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September 2010 | Edition Seventeen
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Kate's Month Ahead
9780061783135Gentle Readers,
What a month it's been! I had the great fortune to spend some time with Australia's creme de la creme in the Romance world in the last month at the 19th annual  Romance Writers of Australia conference. What a treat it was to brush shoulders with Anna Campbell, Anne Gracie, Christine Wells, Denise Rossetti, Keri Arthur, Erica Hayes, Bronwyn Parry, and Tracey O'Hara - and to meet our up-and-comers including MJ Scott, who's debut paranormal is out next year.

Of course, you want to know who won the coveted R*BY, Australia's highest honour for romance writing. Don't let me keep you in suspense. The 2010 R*BY's went to:
Short Sweet:
Sharon Archer: Marriage Reunited: Baby On The Way

Short Sexy:
Amy Andrews: A Doctor, A Nurse: A Christmas Baby

Long Romance:
Sophia James: Mistletoe Magic

Romantic Elements:
Tracey O'Hara: Night's Cold Kiss

Huge congrats to all the winners and the nominees!

It may only be September, but Christmas is not that far away - and so the Christmas-themed stories start. If you want to get into the spirit a bit early this year, I've pulled out the upcoming Christmas stories into a special area, so you can either peruse or avoid as to your wishes - but if you choose the latter, don't think you can do so forever! This time of year flies by!

What I just finished: Soulless by Gail Carriger and it was frickin' fantastic!
What I'm reading now: I'm going a little country with my contemporaries, and picked up Carolyn Brown's I Love this Bar
What I can't wait for: Gail Carriger has two other novels in her Alexia series - I'm ordering them right now!

Until next month, happy reading.

Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Booktopia Romance Buzz


AUTHOR OF THE MONTH
9780425236383I'd say Book of the Month, but author Jill Shalvis has two in September: a re-release of an old favourite, The Trouble with Paradise and a new novel Simply Irresistible. If 9780446571616 you haven't yet experienced Jill's sexy, light contemporaries (with a bit of a mystery thrown in!), what on Earth are you waiting for?

Jill has graciously joined us this month to talk about the inspiration behind Simply Irresistible. She also sent me the knitting pattern which features heavily in the novel - but I couldn't fit it into the newsletter. So if you'd like a scarf pattern, straight out of the pages of Jill Shalvis, send me an email at kate@brraddicts.org and I will email it to you!

Without further ado, here's Jill:

When I started this series about three estranged sisters who get stuck together running a beach resort, I decided I was out of my mind.  I don't have sisters.  I have a brother, and we like each other just fine.  Then at the dinner table that very night, my three teenage heathens started bickering and fighting, and I just stared at them in awe and wonder.

I had my fodder!  "Keep fighting," I told them -- much to their utter shock, since I've spent the past fifteen years begging them to get along.

After that night, it was a piece of cake to write the sisters - Maddie, Tara, and Chloe - their claws barely sheathed, with resentment and affection vying for space. 

So then all that I had left to do was find the three sexy guys who could handle them.

It just so happened that, at the time, my neighbor was having an addition put on her house.  For six glorious weeks, there were a bunch of guys hanging off the roof and the walls, in perfect line of sight of my office.

Which is really my deck.  It's a wonder I got any work done at all.

So I sat in the sun and wrote while in the background cute, young, sweaty guys hammered, and sawed, and in general, made my day.

And on some days, they even took off their shirts.  Those were my favorite days of all.  But I digress ...
I was working very hard, planning out conflicts and plot pacing and trying to nail down my hero.  And given what I was looking at for inspiration, it shouldn't be any surprise at all that the hero for this first book in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible , turned out to be a master carpenter.

And a very sexy one at that.

I'm actually writing book two right now.  I keep going out on the deck, sitting and patiently waiting, but my neighbor hasn't hired any more sexy carpenters.  Darn it. 

Perhaps I need a new addition myself!

Booktopia Price (Simply Irresistible): $9.50
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Booktopia Price (The Trouble with Paradise): $10.75
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IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS...
 At least in Romancelandia...

Be warned, themed stories are only going to get more plentiful as the months tick past, but here are the early releases to get you in that holiday spirit!
THE NAUGHTY LIST
9780758253101An anthology of sexy seasonal stories, The Naughty List features Donna Kauffmann, Cynthia Eden, and Susan Fox, and is our first Holiday anthology for the year. This one is sure to add a bit of sizzle to your season!

Booktopia Price: $18.95
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CALL ME MRS MIRACLE

SANTA IN MONTANA

A SEASON OF SEDUCTION
9780778328193After a sweeter Christmas story? Debbie Macomber can deliver. We have a scrooge of a man who sees Christmas as profit, a struggling woman desperate to make Christmas happy for her orphaned nephew, and one meddling woman who wants to make everything turn out right.

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Call Me Mrs Miracle


9781420114744We've had sexy, and we've had sweet, and now Janet Dailey brings the spurs in a Western historical novel about a man organising a family reunion that will go forward, regardless of the weather. 'Cause he has plans for his daughter and her happiness, and nothing will stand in his way.

