Thursday, January 1, 2009

Valentine's Day Giveaway

January 01, 2009 - Februray 14, 2009

To kick off the launch of Inspiration, Ink., we are announcing our very first contest -- a Valentine's Day prize giveaway for not one, but three lucky visitors!

We want everyone to know how much we appreciate our readers, so we decided one way to spread the Valentine's Day spirit would be to gift a few of you with a romance inspired goodie basket. Included in the grand prize basket will be autographed copies of our latest releases, a few other romantic selections, a little something for your sweet tooth, and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. (You can't beat that at Hallmark!)

How do you enter? That's the easy part. Leave us a comment in the comments section below with your name, a valid email address so we can contact you if you win, and a quick note telling us why you love romance. That's it, it's that simple.

We will choose a first, second and third place winner on February 14, and you will be notified by email if your entry is selected. No purchase of any kind necessary, postage paid by the authors.

Our contest page will be expanding with time, to include other fun and exciting things for you to enjoy when you stop by. So, don't forget to come back and say hi. While deciding who's going to be your lucky valentine, just click the link and "think pink."

Good luck!!



Now there's a whole new way to win. As an added bonus, I've decided to hold a smaller contest from now through the month of February to go hand in hand with the Valentine's Day Giveaway. All you have to do is subscribe to our blog and you're entered to win an autographed print copy of DESTINY'S CAPTIVE. On February 28th, I'll randomly choose one person from Inspiration, Ink's list of blog followers and announce the winner in the following blog. Sign up to Inspiration, Ink. today for this extra chance to win!

Tracy Preston


Margay Leah Justice said...

Why do I love romance? Because the world survives on love and what better way to convey love than through romance? Plus, there's the hot guys you imagine being with and feisty women you imagine being, and the situations result in the HEA you wish for yourself. What's not to love?

Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com

Future Mrs. Ashley Rose said...

Hello ladies! My name is Ashley Carbone and I am absolutely in love with love! When I was a young girl I would constantly dream about my one true love. Being saved by the handsome, strong prince on a white steed. Oh boy, those were the days! And even today I am still a dreamer at heart. Reading romance novels keeps my dreams alive and leaves me with an overwhelming feeling of joy. It takes me away to a new, exciting world that can make my heart melt, my cheeks turn pink, and make the happiest tears fall from my cheek.

Happy New Year ladies and best wishes to you all!

I can be contacted at

Anonymous said...

Love is what the makes the world go round. Love is all we need and what everybody needs is love!!!

I love reading romances because I love to experience the thoughts and feelings of the hero and heroine and share their journey, however rocky, to their happy end.


Kate George/Bodacious Betty said...

Why I love romance? let's just say that with four school aged kids I don't get much in my "real" life. Reading romance gives me a way to experience that missing piece - without jeopardizing my marriage!


Kate George/Bodacious Betty said...

Why I love romance? let's just say that with four school aged kids I don't get much in my "real" life. Reading romance gives me a way to experience that missing piece - without jeopardizing my marriage!


Anonymous said...

my name is georgina brandt, my email:
I love romance because is not only exciting it also adds a new flare to mystery or horror. It is great fun reading.

Anonymous said...

Why do I love romance, oh let me count the ways... But seriously, Romance is wonderful because it touches the mind, the body and the heart all at once. It provides dreams and wonder and makes life seem so much brighter somehow. In addition to that, Romance is just plain fun!

Cari Quinn said...

Fun contest...and a lovely new blog! :)

I love romance because it gives me hope to believe in happy endings. I've always loved reading and writing it, and enjoy the way a romantic book can transport me to another time and place. Magic does exist, and you can find it in the pages of a good book.

syracuseufan (at)

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Ladies,
Lovely site. I love romance because it transports me into a fantasy world of handsome heroes and beautiful women. An easy reading escape from the harsh reality of modern living.

Anonymous said...

I'm a single parent to a 14 year old Autistic son and an 8 year old daughter. I love reading romance novels because I can imagine myself in the heroine's place. How wonderful it would feel to be treated like I was special by a strong, sexy man but most of all I like reading about a kind, loving man who is good to the heroine's children. My email address is

Unknown said...

I have loved romance since I was a child- raised on fairytales like Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella and my mother led the way with her Harlequin's and Silohette romance novels.

