Monday, January 24, 2011

Beginning of a Whole Year of New Books to Read!

Beginning of a Whole Year of New Books to Read!
Blog By: Catherine Mann

I’m an avid reader, always have been. As a kid, I devoured the Little House on the Prairie series, the Nancy Drew series, Little Women, The Secret Garden, and so on and so on.

In in the sixth grade I read Gone With the Wind and was so frustrated with the ending, I rewrote my own - happier - ending to Scarlett and Rhett’s story.

Then, in the seventh grade, I discovered books by Laurie McBain and Kathleen Woodiwiss – books that celebrate happily ever after!

It was the beginning of a lifelong affinity for romance novels!

Now that January is here, we have a whole new year of fabulous books to choose from. I’ve made my list, marking my calendar with release dates for all my favorite authors. And I adore the launch parties given here at the beginning of each month for our Casablanca Babe Authors as I find new authors to try out.

I’m very much looking forward to my own Casablanca launch party this July when Cover Me hits the shelves, launching my “Elite Ops” series about the brave, fearless and oh-so-alpha Air Force pararescuemen.

Now that January is here, what books are you looking forward to reading in 2011? What are some of your favorites from the past?

And just in case you have your calendar handy, here are the books I have coming out in 2011:
January: His Thirty-Day Fiancée, Silhouette Desire
March: His Heir, Her Honor, Silhouette Desire
June: Acquired: CEO’s Small-Town Bride, Harlequin Desire
July: Cover Me, Sourcebooks Casablanca
October: Billionaire’s Baby On Board (w.t.), Harlequin Desire
November: Baby I’m Yours/Under the Millionaire’s Influence (reissue), Harlequin Showcase
December: Hot Zone, Sourcebooks Casablanca
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  1. Right now, I'm enjoying reading the Rita entries. Long live happily ever afters!!! Good luck with all your releases, Catherine!

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  3. That was my deleted comment! My brain is still in low gear this morning and I hit publish way too soon. Like Terry, I'm reading Rita's for the next few weeks. I'm like a kid at Christmas when the Rita books come in because it usually means authors I've never read before. Congrats on all those releases this year. You have been a busy lady!

  4. Wow! You really gave me a blast from the past with Nancy Drew. I probably read a bajillion of those. And GWTW too! Looks like you've got a busy year ahead. Best wishes on your success!

  5. Good morning, all! Sounds like we're all reading the same thing right now. I stayed up waaaaaay too late readng my RITA entries. And since it's for the RITAs we can't chat about the books - rats! I can say I've got some GREAT reads in my stack!!

    Up next for me to read afterward is a free Kindle download I got for Judi Fennell's CATCH OF A LIFETIME. Can't wait to check it out!! For Kindle folks, here's the link to the free download. I'm not sure how long it stays free, but for now it's showing up at no cost. :)

  6. Catherine, you read all the same books I did! I wonder how many teenaged girls Scarlet and Rhett have sent over to the romance side out of sheer frustration with the ending to that book...
    I'm readng "Catch of a Lifetime" too. It's fun and funny and I'm really enjoying it! I'm also reading lots of Western history...cowboys rule, but I like gunment and sheriffs, too!

  7. I'm reading Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy right now. And 13 to Life by can't remember author's name (sorry!). Enjoying both books. My TBR mountain overflowith with abundance. I'm trying to read as much of it as possible before buying more books, but I'm sure a few more will sneak on my shelves this year. I don't know what yet.

    What an awesome release schedule, Catherine! You sound busy. :-)

  8. I love to read and I have a few that I want to read, Robyn Carr has a new series so I'm looking for the 2 book that comes out tomorrow and so does Kat Martin, also another author that has a series of books Threads West American Saga, by reid Rosenthal, I'm waiting for the 2 book to come out in Feb. I think, I have alot more but can't think of the titles or authors but I have the list in my purse.

  9. Catherine, first I'm SOOOO happy you have a nice big list for me for 2011. Love me some Catherine Mann books:)

    Here's the rest of my list so far:
    Maya Banks - Hidden Away in March
    Jaci Burton - The Perfect Play in Feb
    Roxanne St. Claire - Shiver of Fear in March AND Face of Danger in April
    Looks like I'm going to have a fun Spring reading some of my faves:)

  10. Catherine, I could just read your books and be set for the whole year! I want to read Susan Elizabeth Phillips's new book. Just need to finish my Rita books first.

