Last week, I told you about the voices in my
head ears. This week, I want to tell you about the books I read when I’m not writing. I’m a sucker for series, and here are a few that had me ignoring other VERY PRESSING obligations this year. These are all under the speculative fiction romance (or w/ romantic elements) umbrella.
Ready? Get your one-click/wish-listing fingers ready. I’ll even tell you how I stumbled onto these series.
1 – Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. To be quite honest, I don’t know how to categorize this series as it isn’t strictly paranormal. It’s mainstream fiction with a witch heroine, a vampire hero, a time-travel element, a lot of history, some science, some suspense, and [insert kitchen sink here].
I’ve got book three, The Book of Life, on my Kindle right now. I started it in July during the trip to the RWA national conference, and haven’t finished it ONLY because it’s the last book in the series. There’s no more after that. Nothing. Trying to make it last.
If you like broody heroes and heroines who get stronger over time, you’ll love this series.
I learned about the first book in the series from Blogher back in…hell, I don’t know what year it was. Lots of reviewers were asked to read it. I wasn’t one of them, but I was so intrigued I picked that door-stopper up at the library. Read it twice in a week and pretty much stalked the author online until the second installment was up for pre-order.
2 – Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles. These are long erotic paranormal romances. Eh…I think they sort of straddle the line between PNR and romantic sci-fi since they’re set in space and have alien heroes.
Anyhoo, this summer when I was finally unpacking the books I picked up at LAST year’s RWA nat’l conference (oops), I found Stud amongst them. It was one of those where have you been all my life? discoveries. Brooks has a voice that’s compulsively readable and a great sense of humor. The heroes are sexy cat-men (just roll with it) and the usually-human heroines are the sort you really root for.
The series is up to ten books. I’ve read every single one in a month EXCEPT for the most recent one–Rebel–and for the same reason I haven’t finished The Book of Life.
3 – Another series I discovered in my RWA book pile is Denise Tompkins‘ Niteclif Evolutions. The first installment is Legacy. I’d peg this one as urban fantasy with romantic elements, and I should warn you – the love interest isn’t the same in books two and three as it is in book one. You’ll forgive the heroine for it, though. Let’s see if I can describe this one in a nutshell. Uh…the heroine is descended from a long line of supernatural investigators, one of whom inspired the fictional Sherlock Holmes.
Lots of sexy time in this series (and not of the sweet, sensual sort, either. I mean, hell. Would you really expect that with heroes who are warlocks and dragon shifters?). Just warning ya.
The series is ongoing, and I await news of the next installment.
(No pressure or anything, Ms. Tompkins.)
4 – I accidentally stumbled onto Eve Langlais’ Welcome to Hell series when I was trawling for something else in her backlist (lord knows what book it was now). I thought, “Hey, she has demon books? Me, too!” and naturally I wanted to see what her spin on them was.
I think I read every single one in about a week, they are just so stinkin’ funny. I mean, come on–Satan’s playing matchmaker between his hellish minions. They’re pretty quick reads and will put a smile on your face for sure.
The first installment, A Demon and His Witch, features a womanizing fire demon and Satan’s justifiably cranky witch of an assistant. (She got burned at the stake, FFS.)
5 – Next up, Dana Marie Bell‘s Heart’s Desire paranormal romance series. Four wolf-shifter wizard brothers (yep) and the frazzled women who love them. The series is three stories in at the moment, and there’s one more coming.
I stumbled into the series while judging some contest last year (don’t remember which – this happens all the time) and proceeded to buy half of DMB’s backlist right after that.
Now, there are some authors who work on JUST ONE series until it’s done. I’m not one of those. I skip around because I write faster than my publishers can put out my books. DMB seems to have a similar release strategy. So, if not being able to finish reading a series drives you nuts, start with her Halle Pumas. That series is done, and you see the characters again in the Halle Shifters series (which is ongoing).
You could read these out of order since each romance stands alone, but don’t. The background plot arcs over the four books and you need to know the background so you understand the tension in book three.
6 – Ooh! Speaking of wolf shifters, check out my Den of Sin co-author Ambrielle Kirk’s Caedmon Wolves. If you like diverse, edgy romances, alpha-male personalities, and heroines who are a bit mouthy, these will be like book crack to you. There’s lots of popcorn-worthy drama in the pack due to some succession issues.
I have it on good authority (because I asked) that there’s one more book coming that ties up the plot from book five, and then the series will spin off to a new pack. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)
Books 1-3 are available in one money-saving volume BUT BUT BUT – you can also grab Wolf’s Haven for free.
Go forth and read! But, tell me what other-worldly series have got you hooked before you go. I like books that make me shout, “Oh, snap!” so keep that in mind.
And don’t forget, while you’re on your spec-fic romance shopping binge, the Extraordinary Love bundle is still a buck, and my Sons of Gulielmus novella A Demon Found is now FREE at Amazon.
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