"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Catching up. Much, much catching up.

I confess, I have been derelict in my reading. All writers must read, and read a lot, both in and out of their genre. I've seen a lot of New Year's resolutions about reading outside your comfort zone and I think it's a great idea. I'm a firm believer that if a book is well-written, I want to read it, regardless of what category it falls into.

The holidays afforded me a few chances to read, mostly because I had a cold and didn't feel up to doing anything I was supposed to do. Then, of course, there were the two days I spent prepping for and undergoing a colonoscopy. 

I got a lot of reading done.

Here are my recommendations for anyone looking for a good 2015 story. Full disclosure here: these authors are my friends, but I only recommend books I like. The writing is good. You'll love them.

1. THE STONES OF KALDAAR by Tameri Etherton (click for Amazon link)
A fantasy that will take you to a fabulous new world, populated by a cast of characters who are engaging, intriguing, and keep you guessing as to their deepest motivations. The main character is everything Tameri promises - a kickass heroine struggling to do what's right. And of course there is a handsome rogue to steal her heart. Yes, it is Part 1 of a Trilogy, but I promise you the ending is satisfying enough to keep you filled until the next book comes out.

2. IDENTITY ISSUES by Claudia Whitsitt (click for Amazon link)
Samantha Stitsill is a familiar woman to us all. Life for her is a constant juggling act, of marriage and family and friends and career. She is also a bulldog when it comes to a mystery and won't stop until she has answers. There are also three books to this series, and you can bet I'll be reading them all!

3. SHIMMY FOR ME by DeAnna Cameron (click for Amazon link)
This is a novella, about a part-time administrative assistant, part-time belly dance studio owner who has a one-night stand with a smokin' hot guy, then finds out he may not have been the best choice to scratch her itch. The only way I can describe this story is delicious. Just read it. You won't regret it.

Anyone have any recommendations for me?

1 comment:

Tameri Etherton said...

You know, I am so freaking blessed to have friends like you! Thank you not just for the fabulous things you said about my book, but for being awesome.

I already know Claudia's books are wildly fun and am looking forward to reading Deanne's book. A belly dancer! How can that not be entertaining?

What an eclectic mix of reading material you listed. I love it! Thanks again and I'm excited you enjoyed the adventure. I'm off now to get me some belly dancing mischief.

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