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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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  1. kate r
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 12:42:15

    I’m loving the Vivien Dean I’m reading… even though I’m sick unto undeath of vampires and m/m. And then I’ll finally get to the latest Linda Winfree.

    And my Kindle is wonderful. My eyes used to hurt because I read on the computer too much. Not a problem with the Kindle.

  2. Alice
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 12:44:48

    I have a minor frustration about books in general that I know have been discussed by many others; series.

    There are so many long series around and they just keep getting longer. Even though some seem really great, I’m getting so tired of waiting for series novels, or backtracking on series, or never knowing what’s going to happen. I’m tried of it. Sometimes, because I’m lame and a dork, I look at my books and notice when the first series got published til now, while still waiting for future books never knowing when it’s going to end. This realization hits; how many years have I spent just waiting for these things? As stories of series changes, gets convoluted, or whatnot, I just get so tired.
    Yes, writing is a business. Yes, these authors write as their profession and I admire them for it. Yet, sometimes, in the wee hours when I’m alone reflecting, I can’t help but wonder if I should bother with the next book, or the next, or why I’m even waiting anymore.
    The money, the time, the space…is it worth the effort?

    The contents too. What happen to the good days of single novels? Why does everyone in this world must have happy endings? Why is there always this ONE great character (usually male) where everyone is breathless awaiting his story, whether he has one or not? And why must he have one?
    Am I, as a reader, too greedy? Probably. The publishers? The authors? I don’t know, but I am getting tired. I’m going to go read a good contemporary and try to get over it.

  3. karmelrio
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 12:57:58

    To me, the thing that makes a series successful is that the stories take place in an engaging world I want to visit again and again. So it’s all about the writing – not the author promo activities. Not the blogs/websites and loop-whoring, not the bookmarks, postcards, pens and tchotchkes people hand out, not the book trailers I loathe with an unholy passion. Despite cheesy photoshopped covers that do nothing to help the genre’s credibility, despite horrible book titles… it’s all about the writing.

  4. Estara
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 13:28:40

    I’m sitting on tenterhooks (isn’t that what they’re called) waiting for the rerelease of P.C. Hodgell‘s first two Jamethiel Dreamweaver novels as an omnibus (this time called the Godstalker Chronicles) by her first big publisher BAEN (who already offer all the current releases in ebook format) not just as a hardcover, but as trade paperback.

    I so hope they sell well, so that she not only sells the newest book in the series (which ought to be delivered to the publisher sometime next year), but gets additional contracts for more in the series, now that she’s not tied down with a regular day job anymore. She’s been writing them since the 80ies and I think of her as one of the best epic female fantasy authors that no one knows (because her previous publishers were very small or – like Meisha Merlin – went out of business).

    So I spam threads like this whenever I get the chance, in case people haven’t heard of her yet. Kalen Hughes is also a fan (which I found out in another thread on this blog where I wrote about Pat Hodgell)!

  5. rebyj
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 13:59:00

    I’ve been too darn broke to buy new releases lately but I have a LIST!

    I finally got an MP3 and have been listening to audio books. It’s funny, listening to Gabaldon’s books on it I realized how much I skim when I read. As I listened I was rolling my eyes thinking GAWD woman shut up and get on with the story LOL. Then I figured out how to fast forward so it’s all good now. Shout out to Audible.com cuz I’m in lurve with the place.

    I do have a question. Did anyone buy J.R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide? It was released a couple weeks ago. I’m wondering if it’s as up to date as the freakishly fanatical fan boards are? After Lassiter was stuck into Lover Enshrined and confused the heck out of me because it read like ” YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO THIS IS ALREADY” I’m wondering if the guide has anymore surprise characters that will be popping into the upcoming books.

  6. jessica
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:02:50

    I love Stephanie Bond’s Body Movers series and can’t wait for the next 3 books to come out. My biggest issued is with the brother character. I feel as though he hasn’t moved forward as a character but has moved backward. I want to see hime take responsibilty for at least some of his actions and I hope he does in the next few books. Anyone else feel the same?

  7. Jia
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:19:26

    Did anyone buy J.R. Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide? It was released a couple weeks ago. I'm wondering if it's as up to date as the freakishly fanatical fan boards are? After Lassiter was stuck into Lover Enshrined and confused the heck out of me because it read like ” YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO THIS IS ALREADY” I'm wondering if the guide has anymore surprise characters that will be popping into the upcoming books.

