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Classic Romances - Which One First? Linda Howard Recommendations

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Time to collect all the recommendations you made for various Linda Howard books, designed to tempt the reader who is curious but perhaps intimidated by the breadth of her backlist.  I want to start by reprinting some of Angela James' recommendations, along with your comments, and then I'll feature the other books you recommended so heartily.    Kill and Tell (Book one of CIA’s Spies): Also known as the book that Sarah and I can’t…

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Classic Romances - Which One First? Linda Howard Edition

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We have a semi-regular feature wherein we develop recommendation lists for authors with extensive backlists, so extensive they might be a bit daunting to anyone who hasn't read that author before. It's called Classic Romance-  Which One First?, and we've done a few, including Elizabeth Lowell, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux.  Thanks to many, many awesome suggestion on Facebook, we've got a fun edition: Linda Howard! Here's the thing: I don't actually like Linda…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Elizabeth Lowell Recommendations

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Time to collect all the recommendations you made for which Elizabeth Lowell novel you recommend to new readers – and this one was a bit of a challenge because Lowell writes in at least three genres with several different names. Whenever we collect reader recommendations, I think it's so neat that usually, we end up raving about the same set of books. Hence, the reason for “Which One First?” I'm also trying a new feature…

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Classic Romance: Which One First? Elizabeth Lowell Edition

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Yesterday we talked about the science fiction covers of Ann Maxwell's Dancer series. Today, I want to ask your opinion about Elizabeth Lowell! If a reader had never read a Lowell novel, which one would you recommend first and foremost?  I remember tearing through several Elizabeth Lowell novels in college. The paperback book rack – which was not large – was right across from the main entrance, and there'd be plenty of paperback romances lined…

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Classic Romances: Which One First? Jill Mansell Edition - with Giveaway!

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Let's have some fun! Today, a Which One First? request, with a giveaway! As part of our continued reader recommendation feature, Classic Romances: Which One First?, I wanted to ask your recommendation for which Jill Mansell novel a reader unfamiliar with her backlist should try first. Mansell's backlist isn't as far-reaching into the past as some other authors we've built recommendation lists for, but she has a lot of books published in her career. I…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Carla Kelly Edition

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Last week I reviewed The Wedding Journey by Carla Kelly – which I loved reading – after highlighting a few of Kelly's books that have been digitally re-published at $2.99. Susan, a guest reviewer, reviewed My Loving Vigil Keeping last year, also. Susan is a reader who followed Kelly as she started writing inspirational romances. After the discussion in the sale post and in my review for The Wedding Journey, Susan contacted me with a suggestion:  Most (if…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Nora Roberts Recommendations

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Time to compile the list of recommendations from everyone about which Nora Roberts should be among the first a new reader picks up. With Roberts, there's a little of everything, too. There's contemporary romance, romantic suspense, futuristic romantic mystery (in Death) and ParaNoras. There's something for everyone… unless you like vikings. And I don't think Roberts has written a post apocalypse YA with a heroine in a prom dress, either. For some their favorite is…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Nora Roberts Edition

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Back in 2006, I fielded a question for Lovely Salome, better known as Carrie Lofty, asking which Nora Roberts novel she should read first. A sort of precursor to the “Which One First?” feature, done six years ago. Now that Nora Roberts has written approximately 14,576,469,354.7 books since then, I think it's time to update that list. Another reader is asking for help. Meet Jordan: I've really loved all the the “What Should I Read…

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Classic Romances: Which One First? Teresa Medeiros Recommendations

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Which Teresa Medeiros titles are among the Bitchery's most recommended? Let's have a look! Time to compile the recommendation list – and this time we had a landslide recommendation. So many people love this book, it's kind of amazing.  Yours Until Dawn First, this book's digital edition is on sale currently, and is anywhere from $3.79US to $3.99US right now, depending on the retailer. And with coupons at retailers like Kobo, such as “Bargainmoose40″ you…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Teresa Medeiros Edition

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Time for another Classic Romance: Which One First? recommendation-a-thon-a-ganza! It can be intimidating to look at an author's back list and try to figure out where to begin – especially when a selection of them are on sale. Teresa Medeiros is one author whose backlist I'm somewhat familiar with, and six of her books are on sale digitally right now, so it seemed a good time to discuss: which Medeiros book would you recommend a new…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Loretta Chase Recommendations

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The votes were pretty evenly split among a few books by Loretta Chase, with some very hearty recommendations as well. If you're looking to try a Loretta Chase book, Bitchery readers are here to help (seriously, y'all know pretty much everything). If you're not sure where to start, here are the Chase series in order: The Carsington Brothers: Miss Wonderful Mr. Impossible Lord Perfect Not Quite a Lady Last Night's Scandal   The Fallen Women…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Loretta Chase Edition

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There's a few Loretta Chase books on sale every now and again, and it can be daunting to figure out if the one on sale is the one you want – or if you want all of them! To quote Jane Litte in a recent podcast, “Loretta Chase can't write a bad book,” and even if the storyline isn't to your liking, you can usually count on the writing to be supremely enjoyable. Chase is…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Rachel Gibson Recommendations

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Time to post all the recommendations for Rachel Gibson. If you've ever looked at her backlist and wondered, “Which one should I read first?” the Bitchery, who knows pretty much know everything (twice), can help you out. First, a few people were hunting for a complete in-order listing for the series Gibson has written. I'll start with that so you know which book is which in the order. You can find all the series listings…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Rachel Gibson Edition

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I asked recently on the SBTB Facebook page which author I should do a Classic Romance: Which One First? list building entry for, and the response was rapidfire listing of really awesome names in romance. Rachel Gibson's name jumped out at me because so far, we've been talking about historical romance authors, but Gibson's been publishing romance since 1998 and has more than 15 books to her credit – which can be overwhelming if you're looking at…

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Classic Romance - Which One First? Judith McNaught Reading List

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Judith McNaught is one of the romance authors whose books have been read by so many, for so many years, she's a mainstay in terms of reader best-of lists. Some readers couldn't say enough amazing things about McNaught's novels, while others struggle with the old-skool heroes, particularly those who rely on the “all women are evil” trope to justify some really shitful behavior. So compiling a list of reader favorites and recommendations for someone who hasn't…

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