Monday, April 11, 2011

Recommend Monday!

Good Monday Everyone!

I'm back from RT and wow oh wow, Dorothy was so right! There's no place like home! I had a great time, went to some amazing workshops, and met many wonderful people, but getting back to my family and into my routine feels so good.

In between staying in my room because, unfortunately, I've yet to go to a conference when I didn't get a migraine, there were several events that stood out for me. Of course, accepting the RT award was one of them. I do wish I'd managed not to cry. Sigh, headache plus feeling a wee bit overwhelmed (an introvert in front of 400+ people makes for volatile emotions). I was doing fine until I thanked my hubby who seven years ago gave me my first laptop and told me he wanted my dreams to come true. LOL And then, I lost it! Fortunately I got off the stage without further embarrassment. The award is lovely and I am so appreciative to RT!

Another highlight was a videotaped interview I did with Morgan Doremus, the RT web editor. It will air on the RT site around the time SWEET JUSTICE releases. That was fun talking about the SWEET series and the entire LCR gang!

Another wonderful event was listening to the awesome Dean Koontz. What an incredible storyteller! I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not read his books, but I am going to change that soon. Such a warm, witty, self-deprecating man must write incredible books. I know millions love his work and I'm sure I will too. If you've read him, do you have a recommendation for me?

There were many interesting, informative and shall we say, surprising things that happened at the convention. Lots of different events and unique people! The signing on Saturday was incredible--with over 300 authors and a massive amount of eager readers. I met some lovely people, readers and authors!

I brought home a tremendous amount of books and goodies and in the next few weeks, will be sharing them with you. Got lots and lots of romance trading cards, so if you're into collecting them, stay tuned for an opportunity to win some of your favorites!

This week promises to be mega busy once again. I'm anticipating some follow-up on SWEET JUSTICE copyedits, talking with my editor about SWEET REVENGE--who, btw, LOVED it! Yay! And I'll be frantically writing SWEET REWARD since it's due in June!

What about you, what have you been up to...what recommends do you have for us? I do have a couple of recommends! I mentioned that I read an ARC of Pamela Clare's Breaking Point and wanted to reiterate: It was wonderful! For those who are eagerly awaiting its release, you won't be disappointed. Natalie and Zach (sigh) are fabulous characters! And if you've not read Pamela Clare's I-Team series, I strongly urge you to read her. The series is fantastic!

Also, I'm reading Mary Burton's Merciless. Anyone read her before? I'm in the middle of it and so far, it's fabulous. There's one book before Merciless, called Senseless, and I downloaded it last night. Great romantic suspense!

Okay, that's it for me. I'm feeling a bit jet-lagged, so I'm going to ease into my routine today and then hit it hard tomorrow. Hope everyone has a spectacular week! Can't wait to hear what you're recommending!

Hey guys, I'm adding this late. Check out this fun Border's True Romance blog post by Joan Swan, a new author who has her first book coming out from Brava next April. The post is a romance crossword puzzle with questions about some of your favorite authors and books, including some LCR trivia! Here's the link:

Have fun!


Mary G said...

Wow Christy
I’m sure everyone else teared up too. Congrats again.

Hope said...

Congrats on your well deserved win Christy, and with an award like that, you deserved to shed a few tears.

I don't have a ton to share, I read a few that just didn't work for me, I have been in somewhat of a slump lately. I finished Moonlight Road in the Virgin River Series. I find when I am in a slump, I just pick up the next in the VR series and haven't yet been disappointed.

I also read Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann. The 14th in the Troubleshooter series. I loved all the action and suspense, but I am on the fence about the love connections.

I am currently reading Jill Shalvis' The Sweetest Thing, and I like it so far but only a little way in to the book.

Have a great week everyone.

Mary G said...

