A couple members of my local RWA Chapter came up with an idea to prompt members into reading outside their comfort zones. Bingo! Each member was given a card with 25 categories, along with the rules and an explanation of each category. All books read (except for one) must be a new-to-you book. Books and authors can be used only once. The center square is “WRITTEN BY A CNYRW MEMBER.”

I love this so much.

Of course, I read like most people (whom I know) watch television.

So far, I’ve filled in two squares.

As I sit here at my desk, I’m looking at the titles of many favorite books, only one of which I can use for the game.  And I’m fascinated with books that could be used for multiple categories if that were allowed. Which it is not.

Example: Legend by Jude Deveraux

  • Published before 2000
  • Eat, Drink, & be Merry
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Reread a favorite
  • Dress for success
  • Time travel

Stretching it bit:

  • Stranded
  • Historical Romance
  • The Billionaire
  • Love Triangle

No wonder I love this book so much.


May is Date Your Mate Month

It’s nearly May, and May is Date Your Mate Month. Celebrate with a werewolf romance.

Werewolves working for the government? Reporter Delilah Tenney must choose: the story of a lifetime or a lifetime of love.~
Compton’s debut is a gripping, sexy as hell, page turner of a werewolf novel not for the faint hearted! NY Times Bestselling Author Maggie Shayne.
“I loved this book!!! A shifter novel that bites. Can you imagine?” Amazon reviewer.
Moonlight Serenade, available from Amazon.

Lucy Callahan will do anything to save her sister, even if that means marrying a stranger. Even if that stranger is an undercover government agent out to destroy the cult holding her sister hostage. Even if that stranger is a . . . werewolf.  A Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Choice. Available from Amazon.

One desperate woman intent on escape.
One brash werewolf determined to deny his DNA.
Until his destiny becomes her deliverance.

A Night Owl Reviews top pick.

Omega Moon Rising available from Amazon.

Happy Name Yourself Day

I used to want to change my name, because very few others had my name. I couldn’t get those license plate name tag or anything else. Then I realized having an almost unique name was a good thing. Of course, nowadays, every Tom, Dick, and Harry…

I wasn’t the only person who wanted to change her name.  This passage is from one of my favorite childhood books:

“What’s your name?”

The child hesitated for a moment.

“Will you please call me Cordelia?” she said eagerly.

Call you Cordelia? Is that your name?”

“No-o-o, it’s not exactly my name, but I would love to be called Cordelia. It’s such a perfectly elegant name.”

“I don’t know what on earth you mean. If Cordelia isn’t your name, what is?”

“Anne Shirley,” reluctantly faltered forth the owner of that name, “but, oh, please do call me Cordelia. It can’t matter much to you what you call me if I’m only going to be here a little while, can it? And Anne is such an unromantic name.”

“Unromantic fiddlesticks!” said the unsympathetic Marilla. “Anne is a real good plain sensible name. You’ve no need to be ashamed of it.”

“Oh, I’m not ashamed of it,” explained Anne, “only I like Cordelia better. I’ve always imagined that my name was Cordelia–at least, I always have of late years. When I was young I used to imagine it was Geraldine, but I like Cordelia better now. But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an E.”

“What difference does it make how it’s spelled?” asked Marilla with another rusty smile as she picked up the teapot.

“Oh, it makes such a difference. It looks so much nicer. When you hear a name pronounced can’t you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. If you’ll only call me Anne spelled with an E I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia.”

I could related to Anne perfectly.

Did you have a favorite childhood story that resonated with you?

Let’s Laugh

Today is National Let’s Laugh Day and in observance, I’m sharing a list of some of the funniest books I’ve read.

In no particular order:

  • The World According to Garp (John Irving)
  • Up Close and Dangerous (Linda Howard)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (Linda Howard)
  • One for the Money (Janet Evanovich)
  • Two for the Dough (Janet Evanovich)
  • Three to Get Deadly (Janet Evanovich)
  • True Confessions (Rachel Gibson)
  • Metropolitan Life (Fran Lebowitz)
  • Bet Me (Jennifer Crusie)
  • Welcome to Temptation (Jennifer Crusie)

Mask of the King

I have a new novella coming out on Tuesday (Feb 28)–Mask of the King.

Injured baseball player Tag Gentry and caterer Skye Schuyler are both lured to a Mardi Gras house party by false promises of work. Skye is waiting for her contract with the baseball team to be renewed, but the front office is giving her the runaround. No one knows how bad Tag’s leg injury really is, but speculation says it career ending. He’s not telling…and he hasn’t reported to spring training. He’s starting to wonder if there is life after baseball.

When Tag’s reporter ex-lover shows up in New Orleans, Tag pays extra attention to Skye, telling himself it’s only to deflect his ex’s attention. But his ex hopes the truth about his injury will be her next big story, and nothing is going to stop her, not even Tag’s involvement with another woman.

Skye realizes the promises that brought her and Tag to New Orleans are lies and wants to leave before things get any more complicated.

The only problem is they’re both targets for revenge, and Tag’s jealous ex may be part of the plot. Everyone is wearing mask, and not just for Mardi Gras. Tag and Skye don’t know who to trust—including each other.

Available from Loose-Id