Dec 17: “Born in Chains” by Caris Roane. This is a paranormal romance; Book 1 of the Men in Chains Series. Blurb on back: Adrien is an Ancestral vampire, one of the strongest of his kind ever to exist. Scarred, tormented and extraordinarily powerful, he’s been imprisoned high in the Himalayan mountains…until a beautiful woman releases him from his chains and demands his help. Two years ago, Lily’s home was invaded by vampires who killed her family and kidnapped her son. Now she had one mission--to get him back. And the only man who can help her is a vampire whose strength has made him legendary. But can she ally herself with a creature who frightens her…and ignites her darkest needs? As Adrien ushers Lily into his hidden vampire world, he must show her that his kind can be trusted. But when saving her son requires her to unleash a weapon that will destroy his entire race, can he say the same for her? Their relationship started with animosity toward one another (she hates vampires, he despises humans) and it took awhile into the book before they started liking one another (I guess the sex helped - haha). Once they got their sh*t together, I started to root for the couple. While the story for this couple ended, you can tell more is to come. I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.
My next book needs to be something I can breeze through so I can reach my goal by Dec 31. That means I won’t read the last Dexter book until after the next one I choose. It’s not like I don’t have a
to choose from, though. Decisions, decisions…
Speaking of decisions… I’ve been struggling with a decision ever since I heard my local (non-RWA) writers group is not only enforcing I pay monthly (regardless if I attend meetings, which is how it has been in the past), but increased it another dollar/month (last year it went up from $2 to $5).
I can’t say it’s just the fee increase, but it’s certainly helping to push me out the door.
When I joined this group 4 years ago, I only had one book under my belt and was looking for feedback. I’ve gotten it, too (taking in mind the majority of the members don’t care for romance), but we’re only allowed to bring in no more than 1000 words for critique. Meeting once a month makes it hard to get a whole novel critiqued (unless you want to spend years at it), so I only brought in the beginnings of my stories (those were always the hardest anyway) and did mostly critiquing.
I voiced my concerns about the cost of staying with the group, wanting to know where my money was going (there is no board that I know of; there certainly isn’t any voting if there is). I figured they would convince me to stay (you know, tell me all the benefits I would receive). Instead, I was basically told if it’s not working out for me then don’t come back.
I didn’t want to be THAT person who quit going to meetings once they became published, and the timing of all of this makes it look like that’s what I’m doing. I wanted to stay. I had prepared to stay. But at $72 a year, I don’t see the benefit to me. Is that so wrong?
Maybe I’m better off just sticking with my semi-local RWA chapters. They might not do group critiques, but at least they “get” me (and account for where the money goes!).
So, did you play Mega Millions last night?