Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What I read in June 2010

If you would like to see my rating on any of these books click on the Goodreads bookshelf on the right.


Archangel Project by C.S. Graham
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
The Solomon Effect by C. S. Graham

Science Fiction Romance

Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones
The Cold Minds by Kristin Landon
The Dark Reaches by Kristin Landon
In Enemy Hands by K.S. Augustin


Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter
In Bed with the Duke by Christina Dodd
Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
Indestructible by Kimber Chin

Science Fiction

Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh
Ovethrowing Heaven by Mark Van Name
Threshold by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor
Coyote Destiny by Allen Steele

Paranormal Romance

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What I Purchased in June

From WalMart:

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas

From Borders:

The Solomon Effect by C. S. Graham
Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

From Baen as ebooks:

June releases:

Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
The Dragon Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Threshold by Eric Flint and Ryk Spoor
The Game of Stars and Comets by Andre Norton
Overthrowing Heaven by Mark Van Name
Eye of the Storm by John Ringo

From Amazon:

The Dark Reaches by Kristin Landon

From Fictionwise as eBook:

Indestructible by Kimber Chin

From Carina Press as eBook:

In Enemy Hands by K.S. Augustin

Friday, June 25, 2010

Blameless Book Cover Design

I just finished Changeless by Gail Carriger and am anxiously awaiting the release of Blameless on September 1st, 2010. One of my sons saw me reading Changeless and sent me the following link to the You Tube video showing how the cover design for Blameless came into being. Follow the link below to see for yourself. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas


Jodi Thomas is one of my favorite authors and I buy any new book she writes as soon as it comes out. Welcome to Harmony is the first book in a new trilogy and is set in present day Texas. The town of Harmony has a great cast of characters. There is Reagan, a foster home runaway looking for a place to call home, Jeremiah Truman who accepts the fiction that Reagan is his niece, tall skinny Noah who becomes Reagan’s friend, Hank Matheson the volunteer fire chief, Noah’s sister Alex McAllen the sheriff, and an arsonist who is causing a series of escalating fires. There are also some very appealing secondary characters whose story line are left hanging. I really am pulling for Tyler and Kate and hope they show up again.

Welcome to Harmony has romance, action, and suspense all woven into a heart-warming plot. If you like romance pick up Welcome to Harmony and in the Fall of 2010 look for Somewhere Along the Way, the second book in the series.

Berkley published Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas in 2010.

I purchased Welcome to Harmony from WalMart.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Silent on the Moor, A Lady Julia Grey Novel by Deanna Raybourn


Silent on the Moor is the third book in the Lady Julia Grey series. Like the first two books Deanna Raybourn takes a slow approach to the mystery allowing time to build the background and develop the characters.

Lady Julia wants to find out once and for all if the attraction between she and Nicholas Brisbane will develop into something deeper. Nicholas has retreated to Grimsgrave Hall on the Yorkshire moors and despite his wish that she not visit Julia arrives with her sister and brother. She finds a home that is on the verge of ruin, an ancient family with many secrets, and one secret from the past will threaten both Julia and Nicholas.

Silent on the Moor answers many of questions raised in the first two books. I have not been able to decide if this is the last Lady Julia Grey book. It could be a conclusion to the series although there were enough issues left to continue the series in future books.

Silent on the Moor could be read as a stand along but it would be better to read the first two books before picking this one up.

Mira published Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn in 2009
I don’t remember where I purchased Silent on the Moor. It was either Amazon or Borders.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Archangel Project by C.S. Graham


If you have been reading my posts you know that I have fallen in love with the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by Candice Proctor writing as C. S. Harris. You would also know that I am bemoaning the fact that I will have to wait until March of 2011 for the next book in the series. When I visited Candice Proctor’s web site I found another series she is writing in partnership with her husband Steven Harris. Hoping to make the wait easier for the next St. Cyr book I purchased The Archangel Project, the first book in this new series. The Archangel Project is set in the present is very different form the St. Cyr books. I can’t say that it made my wait for the next St. Cyr book any easier but I did like The Archangel Project and have already purchased The Solomon Effect, the next book in the series.

