December Contest Winner

The winner of my fabulous December contest is Elizabeth Banda! Congratulations, Elizabeth.  You’ll be receiving a My Favorite Countess bag stuffed full of books, and a My Favorite Countess tee shirt.  Your gift package will be on its way to you soon.

I’d like to thank everyone who signed up for my contest.  And don’t worry if you didn’t win.   I’ll be running more contests – including ARC giveaways of My Favorite Countess and my upcoming Kensington anthology, An Invitation To Sin – over the next few months.  Stay tuned for details!

My Favorite Countess

Keep your eyes peeled for An Invitation to Sin, coming in February.

An Invitation To Sin

We Have A Winner!

Happy New Year!

The winner of my Best Books of 2010 is Tracy!  Congratulations, Tracy.  A copy of Amy Atwell’s Lying Eyes is on its way.  I’ll also be announcing the winner of my big December contest in a day or two.  Stay tuned!

To all my readers and friends, I hope that 2011 is a wonderful year for you, full of peace, health, and abundance.  Happy New Year!


Another Damn “Best of” List

Yeah, I know.  Another damn list of favorite books from 2010.  But it is fun to look back at what I read this year, and think about what books really caught my attention and why.  So here’s my list of the books that knocked my socks.  One caveat – they weren’t all written in 2010, but that’s when I read them so they’re going on the list.  I still have a huge pile of books that were published this year teetering at the top of my TBR pile.  I have no doubt that some of them will make the list of my favorite books for 2011.

And since it’s still officially the holiday season and I’m still flush with the Christmas spirit, I’ll be giving away a copy of the e-book, Lying Eyes, by my good friend and fellow Carina Press author, Amy Atwell.

Drum roll please…

Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas.  A wonderful end to the Hathaway series, and one of LK’s best books, IMHO.  The story of an emotionally wounded soldier and the very unusual young woman who helps him to heal is sexy, heartfelt, and funny.  I adored this book.

The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase.  An early novella rather than a novel, this story is a showcase for LC’s trademark wit, deep emotion, and stellar writing.  Worth the time and effort to track it down.

Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase.  A sequel to the much-loved Lord Perfect, LNS finally gives us the story of those wayward children, Olivia and Peregrine, all grown up.  I laughed out loud several times reading this book, and it’s one of the most emotionally satisfying love stories I’ve read in a long time.

Rebels and Lovers By Linnea Sinclair.  I love Sci Fi Romance, and I’m glad to see it making a comeback, with some e-book publishers, at least.  Sinclair writes the best – strong, character-driven stories with believable worlds and sympathetic heroes and heroines with very big problems to solve.

Defiant by Kris Kennedy.  You won’t have seen a copy of Defiant on bookshelves, because it won’t be released until April 2011.  But I was lucky enough to read it in manuscript, and I’m here to tell you that it’s an awesome read.  Kennedy is a hugely talented author who writes very sexy, very adventurous Medieval romances.   I think everyone is going to love this book.

Scream For Me/Kill For Me by Karen Rose.  I was a little late coming to Karen Rose but, man!  The wait was worth it.  These two books from the Vartanian series are incredibly suspenseful, emotional, and downright scary.  Nobody writes villains like Karen Rose!

Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Lover by Jennifer Ashley.  I wondered how JA would top The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, but she did it in spades with this book.  Very emotional and beautifully written.

And last but not least…

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.  Probably my favorite book this year, TID is a masterpiece of world-building, story, and craft.  The writing is stellar, but it never overshadows an exciting and ultimately very thought-provoking story told in the world of Steampunk.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

So there they are.  A pretty impressive line-up, eh?  Tell me what were your favorite reads of the year.  One commenter will win a copy of Amy Atwell’s Lying Eyes.

 


A Blizzard of Books

The handsome fellow posing with Santa is Yukon, the book-loving Norwegian Elkhound.  As you can see, he’s got quite the pile of presents there, and I can guarantee that some of them will be books.

My family loves giving and receiving books for Christmas.  I’ve already checked out everybody’s haul, and there are a few that I’m going to be “borrowing” for myself.   My step-mother has one particularly interesting book in her pile: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who, without her consent, made medical history.  The book has been getting great reviews, and it sounds both important and fascinating.

I also got a few swell books under the tree, ones I had been hoping Santa would bring me to help with my research.  The first is the revised edition of The London Encyclopaedia. This tome – and I do mean tome – can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about London, seemingly from the dawn of time.  It’s lucid and beautifully written, and full of cool stuff.  Want to know about the Kensal Green Cemetary?  It’s in there.  About the history of electricity in London?  That’s in there too.  An invaluable research tool, and it’s also just plain fun to read.

The other book I got was Georgian and Regency Houses Explained.  It’s not a very big book, but it’s meaty.  Not only does it give details on things like the kinds of building materials used during the period, it explains the socio-economic factors that influenced the development of style and function.  Another very cool book.

What books did you get this holiday season?  Tell me what you got, and one commenter will win an e-book copy of my VK Sykes contemporary romance, CaddyGirls.


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