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Miss Marple!

I can’t say I’m a fan of murder mysteries, yet lately I’ve found myself happily engrossed in a great fat volume of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories. What a wonderful character Jane Marple is! So demure, so self-effacing, yet so coolly brilliant and discerning.

Photo: Miss Marple

She’s definitely one of those characters I’d love to meet in real life. It would be such fun to sit down and have a cuppa with her. :)

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Speaking of fun places to hang out . . .

. . . on Facebook, as I did in my last post, here are two more groups you may want to check out — and join. First, there’s the recently formed Avon Contemporary Romance Readers group. Very lively and fun!

Graphic: Avon Romance Contemporary Readers group on Facebook

Second, there’s the brand-new League of Extraordinary Historical Romance Authors, featuring a powerhouse crew including Lenora Bell, Kelly Bowen, Kerrigan Byrne, Valerie Bowman, KJ Charles, Piper Huguley, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Vanessa Riley, Maya Rodale, Cat Sebastian, Joanna Shupe, and Sherry Thomas. It’s launching this Friday at 3 pm EST with a party hosted by Lenora Bell, with book chats, giveaways, and more. Sounds like a blast!

What are your favorite places to hang out on Facebook?

 

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Have you heard . . . ?

. . . about this nifty Facebook group for book lovers like me — and you, too, perhaps?

Last year I was lucky enough to participate in the annual Read a Romance Month event hosted by journalist, book devotee, and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas, and I’ve recently learned that Bobbi also cohosts the very fun Romance of Reading group on Facebook where you can hang out with fellow readers, talk about great books, and enter to win book giveaways, too.

Graphic: The Romance of Reading Facebook group banner, cohosted by Bobbi Dumas

And check out the lively Read a Romance month page on Facebook, too!

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“My bookshelf”

Uncannily accurate.

Comic: "My Bookshelf" by Grant Snider

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Mary Balogh on the marriage of convenience

Really enjoyed the recent BookPage interview with the wonderful Mary Balogh. One of my favorite questions has to do with the marriage of convenience trope, as it’s something I’ve explored, in differing permutations, in my own books. Interviewer Savanna Walker asks Mary why she thinks it’s such an enduring one. Photo: Mary Balogh

“I think it is at least partly because the couple has to cope almost from the start with the intimacies of marriage, even if they hold off on the sex, while gradually building a friendship and, of course, falling in love,” answers Mary. “Everything is happening at once and the story is likely to be full of emotion and passion with a new couple in close contact with each other all the time. And it is always lovely to see a relationship that seems so unpromising at the start blossom into an enduring love story.”

Mary’s got a new book out, Someone to Wed, which I can’t wait to read. Check out the gorgeous cover!

Cover for Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Would you like to read the full interview? Click here. To visit Mary’s website, click here.

 

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Cozy reading nooks!

It’s Thursday, which means it’s Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! Today we’re talking about one of my favorite things . . . inviting places to read. Graphic: Cozy reading nooks, via Savvy Reader

Would you like to join us? Hope on over. :)

For more delicious reading nooks, click here to read the full post via Savvy Reader.

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Happy reading!

Cynthia Decker created this. Isn’t it breathtaking?!?

Artwork by Cynthia Decker

via Helen Warlow on Twitter

More about Cynthia here.

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A new book from Eloisa? Yes, please!

As you may have heard, Eloisa James has a new book out! Who else besides me is WILDLY looking forward to reading it? (Sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.)

Image: cover of Wilde in Love by Eloisa James (Avon Books)

More about Wilde in Love here.

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“. . . where would you be?”

It’s Thursday, which means it’s Getting To Know You Day on my Facebook page! I love this question which Goodreads recently shared. Graphic: "If you were transported to the setting of the book you're currently reading, where would you be?" Via Goodreads

Would you like to join us? Do stop by. :)

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Currently reading . . .

I’m loving Solace Island, a recently published debut novel of romantic suspense, by new-to-me author Sara Flynn. It’s beautifully written, with pitch-perfect dialogue, vivid characterizations, and a crackling storyline. And I’m not the only one to think so — it’s gotten glowing reviews, and check out all these stars on Amazon!Photo: Solace Island by Sara FlynnSara Flynn also happens to be the pseudonym of Golden Globe-winning actress Meg Tilly. More about Sara and Solace Island here on her site. And for a great article in USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog, detailing Meg/Sara’s journey toward becoming a romance author, click here.

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