Sabrina Jeffries, Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber
Spending time at Lady Jane’s Salon is always a special experience for me, but even more so on Monday night when I was allowed to emcee the second half of the readings. The charming setting adds to the moment as authors pick their favorite passages to read aloud to the adoring crowd. Presenting that evening were Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber and Sabrina Jeffries. With proceeds going to charity, Lady Jane’s Salon is the “must do” event held on the first Monday of every month in New York City.
Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams
Read by Loretta
CIA Agent Ana Burton, placed on probation for prior handling of a case resulting in five vicious murders, is given an ice-cold l0 year old case to re-work. If you are into any of the following –algorithms, equations, search parameters, linked computers, decripting data or terminus city – this book is for YOU!
Author Jeanne Adams crafted a complex, death around each corner story, mixing in a sizzling love affair amidst international intrigue. As I read through the twisted, upside down, inside-out tale, it amazed me to discover that she very ably ironed out the details while untangling the hidden characters and created a captivating and provocative book.
Hot Southern Nights
by Dianne Castell
Read by joysann
Churchill McKenzie returns to Savannah after a sojourn in up north, and is happy to be working in the beautiful, historical public library. The only complication is that she crosses paths with the intriguing, sexy man she sent to prison on a robbery conviction years ago, but what if he really didn’t do it? Cal Davis just wants life to get back to something normal, work the races at the speedway, and avoid entanglements with gorgeous, sexy librarians, which can only lead to trouble.
Amusing and delightful, Hot Southern Nights has all the romance, heat and southern charm an HEA reader can want. I enjoyed the characters a lot, which made me really hopeful things would work out for them, and I laughed out loud at some of their situations. Dianne’s “Hot” books about contemporary southern romance have turned out to be pleasurable reads.
So Enchanting by Connie Brockway
Read by Edie
Francesca Walcott doesn’t believe her psychic gift is enchanting. Instead, it alienated her from her highborn family and was the cause of her early marriage to a fake medium who abandoned her after he was exposed by Lord Greyson Sheffield. Six years after the death of her husband, Greyson finds her in a Scottish village, the companion of a young woman whose life is being threatened. Mayhem, mix ups, and near-accidents ensue. So does the attraction between Fanny and Greyson, and a romance between Fanny’s headstrong ward and Greyson’s fashionable nephew.
Brockway’s quirky characters are delightful. Her pacing is perfection, as is her dialogue, and I never doubted the attraction between Greyson and Fanny. This Victorian romance really is So Enchanting.
Dark Warrior Untamed by Alexis Morgan
Read by Marsha
Chief Talion Greyhill Danby and administrative assistant Piper Ryan thrown together in a shared office. Piper is a rebel and Grey is a sophisticate with a sexy English accent. Piper has a secret and Grey’s job as head of security for the Kyth Nation puts them on a collision course. Piper and Grey become caught between the desire to get away from each other and the need to get closer as their attraction builds. They must work together to defend the Grand Dame of the Kyths from attack.
Alexis Morgan’s spicy dialogue and romantic scenes kept me reading far into the night until I reached the delicious conclusion.
Read by Heidi
Lily Casey Smith is a woman ahead of her time. She broke horses at a young age, worked on a ranch in Arizona, learned how to drive a car and fly a plane, when most women were not expected to do much. She married later than most women and became a mother of two; including her daughter who is portrayed in The Glass Castle.
I was fascinated by Jeannette’s portrayal of her grandmother in this novel. During times of droughts, floods, the Great Depression and ranching life; Lily shook off the challenges and moved forward. It seemed to me that no matter what came into Lily’s path, she had the ability to keep moving forward. I had to keep remembering that this woman is not of my age, but my grandmothers age. Maybe people who are whining today about what they don’t have and who to blame, should take a look at Lily and see that you can achieve anything you want if you just keep moving forward.
Read by Marjorie
A fall from his horse was the accident that brought Nash Renfrew into the life of Maddy Woodford. A peasant girl trying to support her younger siblings, Maddy nursed the handsome stranger back to health, not knowing he was an English diplomat to Russia and a member of the landed gentry. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Nash was won over by Maddy’s charms and, when his memory returned, he determined to make her his wife.
I was held captive with a fast-paced story, interjecting twists of plot and other surprises along the way. This is the fourth romance in Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series, following her much acclaimed romance, To Catch a Bride. The setting is Bath, England, 1819.
Read by Heidi
The ninth mystery of the Aimee Leduc series finds her trying to return to a normal life, when a Haitian woman enters the PI office claiming to be her half-sister and in trouble. Aimee is reluctant to believe her, but is drawn to help her especially after she disappears.
I felt the twists and turns of this mystery as easily as I could see the Paris streets. I found it extremely creative how modern day the book takes us, especially after the death of Princess Diana in Paris.
Bottom Line: I’m interviewing Stan Lee at New York Comic Con on Saturday…any questions you’d like me to ask?