Inconspicuously AWOL

Hi all,

My sincere apologies for being AWOL these past few months and neglecting this website/blog. (Not to mention Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+, but that’s a whole ‘nother sad story featuring Maree not having enough hours in the day and needing a clone — make that two clones.)

Long story short, I’ve been coping with the challenges of a new full-time job. In my spare time, I’ve been wrestling with the ins and outs of eBook formatting via the Mac I upgraded to when my old PC finally gave up the ghost (which has also required getting to grips with a bunch of unfamiliar software). I’ve also been working hard behind the scenes on getting the Dangerous Boys anthology novellas ready for release day on 5th June. And in between work and family commitments, I’ve been doing my best to reconnect with the few friends who haven’t given up on me, and squeeze in some much-lacking exercise (AKA Driving To And From Work Doesn’t Count: You Need To Get Out Of The House, Do Some Exercise, And Get A Freaking Life!)

On the exercise front, I’ve chosen to take up dancing again. And man, is it a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I love my weekly ballroom/latin class, but do they have to teach us, like, new steps for four different dances in the one night?! The other day, I counted up the dances we’d learned bits of over the past few weeks: rock ‘n roll, waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, samba, rumba, tango, cha-cha…. Yikes. To be honest, sometimes I feel like such a doofus, because I can barely remember what we did last week, let alone cope with learning new steps for each dance. Just as well it’s hella fun… and I’m too old to care if I make a complete dick of myself *g*

All this has meant drastically cutting back on reading time in favour of early nights so I can make it to work by 7:30 am without looking like death warmed over. And I’m uber-hopeful that I’ve found a work/play/write balance that I can live with, and the new routine won’t be quite so overwhelming from now on. Which means I’m very hopeful I’ll be able to open my current manuscript file and spend some quality time with it, rather than having to give up because I can’t keep my eyelids open.

Anyway, the upshot of this post is, looking back, I haven’t posted a reading list since January — Eeeeeek! And rather than write three posts and back-date them, I’m going to do one big catchup list instead.

February reads:

  • Bared to the Viscount by Lara Archer
  • Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts
  • Luring a Lady by Nora Roberts
  • Impulse by Nora Roberts
  • Once More With Feeling by Nora Roberts
  • The Best Mistake by Nora Roberts
  • Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

March reads:

  • Red Hot Steele by Alex P. Berg
  • Something in the Heir by Jenny Gardiner
  • Seven Sons by Lili St Germain
  • Red Moon by Elizabeth Kelly
  • Insecure by Ainslie Paton
  • The Maverick Millionaire by Alison Roberts
  • A Doctor For Keeps by Lynne Marshall

April reads:

  • Silver On The Road by Laura Anne Gilman
  • Burning Up by Susan Andersen
  • The Rugged Loner by Bronwyn Jameson
  • The Revenge Affair by Susan Napier
  • The Mistress Deception by Susan Napier
  • The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch
  • The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts

Stand-out reads?

This section will also be majorly truncated due to time constraints but the two books that most resonated with me these past months are: Silver On The Road by Laura Anne Gilman, and The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch.

Happy reading!

M

 

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