RomCon Tuesday

So each week we highlight some of the authors that will be attending RomCon, this is a good opportunity to learn about new authors or catch up with ones you currently love.  Do you have plans to go to RomCon this year?  Are you trying to be one of the lucky ones to win a registration ticket from us?  If so have you found a new to you author yet that you cannot wait to meet?

Here are a few more authors to try out, and if you have already tell us what you thought.

Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.

Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2300 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

 

Jennifer Jakes

A chronic insomniac, I got used to making up stories while I waited to fall asleep. It was a lot more interesting than counting sheep. Maybe too interesting, because I started staying awake so I could figure out “what happened” to my characters. For the sake of my health, I began writing the stories on paper – during the day. So far it’s working out pretty good:)

I’m a member of RWA and MORWA and ORA. I also have two great critique partners who I can’t thank enough. They taught me a LOT!

So grab a cup of coffee and step into the past with me.

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RomCon Tuesday

Just wondering, if you had the chance to meet your favorite author who would it be?

Here are a couple of our favorites:

Elizabeth Boyle

According to her family, Elizabeth Boyle has always been a storyteller. That is if you count the far-fetched tales she used to make up about her imaginary cow, John Clapper, or the fictitious accounts she’d conjure as to who exactly broke the cookie jar. So it was no surprise to them when Elizabeth’s first novel, Brazen Angelarrived on the scene with a great splash, snagging the Dell DiamondDebut Award (snapshot of the winning moment at left) and went on to win the Romance Writers of America RITA for Best First Book.

Since then, Elizabeth has penned eighteen more adventurous and romantic novels, with thirteen of them hitting bestseller lists including the New York Times (Confessions of a Little Black GownLove Letters from a Duke and Hero, Come Back) and USA Today (including How I Met My CountessMemoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress, and His Mistress By Morning). In addition, Elizabeth has been nominated for the RITA twice more since 1997 (This Rake of Mine and His Mistress by Morning), won the Romantic Times Love and Laughter Award, a Career Achievement Award for Innovative Historical Romance, and been nominated for the National Reader’s Choice Award, numerous Romantic Times awards, the Bookseller’s Best award, as well as other honors. 17 of her 18 novels have been Romantic Times Top Picks. Elizabeth has been interviewed by The Chicago Tribune and Booklist, and seen her books mentioned in Writer’s Digest and The Economist. Elizabeth is a popular speaker, and was honored to keynote the Portland Reader’s Luncheon and the Richardson Library’s Buns and Roses Reader Tea, both in support of literacy charities.

Her numerous fans call her work “fast-paced” and “tremendously fun,” with the most common complaint being that her books have kept them up too late at night reading. Her most recent Avon titles include the back to back releases of How I Met My Countess(January 2010) and Mad About the Duke (October 2010) and her most recent book, Lord Langley is Back in Town (June 2011).

Prior to publishing, Elizabeth discovered that aspiring writers still had to eat and pay their rent while following their muse. Working as a paralegal, she compiled case profiles on insurance fraud (arsons, faked burglaries, faked accidents) and police misconduct cases (assaults by officers, shooting inquests). Eventually she was offered a position with a software firm as a paralegal handling software piracy cases in North America. During her time “pirate hunting” she participated in civil and criminal seizures with the FBI, US Customs and the Canadian RCMP. After years of these modern day adventures, it is no wonder that counterfeiting, forgery and espionage find their way into her page-turning tales of romance, which she now writes full-time.

In addition to writing, Elizabeth loves gardening, knitting, reading, traveling, exploring tea shops and trying to find low-fat recipes that taste like something her grandmothers would have made. When not writing, Elizabeth chases after her two active sons, or as she likes to call them, her “heroes-in-training.” She lives in Seattle with her husband Terry, and considers her hectic life the best slice of heaven one could ever wish for.

 

Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times,USA Today, and Publishers Weeklybestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories.

Since then Elizabeth has written eleven books to critical acclaim: The Prince Trilogy (The Raven Prince, The Leopard Prince, and The Serpent Prince); the Legend of the Four Soldiers series (To Taste Temptation, To Seduce a Sinner, To Beguile a Beast, and To Desire a Devil); and the Maiden Lane series (Wicked Intentions, Notorious Pleasures, Scandalous Desires, and the upcoming Thief of Shadows.) All of Elizabeth’s books are set in eighteenth century England and all feature a fairy tale story that serves as a foil to the main story.

Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with a trio of untrained canines and a garden in constant need of weeding.

RomCon Tuesday (Monday)

**I know the post says RomCon Tuesday however because Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday and we have a fun post for it**

There are quite a few authors attending RomCon this year that are new to me, it has been fun reading all kinds of books that I probably would not have picked up otherwise.  Of course there are tons of authors that we are very familiar with and super excited to see, hear are a few:

Melissa Mayhue

Faced with telling you all about me, I realized…I’m not very interesting! So, rather than bore you with useless trivia about my life, [I was an only child, born and raised in Texas], I’ll share the story of how I came to be a writer.
First and foremost, I am a reader. Some of my best memories are of my mother taking me to the local library every week during the summer to check out armloads of books. I could hardly wait to get home, dive into the stories, and get lost in a whole new, wonderful world. My prized possession as a girl was an entire shelf of Nancy Drew Mysteries. I adored Nancy Drew.
My first experience with writing a book came at age 13. I developed a fascination with genealogy and, after spending time visiting older relatives to gather information, I found I had all sorts of wonderful family stories. What on earth could I do with all those [mostly false] tales? Why, I’d write a sweeping, 600+ page novel of course! A tale of life through several generations, spanning two centuries. It would be fantastic.
Armed with purpose and enthusiasm, I sat down at my big typewriter, [yes, I’m dating myself…typewriter, not keyboard], and began Page One. Hours later I had almost completed two whole pages. [double spaced, of course]. Hmmmmm… An entire day and I had barely two pages to show for it? [rather boring pages, at that].
Maybe I wasn’t cut out to be an author after all.
In spite of my writing setback, I retained my passion for books. I simply concentrated on reading other people’s books. Lots of books. All kinds of books. Until I discovered Romance. Finally, a world I could escape to where I knew I’d always find a happy ending! I devoured them, literally reading hundreds.
Years passed before the writing bug seriously bit again. I was working in downtown Denver and, as so many writers advised, every lunch hour I took my pad and pen [actually, I preferred a pencil] and headed for my favorite coffee shop to spend my 50 minutes writing.
Unfortunately, my favorite coffee shop was in a book store. Invariably, I’d end up writing nothing. There were too many fascinating people to watch, too many interesting conversations to hear and then, of course, there were all the books to distract me.
Still, I had these two characters living in my head, wanting their story told…
Then came the summer we took our second family vacation to Scotland. On the Black Isle [ which isn’t black or even an isle ], near the pretty little town of Rosemarkie, we parked our rented car and hiked back into a magically beautiful placed called Fairy Glen. Resting on a large rock at the edge of a waterfall and pool, lulled by the lush nature of the setting, I suddenly realized THIS was the place for Cate and Connor. For the remainder of that trip, I’d catch glimpses of them, in a castle, standing at the foot of a crumbling staircase, or riding through a highland meadow.
Once I finally sat down at my keyboard and decided the time had come to give those two life, I found, amazingly enough, they weren’t the only characters running around in my head. There were a bunch of them… all clamoring for their own turn!
My GOAL, as a writer, is to give each of those noisy characters a life in their own story.
My HOPE, as a writer, is that you’ll enjoy reading their stories as much as I enjoy writing them!
 

