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Top Ten Tuesday List: Summer Reading 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a fun meme, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The idea is to  feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. What a neat way to find new and interesting books on all sorts of topics. Good way to discover bloggers who love the sorts of books you do, too.

Check out The Broke and The Bookish for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate! And maybe give it a try, yourselves.

The subject for June 16 is:  Top Ten Books On My Summer 2015 Reading List. Since I’ll be home recovering from foot surgery through all of August and probably into September, I might actually make some progress on these. So without further ado, here’s my list:

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1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle series, which I adore. The first two books were among my favorite reads of the last couple of years, but then again, Maggie Steifvater is one of my very favorite writers, too. I’ve been taunting myself with this one for weeks, but saving it for some quiet, uninterrupted reading time.

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2. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a very creepy, totally bizarre book that I couldn’t explain to you if I tried. But don’t worry. There are photos. Really weird photos. Sort of like this one on the cover of Hollow City. I really liked the first story, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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3. King’s Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb. Most people who know me at all, know how much I love the Appalachian mountains. I’ve read nearly every Sharyn McCrumb book out there, because she writes about them so beautifully, and can’t wait to read this. They often have an element of supernatural to them, be it a wandering ghost or two, or a character with The  Sight. But not always. This one focuses on the Revolutionary War battle of King’s Mountain, a site I’ve visited, myself. I have no idea what the story line will be, but it’s Sharyn McCrumb. Good enough for me.

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4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I first discovered Brandon Sanderson with his novel The Alloy of Law. I enjoyed that book so much, I went back and read the earlier series it’s part of, The Mistborn Trilogy. Loved that, too. So I’m now working my way through all  of his books, and this one is Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive. I’m sold on Sanderson.

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5. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I loved Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season spinoff. I loved her YA Morganville Vampires series. Didn’t get into the Working Stiff one, but this book sounds like the start of something big. It deals with the great library of Alexandria, and the premise sounds loaded with possibilities. Can’t wait.

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6. The Veil by Chloe Neill. I haven’t yet read a lot about this one, but frankly, Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series is so darn good, I’ll give anything she writes a chance. Two words: Ethan Sullivan. Best vampire, EVER. So come August, I’ll be finding out what the Veil is all about.

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7. Make Me by Lee Child. Jack Reacher. Enough said

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8. Crucible Zero by Devon Monk. Started reading Devon Monk’s House Immortal series, and found it very entertaining. I won’t try to explain the complicated premise, except to say the main characters are made up of Pieces/Parts…kind of like  Frankenstein, or maybe chicken nuggets, whichever you prefer. 🙂 It’s not quite as icky as it sounds, and I’m quite looking forward to this next volume.

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9. The Entire Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett. After discovering the  Wee, Free Men a year or so ago, I knew I wanted to read more of Pratchett’s famous Discworld series, and I’ve finally started. I’m on The  Wyrd Sisters, which is Book 6, and plan to keep on reading straight through. Yes, all 763 books. Or so. 🙂 Hilarious beyond belief. I’m very fond of Rincewind, Death, and maybe most of all, The Luggage. A concept that makes me laugh every time it trundles onto the page, using all it’s teeny-tiny feet. Not to be missed. (Not that I’ll finish the whole series this summer, you  understand. But I plan to make a good dent in it.

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10. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim  Butcher. Saved the best for last! You can’t have spent much time around here and not know that Butcher’s Dresden Files series is my favorite Urban Fantasy series of all time. Jim Butcher RULES. And Jim Butcher plus Steampunk? I’ve died and gone to heaven! (Even though this new series has no doubt slowed down the next Dresden book. But if it’s as good as I’m guessing, I’ll try to forgive him. )

And there you have it. Hope you find something new and interesting to check out.

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My Top Ten Urban Fantasy Series

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Was thinking yesterday about all the great Urban Fantasy series there are out there, and decided to make a list of my very favorites. I tried to list them in order, and then realized that they tend to shift up and down the list a bit, based on the latest book, or a current favorite plot twist, perhaps. All except one. I’m sure it’s no surprise to those of you who have been following this blog for a while. My number one all time favorite Urban Fantasy series has never changed. Why? Because none of the rest appeal to me quite as much, in spite of the fact that I love some of them like crazy. Here they are, in order from first to…everything else. 🙂

1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher: The best characters, good and bad, best plot lines, best adventures, best…and longest drawn out…love affair)

2. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz: Yes, he’s a master of horror, but while the Odd Thomas books can be scary, they are so much more than that…funny, endearing, hopeful, and poised on the edge of redemption, since I haven’t read the last one yet. Been saving it for just the right moment.

