ILL is an acronym for the most awesome-est of library services, InterLibrary Loan. Every library in the country should offer it (and if they don't - you can tell them that I said they suck). It essentially gives library patrons access to materials all over the country, and in some cases the world. Want to read that long out of print gem and your library doesn't own it? No problem! Your ever helpful librarian can check OCLC for you, and see if the book is loan-able from another institution. It's resource sharing at it's finest!
The catch? Well, with dwindling budgets and rising postage costs some libraries now charge for ILL. Usually it's a reasonable fee. My library system is one of the few in existence that still offers the service for free - but we do charge the patron if the lending institution wants to charge us. But then? We always check to see if the patron is willing before saying "Yes, send it!"
This is long-winded introduction to a new feature here at the Bat Cave. My office is actually across the hall from our ILL department and I love wandering in there to see what romances we're receiving and sending out. I'm nosy as Hell, and find this sort of thing interesting, so every once in a while I'll post three titles that I discover when I wander across the hall to raid their candy dish. Without further ado, here are the romances that caught my eye today:
Renegade Love by Katherine Sutcliffe, out of print. Oooh, a western! A wagon train theme no less. Girl meets boy while traveling west and wonders if the object of her lust is a notorious outlaw. I've only read Sutcliffe's romantic suspense and missed out on the height of her historical heyday. Yo my western homegirls, is this one worth checking out? And neither here nor there, the old school cover art is truly 1980s-tastic. Not to mention the tag line....Oy!
Dark Ruby by Lisa Jackson, out of print. Before she started churning out suspense novels, Jackson wrote several historicals. This one is a medieval, book one in a trilogy, and has a truly soapy-sounding plot complete with a secret baby.
Emma and the Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller, still in print. Book two in Miller's Orphan Train series. Prim, proper and engaged heroine falls for a wounded man who turns up on her doorstep. Then the real trouble shows up when it turns out the wounded hunky-hunk is a wanted man. Geez. Ain't that always the way? Haven't read this one, and have no desire to. Engaged To Some Other Hapless Guy heroines tend to set my teeth on edge.
Note to publishers: Notice how two of these titles are westerns? Ahem, just sayin'.