I know! Where have I been? Never fear. I have been busy. In a good way. My ninth book is two chapters away from completion. The editor and cover artist have been penciled in. New ideas keep popping into my head and going into the story ideas file. I can't wait to get started on the next Halo book, and then to return to the new Sam McNamee series I've begun. More on that later. Meanwhile ...
I've compiled a great -- and eclectic, as always -- list of books that I want to recommend. This will take two installments, or more, so stay tuned.
Sand, by Hugh Howey
"The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting
dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four
siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand
diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert
floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive.
But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next..."
Whether or not you've read Howey's Wool series, if you like world-building and imaginative storytelling, pick up the Sand Omnibus. I'm one of those who used to say, "I don't read that genre", but great writing can definitely change your mind.
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, by Denise Grover Swank
"Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to
get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered,
and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest
worry after all."
Rarely does a series keep my interest after three books, but even after five novels and a novella, I'm still eager for the next installment of Swank's Rose Gardener mystery series. This is a cozy mystery series (meaning most of the violence takes place off page), with an ongoing love triangle and a good dose of humor. Rose is absolutely endearing and her visions add an interesting twist.
When Shadows Fall, by Paul Reid
"Still haunted by the British army’s treatment of soldiers during
World War I, Lieutenant Adam Bowen returns to Dublin in 1919—and
discovers a new war destroying his hometown. When his well-bred family
ignores the violence between Irish revolutionaries and the British
government, Adam turns his back on Britain and secretly aligns with the
Irish Republican Army.
Then Adam meets golden-haired, blue-eyed Tara Reilly, and finds himself drawn to her quiet beauty..."
Artfully woven, masterfully written. This is a wartime love story you'll long remember. Adam and Tara are on opposing sides - but neither is aware of the other's secret. Can love overcome?
More to come soon. I have a book to finish writing!