Greetings, Romance lovers! If you're like me, when you're done with a great novel you have a million questions about it. That's why one of my favorite things at Romantic Reads,'s Romance forum, is our Author Visits.


This week, two amazing authors will be stopping by to discuss their new books: Sandra Hill and Karen Hawkins.


So Into You is Sandra's latest Louisiana Bayou contemporary. For those of you familiar and in love with her Viking romances, I urge you to give this series a try. They all feature a wise crackin', matchmaking, folk healer named Tante Lulu. This go-round Tante Lulu's got her hands full with a pair of former best friends who've been burned by each other. Hijinx ensue but you know it'll resolve happily. She'll be at the board tomorrow, August 12th.







The next day, Thursday, August 13th, we'll be talking to Karen Hawkins, the author of

Sleepless in Scotland. This new MacLean series entry is about a canny English lady and the strapping Highlander who compromises her thoroughly, Hugh MacLean. Karen will be sharing everything, her inspirations, what's coming next, what inspired this book, and her thoughts on those Alpha Heroes we love.


Not to sound like a pitchman, but that's not all! We're compiling a list of our fave Vampire romances, because more often than not people come asking us for recommendations. So add your favorite blood-sucking romance to the list, then check in our discussion of Lisa Kleypas's Hathaway series and our wrap-up of today's hot new releases.


And don't forget that Sherrilyn Kenyon is visiting CenterStage all week long.


Interested in romances that tackle the topic of PTSD? Go to Unabashedly Bookish and see what Michelle has to say about this meaty trend.



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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-11-2009 05:09 PM

Love Karen Hawkins Melanie, of course you know how I feel about kilts.


by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎08-11-2009 06:09 PM

Yes, I know you have naughty feelings about kilts, Debbie. :-)

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎08-12-2009 09:22 AM
Well Melanie a girls gotta dream ya know!
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-12-2009 11:23 AM
I've read and liked books by both of these authors -- I ordered both books but they haven't arrived yet. I've heard really good things about them both!
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-12-2009 11:49 AM

Thanks, Melanie!  You've got me really jazzed about what's coming up. You know, I read one of  Sandra's Lousiana books a while back, then forgot about them.  Shoot! I'm so glad you reminded us that she's got those on top of the Vikings. Well, you know what i mean. Becke and debbie, you need not make any quips about that phrase.


And I've read the new Hawkins and it rocks!  I love that this clan of men has a kind of family curse of being so broody that when their dark, tempestuous emotions get in full swing, they actually can cause dramatic storms and stuff.   In the new book, she's got a twist with the hero and his struggle w/the curse that's really cool...  Hot book. :smileyhappy:


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-12-2009 12:30 PM
We know all about you and those Vikings, Michelle. No need to say anything else!
by Lisa_Kroener on ‎08-12-2009 01:23 PM

Never heard of Sandra Hill, but I think I have to remedy that - sounds really intriguing. But why does she call that healer Tante Lulu and not Aunt Lulu? Sorry, but I'm always confused when there are German words in English texts (Michelle, loved the "Zeitgeist" yesterday!)...


And Ka-Hawk is visiting, yipeeh! I've not yet come to reading SIS, but it's lying in front of me on my desk right now (not figuratively, but really, it does lie here!). I think I'll be reading it tomorrow.


Have you read Talk Of The Town, Karen's book before SIS? It's amazing! Her first contemp and one of the funniest books EVAH! 

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎08-12-2009 02:41 PM
I read Talk of the Town -- it was really good. Sandra Hill has written a LOT of books, too!
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-12-2009 05:05 PM
Hi, LisaK!  Sandra's book's set in the 'bayou' of Louisiana, "Cajun" territory, where folks speak a kind of creole, I think it's called. I know you're interested in languages, and I think it's a mixture of French and others in this case. So "Tante" ends up being what Lulu's called instead of 'aunt,' cause it's Fr for aunt. 'course I could be all wrong.  But the mystique of the bayou and New Orleans (some pronounce it 'N'awlins, when we want to pretend we can speak like the locals) contains all kinds of rich history including 'voodoo' and strong religious and other influences from slaves and immigrants, settlers and trade, etc.  Oh, then there's the jazz... 
by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎08-12-2009 08:00 PM

Michelle, you've got it exactly right. "Tante" is the Creole for "Aunt." And Lisa, if you like languages and romances that bring to life other cultures, you should definitely give Sandra's Cajun books a try. The depiction of the tall, dark, and cajuns (to steal Sandra's title) is delicious!


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