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Santa in Montana


9780446540285Our last, first Christmas story from Jennifer Haymore takes place in snowy London with a widow who knows the value of sharing a bed to keep warm on long winter nights. But that doesn't mean she's interested in remarrying. Too bad he's not interested in merely a short term fling.

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A Season of Seduction

CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARIES
Looking for something light-hearted but not light-weight? This month's contemporaries might have just what you need.
THE BEST OF FRIENDS

INTO THE WILD

ACHING FOR ALWAYS
9781416567189Susan Mallery is back with a story about an unlikely - but true - friendship that threatens to unravel in the face of family disapproval. It seems she's good enough to be a daughter's friend...but not a son's love.

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The Best of Friends


9780373774678Beth Ciotta brings us a story about a girl who may seem conventional on the outside - too conventional if you ask her ex-fiance - but who is about to surprise everyone, including herself when someone she loves is in danger.

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Into the Wild


9781439107287RITA-award winning Gwyn Cready continues to time-travel in her latest novel about a woman struggling to keep her family's map-making business afloat and an 18C navy captain who's sailed through time to find her.

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Aching for Always

ELECTRIFYING EROTIC ROMANCE
 Sure the days are heating up - but what's keeping  you warm at night?
TRINITY
9781605047973Lion, witch, and wardrobe? Nah - Lauren Dane's latest is much sexier than that. Think cat, witch, and wolf. Mix. Enjoy.

I could give you a description, but I think Lauren does it way better: Warning: All kinds of alpha maleness going on up in here and the woman responsible for keeping them in line. Sexin' in many varied settings and positions, including sexy times between dudes. Bad words. Tight butts in worn denim. Some violence here and there.

Sign me up!

Booktopia Price: $20.35
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RIDING THE NIGHT

THE DARKEST HOUR
9780425236567I love the premise for Jaci Burton 's new novel: a government agency of bad-boy bikers - sounds very much like having your cake and eating it too (which, for me? Is never ever a bad thing) This story also has high school sweethearts reuniting, two very sexy heroes, a murder, a false accusation, and a race to save an innocent man. Cake can be soooo yummy...

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Riding the Night


9780425227947In her latest sexy, sensual, seductive thriller, author Maya Banks explores the extremes a man will go to in order to save the woman he loves - did you just shiver? I did.

He last saw her a year ago, all evidence suggesting she's gone. But a phone call is about to change everything.

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The Darkest Hour

VAMPIRE TRINITY
9780425236703Joey W. Hill's exciting, erotic, paranormal Vampire Queen series continues with Vampire Trinity - and a proud man is about to learn a lesson in humility.

Gideon is a vampire hunter, and therefore would never become a vampire's servant. Except that was before Anwyn, and before she is turned, and before his life is turned upside down. Now not only is he allied with her, he is forced to ally with Daegan, and enter the dangerous world of the Vampire Council. Only trust will get them all through this.

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HEART-WARMING HISTORICALS
LOTS on offer this month if your fond of delving into the past - and we all know I am immensely fond of doing so!
A HELLION IN HER BED

SINFUL IN SATIN

ONE TOUCH OF SCANDAL
9781439167540Did you know that Sabrina Jeffries grew up the daughter of missionaries? She used romance novels to escape - now writes them herself. This is the latest in her Hellion series.

Sure he promised his grandmother that he would be good, respectful, even tame, but some wagers are too hard to resist.

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A Hellion in Her Bed


9780515148442Courtesans are the new black in historicals, with many authors delving into the emotional mire that surrounds the demi-monde. Madeleine Hunter takes the leap in her latest novel.

Her mother raised and educated her to follow in her steps as a courtesan, but she wants more from life - and from her mysterious tenant.

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Sinful in Satin


9780061965753A deeply emotional hero who hides behind a wall of control? A heroine in distress - but that doesn't mean she can't help with her own rescue? All sounds like vintage  Liz Carlyle to me!

Looking after his sister's children is a welcome respite. Thank heaven's the new governess has arrived - but with conditions of her own.

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One Touch of Scandal

TRIAL BY DESIRE
9780373774852For someone who only has one book out, Courtnay Milan has certainly made her mark in historical romances. Her first short story was nominated for a RITA, and her first novel Proof by Seduction generated all kinds of buzz, and talk already of being the best book of the year. Here's her sophomore story:

Having a husband who lives 6000 miles away is very convenient for Lady Kate - no one questions her movements, no one gets in the way of her activities, no one interferes with her life. But that's about to change. Ned is about to return home.

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RECKLESS
A TIME FOR LOVE
9780778328490If you only know Anne Stuart from her dark suspense novels,  you are missing out . Imagine all that dark, delicious angst, those ambiguous characters, that thin line, but in a historical setting. So good!

He's lost his faith, and now takes pleasure in nothing but seduction. But she refuses to play the part of prey, to be cast aside when the next woman comes along.

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Reckless


9780425236543I've gone on about Lynn Kurland before - but if you haven't yet heeded my many many pleas to read her, here's your perfect chance. A Time for Love is a bind up of two of her most beloved novels, together in one easy volume, for all your Lynn Kurland needs!

