The Book Reading Gals
As lovers of romance we are thrilled to spend a day with you talking about a few of the things that we recently discussed among ourselves. I know you have all thought of these questions we are interested to know what you like and what you would do.
It’s a cold and rainy day and you don’t have to go anywhere you can spend the day doing nothing but reading. Do you pick up an old favorite or reach for something that you have never read before? What book is it?
I would forget everything I have to read and grab something that has been worn in. I am thinking of The Hot Zone series by Carly Phillips, why not a whole series as I am doing nothing today right, no matter how many times I have read them they are just as good as the first time. If I have a few extra moments I would also pickup something from Kristin Higgins, who I am in love with. As you can tell I like to read authors that make me laugh out loud, no matter where I am.
I am going to pick up my favorite series of all time, The Kushiel Legacy by Jaqueline Carey. It has it all, adventure, mystery, true love and sex! I adore Phèdre, she is such a strong heroine and, she is truly a hero because she actually saves her kingdom by sacrificing herself, and always by her side is her stalwart companion, the beautiful Joscelin. He is so torn by his love of Phèdre and his duty as a Cassiline Brother. They explore such a rich and dark world full of beauty and evil. The series never fails to bring me to tears of joy and sorrow and gives me the shivers in sexual anticipation and terror.
I would reach for something new. I have a huge “to be read pile” of books and I just don’t go back and reread many books. I would probably grab a Regency or Victorian Historical Romance or I would grab a backlist book from Lorraine Heath, Loretta Chase or Julia Quinn that I haven’t read yet.
I would grab a book that is probably in desperate need of replacing, unless it is on my kindle. I would roam and peruse my bookshelves all seven of them and randomly grab books that appealed to me at the moment. I would say it would most likely be a Nora book but I haven’t been able to pry them out of my sister’s house, but I digress. It could be anything from Nalini’s Psy/Changeling series to the Bar Cynsters of Stephanie Laurens, or maybe Prince Charming by Julie Garwood, but then I come to shelf of J.D. Robb books and could possibly pick up my favorite books in that series. No matter what it would be I would be snuggled up on the couch my cup of tea nearby with the dog.
Let’s talk about our favorite hero-who does it for you?
I thought of the one everyone thinks of – Rourke of course – but really I want to be a little different so my thoughts went to someone that is fiercely loyal and protective but rebellious and of course it does not hurt that he is a Lord (and a reformed pirate), this hero has been around for awhile but I never tire of reading about him. I am talking about James Mallory from Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey, I am actually in love with all the Mallory men but James and Tony both hold a special place in my heart.
Jocelin from the Kushiel series or Daemon from the Black Jewels; they are both fiercely protective and beautiful in different ways.
My first thought was – Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s NightHuntress Series. He’s funny, sexy, alpha and just overall one of the best written heroes. I even named my dog, Bonz after him. I have to squeeze in one more pick for a favorite hero – Alec Kincaid from The Bride by Julie Garwood. In fact I think I’ve loved ALL of Julie Garwood’s leading men.
This one was easy for me, Judd Lauren from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and Dimitri from her Guild Hunter’s series. Judd because even though he is pure ice and unfeeling on the outside when it comes to Brenna and his family he feels so deeply that he will do what ever it takes to keep them safe. Dimitri because he loved his wife so much that after over 1000 yrs of being a widower his heart still only belonged to her and wasn’t given again until she’d been re-incarnated.
If you can go anywhere in time past, present, or future, what time would you like to visit and where would you like to go?
I love electronics and new technology so the future might be nice, but I don’t know if I would want to return. So I am going to have to say the past, around 1700’s and I would want to VISIT Ireland of course, notice I said visit, as I don’t think I could handle being there permanently. I would love to go to Ireland in present day though.
I want to visit present day Ireland, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. I love to read about other time periods, but I wouldn’t want to cope without chocolate, slimming underwear and toilet paper. Unless I also get a magical pocket or purse that would be able to hold all the modern stuff I would want.
I’m a huge fan of Tudor Fiction. So I would love to be a Lady of the Court during King Henry the 8 or Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Okay there are a couple of times that I would want to visit. I would want to visit Ancient Greece, and Rome, Regency England, Medieval Scotland, The Wild West, the 1920’s the 1940’s.
So what 5 books would you have in your survival kit? They must be print books as knowing our luck electricity will not be available so we would not have e-books*grins*
This was hard for me, I discovered I read a lot of books that are series, how can you take one book out of the series and not the others, that would be torment. I am going to break the rules already; I am such a rebel. I want to bring two series; between them I should have all of my wants covered. The first one would be The Bride series by Catherine Coulter and if I can’t bring them all it would have to at least be the first three books, The Sherbrooke Bride, The Hellion Bride, and The Heiress Bride. The second series would have to be The Mists of Ireland by Erin Quinn; I just discovered these books at RomCon this year and was so impressed I accosted everyone I could to read one of the most powerful paragraphs that I have ever read. Want to know what it is? Get your hands on a copy of Haunting Desire and read page 4, it only gets better from there. In an ideal world I will be stranded with my family, which means that Heather, Angela, and I get to share the books we bring.
Well, I would need to have my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy anthology because it’s amazing and I would need at least one non-romance to fulfill my nonsense side. I think I would also need my Black Jewels anthology because it is beautiful and tragic and I would need at least those three from the series. I would also want to take the three Jewels books by Nora Roberts. She is the Queen of Romance for a reason and I love that they take place in Ireland. So, I guess I am technically breaking the rules too, but that is why I bought the anthologies in the first place! I wish more series would come that way.
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Game by Brenda Joyce, The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
In a perfect world I will be stranded with Melanie so I would be able to read her books as well, as many Nalini books as I can grab and if I still have room I will add in some Julie Garwood. I don’t like that I have to choose!
Heather and Melanie run thebookreadinggals.com a review site dedicated almost entirely to the romance genre; fellow reviewers Angela and Janon join them. We would love it if you stop by occasionally and say hi. We will also be bringing back our RomCon Reading Challenge so please stop by for information, FYI we will be giving away one ticket for registration to the winner of the challenge.
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