By crikey, scanning this list brings it home to me that I got through rather a lot of books this month — 31 of them, to be precise. An average of one book a day? Yikes. I know I’m a fast reader but where the heck did I find the time?
Looking back, I suspect that I found the time to read so much because I’ve been taking an unscheduled break from writing. I had a really hectic year, with three contracts to fulfill — two full-length novels and a novella. One of those full-length contracts involved losing 30,000 words from a manuscript, then realizing all that work still wasn’t going to cut it, and having to rip the guts out of the story and rewrite it. And then ‘just for fun’ I decided to ‘play’ with a YA manuscript by turning the hero into a heroine. What was I thinking? Doh.
Anyway, since completing my contracts and the inevitable promo that accompanied both this year’s releases, plus my just-for-the-hell-of-it rewrite, I haven’t been able to settle down and settle on just one project. I have three possible projects that I’d like to work on, and I can’t decide which one to start! Hence I’ve been dabbling with one or the other and reading, reading, reading, waiting for Ms Muse to give me a kick up the bum and pick a project.
I get the feeling the writing drought is coming to an end because I’ve been having trouble sleeping the past couple of nights. My unconscious mind has been setting a scene, and showing me a character, and tempting me with this character’s ‘story’. I know from past experience I’m gearing up to ‘have’ to write this story or face being be a grumpy, sleep-deprived woman who shouldn’t be allowed out in public. Perfect timing, considering today is the eve of the New Year, and my New Year’s resolution was going to be planting my butt in my chair, and damn well choosing something to write, and damn well sitting there until I’d written some ‘new’ words, rather than tinkering with old manuscripts!
Anyway, back to December’s reading list. I’d hate to have to choose my favorite read from this list, because there were many many awesome books to choose from! But if I had to choose one to write briefly about, then it’d be the first one on the list: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.
It came highly recommended to me, and I thought it was an absolutely brilliant read. The back cover blurb describes The Iron Duke as:
“Seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas, where nanotech is fused with Victorian sensibilities–and steam.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. I loved the hero, Rhys–who happens to be the ‘Iron Duke’ of the title. I loved Mina, the heroine. I loved their developing relationship and their strengths and vulnerabilities. I loved the nanotech concept and the world of The Iron Seas that Ms Brook created. Hell, I loved the whole damn book from start to finish! It made me cry, too — in a good way.
The only thing I didn’t love was the cover. But please don’t let the bared-chested, half-headed man, put you off picking up this brilliant example of the steampunk genre with the added bonus of a romance between the hero and heroine that will have steam coming out your ears. BUY IT! I can’t put it any plainer than that, LOL.
And to finish up my last post for 2010, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
May 2011 bring you health, happiness, and a heap more good reading in the months ahead.
- The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
- Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
- Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk
- The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowen
- The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton
- Cody by Kimberly Raye
- Torment by Lauren Kate
- The Barbed Rose by Gail Dayton
- The Eternal Rose by Gail Dayton
- Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
- Bought: Destitute Yet Defiant by Sarah Morgan
- Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
- Flirting With Forty by Jane Porter
- Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
- Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
- Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn
- Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
- Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
- Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan
- The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan
- Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
- Working For The Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
- Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
- The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow
- Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow
- To Hell And Back by Lilith Saintcrow
- Something Wicked by Michelle Rowen
- Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk
- The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou
- Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison