Top Ten Tuesday Freebie

Ooh, it’s an open topic this week at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list, we, the almighty blogger, get to pick the topic of our list. *rubs hands together* This is going to be fun!

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I just sent an author friend a list of questions for an interview. One of those questions is inspiring my Top Ten list this week.

Here goes…If I was shipwrecked on a desert island, what ten books would I want with me? Of course, they will come through the wreck unscathed (no soggy pages or no cracked screen on the e-reader!).

Would any of these books make your desert island list? Let me know in the comments!

1. Zero to the Bone by Jane Seville. For some reason, this is one of my top M-M reads. I love the characters, the author’s writing style, and the plot. Not to mention the fact, I have an autographed copy of one of the cover designs. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the town where I live is mentioned in the book. Very cool! (M-M Romance)

2. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Even after reading all the BDB books to date (with the exception of The ShadowDark_Lovers), her first book in the series is still my favorite. I have it in paperback, and it is nicely crumpled and wrinkled from the number of times I’ve read it. (Vampires/ PNR)

3. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead. When I want a yummy YA read, this is my go-to book. I can’t get enough of Dmitri and Rose. The movie didn’t do it for me, but I still love the book! (YA PNR)

4. Hard Evidence (I-Team #2) by Pamela Clare. I love the I-Team series. They are well-written, the plots taken straight from the headlines. Of course, there are strong female leads and very yummy men. I think Julian is my favorite of the men. This is his and Tessa’s story. (Contemporary Romance/ Suspense)

5. Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews. I’m a huge fan of Kate and Curran. This was probably my favorite read in the series. I just couldn’t put it down. Kate has grown throughout the series, and Curran, well he never ceases to amaze me. I will be reading this series over and over again! (Urban Fantasy) Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday Freebie”

Born of Fury

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series. I’ve had Born of Fury and just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Well, until a couple of days ago. Given the fact I like to read and bed and I now have to wear glasses (grr…), it is difficult to hold a 700 page hardbound novel. Needless to say, I survived!

Born of Fury is the 7th book in the series. It’s the story of Dancer Hauk, the massive, lumbering Andarion.

Here’s the description:

The war is on…Born_of_Fury

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave. Continue reading “Born of Fury”

Born of Fury Scoop

Born_of_FurySherrilyn Kenyon shared some good scoop on her Facebook page today (I’ll include the link at the end of the post). I’m a huge fan of her League series. There is going to be a new release on July 1st – Born of Fury. This will be book seven in the series. Yay! I’m sure Hauk’s story is going to rock! After all, I really liked Maris’s story in Cloak and Silence.

Here’s the description:

In the Ichidian Universe, most live in fear.

 We fight back.

 Enter a realm where assassination politics reign and it’s kill or be killed. But one group of heroes refuses to be victims. More than that, they refuse to stand by and watch others fall. United, they stand to defend the universe and all the innocents they can.

Now the war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.

In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.

The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave.

You’ve got to checkout her Facebook page for sure – there is an excerpt posted along with some quotes from the book. Woot woot!!

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon/app_247073431998503

Cloak and Silence

Where has the time gone today? I did manage to finish Cloak and Silence (had to take a bit of a break to charge the Kindle), and I’m now all set to start writing for NaNoWriMo (research is complete).

I wanted to share some thoughts on Sherrilyn Kenyon’s e-novella Cloak and Silence (The League Gen 1 #5). If you aren’t familiar, this story is an m-m sci-fi/ fantasy romance. I’m a huge fan of her League series and after reading Darling’s book, I was eagerly awaiting Maris’s story.

Let me start off by saying I was a bit concerned in the beginning. I felt like Ms. Kenyon’s Cloak_and_Silencewriting was choppy and rushed – the story didn’t have the polish as the other League books. However, I am happy to report that the more I read, the more things flowed. Thank goodness!!

Maris and Ture make an awesome couple – they both have baggage, but are smart, independent men who make things work. They both felt a spark from the beginning, but no insta-love here. I don’t want to spoil everything that happens, but I read the story in just over a day (yep, couldn’t put it down). The usual cast makes an appearance – Darling, Hauk, Callien, Drake…well, you get the picture. The guys deal with annoying brothers in addition to The League – all kinds of action intermixed in the story!

As a warning to diehard m-m readers, Ms. Kenyon doesn’t include lube or prep in her sex scenes between the guys. I found it awkward to read, but it didn’t slow things down too badly – it was more like “ouch, okay…moving right along with the hot guys.”

Overall, I’m happy how things worked out for Maris. She handled his love for (and ability to never have) Darling well in addition to having Ture understand the bond between the two men. I’m pleased with Maris’s story (insert a short happy dance!). He is an excellent character who wormed his way into my heart long ago. I hope he continues to make appearances in future League books.

4 out of 5 stars!

Sci-Fi versus Fantasy

We had our writer’s group meeting last night. I had submitted a piece of flash fiction for critique. One of the consistent things that was mentioned was that the story had issues with the science fiction part of it – new technology mixed with old technology. I must admit, that was kind of Greek to me. I had intended the piece to be fantasy, not sci-fi.

