Thursday, June 21, 2012

I Heart Romance Novels... Do You?

By: Jaymie Leighton
From: The Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 Title: A Deadly Grind
Pub. Date: May 2012
Ah, summer...  what are your plans? Will you go across our great country in a camper? See the Rocky Mountains? Visit the shore and spend a holiday on the beach in Texas or Jersey, or the Hamptons? Or will you opt for the well known cheapsters alternative, the 'Staycation' as it has recently been dubbed?

That's my only plan for the sultry days of summer, here in Queensville, Michigan. Oh, I'll go over the border to visit my grandmother and sister for a few days a couple of times. I'll visit a couple of museums, maybe go to some antique markets with my sister, where she will criticize the quality and price of every piece of china in the joint. I'll spend a few days at our cottage a ten minute ferry ride from Queensville. My parents will try to get me to visit them in Boca Raton, but I'll say why would I come to Florida in the summer when I'll see them in August when they come up to stay for a week at the family cottage on Heartbreak Island?

My big vacation plans will mostly be to sit in an Adirondack chair in my back yard, watching Hoppy bark at the neighbor dogs and Denver slink under the holly bushes, while I read books... preferably historical romances with a few mysteries, paranormals and quote/unquote mainstream fiction thrown in for good measure. So many books, so little time!

So, who do I read? I like mainstream books and have lately enjoyed The Lovely Bones, Water for Elephants, The Help, and Ken Follett's fabulous historical books Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. But as far as historical romance goes there is no one as good - in my opinion, anyway - as Amanda Quick, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverley... too many great titles to list here! But I've gone through all of their books, and I need more! So my aim this summer is to try a new author every week, and I need suggestions.
I like historical novels with romance, but not too much graphic, gratuitous sexual content - I'm no prude, but it often interferes with the plot and developing emotional story - and I'm open to all kinds of historical eras. Anyone out there got any ideas?


From the author: 
While you all think of ideas for Jaymie to read, maybe you'd like a little light summer reading yourself?

Victoria Hamilton is my pseudonym; I have long written historical romances and mysteries under my real name, Donna Lea Simpson, and today I have two autographed copies to give away of my Georgian-era romantic mystery Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark. To read an excerpt go to:

Books 2 and 3, Revenge of the Barbary Ghost: A Lady Anne Mystery and Curse of the Gypsy: A Lady Anne Mystery are also available in ebook form only. For links to more information go to:
Every commenter who leaves an email address by Noon Monday, June 25th - put it in the form of myname (at) emailprovider (dot) com to fool the spambots, please  - will be entered to win one autographed copy!

*Note: If you'd like to comment with some of your favorite romance authors for Jaymie, but not enter the contest, just don't leave an email address, or say 'Don't Enter'! I'd still love to hear from you!


  1. I'm with you, Jaymie. Just give me a stack of books and a comfy chair and it will be a terrific summer. I go for mysteries and mainstream, though. Just finished 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (re-titled after the movie) by Deborah Moggach (was originally 'These Foolish Things'). Perfect for summer.

    1. I love the trailers for the movie... I'll have to find the book!!

  2. these sound good!! If I don't win, i'm gonna look them up! As for authors, carolyn hart is good!! donna andrews 'bird' mysteries are hysterical! the titles all have a bird name in them.. usually, no birds in the stories!! except a couple!


    mysandycat (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Caroly Hart and Donna Andrews... both wonderful authors! And good summertime reads.

  3. I started reading romantic mysteries in high school and have been reading them ever since---I'd love to try one of yours.

  4. my favorite, Anna Campbell, Kate Carlisle, they are some of my favorite romance authors. you should try them :)

    really like to enter and win the books !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

    1. I'll be sure to look those up!! Thanks, Mariska!