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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!

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:

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