I read:

Shiver Of Fear by Roxanne St. Claire. Outstanding!! Shiver is a great word. There is a scene that takes place on an airplane.
I could barely get back to work after reading it at lunchtime LOL. Excellent follow-up to Edge of Sight, one of my fave reads of

A Lot Like Love – Julie James. OMG so smart, funny& sexy. Totally in love with Nick McCall. This time Julie added smoldering to glower/scruff. Adored Jordan, another smart mouth heroine. So much LOL in public again.

Reading Face Of Danger by Roxanne. I won an ARC so reading it early. More wonderful suspense. Love Colton, the staid Fed with Vivi,
fly by the seat of her pants Security person. Opposites attract!

Lisa Dunick said...

Congrats on the award!

I lived on Dean Koontz back in middle and high school, but I can't read horror anymore, so I haven't read him in a while. He's amazing, though. :O)

As for recommends- I just finished this YA, kind of dark and suspenseful, called 13 Reasons Why. Seriously one of the best books I've read in a while. It's been a week, and I still can't stop thinking about it.

krisgils33 said...

Christy, I'm sure you did a fab job in your speech and the added emotion just makes it all the more special (call it the "awwww" factor!). Plus, you totally deserved the award, so Rock On!

Nothing on the recommend front. The books I read last week were just ok. I went to Border's yesterday with my daughter, determined that I would buy ONLY ONE BOOK! I managed to keep to that, selecting Shiver of Fear. There were a couple other books that I really, really wanted too. But with a TBR well over 100, I couldn't really justify it!! With my daughter having the pukies most of Saturday, Borders and picking up "Tangled" at Target yesterday about rounds out my highlights!!

Alison said...

Congrats on your win Christy!! Your books are amazing the award is well deserved!!

I read and enjoyed The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis and The Chase by Erin McCarthy...very fun reads.

I also read Shiver of Fear, I can't wait until Face of Danger is out. I'm really enjoying the Guardian Angelinos.

I also read and really liked Toni Blake's Letters to a Secret Lover.

Have a good week all!!

Tara said...

Happy Monday all!

Congratulations on your award, Christy! I teared up reading about your hubby. Just wonderful!

Glad you had a great RWA!

Travel and work slowed my reading last week. I read Jill Shalvis The Sweetest Thing. Loved it, and I can't wait for Chloe's story later this year. Hope, I hope you enjoy it also.

I am starting the 3rd KGI Maya Banks book on my flight later today.

Mary G, is Shiver of Fear by Roxanne St. Claire, the first in a new series? Not sure how I missed this one, it's not a Bullet Catchers is it?

Have a great week everyone, and thanks for all the great suggestions!

Unknown said...

Christy Christy Christy...You should have read Mary Barton's Books in order. The second one gives away a lot of the first one including who the killer is. So if you don't want the first one ruined STOP the second one now, set it down, slowly walk away and don't look back until after you read the first one...LOL..But really the second one does ruin the first one. If I would have read them in the wrong order I would not have read the first one. But the books were great.

I am still reading Lisa Jackson's new book. I am still trying to figure out why she likes to kill nuns so much...Oh well.

Nora Robert's new books comes out tomorrow. Still not sure if I am going to get it right away or wait.

Happy reading all.

krisgils33 said...

*butting in even though you asked Mary*
Shiver of Fear is Book 2 in the Guardian Angelino's Series. If you haven't started it, hurry!!! :-)Edge of Sight is Book 1 and it's awesome!!

Maria Ringler said...

Congrats Christy.
Thanks to Mariah Stewart I am on my second Eternity Springs book. This one is Hummingbird Lake and the first was Angel's Rest. The author is Emily March and they are awesome books. I also read Protector by Laurel Dewey. Great character in Jane Perry and I could not believe this book was free for the kindle.
Anxiously awaiting for some Revenge though!!!!

Mary G said...

Thanks Kris.
Also read the free prequel first before you read Edge Of Sight. You can download it at Roxanne's site.

Correction: The airplane scene is in Face Of Danger that I'm reading now. So sorry.

krisgils33 said...

oh yeah! I forgot about the prequel. that should not be missed, either!

