Tour Stops, Pirate Book Reviews, and TBR Giveaway!

Happy Friday! If you’re of a mind to, I hope you’ll lift up good wishes and prayers for a good friend of mine who is fighting for his life this morning. His name is JL, he lives in Tennessee, and he’s married to one of my very dearest friends. He made the beautiful Lafitte blanket chest/trunk that I posted on the website recently.

On a happier note, a big thanks to Annie at BOOKED AND LOADED for featuring me today as one of the authors who’ll be at The Novel Experience Event in Atlanta in April. There are not one but TWO giveaways there (since you can only enter once a day you might want to save some time and just go there instead of the link below). There’s a giveaway of your choice of any of my books, regardless of series, and you can also enter the PIRATESHIP DOWN $50 tour giveaway. What is The Novel Experience Event? It’s a huge, multigenre readers book-signing and convention that alternates years between Atlanta and Vegas. Next April it’s in Atlanta. 2016 is the last year for one of my favorite events, Authors After Dark (I’ll be there too), because the folks at Romantic Ink want to put their focus on TNEE. The event is FREE for readers who stay at the convention hotel (Sheraton Atlanta), and there are VIP registrations for $100 that get you into more of the events. If you’re interested, click on the link above and find out more about who’s going to be there.

There was supposed to be an interview today at Literary Musings that never got posted for some reason, but there is a spotlight stop (no new material) and a chance to enter the $50 giveaway if you don’t do it at the site above. If the interview posts, I’ll add the link later. Click here to find the rafflecopter form.

Now, what’s this about pirate book reviews? Our favorite pirate and shifters and wizards and vampires and other assorted characters from the Sentinels and Penton worlds have been clamoring for something to read since I seem to give away all the books I get.

So, I’d like book review suggestions for DJ, Alex, Rene, Jean Lafitte, Rand, Aidan, Mirren, Will, Cage, Nik, Robin….ANY of the characters from my books both as Suzanne and Susannah. These do not need to be new books–they can run from Faulkner to 50 Shades. (Okay, I’ve already assigned 50 Shades to Jean Lafitte, although Rene is clamoring for it too so it might be a joint review.)

To be entered for a TBR giveaway for one of the newish books they will not be reading, make a suggestion! If you don’t have a particular pairing, you can also say “I’d like to see a book review from (character)” or “I’d like to see someone review (Book Title).”

 

Preternatura Book Club: Harry Dresden, Fashion Plate

Welcome back to the Preternatura Book Club! We’ll be talking about topics that are related to the book we’re reading but are general enough for you to pipe up and voice an opinion.
Each book read will last four weeks, which is a much faster schedule than we’ve done on previous books. Today, we finish reading STORM FRONT, book one in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. We will take a couple of weeks off for some special River Road release week fun and a Thanksgiving special blog series I have planned, then will resume the book club on November 28, when we’ll begin reading Spider’s Bite, the first in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. I haven’t read this series, so it will all be new to me.
Today’s giveaway will be a mystery unclaimed prize of your choice of genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, sci fi, fantasy, or YA. 
Now, back to Harry and how very un-magical his wardrobe is. Okay, the duster is pretty cool, but I got a big laugh as he was dragged to the newest crime scene wearing a t-shirt, jogging pants, and cowboy boots (because his cat, Mister, had absconded with one of his sneakers). In an earlier scene, he had on a western-style shirt with his jeans. A fashion plate, our Harry is not. It sort of plays into that whole Columbo-bumbling-but-brilliant detective vibe. 
The other thing I thought was really cool about how this story developed and wrapped up, without any spoilers, is how weather—particularly thunderstorms—could serve as a source of magical energy. It makes perfect sense, and works really well in Jim Butcher’s magical world. I think he uses it in other ways in one or two future books. 
So…. thoughts about Storm Front or the Dresden universe? Things you like or don’t like about the book? Think you’ll continue with the series if it’s a new one for you? Comment to be entered for the book giveaway. Let’s chat!