I fell in love with love then and I guess that's why I like to write it as well. The best way to describe it for me is a quote- not sure who wrote it, but it's my favorite-

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

It's something we all want and need and reading romance fills me with all those wonderful emotions and gives me the "happily ever afters" I expect.

Unknown said...

Oop- contact info-

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Beautiful site, ladies. I love pink. And I love romance. I read my first Harlequin Romance at age 11--my grandpa made fun of them and jokingly called them "I love you truly" books. :) I love romance because I want to read about love and happy ever after. I want escapism and fantasy. If I want reality, I'll watch the news.


catslady said...

I love romance because the real world can be pretty hard sometimes so you get to forget everything for a while and live in another world of hope and love and happy endings.

catslady5 (at) aol (dot) com

Karen H said...

Love/Romance makes the world go around and if that's the case, without it, we would all fly off, right? Seriously though, it is something we all need and the purest form of romance can be found in the books we read. Hats off to the talented authors who write them. My favorite genre is Historical with emphasis on the Regency period but I also enjoy a good romantic suspense too.

Beautiful site ladies. Loooking forward to reading more from you all.

Tami W. said...

Why do I love romance? Because there is always a happy ending. The good gal always wins the good fight and life goes on as it should. With real life being as it is, we need to be encouraged that the good fight can be won with love.

And that's my 2 cents -

Tami Winbush

Anonymous said...

i love romance without it the world would be a bleak place

Unknown said...

I love romance because it always stands for something won. Love is won, lust is won and happiness has won. Life is too hard sometimes without romance, love and the butterflies in the pit of your stomach. It is always the happily ever after ending.

Anonymous said...

I have been Romance Books since I was in High School. I love happy endings, with strong women who demands that her man be strong, but don't care to let her know how much she is loved. To me that is what romance is all about show your love for each other.

Tamsyn said...

I love romance whether in books, movies or real life. Happily ever after is a must with heroes and heroines to die for!
Tamsyn Takamiya

Cynthya said...

I love romance because it provides an escape from the worries of everyday life and the happy endings are uplifting. They also help me keep the romance in my marriage alive.

Anonymous said...

Life is so much more interesting and joyful with love in your life. I have been fortunate to go through most of my life with a husband that has made it a most interesting journey-he could be written into one of the many romance books I've read.
JWIsley AT

TamiC said...

I love romance because of the steamy love scenes! I know pretty lame, but thats why!

Tami Cullen@Hotmail.Com

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Congrats on your new blog and your books. I've been reading romance since I was about 16 years old when a friend got me hooked on Harlequins. My love now is historical, with more than 99% of my books being that, but I still read a contemporary now and again. I think I 'love' romance because it allows us to watch two people learn that they've met the one and only person for them. It makes us feel good and inspires us to do good in the lives of those around us.

Anna Kathryn

Anonymous said...

I love romances because they always have a happy ending. Amanda

Sandy in Northern Kentucky said...

I savor romance because it caused me to well up with joy. Thinking about romance causes my body, mind and spirit to realize that we are created for basking in the love of another. Romance fills me with a feeling that I can best describe as being similar to biting into the world's most decadent chocolate candy and finding out it is calorie free. That is what I call a HAPPY ending.

Anonymous said...

Romance simply keeps me warm. Ellen Reed (

Anonymous said...

At my age, (over 55), I never expected to find someone who would care for me. But luck was on my side and now I feel as if I am lucky in love! Romance is wonderful when you have someone special to share it with and I feel as if God gave me the most wonderful person to be part of my life. Red is now my favorite color!

Carol Burge said...

Why do I love romance? Well, hmmm, let me see...

I love the wonderful, warm feeling I get when I read a really good, awesome, page turner. I love learning about the characters; I love the sexy heroes and the strong, feisty heroines; I love visiting new places; I love learning new things...I don't know, I just love, love love, romance! Not only do I love reading romance, I love writing it, too. :)

Carol Burge said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my email addy. It's CarolWriter @ att DOT net. Or you can just click on my name and it will take you to my blog where you'll find my email address. :)

By the way, great blog!


Anonymous said...

I like romance because it is uplifting and gives one a happy feeling. It is oftentimes unexpected, a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, and affects every person no matter how old they are, and it is for eternity.

Lisanne said...

Hello to all of the Pink Ladies! I hope you all had a great Holiday season and have started out the New Year the way you hope it will continue to go.

You asked what I would define romance as. Well, it's very complex, yet simple at the same time.It's not the happy ending, but the way you get there.

