Monday, July 11, 2011

Hauling Sunday XLVIII - RWA Special Edition, part III

All right, in parts III and IV, I'll be covering the books I've got during the publishers signings :) I'm starting with the ones I attended on Thursday: Avon, Harlequin, St. Martin's Press and Sourcebooks. I'll try to keep it a bit shorter this time...

Avon (Harpercollins Publisher)

Captured by a Rogue Lord and Swept Away by a Kiss by Katharine Ashe
Eternal Prey by Nina Bangs
Secrets of a Perfect Countess by Lecia Cornawall
My Wicked Marquess and My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley
Ascension by Sable Grace
Wicked Nights with a Lover by Sophie Jordan
A Talent for Sin and Bound by Temptation by Lavinia Kent
A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden
Tainted by Temptation by Katy Madison
Taken by the Laird and The Rogue Prince by Margo Maguire
The Earl Claims His Wife and The Marriage Ring by Cathy Maxwell
For the Earl's Pleasure and Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory
To Ruin the Duke by Debra Mullins
Never Resist Temptation and  The Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville
A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale
Scared to Death by Wendy Corsi Staub

Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello
The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany
Into the Crossfire and Dangerous Passion by Lisa Marie Rice
Graveminder by Melissa Marr 

As you can see, I did really good at the Avon publisher signing LOL. I definitively stocked up on historical romance, although I have to admit that I have not read most of the authors. Hopefully, I'm going to discover new auto-buy authors :)

The books I'm really happy to have walked out with are: A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale - that was THE book I was hoping to find and as soon as I entered the room, I made a beeline for :) Also the Lisa Marie Rice books because Rosie really enjoy this author and The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany, because of Ames :P


The Girl who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane - I was soo happy to get my hands on this book! I read and reviewed the eARC, but nothing beats having your own copy :) Especially when you like the author :)

Embraced by Blood by Laurie London - Have not read this author yet, but willing to give it a try... Although the cover? Not the most attractive ^_^;

The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn - I've heard a lot of good about Ms Raybourn and her books and I've been meaning to give them a try :) It sounds like a great series, seriously. Now that I have the latest, it'll probably give me the kick I need to go and get the beginning of the series :) By the way, Ms Raybourn was really nice!

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens - Ms Stevens' new suspense series. I've seen Ms Stevens books in the past and they've always looked a bit too gory and suspenseful for me... However, I like the premises of this series - a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts. So we'll see how I like it :)

Claimed by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham - Okay, confession, I always get Ms Willingham and Ms Kennedy's books mixed up. I know, I know... Michelle Willingham and Kris Kennedy - completely different names. So how can I?!? Well I blame the covers - muscular half-naked man wielding a sword - and Wendy LOL. Why Wendy? Well it's where I keep seeing these covers :P In any case, I'm happy to have gotten this book, heard a great deal about it :)

The Whisper by Carla Neggers - It's been a while since I last read a book by Ms Neggers, so I don't even know if The Whisper is a new book or a reprint... but I'm hoping this one will re-kindle the love between me and her stories :)

Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne - This one was on my radar because Harlequin's small-town stories have been more hits than misses with me lately :) Looking forward to discovering this new author :)

Single Dad Seeks a Wife by Melanie Milburne - I've heard a lot of good about the medical line of Harlequin and has been meaning to give it a try.

Her Best Friend's Wedding by Abby Gaines - I think I've heard of Ms Gaines' books on Kristie's blog and then, combined with the fact that this is a SuperRomance, it's not surprised it made it to my pile :)

Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr - Not my favorite book of the trilogy... but they didn't have Wild Man Creek :( All I wanted was to meet Ms Carr :)

St. Martin's Press

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter - Actually never heard of this book or series, but I liked the cover...

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver - I was so happy to get my hand on this book! First, it has a gorgeous cover and two, the story sounds great!! :)

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black - I read Dark Descendant not too long ago which is Ms Black's new series and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to read her YA novel.

Forbidden Heat by Opal Carew - I heard she was a very good erotica author and from time to time, I like to read them :)

Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards - I got two copies because Ms Edwards did a mistake in the dedication :) Ain't I lucky? I've been watching a lot of cooking shows lately and it put me in the mood for novels with chefs :) Last year, when Ms Edwards debut novel was released, I was really looking forward to it, but it took me a while to get my hands on it and once I did... I didn't feel like reading it anymore ^_^; The anticipation totally killed it for me ^_^; So hopefully, I won't run into the same problem and will enjoy Just One Taste!

Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke - If I'm not wrong, this is Ms Brooke's debut novel and I think the premise is very interesting :) This was one of the book that I really wanted from the signing :)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones - While I was going through the list of authors attending the Literacy Autographing event, First Grave on the Right really caught my attention. It really sounded interesting and I was lucky that the library had a copy. So I brought the copy with me to NYC... but I was even happier when I got my own copy at the signing :) and I have to say that cover is really nice :)

Poison Kissed by Erica Hayes - Okay, I just just discovered that this was the third book in the series. Oups. Ah well, I liked the cover and  so I grabbed a copy. Heroine is a banshee... sounds different LOL.

Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber - I just had to get another copy :) It also gave me the opportunity to talk to Ms Webber again... She remembered me!!!

Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan - I've really enjoyed Ms Donovan's books in the past. I have to admit I have yet to read this trilogy because I had issues with the heroines... and that's why I've been putting off buying this book even though this one was the one that suited my tastes most... I'm happy I waited :)


I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell - Heard of this book and its author on blogland and was curious about it :)

What a Goddess Wants by Stephanie Julian - Actually have no idea what this book is about LOL.

Touch if You Dare by Stephanie Rowe - Ms Rowe wasn't there, but her book was and I grabbed a copy because I was looking forward to this... even though I haven't read the first book yet ^_^;

The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase - I wasn't crazy about the first book in this series, Strange Neighbors, and wasn't planning on continuing this series... but who can refuse a free book? This could turn it around for me :P

Taste Me by Tamara Hogan - I really like the cover of this one for some reasons. I was happy that it was available at the signing, even though I'm a bit iffy on sex demons ^_^;

The Soldier by Grace Burrowes - The Heir was given as a freebie in the registration bag and so I jump at the opportunity to get The Soldier :)

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley - I've never read Ms Kearsley books, but have heard a lot of good about them and even have a few in my TBR pile. However, what sealed the deal was meeting Ms Kearsley and spending time with her :)

And there you go, the first 4 publisher signings... 4 more to go!


  1. I just finished "Her Best Friend's Wedding" and really enjoyed it. I hope you like it!

  2. Plus Willingham and Kennedy both write medievals - so it makes some sense that you'd keep confusing the two :) That particular Willingham series is one I haven't read it - but I've enjoyed several of her Irish-set medievals....

  3. Dev - Oh, that's good news!! I'm glad :)

    Wendy - Exactly! :)

    I think this is her new series, right?

  4. Yeah, her new series. Pretty sure you have Book #1 there :)

  5. Wendy - It is her first book in that series. I remember Ms Willingham had the second that she brought herself for those who had the first one already - how thoughtful and nice, right? :)

  6. Wow wow wow. That's a major load there! Did your car feel the weight of the books? Lol. Good thing you drove there! But how did you get the books from the hotel to Hils since you left your car at her place?

    I can't recall if I read the Rice's books yet. Is Into the Crossfire the most recent release? If it is I didnt buy the book yet either. But then again I thought the most recent release have a pinkish color hmm?

    Needless to say, you have a great haul there. Can't wait to see the rest of them! How're you deciding what to read? Lol. Oh and I would've been so conflicted about picking up the books since I'm mostly ebooks now. I know, how I have changed! Hehe

  7. Wow!!
    so many books!
    I'm in awe!!
    I hope you enjoy them now!

  8. oops, sorry, I hit enter instead of backspace!
    I mean I hope you enjoy them all! - I got distracted watching tv, sorry!!!

    :) There are are tons of cool looking books! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on them.

  9. I think you're going to need a new bookcase. LOL

  10. Tabitha - LOL, yes my car definitively felt the weight. My trunk was full. I wouldn't have been able to put anything more in it ^_^; But that was the whole point of driving :) No limit, no restriction :)

    Hils' husband arranged car service for us to come back... so that's how. Also, I was able to pack everything nicely in the suitcases and boxes, so that helped.

    Okay, I just checked and neither book is her latest release. You're right on the cover being pink; the title is Hotter than Wildfire. Have you read her? do you enjoy her?

    LOL, I'm picking up what I've been wanting to read. So far, I've read Summer at Seaside Cove, First Grave on the Right, Waking up with the Duke and now, Black Ties and Lullabies :)

    What about you? is your reading slump over?

    Alex - I am so far, Alex :) LOL, hopefully I can finish the recaps soon so I can start reviewing again ^_^;

    Leslie - Probably LOL.

  11. Oh okay. I know you mentioned about the car service but I couldnt remember if it was only to the conference. That was so nice of him! I can't imagine lugging all of the books on the train! Lol

    Yes I do read Rice. She was an auto buy author but now I wait bc her books are consistently trade and I dont want to pay that price on ebook. :p Do I enjoy her books? I guess I do bc she was on auto buy. Lol But that was based on her older releases which were sort of guilty reads. I'm not sure if you will enjoy her though...

    How was Waking Up with the Duke? I never went back to read the beginning of the 2nd book. The last few chapters of that book threw me off too much. I know, that's what I get for jumping (way) ahead. Ha

    What did you think of Black Ties...? I read that one. I haven't made up my mind if I enjoyed it. Lol

    Not sure if it is over. I'm reading more than the last few months but they're mainly categories books that I'm glomming from a certain author backlist.

    Whoops sorry for the long comment!

  12. Nath! You did some damage at Avon and Harlequin... and WOW! Great, great stuff! I would have gone for those two publishers as well. :) Although... hmm... St. Martin's Press, I don't know, you got some great books there too... lol! I'm telling you, we're like kids in a candy store. LOL!

  13. Tabitha - LOL, it's okay. No worries, I like long comments ;)

    I know! Hilcia's husband is really awesome!! I don't know what I would have done without him and Hilcia and her daughter, seriously.

    LOL, if you ever go to a signing, you know that you need a suitcase... or two :)

    It's good to know that you enjoyed her books :) Rosie also loves her, so it's a good sign.

    You don't really need to read the 2nd book to read the third, just saying. And we really have to break that habit of jumping ahead, Tabs ^_^;

    Hilcia - I did ^_^; But I couldn't help myself. Especially since it was the first signing.

    I wasn't expecting to find so many good books at St. Martin's Press to tell you the truth. I mean, I have some key authors over there: Heather Webber, Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Crusie... but yeah, I did really good in the end :)

  14. HOLY SMOKES! That's a lot of books!!!!
    Let's see...

    Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello. I've noticed this one and have it in the back of my radar.. Please let me know what you think of it when you get to it!

    Also, The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver. That's YA, right?

    Wow, so many books. It's overwhelming! Enjoy every single one! xo

  15. Christine - I know!! :)

    Not sure when I'm going to get to Salting Roses. I wasn't going to get it and at the last minute, decided to :)

    Yep, the Jana Oliver is a YA. love the cover :)