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WWW Wednesday 11-20-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

 

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

• What are you currently reading?

So many covers to choose from! Do they even show them to her any more when there's a new edition? I like this one.

So many covers to choose from! Do they even show them to her any more when there’s a new edition? I like this one.

Listening to A Knight in Shining Armor, the classic time-travel romance novel by Jude Deveraux. It was her first hardcover book back in 1989 and it shows its age around the edges. Dougless Montgomery is not exactly an independent feminist, despite the fact that she claims to be one. But it’s a fun story and Steve West does a good job with his narration. He’s also the narrator of the Martha Grimes/Inspector Jury mysteries I mentioned last week, which is why I decided to get this book. I like his voice.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading?

coldest girl in coldtownHoly cow, was The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a good book. I’ve never read any Holly Black novels before. Are they all this good?

I’ve been seeing this YA Horror/Paranormal thing all over the interwebs and people loving it, and finally downloaded the sample.  I’ve been reading a lot of samples in an effort to deal with them, something I put into the Embarrassment of Riches meme. I was going to keep track of them but changed my mind, because I really don’t want to list in public all the stuff I checked out and didn’t like enough to buy. Because that is rude. Maybe if I were a reviewer it wouldn’t be; it would be what I do. But I’m not a reviewer. If something sucks or doesn’t hold my attention, I usually just won’t mention it, unless it’s by somebody so hugely successful that I don’t think I’ll hurt anybody’s feelings.

But this? I finished the sample, immediately bought it, and went and told my class to download the sample and read it. This book hits all the marks. As a writer and teacher, my response to this book is that it’s smart in the way it uses and reflects contemporary culture from streaming internet to cell phones, the way it paints the official federal reaction to this vampire outbreak. It has a smart plot, smart world-building, smart characterizations and a really great ending.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m beta reading another historical romance for Patricia Rice. I love my job!

Now, while I have you here, which of these covers do you like better? I love them both for different reasons, but I am changing to the one on the right so that all my contemporary romances will have the same basic cover style.

Which do you like best?

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What about you? What are you reading, have you been reading, wanting to read next?

 

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And another 3-book deal!

You know how I’ve been about to burst with news and have been teasing the living daylights out of y’all?

Well, now the other shoe can FINALLY drop.

In addition to my 3-book deal with Story Spring Publishing, I can finally announce the books that Audible just picked up as part of a deal with Book View Café. In fact, I could have made the headline say, A 100+book deal, because that’s the size of the partial catalog Audible bought from us. Cool beans.

You know how I love my audiobooks. I’ve been an audible customer for ten freaking years and now something I never dreamed of is happening–my own books are going to be available. I don’t yet know who the readers are, but will post more news as it comes in. In the meantime, here we go!  Square CD-type covers for the audible releases. Which means I also have a brand new cover for Some Enchanted Season, thanks to Caleb Wolfson for mad photo-manip skillz and Mj Butler for his ever-elegant design work! [more on that later]!

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Coming in audiobook soon!

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Coming in audiobook soon!

Coming in audiobook as an Audible exclusive soon!

Coming in audiobook soon!

I hope you are as proud of me as I am for keeping my lips zipped about this as long as I have, because it was hard.

And now, off to work on other exciting projects.

Which I can’t talk about yet.

Ooops.

 

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WWW Wednesday 7-23-2013

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

One of the most stunning covers ever.

One of the most stunning covers ever.

I’m listening to The Great Gatsby when I go to bed at night, and I keep going to sleep without hearing enough of it. Good news is, that means I’m going to sleep, not always a given. Good news also is that Jake Gyllenhaal’s narration is solid enough that I don’t mind listening to parts more than once, as happens when I have to back up and try and pick up when I went to sleep. No, he’s no Lenny Henry or Jayne Entwistle, but who else is?

I’m also still reading and delighting in Timeless, by Gail Carriger. And I’m finally meeting the most adorable, destructive, ferocious toddler ever–Prudence. [Katherine Kerr‘s review of Beguiled Again called Anne-Elizabeth a ‘feral toddler.’ Clearly I have a soft spot for the little beasts.]

• What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading an advance copy of Lhind the Thief, a wonderful YA by Sherwood Smith. It’s not available for sale yet but will be later this month and I will definitely be linking to it.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

silver_linings_playbook_cover_bookThe Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick. Loved the movie and now I want to read the book.
 

Meet Cecil. Coming to Amazon and Book View Cafe July 17, 2013!

Meet Cecilia. At Amazon and Book View Cafe!

Don’t forget my new ebook, Beguiled Again. [Did you really think I could skip mentioning that?]

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!

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WWW Wednesday (September 12, 2012)

Again, this meme is from shouldbereading:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Reading-reading? Another of the Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle, by Dorothy Dunnett. I’m now at that point where I want to do nothing but read, but also don’t want the series to end. Woe is me!

 

 

Listening-reading? Another of the Matthew Shardlake mystery series, Revelation, by C.J. Sansom. In this case, woe is they! It is the End Times (or so they believe) and… well, you know how crazy things can get when people are convinced it is the End Times.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading?

And yet another of the series that I am loving right now, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures), by L.A. Meyer. Talk about a ripsnorter!

