"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  The Golden Heart “recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts”.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

The Paranormal Way

Would you like to take a trip to another place or time?  How about spending some time in an alternate universe?  Do you believe that there really are such things as vampires and shifters?  Do angels and demons really walk among us?  Maybe it's time to take a little walk on the paranormal side.  



When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...

Jewels of the SunSince yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to create a list of romances either set in Ireland or featuring Irish characters.  No one can deny the beauty and magic of the country, or the attractiveness of the accent.  Still feeling Irish?  Find a historical or contemporary Irish romance to read!


Make Me Laugh

 With the cold and dreary weather it is always nice to have something to lift your spirits.  What's better  than  reading a romance novel that tickles the funny bone?

Book Hunters in Brief #61: Fifty Shades of Grey

Ask ten random people what love is and you'll get some long awkward pauses before you get ten different answers. That is probably why so many of us spend so much of our lives looking for it. How are we supposed to find something when we can't say exactly what it is? It's like telling someone who has never seen a hippopotamus to find one in a pitch dark walk-in closet. He's going to bump into it quite a few times before he figures out that the big, smelly thing is what he's been looking for.

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