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    April Showers Bring New Releases and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson
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andrea_head.jpgEaster is here!  I just love Easter.  Besides the obvious religious reason, I love to see my kids dressed up in their Easter finery while they hunt for Easter eggs filled with candy and money.  Plus, it’s one of the three guaranteed days off for my husband.   How do you celebrate Easter?

This moth’s topic is PLOTS/THEMES.  I know that everyone has their favorites and their not-so-favorites — what is a favorite to one person, isn’t to others.  Some plots/themes include: reunited lovers, friends to lovers, unrequited love, marriage of convenience, Cinderella, love triangle, forbidden love, bad boy and the innocent miss, secret baby, captor/captive, beauty and the beast, secret identity, adversaries to lovers.  Some of my favorites are: friends to lovers, adversaries to lovers, bad boy and the innocent miss, Cinderella and the reverse Cinderella, reunited lovers and unrequited love.  I love me some sexual tension, which is why most of those plots/themes are my favorite.

What are some of your favorite plots/themes and why?  Which books contain your favorites?  Which plots/themes do you think are over used?  I listed as many plots/themes as I could think of–can you name any that I may have forgotten?  Tell us and one random poster (living within the United States) will win a book!  

Until May, happy reading!


The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abé
Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh
The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley
Confessions of a Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle
Texas Hold Him by Lisa Cooke
Tempted at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro
Savage Sun by Cassie Edwards
A Husband’s Wicked Ways by Jane Feather
Sins of a Wicked Duke by Sophie Jordan
A Knight’s Temptation by Catherine Kean
Mastering the Marquess by Vanessa Kelly
Lord of Legends by Susan Krinard
His Substitute Bride by Elizabeth Lane
Taken and Seduced by Julia Latham
historical-2.JPGThe Rake’s Inherited Courtesan by Ann Lethbridge
Madame Bliss by Charlotte Lovejoy
The Seduction of a Duke by Donna MacMeans
His Reluctant Mistress by Joanna Maitland
Highland Scoundrel by Monica McCarty
Dangerous Games by Charlotte Mede
Some Like it Wild by Teresa Medeiros
When His Kiss is Wicked by Kaitlin O’Riley
Her Notorious Viscount by Jenna Petersen
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick
The Knight’s Return by Joanne Rock
Royal Blood by Rona Sharon
The Shadow Queen by Bertrice Small
A Knight’s Captive by Lindsay Townsend
The Lady & the Libertine by Bonnie Vanak
An Indecent Proposal by Emma Wildes


Thanks For the Memories by Cecelia Ahern (MF)
Cosmic Rendezvous by Robyn Amos
Defying Desire by A.C. Arthur
Love Takes Time by Adrianne Byrd
Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr
It’s Hotter in Hawaii by HelenKay Dimon
The Moretti Seduction by Katherine Garbera
Nine Months with Thomas by Shirley Hailstock
Take Me Down by Sylvia Lett
Mischief 24/7 by Kasey Michaels
Mistletoe Cinderella by Tanya Michaels
contemporary-2.JPGMontana Creeds: Tyler by Linda Lael Miller
Sugar Rush by Elaine Overton
Diamond in the Rough by Diana Palmer
Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas
Coming on Strong by Tawny Weber
The Lost Hours by Karen White (MF)
All of Me by Lori Wilde
The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods (MF)
A Mother’s Heart by Sharon Sala, Isabel Sharpe & Linda Cardillo
What White Boyz Ride – Multi-author Anthology Collection

rs1.JPGRomantic Suspense

4 Bodies and a Funeral by Stephanie Bond
Sudden Death by Allison Brennan
Unseen by Nancy Bush
Last Gasp by Carla Cassidy
In Safe Hands by Linda Conrad
The Heiress’s 2-Week Affair by Marie Ferrarella
Nightwalker by Heather Graham
Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin
Best of Luck Elsewhere by Trisha Haddad
Protector of One by Rachel Lee
Defender by Catherine Mann
Packing Heat by Penny McCall
Deception by Selena Montgomery
Tall, Dark, and Deadly by Lorie O’Clare
The Warrior by Sharon Sala
The Perfect Soldier by Karen Whiddon

