Booktopia Romance Buzz
March 2011 | Edition Twenty-Three
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KATE'S MONTH AHEAD
Gentle Readers,

Now don't get me wrong, there's lots of paranormals and historicals, but readers, it is the month for contemporary and romantic suspense novels. It's a smorgasbord, with each novel more exciting than the last. Make sure you gorge yourselves!

It's also a fantastic month to be a romance reader in Australia, with the second annual Australian Romance Readers Convention happening in Sydney at the end of the month. Have you booked? It's an experience you're not going to want to miss! Grab your chance to meet Cindy Gerard, Nalini Singh, and Anna Campbell . There are still a few places, so don't miss out!

What I Just Finished: Have I raved enough about Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series yet? I just finished Iron Queen, and you need to read it. Stat. Start with Iron King

What I'm Reading Now: I'm still working my way through my little Susan Elizabeth Phillips project - next up, Hot Shot!

What I Can't Wait For: Have you seen the contemporaries on offer this month?

Until next month, Happy Reading!

Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Booktopia Romance Buzz


ARRC 2011 - THE PLACE YOU WANT TO BE
ARRC2011 banner_alternative ARRC2011 will bring together romance readers, authors and publishers and provide an opportunity to talk about all things related to romance fiction.

Keynote speakers are award-winning authors Anna Campbell, Nalini Singh and Cindy Gerard. They will be joined by 30 other romance authors from around Australia, including Amy Andrews, Anne Gracie, Annie West, Bronwyn Parry, Erica Hayes, Fiona McArthur, Helene Young, Kandy Shepherd, Karen Simpson Nikakis, Kelly Hunter, Keri Arthur, Melanie Milburne, Michelle Douglas, Paula Roe, Tracey O'Hara and many more.

The event will feature a silent auction with more than 160 items from romance authors around the world up for bid (all funds to go to Qld Flood Appeal), a book-signing on Saturday afternoon featuring 34 authors and an awards dinner on the Saturday night.

Don't miss this opportunity to spending two days with other romance readers meeting your favourite authors, talking about and buying books and getting books signed.

Registration information is available from the website: http://www.australianromancereaders.com.au/2011.html or email arrc2011@gmail.com


SCINTILLATING SUSPENSE
It is a buyer's market for suspense readers this month - go ahead and glut yourselves!
QUEENS OF SUSPENSE
9780345521224Now, Suzanne Brockmann hasn't come right out and said Breaking the Rules will be the last Troubleshooters novel, but she has said it will be the last one for awhile. And that she had to tie up a lot of loose ends. So if you, like millions of readers, have been enjoying the wild ride since the beginning, all the way back to  The Unsung Hero , this is it, the conclusion. This is your book. Enjoy!

Izzy and Danny may be teammates, but they're not friends. And Izzy's history with Danny's younger sister Eden has only added to the bad blood between them. That history is complicated and messy and best left in the past - except Eden has just shown up with a problem. And solving problems is what Troubleshooters do best. So everyone is just going to have to learn to get along and work together - getting past any bad feelings and trying to ignore any good ones that might get in the way of saving a teenage boy.

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9780778329534A new Suz novel isn't enough to satisfy your need for chills and thrills this month? Well, lucky for you, insatiable reader, we've also got a novel from the undisputed Queen of Suspense, Heather Graham. And if you like your suspense with a soupcon of the paranormal, this woman's got the touch.

Adam set up a crack team of undercover paranormal investigators, and he put Jackson at the head of it. Jackson's not sure if it's an  honour or a curse, and he's got a healthy dose of skepticism about charlatans using 'psychic power' to cheat honest people out of their money. He's partnered up with Angela, who's got her own painful past to work from. They're sent to New Orleans to investigate the death of a Senator's wife, and they're about to find out that murder is an all-too-human crime.

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LIVING ON THE EDGE

THE EDGE OF NIGHT

SHIVER OF FEAR
9780451232748Sexy and spine-tingling, Shannon K Butcher 's latest novel kicks off a new series about hardened mercenaries whose choices take them to the edge every day.

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Living on the Edge


9780553592634Jill Sorenson explores how far a mother will go to protect her child. When April's job takes her into the path of dangerous men, she has no choice but to trust Noah, a clean cut cop with a burning desire to prove himself.

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The Edge of Night


9780446566599He just got out of a messy marriage, so he buries himself in work - no complications, just the job. She's uncovered betrayal, secrets, and lies and she's on a mission: the newest novel from Roxanne St. Claire.

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Shiver of Fear

PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
It is all about the undead this month - vampires steal the show in our paranormal releases, including a brand new JR Ward!
THE VAMPIRE VOSS

VAMPIRE MINE
9780778329527You will remember Colleen Gleason from her Gardella Vampires series that made such a splash. This is the start of her new series, about a mysterious cabal of noblemen called the Dracule. Voss is a member, but up to this point he's stayed neutral. However, a Sighted human named Angelica is about to change everything.

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9780061958045Two souls with too much blood on their hands collide in Kerrilyn Sparks's latest Love at Stake novel. She is a fallen angel, destined to live alone among humans, her touch a death sentence. Until she meets him, a man with a past as dark as her own. But neither is ready for trust, and neither knows that only together they can find redemption.

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LOVER UNLEASHED
9780451233165The long wait is over - JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is back with a brand new novel. We met Viscious in Lover Unbound. Lover Unleashed tells the story of his twin sister, Payne, and is book 9 of the Brotherhood.

Payne is finally free of the oppression of her mother, free to live her life, only to be taken down with a devastating injury. Manuel is enlisted by the Brothers to save her, but what can a human doctor do when faced with vampire injuries? What can a human man do when faced with vampire passion? Is love stronger than biology and birthright?

