With Christmas right around the corner (Ah! Coming in at full speed!), I thought I’d spotlight some books I’ve read over the last few months for anyone who needs gift ideas or personal reading ideas.
Since writing my own books, I realize how much symbolic blood, sweat and tears are put into each tale. So today I’m offering you a buffet of books to choose from that I’ve liked. There are appetizers (fun romances), main courses (stories that stay in your mind long after you finish them), and desserts (short books with inspiring messages).
Pick what you want from my smorgasbord. Hopefully, you’ll find a book or website that you want to feast upon. Now hurry up! You’re holding up the buffet line.
WWII Suspense. Plot that centers around an American spy sent into France to deceive the Germans into thinking the Allied invasion will come at a different beach and time than they suspect. Story has intense action scenes, a budding romance, and…of course, espionage.
Medical Thriller with a touch of sci-fi. Reading this will make you want to run from everyone who even looks like they might sneeze…or snidely tell that person that coughs on you (in your best Napoleon Dynamite imitation), “Gosh! Turn your head. Thanks for wiping out mankind!”
Contemporary Romance. Fun read with witty characters. The gist of this story is that the main character is steamrolled into being the town’s Bachelorette for a fundraiser; she must date a bunch of men as the online audience whittles down contestants. The clincher–one of the bachelors is the man who broke her heart years ago and she’s determined to get him kicked off the show.
Paranormal Romance. This story involves a 50-year-old ghost and an orphan girl with the ability to see him. Written very well. This story sucked me in, even though ghosts aren’t my thing. This ghost is kind of dreamy though. I’m definitely going to read the sequel. It was that good.
Educational Nonfiction. Nonfiction usually puts me to sleep, but this author was hilarious and I found her book easy reading (obviously, since I finished it so fast). She gives great advice to writers (whether you’re published or not) about what to do with blogging and other social media to market your writing in today’s changing world. Loved it.
Regency Romance. Most books in this genre can be very stuffy as the characters stick to English conventional mannerisms, social patterns and speech of that time. This story wove a lot of wit into the pages and made me laugh as the characters dug themselves deeper into a tangled web of deceit and intrigue.
Dark Suspense. Barlean’s books stay with you long after you’re done with them. The tragic events make it so you can’t put them down. The author is brilliant! Recipes for Revenge is a collection of short stories about different women who get abused by the men in their lives…and how they get even. Darth Gina loves the Dark Side of stories, but her wit comes through in her sassy female characters.
Crime Thriller. This follows a retired police detective as he tries to help a young woman solve an old murder (her mother’s) because the murderer is back and stalking her now. The other book has 12 shorts that cover a wide spectrum of genres and topics. Iden’s writing is precise, sharp, and stunning. He has a way of connecting the reader to the character in gripping plots.
I just finished this one. It was a novella that had a great message for this time of year. Similar to The Christmas Carol with a scroogy old guy (a journalist) who needs to be taught the truth about Christmas and himself. If you need some Christmas cheer, try it out (especially if it’s still free on Amazon).
Regency Romance. Sigh. This was one of my favorite books of the year. I devoured this story twice within the same week. You will love the characters.
Sci-fi Thriller. Set in the Amazon rainforest in a science compound where they are experimenting with immortality in Pia, a 17-year-old girl. The writing is great and the moral questions brought up in this are unique and thought-provoking. (Bonus: her website is amazing!)
Yummy! There are so many great books out there…just not enough time to read them all. But I still try! Happy Reading.