para1.JPGParanormal/Urban Fantasy

Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre (UF)
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (UF)
The Vampire’s Quest by Vivi Anna
Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur (UF)
Undead on Arrival by L.A. Banks (UF)
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (UF)
Edge of Hunger by Rhyannon Byrd
Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance (UF)
Dark Crusade by Lori Devoti
Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden
Night’s Rose by Annaliese Evans (UF)
Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper
Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
The Mage by Jean Johnson
Dragonbound by Jade Lee (Fantasy)
The Betrayal by Pati Nagle (Fantasy)
para-2.JPGSome Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (UF)
Fire Raiser by Melanie Rawn (UF)
Stakes & Stilettos by Michelle Rowen
The Immortal Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
Kiss of Darkness by Jennifer St. Giles
Ghostland by Jory Strong
Barbie & the Beast by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan (Fantasy)
Lover Avenged J.R. Ward
You’re So Vein by Christine Warren
Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells (UF)
Eternal Moon by Rebecca York

erotica.JPGErotica/Erotic Romance

Cleopatra’s Perfume by Jina Bacarr
A 21st Century Courtesan by Eden Bradley
Riding on Instinct by Jaci Burton
Endangered by Kathleen Dante
FireDrake by Bianca D’Arc
Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
Taboo by Jess Michaels (Historical)
Man After Midnight by Devyn Quinn
Bad Boy by Maya Reynolds
Scream My Name by Kimberly Kaye Terry
Taking Care of Business by Megan Hart & Lauren Dane
Dangerous Ties by Devyn Quinn, Jodi Lynn Copeland & Anya Howard
Sexy Beast VI by Kate Douglas, Lydia Parks & Anya Howard

24 Responses to “April Showers Bring New Releases and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson”

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  1. cyclops8
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 2:02 am

    My favorite are amnesia and revenge, but I also like Cinderella and marriage of convenience themes. I also love stories where the hero and heroine hate each other in the beginning because of mistaken identity or misunderstanding. One favorite with a Cinderella theme is Julia Quinn’s “An Offer From A Gentlemen.” For amnesia, I love Lisa Kleypas’ “Someone to Watch Over Me” and my favorite revenge stories include Lisa’s “Again the Magic” and Samantha Jame’s “His Wicked Ways.”

  2. Marisa
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 8:45 am

    Great list Andrea – some I’ve already had the great good fortune to read, while others are waiting on my TBR pile.

    I’m with cyclops – I love the marriage of convenience – gets me every time. Recently I’ve been loving the romantic suspense plots where the H&H are thrown together due to outside evil forces and they must work together to win the day. I love the tension these plots create. The mystery, the chemistry and the passion always keep me reading long into the night.

  3. PJ
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 8:51 am

    More goodies to add to my tbr mountain! 🙂

    You know, I really don’t have a favorite plot/theme. My reading tastes are all over the board and there are many different themes that I enjoy. If it’s well-written and has a happy ending I can usually be found reading it. 😉

  4. Lisa Freeman
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 9:06 am

    I don’t have a favorite theme. I enjoy light and fun BDSM, I want the heroine to be confident or grow confident during the story but never stupid, I want a hero who has a sense of humor, is strong and confident but still able to learn from mistakes. Most of all I want it all put together in the right way with a HEA or at least have it implied.

  5. Kati
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 9:29 am

    Favorite themes? whispers the secret baby. OMG, I freaking LOVE those stories.

    Also friends to lovers and my best friend’s older brother/younger sister/etc. Love the ugly duckling theme too.

    I just finished Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione, excellent, excellent smokin’ hot read. Now I’m moving on to Then Came Seduction.

    Also, I finally got my very own copy of Smooth Talking Stranger in the mail yesterday (thanks Stacy for my birthday prezzie!). Marisa, this means I also sent your copy back to you first class, you should have it in a day or two, I think. I also read and really enjoyed Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr, which is the last in this year’s batch of Virgin River books. That being said, I think I’m done with the series, as I really only wanted to read Rick’s story, and now that I have, I think I’ll leave Virgin River as it is. But if you’re a fan, Ricky’s story isn’t to be missed. It’s heartbreaking and wonderful.

  6. Deborah Grace Staley
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 9:39 am

    I like stories about women starting their lives or starting over. I also enjoy a book where things are not quite as they seem. I just love when the characters are a little mysterious and the reader has to figure something out without being told.

  7. Gannon
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 9:44 am

    More books. Yay! I love the beauty and the beast plot line, marriage of convenience, friends to lovers, etc. As long as the story is well written, I can get on board with almost anything.

  8. Maureen
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 10:03 am

    One of my favorites is the marriage of convenience and a great one of that is Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter. I also like beauty and the beast stories and The Beast by Judith Ivory is one of my favorites in that.

