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Reading is my favorite past-time. Since I write non-fiction all day, I prefer to Readingread fiction novels. I can read an average of four books per week because I love to loose myself in a good story. The ingredients for a good story include a powerful, engaging plot; colorful, multidimensional characters; an exciting beginning that pulls me in; dialog that is natural sounding and relevant; and a catchy, rhythmic cadence that folds me into the story. The books that I’ve listed here, have these ingredients and are great books.
Science Fiction: Acacia by David Anthony Durham
Acacia

Acacia

The genre of Science Fiction is absolutely my favorite genre. Sometimes it is difficult to find that interesting amalgamation of science and human flavor to make the fiction, but in Acacia, David Anthony Durham expels a compelling story that is rich with colorful characters and a well-thought out and delivered plot.

 

Fantasy: LA Banks’ Vampire Huntress series

The Thirteenth

The Thirteenth

The Vampire Huntress series is a melting pot of action, adventure, romance, and life lessons. Banks began this series in 2009 with Minion and after 11 books, completed the series in 2009 with The Thirteenth. Through the books, we watch these characters grow and mature in their relationships and in their skills and self-awareness. Banks’ geographical placements and knowledge are transported throughout each book, taking us from Bangkok to Greece and back to Philadelphia, then to LA…just to name a few. Banks created a world within our world, wisely melding her terrific imagination with the world as we know it.

Thriller: Brandon Massey

Don't Ever Tell

Don't Ever Tell

If you like thrillers, then you will enjoy anything that Brandon Massey writes. He has a penchant for penning characters that draw you in, make you curious, and then he hits you with the horror.  It has always been impossible for me to start one of his books and put it down before it is complete. I’ve read each of his books in one sitting (albeit in the daytime) and they each scare the crap out of me.

 

Horror: Tananarive Due’s My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due was my introductory book into the genre of horror. This novel is the first of three about a group of African men who are immortal because they have Christ’s blood. Trouble begins when they try to assimilate into the human race unnoticed. When their secret gets out, it affects the entire world. The sequel is The Living Blood and the third book, which is also awesome and mind snatching, is called Blood Colony.

Mainstream Fiction: Child of God by Lolita Files and Sugar by Bernice McFadden

Child of God is a family saga epic set in a fictional town in Tennessee. The colorful, three-dimensional characters, family drama, forbidden love, and incest make this story swagger with intense emotion.

Sugar

Sugar

 

In Bernice McFadden’s Sugar, she tells the story of two unforgettable women. These ladies wear grief, suffering, and self-destruction like a second skin, and with McFadden’s vivid lyrical cadence, you’ll be drawn in, drinking up this novel until the very last drop.

 

Inspirational Fiction: The Shade of My Own Tree by Sheila Williams

The Shade of My Own Tree

The Shade of My Own Tree

 

In The Shade of My Own Tree, Opal Sullivan leaves a 15-year abusive life to follow her dreams. Sheila Williams has a breezy, easy, but thorough voice and her stories pack a punch using humor and vivid adventures.

 

 

Romance: Maureen Smith

Maureen Smith

Maureen Smith

I like romance, but I love action and suspense. All of Maureen Smith’s romantic suspense novels are exhilarating, exciting, and amorous. Her heros are lethal, sexy, and determined. Her heroines are aware, beautiful, and intelligent. She sagaciously plots her stories to keep you involved and intrigued throughout the entire story.

 

Chick Lit: The Accidental Diva by Tia Williams

Erotica: Falling Into You by Maureen Smith

The love scenes are erotic, vivid, and evoke all of your senses. In Falling Into You two lives collide under the backdrop of a strip club. Rebecca Edmonds moonlights as a waitress at a local strip club. Her day job is a student. Vince McCall comes through and sweeps Rebecca off of her feet. But can she trust Vince because he isn’t who he appears to be or says that he is. His secrets may cost him the love of his life.

Mystery: Eric Jerome Dickey’s Gideon Trilogy: Sleeping with Enemies, Waking with Strangers, and Dying for Revenge

Resurrecting Midnight

Resurrecting Midnight

Gideon is a hired killer with a visceral past, an intriguing sex life, a penchant for protecting pretty women, and death constantly biting his heels. Killers pursue him from London to Antigua, Alabama, and Georgia to the Cayman Islands and he leaves an impressive body count to boot. His inner demons scale his back constantly, often causing him to make decisions that have bad consequences. Gideon is human, and that’s what I like about this one-man killing machine. All three books are speedy, exciting reads floating on mystery and sex.

The Other Shelf: Vince Flynn

Protect and Defend

Protect and Defend

 

If you enjoy exciting CIA/FBI plots, you’ll love Vince Flynn’s series about CIA operative Mitch Rapp. The plots are engaging, exciting, and thrilling. It’s similar to the television show 24, but more mystery and excitement.

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