Romance

The Raines of Wind Canyon

 Kat Martin has been a favorite of mine for a long time. The Raines of Wind Canyon is a terrific series of romantic suspense stories plus  they are pretty steamy at times.  I really like her writing style, she is easy to read and her stories pull me in from the start.  Everything flows really well.  I like spending my time with her characters, and I miss them when they’re gone.  Against the Edge, the newest in this series, will be released at the end of April. It does not disappoint.  Ben and Claire are on the hunt for Ben’s child Sam, who has been abducted by some not-so-nice guys. The twists and turns and ups and downs make for another fun ride.  You have time to catch up on other titles in this series while you wait.

Who's Your Book Boyfriend?

shadowfeverI was talking with a friend the other day, and I'm not really sure how this came up, but she said that Jericho Barrons would always be her imaginary boyfriend.  I'm sure her real husband doesn't have a problem with that.  It would be a rare woman who did not think that Barrons was uniquely appealing, but I find that I am a much more fickle reader.

New Books!

When She Said I DoThe New Year has barely begun and there have already been great new releases in romance!  Authors with recently released titles include everyone from historical romance author Teresa Medeiros to inspirational author Colleen Coble.    So no matter what type of romance you like to read, we have a book for you.  Check out a new title today!

Three - The Perfect Number

I really like to read trilogies. When I find a story I can fall into I want it to last longer than just one book, but my attention span pretty much stops after three.  For me three books is just the right amount of time to spend with the story, and then I am ready for something new to captivate me.  I prefer to find the stories when they are already complete.  If I have to wait for the next one to be published it drives me crazy.  Here are some of my favorite trilogies that are complete and ready for your reading pleasure:

Nora Roberts is the queen of trilogies

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?

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