Romeo Romeo

Last week I read Romeo Romeo, written by Robin Kaye. It is a fast-paced, entertaining read that I enjoyed immensely, and think you will, too. With all the hoopla over the announcement of the Golden Heart finalists, I think it’s interesting that Romeo Romeo won first place in the Golden Heart in the single title category back in 2007. It was published in 2008 and from what I can tell from Ms. Kaye’s website, it is her first published book. I can honestly say that if this is the caliber of manuscript that wins the Golden Heart, mine didn’t deserve to final. (At least as it was at the time I submitted it.)

So there you go. Slowly but surely I am finding new authors to follow (as I’ve read most everything out there from my favorites). Ms. Kaye has two other books out, Breakfast in Bed and Too Hot to Handle, that I plan to pick up on my next trip to Borders.

Have you come across any new (or new to you) authors whose books you enjoy? If so, please share them with us, and be sure to specify genre.

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  • Robin Kaye
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

    Hi Wendy~

    I'm glad you enjoyed Romeo, Romeo and thanks for the compliment. 🙂 I'm sorry you didn't final but that doesn't mean your manuscript isn't final worthy. I have a friend that entered two of her books in the GH, one year they had horrible scores, the next year, one finaled and this year she just finaled again. Sometimes I think it's the luck of the draw. You have to have the right judge or the right editor read your work. Still, you're not going to win if you don't enter, your not going to sell if you don't submit. So keep entering, keep writing, and keep submitting.

    I'm off to write the beginning of my next book. I just finished the revisions for Yours For the Taking, which will be out in Jan. 2011.

    Happy writing, Wendy!

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    Wow! Thanks for stopping by, Robin! (I'll drop your check in the mail on Monday!) Of course I'm kidding. I'd e-mailed Robin to tell her I loved her book, and then to let her know I posted about it on my blog. Unlike some authors, she was nice enough to answer me, and to stop by for a visit. I'll be looking for Yours For the Taking come January!!!

  • Regina Richards
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 12:59 AM | Permalink

    I'm always looking for a good read. Thanks for the heads up on Romeo. 🙂

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Regina. I'd like to know what you think after you read it. I hope everyone is back to work and school this coming week so you get lots of writing done!

  • Carol63Storm
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    Hi Wendy! ROMEO ROMEO sounds like a wonderful book. I am so impressed that you have competed in the Golden Heart. Good luck with your medical romance at Harlequin!

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Carol. Please visit us again to let us know when your next book is coming out.

  • Terri
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    Aside from Carly Phillips and Kathryn Taylor, I don't read contemporaries too much — unless they've got a paranormal flavor. Just seems harder for me to suspend disbelief a lot of times. Recently uploaded a free download from Harlequin and wanted to break the computer screen (since I could not throw the book at a wall) almost immediately. Totally ridiculous premise: High-powered financial consultant heroine asks her wealthy client (with whom she has only a professional business relationship) to father a baby for her, no strings attached. And as if that wasn't inane enough, she wants him not just to supply the, er, wherewithal, but to join her for a procreation vacation in the Caribbean. Yeah. Okay. Sure. Right.

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

    Not all contemporaries are as bad as the one you downloaded, but there are some out there. Just like I'm sure there are some paranormals that don't measure up. I wouldn't read the book you described either. Maybe you should stick to contemporary books recommended by others….Like Romeo, Romeo!!!!

  • Dale
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    Went to Robin Kaye's website and her book titled Breakfast In Bed sounds like a book I would enjoy reading to my husband or vice versa.

    Also on her website are her top 10 reasons Women Love Domestic Gods. I think this list is worthy of posting on the bathroom mirror! My favorite is item #2)"Domestic Gods not only respect women, they care for and about them."…and #9)"Domestic Gods like more power…in their women, their cars, their vacuums, and their household cleaners."

    Thanks for the book recommendation for Romeo Romeo and link to Robin Kaye's website!

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for pointing that out, Dale. I was so preoccupied by the books, I didn't do much exploring on Robin's website. I'm going to head back over there right now!!!

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

    I'm back. #6 is my fave: A Domestic God knows the way to a woman's heart is to show he's capable of killing bugs, scrubbing toilets, washing windows, keeping her well fed and satisfied in bed.


  • phillyb56
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:36 PM | Permalink


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

    That's the best you can do, Phillyb56? A simple Hi. Not even an !? Why don't you expand on the domestic god conversation….because you are one!!!!!

  • phillyb56
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

    You're right!! After reading about Domestic Gods….I realized I myself am one!!!!! And thanks for pointing that out! In addition to #6 my personal quote of the moment is " A Domestic God is almost too busy to blog because he's preparing a delicious dinner and watching the Real Housewives of New York (how annoying) to please my Domestic Goddess!!

    Phil B.

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM | Permalink

    Much betta!!!

  • Tahereh
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

    great heads up, wendy! thanks for the recommendation!! 😀

  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Tahereh! I hope you enjoy the book.

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