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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. may
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 13:18:01

    Tuesday is going to be a holiday here – with new Nalini Singh, Tara Janzen (long awaited!), Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James & more all releasing…

    well let’s just say I am working today so I can take that day off. :)

    Just got around to reading Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton and LOVED it. Also working my way through Ilona Andrew’s backlist (loving), and read Kieran Kramer’s Impossbile Bachelor books (adore!)

    On the bad book side – just plowing through older TBR that isn’t worth mentioning.

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  2. Ammarylis
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 13:35:04

    I’ve got a lot of new releases I plan on gorging on in February on top of the new Frost, Mead & Cole novels.

    ★Everyone Loves a Hero-Marie Force
    ★Nightshade-Michelle Rowen
    ★The Perfect Play-Jaci Burton
    ★License to Ensorcell-Katharine Kerr
    ★Darkest Mercy-Melissa Marr
    ★The Iron Witch-Karen Mahoney
    ★Darkness Becomes Her-Kelly Keaton

    This month I found-& became a little infatuated-with Shelly Laurenston. I’m working my way through her “Magnus Pack” series. Then it’s onto her “Pride” one & “Dragon Kin” under her pseudonym, G.A. Aiken.

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  3. jayhjay
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 13:44:43

    I have been eagerly awaiting Heidi Cullinan’s new book Nowhere Ranch since I read an excerpt on her site months ago. Yeah!

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  5. Carly M.
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 13:56:28

    Not a February book, but I just finished “Rakes & Radishes” by Susanna Ives this afternoon and I just can’t say enough how great this book is. So many authors proclaim their heroes “rakes” without showing the despondency and consequences of their “rakish” behavior, and I thought Ms. Ives did that really well in this Regency.

    And thanks @Ammarylis for reminding me that Jaci Burton’s new book hits shelves this month. I swear, that cover has done a great job of marketing, at least for me!

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  6. Jane Davitt
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 14:05:06

    Late to the party, but I’ve just discovered J R Ward. My maiden name was Ward, so the cover caught my attention :-)

    I’ve finished Covet, started Crave, and I’ve collected the first 7 of the Brotherhood series to read from the library. I’m enjoying them but I do have some issues with the style; she does this weird thing in dialogue where a character asks a question and the sentence ends with a period. And a really teeth-grating trick of separating a sentence into single words for emphasis: ‘What. Did. I. Say.”

    That aside, I find them very readable and entertaining and I’m looking forward to catching up. I’m a big fan of epic good and evil struggles and I could see them making a good TV show.

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  7. RebeccaJ
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 14:17:36

    I just finished reading, “Her Christmas Hero,” by Linda Warren, which is connected to another fantastic Linda Warren book, “The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas.”

    In HCH, Quentin Ross, the very man who rescued Britt during an accident is the one who was hired by her ex to take their baby away from her.

    In TSoHT,Quentin’s sister Peyton has found herself on the wrong end of the law. Two really good reads. Linda is so good at creating memorable characters.

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  8. Jen X
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 14:24:35

    I finally read my first Jennifer Crusie book. BET ME. So, now I know who Min & Cal are. It was a very fast, fun & funny read but I was getting so sick of all the chicken marsala!

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  9. Chelsea
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 15:14:35

    Jane Davitt, I feel your pain regarding J.R Ward’s writing style. I mean, I love her books for some reason, but real people just don’t talk like that!

    In February I’m most looking foward to the new Kresley Cole book. Right now, though, I busy finishing Shadowfever and want to get caught up on several dozen other series (multi-tasking, yay!)

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  10. Janine
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:29:55

    @Jen X: I had the same “Aren’t they ever going to eat something else?” reaction to that book.

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  11. Jane Davitt
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:34:21

    @Chelsea:

    Yes, I was totally thrown when a female character calls a man’s penis his ‘sex’ during lovemaking too. I’m not sure what word would’ve worked best there, but for me, that one wasn’t it.

