It's Friday, woot! Hope you all have something fun planned this weekend. I'm getting taken out for a Mother's Day brunch so yay for that. But I wanted to pop in and share a few recommended reads since I've been a little quiet over here (because I'm WRITING MY ASS OFF, lol.)
However, writing my butt off doesn't mean I stop reading. When I stop reading, the words stop coming, so it's part of my process.
Anyhoo, here's what I've got for you.
First up are two books from Maisey Yates' Copper Ridge series. These are fun, sexy, feel good contemporary romances that will having you laughing on one page and fanning yourself on the next. Hot cowboys in Oregon. Need I say more? Okay, fine, here's the only endorsement you need. I don't think I've read two books in the same series back to back in YEARS. Honestly. My TBR is so big that I jump around and hardly ever read the same author or series back to back. So that tells you how much I enjoyed these. You can jump in anywhere in the series but they do connect.
Brokedown Cowboy has your grieving widowed hero who is just super grumpy and in need of love and healing.
Bad News Cowboy has one of my favorite romance tropes, the hero falling for his best friend's little sister. Plus, the hero is also my favorite kind of hero to read (and write!)--the bad boy, cocky, quick with a joke man-slut who is secretly in need of a relationship.
Hillbilly Elegy - This one is a big departure from romance. It's a memoir from someone who grew up in a "hillbilly" community and ended up with a law degree from Yale. But it was great storytelling and a fascinating read. Also, even though it's about "hillbillies" of Kentucky who moved to Ohio, I recognized so many aspects of that community from my Louisiana upbringing. Though, we're not called hillbillies, we're called coonasses. But this is one I pressed into my husband's hands as soon as I finished and told him he must read it.
For the writers in the crowd, I read Fearless Writing this week, and I really got a lot out of it. Even though I've been doing this writing thing for a good while now, I still feel like my process is evolving and can always be improved. I suffer with writer's block often (mainly because I'm a high-strung perfectionist) but this book has really great advice about finding the "flow" in writing and how to write with confidence. Lots of great info about fighting back those insecurity demons in your head, too.
What I'm Reading Right Now
The Hot Shot - Full disclosure, I know Kristen, but y'all know I don't recommend books unless I love them. I'm about halfway through this one and it's so much fun. Hot quarterback. My hometown of New Orleans. Sassy heroine. Sexy sexiness. You can't lose. :)
All right, those are mine, now show me yours! What have you read lately that was amazing? What are you reading now?