Top Five All Time Favorite Reads by Dakota Cassidy + Giveaway

Filed in 1000 follower celebration , Dakota Cassidy , Giveaways , The Geeky Lover Posted on October 13, 2011 @ 6:00 am 69 comments

We are very happy to welcome the fabulous Dakota Cassidy here at our Book Lovers United Celebration today. She’s the author of a tons of hilarious books that will leave you giggling and snorting no matter where you read them. Believe me, I learned that the hard way. 

Her latest book is Burning Down the Spouse, book 2 in her Ex Trophy Wife series. You shouldn’t miss that one.

Today she will share her favorite reads of all time with us. Please give Dakota a warm welcome.

1. The Stand by Stephen King

Because really, who doesn’t want to invest three hundred sixty-five, 8 hour long days to read a book the size of War and Peace? In my mind, Stephen King is one of the best fictional writers ever. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’d do it again if I could set aside another year of my life =)
2. Night Games by Nina Bangs

A book that so totally cracked me up with it’s wild concept that when I began to write, I kept thinking (because who did I think I was?), Nina Bangs did it… The premise is set in the future and the hero is the MVP of Monday Night Sex. Oh, yes, my friends—it’s LOL outlandishly funny!
3. Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Big, girly sigh. Nuff said, right? It made me smile, it made me giggle, it made me cry.

4. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The heroine was tough as nails and most of all, snarky. I can’t figure why I was so drawn to it… I love SEP and everything she’s written.
5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

I fell in love with this series and the genius that is Dean. It’s tender, sweet, sad, hopeful and it made me want to spork my eyeballs out because one can only hope to be that brilliant as a writer =)

Places to find Dakota:
website, blog, twitter, facebook

Dakota’s Latest Release:

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen…the latest from national bestselling author Dakota Cassidy!
After discovering that her famous chef husband was cheating, Frankie Bennett lost her mind-on live TV. Now Frankie is broke, unemployed, and hiding out in her aunt’s retirement village. That is, until Maxine Henderson-Barker-reformed trophy wife and owner of Trophy Jobs Inc. employment agency-arrives to give Frankie a much needed kick in the pants.

Soon, Frankie lands a job as a prep chef at a Greek diner in New Jersey, home to the world’s best meatloaf and an owner who resembles an exquisitely chiseled Greek statue. Falling into bed with Nikos isn’t the best idea, but after years of living in a man’s shadow, this ex- trophy wife is ready to get busy cooking…


No book discussion can go without a giveaway, so I will be personally giving away the following swag pack to a lucky commenter!

You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big 1000 Followers Giveaway here.

All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Dakota or just tell us what you think about Dakota’s selection.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on 22 October and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

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  • Birgit October 13, 2011 at 6:27 am

    While I don't know all the authors Dakota mentions, I totally agree on two – The Stand by Kind is epic and Odd Thomas by Koontz, well, one of my all time favorites!! I bet the rest of the selection is brilliant too 🙂 !

    GFC follower
    danaan at gmx dot at

  • Melliane October 13, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I'm ashamed, I didn't read any of these books… But some sounds interesting I will try to look for them. Thanks

    thanks for the giveaway


  • janhvi October 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I haven't read Dream a Little Dream by SEP but I'm a HUGE fan of hers too!Something about her writing draws you in.Unfortunately I have not read any of the books mentioned above but they sound interesting:)
    Burning Down the Spouse looks good:)love the cover!

    I entered the BIG 1000 giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • Kristina October 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I've read books by both Stephen King and Dean Koontz just not these two. Not familiar with the rest but thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Sabrina October 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

    After reading Dakota's top 5… I am totally adding Night Games to my to-read list! It sounds hilarious.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    ssosborn at gmail dotcom

  • Sharon October 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I've read The Stand, and I agree it is a work of art. Now I really want to read Night Games and A Knight in Shining Armor. Thanks for the great post.

  • host October 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I love Dream a Little Dream by SEP, it's one of those books that keep you warm through the nights 🙂

  • host October 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    ups! forgot the e-mail:
    franalokas at yahoo dot com

  • debbie October 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I agree with your choices. The Stand is my favorite book. It actually influenced me a little in my life. This is a true story- I was part of the federal goverment's planning of a major pandemic a few years ago. There was a general who said, at a meeting, that he had a cover story, they would call it anthrax. You just can't make this stuff up. It was a very strange moment for me.
    Have you ever had a very unusual moment like that in your life?

