It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 6th)

Read:

This week I reread Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland. This is  a good paranormal police procedural that involves the hunt for a serial killer. I rarely reread book, so I was surprised to find myself caught up in the action all over again. This is the first book in a series and is set in Louisiana. Diana is a friend of mine and if you haven’t checked out her books, you should.  Visit: http://www.dianarowland.com/

And speaking of writer friends… Another dear friend and local author Pamela Binning Ewen‘s title The Secret of the Shroud just hit the shelves on September 1st. She is currently touring, so if you see her out and about say hi. She’s a great lady.

Reading (or should I say rereading):

Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland — This is book two. Book three comes out in January.

Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout — I finished the first “case”, there are three stories in this book, and I loved it! The plot felt familiar so I am thinking they used it for the A&E TV show. I am such a Nero Wolfe fan, I have the whole series on DVD, lots of old radio programs on CD, and I am working my way through the novels.

Other News:

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Hugo Award for best novel. Actually it was a tie, but this is the one I’ve read. I really liked it because it was one of those scifi novels that made me want to dig into some of the idea presented. I talked about it here.

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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’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)

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Blood of the Demon – Diana Rowland

February 27th  @ 2pm — Barnes & Noble, Mandeville

Diana Rowland, f/sf author from Mandeville, LA, will be signing her second book Blood of the Demon on Saturday, February 27th 2010 @ 2pm.

Rowland is a friend and fellow member of the Northshore Literary Society. I enjoyed reading her first book in the Kara Gillian series, Mark of the Demon, and look forward to reading Blood of the Demon.

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edited to add link to Book Smuggler’s Review above

Book Reviews

Mark of the Demon Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful read. I’ve just finished it about 15 mins ago and am manic with the high that good book gives you. Diana gave me a copy nearly two month ago and I’ve been reading very slowly. My dyslexia — nothing to do with the book.  There were so many great laugh out loud bits — the brick of cheese, Fraggle Rock, Klingon (slightly weirded out that Klingon is in my spell check) promotions. There’s a good deal of tension and suspense. It’s a serial killer case after all. The liberal dash of pop culture references to may you relish your inner geek. Kara, Tessa, Ryan, and a couple others are characters I’d like to see again. I know I’m not making a hell of a lot of sense, but you’ve got to read the book. I’ve been getting burnt out on Urban Fantasy of late, but this one was refreshing. Diana will delight you with her wit and keep you turning pages to see how it ends. Oh and it is going to a series. Really looking forward to book two.

Roping the Wind (Cheek) Roping the Wind by Kate Pearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a contemporary romance that I’ve truly enjoyed in a while. This was fan yourself hot, had characters you could buy into, and realistic HEA that sort of just pointed the way. It was a quick read (comparatively speaking — I’m a slow reader). I would be interested in seeing what else Kate Pearce has to offer after this title.



Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs, #3) Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll probably say the same thing here that I’ve said about the first two book in this series. I LOVE the world building. It is gritty and violent, but you want to know what is happening around every corner. I listened to this on on audio and my only complaint is, unless I’m mistaken, they’ve changed the pronunciation of the main character’s last name from the first two audio books. Kovacs is a bastard but he’s still the good guy. It this finally installment lots of pieces fall into place. We met people we’ve only heard about. We learn slightly more about Kovacs, but never truly enough to satisfy. And when it is over we can only mourn the fact that it is the last book and we are shut out from any new adventures in that world.

Events to Attend

Saturday, July 18th

Toni Orrill will be signing her books at the Barnes & Noble in Mandeville, LA from 2pm — 4 pm.

The Glorious Summer the Broken Fall

Sunday, August 9th

The Northshore Literary Society will host its next meeting at Speakeasy II in Madisonville, LA from 4pm — 6pm. Our guest speakers will be Gene Lipps and Diana Rowland . Gene will talk about the art of song writing and Diana will talk about her novel Mark of the Demon.

Diana Rowland -- Mark of the Demon Diana Rowland and Anna Marie Catoir
photo Times-Picayune, Elizabeth Moore

Mark of the Demon

Congratulations to my friend Diana Rowland!  Her debut novel’s first review has been posted. Check it out and then pre-order! In this uneasy book market pre-orders are vitally important for new authors.