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Celebrating Lovely Imperfections in “Branching Out”

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Emotional and satisfying, Kerstin March’s novel Branching Out is a skillfully written love story that will truly touch the heart of readers. This isn’t a story about a perfect marriage, and that’s what makes it so very lovely in its deeply moving journey of love between two people. This is a story about loss, love, and forgiveness that readers will not want to put down until the very end. Written as a sequel to March’s novel Family Trees, we join Shelby Meyers and Ryan Chambers at their wedding, which is right where readers want them to be, but this stage of their journey may not be the happily-ever-after they have been dreaming about. Shelby and Ryan couldn’t come from more…

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Sarah MacLean on Wickedly Weaving Scandal & Privilege

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. If you’re looking for an addicting summer read, you can’t go wrong with Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower, the first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series. The story follows the electric romance between Lady Felicity Faircloth, who is trying to recover from a recent scandal, and Devil, who hopes to use Felicity to get revenge on his brother. This is one of our top romance picks of the season, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with MacLean to talk about this exciting new series. Here MacLean shares how James Joyce inspired the book’s theme of consent, and her plans for smuggling booze into 19th-century London. Bookish: Lady Felicity Faircloth appeared in The Day…

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In “Switch and Bait,” Ricki Schultz Spoofs Modern Online Dating

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If sarcastic wit and sharp insight into modern dating culture are your cup of exotic tea, then meet author Ricki Schultz. Last year’s debut novel, Mr. Right-Swipe, threw readers into the world of online dating and was relatable to anyone who has ever been on a bad date, which excludes one or two ants that crawled through my kitchen last week and likely no one or nothing else. Fast forward to her latest comic romp, Switch and Bait, out this June from Grand Central Publishing. What has become Schultz’s trademark are irreverent humor and reflections into modern dating. The main character, Blanche Carter, was known as the “Love Doctor” in her sorority (interpret that as you may), but has now…

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Art Teacher in Peril in Kelli Clare’s Debut Novel “Hidden”

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Can’t decide whether you want your next book to be a romance or a thriller? Never fear: If you pick up Kelli Clare’s debut novel Hidden, you don’t have to choose. This romantic suspense novel follows an art teacher named Ellie James who realizes that her life is in danger. A handsome stranger named Will Hastings appears and claims he will protect her from a bloodthirsty group named the Order, but will his help be enough? To celebrate this book’s June 5 release, check out this exclusive excerpt from the fourth chapter of Hidden. I pounded the side of my fist on the door frame. The police believed we were missing—we’d have to skip the funeral. Not…

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RITA Romance Nominees Set Twitter On Fire!

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Every year, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) nominates the best in romance for the coveted RITA award, named after their first president, Rita Clay Estrada.  This year, RITA nominees did something that hasn’t been done before— the authors and their books were trending topics on Twitter yesterday and today as the nominees were announced. Categories, this year, include Best First Book, Erotic Romance, Young Adult Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance. You can view the full list of 2018 RITA nominees and finalists on the Romance Writers of America website. Winners will be announced later in the year and awarded at a black-tie ceremony during the 2018 RWA Conference in Denver, Colorado. Check out 2017 RITA Award winners below: Once and For…

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Love in Bloom: Spring 2018’s Must-Read Romances

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Love is in the air and on our bookshelves. This spring is delivering a stunning batch of must-read romance novels that are guaranteed to fill your heart with joy. Contemporary fans will not want to waste a second before diving into the final volume in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, while historical readers will be longing for the end of the season when Eloisa James delivers another Wilde novel. Whether you’re looking for romances about dating apps, gender exploration, or rodeos, we’ve got you covered. Follow your heart and find your next favorite romance. Bad Bachelor (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Stefanie London Dating in New York City can be a nightmare, which is why Brooklyn librarian Darcy Greer downloads the Bad…

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A New Bingeworthy Romance Series with a Twist!

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She’s a forensic toxicologist turned best-selling romance author. He’s a veteran actor and screenwriter turned audiobook narrator and romance author. Sounds like the beginning of a classic fiction novel, right? But authors J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain have turned their backgrounds into books— a series— and they’ve just released the first book in their brand new Original Sin Series (Science Future Press).  While this series will be an instant hit with fans of romance Huss and McClain are introducing something a bit different for those who love to read serials. Instead of waiting months, or even years for the next book in the series, they’re releasing the next book just three weeks after the release of the first. This means that by…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 15 Steamy New Romances You’ll Warm Up To This Winter

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Between record cold snaps, bomb cyclones, and snow falling by the feet, this winter has been brutal so far. It makes us want to stay inside forever, wrapped up in a warm blanket, sipping tea – and reading a good book, of course. And when it’s this nasty outside, there’s nothing better than a steamy romance novel to help warm us up in just the right ways. So if you’re looking to beat the cold, then look no further, this list (and previews) of new romances is guaranteed to warm you up on a wintry day! Unraveled, Helen Hardt The Hookup, Kristen Ashley Hello Stranger, Lisa Kleypas Wrong to Need You, Alisha Rai Tempest, Beverly Jenkins Judgment Road, Christine Feehan A…

