Summer Reading Picks

Ah, summertime when the living is easy. School is out. Routine is out the window. And I can pull up a lawn chair, prop up my feet, sip sweet tea and escape to faraway worlds.

So many books . . . so little time. . .

Quilts of Love series


Bonnie S. Calhoun Pieces of the Heart
S. Dionne Moore A Heartbeat Away
Loree Lough For Love of Eli

Just Because Kraus is that good a writer . . .

The Cat That God Sent—Jim Kraus



Beach Reads
TrufflesbytheSeaTruffles by the Sea—Julie Carobini




International Intrigue





Angel Falls—Connie Mann
The Lazarus File—Donn Taylor
Betrayed—Jeanette Windle

Romantic Suspense



Fatal Judgment—Irene Hannon
Poison—Jordyn Redwood
Secrets—Kristen Heitzmann

Southern Fiction






The First Gardener—Denise Hildreth Jones
Travelers Rest
—Ann Tatlock
Talk of the Town
—Lisa Wingate

Romantic Comedy
If the Shoe Fits
—Sandra Bricker

She Walks in Beauty—Siri Mitchell

Let the fun begin.


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Fun and Romantic Summer Reading Picks

As a rule of life, I try to read anything I can get my hands on by these romance writers—

Always the Designer Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker




There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones





The Director’s Cut by Janice Thompson




• the Finders Keepers series by Catherine Palmer—I love, love, love Catherine Palmer romances.




What about you? Who are your favorite, go-to romance writers?

Catching Up with the Cozies

My summer reading picks for one of my favorite genres to read and write—mysteries, especially cozy mysteries. Here are a few from the general market.

A River in the Sky (featuring the unconquerable Amelia Peabody) by Elizabeth Peters—historical mystery series
As the Pig Turns (featuring the indomitable Agatha Raisin) by M.C. Beaton—contemporary Great Britain
Mourning Gloria and Cat’s Claw (China Bayles herb mystery series) by Susan Wittig Albert—set in the Texas Hill Country
Scones and Bones, Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs—Charleston Tea Shop series
Three-Day Town, The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron—North Carolina setting

The Crocodile’s Last Embrace by Suzanne Arruda—1920’s Africa

Spider Web by Earleen Fowler—quilt mystery series

If these series are new to you, the teacher in me says start with number one and read forward. You’ll be glad you did.

Definition of a reader’s bad day? When you catch up to your favorite author’s latest novel and have to wait for the next one to come out.

But until then, happy reading.

What about you? Any mystery series you’d like to recommend?

Later this week, my picks for historical fiction.