Romance

Self-Pub Success

on dublin streetI am not only an extreme book nerd, I am also a book publishing news junkie.  I've been particularly addicted lately, when the latest book publishing trends have such a huge impact on libraries.  One trend that I find fascinating is the change that's taken place in self-publishing over the last few years.  We've come a very long way from the days when John Grisham self-published A Time to Kill and sold it out of the back of his car. 

This trend is most visible in the romance genre, spurred on by the success of ebooks and blockbuster breakthroughs like E.L. James.  Many self-published ebooks that become popular are purchased by traditional publishers and made available in print.  The titles and authors listed below have either had their beginnings in self-publishing or the authors have decided to make a break with traditional publishing, at least for some titles, and give the new business model a try. 

New Romance and Chick Lit Reads for Teens

Heart doodle by Chris OlsonWith February and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to feature some new chick lit and romantic reads.  What are your favorite teen romance titles?

 

 

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen


This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous and popular work, Pride and Prejudice.  Sold to a publisher for just £110, the novel has now sold more than 20 million copies and spawned numerous film adaptations.  Since 1995, the year actor Colin Firth jumped in to the lake in the BBC adaptation, love of the novel and the character of Mr. Darcy has been at a fever pitch, and numerous unauthorized sequels and retellings, mostly focusing on Mr. Darcy, have been written for lovers of Austen and Pride and Prejudice to enjoy.  Austen’s work continues to be incredibly popular and hugely influential on modern romance novels, and Mr. Darcy continues to be, for many, the perfect romance hero.

 

Maya Banks Does It Again!

I love Maya Banks’ books and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at her newest in The Montgomery’s and Armstrong’s series, Highlander Most Wanted, and it did not disappoint.

Best Reads of 2012

One of my favorite things to do at the end of every year is to read everyone’s best and worst lists.   This year, I thought I would join in with my own list of the best romances of 2012. As to the worst in romance, well, the less said the better.  Because I read so many older titles, this list is not limited to those published in this calendar year, but includes books written in any year that I read during 2012.  What was your favorite romance of 2012?

Making My List And Checking It Twice

Every year I love to watch the same holiday movies over and over again.  It is fun to revisit because they feel like old friends.  I don't do this with holiday romance novels.  I wonder why.  This year I am going to.  I have already made my list and I have checked it twice.  Any other good ones that I have missed?

Baby, It's Cold Outside

deep kiss of winterOkay, it's actually been kind of cold for a couple of days in Houston, Texas and many of us have been enjoying the chill before we start wearing our shorts again.  I think that people who have always lived in warm climates romanticize snow and wintry temperatures, with pictures of fireplaces, snowmen and hot chocolate dancing in our heads, instead of snow tires, shovels and bursting pipes.  While safely ensconced in our temperate zone, what's the harm in that?

What Should I Read Next?

Woman with computerWondering what to read next?  Sign up for HCPL’s email newsletter service!  A monthly romance newsletter is available through our new NextReads service.  Featuring new and recently released titles in historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, this is a great service for those looking for the latest and greatest in romance. You can even check the library catalog from the newsletter!  And, as always, for more personalized recommendations, try our BookHunter service.

 

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover? Oh Come On!

I don’t know about you but I really don’t get the cover art for most romance books.  Have you ever found yourself hiding the cover?  Bending it over so no one can see it?  I’ve read many books were there was more happening on the cover then in the pages.   But….. maybe that’s just me.   I really like some of the new covers I have been seeing.  What do you think?   Do you prefer something a little more demure like me or something spicy?

 

Support Your Local Romance Writer

wanted undead or aliveWe hear a great deal nowadays about buying local and eating local, but what about reading local?  I was preparing a presentation about hosting an author visit and it made me think about the talented and wide-ranging crop of local writers available in the romance genre. 

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