• other people's books,  recommendations

    Lucy Parker’s MAKING UP

    At long last, Lucy Parker’s cover for her third London Celebrity book has been revealed. And it is stunning. I’m not usually one to squee over covers. I can appreciate a good one, I will sometimes blink like hell at a bad one, but covers don’t usually inspire me with the desire to run around like a maniac and yell, “IT’S SO GOOD.” But this one does. And I’ve also had the great good fortune to read it already (shh. Don’t kill me). She’s flipped her usual script here: instead of giving us a grumpy hero, she’s given us a…

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    Tidying Up the House at Hag Corner

    Okay, so yesterday’s FESTIVAL OF LOVE FOR “DIFFICULT” HEROINES has spilled over into today and the librarian in me is looking at the list in all of its jumbled, dysfunctional glory and thinking, “This needs to be organized. Now.” So, now! New and improved! Subgenres! Ordered by author’s last name, then title if there are more than one! NB: All recommendations are tagged with the name/Twitter handle of their recommender. If one person seems to have the same taste as you do, you can control-f search to see if they’ve rec’d more than one. One of the conversations that was…

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    A Home for “Difficult” Heroines

    NB: If the list below gives you hives because it has absolutely no organizing principles, I have also posted it by subgenre. A couple of days ago, I tweeted a thread that began here: I’ve been thinking for a while about how we punish/judge heroines, especially when they have a negative first impression of heroes. First of all, let me say I really hate it. Women have bad experiences. Women have bad days. Women just sometimes don’t like someone at first. pic.twitter.com/Qn0uOkuwDm — Adele Buck 📚🇳🇴 (@_AdeleBuck) February 17, 2018 It led me to further discussions and the reminder that while…

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    Recipe-English Toffee

    I’m not much of a cook. I used to cook, because I had to. But then I married Mr. B. He actually enjoys cooking and he’s much, much better at it than I am. So the cooking gradually became his domain. I clean up. The division of labor works. And while I don’t cook (well, much), I do bake. Our Christmases are filled with julekake (Norwegian Christmas bread). I also make English toffee. Toffee is one of those things where, if you can make it, people look at you like you just got your Hogwarts letter. You’re a Wizard, Harry! They…

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    Accidentally Relevant…

    …Might just be the name of my new imaginary band. On New Year’s Day this year, sipping a glass of bubbly and chatting with my husband was commemorated with this tweet: Um…I may be plotting a fly fishing romance with my fly fisherman husband. #sendhelp — Adele Buck 📚🇳🇴 (@_AdeleBuck) January 2, 2017 I thought about it a lot, I plotted (in my head-I’m not much of a “real” plotter), I created an academic librarian hero and a fly fishing guide heroine. I settled on the title, Slow Drift. I didn’t start writing it until a few days before my first…

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    It’s here, it’s here! Mary Ann Marlowe’s A Crazy Kind of Love

    …and I’ve had a chance to read it. It’s a great read, and anyone who loves rock-star romances should get their sticky fingers on it NOW. Release Date November 28, 2017   Synopsis In this irresistible new novel by Mary Ann Marlowe, one woman’s up-close and sexy encounter with a tabloid sensation reveals the dizzying—and delicious—dilemma of dating in the spotlight . . . Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That’s a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the…

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    Mary Ann Marlowe’s “A Crazy Kind of Love” out November 28!

    I’m thrilled to announce my “agency sister” Mary Ann Marlowe’s second book comes out this month! I can’t wait to get my hands on it… Release Date November 28, 2017 Synopsis In this irresistible new novel by Mary Ann Marlowe, one woman’s up-close and sexy encounter with a tabloid sensation reveals the dizzying—and delicious—dilemma of dating in the spotlight . . . Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That’s a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders…

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    Those two little words

    So, I wrote those magic two little words enamored of romance writers everywhere on my current work-in-progress today. No, not “Love you,” but: “THE END” It was a remarkably productive day, especially considering I have some sort of sinus thing or a cold and I’m hopped up on cold meds. So the 3,500 words I cranked out today might be…utter rubbish. But, as Nora Roberts says, “You can fix a bad page. You can’t fix a blank one.” For now, I’m going to rest and read and get (hopefully, sinuses willing) a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow I start a fast…

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    Virtual Book Tour – Kelly Siskind’s LEGS

    The first book in my friend Kelly Siskind’s new series is out. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Reviewer’s Copy and it is seriously sexy, funny fun. If this sounds like your catnip (um, yes. Wine? Please. A sexy enemies-to-lovers type vibe with great banter? All the yes.)  you can buy immediately and enter for a chance to win a $15 gift card. Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment… On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a…

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    Teeny Tiny Romance contest – congratulations to Suleikha!

    The winner of Love Notes from Purgatory’s “Teeny Tiny Romance Contest” was announced today – and it’s my friend Suleikha Snyder! I’m celebrating your win so hard, my dear! Now that the winner has been announced, I’m free to post the story I entered on my own site, so if you haven’t read it yet, please enjoy My Lady’s Duchess: Clarissa squeezed Duchess’s reins, the mare coming to an obedient stop at the slight pressure. Stroking the horse’s glossy chestnut neck, Clarissa crooned low into the furry ears that swiveled back to catch her words. “Precious darling. Clever girl. You’re learning…