Monday, July 23, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - What I'm Reading Now

We're in week three of the Buccaneer Blogfest and it's not too late to sign up! Today we're supposed to talk about the last three books we've read. I decided to include five. :)

Right now I'm reading something very special. Wilde's Meadow by Krystal Wade, the third book in the Darkness Falls series. It's special of course because it's not published yet. In the past year, I've done as much beta reading as I've done regular reading and I've enjoyed some great pre-published books such as Giving Up The Ghost by Gwen Gardner, The Ripple Effect by Deana Barnhart, Leap Year by Natalia Jaster, BookEnd by Alexandra Villasante, and Riding The Dam by Dana Edwards. Most of these novels are now agented so I hope to be able to get my hands on the real thing sooner or later!

As for books that can actually be purchased, here are the most recent books I've read. Now, I'm only counting books I've read all the way through (or mostly all the way through). I have a not-finishing-books problem. The way I see it, I read books like they are my own personal slushpile. If I'm not engaged right away, I move on to greener pastures. I have read the first chapter of many, many books. :) But these I really read:

I'm really enjoying the Darkness Falls series. I love how a powerful romance is had by a powerful woman. She loves her man more than anything, but that's not the only focus of the plot. She also has a world to save.
Unless you're an expectant mom (or dad), it's not relevant to you, but I loved this book. My last childbirth experience wasn't what I wanted it to be, so I'm looking forward to being more empowered and prepared this time. This has tons of great suggestions.
Both of these books get a 5 star recommendation from me. I've learned SO much. Sell More Books talks about all the different things you can do to market your book and it's mostly free/low-cost stuff that any author can do if they put in the time. We Are Not Alone is my new bible for social media marketing. It talks about how to maximize your Facebook, Twitter, and more. So, so helpful. I recommend both of these for all authors.


  1. I might check out "Sell More Books!" Thanks!

  2. Believe it or not, we have a similar list of books, either currently on the "to read" list, or already read list. All other books on your list that I haven't read are now on my "wish list." And boy, let me tell you, that wish list is growing longer with every Buccaneer blog I read!

  3. I saw Natural Hospital Birth at one of my libraries awhile ago. I'm a total birth junkie and have been reading about natural childbirth, the history of birth and midwifery, and the history of hospital birth in 20th century America since I was about 21, so over a decade now.

    1. I'm hoping for a natural childbirth this time. Last time I was induced and the whole thing was crappy. I sampled a few books on my Kindle and liked this one the most so I bought it. Do you have any other recommendations for good natural childbirth books?

  4. Fantastic! I'll be looking some of these books up pronto. Thanks for sharing. : )

  5. Some great books listed here. I especially am attracted to the last two on the list.
    Good luck with your birth, too. It's such an important time. I was very lucky to have my son at home, but I was only 22, which helped. Do you have a doula? It really helps to have someone to advocate for you and be there for you (besides the dad).

  6. I am so excited for Deana! Can't wait until a publisher picks her up, and I can read her work as well. :)

  7. I have beta reader envy now! When are you due? Soon, right?

  8. Thanks for posting all these great reads...I feel like my to read list is bursting at the seams.

  9. Thank you so much for posting especially the books on the end about promoting your own book, as I have just got my first novel Insane Reno published and right now could do with all the help I can get when it comes to promoting it, so thank you so much.
    love and hugs Joss. (off to blog hop some more now lol)

  10. Thanks for the shout-out, Sharon! I also spend a lot of time reading friends books - which I really enjoy. I might have to try Sell More Books and We Are Not Alone since I plan on self-publishing.

  11. I haven't heard of all these books, so I'm going to check them all out:)

  12. Hi Sharon! Thanks for commenting on my post, and for hosting this fun blog hop. I will finally get a chance to check out some of the other participants' blogs today, hooray!

    I just read a blog post by Ms. Lamb the other day, on the subject of social media and the real people behind it, which I thought was excellent. I had been pondering using one of those tweet spacing tools, but really hated the experience, and was wondering what bothered me about it, but she really hit the nail on the head when she pointed out that people go on Twitter for conversations, and if you're not THERE, then there's no dialogue. YES, EXACTLY! So I scrapped the tool, because she's right, it's about genuine interactions. Sure, it takes more time to be online every day, but you can pop in for a few minutes here and there to really talk to people, and that's way more interesting than programming a computer to post for you.

    Now I may have to check out that book of hers!