Booktopia Romance Buzz
July 2011 | Edition Twenty-seven
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KATE'S MONTH AHEAD
Gentle Readers,
'Tis the season - for conferences and awards. Do you have opinions on the best of 2010? See if they match up. We start out with the RITA awards, presented by the Romance Writers of America. Although there were a couple of Aussies nominated, alas none won. Check out the winners below , though, for some great reads, new authors, and buried treasures!

Next month will see the Australian R*BY awards handed out at the 20th Romance Writers of Australia conference. I'll bring you all the news (and the gossip!) in September's Buzz.

Enough chitchat! Let's get to the good stuff: the books that are available to fuel your habit and mine this month. Be sure to check out the huge paranormals, and one very special historical re-release!

What I Just Finished: A two-fer! Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore, and Miranda Neville's The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, both available in historicals this month, and both well-worth reading. Celia Seaton is lovely and frothy, and Improper Bride is heart-wrenching and risk-taking.

What I'm Reading Now: I've had too much work to do, and haven't been able to settle in to read Gail Carriger's Heartless - the latest in her Parisol Protectorate series. But it's next to my bed, and it will get read!

What I Can't Wait For: A new Rachel Vincent and a new Victoria Dahl in August? Has Christmas come early this year?

Until next time,
Happy Reading!

Kate

Kate Cuthbert
Editor
Booktopia Romance Buzz
THE BEST OF THE BEST!
rita_awardThe Oscar and the RITA have a lot in common - both honour the best of their respective industries, both are named after famous people, and both are bestowed in lavish ceremonies with beautifully dressed guests. No word on whether Billy Crystal has ever been asked to host the RITAs, but I'm sure he's just waiting for the call.

This year, the RITA ceremony, presented by the Romance Writers of America in New York City,  honoured the best romance novels of 2010 - and included one of our special guests from last year. Without further ado, here are the winners in their respective categories. Consider it a no-fail guarantee for a great book in your to-be-read pile!

(have you read the winners? Do you agree? Disagree? I'd love to know - kate@brraddicts.org or twitter.com/katydidinoz)

Best Historical Romance: Sherry Thomas, His at Night
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I love Sherry Thomas, and I loved this book, so I was delighted at her win - second in a row!

Best Inspirational Romance: Irene Hannon, In Harm's Way
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An FBI operative gets lessons in faith and trust in this romantic suspense heart-wrencher!

Best Young Adult Romance: Julie Kagawa, The Iron King
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I've been telling you to read this twist on fairy stories for ages. Maybe you'll listen now?

Best Romance Novella: Virginia Kantra, Shifting Sea (in Burning Up anthology)
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I know most (including me!) bought this anthology for the Nalini Singh, but what a treat to come across this surprise short that packs a big punch.

Best Romantic Suspense: Karen Rose, Silent Scream
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The first Karen Rose novel I read kept me up all night - reading :) There is no one who does romantic suspense better.

Best Paranormal Romance: Sharon Ashwood, Unchained
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This series has gone largely under the radar - but it's about to get a whole lot of attention!

Best First Book: Kaki Warner, Pieces of Sky
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Strap on your spurs - this Old West story is a bumpy ride. But the path to true love never does run smooth...

Best Contemporary Romance: Jill Shalvis, Simply Irresistible
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Featured in our October Booktopia Romance Buzz! It must have been our Aussie influence that pushed this adorable novel over the line!

CAPTIVATING CONTEMPORARIES
Fabulous, flirty fun - check out what's on offer this month!
CAN'T HURRY LOVE

PLAYING DIRTY

BURNING DOWN THE SPOUSE
9780425242100 Long ago lovers (it ended badly, but previous relationships always do in reunited stories, don't they?) have to come together (ha!) for the greater good in Christie Ridgway's latest novel about the Tanti Baci winery, and the sisters determined to save it.

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Can't Hurry Love

9780373775897 It must be reunited lovers month in contemp romance, because Susan Andersen is playing too: in high school she was humiliated when he revealed he'd slept with her to win a bet, but now he's back in town, and she's all grown up and too smart to fall for him again. (Prepare for grovelling!!)

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Playing Dirty



9780425241080Losing it on live television probably wasn't the smartest career move for Dakota Cassidy's latest heroine, Frankie. Luckily Trophy Jobs Ltd is on the scene to give her a much-needed kick in the pants and a new direction - into the kitchen of a Greek restaurant, and maybe the arms of its owner?

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Burning Down the Spouse
PULSE-POUNDING PARANORMALS
Three huge names, and two up-and-comers: there's lots to love in this month's paranormal offerings!
SPELLBOUND

UNDEAD AND UNDERMINED

SACRED EVIL
9780356500874Kelley Armstrong ties all of her Women of the Otherworld books together in this novel, released 10 years after Bitten, the novel that started it all. Savannah risked everything she is to spare a young orphan; now, powerless, she is prey for any number of hunters. But she's not the only being under threat, and the whole Otherworld is going to have to band together to fight for the right to survive.

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Spell Bound

9780425241271The whole Queen Betsy journey started way back with Undead and Unwed when Betsy woke up in a coffin - wearing cheap (ugly) shoes.

Since then, immortality has settled in - so what's with the case of deja vu? Betsy is back to waking up in a morgue, with no idea how she got there. Certainly a little time-travelling wouldn't end up in her real death?

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Undead & Undermined 

9780778312420Is it a copycat murder if the murderer is copying themselves?

This is the question raised in Heather Graham's latest paranormal suspense novel when the preeminent paranormal investigative team is called when a young starlet shows up in circumstances very reminiscent to a certain notorious Victorian prostitute killer (and man of letters).

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Sacred Evil
SKIN DIVE

TOUCH IF YOU DARE
9780425242148Ava Gray 's latest novel follows two fugitives on the run. Gillie is determined to never be bound again, but her former captors are determined to recapture her by any means necessary. Taye has no memory of his past, but he knows he's not going to let the bounty hunter hounding him hurt him - or Gillie. No matter what it takes.

(Fun fact: did you know Ava Gray is Ann Aguirre?)

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9781402241963Up-and-coming author Stephanie Rowe describes her novels as paranormal suspense romantic comedy. With that kind of mash-up (and reviews like 'blissfully bizarre'!), there's something for everyone!

Jarvis and Reina will have to team up to trick Death himself. Luckily they're bad-ass with some pretty deadly superpowers of their own...

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SPINE-TINGLING SUSPENSE
It's about to get dark and dangerous in your sitting room, or bedroom, bathroom...really, where ever it is you choose to read your romantic suspense. Me? I prefer somewhere very well-lit, preferably with a double-locked door.
WITH NO REMORSE

DANGEROUS PLEASURE

IN THE AIR TONIGHT
9781451606812 Our hero Luke is supposed to be on holiday in this latest Black Ops Inc book from Cindy Gerard. Of course, that wouldn't make a very suspenseful romantic suspense novel, so luckily there's a train robbery, an attempted kidnapping, a daring escape, a supermodel, a US Senator, gun smuggling, and a little help from friends.

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With No Remorse

9780312541873A sensitive plot and interesting terrain for ultra-prolific author Lora Leigh.

Abram faces the test of his life when his terrorist father kidnaps Paige, the only woman Abram has ever loved. Now escape from his home and battle against his father become his only options - for his own safety and for Paige.

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Dangerous Pleasure


9780440423034Two people with dark pasts seek solace and comfort in a small town haven in Stephanie Tyler's latest romantic suspense.

He's an ex-soldier, still haunted by his soldier burdens. She's recovering from bearing witness to a sibling's brutal actions. But danger just won't let them go.

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In the Air Tonight
HEART-WARMING HISTORICALS
There's a lot going on in historicals this month, but the biggest news is the 20th Anniversary edition of Outlander (Cross-Stitch)! 20 years!
OUTLANDER - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
9780440423201It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since we readers were first introduced to Diana Gabaldon, Claire and Jamie, and the magic of the standing stones. One of romance's most beloved couples , Claire and Jamie have traipsed through Scotland, Britain, even the American West, and we've been privileged to be invited along for the ride.

Now's your chance to revisit where it all began, in a beautiful hardcover edition, packed with tons of extras - a new essay, maps, and a CD with the music from Outlander - the musical . (News to me: I had no idea there was a musical!) This would make a great gift for someone who already adores the series - or someone who really should!

