Often at Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community board, I'm asked to recommend authors. And on my go-to list of any historical writers is Lisa Kleypas.
I've always appreciated Lisa's twinkling, witty dialogue; her ability to write characters who seem of their time period but also are identifiable in terms of their goals, wishes, secrets, and affections; and, in the delectable Wallflower series, to capture the importance of female friendships, even when (and maybe especially when!) falling for your one true love.
So I was thrilled when our Romantic Reads posters chose Lisa's Hathaway series as our Featured Reads for the month of August. Kicking off with Mine Till Midnight (Hathaway Series #1), Kleypas pairs Cam Rohan [introduced in The Devil in Winter (Wallflower Series #3)] with the practical, problem-solving Amelia Hathaway. Amelia's got her hands full with a grieving, drinking, despairing brother named Leo, a trio of sisters each with specific issues, and a sudden uptick in their family circumstances. Leo recently inherited both a cursed title and a crumbling castle, and it's up to Amelia to make their new life inhabitable. Then there's Cam, a half-gypsy with a knack for numbers and a hankering for the road, who can't ignore his feelings for Amelia.
The second in the series is Seduce Me at Sunrise (Hathaway Series #2), and as in the first book, Kleypas tackles the issue of prejudice.The hero here, Kev Merripen, is also a gypsy, and he has been in love with the sickly Winnifred Hathaway since he was a boy. Not only that, but he's got a new family connection to deal with - Cam. We're discussing these two beautifully crafted love stories all month, so come on over and tell us what your favorite Kleypas titles are - and don't worry, you're allowed to list her contemporaries (regulars at Romantic Reads know how gaga I am over those books too!)
If you missed our August visitors, you can still read our conversations with them here: Christina Dodd, Karen Hawkins, and Sandra Hill. And looking for ways to hide/store/proudly display your hundreds of romance books? We've been sharing war stories of mollifying husbands and mothers who aren't quite understanding our affair with our book collections. And of course, every Tuesday I post a list of new romance releases.
Missing Michelle? You don't have to! Head on over to Unabashedly Bookish to read her column about the connection between romance and opera, and what happens in our favorite genre when one gender masquerades as another.
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, BN.com's Romance forum, is our Author Visits.
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.
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!
Well, hello everybody! The view from H2H is lovely, and I’m so glad to be able to stop by once a week to chat a bit about the goings-on at B&N’s forum for all things romance, Romantic Reads.
Romantic Reads is a community board where you can write about your favorite trends in romance, debate whether an alpha male or a brainy nerd make the best hero, and find out what other romance-lovers are reading right now. We also host several authors each month, so if you’ve always wanted to ask certain questions - like, what song were you listening to when you wrote that love scene in the hot-air balloon? – you can!
Please stop by and see what’s happening! Right now you can catch up on conversations with Mary Jo Putney, Victoria Dahl, Allegra Gray, and Beverly Jenkins. Join in the discussion about our July Feature books, C. L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series. And of course, every Tuesday you can peruse a list of all the major new romance releases.
I’ll be here next week – and every Tuesday! – to let you know what’s happening over at Romantic Reads. I can’t leave today without teasing these nuggets for August: Christina Dodd will be talking about her new paranormal series, The Chosen Ones, and we’ll start dishing about the second featured series for the summer, Lisa Kleypas’s Mine Till Midnight (Hathaway Series #1) and Seduce Me at Sunrise (Hathaway Series #2).
What question have you always wanted to ask a romance author?