Trope Tuesdays

I’m back for another look at the various tropes found in romance and/or urban fantasy. These tropes are the underlying theme of a novel, such as “enemies to lovers” or “fated mates.” Some are beloved standards in the industry. Others are a hard line drawn in the sand. All draw different reactions from different readers (and sometimes from the same reader at different times in their lives). I’ll provide links to my favorites.

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Cover Reveal and a Giveaway!

Today I’m so excited to finally share with you the cover of The Wolves of Sorrow: Shoba. Rosanna Leo, author of the amazing Handyman and Vegas Sins Series, has graciously allowed me to take over her blog today for a full cover reveal, the official blurb, an excerpt, and most importantly, a chance to give away three (3) e-copies of the ARC!

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Trope Tuesdays

The word “trope” has several definitions, but the one I’m focusing on in this series is “commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.” So, things like “friends/enemies to lovers” or “secret billionaire” or “forced proximity.” I’ll be covering my likes, my dislikes, the ones that just make me shrug, and the reasons why they elicit that response. For clarity, I will say I got this idea from a YouTuber/author named Alexa Donne, but I’ll be focusing primarity on the romance and urban fantasy genres.

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A Sale and a Snippet

Hello and welcome back. Yes, the spiders have taken over again, but I actually have a decent reason this time. I’m still working on both Wolves of Sorrow: Shoba and Draxton’s Destiny! Shoba has morphed from a flash piece to 50,000 words and growing, while Draxton needs only the final battle and wrap up chapters. It’s going slowly but steadily. In the meantime, I’ve placed all my titles on Smashwords into their mid-year sale. The three novels are half off, the novella/short story anthology is Free. If you’d like to check one of them out, mosey on over and see if one is right for you.

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Smashwords’ Summer/Winter Sale

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer heat has us grabbing towels, sunscreen, and books (ebooks, audiobooks, or physical books) and heading to the beach. For those south of the equator, the cold of winter forces us inside with blankets, hot cocoa, and… books! In order to help everyone through the summer heat and winter cold, Smashwords is holding a sale from July 1 – July 31, and I’ve enrolled all four of my titles! Continue reading “Smashwords’ Summer/Winter Sale”

Monday Mumbles: Why Tuesdays?

Have you ever looked at something and wondered why? Check out any major media release—whether it’s music CDs, DVDs, or yes, books—and you’ll find a strange coincidence. They’re all (usually) released on a Tuesday. Smaller titles across the spectrum of media might pop up on the other days of the week, but the major titles, the Star Wars and the Stephen Kings? Tuesdays. Always Tuesdays. But why? Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Why Tuesdays?”

Rec a Series: October Daye

Rec a Series highlights one of my favorite series, past or present. I aimed for monthly when I started it then realized I don’t have that many different series I’m willing to recommend. I have some I enjoy, but few that I want to sing about from the rooftops. I’d been in a bit of a slump recently, re-listening to some favorites on audio while trying to find something new to capture my attention. After some starts and stops, I found the October Daye by Seanan McGuire.

*note: at the time of posting (11Dec18), the first in the series was on sale for only $1.99. See link below.
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Banned Books Week #1

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #1”

Banned Books Week #2

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #2”

Banned Books Week #4 & #3

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #4 & #3”