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    New Releases for May and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson
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I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that the weather is finally starting to warm up!  Though I am scratching my head wondering where the cool weather went.  It was here for like a week and then poof!  I went straight from running the heat to running the air conditioning with not much time to just open the windows and enjoy the breeze.  Ah, well.

This month’s topic is: BOOK TLC.  As I was dusting my lovely books the other day (yes, I dust them regularly), I came up with this topic because I know how anal I am when it comes to the tender loving care of my books and was curious if there were others who share my sick obsession–er, I mean, the same practice.  Seriously, if you saw my books, you would think you were at a bookstore because I take such good care of them.  They all look brand new . . . unless I had to buy them used for whatever reason, but that’s rare and only leads to another sick obsession of having to buy them new.  I’ve even had an author ask me while signing all of her books for me if I’d even read them.  She was joking, of course, but still.  No spine cracks, no dog eared pages and absolutely no writing or marks on the pages for this girl.  Nuh-uh, no way.

So, how do you care for your books?  Do you crack the spines?  Dog ear the pages?  Or do you–gasp!–write in/make notes in the margins?  Or do you consider the cracks and wear and tear on your books as marks of how well loved they are?  And finally, please tell me that there are others out there that share my obsession with keeping books in pristine shape!  Tell us and one random poster (living within the United States) will win a book!

Until June, happy reading!


Siren’s Secret by Trish Albright
The Virgin’s Secret by Victoria Alexander
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Black Eagle by Gen Bailey
At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh
The Promise by TJ Bennett
Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress by Elizabeth Boyle
Her Ladyship’s Companion by Evangeline Collins
The Cattleman’s Unsuitable Wife by Pam Crooks
Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch
The Angel and the Highlander by Donna Fletcher
Bound By Honor by Colette Gale (Erotic)
To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Border Lord by Sophia James
Enchanting the Beast by Kathryne Kennedy
The Conqueror by Kris Kennedy
historical3.JPGTill There Was You by Lynn Kurland
So Still the Night by Kim Lenox
Highland Scandal by Julia London
The Naked Baron by Sally MacKenzie
His Forbidden Liaison by Joanna Maitland
The Nude by Dorothy McFalls
A Scotsman in Love by Karen Ranney
The Pleasures of Sin by Jessica Trapp
The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor by Diane Gaston, Deb Marlowe & Amanda McCabe


Secret Agenda by Rochelle Alers
Make You Mine by Niobia Bryant
The Moretti Arrangement by Katherine Garbera
True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
A New Kind of Bliss by Bettye Griffin
Some Like it Hot by Brenda Jackson
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery
With a Twist by Deirdre Martin
Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy
Mr. and Miss Anonymous by Fern Michaels
contemp2.JPGHer Very Own Family by Trish Milburn
Runaway Bride Returns! by Christie Ridgway
All I’ll Ever Need by Mildred Riley
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Going Down Hard by Tawny Weber
A Place Like Home by Alicia Wiggins
Flowers on Main by Sherryl Woods

rs11.JPGRomantic Suspense

Wild Heat by Bella Andre
5 Bodies to Die For by Stephanie Bond
Under Fire by Jo Davis
No Limits by Alison Kent
Whispered Lies by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Hotshot by Catherine Mann
Rescue Me by Christy Reece
Return to Me by Christy Reece
Death’s Door by Meryl Sawyer
One Deadly Sin by Annie Solomon
Silver Falls by Anne Stuart

para11.JPGParanormal/Urban Fantasy

Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs
Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley
Sins & Shadows by Lyn Benedict (UF)
Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher
Edge of Danger by Rhyannon Byrd
Moonlight Warrior Janet Chapman
Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day (UF)
Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake (UF)
Jaguar Night by Doranna Durgin
Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox (UF)
Blood From Stone by Laura Anne Gilman (UF)
para5.JPGLast Vampire Standing by Nancy Haddock (UF)
Dead if I Do by Tate Hallaway (UF)
Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland (UF)
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (UF)
The Sword and the Pen by Elysa Hendricks
Captive of the Beast by Lisa Renee Jones
Sea Lord by Virginia Kantra
Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine (UF)
Daring Time by Beth Kery
Guardian by Angela Knight
Demon Can’t Help It by Kathy Love
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang by Katie MacAlister
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (YA Fantasy)
para3.JPGMonster by A. Lee Martinez (UF)
Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk (UF)
Bloodline by Maggie Shayne
Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready (UF)
Forbidden Nights with a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
Bride of the Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles
Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

