Welcome to #BookLove – my new featured post where I’ll be sharing the bookish love of some of the fabulous authors and bloggers out there. Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome Tracie Delaney to the blog to share some of her favourite books with us.
I’ve been obsessed with books for as long as I can remember. As a child, I could be found with one of two things in my hand; a book or a bridle (I was an avid horse rider in my younger years).
Reading is a wonderful form of escapism. I love the way books transport you to different worlds and allow you to be a part of so many character’s lives.
I blog and write under the pseudonym Tracie Delaney. My first novel, Winning Ace, is due out in May 2017.
You can follow Tracie’s blog here: traciedelaney.wordpress.com
Favourite book from childhood
Five on a Treasure Island. I loved anything by Enid Blyton.
The first book you fell in love with
Summer With Tommy by Caroline Silver. This was a book about a scraggy little pony who was adopted by Caroline, a journalist with a local paper. He started out such a sorry little soul, but he had a very mischievous side. I own an original copy and when I need a little lift, I still turn to that book today.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Kane Malloy from Lindsay J Pryor’s Blackthorn series. Blackthorn is a PNR series, but is much more urban fantasy than pure PNR. It’s what I call a ‘book series for brains’. It takes quite a bit to get your head around, but it is utterly fabulous. Kane Malloy is a master vampire and he is HOT (fans self).
Weirdest book crush
Rupert Campbell-Black from Jilly Cooper’s Riders. He was a terrible cad and treated everyone (with the exception of his horses and his best friend) terribly. He’s probably the first ‘bad boy’ that I crushed on. But if I look back now, I’d probably knee him somewhere rather painful if I came into contact with him!
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Lover Awakened by J R Ward. This is book 3 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I just LOVED it. When I turned the last page, I actually felt bereft, as though a dear friend had left me. This book is still on my go-to’s for a reread when I get into a book funk. I don’t read a lot of PNR (Ward and Pryor are the only 2 authors), but my goodness, Ward knows how to craft a novel. Genius woman.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes. I loved her novel ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ which I read YEARS ago, but for some reason, this one keeps dropping down the pile and every time I promise myself it’s next, something comes and swipes me sideways (usually a promise to an author/blogger/friend to read theirs next). But I will get to this. Soon.
Guilty Reading pleasure
I’ll give most books a go, apart from sci fi or biographies, but I do love anything that’s an ‘easy read’, and that usually involved a bit of erotica for me, something where I don’t have to pay a lot of attention or follow a complex plot.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I’m going to be naughty and break the rules here…Series for me is both Blackthorn by Lindsay J Pryor and Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward. These two writers are those which I’ll instantly download without reading blurb, reviews, anything. And weirdly, these are the only two PNR authors I read.
Genre – it’s a tie between thrillers and contemporary romance. These also happen to be the two genre’s I write in, but I think that’s more coincidence than by design. I also love police procedurals, particularly the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone. I read this in January and I still think about this book at least three times per week. The storyline really stuck with me. It was a painful read but shone a light on a very important subject. It also happened to be beautifully written.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Depends on the friend…I’d try to pick something completely different from their usual genre to shock them out of their comfort zone – we all need that from time to time.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Ooh, this is a difficult one. I don’t think I can pick a single book – there are simply too many. Sorry for wimping out on this question, but it’s a bit like asking a parent who their favourite child is 🙂
Some great answers from Tracie there (even if she did wimp out on the last one lol). So. Do you agree? What are your favourites? Make sure to join me on Saturday when I’ll be sharing Julie Ryan’s secret book crush.
Have a fabulous day of bookish fun all