2016 Spotlight Reader Patty Vasquez – Sweet Romance

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Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!

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Reading Romance is Like a Box of Chocolates: Varied and Delicious

Several years ago, for Valentine’s Day, my husband treated me to a trip to our local gourmet candy shop. PVasquez_Chocolate

However, when I walked in the door, I discovered the choices were endless. I couldn’t sort one candy out from the next! Then I learned I could create a “Choose Your Own Box” of chocolates. That simplified the process for me. I decided to create a box of chocolate truffles, my favorite chocolate confection.

Mmm, truffles: soft on the inside and velvety hard on the outside, meltingly good on your tongue, a surprising variety of flavors, and best of all the entire eating experience is orgasmic! Well, that might be over the top, but they are awfully good.

I proceeded to select chocolates that I knew I would like, the “sure bets” or auto-buys such as raspberry chocolate, double chocolate, and caramel. Next, I chose flavors that were more exotic, complex flavor combinations: strawberry cheesecake, grand marnier, and amaretto.

Lastly, I added the adventuresome truffles; the flavors I’d never had before, but wanted to try. Into the box went champagne, margarita, and ancho chile. When I got home, I would be able to choose a truffle to match my mood: comforting, complex, or adventuresome. Reading romance novels for me is a lot like a “choose your own box” of chocolates, especially when considering the eclectic nature of my bookshelves.

First there are the auto-buy authors. The authors whose books I turn to when I need a warm hug and a clear happily ever after. My sure bet authors and a favorite book or two written by each, include:

  • Lisa Kleypas – lisakleypas.com (at Amazon) – too many books to name, but I will mention the characters Derek Craven and Sebastian St. Vincent, who appeared in Dreaming of You and Devil in Winter, respectively (sigh!)
  • Julia Quinn – juliaquinn.com – The Viscount who Loved Me; Kate and the mallet of death scene!
  • Loretta Chase – lorettachase.com – love the Carsington brothers
  • Eloisa James – eloisajames.com – I named a dog after Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers in A Duke of Her Own
  • Julie Anne Long –  julieannelong.com – The Pennyroyal Green series
  • Jennifer Crusie jennycrusie.com – Bet Me, ah Min and her shoes, and then there’s Davy curing Tilda of her vibrator addiction in Faking It
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips – susanelizabethphillips.com – seriously, all of her books, although I really enjoyed her most recent book, Heroes Are My Weakness 
  • Brenda Novak – brendanovak.com – the Whiskey Creek series
Patty's tattoo

Patty’s book tattoo

These are just a few of my auto-buy authors. This list is long and I’ve greatly edited it! I am generally not a re-reader of books. Honestly, there are just so many books I want to read and more are published every day. But I have read the books these authors have written, many times over. They are the ultimate comfort reads.

Next are the books that are more exotic and complex. These are books that challenge my imagination and my thinking. Many are fantasy books composed of remarkable world-building, advanced technology, magic, and psychic abilities. They are often series books. Beloved authors who fall into this category are:

  • Ilona Andrews –  ilona-andrews.com – the Kate Daniels series
  • Nalini Singh –  nalinisingh.com – the Psy-Changeling World
  • Meljean Brook – meljeanbrook.com – The Iron Seas (steampunk) series
  • KJ Charles –  kjcharleswriter.com – A Charm of Magpies series
  • Linnea Sinclair – linneasinclair.com – a science fiction romance author whose character, biocybe Brandon Kel-Paten in Games of Command, is a worthy hero

Authors whose books have broadened my world view, taken me to new places and introduced me to more

Patty's Ferdinand tatoo

Patty’s Ferdinand tatoo

authors along the way include

  • Sonali Dev – sonalidev.com – her A Bollywood Bride and The Bollywood Affair are emotional rollercoasters
  • Harper Fox – harperfox.net – all of her books are beautifully written, but I especially like Brothers of the Wild North Sea
  • Josh Lanyon – joshlanyon.com – Come Unto These Yellow Sands, another emotional, beautiful story

Again, there are many authors and books I’ve left off the list, but these titles are among my favorites.