3. The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire: Toby Daye’s world of the fae is filled with all the Celtic legends a person could imagine: selkies,  kelpies, mermaids and mermen, The Luidaeg or sea hag, barghests, trolls, and all the high Queens and Kings of the Fae, complete with their courts and the attendant political intrigue and discord. There are banshees and barrow wights, kitsunes and Tylwyth Teg, and best of all for a cat lover, the Cait Sidhe, led by Tybalt, King of Cats. And all set in  San Francisco! *sigh* It’s a world like no other!

4. The Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill: Talk about political intrigue…those obsessive, control freaks, the vampires, pretty much outdo every other supernatural being when it comes to mind games and power plays. I love how well it’s done in these books, but most of all, I love the liege of Cadogan House, 400-year-old vampire,  Ethan Sullivan. Best. Vampire. EVER. He and his house Sentinel, Merit, are a couple to be reckoned with, though it took them a few books to get to that point. A solidly entertaining and satisfying series.

5. The Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs: This one is a spin-off of the popular Mercy Thompson series, mostly about shifters and skinwalkers, though a few other creatures pop in now and then for good measure. While I very much enjoy the Mercy books, I think the Alpha & Omega books are even better. I’m very partial to Charles and Anna, largely because angsty, somewhat frightening men are interesting (as long as they aren’t actually hurting innocent people or battering their women around, of course), and this was the first series to introduce me to the concept of an Omega wolf. It’s extremely well done and never fails to hold my interest to the last word.

6. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews:  This one has it all, too. Shifters and magic, horrible, totally non-sparkly OR sexy vampires, and all sorts of complex shenanigans going on. But mostly, it has Kate and her love, Curran, who just happens to be a lion when the mood strikes him. There’s a healthy dose of humor, which I love, and which Kate uses to keep; “his furriness” in line. I’ve enjoyed every single book in this series, and am always looking for the next one.

7. The Weather Wardens by  Rachel Caine: This one wrapped up a couple of years ago, but it was one of the most original concepts I’ve come across. The weather wardens keep the earth safe and spinning smoothly, controlling rain, storms, floods, fire, earthquakes, etc, to the best of their ability. They can’t eliminate these things, but they can shape them, soften them, steer them a bit, and otherwise try to blunt the trauma wrought by Mother Nature, who is always trying to scrape humanity off  the surface of the planet. And did I mention there are djinn? Oh, I love djinn. Especially David, who is the love interest in this series. It’s a fun, action-packed romp, and the 4-book spinoff series, The Outcast Season, is equally entertaining.

8. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater: This is a YA series that is profoundly moving and beautiful. Stiefvater’s writing is second to none to my mind. Lyrical, strong, and often heart-wrenching, without being maudlin, it will suck you in and wring you out! I’ve read the first two books, and have the third lying right next to the final Odd Thomas book. I’m torturing myself with them, daily, but soooooon. Sooooooon, my precious! I WILL read them, and mourn them when I’m done. If you’ve never read Maggie Stiefvater, I recommend starting with The Scorpio Races, a book so beautiful and dark, it will speak to your heart in shivery whispers you won’t soon forget.

9. The World of the Lupi series: Eileen Wilks: Shifters with intriguing pack politics, power struggles, and romance, all done better than most, by far. Interesting secondary characters, and complex plotting make this series a solid standout, book after book.

10. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs: Mentioned above, this is a solid series featuring Mercy, who is a coyote skin-walker, and a host of other interesting characters, including the occasional vampire and troll. Some Native American lore here and there, and enough drama to make it all very interesting, and all of it, very well done.

Ooops…did I say TEN? Surely I meant FIFTEEN? And since they are ALL tied for second place after The Dresden Files, it doesn’t matter too much, anyway.

11. The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison: This one is at the top of most lists, and I admit that I enjoyed it very much, and looked forward to each book, but I can’t put it at the top of mine because there were some things…and some characters…I just didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong…the series was still worth reading every single book, but I can’t quite rate it as highly as I have some others. I’ve reviewed enough of these books that some of you already know the things that annoyed me, so I’m not going into that here. But suffice it to say, no self-respecting list of good Urban Fantasy would be without these books. And Trent Kalamack will always be a favorite character of mine, as will the demon Algaliarept, and the obnoxiously funny pixie, Jenks.