    I have a copy. There’s a whole section that’s basically threads from the fan boards compiled into a (semi) coherent fashion, one of which is Lassiter’s introduction. I don’t recall there being any new characters but I remember there being mentions of “Muhrder” (I might have misplaced an H or two) who was apparently kicked out of the Brotherhood. Then again, I think he’s also been mentioned in passing in the books? Perhaps by Vishous? There could have been more mentions in the fan board section but I didn’t really read through that part very well. Mostly just flipped through it.

  8. MaryK
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:20:31

    Is anything good coming out in late January, early February? I want to preorder Bone Crossed, but I need to order something with it to get free shipping.

    Also – Jane, I like the new heading font, but is there a reason it doesn’t show apostrophes?

  9. Angela James
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:24:57

    Is anything good coming out in late January, early February?

    The fourth book in Bujold’s Sharing Knife series comes out at the end of January, I think.

  10. Bev Stephans
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:27:00

    Alice, I agree with you that some series are dreadful, but there are good ones out there.

    Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series (and throw in the earlier Grace Valley Series; sort of a prequel)is one I love. I like the way she works in her characters from the earlier stories and not just as peripherals. It’s like reading one very long, but very enjoyable, book. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next books coming out earlier next year.

  11. Randi
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:28:45

    rebyj: not sure if you already knew, but over at karenknowsbest.com, Azteclady reviews the companion book…in case you’d like to stop over there. ;)

  12. rebyj
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:32:02

    Thank you Jia and Randi.
    Jia, I was considering buying it just to flip thru as I read the next book, I figured I’d need it LOL.

    Randi, I’m heading over there now! Thanks again.

  13. roslynholcomb
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:39:31

    I’m mad with DA Janine. Why am I angry with such a fabulous reviewer? She got me all strung out on Patricia Briggs. Alpha and Omega was my gateway book. On her recommendation I bought a shifter anthology for one 72 page story. I never buy shifter stories or anthologies. Then, of course, I was hooked. Had to have Cry Wolf, then before I knew it I was knee-deep in Mercy Thompson. It’s an ugly addiction. I’ve been reading those same five books over and over again for two months now! I am literally counting down the days to the next release. To hell with Christmas, I want my Mercy Thompson now!!!!

    >>>roslyn exits the thread muttering and cussing<<<

  14. Brie
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:42:50

    There are so many long series around and they just keep getting longer. Even though some seem really great, I'm getting so tired of waiting for series novels, or backtracking on series, or never knowing what's going to happen. I'm tried of it.

    I agree with this. I’ve given up on reading series that go past five books, I just don’t have the patience or the desire to follow a series to infinity. I now have a three to four book max. Trilogy’s are my friend.

    I’ve come across some really good, and relatively short, series lately. One is The Sharing Knife duology by Lois McMaster Bujold. Three books out so far, the final one is due in January, I think. I’ve really fell in love with one. The writing is awesome ant the characters are great.

    Jeri Smith-Ready’s Aspect of Crow Trilogy. This is an interesting Fantasy Romance dealing with culture that is similar to early Native American in their beliefs. The first book follows Rhia on her path to accepting her spirit aspect. The second book includes other characters dealing with the after effects of a war while preparing for more blood-shed, and the final book came out this month.

    And I just started reading Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley trilogy.

  15. Jane
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:48:21

    @MaryK: I don’t know. I’ll have to look into it. Or not write any titles with apostrophes.

  16. Jane
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:49:11

    @roslynholcomb: Have you read her Hurog series: Dragon Blood/Dragon Bones. They remain my favorite Briggs’ books of all.

  17. Jessa Slade
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 14:49:42

    I’m reading a friend’s book (that’s my disclaimer), a dark paranormal with Jack the Ripper as supernatural villain. I just got to the part about one of his victims, a flower girl, and for some reason the description touched me: “She lay in a puddle of rainwater, a corsage of red rose and maidenhair fern pinned primly to the breast of her jacket.”

    Anyway, great writing, great story. It’s Kim Lenox’s Night Falls Darkly.

  18. roslynholcomb
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:09:01

    Oh God Jane, that’s all I need is ANOTHER series. I’ll check them out.

