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Subject: For Those of Us Mourning Red Dress Ink...
Date Posted: 2/19/2009 10:55 PM ET
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I was devastated at the news of the passing of Red Dress Ink when I heard about Little Black Dress books... has anyone read any of these? Are they comparable to RDI? Here's the link:

http://www.littleblackdressbooks.com/

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 11:35 PM ET
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I just read through the list of books and apparently I have 2 in my TBR list that I have not read yet... so I don't have a verdict on them, but obviously if I have them in my list they looked good :) I like the checklist they have on their site... if I end up liking them I may print it out so I can keep track!

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:53 AM ET
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Where did you hear RDI "passed"? I just went to their web site and there's nothing about it there, they're still up and running like regular. I love RDI and so, I hope this was maybe a typo? I do like that check list though, for LBD, I have a few on my WL already...

* Updated: I went through most of their checklist (I guess I don't feel much like working this morning!!) and a lot of the books are the usual "woman in the world, oooops! I fell down, and here's a nice man who will stick by my side no matter what" type of chick lit. Typical happy endings. Which is great, of course, but for some of us who that doesn't seem to happen for, it can be a bit of a bummer! I did find a bunch that were avaialble on PBS (not just wishlisted) which is nice, so do check it out. It's nice for them to list it like that, easy access.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:45 AM ET
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oh harlequin, why did you have to end Red Dress Ink???

those were my favorite chick lit books. do they think chick lit is dead now? does harlequin even publish any more Trade Size books anymore? i know that in the Steeple Hill side, all their books are now mass market, and they also don't publish as much of their chick lit line (steeple hill cafe) like they used to.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:07 AM ET
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Seriously, where did you read this???? I just checked again and it doesn't say this ANYWHERE on the site! Please post a link????

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 2:55 PM ET
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There haven't been any releases posted on the RDI website since December 2008...

Some of the Little Black Dress authors have been published before - Jennifer Crusie and Whitney Gaskell (one of my faves!). I think it is based in the UK.

Subject: LBD
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 4:36 PM ET
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While looking through their list of books, I recognized one that I have read, "Pick Me Up" by Zoe Rice. I enjoyed that it dealt with the art world. I am not digging the covers so much on the website. I didn't really take the time to read any descriptions yet because I just have so many TBR, but may look into them more later.

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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 5:19 PM ET
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Most of the Little Black Dress books I saw listed would be more borderline romance then chick lit IMO. I just read Dogs & Goddess's and didn't care for it all. I know a couple of the authors I saw listed were mostly romance writers. Like Rachel Gibson, Susan Donovan, & Anne Stuart. Don't get me wrong I love these authors, but I'm sure going to miss RDI! :( Good thing there's still a lot of them I haven't read yet. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:11 PM ET
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Heather, this was the link provided in one of the other threads:

http://bookshipper.blogspot.com/2008/12/review-for-eye-to-eye.html

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:57 PM ET
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Well that's depressing. RDI is awesome! Why would they discontinue it?! :(

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 3:01 PM ET
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I like the RDI series and knew they were cutting back on how many they were printing last year but I didn't know that they end as of DEC 2008. I don't enjoy the LBD as much though. Didn't even know that was another line of books.

Subject: i use to be a club member
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 3:17 PM ET
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i use to be a club member at RDI and had a book shipped everymonth for 11.00 and one day they sent my check back...come to think of it, it  was Dec 2008! that sucks, i never understood why they sent my check back...

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I read on the site that Dec 2008 was the last RDI to be published.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 10:25 PM ET
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Bummer, I read loads of these books, only a couple I didn't like,

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 8:04 PM ET
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Thanks for the info and I wouldn't have known if I hadn't stumbled onto this thread.  For several years, the only way I knew I was buying a chick-lit book was because it was a RDI publication.  Sorry to see that line has ceased publication...I will certainly miss it.

Date Posted: 3/25/2009 10:36 AM ET
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Harlequin(I know I know) has a series called NEXT that are kind of chick-litty.I've read four or five and liked them.The characters are all older than their 20's.

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 1:49 PM ET
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I think the Harlequin NEXT line was discontinued  too.

Darn. I like Harlequins, especially their Intrigue line of mysteries. But, lately, I've been looking for some stories with more tooth & depth to them. I'm not sure where to turn and I'd refer to have the females in their 30-s - 40's. I'm no longer into the 20-somethings just starting out on their own, first job, first time finding themselves. I want women with some complexities of having lived life.



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Date Posted: 4/1/2009 10:41 AM ET
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Hi EveDallas:)

 I just finished "You Have to Kiss Alot of Frogs" by Red Dress Inc.It's a bout a 45 yr old woman who looks back over all her "bad dates."Its a thick book but a quick read!

 I didnt know the NEXT series was discontineud:( BUT about a year ago I bought a BOx of them brand new off ebay so I'm set:)

Stacy

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 1:00 PM ET
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I totally second "You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs" (and the "Looking for Mr. GoodFrog") both by Laurie Graff. They are the two best books I've read in YEARS, I wanted to reach out and high-five the author. Wonderful!

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 3:09 PM ET
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I read Testing Kate from the LBD check list and I really liked it. It had just a little more depth than your average RDI for me. Of course, there were some really great RDI books out there too. My favorites are With or Without You, The Funeral Planner, Speechless, Sarah Mlynowski's books, Mindy Klasky's books, Kyra Davis' books, and Cathy Yardley's books. In fact, I'm currently reading Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate by Kyra Davis. Even though I have been reading more mysteries and other books, I will miss not seeing new RDI books out there. They were my favorite for quite a while. :(

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Thanks for the tip on "Looking for Mr. GoodFrog" and Laurie Graff. My library has a gazillion eBooks I can download, which is my latest passion. I don't even have to step into the library anymore. Some are the RDI line and Harlequin Next. They have that title and another one of Graff's, (unfortunately not, "You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs.")