Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Gwen Jones today. Her heroine, Charlotte Andreko from The Laws of Seduction is sharing her top ten favorite books. It’s always fun to get inside a characters head right?
Charlotte Andreko tells you all about her Top Ten Favorite Books (in no particular order)
- The Portable Dorothy Parker – Edited by Marion Meade.
As a reporter and a writer, Dorothy Parker has always spoken to me. She lived life large and was fascinated by the weirdness all around her. I’ve always guided whatever I’ve done in my professional life by her credo: Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
- Look Again – Lisa Scottoline
Actually I love anything by the fellow Philly lawyer, but this one particularly got to me. About a missing child who looks eerily like the protagonist’s own adopted son. Bring a full box of tissues.
- Outlander – by Diana Gabaldon
Actually, the whole Outlander series which is going on what—seven books now? I’ve loved every one of them, but this is the book that started it all. While on holiday in Scotland Claire Beauchamp, a WWII era English nurse accidently walks through standing stones and falls into the 1740s and invariably into the arms of gloriously romantic Jacobite rebel, James Frasier. How do you say yum in Gaelic? I spell it Jamie. And after this past summer, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, I can’t help you.
- Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte
I read this book first as a girl and loved it ever since. Has there ever been a more enigmatic, masterful and dashing romantic hero than Edward Rochester (except well, you know)? But surpassing even him is the plucky, independent Jane. She’ll tell you all to go to hell.
- Eleanor Roosevelt (Vol. 1) – by Blanche Wiesen Cook.
Why do many young women these days find their idols in pop stars, when there’s someone like Mrs. Roosevelt to emulate? A pioneer in so many ways, she’s always aspired me to do better. My favorite quote: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
- Blindspot – by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore
An affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction. A love story full of surprises and wit and some really hilarious bon mots. Quite literally made me laugh out loud. Just plain fun.
- The Whiskey Rebels – by David Liss
A story of taxes, stock manipulation and corruption in the early days of the American republic, partially set in Philadelphia. Really, really more than it seems and very entertaining. I loved its hero and what he did for love.
- The Devil in Winter – by Lisa Klepas
If it’s true rakes make the best husbands, then Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, will win the highest spousal award hands down. In my estimation the best Kleypas historical romance ever. And that’s putting it into some supremely stellar company. Guilty pleasure? You betcha. Except I haven’t a guilty bone in my body.
- Naked – by David Sedaris
A collection of brilliant and hilariously funny essays on family, growing up and making it in the real world. Sedaris has been called the “new Mark Twain.” Wry observations with just a twist of the profound.
- Making a Scene – by Trudy Doyle
Another guilty pleasure, erotica department. An intelligent, sexy, funny tale, and one that Rex and I read together. Or at least attempted to…
The Laws of Seduction by Gwen Jones
About the Book
When Rex Renaud, the COO of Mercier Shipping, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he’ll need a miracle to clear his name … and sassy lawyer Charlotte Andreko is the perfect woman for the job. Charlotte has built her career defending pro bono clients against womanizers like Rex Renaud, and she’d much rather let him sweat it out in a jail cell than defend him in court. Yet Rex swears he’s been set up, and when he offers her a shocking sum of money in exchange for her legal counsel, the financial security is too tempting to resist. The court dubs Rex a serious flight risk—how many people have their own jet?—and he’s released on one condition: Charlotte’s his new jailer, and he’s stuck with her until his arraignment. But when a bomb threat sends Rex and Charlotte on the run, neither is prepared for the explosive chemistry and red-hot passion that flare between them as they hunt for the truth about his arrest. – See more at: http://www.avonromance.com/book/gwen-jones-the-laws-of-seduction#sthash.DMeJRhWU.dpuf
About the Author
Gwen Jones is a mentor and instructor in Western Connecticut State University’s Master in Creative and Professional Writing program, and an Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County College, in West Windsor, NJ. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, The Kelsey Review, and The Connecticut River Review, and she is the author of the HarperCollins Avon FRENCH KISS series, Wanted: Wife, Kiss Me, Captain, and The Laws of Seduction. A writer of women’s fiction and romance, she lives with her husband, Frank, near Trenton, New Jersey.
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Gwen would like to giveaway one ebook copy to a lucky Fiction Vixen reader. To enter tell us if any of Charlottes favorite books made your top ten list as well.
Open to all. You have until end of day November 28 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
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