eroitca1.jpgErotica/Erotic Romance

Taming the Fire by Sydney Croft
Relentless by Lauren Dane
Bound to Please by Lilli Feisty
Mutual Desire by Donna Grant
Submissive by Anya Howard
On the Prowl by Crystal Jordan
Taboo by Jess Michaels
Simply Shameless by Kate Pearce
Chains by Shiloh Walker
What Happens in Vegas … After Dark by Jodi Lynn Copeland, Anya Bast, Lauren Dane & Kit Tunstall

40 Responses to “New Releases for May and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson”

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  1. kh
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 2:17 am

    no spine crack for me just read it normally lol

    great books in may whhoo

  2. cyclops8
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 2:21 am

    You are not alone. I like to keep my books in its original shape. I don’t write on the pages and try to keep the spine from creasing, which is hard to do. I never dog ear the pages, I use bookmarks. I have occasionally dog eared pages from books I bought in a library sale because they already existed. I keep my books in boxes so that they don’t get dusty.

  3. Margay
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:21 am

    The only books I dog-ear or highlight these days are reference books that I need to return to time after time. Other than that, I try to keep my books in as decent shape as I can – so I can read them again without worrying bout the pages falling out.

  4. Stacy ~
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 6:37 am

    I don’t think I treat my books badly, but I’m also not overly careful with them. I might crack a spine or two, very rarely dogear the pages. I don’t write in them. I just like to enjoy them without worrying if I bend the covers. It’s not that big a deal to me.

    Some great releases!

    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
    To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
    True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
    Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day (UF)
    Lover Avenged by JR Ward (waiting for paperback)
    Taboo by Jess Michaels
    Chains by Shiloh Walker

    I already have Erin’s book and Jo Davis’ book.

  5. Buffie
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:12 am

    LOL!! Andrea, I hate to dust my furniture so I have rarely ever (maybe twice) dusted my books. I try to take good care of them, but I don’t worry too much about them either.

    I can’t wait to read UNDER FIRE by Jo Davis!!! Waahooo, bring on Zack! 🙂

  6. azteclady
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:16 am

    Well, I don’t abuse my books (my mother was a librarian, after all) but since I buy quite a few used, some of them show signs of abuse at the hands of previous owners.

    Then again, I confess that once or twice I may have scribbled (with pencil) over a very egregious typo or two *hanging head in shame*

    There are several great releases in that list, indeed!

  7. Kati
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:26 am


    Um…why do you ask? No seriously, I beat the crap out of my books (except my copies of The Windflower). I crack spines, I fold down pages, and well, I’ve been known to jump on a raft in the swimming pool with a book, and um, sometimes they get a little wet.

    I know, I know. I’m a VERY bad person.

  8. Marisa
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 8:30 am

    Wow, Andrea, lots of books waiting to be read this month. I’ve recently read Burning Wild, Hard and Fast, Lover Avenged. Seems like I have a lot of catching up to do!

    (((Katie))) – you and I must have been separated at birth. My books are so extremely well loved that they look as if they’ve been read by hundreds of people at a food tasting. Seriously.

  9. Jan
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 10:55 am

    My hardbacks are all in wonderful condition but my paperbacks (and yes, some are used books) are very well loved. Well some are in really good shape. I do have one or 2 that have been read so many times they are in pieces but then I bought a new copy to have.

  10. Maureen
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 10:56 am

    I have to admit that I am not too fussy about my books. I don’t worry if they get a little banged up but I don’t fold pages. I always use a bookmark even if it is just a piece of paper.

