I am a retired chef who still loves to cook and a very prolific reader since my brother introduced me to Little Women. My preferences usually run to historical and contemporary romance, but I read across the board from the Bible, cookbooks, the classics, and all manner of fiction. I am excited to try book recommendations from authors and other romance lovers and relish the opportunity to make recommendations through my reviewing. I began pursuing a position as a book reviewer in 2002 when I realized I wanted to tell others about the books I read. The message boards I frequented on various websites provided an outlet for a time, but just didn’t seem to really fulfill what I wanted to do in my reviewing, share my love affair with books. Today, I am happy to say I am affiliated with several “families” of amazing people who share the same passion for books that I do. If I can make a difference in a person’s view of reading, or share the emotional connection I have found through books, I will die a very happy woman. I work as an author assistant writing newsletters, blog posts, keep MySpace and Bebo sites up to date. I conduct in-depth and surface interviews with authors and editors alike, manage contests and function as a "Girl Friday" for most any task as needed. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than sharing a fabulous meal with friends and talking about books. I have added significantly to my To Be Read “room” through the years, and I take great pleasure in discovering new authors, trying new genres and talking about the books I read.