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Subject: What's New?
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 7:58 PM ET
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This forum has been kind of light on discussions lately. Anyone discover a new author? What are you reading now? 

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 12:40 PM ET
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Really??? 16 views and no one has anything to share?

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 8:43 PM ET
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I just finished Jeaniene Frost's new book - Once Burned. I liked it but I heart Vlad - he's been my favorite since he first appeared! who do you think Ian will end up with? he's the only one left I think and I kinda like the guy! I also finished Lynsay Sands' latest - I liked it too but I can see why both had some negative reviews and Christian bugged me in being so sex-driven with his lifemate -it was like all he could focus on for most of the book! also got kerrelyn sparks' but I don't like the hero in that one - think it's too early for him to settle down - bu tmay get around to reading it later.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 11:00 PM ET
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I'm reading Anya Bast's Elemental Witches series right now. I think they are kind of boring, really. Lots of sex, short on any kind of interesting plot. I'm on the 4th and last one, just finishing it so the series will be done.

What have I enjoyed recently? K. Bennett, who is writing an urban fantasy zombie series. Starts with "Pay Me In Flesh" which has a dumb title, and a dumb cover .... but the story inside is fairly engaging. Also, I've just finished Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series (at least, the ones that are released so far), which I thought was entertaining, although I liked a couple of the books more than the others.

And, on the paranormal romance side, I just finished with the Heart Mate series by Robin Owens (all the ones that are released anyway), and I enjoyed them. Interesting world, interesting characters. I'm keeping them, not so much so that I can re-read them myself, but in case I want to give them to someone who will enjoy them. I think they would appeal to lots of readers, maybe older teens too.

Can't decide what to read after I finish the Bast series. I'm either looking at D. D. Barant's The Bloodhound Files series, or Maria Lima's Blood Lines.



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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 7:21 AM ET
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Finally reading Spirit Bound by Feehan - typical Feehan. To be honest starting to get bored with her but can't seem not to read them. Read Under a Vampire Moon also - it was funny. I am trying (!!!) to reorganize the way I read and read the books I ordered first instead of the random way I have been picking them (reason why I am just now reading Spirit Bound)

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 5:51 PM ET
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I'm not a regular on this forum but I recently discovered Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. So far I've listened to the first two in audio format and really enjoyed them--excellent reader in Luke Daniels. It's about an ancient druid posing as a 20-something new age bookstore owner in Arizona. Lots of Celtic mythology and folklore. I tend to not like the paranormal/urban fantasies with a lot of romance and these were perfect in that regard...some sex, but not a lot of details and not a big focus on it. The tone reminds me of the Dresden Files somewhat. Anyway, highly recommended!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 9:36 PM ET
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The third Iron Druid book was my least favorite. I don't want to put spoilers ... but I will just say the book was very light on one of my favorite characters, and the main action that happened in the book seemed way more violent and unnecessary than the other books. The fourth was back to being more like the first 2, so I enjoyed it more.

My DH was also annoyed by the third book.

But on the other hand .... he started reading these when I took them to Hawaii with me on vacation and I coudln't stop laughing wile I was reading the first one. I still recommend them highly!

Finally done with the Bast books!

I think I'm going to go with the Maria Lima series next.

Date Posted: 7/6/2012 3:10 AM ET
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i agree Kevin Hearne was good, and i enjoy his sense of humor.  :)  i didn't like the third one as much as the first two either, and i have the fourth to read sometime soon so i'm glad to hear it's better.

she has a bunch of ebook novellas, and a few books in print, but i've been enjoying Eve Langlais lately.  generally funny, except her Cyborg series has a more serious tone.

Date Posted: 7/7/2012 12:31 AM ET
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Glad to hear about K Bennett. I looked at that first book and thought I might enjoy it.

Just finished Chase Me by Tamara Hogan. It followed Taste Me which I also really liked. Love finding new paranormal romance writers that I like.

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Date Posted: 7/7/2012 9:24 PM ET
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I read a new to me author a week or so ago. Amanda Bonilla, Shaedes of Gray. It was pretty good. An interesting world she created. I am looking forward to book two that just came out.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 6:14 PM ET
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I actually just put down and listed Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.    I just couldn't read it.  No other zombie book has grossed me out in the same way.  I was looking forward to it because there is supposed to be humor in it.  Maybe another time I would read it, but not this time......

