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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. Mireya
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:02:05

    Well, I fell in love with Janet Chapman’s “A Highlander Christmas”, which is her latest in her Highlander series. I do have to say that it took me a bit to get hooked on this author’s work. I don’t know what compelled me to keep reading the series as the first three books really didn’t impress me much. However, I am glad I continued.

    I finished the last book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s series the Legend of the Three Soldiers. I liked it, however, it is not my favorite. My favorite is “To Beguile a Beast”. I found it such a nice take on a Beauty and the Beast sort of storyline. I am a sucker for that sort of plotline.

    Right now, I have “Born of Night” by Sherrilyn Kenyon lined up next. I am also waiting for next week’s releases from Robin D. Owens, “Heart Change” (effin’ about time! Having just one book in the series released every year is KILLING me… well, not really, but you all know what I mean) and “Blaze of Memory” by Nalini Singh.

    On a slightly different note, need recommends for good historical romance holiday anthologies, please!

  2. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:14:42

    @Mireya — I like the Heart series too. I finished Heart Fate a few weeks ago. Heart Duel is still my fav, though.

    I just finished Get Real by Donald Westlake, which is one of his Dortmunder comic crime novels. Funny as always, but it makes me sad too since he passed away last year and this is the last book.

    And I read and loved The Hunger Games. I thought that was really well done, and I loved the voice.

    I have Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman to read next, along with Frostbite by Richelle Mead and some Lee Child books. I’ll read Fire by Kristin Cashore at some point too.

    Anybody have any recommendations for westerns or romantic suspense? I’m always on the lookout for those. I’ve really enjoyed Roxanne St. Claire’s Bullet Catcher series, and I was thinking about trying one of Leslie Parrish’s books …

  3. Angela James
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:18:52

    Jennifer: Try Kylie Brant’s books. I’m a fairly critical reader of romantic suspense and it’s not a genre I pick up often, but like you I love Roxanne St. Claire. I similarly thought Kylie Brant’s first book was fantastic (I haven’t read the second yet). And One Scream Away by Kate Brady was one of the best books I read this year. Those are three authors that can tempt me to read romantic suspense any time!

  4. orannia
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:33:49

    I just finished reading Juliet Marillier’s Heir to Sevenwaters – what a fantastic book! I am beyond thrilled that there is to be two sequels…and that I also have the Sevenwaters trilogy to look forward too.

    @ Mireya – I’m hanging out for Blaze of Memory too. BTW, did you know Nalini has an excerpt from Archangel’s Kiss (not scheduled to be released until February) on her website?

  5. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:44:53

    @Angela — Thanks so much for the recommendations. I’ll check them out! ;-)

  6. may
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:45:11

    my to-read list is staggering, I don’t even know where to start. Elizabeth Hoyt, Nora Roberts (wedding), Christmas anthologies… so much new to read.

    I just finished Susan Mallery’s 4-book series (the texas sisters one – whatever the heck that was called) and I give it an “eh, so what” overall. Liked #1 and #4 way better than 2 & 3, but whatever. Something about rich & beautiful people all getting HEA that makes me less excited than usual.

  7. may
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 17:52:03

    For Romantic suspense I’d suggest Cindy Gerard’s BOI series – a new one just came out and it was another satisfying read.

    and I see that Jennifer Estep, author of awesome Karma Girl, is the one asking. Which is SO another book I tell people to read- it was CRAZY FUN!! Which brings me to the question – any super hero fun romances out there aside from that series y’all suggest?

  8. Angela James
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 18:10:14

    I’ve preordered both Nalini’s book and Kindred in Death, both of which release November 3rd and will appear like magic on my iPhone that day. I’ll have a hard time deciding which to read first!

  9. JBHunt
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 18:24:35

    I really enjoyed Maria Geraci’s May release — Bunco Babes Tell All — and am looking forward to the sequel, out this week, Bunco Babes Gone Wild.

    Nice to read a fun contemporary single title these days with so few on the shelves.

    Anyone have others to recommend?

  10. Rowan
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 18:28:31

    After seeing the review here of Cast in Silence by Michelle Sagara, I received both it and Cast in Fury as a gift from a friend. I devoured Fury, and am now making myself wait for Silence. I also have one of her books as Michelle West on my nightstand for when I can slip into a book for a few days at a time.

