Happy New Year!

So this year was full of  great things - many new writing opportunities, wonderful news for friends, and some fun and fascinating projects.  Somehow, however, I lost track of "The Blog."  So, here's to 2013 - and setting the intention of posting at least once a week.  That seems much more manageable.

I'm not one for tons of resolutions, but this year, aside from posting on the blog, I'd also like to write at least one letter a week - that was one of my 'founding principles' of this site, after all - and to see Read~Write~Love become a meeting place for like-minded readers.

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If you know me personally, chances are you know I published my first-ever essay for the NPR book blog.  If you haven't already read it and are interested, you can read it here.

I also started reviewing books for Kirkus Media and had the amazing opportunity of interviewing one of my favorite authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, for the Kirkus features site.  For all you romance fans, she's just as wonderful, lovely and gracious as you've heard.  (If you want to read the interview, you'll find it here.)

And to begin the year, I'd like to offer a few books I read and loved in 2012 - where available, I am linking to the Kirkus reviews of these books, though posts are anonymous, so I can't confirm or deny whether I wrote individual reviews (though to be clear, I did not write all of these):

Susan Elizabeth Phillips - The Great Escape

Lisa Kleypas - Dream Lake  

(Lisa Kleypas also came out with Rainshadow Road last year, which was another great one.)

Julia Quinn, Eloisa James & Connie Brockway - The Lady Most Willing

Kristan Higgins - Somebody to Love

Joshilyn Jackson - Grown Up Kind of Pretty

And while her books were not published this year, I also discovered Lorna Landvik, who has become a favorite.  

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Two debut authors I read this year who I think are worth watching:  Juliana Gray and Nina Rowan (full disclosure, Nina is a personal dear friend, but her quirky heroine in Study In Seduction is a unique character and well worth an introduction.)  

Happy reading - I hope your 2013 is simply full of entertaining, uplifting books!

(Isn't that bookend great?!  I found it here.) 


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