Posted by: Katie | February 20, 2015

Monthly Twitter chats for RWA15 First-Timers

**EDITED: THERE WILL BE NO MORE SCHEDULED CHATS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, THOUGH, USE THE HASHTAG #RWA1st AND I WILL TRY TO ANSWER/GET YOU AN ANSWER.

Saturday Night Live has the Five Timers Club, but everyone has to have a first time. I still remember my first time at RWA in Chicago, 1999. I was *fresh* out of college, and even fresher out of a semester abroad in England. I had absolutely no freaking clue what was going on. I had been given vague ideas from friends on the Nora Roberts chat board, but there was so much that people told me about at the conference that I wasn’t prepared for. These still way fresh for as old as they are memories, along with some conversations I observed on Twitter prompted me to propose monthly chats for first timers.

The way I envision these chats happening is that we collate everything under the #RWA15 tag along with #RWA1st. They will happen for one hour and will have varying start times on varying days of the week. I will Storify all of the tweets so people can refer back to them. First timers and “old” timers are encouraged to participate as it’s us “old” timers who will have the answers to the first timers’ questions. I’m doing this all on my own and this is in no way sponsored or endorsed by RWA.

The first chat will happen today at 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central, etc., but I reserve the right to call out for another chat later next week. Future dates and times will be announced on Twitter with ample notice.

Storified chats:

  • February (2/20/15)
  • March – not storified, but happened on 3/19/15
  • April and May (mostly) (4/15/15 & 5/26/15)
  • July (7/6/15)
Posted by: Katie | July 6, 2015

May and June Reads

:Phew: I thought I had to write up all of March and April in addition to May and June. I’m not as much of a slacker as I thought I was! Looking through the list of what I finished in May and June is not fully lining up with my sense of how much I read during the two months. Thinking it over, I started a lot of books, skimmed many more, and reread certain favorite passages as needed. In some ways, I miss being a huge consumer of books because I *KNOW* I read a lot more when I was younger. But I also had much more time I could dedicate solely to reading. Seeing how much I *do* accomplish to read with my schedule as it is, it’s pretty darn good.

Read

  • Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison – Interesting entry to her Elder Races series. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the hero because he was the antagonist in previous books, but the mark of a good storyteller is to reveal the truths each character hides from those around him or her.
  • Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick – Enjoyable, especially for those who prefer a strong mix of romance and mystery as well as older heroes and heroines.
  • A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens – I really liked this and think it might towards the top of my list of preferred Cynster books.
  • Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz – This really struck a chord in me and I think it’s going to be a big hit when it comes out. I’ve long enjoyed JAK/AQ/JC, but this felt like her voice had been dusted off and shined up. Out in December, ARC gotten at Book Expo.
  • Suddenly One Summer by Julie James – Julie once again hit it out of the park for me, and I had to go back and reread one of her earlier books which this was the direct spin-off from.
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare – I’m really loving Tessa’s Castles Ever After series, and this is another great one. I’m finding that Tessa is gorgeously subtle about easter eggs for romance fans, and I can’t wait to see the response to this one. eARC received from publisher.

Reread

  • The Substitute Bridegroom by Charlotte Louise Dolan – I first read this in high school and had a yen to read her books again. I think CLD isn’t as well known to romance fans as she should be, but this series of books really pushed the boundaries of their subgenre at the time they were published. Woman who is hampered by her status as a beauty and her relationship with her unexpected husband, a soldier.
  • Three Lords for Lady Anne by Charlotte Louise Dolan – Strong, older heroine who hides her identity.
  • The Resolute Runaway by Charlotte Louise Dolan – A  young woman who sees herself as a mouse, but is really a tiger on the inside.
  • The Black Widow by Charlotte Louise Dolan – A young woman has a reputation for losing her finacees, but the newest man interested in her realizes there’s something amiss.
  • Love Irresistibly by Julie James – The conflict really is about finding the right work/life balance.
  • The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens – There was a reference in one of her newer books that made me want to reread this. Very enjoyable.
  • The Elusive Bridegroom by Stephanie Laurens – And I had to track back a bit more thanks to the previous reread.

