Book’d in Burbank Authors Share Sizzling Summer Reads
Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday July 18th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to sponsor this amazing night once again, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, several of the participating authors stopped by to share the books they’re spending their summer with. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, we hope to see you at Book’d in Burbank!
“I’ve been eagerly awaiting Kevin Hearne’s latest novel in his Iron Druid Chronicles, and now that it’s just been released, I’m looking forward to devouring it! Hunted is the sixth book in the series, and if it’s anything like the first five, it’ll be chock full of thrilling action sequences, fascinating mythological beings, and witty quips from the hero’s much-loved, bacon-obsessed wolfhound, Oberon. Hearne’s mix of modern-day life with ancient mythology/religion (Norse, Greek, Christian, you name it) is unique and intriguing, and his main character, Atticus, is probably my favorite fantasy hero at the moment. I’m hopeful (perhaps foolishly so) that this book will delve deeper into the budding romance between our hero and his apprentice, Granuaile. As a romance author, I almost always wish there was more attention to the romantic aspects of a story when reading outside my genre, and Hearne has so far left me a bit wanting in that regard…but, no matter, I am confident that Hunted will deliver the thrills, laughs, and exotic locations that make for a perfect beach read this summer.”
“I devoted my July Fourth weekend to lying by the pool reading (savoring!) Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George. No interruptions, except to refill my glass of iced tea. The best selling author is one of my favorites and I had the great pleasure of hearing her speak at the recent Sisters-in-Crime conference. Naturally, I got a signed copy of her latest novel. She’s an anglophile writing complex mysteries, rich in subplot, featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley. Her research and attention to detail and character make her novels riveting reading. In the great tradition of P D James, Marjorie Allingham and Dorothy Sayers, her splendid detective series is masterly suspense at its best.”
“I’m enjoying a long weekend in Palm Springs, staying at one of the lovely boutique hotels for which the city is renowned. It’s right downtown, so I’m able to shop and walk to supper in the beautiful desert evenings. Currently, I’m sitting by the pool wallowing in the summer heat and devouring The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.
In my own historical novels, my heroines are always in dire financial straits due to their being a poor cousin or a disowned sister or perhaps a brother has gambled away the family’s home. (Sometimes he’s gambled away the heroine, too!) I like to raise the stakes for the heroine so that her fiscal troubles force her to make choices she wouldn’t normally make. In The American Heiress,, the heroine is the total opposite from the ones I create. She is obscenely rich, was raised in a decadent and pampered world, and has been showered with luxurious excess that is shocking in its opulence. It’s so fun—a backwards Cinderella story and the perfect book for a lazy day by the pool.”
“This summer, I’ll be reading a number of cozy mysteries. Right now, I’m reading The Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle. This is the eighth in the Bibliophile Mysteries following the adventures of Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder who works in the San Francisco area. I love this series. Brooklyn is a sassy character. I adore her family and friends. Because the book involves a cookbook, it falls right into my research for my new Cookbook Nook series.
Next up, I’ll be reading Tarnished and Torn by Juliet Blackwell, an adorable and magical series, also set in San Francisco featuring a loveable witch who owns an antique clothing boutique.
I just finished Krista Davis’s latest in the Domestic Diva mysteries, The Diva Frosts a Cupcake. Set in Old Town, Virginia, Sophie and friends discover the mysteries surrounding a cupcake war. Delicious.
I love reading mysteries and figuring out whodunnit as well as learning more about the locations and the expertise of the characters.
I’ll be reading by the pool, on my porch, and at the beach…when I’m not writing!”
“I am currently reading Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand. With its vivid descriptions of Nantucket, summer wedding backdrop, and easy to relate to cast of characters, it’s the perfect summer beach read. It’s full of scandal, heartbreak, love, and of course, sand! I’m loving it!”
Hope to see you at Book’d! What are your summer reads?
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