    My son is prodding me for the latest Morganville Vampire book by Rachel Caine.

    Thanks to a coupon from Fictionwise, I have new-to-me author Josh Lanyon on deck, as well as Rowan McBride (who’s book Paul’s Dream is one of my all-time faves.)

    I’m also researching steampunk for a workshop I’m co-hosting at romance divas. Gail Carriger has agreed to join us, so I’ll be devouring Soulless (oh, what a rough job co-hosting can be!) and I’m also moving Dru Pagliossotti’s Clockwork Heart up the TBR Mountain. I’d love more suggestions of Steampunk books, both with and without romance.

  11. Susan/DC
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 18:29:19

    Don’t have a series or romantic suspense to recommend, but I do have an author I consider a buried treasure: Barbara Metzger. She writes Regency romances, and she has a large backlist, some of which I’ve adored and some of which are just “meh”. But what I always enjoy is her humor (which I know is totally subjective), her voice (which is distinctive), and her wordplay (which is usually quite clever). She’s on my mind because I’m halfway through her latest, The Bargain Bride, and enjoying it so far so thought I’d recommend her for when you’re in the mood for something lighter as a change of pace.

  12. Jennifer Leeland
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 19:09:28

    I just read Kim Knox’s “7% and Rising” and really enjoyed it. It was one of her early works and fascinated me.
    Let’s just say I was reading it and glanced up at the clock to find time had flown and I was LATE. LOL.
    Loved it.

  13. S. W. Vaughn
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 19:46:30

    Just a random comment about nothing in particular, except… 13! How do I ever so frequently end up posting comment #13?! Astonishing bad luck? Why, yes! I have that!

    :-)

  14. joanne
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:04:47

    Roarke!
    Roarke will be here soon! —
    too much?
    Nah.
    Roarke in Kindred In Death (er, with Eve Dallas).

    I just finished Shelly Laurenston’s newest, The Mane Squeeze. Those of you who don’t care for paranormal/shifter stories this isn’t for you. For those that do, Two words: Bear Shifter! He’s a ten foot Beta Hero. So Funny & sexy.

    @Jennifer Estep: Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman was a great read, IMO.
    I’m looking for other Cowboy/Western Romance recommendations.

    @Angela James: Nalini Singh has a new book out? Not Must Love Hellhounds but another one?

  15. Angela James
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:09:41

    Joanne: if you like erotic romance, Lorelei James writes a contemp western series for Samhain that’s very popular.

    Shannon Stacey wrote two historical westerns that I love and recommend

    (full disclosure, I was the editor on those & Lorelei James books, so I am biased)

  16. Angela James
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:13:48

    Oops, sorry, Joanne. I missed your release question. Nalini’s next Psy-Changeling book, Blaze of Memory, releases Tuesday.

  17. Edie
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:21:18

    I have Shelly Laurenston’s latest and her recent GA Aiken winging their ways to me now! I am so excited!

  18. Kaetrin
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:48:55

    I’ve just finished Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. I’ve come late to the LK party but I’ve brought sparklers!!! I really really enjoyed it. I’m gonna have to get me Sugar Daddy and Smooth Talking Stranger now.

    I had only read one LK book before – it was a couple of years ago and it was one of her early ones that she’s re-worked and re-titled and I hated it. I’m soooo glad I gave her another go.

    Last month I had a binge on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. I read all of them from the beginning (some re-reads) and have to read Dream Chaser before I get to Acheron, but I’m having a small DH break as I’m a bit “glommed out” for now.

    I have Kylie Brant’s book in my TBR pile. Maybe that one will be next….

  19. liz...
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 21:10:37

    Shelly Lauernston is amazing as always.

  20. Janine
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 23:43:47

    Joanne and Angela — I have a review of the new Nalini Singh posting tomorrow.

  21. emily
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 00:04:40

    I just came back from World Fantasy Con and got to hear Sharon Shinn read the first chapter from her latest book, RANDOM BLESSINGS, which will be come out October 2010.