  • Jet October 13, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I have a couple of Nina Bangs books in my to-read pile but not that one, I'll have to check it out!

    Entered the BIG 1000 giveaway!


  • Yto October 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    to my shame i didn't read even one of those books. i should start reading more again ^^;

    witchvela at web dot de

  • Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I have – on purpose – read all of Dakota Cassidy's 'Accidentally' books, and can confirm the giggling and snorting reaction to her books.

    And I want to sincerely congratulate you on your author picture. The debauched princess look, complete with cigarette, boa, and tiara is very, very good!

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  • Sullivan McPig October 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I read a lot of Jude Deveraux books, but can't remember if I read Knight In Shining Armor. Twin of Ice is my favorite of her books.

  • Diana October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I have only read The Stand by Stephen King. I absolutely love Dean Koontz. He is an excelent writer but I haven't read Odd Thomas.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • Dakota Cassidy October 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, you should totally move Nina up on your list–she's AWESOME!

  • Victoria October 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Dakota –

    I just have to say that I love your humor. It must be so much fun to go out with you :). What's your favorite way to celebrate a release?

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.


  • legallycaz October 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I absolutely love Dakota! I follow her on facebook sinc she is so freakin hilarious! I'm a big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I have several Nina Bangs books waiting to be read! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Oh and I entered the 1000 followers giveaway 🙂

  • Dakota Cassidy October 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hi, Victoria! I mostly hide. LOLLOL! I hate release day because it makes me sick with nerves. So I don't do anything special per se. I try to keep everything as normal as possible 🙂

  • krisgils33 October 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Dear Dakota Cassidy,
    Look at me go….I followed you here. LOL

    Those are some great and varied choices.

  • Estella October 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Have not read any of the books, but do like SEP and Jude Deveraux.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • bridgetw3 October 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    King is a literary giant in my book and I really enjoy SEP and Nina Bangs. Jude Deveraux's and Koontz's I haven't read.

    As far as my top 5, I'd have one of yours on my list, Dakota.

    bridgetw3 at cox dot net

  • Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I loved reading The Stand I had a nightmare because he is such a vivd writer.
    Laura – lrdotdanika74(at)yahoodotcom

  • Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I read the odd thomas series,
    it is very good.
    Carol- (

  • Blodeuedd October 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Yes on Deveraux, sure I have not read that one but the one I did read made me sigh 🙂


  • Mel October 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I have to confess that Dean Koontz is one of my comfort reads…I always know I will enjoy one of his books so I save his new ones for when I'm in a bit of slump and they draw me back each time!

    Mel S

  • Aurian October 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    The only author on your list that I totally love, is Jude Deveraux. I think I might have been a fan for almost 30 years now, and she still is autobuy for me.

    Your latest book is on my TBR, as I totally loved the reviews about it.

    O Susi, that swagpack! Cards from Yasmine Galenorn! I'd love to win it, so keeping my fingers crossed …

    I am a 1000 followers participant. auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  • elaing8 October 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I haven't read any of the books Dakota listed.but I sure am interested now in Nina Bangs book 🙂

  • Celine October 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I agree, Stephen King is one of the best writers out there. He actually gets his fans to read several 800+ paged tomes, which I find quite an accomplishment in this time.

    I enjoyed reading about your choices, even though I haven't read most of them (:


  • EdgesAngel22 October 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I totally loved The Stand too! I just couldn't put it down! I've read a couple of books by Nina Bangs too, as well as Dean Koontz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my mom's fave authors too 🙂
    On a Dakota related note, I've read the whole Accidental series-so far-and I LOVE them!! I'm going to check out your other books too!!
    Ashley A

  • Di October 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I've read 2 of the 5, but I'll make not of the other books.
    I've entered the 1000 Follower GA.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • tammyjmassey October 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Hello I am Tammy from I am an avid reader, I would not presume to think that I could ever write. Dakota's books are all awesome. I love the Accidental Series. Her picks of other authors are good, especially the Knight in Shining Armor. I have read that now 3 times and my heart melts EVERY time. My birthday is coming up on the 16th and I celebrate ALL month long. I could use some new books to read. Hint hint. I buy about $80.00 worth of books every week and love to read them all. Keep on going Dakota, my queen. Thank you for your words. Tammy

