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#Rombklove 2020 Day 11: YA Romance/ Romance juvenil

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Rombklove day 11 is hosted by Melinda. Melinda like me is one of the co-hosts of Rombkpod and great friend.

I love Young Adult romance - I know not everyone does but I’m a sucker for complicated and messy characters and what’s more complicated and messy than teenagers!?? Nothing! I’m more forgiving of behaviors in YA than I am in adult characters because the audience they’re writing for is *not* me - and that’s okay! Here are a few of the YA romance I’ve loved the last few years.

MochiI Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

I loved this sweet book that features a girl, Kimi, going to Japan to visit her grandparents that have been estranged from her family for most of her life. This book is a perfect example of what I love about YA as Kimi is on a really deep personal self-discovery that’s a blend of family, art, and what she wants to do with her life. But! There’s also a really great romance with a med student, Akira, and it’s definitely a Happy-For-Now ending which is appropriate for a YA. This is truly such a great book for everyone.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali


This book was one of my top favorite books of 2019, not just of YA, I loved it so much. It’s delightful and painful at turns and I can’t recommend this book highly enough to people. Zayneb is experiencing incredible Islamophobia and racism at home in the U.S. and on a trip to Qator meets Adam who is going through his own pain after a MS diagnosis.

So, obviously this is not a light book by any means. But it’s 100% a romance - it’s unflinching with how it looks at these teenagers going through completely different but both difficult things, but also falling for each other. There’s hope, and pain, and love, and just...gah. I love it.

CW: Islamophobia, parental death from MS and then child has the same disease, grief, death of a grandparent by drone strike, on-page MS flare-up

SidekickNot Your Sidekick by CB Lee


This book is just pure FUN. Jess is the daughter of superheroes but doesn’t have any herself, she has a big crush on a girl at school, there’s a mysterious super-villain...it’s just so fun, I can’t say it enough. The entire cast of characters is fully fleshed out and I loved them all so much. I know this takes place with superpowers but the characters all felt real because they are people that populate actual daily life - bisexual, Vietnamese-Chinese, trans, Black - and it made everything feel even more realistic. I highly rec this book for middle grade and up - and the audio is great.

SickSick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Like anyone who sees this title I was immediately worried that someone dies in this book! But rest assured, I would NEVER do that to you, because I am not a monster. This book...phew, it blew me away. Isabel and Sasha are both Jewish kids who have chronic illnesses. That’s it, that’s the whole plot, sounds boring, right? Not so much.

As someone who lives with a chronic illness I related to so many moments in this book - even without having the same illnesses and if I could give ONE book to people to help them understand? It would be this one. The romance is sweet and while they’re both Jewish I absolutely love that they have different experiences with their faith and discuss it so openly. The same happens with their illnesses. I can’t rec this one enough and I want everyone to read this and laugh and cry with happiness with me at this book.

CW: divorce, parental death in the past, medical emergency

 

Have you read any of these books? Are there any YA romance books that you love?

 

 

#Rombklove 2020 Day 11: YA ain’t just for teens. Which YA romance would you recommend to readers of any age? What were your fave romance stories when you were younger? @MelindaEdits suggests some of the best YA out there.

 

#Rombklove 2020, día 11: El romance juvenil no es solo cosa de adolescentes. ¿Qué libros juveniles recomendarías a lectores de cualquier edad? ¿Cuáles eran tus romances favoritos cuando eras más joven? @MelindaEdits recomienda algunos de los mejores romances juveniles.

 

Day 11 Archive https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mSlKT-sPoFcZKHNhJ8wmsoSN8fo6sGXt49ZdDkgMz1c/edit?usp=sharing

 

GR Lists: 

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148047.RomBkLove_2020_Young_Adult_Romance_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148103.RomBkLove_2020_Young_Adult_Romance_2

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 10: Romantic Gestures / Gestos románticos

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#Rombklove 2020 Day 10: Some romance MC have to go big or go home. What are you favorite romantic gestures in romance big or small?

#Rombklove 2020, día 10: Algunes protagonistas necesitan un gesto para conquistar a su media naranja. ¿Grandes gestos o pequeños detalles? ¿Cuáles son tus favoritos?

Day 10 Archive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ydwNpp94GLoKZVYVA2rS-PjoRhEOdgH-TU-TxLm4TYU/edit?usp=sharing

 

GR Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148042.RomBkLove_2020_Romantic_Gestures_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/148043.RomBkLove_2020_Romantic_Gestures_2

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract

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#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract/ La atracción de los opuestos is hosted by Ericka @e_bookpushers.

