Readers of historical romance are thrilled that Julie Anne Long, after a successful stream of contemporary romance novels, has returned to writing HR. Lady Derring Takes A Lover, due out on February 26th, is the first in a new series, The Palace of Rogues. We’ve read and and loved it–our DIK review may be found here. […]
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club, where I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons (well, more my reading latitudes) by seeking out romances set in tropical countries, written by local authors and starring local characters. I started this project when it was summer where I live, but now that northern hemisphere January has rolled around, I need this more than ever. I swear I feel warmer just reading about sunshine.
Previously on the Tropical Romance Book Club:
For this installment, I read the Singapore-set novel Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.
Jayne Ann Krentz, under a series of names, has written 183 books, 14 of which have been DIKs at AAR. Her latest Krentz book is the third and final book in a series featuring three foster brothers whose childhoods were destroyed by a very evil guy named Quentin Zane. I hadn’t read the first two book, but had no trouble following Untouched. After reading it, I had some questions which Krentz was happy to answer. […]
I have been friends with author Lori Leachman for over twenty years. In that time, I’ve heard many stories about Lamar Leachman, her storied father, and his great love affair with his wife, Lori’s mother Paula. Those stories have become even more poignant now that we better understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and its terrible impact on many athletes. Lori’s published a book about her parents and I asked her if she’d answer a few questions. […]
The Tropical Romance Book Club is my project to literally expand my reading horizons by trying books by authors from and set in countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. After reading One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in the Philippines, and interviewing the author Bianca Mori, I shifted hemispheres to read books set in Trinidad and Tobago by Roslyn Carrington, written under her romance pseudonym, Simona Taylor. Mesmerized is a romantic suspense novel following two American expat oil and gas industry workers during a political crisis on Trinidad, and Everything to Me is a Harlequin Kimani category romance starring a music producer and music journalist attending a major international jazz festival on Tobago (where they find themselves staying at a sexy couples resort). Roslyn Carrington has graciously agreed to talk about her romance experience with me.
Romantic Intentions Quarterly, a new e-zine about romance, interviewed our Publisher, Dabney Grinnan, for their second issue. With their permission, we are sharing the interview.
RIQ: All About Romance is one of the most respected romance-related websites in the world. Can you tell us how it came to be? […]
Welcome back to the Tropical Romance Book Club! The idea for this series is – for me, and hopefully you readers too – to explore some books which tell love stories set in places we in the Western publishing world don’t usually see much, told in the voices of people who live there. Our first book is One Night at the Palace Hotel, set in Manila, capital of the Philippines. The book’s author, Bianca Mori, has graciously agreed to join us to talk about reading and writing romance in the Philippines.
CR: Thanks for taking time to talk with me! I enjoyed One Night at the Palace Hotel. Let’s begin with your beginning – How did you first discover romance?
BM: In my teens my first exposure to the genre were Sweet Valley and Sweet Dreams books. I […]
On Friday, I reviewed début author Minerva Spencer’s Dangerous, book one in her series, The Outcasts. I remember being a bit sceptical when the book first appeared on my radar; I’ve become increasingly wary of historical romances touting danger and adventure over the past couple of years, as so many of them have been disappointing – too full of plot, not enough focus on the characters and their relationship. Plus, a heroine kidnapped by pirates and sold to a sultan? Had we somehow gone Back to the Future and the 1980s bodice ripper when I wasn’t looking? For whatever reason, I decided to read the book and, as I said in my review, after the first few pages realised my preconceptions had been entirely misplaced, and, once I’d finished, that I wanted to know a bit more […]
Dabney: AAR staffers love Kristan Higgins’ forays into women’s fiction. So I was excited to read her upcoming book Good Luck with That. I liked it. A lot. It made me think hard about how America, a nation where the vast majority of us are overweight, treats “fat” people. But it quickly became clear some advance readers, very vocally on Twitter, were furious about Kristan’s book. I decided to ask her about it. Kristan, who is as lovely a person as you’ll meet in Romlandia, was happy to answer.
Dabney: Kristan, I have to ask: What were you thinking? And by that I mean, when you started to write Good Luck with That, what did you want the book to be?
Kristan: In all the books I’ve read about plus-sized heroines, two things happen—either the women lose weight […]