Historically Speaking—Historical Fiction Picks

Although I have a Master’s in history, I do not read as much historical fiction as I did in my younger years.

But here are a few must-read historical novels I will add to my summer reading list—

Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehmann—about the Titanic
Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke—about the Titanic
Are you sensing a theme here?
Roanoke by Angela Hunt—we North Carolinians like to keep up with our favorite history mystery


• anything by Julie Lessman—one of my favorite romance writers who also draws me into her WWI/1920s era Boston world

What about you? Any great historical fiction you’d suggest?

Later this week, my picks for women’s fiction.

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My Summer’s Top Reading Picks

So many books, so little time.

During the school year, I’m busy with lesson plans as a teacher and school activities as a mom. As a writer, I’m usually preparing one or more proposals which require a lot of focused market reading for that particular novel.

But during the summer . . . I indulge my varied reader tastes and dig into my TBR (to-be-read) pile—that virtual pile on my Kindle or the literal pile stacked two feet high beside my desk.

Today I wanted to list some of my TBR picks for suspense.

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason
Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
The Pawn by Steven James (if I can summon the courage)
Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble
Gone to Ground by Brandilynn Collins
Plain Secrets by Kit Wilkinson (for those of you who like a little bonnet fiction mixed in with your suspense)
Injustice for All by Robin Caroll
Disaster Status and Code Triage by Candace Calvert (medical thrillers)
Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers by Margaret Daley (Does it get any better than law enforcement and cowboys?)

What about you? Any great suspense novels on your TBR pile this summer?

Later this week, my summer picks for . . . cozy mysteries.