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    New Releases for June and a Book Giveaway!
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Summer’s here!  As I’m typing up this blog, my kids are enjoying their last day of school, my brother is driving out to visit and my sister is preparing for her high school graduation.  Needless to say, I have been and will continue to stay busy for the next few weeks.  At times like this, reading a good book helps me to wind down and relax.

This month’s topic is quick and easy: Paperback vs. Hardcover books.  Which do you prefer?  When it comes to price, I prefer paperbacks, for obvious reasons.  And since most books are published that way, I’m a happy camper.  Over the years, I have bought some of my favorite books by favorite authors in hardcover just because I want to have a “nice” copy.  Plus, they’ll look awesome when I have my own library someday.  J  I buy and will continue to buy Lisa Kleypas’s contemporaries because — well, it’s Lisa Kleypas for one, and also because they only come in hardcover when they’re first released.  And I suppose that if any of my very favorite authors’ start having new releases published that way, I’ll buy theirs as well.  I’m not very patient when it comes to my favorites and I want to read them NOW. 

So, what about you?  Do you prefer paperback or hardcover books?  Why or why not?  Who are some of your favorite authors that are published in hardcover?  Which authors do you think that it will only be a matter of time before they’re published in hardcover? Tell us and one random poster (living within the United States) will win a book!

Until July, happy reading!



Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh
Led Astray by a Rake by Sara Bennett
Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
The Confessions of a Duchess by Nicola Cornick
Bloody Good by Georgia Evans (Paranormal)
A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore
Immortal Outlaw by Lisa Hendrix (Paranormal)
If He’s Wicked by Hannah Howell (Paranormal)
This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James
Don’t Bargain with the Devil by Sabrina Jeffries
McAlistair’s Fortune by Alissa Johnson
The Surgeon’s Lady by Carla Kelly
A Talent for Sin by Lavinia Kent
Holding Out for a Hero by Ana Leigh
A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey
Bedded by the Warrior by Denise Lynn
To Ruin the Duke by Debra Mullins
Renegade by Sarah Parr
The Duke by Denise Patrick
Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls
Master of Craving by Karin Tabke
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
The Scot and I by Elizabeth Thornton (Paranormal)
In Bed with a Stranger by Mary Wine
Stetsons, Spring and Wedding Rings by Jillian Hart, Judith Stacy & Stacey Kayne



Man of Fate by Rochelle Alers
One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake
Spotlight on Desire by Anita Bunkley
Say You Love Me by Adrianne Byrd
Gotcha! by Christie Craig
The Perfect Solitaire by Carmen Green
The Right Wedding Gown by Shirley Hailstock
Taste of Passion by Brenda Jackson
How to Seduce a Texan by Karen Kelley
Lip Service by Susan Mallery
Charmed and Dangerous by Toni McGee Causey
Watch Over Me by Lucy Monroe
A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash
Sultry Storm by Celeste O. Norfleet
Freudian Slip by Erica Orloff
Heartless by Diana Palmer
Lucky Streak by Carly Phillips
Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway
Sweet Deception by Patricia Sargeant
How to Score by Robin Wells
The Greek’s Convenient Mistress by Annie West
Harbor Lights by Sherryl Woods
From This Day Forward by Candace Camp, Gina Wilkins & Allison Leigh
Tails of Love – 10 Author Anthology

Romantic Suspense


Dark and Deadly by Jeanne Adams
6 Killer Bodies by Stephanie Bond
Fatal Secrets by Allison Brennan
Deep Down by Karen Harper
Dangerous Lies by Anna Louise Lucia
Watch Over Me by Lucy Monroe
Beneath Bone Lake by Colleen Thompson

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy


Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Cry Mercy by Toni Andrews (UF)
Witch Fury by Anya Bast
A Flash of Hex by Jes Battis (UF)
From the Mists of Wolf Creek by Rebecca Brandewyne
Edge of Desire by Rhyannon Byrd
Kiss & Hell by Dakota Cassidy
Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson
When Sparks Fly by Autumn Dawn
Atlantis Unleashed by Alyssa Day
Eve of Destruction by S.J. Day (UF)
Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti (UF)
In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell
Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn (UF)
The Spy Who Haunted Me by Simon R. Green (UF)
Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton (UF)
My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel
Back to Life by Linda O. Johnston
Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge (UF)
Red Kiss by Deidre Knight
Kiss of the Phantom by Julie Leto
Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray (UF)
Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead (UF)
Tekgrrl by A.J. Menden
Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
Touched by Light by Catherine Spangler
Scarlet by Jordan Summers (UF)
Phantasm by Phaedra Weldon (UF)
Faeries Gone Wild by MaryJanice Davidson, Michele Hauf, Lois Greiman & Leandra Logan

Erotica/Erotic Romance


Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks
Behind the Red Door by Jackie Barbosa (Historical)
In the Flesh by Livia Dare (Fantasy)
Fair Game by Jasmine Haynes
Kissing Midnight by Emma Holly (Historical/Paranormal)
Tempting Taylor by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
Maneater by Mary B. Morrison & Noire
Pleasure Island by Lorie O’Clare
Blood Deep by Sharon Page (Paranormal)
Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick
Most Wanted by Sasha White

35 Responses to “New Releases for June and a Book Giveaway!”

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  1. kh
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 12:26 am

    paperback books less heavy and lesse xpenxsive

  2. cheryl c.
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 12:44 am

    I definitely prefer paperbacks. They are cheaper, easier to stash in my purse, and take up less space on my bookshelf. I tend to keep a lot of my books, and I just don’t have room for hardcovers.

