I’ve never considered myself an author who is going to change the world with my words. (Ba ha ha ha). I consider myself a genre reader who likes to write.
For my post today, I’ll mention my eclectic reading of the past couple of weeks. Old and new… I was going to saw borrowed and blue, but I bought all these and I don’t think any of the covers are blue.
Enemy Lover by Bonnie Vanak. Finished this one a week or so ago. New Orleans, hot, hunky werewolves, a magic spell threatening the heroine, a to-die-for protective hero—what’s not to love? I was so happy when Bonnie told me Raphael’s book is next (next year). He’s the enforcer of the pack, is immortal, has deep, dark secrets. And he's hot!
The Solar Queen, by Andre Norton (collection of two short novels from ca. 1954; re-released in 2003). Andre Norton is most famous for her Witch World series, but I kinda like the old-fashioned science fiction/action-adventure series featuring Dane Thorson, a newly graduated cadet on his first space mission.
Andre Norton uses a device that’s out of fashion now—the observer character. The story is told through Dane’s eyes (it’s not first person, but you only go into his POV). He’s not the main action hero; his captain and others on the crew are. He hero-worships them a little and tells how they face danger and save the day. With a little of Dane’s help, of course. I've always liked the observer character--kind of like our link into that world. (F. Scott Fiztgerald used it, famously, in The Great Gatsby.)
Shifter, Anthology with Angela Knight, Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, and Virginia Kantra. I’m working my way through this antho and really enjoying it. The stories are each quite different (action/adventure sci fi from Angela Knight; a Breed story from Lora Leigh; an Atlantis story by Alyssa Day, and a historical Selkie story by Virginia Kantra). I think each of these ladies are terrific writers and very entertaining. I love anthologies because you can read each novella in one sitting, and for a busy person, that’s nice!
Calista’s Men, by Jory Strong. This is a 2004 e-book by Jory (which is out in print too, but I had bought the e-book long ago, read it, then re-read it this week). It’s a good suspense story told by Calista, who has gotten a job over the summer (she’s a teacher) with the Crime Tells detective agency.
I realize I can’t really go into the romantic plot in detail, :-) but I’ll just say: Twin Italian brothers, one lucky girl. Mmm hmm.
It’s a great story, with terrific chemistry between all involved. Jory peppers it with other characters from the Crime Tells agency, as well as Calista’s cop brother and his wife. A fun, warm story with intrigue and lots of . . . well, you know. I’ve had the pleasure of doing a signing with Jory Strong, and she’s like the nicest person, ever.
I still do read historicals, really. Just not this week!
What's everyone else reading?