I am working on changing the links for the Series Reading List pages over to Goodreads, and since I am stripping everything down I decided I might as well update as much as possible while I am doing it. I have added some, deleted some, and updated a lot, and things were chugging along until I hit IT. I have been hearing more and more lately how much you all like Jayne Ann Krentzand her alter egos Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, so I thought I better check and make sure I had everything covered.
I can honestly say it took a good, solid couple of hours to figure this monster list out, and I thought I would post it here to see if you all can make sense of it. Not only are there three author names to contend with, but so much series overlapping it boggles the brain. What do you think?
Not sure what exactly is going on with the blog, but either WordPress or Wicked Scribes is acting pretty wonky. Things aren’t opening for me to update or post on the main computer, so I am just managing to post on the tablet for some reason.
Nalini Singh is one of my two absolutely favorite authors, so when I get a surprise package in the mail from her, I get more than a little excited. Once again, I wasn’t expecting it, but today I got the wonderful surprise of an ARC of Archangel’s Shadows. Behold the beauty…
The saddest thing is that I have only read the first 50 pages, but I am already more involved in the story than I have been after 250 pages of Dark Skye.
This week has been a total crap-fest in terms of finding anything interesting to post. Not much news, no really interesting covers. No new series started up to highlight, and I didn’t even have a pick of the week since new releases were pretty thin. So, I thought I would see would be interesting to see what everyone found to read this week, and what you thought of it.
I am still reading Kresley Cole‘s Dark Skye. I started just straight reading it, but then I thought I might as well go back and start over and make notes to update the Immortals After Dark character guide. I am liking it so far, but I also have had no problems putting the book down and walking away for a couple of days, which for me is unheard of for an IAD book. Not sure why, since I have wanted Thronos and Lanthe’s story ever since they were introduced, but I had a hard time mustering my normal excitement before it was released, and it has carried over to reading it. It is usually a “count the days” series. Hell, I have even made the four hour round trip drive to buy them on release day before, but this time? Not so much.
What are you reading, and what did you think of it? Any surprises, good or bad?
Because I like to try and keep things interesting, I was wondering who you would like to see added to the author pages? Lorraine mentioned Lynsay Sands, but are there any others you find tricky to keep track of and would like to see organized into their own section?
Also, I have pretty much limited the info on the authors I have already done to cover only their paranormal/urban fantasy series, but would you like it to expand to cover the other genres? For example, Cynthia Eden has added romantic suspense to her works, Kresley Cole has gone to some more erotic types, and Nalini Singh has a New Adult series in the works. Let me know if expanding is something you would find useful, and I will see what comes up.
Let me start this off by saying that I had absolutely nothing to do with this – all of the time and effort was put in by PhoenixFyre. All I did was copy and paste all of her work, and I owe her a big thanks. Guides are fun to do, but they are very time consuming – especially when you are doing a series as big and as detailed as J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Not to mention, she also lost all of her notes at one point and had to start over again at the beginning.
I haven’t had the chance to do up the graphics yet, or add the many, many links everywhere they belong, but I finally got the character guide finished for Ilona Andrews‘ Kate Daniels series. I was determined to finish it before Magic Breaks came out, but this is a long one. I mean loooong. I should have the linkage and stuff done tonight, but if you want to check it out it can be found HERE.
Now I just have to go an update the other guides, which are all pretty much one book behind, and then finish the Fever series. And PhoenixFyre is working on both of J.R. Ward’s series. Back to work!
Well, all of the links on the new release pages have been switched over to Goodreads, and I have added a “Purchase at Amazon.com” link for all of the books shown on the monthly pages. I hope this works out for everyone…I do like the look of things better, so I am glad I did the switch.
Right now, I am in the process of switching over the Author pages, so they might be hit and miss for the next week or so. While I am at it, I might add a couple of more author pages, too. Maybe Kelley Armstrong and/or Anne Bishop. Never know.
I am playing with the idea of adding cover art and blurbs to the Series Reading List pages. I have been trying different ideas, but the only one that has really worked is to add a gallery. Under each series, there would be a small thumbnail for each title, and clicking on it takes you to a full-sized version of the cover, plus the blurb underneath. You can also click the arrows to scroll back or ahead through the other books. I did the very first author on the list, Shana Abe, as an example of what it would look like. You can see the finished results HERE.
What do you think? Overkill? Too much bother? Or do you think it would be something that might come in handy? Any feedback would be appreciated!
Ok, once again I am pretty sure I know which book will be “the big one”, but the question is by how much. There is actually quite a few that I am looking forward to next month…too many books with too little time. So, that makes it time to vote for the book that you are most looking forward to for next month.
As always, the title chosen as July’s book of the month will also be the next giveaway, and I have chosen 10 that caught my eye. If none of these are your big pick, just check “Other”, and leave your selection in the comments section. A complete list of July’s upcoming releases can be found HERE.
So, my money is on Magic Breaks. And I am seriously on a countdown to getting the character guide done before it is released. I am absolutely loving the re-read of the whole Kate Daniels series…it makes me realize the difference between good books and a great series.