Sunday, November 18, 2007

30 Nights with a Highland Husband by Mellissa Mayhue - Action!

If I could put any book to a movie...hmmmmm.......well, I think I would have to say Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, staring Gerard Butler as Jamie, off the top of my head. Honestly, that would be very unoriginal. There are blogs that are devoted solely to that discussion. And there are u-tube presentations galore on the subject as well. The staring actors vary, but Gerry Butler seem to be the favorite choice. If you know me well, you know that he is my favorite actor and favorite heartthrob. So, let me be a little more original. I read a great book a few months ago where I really connected with the Hero in the story. It was 30 nights with a Highland Husband by Mellissa Mayhue. Here is the amazon description:

SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.

DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day -- she just discovered her fiancé with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

OK - Now would you go with him? What crazy woman would?? Well, I can tell you if Gerry Butler popped into my bedroom with a belted plaid and his “300” abs, I think I would be so entranced I would not even consider saying no!

As for heroine,,,,well it should be me! I did star in the 9th grade production of “The Soapy Murder Case”. Seriously, I probably would be too old by Hollywood's standards, even though I am six months younger than Gerry himself. So, who could be the feisty American Caitlyn? WEll, Hawai’i born, Aussie raised Nicole Kidman would be a great match, not only for the role of Caitlyn but for the thrill of staring opposite Gerry.

Pick this book up today and give it a read. The twists and turns are worthy of Hollywood's glances. This fun story would be a welcome change. Read it and let me know what you think.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Books to Sweep you away

I am up to my ears in notes, trying to win NaNoWrMo and finish for Golden Heart. Honestly, I am not sure what the heck I was thinking, trying for both of these while my Hubby is at Joint PME! It does not look good. I hate failing, but I hate quitting even more. So, to keep you busy while I am typing away, here are some books that swept me away, I thought you might enjoy them too!

  • I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick- I have kept this book through move after move!
  • Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas - by far the best romance I have ever read.
  • The Perfect Rake -Anne Gracie - outstanding regency writer, very witty
  • Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue- you positively can not put this book down!
  • Highland Warrior (actually all her highland books) by Hanna Howell - verra verra steamy, with lots of family love
  • Miss Darby's Duenna by Sherri Cobb South - unparalleled regency - gives Heyer and Austin a steely run!
  • Stealing Heaven by Madeline Hunter - smart, historically accurate, and passionate
  • All seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling - I know it's not romance, but these are the greatest stories I have ever read.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Next Five Adventures Between the Covers

What is on my bedside table to read? Well, that is an easier question than what is in my closet to read! There are over 300 books in my closet waiting to be read and 60 on my bookshelf. I have a mix of sub-genre and genre on the night-stand waiting for my attention.

1. I am currently reading The Reapers’ Song by Lauraine Snelling. This is the forth in the series of Books called the Red River of the North. They tale the tales of Norwegian Immigrants who came to tame the harsh prairies of the Dakota Territories. These stories have changed my life quite literally. I used to live in North Dakota and I was a tortured soul while I was there. I could not understand why the people lived and acted the way they did. As another Norwegian-American, I thought I would be welcomed with open arms into their community. This was hardly the case. The brutalities and hardships these people suffered was like no other in American history. I feel so much compassion for these people and I can see how they shaped the lives of their decendants. So, I read these award winning books of Ms. Snelling and my heart heals with every page. Plus the story lines are great, the characters are engaging and the history is not only accurate, but riveting and quite humbling. We are so spoiled today.....even those of us who still live on those brutal prairies.

2. Book #5 of the series Tender Mercies

3. Book #6 of the series Blessing in Disguise

4. Spirited Away by Cindy Miles. I picked this book up at the RWA convention and Ms. Miles signed it kindly. I have been drooling for the chance to read this book, as I have not read a ghost love story since they were popular in the 1980’s. In this book a knight and his men are murdered in 1292 and their souls are cursed to roam his estate for all of eternity. Enter the heroine: a 21st century archaeologist digging up the remains of his castle bailey. She thinks some one is watching her and calling her......Is she imagining it...we'll have to read and find out.

5. The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh. I picked this up at Costco, where I snag many of my books. It looked fascinating! It is the story of a slave girl (Thrall) and her life as a settler in the inhospitable new colony of icelanders in Greenland. The back blurb says it appeals to readers of fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and literary fiction. This basically sums up my entire reading repertoire. Everything I love all in one book. Maybe I should have purchased it in hard cover!

Well, that is my reading list for the next couple of weeks. If you pick any of these up and read them yourself, just let me know I would love to learn what you think of them. Now, What is on your to be read pile?