Friday, August 21, 2009

True Romance & Friday Book Club

The RWNZ conference kicks off today - I'm so looking forward to catching up with all my writing friends from across New Zealand and over from Australia!

I'm hoping to log on over the weekend, but just in case I can't, don't forget to check out the Borders True Romance blog. My post will be featured on the 21st (U.S. time), and there are giveaways - including an advance copy of Blaze of Memory!

Onto the book club - all about your recommended reads this week. What've you been reading and enjoying? If you haven't had a chance to read this week, what're you looking forward to diving into?


Diane said...

I just picked up a book at a second hand bookstore called Dipped in Chocolate an anthology with three related stories, really cute love stories by Renee Luke; I've never heard of her but when I saw the title I couldn't resist it.

Gail Leinweber said...

I read two fabulous books this week, Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold and Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell which has a truly wonderful quote I'll be using in the future at the end "Read to children. Vote. And never buy ANYTHING from a man whose selling fear."
Now I just need my library to hand over the sequel to Orphans-in the mean time there's back list...

Brooke Reviews said...

I just finished The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, and it was beautiful and haunting. It's historical/paranormal. :)

orannia said...

Nalini - I hope you have a wonderful time at the RWNZ conference :)

Great quote Gail!

I finished reading Were Serpents Sleep (CS Harris) - absolutely brilliant - and am now reading Ratcatcher (James McGee). It is set in the same era (early 1800s) and place (London) as the Sebastian St Cyr books, but the main protagonist is a Bow Street Runner. It's very good...but very dark! Then I have some yaoi manga to read and after that it's either Graceling or New Moon. Decision, decisions :)

Anonymous said...

I just got done reading The name of the Wind By Patrick rothfuss Which I highly recommend.

Bridget Locke said...

So far I've read the latest Weather Warden book by Rachel Caine. It was okay, but also kind of a disappointment.

Not a disappointment? Two very different, but VERY good books.

One was called Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibottson (spelling), a simple, but very sweet retelling of the Cinderella story.

The other was Dreamfever by KMM. All I have to say on that one is WHOA! What an awesome trip that was! :)

Shaymless Aymless said...

I finished:

1. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was satisfy.

2. Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare. Very enjoyable

3. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre. Good

4. Beyond the Night by Joss Ware. Good

Soullumination said...

Just read Hunt Her Down, Roxanne St. Claire's latest 'Bullet Catcher' novel.

Wow, contemporary action/romance w/ sexy bodyguard - it was great! Am now waiting for next 'Bullet Catcher', Make Her Pay, to come out on 29-Sep.

Also read Shayla Black novella, Fated. (Free download -

Loved the Doomsday Brethren! Decided to pick up first book, Tempt Me With Darkness, and start series at the beginning. Must do this right away because Doomsday Brethren book 2, Seduce Me In Shadow, is coming out 29-Sep.

Will make waiting for Blaze of Memory easier to bear.

firefenix said...

I am reading Nalini's Changelings/Psy book 3 and I started Lora Leigh's Breeds Boom 6 "Tanner's Scheme". I can only say wow!
I am becoming addicted to both series:-).
Thanks for sharing what you are reading. It helps me find great reads.
Have a wonderful time reading.
Nalini, have a wonderful conference.


Rianne said...

I've been reading a lot this week despite being busy at work. I managed to finish three books, Kay Hoopers' Blood Sins (not recommended for reading just before you go to sleep, otherwise a fabulous book), Jayne Ann Krentz' Running Hot (it was fantastic, I couldn't put it away so it was a good thing I had an appointment at the hairdressers because I always have lots of time to read there) and last a book from a writer I didn't know but will be reading more in the future and that was Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon. It's a hilarious story about a woman who is sort of haunted by the ghost of her mother-in-law.

Tiona said...

Just finished Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann and was fabulous! She does great work!
This weekend, not sure exactly what I'll be reading, but Christing Skye or maybe a reread of Kresley Cole's IAD series sounds good, hehe.

Savannah said...

I´m currently reading "Blood Promise" by Richelle Mead.So far, it´s very good like her other books.

Rae said...

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. Strong female character, historical setting, India and the Taj Mahal, political intrigues and romance. I cried all the way through the last chapter and hugged the book when I was done.

Hilcia said...

Read "A Duke of Her Own" by Eloisa James -- the last book in her Desperate Duchesses series. This is a series that petered out for me, but I truly wanted to know what happened to Villiers (one of my favorite characters). It was an okay read.

Continuing with the Cal Leandros UF series -- finished "Moonshine" the 2nd book. This series is getting better. :)

Anonymous said...

Orannia, I highly recommend Graceling. It's beautifully written and a very different kind of love story from Full Moon. The only problem with Graceling is that I wanted more, it was that good!

I've been making my way through Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels books. Wow. I'm almost finished with Magic Strikes. Thank goodness for her fabulous web site because I don't think I could make it until her next release without her bits-n-pieces and blog to tide me over. LOL

I'm thinking about changing it up a little bit and reading Leslie Parrish's Black Cats romantic suspense trilogy next. I've never read anything written by her before and she's gotten good reviews. It's sounding like I also need to check out KMM's Fever series. I've never read any of her books either.

Anonymous said...

I finished reading Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Sanctuary, which, like the first Julia Grey book, was a wonderful read. Sadly I don't have the next book in the series in my to-be-read pile.
I also read Susan Carroll's Midnight bride, which I liked very much.
The next books I'm going to read are:
A duke of her own - Eloisa James
Sea Lord - Virginia Kantra
Tanner's Scheme - Lora Leigh
Lord of the fading lands - C.L.Wilson (a new author for me!)

jenyc said...

I read Karen Marie Moning's fourth book in the Fever Series, Dreamfever about Fae coming into the human world. I love the series, though the cliffhangers are killer! I don't know how I'll wait until next year for the next and (I think) final installment.

Christina said...

Bridget & Jenyc-- I haven't read KMM's fever series! I have all of her highland series (and all I can say is I absolutely LOVE Adam Black. One of my fave heroes of all time!).

I finished The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu this week. I just couldn't get into it. I like her Dirk and Steele series much better so far. I just couldn't get into Grant (I found myself rooting for the demons for a romantic lead).

Otherwise I've been researching for my teaching class. I think I will probably just stick to rereading some of my keepers: Angel's blood, Kresley's IAD, and Fellowship of the Ring.

Madhura said...

Just started Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead. Very interesting read.

kylie said...

I'm hoping to make some progress with KMM's Dreamfever. So far I'm digging it!

Mariana said...

The entire Jordan Castillo Price backlist for Channeling Morpheus and Sweet Oblivion - very good. They are short, but good.

The Art of Dying with Josh Lanyon and Jordan Castillo Price - also very good.

Unknown said...

I still have no money so im re-reading Sookie Stakehouse. I just love this series. It´s funny and I am addicted.

Pam P said...

Just finished Dreamfever - oh yeah, cliffhangers. Sure wish it was next year already.

Also liked Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton - treasure hunter/archaeolist and thief.

Barbarita V said...

This week I re-read "Craving Beauty and the Dessert Warrior" Does that sounds familiar?
Have fun at the conference.

Midnight said...

I just finished Cathrine Mann's first book in her Dark Op's Series. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second about Vapor!


NiNi said...

I finished Kresley Coles Immortal after Dark Series....LOVED THEM!!!

Started the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris...the books are nothing like the HBO series TrueBlood...but still I like both the books and TV show ALOT :-)

can't wait for Next psy/changeling book!!!!!

Nalini have a wonderful time at the conference!

RedButterfly said...

This week I didnt read much. I read A Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian. Started reading Dark Time by Dakota Banks but I sittl have to finish. And just finished Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson ^_^

Pissenlit said...

Ooh, coming to this a bit late but...

Rachel Vincent-Prey
Julie E. Czerneda-Riders of the Storm
Anne Herries-Marrying Captain Jack
Beth Andrews-A Not-So-Perfect Past
Emily Gee-The Laurentine Spy

Lisa F. said...

I just got done reading Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning and I'm still biting my nails from that one. Dang cliffhangers....

Edie said...

Lauren Dane and Shiloh Walker both rocked my socks this week.

Jory Strong said...

Reading still taking a backseat to writing for me. No recommendations but I do have some anticipated reads (all releasing next week):

Hunting Ground, Patricia Briggs
The Drowining City, Amanda Downum
Waking Nightmare, Kylie Brant

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading the first 4 of Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series (Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night, and Curse the Dawn, in order of publishing date) and enjoyed them immensely. They have the same kind of plot depth that Nalini Singh's novels do. They also hit the ground running and each is an action roller coaster. All 4 books basically take place over a month or two. My sister recommended them to me after I told her she'd like Nalini Singh's Psy/Changling novel. She has read the first 2 and loves the character development and the plot depth, too.

I also reread Nalini Singh's Branded by Fire (Mercy's and Riley's story) - I think that might be the 3rd time I've read since it came out in late July. I've enjoyed the Psy/Changling books, but this one most especially.