Elke said...

Hi everyone,

Christy it sounds like you had a great week in L.A. and I totally understand that you were a bit overwhelmed during the ceremony.I sometimes get teared up just watching emotional scenes . Contratulations again.

Lat week I finished "Shiver of fear " (great read!) and read all three of Cynthia Edens "SSD " books during the weekend.When I put the first down, I started right away with the next one( my son called me a "book addict") and these books will definitely go to my shelf reserved for favs. Thanks for another great recommend!
Does anyone know if there will be more books coming in this series ? I would like to read Jon Ramirez story.

Next on my list is" a lot like love" and I am eagerly waiting for the next I-Team book (I am so envious Christy that you already got it, lol).

Have a great week everyone

Roxanne St. Claire said...

Hi Christy and Commenters! A little angel named Mary G sent me over here today with promises that I would enjoy the recommendations! Indeed, I do. Am totally honored to have my latest books mentioned by so many readers - thank you!!

Am also wallowing in RT Jealousy, Christy. I wanted to go, but just couldn't swing it this year. I heard it was a blast.

Since you all are so kind recommending such (fabulous!!) books, I'll share what's on my Kindle this weekend: a diversion away from romance for some LOL funny, that's what. I'm reading Tina Fey's BOSSYPANTS which is truly hysterical.

Thanks again for all the mentions - so nice to be included here at a blog owned by one of my very fave writers!


Luci said...

This weekend was super busy for me. My sister organised a women's Expo for the first time in Malta and it has been loads of work for long months but that really paid off in a fantastically attended weekend! Lots of work but also lots of fun stuff for women - hairdos, makeup, nails, cookery, books (my stand :)), entertainment, zumba, jewellery....

Did not have time for reading of course but such a rewarding weekend.

I am in the first pages of Erin McCarthy's The Chase but I doubt it will be as good as the first two.

Before this I read my first Sabrina Jeffries book - The Truth about Lord Stoneville and enjoyed it.

Congrats Christy!!!

Mary G said...

Hi Roxanne
So glad you dropped by. Your prequel should come with a warning:
May be addictive!!

Love Tina Fey. She's a genius. I'll have to look at that one.

Christy Reece said...

LOL Mary, they probably were just happy to see me step down off the stage!

Sounds like you had some wonderful reads! I'm anxious to start on Roxanne's new series. It sounds wonderful. And I really enjoyed Julie James's Something About You, (which you recommended) so I'm definitely looking forward to reading A Lot Like Love.

Hope you have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Hope!

I'm sorry you're still in a reading slump. I hate when that happens. But how wonderful that the Virgin River series can get you out of it!

I have Jill Shalvis's books on my TBR stack. You guys have recommended her so much and I'm really looking forward to reading her books.

Have a great week!

Jane said...

Congrats again on the RT award, Christy. I'm so jealous you already read Breaking Point. I can't wait to meet Zach.

Christy Reece said...

Thanks, Lisa! I think I'm going to try Odd Thomas for my first Koontz. I've heard it's great.

And thanks for the YA recommend. It's definitely a testament to an author if a reader is still thinking about their book a week after finishing it. Sounds like an awesome read!

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Kris, thank you so much!

If you're going to get only one book, then I'd say you got a winner. Hope your daughter is feeling better! And I haven't seen Tangled yet, but I've heard it's great.

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Alison!

Another recommend for Jill Shalvis! I'll add Erin McCarthy to my list. And yay, another recommend for Roxanne's new series!

I read Toni Blake's Letters to a Secret Lover several years ago and really enjoyed it.

Hope you have a great week too!

M.R.H. said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you. As for what I recommend today. I just recently listed the audio version of Suzanne Brockmann's "Breaking The Rules" Incredible as always. And I'm anxiously awaiting Pamela Clare's next edition, Love her. And have read Mary Burton as well and plan to read the two you mentioned. Take care, have a great evening, OF COURSE I'm totally anxiously awaiting your next series.

