Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday Reads and I'm at RT!

First full day of RT (Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Atlanta), but had fun at Cinema Craptastique last night and completely I forgot to post this. Figures! Must be a sign that I’m gonna have fun, right? If I’m good (but we all know I’m not, not really), I’ll have pictures to share with you on Monday.

I’ve decided to list the Book # read of the year (instead of #1, #2, etc of the week). That way you can see how many I’ve read so far. Here’s what I read the past week:

Book #30

Dates read: April 25-27
Title: “The Black Lily”
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Juliette Cross
Genre: Paranormal/fantasy romance
Series: Tales of the Black Lily #1
# of Pages: 237
Paper or plastic: E-book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…
   With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.
   Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this. At first it did seem like a spin on Cinderella, but went far beyond that fairy tale. There are some gruesome scenes, but they’re vampires, so it was kind of expected. The romance was quite conflicted, which kept me turning the pages. Or, actually, got me pushing the button to advance to the next screen.   

Book #31

Dates read: April 28-30
Title: “My Cousin Rachel”
Year of publication: 1951
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Hmmm… Gothic mystery?
Series: N/A
# of Pages: 387
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Library
Blurb from Book: One of the world’s great storytellers, Daphne du Maurier spins a dark gothic tale of passion and unswerving love that turns to suspicion and fear. Rachel, a woman of exquisite beauty, descends on the great Cornwall estate of Philip Ashley. Despite his aroused suspicions, she soon enchants him. In this tale of good and evil, Philip must decide whether the glorious Rachel, the recent mysterious widow of his beloved cousin, is out to destroy him or is the innocent victim of devious men and a tremendous longing to be loved. His fate and his future lie in the answer to this deadly question.
My thoughts: Well, not exactly what I expected, although I’m not sure what it was I did expect. Intriguing story, though. I had to re-read the last few pages just to make sure I didn’t miss something. I didn’t. I’m more compelled to see the movie, now, that’s for sure.

So… anything you think I should do while I’m at the convention? Besides have fun, of course.

Happy Reading!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're having fun! Give us an update when you return.

The Happy Whisk said...

Have fun, fun, and MORE fun.

JeffO said...

'Cinema Craptastique'? It sounds like something I should know about! Have fun!

LD Masterson said...


Valerie Capps said...

It looks like a fun conference. Enjoy! I tried my hand at writing Romance after my divorce, but I kept killing off the hero so I had to change genres. ;-) I'm remarried and back to reading and enjoying them again, but they are tougher to write than some may think.