Saturday, January 26, 2013

Romance Madness Blog Hop--Day Two

Romances We Love

Next up is a real heavyweight who practically invented romance—Nora Roberts.

What can you say about her? She’s a machine. With over 200 books written already and a career that has spanned three decades (so far), she’s still able to find enough ideas to generate five new books each year. In trying to narrow down my choice to one book, I find it’s impossible. I love the books where she writes from a male perspective—most notably the Chesapeake series about the three brothers. But I also like it when I learn something or get taken away to a wonderful setting or era.

My sister and I both read Chasing Fire, about the smoke jumpers in Montana, a few years ago, when it was first released. We had been in the redwoods of northern California a year previous and saw the smoke jumpers in action there, so we thought it would be a great read. Nora did a great job of detailing how to fight forest fires while intertwining two love stories—a tall order, to say the least. I especially liked the interplay between Rowan and her father. My sister lives on 22 acres and has an open-pit fire going most of the time to burn off the rubble that comes with all that acreage. She had a fire going outdoors and realized it was time to start dinner, so she headed inside to cook. After a few minutes, she looked out the window and saw that her fire had jumped out of the pit and was racing toward the back pond and the stand of hardwood trees. As she raced back outside, she asked herself, “What would Rowan do?” So she went to the head of the fire and created a barrier, effectively starving the fire and saving her trees. Thanks, Nora.

I’m offering a $5 gift card to one lucky commenter at the end of this blog hop, which will run from January 25-January 29. Tell me who your favorite author is and why. Then click on the icon to your right and visit other blogs on this hop, each of whom will have a giveaway.  And stop back tomorrow to see who’s next on my list of favorites.


  1. Hi Becky,

    I'm with you on the male perspective. I think it's one of the many, many things at which NR excels. Plus, I enjoy reading what goes on in a guy's head. It's not often that the "same" thing comes out of his mouth.


    1. Oh, I forgot to tell you my favorite author. Don't really have one favorite, so I'll hedge a little. Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed series) and Kat Martin. Why do I like them? Adrian does interesting male vampires from the male perspective. Not only are they sexy as all get out, but they have strength and vulnerability and, as tough as they are, their "mates" are the most important thing in their lives. Kat Martin never disappoints. Besides the romance, there is always an interesting story with a twist.

  2. I have to agree that Nora Roberts/JD Robb is one of my favorite authors but I have multiple favorites! I like to be able to laugh as well as sigh at the romance and the story has to be logical to me...and she fills the bill for all of that. I like Thea Harrison because she makes me look at the 'typical' mythica beings with a new perspective. I like Sharon Lee/Steve Miller because they make science-fiction speculation realistic.

  3. I must be one of the few people alive who hasn't read Nora Roberts books...not a one. I'm not sure why...her work just didn't (and doesn't) interest me. My favorite author is Sabrina Jeffries. She writes with a believable passion including her wit and charm on each page.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. I love quite a few authors out there today...
    I actually love Nora's Circle trilogy!!! OMG...That was an AWESOME three books!!!
    Then there's Lizzie T. Leaf, Melissa Mayhue, Lynsay Sands...I'm just down right a book junkie!!!
    My Hubby said I couldn't go a day without reading at least a part of a book. So far he's right...LOL

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    beejee77 at gmail dot com

  5. It's so hard to choose just one so I guess I will choose the one that I read over and over. At least once a year I reread Mary Lasswell's series about the old girls and their adventures. This series was started in the 1940's so you can imagine the difficulty in obtaining them now. I have the full series, purchased over the years in old book stores.

  6. I have so many! Tara Lain for her empathy and lovably sexy characters, Clare London's sweetness and wit, Eden Winters' snarky humor and brilliant plotting, EM Lynley's fun themes, KA Mitchell's scorching scenarios that don't stint on the plot, LA Witt's versatility and chemistry between goes on and on.

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  7. I tend to jump from one to another, but I really enjoyed C.L. Wilson's tairen soul series. I could not put her those books down! Her writing style makes it so easy for me to lose myself within the pages. Great characters and always a great read.

    TJ (

  8. Nora Roberts has certainly written some great books, especially her Circle trilogy, as mentioned by Bj above - Cian is one of my favorite heroes. At this time, I would say that Jeaniene Frost is my favorite author, simply because I enjoy all her books so much with the great stories and characters and their interactions. I also really enjoy Kresley Cole, Karen Moning, Ilona Andrews, Kerrelyn Sparks, Grace Burrowes, Patricia Briggs, Lynsay Sands, Connie Brockway, Monica McCarty and Diana Gabaldon.

  9. Enjoy Nora Roberts books, have many favorite authors, recently have read the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series fell in love with those characters.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. I don't have just one favorite author; I have several! Some of my favorites are Bella Andre, Judith McNaught, Lorraine Heath, Catherine Anderson, Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, Lorelei James and probably a lot of others that I can't think of right now. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  11. My favorite is Sherrilyn Kenyon, I love her Dark Hunter series and The League series! She does a great job with the Heros of her stories, having them being a tortured hero, bad boy, hot and sexy character!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com