Booktopia Romance Buzz
October 2011 | Edition Thirty
Gentle Readers,
As October is the month of Hallowe'en it seems only proper to spotlight one of our best and favourite paranormal writers. So check out Keri Arthur's answers to our Nine Naughty Questions below!

This month is chock-a-block with new titles across all subgenres, so if you're looking for something new to read (and really, who isn't?) this is your month. Enjoy!

What I Just Finished: I'm loving the new Victoria Dahl contemporary romance trilogy about the Donovans. One and two are already out, and three is out this month!

What I'm Reading Now : Inspired by Rachel Vincent's answers last month, I've picked up Holly Black's YA fae trilogy. Oh readers - one more reason to worship Rachel Vincent!

What I'm Looking Forward to: Being a lover of fairy tales - and romance - I can't wait to sink my teeth into Mercedes Lackey's new novel!

Until next month, happy reading!

Kate Cuthbert
Booktopia Romance Buzz
keri_arthurI can't even go into all the ways that Keri Arthur has thrilled me, scared me, broken my heart, made me crazy, made me angry (why did you kill [character name redacted to prevent spoilers]? WHY?), made me laugh, made me cry, and kicked my ass. And that was just with one series. Imagine all the things she can do with Risa, the heroine of her spin-off. Book two is out this month, and Keri agreed to answer our Nine Naughty Questions. Read on!

1. I wonder, is a Romance writer born or made? Please tell us little about your life before publication.

I've actually been writing since I was twelve years old, but I never got 'serious' about it until after my daughter was born. I've always tended to lean toward the paranormal/fantasy end of romance writing, too. While I love reading romance-- especially regencies--I just can't write it. Someone always ends up rather gruesomely dead when I try.

Work wise, I was a cook at the MCG, and a function cook at the Essendon Football club-neither of which are very romantic professions. And it's not even the sort of job that allows 'thinking/creating' time when you're working, either. When you're playing with big knives, you need to be concentrating and not off imagining all sorts of exploits for your heroes and heroines, because it always ends badly! (and I have the scars to prove it)  :)

2. For all the glitz and the glam associated with the idea of romance novels, writing about and from the heart is personal and very revealing. Do you think this is why romance readers are such devoted fans? And do you ever feel exposed?

Let's face it, the world can be a pretty grim place at times, so it's nice to escape into a book where there hero and heroine battle greater odds and often each other, and in the process fall in love.  It's a little bit of escapism, and we all need some of that in our lives. And hey, love always makes the world a better place.

As for whether I ever feel exposed-no, I don't. I'm not writing about me. I'm writing about my characters-their life, their emotions, rather than mine. 

97804402457353. Please tell us about your latest novel...

My next novel is Darkness Rising, the second of the Dark Angels series. It's a dark urban fantasy and an off-shoot of my New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson series. The blurb is on my website ( (Ed: or here!)

4. Is the life of a published romance writer... well... romantic?

When it comes to actual romance...sadly no. But I'm ever hopeful Mr. Not-So-Tall, Dark & Handsome will step into my life and sweep me off my feet.

5. Of all of the romantic moments in your life is there one moment, more dear than all the rest, against which you judge all the romantic elements in your writing? If so can you tell us about that special moment?

I'd have to say the day I got married was probably the most romantic. We got married in a garden, with close friends and family present, and it was just lovely.

6. Sex in romance writing today ranges from 'I can't believe they're allowed to publish this stuff' explicit to 'turn the light back I can see a thing' mild. How important do you think sex is in a romance novel?

It does depend a lot on the type of romance you're reading. Each sub- genre has its expectations when it comes to sex. If you're reading an  inspirational, then the expectation automatically is one of chaste kisses and no sex, while erotica readers expect the sex to be full on and graphic. Most romances fall in varying degrees somewhere in between.

How important is sex? How important is it in any relationship? Sex is a part of life, a part of growing together as a couple, and it would be unrealistic for most romances not to acknowledge that.

97804252338257. Romance writers are often romance readers - please tell us your five favourite (read and re-read) romance novels or five novels that influenced your work most?

I read everything Anne Gracie, Eloise James and Julia Quinn write. They're all regency authors, which is about as far away from what I write as you can get. And that's why I love reading them.

8. Paranormal Romance writing is 'so hot right now', do you have any thoughts on why?

Bad boys have always been popular in romance. Vampires and werewolves are just the ultimate extension of the bad boy.

9. Lastly, what advice do you give aspiring writers?

Write what you love, because if you don't, it shows through in the writing. And don't follow market trends, because my the time you finish your book that trend might have moved on.

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR least according to that Christmas carol. Which is not, strictly speaking, unbiased. Here they are!

9780062014078 Revisit some of your favourite paranormal characters as they celebrate the holidays. Well maybe Lynsay Sands' Argeneaus can celebrate - they're all family and humorous and stuff. I'm not entirely sure how celebratory Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress world can get. But there is Christmas, and there are two fantastic authors, so that's something to celebrate, right?

