Romance

Funny Paranormal Romances

Single White VampireOften paranormal romances focus on the dark and mysterious, with brooding heroes and hard as nails heroines.  But what about those who enjoy reading the lighter side of paranormal?  Fortunately, many authors writing paranormal romances today are including a healthy dose of humor in their stories and less drama and angst.


In the mood for some comedy with your vampires and werewolves? Request one of these books today!

Try Some New Romantic Suspense Using eSelect

Have you had a chance to check out our new eSelect?  This is our newest eBook collection and we buy them directly from independent authors and publishers.  A really great feature is that you can check them out right from the library catalog and they show up in your main library account.  There is a lot to choose from.   I really like romantic suspense novels so I thought I’d share a few with you. Give them a try and let me know what you think

New Adult Romance at the Library

beautiful disasterHave you noticed the sudden increase in the number and popularity of books about people who are no longer high schoolers, but not quite grown-ups?  It has been such a publishing phenomenon that those of us who like to categorize things came up with a genre label -- New Adult.  Usually these books feature main characters between 18 and 25, just discovering who they are and what they might want out of life.  

I could no longer even be considered a new-ish adult, but I have tried and enjoyed a few of these titles.  They are usually dramatic and intense, most dealing with overcoming a serious trauma or circumstance and becoming involved in a tumultuous relationship.

2013 RITA© Award Winners

heart made form book pagesThe winners of the 2013 RITA© Awards for excellence in the romance genre were announced this July.  Award recipients in all eleven categories represent the best in published romance for the year 2012, as judged by published romance authors. One of my favorite books of last year, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, took home two awards.  Did your favorite books take home the prize?

 

2013 Winners List:

Down London Road

One of my new favorite authors is Samantha Young.  She is a New York Times bestseller from Stirlingshire, Scotland.  I read a review of her book Down London Road and decided to give it a try.  The story had me from page one, her writing is so smooth.  I loved her characters, they really seem to honestly care about each other. I enjoyed spending time with them.  Her story was just plain fun to read.

Short and Sweet

governess affairI'm going to just come right out and admit it -- I am a fan of the novella.  There are some nights I come home tired and simply want to relax and read a book I can finish before I go to bed.  It seems like novellas have been experiencing a boom in popularity lately, particularly in eBook format.  Some are part of a theme, stories based on a holiday or a love of pets, for example.  Some bookend a series, giving a glimpse into the beginning or the end of a story.  Some occupy the same world as a popular series, but completely stand on their own.  So, there's bound to be something to appeal to your reading tastes and limited schedule.

What's In a Name?

Nora Roberts as J.D. RobbIn the grand tradition of authors such as Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a mystery novel using the pen name Robert Galbraith.  Authors use pseudonyms for a variety of reasons, including having an extremely common name, wanting to publish books in multiple genres without audience expectations or just to preserve their anonymity. Some pseudonyms are common knowledge. Most people know that Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb are the same person, but many authors are not so open, which can cause readers to miss books from much beloved authors because they are not in the know.  Here are the romance authors I’ve found who use pen names to write other novels, some romance and some used for non-romances.  Which authors are not on the list?

 

What is next on your list?

What are you reading this summer?  Do you have some titles tucked away in gleeful anticipation of curling up in a quiet spot and loosing yourself for a long while?  No matter your location I hope you have books, lots of them.  At all times I have multiple books going.  I’m always listening to one in my car and have several stashed in different locations so I am covered no matter where I am.   It takes a lot of books to feed this hobby of mine.  I tell my husband I have to read for professional development, but  I don’t think he really buys it.  This summer I have been listening to Linda Howard’s novels in my car, I don’t care which story you pick they are all fantastic.  I recently read a new for me author, Lauren Dane, who just sizzles!   I read her Brown Siblings series and believe me I will be reading more of her stories.   I also just finished reading Kat Martin’s Raines of Wind C

Sailing the Iron Seas

rivetedWhile I'm waiting in line for a copy of Riveted by Meljean Brook, I decided to re-read the first two full length books in the Iron Seas series, The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel.  This created a spectacular episode of binge reading.  I discovered that, in addition to the two titles mentioned, there are several novellas set in this incredibly imaginative world, where the reader will experience recognizable bits of history and Europe paired with airships and zombies and people made up of fantastic mechanical bits.  Of course, I had to read those, too.

Me, Myself and I

All I Ever WantedI have always enjoyed first person romances, ever since reading Jane Eyre many years ago.  Although they do have their drawbacks, namely that you follow only one character through the whole novel, they give great insight into the mind of the main character.  Though still fairly unusual in historical romance, a host of new contemporary romance titles written in first person have popped up over the last few years.  What was once rare is now downright trendy!  What are your favorite first-person novels?

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