Keeping the Torch?

Sigh. Made-up mind unmade?

Here’s what I am thinking. Time is a bit scarce, but I really hate letting all of the years of work go. And I still have to keep track of my own crap, anyways. I will still be hunting down books, still looking for covers and blurbs, and I still have to have a place to put them. So what I might do is maybe just post less..ish. Updates here and there. New series and book of the week posts. Maybe the reading wrap up stuff every couple of weeks. Just what catches my eye, I guess.

I am strangely enough quite able to keep up on adding to the new release pages, which is weird. The character guides? Ummm…well. I will see how it goes. Maybe if I can get back to my routine of working on them for an hour a day, I might be able to get caught up. Eventually. Or at least working on it.

Honestly, I wasn’t trying to be overly dramatic when I said I was letting this place go. I have been thinking about it for a while, ever since my work schedule went to hell in June, but it just isn’t setting right with me. I have dropped a lot of other stuff, rearranged a bunch more (er, learned to live with a messy house, that sort of thing). My problem is I have always had trouble with doing things half-way. If I can’t do something right, I don’t like to do it at all. I think I just need to get it into my head that this is a hobby, not a job, and I will do what I can. So, if you can, bear with me while I get my crap figured out.

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Passing the Torch

So, I had hoped to hold off until the end of the year, but I think my blogging time has come to an end. As sad as it is for me, work constraints have made it impossible to keep up on everything, and there doesn’t look to be any changes in sight. I am only doing the bare minimum around here, and even finding the time for that can be difficult.

I would ideally like to turn the blog over to someone else, if there were any takers. It is set up and ready to step into, and he or she could take their time to customize it to their own style. If anyone is interested, just hit the “Contact Me” button and let me know.

Either way, I would really like to say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment, contribute reviews and favorites, and just generally show up day after day. I would like to stay in contact, so if there are any great PNR/UF discussion groups you could recommend, I would be much obliged. I want to stay in the loop, I just don’t have the time to do the behind-the-scenes stuff anymore. Thanks again to everyone, and I hope someone does keep things going. A lot went into it, and I would like to see someone take over who can give it the time it deserves.

Here I Go Again

question markWay back when, before I made the switch to e-books, I used to routinely whine about the size of my to-be-read pile, which I had dubbed Mount TBR. At one point, there were close to 400 books on my shelves that were taunting me with their unread status. And I hated it. I can’t stand feeling behind, or disorganized, or out of control, and having too many books to ever get caught up on felt like work. But several big purges and my sudden devotion to Kindle-for-ipad cured me. I thought.

My goal has always been to have exactly 1 TBR book. ONE. Since no book is ever more than “One Click” away, I figured I could just grab what I wanted, when I wanted it, and not have anything that I “had to” read. No guilt, no pressure. But old habits die hard, and I recently noticed I am climbing back up Mount TBR. Again. I now have a to-be-read collection containing almost 40 titles – and climbing. Does the addiction ever really end? I don’t think so. Where does your TBRs stand? Have you been getting it under control, or is it creeping up on you, too?

Clear Your Schedule

Tomorrow night. Be there…

I waited a good while to catch season 1 since I figured it wasn’t my kind of show. Yeah, no. It was fun and creepy and nostalgic all at the same time. Here’s hoping season 2 can keep all that going.

Duh of the Day

gray wolf mateSometimes (well, more often than sometimes), I mess up. This one really made me snicker and shake my head at the same time. Dianna Love has a new book coming out this month called Gray Wolf Mate. Sounds easy, right? Yep. And it is the first book of the League of Gallize Shifters series. Except I thought it was the League of Gazelle Shifters series. Gazelle? Seriously? Where did that even come from? And I had turned my nose up at it because I didn’t want to read about Gazelle shifters. That it has GRAY WOLF in the title didn’t even clue me in. It was about Gazelles, dammit, and I wasn’t interested.

