Booktopia Romance Buzz
December 2010 | Edition twenty
KATE'S MONTH AHEAD
Gentle Readers,
It's beginning to look a lot like ... well, you know. Already tired of all the carols, decorations, and crowds? We might be able to help you with that!

December isn't a big release month for romance, so there's not a lot on offer this month, but, just as the big movie studios save their Oscar contenders for Christmas, so too do some of the romance publishers. We've got some of the biggest names in romance with releases this month, and it might just be the perfect antidote to too much holiday cheer.

And if that isn't enough, there's some great stuff coming in January, so check out the sidebar for titles you're going to want to pre-order.

What I've Just Finished: Have I bored you to death with my insane and deep love for Rachel Vincent's amazing YA series Soul Screamers yet? Well it's your own fault if you haven't checked them out! I've just finished the fourth in the series, My Soul to Steal. It's utterly fabulous and introduces a new character that's just too much fun to read about.

What I'm Reading Now: I've just picked up Courtney Milan's Trial by Desire. I have the lovely Australian trade paperback version, so I avoided this somewhat scary cover. Anyone else think he looks just the slightest bit creepy?

What I Can't Wait For: You will all be aware of my deep and abiding love for Julia Quinn by now, so you can bet I'm holding out for her collaborative novel with Connie Brockway and Eloisa James!

Readers, it has been my absolute pleasure to talk romance with you in 2010, and I look forward to seeing what 2011 brings us. All the very best for the holiday season - whatever you celebrate may it be merry.

Until next year, happy reading!

Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Booktopia Romance Buzz
CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARIES
A novel told entirely in tweets, and the next novel in a well-loved series: get contemporary this Christmas!
GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART

PROMISE CANYON
9781439188156Teresa Medeiros might be familiar to you from her historical novels. Or maybe her time travel novels. Or her paranormal series? Branching out, she explores the pitfalls (and pleasures) of social networking in this contemporary novel told almost entirely in tweets and DMs (that's direct messages for those uninitiated into the world of microblogging). Perfect for those already addicted to Twitter, and a great introduction to those who aren't (but should be!)

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Goodnight Tweetheart.



9780778329213Now, I have to admit, I'm astonished at how so many people find happy-ever-afters in what-is-supposed-to-be -very-tiny Virgin River. But as long as Robyn Carr keeps the books coming, I don't think we'll hear anyone complaining! This latest novel introduces Clay, the town's new veterinary assistant who has a way of gentling horses - and maybe a way towards gentling prickly Lilly, who thinks she already knows his type?

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ELECTRIFYING EROTIC ROMANCE
Two of the biggest names have offerings this month - the heat is on!
PLEASURE BOUND

NO PLACE TO RUN
9780312580155Opal Carew brings the heat this month with her latest novel about a man who, burned by a bad experience, turns his back on his D/s lifestyle. Things will be different in his relationships from now on. But what happens when he meets Marie, a woman who knows what she wants, but doesn't think Ty can deliver? Enter Ty's best friend Zeke, who just might be able to give everyone what they've never known they wanted and bring them all to their happy-ever-after ending.

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9780425238196Maya Banks turns up the heat in her new erotic romantic suspense novel - yes, look, there's kind of a secret baby. But forewarned is forearmed, and trust me - you'll get over it.

Sophie and Sam have intense history, but Sophie was never safe staying in one place, and she had to run. But she's back now, to try and save Sam's life, and, in saving his, save both hers and that of their unborn child.

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HEART-WARMING HISTORICALS
The amazing, fabulous, wonderful, Oh-how-I-love-her, novelist Jennifer Crusie has been doing collaborative novels for awhile (including one of my all-time favourites!), so imagine my delight when I found that not one, not two, but three of my favourite historical authors had joined together to combine their talents. One word: SQUEE!
THE LADY MOST LIKELY
  • 9780061247828Julia Quinn
  • Eloisa James
  • Connie Brockway
  • Together in one collaborative novel
Do you really need more information than that?

Didn't think so...(but here's a plot summary anyways!)
The Earl needs a wife, and his sister is very happy to play matchmaker for him. Planning a  house party that is sure to be the event of the season, she invites a list of eligible young ladies (and a few other gentlemen) to  her country house. Now all the Earl need do is find the lady most likely to win his heart.

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MARRY ME

THE VIKING'S CAPTIVE

WEDDING OF THE SEASON
9781420101768Jo Goodman writes lovely, dense, meaty, intense, historicals, and this one (the sequel to her awesome Never Love a Lawman) is a guaranteed good read, with an under-used setting, and mixing history, intrigue, science, and family secrets. Rhyne trusts no one, but illness forces her into the new doctor's home if she hopes to recover. But he's not letting her go until she's completely healed - including her heart.

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Marry Me.


