Wednesday, October 27, 2010

On the Book Cart

Anthology Under the Mistletoe
Lisa Kleypas Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
Lisa Plumley Holiday Affair

Celeste Bradley Scoundrel in My Dreams
Courtney Milan Trial by Desire

Lora Leigh Styx's Storm
Eve Silver Sins of the Soul

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

November RT Book Reviews on the Shelf

The cover story of this month's RT Book Reviews gives us three authors and one dangerous gingerbread cookie. Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier are the cozy mystery authors behind the Gingerbread Cookie Murder anthology, and each contributed a brief cookie related mystery to this issue. Other feature stories include a discussion of the popularity of mysteries featuring long dead authors as amateur sleuths,a look at how favorite fictional families spend the holidays,and a look at medieval mystery author Jeri Westerson's research methods. Dennis Lehane and Kathy Reichs talk about their new work, and the Writing with the Stars contest is launched. The Pros on Prose, Fan Forum,Teen Scene and 252 book reviews round out the issue.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

On the Book Cart

Anthology The Naughty List
Mindy Klasky To Wish or Not to Wish
Jill Shalvis Simply Irrestible

Brenda Joyce The Promise

Meljean Brook The Iron Duke
Kerrelyn Sparks Eat Prey Love

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Love is in the Ear

Webmistress Judie, who is also keeper of the audio book collection, forwarded me an interesting email this morning. It seems that Recorded Books has teamed up with Harlequin and is offering new series titles each quarter. Currently available are titles from the Harlequin Romance, Presents, Historical and Silhouette lines. Series titles typically don't circulate well in our library, but we do very well with stand alones, and have some in both print and audio.
So, now it's "True Confessions of a Real Librarian" time. (And no, that is not the title of an upcoming Harlequin Desire release.) I rarely listen to audio books. I use them only to get through long drives and tedious projects. It requires a really good reader to hold my interest, and even then I will often go to the print version once the long drive or tedious project is done. And here's a deeper, darker secret: my least-favorite-listens are romances. You're shocked, I know. But let's face it, a badly written love scene can be skimmed over in print, but it's hard to start fast forwarding through a CD or MP3 while hurtling along a highway or wielding a paintbrush. There are some very good writers who don't write great love scenes, and having a nicely paced romantic suspense novel degenerate to purple prose can ruin the whole experience. At best, it's an eye roll. At worst, it's screamingly funny.
Never fear, we will still be getting some romance titles as audio books, but the budget doesn't run to many, and so the Harlequin series package will not be appearing.
This still leaves me with the burning question, patrons and readers: Is romance via earbud good or bad?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Miss Foster Well Worth It at Twice the Price

Miss Foster's Folly
By Alice Gaines

So last week I waxed rhapsodic about the joys of free Kindle downloads, and this week I am going to rave about one I actually paid for. Miss Foster's Folly by Alice Gaines cost me all of $4.69, and frankly would have been well worth it even if I'd had to pay the standard $7.99-$9.99 for it. Miss Juliet Foster's unpleasant and immensely wealthy father has just died, leaving Juliet the wealthiest spinster in New York City. (Honestly, the reading of the will alone is worth the price of the book -- it's a scene that's both hilarious and sad.) Juliet decides she's ready for a life of adventure, but it's 1885 and any sort of scandalous behavior will likely inspire her siblings (who were less well provided for in the will) to try to have her committed so they can walk off with her money. So Juliet decides to pack her trunks and take her friend Millie and hop the first ship to Europe, where she will use an assumed name and pass herself off as a widow and take lovers all across the continent. The one wrinkle in her plan is the fact that she's a virgin, and would therefore find it difficult to convince anyone that the widow story is true. What's an enterprising spinster to do? Juliet decides her best plan is to take the visiting Marquis of Derrington as her first lover, and then leave him in New York. She encounters a snag when the handsome and rakish Marquis refuses her advances and proposes marriage instead. It seems he is under a family curse that requires he find a wife as headstrong and eccentric as he is, and he has decided that Juliet fits the bill. The result is a trans-continental romantic caper that is funny, smart and sexy, with likeable leads and an entertaining supporting cast. Should this ever become available in print, I will be buying a copy for the library. In the interim, any historical romance fans with Kindles or compatible devices should definitely acquire a copy!

Buy Miss Foster's Folly through the link below and a percentage of your purchase will go to the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On the Book Cart

Elizabeth Boyle Mad About the Duke
Liz Carlyle One Touch of Scandal
Sabrina Jeffries A Hellion in Her Bed
Anne Stuart Breathless

Michele Bardsley Cross Your Heart

Brenda Novak Killer Heat

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Currently Reading...

Passion Becomes Her
by Shirlee Busbee

Now that I am back at home, I am once again digging into my pile of actual printed-on-paper books. The latest historical romance in the bedside reading pile is Passion Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee. Our hero, aristocratic Asher Cordell, has been supporting his family by robbing the rich. If his well-heeled victims are not so very nice, all the better. In fact, Asher is on the verge of retirement from his life of crime when a neighbor does something so dastardly Asher decides the only fitting punishment is to steal the loathsome man's most valuable family possession. (Truly -- the bad guy is really bad. I actually cried when I read what he'd done!) In the midst of his well-planned heist, Asher is interrupted by the stealthy entrance of his childhood friend Lady Juliana Greeley, who has planned a discreet theft of her own. Her sister is being blackmailed, and Juliana is determined to steal the letters our nasty villain is using against her. Asher and Lady Juliana decide to join forces, adventure ensues, and sparks fly.

Though I have not yet finished the book, I can already recommend it to those of you who enjoy historical romance with deeply drawn and likeable characters and quite a bit of adventure. This is the first book of Busbee's that I have read, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free Love!!

While traveling over the long weekend, I got reacquainted with my Kindle
and all it's various features. I hadn't really noodled around with it in awhile, since when at home I usually read actual printed books from the library. I was sitting in the Orlando airport on a layover, trying to avoid sugared up children in mouse ears, and thinking how nice it was not to be hauling around a tote bag filled with 20 paperbacks. I was deciding whether or not to buy another book to download, and feeling guilty about paying for things I could get for free when I got back to work, when I remembered -- the Kindle FREE Bestseller list!! That's right, Gentle Reader, there is always a certain amount of free content available in the Kindle Store. It ranges from classics to current mid-list author releases, with some puzzles and games occassionally thrown in just for fun. You can usually find a decent number of romance titles if you are willing to spend some time looking through the list. This is a great way to try some new authors for free, thus avoiding that "I could get this at the library instead of spending my hard earned cash on it" feeling...