Now that school is ending, it’s time to pick out that summer reading list! Author, Patricia Fischer shares a few must-have books that are sure to keep you entertained throughout the season.
Patricia W. Fischer and Teri Wilson are speaking romance today with Shelly.
These ladies are doing some great things in the fabulous city of San Antonio. Learn more about how one of Teri Wilson’s books became a Hallmark movie.
Ah, Spring Break. It’s a mere 3 weeks away and it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do during that glorious week off–or if your kids have off, how you’re not going to go mental.
I have a few distractions for you in the form of amazing books.
First up, Eloisa James. No one does historial romance like Eloisa. Other than being a very class person in general (she really is, I’ve met her. She’s lovely.) she writes with amazing skill and detail. Her latest book, My American Duchess doesn’t disappoint.
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford— an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.
But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined
to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.
The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:
All is fair in love and war
Sydney St. James has decided to settle. She says yes to Mr. Not Quite Right and sets sail on a cruise to Alaska for her bachelorette party. But when Sydney meets Silicon Valley’s most eligible bachelor aboard the ship, her world turns upside down. Oscar Martin is handsome, charming, and to make matters worse…he gets her completely.
Oscar has his own problems—and his own fiancée. He’d planned the cruise as a last ditch attempt to save their relationship, but she decided to skip it. The tide turns when he meets Sydney as they both reach for the last eclair at the dessert station. Now he can’t get the beautiful, feisty woman off his mind.
Oscar is certain serendipity brought them together. Sydney is not so sure. But the cruise will be a trip of self-discovery for both of them, and fate will have the final word.
Then there’s local San Antonio author, Willa Blair. Willa is known for her historical Scottish romances, but now she’s written her first contemporary and it’s set in…Hawaii! Don’t worry, Willa hasn’t forgotten her Scottish roots. Check out Sweetie Pie:
Makenna Stewart flees Scotland for the Big Island of Hawaii intent on making real a cherished dream—a bakery of her own. Hard work and long hours leave Makenna craving some fun in her life. Her best customer, Greek-god sexy surfer Tom may be just what she needs, but she suspects there’s more to him than board shorts and a devastating smile.
Retired professional surfer and real-estate multi-millionaire Tom Bensford, is there when she opens every morning, but he’s not craving her Morning Glory muffins. Fascinated by the dark-haired, blue-eyed wahine with the creamy Celtic skin and devastating Scottish accent, he’s never met a woman like her. Too bad he’s about to destroy her dreams.
To him, it’s just business. To her, it’s the kind of betrayal she fled Scotland to escape. Can the island magic in Makenna’s heritage save her dream and their romance, or will his secret tear them apart?
Do you love fairy tales? I’m all about them. That’s why I’m excited to find a different take on the Happily Ever After World with a twist (of lime you know because it’s National Margarita Day). Check out Jen Calonita‘s Flunked.
Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked, exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).
Until she gets caught.
Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?
Finally, I’m glad to talk about Jenny Lawson‘s book, Furiously Happy. Jenny, AKA the Bloggess, talk about how she’s dealt with major depression and social anxiety. Furiously Happy has a lot of colorful language and you will laugh out loud at the funny parts and the parts that aren’t about humorous things, but Lawson presents them so well, you can’t help but be sucked in.
In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.
But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
Happy reading everyone!
Thanks again to Shelly Miles and San Antonio Living for having me on.
I’m pretty sure the rest of the world sees a 60′ morning is a great sign of fall. In San Antonio, we start pulling out our heavy blankets, coats, and think about starting a fire.
Seriously, we don’t do cold well here, but what we do very well here is find any excuse to curl up with our favorite blanket and read a great book.
I’ve got some great reads for you to start your “autumn” weather.
First, let’s start with school…ugh, yes, I know. All those research projects and reading, writing, and screaming (by kids, parents, and teachers). I’ve always found the hardest part of any major writing project is knowing where to start. This task can be daunting for a child, especially one who isn’t all that excited about the writing, much less the reading, but I found a trick to make this process far less traumatic.
Who am I/Who Was I books are a great place to begin for anyone who’s trying to write a paper on present day or historical figures, places, and past events. Think starting with a kids’ book is silly? Why? These books are a great and easy read and a great general overview of said topics, no matter if you’re a first grader or in college.
Do you think your child will be more receptive to a Google Search that brings up over 100,000 articles or a 60 page book they (or you) can complete in less than 30 minutes? A book that gives you a great start to knowing where to begin with the project. Plus, these books are about $6 at Barnes and Noble and the digital copy is the same price.
What about you lovers of sweet romance? I’ve got two wonderful stories for you, both by Annette Bower and I’d also check her short story, Good to Go, in Cup of Comfort’s Breast Cancer Survivors’ edition.
