It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Dec. 13)

Read:

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch – This is a very funny book with a very silly plot. If you like to laugh out loud at smart mouth characters and run breathless from action scene to action scene when not stuck in traffic for 45 mins. then this is the book for you. I have to admit it was the fabulous cover art by Dan Dos Santos that drew me to this book (SIDE NOTE: Dan Dos Santos has done the cover art for my friend Diana Rowland’s new book Secrets of the Demon out in January – an excellent book, by the way), but it is the laughter that will get me to pick up the next one. Wonder if it will feature any Giant Earwigs?
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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal — For all of you out there who love Jane Austen and find something slightly missing from all the supposed sequels which increasingly feel like fanfic, GO FIND THIS BOOK. It has all the hallmark of Pride and Prejudice that you love, while being its own book. It is a quiet fantasy story that is simply enchanting. I was so sad when it was done. I wanted to further explore this world that was at once familiar and strange all at the same time. I hope the author will give us a new book set in this world. I would love to follow the web of glamour she’s weaved down a different path to explore how it effects every aspect of that life.

Fugue Macabre

Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance by C.J. Parker – This book is by a friend of mine. I loved the first one Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance and book two did not disappoint. I am sad to say that it took me forever to finish reading it due to technology problems ( right tech, wrong format eBook, etc.). I thought I could put it on my NOOK, but I must have done it wrong. I finally finished reading the book on my iPhone, and I thought I was going to hate that as an experience. But, once I was caught up in the action of the story I totally forgot I wasn’t holding a book. I was “flipping” pages as fast as I could. This is the story of three friends ( who formed a strong bond in Ghost Dance) that head down to the Louisiana Swamp to defend a shape-shifting population under threat from both internal and external forces.  They need a leader and Bobbie Luckman must step into the role she was destined to play. I like what the author has done with world. She has built a whole mythology full of prophecy, spirit warriors, and visions that carry you to this world wind plot. Also, she has included enough back story to make book two stand alone, without sounded repetitive to those who have read book one. There are many gems in the colorful side characters. I hope the next book comes out soon. I’d love to find out more about Rhonda!  So far, Bone Dance is an eBook only title, but it is available in lots of formats from the publisher (linked above) or from Barnes & Noble and Amazon in their respective formats.

READING:

I am finding it very hard to concentrate a single book right now. The three book above constitutes my reading from all the weeks I’ve been missing from the It’s Monday party. I’ve lots of things half started, so who knows. I could finish any of those! I hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

Blogs:

I have read lots of blogs.

Check out Beck’s Book Picks’ review of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. It sounds awesome, too bad it doesn’t come on audio. I could see this as a perfect Christmas travel listen.

I was reading Forbes.com about a young literary agent who doesn’t tweet. I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but the article introduced me to one of his authors — Jane McGonigal, a game designer whose upcoming book is titled Reality is Broken. I think the PW quote is what really got me interested. They said the book is “As addictive as Tetris,” which happens to be my favorite game. I looked up Jane McGonigal and found a TED video by her. I love TED videos. They are a series of inspiring lectures by people passionate about their ideas. That passion is contagious. I’ve embedded McGonigal’s video here, but I think she has a neat idea. It has made me curious about her book which someone described as a manifesto. (In the video she said we like people better after we’ve played a game with them. I immediately thought  board games in the break room. I wonder if I could convince people it’s a good idea?)

Speaking of manifesto. Seth Godin is another person I follow because he also has that contagious passion with his ideas. He is starting his own publishing powered by Amazon company, to not only publish his and other people’s manifestos, but to change the way readers and publishers interact. He calls it the Domino Project powered by Amazon. I have enjoyed several of Godin’s books, esp. Linchpin, and I look forward to seeing what his does with this new experiment.

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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.

(On a personal note: I like ask all the guardian angels and the Heavenly Father to look down on us favorably this holiday season. It reach out to those in need and ease their suffering, esp. my friends and family. )

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 26th)

Read:

Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills — this was pleasant enough audio, but I wasn’t sufficiently thrilled to pursue the second book. I’m kind of glad it’s over.

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon – I really enjoyed this novella. Check out the review below.

Plays:

The Wedding Singer: the Musical at Le Petit Theatre duVieux Carre which is one of it not the oldest community theater in the United States! They are getting ready to start their 95th Season.  The Wedding Singer was wonderfully cast and produced. It followed the movie closely.

