Full booklist

This is a full booklist of all titles read by Cupid's Café. You can also view only their upcoming meetings or, if you really like their taste in books, a printable list of authors and titles to use as a reading list.

Rachel Lee is a New York Times best-selling author and the winner of Six Romantic Times magazine Reviewers' Choice Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award. She has penned a wide variety of novels in several genres including fantasy, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy. She resides in Tampa, Florida.

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Club Romance series (and brand new Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series!), DONNA KAUFFMAN has seen her books reviewed in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives just outside of DC in the lovely Virginia countryside.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published all over the world.

Kristan divides her time between home in Connecticut and summers on Cape Cod. She is the mother of two lovely kids, the wife of a brave firefighter, and a devoted Ben & Jerry's fan. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous naps...so much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels.

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years.

At this meeting we'll be discussing your favorite Christmas romances.

been devouring books since she learned to read at the age of three. An old portable typewriter got her started writing in her room at eight and she’s been writing ever since. Her practical nature led her to pursue a master’s degree and a career that would pay the bills, but the writing bug continued to bite. She started working ferociously in her spare time to become a published author and has become an active member of her local RWA chapter, Heart of Dixie.

In the author's own words: "I'm addicted to history and romance! Raised an Army brat, I had the great fortune to marry an officer and travel the world. After raising four children and putting down roots, the muse came calling with abandon, complete with swashbuckling adventure and mayhem. And as I anticipate my debut release, my greatest hope is that my stories resonate with you, dear reader."

Stella Cameron is the New York Times best selling author of the acclaimed Court of Angels Series, the Bayou Books and many others. There are fourteen million copies of her books in circulation worldwide. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington State.

B.J. Daniels wrote her first book after a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of thirty-seven published short stories.

That first book, Odd Man Out, received a 4 ½-star review from Romantic Times magazine and went on to be nominated for Best Intrigue for that year.

Since then she was won numerous awards including a career achievement award for romantic suspense and numerous nominations and awards for best book.

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Allison Brennan is the author of twenty novels and several short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children.

Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn't thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart.

One of the most popular romance writers in America today, Joan Johnston has more than 10 million books in print world-wide— including the New York Times bestsellers SISTERS FOUND, THE COWBOY, THE TEXAN, THE LONER, THE NEXT MRS. BLACKTHORNE and NO LONGER A STRANGER. THE PRICE represented a milestone in Johnston’s career as her first hardcover original.

Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat is the New York Times bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance Suspense novels.  Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker.  During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, author of more than twenty books, both westerns and mysteries.  Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. 

Beverly Jenkins is the nation's premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has 30 published novels to date.

She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club.

Linda's first book, the historical romance Guardian Angel, was released in 1994, and in the years since she's written in several romance sub-genres under several names. In order of appearance, Linda Winstead; Linda Jones; Linda Winstead Jones; Linda Devlin; and Linda Fallon. She's a six time finalist for the RITA Award and a winner (for Shades of Midnight, writing as Linda Fallon) in the paranormal category. Most recently she's been writing as Linda Jones in a couple of joint projects with Linda Howard, and rereleasing some of her backlist in ebook format.

Cupid's Café: One Summer by Karen Robards

Karen Robards is the bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. The winner of six Silver Pen awards for favorite romance novelist, as well as numerous other awards, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Doug, and their sons Peter, Christopher, and Jack. She says, "I read, I write, and I chase children. That's my life."

Cupid's Café: The books of Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood is an American writer of over twenty-seven romance novels in both the historical and suspense subgenres. Over thirty-five million copies of her books are in print, and she has had at least 24 New York Times Bestsellers.

Cupid's Café: The books of Debra Webb

Debra Webb was born in Scottsboro, Alabama, to parents who taught her that anything is possible if you want it badly enough. She loved telling stories and began writing at age nine. Growing up on a farm in rural Alabama provided the wide open spaces and fertile ground for her vivid imagination.

Cupid's Café: The books of Judith McNaught

July's romance novels are Paradise and Perfect by Judith McNaught. Judith McNaught is one of the most beloved writers of all time in popular fiction and has written thirteen novels with more than 30 million copies in print. Her books, Paradise and Perfect, are wonderful escape novels full of heart-moving and action-packed romance filled with desire and danger. Judith McNaught's books will make you believe in the power of love.

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Linda Howard has won the B. Dalton Bestseller Award and the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award for Series and the W.I.S.H. Award for hero Joe Mackenzie from her Silhouette Intimate Moments title, Mackenzie's Mission. A tie-in book, Mackenzie's Pleasure, reached number 61 on the USA Today bestseller list. A Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Choice finalist, she is a frequent Waldenbooks bestselling author, often claiming the number-one position.

LaVyrle Spencer (born July 17, 1943 in Browerville, Minnesota) is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988. She retired from writing in 1997.

Lora Leigh is a New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance novels. She is most highly noted for The Breeds series and The Men of August. She now lives in Warfordsburg, PA.