    There are some awesome releases this month! 🙂

  3. cyclops8
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 1:41 am

    I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers. Price and availability are the main reasons. Some of my favorite authors that are published in hardcover are Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Karen Robards and Jayne Ann Krentz.

  4. PJ
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 4:59 am

    I buy very few hardcovers. They’re just too expensive for my budget. There are a couple authors who are exceptions to that rule, though. I have all of the Lisa Kleypas contemporaries in hardcover as well as my favorite Julie Garwood historicals. Everything else is in paperback, both because of the price and because paperbacks are smaller, lighter and more convenient to carry around.

    This has sure been a wonderful year for romance fiction. Thanks for providing us with another terrific monthly list, Andrea!

  5. Marisa
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 7:22 am

    I definitely prefer hardbacks. I love the way they look. And like you, if one of my favorite authors new release is in hardback I’m buying that book, I won’t wait for the paperback. My favorite authors who are published in hardback that I’m always going to buy? Off the top of my head, I can think of four; J.D.Robb, J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, and yes, Lisa Kleypas.

    Great book list. Right now I’m reading, Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer, Red Kiss by Deidre Knight, Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks and Dark and Deadly by Jeanne Adams.

    Note to self; with this list, must read faster.

  6. Joy
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 8:59 am

    I definitely prefer paperback for price & for overall size. There have been a few authors that I love so much that I refused to wait … getting the hardbacks instead. Those include: JD Robb, Nora Roberts, Robert Ludlum (dead now; but, I have his entire collection in hardback), Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. The only other time I get the hardbacks is when they are bargain priced and are cheaper than the paperbacks.

    Thanks for the June reading list!

  7. Maria Lokken
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 9:22 am

    Paperback – because it’s easier and less heavy to carry around. However, I’m currently reading Judith McNaught’s “Whitney My Love” – it’s over 500 pages in hardcover. I’m so engrossed I’m carrying it around. I got the book out of the library.

    J.R. Ward’s recent “Lover Avenged”, and several of Nora Robert’s new releases were all out in hardcover first. When it’s a book I’ve been anxiously awaiting and it’s only available in hardcover I’ll get it. BUT, and it is a big BUT – most of the time I’ll wait for the paperback because I cannot always justify the expense of a hardcover. I have been known to get pretty upset when I buy a hardcover and felt it wasn’t worth the price. I’ve been saying for a few weeks, that “Lover Avenged” was definitely worth the hardcover price, because it was packed filled with story, story, story.

  8. Sandra
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 9:22 am

    Honestly, this year I’ve grown to prefer ebooks for their convenience. But to choose between paperback and hard back, I’d pick paperback. I love to be able to throw my book in purse and bring it with me everywhere.

  9. Kim
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 9:56 am

    I only purchase paperbacks unless I see a favorite book in hardcover on the clearance bin table. I first borrow the hardcover version from the library, then if I like them, I purchase them in paperback when they’re released.

    Favorite authors now writing in hardcover are: Judith McNaught, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh and Nora Roberts. An author that may go hardcover since she’s always on the NYT Bestsellers List: Julia Quinn.

  10. Andrea
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:21 am

    Thanks, y’all! I’m enjoying all of your responses. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  11. Marial
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:24 am

    I definitely prefer paperbacks, they are not as heavy and they fit nicely in my rucksack or purse. I also love using by Book Reader, it comes in very handy when I travel.

  12. Andrea
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:24 am

    And Kim, I completely agree–it’s only a matter of time before JQ’s books will be released in hardcover. My wallet hopes it’ll be a while before that happens. LOL

  13. Andrea
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:29 am

    Sandra — ebooks are becoming more and more popular today, aren’t they? Personally, I don’t have the time to sit at my computer and read a book, though it would surely be easier with an ereader or Kindle. I just like the feel of holding a book in my hands. 🙂

  14. AnimeGirl
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:40 am

    With me it’s all about the Author and how much I want the book. I’m also far more likely to buy a hardcover of a series than of a stand alone title, because I will be wanting t know what happens.

    Though sometimes I just start series late when it all has been released in paperback.

  15. I Heart Book Gossip
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:02 am

    Paperbacks are great when your traveling and its lightweight. But the one problem I have with it is that sometimes the covers get scratched and I get so heartbroken that the book I spent 8 bucks on has a mark on it. Hardcovers are pricey. I never thought JR WARD would have a hardcover out and she did.

