Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's on Your List?

Welcome to day one of The Wild Roses Christmas Blog Tour. At the end of the tour, I'll be giving away The Man of My Dreams...okay, it's not a real man but a candle scent from Celebrating Homes. Just leave a comment, telling me about the man of your dreams and you're automatically entered to win.

Today's topic is What's in your TBR or to be read pile? I'm over on Amy Corwin's blog today discussing my Christmas reading list. So when you get a chance, drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win an herbal bath kit. And please help me welcome fellow Wild Rose Press Author, Victoria Gray.

So, Victoria, What's on your list?

Holiday TBR, by Victoria Gray
I’ve always loved to read. Many of my fondest memories are of pleasant afternoons spent at my grandmother’s side, devouring books from the public library with a child’s greedy glee. As a romance writer, I create stories for other readers (and myself!), but nothing dulls my desire to read the words set down on paper by others. One of the greatest joys of the holiday season is the precious gift of time to read, read, read!

This year, I have several books I’ve earmarked for my “to be read” list. I love historical fiction…I write historical fiction set during the 1800s…this is by far my favorite era for romance fiction. I’ve recently discovered a new variant of romance fiction that blends historical Victorian settings with science fiction – steampunk – and a new author, Meljean Brook. Her new release, The Iron Duke, sets high on my “tbr” list. I’m itching to learn the elements that set steampunk apart from other genres, and this book, with its striking man with abs of steel (or iron, perhaps) on the cover seems a great place to start.

I’m also planning to get caught up on some non-fiction reading. My son gave me a copy of Jon Stewart’s Earth for my birthday earlier this month. I plan to dive into this volume and sample the wide range of topics contained within.

Last, but not least, I plan to jump headfirst into cooking. I am admittedly quite woefully unskilled in the kitchen, despite having a huge collection of cookbooks. I fully intend to actually open some of those volumes and learn a bit from Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. Hopefully, I even have time to cook up a recipe or two…if I can pry myself from my writing.

Victoria Gray writes historical romance set in the 1800's. Angel in My Arms is available now from The Wild Rose Press- 

Destiny is also available from The Wild Rose Press-

If anyone gets a chance, check out Victoria's buy links. You just might find a new book to add to your own TBR list. And don't forget to leave a comment telling me about the man of your dreams. You can also tell me what's on your TBR list. I might want to add it to mine.


  1. Hi Lilly,
    Thanks for having me today. Readers can also check out my covers and learn more about my books at my website, and my blog, .

    I'll pop in to chat later. :)


  2. Hey Victoria. I got up early to check on Blogspot and it's working fine this morning. So before heading off to work, I've posted your pics. I love your covers!

  3. Thanks, Lilly! By the way, I love your new cover for Slightly Tarnished...looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

  4. The man of my dreams is my late husband of 36 years, who was very loving, considerate, funny and had many traits to name them all. He treated me like a Queen and I dream of him every night.
    I have read OUT OF THE DARKNESS and waiting to read her next book, SLIGHTLY TARNISHED. She is an amazing writer.

  5. The man of my dreams would have several things about him that make him special.
    Handsome and some muscles goes without saying, but even more important is that he have a good, and kind heart. That he remember the holidays and gets me something. Not big, just thoughtful, means a lot. That he speak to me with respect and never take his bad moods out on me. There is more to real love then sex and that is what I would wish for...

  6. Becky, I'm sorry I never got to meet your husband. He was definitely a keeper. And thanks for the nod of approval. :-)
    Mary, all good qualities in a good man. And Victoria, thanks for sharing your TBR list today. I hope readers will check out your links to learn more about your books.

  7. I have to apologize to Victoria for the extremely short bio, but due to unforeseeable circumstances, neither of us knew she was guesting on my blog for day one of the tour until last night. So, now that I have a moment let me tell you a bit about Victoria's books:

    Victoria Gray’s Destiny

    Emma Davenport was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her, not even an outlaw. Bound for a forbidden marriage, her scheme shatters when she is abducted and spirited away to a remote hideout. Any proper young woman would be frightened out of her wits, but she challenges her daring, seductive captor at every turn.
    Major Jack Travis was used to the battlefield, not stealing spoiled, sheltered women from trains, but his orders have come from one of the most powerful men in Washington. The by-the-book soldier never doubted his ability to carry out orders until he laid eyes on Emma. His captive is intelligent, headstrong, beautiful – and forbidden. He risks his neck to protect her from the treacherous rake she’d planned to marry. But how can he protect her from himself?
    Victoria Gray’s Angel in My Arms
    Amanda Emerson must break her cousin, a notorious double agent, out of a Confederate prison before his imminent execution. She’s a skilled Union operative, but for this mission, she needs a man. Even a man who looks and acts like a Viking warrior.
    Caught with Rebel battle plans and set for a hanging, Union spy Steve Dunham isn’t about to refuse the assistance of the sable-haired beauty who shows up at the jail and slips him the keys to his cell. Of course, she’s there for a reason besides saving his neck - he’s the key to her plan.
    He may be trading one noose for another, but he won’t forsake her. The spoils of his victory will be her surrender. And the terms of surrender will be sweet.

    Both sound like great holiday reads!

  8. I think a man who's considerate and thoughtful is wonderful...looks are important, though conventionally handsome isn't necessarily what I need, but like you ladies, a man needs to treat me with respect and care about me to stay in my life. I'm lucky that my hubby does just that (and he's cute, too!)

  9. Thanks, Lilly, for posting the blurbs and your sweet words :) One of these ladies might just win a copy of Angel in My Arms at the end of the tour :)

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  11. I love visting your blog Lilly - you always have great guests *wink to Victoria!* and the posts always make me smile.

    The man of my dreams is the man I'll be celebrating 12 years of marriage to on Sunday night. I so can't wait for our dinner date this weekend - no kids - just us...ahhh...and he is GORGEOUS and muscular - kinda like the men in my stories (well, I think so anyway) : ) Having been in love with him since I was twelve - I do believe in realising your dreams - and he is definitely one of mine.

    On my TBR list - I am sooo looking forward to the other Jewel of the Night stories to become available! They all sound wonderful and I can't wait to get my hands on them! Since I've already sampled some awesome stories from TWRP (Out of the Darkness being one of the best) the anticipation of others just waiting for me makes my mouth water : )

  12. I love your list, Victoria, especially because it's so different from mine! I don't remember the last time I read non-fiction and I just made a promise to myself to try one next year! Happy Thanksgiving to all you're celebrating it :)

  13. LaVerne, Happy Anniversary! And thanks for your kind words. I also married the man of my dreams. Johnny and I celebrated our 30th anniversary back in June. I met him on January 26, 1979. We were married less than 18 months later on June 7, 1980.

    Maya, I know what you mean. The only non-fiction I read these days is usually related to writing and/or research. lol!

  14. Hi Lilly! Hi Victoria!

    Enjoyed the post. Victoria, I too, would like to find out more about steampunk and what sets it aside from other genres. I'll have to check out Meljean Brook's books. I've heard some really great things about the tales.

    Both of your historical romances sound really good, too. Thanks, Lilly for posting the blurbs. I love paranormal tales, but historical romances rank high on my list, also. I love your fantastic book covers, too.

    I wish much success with your books. They look like winners!

  15. Thanks for stopping by Karen. I enjoyed Steam Punk before it even had a name--Jules Verne's A Journey to the Centre of the Earth falls into the steam-punk genre and he wrote it in 1864!

    Not that I read it back then. I'm not THAT old! lol!

  16. This tour is great! I'm getting some terrific book titles for my to-be-purchased list.