The host site for WWW Wednesdays disappeared, so I let the meme go. But today I decided I wanted to share what I’ve been reading.
What I’m reading right now: After the War is Over, by Jennifer Robson. I’m actually listening to it as an audiobook. Post World War I with elements of women’s rights and class in a Liverpool setting. It appears to be heading for a love triangle and at this point I’m pretty sure who I think she’ll end up with.
Will I be right?
Only time will tell. But the characters are well-drawn, even the secondary ones, which helps make a rich world to sink into. Have you read it? What did you think?
What did I just finish reading? A short story anthology by my publisher, Story Spring Publishing. This is their second short story anthology and I make it a point to read all of them for two reasons. One, they are good. Two, I am putting out a short story anthology later this year with SSP and I love seeing the beautiful job they do with their publishing crew.
Immanence is the second of their anthologies edited by JL Aldis that I have read, and I will go ahead and say it. The first one was good. This one is terrific.
What happens when humanity and deity meet?
So many fabulous stories and writers, so many fabulous deities and locations, and it’s hard to isolate any single story. Certainly you should go read the first story which is free when you read the sample on Amazon or elsewhere. Antioch Grey’s British wit is saber-edged, and I finished it ready to dive in and read more. If you like short stories with supernatural elements, this one is one you really need to check out.
And what will I read next? Changing the Guard by James Farner is free today and I picked it up without looking closely.
But it is British, a mystery/thriller, and in a historical setting.
Three of my favorite things. The reviews are VERY mixed on it, but again, free, so why not give it a shot? Birmingham, England–another industrial setting. Early Victorian times. If I like it, I’ll try to remember to let you know.
And again, what have you been reading.
What are you reading right now?
What would you read if you had time to read?
So I’m standing in line at the supermarket and the young probably teenaged checker stares at me, her mouth open, when it’s my turn.
“Wow, I’ve never seen someone your age with earbuds before!”
I guess I should have been insulted, but I wasn’t. I was tickled. Which means, I should have kept my mouth shut.
“My grandmother,” she said [and again, I should have raised an eyebrow, but didn’t], “doesn’t know anything about computers, or anything at all. ANYTHING.”
Instead of the amazed respect she was already giving me, she suddenly said, “Holy shit, somebody needs to buy you a new computer!”
I laughed, thinking she’d missed my point. “I’ve had plenty of new ones. I have a MacBook Air now. But the original Macintosh is a collectors’ item. And I still have it.”
It was too late. Whatever cred I had when I kept my mouth shut was up in smoke.
Because I made the geezer mistake of assuming she even knew what ‘original Macintosh’ meant.
Story of my life. Awesome cool on the surface…
Until I open my mouth.
This is the most amazing group, and I fell in love. I joined their chapter. I have been back since to speak at a monthly meeting. I want to go more often.
So that’s how I became a local-to-Shreveport author when the library called for participants!
Except it’s really not quite all of the story.
You see, I also wrote a romance novel set in Shreveport. Why? Because I was a struggling new writer and realized that all of my [at the time, unsold] books had been set in Texas so I needed to stretch myself. I chose Shreveport, a place I knew pretty well.
Or, as one of the soccer moms sitting near me that morning said, “Oh, you went twenty miles over the border and said, “Far enough!”
What’s your point?
Fact is, my grandparents lived in Shreveport for most of my childhood and until a few years after I got married. Shreveport was ‘home’ the way the best grandparents in the world always make you feel at home. They first lived in the city, but then bought a little house out in spittin’ distance of Cross Lake, with Ford Park across the street, and deer that came to the fence to eat cigarettes. [Don’t ask me how or why. I just know they did.]
Shreveport is the kind of heart-home that lives in my memory of everything that is unconditional love. This is my very personal feeling.
Shreveport will always own a piece of my heart.
After I spoke at the wonderful NOLA meeting [and gave them a sneak preview of the cover for The Dead Shall Live and got fabulous feedback from them on what kinds of adjustments we were going to make] the Resident Storm Chaser and I then took a leisurely drive down memory lane. We drove the street, found the house, and I wiped a few tears [and wanted to buy it and move in].
We drove around the lake, drove through Ford Park, and from there, looked at my grandparents’ house [and I wanted to buy it and move in].
We left there and drove north through some of the small towns where my grandparents had lived when I was very small [and I wanted to find a place to buy and move in].
I love Shreveport, and damn it, I’m local, whether they want me or not.
See ya’ there, Shreveport! Can’t wait!
This is an experiment in advertising. I am just testing to see how it works. I don’t mean to annoy you, so forgive me if I am.
This is meant to be an ad that shows up sometimes but not always. It’s a custom ad I created to see how it works. And it’s for books I hand-picked myself because I have loved them for various reasons, and think you might enjoy them, as well.
So… now to see if they show up. Or if they don’t!
I’ve gathered some friends and fellow authors to bring you this contest. No strings attached, no tricks, no unexpected consequences. Just sign up to win!
You’d think since I’m running this contest I’d get to have copies of all these books, right?
Only the winners get them. So now I am going to sit back and be jealous while y’all get a chance at a lot of very good reading. Good luck!!!
That is a headline that tells you everything you need to know. You might assume, because the headline is on my blog, that I will be there.
You know what they say about ‘assuming.’
But in this case, you would be correct! Also, I will be accepting credit or debit card purchases, and will be sellling ebooks as well as print! I hope to see you there!
Today is finally the day I have been waiting for–the day I can tell you to run don’t walk to Amazon or any other site and buy The Saints of the Lost and Found.
This is one of the most stunning books I’ve read in years. How much do I love it? I have been buying the ebook and sending it to friends this morning. That’s how much I love this book.
On Goodreads I said:
“The writing is dark chocolate laced with voluptuous poison.
“The tale is heartbreaking and soul-soaring.
“This is Toni McGee Causey as you’ve never read her, and it’s brilliant.”
This is a thriller with the paranormal elements and Tennessee Williams angst you’d expect from a deep Louisiana tale, but it’s also a tale of triumph.
Yes, Toni is my friend. Yes, I might be biased. But I don’t think so. Too many reviewers with advance copies have agreed with me.
So click through, read more about the book, and then if it’s your cup of black chicory-laced coffee, buy, buy, buy.