The first complete book I read that I can clearly remember is Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. How I loved that book! I memorized whole sections and can still recite bits and pieces. Even now, I can bring those first few words of the narrator to mind. I fell in love Black Beauty, too. He was strong, noble, kind and brave. He was also very good looking. :-) A real hero.
I graduated from Black Beauty to Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series. Yes, I had horses and rode, but I wasn’t as passionate about riding the horses as I was about reading the books. If you haven’t seen the Black Stallion movie, the first one, you really should. It’s so beautifully done and is a great story.
When I finished the Black Stallion series, I moved on to mystery. Mary Stewart’s The Moonspinners started me on another journey of discovery. I devoured all of her books before I graduated from high school.
Then one day I discovered romance. One of the first books to hook me on romance was Jan Cox Speas’ The Bride of the McHugh. Then I read her other two books, but couldn’t find more. Desperate, I visited the used bookstore when I’d discovered Ms. Speas. There was what they called a “Harlequin Room.” Intrigued, I stepped inside. Wow! Small books, satisfying reads for my romantic soul. I discovered Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Lowell, writers whose careers started with Harlequin.
I now have new favorite contemporary romance and romantic suspense authors. And I've added historical romance authors to my list of favorite. These include Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and Julie Anne Long, just to mention a few. I can read these knowing I won’t slip into editor mode as I tend to do with contemporary fiction or romantic suspense, which I still love (and write).
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