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!

January 2018 Reading List

I know that it has been awhile since I posted one of these and I’m going to blame it on the fact that I haven’t been reading all that many books or stories lately. I guess I could have posted about all the online articles I’ve been reading because there are a ton of them, but I really didn’t feel like writing a post that could be considered the equivalent of a novel about them.

First up this month was…

The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee

I actually re-read this book since it’s been awhile and so much has changed in what I’m doing and how I want to do it. While I’ve decided not to run a business for several reasons, I still like the idea of having a plan or focus for my year.

For the creative brain that snoozes when it comes to creating a business plan (mine!), this book takes the boring out of making plans and makes it fun. There are lots of activities to do and examples to see. Besides who doesn’t want to do a little cut and pasting while making a visual map of their business plan.

The Dimensions Trilogy by Barbara Joan Russell

This trilogy won’t be out until March 24th, but you can jump over to the author’s website to sign up for her mailing list to find out when it will be. I’m lucky to know the author so I was able to get my hands on the books before they are even published, mostly because she wanted me to design her book covers and help her with the book descriptions. Since the best way to do that was to read the books, she let me.

While light on the fantasy in the first book, the series soon picks up speed in the fantasy department and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. This is definitely a novella series I feel comfortable buying for my girls and would suggest to any parent whose kids aren’t interested in picking up giant tomes to read.

Secrets

Secrets, Book #1 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana is a small town, secluded from the rest of the world, where nothing exciting ever happens. But high school senior, Jessica Riley has never felt like she lacked anything. Well, that is, except for that one special boy who can make her life complete.

When she meets Steve Montgomery, the newcomer, the void she always experienced with her past boyfriends is finally filled. With Steve, she has everything she’s ever wanted.

There’s just one small problem…

Steve didn’t come to Raven to fall in love. He came to escape a dark past, something that didn’t originate in this world but has a definite hold on it…and on him. As much as he longs to be free from it, it’s followed him, and it’s about to threaten anyone who gets close to him.

And unfortunately for Jessica, he cares about her a little too much.

Stalker

Stalker, book #2 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana is a small town where nothing exciting used to happen. But forces from another world are pressing in, and those forces will make Raven anything but boring…

Jessica Riley now knows Steve Montgomery’s secret. She knows why he says they can’t be together. And logically, it makes sense. But one thing she’s learned from her past relationships is how rare something like true love is. It’s something that only happens once in a lifetime. So when someone finds it, they need to fight for it. And she’s determined to fight for Steve, no matter what the cost will be.

While Steve loves her, he can’t let her risk everything just to be with him. She doesn’t understand how dangerous his father is. His father has plans. Dark plans. Plans that don’t include Jessica. And he’ll stop at nothing to get his way.

Steve Montgomery was trying to escape his past, but dark forces from another world have followed him to Raven. He wants to fight it, but how can he when those forces threaten the girl he loves?

Showdown

Showdown, Book #3 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana, a place once thought to be boring, will send Jessica Riley and her friends into another world where the rules are vastly different than the ones they’re used to…

Steve Montgomery has finally given his father what he wants. He has joined his father into the Seventh Dimension where his father is determined to establish his reign.  But Jessica is just as determined to get Steve back, and her friends have agreed to help her.

As soon as they get to the Seventh Dimension, Steve’s father sends them all through portals that will take them to different words, worlds they could never have imagined in the quiet and safe town of Raven. Worlds of magic. Worlds where time doesn’t have any meaning. Worlds where anything is possible.

And it’s up to each one to find their way back to the Seventh Dimension before Steve’s father will have his way. Because if he succeeds, then Steve will be lost forever, and Jessica can’t allow that, no matter what challenges she has to face.

Write to Market (Deliver a Book that Sells) by Chris Fox

This was a book that a fellow writer sent to me last year when I was having difficulties deciding what I wanted to do and even what to write. While I started it last year, I didn’t finish it. Last week I pulled it off my book shelf and started reading it again.

Now the plan to make money with my writing hasn’t changed, as in I’m not planning to make money, I just want to write the stories in my head and share them. But this book had some really good information about writing and publishing that I found invaluable.

Evermore (The Immortals Series) by Alyson Noël

The last book I read this month was a YA Paranormal Romance that I borrowed from the library. I got about five books by various authors in various series for research into YA fiction in preparation for writing the Sara Greenway Series.  I figure if I find a book I like among them, I’ll read the rest of the series.

Among them was a book by Alyson Noël titled Evermore. For those who love a little more romance in their YA, this might be a series that you would enjoy. While it had a premise that I found intriguing, it won’t be a series that I will continue reading.

Here’s a description:

After a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.


