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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  1. JTTwerell
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 14:16:08

    Read over much of your site and am fascinated with the different insights and interestet in the area of relationships and romance. My wife and I are psychologist in Manhattan and have been in practice for 28 years. We are shareing our thoughts about contemporay romance and relationships in our blog http//:Twerell.blogspot.com and would really like to have others share insight on how they see modern women and couples deal with romance and relationships. I am also an author with several books in the romance genre.

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  3. Joanne
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 14:39:46

    I took a rec from SB Sarah’s site, and getting passed the god-awful old-school cover and the what-were-they-thinking title, read Seven Nights To Forever by Evangeline Collins.

    I found it incredibly romantic. It must have been the writing because it had all the tropes I usually hate. Warning for those that want one: He’s positively married and she is positively a courtesan.

    And every single month I wonder why so many authors have the same release date and the rest of the month is a desert.

  4. Mireya
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 15:34:45

    I finished reading “Thunder and Roses” by Mary Jo Putney. I think someone here recommended it a few days back in another thread. I really enjoyed it and am looking for the rest of the titles in the series. The only title that releases in December that I have in my Wish List is “The Lady Most Likely”. The other titles I am waiting for release between January-March 2011.

  5. DM
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 17:32:30

    Went on a Julie Anne Long glom after seeing the Pennyroyal Green books reviewed here. Thoroughly enjoyed several of them. I was thrown out of the books repeatedly however, by her misuse of dialect. She has Cockneys, London servants, and country laborers constantly speaking in Scots idioms like dinna and canna. I couldn’t finish her first book because the hero masquerades as an Irishman and also has a bad case of the dinnas and cannas. Surely someone has mentioned this to her or her editor?

  6. Debra Tash
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:42:38

    Even a lawyer can find redemption, especially if he’s been dead for 1900 years.

    Antinous Maricus Philippus, once distinguished Roman advocate, cursed by the goddess Justitia and quite dead for a very long time, must win one case before he can go onto the Elysian Fields. Among the more notable cases he’s been given to defend since being dead are two of Henry the Eighth’s wives, the two who were beheaded, and Joan of Arc always comes to mind. So when he is assigned waitress, Kate Wender’s straight-forward small claims suit to reclaim her refrigerator from her no good, chiropractor ex-boyfriend, Antinous believes the cosmos has finally given him a deserved break–that is, until Kate’s ex-boyfriend is shot dead. After Kate is framed by the Las Vegas mob for the murder, Antinous must clear his seemingly scatterbrained client of the crime before she’s sent off across the River Styx by the same thugs who dispatched her former squeeze. From the card tables of 1970s Las Vegas to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Antinous must discover who’s responsible for a pile of dirty dealings or be forever trapped between life and death.

  7. Debra Tash
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:43:44

    Even a lawyer can find redemption, especially if he’s been dead for 1900 years.
    http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Dead+Lawyers

    Antinous Maricus Philippus, once distinguished Roman advocate, cursed by the goddess Justitia and quite dead for a very long time, must win one case before he can go onto the Elysian Fields. Among the more notable cases he’s been given to defend since being dead are two of Henry the Eighth’s wives, the two who were beheaded, and Joan of Arc always comes to mind. So when he is assigned waitress, Kate Wender’s straight-forward small claims suit to reclaim her refrigerator from her no good, chiropractor ex-boyfriend, Antinous believes the cosmos has finally given him a deserved break–that is, until Kate’s ex-boyfriend is shot dead. After Kate is framed by the Las Vegas mob for the murder, Antinous must clear his seemingly scatterbrained client of the crime before she’s sent off across the River Styx by the same thugs who dispatched her former squeeze. From the card tables of 1970s Las Vegas to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Antinous must discover who’s responsible for a pile of dirty dealings or be forever trapped between life and death.

  8. JB Hunt
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 20:57:50

    Compared to the flood of new releases coming in January, December looks pretty thin.

    But I’m excited that the next book in Kieran Kramer’s Impossible Bachelors series is out on November 30th. I started the first book in the series today, and I’m really enjoying it.