Visit her website for more information: http://loraleigh.com.

You name it and multi-talented, award-winning, best-selling novelist Peggy Webb (a.k.a. Anna Michaels) has written it – romance, women’s fiction, literary novels, screenplays, and comedic cozy mysteries.

This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 7. Choose any Christmas romance novel.

USA Today Bestseller Catherine Mann has over two million books in print in more than 20 countries. A RITA Award winner and five time nominee, she writes romance novels for Harlequin, Berkley & Sourcebooks. She resides in Florida with her military flyboy husband and their four children.

Catherine loves to hear from her readers. Please contact her via her website: http://catherinemann.com.

A Harlequin Intrigue author since 2006, Paula enjoys telling stories that combine spine-tingling suspense with passionate romance. She's also a full time graphic artist with an advertising agency in Alabama.

Paula loves to hear from her readers. Please contact her via her website: www.paulagraves.com.

Karin Slaughter is a New York Times bestselling thriller/crime fiction author. Some of her titles include Broken, Undone, Triptych, Fractured, Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless, and Beyond Reach. With more than 17 million copies of her books in print worldwide, #1 internationally bestselling author Slaughter has wowed readers and critics alike with the gritty forensic detailing, all-too-human characters, and stark rendering of crime found in her lacerating thrillers.

When Lorraine Heath received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She writes for both adult and young adult readers. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana historicals.

Maya Banks is the pseudonym of Sharon Long, who lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she’s not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker. A southern girl born and bred, Maya loves life below the Mason Dixon, and more importantly, loves bringing southern characters and settings to life in her stories.

Escaping into the pages of a book is something she’s loved to do since she was a child. Now she crafts her own worlds and characters and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women.

Cupid's Café: Wicked City

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.

Diana Palmer is the pen name of Susan (Spaeth) Kyle. She began writing romance novels in 1979 after sixteen years as a newspaper reporter, and frequently returns to themes of cowboys or the Old West. She has over 150 novels in print. More information about her writing is available at dianapalmer.com.

Eloisa James is the pen name of Mary Bly, a professor of English literature at Fordham University.  James' historical romances are appreciated by reviewers and readers alike for their strong voice, unusual characters, and authentic language.  She began writing romance novels while attending the University of Virginia on a humanities fellowship, and used the advance from her first novel to pay off her student loans. Her dual careers often cross over in her writing: her romance novels contain poetry quotes and historical events encountered in her university research.

For nearly twenty years, Sabrah H. Agee was employed by the District Attorney of Alabama's largest circuit as administrative assistant and investigator. Since her job presented her with the sordid side of life, she began to write romances--stories that always had happy endings--as a means of coping. Sabrah received a lucky break when writer Beverly Barton introduced her to the Heart of Dixie Romance Writers of America. In 1999, Sabrah's first book, Jinx and Tracy, was published by Kensington Publishing Company.

We'll read Christmas romances by any author.

Jennifer Blake (real name Patricia Maxwell) has been called a "pioneer of the romance genre", and an "icon of the romance industry." She has written over 60 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print worldwide. Many of her books are set in her native Louisiana.

She has published books under several different names, including:

Come and discuss books written by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks.

Author photo: Harlan Coben

Come and discuss books written by bestselling author, Harlan Coben.

Cupid's Café - the books of Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Savannah Breeze as well as Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her "real" name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

For the first 18 years of her life Nicola lived in Yorkshire, within a stone's throw of the moors that had inspired the Brontë sisters. She wrote bits and pieces of novels in her spare time but never finished any of them. Eventually, she sent in the first three chapters of a Regency romance to a publisher and, although they were rejected, she found she had become so addicted to writing that she could not stop. Happily, her third attempt was accepted and she has never looked back.

Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks starting in junior high, and even a master's program in English couldn't break the obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer and turned her life into an ongoing episode of "When Dilbert Met Frasier." She and her Darling Geek live in beautiful North Alabama with their one Amazing Child--who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports.

While working at Boeing as an illustrator, Stone had the idea of trying to freelance book covers. Since she liked to paint faces and figures, romance novels seemed a logical choice. While studying the market on covers, she became firmly hooked on the contents of the books and decided to try writing instead. Lyn feels a special affinity for England and Scotland with their wonderful castles and intriguing history. The American South and Southwest are her favorite settings for contemporary adventures.

Jayne Ann Castle Krentz with her seven pennames, including Stephanie James, is considered a pillar in the contemporary romance genre. She frequently uses "Jayne Ann Krentz" for present-day novels, "Jayne Castle" (her birth name) for futuristic novels, and "Amanda Quick" for historicals.

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine.

Andrew Gross is the author of The New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide, and coauthor of five No. 1 bestselling novels with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury, Lifeguard, and The Jester. Gross lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. They have three children.

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of more than thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.

