Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones has quite a few books!

She has Charley Davidson series and the Darklight series.  Plus she also wrote a few short stories.  This is is all mentioned on her website.

I have not had a chance to read any of her books but I want to.   I may have to check out the Darklight series first because there are only three books.  Her Charley Davidson has tons!   All the covers are cool.  I love covers because they are a work of art and they catch my attention.

The first book of the Darklight series is : Death and the Girl Next Door

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About the book: Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones’s first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

Other two books of the Darklight series!

 

Now her Charley Davidson series – There’s 12 books!  12!!  I’m impressed.  Maybe I should read these too… I am not going to post every single book (Tempted tho! Maybe when I read them..)

First book:  First Grave on the Right

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About:
A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper.  Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

Are you going to read these?

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Check out – Robin LaFevers

All three books by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy:  Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the respite of the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who has stolen her heart?

Dark Triumph: Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

Mortal Heart: Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

 

Has anyone read these?  The covers look amazing.  I think these may go in my to read pile too.  I think I am going to end up adding way too many books in my to read pile.   Anyone else out there do that too? 

I spy Wendy Brant

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Zen Diagram by Wendy Brant
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 4, 2017)

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them from clothes to textbooks to cell phones she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she s a clean freak with the emphasis on freak but it s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

I am so going to put this in my to read pile!  I saw someone post this on social media today and I just had to post it on my blog because it caught my eye!   Who else is going to read this book?  

I spy Claudia Gray

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She has tons of books to read and I suggest you check them out.  All of them have amazing covers! I have read her book “Fateful” which is a stand alone.  The rest of them look really good to read.  Be sure to check them out.

Constellation Series

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Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Firebird Series

 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmaticassistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. To accomplish her goal, she must learn how each world works, and confront the many people she has the capacity to become. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows — including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

 

Evernight Series

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The Evernight series, four books from HarperCollins beginning in May 2008, follows the story of Bianca Olivier.

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she’s spent her whole life. She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the “Evernight type.” There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

 

Spellcaster Series

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town–a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.

 

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Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously….

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.  (This was one of my favorite books!  I may have to catch up on her newer stories that she has out!) 

 

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She also has some Anthologies    (I am not going to list all the anthologies..click on the link to go to her homepage and check them out.) Hope you take a peek at her work!

Currently Reading

 

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
By Holly Black

 

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
(NOTE: This book had been sitting in my To Read Pile since 2013.  (Yes I do have a pile of books that need to be read!!)  I finally decided to read it. I managed to get this copy when I was at the Book Expo back in NYC of 2013.  It’s an Advanced Reading copy.)

 

 

Sweet Tea and Sympathy – Finished Reading

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Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

My thoughts….

Oh my gosh!  I could not put this book down.  I loved it!  Even though I was tired I did my best trying to finish this book.  It took me about three days.  I love how the main character Margot goes on a new journey.  The journey sends her down a road she does not want to go on but has no choice.  While being on this road she finds out more about her family and learns to get friends.  She even finds love which is scary to her too!  So epic!   I could totally see Reese Witherspoon in this!

As for the guy part (Kyle), I have no clue who would fit in there!  Someone else read it to help me who would make a good Kyle.  I like Kyle quite a bit because I can identify with him a little bit.  (Read it to find out why) It is soooooo good.  I can’t wait for more from Molly Harper.

I love how Chicago and New York City is mentioned because I like both of those cities as well.  As for Margot adjusting country life was fun to see along with the crazy foods that  are mentioned too.  It is such a charming novel.   You must get this to read.  Plus the cover is stunning.  I got this book when I attended the ALA Convention in Chicago.

Check Molly Harper out!

Writing

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National Novel Writing Month starts today!  November 2017.   Check out Nanowrimo

I am thinking of doing this to motivate myself to write more.  I have all these stories in my head that need to be written out.  My taste ranges all over the place.   I have some basic cool ideas to complicated ideas.

Characters!

Plots!

Concepts!

Oh my…….

I did post a sweet love story on Swoon Reads where I think it’s a cute story but I think it needs to be edited.  Perhaps more detail or switch a few things around?  One person said it reminded them of an elementary book type of thing that kinda crushed me.  Another person said it was sweet.  I wonder if they get the concept of what I was trying to do?   I wonder.  I am trying!   I do love this story quite a bit but it’s not a real, real story.   It’s nice to have a story where you can escape reality sometimes.   Maybe I need to revisit that story again?

Anyways, the other stories I have range all over.  Some are just ideas with two lines, some are a few paragraphs and others are over 20,000 words.  I just type or write ideas down.  I love doing that!  I love coming up with stories.  They are stuck in my head and I can see how it plays out.

It not easy to motivate myself to write because I’m tired at night.  Being a single mom comes first!  I also work during the day too.  Dinner, cleaning, house, yard work, helping with homework, bedtime routine and having adventures with my kids is important.   Perhaps set up a timer for myself to write.

If anyone has any ideas or tips, let me know.