Gabi Stevens

My earliest memory is from before I turned three. I walked to the corner store and bought a pack of gum…for five cents. And I would play with my neighbor, Conchita. I had my third birthday party in the new house, which I also remember, and Conchita was not my neighbor any more. My next memory…
What, you don’t need a memory by memory playback? I don’t blame you. So here are the highlights:
I was born in Burbank, California, the oldest child of Hungarian immigrants. Except during that early episode with the gum, I lived mostly in the San Fernando Valley (Yup, I’m a “Valley Girl.”). At fifteen, I attended boarding school…for the education, not because my parents wanted to get rid of me. Then came college in New York and California, with a year long stint in Göttingen, Germany. Met my husband at UCSD, graduated, then he took me to Illinois where we both continued our education—me in German, he in Robotics. He’s a doctor now, but not the real kind. (Just kidding, honey. You know I love you)
I got my Masters in Teaching German, and when he finished, we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I had twins and a spare. We’ve been there ever since.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling myself stories, so it’s pretty surprising that I found writing so late. I am not in that group of writers who wrote down their stories from the age of six. I didn’t start until after my twins were born and I realized if I didn’t do something for myself, my brain would turn to Jell-o. So I wrote down one of those stories I was telling myself, and, voila, a career was born.
I have to supplement the writing with a day job. I teach eighth grade gifted language arts and literature, where I subject my students to Latin, the English language, and other tortures. I don’t have many hobbies: I kill most plants, so gardening is out; I’m an adequate cook—I have burned water—but not great or creative; don’t do needlework, although I tell myself I’ll get back to my cross stitch project that remains unfinished seventeen years later; I used to play volleyball until my knees couldn’t take it any longer (I miss volleyball); I don’t travel as much as I would like; and I will learn Italian before I die. I love games (Don’t play with me unless you are serious—I’m not nice) and have even appeared on the Family Feud and Jeopardy! I read like crazy and enjoy lots of movies.
But my greatest joy (other than the family of course) is writing. I love to put a story to paper (OK, to keyboard) and escape to my own world. And I am lucky enough to share that world with my readers. So thanks for coming along on the journey with me.
 

Teresa Medeiros

New York Times bestseller Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one, introducing readers to one of the most beloved and versatile voices in romantic fiction. She has appeared on every national bestseller list, including the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists. She currently has over seven million books in print and is published in over seventeen languages.She was chosen one of the “Top Ten Favorite Romance Authors” by Affaire de Coeur magazine and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Best Historical Love and Laughter”. She is a seven-time Rita finalist, two-time PRISM winner, and two-time recipient of the Waldenbooks Award for bestselling fiction.

Teresa is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll, Kentucky Romance Writers, and Novelists, Inc. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and her cats Willow and Buffy the Mouse Slayer. THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID, her 20th novel and most recent New York Times bestseller, was released in August 2010. Her first contemporary women’s fiction novel GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART, a book about a man and woman who meet and fall in love on Twitter, was released by Gallery Books in January 2011.

RomCon Tuesday

My how Tuesday seems to come around so quickly!  This weeks highlight author will be a new one to me but I will not be stopping with just the one book, I can’t wait to get my hands on more.

Bernadette Marie

Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends.  Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter.  At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published.  That year she wrote 12 books.  In 2009  she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born.  In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and will begin the process, eventually, of taking on other authors in other genres.  Also in 2011 she became co-owner of Seven Songs Press and will release a novella as part of an anthology with other very talented authors in November 2011.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events.  She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.  An avid reader, she enjoys most, the works of Nora Roberts and Karen White. She loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

RomCon Tuesday

Time for our weekly RomCon check in.  How is your reading going?

I have decided that there are just certain genres I cannot get into, I am sure everyone is the same.  That is one of the things I enjoy about our reading challenge, it has given me the opportunity to discover authors I might not have picked up otherwise. Some I have come to love, others not so much, but I have been giving everyone a chance.

Here are a few more authors we will get the chance to meet in June.

Alexandra Ivy

I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books.  Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me.  I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.
Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries?  Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few.  I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays.  In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy.
For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander.  Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams.  They are truly my heroes.

 

Lynn Rush

Hi. I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope you leave a few comments so I can learn more about you!

I write Paranormal Romance and my first novel, Wasteland, released September 2011 from Crescent Moon Press and Awaited(Wasteland #2) will release May 2012.

I’ve been married to my soulmate, Charlie, for 15 years. We’re sports junkies and spend most of our time on our road bikes.

 

RomCon Tuesday

It is time once again to spotlight some of the fabulous authors coming to RomCon.  Don’t forget to keep track of all the books you are reading as one lucky winner will be receiving registration to RomCon; you can do this on the spreadsheet or you can join us over at Shelfari where you can actually post the books you have read and share some good suggestions.

Now on to our authors of the week:

Kimberly Killion is not only a fabulous author but I am lucky enough to have her as my cheerleader in the next Romance Biggest Winner 2 competition.  She is such an inspiring person and I look forward to the next few months getting to know her more.  I decided to pick up her newest book My Cursed Highlander and so far it is great, I am having a hard time putting it down and getting work of any sort done.  Here is a little more about her:

Do you remember the teacher who made a difference in your life?

