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Subject: Book Suggestions needed
Date Posted: 6/24/2008 3:50 PM ET
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Book Suggestions??  I have a few credits that are burning my e-pocket. 

I have tried paranormal, erotica and  contemp, but I really like historicals.  I want a book that I won't forget almost immediately after I read it.  I'm looking for something that really touches my heart and will make me want to laugh, cry and scream all while reading the same page!! 

I like to read series so that I can again catch glimpses of my favorite characters.  I really love books that the characters really love and care for each other, not just that they enjoy each other physically. I love books when the hero saves the heroine from danger or bad/mean relatives.  I don't mind a bit of possessiveness or jealousy as long as the H/H aren't mean about it or that the whole book is about overcoming jealousy.,

Books/Authors i've loved: Whitney, My Love (and all her others!) - Judith McNaught - Any historical by Julie Garwood (not a big fan of her contemp stuff).

Wow... I feel like this is a personal ad!! lol... I just wanted to get you girls the details upfront!!!  lol.

PS... if you have any books on your shelf that you like I will like let me know!! I love book deals!!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 4:24 PM ET
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Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath,  anything Laura Kinsale especially Flowers from the Storm, alot of Lisa Kleypas' books are good--Devil in Winter is a personal favorite, and I'll go ahead and mention it since I'm sure someone will--Outlander by Diana Gabaldon



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 5:26 PM ET
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There are several books that I think fit your criteria.

As You Desire by Connie Brockway: Not a series, but one of the best books I've read a in a while. Funny and touching at the same time, in a very different setting than the usual historicals and with a very different conflict. (Although this book may be wishlisted - I read it recently and when I posted it, it flew of my shelf.)

A Summer to Remember and the Slightly Series by Mary Baloghy: If you like series, this one is a pretty good one and by the end, you'll probably be up to here of the Bedwyns :). A Summer to Remember is not part of the series but is the book that introduces the Bedwyns and an awesome book in its own right. I won't give you my opinion on the individual books of the Slightly Series - most people disagree on which ones they liked best, but in general, they are pretty good. Also, you'll have a lot of heroes saving heroines from bad guys here.

And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke: First book in a series about Victorian women. Great book, interesting characters, funny and romantic.

Where Dreams Begin and Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas: Both keepers on my shelf - and I seldom keep books. Both heroes are self-made men (no titles which is refreshing!)  DoY is the story of Derek Craven, which I think I heard LK saying was her favorite hero.

Books from my shelf that I really liked (and I can offer you a deal):

Never Deceive a Duke by Liz Carlyle: I think this is the second book of a series but I didn't read the first one and I found I didn't need to. There's a lot of suffering in both sides, which makes the HEA more satisfying.

One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney: Last book in the Fallen Angel Series (7th, I think.) The hero is not a Fallen Angel (4 friends that met at Eton) but the oldest brother of one of them. Again, this book is mostly a stand alone book, with a LOT of suffering and a one of kind conflict (never read it in any other place.) 

Ravished by Amanda Quick: Funny & quirky heroine. Kind of Beauty and the Beast story although the heroine is not much of a beauty.

After the Night by Linda Howard: Only Contemporary of the lot but a great read. The book is dark but with some funny moments. I liked the heroine very much - she had suffered but didn't become a martyr and had a lot of common sense (which I've found is in short supply for heroines in Romance Land.)



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Lisa, I recommend a book called Taming Eliza Jane by Shannon Stacey.   It is a western historical.  Its from Samhain publishing, and I'd classify it as a hot romance, rather than erotica.    It's a good story, with some humor.  I think there will be subsequent books featuring other characters from the book.    I did a review here on PBS.  Good  Book. 

Betsy

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 5:46 PM ET
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funny, i was just adding a cover picture to Taming Eliza Jane and the book is mentioned within minutes.  :)

(i haven't read it - i was just going through one of the tags and adding images where i could.)

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 6:26 PM ET
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Ellen, could you please explain to me, in a very basic, way, how to add cover images?   I wouldn't mind helping with those. 

Its a good book!

Betsy

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 6:40 PM ET
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Seriously, I recommend these books for ones that will touch your memory.....

LaVyrle Spencer -- The Gamble -or- Hummingbird -or- Years -or- Morning Glory.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Ellen, could you please explain to me, in a very basic, way, how to add cover images?   I wouldn't mind helping with those.

sure!  at the bottom of each page on PBS is a link for Upload Book Covers.  with the ISBN and a cover image saved on your computer, you can upload the book cover to PBS.  always use that link to upload book covers - don't use the one on the 'Edit Book Data' page as it does not work.  (i don't know why they don't just remove it if it doesn't work and hasn't for a looong time from what i've read!)  for more specific info, like good sites to find images on and size restrictions and such, see this thread: Want to help with Data & Images? Find help here

i like to make sure that everything posted on my shelf has a book cover to it, and i've only had to scan a couple of older books.  the others i've been able to find.  (i do the same thing with my wish list periodically, and sometime other people's shelves or WL.  and the club daily wish list occasionally.)

today i was going through the ones tagged 'erotic romance' just for giggles and looking for the ones without covers.  after bringing up some of those book covers, i probably shouldn't have done that at work!  ;)  an image approver has to approve them before they will show up on the site, which may take up to a couple of weeks.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:43 PM ET
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I totally agree with the LaVyrle Spencer suggestions......" Years" and "Morning Glory", i loved them both!

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:55 PM ET
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I probably make people groan aloud at this point, I say it so much, but if you like series books, and you like historicals, this is the best series going in historical romance:

The Robin Hood Trilogy, by Marsha Canham

Book 1:  Through a Dark Mist

Book 2:  In the Shadow of Midnight

Book 3:  The Last Arrow

In terms of writing style, plotting, historical detail, character development, originality, consistent quality throughout the series, and good old red-hot romance (a BIG requirement for me:P), these can't be beat - in my humble opinion.   It's the best romance series I have ever read, and I've read a lot of 'em.  All 3 books are 5 star, keeper quality.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:37 AM ET
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Kim - I just added those three to my reminder list. I've never heard about them (but my first ever Historical was Romancing Mr. Bridgerton so you can't go by me on old authors) but your description sound exactly like the kind of books I like. Thanks for mentioning them!

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:12 AM ET
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Thanks so much for all the suggestions.   Some of the suggestions I like are on my MT TBR.   I do like Mary Balogh, although, I haven't read all of her books.  I've read Summer to Remember but nothing yet on the Bedwyns.    I loved Lisa Kleypas Devil in Winter.  But I haven't read Dreaming of You.   That is one I will request!!    The Julias Quinn/London I do like as well. 

Kim, thanks for the suggestion of MArsha Canhan.  I haven't heard of this author!  I will definately seek her trilogy you suggested!!! 

Also Shannon Stacey is a new author to me as well.   Thanks again for the suggestions... now its just trying to find the books!