12. The Leandros Brothers by Rob Thurmon: I’m adding a caveat to this series. It was one of my very top favorites…until it wasn’t. Things happened, and I found I wasn’t enjoying the new direction the books seemed to take. So I was hesitant to mention it in this list. However, if I’m honest, I got enough enjoyment, shivers, AND snarky laughs out of the first 7 or 8 books to warrant including it, even if I won’t be reading any more. Cal Leandros was a character I truly adored for a long time, and I won’t forget the books I loved, though I’ll try to forget the ones I didn’t.

13. Tales from the Nightside series by Simon R. Green: These quirky, off-the-wall, sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying books are like nothing elses out there. Noir meets Poe meets King, perhaps. Just bizarre, and filled with wonderful characters like John Taylor, Private Eye…who actually HAS a private…EYE. And Dead Boy, and Suzie Shooter. Oh, there’s no way to describe all of them. You’ll just have to visit the Nightside yourself…that world beneath London, where it’s always three o’clock in the morning, the hour of the wolf, when most people die, and most babies are born. You want shivers? Head to the Nightside.

14. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine: Another YA series, but one with such a well-done cast of characters, and entertaining plot lines, I just couldn’t leave it out. I devoured every single book, because…hello? Town run by vampires. You can get in, but you can’t get out. And yet, the good guys never give up, and their way of making it all work is totally believable. Assuming you’re the kind who can believe in vampires at all for the duration of a book. Solid writing, unexpected twists, and a very satisfying ending to the series.

15. Monster Hunters International by Larry Correia: Non-stop action from page one right through the series. This is serious, kick-butt and take no names stuff. A manly kinda supernatural series, with plenty of things that go bang and boom and give off a lot of smoke. Manly, yes, but I like it, too! 😉 Fun. That’s it in a nutshell.

And there you have it, folks. Fifteen terrific Urban Fantasy series, with something to please just about everyone. Hope there are one or two in the list you haven’t yet tried. Check ’em out! Tell ’em Marcia sent ya!

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Princeps’ Fury by Jim Butcher

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Finished reading Princeps’ Fury at midnight last night, and it was so blasted good, I downloaded Book 6, First Lord’s Fury,  immediately, and started right in on it. Of course, I fell asleep before I finished the first chapter, but at least I found out what happened in the next scene. This series is SO action-packed, and filled with courageous souls doing heroic things, I just can’t put it down. It’s fun, it’s fast-paced, and it’s scary as heck at times. In short, I love it. And I highly recommend you start with Book 1,  Furies of Calderon, and read straight through. Yes, the books are long and there are SIX of them. But, they are oh, so worth it!

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Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Can’t imagine what took me so long to start on Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. I guess I never figured I’d really enjoy epic fantasy, but I figured wrong. These books just keep getting better. Butcher’s writing gets stronger and stronger, just as it does during the Dresden Files series, and the characters become more engaging and interesting as the stories progress. 

Due to the scope of this tale, I’m not going to try to go into very much detail in this review, but I will say that Tavi is turning into a hero for the ages, and his journey is amazing. Amara and Bernard are a couple to reckon with, and there are villains both evil and complicated to stir up trouble in every book. Some very interesting clues have been laid out like a trail of breadcrumbs, and I find myself thinking ahead to what they all mean. I’ve been right at times, and surprised at others, and I’m eager to read the last three books and see the whole back story unraveled before me.

If you’ve never tried epic fantasy before, this could be a good place to start. If you are already a fan of the genre, but haven’t read the Codex Alera books, you should check them out. They are fast paced, full of adventure, and a lot of fun. And oh, yeah…there’s a bit of love thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend these books, and this third of the series is the best so far.

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The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

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Well, I finally got desperate waiting for the next Dresden Files book to come out. (It’s still a long way off!) I’ve never been a big follower of anything that smacked of epic fantasy, but beggars can’t be choosers. So I downloaded Book 1 of Butcher’s Codex Alera series, Furies of Calderon. And guess what? I liked it. A lot, actually, especially considering that Butcher’s writing has improved greatly over the years. Still, the concept was good, the characters engaging, the monsters nice and scary, and the action fast and furious. All in all, I was so pleased, I immediately downloaded Book 2, Academ’s Fury, and started right in on that. And now, I’m reading Book 3, Cursor’s Fury. Read more…

What Are You Reading?

