Often, I wonder if I am the only female reader of hardcore espionage thrillers written by authors like Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Their books are written with the male reader in mind, play out like an action flick and are very different in tone from the Romantic-Suspense novels written for women by two of the genre’s top talents: Cherry Adair and Tara Janzen.
I think female readers tend to shy away from Thor’s series featuring blonde hottie Scot Harvath and Vince Flynn’s sexy, brooding Mitch Rapp (coming soon to a theater near you!) because the covers of these books look boring and utilitarian, often featuring an American flag or eagle or something symbolic like that. These books are often located far, far away from the romance section and the author’s picture on the back of the book usually show commanding, stern-faced men who couldn’t possibly write to a woman’s sensibilities.
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I know that most book review blogs review newly published books, and I fully intend to do that. But as I may have mentioned, I am a VORACIOUS reader with so many good books that I have read still rattling around in my noggin, that I want to bring them to the attention of brand new readers. A good book is truly timeless, so occasionally (or maybe quite often) I will write about some of my favorite books in the hopes that new readers will discover a little treasure collecting dust on the shelves of their library.
One such book is Lady Of Hay by Barabara Erskine. Love, love, love this book!!! In fact, I just checked it out yesterday from my local library and I am reading it again for the second time. For those of you not in the know, Barbara Erskine is a hugely popular, bestselling British author whose books have been published in every country possible. Her novels are a mishmash of reincarnation (one of my favorite themes to read and write about), history, sassy modern day heroine and generally spooky supernatural stuff. Many times her novels have a sinister, gothic undertone that leaves the reader always a little worried for the safety of the usually attractive, independent and professional protagonist. Continue reading Lady Of Hay – A Timeless Read