Many authors and writers post about what they are currently reading. I have decided to do that here, partly just to reveal a little more of myself to all of my fans [lol], and partly because I just got back from a week’s vacation with my daughter and her large family and, because of my Fibromyalgia, I am wiped out and will take a few days to recover.
I am re-reading Cathy Marie Hake’s Fancy Pants. I enjoy Cathy Marie’s novels and this is one of my favorites. [for links, see end of post]
It’s just a fun story, but it also shows me, really well, a male and female protagonist struggling to overcome their own inner and outer obstacles. Like any good romance it has the Cute Meet…and this one is very cute. It has them immediately at odds with each other, yet there are hints of the attraction to come. I can relate to both the male protagonist [Tim] and the female [Sydney]. It’s also a great story to study from a writer’s point of view. This is a well paced, slightly edgy Inspirational [Christian] Romance
I also just finished reading Runaway Heart, by Amity Lassiter.
This is a Romance, but not Inspirational or Christian. I read secular romances fairly regularly because it helps me to understand who part of my [hopefully] audience will be. I don’t want to just “preach to the choir.'” I’d love to have non-Christians read my books and my blog and learn about God and godly romance. So, in order to understand their world and their thinking and values, I read the books. There is swearing and sexual content in this story. I take it in stride, aware that this is who people are. God loves us all, even if He does not love all that we do. Another reason I read secular romance is that it’s frequently free on Book Bub. That doesn’t mean I read all of the offerings. If there is casual sex without any commitment and/or if there is a lot of swearing, especially taking the Lord’s Name in vain, I pass. I enjoyed Runaway Heart. It has a good plot and characters I can relate to and love.
Just finished The Texan’s Second Chance by Allie Pleiter. This is one of Harlequin’s Love Inspired’s August 2016 offerings. Allie Pleiter is one of my favorite authors. In this Romance Witt Buckton is starting up a foodtruck business featuring the great bison-burgers from Blue Thorn Ranch. Witt has a number of personal obstacles to get over as well as the competition…literally…for best foodtruck business. He teams up with, and locks horns with, Jana Powers the chef he hires to put his foodtruck business on the cutting edge. There is a bad guy in this story and he throws a wrench into Witt’s and Jana’s business. Allie Pleiter has great pacing with sweet moments intermingled with action.
Another Harlequin Inspired for August 2016 is Jean C. Gordon’s The Bachelor’s Sweetheart.
Here is another Harlequin author who gets the pacing right, characterization and world-creating right. Jean has been writing stories based in Hazardtown and Paradox Lake for quite a while now. And she’s still getting it right.
I love returning to a well-known and loved community in books.
Tessa Hamilton is attempting to make the old movie theater in town a success. She needs Josh Donnelly, at first for his engineering know-how and his friendship, than as their story unfolds, she needs him in a deeper way. But Josh is a committed bachelor and wants to leave Paradox Lake.
Jean always pulls me into her stories and the hearts of her characters.
Just a sampling of my reading this week. What are you reading, or have just read? I’d love to hear comments.