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As I get my life back under my own control again, it’s time to continue our regularly scheduled features. Friday, as always, is What Are You Reading day. Me, I’m more than halfway through Jim Butcher’s Furies of Calderon epic fantasy novel. So far, I am finding it absorbing and filled with characters I am becoming invested in, though I can’t say it pulls me in like Butcher’s Dresden Files series does. But then, that’s my favorite urban fantasy series of all time, so not much does.

I just finished reading False Awakenings by Callum McLaughlin, and will be reviewing that soon, and I’m starting on Pack Princess, by Aimee Easterling. Will be reviewing that one soon, too, if I’m allowed a bit more reading time next week than I’ve been getting lately. So stay tuned for new reviews and updates on various other bookish things.

Now it’s your turn. What are you reading? As always, inquiring minds wanna know! Let us hear from you…

Monday Giveaway: Jim Butcher and Devon Monk

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

It’s Moon’s Day, once again, and that means time to give away a book or two. Finished up giving away all the Odd Thomas books to date last week, so this week, I’m moving on to other recent releases you might be interested in winning. Read more…

Monday Giveaway! Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz, and Me!

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The last two weeks have been upside down around here, but I’m getting back on track this week, starting with my Monday Giveaway feature. I’m still working on giving out the entire set of Dresden Files books, and ditto the Odd Thomas books. Plus this week, I’m offering a signed copy of Swamp Ghosts, as well, just to say I’m sorry I missed the last two Mondays. So, you know the drill…be the first person to email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com after 2:00PM Eastern Standard Time, and request the one you want, and it’s yours. Zip-zap. That’s all there is to it. Just be the first to ask for it, and you win. Read more…

Monday Giveaway: Jim Butcher and Dean Koontz

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It’s Monday again, with my apologies for missing last Monday, and it’s time for my Monday giveaways. As I’ve been doing for the last few weeks, I’m offering a free download of either Jim Butcher’s Turn Coat, Book #11 of The Dresden Files, and Odd Apocalypse, Book #5 in the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series. All you have to do is be the first to email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com after 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time (to give the west coast a chance, too), and request the one you want. Be the first to ask for it, and it’s yours. Easy-peasy. One more time, here they are:

1. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

2. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

Good luck!

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Monday Giveaway: Jim Butcher & Dean Koontz

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It’s that time again, and I’m still working my way through two of my favorite series, for those of you who haven’t tried them yet. To win a free download of either of these books, just email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com after 3:00PM, Eastern Standard Time, and ask! That’s it. No tricks. IF YOU ARE FIRST to ask for either book, I’ll gift it to you. Simple, right? Read more…

Monday Giveaways: Jim Butcher and Dean Koontz

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Still working my way through the Dresden Files and the Odd Thomas series. For those who have missed out on either of these, you can get a free download today that will help you catch up. Just email me after 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time (to give the folks on the west coast a shot, too), and request the book you want. Be first to ask, and I’ll gift it to you. That’s it. Today’s offerings:

1. White Night: Jim Butcher’s 9th book in The Dresden Files series. (My favorite cover of all, btw.  I bought a signed print of this one and framed it for my library. I’m a nerd.)

2. Brother Odd: Dean Koontz’s 3rd book in the Odd Thomas series.

You don’t want to miss out on these. Let me hear from you.

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Monday Giveaways: Jim Butcher and Dean Koontz

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Happy Moon’s Day! Time once again for my Monday Giveaways. Read more…

Monday Giveaway: Jim Butcher and Dean Koontz

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Continuing with my Dresden Files giveaway today, plus Book One of another of my very favorite series, Odd Thomas. Read more…

Monday Giveaway: Nora Roberts and Jim Butcher

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It’s Monday Giveaway time again, and you know what that means. You have a chance to win a free ebook download, and all you have to do is be the first to email me after 3:00pm EST, and ask for it. Simple, right?

Today, in keeping with my plan to offer earlier issues in The Dresden Files series (for those of you who somehow haven’t read it yet), I’m giving away a free download of Book #5, Blood Rites.

And for those who love Nora Roberts and her way with romantic suspense and mysteries, I’m offering a free download of her newest book, The Collector.

You know the drill. Again, email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com, after 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, and request the book you want. If you are the first, I’ll gift you with a copy. Easy-peasy, but set your alarm. You don’t want to miss out!

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Monday Giveaways: Harper Lee, Emily Bronte, and Jim Butcher

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Whew. Almost missed getting this posted in time. Sorry! It’s been one of those mornings! Today, I’m offering three Kindle downloads for free to the first person to email me after 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time and request the one they would like. So easy. Email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com and tell me which download you’d like, and I’ll gift it to you from amazon.

