What I’m Reading: Ghosts, Cowboys, and Veronica Speedwell

February 28, 2017

It’s been a while since I shared what I’m reading and that’s mostly because I’m reading books for the RITA awards!  And we can’t share what those are.  So…

While I’m slaving away at these delicious RITA entries, I also wrapped my work in progress a week ago and must wait three weeks before beginning edits.  It is tortuous!  So I spend a lot of time trying very hard not to open the file on my laptop with the WIP and also not beginning the outline for the Shadowing London Series.  I know this all seems crazy.  You want books from me!  You want them now!  Why am I not writing already??

Well, this is something I’m adamant about as a writer.  There’s a reason to take a break from a manuscript before editing (You need to actually switch your brain from writing mode to editing mode.), and I percolate a story long before I begin to outline.  So until I’m done percolating, I never put pen to paper on the outline.  So I’m sorry.  You’ll need to wait because I only give my readers my very best.

In the meantime, I’m devouring audio books in an attempt to not do anything else.  Here’s what’s playing lately-

The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

This is the fifth book in the beloved Tradd Street series by Karen White, and boy, did she have me panting!  I mean literally.  I sat on the floor in my kitchen and listened to the last three minutes of the audio book just to find out what happened.  (Floor of my kitchen because I listen to audio books when doing anything, and this time it happened to be scrubbing my floors.)  If you haven’t dipped your toe into the Tradd Street series, I recommend you don’t.  Because you should really plunge in with your clothes on, and you’d better plug your nose just to be safe.  Karen White is a master storyteller, and her books ooze with passion, mystery, and my favorite, history!  The Tradd Street series focuses on Melanie Middleton, a realtor in Charleston, SC, who happens to see ghosts.  You can see how this story is ripe for explosion.

Wild Montana Sky by Debra Holland

I downloaded this one a long time ago when I first started self-publishing to see what self-publishing was all about.  Holland was one of the first to go this route with great success, and I always believe in watching what successful people do to figure out what you’re not doing.  I love the premise of this story.  The heroine is a spinster after her finace dies, and she lives with her brother in late 19th century Boston.  Her brother unexpectedly marries a horrible woman, and to escape, the heroine goes to Montana to live with her childhood friend.  You’ve got spinsters, fish out of water, and cowboys!  That’s pretty much everything you’d want out of an adventure story.  The narrator is a little difficult to listen to, and I’ve found myself alternating between the book and the audio.  But definitely recommend for the story line!

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Let me think how I want to talk about this one….YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Is that enough exclamation points?)

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this second book in Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series, and it has just downloaded today, awaiting my anxious finger to push play.  Veronica Speedwell is a lady explorer and butterfly hunter in Victorian England.  She’s teamed up with an unlikely hero when she discovers a very disturbing secret about her past.  (I won’t say what it is because it’s critical to the first book in the series.)  But let’s just say that again – lady adventurer.  Butterfly hunter.  Victorian England.  Why have you not already downloaded this book????

Your turn – what are you reading this week?

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