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NOTORIOUS  

THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET
9780373775835Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match...wait, did Nicola Cornick say match-breaker? There's a twist!

Susanna Burney is beautiful, accomplished, and very successful at diverting grooms-to-be from their unsuitable match. But Susanna's well-honed skills come from experience, and she's about to come face-to-face with her own heart-breaker.

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9780061965760Liz Carlyle brings us more of Victorian London and the men of the St James Society.

Determined to break into the secret, all-male society, Anais agrees to pose as the  new bride of one of the most ruthless men in London. But the masquerade is more dangerous than any one anticipated - and the intimacy too great a temptation to be borne.

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The Bride Wore Scarlet


THE SINNER WHO SEDUCED ME

THE AMOROUS EDUCATION OF CELIA SEATON

CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPROPER BRIDE
9780345517418Stefanie Sloane knows all about Regency Rakes - and the woman who love them. (Oh give up - we all love them!)

James is prepared for the many emotional, physical, and psychological dangers of his undercover spy mission. He is not, however, prepared to run into the only woman he's ever loved - the one who broke his heart. She's in danger, and she is danger, but what else is James to do?

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The Sinner who
Seduced Me


9780062023049There's no other word for this latest novel from Miranda Neville but absolutely adorable.

Celia is kidnapped, robbed, and nearly naked, but she's not letting that stand in her way. The half-naked, befuddled man on the doorstep is an encumbrance, but when she recognises him as ton leader (and all round mean man) Tarquin, she knows a) he can be some help and b) it's time for a little revenge.

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The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

9780446573146Jennifer Haymore has made a name for herself in a very short time as a huge risk-taker. This latest novel is no different - and I'd be interested in hearing what you think!

After the untimely death of her 'good twin', Serena is forced to assume her identity to save the family from scandal and ruination. But taking on Meg's identity can't bury Serena's desires, and one man is about to put the whole plan at risk.

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ELECTRIFYING EROTIC ROMANCE
Is it getting hot in here, or is it just these titles?
VAMPIRE INSTINCT

HEAT WAVES
9780425241264Actions under orders are examined in the latest in Joey Hill's oh-so-dark Vampire Queen novel.

Elisa is a devoted servant, but even she can't abide with her mistress's latest order: to destroy the undead children in her care. Desperate, she turns to an unlikely ally, a Native American vampire with some success in rehabilitating predators. But disobeying has consequences.

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9780425241240The term 'Love Boat' takes on a whole new (and sexier!) meaning in S usan Lyons' latest novel.

Liz and Peter are over the moon about their Greek Island getaway wedding, followed by a steamy honeymoon cruising into the Mediterranean sunset. But they're not the only ones after a little on-board action. Their wedding guests are getting into the spirit as well.

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In This Issue

Kate's Month Ahead
RITA AWARDS
CONTEMPORARIES
PARANORMALS
SUSPENSE
HISTORICALS
EROTIC ROMANCE

AUGUST PRE-ORDERS
There are so many must-have titles coming out in August, that you're not going to want to wait. Pre-order them now, and have them on your doorstep as close to release date as possible - (and sometimes even before)!

THE IDEAL MAN
Julie Garwood
VISCOUNT BREKENRIDGE TO THE RESCUE
Stephanie Laurens
RETRIBUTION
Sherrilyn Kenyon
MIDNIGHT SINS
Lora Leigh
DARK TASTE OF RAPTURE
Gena Showalter
MASTER OF SHADOWS
Angela Knight
CHERI ON TOP
Susan Donovan
CHANGING THE GAME
Jaci Burton

But wait, there's more!
August's awesome pre-order extravaganza is too big to be contained in just one list. What are you waiting for?

LOVE COME TO ME
Lisa Kleypas
THE MANY SINS OF LORD CAMERON
Jennifer Ashley
IN BED WITH A HIGHLANDER
Maya Banks
IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU
Victoria Dahl
A NIGHT TO SURRENDER
Tessa Dare
HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION
Charlaine Harris et al.
HEART SEARCH
Robin D Owens
BLOOD BOUND
Rachel Vincent


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