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Love Is All Around – LJ Genre Spotlight on Romance

Library Journal is spreading the (book) love with their recent genre spotlight on romance, highlighting these Macmillan titles:
PARANORMAL IMMORTAL?

Reviews from the publishing experts we contacted were mixed on the paranormal subgenre’s future, though it continues to have a strong fan base with digital readers. Christine Warren’s BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2018) features librarian Lennie Landry, a wolf on the run from a pack of coyotes and a stalker. She finds refuge in Alpha, WA, where she meets Mark Fischer, who is escaping his past—or so he thought. THANKS FUR LAST NIGHT (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2018) is a paranormal anthology headlined by best-selling authors Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter. Also from St. Martin’s is Donna Grant’s HEAT (Jan. 2018), which involves an outcast dragon who is drawn to a woman whose mind has been overtaken by magic.

TRÈS STEAMY

In Opal Carew’s X MARKS THE SPOT (St. Martin’s, Apr. 2018), when Abi and Liam’s marriage falls apart, Abi decides to act on her attraction to Del. She thinks she is in bed with Del but soon realizes she is actually with Liam. Oops—or maybe not.

RANCHERS AND COWBOYS

According to Monique Patterson, editorial director, ­romance and executive editor, St. Martin’s Press, “we have seen cowboys start to bubble up lately…. The cowboy can be different from the billionaire (though sometimes they are one and the same). What is exciting is that both are in demand.” 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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$10 E-Book Shorts For Libraries!

E-book shorts are the tapas of the literary world: you can have a snack (short read), satisfy a craving (new works that bridge books in a series), or have enough to make a meal (sample lots of new works in a range of genres).

We’ve done a permanent library price drop on more than 600 e-book shorts to $10!* Some titles include:

HOW SHALL I KNOW YOU? by Hilary Mantel
THE MIDNIGHT DOG OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron
THE DANCE BEGINS by Diane Chamberlain
AGATHA’S FIRST CASE by M.C. Beaton
A HIDDEN SECRET by Linda Castillo
MADE TO SIN by Lora Leigh
NIGHT’S BLAZE: PART 1 by Donna Grant
HIS TO POSSESS: PART 1 by Opal Carew

Click here to download a spreadsheet of the permanently reduced titles. Collection development made easy!

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Romance Roundup

We’re lovers, not fighters! Unless we’re arguing about which romance novel to read next. Here are upcoming titles ready to sizzle your shelves:

Contemporary Romance
HEARTSONG COTTAGE by Emily March (Eternity Springs series)
FOREVER THIS TIME by Maggie McGinnis
WIN ME OVER by Nicole Michaels
TEXAS THUNDER by Kimberly Raye

For Fans of 50 SHADES OF GREY
BURNED DEEP by Calista Fox
WICKED HEART by Leisa Rayven
FOR HIS PLEASURE by Suzanne Rock
YOU ARE MINE by Jackie Ashenden (Nine Circles series)

Erotica
STEPBROTHER, MINE by Opal Carew

Romantic Suspense
WICKED LIES by Lora Leigh
OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Page
INTIMATE by Kate Douglas

Historical Romance
SOME LIKE IT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders series)
HANNAH AND THE HIGHLANDER by Sabrina York
THE IRRESISTIBLE ROGUE by Valerie Bowman (Playful Brides series)
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne
GOOD EARL GONE BAD by Manda Collins (Lords of Anarchy trilogy)
HEARTLESS by Kat Martin
BELLA AND THE BEAST by Olivia Drake

Paranormal Romance
PASSION IGNITES by Donna Grant (Dark Kings series)
TALL, DARK AND IMMORTAL by Cat Devon
FOR LOVE OR MAGIC by Lucy March
THE WARRIOR VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

Anthologies, Holiday & Other Themes
HOT ALPHAS by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker & Kate Douglas
ON THE NAUGHTY LIST by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison & Beth Ciotta
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Lily Everett
SINNER’S STEEL by Sarah Castille (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series)
PRIMAL FORCE by D.D. Ayres (K-9 Rescue series)

Download a handout of these titles.

Friday Reads: Super Sexy Romance Edition!

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and whether you’re paired up or single and carefree, we’ve got the romance books that will make you feel “happily ever after”:

IRRITABLE HEARTS: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland
On Sale: February 24, 2015
A fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love.

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders series)
On Sale: March 3, 2015
The next book in the deliciously sexy Scandalous Highlanders series from New York Times bestseller Suzanne Enoch.

START ME UP by Nicole Michaels
On Sale: March 3, 2015
Sparks fly between a sexy mechanic and a DIY loving single mom in the first book in this sexy contemporary romance series.

RIDING STEELE by Opal Carew (Ready to Ride series)
On Sale: March 17, 2015
Don’t miss this scorching erotic romance from New York Times bestselling author Opal Carew, now available for the first time as a complete novel!

DEEP by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive series)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
From Kylie Scott, the New York Times bestselling author of LICK, comes the fourth and final addictive New Adult novel in the Stage Dive series.

FORCE OF ATTRACTION by D.D. Ayres (K-9 Rescue series)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
The second book in D. D. Ayres’ “K-9 Rescue” series about sexy cops with K-9 partners–and the women they love and protect.

A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND by Manda Collins (Lords of Anarchy trilogy)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
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NYPL Romance Book Buzz

Anne sweet teeth SpiethIt might be a week before Valentine's Day, but we're already feeling the love!

