I’ve belonged to a romance readers group for over five years now. It’s run by Ellen Higuchi at my local Borders in Los Gatos. Ellen is the BEST bookseller and the group is wonderful! Ellen hands out ARCs (advance reader copies) and we write reviews on them which are reported back to Borders Corporate. Plus we all do a lot of reading besides the ARCs, so we get lots of feedback on what everyone else has read during the month. And it’s all mostly romance! Though we had a great recommendation at the last meeting and now I’m dying to try out Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series (why did I never read these books!) which is mystery series but with a very strong romantic hero. So for me, that counts as romance, plus, I’m going to start writing a mystery this time around. Haven’t done it in ages! Ellen compiles that list of recommendations for us and sends it out after the meeting. Thank you, Ellen!
For our last meeting we had special guest authors Bella Andre and Anne Mallory who were signing their latest releases for us. Many times we have guest authors as we have a lot of local writers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sign for the group when I’ve got a new book out, too. And, LOL, the readers group meeting is my one night out every month! Here’s a few photos of the group and the signing last Wednesday. The photographs are courtesy of Jackie Yau. I picked up a copy of Anne’s Seven Secrets of Seduction and Bella’s Never So Hot. I can’t wait to read them! The group highly recommended both authors’ books, and I have loved all that I've read of theirs. Bella’s is the 3rd in her HotShot Firefighter series. So many books, so little time!
So tell us, do you belong to a readers group? If not, where do you get your book recommendations? Leave a comment and your contact e-mail address and I’ll enter you in the drawing for an autographed copy of Laced with Desire, my February anthology with Jaci, Joey and Denise. I’ll also add you to my newsletter for updates if you aren’t already a member.
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