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Waiting for "Outlander"

Way way back, in 1990, I wandered into a Portland, Oregon bookstore and found a romance novel, set in Scotland, involving time travel and I was hooked! Since then, it’s been a 25 year odyssey of reading and waiting. Outlander finally returns to TV on April 4.Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Cinderella

You know that romantic tale of the orphaned girl with a cruel stepfamily, who later becomes the belle of the ball and finds true love after fitting into a glass slipper. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

What to Read After Fifty Shades of Grey... The Movie

More books that capture the similar essence, theme and 'feel' of FSOG. Read More ›

11 Ways to Find Romance

The Romance Book Club is here to help you find your true love... in one of their favorite books.Read More ›

Adorable Vintage Valentine's Day Cards to Love

Don't keep your darling on the fence. Just say the word, with one of these cards from our Digital Collections.Read More ›

36 Fifty Shades of Grey Read-Alikes

The much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film will be released February 13, 2015. Here are 36 Shades of read-alike titles.Read More ›

14 Literary Conversation Hearts That Should Exist

Literary conversation hearts we wish existed. Which bookish candy hearts do you think would make Valentine's Day even sweeter?Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Beauty and the Beast

You know that romantic tale of one fair maiden and a prince who has been cursed to look like a beast. The love of the young woman helps to free the prince from the curse and he becomes a handsome young man once again. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

Thrills, Chills and Romance: The New Gothic Genre

Do you shiver at the thought of winds whistling down the Yorkshire moors and waves crashing against the Cornish coast? Wrap yourself up in one of these cozy gothic romance titles.Read More ›

A Sucker for Romance: 2014 YA Books Guaranteed to Make You Swoon!

Romance titles that didn't make our Top 25, but that will still make your heart go pitter-pat.Read More ›

Doorways to Romance

How do you like your romance? Driven by story, character, setting or language? (Passion is a given.)Read More ›

Three Authors of Contemporary Romance: Sylvia Day, E.L. James and Zane

New books and movies from these three authors.Read More ›

Six YA Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2015

Romance and fantasy to look forward to next year.Read More ›

10 Pirate Romances for Talk Like a Pirate Day

Heroines on the high seas say "shiver me timbers" for these swashbuckling titles.Read More ›

Bewitched, Bothered and Betrothed: An Intro to Gaslamp Fantasy

"Gaslamp Fantasy" is essentially a sub-genre of Steampunk Fantasy. But, whereas Steampunk often involves gadgets and mad scientists in an alternate Victorian universe, Gaslamp stories are set in a magical version of the 19th century, think Jane Austen or Charles Dickens meets Harry Potter. The stories can take place at any time between the Regency Era (early 1800s) all the way up to the beginning of WWI (1914). You'll find historical settings, gothic ambience, ballrooms, wit and romance, witches, dark magic, fairies and all manner of supernatural creatures but very little science.Read More ›

The Value of Historical Fiction

My romanticized view of history was crushed in college when my history professor explained that historians in writing history sometimes create fictional narratives around the facts to make it coherent and more interesting to read. I much prefer reading that George Washington cut down the cherry tree or that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.Read More ›

Teen Romances For Readers Who Hate Romance Novels

I have to admit that I’m a tough audience when it comes to romance novels. Whenever I see a book that promises readers a heart-pounding romance, often featuring someone looking dramatically windswept on the cover, my first instinct is to look at it and laugh.Read More ›

I Stayed Up Late Reading Cruel Beauty and Why You Should Too

If you want a YA book with demon lovers, fairy tale-Greek mythology mashups, wicked heroines, a castle full of shadowy secrets, and a passionate romance that begins with a murder attempt, look no further.Read More ›

Il y a de l'amour dans l'air !

Amour, passion, suspense… Laissez-vous emporter par des émotions à vous couper le souffle avec cette sélection de romans dont vous trouvez dans le catalogue de NYPL. Réservez-les et cherchez-les à votre bibliothèque de quartier la plus proche.Read More ›

Interview with Gaslight Mystery Author Victoria Thompson

I recently had the distinct honor and utter delight of posing interview questions to an author as talented as she is gracious, Ms. Victoria Thompson. This Edgar and Agatha award-nominated writer is the author of over thirty books, including one that is the featured work (Murder in Chelsea) of the upcoming Great Kills Library Book 

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