Good point. Several of those are others I have fond memories of. (Except Web of the Romulans, I don't remember that one.) And I haven't read any of the movie novelizations (yet!)
I guess I should have said "Hardly ever" instead of "No never."
"The Romulan Way" is another example of a "thinking outside the box" novel that I really enjoyed.
Still- we didn't get novels focused on original characters nearly as often back then as we have in the years since New Frontier made it mainstream.