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First Saturday Recommendations

Hear ye! Hear ye! (*horns blaring*)

Welcome one and all to the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales monthly First Saturday Recommendations.

We are all looking for a good book to read and who better to get recommendations from than other readers.

Better yet is a chance to win a FREE book just for sharing your recommendation.


Leave a comment on this post with any recommendation or tell us what you are currently reading.  This can be an old book, new book, paper copy, e-book, romance, mystery, self-help, etc.  The sky is the limits.  If you like it, then maybe someone else will too.

*NOTE* NO BOOK BASHING.  If you don’t like a book, don’t mention it.  Our intention is not to bash any authors or other reader’s recommendations.

A winner will be chosen and posted in the February 4th edition of the First Saturday Recommendations.  The winner will have 10 days to contact us and let us know which $5 gift card they prefer.

Let the recommendations commence!

Jane - January 7, 2012 - 2:00 am

I am rereading Barbara Freethy’s “Don’t Say a Word.” It’s one of my favorite books of all time.

Mary Preston - January 7, 2012 - 3:25 am

I’m currently reading A BORROWED SCOT by Karen Ranney & absolutely loving the adventurous heroine.

Marilyn Baron - January 7, 2012 - 7:10 am

I just finished the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I literally can’t wait to get the other two. It’s a YA that packs a powerful punch. I loved The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon (really anything by her). Also, Red. Mist by Patricia Cornwell. Also loved The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, a beautifully written, mystical novel about the last surviving women and children on Masada. Another novel that made a deep impression was Still Alice (can’t remember the author) who wrote the most poignant, and scary, novel on Alzheimer’s I’ve ever read. Unforgettable. Can you tell I’m an avid reader? And oh, finally catching up on Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann, another of my favorite, must-buy authors. Thank heaven for great books.

Sandra Elzie - January 7, 2012 - 8:15 am

My TBR pile keeps on growing…and my writing characters keep screaming to be written…what is a girl to do? (g)

Recently read Susan Carlisle’s medical debut, Heart Surgeon, Hero…Husband? Great story.

I’m currently reading an oldie from Nora Roberts, Endings & Beginnings…from a two-book repackaged as From The Heart.

I’m still waiting to read STILL THE ONE by Robin Wells and ONE RECKLESS SUMMER by Toni Blake. (or maybe I’ll hold this last one until I can get down to Florida and the beach (g))

Kelly L Stone - January 7, 2012 - 9:26 am

I just finished Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James and it was fabulous!!

Maxine Davis - January 7, 2012 - 9:30 am

I’m reading Sue Grafton’s Q is for Quarry. I love the private detective character, Kinsey Millhone. Ms. Graton’s books, so far, go through V is for Vengence so it sounds like I have a few more exciting books left.

Pam Asberry - January 7, 2012 - 9:31 am

I am finishing my holiday read “It Happened One Christmas.” And I just started “Crazy Sexy Diet” (trying to live healthier in this new year) and “Plot & Structure” (trying to write better, too). Great new feature, Tami! You are brilliant!

Marilyn Baron - January 7, 2012 - 9:38 am


I see those Sue Grafton books everywhere and haven’t tried them. I do like detective books, so maybe I will give them a try.

Tami Brothers - January 7, 2012 - 9:49 am

Oh man! This might not have been my best idea. Already I have 8 books added to my wishlist and 3 downloaded to my Kindle. ;) Good thing it is pay day. LOL!!!

For me, I’m reading Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Revisited. This is a book my dear friend, Tammy Schubert, gave me for Christmas. I put it off because of the move, etc. Just started reading a couple chapters each night before bed and am hooked. I’ve got a few plans to add his ideas to my ideas from my 2011 Reevaluation ideas. (Thanks Tammy!!!).

The other book I’m reading is Hildie McQueen’s Desperate Betrayal. Yummo. Another great paranormal story. One chapter in so far and loving it. Will definitely have to write a review on this one.


JB Hunt - January 7, 2012 - 9:51 am

I recently read and loved Aussie author Liane Moriarty’s WHAT ALICE FORGOT.

Alice hits her head in a spin class and wakes up thinking it’s ten years earlier. She’s still madly in love with her husband with no memory that they’re in the middle of an ugly divorce. It’s a laugh-out-loud read that perfectly captures the feel of contemporary life. So good.