    Book One: When Harry Met Molly
    Book Two: Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right

  9. DS
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 21:16:31

    Fantasy rather than romance: I just finished listening to Sharon Lee’s Carousel Tides. The heroine, Kate Archer, returns to the small town on the Maine coast where she had lived with her grandmother. Her grandmother, Bonnie Pepperidge, is missing and the bank is about to foreclose on the carousel that her grandmother owned at a small amusement park called Fun Country– and that’s the easy part to resolve.

    Sharon Lee is a co-author of the Liadan Universe novels (with Steve Miller) but this one only has her credited. The narrator of the audio book is easy to listen to. She uses a bit of a New England accent although I’m not familiar enough with northern accents to pick out if it’s close to a Maine coastal regional one. (It’s a pet peeve of mine that narrators will often substitute one regional southern accent for another.)

    I liked the world building as one would expect with Sharon Lee although looking back, I do have a couple of questions.
    If this is not the first book of a series I am going to be disappointed because I enjoyed my stay in Archer’s Beach and wouldn’t mind going back again.

  10. Ciara
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 05:54:58

    What’s up with December, there are no new releases I’m eagerly awaiting!

    Read some really good books this past month. Loved the Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh was most enjoyable if slightly repetitive. I’m all excited for Hawks book. Started stalking Nalini Singh’s website for any news. Of course Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan was fantastic if a bit slow to start.

  11. Jessica
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:20:22

    I finished My Lord and Spymaster last night – it was really great. If I was a big romance reader I might not have liked this book as much as the romance was often in the background, and the plot was driven more by the smuggling and spying parts of the story. This is one I would highly recommend to any other readers who liked historical romances.

  12. Linda S
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:39:28

    Since you asked, I have to vent. Is anyone else frustrated with the current quality of editing in romance novels? I’ve come to expect misspellings and grammatical errors, even lost plot threads from certain reads. But, last night I was reading the first hardcover from a series I enjoy (and don’t usually see this in) and a main character named “Liv” was called “Liz” several times and other words were misspelled. It makes me want to contact authors and say please send me an ARC and I’ll fix it for free. Am I just an old fussbudget?

  13. JenM
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:26:56

    The only UF book I loved in November was Grave Witch by Kalayna Price. It had flaws, but the world building was good, the pacing was excellent and I had a hard time putting it down. On the romance side, I finally picked up the first of Meg Benjamin’s Konigsburg, TX series, Venus in Blue Jeans (it was offered free by Samhain a few months back), and promptly glommed on. I’ve now read three of the books and the fourth is ready and waiting on my Kindle.

    Not much to look forward to in December, but I will probably get Black Wings, a debut by Christina Henry that sounds good, and a collaboration between Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Connie Brockway called The Lady Most Likely… that looks good.

  14. Joanna V
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:51:07

    @JenM: I agree with your comments on the Grave Witch, and would also recommend it. Especially loved her characterization of Death, and her first paragraph was a real attention grabber.

    Also, am looking forward to Maya Banks next in the KGI series “No Place to Run” Enjoyed the first one “The Darkest Hour” a lot.

  15. ms bookjunkie
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 11:02:35

    I’m catching up on Patricia Briggs’ backlist and just finished RAVEN’S STRIKE. It’s even more full of awesome than RAVEN’S SHADOW (which I really, really loved), and it delves deeper into that certain problem and its history…

    Jayne Ann Krentz’s SHIELD’S LADY is being reissued in December. I hadn’t been able to get my hands on it before (and believe me, I tried) so I was thrilled to be able to finally read it. It gave me the warm fuzzies, got promoted to keeper and comfort read (yes, on the first read!) and just made me all-around happy. If you like the early Krentz futuristics, You’ll like SHIELD’S LADY.