Reviews Posted:

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon

Reading Now:

I am reading too many books at one time and rather than repeat all the half-finished book from earlier weeks. I’ll just mention that I need to re-check out from the Library the eBook I was reading. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag ceased to open (as expected) once my 14-day license expired.

Pursuing the first chapters of The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge I ran across the word myrmidons, which means a loyal follower, esp one who blindly follows orders.

Co-worker loaned me a copy of George Mann’s Ghosts of Manhattan which reminds me a lot of THE SHADOW. It seems to be picking up.

The C. J. Parker book I am reading Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance is soon to be a print book.

Books Received in the Mail:

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (via BookMooch) because of a great review on Things Means a Lot.

Slow Reading by John Miedema (purchased via BN.com)


Cowgirl Rising: The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles by Peg Streep (purchased via BetterWorldBooks)

The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge by Patricia Buncker (ARC from publisher via ShelfAwareness)

Thoughts:

Does anyone belong to a Literary Society (I belong to the Northshore Literary Society) of some type? Not a book club, but an organization that promotes literacy in their community, brings in guess speakers, apply for grants to meet goals?

Our Literary Society is trying to expand and more formally organize and I’m looking for suggestions.

What are your formal goals?

What are your favorite activities?

To what to you receive the best public response?

Any other advice?

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Wish List:

Primal Picnics: Writers Invent Creation Myths for their Favorite Foods (With Recipes) ed. by Jennifer Heath

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

Read:

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.

Reading:

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 http://www.downloadthedarkness.com/, 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.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 5)

Read:

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (ARC) – This will be available at the end of August. It was Fantastic! The whole time I was reading it I kept think about some Gothic novel, and then when I went to check out her website it said Henry James. It was like duh, that’s the one. Put this one on your Wish List.  I’ll post a longer review closer to the release.

Reading:

Bone Dance by C. J. Parker – I can’t wait to get back to this one, but I own it and the Alan Bradley below only has a 14 day check out for the library.

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley ( I love this guy’s author photo) — I checked this eBook out from our public library’s new OverDrive website. I’m very excited about the library adding this feature to their catalog.

Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills (aka Karen Miller) – I downloaded this from Audible.com.

Wish List:

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon reviewed by Dead Book Darling.

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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.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 28)

Read:

Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (audio from the library)– this is the third book in the Grandma Dowdel series. While, I love the first two book. I thought this one was cute.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (audio from Audible.com) — this one rocks. I have enjoyed every installment of this series and can’t wait for the next. The first book Skulduggery Pleasant was named Irish Book of the Decade.

I posted my review for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, which I’d finished reading last week.

Reading:

Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance by C. J. Parker (e-book)

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (audio), the reviews have been mixed so I’m not rushing to start this.

I don’t have any idea what print book, I’m going to read next. I’ve been reading a lot of magazines that have piled up in the last few weeks. I did buy The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson ,as an e-book from B&N,which I’ve seen one or two reviews and an ad at Unshelved.  I also picked-up Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins, Night’s Rose by Annaliese Evans (this book came before Prince of Frogs), and Confessions of a Demon by S. L. Wright for the bookstore. So I might read one of those.

Wish List:

Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson — This book was recommended over at The Cajun Book Lady.

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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.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 22)

Read:

Short story called His Soul Inspiration by Dorlana Vann, published in this quarter’s Enchanted Conversation.

I finally finished The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen. — I loved this. I will write a longer review later, but this is most likely the best thing I’ve “read” (listen to the audio I purchased from Audible.com) so far this year.

Did Not Finish: The Brontes Went to Woolworth by Rachel Furgerson — I hate to not finish a book, but I just can’t get a handle on this one. I find myself rereading sentence over and over trying to figure out if the person their talking about is real or imaginary or a doll. I’ll leave my bookmark in it if I change my mind, but for now I’m done.

Reading:

Bone Dance (book 2 in Fugue Macabre series) by C. J. Parker — Charlotte is a friend of mine and I very much enjoyed book one in the series, Ghost Dance.

The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant #3) by Derek Landy

In the Mail:

I got the new  THE SPARK: Cirque du Soleil from Book Mooch.

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Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance

 

My friend and Louisiana author C.J. Parker‘s new book Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance is available to purchase here. I really enjoyed her first novel Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance (links to a review by ecataromance site) and am looking forward to reading this one. I downloaded it in HTML format to put on my iPhone. It is also available in PDF and MobiPocket formats.