The short list for October

Not a huge reading list for October. Despite the school holidays, I’ve had to snatch time to read. Deadlines. Kids with chickenpox. Deadlines…. what can I say?

And I’m still ploughing through the huuuuge basket of books I won at the RWNZ conference cocktail party — thanks, Frances — muwah! (And my DH thanks you, too. Because his wallet didn’t suffer from me having to buy a heap of books *VBG*)

One of the free reads I got in my conference goodie bag was Maria Snyder’s Storm Glass. Mind you, I think I’d have bought this book from the cover alone — it’s gorgeous. And sparkly! What more could a girl ask? LOL.

Here’s a link to Maria’s website, where you can read the first chapter of Storm Glass. (Note there’re about 3 different covers for Storm Glass, and you can check them all out on her Cover Art page.)

And speaking of different covers, it’s interesting to note (well, I find it interesting, anyway) that Storm Glass is published by MIRA Books, a mainstream imprint of Harlequin Enterprises. They publish “commercial women’s fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal fiction and thrillers.”  And their submission guidelines state they’re currently looking for submissions in the “Commercial Literary Fiction genre”. But my edition of Storm Glass (see cover on the right) happens to published by Harper Teen in Australia. Which possibly explains the different cover with the youthful looking cover model.

I find the “teen” marketing concept for this book interesting because in the story, the heroine, Opal, is a few months off twenty years old. Maybe a bit old for the teen market? Maybe not. Because this book has been successfully marketed as both adult and YA.

Perhaps more to the point, I enjoyed the story and I’m definitely nowhere near the target market for Harper Teen…. Or am I?

I’ll be following this trend of YA crossing over to adult markets — and vice versa — with a great deal of interest.

Here’s the back cover blurb for Storm Glass:

From Maria V. Snyder, bestselling author of Poison Study, comes a thrilling story of power, deceit and impossible love.

UNTRAINED. UNTESTED. UNLEASHED.

As a glassmaker and magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers — particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kate — require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it from happening again.

But when the mission goes wrong, Opal must tap into a new kind of power as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the deeper she delves into the mystery, the more distorted things appear.

With lives hanging in the balance Opal and Kade must learn to control unknown powers… powers that could lead to disaster beyond anything they’ve ever seen.

And here’s this month’s rather short reading list:

  • Wickedly Ever After By Michelle Marcos
  • Angel In A Red Dress by Judith Ivory
  • Solar Heat by Susan Kearney
  • How to Dazzle a Duke by Claudia Dain
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
  • Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
  • The Devil Wears Tartan by Karen Rannley
  • Cinderella: Hired By The Prince by Marion Lennox
  • No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn
  • Total Surrender by Cheryl Holt
  • The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester
  • Unleash The Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason
  • Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

:-)

M

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