The lovely ladies over at Dear Author and Smart Bitches have been picking up on something that's been floating around Romance Blog Land for a couple months now - the lack of straight up contemporary romance novels. In an attempt to get the attention of our beloved romance publishers (guys? are you listening?) DA and SB are starting a sort of spread-the-word campaign - or rather, spread the Sprout and get publishers on board with the idea that loyal readers out there are craving contemporaries.
DA and SB are offering two prizes. First, both sites have reviewed Erin McCarthy's Flat Out Sexy. If you comment on either post by tomorrow you can win one of ten copies of the book. Secondly, you can post the Sprout right there on the left of this blog post on your website and be entered to win $100 gift card to Amazon.com (do you know how much damage I could do with a hundred bucks on Amazon?). For full rules, visit DA or SB.
I love this idea. I miss the huge selection of contemporaries I use to see at my favorite bookstore. Contemporaries are like Chick Flicks but SO MUCH BETTER. Because they are more about the love than about the girl's career goal (careers are important ladies, but love is awesome). So I applaud DA and SB's efforts. I only hope publishers are listening.
Here's a list of my favorite contemporary romance novels:
Agnes and the Hitman - Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer (ok, anything by JC, but especially Tell Me Lies and Faking It and and and ... )
Sweet Nothings - Catherine Anderson
American Idle - Alesia Holliday
Be My Baby Tonight - Kasey Michaels
What's your favorite contemporary?