Listened to

  • Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich – Read by Lorelie King and as usually she had me in tears from laughter at parts.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Read by Dan Stevens (aka Matthew Crawley). I picked this up on Scribd because I saw some friends on Twitter discussing it and how good a job he did at distinguishing the characters’ voices. He did a fabulous job with it. And as a fan of the Poirot TV series as well as the 1974 film adaptation of the book, he did his research. Stevens’ Poirot very much reminded me of David Suchet, while the bulk of the other characters reminded me of the actors who portrayed them in the film. Which is good as the only casting I hated in the 1974 film was of Albert Finney. So, if you can get your hands on this version of the audiobook, I highly recommend it. Also, Agatha Christie at her finest.

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • None

Read in May & June: 15
Read in 2015: 34

Posted by: Katie | June 18, 2015

I’m selling my car – spread the word

UPDATE: The car has been sold. Thank you for all of the help spreading the word and the inquiries.

If you or know someone in the greater DC area who is interested in acquiring a new car, I’ve got one for sale. I’m tapping my network to avoid having to deal with complete strangers on Craigslist, so I’m putting my trust, faith, and safety in your hands. More details on the Car for Sale page.

Posted by: Katie | May 2, 2015

March & April reads

I’d be more worried about the low-ish numbers (due to April), were it not for the fact that I/alter ego was managing the VIP duties for a writing conference during this period. Overall, a good two months.

Read

  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop – So yummy. I think I devoured this book in a day. I’m really enjoying how the overall story arc of this series is unfolding, and am looking forward to next year’s book.
  • The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens – The “first” of the next generation Cynsters. This was enjoyable and I’d rank it in the upper half of the series.
  • Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs – Interesting. I enjoyed the book, and there were some interesting background to Charles that was revealed. I was talking about the series with a friend, and I’m curious if the fact that I don’t read her Mercy Thompson series is interfering with what I’m getting out of this series as there are intertwining story lines.
  • The List by Anne Calhoun – FABULOUS!!! Seriously. Anne is a fantastic writer and I loved this story. It’s got dueling timelines, and is sensual as all hell. I adored the details about the heroine’s stationery business and her love of handwritten letters and notes.
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh – *SIGH* I had been eagerly anticipating this story since I first read Rock Addiction. Nalini delivered. And then some.
  • Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris – I found this reading experience a bit curious as I had binged on this series last year. There were still tics, mainly in description, that I noticed, but I am enjoying how the characters are progressing. I also like the way Harris weaves in notable historical happenings of the day.
  • This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman – Solid, enjoyable story from Goodman. She is a gritty Western romance writer, but I found this particular book had less of a focus on sexual assault on some character as previous books. It was still there, but not as prominent.
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – This is one of those books I was obliquely referring to in the January & February post as I had started in February, but didn’t finish it until April. In fact, I read the last half of it on the day I got my signed copy. This is a book where it’s very important that the authors’ voice connects with you. There are so many storytelling choices that Heather and Jessica made that generally do not work for me, but their voice lifted me above those otherwise-annoyance points and delivered a fun story.
  • Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell – This book frustrated me to no end. I normally have no problem dropping a book if it is not working for me for whatever reason. There are *a lot* of issues with this book that make me think no, or VERY little, developmental editing was done to it. About halfway through the book, I questioned myself why on Earth I was still reading since there were so many issues I was seeing. I thought it was Lowell’s author voice. Which was a factor. BUT. There’s always a but. But, after I finished the book I realized that I’d been rewriting it in my head as I read to what I consider the more polished version, and that is the story I was enjoying. So, do I recommend this? Not really. But I *really* wish I could as there is so much promise in this story for an exceptional read.

Reread

  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh – Read in anticipation of the release of Rock Hard. Still just as enjoyable as the first read.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh – Technically a reread, and again in anticipation of the release of Rock Hard.
  • The Curious Case of Lady Latimer’s Shoes by Stephanie Laurens – I was kind of surprised to realize I had missed reading this when it first came out last year. This is much more focused on the mystery than the romance, so I’d be careful about recommending it to romance readers who are not familiar not only with Laurens but also her Barnaby Adair series.

Children’s

  • Found by Salina Yoon – This counts, and probably for multiple times, as I not only read it myself but also to a class of pre-schoolers. *Highly* recommended for 3-4 year olds.

