Apparently Victorian-beach-house tearoom paranormal mysteries are my jam, because I’m starting the third book in this series. In my last Currently Reading post, I mentioned I really liked these covers. Well, I have another confession to make: the silly titles make me giggle. Yes, I have a thing for wordplay, which (thankfully?) tends to come out only in conversation and not in my writing.
So, what are you reading these days, and how do you feel about puns? Share in the comments…
I ended up enjoying the last book I read enough that I felt compelled to go on to the next one in the series. I think that what I like best about these books is the beach setting with the Victorian house that just fell into the protagonist’s lap, along with a teahouse and a resident ghost. Pure wishful thinking for me, and I’m enjoying the fantasy of my own Victorian tearoom beach house as much as the story itself. Anyone who wants to bequeath a house like this to me, I promise I’ll take good care of it, ghosts and all…
(Oh, and I know you’re not supposed to judge them this way, but I also really like the covers on these books.)
What are you reading these days? Share in the comments…
My posts for the last while have been all business, so today I thought I’d have some fun with the Ice Cream book tag (snagged from the lovely A.M. Molvik’s Ramblings). Read on to find out about some of my favourite books (or possibly end up with serious ice cream cravings)…
A very long book series that you want to read but probably won’t, and why.
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. When there are so many books in a series that there are multiple charts to help readers navigate it, the chances of finishing are pretty slim. Still, I’m going to try…eventually.
A book series that you would read again and again and again.
I’ll have to say the Harry Potter series, since I’ve already re-read it multiple times.
A book with a green cover.
The greenest cover on my shelf (even if it isn’t pistachio green).
A book with the cutest romance.
This is a tough one, as I don’t tend to read “cute” romances. I did enjoy Andrea and Raphael’s story in Gunmetal Magic (they also show up occasionally in a few of the other Kate Daniels books). As hyena shifters, they show interest in potential mates by pranking them, which was amusing, if not exactly cute. I also really like both characters and Raphael is cute in his own way.
A book with a sour ending.
There are so many books like this. I even wrote a post about a series that had an ending so bad, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But Her Fearful Symmetry stands out because this book would be one of my all-time favourites if it weren’t for the disappointing ending.
A children’s book that you like.
Going with a classic that’s beautifully written. Arthur Rackam’s illustrations are my favourite, as well.
Your favorite classic.
It’s been a while since I’ve read Crime and Punishment (time for a re-read) but it’s remained my favourite after all these years. There’s something deeply human about it that I think is lacking in the world right now.
A very long book that you read very fast.
I love all of Alison Weir’s (nonfiction) books on the Tudors. If you’re interested in the period, Weir’s work is well researched and fascinating to read.
What do you think? What book “flavours” would you choose? Share in the comments (and let me know if you post this tag on your own blog).
The moment has finally arrived to share the cover of my new (FREE) short story, Tooth & Claw…
What do you think?
The title comes from the Tennyson poem “In Memoriam A.H.H.”:
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw,
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed
“Red in tooth and claw” indeed. I think both the cover image and title suit the story–I hope you’ll agree once you’ve read it. Tooth & Claw will be released on 7 September. Here’s a teaser:
Mara, Dominic, and their fellow vampires arrive in Marseille, France in 1909, only to find another predator already on the loose. As the city tries to cope with a killer stalking the streets, Mara struggles to separate memory from delusion. Can she find peace when the past is haunting, the present overwhelming, and the future hopeless? Inspired by real events.
Although I promised you’d be able to pre-order Tooth & Claw, it turns out free books can’t be set up for pre-order (boo). But not to worry, I will be posting again to let you know when Tooth & Claw is available. If you’d like an email reminder, please drop me a line.
In the meantime, don’t forget to download my other FREE short story Blood Magic, and while you’re at it, pick up Love Lies Bleeding too, available in paperback or e-book. Your support is much appreciated.
Tooth & Claw, a new FREE short story inspired by actual events, available 7 September.
They left the other vampires with the humans. Mara wanted to call out, to tell them to get away. But she stared at Omar and Wallace grinning at their prey and her voice fled. There was no help for them. There was no help for any of them.
Mara, Dominic, and their vampire associates arrive in Marseille, France in 1909, only to find another predator already on the loose. My new FREE short story is set in the Love Lies Bleeding universe and was inspired by real events.
Come back Saturday for the title and cover reveals, and to pre-order this new FREE story!
(PS: In the meantime, don’t forget to download my other FREE short story Blood Magic, and while you’re at it, pick up Love Lies Bleeding too, available in paperback or e-book.)