Musings and Such

Do you know how long I’ve had the “Add New Post” window open in my browser?

Yep, no inspiration.  So you get some random ramblings instead.

I’ve been working my way through a pile of second-hand Elizabeth Mansfield books that I got off Better World Books.  I don’t mention Elizabeth Mansfield often, but I’ve a soft spot for the sweet regency romances she wrote.  Way back when, I got my hands on a whole bunch of her books and had a bit of a glom.  Scanning her backlist, the ones that I remember loving include “Passing Fancies” (sweetest romance ever), “The Phantom Lover” (ahhh… the angst), “Her Man of Affairs” (ignore the dodgy Scottish dialect), and “Love Lessons” (guardian/ward trope working beautifully here).  They can be a bit hit or miss, however, so I’m hoping that I’ll come across a keeper in my latest stack.

And when googling for her backlist to link here, an active(-ish) website!  And her daughter is planning on digitalising the books.  Happy days – fingers crossed this progresses well.

Umm… linkage?  Nothing much – here’s a free compilation of the short stories on Baen’s website so far, including the Sharon Lee & Steve Miller‘s Liaden story “Intelligent Design”, which thrilled me when I figured out what it was about (me being a long-time fan and the story filling in a backstory gap very nicely).

Also, your thoughts on opening chapters – are they make or break?  There’s a collection of 25 opening chapters from various SFF authors here (note fairly large download, IIRC).  I don’t know – I flirt between reading the first chapter and opening  the book to a random page when deciding whether to buy or not (in a physical bookstore, that is).  And that would be after the cover grabs my attention.  Then again, when buying a new-to-me author’s books online, I always read the excerpt first, which usually tends to be the first chapter…


Books for August

Yep, I know it’s been quiet around here.  I’m in a bit of a reading slump at the moment – recs, anyone?

I’m not even madly excited about any of the August releases – though that could be because I’ve read them already.  Not that there were many to start off with.


Sharon Lee & Steve Miller‘s “Ghost Ship” (SF): The hardcover hit the shelves earlier this month, but I got my hands on the ebook version mid-July – I love Baen!

I always sit down with a Liaden book expecting a good read, and this one was no exception.  It was a rather satisfying mix of finding out what happened to previous characters and taking Theo’s story forwards.  Possibly too many POVs used in this book, but yeah, good read.  And I will even forgive the ending…


Theo Waitley is an ace starship pilot—and pure maverick. Her mom is a renowned Terran scholar and her birth father is an interstellar aristocrat in hiding. Whatever, thinks Theo. She still feels like a socially-challenged misfit. But after being selected to train with the best-of-the-best at the pilot academy, she figures she can leave behind those gawky, misfit days of teenage angst that made life so complicated before! But for Theo, life is about to get even MORE complicated—and deadlier still. For even though she’s survived the Academy and become one of the best pilots in the galaxy, the past is about to blast her with gale-force winds. Theo can run, but she can’t hide. Her destiny as master pilot and leader of a powerful Liaden clan calls, and there are LOTS of enemies who will try to make sure she’s quite dead before she has the chance to make an answer.

Out now (excerpt)


“Home Improvement: Undead Edition” edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni LP Kelner (urban fantasy): I’m a sucker for these anthologies, as I may have mentioned previously.  I’ll be honest and say I splashed out on the hardcover primarily because of Seanan McGuire‘s contribution (I needed my Toby fix – am counting down the days to September’s “One Salt Sea”), but there is also the mandatory new Sookie Stackhouse story as well as a Patricia Briggs contribution, which kind of made me sniffle a bit.


There’s nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherwordly portals in the attic. Now, for any homeowner who’s ever wondered, “What’s that creaking sound?” or fans of “how to” television who’d like a little unreality mixed in with their reality shows, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner return with an all-new collection of the paranormal perils of Do-It-Yourself.

Sookie Stackhouse resides in these pages, in a never-before-published story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. And New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, and nine other outstanding writers have constructed more frightening and funny fixer-upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers’ pipes.

Out now


Richelle Mead‘s “Succubus Revealed” (urban fantasy): So the final book in the Georgina Kincaid series… I am looking forward to finding out how Georgina gets her HEA. Because she had better get one.  This series has had its ups and downs, but I’ve found myself firmly on the side of the morally ambiguous succubus.


In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is…

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina’s boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can’t just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she’s being forced to transfer operations… to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina’s allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell’s most valuable assets, but if there’s any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won’t include the one man she’s risking everything for…

Out Aug 30 (excerpt)