  19. jmc
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:12:47

    I second Jane’s rec of Dragon Bones/Dragon Blood. But with the warning that it is “regular” fantasy as opposed to urban fantasy like the Mercedes Thompson series. I re-read both pretty regularly and they never fail to pull me out of a reading slump.

  20. Tina
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:13:18

    I’ve been on a YA book reading spree lately. Read Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher, great book, just have to get the next two to finish the trilogy.

    Read The City of Ember and the 2nd, The People of Sparks, only to realize the 3rd book in the series is actually a PREQUEL!?! So, the characters I’ve “been through tough times with” are left in the balance while I see what happened before they were even born. *sigh* Decided to wait to read that until I’ve got nothing left.

    Now I’m working through a book I picked up because of the cover, Orphans of Chaos by John C Wright. My first Wright book and I’m quite enjoying it.

    One book I just got and am really excited about is Quantum Gravity Book Three: Going Under by Justina Robson. This out of the box series is so fun and this third book was long in coming.

  21. Leeann Burke
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:21:13

    In the past few months I’ve read a lot of books that have been good but haven’t moved me the way a great book should. That is until I picked up a copy of PASSCHENDAELE by Paul Gross (yep the hot mountie from Due South). Now this book isn’t a romance, but has a lot of romantic elements to please this romance reader. There are a lot of war/battle scenes in it as well. However the emotions and hell the characters go through during the war comes across so well in this book.

    I didn’t have any expecations where this book was concerned since this is Mr Gross’ first book. He’s written and produced tons of movies. I can’t wait for his next release.

  22. Lucinda Betts
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:32:32

    I’m reading the latest Kushiel book by Jacqueline Carey. Yum!

  23. Meredith Duran
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:54:20

    Is anything good coming out in late January, early February?

    Hi, MaryK! I’m looking forward to Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ newest, What I Did For Love. It’s coming out at the end of January.

    I’m also super excited for So Enchanting, Connie Brockway’s upcoming historical, but that may fall outside your specified time range, since it’s going to be released at the end of February.

  24. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 15:59:40

    I’m reading Texas Rain by Jodi Thomas right now. I’m enjoying it and wanted to ask for some more Western recommendations. There need to be more Westerns in the world …

  25. orannia
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 17:17:38

    Roslyn – I think this is probably an evil thing for me to do, but the sequel to Cry Wolf is Hunting Ground (yes, we have a title :) Unfortunately, we have to wait until 28 July 2009 to get our hands on it :(

    MK – I keep thinking of books, but they are being released in March (Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood, Anne Bishop’s The Shadow Queen) – sorry. *screws thinking cap on tightly*

  26. Kalen Hughes
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 17:42:28

    I'm sitting on tenterhooks (isn't that what they're called) waiting for the rerelease of P.C. Hodgell's first two Jamethiel Dreamweaver novels as an omnibus (this time called the Godstalker Chronicles) by her first big publisher BAEN (who already offer all the current releases in ebook format) not just as a hardcover, but as trade paperback.

    Last time I checked, you could get a hardback omnibus of the first two from The Science Fiction Book Club. Might be worth checking out (you can look without joining, and if you do join, you could buy all four of her books in HB as part of your freebies when you join).

  27. Bree
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 17:50:12

    It's an ugly addiction. I've been reading those same five books over and over again for two months now! I am literally counting down the days to the next release. To hell with Christmas, I want my Mercy Thompson now!!!!

    Oh man, I got hooked the second I read Moon Called and have been salivating in eternal frustration since that day. :D

    I just finished reading the latest Kelley Armstrong book, which I thought was really fabulous and an interesting change from the previous books in the series. I love that she shakes things up sometimes.

  28. Beverly
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:21:49

    Is anything good coming out in late January, early February?

    Carla Kelly’s next book, Marrying the Captain is coming out in January, but I think it might be at the beginning of the month.

    Christopher Moore’s new book comes out February 10th. Yes, I’m counting the days. It’s called Fool, and is apparently a riff on King Lear. All of his stuff is quirky and great. I gave my husband my copy of The Stupidest Angel to read for Christmas.

  29. roslynholcomb
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:35:32

    Thanks for the heads up on SEP Meredith. I’ll have to pre-order that one.

