|KATE'S MONTH AHEAD|
ANNOUNCEMENT: Booktopia hopes to see you at the Australian
Romance Readers Awards Dinner in Sydney on May 15th at 6:30 pm to 10:30
pm at Cello's Restaurant in the Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St,
Sydney. You can see all the categories and 2009 finalists by clicking here.
The registration form can be downloaded from that page too. Booktopia is
a proud sponsor of the ARRA event.|
HOT OFF THE PRESS: Nalini Singh will be attending from NZ.
a month it is for romance: the RITA
nominations have been announced, and they include Australia's own Bronwyn Parry, for her chilling
romantic suspense novel Dark Country.
If you haven't read it, now's a great time to support Bronwyn as she
competes for romance's top award.
It's also a huge month for
readers - it seems like all the industry bigwigs have decided on an
April release date, and there's plenty to choose from, regardless of
your genre of choice. Check out new Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, Debbie
Macomber, Amanda Quick, JR Ward - and a novel that many of you
have been waiting for: Lisa Valdez's Patience.
I'm also pleased to put the spotlight on Erotic Romance this
month - welcome Maya Banks to the Romance Buzz everyone, as she reveals
which of her heroes is her favourite, and celebrates the release of her
fourth Sweet novel Sweet
Congratulations to Carole, winner of the Linnea
Sinclair contest of last month! Carole, your travel mug is
travelling to you right now, and should be there soon.
I've recently read something fabulous, and just had to share. You can
find it over in the sidebar.
What I've just
finished: I admit, though I've
heard lots about it, I hadn't read Lisa
Valdez's Passion. What
with the sequel out this month, I thought I
ought to give it a try. Readers: protect your fingertips. This book
What I'm reading now: Stepping out of the
genre for a moment, I've got my hands on The Girl with
the Dragon Tattoo. Frankly, you're all lucky I managed to get a
newsletter together at all!
What I can't wait for: New Rachel Gibson next month, and the next
in Lisa Kleypas's Romany
series. May is going to be good!
Until next time,
|BOOK OF THE
cold nights - and sometimes electric blankets just aren't enough. So
I've decide to focus on one of the hottest authors (both in buzz and in
writing) in erotic romance - Maya Banks.
The fourth novel in her Sweet series
from Berkley Heat (see - told you it was hot!) is out this month, and
readers - it went straight to my keeper shelf. |
introduces Micah - a cop running from heartbreak in his past. He's set
up a new life now, and only one woman can ruin it. Angelina knows all of
Micah's secrets, but she has one of her own - her love for him. Now
she's going to do whatever it takes to make him see that she can give
him everything he wants and needs.
Maya has dropped by to tell
us about the appeal of the rough and ready, unpolished hero - and which
of her heroes she loves best.
The appeal of the not so
pretty, polished guy.
A lot of romances feature very
polished, uber wealthy, suave and well put together men. I’ve done
my share for Silhouette Desire. But to me there is something extremely
appealing about a rough around the edges, average, every day—as I like
to call them…good ole boy.
It’s no secret that I’m from the
American south. I love the south. Love living here. Love the people.
Love the attitude. And I love a guy who likes to hunt, fish, watch
a good fight, wears faded jeans and is a little scruffy around the
These kinds of guys are featured predominately in my books
that are set in the south. Particularly my Sweet series. With the
exception of Damon, the rest of the heroes are pretty average. Not huge
wealthy nor are they the type of guy who are smooth and polished, always
knowing what to say, nor are they absolutely comfortable when it comes
to the opposite sex. Particularly Nathan from Sweet
Seduction. Of all my heroes, I have a huge soft spot
for Nathan. He gets so tongue tied and uncertain around his
heroine. He’s so into her and she is IT for him but he just can’t ever
seem to get it together around her. He’s just so cute!
then there is Micah with his floppy hair, the earring, the
could-give-a-shit attitude. Or Connor with his bottomless stomach and
casual, laid back personality.
They aren’t the richest. They
aren’t the smoothest talking, suave and debonair heroes you’ll find.
They’re down to earth, a little rough around the edges but their women
are the center of their universe and when it comes to their heroine’s,
they’re pretty darn unshakable. And isn’t that the most appealing hero
- Maya Banks
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| Two of romance's queens of contemporaries have novels
out this month - there's a reason these authors outsell everyone else:
check them out!|
MOMENT|| ||HANNAH'S LIST|
| Bride Quartet 3|
This is the
next sugary instalment in Nora Roberts' quartet about four friends in
the wedding business. Savor the moment focuses on pastry chef Laurel,
who sometimes fails to recognise the extravagance her clients long for,
but never fails to recognise the charms of her best friend's older
brother. Of course, this crush comes with complications, not least of
which is that Del treats her like another little sister. Laurel isn't so
little anymore, but is she grown up enough to chase what she wants?
