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#BookFaceFriday “Strong, Hot Winds” by Iris Johansen

We’re heating it up with #BookFaceFriday!

It’s been hot out there this week so we thought we’d bring you the quintessential Nebraska summer title, “Strong, Hot Winds” by Iris Johansen ( Bantam, 2013.) No, it’s not about balmy gusts rolling across the plains, more like a steamy desert romance, but you can’t have everything. This title is available as an eBook in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries collection. We have several Iris Johansen titles in the collection, including A Face to Die For, High Stakes, Fatal Tide, Chaos, and No One to Trust

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen gives readers plenty of heat in a sultry tale of love and betrayal in the hot desert sun.
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Find this title and many more through Nebraska OverDrive! Libraries participating in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group currently have access to a shared and growing collection of digital downloadable audiobooks and eBooks. 188 libraries across the state share the Nebraska OverDrive collection of 21,696 audiobooks, 35,200 eBooks, and 3,964 magazines. As an added bonus it includes 130 podcasts that are always available with simultaneous use (SU), as well as SU ebooks and audiobook titles that publishers have made available for a limited time. If you’re a part of it, let your users know about this great title, and if you’re not a member yet, find more information about participating in Nebraska Overdrive Libraries!

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#BookFaceFriday “The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn

Is it steamy out here, or is it just #BookFaceFriday?

A rakish rouge, a scheming debutante, a mysterious gossip column…what could go wrong? Whether or not you spent your pandemic binging Bridgerton on Netflix, why not read the series that inspired it? The Nebraska Library Commission has the first book in the series, The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn (Avon Books, 2000) in our Book Club Kit collection. You can browse the other romances in our Book Club Kits collection by choosing Romance in the Genre dropdown.

Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Rules for Book Club Kits

  1. These kits can be checked out by the librarians of Nebraska libraries and media centers.
  2. Circulation times are flexible and will be based upon availability. There is no standard check-out time for book club kits.
  3. Please search the collection to select items you wish to borrow and use the REQUEST THIS KIT icon to borrow items.
  4. Contact the Information Desk at the Library Commission if you have any questions: by phone: 800/307-2665, or by email: Information Services Team

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NPR Readers Pick Favorite Romance Novels

npr-homeNPR Books is offering a list of “100 Swoon-Worthy Romances,” including “a printable list to take to your local library,” so there may be some romance readers browsing the stacks with list in hand.  The list was created with the results of a poll asking NPR readers to tell about their favorite romances.  Historicals seem extremely well represented on the list, but it includes books in Historical, Classics, YS, Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQ, Inspirational, Erotic, Contemporary, and Category areas.  Some of the books are older, since participants were voting in the poll for their all-time favorites, but it might be a good collection development tool if your library would like to beef up its romance section.

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RITA Awards Presented

The 2014 Romance Writers of America’s RITARitastatuette Awards for best romances of 2013 were presented Saturday night at the RWA Annual Conference. The winners are:

The 2014 RWA Librarian of the Year was Sean Gilmartin, The Anythink Library, Thornton, Colorado.

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Storytelling through digital and traditional media

Harlequin publishers has begun an experimental project, spinning a romance through ebooks, video, mobile and social media.

The fictional Chatsfield hotel, based in London, is the setting for stories that will “develop the characters that the consumers interact with most.”  Four main characters will tell their stories using multiple digital, social and mobile channels – including their own Facebook, YouTube, blogs and Twitter accounts, as well as traditional publishing.  It is up to the reader to gather various parts of the stories as they unfold.

The Chatsfield miniseries begins with prequel novella Engaged at The Chatsfield, currently available for download and with the novel Sheikh’s Scandal by Lucy Monroe. Monthly novels through November are listed at Harlequin.com.

The Chatsfield will also have a Lounge where readers can contribute their own stories and hotel adventures.

Harlequin UK Managing Director, Tim Cooper says, “We don’t really know how this project will end or where it will take us – but isn’t that the whole point of a great story?” The aim of The Chatsfield is to attract a younger audience which is already involved with social media.

Over the next three months, Harlequin plans to distribute more than 800 pieces of content involving the four character storylines over multiple platforms.

You can check in to the Chatsfield and check it out.

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Rita Award Finalists Announced

RitastatuetteThe Romance Writers of America (RWA) have announced the finalists for their annual RITA awards for best published romances.  The RITAs are awarded in 9 categories:

  • Best First Book
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Erotic Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romance Novella
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Short Contemporary Romance.

This year the lists comprise 77 titles.  The award winners will be announced at the RWA annual conference in San Antonio on July 26.

According to the RWA, romance made up the largest share of the U.S. consumer market in 2012 at 16.7 percent, and romance was the top-performing category on the NYT, USA Today, and PW best-seller lists.  That’s a lot of romance between the covers, and a few hints about what to select for the collection, such as these award nominations, are handy.

The Nebraska Library Commission will be discussing romance fiction during our August 13 NCompass Live Webinar.

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