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9780758253118 If you're looking for a little heat with your holidays, this might be the anthology for you. (With a title like that, is there any doubt?). Featuring three stories from Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden, and Susan Fox, this anthology includes, but is not limited to, Christmas cookies, a toy inventor, a bad boy in a Santa suit, and a high school reunion.

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9781402261541 But wait, there's more! Here are the contemporary and historical Christmas titles for the month.

Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish - Grace Burrowes. A sudden snowstorm, an abandoned baby, a lady in search of peace, a man on the edge of desperation, and a mistletoe kiss.
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Bring Me Home For Christmas - Robyn Carr. Will a return to Virgin River heal heartache or open up old wounds for two ex-lovers over a special Christmas season?
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9781402261572Darn Good Cowboy Christmas - Carolyn Brown . All she's ever wanted for Christmas is a place to call home, and a sexy cowboy to share it. Is this her lucky year?
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His Mistress By Christmas - Victoria Alexander . She has no intention of giving up her widow's freedoms, though there are some parts of marriage she's interested in revisiting. But he wants much much more than a mistress.
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Highlander for the Holidays - Janet Chapman . She has pain, and she can't consider a future with him, handsome highlander that he is, until she can get past it. Maybe a little Christmas magic will be the answer.
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There are too many paranormals for just one newsletter: so after the featured titles, make sure you check out the quick-pick list below for even more fangs, fur, and fae!

9780425244401Thea Harrison's Elder Races novels are riding the wave of buzz with good reason. This is the third novel in the series.

To save his friend's life, Wyr Sentinel Rune makes a fool's bargain, and fulfilling his debt may cost him his life. Carling is fighting for more than her life, though, she is fighting for her sanity, and she's going to take her help anywhere she can.

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9780425243114MaryJanice Davidson mixes three of her worlds into one in this latest novel - the Wyndham Werewolves, Queen Betsy, and some of her earliest works about a vampire slayer and her undead boyfriend.
Rachel isn't impressed when her cousin sends her to Minnesota to keep an eye on the vampire Queen, but meeting a cute fellow accountant might just change her mind.

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9780373803286 The first born always gets the short end of the stick - or the bad rap - in fairy tales, but Bella, the heroine of Mercedes Lackey's awesome new fantasy romance, is determined to break with tradition.

But on a trip into the woods to visit Granny, the local wise woman, Bella is sidetracked by her own big, bad wolf - a cursed nobleman who makes Bella laugh. Breaking spells isn't easy, though, and the road to a happy ending isn't an easy one to tread.

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9780451234926Katie MacAlister continues her humorous take on vampires with this, her latest novel.

Corazon does not have a good history with vampires, and she's really not pleased with having to rely on one for her (admittedly not exactly all sunshine and lollipops) life. The fact that he's gorgeous and so tempting really isn't helping either.

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Much Ado about Vampires

9780061794735They are the Feral Warriors , a band of elite immortal shapeshifters who save the world from evil - and Pamela Palmer is here to tell us their stories.

Hawke is losing his animal spirit, and the idea scares him to death. Once that tenuous link is gone, so is he. The arrival of Faith only pushes him further out of control - he is drawn to her, but she is promised to another.

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9780061974335Fans of Kim Harrison's deep, dark, delicious Rachel Morgan series will love this insider's look at the layered and nuanced world of The Hollows.

Featuring an overarching, brand new story, The Hollow Insider also has character profiles, maps, guides, spells, recipes, correspondence, and a million other little details that will only make The Hollows come more alive. A great git for paranormal fans - or for yourself. Because you deserve it.

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Oh how I love being able to feature so many awesome contemporaries! New Dahl, new Higgins: you want quirky? We got it. You want hot? We got that too. We got everything!


9780425243961Erin McCarthy brings high octane romance in her latest novel, set in the racing world.

A brush with death has shown Diesel what is really important, but Tuesday is grieving her beloved father. He's known for speed on the track - can he handle a slow ride?

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Slow Ride

9780425244005Other authors can only dream of the covers Jill Shalvis enjoys!

She switches a big city jungle for a small town vet clinic - one she runs with scary precision. But there's more to her story than a love of animals, and he's determined to discover it all.

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Animal Attraction

9780373776290Who does Western romance better than Diana Palmer ? She's back with a new novel.

As a rancher and cowboy, he knows a full day's work. She may have a lot of spirit, but is she tough enough to handle what a tough Wyoming man can give?

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9780373776092The third, and last, novel in Victoria Dahl 's Donovan Brothers Brewery trilogy features the oldest Donovan - Eric. Even rigid, domineering, know-it-alls deserve a chance at a happy ending!

He was never going to see her again, so it made sense to give her his brother's name on their one night of passion and protect his own reputation. But now  that he wants more, she knows he's a liar. What sane woman wants a relationship with a man who can't be trusted?

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9780373776115Fans of Kristan Higgins will know that her novels have always been written in the first person. She's tried something new here: third person and the hero's point of view. I really liked it!

Posey loved Liam for most of her childhood, but a callous comment from him ruined her dreams of that love being returned. Now he's back in town - but has he changed enough to recognise how wrong he was?