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 8:24 PM ET
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I just discovered The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. I got Souless as a .99 special and was hooked! Very funny. A take on werewolves and vamps with a steampunk twist.
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 3:03 PM ET
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Sara P. - I LOVED the HeartMate series.  Heart Secret comes out August 7th.

 

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Date Posted: 7/10/2012 3:45 PM ET
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They have been on by TBR list for awhile but read Seduce me in Dreams this weekend and finishing Seduce me in Flames  by Jacquelyn Frank. Why didn't I read them before - loved them.

Date Posted: 7/30/2012 8:31 AM ET
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I just discovered the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle - very addicting! The first one is free on Kindle (not sure about the Nook, but I think so). I also read the Varmpire Academy series and I'm now on the Bloodlines series. I don't know why I waited so long to read them - they are very good. At least I could read one right after the other (at least for a while, the Bloodlines series still has 4 books left in it).

Date Posted: 7/30/2012 12:11 PM ET
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I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever series...LOVED IT! I read the lasst 3 books over the weekend. The romance wasn't heavy, but KMM did such a good job on the worldbuilding that I didn't care.

Date Posted: 8/12/2012 12:01 PM ET
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I finished Sparks Fly by Katie MacAllister. It was still a good read, but that series just hasn't been the same for me now that it isn't all about Drake Vireo. He did get to use his thieving ways briefly in the book, but it wasn't enough. I would still recommend it if you've been following the dragons, so if there are more books coming, you won't be lost to what's going on. I hope she writes about the red dragons next, that should make for some interesting stuff.

 



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/13/2012 8:24 AM ET
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I am starting a new to me series that I have been meaning to Start for quite a while

Molly Harper Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs.  I am in the mood for a fun, flirty vampire book.  How does the series progress should I put them on my WL.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 8/13/2012 2:48 PM ET
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I loved every one of Molly Harper's books that I have read so far. I finished the Jane Jameson series and started on the new series.

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 8:54 AM ET
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Took a break from the Genre for awhile.  After I finish up the 5 books I'm now reading ( a thriller,a historical mystery, a fantasy, a steampunk and my continuing re-read of my childhood favorites a Hardy Boys mystery) I think I'm going to get back into the Dresden series and Nightside series.

-RD

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 12:17 PM ET
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OK, some new discoveries:

1. I have just read two books by Benedict Jacka, Fated and Cursed, and I thought they were really, really good.  If you like the Dresden Files, you will like these, the premise is the same (unassuming male wizard runs a little shop, but keeps away from the mainstream magic world till stuff happens ...), but the worldbuilding is different enough that you don't feel like you are reading an echo copy of the other books. I really, really liked these, just bought the third one from the store instead of waiting for it here. And, the writing is good.

2. I also just finished the Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant (who is also Seanan McGuire), and I also really enjoyed those! She is a fantastic writer, and these zombie books, like all really good speculative fiction, manage to be about all kinds of things that are not zombies! (Note for those who don't normally read zombie books because of the horror type violence: These are also not particularly grisly. There is zombie mayhem, but it's not described in an extra gory fashion. It's more towards the "normal" urban fantasy type of fight descriptions, not towards the horror genre type descriptions.) These books veer towards the "sci-fi" edge of the urban fantasy pool, and, in fact, the first AND second novels were nominated for the Hugo award. These are keepers for me!

Both of these are more urban fantasy and not paranormal romance ... so if you are only the paranormal romance type these might not do it for you ... but these are great series for the urban fantasy lover!!!!



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Date Posted: 9/5/2012 4:43 PM ET
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Thanks for those suggestions, Sara--I love paranormal-NOT-romance, so those two sound perfect for me. I've so far enjoyed Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, and I enjoy zombies so the Newsflesh trilogy sounds really interesting. Also, thanks Kate for the Parasol Protectorate recommendation...I just recently discovered steampunk and that series sounds great! (I am in the midst of Cherie Priest's "Clockwork Century" series and just listened to the first in George Mann's Newbury & Hobbes series...they also both have zombies. :P)

Cheryl