This week’s blogging topic is ‘books I can’t wait to read this year’. I’m writing this post a few days ahead of publishing. That’s kind of funny because knowing me, the moment I schedule this I’ll start reading at least one of the books on the list. By the time Wednesday comes around and you read my recommendations, I’ll most likely have devoured at least one!
I know they’re gonna be THAT good!
I have two types of books I’m looking forward to:
- The next in series from a couple of authors – one whose books I never miss, and one who is new to me.
- Anything, and everything, that JA Huss plans to release between now and the end of the year. (I mean, eternity.)
Let’s start with number one.
If I’m very lucky there’ll be a new book from Jami Albright in 2020. If you haven’t checked her out you MUST DO IT RIGHT NOW. Running From A Rockstar is one of my very favourite books (which you probably know if you’ve joined my newsletter. I think I tell you about my love for that book in one of the early emails I send out.)
Next on my list is Chloe Garner’s Sarah Todd book, Clash Of Mountains. This could seem like a strange one, but I read all kinds of things that aren’t romance. I met Chloe in Vegas last year and asked her to recommend a book of hers for me to try. Sarah Todd is a western, set in space, with a female lead who kills bandits and who speaks with a VERY western drawl.
I should hate it.
I should think it’s awful because it’s so different to my usual reading.
I couldn’t put book one down, and I’m halfway through book two!
Clash of Mountains will either be immediately devoured when I finish book two, or I’ll enter a hostage situation and have to negotiate with myself and use it as a reward for getting my own writing done. The book is amazing, and every time I read a few more pages, I’m staggered by how much I love it. It’s the kind of book I sneak out in the toilet just to read one more page!
And then we come to Ms. Huss. Have you read her? I’d read her shopping list if she published it. And consider marrying her – I’m sure my husband would understand. Eventually.
When a Christmas card from her showed up in our mailbox last week, there may have been screaming. Maniacal laughing. I might be prepared to admit to tears. What can I say – I’m a huge fan and I have never prized an author sticker so much in my life!
Writers – if you’re just hearing the hallowed name of JA Huss you can find her awesome YouTube videos here about plotting and marketing. That’s where I discovered her. I watched the plotting ones, but without having read the series she was using as an example I was a bit confused. So I downloaded it and read it so I could follow along.
I don’t even know if I finished those plotting videos, but I sure did finish almost all of her books. My trusty Goodreads challenge tells me it was 7 books in 2017, 24 in 2018 and 13 in 2019. I also made a personal reading rule – never be without a new JA Huss book waiting on my kindle. Luckily she writes fast so the torture is never too long if I happen to catch up and won’t allow myself to start the last one.
For readers, my list from her this year includes:
- The last book in the Harem Station series (sci-fi alien romance with umm, double-endowed heroes – YES PLEASE!)
- Creeping Beautiful. Six weeks to go. I may die from the anticipation!
- Book 4 & 5 in the Bossy Series. Bossy Bride is tonight’s reading!
- Anything else new that the queen of twisty, dark, messed up stories gives us. No matter what it is, I’ll be there, handing over my money for the privilege!
So there you have it. This is a long post but not a long list. I’d love you to share something you’re looking forward to reading in the comments. Sometimes that’s how we find the best books!
This post is part of the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews. You can see the list of posts here.
It’s time to set goals for the new year!
Stop that – I saw you cringe!
Goals are fun you guys! Even if you don’t reach them, you get further than if you never tried! Trust me!
If you’re a member of my reader list, you’ll have already read this and can go back to your latest favourite romance. I don’t want to keep you from that goodness.
If you’re not subscribed (why aren’t you? Join up here if you want in!) keep reading to see the things I’ve chosen to berate myself over when New Year’s Eve rolls around this year! Hahaha!
So here are my goals, in no
You guys know I’m an Aussie, right? I’m sure I’ve told everyone that before, but people are often surprised to meet me and get an earful of my Australian accent. That’s the joy of having lots of online friends!
If you want to hear my voice to know what I sound like, I’d love you to check out episode #103 of the Writer On The Road Podcast, where the lovely Melinda interviewed me this week. We talked for so long that my voice started to go at the end!
Besides telling the world that my husband is a bit clumsy and has been known to fall off the roof, Mel and I talked about building subscriber lists and, for a big chunk of our talk, we discussed getting stuff done. Bum in chair. Taking action. Just like I wrote about for Nick Stephenson last week.
We also talked about the challenges of writing a million words in a year. I’m so excited to reach that goal because it means I’ll reach several others I set for myself, like the number of my books I’d like to see available for you all by the end of the year. I dream about them all lined up on a shelf!
You’ll be pleased to know I bullied Mel into joining the challenge, too (not really – she was totally willing!)
Have a listen if you dare, and be ready for laughing. I don’t seem to be able to do much without laughing!
Here’s the link… You can also subscribe to Writer On The Road on iTunes if you prefer to listen there.
P.S. My husband and kids would probably be happy if they didn’t have to hear my voice quite as much!
I’m featured on the Your First 10K Readers site today talking about taking action and I’d love it if you stopped by and had a read, or left a comment. It’s a long article, but hopefully you’ll get some good information from it. Maybe even a touch of inspiration 🙂
I love helping new writers get started on their first book. Sometimes I swear I’m more excited than they are!
The one thing I tell them is to never give up. Keep taking the baby steps that over time will add up to one giant leap forward. That’s what I chose to write about because I’ve discovered that taking action is the number one thing that sets successful people apart from the ones who slowly fade away and give up on their dreams.
Now, if I could just win lotto as a result of taking action to buy a ticket each week!
Just kidding. I won the lottery when I discovered I could write and finish a book, and then I was rewarded even further when readers started chatting with me! I’m so lucky to have those conversations with fun people!