    Still, they’re great escapist books and I’m definitely looking forward to the ride :-)

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  12. becca
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:45:27

    Tried to get into the new SEP book, but there was too much “cursed by awesome” for my current taste (nothing she’s written can match Natural Born Charmer for me)

    Thanks to DA, I’ve been reading a lot of Laura Griffin, until I hit One Wrong Step, in which the heroine just grated on me for some reason, so I’ve put that one aside.

    Now I’m on the Jo Beverley books DA just reviewed (just finished Deirdre and Don Juan – loved it!)… wish they all were available for my kindle in affordable versions, though.

    DA is being hard on my budget this month.

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  13. becca
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:48:57

    oh, and I’ve just downloaded Rakes & Radishes – my first Carina Press book. Sounds good! so thanks for the referral.

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  14. John
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:15:42

    I’m looking forward to Sarah Morgan’s newest Presents – I love me some Sheikhs. Elizabeth Hoyt’s newest release, Notorious Pleasures, looks really good. I enjoyed Wicked Intentions even with its faults, so this next one promises to be good.

    YA wise, I’m reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Feb. 1st, 2011) and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait to read The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, either.

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  15. Nifty
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:35:03

    @Jane Davitt:

    Ward’s writing style reminds me of my last relationship: When I read the first book — when the relationship was new — there were things that caught my attention and annoyed me, but I was infatuated so it was easy for me to ignore the annoying quirks. As the books (and relationship) wore on, those annoying quirks became even more annoying and too difficult to overlook any longer. Ultimately I ditched both the books AND the relationship.

    Very much looking forward to Archangel’s Consort (Nalini Singh, January 25), and I’m already prowling cyberspace for any little word or snippet or advanced review about River Marked, the 6th in the Mercy Thompson series, due March 1. Gimme!

    Just finished reading Skin Heat by Ava Gray. It got a good (A-) review at AAR. My own personal rating would be maybe a B-. (I haven’t read the other books in this series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing much information.)

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  16. brooksse
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:39:43

    I have Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism on pre-order. That’s it for new books for me this month; hoping to make a dent in my TBR pile.

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  17. Joanne
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:48:28

    I read an ARC of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT by Darynda Jones which I think is her debut novel and although a stand alone it’s the first of a series.

    It’s a paranormal but no weres or vamps in sight and very funny. It’s also written in first person for those that avoid that – as I normally – do but it works in almost every way.

    And J.D. Robb has #40 with TREAHERY IN DEATH.

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  18. Joanne
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:59:00

    I can so spell treachery.

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  19. Jane Davitt
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:37:08

    @Nifty:

    I’m left wondering why, back when she was just starting out, an editor or proofreader didn’t draw her attention to the fact that when you ask someone a question, you end with a ‘?’? I know when you get famous, you’re often allowed to do things your way (not always a kindness) but back in the early days that wouldn’t apply.

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  20. Mireya
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:40:38

    I have quite a few books that I want that come out on Tuesday. I had wanted the newest Janet Chapman in ebook, but they delayed the release in ebook format until Tuesday. The print version has been available for several days and I didn’t even realize that. I ended up getting the print version, which I intend on starting to read either tonight or tomorrow.

    My list for Tuesday includes:

    The Countess – Lynsay Sands
    Unveiled – Courtney Milan
    When Beauty Tamed the Beast – Eloisa James
    Notorious Pleasures – Elizabeth Hoyt
    Archangel’s Consort – Nalini Singh

    My most recent finished read was Lynn Viehl’s “Frostfire”. Though I love her work, I can’t say I liked the main characters in this book much, plus I had issues following the plot. I kept getting the feeling that I was missing things that I shouldn’t be missing as I actually have read all of the Darkyn, and what has been published so far of the Kyndred series.

