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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. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 13:24:40

    The Iron Duke. The Iron Duke. The Iron Duke. And Here There Be Monsters, the novella that precedes The Iron Duke.

    Have to wait till November for the next book in the series. Meanwhile, trying to read The Iron Duke veerry slloooowly. The worldbuilding, the characterizations, the prose – I’m kind of blown away.

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  2. Kristen A.
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 13:26:22

    My copy of The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle was backordered to March 4, so I’m looking forward to that finally arriving. The irritating thing is that my local B&N has it in stock, but B&N.com won’t let me cancel my order there.

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  3. LEW
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 13:35:59

    Stayed up to 5am reading because I found a Regency where the heroine is an eccentric fossil collector – “Ravished” by Amanda Quick. As a paleontologist, I just can’t express enough how excited I am about this. Fossils and romance novels, my two favorite things, are happily co-existing! Anyone else out there read any paleontology smut?

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  4. Ceilidh
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 13:42:18

    Sadly most of my reading has had to take a backseat to my stuff for my coursework, but luckily my course requires me to read lots of plays! I’m reading The Comedy of Errors right now because I’m off to see an all male production next week. I also have The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett to finish – the first Pratchett novel I’ve ever read.

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  5. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 13:42:39

    Oh – I remember that one – the hero with the scar – I LOVED him. My sister and I have inhaled most of the AQ Regencies.

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  6. Jen X
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:14:55

    @Kinsey: Aren’t you so psyched for Lady Corsair’s story?!? I am so excited that her hero is Archimedes Fox. I love me a frenemy story! Meljean better be typing away, LOL.

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  7. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:21:06

    YES…In fact, halfway thru Iron Duke I backed up and started over b/c I felt like I had missed some crucial detail.

    I kinda wanted Yasmeen to get with Rhys’ buddy Scarsdale b/c I think the poor drunk acrophobe has potential, but I’ll enjoy whatever the story does.

    And it’s SO well written. The narrative is as good as the dialog.

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  8. Chelsea
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:21:50

    Currently reading the latest Kresley Cole book. Then I will hopefully be catching up on Jeanine Frost’s Night Huntress books.

    Also, I’m on the look out for a decent YA book/series to share with my 14 year old sister. Like me, she’s a paranormal fan. We’ve tried Twilight(for which we both said meh), Shiver by Maggie Stievfater (which she loved and I thought was ok), and Rachel Vincent’s banshee series (which we both liked very much). Suggestions are welcome: I’d really like to find a series that is ungoing if possible.

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  9. Ammarylis
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:25:51

    This month (February) I finally started two series that have been raved about ad naseam by my friends: The Hunger Games & Kate Daniels! I enjoyed both of them way more than I thought I would. I’m very suspicious of hyped up books. I’m looking forward to continuing both of these series in the future.

    Books I’m Excited About Reading in March:

    ★ Eternal Rider-Larissa Ione
    ★ Taste Me-Tamara Hogan
    ★ Mermaid-Carolyn Turgeon
    ★ Entwined-Heather Dixon
    ★ Falling Under-Gwen Hayes
    ★ Subway Girl-P.J. Converse
    ★ American Vampire-Jennifer Armintrout

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  10. Jen X
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:28:53

    @Kinsey: It IS really well written. I am not a big sci-fi/PNR/UF reader but TID blew me away.

    Uhm, I don’t think Scarsdale & Yasmeen would have worked seeing that he’s gay. ;)

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  11. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 14:34:40

    That would be an obstacle…:) I guess I did miss details, or else I just haven’t gotten there yet.

    I’m a huge UF/PNR reader but I was getting burned out on the genre – steampunk is new and fresh.

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  12. Kristen A.
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 15:21:19

    @Chelsea

    The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong is the YA wing of her Otherworld universe. The first trilogy is out and the first of another trilogy in the same universe with a new narrator is coming in April. I’ll confess that my only familiarity with the YA books is the parts she’s read at signings, but based on that and how good the adult series is I’d say they’re worth checking out.

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  13. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 15:25:25

    I don’t know if your sister wants YA romance, Chelsea, but I always recommend the Artemis Fowl series to everyone, teenage and adult alike – it’s unique, funny, fantastic worldbuilding. My 9 YO reads at an eighth grade level and she can’t put them down.

