Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for... Amanda Usen

h-oh was my first thought when I got to this letter.  I quickly scanned my bookshelves, and my fears were confirmed--I don't have any 'U' authors in my collection!  So I visited the RWA website, and lo and behold, there is one 'U' author.  I haven't read her yet, but now I feel like I have to, since she's so special!

Amanda Usen writes steamy romances, and she has two series right now: Sexy Chefs and Hot Nights.  I'm a fan of cooking/food themed romances, so I'll probably start with her debut, Scrumptious.

Has anyone read Amanda?  What did you think?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for... Jodi Thomas

oday, I'm happy to spotlight an author I've had the pleasure of meeting several times. Jodi Thomas spoke at a conference I attended a few years ago, and I found her to be quite inspiring.  She's since spoken at my local RWA chapter's meetings, and she was one of our conference speakers.  She's a genuinely nice person, who goes out of her way to encourage other writers.

Jodi writes both contemporary small-town romances, and Western historicals.  She also has an extensive back-list, so you're sure to find something you'll enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for... Kerrelyn Sparks and Shannon Stacey

o how's your week going?  I know it's only Tuesday, but hopefully you're having a good week!

Today, I have two more authors for you.  First up is Kerrelyn Sparks, who writes fun vampire romances.  The titles alone should tip you off--these aren't angsty, angry vampires, but rather fun, enjoyable characters.  Her books are peppered with humor, and I always find myself smiling as I read.

Next is Shannon Stacey.  I read the first book in her Kowalski Family series, and just loved it.  It's a great series about a large family, and each sibling is so well-drawn and interesting, you really feel like you get to know them as you read the books.  If you're looking for a good contemporary series, give her a try!

Good luck to my fellow A to Z'ers--we're on the home stretch of the challenge!

Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for... Kimberly Raye and Nora Roberts

eady to meet some new authors?  Let's get started on this last full week of the A to Z Challenge!

Today, I want to spotlight two authors--a superstar and a relative unknown.

The first is Nora Roberts.  She's a rockstar in the romance genre, and she's so big that even people who don't read romance have heard of her. She was one of the first authors I binged on, so I have some very fond memories of her books.  Believe it or not, I've never read her J.D. Robb books, but I'll get around to them someday...

Just hanging with my BFF, La Nora.  That's how I roll :)
Next up is Kimberly Raye.  I read her Dead End Dating books, about a vampire matchmaker, and really enjoyed them.  There was a delay in the publication of the latest book in the series, but I've just downloaded it and am excited to start reading!

Have you read any Nora Roberts or Kimberly Raye?  What did you think?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for... Julia Quinn

uestion for you: what's the first romance novel you remember reading?  Mine was from today's author, Julia Quinn.  I picked up a copy of What Happens in London and absolutely loved it, but Serious Readers don't read romance, and so it took several more years before I developed the confidence to stop caring about what other people thought of my reading choices. Once I embraced romance, I never looked back! :)

Julia writes historical romances, and she's written one of my favorite books, The Lost Duke of Wyndham.  If you haven't read it yet, go straight to the library or bookstore and pick up a copy--it's delightful!

How do you feel about historical romance?  Is it one of your favorite genres, or do you prefer something else?

Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for... Carly Phillips

erusing my bookshelves has been one of the best parts of this challenge--sometimes I forget how many books I have, and I've rediscovered some old favorites!

Today's author is Carly Phillips.  She's another contemporary author, and her books are always fun with great characters and snappy dialogue.  I've really enjoyed her Bachelor Blog series, and her Serendipity books are also great.
Book 1 in the
Serendipity series
Book 1 in the Bachelor
Blog series

Have you read any of Carly's books?  What did you think?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for... Julie Ortolon

h my goodness, we're already halfway through this challenge!  It's been both simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating--there are so many good blogs out there!

Today, I'm spotlighting a fellow Texas author. Julie Ortolon writes sweet contemporary romance, and many of her books are set in or near Galveston, Texas.  I always enjoy reading books set in places I know well, and she does a nice job describing island life.  If you're looking for a breezy, light read, give her a try!