For some of us, February was a bit of a lean month when it came to new releases, but March is more than making up for it, and we’ve a bumper list of what we think are going to be fabulous reads to lighten your bank balance! Mysteries, contemporaries, historicals, paranormals… whatever your poison, there’s sure to be something here to tempt you; and if the book you’re MOST looking forward to reading in March isn’t here, then please drop by and tell us about it in the comments! […]
What is AAR? It’s not a business–we don’t make any money and no one gets paid. It truly is a labor of love for all of us. (I do give the staff gift certificates at the end of the year to say thanks for all their hard work. The rest of the money we earn goes to keeping the site online.) […]
Today, it’s all about the novella.
According to Wikipedia,
A novella is a work of narrative prose fiction, longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. Publishers and literary award societies typically describe a novella’s word count as falling between 15,000 and 40,000 words, although definitions vary.
The English word “novella” derives from the Italian novella, feminine of novello, which means “new”.
This month’s TBR Challenge theme is simply “friends,” which is open-ended enough to take in various directions. One could read a friends-to-lovers book or, as Lynn did, read a book where the friends of a lead character play an important role in his/her life. Caz and Lynn took this challenge in slightly different directions, but both found winners this month. […]
I have written three trilogies, and each time I wrote the third book in the set, I thought: okay, tie up all the loose ends, make sure everything you need or want to say about the ‘bigger picture’ has come to a satisfactory end, the main characters are happy and the secondary characters have all served their purpose, some with their own happy endings, some whose endings have prompted laughter, or in some instances, tears. […]
On some rare occasions, if you’re favored, you read a passage or a scene in a novel so grandly romantic, you’re gobsmacked. You swoon, your heart feels tender and ardent. Whatever is said or happens in the scene, it’s what you’ve dreamed of receiving (and, if you’re extraordinarily lucky, have.) […]
I do my best to keep up with new releases, but my library, my secondhand store, and Kindle bargains slant heavily towards older books. During the year, I love this. I have enjoyed so many wonderful books I missed when they were new. It’s only when “Best of the year” time rolls around that I find myself grumbling that I don’t get to bang the drum about so many of my favorite reads just because they weren’t published this year! […]
One of the strongest and most popular markets in publishing right now is the thriller/mystery market. There is a lot of crossover between mystery and romance readers since women make up the bulk of the consumers of both these genres. AAR has finished our Best of 2019 romance lists and now Maggie and Shannon combine their knowledge to bring you their list of the best of the mystery/thriller market from 2019. […]
Later this month, a friend of mine’s book club which typically only reads very serious books for adults is going to read a romance. They read about the RWA fiasco and have seen the increased coverage of romance in the big name press and so they decide to give one a try. For most, it will be the first romance they’ve read as an adult. […]
On November 15, 2019, the [email protected] posted the topic, “Can we discuss the term “clean” romances?” It was a great question that inspired a lot of discussion not just about “clean” romances but heat levels in general from no-sex to burning hot erotica. During this topic, Caz Owens kindly gave me a shout out, hoping I could provide an industry standard definition for erotica. […]