Tag Archives: Romance

Book Suggestion Series: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1)

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Some days I really enjoy reading a nice, fluffy romance book – and this series has a bunch of them! This is a paranormal series, with each book looking at a different character. In this book, the series is introduced, and we learn about the founding of the town and the family who got it all started. You learn about the town, and all the fun things available in this community. And you get to have an adventure that (spoiler alert!) turns out okay in the end, because it’s fun, romance, cozy mystery and that is how they work. If you need a fun series to try during the holidays, check out this series – complete with an assortment of holiday-themed books!

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride, by  Kristen Painter “Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire. Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real. Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…”

Books and Beverages Podcast Episode 101: Romance

Angie, Ariel, and Annie on location at St Cloud Public Library

Welcome everyone, to
Books and Beverages Podcast from CMLE!

This is our book group podcast, where we discuss different genres of books each week, while we sit in our comfy chairs and sip our beverages. And you are, of course, an important part of this book group. You might want to find a comfy place to sit, to sip your beverage along with us, and just enjoy being part of our discussion.

Attention: you could win a FREE  romance audiobook!!  Leave a comment on our website! As a special thank you to our listeners, we have two free digital audiobook downloads for randomly selected commenters! We have copies of Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn from HarperAudio (we discuss this series!), and The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest from Harlequin Audio.  Tell us about a favorite romance book, give us some ideas on new romance book suggestions, or other romance-reading ideas and you will be eligible to win!

This is a very inclusive book group. There are no “right” or “wrong” books to read and chat about for our book group. We want to talk about books – and we want you to share your books. At the end of our time together, everyone should have at least a couple of new things for your To Be Read (TBR) pile!

We love books, so it seems entirely appropriate to start off our book group with Romance books! Romance is an extremely popular genre – and probably much broader than you would generally imagine. There can be romance elements to books in almost any type of book. In this episode we have fun chatting about a a broad range of books we have enjoyed. Thanks to Ariel and Annie for joining Mary and Angie this week! Books are always more fun when you can chat about them with friends.

For more information about Romance books, and lots of suggestions for books you might enjoy or books you might recommend to others, see our full webpage for this episode. All drinks referenced will also be provided on this page, with links to them, photos, and recipes for you to try them for yourselves.

Young Romance Issue 1
romance stories occur across all genres and formats!


RART Retreat April 1: Embracing Romance

The RART Retreat is back! Register by March 28 and join us on April 1, 10:00-3:00, to discuss readers’ advisory for romance fiction and related genres and enjoy a talk by best-selling paranormal romance author MaryJanice Davidson. Cost is $25 for MLA members and $30 for non-members and includes breakfast and lunch.


Inver Glen Branch, Dakota County Library
8098 Blaine Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(651) 554-6840

Schedule at a glance:

10:00 – 10:30  Registration
10:30 – 11:00  Ice Breaker and Introductions
11:00 – 12:00  MaryJanice Davidson
12:00 – 12:30  Lunch
12:30 – 1:30    Romance Panel Discussion
1:30 – 1:45     Break
1:45 – 2:45     Diversity and the Romance Genre
2:45 – 3:00     Wrap up

(Note from Mary: I really like MaryJanice Davidson’s books! If you like fun, fluffy, with a swig of vampires/mermaids/werewolves, that take place in Minnesota – these are the books for you!)

TWO Booklists! – Romance Novels vs Romantic Novels

Chocolate love

Looking for a feel-good read?  We found two booklists for you that should be just what the doctor ordered!  First up, Top 10 Romance Fiction: 2014, compiled by Donna Seaman.  She says, “The best romance novels reviewed in Booklist between September 15th, 2013 and September 1st, 2014. . .are all page-turners.”

Not a fan of ‘those’ romance novels?  Check out Emily Temple’s 50 Romantic Novels for People Who Hate Romance Novels.  Temple says the list is for people who find stereotypical romance novels to be “gaudy or slapdash,” and that her list is made up of “real literature.”

So, whether romance novels are your ‘thing’ or not, you can curl up during the cold Minnesota winters and read one of these 60 feel-good stories.

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