Lastly, there are the adventuresome books. Books on this list include those I probably wouldn’t have read if not for a suggestion by some other reader maybe on Facebook or RARM (thank you Bobbi for its creation!) or a chance read of a blog post somewhere. I sampled the author or tried the first book in a series and was hooked. Sometimes I’ll plan to save the book(s) to savor during a vacation or trip.  In this category I happily place:

  • Susanna Kearsley – susannakearsley.com – I’m still haunted by The Winter Sea and her newest, A Desperate Fortune, made me cry happy tears
  • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller – korval.com – the Liaden Universe series; I’m in love with Val Con, but he belongs to Miri, heart and soul
  • Megan Whalen Turner – meganwhalenturner.org – her Queen’s Thief series begins with The Thief, a young adult book; it’s a smart, challenging read, and subsequent books in the series are oh-so-wonderful
  • Michelle Diener – michellediener.com – her books, Dark Horse and Dark Deeds, are science fiction/fantasy romance
  • Grace Draven – gracedraven.com – Radiance and Eidolon also fantasy

On any given day, I might be in the mood for a comfort read or a more complex, exotic book or I might want to try something I’ve never read before. The beauty of reading romance novels is that I always have that choice. Oftentimes there are too many books from which to choose, but the selection is always unique, and happily-ever-after never gets old. #LoveRomance

Patty recommends:

I struggled with book recommendations, because, of course, I’ve already recommended many! However, I decided to recommend these three authors in particular.

Susanna Kearsley  –  susannakearsley.com  –   (at Amazon)

First, I would like to recommend Susanna Kearsley. Ms. Kearsley’s books are a fascinating blend of a contemporary and an historical storyline. There is also an element of paranormal in her stories. I mentioned earlier that The Winter Sea still has a special place in my heart. That book, and its connected story, The Firebird, were my vacation reads last summer. They are beautiful stories! And her newest, A Desperate Fortune, has one of the most romantic endings I’ve ever read. Truly, it made me cry. It’s a special story. That’s all I’ll say.

Anne Bishop  –  annebishop.com (at Amazon)

My second recommendation is The Others book series, written by the dark fantasy author, Anne Bishop.  There are four books in the series so far, the fifth is to be published in March 2017. The world building in her series is really incredible; you have to truly suspend disbelief as you read. The books are an alternate view of humans and their place in the world of The Others. It’s fascinating. The growing bond between the human, Meg, and one of the shape-shifters, Simon, is also mesmerizing.

Megan Whalen Turner  –  meganwhalenturner.org (at Amazon)

Lastly, one of my favorite book series ever, is The Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner. This, too, is a fantasy series. It is clever, surprising, and exceedingly well-written. I believe it is often listed as a young adult book series. However, I found the stories to require careful reading as they are filled with political intrigue, gamesmanship, twists and turns, and a wonderful love story.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

I feel surrounded by romance and love when I’m with my husband.  Every week my husband and I go to FullSizeRender (3)bed with another couple. In a good week it might even be with two different couples. My husband doesn’t complain too much; we have some pretty amazing adventures together, the group of us. I should explain that those other couples are in romance novels. And while my husband doesn’t mind sharing me with a fiction couple, that’s really the extent of his (our!) daring. My husband, who is also my best friend, checks in daily to follow the trials and tribulations of my main characters; he asks if we need to make a stop at the local bookstore as we’re driving past (before we even leave the house, he’ll ask me if I have my book list); and he makes sure I have enough reading material when we travel. My husband tells me he does this because what gives me joy, gives him joy. This is daily, in the trenches, romance. I love this man. He is my real-life hero. 

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.

One of the reasons I’ve counted on book review sites, author sites, and people who’ve become facebook friends for romance book recommendations is because I don’t have that someone special in real life with whom I share a love of romance books. Too often I’ve gotten the funny looks from my co-workers or family members about reading “those” books. So while I proudly tell people I read romance novels because I love happy endings, well-crafted stories, and strong protagonists, I don’t usually talk to them about specific titles or authors. I count on my facebook romance friends for that opportunity to share.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?

