This past weekend I was asked to do a workshop for brand spanking new authors at The Business of Writing International Summit in Louisville, KY. I shared duties with Sheila Clover English and we talked about author etiquette, a whole other blog subject. Meet absolutely lovely people and am now enjoying the week in Kentucky. Thanks for all the suggestion on what to do here. Meanwhile, the WW Ladies have been enjoying a few books.
My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie Fox
Read by Joan
Lizzie Brown was adopted and raised by a prestigious family in Atlanta, Georgia. When she goes looking for her biological family she discovers her grandma turns out to be not only a witch but belongs to a coven of over 25 Harley riding biker witches. Lizzie determines that her life as a properly raised southern, elementary school teacher is not her true calling, but that she is actually a demon slayer. When she meets and chooses to marry very handsome Dimitri, she is already worried about how her adoptive society mother will take finding out about her being a demon slayer, grandma being a witch, or that her fiancé and his family are shape-shifting Griffins.
This is the fifth book in the series and it is light and entertaining. I love the characters and the fact Lizzie can understand and carry on a conversation with her dog, Pirate. Since I was a small girl I have believed in magic, so throw in voices and ghosts and demonic symbols on the wedding grounds, and MBFDSW feeds happily right into my imagination.
His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta
Read by joysann
Willie G., also known as the Clockwork Canary, and the most popular reporter of Britain’s scandal sheets, has promised readers a fantastic, sensationalist exclusive report on the search for an invention of historical importance by Simon Darcy, of that notorious and unfortunate scientific family. Unknown to everyone, including Simon, the disguised Willie G. is really Wilhelmina Goodenough, the secret lost love of Simon’s youth, and she really doesn’t want to be there. But she helps with Simon’s dangerous quest through catacombs and in the sky for a most ambitious prize which could change the world – again.
The Glorious Victorious Darcys series started with Her Sky Cowboy, and Beth Ciotta’s inventive steampunk alternate world is an amazing place to visit. I read these two books one right after the other, pausing only for the e-novella in between to round out the story. I’m loving the characters, all of them, and find I’m delighted with the world’s premise and the action and romance that kept me enthralled.
Death, Taxes and Hot Pink Leg Warmers by Diane Kelly
Read by Heidi
Tara Holloway is hot on two IRS cases: She has to be undercover at a strip club to bring down the owner and their illegal activities. And she has to go to trial to bring down the “Tennis Racketeers” who have cheated lots of people out of millions of dollars. But the biggest reason she’s hot is because she has to spend one month seeing if Nick is the one for her, or if her past boyfriend Brent is the one she was supposed to be with. All of this action and going with her boss for daily workouts in hot pink leg warmers equals a wild ride for Special Agent Tara!
Tara’s back and better than ever!! Between her two cases and her constant struggle not to jump Nick’s bones, makes for a great end of summer read for me!! I don’t know which I enjoy more, the action, the humor, or the thought of Tara falling in love with her hot pink leg warmers. All I do know is that I have a constant smile on my face when I read all about Tara’s latest adventure, and I can’t wait for the next one!!
Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Read by Olivia, 13
Even though Elle hasn’t been asked out on many dates, she doesn’t think she is ugly or is as pretty as the other girls in her school. Elle has her best friend Lee and they would never date. When Lee and Elle run a kissing booth for their school’s carnival, Elle has to fill in. The thing is Elle never kissed a guy, especially not her best friend’s big brother.
I am going to tell you that this is one crazy, funny and classic love story in my view and I love that the author is only 17. If you need a novel to read in a long boring car ride, definitely read Kissing Booth.
Havana Lost by Libby Fischer Hellmann
Read by Michelle
Havana Lost spans the time of three generations and the distance between Cuba and Chicago. A young woman in Havana, Frankie Pacelli falls in love. Her lover is part of the revolution fighting for Fidel Castro to gain power. Frankie’s father Tony has arranged a different marriage. Frankie runs off with her new lover Luis Perez, her choice starts an avelanche of pain and loss through the generations for Frankie and those she holds dear.
An intriguing novel in an exotic setting that thrilled my sense of adventure.
Bottom Line: Today is National Root Beer Float Day and you can get free floats at A&W, so I’m off to locate one in Kentucky.