My Last 5 Reads

Lately, I’ve made an effort to read more and game less (darn you, Forge of Empires!). I’ve also cancelled my Netflix subscription to save money. Not sure that’s quite working out as I’ve purchased a couple (maybe several?) books of late.

I’m attempting to start 2020 with a reading blitz. I’m going to share my last 5 reads and some quick thoughts about them. Please be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned. Also, if you have book recommendations for me, leave them in the comments.

1. Shattered Bonds (Jane Yellowrock #13) by Faith Hunter. This book continues my urban fantasy reading kick! I had really missed Jane, Bruiser, and the gang. Unlike previous books in this series, this one was set in Asheville, North Carolina. I did miss New Orleans a bit. Overall a solid addition to the series. 4.5 stars

2. Shadow Hunter (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #1) by B.R. Kingsolver. Another urban fantasy read. First time I’ve picked up something by this author. Not bad, but it started slowly for me (in an info dump kind of way!). The characters grew on me, and the action kept me interested. 3.5 stars

3. Night Stalker (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #2) by B.R. Kingsolver. Continuing with urban fantasy and the same author…overall, a better read than the first book. Lots of action, but I wanted to see more character development. Still like the “scooby gang” and the bar, but it helps if the heroine isn’t perfect at everything she does. #justsayin 4 stars

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Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start

I’m back! It’s 2019, and I’m trying to be better about writing and blogging (among other things). Avery has a new story idea for an urban fantasy tale set in New Orleans in 2025.

Just as a refresher, Wednesday Briefs are short pieces–500 to 1000 words. They also have to include a writing prompt. The prompts for this story include: the Big Easy (in the title), a character playing the piano, and a beignet. I was lucky I had so many prompts from which to choose!

Be sure to see the list of other authors at the bottom of the page! There is more free reading to be had!!

But, for now…

Ghostly Blues in the Big Easy

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Avery Dawes

The lights of the French Quarter blurred as we sped down Bourbon Street. Nearly 2:30 a.m.—most people were either passed out or sleeping. Not Damien and me, though. My vintage Ford pick-up was out of commission, so Damien was stuck chauffeuring me to and from work. Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind. Well, not too much.

Lost in thought, I nearly missed the shimmer of an apparition which materialized in front of Damien’s sleek Mercedes.

“Stop!” I shrieked, throwing my left arm protectively toward Damien.

Damien stomped on the brakes, and I lurched forward. The sedan slid to a squealing halt on the wet pavement.

“What the hell, Lucia?” Damien shot me daggers as he glanced around us. “I don’t see anything. Why am I slamming on the brakes?” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: A New Story Start”

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”

The High Road Book Blitz

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00034]Title:  The High Road

Series:   Spellkeeper Flight, Book 1

Author:   Ken Hughes

Published:   November 12th, 2016

Publisher:  Windward Road Press

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:   Enter a world of gangs, vigilantes, and magic that’s powerful enough to kill.

Mark has never been the survivor his friend Angie is, but when he rescues a mysterious belt from the flames, it’s a decision that changes his life for good. As the two tap into the secret of gravity-controlling magic, they realize the reason Angie’s family tried to destroy the belt. Flying comes at a cost, to their lives and their sanity.

Fighting back against a street gang with a vendetta, Mark begins to sense that death waits around every turn. Soon he and Angie come face-to-face with the true danger: hidden masters of other magical forces. The keepers of power want the secret of flying, and they’ll destroy anyone who gets in their way.

The High Road is the first book in a trilogy of street-level urban fantasy adventures. If you like heart-pounding suspense, comic-book energy, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, then you’ll love Ken Hughes’s gritty, magical series.

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About the Author:

ken-hughesKen Hughes lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a technical writer for missions to Mars and the governing body of the Internet (ICANN). He writes paranormal thrillers and urban fantasy, and has been known to argue over the difference between the two in his blog, http://www.KenHughesAuthor.com. Continue reading “The High Road Book Blitz”

Shadowed Book Blitz

Title:  ShadowedShadowed

Author:   Ken Hughes

Published:   February 6, 2012

Publisher:   Windward Road Press

Genre:  Paranormal Thriller

Synopsis:

He can hear a whisper a block away… and can’t remember why.

Open your mind, to a city where mystery chases up and down office back stairways, turns brother against brother, and plays out on frozen sidewalks where lives may be shattered if the enemy even looks at the ragged man passing by in the crowd—and even that man cannot guess what memory will be next to batter his mind.

