Showing posts with label May 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label May 2011. Show all posts

Friday, June 3, 2011

May 2011 Reads & Meeting Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow U.S. Book Tour
June 2, 2011, New York City

May was a great month for reading, reviewing, bookish things and meetings, as earlier in the month I had a wonderful time while meeting my old friend Indie for the first time. Then yesterday, (I know it's June!) I had the pleasure of meeting Nalini Singh, while she is on her Kiss of Snow U.S. Book Tour, at a Barnes & Noble in New York City. It was a wonderful experience and one that I shared with my friend Mariana of Hips Like Mine. The two of us caught the bus after work, met at the Port Authority and shot over to the venue, arriving a bit late due to heavy traffic.

When we arrived, the chat between Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Ms. Singh was already in progress, but what we caught was both amusing and informative. Ms. Singh kept her audience rapt by giving just enough hints and information about characters, story arc and future books (three, maybe four before the series ends!). She was warm and just lovely. Ms. Singh was also very generous with her time during and after the conversation, especially during the second part of the event when every single lady had the opportunity to sit by Ms. Singh to chat briefly while she autographed each book(s).

I didn't bring my ARC copy of Kiss of Snow (yes, I was kicking myself) so I purchased a copy, plus a print copy of Play of Passion since that's the only book from her series I read in ebook format. She autographed both of them for me while we chatted briefly and she proceeded to surprise me with her incredible memory for names and details -- meanwhile Mariana took the above grainy picture of the both of us with my phone. So yes, now I own two copies of each one of those books, lol! But I'll save the signed copies for my collection and use the other ones for re-reads -- rationalize, rationalize. :)

Well, that's my experience with Ms. Singh. Now I should go on with my recap of last month's reads which will be a short one this month. I decided to post my usual minis separately since this post is already so long.
Total May Reads: 19
Contemporary: 9 (Romance: 8  Fiction: 1)
Historical Romance: 2
Paranormal Romance: 2
LGBT:  6 (Romance: 4 Mystery: 1 Erotica: 1)
  1. Dragon Bound (Elder Race #1) by Thea Harrison: B+
  2. Somebody Wonderful by Kate Rothwell: B+
  3. Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas: B+
  4. Driftwood by Harper Fox: B+
  5. Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty (Upcoming Review)
  6. Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie (Upcoming Review)
  7. Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie D'Alessandro: (Upcoming Review)
  8. The Heat is On by Jill Shalvis: B
  9. Homecoming by Rick R. Reed (Upcoming Mini): B
  10. The Summer We Came to Life by Deborah Cloyd: B-
  11. On the Line by Kathryn Shay (Upcoming Review)
  12. Under Her Skin Anthology with Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews: B-
  13. Love and Rockets by Gavin Atlas: B-
  14. Promises by Marie Sexton (Upcoming Mini): C+
  15. The Dark Farewell by Josh Lanyon (Upcoming Mini): C
  16. Still the One (The Educators, #1) by Kathryn Shay (Upcoming Mini): C
  17. Someone Like You (The Educators, #2) by Kathryn Shay (Upcoming Mini): C
  18. Maybe This Time (The Educators, #3) by Kathryn Shay (Upcoming Mini): C-
  19. His Hearth by Mary Calmes (Upcoming Mini): D-
As you can see my top reads this month are a combination of the genres I read this month and new and old releases: paranormal, contemporary, historical and LGBT romance -- no fantasy or science fiction this month! I began reading War for the Oaks by Emma Bull and although I was enjoying it, didn't finish it before the end of the month. When it comes to science fiction I did try reading Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley, but I'm afraid that book ended up in my "did not finish" pile. 

What about you? What book stood out for you in May? 

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Releases: May 2011

May new releases! I can't wait for most of these books to release. Does it show? ;P

I loved, loved Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty and now I can't wait to read Portrait of Seduction in May. And what about the next Kate Daniels book, Magic Slays? Now there's a book that I'll read hot off the presses. Let's not forget Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow... I mean, it's Hawke and Sienna, finally! So yeah... I can't wait for May releases.

Additionally, I just read a book by Emma Wildes that I really enjoyed, so I went looking for more books by this author and One Whisper Away was right there as a new release. And... well... how can I not read Julia Quinn's Just Like Heaven when it's all about one of the infamous Smythe-Smith sisters? After having all those characters in her previous books sit through those horrific musicales given by these sisters, I must find out more about them.

Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty
Releases: May 2, 2011
Austria, 1805

Greta Zwieg forges masterpieces. With her copies on their walls and the original paintings safely hidden, the noble families of Austria can rest assured their treasures will survive Napoleon's advances. But now Greta’s uncle is changing the rules, selling her counterfeits as originals. Greta abhors the deceit. Anxious for her family's safety in a perilous time, she is nevertheless determined to put things right.

Oliver Doerger is living a lie of his own. Acting as valet for his aristocratic half brother, Oliver thwarts an attempt on Greta's life and is overwhelmed by the forbidden passion that flares between them. Although he's not truly a servant, he is a bastard and a spy--certainly no match for a woman of such exquisite quality.

Though both fear discovery, they cannot resist each other. When the truth comes out, and the city falls into chaos, Greta and Oliver will be forced to choose: love or duty?

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes
Releases: May 3, 2011
Lady Cecily Francis is resigned to become the wife of Lord Drury, the man she suspects her sister is pining for. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine-the American whom everyone is whispering about- Cecily is intrigued by the possibility of a more exciting life. If only she could contrive some way to marry the unconventional earl instead....

Around town he's known as Earl Savage. Although he inherited his title legitimately-and, with it, responsibility for his three half sisters-Augustine is half American and part Iroquois. He can't wait to settle his father's estate, marry his sisters off, and return to his native soil. Until charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay in England...

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Releases: May 31, 2011
Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Releases: May 31, 2011
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Releases: May 31st
Honoria Smythe-Smith, the youngest daughter of the eldest son of the Earl of Winstead, plays the violin in the annual musicale performed by the Smythe-Smith quartet. She's well aware that they are dreadful. In fact, she freely admits (to her cousins) that she is probably the worst of the bunch. But she's the sort who figures that nothing good will come of being mortified, so she puts on a good show and laughs about it. Marcus Holroyd is the best friend of Honoria's brother David, who lives in exile out of the country. He's promised to watch out for Honoria and takes his responsibility very seriously. But he has his work cut out for him when Honoria sets off for Cambridge determined to marry by the end of the season. She's got her eye on the only unmarried Bridgerton, who's a bit wet behind the ears. When her advances are spurned, can Marcus swoop in and steal her heart in time for the musicale?

So, what books are looking forward to reading in May?