    I read “Rakes and Radishes” late in the fall and frankly, it wasn’t to my liking. First, I made the mistake of thinking it would be a somewhat lighthearted read (it was not) and it was, to my taste, too melodramatic. Heroine starts as as a selfish brat (at least from my perception), hero as doormat. 180 degrees turn, heroine turns into doormat, hero into an assoholic jerk (the rake part I guess). Nope, definitely not to my liking. Of course, this is just me. I know a lot of other people enjoyed that book and I would like to try other books by the same author. I don’t give up on a new to me author just because I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book of theirs that I ever read. If I did that, I would have missed on a LOT of authors that I utterly enjoy reading.

    I am also catching up with Jo Beverley’s book list as well as Carla Kelly’s, based on recommends from other “regulars” in this blog. I am going to have to start “budgetizing” more o.O

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  21. Ammarylis
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:50:41

    @Nifty:

    I too broke away from Ward. It toke a black eye, broken teeth in a restraining order but I have finally ended that bad relationship! My library has pre-ordered Lover Unleashed but I will lock myself in my walk-in closet before I give into temptation & read it.

    I WILL happily rough up anyone who gets in the way of me buying Archangel’s Consort on the 25th. I need to spend QT with my angelic harem.

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  22. DS
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 19:07:52

    I found out Vicki Tyley has another suspense book out on Kindle, Brittle Shadows. She’s the Australian author whose agent couldn’t sell her books– already traditionally published in Australian, I think– to a US publisher. He finally put them up on Amazon and she’s a bit of a Kindle sensation.

    I’ve been buying them as they come out bud didn’t realize that there had been a 3rd one in December. They aren’t barn burners but good steady entertainment although the romance is generally background to the mystery.

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  23. Eva_Baby
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 19:10:46

    @Ammarylis:
    LOL.

    My own “breakup” with Ward was much more benign. More like I went out for a gallon of milk and never came back.

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  24. becca
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 19:39:02

    Vicki Tyley sounds good, and the books are priced right… which one should I start with? her Amazon page doesn’t indicate a series order.

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  25. Marsha
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 19:56:14

    @Eva_Baby:

    Shhh…don’t tell Karen Marie Moning, but I’m about to go out and “run an errand”. Consider me outta here.

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  26. Ashley March
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 20:49:47

    On my end, I can’t wait to read Unveiled by Courtney Milan and Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt. I was blown away by Courtney’s Trial by Desire and read an excerpt of Notorious Pleasures that hooked me immediately. February looks like a bad month for my budget…

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  27. Las
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 22:29:45

    I’m in such a huge reading slump that I don’t even know what’s coming. Isn’t Julie Ann Long’s latest Pennyroyal Green book due soon? I’m looking forward to that one. I love Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series with a passion but I haven’t been able get past the first page of her Archangel series.

    I’m currently reading Delilah Marvelle’s “Prelude to a Scandal.” I found out about this book by accidentally clicking on an ad on one of the blogs and it sounded really interesting. In an effort to get out of this slump, I’d recently decided to pick books based solely on their description and not on reviews (I’m not going to read any reviews until after I’ve read a book), and “Prelude…” was the first book to catch my eye.

    So far it’s…okay. I love the way the author thinks about historical romance (read her blog, it’s fantastic), but the writing in this one so far isn’t living up to the story’s potential. It’s not bad at all, but it needs polish.

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  28. Las
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 22:31:45

    Err…sorry for the double post. I thought the internets ate the first one instead of going through.

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  29. ruth
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 00:56:50

    @Jane Davitt: I don’t think Ms. Ward allows her work to be edited. Which explains alot…

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  30. Michael
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 03:08:50

    The author whose books I reallly enjoy is Terry Pratchett .. If You enjoy humour and who does not that follow Terry Pratchetts Disc World series. I cannot stop reading. Start with “The Color Of Magic” , and than the Light Fantastic..

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  31. Jane
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 07:17:18

    @Las Robin and I adored JAL’s latest Pennyroyal Green book but it isn’t out until the end of the month.