Happy Groundhog Day and  reading to ya’ll!

April 2017 Reading List

The last few years I’ve been gravitating more toward shorter fiction. With a busy schedule and my habit of reading every book I read to completion, the shorter work feeds my reading addiction for the day but also allows me to do the other things I need to get done daily. Most the books this month are serial fiction of novella or short story length.


Ripple Effect: Episode 1 & Episode 2 (A Dark Hitman Erotic Romance Series) by Keri Lake

I haven’t gotten around to reading the other two books in the series, but I do plan to finish this 4 part series. Now a moment of warning, these novellas are a little more on the darker side of life and have an unrepentant hitman as the hero…anti-hero? who is in lust with the heroine who hasn’t had the easiest life.

Anyhoo, while I found the excerpt on these books interesting and different, I bought them mostly for research for a character I’m working on and research on serial fiction. And while I still find the characters fascinating and would love to pick the brains of the author who wrote them (albeit not literally pick her brains because that would be gross and bloody), I would not suggest these books to everyone because like I stated above they are very dark, both in characters and in themes.

I occasionally enjoy darker fiction, but I’m more interested in the changes happening in the two characters and wondering where the story is taking me. Although I do have an inkling, I really want to see if I’m right about it or if Keri is going to throw me another strange twist.

How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish it in Less Than 24 Hours by C.R. Meyer

If you are a frequent visitor to this site you may have noticed that I’m on a serial fiction kick lately. The biggest reason is that I want to experiment with the medium because as a reader it’s the type of books I like to read and as a writer I have hundreds of ideas roaming around my head and not enough time to write them. I’m also a writer who loses interest in a book if I have finished it within a month or two.

How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish it in Less Than 24 Hours is one of two books on the subject of writing serial fiction that I picked up last month. Now if you are interested in writing serial fiction and willing to part with your money, then I would suggest this for the fundamentals on writing serial fiction that it has, but if not you can find a lot of the same information in this book online.

Just steer clear of anyone who suggests chopping a novel into smaller chucks. True serial fiction is where each book tells it’s own story, novel chapters have a hard time doing and your readers will feel cheated if you do this.

The Debt Collector (Season One) by Susan Kaye Quinn

I ran across this serial while researching how authors write serial fiction. These are 9 short stories about a debt collector who collects debts in the life energy of the people he is sent after.

It was really interesting to see the change in the main charter Lirium as he comes out of his selfish world to help those who can’t fight back and moral dilemma of a world where “your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.”

I’m looking forward to reading the second season. 😀

Writing Serial Fiction in the Real World: A Simple, Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Writing & Publishing Episodic eBooks for Profit on Amazon (Book 5) by Robert C. Worstell

This is not a bad book on writing serial fiction but it was kinda bare bones advice. The bulk of the book was about publishing to market and making a profit from writing serial fiction. At this point I didn’t find the information that helpful because I have no intentions of writing to market. I’m writing for myself and hoping that by sharing the stories that others might like my stories as well.

That said, there was some great advice in the book about creating a publishing schedule and promotion that I plan to use later.


Keeping Track!

This year one of my goals is to read at least 50 fiction books & 5 non-fiction books. So far I have:

January 2017: I read 5 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
February 2017: I read 7 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.
March 2017: I read 12 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
April 2017: I read  11 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.

Total Fiction read this Year: 35 books.
Total Non-Fiction read this Year: 6 books.

I hope you had a happy April and wishing you a better May!

March 2017 Reading List

So this list is longer than usual. It was a nice change and I really loved reading the longer novels that have been in my to-be-read pile for years. I usually reserve the weekends for sure reading because once I start a book, unless the writing is horrible, I have a horrendous time setting it aside to sleep, eat, or write. (Two hours sleep really doesn’t look good on me. Think of a cross of the Hulk with The Junk Lady from The Labyrinth.)

Chance at Love Series by Ruth Ann Nordin

Right now The Convenient Mail-Order Bride is free and I believe it will stay that way, so if anyone wants to try it risk free. Go grab it! You’ll like it. 🙂

While the first book in the series was published in 2016, I waited to grab the entire series until the last book was published for two reasons: 1) I knew once I started reading I wasn’t going to want to stop reading until I finished the entire series (I devoured 4 books in two days) and I really didn’t want to have to wait for the next book to be published, and 2) I didn’t want them to get lost among the 1,000+ ebooks on my Kindle (I happens often). Since I know that most of Ruth’s series are 3-4 books long I knew it was safe to grab it now.

