Almost Healed

“I’d like a helping of the flu with a side of bronchitis, please.” Said no one. Ever.

Although I didn’t want it, I still managed to get stuck with it. Ten days later, I’m back to 90%. I haven’t done much of late as the sickness sucked the energy right out of me. The one thing I did do to pass the time: read.

What did I read? Well, I re-read the first four books in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I’d forgotten how much of an arrogant pain Ethan was early on. A healthy dose of Merit snark helped my mood. Plus, how can you not love some Mallory and Catcher?

Deciding I was in the mood for more vampires, I re-read some of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Dark Lover, the initial book that was Beth and Wrath’s story, is one of my all time favorites. Of course, I had to delve into that one again. I’d recently finished re-reading Rhage’s book so I skipped his went straight to Butch’s. After finishing Butch and Marissa’s story, I moved to Manny and Payne’s. Theirs is one of the books I haven’t read over and over. Not sure why as I liked their story a lot, especially when the figured out Manny’s bloodline. I think I might have been tired of the V drama (I had forgotten about that in this book), which is why it isn’t one of my top favorites. Last but not least, I re-read Blood Fury because I just love me some Saxton. He waited a while for his HEA, and I’m so glad that he got it.

If you’re not familiar with Blood Fury, it’s part of the BDB Legacy series. The main couple in the book are Peyton and Novo. Here’s the blurb:

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thoug

ht he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

With any luck, as my energy comes back, I will get back to writing and exercising. I’m already thinking about upcoming day trips and vacations. I’ve got to get back to Iceland!! But, that’s another story…

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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”

Urban Fantasy Reads

Lately, I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy kick. I finished the last book in the Chicagoland The_SightVampires series (Blade Bound) and have been looking for another good series to read.

A fellow blogger recommended Chloe Neill’s other series, Devil’s Isle. It is only 2 books so far, and I read both of them in no time (The Veil and The Sight). Book #3 is due out this fall. After the ending of The Sight, I can’t wait to start the third book.  If you need more info on Ms. Neill, check out her website here.

Now, I’m back to what to read??

Some series that I’ve started/read in the UF genre:

  1. The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve read the first couple of books, but then quit reading due to a loss of interest (I made it through book #4).
  2. I’m a huge Kate Daniels fan so I’ve read that series. It’s written by Ilona Andrews. Kate and His Furriness–Curran–always have me laughing. Magic_Binds
  3. I’m also a huge Mercy Thompson fan. I’ve kept up with that series as well. Those are written by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is kick-ass!
  4. I tried to get into The Dresden Files, but for some reason, I couldn’t do it. I think it’s because there wasn’t even a hint of romance.

Next steps . . . I’m looking for recommendations. Please help!

I’ve downloaded the first book in both the Elemental Assassin series and The Hollows. I haven’t had a chance to start either one yet. Are there other UF series I should be considering? It doesn’t have to be strictly vampire or shifter, and I would like a bit of romance (it can develop over several books). Am I being too picky??

Please leave a comment and help a fellow reader out! Thanks *hugs

Must Read PNR Series

I haven’t been writing much of late, but I have been reading. My Kindle has been seeing lots of action!! I’m hooked on Nina Croft’s TBittersweet_Bloodhe Order Series. If you haven’t read any of the three books in this series, you must!

Let me introduce you to them. I’ve read the first two and have just started the third. I confess, I’m going to be sad when it’s over. I wish there were more in the series. The characters are great as is the plot. The author doesn’t overdo things–she includes vampires, fae, and werewolves. Well, and humans, too.

The first book is Bittersweet Blood. This is Tara and Christian Roth’s story. Let me tell you, ladies, Christian is hot and oh so very yummy.

Here’s the description:

Tara Collins just wants to be normal. Everyone else wants her dead.

Tara’s eccentric aunt raised her to be fearful of the world and follow the rules. But after her aunt’s death, Tara is ready to take control and experience life for the first time. But she quickly discovers that everything she’s been told is a web of lies. Determined to solve the mystery of who she is truly, she hires private investigator to help her uncover the truth.

