Finding gold

Yes, I’m talking about books :) . I have read a few good-ish books lately, but to be honest, none that have absolutely wowed me. Then I stumbled on a recommendation online for a new series by Thea Harrison, and the premise sounded so cool, I ordered the first and second books (that’s all that’s out, right now). I got them yesterday, and have already finished the first one, DRAGON BOUND. Loved. It. What excellent writing! Never once was I pulled out the story, never once did a note ring false. Bravo!

There is an anticipation in me I get when I find a new author, and know there is more good stuff coming. Like when I discovered Deborah Crombie, CJ Sansom, P.D. James, and Dick Francis. I had a wealth of books to explore. I stumbled upon Nalini Singh‘s Psy / Changeling series earlier this year as well, and loved them all.

As you can see, I have wide-ranging reading tastes. :)

Two other books I’m looking forward to are SHADOW KIN by M.J. Scott (fun story – I was waiting for the lift at the Marriott Marquis in NYC and waiting with me was a fellow conference attendee. To be polite, I asked her how things were going and then realized, when she answered, she was Australian, then saw her name tag and realized she was M.J. Scott. I told her I’d seen her posting on the Australian published authors’ loop and had pre-ordered her book, then we got into the lift and Barbara Vey, of Publishers’ Weekly, was in there, and I told Barbara about M.J.’s book on the way down to the lobby :)). It looks so dark and complex and has all the elements I love in a good fantasy. Another book I can’t wait for is Marilyn Brant‘s A SUMMER IN EUROPE. Everything about the book, from the cover, to the concept, to the calibre of the author, makes me want it NOW. That’s also on pre-order.

And now I’m getting fan mail that says some people feel the same way about my own series, featuring Susanna Horenbout and John Parker. It is both humbling and exhilarating to received email where people tell me they are hooked, and can’t wait to get their hands on the next one.

So, tell me, what is the book you’re most looking forward to reading next? I’ve got a copy of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT to give away to one lucky commenter (and hopefully start you on a new series you’ll enjoy :) )

The winner of the giveaway on Wednesday for a copy of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is infinitieh.

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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26 Responses to Finding gold

  1. Liz says:

    Just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which by letters among the various characters, reveals the history of WWII German occupation of that British island and the immediate post-War lives and loves of the islanders and visitors. Every bit as charming as 84 Charing Cross Road, but much more textured due to the multiple characters. Sadly, the author died. In fact her niece completed the book. A quick search failed to turn up other books, but I’m adding any by Mary Ann Shaffer to my list.

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I find there is such a wealth of books incoming I’m almost overwhelmed. I go online and can go from one great blurb to another. My credit card is smoking already. Also being friends with such a great group of writers, there are always wonderful stories being published. So many in fact, my TBR of friends’ work is huge. The next books on my list are Edie Ramer’s Galaxy Girls and Misty Evan’s Soul Survivor. I’m dying to get my hands on A Treacherous Court, too!

    • Dale, I love being in that situation of having too much good stuff to choose from. For some reason, (maybe it is mood?) nothing was really speaking to me, and then I got a jolt of really good, and I loved it.

  3. Michelle, thank you so much for the shout out ;). And I am not AT ALL surprised that you’ve gotten some great messages from readers. IN A TREACHEROUS COURT was fabulous and I’m chomping at the bit for part 2!! For the next couple of months, I have a stack of books in both my print and electronic TBR piles that I’m anxious to get to soon. Simone Elkeles’s Chain Reaction was just released yesterday and I want to read Joan Reeve’s Romeo and Judy Anne, as well, and there are some upcoming Austen-esque sequels I’m excited about finally getting…AND the ebook Entangled (with stories from lots of my MM sisters!!) is coming out next month, so I’m going to be busy!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Double Book Giveaway & a GBC Visit

  4. Edie Ramer says:

    Like Dale, I’m kind of overwhelmed too. I enjoyed the Deadwood series – Nearly Departed in Deadwood and Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles. They’re fun mysteries. And I’ve recently read and loved Soul Survivor by Misty Evans and Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer. And you know that I LOVE In A Treacherous Court.

    I’m looking to reading Double Dipping by Marilyn Brant, as well as A Summer in Europe. And I’m happy that Cynthia Eden writes so fast. Her Angel of Darkness will be out in Nov. Jayne Ann Krentz is another fast writer. Whatever she has out next, I’m getting.