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Best of BookTrib 2017: 10 Sexy Billionaire Romances Heating Up Our Tablets

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Today we take a look at previous BookTrib posts that engaged hundreds to thousands of readers this past year. We’re taking a look back at some of your favorite posts before we kick off the new year! From motorcycle men to sports stars, romance novels often feature different types of alpha men. One of the latest trends is one we can definitely get behind though: billionaire romances! These men are CEOs, wear designer suits, ride around in private jets, and fall hard for their lady loves. It helps that they like to dominate in the boardroom — and the bedroom. Sexy and powerful, it’s hard not to fall instantly for a billionaire leading man. So here are 10 billionaire romances that we’re…

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10 Sexy Holiday Romances

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It’s finally December, which means there’s no shame in decorating that tree, stringing that garland, and obsessing over all things Holiday. And that includes your book collection! Every year, our favorite romance novelists publish sweet and steamy Christmas love stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart. From sexy mistletoe kisses to snowed-in adventures, these books are filled with the best parts of the holidays: decorations, celebrations, and love. If you want to add a little spice to your reading list this Christmas season, here are 10 holiday romances that you won’t want to miss: Chasing Christmas Eve, Jill Shalvis (Avon, September 26, 2017) It’s all about strangers connecting in this holiday-themed Heartbreaker Bay Novel by powerhouse author Shalvis. When…

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Free Thanksgiving Day Reads from Kindle Unlimited

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Are you one of the many e-readers who has enlisted in Kindle Unlimited‘s service for your Kindle? If you didn’t already know, this awesome service is a way for you to access a wide variety of titles from the Kindle Store, many of them being free. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you may be looking for a new novel that will put you in a Thanksgiving mood with the upcoming holiday right around the corner! Luckily for you, we have suggestions for some awesome Thanksgiving-related novels that will surely give you something to look forward to: The Good Neighbor, Judith Hudson Frankie has a rich and overbearing father who she doesn’t see or speak to anymore, but that doesn’t stop…

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5 Free Books for Fans of Romance

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There’s something romantic about the change in the season, which is causing us to reach for our favorite romance novels. For those with an e-reader who are looking to start a new romance novel, why not dig into the start of a romance series that will instantly have you addicted as well as cost nothing to start? We have some suggestions for five romance novels that kick off some great series that you can get for free on your Kindle. Tabitha, Vikki Kestell This first novel in the Girls from the Mountain series revolves around the life of the fiery-tempered Tabitha Hale, who works as a nurse helping people all the time. But will her temper get in the way of her…

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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: BookTrib’s Top Picks in Every Category

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The Goodreads Choice Awards are here once again, and we’re already knee-deep in the semifinal rounds. The books have been narrowed down to 20 choices in each category, and the competition is tougher than ever. Semifinals last until November 12th, with the final round of voting open from the 14th to the 27th. Winners will be announced December 5th. In the spirit of friendly competition, two of us are comparing our choices and arguing for our faves— Siskel & Ebert style! Here, BookTrib’s Senior Editor, Aisha K. Staggers, and Contributor, Rachel Carter, share a spirited debate over which books should win in each category: Fiction   Rachel: This one is easy! I’m voting for Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesym Ward.…

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Be Still My Heart: 10 Love Stories Totally Worth the Wait!

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Be still my heart! Between the new episodes of Outlander and Arrow, this has been a pretty great week for romance. And not just any standard romance either, but love stories that we have been pining over, desperately waiting for our favorite couples to reunite. Gif via Giphy.com On Outlander, we finally got our Print Shop Scene, with Claire and Jamie reuniting after spending 20 years – and technically a couple of centuries – apart. As a longtime Outlander fan (of both the show and the books!), it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Awkward, sweet, and crazy romantic. Don’t even get me started on the basically 45 minute sex scene that followed. Gif via jvmiefraser.tumblr.com When it comes…

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It’s #NationalPumpkinDay! Celebrate Your Favorite Fall Flavor

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Have you prepared your Jack-O-Lantern Halloween yet? We hope so, because today is #NationalPumpkinDay, a day to celebrate the pumpkins that line everyone’s yards and make up some of our favorite desserts! Did you know that every year, the US produces more than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins? Now that you’ve learned a new fun fact, we have some pumpkin-related suggestions for new reads, that will spook you and leave you in stitches: Pumpkins in Paradise, Kathi Daley You will be surprised by how a mystery novel and #NationalPumpkinDay fuse together so well in the first part of a 7-part TJ Jensen Mystery Series, but it’s bound to have you at the edge of your seat! TJ Jensen has a…

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