You'll have to read it to find out ;)
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to studies, the most traumatic experience someone can go through is the
loss of a spouse. So imagine if your spouse left you a love letter and
asked the impossible: that you marry again. This is the premise for Debbie Macomber's latest novel, where
Hannah not only requests that her widow learn to love again, but leaves
a list of potential candidates. |
If it's a Debbie Macomber, you
can bet it's going to be a heart-wrencher in all the right ways.
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| It's all about the bigwigs, is April, and we've got
two major releases here in paranormals as well. What is it about these
two paranormal powerhouses that keeps them (and their well-loved,
best-selling series) going?|
Say what you will
about JR Ward, the lady keeps
delivering. Whether you agree with the twists and turns in the Black
Dagger Brotherhood series or not, the fact is there are twists and turns, and you can
never quite predict where she's going to head off next. Fans - and I
know you're all out there - have
been waiting for this one. Finally, finally, John Matthew gets his day.
It's not secret that John Matthew is the reincarnation of
Darius, the brother killed in the opening pages of JR Ward's debut Dark Lover.
We've watched him grow from a scared young child through his transition
into a full blown Brother - an equal to the men he's admired for years.
But that loyalty is going to be put to the test when his love, the woman
he wants to call shellan is
kidnapped, and John Matthew has to make the ultimate choice - his
brothers or his love.
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Leopard Series 4
you know that Christine Feehan
has 10 sisters? They used to help her out by reading all her books, but
it's now a job of her daughters - how much fun would it be to be a part
of that family?
The Leopard series is the latest series from this
prolific author, and features, as you might guess, shifters. This
instalments pits the most uncivilised of cats against a woman who has
been burned by him before.
Connor returns home to the Panamian
rainforest only on the order of the highers-up. He may look every inch
the civilised man, but he bears the soul of a wild animal, heightened by
the shame of his past actions. Isabeau remembers Connor - but not
fondly. She has no intention of ever forgiving him, but her mating urge
is overwhelming. But their deeping physical relationship holds no
guarantees that he won't hurt her again - or that she will be able to
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| Oh don't worry - it' s not just my
Book of the Month that will keep you warm this April - I've got lots
more where that came from!|
|JARED|| ||LION'S HEAT|
a description I don't get to write very often: erotic cowboy vampires.
Intriguing, no? That's the premise for author Sarah McCarty's current series, of which Jared is book
three. Really, I don't need to say much else - if erotic cowboy
vampires don't get you, then I don't think you can be got!|
in the middle of a war, so he's a little busy, but the gentleman in him
can't turn his back on an injured woman. Instead of dismissive
gratitude, however, he becomes tangled in her web of secrets. Raisa may
have survived vampirism this far on her own, but she's under his
protection now, no matter how dangerous for them both.
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| || A
novel of the Breeds|
to hand it to Lora Leigh, she's definitely one of the most
prolific of the erotic romance writers out there. If you're a fan of any
of her series, you never have to wait long for the next instalment - if
only every author were so kind to us!
Rachel might be reluctant; she might not be
ready, but nobody can fight the mating heat of the Breeds. It is
Jonas's destiny to claim her for his own, and he is not going to let
anything stand in his way.
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| Just a
caveat about this title: they are erotic fairytales, and though written
by a romance author, Jean
Johnson, these stories sometimes stray a little more to the
erotic side than the romance side, especially when it comes to solid
Happily-Ever-Afters. But all that being said, this collection is hot, and it explores all of our
favourite romance tropes in new, interesting, and ... well, definitely
erotic ways. You might say it redefines 'happy ending'. Definitely worth
exploring if you're a fan of the old stories. |
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| The hits just keep coming this month: check out the
line up of romantic suspense authors with novels out - just for you -
this month. It's like Christmas!|
|MEN OF DANGER|
Led by the
determined-to-show-every-other-author-up-in-the-prolific-stakes Lora Leigh,
this anthology features some of the best and brightest up-and-comers in
romantic suspense, exploring that spine-tingling, chill-inducing,
hero-of-heroes: the dangerous man. The one who knows exactly what goes
bump in the night, but is still determined to protect the world from it.
Yeah. That guy. You know the one I'm talking about. You know you want
him. Doesn't matter if he's a sheriff, a detective, a body guard, or a
special agent, he's the one thing between his heroine and danger, and
you know it's going to be one heck of a thrill ride. |
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|SILENT TRUTH|| ||THE KILLING
So sue me, ever since I met Batman at a very impressionable age, I've
had a thing for bored playboys that hide a secret ass-kicking identity.