Christian Roth is more than your average PI. A vampire and ex-demon hunter, Christian lives among the humans, trying to be “normal.” But recently, things seem to be falling apart. There’s a crazed demon hell-bent on revenge hunting him down, and a fae assassin on the loose with an unknown target. And the Order he abandoned desperately needs his help.

As the secrets of Tara’s past collide with the problems in Christian’s present, she finds herself fighting her attraction to the dark and mysterious investigator. Falling in love does not fit into her plans at all, but Tara soon learns that some rules are meant to be broken. Continue reading “Must Read PNR Series”

Wednesday M-M WIP

I’m hoping that blogging about one of Avery’s current M-M Works-In-Progress will get me over the hump (I’m currently stuck in the story now, feeling like it is dragging a bit and not sure where to go next).

To give you some background, this story is a paranormal m-m romance with a bit of mystery. The working title is My Handsome Vampire. I started the story last November as part of a NaNoWriMo challenge. My goal was for it to be 20-25K words. However, now I think it will be closer to 50K when it is finally finished. Presently, the story is 17K words.

My Handsome Vampire includes sexy vampires (duh, right?!), werewolves, sorcerers, an Immortal Warrior, and of course a geeky human. Desmond, a vampire, and Trevor, a human, are the main characters working to foil a sinister plot all the while coming to terms with their feelings toward each other.

So, now for an excerpt…hmm…

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That last sentence broke the spell. Trevor sighed and leaned his forehead against Desmond’s. He removed his hand from Desmond’s cool skin and rested it on the vampire’s clothed shoulder. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what came over me,” he whispered, eyes closed.

An alarming thought popped into Trevor’s head. “You didn’t brain wash me, did you?” He felt stupid voicing the question, but he needed to know. Idiot, your arousal is because you find him attractive. Not because of some super-special mind control.

Desmond didn’t seem offended when he answered. “You need not worry. Mind control is not one of my gifts.”

Trevor visibly relaxed, sinking deeper against Desmond’s hard body.

The vampire grasped Trevor’s hand and pulled it from his shoulder to his lips. He placed a gentle kiss on Trevor’s open palm. While Trevor wanted Desmond, he really needed to slow down things with the vampire – much to his body’s dismay.

Desmond confessed, “Your arousal has magnified your sandalwood scent, made it muskier. I fear I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from having you if you continued your slow, delicate exploration of my body.”

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Hope you enjoyed the snippet! It’s time for me to conqueror my plot hurdle. Happy writing!

 

Lover at Last

I knew once I started it that I wouldn’t be able to put it down. So, it was my post-surgery reward. Book #11 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover at Last, by J.R. Ward.

I’m probably one of the last BDB fans to be reading it, but it was so worth the wait. I love both Blay and Qhuinn, and I was so excited to see how they got their HEA. Ms. Ward did not disappoint. In fact, I was beginning to wonder as I got closer to the end… Never fear.

There was a lot going on in this book – all 591 pages of it – besides the drama between Qhuinn (and Layla) and Blay (and Saxton). Trez got a lot of page time as did Xcor and Assail. In fact, I’m not sure how she kept track of the POV’s! Continue reading “Lover at Last”

Finicky Friday

I was going to title today’s blog post “Finally Friday,” but since I’ve had my surgery, everyday could be Friday for me. Don’t worry, it isn’t as good as it sounds. I’m very limited on what I’m allowed to do. While not being allowed to do housework is a good thing, some of the other restrictions aren’t so good.

The one thing I’ve been doing a good bit of lately (if you’re a friend or follower on Goodreads, you’ve noticed this) is reading. My last read, The Mystic Wolves, was one I nearly gave up on finishing.

It made me wonder…I don’t like adding a book to my DNF shelf, but how long do you keep reading before you give up? Is there a standard? Does a particular scene turn you off? I’m interested in your comments. What is your gauge?

For me The Mystic Wolves was very s-l-o-w. The entire first chapter (or maybe even two) was about wolves playing football. That was it. To me it seemed like a strange place to start a story. I kept wondering if some big, bad demon was going to crash the game. Nope, no game crashing. Just lots and lots of sickeningly sweet lovey-dovey talk and thoughts between Darcy and Mason. Gah. Enough! Even for a romance. Enough! Continue reading “Finicky Friday”