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About Me

One of my first reading memories is being told that I was not allowed to take out so many books from the library (I could barely hold them all) because I couldn’t possibly read them all in one week. That librarian was wrong. I discovered Georgette Heyer in my parents’ library – a euphemism for a room where there were books everywhere – on the floor, double-stacked on shelves, seeping into the hallway, and was delighted by her way with language and a good romp. The romance didn’t hurt, either. I moved on to historicals (Anya Seton’s Katherine stands out in particular), gleaning a lot of history while feeding my romantic passion until college, my budget and the newer romances’ formulaic prose got in the way. It also did not help that I was an English major, so carrying around books that featured ladies with swirling hair and muscular men with bigger chests than I had was too big an embarrassment.

Some fifteen years after graduation, I realized that I am no longer embarrassed by enjoying a good read, no matter what the cover looks like, and I have been devouring books at a rare clip since that epiphany. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, the editor-in-chief of a consumer music magazine, and my son, a precocious four year-old named Rhys.

Personal Reading Tastes

What I’m a sucker for in a book:

First-person point of view, alpha males, bluestockings, physical imperfections, marriages of convenience, and reformed rakes.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:

Regency spies, foolhardy heroines, and “titian” hair or “emerald-green” eyes.

Favorite Romance Authors

Favorite Romance Authors

  • Mary Balogh
  • Carla Kelly
  • Edith Layton
  • Georgette Heyer
  • Best Discovery/Buried Treasure Authors

  • Joan Wolf’s first-person Regency-set historicals
  • My Biggest Glom

  • Mary Balogh
  • Carla Kelly
  • Edith Layton
  • Favorite Characters

    Favorite Hero

  • Sebastian, Marquess of Dain, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • Lord Ragsdale, Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
  • Dominic, Marquis of Vidal, Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

    Favorite Heroine

  • Edwina Bollash, The Proposition by Judith Ivory
  • Olympia Wingfield, Deception by Amanda Quick

    Most Tortured Hero

  • Jason Thomas, Duke of Torquay, The Duke’s Wager by Edith Layton
  • Jack Seward, All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
  • Sir Alasdair St. Erth, The Devil’s Bargain by Edith Layton

    Strongest Heroine

  • Roxanna Drew, Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

    Favorite Couple

  • Lord Waite and Lady Mary Gregg, The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh

  • Least-Favorites

    Authors Others Love That I Don’t

  • Laura Kinsale

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites

  • Lord of Scoundrels
  • by Loretta Chase
  • Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand
  • by Carla Kelly
  • The Abandoned Bride
  • by Edith Layton
  • Deception
  • by Amanda Quick
  • The Famous Heroine
  • by Mary Balogh

    Favorite Classic

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • by Jane Austen

    Favorite Short Stories

  • Something New
  • by Carla Kelly
  • in A Wedding Bouquet
  • Jared’s Wolf
  • by MaryJanice Davidson
  • in Secrets, Vol. 8

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    European Historical:

  • The Proposition
  • by Judith Ivory
  • Black Silk
  • by Judy Cuevas
  • A Woman of Virtue
  • by Liz Carlyle
  • My Dearest Enemy
  • by Connie Brockway `


  • The Notorious Rake
  • by Mary Balogh
  • Reforming Lord Ragsdale
  • by Carla Kelly
  • Emily and the Dark Angel
  • by Jo Beverley
  • Sweet Bargain
  • by Kate Moore


  • Katherine
  • by Anya Seton

    Alternate Reality:

  • Kushiel’s Dart
  • by Jacqueline Carey
  • Outlander
  • by Diana Gabaldon

  • Favorites by Plot Type


  • Lord Stanhope’s Proposal
  • by Jessica Benson
  • Miss Treadwell’s Talent
  • by Barbara Metzger


  • Awaken, My Love
  • by Robin Schone
  • The Lady’s Tutor
  • by Robin Schone

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Reads:

  • Frederica
  • by Georgette Heyer

    Most-Hanky Reads:

  • One Good Turn
  • by Carla Kelly

    Guilty Pleasures:

  • Amanda Quick

  • Non-Romance Favorites

    Favorite Author

  • Jane Austen
  • Edith Wharton

    Favorite Book

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Favorite Classic Novel

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    Favorite Mystery

  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson

  • Favorite Women’s Fiction

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Fraser

    Favorite YA Book

  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis