Sunday, June 8, 2014

Waiting for the Next Book in a Series

I recently had a message from a friend on Goodreads, saying she’d just finished reading the first two books of my Red Wolf Saga and was eager for a third. I love it when a reader becomes drawn into the world I’ve created and wants more, and as a relatively new author, her message definitely made my day.
I assured her that the third book, Red Wolf Rising, was now in the editing and beta reader process, and would be available soon. (Check out the teaser for it by clicking on the My Books page tab at the top of my blog.) I allowed myself to bask in the glow of having my work appreciated for a moment, and then I began to reflect on what it’s like for a reader who gets involved in a series that’s not finished yet.
Believe me, I’ve been there. I hate it.
Maybe it’s because I got spoiled when I first started reading books in a series. As a boy, Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan books, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings were all finished by the time I got to them, and I was able to devour them one-after-another without a break. That’s the way it should be.
But, I remember discovering the Harry Potter books when only the third one had been written. I did not like having to wait for J.K. Rowling to get off her duff and finish the final four volumes! And since then I’ve regularly had to nervously chew fingernails waiting for the likes of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs and Richelle Mead to quit piddling around and provide the next installment of something they’ve got me hooked on.
Of course, now that I’m on the other side of the author-reader connection, I can appreciate the time and effort it takes to complete each labor of love that eventually becomes that one-click, instant gratification on amazon.com.
But believe me, dear reader, I still feel your pain. And I promise to work as hard as I can to get the next installment of the Red Wolf Saga out as soon as possible.

Here are some of the incomplete series I’m impatiently waiting for…

I just finished the second book in this paranormal/sci-fi/dystopian series by one of my favorite authors. God knows when the next one will be available.

Aussie Kristy Berridge is taking her sweet time getting the third book out in this nifty series with a unique view of vampires, werewolves, and the secret society that tries to keep them in check

It's taken forever for Red Tash to get the second installment of this series to beta. There's no telling when the third and final, Troll or Trash, will be ready.



Are you waiting for the next book in an incomplete series? Let me know with a comment.

     Okay, now, that’s it for now. Look for me again in a few weeks. In the meantime, Happy Reading!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Drunk on Mead

I’ve been binging for over a month now. A reading binge, that is. Yes, I know I’m supposed to be finishing up Red Wolf Rising, not reading all the time, and I am, I swear. But all work and no play makes… Wait. Am I about to refer to my writing as work?
Nevermind. Let me explain. Check this out…
 “Statistics show that most mortals sell their souls for five reasons: sex, money, power, revenge, and love. In that order.
I suppose I should have been reassured, then, that I was out here assisting with numero uno, but the whole situation just made me feel… well, sleazy. And coming from me, that was something.”
Thus begins the first chapter in Succubus Blues, and also my love affair with author Richelle Mead. I read those lines a few years back when I was browsing the paranormal/sci-fi section of a Books-a-Million while taking a break from writing The Draculata Nest. I was hooked instantly.

Succubus Blues, the first of the Georgina Kincaid series, which covers in six wonderful books the really sweet love story of the reluctant succubus and her delightful supporting cast of demons, imps, vampires, and nephilim, was Mead’s debut novel in 2007. With the scheduled release of Silver Shadows in July, she will have published a total of twenty-three novels since then. That’s prolific by any standard, and there’s not one dud in the whole lot.
In my opinion, the Georgina Kincaid series is the best adult paranormal series ever written, but Richelle has probably gained more notoriety with her YA novels. In fact, it was the impending release of the Vampire Academy movie based on her popular YA series of the same name that started me on my current Mead “binge.”

Well, to be honest, I had a Mead buzz on already from reading The Gameboard of the Gods, the first of her adult Age of X series. (By the way, I liked it. And I found it interesting for the unusual paranormal/sci-fi/dystopian genre mix and a bit of an evolution in her writing style. With Gameboard, Richelle began to shift point-of-view back and forth between characters instead of sticking to the first person narrative from a single character’s perspective in all her previous works. She continued the new trend in The Fiery Heart. It works.)

