[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author Ella Maise guest post on the site today. Take it away Ella!]
What books would you bring with you to a deserted island?
First of all, before I jump into this beautiful question and talk your ears off about my must have books on this deserted island, thank you so much for having me here!
This is quite possibly the best and hardest question to answer, yet I agree that it’s also important to know these things because you never know when you might end up on a deserted island all by yourself with nothing but time in your hands so you gotta be prepared to make all the hard decisions.
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
This series is an absolute must have for me. Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors if not the favorite and the Mercy Thompson series is an addiction for me. Even though I write Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy I enjoy reading Urban Fantasy a lot and these books have everything I need in them. I don’t even know how many times I’ve reread this series, definitely once or twice every year, so there is no way I’m not taking these books with me because I would never get bored of these characters.
Once and Always by Judith McNaught
There is no way I could survive on an island without a romantic historical romance and this is as good as it gets for me. Jason Fielding is a necessity, that’s all I can say. And if you have no idea which book I’m talking about…you’re failing at life.
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
This is one of those books that sneaks up on you. At least that’s what it did to me. There is no unnecessary drama, nothing over the top about the plot, but the story just pulls you in with its simplicity and you never want to let the characters go. Jack Travis is one of those characters I’d never get tired of going back to. So that means I need him on my island as well.
Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I have to take this one. Just have to. This is another one of those books that I’ve read so many years ago and fell in love with the characters. Apart from the love I have for the hero and the heroine there are baby elephants, a tiger, a gorilla and all kinds of circus animals that makes you completely fall in love with the setting.
I mean, would it even be an island without a KA book? I don’t think so. But, I’m not sure I can choose just one. If I could have a library on this deserted island, that would make things easier, but I’ll still give you my absolute favorites from KA that I always go back to. At Peace; because Joe. Joe is perfect. In every way. Then we have Sweet Dreams, Soaring, The Golden Dynast… I could keep going, but yeah I probably shouldn’t. Any one of these books would feed my soul.
The Others series by Anne Bishop
I probably should stop with the books and think of other things to bring to my island, but I think I might have space for a few more so… Taking another Urban Fantasy series with me is a good idea I think, so this incredibly unique series is my second pick. I’m not even gonna say what this book is about because I would just ruin it, but it’s a must-read-series for all the Urban Fantasy lovers.
I mean…I should take at least one of my books with me, right? I hate to say this, because it feels so wrong to choose only one of them, but I think I’m gonna take Jack and Rose with me. Meaning, Marriage For One. First of all, I’d have the cover to look at—at all hours of the day. And being alone on this island, I’d need that. I’d need that in my life. And then there is Jack inside. He is my broody, prickly, quiet guy and I think I’d miss him if he wasn’t there with me. He is necessary for my romantic heart. And his love story with Rose would always bring a smile to my face, which I think is, again very necessary on this island.
If I can manage to get all of these book with I think I’d be set. Please. Please tell me you’ve read most of these books if not all. I can’t be the only one who is in love with these stories.
About the Ella Maise:
I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.
Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.
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Marriage for One by Ella Maise, out today!
Jack and I, we did everything backward. The day he lured me into his office-which was also the first day we met-he proposed. You’d think a guy who looked like him-a bit cold maybe, but still striking and very unattainable-would only ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You’d think he must be madly in love.
Nope. It was me he asked. A complete stranger who had never even heard of him. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You’d think I’d laugh in his face, call him insane-and a few other names-then walk away as quickly as possible. Well…I did all those things except the walking away part.
It took him only minutes to talk me into a business deal…erm, I mean marriage, and only days for us to officially tie the knot. Happiest day of my life. Magical. Pop the champagne… Not. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne was nothing like what I’d imagined for myself.
I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.
It wasn’t long after he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he still didn’t talk much, but anyone can string a few words together. His actions spoke the loudest to me. And day after day my heart started to get a mind of its own.
One second he was no one. The next he became everything.
One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.
One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.
After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. Did you expect anything else?