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Ode to February…The Month of Hearts and Romance Novels!

Children's artwork of a heart
Children’s artwork of a heart in multi-colors.

February is a grand time to bundle up with a good romance novel.

According to the Romance Writers of America, two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending.

What better way to celebrate the month of love than to browse Bookshare’s collection of romance titles, or review this reference book of the 100 best selling romance novels!

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Nora Roberts was born into a family of readers and had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During a blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of her most famous stories. After several manuscripts and rejections, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.  Read more of Nora’s books.

Judith McNaught is a bestselling author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels, with 30 million copies in print.  Judith was also the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station.  See a list of Judith’s books.

Linda Howard began to write stories at nine years old and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment She worked at a trucking company and got her first novel published in 1980.   See a list of Linda’s books.

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The RITA Award is a golden statue of a women reading a book named after Rita Clay Estrada.

Robyn Carr is a RITA award-winning author of 25 novels. RITA is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romantic fiction with a purpose to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas. The award is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.Robyn won RT’s Career Achievement Best Author Award in 2010 for contemporary romance.  See a list of Robyn’s books.

Lori Foster became a bestselling author in 1996 for Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community and routinely organizes events for young authors and organizations.  See a list of Lori’s books.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of today’s most beloved writers of romantic comedies. Susan wrote her first novel on an old typewriter at her kitchen table, and she is now on the New York Times bestseller list.  See a list of Susan’s books.

Linda Lael Miller is known as the “First Lady of the West,” and she is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She delivers the stunning finale of her acclaimed series Big Sky Secrets. It is set in Parable, Montana, where love awaits self-made tycoon Landry Sutton. Read more of Linda’s titles.

Sabrina Jeffries has been dubbed “The Queen of the Sexy Regency Romance,” and she is a USA Today bestselling author. Sabrina was raised amidst the rubber plantations in Thailand with missionary parents. She has earned numerous placements on the New York Times and USA Today lists with Regency historicals that readers savor for her trademark sexy blend of witty dialogue and enterprising characters. Read her latest novel, When the Rogue Returns, about Victor Cale, who never imagined that his shy bride Isabella would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. Read more of Sabrina’s titles.

Sheryl Woods is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels. She grew up in a small, riverfront town in Virginia and is a graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism. Read her latest novel, Seaview Inn, about Luke Stevens, who has some serious issues after serving in Iraq. He travels to Seaview Key to hide out until he makes some decisions and gets his life back on track. The last thing he expects is to fall in love. Read more of Sheryl’s titles.

Jane Austen portrait.  She is sitting in a chair in a blue dress.
Portrait of Jane Austen. She is sitting in a chair in a blue dress.

Jane Austen is a legendary English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Read “Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets” to learn about her fundamental impact and influence on British Romanticism.  Read more about the infamous Jane Austen in the Bookshare library.

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