Steamy Goodness Books to Read Instead of/In Addition To “Grey”

J:  Did you know there’s a new 50 Shades book called Grey? I just discovered that this morning.Grey Cover

M:  I’ve been seeing the ads on Amazon and Goodreads for weeks

Every day. Many times a day.

Now this makes me realize I’m spending waaaay too much time online and looking at books on Amazon

J:  I probably had an inkling it was coming but pushed it aside. Then I opened Goodreads to find my feed clogged with reviews. I guess it came out last week.

So, if anyone was wondering if I’d pre-ordered it, the answer’s no.

I did take a few minutes to go through some of my friends’ reviews, though

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M:  and…?

J:  well, the ones that didn’t like seemed to dislike for the same reasons I’d avoid it

There’s no inner goddess doing the meringue in this one, but apparently his dick gets its own POV

M:  omg

Just what we need. More dick POV

J:  Well, you know how I feel about the whole thing anyway. But let’s get real: about all books past, present and future. Is it necessary to tell the exact same story from another character’s POV? Ever?

M:  no

J:  If it covers new ground, maybe. If it starts before or after the first story… I don’t know. Mostly, no.

And I say this as someone who’d defo read Midnight Sun if it was released

and then probably hate myself afterward

M:  And I say as someone who, for fun, wrote a dual POV story once upon a time.

I like additional scenes, maybe

A lot of the time, what makes the hero so swoony is not knowing what he thinks but building from the author’s creation with clues they give you and adding your own take

I’d rather have hints given to me from the heroine’s POV than a straight POV change because it can be disappointing. Not living up to what I’d imagined in my head.

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J:  Like, part of me would love to read Ivan’s POV from Del Dryden’s The Theory of Attraction

just because I want to know how much he liked the heroine before they entered the agreement. Did he have a crush on her already or just take advantage of a willing participant?

I wanna know.

If he’d hinted at it at all in the book, I’d be happy enough, but he didn’t.

He never let slip how he’d felt before.

We can kind of hope… maybe see stirrings of it, but no confirmation

Heh. I’d just be happy enough with a tweet from Del saying “yes. he was crazy about her”

wouldn’t need a whole book about it.

M:  The wanting to know really pulls you in, though, and keeps you thinking about the story and characters. I mean, here we are, what, a year or more after you read the book and you’re still thinking about it? Cool.

I’d rather have hints given to me from the heroine’s POV or what the hero says and does rather than a straight blow-by-blow retelling.

J:  From how I felt after the original 50 Shades, there’s a high potential for ridiculous with Grey.

M:  well, yeah. I personally couldn’t get into the other books. The heroine annoyed me too much (among the usual technical headbangers that have been discussed ad nauseam)

and if his dick has an inner voice… Just noffyw grey

That’s one mystique that should always and forever remain so

end of conversation

I can’t even write about it without breaking into gagging giggles

A talking dick. eeeeeeeeee

J:  It’s obviously not the subject matter that sucks some folks object to

M:  no, like 50 Shades series or not, the plot and characters strike a chord

a deep one

and there are so many good alternatives or additions, depending on how you feel

J:  In all honestly, I probably wouldn’t have discovered some of these books without the 50 Shades hype

but now that I have, I don’t have much use for Grey. Just being honest. That’s probably mean.

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I think that’s maybe when I read Lila Dubois’s Undone Lovers series the first time. Did I send you that one, or did you rec them to me?

M:  I think I got the first one, Undone Rebel, on sale, maybe.

Ohh yeah, read her geekish dom and thought you’d appreciate. I liked the series. She’s republishing them with new covers this summer/fall, her website says.

J:  Definitely a fun read. All three from the Undone Lovers series were fun.

And now she’s doing the BDSM Checklist series, A is For.., B is For…, etc.

which I’ll buy fairly immediately

Oh, I did read the Science of Temptation books first. I remember that.

The Delphine Dryden geek dom series

M:  I liked those as well. Kind of Dom-lite, definitely good and engaging

J:  you know me and my geek heroes, too

M:  doing a good believable geek dom is pretty difficult, but both those authors/series pulled it off well

J:  ugh. the first dom in the Dubois series was my favorite.

I guess I like a bit of humanity in there somewhere

M:  you like a bit of geekiness in there somewhere. heh

J:  that, too

M:  like you said, one thing I do think is inarguably good about the 50 Shades popularity is that it brought erotica more into the light

J:  exactly

M:  Well-written, engaging erotica of all heat levels and types

classics like Emma Holly, Joey W. Hill, Robin Schone, Ann Rice’s nom de plume A. N. Roquelaure

Also opened the door for some great new more-on-the-sexy-side stories, authors, and series

Kit Rocha, Tiffany Reisz, CD Reiss, some of Kristen Ashley‘s, like her Unfinished Heroes series

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I like Kit Rocha’s Beyond series (the fist one, Beyond Shame, is free!). Some more than others, but all are solid. Sexy. Well written158308431604967716049679