    She also likes the Alcatraz series but it’s not as dense and complex as the Fowl books.

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  14. JoanneO
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 15:35:10

    Treason in Death is waiting for me to collect from the sorting office – as I was out on Saturday when it was delivered.

    Shalador’s Lady – I like Anne Bishop’s books but not enough to pay hardback prices so I’m a year behind.

    River Marked – Patricia Briggs. In the UK they’re still in paperback but the cover style has changed, so now I’ll have three different cover styles (gorgeous US covers for the first few, boring UK covers for the next two and now generic urban fantasy) sigh

    Late Eclipses – Seanan Mcguire, if my pre-orders arrive on the same day, I don’t which I’ll read first out of this one and River Marked

    Blackout – Rob Thurman, re-read of this series starts tonight.

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  15. Las
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 15:58:08

    Still haven’t managed to get fully out of this slump. It’s been mostly DNFs and rereads. I just finished Courtney Milan’s Unveiled, which I really enjoyed, and I’m starting Anne Stuart’s Ruthless.

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  16. Chelsea
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 16:08:41

    @Kristen A.:

    I should be slapped for not realizing she had a YA series. I read Bitten last summer and loved it, and I plan on reading the rest of the adult series. Will definately look into the YAs as well.

    @Kinsey:

    I think I recall her reading or attempting to read the Artemis Fowl books a few years back. I confess I am utterly ignorant as to what they’re about.

    Mainly I’m after YA romance, but open to anything with a strong/interesting teenage protagonist.

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  17. Lindsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 16:12:50

    Ahh, so excited for River Marked. I am a bit upset that all my copies of the Mercy Thompson series are paperback, and therefore, at my parents’ house, which means I probably won’t get to reread the series before reading River Marked (boo).

    I’m also looking forward to the next Night Huntress book, though that comes out next week instead of in March.

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  18. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 16:31:51

    Almost forgot…I got my hands on a hardback copy of The Windflower, for 20 bucks. Haven’t read it in 20 years and I’m waiting for a kidless weekend so I can lock myself in my room and read it straight through.

    Oh, Devon. Oh, Morgan. Oh Tom and Sharon Curtis why haven’t you ever given Cat his own book?

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  19. Jenny Schwartz
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 17:58:38

    Lew — I read “Ravished” by Amanda Quick a few months ago — and kind of immediately re-read it! Loved it. Loved the heroine’s obsession with bones, too.

    Ceilidh — Your first Terry Pratchett *sigh* I am such a huge fan. Hope you’re having fun.

    I’m waiting impatiently for “River Marked” by Patricia Briggs. And just finished “With this Fling” by Kelly Hunter. Such a clever title and a great read!

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  20. Keishon
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 18:34:17

    Just waiting for RIVER MARKED by Patricia Briggs March 1.

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  21. Joy
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 19:31:59

    I’ve been reading Jeannie Watt’s backlist. I’ve discovered I really like contemporary westerns, especially apparently the ones involving large livestock AND work/life conflict issues, which is pretty much what Watt writes about. Her recent release is _Maddie Inherits a Cowboy_ (typical Hqn title) and is very good.

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  22. Darlynne
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 19:40:00

    @Ceilidh: I LOVED “The Wee Free Men” and highly recommend listening to the audio version, if your library has it. There’s also an illustrated version, which is a hoot.

    This week, because of the enthusiastic praise on this site and SBTB, I read books by Karina Bliss, Julie James, Kristan Higgins and Deirdre Martin. And I’m scratching my head because I just don’t get it. They were OK, but the characters irritated me more than they entertained or even spoke to me.

    OTOH, I was all over Meljean Brook’s “The Iron Duke” and I’m not even a huge fan of historical fiction.

    Maybe I just need to head back to the paranormal world. If so, bring on Patricia Briggs in March.

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  23. brooksse
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 20:41:52

    Looking forward to “A Lot Like Love” by Julie James. And “Everyone Loves a Hero…” by Marie Force (a February release that will probably be a March purchase for me).

    I’ve also recently purchased a couple self-published ebooks by Marie Force (True North & The Fall for $2.99 ea.) and a couple self-pubbed backlist titles by Alison Kent (Love Me Tender & Love in Bloom for $0.99 ea.).

