Category Archives: Other people’s books

One week from today…

I will be helping register people for ROMANCING THE CAPITAL, in Ottawa, Ontario with the ever-awesome Sadie Haller.

The event has sold out, but there is a FREE BOOK FAIR OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, MAY 7th FROM 2 to 4 PM. If you are in the area, please come by and say hello! I’ll have paperbacks to sell, AND a free giveaway!  Plus, there are 50 other amazing authors who would love to meet you. Seriously, bring a friend. You’ll both score big!

The age-old dilemma

blogAfter spending several days in the company of some wonderful writers in Seattle at the Emerald City Writers’ Convention, I have come to an unavoidable conclusion.

I need to read more.

I have my favourite authors, of course, but there are best-selling authors whose name I recognize but whose books I haven’t read. It’s the age-old reader’s problem: too many books, too little time. They are popular for a reason and I’m probably missing out. On a lot. I hate missing out on good books.

Fifteen. I have fifteen new authors to try, and two months to do it. That is about a book and a half a week. I’d make an “Oh, no, how can I be expected to do that?” joke, but let’s be honest. It isn’t going to be a hardship. Even better, I’m pretty sure I have some of these books on my shelves that I just haven’t cracked the covers on yet.

So, please excuse me while I wear a new indentation into my chair by the window.

I have work to do.

PS – I’m still taking recommendations. Which contemporary romance authors would you tell me to try?

Thanksgiving Book Sale at KOBO – Buy 2, Get 1 Free

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This is mainly for Canadian readers, but anyone with a Kobo, I have great news! From October 6 to October 11, Kobo is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on various romance e-books.

Two of my books are part of this great deal – Leading Man and Drama Queen. This is a great chance to fill gaps in your collection, or to try new writers at a discount. I’m in with some great company, whether you love shifters or aliens or hot contemporaries.

LSB Cover Art Template for PhotoShopImagine it – you, on the sofa, stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie, winding up your Thanksgiving with a great romance to aid in your digestion. And, as always, my books are calorie- and fat-free.

 

 

Book vs Movie

ZooI’ve really been enjoying the summer TV series Zoo, based on the book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. And, as an avid reader, I decided to check out the source material. The book is almost always better than the movie (or TV show, in this case), and considering how good the show is, I thought I’d scored a winner.

Disclosure: I haven’t read a James Patterson book since he started using co-writers. And I’d only read a couple of his stories before that. So while I knew the name, I didn’t know the writer.

It turns out that Zoo is one of the few instances where I enjoyed the screen version better than the original written material. I liked the changes made to the characters, the images on the screen better than the description on the page, and the style of storytelling better than JP’s signature writing style.

I’m having trouble remembering the last time this happened. It’s rare when I find a movie to be as good as a book, let alone better. I’m betting it was another mini-series or full-length series rather than a movie. Two hours (three if you stretch it) doesn’t seem to be enough time to properly tell the story of a 400 page novel.

I’m not counting the movies I’ve seen that have inspired me to read the source material (Dune, the Lord of the Rings trilogy). I’m talking about being better than the book.

What have you watched that was better than the book?

July Reading List

free photo booksYou’d think that having a broken foot would mean that I read a ton in June instead of getting sucked into “Border Security” marathons, but, no, I didn’t read any more than normal. I saved it all for July as a reward for finishing my next novel. Here are some of my new and recommended books and authors.

PLAYING FOR KEEPS (A Neighbor from Hell Novel) by R.L. Mathewson. This author kept popping onto my radar but the hero sounded like such an ass that I kept skipping the recommendations. Then the first book went on sale and I said, “Fine! I’ll try it!” I was right – he was a complete jerk. But then he grew on me. And the love story made me laugh.  It’s a great contemporary book with relatable characters. So I bought the rest of the series.

