Monday, July 28, 2014

My Bookshelf: The Independent Author Initiative

My Virtual Bookshelf Is Empty

Over the last couple weeks, I've been sharing what I'm reading, and what some of my favorites are. And it struck me that one section of my bookshelf is sadly empty. 

I don't read very many independently-published books.

As an independently-published author myself, I think this is a sad statement. I want to support other authors following a route not so dissimilar from my own. To that end, I endeavor to begin a new practice.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FAQ: Favorite Characters

Frequently Asked Questions
Favorite character?

For today's installment of the Frequently Asked Questions series, I will answer two of my favorite questions. 

1. Who is your favorite Zoe Grey character?

I love this question! 

Most people assume Zoe Grey is my favorite character, probably because she's the main character. But really, Ellmann is my favorite, with Sadie being a close second, and Tyler Jay being third. 

What? Where does that leave Zoe? I can hear you wondering this.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review of Janet Evanovich's Takedown Twenty

Review of Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

*May contain spoilers

This is the twentieth book in the Stephanie Plum series, and I found it to be one of the better books of the latter part of the series. 

I am a long-time, devoted fan of this series, and I've read all the books at least once. I always enjoy them, even if they sometimes leave a little something to be desired in one area or another. 

The series follows bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. She's not the world's best bounty hunter, but she always gives it the old college try. And watching her and her sidekick, former 'ho Lula, try to figure it out is a great deal of fun. To spice things up, she's got sometimes cop boyfriend Morelli and sexy, mysterious former bounty hunter mentor Ranger competing for time in her bed. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

3 Of My Favorite Books

A portion of two of my bookshelves.
My Bookshelf
3 Of My Favorite Books

I have been an avid reader since I was a kid. Early on, I blew through Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary, and Judy Blume. Around ten, I started reading the Murder, She Wrote books. Not long after that, I was on to Catherine Coulter's FBI Thriller series, Mary Higgins Clark, and Tami Hoag. Then it was Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, and Dean Koontz. 

Today, I have three giant, overflowing bookshelves in my office stuffed with about four hundred books. Even though I haven't read them all yet, I am always adding to it. The wave of e-readers has been wonderful, and I do quite enjoy my Kindle, but I'll never be able to do without the feel of a good old-fashioned paperback book in my hands.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

FAQ: Zoe Grey Book Three

Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a third book?

Right now one of the most frequently asked questions is "Will there be a third book?" As my Frequently Asked Questions series continues, I want to answer that question and a couple others pertaining to book three.

A third book?

Yes! Heavens, yes. And a fourth, and a fifth, and a sixth, seventh, and eighth--and that's just as far as I've gotten so far. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On The Road: Bandelier National Monument

View of the ruin complex at Tyuonyi.
On The Road: Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument is located in northern New Mexico, about thirty minutes south of Los Alamos and about an hour northwest of Santa Fe. It is a national monument maintained by the National Park Service. 

Bandelier is great for a couple reasons. First, it's comprised of multiple sites. Second, it features cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. I'm not really sure why, but it's the petroglyphs that really fascinate me. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's White Fire (Pendergast #13)

Review of White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

*May contain spoilers

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are two of my favorite writers, Agent Pendergast is one of my all-time favorite characters, and his is one of my favorite series. We readers have come a long way with Pendergast, slowly getting to know him over the years, marveling at his oddities, wondering at his seemingly supernatural abilities, and suffering with him through his tragedies. But by and large, Pendergast and his story was not the central focus of White Fire

Corrie Swanson makes a reappearance in this one. We first met her in Still Life With Crows, to date, one of Preston/Child's best books. Even though that's true, and she served her purpose well in that story, Corrie has never been one of my favorite characters. Margo, Smithback, Constance, D'Agosta, and Laura Haywood are far more interesting characters. Even Nora Kelly, who I was never very fond of, rates higher for me than Corrie.