And I liked CD Reiss’s Songs of Submission series (first one, Beg, also free, but heads up, it’s not a standalone) right up until the last one which made me all kinds of argh, but I’d still definitely rec

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of course, Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, but I only read the first two before I lost interest

J:  I read Kit Rocha’s first couple

They didn’t stick with me quite as much, but I’m pretty sure it was my craving for a little more geek

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I did love Charlotte Stein’s Control and Power Play

the heroes in those were so vulnerable

M:  I don’t think I’ve read those particular titles, but I do like everything else I’ve read by her

they shall go to the top of my TBR list

J:  we’ve talked about Charlotte Stein’s deep POV before

how it takes a bit to get into it, but then you’re INTO it

like, right in the heroine’s head

M:  yeah, her style kind of threw me at first, but then I was all in

J:  I’d read any of these again before reading Grey. Maybe even tonight.

brb

 

We’d love more suggestions, recs, and/or comments about books and authors you’ve enjoyed – share, share!

 

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Steamy Goodness Books to Read Instead of/In Addition To “Grey”

J:  Did you know there’s a new 50 Shades book called Grey? I just discovered that this morning.Grey Cover

M:  I’ve been seeing the ads on Amazon and Goodreads for weeks

Every day. Many times a day.

Now this makes me realize I’m spending waaaay too much time online and looking at books on Amazon

J:  I probably had an inkling it was coming but pushed it aside. Then I opened Goodreads to find my feed clogged with reviews. I guess it came out last week.

So, if anyone was wondering if I’d pre-ordered it, the answer’s no.

I did take a few minutes to go through some of my friends’ reviews, though

enlightening

M:  and…?

J:  well, the ones that didn’t like seemed to dislike for the same reasons I’d avoid it

There’s no inner goddess doing the meringue in this one, but apparently his dick gets its own POV

M:  omg

Just what we need. More dick POV

J:  Well, you know how I feel about the whole thing anyway. But let’s get real: about all books past, present and future. Is it necessary to tell the exact same story from another character’s POV? Ever?

M:  no

J:  If it covers new ground, maybe. If it starts before or after the first story… I don’t know. Mostly, no.

And I say this as someone who’d defo read Midnight Sun if it was released

and then probably hate myself afterward

M:  And I say as someone who, for fun, wrote a dual POV story once upon a time.

I like additional scenes, maybe

A lot of the time, what makes the hero so swoony is not knowing what he thinks but building from the author’s creation with clues they give you and adding your own take

I’d rather have hints given to me from the heroine’s POV than a straight POV change because it can be disappointing. Not living up to what I’d imagined in my head.

136465781773857117840880

J:  Like, part of me would love to read Ivan’s POV from Del Dryden’s The Theory of Attraction

just because I want to know how much he liked the heroine before they entered the agreement. Did he have a crush on her already or just take advantage of a willing participant?

I wanna know.

If he’d hinted at it at all in the book, I’d be happy enough, but he didn’t.

He never let slip how he’d felt before.

We can kind of hope… maybe see stirrings of it, but no confirmation

Heh. I’d just be happy enough with a tweet from Del saying “yes. he was crazy about her”

wouldn’t need a whole book about it.

M:  The wanting to know really pulls you in, though, and keeps you thinking about the story and characters. I mean, here we are, what, a year or more after you read the book and you’re still thinking about it? Cool.

I’d rather have hints given to me from the heroine’s POV or what the hero says and does rather than a straight blow-by-blow retelling.

J:  From how I felt after the original 50 Shades, there’s a high potential for ridiculous with Grey.

M:  well, yeah. I personally couldn’t get into the other books. The heroine annoyed me too much (among the usual technical headbangers that have been discussed ad nauseam)

and if his dick has an inner voice… Just noffyw grey

That’s one mystique that should always and forever remain so

end of conversation

I can’t even write about it without breaking into gagging giggles

A talking dick. eeeeeeeeee

J:  It’s obviously not the subject matter that sucks some folks object to

M:  no, like 50 Shades series or not, the plot and characters strike a chord

a deep one

and there are so many good alternatives or additions, depending on how you feel

J:  In all honestly, I probably wouldn’t have discovered some of these books without the 50 Shades hype

but now that I have, I don’t have much use for Grey. Just being honest. That’s probably mean.

13411163-21363451316181826

I think that’s maybe when I read Lila Dubois’s Undone Lovers series the first time. Did I send you that one, or did you rec them to me?

M:  I think I got the first one, Undone Rebel, on sale, maybe.

Ohh yeah, read her geekish dom and thought you’d appreciate. I liked the series. She’s republishing them with new covers this summer/fall, her website says.

J:  Definitely a fun read. All three from the Undone Lovers series were fun.

And now she’s doing the BDSM Checklist series, A is For.., B is For…, etc.

which I’ll buy fairly immediately

Oh, I did read the Science of Temptation books first. I remember that.

