Thursday, November 18, 2010

Library Journal. Oh My.

Library Journal has listed Forbidden Rose as one of its Best Genre Books of 2010.  Here.

I am delighted and very, very honored.  

 I don't even know what to say.

Kristin Ramsdell, who works with Romance genre for Library Journal, puts Forbidden Rose in the most wonderful company.  Lookit:


(me) Bourne, Joanna. The Forbidden Rose. Berkley Sensation: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780425235614. pap. $7.99.

From a burned-out chateau in the French countryside to the treacherous, violent streets of revolutionary Paris, this superbly plotted adventure pairs up an English spy and a French aristocrat. (LJ 6/15/10)  Here.

Brockway, Connie. The Golden Season. Onyx: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780451412836. pap. $7.99.

A peerless lady of the ton learns she is almost penniless and surreptitiously sets out to find a wealthy suitor during her last "Golden Season." This delightfully witty, deliciously sensual romance is peppered with humor and enhanced by memorable characters. (LJ 2/15/10)

Dreyer, Eileen. Barely a Lady. Forever: Grand Central. (Drake's Rakes, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780446542081. pap. $6.99.

A woman whose life was devastated five years earlier by deceit, betrayal, and divorce has her peace shattered once more when her ex-husband is found at Waterloo, wounded, suspected of treason, suffering from selective amnesia, and convinced that they are still happily married. An emotionally compelling, flawlessly crafted gem. (LJ 6/15/10) Here.

Kinsale, Laura. Lessons in French. Sourcebooks Casablanca. ISBN 9781402237010. pap. $7.99.

An aristocratic, bull-breeding heroine and a charming French émigré hero reclaim their love in this funny, whimsical, clever, and thoroughly rewarding sensual romance that is Kinsale's first appearance in the market in several years. (LJ 2/15/10) Here.

 McDonald, L.J. The Battle Sylph. Leisure: Dorchester. ISBN 9780843963007. pap. $7.99.

This stunningly creative and riveting debut novel of a young woman who escaped sacrificial murder to become the adored queen of her remarkable battle sylph is a mental and emotional delight for both fantasy and romance readers. (LJ 2/15/10) Here.


I've read the Kinsale, of course.  Wonderful, wonderful book.  I have already resolved to put Eileen Dreyer's on my TBR shelf.  The Brockway book sounds fabulous,  Another one I must buy. 

I wonder what the MacDonald book will be like.  It doesn't necessarily sound like a Romance, but I'll check it out.


  1. Awesome and entirely deserved, Jo! :-)

  2. Dear Joanna,

    I am just thrilled for you. It doesn't come as a surprise to us, your faithful readers, fans, followers. We get so much out of your wonderful gift of telling a tale. This past June was the first time I read your work, and I am hooked. Forbidden Rose is one of THE best novels I've read in a very long time. I loved it so much that 20 pgs. into it I went to Borders site and reserved the other two in the series, so I read them backwards. As a matter affect, I've given Forbidden Rose to my best friend for her birthday.
    Thanks for all your hard work. You are appreciated.
    Melanie Friedman

  3. I have all the books listed above except for the Brockway. Unbelievably good company! Congrats!

  4. Congratulations. So happy for you. :)

    And very pleased to see on the list the Kinsale book, which I loved.

  5. Joanna - Congratulations! and Augh! I have trouble reading books after four spinal surgeries but I listen to about 200 audiobooks a year. I just finished Spymaster's Lady and came here to tell you that it's in my personal top 10 for 2010. Then to see all the accolades for Forbidden Rose and find it's not available in audio... Please, PLEASE make my day and tell me that it and MLaS will be recorded soon. Thank you for sharing your talent of storytelling with us. Jeri Garcia

  6. Thank you all so much. Just . . . thank you. Rachel, Scorpio. Thank you for your support.

    @ Beth. The Kinsale book wowed me. I got to see an ARC of that. I am so lucky.

    @ Jeri --I am so sorry to hear about your back surgeries. I hope everything came out well.

    This is exactly when we need audiobooks.

    I am just delighted with that reading. I've listened to about ten minutes of it and I am flabberghasted. So well done.

    I will do a post on it as soon as I meet deadline.

    I have no idea whether there will ever be an audiobook of MLaS or FR. Penguin does have the rights to make the audiobooks. I suppose it depends -- as all things do -- on sales.

    @ Melanie -- I am so glad you liked the books. Reading FR first is a very good way to go about things. It's first chronologically.

  7. I am reading the Forbidden Rose and it is a delight!!

  8. I remember reading this news and thinking to myself, "I MUST contact her!" So here I am, a little late but with heartfelt congratulations!

  9. Hi Alexa --

    Thank you so much. I am just taken aback and delighted. Surprised, y'know.

    It's a big moment whenever any reader or reviewer says, "I liked it."