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Nov 3 2014 7:15am

Collecting Research on Romance Readers: Take the Survey

Author Maya Rodale is writing a book called Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained, a non-fiction book that “traces the stigma against romances novels to 18th and 19th century England where The Powers That Be saw reading by “the masses” (especially women) a tremendous threat to the status quo. The reading revolution had to be stopped.”

She's working on research for the book now, and asks for readers' help in compiling stats, and has put up a brief survey so you can share your thoughts and opinions.

Oct 31 2014 7:29am

Top Ten Signs You Might Be the Devil (NSFW)

Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! Who's your favorite devil?

Oct 30 2014 7:10am

Throwback Thursday: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm by Laura KinsaleWe've covered Laura Kinsale many, MANY times, and so it's very cool to report that the Old School Romance Book Club has chosen her iconic Flowers From the Storm as its read for November. This book, along with Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels, is frequently mentioned as the best historical romance ever written. If you haven't read it already, this is a great opportunity to see just how an author can make a stroke-addled mathematical genius duke and a Quaker woman fall in love. 

If you have read it already—spoilers ahead!—take a look at the “Confronting the Quakers” Scene from Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm as well as Kinsale's Top Three Damaged Heroes

Have you read Flowers from the Storm

Oct 29 2014 7:16am

We Need Diverse Books—Yes or Hell Yes?

The We Need Diverse Books campaign was focused, initially, on diversity in Young Adult literature, but the movement has grown to include books of all genres, and we are definitely behind diversity in romance novels as well as other genres.

Author John Green did a short clip in support of the campaign, and says, “We need to reflect the reality of our communities...but it's also really important to see The Other; one of the magical things about reading [...] is that it helps me to imagine the life outside of myself...when you don't see the lives of others in stories, it's difficult to imagine them complexly.”

Romance readers read about “The Other” in several of its subgenres already, including historical (unless you're a duchess), paranormals (unless you're a vampire), and romantic suspense (unless you're a special ops soldier).  

What's the last book that exposed you to a “life outside of [your]self?”

Oct 28 2014 7:20am

When Do You Start Reading Holiday Romances?

As you can tell, holiday romances are being released now in advance of the holiday buying (and reading!) season. Many people won't even think about the holidays until after Halloween, and some people even go so far as to refuse to do anything Christmas-oriented until after Thanksgiving.

But meanwhile, the books with their snowy covers and people in sweaters are on the shelves now.

Do you read holiday romances in general? If so, when do you start?

Oct 27 2014 7:20am

What’s Your Most Recent Paranormal Romance Read?

Our blogger Sahara Hoshi recently did an under-the-radar paranormal romance post, proving that while paranormal romance isn't as hot as it used to be (getting colder, like a long-dead vampire), it is still a favorite genre for many.

In celebration of Halloween week, tell us—what's the most recent paranormal romance you read? 

Oct 24 2014 7:15am

What Book Gave You Your Most Recent Book Hangover?

Only Enchanting by Mary BaloghRecently, your Morning Coffee-er (that's me!) read a book that gave me such a book hangover I couldn't start another romance right away. It was Mary Balogh's Only Enchanting, and it just left me drained and emotionally sensitive, so I turned to a non-romance book for my next read.

Book hangovers are well-known to romance readers; we've talked about the worst ones you've ever had.

What book caused your most recent book hangover? What book did you follow it with?

Oct 23 2014 2:26pm

Cover Alert: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts!

Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsIlona Andrews has just released the cover for Magic Shifts, the eighth book in Andrews's Kate Daniels series. Here's the blurb:

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

Magic Shifts will be released August 4, 2015.

Oct 23 2014 7:29am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Rake?

Wikipedia tells us that, “A rake, short for rakehell (analogous to 'hellraiser'), is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanising. Often a rake was also prodigal who wasted his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, incurring lavish debts in the process. Comparable terms are 'libertine' and 'debauchee'.”

Rakes abound in historical romance novels, of course, and they can also be found lurking within the dominating billionaire and playboys of contemporary romance, or the 'suck-'em-and-leave-'em' vampire heroes of paranormal romance.

No matter what the genre, the womanising hero (who gets tamed by the heroine!) is ubiquitous in romance novels. 

So—who was your first rake? 

Oct 22 2014 7:14am

Who’s the Best-Dressed in Romance Novels?

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died this week at the age of 82. De le Renta was one of the most well-known celebrity designers, and had a several decades-long career, designing first for other houses and then under his own name. He was well-regarded for his evening gowns, and many of his craetions appeared on red carpets (as well as on Amal Clooney when she married George!).

