Even though I’m currently writing contemporary fiction/romance, my reading tastes are much more varied.

This page will take time to completely flesh out, since I read all the time, but I’ll add to it as I can to throw in my two cents’ worth on what I’m reading and some of my past favorites.

What I Just Finished…

Dragon BoundDragon Bound
Thea Harrison

This was a fun read. The first in the Elder Races series, Dragon Bound tells the story of Pia Giovanni, who as a half-human and half-wyr, tries her best to stay below the radar. Those efforts don’t work out too well when she’s blackmailed into stealing from a dragon’s hoard. She finds herself in the dragon’s crosshairs… and it’s not that bad of a place to be. To say the dragon is smokin’ hot would be an understatement!

Thea Harrison’s Official Site
Publisher’s Site: Berkley Books

Life From ScratchLife From Scratch

Melissa Ford

Life From Scratch follows the life of Rachel Goldman as she struggles to emerge from a sad divorce. In an effort to find a few positives, Goldman decides to teach herself to cook. From not knowing how to fry an egg to whipping up a dinner party for half a dozen people, Goldman learns lessons about life and love along the way. She starts a blog as more of an online diary, and is stunned to discover that she has followers who adore her site.

(Okay, that last part can happen to me any time. I’m just sayin.’)

This is a first-person story, and Ford is a great writer. I was happy to read that she’s working on a sequel.

Official site for the book
Publisher’s site: Bell Bridge Books

The Grand SophyThe Grand Sophy

Georgette Heyer

You’ll feel like you’re reading a Jane Austen novel when you read this book. The language is wonderful. The unfamiliar patterns and vocabulary take work to follow, but the rewards are great. This book is funny and absorbing, and I’m sure I’ll read it again, just like I do with some of Austen’s books.

Sophia Stanton-Lacy, the titular character, comes to stay with her aunt while her father is out of the country, and pretty much turns every member of the family on their heads as soon as she arrives. She’s a strong, independent woman before women were supposed to be strong or independent, and her escapades while fixing everyone’s problems are hilarious.

Published in 1950, The Grand Sophy is one of Georgette Heyer’s better-known works. Heyer, born in London in 1902, died in 1974 at the age of 71. She has been called the “Queen of the Regency romances.” Interestingly, Heyer was of the opinion that publicity was not necessary for good book sales.

In case you missed it, you might want to go back and read that last sentence again. Pretty earth-shattering contrast to today’s views, huh? Writers today have to have Web sites and jump through all the social media rings of fire to even have a shot at being published. It’s enough to make a person long for the good old days…

The Grand Sophy was first published by Heinemann in the UK and Putnam in the U.S.
Pages dedicated to Georgette Heyer:

What I’m Reading Now…

Marked: A House of Night NovelMarked: A House of Night Novel
P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

I’ve walked by this book many times, so I’m not sure what finally made me buy it, but I’m glad I did. Even thought it’s a YA novel, I’m enjoying it. (I actually read a good bit of YA. I have a 12-year-old daughter, and it’s fun to read what she’s reading so we can talk about it.)

Written by a mother-daughter team (how cool is that?), this book is the first in a series. It follows “fledgling vampyre” Zoey Redbird, a 16-year-old teenager marked to enter the House of Night vampyre school. Zoe will apparently learn that she has special powers, and will struggle to learn her way around her new world. I’m already having trouble putting it down!

Official site for the series
P.C. Cast’s official site
Publisher’s Site: St. Martin’s Press

Evermore: The ImmortalsEvermore: The Immortals

Alyson Noël

“OMG Mom! This book is so good! You have to read it!”

That was my introduction to Evermore by Alyson Noël: my daughter bursting out of her room, book in hand. She didn’t have to twist my arm after that. 🙂

This series may remind some readers of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, but if you’re someone who didn’t care for that series, don’t hold it against this one. It’s a young adult series with two main characters who are doomed to have an unconsummated relationship over and over through time. The main character, Ever, survives a car crash that kills her family only to find that she’s been left with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts.

My daughter is halfway through the third book in the series. I can’t wait to catch up!

Official site for the series
Alyson Noël’s official site
Publisher’s Site: St. Martin’s Press

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