The Delphine Dryden geek dom series

M:  I liked those as well. Kind of Dom-lite, definitely good and engaging

J:  you know me and my geek heroes, too

M:  doing a good believable geek dom is pretty difficult, but both those authors/series pulled it off well

J:  ugh. the first dom in the Dubois series was my favorite.

I guess I like a bit of humanity in there somewhere

M:  you like a bit of geekiness in there somewhere. heh

J:  that, too

M:  like you said, one thing I do think is inarguably good about the 50 Shades popularity is that it brought erotica more into the light

J:  exactly

M:  Well-written, engaging erotica of all heat levels and types

classics like Emma Holly, Joey W. Hill, Robin Schone, Ann Rice’s nom de plume A. N. Roquelaure

Also opened the door for some great new more-on-the-sexy-side stories, authors, and series

Kit Rocha, Tiffany Reisz, CD Reiss, some of Kristen Ashley‘s, like her Unfinished Heroes series

41S8guclCULCREED-cover-198x300Raid-Cover-199x300Deacon-Cover-202x300

I like Kit Rocha’s Beyond series (the fist one, Beyond Shame, is free!). Some more than others, but all are solid. Sexy. Well written158308431604967716049679

And I liked CD Reiss’s Songs of Submission series (first one, Beg, also free, but heads up, it’s not a standalone) right up until the last one which made me all kinds of argh, but I’d still definitely rec

172587951737205817641484

of course, Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, but I only read the first two before I lost interest

J:  I read Kit Rocha’s first couple

They didn’t stick with me quite as much, but I’m pretty sure it was my craving for a little more geek

1768382217289038

I did love Charlotte Stein’s Control and Power Play

the heroes in those were so vulnerable

M:  I don’t think I’ve read those particular titles, but I do like everything else I’ve read by her

they shall go to the top of my TBR list

J:  we’ve talked about Charlotte Stein’s deep POV before

how it takes a bit to get into it, but then you’re INTO it

like, right in the heroine’s head

M:  yeah, her style kind of threw me at first, but then I was all in

J:  I’d read any of these again before reading Grey. Maybe even tonight.

brb

 

We’d love more suggestions, recs, and/or comments about books and authors you’ve enjoyed – share, share!

 

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

We’re Back – the Worldbuilding Edition

J:  Hey, have you read the Irin Chronicles series by Elizabeth Hunter?2930716970_644598079b

M:  yep. You must have lent me the first one (The Scribe), and then the first and second (The Singer) both went on sale a little while ago, so I bought both

J:  The third is out. The Secret

M:  She does great worldbuilding

J:  yeah she really does

and there’s enough…supported information with her mythology

M:  I love when the worldbuilding not only pulls you in and feels like a true alternate reality, whether fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, or even contemporary just with different rules

J:  When an author not only makes me feel like I’m RIGHT THERE in the story, but also that the story could be right here with me, that’s what I love

Urban fantasy just absolutely kills me for that reason.

I’m not escaping to a new world… I feel like those characters have lived right here beside me the whole time

M:  makes you excited and curious and want to know more, even to live in that world

or know the characters personally

the curiosity and intrigue is the best, though. That’s when I know I’m reading something that’s a winner for me

J:  That’s what I loved so much about Twilight, actually

I mean, yeah, the gaspy, will-they/won’t-they romance, pain of teen love thing

she did that really well

but she also made me think, if only for a little while, that the guy next to me at the supermarket could possibly be a vampire

and that’s what I loved so much about Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series, too

and why I got super sucked into Elizabeth Hunter’s Irin Chronicles

(well, everything I’ve read by her so far, but most recently the Irin Chronicles)

M: yeah, it’s the intriguing wish fulfillment-fantasy-believability-intrigue thing

and it’s amazing when it is done well

and consistency is so important *coughJRWardcough*

I really enjoyed Hunter’s worldbuilding in both her series

made me want to know more and figure out the mystery. And cheer for a relationship for the MCs

J:  It’s amazing how much more I forgive when the world is solid

like, I believe the characters

and accept their flaws

and love them anyway

things that would piss me off beyond all belief if in a contemporary romance set in the here and now

I don’t know why I’m more likely to forgive, but I am

*coughEdwardCullencough*

M:  Haha. Yeah, that’s an interesting point, really

because it’s not real and we’re already plausibly suspending disbelief, maybe?

