May reading list and a high concept to die for

Lots of variety this month, from chick-lit and straight-out fantasy through to YA and paranormal.

If you’re wanting something really different, check out this futuristic paranormal: Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth. How’s this for a high concept on the front cover? “I can see how he’s killing them.” And on the back  beneath the blurb is another eye-catching concept: “Someone is turning a blind eye to murder.”

Sound interesting? Well combine those with the book’s title and blurb and in my humble opinion you’ve got a high concept to die for!

Here’s the blurb: ‘The police call them The Violets… They have a special gift that is crime-fighting’s secret weapon… Through their violet eyes, they can actually expose the face of a murderer. But now one killer is closing their violet eyes – permanently – and even the FBI can’t stop him.’

Whoa! The book livied up to its promise and was a fantastic read, combining all the elements of a great murder/suspense with paranormal futuristic elements that are totally believeable and frankly, seem all too probable in the near future. If you’re not into vampires, shapeshifters and other such sexy monsters, like J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series and want a book that you could happily justify buying because you could pass it on to the man in your life to read without him sneering at the romantic elements, then this is your paranormal.

And now to May reads…

BTW, I do this monthly list more for me than for anyone who might happen upon this blog… I’m not sure that anyone would care what I’m reading, anyway ! However it’s a really useful way of keeping track of the books I’ve read and when I read them. And if you could see how many books I’ve got stashed all over the place – three bookcases in the office, another in the bedroom, books lying in various places all over the house, and I’m not even counting the ones I’ve passed on to my daughter to read – then you’d understand.

I also tend to complicate matters by reading 3 books at a time: there’s always one in the car, one in the lounge and one upstairs in my bedroom. Does this make me a freak? Maybe. Or maybe it’s simply because I don’t have to remember where that elusive book has been put and search the house or car from top-to-bottom to find it! See? It’s actually laziness i.e. I can’t be bothered walking up the stairs to get the one in my bedroom or finding my keys and getting the one I left in the car, so I’ll read this one I’ve left in the lounge.  Actually, strike the laziness bit; I prefer to think of it as good time management!

-Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
-Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson & Anthony Alongi (my 10-year-old daughter loved this!)
-Charmed by Beth Ciotta (re-read because I’d just read 3 and 2 in the series)
-Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
-Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day
-Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
-Let’s Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews
-Somebody by Anita Anderson
-Bunny Girl by Joan Conway
-Magic Kingdom For Sale, Sold! by Terry Brooks
-Running the Risk by Christina Jones
-Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus (even though this was touted as YA, I would not give it to anyone under the age of about 15 as it’s a bit too provocative and sexy for the youngsters. I loved it!)
-Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz
-The Younger Gods by David & Leigh Eddings
-The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons
-A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court by Marianne Mancusi (this is written in first person, present tense and is a fun, sarky read. Worth checking because Ms Mancusi kinda broke all the rules and still got published – I could be so lucky!)

Signing off for this month… have to do some actual writing writing or I’ll scream – too many scenarios vying for prominence in my poor beleaguered brain. Best to get them out of my imagination and onto the page!

Cheers :-)

M

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