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  24. BethP
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 21:28:54

    I just finished reading “The Perfect Play” by Jaci Burton. I will admit that I’m shallow and that I totally bought the book for its cover.

    UPS should be dropping off the latest releases from Anne Mallory, Sylvia Day and Julie Anne Long on Tuesday. I can’t wait!

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  25. carly m.
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 22:04:09

    I’m in the mood for a family saga glom a la the Bridgertons/the McKays (ha, yes, I do put historical regencies and contemporary western erotica in the same category, i.e. well-written and emotionally engaging). Anyone have a suggestion?

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  26. Emily
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 22:15:20

    Sooo excited about Maya Banks’ Hidden Away. Suzanne Brockmann’s Breaking the Rules and J.R. Ward’s Lover Unleashed. I don’t know if I’ll manage to get any homework done! Especially since one hit’s before midterms and not after :(

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  27. LEW
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 22:39:24

    @carly m – You could do Julie Garwood’s contemporaries, starting with Heartbreaker. They follow the siblings (and friends) of the Buchanan Family. Give me some Garwood any day! That being said, several of her Highlander historicals have recurring characters, too.

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  28. Kinsey
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 22:58:30

    Carly – have you read Gaelyn Foley’s Knight Miscellany Regencies? Awesome, IMO. The Duke is the first in the series.

    Ceilidh – I envy you – wish I could read a Terry Pratchett book for the first time again. I remember my amazement when I discovered the Discworld series. The only series I know of that hasn’t gotten stale and has in fact gotten better with each successive book, and there’s around 40 by now.

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  29. RKB
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 23:09:46

    I was fairly angry about Kristen Britain’s latest Green Rider series book, Blackveil. The first book in the series starts out as A Girl And Her Horse type of fantasy and it goes from there.

    It’s bad enough to wait 3-4 years for her to write and publish her books. But this latest book has a main *male* character raped and nobody gives a $hit. This (plot?) had me fairly enraged for awhile, but now I’m just meh, I am not buying the next books in the series, maybe I’ll read it in the library.

    I do *not* recommend reading this series until the author finishes the series. It’s just too darn frustrating.

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  30. Jody Wallace
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 23:19:37

    Loving The Zero Dog War by Keith Melton. UF from Samhain. So hard to find good funnies that are still good books!

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  31. Ann G
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 00:14:05

    @Kristen A.:

    Kristen–That’s ridiculous that B&N won’t allow you to cancel the online order, when you could buy the book at their local store. Maybe you should order future books from another store.

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  32. Janine
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 01:22:20

    @Chelsea: For YA, I really recommend Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief series. I’ve reviewed all four books for DA and you can find those reviews here.

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  33. Roob
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 01:43:31

    I’ve been reading Susanna kearsley’s novels after the excellent review by Sunita (thanks Sunita!). Trying to pace them. Now doing a (comfort) re-reading of Kate Daniels series.

    Waiting eagerly for March 1. Waiting for A Lot like Love by Julie James (finally!) and Late Eclipses by Seanan Mcguire. Julie James is one of the few contemporary authors I read.

    Also, I realize that Kim Harrison/Dawn Cook also has a new book in her Rachel Morgan series. How is that series? Any recs?

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  34. Leslee
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 06:30:41

    Highly recommend Late Eclipses and a new YA paranormal series called Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton!!!!!

    Can’t wait for Treachery in Death and How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper.

    My husband can’t wait for The Wise Man’s Fear by Rothfuss. Rothfuss and Britian must be related since they have both taken years to put out their new book. I hope it is worth it!!

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  35. Tee
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 07:00:03

    @Las: I too really enjoyed “Unveiled” by Courtney Milan and totally understand the slump feeling. Trouble is, when in a slump, and you read a book as good as Unveiled, it’s sometimes difficult to find other books equally as good that keep you interested. Good luck.

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  36. Suhani
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 07:00:32

    Books I am looking forward to in March
    Living on the Edge by Shannon K Butcher.
    Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden Yay!
    A Lot Like Love by Julie James.
    Hidden Away by Maya Banks (#3 in The Kelly Series). Hoping it is better than the 2nd book.
    The Edge of the Night by Jill Sorenson
    Hummingbird Lake by Emily March

    A whole lot of RS :)

    Loved the Kresley Cole and so excited Lothaire is next. Been not reading that much lately in a slump, how I wish I could get my hands on Kiss of Snow by Nalini ;)

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  37. L.A.D.
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 07:13:26

    Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone.