J:  perhaps

but if you presented me with a contemporary realistic fiction YA about a boy who crept into a girl’s bedroom to watch her sleep, I’d throw the book out the window

M:  Exactly. Actions, reactions, situations in those made-up worlds don’t make me twitchy in a lot of instances where they would in a contemporary

J:  and the same was kind of true in Hunter’s Irin books

she writes strong females, yes

but sometimes strong to the point of being careless or stubborn

M:  that’s fairly typical for most romances – and a lot of other genres, too

makes the plot easier to forward

add conflict

but yeah. it gets annoying

I just find it an interesting thing that we forgive stuff in alternate reality stuff we probably wouldn’t in straight contemporary

but that’s a whole different subject and blog post

J:  Well, with Hunter’s Irin world, it was much like the vampire world in that I really felt like an Irin or Irina could be next to me

or *gasp* what if I’m part Irina?

she made the characters real in spite of their fantastic nature

and she revealed things in such a logical way that I never felt she was withholding information for drama’s sake (which is also probably another blog)

and so much of her world consisted of real places here – foreign to me, but still real

and so vivid in their descriptions that I felt I’d seen them before

M:  I think that’s such a huge thing, making the reader have that feeling of “maybe I could be one, too”

that ordinary person having hidden “special”

tapping into that inner fantasy

J:  she really does that so well

M:  I’ve read a couple that I was all fangirl over the worldbuilding lately

J:  do tell

M:  one was Ilona Andrews’s new Hidden Legacy series – the first. Called Burn for Me

Have to admit I’ve never read anything by her (them? It’s a hubs and wife team), but I shall remedy. Heard a lot of good things about her Kate Daniels UF stuff

but the Hidden Legacy series is about magicians, like wizards. Which is my fantasy superpower, so that was all win

and she did it so well, when sometimes it can be so eye-rolly

did a great job explaining not only how people came to have the powers (although I do admit I’d like to know more) and also building a whole social structure and hierarchy based on magic ability

and the hero. siiigh. one of my fave kind

J:  you do love the alpha heroes

M:  enigmatic, clever, arrogant, super powerful, and watching how the female MC makes him more “human”

I really liked

she’s all “you can’t do that” and he’s “um, well, I just did, soooo…”

a lot of fun, and not super romancey, more tension and character and worldbuilding

but the tension between the two is so well done, I didn’t need the straight-out sexytimes

and that’s delicious in itself

and she’s a great heroine – smart, capable, not stupid

J:  oooh, I actually prefer the tension and chemistry to straight-up romance, too

not so much the back and forth type, but the type where it builds naturally

and everything the hero says makes me just swoon

because I know that’s what the heroine has to feel

M:  well, he’s not blatant swoon – he’s privileged, arrogant, powerful

which sounds ick, but flaws so skillfully done you can see the heart in him

so when he does caring or swoony things, much more impact

and he holds all the power, literally in his magic and money and social status, etc., but she has more important things to teach him, like being decent and human and family and true caring

a lot of character development for both, which is so fun to see

it’s just total win in my opinion

J:  I’m on board.

M:  and dammit, I want to be a wizard

J:  hahahaha

I felt like that after Harry Potter (okay. I still feel that way sometimes)

M:  another one that I found really interesting was The Others series by Anne Bishop. The first book is Written in Red, the second Murder of Crows, and I’m about to start the third, Vision in Silver

and I could see why I totally got into the Ilona Andrews series, because, you know, wizards

but the Bishop series is about shifters. I’m not usually a shifter fan much at all, but these are good

great mystery and tension, and the word and rules she’s built are so different

J:  how did you end up reading it if you’re not a fan of the theme?

M:  I’d read a couple of reviews and rec’s on blogs, so I figured I’d give it a shot

and the whole world and social hierarchy between humans and the Others – so unique

the shifters are the top of the food chain and just suffer humans existing in their world

and it’s not just animal shifters, but elements and seasons and stuff

and more about the slowly building tension and relationship between the two MCs in this one, too

a lot of action and mystery and intrigue, great character development

but the worldbuilding – so good and thorough

J:  yeah, I really can forgive just about anything when it happens in a really great fictional world

M:  she did such a good job with not just the world but the different characters and interactions

a really vulnerable female MC that needs protection for damn good reasons that slowly unfold, a strong alpha male MC who finds himself all messed up with what’s happening but tries to do the right things

a true alpha in my opinion

and all the amazing imagination of animal and element shifters, how they’re shown and personified

it’s a winner

I like urban fantasy, but I also need that romantic element – just adds so much. and when the slowly building tension is done well, and the developing close caring just goes on and deeper, I’m all in

J:  well, you sold me

I’m gonna start with the wizards first, though. I’ve had a craving since Harry Potter

grown-up wizards are just too hard to pass up

M:  yeah, I really enjoyed that one

I liked the writing style better

not that I wasn’t hooked with Bishop’s series or anything, just sometimes I had to push a little, you know?

Where I just ate the Andrews one up

plus, snarky, arrogant adult wizard. Yeehaw

J:  I need a bookstore therapy session

Amazon will probably have to do

M:  I need therapy for my Amazon one-click addiction. Speaking of which…

brb

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Roasterie pumpkinsFall on an island in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times and places. Colors and flavors of fall abound, with the wild blackberries giving way to apple orchards, cider presses, hard cider, mulled cider… You get the picture!