    The book starts with the funeral of the heroine’s father. Father and daughter had moved to the very small village years ago when her mother died. The days after the funeral, she’s still numb with grief and has started cleaning up the house, which was untended as she took care of her very sick father. Then, one day, a horseless carriage arrives at the village. A fancily dressed man gets out and asks the head villager for her by name. Everyone is shocked and she tries to hide behind her neighbor, but all the villagers look in her direction. He says he’s there to take her to marry the king.

    And that’s how the chapter ends!! ARGH!! Sharon did share some details of the rest of the story. The heroine goes to the king and manages to escape and have adventures. The man who stepped out of the carriage is the hero and does go off stage for ~200 pages (darn).

    The world is constructed so that the numbers 3, 5, and 8 are important. People get “blessings” when they’re born. I can’t remeber the all the heroine’s blessings, but of course she got “beauty”. I think power (or honor) and love were the two others. She said her world got very complicated (there are 40 blessings, 5 x 8) so she decided not to layer any religion onto her world.

    Her newest book, which she just started (~75 pages written so far) is an urban fantasy. It starts when a woman hears noise in kitchen & wonders if it’s her boyfriend or an intruder. The reason she wonders is because her boyfriend is a shapeshifter, but she’s never seen him shift. She says the theme in this book is why you love who you love. There’s a murder mystery in the book. I did not get the impression there were werewolves or vampires in this book, thank the goddess, because I am so tired of UF. I would have asked but we were totally at the end of our time in the room and had to leave.

    Sorry this is a bit disjointed. Traveling all day and I’m exhausted.

  22. BlueRose
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 00:20:42

    @ Rowan – try Mainspring by Jay Lake – its quite steampunk (but hardly any romance)

    Also HaveMercy (sorry cant remember but its cowritten by two women) – some M/M romance and intrigue – clockwork magical dragons!

    @emily – the new Sharon Shinn is interesting – is she going to write more in the same world that Reader and Raelynx was set in?

    Me? I am waiting for the last of the Jim Butcher Codex Alera series

  23. Janine
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 00:34:01

    @emily: Thanks so much for the Sharon Shinn update! They both sound like interesting books.

  24. Rowan
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 07:38:06

    @BlueRose: ooh! Both look good. Thank you!

  25. Angela James
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 08:34:01

    Thanks, Janine. I’ll bookmark it! (I always skip reviews when I know I’m going to read the book, until after I’ve read it)

  26. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 08:43:26

    @May — I forgot about Cindy Gerard. I had read her before and enjoyed the book. And that’s so nice of you to say about Karma Girl. :-)

    It’s not a romance, but I really enjoyed Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. It’s a superhero book told from the point of a new hero and the villain she is after. Very cool.

    And Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge have a new superhero series out. Black and White is the name of the first one, I think. Not sure if it’s a romance or not either …

    Gena Showalter also has a book out called Playing with Fire. Not superheroes per se, but the heroine drinks some spiked coffee and develops abilities. And didn’t Julie Kenner write a superhero series a few years back?

    @Joanne — I read Someone Like You by Leigh Greenwood and enjoyed it. He writes a lot of westerns, so you might check him out.

    @Kaetrin — I love, love, love Kleypas’ contemporaries. Those three books are some of the best ones that I have read in the last two years.

  27. Monica Burns
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:10:29

    Thanks to DA, I found the lovely Michelle Moran’s books. I can highly, highly recommend her latest release, Cleopatra’s Daughter. Primarily historical fiction it does have romance in it, which I loved. I was supposed to be writing, but couldn’t put the book down, I enjoyed it that much.

  28. LizC
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:21:34

    Work has been absolutely ridiculous since August so I’ve finished roughly 5 books since August but it’s slacking off now so I was finally able to read Tasha Alexander’s Tears of Pearl, the latest in her Lady Emily Ashton series which I bought back in August.

    It’s not a favorite and I still find the writing not spectacular but Tasha Alexander does tell a story well enough to keep me reading. I am getting frustrated that Lady Emily still hasn’t seemed to learn when not to get involved. She always ends up involved in some subplot that everyone knows is going to end badly but she thinks she knows best and she just ends up in danger. I suppose that at least she also tends to rescue herself when she puts herself in danger.

