Since “Backlist” is pretty much what the TBR Challenge is all about, this month felt completely wide open for both of us. In the end, while we chose different subgenres, we both went with similar strategies. We each picked a backlist book by an autobuy author and as it turns out, we had somewhat similar results in terms of grading. So, who’s on your backlist? […]
This month’s TBR Challenge post is smaller than usual, as Lynn wasn’t able to make it this time around, so Caz is flying solo this month. The “Family Ties” prompt offered plenty of scope; families often feature strongly in romance novels, whether it’s a couple making a family, family members featuring in a series or, as in the book Caz chose, a group of un-related people becoming a family unit.
Imagine by Jill Barnett
Many romance series feature siblings, but for the Family Ties prompt, I decided to go for a ‘found family’ story, and Jill Barnett’s Imagine (originally published in 1995 and reissued in 2017) fit that bill perfectly.
It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation. Knowing she […]
This month’s TBR prompt of “getaway” was a tough one in that one can take it in almost too many directions. Do we want to read pure tropical vacation escape? A road romance? Running away from the bad guys? Getting away with something forbidden? So many options. In the end, Caz chose an emotional road romance, while Lynn went with a vacation fling. […]
For many readers, when you utter the phrase “old school,” they tend to think of big sweeping historicals. The hated phrase “bodice ripper” often comes up as do the clinch covers of old. And that’s certainly one way of doing old school romance. Maybe it’s pandemic fatigue, but neither one of us was really up to that thread of old school romance. Instead we revisited the world of Regency trads by well-loved authors, where Caz found more success than Lynn this month. […]
This month’s TBR Challenge prompt pretty much left the reading choices wide open. After all, with the word “freebie,” one can come up with all kinds of things. Gift books, Kindle deals, books about free stuff, who knows? In the end, the common thread between our picks seemed to be high action. Caz went with a m/m romantic suspense novella, while Lynn chose an equally action-packed paranormal. […]
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. […]
Many of our readers have probably been following recent events in RWA. In the wake of these developments at the national level, RWA local and online chapters have started to weigh in with statements both official and unofficial. I have reviewed each of the chapter websites I could find, and below I have compiled as many statements as I could locate. […]
Many readers have been busy with celebrations for various holidays this week and many more do not spend much time on Twitter, so some may have missed the news that dropped on December 23, 2019. To get started, I would recommend checking out this thread of tweets from Alyssa Cole. Here Cole lets the public know that RWA (Romance Writers of America) has taken action to suspend author Courtney Milan as a result of an alleged ethics violation. […]