Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic according to That Artsy Reading Girl is an interesting one—and has taken a bit of thinking power, too. Well, except for the first item on my list. That one’s been a dream of mine for a while now. 😉
But I was telling you the topic, wasn’t I? Books You’d Mash Together. You’ll pretty soon realise I’ve taken a rather liberal approach to this topic. I’ve included anything from authors whom I think should collaborate to characters I’d love to see together to . . . well, just about any mash-up you can think of.
Tamara Leigh & Ronie Kendig
Can I get an AMEN!? How epic would the story be if these two fantastic authors put their heads together? I mean, I could totally see the Wulfriths and Wraith (Tox’s team) setting whatever world they found themselves in on fire—or putting the fires out, more likely! Although there might be a bit of adjustment to new weaponry… Oh. My. Goodness! Can you imagine the scenes as they train each other? And Cell trying to adjust to the medieval world with no technology? 😂 This gets better the longer I think about it.
But my not-so-secret desire: These two should pair up and write either (a) a biographical fiction novel of the 12th Century knight William Marshal; or (b) a series about a William Marshal-esque knight who takes it upon himself to try to enforce some kind of justice during the turbulent reign of King Stephen. Anyone out there know their English history and agree with me?
Not that I’m demanding or anything… 😉
Drew Farthering & Hamish DeLuca
I really think my two favourite 1930s amateur detectives need to collaborate on a case. Drew and Madeline could head to Boston for some reason, or maybe it could be a trans-Atlantic mystery—a kind of ‘Death on the Nile’ but crossing the Atlantic. I can just imagine the lively conversations between Drew and Reggie! And somehow, I think Drew and Madeline would be just the kind of people who could make Hamish feel comfortable in their presence. 🙂
Crime and Punishment and Hercule Poirot
There’s a very good reason I’m suggesting this mashup. I’m currently ploughing through Crime and Punishment and, while it explores some interesting ideas regarding crime and punishment, it does drag on a bit. I’m pretty much ready for a Hercule Poirot to swoop in and wrap things up so I can move on…
Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
It seems to me that the Pevensie children did a pretty good job of getting rid of one despot. I’m sure they’d be able to do the same for the Queen of Hearts. 🙂
Meant to Be Mine and The Austen Escape
Okay. So, confession. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of some way of putting Ty Porter in Regency garb. Inspiration has struck! How much fun would it be if Ty and Celia Porter suddenly found themselves in a Regency setting? I mean, Ty Porter in breeches and a cravat? Ahem. Did someone turn up the thermostat in here . . . 😉
But seriously. Celia would be like Elizabeth Bennet on . . . well, not steroids, but you know what I mean. And Ty? Well, I have no idea which Austen hero he would be like. I don’t think Austen made heroes quite like him! But it would be fun to see him try and be a Darcy. 🤣
Turtles in the Road and The Heart Between Us
If you haven’t read Turtles in the Road yet, WHY NOT! Seriously, one of the funniest books EVER! Piper Cope is totally random and prone to being a little dramatic at times, especially where turtles are concerned, and I can’t help wondering how she would go fulfilling a bucket-list of tourist destinations and must-dos like Megan Jacobs does in The Heart Between Us. And can you imagine if Kent tagged along? 😂 If you’ve never met Kent, trust me: whatever you’re imagining doesn’t come close. Just do yourself a favour and read the book!
PS to Rhonda and Kaley Rhea. Feel totally free to take this idea and run with it. 😉
Camdyn Taylor and P.J. Sugar
I would so love to see Camdyn Taylor from Christina Coryell’s Camdyn Series become a private investigator like P.J. Sugar in Susan May Warren’s series. If you haven’t met Camdyn yet, she’s probably not quite so random and dramatic as Piper Cope, but she definitely has a knack for getting herself into . . . situations. And if she was ever to take up private investigating as a career? Look out world! And Cole, for that matter!
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Without Warning
Okay, I’m having far too much fun with this now, but can you imagine the result if Sarah Hollenbeck joined the all-female Elite Guardians personal security firm? Titles like Without Warning could take on a whole new level of meaning! 😆
Okay, so that’s not quite ten, but I think that’s me done for now.