Monday, May 17, 2010

Recommend Monday!

Good Monday Everyone!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fabulously fun? Share with us!

My weekend was busier than usual. I attended the Heart of Dixie Readers Luncheon on Saturday and had a wonderful time. Being around readers and writers of romance is always so uplifting. The keynote speaker, the fabulous Julia London, gave an entertaining and down to earth speech on being an author. Very enlightening!

My mom, aunts and one of my sisters drove two hours to attend the luncheon with me. We had so much fun! I am so incredibly blessed to have such a supportive family. And they love to read I'm doubly blessed!

Last night's LAST CHANCE discussion was lots of fun! There were oodles of questions and good discussion and they even got me to give up some secrets on the next trilogy. Oops! Hope all that attended enjoyed it as much as I did.

The next few weeks are going to be very busy for me. The deadline for SWEET REVENGE looms ever closer. The Quiet Man aka Dylan Savage better be ready to give up all of his secrets if I'm going to get this book in on time!

Unfortunately that also means I won't be around very much to chat. I'll miss everyone but with a deadline just six weeks away and a stubborn man for a hero, I have to concentrate all of my energies on the book. (Note to self: find an easy-going hero for my next project) Sigh...Only problem with that is I love stubborn, over-protective, arrogant heroes! So what's a writer to do?

Okay, enough about my world of frustrating characters. What about you? Did you read anything stupendous that you want the world to know about? What books are you recommending this week?

Hope everyone has a week filled with good weather, bountiful pleasures and great books!


Ronlyn said...

Happy Monday Christy!
I'm getting ready to dig in and do some Monday morning ass kicking here at my desk. It's in desperate need I'm afraid.

I finished up the Laura Griffin books (Thanks Kara!) and read Rachel Gibson's newest. What great fun to read a book set in my town. And, for those who asked, YES, I've been to many of those places. In fact, the description of Mark's Dr's office location is just down the street from my office (I'm right up the block from St. James Cathedral). LOL.
So, now I'm at loose ends book-wise.
Maybe I should try to get some answers from my buddy the D-man for you. What do you say? LOL
Hope everyone has a great week.

krisgils33 said...

I missed last night's group discussion. I really wanted to participate, but we had my daughter's 8th birthday party and it ran late (20 kids at the Color Me Mine pottery studio followed up by California Pizza Kitchen). I didn't realize until we got home from the party that I did not take one single picture of the festivities! What kind of parent forgets to take pictures or video????

Question to Ronlyn---how was the new Rachel Gibson? I'm a fan of her books, but haven't gotten to the latest one yet.

Ronlyn said...

I really enjoyed the new Rachel Gibson. She has a lot of comedic moments and sassy dialogue. I want to go back and get some of the older books (which I didn't realize were tied in until recently).
thumbs up from me. :-)

Jackie P said...

Ronlyn and Krisgils33, Ya'll need to grab "See Jane Score" by Rachel Gibson. Remember Ronlyn I was up until 4 o'clock in the morning laughing my tail off! I read back over Lisa Kleypas' Hathaways series so I could be ready for her new book coming out this month. This is the book about the brother Leo and should be a hoot. Can't wait. I don't think I read anything esle. Have a great week. :)

Ronlyn said...

Any of the others Jackie?

Crystal (cmac) said...

Hey everyone...
What a day! I took my 3 year old son and my 17 month old daughter to the pool this morning. My son nearly shaved 10 years off my life. I took my eyes off him for all of 5 seconds to help my daughter and when I turned back around I couldn't find him! When I did I had a slight heart attack I could just see his head bobbing up and down in the water. I got to him just as the lifeguard did. It was so close his lips were blue and his eyes were turning blue around them. He had no color....finally Praise GOD! He took a breath and spit up all the water in his lungs. Once he did that he started getting color back. He immediately got down and went back to playing. My poor daughter it scared her worse then it did him. She cried the rest of the time we were there. So anyway thank God for my guardian angel today!
I read 4 books last week. #3 and 4 of Cindy Gerard's bodyguard series. I'm loving the series! I am starting #5 today.
I also read One lucky Cowboy and Getting Lucky bu Carolyn Brown. They were good, mellow, easy reads. Its hard for me to get so into a book that I literally feel like I'm living in the moments if they don't keep me on the edge of my seat. (which usually calls for murder and mayhem) So I am flat out a suspense girl. But I'd recommend Carolyn Brown to anyone looking for that "awww how sweet" kind of books. Plus they are funny the woman are sassy and hold their own for sure.
Wow I just about wrote a chapter..sorry! Hope everyone is having a great Monday! If you haven't already slip on over to Pamela Clare's Man-titty Monday. Oh My Oh My!!! lol
Good Luck with Dylan Christy! By the way I had a lot of fun last night!

Ronlyn said...

oh no Crystal! ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))) kudos to your guardian angel today. How scary!

Aly said...

Crystal - How scary! I am glad that everything turned out fine!