Want something a bit more saucy and on the edge of your seat thriller side? Check out three books by Angela Smith.
For those who want a sexy read on these “cold” San Antonio nights, check out Roe Valentine‘s Left to Forever. I mean, seriously, how can you not like this book? The cover alone is eye-catching.
As always, thank you Shelly Miles and the San Antonio Living crew for having me on today.
Good morning my friends! It’s that time again, San Antonio Living has allowed me back in the building and letting me talk about book picks.
This month is Foster Care Awareness Month and if you’ve read some of my posts, you know this is a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. Because of that, I wanted to find a series that emphasized these amazing kids as adults. My good friend, Jolene Navarro suggested I pick up Belle Calhoune‘s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers series. I’m so thrilled I did. I can’t read them fast enough!
Because of the abandoned baby found just south of downtown San Antonio earlier this month, I do want to emphasize the Safe Haven and Baby Moses laws.
If you’re pregnant and don’t think you can take care of your baby, the Safe Have Law allows you to take your child to a fire station, EMS station, or hospital and turn your under 60 day old child over without judgement. They may ask you a few questions about family and your medical history, but you can walk away without consequence. These laws are in affect for all 50 states.
There’s also an outstanding organization called Project Cuddle that also offers safe placement of children as an alternative to abandonment. Actor/Musician John Stamos is the celebrity ambassador for this organization and to date, they’ve saved close to 800 babies from being abandoned. All have found forever homes.
If you would like to donate to Project Cuddle and enter to win a Luxurious Weekend in LA along with lunch with John Stamos, check out World 143‘s campaign.
Thanks again to San Antonio Living for having me on today.
We all know the best-sellers and the writer’s works that reach the “must reads” lists. There are so many books out there, it’s hard to sort through them all, but I’m here to give you a few writers that you may not have heard of, but are certainly worth a look.
Want a great, funny mysteries series? Try Stephanie Bond:
What about a flirty, with a hint of fashion and laugh out loud funny? Check out Gemma Halliday‘s High Heels Mysteries:
Want something more romantic, historical, and saucy?
Try Renee Bernard‘s The Jaded Gentlemen Series or her Black Rose trilogy:
But if you’re more into futuristic suspense by a very well known author, go with JD Robb AKA Nora Roberts:
Now for the kids. What about a great young reader? Beverly Cleary is a wonderful choice. Can you believe this fantastic lady just turned 99 a few days ago?
For your middle grade reader, boy or girl, check out Gordon Korman‘s Unschooled, Ungifted, The 6th Grade Nickname Game, along with his multiple other series:
I’ll have more book picks throughout the month so hang tight. If I haven’t covered what you like to read, let me know (email@example.com). I’ll be glad to give you some suggestions. Take what you want, toss the rest.
Considering it’s winter (in the Northern Hemisphere), staying warm on chilly (or snowed in) nights, can be far easier when you’ve got a great read. This holds especially true when there’s a Happily Ever After (HEA) and great characters.
Here are a few of my favorites and what were featured on San Antonio Living. I’d have the video here, but the embed code isn’t working. I’ve left a message about it, but if you’re at all interested, click here:
**all buy links are to Amazon**
You ever wanted to read erotica, but didn’t know if you’d actually like it? The Cowboy 12-Pack is a perfect start. A dozen books for less than you’d spend on a regular coffee at your local convenience store. Authors are:
A COWBOY’S SEDUCTION – Cynthia D’Alba
SADIE AND HER COWBOY – Paige Tyler
THE BILLIONAIRE HUSBAND TEST – Elle James
HER UNIFORM COWBOY – Donna Michaels
I AM NOT YOUR MELODY – Shoshanna Evers
CHASE AND SEDUCTION – Randi Alexander
THE COWBOY WINS A BRIDE – Cora Seton
THE HARDER THEY FALL – Beth Williamson
THE REAL MCCOY – Sabrina York
BADASS – Sable Hunter
COWBOYS NEVER FOLD – Lexi Post
CUPID’S COWBOY – Becky McGraw
Like Greek Mythology? Check out Andrea Stehle’s Daughter of Athena is perfect for you.
