Eagerly Awaited September Releases

As we ease back into fall, there’s no one blockbuster book that has everyone buzzing around here for September, though more than a few of us are looking forward to Jeannie Lin’s newest historical. It’s more of a grab bag of things – everything from paranormal to category romance to suspense to more historical (and boy, do I wish there were a greater choice of historicals coming out in September!). What do you want to read this fall?

Title and Author Reviewer
The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin Lynn, Caroline, Maggie, Dabney, Alexandra
Her Favorite Rival by Sarah Mayberry Her Favorite Rival by Sarah Mayberry Heather S., Pat, Caroline, Lynn
Sometimes a Rogue by Mary jo Putney Sometimes a Rogue by Mary Jo Putney Lee, Mary
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon Wendy, Melanie
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King Garment of Shadows(trade pb reissue of hardcover) by Laurie R. King Jean, Melanie
The Runaway Countess by Amanda McCabe The Runaway Countess by Amanda McCabe Lynn
The Hero by Robyn Carr The Hero by Robyn Carr Pat
The Arrangement by Mary Balogh The Arrangement by Mary Balogh Lee
Soul Kissed by Erin Kellison Soul Kissed by Erin Kellison Wendy
Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi Maggie
Gentle on My Mind by Susan Fox Gentle on my Mind by Susan Fox Pat
Gabriel by Grace Burrowes Gabriel: Lord of Regrets by Grace Burrowes Lynn
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Lee
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb Maggie
Junk by Josephine Myles Junk by Josephine Myles Pat
The Rake's Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell The Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell Mary
Perdition by Ann Aguirre Perdition by Ann Aguirre Wendy
Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara Melanie

Eagerly Awaited August Books

It looks like August will be a promising month for historical fans. We’re excited about a new (non-Regency!) Carla Kelly, as well as new releases from Jo Beverley, Lauren Willig, Grace Burrowes, Kaki Warner, Caroline Linden and several others. As with every new month, I keep hoping that this one will bring more happy reading discoveries and hopefully not disappointments. Hope your summer of reading is going well!

Title and Author Reviewer
The Double Cross by Carla Kelly The Double Cross by Carla Kelly Lynn, Rike, Wendy, Caroline, Melanie
The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig Blythe, LinnieGayl, Lee, Rike
Seduction in Silk by Jo Beverley Seduction in Silk by Jo Beverley Lee, Rike, Anne
Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden Dabney, Mary, Caz
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Heather S.. Wendy, Maggie
Behind His Blue Eyes by Kaki Warner Behind His Blue Eyes by Kaki Warner Mary, Pat, Lynn
Once Upon a Tartan by Grace BUrrowes Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes Caz, Mary
Blood Warrior by Lindsey Piper Blood Warrior by Lindsey Piper Wendy
Meet Me in the Middle by L.A. Witt Meet Me in the Middle by L.A. Witt Pat
What Happens Between Friends by Beth Andrews What Happens Between Friends by Beth Andrews Rike
Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook Wendy
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen LinnieGayl
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden Maggie
My Cowboy Heart by Z.A. Maxfield My Cowboy Heart by Z.A. Maxfield Pat
The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Propst The Marriage Merger by Jennifer Propst Haley
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman Maggie
Heart of Briar by Laura Anne Gilman Heart of Briar by Laura Anne Gilman Lynn
The Devil of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney The Devil of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney Mary
Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain Anne
Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon Melanie
Turn and burn by Lorelei James Turn and Burn by Lorelei James Pat
The Night Film by Marisha Pessl Night Film by Marisha Pessl Dabney
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin Maggie
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty Lee
Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik Rike
From This Day On by Janice Kay Johnson From This Day On by Janice Kay Johnson Pat
To Sin With a Viking by Michelle Willingham To Sin With a Viking by Michelle Willingham Haley
A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean Rike
Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins Lee
Highland Hearts by Hannah Howell Highland Hearts(reissue) by Hannah Howell Mary
Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis Animal Attraction(reissue) by Jill Shalvis Caroline

Eagerly Awaited July Titles

Looking for something good to read this summer? We went over the list of July releases to see what all of us here at AAR were looking forward to reading. The most popular picks were upcoming historical releases from Cecilia Grant and Julie Anne Long, as well as the latest in Laura Griffin’s Tracers series. I’m looking forward to having some good reading time this summer. How about you?

