Hi friends!

Last week I mentioned that I was in the middle of Nine Women, One Dress and was loving it so far. I have to say, this book was truly delightful and it’s definitely a summer pick.

From the ninety-year-old designer who creates The Dress of the season; to the trio of Bloomingdale’s sales workers who act like good fairies for favorite clients; to the movie star who isn’t gay but meets the girl of his dreams because she thinks he is; to the female private investigator who's out to trap a husband in an affair, only to discover it’s his wife who may be the culprit; to all the other narrators, secondary, and tertiary characters (which include New York City and the aforementioned dress), this book is chock full of finely yet fully drawn characters, whimsy and unexpected plot twists, and details that I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying it.

Here’s the back cover copy:

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A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Natalie is a Bloomingdale's salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for seventeen years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Alabama, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on . . .

Enjoy! Truly, you will.

Books I’m looking forward to:Romance_Minnow

Kelly Harms’ The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay (releases Aug 9). I read Harms’ debut The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and simply loved it, then discovered the  author lives in my city! (Some very talented writers here in Wisconsin!) Early reviews indicate this book is a worthy followup to GLGoSL, so I’m excited to find the time to read it.

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (came out June 9). I’m a big fan of Levithan and this book is also getting some really good buzz.

A couple of industry notes:

The official public release of the wonderful documentary Love Between the Covers happens next month, on July 12!   It will be available at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, X-box, VUDU, DirecTV, FandangoNOW, Kaleidescape, AT&T U-verse, cable on demand, satellite TV, and many other platforms.  (You can pre-buy the film at Amazon and iTunes on July 5.)

I’ve seen the film 3 times now - in DC, Chicago, and Paris! - and really enjoy this engaging and powerful look at the romance industry. (And I could watch it again, there’s so much great information and compelling commentary!)

I’m also excited to announce that I’ve been invited to participate in Nielsens Inaugural Romance Book Summit at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual Conference in San Diego on July 14th.

The event will include panels and keynotes from thought leaders in the industry, and will focus on diversity and inclusion in Romance publishing.  It will present new insights to showcase the transformation of the Romance industry: the changing demographics, the growth of eBooks, the use of social media, and the rise of self-published authors.  It should be a lot of fun and informative as well!

You can learn more here:

www.nielsen.com/us/en/events/2016/romance-book-summit.html

If you’ll be in San Diego, I hope to see you!

Happy reading! xo

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.