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What's In a Name?

Nora Roberts as J.D. RobbIn the grand tradition of authors such as Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a mystery novel using the pen name Robert Galbraith.  Authors use pseudonyms for a variety of reasons, including having an extremely common name, wanting to publish books in multiple genres without audience expectations or just to preserve their anonymity. Some pseudonyms are common knowledge. Most people know that Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb are the same person, but many authors are not so open, which can cause readers to miss books from much beloved authors because they are not in the know.  Here are the romance authors I’ve found who use pen names to write other novels, some romance and some used for non-romances.  Which authors are not on the list?

 

Me, Myself and I

All I Ever WantedI have always enjoyed first person romances, ever since reading Jane Eyre many years ago.  Although they do have their drawbacks, namely that you follow only one character through the whole novel, they give great insight into the mind of the main character.  Though still fairly unusual in historical romance, a host of new contemporary romance titles written in first person have popped up over the last few years.  What was once rare is now downright trendy!  What are your favorite first-person novels?

Sister (or Brother) Act

Simply IrresistibleI’ve just finished the first three books in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series, which focuses on three sisters opening an inn left to them by their mother in the small town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.  Romance series seem to frequently focus on siblings, with each sibling having their own book.   One of my first experiences with this common phenomenon was the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, which spanned 8(!) books. These kinds of series are a great way to introduce the future heroines and heroes of romances, and leave the reader anticipating every new title. Although you would think that it would be expensive for the family to have so many weddings so close together.

New Books!

When She Said I DoThe New Year has barely begun and there have already been great new releases in romance!  Authors with recently released titles include everyone from historical romance author Teresa Medeiros to inspirational author Colleen Coble.    So no matter what type of romance you like to read, we have a book for you.  Check out a new title today!

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen


This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous and popular work, Pride and Prejudice.  Sold to a publisher for just £110, the novel has now sold more than 20 million copies and spawned numerous film adaptations.  Since 1995, the year actor Colin Firth jumped in to the lake in the BBC adaptation, love of the novel and the character of Mr. Darcy has been at a fever pitch, and numerous unauthorized sequels and retellings, mostly focusing on Mr. Darcy, have been written for lovers of Austen and Pride and Prejudice to enjoy.  Austen’s work continues to be incredibly popular and hugely influential on modern romance novels, and Mr. Darcy continues to be, for many, the perfect romance hero.

 

Best Reads of 2012

One of my favorite things to do at the end of every year is to read everyone’s best and worst lists.   This year, I thought I would join in with my own list of the best romances of 2012. As to the worst in romance, well, the less said the better.  Because I read so many older titles, this list is not limited to those published in this calendar year, but includes books written in any year that I read during 2012.  What was your favorite romance of 2012?

What Should I Read Next?

Woman with computerWondering what to read next?  Sign up for HCPL’s email newsletter service!  A monthly romance newsletter is available through our new NextReads service.  Featuring new and recently released titles in historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, this is a great service for those looking for the latest and greatest in romance. You can even check the library catalog from the newsletter!  And, as always, for more personalized recommendations, try our BookHunter service.

 

Looking For a New Author? Try Rachel Gibson!

True ConfessionsEvery once in a while I become completely obsessed with a certain author’s books and must read all of them.  Recently this author has been Rachel Gibson, especially her Chinooks hockey series.    I love her quirky, charming heroines, bad boy heroes and great settings, from small towns in Texas and Idaho to the city of Seattle.  Most books are parts of series, but they are loosely connected and can be read in any order.  If you haven’t read one of her novels, try one today!


My Favorite Rachel Gibson Novels:

That's Inspired!

Deep in the Heart of TroubleThe popularity of inspirational romance is booming as many romance readers are turning to books that have a wholesome and religious tone.  Not just stories of the Amish anymore, (although they are still extremely popular) inspirational romance has branched out into many major romance categories such as romantic suspense and chick-lit. Harlequin© has even become a publisher of inspirational fiction with their Love Inspired line.  No matter what you love, if you are looking for a clean and spiritual romance, try one of the authors below!

2012 RITA Winners Announced

RITA awardsLast month the winners of romance’s biggest award, the RITA©, were announced.  The award recipients in these 12 categories, taken from more than one hundred finalists, represent the best of published romance for the year 2011.  I look forward to reading the winning novels, as they include several authors I have not read before as well as some of my old favorites.  Did any of your favorites win?

 

 

2012 RITA© Award Winners:

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