Featuring Jane Porter
Last night I was on
a flight from San Jose to Seattle, and the man next to me was one of
the founding fathers of Microsoft. I didn’t know what he did when
we started talking, so we talked books. He loves to read, and when
I mentioned that I was an author and that I wrote commercial fiction
for women he asked, “Like Danielle Steele?” I said no, that
different, more contemporary with themes relevant to today’s woman.
“Like Anita Shreve, then?” he tried.
This man was really
easy to talk to because we’re two peas in a pod. He’s a software
nerd. And I’m a book nerd. And we’re both passionate about books.
As the plane
descended he made some recommendations of books I should read and I
madly scribbled down the titles and author. I love hearing what
people love to read. I don’t want to read “just okay” books. I
want to read books that thrill and delight, books that transport,
books that comfort, books that warm, encourage, surprise, and
possibly heal. We all read for different purposes and I’m delighted
to be joining Author with a column devoted to the genres I
love to read and write: romance and women’s fiction.
Readers and writers alike are excited about
Borders launching their new website, and how it’s not affiliated
Some of the authors generating a buzz on the internet
right now include Gena Showalter, Lisa Unger, and Tess Gerritsen
(people are still talking about Vanish). Unger is being
spoken of in the same breath as Anne Stuart and Gerritsen is
apparently the next best writer after Alexander Dumas.
When I was in Northern California the biggest buzz
was over Stephanie Meyer’s newest novel, The Host, a book
that is not for the YA market but is packaged so similar to her
Twilight Series that folks think it is a sequel instead of a brand
new adult novel.
There’s also a lot of excited over JR Ward’s brand
new release, Lover Enshrined. I’m probably one of JR Ward’s
biggest fans—love, love her books—and haven’t bought it yet only
because my local store won’t sell it until its official release
Because I also write chick lit/women’s fiction I’m
interested in what’s coming out next, and we’ve got lots of new
hardcover releases from the chick lit stars: Certain Girls
by Jennifer Weiner, Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin,
and Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella.
Weiner and Giffin are auto-buys for me and there are
two more coming up that I have to have, too: Beach House by
Jane Green and Marian Keyes’ This Charming Man (both titles
to be released mid-June).
But my biggest craving right now would have to be
Lisa Kleypas’ Sugar Daddy and Blue-Eyed Devil. The
books have wowed many of my friends and I confess these two are at
the top of my TBR pile. Sugar Daddy is up for a 2007 Rita
award and the follow up, Blue-Eyed Daddy is hot on the
If you have a book you love, or an author that’s the
next big thing, do let me know. I’m a reader first and last, and
nothing’s better than a great book and a long weekend.
Well, nothing’s better than meeting my deadline and
then spending a long weekend doing nothing but reading.
Jane Porter’s July 2006 release, Flirting With Forty (5 Spot), was
picked by Redbook Magazine as its Red Hot Summer Read before being
optioned as a Lifetime Christmas 2008 TV movie. Jane's newest novel,
Mrs. Perfect, (May 2008, 5 Spot) has also received tremendous
acclaim from her readers. www.janeporter.com