  11. Roberta Harwell
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 11:04 am


    I try to keep my books in the best condition possible. I’m anal to. I dust my books and even have a cabinet for special books. No dog ears and I try not to crack the spine. The feel of a new book in your hands can’t be beat. Have a great day.

  12. Lori Ann
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 11:10 am

    I am anal about my books too. I like them to stay in great shape. I try not to open them too far when I read them and I would never dream of dog earring them. If the bookstore has multiple copies of a book, I have been known to examine them to see which one is in the best shape and buy the one I think looks best. I know how weird that makes me sound, but I just like books in excellent condition.

  13. Laura
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 11:11 am

    I wish that I could say I treat my books with such respect, but I don’t. Like Jan, I have books that are in pieces because I’ve read them so many times. I think I might even have bread crumbs from my lunch in a few, so maybe I don’t give the paper the respect they deserve, but I sure do give my books the love they deserve.

  14. mindy
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 11:40 am

    i tend to baby mine no spine cracking no bending nothing

  15. cheryl c.
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 11:44 am

    Wow, there are a LOT of really good books coming out this month! My books are special to me, so I take pretty good care of them. Only a broken spine here and there!

  16. Lisa Freeman
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 12:20 pm

    I am careful not to crack the spine or bend the pages and rarely dogear. Usually stick a gum wrapper or emery board in to mark my place. I’m not anal about taking care of them but I’ve had to buy an extra copy of some because I’ve reread them so much.

  17. heidenkind
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 4:23 pm

    I am not careful with books at all. I crack the spines (although when it comes to that, I am kind of anal–I always crack them every fifty pages, no exceptions unless I’m so into a book I miss a page), spill stuff all over them, get water on them, jam them into my purse, etc. The only thing I won’t do is dog-ear the pages–for some reason that drives me crazy. I always use bookmarks.

    And, I have to admit I WRITE ALL OVER MY BOOKS. This is a habit I picked up in grad school. I felt bad about it for about five minutes, but now I don’t. It’s just so much easier and more convenient if you’re planning on writing a paper or review. Plus, after you’ve scribbled in a book, you own that book. LOL

  18. Cathy M
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:24 pm

    I used to be less careful. No spine cracking, but I always dog eared the pages. Much better these days, since I am a firm believer in bookmarks.

  19. I Heart Book Gossip
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:35 pm

    I don’t lend my brand spanking new books to friends, even if its my bff. I take care of my books as if it was a baby, weekly dusting and reorganzing. I have used books that have spine creasing, but I usually buy them for like a dollar so its ok. I don’t highlight or dog ear. The first two copies of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series are SUPER creased cause I’ve read them a billion times, but other than that I try my best not to crease them. However i do hate books that crease and wear too easily, its like the printing of the book or something.

  20. Gannon
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:41 pm

    Kati and Marisa, I must be part of you long lost family! My books are well-loved, too. I don’t dog ear pages, but sometimes the spines get cracked, and I often read in the tub. Don’t throw things at me, Andrea. LOL That being said, when I borrow a book from someone, I am VERY careful with it–I return it in the condition I received it.

    Another book-filled month. I’ve read quite a few and have a whole stack of TBR! BTW, I read THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE and my review will be posted on Sunday—-absolutely fabulous book!!!!

  21. Gannon
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 5:42 pm

    “Your”, not ” you”. Ooops.

  22. Andrea
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 9:56 pm

    I’m not alone!!!!!! Yay! Thank you to everyone for your comments. I enjoyed each and every one. And for all you that don’t share my anality (is that a word?), it’s okay. We all love books and that’s what counts! 😉

  23. Marie
    on May 1st, 2009
    @ 10:01 pm

    Most of my books still look pretty good. I try to take good care of them, don’t dog ear the pages, write in them and I always use a bookmark, even if it’s just a piece of paper.

  24. pambook
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 1:10 am

    Most of mine are in good shape unless an older hard-to-find one read many times, but I’m anal or anything about them much as long as they are readable, I’m happy.

    I just finished Ashley’s book, too, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie was a fabulous read, and now I’m into Hoyt’s To Beguile a Beast, another winner.

