Saturday, June 20, 2015

Veronica's TBR Pile and How It Got There

My TBR pile tends to be heavily driven these days by who I want to interview on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, although I do read other books that catch my interest. And I only interview authors for USAT/HEA whose books I've enjoyed or found fascinating in some way, so I'm certainly not complaining that my column influences my choices! I usually read science fiction romance, epic fantasy romance or paranormals for USAT but I did recently interview Barbara Delinsky, whose contemporary novels I've enjoyed for years.

At the moment I have two Advance Review Copies from favorite authors to devour and then generate the questions for my interviews. Those are probably the most pressing items in the queue, although regular readers here know I'm in the middle of a surprise household move, so I'm not reading much of anything at the moment! But the books will wait...

In no certain order: I have The End Has Come, an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. I reviewed the first two books in this series for my personal blog. No romance or happily ever afters, so I couldn't feature them in the USAT column. I love End Of The World As We Know It science fiction and this series has had some really great stories...

K. A. Krantz's Larcourt, Julie Rowe's Deadly Strain,  Lisa Marie Rice's Midnight Secrets (I love her ex Navy SEALs), Jennifer Foehner Wells' Fluency, Catherine Spangler's Shielder (I had jumped into this series at book #5, loved it and now I'm going back to the beginning to catch up), Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron...

I'm partway through several research tomes on ancient Egypt but much as I enjoy dipping into those, they're not really TBR material - more inspiration and background for my own Gods of Egypt novels.

Part of my problem is that I'll drop everything to read something shiny from one of my favorite authors. Or I'll go off on a tangent - I've been watching the FOX TV series "Wayward Pines" and really enjoying it, so I got impatient and bought all three books and read to the end of the trilogy so I'd know what the secret was.

I'll read anything new about the Titanic sinking....

I don't like to read in my own genre while I'm in the throes of writing a novel, although like all rules, I'll cheerfully abandon that one if certain people release a book, as with our own Jeffe Kennedy...and I reread a LOT. If I've truly loved a book, like Nalini Singh's Shield of Winter for example, I'll go back to it often. And there's a very old Andre Norton I've been rereading.

As a final note, I read pretty much everything on my kindle these days, except for certain books that come to me in 'book' form as ARCs, or the really old favorite books, like the Andre Nortons or the Georgette Heyers, that I've had in paperback forever.

And now, if I may, I'd like to add to your TBR pile with my just-published-yesterday  science fiction adventure/romance Star Cruise: Marooned. Only $.99!

The story:
Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.
Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.
But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.
Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?
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  1. Congrats on the new release! KAK's LARCOUT is in my Kindle, too. :-) As is yours. *mwah*

  2. Congrats on the new release...and the move...and buying my book...~cough~ ~lash flutter~

    In all seriousness, huge congrats on Marooned and on surviving the worst of the Surprise Move. Once the cats have given the All Clear, you'll be able to unpack. :D