    I just ordered What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris that’s due out tomorrow. It’s the latest in the Sebastian St. Cyr series which I admit I totally mostly read for the, sometimes just moments, we get of Hero Jarvis. I find her way more interesting than Sebastian’s former mistress whose name I can never remember.

    I also ordered An Unexpected Suitor based on the review from Dear Author. It’s the first straight up category I’ve ever bought.

    And I ordered A Historical Christmas Present. An anthology featuring Lisa Kleypas. If I’ve read the reviews on Amazon right the Lisa Kleypas story is republished but I haven’t read it so it’ll be new to me. I’m always leery of anthologies but the reviews are good (for any given value you assign to an Amazon review but I find they’re a good yardstick if no one else has reviewed the book). I’m kind of most excited for this one because I love Christmas romances.

  29. Marianne McA
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:26:46

    @Rowan, it’s young adult, but I think Scott Westerfield’s new book ‘Leviathan’ might count as steampunk. (I’m still a bit vague about what counts and what doesn’t.) It’s an AU set at what was the start of WW1 in this world – the Austro-Hungarian empire have mechanical armaments, whereas Darwin discovered some way to genetically alter and meld living creatures, so the British Empire has living armaments.
    Start of a series, and no romance, just the possibility that there may be romance in the future. It’s very YA – you could imagine a 10 or 11 year old loving it, but I still liked it, and enjoyed the descriptions of life in a living airship.

  30. Jody W.
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:28:08

    I read Sophie Kinsella’s “Remember Me?” a couple weeks ago and really, really enjoyed it. I wondered if she set out to turn the whole “amnesiac heroine has to remember her mad love for her perfect, handsome yet strangely ominous husband” trope on its ear?

    I also reread Jennifer Estep’s Bigtime superhero series this month and was reminded of why I love them so (Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx). It’s a toss up as to which is my favorite. They’re a wonderful antidote to all the angst and leather out there (with them it’s more like humor and spandex).

  31. TerryS
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:54:24

    I’m looking forward to “Divorced, Desperate and Deceived” by Christie Craig. It is the third and final book in her series. I think I have just enough time to re-read the first two so I’ll be ready. With the longer nights and shorter days, it will be a real mood lifter for me. She certainly has the art of balancing humor, mystery and romance down to a fine art! (I do wish I could get it as an e-book, though!)

  32. Helen Burgess
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:46:22

    I live in the Uk and order my US books from a small independant bookshop. It works quite well, even though some books arrive before pulication date and some after, which leads up my already having read Blaze of Memory and crying! all the way though the last chapter. I do enjoy Nalaini Singh’s worlds. Now I have to wait to Febuary for the next angel book, the waitings going to be hell.

  33. MaryK
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:50:58

    @Marianne McA: and @Rowan: The Book Smugglers reviewed Leviathan and liked it a lot.

  34. Helen Burgess
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 11:31:18

    I happened upon a list of, I think, about to be published books. One of which is called Sexual Secrets which boasts a main character by the name of Rutledge Bentley! Fans of Liz Carlyle will instantly spot that this is a direct steal of one of her characters albeit the other way round. Are there so few names the author Melissa Macneal had to steal one? The offending publisher is Kensington. I do not know what the book is like but if the author cannot think up her own names then god knows what other things she might have “borrowed”. At best it is very very careless.

  35. MaryK
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 11:47:27

    The Alpha and Omega graphic novel by Patricia Briggs has disappeared from Amazon. Anybody know what happened to it? I was teetering on the edge of buying it.

  36. Rowan
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 12:00:00

    @Marianne McA: Oh! Leviathan sounds excellent, too! My 12 year old and I can do “book club” about it. He’s devoured Naomi Novik’s books, and I believe he was reading Westerfeld’s UGLIES last week…

    Oh, thank you!

  37. Monica Burns
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 12:06:42

    @Helen
    In all due fairness to the author, who I don’t know, I find it unlikely that the name was “stolen.” I see a lot of names that are reused all the time in books, but I don’t believe it’s deliberate. I openly confess that my character in Mirage has the English surname of Blakeney, as my nod toward Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (one of my all time fav reads), but the surname is all I used, and Mirage is nothing like the Scarlet Pimpernel plot or character wise.

    Authors find their time limited when it comes to reading, primarily because we’re busy writing. I confess until this moment, I would no more have known that Rutledge Bentley was used in another author's work to save my life. I’ve only had the pleasure of reading one of Ms. Carlyle’s books, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but couldn't tell you the characters' names. I just remember I liked the story enough that when I have time I'd be willing to buy another of her books.

    As an author, I do know there are certain names that would be difficult for me to get away with using in one of my works, simply because a character is so closely linked with the name. Jamie in Outlander, Roarke from JD Robb’s books, Rhett Butler, etc. Although it’s always possible, I think it’s unlikely that the author deliberately stole the name.

    Example of something similar, but on a slightly different level, but true. My book Dangerous was submitted to a publisher the month before one of Candice Hern’s releases. My opening scene was strikingly similar to Ms. Herns. A widow goes to a masked ball and has sex with the hero and then flees the scene. There's no way I couldn’t have “stolen” the scene from Ms. Hern as a) I don’t know her and wouldn't have access to her unfinished stories b) her book hadn’t even been released at the time I wrote my book or submitted it to publishers via my agent. But I can see where some readers might say when my book was eventually released by Samhain a year after Ms. Herns book that, oh wow, she must have gotten this idea from Ms. Herns, when in fact that isn’t the case at all.

    Plagiarism is a terrible thing, but I'm not sure names fall into this category, although I could be wrong.

  38. joanne
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 12:46:20

    @MaryK: If it’s the ‘comic book’ (sorry, is that a graphic novel?) then it’s there now.
    @Angela James: Thank you, I’ll put it in my shopping cart now and I don’t know how I missed it.

  39. MaryK
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 13:17:44

    @joanne: Yes, that’s it, thanks. Very weird. It’s a completely different listing from the one I’ve had my eye on for ages.

  40. emily
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 13:27:20

    @BlueRose

    the new Sharon Shinn is interesting – is she going to write more in the same world that Reader and Raelynx was set in?

    She didn’t mention that she would. I assume you read the short story in Quatrain? I enjoyed it even though I pretty much knew where it was going.

    She did say that when she wrote Quatrain, it took a whole lot longer than she thought it would because she had to re-read her previous book to make sure the world-building in the 4 short stories was consistent with the books.

  41. Joyce D
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 14:29:49

    I just read the second of Kylie Brant’s Mindhunter series, WAKING EVIL, and I liked it even more than the first one, WAKING NIGHTMARE.

    Great romantic suspenses, both of them. I am eagerly waiting for the third one.

  42. Rowan
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 14:56:58

    @MaryK: I missed your note earlier. Thank you so much for the link.

    These threads are awesome. Thanks, DA.

  43. Estara
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 16:30:07

    To fellow Sherwood Smith fans:

    In extremely good news after the September Reader’s Thread, Sherwood Smith has a contract on offer with DAW again for another story set in Sartorias-Deles. This time the narrator (not main character) is a scribe and we get to see Colend finally. It might be contemporary to Crown Duel but I’m not sure.

    Banner of the Damned and Coronets of Steel therefore have a good chance of becoming reality.

  44. LJ
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 17:27:28

    My local Borders stores (there are 5 in NYC) aren’t carrying Bitter Night by Diana P. Francis, so of course I want it more now than I did before I called each store to find it. Has anyone else noticed that their Borders isn’t carrying this book? The clerks I spoke to (in person and on the phone) had no idea why the book isn’t in the stores. It seems some Borders computers list it as a December release and other computers list it as “available online only.”

    I bought Julie Kenner’s Tainted. This will be my first Julie Kenner book. I’m looking forward to reading Skin Game by Ava Gray (aka Ann Aguirre), which I also bought. And later this month I can’t wait to get my hands on Kelly Gay’s The Better Part of Darkness. I didn’t care either way about the book until I read the first chapter and fell in love with the voice. I’m a cover person, so I was more excited about Kelly Meding’s Three Days to Dead than The Better Part of Darkness because I preferred Meding’s cover.

    Robin McKinley’s Chalice is out in paperback on 11/24. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for it so I decided to wait for the paperback.

