Hello everyone.jane

Firstly I have to fess up…I’m struggling to find the time to read.  But that’s all going to change because one of my new year’s resolutions was to MAKE THE TIME.  The idea is that I write in the a.m. and read in the p.m….now all I have to do is put that into practice!

But thankfully my  book shelf and my bedside table are a little clearer these days and that is all because of my Kindle which some lovely friends gave me when I came out of hospital last year.  So while hubby sleeps I can now put on my little kindle light and snuggle down and read.

So what am I reading?

In print…  I have the gloriously wonderful writer – Sophia James’ Lady with the Devil’s Scar just underway.  A Medieval Scottish story of a strong woman intent on defending her keep and her people, until a war torn stranger enters her keep with betrayal on his mind.

I’ve read many of Ms James’ books and can recommend them all.  Ashblane’s Lady is  one of my top reads ever.

One book I am just about finished is author Jennifer St George’s  debut novel The Convenient Bride  Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family’s hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience and plans to use Sienna to secure his next business deal. But things don’t quite go according to plan.

This hero is really an Alpha male but while Ms St George hints at a softer side for this determined to get what he wants kinda guy, there is also something deeper that we see every now and again…  Can’t wait to find out what what it is.    This story is well woven with hints of intriguing backstory.

Next up are several books I’ve just finished.

Operation Cinderella by HopeTarr.  Great read, good dialogue, smart and sassy heroine and a guy who really gets tangled up by his own petard.  Loved this story.

Not the Marrying KindNicola Marsh.  Fun and flirty too, something I think Ms Marsh does really well.   As her book Crazy Love  – about the quirky characters in a town called Love, really had me chuckling at time, but in its heart it is a great love story.  And guess what..there’s more coming – can’t wait.

So how’s your to be read pile.  Big or bigger!!

Before I leave, a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – next week, starting February 14th – very appropriate since it’s Valentine’s day, I’m going to be giving away one pdf copy of each of my books – that’s a bunch, believe me!  So all you’ll have to do is pop on in, leave a comment and wait for the prize draw.  But wait…there is more.  From that week onwards there’ll be a giveaway each week.  So it’s worth popping in.




In the distance, the muffled wail of a fire engine echoed, and Leah’s heart skipped a beat, her body stiffening. She wanted desperately to block the sound out, but it drowned everything, even the roar of her heart, until all she could hear was the wail of the siren, screeching, warning, bleeding her dry.

“Leah? Leah?”

A voice clawed at her subconscious, a strong, confident voice, and a hand on her shoulder. Her eyes sprang open.

Mac! He was here. Holding her safe.


“It’s okay.” He ran a hand the length of her back, murmuring soothing words in her ear.

“No, it isn’t.” She pulled away, shaking her head. “It will never be okay again. I heard a fire engine. There’s another fire.”

With his free hand, he tilted her face up so that she looked at him. “Sweetheart, there’s no fire here.”

The heat of Mac’s touch burned through her robe, stealing across her flesh. Dark eyes stormy with desire held hers in an unspoken embrace. Unthinkingly, she brushed the tip of her tongue across her lips.

He clasped her face between his hands, the flat pad of one thumb brushing across her mouth. Her lips parted. She wanted to taste him.

“If you do that again, I’ll have to kiss you,” he growled out.

“Is that a warning?”

“A promise. But then again,” he murmured, “I really don’t want an excuse not to.”



Happy reading

Jane Beckenham




  • flchen1

    Jane, how fun! Thanks for sharing some of your recent reads! As for my TBR, it’s enormous and always getting bigger! 😉 Can’t resist!

    February 6, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hey Fedora, thanks for stopping by. A growing TBR pile. I think it’s one of our writer’s addictions!


      February 7, 2013
  • I’m trying to read more, too. Of course, I have to read to prepare my own classes I teach. To that end, I’m reading “Age of Innocence” by Wharton and “Wuthering Heights” by Bronte. For fun, I’m reading “Casual Vacancy” by Rowling and loving the intrigue.

    February 11, 2013
    • Jane Beckenham

      Hi Viola, thanks for stopping by. Good on you for reading some great stories. Withering Heights i really should revisit, i read it YEARS ago. Is Casual Vacancy the new JK Rowling book.

      Happy reading

      February 11, 2013

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