Of dragons, storms, and boomerang brides

Had great plans to write an insightful Recent Reads post today… and then homework got in the way. Not mine, son’s. And no, I wasn’t actually doing his homework, merely helping him navigate the frustrating minefields that are MS Publisher and Word so he could print aforementioned homework without “it” clipping bits and seriously mucking with his formatting. Need I say more? As a consequence, I’m all out of insights… unless they happen to be of the ranty variety to with the updated version of Publisher (yuck!) and print previews that don’t truly show what’s actually gonna make it to the printed page.

Anyway, those of you who’ve just flown in from another planet (where there’s no such thing as romance fiction) might be unaware that one of the premier awards for the romance community took place last night: the Romance Writers of America RITA awards.

I was gutted I couldn’t get to this year’s RWA conference held in Anaheim–I’d love to attend at least one! But my disappointment was somewhat mitigated by the “live” twitter feeds and plenty of reports about what was happening at the awards ceremony, and which book had won each category. And it was pretty darned cool to have finished reading one of the winning books literally hours prior to it winning its category, and thinking, “Yep, that was a fantastic book–can so see why it won!” (That book was Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, BTW.)

Another thrill was seeing a downunder author’s book pop up on my Twitterfeed when Fiona Lowe‘s Boomerang Bride took out Best Contemporary Single Title Romance. (And almost as good as being there was clicking on a Twitpic link and seeing a gorgeous photo of Fiona with her award taken minutes after she’d given her acceptance speech. Gotta love Twitter and our community of romance tweeters *VBG*) Way to go, Fiona. You little beauty!!!

So if your To Be Read Pile is empty and you need some book recommendations, you might like to work your way down the list of this year’s RITA winners–check out the complete list on the RWA website. (You’ll need to scroll down past the Golden Heart winners–the Golden Heart awards are for unpublished manuscripts.)

As for my reading list this month, the ones that still stick in my mind are: A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler, Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe, Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, and Storm by Brigid Kemmerer. A very diverse bunch, but all fantastic reads for very different reasons.

Here’s my full reading list for July 2012:

  • Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall
  • A Taste of Desire by Beverley Kendall
  • Ashlynn’s Radio by Wilson Doherty
  • Avenging Angel by Tara Janzen
  • Bait by Annie Nicholas
  • Meant to Marry by Robyn Donald
  • The Mirror Bride by Robyn Donald
  • A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
  • Frostbite by Kelley Armstrong
  • Master of Darkness by Susan Sizemore
  • Wild Ones 4 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  • Can’t Buy Me Love by Molly O’Keefe
  • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
  • Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Until next month, enjoy your reading!



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