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.
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