  5. Amy Atwell says:

    Michelle, I always love meeting another Dick Francis fan. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and Dorothy L. Sayers are other faves. Current authors on the TBR pile include Susan Gee Heino (her Regencies are sexy and funny and so appealing!), Robin Kaye (big-hearted families and also laugh-out-loud funny) and Christie Craig (a hint of danger and rock solid comedy).

  6. Na says:

    I know exactly what you mean! I read a lot of great books but once in awhile I come across a book that just wows me. I mean wow, I never saw it coming but as I’m getting lost in a story, the signs are there. Loss of sleep, loss of time, loss of reality. Sure, I may have a hunch or seen raving reviews about them or perhpas, a cult-like fanbase but I never expected to be so into it myself.

    This happened with the FEVER series by Karen Marie Moning. It was my first urban fantasy book/series and now I’m hooked. Although, when I read it it wasn’t to try a new genre but that I liked the storyline. It’s the best series of the year for me. I’m working my way through the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I’m enjoying it as well, same with the Night Huntress series. Come to think about it there’s a lot of series I am meaning to try this year. I have Dragon Bound but haven’t read it yet. Planning to start the Kate Daniels series, Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian’s books. Whew that’s a lot. On the historical side, planning to finally read Outlander, Gone With the Wind (is there anyone who hasn’t read these first two?), The Tea/Winter/Wild Rose and yes, Michelle your book, In a Treacherous Court.

    Forget skyrocketing gold prices, the real treasure is in books. The hunt is on!

  7. Jill James says:

    I adored Amy Atwell’s Ambersley. I tell everyone online and real life about that book. It was so rich and lush and historical. I love historicals. Can’t wait to read In a Treacherous Court.
    Jill James`s last blog was …Zombie Hunter – Jesse Dedman

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Always wonderful to find a new author that wows you. I tend to browse through B&N stores … even though I could do it online. But I feel like I’m going to miss something good because I don’t know it’s out there. I found Dayndra Jones’ First Grave on the Right by browsing and am looking forward to her second book, Second Grave on the Left. I loved discovering Molly Harper’s books and a whole slew of other UF authors.

    Sure, I’ve been burned in the past when trying out a new author, but that doesn’t happen as often as I would think. Recommendations are always good, but even with a recommendation, I’ve hit on some pretty crappy books.

  9. Linda says:

    I recently read Dragon Bound & loved it too! I’ve not read much PNR being quite new to this genre & now I’m hunting for other good PNRs to read.

    I’m really looking forward to reading CL Wilson’s new book; The Winter King. I pre-ordered it without even checking out what the book is about! I so love her Tairen Soul series.

    • Linda, I hadn’t read much PNR myself until this year. I’m thoroughly enjoying my education into this new (to me) genre :) .

      Oooh, thanks for the heads-up on C.L. Wilson. I loved the Tairen Soul series too. It felt like I waited AGES for that last book. And it was worth it!
      Michelle Diener`s last blog was …IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is released!

  10. i picked up a joey hill book this weekend. so far so good!

  11. infinitieh says:

    “Dragon Bound” was excellent and the cover was good, too! I have many books in my TBR pile so I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I also haven’t read any Dick Francis in years so maybe….

    The last book that wowed me was Ann Aguirre’s “Enclave” and this was impressive considering that I had pretty much given up reading any post-apocalyptic stories especially YA ones (it was both). I was so sucked in that I want to explore more of that world (like I wanted to know what was down the route the characters didn’t take).

  12. M.J Scott says:

    Hey Michelle

    Thanks for the mention! :smile: I remember that meeting. And now I have to go have a little lie down at the thought of you telling Barbara Vey about my book lol

    I liked Dragon Bound too (and loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). I’m looking forward to Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl…love her!
    M.J Scott`s last blog was …Getting closer

    • LOL, MJ, it is a pleasure. And how funny, I didn’t realize YOU didn’t realize the person I was talking to in the lift was Barbara Vey. :)

      I simply must get me some Victoria Dahl. I’ve heard so many good things . . .

  13. Cynthia Eden says:

    Hi, Michelle! I’ve been wanting to read Dragon Bound b/c I’ve heard so many good things about the story. Now you’ve just made me want it more!!

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