#SpringintoRomance – What are you Reading this Spring?

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Like most authors, I spend so much of my time in the business of writing that my reading time is precious and limited. So I'm kind of picky about what I read. If a book doesn't catch my interest in the first couple of pages I'll set it aside. Sometimes I'll come back to it later and try again, but if the book is really not my cup of tea I might never go back. I read mostly mystery/suspense and paranormal romance. Within these genres, some series that have consistently pulled me in include:

JB Lynn's Hitwoman Series

These are billed as mysteries but in my opinion they really aren't. They're tons of fun though. The main premise is that the heroine (whom I haven't really decided if I like yet) is in a car accident with her sister and her sister's family and as a result ends up the caregiver for her 3 year old niece and gains the ability to talk to animals.  The niece ends up in a coma and the heroine needs lots of money to keep her at the place where they can make her better, so she takes a job as a hitwoman, to kill a really bad guy. She subsequently forms a strange bond with the mobster who hired her and has a romantic relationship with the cop slash hitman who is her murder mentor. It's kind of a weird premise and I'm strangely not overly fond of the main human characters, but the animals in the books make reading them worthwhile just on their own.

Liliana Hart's Addison Holmes Mysteries

These books were clearly written in the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum style. At times I feel like Janet was writing some of the dialogue. Having said that, though, the books are well-written, with some really great dialogue and likable characters. As far as the mystery part of the equation, there really isn't any in most of the books. LOL But the heroine goes through the motions and eventually stumbles upon a bad guy and things find a fairly satisfactory ending.

Darynda Jones's Charlie Davidson Paranormal Mystery Series

The Charlie Davidson paranormal mystery series has a lot of humor, a lot of action, and some pretty steamy romance. The characters are extremely likable and quirky. The premise is really out there, but Jones is a good enough author to pull it off. Charlie Davidson is a Private Investigator by trade, and a grim reaper by birth. Dead people view Charlie as an extremely bright light which they can see from all over the world. They can pass through Charlie to get to Heaven once their issues on Earth are finalized. When they can't pass, Charlie will often help them get closure so they can pass. That's one part of every book. Another feature of every story is the growing romance between Charlie and Son of Satan, Reyes…yeah, you read that right. And there are always a couple of other sidebar issues for Charlie to solve. The result is a book with lots of stuff going on, Charlie usually getting beaten up at some point, and some of the best secondary characters in the genre today. I highly recommend for lovers of paranormal mysteries.


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About Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.
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48 Responses to #SpringintoRomance – What are you Reading this Spring?

  1. Sam Cheever says:

    Congratulations to Donna Steele! Donna’s name was selected through Random.org to win the $20 Amazon gift card.

    Thanks so much to all of you for playing! See you next time.

  2. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I like action, romance and Sci-Fi. I have been liking both Laura DeLuca and Bill Hiatt.

  3. Ann S says:

    I love Amanda Bouchet. Thanks for the giveaway!
    the.girl.and.the.book at gmail dot com

  4. AEKZ2 says:

    Amy Tan is my favorite

  5. Anonymous says:

    My favorite author is Philip K. Dick,a great author from my favorite genre Sci-fy


  6. KateS says:

    My new favorite author is Brittainy C. Cherry!

  7. Anita H says:

    I just started reading Kelly Bowen and I love her books, she’s my new favorite author!!

    thebigbluewall77 at gmail dot com

  8. patty says:

    One of my favorite authors is Diana Palmer angelbaby9186@netzero.com

  9. JanD says:

    My new favorite author is Nalini Singh.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  10. BookAttict says:

    My favorite authors are Seanan McGuire, Kalayana Price, Ilona Andrews, and Anne Bishop.

  11. Ada says:

    My new favorite author is Sara Richardson!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  12. Jeanna Massman says:

    I forgot my email! jeanna_massman@hotmail.com

  13. Jeanna Massman says:

    My favorite author is Mary Balogh.

  14. Jan Lee says:

    I’ve started reading Dawn Kurtagich and am in love with her books! I guess you’d say she’s mystery/suspense/thriller, I’m not sure because she’s new to me lol I loved The Dead House, and her book The Creeper Man, was creepy lol There’s a third coming out soon so of course it’s on my list to read 🙂

  15. Daniel M says:

    scifi is my fav genre – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  16. Keeana S says:

    My favourite author is Elise Kova, my email is keeanasama(@)gmail.com

  17. Betul E. says:

    My current favorite go-to genre is Dark Romance (especially mafia/biker romance). Thank you!! Tillie Cole is my favorite author in this genre.


  18. Janie McGaugh says:

    Paranormal romance/urban fantasy is my favorite genre. jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  19. jeanette sheets says:

    i love kim scott billmcsgirl@yahoo.com

  20. Cynthia R says:

    I’m loving Ann Patchett, Sandra Dallas, and Sarah Addison Allen. THank you for the giveaway!

  21. Julie Waldron says:

    My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks!
    farmermomwife at gmail dot com

  22. Michelle J. says:

    I love Julianne Donaldson!

  23. Donna Steele says:

    Tons to read but up next is Smolder by Nancy Lee Badger! steelestories(at)gmail.com


  24. Rajeeva Jayaratne says:

    i like Science Fiction and Fantasy.
    email — rajeevajayaratne@gmail.com

  25. Kim says:

    I think my new favorite author is Isabel Micheals.

    kvmatlock (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Shannon says:

    My favorite author is Danielle Steele.

  27. joy f says:

    J.R. Ward and Darynda Jones. I love paranormal and historical romance.

  28. Laurajj says:

    Oh one new author that I have found and love is Callie Hutton! I read her book The Earl’s Return and loved it so much!

  29. Karen DeVaney says:

    My favorite genre is fantasy.

  30. Susan Smith says:

    My new favorite author is Carly Phillips.

  31. annie says:

    adam silvera
    Outlanderstark (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. tamie w says:

    I just started reading Big Little lies by Liane Moriarty.
    twingate979 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  33. Donna N. says:

    I never used to care for Contemporary but I have come to enjoy it . My favorite author at the moment is Diana Gabaldon

  34. KV says:

    My new favorite author is Sarina Bowen. Thanks for the giveaway! mdiva00@gmail.com

  35. Edye says:

    A genre I’ve grown to love is YA action!


  36. Karen H says:

    My new favorite author is Valerie Bowman. She’s been around for a few years, but I’ve just started reading her books. She has a Regency series called Playful Brides. I’m only on the first book (there will be eleven when she’s done) and I’m loving it so far. Looking forward to more of this series.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  37. Favorite author! I have a few: Iloan Andrews, Patrica Briggs, Shelly Laurenston aka G.A. Aiken, Gena Showalter, Anna Lowe, & Setta Jay.
    tigerlilly_liz (at) hotmail (dot) com

  38. Sue G. says:

    My favorite author is Carly Phillips but a new, recent author I just found that I love is K. C. Bateman. She write historical romance stories that include real events that were happening at that time. Very interesting. suegaluska at yahoo dot com

  39. Kim says:

    I’m reading The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I’m really enjoying a diverse selection of YA books!

    My email is bookbutterfly9(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. Natasha says:

    My favorite author is Gena Showalter.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  41. Jo Jones says:

    Right now it is Margaret Maron and she is also on my bad list for writing the last book in the Deborah Knott series. jonesjnd at yahoo dot com

  42. Recently I have been drawn into the show Lark Rise to Candleford via DVDs I have rented from the library. It caused me to pick up Julie Klassen’s “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” so far there are three books planned in the Ivy Hill series, and I am definitely going to pick up the next in my list “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage” as soon as it is available. 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  43. My favorite author is Ben bova.

  44. Patricia C says:

    My favorite author is Roxanne Gay.

  45. Megan S. says:

    My fave author is Sarah J Maas. My email is megan(dot)booktube(at)gmail.com 🙂 Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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