I’ve been offering the older books in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series each week, and will continue with that. Plus, I’m offering two classics that everyone should read. If you haven’t already, this is your chance. And if you have, but would like to read one of them again, this is your chance, as well.

1. Jim Butcher’s Death Masks, #5 in the Dresden Files series

2. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

3. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Let me hear from you if you’d like a free download of one of these. And have a great day!

Monday Giveaway: Barbara Ashford & Jim Butcher

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Happy Moon’s Day, Everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start. And to make it even greater, today’s giveaways include a book I picked up by chance, and fell in love with, and another of the earlier books of the Dresden Files series. To win a free download of either of these books, simply be the first to email me after 3:00 Eastern Standard Time, at mmeara@cfl.rr.com , and ask for the book you want. That’s it. No forms to fill out, no trick questions to answer, no gimmicks. Just email me and ask!

Book #1: Barbara Ashford’s delightful Spellcast, a cleverly titled novel about a summer theater troupe, led by someone just a wee bit different than you might expect, and the spell that pulls in a passing woman, and never lets her go. It’s beautifully written and cleverly imagined, and the backdrop of the theater was an unusual touch that worked to perfection. Read my review here.

Book #2: Jim Butcher’s Summer Knight, the fourth book in the Dresden Files series. I’m working my way right through the series, offering those who have never started on it a chance to win some of the older books for free. Hop on this! You know you’ve been meaning to read this series forever! 🙂

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

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My Rating TEN out of 5 Stars!
Yes, it’s THAT good!

After waiting about a year and a half for Skin Game (Note to Jim Butcher: WRITE FASTER!), I had my doubts as to whether it could really live up to my hopes and expectations. I needn’t have worried. The book is flat out fantastic! I finished at midnight last night, and couldn’t sleep for two more hours, I was so worked up. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (probably many, many times)–Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is simply the best Urban Fantasy series out there, hands down. (And I read several very good ones, believe me.) It has everything you want in a series, including, but not limited to, bigger and better plot lines, an ever-growing cast of characters, and a hero who continues to gain more and more power, and grow as a person, as well. Read more…

Monday Giveaway: Jim Butcher and Karen White

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Happy Moon’s Day! It’s Giveaway time again! In keeping with my plan to get some readers started on Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, I’m giving away downloads of Books 2 and 3 today, along with a download of a book that’s been on my To Be Read list for far too long, Karen White’s The House on Tradd Street.

Karen White is a writer I’ve really learned to enjoy. I’ve read several of her books, and plan to work my way through all of them. The House on Tradd Street is the beginning of a series of books about…houses. On Tradd and other streets. Needless to say, things of interest happen in these houses. In the case of this book, there’s a mystery, a romance, and a ghost story rolled up in one, and I can’t wait to read it, myself.  And you all know how I feel about Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. Simply that it’s the most engaging and fun series of any Urban Fantasy, ever. So without further ado, here’s the deal: Be the first person to email me after 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time (so the folks on the west coast have a chance, too), and request the book you want, and…YOU WIN. Easy-peasy.

Again, here are your choices: Read more…

Monday Giveaway Time: More Jim Butcher…and ME!

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Time for another Monday afternoon Giveaway, and today, I’m in exalted company.

After seeing the rush of folks wanting to win Jim Butcher’s newest Dresden Files novel, Skin Game, last week, and hearing from a lot of folks that they had “always planned to read the Dresden books,” but hadn’t done so yet, I thought it might be fun to start giving away some of the books from the beginning of the series. So here goes:

Today, I will give away THREE downloads of the first Dresden Files book, Storm Front.

I will also give away two downloads of my first novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, and two downloads of my second novel, Swamp Ghosts. (I’m offering these as well mostly because I like seeing my books listed on the same page as Jim Butcher’s! 😀 )

All you have to do to win any of the above is email me after 3:00PM, Eastern Standard Time, and ask for the book you want. The first person to ask for each book wins it. Easy-Peasy.

What Are You Reading?

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Happy Freya’s Day! And you know what Fridays are around here…why, What Are You Reading Day, of course! As usual, inquiring minds wanna know!

