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review 2017-06-14 00:00
One Night (One & Only Book 3)
One Night (One & Only Book 3) - Christie Ridgway How is it that two people who have nothing in common fit together so perfectly? Perhaps, it's because they share a common bond. Betrayal by the person they held most dear. One Night relates the careful rebuilding of broken trust, shattered dreams and the merging of two souls. Angelica's plight is one of surprising strength. This seemingly pampered rich girl is left twisting in the wind when heartbreaking truths come to light. Now it's up to her to discover what she's capable of and whom to trust with her deepest secrets and her broken heart. Ms. Ridgway has an endearing way of spinning emotional tales into thoughtful lessons of courage and optimism.
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text 2017-06-03 14:43
Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 256 pages.
Y The Last Man Book One - Brian K. Vaughan

okay. so it's Brian K. Vaughan doing a utopia where all the men have died--oops, did I say utopia, I meant to say dystopia where all the men died--except one. sooooo I was expecting more Edmund Cooper than Margaret Atwood, more Gender Genocide than The Handmaid's Tale. so far, it's kind of a mix of both, plus Designated Survivor, and a pinch of The Stand (the scary pinch). I like it, and it feels right to be reading it right now. bonus: the references to The Culper Ring, and what that was, make me want to get to the nonfiction book I have stashed called Our Man In Charleston.

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text 2017-06-01 09:25
RT Booklover's Convention 2017 - Day Four
Tiny Pretty Things - Dhonielle Clayton,Sona Charaipotra
The Midnight Breed Series Companion - Lara Adrian
Bring Me Back - Karen Booth
Barefoot Bay: Shoulder to Lean On (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Morgan Malone
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper
Ready to Were: Shift Happens Series Book One - Robyn Peterman
Hungry Like the Wolf - Paige Tyler
Delicate Freakn' Flower - Eve Langlais

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

 

Woke up on Friday morning thinking this convention is too long. I think if I go in the future I will just do the weekend pass and not the full convention because boy howdy was I tired. Not jet-lagged, just tired from being around so many people. I did breakfast but skipped the early morning author signing. First panel I went to was completely chosen at random - Path of Responsible Representation hosted by YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra (they write as a team the YA series Tiny Pretty Things). I liked this panel because the writers gave concrete examples of what to look for and what to avoid in works with diverse characters.

 

The next panel was The Worlds of Regency and Georgian Romance with authors Valerie Bowman, Anna Bradley, Eileen Dryer, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Julia Quinn. I was not impressed this panel or the questions. The panel kept going off on different tangents that had nothing to do with the topic. I left a little early to get in line for the next author signing event, but I don't think I missed anything worthwhile. A quote from Julia Quinn sums this panel up - "Who wouldn't want to marry a duke?" Real deep there (sarcasm font).

 

I then went to the 1001 Dark Nights Sparkler. I had one goal going into this event - meet Lara Adrian and get her to sign my personal copy of The Midnight Breeds Series Companion. She did and was lovely - and surprised to see someone having a companion book. I got a pic with her too. Day made 10x over. The organizers wanted the attendees to talk with each author there and ask them an "either/or" question, then fill out a card for a chance to win something. I didn't care about winning whatever prize because, once again, the room was too small for the amount of people inside. I left soon after meeting Lara and went for lunch.

 

Next author panel I went to was Seasoned Romance, Vintage Love with Karen Booth and Morgan Malone. Another diversity panel, but this one was about older characters and ageism. This trend of having older characters is making a small, but noticeable comeback thanks to self-publishing. The idea of older characters also work with other diverse characterizations such as race, sexuality, and religion (for example, a m/m featuring 40 year old men). There is a FB group called Seasoned Romance that connects authors with readers. Also, the FB group made a GR List of romances with older characters (heads up: there is a lot of Kristen Ashley's books on this list). They were giving away free books from authors in the FB group; I picked out Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin and Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1/ Ladies of Legend #1.2) by Magdalena Scott. I really enjoyed the conversation.

 

Last author panel for me was Shifters Between the Sheets with authors Molly Harper, Paige Tyler, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais. I wanted to go to at least one paranormal panel, and this one was fun and funny; the ladies are not only fans of the subgenre but of each other's works. The questions were basic, but the answers were varied and experiences were talked about; each author came to writing books and paranormal genre from very different backgrounds. It was a great way to end the last day of panels.

 

I started to go to the Avon signing event, took one look at a line that was snaked five times around the door to the event, and said to myself "hell no" and went up to my room to relax. Soon I went out for dinner and when I came back, Twitter and the RT app were lit up with many unhappy attendees. Turns out the Avon event started 35-40 minutes late and some people were in line for a hour or more before the scheduled time. Again, there were also complaints of overcrowding and someone almost fainted. I'm so glad I skipped the event.

 

I went to the late night party, Magnolias and Moonshine, but didn't stay long. There was just nothing there to hold my interest. I did a quick turn about the room and then left. If you ever go to RT, feel free to skip the evening parties - they are more work than reward.

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-31 23:27
Great Story and Characters
The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book On... The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One - Christie M. Stenzel

Emmy’s mother Emmeril took her own life when Remy was twelve. Then her sister Makayla is missing without a trace soon after. At eighteen Remy is given a necklace her mother had always wore . Remy also finds out about her roots and she learns she is one of the seven varieties of Occuli  also her social standing which is told by the color of the Occui’s eyes. Each has a variety of powers which can affect others but also the elements around them. Then her cousin Ruby gives her a protector named  Zian as a birthday present. Remy’s aunt and cousin will take on Remy’s training now that she is eighteen.Remy had been having dreams about Zian for a long time. Then Remy meets the new boy in town  - Drake and is startled by his eyes. Drake is a Reaper. Remy has little time to figure out who she can trust .

I loved this story , it was a great read. It had a great plot and writing. This was a very original but successful story. It was fast paced and very in depth. This story had a lot to it: humor, romance, adventure, excitement, suspense, magic, a Reaper, trust, destiny, twist and turns, loss, a protector, mystery, intrigue, hidden worlds, and danger. I was surprised by the ending but it did pull everything together. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend.

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text 2017-05-31 00:49
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 256 pages.
Y The Last Man Book One - Brian K. Vaughan

I'm so thrilled that the advance word on the Wonder Woman film is mainly positive. it sure took a long time for that character to get her solo movie, and if they had wrecked it--oh, that would be disappointing. of course I await a chance to form my own opinion, but at least this thing isn't gonna be 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, or that horror show all over again. meanwhile, a DC/Vertigo pick for me, that I have become very excited about! Handmaid's Tale making it big on TV, and that has inspired me to look into a different sort of gender/bender Dystopia. Or maybe not different; I have no idea what I'm in for. I just know this is supposed to be terrific.

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