Friday, July 15, 2011


Welcome to BLOGFEST 2011! And thank you A Journey of Books for hosting!

I LOVE books. Reading is my favorite past time, aside from writing and playing with my kidlet. Of course, I certainly have my favorites. I thought I'd list my top five for you guys, in no particular order.

I still get chills when I think of Jessie Burlingame being tied to that bed in Gerald's Game by Stephen King. Even more so when she realizes she hasn't been imagining that she's not alone...

I know when most people think of Audrey Niffenegger, they think of her debut novel The Time Traveller's Wife. I have to tell you, as much as I loved that book, it pales in comparison for me next to her novel Her Fearful Symmetry. I read it, read it again, and then read it again a month later.

I'm tempted to say all of Jodi Picoult's books, but since I said I'd list five, I'll pick one of hers. I will tell you one of the funniest scenes ever came from her book Keeping Faith when Faith's grandma is on the stand and she's looking for her death certificate in her purse. HA! I love that scene. favorite of her books is Mercy. Not only is it a tear-jerker that reminds me a lot of my very good friend Kay Springsteen's books, you gotta love a woman who gets revenge on her husband by selling all his stuff in a garage sale. including his favorite chair.

A book that might surprise some people is christian novelist Ray Blackston's Flabbergasted. What a hoot! I loved every minute of it and loved the sequels just as much.

This last book is near and dear to my heart. Yes, I'm a little biast since I wrote the story that's helping it make my list, but, hey, it's a good story:) I had the awesome privilege of working with five other great Astraea Press authors on an anthology titled Matrimonial Mayhem. I got to honor two very special people with my contribution. My mom and dad. My story The Ballad of Brenda and Willard is funny as well as near and dear to my heart. I love it and I'm so glad I wrote it for them. The proceeds from the sale go to benefit the tornado victims, so hop over to Astraea Press and for $5 get a great book and help a wonderful cause.

So that's a few of my favorites. How about you? Leave a comment telling me what your favorite book is and why and I'll enter you in a contest to win a paperback copy of my novella Wayward Soul plus your pick of FIVE ebooks from the list below. I'll also have a second, third, and fourth place prize of an ebook copy of Wayward Soul. Winners will be randomly chosen using

~Jean (Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights)
~Bri Clark (Cafe Seduzione)
~Stephanie Taylor (Lucky For Her)
~Stephanie Taylor (The Picture)
~Kay Springsteen (Heartsight)
~Lisa Kumar (Through the Rabbit Hole)
~Stephanie Smith (Lizzie and the Rebel)
~Monique O’Connor James (The Keepers)
~J. Gunnar Grey (Deal with the Devil, part one)
~Felicia Rogers (The Perfect Rose)
~Kristine Cheney (Spartan Heart, part one)

Also, don't forget about the grand prize and make sure to stop at the other blogs in the fest! Here are links for other participants.

Return to A Journey of Books

<a href="">KMN Books Blogspot</a>
<a href="">Kritters Ramblings</a>
<a href="">Lady Lit Reviews</a>
<a href="">Lale on Lit</a>
<a href="">Laura Kaye</a>


  1. Gosh, It's hard to pick A favorite book, there are so many I love. I guess the one I have re-read the most is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
    I found you through the Blog Fest 2011 Giveaway blog hop and am now a new follower. I hope you will drop by and enter my Giveaway.
    lauriej170 at gmail dot com
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  2. Just now it is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  3. Hell, It's hard to pick 1 favorite book, but My Favorite Books Are a Tie Between the Night Huntress and the Guild Hunter Series. Since I have a weakness for vamps and angels and these are the best, funniest, interesting series i've ever read.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    rea0903 at gmail dot com

  4. Great picks. I haven't read them but I will have to add some to my TBR list. I would have to say that my all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Then I would have to say City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I love the series. I just really love the unique worlds and the story.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I love Lynn Kurland's books. I'm sorry I can't pick just one. She has right at 20 books revolving around two families. I love them all!

  6. I'll tell you one of my favorites: Indigo, by Beverly Jenkins. It's an African-American historical. Well-written, lots of details, and the hero is very charming!

  7. I have many favourite books including THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons, SOUVENIR by Therese Fowler, the FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning and NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah.


  8. I don’t think I can narrow my list down to just one book. A couple of my favorites are Halfway to the Grave and Succubus Blues.

  9. oh man. enclave by ann aguirre

    americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

  10. Gosh, I can't choose! But if I did, I would have to pick Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series! Definitely the best books everr! Bones...-swoon-


    lnhphm24 {at} hotmail {dot} com

  11. so hard to pick a fav but I know my favorite of the summer is Acheron By sherrilyn kenyon cause it was such an emotional read

  12. I'm with you Kim. Matrimonial Mayhem is great.

  13. My favorite book is usually the book I'm reading at the current time. I love to read and picking a favorite would be like picking your favorite child (not so hard for me since I only have one) Currently I'm re-reading Gone With the Wind one of the few books I actually read more than once (or once a year if you will)
    lvs2dv at gmail dot com

  14. I enjoy Anna Windsor's Dark Cresent sisters trilogy. The books are well written and I feel like the characters jump out of the book. The stories are original and end way too soon...LOL!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at

  15. It's soo hard to pick just OE favorite book so I'm just going to say my favorite SERIES of books is the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by J.R. Ward. Some of my other favorite authors are Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope to read your novella soon!

