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In Defense of Danger | Romance Reviews, December 1, 2015


Beyond the classic romantic suspense tales, many love stories have an intrinsic element of peril. See how our couples find their way out of tight situations in these eminently appealing works.

They Work Hard for Their Money | African American Fiction (and More)


As authors put their characters through their paces, readers learn what these protagonists do for money. The list of jobs from this month’s selections includes credit card scam artists, a biochemist, a Navy SEAL, a construction contractor, a lawyer, and finally an owner of a strip club. Such varied résumés!

Boroson’s Debut of the Month, Novellas from Cato, Polansky, Underwood, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, November 15, 2015


THE DAYS ARE GETTING shorter, and it might be just the time to pick up some shorter books as well. The novella, a format that usually ranges in length somewhere between 20,000 and 40,000 words, is a tricky piece of publishing.

E-Originals from Ball, Banks, Haymore, and Kent, plus Yates’s Holiday Novella | Xpress Reviews


More questions than answers from Ball; a fun, intriguing story from Banks; Haymore opens a new Highland series; a sexy and titillating read read from Kent; Yates’s Christmas novella will warm readers’ hearts

Trials and Tribulations | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight


Julia M. Reffner offers news from the Christian fiction market and describes new and forthcoming titles in the genre.

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 15, 2015


Starred debuts from Adelman and Boroson, graphic novels from Stevenson, Abel, Lee, Morel/Mäel, plus short takes for Black History Month, sf/fantasy fare from Elliott, Polansky, and Underwood

Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews


Documentary about romance writers and readers premiers this week in New York at the DOC NYC festival; catch it on November 19 at the IFC Theater

Diverse Heroes, New Series: Seventeen Graphic Novels for February, Black History Month


Long live the king—the King of Wakanda! T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, will have superstar journalist and comics fan TaNehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) as writer for Marvel Comics’ new “Black Panther” series beginning in 2016.

E-Originals from Albert, London, and Mae, plus Debuter Sosa | Xpress Reviews


Albert weaves humor and a love affair with geekdom into an appealing romance; sugar and spice and everything nice in this “Sugar City” novel; Mae’s use of slapstick and popular culture makes this one stand out; a sparkling romance debut

E-Originals from Allyn, Barrett, Stacey, and Weaver | Xpress Reviews


A good romance filled with fiery women and exasperated knights; humor, flirting, and sizzling sex; complicated relationships inject a welcome dose of conflict and warmth into the plot; sexual encounters are rendered with spine-tingling tension