Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Little Poll...because I'm curious like that

For those of you who know me, you know that I have eclectic taste in music--everything from Vivaldi to Queen to Broadway musicals. I am the same way in my reading. I guess the technical term would be-- "mood" reader. There are times I want a little suspense, other days I love be transported back into time (yay Medieval,Celtic and Victorian!)
Other days, I'm quite content to pour over brochures and research books in preparation for my next book. Yeah and I have been known to actually leisurely read through a dictionary. Weird? oh well...

Are you a purebread reader--emersing yourself totally in one era or genre? Or do you enjoy sampling a variety of reads--aka Forrest Gump(a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get?)

As I continue to work on my current book THE DARK SEDUCTION OF MISS JANE, ( a dark victorian romantic suspense,btw) I have just finished reading Beth Ciottas Evie Ever After--totally falling in love with her Scottish bad boy hero, Arch;) heavy sigh...but I digress...
I tend to read opposite of what I'm writing , for some reason it frees my brain.
As if I need more help in that area;)

So what about you? Aside for the great covers, are you a :

*Purebred Genre reader:(read only traditional work in that genre)________

*Go by the blurb on the book, genre doesn't matter_________

*Never read the blurb, if the cover is HOT, I'm on it!:__________

*Prefer a certain era/genre__________and wish I could find more like it:


Share with me your thoughts and be entered to win an ebook copy of my sexy new contemporary paranomral release BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON!

Desirous for your thoughts!;)

Amanda



23 comments:

Amy C said...

Genre doesn't matter. If the blurb catches my attention then I'll read it. But there are a few sub-genres that I tend to stay away from all together though, no matter how tempting the blurb. No detective/military type plots, or the UF and that type of paranormal. I want something more magic based, or ghostly.

Amanda McIntyre said...

I'm kind of the same way, Amy. I haven't tried yet the thrillers and I tend to steer clear of fiction where children may be harmed. I just can't go there. I am a fan of romantic suspense however. Now even though you don't go for hte military type story--I do think you might enjoy Christina Skyes series on the elite "enhanced " heroes--have to find the title of those...

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre said...

Okay I foudn them--Code Name series: Blondie, Baby,Nanny,Princess. Fabulous books!

I like books that lean toward mystical, supernatural as well. You know my affinity ofr cemetaries, right? LOL

Amanda

Cecile said...

Well.... I am not what to say about myself here. Covers are important to me (I am a cover hussy after all), but genre's... there are some that I stay away... any that does not have romance in! How about that. Paranormal, historical, contemp... whatever. But I am not a horror reader, autobi, suspense.... So, I will have to say that I am out the box on this one!
Hope all is well honey!!! Hugs to you!

Amy C said...

If Dean Koontz is thriller, then I have read a few of his books several years ago. I guess I liked them well enough, but find it difficult to want to read more. I've never read a crime/detective book either. They don't sound appealing.

My mom read a book based on a borders employee recommendation. I guess she thought it was an amazing book. My mom despised it. Horrible things happen to two little girls. I'm not even sure if she finished it. I don't care for that subject matter either.

I looked into the Code Name series. I might give the first one a read. The covers make me think they are in some way funny? Or is that a misconception?

Amanda McIntyre said...

I know you love your covers, Ms C;)) and I am shoulder to shoulder with you on that one. Admittedly, it is what draws me to the shelf to then pick up the book and read more about it, yeah?

So glad you love outside the box;))

So let me ask one other question--do you like your romance sweet, or do you like a little steam with your sugar?

Amanda

Cecile said...

Hey Ms. A!
Yeah, covers is what makes me weak in the knees and grab the book. I wish all books could be displayed where we see the covers. I have a very bad habit (at my Borders) of turning the books that I love... Cover front, lol! I kinda rearrange the shelf... not a lot to where they would notice. Just if there is space... cuz they don't stock right.. I fix it to where people can see what they want... heee heee...

I have literally bought a few *(cough)* books based on cover alone. Now if the blurb is just as good, then it is sold.

And yeah, I have learned that I love being outside the box. Not to many people can admit things as freely as I do.

Well... I do love my romance hot, sweaty, dirty, kinky and just plain raw. But I have come to learn that being outside that box means that I have to appreciate the sweeter, softer side of romance. I do like those.. but love is with the strong stuff, kinda like my drinks and men, lol.

Amanda McIntyre said...

Koontz is a Thriller writer, right , Amy and I've yet to try him, but I plan to try him and JD Robb. (Ive read several of Noras romance, but never her Thrillers) plus Koontz is coming to RT in LA next spring-so I'd like to be informed of how he writes.;)

the Code series--those covers are different for what is inside. But Christina has a quirky sense of humor no matter what she writes and that comes out in this series. These guys are pure alpha-and thats not usually my cuppa- but Skye writes alpha in a way tha makes them seem human and not too over the top.