Meet Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love's Hunter Wesley
Thornton-Payne the third. Sure he looks the part of the wealthy
degenerate, plagued by ennui, attending yet another dull society
fundraiser, but it's all a ploy. He's there to save the world, and no
one will ever even know to thank him. |
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works as an advocate for victims who can't speak for themselves -
including a young swimsuit model whose disappearance has been dismissed
as a youthful freedom ride. But Chloe has access to an informant that no
one else can see, and she's not going to let the case go - even if it
means teaming up with an arrogant British PI who's too attractive for
his own good. |
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Super-author Linda Howard (tell me you've read the divine Open Season
and To Die For?
Don't even talk to me if you haven't read Son of the Morning)dips
her toes into romantic paranormal suspense and co-authoring (with Linda Jones) in her latest novel Blood Born. |
is blood born, a full vampire, and an agent of the Council, the
governing body of vampirekind. An assassination is not really unheard
of, but a conspiracy of rogue vampires takes everyone by surprise. Now
the vampires need the help of human conduits, blessed with abilities
that can save both humanity and vampirekind. However, these powers also
make them targets for the rogues, and Chloe Fallon is number one on the
assassination list. Luca and Chloe will only have each other to depend
on in the upcoming battle.
Is it just me, or is Chloe a super
popular name for heroines right now?
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| Maybe the publishers have finally realised how well
romance and fantasy mix - I don't know. All I know is that I love all the romantic fantasy I've
been able to profile lately!|
If you haven't yet read Elizabeth Vaughan's Warsworn trilogy, run - don't walk
- to the page and order it right now. Go on, I can wait. No seriously,
if you're a fantasy fan and you haven't read them yet, then you are
waaaaay late to the Elizabeth Vaughan party. Luckily there's also the
Star series, once you get hooked.
Okay you're back. Good. Now I
can tell you about Destiny's Star,
her new novel which ties her two series, Warsworn and Star, together
with a return to the harsh world of the Plains. There, Bethral, a
warrior, and Ezren, a story teller with a secret power, must navigate
the prickly path of honour, customs, and civilisation, while facing the
threat of civil war.
Vaughan's world mixes Eastern customs,
Native American mysticism, and her own invention to breathe life into
her stories. These are not to be missed.
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No one does time travel quite like Lynn Kurland - for one thing, the
humour that infuses her stories is as delightful and effortless as it is
elusive in other authors. For another, her characters - no matter their
time period - leap off the page in full three-dimensional glory. There
are few authors that are an unending joy to read, but Kurland is one of
them. There's no wonder that she regularly hits best-seller lists.
one time period, a knight, bound by duty and his own honour, agrees to
rebuild the most dilapidated castle in all of England. In another, a
costume designer gets the break of a lifetime - the chance to showcase
her fairy-tale-inspired designs at an upscale party in an authentic
Two time periods are about to collide, to
create a true happily-ever-after.
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|it has been a long - long - time coming, but Lisa Valdez's
follow-up to her scorching, scandal-inducing debut novel Passion is
finally here. |
If publishing had a Dawson and a Joey, it would be Lisa Valdez's Patience and a publication date.
Fans of her ground-breaking Passion have
been playing the 'will they, won't they' game since 2005 - with the
Pacey/Jack/Jen in this scenario being unspecified delays. But the long,
long wait is over and the follow-up, featuring the sister of the heroine
and the brother of the hero from Passion has arrived. |
of the first will remember its steamy, steamy nature (and a
certain breastfeeding scene!) but newcomers should be aware that Lisa
Valdez runs hot. You won't need
to read Passion to
enjoy this novel (especially if you like erotic historicals), but it's
worth picking up, if only to sate curiousity as to the novel that
created one of the biggest sensations the romance genre has ever seen!
plot summary: Matthew just found out he was illegitimate. Though
accepted by his noble father, society - and his fiancee - aren't as
forgiving. Living on the outskirts, he plans his revenge. Patience,
failing to be inspired by any of her suitors, decides to give up on the
idea of marriage and focus on her music. But a closer relationship
between them might force both to give up their plans.
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|A LADY'S GUIDE
TO IMPROPER BEHAVIOUR|| ||A MOST SINFUL
PROPOSAL|| ||NEVER LESS
THAN A LADY|
I haven't mentioned lately how much I love Suzanne Enoch, it's probably that she just hasn't
published enough lately to give me the opportunity to gush. And readers,
how I love to gush over Suzanne Enoch. |
Theresa knows gentlemen,
and Bartholomew is no gentleman. He disrupts dinner, is rude, and
insensitive and far too outspoken. Surely no proper lady would ever want
to associate with him. Which might make her...improper?