My husband and I met while we were on active duty in the Navy. We had some wonderfully romantic evenings walking along the harbor in San Diego. One of my favorite evenings was spent having dinner in a restaurant on the water at sunset and then walking on the boardwalk after the sun had gone done. The warm, salty air, the sound of the waves breaking on the sand, and the feeling of being in the right place at the right time has come to mean romance in my heart. After almost 26 years of marriage, anytime we’re by the water I go to that happy moment.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

 Choosing a favorite romantic couple from a book would be like trying to choose a favorite child; it can’t be done!  But, on reflection, I think I would say my favorite romantic couple is my maternal grandparents. They’d known each other since the 9th grade. However, even though they dated all through high school and college and my grandfather went to law school, my great-grandfather considered him to be from the wrong side of the tracks. As a result, my grandma was sent on a grand tour of Europe after college in the hope she would forget about my grandpa. My grandparents missed each other dreadfully during that time apart and expressed their love for each other in eloquent love letters which my mom still has. Needless-to-say, they did get married when my grandma returned from her trip.

Tell us about your dream date. 

My husband and I went on a cruise around the British Isles six years ago with my mom, my sisters, my brother, and our kids. It was the first cruise I’d ever been on and it was my first time to the British Isles. Ever since that trip, it has been my dream to get back to that part of the world with just my husband and me. That would be my idea of an extended dream date. 

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#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

FullSizeRenderPatty Vasquez will begin her 24th year of teaching this fall. She has taught second through fifth grade, but has been a fourth grade teacher for the last 10 years. A former naval officer, Patty left active duty when her husband retired. They relocated to Minnesota (her home state) from San Diego, where they raised their three children. In addition to her husband and family, Patty loves her dogs, trips to northern Minnesota, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, walking, yoga, and her tattoos (romance readers are not stereotypes- LOL). She plans to retire in four years when she can take that romantic trip to the British Isles and endlessly indulge in her love of reading.

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  • Kathy Nye

    We have auto-buy authors in common–especially historicals and I was a teacher till recently. Thanks for sharing.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Kathy, my historical authors list could have been pages long, I’m afraid. Limiting myself to just a few was really, really difficult. I felt as though I was leaving out family members. Teaching is a rewarding job, but it’s not for the faint-hearted! Thank you for stopping by; I appreciate your comments.

  • Sue G.

    I love reading romances too and often get made fun of but luckily my mom shares the same love for reading so I have someone to share it with!

    • Patty Vasquez

      I just love it when you have someone with whom you can talk about the best parts of the plot or the handsome hero or the clever heroine. That discussion just adds to the richness of the story. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Martha B

    I loved this post and your analogy to reading various authors to creating a box of chocolates as a gift to yourself. To me, that is how i define reading romance; as a gift to myself.

    • Patty Vasquez

      At the end of the day, after teaching, lesson planning, and correcting, that quiet time for reading truly is a gift. I like your thinking, too, Martha. I even think about the hero of the book I’m reading, or an especially good part of the book, when I hit a rough patch in my day. Thank you for stopping by!

  • rebecca moe

    Good authors are just like chocolates–you can’t pick just one to try (and love). Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Rebecca, thank you for stopping by. I hope you found a new author or two to try. Over the years of RARM, I’ve discovered several authors who’ve become a permanent part of my collection. That’s how I found Susanna Kearsley and Julie Anne Long, in fact.

  • DVC Eeyore

    First, thank you & your hubby for your service! Second, THANK YOU for being a teacher! I’m sure many of your kids will remember you later in life as I do mine… 🙂 Books are chocolates, rich, sweet, dark chocolate, white chocolate, filled, etc. I love that analogy! Sometimes I grab hazelnut, not my favorite, or milk chocolate, another eh for me but then I find a rich dark chocolate treat… Yeah… It took a teacher to explain to a STEM Navy brat who is an AF vet by the way but my step-dad/dad were proud I received my scholarship, a lovely way to explain books… LOL Chocolates, yummmy

    • Patty Vasquez

      DVC Eeyore, that you and your family for your service, too! Yes, dark chocolate is the best. J.K. Rowling says: “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” That’s the message I bring to my students. Usually by the end of the school year, we’ve found something for everyone to enjoy. Thank you for stopping by!