  • alainala October 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    holy guacamole thats quite the selection of books! havent read any of em, but 2 of them are now on my TBR list!!
    your book looks hilarious and now i must read that as well!!

    and might i add, thats a crapload of swag? thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  • Skitty October 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    The only book I have read is the SEP who is of course a wonderful author. So I will have to check out the others. Many people have told me to read The Stand but I am a wimp and SK scares me. Maybe if I fortify myself first…

    jann1155 (at) aol (dot) com

  • dawnmomoffour October 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I've entered the 1000 Follower GA.
    Wow, great choices! I've read most of them and enjoyed them too. Seems we read a lot of the same thing. Of course, I read a ton and almost anything at least once LOL
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  • Norma October 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I love Nina Bangs, but can't read King because he gives me nightmares! I also like SEP and Jude Devereraux.

    I think one of my favorite writers would have to be Robert Heinlein with his book Stranger in a Strange Land.

    I also read fantasy and like Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs, Kresley Cole,MaryJanice Davidson, Anne McCafrey, Katie MacAlister and the list goes on and on and on… 😉

    snostorm55 at yahoo dot com

  • Donna October 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I've read all but The Stand. Jude Deveraux got me reading romance. I LOVE Nina Bangs! I can see how you would like her stuff she is snarky funny like you. I think she may have used you as a template for Sparkle. 😉 Odd Thomas was out there not really my cup of tea. SEP is a wonderful writer.

  • Donna October 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Ooops forgot to leave email. 1_trouble AT msn DOT com

    am entering the 1000 Follower

  • Jess Woslager October 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Hey there I totally agree with your choices. I do like desperation, Carrie, and Gerald's Game better than the Stand though. But King is awesome!! Good Choices!!

  • May October 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Love SEP! Her last few books are especially amazing! Usually not a fan of contempary romance but she is just too good!

  • Christine Milone October 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I love Dakota's books, and her selections are as varied as what I like to read. Her books always make me laugh, sometimes I laugh so hard my husband looks at me like I'm nuts. The only question I can think of right now is, where the inspiration comes from for some of the more funnier characters, they are so real and life like, they have to be based on someone.. 🙂 Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next new release..

  • Dakota Cassidy October 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Inspy mostly comes from a compilation of people I jam into one poor soul. LOL! I take bits and pieces of people I've met, watched on TV etc and I throw them into one pot, bring to a boil, and then I let 'em simmer 🙂

  • QueenTinLizzy October 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Fairly new (under a year) to your books, but am trying to get my hands on all of them. I like yur choices, specially Jude Devereaux -Mine was the Black Lyon, all or any of SEP-she's great. Keep 'em coming!

  • Jen B. October 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Odd Thomas is on my bookshelf, I just need to read it. I never read The Stand. I love Stephen King but that book is just too much. I did love the miniseries. I have Susan Elizabeth Phillips on my wish list but I will have to add this one. Have you ever read anything by Jacqueline Carey? Her Kushiel series (first 3 books are the best) blew me away! Thanks for the giveaway. I love swag.

  • Sherie October 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Love your books, Dakota!

  • Robin October 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Dakota's books are great, as are Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jude Deveraux… Stephen King is a fantastic writer and The Stand is great but his stuff is too scary for me to call it a best book…

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Kelli Jo October 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Well, Dakota, you know u love your books, so I'll definitely have to check out your favorite books. I can't wait for Waltz This Way comes out!!

  • Gail October 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Stephen King books scare the beegees out of me! (not the singing group;)) One of my top 5 is The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien.
    I love Dakota's books, they make me smile and LOL.
    Thanks for the giveaway=)


  • Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Just recently found you Dakota, but so far so good. Totally agree with you about SEP; just love her! Keep up the good work.

  • marybelle October 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    A great selection. I've added them to my reading list.


  • Rhapsdyb October 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Dakota, how are you doing? Love Stephen King all except Pet Sematary, that book really creeped me out. Did you here he is doing a sequel to The Shining? It will be based on the son as a grown up. Can hardly wait. Love your choices, your books, and the swag.


