October 2019 Reading List

Intro

Please Note: All pictures of books and links come from their respective author or publisher websites when possible. Otherwise, I have linked them to Amazon.

Books I Read in October 2019

Of the books I have read over the last month or two, the ones that keep my interest were the two below and a beta read, The Outlaw’s Bride by Ruth Ann Nordin (which is on pre-order here!):


What books have you read lately? Any you care to share?

Happy reading to ya’ll!

Stephannie Beman

July 2019 Reading List + What I’m Currently Reading

So much is going on behind the scenes that I almost forgot to post my July books!

Please Note: All pictures of books and links come from their respective author or publisher websites when possible. Otherwise, I have linked them to Amazon.

Books I Read in July

Books I’m Currently Reading

I’m still reading the Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success by Jennifer Lee and it will be my only book until after haying is done and school starts.


So, what books are you reading? Or would you suggest to others?

Happy reading to ya’ll!

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June 2019 Reading List + What I’m Currently Reading

Hey, Sweet Peas! I thought I would share some of the books I enjoyed reading last month with all my blog friends, fellow readers, and writers. So here we go!

Please Note: All pictures of books and links come from their respective author or publisher websites when possible. Otherwise, I have linked them to Amazon.

Books I Read in May & June

I did a lot of reading in May and June, removing a big chunk from my TBR pile, however, I didn’t like all the books I read, so I thought I would share only the links to the stories I did enjoy reading. While I read mostly romance and erotic romance:

 

I also started a series by my friend Ruth Ann Nordin that I’ve been wanting to read for a long while. I really enjoyed the Marriage by Scandal Series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series in July:

And I read a Non-Fiction that I’ve actually read three or five times before and an Urban Fantasy that shockingly didn’t have a romantic plot line, although I thoroughly enjoyed the smart ass character:

Books I’m Currently Reading

I was halfway through the third book in the Marriage by Scandal Series by Ruth Ann Nordin when my dad got sick and I had to put it aside for awhile.  I’m hoping to pick it back up in July and finish it now that everything is slowing down around the ranch. At least until Haying comes around.

I’m also reading the Right-Brain Business Plan for the second time since I bought it. Last time I used it to create my writing and book designing business plans. I’m going through it again to work on a creative business plan for my Shop and Books. I probably should have done that before I opened the shop but I really didn’t think about it.

And yes, I am still writing. 😀

So, what books are you reading? Or would you suggest to others?

Wishing you all the best,

Stephannie Beman


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May 2018 Reading List

While May has been the best month reading wise, it was the worse month writing wise. I kept stalling out in my current WIP to the point that I finally backtracked about 16,000 words and started from that point to work forward.

Now, just because it was a great month for reading, I really don’t have a ton of books to recommend. There were those that I liked, but not many that I loved enough to share. I might be getting more picky in my ‘old’ age, but I think it has more to do with me being way to busy to read something I don’t like. 😀

Please Note: All pictures of books and links come from their respective author or publisher websites when possible.


His Wicked Lady (Marriage by Arrangement #1)
by Ruth Ann Nordin

Description: Helena, Melissa, and Chloe have started arranging marriages, but not all will go smoothly on the way to a happily ever after…

Regan Alger, the Lady of Cantrell, is bored with her life. Yes, she’s been more fortunate than most. She was once married to a wonderful gentleman, and this love resulted in her young son—a boy she loves more than anything. But even a son can’t fill the void in her life. She misses having a husband, both in and out of bed, so when she happens to come across a gentleman at a ball who ignites her passion, she decides he’ll be her next husband. And she’s not the least bit shy about letting him know it.

Just as determined as Regan is to have Mr. Malcolm Jasper for a husband, he’s equally determined to end up with anyone but her. If he marries her, his life will be one of chaos and scandal. He’s sure of it. After all, she’s much too outspoken and flirtatious. So he jumps at the chance for an arranged marriage, thinking once he secures a reputable and quiet bride, Regan will leave him alone. Little does he know, though, his sister and her two friends know Regan wants to marry him, and they are more than happy to help Regan get what she wants.

Regan’s risk pays off. She manages to secure him as her husband. Will the gamble pay off? Or has she just unknowingly doomed them both?

My Thoughts on His Wicked Lady: I started and finished this book in one day and loved every moment of reading it. This is the first Regency Romance that I’ve read from Ruth Ann Nordin and I loved the fact that I didn’t end up skimming through paragraphs of filler in order to return to the story. I loved that it wasn’t filled with stupid misunderstandings and meaningless fights that take chapters to resolved because the characters can’t talk to each other like adults.

