Friday, June 1, 2012

Reading on Rainy Days

So, at the start of hurricane season in Florida, I'm facing lots of days like today - gray, damp, and dreary - for the next few months.  While it's not so much fun to fight with umbrellas or deal with rain-delayed traffic, it is the right season to pick up a good book, curl up on the couch and get transported away from the rain.

For rainy days, I like mysteries or romantic comedies.  Today, I picked up the e-book The Chesire Cat's Eye by Marcia Muller, one of my favorite mystery authors.  It's one of her early books that I haven't read for many years and I wanted to revisit it.  I haven't gotten far, but the murder of a former client has Muller's private eye, Sharon McCone, caught up in the world of Victorian home restoration and has initiated my curiosity about why the murder occurred.  I don't remember the story, so I feel like I'm reading a brand new book.

What kinds of books appeal to you on a rainy day?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Five of My Favorite Romance Authors

I'm taking advantage of a weeknight free from work (I normally work nights and weekends) and would like to post my favorite romance authors.  If you haven't read some of these, you should check them out.  These are not listed in any particular order.

1. Susan Mallery, author of the Fool's Gold series, Barefoot Season, and lots of other contemporary romance novels. I've re-read many of these books and I love to recommend them to friends.  Some stories are steamier than others but all of them have stories that grab you from the very beginning.  If you haven't read any of her books, try Delicious, the first in the Buchanan family books.

2. Jennifer Crusie, author of Maybe This Time, Welcome to Temptation and lots of other great books.  I think I've read all of her books that are on my shelf multiple times.  I love them.  Her books are a little more eclectic, especially when she works with co-authors, like the paranormal story, Dogs and Goddesses, and the action/romance story, Agnes and the Hitman, but always include a little humor.  Any of Jenny's books are great, but if you want to try a great one, read Bet Me.

3.  Robyn Carr, author of the Virgin River series and other contemporary romance novels.  I have read all of the Virgin River stories multiple times.  Sometimes you just want to read a great story and Robyn never disappoints.  The first in the series, Virgin River, will introduce you to Jack, Mel and the town of Virgin River and you'll fall in love with the whole town.

4.  Luann McLane, author of Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots and other romantic comedies with a southern kick.  Luann has managed to make me laugh out loud reading her books.  As someone who grew up in the South, I know her humor is realistic without being mean-spirited.  Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots has one of the funniest scenes ever found in a romance, so if you can, start with that one.

5.  Kimberly Raye, author Dead Sexy and other vampire cowboy tales from Harlequin Blaze.  I haven't read all of Kimberly's books, but I do love the ones I have found.  These very steamy tales include a little bit of everything - vampires, cowboys, small towns, and heroines that are not afraid of a man who's a little different.

So, those are some of my favorite romance authors.  What author do you follow persistently? Track down new release information and follow them on Facebook?  I would love to hear from you.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good Reading for Summer Days

As my inaugural post, I want to share how much fun I have reading books by Susan Mallery.  Her newest book, Summer Days, is out this week and it's a fun, engaging read that kept me up a little late because I had to finish it the same day I started it.

The story focuses on Heidi, who raises goats just outside of Fool's Gold on a ranch she put all of her savings into buying.  Now the ranch is at risk because of her grandfather and his not-quite-legal idea for helping a friend finance his fight against cancer.  From the beginning of the tale, you definitely wanted to keep reading just to find out whether Heidi will be able to keep the ranch or not.

The characters are fun, a little different from the people next door, but believable enough you wish you could meet them.  Even Heidi's goats have personality!  Fool's Gold is also a place you wish you could visit and/or live in.  While I know that not all small towns are true communities where people want to help each other, it's such a great dream to have.

I hope you'll check out Susan's books.  I also hope you'll come back and find some more books to read.