The hero isn't always the good guy, or girl.

Death by my TBR pile…

The second quarter of the year is always busy. I’ve published at least one full-length book or are in the midst of publishing one, there are book contests to judge (Passionate Plume), anthology entries to write or edit or critique, and I’m gearing up for the annual music festival season. (I don’t play, my partner does.) So, WHY am I picking up MORE books to read?

Because I find absolute gems out there. Face it, there are more books being published daily which makes overload/overwhelm a real factor in your (read as MY) decision process, and finding one that fit your personal tastes, entertain you, and leave you with that sense of *sigh* …dare I say it, love… is so satisfying.

Here’s my top picks of late.

Wall by Cate C. Wells

I stumbled across this book through a Reddit thread on “cheating” recommendations. Now, normally I’m not a huge fan of that particular trope, but this one came so highly recommended that I had to pick it up to see what those readers were talking about.

And I am SO glad I did. Caveat here, this book isn’t so much about the cheating as it is about a very difficult aftermath of (trigger warning) miscarriage. Oof.

It hits hard, doesn’t shy away from the nuances of how a person’s body chemistry and trauma severely impacts the ability to think clearly, find joy, and numerous other day to day activities most take for granted.

Even better, the MMC is a great good/bad guy. I fell in love with him a little.

Then, there’s the icing on the cake, it is a SERIES of biker books. Needless to say I devoured all of them in about a week, maybe two.

Craft book: Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD

I’ll admit, I haven’t started this one. (along with all the anthology reads, contest entries, etc.) It came as a recommendation from a screen-writing blog I read. I’m not the best non-fiction reader due to my issues* with focus, but I’m going to give this one a shot to see if I can learn something. 😉

A psychological analysis of personality patterns based on Greek mythology. Specifically, goddesses, and how it relates to stories.

There is also a companion book that dives into the male aspect of the Greek pantheon.

* Funny thing about my ability to focus, if it is a good piece of fiction, I’ll get so involved in the book I forget to eat, sleep, etc. Luckily, I have someone who will drop a sandwich plate in front of me when that happens.

Other reads that were noteworthy in the past few months:

  • Nox by Jeanne St. James
  • Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling

And to wrap this up, I’m reading my very first ever Omegaverse book. (I’m not certain if I’ll be a fan yet or not, so am holding off before I ask for recs in that realm as of now.) I’m open to recommendations of what to fill my TBR pile to overflowing. Please understand I’m not a huge fan of “bullying” or MMCs who won’t take no for an answer if you do send me a recommendation. I read fantasy, romance, adventure and romantic suspense, military romance, spy thrillers (but they’re better with romance, if you ask me), romantasy, biker romance, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Or, if you have a great craft book to recommend, drop me a line.