Book Hunters in Brief #139: Romance

You can still find plenty of people who look down their noses at people who read genre fiction, and particularly those who read romance, but, more and more these days, when they do, they find those same romance readers looking down their noses at them. Romance fiction's explosion in popularity has allowed writers and publishers to roll out a wildly diverse array of subgenres from chaste Amish romance to all manner of erotic romance.

This week, Book Hunters in Brief brings you a small sampling of some favorite romance fiction.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Book Hunters in Brief #112: Starcrossed Lovers

Not only is there something in a story of starcrossed love that sparks a special wire in the circuitry of most human brains, there is something in that kind of love itself that makes it a little more passionate, a little more urgent, a little

Romantic Teen Reads

romantic reads for teensWhether you’re looking for something swoon-worthy and realistic or a blend of romance, fantasy or science fiction, consider picking up one of these terrific reads.

Goodreads Choice Awards: Romance

Voting began this week for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards.  Opening round voting ends on Sunday, 11/8, so if you’d like to cast your vote in the Romance category get over to Goodreads now.  Semifinal Round voting is November 10-15 and Final Round Voting is November 17-23.  You don't get to vote for the RITA award, so here is your opportunity to vote for your favorite romance book from 2015!


"The Promise" of Romance

Last Thursday was the kick-off for Gulf Coast Reads 2015, which means people all across the Gulf Coast region are reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Promise, a historical fiction novel largely set in Galveston during the time leading up to the deadly 1900 hurricane.  Here are some titles to feed your appetite for historical romance after finishing The Promise.

Go West Young Woman

Check out these romances that feature heroines traveling out west, choosing to become mail-order brides, shotgun weddings and marriages of convenience. 

2015 RITA & Golden Heart Awards

On Saturday, July 25th, the 2015 RITA & Golden Heart Award winners were announced at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference in New York. 

For those of you not familiar with these awards, the RITA “recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas”.  The Golden Heart “recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts”.  You can learn more about these awards, including past winners, from the RWA website.

Romance Among the Artificacts

I discovered Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries, through a discussion on the Facebook page of author Penny Reid.  I have to admit that as a librarian with an undergraduate degree in history, the fact that the main character is a librarian who works in special collections is what initially drew my interest.  Once I started reading and found out the book was set in Houston, what’s more, a fictionalized version of my undergraduate alma mate

L'amour et le Chocolat

Biance Moraes FlickrFirst of all I apologize to any French speakers if I totally butchered that title - blame Google Translate!  I felt that I needed to lead with French when discussing Laura Florand, one of my favorite romance authors.

Recently Added Favorite!

I’m so excited because we’ve just added books from one of my favorite authors, Penny Reid, to the library’s collection.  Penny wrote her first book,

New Adult Fiction

I just finished a new adult book called Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine.  What is new adult you ask?  The somewhat controversial “n

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