I also love the idea that while Malcolm starts out prim and proper that he is able to loosen up because of his wife, while Regan is more prone to scandalous behavior and by the end of the book she’s learned the value of being a little more proper. Basically, the couple does what many compatible couples do, they balance each other out. It seems more real to life. I will definitely being getting the next books in this series.


C*cky Author and C*cky Neighbor
by Fettucine Holliday

Description for C*cky Author:

This totally original book is about a cock…sure man who is caulky, cocked up, and above all else, confident. He lays it into a lady real good, and leaves her satisfied(c). This is a totally great comedy erotica story that in no way infringes on a certain word, no sirree, not at all.

Description for C*cky Neighbor:

This super fun book is about a conveniently close male heterosexual and the lady who parts her drapes for him. He shows her what a real man is, and satisfies(MT) her completely. This is a totally great comedy erotica story that in no way infringes on a certain word, no sirree, not at all. 

My thoughts: First, I spend most of my time laughing over these short satires/parodies dealing with a more serious issue in the writing community.  I would not recommend them to everyone which is why they were placed at the end.

Second, I bought these books, among others, to support of those affected by #cockygate. Fettucine Holliday has placed a statement in her books that “if a legal fund is put together for those affected by #cockygate, some of the proceeds of this book sale will go to those defending freedom of dick slang speech.”

Third, I support the rights of business’ and authors’ trademarking their business, brand, or book series if they feel the need to do that. I don’t see the point in most cases, but I do support it. What I don’t support, is businesses or authors trademarking a commonly used word in an underhanded way to get rid of the competition. It’s a harmful way of doing business.

Happy reading to ya’ll!


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April 2018 Reading List

Welcome back to another Reading List post!

This month was a little weird on the reading front. Mostly because I started reading a few books in my massive TBR pile (my ebook reader has over 1,200 books on it, mostly unread, and there are several unread books on my book shelves and in boxes that I declined to count because I’m lazy, or maybe just because I don’t care to, anywhoo…) and within the first 50 pages or less I lost interest and abandoned them. Now, don’t get me wrong, they weren’t all bad stories, although there were a few that bordered on being not something I would enjoy reading. But I think for the most part, it had more to do with me not being in the mood for certain genres or story lines.

Anyhoo, let’s get down to this months recommendations…

Please Note: As of this month, I will no longer be posting a picture from or linking to the books Amazon page. This is a personal preference. All pictures of books come from their respective author or publisher websites.


Armor by John Steakley (Military Science Fiction)

Description: The military sci-fi classic of courage on a dangerous alien planet.

The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water is poisonous. It is home to the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered.

Body armor has been devised for the commando forces that are to be dropped on Banshee—the culmination of ten thousand years of the armorers’ craft. A trooper in this armor is a one-man, atomic powered battle fortress. But he will have to fight a nearly endless horde of berserk, hard-shelled monsters—the fighting arm of a species which uses biological technology to design perfect, mindless war minions.

Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected, not only by his custom-fitted body armor, but by an odd being which seems to live within him, a cold killing machine he calls “The Engine.”

This is Felix’s story—a story of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat, and the story, too, of how strength of spirit can be the greatest armor of all.

My Thoughts on the Book: I first read this book 20 years ago (Damn! That makes me feel old!) and while I couldn’t remember most of the book, there were parts of the story that stuck with me throughout the years. So when I saw it at the library book exchange several years ago, I grabbed it for a refresher course. Basically, I wanted to know if the story was as good as my teenage mind thought it was.

Since I decided to take a sick day from work last week, I decided it was a good day to read Armor. Now, I’m really torn on whether I liked this book or just find the authors treatment of the tale to be fascinating. Probably a little of both.

Without giving too much away, I found the way John Steakly wrote the book from the POV of Felix and John Crow to be very nicely done. And while there was a great reasons for the two characters point of views being there, there wasn’t any head hopping from one chapter to another. The book was broken into four parts. Parts one and three told Felix’s story (which happens in the past), while parts two and four told John Crow’s story. For those into Military Science Fiction who don’t mind reading an “old book” (first published in 1984), I would recommend it.

The Write Attitude by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Non-Fiction)

Description: A writer’s attitude can help bring success. But what should that attitude look like? Rah-rah positive? Pragmatic? Take-no-prisoners serious?

USA Today bestselling author and renowned business blogger Kristine Kathryn Rusch helps guide writers to find the right attitude for a long-term writing career in this latest WMG Writers’ Guide.

Rusch covers topics such as habits, the importance of routines, the dangers of following a crowd, and how to create—and follow—one’s own vision of a writing career.

With The Write Attitude, Rusch shows writers how they can do what they love and love what they do without sabotaging their own success.

