(I missed you)
M: I missed me, too. Sheesh.
hubs and I have had probably the most stressful weeks ever
and we’ve been through a lot
J: I dunno… Things were pretty nutty here, too
funny how it all happened at once for both of us
My job loss, your lying sack of crap mortgage guy…
M: but, we took everything they threw at us and made it work. We were not defeated!
and the new place is amazing, so…
J: Exactly. We both came out on top. Your awesome house, my awesome list of clients that allow me to be self-employed once more… I have no more complaints. for now.
M: now, no more excuses not to write
M: except for, you know, all the remodeling, the other job, life in general…
J: life would be amazing
on the upside, we can now carve out some time for writing, reading, and FFYW
I know you didn’t go without books during your absence
I’ve got a list a mile long, so yours is probably twice that
M: I read a bunch
not as much as usual, maybe
that tells you how stressed out I was – I couldn’t even read there for a couple weeks
J: I picked up more novellas through my craziness
M: I did read a couple good ones. I just finished one I think you’d like – Betting on You by Jessie Evans
J: that sounds familiar. I wonder if I looked at it already?
M: hero left and hurt heroine, now he’s back to own up to his mistake and try to make it up to her
I think it’s still free
pretty good. I liked both characters. A little too much of “made him feel” and “making her feel,” but that’s pretty minor
other than that, writing was good, too
it’s a series, and I’ll definitely get the second
J: oh, I have looked at that one
I’m glad you liked it
M: I’d rec
I really liked. The conflict had me wanting to shake the heroine a little bit, but the story was great and really sexy, and she made it all work.
I very much recommend. I may have to do a review of it for the blog
J: as you mention, I’m going to goodreads to mark them
I’ve been on an Entangled Brazen kick, I think
I read a cute little series by Katee Robert
and some stuff by Christine Bell
I’ve read a couple by Carr, and they’re good, light, fun reads
J: I want to read the rest of that series by Carr
but I need to be rich
the Kindle versions are over $5
M: ugh. I hate that.
oh, Riptide Publishing is having a birthday sale. If anyone is reading Anne Tenino’s m/m series, they’re on sale
I loved the first book – Frat Boy and Toppy, but the rest were pretty pricey
but I may have to sneak in a couple since they’re on sale
J: Oh, you’ve mentioned those
I’m still not in an m/m mood
M: those are fun, cute, and sexy when you are
oh, and the last in the CD Reiss series came out on Monday – the Songs of Submission series – called Sing
I was really looking forward, and…it was okay. not what I expected
went down the drama llama route, and I was hoping for the same intensity as the rest of them
so the characters and writing was still as good as the others, but the plot arc, eh
I’ll read more of hers. she’s starting a new series about the hero’s sisters, and the first one sounds good
J: I did start the first one
M: I liked. and I’m not usually a fan of the serial thing. I did start reading when 6 of the 7 were complete and only had a couple weeks to wait for the last
but I really did enjoy the characters and story
J: it’s on my list to read tonight
I fell asleep just after starting.
not a comment on the book. it was 2:30 am
I should have been asleep anyway
M: I read The Satyr’s Curse by Alexandrea Weis, and it was okay
J: Okay, you read a lot more than I did
M: I really wanted it to be really good – the plot was intriguing and the writing wasn’t bad, but…I probably won’t buy the rest in the series unless they’re free or on sale.
J: Ooh, know what I’m excited about?
Elizabeth Hunter has a new one coming out soon called The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One
Not from the Elemental Mysteries
but it still looks pretty damn good
I think October 15
M: I saw that a while back. I will definitely check it out
J: impatiently waiting
Let’s see… Christine Bell, Down for the Count
read that one last night
liked it a lot. the heroine was a bit neurotic, but it actually made her cute
and jeebus, Galen
I’m a fan
I want more Galen books
she’s the author of Dirty Trick – sexy nickname for Patrick
M: good hero?
J: yeah. he managed to be sweet, hot, understanding, patient. you know. perfect.
it was a left-at-the-altar trope
M: I do love a good hero
J: oh, and he’s a boxer
ugh. he gets her a necklace with a boxing glove charm and asks her if she knows why. she says, “because you’re a fighter.” and he says, “No, because you are.”
M: ooooh, good one
what I don’t like is that it’s raining again. Weird for Seattle, I know.
good for staying in and writing, though. Gonna curl up in my corner and try to finish Rory.