So Many Books, So Little Time

So Many Books, So Little Time
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I have books by my top three authors gathering dust on my bed side table.  I so hate that! It used to be that I would average at least one book every two days.  The books were fiction, non-fiction, biographies, histories, and more. I also love to read good romance (of course!).  I look forward to new releases from Linda Warren, Rae Ann Thayne, and more.

Now that I am very much into my writing and getting two books edited for my publishers, I have very little time to read for enjoyment or leisure…thus the books are still on the table waiting for me.

Patricia Cornwall’s two books, Dust and Bone Bed, plus John Sanford’s Silken Prey are awaiting my attention.  I am falling behind as they have new books out or coming out shortly!  I just finished James Patterson’s latest Alex Cross novel. I love those three authors and someday, I hope to write in their genre.  I love to follow the Kay Scarpetta character in Cornwall’s books and the Lucas Davenport character in Sanford’s books.

I do have two books already in the planning stage with notes and the first couple of chapters written in each one…plus their titles.  No one knows much about these two projects yet but I happily share those two titles here with you…And The Angels Weep and The Dead of Winter.

When I choose a book, I look for an interesting cover first.  Then I will read the back cover.  I keep an open mind and have found books in other genres that have ended up on my bookshelves.  There are books that I have worn out as I read them over and over…most notably, Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey, Santa in a Stetson by Rebecca Winters, and Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone With the Wind.  Add to that, Red Dragon by Tom Harris, and The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck.  How’s that for a mixture?

If you haven’t read any of my favorite reads, I hope you will pick up one or more of them and give them a chance to become one of your favorites, too.

Debra Holt was born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. She read her first romance, Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances is her dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles (and sighs) to all who believe in happily-ever-after.

When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She has two contemporary romances coming from Spencer Hill/Tulip Romance and Astraea Press. Debra invites you to visit her website at  She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at

UNDER TEXAS BLUE SKIES by Debra Holt/Astraea Press/July 29

J.D. Sterling, country music’s sexy superstar, has come home again.  He has achieved his wildest dreams and did what he set out to do when he shook the dirt of the small Texas town from his boot heels a dozen years before. Now, he’s returned for the final piece of the puzzle to completing his life….the girl who holds his heart.  Mandy.

Amanda Lawson has grown up.  From sheer heartbreak to struggling to survive to becoming a shrewd businesswoman, she has taught herself to never look back.  She survived once before the wild, green-eyed cowboy with only a guitar to his name and a pocketful of dreams.  He took her heart and so much more when he left her behind with his hollow vows.

Mandy was his muse. J.D. was her dream.  Despite tragedy, can they find their way home to each other again?



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