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Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Spotlight: J. Hali Steele

I love romance novels…

Most all of them. They have to end Happily Ever After. For me, that's what makes it a romance. Two (or 3) people meeting, getting to know each other, and finally, living together forever.

I grew up reading Harlequin's romance books. Every month my package arrived and I ate them up. Heck, in fifteen days I was done. Then I'd spend the last half of the month waiting for my new books to arrive. So, I started looking for others to read in between. I found Taylor Caldwell, John Steinbeck (who my mother had already introduced me to--and I loved his stories). And there was Ayn Rand. WOW! To this day I can still remember how I felt when I read Atlas Shrugged. Her books weren't even considered romance. They were her social comments on the world around her. I read recently some people considered them Science Fiction. This came as a shock to me--I'd never read a Science Fiction novel in my life!

Anyway, I met John Galt and that was the beginning of the end. No hero I'd ever read about could add up to him. But I kept searching, and soon I found men like him.

They were all hiding in Paranormal Romances. I'd hit the jackpot. Anne Rice with her vampires and witches; and later, Christine Feehan fascinated me with stories about vampires, mages and more. Recently, Kerrelyn Sparks and Lynsay Sands--their humor, mixed with bite, is simply delicious. Like the Harlequins of old, I gobble them up the moment they hit the shelves.

If reading a book gives me insight into an author, I've learned a little about everyone I've read. I've enjoyed what they have to say. I've laughed with them, cried with them, and most of all, I've loved the time I spent with them and the characters they've created for my pleasure.

In reading any of my work, I hope you find a hero like John Galt and all the others I've discovered, and loved, along the way.

Enjoy your day and hopefully you'll stop back tomorrow.

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele


Valerie said...

My first experience with romance novels was Barbara Cartland, but for a tomboy, her heroines weren't always the most exciting. They did make for a quick read.
For vampires though, my favorite has always been the Saint Germain series by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Soulful, heroic, between the historic events she captures so well and the hero, you can't miss, especially with her earlier books. Wonderful stuff.

J Hali said...

I read quite a few of Chelsea's books! Liked them a lot. I like a good heroine, one you can't ignore, but for me the hero makes or breaks the book.

booklover0226 said...


We must have been separated at birth! LOL

My first romance novels were Barbara Cartland. It was decades later that I found out that Mr. Worth actually existed!

My first CQY book was Blood Games. When I realized it was part of a series, I hunted down all the other books.

Tracey D

Valerie said...

J and Tracey,

I think Blood Games was my first, too. Then I turned on every female in my family onto them - my twin, my mother, my Aunt Marge, cousin Mary...LOL I lost touch (and they got a little grim) and just found out that there's more, so I'm ordering some today to get caught up.

Charisma Knight said...

As a teenager, I started reading my mom's Harlequin paperbacks. My aunt has had so many paperbacks since I was a teenager, she could seriously supply a whole library. She also helped feed my romance addiction and passed many of her books on to me when she completed them.

She turned me on to authors like Sandra Hill, Christine Feehan, Nora Roberts, and so many others. Needless to say, I think I have a few of those old paperbacks around here somewhere. When I come across them, I'll start reading again. I have been guilty of reading books several times over.

There is another book I cherished, but for the life of me can't figure out the name of the author or title of the book, however, the cover is clear as day in my mind!

I loved Hannah Howell's Highland Promise!