Writer’s I’m Loving:

 So, rumor on the street is that American Historical Romances are the next BIG historical thing. Ok, I’m starting that rumor, but someone go put it on the street!

Comments concerning queries and contest entries being about different American time periods have led me to believe we’re going to see a huge upswing in that sub-genre. And so, I give you my latest read —> Jodi Thomas.  Ms. Thomas writes lovely western romances. One of the exciting things about her books (for me as a writer/reader) is the growth in her writing. She’s gone from being a really good writer to being a great one. Even my local Annie’s (the used bookstore chain up here) won’t give me her books at a discount since some are so hard to find. . . You know a book is on everyone’s keeper shelf when you can’t get it at any of the used shops!


If you haven’t read Suzanne Brockmann’s series about Navy SEALs, Troubleshooters, it’s time to get on board baby! Never before have I seen an author drag you through a series like this – and I mean in a good – no, GREAT – way.  With a main hero and heroine in every book, she also has ongoing love stories as well as wonderful tales that center around relationships from WWII.  Her men are sexy, her women are kickass, and her stories pull you in.  Check her out and get sucked in today because her new book comes out next week.


Patricia Gaffney stole my breath away with her historical romance Wild at Heart. I can’t recommend this book enough.  She somehow tells the story of a lost boy, raised by wolves, in a realistic and touching way.  She weaves a story of a man untouched by the education and growth of humanity as well as its cynicism and doubt.  The conflicts thrown in the love story’s path feel true to life.  Personalities and reactions are more consistent than most writers could have managed. Fall in love with this author and her hero and heroine – it’s a must!


What would happen if 90% of the population was made up of women? You may be surprised by the answer Wen Spencer comes up with in her book A Brother’s Price – talk about nature versus nurture!  Challenge everything you think you know about the sexes:


Diana Peterfreund’s second book in her Secret Society Girl Series is out – and definitely worth picking up.  Senior year, distant best friend, sexy boy, and a Secret Society! What else could a girl want? Well, a lot, but I won’t ruin it for you.  Hit the bookstore my friend, this is a great read.

My only complaint? The third book doesn’t come out till next summer!


My love of fantasy began when I was 6 years old when Mr. Lloyd Alexander entered my life.  The man was a genius – and I’ve been finding that out all over again this past month. Since his death on May 17th, I’ve looped back around to re-read some of my childhood favorites.  

If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Prydain and followed the adventures of our hero Taran, you don’t know what your missing. An assistant pig keeper, an oracle pig, and a beautiful princess retell the Welsh lore in a beautiful set of stories beginning with The Book of Three.

Learn more about Lloyd Alexander and his books HERE.


Susan Wiggs is ruining my life! A friend turned me on to her and I seem to spend every moment not working or writing reading her books (how many books could she have written!!!) Every time I pick up a new book I know a couple of things:

  • I’m going on an emotional ride
  • I’m going to love love love it
  • I’m going to learn something new as a reader
  • I’m going to learn something new as a writer

Her trilogy around the Chicago Fire is Fabulous and her new series isn’t coming out quickly enough for my tastes – of course, slower releases equal more sleep for me right now! I highly recommend checking her out:


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