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TWO AMAZING RE-RELEASES
9780062009623Intimidated by Christine Feehan 's impressive backlist? Can't get enough of the Carpathians? Or looking for the perfect gift for the vampire lover in your life? This is the book for you.

Feehan releases the Author Cut Special Edition of Dark Prince this month, in beautiful hardcover and a re-worked cover. This is a must for any paranormal reader out there.

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9780316101967If you want the definition of kick-ass, urban fantasy heroine, you can't go any further than Dante Valentine, the heroine of Lilith Saintcrow 's seminal urban fantasy series. If you think you know urban fantasy, and you haven't yet tried Lilith Saintcrow, you don't know nothing.

For the first time, all the Dante Valentine stories are available in one omnibus edition, so there's no excuse not to introduce yourselves.

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HEART-WARMING HISTORICALS
Three of the longest serving members of the Historical romance  brigade have releases this month. What are you waiting for?
AN UNLIKELY COUNTESS

AN AFFAIR WITHOUT END

MY IRRESISTIBLE EARL
9780451232717The latest novel from Jo Beverley features a marriage of convenience that both parties find - well, rather inconvenient. Which is always where the fun starts, isn't it?

Prudence has plans to marry up. Catesby is looking for a well-bred wife to continue his good name. They're about to meet each other.

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An Unlikely Countess


9781439117996Candace Camp has over 60 historical romance novels to her credit; clearly she knows a thing or two about telling a story.

She's the boldest woman in London, and he's unable to resist - not her wit, not her smile, not even her crazy schemes. But she's sworn never to marry. And he's playing for keeps.

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An Affair Without End


9780061733963The  pickiest  ...err...most selective historical reader I know swears by Gaelen Foley. Who are you to argue?

Foley's The Inferno Club series is hot, dramatic, sexy ... and continuing with My Irresistible Earl. On the outside, they are nothing but debauched nobles. But, Privately, they are warriors who keep England safe.

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EXCITING EROTIC ROMANCE
Heat up your month with a fantastic selection of erotic romances.
HOT HOT HEAT - FOR A HOT HOT PRICE
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Check out the latest from Maya Banks - an erotic thriller about a witness, the KGI, and the man who's just there to keep an eye on her.

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9780446574495Expect fireworks in Larissa Ione's latest erotic paranormal romance about the Four Men of the Apocalypse . He is stronger than any human, but he can't stand against his brothers. She is his only hope, but the cost may be too much to pay.

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9780312945848 Expect chills with the thrills in this latest Lora Leigh erotic suspense. Jordan is a ghost, a silent warrior with no identity, protecting the world from terror. Until Tehya shows up, beautiful, deadly, and the keeper of dangerous secrets.

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CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARIES
Two of my new favourite contemporary authors and three contemporary mainstays - it's a readers' market! Enjoy!
A LOT LIKE LOVE

MY ONE AND ONLY
9780425240168Julie James made my top 10 list of 2010 with her fast, funny, smart contemporary romance Something About You. Will this one make 2011's list? Just one (very enjoyable) way to find out! Best get reading!

She's got connections, and the FBI plans to use them for their own ends. Sure, Jordan gets something out of it as well, but it's not a good date. Undercover agent Nick just isn't all that much fun. But a compromising situation forces them into closer proximity, and suddenly, it's a whole new assignment.

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9780373775576Now I admit, when I first met Kristan Higgins ( Fools Rush In), I wasn't blown away. Actually, I was a little squicked. But being a person who believes in second chances, I gave All I Ever Wanted a try, and now, now I'm a believer. This is her latest contemporary romance.

Harper is a divorce lawyer. A divorced divorce lawyer. And she's finally got life and love all figured out. But then she runs into the dreaded ex at a wedding of all places, and suddenly nothing seems quite as simple as before.

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THE GOODBYE QUILT

ALREADY HOME

THE SWEETEST THING
9780778329961Susan Wiggs has been working on her Lakeside Chronicles for the last couple of years, so it's nice to see a standalone novel from her. This isn't strictly a romance, but a story about a mother and child facing a life-altering time and learning - together - how to move their relationship forward while still honouring the past.

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9780778329510Susan Mallery has also forayed out of her connected series books and into the world of women's fiction. In this, her second women's fiction novel, she explores the meaning of family as her main character opens her own cooking school, and deals with parents, birth parents, exes, new lovers, and her own dreams and ambitions

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Already Home


9780446571623Jill Shalvis continues the contemporary romance series she spotlighted for us in October's Romance Buzz about three half-sisters and the derelict inn left to them by their free-spirited mother. This novel focuses on Tara, and a certain green-eyed sailor who has designs on her heart. Then her ex comes crawling back...

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The Sweetest Thing

   
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Erotic Romance

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APRIL PRE-ORDERS

There are so many awesome books to look forward to in April that it can't be contained in just one list!

MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION
Anna Campbell
MERCY BURNS
Keri Arthur
SWEET POSSESSION
Maya Banks
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE
Kieran Kramer
TOTAL ABANDON
Opal Carew
HUSH
Cherry Adair
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
Christine Warren
MESMERISED
Lauren Dane

BUT WAIT...
THERE'S MORE!

CHASING FIRE
Nora Roberts
QUICKSILVER
Aravind Adiga
SAVAGE NATURE
Christine Feehan
NAVARRO'S PROMISE
Lora Leigh
BORN OF SHADOWS
Sherrilyn Kenyon
DANGEROUS IN DIAMONDS
Madeline Hunter
DARK ENCHANTMENT
Anya Bast
TAKEN BY THE PRINCE
Christina Dodd
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