Greetings and Salutations, fellow citizens of Romancelandia! I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend, mostly full of doing whatever the heck you wanted to do. And I say mostly because I know that for some of us, weekends aren’t days off like they are for others.
Hopefully, I spent a majority of mine reading, which is always a win in my book. And I say this since I’m writing this newsletter shortly before mine is set to begin. But, if present me is going to be honest with soon-to-be-future me, there will be domestic duties sprinkled in as well.
Things were still relatively quiet in the world of Romance which I’m not complaining about. Lest we forget, we were knee-deep in the unfolding and banana pants drama of the RWA trying to take down Courtney Milan this time last year. And, with the not-so-ambient-noise that is current events still playing in the background, a little bit of quiet is good. Personally, I’m taking Dory’s advice to just keep swimming.
That said, there were still be some interesting updates that you may have missed while you were living out the second full week of 2021.
As I’m sure everyone is aware of, Stacy Abrams, on top of being a bad-ass in general, is also a published author. She recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about her new thriller novel. The novel doesn’t come out until May, but you can read a bit about it in this article.
While you wait, be sure to check out some of her backlist that she wrote under the pen name Selena Montgomery. My book club and I plan on reading at least one of hers this year and, while we haven’t made an official choice, Hidden Sins is the front runner for the moment.
Speaking of bad-ass romance authors, check out Vanessa Riley’s article from the Washington Post on her feelings about the Bridgertons. There’s a lot of good food for thought here, but of course there always is with her. If you haven’t read her yet, A Bittersweet Moment is currently free. This is the prequel to The Bittersweet Bride, the first in her Advertisements for Love series. So, if you want to continue Ewan and Theodosia’s story, you can pick that up as well.
Sarah Ferguson, still fondly referred to as the Duchess of York despite her divorce from Prince Andrew, wrote a historical romance. While already a relatively well known children’s author, Her Heart for a Compass will be her first adult novel. This is her fictional take on the life of one of her ancestors and namesakes, the Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Since there is not a lot known about her life, Fergie has already stated that a lot of liberties will be taken. This will be released from Mills & Boon this August.
And the cover reveal for Thien-Kim Lam’s debut Happy Endings was announced this week! I’m excited from this alone and can’t wait.
Over on Book Riot, Jess released this very thoughtful piece on the Black casting choices in Bridgerton, while Namera put this delightful list of diverse romantic comedies together.
Here are some of the new releases you can look forward to this coming week. I know that I’m probably adding quite a bit to your already insurmountable TBR. In the spirit of being honest, that’s likely not going to change anytime soon. If it is any consolation, I am also doing the same to myself there are a few of these I will pick up myself at some point in the future. On that note, be sure to enter our giveaways for a Kindle Paperwhite and a year subscription to Kindle Unlimited!
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
How to Get Lucky by Lauren Blakely
Not My Match by Isla Madden-Mills
How to Save a Life by P. Dangelico
The Stud Next Door by Kendall Ryan
Stealing Home by Carrie Aarons
And in case you’re like me and occasionally book on a budget, here are a few deals that may be easier on your bank account
Historical anthology Royal Bridesmaids is available for $0.99. I have a love/like relationship with romance anthologies since the stories are too short for me or too long. Either way though, this price for that gamble ain’t bad!
Forged of Steele Collection by Brenda Jackson is going for $2.99. You get two wonderful books for the price of less than one.
Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen is also $0.99. Jase and Carey are two former battle buddies who reunite for one fateful weekend that forever changes the landscape of their relationship.
That’s all I have for y’all today. As always, you can follow me over on Twitter under @PScribe801. I haven’t been tweeting a whole lot, since I’m still trying to get my bearings for the new year. That should change soon though! Until next time.