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Happy New Year!

new-years-baby2 Happy 2010! It’s hard to believe we’re this far into the 21st century already. Last year – heck, the last decade – gave us some wonderful books, and from what I’ve seen of books this year so far, it promises to be a good reading year. I’ve read a good 2010 release or two so far (more on that tomorrow), and there’s still a lot to look forward to.

As with every year, there will be plenty of debut authors. I always try to pick debut books from our list of books for review here because every year I end up discovering an author or two whose voice I really enjoy. This past year, I enjoyed debuts from Tessa Dare, Kris Kennedy, Carla Capshaw and Lavinia Kent, among others, and I am excited to see what treasures are in store for this year.

I’m also excited to see what might come of the launch of Carina Press. I’ve been following their blog for information about books acquired there and when releases start coming out this spring, there are definitely some that I want to try. Carina seems interested in publishing books with a wider range of settings and story types. Their blog describes a range of acquisitions running the gamut from a historical set in early 19th century Salzburg to contemporaries to romantic suspense and paranormal.

And then there are the releases from the authors I already know I like. Some of my romance auto-buy authors including Laura Kinsale, Connie Brockway, Julia Quinn, Carla Kelly, Joss Ware (Colleen Gleason under another name), Meredith Duran and Karen Ranney have new books out in 2010. And that’s not even an exhaustive list of my must-read authors. For the first time in years, I’ve been noticing that my auto-buy list has been expanding at a rather alarming pace.

And then there are the reprints! Among other things, Sourcebooks is releasing a US edition of Susanna Kearsley’s The Winter Sea, which American readers have been awaiting. Sourcebooks will also start reprinting Laurie McBain’s historicals (I still remember my mom hiding these so we kids wouldn’t find them!) this year. Part of Roberta Gellis’ backlist is continuing to come back into print at Cerridwen, and Adele Ashworth’s My Darling Caroline is being re-released very soon.

I think we readers are going to be very blessed with books this year, and I know we’re all looking forward to reading and reviewing them here. Who knows what discoveries await? So, what books are you most looking forward to reading in 2010?

-Lynn Spencer

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