My Thoughts on the Book: This is a very short, non-fiction book for writers but it is packed with great information from a professional author who has been writing books for 30+ years. Some of my favorite chapters included: 1. Habits, 2. The Importance of Routines, 5. Following the Crowd, 6. Indispensable, 8. One Phone Call from Our Knees, 10. Believe in Yourself, and 12. The Writer You Want to Be.

I got a ton of great information from this book about creating a long-term writing career and I’m looking forward to applying some of what I learned to my life. I highly recommend this book to any writer who wishes to have a successful, long term career as a writer.

Happy reading to ya’ll!


March 2018 Reading List

OMGosh! I just realized that I didn’t post this around the first of the month! Bad me!

To be fair though, I was a bit busy with editing The Warrior’s Rebellion and writing The Dark God, and then there was the family emergency that took us out of town for nearly a week, and then Amazon decided to remove some of my better reviews from My Lord Hades which was more than a little disheartening.

Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1)
by Diana Gabaldon

I bought this book sometime around the end of 2014 because I loved the idea of a World War II nurse thrown back in time to the Highlands in 1743 where she does her best to survive one misstep after another. To be fair, many of Clarie’s problems are more from being a strong woman out of her era than complete stupidity, which is refreshing. I’m getting tired of books with stupid damsels that have to be saved at every turn by the “strong” man beside her.

My one problem with the book had less to do with the plot and characters, and more to do with the length. It is a 642 page novel that I think could have been trimmed down a lot. The next few books only get longer with one reaching over 1400+ words in length. These are really too long for my attention span and sadly will most likely keep me from reading the other books in the series. I just don’t have the time for such long tomes. Even if “everyone” loves them and it’s now a popular TV series. 😀

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachael Aaron

This is one of my favorite books for productive writing habits that I bought sometime in 2013. I believe I have read at least 4 times and I finally broke down and bought the book. Already, I’m filling it with notes. 😀

Every time I read it, I find bits of information that I can add to my writing life. Like if I’m bored out of my mind writing a scene than I can beat money that most readers will skim that section of writing from something more interesting. It’s better to trim away the unnecessary for a better story. And at the moment I’m using a suggestion that I like of Rachel’s about tracking the project I’m working on, how long I worked on it, and the word count if relevant.


Happy reading to ya’ll!

February 2018 Reading List

Before I get into what I read, I want to mention that starting this month I will be changing my blog schedule around a bit. This is mostly due to working hard on my current writing project and not having the time to do that and continue the blogging schedule I had planned.

So instead of posts on Friday, I will be posting on Tuesday. I’m also limiting myself to two planned post a month. That means they could be a post about my latest story project or my current handmade craft. Thanks for understanding, I love you guys!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled post…

Sadly, I didn’t get much reading done in February because I’ve been working hard to finish that book project I mentioned above. What I did read didn’t impress me much. Below I have two books that I did like, for the most part, and would recommend. Ones a non-fiction book for writers that I re-read and the other is a paranormal romance.

Stages of a Fiction Writer: Know Where you Stand on the Path to Writing by Dean Wesley Smith

Book Description: With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith knows how to write fiction. And he has traversed every stage of writing along the way.

In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through the stages most fiction writers go through and how not to lose hope along the way.

Want to enjoy your writing more and let your storytelling evolve in its own time? Then learn from Dean’s experience and discover what to expect at each stage of a fiction writer’s career.

My Thoughts on Stages of a Fiction Writer: I definitely loved seeing the different stages of an fiction writers path laid out in this book. If read with an honest and open mind, it can give flagging writers a lot of hope for the future and even a few pointers in the direction that best suits them.

Dark Prince: Author’s Cut (Book 1 of The ‘Dark’ Carpathian Series) by Christine Feehan

Book Description:  Dark Prince returns in a new, author’s cut special edition. #1 New York Times bestseller Feehan revisits her classic tale of paranormal romance—the breathtaking story of a beautiful hunter with extraordinary telepathic abilities captivated by the powerful allure of a tormented prince of the mysterious Carpathians—expanding the beloved story by 100 never before seen pages! Here is your golden opportunity to experience the first book in Christine Feehan’s remarkable Dark saga as you never have before, whether it’s a glorious re-entrance into this writer’s mystical, unforgettable world…or your very first visit!

My Thoughts on Dark Prince: Okay, there were points in the book that I really, really liked and other parts were I wanted to slap the vampire upside the head and stake his ass. And I don’t mean that in any BDSM fetish way. I really wanted to kill him sometimes for being stupid. But overall, I liked this paranormal romance.

It also gave me ideas for my own book. And I don’t mean story ideas, but more “ways to republish old stories” ideas.


Happy reading to ya’ll!