  9. Stacy ~
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 10:35 am

    I adore friends to lovers, especially if the guy has been in love with the woman for awhile, and even more especially if one day he can’t help himself and he just kisses the stuffing out of her. *thud*

    Same goes for hate to love. Maybe their families are enemies or they are on opposite sides of cause, whatever. To have all that heat culminate into passion is so hot.

    And you are most welcome Miss Kati!

  10. Donna
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 11:03 am

    Great list Andrea!! I have some of them already and want some more!! I like comptempary and Romantic Suspense the best and of course Erotic too!!! I am reading Pursuit right now and can hardly put it down….I like heroes that help the person in need….


  11. Laura
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 11:50 am

    I love the bad boy-good girl combo. I was a good girl in high school, and always dreamed about the bad boy on the bike whisking me away. I also like the beauty and the beast idea too, but only backwards. There is something about a drop-dead gorgeous guy who falls for the not so pretty girl who doesn’t get looked at twice, but see’s the beauty from within.(Lover Eternal/Ward) And speaking of Ward, PLEASE tell me she’s coming to visit soon. I have Lover Avenged on order, and am waiting impatiently.

  12. heidenkind
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 3:19 pm

    I love books where the h/h fight all the time… the adversaries to lovers plot, as you put it, Andrea. I also love stories about young lovers because young love is just sooooo dramatic. 🙂 And you can’t go wrong with a Cinderella or Beauty-and-the-Beast themed plot.

  13. heidenkind
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 3:21 pm

    Laura–Oooh, that’s another plot line I like, too! Or better yet, the bad boy/good girl plot combine with the uptown girl/downtown boy plot. Although you don’t see too many of those types of books anymore….

  14. Andrea
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 3:22 pm

    Sorry I’m late getting here–I’ve spent the day at the doctor’s office and taking care of a sick little one. Oh, I forgot the older woman/younger man plot, a la SUDDENLY YOU by LK. Love that one, too. I’m enjoying all of your favorites and titles, everyone! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  15. I heart book gossip
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 5:57 pm

    I love male heroes, and plots that include angels and vampires. Its REALLY HOT!

  16. Leslie
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 6:48 pm

    I like the bad boy/good girl plot Right now I’m reading Kristan Higgins’ TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. The hero is an ex-con and the heroine is a high school history teacher. Very good with lots of sexual tension. Also, WORTH ANY PRICE, one of my favorite books by Lisa Kleypas has a reformed bad boy(I like those too!)

  17. Marie
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 7:34 pm

    My favorite is definitively bad boys. And Anne Stuart writes them really dark and delicious. Other plot/themes I like is marriage of convenience, adversaries to lovers and the innocent miss.

  18. pambook
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 7:42 pm

    I do like the bad boys (Worth Any Price is a favorite for me, too, Leslie), and also like the marriage of convenience and beauty and beast themes.

  19. Laura
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 7:58 pm

    I have to say Heidenkind, I love the wrong side of town with the right side of town(so to speak) story also. It makes for a huge intensity level. The author has a better chance of building the attraction, before they get together. Leslie, ‘Too Good To Be True’ sounds great. I will have to try that one. Andrea, have you read j. Crusie’s book where the cover has a basset hound on it. I forget the name of it, but the story line is a younger man with a older women, and it’s very believable. Sorry I can’t remember the name of it, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.

  20. Buffie
    on Apr 3rd, 2009
    @ 8:45 pm

    I pretty much love them all!!! So many great books out again this month. How is it that we are so fortunate to have great book every single month??!!

  21. Z.M.
    on Apr 4th, 2009
    @ 9:32 am

    I love the bad boys who save the heroine.

  22. Andrea
    on Apr 4th, 2009
    @ 9:34 am

    Thanks for the comments, ladies! I’ll be back later to post the winner! 😀

  23. Andrea
    on Apr 4th, 2009
    @ 1:14 pm

    The lucky winner is: heidenkind!!

    Congrats, heindenkind! Please send your full name and address to and we’ll get your book out to you!

    Thanks again for all the comments!! 😀

  24. orannia
    on Apr 5th, 2009
    @ 11:43 pm

    Congrats heidenkind!

    I know I’m late – sorry! *hangs head* I hope your little one is feeling better Andrea! I love marriage of convenience stories…and ‘Plain Jane’ stories, although I’m not sure if the latter is a theme 🙂

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