Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Reading Update and Dragon Con

Dragon Con was great. With attendance capped at around 40K, it was definitely noticed. I could walk through the hotels in a reasonable amount of time (especially after a panel). And everyone wore masks!

Now, not ALL of the rooms had spread out the chairs, but a lot of them did. And of course, we were close standing in line before a panel (there really was no way around that). But overall, I felt pretty safe. Everyone was just so happy that Dragon Con was a go, I don’t think anyone really griped about wearing masks. It was wonderful.

Heck, at the food court in the Peachtree Center Mall, the owner of one of the restaurants came out and hugged everyone in line thanking them for coming. I’m sure all the businesses in the area appreciated whatever kind of attendance came.

I spent most of my time in the writers’ track, hoping to generate some motivation in my writing. I think it actually helped. Monday night/Tuesday morning, as I was trying to sleep with all the snoring going on, I realized that I needed (NEEDED) to write the murder scene of Ghostly Protector (the murder has already happened when the book starts). I’ve never written it as a scene, only mention bits and pieces during the story (and not all the bits and pieces since I’m never in the head of the “person” who witnessed the whole thing), so I kind of went over it in my head and plan on getting it written today. I need it written down (especially now that I know who the murderer is and other details—details I didn’t have when I wrote the first draft) so I don’t screw up the book more than it’s already screwed up. This will NOT go into the book. It’s purely for ME! And I’m excited about writing it, too. I really think this is what I need to get the book finished.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 45

Dates read: August 29-September 7, 2021
Title: Ghost Night
Year of publication: 2010
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Series: The Bone Island Trilogy #2
# of Pages: 371
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.
    Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Seans knows more than a little about ghosts.
    Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle, or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.
My thoughts: I love the ghosts in this series. Especially Bartholomew.

While I loved being at Dragon Con, I’m really happy to be back home and sleeping in my own bed. It’s so much quieter!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Reading Update and Headed to Dragon Con

As you’re reading this, I’m headed to Atlanta and… Dragon Con! They said they were capping attendance at around 40K (less than half that attended in 2019 and about the number that attended at my first DC in 2010), requiring masks, and you must show proof of vaccination or a COVID-free test (taken within the past 72 hours), so that’s great. Of course, they’re also limiting how many people can go into the rooms for panels. I don’t see where that matters so much, unless they’re purposely spreading the chairs apart. Which could be what they’re doing. We’ll see.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 44

Dates read: August 21-28, 2021
Title: Ghost Shadow
Year of publication: 2010
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Series: The Bone Island Trilogy #1
# of Pages: 351
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.
    Katie O’Hara is one who can.
    As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancĂ©e’s murder?
    Worse—the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, and the dead seem to be reenacting some macabre tableaux from history. The danger is increasing by the moment—especially as Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, who may be responsible for more than just one killing…
My thoughts: I really liked this. It’s set in Key West, a city I really came to like when we visited for a few days way back in 2019. Oh, and I liked the ghosts, too (which is the main reason I bought the book to read).

FYI: The e-book box set for Books 4-6 of the Bitten by Love series is now available! So now you can get the whole series in two box sets for less than purchasing them separately. That’s a great deal, don’t you think? You can purchase it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Google, or Smashwords.

I bought a white board to help me get my timeline straight on Ghostly Protector. I realized I created a huge mess when I moved scenes around (and of course, I don’t remember why…). That could be why my brain is having issues with moving forward on this project! I started to document the timeline, but stopped since I’ll be gone a week. I’ll only forget what I did (or why I did it—I know me too well), so better to wait and start when I return home. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself!

So… Got any plans this Labor Day?

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Reading Update and Heart News

Saw my cardiologist on Monday. She wants to wait until after my scheduled imaging (for my kidneys and lungs) in November before she looks into me having heart surgery. But, she did say she would talk to the cardiac surgeon to see what my options are after that. So… more waiting. Granted, I would prefer surgery (or whatever) to happen after our March cruise, but it’s the not knowing that I don’t like.

Other than that, I’m doing fine. No changes. That’s good.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 43

Dates read: August 13-20, 2021
Title: Claimed
Year of publication: 2021
Author: J. R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Lair of the Wolven #1
# of Pages: 509
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target.
    One night, a shadowy figure in the forest threatens Lydia’s life, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious and someone she instinctively wants to trust. But is he hiding something?
    As the stakes get higher and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, while others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love…or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?
My thoughts: This new series is set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world and a character from that series is in this. Not yet sure how it all connects, as this particular book doesn’t wrap up that storyline. Yeah, there’s a little bit of a cliffhanger…for the series. But it wasn’t an irritating one for me. Or maybe I just like J.R. Ward too much to fuss about it? Maybe… But I enjoyed this and look forward to reading more.

My walking is taking a hit this week. Doctor appointments on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and I had to pick up my daughter Tuesday morning. I refuse to walk later in the day, as the temps have been in the 90s (and will continue to be that way for the rest of the week). I like summer, but 90 degrees is ridiculous. Hopefully I’ll get back to walking tomorrow.

I recorded a TV series this past spring: “Debris.” I thought it was one of those one-season kind of series, so I waited until the whole series was aired before watching and never bothered looking up anything (so as not to be spoiled). Well, I finished watching it Monday night, where it ended on a huge cliffhanger. Then I checked and saw it wasn’t renewed for a season 2. WTH??? To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I wish I’d never watched it now.

