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Latest, greatest reads . . .

14 Apr

The fact that some of my favorite authors actually take the TIME to write good books is somewhat annoying to me.  And, yes, I am clear on the contradiction in my statement.

I love that they write great books.  I just wish they could do it REALLY quickly.

I found a new author that I love.  Patricia Briggs.

She’s written a lot of books but the ones that I fell in love with are her Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series.  They are set in the same world with overlapping characters which is sort of like taking everything I like about series books and magnifying it.

Mercy Thompson is an auto mechanic with some real problems.  For one thing, she hangs out with werewolves, vampires, and other magical creatures.  For another, she’s a Native American shapeshifter who turns into a coyote.  Yup, her world is complicated especially when you add in all the interest she’s getting from her werewolf neighbor whose the Alpha in his pack.

The Alpha and Omega series is set in the same world and there are crossover characters and situations.  The Alpha in this situation is another Native American but this one is a werewolf.  He falls in with and rescues a female Omega wolf.  I won’t go into the details (because Briggs does a much better job of it than I can) but suffice to say that the Omega is very special and they click.

These books are edgy as urban fantasy and/or paranormal romances tend to be but they aren’t over the top edgy.  I found them very well written and compelling.  The women are strong but may need help from time to time.  The men are VERY strong and definitely need help from time to time.

I burned through these books in record time (not a surprise for me).  I read fast, especially when I’m reading something I really enjoy.  However, that gives me lots of time to go back and re-read which I also love.  I am most unhappy that I’ve read all the books in these series.  I have read the descriptions of her other works and it sounds good, just not what I’m wanting to read right now.  The good news is that she plans more books in both series.  The bad news . . . she seems to write slowly.  I’ll wait but I won’t be patient about it.

Cry Wolf is the first book in the Alpha Omega series, however, you should start with the novella that started it all: Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry WolfMoon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) is first in Mercy Thompson’s series.  You can start with either series.  Be aware that Alpha-Omega starts prior to the first Mercy Thompson book but overlaps it somewhat.


53 books and nothing to read

17 Jan

Oh, the agony of a Kindle.  I have 53 books in my “to be read” category.  Seriously, 53 books.  That’s along with 6 in my currently being read category . . .

and I don’t want to read any of them right now.

Kindle with egret image

There’s nothing wrong with the books I have in my lists.  Some of them are excellent books that I’m really enjoying but I’m not in the mood for them right now.  I’ve been reading urban fantasy romance novels about human animal hybrids and vampires and the like.  That genre is still appealing to me buuuuuuut I hate to buy new books without knowing they are good and that I’ll like them.  What I’d really like is if my favorite authors would all come out with new books.  That would be GREAT!

Enough whining for now . . . guess I’ll go force myself to read something good that I’m not excited about . . .

What I’m Reading

24 Nov

Kindle with bag
I’ve been finding time to read before I fall asleep at night.  This is, in my opinion, one more reason to love a Kindle.  When I read a REAL book until I fall asleep, I often wake up with a closed book in my hand, having fallen asleep mid-sentence.  Then I have to dig around to find my place.  Not so with a Kindle.  When I fall asleep mid-sentence with a Kindle, I wake up to find a turned off Kindle and my place is forever saved.  Hurrah!

So, I’ve been reading a bit lately.

I finished reading Diana Gabaldon’s new book (and the one before it as I needed to refresh my poor memory).  I can’t recommend her books enough . . . they are quite simply excellent!

Then, I was reading a Regency romance written during the Regency period.  It’s called Marriage
and it’s written by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier.  It’s interesting but a bit slow and draggy.  She certainly didn’t aspire to the “show, don’t tell” school of writing.  So, I’ve put it aside . . . not sure I’ll finish it.  Still, with the Kindle, it was cheap so no worries there.  The hardcover version is $30.  The Kindle version . . . $1.50.  LOVE IT!

Amazon is so good about sending mail when a fav author has something new so I was happy to learn that Nora Roberts had a new book in her latest series about 4 friends who are wedding planners.  It’s called Bed of Roses (The Bride Quartet)
. It’s a good read — Nora Roberts is always a good read. I just like her stuff.

Even when she writes under another name. The other name she writes under is J.D. Robb — she has the Eve Dallas series under that name. It’s set in the not-too-distant future. Eve is a cop in NYC. She and her husband, Roarke, clean up crime in their own inimitable way. I like this series because the character development grows from book to book and I like the characters. The latest book is called Kindred in Death. The cool thing is that in February, there’s another one coming out too. Yippee!

All those links go to the not-Kindle-versions of the books I recommended.  Not sure why Amazon won’t let me link to the Kindle versions themselves but they won’t (well, they won’t if I want to get $$$ for your buying these books on my say-so).  So, anyway, there’s the full disclosure piece.  If you click on those links and buy a book, I get a cut.  A small cut to be sure but there you are.   And, would it surprise you to learn that my cut is put directly into an Amazon gift card so I can buy more books to read?  😀

P.S.  I promise to find time this weekend to take pictures of the bathroom remodel and share them with you.  Promise!

I love to read.

27 May

I love to read on my Kindle2.

I love to read series fiction.

I love to read series fiction on my Kindle2.

And, I have a new favorite author to add to my list.

Deanna Raybourn writes the Lady Julia Grey series. Raybourn creates memorable, likeable characters who are involved in interesting mysteries with hint of romance.  Set in Victorian England, this series explores lifes of the wealthy in this time period and compares it to those who are less fortunate, including Gypsies, prostitutes, and servants. Lady Julia and her madcap family are thoroughly engaging.

There are three books in the series so far Silent in the Grave , Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent on the Moor.  I’ve read the first two and I’m in the middle of the third.

Best of all, they are available for the Kindle in an enhanced version.  Love them!  Oh, and there’s a contest on Raybourn’s website where the prize is a Kindle2!  Go get one!

If you find you are loving Lady Julia, you may want to check out her more serious, less romatic cousin, Lady Emily. She is similarly a recent widow who solves mysteries in Victorian England.  These books are written by Tasha Alexander and while they are similar, there are also lots of differences as well — mostly in tone and style.  I have read the first in the Lady Emily series:  And Only to Deceive.  I enjoyed it and will read more but I didn’t have to get the whole series and read it over a long weekend.

Oh, Amazon has given Kindle a new feature: The Amazon Reading List webpage.  You will see a list of your Kindle books.  Oddly, at first, I only saw 7 of my books until I chose the option to show more books and then all my books showed up.  You can give a review.  This feature will also allow you to access your highlights and annotations.  This new web service is synched to your Kindle which allows you to see (but not change) these highlights and annotations.  You can also review your books with star ratings and see the overall ratings of the same books.

To get to your Amazon Reading List, just enter into your web browser address bar, then log into your account.

One of the reasons for my distraction

3 Aug
His Majestys Dragon

His Majesty's Dragon

In researching for a story idea, I stumbled across a reference to this book, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik.  I ordered the book on Amazon and fell into a most fantastic story.  Imagine that dragons are real and can be tied to one person through a bond of love and trust.  Imagine that you are an English naval captain fighting the forces of Bonaparte in Regency times.  Imagine you come across a very large egg. This book has almost all the elements I adore in a book . . . historical setting, fantasy, and alternative history.  It’s fantastic.

Oh, and best of all, it’s the start to a series.  I’ve already requested book two from my library.

The only problem is that this is the sort of first novel that is most discouraging to someone setting out into the dangerous seas of writing.  So many of my favorite authors make writing look so insanely easy that it would be very easy to get discouraged.

And, I’m easy to discourage, I must say.

Still, if this sounds at all appealing, give it a try.