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Top Ten List from Verona St. James

Every Friday we try to post a top ten list from someone in romance, whether it is a reader, author, or even an editor or publicist. Today’s list comes from aspiring author Science Fiction and Fantasy Romances, Verona St. James. She's been an avid reader of the Romance genre since her older sister got her hooked with Jude Deveraux's The Raider when she was ten. At present, Verona is toiling away at an institute of higher education to earn her long overdue BA while also working on her first attempt at a SF Romance.

(Fun fact: She wrote the "If You Like Lois McMaster Bujold" article that was up on Dear Author last year)


This is just a simple list of the most awesome romances I've ever read, and it should be noted that all of these authors are extremely talented, so it was very hard to pick just one book from each.

  1. These Old Shades
    by Georgette Heyer (Kindle link)
  2. Again by Kathleen Gilles Seidel (Particularly great if you're a fan of Regency Romances because this is full of in-jokes). This book is out of print.
  3. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. Kindle link
  4. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase. Kindle link
  5. Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold. Kindle link.
  6. This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
  7. The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran. Kindle link
  8. Anything For You (Harlequin Blaze) by Sarah Mayberry. Kindle link. It looks like this is already out of print.
  9. Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. Kindle link.
  10. Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl. Kindle link

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sandia
    May 21, 2010 @ 11:35:21

    You know what sucks about this new agency pricing? Now because I feel like I’m no longer getting a deal on back listed books, and now have to pay sales tax, I’m much less likely to buy these.

    I have been waiting for Duke of Shadows to show up on the Kindle, and I’ll probably buy that – but I’ll probably put off trying some of the other back list items.

    And I always usually love buying recommended back list books, but I’ve noticed that I’ve been buying much less.

  2. Karenmc
    May 21, 2010 @ 11:57:47

    Sandia, The Duke of Shadows just became available on Kindle. You have to pay full price, but that book is definitely worth it.

  3. Ridley
    May 21, 2010 @ 12:01:44

    $7.99 for a DRM encrusted file is a rip-off, great book or not.

  4. MaryK
    May 21, 2010 @ 12:34:14

    Mary Stewart is awesome. I think it’s great that her books are still in print.

  5. Sandia
    May 21, 2010 @ 12:40:14

    @Ridley: My thoughts exactly! Especially since if I walked down to Target or Walmart, I could get the book at a discount. Then give it to someone if I wanted to. But no, I now have no discount choices and must pay full list price, and tax. I just have noticed that I’m buying more books from Random House imprints (because of the impression of a deal – I mean it’s 6.29 vs 7.99 so it’s really not a real difference as far as dollars go… just the perception of value)… I’ll probably still buy a few new books for authors who’s series I’m addicted to, but probably won’t be finding new authors from an Agency Model imprint….

  6. Janine
    May 21, 2010 @ 14:34:12

    I’m really gratified to see Seidel’s Again on this list. It’s probably my favorite Seidel and one of my favorite contemporary romances, and it deserves to be better known.

  7. Verona St. James
    May 21, 2010 @ 15:52:21

    @Janine: I am definitely a Seidel evangelist now (I got my mom and my sister addicted so that’s a start…) I LOVE her books. Even her so-so ones are so incredibly well-written. And Again is just all kinds of brilliant. I really do believe it’s a must-read for anyone who loves Regency Romances.

  8. Jenny Schwartz
    May 21, 2010 @ 19:23:56

    Fantastic list. I’d forgotten “This Rough Magic”. For me it blended into the magic of “My Family and Other Animals” (Greek islands), and then, there was that scene with the dolphin. Oh, yes. Great book.

  9. Ros
    May 22, 2010 @ 02:57:20

    Great list! I nearly didn’t click through because SF/F is not my thing. But there are several of my all-time favourites here and a few others that I now think I should try. Thanks.

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