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: http://donnaleasimpson.com/LadyAnneExcerpts.html
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: http://www.donnaleasimpson.com
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!
We are the characters--major and minor--who inhabit the pages of some of your favorite cozy mysteries.We're coming out from between the covers and welcoming you into our lives.So grab a nice cuppa, settle in, and learn what happens when our authors aren't looking.
Top 50 Mystery Blogs!
Great news... Killer Characters came in at number 20 among the top 50 mystery blogs!
Cozy up to Summer Winners!
Congratulations to our summer contest winners! June 1: Isabelle Frisch and Veronique Boudreau June 2: Margaret Rushton June 3: Daniele Krug June 4: Sharon Forrest June 5: Mish June 6: Candace Knight June 7: Debbie S. June 8: Marilyn Watson June 9: Debby June 10: Kathleen Kendler June 11: Connie June 12: Traveler June 13: Eileen A-W June 14: Sue Farrell June 15: Debby June 16: Marilyn June 17: Petite
June 18: Abby Fabian
June 19: Paula Jacobson
June 20: Jana Leah
June 21: Cheryl Smith
June 22: Libby Dodd
June 23: NoraA
June 24: Mary Chin
June 25: Dianne Casey
June 26: 33 Wynter
June 27: Autumn Trapani
June 28: Robin Coxon
June 29: Melissa Castor
June 30: Elaine Roberson
Nominations & Awards
Congratulations to our Killer Character member authors who have been nominated and/or won awards! Our authors are listed, and a link provided to the full award nomination list.