Eons ago the gods of Mt. Olympus ruled over the developing civilization of ancient Greece. From the heights of their mountain retreat the gods manipulated and forced mankind to their will. But one day the Olympians grew bored with the mundane world – as immortals are predisposed to do. They looked away from their children for just a moment and the Earth changed. No longer were the names Zeus, Hera, and Athena whispered with awe and terror, but forgotten until they were nothing more than myths from the dawn of time. To their regret the Olympians discovered no amount of manipulation or terror could bring mankind back into the fold, and so they were obliged to start again. Transplanting a small group of humans to the distant world of Arcadia, the gods created their own perfect Utopian society. In their self-absorbed way each Olympian reigned over a cult of followers in a personal city-state where their word was law. To promote harmony, the Great Law of the Olympians sought to suppress the volatile nature of humanity by forbidding war on Arcadia. Unfortunately, the Olympians learned nothing is ever perfect. Once every hundred years the Son of Ares is born to disturb the delicate balance of their world. Although Ardella of New Athens was the chosen of Athena, blessed with the gift of empathy, she was young and naïve. She made the ultimate mistake – she allowed the Son of Ares to manipulate her and escape. Almost a decade later, the Daughter of Athena is still battling the chaos caused by that moment of weakness, when her brother is captured by the enemy. To save her twin, Ardella travels to Metropolis, the fortress at the heart of the Son of Ares’ empire, and offers herself in exchange. Exiled in a strange new city, the Daughter of Athena soon learns that the enemy she had come to know reading reports in her Tower in New Athens is not the same as the one she now faces in the thriving, very human culture of Metropolis. Bewildered by her growing admiration for the Son of Ares, Ardella must not only save her brother, but decide if she stands with or against the Gods of Arcadia.
IF THE SHOE FITS – BOOK 1
Romance? Love? Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn’t have time for either one. Charlie has no idea what her heart’s in for when Alexander Royale arrives for dinner to meet the all-female King family. What happens when a modern day Cinderella’s dreams don’t involve getting married, but Prince Charming won’t take no for an answer?
WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY – BOOK 2
Francie King longs for her dream wedding while Marcus Goode agrees to temporarily run King’s Department Store. When Marcus finds Francie in a wedding dress asleep in the store after hours, he kisses her awake. Neither one of them will ever be the same again. What will happen when a hopeless romantic meets a confirmed bachelor?
TAMING MCGRUFF – BOOK 3
Priscilla King longs to prove she’s worthy of the King name. Who would have thought intense, sexy Griffin James would be the only one who listened?! He seeks to destroy King’s Department Store. But after meeting Priscilla, he only wants to protect her from himself. Can a carefree, fun-loving Pixie tame the wounded heart of a McGruff?
Do you love Outlander? Who doesn’t? Guys in kilts? Sure! Author Willa Blair completely understands the importance of writing about said hotties and does so beautifully in her Highland Series. The third book, Highland Troth is out now.
Years ago, after tragedy struck Jamie Lathan’s family, fosterling Caitrin Fletcher was sent home, out of danger. Heartbroken, young Jamie never expected to see her again. He certainly never imagined he’d be called upon to escort her to be betrothed to another man.
But now, as their attraction reignites during the trip, Jamie’s longing for Caitrin deepens, and he despairs to lose her again. The secret he hides, however, may prevent any chance for a future with her. Can Jamie find a way to claim her himself without starting a war involving three clans?
Caitrin is torn between her duty to make the marriage her father wants and her feelings for Jamie, the lad she’s loved for years. When she meets the man her father has chosen, her secret Highland talent tells her he cannot be trusted. Can she refuse the powerful lord without revealing how she knows he’s lying…about nearly everything?
Rules were meant to be broken; condoms not so much…
Business executive Katie St. John has given up on love, which she sucks at, to focus on her red-hot career. All she wants from Steve Tyler, an ultra-sexy, surprisingly sweet, and much younger Air Force pilot, is help crossing some items off her secret to-do list of sexual fantasies. Sure, the chemistry between them is hotter than the Cayman sun, but once this vacation’s over, she’ll say good-bye and go back to plotting corporate coups.
But Steve won’t settle for being her temporary boy toy. He’s lusted after Katie, the glamorous older woman who lived next door when he was a kid, since he was old enough to know what lust was. Now that she’s finally moved from his fantasies to his bed, he’s not about to let her go without a fight– especially once he learns she’s returned home with the mother of all souvenirs!
What about the teen readers in your house? Sasha Summers wrote a YA book that’s as sweet as Fredericksburg Peaches (seriously, they are really good). Cowboys and Kisses, set in the fictitious town of Black Falls, Texas (based on the Bandera area) will have any romance reader smiling from ear to ear.
Allie had big plans for the future. Falling for a cowboy wasn’t part of it.
1. Get out of Black Falls, Texas – aka Redneck Hell
(Graduation was eight months away. After that, she was out of there.)
2. Avoid Wyatt Holcomb at all costs.
(Except he was everywhere and kind of hard to ignore since he was hot—and a really nice guy.)
3. Avoid her parents.
(Shouldn’t be too hard to do since her father hated her and her mother pretended nothing was wrong.)
4. Stop thinking about Wyatt.
(Which would be a lot easier if he wasn’t so sweet… and he’d keep his shirt on.)
5. Decide what she really wants.
(Instead of holding onto the past and the guilt.)
Maybe falling for a cowboy could work after all?