A double negative first thing in the morning. How about that?
I woke up so tired. There is no reason for me to be tired. We had a nice relaxing day yesterday and went to bed around eleven. I didn’t wake up during the night. You think I’d be all chipper, but instead I’m so soaked in fatigue, it’s dripping from me. My eyes are closing despite me being two thirds through the first cup of coffee.
And just as I typed that, I had to get up.
A few days ago a big cardboard box with Amazon logo on the side arrived to the house. It was really heavy. Much heavier than if it was filled with books. The label said it was addressed to my husband, so I didn’t open it.
Finally the box was opened and Gordon extracted this:
This morning Amazon invited him to leave the feedback on the seller and he left the following:
The product arrived quickly and it was well-packaged. I ain’t got no pancakes yet, but I reckon it ain’t their fault.
So I had to go and make the man his pancakes and bacon.
Okay, where was I? I was complaining that I was tired. I’m still tired. Oy. Let’s see, this weekend I’ve written two guest posts, one on cover creation of e-books for GraveTells, and the other on wallpaper historical for Thea Harrison. I’ll post links when they’re up. Read three interesting books.
The Heretic by Joseph Nassise
I’ve been struggling with edits, and when that happens, I usually start really hating all things in my genre. I’ve tried a couple of PNR books, and for some reason both turned out to be very much paint-by-numbers. He is a big well-hung uber alpha male. She is vampire/werewolf/hybrid/angel. He must have her. They bang. They bang some more. Snoozefest.
So I wanted something different and this is different. It has absolutely no romance. It follows the modern knights Templar, who are battling paranormal threats, and like the knights themselves, the prose style is very sparse and almost severe at times. Although the main character is a tragic, tormented figure, the character development is minimal and the narrative concentrates on the supernatural mystery and action. There are horror touches to it and the world building with demons, necromancers, and revenants is neat. For me, it really hit the spot.
I would recommend trying a sample before buying, because the book contains no humor and no romance. Also if you try a sample and intend to purchase, Joseph has a collection of the first three on Amazon at around $10.
Author’s website: http://josephnassise.com/
The Border Lord’s Bride by Bertrice Small
Gordon is a very funny man. I’ve expressed once that I really disliked reading overblown Scottish brogue -all the nae hae bairn lairds make my brain hurt – and he made it a point to buy me anything with a Tartan on it. I mean, he’d go to the grocery store for some milk and come back with Rabid Highlander’s Witchy Bride or something like that and then laugh at my face, because once he buys me a gift, I will read it, even though some authors make poor Scotsmen sound like a pack of drunk D&D dwarves. This was the latest one and I finally got around to reading it.
It is about 70% historical novel and 30% romance. It’s well researched and the few details I recognized were correct. It’s very brutal at times. The heroine, a highland girl, witnesses murders of her family, is almost raped several times, kidnapped, and imprisoned, and as you read the novel, there is a real sense of danger. All bets are off and you don’t know if she is going to come through it unscathed or not.
The sexuality in the book is raunchy. There are no gentle euphemisms. It’s all “I’m going to f’*** you, wife.” There is also a wooden dildo at one point. I’ve since read some reviews of the other books by the author and saw that the dildo makes a few more appearances in other titles.
I’m not sure what to think about this book. On one hand, I read the whole thing. It grabbed me and pulled me in. On other hand, I’m not sure I’m willing to read another one, because the brutality of it kind of got to me.
Author’s website: http://www.bertricesmall.net/border_chronicles.shtml
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
People complained that this series is not historically accurate. It’s called Fairy tales. ;) That’s a clue. This was so much fun. Light, funny, witty, it’s a story of a beautiful girl who, through unfortunate circumstances, is unable to find a suitable match. Her only hope of matrimony is being married to the Earl of Marchant, who is a grumpy, lame, brilliant doctor with deep dislike of his father, society, and the idea of being wed. He’s basically a hot version of House, reimagined as an English lord and she is the kind of woman who won’t tolerate any of his nonsense.
She is shipped off to his castle. Hijinks ensue.
Author’s website: http://eloisajames.com/bookshelf/main.php
While we’re on the subject, if you have any awesome recommendations, I’d totally love some. Maybe not as much romance, unless it’s really awesome, but something along the lines of an interesting SF or thriller?