I feel romance can be found so easily. It's what warms your body, heart and soul. I think it can be an older couple you see sitting on a park bench holding hands as you are taking your morning walk at the park on the lake. Yes, it can be roses, candlelight and soft music, but it is also found at the end of the day. Sitting at the dinner table, with the kids playing, but you and your spouse's eyes meet and you feel your body start to tingle. You both start to smile, beginning to reminiscence of your first date at a cafe when your eyes met across the table, and you see the unconditional true love in their eyes. As is probably obvious by now, I can find romance almost everywhere at everytime. It's a feeling of intense love that comes over you even just seeing it through someone else's eyes, if not your own.

I'll give you a personal example. Even though women are more often the recipient, I gave my soon to be husband a gift a few years back that many friends find romantic. I cut out over 100 3" hearts of construction paper. On each one I notated a different reason that I loved him. Reasons included past, present and future things we have done or discussed, and also just little things he does that make me get butterflies, or HOT HOT HOT!

I know it was suppose to be a short note and I apologize. But this is one subject that I could speak of for days and days. And, I wish I could experience the truely, romantic escapades that occur in ya'lls novels, but I'm just a woman in Mississippi. I'll keep dreaming of the Irish cliffs, tropical beaches, ranches, pirates, etc. Romance is in the mind also.

Thank you for this site and I look forward to following ya'lls blogs.

Lisanne said...

Sorry my name is Lisa Romans and my email is

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is debbie and my email is I love roance because it makes my feel so sexy and loved. I love a guy who is romantic. You never know what they are planning but you know you'll love it. Even with my husband being on chemo rite now, he still does these wonderful romantic things. I love him so much.

Anonymous said...

After 15 years of being a single parent, I had convinced myself I didn't care if I was single forever. Then I met a handsome, brown-eyed Army Major in the Kentucky National Guard, and all those thoughts went out the window! We met on AOL, and the first time we met in person we fell madly in love. 10 years later we are still together, spending our time cooking, crafting, and loving every minute together. We agree are each other's better half!

Anonymous said...

Hello! Saw your note on Craigslist, great site ladies, I love the colour scheme and the message. I adore romance novels. They were the first 'grown up' books I read at about the age of 10; sneaking my mothers Mills and Boon off the bookshelf when she wasn't looking. I would get lost in the stories for a few hours, and I always felt happier after reading one. They made me believe that a great love waited for me in my future too. I cherish the romantic side of my nature and am always on the lookout for great romance novels. Thank you romance writers everywhere for all your hard and wonderful work!

kimmyl said...

Why do I love romance?
I enjoy romance because I love reading about other time periods in historical romance so I can experience a different time and place while enjoying a great romance. I love paranormals because they really stir my imagination, plus I love the hunky guys. Romantic suspense takes you on a thrilling ride, while romantica takes you on an entirely different type of ride.
As long as it's well written, interesting and exciting I can get into it. Of and of course a HEA! A must have for me!
Another added bonus for me is that my husband loves for me to read him the spicier parts!

Anonymous said...

u gals just seem great !!! I love romance because it gives me hope that MR.Right is out there somewhere! Found u on craigs place. could use a little romance v-day even a great book that makes me feel warm & fuzzy shelly

Unknown said...

i love romance, due to the fact, i have no romance in my life anymore, though i live with a man, lol he doewsnt know what romance was to begin with LOL

and i really crave a hea in the end. or where they will get back together by the next book

Unknown said...

Julie Robinson said...

Hi Pink Ladies!
I could have sworn I had left a comment here before when Teresa first announced the site on CHRW. Maybe I put it under a different post. Nonetheless, I just wanted to say that this is a beautiful blog spot and I love the pink theme.


Sue said...

Wow, great contest. My email is:
I hope I can win

Anonymous said...

Love conquers all things makes all things possible. Everbody needs some love in there life. :)

Anonymous said...

I wrote that last comment Love conquers all things makes all things possible. Everbody needs some love in there life :) My name is Rhonda and my email address is

Michelle Lauren said...

I love romance. They are the perfect comfort books, the kind that take me out of my hectic everyday life and give me something that I know will give me hope for a better tomorrow. There is a reason romance books are still selling well despite the economic depression: readers want something that makes them feel good, and a well-crafted romance with a HEA definitely do that for me.

My name is Michelle Lauren, and you can email me at

Unknown said...

