Booktopia Romance Buzz
April 2011 | Edition Twenty-Four
KATE'S MONTH AHEAD
IMPORTANT BOOKTOPIA ANNOUNCEMENT: The current US dollar means we are flying books in from the USA by the plane load and passing those savings on to you.


Gentle Readers,

I am still buzzing after ARRC2011, held at the end of March on Bondi Beach. What a weekend! Huge congrats to the ARRA committee who put together an amazing itinerary of events, and huge thanks to the delegates who made the weekend so much fun! Readers, if you weren't there, I can't state this more firmly: you missed out. So start saving your pennies, you aren't going to want to miss ARRC2013.

Around the internet this month, we're celebrating Aussie Author Month, so start enjoying some home-grown talent to help raise awareness for The Indigenous Literacy Project! You can get a list of participants, links, and events here and, of course, your Aussie Author books from us at Booktopia!

What I've just finished: after meeting so many talented, intelligent, and funny authors at ARRC2011, I've been on an Aussie author kick, with a focus on category romances. I've just finished Amy Andrews' Alessandro and the Cheery Nanny , a medical romance set in Brisbane with a fantastic heroine. Booktopia doesn't have access to a lot of category romances, but you can find some of Amy's backlist here.

What I'm reading now: Part of the ARRC2011 fun included surprise ARCs and I was lucky enough to get two! So I'm delving into Denise Rossetti's The Lone Warrior and Christina Brooke's Heiress in Love.

What I can't wait for: I love a new Rachel Gibson, so I can't wait to get my hands on her new contemporary out this month!

Until next month, happy reading!

Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Booktopia Romance Buzz
ARRC 2011 IN REVIEW
Bondi Beach may have put on the most beautiful weather over the 3rd weekend in March, but I doubt any attendees at ARRC2011 had a chance to notice, so packed was the weekend with keynotes, panels, parties, book signings and more.
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The highlight was always going to be the Awards dinner, where the 3rd Annual Australian Romance Readers Awards were handed out. Big winners included Anna Campbell and Nalini Singh, who took away two and three awards respectively. Other winners included Jess Dee, Kandy Shepherd, Helene Young, and Paula Roe.

But what I loved best were the chats and more informal sessions. The conference's three keynotes: Anna Campbell, Cindy Gerard , and Nalini Singh, delivered fantastic speeches, divulging secrets and plans, sharing stories and anecdotes, and keeping us laughing from beginning to end - even poor Cindy, who delivered a 9am session after the late night party of the awards dinner!

5565649359_050cbe62ceMeeting other readers, being in a room where everyone not only understands - but relates! - to a romance reading obsession: it's a joy and a pleasure. I can't speak of the weekend highly enough - my only regret is how long a wait it will be until ARRC2013!

For a more pictures (that's Lisa Heidke, M elanie Milburne, and Michelle Douglas there to the left!), and a detailed wrap-up of the events, including ARRA award winners, reader winners, and the winner of the bling-off, visit the ARRA blog!
CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARIES & FABULOUS FANTASY
Two big titles - two very different subgenres. But that's what romance is about, right? Bringing the unlikely together? Here's the top title in contemporary and fantasy for the month.

9780061579110In Rachel Gibson's latest contemporary romantic comedy, what happens in Vegas...well, it doesn't necessarily stay there.

Autumn didn't plan to get married on her Vegas vacation, let alone to a complete (albeit very sexy) stranger. So it just seemed best all around to forget the whole thing happened and go back to her real life. But reality and fantasy combine when her husband shows up at the wedding she's planning, with the intention of picking up where he left off.

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9780373775422Susan Grant mixes humour into everything she writes, so fantasy romance readers can expect a laugh or three in this, her latest novel as well.

General Tao sacrificed himself again and again as a soldier for his king, so he never expected the ultimate betrayal. Lost and drifting, he is thrown together with Elsabeth, once employed as a royal tutor. Elsabeth represents everything Tao once stood against, but they are going to have to put aside their differences to fight for the world they both love - and each other.

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HOT HOT HISTORICALS
There's a lot on offer this month in historicals - but you should definitely check out the latest release from ARRA's Australia's Favourite Romance Author 2010 (for the second year in a row!) Anna Campbell.
MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION
9780061684302Winning Australian's Favourite Romance Writer once is an honour. Winning it twice - consecutively - is a message: have you discovered Anna Campbell yet?

Nicholas, the Marquess of Ranelaw, is the most notorious man in London. A prolific seducer of widows and actresses, he can ruin a debutante's reputation just by looking at her. And he plans to do a whole lot more than look at Cassandra Demarest. She will bear the brunt of the Marquess's plans for revenge against her father. Her public seduction and ejection from polite society will ruin her family and break Godfrey Demarest's heart. The only thing standing in the way is Cassandra's companion, the dour spinster Miss Antonia Smith - who seems curiously resistant to his charms.

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QUICKSILVER
DANGEROUS IN DIAMONDS

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE
9780399157370Amanda Quick's latest series is across her three pseudonyms: historical, contemporary, and futuristic.

She wakes up next to a dead body, knife in hand, and no memory of what happened. The only thing she knows is that the room is pulsing with dark energy - and she desperately needs help.

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9780515149340Madeline Hunter concludes her jewel-toned historical quartet this month with Dangerous in Diamonds.

The Duke of Castleford is rich - rich enough to spend his life gaming and whoring, and he sees no reason not to do so. Until he meets Daphne who looks at him like he's nothing, and he can't figure out why he cares.

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9780312374037She may be a new kid on the block, but Kieran Kramer has earned the title of historical romance's best titles. This is her third novel.

Marriage didn't agree with Jilly the first time around, so she's in no hurry to give up her independence, even to a dashing naval hero who has commitment issues of his own.

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ELECTRIFYING EROTIC ROMANCE
Erotic Romance has brought out the big guns this month - is it getting hot in here?
MESMERISED
SWEET POSSESSION
9780425239087She won the Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Erotic Romance in 2010. Isn't it about time you discovered Lauren Dane?

He's an assassin; she's a mercenary. They have a past, but neither is looking to revisit it. An impending war, however, has thrown them together, and they're going to have to bond - on more than one level! - to save the world as they know it.

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9780425239070Maya Banks excels at opposites attract stories, which is good news for readers, because Sweet Possession, the latest instalment in her 'Sweet' books has just that kind of story line.

She's a bratty, out-of-control pop star, and he's been hired to baby-sit her. Not exactly his ideal job, but the someone has to bring her under control. And that part of the job is looking more and more enticing.

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NAVARRO'S PROMISE

HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE

TOTAL ABANDON
9780425239780The latest in Lora Leigh's long-running Breeds series.

Mica was offered a guarantee of new harm from the Breeds when she was drawn into their world, but they can't guarantee the safety of her heart when it comes to the sensuous wolf Navarro.

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Navarro's Promise


9780061808272It's all about celebrities in erotic romance this month - this latest novel from Lisa Marie Rice features a mysterious vocalist known only as Eve. Reclusive and enigmatic, she shuns the fame her songs have brought her. Harry only knows her as the voice that brought him through the darkness. Now it's his turn to save her.

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Hotter than Wildfire


9780312674595 We all know that girls' nights out can sometimes lead to bad decisions - like writing down a list of our wildest desires. But when Kyle discovers Tanya's list, it's a goldmine of information in his quest to seduce the woman he's been lusting after for years. And he plans to make full use of the information to give Tanya exactly what she wants.

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PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
Hairy, scary, or just plain .... you know, I don't have a rhyme for that. Let's just go with things that go bump in the night - you know you love them. Check out what's new in paranormals this month!
MERCY BURNS
9780440245704The Riley Jenson series may be finished, but don't worry - you can still get the thrill that only Keri Arthur can deliver in both her Risa spin-off, and in Mercy Burns, the follow up to Destiny Kills and the second book in her dragon duo.

Mercy is half human, half air dragon. She can't shape shift, but she still has extraordinary powers - and she'll need them to investigate the death of her friend before she too falls target to the killer. Luckily, she has Death on her side - the mysterious (and sexy) stranger they call Muerte.

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SAVAGE NATURE

BORN OF SHADOWS
9780515149333One of the pioneers of the paranormal genre, Christine Feehan just keeps building her worlds, and readers just can't get enough.

He's a shifter, a predator, comfortable in shadows, and capable of tracking down a killer. So he heads down to the bayou of Louisiana, ready for anything except her, the woman with reason to keep him distracted from his task - and the ability to do so.

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9780446573252Just like her neighbour there to the left, Sherrilyn Kenyon is a founding member of the paranormal genre. This is her 5th book in The League Series.

He had his life mapped out before fate intervenes and leaves him bitter and jaded. Not exactly the person she would choose to have to trust, but her mother's life and the strength of the government means she is going to have to try.

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SPINE-TINGLING SUSPENSE
Is it just me, or is romantic suspense staging a romance coup d'etat? Each month just seems to get better and better! It's about time for this under-appreciated subgenre!
CHASING FIRE

HUSH
WHEN YOU DARE
9780749952181Aussie readers, we are in for a treat - not only is this latest thriller from the grand dame of romance, Nora Roberts , being released simultaneously in the US and here, our version is cheaper!

Rowan is a firefighter, one of the best. But the loss of a friend and partner has sent her into a tailspin.

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Chasing Fire



9781439153826Cherry Adair is one of the masters of this subgenre, and she keeps getting better.

Hush features a pair of (very hot, naturally ;) ) brothers who travel the world chasing the next big thrill, but a cliff dive from Venezuela's highest peak lands them in more trouble than could reasonably be expected.

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When Lori Foster writes a suspense novel, you know two things: it's gonna be hot and it's gonna be scary as heck. Check out this latest of her novels.

For mercenary Dare, business is business and never personal, but  fiercely independent Molly is a woman who could make any man break his own rules.

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When You Dare

   
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