There's always a flurry of activity over at Romantic Reads the first week of the month, and though the lazy days of summer are upon us, August is proving to be busting with romantic possibilities!


Today we're discussing Eloisa James' fantastic new column on Alpha Heroes. Why are the muscle-bound, take-charge men of romantic fiction so appealing? Eloisa opines on this and gives great examples of current books that will satisfy your desire for these manly men. What alpha heroes are your favorites? We want to know!


Speaking of which, Christina Dodd's new book,

Storm of Visions (Chosen Ones Series #1) is out in stores now. Not only is Christina's hero one of Eloisa's Alpha examples, but the book kicks off a tremendous new paranormal series called The Chosen Ones. Christina is visiting Romantic Reads tomorrow, August 5th, to discuss her new books and, in fact, anything you want to ask her! Ms. Dodd has written it all and is eager to answer any and all questions.


In July, Romantic Reads featured C. L. Wilson's Tairen Soul series. There's so much to talk about with these books that we're continuing the conversation throughout the summer. We're not skimping on August's pick though. Lovers of historicals will be pleased to know that we're reading Lisa Kleypas's Mine Till Midnight (Hathaway Series #1) and Seduce Me at Sunrise (Hathaway Series #2).   


That's not all! Today there's a round-up of all the hot new releases for this week, including new books by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, and Luanne Rice.


And don't forget that Suzanne Brockmann is visiting with readers at CenterStage until August 7th. She'll be there, live and in e-person, all day, answering your questions and comments about her new book, Hot Pursuit (Troubleshooters Series #15).


Phew. So much romance, so little time! 

Message Edited by Melanie_Murray on 08-16-2009 05:34 PM
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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-04-2009 04:38 PM
As far as I'm concerned, there can never be enough romance!
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-05-2009 06:42 AM
Thanks, Melanie!  I'm a nut for Christina's historicals, but I was amazed by her paranormals!  Can't wait to see where this new series ends up, cause the last was quite a fun ride.
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-05-2009 09:13 AM
Oh Michelle, the new series is great. I love her writing and I agree with Becke there can never be enough romance.
by 1AnneB on ‎08-08-2009 07:19 PM
Hi Michelle - I just finished the new book - I wasn't sure if I liked it, but I stuck with it and it really got much better - I thought it was a little scattered  in the beginning, but maybe it's just me, because about halfway through, it really pulled me in and now I can't wait for the nex one !!!
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-08-2009 07:32 PM
My copy hasn't come yet -- I've read all of her contemporaries and paranormals (except this one, and I'll read it as soon as it arrives), but I'm still working my way through her prodigious list of historicals.
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-10-2009 01:48 PM

Hey, 1AnneB!  Isn't it great when you plow through and end up loving something?!  Don't they sometimes end up being some of your favorite books.  Like, I started JR Ward's first book 2x before i "got" it.  Then I was all, 'ohhhh, now I seee..."  the only bad part is, like you say, now you can't wait for the next one! :smileyhappy:  Did you read Xtina's post in Letter Blocks? it's really great!  You can get there from the "Announcements" box inthe top of the right sidebar. Hope you visit us again.


yeah, debbie, and Melanie's 'so much romance, so little time...'


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