Opening five Special Titles Listings for submissions!

5heartsAfter a long, relaxing summer break we are very happy to be back and full of renewed energy. You can see that from the fact that we are opening no less than five of the Special Titles list, and hoping for many fascinating submissions from you. Remember, that you should only nominate the best of the best romances. We will be accepting submissions starting today, Monday, October 13, and ending at midnight on Sunday, October 26. Here are the five lists: Continue reading

A Special Titles Update!

One of the nicest parts of looking up newly nominated titles for a Special Titles Listing is discovering and rediscovering great books. This time around, we were struck by how many of the titles we had to research for the present list were actually perfect summer reading material. We came across exotic settings, sea travel, luxury lifestyles and an over-all fairy tale quality. Here are some of the new titles that we found especially interesting, sorted by the list they are part of. Check out all of the results here.sleeping-beauty_jpg Continue reading

We’ve Four New Special Title Lists!

SpecialToday we open up four more Special Title Lists for new submissions. And now that summer’s here, we thought it would be fun to focus on what for many, are guilty pleasure reads. So starting today, we’re looking for submissions to the following four lists: (1) Pirates, Vikings & Sheiks; (2) Royalty in Romance; (3) Fairy Tale Romances; and (4) Perfect First Wives. Continue reading

Books with Characters Who Read

tumblr_lcwupgBQRR1qb8ugro1_1280Last week I was walking past a used bookstore that had a number of books displayed on a shelf outside the store. One of the books – The Library by Sarah Stewart – caught my eye. I spent over 10 minutes thumbing through this children’s book (illustrated by David Small) and ultimately bought it. It’s now sitting on my coffee table where I can look at – and smile at – the cover featuring a young girl with her nose in a book dragging a wagon filled with books behind her. Continue reading

Seeking Submissions for Six Special Title Listings

1177597246_1024x768_book-of-a-wizard-wallpaperToday we open up six more Special Title Lists for new submissions. That’s right, we’re going all out with the following six lists as this will be our last major update until fall: (1) Green Romances; (2) Friendships; (3) Two-Hanky Reads; (4) Best Enemies; (5) The Limelight; and (6) Cross-Dressing & In Disguise.

We look forward to seeing your submissions for these lists starting today, Monday, May 12, and going for the next two weeks ending Sunday, May 25 at midnight. As a reminder, any additions to the list have to be: (1) the best of the best, (2) stand the test of time, and (3) actually fit the list for which they were submitted. Continue reading

AAR Mini-Polls: Which Should We Do Next?

1-1911-drawing-by-charles-dana-gibson-everettAAR reader response to the re-opening of the Mini-polls was robust and we are thrilled with the updated Western/Frontier romances.  With renewed spirits we turned our attention to the rest of the Mini-polls (see all the results here under “Top Ten Polls”).  We quickly realized that we would like your input as to which lists you would like to see updated next. To be honest, it’s been many years since these lists were started and some are definitely outdated, like the list from 2006 for the Top 10 E-books. And some of the lists seem to be in need of splitting (such as Paranormal and Time Travel Romances). Continue reading

And the results of your favorite Western/Frontier romances are in!

best-of-the-west-imageThanks to the many readers who voted for their favorite Western/Frontier Romances in our Mini-Poll.  We can definitely say that Ellen O’Connell is very popular with AAR readers and receives top honors for capturing the top three spots with a fourth title coming in fifth place. Ms. O’Connell’s Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold was the overwhelming favorite title, receiving over 60% more points than the second place title, Dancing on Coals (also by Ms. O’Connell). Continue reading

Some Titles Never Get Old

admin_1-asset-503651a71b465One of the great pleasures of revising AAR’s Special Titles Listings is the re-discovery of old books. A reader nominates a title, or I spot it already on the list while I am adding AAR grades, and I remember I have it on my shelves or on my e-reader. I need to look up the date of publication and hero’s full name anyway, so I pick it up and start browsing. Usually I drag myself away and continue working on the list, but more often than not, I pick up that particular book again in the evening and make it my next read. What a great way to reaquaint myself with my library! Continue reading

Reviving the AAR Mini-Polls: Your Top 10 Favorite Frontier/Western Romances

Back last fall when we were feeling inundated with the Top 100 Poll, several readers asked if we would consider reviving the AAR Mini-Polls, or “Top Ten Polls.” Our rather quick response was, “we’ll think about it, but need to get through the Top 100 Poll and then deal with the Annual Poll in January.” Since two of us (LinnieGayl and Cindy) also update the Special Title Lists with Rike, it seemed rather daunting. But a number of months have gone by and we’ve decided to give reviving the mini-polls a try.

sexy cowboyWe’ve decided to start this month with updating the mini-poll for your top 10 favorite frontier or western romances. Why did we decide to pick this poll as our first to update? Well, it was last updated in October of 2007, nearly seven years ago. That’s seven long years when there have surely been some outstanding frontier or western romances published. Our write-up of the results of that poll can be found here. But more importantly, when the results of the Top 100 poll were released this past fall, a number of readers decried the lack of frontier and western romances in the top 100 (and actually in the top 200). So this is your chance; what are your favorite frontier and western romances of all time? Continue reading