Sunday, December 26, 2010

Great E-Reads under $3

I'm a little late to the party with finding these good reads; but I have to say that HP Mallory's books are definitely worth a look for any PNR fan.  I recently read all three of her published e-books and I was pleasantly surprised.

Just like a lot of other books with cartoonish covers & ebook only format, I didn't take hers all that seriously. -Big mistake.  Her first series, Jolie Wilkins, is one of the best written and engaging PNRs I've read in quite some time.  I give a half hearted recommendation for her 2nd series, Dulcie O'Neil, which is definitely lacking the magic that her first one has.

For those that don't have an e-reader, you are in luck.  Mallory's books have become so popular that she is now starting to publish her books in paperback as well.  However, Toil & Trouble is not yet available in paperback.

Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble  (.99¢)
The first book sets up the series about a self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead and dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover.  It clearly follows the PNR genre path, but it is definitely well written and the character development & world building is pretty darn good as well.

Toil & Trouble  ($2.99)
The 2nd one leaves off exactly where the first one ends.  Without giving anything away, I would have to say her 2nd book sealed my appreciation for this series.  Again, Mallory delivers a well written and edited book, but this one has much more emotion and plot development.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top Reads from 2010


I've read quite a lot of good ones this year, so I narrowed my scope down to only books published & read in 2010.  What is your #1 for the year?
                                    1-DreamFever (Book #4)
                                    2-Succubus Shadows (Book # 5)
                                    3-Venom (Book # 3)
                                    4-Twice Bitten (Book # 3)
                                    5-Toil & Trouble (Book #2)
                                    6-Magic Bleeds (Book #3)
                                    7-Tracking the Tempest (Book #2)
                                    8-Black Wings (Book #1)
                                    9-Stormwalker (Book #1)
                                    10-Twice Dead (Book #2)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Favorite Word....

Free Amazon Ebook 

Fire Lord's Lover-Kennedy
Book #1

Author of the Relics of Merlin series, this new series is about a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven Lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father, until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.  Yes this is a PNR, but have to say this is one of only a handful of PNR authors that I endorse.  Available for a limited time.

Monday, December 6, 2010

New for Tuesday

Alien Tango-Koch
Book #2

A humorous Scifi Romance, w/ Douglas Adams & Monsters vs. Aliens-inspired elements. Okay writing, interesting & engaging stories.

1-Touched by an Alien

2-Alien Tango 
                                 3-Alien in the Family (Apr 05,2011)
                                 4-Alien Proliferation (Winter 2011)
                                 5-Alien Diplomacy (TBD)
                                 6-Alien vs. Alien (TBD)

Real Vampires Have More to Love-Bartlett
Book #6

A witty & well written Chick-lit series that follows Glory, a voluptuous & independent vamp & her yummy Scottish sire.  Lots of mystery & sexy scenes to delve into.

1-Real Vampires have Curves
                                 2-Real Vampires Live Large

                                 3-Real Vampires Get Lucky
                                 4-Real Vampires Don't Diet
                                 5-Real Vampires Hate their Thighs
                                 6-Real Vampires Have More to Love                                                             7-Real Vampires Don't Wear Size Six (Aug 02,2011)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tv for Fantasy & Sci-Fi/Horror Fans

Those that love this genre, know that there is little to no quality shows of this type, other than the B-type drama you can find daily on Syfy. Networks are perpetually clogged with long running comedy sitcoms or law & crime dramas. I'm a big reader, and my DVR is proof that I don't catch much television, but when I heard about the new zombie drama on AMC, my ears perked up.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sci-Fi/Fantasy for UF Readers

Tairen Soul is one of the only Fantasy heavy plots I've read & enjoyed. It revolves around a Shapeshifter Fae King that loses his mate during a Mage War a 1000yrs ago, and in-turn scorched the earth & killed millions. Fast forward, he is now trying to save his race from extinction from those same evil Mages (somewhat like the Lessers from BDB). I don't want to give too much away, but when he makes a rare visit to a city his soul calls out to his true mate, a gawky unattractive commoner, which he has never laid eyes on before.

