Important and utterly selfish! I need your advice on something---I have recently come into a $100 Amazon GC. I have run out of romance authors to buy and I am wanting to buy something sort of specific--
-many books—can be individual books from different authors or just many from one author
-the rakes are really rakish. Bordering on mean. Kind of like Never A Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer or Sinful and Addicted by Charlotte Feathersome.
-I also like the really old-time romance novels from the 70’s and 80’s but that’s not a priority now…I’m just burning to spend the GC.
The authors I have already maxed out on during my last binge are: Mary Balogh, Stephanie Laurens, Lisa Kinsale, Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Elaine Coffman, Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsay, Jo Beverly, Laurie McBain, Mary Jo Putney Judith McNaught.
Book bloggers are the only people I trust to recommend books to me. I am at a book buying loss. I feel like an angel that has lost her wings.
Cupcake of the week: Smores, Crème Brûlée, Cotton Candy
Flavors I’ve been pondering-Fig and Vanilla Bean, Goat Cheese and Cranberry
Reviews posted this week:
- Next To Love by Ellen Feldman
- A Crowded Marriage by Catherine Alliott
- Hush by Cherry Adair
- With All My Might by Gabriella Van Rij
- Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller
- Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton
This week's question is:
Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?
I’m going to talk Disney movies here because I’m afraid to admit that I haven’t read any actual fairy tales aside from a few Hans Christian Andersons. My favorite fairy tale (ie Disney movie aside from Newsies) has to be Beauty and the Beast. I don’t know why. I always thought that the Beast was the best hero out of all of them. It might also have been the start of my love of romance novels. I mean kind girl tames the heart of the gruff but broken hero. C’mon. It’s still awesome. But I do have to admit, he lost some of his charm when he got all pretty and blond at the end.
When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?
I always knew that I loved to read. My mother is a big bookworm—maybe even worse than me. We always had a dedicated hour or two in the day for reading and we took weekly trips to the local library. It started when I was a baby and, believe it or not, I still dedicate an hour or two everyday. Reading has always been a passion but, I think, it was really bashed into my head when I read Anne of Green Gables and Little Women for the first time—it was the first time I had ever been really absorbed by a book.
Summer Love: Where is your ideal place to take a summer vacation & get lost in a book?
I am not a fan of the warm weather at all. So I would stay away from the Caribbean or any place like that. I would probably veer towards cooler weather—maybe Canada or Northern England or Scotland. I really hate the heat and find it difficult to read when it’s hot. My ideal reading location on vacation would be in a nice air conditioned hotel or cottage with no interruptions.