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RITA Nominees

The Mischief of the MistletoeIt’s RITA© nomination time again!  The Romance Writers of America have announced the nominees for the best in 2010 romance.    Over 1100 published books were judged and the best will compete to win in 12 different categories, from inspirational to young adult to regency to paranormal.  Winners will be announced July 1st at the annual RWA conference, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the awards.

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


Isn’t It Scandalous?

girl whisperingLast night I finished reading Jane, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre by April Lindner.  In that novel, the Rochester character, now a rock star, uses exposure to the press and the resulting scandal to justify (spoiler alert!) keeping his first wife locked in the attic after she becomes mentally ill.  It struck me how often scandal is used as a way to move the plot forward in a romance.  In historicals, the young regency miss is often forced to marry after being compromised by the hero.  In contemporaries, modern day characters (usually celebrities or public figures) are forced into a relationship by the press o...

Somewhere in Time

Knight in Shining ArmorOne of the first romance novels I read was Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, and ever since I have enjoyed time travel romances.  Stories where characters traverse time itself to be with the person they love are always especially poignant, and a person outside their own time sets up lots of opportunities for comedy as well.  So whether you enjoy reading about a heroine trying to adapt to a time with no electricity (or indoor plumbing!) or a hero attempting to drive a car instead of riding a horse, we have a book for you!...

Don't Miss Out on Jennifer Crusie

Fast WomenSince I began working with Book Hunters, I have found that there are certain authors that I would recommend to almost any romance reader.   Jennifer Cruisie is one of those authors.   She writes wonderful comedic romances, full of quirky characters with upbeat and sometimes suspenseful plots.  She is also one of the most impassioned defenders of the romance genre (read her defense here.)  So if you haven’t read one of her books, try one today!


New Year, New Books

How To Woo a Reluctant LadyJanuary has come and gone, and it was an exciting month for romance readers.  Many major authors released books during the month of January, including the last book in Karen Marie Moning’s extremely popular paranormal series.  No matter what type of romance you prefer, there is a new book for you.  Request your copy of a new title today!

New January Books:


ESL Tutor Training

ESL tutoringThe library is offering a training class for volunteers interested in tutoring immigrants in English on Saturday, January 22 from 9am to 3pm. No experience is needed and it is not necessary to speak another language. We need volunteers who are fluent in English and would be willing to share a few hours a week to help someone learn or improve their English.

For more information or to register please call 832-559-4200.


Flickr CC: Matching tutors with learners Photo by: Newton Free Library


Readers Choose Best in Romance

Devil in WinterAll About Romance, one of my favorite romance websites, just released an updated list of the 100 best romance novels. The books were chosen by romance readers, and include everything from the classic romances of Jane Austen to the paranormal romances of J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole. The author with the most books included, Lisa Kleypas, has an amazing 15 books on the list; first runner up, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, has 9. Many of my personal favorite novels and authors made the cut. Some highlights for me are:


Beyond Twilight: YA Books for Romance Readers

Audrey, Wait!Young adult novels aren’t just for teens anymore! If the popularity of Twilight has proved anything, it’s that stories of first love appeal to readers in all age groups. Whether it’s the epic romance included in a fantasy novel, or a simple story of boy meets girl next door, young adult books can provide great stories to romance readers of all types and ages. 


Jennifer’s List of Great YA Romance Reads:  



Grief & Stress During the Holidays

stressed womanAren’t the holidays supposed to be the best time of the year?

Too stressed to enjoy the holidays? Feeling the loss of a loved one around holiday times? Come learn how to cope and take care of yourself and others this holiday season. Join us at Tomball Library on Tuesday, October 26th at 1pm for this free program and refreshments. This program is presented by Hospice Care of the Southwest. For more information or to register for this program, please call the library at (832) 559-4200.



There's Something About Jane

Woman drinking from Mr Darcy coffee mugJane Austen seems to get more and more popular each year. Whether it’s a new film based on one of her novels or a new adaptation that adds zombie violence to a comedy of manners, the six novels she wrote are constantly being adapted and reinvented. I’m constantly on the lookout for authors with a similar style or who can write a good sequel to one of her existing novels. While there’s no one quite like Jane, some of these authors come pretty close so check them out!

Original works similar to Jane’s novels:

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