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  32. Jane
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 07:19:13

    @DS I’m going to guy and buy these. I like a good mystery even if the romance is in the background.

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  33. Jane
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 07:20:19

    DA is being hard on my budget this month.

    @becca We are both gleeful and sorry for that.

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  34. Jennifer Estep
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 07:58:16

    @John: I just finished The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and really enjoyed it. Lots of interesting world building, and I thought the idea of iron fey was really clever.

    I’m also looking forward to the new Cole and Frost books in February …

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  35. becca
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:03:41

    Jane @ 32 – actually, it was the $750 vet bill that hurt… but I’m loving the Jo Beverley books, they’re definitely keepers. I’ll have to try to bookmooch her backlist, however.

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  36. Chris W
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:16:43

    @Nifty: Sample Chapter is up on Briggs web site but the ebook is going to be $12.99 on Amazon. I have been waiting for this one but I don’t know. May have to get on the library list.

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  37. jcp
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:39:23

    I recommend Game for Love by Bella Andre. I also enjoyed Unleashed by Cheri Lynne (both hot reads).

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  38. Nancy
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:53:35

    I’m piling up:

    SEP’s Call Me Irresistible
    Tara Janzen’s latest (Gah, forgot the title!)
    Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism

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  39. Melinda
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 10:00:51

    I am eagerly awaiting Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism. Love her books!

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  40. Sunita
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 10:09:42

    I am behind on my January reading, let alone February, so the TBR is queueing up fast. Harper Fox, ZA Maxfield, the latest Charlie Cochrane and new-to-me Cooper Davis, all from Samhain, look good. And of course Heidi Cullinan’s Nowhere Ranch.

    In the category department, the Penhally Bay series is finally coming to the US! #1 and #2 released in print in Dec. and January, with ebook releases a month later. I recommended #1 in my January list and #2 by Sarah Morgan is a good read as well. For those of us who like series set in afictional world, Penhally has a lot of good books from favorite Medicals authors.

    @becca: So glad you liked them! Who needs money for food and shelter, anyway.

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  41. Jane Davitt
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:30:14

    @ruth:

    I Googled the question mark lack last night and realized that I was the millionth person to be aggravated, heh. Couldn’t find anywhere that she was asked about it or explained it in an interview, though.

    Doing away with an editor never seems to end well. Not sure why people do that.

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  42. Chelsea
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:05:45

    @Jane Davitt:

    That isn’t even her only glaringly obvious mistake. At some point my friend, reading through I think the third book, caught her using your when it should have been you’re. Plus she has countless punctuation issues because of her fondness for periods where there should be commas.

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  43. Jane Davitt
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:12:37

    To be fair, your/you’re should’ve been picked up by the proofer. And yes, when you write ‘bullshit’ as ‘Bull. Shit.’ you’re going to have a lot of readers going ‘What. The. Hell. (no question mark).

    I’ve got all the books in a pile waiting to read so I probably will, but I’m approaching them prepared to be irritated by the punctuation issues.

    Still can’t find anything online apart from people querying the weirdness; no explanation by the author, no justification. Odd.

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  45. gena
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 13:18:09

    I can’t wait for Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis. Love her books.

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  46. Kristen A.
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 13:35:17

    I just finished Delilah Marvelle’s Once Upon a Scandal last night, so I’m now officially waiting for The Perfect Scandal in February. But first, Unveiled by Courtney Milan is coming out tomorrow.

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  47. Tamara
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 15:01:09

    @Jane Davitt:
    No, a mistake like that should’ve been picked up by the author.

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  48. Mary G
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 15:11:56

    Animal Magnetism – Jill Shalvis
    Everybody Loves a Hero – Marie Force
    The Perfect Play – Jaci Burton
    Ice Breaker – Deirdre Martin
    and that's just day 1 & contemps – LOL.