Cupid's Café-Merline Lovelace

After a twenty-three year career commanding US Forces around the world, Colonel Merline Lovelace launched a second career as a writer, basing many of her 70 novels on her own experiences in uniform and on her travels to the four corners of the globe.

Cupid's Café-local author Kira Sinclair

Kira Sinclair is a Huntsville author whose first novel, Whispers in the Dark, was published in August 2008 by Harlequin Blaze. About the novel: Christopher Faulkner, aka Dr. Desire, has built an on-air career in carnal counseling. When Karyn calls in, he hears a pang in her voice that he longs to soothe. But when they finally have the chance to fulfill their explicit fantasies, he has to wonder which one of them is playing doctor. 

Cupid's Café-Gayle Wilson

Gayle Wilson is a two-time RITA® Award winner. She has written 40 novels and three novellas for Harlequin Enterprises, including works for Harlequin Historical, Harlequin Intrigue, Special Releases and HQN Books. She is currently writing romantic suspense for MIRA.

Cupid's Café-Jodi Picoult

We'll discuss the books of this immensely popular American writer, whose topics often touch on the hot-button issues of the day. Note: this month, we're meeting in Meeting Room A&B instead of the auditorium.

Cupid's Café-the books of Ann Maxwell

Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one non- fiction book. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense.

Cupid's Café-the books of Linda Winstead Jones

Huntsville's own Linda Winstead Jones' first clue that she might like to write for a living came when she took a community education class in creative writing at the local high school. It was her first experience of meeting and working with other writers. She had always loved to read, and soon found that she loved writing.

Cupid's Café-The books of Jennifer Crusie

Jennifer Crusie (born 1949) is a pseudonym for Jennifer Smith, a bestselling and award winning author of contemporary romance novels. She has written over 15 novels, which have been published in 20 countries. Crusie was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. "Jenny," as she is called, chose to honor her maternal grandmother by writing under her grandmother's maiden name, Crusie. She has spent much of her life and currently resides in Ohio. 

Cupid's Café-Jodi Thomas

A fifth-generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. The stories Thomas has committed to paper have earned her an impressive list of distinguished awards.

Cupid's Café-Catherine Coulter

Catherine Coulter is a New York Times bestselling author whose success spans four decades. She writes historical romances and contemporary FBI thrillers, and lives in Northern California with her husband, Anton, and her cats, Corky & Cleo. She has written over fifty books and has had forty-two consecutive New York Times Bestsellers since 1988. 

Cupid's Café-Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling Savannah Breeze as well as Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her "real" name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck.

Cupid's Café: The Lincoln Lawyer

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend unsavory clients of every kind. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence - it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice. This event is part of The Big Read 2008.

Cupid's Café-Linda Howard

A genuine Alabama treasure, Linda Howard has consistently provided romance readers with what they want, great characters, great stories, and great romance.

Cupid's Café- Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag's books, with a blend of romance and suspense, have consistently topped the best-seller lists. After starting out as a pure romance writer, her books gradually contained a larger element of suspense until the 1990s, when she began writing primarily suspense novels.

Cupid's Café-Dorothy Garlock

Dorothy Garlock is a master of the historical American romance. When she describes a scene, readers feel it, smell it, and believe it. Her characters are real. Her suspense palpable. Put it all together and you have a great read.

Cupid's Café-Beverly Barton

Beverly Barton is a sixth generation Alabamian who writes mainstream romantic suspense for Kensington and mainstream romance for Harlequin's HQN imprint. She has published 5 books in 2007. She sold her first novel in 1989 and has now published more than 60 titles. She lives in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Cupid's Café: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the biggest names in romance fiction today. She has charmed readers all over the world with her warm and wonderful contemporary love stories. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, and has two grown sons. She was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Cupid's Café: the books of Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane's first thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She continued with winners No Way Out, Scent of Danger, I'll Be Watching You and Wrong Place, Wrong Time. She has written fourteen historical romances. Andrea lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is learning how to shoot a Glock, resolve crisis situations like a hostage negotiator and investigate like an FBI special agent. Between reloads, she is researching and writing her next novel.

Cupid's Cafe: To Trust A Stranger

Anger and impulse have unknowingly saved Julie Carlson's life. Suspecting that her husband Sid is cheating on her, Julie follows Sid out of the house in the middle of the night and tracks him to the seedy section of town. What Julie doesn't realize is at that same moment, hitman Roger Basta is waiting outside in the dark to dispose of her. Lunch with discussion (pizza and drinks) is $3/person.

Cupid's Cafe: The Flame and the Flower

The extraordinary Birmingham Family Saga commences in The Flame and the Flower -- it continues in The Elusive Flame and concludes in A Season Beyond a Kiss. The Flower - Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence--until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee...and to seek refuge in the arms of a virile and dangerous stranger. The Flame - A lusty adventurer married to the sea, Captain Brandon Birmingham courts scorn and peril when he abducts the beautiful fugitive from the tumultuous London dockside.