CRAVING CONSTELLATIONS (Aces MC) by Nicole Jacqueline. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  This author kept popping onto my radar but the hero sounded like such an ass that I kept skipping the recommendations. Then the first book went on sale and I said, “Fine! I’ll try it!” I was right – he was a complete jerk. But then he grew on me. And the love story made me cry. This is a motorcycle club (MC) book, and runs a little darker than I usually read, but not so dark that I had to stop reading. Also, the first 4 books are a fantastic deal if you buy the boxed set. So I bought the rest of the series.

STEP by Roxie Rivera. Roxie writes the best Russian Mafia stories I’ve found. Step is the first of a related series, with a bad-boy rocker falling for a good-girl hotel maid. It’s a short story but it’s fun to see how outsiders view the characters from Roxie’s main series.

I don’t list all the books I’ve read here, mainly because I have a list of favourite authors and I try to bring new-to-me writers to your attention here. But if you want to keep up with all my books – and even talk about them – feel free to follow and talk to me on Goodreads.

June Reading List

free photo booksAfter I went to Romancing the Capital, I came home with a list of new writers to try and I found some who I really liked. Then almost all my favourites had new releases in June, and I read even more. Here are some of my recommendations:

Fur-bidden by Milly Taiden – the first in the short-story trilogy. Hot were-bears going after what they want. Very steamy.

Unlovable (The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psycologist) by Cynthia St. Aubin – FREE – Matilda was just a normal shrink working her normal job when the mob appeared, right about the same time as Cupid. Now she’s trying to get his arrow up while in custody of a mob cleaner. It’s freaking hilarous.

The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave by J.H. Moncrieff. I’ve know about this books since since it was a gleam in the author’s eye. Then I read it and it creeped my out from the first line. Gah, horrors where kids are targetted are hard for me to read by I couldn’t stop. This is a must read if you are any kind of horror fan.

Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman – FREE – I wasn’t sure where this book was going when I started but it ended up in Funs-ville. Vampire sororities, a buffed out Richard Simmons-type fairy bodyguard, and ensuing wackiness. (If you want weres – including werecows – try her other series starting with Ready to Were).

When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langlais – If you are noticing a theme where I like my romance with a hefty dose of humour, you won’t be surprised by this recommendation. The town of Wilder is going to be a lot of fun to read about with these sexy were-lions on the prowl.

Not to mention, Nalini Singh’s new Psy-Changling book Shards of Hope came out this week. (It’s a good, meaty read. I’m still working my way through it.) And Kristen Ashley’s latest Chaos book Ride Steady comes out at the end of the month. I can’t wait.

How to stretch your e-book dollars

free photo booksOkay, readers, gather around and listen. I’m going to tell you a secret you might not know about. I’m about to share some life-changing news.

You can get e-books legally – for free or under a dollar. No, I’m serious!

Below are a list of sites that send out daily, semi-weekly, or weekly emails that list e-books that are on sale. These are all legitimate sites and these emails don’t cost you a thing; authors have paid these marketing companies to be included in these lists to get the word out about their books.

You can select what genres you like to read – they aren’t just romance. So pick your reading pleasure and have notifications about free and cheap books sent directly to you. It doesn’t get any better than that.

BookBub

E-reader News Today

Shameless Book Club – Romance only

The Mid-List

Reading Deals

Read Cheaply

The Fussy Librarian

If you try a free book and like it, you can support the author by purchasing other books they’ve written at normal prices – that is what the freebie was intended to do. If you don’t like the book, you can delete it with no guilt.

Go forth and click. Just make sure you have room on your e-reader 🙂

 

JH Moncrieff and the Scare Bear

How would you feel if your new stepfather gave you this as a “Thank you for letting me into your family” gift? If you tried to run for the hills, that would be the right reaction because Edgar is up to no good.

My good friend and wonderfully talented writer JH Moncrieff‘s first horror is out today from Samhain books. “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” is part of the Childhood Fears collection and believe me, you’re going to be glad you didn’t read this as a kid.

Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.

Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy…and he doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen.

Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.

It’s available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.

Warning: read during daylight hours only.

JH also has a free novel for newsletter followers. I happen to have an inside scoop of what she’s working on next, and believe me, you want to know about it.