    Yes Orannia, you are evil, but in a good way. ;D

  30. Percy A Ashe
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:40:20

    I’ve picked up Devyn Quinn’s books, Sins of the Flesh and Sins of the Night, as well as Flesh and the Devil. Very dark erotic romance if you like vampires and other things that go bump in the night. FATD gave me a nice shiver or two!

  31. Janine
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:52:19

    I'm mad with DA Janine. Why am I angry with such a fabulous reviewer? She got me all strung out on Patricia Briggs. Alpha and Omega was my gateway book. On her recommendation I bought a shifter anthology for one 72 page story. I never buy shifter stories or anthologies. Then, of course, I was hooked. Had to have Cry Wolf, then before I knew it I was knee-deep in Mercy Thompson. It's an ugly addiction. I've been reading those same five books over and over again for two months now! I am literally counting down the days to the next release. To hell with Christmas, I want my Mercy Thompson now!!!!

    >>>roslyn exits the thread muttering and cussing< <<

    :: cue evil laughter::

    I live to hear that, Roslyn.

  32. Sandy D.
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:54:51

    The best thing I’ve read lately had precious little romance in it, but was so funny I didn’t care: A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar.

    I’m counting the days until “The Sharing Knife: Horizon” comes out. I re-read the first three and now I’m at a loss.

  33. Janine
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 19:02:42

    Is anything good coming out in late January, early February? I want to preorder Bone Crossed, but I need to order something with it to get free shipping.

    What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips comes out on January 27th. So Enchanting by Connie Brockway and Dogs and Goddesses by Crusie, Stuart and Rich are coming out Feb. 3rd.

    Also, if you like urban fantasy, one of my favorite chick lit authors, Alisa Kwitney, has a new urban fantasy series in the works, which will be published under the name Alisa Sheckley. The first book is called The Better to Hold You and it comes out Feb. 24. Might be a little late for your pre-order but still good to keep on your radar.

  34. Meredith Duran
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 19:22:57

    Also, if you like urban fantasy, one of my favorite chick lit authors, Alisa Kwitney, has a new urban fantasy series in the works, which will be published under the name Alisa Sheckley.

    Whoa, Janine, this just blew my mind. Kwitney writing urban fantasy? I’ll be first in line for that.

  35. theo
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 19:28:01

    Alexis Morgan’s Darkness Unknown comes out January 27th. But it’s number 5 in her Paladin series, which is really a great series.

    Bright side is, you can get all four of her Paladins now and read them before January. :)

  36. Keishon
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 19:39:56

    I’m excited about Ariana Franklin’s newest in her Mistress in the Art of Death series – Grave Goods, that’s due out Feb 2009. The cover art is already up. If anyone is interested, Ariana Franklin writes medieval/forensic mysteries with a subtle romance. Ms. Franklin also writes under her real name of Diana Norman.

    I’m also excited about Alisa Kwitney’s urban fantasy (as mentioned above). Reserved excitement over SEP’s What I Did for Love (cover art already up for that one as well). That’s about all I can think of for now.

  37. Mireya
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:15:18

    I want to complain about “A Wallflower Christmas.” It was way thin for a hard cover (I felt ripped off). Plus not enough emphasis was placed on the main couple. Bah!

    On the upside, the newest Susan Sizemore Primes, “Primal Needs” is out and it is a good read. I was disappointed at “Primal Desires” as I couldn’t really get into it (issues with the main characters).

    And today I got the ARC for Kresley Cole’s “Kiss of a Demon King”. WOOT!

  38. BevQB
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:35:56

    I keep short story anthologies in the MomMobile so that I’ve always got something to read when I’m out and about. It usually takes me months to get through one, but the one I’ve got in there now is really tempting me to bring it in the house and get lost reading it all at once. The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances, edited by Trisha Telep, has been VERY good; a lot of authors I already like, some I only recognize their names, and some I’ve never heard of. But every story so far has been an enjoyable gem. And what’s weird is that they are all so different that I don’t find myself weary of reading yet another vampire story!

  39. Angela James
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:38:58

    And today I got the ARC for Kresley Cole's “Kiss of a Demon King”. WOOT!

    Hmm. I think I’m jealous.

  40. Janine
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:40:28

    Whoa, Janine, this just blew my mind. Kwitney writing urban fantasy? I'll be first in line for that.

