Hola! Happy Wednesday!
After a busy long weekend of travel — including the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, which was amazing and fun — I have all the things to say today. And I do eventually get around to recommending a book and doing a reading, so bear with me.
First, coming up in just nine days, I’m going to be speaking at the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This is a great event for writers and aspiring writers — here’s some information about it.
Speakers include: best-selling author Hallie Ephron, Wisconsin poet Bruce Dethlefsen, children’s author Carolyn Lesser, romance writer Ruthie Knox, novelist John DeDakis, young adult author Shelley Tougas, local author D.B. Rouse, fantasy writer Scott Lynch, mystery writer Jon Loomis, Juliet Rosetti and others!
Registration is only $60.00, with lots of great authors appearing, so please consider coming to see me!
Last night, Mary Ann Rivers and I finished doing a really interesting interview with Molly O’Keefe for her newsletter series, The Author Is. Are you familiar with this series? It’s really good. Here’s the scoop:
The Author Is… is an interview series distributed through my newsletter. Each month I will interview a new author and send it out to subscribers. There are plenty of chances to win free books and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
Sign up at www.molly-okeefe.com!
My final bit of news is that Along Came Trouble is on sale for $0.99 for the next two weeks or so. If you haven’t already read this one, now’s your chance! This USA Today bestselling title is a finalist in the RITAs this year, and it also received a starred review from Library Journal.
Okay. Whew. That was a lot.
Now for this week’s recommendation! I haven’t actually read this book yet, because it just came out yesterday, but it’s the third book in a series I’ve been trying to make everyone read for a while now. Here’s the blurb—
Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum has Ranger and Joe. Now Juliet Rosetti keeps readers swooning with Mazie Maguire and her hot-to-trot boy toy, Ben Labeck.
Mazie’s boyfriend—photojournalist and sex god Ben Labeck—might be trouble on two very strong, very sexy legs, but he’s got no idea what he’s signing up for when he invites himself along to the family farm in Quail Hollow to meet the Maguires. Mazie knows that bringing a guy home is a recipe for disaster, especially when she’s not sure whether their relationship is serious or just seriously steamy. That goes double when she finds herself reluctantly squeezing back into a bikini and sash for the anniversary of a supposedly cursed local beauty pageant.
All this is wreaking havoc on Mazie’s love life. Suddenly Ben’s too busy playing gentleman farmer on the Maguire estate to indulge in a more discreet kind of play in Mazie’s bed. And when he’s not tilling the soil, he’s digging up dirt on the Curse of Miss Quail Hollow. Maybe that swimsuit competition isn’t such a bad way to get Ben’s attention back where it belongs—and get him to admit that he’s head-over-heels in love with her.
I’ve already praised Rosetti here (for The Escape Diaries) and here (for Crazy for You), so I’m not going to do it again. I’ll just remind you that I find this series funny and interesting and very very clever, and then I’ll make you listen to me reading the first five minutes of Crazy for You in an attempt to sway you to the Dark Side.
There. Did it work?