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I love this cover - all white
innocence against dark backgrounds and that single red rose. Is it just
me or are historical covers just getting better and better?|
also love kind of storyline: the good girl who wants to try her hand at
being bad? The gentleman chosen to be her teacher who has to war with
his better intentions? And, to top it all off, a treasure hunt? How many
different ways can you spell fun?
Haven't yet tried awesome
Australian author Sara Bennett?This
would be a great place to start.
here to buy
A Most Sinful Proposal.
I love all these covers - the hat box on Suzanne Enoch, the dark/light contrast on Sara Bennett, and how much fun would
it be to wear this gown here on Mary Jo
Putney's latest novel? Have you ever seen a more beautiful blue?
Her heroine certainly needs a certain sense of style for her
adventurous life - kidnapped, rescued, and proposed to, all in one
day. And she's got a
scandalous past, which we readers know always makes for the best kind of
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Amanda Quick was my gateway author -
the first stepping stone to my deep and abiding love for the romance
genre, especially historicals. So I have a very special place in my
heart for her novels. Her latest novels have broken new ground, her
crossing all three of her pseudonyms, and therefore the three time
periods she writes in - Victorian England, present day (under Jayne Ann
Krentz), and futuristic (under Jayne Castle). It's nothing new for her
to explore the arcane and magic pursuits popular in her chosen
historical time period, but this series delves deeper into the mystic.
Burning Lamp may come with untold powers, but it carries a heavy curse -
every male who inherits it goes mad. Tortured by nightmares, Griffin is
convinced the curse is the cause, and is determined to break it - even
if it means contacting reformer Adelaide Pyne. The woman is trying to
save prostitutes, for crying out loud, and as an underworld tycoon,
Griffin understands the role of prostitution. However, she also
possesses raw power, and he's willing to risk everything to hold on to
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means less wait time for the books you need to have.
what's coming up in May. It pays to plan ahead!
|NOTHING BUT TROUBLE|
|THE NIGHT SHE GOT LUCKY|
|THE HOUSE ON OLIVE STREET|
|MARRIED BY MORNING|
|A SECRET AFFAIR|
|THE DARKEST PASSION|
Book 9 in series
|LOVE IN THE TIME OF DRAGONS|
1 in the series
|RISK NO SECRETS|
What are you doing
for Mother's Day?
out what to get Mum for Mother's Day yet? It's creeping up awfully quickly!
got a couple of ideas up my sleeve for your Mum - especially if she's a
I like to give my Mum time and space, so a book is a
great idea, especially when coupled with a gift voucher to a nice coffee
shop, or nice tea bags. Harlequin Australia has this title out this
month that might be the perfect gift:
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
a collection of over forty stories that explore all of the loves in our
lives - from romantic to familial, and from perfect to bittersweet.
Featuring some of the biggest names in romantic writing, including Joanna Trollope and Australia's Anna Jacobs, your Mum is sure to find
something she loves.
If your Mum isn't necessarily a romance
reader, try a broader-scope present (and my Mum's favourite romance
top of being wildly romantic, Diana
series is also adventurous, compelling, and a sure-fire hit with
romance readers and non-readers alike. Plus, if your Mum likes it,
you've got the next couple of birthdays and Christmases wrapped, thanks
to the many sequels.
YOUNG AT HEART...
ROMANCE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
sad but true fact that when you read as much as I do, for both business
and pleasure, especially in one genre, it takes away a lot of the
surprise. It's incredibly rare that a new series is as explosive and
original! as the blurb suggests, and I can't count the number of new
series in which I've read one book and ignored the rest.
something really original, and really well written comes out -
something that really gets my attention and has me waiting in
anticipation for the next instalment - well that's when I like to give
credit where credit is due.
Readers, I give you Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers:
My Soul to Take
is the first novel, followed by My Soul to Save,
and then My Soul to Keep,
due out in June.
This is a YA series about Kaylee, a teenager
who finds out that her uncontrollable screaming is actually due to her
heritage as a bean sidhe - or a
banshee. She discovers her true identity when girls at her high school
start dying unexpectedly, and Kaylee sings for all of them. Nash, the
most popular boy in school, recognises her for what she is, and takes it
upon himself to educate her in the ways of the bean sidhe - and the ways of a teenage relationship.
series is everything a YA paranormal series should be - it's hot,
without ever moving beyond second base. It's dark, without flinching
from the fact that bad things can - and do - happen. It's smart, without
once patronising its intended audience. It's involved, without
contrived bloating or plot fillers.
short, it's about as perfect a new paranormal series as I've seen in
some time, and on the fast track to my top ten list of 2010. You will
never understand how much you are missing if you don't give it a
here to buy
Soul to Take - Book 1.
Click here to buy
My Soul to Save - Book
Our Price: $12.95
here to preorder My
Soul to Keep - Book 3.