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So Long, Sookie, Goodbye!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

deadeverafter There are very few book series that have had me anticipating the release date of the next book with tremendous excitement. The Harry Potter books, George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series have all made me want to pack my bags, throw in the extra toothbrush and move in with the characters for the duration. Three years ago, another series made my list: Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. Sookie Stackhouse had me at, “I’m a waitress.” I actually watched the first two seasons of True Blood back to back before picking up the first book in the series. Of course then my bank account took a small hit as I ordered all of the books then in print – in hardback. My husband and two daughters have been just as enthralled with Sookie and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana as I have, so when the 13th and final book in the series, Dead Ever After, hits the stands on May 7, we may have to draw straws to see who gets to read it first. I plan on rigging that game. (more…)

Eagerly Awaited April Books

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Looking over the list of books on sale in April, I think it’s fair to say that we’re thrilled to see the new Julie James and Lauren Willig releases on the list. In addition, we’ve had several new reviewers join us over the past month and this is their first time turning in their reading picks. Hopefully, you’ll be able to start following their reading choices and get some ideas. We have reviewers who read across a wide variety of subgenres, so chances are at least one of us has reading tastes similar to yours! What are you looking forward to reading in April?

Title and Author Reviewer
Love Irresistibly by Julie James Love Irresistibly by Julie James Jane, Lea, Dabney, Heather S., Maggie, Leigh, Wendy, Mary, Caroline
The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig Lynn, LinnieGayl, Lee, Jane, Rike
Let it Be Me by Kate Noble Let It Be Me by Kate Noble Blythe, Jean, Lee, Caroline
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward Lover at Last by J.R. Ward Heather S., Louise, Cindy, Jenna
Walking Disaster by Jamie MacGuire Walking Disaster by Jamie MacGuire Wendy, Louise, Pat
A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde Leigh, LinnieGayl, Lee
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr The Wanderer by Robyn Carr Pat, Heather S., Leigh
The First Move by Jennifer Lohmann The First Move by Jennifer Lohmann Dabney, Lynn
Twice tempted by Jeaniene Frost Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost Lea, Louise
The Handbook to Handling His Lordship by Susanne Enoch The Handbook to Handling His Lordship by Suzanne Enoch Lee, Caz
Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby Lee,Caroline
The Love Shcak by Christie Ridgway The Love Shack by Christie Ridgway Mary
'Til Death by Sharon Sala ‘Til Death by Sharon Sala Leigh
The Rake to Redeem Her by Julia Justiss The Rake to Redeem Her by Julia Justiss Rike
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol Lynn
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong The Rising by Kelley Armstrong Maggie
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax Leigh
Darius by Grace Burrowes Darius by Grace Burrowes Caz
Rebel by Kristina Douglas Rebel by Kristina Douglas Cindy
Talk of the Town by Beth Andrews Talk of the Town by Beth Andrews Rike
Once Tempted by Laura Moore Once Tempted by Laura Moore Leigh
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell Heather S.
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes Lee
Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison Louise
A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller A Wanted Man (reissue) by Linda Lael Miller Pat
Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis Strong and Sexy(reissue) by Jill Shalvis Caroline

Eagerly Awaited March Books

Friday, February 8th, 2013

There’s something so hopeful about spring. The holiday craziness is past, and the reading lists are starting to fall into a promising shape (one hopes). All of us here at AAR found books on the March list that we are eagerly awaiting. Actually, after devouring Simone St. James’ fabulous The Haunting of Maddy Clare last year, I now have one book on this month’s list that I’m downright impatiently awaiting. What do you want to read as we head into spring?

Title and Author Reviewer
Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt Jane, Lea, Lee, Pat
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins The Best Man by Kristan Higgins Lea, Maggie, Heather S., Jane
An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James Lynn, Lee, Maggie
Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb Blythe, Maggie, Jane
The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon LinnieGayl, Leigh
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs Heather S., Maggie
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan Louise, Lynn
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear Maggie, LinnieGayl
The Conquest of Lady Cassandra by Madeline Hunter The Conquest of Lady Cassandra by Madeline Hunter Lee
Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell Lynn
Maybe This Time by Joan Kilby Maybe This Time by Joan Kilby Dabney
Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson Pat
The India Fan by Victoria Holt The India Fan(reissue) by Victoria Holt Lynn
Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh Wild Invitation:A Psy/Changeling Anthology by Nalini Singh Leigh
Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke Lee
A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett Dabney
Her Knight's Quest by Alexis Morgan Her Knight’s Quest by Alexis Morgan Louise
One Less Lonely Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle One Less Lonely Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle Pat
What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston Lynn
Night Resurrected by Joss Ware Night Resurrected by Joss Ware Heather S.
A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes Dabney
The Mistress Memoirs by Jillian Hunter The Mistress Memoirs by Jillian Hunter Lee
Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter Louise