9780062019080Sandra Hill took a break from them for a little while, but she's come back to her Viking novels this year. This time, it's not so much time travel, but you can still expect a bit of magic to come into play - especially when you team up a warrior princess like Tyra, who faces a Taming of the Shrew dilemma, and Adam, a god in human form who refuses to fall in with her plans. Still, she's not a warrior princess for nothing...

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The Viking's Captive


9780061963155Oh readers, how I love Laura Lee Guhrke . Deep, embarrassing, fan-girl love. Luckily, she is completely worthy of my affection. Especially as she has 2 novels coming up in short order. This is the first. (In case you're wondering, they're not Lady-Bachelor novels, but regencies). He left her at the altar to pursue his dream, only to find that she was the dream worth pursuing. But how to recover from an error of such epic porportions?

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Wedding of the Season

PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
Paranormal authors love their series - and it's no different this month. We have three continuations of well-loved series, and the start of a new from one of the biggest names in romance. 
RUTHLESS GAME

GODDESS OF LEGEND

LAST SACRIFICE


9780515149210Next novel in:
Christine Feehan's Ghostwalkers series

Feehan 's latest novel pits ghostwalker against ghostwalker and ... yes, features a secret baby (there are a lot of them around this month!) only it's not really a secret baby, more of an on-the-run, can't-really-tell-you-about-it-cause-it's-too-dangerous baby. Which is way more exciting. Especially when the father is charged with going after them to bring them back. Maybe it's more of a moral-dilemma baby? Check it out and decide for yourself.

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Ruthless Game


9780425228166Next novel in:
PC Cast's Goddess Summoning series.

I'm gonna just go ahead and put it out there - this is one of the best series in paranormal romance. If you haven't read Goddess of Spring, or Goddess of the Rose, then you are living a meaningless life. Meaningless.

This latest novel is less Greek myth and more legend - the goddess in this case is the Lady of the Lake, the setting Arthurian Camelot and the chance to make the story end happily.

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Goddess of Legend


9781921518904Last novel in:
Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series.

First of all, can I just offer kudos to Richelle for finishing the series? Paranormal authors, take note: readers need closure, and we know when you're just drawing out the series to keep getting book deals. It hurts us. So it's always a bit of a thrill for me when I can start a series, knowing it's finite, and there's a plan. And while I'll definitely miss the guilty pleasure of this series, that's what re-reading is all about.

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Last Sacrifice



IN TOO DEEP
9780399157028Here's a little piece of trivia: Jayne Ann Krentz (in her Amanda Quick guise) was my gateway author into the world of romance. It's not enough for her to write under three different names - now she's creating cross-pseudonym series. The Dreamlight Trilogy was her first, and In Too Deep is the beginning of a brand new story arc about a small town, a reclusive paranormal investigator, the woman who understands him, and the danger that they're about to uncover.

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SCINTILLATING SUSPENSE
While it's not really summer weather (where is the sun?!), you may need chills and soon. Get them from this month's suspense titles!

LOVE ME TO DEATH

UNDER TOW

AGAINST THE WIND
9780345520395Back from her foray into paranormal romance, Allison Brennan explores the scary world of cyber-crime (especially given the online nature of this newsletter!)

Lucy was a victim once, but she's using it to help others. Now people are turning up dead, the FBI is very interested in her, and she's being stalked - again. Security expert Sean may be her only hope to save her freedom, and her life.

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9780312371920Cherry Adair doesn't really need anyone to market her book - that cover is doing a fine job all on its own! But, if you need more, like, say, a plot synopsis, I'm happy to oblige.

He's got a Casanova reputation, but all he wants from her is her skills as a diver. Which suits her just fine, because all she's interested in is the priceless treasure they're searching for. Their agreement is strictly business. For now.

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Undertow


9780778329190Every time I take a look at this latest suspense novel from Kat Martin, I end up with that Bob Seger song in my head. Now it's in yours too. Why should I suffer alone?

She humiliated him in high school, when  he was 'that no account Raines boy'. Now she's back, widowed, and in trouble. Why she expects him to help, he doesn't know. But he also can't seem to resist playing the white knight she so desperately needs.

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Against the Wind

   
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Electrifying Erotic Romance

Heart-warming Historicals

Pulse-Pounding Paranormals

Scintillating Suspense

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
Everyone makes them, but who really follows through? Make one that's easy to keep for 2011 and start pre-ordering. Not only will you feel way more organised, you'll also get books in the mail!

It's the ultimate win-win situation.

You can get a head-start with January's titles. You're just a click away from a well-deserved feeling of smugness and accomplishment.
SHADOWFEVER
Karen Marie Moning
WILD MAN CREEK
Robyn Carr
CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
ARCHANGEL'S CONSORT
Nalini Singh
DEATH'S SWEET EMBRACE
Tracey O'Hara
MASTER OF SMOKE
Angela Knight
ANGEL AT DAWN
Emma Holly
UNVEILED
Courtney Milan


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