Current Reads

I seem to be fickle of late or maybe it’s ADHD. I can’t seem to stick with a book and finish it, no matter how interested I am in the plot or characters. I think it’s because of changing tastes–one minute it’s fiction, one it’s non-fiction, and one it’s young adult. Go figure, right?!

So, here’s my list…try to keep up!

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Non-Fiction:

Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond by Thomas D. Wilson. I picked this up on a visit to Savannah. It seemed like a good fit with my love of architecture and design.

True Crime:

Chase Darkness with Me: One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen. I love his podcast so naturally I had to pick up the book. It has not disappointed. Jensen and Holes rock in Murder Squad–if you’re looking for a well-done podcast, check it out! link

YA:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t realize this book is a prequel to the Throne of Glass series, but so far I’m enjoying it. I just hope that Celaena tones things down a bit. She’s a bit hard to like now.

Killing November by Adriana Mather. I downloaded the sample on my Kindle, and I have to say I’m intrigued. The last time I was at a bookstore, they didn’t have the title in stock. I think that’s why I haven’t gone any further–I want to hold the book and just not my Kindle!

PNR:

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J. R. Ward. I don’t know why I haven’t gone further in this book. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to savor it. There aren’t enough BDB books released in a year for me!

So what do you think? A good bit of variety. Any on my list that you’ve read? Any suggestions of what I should seriously delve into?

Recent Reads

In the evenings, I’ve gotten back to reading. I’m filling up my tablet’s memory with Kindle books. Trust me, I’m not complaining. The only difficult thing, at times, is to figure out what I want to read next.

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 6.56.50 PMI started my “roll” with The Last Echo by Michael Connelly. It’s the first book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is a detective in LAPD’s Hollywood Division. I’ve read through Book 11, The Closers, and then looked for something else. I wasn’t sure how I would like the books when Harry retired, but I kept on going. I finally took a break because I got the feeling Harry’s going to get really hard on himself, and I’m afraid that’s going to take away from the story. I could be totally wrong, but I decided a change was in order.

I tried John Sandford’s Rules of Prey, the first book in the Lucas Davenport series. It did not work for me. I couldn’t connect with Davenport (the detective), and some of the things that happened in the book left me sour.

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Jane Yellowrock Series

I’m back to reading. I had taken a break to watch sketching videos to try and improve. Plus, I got to the point that I didn’t know what I wanted to read. Nothing sounded good.

I’ve gotten back to reading Urban Fantasy. I especially like stories set in New Orleans. I’ve never visited there, but the city seems to fit the genre rather well.

Lately I’ve been reading Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. I just finished book 10, Shadow Rites. I’m hoping to start Cold Reign tonight. Right now, there is one more book in the series. I’m hoping it doesn’t end there.

I’ve always like Jane for her fearlessness, her desire to do anything to protect those whom she loves, and her snark/wit. Continue reading “Jane Yellowrock Series”

Lurking in the Shadows Book Blitz

Title:  Lurking in the ShadowsLurking-in-the-Shadows-SM

Edited by:  Jaidis Shaw

Published:  June 28th, 2016

Publisher:  CHBB Publishing

Genre:  Short Story, Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Embrace the darkness.

Murderous entities, haunted houses, screaming banshees, and sympathetic necromancers are just a few of the chilling things you’ll encounter in this anthology. Follow our authors into the shadows … if you dare.

Stories featured in this anthology include the following:

“Release” by E.M. Fitch

“On Two Lane Roads” by Shelly Schulz

“Too Young to Kill” by Lily Luchesi

“An Empty Building” by Jacqueline E. Smith

“Living Nightmare” by Savannah Rohleder

“The House on Juniper Lane” by Jaidis Shaw

“Dorcha Scath” by Liz Butcher

“Scream for the Night” by Gina A. Watson

“Bump in the Night, Inc” by Melody Black

“Revenant” by Stacey Jaine McIntosh

“Lizzie” by Tania Hagan

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Changing Moon Book Blitz

Title:   Changing MoonChanging-Moon-1

Series:  Paranorm World #3

Author:   June Stevens

Published:  June 30th, 2016

Publisher:   Crimson Tree Publishing

Genre:  NA mature Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:   Contains adult and sexual content

Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:

A brutal attack has left Anya’s body and life forever changed.

The man she loved is gone, her relationship with her family is in tatters, and her future is dead. With the woman who attacked her still at large, her growing friendship with Luca is the one comfort keeping her sane.

Determined to take control of her life and her body, she finds her purpose to move forward… getting revenge.

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My Blog, How I have missed thee

Yes, I’m still alive and mostly well!! I started grad school two weeks ago, and have been absolutely overwhelmed. I knew to expect a lot of work, but this is a bit much! My life outside of work has been dedicated to school—no blogging, no writing, very minimal sketching, and even less exercise (boo!).

I feel like I’ve managed my time a bit better this week so I’m going to take a moment to relate some of my recent activities.

On the reading front…

  • I’m almost caught up on Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. I’m holding off on the next book because once I finish that one, I will have to wait until July to read the next one.
  • I have gone back to the Scot Harvath series, written by Brad Thor. I’m reading Blowback now, and while it is good, Scot isn’t Gabriel, and Brad’s writing doesn’t have the in-depth, smooth flow that Silva’s does.

On the movie front…

  • I went to see London Has Fallen in the theater. I know, it got pretty crappy reviews, but if you’re in the mood for lots of action, this is the movie for you! Also, it doesn’t hurt that two hot guys in suits do an awesome job of staying alive and taking care of the bad guys.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that need a Theme Song

This week topic at The Broke and the Bookish is all about music and books. I’m going with the suggested topic of “books we’d give theme songs to.” Well, actually, I’m going to amend it to “book series that we’d give a theme song to.” Hope that works for everyone.

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If you want to check out the other bloggers participating, stop by their website. It’s a lot of fun so I encourage participation!

Here we go!

Top Ten Book Series that Need a Theme Song

  1. The Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva (Spy/Espionage). Granted, Gabriel is Jewish, but for all he does for others and for helping the Pope, my suggestion for a theme song would be “The Saint” by Orbital.
  2. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (PNR). I know the Brothers like hip hop, but I’m not a fan. When I think of Wrath and Beth, I think of Darius and how cultured he was so I would pick something other than hip hop or rap. What, exactly that would be…yeah. Not sure.
  3. Hell or High Water by S.E. Jakes (M-M Romance). For Tom and his past, I’d got with Willie Nelson singing “City of New Orleans.”
  4. Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill (PNR). When I think of Ethan, I think of classy. I’d go with Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve got you under my Skin.” We do know how Merit and Ethan feel about each other *wink*
  5. THIRDS by Charlie Cochet (M-M PNR). Is Straight No Chaser singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” too comical for the THIRDS? Would “Bad Moon Rising” be a better choice?
  6. The League by Sherrilyn Kenyon (SciFi/Fantasy). Maybe something Techno for this series?
  7. Immortal Guardians by Dianne Duvall (PNR)
  8. Cut & Run by Abigail Roux (M-M Romance). Is “Bad Boys” too cliche for this one??
  9. Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane (Fantasy/Ghosts). Maybe something old school rock and roll?
  10. Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy). I’m leaning toward Cold Play on this one. “Sky Full of Stars.”

As I’m sure you can, I struggled coming up with theme songs. I listen to a variety of music, but can’t always pull a song title out of my brain! Please, give me some help and suggestions in the comments.