It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 12)


The Pearl at the Gate by Anya Richards – This was a novella really. Very steamy sex book-ended by the “she’ll hate me if she knows my secret”/”he think a horrible if he knows what I like” relationship that plays out exactly like you expect for the opening paragraphs. Not bad, just predictable.

Death of a Pirate King by Josh Lanyon -This is book 4 of the Adrien English mysteries. Adrien is a bookseller/mystery writer who always seems to find himself in the soup when a dead body turns up. He’s got a glitch heart, a sharp dry wit, a touch and go relationship with his cop boyfriend Jake Riordan, and a real instinct snooping. I like this series because it fun, with the right mix of romance, sex, mystery, and annoying relatives.


Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon (VERY excited about this! I plan to start this book as tonight.)

The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills (in the middle of the audio, about half way through and the story is starting to pick-up)

Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance by C. J. Parker ( put on hold to finish the library book)

Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley ( the library book that I’ve to finish REALLY fast, only a few days left on the check out.)

Free eBooks:

Author Brian James Freeman is giving away his novella The Painted Darkness  for free at, for limited time, before the publication of the book in print. He asks a neat question in his “Extra” features.

Author’s Afterword: “Did I Really Commit ‘Career Suicide’ by Giving The Painted Darkness Away for Free?”

What do y’all think? Will people still buy the print book? Will it be like review copies and just drum up advanced business for the book?  Personally, I think the last one has some merit. I’d love to hear you thoughts.

Author Seth Godin, is giving away a “personal addendum to Linchpin“, which is the best Business book I’ve read in a while. It is one of those title that you read and it gets you all fired up to start doing things. I bought it one audio and will probably reread it when ever I feel stuck. It’s my staff pick at work this month!  Click here to read his blog post about the addendum and download Insubordinate.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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10 Responses

  1. Those are new books to me, but I hope that you enjoyed them. You were lucky to pick up a free ebook. Im not sure about career suicice. its one way to get your name out there, but at what expense I wonder?

    • To eBook or no to eBook, it seems to be a great debate! I’m not sure what the “expense” will be, but I’ve a feeling it will vary wildly from author to author. A lot will depend on how they embrace the tech and spin the publicity. I’ve been reading it all sides and while I’ve no conclusions. It is entertaining. There is a neat conversation going on among a few different sits right not about the importance or lack there of for eBook Cover Art.

  2. You’ve got an interesting group of books to read. I havne’t heard of any of them but The Accidental Sorcerer sounds good. Thanks for the tip for the free ebook. Have a great week!

  3. Blood Soup is a new one to me. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful week! 😀

  4. Hi there!

    An interesting collection of books you have. And I’m really excited at the free book giveaway. Thanks for the heads up.

    Have a nice reading week!


  5. I’ve been wondering if free e-books are going to be the new ARCs, y’know? It’s a cost effective way to get review copies out there, though of course you have less control over how many are distributed and where they end up.

  6. I’m a big fan of Bradley’s books. I think that it’s amazing how he writes about an eleven-year-old genius with a propensity for poisons set in England in the early 19th c. (?). Aren’t writers supposed to write about what they know? Yet he does it so brilliantly.

    If you like his books then you may also like Louise Penny’s books, another amazing mystery author. Have a great week!

  7. Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag sounds like quite an interesting title – I’d like to hear if you enjoyed the read or not.

    Blood Soup and The Accidental Sorcerer sound like good reads too.

    Enjoy your reading!

  8. Oooh, I like the sound of The Accidental Sorcerer, if you base things off the names, anyway.

    I have a hard time saying whether or not it will be good for that guy to release the book for free. On the one hand, is it much different than the publisher sending out free ARCs? Difficult question.

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