Book Date Monday #6
In today's blog post...
- What I've Read
- What I'm Reading
- Books on My TBR
- Stacking the Shelves
- What I'm Writing
- Participate in Today's Blog Hop
What I've Read: Just finished The Inside Job by J.D. Weston. I wasn't familiar with the author, but evidently he has a number of books in his Stone Cold Thriller series. This prequel novella, in which one of Weston's MCs is born (Harvey Stone) at the end of the story, was kind of hard to follow. It jumped from scene to scene without much transition; and there were a lot of POVs.Into the Silence.)
Now one story I did enjoy recently was a novelet by Cliff Hamrick titled, Poison in the Dark: A Jarek the Scholar Adventure. It's a classic fantasy story; a clever, thieving adventure and quite enjoyable. It features Jarek (my first exposure to this character and first story I've read by Hamrick), a scholar, thief, and rogue. From the short story I read, he seems a likeable character.
Confession: This was free for a short time on Amazon and it was short. I really didn't look at the cover, lol, and when I started reading it I thought I'd stumbled upon sword and sorcery erotica the way the story opens (so reader beware!). But the tale quickly unfolds into a fun and plot-twisty romp. Very well done and a series I may want to get into.
What I'm Reading: Still reading Colin Dexter's first Inspector Morse mystery, Last Bus to Woodstock. Also, Rick Partlow's military SF adventure, Home Front (Drop Trooper #5).Time Space Publishing with a few freebies on his site.
So far, Insubordinate is okay. The series is basically "Hunger Games Meets Ancient Roman Gladiators Run by Skynet." (That's my take, so if I'm wrong, blame me, lol.) It's a bit on the juvenile side of things for my tastes, but given the setting and theme, it's relatively clean and might make for good reading for those into this YA genre.
Books on My TBR: Still trying to get to a sword and planet novel that's been on my virtual nightstand for a few weeks now. It's L. S. King's Laws and Prophecies. This novel is book three in the author's Sword's Edge Chronicles. I liked the prequel novel and books 1 and 2, so I know I'll enjoy this one when I finally get to it.
I also want to get to the final novel in the free bundle of 7 thrillers I downloaded a long time ago (mentioned above, called Into the Silence.) This last one is by Sandra Woffington and is titled, Merlot and Murder. I believe this is a prequel story to her Wine Valley Mysteries Series that evidently runs 10 books. I've not heard of her before, so I'm looking forward to reading this.
Stacking the Shelves: Only got one extra freebie recently, one for my Nook App from B&N called No Mercy, a Valerie Law FBI Suspense Thriller (Book 1) by Blake Pierce. I've not read him before but man, this guy has tons of books in a whole bunch of different series. Check out his website.
What I'm Writing: Finally, for today's wrap up, let me just share what I post at the end of my #amwriting updates. If you want to follow along as I write Secrets & Scents, here's my latest blog post with links to the earlier entries. I'm basically journaling each day I write, so it's sort of fun.
Thanks for reading! Drop a comment with a link to your Book Date Monday post or just tell me what you're reading currently. - Lyn
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Enjoy your books! They look tempting.ReplyDelete
Thanks and thanks for stopping by!Delete
I'm sorry you were disappointed with the Weston thriller. I wish more authors would spend more time on revision. A lot of books I read these days could use a good editor.ReplyDelete
Good luck to you with your new book!
Thanks. I know editing helps, but even then sometimes the story just doesn't work for me and it's probably more a personal thing. I try to let the storyteller tell his or her own story their own way, but again, sometimes I just don't connect with it. Thanks for dropping by!Delete
So many books! I'm sorry more of them didn't work for you. I often have trouble when I jump into a series anywhere but the first book. Come see my week here. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
I try to give the author / series a second chance if I stumble on one that doesn't work, but there are so many books to choose from! ;-)Delete
Always so many books we want to read! I always need good characters to cheer for.ReplyDelete
I can forgive a lot of plot mistakes if there are good characters to cheer for. On the other hand, if the plot is thrilling and there's at least one good guy/gal, then even if they are a bit cardboard, I'm okay with that too, lol.Delete
Oooh, so many twisty thrillers! Sounds like fun reading! I read a wide variety but in September and October, I devote all my reading to darker stuff for the RIP Challenge - can't wait!ReplyDelete
Good luck with your writing (I'm a writer, too, but nonfiction), and enjoy your books this week -
Book By Book
Enjoy your RIP Challenge. I'm not too into the horror genre, so will probably stick with my eclectic tastes of SF/F and mystery and romance and western and and and lol.Delete
So many books! Enjoy them!ReplyDelete
Thanks, am trying, but so little time to read right now! Moving into a new apartment (for the past few weeks - still moving! lol).Delete
I am a big fan of cosy mysteries, but not so keen on what might be called a thriller. The J. W. Walker title looks interesting, but sometimes I think the world is dystopian enough without reading about fictional ones. Anyway, thanks for sharing all these this week.ReplyDelete
I'm sort of done with the dystopian genre as aell. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
The Wine Valley Mysteries sounds good.ReplyDelete
They do at that. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Sorry for another disappointment with the bundle, but hopefully you enjoy the final one! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!ReplyDelete
I find most bundles are hit and miss for me. But that's okay, if I find one or two new authors I like that's a win.Delete