I think I last posted at Christmas. Wow. Life just got crazy on me, and the months have been a big blur. The few minutes of down time I’ve had have been spent in my “happy place”. I love it there. My “happy place” is in a book. I’ve read quite a bit of romance and mystery, some of it steamy, some of it thrilling, in the past few months.
My favorite of the steamy, romantic, paranormal/shape-shifter variety so far this year is Dark Wolf by Kate Douglas. I was privileged to read it before it was published, so I’m thrilled to be able to finally talk about it. She had done a series about a group of these shape-shifters that the publishers had deemed “finished”, it was like twelve books or so, but neither she nor her fans could let them go. Dark Wolf is the first in a new series about the children of the first series, and it ROCKS! Nobody does shape-shifters, or steamy, like our Kate does. Warning: the steamy parts are plentiful and not for the faint of heart. Kate may be a sweet, adorable little grandma, but she writes like a brazen hussy. That’s a compliment, Kate, in case you’re wondering.
Now on to mystery. Oh, all right, it does have some romance in it too! Don’t judge me! So, that being said, I introduce you to The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood. Lots of snappy dialogue, tons of wit, plenty of bad guys, all written with a fun and elegant style are what characterizes Julie’s novels. In one scene, a menacing and angry man tries to intimidate the heroine with three letters that should strike fear in her heart-FBI. She stands her ground, smiles, and gives him one better-IRS. Fortunately for us all, that guy is not the hero. The hero is also an FBI agent, and he’s standing to the side laughing at his partner who just got trumped. The story is thrilling and satisfying to the reader’s appetite for prose. Loved it!
But all is not fiction in my world. Right now, I am reading Gulp! by Mary Roach. As usual, she is fearless in her questions about how things work and how people use them. Gulp! tackles the alimentary canal-from what we eat and why to what happens to it after the swallow. Her research took her all over the world and includes conversations and experiments with scientists from the food industry, the field of anthropology, biologists, animal husbandry, and medicine. Oh, and prison wardens,too. I think I now know waaaaayyyy too much about the chemistry of farts. It is entertaining reading as well as being a soundly researched book. Mary Roach is always an easy dose of science since she asks the questions we would ask, if we weren’t too embarrassed to ask them.
So, next month I will be going on the “big, fat, family vacation”. We do this every year-Son, daughter, son-in-law, grandgirls, hubby and I go somewhere together for a week of pure getaway. This year, we will be back on Jekyll Island, Georgia, to enjoy the beaches, sea turtles, and history. We look forward to seeing some old friends and, hopefully, some of our east coast family.
In the meantime, stay happy.