Read in March & April: 13
Read in 2015: 19

Posted by: Katie | March 1, 2015

January and February reads

This year is off to a very slow reading start which is fascinating as I started 2014 off with a bang. I’m actually feeling fine about this for the reasons I detailed in my 2014 reading round-up post. While I didn’t finish a lot of books the first two months of this year, I did start quite a few more and reread bits and pieces of others. As always, there’s more reading in my life than is truly reflected here :)

Read

  • Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – A *very* fun novel where the hero is a former champion prize fighter and the heroine is into brewing beer. I learned about the history of IPAs!
  • Prudence by Gail Carriger – ARC provided by publisher – This is the first of a potential series (only one other book confirmed) starring the daughter of Alexia and Connall from the Parasol Protectorate series. It was an interesting read, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading the next.
  • [REDACTED] by [REDACTED] – This was a book that I was beta reading for an author friend of mine to help get some of the library details right. I literally *squeed* and seal clapped over this book and will give it a shout out to it when it’s published later this year.
  • Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz – Classic Krentz that would be a decent introduction to her style for new readers, and a comfort read for returning readers.

Reread

  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop – First in the Others series. Reread because the new one is due out on Tuesday.
  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – Second in the Others series. This and Written in Red are cracky reads for me and I’m really hoping the third, Vision in Silver, is the same.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • None

Total read in January and February: 6
Total read in 2015: 6 (Edited because I have proven once again that my counting skills when it comes to books is decidedly lacking.)

Posted by: Katie | January 12, 2015

Reads of 2014 Wrap Up

First, there *was* an accounting error. Yes, I hear you all laughing. I record my reads in LibraryThing and while it is usually very good at searching, there is some “loss” of hits. They very nicely display how many titles are associated with a particular tag, and when I totalled my 2014 tags, I was 4 books short with what I had recorded here. Three of the “missing” books were from October. Here are all of the missing books:

  • Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon (Read, Oct.) – ARC provided by publisher. Astute readers will have noted that I did refer to this book in the October/November list when I noted reading Running Hot, the prequel novella. I really enjoyed PD, and especially liked the heroine, Shay. Frankly, I was a bit jealous of her as well as HelenKay’s description of the hero, Ford, had me all drooly. Out in two weeks!
  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Read, Oct.) – ARC provided by publisher. This is the direct sequel to Allen’s first book, Garden Spells, which I loved. I also loved this book and appreciated the growth of the characters as this story happens about ten years after the events of GS. Definitely recommended for fans of sweet stories who can handle light fantasy elements. Out next week!
  • Natural Law by Joey W. Hill (Reread, Oct.) – I don’t think I noted this book when I first read it back in 2012. This is a book not for the faint of heart. There are deep BDSM elements that may make readers uncomfortable. I appreciated how Hill handled the emotional motivations of the characters, and I also liked the romantic suspense subplot. On rereading it, I want to read the other books Hill has set in this world at some point.
  • Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer (Listened to, Dec.) – Annual-ish re-read which I’ve talked about before.

So, with the addition of these books, my total reads for 2014 was 93. The breakdown between my five categories are:

  • Read – 44 (Third lowest annual amount, and 12 more than last year which was the lowest annual amount.)
  • Reread – 10 (Dead middle annual amount since I’ve been keeping track, and also half of the highest total.)
  • Listened to – 8 (Second lowest annual amount. Third lowest amount is nearly double this.)
  • Novella – 19 (Highest annual amount.)
  • Children’s – 12 (Highest annual amount, but I only started keeping track of this category in 2013.)

I’d say that this year was on the low end of my average range of reading. I was actually expecting it to be the lowest amount, partially due the the short bouts of depression that I dealt with through the course of the year, and also because of the amount of time I spent writing my own fiction this last year. I wrote three full novels of varying lengths, a couple of novellas, and a couple of short stories. Most of which will remain unpublished. That writing time cut into my reading time, so the fact that I managed to have an “average-ish for me” year in terms of reading is a win.

