I didn’t discover the joy of reading until I was an adult. For reasons that I can’t remember, I picked up Nora Roberts’ The Reef, and really enjoyed it. Since then I have read many books, mostly romantic suspense and cozy mystery. Here’s a few factoids about my reading habits and fun stuff for you if you’re a reader who enjoys connecting with authors.
About My Love Reading
My love of mystery and romance started long before I became a reader. As a kid, I loved anything that involved romance, especially between committed couples (i.e. The Thin Man, Hart to Hart, Topper, etc). As my reading adventures increased, I discovered one area that books were lacking; a romantic series. Sure many cozies had couples, but not the romantic elements I liked. Romantic suspense had the romance, but not in a series format.
Eventually I discovered J.D. Robb, which I love because it combines what I love most, mystery and romance. I also enjoy Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldburg (the O’Hare/Fox books), and of course Nora Roberts.
My All Time Favorite Books
Because I started reading for pleasure later in life, and I’m picky about what I read, my favorites might seem limited in scope. But here are the books that have stayed with me over the course of my reading adventures:
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (I love P&P, but Persuasion is my favorite)
- The Return of Rafe McKade (probably my favorite Nora Roberts’ book)
- Naked in Death (my favorite J.D. Robb)
- Envy by Sandra Brown (first book that had me say, “Oh my God, I didn’t see that coming.”)
- Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
Most of these books are fairly old, which makes it seem like I haven’t done a lot of reading lately. I have read quite a bit, and have enjoyed many of the books, but the ones above stick out.
Because I should be writing instead of reading, I’ve taken to listening to books on Audible while I run and drive. I’ve been listening to old Linda Howard and recently have been enjoying Bella Andre’s Billionaire books.
Since I’ve become a reader and writer, I’ve also discovered a love of connecting with other readers and writers. I attend reader/writer events several times a year and connect with many book lovers online. If you enjoy that sort of thing as well, and want to connect with me, here’s some cool things for you to check out:
The SweetHarte Group: This is a private FB group for my street team. As a street team member, you can first peeks, insights and other cool stuff in exchange for helping me get the word out about my books. The Valentine Christmas novella, Death Under the Mistletoe is free in the SweetHarte group.
Goodreads: Admittedly, I’m not always caught up at Goodreads, but my goal is to do better.
Pinterest: I love Pinterest for so many reasons. I use it to give images to my work, store research, and find great resources. If you enjoy the Valentines, you’ll find images of people I think they look like, Tess’ lingerie and more. I have a Southern Heat board and plan to have one for each book.
Youtube: Curious about how the Valentine books came to be, changes I made or stuff I left out? Over at Youtube, I have videos on interesting factoids related to several of the Valentine books. I hope to be adding book trailers soon.
SweetHarte News: Join my email list to get free chocolate recipes used in the Valentine books, plus a few other of my favorites. I don’t email often, but when I do it’s to let you know about updates, giveaways and other stuff readers want to know. Sign up below: