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Shelley Munro
March 18th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I love to read. I started out as a reader before becoming interested in writing and still read a lot to keep up with market trends. My love for reading is still as strong as ever.

I thought I'd start a thread and mention some of the books I've particularly enjoyed. Mostly I read romance but sometimes I journey into mystery or thriller territory.

My first recommendation is Blood Ties (http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Ties-Julie-Collins-1/dp/1932815325/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205869261&sr=1-2) by Lori Armstrong. Blood Ties is a mystery featuring Julie Collins. Julie is tough, she drinks and swears. She likes sex, and she comes to the story with a lot of baggage. Her half brother is part Lakota and she's devastated at his death. Others have been murdered and no one is investigating the crimes because of their Native American heritage. Then a white girl is murdered and Julie becomes involved in the investigation.

On paper Julie should be an unlikeable character. She's not. She's tough and tenacious and complex. There's a definite chemistry between Julie and her friend Kevin.

There are two more mysteries in this series. I'm waiting for book 2 to arrive and imagine I'll devour it as quickly as I read Blood Ties. Lori has done an awesome job with Blood Ties. It's a riveting read.

March 19th, 2008, 01:34 AM
Sounds great Shelley! Thanks for the heads up about it.

March 19th, 2008, 08:39 AM
i've seen that one on amazon it sounds good its already on my wish list

Shelley Munro
March 22nd, 2008, 05:00 AM
Hollie - Lori is an amazing writer. She has a new series coming, which I'm looking forward to very much.

Dani - I enjoyed Unquiet Dreams as much as the first book in the series. They're not romances but still very good, interesting reads with great characters.


March 22nd, 2008, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the info on the book. I'll have to find the first book and read it before reading the other.

Oh, I wanted to tell you that I picked up Best Man the other night while I was getting another EC book. I'll let you know soon how I like it. :biggrin:

Shelley Munro
March 23rd, 2008, 11:51 PM
Thanks, Dani! I hope you enjoy it.


Shelley Munro
April 20th, 2008, 04:24 PM
This week I've devoured Hallow Ground (http://www.amazon.com/Hallowed-Ground-Julie-Collins-2/dp/1932815740/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208722596&sr=1-3) and Shallow Grave (http://www.amazon.com/Shallow-Grave-Julie-Collins-3/dp/1933836180/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208722596&sr=1-2), books 2 & 3 in Lori Armstrong's Julie Collins series. These books are seriously good and the stand-out reads of my year. They are mysteries with a little romance. Julie is a kick-ass character with a smart mouth, she drinks and smokes too much, has tons of baggage but Lori makes her likeable. Her love interest, Martinez is a hot bad boy and in charge of the Hombres gang. I wanted to jump him.

Truly a remarkable series. They're best read in order. The first in the series is Blood Ties (http://www.amazon.com/Shallow-Grave-Julie-Collins-3/dp/1933836180/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208722596&sr=1-2).

The other book I've enjoyed recently is Howling at the Moon (http://www.amazon.com/Howling-Moon-Tales-Urban-Werewolf/dp/0345496256/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208722804&sr=1-1) by Karen Macinerney. It's also part of a series called the Urban Werewolf. Sophie is half werewolf and she and her mother have kept away from other werewolves. Everyone thinks she's normal, thanks to the special tea she drinks several times a day. In this first book Sophie meets a sexy werewolf and her reaction to him confuses her. It's a light-hearted read and had me chuckling. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the second in the series.


May 23rd, 2012, 11:15 PM
I've seen the books of Shelley Munro and I like it. I guess I should follow Shelley's recommendation for a beginner to read her books. I am more on romance and fantasy reader but I guess I don't need to be hesitant in reading an interesting books like this.

Shelley Munro
June 9th, 2012, 07:14 PM
I'm reading a Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare at the moment. It's a historical romance and so much fun. The hero and heroine are racing off to Scotland at the moment. There's lots of humor and witty dialogue and its such a fun read.

What are you reading this week?