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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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Like many others, who maybe did a little too much at the end of the year, my 2019 reading year has not gotten off to a good start. While I have read some really good books already my reading felt sluggish. I've started and abandoned too many books. However choosing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
My first review of the year is over that Love in Panels. I reviewed Holley Trent's Coyote's Comfort. It is a f/f novella in the Masters of Maria series that was a wonderful introduction to the series while working well as a standalone. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
The #readRchat team is hugely grateful to all who voted and boosted the #readRchatawards this month. Thank you for the fantastic nominations and for selecting such fabulously diverse group of books to honor. The 2018#readRchat Award Winners: Contemporary: A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood Book #1) by Talia Hibbert (13.3 %... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Love in Panels has my list of top 6 favorites: Ana's Best of 2018 list. If you want to read my sub-genre specific lists: Favorite Contemporary Romances of 2018 Favorite Historical Romances of 2018 Favorite Short Stories and Novellas of 2018 Favorite SFR, PNR & Fantasy Books of 2018 and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This is the corner of Romancelandia is where I feel the coziest. I came in to romance after spending years reading Fantasy and Science Fiction for the relationships. The first romance novels I read were by Nalini Singh and Meljean Brooks, so it no surprise that I turn to PNR,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
At many points this year novellas and short stories have been just what I needed to read. I am always amazed what authors can do with a limited word-count. The emotional stories that they can cram into small packages. I am huge fan of the Rogue Anthologies project and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
As I work to whittle down my nomination list for #readRchatawards and Love in Panel's Favorites of 2018 list, I was struck by how many fabulous yet completely different historical romances I have read this year. The four books vying for my three nomination spots are wildly different in tone,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I am working on putting together my best of list for Love in Panels and working on my nomination slate for the #readRchatAwards and the contemporary category is going to be a problem. I have six 4.5/5 star reads in that category alone. These are the contenders, and some of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Thank you! Thank you to everyone who participated, signal boosted, read and responded this month. Every time we do this I want to bring joy and booktalk to romancelandia and I get it back ten-fold. Thank you so much for sharing why romance means so much to you, sharing your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Do you binge read? What books can't you get enough of? I tend to binge read series that have extensive world-building. Once I enter the world I hate to leave it. What series have captured your love and attention that you couldn't stop reading them till you got all caught... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Love among the stars or in the far future? Which ones do you love? Which authors do something surprising and worth exploring in their futuristic, SFR or space operas? What tropes or issues do you wish more SF dealt with? My favorite SFR series this year was Ada Harper's Conspiracy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Who are the hostsess with mostess, the life of the party, the center of attention in any room? How does romance portray extroverts? What books and MCs capture what it means to thrive in a crowd? Although Gabe from Alisha Rai's Hurts to Love Youcarries around the baggage of too... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Romance novels are littered with bookworms, wallflowers and recluses but not all of them are actual introverts. But who gets introverts and what they need in relationships rights? If you are an introvert in whose books do you feel seen? I am outgoing introvert and I have to say I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
A common romance trope is the "Return to Hometown", where MCs have to grapple with a changing hometown or figure out how to adjust and fit back into a place they once left behind. Hometowns are sometimes locations full of nostalgic power and in other places the MCs couldn't leave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Nothing like falling in love over a dead body! MCs working together and occasionally at odds while trying to solve a crime. What are your favorite romantic mystery series? Which ones find an HEA not just the murderer? Used to be a bit mystery reader in my teens and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
In romance sweet, gentle, care-taking MCs are not terribly common but sometimes that is the only MCs we can bear to read. What romances have them? What do you love about them? I love caretaking MCs but they are hard to find caretaking MCs that aren't also bossy, and alpha.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
What are your hobbies? What do they say about you and what you love? I love when authors give MC's something they are passionate about beyond their romantic partners. What romances combine crafts and hobbies? Which has been the most unexpected one portrayed? Anything ever drive your up a wall... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This is absolutely my favorite trope ever. I adore romances where the MCs either already have a group of people they love as family or find that in the course of the story. What authors and romances have this as their core story. What do you love about books with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Comedies have ended with weddings from time immemorial. But writing a good Rom-Com, one that is funny and romantic is not easy. Who makes you laugh as you fall in love with their characters? When I think of Rom-Coms, I think of Olivia Dade's Lovestruck Librarians. Her characters are quirky,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Have you started watching holiday movies on Netflix? Getting ready to travel for Thanksgiving? Did you light candles in the dark night? Holidays are emotional high-points and low-points for people. Family get-together are sometimes as tense as they are joyful. However holiday romance, particularly Christmas romances are a huge romance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
Need a date for your ex's wedding, hire a total stranger to be your +1. Your father's will won't let you inherit until you marry? You don't need a love match, just someone willing to say I do. What makes this such a beloved romance trope? Are there kinds of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
I didn't grow up a romance reader, at least I didn't think I was one, but almost all the fantasy and urban fantasy I read had romantic elements in it and that was one of the reasons I read it for. Which Fantasy and Urban Fantasy books provide satisfying romantic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
This is one of my favorite tropes, because how closely it tracks with MC's in full-denial. I absolutely adore MC's that somehow think a few days of passion will be easy to shake off. I love when characters unexpectedly catch feelings for the "just a bit of fun" partner. What... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
There are few things as miserable as a reading slump. Bad luck or bad mood, nothing is working. What do you do? Do you re-read? Switch genres? Do you save books by favorite authors in reserve in case of a reading emergency? Do you wait out a reading slump or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books
All relationships have them, skilled writers are aware of how tweaking them one way or another may make or break a story. How sensitive are you to them? What works for you? What do you like to see? Who does them well? Who surprises you? I think about them all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Ana Coqui: Immersed in Books