Paul was no detective, no thief, only a student trying to get some distance from his father and brother. When he found himself marked by the power to enhance his senses, he had only that treacherous gift and what few tricks he dared to teach himself, to search for some explanation—or at least the chance to give it meaning by exposing a few petty corruptions. Continue reading “Shadowed Book Blitz”

Ashen Rayne Book Tour

  • Title:  Ashen RayneAshen-Rayne
  • Series:  Shadowlands #1
  • Author:  Skye Knizley
  • Published:  July 6th, 2015
  • Publisher:  Vamptasy Publishing/Encompass Ink
  • Genre:  LGBT Thriller
  • Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:

Young women are vanishing from Miami’s club scene, most disappearing without a trace, others found suffocated in plastic bags, their battered corpses filled with a deadly cocktail of narcotics.

There are no suspects and few clues.

When exotic dancer Rayne is taken, her sister Blaze calls the ladies of Shadowlands to find her.

With only five days before Rayne is found dead or never found at all, Smoak and Ash dive into Miami’s underworld of drugs, prostitution and slavery, using every skill they have to find her before the clock runs out. Continue reading “Ashen Rayne Book Tour”

Ink Calls to Ink Book Tour

  • Title:   Ink Calls to Ink
  • Author:   Nathan Crowder
  • Published:  July 23rd, 2015
  • Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
  • Genre:  Urban Fantasy
  • Content Warning:   PG-13 Violence

Synopsis:Ink-Calls-to-Ink

Franklin the Steadfast Soldier saw first hand what the cold indifference of modern London does to a Fictional Personae–a Fict. Refugees from their respective texts, scratching out a meager existence, the Ficts’ only comfort is the weekly Book Fair.

When a determined Knight of the Round Table hires him to find a missing king, Franklin starts to believe a better world could be possible. But the Knight works for the Host of Heaven, and Medea and Judas warn Franklin: One man’s heaven is not heaven for all. There is no place for misfits and villains in this new world order, their crimes are pre-ordained, written into the very fabric of their being.

To protect their city from a holy war, Franklin and his friends must stop the Once and Future King and an army of angels. Will they find the courage to write their own stories, or will they die slaves to their text and the ink in their blood?

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Author Interview:

Tell us about the story. Where did you get the inspiration for it? How long did it take you to write it? Do you share any traits or likes/ dislikes with your characters? Where is your story set? A fictional place or somewhere you’ve visited/ lived?

>So, this story started with Mary Poppins, weirdly enough. I was brainstorming the idea of movie action heroes taken out of their original context and put in other stories, and a friend suggested Mary Poppins who we quickly decided would make the best spy ever. That spun out into the broader idea of what would a world be like where fictional characters ended up stranded here. I turned that into a short story, also called “Ink Calls to Ink” that was originally published by the Wily Writers podcast. When recording the story, Angel Leigh McCoy, the editor/producer wanted to see more, suggesting that there was a whole novel there. I thought the idea was crazy—until I had a full outline written five days later.

I started writing in February of 2009, and had the first draft done by the end of November 2010 which is kind of long for a first draft for me. It went through a couple of rewrites in that time, including an extensive rewrite in 2012 with notes from an editor I was hoping to land. So, maybe 3 ½ years front to back to get the novel where I was happy with it.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Movies or TV Shows

This Tuesday’s topic is a good one: the Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows. This will require some thought, though. Also, I’m going to go through my Goodreads list and try to half that would work as movies and have that would work as a TV series.

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this feature. *claps hands* You can check out their site here.


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What do you think of my list? Agree/ disagree? Some that I missed?

Drum roll, please…..

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1. Break Out (Blood Hunter #1) by Nina Croft. Vampires in space. Woot woot! Plus, I want to see the sexy Ricardo Sanchez in person.

2. Collide by Riley Hart. This is a gay-for-you M-M Romance. Would love to see Noah and Cooper’s story on the big screen.

3. Polar Reaction by Claire Thompson. Three hot guys trying to stay entertained while stuck in Antarctica. Yeah, I’d like to see that movie!!

4. Deathless Love by Renee Rose. Vampires and spanking all in one. Perfect for a movie!!

5. Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton. Would love watching a movie about Gabe and Angelo. Would be totally hot! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Movies or TV Shows”

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”