Hello All Ye Romance Readers!
It's been a long time since I've posted and I apologize for my neglect. I offer, as my poor excuse, the fact that I'm currently writing my first historical romance. Yay! It's time consuming to say the least, and with one thing and another I've not been able to invest in the site. I'd like to promise that I will get back on track soon, but I'd rather not make promises I can't keep. I will say that for now I can promise to post at least one article and review a month, for the remainder of the year. I've been relatively diligent on my facebook posts and will continue to post book and author news as I receive them. As always, feel free to send me your romance related news as well! I'll do my best to check my inbox regularly.
Keeping my fingers crossed, if I finish my book this year (as is the plan), the new year will bring a lot more activity to the site. I appreciate your patience at not having completed the Western and Contemporary sections, it's a very time consuming endeavor and given that I am the only administrator of this site, I haven't quite carved out the time needed to finish; BUT I WILL!!!
My reading game has been off since committing to finishing this book. I absolutely intend to gorge on several novels I've had my eye on (taking recommendations as well!) that have been released and look forward to hearing what books are on your must read lists.
The new year will also bring a "new" look for the site, so there's that to look forward to as well!
Again, thank you for your patience while I travel this journey and hopefully I will be able to add my name to the historical romance section in the future. Look for my next review before the month is out! Novel yet to be determined but I'm taking suggestions, post them on the AYL Facebook fan page.
Until the next time, happy reading!
~ M.Q. ~
This past Memorial weekend I found myself at BBQ celebrating...well, not Memorial Day that's for sure, rather it was a return to my ye ol' college days; in other words, being soused. But I've already gotten off topic because, alas, there was no romance to be found there. Instead, on the actual day of Memorial, I found myself quite with nothing to do. I tried going to one of the few places in Hollywood that provides peace and quiet from the constant teaming of life that surrounds me daily, only to be bitterly disappointed at the crowds I met instead. So, I thought, if you can't beat em, join em. With that thought in mind, I elected to let my mind and conscious be suspended for a few hours, however, this time it wasn't with a romance novel but twas a movie I had in mind. Romance is never far from my thoughts but there wasn't a romantic movie to be found at the box office. Oh no! Summer is the season for blockbuster films and comedies. Not sappy, dappy, mushy, cushy, lovey dovey (have you had enough already?)...romance. So I chose the most interesting film offered. Mud.
From the first frame of the film I was drawn into what I thought was a suspense film. As the stories of two young teenage boys intertwine with that of a fugitive on the run, I realized (with shock!) that the film was in large part, a romance. Don't get me wrong, the only passion on screen was the unrequited love of the mostly male cast, but it was the intensity of their love that was the driving force for these alpha male characters. Specifically, the character of Ellis, who plays the lead coming of age teenager that helps the title character, Mud. At times, it was hard to believe that this was a 14 yr old kid and not a grown man taking on the world with only his heart guiding him.
Not unlike most romance novels, in the film, love is the source of the characters deepest pain but also their redemption and ultimately, their salvation. In the hardest of loves many lessons, a boy becomes a man, and a man becomes saved.
By comparison I also saw a film by, Sarah Polley, whose films tend to show what a poignant student of male/female relationship she is. Take This Waltz, was funny, sexy and intense in its naked portrayal of long term relationships between men and women.
Miss Marianne Winchilsea is running for her life from those whom she believes have attempted to kill the king. Forced to disguise herself, she trusts no one—especially not Garett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham, who usurped her family home and who seems to be her most dangerous enemy. And what Garett sees behind her masquerade is a beautiful half gypsy enrobed in mystery, deception, and burning secrets. A woman he should avoid at all costs.
In a world where treachery and betrayal reign, a sweet seduction rules their hearts—and dares them to risk their destiny's on a passionate love that all the powerful forces of the world cannot defeat.
Re-released and revised by Jeffries, this beloved tale is brought back to once again enchant and charm a new host of readers!
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Kicking off 2013, Jayne Ann Krentz has announced her first monthly contest of the year!
Also available is her latest contemporary, Dream Eyes.
Synopsis: The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn’t, Gwen knows that Ballinger’s death is related.
Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist. . . .
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At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.
Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .
Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.
Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).
Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.
Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.
Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.
Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.