This volume contains Another Chance to Dream and If I Had You. Beautiful paranormal historicals-  just waiting to be discovered.

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A Time for Love

PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
Sexy vampires, sexy werewolves, sexy fae - we've got them all this month!
NO MERCY

CHAINS OF FIRE

CROSS YOUR HEART
9780749942403We have two versions of Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest Dark-Hunter novel available: hardcover US cover, or trade paper UK cover. You're spoiled for choice!

We've got an arrogant shapeshifter, and an arrogant Dark Hunter with a grudge. Together they can save the world - if they can actually get together.

US hardcover: $34.45
AU paperback: $25.95
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No Mercy

9780451412928This Christina Dodd story has one of my favourite situations: past lovers who (for one reason or another) aren't together, but can't forget each other either.

She's refined, privileged, and completely unwilling to forgive him. He's a gypsy with the power to control minds. Now they're trapped - and only trust can bring them out alive.

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Chains of Fire


9780451231055Tired of all the monster-angst in your paranormal series? Read Michele Bardsley and have a giggle. These don't need to be read in order - you can start wherever.

Vampires can be afraid of ghosts - especially vengeful ones. But it lseems a sexy were-jaguar might be willing to help - for a price.

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Cross Your Heart

ME, MYSELF AND WHY
9780312531171Speaking of light paranormals - well, here's the author that practically created the genre. Moving away from her Queen Betsy series, MaryJanice Davidson finds herself in the world of multiple personality disorders.

Cadence Jones isn't your typical FBI Agent, but that doesn't make her any less valuable - especially when a serial killer starts leaving messages just for her. Now if she can just stop getting distracted by her best friend's brother and solve the case!

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Me, Myself and Why

LAST DRAGON STANDING

SINS OF THE SOUL

HOTTER THAN HELL
9781420108880I forgot to mention up in my intro - also provided in this month's Booktopia Romance Buzz:
GA Aiken
's sexy dragons!

She's blue-blooded, beautiful, well-bred, and completely unwilling to let any suitor get close. Then the barbarian shows up and has the nerve to dismiss her. Well. We'll just see about that!

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Last Dragon Standing



9780373774838Have I slavered on about Eve Silver/Eve Kenner yet? If I haven't - well, consider yourself covered in fan-girl glee. Dark, steamy, edgy - bliss!

Alastor only made it through a dark period thanks to his brothers, so when one is killed, he is consumed by vengeance. Is she a witness...or the killer?

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Sins of the Soul


9780821780978 I cannot go on enough about how much I love Jackie Kessle r's series - imaginative, impeccable world building, sassy, fun characters, but be warned - this is an urban fantasy with romantic elements, so don't expect a traditional HEA.

His task: seduce an innocent and bring her to Hell. Easy, right? Not if he falls in love...

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Hotter Than Hell.

POISON KISSED
9780312624705Look - you've heard me gush about Erica Hayes before. If you haven't heeded my previous squee-tails, here's the basics: urban fantasy set in Melbourne. Fae underworld (think Underbelly, but with magic). Beautiful, sensual, seductive writing. And lots of sex! Just go read them. You'll love them. I promise.

Mina's been tied to Joey for years, in gratitude for saving her life, but also by her own feelings for him. But new information emerges about her mother's death, and Joey's potential role in it. And Mina is faced with a decision: the man she loves or vengeance for her mother.

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SPINE-TINGLING SUSPENSE
Just spotlighting one this month - but boy is it a doozy!
WICKED APPETITE
9780755352777It may not be Stephanie Plum, but I think you can still bet on Janet Evanovich 's trademark humour, slap stick, and unforgettable characters in this, the first book of her new series.

You've got two options here, Buzz readers: US hardcover, UK tradepaper. UK is cheaper, and comes earlier. US is more sturdy and only a fortnight behind. The choice is yours!

Lizzie leads a nice, tame life - until two very different - but very dangerous - men walk into her bakery. Now she's got cupcakes, 4 am wake-up calls, and Armaggedon to worry about.

Booktopia Price: $25.95 (AU Paperback)
Booktopia Price: $36.95 (US Hardcover)
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Pre-ordering means it gets to you faster. So if you wait, you have no one to blame but yourself for those long, lonely nights without a book to read...

Here's what's coming in Octobertober:
THE ACCIDENTAL WEDDING
Anne Gracie
STYX'S STORM
Lora Leigh
ECSTACY IN DARKNESS
Gena Showalter
BLOOD TRINITY
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
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ONCE A PIRATE
Susan Grant
** November release
SELFISH IS THE HEART
Megan Hart
ONE WICKED SIN
Nicola Cornick
SINS OF THE FLESH
Eve Silver

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There's more!
BREATHLESS
Anne Stuart
DARK VIKING
Sandra Hill
SWEET SPOT
Kate Angell
** November release
HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH
Anthology
THE CHRISTMAS BRIDES
Linda Lael Miller
THE YEAR OF LIVING SCANDALOUSLY
Julia London
THE CHRISTMAS KNIGHT
Michele Sinclair
LUCK BE A LADY
Cathie Linz