For 2015, I’m making a point to dial back on my reading. This is more because I realized around Christmas that I may finally be experiencing a bit of burnout with my preferred genre, romance, after 25 years of reading it. I’m in no way going to quit reading it, but I’m also not going to give it priority when deciding what to read next. I fully expect a lot of my reads to have some kind of romantic element to them as I do tend to enjoy a story better when that’s present, but I predict the majority of new-to-me authors to be in genres outside of romance.

That’s my 2014 in reading, for what I keep track of at least. How was yours?

Posted by: Katie | January 11, 2015

December reads

December was a light month for me, but not the lightest by any means. I’m choosing to blame this on the holiday season with *lots* of things happening (like going home for a family visit) and many people wanting my attention. In putting this list together, I know for sure that I will need to do a full accounting of the books I read in 2014, and reserve the right to change the final tally in my year-end round up.

Read

  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne – It had been a few books since I’d read JB. I read The Spymaster’s Lady and loved it, was a bit meh on My Lord and Spymaster, and could not get into Forbidden Rose. I skipped Black Hawk entirely when it came out, but I bought it. I saw my friends talking about RS when it released this year, and I decided to try JB once again. I’m so glad I did. I was reminded of the joy of reading TSL, and I immediately went to my bookshelf and grabbed BH as soon as I finished. Loved.
  • Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne – The structure of this story took a little while to get used to, but in the end, a very solid and enjoyable read. *Highly* recommend.
  • Haunted by Kay Bishop – The latest in the Bishop/SCU series, it wraps up and “reveals” some things I’ve suspected for a few books now. I enjoyed it, but I think this would be easier to understand if you were a reader of the series.
  • Her Ladyship’s Companion by Joanna Bourne – This was JB’s first published book (I think), and it occurs in the same world as RS and BH (Adrian from BH is even a secondary character), but you can tell that it is a romance of the 1980s. I’d suggest reading this if you have a love of old style regency romances or if you want to be a JB completist.
  • Revenant by Larissa Ione – Final in this cycle of the Demonica series. I really enjoyed it and it surprised me at points, but I thought Ione neatly wrapped up all of the threads of the series.
  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews – First in a new series. Urban fantasy with magic, and I really enjoyed how they’re handling the development of the main character. I like that there’s romantic tension, but I can also see where the main character hooking up with the potential love interest would not be in her best interests (and she knows this). So, thumbs up on a strong female lead for those who like urban fantasy.

Reread

  • None

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • Blizzard by John Rocco – A *very* cute picture book that I totally want to share with my currently 7yo nephews and my younger niece and nephew. Based on the author’s own experiences as a child during a blizzard.

Total read in December: 7
Total read in 2014: 89

Posted by: Katie | December 1, 2014

October and November reads

I’m squarely placing the blame of me not updating the October reads list on the fact that I was at home for a family-ish wedding the five days around November 1st. I thought I’d read more in October than I really did, and the only thing I can think of is that I started reading a lot more books than I finished, and I also reread a bunch of scenes from books rather than the whole book. I would have totally updated once I got home except writing alter ego got caught up in the frenzy that is Nanowrimo. Reading time consequently was compromised, but I still managed to get some new reads in. Funnily enough, there seem to be a couple of glitches with my tags in my LibraryThing account as two books I *know* I read in November aren’t coming back when I do a search combining the year (part of the tag) and the month (standalone tag). I may need to do an accounting at the end of the year to confirm that I have the correct numbers. Especially as I discovered I forgot to add a novella back in May and it’s included on this list.

Read

  • Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh – I was a bit leery of this because it’s described as being New Adult, and I’m not exactly a fan of New Adult, but it’s Nalini, so I gave it a try. I loved it. I really, really loved it.
  • Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor – I saw talk about this on Twitter and decided to give it a shot even though it’s not my usual cup of tea. It was very enjoyable, and I think I’m going to try the related story. What really interested me was how much I think the author got right about the kids. I’m the oldest of five and I clearly remember a family vacation when I was six (though Mom wasn’t as far along with #5 as the heroine is in this story) and mom had to wrangle the four of us for most of it by herself. However, my dad was at a convention (it was at/near Disney World, hence, the family tagging along) and not dead like the father of the kids in this story. What I also liked about it is the fact that the hero is a Navy SEAL, but the focus of the story isn’t on him being a SEAL–though it does come into play at the appropriate points.
  • Only by HelenKay Dimon – Sequel to Mercy, and really good. But in a different way. I think it’s because of the heroine’s age and different experiences than the heroine of the previous story. I’m *really* excited that there will be two more stories in this world, a novella and a full-length novel.
  • By Winter’s Light by Stephanie Laurens – ARC provided by author/publisher – I’m going to say this is only for fans of the Cynsters. It is very clearly a transition story. The “core” romance could have very easily have been a novella, and if you pull out the parts with the core romance, it’s probably only novella-length. A good deal of the story is setup for the upcoming novels and transition to the next generation of Cynsters.
  • Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh – LOVED. However, I have yet to be disappointed by any of Nalini’s books in the Guild Hunter world. At the same time, this is probably in the first one or two of the non-Raphael & Elena stories that I’d go back and reread if I didn’t reread the series in order.