I love romance because I am in love with love. I love to see a happy ending. Thanks so much for having this contest!


Anonymous said...

Why do I love romance - whether reading it or writing it, I love the way the heat rises - the more, the better. whether it's Rhett and Scarlet or my very own Andrew and Jessie, it's got to be that special bond no one can deny.

Christy Poff

Kammie said...

Hi everyone! I'm Kammie and an avid romance reader. I love romance and having it in your life can help you get through the tough times. It's those small gestures, that kiss on the cheek, holding hands and the "I Love You' when you weren't expecting it kind of moments. Doesn't have to be anything big or cost a lot of money.

I'm not really a poet, but I wrote a special poem in honor of the day:

This Valentine's Day I would like to see
A big box of chocolates waiting there for me
A folded note inside with a vow of love
That continues for a lifetime and I never tire of
A meal prepared for the two of us to share
Not a care in the world and surely no despair
A long hot bath with bubbles in the tub
My hubby sitting there, doing the scrub
Dim the lights and it's only just begun
Soft music on and I'm ready for the fun.

(kammie2u at ameritech dot net)

Anonymous said...

I am a romantic. I love the simple things , the moon, the stars,playing in the rain or in a puddle of water. I love holding hands or sitting together with candlelight on just holding each other and listening to each other breathe or think. I love long walks and just simple things like cooking together, enjoying a cup of coffee. Funny, but sometimes it is even romantic reading to each other over the phone or reading things on the computer together when we are away from each other. Sometimes we find romance in traveling together on the computer. I dont know, love is funny and things can be so romantic if you make them that way.
Oh yes,I love romance. Lupita Holdiness (

Lil said...

I love romances and always have. Since I am happily married, if all simply continues to go well, I will never again experience that wonderful feeling of falling in love. Reading romance allows me the experience vicariously. How could I not love that? My address is littlelamblst(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Unknown said...

Awesome contest! Please enter me in the contest!

Anonymous said...

Hello I love to read romances because they are so creatively written and take one into a different world that is totally plausable.

As to romance itself it's what makes the world go round. Poets tout it and we all look for it in one form or another.

Rashmi said...

Romance is to the literary soul what chocolates are to the layman - pure, decadent, awesome indulgence! Something that blows away the blues each and every time. In other words - Magic!

Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Books and more books - what a heavenly Valentine's day gift, mmmm!

Unknown said...

My love affair with romance novels started out as a well kept secret. While majoring in English Literature in college, I was submerged in classic literature ranging from Chaucer to Maya Angelou. Young and naive, we considered romance novels to be "beneath us". However, on a visit to my dad's I picked up the only book around - my step-mother's romance novel- and began to read. I was so engrossed that I read it through in one sitting.

Then began my secret passion. The more I read, the more I loved. The historical references, fantasy world, strong female characters - it was like living in another world. I came to love romance novels so much I contemplated writing my own - but I could never get past the steamy scenes! Now I have put that on hold and am content to read the works of others. I have even introduced friends to the wonderful, exciting world of romance!

It is a passion I love to share and am no longer ashamed to prouldy declare "I [heart] romance novels". It is my boredom buster and my pick-me-up when I am down. I read them while I am cooking, bathing, lounging, and if I could do so while driving, I would probably do that too!

My address is melroseg2002[at]yahoo[dot]com

PS- thank you for doing what you do; the call of a good romance novel is sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane!

Asylumgirl said...

I love romance because it allows me to escape from the real world. No matter what genre you enjoy reading, you can find it within romance. Sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, historical.....they're all there to be discovered.

Romance stories just make you feel good. They remind you of all the tinglies you had when you were in the early stages of your own romances.


deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Tracy Preston - Romance Writer said...

Posting for someone who mistakenly left this on MySpace...

Hi there. I love romance because it makes me feel good inside when there's a happy ending. Or if the two people have to go through hard times to then end up happy and together in the end. Thats always the best. :) My names Breann Harvey (

kimmyl said...

I love the idea of romance and the feeling that goes along with it. Wether you're in love, reading a poem, or novel.

kimmyl said...

i forgot to leave my email addy.
Kimmy l

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

I think it's amazing how reading a romance novel can actually change you as a person. I have never forgotten the first romance novel I ever read.

I entered the contest a few weeks ago. My name is Charlene.

Cheryl said...

I love romance, especially reading romance, because it makes me feel special and loved.


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