  11. Catherine,

    I can't get past how many books you having coming out this year! Do you do anything other than write! :-) Congratulations! Im so impressed!

    After I finish my Rita books, I'll go back reading George W's book and I have The First Tycoon (Corneluis Vanderbilt) next on my list.

  12. I'm loving hearing what other folks are reading! It's always cool to find new books to add to my list to check out... Reading recharges my muse for more writing! And yes, I do spend a large portion of every day writing (loooooooove my job!!!!) And I edit while watching movies on Netflix or DVDs.... currently am enjoying the TV series "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Tudors." :)

  13. Ah, childhood reading memories... ;-) When I was a young reader, I gobbled up Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, and discovered Harlequin Presents and other romances in the adult stacks in late elementary school. Anne Rice's "Interview With The Vampire" and Frank Herbert's Dune series clubbed me over the head with their awesomeness. Mount TBR is perpetually huge, and I'm plowing through Golden Heart manuscripts and RITA books right now, always a special treat!

  14. Hi Tamara - I read ka-boodles of Harlequin Presents in high school! In fact, the only time I ever got in trouble in school was for reading a Harequin Presents behind my science book when I was supposed to be paying attention. I got a detention after school - during which I finished reading th book. ;-)

  15. Well you can put your "elite ops" series at the top of my TBR list. Yummy. Also, Judi Fennell's I Dream of Genies. Little House is one of my faves. I read the whole series and watched the tv show religiously. My Dad always called it Little Teardrop because someone cried in EVERY episode. (Usually Pa Ingalls) Great post!

  16. ---> I got a detention after school - during which I finished reading th book. ;-)

    **snerk** My mom never did figure out why I didn't mind being sent to my room.

  17. ::Smooches::: Thanks, Sara! I looooved the Little House TV show too. I should go back and watch it again, bet I would enjoy it anew!

  18. Tamara, I totally agree.... Too bad we can't get sent our rooms with a book now! LOL!

  19. Hi Catherine:

    I'm in the middle of reading the Rita entries, too, and thoroughly enjoying them!

    I still have all of the Nancy Drew mysteries my Dad bought for me. Thanks for memory.

    I'll have to add to my TBR pile, it sounds as if you've got a banner year ahead with so many releases. Congratulations.

    BTW...great cover!

  20. Interesting question to ask an avid reader and reviewer:

    Oh, where are my manners, "Nice to meet you, my name's Susan."
    I'm looking forward to reading anything that says Sourcebooks on it. Plus some novels by other publishers. If you want details-here goes.

    Terry's wolves, Carolyn's cowboys, then there's:

    Feb.-Everyone Loves a Hero by Marie Force. Check

    March-Pleasure Me by Monica Burns
    It Happened One Bite Lydia Dare
    Merely Magic by Patricia Rice
    Vampire Mine-Kerrelyn Sparks (Pre-Ordered Sparks-check)

    April- Too Sinful to Deny by Erica Ridley. Check
    Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

    July- Cover Me by Catherine Mann

    August- Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

    Trust me when I say, that's the tip-of-the-iceberg. I usually cave when I see Harlequin Intrigues and all those Nora Roberts at the library.

    Whomever I forgot to mention above, are somewhere on this extremely long TBR scroll. And yes, I do...check them off as I go.

  21. Hey there, Witchy Woman!! Thanks for stopping by to comment - and thank you for adding my July book to your TBR list! And what a very cool list - I'm honored to be in such great company. :)

  22. Woohoo, thanks so much, Witchy Woman!!! Hope you are ready for some Hot Highland Wolves coming up!!! :) Terry

  23. @Terry, "I'm" always ready for your wolves. My bookshelf on the other hand...needs a new partner, lol.

    @Catherine: Smile.

    @Shana: You have permission to flog me. Forgot to add The Making of a Rogue for April. I'm sure your swashbuckling hero will sweep me right off my feet.

  24. Wow, Catherine! You are one prolific writer! And it looks like we loved the same books in our youth. :}