Christy Reece said...

Thanks so much, Tara. The laptop was a lovely surprise but his words meant the world to me. I don't know what I would have done without his support. LOL I'd better stop or I'll be tearing up again. (:

I see Kris answered your question on The Guardian Angelinos. I've heard so many good things about this series. I'm sure you'll love it too!

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Oh no, Sarah! It physically hurts me not to open Merciless and finish it. It is soooo good. Sigh. I'll try to be strong and read Senseless first.

Thanks for letting me know about the spoiler. The book is a great read and I'm sure I'll love Senseless too.

Have a great week!

Ronlyn said...

I'm chiming in way late, but work was nutty today!
I've been in a reading slump lately, but have only one book I've read that is worth mentioning: Shiver of Fear (Hi Roxanne!! squeeee!!!)
I really enjoyed Marc & Devyn and can't wait for the next installment.

Ronlyn said...

And Christy! I'm so thrilled for your award! Wish I could have been there to see you mist up in person. ;-)

Alison said...

Hi Roxanne! Can't wait for Face of Danger! I'm so jealous of Mary for getting an ARC of it!

Aly said...

It has been too long since I made my way here for Rec Monday!

WOO HOO Christy! Congrats!!!

I was lucky enough to read lots of books on vacation...including Shiver of Fear :::waving to Roxanne:::

So the books I read on vacation and loved were:

Shiver of Fear by Roxanne St. Claire
So Close the Hand of Death by JT Ellison
Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden
Angel's Rest & Hummingbird Lake by Emily March
Lover Unleashed by JR Ward
The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

Of course now I am dying for the next St. Claire, Shalvis and Ellison! I must enjoy torturing myself b/c I keep reading books in a series and these horrible, horrible authors can't write 50 books a year so then I wait and wait and wait! :::sigh::: What a miserable life I lead :)

Oh and I must snipe at Tara for a moment b/c if she paid attention to my very detailed Excel spreadsheet, she would have known about the Guardian Angelinos b/c of course they are on neener neener! LOL!

Christy Reece said...

Hey Maria! I've heard great things about Emily March's books. I need to add them to my massive stack. And thanks for the recommend on Laurel Dewey. Sounds good! Will definitely check the book out.

Glad you're looking forward to a little REVENGE. (:

Have a great week!

Aly said...

Hey it bad that you saying "work was nutty" has me giggling? :)

And please note that my word verification is "wedneck" LMAO!

Christy Reece said...

Hey Elke, thanks so much!

I'll send Cynthia a message and see if she can stop by and answer your question. I'm sure she'd love to know how much you enjoyed her series.

And you won't be disappointed with Pamela's Breaking Point. The beginning is incredible and it never lets up. You'll love Zach. (:

Have a great week!

Kara C said...

Hi everyone!
Today began week 2 of testing at school. If not for the test-free world of books, I would be, without a doubt, crazy(er) than usual by now. I just finished Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis, and am now reading Julie James' newest book and Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. Both of these books are amazing!
Christy, congrats again on your win. So well deserved. And look at me, not even teasing you about crying. :-) So glad you had fun (not including the headache of course). What a pain!
Roxanne, welcome to Recommend Monday!

Christy Reece said...

Hey Rocki! Thank you so much for stopping by! (And thank you Mary G. for inviting her).

RT was so much fun. it was my first time and a great experience!

You're one of our favorite recommends here on Recommend Monday. Feel free to drop by often and chat with us. We love hearing from our favorite authors!

And thanks for the Bossy Pants recommend. Sounds hilarious.

Have a great week!

Ronlyn said...

Aly, I came SOOOO close to adding a comment about that, but... LOL

Christy Reece said...

Hey Luci! Congrats on a successful women's expo! Sounds like a lot of fun!

