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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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  1. Sasha
    May 08, 2009 @ 11:05:18

    May is Short Story Month! :D

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  2. Silver James
    May 08, 2009 @ 11:34:00

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Leslie Parrish’s (aka Leslie Kelly) romantic suspense novel, FADE TO BLACK. Release date is July 7 and this book should be on the radar for everyone who likes their suspense a little darker and their romance not quite so pat. Once I pick it up, I have a hard time putting it down. Just one more page…I’ll quit reading in just…holy cow, I’ve read 50 pages??!?

    My background is law enforcement so finding a suspense that lives up to my expectations is rare! FADE TO BLACK and all the following books in the Black CAT series are definitely going on my keeper shelf!

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  3. Moth
    May 08, 2009 @ 11:40:36

    I just recently discovered the Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham and they are SO good. I started reading them last month and I’ve already re-read all eleven trade paperbacks. Twice.

    There’s a strong romantic subplot and it’s brilliant and funny and beautfiul and I can’t recommend them enough.

    I read Ann Aguirre’s new book Blue Diablo (I think it came out last month?). It started really strong. I was hooked. And the hero(es?) were both interesting and different and hot.

    Unfortunately, the last third of the book was problematic for me with the random crazy action sequences that came out of nowhere. And the ending irritated me a LOT with the blatant series cliffhanger. There’s a way to write series books and still have the endings of the individual books be satisfying. I think that’s where Mrs. Aguirre really fell down on this one- it doesn’t have an ending!

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  4. Louisa Edwards
    May 08, 2009 @ 12:07:51

    Bunco Babes Tell All by Maria Geraci just came out and is a fabulous read. Tons of fun, small beach town with lots of quirky characters and a hero that redefines hottie–sort of reminds me of the Mitford books, but with sex in. And how is that not great? Full disclosure: I might be biased since I was lucky enough to read it in ms form, but I don’t think so.

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  5. Bree
    May 08, 2009 @ 12:12:41

    I’m reading Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra right now, and I am just loving the heck out of it. Enough that I’ve already bought the next two in the series. I absolutely need to find more books with this same balance of urban fantasy adventures with awesome romance. So if anyone has a “If you enjoyed ___” suggestion for me… :D

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  6. MarnieColette
    May 08, 2009 @ 12:42:57

    So Jane -

    My biggest frustration lately is that I just wish there was a place where people could express frustration over the direction a particular series is taking without being sent to the verbal slaughterhouse.

    Some series I am not mentioning any names…. I have begin to wonder if the same writer is writing them – not to say I don’t like the direction of “new” theme ( well some cases I don’t) and this doesn’t mean I won’t continue to read them – its just frustrating and then when you say it -OMG you have committed a cardinal sin punishable by death and ostracizing. I know I am not the only person who has these feelings… where do you go? I wish there was a FBSA (frustrating book series anonymous!)

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  7. jmc
    May 08, 2009 @ 13:23:21

    I just finished Charlie Cochrane’s Lessons is Discovery, the third Cambridge Fellows mystery. It was excellent, a combination of m/m romance (very little sex on the page) and a mystery. The mystery in this book was a bit lighter than in the earlier two books, but that made sense given what was going on in the two fellows’ personal lives.

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  8. JJ
    May 08, 2009 @ 13:39:53

    I just finished reading Bound to Please by Lilli Feisty. It was an excellent erotic romance. This was the first book of hers that I have read and it definitely will not be the last.

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  9. DS
    May 08, 2009 @ 13:53:35

    I just finished Wings by Aprilynne Pike which came out a couple of days ago. It’s YA but its terrible watered down YA.

    The author wasted all kinds of chances to develop decent conflict between her characters. Everything was neutralized and bland. New girl shows up at school and no only does she connect immediately with a cute boy in the same class but he also introduces her to his friends and they all like her as well. She is a vegan– which might have lead to some conflict– but no, everyone understands. She likes to sit outside rather than in the cafeteria– they all follow her out side too. She replaces a girl in the cute boy’s affections– ah jealousy– but no, the girl totally understands and just wants to be friends.

    I tried to think back to the books I loved at that stage and remember books that had some real sense of danger to them. Books about learning to survive in post-apocalyptic or wilderness worlds, outcasts learning what special strengths they may have that make them important to the group, contacts with Faery or the supernatural that suggested the protagonist was involved with a real threat– e.g., The Dark Is Rising.

    What’s happened? Why so milk and toast? At the danger of sounding like a curmudgeon– I don’t like this change.

