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Tuesday, June 02 2015
Booklovers always want more...


If you’re a bookworm like me, you probably recognize that empty feeling you get when you read the final words in the latest really great book. I get the same feeling when I’m writing a book, but in the back of my mind I know I can always revisit these people. Maybe, if there’s still a lot of story that could be told, you have this hopeful little feeling that you can write another book featuring the characters you’ve come to love. Surely that’s the emotion that keeps Diana Gabaldon going  even though she’s already produced thousands of pages in seven books about Jamie and Claire Fraser. But as readers, we don’t have that option. We can hope the author has more ideas in store, but more often than not, he or she has moved on to new characters and a new story, often in a new place and even a different time.

So, you’ve just clicked back to the menu in your electronic reader, or closed the cover of this book you just loved and set it aside. What now? Well….. now you want to find another great book. Maybe even better than the last. My first recourse used to be to hurry down to the library or the closest bookstore and see what else this author wrote. Today it’s even easier – just head to Barnes& or Online booksellers have even done some of the homework, showing the covers of books others who enjoyed the book you just finished ‘also bought.’ The most exciting thing is to discover that this author has dozens more books already out and you won’t have to wait until their next book is released. But what if this is their first book, or you’ve already read their other books? What if none of the suggested books appeals to you?


That’s when you start paying attention to your friends who’ve been raving about a new author they just discovered. One of the nice things about Facebook, in spite of the games they play that leave you out of so many posts, or about Twitter in spite of the thousands of posts you can’t possibly keep up with, is that authors and their friends or enthusiastic readers post links to books all the time. Books you might never have discovered otherwise. For people like me, it’s a win-win bonanza.


But today, I’d like to hear about the books my blog readers have read and loved. Or Authors. I especially like to find new authors. So, please, leave me a comment – tell me what your favorite book/author of all time is and also what is the most recent book you’ve read that you just loved and couldn’t stop raving about. I’m going to compile a list of all the new suggestions you ladies and gentlemen make and two of you will win a $10.00 GC to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon – your choice. Be sure to leave me info on how to reach you, preferably an email address, which you can send privately to me via


Posted by: Skye AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
To anyone who tried to post a comment and got a "not accepting comments any more" notice - I apologize. What a way to run a business!! I offer up a prize and then forget to make it possible to win it. But the problem is fixed and comments can now be posted for the next two weeks.
Posted by Skye-writer on 06/02/2015 - 05:45 PM
Some obscure names from the 80s- Virginia Coffman & Elsie Lee. Grabbed every copy I could find at the used bookstore.
Posted by Beth Irwin on 06/02/2015 - 06:09 PM
My favorite author is probably Dean Koontz. Man can cause chills. The last book I gave a 5 to was "Ice Cold" by Tess Geritson. She writes the Rizzoli and Isles books. I'd never read her before. Finished it in May and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Good combination of mystery and suspense.
Posted by Kathryn Bain on 06/02/2015 - 08:53 PM
I really loved the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I tried her on an author recommendation from Lori Foster. Read them all then read most of her backlist. Love her quirky, fun heroines. My fav book of all time? Jude Devereaux, A Knight in Shining Armor Loved that it was a contemporary and an historical.
Posted by Debbie Staley on 06/02/2015 - 09:52 PM
Beth - I'm going to have to look those two up - they are new names to me. Kathryn - I used to belong to the Maine Romance Writers back when Tess Gerritson was also a member. She gave some really fantastic workshops and she's the nicest lady. She used to be a practicing physician before she made it big as an author. Debbie - I LOVED A Knight in Shining Armor. When I was in England, every time I stepped into an old church with tombs of knights I wished I could fall on my knees and weep and have one of them appear to me.
Posted by Skye-writer on 06/02/2015 - 11:06 PM
Some favorite authors: Kay Hooper, Patricia Briggs, Deborah Smith, Kristin Hannah (only if you wanna cry), Jim Butcher.... Don't really have an all-time fave. I did love "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey N (forget how to spell her last name).
Posted by Jo on 06/06/2015 - 10:28 AM
Deborah Smith, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs and Nora Roberts are a few of my favorites.
Posted by Debra on 06/06/2015 - 07:35 PM
The winners of the gift cards are Debbie Staley and Jo (no last name) If you would contact me at: - let me know your email address and if you prefer Amazon or B&N.
Posted by Skye-writer on 06/08/2015 - 03:27 PM

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