Author Archives: Krista Hall
Even in London society–where everyone knows what you did last season–you never know who’s next in line to walk down the aisle…
TRUE LOVE IS OFTEN FOUND
With her whirlwind social life in London, Lady Isabella Wharton has little interest in the customs of the country. But when her godmother asks her to pay a visit to her bachelor grandson in Yorkshire, Isabella can’t refuse. It behooves her to please the old dowager, since she harbors one of Isabella’s most scandalous secrets. So off she goes to see the newly-titled–and notoriously rustic–Duke of Ormond…
WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
Trevor Carey doesn’t care about what goes on behind ballroom doors. He is content with the simple life–and isn’t ashamed to admit it to a society flirt like Lady Isabella. But the country air brings out a different side of Isabella–one full of longing and passion. Can her sophistication be hiding a desire for love? When a blackmailer from the city arrives to threaten Isabella, Trevor will shield her from harm–even travel to London. Can the duke tackle the ton on Isabella’s behalf …and manage to keep her all to himself?
WHY DUKES SAY I DO is coming to a bookstore near you on July 30th!!
AND THE K&T THURSDAY WINNER IS: JANE!!!
Next Tuesday, Montlake author Juliette Sobanet visits to tell us about MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO PARIS, her newest mystery set in 1930’s France.
More often than not, when you’re reading about Washington DC, you’re likely to find words like dysfunctional, partisan, nuclear option, filibuster, and gridlock. But politics aside, there’s still plenty to love about this town, especially if you’re a fiction writer or a reader. Recognizing that DC is the go-to setting for tons of books from super serious to high octane entertainment, two DC librarians recently started a clever crowdsourcing project to encourage the exploration of the town’s social and geographic history by populating a database of excerpts from novels with DC scenes and mapping them:
DC BY THE BOOK.
I love to read books set in my town so I couldn’t wait to explore the DC By The Book website. Once there, I found out that you can join the project as a contributor by recommending novels with DC settings. Or you can help the librarians map the books that are already listed on the site by finding the excerpts set in the Washington DC neighborhoods, parks, government buildings, museums and so on. There’s also a cool map that shows you the locations where scenes from the books take place.
I couldn’t resist adding a couple of books with scenes set in some of my favorite places in DC to the website.
Allison Leotta opens DISCRETION with a young woman, Caroline, dressed like a K Street lobbyist in an “ivory St. John suit, Manolo heels,” entering the Capitol through the Senate-side for a private, evening appointment with a congressman. Except Caroline is not a lobbyist; she is an expensive prostitute. A staffer walks her through the Capitol to his boss’s personal office. On the way, they pass through the magnificent Brumidi Corridors—“the most beautiful corridor Caroline had ever seen.”
Caroline pauses in the Rotunda—“the ceremonial heart of the Capitol”— to admire Brumidi’s masterpiece on the domed ceiling: “The Apotheosis of Washington, a fresco painting of the first President depicted as a god among angels.”
The staffer ushers Caroline past a sign—“No Visitors Beyond This Point”—and up the stairs to the congressman’s personal office in the Capitol building.
Inside the congressman’s office, Caroline admires the view of the National Mall from the balcony.
You’ll have to read the book if you want to find out how Caroline’s night ends. Or visit DC By The Book to see if the excerpt has been posted and mapped.
A lot of the action in CONCRETE EVIDENCE, by our own Rachel Grant, takes place in DC. One of my favorite scenes is a romantic moonlit walk through the presidential memorials along the Tidal Basin:
Holding hands, Erica and Lee “walked in the darkness around the basin. She managed to drop his hand before they reached the Jefferson Memorial, and he could feel her build a barrier between them until it was as solid as the marble columns surrounding the statue of the nation’s third president.”
Be sure to check out this mash-up of literature, history, geography and technology: DC by the Book
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CONCRETE EVIDENCE (Kindle or Nook).
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Fourth of July week kicks off one of my favorite annual rituals: summer reading. There’s something about the hot days and slower pace that has me eagerly sliding books off my TBR pile and into my oversized beach bag along with the towels and swimsuits. This summer I’ll be reading the first book of a mystery series that’s been on my TBR pile forever, re-reading an old classic, and trying something completely different.
Here’s a peek at what’s in my bag:
Baltimore Blues (The First Tess Monaghan Novel) by Laura Lippman
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop by Adam Bradley
But that’s not nearly enough for the whole summer so I asked my K&T blogmates to help me out by sharing their summer reading plans. To get a more complete picture, I also wanted to know about their favorite summer reading spots. Hope you have a pencil and paper handy to jot down these great suggestions 🙂
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak
Sarah’s fav reading spot: on the back porch in the morning (before it gets too hot) or sofa after dinner instead of TV.
Hush by Carey Baldwin
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Rush by Joan Swan
Rachel’s fav reading spot: usually in bed, but I’m looking forward to trying out the hammock my husband thinks I bought for him.
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (July 2013)
Shadow of the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Sharon’s fav reading spot: any place where I can be alone, and during the summer that means in the car waiting for kids to finish their activities. But when I was a teenager, I lived on a lake and had a sunfish sailboat which I would take out in the morning, anchor in the middle of lake, and read for hours by myself. It was Heaven!
Unseen by Karin Slaughter
The Ninth Girl by Tami Hoag
Lost by S.J. Bolton
Manda’s fav reading spot: piled up in bed with my cats and dog!
Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare
Aftershock by Jill Sorenson
Moonshell Beach by JoAnn Ross
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Gwen’s fav reading place: under a tree by the water on a mild, sunny day. Usual reading spot: either standing at the kitchen table during my lunch, or–when I can grab a few minutes–sitting in my favorite chair in the extra room at the front of the house that no one else uses but me.
Grave Danger by Rachel Grant
The Cursed by Alyssa Day
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Games People Play by Shelby Reed
Lena’s fav reading spot: on the couch with a pillow, a blanket, and a glass of ice-cold Diet Dr. Pepper.
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan (July 15, 2013)
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Ashes, Ashes They All Fall Dead by Lena Diaz (September 2013)
Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins (July 30, 2013)
Carey’s fav reading spot: on the treadmill, with my ears. I’m turned on to audiobooks now and I can’t go back.
DIANA BELCHASE recommends….
(Check out DianaBelchase.com for reviews)
Under His Nose by Candice Gilmer
Hush by Carey Baldwin
Last Refuge by Marcia Talley
All the books by K&T authors (check out the book covers on the right)
Diana’s fav reading spot: on the swing that hangs from the giant sycamore in my front yard.
Still looking for more titles? Check out the RITA Award nominees for best romantic suspense of the year: 2013 RITA Nominees
BTW, my fav reading spot: sprawled on the wicker couch on my screened porch with the fan blowing full blast, the cicadas kicking up a ruckus, and an ice cold popsicle in my hand.
What book is in your beach bag? And where’s your fav reading spot?
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Multi-published RS author Colleen Thompson joins us next Tuesday and will be giving away a copy of her newest release RELENTLESS PROTECTOR to one lucky commenter.