  25. Andrea
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 7:53 am

    Well, y’all know how I feel about Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch and The Virgin’s Secret by Victoria Alexander from my reviews. Both are fantastic. Right now, I’m reading To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt and it is another keeper from her. And based on Kati’s review and the comments that followed, I ordered Erin McCarthy’s Hard and Fast along with Flat-Out Sexy. 😉

  26. Andrea
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 8:17 am

    And the winner is … kh (comment #1)!! 😀

    Congratulations, kh! Please send your full name and address to with the subject “New Release blog winner” in the subject line, please.

    Thanks again to everyone and see you next month!

  27. azteclady
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 10:25 am

    Congratulations, kh!

    Andrea, thank you, I love these posts–they help me spot anything I may have missed 😀

  28. Pam P
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 7:16 pm

    Congrats, KH!

    I’m almost done now with Karen Ranney’s A Scotsman in Love, another winner.

  29. chris swan
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 8:33 pm

    Not sure if this is still going on but I try to keep my books in good condition but when my kids get ahold of them — anything goes!

  30. Debbie
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 10:15 pm

    I try not to crack the spine and I never dog ear the pages. Please include me in your giveaway.

  31. orannia
    on May 3rd, 2009
    @ 1:12 am

    Andrea – each month your lists overwhelm me. You’re amazing!

    They all look brand new . . . unless I had to buy them used for whatever reason, but that’s rare and only leads to another sick obsession of having to buy them new.

    ME TOO! My local bookstore has a note on their system that I like my books to be PERFECT! It’s good to know I’m not the only one 🙂

    BTW, I don’t live in the US so please don’t count me in when you make the draw 🙂

  32. kh
    on May 3rd, 2009
    @ 3:34 am

    so cool
    thanks all and andrea

  33. Andrea
    on May 3rd, 2009
    @ 7:23 am

    Thanks, everyone! 😀

    Orannia, you’re a girl after my own heart! You should see me and my sister when we buy our books. We look through them all until we find the best looking copies. LOL!

  34. Caffey
    on May 3rd, 2009
    @ 10:41 pm

    Shame on anyone who gets spine creases in their books, LOL. Really some books go bad when reading them, others I can keep them like they weren’t read! I never lay out the book flat like I saw one person did and I’m thinking ‘its going to break!’ I’m very good to my books! They are precious 😀

    All these releases. Its going to be a great month!!! Thanks for the list, its perfect

  35. Wendy
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 3:52 am

    I do my best not to crack the spines, never dog ear the pages, and keep them in decent condition. But since I have a ton of books and people borrow them all the time I have a few… ok several my husband chimed in that look a little worse for wear now. Many cracks, few tears, one that meet a bathtub which I have still yet to replace since I can read it… mostly…

  36. Andrea
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 8:34 am

    Thanks, Caffey and Wendy! Speaking of husbands (Wendy, you mentioned yours), when I tease my husband about something, he teases me back by saying he’ll crack the spines on my books. LOL Of course, he wouldn’t dare… 😉

  37. Donna
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 11:29 am

    Great lists!! I try not to crack the spine but sometimes it can’ be helped but I love my books and try to keep them looking new. If I dont’ buy anything else I will buy a book even before clthes (I have an addiction call “Bill” for me LOL)


  38. Andrea
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 1:36 pm

    I’ve bought books before clothes, too, Donna! 😀

  39. Bettye Griffin
    on May 4th, 2009
    @ 5:51 pm

    Thanks so much for including my new title, A New Kind of Bliss, on your list of Contemporary releases. I just want to point out that this is actually women’s fiction, not romance.

  40. Debbie Hoke
    on May 7th, 2009
    @ 3:03 pm

    My books are well taken care of. Yes, some have been read so many times, they are coming apart, but I NEVER loan out a book of mine. I will buy another copy for anyone who asks to read mine. Each book has it’s own book bling (book thong). Some have been signed by the author and some have not. I love them equally. I have original copies of books I had as a child and they are worn but truly cherished.

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