So… Are you as gun-shy about starting a new series on television like I am? I really don’t watch as much TV as I used to. Mainly because it seems like nothing lasts anymore. Or more importantly, nothing ends properly.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Reading Update and a Dragons Game

I had planned on posting this last night. Hubby and I went to a Dragons game and usually we’re home by 10-10:30. But of course, that didn’t happen.

It rained yesterday. And didn’t stop until around 6:30 when the game usually starts at 7:10. So of course the field wasn’t prepped. Game was delayed two hours, and we stayed for the whole 7 innings, which meant I didn’t get home until after midnight.

We almost left early, because the Dragons were losing 3-0, but then they went and got a 2-run home run and were only down my 1. You can’t leave a close game like that!

Unfortunately, they ended up losing and I didn’t get this posted because I was tired when we got home. Good thing I don’t have a job to report to anymore. I’d be draggin’ right about now. Anyway…

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 41

Dates read: August 2-10, 2021
Title: The Graveyard Shift
Year of publication: 2020
Author: Darynda Jones
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Charley Davidson #13.5 (novella)
# of Pages: 128
Paper or plastic: Nook book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Guarding a precocious five-year-old who is half-human, half-god, and 100% destined to save the world is no easy feat.
    Garrett Swopes was the ultimate skeptic until he met a certain hellion and her husband. They vanished after stopping a catastrophic event and left him, a mere mortal, in charge of protecting their gift to mankind. But when she disappears as well, he needs the help of another breed of hellion. One who can see past the veil of space and time. One who betrayed him.
    She will get a truce in the deal, but she will never earn his forgiveness.
    Marika Dubois’s son—a warrior in the coming war between heaven and hell—was foreseen long before his birth. But to create a child strong enough to endure the trials that lay ahead, she needed a descendant of powerful magics. She found that in Garrett Swopes and tricked him into fathering her son. A ploy he has never forgiven her for. But when he knocks on her door asking for her help, she sees the fierce attraction he tries to deny rise within him.
    And Marika has to decide if she dares risk her heart a second time to help the only man she’s ever loved.
My thoughts: It was so much fun to re-enter this world. Even for a shorter story. I really missed these characters.

Book 42

Dates read: August 11-13, 2021
Title: The Gravedigger’s Son
Year of publication: 2021
Author: Darynda Jones
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Charley Davidson #13.6 (novella)
# of Pages: 100
Paper or plastic: Nook book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: The job should have been easy.
    Get in. Assess the situation. Get out. But for veteran tracker Quentin Rutherford, things get sticky when the girl he’s loved since puberty shows up, conducting her own investigation into the strange occurrences of the small, New Mexico town. He knew it would be a risk coming back to the area, but he had no idea Amber Kowalski had become a bona fide PI, investigating things that go bump in the night. He shouldn’t be surprised, however. She can see through the dead as clearly as he can. The real question is, can she see through him?
    But is anything that’s worth it ever easy?
    To say that Amber is shocked to see her childhood crush would be the understatement of her fragile second life. One look at him tells her everything she needs to know He’s changed. So drastically, she barely recognizes him. He is savage now, a hardened – in all the right places – demon hunter, and she is simply the awkward, lovestruck girl he left behind.
    But she doesn’t have time to dwell on the past .A supernatural entity has set up shop, and it’s up to them to stop it before it kills again.
    While thousands of questions burn inside her, she has to put her concern over him, over what he’s become, aside for now. Because he’s about to learn one, undeniable fact: she’s changed, too.
My thoughts: Another shortie that I immensely enjoyed. I wish these stories were longer, though. I miss this series.

So… What’s the latest you’ve stayed with a game? Would you have left at 8 when you were notified the game wouldn’t start until 9? We thought about it, but since we go to fewer games now, and really didn’t have to get up early the next day, we decided to stay. It was a pretty decent night (a little humid) once the rain stopped.

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Reading Update and Savannah

I was going to post this while I was in Savannah, but having driven to the city on Tuesday, and arriving late in a heavy downpour, it kind of slipped my mind!

I had a great time at the Literary Love Savannah Summerween book convention. So much so, I didn’t get any reading or crocheting done! I also didn’t do too bad in the selling part, either. It was my best year since attending my first one in 2019.

I’m still debating on whether or not I’ll go next year, though. A lot depends on whether or not I’ll have heart surgery in March (the convention is held in July next year). It would also be nice if I had a new book out by then, too. I really need to get back to work on it!!

If you love books and always wanted to go to a book convention but were afraid of the crowds, this is a great one to start with. It’s on the small-side and everyone treats everyone like family there. It’s a great event. Next year’s theme is Book Life. You can join the Facebook group (HERE) for more information (no obligation to register).

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 40

Dates read: July 23-August 1, 2021
Title: Phantom Evil
Year of publication: 2011
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense
Series: Krewe of Hunters #1
# of Pages: 360
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Though haunted by the recent deaths of two teammates, Jackson Crow knows that the living commit the most heinous crimes.
    A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition, Angela Hawkins already has her hands full of mystery and bloodshed.
    But one assignment calls to them too strongly to resist. In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death. Most think she jumped; some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits inhabiting the house—once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.
    In this seemingly unsolvable case, only one thing is certain: whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion will cast Jackson and Angela into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.
My thoughts: Okay, I can see me reading the rest of this series (which is currently up to book #35). But I think I want to finish her other series first (since this series does tie into the Harrison Investigation series). The romance is on the light side (if that matters to you), as this book is more mystery and suspense. I enjoyed it all.

So… I only have 10 books to read to reach my goal for this year. Awesome! How is your reading goal coming along? Do you have one? Why or why not?

Happy Reading!

Stacy