I'm working on Susan Squires' new vampire historical, The Burning. An April book I'm reviewing. Very good so far. A bit slow to take off, but lots of good atmosphere.As for what "grabs" me about a book - the first thing I notice are the characters. If I find the characters, interesting, complex, with plenty of room for growth - the plot is almost incidental.
I'm reading THE RELUCTANT MISS VAN HELSING by Minda Webber.Beginning premise, characters and setting. Those are what grab me.
I am reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I saw the movie and decided it was time to finally read the book. I have read the other books in the series and have enjoyed them. I love the characters and premise of the series. That is why I keep reading it.Next in my TBR stack is Julia Quinn's To Sir Phillip With Love. Once again this book is part of a series that has great characters. I love Ms. Quinn's books and her use of humor. The characters are probably what keep me reading this series.As for what "grabs" me in general, it is different for every book. I find that it is usually a combination of the characters and beginning premise.
Good writing - I'm a sucker for good writing. I just put my nose in a book set in the Middle Ages, and the author was so good that by the third sentence I was riding in the cold rain, my clothes sodden, my horse's hooves squelching in the deep mud.I could hardly put that book down!
I am reading Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline.I find I enjoy a book that has something happening early on. Also, when questions are raised about a character's past but you don't get all the inforation right away.
<< Also, when questions are raised about a character's past but you don't get all the inforation right away >>Great! That's the book I'm writing right now!!
<< and the author was so good that by the third sentence I was riding in the cold rain, my clothes sodden, my horse's hooves squelching in the deep mud. >>Oh, yes, don't you love that feeling of being right there? What a gift.
I just start Kathleen Gilles Seidel's new one and I have Pam Morsi's waiting in the wings. What riches!Liz Flaherty
Liz, what is the title of Pam Morsi's new book?
It's THE COTTON QUEEN, Cheryl. Contemporary (I still miss her historicals. Sigh) and about three generations of women in a family. I haven't gotten far, but her writing is always fun to read.Kathy Seidel's, A MOST UNCOMMON DEGREE OF POPULARITY, was outstanding. I always like my own writing voice a lot until I read her, or Pam Morsi, or you... :-)
<< I always like my own writing voice a lot until I read her, or Pam Morsi, or you >>Oh my goodness, thank you! The comparison blows me away. Pam has always been a favorite of mine. I adored her early historicals and love her as a person. The second time we met we were doing the Rocky Mountain Book Festival in Colorado, and I took an entire tote bag of her books to have them signed.As blessing would have it, I happened to see her arriving and offered to help her get her stuff from her cab to her room. As a gushing fan, I then asked if she had any free time, I'd love to have my books signed. She graciously agreed. I ran to my room for the bag, and we had a great visit.So nearly all of my books are signed--up to that year.Now I will have to find Kathy Seidel.Thank you, Liz!
Oh, and I forgot to mention: I got to hold Pam's RITA statue one year!!!
What fun. I'd love to meet her. I've sent a few gushing-fan emails to her after reading her books--they leave me absolutely limp, a Good Thing.
Jennifer, I too am a Julia Quinn fan & can hardly wait for Hyacinth's story; her website is bookmarked. I keep books that build on individuals in families from one story to the next like Nora Robert's MacGregor & Stanislaski series; rereading is like visiting old friends, seeing how I've changed & what I've learned. I love historicals & settings that I have been to or would like to visit, but may not get the chance. Last month I read The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, set in London (visited twice since my husband still has relatives there.) Never heard of a Blackberry, then they hit the news! I am SO UNDOMESTIC, I could really relate & it is funny; now want to get her other 5 books.A sense of humor keeps me coming back to that author; plot twists pique my interest or I get bored. Just starting After Anne byChristian author Roxanne Henke, first in a series set in Brewster ND; read book 5 as a reviewer so wanted to catch the beginning; doesn't bother me to know how it turns out because the character development is so great. I can hardly wait to see how she is going to devote whole book to one lady who seems very shallow & self-centered. But I know Roxie will deliver the goods since #5, Love, Libby was excellent. New word is "huffing;" reading keeps me up-to-date! Thanks for 3 more authors to add to my list of TBR. The stacks next to my bed are about to topple!
Cheryl, just printed the list of Montana Maverick's & found 2 more authors- read several of Myrna Temte & have 26+ of Marilyn Pappano (she only wrote 1 in that series). I was THRILLED when 1 of her books was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie (A Season for Miracles with Patty Duke!) while I worked with them ('99). Never met her, though; Have you?
Lou, I have met her in the course of being at the same book signing, but I can't say I know her. Somewhere I have her diary of when that book was turned into a movie and will keep an eye out for it for you. Have you ever checked her website?