    Victoria Holt has another reissue on 11/24 – Lord of the Far Island. I read Mistress of Mellyn and enjoyed it, so I’m going to try this one, too.

  45. LJ
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 17:29:56

    By the way, thanks for the update on Sharon Shinn, Emily. I haven’t read her yet, but I’ve purchased several of her books because of the reviews I’ve read. Random Blessings sounds like a book I’m going to buy even if I haven’t managed to read anything by her before then.

  46. Jenny Schwartz
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 18:50:22

    Great reviews and great reader comments. I love Dear Author. So, I thought it was time I stopped lurking and contributed.

    Finished “Hunting Ground” by Patricia Briggs last night, and thought it the best of her Alpha and Omega stories. Touches of humour and lovely character development. Brother Wolf is such a neat concept.

    “On the Edge” by Ilona Andrews. Good read and I’ll definitely buy the sequel. I’ve already fallen in love with its hero.

    “Soulless” by Gail Carriger. I was hooked from the very beginning.

    And just thought I’d mention Georgette Heyer’s detective stories. They have only a light touch of romance, but “Death in the Stocks”, “Footsteps in the Dark”, etc. are lovely. But then, I’m a huge fan of Heyer heroes and 1930s mannered mysteries.

  47. Monica Burns
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:14:44

    @LJ – Judas Kiss and Devil on Horseback by Holt are good. Actually DOH is my fav of Holt’s. Great hero IMHO

  48. JessW
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:19:15

    I just finished reading Never Love a Lawman, by Jo Goodman, one of my favorite authors. Not a big Westerns fan but I loved this book, which had all JG’s trademarks: intricate plot, complicated but strong hero and heroine, and a slowly evolving relationship that you believe will last through to HEA.n

    Next up is Indiscreet by Carolyn Jewel.

    Waiting for Burn (Howard) from the library. Planning to buy the newest Singh once it hits the shelves.

    thanks for sharing, everyone.

  49. Ruth (CO)
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:21:39

    LJ – per Mad Libs (Francis’ blog) no Borders is carrying it. I did find it at a Barnes and Noble.

  50. Ruth (CO)
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:23:11

    By the way, I loved the story and cannot wait for the next in the series. Max is a great character. She has some flaws but it only makes her more of an engaging character.

  51. Angela James
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:23:50

    Oh, that’s a huge shame. I hate to hear for any author that a major chain isn’t carrying their book. Thankfully, it is available digitally and I pre-ordered my copy (along with Tainted by Julie Kenner, which I’m reading now) so it was downloaded right to my iPhone the morning of release! It’s in my queue of books to read.

  52. Chciklet
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 19:36:43

    I bought all six of the Harlequin Vintage Collection books last week — the reprints of the pulp novels from Harlequin’s early history. I haven’t even finished the first one (Kiss Your Elbow by Alan Handley, set in the New York theatre world) and I’m loving it. I really hope the other books live up to this one.

  53. Janine
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 20:32:19

    The Blaze of Memory review is now up. As you can see, I liked it.

  54. BlueRose
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 23:27:48

    @emily – no I havent had the chance to read Quatrain, I must see if the library has it

    @estara – YAY big fan of Sherwood Smith here – thanks for the update

    @LJ – according to her blog – Borders decided not to stock Bitter Night due to the recession essentially :(

    And Chalice is EXCELLENT, I got it in HB. It does pay to pace yourself and read slowly (which is hard I know) and I found it improved a lot on a slower reread, but its delightful

    @Jenny S

    Finished “Hunting Ground” by Patricia Briggs last night, and thought it the best of her Alpha and Omega stories. – I was puzzled as I really liked this too but it got quite average review

    “On the Edge” by Ilona Andrews. – I picked up her Magic series after it was raved about here, and loved it, and have this reserved at the library, and cant wait

    “Soulless” by Gail Carriger. – also reserved at the library, and really looking forward to this

  55. LJ
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 07:15:27

    Thank you, BlueRose and Ruth for the information on Bitter Night. I’m disappointed for Diana Francis, especially since the reviews for the book have been great and I always see her other series at my Borders stores. Maybe I will see if one of the independent bookstores is carrying it, otherwise I’ll buy it at B&N.

