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Subject: Websites for finding books
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:08 PM ET
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Are there any must-use websites you use for finding books--new and old? I really like the kinds of websites where you can really narrow down by category and then you get lists of books. Are there any out there like that for romance novels?

I've just discovered a new love--Men in Uniform books :)

Subject: Finding books
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:12 PM ET
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TRY FANTASTIC FICTION OR SIMON SAYS LOVE.COM

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:44 PM ET
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Here are some of the sites I like to go to.   I also go directly to Publishers sites:   (Hope this works!)

http://www.likesbooks.com/home.html

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/the_edges_of_the_cultural_map

http://www.allromancewriters.com/

http://www.vampiregenre.com/upcoming-releases/

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:49 AM ET
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You might try just going to some book club sites and browsing the romance genre too.

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 11:52 PM ET
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ditto on fantasticfiction.com

Date Posted: 2/18/2008 10:35 AM ET
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I've always done pretty well with using The Romance Reader's book review archives for finding out what's worth taking the time to find and read.  Here's a link to just the review archives: http://www.theromancereader.com/newarchive.html

I usually stick to books that get at least a "4 Heart" rating (it goes up to 5), and go from there to Fantastic Fiction, and see what else the author has out - especially if they have several good reviews on The Romance Reader site.  I also cross reference a lot of authors and reviews in All About Romance's review archives: http://www.likesbooks.com/archivesindex.html

What makes The Romance Reader a good place to start though, is the fact that you don't have to already have an author's name to get started finding good books.  They are all listed alphabetically, so you can basically just flip through the list, see who seems to write good books, and then look up their books wherever else you like.  This has been useful for someone like me who within just the last few years took up reading romance again, but didn't know where to start.  That method has kept me with a higher percentage rate of good books vs. bad than I would normally have had, but it's not perfect; I don't always agree with reviews, and have ended up with some I thought were overrated.  The majority of them however, have been consistently good.



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Date Posted: 2/23/2008 3:33 AM ET
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If you do have an author's name: most nowadays have their own websites and will list connected books.  A lot of them have lilttle trailers and excerpts. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:31 PM ET
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Actually I kind of go backwards, since I like lots of different romance book genres and a lot of the websites aren't updated regularly. 

1) What I do is is if there is a publisher that writes books I enjoy I usually goggle the publisher and the publisher has a list of upcoming books.  Once at the site many will have a link to be placed on their automatic email for new books coming out in either ebook or print.  Also, many have monthly give away books, prizes or books are discounted. 

2) Another way I found effective is to check Amazon.com.  They have a section called Listmania.  You can search that section say under 'upcoming paranormal romances 2008.'  Matches list books which you are interested and are made by fellow readers. 

p.s. Men in Uniform books which I think off the top of my head that you might try are Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh, Lucy Monroe, Amy Fetzer, and Marliss Melton is a really good one.  Hope that helps

***Another idea that might be good because I would like to have a great website that has all this info. would be to start a website from all the contributions from PBS romance readers.  We could have books listed by date of release a short info blog, all time favs or reccommended reads and each would be catagorized by genre.  Does anyone else think they might want to help/start something like this?!  If anyone is interested please PM me cause I would find this a fun project!!



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Date Posted: 2/25/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I also use Amazon to find recommendations since there are so many user reviews there.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 5:12 PM ET
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I also recommend fantasticfiction.com.  Another one I really like that I havn't seen mentioned is Fictiondb.com

which has a list of future releases listed by month: http://fictiondb.com/GenreDB/NewReleases.asp?Genre=R

If you enjoy paranormal romances paranormalromance.org has a list of upcomming books listed by month



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