Over the next month, AAR will run a column a week as part of our participation in Queer Romance Month. This, penned by author Alexis Hall, is the first of the four. Continue reading
Note: None of us here at AAR is a legal expert on defamation, and we’re not going to pretend to be for purposes of this blog. Nothing on here is intended to serve as legal advice. Laws changes, and they vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so no blog can substitute for speaking to your own attorney.
We think by now everyone who isn’t living under a rock (or at least everyone who follows romance blogs and/or the publishing industry) is aware that Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc. and Jasmine-Jade Enterprises, LLC (collectively “EC” from here on out) has sued Dear Author Media Network, LLC(“DA”) and has also sued individually the blogger known online as Jane Litte(“Litte”), alleging that they have defamed EC and harmed the business. The plaintiffs seek an injunction, money damages, and also have asked the court to require DA to provide the identities of anonymous online commenters to one of its blog pieces concerning EC. However, as with many big lawsuits, the story doesn’t start with the court filing. If you want a history of EC and its ups and downs, Litte gives plenty of that, together with citations, in her allegedly defamatory blog piece. And you can find plenty more stories even with a cursory search on Google. Continue reading
The American Fall TV Season is getting back into swing and loyal viewers will soon be reconnecting with beloved characters from the small screen. While I have several shows being recorded on my DVR the one the whole family is anticipating most is Modern Family. Following the trials and triumphs of three nuclear families that are part of an extended clan this sweet sitcom highlights love and family American style. I adore almost every character on it but my favorite duo on the show is easily Phil and Claire Dunphy. Here are five reasons why: Continue reading
Author Jaci Burton has written over forty-five novels and is contracted to write ten more. She writes in multiple genres, from erotic romance to romantic suspense to contemporary romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and has been nominated for the award four times. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times. Her latest contemporary romance, Hope Burns, will be released on September 30th. Jaci has very generously offered a copy of Hope Burns to three lucky AAR readers. To be entered in this giveaway, just enter your name in the comments. Continue reading
Molly O’Keefe won the RITA this year for her contemporary novel Crazy Thing Called Love. Her latest romance, Indecent Proposal, comes out at the end of this month. I have had the great fortune to talk with Molly several times–she is one of the funniest women I’ve ever met–and I am pleased to be interviewing her today. Continue reading
It’s still pretty warm where I am in Virginia, so it’s hard to think October is just around the corner. This is especially true when I recall that the October list always seems to have that first wave of Christmas romances. I love me a romantic holiday tale, and I know I’ll be buying one or two to savor when the weather turns cold. What about you? What goodies does fall bring you?
|Title and Author||Reviewer|
|Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt||Haley, Lee, Caz, Cindy, Alex, Mary, Heather|
|in Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins||Dabney, Mary, Heather, Jenna, Alex, Lee|
|Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart||Lynn, Caz, Cindy|
|Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra||Haley, Dabney|
|What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes||Caz, Mary|
|Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe||Dabney, Lynn|
|Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley||Mary, Lee|
|The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain||Shannon|
|The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander||Linnie|
|Season for Desire by Teresa Romain||Caz|
|Too Friendly to Date by Nicole Helm||Dabney|
|Christmas Brides by Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex, and Valerie Bowman (contains both new and previously published stories)||Lynn|
|Hope Burns by Jaci Burton||Haley|
|Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan||Shannon|
|The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield||Dabney|
|Betrayed By His Kiss by Amanda McCabe||Lynn|
|Chained by Night by Larissa Ione||Shannon|
|Deceived by Irene Hannon||Maggie|
For my “Recommended Read” in this month’s TBR Challenge, I chose The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton, a book which a number of my friends on Goodreads enjoyed and which was recommended to me by one of them.
It’s a fairly simple story – a very proper, highly fastidious duke with what the synopsis indicates is Obsessive (or is it Obsessional?) Compulsive Disorder meets his match in the form of a feisty, flame-haired mess of a women who thrives on chaos. I normally like the “opposites attract” trope, I like comedic romances, and the person who recommended it and I normally have very similar tastes, so it seemed like a good bet for a fun read.
Unfortunately, however, I seem to be in the minority of people who aren’t wild about this book. It’s not terrible by any means, but there are a number of things in the execution that just don’t work for me and to be honest, I didn’t find it all that funny. Continue reading
I feel like I have been waiting on Connie Brockway’s The Songbird’s Seduction forever even though the truth is I have only had it on order since early June. I’m not typically a fan of Ms. Brockway’s but my keen desire for the book comes from three key factors: It involves a treasure, foreign locations and the Edwardian era. While one of those is an issue of plotting (treasure), the other two factors are issues of setting. And the fact is I’m a settings junkie. Continue reading