    I am very excited about it too — we are trying to get our hands on a review copy. You can read more about the first book here. Just remember to look for it under Alisa Sheckley.

  41. Janine
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:46:53

    In the category of other books I am looking forward to, Megan Hart’s Stranger is coming out on New Year’s Day, and so is Carla Kelly’s Marrying the Captain. I’m interested in Lydia Joyce’s Wicked Intentions (a December release), too.

  42. Angela James
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 20:58:22

    I’m sad, because normally I’d be all over this thread, recommending my most recent great read, but I’m in a serious reading slump right now. Which actually isn’t great for the reading of my submissions either, because a pleasure reading slump directly affects a submissions reading slump, so I need to bust out of it soon.

    But, for the Dear Author crew, I can say that the first in Lynne Connolly’s Richard and Rose series releases from Samhain in December and you’ll have a new installment in the series by this time 2009!

  43. Janine
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:12:28

    But, for the Dear Author crew, I can say that the first in Lynne Connolly's Richard and Rose series releases from Samhain in December and you'll have a new installment in the series by this time 2009!

    If I’m not mistaken, Jane, Jayne and Jan have have all read and enjoyed that series.

    ETA: Sorry to hear about your reading slump, Angela.

  44. MaryK
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:18:35

    The fourth book in Bujold's Sharing Knife series comes out at the end of January, I think.

    Yeah, I thought about that one, but I started the series in paperback and if I switch now my set won’t match. ;)

    I’m just not seeing much “upcoming” info for Jan. and Feb. Usually by 2 months out, I have a bit of a list. Maybe it’s still early.

  45. Angela James
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:19:27

    They have! That’s why I made sure to mention it, so they’d know that new installments are FINALLY coming, with a real release date and everything ;) For those who haven’t started it, we’re selling the ebook at a reduced rate, I think $2.50, and it’s a novel so that’s a great bargain, if you’re interested in trying out a new series!

    Um. /end promo

    Sorry about that *blush*

  46. loonigrrl
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:21:29

    Now I'm working through a book I picked up because of the cover, Orphans of Chaos by John C Wright. My first Wright book and I'm quite enjoying it.

    I read that one awhile ago, and enjoyed it too. But . . . I’ll be honest: I only understood about 10%-maybe 15% of what he was talking about. *blushes*

    I recently read Between Light and Dark by Elissa Wilds, and would recommend it to other paranormal romance fans.

  47. Jane
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:23:15

    @loonigrrl: I think you should read the Mystic and Rider book and Dark Moon Defender in the Shinn series. Skip the others. Those two are the best. (should have put it in the Jia review thread).

  48. Jane
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:24:44

    @Angela James: No, I appreciate it. I loved that series. I hope that Connolly does a story of the brother, although not sure how it would end up. I appreciate the historical touches that Connolly put in the Rose and Richard series. In another thread, someone mentioned how much they like the alpha male masquerading as the effete male trope (ala Scarlett Pimpernell) and Richard certainly falls under that category.

  49. theo
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:29:36

    @BevQB, I devoured The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance!!! There were a few clunkers in there, but many of them I loved, and I met some new authors through it which I also really enjoyed. I hadn’t read Shiloh Walker before that, but she’s a definite buy for me now and one of the four authors I reviewed from that book at Books In Our Belltower

    I’d love to know which ones you’ve enjoyed the best.

  50. Shannon Stacey
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 21:43:22

    I'm enjoying it and wanted to ask for some more Western recommendations. There need to be more Westerns in the world …

    I know it’s a ways out, but Linda Lael Miller has a contemporary western trilogy starting in February called Montana Creeds. I’ve read ARCs of the first two and they’re very good. They tie into the McKettrick series (both historical and contemporary) because they’re related, but the trilogy stands alone because it’s a different branch.

    I’m also big fan of Beth Williamson’s westerns from Samhain.

  51. Jorrie Spencer
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 22:24:24

    I read The Charioteer by Mary Renault this month. It was a really nice change to read an older book, with it’s different storytelling style and language. But it was such a lovely story. Very moving. I have to remember to not always read current books, though they are the ones I usually turn to.

  52. Emma Petersen
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 02:21:11

    Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle. Two words, awe.some.

  53. Tinkerbon
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 02:40:46

    In the past few months I've read a lot of books that have been good but haven't moved me the way a great book should. That is until I picked up a copy of PASSCHENDAELE by Paul Gross (yep the hot mountie from Due South).

