A Guestpost and a Giveway from Lenora Bell

Bell_Collage Family photo with Elise and Louise (fourth and fifth from left); watercolor of Kansas roses by Louise; watercolor of Switzerland by Elise; Elise at her painting easel.

Why did you begin reading historical romance? Was it a craving for sweeping stories of passion set in faraway lands? […]

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Authors, giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sneak peek at Last Kiss of Summer by Marina Adair

We liked Marina Adair’s new contemporary Last Kiss of Summer. (Here’s our review.) Her publicist sent us an excerpt which, yes!, we are sharing with you.

You can buy the book at Amazon, iTunes,

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagerly Awaited September Books

doyouwantPutting together a list of anticipated September books rather snuck up on me. It’s still close to 100 degrees outside every day where I live, and it doesn’t feel like summer will ever end. Actually, I’m several gazillion weeks pregnant, so summer has felt pretty unending […]

Midweek Minis – Late Summer edition

In another of our series of mini-reviews, AAR staffers Keira, Maria Rose, Rike and Sara share their thoughts about some of their recent reads.  If you’ve read any of them, what did you think?  And please feel free to share your recommendations with us.


Keira’s Read:

The American Earl by Joan Wolf

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nico Rosso on Food and Writing Romance

Thanks for having me today, AAR! Let’s talk about food. I’m always thinking about it. When my wife, Zoe Archer (AKA Eva Leigh), and I are having breakfast, we’re planning lunch. Lunch leads to dinner. After all […]

By | August 20th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|2 Comments

Debbie Macomber and Me

One of the many things I love about “romance” as a genre is how varied the definition of it is. For some readers who identify as “romance readers”, it’s all about billionaires, or motorcycle clubs, or Regency […]

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Kristen D|Tags: |10 Comments

TBR Challenge 2016 – Kickin’ It Old School

tangled August’s TBR Challenge prompt is “Kickin’ it old-school” and it’s a prompt I always enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to pick something from the TBR Pile of Doom, which still looms large next to the bed. I went for Tangled by Mary Balogh, a standalone title originally published in 1991 which features a somewhat unusual premise; one I haven’t read before although I’m sure this isn’t the only book to have made use of it. I see that the book has engendered very mixed reactions over the years, and although I can understand why, I enjoyed it, principally because Mary Balogh is so skilled at portraying the emotional lives of her characters in a way that makes them feel very real to the reader.

The book opens as Lady Rebecca Cardwell is saying a fond farewell to her husband, Julian, before he departs with his regiment for Malta, and then the Crimea. He is accompanied by his foster brother, David, Viscount Tavistock, whom she dislikes and blames for Julian’s joining the army. Julian is eagerly reassuring his anxious wife that he will be in no danger, and it’s clear that he is keen to be on his way and sees the whole thing as an adventure. […]

Publishing FIVE revised Special Title Lists

A long time ago in a far-off galaxy … you nominated some books for five of AAR’s Special Titles Listings. And then … nothing. Several months of nothing, and then more than a year. We apologize most sincerely. But – we are glad to announce that finally the revised versions of Scots & […]

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: LinnieGayl AAR, Rike AAR, Special Titles Lists|10 Comments

Susanna Craig: A Guest Blog

to kiss a thief“I’m an English professor, and I read (and write) romance novels.”

Although I’m certainly not the first to make such a confession, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me a little nervous. Attitudes are changing, but too many still see romance […]

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|17 Comments

The New Age of the Series – A Reader Rant

Am I crazy but does it feel like every romance novel published today is a part of a series? Almost every new book I pick up has a number after its title.

Is the standalone, single novel becoming extinct? I wonder if a book without a series will one day be a relic of the past […]

By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: Books, Reading, Romance reading, Uncategorized|30 Comments