Reread

  • Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – I’m not quite sure how I got sucked into rereading this, but it was available on the Scribd app for which I got a 3-month trial, and my paper copy is in storage in Chicago. This is probably my favorite of all of the Bridgertons and I’m definitely going to hold on to Scribd even after the subscription kicks in.

Listened to

  • The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn – I technically read the last two chapters in the paper copy I happened to have had lying around thanks to a booksigning or conference in the last few years. I did that so I could count it amongst my November reads :) The audiobook was through work, so no comment on the narration. I think this is the final full-length novel in Lady Julia Grey series, but Raybourn’s left the world open for her to easily return to it if she wants to.

Novella

  • The Kraken King: Part VIII by Meljean Brook – This is the May read. I may have been a bit too excited when reading it and went immediately back to reread this part without updating my reading list.
  • Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh – I adored this story. What really makes it is the memos between David and Thea. Even better is that Nalini’s added a few more memos to her newsletter if you subscribe to it.
  • Azagoth by Larissa Ione – This officially released back in June, but wasn’t available outside of Amazon until September. I do understand the business reasons for people to choose exclusivity to Amazon, but I avoid buying books on AMZ. If it’s only on AMZ, I’ll either wait until it’s available elsewhere or just not read it. I say this because I was really disappointed when I discovered on release day that I couldn’t buy this story which I had really been anticipating at my preferred outlets. In the end, the story was a really good addition to the Demonica world, but my enthusiasm for it had waned.
  • Seize the Night by Tiffany Reisz – ARC from publisher at BEA – Tiffany told me at BEA she thought this was one of the best stories she’d written. I haven’t read all of her stuff, so I can’t comment with regards to her whole oeuvre, but I can tell you this was a damn good story. It’s part of an unlinked duology with Megan Hart, “Captivated”, who you also can’t go wrong with if you like emotional erotica.
  • Running Hot by HelenKay Dimon – ARC provided by publisher – prequel novella to Playing Dirty which I read in September. While I obviously got what was happening in Playing Dirty with no problem, this novella tells the romance of two side characters in PD and introduces the PD hero. It’s not in anyway necessary to read before PD, but it will add a richness to the reading experience. Also, hot spies in the field.
  • Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn – Enjoyable little mystery featuring Lady Julia Grey and family. I’d suggest reading soon after Silent Night as the events in TN happen about a week or so after SN.
  • Bonfire Night by Deanna Raybourn – This is the final, for now, story in the Lady Julia Grey world. It offers some closure of events which happened in TN, and is a quick read.

Children’s

  • None

Total read in October and November (and May): 14
Total read in 2014: 82

Posted by: Katie | October 2, 2014

September reads

I went on a bit of a reading binge this last month as you’ll see. Well worth it.