    If you liked the book, you should see the MOVIE! SOB!!!!! It’s playing on selected screens here in Canada right now, I believe. Don’t know how far internationally it’s been received.

    I have to agree with a few other readers who’ve already posted about being sick of series (especially when you have to wait three/four/five books before certain characters get their HEA …

    However, I *adore* the Virgin River series and can’t wait for the new books to come … in this troubled day & age and a tumbling economy, a nice comfy *romantic* read is just what is needed to put me in my happy (reading) place.

    I did just finish “Flat Out Sexy” by Erin McCarthy, and although I didn’t think it was worth the trade paperback price, it was a solid read. I’m also revisiting a lot of older books on my shelves, and finding some real treasures … Mary Stewart comes to mind.

    -‘ Tinkerbonz

  54. Alisha Rai
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 02:53:10

    I’m up this late cause I just finished reading Shannon McKenna’s Ultimate Weapon. Damn, the woman can write. Talk about a good series. This is, what the sixth book in the McCloud Bros series? And I’m still not bored? Amazing. I just crack open the cover and forget the fact that it would be severely unlikely for six couples who all know each other to be the targets of assasins just while they were falling in lurv at any given time. I don’t know if that made sense. It’s late.

    Plus, way to go to her for making me really root for a woman who started as a villian. Freakin awesome.

  55. Kaetrin
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 04:18:36

    I’ve just finished First You Run, Then You Hide, Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire. Overall, I was disappointed by the series. To me, it felt a little rushed. I enjoyed the other books much better. I guess the 3 books tied together and released over a short time was a good experiment, but it didn’t work. I felt that the romance for Lucy and Jack wasn’t explained all that well and I didn’t “get” it. Lucy had been so self contained for all the other books that it just didn’t feel right for her to suddenly “fall in lurve”. Also, as an Australian, some of the jargon Adrien used (particularly in the first book where he was the hero) was grating and unrealistic. Honestly, we don’t speak that way! True Blue, Strewth, Bonza, G’day, throw another prawn on the barbie… it made me cringe. (not that she necessarily used those exact phrases, but just as an example…). And, as far as I know, aboriginal children don’t routinely get tattooed on the foot. And, they are NEVER NEVER NEVER referred to as “an Ab”. It made me wonder if Scottish people cringe when they read “dinna ken” once too often….

    Anyway, the series was disappointing overall. I’m hoping that Dan’s story will be a return to the pace and romance of the first few books and Roxanne’s other single titles. I haven’t given up on her!

    As to what I’m looking forward to – the new Virgin River books by Robyn Carr, the new Shannon McKenna book, Ultimate Weapon, and the new SEP and Kresley Cole novels.

    Great thread DA!

  56. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 08:09:55

    @Shannon — Thanks for the recommendations. :-)

  57. Kelly C
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 09:56:44

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  58. Tehani
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 10:03:06

    I just read Amberlight by Australian author Sylvia Kelso (from Juno) and loved it. It’s a bit challenging (written in present tense – NOT easy to do!) but beautifully done, with characters you get to care about and a great love story, set in a fantasy-ish world. An absolute delight to this jaded fat fantasy reader!

  59. BevQB
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:01:13

    @Theo re: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance

    Theo, I’m maybe a third of the way through it and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single story.

    (Psst… Someone get ready to catch Jane, because I have a feeling she’ll start twitching then faint dead away with horror when I mention this next bit.)

    I have dog-eared every story so far and the new to me authors have the bottom half of their last pages folded up diagonally so I don’t forget to go check out their other works.

  60. Jane
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:17:24

    @BevQB: Am going to have to close the thread now due to the hateful messages BevQB is spreading.

  61. Kristie(J)
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:22:31

    Well I can’t not comment here on a book that rocked my world. Not only is it untouchable as my favourite book of 2008, it became my favourite romance of all time. Broken Wing by Judith James. What’s really stunning about this is it’s her debut book. I read it a while ago now and ever since then I haven’t been able to really get into a book since then. I’ve read some – and enjoyed them, but then I keep going back to Broken Wing.
    Janet reviewed here – and while it didn’t give her the same kick it gave me, she did enjoy it :-)

    And Bev!!! They feel that you know! Ouch for the poor dog eared book!

