Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday Reads and What Happened to my Background?

I’ve discovered something this week. If I could only read by my phone, I would never read another book. That has got to be the WORST reading experience ever. I don’t know how others do it. Here’s what I read this week:

Mar 7: “Finding Their Balance” by M.Q. Barber, #5 in the Neighborly Affection series, an erotica at 322 pages. Blurb from Goodreads: Getting to the one-year mark is hard enough in a relationship between two lovers. For three, just getting through the day can be half the battle. Between Alice’s headstrong insistence on pushing her sexual limits and Jay’s need to confront an abusive former lover, Henry has his hands full keeping both his partners safe and happy. But despite all the challenges—and unexpected dangers that lurk in their hedonistic world—the three have formed a union that brings each of them to the edge of something new—something they may not be able to hold onto... If you love MMF books, this series is for you. But I recommend starting with the first. You can only appreciate this book more by reading from the beginning. This one is slower than the others, but I just love being in Alice, Henry, and Jay’s world and don’t care. Their love seems so real. Look forward to the next. FYI - I wish my Nook hadn’t bombed out in the middle of reading this. I was forced to finish this on my phone via the Nook App. I hope I haven’t ruined my eyesight forever!

Mar 8: “Hard to be Good” by Laura Kaye, #3.5 in the Hard Ink series, a contemporary romance novella at 131 pages. Blurb from book: Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the enemies that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year ago. Now Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down by the chaos—and by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts him to settle down for the first time ever. Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than with people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who he was. Even more surprising is the heated tension he feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way. With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good… Nice, short, MM romance in a series I really like. A lot. But if you’re not into MM sex, you could stay away from this novella and not miss anything from the series (since there’s an over-arching storyline that isn’t touched on here), which is a really good sexy romantic suspense series.

So… Have you noticed my background changed? I didn’t do anything to it. It's like it blew up and now I only get the sky. At least I only see the sky on my laptop. Do you see something different? Sometimes it’s not worth the brain power to figure out what Blogger is up to, you know?

Happy Reading!



JeffO said...

I only see the sky, but I like it!

I read a little bit of a book on my phone once; would only do it if I absolutely had to. I also read my last manuscript on my wife's tablet--better, but not something I think I'd do again.

B.E. Sanderson said...

All I have is a dumbphone, so no reading there. Lovin' on my e-reader, though.

I have a crappy memory, so I can't tell if your background looks any different now than it did before. I see clouds.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I'm not a fan of reading on tablets, either. It's the backlit screen, I think. Even though I reduce the brightness, it still gets to my eyes. Good news, though... My Nook is working again (it's a dedicated reader with a glow light that lights the screen from in front, not behind), not that I plan on reading from it any time soon. I tend to save those books for when I travel.

Beth - My background used to include the dry lake bed (or whatever--the cracked mud looked pretty interesting). I like the sky, so I'm not too upset. Just wondered why the picture enlarged like it did.

Maria Zannini said...

When it first came up the background was empty but it's since filled up. It's probably having a hard time coming up. Servers could be busy or something is happening in the Blogger background.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - Or Blogger is just being Blogger and playing around with something that wasn't broken. :P

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Wow, the background is different! But I like it.

Thank God I can read on my phone, because I was stuck waiting in a doctor's office for over an hour yesterday. That made it bearable, and also made me much less cranky. But I would have a hard time reading on something with a smaller screen. So try it again after you get a new phone!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I have no intention of getting a new phone! The 5S is big enough. I just make sure to carry a book with me at all times, so I'm not caught without something to read. And now, apparently, I need to make sure to carry a paper book as well as my Nook, in case the book I'm currently reading is digital. Good thing my shoulder can take the weight! Haha!

The Happy Whisk said...

I saw some lady in an advert reading on her teeny tiny phone screen and thought, yikes. That's a small screen.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Definitely Yikes! :)