Now I’ve been looking forward to this series—even though these books aren’t what I normally like to read—since Ruth told me about it and hired me to create the covers the Chance at Love Series. Why don’t I usually read these types of books? Well, I don’t usually read Historical Western Romance or any form of historical stories. Also, much of my reading can be considered erotic, the sexy bits in these books are more tame and sweet

From the start of The Convenient Mail-Order Bride I liked Phoebe and her mother. When she answered the mail-order bride ad I was hoping for the best even though I knew from the description that her groom-to-be Abe hadn’t posted the ad. When he learns of her predicament, he’s decent enough to to take them in and pay for them to return East despite her protests that she wants to stay with him despite him being a half-breed. Abe tries to make it clear he doesn’t want a wife and he’s sure that when she learns about life on the Frontier she’ll be more than happy to leave.  I cheered right along with him every time she proved him wrong.

Note: By accident, I switched books 2 and 3 around while I was reading and read the series out of order. Yes, I did notice my mistaken within the first few pages of book 3 but I really wanted to know what Allison and Travis were going to do and so I didn’t stop reading. I would not suggest doing it this way because it will be really confusing. Each book can be read as a standalone, but really each one builds on the other. The only reason it worked out for me was because Ruth and I have talked about these books and I even hashed out ideas with her. I knew what was going to happen with parts of plot and I was reading more for the surprises I would finding as these people’s relationships. 😀

The Mistaken Mail-Order Bride is all about mistaken identity. Neither Eric or Caroline thought to ask the other their name when they head to the preacher and due to a sick child Caroline brought with her and an impatient witness, no one catches the issue until they are signing the marriage license. Eric decides to make the best of the situation and I have to say that I loved Eric for his decision it. Caroline is a sweet woman willingly to learn and I think the perfect woman for him. I enjoyed seeing them both grow as individuals and in their relationship.

By the time The Accidental Mail Order Bride starts, Travis has appeared in the series at least twice. Now I love Beauty and the Beast type books, especially when the beast is sweet and adorable, which is probably why I refused to stop reading when I realized I skipped a book. I wanted to know more about Travis and Allison. Allison was the woman who arrivedto marry Eric much later than she planned and she ended up being perfect for Travis. She starts out reluctant to marry him, and after the preacher tells her the latest gossip, I believe I would be a little scared but for totally different reasons. Travis compounds the problem with his fear of women and his need to hide his scars. I really enjoyed the interaction between Allison and Travis and didn’t want the book to end.

The one thing I love about Ruth’s writing is that she finds ways to redeem some of her more deserving villains. Carl is one of those villains you can’t help feeling sorry for throughout the series but it takes marrying Juliet for him to start seeing that maybe life isn’t so bad. I loved Carl’s growth throughout The Bargain Mail-Order Bride as he learns to deal with his inner demons given to him by his neglectful father, miserable mother, and hateful dead wife. But it’s when Juliet’s secret comes out that he willingly gives up his empty dreams for the woman he loves.

Brides of the Kindred, Books 10-13,  by Evangeline Anderson

I’m going to lump these books into one grouping instead of individually. If you’ve been reading The Reading List posts you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little addicted to this series this year. Part of the reason is the reader in me wants to know what’s going to happen next while the writer part of me is taking notes and thinking “This is an awesome idea! Wonder how I can use this.”

Evangeline Anderson has done a great job of layering her series in such a way that you’re invested in the next characters in the series before you’re done with the book. I find myself having to know what happens next to those characters. Now this isn’t a novel concept, I just like the way she pulls it off so nicely.

Now some of the books I absolutely love the characters and story plots. There are other books in the series that I’m not so fond of characters or the sexual situation. And yes, there is a lot of sex going on, they are after all erotic romances, but there is also some fun story plots. This month I ended up reading: Devoured (#11), Enhanced (#12), and Cursed (#13).

In Devoured, I really felt bad for Tess who was just trying to hide from her evil ex-husband and thought the Kindred’s idea of a brothel would work for her. Not because she wanted to work there but because the robots weren’t going to say anything about her being there. After getting trapped in the lounge area, she ends up with Garron, who is understandable upset by her deception because of what he said to her when he thought her a robot and what could have happened to her. She is unwittingly returned to Earth and placed in the hands of her ex husband. When Garron learns of her troubles, he does what he can to protect from her from the evil bastard she was married to and from the beast lurking inside himself.

Enhanced brought back fond memories of watching Star Trek Voyager with the family, and there were times that Six reminded me a little bit of Seven of Nine. That’s about where the similarities end. Mei-Li doesn’t want to be claimed by the Kindred male any more than he wants to claim him, but to keep the peace among Earth and the aliens who saved them, they each do their part. Mei-Li finds herself on an unemotional world of cyborgs where feeling is against the law. I had to laugh at the interaction of Mei-Li (who is far too passionate for the cold cyborg) and Six (who is trying to do everything by the book and who is far too innocent in many ways). At least Six didn’t remain unemotional.

