Monday, September 26, 2011

Reading Recommends - September 26, 2011

First a quick note to say that my latest novel, A Howl in the Night has been accepted by Rogue Phoenix Press.  Yay!  That means that all my struggling over shape-shifters was worth it and you will have the opportunity to read the results (in ebook format and print book).  This is late breaking news so that’s all I have to share at the moment.  I will give updates on release dates and such when I have them.  Since I know you will all be waiting with baited breath. 

Now on to my weekly blog:  What have I been reading lately:

1.                  The Pact, by Jodi Picoult.  Need a good cry?  Well then this is the book for you.  Two families, neighbors, and friends are torn apart when their children both 17 are found shot.  One dead;  One alive.  Was it a murder?  Was it a murder suicide gone wrong?  Was it a suicide pact that one took the life of one of the children?  Well you will have to read the story to find out.  Have a box of tissues ready.  The emotions this book takes you through from the parents agony, to the survivors gilt, to the confusion and anger of a small town. 

2.                  Shine, by Lauren Myracle.  Apparently I have been in the mood for teen murder mysteries.  This story begins with a hate crime against a gay teen or does it?.  But the story focuses on his friend, a girl.  Her desperate need to find out who and why this crime happened.  The journey takes you to small poor town America, where sex, drugs, and violence take on a whole new perspective.  Although it does have a “happy” ending, this is a sad story. 

3.                  Vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber.  This is a series.  I read the first 3 of them and was enchanted.  It’s Twilight-esq except the girl is a goth.  A real goth, not a fake pretty goth.  The guy is a bit on the weenie side at times but all in all a decent love story of vampire meets goth-girl and love ignites. 

4.                  Ice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  This is a short quick read for early teens.  A coming of age story about accepting who you are and growing up the best you can.  Not a WOW read but a decent one.  I read right through it.

5.                  Mum on the Run, by Fiona Gibson.  Oh my.  This is a hysterical book of reality.  The passage of time on our life and our body and our self confidence.  I have to say, this was a good book. 

That’s it for now.  What have you been reading?  Any recommendations you can give me?  I need a good read.


  1. Congrats on getting your book to the publisher! So happy for you.

    Your comment about the scary Picoult book made me laugh so hard. It's probably a good thing we don't think we are invincible forever, but wouldn't it be nice if it lasted a little longer than our stupid teens?

  2. You have been busy, woman! I am well excited to read Hooooooowl! I haven't had a fiction head on lately to offer any recs. I know, sad. I did enjoy The Seminar by Larry Brooks, a few weeks back. It's for adults. A lot of background to be introduced to, but then it really takes off. It wasn't even my type of characters (rich, corporate-type Americans) but the plot was so complex and action-packed, I had to keep reading.

  3. I can't WAIT to see Howl in print! Congratulations!!!
    I've been reading Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series. They are VERY large books so they take me awhile to finish. And there are 7 of them! (Scotland, 1800s--right up your alley, lol)

  4. I am sooooo excited for Howl to come out! And thanks for the review on The Pact. I've been eyeing that one and now I know I'm going to have to read it.