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  49. Jane Davitt
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 16:17:43

    @Tamara:
    For me, there’s a difference between a typo, no matter how egregious, and a deliberate, continuing choice to ignore a simple grammatical rule. One can happen to anyone, the other comes over to me as arrogance.

    A basic error like that should never have made it into print and IMO more than one person shares the responsibility for it.

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  50. cead
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 16:54:09

    @Jane Davitt: Wait, what grammatical rule? There’s no grammatical rule being broken here. “your” and “you’re” are homophones; people often get the spellings of homophones confused. That’s really all it is.

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  51. Jane Davitt
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 17:18:39

    Sorry if I was unclear; the grammar rule was her choice not to end a direct question with a question mark. I find that less forgivable than a your/you’re mix-up, which her editor/proofer should’ve caught anyway.

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  52. Chelsea
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 17:29:22

    @Jane Davitt:

    I agree with you. I think with the punctuation issues it’s more offensive because it’s deliberate. She’s not the only author to do things like that, but she does it in excess so it’s frustrating.

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  53. Jane Davitt
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 17:33:07

    I don’t get it. She’s actively annoying a section of readers for no good reason; who does that? If she can’t get over that the characters are strong, manly types who grit out words through tungsten-coated teeth without mangling the rules, well…

    If she punctuated correctly, no one would mind, everyone would be happy. The illogic is driving me crazy, like a shred of meat caught in my teeth I can’t get out and keep worrying at.

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  54. Laura
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 17:59:56

    I’ve never read anything by Jaci Burton, but the cover of The Perfect Play caught my eye and while back and I have to have it. I’m also very interested in reading a romance about an athlete, so I hope this one turns out to be good.

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  55. Nifty
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 18:14:55

    @Chelsea:

    The one that annoys me is “lay.” As in, “Will you lay with me?” On her board, I asked her why she doesn’t use “lie,” which is the correct form of the verb, and her response was that it was old English. *roll eyes* (I figure that since nobody ever says, “Will you lie with me?” the correct verb choice is adequately antiquated-sounding. No reason to add a layer of ridiculousness by using the wrong verb form. Of course…this is the author who had one of her heroines describe her hero’s wang as “phearsome.” An extra layer of ridiculousness is obviously her stock in trade!)

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  56. Carin
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 19:21:49

    Ward: I enjoy the books. Crack, or rather Crhack. I just take the punctuation and grammar as part of the world. I’m actually kind of fond of the crazy punctuation. No. Bull. Shit. Crazy, but I can hear it clearly in my head. Which is sort of funny, because I tried listening to the audio version and I just couldn’t. Awful.

    OK, enough being a Ward fan girl.

    I’m looking forward to:
    The Perfect Play – Jaci Burton
    The Last Goodbye – Sarah Mayberry
    Jill Shalvis’ Animal Book.
    And J.D. Robb? I didn’t realize there was a new one due. Hooray!

    My list is pretty backed up though. I found Sarah McCarty’s Hell’s Eight books and I’m addicted. I have a friend yelling at me to read Outlander. So, the pile grows!

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  57. Chelsea
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 20:42:41

    @Carin:

    On some level, I agree with you. It’s easy to get immersed in the world and forget about the ridiculous language. But some of it is pretty jarring. And it’s usually when in the midst of all of the informal, wonky sentences she throws in something ye olde sounding–like the “lay with me” thing. I know, I know, these guys are both very old and very gangsta…but the merging of the two is not always smooth.

    And I too am excited for a new J.D Robb. Talk about an addictive series…

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  58. Kerry D.
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 21:13:22

    This is totally unrelated to any of the discussions going on above, but since it’s an open thread, I thought I’d throw it out here.

    Lately I’ve noticed that significant numbers of ebooks are disappearing from my Books on Board wishlist. Has anyone else noticed this happening to them?

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  59. ruth
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 22:08:07

    @Jane Davitt: Ward edits herself. She allows others to read the finished book, but not edit. She cannot edit the voices in her head. The story comes out like it should be told. She goes over the book herself. This is what she said in person at a question and answer time. I can’t imagine having an ego that big.

