Reading Between The Lines Contest

Okay how about a contest? Reading Between the Lines will be out in trade paperback on Tuesday August 26! So here’s the deal – just below you’ll see a link to my interview with Azteclady at Karen’s blog. All you need to do is to reply here with one of the books I recommend to romance skeptics.

I’ll choose a winner a’la randomizer on Monday afternoon, August 25 – noonish my time (pacific). The winner will receive a copy of Reading Between the Lines in paper.

Easy peasy!

25 comments to “Reading Between The Lines Contest”

  1. Ciara Stewart
    August 22nd, 2008 at 11:24 am · Link

    Ain’t She Sweeet by SEP, though I don’t know if I agree. Sugar Beth was just so hard to like, as was the hero. Great writing, as always, but the book didn’t fill me with hope and happiness the way I like my romances to do. I’m still trying to get my mom to like a romance novel and so far I’ve failed miserably. It’s a great interview question to ask!

  2. AJ
    August 22nd, 2008 at 11:31 am · Link

    I really am going to have to pick up a copy of Jenny Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation, because you have mentioned it so many times now 😀

  3. laurendane
    August 22nd, 2008 at 11:33 am · Link

    @ Ciara – I resisted Ain’t She Sweet for two years because I thought, “who cares about a former cheerleader/mean girl” but I think SEP has such a magnificent talent for taking unconventional or unlikeable characters and making me root for them. I find it refreshing and I really did like Sugar Beth by the end.

    @ AJ – I love it! I also re-read Bet Me last week and loved it again.

  4. Rachel Kramer BUssel
    August 22nd, 2008 at 11:58 am · Link

    Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard – the one author you recommended who I’ve never read. Love Jennifer Crusie and SEP, though haven’t read the latter in a while.

  5. Ali
    August 22nd, 2008 at 12:33 pm · Link

    I’ve heard a lot about Jennifer Cruise, so I’ll have to give Welcome to Temptation a try 🙂

  6. Cara
    August 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 pm · Link

    I have read romance novels for over 20 yrs. Those who haven’t read romance are really clueless to how much this genre has evolve. I love Liz Maverick’s Crimson City!!
    Romance just plain Rocks!

  7. Grammar Geek
    August 22nd, 2008 at 1:00 pm · Link

    I actually had my non-romance reading book cub read Welcome to Temptation as a great intro to romance books. A few of them stopped reading after the dock scene. 🙂

  8. Grammar Geek
    August 22nd, 2008 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Hm. that smilie was supposed to be an eye roll, not so much a grin. Tho I think I got at least one or two converts with it.

  9. Susan
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren,

    1st loved, loved, loved ‘Fated’.

    2nd my choice for the contest entry of those you recommended: Linda Howard’s ‘Mr Perfect’

    Thank you,
    Susan B.

  10. Jessie
    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:21 pm · Link

    See I actually have a hard time picking between Jenny Cruises Welcome to Temptation and Linda Howard’s Mr. Perfect cause they are both such great reads.

  11. Pamk
    August 22nd, 2008 at 6:27 pm · Link

    I agree the crimson city series rock. loved them and I completely agree about LInda Howards heroes. I wanted to I really liked REading between the lines. I like a kick ass heroine.

  12. Greta
    August 22nd, 2008 at 7:56 pm · Link

    I have to go with Linda Howard and Mr. Perfect. I love, love, love Linda Howard. Loved the interview.

  13. Caffey
    August 22nd, 2008 at 9:05 pm · Link

    I just came back from there having read your prior post about your interview there and it as great reading Lauren!

    I remember about AIN’T SHE SWEET by SEP. I heard many talk about her books but I had never read her! At that time AIN’T SHE SWEET was out and I was told it wasn’t a series so I got it from the library. Gosh I loved it. The small town, the relationships with the friends, their past and so much more. It really was a different read for me in that I haven’t read anything like this in too long. So its like you explained it too about her book, of how she had so many parts intertwined (sp?) in the book that was so much important to the book and a great voice to read.

  14. Caffey
    August 22nd, 2008 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Oh I wanted to mention that I love Linda Howards books, and she’s another that has many out that I’d yet like to read. One I haven’t read yet is Mr. Perfect so I’m gonna take the challenge up and read that one. I heard it was humorous and I never read anything humorous of Linda Howards!

  15. acdaisy77
    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I also love Linda Howard’s books. I had picked up Mr. Perfect, but I have not had the chance to read. I also love reading Jennifer Crusie’s books.

  16. Shari C
    August 23rd, 2008 at 6:53 am · Link

    I love the Crimson City series. While I enjoyed all of the authors and their stories, my personal favorite was Crimson City by Liz Maverick.

  17. Janna Lee Hayes
    August 23rd, 2008 at 8:42 am · Link

    Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard.

    And can I just say I love your video blogs! It’s very interesting to hear your process/thoughts on various aspects of the publishing world. Thanks for them!!

  18. TAMI blackroze37
    August 23rd, 2008 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Linda Howard’s Mr Perfect

  19. Autumncat
    August 23rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Mr. Perfect is one of my favorites. Definitely a good choice for a romance skeptic! 😉

  20. Kammie
    August 24th, 2008 at 8:21 am · Link

    Linda Howard’s Mr Perfect

    I’ve read all the books you recommended except for one. Great choices!

  21. Janet H
    August 24th, 2008 at 9:31 am · Link

    I’ll have to be one of the crowd and select Mr. Perfect by the awesome Linda Howard.

  22. Amy S.
    August 25th, 2008 at 6:28 am · Link

    Jenny Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation

    I’ve read this book myself and it’s great!

  23. laurendane
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:15 pm · Link

    @ Rachel – Linda Howard, especially her older stuff, has those alpha heroes that in the hands of a mere mortal would make you recoil. But she makes it work.

    @ Ali – let me know what you think! That one and Bet Me are two I re-read all the time.

    @ Cara – it totally does and yes, Liz Maverick is an awesome author.

    @ Grammar Geek – that dock scene is one of my favorite romance sex scenes ever!

  24. laurendane
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:18 pm · Link

    @ Susan – thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

    @ Jessie – no need to pick a fave, you just had to name one so it’s all good!

    @ Pam – thanks! I loved writing Haley.

    @ Greta – thank you. Yep, mr. Perfect is one of my favorites of hers.

    @ Cathie – yes, I think SEP does a great job of weaving in a cast of characters around a central theme (a town, a team, friends, etc)

  25. laurendane
    August 25th, 2008 at 12:22 pm · Link

    @ acdaisy – let me know if you like it! I’m always curious to see what people think.

    @ Shari – me too although the Jewel came in a very close second.

    @ Janna Lee – thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them.

    @ Tami – love that one so much! I need to go dig it out and re-read it I think

    @ autumncat – I think when it comes to romance skeptics I like to have something with great sexual tension and a sense of humor too.

    @ Kammie – LOL, good choice

    @ Janet – groovy!

    @ Amy – okey dokey!