Lately I've been doing a lot more reading than writing. As much as I love to revisit my old favorites and relive those wonderful characters and stories, I adore finding new authors. Well, new to me anyway. It's like I've made a great discovery and I have to tell everyone about my new find.
A few months ago, I discovered a debut historical romance author that I fell in love with. Admittedly, the cover caught my eye, the back blurb sounded intriguing and so I swallowed the hook and purchased the book. I loved it. The story starts out incredibly steamy...think an Alabama August afternoon and add ten degrees. But then it turns into this incredibly sweet love story. I've read it three times, maybe four and believe it or not, still cry when it appears their love is doomed. Even though I know it ends happily, my heart still wrenches with despair. That kind of emotional turmoil just turns me inside out. The book? Passion by Lisa Valdez. Be warned, it is erotic but also an incredibly romantic story.
The other day I discovered Ann Stuart. She's not new, but she's new to me. Based upon something Carla said, I thought I'd give her a try. Wow! The characters were very complex. Now, I've got to go back and find the first one. This one was Cold As Ice. I think the first in this series is Black Ice. I'll be honest and tell you that I'm not absolutely sure that I like the main characters. However, they are incredibly complex and different from any others I've read in years. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of her books.
What about you? Have you made any great discoveries lately? If so, who are they and what's the name of the book?