#Rombklove 2020 Day 8: Opposites Attract Sometimes it’s our differences that bring us together. Which unlikely lovers do you adore? What makes an opposites attract romance work for you? @e_bookpushers has made a list of some unlikely couples to fall in love with: http://thebookpushers.com/2020/05/08/rombklove-day-8-opposites-attract-la-atraccion-de-los-opuestos/

Rombklove 2020, día 8: La atracción de los opuestos: En ocasiones, lo que nos une son nuestras diferencias. ¿Cuáles son tus parejas improbables favoritas? ¿Qué hace que la atracción de los opuestos funcione para ti? @e_bookpushers ha elaborado una lista de parejas imposibles y adorables: http://thebookpushers.com/2020/05/08/rombklove-day-8-opposites-attract-la-atraccion-de-los-opuestos/

 

Day 8 Archive: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gfWWCZZSghRpJAy-EBd-SIYYcjGltxgV1N9q2a_PZBc/edit?usp=sharing

GR Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147955.RomBkLove_2020_Opposites_Attract_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147985.RomBkLove_2020_Opposites_Attract_2

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 7: Cover Art -- Guest post by Steve Ammidown

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Changes in cover art by Steve Ammidown

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we all do it. In any kind of genre fiction, the cover is an important part of the hook that draws customers in, but it’s especially true in romance. The artistic style, who or what is featured on the cover, how they are posed, and even what they are wearing sends a powerful signal to the experienced romance reader about what they can expect to find inside.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend looking at Kelly Faircloth’s 2019 article at Jezebel about the history of romance cover art. It’s a great primer. I also enjoyed Jen Prokop’s recent piece about Harlequin’s current cover approach.


I’m fortunate enough to work at the
Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which has a lot of old romances. And do I mean a lot. In category romance alone we have more than 16,000 titles, plus somewhere around 20,000 stand-alone books. We also have manuscript collections for more than 40 romance authors and the photo archives of Romantic Times magazine. We also have 130 original paintings by Harlequin cover artist Frank Kalan from the 1980s and 1990s. We are, to put it mildly, surrounded by covers.

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the history of covers, and also highlight some of my favorite old school covers from the 80s and 90s. These can be tricky to find now, especially as most of them have been reprinted with new covers, but they’re fun to look at, and can be a jewel in your collection if you can find them!


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As the oldest name in category romance, the covers of the more than 4500 Harlequin Romances provide a really interesting window into cover trends. From the 1960s into the 70s, their dominant style was similar to these covers for A Girl Named Smith (1966) and Not by Appointment (1976), with the woman front and center and the man lurking in the background. By the 1980s, as seen on The Lost Moon Flower (1989), a Harlequin Romance was more likely to find the couple together on the cover.

 

One of the cover artists who was part of that 1980s shift was Frank Kalan. Our library is lucky enough to have an extensive collection of his works, including many of the supporting materials that show his process, as you can see here for Kay Gregory’s 1992 book, Breaking the Ice. Kalan would get an information sheet from the editors with detail about
characters, plot and settings, and then he’d have an hour in a Manhattan photo studio to take as many pictures as he could to fit his vision for the cover. He’d paint the couple pretty much as they appeared in the photo, adding in details (like pets!), and leaving space for the cover copy. Then he’d take a photo of the cover and ship a slide of it off to Toronto, where they’d transform it into a cover. And he’d work on several at once! Kalan did more than 300 covers for Harlequin all together, and you can see his signature style from the late 70s through the mid-90s.

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Sandra Kitt’s long publishing history gives us a great opportunity to look at how covers have changed. Her 1985 Harlequin American title Adam and Eva marked the first time a Black couple had appeared on the cover of any book published by Harlequin. The cover art by the legendary Dick Kohfield is so evocative and transports us to the Virgin Islands right away.

The 1993 publication of Love Everlasting saw Sandra put her MFA to good use, as she painted the cover herself for the Odyssey edition. 

Sandra Kitt SerenadeIn 1995, two very different covers marked high points in Sandra’s career. Serenade was one of the
 launch titles for Kensington’s new Arabesque line, the first to focus on Black authors and their stories. That same year, Penguin books published
The Color of Love, one of the first interracial romances from any publisher.



While the 90s were generally a time of photorealistic covers in romance, several of Sandra’s books from the second half of the decade have more abstract illustrations.
Suddenly, an Arabesque title from 1996, shows that the line’s shift away from photography. And Kitt’s titles for Signet, like Family Affairs (1999), have a sort of hybrid photo/abstract look to them. 

