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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:

New Books for a New Year

LothaireCelebrate the New Year with a new title!   HCPL has many new and upcoming romances that you can place on hold before they hit our shelves.  Personally, I’m really looking forward to Shannon Hale’s Austenland sequel, and I know many paranormal readers who can’t wait for the new Kresley Cole.  What are you most excited about reading?

 

New December & January Titles:

Reads for a Holiday Merry and Bright

Christmas ornamentEvery year our library does a display of holiday books, and every year these books practically fly off the shelves.  Reading holiday titles help many people (including myself) get into the holiday spirit as we do the many things necessary to prepare for the season.   Holiday romances are always plentiful on the display and in the library, and there really is something for every romance reader, no matter the subgenre you prefer.  So if you are in the mood for novels full of merriment and families, both old and new, coming together, check out a title today.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Recent Holiday Titles:

I Spy

Secret History of the Pink CarnationThe upcoming releases of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol have turned my mind to spies in fiction and film.   Over the years, I have enjoyed many romance novels featuring spies, both male and female.  Spies in romantic fiction are extremely common in both historical and contemporary novels, so whether your fancy is a regency lord hunting a French double agent or a CIA officer infiltrating a terror cell or drug cartel, we have a spy romance for you!


Great Spy Romances, Historical and Contemporary:

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