10. When you find a book with a heroine named Cynthia Lopez who is aided by two fairy god-fathers, you can’t pass that up. Berta Platas cracked me up with her romantic comedy, Cinderella Lopez that was at times bitter, spicy and then oh so sweet when Cyn kicked some evil step-sister ass in some bitchin’ high heels.
9. I don’t know what I was thinking by leaving Most Wanted by Michele Martinez on my TBR pile for a year. What an idiot! I picked it up and couldn’t put it down till the end. And because I read it so fast, I had to reread it for the parts that I missed. If you love mysteries, New York and a tortured heroine who is a federal prosecutor, new mom and caught between two sexy, imperfect men, then check out the first book in the Melanie Vargas series.
8. When I mentioned that I love Emily Brightwell’s Mrs. Jeffries Mystery Series to my editor, she just about fell out of her chair with delight. She described Emily perfectly, “She’s the coziest of the cozies!” The latest book, Mrs. Jeffries Appeals the Verdict was the most complex and suspenseful of the series. Emily had me wondering if Mrs. Jeffries and her crew would actually solve the case. I won’t say more other than if you want a book to keep you warm during the winter months, Emily has more than 20 Mrs. Jeffries mysteries to keep you occupied!
7. The Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas is one of those stories rich with turbulent emotions and an unrepentant hero paired with a wounded, yet resilient heroine. I used to be one of those people who scoffed at historical romances until the owner of New and Recycled Romances insisted that I try one of Lisa’s books. I immediately saw the error of my ways and I’d say that 75% of my keeper shelf consists of historicals, especially those by Lisa.
6. Even though I read Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips last summer, I reread it again a few months ago. (What else can a girl do when she has to wait so long for Susan’s next book?) Anyway, Susan Elizabeth Phillips always makes me forget that I’m reading a book. The characters are so vivid they’re almost real. Just when she cracks me up, Susan turns around and smacks me upside the head with a scene that is so emotional, I’m suddenly crying. In public, no less.
5. When I first heard Reyna Grande read at the Chica Lit Conference in Miami, I was in awe of her. She is truly a storyteller and one of the most humble people I have ever met. Across a Hundred Mountains is one of those stories that stick in the memory. Even though there is ugliness and horrific tragedy, there is also salvation and grace.
4. If you read my blog regularly (read the post from 1/15/06), then you know how I feel about Do They Wear High Heels in Heaven by Erica Orloff. If I say anything more, you’ll think Erica and I are lovers.
3. I’d always noticed A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly on the book shelves but for some reason never picked up till last week. Couldn’t put it down, even when the Little Dude found some knives and began throwing them at Rascal. (That didn’t really happen, by the way.) Jennifer’s crystal clear prose and especially her heroine, gave me courage to plump the depths of a character who has been popping into my head.