Speaking of Audiobooks: Historical Romance Audio News

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

It looks like 2013 will be one of the best years yet for historical romance listening with many popular print books finally scheduled for audio release.

Julie Garwood
It starts this month with the release of Julie Garwood’s The Secret, a book that has made every AAR Top 100 Romances Poll since it started in 1998. It’s classic Julie Garwood and one many recall from their early days of romance reading with its original 1992 publication date. And it is being narrated by one of my favorites for historical romance – Susan Duerden.

Brilliance has scheduled the majority of Garwood’s backlist (that is not already in audio format) for release in 2013. A month ago, we saw the release of Prince Charming (Rosalyn Landor) with projected release dates for: (more…)

Eagerly Awaiting in November

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Some months I’m struck by how in sync our reading tastes seem to be here at AAR, and then other months, I’m reminded of how diverse our interests can be. November seems to be one of the latter sorts of months. Quite a few of us are Sarah Mayberry fans, but beyond that, our picks seem to be all over the map this month. I’m almost getting new reading ideas just putting the list together! So, what do you want to read next month?

Title and Author Reviewer
Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry Suddenly You by Sarah Mayberry Rike, Lynn, Leigh, Dabney, Pat
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr Maggie, Heather S., Pat, Leigh
Scorched by Laura Griffin Scorched by Laura Griffin Lynn,Lee
Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis Dabney, Heather S.
A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long Blythe,Lee
Spellfire by Jessica Andersen Spellfire by Jessica Andersen Heather S., Louise
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen LinnieGayl
Colorado Heart by Cindy Holby Colorado Heart by Cindy Holby Pat
Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison Louise
A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano Maggie
Come Fly With Me by Addison Fox Come Fly With Me by Addison Fox Lee
Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn Still Life With Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn Leigh
Snowbound Wedding Wishes anthology Snowbound Wedding Wishes by Louise Allen, Lucy Ashford, and Joanna Fulford Lynn
A Gentleman Never Tells by Juliana Grey A Gentleman Never Tells by Juliana Gray Lee
Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell Heather S.
Wyoming Fierce by Diana Palmer Wyoming Fierce by Diana Palmer Pat
Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank Louise
Polterheist by Laura Resnick Polterheist by Laura Resnick Rike
An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser Lynn
Her Mother's Shadow by Diane Chamberlain Her Mother’s Shadow by Diane Chamberlain Leigh
The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann Maggie
Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione Louise
Heart of a Texan by Leigh Greenwood Heart of a Texan by Leigh Greenwood Pat

News and Musings

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Sometimes, instead of one long blog post, I find myself with lots of smaller things I want to share. Today is one of those days.
- Earlier this week, I read an interesting piece in Forbes comparing Harlequin with Harvard Business Publishing. What could they have in common? Well, according to Nick Morgan, both have put lots of time and effort into community building. There are folks that just buy the occasional book here and there, but the most dedicated readers I know love to talk about books, so I’m all for having communities where we can do that. Reader-oriented sites and publisher sites obviously offer different things, but I know I’ve visited both and I suspect many readers have as well. Personally, I first discovered the online book world just as I was emerging from the free time-less fog known as law school and I’ve so enjoyed the people and ideas I’ve encountered there. Things have evolved a lot, particularly in the past few years, and I’ll be curious to see where publishers go in their community building. I think Harlequin has a headstart on most, but I see others getting into it as well, with blogs, Facebook pages and sites such as Heroes and Heartbreakers.
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Eagerly Awaited October Books

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s still warm as I write this, so it’s a little difficult to think about fall. The list of October new releases makes it a little easier, though. I think it’s safe to say that many of us are eagerly awaiting the release of Sherry Thomas’ newest novel to complete the Fitzhugh trilogy. In addition to this historical, we’re also keeping our eyes peeled for a number of other books. What do you want to read this fall?

