I would like to express my appreciation to the ladies of Contemporary Romance Café for inviting me to guest post. The theme for November is “what I am reading.” This topic could make for a very long post, as I have been a voracious reader from a very early age; however, I will try to keep my comments succinct.
I read for enjoyment, to expand my knowledge and for research. I truly believe I would be lost if I didn’t have a book underway at any given point in time. As soon as I finish one book, I start the next. Not a single day goes by without me reading, regardless of tight deadlines or other significant demands on my time. I love to read! I will focus on my reading for enjoyment in this post.
Sadly, we live in a world where there is tragedy, strife and true evil. As an example, how could a heart not be broken to have learned of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo—soldier, devoted single father, dog rescuer—being shot point-blank in the back on October 22nd while standing guard at the Canadian war memorial? Or just two days later, on October 24th, the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting in suburban Seattle that left three students dead, and resulted in nationwide grief, fear and disbelief?
Although I believe that each one of us can make our world a better place and we should never stop trying, in my leisure time I truly like to escape into a good book where ethics, integrity and good over evil triumph. Whether the book has an HEA or not, I look for stories that challenge me intellectually, are well-written, unpredictable, with strong, likable—if flawed—characters, and the ending is satisfying in some way. An example of such a book that I read recently is debut novelist Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl. The book is smart, fast-paced, well-written and has an interesting twist—an overall satisfying read.
Which brings me to a side-benefit of being an author. Whether for research, on the recommendation of my editor or because I connected with the author directly, I have read genres and authors I would not have been exposed to otherwise. This is a gift I am grateful for.
Three books that I have read over the last few months that I have enjoyed are:
- Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl;
- Elizabeth Heiter’s Hunted; and
- Rula Sinara’s The Promise of Rain.
And what’s next? Currently, I am reading an advance review copy of the second book in Elizabeth Heiter’s Profile Series, Vanished. I’m only a couple of chapters into it, but I am already hooked. And next on my list is Liz Flaherty’s Back to McGuffey’s. I would read Liz’s book on the strength of the cover alone, but the story promise to be an enjoyable one. Finally, I am also looking forward to Nora Roberts’s third and final book in The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy.
I would love to hear what you are reading and why. Please leave a comment, if you have a moment.
Best wishes and happy reading!
Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and ACRA’s Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.
Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada, with their beloved black Labs, Harley and Logan.
Kate’s November Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, is now available.
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