I used to read a lot more than I do now and I usually perused the aisles of Walmart, the grocery store, or the nearest bookstore for the newest releases from the hottest authors or my favorite authors. But now that I have less time to read, I’d rather read books by authors I know or authors I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. And it doesn’t matter if it is a new release or a book that’s been around for awhile. If know the author or the authors work and the book blurb intrigues me, I’m more likely to take the time from writing to read it. I no longer care if it’s a book everyone else is reading as long as it is one I want to read.
So, if you’re looking for something good to read, might I suggest a few I’ve read in the past and enjoyed? Oh, and while you’re here, why not click the rafflecopter link and sign up for a chance to win some great prizes from my publisher, The Wild Rose Press?
By AJ Nuest- sister rose and sister hostess at The Author Roast and Toast
Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past—except now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons.
Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to deal with Matthias Saunders, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet—even one with disturbing blue eyes. Can’t she?
Page Count: 298
Word Count 81000
Print ISBN: 1-60154-898-2
Jezzy stopped. “I thought I was having a riding lesson.”
“You are.” He nodded toward the empty paddock. “Go in.”
“Go in?” Jezzy propped a hand on her hip. “You sure you know what you’re doing? Because it was my understanding that an actual horse is needed for a riding lesson.”
“Don’t you think it would be wise at this juncture to leave the understanding up to the professionals?”
Jezzy rolled her eyes. “You’re making this way too easy. Professionals? Please. Don’t get me started.”
“Why not? Getting you started is exactly what I’m here for.”
Jezzy’s jaw dropped. She didn’t quite know how to interpret that remark.
He held out the rope. “Now go in. And take this lead line with you.”
Steely blue determination glinted in his eyes. There was no way he was going to give in. Jezzy snatched the lead line from his hand and stormed through the gate, then turned when he closed it behind her.
He put a foot on the bottom railing and rested against the gate, facing the horizon. “Take the chair to the center of the paddock and sit down.”
“And just exactly how is that supposed to teach me to ride?”
He cocked an eyebrow. “You want out of the deal?”
Jezzy’s fist clenched tight around the lead line. What she wanted was to march back to the fence and smack his face.
Nest up is a more recent work by another sister hostess at ARRT, author Mackenzie Crowne
Chef Meggy Calhoun realizes her long-held dream with the opening of Boston’s hottest new culinary experience. Crazy-busy with her new restaurant, she can’t deny a fascination for her hunky new tenant. But will her secret connection to one of New England’s most powerful families poison her recipe for success, and leave her heart flambeed?
Trevor Bryce Christos would do anything to protect the woman who raised him. Even seduce a beautiful con artist disguised as a chef and bent on cashing in on his family’s wealth. Taking up residence in Meggy’s carriage house while disguised as a writer doing research on small town New England is the perfect ploy to catch her at her game. But when the truth of her parentage is revealed, and his ruse exposed, he’ll need the townsfolk’s help with spin control if love is to remain on the menu.
Page Count: 175
Word Count: 43650
“We had a leak.” She jumped the last two steps to land on the floor, jamming the roller into the pan at the foot of the ladder. “The plumber is there now, dealing with the aftermath.” Reminded of the calamity in her kitchen, she turned a glower on the silent man and quirked a brow. “And you are?”
“Oh, I’m sorry.” Jill rolled her eyes at Meggy and made the introductions. “Meggy Calhoun, this is Trevor Bryce. He’s a writer who’s interested in renting the carriage house. Mr. Bryce, Meggy is one of the owners of Palmer House. She’s also the head chef.”
Meggy watched, fascinated, as the stiff lawyer vanished behind a wicked smile, a flash of white teeth, and dimples. There was nothing stiff about the penetrating gaze that met and held hers. The deep drawl of his voice, when he said hello, reminded her of the smooth slide of the aged whiskey found in Palmer House’s well-stocked bar.
She glanced at the hand he held out, and flipped up her own paint-smeared palm. “Sorry, I’m a mess.”
Laugh lines crinkled the tanned skin at the corner of his eyes, and the soft core of femininity within her sighed in appreciation. She’d always had a soft spot for the Greek god type. Looking at Trevor Bryce, she had a sudden craving for feta cheese and ouzo.
Dark auburn hair, cut short and styled with just a hint of curl in the thick mass, framed a strong face. The olive tone of his complexion spoke of Mediterranean ancestry and complimented the sharp slash of his nose, chiseled cut of high cheekbones, and squared chin. His pale eyes were gray, without a hint of blue. They simmered with quiet humor as he returned her study. His wide mouth, though smiling, hinted at just a touch of danger.
Danger? Where the hell had that come from? Her gaze slid over the crisp cut of his lips once more. Well hell, what was life without a little danger?
The Wild Rose Press is a small electronic and print publisher whose titles span the sub-genre spectrum from sweet to erotic in all lengths as well as mainstream and women’s fiction. It was recently voted Best Publisher by Preditors & Editors Poll for the sixth time. There’s something for everyone who enjoys romance in the garden, including four of my titles.
Barbara Bettis said:
I have other titles by AJ and Mackenzie, but I don’t think I have these. I will definitely remedy that! Both sound great.
Lilly Gayle said:
Both were. I loved them.
Karen Michelle Nutt said:
I have AJ’s book. Haven’t read Mac’s book yet. I must add this to my to read pile. 🙂
Calisa Rhose said:
Awesome choices Lilly. You know how to pick good ‘uns. Two of my favorite authors. 🙂 I haven’t read this one of Mac’s, but I’ve read others by her and I already have this one in my Kindle.
Whoo Hoo! Thank you so much for this, Lilly! You are awesome!! I read the Billionaire’s Con. One of my favorite books by Mac. xx
And look! Some of my favorite authors have stopped by to comment today. Calisa, I loved Home! And I have 3 of Karen’s titles and one of Barbara’s on my ereader. Ahhh. So many great books. So little time for reading. But Spring is finally here and I love to sit on my porch in the evenings when it’s not so freaking cold and read. So, here’s to more reading time for everyone!
Mackenzie Crowne said:
I’ve read both of these and can personally recommend them. *cheesy grin* LOL Thanks so much for the shoutout, sweetie.
Brenda Moguez (@BrendaMoguez) said:
Both sound inciting. Hard to land on a good read somedays, always appreciate a recommend.