The best part is that I have double checked the release pages, edited the listings, and read over the blurb probably close to a dozen times and never caught it. And now it sounds interesting, so I will be picking it up on its release day of October 23rd. That was my duh of the day (well, probably 2 months, but who’s counting), what was yours?

Pick of the Week

I know that you are probably all pretty sure that my pick of the week would be Archangel’s Viper from Nalini Singh, right? Ha! I am going in another direction completely and picking the stand-alone re-release of Dark Swan. As much as I liked both the Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin series from Gena Showalter, the character whose story I most wanted was Dallas. Always Dallas. Years went by, and still, no Dallas. And then the series seemed to suddenly end – without Dallas’s story ever being told. But out of the blue last year, Gena announced a novella to be published in the Blood Red Kiss anthology with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione – featuring Dallas. All of that means that Dark Swan is my pick of the week – and I am grateful for it.

dark swanSynopsis…

The Alien Huntress series is back with fan favorite AIR agent Dallas Gutierrez from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling paranormal romance author Gena Showalter, who doesn’t disappoint with this sizzling hot alpha hero.

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

Have you ever completely given up on ever getting a story only to get it years later? Was it worth the wait?

New Series Alert

Time to check in and see what new series we have starting up this week, the last week of September (ugh). The first one comes from Eve Langlais, who debuts her Hell’s Son series with the release of Lazy Son.

lazy sonSynopsis…

The problem with being born with expectations is the failure to live up to any.

Christopher might be the antichrist but taking over the world and leading the minions of darkness sounds like a lot of work. And while slacking is a sin his supposed dad Lucifer approves of, his lack of goals is a problem.

Personally, Christopher would rather just work hard enough to make ends meet—and maybe buy a six-pack. But fate is conspiring against him. For some reason the dead won’t stay in the ground, apparently he’s not an only child, he has sisters and this hot chick he met in the cemetery refuses to sleep with him.

It’s time for this lazy prince in waiting to rise to the occasion and embrace destiny—or at least make out with it.

And the second one is due out on the 29th. Death Be Blue is the first book of the Terra Vane series by Katie Epstein.

death be blueSynopsis…

She can glimpse visions of the past, present, and future but she doesn’t know when, how, or why. She only knows the outcome, and it doesn’t look good…

Being human is hard enough. Being human with psychic abilities is worse. It was for Terra Vane anyway, until she immigrated to Portiside. There she feels at home in the thriving city of the Fey, Shifters, Vampires, and other gifted humans.

Where there are many factions of creatures, however, crime and skirmishes are to be expected. With a stubbornness born out of years of being deemed a “freak,” Terra’s determination and unique ability serve her well as an Enforcer Field Agent for the Portiside City Agency.

Alongside her annoying wolf-shifting partner, Kaleb, there is no case that is too strange to solve. No case too dangerous—until there is, and the trail of bloodlust leads them to unravel a mystery that threatens Portiside as they know it.

I haven’t tried either of these authors myself, but I thought both sounded interesting. Any takers for one or both of these new books.

Site Updates

question markI have been chugging along trying to get the character guides updated, and I have a couple of more I can check off. The Fever World guide is updated – and edited, thank god – to include the info from Feversong, and to hopefully streamline things a little bit. I also have the Power Game info added for the Ghostwalkers guide, and I edited the beginning breakdown a bit to try and include more about the girls. Only seems fair.

There are still a crap-load that I am behind on, but I thought that I might set up a guide for Jane Yellowrock (since I am on the big series read and all). I find the people less confusing to keep track of then the characters, to be honest, so I think I might do a glossary for this one as well. But I am a bit torn as to just what stories to include.

You see, I want to make it for the entire Jane Yellowrock world so I can include the Soulwood series as well. But when I was doing my research to set up the page, I came across Faith Hunter‘s official reading list for the whole “Universe”, and it is a whopper. There are short stories for characters I have never heard of, so I have no idea how they even tie into things. I am thinking to just include the info for stories that pertain directly to characters featured in the two main series – like Bruiser, Beast, Leo or Katie stories. I don’t really see the point of tracking down a story featuring…Ayatas FireWind (who?) or Ethan Kaille (who, too?). Just to show you what I mean, here is what I cobbled together for the COMPLETE reading list…oy.

