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Sassy Summer Reads

Esi Sogah, an awesome editor with Avon Books, has agreed to do her own guest blog on beach reads.  If you'd like to get to know Esi better, she's got a wonderful Q&A up on the Avon site.  I sort of empathize with the need to see every dance movie ever made, though I tend to get cranky when there's not nearly enough actual dance in them.

As for the books, these ought to heat up your summer!


Hi everyone! I was so excited to be asked to guest blog about beach reads. As some of you may know, being an editor does not mean you get to read all the time—in fact, it means just the opposite! Luckily, things slow down a bit in the summer and I get a chance to dive in. Of course, it's difficult for me to recommend anything from my TBR pile, since I haven't read them yet, but here are some books I know you'll love this summer:


Hollyhood by Valerie Joyner: This is a roller-coaster story of life behind the scenes of a big network sitcom. Ty Hart, one of the few black producers in the game, knows he has to work seriously hard to keep his show at the top. But when the leading man has an ego bigger than Texas—with the star actress not far behind, your best friend has some very bad habits, and your girlfriend puts a new twist on the double standard, nothing comes easy.


Curing the Blues With a New Pair of Shoes by Dixie Cash: I absolutely love the Dixies. They write hilarious southern mysteries, set in Texas, with two fantastic heroines. What could be better than hairdressers that moonlight as private detectives? Now, this one is on sale on 7/21, but there are five other Dixie books to tide you over until you can get the new one.


Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn: Since I can't shut up about Deanna Raybourn, it only makes sense to mention her here. She writes fantastic historical novels with sweeping mysteries and awesome characters. Deanna won a RITA in 2008 for Silent in the Grave and she definitely wasn't a one hit wonder. I loved her first two books, and this one kept me up until 3am on a worknight—you can't get a better recommendation than that!


And, to be perfectly honest, it wouldn't be summer if I didn't re-read at least of few of Stephanie Laurens's

books. Don't think of them as beach reads? Well, check out this picture of Princess Beatrice and think again!


Enjoy your summer—and happy reading!

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Y'all might have noticed it's been quiet here this week.  That's because I've been away doing the following:

-party on July 4th for the obvious reason in NJ.  Good times with great friends!
-anniversary/graduation/birthday party/family reunion of sorts on the 5th in upstate NY
-Stormville Flea Market with family on the 6th.  No actual fleas were harmed during the commission of this outing.  However, suitcases may be strained to bursting.
-Monday: more family stuff
-Tuesday: children's museum with very large locally discovered mastodon, virtual reality machines and much additional madness
-Wednesday: back in NYC for visit with editors, hit half the bead stores in Manhattan and an awesome dinner with
nkjemisin at one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate her debut series sale!
-Thursday: Bronx Zoo with suricattus, St. Martin's party, dinner party with friends
-Friday: back to Jersey for my cousin's wedding (starting in about three hours)!
-Saturday: home again, home again, jiggity-jig
-And on Sunday we theory, anyway

Whew!  We may need a vacation to recover from our vacation!

(I will now save my hands any further damage from typing on my teeny tiny laptop computer keyboard!)

Pictures, particularly of gorgeous peacocks and butterflies, will probably follow upon my return home.

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