The Pile By My Bed

First, a whole bunch of Amish books by two bestselling authors. I picked up one the other night and set it down at page 15. Sorry, but it was SO boring. I picked up the other author's and made it to page 13. I liked the writing a lot better, though the plot still seemed slow, but because I was tired I planned to pick it up the next day.
Thank goodness I was saved by the library.
I love to read Amanda Quick because of her quirky heroines and amusingly serious heroes.
Then my Barnes and Noble order came. YeeHaw!!
Beside my bed:

1. A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman. This is the second in the series and I'm already almost finished with it. This one seems even better than the first. Less dramatic but just as hooky and in a way, it has more depth. But that's probably just me because I'm sympathetic toward Charity. Or should I call her Scarlett? (wink, wink) Anyhow, I'm loving it!! Go CBA. In my opinion, Lessman is an author to keep an eye on.

2. Single Sashimi by Camy Tang. This is the third installment of her Sushi Series and I bought it for several reasons. A) I loved the first and second ones B) Tang is generous. I won the second book, Only Uni on a blog and when she sent it she also sent some extra books. I'm all about free books! :-) C) She helps authors out. See her Story Sensei blog.

3. Mulberry Park, by Judy Duarte. Although she's multipubbed with Harlequin, this is her first single title. I bought it because A) I wanted to support her debut Single Title, especially as it's a book close to her heart and B) Months ago on a writing link Duarte took time out of her day to exchange e-mails with me and give me some publishing tips.

So that's my pile.
For now. :-)

What's next to your bed, hogging the floor? And why?


Sarah said…
Next to my bed right now is "Hadassah," by Tommy Tenney. I just started it, but so far so good. After that, I will be delving into Jerry B. Jenkins latest, "Riven." From there I will move on to a book my father-in-law gave me called "the Shack," by William Young. Those will last me through next week, at least!

My word count is not going as well as I had hoped...I'm off by about 2,000 words. You can't see me, but I'm hanging my head in shame as I type this comment.
Anonymous said…
Hey Jessie. Great list! Interesting you're reading something about Amish protags. One of the ladies in my crit group--the one that's about to make it BIG according to her wining and dining experience by St. Martins a couple of weeks ago--has written a thriller series based on an Amish police detective named Kate who lives and solves crimes in an Amish society.

Beside my bed right now is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. I'm reading it because the gals in my group told me that my writing style in my fantasy vampire novel reminds them of her. So, of course I want to see who I'm being compared to! I haven't even started it yet, I've been so deep in my own writing bog over the past several days.

Let us know how you like the books!
Hi Jess -

I'm still reading Widows & Orphans by Susan Meissner. It's in my desk at work, so I only read it when I work a full day (rare).

Sarah - I just finished The Shack and whipped through it in two sittings. Great story. The author has a blog you might want to check out.

I recently finished The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg. I've been wanting to read this forever and finally bought it. The book was action-packed and didn't disappoint. I'll probably be doing a review down the road.

Susan :)
Jessica Nelson said…
Hi Sarah,
I actually have the book Hadassah. And the Shack is a bestseller so I bet you'll like it. Make sure to tell me how Riven is. The title is intriguing.
Jessica Nelson said…
Hi Tina,
I've never read Gabaldon but the name sounds familiar. I'll have to check her out, seeing as I'm so enamored with your writing style! :-)
I didn't actually finish those Amish books because they bored me. But the Amish crime story sounds very interesting. No wonder editors are foaming at the mouth for it! Let me know how things go for her.
Jessica Nelson said…
Hey Susan,
I'll be keeping an eye out for your review. I like action-packed stories so this might be a read to pick up from the library.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen Hossink said…
You really want to know what's on the floor by my bed???
OK, you asked!!!
One heating pad and a towel. Because I have had a stiff shoulder and the best relief I could find was moist heat as I lay down.
Oh, I wish I had some good books to read by my bed! Actually, I have the third book in a series I really like but I haven't finished reading the second one yet - and I lost it! But I did see the second book in the library at church...Yes. I will check it out Sunday and get back to reading.
Thanks for the prompt! *grin*
Kristen Painter said…
Lesse...Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe, Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire, King of Sword and Sky by CL Wilson. And tomorrow I'm getting the fourth Sookie Stackhouse book!
Rita Gerlach said…
Hi Jessica,

Thank you for the comment on InSpire. I'm reading Julie's first novel, 'A Passion Most Pure'. Just started, but so far she has the knack at causing her readers to visualize place, and I really like that in a book.

I'm also reading 'Native Son' by J M Hockstetler. Joan's series is fantastic, and in my opinion one of the best historical series I've read, especially out of CBA. The era is the Revolution. She has a new novel to be released in 09 in the series entitled 'Wind of the Spirit'. She is so good, and it's a shame she doesn't have the recognition she deserves.

Oh, and if I may add, I hope someday you have a copy of 'Surrender the Wind' siting beside your bed. It's a romantic historical suspense novel set in Virginia and England, a page turner and will be released next fall.
luvmy4sons said…
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Jessica Nelson said…
Karen, I've lost books before it stinks! I hope you find it so you can finish the series.
I have TONS of books. Bet I could find you something good :-)
Jessica Nelson said…
I've heard of Roxanne St. Clair and CL Wilson but not the others. Oh, so many books, so little time.
All of your piles are making my mouth water. I'm definitely going to be looking for these authors soon!
Genny said…
My stack is so high I forget what books are in it...but at the top are One Month to Live and The Shack. I'm in the middle of both of them and loving them.

Thanks for stopping by!
Jessica Nelson said…
Man, seems like everyone is reading the Shack. I may have to give in. I did flip through it at Walmart but wasn't immediately engaged. I'll have to give it another shot.

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