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August 18 2008 Romance Novels Newsletter

Hello, and welcome back! Summer is, theoretically, winding down now, and I'm hoping fervently for fall's arrival here. Our summer has been quite hot and sticky, so fall will be a huge relief. The weeds in my flower beds are enjoying the hot weather, because I refuse to go out and work when it's miserable. On the other hand, I have gotten quite a lot of reading done this summer. I suppose it's a toss-up, though I'm sure the neighbors would like a few less weeds. Oh well.

Hopefully you've found time to check out the reviews regularly, but for those of you who've been busy with other summer activities, like yardwork or vacations, you'll have a little catching up to do. There are several July romance reviews that went up after the last newsletter went out to all of you: Rescue Me, Tribute, The Ideal Wife, Then You Hide, Into the Fire, and Hidden.

Then there are the August reviews, so far...Gentlemen Behaving Badly, Ace is Wild, Sea Fever, Private Places, Wanton, My Wicked Enemy, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Countdown, Millionaire Dad, Nanny Needed!, and Out of Time. I have a few August romances left to share with you, before we get to dive into the September books.

And, speaking of September romances, the first one on the stack is one I couldn't wait till September to read: Everlasting Bad Boys (Brava) has stories by Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden, and Noelle Mack. Simply for the Laurenston, I read this one when it landed on my desk nearly two months ago, and I can't wait to share it with you.

It's difficult to narrow down my favorites from this summer's reads, but I have to say I really, really enjoyed Linda Howard's Death Angel. Simon and Drea have incredible chemistry, and with the shocking story twist, this one is a read-it-in-one-sitting kind of a book. If you haven't made that trip to the beach yet, this one should definitely get space in your suitcase.

If you haven't stopped by either of the forums lately, you're missing out on the regular ARC giveaways we do. A nice box of those just hit the post office today for one of our regulars. Also, we have a question up here from a reader about a book she's hunting for. Perhaps one of you can help her out.

I'm afraid I don't have much news to share with the writers at the moment. Just a couple things.... Joanne Carr is gone from Harlequin Historicals, replaced by Suzanne Clark. And, in case you hadn't heard yet, Harlequin Historicals is introducing Harlequin Historicals Undone in November this year, novella-length tales that will only be available as e-books. They are 10,000 to 15,000 word stories that should be steamy, but not to the level of erotica. Any time period is acceptable, and they should be emotionally gripping. You can also sneak in a little bit of the paranormal if you want. When you're ready, send the story as a Word attachment to Undone. Hopefully there'll be something else to share with you all next time out.

And until next time, happy reading and writing!

Elizabeth, Romance Novels Host

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