    STRANGER by Zoë Archer shouldn’t be forgotten in the December reads…mm mm mmmm, hot hero alert! I so love the various mythologies Archer incorporates. Each book is so different and yet so complete. I’m going to reread the whole series soon, so I can read for enjoyment instead of rushing through…

    On the infuriating front, Linda Howard’s ICE was a total price gouge even as a mmpb. I’ve read longer categories–at category prices! And the story was forgettable. *sigh* I’m done buying her new unless DA or SBTB gives rave reviews. *is sad*

  16. Jeannie Lin
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 11:15:58

    I read THE IRON DUKE by Meljean Brook and was blown away, as most readers are. It was my first steampunk and after finishing it, I just wanted more! (The Iron Duke may be responsible for a few steampunk jewelry impulse buys.) I bought Ciar Cullen’s STEAMSIDE CHRONICLES from Decadent Publishing after hearing about it on Meljean’s blog. Totally different from The Iron Duke, but it still blew me away. The snappy writing really put the “punk” in steampunk for me and the love story was so surprisingly tender. It’s a story that takes a lot of risks and I’m just amazed how the author came up with her Steamside world.

  17. Jessica
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 18:01:25

    I read Grave Witch last week and also really enjoyed it. I thought it was a strong start for a new series and it has a lot of potential, I will definitely be looking forward to more of this.

    A great suggestion for readers who like Kim Harrison and wonder what Rachel would be like without Ivy and Jenks, or fans of Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series.

  18. Rebecca (one of them)
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 07:25:06

    I found the mudbug series on Amazon and smashwords. Jana DeLeon was one of the authors affected by Dorchester’s problems, and I’ve been waiting for this final installment. I didn’t want to buy it when Dorchester was being accused of not paying its authors, so I’m hoping that Ms. DeLeon had her rights reverted, and is selling them herself.

  19. Ciar Cullen
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 11:49:08

    Wow, Jeannie. Well, at the risk of sounding like a suck-up, I have coincidentally recently finished Iron Duke and Butterfly Swords! But everyone here knows how awesome those two books (and writers) are.

  20. RStewie
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 13:08:26

    I recently read Afterlight by Elle Jasper and really enjoyed it. It’s first person, but done really well…I’m on the look-out for the next two in the series.

    Also, I read the Otherkin series by Eve Silver, which were released back to back to back. These were great, esp. in that the heroines were all multi-cultural, and their different heritages played (somewhat) into their storylines.

    None of these are Dec. releases…but *I* just found them and so wanted to share.

    I also read the manga series (so far) The Bride of the Water God, by Yoon Mi-Kyung. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is good so far.

  21. Estara
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 08:28:46

    @DS: Katherine Eliska Kimbriel and I totally agree with you about Carousel Tides.

    Also, I would guess the accent is probably correct, because Lee and Miller live on the coast of Main themselves these days, from what I have read.

  22. LizJ
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 20:27:39

    The Iron Duke was great!

    I just made the switch to ebooks, so this is my first month trying to buy only electronic format. I guess it was a good month to switch, since there’s only 3 or 4 titles that I want to read. It was a little frustrating waiting till the “official” publish date knowing that some of these books would be in stores, and even available at a discount with coupons, before the regular priced ebook titles would be available.

    Tore through Marjorie Liu’s latest in two days. It was pretty good, not my favorite in the Dirk and Steele series but better than the last one or two.

    Thought you all might like to know that The Battle Sylph by L. J. McDonald is now a free NookBook at Barnes and Noble’s web site.

  23. Estara
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 15:24:08

    If you guys haven’t seen this yet, there is a lovely free short story collection offering by some authors at the December Lights project.

    Every December Lights Project story is sure to have a happy ending. As we reached out to other authors to join our project, we asked for stories that were light-hearted and upbeat, stories that could fill us with warmth no matter how cold the weather. (Or cool us down, for those living in Australia or New Zealand!).

    We’ll be posting stories every few days throughout December, at a minimum of two or three a week. Every story is free to read, and we haven’t put a “donate” button anywhere on this website. We’re not trying to raise money; we’re giving these stories as a gift, from us to you, to celebrate this winter season and fight off the darkness.

  24. Nicolette
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 20:35:49

    I’ve been on a bit of a Sherry Thomas kick just recently. The only book of hers I haven’t yet read is “Delicious”. And I confess I’m a converted fangirl… except for one little nitpicky fact that pulls me out of the story every single time. I didn’t notice it in “Private Arrangements”, but both “Not Quite a Husband” and “His at Night” mention South Africa. South Africa didn’t exist as a country before 1910.

    For books that seem to carry their period well in all other aspects, that one slip really upsets me. Of course, it’s not something that most other American or British readers are going to notice.

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