That got my brain working… how do I make it fantasy? What is the difference between sci-fi and fantasy, anyway? Get ready, Google, here I come!

First stop: Barnes & Noble’s Book Community where a discussion started over some of the questions I mentioned. One contributor, Nelsmom wrote, “Science Fiction to me means that the books are based on the Hard science that we know like physics, astronomy, and such.” She continues, “Fantasy to me is more speculative and has things or elements that are not based in pure science.”

Another user, lazrat commented, “The real difference between science fiction and fantasy is whether there is a technological base involved or a mystical base.” Hmm, that’s something to think about!!

I liked Rebma55’s description, “In my opinion Science Fiction novels are more modern than Fantasy. It’s based more or less on things that we know, or things that can come to be such as space travel at light speed, aliens, lasers, sort of like Star Trek with space ships and such things that involve scientific elements. Fantasy has more of a medieval flavor to it, with the swords and the dragons, magic and such things.”

Second stop: Wikipedia (I know, not a reliable source!) They did, after some digging, have some decent information. “In general, science fiction differs from fantasy in that the former concerns things that might someday be possible or that at least embody the pretense of realism. Supernaturalism, usually absent in science fiction, is the distinctive characteristic of fantasy literature.”

After reading the above, I think my story is confused! It is set in the future – space travel is common place, and there is life on other planets. However, I used a magic charm as well. Sounds like I’m mixing my genres – oops!

I really enjoyed Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series (Born of Night is the first book). I wanted to write something in that vein. I headed to Goodreads to see how those books were shelved. Very interesting… Romance, Fantasy – Romance, Romance – Science Fiction Romance (there is such a thing?!), and Science Fiction Fantasy.

My story is scheduled for some romance so maybe I need to lean it toward urban fantasy or just make sure hardcore sci-fi readers know it isn’t Star Trek-ish. It will be interesting. I need to see where my muse takes me.

Please share your thoughts on the matter. I think the more I understand, the better my story will be.

 

Fav Reads of 2012

Before I get to my “best of” picks, I’m going to look at my top 5 favorite reads from 2012. These books were not necessarily published in 2012 but were some of my favorites. Did any of these make your list??

Top 5 Favorite Reads

  1. Building from Ashes (Elemental World #1) by Elizabeth Hunter. I’m cheating with this one because I enjoyed alBuilding_From_Ashesl the Elemental Mysteries series (all but one of those books received 5 out of 5 stars; Gio and B rock as a couple). Building from Ashes is Carwyn and Brigid’s story. It was sweet and entertaining. Patrick Murphy was a hoot. I look forward to reading more from this author. Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy
  2. Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper. Mac and Tony are one of my favorite fictional couples. I loved reading how they came together to make a family with Anna and Ben. Also, Oliver’s acceptance of Mac was awesome. Not to mention the wedding. Ok, I’ll stop now! LOL Genre: M-M romance.
  3. Born of Silence (The League #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love The League series. The setting and characters are fabulous. This was Darling’s book. He was such a complex character who suffered so much you just had to love him. Maris rocked in this one. I can’t wait for his book. Genre:  Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
  4. Frog by Mary Calmes. Incredible novella. Cy had such a big heart. Loved Web. Two different people from different worlds who find a long-lasting love. Genre: M-M romance.
  5. Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian #4) by Diana Rowland. Kara is an awesome character. She’s a summoner who is also a police detective in Louisiana. Diana includes great secondary characters and a tease of romance. Looking forward to the next book arriving from Amazon any day now. Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal

I know there are several other books that could have made this list. It really was a tough decision. Maybe some of your favorites will be on my “best of” list.

Regardless, keep reading! There are lots of good books and series out there no matter your genre-preference.

Sultry Sunday

It was another warm one today! Thank goodness for the thunderstorms that have been rolling through; hopefully they will cool off these temperatures!

I didn’t get much in the way of writing done today, just a bit of editing. Still small steps are better than no steps, right?

Confession time: I have been totally absorbed by reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Silence. The book is a mere 614 pages, and yep, I loving every single page. I’m just over halfway through now. I couldn’t wait for Darling Cruel’s book, and Ms. Kenyon has not disappointed! This is book number five in The League series, and I’m loving it so much better than Callien’s story, Born of Shadows (which earned 3.5 stars). Darling is such a complex character who has suffered so much. I truly hope things work out for him in the end. Darling had best be careful – Maris is about to steal the show. I just love his gay best friend. He is strong, supportive, and a hoot! I hope that Maris (along with Hauk) will get their own books. I have really enjoyed this series, and I hope there are lots more books to come!! No worries, once I finish reading it, I will post my thoughts and my rating. Just to give you a taste, how can you not love a book that opens with, “You have got to be the biggest manwhore in the entire universe. What are you trying to do? Tie Callien for the record on how many people you can sleep with in a single month? And just so you know, his is twenty-two.” This was Darling addressing Maris. Ok. I’ve got to stop. I don’t want to risk potentially spoiling anything further.