Only another romance reader can fully appreciate this note I received from a Facebook friend recently:
“Read three of your books in three days. I am happy, my husband is NOT. Finished at 2 am this morning. House is a mess, tons of ironing, cleaning, shopping needs to be done but I’m not complaining! Lovely!!”
Now my goal is certainly not to cause marital strife, but this made me smile so much my cheeks hurt. How many times have I heard that sleepy masculine demand when I’m deep into a book, “When are you going to turn the light off?” (Incidentally, the fact that the Kindle app on my phone is backlit and I can read in the dark is a HUGE help to marital harmony!)
But the fact remains that sometimes you just can’t put the book down. I love it when a story grabs hold of me and won’t let go. Other authors have kept me up tons of times. It feels delicious to be the one causing insomnia!
The last book that made me read till my eyes felt like sandpaper was Deanna Raybourn’s THE DARK ENQUIRY. What’s kept you up past your bedtime?
Mia’s latest release, TOUCH OF A ROGUE, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012.
“Balancing sleuthing and romance with a touch of the mystical, Marlowe’s smart and amusing return to the Preston family (introduced in Touch of a Thief) features charming investigator Jacob Preston, who broadcasts his fondness for married women but keeps his clairvoyance a secret. Young countess Julianne Tyndale asks Jacob to prove her late husband’s death was not a suicide and help her find the sixth ancient Druid dagger in the set he was collecting. As the investigation proceeds, Jacob and Julianne play a delightful cat-and-mouse game of attraction, alternating between taking the lead and dodging commitment. Julianne, a budding feminist trained on the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, pushes Jacob’s boundaries (and high society’s) with her demands to be fully involved in the search, and is full of sparklingly righteous outrage when she encounters obnoxious men. Fans of historical paranormals will delight in this fetching 19th-century romp. Starred Review!“