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A few chills won't go astray with those outside temperatures starting to rise. Luckily there's lots on offer!
9780778312666Brenda Novak brings thrills to a small town setting in her latest romantic suspense.

The people in Claire's life have a habit of disappearing on her - first her mother, then her husband. The two disappearances seem unconnected, until Claire's ex-boyfriend Isaac starts looking deeper. Is there something sinister in their small town? And what are people willing to do to keep their secrets?

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9780345524058Christy Reece is back with book six in her Last Chance Rescue series.

Jamie thought Dylan could help her, bring her closer to her dreams of revenge. Instead he betrays her. Which makes the whole situation a bit tricky when they meet again under sensitive circumstances.

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9780345517531More small town suspense from Shiloh Walker .

Lena knows what she heard, and it was a woman in real danger. But without any physical evidence, her concerns are dismissed by everyone but Ezra and his heart full of guilty memories.

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If You Hear Her

9780440423058Stephanie Tyler explores the deadly Mexican drug wars in her latest suspense novel.

He's a loner, a survivor, not fit for anything but fighting lost battles. Unless, maybe, she can prove differently.

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Night Moves

The publishers really brought it this month: just look at the titles on offer, including a new novel from Aussie Sara Bennett!

9780446558938Elizabeth Hoyt writes risky, luscious love stories that often stray to the dark side (while making sure to end up on the light!). This is her latest in the Maiden Lane series.

She's living - if you can call secluding herself from the world living - with the consequences of a bad decision, throwing herself into charity work to atone for her sins. But he's not going to let her forget him that easily, and he has a powerful tool to use against her.

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9781451639506So this new novel from Candace Camp should probably be up with the Christmas titles, but I admit, I missed it. But that's no reason not to make sure we readers know about it!

She dares to beard the lion in his den to defend a helpless child, but there is more to this lord than arrogance and dissolution. He maintains his innocence, but the proof is undeniable - and he will face his accuser directly to get some answers of his own.

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9780061339189Aussie Sara Bennett has an impressive backlist, especially when you take into account those novels written under her Sara MacKenzie handle. If you're not acquainted with her, now's a good time to introduce yourself!

Eugenie Belmont's a member of the Husband Hunters Club, and therefore unwilling to wait around for some gentleman - who may not be to the desired standard - to notice her. Especially when the eminently suitable (and suitably eminent) Duke of Somerton is in the room. Of course, he's not aware that he is going to propose - yet - but faint heart never won the fair husband.

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9780425243978Cheryl Ann Smith is only in her debut year, but her School for Brides series has already made fans of historical romance readers looking for something different.

She is not one of the reformed courtesans, but to save the secrets of the school (and a friend), she takes on the role - but in name only. He, however, is not to be turned away so easily by the beautiful woman who offers her services and then disappears.

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9780312534516Fun fact about (one of my favourite authors) Suzanne Enoch  - she's obsessed with anything and everything Star Wars. But it's Regency England, not a galaxy far, far away, where her novels are set.

Everyone is agog when the recently widowed Diana returns to London, then shocked when she announces her plans to open an exclusive gaming club. All she needs is his help, and she's willing to resort to blackmail to get it.

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9780345519511Never Love a Highlander - Maya Banks. He is atoning for a youthful error, but she is not interested in being a sacrificial lamb. Tempers - and sparks - are about to let loose.
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What a Duke Wants - Lavinia Kent. She wants peace and quiet - a life away from society. But his deception - and one perfect kiss - are throwing her plans into a mess.
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9780451413116A Bride Unveiled - Jillian Hunter. She has a perfectly respectable fiance, one any girl would be smart to marry. But the reappearance of her childhood friend makes sensible seem - well - silly.
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A Most Dangerous Profession - Karen Hawkins. A secret child, a kidnapping, an unthinkable ransom, a couple reunited - and maybe a second chance at love?
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Looking for a new erotic romance author? Anthologies are a great way to try before you buy and there are two on offer this month.

9780425243169 It's not secret that romance readers love their men in uniforms....but these three writers are more interested in what happens when the men get out of their uniform.

Featuring my personal favourite Sylvia Day, super versatile Maya Banks, and our own home-grown Karin Tabke, and including two sexy detectives, one bad-boy cop, and a simmering federal marshal, you know it's about to get hot in here.

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9781573447218 A whole heap of authors have come together to introduce steampunk to erotic romance, and the result is electric (or should that be steamy?).

If you're just starting to dabble, or if you're a hardcore fan, with alternate histories, time travel, contemporary settings, and second worlds, this anthology has something for everyone.

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In This Issue

Kate's Month Ahead
Book of the Month
Christmas Titles
Erotic Romance

These are the big months for publishers - lots of big names, lots of big books. And trust me (and Aerosmith), you don't want to miss a thing.

Nora Roberts
Suzanne Brockmann
Joanne Bourne
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Christine Feehan
Lauren Dane
Marjorie Liu
Janet Evanovich


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