So if you want to feel the love today, here are some sources I suggest you check out:
- Your first stop needs to be the website of the Romance Writers of America. Not only do they give out the prestigious RITA awards, but they also have a lot of information for librarians and booksellers about the genre.
- Romantic Times is the genre's best magazine and their website is full of essays and reviews.
- Prefer your romance with a side of the paranormal? Click here.
- All About Romance is a site where romance fans can congregate. It has reviews, author interviews, and messages boards. There are also many lists of readers' favorite books. When I am at a loss of what to suggest to a romance reader, I reach for these lists.
- I have mentioned it before but, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is fun and useful. The women behind the Smart Bitches website, Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan, also have a great Romance Reference book: Beyond Heavinf Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels (Fireside, 2009). And you should not miss Sarah's reviews and articles in Kirkus. Her writing makes me wish I were more of a Romance fan.
Of course, this list is just a small sampling of the information you can find to help romance readers. These are just some of my favorites. Feel free to share some of your own.
But wait, before I go, as promised, I did go through everyone's Romance suggestions to me. For the records, I have read books by many of the authors listed. Also, I had to tear myself away from the historical suggestions because I have read many historical romances in the past and the point of this exercise is to educate myself. Although, I did place Lizzy's steampunk romance suggestion on hold (I couldn't resist).
But in the end, it came down to BeretBrenckman who gave me a solid list of the best contemporary romance writers. From that list, I realized I have always meant to read Lisa Kleypas, but never have gotten around it to. So today, I checked out Smooth Talking Stranger.
Stay tuned to see what I think. And Happy Valentine's Day!