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  10. Margie
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:04:10

    I am almost finished with Glutton For Pleasure by Alisha Rai and I am so glad to find this forum so I have a place to gush. I love finding great new authors (new to me). It’s a short story about a menage relationship and it is so amazing. Both the heroes are really distinct but very appealing and the three-way relationship feels believable and workable. The heroine is so much fun; I want to be her friend (she’s an Indian chef, with details expertly melded into her characterization).

    The writing all by itself is worth the price of the novella. It’s funny and often pokes gentle fun at erotic writing tropes. I laughed out loud several times. Despite the light parts, the story also invokes deep emotional responses as the characters fall in love (at least for me). Not to mention this is an extremely sensual read.

    I looked up this book because the first few lines caught my eye and I ended up loving the excerpt so much I bought it despite being wary of menage stories. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a short story (170 pages) with detailed characterization, strong emotions, unique people, and very sexy love scenes. (I bought it from All Romance Ebooks, it’s published by Samhian).

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  11. GrowlyCub
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:06:50

    I recently read a couple of Robin Schone books and I have to say I find it most peculiar that she’s allowed to get away with execrable French and even weirder, incorrect word choices in English.

    Now granted, English is not my native language, but there were numerous instances where I’m absolutely sure the word she used did not have the meaning she thought it did and/or meant it to convey.

    Totally bizarre.

    Also, I’m having a hard time believing that an author cannot find a reader who’s a native of the foreign language they want to use in their writing to check for accuracy, or that an editor couldn’t be bothered to check or have it checked. Making readers laugh in derision can surely not be the goal!

    It really threw me out of the stories and I felt disrespected as a reader because clearly either the author thought she was infallible or she didn’t care enough to get it right.

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  12. Bev Stephans
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:09:16

    After Dear Author and Smart Bitches enticed me into reading Julia Spencer-Fleming, I went to “Literature Map” to see who they would put near her. This is how I discovered Joanne Dobson.

    Ms Dobson’s protagonist, Karen Pelletier, is an assistant professor at a private college in Western Massachesetts. She is sharp. She is funny. She retains feelings about her ex-boyfriend, a Manhattan undercover drug cop. She also has a crush on the president of the college. Enter Lieutenant Piotrowski. The rapport between the Lieutenant and Karen is somewhat muted in the first book, “Quieter Than Sleep” and ratchets up in the second book, “The Northbury Papers”. I have the next three books on order. The mysteries are compelling, but the real star is Karen and her confused feelings for three men.

    These are well-written books and deserve a wider audience.

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  13. Ali
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:16:36

    I’m enjoying the Marked series from S.J. Day… this is an awesome series, very fast paced and I’m just lost in the pages while I’m reading… the only problem I have ist that there’s no real HEA… but, that’s probably why I don’t usually read Urban Fantasy novels. Still, I love Sylvia Day’s writing, so I just had to take my chances.

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  14. Estara
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:27:06

    I’m in love with Sherwood Smith‘s newest paper release from Samhain, Once a Princess, which is book one of Sasharia en Garde and has all the strengths of her Inda and Crown Duel worlds (it’s actually in the same time line as Crown Duel on her world, just in a different country). I just finished reading the book yesterday and posted a review on my LJ reading account (which got some comments from the author even ^^).
    And today Amazon mailed me that they sent off Twice a Prince as well (which is the second part of that story). Yay!!!!!

    P.S. I realise that the ebook versions were out a long time ago, but until very recently I didn’t own a reader, and the paper versions have just come out. So you could order them in paper, too!

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  15. azteclady
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:39:45

    GrowlyCub, you know, that’s so very tricky.

    I mean, different regions (sometimes in the same country) will have quite different colloquialisms, so if one is not truly fluent in another language, asking a ‘native’ may be or not the answer.

    Gah, I’m not making sense.

    Example: I was one of the two people who checked the Spanish used by Ann Aguirre in Blue Diablo; both of us are Mexican, raised in Mexico City. There are people who have criticized it as inaccurate, etc.–sometimes because the critic only knows ‘school Spanish’ and the colloquialisms don’t make sense. Other times, because they asked their friend who is a second or third generation American of Cuban/Argentinian/Spanish/(insert your choice of Spanish speaking country here) and that person said, “we don’t say that!”

    So if a writer is looking for a native speaker in whichever language, I would suggest they seek out someone who learned it in whichever country/region the character is suppose to come from, instead of simply “my neighbor who took college German”, to give a bad example.

