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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.


  1. 3beans
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 13:59:30

    I see often in comments about readers following others on Twitter for book recommendations. I’m rather new to Twitter so I’d appreciate if anyone is willing to throw out suggestions for people to follow. I read all over the board, but am currently on erotic romance and contemporary binge.

  2. Sandy James
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 14:19:10

    3beans, you should probably start by following some popular reviewers. Dear Author. Smart Bitches. Smexy Books. Fiction Vixen. There are literally hundreds of great review sites that tweet. They’ll help you connect with good authors and other readers.

  3. Elyssa Patrick
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:43:59

    I usually get good book recs from @dearauthor, @katid, Janine (whose twitter handle I’m forgetting—I think there’s an underscore somewhere) and a slew of others.

    As to book recs, I was lucky to beta read Tamara Morgan’s THE DERBY GIRL. LOVED IT.

    But I’m kind of in between stages with books and am in the I have a ton of books to read on my Kindle but don’t want to read any of them, lol. I would love to hear if anything awesome has been read by anyone. I would just love to read something reallllllllllllllllly swoonworthy and happy sigh inducing.

  4. cleo
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:46:25

    I’m looking forward to the new Psycop by Jordan Castillo Price coming out on the 30th.

    I just read Glitterland by Alexis Hall – it comes out tomorrow but I pre-ordered it and got it yesterday. Is it weird that I pre-ordered it mostly because it has a bipolar hero? I enjoyed it, even though being in the narrator’s head was not always easy. But parts were laugh out loud funny and I really liked that the bipolar mc wasn’t magically cured by love or sex.

  5. Amanda
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:10:48

    I am really looking forward to Michelle Sagara’s Cast in Sorrow. It is part of the Chronicles of Elantra series,one of my true favorites. I do mainly buy eBooks but this series I prefer to read in book form, so I am anxiously waiting for an email from Amazon to say they sent it.

  6. Estara
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:48:18

    The next Elantra novel (Cast in … series, Michelle Sagara) is coming out in two days, and the next World of the Lupi novel by Eileen Wilks is coming out September 2nd? Or so? I’m sitting on hot coals here, not being satisfied with anything else I could read (loads) and therefore gaming a bit more on the pc, now I can do that again.

    I really thought Meljean Brooks last Guardian novel was a great ensemble piece with a romance that worked at the centre: I’d never have thought it of Michael when I first came across him – but, as is often the case in her books, Andromeda Taylor made the book for me.

  7. Estara
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 16:54:33

    Oh and Sherwood Smith recently released an ebook that intersects with A Posse of Princesses, if anyone has read that. Release via BVC and I am sure at Kindle and B&N, too.

    “Lhind the Thief is sheer wish-fulfillment, written in spurts over the past bunch of years, whenever my life crashed and burned.

    I finished it this year while getting past the death of my little brother. I never sent it to a major publisher: it falls between marketing categories, as it’s too PG for adult or the new YA, and it contains none of the story elements they seem to be looking for, like angsty-Instalove, grimdark, and important cultural or political themes. Instead, I kitchen-sinked it with all my old comfort-read faves: disguises, flying, swashbuckling on land and sea, tree-houses, secrets, telepathy, magical powers and spells, food, good-looking villains as well as heroes, and even some romance. It’s pretty much aimed at the same audience who read A Posse of Princesses, which it overlaps”

    Li at Bookdaze is comparing it to Andrea Höst’s Hunting. There’s a sample for downloading at the BVC site, too:

  8. Janine
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 17:40:54

    @Elyssa Patrick: My twitter handle is @janine_ballard. I had to get one with an underscore because the one without was already taken.

  9. library addict
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 20:27:51

    I’m looking forward to Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers (book 3 in her Sharpe & Donovan series) as well as the new Jayne Castle (Deception Cove) and JD Robb (Thankless in Death).

    My fave book I read this month was Kat Latham’s Knowing the Score (which Jayne reviewed here at DA).

  10. Readsalot81
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 20:54:10

    @3beans – I agree w/ Sandy’s comment. Besides the aforementioned Dear Author/Smart Bitches etc – There’s the Book Pushers, Bad Ass Book reviews, Brie from Romance Around the Corner. Plenty of folks on Twitter to recommend great reads!

    I’m also looking forward to reading Sagara’s Cast in Sorrow. I just read Anne Calhoun’s newest, Uncommon Passion, and while it’s been garnering some rave reviews.. the hero left me cold. Like in Siberia. Probably because I know several men like that personally. The love scenes were hot, and I adored the heroine.. but I hated Ben Harris and the transformation from “asshole” to “not quite an asshole” didn’t resonate with me.

  11. Kaetrin
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 05:25:32

    @3beans: if you’re looking for erotic romance recs, I’d suggest Charlotte Stein. She writes deliciously dirty books IMO. I also second the recs for the people to follow on Twitter. If you start following a few bloggers you will soon find others that have similar interests to you. Welcome to the joy that is Twitter! :)

  12. leslie
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 09:17:34

    I want to recommend Lian Dolan’s Elizabeth The First Wife. It’s a wonderful book.

  13. Darlynne
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:36:06

    @leslie: I know, but it’s so expensive right now. My library doesn’t have it so hopefully there will be a price reduction one day.

    Ernest Cline has a new book coming soon. I loved READY PLAYER ONE so much that I read it twice. Also Harry Bingham has a sequel to another favorite, TALKING TO THE DEAD.

    I’m listening, again, to Christopher Moore’s DIRTY JOB. For anyone who loves beta males, Charlie Asher is the king (which would make him very uncomfortable and anxious).

  14. JenM
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:40:28


    What a great idea to listen to A Dirty Job on audio! I don’t usually like audio books, but I imagine that one would be fantastic when read aloud. It would definitely make a long road trip go faster. I adore that book. It’s definitely my favorite of Christopher Moore’s.

  15. Darlynne
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:51:46

    @JenM: Without a doubt, one of my favorites. Fisher Stevens is the narrator and he is fabulous. If you liked FLUKE, Bill Irwin’s laid-back performance in that book is also outstanding; his rendition of Kona is priceless (“Kitties? Cute kitties?”).

  16. leslie
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:21:12

    Bill Irwin! Mr Noodle… kids loved the Noodles on Elmo’s World when they were toddlers. Irwin is such an accomplished Broadway actor I bet he’s a great narrator.

  17. Aryah B
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 17:32:04

    I’m a new, teen, up and coming author from London. I was challenged by a teacher at school to write a book which I thought would appeal to people of my age and slightly older. This was because I had a strong dislike to reading literature. I liked the stories written by The Bronte sisters and Jane Austin, as well as the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Once I got started writing my novel, the ideas just kept flowing and I eventually wrote the entire story. I’m really proud of the book ‘Finding Cloud 9’ and along the way have grown a strong passion for writing. My book that is now available in digital format on amazon.
    I would love some reviews!!!

  18. MaryK
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 20:48:13

    I’ve been having trouble with samples when using the Kindle app. Sometimes they don’t stay; they download and then, later, they’re gone. Anybody else have this happen?

  19. Lil
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 20:51:11

    Wandering through the French blog that was mentioned here, In Search of Prince Charming|I Don’t Think So, I came across a recommendation for Miranda Davis’ “The Duke’s Tattoo.” It was delightful and laugh-out-loud funny. Since it’s an ebook, and looks to be self-published, I though this might be a good spot to recommend it.
    I think the problem with too many historicals isn’t that they’re Regencies with dukes for heroes but that they aren’t very well done period. This one is.

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