It was back at the end of January, and with the Vampire Academy movie due out in a few weeks, I decided to revisit the first couple of books in the series to refresh my memory. I had reservations about the film, based on the trailers, but I wanted to give it a chance. I was disappointed, of course. It would have done more justice to the books if HBO had grabbed it for a series like True Blood did with the Sookie Stackhouse novels or Game of Thrones has done with the Song of Ice and Fire series.
But after I finished my second reading of Frostbite, I couldn’t stop. I went back and read Gameboard of the Gods a second time. Then, I dove into Georgina Kincaid again. I just finished Succubus Revealed, and despite knowing how everything was going to end, I enjoyed the series every bit as much as I did the first time. Gods, the woman can write!

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to any binge. Reading is no exception. I am already in withdrawal, and I’ve committed to reading and reviewing a series by another author, who will remain nameless, for now, because… well, I can’t help but compare them to Richelle, which isn’t fair, and … jeez, I’m “Jones’ing” so bad…

Perhaps a little hair of the dog?

Oh, by the way, if you’re looking for a great read – and cheap – click on one of the links below to order one of my books at only $2.99!
       Until then… happy reading!


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My Books
The Draculata Nest -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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The Dragon of Doughton Park ----------------------------------------------------------

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Troll or Park Cover Reveal

 Okay, I told you I wasn’t going to be posting much while I approach the deadline for my next novel, and I guess you guys were beginning to believe that since it’s been over a month.
But I had to give respite to the silence of the blog and take a short break from working on Red Wolf Rising (I’m getting tantalizingly close to the end!) to share this cool cover for Red Tash’s soon-to-be-released dark fantasy novel…



In the spring of 2012, while my editors ripped my first draft of The Dragon of Doughton Park to shreds, I was looking for something to read and stumbled upon Troll or Derby, which I promptly devoured.
I was so taken with the cleverly written tale of Roller Deb and Harlow the rock-star troll that I dashed off a quick five-star review and posted it on my blog. (Just so you know, an unsolicited review from me is unusual. I’m a tad on the lazy side when it comes to writing about anything but my own stuff.) It was just that good.
A day or so later I was surprised to find an email from the author herself, thanking me for the review. I responded, and she hasn’t been able to get rid of me since. (Hey, sometimes stalking works. You just have to know what you’re doing. Um… we can talk about that… another time.)
Since then, I’ve read nearly everything Red Tash has published, and it’s all good. I’ve also had the privilege of interviewing her on this blog. She’s even allowed me into one of her private social network groups, where I get to pick the brains of some real writers!
And, at long last… after what seems like years and years (although it’s only been about eighteen months, I guess), the second book in the trollogy will soon be on my Kindle (and yours, too, if you’re smart).
I… can’t… wait!



Here’s some other links for Red…
Red Tash Official Web Site
Red Tash Facebook Fan Page

And, as always, if you’re looking for a great read – and cheap – click on one of the links below to order one of my books at only $2.99!
       Until then… happy reading!


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My Books
The Draculata Nest -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Click on the link to order:
ebook for Kindle                                            in Paperback     
ebook for Nook                                              in Charlotte                    
ebook for Kobo                                              Smashwords

The Dragon of Doughton Park ----------------------------------------------------------

Click on the link to order:
ebook for Kindle                                                                   in Paperback
ebook for Nook                                                                     in Charlotte
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Have Mercy!