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Authors on Covers

And lastly, one of my favorite odd moments in cover art is the min-trend in the late 80s of authors appearing on their own covers. The three examples I’ve been able to find are Shannon Drake (Heather Graham) and her family appearing on the stepback for 1985’s Tomorrow the Glory, Sandra Brown posing with television’s McLean Stevenson for 1986’s The Rana Look, and Nora Roberts herself posing for the cover of 1988’s The Last Honest Woman

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I could go on for hours about the amazing covers of romance. How about you? Do you have a favorite old school or current cover artist? Whose covers are you instantly drawn to?  

 

STEVE AMMIDOWN (he/him) has been the Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University since 2016. He obtained his Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014. In 2019, he was named Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year for his work in preserving and promoting the library’s collections that document the history of romance fiction. Visit the library online at https://www.bgsu.edu/library/pcl.html or follow them on Twitter at @BGSU_PopCultLib and on Instagram @PopCultLib

 


#Rombklove 2020 Day 7: Cover trends come and go, but what does a cover say to you? Share with us your favorite covers, new or old. @stegan is sharing how cover art for romance has changed over the years


#Rombklove 2020, día 7: El diseño de las cubiertas es una cuestión de moda, pero ¿qué te dice una portada? Comparte con nosotres tus favoritas, nuevas o antiguas. @stegan nos habla sobre la evolución de las cubiertas de romántica.

 

Day 7 Archive:

Tweet Archive

GR Lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147946.Rombklove_2020_Covers_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147950.Rombklove_2020_Covers_2

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147951.Rombklove_2020_Covers_3

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147953.Rombklove_2020_Covers_4

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#Rombklove 2020 Day 2: Space Romance / Romance espacial

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#Rombklove 2020 Day2: Space romances are out of this world! What are some of your favorites? What makes this setting unique?


Rombklove 2020, día 2: ¡Los romances espaciales son algo de otro mundo! ¿Cuáles son tus favoritos? ¿Qué hace que sean únicos?

Day 2: Archive

GR BookLists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147762.RomBkLove_2020_Space_Romance_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147762.RomBkLove_2020_Space_Romance_1

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html



 

 

 

 

 


#Rombklove 2020: Day 1: Comfort Reads / Lecturas reconfortantes

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RomBkLove  2020 Day 1: Comfort Reads / Lecturas reconfortantes is hosted by Heather Lire

#Rombklove 2020 Day 1: Comfort Reads. What books do you turn to when everything else is hard? Angsty? Light? What comforts you? @heatherlire shares her list of comfort reads


#Rombklove 2020, día 1: ¿Qué libros son tu refugio cuando todo lo demás falla? ¿Prefieres lecturas profundas o ligeras? ¿Qué te levanta el ánimo? @heatherlire comparte su lista de lecturas reconfortantes.

 

By day Heather is a hard-working high school Spanish teacher. By night she's a contemporary romance author, and book reviewer. Heather writes under the names Heather Lire and Kenzie MacLir & has run the review website The Book Reading Gals since it's inception in 2008.

 

Heather  has made her post available in English and Spanish!

Day 1: Archive

GR BookLists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147733.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_1

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147756.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_2

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/147758.RomBkLove_2020_Comfort_Reads_3

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

For a list of all of these month's prompts and archives go to: https://www.anacoqui.com/2020/04/rombklove-2020-celebrating-inclusive-romance-during-a-pandemic.html


#RomBkLove 2020: Celebrating Inclusive Romance during a Pandemic!

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Maybe you haven't read in weeks, or maybe you haven't stopped reading since this all started. Either way I know you love to talk about books.

Tomorrow #Rombklove 2020 kicks off with a whole new crew of readers, reviewers and writers sharing their love for inclusive romance by writing about the different tropes, motifs and sub-genres of romance that most fascinate them.

Every day in May there will be a prompt tweet to kick off conversation and every week day link to an inclusive rec post full of fabulous books put together by the #Rombklove team.

This post will be updated each day, with links to all  the rec posts, and an archive of the day's tweets.

 

 

 

How to participate?

Readers: Respond to the prompts! Share your favorite books, characters, scenes, or thoughts on tropes.  Make sure to include the #RomBkLove hashtag with your tweet! If you have read and loved a book by LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and/or  Authors of Color that fits the prompt please, please mention it.  You might think everyone has heard of the book but I can guarantee you there are lots of people who still need to hear about it.  

Authors: You are welcome to participate too, as fellow readers. The tag is not meant for self-promotion. Boost fellow authors, celebrate the community but do so in a way that respect reader spaces. Respect the conversation.   Join in to rec the books you love that fit the theme/trope/prompt. Yes, you can say “I wrote a book with this trope” but please don’t spam the hashtag with generic promo. 

