Happy New Year!
The last weeks of 2008 were full of good news. The most awesome announcement came from Library Journal, which picked Delicious as one of its five Best Romances of 2008. How exciting is that? Sophomore books are notorious for slumping, because it is the first time an author writes under the pressures of a publishing deadline. And goodness knows Delicious was a tough book to write, as I worked amidst much fear and panic and, ironically enough, hunger. Can you tell I'm simply thrilled? :-)
Meanwhile, Private Arrangements, my debut book, continues to collect kudos. Romance B(u)y the Book has named it one of its two Best Historical Romances of 2008.
Moreover, at Dear Author, probably the most highly trafficked romance blog on the net, either Delicious or Private Arrangements or the two of them together made the Best of 2008 lists of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Dear Author reviewers.
As I've said before, there is only one way to celebrate such good fortune: by giving away stuff! :-) This month I am giving away two books by my very good friend, Tracy Wolff, who has an exciting slate of books hitting the shelves in 2009. Be sure to read my interview with her and then enter the contest for Tracy's books.
2009 is debut author Tracy Wolff's year. She is versatile--she writes everything from
Harlequin Superromance to paranormal romance to romantic suspense to erotic suspense. She is prolific--she will have 4 full-length books
released this year. And she is just totally fabulous in every conceivable way. I interviewed her on the eve of
the release of her first erotic suspense from NAL, Full Exposure.
To read an excerpt from Full Exposure, click here.
One tray of brownies—sometimes I make them from scratch, but usually I just use the boxed kind.And then you just layer it all together. Crumble the brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl, then pour half of liqueur or coffee on them. Spread with chocolate mousse and then a layer of whipped cream. Sprinkle with heath bits and pecans then repeat all the layers again.
1/4 cup Kahlua, Grand Marnier or Espresso
2 packages of chocolate mousse
1 pint of whipping cream, whipped with a little sugar and vanilla
3 Heath bars or one bag of Heath bar bits, crushed
1 cup crushed pecans
There is a contest exclusive to subscribers of An Infrequent Offer. To subscribe, click here.But you can visit Tracy's website for her contest. She is running a mega-contest to celebrate the release--giving away books, bath products and a gift certificate to Starbucks!
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwall. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell is the latest installment about kick-ass medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. And though it deviates a little from her usual writing style (it is much longer than her other books, is written in numerous POVs, and concentrates a lot more on the personal aspect of Benton's and Kay's relationship) I thought it was a fascinating story. Maybe because of those things, as I am, at heart, a romance reader.
Harrassed by a nasty internet blogger who is desperate to ruin her, charged with determining the deadly truth and lies of a paranoid schizophrenic and determined to find the perpetrator of some of the most brutal murders of her career, Kay Scarpetta faces twists and turns and cutting-edge technology all in an effort to stop the bad guys.
On the Prowl by Karen MacInerney. Let me preface this by saying I'm usually really picky when i choose a paranormal book, and even pickier when I choose one that has an on-going character-- usually because I have a hard time suspending my disbelief. I originally picked up On the Prowl because I am currently writing a shapeshifter series (for publication in 2010) and wanted to see what was going on in the genre. And the book ended up blowing the top of my head off. Seriously. It was savvy, smart, fascinating and down-right hilarious in turn-- a fun read that was beautifully written.
Sophie Garou has a great job she loves as an uptown lawyer, is dating a wonderful guy who is angling to be mayor of Houston and is exceptionally pleased with her life-- except for one small thing. She's a werewolf and it's getting to be a bigger and bigger pain to keep that little secret, well, secret. Especially as the Houston werewolf pack has found her and decided that keeping a low profile really isn't an option for her ...
The Second Wives Club by Jane Moore. I picked this book up on a whim and kept it on my bookshelf for months before I actually read it. And boy, was that a stupid move. Now, I've read the First Wives' Club, saw the movie when it came out, and being a first-- and hopefully only-- wife, had a huge amount of sympathy for those women cast aside for younger models. Never, until this book, did it occur to me that the second wives have it almost as bad. After all, in many cases the first wife has the children, controls the purse strings and is, in fact, the first woman their husbands ever loved.
The Second Wives' Club details the life of four women who are, indeed, second wives. Three of them cheated, schemed and did everything possible to get their positions, while one kind of fell into the roll when her good friend died. Funny, irreverent, and brutally honest, Moore's look at life-- and love-- is one that will definitely make you think, even as it makes you laugh.
May your shelves always overflow with great books to read.