Read

  • The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle – The latest in her Rainshadow arc on the Harmony world. Very quick read for me.
  • Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison – Interesting entry into the Elder Races series. I would definitely recommend reading this book before the next one, but I don’t think you necessarily have to read any of the other ER books before this one.
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley – I read this for a book club I’m in. Yes, shocker, I’m actually reading assigned books. This hooked me in while I was at the beach, and I could barely put it down. It (along with a few other books) has helped me to realize that I’m a definite sucker for procedural mysteries with a sf/fantasy bent.
  • Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris – Third in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I’d set this aside back in May or so for various reasons, and decided to give it another shot as I was feeling a bit hungover from The Rook. Definitely enjoyable, as this really felt like the overarching story of Sebastian gelled together. The primary mystery might include triggers for some people.
  • Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean – ARC provided by the publisher – I *may* have been stalking Edelweiss for this book. A fabulous conclusion to her Rules of Scoundrels series.
  • Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris – Fourth in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
  • What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris – Fifth in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
  • Where Shadows Dance by C.S. Harris – Sixth in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
  • When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris – Seventh in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
  • What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris – Eight in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I gorged on this and the previous four in a little over a week’s time. I haven’t had a series read like that in some time, and I had fun doing it.
  • Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris – Ninth in the Sebastian St. Cyr series.
    • After marathoning this series here are some observances:
      • Harris has stock phrases and passages for describing the main characters that appear in almost every book. I think it was because I was marathoning, I was able to gloss more easily over these. If I were reading the series with a longer period of time between each book, I think I’d be frustrated with the amount of words wasted in describing the characters in exactly the same manner as in previous books.
      • I love Hero. I really enjoy Sebastian, too, but I think Hero is the reason why I’m committing to continue reading the series.
      • I appreciate the length of time elapsed in the overall storyline to allow some change in the characters, and I’ll be curious to see where Harris takes them with the significant change in circumstances at the end of book nine.

Reread

  • None

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • None

Children’s

  • You Are Not Small by Anna Kang – Very cute book to show kids how size is relative.
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox – This is a great book for kids who enjoy animal stories.
  • Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato – I like how the author showed how you can still extend a kind hand even if you feel you haven’t been treated kindly.
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel – *Fabulous* book about identifying as transgender at a very young age. Very matter-of-fact and good for helping kids develop empathy for people different from them in any manner.

Total read in September: 15
Total read in 2014: 68

Posted by: Katie | September 1, 2014

June, July, and August Reads

These were relatively low read months. While there were some touches of depression in there, which always lowers my reading output, I was also very busy with writing a novel, editing it, a number of family visits, and the RWA conference. Overall I’m pleased with the amount I did manage to read! Still no additions to the listened to list, but that’s mainly because the time that I usually would spend listening to audiobooks is being spent listening to podcasts and recordings from the RWA conference.

Read

  • In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman – I liked revisiting the Bitter Springs setting. It’ll be interesting to see if Goodman goes back again for her next novel.
  • The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick – I probably should have read this closer to the publication date as I was trying to recall connections between it and the related book, Crystal Gardens.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop – I finally read this in full. I’d skimmed it earlier in the year for work. Addictive.
  • Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – ARC provided by publisher – While I was able to fall into the story because of SEP’s writing, I was getting really annoyed by the main characters. Right at the point where I was about to give up on it, the story came together.
  • The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle – ARC provided by publisher – I enjoyed the slow build of the romance and the drawing out of the hero from his self-imposed isolation. Very well done!
  • Dreams of Lilacs by Lynn Kurland – It’s been a while since I’ve read one of LK’s books, and I really need to go back and read the ones I’ve missed. DoL reminded me of why I started reading LK in the first place.
  • Mercy by HelenKay Dimon – This was an interesting book for me. I had to keep setting it down as the emotions ran high. I’m kind of glad it took me a while to read as I don’t have to wait that long for the sequel!
  • Deception Cove by Jayne Castle – Enjoyable fast (for me) read.

Reread

  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs – Annual reread. So good.
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs – See above.
  • Fair Game by Patricia Briggs – See above.

Listened to

  • None

Novella

  • Take Me by Maisey Yates – Intense quick story.
  • Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs – Prequel to the novels above. I’m totally blaming Nalini Singh for this reread as she suggested that she needed to do a reread when the cover for the next book was posted.
  • Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl – Dirty, dirty, dirty librarian and firefighter. *LOVED* this story!

Children’s

  • How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler – Very cute. May need to be bought for the niecelet and toddler nephew.
  • This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris – Loved this picture book. The now-school-aged nephews may even appreciate it.
  • The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc – Very European in design and story.
  • Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison – Very cute story featuring a dog.
  • How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland – Loved this. For those who like repetition in their picture books.

Total read in June, July, and August: 19
Total read in 2014: 53

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