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WWW Wednesday (12-19-12)

Again, this meme is from shouldbereading.

The authors at Book View Cafe have started participating in this meme, by the way. This week Kelly McClymer shares her WWW there. Come on over and look. She has some interesting reads.

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?

I insist upon calling it Rivers of London but in the US it’s Midnight Riot. (I posted a Tuesday Teaser yesterday.)  I’m so annoyed by the American publishing establishment’s insisting upon changes from the original for no good reason that I can tell.

Do generic covers sell better in the US? Do we really need a cover with a man holding a gun in one hand before we will buy it? And is Midnight Riot truly a more evocative “buy me” title? I’m the Anglophile in this conversation so of course my opinion is, not only no, but hell no.

I’m loving this book, by the way. I am thrilled to discover urban fantasy that is set in the UK. Werewolves and vampires in American settings–especially sexy ones–just don’t intrigue me even a little bit so I’ve pretty much skipped the entire urban fantasy craze. But this combination of police procedural (New Scotland Yard) and paranormal is great fun.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen was perfect “cozy mystery” listening while I loaded the Christmas tree with ornaments and lights. I love these books and I love the narrator.

I also read Marriage of Mercy, by Carla Kelly. I usually like her Regency romances quite a lot but this one was less compelling to me.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I can never answer this question! But I do have an idea. Some years ago I discovered a fun mystery series, Her Majesty Investigates, by C.C. Benison. I inhaled Death at Buckingham Palace, Sandringham House (which included a Christmas panto) and Windsor Castle. I assumed Balmoral would follow, but… nada.  Nothing more for years. Then last week I found out that Bennison has a new series, and I downloaded the first book. Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Mystery (Father Christmas Mysteries) Now, you tell me, how could I resist?

The Book That Launched the Contest is Now for Sale

By the way, my own romance novel with a Christmas setting is vailable at Book View Cafe, Amazon and now, at Kobo, if you’re looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift or some light reading for yourself. Also, as always, I will eventually be giving a $20 gift certificate to some lucky Amazon reviewer, so if you review, be sure you post it there to be eligible. /end shameless self-promotion

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 26, 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?

Today I am returning to The Ringed Castle, by Dorothy Dunnett. I know it’s taking me awhile to read this, but believe me, it’s not the book; it’s me.  It’s my writing schedule.  It’s my publishing schedule.  (As of yesterday my new book is out here and here, yay!)

 

 

Listening-reading? I have just begun Where Dreams Begin, by Lisa Kleypas. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the beginning. The “kiss before they know each other” thing doesn’t work for me as well as a kiss that comes as a growing need and desire until finally, you can’t stand it any longer, and it happens. But I am liking the characters (as I usually do with Kleypas) and expect to like the book a lot.

And then there is the other book I am reading. Scandalous, but this writer you might of heard of–oh, ME. This is going to be out in December in time for Christmas, as it’s set at Christmas, although it’s not “about” Christmas. It’s about a madcap heiress and the unfortunate guy she has targeted to be the target of her scandal, and it’s lots of fun, but I am up against an “issue” and I would like your help, especially if you are someone who might buy a romance novel with this kind of story.

The original cover is the one I refer to as “the one with My Friend Cindy and Cadaver Ken on the front.”

This photo does not do it justice. Because seriously, that guy? Looks dead.  Cold. Waxy. As I said, Cadaver Ken.

Cindy Paisley deserved better.

But that’s why I need your help.  We are currently looking at new cover ideas and I am having trouble deciding between one which is very fun and playful and different with an image like this on it? Which fits the story, believe it or not.

Or something more like this on it. Which fits her hero very much so.

Help me choose! Real people or cartoon, this time?

• What did you recently finish reading?

Just last night finished reading the proofs for The Trouble with Air and Magic by Patricia Rice–the sequel to The Lure of Song and Magic. It made me want to rearrange everything in my house! Love the heroine, the hero, their families, well– You will be hearing more about this one soon, but it’s not available yet.

 


 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I just got word that my UK edition of The Casual Vacancy is on the way!

I’m avoiding all spoilers and reviews. I know nothing about it except that it’s a mystery and I think takes place in an English village. I’m so there!

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

Warning: My notifications aren’t working. If you leave a comment, I will reply to it! But you won’t know unless you check back to see. Sorry. I’m having wordpress issues!

NOTE:  I am running another contest to reward reviewers on Amazon. If you’re interested, here is your chance to win a $20 Amazon gift certificate.

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WWW Wednesday (2012-April-4)

The tornados are here, saving the world is here, Authors4Trayvon is here, and the garden is here.

Now. Wednesday! 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?

Dissolution  The first in a mystery  series set in the time of Henry VIII, with Matthew Shardlake sent by Cromwell to root out papist sin and debauchery (plus straighten out some financial issues that should result in more money for the Crown, natch) from a problematical abbey. This has been highly recommended to me.  So far I’m greatly enjoying it.

 

It’s an interesting contrast to Nancy Bilyeau’s The Crown. The more I listen to Dissolution (I’m listening to the audiobook) the more I appreciate the tale Bilyeau told from the more unusual point of view of a young Roman Catholic nun who loves her faith and her Church, and yet also loves England and her King.  This doesn’t take away from Dissolution at all. I’m enjoying it very much. Two sides of a coin, but mysteries, both taking place at about the same moment in time–Henry’s marriage to Jane Seymour.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Book Thief. Five stars.

What was it like to be German during the Fuhrer’s reign? Not a member of the elite, but one of the powerless? How many times have people outside Germany pondered whether or not they would have gone along with the crowd, whether they would have drunk the Kool-Aid? The Book Thief explores that idea in unexpected and deep ways.

This is a gorgeously written book. The prose sometimes stopped me cold just long enough to savor it before moving forward. Not so often that it got in the way of the story, just often enough to make this book of difficult subject matter lush and beautiful.

Death’s point of view is fascinating. It gives just enough distance and subjective thought to keep the story from getting too intense. Yes, I love intense emotion in books, and this had its moments. But the use of Death as a character was a profound and appropriate choice, for he brought vision and distance in moments when it was needed. Again, five stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Tough question.  I have shoved several aside that were top of my list in order to read library books, and I still have a couple of library books to read. New books are popping into the queue. I can see I’ll never go back to my “must read NAO!” list if I keep this up.  Stay tuned until next Wednesday to find out which book shouldered its way to the top of the stack!

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, February 15, 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?

I’m currently reading a friend’s manuscript, and it’s great fun. Scotland, tarot cards, magic, strange creatures–I’d forgotten what an amazing imagination she had! (Oh, and shoes. Did I mention shoes? GREAT shoes.)

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Spirit Lens, by Carol Berg. Gorgeous guy on the cover, btw. I actually listened to this on audio.  Lots of twists and turns, here. The characterizations were sharp and some of the turns they took unexpected. The book ended satisfyingly and yet left you eager to see what happens next.  (First in a trilogy.)

 

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am probably going to listen to the second audiobook in the Flavia de Luce series, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag

Which reminds me. I was going to order the first book in the series from England and the order got messed up and I never got it. Must handle that now.

 

As for reading rather than being read to, I may plunge ahead into Ha’penny, the sequel to Farthing.  I really do want to know what is happening to those characters now.

I must be in a sequel/series kind of mood.

And finally, a couple of nonfiction books are on my radar. I’ve downloaded the samples to my Kindle, and if they’re as interesting as they sound, I may be reading Gardening Nude and Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, too.

What about you? What are your WWWs?

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WWW Wednesday, February 1, 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?

I’m currently reading Farthing, by Jo Walton. A mystery set in a 1949 England where the English (and Allies) did not win WWII.  The US stayed isolationist and an English peace was negotiated with Hitler, who was able to maintain his grip on Europe and concentrate his efforts on the USSR.  Jews in Europe wear identifying stars and are persecuted, but in England they are legally, technically, free. But there is still much prejudice and so when upper-crust Lucy married a Jewish man, it was not well-received by her friends and family.  When they are invited to a weekend at her parents’ house with many other notables–the Farthing set–they go, on the off chance that perhaps her mother is finally accepting David.  Alas, evidently not. Rather, he was invited to be a convenient Jewish scapegoat to pin a murder on…

The most fascinating (and horrifying) aspect of these books is that they feel very real, and represent a bullet dodged, a future we are very fortunate not to be living.

 

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, by Jennifer Ashley. I gotta say, I really liked this romance a lot. And it’s pure historical romance, steamy, sexy, and one friend who started it said she had to scrub her head with a brillo pad and bail out in the middle. So okay, if you aren’t a romance reader, this one probably isn’t for you.  But if you are a romance reader or at least like the occasional foray in that direction, I suggest you give this one a try.  I was drawn to this by reading that the hero had Asperger’s Syndrome.  I was relieved when a friend who has a family member with Asperger’s tweeted to tell me that she’d read this book and thought it was very well done.  Behaviour that could be boorish and worse–and yet is often considered sexy and romantic in historical romance–in this case comes out of the hero’s inability to cope in social situations, his inability to be subtle, to do anything but state bluntly what he wants, to sit too close, and yet–he will not meet the heroine’s eyes. I found it sexy, charming in an oddly unexpected way, and compelling.  I particularly enjoyed meeting the MacKenzie men, each different and bearing his own set of scars from their childhoods, and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know! My piles (figurative, since most are on my Kindle) and shelves (still have a couple of shelves of real books waiting) are filled with books I want to read. Not a TBR list. To-Be-Read indicates a duty.  Mine is a WTR list.  Want. To. Read.

And it all depends on the mood I’m in when I finish Farthing and am ready to dive into the next.

What about you? What are your WWWs?

What should I read next?

I’m listening!

[This art is from Ephraim Rubenstein. I am now craving some of his book art.]

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