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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:

The Fastest Way to a Man’s Heart

FoodThe popularity of culinary mystery authors such as Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke has often made me wonder if similar themes were popular in romance.  The drama of working in a restaurant kitchen or the romance of having that special someone cook a meal for you makes a food theme ideal for all kinds of romance novels.  To my surprise, there were many romances in our collection that either featured chefs, bakers or restaurant owners of both genders (and even vampires!)  So if you’re

So What Do You Do For A Living?

Wanted: BodyguardWhile reading the blog GalleyCat, I found the results of an interesting study done on Harlequin romances.  For their book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, researchers Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam studied over 15,000 romances to find out the most popular professions of romance novel heroes. Here is the list:


Love Outside the Classroom

apple and booksFrom the governess in Jane Eyre to the rural schoolteacher in Christy, teaching, like librarianship, has always been a common profession for romance heroines.  The tradition continues with modern day women in the teaching profession, and in historical romances where the governess character falling in love with the master of the house plot has never lost its popularity.  Some of romance’s best books feature teachers, so request a title today!

2011 RITA Winners Announced

The Iron KingA few weeks ago, I blogged about the nominees for the Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA© awards.  The winners have been announced, and they include many of romance’s best and most popular authors. While not all of my favorites took home awards, I look forward to reading the winning titles and hopefully discovering new favorite authors.  Did any of your favorite authors win?


2011 RITA© Winners: 

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 or rumor mill.  Even though their relationships begin because of outside pressure, love always follows.   So pick up a scandalous read today!

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!

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