Loved Jo Bourne’s THE BLACK HAWK (of course).

I’m almost finished with A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Deborah Harkness), which has just blown me away. It’s a marvelous fantasy, love story, history lesson, everything. Intense but lyrical.

Next, I’m ready to jump into…
Jacqueline Carey’s second Santa Olivia book, SAINTS ASTRAY
Zoe Archer’s new HELLRAISERS series

In a departure from romance, I just inhaled the Pulitzer-winning A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan. F**king brilliant. And funny. And heartbreaking.

Sherry Isaac - January 7, 2012 - 9:55 am

So many books on my TBR pile, finally opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (published as Someone Knows My Name in US). ABSOFANTULOUSUSTIC!

Sia Huff - January 7, 2012 - 10:03 am

I’m reading “Seal of my Dreams” which includes novellas from 18 different authors. Some authors I’ve read before and love, Cindy Gerard, Roxanne St Claire, Barbara Samuel. After reading some of these short stories I have new authors I’ll be looking for as well.
What I love is that all the proceeds go the the Veterans Research Corp supporting medical research for our military. A win-win situation.
Great job to these 18 women for donating their writing talents to such a worthy cause. Kudos to Bell Bridge Books for putting this anthology together. You can find the full listing of authors at
And to our Seals and military personnel everywhere, thanks for keeping us safe.

Grace Bradley - January 7, 2012 - 10:10 am

Just wanted to say how much I loved “Crazy, Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr. It is truly a life-changing book. I hope you enjoy it, Pam :-D

Pam Asberry - January 7, 2012 - 11:11 am

Hey, Grace. I have a sense of that already. I had an abnormal Pap smear recently, had a follow-up biopsy, and am awaiting the results. We are fully expecting a good outcome, but I don’t want to go through this again if I can help it. And if changing my diet will make a difference, I’m ready! Thank you for your comment.

Eric Asberry - January 7, 2012 - 11:32 am

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Really loving it so far!

Linsey Lanier - January 7, 2012 - 11:32 am

I am currently listening to an audio version of Janet Evanovich’s “Sizzling Sixteen,” read by the fabulous Lorelei King. IMO, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard her Gramma Mazur or heard what Ranger sounds like when he says, “Babe.” In this book, cousin Vinnie gets arrested and Lula goes on the “one” diet. Hysterical. Just what I need to brighten my spirits on the way to work.

And, as I’ve been blabbing to my blog sisters, One For The Money will be out in theaters soon. :)

Runner10 - January 7, 2012 - 12:52 pm

I loved Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen.

StacieD - January 7, 2012 - 2:31 pm

I just finished All Fall Down by Megan Hart. It isn’t a romance. It is about a young woman and her children who escape life in a cult and must try to live in the “normal” world. It really makes you think.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - January 7, 2012 - 2:46 pm

My auto-buy is JD Robb’s In Death series. Love the world she’s created. I think it begins around 2050 or so and has such addictive characters! It’s like visiting old friends every time.

Marilyn Baron - January 7, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Yes, Love the In Death series and anything Nora Roberts writes but read her latest a while ago. Can’t wait for the next one.

Janel - January 7, 2012 - 4:33 pm

I’m reading Viridis by Calista Taylor. Romance and steampunk. Two great genres combined into a wonderful book!

Julee J. Adams - January 7, 2012 - 4:34 pm

I’m reading some early Eloisa James and trying to do some stitching. I’ve not been doing as much writing as I want to, because of the new job. Our group is on-line starting next week, so life is interfering. Carol/Annie, I know exactly what you mean about visiting old friends when you read a new book in a series and I love it too. Pam, sorry to hear you’ve had some bad medical news, but know you’re going to be okay. Thanks for sharing all!

Pamela Mason - January 7, 2012 - 7:48 pm

My auto buy is JRWard’s BDB. I’m reading (inhaling… absorbing) Lover Unleashed, Payne’s love story with Manny.

kim h - January 8, 2012 - 5:55 am

love jill shalvis books
her lucky harbor books are great please give it a try
simply irresitalbe
thanks :-D

Susan Carlisle - January 8, 2012 - 2:11 pm

I’m late because I’m was reading A Sister’s Quest by Jo Ann Ferguson. It is a 2000 release but the cover and the back hooked me so I had to read it. Historial taking place after Napoleon was defeated with a spy elememt. Good stuff

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