  62. Kristie(J)
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:32:36

    To Jennifer: In your search for great Westerns – have you ever tried Cheryl St. John or Maureen McKade? Both of them are fabulous! And I’m reading one now that’s pretty good so far – Touched by Love by Tracy Garrett. It’s her second book and I also enjoyed her first offering, Touch of Texas. Also for some older books, Patricia Potter, Alexis Harrington and Susan Kay Law wrote some great ones.

  63. Marsha
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:32:43

    Count me in as also waiting for Kresley Cole’s January release. I just recently got my hands on Playing Easy To Get which had the short story? novella? that started the IAD series.

    I’ve also got my eye on Kerralyn Sparks’ next one – the title escapes me at the moment, something about wanting a vampire for Christmas? Her series is good fun full of not-too-emo vamps.

    Other than this I’m reading Jo Goodman’s backlist after learning about If His Kiss is Wicked right here and absolutely loving it. It’s a nice way to fill a bit of a reading dry-spell. And I’ve just placed an Amazon order with some newer contemporaries (Flat Out Sexy among others) in attempt to rectify my ignorance in that area.

  64. Jane
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 11:57:57

    @Marsha: can I just say I love that KresleyCole cover. It’s gorgeous.

  65. Marilyn
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 12:52:59

    The only rush I felt with the Bullet Catchers trilogy was my rush to read them. I couldn’t get my hands on them fast enough and had the local book store on alert to call me the moment they came in. And to finally read Lucy’s story — oh, how I waited for that one. I didn’t think she “suddenly” fell in love. She and Jack Culver had history and NOW YOU DIE built on that. But to each his own. :-)

    I’m just looking forward to reading again period. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo and hardly have time to read the directions on a can of soup.

  66. Jennifer Estep
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 13:31:34

    @Kristie(J): I’ve heard good things about McKade’s A Reason to Live but haven’t gotten around to buying it yet. I hadn’t heard about St. John or Garrett. I’ll have to check those out too.

    Oh yes, I love me some westerns. One of my favorite all-time series is Wagons West by Dana Fuller Ross. I don’t know how many times I read and re-read those as a kid. :-)

  67. Estara
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 14:03:18

    Last time I checked, you could get a hardback omnibus of the first two from The Science Fiction Book Club. Might be worth checking out (you can look without joining, and if you do join, you could buy all four of her books in HB as part of your freebies when you join).

    Thanks for the info, Kalen, but I live in Germany, so a bookclub based in the US doesn’t make as much sense as buying from Amazon when it comes out. In addition, Pat wrote that she hasn’t had much luck with royalties from her previous publishers, so I’d rather help her with her current rerelease becoming popular.

  68. Kristen
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 15:51:21

    I just finished NOW YOU DIE, the last of trilogy by Roxanne St. Claire featuring her uber hot Bullet Catchers. Wow – what a great book! Smart, fast, sexy, fun. I couldn’t read it fast enough. The whole series really built to a climax (ha-ha) with this last one as a great finish. Of course, Dan’s book is the next one and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I could have started it as soon as I put NOW YOU DIE down. Love those Bullet Catchers!

  69. Heidi
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 17:23:38

    ~sigh~~ Thanks for asking. I just want to LOUDLY complain that there are very few regular contemporary romances!!!!! AGH! I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain since I won a copy of the McCarthy book, and let me tell you, I zoomed through that, but sheesh….not to snub the paranormal crowd, but I just don’t get into it. I want a normal contemporary romance! I have moved over to romantic suspense to get my fix….enjoyed the Roxanne St Clair’s but am really looking forward to Dan’s story (did he ever sleep with Lucy?) and I love Linda Howard. I can’t wait for Susan Elizabeth Phillips “What I Did For Love” (go to her website and on that page she reads a little from the first chapter) but other than that and Lori Foster I’m stumped. I’m VERY excited about Julia Harper’s “For the Love of Pete” that’s coming out this spring (totally adored “HOT” by her) and I like her historicals under the name Elizabeth Hoyt. But gosh darnnit, there are few and far between just regular, funny contemporaries out there. I’m now reading Nora’s from the 90’s just to get my fix. Please don’t make me go to chick lit……….

    HELLP MEEEE!!!

