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Subject: Re-releases
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Don't you just hate it when you find an author who you think has a new book out, only to realize that they released the book under a different cover.  I get so frustrated because I get all excited and then let down when I realize I have already read this.  Some authors who are doing this is Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Judith McNaught.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:05 PM ET
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they do it for nora roberts and debbie macomber all the time.

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 7:53 AM ET
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Yes I have a Judith McNaught here that after I got it I realized I read it many years ago.  I haven't decided yet if I will read it again or not.

Anne

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 9:30 AM ET
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I came thisclose to buying "Heart of the Dragon" by Gena Showalter just yesterday because it's been re-released with a totally different cover.  I didn't pay attention to the cover; I just knew it was one I didn't have by her.  I had it in my cart and was heading toward the checkouts when I noticed the little print under the title that said something like "the first in the Atlantis series".  I thought "WTF?" and checked out the copyright date and sure enough, it was 2005.  I like the new cover better than the old one, but not enough to buy it full price.  Maybe when it shows up at a UBS I'll consider it. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Watch out for any new Hannah Howells.  THey are releasing some of her older oop titles under new names under the Highland series.  I picked up Highland Captive and was glad that I saw the super tiny print that said previously released under the title Silver Fire-which I had in my TBR. 

They rename a lot of Lori Foster, Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts books.  They take their old series romances, change the title, update then a tad to fit the times (like going from references cassettes to IPOD or something to make it seem newer) and put a new name on them. 

I try to tag them on here when I see that.

 

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:25 AM ET
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They also like to reprint them with larger type than the originals which makes the book look like it has more pages.  Tons of old Jennifer Crusies have been reissued like that, they were originally Temptaions which run 200 pages or Loveswepts which weren't even 200 pages.  They make them look like longer books though.

Always gotta check that copyright date to see if it's new or old!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:32 AM ET
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Nora Roberts now has her initials in a circle on the cover when it's a new release, and generally the words "never before released."

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 12:57 PM ET
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the copyright didn't help me on one the other day! the copyright said 'first published by __ 2008 or 2007 and the story was older that that..set in the 80's and I have a feeling it ws writting that long ago. no reference I could find about being published elsewhere..might be wrong but the story was dated for sure! Shelly Laurenston and another author in 'when  he was bad' . still good but I think in my review I mentioned it being dated and it's for sure since she's a scientist and goes on and on about her first time ever 'color monitor'!

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 5:35 PM ET
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Shelley Laurenston/G.A. Aiken rereleased some older books that were oop.  Dragon Actually was issued as To Challenge a Dragon originally and About a Dragon was titled The Distressing Damsel originally. 

Christine Warren reissued Fantasy Fix as One Bite with a Stranger.  Fantasy Fix is oop and whenever I saw if for sale used it was crazy high. 

The first few of Katie MacAlister's vampire books have been reissued with new covers recently also.  I've also noticed that some books that came out as trade sized are being rereleased in mmpb sizes.  Hard to keep track of it:LOL:

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:51 AM ET
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About a Dragon was titled The Distressing Damsel originally.

I have the original The Distressing Damsel and it's one of the funniest erotica-ish books I've read.  I actually laughed out loud while reading it. I love the brothers' bickering. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:41 AM ET
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do the dragon books have to be read in order? are they related? mine finally arrived but I wanna read the funny one - hopefully t hey're both funny though!

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 1:48 PM ET
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I actually found them both to be funny.  But then again, I think Shelly Laurenston does funny very well in her book.  I don't think you have to read them in order, but there are references to things that happened in first book that won't make sense unless you have already read it.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:06 PM ET
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I loved them both too:)   I think the third one is about the brother who keeps getting hit/stabbed.  I can't imagine who is going to take him on:lol:  I think I read a short story about how the dragons' parents met somewhere too which was funny since they are a bit on the kinky/bondage side.  Can't remember which book I read it in though:(  

I won an arc of The Mane Event and laughed my butt off (wishful thinking) and now am collecting the rest of them.  Shelley Laurenston is really good with the humor but still keeping the sexy stuff going as well.  In her "animal" books (lions, wolves, wild dogs etc) books I always get a kick out of how she attributes each breed of animal with the characters like the lion/cat guys are lazy, like to eat, sleep and have sex and expect the lioness' or their females to feed them all the time.  The wolf females travel in packs and are well bitchy. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:34 PM ET
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They've done the larger print thing with some Carly Phillips books.  Most of her Simply books were originally thin little Tempations/Desires. 

You have to check the titles in the Lori Foster trade size books.  They are really just 2 or 3 of her older series romances put in one book to look like a new offering. 

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 11:23 PM ET
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Thanks for the tips you all.  I am glad to know that I am not the only one who discovered this. I now

know this to help you all avoid from buying many copies of the same books which I have done.