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  16. LizC
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:46:58

    I just read Mistress of the Art of Death and The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin in the last week. The first one took me a while to get into but now I’m hooked and the only reason I haven’t bought Grave Goods yet is because I’m waiting for some birthday cash to come in.

    Angsty romantic pairing that has such obstacles as Bishopric induced celibacy (Rowley) and being an educated woman (Adelia) in 12th c England, humor, Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine during the difficult part of their marriage? What is not to love?

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  17. GrowlyCub
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:53:46

    AL,

    I’m a translator with a university degree, so I know how hard it is when you have regional differences for a language, different target audiences and reader expectations, but that also makes me extra critical when I see things that aren’t right. :)

    I have seen some German in books by Americans who lived in Germany that had so absolutely nothing to do with the German language in any of its variations it wasn’t even funny! Especially since one particular author has set herself up as an expert. I have started several emails to her to tell her how much it aggravates me that she spreads this misinformation, but decided she’s so convinced she’d probably think she knows better.

    For the Schone I wasn’t concerned about colloquialisms or regional differences, I was talking basic grammar with regard to the French.

    I don’t recommend using any old native speaker, but a trained one, but the point I was trying to make was that you should *at least* make an effort to get it right by having a native speaker check if you cannot be bothered to consult a trained translator/language specialist.

    Coupled with the missteps in her own language, the French just put me over the top! With her books I had the clear impression that she likes the idea of using ‘big’ words, but at the same time has no idea what they mean. I almost felt embarrassed for her.

    It was not a reading experience I enjoyed, which is too bad because both stories had nicely emotional set ups (The Lover and Gabriel’s Woman).

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  18. GrowlyCub
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:56:00

    Well, darn, the spam filter ate my reply, AL. Hopefully, somebody will fish it out soon.

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  19. LauraJane
    May 08, 2009 @ 15:02:55

    I just finished Wings by Aprilynne Pike which came out a couple of days ago. It's YA but its terrible watered down YA.

    Too bad about Wings. I really have to stop buying books as soon as they come out and wait to read reviews.

    I read Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. That was the big May release I was waiting for. Now I’m waiting for Diana Peterfreund’s Tap & Gown (May 19) and maybe Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti (but this one will depend on reviews). Lilith Saintcrow is no longer an auto buy for me, but I’m curious about her YA release, Strange Angels.

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  20. Mary B.
    May 08, 2009 @ 15:18:21

    I just finished “Magic Strikes”, third in the series by Ilonia Andrews and it made me happyhappyhappy (until I realized that I have to wait an entire year for book four which made me sadsadsad.) Superior world building and memorable characters. And a baddass heroine who is really badass! Win!

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  21. cecilia
    May 08, 2009 @ 15:22:43

    @Bev Stephans: I also glommed on Julia Spencer-Fleming’s books recently (read two on Good Friday, and probably would have read a third if I’d had the next book) because of DA, and am on tenterhooks for the next one. I (inspired by Amazon recommendations) moved onto Margaret Maron’s Judge Knott series, which are not quite as gripping as Spencer-Fleming’s books, but satisfying if you’re into series mysteries. I’ll have to check out Joanne Dobson next.

    I read Dead and Gone this week, and enjoyed it much more than the last book in her series, and the latest Amanda Quick, which was OK, but I definitely should have just waited for the library copy to become available.

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  22. Aoife
    May 08, 2009 @ 15:44:02

    I’m currently listening in the car to the audio version of Ariana Franklin’s Grave Goods, and am at the point where I find myself volunteering to run errands so I can keep listening. Like LizC, I can’t recommend this book, and the two preceding ones, enough.

    I’m also on the wait list at the library for The Language of Bees, Laurie King’s latest Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery, although if it takes too much longer I may have to cave in and buy it in hardback. For readers who like mysteries, but weren’t crazy about the male-oriented aspects of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, these books have a wonderful, brilliant and competent female protagonist in Mary Russell. And, in an odd way, they are quite romantic.

    I just finished the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, and second DA-Janet’s recommendation. A strong B grade from me. The hero is one of the most interesting, and unusual heroes I’ve seen in a while.

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  23. TerryS
    May 08, 2009 @ 15:54:43

    Just thought I’d share that, as a mom, I’m kind of insulted by the Mother’s Day sale over at ereader.com. Mom’s who read romance instead of Star Trek and Science Fiction are SOL.

