Romance Author Recommends: Summer Reading Picks from Mariah Stewart

Romance Author Recommends: Summer Reading Picks from Mariah Stewart
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Summer and reading go together like, well, like peas and carrots as Forrest Gump – one of my favorite guys – would say. Sitting on the beach or poolside with a great book in summer is the seasonal equivalent of curling up in a cozy chair in front of a fire with a great book in winter. There’s something about relaxing on a lounge, under the shade of a tree or umbrella, feet up, cool iced drink in one hand and a book (or e-reader) in the other that says vacation to me, even if I’m in my own back yard and I only have a few hours to spare.

So while I’m hard at work on my next novel, iced coffee on my right and printed pages from yesterday’s completed chapter on my left, I’m thinking about all the summer reading I’ve got stashed away for when I finally finish the book I’m working on.

Here’s what’s in my pile:

Three books I picked up at the recent signing at Turn the Page in Boonsboro, MD along with Nora Roberts (I’d already read her latest so I can’t include it here, except to say if you haven’t already read THE WITNESS – it’s fabulous) are also on the pile:
SEA CHANGE by Karen White, THE CLAIMED by fellow Jersey Girl Caridad Pineiro and CAROLINA GIRL by Virginia Kantra (I admit that I peeked – I can’t wait to read it!).

NIGHTINGALE WAY – Emily March. Book #5 in Emily’s wonderful Eternity Springs series. I love a marriage-on-the-rocks story, and can’t wait to see how Jack and Cat resolve their problems so they can live happily ever after.

THE INN AT ROSE HARBOR – Debbie Macomber. Book one in her new series – can’t wait to meet all the new characters!

LAST TO DIE – Tess Gerritsen. Love love love Rizzoli & Isles.

THE WAY BACK HOME – Barbara Freethy. Will read anything with her name on it.

DON’T YOU WISH – Roxanne St. Claire’s first YA – looks fabulous.

– Hilary Mantel – the sequel to Wolf Hall. Not your typical beach read, but I loved Wolf Hall and am curious to read about Thomas Cromwell’s hand in Anne Boleyn’s downfall. Besides, where is it written in stone that vacation reads have to be “light”?

SHADOW OF NIGHT – Deborah Harkness – the sequel to A Discovery of Witches. I’ve really been looking forward to this one and have it right here in my office as a tantalizing reward for myself.

THE GREAT ESCAPE – Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Not sure if it’s technically a sequel to CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE. She always makes me laugh and cry – I love that in a book.

CREOLE BELLE – James Lee Burke. For my money, only one of the most brilliant crime/mystery writers ever. He’s hard to categorize because his writing is so literary. I missed Dave Robicheaux in the last book so am looking forward to catching up with him and his sidekick, Clete Purcel.

– Karin Slaughter – I picked up her first book when it first came out and have been a total fan-girl since. Can’t wait to dive into this one!

So what’s on everyone else’s list? What have you read that you could add to mine?

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, their daughter, and their dogs. Her most recent book, Home for the Summer, is on sale now.
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