Thursday, December 17, 2009

Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr

A Virgin River series novel. If you like Macomber, Sherryl Woods and those small community kind of books like I do ~ you won't want to miss out on this series.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

There's Something About Christmas by Debbie Macomber

I read this one every year and I enjoy it every single time. You'll think about fruitcake in a whole new way. It's a quick read, too.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

2009 Special Keepsake Holiday Books

Be sure to balance all the list-checking, shopping, baking and craziness that is the holidays for a little me-time. It's an important part of staying healthy and happy through the hectic holidays. Here's some help.

Check out this beautiful YouTube video from Harlequin Books. Seriously, it's beautifully done and gives you a great blurb on a special selection of books.

See - pretty great, huh!

I bet you're now in a snuggle-with-a-good-book kind of mood. Run out to your local bookstore, or jump online and order or download one of these. Then put on a pot of tea, hot chocolate, or fine coffee and settle in for some Happy Holiday reading.

I'm sixty seconds away from reading one (I'll be downloading to my Kindle.)
Don't keep this secret - share it with your friends by sending them this link!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Books to get you in a White Christmas Mood

As soon as I get through the hustle bustle of baking and planning and finally delivering on that huge Thanksgiving meal, I'm ready to indulge in some reading. I love digging into winter-bound stories and these are some of my recent holiday favorites.

DEBBIE MACOMBER:: The Christmas Basket, Christmas Letters, There's Something About Christmas and The Snow Bride. If you have to pick just one:: There's Something About Christmas is a fun story and it's centered around a fruitcake recipe contest. It will bring a whole new feeling when you hear the word (no long will you conjure up images of icky brickweight cakes!)

NORA ROBERTS:: First Impressions

MARY KAY ANDREWS:: Blue Christmas

I hope you find the perfect holiday read to snuggle with. All of these books are lovely hardbacks too -- they make nice gifts for friends.
Happy Holidays.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle (ABC)

Let me just say when I saw the stacks of HEAT WAVE on the book launch episode of CASTLE a few weeks back it looked like a chunky hardback. I was a little bummed when it arrived and was a skinny hardback, but that was okay --- I love that show, so I dove in with optimism. Afterall, does size really matter??

I love the "Moonlighting"-like banter between Castle and Beckett on the show and that same banter takes place in the book between Nikki Heat and a reporter called Rook.

I'll admit it is written in a way that has me backing up to re-read a lot ... BUT I didn't stop reading. It was interesting enough that despite half the characters have names that start with R and Heat being the name of the main character and keeping me a little confused . . . I like it! I even recommend it.

If you have a CASTLE fan on your holiday shopping list, I think this is a good and playful pick.

Would I read another one? Yes. I would.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy

If you're looking for a story snuggle up with that's full of family secrets, community, and hope --- this is your kind of book.

I loved it!
I'm looking for my next Barbara Freethy to read as we speak!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Eight by Katherine Neville

I'll admit that this isn't the kind of read I usually go for, but I was planning to attend the JRW Conference and Katherine was to be on several panels. It's actually how I find lots of new reads. I always feel compelled to read a little something by each of the keynotes before I go to conference. It does keep my reading more well-rounded, too.

This book has been selling for twenty years. Really! In like it's fortieth printing and I think she's in nearly every darn country in the world. It's a quest novel. If you like that kind of book: people searching for something, in danger, delving into the past, visiting amazing foreign places and cultures -- grab this one.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner

Fun, Fun, Fun read ... just as fun as the title! Check out this Virginia Author.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Brenda Novak can really bring on the suspense. If you want a book that'll keep you flipping pages until you're done --- this is it. Just out on Aug 1 --- get it now!

Interesting tidbit about this book. It was released with a goofy cover where the author's name and title were in a teal foil that didn't show up on the black cover. MIRA is replacing them, but some of those goofy copies are still out there. You might end up with a collector's item!!

If you don't see it at first....squint and see if there's a disappearing title/name on the might be this great read.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Twenty Wishes - Debbie Macomber

There's just never a wrong book to pick that's been written by Debbie Macomber.
I love these feel good books, and the friends and communities that I spend time with during these reads.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Stop Me

-- Stop Me - Brenda Novak

**And if you love this one .. go back now and get the others in this series!!
She writes a great romantic suspense.

Inn at Eagle Point

-- Inn at Eagle Point - Sherryl Woods

**I am enjoying all of the books in this Chesapeake Shores series. Sherryl Woods is a Virginia author, so I may be a bit biased, but I have enjoyed all her books. She writes a great community with diverse characters that you'll have to remember are just in a book, not on the Christmas card list ;)

Picture Perfect

-- Picture Perfect - Jodi Picoult

** Folks love Picoult books so much, they'll steal 'em! I had to buy a second copy of this one after someone stole my copy. It was worth the double-buy.

Line of Scrimmage

-- Line of Scrimmage - Marie Force

**Who doesn't want to read about a sexy, hot jock that shows his romantic side. Swept me right off my feet!!

The Book Club

-- The Book Club - Mary Alice Monroe

The Shack

-- The Shack - William P Young

**If you haven't read This is one of those self-pubbed phenoms that broke all the rules, but it is an entertaining, thought provoking read.

Small Town Christmas

-- Small Town Christmas - Debbie Macomber (MIRA )

Friday Night Knitting Club

-- Friday Night Knitting Club - Kate Jacobs (Berkley)
She also has the sequel ... Knit Two out now.
**It's a bit of a slow start, but stick with it because it's a delightful read, and you'll love the characters and twists in this story.

Just Breathe

-- Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs (HQN)


-- Time is a River - Mary Alice Monroe (Pocket)

**My new favorite book!

Down River

-- Down River - John Hart

Together Alone

-- Together Alone - Barbara Delinsky (Harper)

Savannah Breeze and Savannah Blues

Fabulous Mary Kay Andrews Books. I loved Hissy Fit, too.
Check them out.


-- Deep Dish - Mary Kay Andrews (Harper)

Dead Roots

-- Dead Roots - Nancy Cohen (Kensington)

**Great read!!

Nicholas Sparks

-- The Choice - Nicholas Sparks (GrandCentral)

-- Dear John - Nicholas Sparks (GrandCentral)

But my favorite all time Nicholas Sparks is The Guardian.

White Lies

-- White Lies - Jayne Anne Krentz

**I've got every book she's written under them all. So will you.

Hide and Seek

-- Hide and Seek - Fern Michaels

Christmas at Blue Moon Ranch

-- Christmas at Blue Moon Ranch

Nature Girl

-- Nature Girl - Carl Hiassen

The Marriage Game

-- The Marriage Game - Fern Michaels

** Twisty great story -- like all Fern Michaels.

Sick Puppy

-- Sick Puppy - Carl Hiassen

** Never read Carl Hiaassen? This Florida writer will tickle your memory with the most memorable characters you'll ever encounter. I haven't picked one up I didn't love.

Blue Smoke

-- Blue Smoke - Nora Roberts

Indigo Dying

-- Indigo Dying - Susan Wittig Albert

**None of these "plant" books by Susan disappoint. China Bayles Mysteries - love them.

More than Friends

-- More than Friends - Barbara Delinsky

Morning Comes Softly

-- Morning Comes Softly - Debbie Macomber

First Impressions

-- First Impressions - Nora Roberts

Blue Christmas

-- Blue Christmas - Mary Kay Andrews

**Quick and fun read.

First, Best and Only

-- First, Best and Only - Barbara Delinsky


-- Smitten - Janet Evanovich

Mistletoe Man

-- Mistletoe Man - Susan Wittig Albert