    Thanks for this post. Like you, my favorite authors are varied. And also like you, there are certain authors who automatically make me want to dash out and buy their most recent book. I do have some authors I reread. When I need a lift to my spirits, Amanda Quick, the old Julie Garwood books, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips all make me laugh. The first romance I ever read was Until You by Judith McNaught. For the first time, I understood what all those other readers were talking about. Romance moves me to believe – in all the possibilities.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Annette, you’re so right. As a teacher, this is the idea I share with my students, that anything is possible. Another of my favorite authors whose stories I’ve read many times over is Elizabeth Peters. She wrote a series featuring American Vicki Bliss, who’s a curator of a small museum in Germany. She develops a relationship with a thief, John Smythe. I enjoy the way their love story develops. Elizabeth Peters also wrote as Barbara Michaels.

      • ANNETTE

        Patty, if you get a chance, read some of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. It is series of mystery and romance and it will make you laugh.

        • Patty Vasquez

          Annette, you’re right! Amelia Peabody was my gateway to Vicki Bliss. Kama sutra anyone? Oh. My. Gosh. How I laughed at that! When my children were finally to the age that allowed me some time to read, my mom, who is a voracious reader of mysteries, suggested Elizabeth Peters and Amelia Peabody. I have been fascinated by the idea of going to see the pyramids ever since.

          • ANNETTE

            I believe the lust that Emerson has for Amelia – makes the entire series terrific. I am glad you are familiar with the series….it would be too good to miss.

  • cheryl c.

    What a sweet, wonderful relationship you have with your husband. That’s real romance!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Thank you, Cheryl. We’re kind of joined at the hip. When we married we became both a blended and mixed race family. We’ve both learned a lot along the way. It has been a wonderful, lovely journey.

  • Debbie Fuller

    I love that your husband doesn’t mind your reading and what you’re reading.
    It’s nice to know that there are some husbands out there that are that encouraging. “What makes your happy, makes him happy” my favorite line. sigh

    • Patty Vasquez

      Debbie, he actually made this comment when we were talking about this essay and I was telling him how much I appreciated and loved that he took such an interest in my books. He then proceeded to make me cry, lovely man. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Heather Roach

    I love it! Romance as a box of chocolates. Totally dispells the “aren’t they all the same” myth.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Heather, the first thought that popped into my head when I was thinking about what I would write is the famous line from Forrest Gump: “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” I thought that’s true for romance, too, except we have control over what we choose to read; and the choices are huge. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • Mary Dieterich

    Thanks for all the recommendations Patty! It’s amazing all the choices we have as readers.

    • Patty Vasquez

      I just smile when family and friends say all romance is the same and the covers all feature a bare chested men with hair blowing in the wind- that’s so 80s! (And my son’s joking comment last week. 🙂 ) I showed him the cover of the book I was reading, Radiance by Grace Draven, and he piped down. I will expound on the superb quality of the writing in the romance genre and the enormity of the choices we have in terms of sub-genres to anyone who will listen.

  • Helena Rizzuto

    I love the adventures! Even if it’s just to the bookstore. But the chocolate story… The best. And it’s fitting really because we as readers do have our go to authors. But I like to change things up and step outside of my “zone” and get something different. This could be why I have an enormous book collection that’s always growing lol the best part? Lol no calories!

    • Patty Vasquez

      No calories, for sure, Helena. However, I think I would have to admit there are days when I should be out burning some calories and I choose to read instead. Thank goodness for gym equipment that allows for doubling up and reading while exercising, eh? I can relate to the enormous book collection. And you must also have the problem I have: as I discover new authors and book series, I can’t keep up with my other favorites. It’s such a problem to have!

      • Helena Rizzuto

        Yes! Lol so much of a problem I think that I’m on auto order/auto invoice. But the thrill of new authors is exhilarating! So to keep up with my favorites I make sure to do their newsletters because I really don’t want to miss their newest releases. Ah… Such are the hardships of Book-Addicts

        • Patty Vasquez

          My keeping up is all about having the time to read. Once the school year starts, time becomes precious. This past year I did a better job of keeping myself off fb and my nose in a book more often. I also find that RT Reviews magazine is really helpful for being on top of book releases. However, they’ve gone to a digital format. I’m trying to figure out how it works. Unfortunately, I’m running into the old dog, new tricks problem. Sometimes paper is just plain easier!

