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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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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

Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
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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

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.

Thriller Thursday (5/21/15 Edition)

We’ve got four fabulous thrillers for you, plus BookCon news!

LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton
A May 2015 LibraryReads pick! When a child goes missing, three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—confess to the crime. “[A] nail-biter… This brilliantly plotted thriller, filled with lies and betrayals, builds to an unexpected, mesmerizing ending.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK by Darynda Jones
The eighth entry in Jones’s “tongue-in-cheek supernatural soap opera” (Publishers Weekly) with ever escalating stakes finds Charlie Davidson and her super-sexy, literally-from-hell husband, Reyes, hiding from hellhounds in a convent while awaiting the birth of their daughter, Beep.

And since we’ll be busy at BEA next week, happy early #ThrillerThursday to:

THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
THREE starred reviews for the smart, enthralling fourth Émile Cinq-Mars thriller! “Farrow (the pen name of Canadian writer Trevor Ferguson) has written an excellent thriller in which characters, plot, and setting score a triple for suspense.” — Library Journal, starred review

INDEPENDENCE DAY by Ben Coes
TWO starred reviews for the latest Dewey Andreas thriller! “Coes is in the same league as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, and this high-octane race against time will have plot-driven thriller readers unable to turn the pages fast enough. Libraries should grab this one in quantity and make sure Coes’ backlist is available as well.” — Booklist, starred review

Going to BookCon next weekend? Stop by for the Crime Time Quiz Show, hosted by The Criminal Element and emceed by yours truly, Anne Spieth!

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