Friday, September 1, 2017

Space, Shifters, Romance and Sales

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about any single book or series. Well, let’s be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a lot of anything. But since life with a new baby in the house is starting to settle down, and since I’m again finding a daily groove, I think it’s well past time to once again begin posting about books. So…

Last year I saw an ad for a sci-fi/fantasy book about space travelling dragon shapeshifters. At the time, I thought “what the heck, let’s give it a try?” and I bought Abducting Abby by S.E. Smith. The story of Abby Tanner and dragonshifter Zoran Reykill, leader of the Valdier, kicks off the Dragon Lords of Valdier series. From there it branches off with the related series: Curizan Warriors, Sarafin Warriors and Marastin Dow, and the Dragonlings of Valdier – a second generation series from the other series I just listed. When I started reading I had no idea what I was getting myself into. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise.

As I followed Abby, Cara, Trisha, Ariel, Carmen and the other women from Earth as they met and fell in love with the various warriors who claim them, I was happily entranced with the stories. For someone like myself who firmly believes that there is life “out there” the imaginative possibilities presented by S.E. Smith was like giving an unlimited supply of candy to a kid. And what’s even better, is that these books are interesting enough that I can re-read them over and over.

But you know what’s really great?

Right now – September 1-3, 2017 – all of Smith’s e-books are on sale for just 99 cents. So right now is a really great time to stock up… and read! Explore the titles of all S.E. Smith's series here.

And you can find even more ways to fan-stalk Smith, in all the good ways I mean, on her website!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Picking Your Next Read

In a time when there are literally endless reading options available to us at any time, and dozens of new books being released each and every day, how to choose what to read can sometimes be a serious issue. I’m not joking. Sometimes deciding on something new to get to read is horribly difficult!

What do I feel like reading? Romance obviously, but what sub-genre? Historical? Paranormal? Contemporary? New Adult? Even YA is an option!

Not only that but am I interested in reading something light – entertaining, amusing, interesting, yes, but not serious-minded? Or do I want something that is going to make me think? Some deep read to engage me?

What about length? And I’m not talking short story vs. novella vs. novel. I’m meaning, is a stand-alone novel all I’m interested in or do I want to invest my time and interest in two or three books? Or more?

Picking my next read can require a lot of thought, sometimes. Other times it’s just one of those completely random “oooohhhh! I’ll take that one!” kind of choices. There are two things that can generally make the choice easier, if not a complete breeze: 1) a new release from a favored author, or 2) a new release in a series that I’ve already been reading.

So what about you… Are you a series or stand-alone type of reader? What things make your choice of next read the “obvious choice”?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blog Changes and Reading

I’m going to be doing some format/layout/design changes on my blogs – right across the board. It’s my hope that by the end of August I’ll have all the changes made that I want to make and will be able to focus on actual writing and posting blog updates again. The changes will come little by little, as I have time in my day to fiddle with the sites.

In the meantime I’m spending a lot of time reading and re-reading as I’m breastfeeding so my daily/weekly/monthly reading lists are gonna be killer for a while!  :-)  How about you?

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