valentines-dayHappy Valentine’s Day! Yup, the day dedicated to romance is here. And, as you know, I love romance. After all, it’s what I write. All day long, I surround myself in stories of love. So, it’s no surprise that I love Valentine’s Day. Do you? Don’t have a Valentine? Don’t despair. There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age. But if you’re single and happy that way, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day on February 15th.

Everybody has a TBR (To Be Read) pile, right? Well, I’m no exception. I have a huge TBR stack of books. It only seems to get higher the more I write, because my free time gets more and more scarce. But wait a minute! Reading is important. Let me repeat myself: reading is important. Even as a writer–especially as a writer. You need to keep on top of what’s popular and selling. Plus, I have so many awesome friends who are authors and I always look forward to reading their books. So, I thought I’d share a few at the top of my list, in no particular order. Some of them aren’t even out yet, but you can be sure, I’ve preordered them!

Susan C. Muller’s Autumn Secrets


The harvest moon has arrived and homicide detective Noah Daugherty is drawn into one final, harrowing case when the search for clues leads him to the middle of a killing field. Desperate, he enlists the help of a woman from his past. Together they discover a serial killer, hell bent on reaping his own depraved version of social sanitation.
As Noah continues his urgent search for justice, the demented madman seems to stay one step ahead, taunting him and threatening everyone he holds dear.
Can Noah put a stop to the killing, or will he be buried along with autumn’s secrets?




Kerrelyn Sparks’ How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days 

51y6GbRi8NL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_As one of the Embraced―one born with magical powers―the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, to save her father, she has to marry a man feared throughout the land.

Luciana  agrees to wed the Beast―Lord Leo―in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced–his immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who makes her feel intoxicated with desire―even if surrendering to him could destroy them both? (This one doesn’t release until March 7, 2017, but I can’t wait to read it!)


Colleen Gleason’s Beyond the Night

Beyond-the-Night-CoverFive men emerge from the remnants of destruction with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind’s last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone. When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it in 2010 is gone. But Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability–the power to heal. Jade Kapiza, who was once imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. She can trust no one…but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she’s built so carefully. Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents? And can Elliott find a new place for himself–a home–in this new, ravaged world?


Diane Kelly’s Death, Taxes and Sweet Potato Fries: A Tara Holloway Novel

But this time IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is in over her head―and challenging every dietary law in the book. . .

When the IRS is tasked with assisting the border patrol in pursuing unscrupulous “coyotes” who’ve transported illegal immigrants across the border, Tara finds herself at odds. Not only must she investigate Brett Ellington, her old flame whose landscaping business employs such workers, but now Tara has to convince her new romantic partner in crime, Nick Pratt, that she doesn’t still carry a torch for Brett.



Lori Wilde’s Million Dollar Cowboy

51VTFrVTqvL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him. Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along? (This one is comes out March 28th, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!)

Those are just a few books I can’t wait to read. I think I’ll start reading one tonight!

What books are in your TBR pile, and which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Do you have any recommendations for an author or book I should read?


The winner of last week’s giveaway is Brandi.  Congratulations! Brandi, you can pick any one of my books and I’ll send you an ebook to you. So email me at christie@christie-craig.com and be sure to tell me which book and if you want the NOOK or Kindle version.


4 thoughts on “V DAY and TBR

  1. I love Shannon Staceys Kowalski series and she has a reunion book coming out the end of this month. I can’t wait! I also have the latest by Jill Shalvis, Accidentally on Purpose, Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles and It’s in His Smile by Shannon Alexander on my current TBR list. I just finished Only in Texas by you. 🙂

    You should really check out books by Ann Charles. I think you would love her sarcasm and humor. They are definitely a must read!

  2. I just finished Carian Cole’s A&E series of books. I am loving her right now and since I have now read all of hers I have a book hangover!

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