May Give-Away!

EDIT: I've added something new to the contest – for everyone person who enters the contest, I'll donate 50 cents* to the needy pet organization Petsmart uses for charity. Money will be donated at my next trip to Petsmart.

This is my first month of give-aways and I thought it might be neat to pick from the List of Commemorative Months I found on Wikipedia and use that as the themes for my monthly give-aways. The list is HUGE, so I have a lot to choose from. However, I also need to match this list with the goodies I received from the Romantic Times Book Lover's Convention. As a side note, some of the commemorative themes were really off the wall or things I just could not support. Such as…
–National Egg Month. :
–National Salad Month
–National Do Not Eat Cheese Before Noon Month…I kid you not and there is NOOOO way I could support that!

Some I could get behind 100% and there are a little too many to mention (and most of them are great causes), but here are some I thought deserved honorable mentions…

–National Chocolate Custard Month
–National Clean Energy Month
–Uranus Awareness Month (I had some erotic romances I could have used for this…but I'll save that one. Seriously, it might be a good idea to bring awareness to this planet as it may end up in the realm of Pluto if we're not careful…but I didn't have any books of space adventures to give away.)
–National Zombie Awareness Month – No, darn it, I didn't have any zombie books to give away!

The one I chose for this month is NATIONAL PET MONTH! I had two books I thought fitting for this month that I wasn't sure I'd be able to use for any other month… Continue reading

What I’m Currently Reading

Here's a list of books I've recently read along with a book I'm about to embark on. I try not to provide spoilers, but if you want a detailed description of the book, move your mouse over the book image.

I just purchased “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. Since I am a vampire romance novelist, I've had all my friends and family tell me, “Oh my god! You HAVE to read this book! It's right up your alley!!” So, I'm looking forward to delving into it!

I JUST finished reading a book from one of my favorite authors…Johanna Lindsey – “Say You Love Me“. This is another Malory Novel and it did NOT disappoint. Her books about the Malory family take place during Regency England, so for those of you who are into the Regency romances, I think you'll enjoy her books.

This was a great story that had some rather sinister elements for the villain in the tale, but I don't want to give anything away. Suffice it to say the heroine, Kelsey, gets herself into a scary predicament and I really wasn't sure how she was going to get out of it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Right before “Say You Love Me”, I read “Captive of My Desires” – another Malory Novel. This book was actually published about 10 years after “Say You Love Me”, but each of her tales stand on their own, so there's no need to read them in any kind of order.

This was lighter subject matter than the other book, but does have adventure at the end and it was a joy to see so many of the members of the Malory family involved. A subtle theme of how prejudices cloud our judgement is woven into the tale rather tastefully. Lovely read! But I love all her books and I think I only have a couple on her list that I haven't read yet! Hope you enjoy it!

Finally, prior to “Captive of My Desires”, I read Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s book “Dark Side of the Moon.” This is one of her Dark Hunter books and the hero of the story is a shapeshifter. I like how vulnerable and real her heroine Susan Michaels is and how she uses humor to guard her heart against hard times. As a result, Kenyon had me laughing a lot in this book. As I find with all of her books, her heros are delicious, her heroines are the kind of women I aspire to be or befriend, and the Dark Hunter world is engrossing! Great read for those of you into the Paranormal Romance genre.

Do you have a favorite author? Do you have any recommendations for romance or vampire romance? Have you read any of the above books? If so, what did you think of them? (Please indicate at the beginning of your comment if it is a “SPOILER”)