By Cathy Maxwell
Several years ago, Sarah MacLean (yes, that Sarah MacLean, the one whose new book The Day of the Duchess will hit the shelves June 27th (you can find an excerpt here), wanted to start an online book club that celebrated all she loved about Romance. She called it the Old-School Romance Book Club (OSRBC). OSRBC was a hit on Facebook gaining readers from all over the world. Eventually, readers wanted to get together in person. Impromptu chapters cropped up. San Antonio was one of the first.
Now, a group of us in Austin are gathering at BookPeople on June 25th at 3:30 p.m. We will meet in the café. You don’t have to be a member of OSRBC to join us. What you need to be is someone who respects and values the Romance novel and wants to meet like-minded readers.
We will have a light book discussion on Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. It was this month’s choice on OSRBC and a good one it is—Sara Fielding, a prim, country writer with a passion of research, is paired with Derek Craven, notorious owner of London’s most famous gambling den. The setting is pre-Victorian with strong-willed characters. A great read! Or do you disagree? Don’t hold back your opinions when we meet. If you don’t read the book, still come.
One of the items we will discuss June 25th is what book we want to choose for next month . . . but most of our time will be spent getting to know each other.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY—
I told you to be on the lookout for Austinite Ilona Andrew’s latest paranormal White Hot and I wasn’t alone. White Hot hit the NYT list this month.
Georgetown writer Jean Brashear has her very own country western song to go along with her upcoming book, Texas Charm. Eric Dove wrote “Never Forever” to capture Brashear’s story of a country western singer and a small-town waitress. Check out the song.
Fifty Shades of Grey fans—Kristin Ashley has a new book out. The Farthest Edge is very bold. I’m a huge fan of her book Mystery Man which is tame compared to The Farthest Edge. Ashley knows how to take a moment and spin it around the reader.
“Delightful” is the word that comes to mind every time I read a Valerie Bowman historical. She shines with Never Trust a Pirate. It is a mistaken identity romp with the right touch of adventure. How can you go wrong when pirates are involved?
Brenda Novak’s No One But You explores trust and fate. Sadie Harris, a young mother, takes a job with a man everyone in town believes is a murderer. Dawson Reed knows he is innocent. He has his reasons for staying. Novak combines her love for romantic suspense with her early contemporary roots.
Other books to pay attention to—Dallas’s Lorraine Heath is receiving rave reviews for An Affair With a Notorious Heiress . The great Jo Beverly’s last book is on the shelves. Merely a Marriage is about the one who got away. But you know, when former lovers unite, there is always a few fireworks.