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RITA Nominees

The Mischief of the MistletoeIt’s RITA© nomination time again!  The Romance Writers of America have announced the nominees for the best in 2010 romance.    Over 1100 published books were judged and the best will compete to win in 12 different categories, from inspirational to young adult to regency to paranormal.  Winners will be announced July 1st at the annual RWA conference, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the awards.
 

The full list of nominees can be found here, but here are some of my favorites:

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Isn’t It Scandalous?

girl whisperingLast night I finished reading Jane, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre by April Lindner.  In that novel, the Rochester character, now a rock star, uses exposure to the press and the resulting scandal to justify (spoiler alert!) keeping his first wife locked in the attic after she becomes mentally ill.  It struck me how often scandal is used as a way to move the plot forward in a romance.  In historicals, the young regency miss is often forced to marry after being compromised by the hero.  In contemporaries, modern day characters (usually celebrities or public figures) are forced into a relationship by the press o...

Somewhere in Time

Knight in Shining ArmorOne of the first romance novels I read was Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, and ever since I have enjoyed time travel romances.  Stories where characters traverse time itself to be with the person they love are always especially poignant, and a person outside their own time sets up lots of opportunities for comedy as well.  So whether you enjoy reading about a heroine trying to adapt to a time with no electricity (or indoor plumbing!) or a hero attempting to drive a car instead of riding a horse, we have a book for you!...

Don't Miss Out on Jennifer Crusie

Fast WomenSince I began working with Book Hunters, I have found that there are certain authors that I would recommend to almost any romance reader.   Jennifer Cruisie is one of those authors.   She writes wonderful comedic romances, full of quirky characters with upbeat and sometimes suspenseful plots.  She is also one of the most impassioned defenders of the romance genre (read her defense here.)  So if you haven’t read one of her books, try one today!

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New Year, New Books

How To Woo a Reluctant LadyJanuary has come and gone, and it was an exciting month for romance readers.  Many major authors released books during the month of January, including the last book in Karen Marie Moning’s extremely popular paranormal series.  No matter what type of romance you prefer, there is a new book for you.  Request your copy of a new title today!
 

New January Books:

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