Friday Booktalk

I haven’t done ebooks for a while and they don’t get enough love so I thought I’d talk about some I’ve read over the last few weeks.

First off, Your Alibi by Annie Dean.

Blurby Bit: Addie Alger is stuck with her ex-husband’s credit card debts and a failing bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. Her brother-in-law, who refuses to wear pants, won’t move out of room 107, even though her sister died four years ago, and her father is constantly `inventing’ stuff that will, this time for sure, make him the next Ron Popeil.

Deciding all men are jerks, she conceives a brilliant solution to her money woes: For an outlandish fee, she will confirm (although not in a court of law) that a client was, in fact, staying at her bed and breakfast instead of shtupping someone in Atlantic City. Keeping her identity secret becomes increasingly difficult, however, and she learns more than she really wanted to about her friends and neighbors.

Just as she’s ready to swear there are no honest men left in the world, enter Sean Duncan, enraged husband and small-time reporter, whose (soon-to-be-ex) wife utilized Addie’s service more than once. Things are about to get complicated.

Me again: I have to say it’s been a very long time since I’ve read something that broke as many romance rules and took so many risks and worked so thoroughly. Your Alibi is just really fucking good. (What I fine grasp of language I have!). At once it manages to be heartbreaking and heartwarming. It’s funny and tight and Dean’s characters work perfectly with the dialog.

A little aside – she and I share the same agent and at RT, Laura was talking to me about taking risks and breaking rules as a writer and how she liked to rep people who took chances (as a way to cheer me on to keep writing what I write) and she told me about Ann as another example of an author who took risks and if she just got an editor to take a chance, would be the next big thing. And frankly, I think Laura is right. I love to talk up books I think are worth the time to read, Your Alibi is one of them. It comes out Monday from Liquid Silver. Grab it.

NJ Walters’ Three Swords, One Heart released from EC a few weeks back. Here’s a blurby bit: Malik and Kalis are cursed to forever wander the world, searching for the one woman who can break the curse that has plagued their family for seven generations. In each generation of their family, the firstborn are always twin boys who bear the mark of the curse.

The woman destined to break the curse is a warrior woman, adept at hunting and battle — a woman who will give herself and her love freely to both men. Upon the death of her father, Zarina is cast out of her desert tribe. Raised more as a male than female, she is more at home wielding a blade than tending a home.

When their paths collide, both men know they have found the right woman, but Zarina is mistrustful. Do they want her simply because they believe she can break the curse or does their attraction go deeper than that? But fate will not be denied and the three wounded souls must face their destiny together.

Me again: I love NJ Walters’ writing. I do. It doesn’t matter if it’s fantasy, paranormal or contemporary – I love her voice. This book is part of the Torrid Tarot series and I’ve been fortunate to have been amongst some really wonderful authors. NJ’s fantasy themed story is a fabulous mix of action and romance (oh and hot sex too). The backstory of the curse is unique and Zarina is a really wonderful heroine who is a warrior in her own right. Three Swords, One Heart is another winner from NJ and as always, I can’t wait for her next one.

I have Mac’s Take Me and Amelia June’s Triple X to talk about but I also have a looming deadline so my reading time has been much reduced. I’ll be talking about both books next week.

5 comments to “Friday Booktalk”

  1. Sunny Lyn
    June 22nd, 2007 at 1:29 pm · Link

    ooh – Annie’s book looks marvelous! And I’m always up for NJ’s writing.

  2. Charlene
    June 22nd, 2007 at 2:01 pm · Link

    I love NJ’s voice, regardless of genre. And I keep hearing good things about Annie, must check out one of her books.

  3. Sasha
    June 22nd, 2007 at 2:35 pm · Link

    I love writers who takes risks too. I’ll have to check out Your Alibi!

  4. Ann(ie)
    June 22nd, 2007 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Thanks, Lauren.

    You’re right; I broke every rule with YA. I’m still a little surprised that it worked like it did. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, and I sure had a fine time turning the trope on its head.

  5. Lauren Dane
    June 22nd, 2007 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Ann – IMO, it can’t happen too often! Sometimes romance needs to be turned on its ear to stay interesting and to remind us all that there’s more than one story to be told.