The former publicist in me just can’t help highlighting some particularly amazing recent reviews and good news.
First, though, congratulations to Carolyn Jewel, winner of the complete set of March romances for her comments on excerpts. Thanks to everyone who chimed in!
Over the weekend, The Chicago Tribune ran a fantastic review for Elisabeth Naughton’s STOLEN FURY: “…[a] superbly written debut. Naughton deftly distills deadly intrigue, high adrenaline action, and scorchingly hot passion into perfectly constructed novel of romantic suspense.” Read more.
Emily Bryan‘s 50 Days 50 Blogs tour is at a close. But the amazing review for VEXING THE VISCOUNT are starting to roll in. And this one was just so enthusiastic, how it could not make me smile? From Penelope’s Romance Reviews:
Every once in awhile I discover a new writer and I am filled with glee. A fresh, new voice! An engaging story! Wonderful, fully-formed characters who are interesting, and more importantly, who I grow to care about as I read the novel! This was my reaction to reading Distracting the Duchess by Emily Bryan. (I also had this reaction when reading Candice Hern’s In the Thrill of the Night and Elizabeth Hoyt’s The Raven Prince). I found Emily Bryan to be a unique voice in the land of historical romances. This genre has a tendency to be very formulaic, but when it’s done well, it is a treat for the reader. I had high expectations for Vexing the Viscount, and Bryan delivered. Vexing the Viscount is fantastique! (I apologize for breaking into francaise, but Blanche La Tour has inspired me, vraiment!) This book is the total package…witty humor, lusty sex, intriguing plot, great pacing, and marvelous characters. I loved the unexpected flashback to Caius Meritus in ancient Rome. It was a great device to pull you into the mystery that Daisy and Lucian are trying to solve. Caius’ tragic love story is very touching and really brings history alive. C’est magnifique! I must admit that when the premise for the story was revealed (virgin pretending to be a courtesan), I thought “Now how the heck is Bryan going to pull this one off?” Honestly, it was done incredibly well. I highly recommend Vexing the Viscount. And now I am off to find a croissant au chocolat! Au revoir! Grade: A
Emily’s also opened The Courtesan’s Club on her website with all kinds of outrageous info and fun.
Barbara Vey of PW’s Beyond Her Book featured Jennifer Ashley’s THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE on her Your Turn Friday feature, calling it “Mysterious, heartfelt, sensitive and sensual…two big thumbs up.” Read more.
And technically, this isn’t romance, but three of Leisure’s horror authors–Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum–got a nice shoutout in a list of the Top Horror Authors of all time. If any genre is more stereotyped or misunderstood than romance, it has to be horror. The horror editor here was appalled when I told him one day that I thought everyone had to die at the end of a horror novel. He’s since enlightened me. 😉 And that’s why you’ll see in Coming Soon some books from our horror list that I think could appeal to crossover readers, including #20 himself, Graham Masterton (who, by the by, Cosmopolitan has quoted several times as a “sexpert.” Who says romance and horror don’t mix?).