    • Indeed! xo

  • mariannewestrich

    Love how supportive your husband is! That’s true romance!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Right? It started when we were in the Navy together, Marianne. He was a natural runner and could talk while we ran. I, on the other hand, would gasp my way down the path. He helped me finish many training runs! I helped him with sit-ups, though. Lol

  • catslady

    So many authors I love and I so much enjoy hearing about new-to-me authors – thanks!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Thank you for stopping by and reading the essays. You’ll find some excellent recommendations over the course of the month. I keep a list throughout the month of August. Lol

  • Amber Ag

    I love the comparison. There is such a large variety of authors out there that it makes you want to try all of them. But how to know which to choose when there’s so many options? Thanks for the recommendations!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Amber, I answered your question on the RARM fb page, as well. In case you get back to check this page first, this is what I said:
      Amber, I get recommendations from several different sources. In the past couple of years, RARM has been a huge source. That’s how I found Julie Anne Long – Author, Susanna Kearsley, Donna Thorland, Simone St. James, Piper G Huguley, and Sonali Dev just to name a few. I liked their respective fb pages and they, in turn, recommend authors on a regular basis. I also check romance review blogs, including Bobbi Dumas’s Kirkus reviews. And, believe it or not, because of purchases I’ve made on both Barnes and Noble and Amazon, I get their recommendations of books and/or series I might like because of my previous purchases. I found Linnea Sinclair when I was looking at former RITA award winners on B&N’s site. She won a RITA for science fiction romance. I thought that sounded like fun. In turn, that book led me to Lisa Shearin who writes the really fun Raine Benares series (she has a new urban fantasy series), and the books in the Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Then there are always reader recommendations. If you have a particular sub-genre you’d like to try, I might be able to help steer you in the right direction. 🙂

      • Amber Ag

        Looks like plenty to go on right there. Thanks!

  • Rita Luken

    I’ve not read this author…definitely going to check her out.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Rita, if you’re going to be checking me out as an author, I’m afraid this is the only place you’ll find my writing; here or in my fourth grade lesson plans. Bobbi Dumas, the creator of Read a Romance Month, asked me to write an essay as a voracious and eclectic reader of romance. I’m helping to kick off RARM 2016 as the Spotlight Reader of Romance. 🙂

  • Pamby50

    I love the story about the chocolate store. My husband is always bringing me back chocolate when he goes out. It is fun to see what he brings me back. I love the authors you recommended. The only one I haven’t read was Megan Whalen Turner. Will have to check her out.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. The interesting thing about her books is that each one is written from a different POV. The Thief, in which you meet Eugenides the hero of the series, is told in first person. The Queen of Attolia is told in the third person. The King of Attolia is told from the POV of a guard who has nothing but contempt for the King. A Conspiracy of Kings is told from the POV of a will-be king of a neighboring kingdom. And it all works; like a uniquely constructed puzzle.

  • K Davis

    It’s a pleasure to meet you, and thanks for kicking off our month. 🙂

    • Patty Vasquez

      I’m honored to be one of the kick off writers. Thank you for stopping by and sharing in our love of romance books. It’s a pleasure to meet you, as well.

  • Claire Gilless

    I’ve been trying to get my husband to do your dream date … we’ve cruised the Mexican Riviera but my dream would be the British Isles. Looking forward to checking out your books.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Thank you for the nice compliment. I stared at the computer screen for a long time. I envy authors for the gift of their story-telling! Our cruise around the British Isles was a family gift from my mom. It was like an appetizer. I’m so passionate about our retirement trip that I now have a subscription to Britain magazine!

  • Sandy Xiong

    I had never thought of buying books like you did. I have my auto-buy and my “I have got to check GR before I buy”. The only author’s I know of are your auto-buy since they are mine as well. I heard of a few other authors you had listed but never really read their book.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Sandy, thanking for stopping by and commenting. There are so many really great authors and books to read, it’s hard to know how to categorize them sometimes. Good Reads is an excellent source for checking out books before you buy.I hope you try some of the new authors you read about today.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Thanks for the interesting post & book recommendations! I tend to stick with my tried and true romance genres. I have way too many auto-buy authors!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Sharlene, I so get that. My auto-buy authors litter my bookshelves and my bedroom. Even my husband knows them by name. If I bring a book home written by someone else, he’ll say, “Who’s that? You’ve never gotten a book written by this author before.” Thanks for stopping by!

