Romantic Wednesdays: Holiday Romances

It’s that time again. What time is that, I hear you asking? In this early December, when the spirit of holiday shopping is everywhere, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with the gift of a perfect Holiday Romance.

Here are just a few to start off the season, but there will be more. Let’s celebrate the season with a whole lot of love.

christmas he loved her by juliana stoneThe Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone is a Christmas love story that definitely pulls at the heartstrings. It’s a small town romance, and a second chance at love story wrapped up with a bright shiny Christmas ribbon. There’s also more than a bit of a “forbidden romance” thrown in to make it extra spicy. But because it’s the Christmas season, there’s going to be a happy ever after once the sadness is done.

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Romantic Wednesdays: Geeks in Love, or, Talk Nerdy to Me

nerd in shining armor by vicki lewis thompsonWe all have an image in our minds when someone mentions the words “geek” or “nerd”. Someone socially awkward, but technically adept, someone who knows a lot about something very obscure, and possibly even science fictional, but is clueless about the social niceties.

Usually a hero with a difficult time reaching a happy ever after with the person of his dreams. Sometimes the geek is a girl, and she has even more trouble. But geeks are just as good at studying any subject that they set their minds to, especially the ones they set their hearts on! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Geeks in Love, or, Talk Nerdy to Me”

Romantic Wednesdays: Fall for a New Author

Another summer has ended in Seattle, and soon the rain, early sunsets and colder temperatures will keep many of us indoors. It may sound grim, but it’s perfect weather for discovering new authors! Though they are relatively new, each of the following authors has written several books to date, with more on the way in the coming rainy months.

Unveiled book cover by Courtney Milan The Chocolate Thief by Larua Florand First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones






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Romantic Wednesdays: 2013 RITA Award Winners

On July 20th, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2013 RITA Awards, which honor excellence in romantic fiction. From supernatural mysteries, to teen dystopian fiction, to fresh contemporary love stories, these books represent the diversity and breadth of the romance genre.

Romantic history novel The Haunting of Maddy ClareThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Equal parts ghost story, mystery, and love story, Simone St. James’ gripping debut about a woman who gets enlisted to help a ghost hunter in post-World War I England won “Best First Book” as well as “Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.”

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Romantic Wednesdays: If you like Jane Austen

If you’ve read everything by Jane Austen, and would like more in that same vein, you should try Georgette Heyer. Heyer has been credited with writing the first modern historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in the Regency era in England (the same time period/location as Jane Austen’s novels), and she also wrote contemporary (for her time) mysteries set in the 1920s. In order to inform her 20th Century readers about the realities of the Regency era, she included meticulous details about the daily life and social customs of the British upper class. This gives the reader a real feel for what it would have been like to be one of the characters in her books. Due to her attention to detail, her book An Infamous Army includes, in my opinion, one of the most historically accurate depictions of the Battle of Waterloo ever written! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If you like Jane Austen”