Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I am reading everything!

What am I reading?
Everything!

I approach my career as a writer as a business, because that’s what it is to me. That means I spend most of each day at my computer, first on emails and social media, then after treadmill and shower, solid writing. When I quit for the day, eat dinner and watch Jeopardy (I am an admitted addict), I pull on my comfy pajamas and crawl into bed and……read! It’s my other addiction. I crave books. Reading to me is better than chocolates and wine and anything else you can name.
What does that mean? That I choose my books very carefully. Oh, sure, I always find a few less-than-desirables. Especially with a new author it can be a crap shoot. On the other hand, sometimes when you try a new author you find a nugget of gold that opens the way to an entire mine.
Such an author is Marie Force. Her entire McCarthys of Gansett Island series is better than the best aged whiskey. It’s got love, sex, conflict, great characters, crises, anything you want. And written with an incredibly fine hand. Start with Maid For Love. http://www.amazon.com/Maid-Love-McCarthys-Gansett-Island-ebook/dp/B004YKZIGI/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392584457&sr=1-2&keywords=Maid+For+Love
Second comes her Fatal Attraction series and now her Green Mountain Inn series, I just finished the first book, All You Need is Love. She has such a way with characters and plots, and brings you right into the story.
I’m also reading Maya Banks, about one eighty from Marie Force but also a strong writer. Loved, love, love the Breathless Trilogy. Raw sex at its absolute best. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_22?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=the%20breathless%20trilogy%20in%20order&sprefix=The+Breathless+Trilogy%2Cdigital-text%2C265
Then there’s my historical detour. Although history was one of my majors in college (back in the Dark Ages, dontcha know!) I never seemed to develop a taste for historical novels. However, when I was touted on to Jo-Ann Power’s novel about WWI nurses, Heroic Measure, I couldn’t resist. What a wonderful love story and a glimpse into the heroic nurses who served in the battlefields of that war. Don’t miss this book.
http://www.amazon.com/Heroic-Measures-Jo-Ann-Power-ebook/dp/B00FKEVPBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392584592&sr=1-2&keywords=Heroic+Measures
Then of course there is Joey Hill, who writes the most incredible beautiful erotic love story with a heavy focus on the D/s lifestyle. She weaves a magic spell with her words, capturing the reader from the very beginning. I’d recommend the two-book arc that’s part of her Nature of Desire series, The Ice Queen and Mirror of My Soul.
http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Queen-3-Nature-Desire-ebook/dp/B0032Y6RO4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392584682&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Ice+Queen+by+Joey+Hill
And finally, in a complete change of pace, a book I read time and again. It’s not a romance. Not a love story of any kind, But it is an adult fairy tale. Trustee From the Tool Room. Whenever I have a bad day I read this book because it reminds me there is an innate goodness to humanity.
http://www.amazon.com/Trustee-Toolroom-Vintage-International-Nevil-ebook/dp/B003WUYPYW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392584723&sr=1-1&keywords=Trustee+From+the+Tool+room
So there you have it. Hope you got some good tips here.





4 comments:

  1. Yeah, Desiree-

    Momma X and I watch "Jeopardy" every night with dinner. Seems just the right background to dine by. The questions often lead to discussion, and sometimes we learn. I also tend to stay away from historical novels, but good true crime (in the Capote, Mailer, etc. category) and studies of past or exotic societies are what I often gravitate to when not reading fiction

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  2. And I forgot to mention how much respect I have for anyone who is able to make a living from something they love doing.

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  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I don't normally follow Jeopardy, but have been reading with great interest about Arthur Chu and his game theory.

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  4. You *are* reading everything, Desiree! When do you get the chance to write?

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