Monday, January 10, 2011

Forbidden On the ALA Genre List

I am so pleased. 

Forbidden Rose was short-listed by the American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association, on their Top Genre Fiction List.

The press release, here, says,
"The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres . . .  This year’s list includes novels that will please die-hard fans, as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction."

I am delighted and honored that Forbidden Rose is on this list and in such wonderful company. 

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh, Vanguard Press.
A lady is ruined. A merchant’s son is trapped. Class differences loom large in this charming and playful take on the arranged marriage. Balogh’s Regency gem, where nothing is quite as it seems, is filled with affection and wit. 
Short List:
Barely a Lady by Eileen Dreyer, Hachette
The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne, Berkley
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, Berkley
Something About You by Julie James, Berkley Sensation

These are wonderful books.
These are the books you hand to your friends who say . . . "Romance is nothing but cookier-cutter plots and sex scenes." 

(I mean, you hand them these books after you've sneered at them and maybe kicked them in the shins a little for being so closed minded.)


  1. Again.... CONGRATS!!!

  2. Yay! Soon we're going to learn that Forbidden Rose has been chosen as one of the top ten sweetheart roses of 2010. We'll all run out and buy the bulbs!

  3. I would like to say they named a perfume after Forbidden Rose, but it seems to be stark coincidence.

    I do know that #%$&& perfume messes up the Google Search for anyone looking for the book.

  4. Anonymous9:38 AM

    These are all wonderful books, congrats!
    And your book is the second entry I get when I google Forbidden Rose.....DLS

  5. Anonymous2:17 PM

    Speaking of Forbidden Rose I would still love to learn more about Doyle's family and backstory.... DLS

  6. Doyle is the third son of an Earl. His two older, half brothers were unadmirable louts, now dead. We don't have to worry about them much.

    The First Wife was blue-blooded, English and a spendthrift. The Earl's second wife was Irish and Catholic, but had large dowry. The Earl despised her.

    The money came from her brother, who made his fortune in Canada setting up fur trading posts. The will directed his sister's first boy be named after him. Thus, 'William Doyle'.

    When Doyle's mother died, the Earl packed the boy off to -- I think it was Eton. And Doyle started running off. He was man-sized by age twelve, which made it easier.

    He went to Cambridge young, and studied mathematics. That was his path into the British Service. As a cryptographer.

    After he married, Doyle bought a house in Oxfordshire, an easy day's ride from London. He stays at Meeks Street if he's he's in town alone. He has a leased house in London and stays there when Maggie and the kids are in London.

    As late as 1818 Doyle's father is still alive, so Doyle is heir, not Earl. Doyle has an older half sister, not mentioned in any of the books. Doyle doesn't see her, or the Earl, from one year to the next.

  7. Anonymous8:44 PM

    Thanks! So he is now heir. I wondered about that. Here's a question Ive wondered about--did Maggie and the kids go with him to Vienna (I think it was Vienna--anyway, the city where he first saw Annette?) In other words, do they always stay in England or when he has long assignments abroad did they go with him?

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  9. Doyle went off on his own for these European assignments. Maggie kept busy in England. (She runs a passel of orphanages and schools.)

    I figure Doyle is out of England for months at a time, living at home for months. Maybe half and half.

  10. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Ah. I can see Maggie doing that. DLS