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Subject: Question about Harlequin Next series
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:00 AM ET
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Are there stil  new books coming out in the Harlenquin "Next: Series? I did not see any at Barnes and Noble, and the Romantic Times Book Club magazine did not have listed in the series preview section.

When these were first published, I bought at least two of them (out of the four being published) each month. After a while, the story lines didn't sound as interesting, and I bought them more sporadically. Then there were only two published each month. I guess they lost popularity?

 

Thanks for any info-

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:45 AM ET
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I THINK they are going to be published as trade size paperbacks( the bigger, more costly ones)

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:56 AM ET
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I'm in mourning..I love this series and don't want them tradesize :-(  eharlequin.com doesn't show any for March so I'm guessing either they're not doing them any more or they're going to trade size like Brandy posted. I'm still trying to get the ones I've missed...seems like I'm always late to the game LOL!

which are your faves? I  have a lot that I've liked: Stevi Mittman's series, the maggie skerrit series, a new one I read Never Happened by Debra Webb, Starting from Scratch, Grin and Bear it, Ex's and Oh's..actually don't think I've read one yet I didn't like though they're all a bit different..some are funnier and some are more serious.

Hey, are you the Sherry I know?? :-) your shelf looks familiar but seems like there are a couple of Sherry M's here...



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Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:04 PM ET
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I'm bummed about it, too!   I'm 45, and many romance novels are written for the "younger" generation, so I was thrilled when this Harlequin line came out.

Thankfully, I've only read a few so far, and have about on my TBR (including the entire Maggie Skerrit series), so I've still got plenty to read.

My favorite Next novel so far has been Old Boyfriends by Rexanne Becnel.   It was SOOOOOO good.  I gave a copy away in a swap, then had to get another copy for my keeper shelf.  I think this book was an even better novel than many of the much pricier trade size novels out there.  

If they were all as good as Old Boyfriends, I wouldn't hesitate to pay trade paperback prices.  But as with other Harlequin lines, they're hit and miss for me.  Some are great, most are at least good, and some are bad. 

All in all, I hope they keep the line, even if it does mean changing it to trade paperback size.  M

Maybe we should all write to Harlequin and let them know how we feel!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:17 PM ET
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ok gonna move Old Boyfriends up the list! I liked the Maggie Skerritt ones because the woman is older, I think late 40's or early 50's..tyring to remember but she doesnt' have kids and doesn't want kids. also some good stories/mysteries.  I thought 'grin and bear it' was funny..not rolling in the floor but sorta silly/funny/fun..it suited my mood at the time. I really enjoyed 'starting from scratch' though it was a tear jerker at one point and sorta of tidied things up in a hurry. I've had some I jus tcouldn't get into but might have been because of my mood. I liked the 'life on long island can be murder' series by stevi mittman as well. those were cute.

if they do them trade size they're gonna have to put about 3 in each one to make it worth the price and even then if they're different authors and hit and miss...just not worth it.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Hi Susanna,

 

Yes, it's me!

 

Trade size-that stinks!  I loved being able to pick them up at Walmart for $4.89 or whatever the cheap price was...drat!

I liked a lot of them, but didn't keep them. I've donated a ton to my library.

 

Take care,

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:58 PM ET
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I loved Old Boyfriends.  I reread it just recently.  I also got her (Rexanne Becnel) Next entitled Leaving L.A. because the h's name was Vidrine and she was going back to Louisiana.  I thought she might be connected to Steve Vidrine from Old Boyfriends.  Not so, no connection between the books at all, but I really enjoyed that one too. 

I'm in mourning over this series too.  Loved it and have a lot of them.  It has offically come to an end in its present form according to Harlequin.  No trade size titles announced so far.

While you're stocking up on copies you missed, if you didn't read Doctor In The House by Marie Ferrarella it was one of my favorites.  Think Hugh Laurie in House only hotter and with an HEA.