I really liked Stravos in Devoured and was glad when he got his own book, Cursed. Stravos is among the cursed Kindred and can feel the pain of others, Charlie is an agent in charge of hunting down the Kindred who didn’t leave Earth. When he is captured on Earth by Charlie, neither one of them expected the consequences. You see, Charlie has problems with the aliens on her planet and I really don’t blame her for her anger but it was nice to see she has her priorities straight when she was able to put aside her hatred to go on a mission with Stravos to stop their common enemy and save both races from a man Hell bent on destroying them all.

The Star King (The Star Series, 1) by Susan Grant

I really found a fondness for Rom and Jas in The Star King. Rom is one of those men who refuses to play by the rules, especially when lives hang in the balance, and pays for his defiance with banishment. Jas is an divorced wife with grown kids, an ex fighter pilot, and a successful artist whose not completely happy with her life. When aliens contact Earth and she goes to Rom seeking answers and even a little adventure in space. The twists and turns in the book kept me wondering if they were ever going to get together. Which I knew would happen because it’s a sci-fi romance and they always have a happily-ever-after. 😀

The Star Prince (The Star Series, 2) by Susan Grant

Ian, Jas’ son and successor to the King of the Galaxy, is on a mission of great importance when he hires Tee’ah as his pilot. Princess Tee’ah is being stifled by the rules of her royal life and she’s out to live her life for once. With enemies hunting for them both, strange malfunctions happening with the ship, a hunter sent to find Tee’ah and return her home, I was worried that they would never get their cute asses together. Maybe I should have been more worried about the galaxy hurtling toward war.

The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income (Before 8AM) (The Miracle Morning Book Series) by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott

First, there are several books in this series and if you aren’t a writer and would still like to read the book, I would suggest one of the others. The original book is The Miracle Morning but they have one for salespeople, marketers, real estate agents, families, relationships, etc. They all have the same basic information from what I can tell, they just go the extra mile to gear each book towards individuals, business people, or families.

I really recommend this for writers as it doesn’t just deal with creating a writing habit but also hits on improving your writing skills, advice on publishing business, writing tips. and maximization of your day that will help you increase your income, your output, and the value you provide to the world.

The Star Princess (The Star Series, 3) by Susan Grant

I found The Star Princess fun and kind of sad. Not because the story was sad, more because the billionaire alien Prince Ché is being forced into another arranged marriage with a woman that he doesn’t love within a certain deadline, and even though he’s not quite aware of it, he’s already falling in love with another. When Ché escapes to Earth to sow some wild oats and shows up on Ilana’s doorstep, Ilana is determined to loosen him up by setting him up with a few friends and winning the bet she made with her brother and Ché friend. I enjoyed Ché and Ilana’s attempts to not be attracted to the other, but really, when does that ever work in a romance. 😀

Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls Series, 1) by Kristen Painter 

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. 

I so want to be a tourist at Nocturne Falls! Halloween is an awesome holiday! Although, I’m not so sure if I would feel as safe once I knew that the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the gargoyle are real there.

But for Delaney, there couldn’t be a safer place for her to hide from the mobster hunting her then amongst the “monsters”, especially with the groom-to-be of the mail order bride whose place she has taken. And there couldn’t be a better woman for Hugh then the bride his grandmother arranged for him, even if she isn’t the “right” woman.

I found myself laughing at the humor sprinkled throughout most of this book.

The Champion of Baresh: Star World Frontier Series, 1 (The Star Series, 4) by Susan Grant

Confession, I only read The Champion of Baresh because I really, really wanted to see Klark get his happily ever after. He might have been a booger throughout The Star Prince and The Star Princess, but he redeemed himself at the end of The Star Princess and he deserved some happiness for it.

I found Jemm and Klark well-suited for each other with their love bajha (a fighting sport) and the attraction that grew between them, but there is this really pesky problem that Jemm didn’t think about when she tried to trick Klark. She has a secret that isn’t just scandalous, it might just ruin Klark’s plans to win the galactic title and restore his family’s honor that his misdeeds have tarnished, turn his beliefs about women upside down, and possibly alter the course of their worlds forever. But that doesn’t seem to stop Klark from setting out to win Jemm’s reluctant heart.


Keeping Track!

This year one of my goals is to read at least 50 fiction books & 5 non-fiction books. So far I have:

January 2017: I read 5 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.
February 2017: I read 7 fiction books and 2 non-fiction books.
March 2017: I read 12 fiction books and 1 non-fiction book.

Total Fiction read this Year: 24 books.
Total Non-Fiction read this Year: 4 books.

Happy reading to ya’ll!