I've gone a bit crazy with the book buying this week. I went to Rosemary's Romance Books in Brisbane City to sign some copies of my book (yes, there it is right on the shelf. It will be featured in next month's catalogue. Go ahead, buy so they'll have to order more:)). Of course a visit to such a top notch specialist romance bookstore requires a serious browsing session, which inevitably turns into a even more serious buying session. I also picked up a few books in a bargain bin at my local shopping centre this week. So all in all I have some serious reading to do:
Anyone But You - Jennifer Crusie
Dream a Little Dream - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious - Christie Craig
A Red Hot New Year - Anthology including fellow Brisbanite, Denise Rossetti)
Dark Lover - JR Ward (Yes, a vampire story. I'll get to that)
Night Pleasures - Sherriyln Kenyon
Looking for Peyton Place - Barbara Delinsky (I used to read her categories back in the '80's and always loved them)
Her Master and Commander - Karen Hawkins
Blind Alley - Iris Johanson (Often in the bargain bin. IMO an underrated author)
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Yes, there is a vampire story in there. Ordinarily, I don't do vampires (pardon the pun). But I've decided to broaden my genre horizons, based on the fact that JR Ward is also Jessica Bird, whose contemporary categories I'm terminally in love with . I just finished The Billionaire Next Door, another fantastic read from this author. I just can't say enough about her work in contemporaries.
But vampire romance? I can't help but think that's a contradition in terms. I don't now, nor have I ever found vampires sexy. Something about a guy who might sink his fangs into your neck and drain the life from you at any moment doesn't exactly scream happy ever after. Maybe that's just me. I'm going to read Dark Lover with an open mind and see where it takes me. Perhaps I'll finally understand what the vampire 'thing' is about.
When I get to it that is. You saw the list.