ENGLEWOOD — Okay, folks it’s February, and you know what each year brings on the 14th. People exchange cards, candy and flowers with their special “valentine.”
The day actually became associated with romantic love back in the 14th century and evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their affection for each other by exchanging the said cards, candy and flowers. Well, how about a good romantic novel to add to that tradition. Here are some good reads your sweetheart might enjoy with all the other goodies.
Donna MacMeans: Let me start with Donna, a friend and author who lives in central Ohio, who has garnered multiple awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She says for the first four months of the year she’s a mild-mannered certified public accountant with a small tax practice. But come April 16 she rips off her green eye shade and transforms into an impassioned writer of sexy historical romance, paranormals and romantic suspense. I particularly like her book, “Bound by Moonlight,” about a woman of extraordinary talents who turns invisible in moonlight – just her, not her clothes. She must be careful to avoid detection as she sheds her clothes during the full moon to prowl the gas-lit streets of London. Donna has been to our book signings many times and is always a hit with the romance crowd.
Asa Maria Bradley: Asa grew up in Sweden surrounded by archeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired her to write about the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romance novels. Did you know immortal Vikings are among us? Read the Viking Warrior Series — “Viking Warrior Rebel” and “Viking Warrior Rising.” and you’ll get a clue. You might not think these are love stories but trust me they are. Astrid Irisdotter is a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She is on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. RT Book Reviews writes, “This amazing story is filled with action and passion from the first page to the last. With a plot that has history mixed with the present, readers will devour these books.”
These next two books by bestselling authors are heartfelt stories of the the west. It seems western historical romance novels are hot sellers right now and these are two of the top authors.
Linda Broday: She resides in the Texas Panhandle and says she has been a “writer in training” her whole life. Cowboys have always fascinated her and she loves to write about them and their ladies. In fact, she grew up watching TV westerns and hated that the cowboy always rode alone into the sunset. She vowed to write stories that gave the cowboy someone to share his life with besides his trusty horse. Check out Men of Legend Series book #1, “To Have a Texas Ranger.” Gravely injured on the trail of a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend boards a train bound for his family ranch to recuperate. Only he finds himself locked in a battle to save a desperate women on the run. Sam will risk everything to save her – his life, his badge and his very soul. They say in Texas that legends are made, some are born and some are created by destiny. Linda says, “Cowboys get me fired up. I love writing western historical romance and can’t imagine writing anything else.”
Lorelei James: A South Dakota gal, she pens sexy, fun contemporary romances set in the modern day wild west. “Turn and Burn” is a good read to start. It features Tanna Barker, a world champion barrel racer, whose personal life has been just the opposite. Add veterinarian August Fletcher, who always placed his job first, and never found a women who could handle his always on-the-road lifestyle and you have a romance western style. RT Book Reviews wrote, “James continues to impress – she blends sexuality with emotion as her characters grow into their relationship.” All of these books are now in paperback and could be tucked into a bouquet of flowers – hint, hint!
Do you remember the song, “My Funny Valentine?” It begins with. “My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine, you make me smile with my heart,” and ends with, “Stay little valentine, stay, each day is Valentine’s Day.” I hope it is for you, too. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy reading, everyone!
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