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Subject: How do you keep track
Date Posted: 1/15/2008 12:42 PM ET
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With all of the great authors out there, your "must reads" and new & emerging talents in the romance genre, how do you keep up with new releases?  Do you have a list or do you subscribe to a blog or website?  By the time I hear of some new releases there are over 100 on the WL for them!

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 12:47 PM ET
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If it's a favorite author I just keep checking their website.  I usually end up buying it myself before I get it on WL.  Amazon is a good source for ISBN#. You can search to see upcoming releases for like years to come.  Obviously they won't have everything but I've found some there and managed to get on the WL early.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 5:47 PM ET
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I do the same as Mary if it's a favorite author I'll check their website, although some authors don't update their sites very often, or I'll look them up on B&N to see if they have any new releases coming up. I also check the coming soon list at B&N. For Christmas I got a subscription to Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine. The Feb ' 08 issue came about 2 weeks ago and along with reviews for Feb. releases it has a list of books being released in April and their ISBN#. Some authors will also send e-mails about upcoming releases if you sign up on their websites.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 6:23 PM ET
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I check the reviews on all about romance www.likesbooks.com

and also check amazon's recommendations for me.  I like AAR's reviews since they have senusality ratings and are usually right on target (I don't normally read anything with less than a "hot" rating).

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 6:44 PM ET
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Since I read mostly categories, I look at eHarlequin.com once or twice a month to see what's out for that month and you can see next month's stuff too.  They list all their lines, not just the categories.

Other than that, it's ads in the back of other books or from the New Romance Books to wishlist thread here.  If there are more than 15 people already on the WL and it's something I really want to read, I'll just buy it in the store.  Like Diana Palmer books.  I know that I want to read them and I know they'll be keepers so I just buy any new ones when they come out.

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I basically look at wishlists of other people who share my taste in romance writers & books from time to time:P  It helps...  If you have buddies in the system who share similar tastes, get them to recommend books too.  I'm also on Amazon a lot.  If you have an account, they will make recommendations based on the titles & authors you browse & buy.  Nothing is foolproof - Willa let me know this morning a book I was way back in line on my wishlist for had been reissued (thanks again, Willa), and I ordered it.  That kind of information is a good thing to have and pass on to your friends.

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 5:04 PM ET
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Kim, I mostly get my WL the way you do.  I do occasionally look at eHarlequin, Samhain and other publishers sites though.  A couple of ladies on here - Mary, Fedora, Susanna, Eileen, Lori etc - have pretty much the same taste in books I do, so I look at their WL's alot.  I also enjoy the way we all seem to cooperate on the "What are we reading this week" thread to let others know what's new and good/not good.  Definitely saves me a credit if its a less than wonderful review.  Who has time to read a bad book?!

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:32 AM ET
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I got started by reading Publishers Weekly to find out what was scheduled for release. To keep track, I started a list with publication dates so that I knew when to look for it on the shelves. I now have a favorites list on the internet of my choice authors and their sites that I check regularly. I still keep an updated printout of books to look for in my purse at all times; one never knows when the urge to walk into a bookstore will overcome you!



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Date Posted: 1/17/2008 8:15 AM ET
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Jen, Like you, I subscribe to Romantic Times.  This is a great source for upcoming books.  I really have to put the brakes on to keep from buying too much.  One of my resolutions is to read MOSTLY from the TBR mountain.

Sarah--I wanted to comment on your comment.  I have been reading a lot of category romances lately and I REALLY enjoy them.  I know they are treated as the poor relation in the swaps, but there are really a lot of good stories in these kinds of books.  The ones I read are the Blaze  and Silhouette Romantic Suspense lines.  I'm not a fast reader, and I feel like I can get through a 250 page book in a reasonable amount of time.  Also, if I read a cozy or something else, I find myself thinking "I can't wait to finish this book, so I can pick up a series romance."

Romantic Times magazine has good reviews of the series romances as well.