Fun Friday Author Review (a bit delayed)

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Ok, so I know it is actually Saturday, so I’m late with my Friday post. I had every intention of posting last night, but honestly I got caught up in my WIP and nearly finished an entire chapter. I couldn’t bring myself to stop writing for the sake of a blog post.
So here I am doing a Fun Friday Author Review on a Saturday night.
I am very excited to tell you that I have found a new (or new to me at least) author that I am absolutely loving right now!
It all started when I went on a hunt for a Harlequin Intrigue set in New Orleans. My WIP is set in the Crescent City and also aimed at the Intrigue line, so I figured reading a few would help me see how much the setting needs to interact with the plot. I have a bad habit of getting caught up in description and losing the story, so I wanted an example of maintaining that balance.
First I read The Secret of Cypriere Bayou and then , then Bayou Bodyguard both by Jana Deleon. They did in fact give me a good idea of the balance I was looking for, but I also found that I was drawn to the writing. So I hunted through the kindle store looking for more titles by Jana Deleon and I was delighted to find that she has a number of single titles available.
I have always loved romance and mystery and early on in reading romance, I discovered the Harlequin Duets line (long gone now unfortunately) which included humor, so the humour in any book is certainly a bonus. Also, as a Southern girl, I love nothing more than a good old Southern tale with quirky characters and small town gossip. In reading the descriptions of Jana’s books, I found that they are a delightful combination of romance, mystery, southern charm and humour—perfect!
So far, I’ve only read one of Jana’s single titles—Rumble on the Bayou and I loved it! it had everything—romance, mystery, humor, and southern crazy—the real draw though, was the way she hooked me into buying the book—the mystery starts with an alligator high on heroin. Yep.  Next payday I plan to get Unlucky and then start on her Mudbug series—Trouble in Mudbug, Mischief in Mudbug, and Showdown in Mudbug
I also pre-ordered her new Harlequin Intrigue, The Lost Girls of Johnson’s Bayou, and it magically appeared on my Kindle on the first of February. I can’t wait to start on it!
If you’d like a great Intrigue, check out Jana DeLeon’s Harlequin titles. You’ll be glad you did. But, if you want something a little different and a whole lot of fun pick up Rumble on the Bayou or one of Jana’s other single titles. I’m pretty sure they’ll all be a wild ride.
Happy Reading!!

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