Articles tagged "historical romance"

Get Your E-Galleys!

Hello giant e-galley drop! We’ve got the goods, so make sure you’re whitelisted and dive into some super exciting F19 and W20 titles.

A BETTER MAN: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Gamache. ‘Nuff said.

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler

The author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan Byrne returns with a new series–romance, dukes, blackmail, secrets, and a proposal of convenience.

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For Your Consideration: May 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite May 2019 titles for the May 2019 LibraryReads list!

Votes due April 1!

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler

Author of June 2015 LibraryReads pick THE BOOK OF SPECULATION
Three starred reviews!
A Library Journal Spring/Summer 2019 Top Pick

“Swyler’s beautiful story, told in eloquent prose, induces shivers of wonder. This meditation on time, loss, and the depth of human connection is both melancholy and astonishing.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Brings to mind the quintessential pioneering writer who used science to explore the human condition, Mary Shelley.”–Booklist, starred review

“Grand in scope and graceful in execution.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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#PubDay (New Year’s Eve Edition)

Happy New Year and welcome to our first 2019 #pubday celebration!

LIVE AND LET PIE: A Bakeshop Mystery (Volume 9) by Ellie Alexander
Life is sweet once you step into Torte, everybody’s favorite small-town bakeshop. But what happens when it becomes the scene of a crime?

THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW: Unlikely Duchesses by Olivia Drake
The first book in Olivia Drake’s new Unlikely Duchesses series: when two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he’s a duke and she’s a governess? “By equal measures endearing and sumptuous… the novel immerses readers in a beautifully developed world.”–Publishers Weekly

Romance Round-up!

We may officially be heading into the cold weather season, but for your #weekendreads, let’s heat things up with a romance round-up!

THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Kerrigan Byrne 
Library Journal Best Book of the Year

“A hero so lost he fears he’ll never be found and a heroine who won’t give up on him reclaim their love in a bold, lyrical tale that brings the darker side of the Victorian Age into sharp relief; another winner in a stellar series.”Library Journal, starred review

“From the novel’s incisively etched characters, including an über-alpha hero with secrets to spare, to the bone-melting sensuality that characterizes the hero and heroine’s romantic relationship, everything about this deliciously dark and dangerous historical romance is done to perfection.”Booklist, starred review

DRAGONFIRE by Donna Grant 
What goes better together than dragons and heat? Passion burns hot in the latest Dark Kings novel about a dragon king and a gypsy with a mysterious power bound by desire. readmoreremove

2018 RITA Award Nominees (& Winners!)

We’re swooning over our RITA Award nominees!
UPDATE 7/25/18: Congratulations to our 2018 RITA Award Winners: TAKE THE LEAD by Alexis Daria (Best First Book) & SEIZE TODAY by Pintip Dunn (Best YA Romance)!

Best First Book
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
TAKE THE LEAD by Alexis Daria

Contemporary Romance: Long
TAKE THE LEAD by Alexis Daria

Historical Romance: Long
THE SCANDALOUS FLIRT by Olivia Drake

Historical Romance: Short
THE ROGUE’S CONQUEST by Lily Maxton

Paranormal Romance
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones

Romance Novella
“Sweet Home Highlands” in CHRISTMAS IN KILTS by May McGoldrick
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RT Book Reviews 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 28 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction Protagonist
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi

Best Contemporary Mystery
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon

Best Suspense
SHATTERED by Allison Brennan

Best Thriller
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
LOOK BEHIND YOU by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Best Amateur Sleuth
STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines

Best Historical Mystery
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg
THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis

Best Romantic Suspense
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd

Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense
STORMCHASER by Cherry Adair

Best Historical Romance
THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Historical Love & Laughter
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

Best First Historical Romance/ Historical Fiction
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS by Meghan Masterson

Best Erotic Romance
THE BILLIONAIRES: The Bosses by Calista Fox

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF VENGEANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Urban Fantasy
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner

Best Fantasy
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan readmoreremove

All’s Fair in Love – LJ Genre Spotlight on Romance

Love is in the air at Library Journal! Their recent genre spotlight on romance includes these steamy Macmillan reads:
HISTORY OR HER STORY?

Kerrigan Byrne’s THE DUKE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fourth installment in her “Victorian Rebels” series, features a nurse by day/spy by night who gets tangled up with a duke who has lost a hand as a prisoner of war.

PLAYTIME

Addison Fox’s AT LAST (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Nov.) stars a former NFL hero who walks away from the pros and clashes with a Brooklyn brewery owner.

While the traditional games will continue to thrive, the genre is broadening to include new and ever more exciting sports. Consider Rebecca Yarros’s WILDER (Entangled, Sept.), which features a five-time X Games (extreme sports) champion.

MORE THAN BRAWN

Romantic suspense is also getting tech-savvy with a heroine computer hacker in Sarah Castille’s new “Ruin & Revenge” series, which begins with NICO (St. Martin’s, Dec.).

Even our favorite professionals, librarians, are coming out in force with Dawn Ryder’s suspenseful DEEP INTO TROUBLE (St. Martins, Mar. 2017). This third title in her “Unbroken Heroes” series matches up a library worker with a special agent.

LOVE FROM ANOTHER WORLD

Romance writers have taken on the epic fantasy and sf tales with crossovers that transcend genre boundaries. Jacqueline Carey is no stranger to epic fantasy that also delights romance readers with strongly sensual, erotic plots, such as her “­Kushiel’s Legacy Trilogies.” Carey here retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a tale of forbidden love, MIRANDA AND CALIBAN (Tor, Feb. 2017).

For sf romance lovers, marriage and divorce give way to seven-year contracts in Erin Lyon’s I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Forge, Jan. 2017).