    I read it as an ebook first and loved it so much that I bought a hard copy from Alibris. I just lent it to my mom and she loved it as much as I did.

    I saw that it was about a male prostitute who’s trying to break free and immediately thought of how much I loved the angst and the main character’s struggle in the James Franco movie Sonny.

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  38. Jennifer Estep
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:02:03

    For those talking about YA reads, I second the recommendations for The Wee Free Men and the Artemis Fowl series. I also liked The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and plan to read the rest of that series. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal was really good too, especially if you’re looking for a more fairy tale YA read.

    This month, I have Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Cole and This Side of the Grave by Frost to read. Also looking forward to Linda Lael Miller’s newest contemporary western which comes out this week.

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  39. Helly
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:05:15

    Just finished re-reading KMM’s “Shadowfever”. Tomorrow – yah – “What I Did for a Duke”, Julie Anne Long – is released. Can’t seem to find it in epub, so maybe I will buy the nook version and convert it.

    Other books I love: Kate Daniels, Cassandra Palmer (next instalment coming in June, I believe), Black Dagger Brotherhood and anything by Meredith Duran, Loretta Chase and Sherry Thomas (on my auto-buy list).

    Sadly, I have some DNF:s. Tried some new (for me) authors, but can’t seem to finish the following, they are just not gripping me: “Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc” by Sara Morgan (whiny divorcee, not my cup of tea). “The Viscount Who Loved Me” by Julia Quinn (got great reviews, but I find the hero somewhat two dimensional, the story is not engaging at all) and “Suddenly You” by Lisa Kleypas (does not convince me and there is no fire).

    On my never-buy list are Gena Showalter, bought “The Darkest Night” and lost interest completely when the screwed up heroine was running in the forest like a complete moron and Kresley Cole – her heroine in “A Hunger Like No Other” is too superficial for worlds.

    I like KMM’s Highlander series, tho not as much as the Fever-series. Vastly looking forward to Julie James latest. For those who want vampires for grown-ups, I recommend Evie Byrne’s “Damned”-series about three brothers finding their true mate.

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  40. John
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:34:14

    Falling Under is in my TBR. I think I may be avoiding it because I fear I won’t like it after pining for it for so long. Hoping to read it this week and rectify that issue.

    Upcoming releases I’m excited to read are Gemini Bites (Scholastic Press; a guy and girl twin both fall in love with a brooding, emo, and possibly vampire dude) and Suzanna Snow and the Midnight Tunnel (Scholastic Press; MG historical mystery by the author of Everlasting)

    Best stuff I’ve read recently involved Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (mother of the heroine was a romance novelist and pictured accurately writing-wise), Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (which was a good UF/PNR for the YA set), and Red Moon Rising (which is a werewolf book for BOYS. awesome)

    With that, I second The Iron King and third The Wee Free Men. Both excellent reads. The False Princess was also pretty well done.

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  41. Nifty
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 10:36:42

    Impatiently awaiting March 1st and the release of RIVER MARKED by Patricia Briggs and TWILIGHT’S DAWN by Anne Bishop. (Yes, I read the DA spoilerific review of TD, and no, I don’t care what Bishop does there. Based on what the reviewer disclosed, it all makes sense to me, and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy it.)

    I’ve already scheduled PTO so that I can spend the whole day in bed with my books. Woot!

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  42. Dawn
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 10:46:54

    Julie James! It’s the one book I’ll be getting the day it comes out (Tuesday!). And bonus – even though it’s under agency pricing, the ebook is $1 less than paper.

    @LEW I just did a reread of the Crazy books by Tara Janzen. Crazy Hot is the 1st one and features a nerdy paleontologist and mysterious dinosaur bones. They’re very fun in a ridiculous kind of way.

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  43. Jill Sorenson
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:05:55

    I’m looking forward to Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. I just read a supercute YA GLBT by Alex Sanchez called Boyfriends w/Girlfriends, also coming in April. I also really enjoyed Annette McCleave’s paranormal romance Drawn Into Darkness. Hot priest-in-disguise hero. Oh man I love that trope.

