May 30, 2014
What I'm Reading
Sad to say, last week was another one of those weeks where I didn't get much reading done. I was too busy doing other things. But I did manage to sneak a little in.
Once again there was no progress on The Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian, Mr. Love by Sally Mason, or Dark Love by Claudy Conn. It's been so long since I've opened any of these books that I'm almost considering taking them off the list altogether. However, I'm hoping to start adding a ride on the stationary bike to my daily routine, and reading while I'm riding makes it seem less like exercise and more like . . . reading.
Again progress was made on the Darlings of Paranormal Romance anthology. Did I claim that A Grave Exchange, by Tara Rose was why I suffered through the less professional stories? While it was a refreshing change from the others, it wasn't the best story in the collection. That honour goes to Tuesday's Child, by Dale Mayer.
All I can say is - wow. In fact, this book impressed me so much that I looked it up and sure enough, it's available as a stand alone for a Free Download.
"What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.
Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer–or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?
Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.
As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose."
It made me happy I've stuck with Darlings and even happier that I could retain a copy even if I delete the rest of the collection. :-)
I also read the next offering in the collection, Virgin Moon, by Ally Thomas. At only 72 pages it's more of a novella than a novel, the story of a vampire and a virgin werewolf finding true love at first sight. There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the bare bones of the plot. While I didn't mind the fact the point of view alternated between Emily (the werewolf) and Vincent (the vampire), I didn't think it was necessary to announce it at the beginning of each chapter.
Again I didn't get back to Hunting the Corrigan's Blood by Holly Lisle. I actually had intended to take it out onto the deck with me at one point, but then I got distracted and, well, you know how it goes. ;-)
I read three or four more stories from Sword and Sorceress V. Slow and steady wins the race with this book it seems.
And there was no progress on Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint. It's sitting on the dining room table waiting for me, but the only time I'm there is at breakfast, when I use that time for making out my daily to do list.
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