This morning Anne "the Sweet Teeth" Spieth presented all the latest and greatest titles at the New York Public Library Romance Book Buzz. She also brought homemade chocolate chip cookies in lieu of books saying, "My mom always told me the fastest way to someone's heart is through their stomach."

While sadly we can't share any of her cookies with you, we CAN share our love of great romance titles (har har!): everything from contemporary/paranormal/historical romance to sizzling hot erotica, New Adult, and books OK for YA!

Take a look at the full Edelweiss collection, which has even more red-hot reads than what was presented (120+ titles!!!), download the handout of presented titles, and check out the hijinx that ensued while live-tweeting the buzz at #RomanceNYPL.

Without further ado, here's what's hot in 2014: 

Contemporary Romance: 

SWEET TALK ME by Kieran Kramer, 9781250009913 (On Sale: 3/25/14)
LOVE IN BLOOM by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250046475 (On Sale: 3/25/14)
BIKINI SEASON by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250051110 (On Sale: 6/3/14)
SMALL CHANGE by Sheila Roberts (Mass Market reissue), 9781250043764 

Sanctuary Island series
SANCTUARY ISLAND by Lily Everett (#1), 9781250018373
SHORELINE DRIVE by Lily Everett (#2), 9781250018397 

Perfect Fit series
DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD by Sugar Jamison (#1), 9781250032973
THROWN FOR A CURVE by Sugar Jamison (#2), 9781250032980 (On Sale: 2/25/14)
GENTLEMEN PREFER CURVES by Sugar Jamison (#3), 9781250032997 (On Sale: 9/30/14) 

New Adult: 

BREATHE INTO ME by Sara Fawkes, 9781250048516 (On Sale: 7/29/14) 

Stage Dive series
LICK by Kylie Scott (#1), 9781250052360 (On Sale: 5/6/14)
PLAY by Kylie Scott (#2), 9781250052377 (On Sale: 8/26/14) 

OK for YA (more titles available under Books for Teens): 

A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka, 9781250039293 (On Sale: 5/6/14)
REBORN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark series #1), 9781250035912 (On Sale: 5/20/14) 

Erotica: 

HIS TO COMMAND by Opal Carew, 9780312674632
HIS TO POSSESS by Opal Carew, 9780312674649 (On Sale: 3/18/14)
HIS TO CLAIM by Opal Carew, 9781250052827 (On Sale: 9/2/14)
ANYTHING HE WANTS by Sara Fawkes, 9781250035332
UNBOUND by Susan Donovan & Celeste Bradley, 9781250032645
TAKEN by Lora Leigh, 9781250045454 (On Sale: 7/22/14) 

Romantic Suspense: 

The Cutter Cay series 

UNDERTOW by Cherry Adair (#1), 9780312371920
RIPTIDE by Cherry Adair (#2), 9780312371982
VORTEX by Cherry Adair (#3), 9780312371951 

The Navy SEALs series 

DANGEROUS GAMES by Lora Leigh (#1; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036704
HIDDEN AGENDAS by Lora Leigh (#2; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036711 (On Sale: 3/4/14)
KILLER SECRETS by Lora Leigh (#3; Trade Paperback reissue), 9781250036728 (On Sale: 5/13/14) readmoreremove

A Romantic Whirlwind Getaway… er, Giveaway!

Dearest librarians,

We're running a romantic giveaway on Twitter today. Whoever sends us the sweetest tweet will get a pile of love from us including:

GUILTY PLEASURE by Lora Leigh

INSATIABLE by Opal Carew

KEPT BY SEDUCTION by Jaymie Holland

HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE by Manda Collins

The winner is free to shelve them at the library or at home. Share or hoard the love as you see fit!

Here's the scoop:

xoxo, Macmillan Library readmoreremove

The Ultimate #BookBattle2 Webinar Title List

Today at 2pm Talia and Chris (Sterling) are going head-to-head in a reprise of their Oscar-nominated book buzz performance from ALA Annual and you don't want to miss it this time around. Sign up now!

UPDATE: This event is now over. The archived Booklist webinar will be available here soon!

Here's a sneak peek at the books that Talia will be talking about this afternoon (and see her full slide deck here!). WARNING: Major spoilers below!

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50 SHADES OF GREY Read-Alikes:

WILD CARD by Lora Leigh

BLUSH by Opal Carew

PANIC SNAP by Laura Reese

TOPPING FROM BELOW by Laura Reese

Adult Titles:

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny

A KILLING IN THE HILLS by Julia Keller

ROGUE by Mark Sullivan

YOUNG PHILBY by Robert Littell

CHINESE WHISKERS by Pallavi Aiyar

PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT by Denis O'Connor

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks

THE FORGETTING TREE by Tatjana Soli

THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block

GRACE GROWS by Shelle Sumners

HOW I CAME TO SPARKLE AGAIN by Kaya McLaren

MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan

STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff

THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS by David Wong

SHAKESPEARE'S TREMOR AND ORWELL'S COUGH by John J. Ross, M.D.

WE KILLED by Yael Kohen

Teen Titles:

WAKE and LULLABY by Amanda Hocking

BENEATH THE GLITTER by Elle & Blair Fowler

ECHO by Alyson Noel

DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Darynda Jones

WHISPERS AT MOONRISE by C.C. Hunter

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers

SPARK by Amy Kathleen Ryan

GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu

MIDNIGHT CITY by J. Barton Mitchell

THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda

And, of course...

PIPPI MOVES IN! by Astrid Lindgren

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