I love books. I love reading and discovering new places, people, and ideas. Whether it's mysteries, biographies, horror, sci-fi, trashy romances, travel, or cooking- I love books. The weight, the feel, the smell. Actual books you hold in your hands and can take in the bath with you.
I have a special place in my heart for trashy romances- not going to lie there. Just fun mindless short reads, and that's never a bad thing. But also, JD Robb's In Death series (Nora Roberts in disguise) makes my heart oh so happy. Eve Dallas may be one of the best characters in fiction right now- strong, smart, funny, and married to an Irish piece of man-meat.
My favorite author is Katie MacAlister. She writes everything from historical to contemporary romances, vampire lore, dragon tales, and all kinds of things in between. She also has a teen line of novels. Not only is she herself hilarious, down to earth, and easily accessible, but her heroines are all normal women with spunky personalities. No waif thin, vapid women with personalities that let them be overshadowed. Her ladies are all strong and sexy and flawed and a lot of times, which I love, they're a little bit plump.
I definitely recommend everyone check her out.