January has been a busy month at Romantic Reads. First we chatted with Julie Garwood, and then Lauren Willig diligently answered every question that we could think of to throw at her about her Pink Carnation series.

You’d think we’d slow things down and get ready for February, huh?

Well, it’s no rest for the wicked at RR, and to prove just how wicked we are, we have not one but two guests this week: Kaki Warner and Courtney Milan. And not only are we making them talk about their books, Pieces of Sky and Proof by Seduction, but they’re generously participating in our first-ever Debut Week!


Have you ever wanted to know what it was like for your favorite authors to sell their first books? We’re talking all about that fateful moment – known in the biz as “getting the call.” Courtney and Kaki share their “Call” stories right here, and today they’re talking about how best to find an agent. Check back all week for new debut-related threads.

And don’t forget to pop into their devoted threads to get the dirt on those actual books, the stories that made them debut authors. Pieces of Sky is going to appeal to all you western-lovers. And Proof by Seduction is a fresh new historical set in England. Both of these stories are well worth the read, and we’re so happy that the authors are willing to share juicy book nuggets with us!

Elsewhere at Romantic Reads: We’ve had a juicy discussion about Lora Leigh’s heroes and how romantic it is or isn’t when they share their women. We’re also talking about the great new releases that are out today: not only Laura Kinsale’s return Lessons in French, but books from Lynsay Sands, Stephanie Laurens, Robyn Carr, and Madeline Hunter.

Next week I’ll be here to gush about our February Feature books, and to welcome our February guests, Madeline Hunter and Lucy Monroe.

Happy Reading until then!

What are your favorite and most memorable debut romances?

Melanie Murray is the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum.



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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-26-2010 04:55 PM

I'm still catching up on last week's authors! 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-27-2010 09:47 AM

Becke, give it up girlfriend. You will never catch up ;-)

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-27-2010 12:30 PM

You may be right, but I'm giving it a good shot!

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎01-28-2010 09:54 AM

I can't say enough about how much i love this book, Melanie!  ANd, oh, I see you're having Madeline Hunter visit. You may have mentioned once or twice that you enjoy her novels. And by enjoy, I mean, well, worship. : ) I'm with you. Can't wait!

by Author Cara_Elliott on ‎01-28-2010 10:10 AM

Madeline Hunter—oh, sigh! Looking forward to that. (Didn't you just love the book trailer for Sins of Lord Easterbrook?)

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎01-28-2010 10:39 AM

Sins of Lord Easterbrook was one of my favorite books from last year, Cara, and I'm looking really forward to discussing her latest pair of books with her, Ravishing in Red and Provocative in Pearls. She can do no wrong in my eyes!


So, Michelle, yes, I kind of sort of worship her.


Becke, if it's possible, I think writers write even faster than you read!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-28-2010 10:44 AM

It feels that way, Melanie. The only way I'll ever make a dent in my TBR pile is if my favorite authors go on hiatus from writing, and I'd hate for that to happen!


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