Let me explain. I don't have a lot of free time. When I pick up a book I want to feel an emotional investment in the story right away. Immediately engaging the reader is a unique skill that many authors struggle with. Some authors just have a knack for it.
Like Melody Carlson, for example. I was going to set her book These Boots Weren't Made for Walking aside for a few months since it doesn't come out until June.) But no-o-o-o-o, I had to keep looking at that darling cover and my resistence broke down. I started reading the story and it was GOOD! I'll have to make myself slow down on reading this one (by leaving it at my office at night) because it's truly interesting. The main character is obsessing on an expensive pair of boots and her thoughts are so realistic and hilarious that I was sucked right in.
I also started Love Letters by Annette Irby. Another good beginning. I am immediately wondering what the deal is with this couple. I'm invested. That's all it takes to keep me reading.
Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini has me quite intrigued. I'm a bit worried about that husband of hers. Why do I get the feeling that all is not well in Paradise there? This is another very engaging novel.
I'm over halfway done with Revealed by Tamera Alexander and it's fabulous. This story reminds me of Redeeming Love except the hero in Tamera's story is the jerk from Francine Rivers's novel. Talk about conflict! Great stuff...
The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen is just plain psycho. He's a guy writer. Need I say more? (Just kidding.)
Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake is also hilarious. I love this heroine. She is the ultimate klutz and a finishing school flunky. I love it already and I've only read three chapters. I hope to plow through this one once I finish Revealed.
The beginning for Lena Nelson Dooley's story A Daughter's Quest is also cute and engaging so far. I love the perpetual blushing and the heroine stumbling into who assume will be the hero. He sounds very buff and quite hot. Nice job!