Last year – seems like just a couple days ago, no? -- I shared that I’d been meaning to dish with you about a couple of my fave romance series, and wanted to find out which ones you’ve been enjoying. By series, I’m talking full-length romances – at least one main happily ever after per – each of which tells the story of a group of characters connected for some reason: band-of-brother warriors; siblings; best pals, etc. The books often are branded w/catchy series titles like The Bachelor Chronicles, or ones you’ve told me a lot about, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark or Tara Janzen’s Loose series.

I learn an awful lot from you.  I mean, if you think your head spins and your TBR pile grows from visiting H2H and Unabashedly Bookish and Romantic Reads, I must tell you I often leave here overwhelmed by all the novels you’ve read that I’ve yet to get to.

But that’s the one of the many cool things about writing here. And it bears taking a moment to mention on this first day of the New Year just how happy I am – and lucky I feel – to be writing about books for “book people,” both you and the folks at BN.com.  

For surely, it’s very cool not to have to explain to editors or supervisors why romance readers want to talk about good heroes gone bad – perhaps even in solo shower scenes.  And even more awesome to know that when I write about romance, you’re as convinced as I that the books are worthwhile whether/not the particular read – or series -- we’re discussing’s your cuppa.

And speaking of series – yes, very smooth segue, thanksverymuch – if you’re a fan of Medievals like I am, check out “Wicked Sinful Nights,” a sexy romp of a whodunnit, and the newest in Julia Latham’s* League of the Blade series.  

Sir Robert Hilliard adores women, even though he was raised from childhood pretty much as a monk among the elite fraternity of knights dedicated to righting wrongs against the innocent.  The League of the Blade is slightly peeved with Sir Robert, however.  Seems the young man spent the last year engaging in all manner of debauchery and sundry manliness in the sinful city of London, and now he’s got to prove himself worthy of his Bladesman title.

The League’s set him after their top suspect in the murder of an elder bladesman. It’s whispered that Sarah Audley, the lovely, competent and awfully vulnerable governess to the murdered Bladesman’s 6-year-old heir was his father’s mistress, and that she murdered her first husband. Yet once Sir Robert spends time with Sarah and sees how she’s respected by the castle’s community, he begins to wonder whether he’s got the right suspect.  

Undermining his certainty are the facts that he’s ridiculously attracted to her, and that instead of keeping his mind on the mission and a growing sense of danger, he’s wasting time struggling to keep his hands -- and heart -- to himself.

Do you consider yourself a “book person”?  What does that mean to you?  If you’re a fan of Medieval romances, do you have any other fave Medieval series? 


Happy New Year to you! Thanks for making our 2009 launch of H2H a success; we couldn't have done it without your support. Looking forward to sharing fun and a whole lotta' romance with you in 2010! ~ Michelle

*Julia Latham writes historical romance under another nomme de plume, Gayle Callen. 

Comments
by MalePerspectiveGuy on ‎01-01-2010 07:50 PM

I got through periods of time when I'm a "book person." But all the time?  Not so much.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-01-2010 11:25 PM

I used to think I preferred contemporary romance, but now I don't feel bound to any time period. Or any planet, for that matter. 

 

Am I a book person? Well, duh. There are more books in my house than hangers. Than shoes. Than teabags. Than earrings -- and I do like my bling! Yes, I think I can safely say that I'm a book person.

by Lisa_Kroener on ‎01-02-2010 06:48 AM

Right at the moment I'm unfortunately not a book person since I don't have the time, but in general, I'm more of a book person than anything else. Readings - next to writing - is the thing I enjoy most of all.

 

Favourite medieval series - definitely the <i>Brotherhood of the Blood Sword</i> books by Karin Tabke. This woman surely knows how to write a damn good novel. You absolutely have to give her a try!

 

Happy New Year to you, too, Michelle, and also to all the others!

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎01-02-2010 10:10 AM

Books have always been and always shall be a part of me...hmmm that sounds a little like Spock talking. I simply can't imagine a life without books. They're a source of pleasure, information, learning and contemplation. They're like friends that you visit with, some over and over, for comfort. So yeah, I'm a "book person."

 

Medievals,  well, I don't know that they're series, but Judith McNaught's written lots of Medieval series, and for true poetic writing, you have to read Claire Delacroix who writes exquisite medievals. The Rogues of Ravensmuir is my fav, but the Bride's Quest is great too! She writes great paranormals as Deborah Cooke. Michelle, you just spotlighted one of her books recently. Winter Kiss. She's a fabulous author. LOVE her voice.

 

Happy New Year to you as well Michelle. You know how much I admire all you've done for the romance industry. May 2010 be a happy one for you, MPG and the kids.

 

Monica

by PrincessBumblebee on ‎01-02-2010 01:55 PM

Hey, QB! Hard to imagine it's already 2010! Yay!

And we the readers definately appreciate you, Michelle, for bringing us a place we can drool...I mean, rave over our fave heroes and the awesome books we love! Koodos!

Me, a book person? Anyone who knows me at all knows that I LOOOOOVE books, hehe. Or anyone who might not know me sees me with a  book in hand at all times, hehe. My house is so full of books, I'm like Beck, I have  more books than shoes or anything else, for that matter, hehe.

Hope everyone has a great holiday!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-03-2010 12:45 AM

 

Happy Birthday, Michelle!

by 1lovealways on ‎01-03-2010 02:45 AM

Happy Birthday Michelle!

 

What a beautiful greeting!  The colors are so bright and pretty.  And the hearts! I gotta drool if you don't mind?  I love hearts!  Awwwwwwww!  Thank you for the drool!

 

I hadn't ever thought if I was a book person, but I guess I am. Sitting here typing this up and looking at the books on my bookshelf makes me realize that I, like Becke and The Princess have more books than anything else in my house.   

 

Then there's more in the closet. I'd simply be lost without something to read.  It's an addiction that I can't give up.  I buy books every month, sometimes twice a month.  I don't read that fast, but I definitely enjoy and savor them when I do.  Of course, I'm not going to read everything that comes out, but I want to get the one's that I want when they come out, so that I can read them when I'm ready.  I don't want to have to scrounge around to find them.

 

Quinn Taylor Evans had a series out several years ago about Merlin's daughters that I enjoyed very much.  That is the only series that comes to mind.  I've also enjoyed The Eagle's Song by Marylyle Rogers and Where Love Dwells by Elizabeth Stuart. 

 

Happy New Year to You and Your Family Michelle & All of the Book Friends on the Boards!   :smileyhappy:

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-03-2010 11:13 AM

Well, I was so excited when I got the Facebook reminder of Michelle's birthday, I forgot to look at the calendar. So my wishes were a few days early. But it IS the birthday week, so I think I'll post wishes every day!