I love reading. It keeps me informed, helps me escape, and provides me with endless entertainment. My ever-evolving tastes first led me to create All About Romance in the 1990s, when I lived and breathed romance novels. As of 2008, though, it was time to move on. Currently, I continue to read romance, as well as plenty of other fiction both genre and mainstream, nonfiction, history, religious history, government and politics.

After most of my adult live in Dallas, I moved to Portland, Oregon at the end of 2014 with my husband and two cats. My daughter and her husband soon followed, and all of us are living the kind of urban lifestyle about which I’ve always dreamed. We live in a loft in one of the funky neighborhoods near downtown proper. It is perhaps best known as the neighborhood of Beverly Cleary, which thrills me to no end. On the other hand, one of the hardest parts of making the move was downsizing my library. But between the library system, ebooks and the must-haves I took with me, I’ve still got plenty to read, particularly with five Publishers Weekly editors assigning me a huge variety of books to review.

Here, then, is an updated list of various favorites.

Favorite Romance Authors
Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Anne Stuart, Connie Brockway, Elizabeth Lowell, Deborah Simmons and Cathy Williams

Favorite Non-Romance
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Friedman
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Too Deep for Tears by Kathryn Lynn Davis
Just about everything from Gail Carriger

What I love about a romance:
Intensity, humor, well-matched leads, heroes on the edge, funny love scenes, when an “issue” romance is done right, meddling and twists on tradition.

What I hate about a romance:
Purple prose, illogic, 30-year-old sexpert virgin librarians, navel gazing, lengthy h/h separations and often but not entirely unredeemable dickishness