Jane Yellowrock #1 – Skinwalker

Jane Yellowrock #2 – Blood Cross

Jane Yellowrock #3 – Mercy Blade

Jane Yellowrock #4 –  Raven Cursed

Jane Yellowrock #5 – Death’s Rival

Jane Yellowrock #6 – Blood Trade

Jane Yellowrock #7 – Black Arts

Jane Yellowrock #8 – Broken Soul

Jane Yellowrock #9 – Dark Heir

Soulwood #1 – Blood of the Earth

Jane Yellowrock #10 – Shadow Rites

  • Anzu, Duba, Beast (Jane Yellowrock): found in WERE

Soulwood #2 – Curse on the Land

Jane Yellowrock #11 – Cold Reign

Soulwood #3 – Flame in the Dark

Jane Yellowrock #12 – Dark Queen

What do you think? Would that be a cop-out to pick and choose which ones I add? Have any of you actually tackled all of these titles, or are you like me and didn’t even realize that half of them existed?

The TBR-OD Bucket List

After years of nearly drowning under a TBR pile that got as high as almost 400 books at one point, I am very careful about not letting myself go down the rabbit hole again. I am not a fan of being disorganized, so after my switch to e-books I made a vow to not let things get out of control again. That said, though, I do have some series that are on my “To Be Read – One Day” bucket list.

I have checked a couple of them off already – Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Dark-Hunter series (which didn’t work out so well), and J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels books (which did). I am still plugging away on J.D. Robb‘s In Death monster, which is an absolute favorite, and just getting into Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock world…again. But my bucket list doesn’t end there.

As it stands now, my immediate list would look something like this:

  • Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander – I haven’t seen the show, but I am circling that, too. I would love another really good book/show adaptation to get into.
  • George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire – Love the show, and I think it would be great to pick up the books, too. Plus at this point I actually know who is who, which is a bonus.
  • Stacia Kane‘s Downside Ghosts – This has been a target for a long time now, but what is holding me back is the complete lack of info about the state of the series. The last book came out over five years ago, and finding any info about the next one is like trying to track down bigfoot. Apparently the new predicted release date for Unholy Luck is December 1st, 2018. Eh, we’ll see.
  • Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin – Another one that has been on the radar for a long time now. Mostly, I am attracted to the pretty covers, but it seems like a good, solid series that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. And I did like all of the young adult series of hers that I read.
  • Kim Harrison‘s The Hollows – Honestly, I have been meaning to get into this one for years. YEARS. And somehow I just keep skipping over it. Not sure why, but it will be nice to pick up a new series that has already ended its run – no painful cliffhangers that way.

A few others would be Eileen WilksWorld of the Lupi, the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris, and the October Daye and InCryptid series from Seanan McGuire have been tempting me, too. Oh, and any of the Elizabeth Hunter series are up there, as well. Sigh.

What are your bucket list series? If you have read any of mine, what did you think of them? Any favorites?

 

Cover Lover – Covert Game

I have to be honest, I started this as a goodbye post. It has been a struggle for a while to carve out the time to keep the blog up-to-date, and my personality type gets bent out of shape when things are in disarray. And when things stay in disarray, it doesn’t go over well. I am behind on the re-design. Behind on the new releases. And at least one book behind on pretty much every character guide. And I am so far behind on my obligations to my other hobby that I couldn’t even list what needs to be done. I have some time off coming up, and until then I am going to try and plug away at things and see what I can do.

Enough whining – I bored myself. The cover and blurb has been released for the next Ghostwalker book from Christine Feehan, which is called Covert Game. Looks like it is another team-four book, and it will be released on March 20th.

covert gameTreason, torture and temptation haunt the GhostWalkers in their most dangerous adventure yet, as Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling series hits an explosive new high.

Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine–a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire.

A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her…

But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it’s up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she’s led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won’t stop him…