Another Look at the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

 Hey, folks. Happy New Year! I’ve been neglecting the Red Wolf Blog for the last few weeks, and it may be a while before I do another post. I’m really pushing to get Red Wolf Rising ready for editing in the next few months, so blogging has been moved to the back burner of the writing stove, so to speak.
However, I just finished reading the seventh book in this wonderful paranormal series, so I thought it might be time to reprise a post I did last year, during my Top Five Paranormal Countdown, but this time include a review of the newest book.
Remember? The Mercy Thompson series, by Patricia Briggs, was number four on my top five list for a paranormal series…


What I liked…
The heroine…
The tattooed, kick-ass Volkswagon mechanic named Mercedes is simply to die for, and characters sometimes do. An extraordinary woman engaged in the never-ending struggle to make ends meet, while dealing with any number of extraordinary situations, Mercy insists on doing it all on her own terms. If she likes you, she’ll risk life and limb to help you out. If she doesn’t like you, you’re just plain up shit creek without a paddle.

The werewolves…
They are part of Mercy’s past and present. I love the pack magic and the structure of the global werewolf hierarchy. Some of the characters also appear in other series by Briggs, such as the Alpha and Omega stories.

The Fae…
There are some great allies and villains from the Faerie world in most of these novels, including Mercy’s former boss, who appears more than once.

Mercy’s cloudy past…
… is slowly revealed as the series progresses. I’m hoping there’s more to come.

The action…
These books are fast-paced. It’s hard to find a place to turn off the light and go to bed.

The sexual tension…
In the first three or four books, Mercy is being courted by two powerful werewolves, and the sexual tension is perfectly balanced with the action.


What I didn’t like…
The sexual tension fades…
Mercy chooses a mate by the fourth or fifth book, and the series shows a marked decline for me at that point. I’m still struggling to get through River Marked, mainly for that reason. I’m hoping Frost Burned, which just came out in March, will re-kindle my flame.

What I stole…
The omega werewolves…
Okay, technically, the omega wolves are in Briggs’ Alpha and Omega stories, but I found those while looking for more Mercy Thompson. The idea of a type of werewolf who has a calming effect on the dominant wolves and is not so much affected by the dominance of others is essential to my own Red Wolf saga. And it was the “what if” question of what a male omega would be like that was the original impetus for my series.

Okay, that was then. Now, that review I mentioned…

Frost Burned

I am so vindicated. It turns out I was right not to abandon my favorite coyote shape-shifter after only one disappointing book in this wonderful series. Patricia Briggs rebounds from River Marked with a five-star offering in Frost Burned, the seventh of the Mercy Thompson novels.
I’ve said before that I thought the series started downhill after Mercy chose a mate. I don’t care anymore. Frost Burned is non-stop action from the get-go. Mercy and her step-daughter are out shopping for some Black Friday bargains when it all starts. She discovers the entire Columbia Basin Pack of werewolves has been kidnapped, including her mate, Adam Hauptman.
By using the magic of the pack bond, which she can now tap into as mate of the pack’s Alpha, Mercy determines that rogue government agents are holding the pack hostage in an effort to coerce Adam into assassinating a high-profile politician, embroiling the wolves in a public relations nightmare that will certainly dissolve the tenuous rapport the supernatural wolf community has been carefully building with the general public after recently outing themselves.
That’s all bad enough, but it turns out things are not what they seem. As she sets about trying to rescue the wolves, gradually peeling away the layers of intrigue, Mercy finds the real target of the plot is herself, and she is drawn into a confrontation that puts not only her life on the line, but perhaps those of every human on earth.
This is as good as anything Briggs has written so far. Mercy is as tough, sexy, sassy, and indomitable as ever, and I give it five stars.

         I can’t wait to read number eight, Night Broken, which is due out in March.


        Okay, now, that’s it for today. Look for me again in a few weeks. In the meantime, Happy Reading!
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My Books
The Draculata Nest -----------------------------------------------------------------------

Click on the link to order:
ebook for Kindle                                            in Paperback     
ebook for Nook                                              in Charlotte                    
ebook for Kobo                                              Smashwords

The Dragon of Doughton Park ----------------------------------------------------------

Click on the link to order:
ebook for Kindle                                                                   in Paperback
ebook for Nook                                                                     in Charlotte
ebook for Kobo                                                                     Smashwords