Okay, I know this is supposed to be a profile about me, but frankly, I hate talking about myself, or writing about myself as the case is here. Obviously, I love writing, and if I can ever manage to squeeze a living out of it, it’ll be a dream come true (cue gooey Disney music). In the meantime, all I can do is practice, practice, practice, and read whatever I can get my hands on. So, instead of going on about my hobbies and what my zodiac sign is, I've listed some of my favorite authors that someone reading this profile might also enjoy. Authors need as much publicity as they can get, these days.
Lynn Kurland – She has a time travel series set between the modern day and medieval period and I can’t get enough. A Dance Through Time is the perfect first book for those interested. All her stories are chockfull of romance but stay a safe PG.
Ilona Andrews — I’m not sure how to describe her Kate Daniels Series. Fantasy grunge? All you need to know is that the heroine kicks ass and her love interest is a hot guy who can turn into a lion… who can talk. *Bows for managing AVPM reference*
Rachel Caine — She just finished her Weather Warden Series about the Djinn (genies) and weather wardens (people who can control the elements) and it was perfect! But what I love even more is her YA Morganville Vampire Series. This is my absolute favorite take on vampires. They’re not evil; they’re not good. The heroine is plucky but flawed along with everyone else in the series. The struggle for humans and vampires to survive and get along relatively peaceably in an isolated town is brilliantly imagined and I can’t say enough good things about it.
Jeanne Frost — Another awesome vampire series with a kicking romance. Much, much darker and raunchier, but so well thought out, and again, the characters are believably flawed and have to learn from their mistakes.
Dean Koontz — His books are hit-or-miss anymore, but his old stuff was all awesome, creepy without being overly gory and always with a touching meaning behind it all. I recommend The Face to start. Or Lightning. That’s good too.
Stephen King — The classic Stephen King though, before he started writing about depressed widows who never leave the house.
Michael Crichton — Timeline, anyone? No? Then how about Sphere? Suspense doesn’t get any better.
Marjorie M. Liu — Because I’m a sucker for romances about shape-shifters. And her books are a freakin’ menagerie.
J.K. Rowling — Because… c’mon.
Michael Grant — His writing skills are not the greatest, but I am obsessed with his Gone Series. It’s like Lord of the Flies met The Stand and they both tripped over Heroes on their way to get drinks.
Some other miscellaneous books/series I love: Shogun, Little Women, Fahrenheit 451, The Stephanie Plum Series (before the love triangle started getting ridiculous. I'd stop at book ten), Battle Royale, Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, Holes, Deborah Cooke’s Dragonfire Series (because there just aren’t enough good stories about shape-shifting dragons and the women who love them), The Phantom Tollbooth, Memoirs of a Geisha, It Takes a Hero, Greyfriar—
Okay, I’m gonna stop now, before I just start listing every book on my shelves, lol. But I hope these authors find their way onto a least a few more people's reading lists. They're more than worth it :)
When in Rome:
I did a lot of research for When in Rome. The Internet was invaluable in terms of finding out specific little facts, but I have quite a stack of books as well that I used for reference. For anyone who has read my story and would like to learn more about ancient Rome, below are several books that helped me out the most.
The Gladiators, by Fik Meijer
Roman Women, by Eve D’ambra
As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History, by Jo-Ann Shelton*
Houses, Villas, and Palaces in the Roman World, by Alexander G. McKay*
A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome, by Alberto Angela
The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness Ancient Rome, by Jon E. Lewis
Daily Life of the Ancient Romans, by David Matz*
The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality, by Katherin M. D. Dunbabin
Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture, by Marilyn B Skinner
Rome: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization, by Maria Teresa Guaitoli
Extra awesome* XD