REVIEW: Venus in Blue Jeans(Konigsburg Book 1) by Meg Benjamin

This is a fun, fast read about life in small town Texas. I discovered the book after reading a sample (which is what I do with all books before buying. It’s kind of like browsing in a bookstore). I very much like Ms. Benjamin’s style. She draws her characters with skill and makes them interesting, even if they are idiosyncratic. The book, while not precisely comical, has amusing characters–including a distressed Chihuahua named Senior Pepe–many of whom have been given their own books in this series.

Venus in Blue Jeans tells the story of Docia Kent, the daughter of a wealthy man, who has struck out on her own, but is having a hard time being accepted into the town of Konisburg. I enjoyed watching Docia fall in love with the impoverished new veterinarian in town. This book as a strong romantic suspense component and keeps the reader guessing, although the villain seems looks obvious at first. Interesting twists keep the story engaging to the end.

If recommending this book to a friend, I’d say the characters are fun and the writing tight.

 

 

 

Valentine Gift Nightmares

Just been through Valentines Day and, let me tell you, it was dicey. My dear husband and I have always been gift-challenged. This is not from a lack of affection or because we don’t try. We do. We have expended so much energy on this (money, too, when there is spare money), but it comes downContinue Reading

REVIEW: Classic Romance Read~~One More Valentine by Anne Stuart

Love this book! Anne Stuart has written for so long and has had a number of greatest hits in a variety of sub-genres, but this has been one of my most loved. I only read paranormal when the characters are vivid and relatable–not usually the case for me for most paranormal romances. I’m weirdly picky, but Stuart’sContinue Reading

A Wild Woman Valentines Romance Giveaway!

I’m offering paperback copies of one of my most fun books. Let’s celebrate Valentines by shaking the dust off and enjoying the ride as my prim and proper heroine, Emily, decides being good hasn’t gotten her anything. A good girl takes a walk on the wild side…. Small town mayor’s daughter, 26 year-old Emily LoughlinContinue Reading

REVIEW: Romance Author Reviews non-fiction Stiff by Mary Roach

I must admit to a strange attraction to the books of Mary Roach. I write romance and I generally read romance, but every once in a while I get interested in other work. This book–Stiff–is actually about…corpses. Yes, dead bodies. Not, as one might suspect, referring to the aroused male anatomy. Roach has a writing styleContinue Reading

Why We Love Romance Heroes

Romance book sales last year made up 32% of the market and 39% of ebooks sales. We readers love immersing ourselves in love stories. Sweet, hot, contemporary or historical, with suspense, with paranormal elements–readers consume romances in many varies. We love identifying with the heroine, who may be youngish or more mature and we readers especially love, love, love romance heroes.Continue Reading

Book Review: Neverending Beginnings by Mary Chris Escobar

Think the movie Groundhog Day. This novel uses the same repeating-day structure. I write contemporary romance and I read other genres as well. I found this book through a recommendation of another reader–a Twitter friend–and as is my tendency when I find a writer I like, I’m working my way through Ms. Escobar’s other offerings.Continue Reading

Romance Giveaway!!

Due to a serious hoarding issue(*cough*), I have multiple used copies of some of my paperbacks. I’m offering five–Get that 5!–copies of Always to readers who can tell me the state in which the story is set. Always is a lush, sexy adventure. Sink into it with all your senses. Elinor Prescott has come home at last…toContinue Reading

ROMANCE CHARACTERS–WARTS & ALL

If I’m going to live with my characters long enough to write them, I have to like something about them. This doesn’t mean they don’t start off with annoying habits. We all have these and it seems to be part of human nature. My beloved DH has a tendency to like wearing the same three shirts overContinue Reading

Author Interview: Sandy Appleyard

Welcome to our guest author–Sandy Appleyard.   •When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? After I wrote my first novel; my first and second books (memoirs) were intended to be the only ones I would write but when I took a crack at fiction I was hooked. •How long does itContinue Reading