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    I loved reading your intro to Read a Romance today. Your analogy of Chocolate AND Romance was brilliant, with a nod to Forrest Gump! We share many of the same auto buys an I really appreciate the new to me author recommendations. Authors I have heard about, but now have renewed intentions to try, Thank you.
    And you could have fooled me; your writing is so polished and evocative I took you for a multi published author.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Flora, what a nice compliment to wake up to and read! I only wish I could tell stories as authors do. I hope you’re able to try the new authors and enjoy them as much as I have. I can’t wait to read the recommendations from authors throughout the rest of the month. I’ve already added 2 new names to my authors-to-try list! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Great post Patty. We seem to love/auto buy some of the same authors. I also enjoyed your chocolate analogy. Was it Abdullah chocolates? Good luck with your teaching. I retired after teaching Math for 37 years. I miss those kids every so oftern. Also, thank you for your service.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Hi, Eileen! Yes, indeed, it was Adullah. I can’t believe how many different truffles they create! When I retire I know I’ll miss the students; however, I won’t miss state standards, the testing that goes with it, or our district’s “innovative” teaching- and constantly changing- mandates. So, books! Read more romance and escape into the arms of a hero and the mind of that oh-so-capable heroine.

      • Eileen Aberman Wells

        All those standards & not being able to really teach is what drove me to retire as soon as I could. I am living your dream life reading lots of romance books. Of course, with my husband’s permission.

  • Meghan Stith

    British Isles sounds beautiful! I did a cruise from Finland to Sweden and that was pretty interested. I’ve also done the Bahamas, but I would love to do something like a Mediterranean cruise!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Patty Vasquez

      Hi, Meghan! Thanks for stopping by. We still get literature about cruises. I’ve seen a river cruise that starts in St. Petersburg on the Neva River and ends in Moscow. Just recently, I got information that included a cruise that goes through the Suez Canal and visits the pyramids in Giza. I would love to have the opportunity to go on either or both of those trips. And of course my interest in those destinations is fueled by books I’ve read that are set in those locations.

    • Hi Meghan –

      Congratulations, you’re one of Patty’s winners. :o)
      Please send me a private mssg on the FB page – http://www.facebook.com/ReadARomanceMonth – with your email address and we’ll get you your gift card! xo

      (and include Patty Vasquez winner in the heading, thank you!)

  • Linda Henderson

    I do share a lot of auto-buy authors with you. I’ve been reading romance since I was a teenager and I have never cared what anyone thinks. I’m lucky my sister and I share a love of books so we have a lot of discussions on that topic. I haven’t convinced her to read YA yet but I’m still working on her.

    • Patty Vasquez

      Hi, Linda! I’m so glad you and your sister can share books and talk romance. My sister has a tendancy to tease me about reading “those books”. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Mary McCoy

    Your box of chocolates/romances is very similar to the variety of experiences I enjoy. Thank you for your essay and recommendations!

  • Glenda

    Oh wow, I had to raid my chocolate stash because of craving it after reading your post, Patty! I definitely understand having trouble narrowing down the list of favorite authors!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Hi, Lorelei! Naming the blank chocolates would be easy, for sure! My life story and its HEA, did involve kissing a few frogs, don’t be fooled. FBFF= Facebook friends forever? Or maybe RFF= Romance friends forever. Lol

  • Patty Vasquez

    Hi, Lorelei! Naming the blank chocolates would be easy, for sure! My life story and its HEA, did involve kissing a few frogs, don’t be fooled. May be we could call our friendship FBFF= Facebook friends forever? Or maybe RFF= Romance friends forever. Lol

  • donnas

    Great post. So many to add to my TBR list now. I just finished and loved Heroes Are My Weakness

  • Molly

    I love getting book recommendations. Thanks

  • Amy Medeiros

    I have the same problem with book recommendations because there’s so many amazing books and authors out there 🙂

  • Kareni

    Now I want to eat some chocolates and re-read Ferdinand! Thanks for a lovely post.