    Last Chance: 40% OFF ALL Star Trek eBooks
    AND 30% OFF ALL Science Fiction
    AND Give Mom our best. Take 20% off all romance titles with coupon

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  24. vanessa jaye
    May 08, 2009 @ 16:05:57

    I’m reading Laura Griffin’s Thread of Fear and really enjoying it! Thanks to Jayne for the review she did here a couple of months ago. I love romantic suspense, but only if it has a good balance of romance vs suspense. A lot of RS out there is mostly suspense and pays bare lipservice to the romance, and/or with no HEA/HFN.

    Bloweth mucheth.

    Karen Rose has been my main resort for RS, but I’m jonesing for more of Laura Griffin’s work, now.

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  25. azteclady
    May 08, 2009 @ 16:42:29

    Growly, I’ll crawl under my rock now…

    :wink:

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  26. K. Z. Snow
    May 08, 2009 @ 16:45:36

    Now granted, English is not my native language . . .

    Wow, Growly, you could’ve fooled me. You’re one of the most articulate posters on this site!

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  27. GrowlyCub
    May 08, 2009 @ 16:53:51

    AL, I knew I should have taken that bit about my degree out of there, but but I mean, I really do have a vested interest in languages, and I so wanted to show that I know of what I speak, grin. :)

    I just haven’t had any luck lately with the books I’m reading. It’s not that I hate them, but they aren’t hitting the spot. So, I nitpick more, …

    I’ll go back into my cave now. :)

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  28. GrowlyCub
    May 08, 2009 @ 17:03:14

    K.Z.

    Thanks! *blush*

    I’ve found I’m a lot more critical about the application of language and correct grammar than most native speakers. I think it comes from a) getting points deducted in language class when we made mistakes and b) from being a language teacher who deducted points when folks didn’t get it right (not that I’ve taught in years, but the bad old habits stick :).

    I want to turn all those folks who expound on the ‘tyranny of had’ into pillars of salt. The English language has several past tenses and they are there for a reason, so here’s my plea to authors, please use them where appropriate! Thxkbye. :)

    Oops… another hobby horse of mine. I’ll really slink into my cave now.

    But definitely thanks for the compliment, made my day!

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  29. Jennifer Estep
    May 08, 2009 @ 17:19:35

    I just finished Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it quite as much as I did Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil.

    I also recently read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It’s basically an epic fantasy heist book. I really enjoyed it as well, especially since it was so different from the usual farmboy-has-a-great-destiny plot.

    And I finished Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I really liked that one too.

    Too many books, too little time! :-)

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  30. azteclady
    May 08, 2009 @ 18:56:27

    (((GrowlyCub)))

    I understand, rly.

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  31. Keri M
    May 08, 2009 @ 19:35:42

    My recent reads are :

    Devil May Ride by Wendy Roberts, a cozy mystery where Sadie has the ability to help the dead solve their murders and clean up crime scenes in the process. Very good series and I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Roberts.

    Sizzle and Burn by JA Krentz, the book was just ok. I didn’t really feel her heart was really in the writing. There was alot of detail that just didn’t need to be there. But if it wasn’t there then the book would have been novella length.

    The Blue Nowhere by Jeff Deaver, loved this book. Gillette is a man with a hacker problem. So much that he went to jail for it and now the police need him to help catch a killer using an online game to kill people. Very well developed and I hope we see this character again. If you like techno thrillers, this book may be for you.

    Fountain Filled with Blood, J Spencer-Fleming, the 2nd one in her Clair series and it was awesome! I have the 3rd and 4th and am determined to get one read this weekend. I love the slow buildup of her and Russ’s relationship.

    Currently reading Sick Puppy by Carl Hiassen. he is a new author for me and I am liking what I am reading so far.

    I just bought La Nora’s Vision in White and it is a beautiful book and I can’t wait to read it.

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  32. Michelle
    May 08, 2009 @ 20:43:18

    Haven’t read it yet but just found out Patricia Wrede has a new book out The Thirteenth Child. If you missed her “Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolote Pot” you are missing an excellent book. Imagine a Regency romance involving magic in an alternative England.

    Recently finished To Seduce a Sinner and am waiting for To Beguile a Beast to arrive in the mail. Also waiting on Katie MacAlister’s Zen and the Art of Vampires.

    I am on a fantasy kick currently and am on Book 2 of The Fionavar Tapestry-The Wandering Fire.

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  33. ReacherFan
    May 08, 2009 @ 20:47:28

    I really enjoyed Bound by Blood from Evie Byrnes for Samhain. It’s second in the Faustin Series, but it actually occurs before the first book, so in the time line it’s first. I enjoyed Called by Blood, though it wasn’t as good – for me – as this one. It’s a short novel and the ebook is on sale this week at Samhain’s site. I liked it so much I did a review of it on my blog – if you can stand one more vampire book! (I’m getting a bit vamped out.)

