When I cut my work schedule back to three days a week a couple of months ago, I was hoping to catch up on reading. Well, not catch up, really, since I continue to buy books faster than I read them, but at least read more. It’s been slow. But I’ve kicked a few other projects off the virtual sticky notes on my computer screen. I resurrected, edited, and submitted a favorite manuscript to the 2014 Golden Heart contest. I’ve gotten back to my work-in-progress. And I’ve just about finished up my term as president of West Houston RWA. It’s been too cold to do yard work, but my Christmas cards are ready to mail.
The last book I finished reading was Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria, another Tara Holloway novel by Diane Kelly. Tara is a gun-toting IRS Special Agent with relationship problems. She spends much of this book tracking down fraudulent tax preparers and money transfer businesses, trying to break up with her boy friend so she can date the fellow agent she’s been crushing on (since she rescued him from exile in Mexico), and drinking peach Sangria. Only Tara would declare her intentions to that fellow agent in the middle of a shoot out with a taxidermist/part-time tax preparer. Diane Kelly writes very funny books, and I highly recommend them.
Now I’m reading the latest adventure of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie and her sidekick Lula are hunting for a gangster, but they catch more glimpses of a giraffe running loose in Trenton, New Jersey, than they do of Uncle Sunny. Stephanie also has two men in her life, Joe Morelli and the mysterious Ranger, constant car trouble, and a loony grandma. I love the series for the characters, whether they solve a mystery or not.
I’ve been fairly restrained about buying books lately, at least partly because we had no West Houston RWA meeting (with accompanying book signing/sale) to tempt me. I did go over to Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago for the latest Tara Holloway novel, Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream, and The Vanishing Thief, first in a new series of Victorian Bookshop Mysteries by my fellow Golden Heart finalist Kate Parker. (The women I have met through the Golden Heart are keeping my bookshelves and Kindle full!)
Recent downloads to my Kindle include Tales from the SFR Brigade, a free collection of eight stories. If you’d like to sample some science fiction romance, this is a good place to start. Thrown is a new contemporary romance with an equestrian background from Colette Auclair, also a Golden Heart finalist. And I downloaded Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman. I haven’t seen the Netflix series based on the book, but I heard an interview with the author on NPR the other day, and it sounded too interesting to pass up. Who knows, it might even inspire me to subscribe to Netflix. Just what I need, more TV.
Speaking of Golden Heart finalists, the Firebirds (class of 2012) have restarted our blog. Today’s post is a very funny interview with Colette Auclair about Thrown. I’ve promised to post on January 13, so I guess I’d better think of something to say. Hmmm, maybe I’ll write about . . . books. And now I think I’ll go read one.