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Lori Sowell

 

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About Me


As a child and even now, reading has always been my way of escaping to different worlds and different times. I particularly like historical romances, young adult fiction and fantasy. I have a bachelorís degree in Anthropology and am currently working on my Masterís thesis, which I hope to get done at least within the next thirty years. I love nature and have worked as a Natural Science curator. When I am not reading or writing, I am usually painting, drawing, practicing photography and hiking. Many weekends, I can also be found dragging my husband to the movies. Beside romance novels, I own many nonfiction books, especially on traveling and history. I am currently trying to break into the writing business as an author and freelance writer. I have lived in the Midwest my whole life, but love to travel (especially to Britain). My dream come true would be to live in a small cottage in England or Scotland and support myself by writing! Then again, wouldnít we all love to do that!

Personal Reading Tastes


What I'm a sucker for in a book:


Humor is a big plus, especially if it makes me laugh out loud. I love the moment when the hero (especially alpha males) or heroine realizes his/her feelings for each other. I also cannot help but sigh over dangerous situations and wounded heroes or heroines.

What I don't particularly care for in a book:


Romances with too much historical information.

What drives me absolutely nuts in a book:


Stupid misunderstandings that could be easily solved, heroes who seem more cruel than tough, heroines who are gorgeous beyond belief (especially if that is all the author writes about), and heroes and heroines who constantly fight.

Favorite Romance Authors


Favorite Romance Authors


  • Julie Garwood
  • Judith McNaught
  • Johanna Lindsey

  • Favorite Characters


    Favorite Hero


  • Any hero created by Julie Garwood

  • Least-Favorites


    Worst Book


  • Unspeakable by Sandra Brown

    Authors Others Love That I Don't


  • Danielle Steel
  • Sandra Brown

  • Favorite Romance Novels

    Absolute Favorites


  • Guardian Angel
    (the first romance I read)
  • by Julie Garwood

  • Favorites by Sub-Genre

    Medieval:


  • The Secret
  • by Julie Garwood
  • The Wedding
  • by Julie Garwood

  • Favorites by Mood

    Comfort Read:


  • Anything
  • by Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, or Judith McNaught

    Guilty Pleasures:


  • Young Adult Fiction

  • Non-Romance Favorites


    Favorite Classic Novel

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Anything by Jane Austen

    Favorite SF/Fantasy

  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley


  • Favorite Women's Fiction

  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

    Favorite YA Book

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Favorite Set of Connected Books

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

    Book Most Often Reread

  • Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood