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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Witch and Wombat
Carolyn Cushman
Progress: 9 %
Magic Shifts
Ilona Andrews
Raising Innocence
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Beyond the Empire
K.B. Wagers
Sean Brock
100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life
Cindi Leive
Susan Dennard
Progress: 100 %
Kill the Queen
Jennifer Estep
Progress: 99 %
Leviathan Wakes
James S.A. Corey

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Reading progress: 32%.



Sweet Tea and Sympathy (A Southern Eclectic Novel Book 1) - Molly Harper  Sweet Tea and Sympathy (A Southern Eclectic Novel Book 1) - Molly Harper  

Reading progress: 16%.


Sweet Tea and Sympathy (A Southern Eclectic Novel Book 1) - Molly Harper  Sweet Tea and Sympathy (A Southern Eclectic Novel Book 1) - Molly Harper  

Reading progress 2%.

Not a huge cozy mystery or ghost story fan, but for some reason I'm into the heroine.  So, I keep reading and enjoying them.




The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox  The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox  

Oops! Too engrossed to...

A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

...remember I was reading this for a book club.  I should have been discussing frequently here on the dashboard.  I should be writing a good review.


Instead, I wolfed through this one, then book two and then immediately book three.


I did want more in the Honor-verse.  I hesitated to start this before was a bookclub because I wasn't confident author could write for YA.  


I was wrong; he did very well with YA.  Excellent book, but possibly a bit lacking in some ... not sure "tension" is the correct word.  Everything wasn't breezy and light; a few very possibly serious things just seemed a bit easily resolved with the M.C. often just that much smarter than others.  Most places that worked well; just enough off that it's not quite a five star read for me.


Boy did I ever want to read this early backstory of the treecat world!

Reading progress: 52%.

The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox

Reading progress: 7%.

The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox


This month's free ebook from publisher TOR

The Only Harmless Great Thing - Brooke Bolander

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.


This one I'd consider a novella or short story at only 96 pages.  Usually it's a full length novel, often the first of an ongoing series with an upcoming new release.


There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

The Many Benefits of Reading

Source: http://forms.em.penguinrandomhouse.com/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=dcaa9874b70fad5533584cd5298ced11

Description's last paragraph cracked me up

How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper

"…And, when all else fails, a set of wearable mustaches is included to allow women to seem more man-like. This will cancel out any need to change their leadership style. In fact, it may even lead to a quick promotion!"

Women over 50 'too old' to love, French author Yann Moix says

2014 Flashback #HaleNo

Screenshot of an author's take on the now-with-publishing-deal-to-crow-about-the-stalking writer who stalked a reviewer in real life at home and at work.  (not naming to avoid promoting or improving search engine standings but shows in screenshot).




As if, somehow, stalking is not doing harm. As if confronting someone could never lead to harm. As if the victim deciding to retreat from reviewing is not harm.

Silencing harms. Stalking harms. Being made afraid is harm. Victim did not set out to make writer's life miserable -- as if that excuses stalking; victim reviewed writer's book.

Source: http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/poisoning-the-well

Source: http://rainn.org

My Twitter Triggered a Credit Alert on Experian

All because I retweeted a RAINN hotline post geared at anyone who might be needing help after watching the Surviving R Kelly stuff or having to see posts about it on social media.


Because it meantioned sexual assault (the boldfacing of "sex" is Experian's).  


Apparently that word has some potential -- per Experian -- to trigger all kinds of attacks so they warned a woman on the intenret that she might want to censor "sex" from her posts.  


(That was snark, I have no idea if they also alert males.)

The YA Book Club on Booklikes is reading this one for January -- and it's currently free on amazon

Introductions - C.L. Stone

Just FYI if anyone is interested in joining in.


I'm skipping this one, but sounds like might the start of an interesting series where I might catch it later when in more of a YA mood.


YA Book Club is at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club 

I'm experimenting adding new books...

...in a very roundabout way of:  Opening new release on fictfact calendar to go to amazon page to use the widget to shelve to goodreads.  Then importing the goodreads file (I'm no longer tracking or reviewing books on goodreads so no harm to my book catalogue there).


It takes a while for booklikes to import th goodreads file so I'll see over next couple of days how that works.  I'm sure it will pull in without covers.

Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts