Decisions, decisions, decisions –
If I have to choose between twizzlers and a salad I will stuff the artificial high fructose chewy candy into my mouth every time.  If there’s a pile of laundry in the basket and The Next Food Network Star is about to start, there’s no contest.  I program the microwave to the “popcorn” setting, stuff my feet into my fluffy slippers and plop in front of the TV because the laundry ain’t getting up and walking away, it will be there tomorrow.  These are what I call ‘life-is-short-no-brainer-decisions’.  But when I have to chose my 3 favorite books for 2011 – well that takes some reflection. After reviewing the many novels I’ve read over the last 12 months I chose three that stayed with me long after I read the last page.



My first choice is for my colleague and fellow blogger Melanie. I don’t think there’s much Melanie hasn’t read, but she’s openly declared she will read more paranormals next year so I’d like to suggest that

Yours To Keep,my second choice, is a wonderful contemporary romance that will keep you smiling long after the happy ending.  Author Shannon Stacey has captured the essence of what I love in a good romance – characters that leap off the page and create a world you want to be a part of. 


And finally The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls is some of the best story telling I’ve read in years.  It poses a provocative question and features an unusal hero – a man who’s been married 8 times before he ‘finds the one.

What were some of your favorites this year?


Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer


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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-22-2011 09:25 AM

Ah Maria, nice choices and I guess I'll have to add one or two to my impressive pile :smileyhappy:

Here's hoping you have a great Holiday Season.

I did have a list and I checked it twice and most of my authors were naughty and nice :smileyhappy:

here's my list.

It's posted here on my B&N forum


Or you can see it here with all the comments

by pagaan on ‎12-23-2011 08:03 AM

I have been obsessed with two or three authors this past year who engaged me immediately upon reading their first book in a series to their latest releases.


My first choice: D.B. Reynolds, her Vampires in America series is fresh and exciting. The men and women are smart, gutsy and lusty (lots o'lust!!) and the plots are smart and so are the bad guys, which makes it even better that the hero and heroine actually have to work for it. We have had to wait but what makes this author special, is that she feels your pain and writes little vignettes of our beloved vampires on her blog, which keep us going until the next book is released. She just added a special Christmas vignette of Cyn and Raphael (Adults ONLY please) and that's why I love her!!!


My second choice, and quite honestly both authors vie for the top spot in my mind. Usually the top spot is reserved for the author who's next book is coming out first. I "squee" every time a book release date approaches from any of my favs. Okay, second choice by a slim margin is: Nalini Singh, her Guild Hunter series has given me a WHOLE new idea behind Angels and Archangels [especially]. It really makes you wonder what the world would be like if it were ruled by Archangels, there are no religious overtones, except maybe praying for your life if you piss one of these "Angels" off... And, best of all, Nalini is a prolific writer and we got 3 books, that's THREE!, in this series just in 2011, including novellas, and an Anthology that has 3 well written books from great authors. Gotta love that!!! 2011 was definitely her year!!


And, my third choice is one who has been one of my favorite authors for years now and that is Christine Feehan, her Sisters of the Heart series is what I like to call the 'Next Generation' of the Sea Haven series and it is good to go back and visit old friends as well as meet these "Sisters" and who continue to make Sea Haven that special place everyone calls home. So far, there is only the first book out, and that was Water Bound but her second book, Spirit Bound, will be out on the 27th of December (SQUEEE) and I just hope its available for my Nook or I might be buying this one twice (book & nook).




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