Besides harvesting apples (we have baby trees that gave us our first basketfull this year!), fall also brings squid season. Get those rubbery over-fried rings out of your mind. Fresh and properly prepared calamari is amazingly tender and eye-rolling good, and catching them is surprisingly fun – especially with good friends and hot mulled cider with an added dash of Fireball whiskey! And clamming on the beautiful west coast of Washington. I went on my first razor clam expedition last year, and we had such a good time despite almost getting swept out into the Pacific by the huge tide! So much fun to learn new things, like the proper way to plant and pull a clam gun without breaking the clam shell and finding the “dimple” that indicates a clam buried in the sand. My repeated cries of “Oh! There’s one!” were inevitably answered with “No, that’s a rock.” Best clam chowder I ever made – and a great hint to use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream to lower fat and calories without losing even a pinch of taste.

Halloween itself will mean the main street in town being shut down and all the local businesses offering tastes and treats to the little ghouls and goblins roaming the street with friends and parents with most everyone dressing up. It’s a small town celebration of fall that’s not to be missed!

What are your favorite activities and flavors of fall?

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Wraith by Angel Lawson

Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.

Jane struggles with adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move. She wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. But she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.

He’s dead.

Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one can see or hear him.

That is until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in Juvie. Connor can see Evan and he’s not convinced the ghost is being completely honest. From his own experience ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments isn’t any different.

Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but realizes soon enough he’s right. Evan has secrets about his past and not only did his life end tragically but members of his family are still in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.

Going Under by Jennifer M. Barry

Chase Bradford, king of New York City’s high school elite, is dragged to Nashville for his senior year at St. Ambrose Academy. On his second day, the Queen Bee is found dead in the school swimming pool. Chase isn’t surprised, since he saw a vision on the water’s surface during swim practice just hours before Cheyenne died.

Before Chase can properly freak out, he discovers snarky writer Natalie and narcoleptic computer genius Bryan also possess unusual abilities. The three must work together to discover how Cheyenne died and why…before the killer can get away with it. But Natalie and Bryan are from different social circles and pose a threat to Chase’s elite status. High school politics are nothing new to Chase, but the psychic abilities are.

The list of suspects isn’t surprising, since few people actually liked the popular queen of the elite. Chase, Natalie, and Bryan follow every vision, every lead – even Cheyenne’s own father – right up to the shocking end.

Twins of Aurora by Magen McMinimy

Life seems relatively normal for eighteen-year-old Avalina, who spends most of her time hanging out with her outspoken best friend, Jess, her twin brother, Aiden, and his best friend, Nick. Avalina fights against the overwhelming crush she has on Nick, harassment from her cruel ex-boyfriend, and an over protective brother while trying to make it through her senior year of high school.

Their lives are forever changed when the mysterious Araios, who looks remarkably like Nick, appears at a party in their sleepy little town in Northern Idaho. Araios holds secrets Avalina has long forgotten, secrets of a past based in a world of magic, mythical creatures and a royal lineage.

Follow the group of friends as they travel through this thrilling new world while Avalina learns to control the magic she needs to save everyone from the darkness that threatens to destroy Aurora and all who live within it.

Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer

Being struck by lightning is just the beginning…

Seventeen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

Blood Pact by Sharon Rose Mayes

Riley Spencer has spent most of her life doing what is normal for her: attending school, spending time with her mother, and training to hunt vampires. It was how she grew up as part of the organization and when Nick comes to town and joins her team everything changes. Now Riley and the rest of her team begin to question everything they have learned about vampires and the organization that trained them to hunt the vampires that hide in the world.

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J to tha M: What We’re Reading

amokN to tha A

M:  I’ve actually read some good NA books lately I think you’d like

J:  Oh yeah? No dark seekrits?

M:  Heh, no. All were on sale, too

The first one is The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen – 99 cents

J:  oh yeah!

I read her novella

I like her

M:  Fell Down was good

very solid. I enjoyed

J:  it’s hockey, right?

M:  kind of

J:  her novella was sports, too. Blonde Date.

M:  both MCs play/played hockey

J:  yeah. injury for the girl

looked a little close to home for me

M:  The hockey was more background (and – sigh – not super realistic, but eh)

J:  I’ll definitely read it. Not sure why I didn’t just snap it up after I read the novella because I really liked how she handled the alpha/beta hero in Blonde Date

I’ll start it tonight

M:  I remember you telling me you liked Blonde Date

J:  yeah. thought the hero was really cute in that one

M:  I liked Adam in Fell Down, too

although he does have a girlfriend through a lot of the book – a mostly absent one, but still

but the author made it work

and the hockey stuff…

he broke his leg and can’t play until it heals, but it’s like he just gets a free pass vacation from hockey

An upperclassman on the team, who has been playing for the past couple years? Trust me. He would not get a free pass vacation from hockey

He’d still have to train (as much as he could), have curfew, still have all the rules and schedule of the team

They’d find something for him to do. He’d WANT something to do

but instead, they put in in the “accessible” dorm and it’s like he’s a regular student

no mention of a scholarship or how it affects one, even though his family has no money and the school is super-exclusive

but, one of those things probably no one else would notice and it was only a minor irritation

the rest was totally worth the read

J: I read a cute one, too

The Bowler University series one. Make it Count by Megan Erickson

Dealt with issues. A little like my Side Effects and the to-be-finished-someday sequel, Soundtrack

