Returning Soon: The Preternatura Book Club!

Yep, I’m going to restart the book club on Wednesday, August 15–with some changes that I hope will get more people into the discussion.

First, why wait until the 15th? Because beginning next Tuesday, and continuing through Sunday, August 12, I’ll be blogging from Authors After Dark 2012 in New Orleans. I am SO excited….and I am SO not ready. I have goody bags to stuff, books to sign and gather, schedules to make out. I signed up for AAD last September, so how can I possibly not be ready? Sigh.

Anyway, here’s the book club scoop:

Each book read will last four weeks, which is a much faster schedule than we’ve done on previous books. We’ll begin on Wednesday, August 15, with the first twelve chapters ofย GUILTY PLEASURES, book one in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Yes, Anne Rice built the modern vampire, but this is the book that laid the groundwork ten years ago for all the urban fantasy that’s come since. LKH claims to have invented urban fantasy, and we’ll see what elements of GUILTY PLEASURES have helped shape the genre. (Okay, I have an ulterior motive here. Since the 20th anniversary of the book is coming up next year and I’m writing a piece on how it’s shaped urban fantasy, I have to re-read it anyway…and did she really invent the genre? That’s one thing to talk about.)

The remainder of the fall Preternatura Book Club schedule looks like this:
September: SKINWALKER (Jane Yellow Rock Book 1), by Faith Hunter
October: STORM FRONT (Dresden Files Book 1), by Jim Butcher
November: SPIDER’S BITE (Elemental Assassins, Book 1), by Jennifer Estep
December: DARK LOVER (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1), by JR Ward

Format change! Instead of an exhaustive blow-by-blow of chapters as I’ve done in the past, I’ll pick out a couple of topics from the week’s reading and try to get a discussion started. That way, people who aren’t reading along can still talk about, for example, badass heroines–certainly something Anita Blake embodies. In the comments, you can also introduce other topics for us to talk about. I’ll be checking the blog throughout the day so I can join in the discussion and, hopefully, keep it going.

Prizes! I will do a book giveaway each Wednesday to help draw readers. It could be anything…depends on what I have floating around at the time.

So, my readers, that’s the plan for the Preternatura Book Club. Let’s try it a few months and see how it works! I hope folks will read along, but even if they don’t maybe we can pull them in for comments and chat. What think you?

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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).

11 thoughts on “Returning Soon: The Preternatura Book Club!

  1. Great! I think this book club will be a lot of fun. Good luck at AAD. Wish I could be there. Looking forward to the blogs from you at AAD. Have fun & don’t forget your unique name tag, LOL.

  2. I already have my cool name tag in my bag, Roger! I think AAD’s going to be a lot of fun. But New Orleans in August? Yikes. It’s either going to be stormy or miserably hot. Those are the only two options.

  3. I think this is a great new format idea! I had a hard time keeping up/or getting too far ahead when I tried to do this with you before. Yay, looking forward to this!

  4. Awesome–glad we’re getting some interest! I think it will be fun, especially since even if we’re ahead or behind with our reading we should be all able to chime in the discussion! It has been a LONG time since I’ve read Guilty Pleasures as well. It was never my favorite of the Anita Blake books but it will be interesting to see how it reads 20 years down the road ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I read all of them except the JR Ward book. But I have it in French so I’ll maybe try to read it as well, if I don’t have a lot at this moment. it’s a nice idea. Thanks!

  6. have fun on AAD! wish i can be there..

    yay! i’ve read 2 books from the list! but i think i’m gonna do a quick re-read to refresh my memory ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I am not much or reading with a group, but the Laurell K. Hamilton books are my favourites, and I read them all at least once a year. So Guilty Pleasures should be easy for me. Still, I hate disecting books, as I read for pleasure.