If you were visiting here at any time on Monday, you can probably guess what I’M reading…Skin Game, of course. Catching up with what the heck is happening in Harry Dresden’s ever-expanding world of madness, mayhem, and things that go bump in the night. Our Wizard, who has become so much more than just that, is in a mess once again, thanks to Mab, the Winter Queen of the Fae, and all-around cold-hearted, tough as nails, bad-ass ruler of her realm. Now that she has made Harry her Winter Knight, he has no choice but to obey her every command, grumbling and snarking every step of the way as he may. Between her and that parasitic thing he has growing in his head, Harry is changing. And some of his friends aren’t sure it’s in a good way. The book is EXCELLENT so far, and the only bad thing about reading it is that once I’m done, I’ll be waiting another LONG year  or more for the next one. Oh, that Jim Butcher torments his fans so!

Now, your turn. What are YOU reading this week. I’m sitting here, pencil in hand, ready to take notes. Let us hear from you! 🙂

Two Winners of Skin Game…Sort Of!

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After much sturm und drang for half the afternoon, and carefully reading instructions on amazon, I sent my winner (in Romania) a gift card so he could download Skin Game. It still isn’t working. (You were right, Marjma…it’s a pain!) I’m still working with him to get him his copy, but by golly, I wanted someone to be smiling TODAY, so I went for the next entrant in line, who was here in the U. S., and Joe, I hope you will enjoy this book every bit as much as I expect to! Congratulations!!

As for getting the first book to Romania…well…I’ve always wanted to see Vlad Dracul’s castle. Maybe hand delivery would be a good option! 😀

Stay tuned to see what’s being given away next week. It won’t always be a brand new release. It might be a classic from decades ago, or a best seller from last year. Any genre, and year, any style…all fair game for Monday giveaways. So, check it out!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this event. If I don’t have a sure-fire way to get downloads off to my international friends by next Monday, I’ll have to limit the contest to folks here in the United States, but I hope that won’t be the case. I’d like everyone to have a chance!

Monday Giveaway Day: Skin Game by Jim Butcher

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Be the first to email me today AFTER 3:00PM eastern standard time, and receive a free download of Jim Butcher’s new release, Skin Game. This is the long awaited next book in my favorite urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. You KNOW you want this one. Set your timers and alarm clocks! Email me! The first to ask WINS! And remember the Monday Motto: Free Is Good! 🙂

Friday: What Are You Reading?

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Today is What Are You Reading Day, as always. Inquiring minds wanna know. Let us hear from you. (Some of us take notes, you know. 🙂 )

I’m reading several things at once, this week. Just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, am working on Dana Mason’s Dangerous Embrace, and Anna Celeste Burke’s A Dead Sister. Will be reviewing the O’Dwyer books soon, and hoping to wrap up the others before long. I’ve got Skin Game coming next week, and nothing shall get between me and Harry Dresden! Nothing, I say! 🙂

Your turn. What are you reading?

Only Six More Days!

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I’m sure I speak for a lot of us when I say I can hardly wait for next Tuesday to arrive! Jim Butcher’s newest Dresden Files book, Skin Game, will be released, and I’m heading straight to my local book seller to pick up my copy. I can’t even wait for it to be sent from Amazon! With the exception of Ghost Story, I’ve never been more eager to get my hands on a new Dresden Files book. Or any other, for that matter. Harry’s world gets bigger, badder, and more complex with every single book, and Harry, himself, has grown so much as a character, it’s hard to believe how it all started out. This one sounds like it is going to be fantastic, and after waiting over a year and a half for it, I really hope it is. And the GOOD NEWS is that someone will win a free download of this next Monday afternoon. Yep. I’ll be giving away a copy of Skin Game to one of my followers. And all you have to do to win, is ASK. Simply email me any time after 3:00pm EST. If you are the first person I hear from, the download is yours!

Mark your calendars! You know you want this one, and FREE…IS…GOOD! 🙂

Release Date For Skin Game by Jim Butcher!

skingameCOMING:  May 27, 2014

Finally! A release date for the long-awaited next book of The Dresden Files. I won’t say this is my favorite cover of the series, by any means…and what’s up with that gun, Harry?…but I don’t care. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book!! I am pre-ordering it already. (Yes, it’s available for pre-order on amazon now.) I was beginning to think Jim Butcher had gone off to write comic books…ahem…I mean graphic novels, of course…forever, so now that there is an actual date for this release, I’m both relieved and ecstatic–even though it’s still almost HALF A YEAR away!!! 😯

I don’t know about you other Dresden fans, but I will not rest until I know what’s up with Harry and Mab, the wicked faery queen. And even more than that, what’s up with Harry and ex-Sgt. Karrin Murphy? Don’t disappoint us, Jim Butcher! We fans can turn on you in an instant, you know. 😉

Let the countdown begin!

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