I actually did quite a bit of reading once DH returned home on Saturday.

I finally read Suddenly One Summer and On Shelter Beach by Barbara Freethy. I didn't necessarily love either of these but they were both decent reads and the characters were compelling enough that I want to continue to read and find out what happens to them!

I also read Marked by Elisabeth Naughton. And man was I shocked! I went into her first trilogy with much trepidation since I don't normally care for books about artifacts, art heists, etc. But since I love new authors, I gave her a shot and LOVED those books. Again, I am not a fan of Greek Mythology but since I loved her first 3, I tried it --- And LOVED it! I can't wait for Entwined to come out in July!

I also did some more Karen Rose re-reads. Those are always fun!

I have now moved on to Mariah Stewart's Coming Home but am only about 30 pages in so I have no feeling about it yet :)

Mary G said...

Thank God he's okay. What a scare!

Thanks for mentioning Carolyn Brown. I have them but not read them yet.

I finished Intant Teptation by Jill Shalvis which I really enjoyed.

I read: Line Of Fire - Jo Davis
Firemen & rom. susp. oh yeah

Found Wanting - Joyce Lamb
Awesome rom. susp. too bad it's out of print. She's the one that wrote Cold Midnight that I loved - rom. susp. about the tennis player.

Mary G said...

Hey Reece's Peeces.
Would you be interested in a little promo? Joyce Lamb has a new book out June 1- True Vision rated
4 stars HOT by Romantic Times magazine.

"Lamb knocks it out of the park with this fast-paced romantic mystery. Combining paranormal elements, a carefully crafted mystery and a powerful romance, True Vison has something for everyone. Readers will be looking for the next book in the trilogy as soon as they finish this one."
Whew , sounds good.

About someone who witnesses & murder & develops powerful empathic abilities.

So Joyce being a sweetheart like Christy sent me True Vision bookmarks. I have 5 extra. I thought we could support Joyce by buying her book & I'll send a bookmark to the first 5 people that buy it. I'm buying iot the minite it hits Chapters. Let me know if you are interested.


Mary G said...

BTW - I asked Christy if it was okay first & she's all for new recs.

krisgils33 said...

Ronlyn and Jackie P-- I've read all the previous Rachel Gibson's and highly recommend going back and reading them. They are simply fun books.

I think Cindy Gerard's new one in the BOI series comes out soon. They are good reads. And definitely worth going back to the beginning and reading in order (I think there are 3 or 4 previous).

Thanks Ronlyn for the review of the Rachel....I ordered it a few minutes ago!

Kara C said...

I just finished Simply Irrestible by Rachel Gibson, her first hockey book. It was not the haha funny book I thought I was going to read, but terrific still the same. It dealt with a lot of tough topics, but was still fun. And I'm glad you liked Laura Griffin. I'm anxious for her new one.
My reading is a bit everywhere right now. I am currently reading Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sherryl Woods, Cindy Gerard's Feel the Heat, Elizabeth Hoyt's To Taste Temptation, Sandra Brown's Play Dirty, and Lynn Viehl's Shadowlight. Whew...

Jane said...

Good luck with the writing, Christy. I read Stephanie Laurens' "The Untamed Bride" over the weekend. I'm liking her new series.

Jackie P said...

Ronlyn, felt the same as Kara about "Simply Irrestible".

Kara, let me know what you think of Hoyt.

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Hi Crystal,

Glad to hear your son is okay!

For paranormal I would recommend "Lover Mine" by J.R. Ward, "Unhallowed Ground" by Heather Graham and "The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks.

For romantic suspense I would recommend "Dead by Midnight" by Beverly Barton, "Blood Ties" by Kay Hooper, "Her Last Chance" by Michele Albert, "The Angel" and "The Mist" both by Carla Neggers,

Christy Reece said...

Ronlyn, hope your day turned out successful. Sounds like you were definitely ready for it! And if you got anything from the D-man yesterday other than those wildly inappropriate words I had to delete, please let me know! Thanks for the recommends!

Kris, so sorry you couldn't make it to the LAST CHANCE discussion. You can go to the Yahoo group and read all of the emails though. And feel free to send emails to the loop. I'll be glad to answer any questions or comments you might have. Your daughter's b'day party sounds like it was a whole lot of fun!

Jackie, thanks for the recommend! Wow, if a book keeps a reader up to 4:00 am laughing, that is definitely a book to check out!

Crystal, oh my gosh! Thank heaven your son is okay. What a frightening experience! Your guardian angel was most definitely with you and your son! Whew, what a day! Thanks for the recommends. Looks like you had several good reads last week. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the LAST CHANCE discussion!

Aly, I've heard some good things about Elizabeth Naughton's Marked. Good to hear you enjoyed it so much! Also, Mariah Stewart's Coming Home sounds really good. I recommended it to an older lady the other day at Walmart who was perusing the romance section. She seemed thrilled.

