As usual I read a lot of stuff last month but a few really stand out.
Smooth Talking Stranger, copyright 2009, by Lisa Kleypas. I have to admit that this book hit all of my romance cookies. And I can’t say another thing about it because I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is one I’ll reread again because it was so satisfying.
The Big Sleep, copyright 1939, by Raymond Chandler. I was familiar with Chandler’s work because of Bogart playing his famous private eye, Philip Marlowe, in the film of the same name, but I had never bothered to actually read one of his books. I’m so glad I picked this up. I loved the story, loved the language/slang, loved the slow reveal of the mystery. I’ll be reading more of Chandler’s work now that I know how much I enjoy it.
Raw and Red Hot by Jonathan Shaw Harvard Magazine May/June 2019 A very interesting piece on how science is beginning to link inflammation with almost every chronic disease known.
The Lost Princess Man by John Barnes, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Usually I like maybe half of the stories in an anthology. Mr. Clarke did a fabulous job putting Galactic Empires together. I enjoyed most of the stories in it.
Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Another great story from this anthology. I liked so many that I’m not going to list anymore titles. I read the stories in between books last month and was sorry to finish it. Pick up this anthology if you enjoy space opera. You won’t be disappointed.
I am slowly collecting the Junkyard Dog novellas into collections of three in between writing a new sci-fi series (the first book in the new series will be published in July). The second collection is now available at a discount to buying each novella separately.
Collection 2 contains Ruby City, Double Cross, and Spider Silk. Descriptions can be found on the Junkyard Dog page here.
Click the link to find at your favorite retailer: http://books2read.com/u/3LKvD1
I’ve decided to post a free science fiction short story today instead of writing a post.
In Songs For Rats two sisters each carry a hidden secret regret. Did one cause the death of their parents? You can read Songs For Rats here for one week only.
I’m sorry, Songs For Rats is no longer available. look for another free story in early July.
So much going on! I had a theme for today’s post but I find that I have too many things to do to give it the thought it deserves so I’m bagging it. Instead of writing my post I’m going to finish a workshop assignment (I always have a writing workshop going on. I’ll never be as great a writer as I want to be if I stop learning.) I’m also prepping a new Junkyard Dog Collection–Books 4-6 for publication this week and I’m writing the second book in a new sci-fi series. In between brain work I’m headed out to my flower gardens to weed and soak up some Vitamin D.
Wishing you all a nice holiday weekend and sending my respect for all who served or are serving in our armed forces.
Wild Lupines on a Foggy Morning copyright Gunsmith Photo
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