    I am noticing more and more books that are just not being edited. Which is a huge shame. All books should be edited, no writer is infallible. Writers are too close to the work and need to have someone else read through them. Not just for story arc work but for basic time line info. Were there any holes in the book? I have stopped reading some people because I don’t think anyone in the publishing house actually read the book before they printed it. If they don’t care about the work then why should I bother paying for it?

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  60. ruth
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 22:10:46

    @Jane Davitt: Because she does not care if you read her books. She has plenty of other fans.

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  61. Chelsea
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 07:11:12

    @ruth:

    Oh my, I didn’t know this but it actually really bothers me. “Can’t edit the voices in her head”? She’s writing romantic urban fantasy, not the Bible! Of course she needs to be edited. And yet, I continue to read these books. I guess I’m part of the problem.

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  62. Jane
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 07:16:28

    @ruth Wow. Ward sounds like an utter piece of work. Holy cats.

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  63. Jane
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 07:16:49

    @Kerry D. Do you think it has something to do with DRM?
    =

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  64. ruth
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 10:46:05

    @@:I don’t want to sound super down on Ward, but I when I read comments about people not understanding her and her books, I feel compelled to speak. I was a huge fan until I meet her in person. She was the star billing for a readers weekend right before V’s book came out. We had all spent so much money to see her, and her new book was coming out the next Tuesday. The book seller was able to get the new book a little early and sell it to us for her to sign and she was ticked! I just could not get over that! Here we had not only bought her books, but paid money to see her, and she was begrudging us 2 days. Then after making comments like the ones I posted above, she left in the night a day early! We had paid money to see her on Sunday and we come down to breakfast and she was gone. People were shocked. Ward is an ego unto herself. People were complaining in a very nice way about the Jane situation at the end of the book, and she basically said if we don’t like the books, don’t read them. She has plenty of fans and did not need us. Then she unleashed her fan girls on them! LOL After that I just could not buy her books anyone.

    I know others who love her and think she’s great…that’s fine. I just can’t keep supporting this author with my money.
    Chelsea

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  65. Chelsea
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 12:02:53

    @ruth:

    I remember there being some angry folks on her blog after Phury’s book came out. A lot of people felt like she had abruptly switched genres from romance to fantasy (which was pretty true) and expressed their issues. They were basically told the same thing: don’t read them. Personally I read both paranormal romance and fantasy with equal happiness, so it doesn’t matter to me. But people had a valid point: if a book is marketed as romance it should be primarily a romance. Similary issues arose with Karen Marie Moning and her fever series, but I believe it was handled with a bit more grace, and at least the genre jump wasn’t mid-series.

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  66. Janet P.
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 13:48:52

    No offense to the Ward fans but after the book where the 40 virgins were squealing in delight over the opportunity to vacuum at the Compound and that one poor girl was locked in a room for weeks with frozen peas and toothpicks (like they couldn’t afford a set of tinker toys?) about the one thing JR Ward and I agree on is that I don’t need to read her books. LOL

    February. Jill Shalvis and a cover with a sexy man and a puppy. Who can resist?

    Now that the Fever series has ended, I’m starting it.

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  67. Chelsea
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 14:46:50

    @Janet P.:

    In that book it always bothered me that no one in the vast rotating cast of characters tried to reach out to the pea/toothpick chick.

    I personally find the Fever series widely entertaining, but deeply flawed. I’m halfway through Shadowfever now and both loving and hating it.

