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!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for... Elisabeth Naughton and Chloe Neill

ow that we're well into the challenge, how's everyone doing?  Still going strong, or starting to fade?  I know it's hard keeping up with everything, but it sure has been fun so far!

Today, I have two authors to spotlight. Elisabeth Naughton writes both romantic suspense and paranormal romance.  I really enjoyed her Stolen series, and while I haven't kept up with her Eternal Guardians series, I did enjoy the books I read.  Might be time for me to pick those books up again!

Next is Chloe Neill.  I really like her Chicagoland Vampires books.  Merit is a great character, and the series has had several twists and turns that will keep you guessing.  If you're in the mood for a good vampire series, check her out!  The first book in the series was just released as a mass market paperback, which means a lower price.

Have you read either of these authors?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for... Monica McCarty, Deirdre Martin, and Sarah McCarty

y, my, my.  Today has been one of the hardest posts, not because I couldn't think of anyone, but because there are so many great 'M' authors out there that I had to narrow things down to make this post manageable!  If you don't see your favorite, it's because I simply didn't have the space!

First up is Monica McCarty.  If you like Highlanders (and who doesn't?) this is the author for you.  She has a great series called The Highland Guard, which is about a group of men who protect Robert the Bruce. Very good stuff, and the covers aren't bad, either!

Next is Deirdre Martin.  I have a real soft spot for hockey romances, and she's one of the best.  Her New York Blades series is great fun!

Finally, if you're in the mood for steamier fare, check out Sarah McCarty.  She writes historical westerns, and they're hot, hot, hot!  She also has a paranormal series that I haven't read yet, but I've heard good things.

What about you?  Who are your favorite 'M' authors?

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for... Katie Lane, Kathy Love, and Yours Truly! :)

et's kick off the week with three new romance authors!

First up is Katie Lane.  Katie writes contemporary romances featuring cowboys.  What more could you ask for?  I discovered her through one of her holiday stories, but after finishing the book, I quickly went out and bought the books in her Deep in the Heart of Texas series.  I mean, who doesn't love a sexy cowboy?

Next up is Kathy Love.  Not to belabor the point, but I love her books! She writes both contemporary romance and paranormal romance, and I haven't found a book of hers that I don't enjoy.  Check out her Stepp Sisters trilogy, and then move on to her Bourbon Street Vampires books.

And finally, there's me!  I hope you'll forgive me for mentioning myself during this challenge, but I do enjoy my books, so it only seemed fair :) My books feature heroines who have science-themed jobs--Kelly, the heroine in DEADLY CONTACT is a microbiologist.  Claire, the heroine in FATAL FALLOUT (coming this August) is a nuclear physicist.  And Jillian from LETHAL LIES (coming this December) is an ER physician.  All my books have a scientific twist, but don't worry--the science isn't over the top, and it helps to ratchet up the suspense.  If you haven't yet, I hope you'll give me a try!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for... Lisa Kleypas

eeping up with these posts is a daunting task.  Am I the only one who's tired? :)

Today's author is Lisa Kleypas, and she's another one of my favorites. Her book, Sugar Daddy, was recommended to me by a friend, and after I finished it, I was totally hooked.  One of the best things about Lisa is that she writes in several genres, including contemporary, historical, and contemporary with magical realism elements.  No matter what your mood, I'm sure one of her books will appeal to you!

P.S. One of her books, Christmas Eve in Friday Harbor, was made into a TV movie.  Did you see it?

The book
The movie