Summer has roared into the Midwest bringing with it sultry temperatures,
thunderstorms, block buster films (Wonder Woman!!), and a plethora of new books.
Summertime for me, traditionally, has always been about the great books on my
TBR pile that I have to look forward to reading along with new releases. I’ll
never forget my midnight purchase of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
at Borders eons ago.
Lately, I’ve been a bit contemplative of the time that has passed in my life.
Probably because I just entered a new decade and it’s caused me to be reflective
of my past, including some of my all-time favorite books. As a writer, my first
love was reading. I read shelf upon shelf of books. Binged my way through
bookstores multiple times. Choosing a favorite book for those of us
bibliophiles, is a lot like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.
I have whiled away countless hours reading while the temperatures skyrocket near
a hundred with a frosty beverage and a good book. There’s nothing I enjoy more.
Now with summer upon us, I thought it was only fitting, partly because I have
four releases hitting shelves this summer that I think are perfect beach reads,
to give you what some of my favorite beach reads have been over the years.
MONTANA SKY by
Nora Roberts – No one does it like Nora. I know she has published hundreds
of titles, but this happens to be one of my favorites. I love the family, the
community, and the way the women in this book come together to form a unit.
THE HOUSE OF
THUNDER by Dean Koontz – I normally don’t do horror or suspense but I
love this book. It’s intricate and eerily suspenseful. It’s an older title but
the relevance of it remains. I cannot recommend this book enough. Just be sure
you have something funny to read afterwards as it can give you nightmares.
OUTLANDER by Diana
Gabaldon – Yes, I do realize it is a television show on Starz now, but the
book is so incredibly good don’t pass up the opportunity to read this one. It’s
meaty and not for the faint of heart, but it will keep you engaged to the point
you will need to set a timer to remind yourself to apply more sunscreen.
The Immortals After
Dark Series by Kresley Cole – Okay, I have a confession to make, I
actually haven’t read these but have listened to each one on audible. Kresley’s
IAD Series have been my staple for long road trips. I have listened to every
single audio book in the series. In fact, I just purchased the newest in the
series, Wicked Abyss, and am trying to organize a solo road trip just so I can
listen to it. I adore Robert Petroff’s voice and the entire series is sexy
paranormal suspense at its finest, with some humor tossed in for good measure.
KISS OF THE
HIGHLANDER by Karen Marie Moning – This is the book that kicked off her
incredible Highlander Series. I have read it dozens of times. Because let’s face
it, what red blooded woman wouldn’t want a sexy as sin highlander to play with
and fall for. The way this author weaves her tales keeps me engaged until long
after the last page.
I cannot recommend these titles enough so hurry to your nearest bookstore and
enjoy. You can thank me later. What are some of your favorite beach reads? I
could always use another awesome book to devour.
Yvette Pfeifer is bemoaning her fate as the submissive no one wants. She left
her family and friends in Florida to work as a receptionist on the exclusive
BDSM resort Pleasure Island. There, her deepest hope is that she will find a Dom
who will claim her and make her his. Her only problem is her crippling social
anxiety; an affliction which makes it hard for her to attend any club or events.
From the moment Deke Estevez and Shep Jackson began working on Pleasure Island
as catamaran captains, ferrying guests and supplies to and from Nassau, they
have craved the shy, sweet, voluptuous beauty, Yvette. When she agrees to a
scene with them one evening after having been stood up at the club, the trio
experiences a night of hedonistic pleasure like no other.
Deke and Shep know that Yvette is the woman they’ve always wanted, but they both
have past demons which threaten to destroy their budding relationship before
it’s even really begun. Can they convince Yvette to be their submissive – not
just the night, but for forever?
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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to
Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She
remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books
instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have
been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude
from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction
genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae
Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores
attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently
lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.