Mary, thanks for the recommends. Sounds like you had some great reads last week. And we're always excited to get recommends for some good reads--Joyce Lamb's books sound great!

Kara, wow, what a list of reads! I so admire multi-book readers. Wish I could do that. Hope you love them all!

Jane, thanks for the good wishes. If these characters will cooperate, I think we can get through it with a minimum of bloodshed. (:
I didn't know Stephanie Laurens had started a new series. I loved her Cynster series. Glad the new one sounds good too!

Paranormal and RS reader, welcome to Recommend Monday! And thanks for the great book suggestions!

Hope everyone's Monday was fabulous and that your Tuesday is even better!

oklanannie said...

Hi everyone! Missed Monday but thought I would check in today. Am on my way to the bookstore to pick up Cindy Gerard's "Risk No Secrets" which is on the shelves today. I love her Black Ops series!

Mary G - I'm definitely going to be checking out Joyce Lamb's "Cold Midnight" and "True Vision".

Jane - I just finished "Elusive Bride" this weekend. Loved both it and "Untamed Bride." I can't wait for the next book in this series. I think in July??? It is fun to get another visit with and catchup on so many of the Cynsters as well.

Kara - I've been doing some rereads too. And "Play Dirty" and "Envy" by Sandra Brown were two I have done recently. Christy mentioned PD and another book blog brought up the subject of "Envy". I enjoyed both rereads more this time around than the first read. If you haven't read SB's "Envy" - well, I think it's one of her very best books ever. It's a much darker and deeper plotline. I loved the writing style of the book. Of course, "Play Dirty" and Griff remain favorites!

Christy - hope Dylan will cooperate and lessen the stress of the looming deadline for you. I'm really looking forward to reading all his secrets and Jamie's as well.

oklanannie said...

P.S. Crystal - Thank Goodness for guardian angels!!! I'm so very happy that your little one is fine. What a scary way to start a day. So very glad the ending was much brighter.

Christy Reece said...

Hey Oklanannie! I have Envy on my TBR stack. Just ordered it a few weeks ago from Amazon. I have about 40 books I'm dying to read but cannot CANNOT read until my deadline. And you know that Play Dirty is one of my absolute favorites of hers.

Thanks for your good wishes about Dylan. I think he is seeing the error of his way. Amazing what the love of a good woman will do for a man. (:

oklanannie said...

Christy, I think you'll LOVE "Envy" -- and the fact that the leads are in author/editor roles. Brown's writing style in "Envy" has been frowned upon by many but I found it to be stimulating as well as challenging. Loved the character development! Can't wait to hear what you think after you've read "Envy"!!

Kara C said...

I'm reading Play Dirty based on your rec, Christy (and Anne's I think). I'm also reading the Hoyt book based on a rec here (Anne, again?). Rereading the Gerard book because, well, it's Cindy Gerard. :)
BTW, stopped by my friend's bookstore today. She is SOLD OUT of CHANCE books as of today. :)

Christy Reece said...

Oklanannie, I'm sure I'll love Envy. I've heard good things about the book from you and several others. Can't wait till I have some time to dig into it!

Christy Reece said...

Kara, hope you enjoy Play Dirty. It was one of my favorites of Sandra Brown's books.

And please give your friend a great big hug for me for selling out of the CHANCE books! Also, be sure to remind her that there's more where those came from. (:

Kara C said...

Are you kidding? The next sentence after "Great job!" was "Now, order more." Got your back here in the big city.:)
Hope the writing is going great today.

Luci said...

I am late to this discussion but i would love to suggest a historical romance author for whoever likes historicals besides romantic suspense - as I do.

If you love Julie Garwood's medievals try Kimberly Killion. Am in the last chapters of Highland Dragon and loved the book.

Christy Reece said...

LOL. Thank you, Kara! So good to have someone looking out for me in the big city!

Christy Reece said...

Hey, Luci! Thanks for the recommendation! Love Julie Garwood's historicals, so will definitely have to add this one to my list.

And it's never too late to recommend a great read! Drop by any time and often!

oklanannie said...

Thanks for the historical rec, Luci! I'll be checking out Killion's books. Always glad to get a new author's name to add to the list.

Mary G said...

Awesome review of Second Chance at Book Binge blog Christy.

Only disagree with one thing:
"Christy Reece is an author that gets better with each book."

Although it's a compilment, I find the quality was wonderful & consistent from the first.

Christy Reece said...

Aw, thanks, Mary. And that was a nice review. Thanks so much for letting me know!

Mary G said...

Hi Christy
I just now had time to comment there. I know you get bored hearing how great you are LOL but here's my comment:

I enjoyed your review Casee. I'm a huge fan of rom. susp. & Christy does it right. Perfect blend of romance, suspense & hotness. Very smart writing & her villains are brilliantly written. Hope you enjoy Last Chance too.

Christy Reece said...

Get bored with people telling me they like my books and my writing? *snort* Not in this lifetime! (:

Thanks so much for your SWEET words. I do appreciate them and you!