  16. My favorite book is the stand by stephen king. I think it's accurate prediction of what the bird flu (even though he didn't know it at the time)looks like, and the aftermath, is really amazing.

  17. My very favourite book so far is Still Missing by Chevy Stevens, it was an amazing mystery.
    Wow, what a story.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  18. So far this summer my favorite is The Knowledge of Good & Evil by Glenn Kleier!

    I would love to read Her Fearful Symmetry!

  19. My latest favourite is Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward. I love paranormal romances, and this one is so hot and steamy! It seems voyeuristic listening to it on audio, LOL!

    Please enter me in the draw!

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I always list Goblet of Fire as my favorite book ans it's where the HP series takes a more serious turn and seems to mature. :)

    Thanks for participating in BlogFest.

    Jen K
    admin.bookblog AT

  21. I love Die For Me: Amy Plum, I love so many books I couldn't possible choose a favorite :) edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  22. One of my favorites is Last To Die by Kate Brady I was so rapt up in the book I couldn't put it down it was so good

    velvethubler at yahoo dot com

  23. Thanks for the giveaway. I loved Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston because at time it made me laugh out loud.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  24. Thanks for the giveaway! I recently read the book Words and found it to be awesome!
    sarahthehobbit at gmail dot com

  25. My favorite book is Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen. The message in that story stands the test of time. Simply put you can't judge a book by it's cover. On the outside Mr. Darcy seems like a prideful, cold unfeeling man when in reality he has very strong feels that he feels he can't share with anyone let alone Elizabeth Bennet. What an awesome way to celebrate Blogfest.

    I am aGoogle Friend Connect follower (skyla11377).


  26. My favorite books are anything by Kate Douglas - I love her paranormal romances.

    GFC - Kay Dee Royal
    kaydeeroyal at msn dot com

  27. This is always a tough The Empress new clothes by Jaid Black..Johanna Lindsey had a futuristic series Ive read over and over and Sherrilyn's book on Vane...I love weres!

  28. My favorite books are teh lord of the rings,absolutely and the first trilogy of Phedrè by Jacqueline Carey ;)

  29. Favourite right now is Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    Thanks for the chance!
    GFC- MazzNixon

  30. My favorite book is Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk,Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry. I love it because it made me laugh & cry. She opened up her life to everyone. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Sue B

  31. My favourite UF novel is Bitten by Kelley Armstrong! It is the book which made me discover and love the genre :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway! :-D

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. I'm a huge Twilight fan. Those books had so much feeling and made me want more and more and more. Not many books have done that for me

  33. One of my favorite books is Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey :) It's a new one but I LOVE it.

    book.splot AT gmail DOT com

  34. I don't know about favorite favorite, but how about favorite read this year so far? That would be Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton for a book club. Great book. juliecookies(at)

  35. I have so many favorites, one of them is 'Megan's Way' by Melissa Foster.


  36. My all time favorite is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. For a few months, I have been reading alot of YA, so many books, I love them all.

    Thanks for a great giveaway. Your books look very good.


  37. One of my favorite books would have to be Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh. It's got love, action, etc.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  38. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks What can I say, I love sappy love.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria
    geschumann at live dot com

  39. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all time favorites along with Memoirs of a Geisha. I bought and read Her Fearful Symmetry and liked it a lot but not as much as Time Traveler's Wife.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~ Monique @ AsianCocoa's Secret Garden
    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  40. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Right now my current favorite book is Monster by A Lee Martinez.

    All of the books look so good that I can't choose.

    Jessica - jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  41. My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Thanks for the giveaway!


  42. Choosing a favourite is so hard. Since I'm pretty much in love with all of Richelle Mead's books I'll say Shadow Kiss is my favourite by her. It's just such an awesome books and so much happens, especially in relation to the Rose/Dimitri relationship (and I totally love them together), and I just remember when I first read it I just fell in love with the story.


  43. Hi! My favorite book would have to be Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Last Sacrifice is the last book in The Vampire Academy Series. I love this book cause it ties up everything together and it also has a happy ending (: But it does leave a few questions unanswered which will be answered in the spin off series (:


  44. I loved Delirium by Lauren Oliver

    Thanks for the chance to win

    GFC Michele Luker\

    jmluker at winco dot net

  45. Wow I have read a lot of books that I can say is my favorite-so I will tell you about the most recent. I read Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison-really loved this books-it was about a dragon-enough said! It had all elements I love: shapeshifter: dragon, alpha male, strong heroine who is witty with snappy comebacks, humor, and great side characters.


    SN: I read Gerald's Game many years ago. Never could remember the name but remembered it was written by Stephen King. That story still sticks with me to this day. Glad you brought it up!!

  46. My all time favorite is Dean Koontz! Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Mary_Reiss @

  47. My favourite novel is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

    I'd like to be entered to win if it's international:)

  48. my fav novel of all time is After the Night By Linda Howard

    I love it because the characters are real and flawed not perfection and fake

  49. One of favorite books is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.


  50. My favorite book is The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee.


  51. I love reading, that I have favorites in stages :) Right now, my favorite book is probably World War Z By Max Brooks. Thanks for the giveaway!