  70. Angela James
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 17:32:38

    Heidi, I might be biased but I think epublishing is a good source for “regular” contemporary romances.

    http://samhainpublishing.com/category/contemporary-romance

    Someone suggested Felicity Stripped Bare in another thread

    http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/felicity-stripped-bare

  71. Shannon Stacey
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 17:46:19

    But gosh darnnit, there are few and far between just regular,
    funny contemporaries out there.

    My favorite contemporary with a dash of funny writers are HelenKay Dimon and Kristin Higgans.

  72. Imogen Howson
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 17:55:05

    I am also biased (used to edit her, still get royalties on her back list), but Samhain’s Jenna Bayley-Burke writes what I’d call regular funny contemporary romances. I think they’re fabulous–sympathetic, memorable characters and the most sensuous descriptions of colours and food.

    I love paranormals and fantasies myself, but it can be hard to get one that feels fresh and different. I picked up a wolfshifter one from the library the other day and it was just all the same old thing: destined mates, enhanced sense of smell, primal lust, mysterious killer… All those things can be great elements in the right story, but they have to be threaded throughout in a way that doesn’t feel like painting by numbers.

  73. Hilcia
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 22:56:11

    I just finished two books, The Reawakened by Jeri Smith-Ready — Third book in the Aspect of Crow trilogy. Totally agree with Brie, this an excellent Fantasy trilogy and one I truly enjoyed. The other book I finished that I loved was To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt — I’m just loving this author. I’m looking forward to the end of Nora Robert’s Sign of 7 Trilogy coming up at the end of November and Kiss of the Demon King by Kresley Cole.

  74. Melisa
    Nov 15, 2008 @ 03:42:52

    I’m waiting impatiently for Jim Butcher’s Pricep’s Fury. Book 5 in a 6 book series. Fantasy novels, love the characters and the plot. Alternative world where all the Bermuda Triangle’s disappearances/mysteries have gone. (Roman legions, giant wolf creatures, yetis, pokemon and aliens…)

  75. Jage
    Nov 15, 2008 @ 15:10:44

    Now I'm working through a book I picked up because of the cover, Orphans of Chaos by John C Wright. My first Wright book and I'm quite enjoying it.

    I adore that series even if chunks of it goes over my head. The voice is great, the main character is likable and the fact that I have no idea how old the characters are doesn’t even bother me. I wouldn’t say it’s a Young Adult novel in the typical sense of being aimed at 14-18 year olds, it’s definitely more college aged imo.

    I’m anxious for the Kresley Cole and Patricia Brigg as well.

  76. Deb Kinnard
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 22:51:18

    You ladies mostly seem interested in paranormals and suspense, but for the rest of you who might be hungry for a masterfully written historical trilogy: cannot recommend highly enough Judith Merkle Riley’s “Margaret of Ashbury” series. I’m re-reading it whole, which I rarely do. It’s that good. They’ve been out for a couple years but still in print: A VISION OF LIGHT, IN SEARCH OF THE GREEN LION, and THE WATER DEVIL. Reading these is enough almost to make you think you’re a tourist in 14th century England.

    If you don’t like ‘em once you’ve bought ‘em, mail them to me. My copies are getting battered.

  77. rebyj
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 02:35:54

    I’m so glad you have the links to the open threads on the front page now!

    Cuz I just read a doozy.
    Sherrilyn Kenyon’s One Silent Night.
    holy crap.
    Seriously way too many characters and character species/types. I counted and listed 82 and posted them at RT’s spoiler zone. I didn’t list like Ash’s 4 or 5 names or Tory’s 3 etc. So really there were more than 82 names to wade thru. If you want the list posted here let me know.

    That’s in a 300 page paperback with a large font even!!! Does that not seem like an excessive amount of characters to wade thru for such a small book to anyone else?

    It’s a freakin textbook full of Greek, Sumerian and Egyptian mythological characters not a romance!

    It’s sad to see how Acheron’s character has gone from such a strong character to one whose ass seems to be pretty easy to kick now. And Nick Gautier’s character has just shot off the charts rediculously unfamiliar to the character he was in the earlier books. I’m all for character’s evolving over the course of a series of books but good grief!

    I LOVE the earlier Dark Hunter books and re-read them probably 2 or 3 times a year when I’m out of new books. This book though is definitely not a keeper.

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