I picked up The Truth About Lord Stoneville over the weekend. I'm looking forward to reading it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

BTW, I told Monica McCarty how much you enjoyed her books and she was delighted! I have a special gift for you. If you'll send me your snail mail address, I'll send it to you. Email me at (:

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Hey jane, thanks so much!

And you're going to love Zach! (:

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Hey M! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the recommend of Breaking the Rules audio. And you're going to love Breaking Point, I have no doubt!

So glad you're looking forward to the SWEET books!

Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Hey Ronlyn, you're never too late to chime in! And another recommendation for Roxanne's great series is always welcome!

Thanks again for the congrats. Wish you could have been there too. You would have made me laugh.

Hope your week gets less nutty. (:

Christy Reece said...

He Aly, welcome back. We've missed you!

Wow, what a great list of recommends! I'm adding them to my list. Is the JT Ellison book part of a series? I picked up one of her books at the looks so good.

Please don't be a stranger! Have a great week!

Christy Reece said...

Hey Kara! Hugs on week 2 of testing. Hope it goes well.

And isn't Mr. Perfect sooooo good? So much LOL moments, sexy and scary too. A great book!

Have a great stress free week and thanks for not teasing me. (:

Aly said...

Yeah! The Ellison is part of the Taylor Jackson series.

All The Pretty Girls
Judas Kiss
The Cold Room
The Immortals
So Close the Hand of Death

The only one that I didn't love as much as the others was The Immortals. It was still a good book but not in the same realm as the others for me!

Tara said...

Good gracious, get on a plane and there are a few comments. Land and my goodness, the author you are asking about has shown up to comment! I love recommend Monday!

I am off to download the latest Roxanne St. Claire series. Thanks Kris for the information. Thanks Roxanne for stopping by, loved the Bullet Catchers, so I am super excited to start the new series.

Aly, I apologize. I do follow your list, just not sure how this Roxanne St. Claire snuck past me. But now I have a couple to read back to back which is super exciting!

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, everyone!! Christy asked me to come by and answer Elke's question. (So glad you enjoyed the Deadly books, Elke!)

While I haven't written any more Deadly books, I definitely do want to continue writing romantic suspense. At the moment, I am working on a Fallen Angels of Death series for Kensington Brava. But, hopefully, I'll soon be doing more romantic suspense, too!

Christy Reece said...

Oh, thanks Aly! I have All the Pretty Girls and picked up 14 at the conference. Looks like I'm set to start! (:

Christy Reece said...

LOL Tara, sometimes it takes us a while to get started, but when we do, we can catch fire fast!

Hope you had a good flight and a successful trip!

Christy Reece said...

Cynthia, thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you for answering Elke's question. I think I speak for everyone here when I say we'd love to read more Deadly books! Your romantic suspense is fabulous. Will keep my eye out for the Fallen Angel of Death series and I can't wait to read your new Wolf books!

Ronlyn said...

Hi Cynthia!!
I still need to get my hands on DEADLY LIES. adding that to my list.

Mary G said...

Hi Cynthia
I hope you write more rom. susp. Your Deadly series is one of my faves. Otherwise I will have to read your paranormals OMG.

Jackie P said...

I am running very late but Mondays can be crazy for me.

@Roxanne, So glad you stopped by. Your books are a favorite here. And we love recommends. I have found so many new authors with Christy's blog.

@Cynthia, my BF mother called me up to tell me about your books. She loves them. Which I then grabbed one and passed the recommend along.

I hope both of you stop by often.

Elke said...

Wow Christy, that was fast. I just saw that you already passed along my question about more "deadly" books to Cynthia.

Thanks for stopping by and answer so quickly,Cynthia. I loved reading the SSD books and I am so glad to hear that you plan to write more romantic suspense - I am looking forward to it.
I got lots of great recommendations here on "recommend Monday" and I hope you will stopping by again.

Same goes for you Roxanne -I loved the Bullet Catchers
and can´t wait to read more about the Guardian Angelinos .