her if she needs to go home and change for their date, and she says, “I already did.” Brutal. RUN FROM THIS JACKASS, ANDIE! RUN!!!

Best use of music in a John Hughes film: “Positively Lost Me” by the Rave Ups in “Pretty in Pink”. Why the hell doesn’t this appear on the soundtrack??? Epic fail, music editors!

Character in a John Hughes film that you most identify with and why: Andie in “Pretty in Pink”. I grew up without much money, and there were a lot of mean/rich girls in my school. I tried hard to not let it bother me, but as a teenager, it’s hard to do. I remember begging my parents for designer jeans, and then feeling so bad after they bought them for me. I felt like a brat asking for something I knew we couldn’t really afford. I realize now that having an amazing family and true friends was so much more important than a stupid pair of jeans. I love when Andie makes that dress her own. Or drives around in that old pink car. Mine was a mustard yellow Toyota.

Not to sound like a geezer, but why don’t they make movies like this anymore? I guess young, awkward and painful love isn’t enough anymore unless we throw in vampires, werewolves, apocalyptic death games and zombies.

Young Teacher CoverBobbi Ruggiero, her musical taste, and her writing talents are made of awesome. To find out more about Bobbi, visit her website at bobbiruggiero.com. Be sure to pick up her ’80s music novella, Young Teacher. Get it today!