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    Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime Series

    I’ve been lucky enough to get to be an early reader of all Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime books in ARC (advance reader’s copy) form. And if someone were to ask me which of them was my favorite, I couldn’t begin to tell you. They’re all so good. All so individual, while still retaining that Kate Clayborn-ness. Why don’t you ask me which one of my cats are my favorite while you’re at it, you monster? The basic premise is that best friends Kit, Zoe, and Greer collectively purchase a lottery ticket and actually win. They split the money (life-changing…

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    New audiobook that I am VERY excited about!!

    Beth Kingston is a great writer and friend. And her medieval and Regency stories are narrated by the inimitable Nicholas Boulton. Seriously, this man’s voice. Le swoon. Her latest, House of Cads is OUT ON AUDIO. I’ve promised myself that I’ll get through my current audiobook before listening to this, but it is REALLY, REALLY HARD, PEOPLE. If you need your next great read-for-your-ears, I can recommend this without even trying it first. (If you want to peruse all of my recommendation lists, please do!) ETA: I scrapped the other audiobook I was listening to at about 70% and started Cads this…

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    Let’s play “Subvert the Archetypes”!

    I was thinking about archetypes the other day and how often romance adheres to them. But, for me, there’s a special thrill when I realize an author has decided to turn an archetype on its head. So I asked Twitter for recommendations. There wasn’t the immediate outpouring of recommendations like I had for the “Difficult” heroines list, but boy do these books sound GOOD. I’ve done my best to organize them – where a book seems to land in more than one category, it’s repeated. Know another title that would fit? Leave a comment or chat with me on Twitter!…

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    Licks by Kelly Siskind

    New book alert! I do love Kelly’s books, and she keeps getting better and better. She’s got a new one coming out (seriously, I can’t keep up with this woman – I’ve read the first book in the series, need to read the second, and now I’m telling you about the third?) and it sounds awesome. I do love a good second chance romance… 36 hours is a short spell when racing the clock. 2,160 minutes is an eternity for old friends to fall in love…    August Cruz is the only man I’ve ever loved.  He’s the one who got…

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    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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    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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    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…