Monday, January 4, 2021

Coming Attractions


We did it! We made it through 2020. I have to admit, I don't think I've ever been so happy to bid a year farewell, turn the page, and welcome new possibilities. Here's hoping there are good ones on the horizon. What I know for sure is on the horizon is a plethora of new books to make us laugh, cry, sigh with delight, and lose ourselves in journeys to happily-ever-after. Here's what's happening at The Romance Dish in January. 

Kicking things off on Wednesday, January 6 is a review of The Ballad of Hattie Taylor, a historical western romance by Susan Andersen.

Next up on Friday, January 8 is an excerpt from The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin, a romantic suspense thriller recently released in Mass Market Paperback.

Monday, January 11 brings a review of Someday My Duke Will Come by Christina Britton. This historical romance is book two in Britton's Isle of Synne series. *Rescheduled to Wednesday, January 13.

Join me Tuesday, January 12 when I share my thoughts about Special Ops Seduction, the fifth book in Megan Crane's Alaska Force romantic suspense series.

If you're an Ilona Andrews fan you won't want to miss my review of Blood Heir on Thursday, January 14. This novel launches a new series set within Andrews' Kate Daniels world. 

Friday, January 15
is a twofer! Stop by for the cover reveal of The Guardian by Kimberly Kincaid, book two in her Intelligence Unit series. 

Then come back for my tour review of The Forever Girl, the sixth (standalone) book in Jill Shalvis's Wildstone series. 

On Thursday, January 21, I'll be heading north to Alaska with my review of Sarah Morgenthaler's Enjoy the View, the third book in her Moose Springs, Alaska series.

We head back to Medieval times on Monday, January 25 with a review of Highland Defender by Kathryn LeVeque, the second book in her Scots and Swords series.

Want a peek at The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George? I'll be sharing an excerpt from this Gilded Age romance that launches St. George's Gilded Age Heiresses series on Tuesday, January 26.

Reunited on Dragonfly Lane finds us back in Sweetwater Springs for another heart-tugging contemporary romance by Annie Rains. Check out my review on Wednesday, January 27.

Wrapping up the month on Saturday, January 30 will be an excerpt from The Vineyard at Painted Moon, a new women's fiction tale from Susan Mallery

That's the schedule (so far) for January. Be sure to check back throughout the month for updates. 

What are you looking forward to this first month of 2021? Any books on your must-read list? 

What are you reading now? I'm reading an advance copy of Redemption by Inara Scott, the third book in her Bad Angels contemporary romance series. I'm really enjoying it.

I've spent the first few days of 2021 cleaning out my office/home library and you know what that means. Books looking for new homes! 

Two randomly chosen people who post a comment before 11:00 PM (EST), January 5 will each receive a package of books from my stash.

*Must be 18

*U.S. addresses only


  1. Looking forward to Mallery, Rains and Shalvis books. Am reading Jessica Lemmon - Once Upon a Billionaire. I really like those billionaire stories.

  2. I will be starting Jingle All the Way by Deb Macomber and always look forward to whatever new contemporary romance is coming out.

  3. Carolyn Brown has a few coming out soon that I am looking forward to and Sharon Sala's latest Blessing series book also coming out this year. I am reading an oldie by Julie Garwood, An Ideal Man.
    Karen T. (Natty's Mama)

  4. Some great books on this list. I have a couple on my TBR already. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  5. I can't wait to read all of the contemporaries you are going to read PJ! I just finished Amish Secrets by Marta Perry and it was really good! Lots of mystery! I'm excited to read The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews and Summer by the River by Debbie Burns plus a thousand others!😂Happy New Year PJ! Be well!💞

  6. You have several books which sound like stories I will enjoy.

    I am a believer that 2021 will be a good year for all of us. Cause we have no where to go but up.

    I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  7. I’m looking forward to the new series from Ilona Andrews that you mentioned. I absolutely loved the Kate Daniels series...or pretty much anything they write! ��

  8. I'm reading the Delaney Brothers trilogy by Lynne Marshall - nice small town family stories. I have some books from my tbr that I'm working my way thru - which comes next depend on my mood, but I tend to alternate historical and contemporary.

  9. Fabulous fresh fiction to start off the new year! I just read "Tidewater Bride" by Laura Frantz, one of my all-time favorite authors.This wonderful book is an inspiring historical romance, and it takes place in the early Colonial Era of my beautiful home state of Virginia.

  10. I am still looking over my shoulder at 2020 and can't quite believe that we are in 2021. Frankly, I am behind in book news regarding what to expect this month and was happy to see in your post that Sarah Morgenthaler's Enjoy the View is coming out. I chuckled through her last book and was simply thinking that I needed to read The Tourist Attraction!

  11. I'm so jealous that you read an ARC of The Ballad of Hattie Taylor by Susan Andersen - I love her books!! Megan Crane's is also amazing!! I want Jill Shalvis' also!! Can't wait to see your reviews PJ!!

  12. I' currently reading Scot under the cover by Suzanne Enoch. I'm now faced with the enormous task of taking down all of my Christmas decorations which will take me forever.

    Those new historicals look fabulous. I will have to check and see if my library has any of them on order, and if so, put a "hold" on them.

  13. I'm looking forward to Annie Rains, Susan Mallery's, and BJ Daniels new books.

  14. I'm looking forward to reading Kat Martin's new book.
    I'm currently reading Mountain Ink: Sapphire Lake by Darlene Tallman.

  15. looking forward to Susan Mallery's latest


  16. Happy New Year! Enjoy the View is on my list - loved the first book & the 2nd is on deck. I'm still doing some catch up - story of my life. This week I'll read Loretta Chase's Ten Things I Hate About the Duke.

  17. Another nice lineup for the month. A nice balance of historical, contemporary, suspense, with a fantasy/paranormal thrown in. I am trying to get organized and not having much luck. That is my main goal for this year. Things are such a disorganized mess, it is a bit overwhelming. Made a little bit of a dent since the 1st and if I can get a few of of the biggies out of the way, the rest will come easier. Best part of it is, once I make some progress I can spend more time reading and not feel quite so guilty.
    Next book on my list to read is ONCE UPON A MAIL ORDER BRIDE by Linda Broday. I have really enjoyed her interconnected series.
    Have a Wonderful 2021.

  18. It looks like another great month ahead! I am still playing catchup with books from 2020. I am determined to finishe a couple more holiday anthologies and then read Ten Things I Hate About the Duke. I'm about halfway through Merry Mayhem: A Collection of Yuletide Rogues and Outlaws.

  19. Happy New Year everyone. I'm looking forward to do many books. Highland Defender, The Heiress Gets A Duke etc. Great reads listed. Now I have to focus on taking down all my decorations. So much fun putting everything up and not so much taking it all down. Stay safe everyone !
    Carol Luciano

  20. Lots of familiar and also new authors for me on the list. I just finished a book so trying to decide what I'm in the mood for. I've branched out this past year and trying all kinds of new genres and authors so I'm looking forward to anything lol.

  21. I'm currently reading an ARC from Erin Nicholas called Gimme S'more. It's the final installment of her Hot Cakes series. It's all small-town romance with an underlying theme of baked goods, too sweet not to read!!

  22. I love books by Kat Matin and Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. I enjoyed a Christmas story by Annie Raines. My first book of hers and it won't be my last.I've read Susan Anderson's contemporary. This western packs an emotional punch!

    The others are new authors for me. I would like to read Christina Britton's historical romance and Kathryn LeVeque's story and Megan Crane's romantic suspense.