I received a lovely surprise Tuesday when I found out that one of the bloggers I visit, Nicola, was in town for a few days visiting family, and she and Shannon invited me to hang out with them Tuesday evening. We decided to meet at Barnes and Noble, naturally, at a location not far from me, and chill. This is always fun for me because I rarely get to shop for romance books with others who love them as much as I do. I hadn't met Nicola in person before, but I recognized her almost right away from her picture. She's one of those people you warm up to right away, and boy, has she read a lot of interesting books. I took special note of one she mentioned by Fern Michaels called "Captive Passions". I don't know if I'll ever read it, but having Nicola telling the outlandish tale of how the story goes definitely made me laugh, and I admit I'm rather tempted to try to find a copy just to see if it's everything she said it was. There's just something about those old school romances written in the 70's and 80's that managed to get away with throwing in all kinds of crazy stuff and still manage to win the hearts of fans. Gotta love that. Readers of today are much pickier, though rightfully so.
Another fun thing we did was come across another reader who heard us chatting in the romance aisles and wanted to know what books we were talking about. She was looking for contemporary romance, and Nicola immediately mentioned a local favorite, Julie James, to which Shannon and I readily agreed. It was so cool to actually show her the books, put them in her hand, and watch her walk up to the cash register, happy as any reader could be to find a gem of a story. Book pimpin' at its finest.
Of course I was not exempt from being being pimped to. Shannon came across Patricia Briggs' latest in the Alpha & Omega series, "Hunting Ground" and I snatched it up without even thinking twice. I believe she's the one who got me hooked when she encouraged me to get the anthology "On The Prowl" where we first meet Anna and Charles, and I fell completely for the cautious, fated pair, so she hadn't steered me wrong with her rec.
So definitely this was a fun evening, where I came away with only 3 books (got the last 2 in Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series, now I have all 6 titles) but I'm set for awhile. Can't wait for a chance for some uninterrupted reading time.
What book(s) are you pimpin' these days?
What's the best pimpin' you've received lately?