Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books + Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the lovely (and creative!) Jamie of The Broke and the Bookish. After following along since TTT’s inception (and because list-making is a die-hard hobby of mine) it only makes sense that I chime in with my own top tens. This week’s topic spotlights “gateway” books/authors that somehow led me to discovering a certain genre, book or author.

Check out my past Top Ten Tuesdays or head to The Broke and the Bookish for more Top Ten topics.

TTT-Gateway Books

1. Nefertiti by Michel Moran… gateway to historical fiction.

2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri… gateway to literary fiction & short stories.

3. Mythology by Edith Hamilton… gateway to Greek/Roman mythology.

4. Majoring in Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain… gateway to Murder She Wrote series (HUGE fan of the show!).

5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss… gateway to READING! This was the first book I learned to read all on my own.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell… gateway to Rainbow Rowell. Also, this book got me out of a major reading slump!

7. Truly, Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson… gateway to the romance genre (aka The One That Started It All).

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer… gateway to paranormal fiction.

9. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich… gateway to cozy mysteries.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins… gateway to the dystopian genre.



Review: Wishing for Grace by Inez Kelley

Wishing for GraceWishing for Grace by Inez Kelley

Turn It Up sequel // 28 pp. // Contemp. Romance // self-pub e-book // 2011

SUMMARY: Caz Talbot is a reformed rock ‘n roll bad boy who’s still fighting demons from his past. Although he’s straight-laced and sober now, he’s still suffering the consequences from things he’s done in his past. Though it gives him great material to write soul-searching ballads, it also gives him nightmares as well. He’s made a lot of mistakes but his biggest regret involves his daughter, who he’s never met. He’d move heaven and earth to see her just once and his heart nearly explodes when he gets the chance. Is he lucky enough to also get a second chance at love? Continue reading

Tasty Romance Tidbits

As much as I love reading, sometimes I find myself overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books to choose from. Do I dig into my mile-long TBR list? Check out a new title that’s been floating around the blogiverse? Or do I take a chance with an Amazon recommendation on my Kindle page? Ack! Needless to say, too many choices tends to drive a gal like me crazy. Enter Lunch Hour Love Stories, a site featuring short stories penned by popular romance authors that can be read — you guessed it — during your lunch hour.

Romance in an hour! A group of writer friends wanted to pen short romances perfect for lunch time, waiting rooms, or between soccer games. They invited more friends to join them, and Lunch Hour Love Stories was born.

Doesn’t that sound just yummy? Granted, you don’t technically have to devour these romantic tidbits over lunch, but the concept of getting my fill of HEAs and romance plots without the 200-page commitment makes my mouth water. The site is still fairly new, but there are already more than a dozen short-story morsels for you to choose from. What I like most about this idea is that all the stories are never-before published (no getting tricked into buying a re-release!) and also feature high-quality, professional-looking covers. As much as I hate to admit it, I sometimes (okay, often) judge a book by its cover, and if a title looks cheap (you all know the type) I will more than likely skip over it.

I’ve already scoped out which of these I’ll be trying first: Snow Job by Christie Ridgway. I’ve had a hankering for a holiday tale and for less than the price of a Starbucks Vanilla Latte, I can get my fill of holiday romance with room left over for dessert (or aforementioned latte)!