Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Hauling Sunday XLVIII - RWA Special Edition, part I

All right, so I've been debating how to post my RWA haul. Most people list up their books, but if I did that in a single post, it'd be quite overwhelming ^_^; Putting up covers would also take forever... Simplest would be to take a picture of all the books and let you admire my haul as I did in the past... but that was before I've started the Hauling Sundays feature. To keep things consistent, I've decided to go along with the Hauling Sundays format, but instead of covers, I'll put pictures... It also means that I'll be splitting up my haul into several posts :)

Let's start with the books everyone received at the conference!

Here are the books that everyone found in their registration bag:

The Heir by Grace Burrowes - I'm not a fan of Sourcebooks, but I have to say they have gorgeous covers :) Ms Burrowes was on my list of "nice to get her books" authors, so I'm glad that I actually got The Heir. Also, according to blurb, the heroine is the housekeeper and I think it can be very interesting! :)

The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas - Did you know that Kristina Douglas is actually Anne Stuart? :) I've read some of Ms Stuart books and the ones I've enjoyed the most were her older ones. It'll be interesting to see how Ms Stuart handles the paranormal...

The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde - This is a book I've been hesitant to get on my own. I read The Sweethearts Knitting Club and thought it was okay. Plus I've read some books in her Wedding Veil Wishes series and some were good, others so-so... So I wasn't sure if I wanted to take a chance on The First Love Cookie Club or not... but now, it's all good :)

A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh - This is irony LOL. I spent so much energy getting a copy of this book at the library... If only I've waited a few weeks LOL. I've been reading a lot of books by Ms Balogh lately, so I was glad to get this one :)

Also in the bag were The Iron King by Julie Kagawa which I gave to Hils because I already have a copy and The Summer Garden by Paullina Simmons which I did not take because it's a third book in a genre that I'm not sure I would enjoy... Plus, it weighted a ton!

At the Opening Session and  Keynote Luncheon:

No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon - There were actually two more books by Ms Kenyon given away, Blood Trinity (collaboration with Dianna Love) and Born of Shadows. However, I fell out of love with Ms Kenyon a few books back - still haven't read Archeron ^_^; So I just kept No Mercy because if there was any that I would read, that one would be it, being that it's part of the Dark-Hunter series.

Outlander by Diana Galbadon - This book is being re-released for its 20th anniversary. I mean, seriously, 20 years?!? I had no idea!! I've actually  never read Ms Galbadon, part of it is because the thickness of the books ^_^; Another reason is when I discovered Ms Galbadon, I was still in high school and so, the copy I found was in French. Just wasn't interested... Now though, it's a bit daunting to jump in ^_^;

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen - I have heard of Ms Gerritsen, but have never read her books. I had no idea that there was a TV series based on her series... Now, I want to watch the tv series LOL. In any case, seems like very good suspense, so I'm looking forward to reading this :)

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry - I have never heard of Mr Berry, but it's not so surprising, since he definitively does not write romance LOL. Definitively not my genre, but when he was talking about his book, it did sound very interesting. I'm so easy LOL. In any case, I do think I have a friend who will enjoy it :)

Two other books that were given to attendees were Ravishing in Red and Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter.

Finally, here are some books I scored in the Goodie Room :) The Goodie Room principally contains swag, but if you're lucky and have good timing, can stumble across some books.

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox - I picked this one up because I know I have the first in my TBR pile... Although I haven't read it yet ^_^;

The other books I've picked up because they were there. Although I have to say, the three category romances sound very cute :)

A Question of Impropriety by Michelle Styles
Married by June by Ellen Hartman
A Family of Faith by Missy Tippens
Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil by Barbara Monajem
Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

And there you have it :) The first part of my haul. Next to come, books I got at the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing!


  1. Wow! Lots of books!
    I've been wondering about those Lori Wilde books too, they have cute names but I don't know much about them ;)

    Anyway, enjoy your books.

  2. Oh wow. so far a lot of books! I can't wait to see what else you got!

  3. Oh wow, that is a lot of swag for you to enjoy!! I love reading everyone's experience!

  4. So that was just the first day? Very nice. :)

    I just finished reading The Heir and liked it.

  5. WOW!!! That's some nice welcoming gifts! LOL!

    Can't wait to see what you got at the signing. I was thinking it was so strange that we walked into the ballroom together and never crossed paths in there... I guess it was crazier than I thought!

  6. Alex - LOL, that's just the tip of the iceberg ^_^;

    I'm still debating on Ms Wilde books. I think they're okay, some of them definitively better than others... but that doesn't say much, right? ^_^;

    Isabel - It's coming, it's coming :)

    Leontine - I'm glad you're enjoying :)

    Leslie - Not exclusively the first day... it's throughout the conference, like the free books we've received when attending some of the talks.

    Oh, I'm glad you enjoyed The Heir! Are you planning to review it?

    Christine - Indeed, it is! :)

    I actually saw you at one point I think... but I had to keep to my list LOL.

  7. Nice haul, Nath. All these books is going to throw your tbr count out the ballpark. Lol.

  8. I'm hoping to review The Heir but if I can catch up on my reviews. :)

  9. Tabitha - LOL, I know. I don't even want to know the number ^_^; And the ones from RT last year? I still haven't read them all ^_^;

    Leslie - Cool :) Looking forward to it!