It's hard to top December. I mean, I love a month where it's acceptable to devote oneself to eating cookies and buying books (as presents, of course.) Then along comes January and there's nary a cookie in sight. Thankfully, Romantic Reads is busy with a bevy of new Feature Romances and author visits, which means my book-buying spree can continue.
My New Year's Resolution is to add to your TBR piles, and in that spirit RR has unveiled its January line-up of Featured Romances. This month we'll be reading and discussing Julie Garwood's brand-new suspense tale, Sizzle; the sixth installment in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily; Kaki Warner's Pieces of Sky; and Courtney Milan's Proof by Seduction. All of these authors will be visiting, too! Look for Julie Garwood next week, Lauren the week after that, and both Kaki and Courtney the week of January 25th.
Both Pieces of Sky and Proof by Seduction are featured in Eloisa James' latest romance column at B&N Review, "Way, Way Out West." Be sure to read this fascinating look at what makes a cowboy a cowboy. (Hint: Eloisa claims it isn't the setting. Hence her inclusion of a book set in England.) Then head on over to RR and tell us about your favorite cowboys heroes and what western authors you absolutely cannot live without.
The last piece of RR business this week is how we'll be talking about new releases during the upcoming year. My 2009 "New Release Tuesday" thread is being retired but don't fret. The fabulous new "2010 What to Look Forward To" thread is live and already filling up with recommendations. This was started by posters, and it's a great place for all of you to dish about the forthcoming books you're most excited to read. I'll be posting the new releases there, and hope you'll share with us the books you've discovered and fallen in love with over the course of the year.
So happy reading everybody! Here's to a Romantic 2010!