I do. His name was Dr. Krantz. He was my mythology teacher. While attending college near Kansas City, I was working toward a Bachelor in Fine Arts when I discovered I had to take an elective. I pulled “Mythology” out of a hat, and it was there I found Dr. Krantz. The book wasn’t Romeo and Juliet, as you might suspect, but Dante’s Inferno-a Divine Comedy indeed. Talk about an intriguing read.

Sure, I bought Cliffs Notes—I was eighteen. With a three-hour block of nude figure drawing and rocks to sculpt, who has time to read? Well, I read it. Cover to cover, after which, I read Oedipus, The Iliad, The Odyssey, and a few other Greek tragedies.

I walked away with, not only an “A” in the class, but a love for all things tragic, passionate, and historic. I did receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with which I have enjoyed a rewarding career as a graphic designer for more than fifteen years. I moved on from the ancient authors of yesteryear and became engrossed in the writings of Julie Garwood, Teresa Medeiros, and Gaelen Foley — just to name a few.

Although an artist by profession, I traded my paintbrush for a pen about ten years ago. After writing and illustrating a mystical world of fairies, I began to explore the realm of romance novels. Currently, I work part-time as a College Instructor in St. Louis, Missouri. It is here that I bring my passion for words and the arts into the grueling boredom of lecture to spark the lives of hundreds of young minds.

I reside in Illinois with my two children and a gaggle of cats. I’m a proud member of Romance Writers of America® and Missouri RWA. In addition, I am a member of Hearts Through History as well as PASIC and Novelist, Inc. It is within these organizations where I have found a great deal of support, along with a wealth of knowledge from seasoned authors, workshops, critique groups, and friendly camaraderie.

Every day is a new beginning, as I discover a fascinating character in every person I meet. With every puckered brow or mischievous smile, there’s a hero evolving and a heroine fast at his heels.


Hillary Seidl  I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Hillary yet but I will be changing that this week.

 I’m an avid reader of romance (since I could get away with it!) and a writer of contemporary/paranormal romance.  I start to freak out if I don’t see a paranormal or ghost hunting show in over a week.  

When I was a little girl, my parents owned a restaurant that was in a haunted building.  It was so amazing to see things happen right in front of me that could not be explained!  The situation flamed my love for the paranormal.  

When I was a teen I wrote a series of mini books.  As an adult, I worked a series of jobs, I never found anything that spoke to my soul.   

I will be honest… I’m a huge fan of Supernatural!  Hot guys solving paranormal mysteries?  I’m there!  That’s when I started writing fan fiction.  Fan fiction is very fun but something was missing. I missed the romance! That is when I started my writing journey.

 More than anything in this world I just want to write.  I am married to my wonderful husband Aaron, who is a Chef in Boulder,Colorado and we have two wonderful miniature dachshunds, Leela and Fry, who are both clever as they are long.  

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

RomCon Tuesday

It is time for our Tuesday post which will be dedicated to RomCon and all the authors who will be attending in June.  This week I have chosen to highlight a couple new to me authors that I have tried.

Rebecca Forster

I just finished Hostile Witness (which happens to be free so check out her site) and it was not bad.  I usually don’t go for the lawyer/crime type books so a little out of my element but I would pick up another one sometime.   Here is a little about Rebecca.

