We’re ULTIMATE!

See this book here? It’s part of the Idiot’s series, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with.

This particular entry, THE ULTIMATE READING LIST (written by Shelley Mosley, John Charles, Joanne Hamilton-Selway, & Sandra Van Winkle), has lists of book recommendations in lots of different categories. The purpose of the book, as the authors state in their preface, is this:

As librarians, we love to read, and helping readers connect with the right books is one of the things we enjoy most about our jobs. So by putting together this list of old and new favorites, we’ve taken all the hard work out of your task of finding a good book.

There is a whole chapter of romance lists, and — hurrah! — one of these lists is devoted to Regency romance. Two “classic” Regencies come first — Heyer’s The Grand Sophy and Chesney’s Minerva — and then we get the list of seventeen recommended Regencies from the past ten or fifteen years.

When I first saw this list, I scanned it looking to see if I thought they did a good job — e.g. did it have Carla Kelly, Barbara Metzger, etc on the list — and to see if I knew anyone on the list.

So I read along, nodding my head happily — Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, good… Emma Jensen, Loretta Chase, Metzger, Kelly, Kerstan, Harbaugh, all good… Oh, look! Amanda’s on that list!!!!

I was very happy. Amanda McCabe! Yay! And they picked The Errant Earl — one of my favorites! Of course, I know Amanda deserves to be on the list, but she hasn’t been around as long as, say, Jo Beverley or Mary Balogh, so some folks might not realize it. (Yes, silly people do exist.)

So then I was happy, and went ahead and skimmed the rest of the list. And stopped short.

No, that wasn’t my name, was it? No, I must have misread. My eyes blurred, and I read the second Carla Kelly as a Cara King, didn’t I?

Didn’t I???

Nope. I’m on the list.

I was totally shocked, let me tell you. ONE book out. That’s it. And a book that, coming at the tail end of Signet’s Regency line, didn’t get a lot of notice.

(By that time, Regency didn’t even have its own page of reviews in Romantic Times Magazine — just a little box in one corner of the historical section.)

And you know what else is great? Megan’s on the list too!!!!

YAY, MEGAN!!!

So out of a total of seventeen books, the Riskies have three.

Astounding.

We rock! We’re ULTIMATE!

(And as a fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man, the Ultimate X-Men, and the Ultimate Fantastic Four, I think that’s darn cool.) 🙂

Okay, yes, I can hear some of you grumbling, and you’re right! Elena totally belonged on the list. And Janet. And Diane should have been either there or on the historical list. But still…

We’re ULTIMATE!

And so are all of you. WE ROCK!!!

Cara
Cara King, author of My Lady Gamester, starring the Ultimate Atalanta, who defeats the Malicious Malkham with her Mutant Gaming Powers

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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