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What I’m currently reading
This month I was part of an indie author event on Facebook called Our Books Are Not Free, and this is one of the many books I bought as a result! I had my eyes on Lacoba’s books for a while, so this was a great excuse to spend some money on an eBook haul 😀
I’m almost halfway through now and enjoying it. I haven’t read too many books in this genre so it’s a welcome change.
What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.
Nothing could be simpler.
Or is it?
When primary school teacher, Laura Dantonville, learns of her family’s dark ancestral legacy, she’s propelled into a secret underworld ruled by magic, mystery and murder, and stalked by vampire clans who would do anything to possess her. For her protection, she’s assigned a guardian not knowing that part of her role in ending the ancient curse that has plagued her family for centuries, involves having a child with him.
And she has one day to make a decision.
With only five years left of servitude to his sire, Alec Munro reluctantly accepts to act as Laura’s guardian or risk remaining in slavery forever. But can he maintain a platonic relationship between them when something far more intimate is required to end his sire’s family curse?
With time running out, Laura must decide to either accept Alec or allow her vampire-hating detective boyfriend to end the legacy his way – by eliminating the undead side of her family.
After all, they’re not human are they?
Being unable to age is just the beginning.
Zero to 100,000
This year I want to read more theory, so I figured I might as well include my theory books here 🙂 I know some of you are writers, too, so hopefully you’ll find this beneficial! (If this is you, would you like to see reviews for them here, too?)
It’s been interesting although most of the information wasn’t new to me. Because it’s an old book some of the information is outdated now, but I still picked up a couple of tips nevertheless. There might be a newer edition which my library just doesn’t stock. If you’re new to social media, or specific corners of it, you’ll learn a lot, but for someone like me who’s been using social media for a while new information is scarce.
I’ve still got a bit left to go, so it’s not too late to change my mind!
I work in digital media publishing, yet I’ve struggled, like most of the business world, to understand how to make social media work for me. Sarah-Jayne and Dean tackled the challenge with an energy that has to be seen to be believed. These two are now my #1 source of information and have provided simple and effective strategies that have helped me to monetize social media. Continue reading (It’s a really long blurb…)
What I recently finished reading
It seems like so long ago since I finished this! I really enjoyed Ashael Rising. Since my review will follow soon and since it’s already on Goodreads I won’t go into too much detail now. It had excellent world building and intriguing characters. Kinsella is an author to watch for sure! I’ll be keeping an eye on future releases 🙂
Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.
The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.
Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of the folk that were taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.
When Iwan and Ashael meet and she invites him to stay in Oak Cam, neither of them realise that she is the one the Zanthar seek. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on Ashael’s shoulders.
Ruin and Rising
You guys, Ruin and Rising was so good! Definitely the best book in this trilogy <3 I flew through it. My only regret is not having more books set in Bardugo’s incredible world, I think I’ll be hungover for a while <3
Also, I’m struggling to hate the Darkling. All I feel is pain.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
What I think I’ll read next
Last year I discovered so many fantastic new authors, and Liz Meldon was one of them. Paranormal erotic romance is quite far away from my usual genre, but I really enjoyed hers and am looking forward to The Fool. I believe this is a short one, so I’ve put a little more on my tbr list this week ^-^ You can all laugh at me in two weeks time when I fail miserably 😛
One night can change everything.
That’s what they always say, and for now, vampire hunter Delia hopes it’s true. After years of mediocre performances, she’s still nothing more than a grunt in her hunter league, stuck on surveillance duty and low-level vamp busts.
So, when her informant drops an amazing lead in her lap, she jumps at the opportunity to take down the region’s rumored vampire leader at an invite-only masquerade ball. Clad in a mask and an uncomfortable dress, Delia throws herself into the fray—only to realize she’s woefully unprepared for the night that awaits her.
Also… Some ridiculously attractive guy dressed as the Fool keeps distracting her.
One night. One job. One man. One chance to change her life.
All she has to do is not screw it up.
I read the first book in this series last year (don’t read the blurb if you want to avoid spoilers) and loved it. Fahy was another author I came across last year, and now he’s on my insta-buy list, same as Meldon (once I’m caught up on what they’ve released so far, that is). Urban gothic was a new genre to me, too, so I dare say last year was a bookish success! 😀
I’m really excited to read on, and will get to it as soon as I’ve finished The Fool <3
What do you do when your world is turned upside down?
When you discover your father had a direct hand in the genocide of much of the world’s human population?
Phoebe Harkness’ life has changed forever. Thirty years after a cataclysmic world war that eviscerated one third of the human population, a new sub-species of vampire-like drones has set its teeth to the survivors of humanity.
They’re not the only ones: ‘Genetic Others’ such as vampires, werewolves and more roam the streets of New Oxford, trying – and sometimes failing – to live peacefully amongst humankind.
But that is all about to change.
A spate of serial killings have occurred, rocking the already fragile ecosystem of New Oxford.
Brutal murders and mutilation are now commonplace.
Phoebe must get to work. She is named as liaison between the Genetic Others and the Cabal, the ruling order of the walled city.
She must negotiate with the Tribals, a subset of werewolves cast aside by the cultural hegemony of the Cabal.
But before she can make any progress with the Tribal leader, Kane, she learns of more murders – and three missing students. And Kane’s daughter is among the missing…
One of the victims leaves a message in blood: ‘Crescent Moon’.
Now Phoebe must act urgently with the help of Kane and her former paramour, vampire Allesandro to track down the culprit of these horrific killings.
But who is conducting all of these strange happenings behind the scenes?
And what does it have to do with the Crescent Moon…?
Crescent Moon is the gripping second instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.
The First Five Pages
I’ve actually already this one but since I’m editing my second book now, I figured it’d be a good one to read again. Last time I borrowed it from my library and then bought my own copy right after I finished it, so I must have liked it.
Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process — and it’s true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you’ve lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means, and I have to tell you, it’s one of the best I’ve read. Continue reading (what is it with theory books and insanely long blurbs??)
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!