As an advertising executive I marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym, did business in China before there were western toilets and mucked around with sheep to find out how my client’s fine wool was made. Then I wrote my first book. . .
On a crazy dare, I tackled a project that would prove to be my passion – I wrote my first book. Though I had never written before, I was lucky enough to sell that novel.  Many books later – including the bestselling legal thrillers, the Witness Series, and the USA Today top seller Keeping Counsel - writing is still the most exciting thing I have ever done. Now, with the emergence of e-readers like Nook, Kindle, Kobo and IPad, the world of publishing is getting even more exciting.
I earned my B.A. in English at Loyola, Chicago and my MBA at Loyola/Marymount in Los Angeles. Who knew that after all that studying I would be writing fiction fulltime? Today, instead of putting on a power suit in the morning, I pack up my computer and head out to Coffee Cartel. This is a wonderful neighborhood coffee shop where I am welcome to write as long as I want.
When I’m not at my favorite table next to the suit of armor, I am speaking to philanthropic and writers’ groups about the brave new world of publishing for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers, teaching at UCLA Writers Program or having a ball at middle schools teaching with 
The Young Writers Conference.
I’m one of six kids and my brothers and sisters are split between Missouri (where I was born) and California (where I grew up). My mother lives close and at 86 she can outrun me. Take a look at the 
photo gallery to see some pictures of our adventures. I don’t know which I loved more, Alaska or Germany.
Traveling is one of my favorite things  but  when I’m home I  love cooking, quilting, movies (especially zombie movies), the theater and, of course, reading. It will probably come as no surprise that mystery, suspense and thrillers are my favorite novels.  A tomboy at heart, I’ve played in a local tennis league for the last 14 years. My favorite shot? The backhand volley at the net.
I have been married for 34 years to a man I met in high school but don’t jump to any conclusions. When Harry met Sally could have been our story. He is a superior court judge and helps me when I need to research crucial scenes for my legal thrillers – I always have to fix a special dinner though to get the inside scoop on things.
I’m am the proud mother of two grown sons. Alex is in film and Eric is a playwright now serving in the Peace Corps in Albania (we’ll be traveling to his village soon and I can’t wait). Both are exceptional young men and I am proud that they are following in my creative footsteps. 

Holly Jacobs

I just picked up A One-of-a-Kind Family yesterday and so far it is really good, can’t wait to finish it.  Here is a little about Holly. 

 

I am first, and foremost, the mother of four of the most fantastic kids you’ve ever met. They keep me busy, make me crazy and add more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined (and they’re working on adding some grey hair). My husband is my strongest supporter, my best friend and, well, just a great guy! I’ve yet to write a hero who is half the man he is.

 

I absolutely love ice cream, seagulls and thunderstorms. Living in Erie means I’m on the shore of one of the great lakes…there’s nothing like a summer sunset! My love of Lake Erie is probably why you’ll find so many beaches in my books…it’s also why I went with a beach theme for my website! There’s just nothing better!

 

I’ve been in love with books, with words, ever since I can remember. I read JRR Tolkien’s Hobbit in third grade. How much I understood, I don’t know, but I fell in love with Middle Earth and visited often. Heinlein, Lewis and Bach all soon joined him on my list of must read authors. Trixie Belden, The Black Stallion, Little House on the Prairie . . . the list goes on and on. It was rare not to find me with a book in hand!

 

From that love of reading I seemed to naturally progress to writing. I’ve toyed with a little of everything, but I must confess, though I “found” romance a little later in life, I fell head over heels for the genre. When I began writing, it seemed like the right place for me to be.

 

Why? Because it’s a genre about people, about relationships. I can add in the sci fi, the fantasy, the suspense, the mystery. I can add in any plot, but it all boils down to the people and that is why I fell for it. Watching two characters overcome the odds, overcome themselves . . . what could be more satisfying?

Have you had the chance to read one of these authors?  If so what books and what did you like, or dislike?

 We have been asked about keeping track of the books you read and we are currently finishing up a spreadsheet that you can use.  You can also go to Shelfari where you can keep track and give recommendations.  Can’t wait to start hearing how everyone is doing out there.

   

RomCon Tuesday Kickoff

As most of you know we here at The Book Reading Gals are big supporters of RomCon, which is quickly coming up once again June 22-24, and love to challenge ourselves and you each year.  Well this year is no different and we are going one step above that and will be giving away 1 general admission ticket to the person who reads the most books written by the attending authors.  One of the things we also like to do is spotlight those authors, which gives us all a chance to get to know them a bit better, so from here to June, Tuesdays will be dedicated to RomCon.   We value your opinions, so if you have read something from the spotlighted authors please let us know, give suggestions on what might be a good book to read for the challenge, or if you have not read them would you be willing to give them a try.

Here is the list of authors that have signed up so far.  As you can tell we have a lot of reading to do, so everyone start getting out those electronic devices, start hitting the bookstores, or pick up those library cards, the journey has begun.