Still have questions about Rombklove?  Read our Q &A: What is #Rombklove and other questions.

#ROMBKLOVE  2020:

Day 1: Comfort Reads/Lecturas reconfortantes by  Heather @HeatherLire  -- Archive , GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 2: Space Romance/Romance espacial   -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 3: Pet Love/ Amor & Mascotas   -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 4: Slump Busting Novellas/ Novelas breves para recuperar el ritmo by Sarah @lustfoundreads  -- Archive, GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 5: Seeing Yourself/Frente al espejo by Alex @alextweetsbooks  -- Archive  GR Lists: 1, 2

Day 6: First person POV Romance/Romance en primera persona by Nix @scorchingrevs -- Archive  GR Lists: 1, 2

Day 7: Cover Art/ Cubiertas by Steve @stegan -- Archive, GR Lists:  1,2,3,4

Day 8: Opposites Attract / La atracción de los opuestos by Ericka @e_bookpushers -- Archive, GR Lists: 1,2

Day 9: Older and Wiser / El amor no tiene edad  -- Archive, GR list

Day 10: Romantic Gestures / Gestos románticos -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 11: YA Romance/ Romance juvenil by Melinda @MelindaEdits -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 12: Women in STEM / Mujeres de ciencias by Lucy Eden @lucyedenauthor -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 13: Shared Experiences /Experiencias compartidas by Heather @HeatherLire  -- Archive, GR List

Day 14:  Paranormal Romance / Romance paranormal by Kenzie MacLir  @KenzieMacLir-- Archive, GR Lists: 1, 2, 3

Day 15: Marriage of convenience/arranged marriage / Matrimonio de conveniencia by Mary Lynne @emmelnie  -- Archive,  GR Lists 1, 2

Day 16: Just a hint of Magic / Un toque de magia -- Archive, GR List

Day 17: Romantic suspense / Suspense romántico by Sarah @lustfoundreads -- Archive, GR Lists 1, 2

Day 18: Romance Audiobooks / Audiolibros de romántica by Kaetrin  @Kaetrin67 --  Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 19: Kink in romance/Romance y kink  Jennifer Porter @JenniferRNN -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 20: Found Community/Pertenencia a una comunidad  by Melanie @melon_reads -- Archive, GR List 1, 2

Day 21: Musician romance/Romances con músicos by Corey Alexander @TGStoneButch -- Archive GR Lists 1, 2

Day 22: Beautiful Prose/La belleza de la prosa by Ruby Lang @RubeLang -- Archive GR list

Day 23: Small Town Romance/ Romance Rural -- Archive GR List

Day 24: Steampunk -- Archive GR List

Day 25: Activist MCs/Protagonistas activistas by Carolina @wutheringreads -- Archive GR list

Day 26: Religious and Cultural Communities by Stacey Agdern @nystacey -- Archive GR list

Day 27:  Bodyguard romances by Micaela @Siempreromances -- Archive GR List

Day 28:  Wrapped around your pinky by Allie Therin @allie_therin -- Archive, GR List

Day 29:  Summer Reading/New Titles by Agata Weronika @Aqueda_Veronica -- Archive, GR List

Day 30: Made Me Laugh -- Archive

Day 31: Trope Mashups -- Archive

Day 32:  THANK YOU!

#Rombklove 2020 almost didn't get going this year.  With everything that was going on, with my own head barely above water, I just didn't feel like I could ask bloggers and readers to do more.  But after a few folks let me know how much they were looking forward to having booktalk on their TLs again I decided to take a different approach.  So this year I am delegating and trusting an even bigger group of volunteers.  The amazing readers are stepping up to create graphics, translate, review, help write prompts and even pitch in with the archiving! It is amazing.


Review: The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

Alva Webster is staking what is left of her fortune and tattered reputation on restoring an abandoned and some think haunted house in Upstate New York. Naturally she thinks Professor Samuel Moore’s enthusiastic approach is yet another improper but too common proposition.  As fascinated as Sam is about the prickly and sharp widow, it is her ghost that most interests Sam, a wildly successful inventor from a renowned family of scientists. When contractors flee her house in terror, she reluctantly agrees to partner with Professor Moore in hopes of debunking the ghosts stories and getting her restoration project back on track, but instead find herself drawn into a complex mystery and sure to be hopeless romance.  I was utterly charmed by this debut, so much so that I ordered a print copy of the book for my keeper after reading a library copy. Biller does a fantastic job creating a sympathetic yet prickly heroine, whose traumatic history rightfully makes her wary of marriage and romance. Biller does a fantastic job of unraveling both Alva and the ghost’s past traumas, and carefully building up the romance and tension between Alva and Sam. I loved the way Biller had Sam confront his enormous privilege without zapping away his hopefulness and enthusiasm. I loved how Biller allowed Alva to regain agency in her life, while at the same time learning to trust and rely on others.  