My absolute fave book of hers is 'Christmas Knight'--I KNOW you'd like that one;)

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre said...

What is life if not a cornocoipia of the senses,eh, Ms. C?
I shudder to think of you in a room of hunky cover models LOLOL
Not for your sake...but theirs;)

No telling what you'd decide to 'rearrange' so you could see what you want better, yeah?

Amanda
taking a break from writing one of those hot, sweaty love scenes

Cecile said...

Ahhhh now I see a pattern, lol!!!

Oh gosh... me in a room with cover models. I think I would literally die and go to hussy heaven!!! You make me giggle!!!

But I would so love for that to be a dream come true!!! ***big grins***

The scenes got you going eh!!! Well... I am here all day, lol!

Amy C said...

I think between the cover and the author who has a short catchy review line on the front cover promoting a book will help also cause me to buy a book I would not have known about otherwise. That's how I discovered Pati Nagle. Anne Bishop's got a one liner on the front cover. I saw it and had to have the book. And luckily enough, I loved the book and can't wait for book two. It's more fantasy than romance, but I've always leaned toward fantasy. And since I do lean more toward that genre it's hard to base books on covers and buy them. In that genre I lean more toward the gender of the writer, and usually pass on the male writer :). Not sure why, maybe because I think that the female author will have some sort of romance, where as a male author would not. Most fantasies don't even have romance in them, or it's very subtle. But then I never cared one way or the other if there was romance in them way back when. It was when I discovered romance that I began to feel it necessary to have it in my fantasy too. Not so much anymore though.

Wow! Koontz is going to be at RT? That is awesome. I'd like to meet him. I think you would like him, although I did try the first in his Frankenstien series, and couldn't get past page 100 or so. But a guy friend of ours loves those books. It's all preference.

Oh gosh! Cecile in a room full of cover models?? I'd like to see that :D!

Genella deGrey said...

*Purebred Genre reader: (read only traditional work in that genre)
That would be me. I will choose historicals – anything from the 1920's & beyond – unless one of my friends writes a contemp, then I'll read that.
:)
G.

Genella deGrey said...

PS - I forgot to say that it HAS to be historical *romance* - the hotter the better.

Amanda McIntyre said...

Someone long ago gave me a stack of Koontz books I think with the idea that if I ever wanted to know how to write a thriller--read Koontz.They remain in my bookshelf (I'll have to see which ones they are) Hence, why I likely havent tried my had at that.;)

I like romance involved in the story. It doesnt have to be traditional, I'm discovering as I get older that the road to the HEA isn't always one man/one woman;) The old you might have to kiss a few frogs along the way thing, I guess.

Now those of you--G.-- who are purebread in reading--I have to ask(because I know, and want you to share*ahem)) are you the same in your writing? Or do you experiment a bit with melding your genres?

I'm love melding supernatural and magic for example with Victorian and medieval, just because its such a natural fit.

and yes, Ms. C ins aroom full of cover models...sort of boggles the mind, doesn't it? ;)

Amanda

Cecile said...

Oh me in a room... with cover models!! Wowowow! Okay.. I was in euphoric heaven for a while!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Just breathe, Ms, C.;))

Amanda

Amy C said...

I'm at work right now wishing I were in a room full of cover models!

Amy C said...

If you want to send me a list of the Koontz books you have I can see if I read any of them and maybe recommend one if I have :). I did like the ones I read.

Linda Henderson said...

I read just about any genre there is, except I haven't tried Steampunk yet. I keep meaning to do that. It just depends on my mood as to what I'm reading. I'm reading a contemporary romance right now by Vicki Lewis Thompson, one of her Nerd series. I really enjoy her work. I might admire a great cover, but I won't buy a book just for the cover.

Amanda McIntyre said...

Oh Linda I LOVE her Nerd series! OMG what a hoot!

you know if you like her, you ought to try Judi McCoy's Hounding the pavement books! similar humor;))
Beth Ciotta's "Evie" series is awesome too! I fell in love with bad boy Arch!

Amanda

JennJ said...

I am firm on one aspect almost all the books I read for just leisure have to have at least the aspect of romance in them. Without that I'm not that interested. But in the romance genre I love everything from historicals to paranormals so I'm all over the board as long as there is LOVE and romance in there some where lol.

Amanda McIntyre said...

With you there, Jenn;) Though I think my tastes have certainly changed in the last few years.LOL

Have any of you tried any of the Robyn Carrs Virgin river series or Barbara Freethy's books?
I like those complicated relationships LOL

someone told me I like to torture my heroes, giving them lots of angst--for those who've read my stuff, would you agree or not with that assessment?

Good lord, wait until you meet Inspector Randolph Mansfield of Scotland Yards CID...

Amanda

Genella deGrey said...

Amanda - Once in a while I toss my historical romance salad with a dash of time-travel and pinch sci-fi.

:D
G.