Alexandra Ivy
Elizabeth Hoyt
Jill Shalvis
Julia Quinn
Kat Martin
Teresa Medeiros
Deeanne Gist
Rebecca Forster
Patricia Rosemoor
Barbara Westbrook
Bernadette Marie
C.R. Moss
CJ Snyder
Cynthia Woolf
Deeanne Gist
Delilah Marvelle
Elizabeth Boyle
Hilary Seidl
Holly Jacobs
Isobel Carr
J.L. Wilson
Jade Lee
Jennifer Zane
Jory Strong
Kendall Grey
Kimberly Killion
Lani Rhea
Linda Conrad
Lizzie T. Leaf
Lori Corsentino
Lynda Hilburn
Lynn Rush
Margaret Daley
Mary Alice Pritchard
Maureen O. Betita
Melissa Mayhue
Melody Fyre
Michele Callahan
Olivia Cunning
Pamela Morsi
Patricia Rosemoor
R.M. Sotera
Rebecca Forster
Rebecca Grace
Shannan Albright
Teresa Medeiros
Terry O’Dell
Tiffany James
Tiffany Snow
Vicki McDonough

RomCon Tuesday

Well, Heather talked last week about RomCon so I guess it is my turn today.

I clearly remember her calling me all excited about signing up to judge a book contest and I had to find out what this was for and get involved. That is when we learned about RomCon. Within days we were planning on attending. Than we had this brilliant idea; let’s try to read something from all the authors coming. Have to admit did not make it through the whole list but I fell in love with some authors I had never heard of before. My biggest fangirl moment was meeting Anna Campbell who is the nicest lady ever, just so happened I not only ran into her in the hall at midnight but we were able to go in the back and help her organize her giveaways. That is when we also determined there would be no sleep for us for the next few days.  That same night is when we started creating our business cards in the hotel computer room at 2 in the morning, they were great if I do say so myself. There were so many other wonderful moments and so many memories made. Decision was made we will be there every year!

Challenge did not go as well this year either but it has still been tons of fun – tip for next year, start reading in August as soon as we leave to come home. Now that the first year is done ,with the stress of getting to everything and seeing everything, this year is just for fun and getting to know people. FYI, it might come as a surprise to some, but I am a little shy and I know there are more of you out there so let’s get out of our comfort zone and have a good time! See you all in a couple weeks!

Melanie

RomCon Tuesday

If you have not already figured out (don’t know how you would have missed it) Heather & I are ecstatic about RomCon. This is one of the few conventions for readers and it gives you the opportunity to spend time with other people who love to read as much as you do, how often does that happen, also allowing you to spend personal time with the authors. To make this more enjoyable for us, also more stressful at times, we decided to challenge ourselves and read at least one book from each author attending. For those of you who want to join us in the venture or even if you just want to become familiar with authors that you might not have given a chance before we are going to start RomCon Tuesday where we will introduce you to the authors we will be meeting in August.

Up this week we have: Historical author Liz Carlyle

Liz is the author of over 20 books, she does have a couple series but what she does do, and I really like, is connects the characters many reappearing throughout her books.
I also learned that she sets books in places she has seen firsthand and most of the time doing any research at that location.

To learn more about Liz please visit her website at http://www.lizcarlyle.com

Her latest release, and the one I will be reading for the challenge, is One Touch of Scandal.

Desperation drove her into the arms of a devil…

Grace Gauthier had taken a position as governess hoping to find security and peace in a life that had very little of either. She’s always yearned for a good marriage, a family, and a home, but it was not to be.  And when the brutal murder of her employer leaves her unprotected and alone—as Scotland Yard’s prime suspect—she has no one to turn to except the mysterious and reclusive Lord Ruthveyn.

A dark-eyed Lucifer, Ruthveyn guards his secrets carefully. His shadowed past as the Queen’s most trusted agent in India is the stuff of whispered rumor, as is his mixed ancestry. Deeply moved by her plight—and haunted by her beauty—Ruthveyn is determined to save Grace by unmasking a killer. But his growing passion for her soon places his own heart at risk and threatens to expose his dark gifts—and his dark society—to the world . . .

 

WOW Sunday

This week we were adventurous and all got henna tattoos, no way could I get the real thing needles and I don’t get along, the artist even put a little heart on my 4 year old niece.  We asked my niece if that meant love and she looked at us with a very serious face and a little twinkle in her eye and replied

“No, it means I get to make cupcakes everyday for the rest of my life”

If only life were that simple!