    I have Miranda Neville, Christina Phillips and Courtney Milan in the TBR. Dying to get to those. As always, so many books, so little time…

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  44. JenM
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:25:01

    I finally was able to get my hands on Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone now that she has been able to release an ebook copy. WOW! It was everything I’d heard it would be. Definitely not for those who like their heros clean and perfect, but if you want angst and emotion, this book is got some of the most honest angst I’ve ever read. I can see why she had such trouble finding a publisher for it.

    Looking forward mainly to Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead (tomorrow!), River Marked by Patricia Briggs and This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

    As for YA recommendations, I don’t read much of it, but I’ve really loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

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  45. J Myers
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:35:39

    Have been reading kaki Warner’s “Blood Rose: trilogy – am on the last book “Chasing the Sun” – just terrific reads. If you like well-written historical westerns with a family saga (three brothers) I highly recommend this series.

    I also read Ellen O’Connell’s “Eyes of Silver Eyes of Gold”, another historical western. A sweet, tender story – not sappy just heart tugging. I have orderd her “Sing my Name” to read as well.

    Loved Sarah Maclean’s two historicals – “Nine Rules to Break…..” and “Ten Ways to be Adored….” About 2 brothers – just so much fun – well written and never boring.

    I grabbed up Tara Janzen’s last book in the “Steele Street” series – J.T.’s story. Loved the entire series and sad to see it end.

    Also have read Maya Banks first two KGI series – well written RS – not the same ole thing. Eagerly awaiting the 3rd book.

    After reading so many great books, I’m scared to pick up the next one for fear it can’t possible measure up to these!

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  46. Janine
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:49:46

    What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long is fabulous. It comes out tomorrow.

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  47. Sunita
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:14:31

    @Joy: I read Maddie Inherits a Cowboy and liked it quite a bit. Loved the Nevada setting. I thought that for once the title wasn’t too far off! Granted, she didn’t exactly inherit the cowboy, but he did come with the farm …

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  48. LEW
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:14:39

    @Dawn, thanks for the head’s up! Tara Janzen in on my TBR for authors, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. My library even has Crazy Hot as an ebook! Dinosaurs ahoy!!

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  49. Jane
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:20:57

    @Sunita Is that how you get a cowboy these days?

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  50. Jane
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:21:36

    @J Myers Robin also enjoyed Eyes of Silver Eyes of Gold. I keep meaning to read it.

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  51. Jane
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:27:57

    @Kristen A. wat? That is craziness.

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  52. Mary G
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:58:31

    Loved:
    Everyone Loves A Hero – Marie Force

    Laid Bare, Coming Undone, Inside Out by Lauren Dane

    Believe In Me by Laure Moore

    Perfect Play – Jaci Burton

    Looking forwrad to:
    Deadly Lies – Cynthia Eden
    Hidden Away – Maya Banks
    Against The law – Kat Martin

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  53. Sunita
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 13:42:08

    @Jane: It does seem a bit roundabout, so to speak, but hey, if it works …

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  54. Moriah Jovan
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 14:00:06

    @carly m.:

    Carly, forgive me for putting on author promo cap, which is totally the wrong color for me, but I do family saga, contemporary, mixed urban/semirural, not a paranormal element to be had:

    The Proviso, Book 1

    Stay, Book 2

    They don’t have DRM or geographic restrictions, and they’re well formatted. They’re also in the Kindle store.

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  55. Estara
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 14:13:50

    I reread in its entirety for the first time the huge Sun Sword saga by Michelle Sagara West – and if that isn’t a perfect example of epic relationship fantasy, I don’t know what is.

    I was delighted to find that all the important women have agency, even if they grow up in a patriarchal country (one half of the setting) and that almost all the men – except for two Dominion generals – are influenced in their aims and desires by women. Very empowering series, but you need to enjoy epics, because the six books are around 800 pages each.

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  56. RachelT
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 15:55:02

    @carly m.: I would vouch for Moriah’s books – excellent and I am really looking forward to the next installment in April.

    Before then, I’m looking forward to The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox tomorrow.

    I second TaraJanzen – I loved Loose Ends, the final Steele Street book – up there with the best.

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  57. Courtney Milan
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 18:23:58

    Reader Hat: I did a huge push to get everything off my plate so I can read Julie Anne Long’s WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE tomorrow when it comes out. I just adore her as an author. I’ve written her some embarrassing e-mails in my day. I read the excerpt. I curled up into a little ball of pining want because of it.