Title and Author Reviewer
A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant A Woman Entangled by Cecilia Grant Blythe, Dabney, Lee, Caz
Exposed by Laura Griffin Exposed by Laura Griffin Lynn, Maggie, Mary, Lee
It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long Lee, Mary, Caz, Blythe
Mist by Susan Krinard Mist by Susan Krinard Anne Melanie
The Favor by Megan Hart The Favor by Megan Hart Heather S., Lynn
The Hunter by Monica McCarty The Hunter by Monica McCarty Jenna, Mary
The Duchess Hunt by Jennifer Haymore The Duchess Hunt by Jennifer Haymore Dabney
How to Be a Scottish Mistress by Adrienne Basso How to Be a Scottish Mistress by Adrienne Basso Mary
Paradise Valley by Roseanne Bittner Paradise Valley by Roseanne Bittner Lynn
The Newcomer by Robyn Carr The Newcomer by Robyn Carr Pat
Hot Summer Nights anthology Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy and Jessica Clare Haley
The Office and the Secret by Jeannette Murray The Officer and the Secret by Jeannette Murray Jenna
One Wrong Move by Shannon McKenna One Wrong Move by Shannon McKenna Dabney
Austenland by Shannon Hale Austenland(reissue) by Shannon Hale Lauren
An Unexpected Wife by Cheryl Reavis An Unexpected Wife by Cheryl Reavis Lynn
From This Moment On by Bella Andre From This Moment On by Bella Andre Haley
Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas Dream Lake(mass market reissue) by Lisa Kleypas Mary
Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper Jenna
City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan Melanie
Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire Dabney
Betrayed by Trust by Ana Barrons Betrayed by Trust by Ana Barrons Lynn
An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands Melanie
Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz Jenna
Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth Essex Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth Essex Dabney
Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison Lee

Eagerly Awaited June Romances

I’ve noticed that time slip books have been having a moment (hopefully it will be a long one), and one of the masters has a book out this June. Quite a few of us here at AAR have been eagerly awaiting Susanna Kearsley’s latest release for months on end now, and the big day is almost here! We have some romantic suspense fans here, too, and we’re all anticipating Jill Sorenson’s latest release. And, given that we all have varied tastes, there are books on everyone’s lists that span most subgenres of romance. June is looking to be a busy reading month!

Title and Author Reviewer
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley Lynn, Lee, Heather S., Mary, Maggie, Lea
Freefall by Jill Sorenson Freefall by Jill Sorenson Dabney, Jane, Lynn, Maggie, Rike
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare Blythe, Melanie, Maggie, Caz, Lee
The Sword Dancer by jeannie Lin The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin Rike, Caroline, Maggie, Lynn
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Caroline, Lynn, Melanie
Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James Jean, Maggie
Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews Maggie, Lee
Enticing the Spymaster by Julie Rowe Enticing the Spymaster by Julie Rowe Lynn, Rike
How to Tame Your Duke by Juliana Gray How to Tame Your Duke by Juliana Gray Lee, Jane
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh Cindy, Jean
Secrets and Saris by Shoma Narayanan Secrets and Saris by Shoma Narayanan Caroline, Maggie
Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller Pat
'She Rises by Kate Worsley She Rises by Kate Worsley Caz
In Plain View by Olivia Newport In Plain View by Olivia Newport Maggie
Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer Rike
It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis Mary
Can't Stop Believing by Jodi Thomas Can’t Stop Believing by Jodi Thomas Pat
I'll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan I’ll Be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan Maggie
Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen Surrender to the Earl by Gayle Callen Caz
One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton Haley
Never a Hero by Marie Sexton Never a Hero by Marie Sexton Pat
The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright Maggie

So Long, Sookie, Goodbye!

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. Continue reading

Eagerly Awaited April Books

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

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

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: Continue reading

Eagerly Awaiting in November

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

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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