Pick of the Week

You know those books that you both can’t wait to get your hands on and dread getting at the same time? Rituals from Kelley Armstrong is like that for me. I love this series – more with every book, it seems – but it also the fifth and final book. I don’t like saying goodbye to a favorite, but I also appreciate when an author knows when to wrap things up. I did get my print copy a day early, though, and it is great so far – loving where things are going.

ritualsSynopsis…

The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “impossible-to-put-down” Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising – one that doesn’t distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.

Site Updates

Hey everyone. I had an afternoon off (yay) and thought I would get a jump on a few changes I have wanted to make ’round here. I have removed almost all of the young adult releases, but I did keep a few from certain authors. I kept Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Chronicles of Nick listings because of their ties to the Dark-Hunter world, and I also kept the Gail Carriger and Sarah J. Maas listings because it seems that they quite often appeal to a more adult audience, as well.

There were a couple of design changes, too, since I decided to whip up a new header and change a few colors around. I think I got it all, but I will probably find a few things here and there that I missed. If you notice anything acting wonky, feel free to drop me a line.

Much Appreciated

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer my young adult question below. I am so glad it was unanimous that no one would miss the young adult stuff, because I am just over it. And I probably would’ve felt guilty if there were a bunch of people who said they did like it.

Since I won’t have to bother with that whole section anymore, I am going to try and see if I can maybe branch out and try and add more self-pubbed and new authors. They are trickier to keep track of because of the usually short pre-order time and lack of info – like Lara Adrian’s next Midnight Breed book, Claimed in Shadows, which isn’t listed on Amazon yet even though it is due out in a couple of weeks. And I haven’t been able to find any blurb yet, either. Sigh.

If you have any hidden jem authors you would like me to keep an eye out for, give me a shout in the comments section. I have a “master list” of writers that I try and keep tabs on, but sometimes they still slip one by me, though.

Young Adult or Not?

question-markA while back, I decided that I just wasn’t into young adult books anymore. I had a huge pile of them waiting for me on what was formerly Mount TBR, but I had absolutely no interest in reading any of them. I’m not sure what the trigger was, but my love affair with YA died a fast death.

The problem is that since I have been out of the young adult game for a while, I honestly have no clue what is going on in terms of new releases. None. I find myself listing fewer and fewer of them in the New Release pages just because I am not in the know anymore. My question is, how much do you use the young adult listings? If I skipped a dedicated “young adult new releases” section, would you miss it?

Site Updates

Speaking of Hidden Legacy (uh, below and stuff), I have added the White Hot info to the Character Guide – but beware. It is not edited, and it looks like hell. There is lots of rambling to be pared down, some contradictory info that I noticed, and quite a few things that need to be clarified. I guess what I am saying is that I have some work to do before Wildfire comes out, but things should be at least legible by early next week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The Furball Has Returned…Almost

cat pawYou were all very kind when I vented last week and whined about having one cat put to sleep and having the other one go missing the next day, and I wanted to say thank you. I have never, ever lost or gotten rid of a pet – it is a commitment I make to have them for the duration of their lives, no matter what, so to have one choose to run away from me was hard. Not knowing if he was dead, or trapped somewhere, or lost is something I hope to never have to experience again. Plus the disbelief that he actually ran away FROM ME didn’t help. I have spent the last week either at work or out hunting for him, or staring out the window and hoping to see him…and last night I did. He was on our back porch, but when I went to let him in he ran away again. The same thing happened tonight, too – he was sitting on the porch looking up at the door like he wanted to come in, but when the door opened he took off. Sigh.

And then the guilt hit. Maybe he has been trying to get in for days and I didn’t see him? Maybe he is upset because the door is shut (not logical, but again, guilt). I can’t leave the door open, because when I open the connecting door he will just take off again. So now we have a live-catch animal trap set up on the porch loaded with a can of tuna, so hopefully he shows up and this ends tonight. Sitting outside in the bugs and the rain until six this morning calling for him was the pits. If the trap doesn’t work, I am seriously thinking of propping the door open and hiding in the car (for hours). When he goes in, I will sneak up behind him from the outside and close it. That is plan B. Please let the trap work, ’cause I really don’t want to sit in the car all night.

*Edit…the little turd will sit beside the trap, but not go in. Damn.

Some Days Just Kick You In The Ass

I have to apologize for the silence around here for the last week or so, but I had much crap going on. I have never been what anyone would call a “people person”, but I have always been firmly in the animal lover category. To keep a long story short, I have three stray/rescue cats that are like my kids, and my little girl had to be put to sleep on Friday after three weeks of back-and-forth to the vet’s. It was horrible and heartbreaking, and to really add a special twist, the next day my little boy accidentally got outside…and ran away. So, one is gone, one has been missing for three days, and I am what you might call testy.

So, if you have any good news, drop it in the comments section. Please?

 

Checking in on the Elder Races

I have gotten the Character Guide updated for The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison, and it is now up-to-date as of the latest release, Moonshadow. I thought it might be interesting to check and see what all of you think of the series now.

I still enjoy it, but to be honest my interest dropped off a bit around Night’s Honor. I loathed the main female character of Tess so much that it soured me a bit. Part of it was the crap-ton of novellas, too, which threw me off, since at that time I wasn’t e-reading and it was kind of a pain. I am at my best with the series when they are full-length stories focused on the Wyr, I guess. I am still liking the series a lot, but maybe not quite as much as before. I did like Moonshadow, but I’m not doing a countdown until I can get my hands on the next one, Spellbinder. I’m sure I will enjoy it, but right now it isn’t even on my radar.

So your turn. Are you still big into it, or has your attention drifted away at all? Have you found any changes since it went self-pubbed? How do you like the focus switching to England?

Site Updates

As I am sure you are familiar with by now, one of these site updates posts usually starts with me whining about being behind on one thing or another. This time it is the character guides. A few of you have been messaging me to ask when certain ones will be updated, and I am slowly working my way through.

I know several of you have asked about the Black Dagger Brotherhood guide, but that one is out of my hands. I just host it for PhoenixFyre, along with the one for the Midnight Breed and Chronicles of Nick series. Last time I had heard from her, she was in the process of updating them, so more info should come later.

On my side, I just figured I would start with the first one on the list that needed updating and work my way down. Of course, that meant beginning with the bane of my existence, The Breeds. By tonight, I should have Wake a Sleeping Tiger added and the entire thing edited, if I don’t go nuts first. Claire Martinez who is actually Fawn Corrigan, but was born Catarina Greymore who decides to change her name to Cat? Sure. And lets not forget the REAL Claire Martinez’s spirit who is now in the body of some female Breed. Sure. Of course, Cat/Fawn/Catarina/Faux Claire is mated to Gideon Cross who is also now Graeme Parker. Or Liza Johnson/Honor Christine Roberts, who has the body of one but the memories of the other. No problem keeping them straight. And then there are the ones who had one name in a novella, and a different but connected name in a main book. Of course. I need a drink.