Yeah, it was cute. The girl has always gotten by on her looks, but she really hates that people assume she’s stupid

She goes to tutoring and finds out her boyfriend’s BFF is the tutor

of course, she doesn’t think she’s good enough because he’s crazy smart

and I just really loved Alec

there wasn’t cheating–not from the main characters, anyway, except for the emotional kind

I guess that’s just as bad in some ways

but it was done in a way that you rooted for them instead of being upset by it

you=all readers (or at least me)

M:  oh, that does sounds cute

J:  it is pretty cute

I’ll get the second one, for sure

M:  how does the author handle the boyfriend? I can totally deal that kind of thing if it’s handled well

J:  the BF was obviously distracted and upset by something way outside their relationship

by the time Alec comes in, she’s feeling very neglected and alone

and when her BF is around, she just feels used

there’s a good reason Max (the BF) and Alec are friends, even if they aren’t much alike

and there’s a good reason the BF is getting distant

by the time things explode between the main characters, she’s broken up with Max

realizes she deserves better, even if it is Max’s best friend

M:  sounds nicely done

J:  it really was

there were a few will-she/won’t-she times where I wanted to punch her, but then, it’s understandable that she’s dealing with a learning disability, finally feeling like she’s worth something after all this time

and also the breakup and the emotional beating she takes when she gives in to her ex’s BFF

but Alec

he’s a doll

M:  ooh, that sounds interesting

J:  total alpha/beta

more beta. just alpha when he needs to be

M:  that’s always interesting, too

esp when it’s done well

J:  plus the next one tells Max’s story

and I’m excited to see how she redeems him

the general consensus is that she redeems him very well

M:  I really like those kind of stories

Hard to find good redemption tales, but there’s just something about them I really like

turning a character around

J:  I think it just recently released

so I’ll probably get it after reading the one you just rec’d

M:  The Year We Fell Down was kinda similar – the hero already has a girlfriend

that trope sometimes makes me frustrated–either it’s more on the cheating side or the BF/GF is a total douche, which I think is often a lazy or easy out

and the GF in this is pretty much a rich bitch cliche, but there’s an interesting reason he’s with her in the first place

which was good, because usually it’s not presented well

Makes me sit there and wonder if the MC is so smart and cool and wonderful, why is he/she with a douche?

If there’s a good reason, I roll right along. Otherwise, it’s teeth-gritting time

J:  yeah. like, it’s easy to hate the BF in this one, until the whole story is revealed

and then you hate him even more for just a few minutes

and for good reason

but then you also forgive

for good reason

M:  now you’ve got me really interested. I shall read

J:  It’s only $1.99

M:  it will go on my list when I’m in the mood for a good NA. I can only read those by rec anymore, as you know

some make me so ragey, but the good ones are worth it

J:  this is not the typical NA

well, it is in some ways

but not in those dark seekrits, party-all-the-time, where-are-the-parents kind of way

I don’t understand why so many authors think the moment a character turns 18 the parents can just disappear

or even high school story authors

M:  Well, kind of like the other NA I’m reading now–the prequel (Elemental) and first book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

The first one – Storm – is free right now. I’m only about 2/3 of the way through, but so far it’s pretty good

solid characters, editing very good, sucked me right in, decent suspense and mystery

it’s free – you should get it

J:  just got it

M:  The parents are conveniently absent, though

J:  sure, some parents are absent, but those aren’t the only kids who have great stories

and dude. if there’s ever a chance for humor or mortification in a high school/NA story, it’s when parents are involved.

use them.

M:  haha – that’s a really good point

It’s like wanting to make the HS kids act like adults but in a teenage setting almost

so – buh-bye parents

and the kids can run amok like 20-somethings instead of HS students

J:  right. never happens

Also, the parents aren’t absent in Make It Count

I think perhaps the authors who leave the parents out must not have had a great relationship with their mom or dad

My parents were just as fun as some of my friends

and they found me hilarious most of the time, in all my seriousness

M:  I don’t think it’s that so much. More the convenience of not having the parents around so there can be amok-running for the main characters

I still managed to have some fun amoking in HS, and trust me, my parents were around

But it is harder for an author to figure out a way around a boy sneaking in to stay the night or go to crazy parties if parents are in the picture. Not impossible, but takes some work

I guess it’s easier just to kill parents off or have them work overnight shifts

Not to say it never happens in real life, but I doubt as much as it tends to be portrayed in books

J:  oh, I had some amok-running, too. It’s actually a part of being a teen, to get around the parents. and I think it should be a part of any story

M:  not sure why it isn’t

J:  even if the parents are absent a lot, they should still have some kind of influence

M:  and like you said, it’s a great point for adding conflict and tension

Actually, running amok sounds pretty good right now. Hmm. brb

 


J to tha M: What We’re Reading

amokN to tha A

M:  I’ve actually read some good NA books lately I think you’d like

J:  Oh yeah? No dark seekrits?

