Here's what's on and off the bookshelf this coming week.
On the shelf but ready to come off...Josh Hayes (mil-sf, 2020). This is the 3rd and final book in the Valor series, which I plan to start reading this week. Josh lives in the same town as I do and is a solid indie writer.
Naked in Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) (futuristic suspense, 1995). This is the first of 50+ books in this series (which I will never finish!).
I already blogged about this one and need to get going on it! But it's a paperback and I don't read those at night. It's much easier to read e-books in bed. Finding time during the day to read is harder.
On the tablet and half-way through...
Omega Sanction by Bob Mayer (special ops thriller, 1999) This is book 4 in his Shadow Warriors series set in Bosnia during that conflict. Despite the grisly opening chapter (which you can skip), the action is tense and fast-paced.
If you like Brad Thor or Vince Flynn, then you might want to try Mayer's novels. Omega Sanction features a Green Beret (or Delta Section? I can't remember! lol) hero on a mission to uncover the abduction of teenage girls. The bad guys are selling deadly nerve gas and it's a race against time. Etc. The cyber-spying is just a tad dated (written 20+ years ago) but still pretty intriguing.So You Need a Fake Relationship by Elizabeth Maddrey (Christian romance, 2021). This is book 5 in her Billionaire series, and yes, it's quite a departure from military SF and special ops thrillers that I normally read!
But for full disclosure, Beth is my niece and I've read almost all of her 40 or so books. She has about 6 or 7 different series, many are interrelated. All contemporary Christian romance.
My favorite series of hers is Hope Ranch, but have enjoyed them all. The Billionaire set up is interesting - the owner of a huge tech firm is playing matchmaker with some key leaders in his company. Romantic interests abound.
So yes, I like romance. I've even tried my hand at the genre! I've written an Amish love story, a novella called Thee Will I Cherish (under the pen name of Joyce Daley, see book cover below). It's free on Kindle Unlimited.
But if you are a reviewer and want a complimentary ebook copy, let me know. I can also provide a discount paperback. Would love for some of you avid readers to give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you like it, I may write more Amish romance stories - always open to ideas!
Mentioned in yesterday's roundup that I finished 3 books last week.
1) Perry's World by Jack C. Haldeman II (Star Trek #13, paperback, 1980, 132 pages) - Pretty good. 3 Stars.
2) Echoes of Valor by Josh Hayes (mil-sf, ebook, 2019, book 2 of his 3 book Valor series) - Really good. 4 stars.
3) So You Have My Secret Baby by Elizabeth Maddrey (Christian romance, 2021, book 4 in the 6 book series: So You Want to be a Billionaire) - Very enjoyable 4.5 stars.
Stuck on the shelf...
I still need to finish these two books that I'm sort of stuck in right now. No reason, just lost steam and need to get back to them:
Jewel in the Skull by Michael Moorcock (fantasy, 1967, paperback, 176 pages, first book in the Dorian Hawkmoon series).
Starship Gilead: Relics of Utopia by John Graves (Mil SF, 2022). An ARC I need to read and review by middle of March, I think.
That's it for Book Date Monday. Feel free to join the link party and comment below. Chat with you throughout the day and week. Happy reading.