Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When reading experiments fail

Hi Everyone, Danica Favorite here, and I'm just going to admit right now that I have nothing to recommend to you all. Well, okay, that's not entirely true. A few months ago, as I was reading a magazine in the dentist's office (I know, I lead such a glamorous life!), I stumbled across a section listing "must-read" books. At first, I was indignant because they had no ROMANCE books listed. And then, I realized something. I've been reading romance almost exclusively for so long that I don't even know what kinds of other books are out there.

I decided to experiment and try new books. New genres. I promptly put myself on the waiting list at the library for the books in the article, and since I'm so strapped for time, those are the only books I've been reading.

Can I make a confession? They are total snoozers!! GAH!! Unlike some people (I'm looking at you, Camy Tang!), I can't not finish a novel. I have a compulsion to finish. Part of me hopes it will get better, and part of me needs to know how it ends. And so, I, Danica Favorite, romance lover, read a bunch of super boring literary books that I can only recommend if you're suffering from insomnia or have a deep burning need to know what it's like to be thoroughly depressed because the boring book you just read was so hopeless and dark that you probably should have stabbed out your eyeballs instead of reading. Seriously, they were that bad.

I probably should have sprinkled in some happy books between the "other" books, but I wanted to return them to the library on time. I'm just glad I didn't buy them, because I almost did, but then I saw how much I was spending, and decided to borrow them instead. Wow. I would have really been mad had I paid money for those books! Point being, I just had to get through them all as fast as possible, and with everything else I had going on, I had no time to read a good romance. Which means, I have nothing to recommend to you.



So... I have decided to turn the tables. Friends, readers, people who understand the need to read a book that is happy and uplifting, I am begging you... help me expand my reading horizons. Help me get over this horrible depression from having read a bunch of downers. What have YOU read that's been a GREAT read?

And, because I do have a new release out (and I promise it is a HAPPY book!), I'm going to give away a copy of Shotgun Marriage to someone who shares a recommendation for a good book. 


Here's a little about my book, Shotgun Marriage:
Conveniently Wed 
Forced to wed to protect their reputations after being trapped overnight in a mine, Emma Jane and Jasper Jackson's marriage is one in name only. Resenting the choices taken from him, Jasper's determined not to lose his heart. But it's not so easy to stay distanced from his new bride when a gang of bandits abducts them both.

Other young women might be ecstatic to land Leadville's wealthiest bachelor. But Emma Jane would rather have Jasper's love than his family's money. A true bond with her handsome husband seems impossible…until their ordeal leaves Emma Jane caring for an orphaned baby. In reach now is the one thing neither expected—the chance to turn a convenient marriage into a forever family.

18 comments:

  1. Anything by Tamara Leigh ought to fill your need for happy, uplifting and full of romance. I finished her "Age of Faith" series have read all of her other medieval books and they are OUTSTANDING! I also recommed "Red Door Inn" by Liz Johnson, MaryLu Tyndall's "Charity's Cross" as well as "Playing the Part" by Jen Turano (which had me laughing out loud). These are all books I've read recently and there are many, many more I could recommend, but afraid I may break your blog :-).

    Thanks for the opportunity to win "Shotgun Marriage". It sounds like a book right up my happy alley.

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    1. Thanks Amy!! I love hearing these great recommendations!

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  2. I totally hear you! I seem to only read romance and haven't branched out. I don't dare!! I have once or twice in the past but like you, they were snooze fests. I recommend anything by Tamara Leigh, Jen Turano, MaryLu Tyndall, Karen Wittemeyer, Margaret Brownley, and I know I have many more favorite authors, but those are a few top ones guaranteed for happy endings and a few laughs along the way. :) I particularly go for Jen and Karen for humor and happiness.

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    1. Susan, I now know why I don't branch out!! Jen has a fantastic sense of humor!

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  3. Roseanna White's "The Reluctant Duchess",

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    1. Ooh, you're not the first one to recommend this! It just moved up higher on my TBR pile. :)

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  4. Have you read "The Gift of Love: One Woman’s Journey to Save a Life" by Amy Clipston? It is a true story and well-worth reading.

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    1. Edward, you win!! Email me at danica at danicafavorite.com with your mailing address. I'm at a conference right now, so it will be a little while before I get the book out to you, but I promise to send it!

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  5. Oh I am definitely on the Tamara Leigh band wagon!! Anything by Tam is a winner/winner chicken dinner!! LOL! But I would also recommend "Five Days in Skye" by Carla Laureano.

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    1. Her books are great! And so are Carla's!

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  6. Roseanna White's "The Hesitant Heiress" and "The Reluctant Duchess"; Jody Hedlunds "Undaunted Hope" even though it's the third book it stands well alone (I'm going to be reading the previous ones myself) or anything by Jody; Lisa Wingate's "The Story Teller"; for light-hearted read Dana Mentink's newest "Sit, Stay Love"; Anything by Julie Klassen sure pleases me; Sandra Byrd's "Mist of Midnight" and "Bride of a Distant Isle"; Naomi Rawlings Eagle Harbor series.

    See too hard to name just one :-) Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Shotgun Marriage" and give you book ideas :-)

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    1. Ah, it's okay to name more than one. We're all book lovers here! You've named a lot of authors I love!

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  7. Anything by MaryLu Tyndall, Michelle Griep, Melissa Tagg or Debbie Lynn Costello.

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  8. Hello. I'm linking over from Camille Elliot's FB post that shared this. I HIGHLY recommend Jen Turano. She is my absolute favorite! I describe her books as mysterious, witty, romantic, dangerous and faith filled, with several laugh-out-loud moments. You can not go wrong. While I will loan out her books, I will never give them away. They are that good! I've read them all. You can read more on my blog if you like: BlueJeansAndTeacups.blogspot.com :)
    Just search Jen Turano on the lower right side search bar.
    I actually have never heard of you, so I'm excited to try out your work, because the above intro to Shotgun Marriage has my interest :)
    Blessings to you.
    -Heather

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    1. Thanks Heather!! I hope you enjoy my books! And you are right about Jen's books. They're great and I absolutely love her!

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  9. Just wanted to say thanks for all of your great recommendations! I'm at a conference right now, so I'm a little late in responding, but I can't wait to get some good reading in!

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