    I’m also really looking forward to is Patrick Rothfuss’s THE WISE MAN’S FEAR. NAME OF THE WIND was awesome–an epic fantasy written in a kind of snarky style. Too often epic fantasies are written in a voice that just doesn’t work for me–it’s kind of like it needs to beat you over the head with how Epic it is. Rothfuss… man, I just fell in love with him, cranky beard and raising money for Heifer International and all.

    Also looking forward to Gwen Hayes’s Falling Under. And Patricia Briggs. And Julie James… Yep. That’s a lot of awesome books coming out this month.

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  58. Merrian
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 19:01:17

    Thanks to a review on Fantasy Book Critic blog I have discovered two great books:
    -Encrypted
    -The Emperor’s Edge

    These are by a self-published author whose ebooks are available from Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Lindsay Buroker’s two books are science fictional operas (planet bound space opera?)with telepathy and steam powered ships and an Empire – the Turgonions. They are romances as well, with two people meeting and then the story revolving around them and their love story. I loved both couples. The first couple in ‘Encrypted’ reminded me of Aral and Cordelia in the early Barrayar books by Lois Mcmaster Bujold. The two books are loosely linked with one pivotal character in ‘Encrypted’ appearing as the hero twenty years later.

    I will be looking for more of Lindsay’s work.

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  59. Nicolette
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 20:10:00

    I’m looking forward to Brigg’s River Marked and Brockmann’s Breaking the Rules.

    Right now I’m glomming up everything Linnea Sinclair’s written. I keep on finishing a book and downloading the next. Gotta love Kindle on my iPhone.

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  60. Michelle
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 21:49:48

    For the Fantasy YA recs-Besides Megan Whalen Turner’s series, try Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series. I would start with The Lives of Christopher Chant. Also Howl’s Moving Castle is awesome.

    I am looking forward to Tamora Pierce’s short story collection Tortall. Her Winding Circle series is good.

    Treachery in Death is on its way to me in the mail.

    Mercedes Lackey’s Book 1 of the Secret World Chronicle is due out too.

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  61. Gwen Hayes
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 01:36:32

    I’ll be spending my release day reading Julie James.

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  62. Howard
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 16:01:24

    I am in a challenging work environment most of the time but when I read I often enjoy good old story telling, nothing intellectual or clever.

    Last year I discovered the “The Cat Who …” series by Lilian Jackson Braun.

    I managed to find about 10 of them and devoured them with relish :)

    Unfortunately they don’t seem to fit modern tastes and it is hard to get the remaining books in the series :((

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  63. Las
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 07:27:07

    @Tee: “Trouble is, when in a slump, and you read a book as good as Unveiled, it's sometimes difficult to find other books equally as good that keep you interested. Good luck.”

    So true. “Ruthless” just joined my DNF pile. I struggled through 3/4 of it and I just couldn’t anymore. I kept waiting for just one moment where the hero wasn’t a complete asshole even in his thoughts. I’m usually tolerant of the damaged hero who’s a jerk because he hurts so much, but Rohan just comes across as a spoiled brat with too much money and not enough problems.

    I’m about to start “What I Did for a Duke.” I’ve been looking forward to it because I love this series and Julie Anne Long is an auto-buy for me, but frankly the premise of this one already has me concerned. Hopefully JAL’s magic will do the trick.

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  64. Laura
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 12:43:44

    I’m looking forward to River Marked by Patricia Briggs, Late Esclipses by Seanan McGuire and Never Again by Michelle Bardsley.

    Chelsea, have you looked into Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy? The 6th and final book was published in December. I think it’s a great series for teens, but the male love interest is older so you may want to research it a bit first.

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  65. MaryK
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 23:32:25

    There’s a poll about whether are not Twitter influences book purchases. It appears some publishing types are doubtful. I thought some DA peeps might want to participate.

    http://publishingperspectives.com/2011/02/survey-have-you-ever-bought-a-book-because-of-twitter/

    I voted and left a comment in which I *cough* quoted some effective tweets. I hope that’s okay. O_O

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  66. Jane
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 21:26:53

    @MaryK Thanks MaryK. I’ll put it in the links roundup.

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