Marked Prince – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by: Linda Fausnet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Thoughts on the Book:
This whole universe was new to me, as this was the first book I’ve read by this author. The book was quite engaging and easy to understand, even if you are brand-new to the series. The heroine, Fiora, has incredible fortune-telling abilities and can tell everyone’s future but her own. She is also cursed in that she is compelled to tell the truth when asked about anything/ It’s rather horrifying to think you would be forced to answer even the most personal questions with sheer honesty. A lot of bad boy romance “heroes” might take advantage of that, but Jaxx (a dragon shifter) doesn’t which I love. When Fiora’s visions foretell disaster, she must find a way to alter the future. Overall, this was a fascinating read with excellent world-building.
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A Note to My Readers

I ASSURE YOU THIS IS NOT MY OFFICE. 

I debated for a long time about whether or not to write this note to my readers. After much reflection, I decided I wanted to go forward with it. 

As authors, I think sometimes we like to have a little mystery to our lives. It can be nice to have our readers think of us as dreamy writers who work diligently all day in our offices creating stories. The truth is often quite different, and sometimes it can be tough to be honest about it. But this is me, peeling back the curtain.

I have made the difficult decision to not write any more ghost stories after I release the final book in the Williamsburg Ghost Series. I’m not saying “never”, but as of now, I have no plans to do any more. Please understand that it isn’t that I don’t love writing them – because I truly do. They are quite difficult to write, though, with the inherent limitations of writing about characters who cannot touch, taste, breathe, or feel anything physical. Plus, the books require extensive historical research which, while fascinating, can be time-consuming and difficult at times.

The truth is, after writing these complex, difficult, and often heart-wrenching (while hopefully also being heartwarming!) stories for many years, I have never made a dime on any of the ghost series books.

The truth is that I have a full-time day job and two kids. My alarm goes off at 4:45am every day so I get writing done before my day job starts at 9am. Please believe me, I certainly did not become an author for the money. 

That being said; I’m tired, my friends. 

I’ve reached a point in my life that I feel I just can’t work for free anymore. (Less than free, really, since each book costs around $800- $1000 to produce because I refuse to cut corners on things like covers, editing, and the like). 

One problem is that Amazon greatly rewards “rapid releasers'”, meaning if you publish a book a month or even a book a WEEK, those books get pushed to the top of the visibility pile. Even if I had the luxury of writing full time, I doubt I could write anything meaningful in a month’s time – and definitely nothing as complicated as my ghost series. 

Another issue is that in RomanceLandia, “trope” trumps EVERYTHING. Though I don’t really understand it, it seems most readers would prefer to read the same type of story over and over again rather than give something new a try. In that kind of world, my ghost series never quite fit in. Instead of being one thing, they are a mix of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Many readers don’t know quite what to make of them, therefore advertising my books is prohibitively expensive. The good news is that, once people actually give Somebody’s Darling a try, the read-through rate for the rest of the series is pretty high! You could even say I’ve developed somewhat of a cult following (in the very best sense of the word. Sincerely.) I really felt like I’d “made it” when someone told me she was writing fan fiction! But getting people to even give the series a shot in the first place has been a persistent, uphill challenge. 

For historical romance, readers often expect Regency (think Bridgerton) romance with heroes like dukes, rakes, and rogues. I wrote about a poor farm boy from Texas.

With paranormal romance, people want vampires, demons, witches, angels, and otherworldly creatures. I wrote about chivalrous Civil War soldiers who just happened to be dead.

The American Historical romance genre might seem ideal for my books, but those tend to be Western/ Frontier type stories and are often squeaky clean. As you know, I like to include sensual scenes in my books. As much I try to warn readers about the sexual content in my stories, I still get angry reviews about it (check out the ones on Darling Soldiers…)

With contemporary romance, obviously, readers expect romance in a modern-day setting. I wrote about sexy soldiers from long past who exist in towns that are somewhat frozen in time.

Unfortunately, my little misfit stories have a really hard time finding a home. 

They did, however, find a home with you.

I can’t tell you much it has meant to me over the years that the Gettysburg and Williamsburg Ghosts Series did find readers. They may have numbered in the hundreds instead of thousands, but they’re out there. Many times, it’s been hard to get out of bed hours before I had to in order to write these books, but knowing that my words would be read by you is what kept me going. Believe me, these books made me cry as I wrote them with their bittersweet tales of love and loss, and hearing that my readers often had the same reaction is incredibly meaningful to me. 

In some ways, writing out this letter makes me feel like I am admitting to being a failure. If I had not told you the truth, you might have gone on thinking that perhaps these books were a great success. In the end, I guess I really wanted you to understand that I would no longer be writing them not because I didn’t love writing them. I plan to continue writing, but you will see me writing more commercial stuff in the future. 

There’s still a part of me that worries that people will think I’ve “sold out”, but I just don’t have the strength…or the means…to keep taking money from my own pocket to produce books that simply do not sell. At this point, the harder I work, the more money I LOSE. Again, that’s very tough on the writerly soul no matter how incredible my readers might be. 

The easiest way (and sometimes it feels like the only way) to turn a profit in this business is to write a very common story, like fake marriage, alpha billionaire romance, etc. That’s hard for me because that’s really not what I want to do, and it’s not something I ever thought I would do. 

So, for my next series, I’m trying hard to compromise. There are certain things I WILL NOT do even if they are guaranteed to make money. I won’t write cliffhangers, and no matter how popular they are, I won’t write bad boys, cocky alpha jerks, or God forbid, bully romance. Ugh. I despise those “heroes”, and I find them really stressful to read let alone write. I feel like the villain gets the girl! I’m trying to find a balance of what readers want to read and what I want to write. For example, I don’t mind alpha males as long as they’re not mean. The strong protective type? Yeah. That works for me. I also really love baseball, so my next series will be a baseball series featuring strong, sexy heroes and equally strong and smart heroines.

I understand that many of you won’t be along for the ride in my next adventure. And I understand. Please know that it has been an honor and privilege for me to write those ghost stories for you all. Knowing that you enjoy reading them and often are eagerly awaiting the next book is what has kept me going all these years. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being the “mistfits” who have been with me on this most incredible adventure. And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for loving Jesse and Lucy, Sean and Theresa, Avery and Remy, Gregory and Rebekah, Jackey and Anthony, and Paige and Orlando as I have loved them. I look forward to introducing you to Silas and Kendrick in the final book in the series, and I promise you will see several other familiar faces in that final book as well. I have done the best I could to wrap up the series well and give you the finale you deserve.

Thank you for taking the time to read my message. I truly hope you understand. 

Lots of love,

Linda 

P.S. I caved, and I will be replacing the new cover for Eternal Hope with the Orlando one 😉

 

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Inn by the Lake – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by:  Linda Fausnet

Genre: Sweet romance, contemporary romance

My Thoughts on the Book: This was a delightful, sweet story involving a loving family, a charming inn, and a lovely romance. Both Luke and Amanda work too much and need to learn how to balance work and life better. Luke’s parents, Henri and DeWayne, own the old-fashioned inn that is in danger of being sold off to make room for a new development. The author does a particularly nice job on the setting here, with the inn feeling like it’s an additional character. The romance between Amanda and Luke developed realistically and is lovely. Highly recommend this novel!

Where to Find This Book:

CHAMPAGNE BOOKS

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Ruin and Rule – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by: Bethany White

Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance

My Thoughts on This Book: 

He has been broken before, and will do anything he wants to seek revenge on those who wronged him in the past. A girl comes along, with her past, present and future twisted and more confusing, so she turns to a man to seek the truth of all the lies she has lived over eight years. Can she fall in love with possibly her greatest enemy and someone who refuses to face the truth? Can he finally see the light at the end of the tunnel? For those that like MC romances, this book was one that kept me intrigued the entire time. 

Where to Find the Book:

AMAZON NOOK AUDIBLE

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You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by:  Lila Dawes

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Curvy Romance


My Thoughts on the Book:

This book is one of the very first contemporary romances I read and I picked it because the “curvy girl” trope was calling to me, finally a book about someone like me! Neve has been in love with William for years, but he moved away to L.A and hasn’t seen her since she lost a lot of weight. Now he’s coming back and this is her chance to nab her dream man except for one thing, she has no relationship experience. Enter sexy, womanising Max who is the answer to Neve’s problems, he can show her the relationship ropes without her getting attached…right?The book is well written, sweet, funny, sexy and sad, the characters likeable and well developed. The chemistry is delightfully slow burning between our two heroes, none of that insta-love here, thank you! What I love about this book is it’s painful in places seeing what Neve goes through and her internal view of herself but it makes you champion her more. This book tackles body image issues and fat shaming and ultimately self-love and acceptance. A hugely uplifting read 🙂

Where to Find This Book:

AMAZON OR KINDLE UNLIMITED

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Moon Shot – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by:  Linda Fausnet

Genre: Baseball Romance, Contemporary Romance

My Thoughts on the Book: This was a steamy, engaging enemies to lovers book. The tension between the “Frenemies to lovers” was sensual and hot without either of them being overly obnoxious which is sometimes the case with the enemies trope. Aerin was somewhat of a bitchy ice queen, but I still found her likable because she had her reasons for being that way. Javi was super hot, likable, and is a doting father. Interestingly, both the hero and heroine were in their forties which was refreshing. This book held my interest from beginning to end and I can recommend it without reservation. Though this is book four in a series, it works perfectly fine as a standalone. 

Where to Find This Book:

AMAZON NOOK KOBO APPLE

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Swinging Strike – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by:  Linda Fausnet

Genre: Contemporary Sports Baseball Romance

My Thoughts on the Book: Swinging Strike is a sports romance with a kind of an Enemies to Lovers vibe. Braxton is a cocky athlete and Cara is in school to be a veterinarian. Full disclosure: I hate hate hate arrogant cocky alphas in the “I’m going to throw my Kindle into ongoing traffic” kind of way. However, that is my personal preference, and I know there are lots of readers who adore a cocky jerk and the give-and-take tension they provide between the hero and heroine. In the beginning, Cara walked into a pole and Braxton kept calling her Pole Girl despite her repeatedly telling him not to. As for me, I’d have been done with the guy after that. But! I did read on and Braxton eventually chilled out and was not a bad guy overall. This book had a good love story and an engaging plot, plus I like the fact that the heroine was in school to be a veterinarian and the author seemed to have done some actual research on the classes and labs one needs for that, which was refreshing. Bottom line, if you love cocky arrogant jerks, you will enjoy this start to finish. If you hate them, stick it out, don’t throw your Kindle, and you’ll probably have a good time anyway. I had no problem rating this book five stars because the author executed the book perfectly – like I said, my hatred of cocky alphas is a personal preference, and the writing was quite good.

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AMAZON OR KINDLE UNLIMITED

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Gypsy King – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Book Recommendation by:  Joanna Hughes

Genre: Romantic Suspense

My Thoughts on the Book: Gypsy King is the first book in the Tin Gypsy series by Devney Perry. The story centres around Bryce, a journalist. After a failed career in New York, she returns home to work at her father’s newspaper. Learning of a murder in town, she’s out to take down the local motorcycle club who she believes is responsible. Enter Dash, the sexy, dirty talking Vice President of the Tin Gypsies. After an epic showdown, the pair decide to work together to crack the case but find it very difficult when all they want to do is tear each other’s clothes off. This book will grip you from beginning to end and leads the way for a sequel. It’s sweet in places, very sexy and sometimes dark. Be warned: it may cause triggers due the nature of the subject.   

AMAZON NOOK KOBO APPLE

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The Guy in the Middle – An RNAA Recommended Read

Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous Recommendation by: Joanna Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Second Chance Sports Romance

My Thoughts on This Book:

This is the third and final instalment of the underdogs series. The story centres around Lance and Harper. Lance is a football pro/boxer with secrets and Harper is a dancer who wears her heart on her sleeve. Whilst they shouldn’t work on paper, they are inexplicably drawn to one another much to other people’s disapproval. This book is superbly written. Keep the tissues handy because while this is a corker of a steamy read, it’s also a tear jerker. Get ready to ugly cry. I advise to read the books in order as characters from the past pop up every few chapters or so. 

AMAZON OR KINDLE UNLIMITED

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Romance Novels to Get You in the Mood for Fall

Historical Romance

Amazon or Kindle Unlimited

Erotic Romance

Amazon

Nook

Kobo

Contemporary Romance

Amazon or Kindle Unlimited

Contemporary Romance

Amazon or Kindle Unlimited

Paranormal Romance

Amazon

Nook

Kobo

Apple

Paranormal Romance

Amazon

Nook

Kobo

Apple

Sweet Romance

Amazon

Nook

Apple

Multicultural Short Read Romance

Amazon

Contemporary Romance

Amazon