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  68. Sabrina
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 17:27:06

    @Carin
    I also enjoyed Sarah McCarty’s Hells Eight series and was very happy when I won an ARC of “Reaper’s Justice” from DA—thank you DA!
    It’s a new series and I was hoping it was going to be like Hell’s Eight but it wasn’t. I honestly do not remember much about the book where her Hell’s Eight I can tell you all about. Needless to say I was disappointed.
    On the band wagon with Ward, I totally agree with everyone, she needs to come down off her throne and allow editing. I can deal with some of it once or twice a book but every other page or so it begins to be way to much. I mean What. The. Fudge. get over it already;)
    Why is it we find a good author, said author puts out 2 amazing books then the writing goes down hill at a rapid speed but we keep going back? As much as I loved Ward, Julie Garwood, and many others their writing is more about quanity then quality IMO. I work to hard for my money to keep throwing it away on a hope that the quality is back.

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  69. HelenB
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 06:58:46

    Not a romance but those of you who enjoy Jasper Fford shouold like Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. A British police constable discovers he can talk to ghosts. It is a very Londoncentric book and possibly confusing to US readers but very funny. It made a nice change of pace. Now on to Archangels Consort – yipee!!

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  70. KeriM
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 07:18:55

    Here are a few books I am looking forward to.
    Elizabeth Hoyt’s book of course…going to pick it up today.

    Primal Anthology: Ava Gray – Lora Leigh 2/1/11

    On the Hunt Anthology: Shannon K. Butcher – Jessica Andersen 2/1/11

    Deadly Heat Cynthia Eden 2/1/11

    When Beauty Tamed the Beast Eloisa James 2/1/11

    Absolutely Positively (Lucy Valentine Bk 3) Heather Webber 2/1/11

    The Perfect Play Jaci Burton 2/1/11

    Borrowed Light Carla Kelly 2/8/11

    Kiss Me Kill Me Allison Brennan 2/22/11

    One Night Is Never Enough Anne Mallory 2/22/11

    The Heiress Lynsay Sands 2/22/11

    Harvest Moon Robyn Carr 2/22/11

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  71. Patricia Briggs
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 00:29:11

    I had a happy surprise with Lilith Saintcrow’s Taken, a Harlequin Nocturne. I wasn’t surprised that I loved it, I just hadn’t known she was coming out with anything this month.

    Saintcrow, IMHO is an underrated writer. I have enjoyed her work a great deal since first discovering her Watcher series. My favorite of hers is The Demon’s Librarian — though Taken is up there.

    And no I don’t know her personally, though I met her for a brief handshake at a Bookseller’s convention in Seattle.

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  72. J.
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 21:55:49

    I need a rec. I think I’m heading towards a reading slump. The last couple books I’ve read were Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Consort; Karen Marie Moning’s Shadowfever and Jeaniene Frost’s Destined For an Early Grave. Whatever book I pick up afterwards I’m like “mmeehhh”. I should be all paranormal out but I tried to read other books and couldn’t stick to it. Anyone has anything really good they would like to recommend? :) My credit card is itching to get a good book!

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  73. Lada
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 11:17:23

    I just finished Archangel by Sharon Shinn because it was recommended here as part of the discussion on arranged marriages.

    I’m sad to say I was disappointed though AM/MOC is one of my favorite tropes. Why I love that catagory of romance is the courtship that happens for the two to fall in love. In this case, the married couple spends 90% or more of the book apart and there is really no wooing involved. Still a very good fantansy story but not what I was hoping for.

    I’m currently reading SEP’s Fancy Pants as a set-up for Call Me Irrisistable. This one is bringing to mind the recent discussion on authors updating their older works to presumably make them more palatable for the current climate. I hope SEP never does that with this book even though it contains everything from mild violence against women to the “N” word. It’s a product of it’s time and as a reader, I have no trouble appreciating that fact.

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  74. EricaC
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 00:09:48

    @HelenB:
    Thank you for recommending Rivers of London. I’ve only just started reading it, but it has really grabbed my attention (and I’ve been in somewhat of a reading slump). FYI, it’s called Midnight Riot in the US.

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  75. MaryK
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 02:08:26

    Copyright restrictions on out-of-print media suck.

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  76. MaryK
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 19:57:48

    This reminds me of complaints about author websites. Dilbert on websites.

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