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That's Inspired!

Deep in the Heart of TroubleThe popularity of inspirational romance is booming as many romance readers are turning to books that have a wholesome and religious tone.  Not just stories of the Amish anymore, (although they are still extremely popular) inspirational romance has branched out into many major romance categories such as romantic suspense and chick-lit. Harlequin© has even become a publisher of inspirational fiction with their Love Inspired line.  No matter what you love, if you are looking for a clean and spiritual romance, try one of the authors below!

2012 RITA Winners Announced

RITA awardsLast month the winners of romance’s biggest award, the RITA©, were announced.  The award recipients in these 12 categories, taken from more than one hundred finalists, represent the best of published romance for the year 2011.  I look forward to reading the winning novels, as they include several authors I have not read before as well as some of my old favorites.  Did any of your favorites win?



2012 RITA© Award Winners:

What Are You Reading Next?

Pile of BooksEvery reader has a TBR (To Be Read) list, even if they don’t call it that.  From new titles to titles you missed when they were new, it is a list of books you fully intend to read at some point, whether now or two years from now.  Priority on the list can change when the mood strikes, leading you to read all of the books by a certain author or every historical romance set in New England you can get your hands on.    I find that no matter how many books I read, the list of titles I want to read just keeps growing.  Check out these titles from my own TBR list, and leave a comment with titles from your own!

From Jennifer’s TBR List:

Team Peeta or Team Gale: More YA Books for Romance Readers

Anna and the French KissThe popularity of young adult novels continues to grow with adult readers.  Since I last wrote on this topic, many novels of interest to adult romance readers have been released, including some of my own personal favorites.  Although many are not strictly romances, they (like the novel The Hunger Games mentioned in the title) feature romantic entanglements along with the action, adventure or fantasy elements.  If you love teen romances, check one out today!


YA Reads:

Have You Heard About OneClickDigital?

headphonesGreat news for eAudio listeners! Items in HCPL’s new eAudio collection, OneClickDigital, are now available for checkout.  A quick glance at the catalog shows 289 romance titles by popular historical, contemporary and paranormal romance authors.  Some of my favorites available in the catalog include Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, The Pursuit of Marriage by Victoria Alexander and Cutting Loose by Susan Anderson.  Items can be checked out for up to 14 days, and most are currently available for unlimited checkouts (no hold lists, yay!). For more information about OneClickDigital, see this post, and don’t forget to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program.  Audiobooks count toward your goal!

Has Romance, but Not a Romance

Silent in the GraveI read many genres, and I find that even when I am not reading a romance novel I appreciate a romantic subplot in a book.  Many novels in the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and women’s fiction genres do include elements of romance, although the romance is not the focus of the plot.  The Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards even include a category for this: Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.  Although these novels lack the typical plotlines (and covers) of a romance novel, they should please romance readers looking for something a little different without branching out too far.  Request one today!

RITA Nominees

Love on the LineEvery 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 12 different categories (historical, inspirational, paranormal, etc.)  to the best of romance published in 2011.  Some of my favorite authors are nominated this year, and it will be interesting to see who takes home the prize.  Awards will be given out on July 28th; be sure to check back here for the complete list of winners.

The full list of nominees can be found here, but here are some of my favorites:

Full Steam Ahead

SteamedOne of the biggest new trends in fiction is steampunk, a sub-genre of fantasy and science fiction.  Important elements of the genre include steam power (which usually means a historical setting), technology ahead of its time, and some elements of alternate history and fantasy.  Steampunk is often set in Victorian England, but because of the alternate history elements romance heroines need not be protected society misses and the world around them can be close to reality or whatever the author can imagine.  Steampunk is perfect for readers who love both fantasy and romance or for historical romance readers looking for something different.  If you are looking for something different and creative, try a steampunk romance!


Lights, Camera, Action!

Greeting from Hollywood signLike many people around the world, I spent last Sunday evening watching the Academy Awards with friends.  I often question the winners, but I love the celebration of filmmaking and the glamour of the celebrities that attend. (Personally, I think Angelina Jolie’s right leg stole the show this year.)  The same love I have for movies and theater extends to romances featuring actors.  They feature talented and creative personalities, and it’s interesting to see how the perception of actors has gone from low class in historicals to the most sought after and famous people in the world in contemporaries.

Need More Football?

Football FieldFootball season might be over for now, but if you love sports romance any time of year is a great time to read a football romance.  Surprisingly, there are not as many football romances as one might expect when compared to hockey or NASCAR, but HCPL has many romances that feature current or former NFL players.   If your type of hero is a professional athlete, give a football romance a try!

Popular Football Titles:

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