M:  Heh, no. All were on sale, too

The first one is The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen – 99 cents

J:  oh yeah!

I read her novella

I like her

M:  Fell Down was good

very solid. I enjoyed

J:  it’s hockey, right?

M:  kind of

J:  her novella was sports, too. Blonde Date.

M:  both MCs play/played hockey

J:  yeah. injury for the girl

looked a little close to home for me

M:  The hockey was more background (and – sigh – not super realistic, but eh)

J:  I’ll definitely read it. Not sure why I didn’t just snap it up after I read the novella because I really liked how she handled the alpha/beta hero in Blonde Date

I’ll start it tonight

M:  I remember you telling me you liked Blonde Date

J:  yeah. thought the hero was really cute in that one

M:  I liked Adam in Fell Down, too

although he does have a girlfriend through a lot of the book – a mostly absent one, but still

but the author made it work

and the hockey stuff…

he broke his leg and can’t play until it heals, but it’s like he just gets a free pass vacation from hockey

An upperclassman on the team, who has been playing for the past couple years? Trust me. He would not get a free pass vacation from hockey

He’d still have to train (as much as he could), have curfew, still have all the rules and schedule of the team

They’d find something for him to do. He’d WANT something to do

but instead, they put in in the “accessible” dorm and it’s like he’s a regular student

no mention of a scholarship or how it affects one, even though his family has no money and the school is super-exclusive

but, one of those things probably no one else would notice and it was only a minor irritation

the rest was totally worth the read

J: I read a cute one, too

The Bowler University series one. Make it Count by Megan Erickson

Dealt with issues. A little like my Side Effects and the to-be-finished-someday sequel, Soundtrack

Yeah, it was cute. The girl has always gotten by on her looks, but she really hates that people assume she’s stupid

She goes to tutoring and finds out her boyfriend’s BFF is the tutor

of course, she doesn’t think she’s good enough because he’s crazy smart

and I just really loved Alec

there wasn’t cheating–not from the main characters, anyway, except for the emotional kind

I guess that’s just as bad in some ways

but it was done in a way that you rooted for them instead of being upset by it

you=all readers (or at least me)

M:  oh, that does sounds cute

J:  it is pretty cute

I’ll get the second one, for sure

M:  how does the author handle the boyfriend? I can totally deal that kind of thing if it’s handled well

J:  the BF was obviously distracted and upset by something way outside their relationship

by the time Alec comes in, she’s feeling very neglected and alone

and when her BF is around, she just feels used

there’s a good reason Max (the BF) and Alec are friends, even if they aren’t much alike

and there’s a good reason the BF is getting distant

by the time things explode between the main characters, she’s broken up with Max

realizes she deserves better, even if it is Max’s best friend

M:  sounds nicely done

J:  it really was

there were a few will-she/won’t-she times where I wanted to punch her, but then, it’s understandable that she’s dealing with a learning disability, finally feeling like she’s worth something after all this time

and also the breakup and the emotional beating she takes when she gives in to her ex’s BFF

but Alec

he’s a doll

M:  ooh, that sounds interesting

J:  total alpha/beta

more beta. just alpha when he needs to be

M:  that’s always interesting, too

esp when it’s done well

J:  plus the next one tells Max’s story

and I’m excited to see how she redeems him

the general consensus is that she redeems him very well

M:  I really like those kind of stories

Hard to find good redemption tales, but there’s just something about them I really like

turning a character around

J:  I think it just recently released

so I’ll probably get it after reading the one you just rec’d

M:  The Year We Fell Down was kinda similar – the hero already has a girlfriend

that trope sometimes makes me frustrated–either it’s more on the cheating side or the BF/GF is a total douche, which I think is often a lazy or easy out

and the GF in this is pretty much a rich bitch cliche, but there’s an interesting reason he’s with her in the first place

which was good, because usually it’s not presented well

Makes me sit there and wonder if the MC is so smart and cool and wonderful, why is he/she with a douche?

If there’s a good reason, I roll right along. Otherwise, it’s teeth-gritting time

J:  yeah. like, it’s easy to hate the BF in this one, until the whole story is revealed

and then you hate him even more for just a few minutes

and for good reason

but then you also forgive

for good reason

M:  now you’ve got me really interested. I shall read

J:  It’s only $1.99

M:  it will go on my list when I’m in the mood for a good NA. I can only read those by rec anymore, as you know

some make me so ragey, but the good ones are worth it

J:  this is not the typical NA

well, it is in some ways

but not in those dark seekrits, party-all-the-time, where-are-the-parents kind of way

I don’t understand why so many authors think the moment a character turns 18 the parents can just disappear

or even high school story authors

M:  Well, kind of like the other NA I’m reading now–the prequel (Elemental) and first book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

The first one – Storm – is free right now. I’m only about 2/3 of the way through, but so far it’s pretty good

solid characters, editing very good, sucked me right in, decent suspense and mystery

it’s free – you should get it

J:  just got it

M:  The parents are conveniently absent, though

J:  sure, some parents are absent, but those aren’t the only kids who have great stories

and dude. if there’s ever a chance for humor or mortification in a high school/NA story, it’s when parents are involved.

use them.

