Sunday, July 05, 2009

Non-required reading

Question: When is a Ro Com author not a Ro Com author?

Nah, it's not really a riddle! 
Survey says: when she's authoring her own fancy new hardcover novel, which, in the case of Aimee Friedman, is the upcoming Sea Change from Scholastic Point!

Aimee's book is the story of a girl who finds a magical kind of love at the beach over the course of one mysterious summer--the perfect book to toss in your tote on your way to your own fun-in-the-sun afternoon. This past Wednesday, Aimee hosted a book party at the beautiful Boat Basin Cafe . The weather co-operated, and it was the ideal balmy night to fete a book that celebrates the steamy, sexy atmosphere of a summer romance. That's Aimee on the left up there--isn't she purty?--next to me, and authors Lynn Weingarten and Claudia Gabel. Fun was had by all, and we talked books in between fruity cocktails and stories about boys. All in all, a perfect book party!

Summer is a great time to catch up on our easy, breezy, escapist reading (hence my copy of LA Candy sitting beside me on the desk AS WE SPEAK). OBVS, the Simon Pulse Ro Coms make for great beach reads, but what you might not know is that your fave Ro Com authors also write original stories that are one hundred percent vacation-tested, Micol-approved. 

Some suggestions (keep in mind that this list is in no way exhaustive):

1. Goddess Games by Niki Burnham: One summer at a spa that changes everything. Personally, I don't even care about the dramz--summer at a SPA? I'm there!
2. The Drama series by Paul Ruditis: because you know you need your HSM fix. 
3. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols: edgy + hot = sign me up!

Oh--and of course, don't forget Sea Change!

So, what are YOU reading this summer? 

*and PS: not to be too self-serving, but I'd probably be remiss if I didn't mention a certain other project out just in time for summer...


P.J. Ruditis said...

I am SO looking forward to reading SO PUNK ROCK. I Love the glossary you've been twittering. (Haven't found the book out by me yet, but I'm keeping my eyes open for it!)

In the meantime, I just picked up Kelly McClymer's MUST LOVE BLACK at the library.

Jennifer Echols said...

Go Aimee and go Micol! SO PUNK ROCK looks great!

I got a chance to read Erin Downing's non-ro-com novel KISS IT, which will be out next summer. It is absolutely wonderful.

But back to the the moment I'm reading Jamie Ponti's very romantic SEA OF LOVE.

Thanks for the shout out for GOING TOO FAR!

Micol Ostow said...

MUST LOVE BLACK and KISS IT are great titles--now I've got two more for the stack!