Well, I've done it! I've compiled JAIME'S Top Reads for 2012! :) Check them out and add them to your 2013 TBR pile along with all the other goodies heading our way this year!
Best New Historical Author: Joanne Bischof
Her Appalachian romance rekindled warm memories of Catherine Marshall's classic Christy but with a writing voice decidedly unique to Joanne. I loved it -- you will too. Book #2 comes out in 2013 - can't wait!
Best Historical Romance: Karen Witemeyer
It has a blacksmith in it. 'Nuf said. Ok -- and a librarian. Can you get any better than that?
Best Regency: Julie Klassen
You know, I'm not even 100% if this was a 2012 release or 2011--but I read it in 2012 and I tell you ... if you love Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, you will love, love, LOVE ANYTHING by Julie Klassen!
Best Humorous Historical Romance: DeeAnne Gist
She's funny, her characters are witty, snarky, sarcastic and romantic. Heavy on the romance. She does great kissing scenes, if you're into that -- although not racy so kudos to DeeAnne for staying Inspirational friendly. Her books are quirky and I devour them in a night!
Best New Series: It's a TIE! Amanda Cabot & Ann Shorey
Both authors write SOLID historical romance and heavy on the historical. You truly DO step back into time in their books, yet their characters are lovable, relate-able, and the stories get better with each book they write!
Best Historical Romance by and author I know: Erica Vetsch & Jody Hedlund
yes, I know them both personally, but this isn't a random plug for a poorly written novel. THESE GIRLS ARE MY MENTORS (they don't know that, but they are). Their novels are stellar, great stories, fantastic history, yummy romance ... books you'll read and won't put down until the last page!
Best Historical Romantic Suspense: Elizabeth Camden
I don't know if she's technically labelled as that genre, but Elizabeth knocks it home. It's the third book -- still a standalone -- yet all three books link one main character throughout. She's fantastic. And holy history! If you love history it's chalk full of creative historical facts. Visit the opium trade, a Bostonian harbor, an egotistically charming hero and more!
Best Warm Romance: Diann Hunt
I loved Diann's book. I didn't see it receive a lot of publicity, but Love Letters in the Sand is warm, embracing, and sentimental. Set in the 1950's, Diann's characters bring back the warmth of the golden era of America right after the War. Love it - read it - share it - you won't regret!
Best Historical Romantic Suspense Series: Laurie Alice Eakes
Darn it if this woman isn't the writing queen. She pumps out books like no tomorrow and they're all fantastic! I thoroughly enjoy every word of Laurie's Midwife series and can't wait for 2013's book #3!
Best Victorian Era Historical: Olivia Newport
I loved Olivia's book. It's genuine, unique, engaging and full of silk, ruffles, Victorian plumes, and class.
Best Debut Contemporary Romance Author: Krista Phillips
I will never think of a sandwich the same way. Krista is witty, funny and her characters keep you engaged from page 1 to the end. You'll love everything about this book. She reminds me of an up and coming Kristin Billerbeck!
Best Long-time Fave: Sarah Sundin
I love WWII. I stink at writing it. So I read it! Sarah is a walking history book AND she informed me this year that pharmaceuticals have been known to prescribe caffeine -- hence -- Sarah is on my favorite list for more reasons than just writing AMAZING WWII romance historicals. Her latest book #1 of a series indicates that her writing is only growing and getting better. Read it!
Best Holiday Book: Anita Higman
I love to read holiday books around -- the holidays! What book put me in the Christmas spirit? Anita Higman's topped the cake. It was sentimental, Bing Crosby-ish, roasted chestnut delight. And it's a re-read, so don't think now that 2012 has passed you don't get to enjoy it!
Best Debut Contemporary Suspense: Dani Pettrey
OH MY GOSH. I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it. The suspense was fantastic, the romance to die for, and the history intertwined satisfied even a die-hard historical reader. So if you like contemporary romances with an edge of suspense, you NEED to introduce yourself to Dani's book before Book #2 comes out in 2013!