Fashion is on our minds, so we want to ask—who's the best-dressed character, male or female, in romance novels? Whose wardrobe do you covet the most? 

Oct 21 2014 7:39am

What Do You Want to See More Of?

Romance novels feel like the Wild West, with authors blazing trails all over the place, from criminal heroes with no plans to change, to addicted heroines, to a lizard hero. And there are so many other genres and tropes and characters and settings being written that never would have been imagined possible as short a time as five years ago.

So—if you had your druthers, what would you want to see more of in romance? 

Oct 20 2014 7:27am

What’s Your Favorite Revenge Romance?

Crazy, Sexy Revenge by J.D. MasonEarlier this month, we featured J.D. Mason's Crazy, Sexy Revenge, and that book joins legions of others where revenge is the motivating factor for either (and sometimes both!) the hero and heroine.

Do you like revenge stories? Which one is your favorite? 

Oct 17 2014 7:29am

Handsome Men Getting Wet: In the Heart of the Sea Trailer

Chris Hemsworth heads In the Heart of the Sea next spring in a new Ron Howard film. The movie is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book of the same name, the true survival story of the whaling ship Essex, which inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick

In the Heart of the Sea will be in theaters March 2015.

Oct 16 2014 7:10am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Heather Graham?

The King's Pleasure by Shannon DrakeThis month, Heather Graham's medieval-set historical romance The King's Pleasure, first released under the name Shannon Drake in 1998, was reissued with an updated cover. Here's the blurb:

Danielle D'Aville was sworn to obey King Edward's order to marry her enemy Adrien MacLachlan, the legendary Scot who had masterminded the fall of her beloved home. Suddenly she was bound, body and soul, to the arrogant knight. But swept off to his castle in the Scottish highlands, and into his strong embrace, Danielle was soon possessed by a searing passion for the husband she had vowed to despise.

Adrien MacLachlan couldn't afford to trust the emerald-eyed spitfire, but nor could he ignore the fierce attraction between them. Long ago, he had pledged his right arm to his king. Now he would discover that only by pledging his heart could he win the most precious prize of all.

Heather Graham has written over 150 novels in several genres and under several different names. Chances are you've read at least one Graham, so if you have, which one(s) have you read? If you've read many of her books, which was your favorite? 

Oct 15 2014 7:04am

What’s Been the Biggest Surprise in Romance?

The Ghost in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, the Ghost of St. Giles in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series, Chase's identity in Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series. Just three series that had big secrets that have finally been revealed. 

All of these revelations were teased out over multiple books, and readers, for the most part, were surprised when the secret was revealed.

What has been the biggest surprise in romance novels thus far? 

Oct 14 2014 7:10am

What Authors Have You Found from Multi-Author Anthologies?

Seven Wicked NightsThe multi-author anthology for e-readers is now a common offering, with many of the current box sets costing less than a dollar.

While you likely bought the set originally because you like at least one of the authors, chances are that there are some authors included that you haven't read yet.

So if you've bought one of these sets, and found a new author to love, share the details in comments—we want to know which sets are the best, and what new authors to look out for.

Oct 13 2014 6:59am

What’s the Scariest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Sea of Secrets by Amanda DeWeesNow that we're firmly entrenched in October, and thoughts of candy corn, costumes, and cold weather are dancing in our heads, it seems timely to ask about scary books—do you read them during Halloween season? Is it possible to have a satisfying romance with scary action?

And what's the scariest book you've ever read? 

Oct 10 2014 7:28am

A Peek at Bitten Season 2

“Look at the blood! Look at the bodies!”

A brand-new trailer for the second season of Bitten was shown at New York Comic Con this week. We'll be covering the second season (here's a recap of the Season 1 finale), which will be shown in early 2015. 

What do you expect from the second season of Bitten?

h/t to Jackie Lester for the post!

Oct 9 2014 7:13am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Introduced You to Your First Generous Hero?

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

We're gonna be honest here (and break the fourth wall for a moment). When it came time to title this post, everything we wanted to say just sounded so—graphic and weird!

So here's the Throwback Thursday question: What book is the first one you read where a hero went down on the heroine? It's commonplace in romance novels now, but in earlier times, it was definitely an anomaly.

What book, and who was the generous hero in question?

Oct 8 2014 7:04am

Do Quote Me! Quotations About Reading

Readers love to read, of course, but they also love to talk about what they read. And how they read. And how much they love reading. Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx, and C.S. Lewis are just three of the famous people who loved to read, and had something to say about their passion:

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”—Oscar Wilde

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”—Groucho Marx

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”—C.S. Lewis

What's your favorite quote about reading?