The Archangel Project reminded me of some of the early action adventure books written by Tom Clancy. There is a completed plot; people trying unravel a dark secret, others willing to kill to keep the secret, and a dramatic conclusion. The heroes are two misfits who meet after Henry Youngblood, a Tulane professor, is murdered when his research project on remote viewing revels something that powerful people want kept secret. Jax Alexander is a CIA maverick that has angered the wrong people and is stuck in what seems to be a dead end department. October “Tobie” Guinness is trying to pick up her life after getting a psychiatric discharge from the military. Her involvement in the remote viewing project puts her in danger and leads to her reluctant partnership with Jax.

The Archangel Project is a well-written book filled with thrill a minute action, good character development, and a well-developed plot. The great descriptions of the area around New Orleans add an authentic feeling to the story. The authors have a list of historical facts that were blended into the story. Adding to the realism is the fact that the government funded remote viewing studies in the past and the authors included a list of declassified material at the beginning of the book.

Harper published The Archangel Project by C.S. Graham in 2008.

I purchased The Archangel Project from Borders.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Romance Books

Coffee Time Romance is sponsoring June Jubilee Celebration.

Among the featured books coming out in June are:

Rushed To the Alter by Jane Feather
Chased by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Unspeakable Book 2 in the Chaser Series by Laura Griffin

Look for these at your local book store and visit Coffee Time Romance for information on future romance books.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Deceiver by C .J. Cherryh

Science Fiction

I always look forward to a new book by C.J. Cherryh and a new one has just come out.

Deceiver by C. J. Cherryh is the latest book in the Foreigner series. Bren Cameron is back and up to his neck in danger. Deceiver takes up where Conspirator left off. Bren is still at Najida, his country estate. Cajeiri, Tabini’s heir, and IIidide, Tabini’s grandmother, are there and caught up in the danger posed by the rebel clans. Bren must walk a careful political line while trying to bring the rebel clan’s under control.

While moving the story arc along, Deceiver has the usual action and surprises that you expect from C.J. Cherryh’s writing. So far there are 4 trilogies in the Foreigner Universe. Deceiver is the middle book in the fourth trilogy and in typical Cherryh fashion ends with a cliffhanger.

This is not a series I would recommend starting anywhere but at the first book, Foreigner. The story lines are completed, the characters complex, and the action filled with surprises. There is a great amount of growth and change between Foreigner and Deceiver. If you have never discovered this series you will have non-stop reading for a while.

DAW published Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh in 2010.

I purchased Deceiver from Amazon.

Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones

Science Fiction Romance

I always love finding a new Science Fiction Romance book. I read Pauline Baird Jones’s The Key and Out of Time and really enjoyed both so I was thrilled to see she had published a new book, Girl Gone Nova, set in the same universe as The Key.

As the Nova in the title suggests the action in Girl Gone Nova is explosive. Delilah Oliver Clementyne, DOC for short, is another strong, kick ass heroin who has to fight some personal demons while doing the impossible. Her mission is to stop a war between humans and the Gadi, a war that seems inevitable. Throw in her attraction to the leader of the Gadi, Helfron Giddioni, time travel that changes past history making it difficult to know who is a friend and who is a foe, and you have a set up for high adventure. I started reading and could not put the book down until I finished.

While Girl Gone Nova is a sequel to The Key it can stand-alone. I had no trouble keeping up with the story line even though I read The Key almost 3 years ago.

I always think we need more Science Fiction Romance and I hope to see more from Pauline Baird Jones. The next book, Tangled in Time, comes out in December of 2010 and there is certainly room for several more novels in this series.

L&L Dreamspell published Girl Gone Nova by Pauline Baird Jones in 2010.

I purchased Girl Gone Nova from Fictionwise. Leave your email address in a comment and I will send you coupon for 10% off Girl Gone Nova.

The Key and Out of Time are also available from Fictionwise.