curling up with good books

 It’s January and, because I should be writing my own novella, I couldn’t resist reading Cathy Lamb’s Christmas story.  She’s one of my favorite authors and her books always inspire me to want to write, if only to try to be half as good as she is.

cathy lamb novella

This novella was pure romance.  Pure Christmas romance.  To read more about it, check out Cathy Lamb’s blog.

 I love John Sandford’s books.  This latest Virgil Flowers novel,  DEADLINE, is just as funny as the others.  While the Virgil books can’t compete with Sandford’s “Prey” series and hero Lucas Davenport, they are still good reads.

deadline sandford

Now for a memoir….

paris letters

PARIS LETTERS starts with, “How much money does it take to quit your job?”  The author, Janice MacLeod, explains why and how she quit her job in Los Angeles and took a year off to travel in Europe and become an artist.  I didn’t expect it to be as funny and well-written as it was, and I couldn’t put it down.

kaffe fassett book

A much-appreciated Christmas gift from my daughter was Kaffe Fassett’s new quilting book.  Pure eye candy for anyone who likes to sew or loves color.  His use of color makes my heart beat faster.   Want to see some incredible modern quilts?  Click on Kaffe Fassett and check them out.  Makes for great bedtime browsing!


Another thought-provoking Jodi Picoult novel to be read slowly and enjoyed, especially if you like elephants.  It’s the story of a thirteen year old girl trying to find the mother who disappeared ten years earlier.  To read more about LEAVING TIME, click here.

heroes are my weakness

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is another favorite of mine, though I stopped reading her books for a few years because I grew tired of her wealthy, “larger than life” characters.  This recent book is different in several ways.  She doesn’t rely on a secondary romance as a subplot, as has been done so often in previous books.  And this is pure romance, with a little mystery tossed in.  It takes place on an isolated Maine island in the winter, not in Texas.  And the characters were perfect.  Heroes Are My Weakness made me smile a lot.

And now for terror.  I’m reading the latest thriller by Tami Hoag and I can tell it’s not going to be easy.  I’ve read all of her books (the totally idiotic Rizoli and Isles tv show is nothing like the novels, which are excellent thrillers with believable characters) and I can tell that COLD COLD HEART is going to give me nightmares.  Last night I read the first three pages and had to shut off the Kindle because I realized I shouldn’t be reading it right before going to sleep.


 So that’s what I’ve been reading on these cold January days.

What’s on your bookshelf?????


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