  16. Laura
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:04 am

    I am just so happy to see Johanna Lindsey on the list again. She is such a time favored classic author of mine. Hence here is my answer to the question. I love to read paperback, but I collect my favorite authors in hardcover, so though I have over thirty of Lindsey in paperback, I have twelve in hardcover! I also buy Jude Deveroux and Christina Dodd in hardcover too. So I guess I’m like you Andrea when it comes to buying my books.

  17. Laura
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:05 am

    Oops, I also have alot of Judith McNaught in Hardcover. Can’t forget her. She wrote my all time favorite love story, “Something Wonderful.”

  18. Jan
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:18 am

    I prefer paperbacks. They are cheaper, lighter and I can stick one in my bag to read where ever I am.

  19. Lisa from Temple
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:42 am

    I definitely prefer paperbacks. They are less expensive and easier for me to stick in my bag and read on the train. Hardbacks simply aren’t in my budget, though it is frustrating to wait six months to a year before the hardbacks come out in paperback.

    That said, I do borrow a lot from my library and I get the Lisa Kleypas, Nora Roberts hardcovers as soon as possible.

    I also get a good number of books from It was a great way to trade some of my old textbooks and get some books I wanted instead of spending the 8 bucks for a new paperback-and for the most part, the books are always in good shape! Anybody here use paperbackswap?

  20. Jody F.
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:45 am

    I definitely prefer paperbacks because they’re way cheaper. That’s not to say I don’t buy hardbacks. I always buy my favorite authors/series no matter what format they’re published in. But then I always have to sacrifice a few lattees for awhile to cover the hardback expense.

  21. Kim F
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 11:58 am

    I definitely love paperbacks more than hardcover the only time I’ve made an exception recently is to buy Acheron and Lover Avenged. With paperbacks if you carry a big enough purse sometimes you can fit more than 1!
    I’m a stay at home mom and with the economy being what it is it’s just cheaper to buy paperbacks and borrow from the library hardbacks that I’m interested in.

  22. Andrea
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 12:14 pm

    Thanks for all of the comments! You know, with today’s economy it’s definitely no surprise why most of us buy paperbacks.

  23. Teresa
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 2:51 pm

    For me it’s paperbacks because they cost as much. But if my fav author goes hardback then I buy it. Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my fav authors that I buy hardback. Just can’t wait till they come out paperback. Also Maria Whitney, My Love is a really good book and I have that in Hardback.

  24. Anne F
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 4:00 pm

    Depends. If it’s a keeper I’d prefer hardcover. But then paperbacks can be slipped into your purse and you never have to worry about being caught anywhere without a book!

  25. Andrea
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 4:08 pm

    Anne F said: “But then paperbacks can be slipped into your purse and you never have to worry about being caught anywhere without a book!”


  26. Maureen
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 5:41 pm

    I definitely prefer paperbacks. They cost less, take up less room and I can always carry one in my purse just in case I have to sit around waiting somewhere. I really hate it when I’m stuck without a book.

  27. azteclady
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 6:44 pm

    Without reading previous comments: paperbacks, for two main reasons: cost and size.

    I can cram a good many more paperbacks in the same space only a few hardbacks fit–and while I’m not terribly obsessive about the condition of my books (I buy plenty of used ones, after all), I take reasonably good care of my paperbacks so the “sturdiness” of the hardback is not an issue.

  28. Brandy
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 7:54 pm

    I prefer paperbacks to hardcover, not just as a price issue, but because of the size. I find paperbacks easy to stuff in my purse, car and even to read while on the treadmill. *G* Authors I enjoy that are published in Hardcover are Jayne Ann Krentz, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts , Kay Hooper and now Jen Lancaster’s new book (a memoir) was released in Hardcover. The next author I see moving to hardcover may be Rachel Gibson or Michele Sagara.

  29. Gannon
    on Jun 5th, 2009
    @ 10:20 pm

    I definitely prefer paperbacks–easier on my budget and easier to carry around. But I definitely will purchase hardbacks of my favorite authors.

    Maria, I have both the paperback and hardback of Whitney, My Love. 🙂

  30. Fedora
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 3:02 am

    As gorgeous as hardcovers can be, I still generally prefer paperbacks. As people have mentioned, I like the portability and the relative affordability. And I have a zillion books, so I can keep more paperbacks in the same space that would fit fewer hardcovers.

  31. Andrea
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 9:01 am

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! You know, I’ve never read Whitney, My Love … or any Judith McNaught book, for that matter.

    I’ll be back in a bit to pick a winner…

  32. Andrea
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 10:56 am

    And the winner is… Lisa from Temple (comment #19)!! Congratulations, Lisa! Please send your full name and address to and we’ll get your book out to you. Thanks!

    And thanks to everyone that posted. See you next month! 🙂

  33. DONNA
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 11:02 am

    I prefer paperbacks if I am buying them unless its an author I have to have NOW or can get it from our library but I am open to books on cd also too bad I was too late for the contest…


  34. azteclady
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 1:11 pm

    Congratulations, Lisa!!

  35. Lisa from Temple
    on Jun 6th, 2009
    @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks everyone! 🙂 I’m off to send my e-mail now.

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