Music and Books: My 2010 Discoveries

Another New Year’s Day, just like the day before
Same old sky of gray, same empty bottles on the floor….

Oops, sorry, I was singing with Slaid Cleaves, one of my 2010 Discoveries.

First off, a huge congrats to KELLY, who won the big 11-books-for-2011 giveaway! The regular blog will resume tomorrow with a giveaway of Margaret  Ronald’s new urban fantasy, Soul Hunt. Stay tuned…

Today, I’ll just throw out some of my favorite new finds of 2010:

In music: Slaid Cleaves and Gulf Morlix, both of whom are alt-folk-country singer-songwriters extraordinare from the Austin music scene. Gurf knows his way around a hook, and Slaid is sheer poetry.

In books: I read, by my last count, about 80 books in 2010–most fiction. Some of my favorites, off the top of my head:

* Alex Bledsoe’s vampire novels Blood Groove and Girls with Games of Blood. Nothing romantic about these vamps; the end of Blood Groove is still giving me nightmares….

* The release of Lover Mine from the incomparable J.R. Ward, which of course prompted me to re-read the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Again. Okay, it wasn’t a discovery but I had to throw it in anyway…

* Steampunk, a new genre for me, especially Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, a book so completely unlike anything I’d read that it blew the top of my head off. Which might explain a lot, now that I think about it.

* Great new British urban fantasy from Angry Robot, especially Mike Shevdon’s Sixty-One Nails and The  Road to Bedlam…Okay, I’ll stop here.

Back to business tomorrow…Wherever you are, have a Happy New Year!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

One thought on “Music and Books: My 2010 Discoveries

  1. Congrats to Kelly and Happy new year (late) for you too. Woow, you read 80 books! Congrats to you! =D I do love too the Black Dagger Brotherhood series…. Waaaa.. they are aweomse, sexys… sexys…sexys……SEXYS..

    BYE!

    Jaz Parks