The TBR Pile

People who love to read usually have a TBR (To Be Read) pile–I keep mine in my office, which probably isn’t smart, because when I stall out on my own writing I’m tempted to end my work day early and dive into my reading.

As many of you know, I recently branched out into writing women’s fiction along with my Harlequin romances. I’ve been a lifelong reader of romances–all genres, but until I sold The Promise Of Forgiveness (March 2016) to Penguin Books I had only read a few women’s fiction books over the years. Now that I’m writing in the genre I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop discovering all kinds of new authors.

I wanted to share two books with you that I’ve recently read that I think you might enjoy. Both of these authors are excellent writers. And the covers are beautiful!

Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey~Southern Women’s Fiction. This is a heartfelt story with a baby in the middle of it.


Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meisnnner~current day with a flashback to 1940’s England and the evacuation of London’s children to foster homes in the rural countryside. If you like a little history in your books then you’ll really enjoy this one.


Do you read women’s fiction books? I’d love to know why or why not!

zzMarin Thomas Sig






14 thoughts on “The TBR Pile

  1. I love reading Woman’s Fiction. I just finished reading one as a matter of fact. Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky.. I ma putting your recommendations on my tbr list.. I love to read a lot of different types of romance too..

  2. I do read some women fiction, Jane Porter has some good ones. Most of the time I read historicals, western romance, and contemporary. I read a little of everything except not much on paranormal or sci-fi.

    • Virginia, I hope you’ll give my women’s fiction book a try when it comes out next March. It’s contemporary, takes place in Oklahoma panhandle on a ranch setting with a small town so it might hit some of the things you enjoy reading 🙂 Plus the heroine does have a love interest but I don’t spend the whole book focusing on trying to get them together like I do with my Harlequin books.

  3. I do read women’s fiction. They take a little longer to get through, but as long as there is a romance with a happy ending, I’m in! I can recommend Jill Mansell, Sophie Kinsella, Marissa de los Santos, Sue Margolis & Adriana Trigiani. Congratulations on your new endeavor! I look forward to reading it!

    • Sharlene, thanks for the author recommendations–I’ll check them out. I do have a happy ever after ending in my WF book… and I’ve written romance for so long that it would be tough to write a book where the heroine had no love interest, so I’m glad my editor enjoys them and my heroine gets her hero in my books 🙂

  4. I read a little bit of everything! If I’m finished with my work I usually have a book of some kind in my hand. I’m looking forward to reading your new book 🙂

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