The July issue (okay, the first issue!) of my Writing News newsletter is out. I hope to make this a regular feature; this issue includes some news items, reading recommendations, and writing thoughts. I’ve kept it short and sweet and (I hope) interesting.
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The July issue is available to view online at http://t.co/mLaYkI7fST.
Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A cute and fun mystery/romance–light beach or summer reading. I didn’t find this book as funny as most of Evanovich’s other novels, nor the mystery as complex, but it was well-narrated and enjoyable. Weighted more toward the romance end of the scale, so romance lovers will probably enjoy it.
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I’m thrilled today to reveal the cover for Dark Beneath the Moon, coming in September from Tyche Books. This book is a sequel to One’s Aspect to the Sun, and you’ll find many of the same characters returning to the story. The art is once again by Ashley Walters, who did an amazing job again this time around.
Oh, you actually want to SEE it? Here you go:
Ohmigosh, isn’t it amazing? If you’ve read One’s Aspect to the Sun or the free Nearspace story on this site, you’ve heard mention of a wolf-like alien race called “Lobors.” Yes, that’s one of them on the cover with Luta, and she’s pretty important in this story.
What’s the book about? Here’s a glimpse:
Luta Paixon has plenty of trouble on the Tane Ikai, with relationships in flux and the sticky problem of two captains on one ship. But when an alien artifact, the remnant of a long-ago war, shows up on the other side of a newly-discovered wormhole, the crew also find themselves pressed into the service of the Nearspace Protectorate. The Tane Ikai‘s task: covertly deliver an alien historian to the site to decipher its meaning–and possible threat.
Jahelia Sord is a woman with a grudge against the world, and against Luta Paixon and her family in particular. She has her own secrets to guard, and an alliance with the notorious PrimeCorp–one she’ll keep only as long as it suits her own hunt for vengeance.
When a mysterious attack leaves them stranded in an uncharted new system, Luta, her crew, and Jahelia must try to put their differences aside and decide who to trust, while they uncover a shocking truth about the Chron war and what their old enemies are so afraid of…
Dark Beneath the Moon is set to launch this September at CaperCon. I know I’m excited! :)
Looks like we’re on track to reveal the cover art for Dark Beneath the Moon…tomorrow! I’m super excited to show you this cover because I simply adore the amazing art by Ashley Walters.
What’s that? You want a sneak peek? Well, okay, just a little one…
Ooh, wow. Who is that? What’s that behind her?
Nope. Can’t tell. Come see tomorrow. :)
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was a delightful read. It proceeds at a leisurely pace, but that seems quite fitting for the Victorian setting and the situation of the book’s narrator/main character. The plot has many threads and kept me guessing until quite near the end. Very enjoyable if you like historical mysteries.
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