Should Authors Comment on Reviews?

Personally, I don't have a problem with random comments by authors. It's almost flattering having a semi-hero or celebrity take the time with fans. But what if an author takes it to another level, in actually critiquing or picking apart our reviews?

A seasoned or confident writer shouldn't feel the need to go up against every reader review they don't agree with. I find it intimidating and somewhat offensive. Shouldn't they just be happy that we bought & read their book?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New for Tuesday

Winter is finally heating up with some Hot New Releases. Of course, I'm still holding out for the Jan & Feb time frame, when the following UF biggies come out:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Two Month Read

An intriguing question was recently placed to me, on whether a Series Favorite should remain so, after a string of misses or disappointments. After a long contemplation and discussion, my ultimate response was yes. I'm a creature of habit, and I like to remain committed to anything I vest my time in.  Yes, that means I sometimes I have trouble identifying when I should just let go.  Same goes for my difficulty to sell a loosing stock that I've held onto for more than a decade. But I digress.  

Of course, I have no problem ditching a book after expending only mere hours on it, or on a series that left me disappointed by the end of the 1st book.   My recent dilemma was whether to abandon a series favorite, Tairen Soul. I surprisingly took to this SF/Romantic Lord of the Rings Epic like drama right from the beginning. But after quarter of the way through the fourth book (Queen of Song & Souls), I definitely reached a road block.  If it's indication from its low rating, I wasn't alone.   After two months of reading this book off & on, I happily persevered through it and found it rather good by the end. That is, after moving past the slow and uninteresting parts that were in dire need of editing or just deleting.

So, my question is when should you decide enough-is-enough?  Should we stay committed or move on when we see our favorites declining?  

Friday, November 26, 2010

Not Another One

Okay, so it's not as bad as all that, I hope.  But you get the idea.  Blogs are popping up faster than the neighborhood Starbucks.  So why yet another one?  I set out with the goal to organize my favorite author links, lists, & Upcoming Releases, and ended up creating a blog.  I don't however claim to provide anything better or more comprehensible as say, Literary Escapism or All Things Urban Fantasy.   

But what I will do, is provide a forum where others can find info on UF new releases, and maybe discuss their thoughts along the way.  My reading tastes tend to lie somewhere between Dark UF/Horror & PNR.  So no, that does not include Jim Butcher's latest workers.  Nothing against old Jim, but I'm just not a huge fan of male authors, just as I have a preference towards listening to male singers.  Just a personal preference, like not liking okra; I think.  I am not a PNR fan either, but I have found a few reads that have peaked my interest.   

I'm not a writer or aspiring writer.  I'm just a lowly government worker that needs a little fantasy in her life.  So those that don't mind my reading preferences or my tendency to sometimes butcher the English Language,  you are welcome to stop-on-by anytime.    

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Authors to Watch

While waiting for big release Jan/Feb, be sure to check out the New Releases from these promising new authors.

Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles

A pre-titled series, that implies that other books are sure to follow.  With all the great reviews, I'm sure that is the case.  

Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles
2-Everdark (Jun 2011)
3-Eventide (Dec 2011)-Final Book

Jasper introduces tattoo artist Riley Poe in this shallow launch of a Southern-fried vampire romance trilogy.

Black Wings
Releases Nov 30th

"As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package." Sounds definitely intriguing.
Queen of Shadows (A Novel of the Shadow World)
Grave Witch: An Alex Craft Novel
1-Queen of Shadows
2- ShadowFlame (Jul 2011)

One of the debut darlings on Amazon.  I can't wait to read this one.  

2-Grave Dance (Jul 05, 2011)

A new series by the author of the Haven Series. Not exactly a new author, but definitely not in the same league as Frost or Harrison.  The only book of the bunch that I've had a chance to read.  A+