I'm thrilled to welcome Kathy Lyons (alter ego of best selling author Jade Lee) to Feeling Fictional today to celebrate the release of her latest romance novel Dream Nights with the CEO. The story is a fun contemporary romance with a hint of the paranormal and I'll be posting my review later today so make sure you stop back and read it. Before I hand you over to Kathy let me give you a bit more information about the story:
Wyatt would never cross the line between boss and employee with Megan, no matter how hard it might be to resist the temptation. But when they visit a mysterious B&B in a bid to acquire the property, he starts having erotic dreams about the sexy brunette that make it hard to resist her in daylight.
Soon the line between reality and dreams further blurs when they learn they were sharing the same erotic dreams...
A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. And as a Taurus, she lives to pit a headstrong woman against a tortured hero just to watch them butt heads on the way to true love. Flesh wounds are rare, but the healing and laughter are real.
Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to set these couples in the best girl-heaven of all: a Bridal Salon! This way she gets to live out all her wedding fantasies, one by one. (Let’s be honest, what girl has only one idea for her dream wedding?)
And don’t forget Jade’s other name, KATHY LYONS. That’s Jade’s lighter, contemporary side she’s writing for Entangled Publishing and what Dream Nights is all about! For more on Kathy visit her on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.
Now please give a very warm welcome to Kathy and let us know what you think of her favourite romance novels!
My Favorites! – by Kathy Lyons
So I was asked to write about my favorite romance novels. That’s like asking me to eat one potato chip or one type of nut. (I love nuts! So I guess it’s true – you are what you eat). Anyway, here’s what it boils down to: I like SEXY and FUNNY. There you go. If it’s sexy and funny, I’m there. I’ll pick Robert Downey Jr’s Ironman over Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine anyday. Not that I wouldn’t go hang all over both men, but I digress. Anything by Joss Whedon over... well, um...period. He’s got that perfect mix of humor, action, and heart. (Can we bring back Firefly please?)
Robert Downy Jr
Okay, back to books. I’m on a huge Urban Fantasy kick right now. I love Jeaniene Frosts’s Night Huntress series. First one is Halfway to the Grave. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is a favorite and an autobuy but he’s not romance. (ths’t him over there, btw, holding up one of my tee shirts. Thank you Jim!) Rachael Caine rocks as does Shannon Butcher and JR Ward.
Jim Butcher (with his Jade Lee tee shirt!)
Historical romance: Elizabeth Hoyt never disappoints. I enjoy Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, and Madeline Hunter. Hmmm, I notice I’m talking about authors not necessarily books. Well, that’s because I enjoy the voice and not necessarily the particular book. Some story lines don’t do it for me. No reason except they aren’t my cup of tea at that moment in time. However, if I love the voice–the author–then I’ll settle in for a good read and not worry about some of the particulars. Guess I’m weird that way.
For category romance, CJ Ellison’s Vanilla on Top was fun. And I like Jo Leigh a lot. Cindy Dees rocks the military romance idea. Hmmm...what an I missing here? Oh yes! Myself! So I try to be both funny and sexy, and (yeah!) I think my most recent excels at it. Just my opinion! So check me out. Here’s a link to Dream Nights with the CEO page with excerpts! [http://kathylyons.com/dreamnightsceo.html] And my most recent Jade Lee book is the one I call Sherlock Holmes knocked on his ass by love. Here’s that page: [http://jadeleeauthor.com/books/bridal-favors-series/wedded-in-sin]
Does that help? If not, then tell me what you love! I’ll check it out!
Thanks for a fabulous guest post Kathy, you've mentioned a lot of my favourite authors - I adore Jeaniene Frost and Rachel Caine! I also love Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione when it comes to paranormal romance. I agree with you about humour being an important part of any story and a contemporary romance author who always makes me laugh is Ruthie Knox. I don't seem to read a lot of historical romance at the moment but I'll be adding some of your suggested authors to my list for when I'm in a historical mood :o) I have to admit I love the sound of your latest Jade Lee book, the tag Sherlock Holmes knocked on his ass by love is all I need to see to know it's going on my wish list!
What do you think of Kathy's choices? Has she included your favourite authors? Which books / authors would you add to the list? Do you have any recommendations for books that are both sexy and funny that Kathy and I need to be reading?