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  34. rebyj
    May 08, 2009 @ 23:06:51

    I’ve read Erin McCarthy’s Hard and Fast and the book before it, Flat Out Sexy on the recs of Jane and Sarah at the save the contemporary site and elsewhere. Good books very much worth purchase price and both had funny sexual biscuit references. (Sexual Biscuit, sounds like a good title lol)

    Also downloaded the sample chapters of Marcia Geraci’s debut novel ” Bunco Babes Tell All” which I’ve been wanting to read and after reading the sample chapters I want to read even more ! Just gotta wait till the lockdown on my spending is lifted (glares at the man).

    Of course, read Lover Avenged, commented on that here on the review thread and at my blog. Improved over Lover Enshrined, the crack is back.

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  35. Janine
    May 09, 2009 @ 00:35:14

    I posted this in the “Dear Author Recommends for May” thread but I wanted to mention here as well that I highly recommend The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. As I said in the other thread, it’s a reissue of an old book (Magic Flutes) under a new title, but it’s a charming, lovely romance set in 1920s Austria.

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  36. Leslee
    May 09, 2009 @ 04:53:43

    Do try Stange Angels by St. Crow! It was very good!!

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  37. Castiron
    May 09, 2009 @ 07:58:06

    Michelle@32 — I just read Thirteenth Child a few days ago, and it’s excellent. Interesting characters, excellent worldbuilding, and a fun story; I set it open on the counter so I could keep reading while fixing dinner.

    ETA: My favorite throwaway bit is finding out who built the great magic wall over what’s obviously the Mississippi, and why no one’s been able to duplicate their efforts.

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  38. ms bookjunkie
    May 09, 2009 @ 08:08:07

    Recent new-to-me series (of the dead tree variety) have been the three books about Jenna Petersen’s Lady Spies and the YA vampires of P.C. & Kristin Cast’s House of Night, of which I’ve read the first two. I’m definitely on the lookout for more by these authors.

    Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight, of course, is full of awesome–as DA and SBTB reviews have already revealed. Other ebooks that made want more, immediately, are Flesa Black’s Masquerade and Lynne Connolly’s Yorkshire. I have Devonshire and Venice waiting in my TBR file. Yay! (Anyone who wants to try Yorkshire can find it at mybookstoreandmore.com for $2.25.)

    I really, really, REALLY want to read Nora’s Vision in White, but the Trade price and size are putting me off. Probably not for long, though…I doubt I’ll be able to hold on until it comes out in mm. (Hmm. As a matter of fact, I saved money yesterday when I got a ride instead of taking the bus… that should take care of the price difference between tpb and mmpb. See! I can always talk myself into buying books! And size… schmize! Not that I want to encourage Nora and her publisher to come out with more tpb originals…)

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  39. Michelle
    May 09, 2009 @ 08:22:35

    Glad to hear Thirteenth Child is good, can’t wait to get it.

    I really enjoyed Vision in White-loved the hero and his cat. Nora does such a good job. You won’t regret paying extra it really has a pretty cover.

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  40. Kat
    May 09, 2009 @ 08:47:10

    I’ve been pimping out Disco Boy by Dominic Knight to anyone who’ll listen. It’s a romantic comedy told in 1st person from an Aussie bloke’s point of view. You can read the blurb here, and there’s a link to the first 3 chapters.

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  41. ms bookjunkie
    May 09, 2009 @ 09:29:57

    Yeah, I ordered Vision in White. *guilty grin*

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  42. LauraJane
    May 10, 2009 @ 12:32:49

    Do try Stange Angels by St. Crow! It was very good!!

    Thanks, Leslee. I will!

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  43. Kaetrin
    May 10, 2009 @ 20:20:32

    I just finished Black Silk by Judith Ivory. I read it because I’d heard so much about it being a classic in the genre and I wanted to know what I was missing.

    I found the book very readable in style and prose but I ended up thinking “meh”.

    ** SPOILER ALERT **

    I found it hard to categorise this book as a romance actually – there was so much of the characters apart with their own personal journeys which was outside of the relationship (hope this makes sense) and it was page 380 before they even kissed. I found myself wondering a little over halfway if I’d misjudged the story and they (Graham and Submit) weren’t going to end up together but rather with others, and happily too.

    Then in between Part II and Part III something happened. I looked but my copy was definitely not missing any pages. However large bits of the story seemed to be missing. What happened with the little boy who “probably would not last the summer”? What did Graham do about his children Charles and Claire, given their dislike for Submit? What on earth was the second serial about? There was like ONE SENTENCE (and vague too) that mentioned it and then it was done. Surely these were significant events within the story? Then, suddenly, Submit turns up with whathisname (Rosalyn’s ex) and they’ve been “seeing” each other regularly for ages?? WTF?

    Actually, thinking on it now, I did not like this book. It took too long. I thought the pacing was all wrong and I did not like at all the vast missing information which left me, as a reader, both confused and hanging.

    I did read somewhere that one of the Janes didn’t like this book either so it seems I’m not the only one this book didn’t work for. Although, it would appear that I’m in the minority.

    Can someone tell me what about this book worked for them so that they didn’t mind the bits I hated? Or, is it that others didn’t see these issues – either as flaws or at all? Just curious…

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  44. Dana
    May 12, 2009 @ 05:35:34

    A friend of mine is in England doing a yearlong internship and she left boxes of books at my place. It’s really great for me cause she has a ton of older romances that I’ve been wanting to read. Marsha Canham is one of them. I loved Pale Moon Rider. So I started reading her Highland series. I loved the characters in The Pride of Lions, and I really want to know how the story finishes. (I figure anything to do with the Battle of Culloden is going to be a bit depressing, but I still want to know.)

    But I can’t get past the Scottish accent in The Blood of Roses, it was annoying in the first book, but the story managed to draw me in, but I’m just beginning the second book, and the accent is driving me crazy. I keep having to pause and try to decipher what’s being said. Why do so many authors write like that for Scottish characters? Argh. And I really want to know what happens. :p

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  45. ms bookjunkie
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:03:31

    I just finished Bound to Love Her by Esri Rose and enjoyed it so much that I am going to get Stolen Magic when I next buy books. Elves in Boulder? WIN!

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  46. MaryK
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:27:36

    @ms bookjunkie:

    Not that I want to encourage Nora and her publisher to come out with more tpb originals…

    Hey, it’s better than hardback originals. Heh.

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  47. GreggG
    May 15, 2009 @ 14:12:02

    I’ve been watching for a while but now i’m making my first post.
    is there just a lot of spam here or is there some useful info shared?
    Leave me a post and introduce yourself
    Later,

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  48. MarnieColette
    May 15, 2009 @ 15:02:42

    GreggG

    The purpose of this thread is to vent, share and all around chat about things. I don’t think there is a lot of spam (if any here). It can be useful based on the scope of the conversation and if you ask questions people are good about answering.

    The site is great for reviews of books.

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  49. ms bookjunkie
    May 16, 2009 @ 13:14:07

    @ MaryK

    Hey, it’s better than hardback originals. Heh.

    Yeah, but there’s no way my budget (or spacing) will allow me to buy HB. Trade, OTOH, is just too easy for me to talk myself into buying. *g*

    And while I’m here I have to recommend Anthea Lawson’s Passionate! I just finished reading it and can hardly wait until November so I can get my hands on All He Desires.

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  50. Melody
    May 19, 2009 @ 09:03:34

    Okay, I'm not usually into gushing, but I've just read Anne Calhoun's debut title Liberating Lacey from Ellora's Cave and have to say I am sooo in love with Hunter – LL's hunky, motorcycle-riding cop hero who hooks up with Lacey, a rich divorcee slightly older than he is, and proceeds to rock her world. Calhoun's writing is smart, engaging and downright sizzling as Hunter and Lacey's relationship turns into much more than the casual hook-up they each had in mind. I really hope this one comes out in print as I'd love to have it on my keeper shelf.

    If you like a great story combined with tres’ hot sexual chemistry, I’d recommend checking out Liberating Lacey. It’s definitely gush-worthy!

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  51. Keri M
    May 19, 2009 @ 11:09:06

    I am currently reading Susan K. Buthcher’s first sci-fi romance, The Sentinel Wars and I am really liking it so far. I am not sci-fi fan at all, but she is doing a good job of keeping me engaged. Man does she make Darek sound yummy! I think that I even like it better right now then I do her contemp romances, only because I think her writing has improved with this book.

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  52. Keri M
    May 19, 2009 @ 11:16:04

    Sorry the yummy guy’s name is Drake not Derek…see what happens when you try and work and goof off at the same time, someone always loses. So next time I will make sure I quit working b4 i goof-off…errr post. :–)

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