So sorry I haven’t updated this blog but I’ve been slammed with edits and thumbing through the slush pile over at City Owl and, of course, the launch of Thick Love. OH, yeah!! And then there’s the whole transfer of ALL of my books to Kindle Unlimited. If you have a subscription, you can grab ALL of my books for free!!
Anyway, I’m spending this month and next working on a side project, something close to my heart that I hope to query. It’s not an Eden book, but still something I’m really excited about. As with most of the times that I begin a new project, I’ve found myself going back to some of my favorite novels of all time for a little inspiration. I tend to do this to get my head back in the game, especially when what I’m writing is something not so much solidly in the romance genre. So, I thought I’d share with you guys my top five go-to novels that never fail to get me back into the writing mood.
What are your favorites? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
My Top Five Most Loved Books.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This one is my writing Bible. Seriously, if you love epic novels that are filled with detailed descriptions and read as highly researched, then you’ll love this novel. Gaiman owns my heart.
A storm is coming . . .
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
This one is YA but it certainly doesn’t read like it. There is such a lush, vivid world that Taylor built that you will never want to leave it. Highly recommended.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Lush, sublime and very vivid, this one is for every reader who wants to completely vanish into a fictional world.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Because…reasons. I never get tired of reading this series. It transformed my life.
Harry is the Boy Who Lived. He does lots of things he shouldn’t to save the day over and over and over again. He suffers a lot but has the best of friends in Ron and Hermione. He falls in love and experiences heart break and at the end of the day, he discovers that love is the greatest magic of all.
Definitely my favorite Urban Fantasy series. this one is tied with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party . . . and to feed.
Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.
A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead . . . or undead.