Monday, November 4, 2013

Recommend Monday

Good Monday All!

Hope you had an enjoyable and restful weekend. Is everyone having a lovely fall? Our trees finally turned just a few days ago and they're gorgeous. How I love this time of year!

My weekend was fantastic. I attended the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon here in Birmingham and had the best time. Spending the day with readers and authors is just about the best, most fun thing to do in the whole world. The day involved lots of laughter, fabulous prizes, inspiring words of wisdom, and then more laughter. And I did something I'd never done before--I stood before approximately 200 people and shared my writing process, which included photos. Uh oh, my secret is out. Chocolate is involved in every step of my process. Surprise! :)

The keynote speaker was Jeaniene Frost, who was so delightful and gracious. And Tavia Gilbert, who narrates all of Jeaniene's books, gave several readings. Just wow! The combination of Jeaniene's brilliant words and Tavia's fabulous voice was pure perfection.

Also, it was so great to see the wonderful Barbara Vey from Publishers Weekly. The always fun Sara and Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction were there, too.

My mom and aunt attended the luncheon, too, which is always a treat for me. For the first time, my hubby attended. And to make it even more special, at the end of my welcome speech, he was the first one on his feet for a standing ovation. Is it any wonder that I adore that man? <3 br="">

And guess what made the weekend even specialer? I got to spend some quality time with some of my very favorite peeps. Kara, who came all the way from Arkansas and whose birthday is today. Happy Birthday, Kara! And Jackie and Gayle, who came from Georgia. Along with my precious friend Marie from here in Birmingham. We stayed up late Saturday night, ate pizza, and giggled like crazed teenagers.

As soon as I get my week a little better organized, I'll share some photos of the day with you.

I'm currently reading Cynthia Eden's newest book in her 'Mine' series, Mine To Hold, and thoroughly enjoying it.

This week I'm going to finalize CHANCES ARE to re-upload it and then get back to work on NOTHING TO LOSE, which I have to admit, is becoming one of my most favorite books ever. Can't wait till I can get it into your hands. Fingers crossed it won't be too much longer!

Enough about me. What about you? Did you read some great books last week? Remember Pamela Clare's Striking Distance comes out tomorrow. Another fabulous I-Team book. Can't wait!

Now tell us what great books you read last week and what books you're looking forward to reading soon.

Have a great week all!


Crystal said...

**Waving proudly that I made it by today**
I also actually have some recommends!
1. I received an early copy of First Strike and Striking Distance...They are both fabulous reads that any I-team member will grab and devour immediately. Pamela isn't capable of writing something bad I swear. Thank goodness too! The story had my emotions ALL over the place! Heart wrenching at times, but the characters were alive and breathing in every page.

2. Donna Grant's Midnight Promise.... Wow is what I have to say about that. I LOVED Malcolm's story. I am helplessly addicted to Donna's books. I'm so excited for her Dragon King books!

3. Elizabeth Hoyt's Duke of Midnight. It is a great addition to the Maiden Lane series. It left me wanting another book asap though.

That's all that I have for now.
Christy, it sounds like you had an absolute blast this weekend! I can't wait to see pictures. Good luck in the writing cave this week!!

Elke said...

Hi Christy and Everyone!
If teleporting were possible I would certainly teleport myself to all those fantastic readers and writers get togethrs I hear such great things about. Congratulations for your first speech before such a huge audience Christy. I am looking forward to those pictures.

I read Lori Forsters "Getting Rowdy" last week . It was my first Lori Forster book and I fell in love with Rowdy.He is a great character. I have to read more of Lori Forster´s books I guess. Any suggestions ?

Thats it from me. Have a great week Everyone.
And : Happy Birthday to Kara!

krisgils33 said...

Hola! Glad you had so much fun at the luncheon. One of these days I will make it. We're in Disney doing the performing arts and I'm winding down my hour of quality alone time before I head out to the performance. It's been a fun long weekend.

I started a book Thurs and I am only a few chapters in and can't even remember which book I'm reading. I also cant remember what i read last week! Disney sure is tiring!

Alison said...

Hi Christy!

Sounds like you all had a great time at the luncheon! Maybe next year I can road trip to Birmingham :)

This weekend I read the 3rd book in Teresa Reasor's SEAL TEAM Heartbreakers series and loved it! Such a good series!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

KC said...

Because of You by Jessica Scott
Always on My Mind by Belle Andre
The Summer He Came Home and The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone
Time For Love by Marie Force

Happy Reading!!!

Christy Reece said...

Thanks so much for the recommends! Isn't it wonderful to know that the minute you finish a great book, another one is waiting in the wings? We who love to read are never truly alone. Such a comforting thought.

Looking forward to tomorrow's recommends. See you there!