A Special Day for Librarians | RWA 2017

A highlight of the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference is Librarians Day, held this year on Saturday, July 29

Conflict Makes Love That Much Sweeter | Romance Reviews

Tender, and wickedly funny, Dare’s newest offering is a spirited tale with a Beauty-and-the-Beast theme and the perfect launch for her latest series; Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; ­another “redeemed rogue” gets the future he deserves in Putney’s Once a Rebel; Anderson’s earnest romance brings two couples together with insight and a dusting of holiday charm

Romance Conference Presents Lovely RITAs | RWA 2017

Awards presented at Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference in Orlando, FL, July 26–29

Galaxy Quests | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Debuts showcase diverse voices, epics reign, space operas blast off, and horror rises from the grave (again) in our annual sf/fantasy preview. Plus Kensington and Tor launch digital and podcasting sf imprints.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, August 2017

Brady’s riveting psychological debut chiller will wow thriller lovers; a must-read for DeMille’s many fans; Ribchester’s fascinating historical mystery is a sure bet for fans of Hitchcockian suspense; sexy, racy, and simmering with heart-pounding passion, Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; a Sip of Carr’s haunting first novel will leave readers hopeful for the future

E-Originals from Dimon, Hassell, Smith, and Van Hulzen | Xpress Reviews

For libraries looking for more romantic suspense with a spy twist; readers of LGBT romance will fall in love with this unlikely pair and their journey; this second installment in Smith’s series is a solid read; a sweet romance to continue the series

E-Originals from Dranoff, Meredith, Porter, and Zanetti | Xpress Reviews

A powerful urban fantasy that rings true to life; the naked emotions surrounding grief and abuse are revealing; Porter’s romance is nicely done and builds to an emotionally satisfying conclusion; when you have an explosion, there’s sure to be fire, with Zanetti providing plenty of heat

Garrett’s Debut of the Month, Alber, Bowen, Mrazek, Steiner, Penny, plus Newcomers Backlund and Johns | Mystery Reviews

Summer reading season is well underway, and this month’s titles offer opportunities to visit Hollywood, tour our nation’s capital, book some murderous European travel, and literally go to the dogs with a pack of ­canine-themed detective novels that are sure to have fans sitting up and begging for more.

A Future-Forward Look at Current Events | SF/Fantasy Reviews

WHILE READERS often turn to sf and fantasy for “out-of-this-world” experiences, many of these titles are often grounded in current events woven into fantastical landscapes. Reflecting a resurgence of hard sf, two debut authors this month are ensuring that the world’s challenges are not lost.

Actor Snipes and Norman’s Debut of the Month, Cato’s Latest “Breath of Earth,” Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.