    This is an issue that confuses me. I wonder how Borders came to this decision. It seems they are carrying nearly every urban fantasy/paranormal series that has been released lately. So I wonder what it was about Bitter Night that made them turn it down. Maybe they will have a change of heart and carry it in the future. (I’ll check Diana’s blog to see if there’s any more news about it.)

    I’m glad to read your thoughts on Chalice, BlueRose.

    Judas Kiss and Devil on Horseback by Holt are good. Actually DOH is my fav of Holt's. Great hero IMHO

    I’ll add these titles to my TBR list and hope they will be reissued at some point.

    And just thought I'd mention Georgette Heyer's detective stories. They have only a light touch of romance, but “Death in the Stocks”, “Footsteps in the Dark”, etc. are lovely. But then, I'm a huge fan of Heyer heroes and 1930s mannered mysteries.

    I bought Death in the Stocks the day it was released. I’ve never read one of Heyer’s mysteries and this one seems to have the best reviews on Amazon. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  56. readerdiane
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 10:57:24

    I am so excited about all the great books coming out the last 2 weeks.
    Amazon will soon be deivering:
    The Girl on Legare St. by Karen White
    Blaze of Memory
    Kindred in Death
    Heart Change by Robin Owens
    Ain’t Too Proud to Beg by Susan Donovan
    Skin Game by Ava Gray (aka Ann Aguirre)
    Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk
    & Bitter Night (amazon has it)
    Just finished the new Stephanie Laurens & Nora Roberts. I am not sure that I will finish the new Susan Mallery, I am having trouble with the male lead as he has been such a villain in the other books.

  57. ReacherFan
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 13:07:56

    I’ve been plowing my way through paranormals, less true romance than kick-ass heroine. I recommend:

    Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
    Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
    Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
    Dying Bites by D D Barant

    All worthy reads, though Skinwalkers was a cut above. All seem to be the start of a series. I’ve done the review on Vicious Circle, but not the others yet. Too busy reading. :-)

    I just ordered a whole bunch more of new to me authors that are doing good work in this genre.

    I’m not feeling the love for Roxanne St Claire’s Make Her Pay. It’s coming off too predictable for me. Finger Licking’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich was a big disappointment.

    The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston is arriving today or tomorrow. Let’s hope it’s better than her short novel in the Belong to the Night anthology. Dragons Prefer Blondes by Candace Havens was at best a C-. Would you believe she changed the hair color of the heroine from her first book – where she made this big deal about the different hair color of the Carruthers sisters? GAH! There are times chick-lit books drive me mad. For those who like a bit of mystery, try Kyra Davis’ Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss. Big thumbs up for enjoyment.

  58. Jenny Schwartz
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 20:26:18

    @ BlueRose, do you know how much I envy you your local library? I wish I could count on mine getting in these great new releases.

    @LJ I hope you like “Death in the Stocks” as much as I did. Even the police officers are gentlemanly.

    @ReacherFan Thanks for the tick for Skinwalker. I couldn’t decide whether to read it or not. You tipped the scales in favour.

  59. BlueRose
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 20:47:23

    @Jenny S

    Yes its a pretty good library for SF and Fantasy – their website even has an RSS feed thats updated every friday of all the new books they have purchased! So I get to be FIRST on the list for lots of new books as I check it every weekend.

    And thats why places like DA and this kind of thread are AWESOME to get new authors/books to try out – my reading horizons have greatly increased as a result :)

    Oooh and Bitter Night just came into my local specialty SF bookstore, and I have a copy on hold for me :)

  60. ldb
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 18:02:03

    DeVa Gantt’s completion to the Collett trio, I read the first book, and I have the second book, I haven’t read that because I knew it would make it more difficult to wait for the last book. This is an old fashioned historical epic kind of book which was seperated into three because the publisher dodn’t think it would sell as a signle book. Any one who supports self pubs, the author originaly wrote this and published it as Collett’s Pray. Anyway read these books, I want more books like this and I htink if these books do really well it could send a message.

  61. MaryK
    Nov 05, 2009 @ 12:53:32

    I’m curious about the Nicole Peeler book. Has anyone read it?

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