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RITA Nominees

It Had to be YouEvery year, I write a blog about the nominees for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA© Awards, and it’s that time again.  For those that are unfamiliar, these awards are given in 9 different categories (historical, inspirational, paranormal, etc.)  to the best of romance published in 2013.  There have been many changes this year, from the elimination of the novel with strong romantic elements category to the inclusion of an erotic romance category.  Despite these changes, many wonderful authors and novels are nominated this year, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the prize.  Awards will be given out on July 26th; be sure to check back here for the complete list of w...

Best Reads of 2013

Open booksSince one of my favorite things to do at the end of one year and the beginning of the next is read best of lists, I decided to contribute my own list of the 10 best romances I read in 2013.  Some were new novels by my favorite romance authors, and some were by authors new to me that I will be reading more of in the future.  They cover a wide variety of sub-genres in romance including, for the first time, new adult, and novels with strong romantic elements.  What was your favorite romance of 2013?

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Sparkling Holiday Romances

Christmas ornamentsIt seems like every year the holiday season starts just a bit earlier.  Christmas trees go up, holiday music playing in all the stores, and the shopping season starts practically before Thanksgiving.  With the early start, getting into the spirit of the season can be difficult.  If this is the case, why not try a holiday romance?  No matter the type of romance you prefer, holiday books are available for your enjoyment.  Check out a book today!


All the titles listed were released this year, so if you like holiday romances you’re sure to find something to read.  Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Funny Paranormal Romances

Single White VampireOften paranormal romances focus on the dark and mysterious, with brooding heroes and hard as nails heroines.  But what about those who enjoy reading the lighter side of paranormal?  Fortunately, many authors writing paranormal romances today are including a healthy dose of humor in their stories and less drama and angst.


In the mood for some comedy with your vampires and werewolves? Request one of these books today!

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2013 RITA© Award Winners

heart made form book pagesThe winners of the 2013 RITA© Awards for excellence in the romance genre were announced this July.  Award recipients in all eleven categories represent the best in published romance for the year 2012, as judged by published romance authors. One of my favorite books of last year, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, took home two awards.  Did your favorite books take home the prize?

 

2013 Winners List:

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What's In a Name?

Nora Roberts as J.D. RobbIn the grand tradition of authors such as Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a myste...

Me, Myself and I

All I Ever WantedI have always enjoyed first person romances, ever since reading Jane Eyre many years ago.  Although they do have their drawbacks, namely that you follow only one character through the whole novel, they give great insight into the mind of the main character.  Though still fairly unusual in historical romance, a host of new contemporary romance titles written in first person have popped up over the last few years.  What was once rare is now downright trendy!  What are your favorite first-person novels?

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Sister (or Brother) Act

Simply IrresistibleI’ve just finished the first three books in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series, which focuses on three sisters opening an inn left to them by their mother in the small town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.  Romance series seem to frequently focus on siblings, with each sibling having their own book.   One of my first experiences with this common phenomenon was the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, which spanned 8(!) books. These kinds of series are a great way to introduce the future heroines and heroes of romances, and leave the reader anticipating every new title. Although you would think that it would be expensive for the family to have so many weddings so close together.

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New Books!

When She Said I DoThe New Year has barely begun and there have already been great new releases in romance!  Authors with recently released titles include everyone from historical romance author Teresa Medeiros to inspirational author Colleen Coble.    So no matter what type of romance you like to read, we have a book for you.  Check out a new title today!

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200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen


This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous and popular work, Pride and Prejudice.  Sold to a publisher for just £110, the novel has now sold more than 20 million copies and spawned numerous film adaptations.  Since 1995, the year actor Colin Firth jumped in to the lake in the BBC adaptation, love of the novel and the character of Mr. Darcy has been at...

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