Paranormal romance interest remains strong. Cathy Clamp’s second “Luna Lake” title, ILLICIT (Tor, Nov.), features shifters from dueling bear clans.

HIT AND MYTH

Fairy tale and myth retellings are also keeping paranormal romance in view. Monique Patterson, executive editor and editorial director of romance for St. Martin’s Press, thinks that “retellings never waned in romance and have been happening across all the romance subgenres.” The press is releasing Kerrelyn Sparks’s new “Embraced” series, which opens with a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (Mar. 2017).

Christine Warren proves that animals are not the only shifters around with HARD TO HANDLE (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fifth entry in her “Gargoyles” series.

In debut author Madhuri Pavamani’s new dark and erotic “The Keeper” series, an assassin must kill a target that has nine lives. The series begins with DUTCH (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), quickly followed by JUMA (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017).

A DIVERSE UNIVERSE

All readers deserve books that represent their individuality. For years, many publishers have developed imprints dedicated to multicultural fiction, others to ­LGBTQ+ works, while still others increasingly offer a broader selection of materials, whether related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or body type. Diverse titles we’ve seen are predominantly from African American authors (and feature African American characters).

Tracy Brown’s BOSS (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017), a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been likened to the immensely popular TV shows Empire and Scandal. readmoreremove

NYPL F16 Romance Book Buzz

This morning Anne presented her favorite new and upcoming romance novels at a New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz.

While she only discussed the titles listed below in detail, there’s a full Edelweiss collection of 350+ red-hot reads spanning contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA! Want more? SMPRomance.com and Heroes & Heartbreakers have all the romance books your heart desires.

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas/In Death series) | ISBN: 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING* by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls series) | ISBN: 9781250028457 | Out Now
THE DUKE by Kerrigan Byrne (Victorian Rebels series) | ISBN: 9781250118240 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE LEGENDARY LORD by Valerie Bowman (The Playful Brides series) | ISBN: 9781250072597 | Out 11/1/16
I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS by Erin Lyon | ISBN: 9780765386106 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher | ISBN: 9781250077110 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
INTENSE PLEASURE* by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts series) | ISBN: 9781250105417 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas series) | ISBN: 9781250083395 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
FIRESTORM by Donna Grant (Dark Kings series) | ISBN: 9781250109538 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
A FARE TO REMEMBER by Opal Carew | ISBN: 9781250116680 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 12/20)
BOSS by Tracy Brown | ISBN: 9781250043009 | Out 4/4/17 (LR: 2/20)
NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge series) | ISBN: 9781250104038 | Out 12/6/16 (LR: 11/20)
MUST LOVE WIENERS by Casey Griffin (Rescue Dog Romance series) | ISBN: 9781250084675 | Out Now
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | YA | ISBN: 9781250058669 | Out 10/4/16

Download the handout of presented titles (including four pages of backlist essentials) and don’t forget to check out the Edelweiss collection!

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NYPL F15 Romance Book Buzz

NYPL romance buzz-Nov 2015This morning Anne presented her favorite new and upcoming romance novels at a New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz.

While she only discussed the titles listed below in detail, there’s a full Edelweiss collection of 200+ red-hot reads spanning contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA!

OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls series) | Romantic Suspense | Available Now
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne | Historical Romance | Available Now
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas (The Travises series) | Contemporary Romance | Available Now
HEARTSONG COTTAGE by Emily March | Contemporary Romance | Available Now
THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson series) | Paranormal Romance/Mystery | On Sale 1/12/16
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth | Contemporary Women’s Fiction | On Sale 1/19/16
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | Contemporary Women’s Fiction | On Sale 2/9/16
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day (Crossfire series) | Contemporary Romance | On Sale 4/5/16
DIRTY by Kylie Scott (Dive Bar series) | Contemporary Romance | On Sale 4/5/16
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | YA Romance| On Sale 5/3/16
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins | YA Romance| On Sale 5/17/16
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | YA Romance| On Sale 6/7/16

Download the handout of presented titles (including three pages of backlist essentials) and don’t forget to check out the Edelweiss collection!

NPR’s Books of Summer Love

♫♪♫♫♪ Summer lovin, had me a blast;
summer lovin, happened so fast ♫♪♫♫♪
NPR shared their favorite romances in a Books of Summer Love segment, including these red hot reads from Macmillan:

Historical
The Wallflowers (series), by Lisa Kleypas 
Lisa Kleypas writes solid contemporary romances too, but this series about a quartet of 19th-century young women who band together to conquer the London marriage market was a favorite with our voters and our panelists.

Classics
THE FAR PAVILIONS by M.M. Kaye
An epic tale of forbidden love during the British Raj. British botanist’s son Ashton Pelham-Martyn is orphaned in India and raised to believe he’s an Indian boy named Ashok. Anjuli is a neglected princess, condemned first to an unwanted marriage and then to suttee when her husband dies — but happiness beckons for Ash and Anjuli in the “far pavilions” of the Himalayas, away from the prejudices that have kept them apart.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s most famous work was one of your favorite picks (second only to the Outlander series). So much has been said about Elizabeth and Darcy that now their place in the romance canon goes without saying — we’ll just leave you with the mental image of Colin Firth diving into that lake.

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte
A poor, mistreated heroine, a dour, misunderstood hero, and a mad wife locked in the attic — if that’s not romance, we don’t know what is! Reader, she did indeed marry him, and they lived happily ever after.

YA
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell’s story of two misfit kids who fall in love over mixtapes and comic books in 1980s Omaha, Neb., was one of our favorite books of 2013 — and a favorite with our voters, too. While the ending is slightly ambiguous, we choose to believe Eleanor and Park got their happily ever after. We love them too much not to! readmoreremove

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