 

I highly recommend The Widow of Rose House to lovers of mystery with supernatural elements and all those who enjoy seeing an MC break free and find love, family and purpose after a life of trauma. 

 

Content Warnings:Ableism, domestic abuse, mental illness, Murder


Giant Catch up post!

I've been very busy for the past few months with podcasting and I have simply not gotten around to updating anything on this site.

For those of you who don't follow me on twitter, sorry!

Here is what is new:

I am co-hosting a #RomBkLove inspired podcast, called #Rombkpod with several fantastic fellow readers, Meka, Melinda, Sarah Jean, and Danie, held together by our producer Sarah.  You can find our podcast at all the usual places. We recently passed 1,600 downloads, and I am so excited to see our audience growing and to do our part in concentrating on talking about the fantastic inclusive romances out there.

I also agreed to be part of the Ripped Bodice Excellence in Romance Writing award's inaugural judging panel.  I am thrilled to be part of such a fantastic body and I look forward to our book nomination discussion when the year draws to a close. 

At the end of the year I am leaving the #readRchat team.  It has been fabulous to work with Ellie and be part of this community. However with all my new projects I need to let some stuff go. I know Ellie and MaryLynne are looking for new folks to help crafting a monthly slate of questions.  If you have a passion for romance chat on twitter please contact them and let them know you are interested.  I know they are very interested in hearing from LGBTQIA and POC readers as we are always seeking to lift up more non-white cis het voices in romance.

What is still true:

I am still reviewing over at Love in Panels.  I am proud to be part of this project, especially when my editor and co-reviewers do such amazing things like putting together the Romance for RAICES auction.  If you don't already support us on Patreon, would you consider doing so?

I am still podcasting, Beyond the Sectors with Chelsea, but we are rapidly running out of published Kit Rocha Beyondverse books, so we will likely go on hiatus after next few  episodes. But if you love Kit Rocha as much as we do, please listen, and let us know what you think.

Rombklove will be back next May but in the mean time check out RombkPod as I have made a point of reaching out to a lot of our past participants and inviting them as guests and cohosts. If you are a POC, LGBTQIA blogger or reader and interested in taking part. Let me know. 

I am also doing quite a bit of sensitivity reading for Puerto Rican Latinx characters. This year, I have read for, Mia Sosa, Ruby Lang, Lucy Eden, Alexis Daria, among others. If you want to learn about my rates and what I offer, please email me at anacoqui @ gmail dot com. 

 

What I've read and you might have missed:

First of all I keep a bookthread on twitter with everything I have read. I write bullet reviews there and it helps me keep track of my reading.

 

You can also find a list of all my Love in Panels reviews here: https://www.loveinpanels.com/prose/author/ana-coqui

These are all the book I have reviewed there since I last updated this blog:

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Proper English by KJ Charles

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

American Fairy Tale by Adriana Herrera

Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai and The Right Swipe: A Conversation About Modern Love

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Flying with Angels and Hunters - Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters Series intro and overview.

Archangel's War by Nalini Singh

American Love Story by Adriana Herrera

Gilded Cage by KJ Charles

Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

 

I wrote a Top 5 list that mentions 35 books for Suzanne and that will be out next month over at LiP. This has been a great reading year.

I can't wait to see what 2020  has in store for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

I finished up Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse in the early hours of the morning.

 

I had delayed starting this because I was under the mistaken impression it was YA. It is not. It is full on adult fantasy/Urban Fiction that would greatly appeal to fans of Ilona Andrews’s  Kate Daniels series and Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson books.

 

Maggie is a Navajo/Diné monsterslayer alone since her immortal hero mentor abandoned her.  Lured out of her isolation by disturbing reports of vicious monster attacks, she gets caught up in the mystery and unwillingly acquires a charming but secretive partner, Kai, a medicine-man-in-training whose clan powers might be as dangerous in their own ways as her own. 

 

Creatures and gods of Navajo mythology populate the story, set in post-Apocalyptic future, The Sixth World,  where the Big Water has drowned most of the US. 

 

The Intense story will keep you guessing. Loved the tension/heartbreak between Maggie/Kai and their secrets and the past they both must reckon with. 

I loved the Audio and was happy to see that book two, Storm of Locusts  is out and available on KU and audio, so I can immediately start it. (cw: past trauma (violent death of loved ones), violence, sexism, guns)