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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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New-To-Me Authors
I Read In 2018

Caitlin Kittredge
I Read: Witchblade 2017
(Graphic Novels)

Caitlin started writing novels at age 13. Her first was a Star Wars tie-in. Fortunately, she branched out from there and after a few years trying to be a screenwriter, a comic book writer and the author of copious amounts of fanfiction, she tried to write a novel again. Her epic dark fantasy (thankfully) never saw the light of day but while she was struggling with elves and sorcerers she got the idea of writing a story about a werewolf who fought crime.

Two years and many, many drafts later, she pitched Night Life to a bevy of agents and one of them, Rachel Vater, sold the series to St. Martin’s.

Caitlin collects comic books, print books, vintage clothes, and bad habits. She loves tea, loud music, the color black (especially mixed with the color pink) and ghost stories. She can drive a stick shift, play the violin and knows more English curses than American ones.

Caitlin lives in Olympia, WA with two pushy cats.
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Scott Peterson
(Graphic Novels)

Scott Peterson got his start in comics as an editor on the Batman line of comics, working with the legendary Dennis O’Neil. He edited DC’s flagship title, Detective Comics, and launched the first of the the Adventures sub-genre of comics, The Batman Adventures. He later went on to edit for WildStorm, where he oversaw such titles as WildCats, Midnighter, A God Somewhere and North 40, as well as Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes. As a writer, he has been published by Disney, Scholastic, Golden Books, HarperCollins, and DC Comics, including a four-year run as the regular writer of The Gotham Adventures. He is currently writing the miniseries Batman: Kings of Fear with art legendary artist Kelley Jones. An original graphic novel for First Second Books will be published in 2019.
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Pam Godwin
I Read: Knotted

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

Alyssa Brandon 
I Read: Bound To You

I'm a Wattpad author, book lover, university student and dog owner. My big passion is urban fantasy but I enjoy a good romance or thriller just as much. My love for writing and story-telling came to me early and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking up stories.

As well as winning the Watty Award 2013 (Werewolf)I was named one of Wattpad’s most followed people and The Hard Mate [Original Version] one of Wattpad's most-read Paranormal stories 2013.

What new-to-you authors did you come across in 2018?
Let me know in the comments below!

Release Day Blitz: Nevermore (Crossbreed #6) By Dannika Dark

(Crossbreed #6)
By Dannika Dark

Raven returns to her childhood home to rebuild her severed relationship with her father. After a long year of capturing violent criminals and thwarting assassination plots, she could use a vacation.

But trouble is brewing on the home front. When Raven discovers her father is in financial peril, she’s determined to set things right even if it means sacrificing her heart in the process. Meanwhile, her relationship with Christian is on shaky ground when a skeleton falls out of his closet. Will they be able to leave the past behind, or is the trust between them dead and buried?

When the bonds of love are put to the test, only the courageous will prevail.
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Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing in her cave, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Audio Book Review: Love and Other Wild Things By Molly Harper

Love and Other Wild Things
(Mystic Bayou #2)
By Molly Harper

Narrators: Jonathan Davis & Amanda Ronconi 
Length: 6 hours and 41 minutes

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos.

Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed. While working on the case, Zed falls head over paws for Dani, but she’s reluctant to engage in anything beyond a roll in his cave. Dani’s family is counting on her to get the job done, and she has no time for distractions. But when an ominous presence begins stalking Dani through the bayou, they’ll need to band together to make it out alive.
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My Review:

I don't know why, but I simply couldn't connect with anything or any character in this novel. This book features a good well-paced story with somewhat interesting characters. It felt like something didn't click between me and this story.

Danica was a headstrong woman who knew what she wanted from the start. She was used to drawing a line in the sand and having people respect that. The "mystery" she was involved in was very janky and not set up all that well throughout the story. I liked her dynamic and eventual relationship with Zed.

Zed was a sweet and caring guy. It was a nice change of pace compared to the last few books I've read. Character's like him are few and far between, especially when most novels feature "alpha" douche bags as the hero. I loved how he respected her space but at the same time was straightforward about what he was looking for/wanted and how they could compromise.

The ending was sweet and predictable (which wasn't a bad thing for this story). I would have liked the secondary characters to have been more memorable and to play a bigger part in the story.

The Audio Book:

I disliked Jonathan Davis's voice for Zed on SO many levels. At times he made it hard to understand him in basic conversations. Amanda Ronconi chapters were fine as far as understanding what the characters were saying. I listened to this audio book while trying to fall asleep so I don't really remember her accents or if she even had to do any at all.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Look #239: Ruby Red By Kerstin Gier

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Ruby Red By Kerstin Gier
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Friday, January 11, 2019

My Ramblings: Making Or Breaking A Book

Making Or Breaking A Book

This is a totally subjective opinion, but there are just some authors that essentially "click" with me. I've noticed it's a strange combination of being descriptive but not overly so, making implausible situations feel real with high stakes and creating a character/s that can do enough in the story as they are and they continue developing as everything happens. 

It's impossible to pinpoint all of that in one book but a combination of a few of those points will make other "problems" less irritating and visible to me while reading. 

All that concludes with the overall writing style. The novel can have all of that and much more but if I don't like how things are written out and paced it'll still end up as a DNF. Loving a book and giving it a 5-star review is a delicate balancing act for me. It's so strange how I didn't realize this sooner!

Do you have a balancing act when it comes to loving a book?
Let's discuss in the comments below!
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