  • Rhapsdyb October 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    OOPS Forgot to leave my email–


  • Anonymous October 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

    i love the books of nina bangs and jude deveraux!!!jude was one of my first authors because i have all books published in germany. with her i have all books from johanna lindsey too.king and koontz are not my fav. authors. my big books are from j.m.auel LOL!!! your books are great – please more!!!
    gabi dot wurst at arcor dot de

  • Liza October 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I love Dakota books! I can always count on you when I need a pick me up without the mush. Down and dirty pick yourself up by the panty straps and make the best out of any situation. I have also read ' King' and ' Koontz'. The 'Odd' series is a qiuck and easy read, sucks you right in. Have read some Nina Bangs, but there is just not enough time in the year to get through my TBR list. But just knowing they are out there is such an awesome challenge, anticipation (just like Heinz ketchup)!!

  • Tore October 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I agree that The Stand is a great book. It is so long though. I haven't read any of the other books yet but I would like to. Please enter me in contest.

  • Liza October 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I love Dakota books! I can always count on you when I need a pick me up without the mush. Down and dirty pick yourself up by the panty straps and make the best out of any situation. I have also read ' King' and ' Koontz'. The 'Odd' series is a qiuck and easy read, sucks you right in. Have read some Nina Bangs, but there is just not enough time in the year to get through my TBR list. But just knowing they are out there is such an awesome challenge, anticipation (just like Heinz ketchup)!!

  • Stephanie Keller October 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I just read Dream a little Dream from Susan and loved it. But what I am waiting for with bated breath is a new book from Dakota love you girl.

  • Bookwyrm369 October 14, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Definitely agree with you on Dean Koontz – he's just a superb writer and I love all of his books but his Odd Thomas series is exceptional!

    smaccall AT

  • Chelsea B. October 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I have never read Jude Deveraux, but I hear she is the mastah. Great picks!


  • Maria (pronounced Mariah) October 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    That is great selection of books! Love your picture too!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • Camille October 15, 2011 at 7:14 am

    oh gosh I LOVE Devereux's A Knight and Shining Armour! I have the copy pictured but I'm trying to get my hands on the original hardcopy.

    And Dream a Little Dream is one of SEP's best (I'm torn as to which IS her best- she's a great contemp rom author)


    midnite dot fantasy at gmail dot com

  • IdentitySeeker October 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Excellent selections, Dakota. The Stand was recommended to me and I planned on reading it, but I never knew it was that long. I'm looking up Knight in Shining Armour right now, because I haven't read one of Jude's books in a long time.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sarah DOT setar AT gmail DOT com

  • LSUReader October 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    What an eclectic selection of novels. Why is that not a surprise? Great list, Dakota. Thanks for visiting.

  • Anna October 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Susan Elizabeth Philips is surely among my favorite authors as well!And I have to read Deveraux any time soon!

    Thanks for the giveaway!I have also entered the 1000 followers.


  • miki October 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

    i've never read any of those books but they seem interesting , i will try to get them at the library to see

    thanks you for the giveaway


    +100 followers giveaway

  • mbreakfield October 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I've read the SEP and Deveraux books and loved both.

  • Scorpio1974 October 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Looks like a pretty good selection to me, although I haven't read any of them personally yet but may have to add them to my TBR list. =) The swag pack looks really good too! =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
    Jewelry Creations by V.S. Long –

  • Ms Opiniated October 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Dakota
    I've never read any of your books before, but I would love to. Your books sound like they are witty, lighthearted and fun to read. Stephen King and Dean Koontz are also two of my favorite authors; and knowing you read their books too, hit a chord with me.
    Having read fantasy genre books, I would love to make a change by reading your books.
    Thanks for the give-away.

  • Vojalyn October 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I feel so ashamed! I haven't read any of these books, but at least I now know what to borrow from the library the next time I go there 🙂

  • Gisele Alv October 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I LOVEEE SEP!!! The Chicago Series, Kiss An Angel, What I did for love!!! EVERYTHING!!! And i've read Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux too and enjoy it so much!

    Thank you for the swag giveaway
    +1000 big Giveaway


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