Title and Author Reviewer
Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas Blythe, Sandy, Lynn, Rike, Lee, Elizabeth C.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton Lynn, Dabney
Rapture by J.R.Ward Rapture by J.R. Ward Jean,Heather S.
The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne Leigh, Lee
All Things New by Lynn Austin All Things New by Lynn Austin Maggie,Lynn
Mischief and Mistletoe anthology Mischief and Mistletoe by Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, and Susan Fraser King Lee, Rike
Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson Maggie
Two Wrongs Make a Marraige by Christine Merrill Two Wrongs Make a Marriage by Christine Merrill Rike
The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens Lynn
The Woman who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde Pat
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day Reflected in You by Sylvia Day Heather S.
Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel Maggie
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander LinnieGayl
The Angel by Tiffany Reisz The Angel by Tiffany Reisz Lynn
In This Town by Beth Andrews In This Town by Beth Andrews Rike
A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery Lee
No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig Maggie
No Matter What by Janice Kay Johnson No Matter What by Janice Kay Johnson Heather S.
Tarnished Rose of the Court by Amanda McCabe Tarnished Rose of the Court by Amanda McCabe Lynn
From Notting Hill With Love...Actually by Ali McNamara From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali McNamara Leigh
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden Maggie
Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson Lee
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley The Shadowy Horses(reissue) by Susanna Kearsley Lynn

Fall Non-Romance Preview

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

j_k_rowling_casual_vacancyYeah, I read non-romance.  Not much, but I do.  That being said, with romance reading and review books, plus grad school coursework, I have to be really choosy with what I read.  At the same time, I’m determined to branch out from romance and YA, and I’m going to make it my goal to read at least one non-romance book each month.  Since fall is big publishing season, here are three non-romance books that caught my eye, in no particular order:

The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling

Her first book since Harry Potter.  There is no way this is not going to be a publishing phenomenon, and canny for her, she’s going into adult contemporary fiction.  It looks good though – satire and small town secrets, and all that – and I like the cover.

Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan does 1970s espionage and romance.  Needless to say, I doubt it’s going to end happily, but I’m really, really looking forward to this one.  Features an Oxford mathematician as a heroine, who gets recruited by MI-5 and falls in love with the guys she’s spying on.  It’s already out in Canada (although not until November in the States), and the reviews are fantastic.

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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor to Be a TV Movie

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

sean_faris_1296940989Lisa Kleypas has finally made the announcement, which means I am free to reveal the news I’ve been sitting on for months.  Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor will be an ABC and a Hallmark channel movie this year called Christmas with Holly.  Better still, unlike some other past “movie deals,” we know it’s the real thing because the movie is already shooting up in Canada for airing this holiday season.

Here’s the Hallmark press release:

Filming begins this week in and around Halifax, Nova Scotia on the newest Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Christmas with Holly.  It will premiere on ABC in December, 2012, with encore presentations on the Hallmark Channel.

“I’ve been holding on to my old dreams.  But I realize I need to make room for new ones.”  So says Maggie Conway, played by Eloise Mumford (The River, Lone Star), in the film.  She’s decided to move on in life after being left at the altar months earlier.

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Eagerly Awaited September Books

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I can’t believe the end of summer is almost here. We’re already thinking about September 2012 new releases! Tessa Dare and Meljean Brook have both won over plenty of fans among our review staff, so it’s not surprising that their new releases are topping the list of books we are eagerly awaiting. As always, there are plenty of books catching our eyes. What do you plan to read as the summer winds to a close?

Title and Author Reviewer
A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare Lynn, Blythe, Jean, Lee, Elizabeth C.
Riveted by Meljean Brook Riveted by Meljean Brook Sandy, Maggie,Jean, Pat
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James Jean,Leigh, Lee
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb Blythe, Jean
The Lovesick Cure by Pamela Morsi The Lovesick Cure by Pamela Morsi Leigh,Maggie
The Last Renegade by Jo Goodman The Last Renegade by Jo Goodman Jean, Lynn
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown Low Pressure by Sandra Brown Lea, Maggie
Blame it on Texas by Christie Craig Blame it on Texas by Christie Craig Leigh
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin Maggie
Sins of a Virgin by Anna Randol Sins of a Virgin by Anna Randol Lee
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken Louise
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry Pat
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl Lynn
Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh Jean
The Good Woman by Jane Porter The Good Woman by Jane Porter Lee