Romance Reader – Stacey, ‘Oooh! Look What I Found!’ + Giveaway!
Gems from myTo- Be-Read Pile
By Stacey Agdern, blogger, bookseller, reader extraordinaire
Five books. Two anthologies. Two paranormal romances. One contemporary. One Amish romance. One historical. What do they have in common? Nothing really, except that they’re all gems from my ‘to-be- read’ pile.
We’re in the midst of a season that in it’s own way, places great importance on finding the hidden. From the importance of the Passover Afikoman, to the fun of Easter eggs and the beauty of the first crocuses, Spring is all about taking joy in what we find.
So too with a ‘to-be- read ‘pile. The great desire for spring cleaning coincides with the realization that your ‘to-be-read’ pile is, in reality, too big. And so you begin your search for the hidden., the gems without which your book buying cannot resume.
One of the first gems I came across was a historical by debut author Theresa Romain. ‘Season for Temptation’ was amazing, reminding me of all the reasons I love historical romance. I can promise that the second book in this series will not wait in the to be read pile.
There are certain series I prefer having multiple books in before beginning the first. Only authors whose books I know and love fall into this category, because there is nothing worse than discovering you own multiple books in a series you don’t like. Laura Anne Gilman hooked me as a reader with her magically flavored ‘Retrievers’ urban-fantasy-romance series. Her clear transition to first person prose and beautiful world building (enhancing a city we both live in) makes me an extremely happy devotee of her brand new PUPI series. The first book, ‘Hard Magic,’ is a fast paced urban fantasy with a narrator who is coming into her own in a world with ever-changing rules. And with two more installments on the tbr, I couldn’t be happier.
‘Wild and Steamy’ is a rather fabulous example of what happens when authors get together on their own and put together an anthology. Two novellas that continue series I adore– Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas and Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionists trilogy (of which I have a book in the tbr) and one novella that shows the steamier side of Jill Myles, an author I’ve read and loved before.
‘Seal of my Dreams’ is another example of what happens when authors get together, only this Anthology was for a wonderful cause. It features stories from authors I’ve read recently (Roxanne StClaire, Cindy Gerard, HelenKay Dimon, Stephanie Tyler), authors I’ve adored in the past, and am waiting with bated breath for a new story from(Tara Janzen, Gennita Low) and new authors I will certainly read more of (thankfully I have at least one Stephanie Bond title in the handy tbr).
I am notorious for my adoration of Amish romances. However, for obvious reasons, I’m very picky about my story-lines, which makes me just as picky about the authors I read. Thankfully Rosalind Lauer’s ‘A Simple Winter’ hit my sweet spot. Wonderful world building and lovely characters that let me enjoy the story for it’s own sake. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s books.
Have you dipped into your own tbr pile recently and found some really good books? Or do you even have a ‘to be read’ pile? Let me know, happy reading ,and I’ll see you next month!
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