Considering that I seem to only be reading books in series, I also seem to be boring you with the same authors and series over and over again.  So, just to play catch up, I’ve also read these books recently:

 

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Not next, but as soon as it lands on my Kindle and/or my mail (via Royal Mail, natch): The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling.  It appears that the cover will be the same in the UK and the US.

What books have you excited right now?  What are your WWWs?  Let me know via link to your blog, or in my comments!

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WWW Wednesday (August 1, 2012)

Again, this meme is from shouldbereading:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Remember last week how I said I am in love with a new series? Well, I am TRULY in love with a new series! Last week it was the first in the series, Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (Bloody Jack Adventures). This week it’s Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack Adventures).

Repeating what I said last week: I am listening to the audiobooks and the reader, Katherine Kellgren, is stellar. But the narrative voice is so delightful, I want to read the book in print, as well, and will be hard pressed to choose which way to enjoy the next book in the series. Jacky is a strong, wonderful character. The world is so brutal and graphic I am a little surprised at the YA label. I certainly recommend this for a lot of adult readers I know.

I’m still reading The Disorderly Knights: Third in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, by Dorothy Dunnett. I’m debating whether to keep reading it or stop long enough to read The Night Circus so I can turn it back into the library. I’m just not reading print books as much as  I’m listening to audio right now–too much time in the car driving instead of sitting where I can read.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I listened to a short Regency novel between Bloody Jacks, Lady Fortescue Steps Out: A Novel of Regency England – Being the First Volume of The Poor Relation. Charming, exploring a part of society we rarely see in other Regency-era novels: the poor relations who are genteel and starving. Written by Marion Chesney, aka MC Beaton.

A fun tale, the first in a series.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Will I finally read The Night Circus?  Or will I choose something else? Only time will tell!

What about you? What are your WWWs? If you post on your blog, leave a link below! Otherwise answer here.

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WWW Wednesday (March 14, 2012)

From shouldbereading:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Again, I will list Ha’penny, the sequel to Farthing. I really do want to know what is happening to those characters now. This is the fascinating alternate history series in which the English negotiate a truce/peace with Hitler instead of continuing the war, and they are left to their own devices whilst Hitler controls Europe and continues banging away on the USSR. There is interesting use of voice and pov, and the characters are cleverly chosen to illustrate several kinds of prejudice in a suspenseful tale of “might have been.”

Also, I’m listening to For Heaven’s Eyes Only: A Secret Histories Novel. It surprises me that even though there have been two or three different readers for this series, it doesn’t bother me. They are all good and I just slip into the next reader’s voice without too much issue, which isn’t always the case. James Bond for the supernatural set? Fun!

What did you recently finish reading?

 The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. I adore this German cover. I hadn’t pictured Flavia this way, but it fits, oh yes my darlings, it fits.  Very Wednesday Addams, and when you consider that this ten-year-old chemistry prodigy has a passion for poisons, well, yes, it’s as perfect an image as I’ve seen. What a fabulous female character.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve checked The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great out from the library on the recommendation of friends. It looks good, so I think it will make it to the top of my WTR (want to read) stack next.

 

What about you? What are your WWWs? If you post on your blog, leave a link below! Otherwise answer here.

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In which I am shallow.

Or am I?

You can’t judge a book by its cover.  And yet I have been known to keep books because of their covers, because I love the way they look on my bookshelf (and to be honest, feel in my hands, and because I love the books or like them enough that having a lovely cover makes me keep them on my bulging shelves).  I would want a copy of A Confederacy of Dunces anyway, but that particular edition (linked) is the one I cherish. It’s short and squat, and its odd shape makes me cherish it. Don’t ask, because I have no answer.

I listened to the audiobook of The Thirteenth Tale and was every bit as captivated as my sister told me I’d be, but I don’t think I would have bought it if it hadn’t had a cover that had truthfully entranced me since I first saw it. Now the hardcover resides in my collection.

This is an image a bibliophile would have trouble resisting, yes? And the book itself is beautifully crafted, so yes, I am much taken by it, and know I’ll read it, possibly even soon.

And then there is Leviathan. I am doomed to buy both audiobook and hardcover of this series, not only because I can’t miss Alan Cumming’s fabulous narration, not only because I find the books exciting, innovative and smashing good fun, not only because the covers are really, really nice, but because they even have wonderful illustrations.

I can’t choose between audio and hardcover; I must possess both.

What brings this to mind? This morning I was exploring goodreads and found the following list: Best Looking Historical Novels.

Yes, a list of historical novels ranked by covers. Talk about a guilty pleasure. I had to click. And once there, I saw a book that I’d actually bought–yes, paid money for–because of its cover. A book with a gorgeous cover, a gorgeous display in the store, that seemed interesting and–I brought it home and never read it. I emphasize that as if it is rare, but my office and house was crammed with impulse buys I never read, but was sure I would read someday, but… didn’t, before I got my Kindle.

But today, looking at that list, another book jumped out at me. Oh, the cover. Oh, the title! Oh, the temptation…

Reader, I downloaded it.

(The sample. I’ve learned my lesson about paying for books before I know I will actually read them!)

Have you bought a book because of its cover? Refused to buy a book because of its cover?

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