M:  haha – that’s a really good point

It’s like wanting to make the HS kids act like adults but in a teenage setting almost

so – buh-bye parents

and the kids can run amok like 20-somethings instead of HS students

J:  right. never happens

Also, the parents aren’t absent in Make It Count

I think perhaps the authors who leave the parents out must not have had a great relationship with their mom or dad

My parents were just as fun as some of my friends

and they found me hilarious most of the time, in all my seriousness

M:  I don’t think it’s that so much. More the convenience of not having the parents around so there can be amok-running for the main characters

I still managed to have some fun amoking in HS, and trust me, my parents were around

But it is harder for an author to figure out a way around a boy sneaking in to stay the night or go to crazy parties if parents are in the picture. Not impossible, but takes some work

I guess it’s easier just to kill parents off or have them work overnight shifts

Not to say it never happens in real life, but I doubt as much as it tends to be portrayed in books

J:  oh, I had some amok-running, too. It’s actually a part of being a teen, to get around the parents. and I think it should be a part of any story

M:  not sure why it isn’t

J:  even if the parents are absent a lot, they should still have some kind of influence

M:  and like you said, it’s a great point for adding conflict and tension

Actually, running amok sounds pretty good right now. Hmm. brb

 


J to tha M Review: Ever After (Transplanted Tales #4) by Kate SeRine

 

 

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J:  hey!

So, did you love Ever After?

M:  I don’t think Kate could write anything I don’t like

I think I’m still starry-eyed over Grimm Consequences, though, and have a so-in-love-with-that-story hangover. I really liked Ever After, but it just didn’t grab hold of me like Grimm did.

I felt a lot more of being told what Gideon felt than experiencing the emotions with him

J:  well, I think I was resigned to love Nate most of all from the beginning

M:  yes, but even loving Nate, I really got into Nicky and Seth’s stories, still got that connection. I just didn’t feel the same intensity with this as with the others

I had no idea why Gideon loved Arabella as much as he did

J:  well, that is a difference I noticed with this one

but the problem, I think, is that with Nicky and Seth, we watched the beginning

with Gideon, he was already in love when the story began

so we didn’t get to experience the falling

even with Red, where Nate already loved her, we got her first feelings

M:  yes, but maybe that could have been made up with experiencing Gideon’s anguish of seeing her again? He told us how he felt, he told us he loved her, but I never felt his emotion, and Arabella never showed us why he loved her, you know? Not like the characters did in the other tales

Arabella never showed anything really loveable, or her pain in leaving him, staying away

I wanted all that heart-tugging struggle of impossible decisions. The set up was perfect for it, but…

J:  I still loved every second. I suppose I did write all that off as entering their love story in the middle

M:  Oh, I really did enjoy, too – so, so worth the read. One of my all-time favorite series.

But Kate did such a great job in Grimm to show the struggle, the anguish, the impossible situations and choices, and this is another great set up and storyline to do that

and it just didn’t grab me by the throat like Grimm, for sure. Man, I loved that story

J:  also, I’m pretty sure I was totally dazzled by the Arthurian legend

you know how I love me some King Arthur

M:  Heh. Yes

that was a great twist – classic Kate and the world she’s created

J:  there was so much there, so much fun, and action, and twisty-ness. So, what would you rate it? I think I went four stars for this one.

M:  Absolutely. Strong 4 stars. Her Transplanted Tales world is just as fun and compelling as the first time I got sucked in. I can’t wait for her new project. So excited to see what she can do with a romantic suspense.

J: Yeah, what’s the story with that?

M:  She’s got two new series coming in 2015, the Templar Legacy series and Protect and Serve. I love me some good romantic suspense. I love Kate’s writing. Something definitely to look forward to

J: Sounds perfect for settling in to read for hours with ice cream. Or coffee. Or beer…

M: Ooh, or an appletini! Mmmm. brb…

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About the Author

Kate SerineKate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it’s no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She’s the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and will be releasing the TEMPLAR LEGACY series with Kensington and the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in 2015/2016.

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

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EVER AFTER by Kate SeRine Release Day!

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Today is release day for book 4 in Kate SeRine’s Transplanted Tales series, EVER AFTER — Gideon’s story!

No secret we’re huge fans of Kate’s series here on FFYW, so we’re excited to share the news, the love, and Gideon’s story. We were both lucky enough to get an ARC and read, and we’ll be posting our J to tha M review on September 8, but in the meantime, follow the blog tour for reviews, Kate’s guest posts, and entries to win her giveaway! Don’t forget to enter here, too, for the chance to win the grand prize of a $50 Amazon, B&N, or BAM gift cert, signed paperback copy of EVER AFTER, Transplanted Tales swag, and 2 winners will get a Transplanted Tale ebook of their choice!

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